Penny Dreadful

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jun 01, 2014 on Showtime
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Seeking relief from his boredom, Dorian attends the Grand Guignol and meets Ethan and Brona. Meanwhile, Malcolm faces off against a home intruder when Fenton summons his Master.

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  • "He's So Gay" (just like everyone these days)

    Does everyone have to be gay on my TV?? Oh, and I never thought Billie Piper was all that, maybe cute I guess (as Rose). But man is she oogly on this here show! She makes Eva Green look good.

    And will someone please kill Caliban?

    The show better pick up, or I will have to move on. I liked it the first time I saw it, when it was called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.moreless
  • I believe I just fainted ...

    Oh - my - God - !

    Dorian and Ethan - my heart was skipping a beat, I am still breathless - I have to admit I waited for that since the two went out to have some boy's fun with bloody betting on dead rats, cooling their tempers with absinth and exchanging confidences and finally - I did not dare to hope - kisses. I found it heartbreakingly adorable seeing these two lost souls struggle for control, closeness and understanding.

    So sexy... please let us see more!moreless
  • "Dessous de cartes"

    "Dessous de(s) cartes" is a french loc reffering to the "hidden / unseen side of a person or a situation", & btw yes, I'm french.

    Demimonde episode explores the secret's side of 4 characters in a sexual perspective & fits our vision to each of them with specific innuendo. So we have, Vanessa's (though we understand it clearly) very erotic lines to Dorian while trying to 'put words' on what the flower wants to say (botanic garden). This moment was all at the same time quite intense & somehow hilarious. Dorian's selfbored lust style of life is openly shown in another scene. Brona & Ethan's relationship has its up and down later. And we witness the two men of this quatuor who had their large amount of absynth (not a drug but just a strong liqueur), beginning to kiss like longtime lovers ?

    In the meanhile Malcom & Victor are going on torturing the young man.

    The whole atmosphere is a bit heavy, suffocating and pretty well written too.moreless
  • oh gosh

    This episode was fantastic I didn't see anything coming except for the freak in the basement getting loose that I definitely saw coming but seriously Dorian and Ethan so hot great mix can't wait to see what happens there I mean when he just started kissing him having a mini heart attack love it
Alun Armstrong

Alun Armstrong

Vincent Brand

Guest Star

David Warner

David Warner

Professor Abraham Van Helsing

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Olly Alexander

Olly Alexander


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Young Girl: You don't have a sweetie, do you?
      Vanessa: Afraid not.
      Young Girl: I've a bit of peppermint in my dresser, but it's very old and I daren't.
      Vanessa: Very sensible.

    • Dorian: Miss Ives. What an unexpected pleasure. Have you an interest in botany?
      Vanessa: All I really seem to know about plants is how to kill them.
      Dorian: Then let me show you something extraordinary. I like to see one extraordinary thing every day.

    • Vanessa: You're a font of useful information.
      Dorian: God! No one's ever accused me of being useful before.

    • Dorian: The rarest orchid on Earth, and thus the most expensive. It's only found in one place, a particular mountain in Borneo. It can take up to 15 years to bloom. All that time, perfecting itself. A lifetime for six perfect flowers.
      Vanessa: How long will it bloom?
      Dorian: A moment.
      Vanessa: Is it poisonous?
      Dorian: Like all beautiful things, I hope so.

    • Van Helsing: You have steady hands. Oh, to be young again.
      Victor: You have the steadiest hands I've ever seen, Professor Van Helsing.
      Van Helsing: A steady heart, perhaps.

    • Caliban: My bride must be beautiful.
      Victor: To match her mate?
      Caliban: What a subtle thing it is to snap your neck. You are so fragile, you mortals, such things of skin and air. Such things of the past. The future belongs to the strong, to the immortal races, to me and my kind. Look upon your master.

    • Ethan: We've all done things to survive. There are such sins at my back it would kill me to turn around.

    • Victor: We'll start with a small amount, and work in gradual stages. If there's an improvement, we'll continue.
      Malcolm: How will we be able to tell?
      Victor: Well, he won't want to eat everyone for a start.

    • Ethan: Would you stop it? Holy Christ, you're both morbid fucks.
      Victor: My, my. That temper of yours.
      Ethan: We're not all bloodless dandies.
      Victor: Is that what I am?
      Ethan: I don't know what you are.
      Victor: You could not understand it, believe me.

    • Dorian: Mr. Chandler? Are you all right?
      Ethan: You ever wish you could be someone else? Just run away from your life?
      Dorian: All the time. You want to be someone else? Come with me.
      Ethan: Does it involve a drink?
      Dorian: Many.
      Ethan: What about Miss Ives?
      Dorian: She doesn't want to be anyone else.

    • Dorian: You play your part to perfection, Mr. Chandler.
      Ethan: What part's that?
      Dorian: Rude, mechanical. Rugged Westerner. But I suppose we all play parts.
      Ethan: What's yours?
      Dorian: Human.

  • NOTES (1)

    • International Airdates:
      UK: June 10, 2014 on SkyAtlantic
      Hungary: November 24, 2014 on HBO Hungary
      Australia: November 27, 2014 on Showcase
      Finland: April 15, 2015 on Sub


    • Dorian: It's the "Liebestod" from Tristan und Isolde.
      Referencing the three-act opera composed by Richard Wagner which premiered in 1865. The opera tells the doomed love affair of the title characters,