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'Scarface' and 'Saturday Night Fever' invade 'Witches of East End'

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Boogie Knight” | Aired Aug 10, 2014

so2e05woeevictor-2-1Joanna says goodbye to Victor with a spell in the woods, at which time she also learns that the Mandragora came through the portal. Good old grandfather found a way to tame the feral creatures to do his bidding. They’re super-powerful and as far as Frederick knows, nobody has ever fought one and lived to talk about. Joanna knows differently.

“Three drops on the tongue, simple chant, think of a year and BOOM, you can revisit any life you’ve ever lived!” I would give pretty much anything for that potion Freya concocted, and her visiting the ’70s was so much fun! At the disco, Gossip, she engaged Killian in a sexy dance and he pulled his best Tony Manero impression, not just with his gyrating hips (which were hot hips!), but with the flick of his hair using the palm of his hand—shiver-worthy!

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Dash, by comparison, seemed a bit more Tony Montana, just waiting for someone to cross him so he could take them out. Freya has learned that she’s always known Killian. Sometimes Dash is there and sometimes they aren’t even brothers, but always Killian—in every life. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to visit their past lives so vividly? Besides Ingrid, who has not shared the fun lifestyles of her sister. A cult? She needs to sneak into Freya’s past lives.

Freya gets to play with Killian in the real world because he comes back to the bar. Isn’t there anywhere else in town to work as a bar back? He knows all about witches and warlocks and wonders when Freya first knew about it all and why she didn’t tell him. Could Eva have had something to do with it? Yes indeed. When Freya is ready to tell Killian she’s still in love with him, up walks Eva, talking about her large family that is threatening to visit. That encounter hits Freya hard, and she runs into the back to drug up and hit the past again. I can’t say I blame her.

I wonder if Freya runs into her in any past lives.

s02e05woeeblackfingers-1Dash is mirroring a lot of what Ingrid did when she found out she was a witch. When his patient dies, he resorts to magic to bring him back to life. When you’re a doctor, the odds are against you being able to turn away from the dying when you know you have a private arsenal at your disposal. Hell, Ingrid was just in love and brought someone back to life. How could Dash resist? When Ingrid visits Dr. Gardiner for help with sleepwalking, she notices his hands, which show the side effects of a spell. “Was he dying or dead?” Ingrid asks. “Dead,” Dash admits. “Oh shit,” Ingrid sighs.

Dash did a quickie spell that removed death. He thought he was banishing it, but instead he pulled it right into himself. Whoops. Ingrid tries to talk Dash into returning Sammy’s death to him because it was his time to die, not Dash’s. It’s not as awful as it sounds, apparently. But when Sammy’s mother congratulates Dash on the miracle, the best-laid plans no longer seem so. Dash’s hands are black as pitch.

When a guy comes in with a bullet wound to the chest that he received trying to rob a liquor store, you can see the thought bubble atop Dash’s head, wondering if maybe he can just return Sammy’s death to some other random slob who doesn’t deserve to live anyway. Playing God must be a powerful feeling. When Ingrid congratulates Dash on returning the death, she has no idea he killed the thief.

so2e05woeewendysexhand-1Joanna turns to an old acquaintance, Alex (Michelle Hurd, whom I knew as the police captain on The Glades) for her Mandragora expertise, but she doesn’t have nice memories of Joanna and leaves her without helping. She later rethinks her decision and shows up at Joanna’s, where she last visited 35 years ago, asking if they’ve found the Mandragora’s mate. OMG–Ingrid is his parasite! It takes in the energy of its partner during sex. Wendy is all like, wait, oh wait, oh wait! It feeds by having sex? She so wants to be able to do that. Except the relationship between a Mandragora and its mate is permanent; killing one means killing the other. What the hell has Ingrid gotten herself into?

HA! I thought the thing Joanna found during Victor’s parting ceremony was an arrowhead or something similar. Apparently it was a Mandragora scale. They’re kind of disgusting, hard and not all that pliable—very unsexy, actually.

Alex reads Wendy’s palm, and it upsets Joanna enough that it makes me think the reason the two hate each other has something to do with reading a future. While Alex and Joanna are out scouring the lands for the Mandragora, he’s calling on his mate. It seems everyone’s about to meet up in the woods. Those tentacles the creature has can inject a neurotoxin into the brain of their victim, causing psychosis and death. Joanna agrees that’s probably something they want to avoid.

Frederick is in his room when his brand flares up. He starts to foam from the mouth and has a seizure. Wendy is worried, but Frederick doesn’t want her to say anything until they kill the Mandragora.

s02e05woeecokemagic-1Speaking of unsexy, Freya went back to her ’70s life again, and we learn Dan (Dash to us) owns Gossip and is the coke dealer. It’s like magic, the drugs, but Bobby (Killian to you and me) wants her free of the bad guy. The thing is, Freya is using her gifts to do a spell over the coke so they can sell it for double. When Freya tells Dan she wants out, a physical battle ensues. Dan screams, all Tony Montana–style, that she won’t get away with leaving him and not pay a price.

Seventies Freya then visits Joanna and her guest, Alex, who are about to make fondue. (For your information, the fondue pots made in the ’70s are available on Ebay and are the bomb. I can’t recommend updating your current kitchenware with these retro goodies highly enough.) From the vibe I’m getting with Joanna and Alex, they were lovers. Look at the photo up top and see what you think. While Joanna is out of the room, Alex reads the future of Freya and Bobby, with a warning that it always ends in death. Freya runs out, angry that her own gift of premonition has never shown her the same results.

Suddenly Freya is making out with Bobby at Gossip, asking him to run away with her, when Dan shoots him in the heart. Dan blames Freya as Bobby lies dying on the floor. Present-day Freya finally wakes up, struggling for breath. Things really don’t turn out well for her and Killian.

Reading Freya’s future is what turned Joanna away from Alex all those years ago. When Joanna finally admits it while they’re traipsing in the woods, Alex grabs Joanna for a fiery kiss. Passion, it seems, was never their problem. Called it! As Ingrid leaves the woods, Joanna and Alex see the Mandragora. Joanna finds Ingrid’s shoe and stops Alex from killing the creature for fear of Ingrid’s life—but a bullet tore through his arm. Ingrid wakes on Dash’s couch with a fright, blood running from her arm where her mate was shot.

woee_205_05052014_jd_0187-1When Dash suggests they should consult her family on whatever crazy is going on with her, the Mandragora doesn’t take kindly to such talk. Ingrid seems to totally disappear and become one with her Man as he grabs Dash and tentacles him, while Ingrid smiles a sort of evil grimace.

Elsewhere, Freya has decided to tell Killian that just because something feels right doesn’t mean that it is, and they should remain friends. She even goes so far as to tell him she’s happy he found Eva, with whom he seems to share a true bond. Except that bitch (Eva) pops something in Killian’s drink when she sees him talking with Freya. So much for trusting in love, something they probably never had. She’s been the dark owl using him the whole time.

s02e05woeemandragora-1Over at Dash’s, Joanna and Alex are tracking the Mandragora, whom they find with Ingrid in his arms, just as they escape in a puff of smoke. Joanna and Alex didn’t run into Dash, so he must be up in the attic biding his time, psychotic and close to death. It’s not been a good day for the Gardiners, and things don’t look much better for the Beauchamps.

I’m not too concerned that we’ll lose anyone else to a permanent (in this lifetime) death this season, but after watching this episode, I’d be totally all right with the series ending the lot of them and taking us back to another time for season 3—or even forward into the future. With so many lives lived, the canvas is kind of endlessly exciting.

What do you think? Are you up for some more time revisiting? Who was sexier in the ’70s: Bobby (Killian channeling Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever) or Dan (Dash channeling Tony Montana from Scarface)? Do you like your boys good or bad?

What about the Mandragora? Can they successfully remove Ingrid from him without killing her, or will they have to toss the dude back into the portal? Why is Frederick’s brand pulsing? Is he connected to the creature as well?

There are a lot of questions, and I hope you have some good theories!

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

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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