Actually, it was a cleaver, but it is also a monkey wrench in my theories about the Warehouse artifacts. That Mary Mallon had a strong emotional attachment to that cleaver seems doubtful. She certainly didn’t invent it. Further, it is doubtful that she purposely infected anyone. (Mallon did not believe she was a typhoid carrier and for a long time would not submit to testing, believing herself persecuted because of her Irish lineage.) In 1900 it was not commonly recognized that a healthy person could be a carrier for a deadly disease.
Even if one accepts that Mary Mallon infected people knowingly with a contaminated cleaver, and one concedes that the cleaver can be used to transmit any disease, it’s a bit of a leap to have the artifact transplant a disease from one person into another, leaving the original patient disease free. I suppose it might make the original patient a healthy carrier, and since leukemia is not contagious that person would be effectively cured.
We still need a Unified Artifact Theory.
But it was nice to find out that Aaron Ashmore‘s character, Agent Steve Jinks, is gay. (Ashmore was Jimmy Olsen in 53 episodes of SMALLVILLE.) Trying to think of other gay Syfy Channel characters and not immediately bringing any to mind. Now we really need for Agent Jinks to have a love interest.
Joanne Kelly is back, though she may drift away mid-season for a while.