In “Judgement Fae,” episode 12 of season 5 of Lost Girl, we get another of those episodes where things happen by magic, you never know who someone really is, the actors get to act like other characters because their bodies have been overtaken by some Ancient or other, and nothing is what it seems.
Many, many spoilers ahead.
The episode starts by fulfilling the fervent wishes of many Doccubus fans for a shower scene with Bo (Anna Silk) and Lauren (Zoie Palmer). They started running promos for the shower scene last week. I heard about it on Twitter.
— Lauren’s Panties 😉 (@Andreia90) September 24, 2015
You can watch the whole shower bit on YouTube. Then you can tell me if you thought Lauren had a funny look in her eyes, like she wasn’t really Lauren at all.
In after-shower conversation, Lauren tells Bo that Jack, AKA Hades, (Eric Roberts) did help her with her formula. Bo worries because you cannot trust Jack. And she wants to know what will happen if Lauren holds on to a Fae for too long. Lauren is forgetful – she wants to order pizza 30 minutes after she already ordered it.
Bo doesn’t understand why Lauren is willing to give up who she is to be Fae.
Zee (Amanda Walsh) takes her shield to Hephaestus (Christopher Russell) who will forge a new weapon for her. Let’s just call him Hepha for short, shall we? And he’s an ugly god – see how ugly he is?
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Alicia (Lisa Marcos) are playing house. They have breakfast. When Dyson prepares to leave, Alicia gives him a kiss. Domestic bliss oozes from these two.
Lauren and her new nurse (Elisa Atristain-Garcia) conclude that Hera/Kevin (Noam Jenkins) is still in a coma. Lauren asks for the files for patient X, which she already has in her hand. She opens it to read that patient X has early stage Parkinson’s Disease. We quickly conclude that Lauren is patient X, even though Parkinson’s isn’t the disease that makes you forgetful.
Although Jack walked out of his cell in the last episode, he sits there patiently all through this episode, waiting for Bo to drop in again and again. Which she does. In Bo’s first visit, he tells her he manipulated the painting so it wouldn’t get in the wrong hands and so Zee couldn’t use it on Bo.
Bo hears a noise and finds Zee sprawled on the floor. But it isn’t Zee, it’s Elizabeth, the human lawyer who was in the elevator of the court house all those episodes ago. She is completely freaked out.
Bo takes Elizabeth to the Dal and feeds her – lots. Dyson swears she’s no longer Fae. He knows because of her smell. She explains everything she remembers about her experience. The last thing she remembers is fire and a shield and banging metal.
Elizabeth’s memories clue Trick (Rick Howland) into explaining the Erinyes, who are the ministers of justice. In particular Judge Megaera, (Mimi Kuzyk) a judge Elizabeth knows from the courthouse. This judge can give Bo an audience with Hepha.
Bo and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) head for the court house to find the judge.
The judge talks rather unwillingly to Bo. Finally she points to a door. Bo walks through the door Judge Megaera indicates. Suddenly she is in a trial. Magaera is the judge. And Bo’s the lawyer! If Bo succeeds in her trial she will get the audience. If she fails she will go to Limbo.
Bo has an ear piece connecting her to Tamsin and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is giving her advice on the lawyering bits. The trial is between Max (Steve Arbuckle) and Phillip (Ennis Esmer) and it’s an intellectual property dispute. Bo is a terrible lawyer.
Dyson tells his favorite barkeep that he’s falling for Alicia. This bothers him because wolves are supposed to mate for life and his one woman was Bo. It’s breaking the wolf code. But Trick reassures him by telling him the heart does what it likes.
Bo solves her case by helping the two contending fellas realize that they really do want to work together and support each other. The guys are a little sweet on each other.
Bo tells the judge after the case is dismissed that she realizes now that she should support Lauren in what she’s trying to do. The judge says she’s found her inner justice and sends her through a courtroom door into Hepha’s workshop. Hepha’s workshop looks a lot like the club house with a few props thrown around for atmosphere.
She asks Hepha what Zee wanted with him. He says ask her yourself.
Bo turns and sees Lauren. Really, she sees Zoie channeling Amanda Walsh’s Zee. Which Zoie does to perfection, by the way. Lauren/Zee says Lauren held on too long and now she’s an Ancient.
Lauren/Zee walks toward a hatch built into the floor. She does the Amanda-Walsh-as-Zee hip swing as she walks.
Back in the clinic, Kevin wakes up. He asks for his wife. He pretends to collapse so his door is unlocked. The nurse gets the gadfly treatment when she tries to help him.
Lauren tells Bo Hades is evil. Bo swears she won’t let her father come between her and Lauren. Lauren isn’t strong enough to continue to contain Zee and she collapses. Tamsin and Elizabeth come in. Tamsin takes Lauren away to the clinic, but not before Elizabeth changes back into Zee by hanging on to Lauren’s arm.
Hera shows up. Hera and Zee start smooching. Ew. Gross. Their plan is to kill Bo. Suddenly Zee changes, as if she isn’t Zee but is really someone else. She lures Hera over to the hatch in the floor.
Zee tells Bo not to let power go to her head. She also points out that Hades’ evil comes in many forms. Well, not to overstate the obvious, but that seems to be the theme of the episode.
Zee opens the hatch, kisses Hera, and a big whoosh of light takes both the Ancients into Myth, AKA Limbo. The bodies of Kevin and Elizabeth are left behind. Alive and human.
Bo finds something Hepha made for her. It’s a horseshoe. She has no idea what to do with it.
Dyson and Alicia almost burn down the gym and celebrate by having sex. Dyson answers his phone, thinking it’s Bo calling him. But it’s Lauren. It must be the afterglow that keeps him from asking why Lauren is using Bo’s phone. They are called to the clinic to see about Kevin.
At the clinic, Alicia tells Dyson she doesn’t regret anything. He tells her to go be happy with Kevin, even though his heart is broken.
Alicia hugs her actual human husband and Dyson looks on with a sad heart. What about the fact that she knows all about the Fae and is a claimed human? Does that all go away now?
Bo and Lauren are having dinner at the clubhouse. Lauren says she took the antidote and she’s no longer a conduit for the Fae. She says, “I lost myself.” It wasn’t about being Fae, it was about fixing the one thing that holds them back.
Bo says they are perfect the way they are. She doesn’t think anything needs fixing.
Lauren talks about getting old and grey and how she can’t do that to Bo.
By now Bo has figured out that Lauren is breaking up with her AGAIN, using the same old excuse she used the last time. Bo says, “All I want is you,” and begs Lauren not to do this again. But Lauren does.
Bo goes to confront Jack. She’s angry at first and tells him to hurry up and do whatever it is he plans to do. He says he just wants his daughter to be happy. He says they are capable of many things – but love?
Bo switches from the angry in-control Bo to a Bo who cries that Lauren is gone. She acts like a schoolgirl telling her daddy about a bad day in 3rd grade. She even calls him Dad. They share a big hug.
Hades reminds her that without family they are nothing. He says, “I can lead you to water, but I can’t force you to drink.”
Tired as she is of all the horse metaphors, Bo agrees that he will never be able to force her to do anything. Sounds good, Bo, but I think he does.
Bo goes to Trick for wisdom about the horseshoe. He says it’s made of adamantine and gold and it symbolizes protection and good luck.
Bo tells Dyson she’s not really made for love. But Dyson reminds her that the opposite is true. That it’s better to have loved and lost.
Bo goes home to wallow in front of the TV. Tamsin comes in. Bo cries big over-dramatic tears about Lauren. Tamsin sits beside her on the couch to comfort her. Proximity is all Bo needed. Bo kisses Tamsin. Tamsin reminds her that they are friends WITHOUT benefits now.
Bo pretends to be going to bed, but you see calculation and aggression in her eyes. When Bo takes off her jacket and stands there in a spaghetti strappy tank top thing, Tamsin goes to her. Tamsin says, “I’m going to regret this,” and kisses Bo.
Bo pushes her around roughly, kisses her roughly. In the last second of the episode, we see who is really seducing Tamsin.
Lara Azzopardi and Lauren Gosnell co-wrote this episode. This is Azzopardi’s first time writing for Lost Girl, although she’s been a consulting producer on the show. Gosnell also wrote the “End of Faes” episode. Lee Rose directed.
They really are going to keep us off balance until the very last second, aren’t they? The only predictable thing about Lost Girl is it’s unpredictable. I wouldn’t count on anything that happened in this episode being real. Not one thing. We have unreliable narrators everywhere in this episode.
I say Bo should slap that horseshoe on Hades and domesticate him.Okay, the winged horse was back in the last episode. Bo was given the weapon of a horseshoe in this episode. Hades keeps talking about leading horses to water. I say Bo should slap that horseshoe on Hades and domesticate him.
I loved the framing of scenes in this episode. Some of the imagery was stunning. Long shots in the court room. Bo and Hades in his cell. The forge. Who gets credit for these beautiful shots? Maybe the director? I don’t know quite who to send my kudos to, but kudos anyway.
It’s always a treat when actors get to do something different. Be different. Amanda Walsh, who has been spectacular as Zee, was impeccable as Elizabeth. Zoie Palmer was impeccable as Zee. Anna Silk was impeccable as Hades. When an actor plays the same part week after week, you lose sight of the fact that these are actors capable of a huge range of expression that may not come up for their particular character as we normally see it. Thanks for the demonstration of acting chops in this episode, everyone.