Moonlight

Season 1 Episode 12

The Mortal Cure

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2008 on CBS
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  • The previous week's episode "Love Lasts Forever" would have made a much better finale.

    7.0
    With how great the previous week's episode "Love Lasts Forever" was, I assumed the season finale would be fantastic. However, I was dissapointed with the season finale (assuming it is the finale based on the strike). It was kind of anti-climactic. I liked the introduction of super vampire Lance. It is not like Mick getting his butt kicked is anything new. But at least Lance had an edge and seemed more imposing than other vamps. But as a whole, I found myself somewhat bored with the finale. Overall it is actually one of my least favorite episodes since the Pilot. I get why they had to do the backstory on the cure and everything. It still didn't really offer up that much excitement and suspense though. Character exploration and backstory are usually done through out the season, so that it can all come to a head in the finale. Finales are supposed to have you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. While I am mildly curious what happens to Coraline, the rest of the episode didn't leave me wanting more. The ending at the funeral was also a bit anti-clamactic. It didn't really leave that much to the imagination. Mick will obviously return to being a vampire since the cure isn't permanent, and with time Beth and Mick will get back to where they used to be. I do find it interesting that Beth told Mick she didn't know what she would have said to the proposal, and then at the end of the episode she is shown wearing the ring.

    In all honesty, the previous episode "Love Lasts Forever" was fantastic from beginning to end. That actually should have served as the season finale in my opinion.
  • Mortal Cure Delivers

    10
    This episode was not intended to be the season finale but was made one when the writer's strike didn't end. This show was awesome how it showed, Mick's desire to be human while at the same time we saw Beth dealing with Josh's death. Each on their own yet still intertwined. It was awesome near the end how Mick acted the way any of us would, eating everything he could find from every delivery place. Then the way he enjoyed the sun light and the quote that their can't be love w/o mortality. Thats Good stuff.

    Also, the introduction of this mysterious sire and brother of Coralines. I never liked Coraline, cause face it I want Mick with Beth but this made her a bit more interesting and charismatic to me. I still want Beth and Mick together but at least Coraline has grown from a thorn to a very interesting plot twist. What powers does this sire have, and what will he do with this unwanted addition to his bloodline.
  • Who could believe that beth found out that her dead boyfriend was going to ask her to marry him. And that mick had a helping hand from his ex wife to finally get the cure.

    10
    This was such a thrill ride in watching this episode. where can i start. beth shouldn't of ignored mick when they pasted each other the first time. she does have to understan that mick did what ever he could of done to save josh. but she was all you could make into a vampire, you could have had him live. that to me was not fair at all. she made him seem like he was the bad guy. which i don't understand why she would have wanted josh to live. because 1. josh never knew mick was a vampire.
    2. josh never liked mick in the begining. he always felt like mick was a threat,because beth was always hanging around him.
    3. if josh became a vampire he would have killed mick him self and used his vampire abilitys maybe to use them on beth to turn her or maybe sleep with her.

    anyway i did like how beth slowly seemed that she wanted to to forgive mick. i was happy that she and him were able to sit on the couch and talk about how josh was going to pop the question. i think that the reason mick was so supportive of that was because maybe he didn't want to let her know how much he loves then having her change her mind about josh.

    the old vampires are very creepy but i did like understanding about the old 16 hunderedths it was a site to see how it went for vampire back then. i thought if it was that hard to live as a vampire then how could they survive all these centuries?

    the only thing that bothered me was earlyer in the year of last year mick told us that vampires couldn't fly. well in the ending when lance steaked coraline and grabed her and looked at mick then leaving off he looked like he could fly that to me did not look like leap. so now i am thinking that if you are an older vampire you could fly but if you are less than 200 years old you can't fly. that might be a good thought. now here is what cbs sould read please i want beth and mick together but before we could see them again we need to............

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    this is how hot moonlight really is
  • Both Beth and Mick are left disconnected from one another after the death of Josh and Mick seems even more determined than ever to find Coraline and the "cure".

    10
    I really enjoyed this episode although the enjoyment was tempered by the fact that this was going to be the last episode until the writers strike is resolved. While the characters of Beth and Mick have evoloved quite a bit from the first few episodes there is defintely room left to grow and I can't wait to see where the characters will end up once we start getting more new episodes. This episode also very interestingly sets the stage explaining where Coraline and her "bloodline" comes from and hence where Mick comes from. Who knew that the French Revolution was really a vampire genocide! This opens the door for all kinds of interesting storylines what with the introduction of Coraline's creepy brother Lance and possibly more siblings in future!
    Hopefully after his taste of mortality Mick's "quest" for a cure will be resolved or at least but on the backburner for awhile.
  • Beth discovers Josh was going to propose, she wears the engagement ring to the funeral :( Coraline resurfaces and lets Mick in on the secret to her mortality she gives him a taste. We find out info on Coraline's family history, and it is a Royal mess ; )

    9.8
    I LOVED loved LOVED this episode... very good. It was a good touch the proposal Josh intended, it so hard because he was such a sweety pie, but honestly who does business with their Jeweler at a restaurant, in the evening??? Not very realistic of the writers in my opinion. Ohhh... Lance was a very good addition to this episode, and his abilities are awesome, who needs an elevator when you can simply jump off the building and do it with style!!! And his black eye, nice touch. I also liked seeing Josef, hadn't seen him in a while, wish he could have more participation in the show in general though. he is such a fun character, always trying to persuade our honorable Mick into ceding to the powers of temptation. Naughty little minx, but he knows how to enjoy life. I felt sorry for Beth, she must of felt bad for knowing Josh loved her so much he was going to propose, when she wasn't really sure of her feeling at all... however she wore the engagement ring to the funeral, so mixed feelings or not?
    Coraline resurfaces, and Mick saves her from Lance... who turns out to be her brother. But even more shocking is finding out her bloodline is royal, and date's back to Louis XVI and the French revolution.
    She shares with Mick her secret to becoming a mortal, it is temporary, but she gives him a taste of it, not exactly at the best time though. Hated seeing Mick take that beating from Lance, loved seeing him gorge on food.. But maybe now our boy can go to the beach get a tan, and possibly we can see him there, with a little less clothing, he he. Hope to see some more moonlight coming soon, i love this show!!!
  • A great season finale!

    9.0
    "Moonlight" has been one of the truly pleasant surprises of this unpredictable season. Despite an endless array of negative reviews and portents of doom, the series managed to correct its early mistakes. Now the series is delivering strong content with every new episode, and it closes its first season with a strong finale (assuming the writers' strike keeps production from resuming).

    This episode is packed with a lot of information, but it never gets bogged down in Exposition Hell. Instead the revelations feel like the logical conclusion to the story that began in the pilot. Mick has wanted to restore his mortality, and thanks to Coraline and her "family history", he has hope for a true cure. In turn, that complicates his relationship with Beth, as one would expect.

    Setting that relationship aside for a moment, I must commend the writers for keeping the "cure" in play. It would have been easier to expose the cure as a fraud, thus maintaining the status quo while reaping all or most of the short-term dramatic benefits. Instead, they chose to make the "cure" an important part of Coraline's personal history with a clever side trip into the French Revolution. It explains a lot about Coraline and adds depth to the vampire mythos of the series.

    That family connection puts Mick in serious danger in this episode, but more than that, it sets the stage for future confrontations. Coraline's family doesn't want the "cure" to be available to anyone else, it seems, and Mick's intentions will face that obstacle. It could also make for some interesting conflicts with Josef. Mick could be in a position where development of a "cure", however temporary, could leave him unable to defend against future attacks to destroy it.

    For now, Coraline made the decision to leave Mick for his own sake, granting him a taste of mortality in the process. That gives him a unique opportunity to connect with Beth, but things were left unsettled between them after Josh's death. Beth's subplot seemed to be about acceptance, forcing her to admit her feelings for Mick and the resulting troubles with Josh. Josh was going to propose, but he never had the chance. His death relieves Beth of the burden of making the choice between Josh and Mick, and that realization helps her come to terms with Mick's actions.

    The result is a meeting at Josh's funeral that serves as the beginning of a new chapter for Mick and Beth. If this series has felt like the television equivalent of a paranormal romance novel, then this would be the end of the first volume. Mick has hope for a permanent cure, however slim that hope might be, and Beth must decide what that means for their future. Will Mick's possible restoration be enough for Beth, or will she continue to be tempted by the vampire world? Hopefully the show will be given a second season so we can all find out.
  • beth still blaimes her boyfriends death on mick but she comes around and slowly seems to want to not be mad at mick

    9.8
    what can i say i did believe that mick should have stayed a vampire. i don't think that being human can help him have a better life. he couldn't smell if danger was around and come on he ended with him self being a banged up which was really sad. i am could tell that coraline is really hard to understand if she is a good guy or a bad guy. she is a good guy for helping mick becoming human but a bad guy for killing other vampires to make the cure last longer. i also liked the history lesseon about king louie the 16th that was really cool. i hope this show will come back so this is what i will say for the ending.

    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    bring it back please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Now this episode had me sitting on the edge of my seat the entire plot and episode was fantastic as usual, and I Hope and Pray when the writers return,they do more fantastic episodes This is THE BEST and most entertaining and series around wow Go Alex!

    10
    I watched this episode and was totally blown away, it just gets better and better I cannot help saying that, because it does!!!Alex is a fantastic actor, and makes the series, the characters Coaralee, and Beth are wonderful, and each episode keeps me more and more interested. The writers here are so fantastic, they desrve a shot at making this a number one series and I know given a chance they will!!This particular episode was such a great one, I thought it may even do well made into a movie!! Keep up the good work CBS you have a winner here!On a scale of 1 to 10 its a 12 :)
  • Great episode we get the secret to the cure and see Micks extended vampire family. On the subject of Coraline it was so good to see her lineage. A French royal who along with

    9.0
    Great episode we get the secret to the cure and see Micks extended vampire family. On the subject of Coraline it was so good to see her lineage. A French royal who along with the king and her family lived the high life. This lead to the French revolution which per the story was to purge the land of corrupt vampires. These guys are major tough with the genetic enhancements to help. Those enhancements being the cure which was made during the revolution to hide vampires. By episodes end Coraline is taken back to answer for her activities and hopefully we'll see the head vampire King Louis VIII. Beth and Mick are good again she finally understands Mick's position and some imo unneeded details about Josh's plans to marry Beth. The guy is dead it was sad now lets move along. I hate that due to real life events the show won't be on for awhile it was just coming into its stride good episode.
  • I classify this episode as pivotal because although Mick is temporarily human, it gives him a taste of what he cannot have permanently. I believe he will intensify his search for the cure.

    10
    This show is just fantastic! I cannot believe this is the last episode we have but because of the writer's strike, it is all we get for now! It would be comforting for the fans if CBS would officially announce the show is picked up for the full season and being renewed for a second season. All of the buzz indicates it will be but it would be a relief to hear CBS actually say it.

    Now, about episode 12, the "Mortal Cure." This show was a great follow-up to last week's episode, "Love Lasts Forever" in which Josh was killed. We learned some history on vampires during the French Revolution and how old a vampire Coraline was as well as learning she had six siblings (the seven all had the same vampire sire). We were introduced to one of her brothers, Lance, who was a frightening character that was very strong and had amazing healing abilities. Lance was looking for Coraline because she stole from him the compound that is the temporary cure for vampirism and he wanted it back. Although Coraline told Mick it was an organic compound, we never really learned what actually made up the mixture so that part is still a mystery as well as how to make the cure permanent.

    Beth was still dealing with Josh's death and her guilt over whether or not she really loved Josh. She learns that Josh wanted to propose and she wasn't sure what her answer would have been. She is somewhat distant with Mick but slowly starts understanding her feelings and lets Mick back in to her life. She is dealing with a lot of emotions right now and is having a hard time sorting through everything.

    Coraline gave Mick a gift of mortality for a brief time and he was able to remember what being human felt like. While mortal, he was beaten up pretty bad by Lance who came for Coraline and found her with Mick. Lance ended up taking Coraline with him in dramatic fashion to an unknown person that I am guessing was in Europe. Because Mick was human now, he didn't heal like before so he was in a lot of pain. Mick did get a chance to gorge himself on all the food he loved when he ordered a large amount of take-out. He slept on the couch since he didn't have a bed and couldn't sleep in the freezer now. The next morning he was still human when he got up to go to Josh's funeral. At first when Beth saw him with his face severely beat up and bruised, she was startled and concerned. Mick told Beth Coraline was gone and it was never meant to be. Then Beth admitted she knew how that felt (in reference to Josh and her). The next revelation came when she realized his face hadn't healed and he was human. Mick told her it was temporary and she was asking him how it felt. He said "the pain, the sun, the mortality; it feels amazing." They just looked at each other for awhile. There were so many unspoken thoughts inside Beth's mind and Mick's. Would have loved to hear a voice over from both of them here!

    This episode left you hanging with so many things; the quest for the cure, what happened to Coraline, what will happen between Mick and Beth. The next episode has so many avenues that can be explored of which I am hoping Mick and Beth can spend a little time together while he is human. He is bound to turn back into a vampire sometime during the next show and then that will make it so much harder for him as he will have had a taste of mortality and what it felt like to be human again and with Beth as a mortal.

    All I can say is CBS, please give us more very soon! And pray this writer's strike ends soon. It is getting old and very frustrating with how many people's lives and livelihoods are negatively impacted by the strike. It is time for both parties to resolve this issue and for the writers to get back to work.
  • This is a great show about a vampire with his immortal wife and mortal love.

    9.9
    Here's the premise: The vampire turned good is Mick St. John. He was turned undead by his immortal wife with his asking. He is pretty mad at the her. He saves a girl from being perpetually 4 years old when his wife wants to make her part of the family. The girl grows up to be his new love interest. He thinks he killed his old wife. GUESS WHAT??? She's back!!!! Now he is torn between two women, the one who killed him and the one who truly loves him. Meanwhile Mick St. John dispatches the baddies of LA to their maker. The best show in a long while!
  • Definitely the best episode of the season.

    10
    This episode was great. It brought together all of the things that this show had been building up to. Just imagine how great the season could have gotten from this point if they had been able to get a full season. So we find out more about Coraline. Is she one of Louis XIV's children? And her close friend, a former maid, was the one who took her from the hospital. Beth, who's still avoiding Mick, finds out that Josh was going to propose. Would she have said yes? And finally, Mick finds out what made Coraline human for a period of time. And at the end of the episode he gets his wish and becomes human, for who knows how long. However, he's quickly reminded of the downfalls of being human as he's beat down by Coraline's brother. And Coraline is taken "to him" and her brother "knows what will happen." Extremely cryptic. But Mick doesn't worry too much about it. He eats all of the food he can, sleeps on his couch instead of in his freezer, and the next day goes to see Beth and Josh's funeral. That last part is a little creepy. It seems a bit odd to go see the woman you love because now you're human at her boyfriend's funeral. But he knew Josh too, so I'm going to hope for the best. In all a VERY VERY good episode, and I HOPE HOPE that this show comes back next season. So I HOPE HOPE that the writer's strike is resolved soon.
  • Can you feel the love cos I could!

    9.8
    First off, Beth is mad at Mick for not turning Josh. She really is mean to him and yet tender when she meets him at his office. She doesn't stake Coraline so things must be getting better there. ALthough she finds out that Josh was going to propose the man never stood a chance against Mick. Beth makes that more than clear at the end of the show. It was such a great show too. I know there are any more in the offing but if the CBS execs could find it in their heart to film so more I'd die a happy woman.
  • Even though this was only suppose to be the 12th ep in a full season, it was a great way to end a spectacular first season. It tied up loose ends and delivered a great ending scene that will keep the fans day dreaming about what is going to come next.

    9.5
    This ep opens with Beth arriving at the police station to sign a statement about what happened when Josh died. As she has flashes of the incident we realize she is struggling with his passing. Just as she's leaving Mick is comes. She's still ignoring him but Mick isn't having that. He grabs her arm and again explains that he didn't turn Josh because he didn't want to subject him to a life he himself hated. In the end he lets Beth walk away but not without letting her know he understands that she needs space. The writers do a nice job of getting this message across by having Mick call after Beth. And when she stops and looks at him and he says "I'll see ya, K." Beth nods and walks off. It let us see how these two characters have an understanding that they do have a relationship and even though they don't know where it's going yet, they are both still willing to find out. Mick will still be there when Beth is ready.

    Next we find Mick returning home to his apartment. As soon as he gets off the elevator he sense something isn't right. His voice over fills us in on some more Vampire trivia. We find out that not only can they smell the difference between vamps and humans but that the older a Vamp is the stronger their smell of decay. And this is what Mick smells when he arrives home. Not just an old Vamp but a very old Vamp. Mick follows the scent up to his roof patio and we are introduced to very tall man who has one completely jet black eye. This man asks Mick where Coralline is and Mick plays dumb. But this guy isn't buying it. He shows Mick a copy of his and Coralline's marriage certificate to show there is no use in lying about not knowing. Mick confesses that he has no idea where Coralline is. The mysterious man menacingly says thanks and we will be seeing you around. Then jumps of the side of building. Great Exit. I loved this touch. Along with the new info about the strong smell, his odd black eye and his knowledge of Mick and Coralline's past, we get the sense that this guy is not to be messed with. This all is a great lead into the next scene where we find Joseph at a very exclusive men's club playing pool. Mick has come here to ask him what he knows about the mystery man who is looking for Caroline. Of course we can't have a scene with these two without having at least one or two smart remarks from Joseph. This time he makes a smart remark about young vamps and how they think they can always beat him at billiards, and let's drop that he has been playing for 200 years so how could he not be the top dog at the game. Mick goes on to describe they old vamp and as soon as he mentions the black eye a very worried look comes over Joseph's face. Joseph recognizes the description and tells Mick it is a Vamp named Lance. That he old, very rich, and lives by his own rules. He also says that Lance never leave Europe and is very dangerous. He ends by telling Mick he better take care of himself and not to mess with this guy.

    Next we see Mick visiting the security station at the hospital where Coralline was. He bribes the guy to let him see the tapes of the time Coralline disappears. With the help of Mick's great eye sight we find out that Coralline escaped with the help of a very old vamp friend of Coralline's; Cynthia Davis. She also does not frequent the US and especially hates LA. Mick concludes that the only reason she would be there is to help Coralline.

    Mick heads right for Logan's place. Mick walks in on his very messy apartment where he is totally engrossed in guitar Hero. After a great laugh during which Logan describes his new Skelton guitar and how much he likes the sound track on the newest release, Mick interrupts to offer him cash to find Cynthia Davis. Of course Logan finds out that Cynthia has been busy at university getting a masters and PHD in bio chem., and that she has been importing agricultural items in from Europe. He also find that she's in town at a local hotel. Once again the writers do a great job of developing another character who can allow us to laugh in the middle of the mystery and drama. By inserting Logan, this 30ish single guy who still lives in a basement and LOVES video games, into Mick's serious all busy cases way of life. Another reason I keep watching this show.

    Armed with the new info on Cynthia, Mick heads over to the hotel where she is staying and cleverly get's her room number from Hotel info. We next see a rather beautiful blond submerged in the hotel bath tub full of ice. A knock at the door and she gets out and heads to the door. Before she opens it she stops, closes her eyes and breaths in the scent of the person on the other side. We flash to Mick and see him doing the same thing. So before the door is even opened they both know who is going to be standing there. After a brief exchange of pleasantries Mick gets down to asking about Coralline. Cynthia claims that Coralline has gone back to Europe and get's a jab in about Mick still not liking what he is. Mick leaves without any new info but Logan calls with the address to where all the imports have been delivered. This personally was one of my favorite scenes of this ep! I liked how the writers really played up the Vampire's abilities and their unique social behaviors.

    Mick heads over to the address and finds Caroline and another guy talking in frustration about some test they are running. We watch and she has a moment with a caged monkey and exposes her fangs. Mick realizes the Coralline is back in Vamp form. Next Lance enters and confronts Coralline about "the compound". The other guy steps between them and ends up with his head cut off. Lance then pulls a stake on Caroline and Mick comes to the rescue. He knocks him down and into a small fire that started during the struggle. Lance doesn't go up in flames! Instead he heals instantly! Lance then turns on Mick. By now Caroline has split and Lance knocks Mick out. When he comes to he calls the Cleaner and learns that she already knows the address. Mick sticks around to ask how come she was so familiar with the location. It's because she has been there a lot lately to clean up newly turned vamps.

    While all this is going on Beth get's a delivery of a box of Josh's stuff from his office. While going through it she finds his planner and sees a women's name written in for a 8:00pm appointment at a local restaurant. Beth calls the number written next to her name but doesn't talk to the voice that answers. Next she calls the restaurant to confirm the reservations. Beth heads over to meet this Celeste in person. Beth arrives at the restaurant to confront this Celeste women. But it turns out she is a jeweler that Josh was working with the reset the stone in his grandmother's ring. He was planning on proposing to Beth. Of course now Beth has even more to process.

    After questioning Joseph again about Lance and how he could possibly survive the fire, Mick heads back to his apartment. And again when he gets off the elevator he smells a visitor. But this time it's Beth. She confesses that she still needs time to work things out but she needs to talk. Mick invites her in and they finally have a chat. Of course not about their feelings for each other but Beth fills him in on what she as discovered about Josh proposing. Beth confesses that she doesn't know what she would have said if he had asked and then proceeds to delve into Mick past by asking him how he know it was right to propose to Coralline. Just then there's a knock on the door and Mick goes to answer it. It's Coralline. Of course Beth doesn't want to stick around and heads off to do some more stewing. Next we find here at Buzz Wire going through old emails from Josh. She breaks down. I was a little bugged with the way the writers handled Beth's grieving. I know she is upset and confused but she was just a little to washed out for me. There wasn't enough going on. I guess I wanted more of the old passionate Beth back.

    Back at Mick's place Coralline spills the beans on her history and the cure. Coralline proceeds to tell Mick about a family of 7 siblings that were all turned by the same vamp during the 18 century. This vamp was of noble blood, the cousin of King Louie 16th. During the French Revolution humans discovered that Vampires lived among them. When they tried to hang them of course they wouldn't die. Soon they discovered that Vampires could die by fire and beheading. To purge the vamps they devised a simple trial; by holding a suspected vamps hand over a flame; if the fingers simply burned then they were human. If it turned to ash then they were vamps and then sent to the gilateen to be beheaded. To hide what they were and to survive the trial, this family of seven created a compound that could make them mortal for a short time and thus pass the test. The great thing about this scene is the lighting, Shannon's soft spoken voice, and camera work. I loved the large full body shadow cast on the wall of Shannon's profile as she told the eerie story in that soft sweet voice. This along with the dim lighting and the shots through the fire flames made the whole scene seem very ghost story like. This little tongue and check effect but made it a lot more fun to watch then just having more flash backs with voice over.

    After telling the history to Mick, Caroline shows Mick the compound and offers to administer the cure to him. Of course Mick is eager beyond words. A simple cut on the arm and rubbing of the wound with the compound Mick starts to turn mortal. While he is feeling it take affect he questions Coralline why after once telling him that by turn him she was giving him the greatest gift, is she herself tiring to become human again. Coralline tells him that it's because she wanted to feel life again. She follows this with the musing that maybe love doesn't exist without mortality. We realize if we haven't already that she is still very in love with Mick and is starting to think that maybe she has lost what they once had because she turned him. Alex was so much fun to watch in this scene. He did a nice job of displaying Mick's eagerness to become human again. The way he couldn't get his coat off and sleeves rolled up fast enough; nice touch!

    Mick is not interested in leaving with Caroline but he does agree to help her escape from Lance, so they head out to get Mick's car. In the ally the meet up with Lance and his side kick. Lance addresses Caroline as sister and Mick puts two and two together; Caroline was one of the seven siblings that was turned by Luis cousin. Of course now that Mick has lost his super human strength he is of no help in a fight. And a fight is exactly what goes down. Mick get's it pretty bad and just before Lance is about to deliver the final blow, Caroline interrupts and promises to go with Lance and give up the compound she stole if he will spare Mick's life. Lance agrees and delivers a worry some speech. He tells Caroline that she will have to go before "him" and pay for what she has done. Of course he mentions the stealing of the cure be he also includes among her wrong doings the fact that she has turned someone (Mick) against his will and brought him into the noble blood line without the families approval. Lance then stakes Caroline, picks her up, bids Mick "Welcome to the family" and jumps over the building. This last scene with Lance was a nice change from the last few eps of a lot of Mick and Beth. I'm an action flick fan so I enjoyed the extensive fight scene here.

    Crumbled and defeated, Mick heads back to his apartment. Drags himself to the kitchen and takes some of his blood. His voice over explains that with Caroline's compound gone his blood is the next best thing to figuring out the cure. Next we see him seated at his kitchen table with a huge feast of all types of take out. And to close out his first day of being human we watch him contemplate the freezer as place to sleep and then curl up on the couch with a blanket as he admits to us that he doesn't own a bed. I know many fans will be heartbroken that the first thing Mick does is gorge himself on MSG and won tons rather then head right over the Beth's. But me, I don't think the writers could have done this better. After all this time of hating what he is and turning all the hatred in, I think spending some time alone enjoying this new found mortality was more real. I also thought is a great touch that they script had him wake up in the morning like a regular human rather then as dusk like a vampire.

    To close this episode, we see Mick arriving at Josh's grave site. As he approach Beth we get a great voice over with Mick finally saying what we've all know all along. That there has always been a divide between he and Beth. Josh being the boyfriend and Mick being a Vampire. But now all that has changed. As he meets up with Beth she sees the cuts and burses on Mick's face and asks him what happens. He tells her that Caroline is gone and that it was never meant to be. Then the camera flashes to Beth left ring finger where Josh's ring is sitting. She looks down at it and says "I kind of know exactly how that feels." Beth then asks if he is human and how it feels. Mick looks up at the sun and confesses that even with all the pain it's amazing. The last thing we see is Mick and Beth standing across the grave from each other, and are looking at each other while the minister gives a speech. His closing words; "Part of what makes life so invigorating is its finite nature. We are all mortal. Our time is limited. It's part of what allows us to love and hurt. And in the end it inspires us to make the most of the time we are given."

    If there has to be a shortened season this year, and this has to be the last ep until fall, I think the writers did a nice job closing it out. The speech and the fact that Mick is now human and Beth seems to have resolved her feelings/guilt about Josh allows us a lot of day dreaming about how things will be when our favorite show comes back. Oh I can't wait!!


    ~Great Quotes to Savor~
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    Mick at the Men's club talking to Joseph. Joseph tries to hand Mick a pool sick.
    Joseph: So what did he look like?
    Mick: Talker was big. Six one two hundred pounds, and I don't confidante.
    Joseph: Sounds like someone's got a crush, hu? –giggle--

    Mick visiting Logan's apartment to silicate his help finding Cynthia
    Mick: I have a job. Do you want it or not?
    Logan: --looks at Mick with disgust--
    Mick: I'll pay you.
    Logan: I except cash or blood.
    Mick: --Hands Logan a large bill--
    Logan: Cash it is then.-Hands Mick him the game guitar-You can play while you wait if you want.
    Mick:--Looks at the guitar with discussed.-No, I'm a, good.

    Caroline and Mick at Mick's place before he gets the cure.
    Coralline: You saved me back there.
    Mick: Ya well I also burned you alive so I guess that makes it about even.

    M: What have you been testing on Vampires?
    C: Just rouges. I need them for the research and they need to be put down any ways so I'm just killing two bats with one stone really.

    C: Maybe love can't exist without mortality.

    ~Things I could have done without~
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    The mass amounts of moping by Beth, and lack of further developing her character. Ya I understand she is grieving but I wish it wasn't so empty. I'm just not getting the same depth of character we were starting to feel from her in the early eps. Everyone else's character is becoming fuller and more in depth with each episode. But with Beth, I'm just not getting that as much. I would like to see more done here.

    ~Silly Questions I Want Answered~
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    What's with Lance's reference to Mick being brought into the noble blood line without the families consent? Does this mean that Mick now has some ties to Caroline's families?

    The no burning thing that Lance did; is this something only vamps in his family can do or is this something all very old vamps can do? Can Joseph do this? Is that how he survived the assignation attempt?
  • Omigosh this was a face paced episode!

    9.9
    Omigosh this was a face paced episode. It was like being on a rollar coaster and doing the highest hills and the lowest valleys. I had a blast watching this show. After not being sure of shows 6 thru 9, this show made it all worth while. I loved every single minute of it. There was so much going on I had to watch it again after it downloaded this morning onto my PC. It's even better the second time round!!!! If you aren't watching Moonlight there is something missing in your life. Tune in to it when it comes of hiatus. You'll be rewarded.
  • A premature season finale... A bit on the open-ended side.

    7.0
    I understand "The Mortal Cure" wasn't meant to be the season finale. That said, I thought it could've been better when I consider the last few episodes that'd come earlier.

    This episode was centered around Mick getting the "cure" and getting tangled up in the trouble Coraline got herself into with Lance, a powerful ancient vampire...and her "brother." The B-storyline of Beth grieving over Josh, learning that he was going to propose to her, and being angry at Mick for refusing to "turn" Josh wasn't complementary, but a distraction. I felt that Beth's part could've been reduced to her receiving condolences for Josh, learning about the ring he was prepping for her, and blowing Mick off at the beginning and then meeting Mick at Josh's funeral when he got the cure towards the end. The rest of the episode could've been devoted to Mick and Coraline to better effect.

    Anyhow, after Beth gives him the cold shoulder, Mick goes to his office, where he picks up a scent...

    The older a vamp gets, the more rank? (if that's the right word) the vamp becomes. New "Moonlight" worldbuilding detail. Ergo Coraline and Josef must be musky. Mick's apartment is rank.

    A tall, cocky-looking guy with a black eye stands on Mick's balcony, giving him a lordly smile. A thickset linebacker type stands at the tall guy's back like he's "an indentured servant." The tall guy proceeds to demonstrate that he knows everything about Mick, including the fact that Mick was sired by Coraline, who he wants.

    Mick says he doesn't know where she is, and the tall guy and his manservant go leaping off the balcony into the night a la Spiderman, but without the webslinging. Nice.

    Mick goes to Josef, who says the tall guy is Lance, an ancient vamp who makes Josef seem like a "pauper." Lance never leaves Europe, but since he has, Coraline must've done something major to draw him to LA. Josef warns Mick to stay out of things and look out for himself. Naturally, Mick doesn't take Josef's advice.

    Mick looks through hospital video footage during the time of Coraline's disappearance to see that she was carted out by a vamp friend of hers, Cynthia. With the help of his vamp hacker friend, Logan, Mick tracks Cynthia to a LA hotel. Cynthia says Coraline took off for Europe. Mick doesn't believe her, he leaves, and she abruptly drops out. I wondered why she was brought into the episode in the first place?

    Somehow, Mick tracks Coraline to a warehouse where she's running experiments on a "compound" with plants and monkeys. Lance comes busting in alone, dispatches Coraline's vamp lab tech, and is about to take her away with him when Mick intervenes--

    And gets his butt handed to him.

    Coraline runs off, then so does Lance. Mick stays to put out a lab fire and calls the cleaner squad in. The head cleaner, a lady vamp named Celeste, lets slip that the warehouse is a hot spot for her crew--and that Mick doesn't need a catastrophe to call her up. Mick barely gives her a nod and heads off. What purpose did Celeste's crush on Mick and knowing that she's been coming to the warehouse serve?

    Mick finds Beth at his apartment, who wants to lean on his shoulder over Josh. Coraline then shows up, and Beth leaves. Coraline then reveals that King Louis, and several members of the French court before the French Revolution were vamps, making the French Revolution out to be a vampire purge. Coraline also infodumps on Lance being one of "seven brothers" among the vampire aristocracy, who used the "cure" to temporarily become human and avoid the guillotine. Interesting reinterpretation of history, but I'm on the fence about Louis himself being a vamp.

    Beth tells Mick that she simply wanted to know what it was like to "live again" so that she could know love with him and give back a little bit of what she took from him. This sounds like quite a character struggle. Too bad we didn't see this on the series (and how she survived being burned alive). She cuts Mick's arm, dabs the "cure" (a reddish paste), and the wound stays unhealed.

    As the two go off to hide, Mick goes on about how he starts to feel warm and human again. Which is when Lance reappears. With his manservant this time. (Why wasn't the bodyguard at the warehouse, too?) Mick starts to go paranoid on Coraline, saying she stripped him of his powers so Lance could take him down. But Lance points out he can take Mick down any day of the week at his vampire best, and it's simply not about Mick. Fisticuffs commence, and Mick gets tossed around like a rag doll. He does a good job staking the bodyguard, though. Coraline holds up for a little while against Lance. But when Mick bats Lance in the back with a pipe (why not take the baddie's head off?), Lance just shrugs it off and tosses Mick into the back window of a nearby car.

    As Lance advances on Mick, who lies gasping on the pavement, to apply the final coup de grace, Coraline offers to go quietly with Lance and give him all the compound she stole from him. Lance accepts, but not before telling Coraline she's in for a world of punishment at the hands of "him," their sire no doubt. Somehow, Mick realizes that Coraline is one of the vamp aristocrat siblings. Lance stakes Coraline, tells Mick "Welcome to the family," and takes off with Coraline.

    Mick staggers home, puts some bandages on, eats a couple loads of Chinese delivery, and sleeps on a couch for the first time in years.

    He shows up at Josh's funeral, where Beth realizes that he's human again. But only temporarily. We see that Beth is wearing Josh's grandmother's ring even though she'd said earlier that she wasn't sure whether she'd have accepted Josh's proposal.

    Mick and Beth give each other searching looks at the priest orates on how life is finite and we have to make the best of the time we have. But where will these two go considering that Mick being a vampire is their stumbling block and his "cure" is temporary?

    Some interesting elements and issues were raised here, but not focused on. No doubt they'll be developed when the WGA finally gets its act together and works out a deal that'll end the writers strike.

    In addition to the other nits I noted, I thought we could've seen Josef come to give Mick support--and get beaten down alongside with him to show what a good friend he is. After all he owes Mick for helping him out with the ex-military hitman in "Sleeping Beauty." And with Josef coming out to face Lance, we could've gotten to see some of the tensions between "modern" vamps and the more "ancient" ones. Moonlight is apparently going with the implication that older vampires are more powerful than newer ones like in Forever Knight and Buffy/Angel. I'm fine with that.

    This episode wasn't bad, but I felt it could've been better.

    Boris
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  • Beth finds out that Josh was going to propose to her. Meanwhile, Mick discovers a temporary cure for vampirism, through Coraline.

    9.9
    This episode was so brilliant!! It was a pretty serious episode, but was made funny by Josef, of course! When he was getting a massage and Mick walks in, that was so funny and really hot! The way Beth leaves Mick's apartment when she saw Coraline, and Mick follows her was really sad! And he just let her leave without an explanation! My favorite part of the episode was in the end when Mick goes to see Beth at Josh's funeral, as a human! She sees he is not healing and asks him, "Are you human?" I also loved how Mick tells her that Coraline is gone and that it was never meant to be, and Beth replies by saying she knows what he means. That gave me hope that things would work out for them, because now they really have a chance to be together! And when the show ended right there I started shouting saying they can't end it like that! I hope they end the writers' strike so then will might get a few more episodes soon! I don't think I could last 8 months without any new Moonlight episodes! All I can say is I an so glad I can watch the first 12 episodes over again as many times as I want!! CBS, please renew Moonlight!!
  • We learn more about Mick and Coraline in this awesome episode.

    9.8
    Is there really a cure? This is the question of the episode, and it is not really answered until closer to the end. While Beth is trying to work through Josh's death she pushes Mick away, but eventually she comes back to him (I mean who could stay away for long?) It was a great episode and very revealing. I was sucked into the plot line from the very start and it as it came to a close I found myself wishing that it would be longer, or that there would be more. So overall it was a good episode, full of new twists and turns that will make for an interesting story down the road. Well worth the watch, I recommend it highly.
  • I had mixed emotions regarding this episode. I couldn't wait to see it because of the aftermath of Josh's death and an explanation of the "mortal cure". I could wait because this is the last first run episode of the show.

    10
    Last week's show was fast and furious, like being on a roller coaster. This week's episode is the aftermath of getting off that roller coaster. You could see how much Mick has invested in Beth by how many times he reached out to her. His love and caring for her never shakened.

    First in the police station giving their eyewitness accounts. Him trying to get Beth to understand his position on not turning Josh. How he's hated being a vampire and not wanting to make someone else into one, especially without their consent. Beth saying she's trying to understand and needing time and space. I think her problem is guilt over her feelings for Mick and not coming clean with Josh before his death.

    Second time when he comes home and smells her outside his apartment. Him reaching out for her to come and join him. His understanding about her needing time and space and not holding it against her when she turns up at his place anyway. Her admission that Josh was going to propose and not know if she was going to say yes. And then Coraline knocks at the door and we can't get anything more out of her or him on their feelings for another. Although we can feel her jealously by her speedy exit when Coraline is hugging Mick and Mick trying to let her know that it means nothing that Coraline is there and hugging him.

    We finally find out the origin of the "mortal cure" and Coraline's link. We now know how she survived the fire and that she's been working on making the cure permanent. We also see that Mick and Coraline do care for one another after two fight scenes. We also find out that Coraline changed Mick without her brothers' permission and that she's part of a highly distinguished royal blood line. The third time Mick reaches out to Beth is when he walks towards her at Josh's funeral. Through Mick's VO, we learn that he still has hopes for them being together. He also makes it a point of telling her that Coraline is gone and that it was never meant to be and Beth echoes the same sentiments regarding Josh. When Beth is sitting across from Mick you can see her thoughts. He's now human and maybe we can be together, if only until the cure runs its course.

    In this episode, Coraline gives Mick the "mortal cure" he so desperately wants. He becomes a little deflated when he learns its only temporary but takes heart when he learns that Coraline has been working on making it permanent. You can see his eagerness in wanting to help her. After his thorough thrashing, you see him pigging out on all of those things that he once loved. I wonder, did he have his prime rib? We also find out that he doesn't have a bed. This episode brings home the fact that that's it. There aren't anymore new episodes because of the writer's strike. With the director's having worked out a deal, I'm praying that the writer's follow suit quickly and that maybe we can get another episode or two before calling the "Mortal Cure" a season finale. And we get a committment out of CBS for another few seasons of the People's Choice Award for Best New Drama.
  • Finally the episode that tells us the juicy details of the "cure" that Coraline was flaunting under Mick's nose in Fleur de Lis. As a bonus, we get to meet the mysterious Lance, who is hunting her down, opening the door to just exactly who Coraline is...

    9.0
    To be honest, I barely made it through this week waiting for Friday just to get here. It was bittersweet; what the bleep am I going to do now that Moonlight is on hiatus or whatever? Thank you powers that be for itunes, and yes, sometimes cbs.com. New-age reruns!!
    Anyway, the episode started off full of angst. Mick sees Beth and she barely gives him the time of day, but he takes it and says he'll see her. Eventually she comes around (smart girl), but I get ahead of myself.
    We meet this sketchy, all-powerful Lance vampire at Mick's apartment and we know, literally, that he smells like death. I like the introduction of Lance; he gives the show a new twist and a different antagonist. His blacked out eye is a little unnerving. He is looking for Coraline and so is Mick. Mick asks Josef about him and gets the usual smart remark about him and that he's bad news, etc. Of course that is like telling an alcoholic the bar is five feet to his left and giving out free booze all night. Now Mick definitely wants to know more.
    He finds Coraline's workshop and overhears her and some lab coat talking about the cure and what's in it, sort of, and how a new batch or something isn't working. Lance pops in and it doesn't end well for the lab coat. Mick takes a pounding trying to defend his ex-wife. Meanwhile, Beth is going through Josh's stuff and finds a woman's name in his date book. She does her reporter thing and finds out no, he wasn't cheating. He was having his grandmother's ring reset for her. Her feelings are conflicted about this.
    Through it all we learn that Lance and Coraline were royalty in France; there was some sort of vampire-ethnic cleansing and this herbal cure helped mask their vamp symptoms so there was no "off with their heads".
    Beth waits for Mick outside his apartment and they talk things out, that she isn't sure what her answer to Josh would have been. It was sort of awkward but shows that they are getting back to how they were before Josh's death. Until Coraline shows up and Beth leaves in a snit. Coraline tells Mick about the cure, that she has it and gives it to him. Lance shows up and immediately Mick thinks Coraline set him up. However, she takes one for the team and lets Lance stake her and take her to wherever, but not before poor Mick takes a very mortal-feeling beating defending Coraline. Again.
    Mick then makes the most of eating to his heart's content and sleeping under a blanket on his couch. He shows up at Josh's funeral with a cut up and bruised face, and the much anticipated attraction tension comes through. All in all it ends on a better note than previous episodes, though I am not sure how I feel about the royal bloodline/French revolution theory aspect. But in the immortal words of Claudia in Interview With the Vampire, "I want some more."
  • WOW Outstanding

    10
    This was a amazing show. This episode explaned everything about Corline. Beth coming to the conclusion that maybe she wasn't in love with Josh, very mixed feelings. Her going to Mick for comfort and to just talk. Mick turning human for just a short time and eating, sleeping,feeling. Just outstanding writing. I hope this is not the end of Moonlight and we get more this season and hanging on for a second one.

    This episode sets up alot of different ways for the show to turn. Oh always nice to see Joseph. He is a great Vampire. I hope this is not the end of Coraline ether. Thanks Moonlight its been a wild ride.
  • Mick hunts for a cure to vamperism.

    9.8
    A good show about Coraline and her nutty brother who has a weird looking eyeball that doesn't change blue when he vamps out. I'm not sure what that eyeball is all about. It may be a fake eyeball. It's some thing to see. Coraline is kidnapped by this weird looking eyeball vampire to be taken to a place that Coraline doesn't want to go. She tells her brother that he knows what will happen to her. The weird eyed brother doesn't care saying she made her choices. My poor Coraline. She isn't evil. She proves that in this show. Very good show. I give it a superb rating.
  • WOW! This show is just getting better and better! The last three episodes are very good. And I am really exiting for more. Please gimme more of this fabulously show. Love it!

    10
    A great ending for the first 12 episodes. I think CBS got a killer! Keep up the great progress and this series will be a enormous hit all over. More people got to discover this series. The vampire, love, darkness, longing, crime, doubt in this show is amazing portraiture and people all over will recognize the themes in them selves. What will happen next? What will it mean to be in the family bloodline. Who is the mean head for the family? Will Cor die? Or will they see her again? What about the love? The anger? I can't get enough!
  • Mick meets someone new!

    9.9
    Okay, this is was the best show yet! It loosely wraps up most of the story lines yet leaves them open for more stories!
    Beth finds out Josh was going to propose to her. She gives Mick the cold shoulder - - - well, at first. She is running through so many emotions! She loves Mick and she loves Josh. Mick meets Coraline's brother! This vamp is unlike any he ever met. He can regenerate from fire!! Fire is supposed to kill vamps or that is what Mick has always thought. Coraline gives Mick some of the cure. Mick meets Coraline's brother again. This time Mick is human. He almost gets killed.
    This show had it all. Action, romance, adventure, everything!
    Please give us more Moonlight!!!!!!!!!
  • This is one of the best shows to date!

    9.9
    Coraline and her brother go head to head while Coraline researches a more permanent cure. She gives the cure to Mick who in turn gets the crap beat out of him while human. The best part of the show was watching Beth go through the stages of grief and her realizing that she really didn't love Josh. Mick tells Beth that Coraline is gone and it was never meant to be. They are at Josh's wake. You could almost tell that they wanted the service to be over. Beth is aware that Mick is human. It was a great episode and I can't wait for more. Please CBS, renew the show and end the strike! I will be going through Moonlight withdrawals!
  • Wow.... truly an amazing episode!!! (contains spoilers)...

    10
    So many great things happened in this episode. Huge potential for the show to grow and storylines to expand!

    So, Mick finally starts his hunt for Coraline and cure for vampirism (why didn't that happen sooner, anyway?). Beth is still mad at him because he wouldn't turn Josh into a vampire to "save" him. She finds an appointment in Josh's address book and thinks that he had been cheating on her, but to her surprise, he was meeting with someone to have his grandmother's ring reset because he was going to propose to her! But, she's saddened by the fact that she doesn't know if she would have said yes.

    Anyway, back to Mick. A creepy vampire with one black eye (and his short little minion-ish vampire) corner Mick at his place, looking for Coraline. When Mick describes the vampire to Josef, he reacts weirdly and tells him his name is Lance and he is a very old and powerful vampire. Mick goes to a friend of his who he uses to find a friend of Coraline's who broke her out of the hospital. She tells him nothing, but after, Mick's friend texts to tell him the location of a warehouse where Coraline's friend was sending stuff to. He goes to the warehouse, where he finds Coraline in a laboratory. She's a vampire again. Lance shows up and confronts Coraline, but Mick jumps in and pushes Lance into a fire. While Coraline escapes, Mick watches in disbelief as Lance's hand heals itself from the burn. They fight, but ultimately, nothing happens.

    Later that night, Coraline goes to Mick's place (where Beth and Mick are talking) and tells him about the cure and its origins. Seven brothers during the French Revolution, all vampires turned by the same sire, developed the cure because a mass genocide of vampires was happening all over France. One of these brothers was Louis XVI, leader of France. They needed a temporary way to hide their true nature as hunts for vampires occurred so they all used the "cure." Coraline gives some of the cure to Mick (she has the rest hidden "somewhere safe") and they head out. Mick is becoming more and more human every second (his wound has not healed), but Coraline senses Lance in an alleyway and they confront each other.

    Turns out that Coraline's story wasn't completely true. There WERE seven siblings: they just weren't all brothers. One of them was a sister: Coraline. Coraline is Lance's sister. A fight ensues and Mick gets in the middle of it, not quite getting that he's mortal now and will get hurt. In the end, Lance is about to kill Mick, but Coraline gives up the cure and lets him take her somewhere (we don't know where, but she's terrified and it sounds pretty threatening). Her only condition was that he leave Mick alone, and Lance does.

    Mick goes home, takes his blood for investigation into the cure, eats huge amounts of food, and falls asleep on the couch, missing having a bed. He wakes up the next morning, very bruised, but still very much HUMAN. Mick goes to Josh's funeral, in the sun, where he talks to Beth. She realizes that he's bruised and in the sun, which must mean he's human, and she smiles happily. The episode ends with Mick standing across from Beth at the funeral, thinking about the "cure" that just happened.
  • This episode was excellent.

    9.0
    After last week's episode, I did not know how this one would play out. This episode turned out to be better than I expected it to be. The writing for this episode was so much better than last week's. This episode had both action and emotion. Beth was still reeling from Josh's death while Mick was trying to track down Coraline and the "cure". I was wondering how they were going to explain the cure. I liked how they did it. I found the spin on the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror very fascinating. Coraline being royalty I definitely did not see that one coming. I kind of wish that Lance could have stuck around. He made a very good villain. It was also nice to see Josef in this episode. I actually felt sorry for Coraline when her brother staked her. I felt like throwing something at the television when the episode ended with Mick being temporarily human. It would not have been a big deal if the writers' strike was close to ending but it isn't. They definitely left the viewers wanting more Moonlight episodes.
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