The Dresden Files

Season 1 Episode 11

Things That Go Bump

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 2007 on Syfy
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Morgan and Ancient Mai must come to Harry for protection and shelter from powerful enemies of Mai's. They make it to the relative safety of Dresden's place, but suddenly find that they are all trapped by a powerful spell. Now Harry must work with them to find a way out before the spell turns deadly.


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  • Things That Go Bump

    Things That Go Bump was a perfect and very entertaining episode of The Dresden Files and I really enjoyed watching this episode because there was a lot of magical action, some drama, and plenty of intrigue surrounding Ancient Mai. It was great to see Mai and the other storm into Harry's for sanctuary and I really like Mai's defense spell. This episode really catapulted the series into a higher echelon of Sci Fi goodness and I wish the series would have had more seasons. It was awesome to learn more about the true nature of Ancient Mai, though it was only implied and inferred. I look forward to the next and final episode!!!!!!!!!moreless
  • A most terrifying episode!!!

    Man this episode was like a horror one...Harry is relaxing when Murphy comes followed by Mai and Morgan...The later were hiding in Harry's house from a spell..It appears the house has been linked to the other world, with the intention to destroy all...With some great deductions, Harry manages to find out who is behind this and with the help of Mai they manage to vanquish it...The scenes when a fog enters the room are spectacular...Also this episode is an opportunity to see Harry for the first time crying, when he sees his dead father...This show is getting better and better.moreless
  • Awesome!

    That word alone hardly does this episode justice. But, that's how I felt about it. People with a killer in their midst, while trapped in an isolated location, has been a staple of most mystery novels and cop shows since Agatha Christie's "And, Then, There Were None." But, this is the first time I've ever seen it used in a fantasy adventure series. And, the episode's writers did it, brilliantly. I never suspected Murphy was a shapeshifting counterfeit! In fact, I initially thought Amber was the traitor, as she was the one whose suggested counterspell would have required a human sacrifice. Masterful piece of misdirection! My only complaint, however, is Ancient Mai's ingratitude. Harry's surname is Dresden! He's only half-Morningway, on his mother's side. And, I suspect that her "dangerous ideas" were more egalitarian--towards us mere mortals--than her brother Justin's. That is; if I'm right with regard to some of wizard-kind wanting to come out of the magical closet. Then, again, if Harry's hunch is correct (and I've suspected from prior glimpses that she's a were-reptile, of some kind), then Mai probably sees all ambitious humans as being alike. Last, but not least: if the were-dragon that disguised itself, as Murphy, really was sort of a hired killer, then its employers are still out there, somewhere. Namely, Uncle Justin's co-conspirators. And, I think that's what Harry's mother was trying to warn him about, via his father's ghost. *Come on! Who else could be the "she" be that Mr. Dresden was referring to?*moreless
  • I have watched most of The Dresden Files in one block, and out of all the episodes this one is the strongest. Harry's place in his world is strengthened.

    The Dresden Files is a fun B+ show, nicely mysterious, a little occultish and even though some very nasty things happen it feels lighter that it could be. Maybe it's the magic, maybe I'm just looking for something to replace Buffy, something that doesn't take itself too seriously, but this show fills a gap that no other show currently does.

    This particular episode has Dresden, Bob, Morgan, Murphy, Ancient Mai, Amber and Wallace trapped in Dresden's place, surrounded by darkness of death. They need to co-operate to figure out who among them is the traitor, to save Mai and return themselves to safety.

    Accusations fly back and forth, images of the dead appear, and the enemy within turns out to be a surprise.

    What I like about this episode, was the character interaction, the character development, it felt like everyone had moved forward by the end.moreless
  • When Murphy came and then became a drake in desguise.

    When Murphy came and ask to get in to Harry place that should of been a tip of to Harry but it was not. Then Mai and Morgan showed for protection then they were engulfed in darkness that Mai was control to protect her self. When he figures out that Murphy was the drake in desguise when that came out the colpret started to shot fire balls out of its mouth that were green which hit Mai in the first place. So this is when harry figures out that the darkness which move them in to hell Mai is controlling so he makes Mai sicker by doing this the drake is pulled in to the darkness of hell then when Mai wakes up Harry insisting that Mai may be a drake that why in came after in you I think it is true.moreless

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  • QUOTES (17)

    • Harry: When I'm in danger, mortal peril even, I try to find a quiet place of peace in my center, a place where I can breathe in life, gather myself, and proceed with serenity and confidence. You ever figure out how to achieve serenity in the face of certain death, would you please let me know? I found one trick that always works when confronting insurmountable danger: running, very, very fast. Unfortunately, oh, that takes training. Still, about once a year I decide to really get in shape. Do some yoga, go jogging, all that stuff. Luckily for me, something usually comes up.

    • Murphy: I was on my way to work and I got a call. Large explosion, four blocks from here. Dispatch said the flames were green. So help me, if I find out you had anything to do with this...
      Harry: Murphy, I am not responsible for every, single weird thing that happens in Chicago.
      Murphy: Just most of them.

    • Harry: Okay, look, I will come with you to check out your green explosion, all right? and then if you want my help you can hire me... to consult... for money.
      Murphy: Only if you promise to use the money on a new wardrobe.
      Harry: Oh right, yeah, coming from you, Lieutenant I-only-got-one-necklace-wear-it-everyday Murphy.

    • Murphy: Chicago P.D.! Put down your... your sword!

    • Harry: How do I get into these situations? I mean, there I was in a good place for once when -- bang! -- the big boss of the High Council and her pack of Wardens come crashing into my place uninvited. Add Lt. Murphy, my main source of income, who isn't even supposed to know about these people, seal the doors shut with some kind of annihilating darkness and suddenly, what do you know? Another bad day for me.

    • Murphy: This can't be real! Is this happening?
      Harry: Yeah, it's real and it's... it's--it's happening.
      Mai: I said... tell... her... nothing!
      Harry: Morgan is the one talking about soul-ripping and element-tearing. I think the ship has kinda sailed, you know? The barn door's open, the cows are out and the bag is really devoid of cats!

    • (Harry's "hockey stick" starts to glow, then previously invisible symbols light up all over the apartment)
      Harry: Well, I guess I don't have to say it. Pretty obvious.
      Murphy: Everything you ever told me, or avoided telling me, the wizard stuff, it was all true.
      Harry: Yeah.

    • Harry: Listen carefully, Morgan, Murphy is not going to be erased, dealt with or anything like that, okay? Cause if she is, I'm gonna come after you, I'm gonna come after Mai and the entire Council and I'm gonna make my psychopathic, bloodthirsty uncle look like Mahatma Ghandi! You hear me?
      Morgan: You don't frighten me, Dresden.
      Harry: Really? Cause I scare the hell out of myself sometimes.

    • Morgan: A coherent burst of light to blast away the darkness. You think you can manage that?
      Harry: My soul's not entirely dark, Morgan.
      Morgan: Glad to hear it.

    • Morgan: (as Harry prepares to perform a ritual) Your symbology is inelegant.
      Harry: You wanna draw, grab some chalk.
      Morgan: It'll do.

    • Morgan: Some things never change--always blowing things up.
      Harry: I am not always blowing things up!
      Morgan: Right... sometimes you set things on fire.

    • Bob: We are, for all intents and purposes, in hell.

    • Bob: Frankly, I think it's a terrible idea. Exposing me to the distilled essence of death on the off chance it might help you escape? Has anyone ever explained the concept of cost benefit analysis to you?
      Harry: I dropped out of high school, remember?
      Bob: And you wonder why your life is an unending series of insurmountable intellectual, financial and emotional hurdles.

    • Morgan: Dresden's judgment may occasionally be flawed, but his record collection is... impressive.
      Murphy: How long have you known him?
      Morgan: Most of his life. I first met him when I was a newly commissioned Warden. He was a teenager, recently orphaned. He was living with his uncle, Justin Morningway, a man of influence.
      Murphy: (chuckles) Let me guess. Harry was some sort of child genius, destined for greatness.
      Morgan: Quite the contrary. He's a Morningway, like his uncle and mother, and Morningways are nothing but trouble.

    • Amber: (to Harry) I may be expendable, but you're the usual suspect.

    • Harry: 'Kay, you wanna help? There's a chance, just a chance, okay, someone in here is working against us.
      Murphy: And you want me to find out who.
      Harry: Well, you're the detective, right? I'm just a guy who knows a few tricks...

    • Harry: These drakes, right, they can change shape? They're magical, immortal and all that. But you can change your appearance and you're magical and (stutters) you've been around a long, long time.
      Mai: Are you inferring something?
      Harry: Technically, I'm implying. You're inferring.
      Mai: Well, it's dangerous either way.
      Harry: You didn't answer my question.
      Mai: You didn't ask one. Which, at least, shows some common sense.

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