VAN HELSING – Season 2 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
Scarlett and Axel begin a relationship by sleeping together on a pile of (now worthless) money in the back of an armoured truck. That the relationship might develop into something serious is suggested by the Dick Flood song playing in the background as they cuddle the following night after vanquishing The Sisterhood. The song says: “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray our love will always keep” Scarax is not a bad ship name, but Axlett is better.
Before they have sex, Axel and Scarlett discuss each other’s past. Axel (like Fox Mulder) had a sister, but she disappeared one day after he left her alone briefly at the playground. (He was 13 at the time.) The loss of his sister, for which he blames himself, explains Axel’s dedication to protecting Vanessa. Axel assures Scarlett that his relationship with Vanessa is platonic.
Scarlett has Vanessa‘s power to turn vampires human. (One of the Sisters bites her, pukes up blood, and is human briefly before being killed by another Sister, to prevent her from becoming a “hick human”.) Scarlett also heals quickly now, and tells Axel that she must have acquired the power when Vanessa bit her, because before that she healed at a normal rate.
Julius might be dead. Dimitri threw him against a tree and he certainly looked dead afterward, and Dimitri told Doc that he was, but who believes Dimitri and Julius is a pretty durable guy. Dimitri took the key from Julius (it is not certain how he knew that Julius had the thing.)
We get another calendar-specific flashback, this time to the year 1996. It begins with a waitress named Holly (Erin Boyes) at the Hilltop Diner, which is actually in Langley, B.C., so it is possible that Scarlett and her father (Charles Harker, played by Christopher Rosamund) lived in B.C. when Scarlett was a teen. (Scarlett did say “I’m sorry” before killing her first vampire.) Anyway, Holly gets a customer who orders raw steak and drinks the blood from it, then asks about the Harkers, and is directed by Holly to a farm outside of town. Young Scarlett, who has just caused her date (Davey, played by Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey) to piss himself by putting a knife to his throat, beheads the raw steak eating vamp after her dad softens him up by shooting him a couple of times. Then, realizing their location has been compromised, Charles burns down the house after putting a couple of bodies inside, and he and Scarlett head off into the foggy night.
There have now been flashbacks to 1936, 1976, and 1996 this season. One wonders what Scab was doing in 1956, and where Lucky might have been in 2006. Lucky and Flesh are nowhere to be seen in this episode. And Jolene has not yet been reunited with Doc. We are told for the second time that Crooked Falls, despite the GPS co-ordinates we were given at the beginning of Season Two, is quite nearby, and not in Colorado.
Erin Boyes (Holly) can be seen in three Hallmark Channel movies airing in the next six weeks. She is Aimee McNary in MISS CHRISTMAS (18 December at 4pm), a receptionist in DEAD OVER HEELS: AN AURORA TEAGARDEN MYSTERY (7 January at 5pm), and Megan in GARAGE SALE MYSTERIES: MURDER MOST MEDIEVAL (21 January at 5pm).
In Bram Stoker’s novel, Harker was the last name of the solicitor who arranged Dracula’s purchase of the Carfax Estate in England. Harker’s wife was turned into a vampire by Dracula and killed by Abraham Van Helsing, who later took an interest in helping to raise the couple’s son, Quincy Harker.
Grayson Maxwell Gurnsey (Davey) is an Our Town player and Rukiya Bernard is a nurse in WONDER, a film based on the New York Times bestseller by R.J. Palacio, about August Pullman (Jacob Tremblay), who was born with facial differences that, for some time, prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Pullman becomes an unlikely hero when he enters the local fifth grade, as his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to discover their compassion and acceptance. WONDER is currently in theatres in Canada and the US.