Ravenswood episode 7 review: Home Is Where The Heart Is (Seriously Check The Floorboards)

Review Kaci Ferrell
15 Jan 2014 - 07:36

Ravenswood includes the parents this week, and leaves Kaci with even more questions. Here's her review...

This review contains spoilers.

1.7 Home Is Where The Heart Is - Seriously Check The Floorboards

In this week's episode of Ravenswood, someone should give the parents a stiff drink and a pat on the back.

Okay, I joke, but really, the parents in town are a focal point of this episode and it puts into perspective just how heinous the townspeople who made the pact really were. When we see Remy's dad react with sympathy, not anger, after she slices his arm with a knife while sleepwalking, we're watching a father who loves his daughter unconditionally and will quite literally shed blood without reserve for her. Think about that and then remember that some of the townspeople who made the pact that sends five teenagers to their death were parents themselves. It's not clear to me if they knew exactly what they were signing, but then again, their intentions don't really matter when there's a trail of dead teenagers and grieving parents.

Remy's sleepwalking, by the way, has truly reached new heights. Not only does she sleep walk and sleep stab, but she's also now sleep drawing hundreds and hundreds of images from the curse's history. And, apparently, at superhuman speed — no one could draw that many images in one night, no matter how diligently they worked at the task. They're also full of latin phrases that Remy has yet to decode, as well as repeated insistences that, "You should not have seen." After the stabbing incident, enough is finally enough and her parents decide to send her to a sleep clinic to get help with the problem, yet again reminding us how much the parents in this town love their kids.

There's a lot of drama with the parents this week, too, including still more drama about whether or not (definitely not) Luke and Olivia's mother killed their father. After a visit from Creepy Uncle, the knife used at the signing of the pact — and which was likely also used to murder their dad — turns up buried in their yard. In the course of searching the house for further evidence, Luke manages to anger the cops when he gets violent while defending his mother. I'll be the first to say that in this specific case, I think his reaction was understandable, but I am also really bored of Luke reacting to virtually any situation by getting angry and going into Macho Posturing Mode. I totally get that after all he's been through, and at his age, it's pretty common, but it just bores me. I'm sure the actor who plays him would love a wider range of emotions to sink his teeth into and I'd love to see the writers let him.

It does lead to a creepy moment, however, when the old man in the cell next to Luke's suddenly becomes possessed and starts to repeat phrases from Remy's drawings and then promptly goes right back to being a crotchety old man. No creepies came for Caleb in this episode, so can he expect a visit from the, "You should not have seen," police next week?

Caleb has parent drama of his own to deal with: his dad is in town after a lawyer contacted him about inheriting Henry Rivers's house. He immediately starts prying into why Caleb broke up with Hanna, since he has always liked Hanna after she was the one to bring Caleb back to him and encourage Caleb to form a relationship with his dad. Caleb hems and haws and tries to get his dad to leave, but his dad refuses since he intends to stay in town to fix up the house before he sells it. With some prodding on Miranda's part that he should make up with his dad, Caleb offers to help him fix the house so that his dad can get out of town faster. If Caleb Rivers has one flaw, it is his constant need to take care of people in spite of their own wishes, so I hope him giving in to his dad's intention to stay is a sign of him learning to let other people decide what's best for them.

Elsewhere in the episode, Miranda learns that the ghost who watches over Mrs. Grunwald is in fact a woman named Bea, who turns out to be Mrs. Grunwald's mother (who gave birth to her at age seventeen and then allowed her mother to raise her as Bea's sister to avoid scandal). Bea, as it turns out, likes the curse, since it has allowed her to watch over her daughter all these years. But after Miranda begs Bea to help her, Bea relents and gives Miranda her jar back.

And then there's the problem of Tessa and Springer. Olivia accepts Tessa's apologies and they become friends again, but it's unclear as to if Tessa's being genuine — she's later seen talking to Springer about whatever he and Dillon are involved with. Springer actually seems to take pride in it, forcefully stopping Olivia while she's out walking at night to tell her she has to understand why he's done this to her. (Please tell me we're going to find out why he's got such a hate-on for Olivia, because right now it makes no sense.) She fleas and as he gives chase, he's struck by a car... which happens to be driven by Tessa. I'm sure that's a coincidence. Is she trying to stop Springer and Dillon (and whoever they're working for)? Could Tessa actually be a force for good?

I have no idea. Every week I am left with more questions than answers. See you next week when my brain will continue to melt from sheer confusion. Good times!

Read Kaci's review of the previous episode, Revival, here.

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