Lost Girl: Lovers, Apart

Following two weeks of being slammed with information and exposition, “Lovers, Apart” was a really tight episode of Lost Girl with some great story progression.

Bo has landed in a wooded area after her leap from the train and quickly meets a family who is on some type of odd annual pilgrimage. The Jenkins Family is startled by the intruder in their home and the daughter, Julia, knocks Bo out with a frying pan. Bo awakens, head aching from the hit, and also feeling off from the transcendental sickness caused by jumping from one plane of existence to another without an anchor. The Jenkins Family tells Bo about a ghost that torments their family on the same day every year, and how they take refuge in this ancestral home guarded by a perimeter of shoes and knots. (Oh, and the dad, Ian, is guest star Lochlyn Munro, who in my mind will forever be Cliff O’Malley from late 90s dark comedy Dead Man on Campus. I love the guest stars on this show!)

Cue the fanfare because never fear, Dyson is here, and he has Cleo in tow. They have found Bo, but before they can bring her home, they have to help this family out with their little ghost problem. The daughter, Julia, escapes the house and once passing the shoes, she’s immediately taken over. Turns out this is not just a ghost – it’s a “Jumbee,” a body jumping spirit that can possess another body and control it like a puppet. It’s also an Elemental like Cleo.

The Jumbee inside of Julia leads to one of the creepiest effects EVER on “Lost Girl” – when Julia rises up from the sofa and speaks in a terrifying voice. Actually, I’ll go as far to say that this may have been the creepiest episode of the series to date. It got a little too Exorcist there for my liking, but I applaud the risks being taken this season so far.

Bo is able to wield her Succubus charms on the Jumbee and sucks the body jumper from Julia the same way she gets her chi fix … and then Bo learns the truth. This woman was engaged to Noah Jenkins, but the rest of his family thought she was a witch. Noah’s family ended up shooting the woman, but not before Noah jumped into the path, also being killed by the same bullet. The lovers never married, and were buried separately. Bo, Dyson and Cleo conclude that in order to stop the Jumbee from tormenting this family any longer, they must reunite the departed couple. They dig up the graves on the grounds of the estate, and a still possessed Bo exchanges vows with Dyson who is acting as proxy for Noah. This reunites the spirits and they can pass on together at last.

Cleo was helpful in tracking down Bo, and helping with the Jenkins family, but her true intentions end up coming to the surface when she tries to take Bo at knifepoint and says that Vex has paid a lot of money for Bo. Silly Elemental. You should know better than to take on a Succubus, even in a weakened state. They fight, and Bo drains Cleo to death. (A post-publishing note: Is Cleo still alive? I thought she was a goner, but from Bo’s words, I guess she’s just having a nap in the middle of the road. Thanks to the clever readers who pointed this out!)

The Lauren storyline continues to develop like the uncontrollable sparks between her and Crystal. Crystal actually confides in Lauren, saying that she’s bad luck and brings trouble to everyone she’s close to. Crystal is working at the diner to save enough money to buy a farm and escape it all. Crystal knows that Lauren is spoken for, but invites her over for pizza and beer. Lauren shows up at Crystal’s, pizza and beer in hand, and they make their own dessert – i.e. they make sweet sweet love. They have a night of pure bliss together and seem so happy, which means something bad is going to happen.

The next day, the diner cook tells Lauren that someone’s been calling non-stop asking for “Karen,” Lauren flees the diner, stops by Crystal’s to say she’s leaving, and instructs Crystal to deny ever knowing her if her pursuers show up at her door.

This episode also marked the return of our former Morrigan, Evony. Massimo the Druid meets her at her place and not only helps restore Evony’s missing eye, he says that he helped Tamsin get rid of Bo for Evony. What is Massimo and Tamsin’s connection to the train, or whatever is in control of the train. An even bigger question – what is Evony’s bigger role in all of this?  (NOTE: Some Fae-tastic readers have pointed out that they were actually in Lauren’s apartment. I missed that on first viewing – although it looked familiar to me! Watching on a larger screen, I see that, and also saw the WANTED poster in the air vent. This just brings up so many more questions!)

I really liked the final scenes. Bo and Dyson are driving home together, and Bo says she can’t wait to see everyone, listing off the names of everyone (and it’s interesting to note that Lauren’s name isn’t on that list.) Lauren is hitchhiking, and Crystal drives up to offer her a ride which is actually a ruse. Crystal has been forced to lure Lauren into a trap. While Crystal and Lauren are “indisposed” at the side of the road, Dyson and Bo happen to drive by. It’s Bo’s nature to want to stop and help, but Dyson dissuades her from it.

I’m really looking forward to next week’s episode and think more reunions are coming up (I need my Bo and Kenzi back together). I also want to know who has taken Lauren, and what game Evony is playing.

Fae-vourite Lines:

Evony (to Massimo): “Grow my eyeball back or you’ll be growing a ball of your own.”

Bo: “Hi I’m Bo, the unaligned Succubus. How are you? Just a couple of things about me. I like leather, having a good time, and in case you haven’t noticed, I always meddle in things that don’t concern me. So if you don’t stop torturing these innocent people, I’m going to crack my foot off in your retro ass.”

Lauren: “Forget the master that I had for five years who kept me in indentured servitude.
Crystal: “What?”
Lauren: “It’s probably the beer talking. I guess I ran out of bad shit to forget.”

Random Thoughts:

  • Eyepatches are the must-have accessory this season. Fake glasses and moustaches be damned!
  • If you really love someone, you’ll let a creepy buried Fae suck on your toes in exchange for information.
  • Lauren talking about wearing a wedding dress and combat boots through freshman year as “a statement” made me chuckle. Just sounds like 90s fashion to me, baby!
  • Seeing Lauren smile is a rare and remarkable occurrence, but this begs the question: is it possible for her to love Bo and be happy? Does a relationship with the Succubus mean sacrificing any chances of being content?
  • Is there some Fae rule that actually makes Dyson and Bo’s vows binding although they were acting as a proxy for someone else? I think this point is going to come back at some point. Heck, even Bo starts to bring it up and Dyson cuts her off.
  • Who was in the backseat of Crystal’s car?

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7 thoughts on “Lost Girl: Lovers, Apart

  1. Thanks for the great review!

    A couple of things I noticed, however:
    1. I don’t think Bo killed Clio. She specifically says “Dying with a smile? That is much too good a fate for you.” I guess she just drained enough chi to leave her unconscious. I’m pretty sure we will see Mia Kirshner again.
    2. Judging from the weird grass-mounted-on-the-wall artwork, I would guess that the Morrigan is hanging out at Lauren’s apartment. I know the Doctor left her place at the end of Season 3 but still, what does Evony do there? Also, Lauren left her phone in the drawer of her desk – will something happen when she finds it?
    3. Dyson seems to know where Lauren went (at least the diner). Will he tell Bo about it? Does Bo even remember Lauren?
    4. We know what Dr. Lauren Lewis did, and who would read it wrong and look for her. But what did Karen Beatty do?

    Also, I was SO sure that blondie in the car picking up Lauren was Tamsin. I had heard that Rachel Skarsten is still elusive in this episode but one can always hope.

  2. Jo, thanks for your comments! I don’t know how I missed it when I watched, but that was Lauren’s place. I thought it looked familiar. I watched it again on a larger screen and it’s clear to me now. Another reader also pointed out that the repair guy finds a WANTED poster for Karen Beattie in the air vent which I didn’t notice at first. Now I’m even more intrigued by Lauren/Karen’s story, and how on earth Evony is connected to it!

    I hope you are right about Cleo. I’d definitely like to see more of her!

    I wondered exactly the same thing re: Lauren. Why doesn’t Bo mention Lauren when naming everyone she can’t wait to see. But earlier in the episode, she does mention Lauren’s name.

    The blonde at the end was definitely Crystal. Do you think maybe it was Tamsin in a different form?

  3. Huh! I, on the other hand, apparently missed the Karen Beattie wanted poster – that IS interesting. And that scene was at Lauren’s place already, right?! So I’m guessing that Lauren hid the poster herself? Why would she do that? I assume that she knows about her own/Karen’s past so why would she keep the poster in the first place? Common sense would suggest getting rid of it.

    Also, I’m not sure how Massimo phrased this since I haven’t managed to rewatch the episode yet but did he say, “I got rid of her for you?” or “I got rid of Bo for you?” Are we sure he was referring to Bo in that scene with the Morrigan? It seems clear now that the Morrigan has something to do with Lauren/Karen. But she can’t be the one looking for her; she must have known that Lauren was hanging out at the Ash’s place for years.

    Little correction about the Tamsin/Crystal thing. I did get that it was Crystal but when the car is pulling up, you could only see some blonde hair at first. That was the moment when I thought it was Tamsin. When Crystal was revealed, I wondered how the guy in the backseat had made her look for Lauren/Amber. Does he have something over Crystal? Also, what she said about “being back luck” made me think. Is she maybe some kind of back luck fae, or was that just a figure of speech?

    That episode was quite a ride! 😀 So many questions!!

  4. Great review. When Cleo told Dyson about elementals needing to assist people when they enter our exit the train without permission otherwise they’ll die from that, that made me wonder even more what Bo’s father was. Maybe he’s an elemental too or at least part one

  5. Also, what is an Elemental. The Jumbee was one, but that was also a Body Jumper. So I guess Body Jumper is the fae “race” like Dyson being a Shifter and Cleo being a Nymph, . But then, what status is being an Elemental?

    And if Elementals (who can control the elements from what I gathered) need to assist with the transition between physical planes, what do the physical planes have to do with the elements? Could the ‘Death Train’ correspond with the element Earth?

    (Am I just over-thinking this because I’m used to finding clues in tiny details??! Dang you, JK Rowling!)

  6. Thanks Melissa, for the great write -ups! I discovered you recently and enjoy your recaps after I’ve watched the SE4 LG episodes. I particularly like the playfulness of our faevorite prefix, the one liner highlights reminders and random thoughts. And thanks other posters for your collective insights and points from the write -up to ponder over…

  7. I wouldn’t call what Lauren and Crystal were doing making love. To me it was just Lauren being lonely and needing some companionship. I do believe that Lauren can love Bo and be happy.

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