VAN HELSING – Season 3 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Frankie’s bar is the only bar in town, so when Phil (Vincent Gale) needs to drown his sorrows that’s where he ends up. Count Laughula (Andy Thompson), a comic who makes terrible vampire jokes (and is likely the only comedian in town) gets under Phil’s skin, so Phil takes over the stage and tells the story of how he once was a vampire to everyone in the bar. When the lights flicker he puts a gun in his mouth and pulls the trigger. Phil twitches a bit, gets up from the pool of blood he was lying in, and walks away, saying: “Now, that’s funny.”
The crowd is relieved, but Frankie (Kendall Cross) is not quite convinced that Phil’s performance was just an act. (Phil left a bullet hole in the wall behind him, but, even so, it is worth noting that Frankie was ready to believe that Phil is an ex-vampire and survived a bullet to the head.) She asks if Phil really had a family, and when Julius says yes, she points him in the direction of The Registry, a place where records are kept of all the surviving humans that have passed through Denver. Julius goes there looking for information on Phil’s wife. There are quite a few survivors recorded, judging from the size of the Registry files. Julius finds out that Mrs. Fleichman is in Denver somewhere, and he is heading home to tell Phil that when he spots his roommate on a rooftop preparing to jump. And jump he does, despite the best efforts of his sire.
Despite the large number of survivors, we haven’t seen anyone who was born after the Yellowstone eruption since the first season episode “Stay Away“.
Phil survived being blown up at Crooked Falls, and he survived shooting himself in the head. He will probably not survive falling from the roof of a middle-sized building.
The shot Phil fired was the only gunshot in the entire episode. The only other VAN HELSING character to commit suicide was Nicole in Episode 1.7, and she also used a gun.
Phil’s suicidal tendencies may have been aggravated by the vampire repellent that is being administered to everyone in the Denver Safe Zone. After Jared attacks Joline for no apparent reason, Doc does some research on the stuff and determines that it causes outbursts of violent behaviour. When she reports this to authorities, she finds out that they already knew about the side effects and had elected not to tell anyone. (Joline was actually attacked twice in this episode, first by a vampire, and then later by Jared. Fortunately, she was rescued both times.)
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, The B’ah (Jennifer Spence) sets a trap for Vanessa with Axel as bait. She could have rigged the place with explosives. (She has had the opportunity to turn some military people into vamps to help her with such things.) Had she done this, and had Vanessa come charging in like she did, the trap might have worked. But The B’ah instead relied on her remaining warriors from Hong Kong. (The twins already killed a few of those the previous day.) Even without the help of Scarlett, who is still suffering the effects of The B’ah’s poison, Vanessa has little trouble killing the (overconfident?) Elder, and rescuing Axel.
We learn that there are a total of four Elders. The first Elder’s totem was a bracelet. The B’ah’s was a ring. Since totems seems to be jewellery, it would follow that the next one should be a necklace or pendant of some kind.
Axel, realizing that he is being of little help to Vanessa and Scarlett, decides to escort Marybeth’s resistance group as as it heads for the relative safety of Denver. He arranges with Scarlett that they will meet in the future at a prearranged time and place. We are not told the location.
Vanessa reveals to Scarlett that her plan is to kill the Elders and use their totems to awaken The Dark One and “end this once and for all.” Scarlett doesn’t like this plan, but agrees to it anyway. We know that Vanessa’s blood contains elements of the blood of The Dark One. She was also bitten by an Elder. She could prevent the awakening of The Dark One by destroying the totems she already has. Scarlett may be justifiably suspicious of Vanessa’s motives.
Enid-Raye Adams (Caitlyn Bruce) will be Thor’s mom in the comedy GOOD BOYS, which stars Jacob Tremblay as the leader of a group of twelve-year-olds living in the San Fernando Valley (one of whom is Millie Davis, who was Gemma Hendrix on ORPHAN BLACK). The kids take a day off school and go on a quest to fix a broken toy before their parents return home. GOOD BOYS is written and directed by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky and will be released in the US on 16 August.
Adams will also be Cheryl in all six episodes of the comedy series FAST LAYNE. Layne (Sophie Pollono) is a young overachiever who finds her well-ordered world disrupted when she discovers a talking car hidden in an abandoned shed. With the help of her eccentric neighbor, Layne embarks on an adventure filled with secret agents and other surprises as she tries to unlock the mystery behind the car’s creation. FAST LAYNE will premiere on the Disney Channel sometime next year.
Andy Thompson (Count Laughula) will play a lawyer in LOVE & OATMEAL, a film about Scott (Ben Platt), an aspiring writer in his mid-twenties who has dreams of moving to Paris. Then his dreams are put on hold when his father dies suddenly and his wildly unpredictable, mentally ill sister moves in with him. Production on LOVE & OATMEAL began in June. No release date has been announced.
Thompson will also appear in the horror/thriller ANTLERS, an adaptation of the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Nick Antosca about a teacher (Keri Russell) in a small Oregon town and her brother, the local sheriff (Jesse Plemons), who become involved with a young man harbouring a dangerous secret. Graham Greene (of DEFIANCE) is also in the cast. ANTLERS has begun filming in Hope, British Columbia, and will likely be released late in 2019.