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Season 1 | Episode 3 | “Some Thing to Watch Over Me” | Aired Jan 31, 2011

Time has a way of being a curse on Syfy’s Being Human. When living life as a monster, all you have is time—time to think about past mistakes, the present moment, and the future. Aidan, Josh, and Sally have more than enough time. They just need to enjoy it.

Aidan is using his excess time as a vampire to do normal human things—like, for instance, join the neighborhood watch. Someone is leaving graffiti tags on nearby buildings, and the neighbors are rallying to catch the criminal. Aidan decides to hold the watch meeting at his place, but Josh doesn’t want to get to know them, and it shows all over his face. Though he’s not the only one who’s uncomfortable. The officer invited to speak at the meeting is suspiciously staring at Aidan. There’s more to the officer than meets the eye.

The next morning, Sally is learning more about vampires, but she’s only thinking about Danny. She’s unsure what to do with her life and how to move on. Aidan thinks that when Sally gives up Danny, she’ll move on. To help her achieve this, Josh and Aidan invite a ghost, Tony, over to help. Tony died in 1987 and has experience as a ghost, quickly surprising Sally with the first lesson: He shakes her hand!

Ghosts can touch each other and do much more. If Sally wants, she can travel anywhere. He tells her to relax and shows her how by helping her travel around the house.

Bishop has always been a mentor to Aidan; he did turn him into a vampire, after all. He visits the hospital to warn Aidan that Michael Garrity, the cop from last night, is looking into Aidan’s file. Aiden needs to get him off his trail, so Aidan decides to surprise Garrity at a bar.

Garrity is suspicious of Aidan. He begins talking about a man who has haunted him since childhood: the man who killed his father. He shows Aidan an old artist’s sketch as proof—the sketch looks like Aidan!

An old police sketch of Aidan Waite (Sam Witwer)

Aidan shrugs it off, explaining that he wasn’t “born” when it happened. Garrity is still suspicious and follows Aidan to the bathroom, admitting Aidan’s file is empty. “Aidan Waite” doesn’t exist. He demands Aidan show his “Celine” tattoo—the only clue to the killer—but he slips away.

Back at the house, Josh is watching movies with people from the neighborhood watch, including Jesse, a new medical grad who is a little too excited to meet Josh. Sally is excited that Josh has “friends,” but he ignores her, trying to keep his cool in front of humans. Tony instead convinces Sally to try something new: Leave the apartment.

Sally, for the first time in months, steps outside and enjoys fresh air. She’s on top of the world—that is, until Tony tries to kiss her. She pushes him away, causing their energies to entangle. She’s furious that Tony would try something, as she considers herself to be engaged.

Garrity isn’t ready to give up. He ambushes Aidan in an alleyway and fights with the vampire, unintentionally impaling him with a metal rod. Believing Aidan to be dead, he checks Aidan’s chest and finds the tattoo—his father’s killer was Aidan. The vampire returns to life, scaring Garrity away. The next morning, Aidan replenishes his lost blood at the hospital. Bishop surprises him, warning him again to “fix” the Garrity problem. Aidan thinks he can remove Garrity’s memories, but Bishop isn’t sure; Aidan is weak and out of practice.

Back at the house, Tony apologizes to Sally. He likes Sally because she’s normal and fun to be with. He takes her to the next destination in her training: Her gravestone.

Sally Malik (Meaghan Rath) seeing her grave for the first time

Tony brings ghosts to their burial place as a way of accepting death. On Being Human, a door appears when a ghost is ready to move on, and that normally happens at this point in Tony’s lessons. Something is holding Sally back from moving on; she thinks it’s Danny. Sally visits Danny’s apartment to say goodbye, but she can’t move on. She misses him too much. Tony has no regrets of missing anyone, but Sally doesn’t believe him. She knows he misses someone.

Josh, meanwhile, is back on neighborhood watch. While Jesse is talking about his upcoming interview at Josh’s workplace, Josh’s wolf-like senses kick in. He smells fresh paint nearby and finds the tagger in mid-paint. His senses become uncontrollable and he starts choking the tagger. Jesse breaks Josh’s focus and gets him to stop. His wolf senses nearly killed someone again.

Bishop knows Officer Garrity; they work together as cops. Bishop checks up on his friend and admits that he and Aidan are vampires. And if Garrity wants the choice, he can be one too. Aidan arrives just in time to stop them from killing Garrity. He compels Garrity to forget everything, painfully removing every memory of Aidan.

Sally (Meaghan Rath) and Tony (Dan Jeannotte) encounter a mysterious door in the graveyard

The next morning, Tony finds Sally at her grave and reveals she convinced him to visit Debbie, the love of his life. In a way, seeing Debbie made Tony find closure, as his door appears for him to move on. Tony is Sally’s Yoda. He gave her the training she needed before leaving, but not without one final shocking lesson: Ghosts can touch people!

Aidan hopes his help made a difference for Garrity. Big Bishop always finds a way to give Aidan bad news: Garrity committed suicide. Aidan’s compulsion took away Garrity’s memories of him. However, it didn’t take away the years of pain.

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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