Being Human (USA) season 4 episode 12 review: House Hunting

Review Kaci Ferrell 1 Apr 2014 - 07:06

A week away from the season finale, Being Human psychologically tortures its characters and audience one last time...

This review contains spoilers.

3.12 House Hunting

In this week's episode of Being Human... pure psychological torture. For both the characters and the viewers.

The plot of this episode is pretty simple: it is revealed that Ramona was offered as a sacrifice by her parents to the demon Paimon and is not actually a ghost, but rather the physical embodiment of evil in the house. And as the gang attempts to move on into their post-murder house lives (Josh and Nora into Nora's apartment, Aidan and Sally into the werewolf camper), Ramona laughs her evil laugh and proceeds to psychologically torture all of them into a giant murder-suicide pact that they don't quite manage to escape; Aidan ends up staking Kenny, who uses his last few moments of life to tell Aidan that Josh has destroyed Sally. Predictably, this spins Aidan into the future that Sally saw when she returned to the original timeline: Aidan reaches out to snap Josh's neck as the screen abruptly turns to black.

I just ran through that plot pretty quickly, but the thing that this episode did so well was take a reasonably thin plot like that and turn it into truly compelling television; it wasn't great so much because Ramona psychologically tortured the house's inhabitants, it was great because of the performances every single actor put in — Alison Louder, in particular, was perfectly controlled as a dark version of Emily slicing Nora's fears open with a terrifying level of precision.

Watching her throw Josh's unpredictability in Nora's face was haunting not only because of Louder's performance but because of the history the writers have taken care to give each of those characters. We know it's all a trick from the beginning, but watching Emily, who reacted so poorly to learning the truth about werewolves (understandably so, not poorly nonetheless) lay out those dark thoughts about Josh... it's not that hard to believe that the real Emily might've had those thoughts herself when she first heard the truth. And for Nora, who fought and clawed her way out of an abusive situation, to now be taking Josh back... of course those things would make her question her own judgement by making her wonder if she's making excuses for a guy who she fears might be, underneath it all, just like her ex. All of the characters had visions precisely tailored to target their fears (except for Sally, but that's why she was able to so easily break out of her hallucination), but Nora's in particular struck me as cutting right to the core of who she is. And on top of it all, we learned that there's an impending Levison-Sergeant baby! (As telegraphed as it might be thanks to their friendship with the pack members earlier this season, I don't even mind. There is nothing to dislike when a Levison-Sergeant baby is on the line.)

And then there's Aidan, who had what is probably my favourite line of this season: "You were there when I discovered how perfect the popcorn setting was to nuke blood. And it was awesome!" That right there is proof that this show's cancellation is a travesty beyond measure. But on a serious note, between his vision of Henry and the fact that he stakes Kenny, Aidan is having a really bad year. It doesn't really matter how anyone felt about Henry or Kenny, but when the guy lost Henry to the virus and Kenny to his own hand on top of just finding out that his wife killed their son and then having to stake her...Aidan Waite is having a rough year. But despite how depressed and angry he is, I am so, so thankful that it turns out Sally's "flash-forward" to what is now the present has been revealed to be Aidan under the influence of Ramona's manipulations and not him in his right mind; Sally was right when she told alt-verse Aidan that the Aidan she knew and loved (that we know and love) would never, ever turn his back on Josh. Kenny said it himself in this episode: "Josh is what's between us and you choose him again and again." Those two would do pretty much anything for each other and I can really only think of one person for each of them who would come before the other (Nora and Sally). So I'm relieved that the writers didn't try to make Aidan suddenly turn on Josh while under his own power; it would've been too quick to be believable at this stage in the season.

It was really nice to see such a great batch of beloved guest stars one final time before the show ends, and this was a clever way for the writers to bring them back without resorting to fan service type cameos. Next week is the finale, so grab your tissues and pick your poison as we say goodbye to Aidan, Josh, Sally, and Nora one final time.

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Ramona The Pest, here.

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Awesome episode! I was a little blurry on why Kenny told Aidan that Josh destroyed Sally. Was he under Ramona's control? Because up until that point, he seemed pure Kenny. Still, solid set up for next week. Sally better body-jump into Aidan toute suite!

I was wondering the same thing. It didn't make sense for Kenny to say that. I think the house took over that last bit, because when Josh comes down stairs, Aiden is ready to kill him but in some scenes you can't see Sally, I think the house is trying to make it seem like Sally isn't there to Aiden so he believes that Josh killed her. I'm hoping Sally possess Aidan too...it's the only way I can see that will stop Aiden from snapping Josh's neck.

Yes, I feel there is a BIG HOLE in the story about Kenny referring to Sally being destroyed by Josh. Did the writers forget to proof-read orwatch their own daily's? I thought no one was supposed to know or remember the Sally /Aiden romance of the past? Josh, Nora, Aiden did not know? So why Kenny? Remember the witch said that is what would happen and that Aiden TOLD Sally to make him remember , if he forgot.
I get upset that so many of my fav shows get rushed to the finish line, once they are canceled. And the shows plots become sloppy as if the writers do not care ...off to another project. Case in point ; BBC MERLIN , BEING HUMAN UK ( shows available to watch on demand) . The finale's were not my fav ( some holes) but still worth watching. The reason I think that there was another season for BHUK was the casting, not to give spoilers, which is very DR WHO ( again a must see ) There is a certain cast formula that keeps things interesting that is used across the pond. All in all you can get your BH fix all over again by watching the 5 UK seasons. The cast, and story lines are similar, yet different enough to make you love that version just as much if not more. I could not decide who's evil character I disliked more Bishop/Herrick or Ray/ Tully. I think the UK ones were more evil.
or My secret wish was to have Annie,( the UK version of Sally) my favorite ghost visit the us show, as well as Aiden ( the real name of the actor who played male vampire called "Mitchell" ). I felt Annie 's written character had more of a transformation, than Sally's. She seemed a bit more airheaded in the beginning, than Sally, but in an such adorable way. "Mitchel" & " Hal" for me, were hotter than "Aiden", but Aiden is more of an american athletic type; very hot in his own way , as is Josh as well. As this was marketed for the US audiences. Some people find the UK dialog a bit weird, in getting used to, but it really keeps you on your toes to listen to the cultural differences. I wish Syfy would get the rights to run the other version. All in all, you gotta love all of the characters, as I do. At least for those of you who have not seen the other version, you can still take your "bite" and eat it too. As for me, as sad as I am to lose this show, thankfully, I still have my 50 years of "Dr Who", " Torchwood" and "Sherlock Holmes" ( Benedict Cumberpatch)

Yes, I feel there is a BIG HOLE in the story about Kenny referring to Sally being destroyed by Josh. Did the writers forget to proof-read orwatch their own daily's? I thought no one was supposed to know or remember the Sally /Aiden romance of the past? Josh, Nora, Aiden did not know? So why Kenny? Remember the witch said that is what would happen and that Aiden TOLD Sally to make him remember , if he forgot.
I get upset that so many of my fav shows get rushed to the finish line, once they are canceled. And the shows plots become sloppy as if the writers do not care ...off to another project. Case in point ; BBC MERLIN , BEING HUMAN UK ( shows available to watch on demand) . The finale's were not my fav ( some holes) but still worth watching. The reason I think that there was another season for BHUK was the casting, not to give spoilers, which is very DR WHO ( again a must see ) There is a certain cast formula that keeps things interesting that is used across the pond. All in all you can get your BH fix all over again by watching the 5 UK seasons. The cast, and story lines are similar, yet different enough to make you love that version just as much if not more. I could not decide who's evil character I disliked more Bishop/Herrick or Ray/ Tully. I think the UK ones were more evil.
or My secret wish was to have Annie,( the UK version of Sally) my favorite ghost visit the us show, as well as Aiden ( the real name of the actor who played male vampire called "Mitchell" ). I felt Annie 's written character had more of a transformation, than Sally's. She seemed a bit more airheaded in the beginning, than Sally, but in an such adorable way. "Mitchel" & " Hal" for me, were hotter than "Aiden", but Aiden is more of an american athletic type; very hot in his own way , as is Josh as well. As this was marketed for the US audiences. Some people find the UK dialog a bit weird, in getting used to, but it really keeps you on your toes to listen to the cultural differences. I wish Syfy would get the rights to run the other version. All in all, you gotta love all of the characters, as I do. At least for those of you who have not seen the other version, you can still take your "bite" and eat it too. As for me, as sad as I am to lose this show, thankfully, I still have my 50 years of "Dr Who", " Torchwood" and "Sherlock Holmes" ( Benedict Cumberpatch)

I was confused as well, but I read another review and someone in the comments said Kenny compelled Aiden at the end. Which makes total sense, I just wish it had come across better.

damn can't wait for the final episode. Everything happened so fast in the end with Kenny and Aidan. Ramona planned everything for a while, she put all the pièces together. Ya a ghost possessing a vampire, can't wait to see how that turns out.

That makes way more sense. I can't believe I forgot about it. Because earlier, before they fight, I thought Kevin would compel him but then he didn't and the thought of that flew out of my mind, lol. Thank you for clarifying that.

Kenny is CLEARLY NOT DEAD. Just before Aidan staked Kenny we sat through an entire 35 minutes of Ramona/The House conjuring up fake versions of the people Aidan, Josh, Nora, Sally care deeply about in order to convince them to do something that would result in any of them ending up dead. Why would one think Kenny was any different? But that's no theory, the writers give us solid proof in the episode. Before Kenny turns to ash as he has a stake in his chest he tells Aidan that upstairs while they were fighting with each other downstairs that Josh has destroyed Sally.

Wait what? We the audience know nothing like that happened and both Josh and Sally are fine. Why in the world would Kenny use his last dying words to say that? If that had actually happened how exactly would Kenny busy fighting downstairs know anything about what happened upstairs, is he suddenly psychic? And why would Kenny believe something like that to be true, why exactly would Josh suddenly murder Sally, one of his two best friends in the entire world that he loves dearly? And then how exactly would Josh the werewolf destroy a super powerful ghost? Did he repeatedly try to bite her her non-existent physical body until the stupidity of it freaked her out enough that she decided "shred" herself from existence?

Now if you were to argue Kenny knew nothing like that happened and he was lying to get Aidan to kill Josh to get revenge for the killing of Astrid then repeat the questions I just posed before once again because why would Kenny think that would work because why would Aidan ever believe that suddenly for no reason Josh murdered Sally and as a werewolf suddenly found a way to "destroy" a ghost? Because the house tricked him into it and also provided him some way to do it?

Wait, didn't everybody already pass the part of the episode where they figured out nothing they saw could be trusted as real because a psychotic killer house and embodiment of evil was doing anything it could to fool them with illusions and get them to do something that would kill them or each other?

Sh**#... Just a millisecond ago I realized smarty-pants me could be.... no, is likely... a colossal idiot! Because my next point was why did Aidan not only believe something so unbelievable but so much so that he would snap Josh's neck over it unless Kenny was a fake and the powerful house had some influence over Aidan's mind. And I didn't even consider Kenny's mutant vampire gift of extremely powerful vampire mind compulsion. Kenny could have told Aidan that upstairs moments ago Josh had slit his own throat ear to ear with a knife painfully and slowly so as to die and become a ghost like Sally in order to "shred" her from existence because Sally had audibly farted without apologizing and even though "ghost farts" have no smell that the living can detect it just overly offended him based on the principle of the matter. And Aidan would have believed it based on the power of Kenny's mind control compulsion powers.

So I guess instead of what Kenny said with his last words proving him to be a fake the evil house created with the real Kenny being alive, instead it makes a stronger case that it was the real Kenny and that he did die because of evidence of the use of a power only Kenny possessed.

But honestly I still either don't buy it or think the writers botched this up if Kenny did die based on the absurdity of Kenny trying to kill Aidan. Josh killed Astrid, girl Kenny loved, Kenny is going to try to kill Josh to get revenge. I can slightly believe that.

But Kenny going to try and drive a stake through Aidan's heart, his "vampire father" and maker which means so much to a vampire? The same Kenny who has spent his entire time as a vampire trying to impress his vampire father Aidan and get closer to him? The same Kenny who dearly loves Aidan and has him to thank for blessing him with a life freed from a room in a bubble where he had been imprisoned and otherwise would have stayed and been alone till death? The same Kenny we the audience have seen multiple times showing that he respects Aidan's wisdom and always listens to whatever guidance and advice Aidan has to share?

And this Kenny is going to murder the Aidan who just very recently chose him, Kenny the boy Aidan has only known for less than a year, over his beloved wife? Over the mother of Aidan's only child? Who Aidan violently drove a stake through the heart of killing her forever in order to protect him, Kenny?

And why again? Because Aidan did what any rational person would do? The one thing Kenny would probably and absolutely expect him to do being the good Aidan he knows? Choosing to tell a little lie in order to try to keep both his best friend in the world Josh, the same Josh who has risked his own life countless times in order to save Aidan's life, from being violently murdered, AND, to also protect Kenny himself from being violently eviscerated by Josh who is now a new kind of werewolf probably more deadly than most vampires around especially young newbie vamp Kenny?

Really? So Kenny's got to kill Josh because Josh ripped half the flesh from beautiful Astrid's body with his long, gnashing teeth as she experienced absolute agony before finally dying but he's got to kill Aidan first for telling a little fib to protect the people he loves? Aidan is the priority? I don't buy it.

Conclusion. Now reconsidering I do think Kenny is definitely dead but I think the writers made a bad decision in order to neatly wrap up the show and have Aidan suffer a huge loss to further the impending plot events because Kenny trying to kill Aidan and only for that reason just wasn't true to the Kenny character they had created over the last two seasons.

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