Anna Hardwick (Maddy in “Faes Wide Shut“) will be Elizabeth in A PUZZLE TO DIE FOR, which stars Lacey Chabert as a crossword puzzle editor who finds her life completely disrupted when several of the clues in her recent puzzles are linked to unsolved crimes, and she is pulled into the police investigation. She is forced to work with a tough (but charming) police detective (Brennan Elliott), to crack the case and prove her innocence. A PUZZLE TO DIE FOR is the first of a new series of mysteries co-created by Gregg Rossen, Brian Sawyer, and New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz called THE CROSSWORD MYSTERIES, and will premiere on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries in June, 2019.
Hardwick also has an as yet unspecified role in PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND MISTLETOE, based on the novel by Melissa de la Cruz (a humourous, gender-swapped retelling of Jane Austen’s story). The film will star Lacey Chabert as Darcy, a successful businesswoman who returns to her hometown for the holidays. She reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke (Brendan Penny), at her parents’ Christmas party and the two of them are somehow forced to plan a charity event together. (In the book, Luke is an unassuming carpenter.) PRIDE, PREJUDICE, AND MISTLETOE will air on The Hallmark Channel on Friday 23 November at 8/7c. Continue reading →
Lisa Allen (Kate Ross) seeks the investigative services of Bo and Kenzie.
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.
Eleanor (Melinda Deines), the first witch to die, vanishes into a red sparkly cloud
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.
Tamsin arrives at work drunk, but manages to give Dyson an idea.
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.”
Anita (Miriam McDonald) the twin sister of Bridget who was killed in a previous episode.
Bo, Caroline Parker (Gabrielle Miller), and Susan Bates (Sadie LeBlanc) in the witches’ circle.
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.
Bo draws the last of the witches’ chi from Lisa, ending her artificial life.
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.
Page One of the file on Karen Beatty (aka Lauren Lewis). Note that she is 5’2″ tall. Zoie Palmer is 5’6″. Canada’s Information Commissioner is currently investigating allegations that the government is ‘muzzling’ its scientists.
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.
Not sure why Director Lee Rose is standing amid file boxes in this photo. Also not sure why she is wearing the number 29.
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.
Miriam McDonald (Anita) who is a fitness instructor as well as an actor, last week posted a couple of instructional yoga videos on her YouTube channel.
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.
Lauren sips champagne while waiting for Bo. This episode, though it seems to focus on Bo, is really mostly about Lauren.
Bo and Tamsin’s third kiss, which is emphatically initiated by Tamsin, and possibly prompted by the activities of Trick and Stella.
It all begins with Bo trying to catch a cricket while blindfolded. She fails (the cricket was right behind her all the time) and Stella (her trainer for The Dawning) gives her the rest of the day off. When Lauren arrives and covers Bo’s eyes from behind, we see that Lauren is (to Bo) both the blindfold and the cricket.
Lauren tells Bo she’s getting an award that night and asks Bo to come with. Lauren is so excited about the award that she is impossible to refuse, so Bo agrees with the best of intentions.
Later, when Bo doesn’t show, Lauren decides to stay home rather than go alone. Perhaps she was less interested in the award than she was in involving Bo in her work. Then Dr. Isaac Taft (Shawn Doyle) shows up with Lauren’s award. He offers to take her out for drinks and says very flattering things about her work. Lauren, who is a brilliant scientist and looks like Zoie Palmer, for some inexplicable reason is so insecure that she is amazed that another scientist would be interested in what she thinks.
Lauren covers Bo’s eyes from behind.
BALZAC THE SPRIGGAN vs WHITMAN THE GUNSLINGER
On the other side of town, two 19th century writers (or at least their names) turn up and put Bo in the middle of a fight for a young fae’s freedom.
Dr. Isaac Taft (Shawn Doyle) shows an interest in Lauren’s work, much to her astonishment.
Over a liquid lunch in a unnamed Dark Fae bar, Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) tells Bo that everyone has been lying to her. (She’s right. Nobody ever tells Bo anything.) A fight breaks out, and Bo and Tamsin escape via a freight elevator with the help of a Spriggan named Balzac (Ryan Belleville).
A Spriggan is a creature from Cornish myth that steals things (sometimes children). Spriggan are usually ugly, but this particular one is well-groomed, civilized, and seems to be in the business of rescuing children rather than stealing them.
Bo toys with a strange machine while talking to Lauren on the phone, setting a chain of events in motion.
Meanwhile, back at the Dál, Trick discovers that Bo accidentally activated her “invitation” to The Dawning. This invitation is in the form of a Rube Goldberg contraption that appeared in the Dal and went unnoticed because of Hale’s redecoration of the place. Bo toyed with the thing while talking to Lauren on the phone, setting it (and events) in motion. Bo is supposed to be at the Dál choosing between alternatives offered by the device. Instead, Trick (her closest relative) must do that for her, and Bo must suffer the consequences of Trick’s decisions.
Shaking Balzac’s hand somehow commits Bo to doing Balzac a favour. Of the three of them, only Balzac knows that The Dawning is afoot. Bo and Tamsin are in the dark about this. The favour Balzac demands is that Bo liberate a fortune cookie from the leader of the Tong, and use it to gain entry to Brazenwood, a gated community of voluntary outcasts. There resides Mr. Whitman, who is exploiting a young Squonk named Hannah for her tears which are a valuable drug. Bo must rescue Hannah.
Bo, a bit drunk after Trick feeds the machine her least favourite cocktail, leans on a donkey while talking to Lauren on the phone.
They need to get a “prescription”, to gain access to Hannah (Allie MacDonald), because her tears are a drug and she is being held by an apothecary in Brazenwood. For that they are led by Balzac to a woman who insists that Bo pick a Tarot card. Bo chooses The Wanderer (The Fool, or Tarot Card Zero). This is clearly something that neither Tasmin, the woman, or Balzac expected to happen. The Wanderer (Tarot Card Zero) keeps turning up (literally).
Hannah (Allie MacDonald), the Sheriff (John Tench) and Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) stand by while Bo fights Whitman.
Balzac (the realist) does not follow Bo into the den of Whitman (the bohemian), where he would not be at all comfortable. He arranges to be shot with a poison dart and sends Bo and Tamsin off on their quest without him.
One of Trick’s decisions makes Bo temporarily drunk. Just then, Lauren phones. Leaning on a donkey, Bo says more of what she is really thinking than she perhaps should, and Lauren, who is also drinking a bit, hangs up angry.
Lauren opens the door and is astonished to see Dr. Taft there instead of Bo.
When they find the girl, they discover that she doesn’t want to leave Brazenwood.
BO:“Hannah, please, we have to leave this place.” HANNAH:“But Mr. Whitman tells me things about the world, and it sounds awful.” BO:“I think he’s just telling you those things to make you cry more.”
Bo’s initial impulse is to drag the girl out of there, willing or not, because she needs to get back to Lauren. Tamsin warns that the Squonk must go willingly, or she will dissolve into a puddle of tears. When asked, Bo assures Hannah that Balzac’s school will have boys, and Hannah quickly agrees to leave. Whitman (as an old west gunslinger) tries to stop them. Despite having brought a knife to a gunfight, Bo manages to slay Whitman and save the girl.
Trick kisses Stella while touching the machine, prompting Tamsin to kiss Bo rather passionately.
Trick and Stella (Deborah O’Dell), releved that Bo’s ordeal is over, kiss, and inadvertently touch the machine while doing so, Tamsin spontaneously kisses Bo (rather passionately). One would have expected Bo to kiss Tamsin. Why does the machine affect Tamsin?
Tamsin and Bo end up at Lauren’s apartment. Lauren is not there, having gone out for drinks with Dr. Taft. Bo is having warm feelings for Tamsin and apologizes to her for treating her like an enemy. Tamsin is both pleased and disconcerted by this, implying that she may harbour dark and secret motives for her actions. She gives Bo an awkward pat on the arm and leaves.
Bo realizes she has forgotten about Lauren’s award ceremony.
Outside, Tasmin finds another Tarot Card Zero. “She can’t be the one,” Tamsin says pleadingly, and the heavens rain Wanderer cards upon her. Someone or something has a hold over Tamsin, forcing her to do things she’d rather not do. The Norn is most likely involved.
Tamsin has been assigned to work with Dyson in the first Dark/Light effort at cooperation, right after Kenzi attacked the Norn to get Dyson’s love back. Norns are the Nordic version of The Fates, and fate is what the Tarot predicts. Perhaps the Norn plans indirect revenge on Dyson by having Tamsin use her Valkyrie powers to destroy Bo?
The film UNDER THE APPLE BOX, starring Tammy Gillis (Marissa in TABLE FOR FAE) as the adult Leila, will be screened 21 March at the Women’s International Film Festival in Miami. The film is about an expatriate Iranian photographer (Leila) who, having become successful in Vancouver, is forced to come to terms with her past when a long lost lover returns.
Brian Frank (Whitman) played an escaped partisan in the excellent 2007 film THE POET which also featured Miriam McDonald (‘hot fae’ in FAES WIDE SHUT) as Willa.