Being Human "Of Mice and Wolfmen" Review: Zen and the Art of Werewolf Maintenance

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Being Human S03E09 “Of Mice and Wolfmen”

Aidan flashbacks that kind of made sense. Nora inching ever so close to being likeable again. Josh getting in touch with his inner-wolf and not being a wuss about it. Sally finally eating that freaking mouse. There was so much to enjoy in “Of Mice and Wolfmen” that even though the cure for the vampire flu left me slightly disappointed—ONLY slightly—I’m thrilled that the season appears to be righting itself and returning to the path to awesomeness. 

My issues with the werewolf blood curing the vampire flu actually have nothing to do with the cure itself. That’s pretty cool. It sets the vampires and the werewolves up for some interesting interactions in the future—like Blake feeding that stalkery wolf to her merry band of sick and starving vampire pals. OMG that was sweet. But there are some itty, bitty little details that could use some smoothing over, like why no one figured this out before—particularly Pete, who claimed to have some vampire buddies himself, and who seems really into trying new things and solving all the problems. Is Aidan the only vampire who's ever accidentally noshed on werewolf blood? If Erin’s blood from a few weeks ago acted as a booster shot, then do vampires have to keep dosing on werewolf blood to maintain their immunity? If Erin’s blood gave Aidan the extra oomph he needed to beat the flu, then shouldn’t Nora’s have, IDK, neutralized the flu before it even hit his bloodstream? Or something? 

At least they didn’t go the Aidan-beats-death-because-true-love route, which is where I thought we were heading with the mushy kissy-face flashbacks to Aidan’s wife. She took the vampire thing REALLY well. Maybe she’s related to Max? I was braced for the inevitability of Aidan eating her, but maybe that’s next week. He and Kat are jumping right into their epic romance now that he’s all flu-free-the-way-to-be and we all know how Aidan’s romances work out. Best-case scenario, she grows old and dies and he continues to wallow in his immortality. 

But you know what? This was a FUN episode and we needed fun. We also needed almost-zombies. ALMOST-ZOMBIES, YOU GUYS I AM SO EXCITED. Sally finally ate the mouse that'd been teased in every promo ever all season long and found her death breath and rotting flesh instantly restored. However, she also found herself lingering outside a pet shop gazing longingly at the cute kitties and puppies with one thing and one thing only on her mind: FLESH. 

Nick assured her that there was nothing morally wrong with subsisting on stray animals and the critters that inspire normal people to call an exterminator because humans eat meat all the time and honestly, when he put it like that, I was all aboard the brains train. But then he made the leap to chowing down on human flesh and ate Zoe. BYE ZOE. MISS U. 

I really hope she makes an appearance as one seriously pissed-off ghost in the future. Of all the deaths Being Human’s extensive ghost population has featured, being eaten by a semi-zombified boyfriend is definitely one of the best. 

Sally, in a rare case of the insights, identified the slippery slope to Night of the Living Dead laid out before her and decided to stop contemplating the taste of fresh Fido/let herself waste away, essentially dying (again) and restoring the natural order of things. She went from undead party girl to wise old soul real fast—and while I had a hard time wrapping my head around it when the first hints were dropped earlier this season, even with Kat currently occupying Aidan’s heart-shaped spotlight I felt like the Sally/Aidan vibes were coming on a little strong in “Of Mice and Wolfmen.” Aidan was surprised by her decision, but seemed to really respect it. Dude knows a thing or two about going cold turkey. 

Sally wasn’t alone in being oddly zen about her apparent fate this week-- after some brief shots of him angsting over his fresh werewolf scratches (that REALLY looked like they needed stitches, I mean c’mon, half the house is occupied by medical professionals, somebody help him) Josh followed the new guy Pete’s advice and meditated to “meet” his wolf. Initially, it was a bust, but if at first you don’t succeed, wander around the metaphysical forest of your mind again. Pete claimed that getting to know his wolf was the only way he was able to accept his condition and continue to live life on his terms, and given Josh’s positive reaction to seeing his own wolf, perhaps this second round of the curse will be a better experience for him and, by extension, for us as viewers. Pete’s philosophy is simply a gentler take on what so many of the wolves we’ve encountered in the past have told Josh: The wolf lives inside him, it’s an extension of him, a part of him. Unlike vampires, plagued with their depressing immortality and literal thirst for blood, and ghosts who are... well... GHOSTS, the werewolf curse only has to be a curse if Josh lets it. Pete called his wolf his friend. Nora has found strength and confidence in her wolf. Even dead/undead/MIA Ray embraced his wolf and found freedom during his monthly change. He refused to let it stop him from having the mundane, normal life that Josh craves for himself. 

And finally, we have Nora. Touched by Aidan’s willingness to sacrifice himself for her, Nora has decided to be nice to him again. At least her frantic efforts to make amends compliment her overblown anti-Aidan sentiments from earlier rather nicely. She’s not a hypocrite! She’s just fickle! 

Yeah, I know that’s not much better.


What did you think of this episode? 



NOTES


– Does anyone else think Aidan cluing Blake in on the flu vaccine was a bad move? I mean, I get that he wanted to save his species and all, but still. 

– Mimi-Siku had some good ones this week. I loved that he referred to Kat as a muggle. But my favorite of his lines was this one, directed at Nora: “Why do you insist on befriending every stray wolf you come across?” PREACH! 

– Werewolf flu cure: epic win or epic fail?

– I still think Bubble Boy’s a goner.

– Pete is super awesome. So is he going to die or is he going to turn out to be working for Liam or something? I just assume there’s an unhappy ending waiting for Pete because I like him and I’m not allowed to have nice things.

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