Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Being Human U.S. Season Two, Episode Six: Mama Said There'd Be Decades Like These

I don't about you, but I really liked this episode.


Josh is cleaning rooms at the hospital when he realizes that one of the patients is actually Sally's mother Rena.  When Rena finally dies and runs into Sally in the hallway, it is clear that Rena is actually happy to be dead because she lived a life of so much pain.  She wants to go off exploring but Sally reminds her that they need to check in her father.  At the funeral, Sally catches Rena making out with her former neighbour Jerry Patterson.  It seems that they had an affair for years and when Jerry died, Rena was forced to mourn in silence because of the illicit nature of their relationship.  Sally is horrified with the knowledge that her mother is an adulteress and while she stays away from slut shaming, there is a level of clear disappointment.

For the first time ever, Sally is forced to realize that Rena is a complete human being.  This really struck a nerve with me. Rena says, "It hasn't occurred to that you parents could be individuals, you know have a life of their own." All Sally sees is that her father did not abuse Rena the way that Danny abused her.  She feels betrayed by her mothers love for Jerry. Sally is further hurt that Rena had no idea how she died and to her it seems that though she has been waiting for her mother to comfort her, all that Rena is interested in is Jerry. Rena makes it clear that she loved her husband and Sally but that she is entitled to this. It may have seemed selfish to Sally but I think that there is so much pressure on mothers to put themselves last.  I don't agree with having an affair but I do understand the need to find some happiness in this life. Once one becomes a mother, that is expected to be the entirety of our identity.

In the end, the two women come to some sort of closure. Rena feels that she has failed Sally because Sally lived in an abusive relationship and died because of it.  She feels that though Sally is dead she is still holding on because she is residing in the same house that she died in.  In this she sees nothing but sorrow for Sally and I think that she has a point.  


Nora is still absent and as I surmised at the end of the last episode, she did indeed eat her ex boyfriend.  Josh becomes desperate to get in touch with her once he discovers that the police are investigating the murder.  When he approaches Brynn and Connor, they assure him that he has nothing to worry about because they made the scene appear as though it was done by animals.  This is not enough to calm Josh whose anxiety level continues to rise.  

In desperation, Josh turns to Aidan for help.  He is aware that Suren recently changed Cecelia and it is Josh's hope that she can be used to help get Nora out of the spotlight.  I am not at all pleased with how quickly it seems that Cecelia is going to be little Ms. fix it for the White folks. Aidan gives Josh the brush off because he is being influenced by the ghost of Bishop. 

Josh takes matter into his own hands and decides to approach Cecelia.  She is not eager to help him at first because he is a werewolf.  Cecelia tells Josh that though she may be new, she is well aware that there is a long history of animosity between werewolves and vampires.  In desperation, Josh promises to hand over Connor and Brynn if she agrees to make the investigation of Nora disappear.  I really like that she looked out for her own agenda and didn't immediately jump to Josh's bidding but I don't think that she asked for enough in exchange.

When Cecelia follows through on her end of the deal, stopping the investigation just as Detective Sherwood and Detective Raimes find Josh trying to clean out the storage center where he has been changing and looking into how to stop the change.  Josh stands there with his mouth hanging open until Cecelia says, "this is the part where you thank me."  Josh then claims he wasn't sure about the nature of their relationship, but Cecelia reminds him of his promise and refuses to let him off the hook.

Josh heads over to Brynn and Connor's place and tells them that he got the police to back off. They congratulate him on being a loyal pack member and he simply goes along.  He then leaves and hands the gun with the silver bullets that Hegemon was carrying when he attempted to murder him, along with the address of Brynn and Connor over the Cecelia.  He tells her that they are through.  


This was yet another Hootie and the Blowfish episode for Aidan.  I know that his emotion is justified, but it seems to me that the man is always and I do mean always crying.  After going on a blood binge, he sees the ghost of Bishop.  At first he is tempted to believe that this is some sort of delusion, until Bishop points out that this is not the first time he has had visions.

Aidan is once again conflicted about what he is doing.  I suppose he wouldn't be Aidan unless he was angsting.  When Bishop asks what he is going to do about Henry, Aidan tries to brush it aside by claiming that he cannot find him, but Bishop tactfully reminds him that since he is Henry's maker, he will always know where to find him.

Bishop repeatedly makes the point of referring to Aidan as a father.  It seems that this is how vampires view those that they have changed and this answers the question about the relationship between Suren and Mother.  From the very beginning I didn't believe that Suren and Mother were blood related and from Bishops comments it would seem that my assertions were indeed correct.  

When Henry shows up at the house, Aidan is forced to deal with an issue that he was clearly hoping to avoid. He asks Henry if he has become the king of the orphans, but Henry states that he just helped them out because they needed someone after being abandoned.  Henry swears that he is not the same person that he was and asks Aidan if the is the same man he was 80 years ago, when he sentenced Henry to exile.  Aidan is still unsure about what to do, but during the conversation, Bishop, whom Henry cannot see, is encouraging Aidan to kill Henry.  Bishop even goes as far as to suggest that Henry has it coming for disrespecting Aidan's woman.

Aidan and Henry end up in fight when Henry tries to stake him.  Being older and more experienced, Aidan ends up with the upper hand.  He tells Henry that he wondered all these years whether he was alive or dead and that he missed him.  Henry says that at least if he is dead, it will bring an end to all the years of wandering.  In a touching moment, Aidan spares Henry's life and promises to find some way to save him.  Henry is doubtful and brings up Aidan's treatment of the orphans, to which Aidan simply responds that they weren't mine to save.

When Henry leaves, Aidan is alone with Bishop, who expresses no surprise that Aidan was unable to finish the deed.  Bishop tells him that the father killing the son is not the natural order of things and that it is always the son who kills the father.  He suggests that Aidan is going to live to regret the decision that he made saving Henry's life.  In typical Aidan fashion he sits on the ground with tears rolling down his face.

Of all the stories going on, this episode, I have to say that Aidan's was the one I found myself least interested in.  Something about it had a touch of been there done that to it.  Still over all, I think that this was the best episode so far this season.  What would you do to save a friend?  How well do you know a loved one?  These are important questions.