Being Human "One Is Silver and the Other Pagan" Review: All Dogs Go to Heaven

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Feb 26, 2013

Being Human S03E07: “One is Silver and the Other Pagan”

Ladies and gents, we have now reached the portion of the season where our characters seem to sleepwalk through the plot until something cool happens—like Sally’s scalp starting to rot off! (Gross! Awesome! Grawsome?) It’s a problem that seems to crop up every season. Being Human starts out great and I’ve enjoyed the previous two seasons’ cliffhangers quite a bit, but getting from point A to point B tends to involve trudging through a lot of muddy storytelling.Even though Aidan’s entire arc is defined by the vampire flu, it hasn’t felt like an immediate threat in weeks. Playing house with Josh and Nora has been a long, boring trip interspersed with bouts of bickering and hand-wringing. Thank goodness we have Sally.

I tried to muster up some give-a-damn when Daddy Werewolf smothered pain-in-the-ass Erin, but I pegged her for a goner as soon as Aidan stuck her head through the wall. She basically entered this story so that Nora would have some poor damaged soul to project all of her woe-is-my-life crap on. To hate Erin is to hate Nora. To find a flaw with Erin is to find fault with Nora. Nora has been projecting so hard for weeks that it’s difficult to remember exactly how much of Erin’s identity was her own and how much of it was merely suggested by Nora the Headcase.

Nora’s anti-vampire stance mirrors Liam’s so closely that I can’t help but consider the possibility that she bought into the race loyalty blah blah with the same desperation as her mini-me. They both dwelled on their craptastic family lives and it’s not hard to believe that the tight “family” Liam claimed to be able to provide appealed to both women—even if Nora’s family didn’t seem nearly as nightmarish as Erin’s was implied to be. Nora’s always been more okay with the werewolf thing than Josh, and truthfully, showed much more remorse over eating fellow wolf Brynn than she did when she murdered her abusive human ex that one time. To be fair, he WAS an ABUSIVE human, but still. Given all the insinuations about Josh being an outsider and just not “getting it” now that he’s no longer a werewolf, Nora’s dark side is becoming more pronounced. At least last season she had the decency to be unnerved by her violent tendencies. This season, she’s very pro-wolf in a way that goes beyond making peace with her situation and goes alllll the way to drinking the Kool-Aid, making more, and getting really pissed when no one else wants to chug, chug, chug.

Ugh. Nora. WTF? I used to like you. I think.

But at least we still have Sally! For now. Girl is definitely starting the sad, slow slide from hot to hot mess, and through it all, Meaghan Rath has actually been really funny—not that I ever doubted she could handle humor. I just didn't really consider it. That doesn’t sound any better. WHAT I MEAN is, Sally hasn’t had much comedic action in the past and it’s nice to laugh with her. She’s fully aware of how bizarre her situation is and she’s willing to make light of it in a way that she understandably wasn’t when she was a ghost.

With that in mind, I’m dreading Sally’s inevitable return to sad, miserable, dead girl. But in the meantime, she appears to be slowly returning to rotting corpse status and it’s horrifying, but also hilarious. Loved the scream. Loved the interaction with the two creepster ghosts at Wiccan Housewife Club. Loved Sally’s take on the difference between zombies and... whatever she is. Loved “post-traumatic witch stuff.” I even loved seeing Bridget again even though I initially groaned when Sally tracked her down because the girl just got on my last nerve back when she was dating douchebag Danny. Every week, I’m increasingly thankful for Sally’s storyline this season since those of her two housemates are increasingly agonizing to sit through.

So, Aidan has a ladyfriend in Kat because, sure, why the hell not? He also has a new nemesis in Blake, who I like to imagine was tracked down by Bubble Boy on a Twilight message board after Aidan shot down his dreams of vampirism last week. Blake almost sucked her new foodsource dry as soon as she met him, but Kenny was a good sport because she promised to turn him into a vampire when he turned 18. Blake reached out to Aidan with the old join-me-and-we’ll-rule-Boston-with-an-iron-fist routine, a proposition that he epically smacked down with the Aidan equivalent of a “Bitch, please.”

Aidan once more tried to appeal to Bubble Boy’s humanity by telling him about how vampires inevitably eat everyone they love, but Kenny is super sick of living in a glass case (of emotion) and so he didn’t really care. Then Aidan pointed out that vampires and their “children” have special bonds and Blake wasn’t the sort of vampire Kenny should be bonded to for eternity. As soon as Kenny said “She’s my only choice,” Aidan boarded the baby-vampire-makin’ train. This story is really making me miss Smexy Henry just for the sibling rivalry awesomeness we could have had if he was still around when Aidan turned Kenny. Instead, we get more power-hungry-crazy-lady-vampire stories and Aidan trying to date a human without killing her when bloodlust and actual lust collide. Yawn.

But it's cool. With Blake giving Liam the 411 on “purebred killer” Aidan (in so many words) and Nora’s righteous rage set to go into overdrive with Erin’s murder, those two storylines seem poised to finally have a sense of urgency. In the meantime, will someone please find Sally some headgear to cover that gaping wound in her scalp?

What did you think of this episode?


– Werewolf Mimi-Siku is gearing up to ask Nora to marry him for reals. Finally. Except I kind of don’t care anymore.

– Was there a single Nora scene in this episode that DIDN’T feature her giving someone the stink eye?

– Any guesses regarding Bubble Boy’s life expectancy?

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  • DeusAbsconditus Mar 04, 2013

    I understand there had to be some relationship drama between Josh's Being Human and the house dynamic, but this is all inorganic as hell. Make Nora want him to move out and get their own place, pressure him to marry her, and make him hesitant given what happened to his fiancee. Have her overhear Aidan advise him to take it slow and make THAT the point of contention between the two. The drama is three-sided then because Aidan's looking out for his friend and his girlfriend is too, but the tension with Nora is that Aidan's overstepping his bounds as a friend and Aidan's counter is that he isn't with Josh firmly planted in the middle of something really human.

    All this wolf vs. vampire stuff is ridiculous. Her character has been a wolf all of five minutes. She's about as convincing in the wolf vs. vampire drama as someone who has never experienced racism trying to play the race card because they're 1/32 Black while looking like Kate Upton or Anne Hatheway.

    That's what the writers are shoe-horning at this point: a chick who wasn't raised on wolf customs going balls out bigot, but then we're supposed to coo when Josh's character will "always choose her." Le boo boo beans.

  • maggie50 Mar 03, 2013

    I may be missing something here but couldn't Josh redeem everything by telling Nora to go away and becoming Aidan's food supply since he's human again?

  • plyonsrogerscom Mar 06, 2013

    No...because Josh commented that he had been knocked on his ass by the flu. So his blood is even deadlier to Aidan now than when he was a wolf.

  • bleumystique Mar 01, 2013

    -Maybe I'm in a mood today. okay I'm definitely in a mood today, but screw my mood, because I'm totally justified in saying that someone needs to bitchslap the hell out of Nora. While that may sound horribly cruel given her history and all...well, I honestly don't care. I at the least tolerated her because she was Josh's gf, and when they aren't talking werewolf stuff they actually make a cute couple, but I don't even like this broad. At all. But I don't have to like a character or person to understand them and give them their due when they make a valid point, except...she isn't making valid points. She's still throwing out there that Aidan is a murderer and I'm still waiting for her to say anything that can't be shot down with Aidan's "None of us are clean here" statement a few weeks ago. I mean Nora is a freaking murder for goodness sake. I feel like I'm sitting in a Philosophy class all over again, with her shizz being acceptable because she's a bruised and broken person, and his being positively despicable because he's been around longer. Like really? A murder is a murder is a murder, and at least Aidan' has the decency to show remorse. Nora never does.
    I guess, maybe we could pass it off of this species war thing that they have going on, but it never even felt right that she felt that so adamantly given her limited exposure. I loved how she didn't even want to consider the fact that Erin position Aidan and tried to stake him, with the stake that was still lying on the floor, mind you. While Aidan is bleeding out of every orifice of his body...why did he even need to explain what happen? That part just seemed so incohesive, because you can't build Nora up is that character that can be almost too pragmatic and logical and then she throws all that way to be an emotional basket-case. Just like you can't have her screeching about Aidan being accountable for his actions (or even her, or Josh) but not Erin, the delinquent they took in a month ago. And by the time she was shrieking about Aidan staying away from Erin, I just laughed bitterly, because my response probably would have been along the lines of, well get her out of my house.
    - Oh Josh. I know you love who you love, but it makes me a bit uncomfortable that he's still insistent on proposing to the woman that thought about, and probably is still thinking about killing his family. I don't know, I just would be a little apprehensive about calling her my person, and saying I'd always choose her. Family, lovers, doesn't matter, loyalty is one thing, but being blindly devoted to the point that you won't even call someone out when they are in the wrong is a total other thing. Maybe I'm just not wired to overlook certain things, but okay. I do like that he seems more determined and put together as a human than he was a wolf.
    -And then there's the thing that bugs me, it was a throwback to the previous seasons, that Sally was just off in lala land while all of this stuff was going down. Like she didn't share the screen with not one of them. Did she even know what was going on? How is that possible? That shouldn't be possible. I always find it hard to wrap my head around stuff like that. So the entire time she had her thing going on with her newly turned wiccan friend, I kept wondering if she even knew the warfare that was going on with her roommates. I wasn't really all that interested with her bit until the end. So is it safe to say that people she know won't die if she sees them, but she on the other hand will start to deteriorate, therefore making bringing her to her imminent death and her soul will belong to the wicked witch that much sooner?
    -So here we go again with Aidan and another crazy vampiress. This again. I think he should swear off of women for a season. Vampire women in particular. Although, I liked the vibes he had with Norah's tenant. I don't know if that was him genuinely being interested or trying prove a point that he's in control, or him sort of getting back at Nora on some subconscious level. If so, kudos. Don't kill this one, though because I kinda like her. Can she move in instead?
    -Oh Bubble Boy. I loved Aidan breaking it down with the cold heart truth about being a vamp. I also love that Kenny is just desperate enough to not care. Given his situation, I can see why anything beats living confined like that for the rest of his life. Plus, if this actually pans out it could be an interesting down the road. Aidan being a "parent" again.
    -And awesome. Teen Wolf is dead. And killed by Liam the "we're all family, don't turn your back on your own kind" alpha wolf at that. Go figure. I suppose we'll ignore the fact that a doctor, a nurse, and an orderly who studied to be a doctor would damn well know petechial eye but for the sake of story telling. Probably not. And we're in store for more Nora the were-bitch. Oh joy.

  • davinedinzey Mar 05, 2013

    I’s not your “Mood” I can’t stand Nora with her, self-righteous ass. And now they are getting married so we will never get rid of her. I loved it better when it was just the three of them. Every week I end up having an agreement with the television, my husband thinks I’m crazy.

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    Thumbs up for everything you said.

  • GourdianMind Feb 28, 2013

    I think I actually dislike Josh a little less this season. But Nora... X^{ Nora... Nora... Nora... So blind to her stupidity. What does she think is going to happen when/if Liam finds out that she killed Brynn? Does she think he's going to show her less contempt? Also, I truly wish the writers would go just a little darker in regards to the interaction between her and Aidan. I truly want there to be a moment when Aidan says, "Nora, it seems that you're just unwilling to accept the fact that I'm not your enemy. Very well, but in case you haven't noticed, I'm not the least bit intimidated by you. So think about what you believe you want to do, because if you attack me, don't think for one moment that my relationship with Josh will stop me from "defending myself" from you." If this happened, I'm sure I would explode into a cloud of pure joy.

    Also, I loved the dialogue between Josh and his sister. Especially how she broke down the evolution (or lack thereof) of men and women. Insightful writing there. Kudos!

  • Lula19 Feb 28, 2013

    Best line of the episode was when Aidan was speaking w/ his new ladyfriend in the hospital...

    "I'm interested in people, ugh er helping people." lol

  • fangtasiaforev Feb 28, 2013

    This review is spot on, the only good storyline at this point is Sally's because there's so many options they can explore. Josh and Nora's will he propose or won't he thing is tiresome, I never liked Nora and always thought she could be kind of a shrew at times but now she's unbearable. I wish they hadn't killed the ex fiancee and never brought Nora back. The fact is she may be Josh's girlfriend but she did just kind of move her and her kid (wolf kid) into Aiden's house and she's pretty ungrateful about the entire situation. Aiden's story is recycled from past season's events and we all know it will end badly. I hope they put him with Sally soon, because they were great in the beginning of the season.

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    They do seem kind of set on starving Aiden, don't they? Every season they find a new way to do it. By the by, I guess the hospital stopped monitoring the blood supply when he was gone.

  • TravisVictor Feb 27, 2013

    My guess,

    Nora, while turned, will try to kill Aiden but kill Sally instead, turning her once again into a ghost, meanwhile scratching Josh in the process. Staring the whole series over again. With Josh killing her.

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    Maybe, but in the meantime, we get to hear her constantly nag at Josh, and him just take it. Fun.

  • AmitBaloda Feb 27, 2013

    Ok. I just watched all 7 episodes of this season and "WTF"....I mean seriously.

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, loved Nora in last season and now everyone wants her dead....that is some really good (or shitty) writing.

    I am glad to see that Sally get to interact with so many characters this season and it almost makes up for the colossal failure this season is turning out to be. And now they are trying to take her away from us as well. Please, don't do it, please.

    Seeing how this show is supposed to be the life of three supernatural beings living in a home together and out of which two are now actually human, why dont' they just use the witch to turn Aiden back human again and just kill all three of them. Or may be turn Josh and Sally back to there old self ( I know that would contradict my previous statement but right now i'll take anything that will take this show back to its previous awesomeness).

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    The season isn't over yet. By the time it ends, I fully expect things to be back to paranormal.

  • josephcampion Feb 27, 2013

    Here is my Theory

    The whole Sally deal it seem actually very simple. Instead of her killing people she knows she is slowly killing herself buy seeing People she knows. Sorta a reverse.

    Something is gonna happen to the aidan child. Just from the show stand point he is a Teenage actor how are they gonna explain him Aging when he does become a vampire? Due to his age as a actor I dont see him being around on the show for long. Liam could open the door and Kill bubble boy to get rid of aidan's food source. Or a twist turn him into a werewolf.

    Something is gonna happen between josh and Nora. Lets face it the Josh character is cursed(no pun intended). I would think mabey Nora sartches him in some self righteous Bring him back to the fold slash we can be together way and Liam kills Nora and josh is Stuck now as a werewolf with no cure

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    Idk. But I did think her "oh well" attitude about Ray's death curing Josh but not her was off. She just isn't the kind of person you expect to do things for others without expectation of reward, or to honestly be happy for anyone else when things aren't working out for her.

  • sasou82 Feb 27, 2013

    My favorite part of this episode was when Josh was talking to Liam. Finally Wereeolf Mimi-Siku was showing that he had some cojones! But, I can't stand Nora... never liked her an never will, and I am hoping that she will go away again soon. Very excited to see how the Kenny storyline plays out and I am crossing my fingers that Josh gets "wolfed" again in the next episode!

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    Soon. Just be patient. It's the premise of the show, so it will happen eventually, just like Sally will die again eventually, and they'll have to figure out how to keep her soul from being eaten by Donna.

  • sasou82 Mar 01, 2013

    LOL... I know... but it's just soooo hard to be patient!

  • smorbie Mar 01, 2013

    You probably open your Christmas presents before Christmas, don't you?
    It doesn't bother me to wait and find out what happens in due time.

  • sasou82 Mar 02, 2013

    LOL... Actually I do not open the X-mas presents before time! I'm one of those people that just loves the anticipation... sometimes more than I love the actual result!

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