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‘In The Flesh’ react: Simon wigs out and Kieren goes au naturel

Season 2 | Episode 5 |  Aired June 7, 2014

We’ve said it once, and we’ll keep saying it — this show is brilliant. Every episode of In The Flesh unravels a new mystery and keeps us on the edge of our futons (hey, we haven’t been out of college that long). In this episode we find out exactly what’s going on with Amy and her reactions to the PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) treatments, what Simon’s “prophet” expects him to do with his boyfriend, and that Maxine’s landlord may have secrets about the First Risen. Let’s get right down to the dirty deets!

All things Simon: Simon has a shifty hotel meet-up in Roarton with another Undead Prophet follower. The follower brings Simon a video from the messiah himself. In the video, the Undead Prophet tells Simon that he must destroy (that means kill, people!) the First Risen in order for the Second Rising to take place. The other man leaves Simon with a pouch full of weapons (seriously, it was like a carpenter belt of knives) for his mission, and Simon is left alone in the hotel room freaking out.


His breakdown launches us into flashbacks of Simon at the Treatment Center, being tested like a lab rat. We come to find out Simon is responding to the medications the doctors are testing more than any other rotter — Simon is becoming more like his human self. At one point during his treatment, Simon is forced to see his father. When Simon and his father meet at the Center, his father can’t even look at him, and we find out from the doctors that Simon killed his mother when he was rabid.


While inside the Treatment Center, one of the other PDS sufferers (the man we just saw in the hotel room) starts spewing Undead Prophet propaganda at him, as if finding out you’re “partially deceased” isn’t annoying enough. Simon’s not down for it and continues his treatments and testing until he’s released. It’s worth noting that during this time in his life, he hates and is ashamed of what he was. Simon’s dad reluctantly brings Simon back home, but it doesn’t last for long. His father kicks him out after deciding he can’t deal with the fact that he killed his wife. It’s pretty harsh, but sort of understandable at the same time. Simon is completely crushed and wanders the streets solo for awhile. Look at the poor guy!


Eventually, he decides to call the guy he met while in the Treatment Center who’s a part of the Undead Prophet’s growing army. When Simon meets the guy at an abandoned apartment building, he’s welcomed warmly by a whole group of PDS sufferers. No wonder Simon has felt so loyal to the Undead Prophet. It was the only family he had and they were the only ones who accepted him.


Kieren gets arrested: Things aren’t going well for Kieren. His choice to go au naturel isn’t sitting well with his family, who find it hard to look at him without contacts and makeup on.


Then, Kieren and Simon are pegged as the perpetrators at the clinic. Remember the blond rotter setting rabids free in the name of Simon? Well, the council snatches up Kieren and tells him if he doesn’t confess, he’s going back to the Norfolk Treatment Centre as noncompliant. Does Kieren care about their stupid threats?


Back at home, Kieren’s dad is trying to make him sign a written confession. While his mom doesn’t necessarily agree, she’s not really standing up for Kieren either. Come on, Walkers! We thought you guys were past all of this crap. We won’t even start with Jem, who refuses to be in the same room as Kieren. When Kieren’s parents leave for the day, he sneaks out and heads to Simon’s place. He’s not there (because he’s still wigging out at the hotel), so Kieren decides to snoop around his room. Bad idea. That never turns out well. What does Kieren find?


Yes, sir — Blue Oblivion. Kieren pockets it when Amy appears in the doorway. She hasn’t seen Simon either, so he just heads home to get an earful from his parents about sneaking out. Well, we know something is going to come of Kieren and that bottle of Blue Oblivion. Hell, we don’t blame him, the way his home life has been lately. Go ‘head, Kier, pop a blue and head over to the Land Without Feelings.



Maxine gets closer to the First Risen: Let’s flash back to the beginning of the episode. When Simon’s Undead Prophet buddy leaves the hotel, he sets his bag down briefly in the lobby to intimidate some Muggles who were talking smack about him. Gary just happens to be there, and takes the opportunity to swipe a notebook and the Undead Prophet video from the bag. Ooh! Sneaky.


He hands the stolen goods over to Maxine, and when she watches the video, she knows the race to find the First Risen is on. That night, Maxine goes downstairs to watch the season finale of Sandra’s favorite TV show with the family. After the Grandma gets sassy with Sandra (God, we love her), Sandra starts talking about how she should have killed her monster-in-law when she saw her rise. Maxine just about leaps out her seat — “You saw The Rising?” Maxine brings Sandra to her room, where all of her pictures of the Roarton PDS sufferers are hanging. She asks Sandra to point to the First Risen, and she does. Too bad we can’t see who she points to. Ugh! We need to know!


Is Maxine planning to kill or protect the First Risen? Her motives still aren’t 100 percent clear, and the fact that they didn’t show who Sandra pointed to makes us wonder if it was someone other than Kieren. If it wasn’t Kieren, then is it Simon or Sandra who’s wrong?



Amy is coming back to life: Amy’s been having her bits lately: bleeding zombie-blood from her nose, getting the shakes in her hands. We’ve been unclear as to what is causing this — maybe eating sheep brains has its side effects? Anywho, Amy is at Simon’s with the rest of the brainwashed rotters, and she starts to have a seizure. They take her to her room and she blames her spell on sheep brains (we knew it!), but reveals that she doesn’t know what exactly is going on as she cries alone hopelessly in her room. She decides to seek comfort with boyfriend Philip, and they have an adorbs date playing putt-putt.


Afterward, she has Philip meet her in a tent in the middle of nowhere and reveals that she thinks she is immune to the treatments, and she is afraid she’s going to go rabid at any moment. She goes on about how that is no way to live, especially after having a brush with humanity by developing friendships with Philip, Kieren and the rest of those prophet jokers. She tells Philip to stab her in the head with a screwdriver before things get out of hand, and Philip clearly has issues with this. He’s struggling to follow through when Amy suddenly stops him. She says she can feel something through a hole in the tent … it’s the rain! She can feel the rain! That means her nerves are responding! Holy chocolate-filled cannoli … she’s becoming human again!


That means that she wasn’t having negative reactions to the treatment because she was becoming rabid … it’s because she’s becoming more alive. This show freaking rocks.



There’s only one more episode until the end of series 2! We have some things that need to be discussed.

1. The last thing we see in this episode is Simon returning home and choosing a knife from the pouch of weapons. So what does this mean? Is the Undead Prophet so important to him that he would sacrifice Kieren for a Second Rising?

2. Speaking of the Second Rising, is it even real? Perhaps it’s just something the Undead Prophet has convinced his followers is real because he’s a psychopath.

3. At the end of the episode, we see Jem grabbing her gun and Gary watching Kieren’s shadow outside of the Walker house. Gary is on guard already, thinking the rotters are planning something big. Are Gary and Jem planning to do something unspeakable to Kieren?

Sounds off with your thoughts and predictions in the comments below! Until next time … #FangsOut.




TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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