I have had what I admit is a fond wish throughout Lost Girl. Every season I wonder to myself if they might, just might, give Bo a pair of horns and a tail. Just once mind you if for no other reason than to allow me to see what she would look like if she was a bit more… Succubi… in appearance. So you can guess just how ticked off I was this past week when the first tail they slap on Bo’s rear is… a cat’s. I honestly came very close to turning off the television and not watching the rest of the episode as I was that upset over the entire mess.
What’s more… aggravating… is that I was there, on location, watching them film the “Bo, Tamsin and Lauren try to play Dukes of Hazard” scene in Bo’s car. I couldn’t really get a good look then, but if I had seen that tail on Bo I would have ripped it off her, set fire to it, and “explained” things… But I didn’t, that didn’t happen, and in all truth had I known about this I would have not watched a single moment of this season. Mind you, Dyson’s son is pushing me closer and closer to the point where I am quite done with the series as a whole… But we’ll see.
It really does feel like the last season was meant to be the last long before the announcement came to the fans and as such… that’s a shame. I expected more this season, I’m not seeing it, and I am just more and more disappointed every episode so far.
The fifth episode of the fifth season, also episode sixty-six of the Lost Girl TV series, was this week. Bo gets cursed and becomes very much a kitten, just not the kind of sex kitten you might expect. Tamsin however finds the kitty eventually and there’s a lot of cattiness with Lauren too. Trick gets robbed when Dyson’s son becomes a bigger ass at Vex’s urging and everyone loses their sight over what’s important for the sake of a few moments of pleasure.
This is the fifth review of the fifth season of of Lost Girl. A summary of this episode has been added to the SuccuWiki, but won’t be adding my commentary to the articles there as that is what the Tale is for….
Bo finds that when it’s her birthday, it doesn’t mean…
It’s Your Lucky Fae
The episode begins with a recap of the previous episode which includes: Trick asking Dyson to look into the deaths of three humans with Vex’s help, Dyson coming to the understanding that a Fae cult is involved and Lauren telling Dyson that the three bodies from the elevator crash had been taking from her clinic. Bo and Tamsin encountering Mark and asking him what he was running away from, Bo being struck by the Hunter’s arrow and then kissing Mark as she whispers “What is it about you?” Mark then holding a knife to the Hunter’s throat, Dyson telling Mark he is a Shifter, Bo realizing that Mark is Dyson’s son, Mark telling Dyson he is trouble and Dyson telling Mark that he does not see things that way because he is Mark’s father.
The episode opens with an image of a parcel that has been opened, Bo (Anna Silk) sitting nearby and holding a card in her hands. Bo picks up her cellphone and makes a call while looking at the card which reads: “Happy Birthday Precious. Love Daddy.”
Elsewhere, Cassie the Oracle (Vanessa Matsui) is on a date with a gentleman when her cellphone rings. Cassie, being bored from her date comments as she picks up the phone: “Oh thank god. But… um… Keep talking. Super interested in your journey.” Cassie answers the phone and Bo asking Cassie for her insight about a “Fae gift from Hell. Literally.” Cassie replies: “And you want me to tell you what it is. That’s all I’m good for right? Look I’m on a date so whatever’s going on with you, tomorrow, pints at the Dal, your treat.” Bo agrees and then Cassie hangs up on Bo. Bo then removes a large ornate box from the wrapping paper and tissue paper, commenting to herself: “Here’s hoping there is one.” Back on her date, Cassie asks her date about being new in town and he replies that he is “boring” but calls Cassie “fascinating” and then asks about her siblings, Cassie replying: “I have a douchebag cousin named Seymour, does that count?” He replies: “I have a sister who is a party girl that only wants to have a good time. Personality out the wazzu.” Cassie comments that she “sounds fun” and asks if she is single. After a pause, the man continues: “Hardly. But she was thrilled when I told her you were an Oracle.” Cassie rolls her eyes in disgust: “So she’s looking for a reading. And let me guess, and you do too. Fine. Let’s just get it over with.” He replies: “Actually, I’d like to order are you ready?” Cassie is confused and asks if he is serious that he doesn’t want a reading from her as “that’s all that anyone ever wants.” He replies that he is sorry that she is offended, but Cassie explains that she is surprised as “Oracle doesn’t exactly spell lucky in love” and Cassie’s date insists that her luck is about to change, adding that: “Life is about anticipation. That’s the fun part.”
Cassie and her date are then seen arriving at Cassie’s apartment, she telling him about her dreams and he telling Cassie some of his own before kissing Cassie and then saying goodnight to Cassie and asking her to call him tomorrow as he leaves. Cassie closes her apartment door and seems very happy for the first time in the episode for a moment, but then, suddenly she clutches at her head and begins to cry out in pain and stumble around her apartment in agony.
Following the brief opening title sequence, Trick (Richard Howland) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) are talking at the Dal Riata while Mark (Luke Bilyk) is cleaning tables. Trick explains that: “He’s working here. He’s new to our colony, exposure to Faekind will do him some good.” Tamsin comments: “Yeah it’s not the first person that he’s exposed himself to.” When Trick asks what Tamsin means by this she brushes her comment off as Bo arrives who asks if either Trick or Tamsin have seen Cassis as they were supposed to be meeting at the Dal. After both say that Cassie hasn’t arrived, Trick gives Bo a present and wishes her a happy birthday. When Bo opens the present, it is revealed to be a finger from Alexander the Fay which Trick notes “has been handed down through our family for generations.” After a short pause, Bo replies jokingly: “You totally gave me the finger” as everyone laughs a bit uneasily, Tamsin then leaving with the explanation that she has “something to do.”
Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and Tamsin are seen walking along a sidewalk, Lauren in disbelief that they had forgotten that it was Bo’s birthday, Tamsin commenting that he forgot because “It’s me” and when Lauren’s reason for forgetting is “I’ve had a lot on the go! I’ve been busy with things…” Tamsin comments: “Like sucking up to Evony?” Lauren rolls her eyes and replies: “I call it working.” Tamsin then suggests that for Bo’s birthday they have a surprise party at the Dal Riata and hire some Yeti strippers and “drink until we vom.” Lauren comments “Always with the class” but then adds that Tamsin needs to keep Bo away from home so Lauren can bake a cake and get some balloons. The pair pause in front of a Curio Shop where a stuffed cat catches Tamsin’s eye. Tamsin comments: “You’ve been replaced, I’ve found Bo’s…” Lauren gasps out “No!” and then Tamsin finishes with: “I was going to say new companion.” Lauren looks at the stuffed cat and says “it’s awful” and suggesting a “nicknack” in the window, but Tamsin says no one loves nicknacks, and the owner of the shop (Milton Barnes) adds: “Because they don’t bring you luck.” He explains: “That kitty is from the Emperor Kang dynasty. Legend says Kang was a poor warrior until he came upon that magic kitty.” Lauren is unconvinced, but the shop owner continues: “That cat brings luck to its owner and people around them.” Tamsin asks how much, and at first the shop owner plays hard to get, but when Lauren suggests the nicknack, he asks for $75 and Tamsin agrees to the price, then asks Lauren for the money to pay for it.
Bo is then seen at the Dal Riata, still waiting for Cassie to appear. Calling Cassie’s cellphone, Bo only hears Cassie’s voicemail message and leaves a message for her, adding to Trick that Cassie has not responded to any of her phone calls. Trick suggests that Cassie might be sick and also adds that “it isn’t like you to worry” and to ask if something is going on. Bo diverts Trick’s attention by insisting that nothing is wrong and that she is simply worried about Cassie and begins to leave to visit Cassie at her apartment but before she can leave, Tamsin and Lauren arrive, Tamsin giving Bo the stuffed cat and Lauren attempts to give Bo a nicknack from the story, but drops it on the floor as she hands it to Bo. Lauren then tells Bo that the cat is also from her and Tamsin comments: “Oh, now suddenly the cat’s good enough for you.” Tamsin then hands the cat to Bo and tells her: “That man said it would bring you lots of happiness and good luck” while Lauren refuses to believe that luck exists or that the cat could provide such a thing. Bo thanks them both, saying that she loves the cat and calls it: “Very roadkill sheik.” When Tamsin asks where Bo is going, Bo explains that she needs to see Cassie as she has a bad feeling. Tamsin tells Bo that she will go with her and when Lauren also suggests she will go, Tamsin comments: “You forgot that thing we talked about?” Lauren replies: “I’m not looking at your mole again” and then suddenly understands what Tamsin is getting at, bids Bo and Tamsin goodbye adding that: “I’ll be on my cell if anybody needs me” and as she picks up the pieces of the broken nicknack continues “which, apparently, you don’t.”
Bo and Tamsin are then seen outside of Cassie’s apartment, Bo knocking on the door and calling out Cassie’s name. When Tamsin suggests breaking down the door, Bo tries to open the door and finds it unlocked, Tamsin giving credit to “the lucky cat…Boom!” Once inside, Bo and Tamsin see that Cassie’s apartment is wrecked and there is blood on the walls and on the furniture. Tamsin tells Bo they need to secure the scene, get blood samples to Lauren and call Dyson in for help. Bo then kneels down and picks up an ice cream baller which is covered in blood and comments: “If this isn’t, it’s the worst dinner party in history.”
Following a commercial break, Mark is seen sweeping the floors at the Dal Riata before sitting down behind a set of drums, fantasizing about being a famous drummer and then playing badly for a few moments before Trick puts an end to things and Mark attempts to make excuses. Trick then tells Mark that he needs to sign in and explains that all Fae when they pass through “our colony” sign a ledger which Trick maintains and keeps safe in his lair. Trick also explains that “our signature also contain our true power.” Mark then turns a few pages of the ledger before ripping a corner of one of the pages and holding that piece in his hand. Trick then takes the ledger away, commenting: “And this is why keep it in my lair” before thanking Mark and walking away. Elsewhere in the Dal, Bo picks up an earring that she lost while Tamsin is on the phone. Tamsin then tells Bo that Dyson is at Cassie’s apartment and Lauren is checking the blood for clues. Bo tells Tamsin that she called the other Oracles, but none of them have called her back as yet. Tamsin is concerned about Cassie being missing as “the powers of an Oracle in the wrong hands can be deadly.” When Bo asks about Cassie’s family she tells Bo that Cassie’s cousin is “coming in for questioning” which makes Bo pause and ask: “Wait. Seymour?” Seymour (Dax Ravina) walks into the Dal Riata and greets Bo with: “You remember SuccuBabe. I’m touched.” When Bo asks if Mayer, Seymour’s uncle, knows that he is out of jail, Seymour tells Bo that the “Una Mens cut his throat. Punishment. Stole luck from the wrong Fae.” He then asks what is going on with Cassie, but when he it told that she is missing replies: “Cassie is special. People don’t like that.” When Bo asks if that mean him as well, Seymour replies: “I’m a soul eater. I suck people’s spirits. Not exactly beloved.” Seymour explains to Bo that he took over Meyer’s business but it is failing noting that: “What’s a bookie without the ability to steal luck? Instead of helping out, Cassie emancipated herself from the family.” Bo replies: “Well, maybe she thought you were trying to use her.” Seymour then suggests that Bo check into Cassie’s computer dates on Fae Date before excusing himself to “save a business.” After Seymour leaves, Tamsin asks Bo what she thinks and after picking up a coin Bo replies: “I think it’s time we start pricing dating memberships.”
Lauren is at Bo’s place, calling Dyson and telling him that all of the blood they had collected from Cassie’s apartment was of the same type. After finishing with Dyson, Lauren comments to herself: “Here at the clubhouse. Baking a cake. You know, the important stuff.” Lauren looks at the stuffed cat a moment, then tries what she thinks is sugar by the coffee maker, but it turns out to be salt. There is a knock at the door and a delivery Fae (Jack Newman) arrives with a bunch of balloons which upsets Lauren as they were to be taken to the Dal Riata. She asks for them to be delivered there, but when she is told there is an extra charge for that, Lauren takes it upon herself to deliver the balloons herself. Then, as Lauren is dealing with this problem, the delivery Fae smells something burning and Lauren turns to find her cake is burning in the oven. Lauren looks at the stuffed cat and comments: “Well they said it would bring luck, they didn’t say what kind.”
Back at the Dal Raita, Mark is seen sneaking a drink while on the job. Vex (Paul Amos) is nearby finishing his own drink and then begins to leave but Mark stops him saying: “Hey! Don’t you think I know a Dine and Dash when I see one?” Vex laughs at this and replies: “Yeah, well Trick’s a mate of mine and that means I don’t pay.” Vex then starts to leave again but Mark insists that Vex pay for his drink. Turning back, Vex replies: “All right. Have it your way then” before jumping on the bar and calling out to the crowd in the Dal Riata if any of them have gotten weak drinks from Mark as he has been tending bar. Mark asks Vex what he is doing and Vex tells him: “I saw you underpouring three customers. Planning on lifting a snifter later are we?” Mark sneers and then calls out to the crowd in the Dal that their next drinks are “on me” as Trick watches in disbelief. Seated on the other side of the Dal are Kat (Sofia Troop), Iris (Shanice Banton) and a man. Mark asks if Vex is happy, and Vex replies he will be more happy when he gets to know the two women that are looking at both Vex and Mark. Mark and Vex then play “Rock, Paper, Guillotine” to see who “distracts the boyfriend” and Vex loses and then he draws Heratio’s attention.
Mark is then seen with Kat and Iris in Trick’s lair, he and Persephone making out while Iris looks around Trick’s lair as if searching for something. Kat then teases Mark by kissing Iris before pushing Mark onto a couch and then going down on him while Iris watches, smiles and then continues to look around Trick’s lair until she comes to find Trick’s ledger of Fae names and then puts the book away into a large courier bag she is carrying. Then Kat is shown with a long forked tongue dragging it over Mark’s bare chest before he suddenly realizes that Iris is sitting and watching he and Kat being intimate. Iris tells Mark she wants to “look at you” as Kat continues to have her way with Mark.
Meanwhile, back at Bo’s place, Tamsin is taking pictures of Bo for her false profile on the Fae dating site, Bo telling Tamsin that: “They are profile pictures, not art” and Tamsin replying: “Not with that attitude. Would it kill you to arch your back?” Bo then rolls onto her hands and knees before striking a pose and purring. Tamsin pauses, then tells Bo she is purring which contuses Bo as she replies: “I guess I was seized by the moment.” Tamsin just shrugs, says “okay” and then starts to set up Bo’s profile on the website but not before looking at the profile of a Selkie and “needing a moment.” Bo comments: “You’ve had thirty moments with BradPittsTroll, we need to finish my profile.” Tamsin then sends a wink to the Selkie before telling Bo that the last person that messaged Cassie was Heratio55. When Bo asks if Tamsin thinks he would “buy me as an Oracle” Bo is told “with a face like yours he’ll buy anything we say.” Tamsin then fills in Bo’s profile on the site and uploads it. While Tamsin does so Bo checks for messages and finds that the mother of one of the other Oracles has not heard from her daughter. Bo then tells Tamsin that she needs to start looking for Cassie and the other missing Oracles. When Tamsin suggests that they match Cassie’s goal they find it to be: “To find people I can trust.” Tamsin comments that finding such a thing isn’t easy to do. Moments later the last person to date Cassie sends a date request to Bo and at the same moment Bo’s cellphone rings, the call being from Cassie. Bo cannot understand anything from the call and Bo comments to Tamsin that she thinks that Cassie’s phone died. When Tamsin asks if Cassie said she was okay, Bo answers: “No.” Cassie is then seen in a dark place with shackles binding her and trying to pick up her phone. As this happens, a spike connected to the chains is seen being driven into the ground. A glimpse of Cassie is seen with her head covered in bandages, her eyes and forehead under the bandages covered in blood. An unseen person takes Cassie’s phone from her and then smashes it underneath the hammer that had been used to drive the spike into the ground earlier.
Following another commercial break, Mark returns to the bar and puts on a new shirt which confuses Trick. Mark then makes a snide comment to him as Kat and her boyfriend storm towards Mark. Vex attempts to defuse the situation, but the boyfriend tells Vex: “That kid had a threesome with my Kittykat.” which makes Vex comment: “Okay, so you do know what happened.” Mark then spins a tale that Kat needed “mouth to mouth or she was going to die” which only makes the situation worse and the boyfriend moves to attack Mark. However, Vex intervenes, uses his powers to make the boyfriend hit himself in the head with a beer bottle and then Mark begins to jump around the bar trying to avoid the boyfriend’s punches. Lauren enters carrying a cakebox and sets it in front of Trick, her back to the two men that are fighting. After Lauren opens the box to show Trick the birthday cake she has for Bo, she begins to yell at Trick. Trick asks why Lauren is yelling at him and she answers: “Three dozen balloons popped simultaneously in a car. It’s loud. Very loud.” Mark is then thrown backwards into Lauren which puts her face into the birthday cake, destroying it. Vex then jumps back into the fight, takes control of the boyfriend, and makes him knock himself out. Lauren pulls herself out of the cake and comments: “That was supposed to be chocolate.”
Dyson (Kristen Holden-Ried) is then seen with Vex and Mark in Trick’s lair, demanding to know why he is “breaking up bar fights instead of locating missing Oracles?” Mark jokes to Vex: “Who called McGruff the Crime Dog?” which Vex chuckles to for a moment. Dyson then reveals that Trick’s ledger of Fae names is missing which gets Vex’s attention, but Vex insists that he knows nothing of it being missing. When Vex tells Dyson “I barely know the kid” Dyson warns Vex: “Good. Keep it that way. Stay away from my son.” Vex is shocked by this revelation, though Mark does not seem to care about his relationship with Dyson. Dyson looks at Mark and reminds him that he is his son which dampens Mark’s attitude immediately. Dyson tells Vex: “Mark is a Shifter. A warrior. I won’t let you ruin that for him Vex.” Mark comments: “The only one doing that is you. You enjoy chasing your tail for other people. Guess what? I don’t.” Dyson explains to Mark that he has a birthright and he will need to choose who to serve soon as Vex watches. Mark replies: “That’s easy. Me.” Dyson answers: “You have a lot to learn.” Mark disregards this warning from Dyson and then taunts Dyson, making fun of his role in the Fae world. Dyson warns: “Big words from a Shifter that hasn’t shifted yet.” Mark tells Dyson: “I don’t want your life” and then leaves as Vex watches.
Bo and Tamsin are then seen at a cafe, Bo waiting for her date to arrive and Tamsin acting as a waitress. Bringing a drink to Bo, she tells Tamsin she didn’t order a drink, Tamsin tells Bo the drink is from a guy at the bar, and Bo complains: “This luck this is getting old.” Bo then picks up the drink and then starts to lap from the glass like a cat while Tamsin looks at Bo in confusion. When Bo tells Tamsin “I’m thristy” Tamsin replies: “I get it, you don’t want to mess up your lipstick.” Bo’s date Heratio then arrives and they greet each other, flatter each other’s looks and Heratio tells Bo that she being forward “makes my job easier.” When Bo asks what he means by that, he replies: “Getting you to kiss me before this is over.” Bo flirts with Heratio, telling him: “I have a magic 8-ball and the outlook is positive.” When Heratio glances to look behind him for a moment, Bo grooms herself similarly to a cat which Tamsin cannot help but notice and be confused by. Heratio then suggests that they leave together as Bo begins to toy with one of the items on the table in front of her, making catty remarks at the same time to him. Heratio stops Bo from doing so, commenting that Bo has “reflexes like a cat.” At this point, Bo realizes something is wrong, excuses herself for a moment and goes to see Tamsin, telling her that “something is wrong, like big wrong” and then Bo starts panting. Tamsin asks: “Are you stress panting?” Tamsin suggests they need to leave, but Bo refuses, telling Tamsin this might be their only chance to get some information from Heratio. When Heratio gets up to leave, asking if Bo is ready as well, Bo uses her powers on Heratio and asks him: “I know you were the last one to see Cassie before she went missing. What did you do with her?” Heratio answer: “I kissed her goodbye and left.” When Bo insists that he attacked her, Heratio elaborates: “I kissed her goodnight like a gentleman and then left. But you… I could never leave you.” Bo is confused by Heratio’s answers and then Bo sees her hand begin to change colour and turn black. Bo then begs off, saying “something’s come up” and rushes to Tamsin. Bo then shows Tamsin her hands which are now covered in hair and look more like cat paws. Tamsin comments: “Holy hand hair” and Bo replies: “Cat scratch fever anyone?” as Tamsin puts a napkin over Bo’s hands to cover them up.
After another commercial break, Bo is at the Dal Riata with Tamsin, Lauren and Trick. After putting on a pair of long gloves to hide her transformed hands, Bo is suddenly attracted to a mirror and looks into it, her eyes becoming cat-like as she does so. Bo is mesmerized by her reflection, bats the mirror and then snaps out of her trance. Turning to the others she sighs: “So I am turning into a cat.” Tamsin tells Bo: “It’s so sorry I feel like this is my fault.” Lauren wonders if Bo is a Shifter, but Trick explains: “Not exactly. The cat you gave her is an Aitvaras. By bringing good luck to its owner, it steals it from those that do not give it reverence.” Lauren sighs: “All this because I didn’t give the stuffed corpse of a dead cat?” but then suffers a hand cramp in the next moment. Trick explains it is only a matter of time before the spirit takes over permanently. When Tamsin suggests “blowing this thing to hell” Lauren coos to the statue: “Are you going to let her talk to you like that?” Trick continues that the cat cannot be destroyed while it is feeding Bo luck as it would “instantly devour her spirit and she will die.” Lauren mulls over the possibility of there being a way to stop the transformation as Tamsin rushes over to Bo, hugs her and exclaims: “I should have just gotten you a Yeti stripper” before embracing Bo which makes Bo purr before she snaps out of it and tells everyone to calm down. Bo then muses that they know the cat does bring her luck and suggests they use it to find Cassie. Lauren is against the idea noting that: “Embracing the luck means embracing transforming into a cat. I don’t approve.” Both Trick and Tamsin are also against Bo’s idea as well. Bo reminds them all that “A missing Oracle is a dangerous thing and as annoying as she has been, she is a friend. She helped us save Dyson.” Lauren then asks Bo what she has in mind.
Lauren and Tamsin are then seen standing by Bo’s car in an alleyway, Tamsin commenting: “You can’t be serious” as Bo sit behind the wheel with a blindfold on. Bo tells them she intends “to have blind luck lead me to Cassie” which does not fill either Tamsin or Lauren with confidence, Tamsin telling Bo: “This is a little kamikaze of you. This is even a little kamikaze for me.” When Lauren agrees, Bo asks both of them to trust and believe that she can “do this” to make it work as she thinks it will. Tamsin then jumps into the car which makes Lauren comment: “Oh… Oh I get it. Old stick in the mud Lewis won’t join the suicide party. Well you know what? I’m in too.” Lauren then tries to make the same move as Tamsin but winds up falling into the car instead, swearing as she does so. Bo asks: “Are we good?” Tamsin holds up both middle fingers and asks: “How many fingers am I holding up?” Lauren asks: “How old are you?” And Bo adds: “Gives a new meaning to the term ‘blind spot’ huh guys? Luck, be my lady tonight.” Tamsin then asks: “What if her bad luck cancels out your good luck?” Bo does not answer, starts her car, and the trio speed out of the alleyway onto the street beyond.
The next scene has Bo’s car arrive in a field, Bo getting out of it and then taking off her blindfold and telling Lauren and Tamsin: “This is the place.” Tamsin asks if Bo is sure, but then adds: “Of course you are. You’re leading this Gong Show.” Lauren then begins to cough and Tamsin asks: “What’s the matter Lauren? You totally swallowed a bug didn’t you?” Lauren looks at the cat statue and asks: “Oh come on seriously?” Bo then flips a coin saying: “Heads we go west, tails we go east” and the coin comes up tails. Bo then rushes off while Tamsin and Lauren get out of Bo’s car. Tamsin and Lauren pause as Bo rushes off and see that she has a long black cat’s tail behind her, Tamsin commenting: “You’re not kidding.” and Lauren looking on in concern.
Back at the Dal Riata, Iris appears and greets Mark. then comments: “Oh. You aren’t happy to see me.” Mark asks Iris: “You brought it back?” but she seems not to understand what Mark is talking about. When he tells Iris that he knows she took Trick’s ledger, Iris replies: “What book?” Mark turns away, noting that he is: “In the middle of a self-made crap storm.” Iris answers: “After a storm.” Mark asks what she means by that and she continues: “After a storm is the best part.” Iris closes her eyes and then gestures over the bar, creating a rainbow like shimmer in the air for a moment before it vanishes, commenting to herself: “My god… It worked. It doesn’t always work.” Iris asks what Mark can do and he answers: “I’m a Shifter.” Iris tells Mark that she knows that, but asks what kind he is, adding “I like pandas.” When Mark tells Iris that he doesn’t know she asks him if he might talk to someone about that, but Mark dismisses that noting: “He’s an opinionated jerk who only talks about serving other people.” Iris fingers a bracelet on her wrist and tells Mark: “I serve my keepers.” When Mark asks what she means, Iris continues: “I mean my parents. Doesn’t mean I am subservient. Means I’m important. Maybe that’s what you’re really afraid of. Being counted on.” Mark’s answer is a snort of derision and nothing more.
Bo is walking though a forest with Tamsin and Lauren, still looking for Cassie. Lauren comments: “We should be at home looking after Bo.” Tamsin answers: “You don’t think I know that?” Lauren asks what they are still doing out in the middle of nowhere and Tamsin tells her: “I trust her.” Lauren rolls her eyes and Tamsin tells Lauren: “You think you are the only one in the race. Well guess what? There’s a new pony on the green.” Lauren asks Tamsin: “Racing or golf. Pick a metaphor.” Tamsin continues: “Like it or not, Bo and I are getting closer. Not just because we are living together, there’s something… amazing happening.” Lauren sighs: “I’m very happy for you. Still worried about Bo.” The two then look around and realize that Bo has vanished into thin air and Lauren calls out Bo’s name but there is no answer.
Bo is seen walking through the forest, then falling through a hidden trapdoor into a cave below, landing on her feet like a cat. She looks up and comments: “Glad I wasn’t a dog” before moving off into the darkness. There is the sound of crying and then Bo sees Cassis and the two other missing Oracles chained up and staked to the ground, imprisoned. As Bo approaches them, it is clear that all of their eyes have been damaged in someway, streams of blood running from where their eyes would be. Bo tries to comfort the trio as Lauren’s voice calls from where Bo fell through the trap door, Bo telling the Oracles that they are “safe now.”
After yet another commercial, Tamsin is seen kneeling beside a cardboard box inside of which Bo is curled up, acting more and more cat-like and not speaking. She paws at Tamsin’s hands a few times before Tamsin frustatingly asks: “Where is Dyson!” Dyson then enters the room and throws Seymour to the floor as Tamsin covers up Bo in her box with a blanket. Dyson reveals: “I checked out Seymour’s bank accounts. Seems that Heratio55 paid him off for information on Cassie.” Tamsin tells Dyson that she and Bo cleared Heratio, but Dyson comments: “Maybe she didn’t ask the right questions.” Tamsin looks at Seymour and asks: “You sold out your own flesh and blood?” Seymour explains: “It was business. What was I supposed to do? I had to get paid somehow. I don’t get paid to suck spirits.” When Tamsin tells Seymour he “just sucks”, Dyson comments: “You know Tamsin, maybe you are being a bit harsh.” Tamsin looks at Dyson oddly as he continues: “You know, it seems like Seymour here is just a bit down on his luck. That’s all.” Tamsin smirks: “Oh. Yeah. My heart really bleeds for him.” Dyson continues: “I’m just saying that not everyone has the same kind of luck that Bo has.” When Seymour asks what Dyson is talking about, Tamsin replies: “Oh, you know, some silly superstition. Only bought into by idiots.” as she walks over to the stuffed cat and stands beside it. Seymour tells Tamsin he’s listening and she continues: “It’s Bo’s lucky cat. See? Dumb.” Dyson comments: “What Tamsin is saying is the cat is imbued with an ancient spirit, brings luck to its owner.” Seymour asks if it works and Tamsin replies: “Not for you, it’s Bo’s.” Seymour then walks up to the cat, comments “Not anymore it isn’t” and then inhales deeply through his nose and pulls the cat, and the Aitvaras inside of himself. Seymour then grins, says: “I needed that!” and then rushes off saying: “I hate to snort and run but I’m off to Reno. Going to win me some kitty.” Tamsin smiles with her teeth clenched and comments quietly: “You have no idea.” as Seymour leaves. Tamsin then removes the blanket from the box where Bo is hidden which reveals Bo who is back to her normal self and asks: “Why am I in a box?” Dyson looks at Bo and comments: “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I hate cats.”
Cassie is then seen in Lauren’s clinic, her eyes bandaged and laying on a bed quietly. Dyson enters the room and asks Lauren how Cassie is doing, Lauren explains: “She woke up when the medics came to remove her from the cave, I had to give her a sedative.” When Dyson asks about her eyesight, Lauren sighs: “Well… We’ll do our best to repair the tissue damage but without the oculus our field is limited.” Lauren then tells Dyson that all three of the Oracles had their eyes removed and she cannot understand why this happened. Dyson then shows Lauren a file he is carrying which shows images of the man Bo met that called himself Heratio. Lauren recognizes the man as being Kevin Brown, who was one of the bodies from the elevator crash that Lauren once had in her clinic.
Bo is then seen in bed at home resting and staring at the box that her Father sent as a birthday present. Tamsin then enters the room wearing a dressing gown. Tamsin tells Bo: “I’m bad at birthdays” and then offers Bo a cupcake. Tamsin reveals that Lauren did try to make a cake and Bo replies: “So that’s what happened in the kitchen.” As Bo unwraps the cupcake, Tamsin tells Bo: “You were amazing today.” Bo takes a bite of the cupcake and comments: “If there is something better than this, I have not encountered it.” Tamsin then loosens her sash and reveals that underneath the dressing gown she is wearing a red ribbon and nothing more. Tamsin tells Bo: “Don’t be so sure. You still feeling lucky?” Bo stands up, the two share a long look at each other and then Bo takes hold of one of the ends of the ribbon, twining it around her hand and drawing Tamsin closer to her as she does so. Bo tosses the cupcake over her shoulder, then as she pulls the ribbon loose from Tamsin, says: “Happy birthday to me” the two embracing and dropping out of sight as the scene ends.
Returning from the last commercial break, Tamsin and Bo are in bed together, Tamsin asking: “Girls must have hated you. You’re beautiful even like this.” Bo smiles and asks: “Like what?” Tamsin explains: “Sad. I know that something’s been bugging you. I’ve tried to ignore it but… just tell me what it is.” Bo considers for a long moment, then explains: “I was born in Hel. I found out when I was in Tartarus. My dad is Hades.” Bo then jokes: “Family Christmas cards are going to be awkward this year huh?” Tamsin tells Bo: “That was him. Who I sat across from when I made the deal.” Tamsin then repeats the words she has spoken many times before: “Eyes both brown and blue.” Then she whispers: “That was Hades.” Tamsin asks if Bo talked with her father, Bo says she did not and it would not have made any difference if she did so. Bo then explains: “No matter how hard I try to get away from him. No matter how much good I try to do. He’ll always be part of me.” Bo then looks towards her father’s gift and adds: “And he’ll always find me.” Tamsin looks at the box, comments: “A gift from daddy.” then tells Bo: “When I was younger I used to think that Freya controlled me. Controlled how I felt, what I did, everything.” Bo asks what changed for Tamsin and she replies: “Me.” Bo asks if Tamsin “got empowered” but Tamsin smiles: “I got angry.” Bo confides that: “I need to find a way to separate myself from him for good. So he can never hurt my real family again. He’s trying to use me for something. Something terrible.” Tamsin’s answer is: “Then we won’t let him.”
Back at Lauren’s clinic, Lauren is watching over Cassie as she wakes up and cries out. After calming Cassie down, Lauren tells Cassie she is safe and is in Lauren’s clinic. Lauren then asks Cassie what she remembers so they can find the one responsible for what has happened. Lauren asks Cassie what she saw and Cassie’s answer is: “Everything. All of it. The universe, every single moment since the beginning of time. It was too much. The beginning. The end.” Lauren asks: “The end of what?” and “Who did this to you?” Cassie answers: “Me. I did. We did it to ourselves.” Lauren asks Cassie “Why would you remove your own eyes?” and she answers: “It was the only way to make it stop.”
The final scene of the episode shows Trick’s ledger being read, page by page, a finger tracing over the names in it until it stops on Bo’s name. Heratio’s voice says Bo’s name, then he is shown in a room with the ledger and a container which holds the missing eyes of the Oracles. Heratio then says: “Nice try succubus” as the episode comes to a close.
Fade to black…
Overall, I think this episode did mark a turning point in the season. Mainly that Mark needs to get killed, beaten to a pulp, tossed into a dumpster and left outside in the snow. Not necessarily in that order. Overall, the entire appearance of him could have never happened in the episode and it wouldn’t have been missed at all. It had so little to connect to the rest of the episode that it amounted to the waste of ten minutes of screen time. Ten minutes that could have been spent in more useful ways considering how the rest of the episode unfolded.
I find that Bo is becoming more and more unlikable as the season is progressing, and that’s mainly I think to the insistence of the writers to have her jumping in and out of relationships about as often as she changes clothes. This season’s Bo doesn’t connect with me all that well and as she is the main character, that’s a real problem. I won’t dwell on Kenzi being missing from the season too much save to say that if the reason for all of Bo’s “losing herself” comes to Kenzi not being there, that’s a bit of a cop out and will leave a really bad taste for me.
I don’t like that Trick has such a minor, almost non-existent role to play again in this episode. Trick-O-Pedia seems to be his role this season and as such I think that’s a waste of his character. If this season is supposed to be about family, and it did seem to have some bearing in this episode, then Trick should be more involved than he is. I think the writers just want to focus on “Bo’s bedmate of the week” and leave more tangible threads to the side.
The ongoing “fight” between Lauren and Tamsin over who’s more important to Bo is a plot arc that just has no reason to exist. There’s a better one that’s never happened in that Bo promised “The Talk” with Lauren a long time ago and its never happened. There’s the hanging question about Dyson as well. There’s enough in the “love triangle” to deal with, but no, no we can’t resolve those arcs, that would be too easy. So we’ll just pop Tamsin in there as well and make things more complicated going forwards because… sexy women in bed!
While I think the season is turning towards being better, finally, it isn’t that good a season as a whole and that’s the problem. There’s too much not to like and not enough to like. Bringing back Cassie was a good start in that she’s always been a good, strong, character with a past and her own personal issues to deal with. It shows some connections with the past in the series and that’s okay too. But some of the things surrounding Cassie seemed to be throwaway lines and thoughts which I think cheapened things. Dropping the comment offhand that Mayer was killed by the Una Mens was cheap. I would have been thrilled to see him return again this season. But it will never happen.
The one thing that did work, thankfully, in this episode was that there was some progress made on moving the main story arc forwards, the characters have an idea that something is going on, and there is every clue that next episode things will be driving towards the mid-season finale. The episode wasn’t a total waste, though some of it was. But is wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. Some of the best characters, Vex for one, were underused and others were played to be too out of touch or lost in their own worlds as the story went on.
But when things came to a focus in the moments where some important things were revealed, that made up for a lot of things… Just not everything or as much as needed to be.
On to the characters in the episode…
Bo… The cat personality was cute, I will give it that, but… no. Didn’t like the cat tail or really anything else of that thread. I thought the moments between Tamsin and Bo had some good moments, but as well there was the oddest feeling that something wasn’t right. Then comes “Daddy’s Gift” and where that goes will be something to see. I think Bo is less “human” in a lot of ways now and that’s the larger shame. As well, Succubus or not, she doesn’t need to bed anything that walks by. She was supposed to be controlling herself, be in control and that seems to happening less and less. It’s a shame.
Dyson…Blink and you miss him. A phone call, an argument in Trick’s lair and reading a file with Lauren. Not much to see in this episode and as such really nothing happened with him.
Lauren. Most of this episode was slapstick for her and some of those moments were really funny, but along with them there was a lot of whining and carrying on that just didn’t fit with her character. I don’t like “oh I feel so sorry for myself” Lauren. She’s a better character than that and as such I expected more from her. I also do not believe that she would forget Bo’s birthday, that just wouldn’t happen. Too much out of character moments and I didn’t like that.
Tamsin: Bitchy, catty, in your face Tamsin with Lauren had it’s moments. Tamsin in bed with Bo had a moment or two as well. But she was a bit too “flighty” for me this episode in that she seemed to be a bit scatterbrained at moments and that didn’t fit with what we know about her.
Trick. Ten seconds of Trick-o-pedia, one birthday gift, and a torn ledger. Sad really considering what he knows, what stories could be told and more. This is an ongoing thing that needs to end and get Trick back into the story proper.
Vex. A snide remark, a fight, and then a lot of snickering while Dyson and Mark “chat.” This didn’t feel like Vex and especially after the previous episode it just doesn’t work at all.
Mark. Still want him shot and other things done to him. The most dislikable character in the series and that’s saying something. The personality of a wet noodle wrapped in an egg roll and dipped in vinegar. It’s gotten to the point where I turn off the sound until the scene is over. Will someone please just remove him from existence?
Cassie. I really like her a lot, more than anything her attitude of “I’ve been through this before, let’s get to the chase” which considering her past worked well. She both suffered the most and had the largest role of the secondary characters this episode and as such there’s more to tell… Now if it is we might be getting somewhere.
Seymour. Every bit the little twerp he was when we last saw him and in a way he got his just desserts. A little slimy in his own way, but better than Mark’s kind of slimy.
Heratio. He’s… meh… to be honest. I don’t care for how he acts for the most part, but it’s the overwhelming sense of “being God’s gift to women” that gets to me. There’s a point to him being in the story obviously and it would be nice to get there.
Iris. Another Kenzi wannabe it felt like. Didn’t care for the “wow! everything is amazing!” attitude she had and as well the entire “I know something but I’m not going to say” personality just made me roll my eyes. A good match for Mark in a lot of ways and I’m almost hoping she does him in before Bo does her in.
Kat. Fae Porn star light. The tongue effects were… different. And to be honest I was wondering if she was a true succubus in a lot of ways. But she was a bit too cardboard and stereotypically bimboish for me.
Of the rest of the secondary characters, I liked the balloon delivery Fae, I really wanted to know if he knew Trick and what his background was. The other two Oracles were mainly just for effect and atmosphere, but they might be back again… we’ll see. Everyone else was window dressing and setting and didn’t stick in my mind at all when the episode was over.
I was disappointed, but at least not quite as much as the last episode. That means there is some hope for things to get better right? I’ll keep my fingers crossed and see I think…
My Review of When God Opens a Window
Keeping my interest – 2 Pitchforks
Portrayal of a Succubus – 1 Pitchforks
Overall look and feel – 2 Pitchforks
Storyline – 3 Pitchforks
Main Characters – 4 Pitchforks
Mythos – 4 Pitchforks
Overall Rating – 2.6 Pitchforks out of 5
A very small improvement in this week’s episode as a whole and to be honest if Mark wasn’t part of this episode I would have been more thrilled by it overall. The problem is when such a unlikeable character appears and just sucks, literally, character-wise and personality-wise, I can’t separate him from everything else.
The thing of this season so far is that there isn’t the “togetherness” of the cast, the stories, and most of all, the clear intent which happened more in the second season and to an extent in the third. This season just seems to be going through the motions and that just doesn’t spell good things for the series. Pumping out the episodes for the sake of doing so with stories that don’t connect with the past we know leaves more questions than answers and a bad feeling for those that have been with the series from the beginning.
I did manage to keep involved with a lot of the episode this time, but there was always the thought that Mark was going to appear again, be an ass, and then I just lost interest in the episode again. That’s a roller coaster that isn’t good to be riding on for any reason. Having Mark’s moments pop in right when things were interesting wrecked the episode, my interest, and as such I couldn’t keep with things live. If I wasn’t doing episode reviews and recaps I would have turned the channel.
Bo was a Succubus exactly once. And in that she just used her powers to try to get some information before everything went to “cat” and back. Bo was more Catwoman than Succubus for this episode and while that had it’s moments, that single image of Bo walking off with a cat’s tail will be the low point for me in the series.
A lot of outdoor scenes this episode, a few locations in the city that I thought worked well and as I know exactly where two of those locations are, to see them as they normally are and as they were in this episode was a bit of a revelation for me. Nice to see the Dal and Trick’s lair, even if one was a bar fight and the other was a bad blue movie scene. I think the one item in the episode that was the most interesting was Bo’s present from her father. But that was made years ago for a Lost Girl commercial and as such shows that “aging” well. It would be nice to see more of the Dal, or Bo’s place than the usual scenes… never will happen though.
Setting aside the one single story plot that I wished didn’t happen this episode, there was a good solid plot involving the Oracles, it told a good story, it connected with the overall season arc and it made for what I thought would be a throwaway episode something a lot more than it could have been. That was the single most interesting part of the episode, but it was the side stories, the cattiness of so many of the characters in this episode that took away from it. I really wanted to like the episode more than I did, but one single character doomed things.
Speaking of characters, I thought there was a good deal of character development for the main characters and as well some of the secondary characters shined well too. But there was the lump of coal, of course, which was disappointing. I can see where some of the threads seem to be pointing to, and in that comes a good deal of optimism for me that the season will be better than it seems right now. We just need to get rid of that one thing to get back to the core characters, their relationships, and what it all means to them.
The universe mythos expanded quite a lot as well this episode, we saw three of the Oracles, there was a new kind of Fae talked about and seen, we learned what kind of Fae Seymour was as well. The ball was dropped with Kat however, which was disappointing. Still the secrets of the “possessed three” came a bit more this episode and brought with them a lot of questions as well. All really good a positive things… Just some of the situations were sadly lacking.
So there was some good things that just managed to overcome the bad in this episode. I can hope that the coming week brings more of that for one and getting rid of the characters that don’t need to be on the series at all and serve only to make the episodes harder to watch. I don’t care for eye candy with no story or meaning. That’s what is happening a lot now and that shouldn’t be. The main story arc needs to be the focus, and it at least made an appearance, which is an improvement. Now get the series rolling, get to the point, and soon before it’s too late.
It might be already. I hope not…
Next Week: Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts
Bo and Tamsin infiltrate the world of college football to investigate a homicide that might expose the Fae. Dyson investigates a murder victim who won’t stay dead.
And maybe Mark gets killed when he gets run over by an entire football team of angry Fae? Torn limb from limb and left bleeding to death while Tamsin leads the cheerleaders in celebrating? Can you tell that I really want him out of the series as fast as possible?
But I digress.
From the preview images of this upcoming episode it’s clear that Tamsin is a cheerleader and Bo is likely the coach of the team, which actually is pretty funny considering that Tamsin isn’t really all that much of a “cheerleader” at times all things considered. But this really feels like another waste of an episode at least in the main story. However, Dyson looking into the “person that won’t die” problem could move the main season arc forwards quite a lot so that is a positive development I think.
What gets me however, is that there seems to be a lot of various, scattered ideas and plots that run rampant lately and it just makes it harder and harder to keep interested in the series. Being that things seem to have bottomed out, at least for me, this season, I have some hopes that the next episode manages to hold my interest. But I don’t think I will be able to watch if Mark becomes “the hero” of the football team. That would be pushing the limits of what I can stand I think.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense that the series doesn’t start to focus on the main plot now and running forwards. We are well past the first half of this broken in two season and as such it seems to me that there should be some continuity between episodes and in the series. There isn’t a lot of growth in the characters, Bo is becoming more and more unlikeable and as the main character of the series that does not make any sense at all.
We’ve lost Kenzi, we’re losing everyone else it seems, bit by bit. At the end of all of this mess, after all of the completely uninteresting moments that seem to be so often on the screen, in dealing with new characters that simply make me want to turn the channel and walk away…
There had better be a good reason for all of this. Seriously.
This isn’t what Lost Girl started as, but it’s becoming what I have always feared it might be.
I fear the world’s popcorn supply will be in crisis very soon…