This review contains spoilers.
3.2 (Dead) Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
In retrospect, I suppose it’s not a surprise that the twin purebred werewolves storyline is rearing its ugly head again, since it probably needs resolution, but I have to be honest in telling you that I’m not too happy about it. I thought it was one of the weakest parts of season two and I would’ve been quite pleased if it was never brought up again.
But this episode introduces us to Liam McClean, Connor and Brynn’s father. Apparently it’s been a year and a half and Brynn hasn’t come home to daddy yet, so this is the first time he’s hearing of the fact that his son is dead and nailed to the wall of a vampire hidey hole. When he’s not swearing to make it rain (blood, not bills), he’s being super creepy at Nora, talking about how his wolf can judge her wolf’s character while they’re both turned in the tiny little storage unit that’s barely big enough for one wolf, despite her protestations that they’ll probably kill each other. Smart girl, that Nora. I’d say he should listen to her, but I think it’s pretty clear that purebred werewolves, as a whole, are off their collective rocker and rational discourse has no place in their conversations.
On the other hand, Aidan’s being supremely reasonable this episode. It’s a delightful change of pace from last season, which saw him go to some pretty dark places. This year, he’s a beacon of rational thinking and carefully measured control; after crawling his way to a pay phone, he is reunited with his friends and later turns down the opportunity to feed on Josh and Sally due to their blood not being suitable (Josh had the flu, Sally’s blood is basically like a vampire’s, given that she’s the reanimated dead and all) and instead goes to buy some blood on the black market. Naturally, this leads to him getting beaten up because, well, let’s be honest, trying to buy the blood of the innocent is up there on the list of things people are allowed to judge you for, but luckily he is rescued by his wayward son Henry.
Henry, as it happens, has a girlfriend named Emma who has managed to avoid the flu and, at least at first, seems willing to let Aidan feed off her until he can find a source of his own. And in case we all weren’t super-clear about the fact that in this and any other vampire narrative, blood drinking is equal to having sex, the point is driven home when Aidan and Emma slip into the boudoir to do the deed in private. Emma’s suddenly a lot more reticent than she was earlier, though, which leads to Aidan discovering that she’s being held against her will and has tried to kill herself before. And because Aidan is the source of all that is reasonable and kind this year, he lets her go. I still have no idea how he’s so recovered from the year and a half in a coffin (not to mention the car wreck) since that little bit of blood he drank from the truck didn’t seem like very much in the face of what I have to imagine was some pretty fierce hunger, but for now, he’s okay and determined to get his blood on the up and up.
Also representing Team Sunshine and Puppies this year is Josh, who finally agrees to stop sitting outside the storage unit, listening to Nora change. Instead, he spends the night first with a newly alive Sally and then later walking downtown by himself, just marveling at the fact that the moon is full and he’s human. Oh, and he decides to ask Nora to marry him. The very next morning, in fact, despite Sally’s protestations that the morning after a change is probably not the best time to propose. I have to admit she has a point, but knowing where Josh started his journey (engaged, accepted to med school, everything going fine until he got turned into a wolf), and now seeing him getting things back to where he wants them to be (human, a nurse, on the precipice of a new engagement), it’s hard not to be happy for him.
It’s also hard not to be happy for Sally, who is relishing having her body back. And contrary to what I thought last week, she has her body all to herself. Stevie and Nick both awoke in their own coffins, leading to a mad scramble to dig them up and coat their bodies in the salve that restored Sally. Nick is reunited with his girlfriend Zoe and Stevie decides to see the country and lose his virginity.
With that taken care of, Sally decides she wants a night on the town to celebrate being alive, but runs into problems when she meets a friend of her brother’s (apparently she has one; they don’t talk for unspecified reasons) who attended her funeral. She makes up a story about being so afraid of Danny that she faked her own death just to escape him, and Trent buys it hook, line, and sinker.
After making out in the bar, Sally warns Josh away from the house for a few hours in case things between the two of them escalate, but Trent says he’s feeling weird and instead asks her out for the following night, to which Sally happily agrees. Things seem to be going pretty awesomely for her (she even has a moment with Aidan the next day on the couch), until she leaves the house the next morning and finds that Trent died overnight. Josh deduces that this is why the witch said she couldn’t see anyone from her past; if she does, they will die.
Still determined to ask Nora to marry him, Josh then heads for the storage unit and finds a giant hole ripped in the door. Where Nora and Liam ended up is anyone’s guess but I’m betting that if they both made it out alive, his wolf probably has some things to say about her wolf’s character. Considering how things ended between Nora and the purebreds, those things are probably not very good.
I really enjoy this show when I feel like I can root for the characters. I think that’s why I had such a hard time with season two, when our heroes had become so morally questionable. This episode proves how good each of these people are and why they deserve our attention. So far, season three is shaping up to be pretty great.
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