Episode 4 of Being Human, I’m so Lonesome I Could Die, achieves the title of my favorite episode of the season so far. Things are getting PERSONAL! We now know that Aidan sleeps in the basement, understandable given that he did kill two girls in his old room. Plus this way Sally gets her own room, so win-win. Anyway – amazing work this week!
Aidan’s getting selfish and desperate, Sally’s going to work, Josh and Nora’s relationship continues to grow more complicated, and as a capper we see Cat Man Dude dancing with a vampire. What more could you want, honestly?
Aidan and Sally seem to have a lot in common this season, especially this episode. Both characters find themselves lost in a new world, trying to rejoin the “land of the living.”
Sally received her wake up call last week when she realized she could kill people from her past quite easily, and she’s ready to move on and become a new person. Aidan is still getting there. Through a series of douchetastic actions (namely throwing raves at 3638 Mansfield at 3 AM and leaving Sally at dive bars that smell like Hep C), we find out Aidan has thrown in the towel. He feels upset over Henry’s death. He feels lost and alone, and he’s literally playing Russian roulette with his dinner.
THANKFULLY, Sally gives him the reminder that he’s needed to hear since last season; a reminder that his friends are always there for him. The way Sally and Aidan’s story intersect this week feels perfect. Their stories already contain similar and comparable elements–which remains fun to watch–but the more the roommates interact with each other, the better the show becomes. However, I might have to reconsider writing choices if Sally and Aidan become a romantic couple. They’ve always seemed like siblings to me, and I don’t think I could stomach watching them kiss and hold hands.
As brilliant story writing would have it – both Sally and Aidan became working class stiffs by the episode’s end, each finding new resolve to make their lives more normal and livable…and not have Josh go completely broke by having to pay rent all by himself. Along with their new jobs, each character’s future receives a bright, shiny, new path to walk down.
Aidan, newly donning the scrubs, meets bubble boy, Kenny–a kid newly admitted to Suffolk who has interestingly enough not been exposed to normal air much less the virus that kills vampires. I assume Aidan wishes to use this kid to feed off of, but I have to wonder if he’s going to cross any of the lines he’d drawn so clearly for Henry, or if he’ll remember other vampire rhetoric like “don’t reveal yourself” . Aidan did seem to back pedal some upon reflection of his rules on Henry, saying that he did things HIS way, and Henry died for it. It makes a lot of sense that Aidan would be able to give Kenny a normal, bubble free life in exchange for clean blood until the vampire virus is under control. That might also give Aidan a grateful vampire son. I could elaborate on this, but I will choose to not speak ill of the dead so soon.
Sally graciously receives a job at the funeral home by Max…after he caught her trying to steal records of dead babies. Max remains again SUPER understanding, and offers her a job where he can pay her cash so that she can start earning money. Maybe I’ve grown cynical in my young age, but I don’t trust him. I suppose it IS possible that the director of a funeral home, no matter how adorable he looks, might be hard up for dates. But, he just HAPPENS to work at funeral home where there just HAPPENS to be ghosts Sally can send to horrible fates. He doesn’t care that she broke into the place a few times, that she attempted to steal files of the deceased, or that she needs money under the table. I’m smelling a Max/Donna evil hook up here.
Last week, Being Human gave us rowdy, unruly kids. This week, it’s all about parenting issues. Several instances of parenting in all its forms guided us this week and gave us interesting looks inside character progressions.
This week we meet the Sargeants, aka Nora’s parents. I loved that Josh never met them before now, so we experience them as Josh does. Not only are her folks not winning any parenting awards, but they also have no clue about Nora’s ex Will’s abusive tendencies. Given all the shocking information thrown at us involving the Sargeants, it’s no wonder that Nora became a strong person or why she has less trouble with her wolf. It also made me wonder if the possible father/daughter relationship between Liam McLean and Nora would develop further and faster than I’d initially thought, since she’s obviously lacked a proper father figure in her life, not to mention the fact that their wolves bonded so easily. Of course, we also find out that Nora killed Brynn. That may make family dinners a tad uncomfortable. As far as being happy with family situations, it seems as though Being Human will deny Nora one. Her biological family is caustic. Her wolf family calls to her, but comes with major issues and difficulties, and even a possible marriage to Josh now probably will have to wait for a while, given that her delinquent joke of a brother spilled the beans on Josh’s wish to propose, and she doesn’t seem to be especially for it.
In yet another brilliant scene, we get another look at Josh and his anger issues while he puts on the mantel of “parent”. He goes into full on Dad mode when he finds Nora’s brother and Erin playing tonsil hockey and starts a full on wrestling match with him. This scene did a few things for us: it showed us how protective Josh remains over the people in his life (even the new ones) and it showed us that even despite being rid of the wolf, Josh still has a monster within himself. This is the second time we’ve seen Josh struggle with violence, although the first one was only in his own mind (his “vision” of scratching the hell out of the bartender). Does this mean Josh’s own personality always skirted the rage side, and he just blamed the wolf? Does this mean that even if he’d been cured, he can NEVER fully escape the curse of the wolf? Josh is the responsible one this season so far…how long before he really loses control?
Ah…that’s the stuff we live for in this show.
Special thanks to Mari and Rebel for the conversation this week, and helping ideas and predictions run rampant in my head
Special other thanks to Marika, making sure I sound goooood. 😀