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After learning from The Una Mens that she had somehow pledged herself to the Dark, Bo goes looking for Vex to try to undo it. Promising to help her find Vex, The Morrigan invites Bo to a Dark Fae party where she discovers that Lauren has also been taken into the fold. Kenzi and Tamsin discover that Bruce has been made a slave to another Fae as punishment for helping Kenzi, and they try to free him. Trick is summoned before The Una Mens who have some questions about The Blood King.
Drink Happy Hour Special: Mini Quiche
To get your favorite lady in the mood. No scissors required.
2 8-oz cans crescent dinner rolls
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 small onion, chopped (1/4 cup)
9 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 16 (2 3/4×1 1/4-inch) muffin cups.
2. Separate each can of crescent dough into eight triangles. Press one triangle on bottom and up side of each muffin cup.
3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in onion, spinach, salt and pepper until well mixed. Fold in cheese. Fill each cup to the top with egg mixture (do not overfill).
4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean and edges of rolls are golden brown. Remove from pan. Serve warm.
- Kris: Because I'm staying somewhere without wifi, I had to watch it at Starbucks, and it took four hours to buffer and load the episode. So I had a strange watching experience, but I did enjoy it.
- Annie: I think this episode might be one of my favorite episodes of the series, not just because Doccubus finally reunited but because of the humor.
- Stephanie: I think I felt like Annie did last week. When I first watched the episode I was originally disappointed because it didn't move the larger story arc along very far and didn't answer questions I wanted answered, but that's not fair to the episode. After sitting with the episode a while, I recognized that it's really an excellent, well-written, well-directed, well-acted episode.
Bo is Dark?
- When Bo says, “If I'm dark, it betrays everything I stood for,” does she mean becoming Dark Fae or just aligned to either side?
- While we think she means being aligned at all, the Dark Fae seems farthest from Bo ideologically speaking when it comes to humans so that allegiance is probably more problematic for her than being Light would have been. But as Kenzi points out in the episode, “The Light are assholes, and the Dark are assholes who have fun.”
- Stephanie thought The Morrigan's waiting room was a bit like the waiting room in Beetlejuice. Anyone else? No? OK.
- The slo-mo! The dress! The barefoot! The hairporn! The armporn! The “Just Married” limo! The Powers That Be certainly knew what the Doccubus fans wanted.
- Annie's just gonna say that Bo did not look at Dyson like that when they were reunited. She was glad to see him, but there was not the tearing off of the clothes, the longing stares, etc.
- Hey, Bo. Did you call Dyson and tell him that he could come home because you found Lauren?
- Were we supposed to conclude that sexytimes happened off-screen? Annie says yes. All the times.
- Really, Bo? If you wanted an audience you would have charged admission? Try closing the door for once!
Adventure of the Week
- It was great seeing Bo being collaborative with Lauren in the case of the week. It reminded us of “Food for Thought.”
- Lauren + syringes!!!
- Pietra was hilarious! Did Anna and/or Zoie's encounters with Doccubus fans inform her characterization? She sure wedged herself between Bo and Lauren and looked super excited to be there. It looked familiar…
- Why didn't Lauren stick around and come after Bo in the gym? We kind of expected Lauren to come in and stop Vex from cutting off his hand. (Hand amputation? Nod to Zoie Palmer's film Cold Blooded?)
- Stephanie thinks part of her initial disappointment with the episode was because Bo was out of commission for a good part of the episode, and she's ready to see Bo be back in action. But drugged-up, loopy Bo was undeniably entertaining and adorable.
- We loved getting backstory on Vex. For Stephanie, the story about his family and how he survived by becoming a servant of the Dark went a long way to humanize a character who has done such evil, cold-hearted things.
- Did Bo claim him when she talked to The Morrigan? Are we going to see him around The Clubhouse again?
- Are they going to keep his hand until someone (Lauren?) can reverse the poison and reattach the hand? How long does a severed Fae hand remain viable?
- What? The crazy guy from “Original Skin”? Oh, I guess not.
- Annie asks why are The Una Mens so upset about Rainer?
- If Rainer is The Wanderer, he would be against what The Una Mens want to accomplish. When Bo has tapped into Super SuccuBo, she has said that she and her father will reign, which goes against The Una Mens' vision.
Dance Off. TO THE DEATH.
- Season Four: 1000% More Dancing. And we're loving it.
- Childlike Tamsin is so adorkable. We love seeing this goofy, softer side to Tamsin, and she's a nice bit of lightness amongst a lot of the characters going through some dark times. Even though she won't stay this way forever, we would like for her to end up somewhere in the middle and not quite so hardened as she was last season.
- It was really striking to see how much Tamsin's demeanor changes when she uses her power of doubt.
- We always love seeing Bruce and props to Rob Archer for being buried in sushi for hours.
- In “UPYURS6,” Bruce no longer had the mark on his forehead that he had in “Confaegion,” “Hail Hale,” and “Those Who Wander,” and it's still missing in this episode.
- Do we have any fan theories why the mark is gone? Stephanie theorizes that it symbolized that Bruce served The Morrigan so he no longer has it after he betrayed her to help Kenzi.
Trick & The Una Mens
- So much information! Stephanie had to write it all down. Here's what was said not quite word-for-word:
After the Great Fae Wars there was a rebellion, rebels trying to overturn the blood laws of the Blood King because he became corrupt. But a peace was offered if the king would relinquish power to a council made of those willing to sacrifice their individual flaws and desires to form a single soul without ego or ambition. The Blood King agreed but then he betrayed us. The six seeds of the sacred papyrus plant were given to six Fae to swallow so they might be blessed with new life as a single vessel of humility and justice. The king stole his seed and vanished. Absorb the power of the blood mage, and The Una Mens will be able to enforce the blood laws unchallenged. We would have him take his rightful place among us if we might find him.
[…] How could you ask The Blood King to do the same? He turned in his own daughter to satisfy the rules he created. And what he created was cruelty.
- Weren't they praising The Blood King in the first few seasons, like in “Fae Day”? Wasn't writing the laws the best way to stop the war?
- Has the “corruption” and discontent with The Blood King been lost through the passing down of history and only the positive propaganda about him remains? Maybe that's just The Una Mens' interpretation of events?
- Even though these scenes were kind of confusing and there might be some contradiction about how The Blood King was perceived, it was great to get some indication of why Trick has been in hiding for so many years.
- Speaking of, what happened to the papyrus seed? Dun dun dun!
- Why does no one seem to remember what The Blood King looks like? Did Trick pull a whammy?
- Kris wants to know why more people haven't figured out who Trick is given that Bo and Trick openly talk about their familial relationship. Wouldn't people know who Aife is, i.e. The Blood King's daughter? But Stephanie points out that not many people know who Bo's mother is.
Captivity & Freedom
- Captivity and freedom was a big theme in this episode. All of the subplots dealt with people not having control of their own destiny or fighting someone trying to control them.
- Bo had been unaligned but now is having to pay fealty to the Dark.
- Lauren is accepting her place with the Dark because it seems the lesser of two evils.
- Bruce was “mastered” by another Fae as punishment.
- Trick fled The Una Mens because he did not want to give up his soul and his freedom to become part of them.
- Kenzi says to The Morrigan, “I am not a pet. I will not be anyone’s pet nor will any human.”
- Vex has been poisoned by The Una Mens, which has bound him to the area and is slowly taking away his mesmer abilities, and he's willing to cut his own hand off to survive.
- The theme really seems to come to a head with the conversation between Bo and Lauren at the end of the episode.
- “Fight for you. Protect you. Claim you if I have to.” “Yeah, you mean own me.” — No! Bo! Don't offer to claim Lauren. It reads like a callback to “Vexed” when Bo pulls off Lauren's Light Fae necklace and says, “Nobody owns you.”
- In the world of the Fae, Bo is privileged where Lauren is oppressed. Bo doesn't think of humans as less than her so “claiming” Kenzi and potentially claiming Lauren doesn't seem like a big deal to her.
- However, Lauren has been treated as “less than” in the Fae world for many years. Being claimed is not nothing to her. Bo hasn't really seemed to understand her situation, but maybe she's starting to understand the barrier that exists for them? (Just a centuries-old political system. No biggie.)
Is Something Up with Lauren?
- Lauren reacts kind of casually to learning Bo is Dark. “It's going to be OK, Bo. Now that you're Dark, I'll see you around.”
- Stephanie thought that everyone's reactions to Bo being Dark were a bit too cavalier, though perhaps they just know that Bo won't stop until she reverses what happens to her and becomes unaligned again.
- And where's Crystal? The Morrigan mentions having new toys… Is Lauren still in contact with Crystal?
- Bo looked more Bo-like in this episode, though we weren't so much fans of the blue shirt. But why was her hair crimped? And why the wigs on The Morrigan?
- Why did Pietra leave that important knife on a mostly dead body in an alley? Was that a wedding party guest she stabbed?
- Why did Dyson move to a boxing gym? You know, besides probably the very practical production reason.
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