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'Killjoys' fan recap: Vulnerability is a bitch

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye” | Aired July 31, 2015

You know I love my Killjoys, but sometimes John, Dutch, and D’avin do really stupid things in the moment and forget about little things like consequences.

Por ejemplo: John has been able to get something off Khylen’s neutral transmitter. It’s a tantalizing hint, but it’s not much. So what does John do? Puts the damn thing on.

HUGE BAD IDEA #2. Dutch and D’avin want to jump each other so bad, it’s palpable. John’s warning aside, D’avin is a moth to a flame, and Dutch is a hungry damn flame.

John’s little test lands them in Pawter’s office. She extracts the device (yay!), but it gets broken in the process (boo!). Also broken? Whatever was happening between Pawter and D’avin. Pawter is hurt, but still gives him the information she got regarding Dr. Jaeger, because she said she’d help. I like you, Eleanor Pawter Simms.

The intel leads to mental patient Grayson Hicks (Mark O’Brien, who, incidentally, did an AMAZING job as Randall Tier on Hannibal) and Utopia. Utopia is a floating market/meatspace/den of scum and villainy for tech pirates. It’s also a good way to dress our cast in hot outfits and introduce a little mood enhancement. Bam, first kiss between Dutch and D’avin. Sadly, Grayson’s doctor isn’t Dr. Jaeger.

Killjoys Sexy Time

When Dutch is arrested on Westerley for yanking Hicks out of the institution, Delle Seyah Kendry comes to visit. Not only does she call Dutch Yalena, but she’s happy to get Dutch out of lockup––for a price. A favor of her choosing, whenever she asks, no right of refusal, and strictly off the books.

Killjoys Delle Seyah Kendry

Dutch, ever the negotiator, gets her own request in before agreeing to Seyah’s terms: Access to Jaeger and the black site facility she’s working in for 24 hours. No security and no repercussions.

Killjoys Dr. Jaeger

Meet Dr. Pim Jaeger (the always amazing Amanda Tapping). Jaeger has answers for D’avin, but not ones he’ll like. Yes, they took his memories after he killed his squad, because he asked them to. She says he killed them of his own free will and the treatment was to help him. D’avin can’t accept that he killed people without a reason, and pushes to get Jaeger to remove the blocks, to allow him to remember. Dutch and John intervene and get him to, at least, take time to think about it.

Dutch: “If you can’t be forgiven, then what chance is there for me?”

If there’s something that ties D’avin and Dutch together, that question from Dutch is it. Both of them have painful pasts full of deaths they were forced into. It’s clear that Dutch is drawn to help D’avin. By helping him get answers, she heals him—and, by extension, herself. This conversation, plus John’s absence after a call from Carleen, leads to exactly what you think.

While they manage to confine the sex to one of their beds, the clothes they leave strewn about tip John off to the new developments when he returns to the ship with a bottle of Hock and a smile. Soon enough, the smile is gone, and so is John.

As you’ve already guessed, Dr. Jaeger isn’t a good guy here. She … activates D’avin. Dutch, who’s just figured out that Johnny knows what happened, finds herself off-guard on her own ship (you know that sucks) and in the middle of one hell of a fight with D’avin, who’s become a one-man killing machine.

Killjoys Dutch & D

What follows is a truly brutal fight. The fight coordinator earned his or her pay on this one. Extra kudos to the show for putting Dutch and D’avin on an equal level when it comes to beating the sh-t out of one another.

She manages to subdue him and gives John the rundown before heading back to that black site for answers from Jaeger. You can see how torn John is. It’s killing him to see his brother like this. That caring, sadly, leaves him vulnerable and open to attack, as D’avin ends up stabbing him with his own knife.

Killjoys I

Dutch confronts Jaeger, and we learn not only that Jaeger was responsible for D’avin’s killing spree, but that it was a pilot program for the Company. The Company, however, has cut ties with her. Dutch gets Jaeger to deactivate D’avin, then subjects Jaeger to her own memory-wipe procedure.

Thankfully, John is saved from bleeding to death by two very industrious ladies: Pawter and Lucy. When Lucy puts out a medical-alert broadcast, Pawter is the closest doctor, but John is too far gone for her to treat him. She calls a med ship, and we learn something very important about Pawter—or should I say Eleanor Seyah Simms of Land Simms?

Killjoys John

D’avin is, understandably, a wreck. John wants Dutch to tell D’avin it’s not his fault, and I’m sure her intention is exactly that when she returns to Lucy and finds him cleaning up his brother’s blood. It’s not that she doesn’t believe that it’s not D’avin’s fault, or that she blames him for any of this. There’s no doubt she believes him and forgives him.

Still, D’avin pleads, “Tell me that you know that wasn’t really me?”

Dutch’s reply says it all: “But it was me. I can’t be okay with that.”

Killjoys Not Okay

I’m not sure what that means. Maybe it’s her inability to explain away her actions with a chip in her brain, or the fact that she was made vulnerable on her own ship, or that she let someone in and John almost died. Whatever it is, we’ll have to wait till next week to find out.

Thoughts:

  • During their pillow talk, Dutch lets spill that she was a princess by marriage, and is now widowed. Interesting.
  • John and Pree discussing John’s walking in on Dutch and D’avin is one of my favorite scenes ever. You gotta watch just for that … if only for context on the phrase “in flagrant dictation.”
  • Johnny got info on the transmitter from tech pirate Carleen (Danka Scepanovic). It’s a new biotech hybrid. Living technology. Definitely not from the Quad. Khlyen has access to some serious sh-t.
  • We know Jaeger’s memory-wipe procedure was faulty. I wonder if we’ll see Amanda Tapping again? I hope so.

Killjoys airs Fridays at 9/8C on Syfy.

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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