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'The Strain' recap: Thomas, put your face back on

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Occultation” | Aired Aug 17, 2014

The people of New York are in for a rude awaking. While this episode starts with the FBI interrogating Eph as if he’s a murderer, it ends with them being gravely sorry they didn’t listen to him when he said there was a terrible infectious disease sweeping the city. When a lunar eclipse shrouds the city in darkness during rush hour, the vampires have a prime opportunity to spread their love worms far and wide. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down in this episode of The Strain.

Seriously, please put your face back on: We kick things off this week with a scene of Thomas (sans face prosthetic) literally reeling in his prey. As if the header photo wasn’t enough, we have this GIF for you to enjoy below:







He has some guy attached to a chain in a white room. Thomas uses a crank to pull him by his chain until the prisoner’s head is on some medieval-looking feeding table. Apparently, going over and just grabbing the guy is not dramatic enough for Thomas’ taste. We’d also like to add that it looks like Thomas was feeding the prisoner junk food. If we were vampires—especially classy ones like Thomas—we wouldn’t be infusing our dinner with Funyuns and Yoo-hoo. We’d be feeding them filet mignon and San Pellegrino. You are what you eat!









Man on the run: Eph solidifies the fact that while he may be a workaholic with extreme control issues, he loves his family more than anything. While on the run from the police, Eph heads to his home, where his wife is shacking up with her boyfriend, Matt. Eph is freaking out and telling her that she needs to take their son, Zach, and get the hell out of Dodge. He doesn’t tell them that they need to run from a vampire apocalypse, just that the disease that is spreading will kill them if they don’t get out of New York City. Matt overhears this on the stairwell, and instead of giving Eph the benefit of the doubt, he calls the police.










The police show up and take him in, and his wife gets super-pissed at Matt. She pretty much tells him that he’s a guest in their house, and if he ever oversteps those boundaries again he’s out. We’re all about fierce females holding their ground, so this gets a huge “Hell yes” from us. Over at the police station, the two cops who have Eph in custody have already marked him as a criminal. They don’t take anything he’s saying about the strain seriously, and one of them punches Eph in the face. It was a bit dramatic, but karma gets him later. Eph finally convinces them that he knows where the bodies from the morgue are, and he says he has to take them there. By this time the eclipse is in full swing, and while the three of them are in the car stuck in traffic, they see the medical examiner in full-vampire mode. Remember this guy?









One of the cops feels the need to intervene with the medical examiner breaking into someone’s car, and once he realizes the medical examiner is a vampire with a protruding tentacle set on sucking his blood, it’s too late for him to turn back. He, along with the other cop who punched Eph earlier, gets bitten by the vampire, and Eph takes the keys to his handcuffs with a big “I told you so.” Sorry not sorry, dudes.

Son of a biscuit, Samwise! After being absent from last week’s episode, Gus has a big part to play this week. He continues his streak of making terrible decisions to try to save his mother from being deported. He’s summoned from his boxing session by one of Thomas’ men, and he brings his friend along with him. They meet Thomas in some creepy underground tunnel. Thomas tells Gus that since he “checked out the cargo,” he broke the deal and now is required to do another favor.









Gus isn’t down to be bossed around anymore and decides it’s a good idea to punch Thomas. Thomas doesn’t even flinch, and flings Gus against a wall with ease. When Gus asks Thomas what he is, Thomas replies, “I’m your salvation or your downfall. Your choice.” Why does he insist on being so dramatic all the time? Gus and his friend are left with no choice but to comply. The mission: Hop in a car, head to St. Sebastian’s hospital and get rid of a body. Guess who drives them to the hospital? Jim Kent. It’s extremely hard to understand how Jim hasn’t learned his lesson yet, but lunar eclipses tend to bring out the crazy in people. Together, the three of them get a body bag from the hospital and transport it to the river. The bag opens at one point and a vampire proboscis pops out. Gus and his friend take this extremely well (seriously, how did they not have a panic attack?) and toss the bag in the river. Fan-freaking-tastic. Did they just contaminate the water supply? Jim knows what these things are and that their worms spread the disease, and he still let them toss it in the water. Why would he not just burn the body instead? Jim wins the award for the most idiotic character on TV.

New favorite character alert! Vasiliy goes into work to find it completely empty. Where is everybody? No, they’re not all at a rat-trapping convention in Vegas. They’re just in the back room transforming into vampires. Vasiliy goes back there to investigate, when he hears a noise and finds his boss hunched over against the wall. His boss suddenly attacks him, shooting his proboscis at him. Vasiliy manages to shed light into the room through a window and watches his boss twitch and burn to a crisp. His response to seeing this is, “OK then.” He sees the secretary in the corner and burns her to death without thinking twice. Vampires with shooting throat tentacles? What’s the big deal?










Vasiliy’s next stop is to his parents’ house, which he apparently hasn’t been to in two years. His dad is home and we learn that he’s a borderline genius who’s writing a book about Ukrainian architecture. We also find out that Vasiliy’s dad is ashamed of Vasiliy because of where he works—hence, Vasiliy never visits his parents. Before you get to hating his dad, he also let us know that Vasiliy had a scholarship to study architecture in graduate school. Maybe his knowledge of building foundations will come in handy? Vasiliy tries to warn him to take his mom and get out of the city, but it doesn’t look like pops is going to be listening to any of that. Can Vasiliy just team up with Abraham and Eph already, so we can have a trifecta of vampire-slaying awesomeness?

Hashtag heart problems: Abraham has it rough this episode. The poor guy is literally saving the world and he has a heart condition. While Abe is at one of the victims’ homes (looked like the pilot’s wake to us), he finds a coven of transitioned vampires in the basement. He slices one of their heads off, and before he can get the rest, he starts having heart pain and is unable to take his pills in time. Fortunately, he heads upstairs into the sunlight before getting eaten. He still gets the job done by leaving the oven on with a burning flame, but he knows that moving forward, he can’t do this alone. By the end of the episode, Eph, Nora and her mother are all in his batcave ready to rock. Not sure what Nora’s delusional mother can do to help, but hey, if she’s down to clown, we’re cool with her joining the team.

We are getting closer every week to seeing our Scooby gang of vampire-hunters unite—only now waiting on Vasiliy to meet up with Eph and the gang. But even then, will they be enough to rid New York City of vampires before they take over the world? Sound off with your predictions below and tells us what you think will happen next. 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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