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'Killjoys' fan recap: Blame it on the rain

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Come the Rain” | Aired Aug 7, 2015

Killjoys knows that, no matter who you are or where you live, rain brings out the introspection in everyone. It may be chemical acid rain, but it’s still rain enough to work for the analogy. Just like Westerley rain, this episode is all about the fallout of past choices.

Something told me I had to approach this recap a little differently. I find it telling that Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” just popped onto my iTunes. I’ll definitely suggest you watch this episode, however, because there’s some great stuff here.

In the last episode, Dutch and D’avin finally broke the sexual tension and had “teh sex.” After which, D’av was activated by the evil Doctor Jaeger and tried to kill Dutch. Both events have left Dutch and D’avin in a place of mistrust and self-loathing—D’avin for what he did, and Dutch for what she let happen. John has got his own repercussions, the least of which is that his brother tried to kill him.

Then there’s Pawter, who revealed her biggest secret to date: This doctor is no ordinary Westerlan. She’s a Qreshi noble, Seyah of Land Simms. What is a Qreshi family noble doing practicing backroom medicine in an Old Town bar?

Killjoys John and Pree

We start the episode in that bar (I love the Royale; I wish I could visit) with John and Pree discussing things and stuff. Mainly, how D’av and Dutch are avoiding one another and how it sucks. John, however, isn’t one to wallow. He’s a fixer and this needs fixing, which is why he lures them both to the bar and then demurs when a level-one warrant to transport a strange device from Leith to Westerley comes in. Dutch and D’avin can take it. After all, if they want to pretend everything is fine, they can go work together.

The rain starts not long after Dutch and D’avin leave. In the bar, a few more patrons run in at the last minute, one of whom is Alvis (Morgan Kelly), our favorite Scarback Monk. Pawter, on the other hand, is itchy to leave. Pree halts that plan, and there’s real distress on her face when she insists she has to go out for medical supplies. Whatever she needs, Pree seems to understand, but he says they’ll have to deal with it because acid rain = no one leaves.

Killjoys Pawter

A whole standoff happens next, but it’s not really a plot driver. It’s a way to keep Pawter inside the bar and set up the reveal of one of her bigger secrets. It’s a way to put John in yet another situation where he’s forced to be the fixer—this time dealing with hostages, a wounded Company man, and a bad guy with an itchy trigger finger.

Speaking of John fixing things, let’s go back to that device Dutch and D’avin have to transport. Not far out from Westerlan space, it turns itself on. Next thing we know, Lucy is unable to move. Dutch and D’av aren’t going anywhere.

Actually, that’s not true. As the video that pops up on Lucy’s screen explains, Johnny rigged this little booby trap, and Double D are only going to be able to get Lucy running once they play a heartfelt game of Truth or Truth. For each honest answer, they can move a piece on this futuristic Jenga board. Enough of those answers, and they get Lucy back in working order.

Killjoys Dutch and D

John is not giving them an easy out, though. He’s asking the questions and he does get them talking, which is better than where they were. You can tell that both of them want—no, need—to figure this out. It takes time, talk, dancing, knife-throwing, and a lot of Hokk, but they get down to the bare bones of the issue: Dutch can’t hate D’avin because he was being controlled, but can’t trust him either. She’d have killed him without a second thought if it had been him attacking, but he did it against his will.

Back at the Royale, Pawter is a mess. Hands shaking, sweats, you guessed it—withdrawal. Eleanor Seyah Pawter Simms is a Jakk addict and has been since medical school. She needs pure Jakk and she needs it now. Enter Mr. Fixit and his new sidekick, Alvis, who head into the tunnels under the bar to score some. There’s a great discussion between them about how Alvis rides the line between a man of faith and a freedom fighter. We also get insight into his having connections to rebels within the Company. This is no ordinary monk.

Killjoys Alvis and John

Soon enough, however, John has fixed Pawter. He’s gotten Dutch and D’avin to talk. He’s saved the hostages. All good, yeah?

Not so much. Dutch is in a bad place and D’avin, predictably, is torn up about all of this. Once the two brothers finally talk, D’avin offers a rare comic (one he took from John and traded to a girl for “a vigorous handshake”) as a peace offering, but John is just … done. He runs down a list of things that D’avin has done over the years that left John with a mess to clean up. It’s also a great scene for Aaron Ashmore, who just shines here.

Killjoys John & D

John is tired of D’avin costing him things: his dreams, his reputation, his best friend. He’s done fixing things for D’avin and tells D’avin he’s going to need to figure it out for himself this time. No more Mr. Fixit John Jaqobis.

Well, mostly. In a very sweet ending scene, Dutch wanders into John’s cabin because she can’t sleep. John’s offer of a place by him and a bedtime story (the very comic D’avin gave John) are both part of a much sweeter moment in which we see just why these two love each other so much. It’s also, at least for me, the first glimpse of the knowledge that they’ll be okay.

Killjoys Dutch and John

It will take time, but our Killjoys will be okay.

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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