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'Hemlock Grove' recap: Prycilla gurl, you in danger!

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Lost Generation” | Released July 11, 2014

Before we delve into the latest happenings in Hemlock Grove, I want to give a much-deserved shout-out to those responsible for the show’s cinematography. From Miranda’s dream sequence to Roman and Peter’s respective animus morphing, this show’s visual style is rivaled only by that of NBC’s Hannibal. Not only is it lush and expansive, but the cinematography actually becomes a character in its own right. It’s a feat that is doubtlessly appreciated by fans.

OK, let’s just deal with the elephant in the room. Apparently, being at the center of a Roman and Peter sandwich means that you will find yourself on the receiving end of some pretty gnarly dreams, courtesy of the shared vision prowess of both men. Miranda learns this firsthand when she is assaulted with visions of a family being slaughtered by the men in masks. Yet as disturbed as she is by her dream, Miranda is downright ebullient after the threesome. The same can’t be said for Peter and Roman, who are as awkward with each other as you’d expect.

Miranda fills the two in on her dream, and Roman and Peter quickly scurry off to plot and plan accordingly. Apparently, their trust in Miranda only goes so far, and they leave her out of the loop. This, you can already tell, is a BIG mistake.

Believing Sheriff Chasseur to be on board with his visions, Peter pays the man a visit but is disappointed when the Chasseur doesn’t make chasing down nightmares priority No. 1. In a last-ditch effort to get Chasseur on board, Peter tells him of Roman’s involvement—which, naturally, piques the interest of Chasseur, as he is still attempting to figure out whether Roman had anything to do with his sister’s disappearance.

Having received a call from Norman, Roman scurries off to the White Tower and discovers that Shelley is alive! The two share a heartfelt reunion, and we are reminded again of the close bond that exists between the siblings. Olivia also arrives to the family gathering and fawns all over Shelley. This display of bizarre motherly affection infuriates Roman, and the two argue before being thrown out by Dr. Pryce. But Roman sneaks back in and pledges to Shelley that he will keep Olivia away from both of them.

Norman’s private investigator, the one we met last week as she riffled through Olivia’s belongings, and who will forever be known as Hot P.I., has been a busy bee. Not only has she linked Olivia to a murder from 1965, but she also managed to find the only living witness to the crime.

Alas, the answer to “Who ya gonna call?” proves not to be Sheriff Michael Chasseur. Although he promised to go immediately to the home of the future murder victims, Chasseur instead takes a side trip to visit Roman. The two engage in a bit of cat-and-mouse, with Roman denying any supernatural dream premonition abilities and Chasseur continuously feeling Roman out for homicidal tendencies. Over in Ohio, the family Chasseur should be checking on is getting perilously close to reenacting the sequence of events Miranda saw in her vision.

Over at the White Tower, Pryce introduces Shelley to Prycilla and tells her of his plan to have Shelley inhabit Prycilla’s body. While Shelley and Pryce joyously hug, Prycilla’s eyes fly open. Later, while inspecting her new body, Shelley realizes that Prycilla is an actual alive human, with a soul to boot!

It’s round two of Destiny vs. Miranda, and this time, it involves a round of pushing in addition to the verbal smack-down Destiny once again lays into Miranda. But the browbeating is interrupted when, upon touching Miranda, Destiny gets a wave of visions involving blood, children and snakes. She warns Miranda of the impending danger, but Miranda writes it off as one more attempt by Destiny to get Miranda to leave Peter.

The supremely dysfunctional mother-son combo of Roman and Olivia gets even wackier when, upset over Roman’s plan to cure his and Nadia’s upir state, Olivia reveals that Norman is actually Roman’s father. And just to put a fine point on the revelation, she also reminds Roman that this makes Letha his sister. You can’t ever say that Olivia doesn’t know how to make an exit.

Sheriff Chasseur shows up at the house in Peter’s vision, only to find the wrong family. Maybe the threesome got some wires crossed? Chasseur immediately thinks this was all a plot to get him out of town so that Peter and Roman could commence with their unscrupulous shenanigans.

Meanwhile, Norman and Hot P.I. arrive to talk with the murder witness. The committed woman manages to identify Olivia by drawing a number in her own feces on the wall. And while helpful to her guests, I’m not sure this is the kind of thing that would hold up in a court. But apparently I’m wrong, because Hot P.I. wants to go to the police immediately, while Norman votes to wait.

Shelley, believing that her return is causing those she loves pain, takes to the roof in a bid to end things. Pryce arrives and, in a shockingly vulnerable moment for the doctor, tells Shelley how much she means to everybody and how happy they all are that she has returned. The emotional monologue has its desired effect, but Shelley immediately demands that Pryce forget his evil-doctor plan of having her switch bodies with Prycilla. But Pryce wouldn’t be our own resident Dr. Evil if he didn’t have a plan. He convinces Shelley that Prycilla has no functioning mental awareness by unplugging the floating girl’s computer monitor. It seems that Pryce would rather forgo his scientific breakthrough in order to help Shelley live normally.

Roman and Peter connect their Spidey senses and figure out that the boy from Miranda’s dream plays on the Hemlock Grove’s Little League team. As the two scurry off to save the day, Miranda becomes even more suspicious about what is going on between the two men. Peter and Roman are able to thwart the murder, and each morphs into his respective mythological beast state and lays waste to the killers. Unfortunately, Miranda shows up and witnesses the carnage.

Hot P.I. wins the battle of wills, and she and Norman report their discovery to Sheriff Chasseur. At first Norman is a bit thrown that Chasseur so readily accepts what the two are telling him. But the dots get connected when Chasseur begins to tell the two all about upirs.

Olivia arranges another clandestine meeting with Dr. Z, and the two hatch a plot to disrupt Roman’s final conversion treatment. Norman arrives and begins to have angry sexy time with Olivia, but it all turns out to be a ploy to pluck a few hairs from her hairbrush for analysis. And Miranda steals baby Nadia by putting her in a box and driving off to an unknown destination. With that, the stage is set for a number of long-awaited confrontations!

Comments, Gripes & Observations

  • We finally learned the reason why Shelley lost her awesome glowy abilities! It seems that her immune system is compromised, and that’s what causing the dullness. Was anyone else shocked by the seemingly humdrum explanation?
  • Hot P.I. (aka Leticia) is smart and ballsy and reminding me a whole lot of Clementine. Ergo, I predict she is doomed.
  • I get Miranda wanting to flee with Nadia. I don’t get grabbing a box instead of a car seat for the journey. And in a snowstorm, to boot!
  • When do you think Peter will find out that Roman is Nadia’s father and that he and Letha were actually brother and sister?
  • Speaking of which, the Letha reveal would have had more impact if she were still alive. Bring her back, already!
  • Miranda’s mention of Dr. Spivak makes me think the friendly town doctor will become more prominent as things continue on.
  • Do we really believe that Olivia would sacrifice Roman?

Hemlock Grove can be viewed on Netflix.

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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