Being Human "These Teens They Are a Changin" Review: Werewolf Welcome Wagon
Being Human was quick to put the cliffhanger-that-wasn’t out of its misery when “These Teens They Are a Changin’” opened to our gal Norah sipping a cuppa with Daddy Werewolf, showered and poo-free and everything. Lookin’ good, lady! Daddy Werewolf was pretty chill about Norah’s I-don’t-know-anything-about-your-missing-wonder-twins-and-I’m-clearly-lying-my-face-off stance. Either he believed her or he’s just biding his time and/or stalking his prey, but he sent Norah on her way with a pep talk about what an awesome wolf she is. (Probably) see u later, pops.
Josh was way less chill about the gaping hole ripped in Norah’s mighty kennel and lamented to a binge-eating, undead Sally that he just wanted to take his boring human self and revel in normalcy... as he toyed with the idea of proposing to a werewolf. Lol, oh you. Admittedly though, Norah is a pretty good candidate for a were-bride if normalcy is what Josh seeks. Sort of. When Aidan went to Josh and asked Josh to send him and Henry flu-free patients for a “catch and release” brunch party, Josh was apprehensive and Norah backed him. She argued that Josh was free and Aidan was just going to drag him back into the supernatural underworld with his morally reprehensible grocery lists. Meanwhile, she has no problem with her boy continuing to room with an assortment of things that go bump in the night, and she straight-up freaked when Josh didn’t want to join the werewolf welcome wagon for new girl Erin.
That actually makes a lot of sense concerning Norah—not because she sucks, because she doesn’t—but because we’ve had it beaten into our heads that Norah embraces her inner wolf and she’s a “good” wolf and Norah herself admitted to feeling pretty awesome as a wolf. She’s taken her ongoing condition in stride, despite what must have certainly been disappointment when killing Ray freed Josh, but not her. Granted, there’s not much she can do about it, short of whacking Josh, but honestly I was expecting a little more moping. Norah isn’t disgusted by her monster status or plagued with overwhelming guilt about what she becomes once a month, what she’s done, and what she is capable of. Every thirty or so days she's inconvenienced (insert obvious ladybit lulz here), and the rest of the time, she goes about her life just like anybody else. That’s actually a pretty healthy attitude. Good for her being all adaptive and stuff.
Was Josh right to initially turn Aidan away? Sure, given Aidan and Henry’s collective track record of accidentally killing everyone, the delusion that their plan to get a fix and return the product unharmed wouldn’t eventually result in a body count was laughable. But as long as Josh continues to live in undead Sally’s old house and pine for the puppy of his dreams, he’s just not going to have a chance at a normal life, whether he hooks a vampire up with a reliable food supply or not. "Almost normal" is a possibility, though, and almost normal can be a positive thing if Josh wants it.
When foster care extraordinaire Erin showed up at the hospital demanding antibiotics for the infection she got from a nasty dog scratch, Josh immediately identified her marks as having come from a werewolf. Not gonna lie, I was totally relieved to learn that, as far as we know, the scratches didn’t come from any werewolves we’ve gotten to know. He panicked, because that’s how Josh rolls, and even considered “putting her down” before she could hurt someone... which is logical, sure, but also kind of WTF coming from Josh. It seems that our little Joshy-poo is growing up and even though it’s occasionally shocking, it’s been a long time coming and it’s refreshing considering what the character’s been through the past two seasons. Josh will always be a little bit whiny, but he doesn’t have to be helpless. With a little prodding, he ended up embracing Norah’s plan to run Erin through a little werewolf orientation, and ultimately, it was a good call—as of this week. I mean, Norah was quick to see her younger self in troubled Erin, but like Josh pointed out, Erin was essentially a stranger to them. She was an angry, hurt human, and those tend to make the meanest wolves. Josh packed some un-Josh-like heat for their little Were-fest in the Woods and when Norah called him on it, he was absolutely correct to point out that Erin could just as easily be more of a Brynn-wolf than a Norah-wolf.
And the thing is, we just don’t know. Norah and Erin turned and ended up batting noses and apparently being puppy pals for the night, but we just don’t know what the long term plans for Erin are. Being Human is skilled at establishing reality in the short-term and then turning it on its head within an episode or two... and that’s awesome.
Take Sexy Henry, for instance. He walked off in a pissy huff at the end of last week’s episode, basically telling Aidan to screw off for letting his pretty dinner hostage go free, and it really felt like one of those medium-term goodbyes that aren’t “goodbye” so much as “goodbye until I figure out a way to ruin your day.” Henry’s slippery. He’s screwed Aidan over before. The previously established pattern dictated that Henry would disappear for a few episodes and come back around mid-season to be a nuisance. However, we returned this week to Aidan and Henry working together to suss out the last of the untainted blood in Boston (seriously guys, why not just vacay in another hemisphere until this all blows over?) Henry was bad at it and ended up chowing down on some contaminated people juice, so by the time Josh finally forked over the name of a clean human, him was a dead vamp walkin’. BYE HENRY, MISS YOUR HAIR.
You know what, though? We didn’t see him keel over on screen. We just saw him walk away looking pretty gross and it doesn’t count if we don’t see it on screen. (See also: Mother.)
And finally: Sally. Sally, Sally, Sally. STOP. MEDDLING.
Sally felt bad about accidentally killing poor dumb Trent with her overwhelming desire to get laid and decided to track down his ghost and help him find his door. It was the least she could do, you know? I love that Trent was having none of it once Sally came clean about her life as a reanimated corpse, “You were warned by a witch... and you still tried to make out with me?” <3ed him. Loved him even more when we found out that poor dumb Trent was actually poor dumb douchebag Trent who cheated on his fiance—though the fact that she was also cheating on him, and therefore more delighted than devastated by Sally’s revelation, probably helped.
When Sally crashing Trent's wake and coming clean to his ladyfriend didn’t get Trent his magical mystery door, he told Sally to go away, and voila! A few scenes later that poor schmuck had his portal. It was a nice door and the ambient music was pretty and appropriately anemic. We had every reason to accept that door was Trent’s One True Door, so through that door poor dumb Trent went... and he was promptly vaporized and eaten by that whatserface witch from the soup kitchen, restoring her wrinkled visage to a smooth and healthy glow. Nom nom nom!
What did you think of this week’s episode?
– “Her name was Emma. She was pretty and she smelled like vanilla.” Is it me, or are vampires across the board almost always prone to developing sad/adorable/creepy crushes on their lunch?
– I love how every week is conveniently a full moon, and by "love" I mean "stop it, Syfy, we won’t forget that Norah is a werewolf if we go a week without seeing her turn." I promise.
– Norah and Josh sending were-newbie Erin into the woods with her little bundle of raw meat and morning-after bag felt like two parents sending their offspring to school for the first time. “Bye sweetie! Be good! Make friends! Try not to get poo in your hair!”
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