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‘The Strain’ hits its stride with 'Creatures of the Night'

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Creatures of the Night” | Aired Aug 31, 2014

Goodness gracious. Great balls of fire! That’s what we’re talking about, people! That episode was the best one so far, hands down. The Strain hits its stride in episode 8, “Creature of the Night,” when it brings Vasiliy and the blond computer hacker (Dutch) onto Team Ephraham (Abraham and Eph). The suspense was through the roof—with vampires and gore galore. We also got our first major death of the season, and it was a shocker indeed. Injuring Thomas last episode sent a very clear message to the Master, and in this episode, the Master replies—with a swarm of relentless vampires. Here’s everything you need to know about what went down on that brilliant episode of The Strain.

Looters: Nora, Eph and Jim snap into action by breaking into a medical supply store in search of UV lamps. Someone has beaten them to the punch, though. It’s Vasiliy! Our minds were pretty much doing backflips at this point, because we knew Vas was about to join Abe’s vampire-slaying club and all of our dreams would soon come true.




Vas is kind enough to split the UV lamps with them, which just further proves he’s ready to become a team player. Eph, Jim and Nora go across the street to a gas station while Abe tries to recruit Vas, who’s more interested in rolling solo. Save that speech for a later day, Abe! Vampires start descending upon the gas station, and before we know it, Eph, Nora, Jim, Abe and Vas are all trapped inside with no way out. Looks like Vas will have to work with them no matter what now.

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Trapped: The whole gang is now trapped inside of the gas station, and guess who’s there—the hot computer-geek chick, Dutch! Remember this babe?

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She’s there with a female friend, who doesn’t seem too thrilled by the pack of zompires (as we affectionately call them) herding outside of the gas station. To make matters worse, they overhear the patrons inside talk about how all the phones, WiFi and credit card machines are down—and her friend starts to panic. Dutch decides to drop the bomb that she’s the cause of all this, privately to her friend—which causes her to freak out even more. Team Ephraham, with its new member Vasiliy, immediately get into battle mode and start preparing to defend themselves, charging the UV lights and warning everyone to stay inside. Some random old dude who looks like Kenny Rogers doesn’t take their advice and thinks his best bet is to try to run past the pack of zompires outside to a bread truck near the gas station. Long story short, he doesn’t make it.

Dutch’s friend decides to try her luck, and she swerves through the group of zompires like they’re traffic cones and runs free. Then something crazy happens: The gang notices that the creatures didn’t follow Dutch’s friend outside of the gas station parking lot—they turned their attention back to them. They seemed focused, fixated on the people inside. Then our group of survivors realizes that they aren’t here to drain just any old human. They are here for Abe and team, and were sent by the Master!








Looks like the “message” Abe sent the Master last week wasn’t well received. Our best guess is that Thomas and the Master are slurping on some O-negative cosmos and laughing all the way to their inevitable world takeover. Soon after, Abe and the gang realize they are being specifically targeted, and things start to escalate. The gang tries to hold the fort and hold off the increasingly aggressive vampires. Jim, still trying to redeem himself for catapulting this entire chain of events, starts charging one of the UV lights and uses it to ward off any creatures from entering. His efforts work, but he gets caught in the crossfire, and one vampire’s proboscis grazes his cheek! Check out a clip of the battle:










RIP Jim: Jimbo tries to wash out the cut in the bathroom, but no dice. Sorry, Samwise, but no amount of hydrogen peroxide and lukewarm tap water is going to deworm your face. Nora and Eph notice a worm crawling in Jim’s cheek and decide to do an emergency procedure to remove it. We get it: They’re friends and they want to save Jim, but they don’t really have time for this crap right now. Vampires are attacking the building from all sides, and it’s imperative they get out right away. Eph cuts into Jim’s cheek, removes the worm and burns it under a UV light.










Success! Not so fast. Shortly after, they see more worms crawling under Jim’s skin, and they know there’s nothing they can do. Eph and Nora refuse to pull the trigger on Jim, so Vasiliy steps up and gets the job done. We’re pretty upset about Jim’s death because it means we don’t get to make anymore Samwise jokes. Eph and Nora are obviously devastated as well, but they can grieve over his death later—right now they need to get the hell out of Dodge!

The Great Escape: With high emotions from Jim’s death, the group acts quickly to save themselves from the same fate. The creatures are now coming into the building from the roof, and they group is running out of time to escape. They come up with a plan to use the UV lights as a blockade, and they make homemade Molotov cocktails, aka grenade bombs, to launch at the zompires.

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During their preparation, Vasiliy compliments Abe for his creative use of the nail gun to attack the zompires. They shake hands, which in our eyes solidifies Vasiliy joining the Scooby gang. The plan they came up with works, and the group sprints to the bread truck, where they find the keys on the driver. Vasiliy takes the position of captain and drives them all off to safety. Vasiliy is officially No. 1 on our list of the most kickass characters on the show, next to Abraham (hey, we have to give props to an 80-year-old with a zompire-fighting sword).

All that was missing from the episode? Gus and his six-pack.











Gus is one tough cookie with a heart of gold, so we know he’ll fit right in on Team Ephraham. In addition to our need for Gus to appear next week, here are some thoughts to marinate on:

  • What will the Master’s next move be now that Abraham and the gang escaped the gas station? Something tells us he won’t be giving up that easily. After all, we just learned that he can see through the eyes of all of his hideous minions.
  • Will Dutch ‘fess up and tell everyone what she did? If we were she, we would probably take that little secret to the grave.
  • Who were the creepy cloaked vampires from the previous episode? They are obviously looking to stop the strain from spreading, so where did they come from? Remember, we have yet to read the books, so we are looking at this with new eyes.

Don’t miss The Strain every Sunday on FX at 10pm EST. In the meantime, sound off with your thoughts and predictions, and we’ll see you next week. #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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