- Written By: Nancy Won
- Air Date: 3/4/2013
- Directed By: Kelly Makin
- Starring: Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Kristen Hager
- Guest Stars: Xander Berkeley, Bobby Campo, Deanna Russo
The latest episode of this up and down BEING HUMAN has me conflicted. On one hand, the episode packs the punches that I’ve come to expect and love in the SyFy show, but in the other, this entire season is essentially working everything back to the status quo that we’ve had for three seasons previous. How long can the show have Sally as an alive human, albeit a decomposing zombie? How long can Josh remain human, actually proving the title of the show right for once? Give the show credit for taking these characters places, making changes and trying new things, but you get the sense, especially after this episode, that we’re on the path to being right back to where we started, maybe with an engagement thrown in.
Last week, Sally, as she’s wont to do, was prettying herself up in the mirror, and found strands of hair just falling from her scalp, and some portions of her skin on her forehead, rotting and bloody. We pick the action up with her panicking, hiding her decomposition with a trendy hat, and more fascinated than usual with all the embalming supplies that her way-too-nice-and-understanding-guy-at-a-morgue-boyfriend Max uses to fortify dead bodies.
Josh, as he’s wont to do, is panicking about the massive schism between Nora and Aidan. Erin “passed” away last episode, though it was Liam McLean who did the finishing, unbeknownst to anyone. Nora doesn’t believe that Erin attacked Aidan, and merely thinks that he succumbed to his villainous ways, as he is wont to do. Evidence? There are these two scantily clad victims of Aidan and Henry’s rage, now haunting the home as sarcastic ghosts. Nora is incensed about the whole situation, and is ready to fight, when she finds out the truth. TV shows all the time get in this trap of people hating each other because they don’t have the right information, or have misinformation, what have you, and at least for me, it’s just so tired and frustrating (I feel bad for Erin, but I also don’t really care, since she was so clearly a pawn in the hands of Liam and the writers). Yes, conflict is needed, but not drawn out silly feuds between characters that could be solved with a dash of honesty.
Aidan goes to find Kat (Deanna Russo), Nora’s friend and subletter, to cancel their date. He’s trying to do the right thing by Nora and Josh, but it’s clear that Kat has a thing for him, and refuses his refusal. Take that! Plus, she has corsets and is a scholar about the Revolutionary War. Aidan can’t pass that up (and I don’t blame him), and their back and forth chemistry is clear and welcome to the show. Unfortunately, their hangout is interrupted by Liam and two henchman, who take him away to do naughty things. When Kat calls Josh to explain the odd exit, that’s when this episode kicks off, as he arms himself to save his best friend. What happens is fairly expected, with the exception of one aspect, that should set up a killer next episode (perhaps literally).
On the other side of things, Sally and Max are having trust issues, AGAIN, because Sally isn’t telling the truth, well, ever. But this time, she lets it all out, explaining what she is, was, and shows Max her shiner on the forehead. He takes it rather well, because Sally preys on lonely virgins who don’t know any better (I hope he turns out evil). In case you don’t realize, I really could care less about this relationship, and really just don’t think Sally deserves it. She’s screwing up as a human all over again, and it’s just annoying, and in a way, the physical manifestation of her zombie-ism feels like just desserts at this point. I’ve had an uneasy feeling about her coming back to life this entire season, despite all the complications, and I think (and hope) we’re finally getting to the point where her awful situation becomes clear.