Being Human (USA) season 2 episode 11 review: Don't Fear the Scott
After a run of stagnant episodes, Being Human (USA) moves forwards in leaps and bounds this week. Read Kaci's review here...
This review contains spoilers.
2.1 Don't Fear the Scott
If there is one thing this show manages to do perfectly every single time, it is awkward supernatural dinner parties. Last season there was the classic dinner with Josh's parents as well as the dinner Josh made for Sally and Aidan that neither of them could eat. And in this episode of Being Human, they finally went for the hat trick with both of our guys inviting over their significant others. For those of you keeping track at home, Josh is now fully with Julia - the same Julia who hasn't spoken to Aidan since he treated her badly after finding out she was Josh's ex and subsequently breaking up with her. Needless to say, things are frosty.
Aidan, on the other hand, brought Suren, who is finally an interesting and enjoyable character and it only took eleven episodes to get there. Aidan promises that he will inform her that Julia is his ex, and then promptly doesn't, but Suren figures it out anyway as she informs Julia that she's smelled her scent on Aidan before.
The dinner party is delightfully awkward, with Josh rambling on about slow cooking techniques while Suren notes the cleanliness of the house and informs Josh that he's a "credit to his kind." Julia's offended, "What kind is that? Jewish?" was hilarious and the awkward levels shot through the roof from there.
Unfortunately, the delightful supernatural candy stopped being quite so sweet once the plot showed back up in the triple form of Nora, Janet, and Mother.
Janet, the woman Sally possessed and used for sex, is in the hospital psych ward due to having Sally's memories. Sally is desperate to reach out to her, but Josh insists that informing her of the supernatural would only upset her more, and that they should let her doctors handle it. But when Nora arrives to insinuate herself back into Josh's life and finds that he's seeing someone else, she offers to help Sally as a way of atonement.
After convincing Janet that Sally is real, Nora shows up at the house to drop a bomb on Josh's head: it turns out there actually is a cure for lycanthropy - if the wolf is willing to kill their sire while both of them are in human form. Josh points out that killing as a human would be just as monstrous as his current situation and asks Nora why she's not killing Josh to cure herself. She informs him that she's not troubled why what she is, only by what she's done, and besides, she could never kill him anyway, as she loves him too much. Josh doesn't return the sentiment and in fact shows up at the hospital to passionately kiss Julia in the hallway, effectively choosing her. Looks like we'll be seeing Ray again sometime soon, so everyone stock up on extra soap and brillo pads for all those extra showers he always seems to inspire the second he steps on screen. (Or is that just me?)
Meanwhile, over in vampireland, Mother returns to congratulate Suren and Aidan on a successful rejuvenation of Boston. She's so impressed, actually, that she grants Aidan his freedom - with a twist. He is banished from vampire society and may not so much as speak to another vampire on pain of death, which really throws a wrench in Josh's plans for more awkward supernatural dinner parties. (Which is truly tragic - Suren has never been more likable than the kindness and vulnerability she showed during the dinner party scenes as well as the night after.)
Aidan, unable to bear living without Suren, asks his progeny Henry to arrange a meeting between the two of them, at which point he asks Suren to run away with him. She agrees, so cue goodbye scene between our main three characters that teeter tottered between being genuinely sad and being slightly too much since we all know that Aidan's not really leaving for good unless this show is a lot more risky than I give it credit for.
The two lovers run away to a seedy motel, and all seems to be going fine until Suren announces that she's hungry and needs to eat right now. Aidan reluctantly heads out to find her someone tasty to eat and before he knows it, he's surrounded by vampires, including Henry whose betrayal would probably sting a lot more if he felt like a real character and not just a plot device.
This episode had a lot going for it, even outside of what quickly became my favorite scene of the season. There were excellent friendship moments between all of our main cast not to mention that the plot moved forward by leaps and bounds after being relatively stagnant as of late. It also has the bonus of finally ridding us of The Reaper as well as offering hope that future seasons will contain fewer tedious vampire politics plots now that Aidan's been banished. Suren has never been more likable and I enjoyed the return of Sally and Nora's friendship as that was one of my favorite things in the first episode of the season.
However, I could do with a lot less Henry unless he decides to suddenly become interesting or even just an actual character and I yearn for the first few episodes of the season when Nora set herself up as my favorite character. Her fall from that grace has been hard to watch and I'd give just about anything to have the old Nora back.
All in all, however, an enjoyable episode and I'm looking forward to the reunion between our housemates once Aidan figures out how to get himself out of his latest pickle.