Reunions are bittersweet affairs, as Aidan, Sally and newcomer, Liam, discover this week. You get to see the people you love most in the world only to have your heart broken by how much they’ve changed from the people you knew. Or, in Liam’s case, how much more corpsified they’ve become since you saw them last.
Before plotcakes rise, I would like to take a moment to applaud the reunion scene with the three roommates. Aidan manages to survive on drinking his own blood to get to a phone to call Josh for a pickup, and Josh and Sally tear-ass out to some rest stop to retrieve their missing member. Sally is so excited; she’s halfway out of the open car window before Josh can put it in park. Aidan is so relieved to be back among the non-hallucinatory versions of his friends that he spins Sally around in a hug before recognizing the significance of that embrace. And Josh, as ever, is the solid, practical one who suggests that Sally not brag about blood magic in a parking lot. They’re annoying so much of the time that it is a real treat to see them all so adorably together for a short while. Sally and Josh team up to make fun for Aidan’s fungal facial growth (“You look like a serial killer from the 1970s!” “You look like a young Moses.”) and Aidan goggles at his two best friends, humans both. Enjoy it while you can, kids.
After last week’s aforementioned blood magic, Sally is newly enfleshed (a word I will never use again), as are her compatriots from Limbo, one of whom picks right back up with the awesome ghost whispering nurse from previous seasons. All signs point to boning, which seems great but is destined to end in heartbreak, as Sally learn when she goes out on the town with Josh under the full moon to have the time of her corporeal life, drinking and eating and attempting to hook up with a guy from her old life. That last is explicitly against Lunch Lady Necromancer’s instructions, so no word on why nurse and ghost could get back together with nothing but smiles yet Josh has a minor heart attack over Sally doing it. Perhaps Josh is so nervous because assuming the worst, for him, has only ever underestimated how bad his or his friends’ situation would get. Sally puts the moves heavily on this fella from her former life, a friend of her estranged brother. (No wonder she fell prey to an abuser. She seems to have grown up in a house where not a one of her relatives likes each other very much.) Alas, after departing Sally’s flat, their fledging romance unconsummated, her would-be paramour dies in the street, the damage as far the leave-your-old-life-alone rule already being done. Woe betide those who don’t listen to the Lunch Lady!
Reunions are also on the mind of Liam, purebred Papa Wolf. He has lost touch with his murderous offspring, the Teen Wolves, so he takes out his frustrations on what’s left of the Amish vampires (all of whom are dying of the vamp flu) when he notices they have mounted his son’s head on their wall. (What a waste of a perfect opportunity for a silky-smooth werewolf rug.) Fearing for his daughter, Liam moves on Nora, her last known BFF, cornering her in her storage locker at the full moon. Liam buys not a one of Nora’s excuses as to why she stopped rolling with her pack, which is totally fair because I never bought them either. Ostensibly, Nora dropped the Teen Wolves because one was shot by Aidan and the sister was nuttier than an outhouse rat. Given that Nora committed murder, and happily, with those kids, I still question as to how shocked, shocked! she could be by sister-wolf’s company.
Liam, who has already sworn to disembowel his son’s murderer (and, for good measure, any of that murder’s kin and friends, Keyser Soze style), locks himself and Nora in her storage locker together so his wolf can get to know hers a little better. The implied rape-ish threat is not needed or appreciated, thanks. The last we see of the two of them is a giant hole in the storage locker gate that Josh discovers in the morning when he goes to let Nora out. No luck on him working in that proposal he pulled out of the ether. That is Josh’s only character development this episode, which should be amazing, given his supposed commitment-phobia after he had to ditch his fiancé on account of werewolf. But given that he was basically introducing Nora as his Missus in season one when she was pregnant, it’s not the revelation this show wants it to be. And it should be repeated, as often as necessary, for those in the audience who aren’t sure if they just made up previous events: Yes, Josh now wants to marry the woman who coerced him into and/or made him complicit in at least two murders. True Love!
Far afield, still hiding all his uglies from his roommates, Aidan seeks out flu-free donors. I had a little “awwww” moment when both Josh and Sally, matter-of-factly, offer up themselves to feed Aidan, who’s got the blood crazies worse than ever. Around Josh, Aidan can’t show weakness and need (and Josh is out of the running as he had the flu), and Sally’s offer is rebuffed with a shiver and frisson of sexual tension, the temptation that a tangible Sally represents being too much for the dirty feeding he needs. At wits end, he opts to pay for back-alley, black market baby blood.
Except that the wolves have moved in to pick off the carcasses of the few remaining vampires, and as soon as they make Aidan for a desperate and still healthy vamp, they take bats and other tools to him. (Not in the face, you monsters!) Henry, Aidan’s erstwhile progeny, shows up to protect his sire and explain the New Underworld Order to Aidan: wolves rule, vamps drool. Which Aidan does over Henry’s version of Blue Label Jack Daniels: his live-in (emphasis on the in) girlfriend. Henry offers to share his girl, which Aidan is all about until he realizes that Henry has his version of a girl in a bubble; the girlfriend can’t even go outside, lest she catch the flu and kill him. Aidan somehow survives without any new blood entering his system and recovers long enough to spring the poor creature. So Aidan is still starving and now his only friend (and possibly one of the only vampires left alive) is pissed at him. Good decision!
Next episode: Nora and Josh take in a teenage werewolf. Sally feels really bad about her rediscovered horniness getting some poor guy killed, even though she’s probably too distracted about actually getting to feel things for real to be all that sorry.