Being Human "(Dead) Girls Just Want to Have Fun" Review: Sally Malik’s Kiss o’Death

Being Human S03E02: “(Dead) Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

It’s a running joke in my house that the women on Being Human exist solely to screw everything up. I realize that’s not a particularly fair statement, that Josh and Aidan have done their fair share of ruining everything in the past. It’s not even meant to be that much of an insult—if nobody ruins anything, there’s no conflict and the plot stagnates. Sally and Josh miraculously returned to, uh, being human in last week’s premiere, and humans are boring. It was only a matter of time before one of them screwed something up and frankly, my money was on Sally from the very beginning.

I’m not entirely convinced that this storyline wasn’t conceived purely as an excuse to get Meaghan Rath out of that frumpy sweater/bedhead combo, but that’s okay. I mean, damn girl, you fine. However, I’m a little skeptical of Suicide Stevie and Nautical Nick’s reanimation, considering all the effort put into the ritual to restore Sally. You mean Nora and Josh just hauled ass to desecrate their graves and haphazardly smear the leftover Ray juice all over their rotting corpses and... it worked? Lol, okay. I’m not letting anyone tell me to slow down and do things right ever again. Aidan’s face summed things up perfectly once he was reunited with his freshly humanized roommates and got their story: “You dumbasses.”

While “It’s a Shame About Ray” suffered from too much darkness and exposition, “(Dead) Girls Just Want to Have Fun” marked a return to the precarious balance between angst and lulz that, when Being Human really wants to, it manages quite well. We got scene after scene of Sally squealing over the novelty of changing her bra (I’m right there with you, girl) and sipping cosmos giving way to the I-told-you-so moment required in any Sally story. Poor dumb Trent. Him just wanted some undead booty.

Still, sometimes it’s hard to feel bad for Sally beyond her initial tragic death. It's pretty much guaranteed that if someone tells Sally not to do something, then that’s exactly what she’ll do. The witch who raised Sally warned her not to seek out people from when she was alive the first time around. To Sally’s credit, she didn’t go looking for Trent, but once he started tossing back gin and hitting on her, she threw all caution out the window. C’mon, Sally, this is life and death and... death. Trent wasn’t even that cute and he was kind of a doofus. That hair was sooooo N’SYNC chic. All it needed was bleached tips. And he’s dead now. All because you wanted some nookie.

Also what’s up with going all doom-and-gloom on Josh, huh? I’ll be the first to agree that he might be rushing into his marriage proposal plan, but the dude was happy and the dude is NEVER happy. LET HIM BE HAPPY.

But like all happiness in ex-werewolf-Mimi-Siku’s life, even his starry-eyed intentions for Nora were quashed by the arrival of the top dog daddy to last season’s werewolf wonder twins. Remember them? I try not to. After finding Connor mounted on the wall of the Amish vampire compound like the prized hunting trophy he was, Papa Werewolf got a little grumpy and set off to find Brynn, vowing revenge if any harm had come to her. Does being cast on Revolution count?

Daddy Werewolf tracked down Brynn’s last known BFF, Nora, and decided to bunk with her for the duration of their change. Normally, Josh hung out outside Nora’s storage unit/kennel, but she conveniently talked him out of it in time for Mr. McLean to stop in for a smackdown. Cozy. When Josh arrived in the morning to let the dogs out, both Nora and Mr. McLean were gone but don’t worry, the promo for next week snapped the tiny shred of tension the show managed to cobble together once we realized Josh wouldn’t be turning this full moon after all. At least the writers didn’t kill Nora off. I assumed she would be killed off because of all that wedding talk and the fact Josh’s happiness must be stopped. How dare you develop positive self-esteem, Josh? HOW DARE YOU?

Meanwhile, Aidan—despite the dire implications of that closing scene last week, complete with moany Bon Iver cover—got his shit together, took a shower, had a shave, and stopped hallucinating long about to call his friends for a ride. I miss Bishop already. While the vampire flu still sounds silly, even after the expanded explanation that basically amounts to “It’s a virus that gives humans the flu but kills vampires dead-fo-sho,” the horror factor has returned... along with my boy Henry. Oh Henry, I want to love you. Why do you have to make it so hard for me to do that beyond the purely shallow reasons?

The vampire virus has killed off an impressive chunk of the blood-sucking population, but a few ingenious survivors remain, drinking newborn blood (lol, you’re so damaged, Being Human) and keeping their girlfriends chained up in germ-free bedrooms. Fine, Henry didn’t actually chain Emma up, he just brainwashed her. Semantics. And then Aidan set her free because being buried undead for a whole year made him really zen about things like condemning his former sometimes best friend to a possibly horrific flu-death. Henry is kind of a sucky bestie, if you think about it.

But this still doesn’t solve the problem of Aidan needing himself a nice plasma slushy sooner rather than later. He got by, chugging what remained of his own after the crash, but there wasn’t much left and that certainly won’t work in the long run. The old haunts came up empty and he didn’t drink from Emma after discovering the truth about her relationship with Henry. Sally offered him a sip, but since she’s human-but-not-really, Aidan was forced to decline, also rejecting an offer from Josh because even though Josh is human now, Aidan still wants to maintain monster dignity or something. Okay, and there was the small matter of Josh having his own tussle with the vampire flu before the story picked up this season. But must be rough to be the only freakshow left in the house these days. Aidan looked kind of bummed when Sally and Josh were planning their celebratory dinner that he couldn’t eat. It’s okay, boo. One of them will return to monsterville soon enough. Probably Sally. Sally ruins everything. (Sorry, Sally.)



NOTES


– Is it just me or was there a lot of Sally/Aidan sexual tension in that little heart-to-heart on the sofa? They’re totally gonna bone at some point this season, aren’t they? That’s gonna be weird... like watching two siblings go at it.

– You know, Syfy, these intense cliffhanger endings would be MORE intense and cliffhanger-y if you didn’t show the missing-and-supposedly-in-mortal-danger individual being all fine and dandy in the promo for next week. Just sayin’.

– Does Aidan have a spidey sense now or something? That wasn’t there before, right?

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Ugh - I really don't want a Sally/Aiden love story. It would ruin the dynamics of the trio's friendship.
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I actually liked that arc on the UK version, and here they can actually touch each other, though in the UK version is was really well played by the actors..I love both of them and was a shame that Aidan Turner had to die in order to go and make the hobbit, and the ghost always love her more than this Sally! she really ruins things up big time!! and I knew she was going to be trouble when she decided to go out.

I would Josh to be back being werewolf, maybe rescuing Nora it's bitten by daddy pure-werewolf and could become almost purebred and so powerful, and I would love some flashback to the time Nora spent with Brenn, really sometimes they fast forward too much but still love the show, sally apart it's a improvement in some aspect from the UK version, but I don't see them like that because each one it's unique in their own way..

Also in the UK version if remember correctly they can last without feeding, maybe this new zen Aidan can do that...at least till the cure it's out or the flu is flushed!!
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I think Brenn was played by Tracy Spiradakos - the girl everyone lambastes on this site for her acting struggles in "Revolution".
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yes she is the girl from revolution..but who knows..Tim said it was kind of hilarious that show..so maybe it'll go south and she can replay brenn?? hahaha don't know
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Having seen the UK version, I've been waiting for the Aiden and Sally romance arc to start. Not sure I would have picked this method since is sort of came out of nowhere, I'm just hoping that they don't ruin it like they did in the other version
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I know it's a minor gripe in the grand scheme of things, but since when do they show they episode title onscreen?
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Aidan sure does get beat up a lot doesn't he? Also, he's still pretty spry after having spent 6 feet under for over a year and not having had any fresh blood since his release from the coffin.
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some of us don't watch this show on SyFy ... if that channel spoils the tension by showing scenes from next week's episode, please don't do the same thing by mentioning it here.
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I can't wait for Sally/Aidan to get together. They ruined the couple on the UK series but I think the they might be able to do something good with them on this version.
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Sally/Aidan seems inevitable to me because of Mitchell/Annie, but who knows, they have parted ways from the UK version in big ways. But also because of the UK version I can't imagine Being Human without Nora.
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Watching last weeks episode i was assumeing that sally's body would inhabit the three spirits so i was confused when all three of them were just kind of there in the beginning.... so did the cloth and heart do anything? cuz stevie said that he woke up in his coffin so why isnt he more zombie like/ a skeleton?
also the syfy cliffhanger thing is so true.. i try not to watch those promos after the episode cuz the next one gets ruined
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I've been playing with that in my mind like a rubik's cube. Here's how I've pasted the stickers back on. They had to do all stuff to Sally to bring life back into her body. But she brought three lives with her from limbo. It's like they said, they caught a ride on her lifeboat. So since the spirits were reanimated, they all went back to their proper bodies. Note I didn't say I solved the puzzle, I just pasted the stickers on in a way that looks like it could be right. But, really, I don't know.
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Yeah i understood that they all "caught a ride on her lifeboat" and traveled to their other bodies, i just dont understand why the two guys look normal... i think ill just go with the explanation that a wizard did it
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works for me
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Ray should find Josh and bite/scratch him again to turn him, it sure would be a bummer for him lol
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Fans of the BBC Original should remember that Mitchell (Aiden in US version) and Annie (Sally in US version) did wind up becoming a couple and much of that season was spent on them trying to work things out. I was hoping that this version wouldn't go that route, but it looks like it.

Also, I have a theory that Sally is now going to be something like a succubus who drains the lifeforce out of those she previously knew, unknowingly of course. My money is on her giving up her new "life" and becoming a ghost again by season's end to stop this from continuing.
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Great review MaryAnn...I also thought this was a boring epi. I love being human but Sally really bugged me...And I like Josh being a wolf better...and by the way I would let Aidan suck me any time lololololol..I hope the show straightens itself out...This is one of my guilty pleasures shows.
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Nice review. This episode was quite boring and slow, in my opinion. It was great to see the three roommates back together, finally, and conversing with each other. I thought it would be one of those episodes with less action and more informative things, but I didn't get that either. I also feel a lot of things need explaining, because it confuses people and when people are confused they tend to dislike it because they don't understand it. But I'll be patient. Okay episode, overall.
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YES to this review! YES!
- So I too was bummed with the Stevie Nicks thing. I mean, it would have been soooo much cooler if they somehow woke up in Sally's body, and she was sort of this zombie kinda dead but kinda alive chick with dissociative identity disorder or something, trying to avoid not just people SHE knew but people that Nick and Stevie knew too, which would be hard because she never knows who they knew. That would have been so wicked. Fighting her ghost friends for control over her own body. But alas...they went in another direction. Although I sincerely doubt that Nick and Stevie will just be off happy and everything because no one is ever really allowed to be happy on Being Human.
-Ugh. Daddy Werewolf. I was so over the werewolf storyline last year basically because the pure weres were royal pains in the asses. So hopefully creepy annoying Daddy werewolf won't find find his annoying were-daughter, because she's off being an equally annoying post-apocalyptic teen on another show. One can hope. The vengeance thing always gets me because obviously as their father he must have know that they were colossal jackasses that were practically asking to be killed at some point. Plus its odd that it took him damn near a year and a half to come find Nora. Really? And awkward moment of the week goes to Nora inevitably waking up blood, dirty, and naked next to her former friends' father. That's what therapy sessions are made of. I wanted the purebreds and Mother to be done with. But fine.
- We FINALLY got that reunion amongst the friends that I was waiting so impatiently for!! Basically this show is at its best when it's the three of them interacting and bickering, and bantering, and just being them. I loved seeing Aidan's reaction to corporeal Sally.
-Which brings me to yeah... what was with the sexual tension between him and Sally? Weirdness. I've always enjoyed the different relationships that she has with both guys. With Aidan she has that big bro/little sis thing. They have these really cool, deep talks sometimes, they're very perceptive of one another. I love it. I don't know about the sexual tension thing though. It should make things interesting.
-I know we needed Sally to screw up for plot purposes, but damn girl! Perhaps it's because I'm probably most like Josh "the responsible one", but she just completely ignored everything on the first night! I wanted to strangle her myself! And for a guy like that, oh he did have N'Sync hair!!! LOL!! I knew what was going to happen the moment he popped up.
- Oh the vampire flu. I'm just going with it. Same boat with Henry, I want to like him, but he totally imprisoned a chick to be his human blood bag, not good man. I wonder how they'll get out of this w/o drinking baby blood. Newborns have it rough on this show! Their blood is drawn from them for vamps, ghosts jump into their teeny little bodies. Sheesh. Also, Aidan's going to have to bite the bullet, I don't see why he can't drink Sally's blood. She's kinda alive but probably can't catch the flu.
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You know if Sally killed that guy just by kissing, imagine how Zoe must have died. Because she should have died, right?
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No ... the only people who will die are those who knew you BEFORE you were dead ... since Zoe never knew what's his name before he was a ghost ... she'll be ok (just like Josh and Nora are ok being around Sally)
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Good point. Thanks.
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I think the problem I have with the Sally character is that, while she's fun to watch on TV, I would kind of hate her in real life. Bullheaded, fun but flighty, there for her friends but terrible with giving advice and heedless of the consequences of her own actions.

With Josh, Aidan, and Nora, the writers have managed to show characters with notable flaws which are nonetheless outweighed by their virtues. But Sally . . . friendly, but not really good; stupid, but not really evil. Just kind of a hot mess.

Yeah, I'm not a Sally fan.
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I agree. She's kind of self destructive, but she always has an excuse.
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Yeah, I kind of suspect the writers think Sally's excuse-making and heedless blundering aren't so bad . . .
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I don't know, but after spending a year in a coffin I'd assume that Aiden as a vampire would need TONS of live human blood to recover, but miraculously he did just fine. It looks like in Being Human drinking blood for vampires is a hobby, not a vital necessity.

One more thing. Since Joshua and Nora had to recover Sally's body for her to come back to life, one could only assume resurrection would only be possible with the dead person's body. But to my surprise there they were: Sally, Nautical guy and Stevie, all in their respective bodies. Where did the extra bodies come from? I thought the three ghosts would be inhabiting Sally's body, but no, it seems Being Human can't keep track of its own fake rules.
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OMG! I totally agree with the whole not wanting the Sally/Aiden thing to happen. The sexual tension was very palpable and I actually watched the rest of that scene through my fingers cuz my hand was covering up my face. It creeped me out! On the Josh front (ex-werewolf-Mimi-Siku LMAO) I soooo do not want him to end up with Nora. She is boring and they are boring together. I can't wait for him to be a wolf again tho... he is gonna be a wolf again, right?
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Well, I assume they don't have the same plan for Sally as they did for Annie on the original (which got to be a little much, but also Annie was a little more sunshines and puppies and, well, nicer than Sally is) but they might want to explore the same sort of relationship between Aiden and Sally that Mitchell and Annie had, but, you know, show more of it.

I actually don't remember seeing Nora in the previews for next week's episode, but I am still getting over the flu. I want them to really explore that Nora is the alpha wolf thing that they never really did with Nina, and heck, even the sweetest scene that we never saw where George and Nina were trapped together and Annie watched over them and reported that George became ultra protective of Nina as wolves.
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Hope you feel better. If Aiden or Henry come calling, tell them about the flu so you don't kill them. LOL.

I love Nora and Josh together and I don't remember seeing her in the promos, either.
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thanks, it is the only positive thing from this...pardon my coughing attack...flu. I watched Lost Girl last night and saw the rest of the preview, but I actually thought it was from later in the season where they seem to be maybe introducing their version of Tom? But it is a girl this time?
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Can't help you there, sugar. I don't watch that one.
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Ah...if you care, Tom is very fun, imagine if Josh didn't have so many issues with being a werewolf and actually kind of thought it was fun and let some of the wolf into his normal life.
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Ok, I am not sure why they brought back the worst characters from last season. Henry was horrible last season. And most likely will be horrible this season as well. I am not sure why he and Nora are still here. I can understand why Nora is still there, because of Josh and his ex getting nailed by a car. Plus she has to be the link to the Wolf world because Josh is no longer. But Henry, really doesn't have to be there, he could literally replaced by anyone, anyone, Aidan has been alive for a long time so there has to be at least a dozen or so people in his past that they could bring back for a new story.

That being said, it was better than the premier. Not a lot better, mostly because there is still a "vampire flu" which is ridiculous. But also what it has done to the vampire community. I am not sure why they wanted to wipe out the administration of them because that is just weird. It is hard to believe, even with the suspension of disbelief required, that this would be too much to contend with. Influenza though debilitating to the person, tends to be geographically localized. If your food source is tainted, you pull from another area. Like say Africa, or Australia, or somewhere that it isn't present. Henry, had the right idea, but went about it the way we have come to know Henry, in that he is kind of a giant douche. I find it hard to believe that the admin didn't have a back up plan. Especially considering that they have been through actual pandemic in 1918.

Wolf daddy is interesting. But if the witch is bringing back Ray I am concerned that it is going to be way too much wolf. Maybe that is the intention. They went pretty deep for the Vampires last year, maybe they are going to bounce back and forth between the two. I am not sure what to make of it, mostly because we haven't seen that much of it. Aside from Daddy wolf's wolf is psychic.

Sally, oh Sally. Her story was really predictable. But it brought Meaghan Rath out of her usual outfit and well I am all for that because she is just pretty. BUt likely her kisses bring death.



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You are obviously not up on your Stephen King lore. The superflu killed people the world over due to it's being sent to covert operatives. And also, I thing the 1918 flu did a pretty good job of devastating Earth's population. It killed more people than the war that year. And remember we were a far less global population, war notwithstanding, than we are now.

I like Henry. He's complicated, and ethics aside, he actually had a pretty good idea on how to avoid dying.
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Nope, not up on my Stephen King lore. But the 1918 flu makes my point. Presumably the vampires lived through that, they should have been aware of potential problems. Unless that Flu didn't have any effect on them. And if it didn't they need to say that. This is the second episode of the season, and I would like to know more about it. Rather than Nora talking with Daddy Wolf, and though I really like Rath, Sally once again doing something she shouldn't. And anything with Henry. They tossed out this huge plot in the Flu and haven't addressed it in the least. Which makes me wonder if they want we as viewers to just accept that their is some type of virus that reduces vampires to dust.

I don't know it just bugs me when shows throw out crap and don't address it in the least.
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every flu we get is a different virus. the current one in the show's world just happens to kill vampires ... doesn't mean that the past ones had any effect on them one way or another
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exactly
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It does seem like an obvious plot device just to get ride of the whole vampire hierarchy. It may just be that, but I'm hoping they will fill in more of the details as the season goes on. It doesn't bother me not to know right now; it's still so earlier.

Seriously, if you like to read, check out Stephen King's the Stand. It's quite thick, but it's is a fast read. You won't be able to put it down.
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I will add the Stand to the list of books to read. Thanks for the rec.
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early, not earlier. For some reason my typing area is black and my type is grey. It's kind of hard to see.
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I liked Sally more before...now she looks like any random hooker on street with all that make-up. I watch US Being Human, because of Sam Witwer. I know,if I'll start watching UK,original version,I will stop watching this one:D Come on Sam, do the 3rd and final part of Force Unleashed 3:D
Well I did watch at one point 1st episode of UK version and there things moved along faster. I loved it,but I already started watching this one and somehow stuck with this one.

F****ck,why do you(and any other people) need to spoil things for other people?!?!? If you were spoiled for watching promos for next episode,don't need to write this here.
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He couldn't drink from Josh because Josh had suffered from the flu that is killing vamps. Josh said it knocked him on his rear for a whole week.
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We fixed that. Thanks for the refresher!
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Oh snap, he totally did.
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S'okay. BTW, I really enjoyed the review this week. It was quite funny. Good job.
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Nice writeup. I don't want the Sally/Aidan hookup to happen either (Level 10 Creepiness Factor) but if Sally kills anyone she gets intimate with then it seems inevitable that something will happen between them, since Aidan is also technically undead. I hope that I'm wrong, though, because... yuck.
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Thanks! Maybe they'll be stuck together because every time they have sexytimes with anyone else, that person ends up dead. It's still gonna be weird though.
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Ok two things:
1. The season premiere did not suffer from being too dark. This is a dark show on many occasions. Sally, Aidan, and Josh had to recover from extremely traumatic experiences like, ummmm, being buried alive, and nearly getting shot to death, and being lost in limbo. The fact that u think the premiere was too dark for a show like this is laughable at best.

2. Sally doesn't ruin everything, which is one of the great things about this show. In the process of being human, all three of them make their own mistakes, which tends to affect others, like they should. Don't put Sally as some kind of devil's advocate, like she just can't help but make trouble for everyone. Josh and Aidan have done PLENTY, too, just in case you forgot (Aidan's feeding getting out of control, Josh running around with Ray)!!!

With that being said, this was another good episode. I want the best for Josh and Norah, too, but unfortunately people get in the way, especially the vengeful ones lol!! I for one don't think Sally was the cause for Trent dying. I think it was that witch that brought Ray back from the dead. I also hope Aidan can convince Henry to take it easy a little with the freaking human hostage situations. Love this show!!!
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I didn't think it was too dark for the show in general. I don't mind dark at all. I just thought it a lot of darkness for the premiere. It was hard to get excited when the show insisted on wallowing in angst. I really liked this week's episode though. Josh and Aidan are certainly not without their bad decisions. Aidan especially, last season, needed a good smack. But Sally just seems so BLATANT about it. It's like every time she's handed something good, she needs to do exactly what she was told NOT to do. Like the whole possessing people thing.
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I love the show, too. But, Yeah, I think Sally killed the guy. He was getting sick the night before after their make-out session. Also, the witch said she really wouldn't be alive, just reanimated.
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