by Dianna Berrian
It’s not uncommon for the premise of a Being Human episode to revolve around death. Especially when 3/5 of the household are actually dead…
On the contrary, Aiden’s pretty high on life. Well, someone else’s life. Luckily Kenny is there to clean up the mess. Speaking of messes, Josh and Nora discover Robbie’s dead body and casually mention they’re werewolves to newly dead ghost Robbie. There’s a bit of information overload while Sally explains her version of after life when the idea of resurrection trips her up and she becomes determined to bring Robbie back to life, against the better judgement of Josh.
Josh: “There’s just, there’s certain elements of raising a corpse that only the inhabitants of this house can attest to…”
Sally: “Oh come on. That was ONE TIME!”
Josh: “A significant time!”
Aiden comes home in time to offer his condolences, get side-eyed by Robbie who is skeptical to the idea of vampires, and head downstairs for an “extra bag” where Sally stumbles upon him vamping out over Robbie’s body. In a bad way. She looks for his opinion of using magic to save her brother where muddled minded Aiden validates the fact that everything she does is with good intention (I say muddled minded because under other circumstances we know Aiden to be anti-magic). But for something this big, Sally needs to consult with Donna. In the flesh. Zoinks!
Upstairs, the tension between Josh and Nora is still pretty thick. She’s not too keen on being a “ghost counselor” with all the drama going on in their own world, and Josh agrees he hasn’t been the same since they brought him back from wolf form. Robbie is contemplating whether or not he’d be worth resurrecting and the wonders that might come with being dead. And Aiden takes off for an “appointment” which is code for I gotta go get some booty from my wife. Too bad when he gets there for a little pick me up the blood she feeds him brings him right now. She chains him to the sink so he can’t get away, intending to let him ride out the high from feeding on live blood until he’s dried up. It’s the only way to get him back on track again.
Meanwhile, Sally heads off to the super mart to hijack a customer’s body so she can reach Donna’s death spot then pulls her back from the past and into the present, against her wishes. The magic used brings them back to the past to the moment where Donna is brought back to life by a small coven of witches. Turns out, Donna was never a witch to begin with. The coven brought her back as their sixth by sacrificing the essence of an innocent ghost girl. Donna warns Sally that the more she uses her magic, the likelier it is that she’ll get stuck in the past with no way out. Sally’s taken aback by how used Donna was and can’t sacrifice an innocent soul, even for her brother. Doing the first selfless thing she’s done since she was brought back to life, Donna offers up herself.
Suzanna keeps forcing Aiden to face his guilt, face all of his murders and all of the bad things he’s done. It takes a while, a lot of denial, endlessly listing the names of his victims that haunt him and a bunch of douchey sass for him to finally breakthrough and beg her for forgiveness. But before she can, she admits to him the one name that has haunted her over the centuries – their son Isaac. It tears Aiden apart and he almost stakes her then and there but can’t bring himself to do it and, instead, they crumble to pieces together. The start of their forgiveness for one another starts with their confessions and a simple kiss to her forehead. I just have to commend both Sam Witwer and Katharine Isabelle for the amazing acting in these scenes. It’d be a lie if I said there weren’t tears in my eyes.
Josh comes to the conclusion that there was no way it was possible that Robbie was electrocuted by accident. Or at all. But it’s not a murder mystery, it’s about closure. And Nora unleashes the cold hard truth about ghosts’ doors being too ominous and untrustworthy. The whole ghost babysitting thing is taking a toll on her and not giving her enough time to whine about all the other stuff on her mind (like Josh’s wolf overpowering and sleeping with other wolves).
Sally keeps assuring Robbie she’ll revive him, oblivious to the fact that maybe he doesn’t really want to be. He seems to be enjoying “shazam”ing himself to and fro, for one thing. But he digs no the “no more responsibilities”. She confesses what she saw in one of her time jumps when he defended her to Danny and thanks him for it. The brother sister bonding is killing me! The time comes to get the resurrection show on the road and Sally heads downstairs for prep, telling Robbie to meet her down there. But he doesn’t.
Donna: “He told me he wanted to put an end to the cycle. Look, Sally. There’s a very specific kind of person who’s relieved when death finally comes. I’ve seen it. The stress of trying over and over again, trying to get it right, it can be a lot. It can be too much.”
Sally: “I just wanted to help him. I just wanted to give him another chance.”
Donna: “You did. You tried.“
Josh and Nora are still sleeping in separate beds. Unable to sleep, Josh heads upstairs to try to make amends with Nora. And by amends…I mean amends. (bow chicka wow wow!) But…uh…wolfy wants to come out to play and that doesn’t bode well cause Josh, no means no buddy! Lucky Nora has that silver blade under her pillow. Or is it? She shoos him out and flees the house, too afraid of him to be near him.
Before leaving, Donna asks Sally one more favor – to seal her death spot so she can’t get out and Sally can’t get back in. Not without a promise that it’ll be the last time she uses their magic. But Sally has to be honest – she’ll only use it on special occasions. Like now. And the spell leaves Sally in the past – 2010 to be exact. It’s four years prior to her becoming a ghost, and oh! It’s also the day Danny murders her. And coincidentally, just like Donna said, she’s stuck, doomed to replay her death over and over and over…unless she can find a way to get through to her past self and rewrite history. Which is exactly where it’s headed.
Tune in next week to see Being Human‘s take on “The Butterfly Effect”!