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'Haven' midseason finale recap: Mara's mommy dearest

Season 5 | Episode 13 | “Chosen” | Aired Dec 5, 2014

After a rough start to season 5, the Haven midseason finale brought back everything that is wonderful and magical and beautiful about this show. Haven fans are used to 13-episode seasons and since the second half of season 5 isn’t airing until next year “Chosen” should be treated as a season finale—and what a finale it was. There was passion, loss, crazy troubles, some serious Parker family drama, and even some cheeky lines from Gloria thrown in.

Charlotte wants to take Mara back through the thinny with her and hopes to save Audrey and Haven in the process. It’s an ambitious task, even for a CDC agent with 1,100 years of experience. Nathan and Audrey stop for a cup of coffee before they get into heavy search for Mara mode (they are cops after all), but Nathan leaves Audrey in the car since she is super cold and definitely dying. Mara hops into the Bronco with a gun pointed at Audrey’s head. That will wake you up better than coffee.

After a minute of Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap-esque staring, Mara tells Audrey she has a message for mommy Charlotte. Mara will only go into the thinny if her mother does not come with her. If Charlotte does not agree to these terms, Duke will explode. If Mara dies, Duke will explode. At this point it’s pretty clear that Duke is going to explode one way or another.

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As Dwight tries to process his recent sexcapades with an 1,100-year-old lady, he has a lot of troubles to deal with. At the Gull, Duke got pissed and gave someone a very bloody exploding trouble which triggered someone else’s locking trouble. Half of the Haven PD is locked in the station, which is the only excuse for the absence of Officer Stan in this episode.

The troubled locker also traps a bunch of kids on a sinking boat. With half his staff down and Nathan preoccupied, Dwight is not handling the situation too well. Audrey relays Mara’s message to Charlotte and Charlotte suggests an alternate solution. If Audrey is combined back into Mara, then maybe the goodness in Audrey will seep in and Mara will decide not to be so evil.

Audrey sacrificing herself to save Haven has always been the theme of the series, but combining herself back into Mara is a super interesting way to do it. Of course this new plan leads to an emotional Nathan/Audrey scene. Those two kids can’t catch a break. Nathan still doesn’t want to let Audrey go, but it is her choice and he agrees to honor it. As a farewell to her shell body, Audrey talks the locking man out of his trouble and is able to save the kids on the boat.

Duke overhears Charlotte and Audrey’s conversation and comes up with an alternative plan of his own. He gets Vince & Dave to tell him where the open thinny is and then tells Mara he will take her there. He tells Mara they will both go into the thinny so Duke doesn’t explode. Really, he wants to kill Mara right next to the thinny and go in himself, but Duke’s plan never gets that far. Mara agrees to go with Duke and is all set to hop on a sea plane when mommy Charlotte and Audrey show up.

Charlotte tries to talk Mara down and tell her she is sorry for the last 660 years. Charlotte is able to find the source of Mara’s anger: Mara blames her mother for her father’s death. Really Mara? The troubles in Haven are all because of your mommy issues? Haven did a lot of things right in this episode, but finding out the root of the troubles is Mara’s anger toward her mother is a little ridiculous.

Mara just wants to feel safe again. Charlotte tells her that combining with Audrey will make her feel better. Audrey is the goodness that was inside of Mara and without it Mara will be angry forever. Audrey wants to wait and say goodbye to Nathan, but there’s no time. Charlotte takes both Mara and Audrey in her arms and BOOM. Another white blast ripples through Haven and only one version of Mara is left behind, Audrey.

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At the last minute, Charlotte decided that Mara was too far gone and combined Mara into Audrey instead of the other way around. Audrey is now whole and Mara is dead. Nathan and Audrey have a moment of reunion and even Duke gets a second of respite as Charlotte tells him Mara turned off his trouble.

But this is Haven, so the moment is fleeting. Duke begins to have a seizure. He is pulled up like a puppet and thousands of aether balls explode out of his eyes. The aether takes over the town hitting anyone it can find. The days of non troubled people in Haven are over: the entire town is infected.

With all of this hoopla, it’s easy to overlook Dave’s flashes of Croatoan and what they might mean. That plot has quietly kept itself on the side lines. Vince and Dave head into the woods to follow one of Dave’s visions and come across a rock with Croatoan carved onto it. Until this point, Dave thought the visions were of things that happened in the past, but maybe it is more complex than that. It’s still a mystery how this figures into the main story line, but we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of the Teagues in the second half of season 5.

Haven is great at packing a lot into one episode without confusing the audience or losing track of what’s important. “Chosen” was a perfect example of that. So much happened in this episode it could have been expanded into a movie, but the writers paired it down to a perfectly succinct episode of television. There is definitely a lot for us to think about before the rest of the season airs. See you next year, Havenites!

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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