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'The Strain' recap: Here comes Ephraham

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “It’s Not For Everyone” | Aired August 3, 2014

Oh, del Toro and Cuse, just when we thought you couldn’t get any more brilliant, you bring us this episode. While last week’s The Strain was a bit graphic for most viewers’ tastes, this week showed us what a crazy wife would do for love, what the insides of a vampire look like, and how to decapitate a 10-year-old girl who just happens to be a vampire. OK, so the graphics didn’t get any less censored, but that’s what makes it so awesome. Let’s dive into the best moments of the fourth episode of The Strain, “It’s Not For Everyone.”

Dissecting the pilot: Remember last week when the airline pilot was all …

Well, now they’re dissecting that pilot in the basement of the hospital; of course no one comes down to bother them during their dissection, and at no point do they decide it’s a good idea to call and notify the FBI/the police/FEMA/PETA/the Girl Scouts/anyone that they just found a dang alien-like creature that could possibly mean death to all mankind.


Jim takes pictures on his phone while Eph and Nora cut open the pilot. They see that he’s “gone smooth,” just like Gabe had in the last episode. His body has basically mutated and evolved into a highly efficient creature overnight, expelling all unnecessary organs. Nora and Eph pull his giant throat tentacle out and flop it on the ground. It’s disgusting and looks like Ursula’s tentacle from The Little Mermaid. Jim finds this as a good time as any to share the fact that he may or may not have let the van carrying the coffin out of the airport after making a deal with the devil. Way to go, Samwise—you just brought about the destruction of the human race! Nora and Eph take the phone from him and leave him behind in the hospital alone.

It’s also worth noting that Eph and Nora got a parking ticket outside the hospital. Nothing like a $20 fine to take your day from bad to “I should have just let the vampire eat me.”

The hacker girl: Eldritch seems to have gotten his confidence back after meeting the Master and is back to doing business in his skyscraper. He and Thomas are walking through the next steps in their plan, which apparently involve blacking out the entire city so the Master can complete his takeover of the world. In last week’s episode, we saw Thomas kill the CEO of Regis Airways, making it look like a suicide. That, combined with the whole carbon monoxide poisoning scam, has catapulted the mayhem to come. Thomas and Eldritch bring in a renowned hacker to cause the blackout, and lets just say she’s one fierce chick. We can totally see her being the Master’s trophy wife, if he’s into that sort of thing.


Eldi’s plan doesn’t stop there. He takes things further by manipulating that Maggie chick, the Secretary of Human and Health Services. He tells her that the bodies from the morgue were taken by the armed forces, and that a terrible virus unfortunately infected them all while on the plane. We aren’t exactly sure what he needs from her yet, but he passes out mid-manipulation. Then, a team of doctors appears to let him know a liver is ready for him, and Eldi is all sorts of confused, because he should have received his “miracle” from the Master by now. Word of advice, old man: Take the liver and run.

Gus stealing cars: What the French are they doing with Gus’s storyline right now? In this episode we follow Gus and his lowlife friend as they steal a car so they can sell it to some gang.


All this tells us is that Gus is addicted to money and needs Abraham to find him and recruit him into his vampire-hunting crew.

Ansel and his wife: Are you ready to get weird? Ansel’s wife comes home to find their family dog dead in the backyard. Hearing snarls and growling coming from the shed, she opens it to find Ansel. He’s locked himself inside and is pleading with her to get out before he uses his protractable proboscis to drain her like a Capri Sun. She just stands there and stares for a while because she’s really smart, and then eventually shuts the door when he scares the crap out of her. To make things even more awesome, the neighbor comes over, griping about the noise their “dog” is making in the shed. Ansel’s wife plays along and says she doesn’t have the heart to discipline it and asks the neighbor to do it instead. So what happens next? The neighbor takes off his belt so he can beat the dog (oh, hell no), and the wife shoves him into the shed to be eaten by her mutating husband.


This scene gets a giant eye roll from us because it seems highly unbelievable that someone would do that. The only explanation is that the wife already has some underlying mental issues. Otherwise, why? Just, why?

Setrakian and Eph unite! Eph and Nora decide to track down others who may be infected, and they start with the French family. When they get to the house, they hear creepy-children music in the basement, and when they head down to investigate, little femme fatale is down there waiting.


As her tentacle/python/whatever tongue is trying to latch onto their throats, Setrakian appears and slices her head off! He doesn’t hesitate at all and tells them that the dad is lurking near. As if on cue, the dad appears, fully transitioned into a vampire. Setrakian decapitates him too, and Nora officially loses it, rambling about how it’s wrong to kill these “humans.” Really, Nora? You were fine playing operation with the pilot, but Setrakian killing the man-eating father-daughter duo who were trying to suck you dry is too far? Eph tried to talk some sense into her, but as Setrakian affectionately put it, “Decapitating people and burning them alive is not for everyone.” Here’s the good part: Eph and Setrakian bro up, light a match to burn the bodies and get the party started. Yippee-ki-yay.


Here’s what we know:

  • The vampires from the plane can turn other people into vampires (see: creepy French girl and her dad).
  • Eph has finally joined the Setrakian train. Go team Ephraham!
  • Nora can’t handle the truth.
  • Ansel’s wife is nuttier than squirrel turds.

Sound off with your predictions, and be sure to watch The Strain Sundays on FX. Until next time … #FangsOut



The Strain airs Sundays at 10/9C on FX.

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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