Previously on: Nora found out she’s pregnant, Sally was almost exorcised, Bishop went off the deep end, and Aidan was warned to prepare for what’s coming.
Being Human 1.12 “You’re the One That I Haunt”
Sally voices us over this week, explaining the idea of the calm before the storm as we survey the destruction that Bishop left behind. At the apartment, Aidan is arming Josh with stakes and Sally floats through, grey-skinned and white eyed and non-responsive to either of her roommates. Josh aptly describes her as “the Grudge.” Aidan explains that she just needs time to heal, but Josh is concerned about what she’ll heal into. As the boys arrive at work, Josh wonders why, if it’s so dangerous right now, they aren’t just hiding in the house, but Aidan is too busy freaking out on an old man who carelessly dropped a jagged piece of wood to answer. Josh pulls him off as Sally finishes the voice over: “When you know you’re gonna die a violent death, when that’s the only way you can die. It’s all about the waiting … for that final storm. If the waiting doesn’t kill you first.”
Aidan explains to Josh that the only way to survive is assume everyone is one of them, before he gets distracted by a woman across the courtyard. We enter a flashback and realize that this is the infamous Celine (of the chest tattoo). Celine wants Aidan to drink from her, she trusts him to stop.
Over on the wolfy side of things, Nora is concerned about a few things. She’s showing already, which is weird, and her HCG levels are abnormally high for seven weeks, which could mean a birth defect or multiple fetuses. She’s still not sure if she’s keeping it but all she knows is that she’s not getting an abortion today. She tells Josh about her ultrasound that afternoon and he promises to make it to it.
Sally, still looking frightening, has reverted back to haunting Danny. She hovers behind him as he shaves, pretentiously using a straight-razor. She muses about how dangerous that is and how tragic it would be if he cut himself before making him slit himself. Blood pours from the cut in his neck as Danny stumbles around. “That’s what it feels like … to die,” Sally comments before she turns back to herself again.
Aidan visits Celine in her hospital room, who’s looking through an album. She’s shocked, but seems happy, too. “For a moment, I thought you were a ghost; a deathbed visitation.” Aidan is surprised to hear that and she explains that it’s a recurrence of lung cancer that she had previously. She’s not seeking any treatment, just pain relief to die in peace. Although, she’s letting her daughter (who lives in Boston) think differently. Aidan’s happy for her, that she married and had children. Celine wants to know who Aidan’s girl is now, but Aidan just says “it’s over,” as he thinks of Rebecca. Back in the ’70s, Aidan hands Celine a stake for protection and starts drinking from her. Before he gets too into it, there’s a knock on the door. It’s Bishop, and Aidan plays the ungracious host by refusing to invite him in. Aidan’s apparently been gone from the family for five years, but Bishop thinks it’s time for him to come home now. Bishop explains to Aidan, from his experience with Jane, how these relationships go down and the tl;dr of it is that they don’t end well. Aidan thinks he can control himself, but Bishop reminds him that violence is his nature.
As Josh works in a hallway, he notices Danny getting treated for his neck wound. Right then, Sally appears and Josh is really happy that she’s back to normal. “No more Zombie Sally!” He’s not so happy, however, when she reveals that she thinks that it was slitting his throat open that did it. He’s even less happy when she starts musing about finishing the job and suspecting that her closure will come with Danny’s death. “Why is everyone so kill happy?” Josh wants to know as she disappears.
Back to the ’70s, Aidan rushes back into Celine’s after his chat with Bishop and tells Celine that she needs to pack; they need to leave town. She wants him to just turn her if they’re in such danger, but he doesn’t want her to have to struggle like he does. “I can’t spend my life running from them. I deserve better than that,” she demands. He’s tells her that he’s coming back at 7 and begs her not to leave apartment until then.
Josh finds Aidan at work and reveals his worry that Nora’s got a little of wolf babies growing inside her. Aidan’s sure that can’t happen, but Josh isn’t sure that it can’t. Reflecting on his past, Aidan reminds Josh to hold on to the good part of what he and Nora have and work out the rest when it comes. Josh updates Aidan on the Sally situation, namely that she’s a “full on murder ghost now.” A girl, Jenny, walks by them, unfazed at that sentence, and Aidan senses that she’s a vamp, just as she lunges for him. Josh, shaken, stakes her.
At the house, Danny is leaving a message on the answering machine explaining to the guys that he’s out-of-town for a few days, but then shows up at the door immediately. After making sure that the guys aren’t home, he calls for Sally and tells her that he knows how to get rid of her. “You can’t haunt our house if there is no house,” he explains as he pours gasoline all over the first floor. Sally tries to stop him, but she can’t do anything as he lights the fuel and tries to leave. “You’re going down with it,” Sally vows as she shuts all the exits to him. The guys arrive home and Sally explains that he was trying to kill her – again. Aidan throws Danny against a wall, saying, “Do you know how long I’ve been waiting to do that?” as Josh finds the fire extinguisher and starts putting the blaze out. Danny finally realizes that the guys can see Sally and Josh reveals why as Aidan shows his teeth and starts beating him. Sally wants him to finish it, but Josh reminds her that “if you kill him, he’ll be here. He’ll haunt you.” Danny begs for his life and promises to stay away as Aidan projects his own issues: “He’s lying; he’ll never leave you alone.” Sure you’re talking about Danny and not Bishop, Aidan? Josh continues to talk Sally down reminding her that she’s the only one of them that hasn’t killed someone. She says he deserves to die, but then states that she’s not like him, and he sees her again. “You didn’t just get saved,” she informs him. “What you’re gonna get, you’re gonna pray and cry and wish you were dead.” As police and firemen come to investigate, Danny confesses both his crimes to them as Sally watches.
At lunch, Josh is wondering if Sally’s okay as Aidan breaches the subject of his rage attack. He assure Josh that he wasn’t really going to kill Danny, which Josh calls bullshit on. Aidan, in a surprisingly self-aware move admits that maybe recent events in his life were playing into that. As Josh wonders if they should talk to Sally about her taste in guys (really, did I miss something about the Nick thing? He didn’t seem that bad to me), Nora interrupts and assumes the ensuing awkwardness is because they were talking about her. Which she’s totally cool with, understanding that Josh would want to confide in his roommate. During the ultrasound, the doctor reveals that Nora’s actually 14 weeks along, rather than seven, which explains the elevated HCG levels. Other than that, the fetus is perfect. Nora says that the doctor must be wrong about the dates, but that Josh “totally impregnated [her]. With a tiny, huge-headed alien.”
Aidan excuses himself to go and visit Celine. He wants to give her something, wants to turn her now. “You could’ve asked earlier, you know,” she snarks. She declines the offer, though, as she sees the subtle changes in him now, his eyes look older, deeper. She explains that she wants to see her daughter get married, her grandkids born … but doesn’t want to see them die. “I think I had my time.” He wants to know why she wasn’t there when he came back for her. Back in the “˜70s, we see why. Celine wakes up, almost naked, on some sort of medical slab. She got a long cut on her arm and blood on her neck and of course, Bishop is there. She can tell that she’s been drugged and asks if Bishop turned her. “No, no, no,” he replies, “we just talked. Mostly.” She tries to stab him and tells him that she won’t give up on Aidan. “This isn’t about you and Aidan,” Bishop informs her. “You are nothing. If he really loved you, he would have turned you, like I did him. He always comes back.” Celine replies, “You mean he’s always leaving you and you always have to drag him back.” She threatens to tell Aidan what Bishop did, but he threatens her family if she doesn’t keep his secret. Back in the present, the fear was instilled deep in her because even now, inches away from death, she won’t give it up. She handwaves his questions with a dismissive “It was such a long time ago.” Quickly changing the subject, she says that if Bishop really is gone, Aidan should be celebrating. He confides: “I’m afraid of myself. Who I’ll be without him to hate. The past forty years, everything I’ve done was me trying to not be him.” She assures him that he’s a good person and implores him to figure out how to be happy again: “That’s what you can give me.”
At home, the roommates toast martinis to their future couch as they stand in their charred first floor. Sally doesn’t even know what to do with herself, now. Josh reveals that he’s going back to med school part-time. He wants to be someone for his kid to look up to. They click glasses (Sally raising an imaginary one), and a Door appears. Sally is not mentally prepared for this, but Aidan tells her that she’s earned it. She wishes that she could take them with her, but Josh assures her that they’ll all go eventually. “See you in sixty years … give or take.” She worries about what’s behind the door and Aidan requests pictures. The farewell isn’t quite as touching as the U.K. equivalent; I’m not sure whether it’s the performances or my dread of what I know is coming. As she reaches for the doorknob, something comes crashing through the window. It’s Bishop, who stakes Aidan and runs off as he starts to sizzle from being in a place he wasn’t invited. Aidan coughs and drifts out of consciousness as Josh yells at him to hold on.
As Sally told us, this episode was all about the calm before the storm. For all the game-changing events that happened last week and all the anxiety that surrounded the roomies, they actually had a pretty good week, right up to the end. Sally received her closure, Josh received some good news on the baby front and Aidan was able to see Celine again, something he never thought would happen. The ever-present Bishop was always there, looming in the background, however, for Aidan, both in current day and in the “˜70s flashbacks. This relationship between Aidan and Bishop is so much more developed than the relationship between Mitchell and Herrick was in the U.K. version, and it’s one of the things that makes the U.S. series so enticing. A dysfunctional family of the highest caliber, Aidan and Bishop switch off between overbearing father/rebellious son, toxic lovers, and even sometimes Cain and Abel. If the U.S. series follows the blueprint set by the original, next week will conclude the Cain and Abel side of the story. I truly hope it doesn’t, though, because the loss of Bishop would be a loss to all viewers.
On the baby front, I’m really interested to see where this storyline goes. I like that the characters have openly entertained the possibility of an abortion, although I highly doubt they’ll go there. The baby does seem to be supernaturally influenced, though, in its twice as fast as normal growth rate. What’s Josh going to say when Nora is ready to pop at four and a half months? Will the baby continue that growth pattern through childhood? Will Nora even be able to carry the baby to full term? So many questions but the biggest one is do we really think that SyFy is going to give us “A Werewolf, A Vampire, A Ghost and A Baby” next season? Some tragedy is going to have to happen to Nora and/or the fetus, but will they be able to pull that off without it seeming like a cheap out?