This episode had a lot going on, but at the same time, there were large chunks where it didn’t seem like anything was actually happening. All of the characters are running around looking for things and there isn’t a whole lot of tension, even though the stakes are supposed to be quite high.
Vince continues his endeavor to discredit Dr. Cross with mixed results. You’d think that the discovery that her DNA doesn’t match the real Dr. Cross would be enough, but Audrey is convinced that they need more proof.
The relationship between Charlotte and Dwight escalates. They attempt to give Duke and Mara a run for their money in the steamy love scene department, actually it was rather odd having two episodes with hookups like that, but it’s probably just coincidence.
A lot of the episode’s hype centered around a fellow wrestler guest starring. As I don’t watch wrestling, this really means nothing to me. Judging by the one scene he appears in as a bartender, I wasn’t blown away, but from what I’ve read, he’ll be appearing in a few episodes in the second half of the season, so we’ll see where that goes.
We have another sub-plot where Duke tries to rescue Mara after she is supposedly abducted by the guard.
I had a hard time buying that she would get caught the way she did, even saying that she was hiding under the couch. Even after Duke went to the scene of the crime and deduced that she put up a hell of a fight, I remained unconvinced. The episode implies that she is being tortured, even having a toe sent to Duke. Were it the case, the guard would be more than a little sadistic.
Over the last few episodes, I questioned whether or not Mara’s actions were really a ploy on her end or legitimate character development. I honestly could have seen it go either way and this episode gives us a definitive answer. I have to say, it was good to see Mara back to her cocky, manipulative ways.
She played him like a harp from hell and whatever she did changed him in ways that haven’t been defined. From the look of it, he cries aether? At least I think that’s what the black stuff was and it would make sense for Mara to come up with a way to generate more since it is in limited supply and she can’t open any thinnies into the void to get more.
As if this reveal wasn’t enough, we’re given another wham moment as Charlotte reveals her true identity. While she was indeed lying, her desire to save Audrey was genuine. After all, it’s only natural for someone to want to save…their own daughter!!
Some may groan at this plot twist, but the way it played out, I thought it worked. It’s a plot twist that’s been done a lot, but I think that having her come in could go a long way towards filling in some of the gaps in Audrey’s history. I was going to say that she could help explain Audrey’s origin, but we pretty much have that.
The episode doesn’t really kick into high gear until the last ten minutes, but those minutes drop some major bombs and really set things in motion for the mid-season finale. Here’s hoping this year’s batch of episodes end with a bang.