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Season 5 | Episode 8 | “Exposure” | Aired Oct 31, 2014

With Nathan in ghost world and Mara refusing to talk, Duke and Audrey are forced to call in an unlikely ally, the Darkside Seekers. Seth (Kris Lemche) heads immediately to Haven to lend his expertise. His old partner, Anderson, is no longer in the business, so Seth is working on his own. Seth is able to use his Winchester patented electromagnetic field tracker to establish Nathan’s ghostly presence in the police station. Audrey tells Seth to make a device that allows her to talk to Nathan and tells Duke to get some information out of Mara. With the boys assignments set Audrey goes back to trying to figure out the shadow people trouble.

Meanwhile in ghost world, Nathan is solving a regular people homicide. Sure the homicide was one “ghost” killing another, but for Haven that is as close as you’re going to get to non-paranormal police work. Nathan’s ghostly friend Morgan tells Nathan that a new guy with a beard is wandering around looking suspicious.

Nathan’s police skills are a little rusty and he doesn’t realize that Morgan is guilty, which is immediately obvious to anyone who has ever seen a cop show. Morgan has motive, Reggie does not. If Morgan goes back to the living world, he’ll be back in his cancerous body. Reggie may be angry at Nathan for the Mara thing and the way Nathan acts toward the guard, but there’s no reason for Reggie to want to be stuck in ghost land. Nathan and Morgan head to guard headquarters to track down Reggie. Reggie and Nathan get into a little scuffle and Morgan shoots Reggie in the back, thus cementing his place as Nathan’s ghostly friend.

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It only takes Seth a couple of hours to create a translator device to speak with ghosts, which begs the question: As a “professional” ghost hunter why is this the first time he is attempting to make such a device? The gadget does have one major flaw, it needs to be connected to a ghost to work and since ghosts are incorporeal this is a challenge. Seth tries to attach the wires to Audrey, who backs away prompting Seth to put his hands up, as you do when in front of an armed cop, which brings back a clue to Audrey. Reggie was on his knees with his hands up when he disappeared, not standing.

As Audrey looks through the farmer’s market photos for the hundredth time, she notices that the shadows of the missing people don’t match their states when they left, but do match their photos. The troubled person is Amy, the photographer. Hey, wasn’t Morgan’s fiancé’s name Amy? Everything fits together so nicely on television. Audrey and Seth head over to Amy’s house and sure enough the shadows match the other photographs.

Amy notices that there is a slash in Nathan’s jacket that wasn’t there before. The injuries the ghosts have transfer to the photos. The photo of the man who was stabbed has also changed. Audrey needs to figure out how Amy’s trouble works fast with Nathan and the ghosts in trouble.

There isn’t enough time for Seth to complete his gadget, so Audrey decides she will go over to the other side holding it and hopefully be able to communicate to the corporeal world. Amy takes Audrey’s photo, but nothing happens. Audrey doesn’t disappear. There is a step missing and for answers we go back to Mara in the basement of the Cape Rouge.

Duke is not going to give Mara the Crocker journal, so Mara makes a counter offer; she wants Duke to talk about his mother. Mara is a mysterious lady. We’re all fans of some Crocker back story, but why does Mara care? Duke hesitates at first, but with the Nathan situation getting worse, he gives in, with the help of his trusty friend Bourbon.

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Duke tells Mara that his mother wasn’t there when he was growing up and only came around to collect the welfare check after Duke’s dad died. Duke basically raised himself and has only seen his mother once since he turned 18. Duke saw her on the street in Boston asking for dope and she didn’t recognize him as her son.

As Duke finishes his story, Mara admits that she made a painting trouble in which the painter’s subjects would disappear when the painting was complete. Perhaps the photography trouble is the modern evolution of that? The people only disappeared after the painting was complete so for Audrey to cross over, Amy needs to print her picture.

Amy hits print and in a flash Audrey is on the other side and thrown into a scene she is not expecting. Nathan notices that Morgan was holding a knife in a picture on Amy’s mantle the day he disappeared. Morgan is the ghost killer. Morgan has knocked Nathan out and taken his gun and as Audrey goes to help Nathan, she turns to see Morgan standing over her, pointing a gun.

Morgan tells Amy through Seth’s fancy machine that she should take a picture of herself and send herself across to end the trouble. Seth doesn’t think this is right, but before he can stop her Amy is over in ghost land. The pain of losing Morgan is the source of her trouble and as she lets go of her fiancé, realizing that the man she loved no longer exists, Amy, Nathan, Morgan and Audrey return to the corporeal world. Morgan still has a gun on Nathan and Audrey as they return, but Seth comes in to save the day, knocking Morgan out. Score one for the Darkside Seeker.

The trouble-of-the-day plot took up most of “Exposure,” but the overarching season plot was not forgotten. Dave is still in the hospital because the doctors want to take a biopsy of his weird leg wound. Vince knows that the results may be less than normal and tries to steal the sample, but gets caught. Dave luckily has Garland Wuornos’ police badge on him and manages to get Vince out of a tight spot.

Vince and Dave return to Haven for a nice fruity cocktail at The Grey Gull, but their celebration is interrupted by the CDC. Word of Dave’s strange injury did get out and now the scientists are coming to Haven. We know from years of paranormal fiction, scientists are the enemy. At the end of the episode we get the first glimpse of Dr. Charlotte Cross (Laura Mennell), who will be this season of Haven’s resident lady guest star. Good luck Laura, that spot is harder to keep than the Defense Against the Dark Arts position at Hogwarts.

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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