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'Haven' recap: Pancakes and tickling prevail

Season 5 | Episode 3 | “Spotlight” | Aired Sept 25, 2014

After the crazy-intense first two episodes of season 5, Haven returns to its standard trouble-a-week format in “Spotlight.” Unlike the sewn-eyes trouble, the spotlight trouble has nothing to do with the overarching Nathan/Mara plot, and therefore, this episode feels disjointed. Until Audrey and Nathan are back handling the daily troubles themselves, it is going to be hard to connect the trouble-a-week format with the seasonal plot.

It’s been 12 hours since Nathan ran away with Mara, and Dwight is getting antsy. Duke brings some supplies for Nathan, and Mara and tells Nathan that if he hasn’t miraculously fixed Mara in 24 hours, he will call the guard on Nathan. Duke is still dealing with his own grief over Jennifer and tries to convince Nathan that he should move on from Audrey too, but it doesn’t work. Nathan talked to Audrey and is now obsessed with pulling her out of Mara. To everyone else in Haven, Nathan’s behavior looks insane, but to us, it’s just good old romantic Nathan.

Two guard members find Mara and Nathan on the road, but Mara and Nathan easily overpower them and keep going. Nathan tells Mara they are heading south while he’s within earshot of the guard members, and successfully throws the guard off his scent using the oldest runaway trick in the book. Instead of heading south, Nathan takes Mara to his father’s cabin up north, where not too long ago he and Audrey shared some quality alone time.


Mara has all of Audrey’s memories and won’t let Nathan forget it. Mara also has the memories of everyone else Audrey has ever been. She knows all about Nathan’s dalliance with Sarah and thinks that maybe Nathan’s love for Audrey is more physical than he lets on. “Sarah” remains one of the all-time best episodes of Haven, but Mara does have a point. It’s a little creepy that Nathan seems to be attracted to Audrey no matter who is inside her body. Nathan has a plan for what to do with Mara, but for the moment he leaves us and Mara in the dark.

The plan apparently involves making out with Mara, because that is exactly what Nathan does. He is obviously lonely and misses Audrey, but how will making out with Mara help his cause? It’s possible Nathan really is going insane and the Audrey flashes are his sleep-deprived mind, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and say the makeout is strategic.

Nathan comes to his senses and backs off when Mara bites his lip, which is something Audrey presumably wouldn’t do. After some more taunting and a beneath-the-covers striptease, Mara finally falls asleep. With Mara asleep, the truth comes out; Nathan has no idea what he is doing and no clue how to get Audrey back. Mara’s sleeping state seems to make her weaker, and Audrey manages another brief break through the Mara shell. Audrey tells Nathan to treat her like Audrey, not Mara, because it helps her fight Mara’s hold.

Step 1 in treating Mara like Audrey is, of course, some piping-hot pancakes. Mara wakes up to pancakes and a seemingly deranged Nathan, who won’t stop calling her Parker. Nathan is determined to hold the Audrey ruse, and is unfazed by Mara’s continued annoyance. After some pancakes, Nathan proceeds to step 2: tickle-fest. Surprisingly, tickle-fest is an immediate success, and Audrey manages to resurface for the longest stretch yet. She tries to warn Nathan that Mara has some aether in her jacket pocket, but Mara’s hold is still too strong. Before Nathan can make any real progress, Duke bursts in and the spell is broken.


While Nathan and Mara/Audrey have been canoodling in the woods, Duke has been having a really bad day. His friend Jodi shows up at the Grey Gull with beams of light exploding from her chest, and things get worse from there. Duke and Dwight try to contain Jodi’s trouble with little success. Jodi’s trouble kills her sister and injures her daughter. As per most of the troubles in Haven, Jodi’s comes with a catch: She needs light to survive, but as soon as she has light, she kills everyone in her path with the beam things.

Duke doesn’t want to let Jodi die, so he decides to let Dwight know that he can find Mara and Nathan. Duke hopes that Mara can fix Jodi and save her life. Why everyone keeps assuming that Mara will be willing to help is a mystery. She has done nothing but hurt people since arriving to Haven, so the idea that she will save one innocent life from a pesky trouble is pretty far-fetched … but it’s the only option Duke has.

Duke arrives at the cabin to find Nathan and Audrey in a very compromising position. Audrey snaps back into Mara immediately, unable to keep control of her body under stress. On top of all of that, Duke looks like he is going to drop dead any second. He hasn’t dealt with the whole eye-bleeding-sickness thing that came over him in the cave. Mara tells Duke that he is going to explode because of all the Crocker-absorbed troubles swishing around inside of him. The only way to alleviate the pain is to release one of the troubles.

Mara offers to release a mild trouble in order to help Duke, but she needs to know the specific Crocker-killed troubles. Duke conveniently has them all written down in his father’s journal, which is not so conveniently buried with his brother. Duke sends Nathan to get the journal, leaving Mara and Duke alone in the cabin. Mara tries her taunting on Duke, recalling his and Audrey’s trip to Colorado, but Duke is unswayed—which is probably due in part to his incapacitating illness. Duke doesn’t have much time to consider Mara’s plan for him, as Dwight, along with some guard backup, bursts into the cabin. It’s going to take a lot more than tickles for Nathan to get Mara/Audrey out of this one.

Haven airs Thursdays at 8/7C on Syfy.

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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