Being Human "Of Mice and Wolfmen" Review: Zen and the Art of Werewolf Maintenance

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Mar 12, 2013

Being Human S03E09 “Of Mice and Wolfmen”

Aidan flashbacks that kind of made sense. Nora inching ever so close to being likeable again. Josh getting in touch with his inner-wolf and not being a wuss about it. Sally finally eating that freaking mouse. There was so much to enjoy in “Of Mice and Wolfmen” that even though the cure for the vampire flu left me slightly disappointed—ONLY slightly—I’m thrilled that the season appears to be righting itself and returning to the path to awesomeness. 

My issues with the werewolf blood curing the vampire flu actually have nothing to do with the cure itself. That’s pretty cool. It sets the vampires and the werewolves up for some interesting interactions in the future—like Blake feeding that stalkery wolf to her merry band of sick and starving vampire pals. OMG that was sweet. But there are some itty, bitty little details that could use some smoothing over, like why no one figured this out before—particularly Pete, who claimed to have some vampire buddies himself, and who seems really into trying new things and solving all the problems. Is Aidan the only vampire who's ever accidentally noshed on werewolf blood? If Erin’s blood from a few weeks ago acted as a booster shot, then do vampires have to keep dosing on werewolf blood to maintain their immunity? If Erin’s blood gave Aidan the extra oomph he needed to beat the flu, then shouldn’t Nora’s have, IDK, neutralized the flu before it even hit his bloodstream? Or something? 

At least they didn’t go the Aidan-beats-death-because-true-love route, which is where I thought we were heading with the mushy kissy-face flashbacks to Aidan’s wife. She took the vampire thing REALLY well. Maybe she’s related to Max? I was braced for the inevitability of Aidan eating her, but maybe that’s next week. He and Kat are jumping right into their epic romance now that he’s all flu-free-the-way-to-be and we all know how Aidan’s romances work out. Best-case scenario, she grows old and dies and he continues to wallow in his immortality. 

But you know what? This was a FUN episode and we needed fun. We also needed almost-zombies. ALMOST-ZOMBIES, YOU GUYS I AM SO EXCITED. Sally finally ate the mouse that'd been teased in every promo ever all season long and found her death breath and rotting flesh instantly restored. However, she also found herself lingering outside a pet shop gazing longingly at the cute kitties and puppies with one thing and one thing only on her mind: FLESH. 

Nick assured her that there was nothing morally wrong with subsisting on stray animals and the critters that inspire normal people to call an exterminator because humans eat meat all the time and honestly, when he put it like that, I was all aboard the brains train. But then he made the leap to chowing down on human flesh and ate Zoe. BYE ZOE. MISS U. 

I really hope she makes an appearance as one seriously pissed-off ghost in the future. Of all the deaths Being Human’s extensive ghost population has featured, being eaten by a semi-zombified boyfriend is definitely one of the best. 

Sally, in a rare case of the insights, identified the slippery slope to Night of the Living Dead laid out before her and decided to stop contemplating the taste of fresh Fido/let herself waste away, essentially dying (again) and restoring the natural order of things. She went from undead party girl to wise old soul real fast—and while I had a hard time wrapping my head around it when the first hints were dropped earlier this season, even with Kat currently occupying Aidan’s heart-shaped spotlight I felt like the Sally/Aidan vibes were coming on a little strong in “Of Mice and Wolfmen.” Aidan was surprised by her decision, but seemed to really respect it. Dude knows a thing or two about going cold turkey. 

Sally wasn’t alone in being oddly zen about her apparent fate this week-- after some brief shots of him angsting over his fresh werewolf scratches (that REALLY looked like they needed stitches, I mean c’mon, half the house is occupied by medical professionals, somebody help him) Josh followed the new guy Pete’s advice and meditated to “meet” his wolf. Initially, it was a bust, but if at first you don’t succeed, wander around the metaphysical forest of your mind again. Pete claimed that getting to know his wolf was the only way he was able to accept his condition and continue to live life on his terms, and given Josh’s positive reaction to seeing his own wolf, perhaps this second round of the curse will be a better experience for him and, by extension, for us as viewers. Pete’s philosophy is simply a gentler take on what so many of the wolves we’ve encountered in the past have told Josh: The wolf lives inside him, it’s an extension of him, a part of him. Unlike vampires, plagued with their depressing immortality and literal thirst for blood, and ghosts who are... well... GHOSTS, the werewolf curse only has to be a curse if Josh lets it. Pete called his wolf his friend. Nora has found strength and confidence in her wolf. Even dead/undead/MIA Ray embraced his wolf and found freedom during his monthly change. He refused to let it stop him from having the mundane, normal life that Josh craves for himself. 

And finally, we have Nora. Touched by Aidan’s willingness to sacrifice himself for her, Nora has decided to be nice to him again. At least her frantic efforts to make amends compliment her overblown anti-Aidan sentiments from earlier rather nicely. She’s not a hypocrite! She’s just fickle! 

Yeah, I know that’s not much better.


What did you think of this episode? 



NOTES


– Does anyone else think Aidan cluing Blake in on the flu vaccine was a bad move? I mean, I get that he wanted to save his species and all, but still. 

– Mimi-Siku had some good ones this week. I loved that he referred to Kat as a muggle. But my favorite of his lines was this one, directed at Nora: “Why do you insist on befriending every stray wolf you come across?” PREACH! 

– Werewolf flu cure: epic win or epic fail?

– I still think Bubble Boy’s a goner.

– Pete is super awesome. So is he going to die or is he going to turn out to be working for Liam or something? I just assume there’s an unhappy ending waiting for Pete because I like him and I’m not allowed to have nice things.

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  • timvandehey1 Mar 14, 2013

    I loved this episode in part because it sets up a vamp-wolf war that's been hinted at but never realized. Up to now, we've had the vamps going off on wolves when they find them just out of...fear, contempt, the natural need to feel superior? But now, let's say you have vamps hunting wolves for their blood 25 days out of every 28. Then you have a couple of days before the full moon when the wolves get strong and fight back. Street battles. Yeah. THEN...imagine a pack of wolves hunting vamps together on the night of the full moon and the vamps in hiding because they're overpowered. Even better, imagine the McLean family, led by Liam, leading the pack. The potential is freaking awesome.

  • pcsjunior002 Mar 14, 2013

    Okay, this was by far the most enjoyable episode of "Being Human" this season. Excellent and FUN!
    -I think it will definitely have some unpleasant repercussions in the future. Though, knowing this show, this might end up waiting until next season.
    -I LOVED Josh in this episode. And the stuff he kept coming up with this episode were very him.
    -I put the cure as an Epic Win. It was unlikely enough to be plausible that very few, if any would have figured it out, and just likely enough that this band of merry misfits just randomly happened into it to save one of our main characters.
    -I'm with you, I think Bubble Boy is still a goner.
    -I LOVE PETE!!! Don't kill him!! I want him to just continue on his merry way for a while, maybe stopping back for an episode or two next season. Only because, while I would love to see more of Pete, if I wish for any more involving Pete, then I fear he will end up dying.

  • omeboy487 Mar 13, 2013

    the werewolf cure: epic win.
    here come the tides of war!

  • efonsecajr Mar 13, 2013

    Bubble Boy is starting to get annoying. What's with the 20 questions kid.

  • safibwana Mar 13, 2013

    Somehow I had nothing to say about this episode, but I just finally caught up with Sunday's series finale of Being Human (UK) and I am amazed that they pulled out of their nosedive and ended it beautifully. I shed a tear. I have those.

  • JessicaDoty1 Mar 13, 2013

    They better not go all True Blood and find out the the girl Aidan is knocking boots with is actually his great great granddaughter or some such. It seems to be going there, and that would be SUCH a blatant rip off...as well as, can we all say "EW"?

  • Kevers68 Mar 13, 2013

    I was actually thinking that Kat must be a descendant of Aidan's wife, not Aidan himself.

  • kanniballl Mar 13, 2013

    Meh, I don't know if it was a rip-off. An immortal realizing that he just made out with his great-great-etc. relative has been done before. And in True Blood's case, I believe it was just a quickie.

    Actually, since it all happened so fast on True Blood I thought it was going to play out into something more. Like in Season 1 we learned Bill only inherited his "estate" back because the law said if a vampire has no living descendants then it could get its old estate back. Well, they showed him with a descendant so I thought they were going to take his place away and give it to her.

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  • hbf716 Mar 13, 2013

    I thought the werewolf blood cure was obvious but I thought Josh would research the disease like he did with werewolfism and discover the cure. I have always been suprised by the lack of all out werewolf/vampire battles in this show. Hopefully now we will get some. I wouldn't have told that awful vampire woman about the cure. He should've kept it to himself and made buttloads of money selling the cure. I think all of the semi zombies are eventually going to return to their ghost states. So, if Nick killed Zoe then at least they will be together as ghosts and will eventually walk through their door together. I loved Pete but I agree that his future sees dim. It is definitely not a coincidence that Kat is a history buff. I just hope that they discover the truth about them being relatives before they have sex. I would really like to avoid bile rising in my throat. I don't get all of these Nora haters. I love her. I also think that she and Aidan had to be enemies so they could overcome it. It will make their alliance that much stronger when the great werewolf/vampire war starts. At some point I think Nora will risk her life to save Aidan. Bubble Boy is becoming so boring. Turn him or kill him - I no longer care. I would be way more interested in seeing what would happen if he were scratched by a werewolf.

  • Kevers68 Mar 13, 2013

    Don't forget Sally agreed to give her soul to the witch, so she can't be going back to being a ghost. I'm sure she'll find some way around it though, but I'm surprised Sally is willing to let herself die knowing her soul belongs to the witch. Wouldn't you want to stay alive as long as possible?

  • hbf716 Mar 14, 2013

    Yes I thought of that. But, ultimately the show is about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost. That is how I knew Josh wouldn't stay a human for long either. Sally's happy ending will arrive when she is finally able to go through her lost door. I don't know about wanting to continue living if it meant eating live flesh. If there is anyone I wouldn't worry about it is Sally. She has overcome so many obstacles like interacting with our world, defeating her ex, defeating the reaper, escaping purgatory and so much more. Giving her soul to the witch was bad but who wouldn't have done that to save a loved one?

  • kanniballl Mar 13, 2013

    Yeh, I was kind of thinking that Josh would start reading his journals, perhaps to see if anything different would happen this time since he was infected again... like antibodies or something.

    And then realize that werewolf blood messes up Vamps because it puts their immune system into overdrive. And thus would kill the virus. So he'd ask Nora to give Aiden a pint.

    But instead, it was just a happy "Cool, THAT happened, nice to know"

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  • kanniballl Mar 13, 2013

    I liked her, and like her again.

    But there was that stretch of bitterness towards Aiden that grew quite suddenly. Being cautious about a Vamp meeting your college buddy is one thing, constantly throwing barbs at him for what he did is another. Especially since for a while, whenever Josh was trying to defend Aiden and say Erin attacked HIM she would do the equivalent of covering her ears and yelling "NA NA NA I CAN'T HEAR YOU" It was only for a couple episodes and started just a little before the whole Erin / Aiden attack.

    My favorite bit was when she was disgusted and surprised that Aiden had semi-recently killed 3 people. When, you know, she killed 2 even MORE recently.

    It's like Lana Lang on Smallville. I liked her in the beginning, and the end. But there was a period where she got all bitter towards Clark Kent and just acted like a straight-up-*itch because he wouldn't tell her "some" secret (she didn't know what). Just about every scene was her putting him down. So she hooked up with Lex Luthor, a man who she KNOWS repeatedly lied to and manipulated her. But she would say "at least Lex is honest with me"

  • dazednconfuuzed Mar 14, 2013

    I agree completely.. about Nora and I hated Lana for a good stretch there too...

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  • ddstephens Mar 13, 2013

    Loved the epi. Glad Josh didn't wimp around forever. I was glad Aidan got better, I was freaking out about him being sick. Remember he did tell crazy ass Blake that it only took a few sips of wolf blood for the cure...I think he was warning her there better not be any over kill on the wolfs...and that she and any of her buds better stay away from Nora and Josh. Now the Sally thing I don't know...see I liked her better as a ghost...plus I hate zombies and zombie show...But anyway this season is starting to shape up..I was afraid it was going down the crapper...which made me sad, because this is one of my favorite shows...

  • Tvking00 Mar 13, 2013

    lmao at the ending. So I guess zombies will be a problem now? I loved this episode this show just keeps improving, I didn't how Aidan was going to get better but the writers pulled through.

  • smarcos3 Mar 13, 2013

    Werewolf blood for the cure is EPIC WIN! vampires vs werewolves? awesome!
    Also, come on Aidan, giving away what the cure is when one of them is you best friend? You know better than that
    Also, almost-zombies! "I'm still hungry!!"

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