The Lost Girl finale, “Rise,” staged the final battle between good and evil (for now . . . ) and gave fans a smile-inducing happy ending for the series. The image above, with Bo (Anna Silk) right on the line between the darkness and the light sums it all up nicely.
So I guess I don’t need to write the recap. Oh, wait, you want details.
People are crazy and times are strange.
– Bob Dylan
In “Groundhog Fae,” episode 8 of Lost Girl, Bo kisses Tamsin about 50 times while Kenzi kisses Hale about 500 times. Lauren, Dyson and Vex become besties on Bo’s bed while discussing Bo’s box. It’s the Lost Girl Christmas show!
In the Lost Girl universe, it’s summer time. We’ll get to what that has to do with Christmas later. In the meantime, we begin with objectified boobs at the car wash/gas station.
Lauren lusts after this marvel of nature as melting ice cream runs in a wet slide down her hand. No need to be subtle on Lost Girl, just put it all out there. At least until Hale shows up to snap his fingers and bring everyone out of their Bo induced carwash hallucination.
Seems washing cars is therapy for Bo since she’s failed in her attempts to find the hell shoes. It’s Fae Yule night when Krampus comes to “slide down your chimney on the hottest night of the year,” according to Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Bo (Anna Silk) says that sounds like her kind of elf. Boy, is she wrong there.
Bo took a piece of candy when she paid for the gas, ate it, and now she’s so sleepy she’s letting Hale (K.C. Collins) drive. Bo climbs in the back seat and Lauren and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) shove it out to see who gets to sit in back with her. Lauren wins. Oddly, Lauren and Dyson are acting friendly toward each other.
In the gas station, a creepy fellow and his short assistant dump a dude who made the mistake of eating a piece of their candy into an abyss that somehow opens under the hood of a car.
Trick (Rick Howland) reads about the legend of Krampus to Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) who has had enough of the Stephanie Meyer literature and changes the subject to decorating for Yule. Trick continues that Yule is a celebration of contrition. We are going to have contrition aplenty tonight.
Dyson and Lauren come into the clubhouse, compliment Kenzi on her decorations. She only wants to know where Hale is.
Hale comes in with a Krampus sack, wearing horns. Kenzi is most welcoming, so much so that Lauren and Dyson have to issue throat clearing reminders about their presence. Bo doesn’t come in with everyone else. Where is she? They don’t notice her absence and drink a toast to Bo to show that “she is not alone.”
Bo wakes up in the car when the radio comes on. She’s no longer dressed in her wet car washing outfit. She has on a dress and boots and doesn’t know why everyone abandoned her in the car. Bo goes into the clubhouse. She passes by a couple kissing in what passes for an entryway, sees Bruce (Rob Archer) chugging beer with a woman as muscular as he is, and is approached by Choga (Darryl Hinds), who is one of those frog fae whose sweat gives you super powers. He offers Bo a lick.
Bruce interrupts his drinking to push Choga away and say hello to Bo.
Happy Yule, Bruce tells her.
In Bo’s bedroom, Lauren and Dyson discuss a box which came addressed to the dark archives in care of Bo and covered in Bo’s handwriting. Lauren opened it. They argue about whether or not to give the box to Bo. Bo discovers them and complains that they left her alone in the car, feeding her growing abandonment issues. They hide the box.
Vex (Paul Amos) comes in, wearing Bo’s corset. Bo yells for Kenzi and leaves. Lauren thinks she, Dyson and Vex are going to need more booze. They are downing shots as quickly as they can.
Kenzi and Hale make out in Kenzi’s bedroom. Kenzi breaks away because her Kenzi-senses are tingling. Hale makes an attempt at a brilliant 100% guaranteed foreplay remark which falls flat with Kenzi. He says, “Ignore that. I’ll do better next time.”
Downstairs, Bo talks to Krampus (R.D. Reid), only she doesn’t know he’s Krampus yet. She’s complaining about being abandoned in the car, calls Lauren and Dyson the new wonder twins. She says, “Okay, maybe I’m running out of excuses not to get back on that train. Why am I telling you this?”
Krampus puts on Groucho Marx glasses and says, “Sometimes we only have to see what’s staring us in the face.”
Tamsin enters, neatly ducks a ball just as it flies past her head, tells Bo, “I’m so sorry,” and kisses her. Bo wants to know what that was for. Tamsin says, “Doesn’t matter, you’re not going to remember in about 3 seconds.”
Bo is back in the car, waking up to the sound of the radio. She jumps out, goes back inside to pass by the kissing couple, see the beer chugging, get offered a lick of frog sweat, thanks Bruce for pushing the guy away. This time when Bruce walks off dissonant music plays when he passes by a particular wall which seems to magically contain the little guy from the gas station. It’s Jeffrey (Ken Hall) and he’s Krampus, Jr.
Bo sees Tamsin and says, “Yo, Valkyrie lips, what was that?” Tamsin is surprised Bo remembers that’s she’s been through this before.
Tamsin gives Bo the Bill Murray version of what’s about to happen as she points to various recurring events around the room. Tamsin’s been on repeat even longer than Bo, telling people they’re stuck in some sort of quantum paradox, but no one believes her.
“Then you and I kissed,” Tamsin says. They shrug. Since Bo remembers it’s groundhog day fae, they try kissing again. Nothing happens. Bo says, “Nada.” Tamsin reveals her longing for the succubus, and says, “Speak for yourself.”
A couple of episodes back, Tamsin announced that the way Bo makes her feel is what love feels like. She always had the hots for Bo, but she’s being nice about it since her rebirth. In her previous life, she had the hots for Bo but covered it over with snark and anger. I’m wondering if the feelings Tamsin is developing (or acknowledging honestly) this season will make her a powerful ally for Bo in whatever eventually happens in the meeting with The Wanderer and the conflict between light and dark that is developing in Bo.
Rinse and repeat. This round in the time loop, Bruce is missing, Bo punches the frog sweat guy, and decides to have some fun of her own.
Fun for Bo includes betting on Tamsin’s chugging ability and arm wrestling Bruce’s buff drinking partner. Bo wins. Of course.
Fun also includes more kissing with Tamsin, because who’s going to even remember? Plus, Tamsin really gets into it.
Lauren and Dyson decide to drink to decide whether or not to tell Bo about the box.
Lauren should get to decide because she loves Bo. Down a drink. No, Dyson should get to decide because he sacrificed his love to save Bo. Down a drink. Lauren admits Bo wants the truth. Drink. Dyson thinks Bo can handle herself and her destiny. Drink. Vex thinks they should present their cases to him. Then Vex will decide who is most worthy of Bo’s box.
Bo wakes up in the car again as time restarts itself. She and Tamsin sit by the fire for a heart to heart talk this time around. I can’t help noticing once again that Kenzi is off in a kissing loop and Lauren and Dyson are drinking with each other in Bo’s bedroom. None of them are there for Bo. Tamsin is. Tamsin is not only there, she gives Bo vulnerable, longing looks. Tamsin says, “There’s something I need to talk to you about.”
Bo is distracted by Krampus, Jr. pulling another person into the magic wall with him. Party goers are disappearing into the wall at an alarming rate.
BAM, Bo’s back in the car and time restarts. Bo asks Tamsin to tell her everything she did on the way to the party. Seems she stopped at a gas station to buy a pack of gum. They decide to look for Trick to get the Yule story info.
Dyson tells Vex and Lauren about the first time he met Bo and how he gave her the chi injection she needed to save herself.
He figures that makes him responsible for her being here, so he should get to choose what to do with her box. You have to admire actors who can say shit like that with a straight face.
Lauren, who is well and truly drunk, says, “When I first met Bo she didn’t know her hole from an ass in the ground.” Lauren curbed Bo’s murderous hunger, plus she loves her and that should give her extra votes. She thinks they should throw the box in the fire.
Dyson says why are we fighting? Lauren smiles at him. He wants to hug it out with the doctor.
Dyson says later that he hasn’t hated her for a long time. She says, “You’re the only one who gets my predicament, Wolfie. And, you make me laugh.” Smiling and hugging and chemistry between Lauren and Dyson. It’s happening whether you want it or not.
Lauren is going to reattach Vex’s hand. Right now. Drunk surgery.
Bo and Tamsin find Trick sleeping in the bathtub. He’s drunk and useless. He does think Tamsin’s pretty, so maybe he’s not completely brain dead.
BAM. Back to the car.
Kenzi and Hale make out in her bedroom. He continues to search for a remark that will turn her on, not drive her away mad, but he’s not doing well at it. Three or four more time restarts and he reads to her from a book of poetry. Success. She likes it.
Kenzi gets out her “first time with a Fae box from Bo” to reveal a selection of condoms. Hale gets a sudden case of performance anxiety and checks his watch.
The 9th time Bo and Tamsin wake up Trick from his bathtub bed, Bo asks him why he hasn’t told her about The Wanderer. He says, “Because I’m terrified.”
Restart time. Bo and Tamsin try talking to Hale and discover that he knows about the time loop. He says, “Oh, Krampus got you, too?”
Seems Krampus plays tricks on people every year during Yule. Hale thinks it’s harmless. Bo says, we just saw some guy get sucked into the wallpaper. Hale says Krampus feeds on regret.
Bo goes downstairs to confront Jeffrey, AKA Krampus, Jr., at the wall. Tamsin gets sucked into the wall. Hale says Krampus is just a kindly prankster who whisks naughty children to candy land. He says they should go back to where they first met up with him to find him.
Things are back to normal time, which Hale says means Krampus has found someone with enough regret to tide him over. Bo leaves for the gas station. Hale gives her a big knife.
Kenzi is in her bedroom, her feelings hurt because she discovered that Hale was practicing his wooing in the time loop. She says, “How many times did we?” He says, “Not once.” He says he just wanted to make it perfect because he cares about her.
She forgives him; they make up.
Bo jumps into the abyss at the gas station. She discovers a conveyor belt where people go in one end and candy comes out the other. Tamsin is strapped on the conveyor belt. Tamsin says, “I’ve been naughty. Now I’ll be candy.” Bruce wanders by, sad because he has to wait to be candy.
Bo says, “Listen up, brainwashed Betty,” and gives Tamsin a lecture about not having regrets. Tamsin says, “If they make me into a lollipop, I want you to have the first lick.” Bo sticks the big knife in the works and gets Tamsin off the soylent green candy machine.
Jeffrey shows up and Bo yells at him about how he’s ruining Christmas. He says the Valkyrie is his, and sure enough she seems stuck to the floor. Tamsin confesses she’s the reason The Wanderer found Bo.
A quick flashback to a previous life, in which Tamsin hunts Fae fugitives. The Wanderer comes to her with eyes of pure evil. He wants her to find a woman that Tamsin doesn’t think could exist: her eyes both brown and blue, virtuous yet lustful, neither dark nor light – yet both.
Tamsin can’t stand that she helped that monster find Bo. She’d rather be candy than what she is. Bo says, “None of that matters. I forgive you.”
Jeffrey comes back and says, “Admit you ate that candy.” Bo finally gets the connection between everything that’s happened and eating the piece of candy from the gas station.
Seems Jeffrey wants a sacrifice. He likes Tamsin’s regrets. Papa Krampus turns everyone loose except Bo. He likes her darkness. There’s enough darkness in her to make candies for centuries. She’s full of guilt and denial and the kind of complexity that makes great candy.
He straps her to the conveyor belt. She can’t be free unless she faces her truth and confronts her fears.
She says, “Yes, I’m scared. I’m scared of making the wrong choice. Of losing my friends and my family again. I’m terrified of what I’ll become. I’m terrified of what I’m capable of. I’m terrified of The Wanderer and what he’ll make me.”
With that, Krampus frees her. She lands next to Tamsin still saying, “I’m scared.” Tamsin says, “I’ve got you,” and hugs her.
Bo wakes up in the car one last time, with Tamsin looking at her.
Bo asks Tamsin about the evil thing that got her, The Wanderer. Could he be Bo’s father?
Tamsin says, “That thing would do anything to claim its ideal mate. Even if it meant creating her himself.” Mate. She used the word mate. The plot line for The Wanderer is driving me crazy!
Kenzi pops in, asks how Bo is. Tamsin calls Kenzi mom. Kenzi says Lauren’s gone off to sew Vex’s hand back on. It’s past midnight and light and dark can’t be at the same Yule party so Tamsin leaves, Kenzi goes back inside and Bo stays with the car. Kenzi says, Oh, yeah, I found this box on your bed where Dyson passed out.
Bo opens the box and sees a glass container of something dark.
Hello to Groundhog Day. Hello to Soylent Green. Hello to Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There were references to Keebler elves and Stephanie Meyer and other pop culture trivia in this episode. It’s as if we don’t know how to tell a story without pop culture to ground us and give us fodder for jokes.
Now that they finally built a set for Kenzi’s bedroom, we get to see it in every episode! We also have a set for a garage in this episode. Bo had to have somewhere to wake up whenever the time loop reset. The clubhouse is growing.
I’m happy to see Lauren interacting with Evony, with Dyson, with Vex. Zoie Palmer was really limited in what she could do when she only had an occasional scene with Bo. More Lauren is always a good thing. Plus, Lauren is funny when she’s not busy being in love with Bo.
It was nice to have the grown up Tamsin present and prominent in this episode. Almost makes up for her being missing so much in the previous episodes.
We begin this episode of Lost Girl back in the conversation in which The Keeper (Christine Horne) tells Bo (Anna Silk) her blood has spoken and she’s dark.
Bo calls bullshit on The Keeper, but, alas, the gargoyle read her blood when he took that chunk out of her arm. Bo wants to know how something so momentous could happen without her approval. Seems it’s a mystery for her and whoever led the dark recently – that would be Vex (Paul Amos). The Keeper tells Bo to leave. Bo says, “If anyone’s taking a leave, it’s you and your circle jerk of doom.” She planned this as her grand exit remark, but The Keeper adds, “If you see the human doctor or that terrorist pet of yours, tell them we will see them soon. Their deaths will be most painful.”
Bo tries sucking the chi from everyone in the room, but as soon as she does it goes right back where it came from and Bo collapses on the floor.
Bo’s current choices are, 1) Pay fealty to the leader of the dark Fae, or 2) die. I hate it when The Keeper gets in the last word.
Bo and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) go to some joint where the purpose of the place is either to make a whole lot of 69 jokes or else let Bo fill up on sexual chi.
I’ve said for 4 seasons that Bo needs a place she can pop in on her way home, a place away from her love life, to fill up on sex. A gym full of Amazons, or a biker bar full of dudes in leather jackets. A place to service her needs. All of a sudden such a place appears, serving up just what Bo craves. Welcome to Club 69. Take a number.
Once Bo’s recharged the old double D’s – her batteries, you silly – she blames her current problem on The Wanderer. She’s ready to find him and plans to use Vex to help her.
Kenzi thinks maybe Dyson could help, but he’s still off somewhere searching for Lauren (Zoie Palmer).
Dyson isn’t the only person MIA in this episode: Hale is missing, too. Every episode so far in season 4 has had missing persons. Is this a meaningful statement on the “lostness” of everyone in season 4, or is it budget cuts?
Bo and Kenzi storm The Morrigan’s place to discover that Evony (Emanuelle Vaugier) is back and très happy that Bo has joined the dark Fae. Since Bo thought Evony was dead, she is a bit surprised finding her here. Bo says she’s having her dark conversion annulled as soon as she gets Vex.
The Morrigan invites them to a dark Fae party. The Morrigan says Bo can get out of being dark Fae if she shows proof she was tricked before the next full moon – which is that night.
Trick (Rick Howland) promises to do dinner with someone on the phone if they will get him intel on The Wanderer. When he hangs up the phone, he looks at a pulsating seed or nut thingy. Whatever it is, it requires worrisome music as it pulsates. Trick locks it in his vault.
A man appears out of the dark to tell Trick he’s been summoned by the Una Mens for an inquisition on his life.
Kenzi, Bo, and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) arrive at the dark Fae party. Kenzi goes straight for the food and booze. Evony offers Bo a human to feed on. Bo sends the human and her human friends packing. Evony finds Bo’s refusal to feed off the human lame. She argues that at least the dark Fae are honest about what they do, unlike the light Fae who pretend they are better than the dark.
Evony shepherds Bo outside where they continue to argue about whether or not Bo is going to stay dark and be loyal to The Morrigan. The Morrigan repeats the story that Vex is who they both need to find. The Morrigan is “giving her every resource” to find him. To prove what a good friend she is now, Evony turns Bo around to see this.
Lauren walks across a grassy field, looking so gorgeous it’s likes she’s a Valentine’s Day commercial.
Bo smiles as Lauren walks closer in slo-mo. As Bo watches this heavenly creature approach, she frowns slightly – maybe things aren’t entirely perfect in the situation.
While the Bo and Lauren reunion is going on, Trick is before The Keeper for his inquisition. We learn the story of the Una Mens. When the Blood King became corrupt, a council was made of members willing to sacrifice their individual flaws to form a single soul without ego or ambition. The Blood King agreed, then betrayed the Una Mens. The deal involved every one of the six council members swallowing a seed of the sacred papyrus plant to be blessed as a single vessel of humility and justice. The king stole his seed and vanished. (Hey, Keeper, I think Trick has it in his vault.)
The Keeper says if the Blood King swallows the sacred seed, he can be unchallenged and take his place among them. Trick likes the unchallenged part of her remarks.
Bo and Lauren find a quiet room at the party, where they say they have a lot to talk about but can’t stop kissing long enough to say much or eat the quiche a waiter offers. Bo, in her new none-too-tender way, is ready to rip Lauren’s dress off her right there at the party. Lauren doesn’t seem offended, she only wants more kisses.
Kenzi and Tamsin are filling plates off a table covered with 9000 kinds of food, when Kenzi picks up some sushi and discovers Bruce under it. The sushi table is actually Bruce (Ron Archer). Kenzi calls him brushi.
He says it’s his punishment. He’s shirtless (hey, someone’s gotta do it – Dyson’s not here) and Kenzi pulls a tablecloth off a nearby table to wrap around him. The bride and groom whose party this is lay dead under the table, but Kenzi is more interested in Bruce. Bruce, however, feels bad because they read their vows in iambic pentameter – so lovely.
Bo and Lauren continue kissing as fast as they can. Lauren says, “Bo, I’m so glad you’re here.” She pauses, “Why are you here?” Equally interesting but unasked by Bo: why is Lauren here?
“Vex worked with The Wanderer to turn me dark.” You’re dark? asks Lauren. Lauren says she’s hiding from the Una Mens. That does not sound right – the Una Mens isn’t who had her captive in the last episode, even though they threatened Bo with Lauren’s name. Bo and Lauren promise to tell each other everything, but instead start kissing again.
Evony comes and and goes back to business. She wants a blood oath that Bo will bring Vex to her. In exchange, she offers the means to find him.
In walks Pietra (Samantha Espie) who is super pumped to be going on an adventure with Bo as one of “Evony’s Angels.” Evony explains that Bo also needs a certain drug that only you-know-who can provide to make Vex compliant. Evony leaves with the Scavenger and tells Bo and Lauren they have a few minutes to collect themselves.
Not much time, says Lauren. Bo figures waste not, want not, and grabs Lauren for another kiss.
Bo, Lauren and Pietra take off in the dead bride and groom’s limo to search for Vex. A Just Married sign and a string of cans decorate the back. Pietra does some scavenging and comes back with a huge knife.
The knife is the key to Vex being able to cut out some poison which prevents him from leaving town. Vex is expecting Pietra to bring him the knife.
Bruce, still shirtless, but not for long so enjoy it while you can, tells Kenzi he can be saved if another Fae masters him until his punishment is fulfilled. Kenzi immediately tells Tamsin, who is, what – 3 weeks old by now – to master Bruce.
Tamsin grabs a mic from the D.J. (so convenient there’s a D.J. at this party) and says she’s gonna master all over the big guy, Bruce.
Wait one sec. You can’t just declare yourself a master. You have to duel for it with the current master. Evony calls out the “dualist.”
The dualist is a bad ass chick that isn’t going to take any shit off of anyone. Unfortunately she doesn’t have any lines, so I can’t find a credit for her name. Just call her Awesome Personified for now.
On the street where Pietra is attempting to attract the attention of Vex by marching about with the big knife, Lauren gives Bo a syringe full of Socrates’ own hallucinogenic for subduing Vex.
Bo wants to talk because they could be there a while. She wants to know about their break, about Taft, about who Karen is. The heart-to-heart is interrupted when a tall blonde who looks like she’s auditioning for a part as a walker on The Walking Dead stumbles up and snatches the big knife. Clearly, Vex’s mesmering at work. Bo takes off after the walker.
She finds Vex in a warehouse. She tells him he and The Wanderer are going to undo making her dark Fae. He says he knows nothing about a Wanderer but legends. She intends to haul him back to the Morrigan.
Through a misshap with the girl who was on her way to The Walking Dead, Vex shoots the drug into Bo. We see that Vex’s hand is seriously messed up. We also see that Vex’s messed up hand looks something like a glimpse of arm we saw in episode 4 when Lauren’s captor revealed himself.
Bo wakes on a bed, paralyzed. Vex is boiling up something to help him with some surgery.
He must cut off his hand with the giant knife in order to save his own life. He’s the last mesmer and not about to go quietly into that good night. Bo urges Vex not to amputate his own hand. Lauren didn’t do a full amputation – just a break. Now they are back together again and Bo is humming heart happy songs.
Vex is annoyed by her happy heart and ready to cut off his right hand, Ginger, because he’ll still be able to dance with Fred, his left hand. Most guys name their junk, but not Vex.
At the party Evony flips a coin and Tamsin gets to pick the weapons for the duel over Bruce. She chooses to dance. Lucky us, there is a D.J. handy to spin some tunes.
Dance to the death commences. Tamsin’s been getting lessons from Kenzi, but she’s pretty terrible, although I judged her twerking improved.
Awesome Personified, however, is awesome, and clearly going to win the battle to remain the master of Bruce.
But wait, Tamsin has a secret weapon.
Tamsin goes skeletor on the dualist and kills her right there. One way to dance to the death, I guess. Tamsin’s a bit surprised and upset by her Valkyrie powers but the Morrigan says, “Well done, our little blooming warrior princess.”
Back at the warehouse, Bo regains some movement. Vex drinks the stuff he’s been brewing and THWACK, he chops off the hand just as Bo is able to get off the bed.
Oh, gross. She picks up the hand. Don’t mesmers bleed?
Vex uncovers a red sports car that looks like it should belong to Agent Colson on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and which he will now have trouble driving. The missing hand, you know.
Bo chases after him and learns that she should have been talking to The Morrigan’s archivist if she wanted answers. Bo realizes The Morrigan played her. Vex wants her to “take the stick” if he takes the clutch and together they can drive off in the hot red sports car.
We miss the whole car driving experience and go straight to The Morrigan’s office for the next scene. Bo gives Evony the hand in a bag of ice, but Evony wants ALL of Vex to get rid of the Una Mens. Bo says she won’t let him be tortured. Evony says okay, if Bo agrees to be responsible for him. She says fine, so now Bo is babysitting Vex again.
Bo says, “Archivist. Now.” The Morrigan says, “Oh, you figured it out.”
The archivist (Clint Butler) enters and pulls a layer of skin off his bald head. Any pledge to the dark shows up there. He hands the flap of skin to Bo. The Morrigan, peaking over her shoulder, says, “There’s your signature. And there’s your sponsor.”
Bo reads from the flap of skin, “Who’s Raynor?”
Evony hasn’t a clue. Bo wants her to tear it up because she obviously had nothing to do with the agreement. Evony says it’s a binding agreement and the only person who can change it is her sponsor.
Bo snatches Vex’s hand back. Lauren walks in. Evony conveniently leaves her own office so Bo and Lauren can share doleful eye contact.
Cut to the Dungeon. The Keeper is still questioning Trick. She offers him the job of The Ash. He wants it.
Bo wants to take Lauren back to her place to share a giant claw-footed bathtub.
Lauren makes one of those awful speeches she does periodically when she’s protecting someone. (Speaking of Crystal, where do you think she is?) She says she can’t go back with the light. The light never looked for her, but the dark offered her protection. No one else came. With the dark she can come and go as she pleases. Lauren says, I feel free. Bo says, I could free you.
Lauren says, How? Bo says I could claim you. Lauren thinks that’s not freedom.
Lauren pats Bo’s shoulder. “It’s gonna be okay, Bo. Now that you’re dark, I’ll see you around.” I’ll see you around? What is Lauren doing?
Maybe Bo recognizes that Lauren’s speech closely resembles the cover story speech she delivered at Taft’s lab, because she says, “When you’re ready to come back to your real family, let me know.” Even so, Bo looks crushed as she leaves. No happy heart songs now.
Kenzi and Bruce talk in Kenzi’s bedroom. (Kenzi’s bedroom again. Hello room.) She tells him he’s free and he should spread his wings and fly. Tamsin, who is pretending to sleep nearby, smiles at this suggestion. I wonder, can Valkyries fly?
Bo brings Vex’s hand in a copper bucket of ice to the Dal. A drink and a talk with Trick at the Dal is the closest Bo has come to doing something normal since she’s been back. He tells her he’s been named the acting Ash. They drink to how odd it is that Trick is the head of the light and Bo is the darling of the dark.
She asks about Raynor. Trick says they need to look in the King’s book of records.
There’s a rush of dramatic music and we see something spilled on the floor but I cannot tell what it is. Maybe the empty container that once held that pulsing seed?
The Archivist enters the dungeon where he gives the succubus declaration, AKA the hunk of skin from his bald head, to The Keeper. She looks at it and opens a big book.
She looks for the name Raynor. When she finds it the letters go all squiggly. She says, “No. It cannot be. Never again.”
“The Wanderer” plays as the credits roll.
The Bo and Lauren reunion is less than perfect, I suspect because Lauren is once again, for the millionth time, doing something she doesn’t want to do because someone she cares about is in danger. If I’m right, that may mean Ali Liebert isn’t finished with Lost Girl yet.
The name Raynor comes from a root word that means king or leader. In Norse the meaning of the name Raynor is warrior from the gods. I’m thinking that means The Wanderer. The music at the end was a big clue, but the name tipped me off long before the final credits.
I’m not convinced that Vex is the guy who was holding Lauren and Crystal in episode 4. It didn’t sound like Vex on the speaker. Why would Vex call her Karen? But the hand looked wonky like Vex’s hand. Who else could it be and how did Lauren get delivered to The Morrigan?
Since Bo can be healed by sexual chi, I’ve indulged in wishful thinking that the cruel, not-our-regular Bo we’ve seen in the previous episodes this season would be healed by Lauren’s return. Healing love, don’t you know. It almost seemed like that was happening, but it didn’t quite. The jury is still out on whether Bo can return to her pure heart.
A truck rolls into a warehouse with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) hanging on underneath. She creeps out and watches some dudes put a wicker basket full of something (perhaps the Una Mens) in storage. Someone catches her just as Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Hale (K.C. Collins) come to the rescue. She tries to convince the dude holding on to her as a terrorist that’s she actually Fae by putting on a little fireworks show with sparklers shooting from her hands.
She is released, Dyson and Hale walk her out. Dyson calls her Sparkie and Tinkerbell. Hale says she smells like sunflowers and chardonnay (he’s sweet on her for sure) and reminds her that her fake Fae powers are temporary.
At the clubhouse, Kenzi is wearing Bo’s kimono, talking about thongs. Dyson says the thongs sort of fill the place up, but he doesn’t mention the missing Bo, who should be filling up the place.
It’s as if Bo was never there. She’s completely out of the conversation. Kenzi claims she’s not lonely. Dyson says, “Why would you be lonely with me here?”
Dyson deals with the sight of a beautiful woman in Bo’s kimono by launching a memory sub-routine he can’t articulate. He kisses Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo. Kenzi really gets into the kissing when suddenly Dyson remembers his buddy Hale, who been carrying a torch for Kenzi since forever, and stops kissing. Crikey, mate, it isn’t like Hale was grabbing a lot of kisses from Kenzi on his own initiative. I’m all in favor of people kissing Kenzi – in fact I’d like to see Bruce give it a shot and I wouldn’t mind Kenzi getting Hale’s shirt off again (please). But kissing Dyson feels a little too much like sister sabotage, except for the little plot point that she can’t remember her sister-friend Bo even exists.
Dyson asks, “Since when are we – this?”
A knock at the door. It’s Aife (Inga Cadranel), who needs a private investigator to help her find her daughter. Her daughter named Bo. Dyson and Kenzi look at each other like who’s Bo? Kenzi says, “Kind of a dude’s name, am I right?”
Aife, Dyson and Kenzi go to a restaurant to talk private investigating. Aife reminds Dyson they’ve met before – at Taft’s lab. He remembers being at Taft’s lab and that Aife was there, but not Bo.
Kenzi is trying to wrap her head around the idea that this sexy woman has a 30 year old daughter. Aife says there’s no record of her birth but she’s pretty darn sure she has a daughter and that she would have named her after her own mother. She says she knew as soon as she found this photo that it was her daughter.
Isn’t that the photo of Bo that Dyson kept in his night stand?
Dyson looks at it and says, “This is a beautiful woman.”
Kenzi grabs it and says, “Yeah, if your into like faces and bodies, whatever.”
Aife pulls down her lower eyelid for some show and tell.
Dyson and Kenzi peer into her eye and see a dark spot. Dyson says, “That’s a requerdo coil (or something phonetically close to that). Hard proof that a Fae has been messing with her memory.”
Aife mentions paying well, so Kenzi agrees to take the case. Dyson’s phone alarm goes off and he gets up to go to the spot where he goes every day in search of Tamsin, who somehow saved him by going all Thelma and Louise and driving her truck off a cliff with Dyson in it. Seems Tamsin hasn’t been seen for months.
The waitress brings the bill, which Aife gets out of paying by laying some succubus charm on her. Since it’s the exact same waitress that Bo pulled this trick on in episode 1, Kenzi has a moment of dissonance because she recognizes the situation even though she doesn’t remember why. Her reaction is the same as in episode 1: larceny. She wants to be Aife’s manager.
At the Dal, Kenzi and Trick (Rick Howland) are looking at some steam punk gadget that looks like a junior high science project model of the solar system. They talk about the fact that Trick thinks someone is messing with the balance of space and time. He thinks its the Una Mens. Kenzi asks if that would do memory loss. He says no, asks why she’s interested. She says she needs a bead on a local Fae who could cause amnesia. Trick goes into his Fae Rolodex and pulls out the name of Dr. Snook.
Kenzi says, “Speaking of docs, any word on Lauren?” Tamsin she remembers. Lauren she remembers. Apparently only Bo is forgettable. Trick says Lauren abandoned the light Fae. Kenzi mentions the love of Lauren’s life – Nadia – and what the Fae did to her. She says Lauren is the only human ally she has. Trick says there are people looking for her. Kenzi says, “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before, Gramps.”
Trick looks at her like Gramps? revealing that he doesn’t remember he’s a grandfather, even though the word trips so easily from Kenzi’s lips. She quickly corrects herself by calling him Trickster.
At Dr. Snook’s, the doc recognizes immediately that Kenzi and Dyson both have the recumbent coil (or whatever it is called) in their eyes. When Kenzi realizes someone has been extracting her memory her first thought is that she could be famous – a Kardashian – and not even remember it. Dyson asks who could put the memory worm in both humans and Fae. Snook says, “Someone more powerful than Snook.”
At the Dal, Trick says for a memory spell of this magnitude you have to find and shatter the requerdo compass. Trick says rumor is that Angorum (Englerum?), the collector, has the compass. Kenzi, of course, knows that this Angle Worm character is throwing a bash but he keeps all his collectibles under lock and key.
As Kenzi is leaving Trick’s lair, he makes her empty her purse of everything she’s lifted during her visit. When he sees and touches the photo of Bo, his hand shakes and he gets a sort of shock. He says, “Tell me everything you know about your client.”
We move to The Morrigan’s place, but Vex (Paul Amos) is in charge. There’s a wall sized poster of the former Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) on the wall.
Vex wants to go to the same party Kenzi was talking about and he’s obsessing about tickets. Dyson comes in. Dyson also wants to score tickets to the collector’s ball tonight. Insert joke from Vex about Dyson liking balls here. Dyson says that he needs to get back something that’s been lost and if Vex doesn’t help him, he’ll explain that Vex exaggerated the details of young Evony’s demise. Dyson can smell Evony hidden in the back and knows she isn’t really dead as Vex claims. Vex hands over 3 tickets.
Cut to the ball. Dancers, mood lights, Dyson and Hale are there waiting for their girl to arrive. She’s back at the club house worrying about her outfit. And thinking about Lauren. She calls and leaves voice mail for Lauren.
Massimo appears. Kenzi’s angry it took him so long to get there with his vial of spark extract. She wants him to make her temporarily Fae one more time. He only gives her a tiny bit because she still owes him for the first two batches.
Massimo suggest there are other ways to pay if she’s short on cash and gets a little grabby with Kenzi. She pushes him away but begs for more sparkle power and promises his money will be coming.
At the ball, Dyson and Hale spot Kenzi. She looks stunning, which Hale appreciates completely. Dyson only complains that she’s late. Dyson says they gotta do something good to win the prize and get to meet the England Worm dude. Kenzi says she’s seduced plenty of rich guys and will show them her skill set. She drags Hale off to the dance floor.
Who shows up hitting on Dyson but Mia Kirshner. This is no Mia Kirshner you’ve ever seen before. This Mia is a nymph named Clio. She’s bouncy, perky, smiley, and wants to mix it up with the wolf. She makes the terrible elevator speech blunder of telling him that she’s a nymph. (A nymph who can make puns using the word “faun.”) All Dyson has to hear is nymph and he flashes back to bad memories of other nymphs and too much tequila. Clio says not all nymphs are bad and laughs charmingly.
Dyson’s attention is drawn to the dance floor. Clio thinks Kenzi and Hale’s tango is more pathetic than Dyson’s small talk, but Dyson rushes to the dance floor to rescue the situation.
The trio produce an awesome tango. Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo takes her love triangle to the dance floor with Dyson and Hale-the-stand-in-for-Lauren twirling her around and doing impressive lifts and tosses as they triangle tango their way to victory.
We’ve seen Ksenia Solo dance before whenever anyone asks where the toothpaste is located, but this is a real Dancing with the Stars production. She has moves, does Ksenia Solo. And legs. I assume you have noticed the Betty Grable legs on our favorite succubus sidekick. Those legs go everywhere a tango can take a leg and into a few spots Dyson and Hale invent on the spot. Look at those legs.
The dance ends and Kenzi is presented with the rose, which means she gets to go into the collector’s private chambers.
Kenzi calls out “Engleroom?” and who should appear but George Takei. (Incidentally, IMDB lists George Takei’s character name as “Amphisbaena.” Why everyone pronounces it like some variation of angleworm is not explained.) Turns out our collector is a gigantic snake with a gigantic lispy “s-s-s-s-s” in middle of everything he says.
At the ball, Vex crashes the party looking for the wolf and making dire predictions about the Una Mens. Vex’s fashion choices here run to high heeled shoes and a chest-baring shirt. Clio rushes over to Dyson and offers to show him how to get out of there for a price. He declines and Clio leaves him there to tangle with Vex on his own. Everyone runs from Vex.
Kenzi is struggling to explain to Mr. Giant Snake what her deepest desire is: The Ricardo Montalbán, The Ricky Martin, the compass thingy. Apparently he understands what she’s asking for and says, “That’s it? You’re kind of s-s-s-s-hallow.” They exchange a few fashion tips, and Mr. Giant Snake says, “I thought the little human would wish for her return.” She says, “What?” He tosses her the compass thingy.
Kenzi turns to leave. She says, “You called me human.” He says, “There was something so vulnerable about your tango.” For good measure, he says he plans to swallow her whole.
Dyson and Vex are trading insults. Vex says he knew all along memory was gone. He doesn’t want people to remember that he wasn’t always the all powerful messmer/Morrigan he is now. Hale shows up and joins in the battle by sirening Vex’s ears into submission. This frees up Dyson to rush in and save Kenzi by throwing a giant spear into the giant snake.
Outside the Dal, Trick and Aife meet. She calls him Daddy and goes to hug him.
Meanwhile Dyson and Kenzi are about to align the compass to true north. First Dyson has to tell Kenzi all the things he would say to Bo if he remembered who the hell she was. Instead he says them to Kenzi. Instead of kissing him, which is what he wants, Kenzi admits she is lonely. She says things aren’t right and her heart hurts.
They align the compass to restore everyone’s memory, and all the following things happen at the same time.
Aife pulls out a knife to kill Trick.
Kenzi, Hale, Dyson and Vex all remember Bo and say they are going to find her. Plus they want to find out who did the memory trick to them. Hale wants to talk to Kenzi but she says, “Until she’s back I can’t even breathe.”
The slimy thing in the wicker basket that we saw at the start of the episode starts showing signs of life.
The memory bug really got Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Poor Lauren forgot everything – not just Bo. We find her waiting tables wearing the name tag Amber. Not Lauren, not Karen. Nope. The name she uses now is Amber. Since she’s waiting tables, we can assume she also doesn’t remember she’s a brilliant scientist who can toss out words like “sodium chloride” and remembers how to pronounce “formaldehyde” even when she’s in bed with a naked succubus. Lauren also forgot what color her hair is and how to apply makeup. She falls into a chair in amazement and says, “Bo. I remember.” Let’s hope she also remembers the way to the clubhouse and how to restore her hair to its former state.
Finally we see Bo, who apparently has been making like Sleeping Beauty. She opens her eyes and we see the familiar blue of succubus lust in her eyes.
But where is Tamsin?
This was a great way to deal with the problem of the star needing a little more maternity leave time. It was surprising and fun and twisted in interesting ways.
It gave Ksenia Solo a chance to be the star while doing the tango. She handled both responsibilities admirably.
The episode sets up the Una Mens as the looming evil for future episodes.
I like wondering where Tamsin is. A little more suspense never hurt anyone.
I like wondering why Lauren didn’t remember the most basic things about her identity as a scientist.
I’m getting really tired of wondering who the Wanderer is. Tell us, already.