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'The Strain' react: The secret life of Ephraim Goodweather

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Identity” | Aired Aug 16, 2015

Did anyone else have nightmares after watching Kelly and her Feeler babies last night on FX’s The Strain? This week’s episode, “Identity,” did not disappoint in the action department. We got to see Gus kick strigoi butt again (can’t complain about that), while Eph dealt with his own set of issues in Washington, D.C.

The show’s plot is still moving at a slow pace, but there have been enough “wow” moments to keep fans entertained.This episode still served the same purpose every other episode this season has seemed to serve—simply setting the stage for something big, which we’re guessing won’t be until the season finale. While nothing monumental has happened so far this season, we did get a little plot progression this week. Let’s break down some of the most important moments from the episode.

Jonathan Crowley … we mean, Eph: Eph had a big episode, and while we hoped his mission to D.C. would make us like him more, it didn’t. When Eph gets into town, he hooks up with an old friend, Robert. Rob has made some connections in town, so he calls on a woman named Leigh (played by Corey Stoll’s real-life wife, Nadia Bowers) to help out Eph in his search for a way to spread the virus on a large scale. Leigh works for a chemical company and vows to convince her boss to work with Eph. All seems well until a Stoneheart assassin shows up and kills Rob and Leigh. The assassin attempts to kill Eph as well, but only wounds him (a pretty big fail for a hired hitman), and in return, Eph fatally shoots him. That makes two people that Eph has killed in the last 48 to 72 hours.

So what else has Eph done during his trip to D.C.? Why, do the horizontal mambo up with Leigh, of course. Never mind that Nora is at home trying to keep herself and his son alive. At first we thought Eph was just playing Leigh to make sure she did what he needed her to do, but we don’t think that was his game plan. He was living it up, and it was evident when Leigh was killed that he really cared for her. Seriously, these two acted like they had been together for a year, not two days, and it was annoying.

We can’t blame Leigh, but we can certainly judge Eph for treating his road trip like a damn vacation. Fans on Twitter seemed just as displeased with Eph’s actions as we did.

Side note: Why would Eph think he could just share this information with a stranger and then let her share it with people he’d never even met? He was way too trusting. Not to mention the ridiculous fact that he thought shaving his head was enough not to be recognized. He should have known, based on the poor response to the outbreak by the government and the media, that Eldritch has people in his pocket all over the country. Eph is the most frustrating character on TV right now, and we’re not sure if that’s a good thing.


Kelly & the Feelers: Kelly and her Feelers are our favorite part of this season, probably because they’re so incredibly creepy and unpredictable. Nora and Zach get attacked by the spider children while they’re out, and run into a church for protection. Kelly and her babies get inside and start chasing them, playing a super-creepy game of cat and mouse. Nora is able to get a call in to Abe for help, and he shows up with Fet and Fitzwilliam just in time to save her and Zach. They successfully kill the spider children, but not Kelly, who stands up on the balcony of the church, screeching in anger. She was so close!

Everyone didn’t come out unscathed, though. Fitzwilliam got nicked by a Feeler and asked to be spared the agony of changing into a strigoi. Abe grants his wish by decapitating him, naturally. Can we just say that we’re really upset about Fitzwilliam getting killed off? They had just brought him back into the picture, and we were really enjoying the dynamic with him added into the mix. We need more good, moral people on the A-team to balance out Eph’s constant stream of poor life choices.

The Master gets a new body: We finally got to check back in with Thomas Eichhorst and the Master, and it’s time for the Master’s grand transfer-o-worms. Eichhorst naturally thinks he will be the Master’s new vessel since he’s loyally served him for decades. Much to Eichhorst’s disappointment, the honor goes to Gabriel Bolivar, and Eichhorst is forced to watch the Master spew worms all over Bolivar’s face (thank the sweet gods above, it was less repulsive than what we saw in the season premiere). Eichhorst, obviously crying inside, still pledges his allegiance to his new Master. Is it weird that we felt bad for Eichhorst that he didn’t get worms regurgitated on his face?

Quinlan: Vaun’s replacement and superior—who we’re guessing is Quinlan from the books, so that’s what we’re calling him—steps out of the back of a truck in NYC looking like a total badass.




He has a few choice words for the Ancients and berates them for doing a crappy job. Quinlan tell them he’ll clean up their mess and kill the Master—as long as they can provide him with some capable human hunters to cover the day shifts. The Ancients try to give sass back to Quinlan, which comes in the form of weird grunts and twitches, because we think they’re physically unable to move unless it’s meal time … but who really knows? We’re not exactly sure what these old dudes can and can’t do, but we know they like to nap.


Gus: Speaking of capable humans at Quinlan’s disposal: Gus is back to annoying the Silver Angel this week. He also still has the hots for the waitress, Aanya. The restaurant, Tandoori Palace, is choosing to continue delivering food during the vampire apocalypse, which means they must be really hard up for cash.


Angel, Gus, and Aanya decide to take the food delivery together just in case trouble arises, which, of course, it does. Gus gets to show off his super vamp-fighting skills, and Angel ends up messing up his already injured knee. I don’t know if they are impressed with Gus’ skills or not, but hopefully they now understand that a $5 tip on a tandoori chicken special isn’t worth risking a proboscis to the neck.

Let us know what you thought of the episode and of Eph’s questionable actions. Until next time … #FangsOut!


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The Strain airs Sundays at 10/9C on FX.

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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