Season 1 Episode 5

Ball and Chain

Aired Friday 7:00 PM Aug 06, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

Young men in Haven start aging at an accelerated rate, and Audrey and Nathan attempt to find the source.

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  • The best so far but still no hype...

    I think this is the first episode of the season that really got me interested. Of course by the end everything was spoiled and turned into something so much normal that it wasn't even explained properly. It still left me confused why this show is being continued but maybe it has to be looked from different perspective which I am not seeing right now. Seven episodes to go with hope that they'll bring something really huge...moreless
  • Best episode yet

    The fifth episode of Haven, dubbed "Ball and Chain" shows tremendous growth for the series, not only in the form of storytelling, but also in its ability to actually maintain a singular plot for an extended period of time. I wrote this series off after the pilot, but this episode proved that not only is there potential here, but there is a chance that it could become really good.

    Tonight's story with the people rapidly aging was quite exhilarating up until Eric Balfour returned to his usual, annoying self. The final few minutes, once everything was wrapped up, were a little uneventful, so that is something Haven needs to work on. You have some banter or something interesting once the case of the week is over; you can't just have five minutes of staring and melodramatic music.moreless
  • The episode has an interesting parallel, the way a female spider devours her male counterpart. The character development in this episode has some delightful insights and hints about the two male leads that leaves me wanting to more about them both.moreless

    The title of this episode seemed to have a double meaning to me by the end of the showing. The storyline was terrific, very black widow! But the character development this episode was very insightful about the two male leads in the show. Duke and Nathan are also connected like a ball and chain, forced together--one (the chain) seems to pull the other in an implied sense of control, yet the other (the ball) carries the larger weight but resists the urge to pull back. There is a history there, a strong emotional tie that implies they may have been friends at one time. The competitive, aggressive stance between the two was there before Audrey arrived, but that silent tug-of-war hovers between them whenever they are in the same vicinity. Duke feels quite intensely (another opposite with Nathan)? Duke loses everyone he cares about: He may be protecting others and himself. There is a lot in this episode.moreless
  • A good picture is forming

    At this point, I have to wonder if this series is schizophrenic. The last couple episodes seemed to be fairly disconnected from the overall arc, which seemed to stray from the strengths of the second episode. This episode, on the other hand, was chock full of interesting little details that seem to tighten the overall focus of the narrative.

    For one thing, we now have a sense of why the lighthouse is so prominent. Whenever we see the lighthouse now, we will remember that there is a siren of sorts there, waiting to lure in the unwary. Taking that sort of legendary figure and tying it to a specific woman's desire to overcome her inability to bear a child is a wonderful tool, and one that finally connects the dots.

    Every instance of a "curse" that we've seen in the town of Haven has been, on some level or another, a dark and twisted reflection of a desire or unfulfilled need on the part of the cursed individual. As with all such situations in mythic lore, the apparent benefit has its subsequent and often unwanted cost.

    This takes all the apparently self-contained experiences and cases encountered thus far and links them in a common theme. And that implies a common cause. That brings up two questions: did the individuals themselves do something to make this happen to them, and how does this relate to Nathan and his "curse"?

    It all wraps back into "The Troubles", and might even tie directly into the religious undertones that Reverend Driscoll helped to introduce. I'm not familiar with the "Colorado Kid" story, but if this is classic Stephen King, then the classic archetypes probably hold. There must be a darkness in the town of Haven that makes all this happen, and if so, that means that someone probably knows all about it.

    My guess would be that the tattoo on the first victim, also seen in the opening credit sequence, will tie into some kind of secret society that either fosters the emergence of this dark power or exists to fight it. I'm suddenly reminded of the Bookhouse Boys from "Twin Peaks", which is a very good thing, should it be at all accurate. I'm still on the fence regarding "Haven", just based on execution, but I'm warming up to it more and more.moreless
Chase Duffy

Chase Duffy


Guest Star

Sandi Ross

Sandi Ross


Guest Star

Laura Kohoot

Laura Kohoot


Guest Star

John Dunsworth

John Dunsworth

David Teagues

Recurring Role

Richard Donat

Richard Donat

Vince Teagues

Recurring Role

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Eleanor Carr

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Nathan: Think we should tell Duke about the baby?
      Audrey: I don't know. You know, there's not a rulebook for this kind of thing.
      Nathan: He's not exactly father material.
      Audrey: But apparently you are. You know, there's a maternity ward on the way home, we could stop off if you want. There's probably a lot of cuties there.

    • Audrey: All right, and I'll go ahead and check Duke's new place. There's a lot of locals there. There might be able to tell us who he is. Do you want to come?
      Nathan: I think you can handle that. (walks away)
      Audrey: Okay, when are you going to get past this whole "I hate Duke" thing? (Nathan keeps walking) You know what? Never mind, you're right. Why even talk about it? You know, it's going so well between you two.

    • David: Our grandmama could cast farther than you. Much farther.
      Vince: Yeah, well, Grandmama was pretty tough, so I'll take that as a compliment.
      David: Take it however you like.

    • Audrey: I don't believe it.
      Nathan: It's true.
      Audrey: You golf.
      Nathan: Indeed I do.
      Audrey: You're a golfer?
      Nathan: I am. What, you don't have any hobbies?
      Audrey: Yeah. Crime scenes.
      Nathan: Sounds relaxing.
      Audrey: Yeah, well they are to me.

    • Duke: Don't you be working too hard, Officer Wournos. I heard that being a cop can destroy all evidence of having a personality.

    • Duke: She only had one thing on her mind, and as a general rule I don't usually turn down beautiful women with an appetite.
      Nathan: You went home with her, just like that?
      Duke: No, Nathan. First I passed her a note in study hall.

    • Nathan: We need to get him to the hospital.
      Duke: Great idea, Nathan. Which department handles life-draining women?

    • Nathan: Does Beatrice still live on Little Bay Road?
      Duke: Contrary to popular belief, I don't know where every woman in Haven lives, Nathan.

    • Nathan: You okay? Do you need a hand?
      Duke: When you're nice to me, it reminds me that I'm dying.
      Nathan: Then hurry the hell up, then.
      Duke: Thank you.

    • Duke: Do you really hate me?
      Nathan: Hate is a strong word.

    • Nathan: (to Duke) You're not going to die today. When you die, it's going to be because I killed you myself.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Airdates:
      Czech Republic: November 3, 2010 on Universal Channel
      UK: November 4, 2010 on Syfy
      Latin America: November 12, 2010 on SyFy Channel
      Finland: November 22, 2012 on YLE TV2

    • Nicholas Campbell is credited but doesn't appear.

    • Derry, Maine is mentioned. Derry is the fictional town created by Stephen King for his novels It, Insomnia, Bag of Bones, and Dreamcatcher, and is referenced in many of his other works.

    • Music: Dreams (Ashley MacIsaac, Spirit of the West), We All Fall Down (Sweet Talk Radio)


    • Duke: So I think I'm going to stick with you and Scooby here.
      Referencing the Hanna-Barbera star Scooby-Doo, the canine star of several animated series who's teamed with the gang of Mystery Inc. in solving various cases involving ghosts and monsters.