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'The Strain' react: Eph's assassination attempt lands Dutch in danger

Season 2 | Episode 10 | “The Assassin” | Aired Sep 13, 2015

Another great episode for FX’s The Strain is in the books! We may have been critical of the show’s slow progression and disjointed character storylines this season (it’s only because we care!), but much like last week’s high-powered episode, “The Assassin” definitely impressed us. Now that we are nearing the end of season two, we’re getting more-focused episodes with more action, and becoming more attached to these characters.

In this week’s episode, Eldritch tries to make things right with Coco, Eph and Dutch team up for an assassination attempt that goes horribly wrong, and Dutch lands herself in the worst possible place.

Let’s break down the episode’s biggest moments and what they mean for the rest of the season.

Are Coco and Eldritch getting less creepy?

Is it just us, or are Eldritch and Coco a little less creepy than they were at first? Maybe it’s because we’re finally seeing that these two characters actually have feelings for each other. It could also just be that Coco was stellar in this episode—serving Eldritch a healthy dose of reality. When Eldritch comes to her apartment and makes a comment about having to walk up three flights of stairs, Coco responds by saying, “That’s how it works.” She also shuts him down when he tries to whine about his “rough life.”

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He convinces her to at least come back to work and give him a chance to show her that he loves her.

Their relationship may be a little odd, but we still find ourselves loving Coco for her sass and honesty. How do we know we love her? Because when Eph accidentally shoots her instead of Eldritch, we wanted to cry. When Coco gets saved by the vampire joojoo worms (thanks to Eldritch threatening Eichhorst and the Master), she looks less than thrilled. It appears she might not be down with Eldritch chumming it up with evil vampires. Could she sway him away from the Master and having a hand in taking down human civilization, or will she run for the hills the first chance she gets?

Dutch and Eph team up for a takedown.

Dutch and Eph hang out all episode long on a stakeout for Eldritch. They have some bonding moments, and Dutch basically tells Eph that she wants to be a hypersexual bonobo ape and not be judged. Do your thing, Dutch.


While on their stakeout, they witness the mayor telling Eldritch he needs to talk to Justine Feraldo about not making the Upper East Side residents pay for her vampire removal services. We admittedly don’t know a lot about the residents of the Upper East Side, but we know for a fact that Blair Waldorf would have paid half her inheritance not to have to engage in hand-to-hand combat with a strigoi, so we don’t see an issue with it.

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We have a feeling these people are going to be throwing their firstborn children at Feraldo to pay her off when they come face-to-face with a proboscis-slinging vampire.

Something else we learned in this episode: Dutch makes Eph more likable. Maybe it’s the fact that they’re both drinking all the time, which makes Eph look like less of a lush, or maybe it’s that they have great onscreen chemistry. No, not sexual chemistry … although we wouldn’t put it past Eph. Regardless, their dynamic rocks.

Eph also wins points with us by taunting Eldritch at the police station after getting arrested. Sure, we feel bad for Coco and we understand Eldritch’s pain, but he needs someone to tell him that he’s freaking insane for thinking he and the Master are “partners.” The Master chose Gabriel over Eichhorst for his new body when Eichhorst had been his right-hand man for decades, so something tells us he doesn’t hold Eldritch in great regard.

What’s next for Dutch?

At the end of the episode, we see that Dutch is in Eichhorst’s terrifying white room of pain. Remember season one, when Eichhorst ate that man and it was positively repulsive?

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Yup, that’s where Dutch is now, so she’s basically screwed.

Ruta Gedmintas, who plays Dutch, said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about next week’s episode, “It’s pretty much torture on every level. As much torture as you can give a person is what happens in the next episode.” Sounds fantastic.

Gedmintas also says that next week, “… you get to see Dutch’s limits pushed to the max. It shows just how far people are willing to go to help and to survive. It’s complete high stakes; everything is to the max and brutal.” We didn’t realize how much we cared about this character until we saw her in that padded room. #SaveDutch

Who was missing from the episode?

There was no Quinlan or Gus again in this episode, and we were surprisingly okay with it. They may be two of our favorite characters on the show, but the last couple of episodes have delivered even without their presence. Gus and Quinlan’s absence means they’ll probably be popping up in the season finale and kicking some major ass. We’re cool with it.

Another character not in the episode was Zach, who we’re guessing is just kicking it alone at the batcave after his mother almost killed him three episodes in a row … and he was smart enough to let her in about a week ago.

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Kelly was also absent from the episode, but we imagine she’s just licking her wounds in a sewage tunnel somewhere, after another failed attempt to kidnap her son. Or she could be kicking it with Zach in the batcave right now. There’s really no telling.


Did you love this episode of The Strain? Do you think Dutch will make it out of the padded room alive? Will Setrakian ever get his hands on (and keep) that damn book? Until next time … #FangsOut.



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

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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