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'The Strain' recap: Sorry, Nora—family first

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Disappeared” | Aired Sept 7, 2014

Things are certainly heating up on FX’s The Strain, and we’re not just talking about the pending vampire apocalypse. In this episode, “The Disappeared,” Eph and Nora take their relationship to the next level. We can’t say we didn’t see that one coming, but the timing is all wrong. With Kelly Goodweather missing, Eph’s focus is solely on his family, leaving us to wonder if Nora is just a distraction for Eph—a momentary escape from his grim reality. Dutch also plays a major role in the episode, as she comes clean to Abraham about her role in Palmer and Eichhorst’s plot. In other episode news, Vasiliy continues to be the man of our dreams and Zack is turning into a little Carl Grimes (The Walking Dead). Here’s everything you need to know about this episode of The Strain.

Matt wants some Zack snacks: Diane drops Zack off at the house, thinking either Matt or Kelly must be home. Matt is home, but he’s infected and tries to kill Zack. Eph and the Bread Truck Gang pull up to the house just in time, and Zack gets to watch his dad behead Matt in the kitchen. Zack takes this surprisingly well. Seriously, he was barely phased by his stand-in dad’s cabeza rolling across the tile right in front of him. Psh! Kids these days. Abraham gets Zack all packed up and sends him off with Abe, Vasiliy and Dutch so that he and Nora can stay behind and burn the body.

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Apparently, Eph doesn’t want Zack to witness the burning, but something tells me Zack can handle it. Now they just need to find Kelly and hope she didn’t get nicked by Matt’s throat-tentacle.

Dutch: Abe, Vas, Dutch and Zack are all heading to the pawnshop, but first, they need to make a pit stop. Dutch has to run into her apartment to pick up some of her belongings. Vas accompanies her upstairs, because he’s a total gentlemen. To Dutch’s dismay, her friend-lover, Nikki, has stolen all of her money and her laptop. Understandably, she goes into panic mode.


Simmer down, Dutch! You’re about to join a super-awesome vampire-hunting team, which is priceless. Her infected neighbor strolls into the apartment and Vas handles it like the boss he is. Side note: Is Vasiliy Fet about to become the new Daryl Dixon? We wouldn’t mind!

It’s time to leave the apartment, so they head back to the truck, where they catch the tail end of Abe giving Zack a little pep talk. Abe tries to play the part of the comforting grandfather, but he doesn’t quite pull it off. Abe: “Matt loved you, but he basically had rabies. Cry about it, then get over it. We mustn’t fail life.”











Zack says nothing in response. He just stares back at him, wondering why his father left him in the care of this crazy old guy. It was actually a great speech, but not for an 11-year-old. We think Zack needs to call up Carl Grimes for some apocalypse pointers. I think Carl’s dad has a phone he can borrow.

Back at the Batcave, Nora’s mother is pissed that they locked her in there alone for so long (we don’t blame her). Dutch comes clean to Abe about her part in taking down the communication throughout the city. He’s pretty calm about it, probably because if he gets too upset, his heart might fail. I mean, how many of those pills does he really have left? Maybe their next mission should be raiding a pharmacy. The question now is, can Dutch reverse the damage she has done?

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Gus: Gus’s friend Felix is in pretty rough shape. How he hasn’t made a full transition yet is completely beyond us. The prisoners get transported to another facility, and on the way there, Felix goes full vampire and starts shooting his proboscis at all of inmates locked in the back of the van, including Gus! He manages to attack the driver, crashing the van. When another guard climbs into the back, Felix kills him too. Gus, always on his A-game, grabs the handcuff keys off the dead cop, as well as his gun. He ends up shooting poor Felix a few times and running off into the night. Hopefully, he runs straight to the Batcave and joins up with everyone else, because Lord knows they could use more people in the Scooby Gang willing to do what it takes to survive.

Poland, 1944: We get another Thomas-Abraham concentration camp flashback in this episode. Flashback Abe finally comes face-to-face with the Master one night in the barracks. The Master calls him out, saying that he knows Abe has been watching him for many nights. Shockingly, he doesn’t kill Abe, which seems suspect since the Master kills everyone else without thinking twice. The Master does, however, crush Abe’s fingers to a pulp, leading Abe to be almost killed off by the Nazi guards for his weakness. Abe’s life is saved by an attack on the concentration camp, and he uses the distraction and chaos to hop the fence with a bunch of others and get away. Later, we see Thomas running through the woods at night being chased, before he Keebler Elfs it into a tree. Seriously, there was a trapdoor at the base of a tree. Perhaps that’s where he hangs out with the Master when he’s not too busy executing people and eating sandwiches in front of them at the camp.

Eph and Nora are not on the same page: Let’s get straight to the point: Nora and Eph hook up at the Goodweather house after saying a few words about Jim over Matt’s burning body. Their lovemaking scene is super-hot and passionate. Kelly’s friend, Diane, waltzes in and realizes what has just gone down, calling Eph out for being a douche bag. Eph, in front of Nora, proclaims that he loves Kelly. Nora is in the background, looking like she just got hit in the face with a pineapple, and she gathers her stuff and leaves. We totally understand why Eph would still feel that way for Kelly, but the last thing you expect to hear after you’ve just done the horizontal mambo is that your dancing partner loves someone else.

When Nora and Eph get back to the pawn shop, Eph goes to check in with his son (as he should), and Nora looks on, realizing that she probably made a mistake. Yes, she loves Eph. We’re guessing part of Eph loves her as well, but his focus is on his son and finding Kelly right now, which kind of leaves Nora out in the rain.










Blood brothers: Flashback Thomas ends up crying on the floor. He’s calling out to the Master, “Why have you forsaken me?” Would you judge us if we said we felt a little bad for him in this moment? The Master hears his cry and shows up. They start talking about a “new order” and then—get this—we finally see the Master’s (portrayed by Robert Maillet) face! It’s not cute, guys. It’s really not. Plus, his middle fingers are significantly larger than the others; we’re curious what purpose this serves him. He then cuts open Thomas’ arm with his Rihanna-talons, and puts one of his own worms inside of him. Was this Thomas finally becoming a vampire? Did he just get a promotion?

As always, we end every episode with more questions than we started with:

  • What is the Master’s next plan for world domination?
  • We have yet to see the hooded vampire vampire-slayers again. Where have they been hiding, and where did they come from in the first place? Will they join Abe & Co. to help take down the Master?
  • In the episode, Eph mentions that Matt has a gash on his face, alluding to the fact Kelly might have wounded him and escaped. Could she still be alive and hiding somewhere?

Sound off with your predictions in the comments below, and don’t forget to catch FX’s The Strain every Sunday night at 10pm EST. 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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