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Season 1 | Episode 9 | “I Want You Back (From the Dead)” | Aired Mar 14, 2011

A beloved favorite bit the dust (quite literally!) on this week’s episode of Syfy’s Being Human. Death reared its ugly head as Aidan was forced to say goodbye to someone he truly cares about. Loss is not a new thing for the roommates; all three had to say goodbye to something or someone this week. But when it came time to choose, how would they handle the situation?

Aidan’s loss hit too close to home for him. On last week’s Being Human, he relived his memories of being a father while looking after Bernie, the neighbor kid. And before being forced by Bernie’s mother Cindy to stay away, he was enjoying protecting the kid. Now standing at the sidelines, all Aidan can do is watch as the young boy is bullied. Unfortunately, it leads him to his death.

While trying to escape his bullies, Bernie walks out into the street and is hit by a speeding car. The crash leaves Bernie heavily bleeding, and he’s rushed to the hospital. His organs are failing and he hasn’t woken up since the accident. Cindy is in shock while Aidan slowly slips into depression. He’s so devastated that he breaks down in tears.

Sally (Meaghan Rath) reconnects with her former crush, Nick (Pat Kiely).

Meanwhile, Sally tries to figure out her purpose. The abandoned hospital wing is her chance at finding an answer for how to move on. It also holds a few other surprises and discoveries, like the name of a familiar friend. Nick is a friend and a former crush of Sally’s when she was in school. Sally is interested in reconnecting with Nick again; they do, after all, have lots of time on their hands, now that they’re ghosts.

Their connection is quite strong. Her crush on Nick returns, but this time he likes Sally back. The two enjoy a quiet date of reminiscing and flirting, until Nick starts to cough uncontrollably. He leaves in a hurry, causing Sally to follow him. While stepping into the alley, she sees her date floating in the air in a ball of water. Nick is drowning and reliving his death!

Josh’s love life, on the other hand, hits a rough patch. While enjoying a movie with Nora, he drifts off and has a terrible nightmare. He fears that eventually his wolf side will hurt Nora and it will be too uncontrollable for him to handle. He likes Nora and wants to protect her. He makes the tough choice to slow things down, but Nora isn’t pleased.

She thinks Josh is blowing her off. His confusing act rubs Nora the wrong way and she continues to flirt with Dr. Reed, her other potential suitor at the hospital. Josh gets jealous and tries to work things out with her. Unfortunately for him, his reasoning only hurts him. Nora doesn’t simply want to be on standby for Josh to change—she wants more.

Aidan isn’t handling Bernie’s accident well. The little boy dies from his injuries, and to cope with the loss, Aidan visits the blood bar. He sinks his sorrows into drinking fresh blood, almost killing one of the bar girls. His pleasure is getting out of hand, and before he can kill, Rebecca stops him. Aidan is too devastated to care; he misses Bernie.

Rebecca wants to make Aidan happy so much that she does the unthinkable—she turns Bernie into a vampire. Vampires shouldn’t turn children, as they’re uncontrollable and erratic. While on the playground, Bernie nearly kills a little girl while Rebecca and Aidan argue. Rebecca promises to keep him under control, but she fails in the end. Bernie’s two bullies are found murdered, nearly ripped apart with small vampire bites.

Aidan (Sam Witwer) stopping Bernie (Jason Spevack) from killing an innocent child.

Sally thinks she can solve her problem with Nick. Their early romance is hot and heavy, but when the death echo arrives (Nick’s water death), it puts a damper on the heat. She tries to convince him to fight the echo and she’ll help him do so. However, he likes to experience his death—it makes him feel human again.

Sally remembers this feeling and sees a dark side to Nick—the “Danny” side. She knows that Nick will never change. He’ll bring her down with his death echoes and never fight the feeling. Sally decides to be strong and ends things with her former crush. She chooses herself and gives up someone she genuinely likes.

Meanwhile, Josh isn’t ready to lose Nora. He confronts her and puts everything on the table. He likes her but doesn’t want to hurt her. Nora isn’t scared of being hurt; her past relationship did plenty of damage already. She shows Josh her scars—cuts to her stomach—which her ex-boyfriend had given her. Josh promises he will never hurt Nora, and the two reunite.

Bernie (Jason Spevack) losing control of his vampire side.

Later that day, the “Bernie problem” reaches a breaking point. The little vampire refuses to drink blood bags and Rebecca’s patience is gone. She demands Aidan quit his job to watch Bernie and help the family. But seeing Bernie in his state, he knows what to do. He stakes the little vampire while on a hunt, ending any future problems that might come up.

Aidan is devastated, but he knows he did the right thing. Bernie killed those two boys, after all. Or did he? Bishop and Marcus had their own plan. Marcus framed Bernie for the murders and made it seem like the boy lost control. Bishop wants Aidan back in the fold of the vampire group, even if it means killing every single person Aidan considers family.

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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