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'The Strain' recap: Will the Master make Kelly part of his plan?

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Loved Ones” | Aired Sept 14, 2014

As the first season of FX’s The Strain comes to an end (only three more episodes left), our Scooby Gang is still scrambling to find a way to take down the Master and save the world. This week in “Loved Ones,” Eph hits the streets looking for Kelly, Vas tries to use his flirtatious ways to gain access to the Stoneheart Group offices, and Dutch gets a good shot in on Eldritch Palmer. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Eph promises to bring Kelly home: Zack proves that he’s a mini computer genius and manages to track Kelly’s phone on a weak Internet connection. It looks like the phone is moving, so Zack and Eph are hoping that this means Kelly is still alive and well. Eph knows better than to get his hopes up. Seriously, what would explain her not returning home at this point? He decides to follow the signal and heads out alone to search for her. What he finds is that a woman has stolen her cell phone after finding it on the ground near Kelly’s abandoned car. Inside the car, Eph finds blood on a napkin, which is a terrible sign. His next stop is Diane’s house, and let’s just say, he can tell Kelly has definitely been there …

What really happened to Kelly:
In a series of flashbacks, we get the real story about what went down with Kelly. In a scuffle at her home, vampire-Matt got his worms all over her, and she wandered around looking for Zack. She first stopped by his school before heading to Diane’s house. At this point, Kelly was a full-blown bloodsucker who was ready for her afternoon snack. Kelly ended up letting her proboscis fly, draining Diane and her adorable son dry.











Kelly then took to the New York City streets, wandering aimlessly until she heard the Master’s voice calling her name. He lured her into the sewers, telling her, “Rejoice. Embrace your glorious fate.” Do all newborn vampires get this same special treatment? Could the Master be planning on using Kelly for his own gains by turning her into a sophisticated vampire like Thomas and sending her to infiltrate Team Ephraham?

image credit: Michael Gibson/FX

Image credit: Michael Gibson/FX

Dutch and Vasiliy pay Eldritch a visit: Dutch thinks she may have a way to reverse the damage she’s done if she can get into Eldritch’s offices at the Stoneheart Group. Knowing that the building is guarded like Fort Knox, Vasiliy decides to join in and use his rat exterminator credentials to get them in. Vas flirts with the secretary, assuming his charm alone will grant them access to the most secure part of the building. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t work. The secretary lets them think she’s allowing them access, but when Vas and Dutch take the elevator up to the 25th floor, Mr. Fitzwilliam’s henchmen are waiting on the other side of the doors. Fitzwilliam strips Vas and Dutch of the heat they were packing, and drags Dutch to Eldritch’s bedside. We’re not sure why physically grabbing her at this point was necessary. Not cool, Fitz!

Eldritch spills his motive for letting the Master destroy the world: eternal life. We all knew that was his plan all along, but even after his surgery, how much time does he have left? The Master doesn’t seem like he’s in a big hurry to help old Eldy out. He didn’t even send flowers after Eldritch’s operation.








Dutch ends up punching Eldritch in the face after he taunts her about her worthlessness. Eldritch tells Fitz, “We won’t be seeing her again” (translation: Kill her). Fitz and his men take Vas and Dutch into some hallway and act like they are going to kill them, but Fitz decides to let them go because he knows his boss is one fry short of a Happy Meal. Fitz, if you know your boss is certifiably insane and plotting with an ancient vampire to bring about the demise of the human race, why not just let Vas and Dutch help stop it? Fitz needs to reevaluate his loyalty to Eldritch, because standing by and just letting this happen is almost worse than doing it yourself.

Eph brings bad news back to Zack: Eph goes to Diane’s house to look for Kelly and finds the place trashed. He immediately knows something is amiss and heads to the basement. Finding Diane and her son infected by the strain, and not wanting to let them roam around like mindless minions forever, Eph kills them. Something in Diane’s hand catches Eph’s eye. It’s a piece of jewelry that obviously belongs to Kelly, and he knows right then what has probably become of her. After a brief breakdown in the basement, Eph pulls it together and heads back to the pawnshop, where he offends Dutch, causing her to leave. Zack then strolls downstairs wondering where his mother is.

image credit: Michael GIbson/FX

Image credit: Michael GIbson/FX

Leaving out the details, Eph reports that he didn’t find her but promises not to stop looking. For comfort, Zack grabs Kelly’s phone and scrolls through pictures and videos. Something tells us they won’t have to look for her much longer—she’ll probably be coming to them.

Missing from the episode? Gus! Where is he and when will he be joining the rest of the group? That’s not the only thing we’re questioning after this episode.

  • When will we see the hooded vampires again? Does Abe know anything about this group of vampire-hunting vampires?
  • Do Dutch and Vas have something going on? We know Dutch had a girlfriend, but these two have some major chemistry.
  • In this episode, Eph apologizes to Nora for saying he loved Kelly in front of her. Does a relationship between these two even stand a chance?

Sound off with your thoughts and your spoiler-free predictions. Until next time … #FangsOut.



The Strain airs Sundays at 10/9C on FX.

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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