by Dianna Berrian
The episode starts off with a familiar flashback to Sally’s argument with her husband-to-be right before her death. But this time, the scene changes when she takes charge and shoves him back, conveniently right into the hands of Donna who fries his brain and boom, he’s dead. Josh stirs Sally from her daydream of sorts and she goes back to reading the spell book. (Note to self: Apparently ghosts can sleep. Or at leaat rest their eyes?) Aiden goes all “blood magic has costs”, and “it’s bad juju” but Sally’s still in denial, more eager to learn her limits with whatever she is now.
Done hearing her out, Aiden decides to walk Josh to his first day back at work, casually slipping out that his sister checked into rehab 2 months ago, having not been able to handle the whole werewolf/vampire thing too well. Which, by the way, is something the Nursing administration does seem to handle well…
Josh: “Seriously when is the administration gonna catch on that you, me and Nora are like the worst nurses ever? Between the three of us we’ve taken a combined 18 months leave in the last two years.”
Seriously, when did “Being Human” become the most realistic take on vampirism ever?! I salute you, writers. Keep up the good work. As they near the hospital, Josh notices the funeral home reopening and Aiden decides to go give them a lecture on “over dipping”. On his way, two vamps jump him and kidnap him to bring him to the boss, AKA Kenny who immediately apologizes for the medieval manhandling.
Kenny: “When I said escort our special guest, I literally meant bring Aiden to the office. Wasn’t gangster code for go Guantanamo Bay.”
Ohhh…baby emperor’s got jokes now, huh? Cute, Kenny. Real cute. Speaking of which, it turns out time really does heal all. At least in the case of Kenny’s mutant face. Slapping his vampire father on the shoulder, he takes him to show him his empire. Somehow in his rise to the top, Kenny’s found a way to sustain the vampires while keeping under the radar by opening a live blood venue. He explains how he killed his way to the top as he gives Aiden the grand tour, offering him a blood bag, hoping his hospitality and brains will show him he’s not a monster anymore. And then the kicker:
Kenny: You and Bishop ran this town, we can do that too. The two of us. Father and son.
But Aiden doesn’t want to because when it comes down to it, all leadership leads to is a kill or be killed lifestyle and he’s had enough of that with Bishop and Mother. Kenny argues that it would be different, he could even convert if he likes. But Aiden refuses to hear it and heads back to work. Meanwhile, Josh is flipping out at work when all the noises of the hospital seem to be magnified and making him berserk. And yet, he manages to save a seizing patient, like a boss.
Sally, on the other hand, is still reading up on her magic when she stumbles upon a spell to bring back her door. Gasp! And just as she starts to absorb it, the spell starts to disappear. Before it’s completely gone, she tries the chant but it doesn’t bring back her door. Surprise! It brings back Donna. Turns out the evil witch bitch put the spell in the book to mess with Sally’s head. She then proves how connected they really are now by making Sally her human puppet, because the more magic Sally uses the stronger their connection gets. Somehow, Sally’s rage sets them both on fire, along with the book. And once Donna disintegrates, all of the spells sear into Sally’s mind (and skin). The book turns to ash and Sally’s eyes glow with the light of every spell inside the book. Oopsie…
When Nora gets back from wallpaper shopping, Sally comes clean about what happened with Donna and how the spells are now burnt into her. She remembers all of them, so they’re a part of her now. When she mentions the spell to call up her door, Nora begins to wonder, would she really do it? But Sally has to try. What else will she do with herself for all of eternity? Obviously the newlyweds would move out in the near future, and Aiden’s risky lifestyle is no pace for a ghost. And when the house falls to the ground in 100 or so years, she’ll be what? A homeless ghost wandering aimlessly?
Nora: “I think we choose what we are. You can’t be corrupted unless you want to be corrupted.”
There’s a brief bonding moment when Sally catches a glimpse of Nora’s scars from her bad relationship with her ex that reminds her of her own bad relationship. Too bad her ending wasn’t as redeeming as Nora’s. But Nora assures her she would’ve gotten out too if she had more time. Aw…feels attack!
Josh still struggling at work, now smelling the doctor’s aftershave. He decides to ditch work and go for a run but his vision becomes kind of like tunnel vision, only seeing the runner in front of him. He runs after the guy as if he’s hunting him and suddenly his eyes bleed ember. Oops. He heads back to work where “Dr. 12-Year-Old” is looking for him but all the people and the sounds are driving him nuts so he makes a run for it and goes home to Nora only tell her – he’s going for a run. Again?? It’s apparently the only thing that helps. Once he leaves, Nora broods and vents to Sally. She’s been trying to ignore it and make life go on but she knows the wolf is there, just under his skin. Unfortunately, Sally doesn’t know what to do about Josh, but she can do something for her. She can heal her scars.
While Aiden gets back to the hospital and starts to reminisce about the innocent boy that Kenny was and how he totally ruined him, Kenny is chilling at his club with a blonde beauty offering him a taste of her blood. His face transfigures back to virus mode when he vamps out but he compels her to forget about it and proceeds to feed. O…kay. Creepy.
While Josh is out running, two vampires chase him into a back alley and jump him. But the violence comes to a halt when Josh breaks loose as a wolf man…thing. Aiden shows up, seemingly after Josh called, asking for names but he doesn’t know who they were. He explains what happened and Aiden is beside himself. There’s never been a wolf who could turn at will. …Until now?
Sally and Nora get to work making the balm that will take away her scars, but not without a little humor to lessen the tension:
Nora: “How did I get here? I’m a registered nurse. Now I’m a side-kicking as a magician’s assistant.”
And while the scar shouldn’t matter, it’s still a reminder of her ex and what he did to her. With no more hesitation, she rubs the balm on her tummy, wraps it in bandage and Sally says the spell. And poof! She magically makes herself disappear. This time, Sally travels back to their house, only in the 70s. There’s a young girl giving out “Lil smokies” and she recognizes her from the girl the witches sacrificed the last time she had time traveled.
Kenny brings Aiden to the place where he dumped him in the woods to confess he was the one who sent the two vamps to kill Josh. Aiden calls him out and tosses him a stake, insisting he prove he can fight. But he doesn’t want to. He admits he went after Josh because he thought if he was out of the picture, Aiden would let him in. He just wants someone who cares who he has memories with, since he was never able to make any memories from inside his bubble in the hospital. He promises not to touch Josh or Nora ever again, and to prove his word is bond, he shows Aiden his real face, his monster face. Ready for this?! Kenny can’t control what he looks like, but he controls what people see. He can compel vampires. Oh, okay. This just became “The Vampire Diaries” now.
Back at home, Nora and Josh share a somewhat emotional moment as he comes clean about his wolf’s presence. He’s afraid the wolf will take over again and he won’t come back but, moreso, that he liked the power and strength he felt. But Nora is in denial, telling him he’s still himself and was only acting on instinct. She promises he’s stronger than the wolf, that the wolf is alone and he – Josh – has her, Sally and Aiden, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep the wolf at his one night a month. When all is said and done, Josh returns to work to quit his job.
Aiden and Kenny run back to he club after the new boss receives a phone call and they find the place sabotaged. A vampire named Sarah lays on the floor clinging to life with a crucifix stake in her heart. Hey…didn’t Aiden’s wife have one of those? Naive Kenny tries to pull it out but it winds up turning the vamp to dust. They ponder who could have done it and head back to headquarters to check the cameras Kenny had secretly set up. They watch the vampires getting attacked left and right with a stake and a sword. And when the assailant is by her lonesome, we see it is in fact Aiden’s hunnybunny, Suzanna.
Later, Nora is crying tears of joy that her scars are gone. And Sally’s happy too but she’s worried about the after effects of her magic. She tells Nora of the little girl she saw who was murdered and they agree no more magic. The wallpaper Nora had just put up falls down to reveal a message in blood that only Sally can see: “Don’t leave me!” Maybe, just maybe, Sally is supposed to help her…
Guess there’s nothing more to do but tune in next week and find out!