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'The Strain' season finale leaves unfinished business for season 2

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “The Master” | Aired Oct 5, 2014

It’s hard to believe that only a week has passed on The Strain from the time Flight 753 brought the Master to New York City to now. The season 1 finale finds our Scooby Gang finally taking on the Master, but as you might guess, things don’t go quite as planned. Let’s be honest: This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the show was renewed for a second season. Meanwhile, the hooded vamps make Gus an enticing deal in an attempt to recruit him into their own hunter gang. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Eldritch gets his balls back: With his newfound strength, Eldi decides to bust out his Armani—and liquid foundation. Did anyone else notice that with every scene Eldritch was in, he had a little bit more bronzer on? Maybe it’s all that quality time he’s spending with Thomas. That’s right; these two are besties now. Well, sort of. Eldi is doing the Master’s bidding and has Abe’s Batcave belongings moved into his office building. He even takes Abe’s wife’s heart-in-a-jar and displays it with other jars containing his failed organs. Been Netflixing The Walking Dead, Eldi-poo?

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Seeing this, Eldi’s right-hand man, Fitzwilliam, can’t take it anymore. He tells Eldritch that he’s lost his marbles and leaves. Eldritch, after throwing a hissy fit, finds comfort in Thomas and asks when his proboscis is going to come in. We’d take it as a good sign that an eight-foot python hasn’t yet emerged from our throats, but that’s just us. Thomas enlightens Eldi, saying that the Master only healed him, but didn’t give him immortality. Eldritch has been chosen to be a “special” vamp like Thomas, but before he can be given the honor of walking alongside the Master, he has more work to do. Eldi has no trouble rising to the challenge, and he proves it when he and Thomas visit the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Remember her? She’s planning to shut down the city, and tells Eldi that she’s about to call the president and have him declare quarantine and martial law in New York. Eldi doesn’t like this, and throws her off a roof. We aren’t really that mad, but at least she had more of a clue than Kathleen Sebelius.

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Master showdown: We know Nora is grieving, but that doesn’t excuse her picking up her mother’s smoking habit. She displays her decent singing voice by mumbling a creepy tune on the roof, but instead of singing her sorrows away, she really needs a hot shower and a good blowout. Nora tells Eph the only thing they need to focus on now is fighting. The whole gang, including Zack, head to the tunnels for a final showdown with the Master. Previously in the day, Eph and Vas found the Master’s coffin in the theater where Gabe Bolivar had his last show. They head back there, use dynamite to blow up some vamps, and enter the theater ready to rumble. Vas, Nora, and Dutch stay behind to fight Thomas, vampire-Gabe, and their cronies, while Abe, Zack, and Eph head upstairs to search for the Master. They succeed in finding him and start busting out all of the windows to burn the Master to a crisp. The sunlight weakens but doesn’t kill him, and he escapes down the side of the building. His vampire minions retreat as well, but the fight is not over yet. The Master and his army will regroup, and Abe has no idea how to actually kill the Master. Fantastic.

Gus gets a Scooby Gang of his own: Hooded vampires kidnap Gus. They take him deep underground, where they tie him up and try to talk. Gus doesn’t take this too well—but he’s not being a baby about it. No, our Gus was a straight-up boss. He wasn’t scared of the head hooded vampire (known as Mr. Quinlan from The Strain trilogy), just annoyed. He tries to escape a couple of times, but his attempt to flee only leads him to a large chamber—harboring three naked vampire dudes.

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The three naked vampires chillin’ are apparently some sort of vampire royalty and in a deep sleep. The leader of the hooded vampires tells Gus that they want to work with him and help him get revenge on the Master, as he is responsible for the death of Gus’s family and best friend. The hooded vampires want the Master killed because he’s broken an ancient code and gone rogue, which explains why they need Gus (to hunt him down during the daytime). Plus, they’re offering him a huge payday. We’re not lying when we say we’re excited for this partnership. Go, Gus!

Mommy’s home: Zack is the worst. He has an “asthma attack” in the bread truck, which forces the gang to make a pit stop at Eph’s house for an inhaler. Turns out, Zack was just faking it so he could grab a freaking Shutterfly book of memories from the house. He and Eph start looking through pictures, reminiscing on the good old days (seriously, they don’t have time for this!), when they see a shadow lurking outside. It’s vampire-Kelly, looking absolutely terrible (but still not Joan-bad). Zack starts screaming, “Mom!” He tries to run toward the back door to let her in. He’s joking, right? Never mind that he was just in the middle of a vampire-human war about an hour ago! Eph shoots at the glass but doesn’t hit her, and Kelly just walks away. Oh yeah, we’ll be seeing more of her next season. Eph swigs some booze, and after what he just went through, we can’t say we blame him. Cheers!

It pains us that this was the finale, and things were just starting to heat up! Here’s where the end of season 1 leaves us:

  • The Master is definitely planning on using Kelly to lure in the Scoobies in the future.
  • Could Gus’s alliance with the Hoods be a good thing, or will Gus end up dead after the job is done?
  • Will Eldi become the Master’s left-hand man (since the right hand is taken)?
  • The Scoobies are back at square one with taking down the Master, with no leads on what to do next. Will they team up with Gus and the Hoods?

Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below. We need to keep busy while season 2 begins filming! Until next time … #FangsOut!

xoxo,

TeamTSD

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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