Being Human "For Those About to Rot" Review: A Boy and His Wolf

Being Human S03E10: “For Those About to Rot”

I was wrong about Zoe—she’s aliiiiiiive!—so I’ll stop short of weeping for my favorite chilled-out chili-cooking werewolf just yet, but things weren’t looking so great for Pete when we last saw him doing his best vampire smorgasbord impression. I'm so glad those three bloodsuckers had the courtesy to remind each other that Josh was off-limits before they tossed him out on his face. We finally got some reprieve from Nora’s anti-Aidan campaign, only to see the seeds planted for Josh to start a war of his own—maybe not one as (annoyingly) bitter as Nora’s, but once he realizes that Aidan told the other vampires how to cure the death flu and gave them specific instructions not to eat Nora and Josh, I can see Josh at the very least being a little bit disappointed. He's spent the entire season thus far defending Aidan’s “inherent nature” and downplaying the death and terror that seems to follow him everywhere, only to end up with a dead werewolf guru and a possible all-out species war brewing, since the vampires are seemingly unable to take their medicine without freaking killing the source. Seriously, maybe Dr. Aidan should have printed up some instructions and a complete list of the nasty side effects of medicating with werewolf blood: bleeding from the eyes is normal, FYI you do NOT have to DRAIN your werewolf to get the full benefits of his blood.

So the truce was nice while it lasted. Josh worked on meditating his way into a meaningful relationship with his inner-wolf and got so, SO close to succeeding before Pete got eaten. I hope his mentor’s probable death doesn’t put a total halt on his werewolf maintenance. I like this new, confident, less-whiny Josh.

We can’t talk about the new Josh without talking about Suicide Stevie, though. When Sally answered a call from Zoe and found out that rather than being eaten by her kind-of-a-zombie boyfriend, Zoe beaned him in the face with a baseball bat—a lot—she realized that the threat of the reanimated corpses' inevitable hunger for flesh couldn’t be ignored or downplayed anymore. After burying Nick—who took his dead-again status pretty well, all things considered—Sally and Josh set out in search of Stevie. Stevie was conveniently hanging out at his childhood home, claiming his parents were at their lake house for the foreseeable future, which was total bullshit because he was being weird and evasive and I saw the promo for this week’s episode ahead of time. Being Human, seriously, your promos are like abridged episodes. Leave a little mystery, eh?

Stevie had indeed eaten his parents—and the mailman—but at least he felt really bad about it and understood that it wasn’t normal or okay or excusable. He wanted to die again, but, haunted by memories of waiting to die the first time around, he wanted some help this time... and Josh was ready and willing to jump right in with the assist. Sally was horrified. Not gonna lie, I was a little horrified. Josh’s point, that Stevie was too far gone and too dangerous to just tie up in the basement until they found a solution, made perfect sense and it’s not like Stevie was put down against his will. 

I said that I like this not-a-wuss Mimi-Siku, and I do, but I’m also worried about what Josh’s desensitization to the more violent and effed-up aspects of his and his buddies' supernatural lives means for everyone around him and himself. Not batting an eye at burying a corpse is one thing, but Josh didn’t even TRY to talk Stevie into a backup plan, or flinch from the idea of killing Stevie/helping Stevie kill himself. For most of Being Human’s run, Aidan has been our go-to source for darkness, but Josh is quickly becoming a scary dude in his own right.

So Sally called Josh on his haste to end Stevie’s brain lust and asked when he would put her down, since clearly it’s only a matter of time before she tries to take a bite out of his forearm herself. Josh’s insistence on saving Sally was reminiscent of the sort of eagerness to do right we saw in early Josh, but it was also colored by fear, which is at the heart of so much of what Josh says and does these days. Josh goes through repeated cycles of gaining awesome things in his life and losing them. He was free of being a werewolf for much of the season. He helped rescue Sally from Limbo. Nora accepted his marriage proposal. But with the truth about Sally’s future coming out, Liam being kind enough to give Josh his curse back, and the implications of Aidan’s miraculous recovery threatening the balance between their communities, it’s not unreasonable to consider that Josh is currently acting out of fear that his life is on a downward trajectory once again—and that this time, Josh isn’t just going to stand by a take it.

While Sally rotted and Josh meditated/buried corpses/killed zombies, Aidan went on a second date with Kat. They’re cute. She has baggage. They ran into her ex at the rare book archive and she told Aidan about how she dated the guy for four years and she wanted kids and he didn’t so she left. Aidan had flashbacks about trying to have babies back in the eighteenth century and when faced with repeated stillbirths and miscarriages, their local fire-and-brimstone preacher basically told them that Jesus thought he and his wife would make crappy parents and it was probably a blessing that their babies kept dying because then tthe children could be with God instead of with Aidan and Susanna. So Aidan punched him in the face.


But eventually, EVENTUALLY, they had a healthy baby boy. You know, after Aidan prayed and swore to God that he’d be a good man for the rest of his life if this one baby could just survive. I sense a lot of angst in our future flashbacks.

Or just in our future future. Aidan ate Kat’s ex during one of his sleepwalking episodes. That’s awkward.


What did you think of the episode?



NOTES


– Re: Nick and Stevie’s matching doors. They totally got eaten by the soup kitchen witch, right? Probably?

– You’d think that after 200+ years of perfecting the art of lying, Aidan wouldn’t be thrown off-guard by something like seeing his father’s name in a book that he printed. I mean, you’re in a rare book archive with a Revolutionary War buff, dude. Surely you were going to encounter SOMETHING you recognized. With all the baby-making flashbacks, I actually assumed they were going to encounter a registrar with Aidan’s baby’s birth recorded in it or something. Idk.

– Pete: dead or alive? Can we have two miraculous survivals in a row or would that just be silly?

– What do you think is the deal with Aidan’s sleepwalking? Does it have anything to do with werewolf blood, or is this just Aidan having one of his semi-annual psychotic episodes?

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JOSH IS NOT BECOMING EVIL... OR HEARTLESS... HE CANT BE... at LEast hE Hugged Sally... U Know Pulled Her into His Arms. Becouse Him, Aiden, And Nora Dont Wana Loose Her. And Zoe Dosent Wana Hit Her. Kill Her.Also I Liked. It In This Episede How Josh Was So Touth And Sweet TO. Sally. Sallys One Of His Bestfriends
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I kinda knew Pete would be attacked one day cos he has no curfew from Aiden. I think Josh and Nora will now see Aiden as a selfish monster given so many has been killed to preserve Aiden. As for Sally, I dun think it will so simple an end for her. I believe the witch as plans for her.
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This episode was more interesting than what was going on last episode. That's for sure. I'm loving this review. You always explore and go deeper. You break shizz down. I love that!
-Umm, is it just me or did Kat's ex have a resemblance to Henry? And Kat looks like Aidan's wife, and Aidan is sleepwalking/sleep-eating and I'm starting to wonder if I'm hallucinating myself. Kat does look like his wife right? And dude did look like Henry? Please tell me that isn't just me.
-Ah, you know what turns a girl on? Learning that her new beau is shooting blanks? You know what also turns a girl on? That delectable metallic taste of his lips after sucking on a vampire capri-sun. Good times. I like Aidan and Kat together. Which has to mean that this is really going to be effed up. I mean his previous two girlfriends were kinda the worst and ended up dead, and let us not forget the occasional shirtless hugging buddy along the way. All dead. I didn't like any of them. But Kat. I love Kat, which has to mean that she'll face the most horrific death imaginable.
- I love Josh. I love this new ballsy Josh even more, even though I agree that he's dangerously close to being too jaded. Josh just has my heart because he's so...Josh. Is it possible to call him my spirit animal? What the hell is a spirit animal anyway? It doesn't matter, Josh has always been my person. I get Josh, minus the self-loathing, but still. So I loved how he's just casually burying bodies like it's just another normal day in BoMass, and he had it in him to crack a few jokes about his skills at doing so. I didn't even flinch at the pragmatic approach he was taking with Stevie. But when it was done and over with and Sally and he share their awesome moment, it hit me that, okay, maybe he's too close to losing some of his Joshness. We can't have that. But I still like his newfound balls and him becoming one with his wolf and stuff. The season is practically coming to an end and only now is he really holding my interest this season.
-Josh and Sally. I missed that. I always love seeing Sally interact with the each of the boys one on one. She has different relationships with each of them. I've been loving the Aidan and Sally stuff, so it was cute that she got her one on one time with Josh. Love them.
-I like Peter. I hope he isn't dead. And now all hell will break loose between Josh and Aidan. I'm sure. I can put up with those two at odds, because they always work it out in the end, but so help me if Nora gets involved I'll scream. I did not miss her at all.
-Aidan's flashbacks always make me chuckle despite the subject matter. I think it's the wigs and accents. It's a wonder they haven't actually explored his spirituality more. It would be interesting.
- So I'm guessing/hoping witch lady is back next ep. Clearly Nick and Stevie ended up in front of her.Dudes can't catch a break.
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This ep was gooooood. Felt out of place for an up and down season. Hoping the tone in these kind of eps continue onward.
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It won't happen, but: I would love to see Josh, lying there on the ground outside the trailer, have a sudden werewolf epiphany and transform into the wolf of his own volition and clearing out that trailer. He would save Pete, but Pete's injuries would be too severe to go on living long. He could give Josh some nice parting words, ending with "also, murder all those blood-sucking bastards."

This would simultaneously transform Josh into a powerful badass who then has to contain his desire to abuse his new-found ability for what he considers a good cause -- destroying all the vampires in Boston except Aiden. He might even seek out Bryn's dad for help . . .

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It's funny how many people DIE around Sally, Josh, Nora and Aiden. Is there a bodycount somewhere? Well, I root for them and hope they continue doing so.
Who is next? Pete? Kat? The witch?
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Well last night previews for next week, seems like some weird dude in a hood may be causing Aidans sleep walking...And no kidding they show way to much on previews....
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Seems obvious that the witch is taking all the souls involved in her spell. Loved the Lake House reference. Cracked up when Sally said Keanu and Josh said Sandy. Love that movie. I like Pete but not confident he's alive. The vampires seem desperate (which makes sense), ravenous and aching for a chance to start taking out werewolves. Definitely think there is going to be some problems when Josh discovers Aidan put a target on all the werewolves. Not sure what is up with the sleepwalking but am I the only one that thinks Aidan finally having a baby with wife was a little suspicious? I'm thinking that Aidan is going to freak out when he discovers he's doing it with his offspring but then will find out they aren't really related cause wifey got it on with the preacher in order to have a baby.
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Yeh, though it begs the question... why have Sally make that deal if she was just going to get it anyway.

I mean: the instant we saw that she was able to take the souls of people that Sally accidentally killed I figured their's were on her menu as well. But then, why make the deal with Sally? Perhaps "eating a soul" and "owning it" are two different things?
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Maybe the witch isn't going to eat her. She may have more grisly plans for Sally's soul.
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I instantly assumed Aiden's sleep walking had to do with the werewolf blood.
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I'm good with new Josh. I'd have killed Stevie, too. With a baseball bat. To the head. Because zombie.
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but Sally is also a zombie...
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And the second she starts trying to eat people, baseball bat to the head.
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seriously. zombies need to be ended, without angst.
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I think Josh did the right thing.
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well hope that Pete is alive, but I know he isn't since Aidan told blake I went there, i knew it was going to happen...really really sad and piss with Aidan, and his sleepwalking deafinitly has something to do with the blood, maybe the bloody eyes and that make their splits personalities even more splitter??? hahaha don't know...and well I like the actress that plays the chicken soup kitchen, so I have been waiting for her to come back, but it seems that they are dragging sally's demise...still love the episode..but what stevie said it's totally true: the worst things happens to you guys... :(
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"Josh’s insistence on saving Sally was reminiscent of the sort of eagerness to do right we saw in early Josh, but it was also colored by fear, which is at the heart of so much of what Josh says and does these days." Very insightful :) I dug it.

I liked this episode quite a bit, although I thought it was a lil lame that its been so obvious that the vamps would go after Pete, and if they kill off his character I'm gunna be a lil disappointed...I would have rather seen Zoe, a character who now with Nick's death really serves no purpose (in fact she said she wouldn't be around Sally anymore so now we prb won't see her for a long while if ever again) bite it then Pete... Although maybe I'm being hasty and they'll drum up some purpose for Zoe perhaps in conjunction with the witch problem...actually that just gave me an idea, could Zoe reincarnate Sally in another body like she does with the babies in the hospitol? Maybe they could get around it that way..

Kat's starting to grow on me, although I agree with other commenters that honesty may be the best route to go with her and Aiden's vampirism. I wonder too as Grumpyclown mentioned below about the vamp flu and Aiden's sudden ability to drink random blood bags and snack on Kat's ex.... I suppose it must be that once they've had that first contact with the infection after the wolf blood and get sick from it they're immune after that? Kinda like not getting chickenpox again? That's my take anyways. I hope it doesn't turn out that Kat is related to Aiden, that would suck, esp now that they've knocked boots...

I'm on board with the new Josh, I think he's doing what he feels he has to to survive in his supernatural life.. As far as Stevie goes I too thought Josh jumped on board the "kill stevie" train a lil quick but the more I think about it I can understand it. Stevie wanted to check out, and it was imperative to other people's safety (esp the new mail man haha) that Stevie be stopped from harming others. I guess they could have tried to tie him up and watch him rot away slowly but how much more torture would that be for the kid? If I was going to be a freaking zombie I hope someone would put me out of my misery..

Solid ep overall, I'm def enjoying this better then some of my other shows right now.. *cough TWD &TVD cough* Hopefully Supe will keep up its upward trend upon its return from break tomorrow..
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Okay, I am satisfied for a time with my Josh's condition issues (as to whether he is currently supernatural or not, though I am still not sold on exactly what his condition is and since we are apparently are in an odd stretch of no full moons since he was bitten, I will have to deal with it). A lot of basic questions look like they will be answered next week.

Poor Sally, I know she has a lot on her mind, but she should be on board with avoiding dying what with her soul being owned an all. I am guessing that Ray is somehow a full fledged zombie/werewolf combo who maybe is guarding the witch from Josh, Nora and Sally coming after her. This might be worse that anything Annie ever had to go through (though, Annie and I both share a weird pull your boot straps and deal with things attitude so her crap might have been worse).

Am I the only one kind of bored with Aiden as human storyline flashbacks? I also find it funny about his blackouts...doesn't that usually happen to werewolves?
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Technically, the previous episode was a full moon as that's how Nora met Pete and how Josh was able to get bit. So it just makes sense that the very next episode... while they're dealing with stuff... isn't a full moon yet It would only be a couple of days at most.

But I imagine, per the shows internal "schedule" that we'll get Josh's first tranformation full moon in like 2 more episodes. Give him some time to fester over Pete's attack / death
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Well, it was the morning after the full moon (again, this is why I think someone needs to create a rules as they apply to werewolves in each tv series that werewolves are in - my co worker and I's account was this one, Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and Lost Girl (there is only the one, but still) because I thought that werewolves subject to the moon were effected for three days)
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Yeah, the rules are different in all 4 of those shows. In Being Human the werewolves only change one night per lunar month. The show definitely has a habit of changing the amount of time between episodes.
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I swear if I can figure out all the werewolf rules on this show, I am going to write the pamphlet myself....
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I loved this ep. No Nora = good times.

Was I the only one thinking "Eww blood breath!" after Aiden downed that blood bag and went back to Kat? They are too cute though.

Loved that Josh/Sally scene. That hug, aww. All the feels. He'd never let her get that far gone. She should know better.

NOOOOOO, not "Chilli Pete" *major sadface*

I'm confused - those Aiden flashbacks, are they from before he was turned? Either way, I'm guessing that baby isn't/wasn't his. "Fire-and-brimstone Preacher" (LOL Mary Ann) & Susanna, y'all got some 'splaining to do.

I'm gonna miss Nick and Stevie. I liked Sally having her ghost buds. What ever happened to Stevie's other ghost pals? Just wondering.
Soup Kitchen Witch totes ate Nick and Stevie - not cool soup kitchen witch, not cool. *smh* at you.

That's all I got.

Nora's back next week - sheesh.
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If I'm remembering Stevie's friends correctly, he shredded one for attacking Sally in another human's body. The other wouldn't have anything to do with him after that.
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Oh yes. I remember now. Thanks :)
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Yeh, I was expecting her to back off and say "your tongue tastes like metal, but there's no piecing"
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LOL!
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haha, Yes, I was expecting Kat to say, "why do you taste like metal?"
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Haaa! Good to know I wasn't the only one :D
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I don't think Josh will be THAT mad that Aiden told the creepy vamp lady because Aiden told her to get her to back off bubble boy.

I thought the episode was good, but I could've done without so many flashbacks. I'm wondering if this is the US version's way of taking on the Annie being visible storyline from the original UK one.. where people could suddenly see her but then that was just written off as a cosmic mistake basically and never mentioned again.
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It really is a gray area. The werewolves were picking off the weak vamps, since most were starving. So the werewolves shouldn't really have a moral leg to stand on. So A) the vamps were facing extinction and B) the werewolves were kind of committing genocide. So between Aiden saving a species, sparing his friends, and saving the life of a bubble-boy it kind of outweighs the bad.

On the other hand: Vamps (on the show) are a bigger threat to normal humans than werewolves. They feed on humans regularly and try to run this, while the wolves just hang out and maybe cause a mess every full moon. And my guess is Aiden might still turn the bubble-boy himself so he lives and has a decent Sire.

So, a relatively cold war became a hot war and now (thanks to Aiden) is a full on assault. Relatively harmless wolves like Peter are being killed by people that, by definition, need to feed on humans to survive. It's really a gray area.
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Does the werewolf blood mean that vamps can chow down without any problems with the virus, i am wondering because Aiden has killed and fed during his blackout at the end of the episode
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in the episode before this one (I think?) Aiden starts having a virus induced fit but doesn't die and they realize it's because he's drank Josh and Erin's blood, so werewolf blood immunizes them
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I was wondering because the virus induced fit lasted a couple of days and now he seems to be feeding with no consequences
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I think Grumpy's question was more along the lines of: since Aiden's "purge" of the virus (or whatever) he's "apparently" been sleepwalking / sleep-eating.

I double-quoted "apparently" because I wouldn't be surprised if we reveal that he's passing out, another vampire is killing people, and putting him near the bodies.
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Doesn't matter if there is another vampire following him around, either way he's eating from standard blood bags now. Which could be why he's blacking out, could be a reaction to the virus.
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That was the point, but i hadnt thought about there being another vampire with him.
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My question is why couldn't Josh see Stevie's ghost at the end? Is it because he hasn't turned yet... or what?
Great episode nonetheless, Sally's got to be freaked out, basically seeing her future and all.
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It's because he hasn't turned yet. Remember when Nora got scratched, she couldn't see Sally until after she first turned.
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Thank you! I was wondering about that myself.
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I hope that is the truth because I have been thinking all day (being real productive at work and all) that there have been several things about Josh's status this time around that have raised questions (being turned twice, being turned by a purebred this time who was just born that way and didn't get bitten himself, that he actually sees a wolf in his mediation as opposed to the werewolf and they never show us any of Nora or Pete's, I don't know how ripe that arm was, but I imagine I could smell it). I also hope Pete isn't dead, but I think I remember that Aiden told Blake that the vampires only needed a sip (I have to think that it backfires if they take too much).
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I thought about all of that too until I remembered when Nora got scratched. Granted, at the time I assumed that she was only pretending not to see Sally because she didn't want anyone to know she had been affected. As far as the vamps drinking wolf blood, it's not like they can keep gorging themselves because they have the seizure. So I doubt they would drain Pete completely, plus I'm assuming the one vamp telling the other two what to do wasn't drinking herself. So with two vamps drinking just to the point of the reaction, I doubt it would be enough to kill Pete.
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And you would hope that the vampires would have enough sense that because the Josh who was off limits was there that Pete must either a) be in Aiden's circle or b) that Josh will be able to tell his scary old vampire buddy who they were who did kill Pete and take off.
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Ah, I forgot. Thx! :)
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It must be, because he has seen his wolf in his meditations i'm assuming it not a subtle hint that he is not going to turn
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I really hope Pete isn't dead.

I'm loving the new Josh but was pretty disappointed that he didn't put up a better fight against the vamps.

I'm assuming that Aiden's blackout are a lingering effect of the having had the virus. I really hope they don't last too long though because it's just going to cause a bunch of annoying angst and problems but I'm glad that it led to him killing Kat's ex, just because I want her to find out that he's a vamp and see where that goes.
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I kind of want Kat to find out too. It's just NOT a viable long-term option to keep her in the dark AND maintain a healthy, awesome relationship. Plus, we've seen Aidan try to keep the secret from ladies before and we KNOW it always ends badly. I say just tell her.

I hope Pete isn't dead too! <3 Pete.
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