Nina: “What's your manager's number, Wendy? I'm going to unleash a shit-storm!”
are looking decidedly bleak for Mitchell. The sins of the past two
seasons are catching up with him. Herrick's back and living in the
attic, Nina's knows about Mitchell's part in the box tunnel massacre, George is threatening to disown him -- there was only Cara who seemed
vaguely pleased to see him... right before she committed suicide. It's
like all of Mitchell's nightmares are coming true. Let's hope he doesn't hear about The Real Hustle being fake or it'll be curtains. There's only so much a man can take.
aren't enough superlatives to describe Jason Watkins' performance this
week. He played Uncle Billy, the blank-faced amnesiac, to absolute
perfection. I almost bought his innocence, too... then he smiled, and the
old Herrick was back. Nina should have taken more notice of his cold
dismissal of Cara. That wasn't the behaviour of a sweet old man. It was
of a monster remembering who he is. And who he is, is a killer.
dress sense seemed to reflect his mental confusion. What was up with
that shirt and those pyjama bottoms? Still, anything's better than more
of his bare arse. How many male buttocks have we been subjected to
this season? Herrick living upstairs is a preposterous turn of
events. Already, he's managing to strip away all that Mitchell holds
dear. No wonder Mitchell feels like he's losing his mind -- who could
have predicted a week ago that within seven days Herrick would be living under their roof, and have the support of half its occupants?
I do love Nina, but she disappointed me a little tonight. Not because she acted out of character -- her betrayal was completely
understandable -- but because she trusted Mitchell and George so little.
She had in her possession the pieces of the puzzle, but assembled them
in the wrong order. Herrick's playing everyone like a musical director
conducting an orchestra. Only Annie was able to see through the
façade. Maybe her gullibility last season has made her wary, but at
least it means Mitchell has an ally.
Which is more
than he deserves after the way he treated Annie. I knew he'd blow it.
To be fair, I don't think we've ever seen him under this much pressure -- which is a nice reversal of expectations. I assumed Mitchell would be
in for an easy ride this season: a bit of soul searching, maybe a spot of the
smoochies. Yet, his relationship with Annie is currently hanging by a
thread, as is his friendship with George and Nina. How did that
happen? Mitchell admitted in “Adam's Family” that the gang are the only
thing keeping him grounded. If his accountability to them vanishes,
what's keeping him from going all Angelus again?
guess the answer is Annie. Despite being at rock-bottom, at least he
managed to tell her how he feels. He sees their relationship as forever.
(Awww.) As long as Annie's there, Mitchell has a reason to stay on the
wagon. I was relieved that he chose George, too, but it's severely
restricted his options with Herrick. He can't kill him -- but he can
torture him. The mystery of Herrick's resurrection is a secret worth
uncovering -- especially with a prophesied death sentence hanging over
I was also unhappy with the way Nina treated
Wendy. I know it was mostly played for laughs, but Nicola Walker did
such a fine job of bringing Wendy to life that I felt for her.
She was the model of an overworked, under-appreciated, downtrodden
social worker -- perpetually exhausted, fearful of negative press, but,
ultimately, a caring and sweet individual (albeit off her tits on red
bull). I was quite moved by her breakdown in the car, and by Annie's
silent support. It just seemed incongruous that Nina would manipulate
someone so obviously on the brink of despair. And all for Uncle
Billy -- a man she barely knows?
The problem is, Nina can't help
but care. It's in her nature, even when that concern is misplaced. I
think it was Mitchell's insincerity that got to her in the end. That
and George's unwavering loyalty to him. Is George the kind of man she
wants as a father to her child? A man who can sentence an old man to
death and then look the other way? Nina doesn't know Herrick the way
the others do, but George and Mitchell's terrified reaction to him
should have given her reason for pause. When Mitchell first saw Herrick
he was like a man possessed. What could possibly cause such a reaction
in Mitchell, a man more than capable of handling himself?
ultimatum was also something of a surprise. George knows Mitchell
better than anyone. He knows what he's been through and has been there
through the hard times -- so why the tough love? Did he really think it
would bring Mitchell to his senses? Or is he simply putting Nina and
their baby first? Maybe both -- but if someone doesn't kill Herrick soon,
he'll be too powerful to stop. What will they do then? Enlist the help
of the Old Ones? Mitchell described Herrick as a vampire at the height
of his powers. Is he megalomaniacal enough to take on the Old Ones?
That would make for an interesting finale.
really the little bullet? They're throwing red herrings all over the
place at the moment. Last week it was McNair, now it's Nina -- who will
it be next week? There's only George and Tom left.
Bits and Pieces:
I don't think I've ever seen a more stereotypical psych ward. Every
single person seemed mad to the extreme. Even the staff were
-- How creepy was George bonding
with Herrick over fatherhood? Herrick knew exactly what to say to get
George onside, and George fell for it.
-- George's Star of David doesn't work on Herrick.
There was something grotesque about Mitchell beating the crap out of a
defenseless and confused Herrick. It's probably the most disturbing
thing I've seen on the show. (Worse than Herrick's arse.)
-- I loved that Herrick couldn't fool Annie. What he said should
have played on her fears and weaknesses. She does feel ignored,
inconsequential and worthless -- but she saw right through it. Good on
-- Herrick can't kill Annie or Mitchell. It's all about saving the dogs. Why can't George and Nina see that?
-- When Wendy first arrived George seemed to be channelling David Brent.
-- Wendy's computer rage made me laugh. I've heard that Windows error sound so many times.
-- Uncle Billy shaking hands with Wendy was just priceless. His face was so empty.
“We're going to have to have a treat tonight. Big tea, major pudding
and, oh, just happy times. Ohh, and Jenga! I'll see you back at the
Nina: (to herself) “Pissing Jenga.”
George: “It's the Jehovah's, isn't it? I knew I shouldn't have been nice.”
Annie: “It's social services, it's got to be. She looks knackered and she has terrible hair.”
Herrick: “Don't you look ugly when you're crying?”
Wendy: "Barbara, can I call you back? I'm just actually on the toilet... doing an actual wee.”
Annie: “Mmm, a knee-trembler by the bins. It's enough to put stars in any girl's eyes.”
Mitchell: “You want every little corner of me. But I just don't want to give it.”
“I was in love with the idea of being your hero. Your rescuer. Your
saviour. That's what I was in love with. Not you. It's for the best.
One day you'll realise.”
Cara: “I'm nothing without you.”
Herrick: “Well, then. You are nothing.”
Mitchell: “I think there's a poison in you that has nothing to do with being a vampire. So, yeah. I think you do enjoy it.”
Mitchell: “Nina, a little bullet. I'm going to make you so very happy.”
Annie: “What am I? Onto you... is what I am. I'm onto you... little man.”
Mitchell: "I feel like I'm losing my mind. I'm so tired and I'm losing everything.”
Mitchell: "George. I choose you.”