Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jul 23, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A plague of insanity strikes at a local hospital, causing the doctors to go insane... and the patients to become normal. Audrey and Nathan seek to discover the cause before it spreads further.

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  • Amazing start

    I just love the starting season of this show. We learn lots about the town and its people. We had no clue how it would develop wich shows the shows strength
  • Phenomenon without explanation that makes the whole show a bit weak

    This was the best episode so far but still it is far away from being good. Again - weak acting, interesting story with no explanation and an alternative idea how to handle the phenomenon (why not recording the music in a soundproof studio, and play it to these people with headphones from time to time so no one could hear it?). Strange show and I wonder what good or bad will come out of this.moreless
  • Still not hitting all cylinders

    I mentioned that the second episode of this show was significantly better than the series premiere, and I stand by that assessment. This third episode was a bit closer to the middle between the two, which tells me that this is going to be the kind of show that takes a while to find its legs.

    I will admit that it's not the content itself that is my primary reason for giving the show a chance. It was also the podcast commentary provided for the pilot, in which the creators of the show explained the long-term plans that had to be generated in order to get the license and approval from Stephen King. It's a lot easier to accept a slow start when you know that it's actually going somewhere.

    For me, the biggest problem with this episode was that I didn't really care about whatever was causing the violence and insanity. The eventual explanation was mildly intriguing, but beyond its relative connection to the notion that those with emerging abilities are a menace to society, it didn't seem to mean much in the final equation.

    The biggest problem is that the situation didn't do enough to expose hidden aspects of the characters, which is what this sort of story typically serves to reveal. There was some time given to the Nathan/Duke conflict, but with such a small cast, there wasn't much they could do with the concept. They need to introduce some recurring characters quickly, because right now the show is falling into a self-defeating pattern.

    It was nice, though, to see that the writers linked the effect of this episode's "freak of the week" with a new clue in the mystery surrounding the Colorado Kid picture. And as I mentioned, based on the supposed master plan, I'm going to give this first season a chance.moreless
  • Why not record the music?

    Today I am expecting a type of answer and logic. It started with shows like X-files (where the answeres were given by Mulder or Scully in their final reports and thoughts), CSI and like Fringe. They all have their own logic. Haven has not. This episode for example, why not just record the music that makes crazy people be normal and normal people crazy?

    All that happeneds in the little town and there are few cops. They never show the badges, no paper work, she is on vacation but still can run around on official police business. The show does not explain how things happeneds, just that they do. It tries not even to explain why? The woman who control weather, boy with butterflies, or music that makes all crazy.moreless
  • I actually liked this episode; another solid offering.

    This episode had its more humorous moments, curtesy of Nathan and Duke, but also the sadness of a husband desperately trying to save his wife's sanity. I look forward to more, as the episodes are just getting better and better.

    Duke has the possibility of becoming the reluctant hero, and I hope he does. Whilst Nathan has the ability to go a lot darker as this episode showed. I am looking forward to finding out what the 'troubles' are and how they will affect everyone at Haven.

    This is a really good series so far and one I genuinely hope doesn't get cancelled before it reaches it's full potential. Yes, its a slow burn but that's a good thing.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • You can't really tell that Audrey turns on the electric paddles before she shocks the doctor. The machine needs to charge and makes a humming sound before it discharges electricity. Plus, no sound is heard from the machine beforehand.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Audrey: Lucy. The lady in the picture? It's Lucy. Mr. Sperry told me.
      Nathan: Lucy. That's a start.
      Audrey: (smiles) Yeah. (pauses) Okay, you know what? I... I admit it. This weird stuff kind of does turn me on.
      Nathan: You want to fix them?
      Audrey: No, they're just cases. Really, really interesting cases.
      Nathan: Well, maybe you'll fix me someday.
      Audrey: I don't think so. Nobody can fix you.

    • Nathan: You like it.
      Audrey: Like what?
      Nathan: The weirdness. You hope it's something weird. That's why you're still here.
      Audrey: No, I'm still here because a woman who was here could've been my mom and I'd like to find out.

    • Nathan: Nice work on the cat lady call this morning.
      Audrey: Who knew I had such talent with drunken women in housecoats.
      Nathan: Not me.
      Audrey: Oh, and I did a pretty good job with that angry fisherman dude.
      Nathan: Once you got his pants on.
      Audrey: Yeah, that helped.

    • Nathan: But you know, don't underestimate your skills with the small stuff.
      Audrey: Skills?
      Nathan: A local cop probably wouldn't have put all the cats in one box.
      Audrey: I only had one box. And anyways, they all fit.
      Nathan: Next time, maybe just look around.
      Audrey: Why? Did I miss something?
      Nathan: Mrs. Nelson's fourth-grade class watching you from the school.
      Audrey: Oh, God. Do you think I scarred them?
      Nathan: I think they laughed their fourth-grade asses off.

    • Audrey: Who's Murray Q. Frederickson?
      Nathan: A respected local car dealer. One day he announced he could breathe like a fish. Disappeared under the sea.
      Audrey: Let me guess. Was that during the troubles?
      Nathan: Nope. He was just crazy.

    • Audrey: Nathan, Lucassi wants to help his patients more than anything. He's a good doctor.
      Nathan: And presently crazier than an outhouse rat.
      Audrey: And then there's that.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Nathan: And you run around in the Mystery Machine...
      This is a reference to the 1969 Saturday morning cartoon Scooby Doo, Where Are You? which aired on CBS. The show dealt with a group of four high school students, Fred, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and their dog Scooby Doo, a loveable but cowardly Great Dane, who formed Mystery, Inc. The group was interested in the mysterious and supernatural and traveled around the area in a bright green van called the Mystery Machine. Over the decades the cartoon has had additional episodes and even hour long movies produced; finally culminating in the live action film Scooby Doo (2002) and a sequel Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) which starred Freddy Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar.

    • Duke: Does she know you're not a real boy?
      Referencing Pinocchio, the fictional character created by Carlo Collodi in his 1883 story The Adventures of Pinocchio. Collodi's story tells of Gepetto, a woodcarver who makes a wooden puppet in lieu of a son and names it Pinocchio. Pinocchio aspires to be a real boy and runs away. The character is best known for the fact that his nose grows when he tells a lie, as alluded to in Duke's gesture toward his nose while making the comment.