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'Being Human' nostalgia recap: Fight to the death

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Dog Eat Dog” | Aired Mar 21, 2011

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there. Even in the supernatural world of Syfy’s Being Human, there’s no telling whom you can trust. Friend, foe, a kind stranger—anyone can have ulterior motives to get what they want, even if they have to take you down to get it. On this week’s episode, it’s the truly terrifying people who have all the power. And the roommates have to wonder if they can trust each other when the big, bad vampires come to town.

On Being Human‘s version of Boston, those big baddies are “The Dutch.” They’re an ancient group of vampires from the old country who hibernate for 50 years, then return just to enact law. Families like The Dutch secretly rule the biggest cities in the country, and when they wake up, everyone—including the likes of Bishop and Marcus—is scared of what’s to come.

Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) and Aidan (Sam Witwer) appeasing The Dutch vampires.

The last time The Dutch arrived, Bishop and Aidan were different people. Aidan was the cynic, while Bishop was the one trying to connect with humans. In fact, he was in love with a human nurse, Jane. Everyone supported his romance with Jane, pushing for him to turn her into a vampire—something she resisted. But The Dutch didn’t agree with his weaknesses.

They killed Bishop’s maker, Carlo, for allowing the travesty to happen. However, instead of killing Bishop too, they offered him a new role: the leadership of the Boston vampires. The only catch is, he had to kill Jane and eliminate his weakness. Bishop made the sacrifice; he killed the only woman he ever loved for power. Now his choices are coming full-circle. The Dutch have woken up again, and they’re back to check in on Boston.

Back in the present day, Aidan is still dealing with aftermath of killing Bernie. Rebecca is frantic; she’s devastated that Aidan killed the closest thing to a son she will ever have. She’s over his lies and can’t handle the pain anymore. Bishop warns the lovebirds they need to take their problems elsewhere—The Dutch are coming. Rebecca couldn’t care less, but Aidan knows better. Heggeman, the leader of the terrifying foursome, is over a thousand years old and incredibly dangerous. Trouble is soon to follow.

Unbeknownst to Josh, he’s soon going to be pulled into this mess. While cleaning corn for a date with Nora and chatting with Sally on the front steps of his apartment, Josh is kidnapped by a mysterious group. He wakes up dazed and confused in a cage, with a man standing outside watching him. Douglas, the kind old man, tells Josh it will only be a matter of time until the transformation and games begin.

Josh (Sam Huntington) being kept captive at the funeral home with Douglas.

Josh is going to compete in a dog fight in front of vampires. It’s a fight between two werewolves, where only one walks away live. Josh’s opponent: Douglas! Douglas is the reigning champion—he’s going on 15 years undefeated. The Dutch arrive, with Bishop and Aidan standing by awkwardly, watching as the two leaders conduct an inappropriate check on the two fighters. They like Josh’s chances to win.

Sally is worried that Aidan isn’t doing anything to help Josh. She tries to comfort Josh and reassure him, but he knows it’s going to be tough. Josh tries to convince Douglas to escape with him. But he doesn’t want to; Douglas likes being kept captive, as it prevents him from harming others. As a ghost on Being Human, Sally can’t do much to help her friend. She can only stand by and watch as Marcus leads Josh to his potential death.

Meanwhile, in the funeral home, Aidan is trying everything to save Josh. When Rebecca refuses to retrieve the cell key from Marcus, he turns his attention to Bishop and tries to make a deal to free Josh. He will come back to the family if Josh is let go and kept safe. The plan works at first, and it seems Josh will be safe… until werewolf Douglas emerges from the back for the fight. The two wolves are forced to continue on with the match, with Josh killing his new friend in the process.

Bishop (Mark Pellegrino) telling Aidan (Sam Witwer) the truth about the coming events.

Bishop may be a conniving monster and a power-hungry dictator, but a deal is a deal. He frees Josh from captivity and accepts Aidan’s offer of returning “home” to the group. Sally and Josh can’t believe Aidan would ever go back, but he knows he has to do this. Aidan made a deal, and he’s going to honor it to keep Josh safe.

Bishop, on the other hand, knows that there isn’t much time left. He teases Aidan about telling the elders the truth, but both know they won’t. Bishop can sense the danger coming, and he wants to keep things civil with Aidan for the time he has left. He knows that The Dutch are going to kill him. Just like his maker, Carlo, before him, he’s expecting that he won’t survive this latest visit from the monsters who truly have the power in the city.

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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