Being Human "Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive" Review: Sally 2.0

Being Human S03E12: "Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive"

For an episode as action-packed as "Always a Bridesmaid, Never Alive," the penultimate episode of Being Human's third season, not a whole helluva lot actually happened. However, what DID happen was enormously important, the episode could've stood on its own as a finale, except that Being Human tradition dictates that the status quo must be destroyed by every season's end so that we spend the long hiatus fretting over the state of our favorite monster roommates. Okay maybe we only panic for a like week after the finale airs. Or a day. Whatever. The important part is that we come back for more and that image of Josh and Nora driving off in newlywed bliss with a recently re-ghosted Sally shaking that thang on the sidewalk was a little too happily ever after—even with Bubble Boy chained to Aidan's bed in the basement. 

Awkward. 


Nora and Josh pushed their wedding date up to, like, tomorrow in order to make it possible for Rapid Decomposition Action Sally to attend as Nora's maid of honor, but when Sally took a turn for the worst, the rush job was halted so everyone could stand around and mope, except for Sally who was really very positive about the whole My Life As a Rotting Corpse routine and who delighted in freaking Josh out by flashing her gnarly rotting stomach at him. That's my girl. If you had told me at the beginning of this season that Sally would be my favorite character, I wouldn't have believed you, but I now accept the error of my ways. I'm excited about Sally moving forward; I forgot how much fun Ghost Sally can be with her invisible peanut gallery shtick, but her commentary during Josh and Nora's wedding ceremony was a welcome reminder. Here's hoping she stays fun even after the novelty of (apparently) beating Donna the Necromancer wears off.


On one hand, I feel like the big battle with Donna was anticlimactic after all the doom and gloom from Josh about his and Aidan's probable suicide mission to back Sally's assault on the keeper of her soul. But on the other hand, I appreciated that Sally ultimately saved herself by overwhelming Donna with her energy and zest for (after) life. Before she died for the second time, Sally confessed that even though things didn't work out ideally, she didn't regret what Josh and Nora did for her by initially making contact with Donna to bring her back from limbo. She got to be alive for a little while, which was awesome at face value, but more importantly, Sally got to be herself again. We'd heard all about this perky, smart, and fun Sally who was gradually worn away during her abusive relationship with her eventual murderer, and Sally's original ghost self reflected that anguish over not just losing her physical life, but also realizing that she'd been dead inside for a long time before Danny threw her down the stairs. 

Ghost Sally 2.0 is the product of a woman who died on her own terms and successfully faced the malevolent entity that wanted to strike her down. She died (again) after a second life that she thrived in, with friends, a job, and a ridiculously sweet boyfriend—all the trappings that her first stint in the meatworld lacked in the run-up to its early conclusion. By leaving the world with few, if any, weighty regrets, the Sally that remains behind this time around is a more recognizable shade of the person Sally Malik was in life, and I'm really happy for her.

 

Not sure what this means for Sally in regards to her real door, or if that's even an issue anymore. I thought Being Human had established that ghosts are created by the deaths of people with unresolved issues, which explains Sally's lingering presence in the aftermath of her murder, but not so much this time, where she went into the sort of light uninhibited by regrets. A lot of credit was given to Sally's overwhelming resolve to stay with her friends and I'm totally willing to just go with it for now, but I feel like that isn't something that the cosmic powers that be will allow to go on indefinitely. She got in trouble the first time around for blowing off her door. Even though Donna was all evil and stuff, she had a point about the natural order of things. I'm pretty sure there are rules somewhere about how ghosts can't just shack up in a funky old house in Boston simply because they want to.

But it's cool. Sally needs something to do next season. For now, I'm just going to bask in the sweet, sweet glory of victory.

What did you think of Donna's death? And the nuptials of a certain werewolf couple?



NOTES


– "DID YOU JUST GOUGE A HOLE IN MY CORPSE?"

– Even though Nora made me gag with her newfound, over-the-top love for her and Josh's "best friends" (and Aidan in particular), the fact that she didn't write any vows was kind of precious. I'm not saying I'm forgiving whatever was going on with her earlier this season, but this episode made small—but steady—progress toward redeeming Nora for me. 

– I really hope that hallucination/fourth dimension/mind-trip encounter between Josh and his wolf doesn't adversely affect all the nifty progress he made meditating with Pete. RIP, Pete. 

– How much longer are Aidan's flimsy excuses going to fly with Kat? Can we just tell her already? I mean, he has a teenager chained up in the basement, a bunch of accidental were-vampire mutant babies possibly running around, and a bunch of frenemies who keep eating his roommates' pals. AND he helped fight a witch. AND he officiated a were-wedding. Dude just has a lot on his plate right now, you know?

– HI RAY! BYE RAY!

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I was so excited that Nora and Josh went through with the wedding. I love when tv shows actually forward relationships to marriage. It was a bit uncomfortably sweet but I love watching people in love especially when they are doing something about it and I have to admit that I got a tear in my eye. I think it is sad that everyone is always dogging on Nora. She is a flawed character like all of us. She is more flawed that others because she has had a hellish life and probably struggles with trusting people. And I like that she doesn't just say Aidan's behaviors are all okay all the time. He is very dangerous and seems to always be balancing on a very thin wire. I liked a lot about this episode. Sally had a lot of humorous moments and I loved how Josh and Aidan fought with her. A bit slow for my taste but a very satisfactory conclusion.
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ok i have been going through these comments for weeks and i gotta know.. why is everyone hating on nora? like sure she went psycho for a bit after she transformed but everything that has happened with her character is justifiable, even her going ballistic on aidan, i mean they practically adopted erin as a daughter and after she heard about erin being a wolf at the next full moon and how she's been brought up at the very least nora became the bigger sister, and if you lost your sister wouldnt you want revenge on the man responsible? especially if you knew it wasn't the first time he killed? completely forget what you've seen with aidan and think about everything nora has seen him do.. kill connor, put erin in the hospital, not show up for josh in the woods when he said he'd be there to confront ray (although he had a good reason) if you knew a guy like that, you wouldnt exactly be inclined to forgive him right away. but if there are more reasons i'm missing please let me know because im genuinely curious.

Episode wise, loved it. Sally making peace with the fact that she was gonna die for good and saying goodbye to josh and aidan right before dying was perfect, gave her closure and most likely the ability to survive. Cannot wait to see what happens next week, i expect papa werewolf to make a stand since we haven't heard from him since a cure for the flu has been found, and kenny is either gonna escape or be killed by someone, and perhaps henry might show up again since we never actually saw him die but even if thatll happen in the future, doubt itll be next week
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Nora's dying next week. Just a guess, but come on. "Married and buried" is a great way to make tragedy work.

No "ghost Nora" either -- she'll have a brief goodbye, walk through her door, and Josh will be a Changed Man.
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I really really loved this episode. It was so good it really did feel like the finale. Sally dying again broke my heart I really wanted her to have a body for longer than one season. But I am so glad they didn't go down the route of the UK show at all this season. My only complaint of the season other than Blake, is Nora. As I said before I never liked her and even though they tried to Redeem her in the end of the season she's still awful. Too bad Josh ended up marrying her now she'll never go away. But all in all I couldn't be happier with the way this season went. By the end of last season I was ready to give up on the show and now I'm so glad I didn't.
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As usual, I agree with the review and much of what ya'all say as well. Great episode... totally felt like it could've been the season finale. But Sally beat the witch too easily and Josh beat Ray a little too quickly. I will say though that the witch was cool in that her needs were simple. She was doing all this to feed on energy to stay young. Nothing more complex was needed. Plus, she wasn't evil and her statements about balance were true. Now I was never a big fan of Sally -- she never seemed to be able to do much (before she started possessing people, then the destruction began) and being alive again helped her character out a lot, but yeah, now that she's a ghost again, I really appreciate her loud, pithy commentary and look forward to what's next with her. Also, Nora has been completely redeemed in these last couple episodes if you ask me -- her not having vows ready made her less high and mighty and more normal. And oh yeah, where was Kat for like 8 hours? I saw the joke about her eating for that long, but really, did the episode explain where she was? Bad ass Josh is awesome and his sister seems like she's gonna join the cast due to her little "You guys seem cooler than most humans" speech and that's just fine, but I honestly have no idea how Bubble Boy's gonna fit in. Will he die in the finale or continue on next season? And yeah, Aidan should tell Kat already. It's like Juliette in GRIMM... everybody knows, just tell her already!!!!
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If Josh is back to being a wolf, why can't he see Sally as a ghost?
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Because he hasn't had a full moon to turn yet. Once he does, he'll be able to see Sally. He even refers to that at the end of the episode.
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Nice. Glad it wasn't a plot hole.
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this episode was really, really good. This season has made me care for the characters again. (Season 2 was kinda...how can i put this nicely...inconsistent in quality.)

Sally's awesome! Loved her premature celebration taunt when she thought she had defeated the witch. I'm a bit confused on how her soul was able to survive being eaten...but maybe the ghost of the witch will explain next episode.

Josh and Nora are fantastic...josh is like a whole new character this season..much more badass. Loving that Nora has accepted and come to actually care for Aiden. Loving the chemistry this actors have too. This show is unique. Hope SyFy makes the right decision and renews it for at least a Final Season. If I lose both Alphas and Being Human in one season...i'm done with SyFy forever (luckily Lost Girl is Canadian)
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My thinking is when the heart's fire went to the witch and the witch sent it to Sally, it gave her more power to resist being consumed and then blew her up. Plus, Sally was already a fairly stubborn and powerful ghost from al she learned previously.
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Yeah, I didn't think about the heart's fire energy being thrown at sally. It was her heart from her body...maybe it made her stronger.
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I was the one annoyed at Nora this week when I'm usually the only one who likes her. For not writing her vows and for not going through the door.
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I guess Nora cant win either way. I did like her in this episode and have for the past 2 eps overall. When she is decisive and asks for input is when she is at her best.
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I was pretty impressed with Josh's beheading of Ray, he's turning into a bit of a badass.
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This was all just one big huge plot to change Sally's ghost clothes!

But I actually liked the episode. Aside from Nora still living and now married to Josh. But one more episode left for her to expire. Here's hoping!

The confrontation between Josh and Ray, was better than I expected. Josh was pretty good. I liked it

The confrontation with Donna, was interesting. And I agree, Sally is my new favorite character and they can build more on her. I mean she did kind of possess and destroy a wish. Certainly in their world that comes with more powers, hence the candles.

Bubble boy is toast. Perhaps the wolf's blood doesn't kill the virus, it just mutates it and gets passed on to whomever they turn and makes them a mutant. Or it is the in between of becoming a vampire but also being exposed to the Werewolf DNA that turns people like scratches and what not.


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@Sally's ghost clothes.... That hilarious, and good point. Granted I wouldn't have complained if she just stayed in lingerie.

I really expected the end of the episode to show bubble boy waking up as a cliffhanger or something.
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I would not have complained either.
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"We've got a house full of...guest..." - I think that guest, Kat, decided she was hungry and went for a bite at the buffet down road only to finish stuffing her face several hours later and just in time for the wedding.

I was slightly disappointed about the ending of the witch fight. Like mentioned in the review, I thought it was anti-climatic. OK, we all knew Sally would survive but after her soul was eaten I think they should've done a better job at making it seem like more of a conflict. Like maybe having the witch's face change to Sally's and then back, something to show that Sally was fighting the witch for control of her soul.

Now I really can't wait for the full moon... it's been sooo long.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. This is why we love "Being Human". And they did come full circle with it, too, back to the very beginning. When Aidan said "What could be more normal than a guy standing up for his best friend's wedding?" (I may have paraphrased, I don't have a perfect memory and cannot call his words verbatim) I thought that it was a perfect place to mention that really these people just really want to make their "monster" lives as normal and human as possible.
Now let's see what happens with Sally and those candles, because I, like you, agree that Ghost Sally 2.0 can't just hang out in this house with her friends because she wants to do so. There's got to be a door coming soon or else something weird is going to be happening. And it really can't be the door, because that would mean that Sally leaves the show, and you really can't do that. Maybe she becomes a true poltergeist or something. Either way, I am excited to find out.
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I start to lose track what we've seen in the US version vs the UK version, but ghosts can hang out and repeatedly pass up their doors all they want. Seems like several have mentioned doing so.
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She lost her soul, remember? And Donna isn't dead. I don't think Sally's soul is able to go through a door, anymore.
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I thought the Donna confrontation was a little anti climatic, but then I was also kind of thinking, well, they kind of ignored her so much this season that wasn't always the real threat Liam anyway?

I do like Sally a whole hell of a lot more than I did before, which I am glad about. I know that Annie was able to live over and above the balance issue for about two seasons, and even though they made all sorts of claims about her abilities, they were rarely shown. I think this show has bigger plans for Sally than being a baby sitter.

I am not worried about Josh and his wolf and their relationship because I think both the boys recognized that as a horrible fear being thrown at them to throw them off. My biggest worry seems to be coming to fruition...I didn't get all of the previews but Liam was saying something to Josh...I am thinking he turns into a real wolf. And as scary as that could be, he becomes a wolf that is basically his size and weight against a werewolf who is twice as big (and, well, if a character has been not good for most of the season and then has started to redeem herself....)
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The confrontation with the witch was terrible. These are just a few of the things I didn't like about it.

* Aidan and Josh couldn't have known that the door would work for them, so the plan was pretty silly to begin with.
* Why did that other woman only give Sally a "true face" spell? She could at least have said that "this will only slow her down for a few seconds, but it's the best I can do".
* Aidan had a good opportunity to kill the witch when the spell started working, and he didn't take it.
* How could Aidan possibly have know that burning Sally's zombie heart would have any kind of effect on the witch?
* Josh had no reason to think that he would be able to take Ray in a fight without Aidan's help, and neither had Aidan or Sally.
* Ray the zombie werewolf was far to easy to deal with.
* Why did they have to go to some kind of parallel universe? Why not just have the scene take place in another part of the city?
* What the **** was the point of the hallucinations as they went through the door?
* Why did the witch make a deal with Sally when she was going to eat her anyway?
* Why did the witch die?
* Why did Sally go back to being a ghost?
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Most of the rest of your stuff... yeh they were plot holes. Perhaps some of them will get answered in the season finale since the Witch is back again (in some form or another).

The only other thing I can think of replying to, Aiden knowing the heart would be key. In his x-hundred years of living he might have learned a thing or two about necromancers. And that the heart of the object of the spell was important and/or deadly.
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Sally went back to being a ghost because... well... she died. Hey body was dead, decayed, and had a hole in it the size of Aiden's fist. Without yet ANOTHER spell to re-soul and re-heal her body (which would require another witch and another sacrifice) the choices were only
A) Sally = Ghost
B) Sally = oblivion

I'd rather they choose A)

As for how the whole thing happened? No idea. Perhaps Sally's love of life / will to live didn't agree with the witch's stomach? Maybe the true-face spell played a role in it? Maybe there were a few key phrases in there acting as a trojan horse in the true face spell.

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When I asked why Sally went back to being a ghost, I meant after her "ghost body" had been destroyed and consumed by the witch. I see that I didn't make that clear.

I just think that what happened there made even less sense than scenes involving magic usually do. Sally was gone. Destroyed. Consumed. And then something magical happened that not only solved all their problems, but was completely unintended and unexpected for everyone involved.
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Burning hearts make ghosts indigestible. Rookie mistake. No necromancer would have made that mistake after their first thousand years.
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As for the deal... it was for short-term food

The witch WAS going to let the 3 of them live a normal life, and then feed on the various people they would accidentally kill. Because she knew it was inevitable that they were going to kill people that knew them (family, friends, old school chums they barely remember) etc. Probably a couple of people per year.

BUT... since Sally made her deal she said "fine" So now I'll get 3 souls in the very near future (Sally plus the two other ghosts)

Now, why did she make it? Well, it was a gamble. Sally was really distraught over the whole thing so she might have assumed that Sally would move somewhere (nobody to accidentally kill) or just kill herself. So she figured the 3 ex-ghosts would then be her's sooner than later. 3 burgers NOW is better than perhaps no burgers at all.
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You're suggesting that Sally, Stevie and Nick started rotting and craving raw flesh because of the deal? I thought it was just a side effect of being brought back from the dead. Also, the deal she made was just for her. It didn't involve Stevie and Nick.
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But didn't the Witch say (during their confrontation this week) that her recent deals affected the other two as well?
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I think Aidan knew he is dead, so he could use the door, and he could just drag Josh through...oh he will just bounce back if he can't

Alanna gave Sally like a whole book, I am guessing that is all Sally memorized.
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Well, from the teasers for next week... Sally isn't quite over her ordeal with the witch. Either the witch is back (in one form or another), or Sally is back to hallucinating a malevolent entity that does not actually exist. So I guess she has some story / conflict left for the finale.

Nora facing off Liam... interesting. It hasn't been a full moon (yet) so I don't know how much of a strength boost Josh will get as he gets closer to it so Liam might beat Josh like a red-headed step-child. Also it looks like Liam lost an eye? I guess Josh+Aiden messed him up more than I remember, or Liam is pissed that he's now on the Vamp's HMO plan and has to constantly fight them off.

I hope we don't lose Nora. I liked her prior to her little fall this season, and she started to go back to normal recently. I'd hate to lose all of that progress to her being a *itch again or flat-out dying.

Mutant-Bubble-Boy... that's gonna suck. I don't mean for the viewers... I don't know how that's going to play out enjoyment-wise. But Aiden and the kid are going to have sad times.
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Bubble boy part is just going to be sad
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We should have known it wouldn't end well for Bubble Boy. After all, his name is Kenny.
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Didn't Liam lose his eye when Josh stabbed him with the knife?
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If I recall correctly, Josh slashed at Liam's face as he got scratched.
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Probably right. It's been a while since I saw the fight. I recall it was quite chaotic, especially when Liam started to wolf-out.

I didn't remember a slash to the face or loss of the eye, but between time-passed and the chaotic fight I admit I probably just missed / forgot it.
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Ahh, I didn't watch the promo, but I'm delighted to know the witch stuff isn't completely over. I really did think it came off as too easy this week.

We've gone so long without a full moon recently! It's weird. I don't remember Liam losing an eye either, but maybe it was vamps or something.

I don't want to lose Nora either at this point. I'm worried that we're going to lose one of them though. I thought it would be Josh after all his fretting over whether he'd come back from Donna or not. I'm really worried about both of them at this point.
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If there's one thing they should have learned from the now-cancelled UK version, it's how colossally badly changes to the core cast are received.
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Oops, sorry. Hope that wasn't a spoiler about the witch.
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Not at all! I usually watch them, I was just missed it this week. :)
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