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'Haven' recap: Mara/Audrey saga continues

Season 5 | Episode 5 | “The Old Switcheroo: Part 1” | Aired Oct 10, 2014

Pancakes and endearments are no longer enough to break Audrey out of the Mara shell in season 5, episode 5 of Haven. Now that Mara is aware of Audrey’s presence, it’s harder for Audrey to come out for her 10-second chats with Nathan and Duke.

Nathan thinks he can trick Mara by taking her on a case. Going on a case will have the benefit of being something Audrey likes to do, without explicitly treating Mara like Audrey. It’s a very confusing plan and a last ditch effort for Nathan, but Nathan hooks a human dog shock belt to Mara and takes her out for a walk anyway.

Vince is down in Manteo, North Carolina following a lead from Dave’s adoption file. Not only is Manteo the home of the Croatoan Historical Society & Cafe, but Dave’s file lists an address in Manteo. Vince hasn’t gotten too far with his investigation when he suddenly morphs into Dave. Switcheroo! The Teagues are the perfect specimens for a body switch.

The Teague brothers are adamant about how different they are, but they have always been a packaged deal on Haven. Their switch is pretty innocuous. They keep bickering as usual just in each others’ bodies. Waking up in Vince’s body in North Carolina, Dave is upset at Vince for following a lead without him. Vince (in Dave’s body) heads down to North Carolina to finish the investigation and keep an eye on Dave. He gets to North Carolina pretty quickly despite Dave being on the no-fly list.

5_595_slogoThe address in Dave’s folder turns out to be an old house belonging to the Duhans. Allison Duhan works at the historical society cafe and claims that she has never heard of Haven, Maine. Allison is obviously lying so Vince continues to dig and finds the phone number for the Freddy Psychiatric Hospital in Haven lying on Allison’s desk. A patient named Jeffrey Duhan (Andrew Kraulis) is currently at the Freddy.

The Duhan connection explains how Vince was affected by the trouble while he was all the way in North Carolina, Jeffrey is causing the switch trouble. With a prompt from Audrey, Nathan also figures out that the trouble causes people keeping secrets from each other to switch bodies. The trouble isn’t all that bad unless one of the switched bodies dies, because then the other dies too.

The second switcheroo victims are Dwight and Gloria, who are not the chummiest pair, so it seems a bit odd that there would be deep dark secrets between them, but Vicki shows up to the morgue with a package from Cincinnati for Gloria. Whatever secret Gloria is hiding from Dwight has something to do with Cincinnati. The Dwight/Gloria switch is by far the most entertaining part of this episode. Gloria enjoys her stint in Dwight’s young muscular body with milkshakes and doughnuts, while Dwight fails to get used to life as a short older lady.

While not essential to the plot, the Dwight/Gloria switch definitely gives us the best line of the episode. Dwight wants his daily coffee, but Gloria (in Dwight’s large body) advises him that coffee will give him/her heartburn. After some prodding, Dwight relents and asks Gloria “Tell me about chamomile tea,” to which Gloria (in Dwight packaging) responds “It’s lovely, but gin’s better.” Adam Copeland really nails the classic Gloria come back and even tops it off with a wink.

11_595_slogoAudrey manages a quick appearance while researching the switching trouble at the Freddy, but admits that it’s getting harder for her to stay. While Mara is sleeping in Audrey’s old apartment at the Gull, Audrey manages yet another glimpse through and tells the boys not to take her on the case the next day pleading with Duke that he can do it. Do what? Anyway, Nathan agrees and continues to try and solve the trouble on his own leaving Duke and Mara to pow-wow.

Duke is having trouble cramps again and will soon need to release another trouble or risk explosion. Nathan and Duke hope that Audrey will be able to do it this time instead of Mara, but that’s wishful thinking. In the morning Duke takes a new approach to the Mara/Audrey conundrum. Instead of talking to Mara like Audrey he talks to Mara about Audrey, more specifically about Colorado. Mara/Audrey does her little shaky head glazed eyes thing and Audrey appears to come out.

Duke and Audrey have a nice talk about Colorado until Audrey asks why Duke pulled away during the kiss. As we (and Duke) recall the scene, Audrey and Duke both pulled away at the same time. Before Duke can answer; however, he switches bodies with Nathan as Nathan inadvertently lets Jeffrey Duhan out of the psychiatric hospital.


Audrey asks Duke about Colorado again, but it isn’t Duke in there, it’s Nathan. Duke and Audrey’s secret kiss finally comes out, and Nathan is not pleased. After acquainting himself with Nathan’s feelingless body, Duke calls Nathan. When Nathan picks up, he is reluctant to leave Audrey’s side, but Duke begs and Nathan takes the call outside.

Duke tells Nathan that it isn’t Audrey in there, it’s Mara pretending to be Audrey. Duke knows that Mara caught onto their plan because she told Duke that there was something more in Colorado and Duke, the real Audrey, and the world knows that Duke and Audrey are best friends and nothing more.

So let’s get this straight: Duke is in Nathan’s body and can’t feel anything. Nathan is in Duke’s body and if he doesn’t get a trouble out soon, he’s going to pop. Mara is pretending to be Audrey, so the boys will get complacent and unchain her (at lease that’s Duke’s theory). Meanwhile Jeffrey Duhan, who is most likely causing this trouble, is on the run. The Duhans are also somehow connected to Dave. And to top it all off, Dave can feel when he’s near a thinnie and almost stumbles right through one in North Carolina.

With all the Teagues’ backstory and the Mara/Audrey conundrum “The Old Switcheroo” is rightly a two-part episode. Nothing much got done in this episode, but looking back through the years that is pretty typical for Haven two parters. Let’s hope that “The Old Switcheroo: Part 2” not only solves this body switch trouble, but sheds some much needed light on the Croatoan situation.

Haven airs Fridays at 7/6C 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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