Can a werewolf find success as a personal motivator? When Tom encounters TV personality and fellow werewolf Larry Chrysler, he thinks it's the perfect opportunity to unlock his hidden potential. But it turns out that lycanthropic weathermen have the same problems as everyone else.
The theme of this final series is where does evil come from? Does it come from the Devil? From being a supernatural creature? Or are those supernatural ties just convenient excuses to keep our characters from facing their own problems head-on?
Tom seems to answer that question on the werewolf front, at least. After Hal is made manager of the hotel, Tom becomes more determined than ever to better himself. And, when he recognizes the TV weatherman doing his thing in the meeting room as a fellow werewolf, Tom approaches Larry Chrysler and asks him to be his successful werewolf mentor.
As I've watched this series of Being Human and the last, I've become increasingly convinced that I would watch Michael Socha play Tom doing pretty much anything. If there was a spinoff show that was just about Tom dealing with the minutiae of working at the hotel, I would probably buy it on DVD. Of course Larry Chrysler is a con and a liar and a piss-poor motivator, and of course Tom falls for his act. But it's all part of what makes Tom such a good-natured bloke, and at least he doesn't follow Larry blindly. He's not going to break in the windows in Larry's ex-wife's house on Larry's say-so.
What makes Chrysler a bad mentor is the same thing that makes him a bad werewolf and a bad human being, to boot: he refuses to take ownership of his actions. Cheats on his wife? Blame the wolf. Loses his job? Must be the wolf. The wolf, the wolf, the wolf. Some fellows have alcoholism or phony sex addiction. Larry Chrysler has the wolf.
Meanwhile, Alex is starting to wonder if too much time as a ghost will drive her not so much evil as insane. She crashes Hal's visit with his longtime chum Lady Mary, whom Hal killed 250 years ago. While Hal thinks that Lady Mary is the same sweet Georgian era dame he drained, she has actually progressed with the times. Most distressingly, she goes to bars, which, thanks to her mind-reading powers, function as an R-rated soap, and shares in the orgasms of folks shagging in the bathroom. Alex recognizes that it's all terribly creepy, and it's even worse when she learns the truth: Lady Mary has been turning down doors for centuries. She stays on the mortal plane because she thinks that she's keeping Hal clean (she's not) and hope he'll requite her unspoken love (he won't).
This does all make for an entertaining dinner party when Mary tries keeping up her proper lady act while Larry makes skin-crawling comments about ghosts' inability to get naked. (And Downton Abbey? Really, dude? That dress is more than a hundred years off.) Alex, despite her distress that she may someday become as crazy as Mary, is pretty pleased when Mary grabs a knife and threatens to cut off Larry's balls.
This was the first Devil-free episode of the fifth series, but it's one that ends with a profound act of violence from Hal. We see that when Hal attempted to throw Larry out of the house, Larry began to needle him, daring Hal to show him the monster inside. After a few minutes, Hal obliges, strangling Larry with a lamp cord. There was no bloodlust, no Devil whispering in his ear, just Hal, angry and willing to kill a man for insulting him and, more importantly, his friends.
It seems that we're being set up for the last few episodes of Being Human. Leading up to our final confrontation with the Devil, Hal is choosing his monster. Alex is told that she will one day be holding the stake at Hal's heart. And Tom, Tom is simply the best of them, the most human.
And what does this all mean for Mr. Rook? He spent most of this episode contemplating suicide, only to stay his hand when Hal called him in for a clean-up. Is Mr. Rook a man who is unconcerned with good and evil as long as he has a job to do?