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Bo and Tamsin find themselves stuck in a time loop during the celebration of Yule. They try to make the best of it and have some fun — until they realize that some of the partygoers are going missing. Meanwhile, Lauren and Dyson, with the surprising help of Vex, debate the consequences of telling Bo about a mysterious package she shipped to herself, and Hale and Kenzi prepare to take their relationship to the next level.
Drink Special: Wassail
1 gallon Apple cider
1 Orange, sliced
1 Lemon, sliced
2 Cinnamon sticks
½ tsp Whole cloves
½ tsp Allspice berries
1 14.9-oz can Guinness (optional)
Combine everything but the Guinness in a pot over low heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer (DO NOT BOIL) and allow to cook for at least 30 minutes. If adding Guinness, pour slowly into the cider mixture, stirring constantly, 15 minutes before serving.
- Kris: “What the hell is going on?” It's madcap, zany fun! I enjoyed it. As I do.
- Annie: I loved their take on the trope of time repeating, the humor, and that the episode did tie in to The Wanderer story arc. I really enjoyed the scenes with Lauren and Dyson talking about Bo and bonding.
- Stephanie: OH MY GOODNESS! I enjoyed the hell out of this episode. I thought it was a lot of fun and very funny.
Tonight Will Be a Memory Too
- This episode had a continuation of the theme of memory that's been woven throughout the season.
- Tamsin returns and seems to have, if not all, then most of her memories back.
- How useful will she be to Bo now in finding The Wanderer?
The Car Wash
- Annie was happy to see the car wash scene in its native environment, though she preferred the song that was used in the promo to the song used in the episode.
- Stephanie is the one weirdo who doesn't really like the car wash promo or at least a couple of shots that crossed the line from Bo going about her life being sexy to Bo conforming to what people (namely straight men) have defined as sexy. Stephanie did like the scene a little better in context because it was such a strange, fantasy-fueled episode.
- Kris gets where Stephanie is coming from, but she thinks there's such obvious winking and nodding going on that she thinks it's clear the show is intending to make fun of how ridiculous it is.
- Stephanie acknowledges the significance that the show queered this moment and showed a woman desiring another woman. But she isn't sure if women objectifying women is any better than men objectifying women. Should that really be the goal? (Stephanie knows she's probably crying in a corner all by herself with her feminist feels, and that's OK.)
- Not a summertime holiday. Historically, Yule was a midwinter festival, and to contemporary Wiccans and other Neopagans Yule is the Sabbat (holy day) associated with the Winter Solstice.
- Even though the writers moved Yule to the summer, they retained some of the themes of Yule, namely it being a time of year to face one's fears.
- The writers might also be drawing on Yule signifying that even though the days are at their darkest the light is coming back. Bo's journey this season has been into the dark, so perhaps this episode signifies that she will begin finding her way back into the light.
- We really enjoyed how the “face your fears” theme allowed characters to speak difficult-to-admit truths to themselves and to others in this episode.
Why Does Tamsin Go through the Loop without Bo Remembering?
- Kris is always confused about time loops and time travel, but she tries to understand anyway. Why did Tamsin go through the loop so many times before Bo remembered? She thinks the show implies that Tamsin's kiss clued Bo into the loop.
- Stephanie disagrees since Hale also seemed aware of the loop before Bo did, and he didn't kiss anyone but Kenzi. Because Hale, Tamsin, and Bo ate the candy in the gas station, they are the “Yule fools,” and they can remember the loops. The time loop seemed to be localized to the clubhouse. Bo just enters the time loop later than Tamsin and Hale.
- Krampus says, “I've never made blue candy before.” What do we think are the implications of that statement?
- Besides the fact that the show likes to say that Bo is special a lot, Kris theorizes that blue is the color associated with succubi. From what we've seen of Aife, succubi do not tend to be a very regretful crowd, so Krampus has never found a succubus before Bo with regret enough to feed on.
- Kris thinks it's interesting that in this life Tamsin seems to be so deeply insecure. We see her try to blame herself for the time loop.
- Tamsin had enough regret for Krampus to stop the time loop when he grabbed her. Next to Bo and perhaps Lauren, Tamsin does seem to be the character on the show to express the most regrets.
- She was much closer to season three Tamsin in this episode than ever before, but we appreciate that this Tamsin is sweeter and less acerbic.
Tamsin and Bo
- Tamsin expressed some romantic feelings toward Bo in this episode, though the feelings seem to be a bit one-sided. Tamsin even admits that Bo has a much stronger connection to Lauren or Dyson than Bo does to her.
- Tamsin is going through a second adolescence. Could her feelings for Bo potentially be a crush? Bo did use the tingly touch on her in “Turn to Stone.”
Tamsin and The Wanderer
- Annie really enjoyed the flashback with Tamsin and The Wanderer.
- While Stephanie appreciated the information it provided, she thought the flashback itself felt a bit incongruous with the rest of the episode.
- Kris was impressed with the makeup Tamsin had available back in the day.
Bo's Forgiveness of Tamsin
- Some fans have expressed annoyance that Bo forgives Tamsin so easily for leading The Wanderer to her.
- Annie didn't really think much of it, but perhaps Bo realizes that she needs as many allies as she can in this fight.
- Kris points out that in this lifetime Tamsin was raised by a loving family (Bo and Kenzi), so she's a different person than she was last season. Plus, Bo has more a protective instinct toward her because she helped “raise” her.
- Stephanie thinks that the circumstances might have had something to do with it. Bo was trying to save Tamsin, and offering her forgiveness seemed like the best bet. Even if Bo was angry with Tamsin, it's unlikely that she would want Tamsin to die or to be harmed.
Dyson and Lauren (and Vex)
- The Dyson and Lauren scenes in this episode hint that maybe these two might be able to wipe the slate clean and potentially form a real friendship.
- Dark Belch and Choga sweat seem to cure all ills!
- Stephanie didn't quite buy that Dyson and Lauren would be so chummy given their relationship the last time they interacted significantly.
- Kris points out that the opening scene suggests that Bo, Hale, Lauren, and Dyson have been going on missions to find the missing hel-shoe so they've been spending time together.
- Stephanie acknowledges that you sometimes have to sacrifice some scenes to offscreen in a 13-episode season, but she could have used a bit more onscreen time showing the two of them interacting.
- Annie loves the idea of drunken surgery and wishes they'd shown a bit of it.
- We think Paul Amos looks very fetching in Bo's corset.
- We loved Zoie Palmer, Kris Holden-Ried, and Paul Amos together. The last exchange between Lauren and Vex (“Get that [hand] away from me. I have to put it on you.”) seems like it might have been ad-libbed by Zoie.
Hale and Kenzi
- They have really won Stephanie over as a couple.
- All of the condoms (yay for showing condoms!) that Bo gave Kenzi were hilarious.
- Annie liked that this episode brought up the human/Fae dynamic between them. Will they be as angsty as Bo and Lauren?
- Hale is hiding his bloody ear– I mean, infected piercing from Kenzi. Where will that lead?
- Stephanie was pleased to see Hale get to help Bo in dealing with the Fae of the week. She would love for Hale to get a strong, season-long story arc.
Bo and Trick
- Bo's relationship with Trick seems to be heading in a new direction.
- While we could understand that Bo was so happy to have family that she didn't initially question Trick's secrecy, we are interested to see Bo become more confrontational toward him.
- Trick says he is terrified of The Wanderer. Does he have a plan? He seems pretty clueless, but it's always so difficult to tell with Trick.
Bo and The Train
- In the middle of her self-involved rant to Krampus, Bo says that she is running out of excuses not to get back on the train.
- While this is the first we've heard Bo mention getting back on the train, it makes sense that she realized she would have to go back there eventually.
- Is the jar of black smoke a means to get back on the train? Stephanie first thought that Bo had trapped The Wanderer, but it would make more sense that it's a method of transport.
Suggestion of Incest?
- When Bo asks Tamsin if The Wanderer could be her father, Tamsin replies that he spent so long looking for his ideal mate that he would be willing to create her himself.
- Kris and Stephanie took that line to mean that The Wanderer had impregnated Bo's mother with the intention of taking Bo as his bride, which is evil and disgusting.
- However, we admit that we do not have official confirmation that The Wanderer is Bo's father. It's possible Tamsin's memories haven't completely come back to her or that she meant The Wanderer set events in motion so that Bo would be conceived.
- Others interpreted that line to mean that The Wanderer sought Bo as his mate and that she is not his daughter.
- Why did Bo change clothes in the back of her car when she was headed home? It's really difficult and uncomfortable.
- Why did Lauren, Dyson, and Hale leave her sleeping in the backseat of The Succ-mobile? Was it the machinations of Krampus that made them so thoughtless?
- Annie loved Bo's outfit, Bruce in a toga, and so much of the soundtrack.
- Episode four with no Crystal. Where's Crystal? LIEEEEBS!
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