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'Witches of East End' recap: Man, oh, Mandragora

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “When a Mandragora Loves a Woman” | Aired Aug 17, 2014

Well, well, well. We saw the end of one story and are left with a heck of a lot more questions after “When a Mandragora Loves a Woman,” don’t you think? There were some great quotes in the episode, plus a death and a bunch of reveals.

After the way things ended last week with Ingrid being scooped up in the Mandragora’s arms, it’s not surprising that everyone is on high alert in their attempt to rescue her. She shares some great news with Hudson when he arrives at the library: He’s been chosen. The Mandragora wanted to wear his skin, but it wasn’t a good fit. The way Hudson kind of laughs with a bit of hysteria at that thought is just heartbreaking.

What an amazing acting job by Rachel Boston in that moment. Her face takes on such an evil look, even more than when the Mandragora had his way with Dash and she was on her hands and knees last week. Before we move on, though, let’s get a good look at the creature and try to figure out how he works. Hmmm. A lot of fuss over a bit of a Ken doll. Even his tentacles aren’t anything to brag about. I apologize for once considering him sexy. Nuh-uh.

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The Mandragora did quite a job on Dash. He finds himself in the thick of it as deeply as Ingrid thanks to last week’s tentacle frak. Shiver. Could there be a less pleasant way of curing someone than stabbing them in the head (it looked more like the ear to me, which is a lot easier)? At least Dash and Ingrid had a way out, while poor Hudson was doomed.

Hudson always knew Ingrid was a witch. As much as Ingrid wants to do something to try to save her friend, Wendy says she can only be with him and help him say goodbye. Hudson shared a bit of happiness in learning there really was magic in the world before he succumbed to his Manjuries and died with Ingrid at his side. (Seriously, how great of a word is “Manjuries”?)

The Mandragora can do just about anything. He can change people’s personalities (Dash), suckle life from them (eww, Ingrid) and capture them in their own minds (Joanna and Alex).

woees02e06_Thats_Gotta_HurtWhile stuck inside their minds and racing through what seemed to be a never-ending library, Joanna and Alex have a lovers’ quarrel. Joanna pushes away anyone who loves her so she doesn’t have to feel, is the way Alex sees it. Instead, Joanna pushes to keep others from feeling the continual suffering she experiences as she loses her daughters. Stressful situations have a way of reuniting people, and after Ingrid was saved and all was right with the world, Joanna lets Alex back in. Alex has a life outside of East End, so a full-blown relationship might not be in the cards yet, but the door is open.

Meanwhile, Killian’s new power is to emulate Sookie Stackhouse. He can hear what people are thinking, “like their inner voices are inside my head,” he tells Eva. Is that why Eva keeps drugging him? So he can’t hear what she’s thinking? Even Sookie can hear all thoughts but Bill’s.

woees02e06_Hot_Wax_on_the_ChestThe way Eva makes Killian finish his drink like he’s a child who refuses take his medicine is bothersome. Why doesn’t he sense the red flags? Perhaps that’s part of the potion’s power as well. We still know very little about her, but we do know she’s up to no good. Why does she want a baby with him? He thinks he’s in love with her, so why she felt the need to spell him to have a baby seems even more concerning. At first I thought the symbol she melts on his chest was the King’s Symbol, but it’s not. What I do know is seeing them together is as far from sexy as I can imagine. Eva is her own special type of Mandragora, with the way she’s using Killian. A Womandragora.

The scenes as the witches try to finally free Ingrid from the Mandragora are full of witchy goodness. While Ingrid (nice body!) is pitched up in the kitchen and then set on fire, Wendy finds herself with a Manklet (another word waiting to be born) as the Mandragora tries to—I don’t know what he was trying to do, drag her into the closet? Nonetheless, it’s not fun for Wendy, and her nephew—who earlier in the hour she wanted to leave the family once and for all—comes to her rescue, severing her ties with the Mandragora and turning him to dust. That Frederick saved her life surprises Wendy, but she’s willing to accept him back into her heart. No words to that effect are uttered; you can just tell.

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That’s pretty much when you also know it’s a very bad decision.

Before Dash leaves, he and Freya finally reach closure on their relationship, but not before she confronts him about the bad things he said he had done, so dark they would make her shudder. He’s talking about the murder, no doubt, that Ingrid helped him cover up. The Mandragora was influencing Ingrid even then; how will she feel once she takes the time to recall that particular incident? She can’t very well go back on her word because then she’s an accomplice to murder.

woees02e06_Another_WayTsk, tsk, tsk. We might as well end the night with another three-word sentence; one that describes how we feel about Frederick still being in cahoots with his grandfather. I knew he wasn’t a good guy. What really stinks is that he was probably sticking it to his own sister by way of the Mandragora for his frakkin’ grandfather. What kind of men would subject their sister/granddaughter to be the sex slave of a thing like that? Yuck.

The good thing is that Wendy rarely trusts anyone even when she really trusts them, so hopefully she’ll see through his shiny exterior. He’s no prince charming. Which begs the question, hasn’t anyone wondered why he hasn’t gotten any friends yet or gone on a date? He’s too busy trying to kill his family! Everything Dash said about wanting all the Beauchamp women dead and being embarrassed about Freya’s life must come directly from Grandfather and Frederick.

I can’t wait to find out what comes next! In the meantime, I’m leaving you with some quotables:

“I remember everything—what he did to me, feeding off of me—and I let him. I enjoyed it!” —Ingrid

“It’s OK. I always knew there was magic in the world, and now I know for sure. I love being right.” —Hudson

“Is that all you got? I bet you banged my brother harder than that!” —Dash

Dash: She stabbed me in the brain.
Ingrid: They got me, too! Right through the ear!
Dash: It hurts, right?!
Ingrid: Like a mother!

Freya: Whatever happened in the past, you are still my friend, no matter what.
Frederick: Thank you, Freya. That means everything.

“We really did have a good thing.” —Alex

“I’m sorry. I know I let you down. I’ll find another way. I promise, Grandfather. I promise.” —Frederick

 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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