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'Witches of East End' recap: Magic doesn’t solve everything

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “The Son Also Rises” | Aired July 13, 2014

We’re back! I’d like to start with a big shout-out to reader “Charlie,” who noted in the comments for Witches of East End season 2 episode 1 recap that the hot snake man is being played by Anthony Konechny, whom we sci-fi lovers might recognize as the face of the MX-43 androids in Almost Human. Stay tuned for another shout-out within the recap, and keep the information flowing. I love your diligence in tracking down what eludes me!

This week, we start with Joanna’s concern over Ingrid’s behavior. After getting drunk at the bar, she got home very late, if she got home at all. That question is answered when Joanna peers out the window to find Ingrid asleep in the yard under a tree, wearing the same clothes she was in last night.

Dash is trying to fling his hands at a candle to make it light, and maybe trying to make a bowl of water boil. Killian is at his side, antagonizing him: “Still shootin’ blanks?” We have yet to know what Dash thinks about his malformed brain, his similarity to Ingrid or his sudden ability to toss tables across the room with a thought. He must be theorizing about something magical, because when I’m having a bad day, trying to light candles with my fingertips isn’t tops on my list.

A phone call from his blackmailer doesn’t make things any easier. Demanding money to keep the video of him tossing Killian overboard is one thing, but demanding it on a federal holiday, when the banks are closed? What kind of animal is Dash dealing with?! Go figure—when he stops trying so hard, pounding his fists on the table causes the bowl of water to upend.

Ingrid is covered in dirt and starving. She claims to have had the best night of sleep she’s had in ages. Traipsing around in the woods with snake man seems to be good for our Ingrid. Does that mean she’s a willing participant in the tentacle action that goes down in the dark?

Joanna sits her daughters down at the dining table and begins weaving a tale: “Four hundred years ago in Asgard, there was a war.” Wendy sees Joanna is taking the long and winding road to the pertinent information and interrupts, “You’ve got a brother, and he’s sleeping upstairs.” Utter chaos erupts.

Ingrid clamps right onto the idea that Frederick is the one who came through the portal, and reminds her mom and aunt that Wendy saw a vicious and predatory aura on the shadow in the woods. Joanna submits that perhaps another came through the portal at the same time, and that’s the dark aura. We’re left to figure it out ourselves. Frederick steps in and immediately begins talking about his memories of Freya and Ingrid.

When Frederick notes he and Freya used to astral-project themselves to the beach, Ingrid wonders if they ever did that because it’s really friggin’ cool. It turns out Frederick is Freya’s twin, so they can only do it together. Frederick/Freya–now I get it! The girls are very happy to have their brother back, and Freya is ecstatic at having the twin she always dreamed of.

Joanna is digging up truth root to whip up a pie for Dash. “That’s your plan, magic pie?” Truth RootWendy teases. Joanna wants to determine whether or not Dash has powers. Wendy wants to give Frederick a little bit of the pie. He’ll only need a whiff to tell the truth. Wendy still wants Joanna to allow that Frederick could be pretending to have escaped to play on Joanna’s sympathies.

Frederick reveals another secret—in Asgard, they’re royalty. While they’re talking, Wendy floats the bowl of truth root under Frederick’s nose and asks about leaving Asgard. Getting a whiff might make it seem like he’s not lying, but we already know he has created a tolerance for Argentium (I spelled it Organtium last week, but a commenter, “Tara,” noted that since it was silver-based, and “Argent” is the Latin name for silver, it was more likely to be spelled this way), so why couldn’t he have done the same with truth root? Wendy seems pleased with his answer nonetheless.

Dash is still at the beach hanging with Eva. She’s afraid, because after only a couple days, it feels like they’ve been together forever. He has no idea how he got there, but thinks it’s the best thing that ever happened to him. Eva seems to be poking for some information, but Killian isn’t ready to receive it yet.

Wendy is looking for an earring. She’s not going to find it, because Frederick has it and he’s eating it as part of a spell. He’s speaking in tongues, or perhaps Asgardian. (Assuming the witches are speaking Latin or some other Earthly language would be silly, right?) He pukes up the earring, and it has an emerald glow.

Wendy felines her way to the hot EMT’s house, and he pets her and goes back inside to get some milk. From the outside on the windowsill, she sees that he has two children, and when he returns from the kitchen, the cat is gone. I want to know how the very cool necklace Wendy wears changes its size to fit her human neck and as a cat’s collar. Did I buy earrings this week that look just like that necklace? Don’t judge me!

When she gets to work, Ingrid finds Dr. Foster doing her work. He didn’t make the decision to hire her and doesn’t trust her. She promises “his ass has nothing to worry about,” and he should just leave her to it. He should know something about asses, because he’s a pain in Ingrid’s.

MoneyDash is filling a backpack full of money; he intends to pay the blackmailer. Dash screams at his shadow Killian to shut the hell up as he rounds the corner to find Joanna and Wendy with pie and wine. Whether he whiffs the pie or not, he wonders what they feel bad about: Freya ditching him at the alter or his mother committing suicide. At least we know that he knows Penelope is gone! He leaves without giving anything else away, and we don’t learn from the sisters whether or not they read anything from the encounter.

Killian is cleaning up at the poker table, but there are hard feelings. His opponent would like his money back and points a gun at him. The guy’s hand immediately starts to cramp, stretch and break before he drops the gun—Killian is feeling his powers.

Wendy feels a chill in the air at a local fair when it’s 85 degrees outside, just moments before Frederick comes into view. She doesn’t suspect him because of the truth root, but she’s a little spooked. Proving that things are different in Asgard, Frederick doesn’t understand the joke when Freya says, “That’s what she said” after Wendy quips, “Magic doesn’t solve everything. Sometimes it just makes it harder.” Get it? Harder? Frederick didn’t get it, nor did he understand why forgetting a corkscrew for the wine was a problem when he could just magic it out of the bottle. Freya remarks that it must be weird for him with everything so different, but Frederick replies that being close to her helped him feel at home. Wendy’s comment, however lightly it was taken, seems to hold a lot of weight.

Freya wants to know if their astral projection spell could help them find a person. Soon they’ll be magically looking for Killian. No matter why Frederick is back, he’s gaining Freya’s trust and possibly growing close enough to her that he might give up any nefarious deeds he has planned.

The-KeyAt the library, Ingrid is looking through a book from the collection she’s working on for Dr. Foster and finds a page with “Le Clan de Beauchamp” written on it, followed by one with the likenesses of her family: The Dagger (Joanna), The Bridge (Wendy), The Traveler (Freya), The Gatherer (“Who is that?” It’s not Frederick, as she’s female) and The Key (Ingrid) at the center of them all, holding them together. Is the identity of The Gatherer another family female and secret that Joanna and Wendy are keeping?

Killian asks Eva about magic. She thinks that he has it, but he’s unconvinced. She sets the stage with evidence and talks of her grandmother’s belief that there were people naturally aligned with the spirit world who have special abilities. She can use a spell her grandmother taught her to find out if he possesses magic, if he’s not afraid. He’s probably more afraid of unwittingly breaking another man’s hand.

Frederick and Freya begin an incantation to locate Killian at the same time that Killian and Eva are preparing their spell. Will the two spells intermingle? The twins create a door through which is Killian’s hotel. Freya senses Killian and opens the door. An owl flies at the twins and they break their hold with each other. Frederick knows an owl can be either good or evil, and Freya didn’t think it was very welcoming. She decides to go to Santo Domingo to find Killian as soon as possible.

My-BookIngrid is doing research on Le Clan de Beauchamp and discovers she has four arcane abilities. (Hidden abilities, apparently; not very helpful to viewers, the definition of that word!) One of them may be to sense people staring at her through the stacks, because she does just that. Dr. Foster is also lurking about, worrying that she’s handling the book incorrectly. She tells him he’s crazy and what he suggests will separate the ink and destroy the parchment. When she forbids him taking it with witchcraft, he angrily storms out. Ingrid is getting more feisty the more she learns about herself.

Frederick returns Freya’s earring and she shivers. EMT Tommy Gold steps up, asking if they can spar a little now. She demands to know if he has someone in his life, and his daughter runs up with a water gun. He’s separated and heading toward divorce. When he quotes Tolstoy, she uncrosses her arms and laughs when he gives her his number: 911.

Dash is leaving a backpack full of money under a bench in the crowded park. Granted, it’s a way off from the nearest ride, but really? Who would leave all that money in a park so openly? Frederick has disappeared again and Wendy feels another chill. Dr. Foster is wiping the sweat off his brow near the bench when he’s pulled into the trees by the shadow.

Killian and Eva successfully complete her grandmother’s spell. He doesn’t understand how he could have gone his whole life as a witch and never known. “Maybe you had to find someone like you, so you can be awake,” Eva purrs, revealing her own status. She suggests they found each other because they’re means to be together, and they fall into each other’s arms for a bit of sexy time.

When Freya is being manhandled at the bar, Frederick takes the man down and his eyes glow red. Freya is able to stop him, but it’s a close call. As Freya later tells a worried Joanna, he was fighting for her “rather aggressively.”

Dash catches up with Ingrid at the fair. He wants to talk about his patient with brain anomalies. She remembers when she fell off the jungle gym, but appears shocked that her brain has anomalies. Dash continues, asking if she recalls any strange symptoms before or after the accident. “Nope. No strange symptoms at all. Everything has been totally, super normal since then,” she confesses. Dash tries butter her up, but before he can continue, Dr. Foster comes out of the bushes, bloodied. “He’s here! He walks among us. He’s carving the ancient symbol of the king. This is a warning to us all!” Foster shouts before ripping open his shirt, exposing the same carved symbol on Dash’s recent patient.

WoEE_TommyTommy tells Wendy she just missed something really strange, especially since two days ago he took a guy into the ER with the same routine: the wounds and the ranting. Tommy thinks it’s “voodoo-looking shit,” but Wendy digs a bit deeper. He’s freaked out, but Wendy declares she’s drawn to the dark side. “Life is short—you only get one,” Tommy says. Wendy doesn’t want to be reminded. If the symbol is of the king and the Beauchamps are royalty, does that make him the grandfather from whom Frederick escaped? Neither Wendy nor Joanna saw the symbol, but it seems they would recognize it if it’s tied to their father.

Back at the house, while a storm is brewing outside, Ingrid explains to everyone how she’s changing, even though she’s not sure exactly what it means to be The Key. She’s decided her sleepwalking is actually her subconscious telling her to take the next step: to move out of the house and stand on her own. That gives Frederick somewhere to sleep. Just before the siblings toast with champagne and create their own fireworks through witchcraft, Freya receives confirmation of her airline reservation to find Killian.

Wendy is worried that Frederick’s behavior while protecting Freya indicates he could be capable of the violence against the two earlier men. Joanna knows her son, she says, but when Frederick walks up behind Wendy a moment later, she’s first greeted with another blustery shiver. Frederick tells Wendy she thinks she knows him, but she’s got it all wrong.

Dash receives another call from the blackmailer; today’s payment was just an installment, and the next will be $100,000. Dash grabs his monitor and fries it, sending electrical pulses across the room as Killian appears, whispering, “You know what to do next.”

There was no sign of the snake man this week, but I’m still connecting him with the shadow. The shivers that run across Wendy when Frederick passes are not making me feel all warm and fuzzy about him, and I’m worried for Wendy when she first wears that tainted earring.

Since her boss lurched out of the bushes, ranting and bloodied, moments after Dash asked about her brain anomalies, will Ingrid remember to ask Joanna about it? Dash still thinks Killian is dead. Killian hasn’t admitted in words anything about his life, but he did wonder how he could go his entire life without knowing about magic. Does that mean he remembers Freya and Dash? If so, why does he seem so simple and easily susceptible to Eva’s “charms”?

There’s a lot to think about, and Frederick just coming home and being a good guy seems like it would be too easy. While darkness can’t just be rising out of the males on the show, the episode title, “The Son Also Rises,” sure seems to indicate he’s bringing darkness with him. What are your thoughts?

Witches of East End airs Sundays at 9/8C on Lifetime.

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