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Being Human U.K. Retro Recap 2.03

Mitchell finds out that once the system breaks down, all hell breaks loose as George deals with the loss of Nina and Annie tries to find purpose as an invisible Matchmaker. On the bad side of things, Professor Jaggat finally makes a long-awaited debut.

In the opening flashback, people in medieval garb are hiding in tunnels. They are being chased by clergy, who inform the peasants that they have been found guilty of, among other things, witchcraft, immoral acts, and spreading the plague. They have been judged and are to be destroyed. They’ll begin by smashing their teeth from their skulls, then removing their heads from their bodies. In case you haven’t guessed yet, these peasants were vampires.

Back in present day, a girl is jogging when she runs across a bloody shoe and a trail leading into the woods. Stupidly, she follows it instead of calling 911 (or, 999, if we’re being geographically correct), and finds two bodies, a man and a woman, still holding heads. We assume the blood-covered bodies are dead until the man opens his eyes. He’s brought into the hospital. The police make a statement about the attack, which left the woman dead and the man in a coma. They intend to investigate it fully. Mitchell visits the man, Marcus, and knowing that the police will get a statement from him once he’s awake, briefly entertains the thought of pulling the plug. When Lucy happens upon him, he says he was praying. She’s surprised that he’s a man of faith. She thinks the guy will survive, though, and is sure this will be a murder inquiry. She asks what happened to their drink, if they can have it tonight, but Mitchell hems and haws and she gets the hint.

Annie pops into George’s room, letting the sunshine in against his will. She’s brought him warm water. There’s no tea because since George has hidden in bed and Mitchell hasn’t been around, no one’s gone shopping. George can’t handle this right now and he doesn’t really want to talk about Nina. Annie tells him to just pull out of his depression (not very sympathetic, Annie) as Hugh turns up downstairs. Annie forces George to go answer the door. They’ve told Hugh that Annie just left. Left a note, never coming back kind of left. Hugh says this is exactly what happened with his ex, Kirsty. “Why does every woman I love run a mile when I get just a little bit serious?” George avoids answering.

Mitchell goes looking in a subway tunnel and finds a still pretty crazy Cara. He wants to know who attacked the two students. Cara doesn’t really care if the humans try to kill them. Mitchell tells her to round everyone up for a meeting.

Annie interrupts George in the bathroom to tell him that she’s going to get Hugh back together with Kirsty. And that George has to help her, since he can relate to Hugh’s jilting. Annie just wants to feel useful again. She feels cursed, like she taints things. George knows how that feels.

Mitchell meets with the Chief Constable who assumes he’s the new Herrick. Mitchell says no, he’s just a representative. The press are all over this case. “Why can’t you guys stick with homeless alkies?” the Chief ponders. He sees no backbone in Mitchell, but says he’ll make it go away anyway… for the right price. However, he warns, “Without Coroner Quinn on board, this is all academic.”

Mitchell heads to an abandoned church where the split up family has gathered at his request. Daisy’s there for entertainment value. Mitchell starts talking, but no one’s listening. He demands that the killing has to stop and explains that the old system doesn’t exist anymore: “The world we knew is gone, you have to accept that.” He suggests that they all go clean. At their scoffs of disbelief, he asks them if they know who he is. “My name is John Mitchell and I’ve killed more people than you’ve met!” It’s a powerful moment for us more than for the vampires, I think. We forget that this Mitchell that we know and love and empathise with is really a mass murderer. They mock his rehab idea, led by Cara, but he lays it down. They get discovered, that means persecutions and mass execution. Daisy says they can’t change their nature. Reminds him that there were a few false starts when he tried, too. But there was always someone there to clean up after his. His betrayal of his kind was aided by his family. “You’ve gotta give a little something back.” He says he’ll talk to some people, but they can’t kill anymore. And if anyone does, he’ll kill them himself.

When Mitchell comes home, Annie and an unwilling George are waiting for him to have a house meeting. George tells him that he’s not pulling his weight. Annie says they need to team build, bond, talk. Mitchell suggests he and George go out and get hammered one night. George agrees and everything is copacetic between them, to Annie’s disbelief. “We don’t need to turn this into an episode of Oprah,” Mitchell tells her. But when the boys want to turn the TV on and watch Real Households, they freak out that the channel has changed the time. George even starts crying about it. Perhaps they’re not dealing with their problems in the most effective way.

Cara, ever the rebellious child, stalks a group of teens in a shopping center. She gets them into the back alley and attacks two of them as the third watches.

Annie and George head down to the New Found Out and Annie reminisces on her days as a barmaid. Hugh comes over with drinks and George gets him to start dishing about Kirsty. She was blonde, a florist (although she considered herself an artist with flowers). About a year ago, she chucked Hugh aside, saying that he was “too conventional.” But she had some quirks, too… she never cleaned up properly, just left dishes to get limescale and left glasses condensing on the tables. George and Hugh bond over their love of coasters, it’s a very sweet moment. Hugh says they should go out sometime, have a drink of two and George says he would like that. Annie is again boggled by the way guys work through things.

The Chief Constable meets with Mitchell, but it’s too late. The guy woke up. The Chief can still fix it, but they need Quinn, so the Chief provides Mitchell with some leverage: an envelope with pictures.

George and Annie stalk Kirsty, and Annie body snarks Kirsty’s hair color and appearance. Not cool, Annie, not cool. George asks for some flowers, something artistic. Kirsty half-heartedly wraps a normal bunch. When George asks for something a little more exciting and flamboyant, Kirsty explains that she used to do flamboyant. Now, she can’t be arsed anymore. Annie sums up the situation with Kirsty: “She’s deader than I am.” Annie suspects it’s because Kirsty misses Hugh, as well. Her suspicions are confirmed as she hangs out with Kirsty for a bit. While Kirsty is doing the washing up, she doesn’t just leave the plate, something Hugh was always encouraging her not to do. She calls to check her messages on a personals line and there are none. Poor lonely Kirsty.

At the hospital, Marcus has woken up from his coma and Lucy is talking to him and gives him a cross necklace that his girlfriend was wearing.

Mitchell goes to see Quinn, who implores Mitchell to listen to his conscience and walk away. Quinn isn’t rescinding his conviction to stop covering for the vampires. Mitchell sighs deeply and shows him the envelope of pictures. They’re of his grandchildren. “As long as you comply, nothing will happen,” to them, Mitchell assure him. Quinn changes his mind about Mitchell; he is scum, Quinn decides. Mitchell apologizes that it had to come to this. Quinn spits at him that the girls at the shopping center were only 15. Mitchell didn’t know about them. Quinn realizes that Mitchell has no control. Mitchell goes back to the family, demands to know who it was. Cara says they were delicious. Mitchell realizes that the system has to be in place and asks if any of the family has a suit. A suited vampire becomes Kyle, the assistant manager of the funeral parlor. The family business open for business again.

The Chief waits as someone in gloves pays a visit to the coma victim and injects something into his IV, then makes it look like he took some pills himself. Quinn gets the reports on the two girls for his signature. The coma victim codes and a cop brings the boy’s statement to Chief who burns it. Lucy tries to save the coma victim, but cannot. It’s judged a suicide and the Chief holds a press conference saying that they’ve determined that it was a suicide pact between the two victims. Mitchell meets the Chief and is pissed that they had him killed. The Chief says it’s the way things are done. He also wants to know how they knew about the girls in the shopping center. They were young offenders, he’s glad that they’re gone. He wants the vampires to stick with repeat offenders: “It’s a win-win.” The system is truly back in place now. “This is how it works,” The Chief informs a shocked Mitchell. “What, you expected it’d be pretty?”

At home, George says that Hugh won’t go on a blind date. Annie says instead, she needs a bad experience that makes her appreciate Hugh. George is going to date her and be terrible. The discuss terrible date ideas (George’s was a kebab shop) and George finds the jackpot: a 3 ½ hour German art film. “You bastard,” Annie says, impressed.

In the morgue, Lucy is looking at Marcus’ body as Mitchell comes in. She doesn’t think he was suicidal. How did he get the drugs? Unhook himself, break into the store, get back and plug himself in without anyone noticing? Mitchell says there were fingerprints. Lucy doesn’t buy it. She thinks the police are idiots. Mitchell asks her out for that date again.

Kirsty arrives for her blind date and recognizes George from the shop. She’s so excited for this date. She loves German cinema and has been dying to see this movie. Oops. Lucy and Mitchell head out to the pub for their drink. Lucy asks him to tell her about himself. Asks about his family, why he’s a cleaner. He’s typically Mitchell with his non-committal answers. He likes the anonymity. She just wants to find out who he is. “Maybe I’m just very dull,” Mitchell replies. Back at the blind date, Kirsty has loved the movie and requests a kebab after. George thinks she’s insane. Annie urges him to go for the last resort: reciting a poem to her. He recites a bad poem he wrote about missing Nina and Kirsty attacks him with kisses. The plan has totally failed. “Sod it,” Annie surmises, “maybe you guys are actually meant to be together.”

Mitchell walks Lucy home and she won’t let him see her in. She’s pissed with how distant he was at the pub. She chalks it up to a long day and says just to forget it. At home, George and Mitchell talk about how the funeral parlor is open again and they’re overheard via the bug on the mantelpiece by Creepy Old Man and the tech. Unfortunately for the eavesdroppers, when George picks up his glasses, he pulls the bug up, too. He washes kebab grease off his glasses and washes the bug down the drain. George is upset that the system is back into place. Mitchell says he’ll eventually get them off blood, but George doesn’t think he can do it. George says he’ll support him, but says he could have used some support himself with the Nina thing. Mitchell says he needs to stop with the self-pity, pick himself up and learn from it. Ouch.

Mitchell visits Cara, who’s been locked up in a room. “It’s time,” he informs her before he takes her to the work room where the family is waiting. They want to see if he’ll really go through with it.

Annie takes George to Kirsty again. She tells him to come on too strong, propose to her, name their first children, anything to put her off him. Instead, he bursts out to Kirsty that he’s lying to her. He’s in love with someone else who’s gone. He thought this would take his mind off it, but it didn’t. Kirsty sympathises. George says the most precious thing in the world is a second chance. He leaves and Kirsty pulls out her mobile to call Hugh.

Mitchell takes Cara down to the caves we saw in the opening flashback. He explains the history of bashing the teeth out of vampires. A now terrified Cara promises not to be bad again, but Mitchell has to go through with this, make an example of her. He hits her mouth with a rock and removes her teeth, leaving her there, crying. He brings her teeth back up and shows the others announcing that Cara has been executed. “The king is dead,” a vampire says, “Long live the king.” The rest began chanting along with it, all except Daisy.

Kirsty and Hugh meet up with each other again. They missed each other. Annie watches as they reconnect. At home, George answers the ringing phone. It’s Nina. She wants to say goodbye properly. She won’t say where she is, but she tells him to stop using the curse as an excuse not to live his life. He asks if she’s coming back. She asks him to promise her he’ll start living his life. He does. Says he loves her. She replies that she always will, too. She says she’s going to do something wonderful and hangs up. George breaks down.

On the other end of the phone Nina thanks the Old Man for letting her make the call. She’s ready now. The Old Man says that God loves her very much and asks for confirmation from Professor Jaggat on that. The camera pans around and we see Professor Jaggat for the first time: It’s Lucy.

As I rewatched this episode, I started trying to remember how far in it was that we learned that Lucy was Professor Jaggat and I was shocked that it came this (relatively) early. Watching Lucy’s interactions with Mitchell in these first three episodes has had a completely different light cast on it with the knowledge that she will eventually be the bad guy. I’ve felt so much for Mitchell while I see him trying to build this connection to her, and Lucy comes off much more heartless and calculating than she does when you don’t know who she really is. This episode really brings it to a head, though. Why, in the pub, does she ask Mitchell so many questions? She says she just wants to know who he is, but she already knows. Is she expecting him to confess his secret to her? Is she wanting him to deny it? Is she really interested in him or is this all part of her research into the various Types? The questions that go unanswered make her motives extra sinister at this point.

Annie, I have to say, is pretty darn unlikable in this episode. Between snarking about Kirsty’s clothing and appearance and telling George to just get over his depression, it’s a turn I don’t like in her character. While those tendencies have always been there in small ways, it seems like she’s completely encompassed by them in this episode. Whether to chalk this up to her experience with Saul or bad writing I just don’t know.

By Crystal Coleman

Florida girl living on the west coast. During the day, I consult in social media and community management. I have a really cute puppy (Elphaba) and a British husband (I keep him for his accent) as well as an unhealthy relationship with parentheses.

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