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'Haven' recap: Maybe science and the troubles can be friends

Season 5 | Episode 10 | “Mortality” | Aired Nov 14, 2014

With just two more episodes until the midseason finale, Haven is securely in plot-setup land. As has been the case in every season of Haven, it’s a struggle to get through these last few episodes before the eventual finale payoff.

“Mortality” lacked the quirk and charm of Haven, instead drilling information into our faces that will inevitably solve all of the troubles in the next three weeks. But fans of Haven know that whatever is in store for us at the end of this season will make tedious episodes like “Mortality” worth it, so we carry on.

The town is terrified of the trouble-targeting contagion and is still firmly in quarantine. Rebecca and Stan are fiercely guarding the only exit out of town. Well, Rebecca is guarding it fiercely; Stan is taking bribes. Audrey tries to get out of Haven, but she is stopped. Luckily, Nathan pulls up and is able to talk Audrey’s way through the barricade. That man could talk his way out of anything. It’s the way he walks. Nathan Wuornos melts even the coldest hearts.

Audrey and Nathan set out to find the person causing the initial contagion. All of the infected people got food poisoning, so the first suspect is the delivery guy who voluntarily checked into jail a couple of days earlier. Smart guy. With the contagious troubled people locked in the morgue, jail is probably one of the safer places in Haven.

Victor the delivery guy tells Nathan and Audrey that he was sick and now he sees the death of everyone he touches. Victor’s trouble was triggered by the disease. Since everyone can only have one trouble, the contagion can’t be coming from him. Nathan steps out leaving Audrey with Victor. Audrey immediately has a coughing fit, giving Victor a chance to touch her and see her death. Victor tells Audrey that she goes at the same time as her sister. So when Mara dies, Audrey dies too. Interesting.

Audrey’s cough seems to be turning into the full-blown disease so Nathan takes her to the hospital and continues the case on his own. The only person to whom Victor made a delivery that makes sense is Pete the doctor.

Another infected person’s trouble is activated, killing him and two other people in the morgue. If Nathan can’t stop Pete, all of the troubled people in Haven will soon be dead. Nathan gives it the old Audrey try, talking to Pete and telling him to control his emotions, but it isn’t working. Pete is a man of science. He doesn’t understand emotions, and Nathan’s meditation solution is just making things worse.

As Nathan struggles to solve the contagion trouble, Dwight takes a different route entirely. Dwight drives Charlotte to the middle of nowhere for some target practice. He reveals the troubles to Charlotte in the most dangerous way possible, purposely attracting bullets to himself. Charlotte doesn’t believe him, so he calls in one of his guard friends to turn a banana rotten. Shouldn’t Dwight have done that first? He could get any number of troubled people to demonstrate their abilities instead of having bullets flying at him.

Charlotte is still unconvinced, but the genetic marking in all the troubled people intrigues her. She decides to try and find a vaccine for the contagion and possibly even the troubles. For that she needs the source of the troubles, aether.

CrossShotDuke is not concerned with the deadly disease going around Haven. The only thing he cares about is getting Charlotte out of Haven, and he wants to use Mara to do it. Duke and Mara head to the quarantine border, where Stan insists on inspecting Duke’s vehicle.

We finally get to see smuggler Duke back in action as he slyly admits to Stan that he has a little contraband, in an effort to stop Stan from finding Mara. With a bottle of illegal Jamaican rum in his hand, Stan is more than happy to let Duke and Mara through the barricade. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Duke in his natural habitat of crime. It’s a nice change from the constant drama of this season of Haven.

Duke’s plan is to use the aether to manipulate whoever is causing the disease’s trouble, so he and Mara head to Haven PD to get the aether. Just as Duke is about to crack the safe, Dwight bursts in and takes the aether to give to Charlotte.

There’s a tantalizing moment when Mara straddlesDuke under Audrey’s desk. Duke and Mara’s relationship is so weird. Mara’s evil, but she’s also intriguing and definitely has chemistry with Duke. Do we want Duke and Mara to be a thing? Not really—Mara is evil—but it sure is fun watching them fumble over each other.

Mara and Duke follow the aether to the hospital, where an irate guard member, Kirk, is pissed about the current state of affairs. Duke knocks Kirk out, which combined with the disease triggers Kirk’s trouble, sucking the oxygen out of the building. Mara is just about to grab the aether when Dwight walks in and they have an oxygen-less fight. Not the most compelling action scene as they both pass out.

Duke’s free-diving skills come in handy yet again, and he’s able to hold his breath long enough to get Mara out of the building. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it), Mara doesn’t have the aether. Pete is in the parking lot and confronts Duke. Pete wants Duke to kill him to stop his trouble.

With Audrey out cold and Pete still freaking out, the Crocker family trouble does seem like the best solution to Pete’s trouble, but Duke doesn’t want to kill anyone. That’s what Mara is for! She sticks a screwdriver in Pete’s neck, and as Pete bleeds out she convinces Duke to finish him off and end the trouble.

Was this Mara’s plan all along? Get Duke to accept his Crockerness? Her motives are fascinatingly mysterious. Audrey and Nathan are the heart of Haven, but Mara and Duke are the entertainment. Their weird relationship and Mara’s one-liners are driving this season. They’ve quickly become the more interesting duo, and the preview of episode 11 suggests their relationship is about to get even weirder.

In other news, while Haven is crumbling to the ground, Vince is using one of his guard contacts in the government to try and oust the CDC. After a lot of prodding, Vince gets some information—but it’s not at all what he was suspecting. The CDC does not have any personnel in Haven. Charlotte Cross is not who she says she is.

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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