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'Being Human' nostalgia recap: Hungry like the wolf

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Children Shouldn’t Play with Undead Things” | Aired Mar 7, 2011

On Syfy’s Being Human, happiness can come from the strangest place. Reliving a memory, starting a new relationship, or just finding the truth can be the cause of happiness. The roommates are always searching for something that could make them feel normal again; a chance to feel human. With Being Human‘s eighth episode, Josh, Aidan, and Sally are figuring out what they really want for happiness, or even just realizing what they’re missing.

Josh’s happiness is with his love life; he’s still pining away thinking about Nora. Their last date was hot and heavy, but after his sister Emily was attacked, Josh needed time to get away and see family. Unfortunately for him, Nora isn’t going to wait around forever. When Sally needed a change of pace and asked the guys to hang out at a bar, Josh sees his crush flirting with a male coworker.

Sally (Meaghan Rath) listening in on Nora

Nora is having too good of a time with the doctor, while Josh is desperate to slink away. Sally, being the good ghost friend she is, sneaks over and crashes the date. She overhears the doctor flirting with Nora, and when the two seem to be flirting too well, Sally lets loose her ghost powers and creates a diversion: She breaks a bottle! Instead of breaking up the date, Josh uses the opportunity to leave.

Sally’s move helped Josh, but it’s only a distraction from her real problem. Sally has been left in limbo since Danny and Bridget both asked her to leave them alone. Sally needs a new purpose; she’s looking for a way to move on to the afterlife.

Aidan might have the solution. He leads Sally to a creepy and abandoned part of the hospital where ghosts come to reach out to each other. It’s a scary and dilapidated hallway, but the walls are covered in ghostly messages. Barbara, a frequent visitor, protects Sally from the other ghosts and gives her some advice about the new surroundings. Everyone visits the hallway in search of something, like answers or a lost loved one. Sally doesn’t believe she’s like them; she isn’t lost.

Meanwhile, across town, Aidan helps out someone in need. Bernie, a neighbor kid, is being picked on by a few young bullies on the street. Aidan stops the kids from tormenting Bernie, and instead of going home, Bernie asks his new protector if he could hang out with him until his mother comes home from work. Aidan reluctantly agrees, and the two slowly start to become fast friends.

Sally and Josh are surprised to see a kid at the manor. With a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living together, a child in the house seems to be the scariest thing to them. Cindy, Bernie’s mother, arrives and thanks Aidan for his help—but she’s still worried that her son went over to a stranger’s house. The roommates have little time to think about Bernie, as Josh has bigger news—he has a date with Nora later that night!

Josh (Sam Huntington) panicking over his upcoming date with Nora (Kristen Hager).

Josh worries that his wolf tendencies will come out, especially since his transformation is the next day. Sally tells him he needs to be strong like the wolf and just be with Nora. The advice works as Nora and Josh are having a steamy second date. Before Josh can get a “tour” of Nora’s apartment, he begins to growl like the wolf. The growling doesn’t stop and he panics, cutting the date short and leaving in a hurry.

The following day, Nora wants to get to the truth of why Josh left. She likes Josh. but not his “hard-to-get” act. She confronts Josh in a hospital room to find out why. Their sexual tension is heightened, and it erupts when the two are together; they begin making out. Josh’s wolf side rears its ugly head and takes charge of the hookup. They begin having wild, animalistic sex, before Josh has to leave again in a hurry for the werewolf transformation.

He’s not able to use the hospital safe house, and is forced to head home for the change. Aidan starts cleaning up, but Sally is eager to watch the change happen. She watches as Josh transforms into the wolf and tries to attack her. Luckily, she’s a ghost and moves to the front steps; she’s still shocked at seeing what Josh goes through every month.

Aidan is a good friend for helping Josh, but his other relationships aren’t as strong. The next morning, Cindy visits the house in an angry fury. Bernie stole the DVD of Rebecca’s sexual killing from Aidan’s room—Cindy thinks Aidan gave it to Bernie and that he’s a sexual predator. Bernie reveals the truth that he stole it, but Cindy doesn’t care. She doesn’t want her son to hang out with Aidan anymore. Aidan always had a thing for Rebecca and feels responsible for her, so he kept the DVD.

Josh is mad that Aidan kept the DVD. But his mind is a little preoccupied. Nora comes to visit the house and checks in on Josh after he bailed on their intense encounter. He’s sorry for leaving her, and tries to convince her that he’s not a jerk. She believes him and still wants to go out with him again. Josh’s love life is now back on track, but Nora wants more “romance” from Josh in the future.

Sally (Meaghan Rath) exploring the ghost hallway within the hospital.

Sally, meanwhile, is still searching for her happiness. With Josh starting a new relationship and Aidan experiencing his memories of being a father, Sally needs something for herself; she wants answers. Sally goes back to the hospital wing and leaves a message on the wall, reaching out to anyone who can help her. She writes: “Sally Malik. Ghost. Can you help me move on?”

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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