Nov 29, 2012


Wow, that was a quite a roller coaster! Very exciting episode, although, now I can't really imagine, what happens next.

Dexter takes Hanna to a small boat trip, but she looks stiff and pale and hardly enjoys it: she's afraid of water since her father nearly drowned her, when teaching her to swim. When she asks Dexter if he ever was scared like that, he pulls the usual self mumbling "I don't know", but very conveniently he is called for work: to take a look at a burned man's body. "It was a suicide", concludes one weird arson investigator. But it takes just one more burned person to make Dex suspect that the arson guy is responsible for this.

Isaak has a problem: Koshkas sent two guys to kill him, sadly they are nothing like those amateurs from Colombian drug cartel he could finish with one hand, they are professional hitmen, so to survive he needs help. And who could help him if not Dexter Morgan? When Sirko outlines the situation and offers to stop his vendetta, if Dex would give him a hand, he gets in response: "I'll take my chances". So arrogant. But secretly Dexter doesn't want Isaak be killed by somebody else, either because he wants to end him himself, or he just feels they have a lot in common.

So Isaak has no choice but to take Hannah hostage. He threatens Dexter that if he doesn't get help, his associate, Jurg, will kill her. Dexter runs to his sister and asks her to pull off the surveillance. She's obviously unhappy when she learns who he's doing it for, but eventually agrees.

Dexter stabs one of the killers, Oleg, easily, at the firing range, in the broad light with people around. To get to the second hitman, Benjamin, Dex wants to let the guy follow him to a safe place and finish him there. Also, while having a video call with Hannah, Dexter takes a screenshot of her, which helps him realize that Jurg's keeping Hannah in the house of one of the Colombians Isaak recently killed. He asks Debra to find out which house this is.

Benjamin follows Dex to a cargo ship, as expected, and is successfully killed there by Isaak. However, before that, the guy mentioned the place where he was going to to George, who was afraid Sirko would brutally murder him if he stayed alive, so George appeared there as well and shot Isaak. Dexter wanted to call an ambulance, but dying Sirko asked him to bury him at sea instead, to be reunited with Viktor.

Hannah tries to escape and is attacked Jurg. She kills him with a lamp, but he wounds her, so she passes out. Debra finds them and calls an ambulance. In the hospital Hannah asked her why she just did not let her die, and Deb replied that she's not like them and she doesn't want to feel responsible for anyone's death.

When Dexter enters the ward, she leaves, after confirming that Sirko's been taken care of. Dexter then answers that question Hannah earlier asked about him ever being really scared. He said he was twice: first, when his mother was chopped in pieces in front of him, and now, when he thought he might never see Hannah again.

Maria comes to Tom Matthews and tells him about her investigation on Bay Harbor Butcher case. At first he sends her to hell, but then he agrees to help her if she helps him ensure his pension first. I think he wants to double-cross her.

And Quinn beats up George for sleeping with Nadia (George did that to pay back to Quinn for not returning his calls) and leaves the club with her.

So, finally, Dexter has accepted his feelings for Hannah, though, looking back at his history with women, I have a feeling she won't survive (in the best case scenario, won't stay out of jail) and  by the end of the season it'll be over.

Maria's investigation is finally moving somewhere, which is certainly promising, but I still can't figure out, how is it that she suddenly became good at this job? Where were her wonderful insights before?

I was also sad to see Isaak go, I liked this character a lot. Oh well.

Score: 10/10

Nov 27, 2012


Well, I've never thought it would come to this, but "Lineage" is the worst episode of Revenge I've seen so far. All of the background stories were cheesy, far-fetched, and pretty much unnecessary. Not much to add, really.

2006, Thanksgiving day. Emily, along with Takeda, is trying to infiltrate some Russian cartel specializing in human trafficking to find out what happened to a girl named Coleen, whose disappearance is somehow connected with the Initiative and the notorious plane explosion David Clarke was convicted for. That's when she met Ashley, who was then planning to start a successful prostitution career, and Aiden, who happened to be Coleen's brother, and so he planned to avenge her kidnapping and possible death. He basically sabotaged Emily's operation and killed Dmitry Bladov, the only guy who could know where Coleen was. But in spite o that, Emily asked Takeda to be Aiden's sensei as well.

It was a little funny that Emily and Takeda planned their operation in an abandoned building, like that fellow from Arrow. But gosh, Emily VanCamp looked pretty there.

Jack and Declan's father, Carl, is still alive and is trying to stand up to some racketeer, who obviously was Kenny's dad. Long story short, the racketeer is killed by another small business owner with Carl's gun.

NolCorp goes public, all thanks to the company CFO, Marco Romero, who also happens to be Nolan's boyfriend at the time. This story line was extremely poor, the dialogues - not less than pathetic. The CFO finds out that the account on Cayman Islands with half a billion dollars from NolCorp is empty. At first, Nolan doesn't want to share with him where this money went. So Marco says "See, I'm your CFO. And you can't tell me where nearly half a billion dollars went? That doesn't work for me." Pff. After a while Nolan does say it was given to David Clarke's daughter and when Marco shockingly wonders if Nolan is insane, he replies "if you don't get that, then I don't think we have a future together". Pffff. Really? You don't want to explain the situation better?  Anyway, at least now we know why Mr. Ross wouldn't hire a new CFO for the audit. Too many painful memories.

Finally, the Graysons. Victoria's mother, Marion Harper, whose career was basically marrying rich men, came to a dinner at Graysons to introduce her new fiancee, Ben. Victoria tells the story about how her mother shot one of the men when he refused to marry her and made her daughter take the fall for it. Shortly after, Victoria was kicked out of home at the age of fifteen, because Marion's new boyfriend  seemed to be attracted to her more than to her mother. After hearing that, Ben casually says to Mrs. Harper he doesn't want to see her again, and Victoria  throws her out of the house, knowing that she has no place to go. It turned out this was all orchestrated and Ben was hired by Vic and Conrad.

Well, this part of story was almost OK, since all those  bitchy lines between Victoria and her mom were sort of fun. Still, it was below average, starting with the fact that mother and daughter looked the same age. I know that the actress playing Marion, Adrienne Barbeau, is about thirteen years older than Madeleine Stowe, but it doesn't help. They look equally old, end of story. Plus the choice of Grace Fulton to play Victoria is kind of iffy - she looks nothing like Stowe (except for dark hair). In regards to the plot, I do believe that this incident with killing the man was not really necessary. The fact that Marion kicked her daughter out of her house over a pedophile was a good reason for hatred, murder just made it over the top and frankly, non-believable.

Oh, and Daniel wanted to be a poet back then, but his parents just wouldn't let him (surprise).

2012. After sleeping with Aiden, Emily shows him his secret box with all materials about her father. It didn't take her that long to trust him again now, did it?
Daniel calls the Marco to talk about NolCorp and the guy is very interested.
Victoria and Conrad want to save Daniel from the Initiative, so they plan on preventing him from becoming the CEO of Grayson Global.

Victoria, Kenny, Aiden, Marco. Daniel. Victoria's mom, maybe. The need for revenge drives everybody's motives in this series, I get it. I doubt we needed the whole episode dedicated the root of their vindictiveness, though.

 Score 3/10

Nov 26, 2012


I want once again to compliment the fact that the creators stopped using those far-fetched crimes that had very little to do with the main story. It's already the second episode that I actually enjoyed, and there was no jealous boyfriend, or jealous husband, or jealous co-worker to blame for another murder in Vegas. Double murder, to be precise.


Farmers found the bodies of David Cornaro and his bodyguard. The news spread fast, so Milwaukee's best, Mr. Jones, comes back to Vegas to avenge Cornaro's death (It was funny, how they attempted to hold an intrigue on who arrived at the airport. I figured it was Jones when I saw his suitcases). "What business are you in?" asks the policeman, while checking Jones' id. "Wholesale butchery", he answers. I thought it was a funny line.

Savino is both furious with his subordinates, who were stupid enough to bury Cornaro in the farm, and terrified for his life. As he was talking to his crew about the unfortunate situation, one of his man and a witness were being killed by Jones, practically just outside the Savoy.

Ralph asks Savino to tell him who killed Cornaro. After he is refused, he floods the casino with cops, "to protect civilians", but actually, to freeze all operations. The news about Savoy closure reached Angelo, and to make peace with Milwaukee he wants to give them the Tumbleweed.

While Lamb and his siblings were trying to find Jones without any success, he showed up at the Savoy, pretending to be a carpet salesman. However, the cop that was checking his ID earlier at the airport recognized him and followed him. When Jones took out his Czechoslovakian gun, the cop told him to drop it and got shot. Savino heard this, run out of his office and wounded Jones.

Ralph and his entourage arrive shortly, extremely upset about the wounded cop. So Savino tells them the name of the shooter (if that's his real name). Ralph then detains Savino and drives him to the ranch. Jones hears the news about Vince's arrest and calls the police station, pretending to be working for a judge and learns from one very talkative deputy where Vincent is really held. Jones then asks for a couple of Milwaukee men and heads to the ranch. But since the talkative cop also mentions the phone conversation he had with Jones to the other (smarter) guys, Jack figures who the caller was and warns Ralph, and so after a short gunfight, Milwaukees were done.

Angelo and Rizzo come for Vincent, they need to clear things up with the Milwaukee mob, but Savino feels the threat. They drive to the place off the beaten track, no Milwaukees there. Angelo then says that to make a peace with the other group, Savino has to be killed. Rizzo points the gun at Vince and...

Shoots Angelo. Aparrenty, Chicago guys did not like that Angelo wanted to give the Tumbleweed away, so they approved his murder. Rizzo is in charge now, which means difficult times for Savino just began.

Oh and Grady won the election.

Overall, it was a great episode, but I still want to give some critique. A lot of things happening in Vegas lead nowhere. I understand that the series was based on the memoir of some sort, but they still give us some excessive, meaningless details. For instance, why was it necessary for Jones to be wounded by Savino? It didn't matter to the story at all. Just like Ralph hitting Savino in the face after some questions about his deceased wife. Or the D.A. taking Mia out. Or Katherine talking to Laura. None of this had any continuation and because of all this, the story loses focus. They have to work on that.

Score 10/10 (only because it was better than all the other episodes of Vegas)

Nov 25, 2012


Finally! They managed to think of a crime that would actually connect the two worlds of mobsters and cops. So my whining didn't go in vain.


Ted Bennett, the mayor, sends auditors to watch Savoy's financial operations, which made it hard for Savino to fulfill his mobster duties. Vincent is outraged, so he goes to the mayor's office and yells at Ted, who shows no intention of reversing his decision. Vince promises Ted would regret this and decides to support the opposing candidate for the mayor's office, George Grady (Gil Bellows). The guy does not look particularly promising, so Vince and his wife put a lot of effort in preparing him for the upcoming debate.

Around the same time Mia discovers fake chips in Savoy, so Vince orders his crew to find one guy and interrogate him about this. The guy seems to have pretty strong spirit, though, and even head dipping to the toilet couldn't make him say a word. Well, mainly because he knew nothing.

A dentist Howard Safran is murdered. Turns out he was quite a gambler and owed a lot of cash (nearly forty grand) to some bookie. However, after Ralph talked to the bookie, he learnt that the dentist recently paid his debt. Ralph and Jack went to visit a place the Howard rented and found some fake Savoy chips made out of dental cement. Alas, the supplies are gone, which means that more chips are about to get to the casino.

So the law and the mob had to unite their powers.They discovered that one night one of Savoy cashiers has cashed several times the amount of just under $2000. The house policy was that for amounts under 2k the cashier did not have to ask for any documents, a policy not known to the general public (although, I'm pretty sure that serious gamblers would know that by now anyway). The total sum added up to the dentist's debt, so obviously, the cashier was helping him out. Ralph took the cashier to the police station to ask her about her accomplice. It was her boyfriend.

In a meanwhile, Savino, who also found out about the cashier's boyfriend from other employees, got to the place where the guy lived. Vince planned to kill the guy, however, Ralph stopped him, so Savino had to be content with just hitting the guy in the face.

As I said I'm glad they finally found a way to connect the two worlds into one compelling story, so it was a pretty fine episode. One thing surprised me, though: Kathrine knew all the faces of the Chicago mob, but not  Laura Savino? A little unprofessional, isn't it? And why would she help Bennet with elections? I thought DA's assistant has better things to do. Finally, why does Savino always wear his hat when he's about to do some dirty business?

Score: 10/10 

Nov 24, 2012


"Argentina" is created in the best traditions of any TV soap opera produced in South America, so I wonder if the episode title actually hinted on this fact. It also had a little touch of Dostoyevsky, rolling around the idea that everyone needs a place to go to, a place to feel like home.

Overall, it felt a bit like a filler, with nothing really interesting happening. In a nutshell, Dexter gets to the top of the love triangle, with Hannah and Debra on the other sides. We also learn the true origins of Isaak's excessive desire to avenge Viktor's death.

It starts with Dex and Hannah having breakfast after the night they spent together, just like any normal couple. The calendar on Hannah's wall with a picture of Argentina leads to a conversation where she explains why this country has a special meaning for her - it feels like home.

After that Dex leaves his safe place and tries to convince his sister that killing Hannah won't do any good to her, he says she wouldn't be able to be at peace with herself, should he proceed. Debra doesn't seem to agree, but he puts his foot down.

So to make her feel better, Dex goes to the doughnut shop and is assassinated there by Sirko, who managed to get rid of his police tail. Dexter obviously survives and after telling his sister about the incident, he gets the carte blanche from her to deal with the crazy avenger. However, turns out that Dexter has a competitor: George gets an approval from his Ukrainian bosses to get rid of Sirko, since his little vendetta puts Koshka's drug business in jeopardy. Around the same time Dexter gets a message from his mother-in-law that Rita's father is having an operation, so Astor, Cody and Harrison have to go to Miami, but since it's too dangerous to be in Dexter's apartment with Isaak on the loose, Debra agrees to let the kids stay in her place instead. Dex also tells Hannah about Isaak, and she gives him an advice: he must gather more information about the guy. She gives him her van so he could follow Sirko in a vehicle no one knows is his.

Dexter breaks into Sirko's apartment, where he finds another "hitman", waiting for the owner. Instead of just letting the guy do his job, Dex slits his throat and leaves the body. When Isaak finds the corpse in his place, he figures out that George and the bosses decided to take him out. As his right hand asks who could kill the assassin, Isaak says: well, that's a job for the police, isn't it?".

And so the police, including Dexter, comes to investigate this murder. Dexter briefly describes what happened and leaves to spend some time with the kids on the beach. Hanna comes there as well, to get one of the keys she gave Dex together with her car keys and learn that he has a son and two step-children. She says she'd want to meet them someday.

A little later  Dexter comes to check on how Debra is doing with the kids and she recognizes the key holder. She asks if he's sleeping with Hannah, he confesses he has feelings for her. Debra freaks out and in her hysteria lets out that she was (maybe still is) in love with him.

After being kicked out from Deb's apartment, Dexter follows Isaak to a gay bar, where he learns that Baskov was Isaak's great love.

That's pretty much it, from other events, Quinn had to work for George again, Batista opened his restaurant, Astor smokes pot and Maria learns that Dexter moved his boat when the police learnt about Bay Harbor Butcher existence.


Everybody seems to be talking about how revolting the phrase "Baby needs colostrum" was. I don't know, I maybe managed to grow very thick skin, but it didn't do the trick for me. So a serial, sick-minded killer is sucking on his victim's breast - big deal! She wasn't even dead, had he done that on Wendy, maybe then I'd make a wry face. Anyway, I must say "The Origins of Monstrosity" was a rather uneventful episode and at the end of it I was left with "That's it???" expression on my face.

We did finally go back to the 2012 part of the story, and this time it was quite frankly one of the highlights of this week's narration. A voice behind the screen calls 911 and tells to send the police to the abandoned sanitarium, the voice clearly belongs to Zachary Quinto. Does that mean that Bloody Face 2012 and the one from 1964 are the same person? Who knows. So when the police enters the Briarcliff, they see the Bloody Face copycats (or the impostors, as the voice calls them), hanging with their masks on.

This scene reminded me of how Dylan McDermott's character died last season, hanged by the ghosts of Franklin copycats. Regardless, it looked pretty cool.

Then the policemen hear the iphone ring, and find Leo's hand with the phone. Guess who's calling? Mr. Bloody Face! He just wanted to say he did not kill Leo, only the impostrors. As one of the officers starts to wonder where Teresa is, we see her lying on a table, tied, just the way she normally likes it. And Bloody Face is in the room.

About forty-eight years earlier, Mrs. Reynolds brings one of her daughters, Jenny (Nikki Hahn), to the Briarcliff, she suspects the girl stabbed her little friend in the woods. Despite all the pleas of a devastated mother, Sister Jude, who apparently hasn't really left the asylum yet, was relentless: there's no children ward in the institution. And so the woman did what she had to do: left the bad seed behind. Little did she know that her daughter's babysitter in Briarcliff would be the Devil herself. And that was the second highlight of the episode.

The way Sister Mary Eunice taught Jenny the cruel truths, like that there's no God and that people should do what they want - it all felt so authentic, this is exactly what the Devil would say. I loved it. I also loved how the girl went back home and stabbed the entire family, and how she made the statement to the police about a bearded man in a brown jacket, almost word-to-word repeating the story she told after she killed her friend.

Sister Jude received a call from Sam Goodman. Ann Frank could have been fake, but Hans Grouper really got his new name, Arthur Arden, with the help of the Red Cross. Sam gives Jude a task: she has to obtain Arden's fingerprint.

Monsignor Timothy is called to perform the last rites on transformed Shelley, whom he recognized despite all the blisters. He strangled her and for the first time realized how horrible the experiments that Dr. Arden carried out really were. Turns out when Timothy came to take a look at the purchased Briarcliff two years ago, Arden was there, working as a physician for TB patients. He saw the ambition in Timothy's eyes, he convinced the monsignor that the experiments on human subjects would lead to a medical breakthrough, which won't be unnoticed in Rome. Now that Timothy saw the nature of these tests, he calls Arden a monster and threatens to expose the horrible things doctor did. Dr. Arden says that he won't go down alone, so why not forget about the whole thing instead and concentrate on the real threat here: Sister Jude, she's onto something.

So the monsignor sends Jude to run a place in Pittsburg. But she won't go so easy: she comes to Arden's lab with a bottle of cognac and gets his fingerprint. Unfortunately, Sister Mary Eunice, celebrating Jude's departure while wearing her red lingerie, answers the phone and talks to Mr. Goodman. She then goes to his place and stabs him. When Jude arrives it's too late, but Sam, covered in blood, managed to tell her that some nun killed him. In a meanwhile, Mary Eunice gives some of the materials Sam found to Dr. Arden. He's now safe and can continue working on a super race that would resist Russian nuclear bombs (perhaps, this idea came to Arden after Cuban missile crisis?)

Lana wakes up to the kitchen noises. She looks around and sees photos of Wendy's pupils and Wendy herself and happily thinks it all was a dream and she's in her bedroom now. Alas, the moment of blissful ignorance did not last: Oliver's loud sigh made her realize that she's still locked in the basement of a serial killer. She yells. He says it won't help: "Obviously, the basement is soundproof". But he made her croque-monsieur and tomato soup - "the nutmeg makes all the the world" (does it, though? I only feel the difference when I overuse it). It's breakfast that a typical mother would make. Only Oliver had no mother, he grew up in an orphanage, with no access to human touch. He was always self aware, and so he knew there was something wrong with him. Seeking for the cure he turned to psychiatry and only when he saw the corpse of a 33 years old woman, he realized what he was missing. He mentions the Harlow studies to Lana, a series of experiments where baby monkeys, separated from their mothers, faced the choice between two surrogates: one covered with terrycloth and the other one being made out of mesh wire.

-Every monkey preferred the terrycloth covered mother. Even if it didn't have milk, - Oliver explains.
-Because of the warmth?
-Because of the skin!

But the corpse's skin was no good. Neither was that of a freshly killed women. It is all behind him now that he has finally found his real mommy - Lana.

Lana gets manipulative. She thanks him for the breakfast, she holds his hand, she says she understands how it's like to feel abandoned, but when Oliver is distracted by a phone call from Kit, who calls his former shrink a liar, she tries to break the chain and escape. He obviously finds out and is crashed. She wants to abandon him! She's just like all of them! He puts his mask on, he has to finish it. And it's all her fault! He had such great hopes for her when he saw her for the fist time, no silly, before the Briarcliff, when she was all polished and ambitious, almost cold blooded, telling her colleague she wanted to see the child, the precious baby inside Bloody Face. Eventually, Lana manages to convince Oliver that she is his mommy, so he doesn't kill her yet.

What can I say, the acting, the dialogues and the camera work: all of that was amazing, as always. I just wish there was a little more progress, that's all. Among the performances my favorite was definitely Lily Rabe's, she rocked! Also, a tip of the hat to Joseph Fiennes - before this episode I felt that he was overshadowed by other actors, this time he really delivered.

The main question for me is if Mary Eunice tried to frame Jude with Sam's murder, like she framed that poor chronic masturbator, who ended up injected with a mix of TB and syphilis on Arden's table, or will Sister Jude just leave for Pittsburg now? The second question is if Dr.Thredson really is the one killing people in 2012?

We haven't heard anything about Grace or the aliens either, I hope the creatures will abduct Kit from prison. Otherwise, I don't see how he could get out of there alive.

Update: Murphy has confirmed that Dylan McDermott is the modern Bloody Face and not Quinto. Oh well.

Nov 17, 2012


The top story, of course, was that Dr. Thredson turned out to be Bloody Face. I wasn't shocked, after the last episode he was my number one suspect, leading by wide margin.

We still know very little about the guy. He has some mommy issues (remember what  the devil told him about his mother giving him up?), which could partially explain his need for killing women, but not the disgusting mask or his passion for making lampshades out of human skin (it is claimed that this material has been used for making things like bags and lampshades in Nazi Germany during the Second World War, that's the reference what comes to my mind). I wonder if he does anything with the heads (except for the tableware), like, I don't know, shrinking them?

It doesn't seem that he's going to murder Lana, well, not right away at least, because she still has to tell his story to the world. I think, in the coming episodes he might perform his usual actions on Wendy, so that Lana would get first hand experience, so to say. And what the hell is he wearing on top of his denim shirt? Looks like some kind of a lingerie, so he is pretty f**ked up, isn't he?

OK, maybe Lana does not actually deserve to be appraised professionally after all, she showed nothing but the lack of journalistic instincts so far, messing and teaming up with the wrong people. I understand that she was worried about Wendy and the Briarcliff is not exactly a five star spa resort, so she quite desperately wanted to get out, but shouldn't she have asked Oliver a couple of personal questions before she run away with him?

Sister Jude goes back to her old way of life, but is she done with the Briarcliff? I don't think so. I suppose something extraordinary will bring her back. Will it be Kit's arrest or additional information about Arden from Goodman, or something completely different, like another accident? Not sure, but she surely can't just leave for good.

The devil in Sister Eunice seems to cooperate with Arden out of ambition, but the fact that Shelley is brought to the playground instead of the woods makes me think that there's more to it. Did she want to have Dr. Arden's experiments revealed in a much bolder way, publicly, so that no one from the Briarcliff management could hide it? Wicked.

Kit's women keep getting abducted by aliens. This story line is very unclear to me, I have literally no idea if aliens are real and why they are being so selective. Is Alma really alive and if yes, whose baby is she carrying? What happened to Grace when she was abducted? Did aliens do to her the same thing they did to Dana Scully, i.e. stole her eggs? Only questions so far.

Finally, was Anne Frank real or not? On the one hand, many facts suggest that she wasn't, but I'm just not ready to close this case.

And instead of drawing a conclusion, I'll just celebrate the fact that FX has recently renewed American Horror Story for the third season! Nothing's clear about the synopsis or the cast yet, except for Jessica Lange starring again (obviously), but I do hope it's gonna be something great!

Nov 16, 2012


Now that my obsession with American Horror Story is officially back, there'll be no lack of exclamation marks in my posts about the show.

The second part of "I am Anne Frank" was truly amazing: it was dark, exciting, twisted, answering some question while raising others - in other words, everything I loved about the first season of the series.

In this episode the aliens are misbehaving again, Shelley's out in the world in her new form, Sister Jude gives up on her dreams for Briarcliff, and... the identity of Bloody Face is revealed! So I don't have to suspect anyone else in being the cruel murderer anymore, yay! Plus another barbaric treatment method has been introduced, a lobotomy, which seems to be highly effective at turning crazy women into perfect housewives.


Sister Jude comes to the person mother Claudia was talking about: it's a former prisoner of one of the concentration camps, Mr. Goodman. She gives him information about Dr. Arden and asks him to check if her beloved coworker was really a Nazi doctor. Goodman tells her that he actually might be, as the best Nazi scientists were provided fake bios at some point. He also mentions that Arden may have his blood type tattooed somewhere on his arm - all SS guys had it.

Meanwhile, Anne Frank wants to uncover the real face of Dr. Arden. She walks out of his lab pointing a gun at him and asks for Sister Jude, but it's only Sister Eunice who's available. Anne tells her to go and look at Shelley and Eunice disappears in the room. Ms. Frank wanted then to put a bullet into Arden's head, but one of the guards, Frank, makes her drop the gun.

When Anne regains her consciousness, she finds herself tied to the bed, and Sister Jude is standing besides. Jude asks the patient about the creature she saw, because they could not find anything in Arden's lab. Sister Eunice interrupts and says that a man, claiming to be Anne's husband has arrived to take his wife home.

The man says that after Anne, whose real name is Charlotte, gave a birth to their son, she's gone a bit obsessed with Anne Frank and Auschwitz. The baby was constantly crying, so she went, as he puts it, "cuckoo". Now he wants to take her home. Dr. Thredson overhears Jude and the man talking and says that it is dangerous to release a psychotic Anne/Charlotte from the hospital, but Jude insists that the patient goes home (she's probably afraid of Arden's payback) and so Charlotte is released.

Kit is released from the solitary and Sister Jude (according to Sister Eunice) has changed her mind and no longer wants to have him sterilized. Nothing's changed for Grace, though, she's still having the procedure. Grace goes berserk and yells for some time. As she calms down, she sees the light. The aliens are here.

Dr. Thredson tricks Kit into recording a confession about the murders, it'll help Kit remember what happened if he hears it in his own words, doctor says. After confirming that Oliver still plans to diagnose him as crazy, Kit goes along with it.

Sister Jude calls Goodman and tells him she gave him "wrong information". At the very moment Arden lets himself in (with a dog-headed cane) and tells Jude he will press charges against her and will call the Monsignor to ask for her dismissal.

After this little conversation, Arden is back in his office, where Sister Eunice is waiting for him. She apologizes for the "seduction" scene, and he take this opportunity to thank her for "protecting" him, i.e. for getting rid of Shelley before anyone else saw her. He thinks Mary Eunice took the poor mutant to the woods, but the Devil rarely plays by the book; so the next scene we see Shelley's climbing up the stairs near some nursery school playground, and she is seen by children and their teacher. I bet these kids are traumatized forever!

Charlotte is brought back to the Briarcliff, because she apparently attempted to suffocate her baby (I wouldn't blame her, that is one noisy kid). Sister Jude tries to convince her husband let Charlotte stay with the family longer, but he's convinced she needs professional help of people like Dr. Thredson. Jude probably thinks Thredson will convince the man to take his wife some place else, so she asks Frank to find him and send him to her office.
Charlotte VS Arden pt.2!

Dr. Thredson is escaping with Lana. As they get to the car, Frank catches up with them (he doesn't notice Lana, though), and tells Oliver that Sister Jude asked for him. Thredson says to that:

"I don't work here anymore, Frank. As a matter of fact, I never did", - a very peculiar wording, considering what happens next.

Dr. Arden convinces Charlotte's husband that she needs a lobotomy and performs it. The next time we see this woman, she's nothing but a perfect housewife. Only a few photos of Nazis on the wall remind of her obsession, and guess who's on one of them? But of course, Dr. Arden, standing behind Hitler himself!

At the same time Frank informs Sister Jude that Lana Winters disappeared. She understands that it's pretty much over for her now and tells Frank about a baby squirrel she had as a child, which died and prayers did not help resurrect it. Frank says he never thought she had a chance with this project, men would never let a woman to succeed. Eventually, Jude goes back where she belongs: to the world of dry martinis, cheesy songs and one night stands.

Lana and Oliver arrive at his modern-looking house. He convinces her to stay with him for the night, and go public the next day. He says she's gonna win a Pulitzer for telling his story. She doesn't get it. He turns on the lamp with two nipples, attracts her attention to the bowl of mints, made of scull and looks creepy. She starts to realize something and excuses herself. She tries to find a way out, but alas, there's no secret tunnel in this house. Lana enters one of the rooms, stocked with human remains and creepy tools, and he follows her. When she asks what material does he use for the lamp shades he makes, he says "Skin", then presses some button and Lana falls into the trapdoor.

Grace is back at the Briarcliff, bleeding heavily. Kit, calls for a doctor, but the next moment he's getting arrested. As he's taken by policemen, Grace yells that she saw Alma and that she's alive.

Lana, chained, opens her eyes and take a look at the torture room. Besides various knives, saws and axes she sees Wendy's frozen corpse. Thredson appears and suggests to continue with their aversion therapy. He wears the mask, which now, in a broad light, looks extremely disgusting.

Score 10/10

Nov 13, 2012


In this week's episode Victoria and Conrad's alliance grows stronger, Nolan practically gives away his company to protect Emily, and Mason is framed after learning the truth about the real Amanda Clarke.

Mason appears at Emily's home and shows her the picture from juvie with her and Amanda on it. He implies that there was some romantic relationship between the two and that Emily assisted Amanda with her crusade. Emily doesn't share any details.

The Initiative want to come for investors' lunch at Grayson's house and Victoria suggests Conrad to fight them when the moment is right.
Emily tells Aiden to ensure Daniel takes over the company within twenty four hours, so he summons himself at Nolan's office and asks for the proof of Clarke's investment "to protect Emily". Nolan gives him the check.

Mason calls Amanda and asks her out to talk about her time with Emily in juvie. At first she agrees, then Emily talks her into declining. Unfortunately, Mason is not that easy to get rid of, and when he comes to the bar and threatens to show the picture to Jack, Amanda says she'll talk and follows him to his place.

Nolan pays a visit to Emily and tells her about the check, but she doesn't even get to properly thank him, as Jack calls her and asks for Mason's phone number. He tells her Amanda went to his place for lunch and hasn't still returned. Emily rushes to Mason's home and gets there just in time: Amanda was about to hit him with some metal stick. She sends Amanda away and tells Mason who the real Amanda Clarke is. She then gets a call from Nolan, informing her that Kara, who was supposed to leave the place, cancelled her flight and is on her way back to Hamptons.

Emily asks Mason to tell Kara that he knew Murphy and that Murphy would want her to leave and protect herself.  However, he does not follow the script to the end and starts talking about David Clarke's innocence and the role of Conrad and Victoria in his fate. Kara leaves all upset, but she obviously didn't head to the airport.

While Mason is out of house, Nolan breaks into his place, plants the plane engine there and makes the scheme on the wall with photos and red threads look like Mason planned to frame Conrad Grayson.

The lunch with Grayson Global stakeholders, including the chick from the Initiative is taking place. While Conrad gives comforting speech about how the trial wouldn't affect the revenues of the company, Daniel invites major shareholders to a secret gathering in one of the rooms, where he tells them about NolCorp thingie and asks to be elected as CEO. Victoria joins this meeting as well.

When Vic wants to warn Conrad about Daniel tet-a-tet in her bedroom, Kara appears pointing a gun at them. She demands the truth about David Clarke. They tell her about the Initiative, mentioning that Murphy killed David, and show her the photograph from prison, the one with both Murphy and David on. Kara tells them to turn and wear blindfolds, but doesn't get to shoot them: Aiden, warned by Emily, chloroforms her and gets her out of the house. Murder prevented twice in one episode.

Once again, Emily and Aiden try to convince Kara to leave, which she seems to finally agree on.
Victoria and Conrad believe that it was the Initiative who saved them from Kara. Victoria tries to tell her husband about Daniel, but he doesn't want to hear it.

Finally, Mason is arrested for killing Murphy and framing Conrad. Emily visits him in prison and offers him a deal: he goes to prison for now, but when she's done with her vengeance, she'll confess everything, and he gets to write a book about it all. If I was him, I wouldn't believe her: she's just tricked him, after all. But Mason is so naive that he does accept this deal.

 Tired Emily gets back home and makes out with Aiden. As if we care.

I feel kind of sorry for Nolan, I think he's a truly tragic character in this series. He's so desperately trying to connect and here he is: Jack's busy all the time, Padma's intentions are a bit foggy, and finally, Emily is a plain psychopath not capable of positive emotions or trust. Sad.

Score: 7/10 


"Chemistry", huh? This time Dexter compares his new affection to other women he's been with throughout the series: Rita, Lila and Lumen, and comes to a conclusion that Hannah might be the one he could actually  fall in love with. Isaak Sirko again appeared in just a few short scenes, which is a bummer. And last but not least, Debra got bloodthirsty.

Debra's date with Sal Price went well, they had connection and even kissed. The whole evening they talked about Hannah, though, and Debra was determined to nail her and put her behind bars. Sal says he suspects Hannah poisoned her husband and so his body can be exhumed and checked for traces of aconite.

Dexter drives Hannah back home after their crazy murder-date. They agree to stop seeing each other, because it'd wouldn't end good. When Hannah leaves, Sal, who happened to watch her house at the time, approaches Dexter and accuses him of sabotaging the blood report on purpose. He threatens to write about this in his book, so Dexter offers him to go on record with Wayne Randall's last words instead. In the end they agree to meet at Dexter's house to talk about it.

Miami Metro staff discover that Isaak's blood from the evidence room is missing. Dexter and others go to the crime seen to get the leftovers of blood there, but the sewage was ruined, presumably by Koshka's, so nothing could be retrieved. Dex tells Debra that he'll manage Isaak his way, she yells at him and says he must stay away from the guy and that she'll arrange police following Sirko wherever he goes until his visa expires.
Batista gets the list of visitors of the evidence room, and asks Quinn what he was doing there. Quinn lies very persuasively, so Batista gets off his back. Later Quinn gives Batista a check for ten grand for that restaurant he wanted to open.

Sal comes to Hannah and insists on an interview, when he brings Dexter up, she agrees. Dexter comes to warn her about his talk with Price and she tells him about her conversation with that nosy writer. Dex says he'll handle the guy.

Debra gets permission from Hannah's sister-in-law to exhume the body of the deceased husband, but there were no tissue on the corpse.

Isaak shares a chip with Dexter and tells him that he now has cold head and he won't be so easy to trap any more. To destabilize him Dexter tells in detail how he killed Viktor, but Isaak just leaves saying "You'll regret sharing this with me".

Dexter can't just kill Price for nothing, and it would be too suspicious if he did. So he tries to find some dirt on the guy and comes across with one murder Sal wrote about, which was never solved. Dex suspects Price was the murderer. He then breaks into Sal's apartment, steals his toothbrush and some used dental floss, and erases the book and materials about Hannah from Sal's computer.

Sal interviews Hannah and she tells him a compelling story about how Wayne practically made her kill that woman that the police recently dug up.

Quinn is reunited with Nadia, but George is not willing to let her go and give her passport. Well, it was really naive to believe him in the first place, wasn't it.

Price comes to Dexter and instead of hearing the story about Wayne, he hears something different. Dexter says he has proof that Price himself is a killer. They argue and the Price dies from a heart attack.

Maria finally discovers that Dexter Morgan has a boat (that's in relation to the Bay Harbor Butcher case).

Hannah is interrogated by Debra, but it turns out she's very good at lying. Dexter pays her a visit afterwards, and they come to a conclusion that they were looking out for each other. They naturally have sex after this discovery. As Dexter reflects lying next to sleeping Hannah in her bed, his cell phone rings. Debra tells him they couldn't find any trace of poison in Sal's body, so she basically asks him to kill the girl.

  Score: 8/10