LOST GIRL – Season 3 Episode 11 – SPOILERS
It begins with Bo and Kenzie watching a horror flick on TV. When one of the victims in the film is attacked, Bo says “I could so have saved her.” Soon after that, Lisa (Kate Ross) knocks at their door and asks them to investigate strange goings on at a suburban development called Shady Glen. Bo needs something to distract her from relationship issues, so she and Kenzi agree. It turns out that their client Lisa is a dead duppy, duppies being Fae spirits who can be, according to Trick, invoked every 100 years for the purpose of murder. Three witches have been using this particular spirit to kill off men who have rejected them.
It seems reasonably possible that none of this actually happened. The entire Shady Glen experience may have been another illusion like the ones Bo experienced in the Temple during The Dawning, designed to teach Bo a lesson.
Here’s what makes me think this.
This episode and THE CEREMONY (in which Bo underwent The Dawning) were both directed by Lee Rose. Shady Glen is almost totally unpopulated. Despite the apparently pleasant weather, no one is outdoors, other than those with whom Bo is directly involved. When each witch dies, the body vanishes into a cloud of red sparkly stuff, leaving no remains. Bo failed to ask Dyson for a background check on any suspect. Susan Bates’ real estate sign in front of the house Bo and Kenzi look at has a phone number with a 416 area code. This area code has not included the Toronto suburbs since 1999.
The music from the Shady Glen carousel (which starts up as Bo approaches, but is empty of children) is The Wanderer, by Dion DiMucci. Caroline Parker (played by Gabrielle Miller), has a name quite similar to Chris Parker (Elisabeth Shue‘s character in the 1987 film Adventures in Babysitting from which the episode derives its title.) Sam Evans is a character on GLEE. This supports the notion that Shady Glen was created for Bo and Kenzie from their TV watching experiences. Kenzie is drawn into the illusion much like Dyson was in the Temple.
Bo is on light duty this episode. She does no fighting, but a couple of human witches are no match for her. As the witches lose control over their duppy because of Bo’s touch, that malevolent voice we heard when Bo resurrected Dyson speaks through one of them, and says: “You know not your true strength, child, but soon you will, and the world will bow down before us.”
LISA THE DUPPY is herself a bit of a puzzle. Trick says: “Duppies don’t have chi, per se. They run on the energy of those who invoke them to kill” Then why does this particular one believe herself to be human? She is a Fae who died 100 years ago. Lisa seems to be thoroughly modern in both her language and her behaviour. And she accepts her death because she doesn’t want to live if she can’t be human. Her desire to be human is a bit odd. Trick was not present at Lisa’s death. Maybe that’s why he didn’t think Lisa to be particulary strange.
This episode’s best moment is the scene where Bo helps Lisa die. Bo offers to protect the Duppy from future invocations, saying that she will be around in 100 years, and in another 100 years as well and that this is the first time that she has said that out loud. Lisa says, strangely enough, that she doesn’t want to live if she can’t be human. This convinces Bo that she can’t rescue the girl and she drains the chi from her, ending her ‘life’. Bo has learned to accept her own relative immortality, and also the notion that she cannot rescue everyone. The performance by Kate Ross here is quite excellent.
Outside of Bo’s illusion, Anita (Miriam McDonald) goes to see Dyson at his office and tells him her twin sister is missing. Her twin (whose name we finally learn was Brenda) was Bo’s lover at the beginning of Faes Wide Shut. This causes Dyson to reopen the case of her sister’s death. Tamsin comes to work drunk, clearly upset at what she has done to Bo. In the course of his investigation, we find out that a Qarinah (a six-fingered Egyptian succubus), was responsible for the killings of which Bo had been a suspect, and Dyson finds a field full of buried fae corpses.
Lauren, it turns out, is actually Karen Beatty, and is wanted by Interpol for activities involving protests against government suppression of scientific discoveries. This bit of information was uncovered by Dr. Taft, who tells Lauren he still wants her to join his research staff. Taft is a bit too good to be true. Lauren goes with him, leaving behind her phone. (The Ash could have Dyson easily trace its location.) It seems possible that she wants to find out just who this guy represents, and the only way to do that is to go along.
This is the fourth episode of LOST GIRL directed by Lee Rose. All four are among the best of the series.
John Paul Ruttan (Ethan) will be David Murphy in the remake of ROBOCOP due out in February 2014.
Gabrielle Miller (Caroline Parker) was interviewed recently on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. She doesn’t talk about her appearance on LOST GIRL, but it is a quite interesting interview. Miller stars in the film DOWN RIVER, to be released in Canada on 1 September. The official website describes the film this way: Three women (a painter, a singer and an actor, all at various stages of their careers) are inspired to new heights by Pearl (Helen Shaver), a charismatic and caring older woman who lives in their building. But when Pearl dies, the women are forced to overcome their fears and prevail on their own.