Haven

Season 2 Episode 6

Audrey Parker's Day Off

3
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Aug 19, 2011 on Syfy
8.1
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Audrey finds herself trapped by time when a repeating cycle of events involving a runaway car lead to the deaths of her loved ones.

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  • NOT a "rip off of Groundhog Day!"

    10
    NB: This episode was NOT a "rip off of Groundhog



    Think about it. Haven as a series is all about Sarah Vernon/Lucy Ripley/Audrey Parker involuntarily reincarnated and repeatedly "airdropped" into Haven so she can save its inhabitants.



    The episode arc for "Audrey Parker's Day Off" was merely a scaled-down, microcosmic version of the series arc for "Haven" as a whole.



    Therefore, it was clearly NOT a "rip off of Groundhog Day!"



    The episode title "Audrey Parker's Day Off" was ironic. Parker doesn't get any days off.moreless
  • The best episode so far

    10
    I think this was the best episode of Haven so far. And it didn't bother me that they used pretty worn out idea of Groundhog's Day. Still it was presented in an interesting way which seemed to be way off from the regular Haven not-entirely-completed stories. My judgment about the Haven series is still rather harsh but this episode is a very nice detour. I hope it stays that way so I could change my mind in overall.moreless
  • What could easily been the cliché Groundhog's Day episode, instead is a strong character study of the gift and curse of Audrey's immunity.

    9.0
    I enjoy Haven immensely but this episode really struck me as being different. It wasn't so much about Audrey herself as it was about her Trouble. It's obvious by now that Audrey's presence in Haven is essential – it's no coincidence that she ended up in Haven, whether by design, the supernatural or a combination of the two.



    What strikes me more and more as we progress into season 2 is the first response of the viewer to a crisis is often that the 'best' way to deal with a Troubled person is to kill them. That sounds heartless, I know, but with many of these people, not only is their power immensely dangerous but completely out of their control. Yet Audrey provides the balance – either her immunity allows her to see the truth of a situation or her empathy allows her to understand the Troubled in a way no other person in Haven is able to. She defuses situations with such grace but always does it in such a way that it feels like that Trouble won't occur again.



    Without being overly dramatic, it's becoming increasingly obvious that Haven would self destruct without her pacifying presence. Which is why this episode really impressed me – it explored the aspects of Audrey's gift but for really the first time, showed that there can be a very negative (from Audrey's standpoint) side to it too: namely that she can sometimes be the only person that can carry the burden of being practically responsible for 'keeping the peace'.



    Another aspect that impressed me was the subtle overview of her relationships with the men in her life – it wasn't overblown or showy, yet managed to capture the essence of each. For example, note the different reactions to when Duke and Nathan are killed – with Duke, her distress originates from her being responsible for his death; with Nathan, it's pure grief at his loss. And from a totally girly point of view, Nathan's puppy dog pining is just utterly adorable!



    For an episode that used a cliché – the time loop has been used a few times now, Supernatural and X-Files being examples – the episode's focus wasn't on the events at all but on the character of Audrey, something I didn't anticipate. I find myself very impressed by the writing of the episode – subtly done yet it got you into Audrey's head and heart, and has given us a very clear perception of both her unique Trouble and her current relationships. In a sequence of great mythos episodes, this one proved to be a very enjoyable characterization episode.moreless
  • Audrey Parker's Day Off

    8.5
    Audrey Parker's Day Off was a great episode and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a great story and there were great pop culture references and the troubled individual had an interesting condition. Audrey had to relive the same day over and over and saw how each decision leads to a different yet similar out come. There was a lot of growth and development in this episode. Over all it was entertaining to see Audrey solve the mystery of what was going on. The ending scene was intense and I look forward to finding out what will happen next in Haven!!!!!moreless
  • 206

    7.0
    Yes, there are a lot of movies that have had this premise, but you know what? It worked on Haven tonight as we saw the protagonist try and save a girl and then two of her friends and then her boyfriend from an accident, going back in time many times. Not the most original premise, but there is one thing I have been pleading with the show to do as of late and that is to give us a story that is interesting from start to finish. The conclusion was a little lame tonight, but color me interested for most of tonight's show. This was definitely one of Haven's best episodes thus far.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Audrey drives away the first time, her license plate reads 6516NU. However, during the second time she drives away and arrives at the school, her license plate reads 1924RZ.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Chris: Career Day. That's your official police business? What, you lose a bet to Nathan?
      Audrey: Rock-paper-scissors.

    • Audrey: How about we move to questions. Does anybody have any questions? Ahh, yeah.
      Student: Is that a real gun?
      Audrey: Yeah, it is a real gun.
      Student: Can I shoot it?
      Audrey: No, you cannot shoot it.

    • Audrey: I especially loved the part where you went on for a half an hour about the endangered tidewater mucket.
      Chris: If they're going to blindly love me, at least they're going to learn something.

    • Duke: Chris Brody? What are you... you and Parker?
      Audrey: Yeah.
      Duke: I got to tell you, I mean, I'm--I'm just honored that you would choose my place of business to... express yourselves physically. I mean, love happens. Here. You're staying for waffles.

    • Audrey: Wait. He left?
      Duke: Hey, I tried to stop him, okay. I begged. I--I think I even said the words, "I need you." And I actually feel kind of awkward about it now.

    • Duke: Love that Chris. What a guy. (pause) What?
      Nathan: Chris is Troubled. You don't look at him, you don't get all man-crush.
      Duke: No way. (pause) Oh! Wow. Now you tell me?
      Nathan: Hey, no judgments. He's a handsome guy.
      Duke: Yeah. Yeah, shut up.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (Sweet Talk Radio)

    • International Airdates:
      Canada: August 22, 2011 on Showcase
      Latin America: November 7, 2011 on Syfy LA
      UK: November 8, 2011 on Syfy
      Czech Republic: February 17, 2012 on Universal Channel
      Finland: October 10, 2013 on YLE TV2

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Nathan: You're stuck in my second-favorite Bill Murray movie.
      Referencing the 1993 movie Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. In the movie Bill Murray's character is stuck in a small town and relives the same day, Groundhog Day, over and over again. Even though he kills himself repeatedly, he always finds himself physically unharmed when the day starts again.

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