This was the episode I’ve been waiting for all season! Our good friend Bruce Campbell, a.k.a. Sam Axe from Burn Notice, finally did his guest appearance on Psych this week!
Gus is doing therapy for insomnia and nightmares, and Bruce Campbell plays the dream interpreter and sleep psychologist. As Shawn and Gus search for a murderer, as usual, the main focus was on Gus’s psychological state, and his fear of the way life is changing for him and fear that Shawn is going to leave him.
The episode this week was a spoof on Nightmare on Elm Street, and so a lot of Gus’s dreams have some level of reality to them and some level of his insecurity incorporated into his imagination. It was beautifully shot, so congrats to James Roday on directing this one 🙂
I can’t really speak too much about the murder case, because I was just to focused on getting to see Bruce Campbell again over and over in an episode like I did when he was on Burn Notice. He still had that swagger and fun attitude about him. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor and get to it, it was really, really funny.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) March 19, 2014
I don’t know what it is about this show, but it’s really hard to summarize. It seems like there’s so few things going on in any given episode, but that’s not actually true. There are a lot of things going on, but they often take several episodes or sometimes an entire season to completely reconcile and resolve each piece of the plot. Some things that seem like they were resolved tend to pop up later as sort of new or revisited part of the plot that creates a new obstacle for one or more of the characters.
This week, Elizabeth has a new asset that she has to work with, a sailor, and for me, I had a little bit of trouble telling whether her issue about becoming intimate with him had to do with her own psychological issues, or whether it had to do with the right way to get the guy to do what she wanted him to do. Perhaps she felt that the strategy would work better if she withheld a little bit until he delivered.
Philip, on the other hand, has been having trouble with the other fake wife that he spends part of his time with. She has been talking to her mother about their marriage quite a bit, and he seems to be having a little bit of trouble keeping up the charade of pretending to be her husband. I can’t quite remember why he needs to continue to have her around, but I’m sure the moment that she fails to continue to be useful to him and his mission, they will no longer be married or she will disappear or fake his own death in order to end the relationship.
Paige is still creating problems at home for both of her parents, as it seems now she is interested in religion to find some sort of stability and organization in which she feels comfortable and is able to rely on, as she does not trust her parents. I still feel like she’s a little bit young to be having such trust issues with her parents, because it’s not like they’re doing anything that’s particularly out of the ordinary.
They take the kids to carnivals and the movies and while they may keep odd hours sometimes, they usually are able to give her a rational explanation for it. Her paranoia seems excessive for a girl her age. It seems like her efforts and curiosity would be focused more on something like dating, but she is persistent in not wanting to believe or trust her parents, and I find it difficult to believe this about her.
Henry is back with Kenna, but now it seems his sexual appetites of gotten a little bit out of control even for her. He invites a third person to take part in their arrangement, but this time Kenna wakes up and discovers that the girl is dead. Kenna doesn’t know what else to do and so she goes to the Queen, Catherine. While Catherine doesn’t do much about it, she begins to try to keep a closer eye on her husband, to make sure that he doesn’t get carried away. After what happened last week with the woman he was with falling out of his window, and this week another young woman turning up dead, it’s hard to blame her or Kenna for being suspicious.
— Reign Writers (@reignwriters) March 20, 2014
Meanwhile, Mary is trying to help Lola arrange a marriage so that her pregnancy can seem legitimate by a new husband rather than have to admit to the truth, that it’s actually Francis’s child. However, the matched that Mary chooses for Lola turns out to be a bad one. Francis tells Mary that the man she’s chosen is actually a homosexual, and so any child from such a union might not be considered very legitimate after all. Mary is concerned that Francis is showing too much interest in Lola’s marriage prospects, and in fact, he admits to his one night stand with Lola that they had in Paris. This worries Mary even more because it means that he may work out the truth on his on that Lola’s child is actually his.
— Reign (@CWReign) March 20, 2014
Greer is also trying to find a suitor, as her dalliance with the kitchen servant really needs to end. She finds a man who will take on the young man as an apprentice and at least get him out of the servant class, but it will take him to Spain, and their affair will end, and he still won’t be able to marry her after, so it seems they both decide it’s for the best.
Bash is still in the country, trying to help a family with their pagan problem, but it seems that they don’t really want his help. Their superstitions are so strong, that they don’t believe he can help and they decide to just offer up a sacrifice and let the chips fall where they may. To keep him from interfering, the family ties Bash up and sedates him so that he won’t cause trouble. However, the sedative wears off just as the creature comes into their home, and as Bash struggles within his bonds, one of the girls looks up and sees the creature and he carries her off with him.
Once the event is over Bash feels guilty and wants to go after the creature to try to bring the girl back. This was a very odd scene, as it almost seems that the creature is some sort of vampire or inhuman creature. I was under the impression that the show was supposed to be historical fiction, not historical fantasy fiction. Therefore, vampires shouldn’t be in a show like this. I know the CW is having a ton of success with other shows like the Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but that doesn’t mean they should carry over that sort of plot into this story.
Last but not least, Mary is still not pregnant and everybody in the entire castle seems to be very concerned about this. After all, she has two countries, Scotland and France, awaiting the arrival of a new heir. While Francis reassures her that he’s not that worried that they haven’t gotten pregnant yet, I think that Mary is still worried, and will be like any new queen, until she actually is pregnant. And then she’ll worry until the child is born healthy.
Kee is in really hot water now. It seems that the ex cop is not fooling around, and key is now a prime suspect in the mayor’s murder. This means he now has reporters outside his door, and every person on the street now believes that he’s a murderer. While we know that Kee didn’t actually do it, his new client isn’t quite so sure. His new client (guest appearance by Kate Burton, a.k.a. Sally Langston from Scandal), on the other hand, is guilty, but the evidence against her is circumstantial enough that she should be able to get off.
While he hasn’t been able to get Leanne her job back as his assistant, she still helping him by investigating some of the circumstances around his client’s husband’s death.
Maddy is still trying to get rid of Bruce, and as a last resort, she calls Kee in to talk to him. Kee, with his new status as murder suspect, doesn’t have too much trouble convincing Bruce that he should leave Maddy alone. In the meantime, Maddy allows Kee to stay at her place until the press situation dies down.
Scarlet is having trouble with Kee’s new situation because she’s running for district attorney and being friends with a person who may or may not be a murderer is kind of bad press. Ben, on the other hand, knows Kee didn’t do it and is chomping at the bit to come to his aid in his defense. However it it turns out to be David Potter who helps Kee figure out the truth about the mayor’s death, and thereby allows Kee to talk to the mayor’s wife, now his widow, about how to resolve the situation so that he doesn’t have to embarrass her by a explaining to the cops that she’s his alibi, and she can help her husband rest in peace with dignity.
Will starts therapy with Dr. Chilton, on the condition that he doesn’t share any of the information from their sessions with Hannibal. Will finally feels comfortable in sharing his theory about Hannibal’s therapy methods, which involved a strategic inducement of seizures and making Will lose time.
Amanda Plummer guest stars as the killer who likes to remove the eyes from her victims and used be used to cover up the use of needle marks which were caused by acupuncture needles. Amanda Plummer plays such a good psycho, it’s always fun to watch her when she gets to be especially devious. She’s claiming to be a sort of Kevorkian, helping people die in peace.
And, after the medical examiner learns that the bee stings were used to cover up needle marks, she works out that there are other victims which had used stitches to cover up stitches, so if organs were removed as trophies, where did they go? Now, Will has finally worked out how Hannibal manages to take trophies from his victims without leaving any evidence: “He’s eating them.”
Also, we have to return of Crawford’s wife, Bella, played by Gina Torres (Jessica on Suits) who is coming to the end of her battle with cancer. She has still been seeing Hannibal as a psychiatrist and he tells her a little bit about Socrates and how he viewed death when he had come to the end of his life, as more of a cure than as a sentence. In the end, she calls Hannibal, not her husband, to be there with her when she dies, of a self-inflicted overdose on morphine. While it was nice to get another chance to watch Gina Torres, I’m glad she’s still alive and well over on USA on Suits.
Hooray, I’m all caught up from the week!
Sidenote: I have been using a new dictation software to type up the recaps – my tendonitis is REALLY bad right now, you guys – so if there are any spelling errors or weird words anywhere that I didn’t catch, I really apologize. I’m still getting used to using it and while it’s better than my phone, it’s still not 100% accurate.
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