While not an official two parter, you could see this as such due to the similarly titled episode names as well as the fact that this episode picks up on a lot of threads that were left open in the season premiere.
Once again, Nathan gets incredibly lucky that Duke happens to find him when he happens to need assistance. I know that Duke has a lot on his mind, but the fact that it took so long to notice that Nathan was hurt seemed off. The fact that Nathan took so long to say something is also rather perplexing, though you could chalk that up to weakness or something.
In any event, he’s fine and the hunt resumes for Mara. As was the case last episode, one of the highlights of this one is Emily Rose’s turn as the villain. The fun she’s having is palpable, but she’s also able to effectively blend a chipper and chummy demeanor with disturbing sadism. One minute she’ll be chatting someone up, the next she’d shove a pencil in their eye (though you could still see the pencil, way to botch the trick, Mara.)
It’s revealed that the “sewing” trouble that Duke is suffering from is tied to denial, more specifically denial regarding Jennifer’s death. While one could have held out hope before, her body does turn up. It’s a pity as she was a good character, but it happens.
The scene where he comes to terms with it could be seen as a bit cheesy, but I thought it was effectively done. If anything bugged me, it was the fact that Nathan was acting like he couldn’t breathe when he fell victim to Duke’s trouble. Your nostrils are still open, breathe through your nose, you daft git. I guess they were trying to add some sort of ticking clock element to build tension, but it didn’t work here. The fact that his ears have been sewn shut is alluded to, but it’s not like there’s a fourth “smell no evil” monkey.
I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I got “Patrick Danville” vibes from Vicky this episode, or at the very least, the way her troubles were utilized. This was especially the case in the confrontation with Mara at the climax of the episode. It could just be a coincidence due to the nature of the abilities, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that it was an intentional nod.
I’m torn on the ending. I guess the reveal that Audrey is still in there was inevitable, but it would have been nice to keep Mara around. Much like with Lexie, I’m rather enjoying see Emily Rose take on other personas. Oddly enough, when that first happened, I figured it was a trick to either get Nathan to let her go or just to screw with his head, but it turns out that the power of love does have some effect here.
While the episode had more than its fair share of tension, there was still some humorous dialogue peppered throughout the episode. It made for a nice balance. There was a while where I was missing the humor, so it’s good to see it return. I hope they’re able to keep that going as it really adds something to the enjoyment of the show.
This was a pretty strong episode. It managed to bring a lot to the table in terms of character, but it also moved the over-arching plot forward quite a bit. Aside from the two minor moments I talked about before, there really wasn’t a whole lot to complain about. Here’s hoping the season keeps the momentum going.