by Dianna Berrian
It’s safe to say the title of this week’s “Being Human” episode speaks for itself. …What? I’m talking about werewolves, guys! What were you thinking?
Well if you were thinking that maybe Sally should use her newfound powers only for good, you were right. And she confirms it in a conversation with Nora about how she’s going to help Josh. But the real person of interest this week is Aiden’s long lost wife Susanna…
Aiden: “It’s a little strange…isn’t it?”
Susanna: “Just a little. All this time I…I never imagined you wearing a leather jacket.”
Aiden: “Uh, yeah, I…guess I’ve been in a rut the last couple of decades.”
Susanna: “You speak differently.”
Aiden: “You’re wearing pants.”
Talk about your awkward reunions. However, the main thing we are all wondering is how is it she came to be a vampire? In a flashback to her drowning, we get another glimpse of Aiden’s agony and his massacre of all those present and responsible. What we didn’t see last time, was Susanna’s corpse being plucked from the water by none other than…BISHOP! After she wakes from being turned, they have a deep, meaningful chat about life and death and he promises to reunite her with Aiden so long as she does what he says. First things first, he wants to teach her to feed. But Susanna refuses to succumb to the monster he made of her, despite how easy it was for her to accept Aiden’s state of being, and runs off.
Meanwhile, Sally is roaming an empty field where Donna’s house (if you could call it that) once resided, now with new and improved dirt flooring. In some trippy flashes between being the field and the inside of the abandoned house, Sally eventually learns she can touch the ground and digs up Donna’s old spellbook. The pages are empty at first, but with a little determination and a lot of crazy unknown ghost powers, she gets them to appear. Cue happy dance!
Back outside the house, Aiden and Susanna are still playing catch up. He confesses to her how he abandoned their son Isaac to avenge her, and in the past 200 years he’s never been brave enough to learn what became of him. She assures him that even though Isaac was left an orphan, he died a grandfather. Relief floods Aiden, and just as the conversation gets juicy – “Why did you stay away?” – Sally shows up joyously to announce her new ability to hold a book and turn pages. And…then she notices Susanna:
Sally: “I thought you came back to spend the night with Kat. Who’s this glossy haired long face?”
Aiden: “She’s an old friend of mine.”
Sally: “You can see me? … What are you? … I was serious about your hair. It’s really nice.”
Nice save, Sally. Anyway, she goes back to the book, explaining she wants to use it to help Josh, so he should just cut Susanna loose and meet her and Nora in the woods. And he does. But not without a little arguing:
“Using spells to solve problems only leads to other usually bigger problems down the road or have you forgotten about the time that you bit my stomach off?!”
I mean…he’s not wrong. Luckily, Nora is there to mediate and Sally finally explains the Moonrise spell she’s going to use. It just so happens they have to do the spell on this night while the moon is waning. His transformation is tied to the lunar cycle, and during the waning phase is when spells of banishment are cast…
“So what else? We need a bat wing, or a lizard scale, or…a heart of the man you killed?” – Aiden
Oof! Too soon, Aiden! But they do need something else – blood. Sorry, blood of the Goddess. Translation? (Boys, close your ears.) They need the blood from a girl on her menstrual cycle. Yeah, ew. But props to the show for actually addressing for once the fact that vampires are attune to menstrual cycles. Poor Aiden!
When all is said and done that evening, Sally begins by chanting over the kiddie pool filled with water. No, it’s literally a kiddie pool. Nora pours the blood in and a blast of fire shoots up. Sally dips her ghostly hand in and pulls out a knife. And suddenly, it’s hunting season. She teleports herself into the cage, trying to coax wolf Josh into cooperating so she can dagger him in the heart. But Nora lets herself in, wanting to be the one to do it. Except once his teeth are bared, she jumps and drops the knife so it’s Aiden to the rescue! Wolf Josh becomes a wolf corpse and, yet again, Sally disappears from their view, and vice versa. When she tries to walk out of the barn, it becomes the hallway into their house and somehow she’s smack dab in the middle of a memory of Aiden and Josh arguing over fixing up the house they just bought. Adding time travel to Sally’s list of new powers. In the meantime, Aiden’s freaking out thinking he killed Josh, but a hand shoots out of the wolf carcass, “Carrie” style. He calls for Nora and starts slicing open the wolf and out rolls a naked, bloodied up Josh. Is this symbolism for being reborn or something? Hmm…
Later on at home, Josh is all clean and still scruffy. (Yay!) But he looks pretty shellshocked, all blank staring into space. Nora keeps trying to act normal, making him tea and offering to go out and get him food. But Josh declines, clearly not himself. With her ever impeccable timing, Sally reappears with a few doubts about doing witchcraft. Oh, now you think Aiden was right? Pfft.
Aiden tracks down and visits Susanna at her hotel and she invites him in, making nice with small talk. And, oh yeah! There’s a crucifix stake behind her back. Just when we were starting to like her…but don’t worry, because I think it might have just been a security thing as the axe is magically gone after the commercial break. He wonders why she stayed away when they could have made it work, but she knew it wouldn’t work with Bishop by his side. He had told her he turned her as a gift for Aiden, but later decided he was not worthy of his “son”. She came back because Bishop was gone and there were too many unanswered questions, but it didn’t mean she didn’t still want him to go on with his life.
Aiden: “So we’re just gonna live in the same city, and we’re eventually, I don’t know, gonna settle into having a platonic meal or however many brunches it takes for two people to catch up on the past two centuries?”
Susanna: “I think we just let the past stay in the past.”
Oh, all right then. Feeling dejected, he heads home to find Kat sleeping in his bed. It hits him then, that their routine has become comforting, easy and “feels like life. A not at all boring, still fantastically ordinary life.” And then, and then! “Kat, I love you.” While I normally ship Aiden and Sally, I have to admit that Kat and Aiden are all kinds of adorable.
After Aiden’s departure, Susanna walks out from a shower in nothing but her silk robe. By the side of her bed, she stops to knee and rids herself of the robe and lays a flogger on the bed. She flashes back to running away from Bishop, growing weaker from starvation, until an image of Aiden urges her to feed and she kills the first thing she sees. But when she comes to, the body before her is their son, Isaac. Back in present day, we see her shame lives on as she uses the flogger to lash herself. In the flashback, she begs Bishop to save her son, and when he refuses, begs him to kill her. Since she was not what he planned, he forces her to leave and never returned, promising to keep this their “eternal secret.”
In Josh’s room, Nora is still babying him a little when Sally stops in to check on him. He’s basically in the “I swear if someone asks me if I’m okay one more time!” mood but they bond a little over their supernaturally stuck travels. Josh in his wolf form, Sally in her dimension skipping. Basically, she levels with the amount of pain he’s had to endure because she had to too.
Josh: “Thanks for getting me back.”
Sally: “Hey, you saved me first. That’s what bros do.”
D’awww. Once she leaves, he lays there for a second, still as death. But claustrophobia seems to kick in because he leaps up to open the window, almost in desperation. Once he can breathe, he sits back down and begins rubbing his eyes. And when they open, it isn’t human eyes he sees in his reflection in the mirror. They’re as amber as, oh, I don’t know, a wolf’s?