Oh my goodness, this show keeps getting better and better. This episode opens with George asking what it is about that them, that leads people to drop of jars of jam, by way of apology, for writing pedo on the front door, and Annie announcing her decision to haunt Owen. George tells Annie that he understands why she wants to haunt Owen, but says that he does not want her to go. Annie replies, "I want to scare him, to make him beg and scream. It's not just about justice; it's more jagged than that." I am glad to see Annie stand up for herself but sad that it is happening after she is already dead. As we know women die from domestic violence daily but for them death is always the final assault.
At the funeral home, Herrick is holding court and rejoicing over the fact that Mitchell has decided to join them. Lauren is clearly not impressed by what is going on. She hints that there is plenty of room for storage and this of course implies their feeding habits.
At the hospital, Mitchell invites Herrick in through what looks to be a back door. I don't understand why Herrick needs an invite, when the hospital is a public building. In the elevator, Mitchell tells him about 41 year old Duncan Johnson, who has 5 weeks left to live, because he is dying of AIDS. When Herrick inquires about Duncan's profession, Mitchell tells him that he is an architect. Herrick then proceeds to introduce himself to Duncan, saying that he has a proposition for him. What dying man is going to turn down that offer?
Back at the house, George calls Owen to complain that the plumbing is on the fritz again, to get him to come over to the house.
Later, in the hospital cafeteria, Mitchell approaches Josie, a woman who he dated in the 60's. Though she knows that he is a vampire, she is still shocked to see that he has not aged a day. Mitchell tells her that he shares a house with some friends, and they reminisce about a weekend they spent together. When George interrupts them, Mitchell introduces him to Josie, but when George balks, Mitchell reassures him that she already knows all about them. George mumbles about talking later and leaves. Josie then tells Mitchell, "that was mean, you just outed him." Really? Outing is something that happens to GLBT people with disastrous results, it's not something that happens to imaginary werewolves, and the analogy is absolutely wrong and insensitive. It amounts to yet another example of using the language of the oppressed, to apply to the supernatural. Josie then goes on to tell Mitchell that she is dying of lung cancer, and that there is no hope for her.
Later that day, Owen shows up at the house. He walks into the kitchen, only to discover that the plumbing is indeed working. As he leaves the room, Annie is waiting for him. She says, "I am death. I am darkness, vengeance and fury, fire and blood, diamonds and bones, sapphire and steel. Confess Owen, confess." When she walks away from him, Owen taunts her asking , "hey Annie, is that the best you got?" As Annie stands there absolutely shocked, he laughs dryly. " I should have known that even death would not be a match for even one of your sulks," Owen says. He dismisses her and walks out of the door.
Back at the funeral home, Mitchell and Herrick are watching over the body of Duncan. Mitchell asks Herrick if he would consider talking to Josie. When Herrick learns that she used to be a dance teacher, he says, "not exactly an essential worker, but come the evolution, we will need to learn how to dance". Lauren overhears the conversation and when Herrick leaves, she tells Mitchell, "You shouldn't do that, let them take someone you care about." When Mitchell asks why not, Lauren replies,"they could become cruel. It changes you this life." Mitchell says, "It didn't change me", but Lauren answers, "yes it did, it just took longer." Duncan suddenly sits up, drawing a huge breathe, and as Mitchell rushes to comfort him, Lauren leaves the room.
Back at the house, Annie tells George about Owen's reaction to seeing her. She says, "It makes sense really when you think about it. We were expecting him to react like a sane person, even though this is someone who killed is fiancee, concealed it, and then rented out the crime scene." I feel it necessary to point out that the writers have fallen back on the criminally insane. We all know that people who are neurologically atypical, are far more likely to hurt themselves before hurting anyone else, and yet in the media, the insane violent person is what is most often depicted. This is absolutely disableist, because not only does it actively other, it creates unreasonable fear. Annie then decides that she is going to visit Janey, for fear that she will be next.
Mitchell arrives and interrupts the conversation. Annie tries to tell him what has been going on in his absence, but he clearly is not listening to a word she is saying. George asks Mitchell where he has been and then outright says, "You're back with them." Mitchell tells him that it is different and that no one is being forced. He is still angry about what happened with Bernie. He says humanity is stupid and cruel and that humans are really the monsters.
The next day, Herrick approaches Josie and says that it's a lot to take in, and that it's about there being another option. Mitchell tries to tell her that hospitals would be antiquated, and that this would end all famine and all war. Josie responds, "Being human means being mortal. It means dying. You can't rob people of that. It's a trick, Christ Mitchell just because they are handing themselves voluntarily it doesn't stop it being a con. You're offering something you have no right to. Of course people want eternal life. People want capital punishment, it doesn't make it right. Never a birth, never a death; that's no evolution, that's a full stop." She goes on to ask whether or not Mitchell's friends know about what he is doing, and when he says no, she tells him that this is why he got Herrick to approach her because he knew what she is going to say.