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'The Strain': The 3 creepiest moments from 'By Any Means'

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “By Any Means” | Aired July 19, 2015

The second episode of the brand-new season of FX’s The Strain was significantly less gory than the premiere episode, but not necessarily less eerie. With Ephraim still drinking, he and Nora take their experiments a step further at the expense of two innocent people (hey, tough times). While Abraham is distracted with his search for the Occido Lumen, Vasility Fet recruits Dutch to go on a strigoi slaying mission with him. Over in strigoi-land, Kelly uses her new babies for her own personal gains and Thomas Eichhorst calls upon Gabriel Bolivar (the rocker dude who turned last season).

While we didn’t get to see anyone swimming in regurgitated worms this week (see last week’s list), there are still plenty of creepy scenes worth mentioning. Here are the top three spine-tingling moments from “By Any Means.”

1. Kelly & The Feelers: Never mind the fact that this would make a fantastic name for an indie rock band; Kelly and her new babies are by far the creepiest part of the show right now. They haven’t been granted too much screen time yet, but it seems like they’re ramping Kelly up to become a major player this season. In this week’s episode, Kelly bonds with her new babies by twitching and chirping at them … and then killing one because it didn’t meet her standards.

She later takes her children of the night on a playdate to her old house, where she gathers some of Zach’s clothes and tosses them in the yard. Her babies creep up and sniff them. Kelly plans on using her bloodhound gang to find Zach—to do what with him, we don’t yet know.

Side note: Raise your hand if you’d really appreciate Kelly getting on the makeup train like Eichhorst, now that she has control of her own thoughts.


Kelly, if you’re reading this, please head to your nearest MAC counter immediately.

2. Lab rats: Remember the couple from the last episode who were unfortunately nicked at the storage facility?


Well, now they are in the expert care of Nora and Eph, who are hard at work coming up with a virus that can cripple or kill the strigoi. The creepiest aspect of this scene is that the husband begs Eph to kill them—put them out of their misery—but instead, Eph calms him down and straps him to a table. The man is forced to listen to wife struggle as she turns, but Nora at least shows some compassion and rolls him over to his wife’s table so he can hold her hand. After some lab trials, Eph and Nora think they have found something that could do the trick, and administer it to the couple to see how it goes. We’ll have to wait until next week to see if it’s successful, but it seems all too easy for them to find an effective virus that quickly.

One person who doesn’t approve of what Eph and Nora are doing is Zach. He’s having a real issue with being kept in the dark about what his father is doing to the couple, and he has already been mouthing off to Eph. Zach had better not get defiant and put himself and everyone else in danger by doing something stupid, but somehow, we think that’s exactly what he’s going to do. Zach, we get that being a child in the midst of an apocalypse is tough, but even Carl Grimes handled it better than you. You need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.

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3. The fitness center: Fet is on a mission to clean up the streets one block at a time. We can only imagine this is a total waste of time, but hey, what do we know? We have to admit that the fitness-center scene was more badass than creepy, but there were tons of lurching strigoi nonetheless. Fet and Dutch decide to clear out a fitness center, and when they head to the locker room, they find it covered in blood and housing some snoozing strigoi. Dutch acts as a distraction and wakes them up, giving way to a series of perfectly executed decapitations and a couple of silver grenade explosions. Fet and Dutch make an effective (and highly attractive) team.

They head back out to the aquatic center and get a little flirty; then Dutch strips off all her clothes in five seconds (magic!) and hops in the pool. Fet proclaims he can’t swim, but of course Dutch says she’ll teach him. We don’t really need to tell you what happened next.


So … killing a bunch of vampires and not knowing if more are lurking around the corner doesn’t dampen the mood? Good to know.


What do you think Kelly has in store for Zach and her new children? Are you concerned about Eph’s lack of empathy toward the couple? Are you Team Dutch and Fet, or are you annoyed by their romance?

Let us know below, and be sure to vote for the creepiest moment of the week! Until next time … #FangsOut.


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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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