"Oh my god, dead Victorian kids are so annoying!" As Alex moves on with her death on Being Human, she gets help from an unexpected source: an obnoxious hundred-years-dead ghost child. Meanwhile, the Devil makes his first move: stirring up a food fight between Tom and Hal.

Spoilers ahead.

This is an episode that blended slapstick with bloody violence we expect from Being Human, but managed to bring us to a tearjerking moment—and then a truly horrifying one. Now that Alex has accepted that her door won't be coming any time soon, she has to decide what to do with her time aside from harassing Tom and Hal while they attempt to work. Aside from drinking with friends, watching her brothers, and playing the piano (terribly), she's not a lady of many hobbies. She has no vengeance to wreak, no great tasks to accomplish. She reminds me of Annie's old ghost friend who never experienced love, except in Alex's case, she never really lived.

When a task does present itself, in the form of little ghost boy Oliver Fitzwilliam Pryor, Alex is less than thrilled. The boy, on the run from the afterlife enforcement unit of the Men with Sticks and Ropes, lived and died in the 1800s, and he's both well bred and ill-mannered. And yet her innate caretaker gene kicks in, to the extent that even after a long day of entertaining him, she continues to humor Oliver by throwing him a party. Incidentally, there were two especially great things about that party: 1) Tom was crazy into it; he obviously didn't wear enough paper crowns as a lad; 2) all three roomies stopping Oliver mid-word during "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" when he started one line with, "Catch a ni—" I didn't even know there was a racist version of that rhyme.

Alex may have to move on from her human family (which she ultimately decides to do at the end of the episode), but it's that sisterly quality that makes her so special. She quickly sees past Oliver's obnoxiousness to the hurt little boy within. She assuages Oliver's guilt about his role in his brother's death and takes him to an amusement park, giving him an opportunity to be a real kid. When she offers herself to the Men with Sticks and Ropes in Oliver's place, she tells him simply, "This is what big sisters do."


That willingness to become someone's surrogate sister is going to be essential this season as the Devil starts playing mind games with Hal and Tom. As Hal suggested in last episode's flashback, the Devil really does feed on the conflict between vampires and werewolves. He stirs up trouble between them at the hotel, using his powers of suggestion to convince Hal that he's better than everyone else (especially Tom) and to convince Tom that Hal is trying to make him look bad and steal all the glory at work. Their disagreement culminates not in real violence, but a food fight. It's probably less a meal for the Devil than an amuse-bouche, but he's glad for the opportunity to whet his appetite.

Alex's presence is pesky, though. We already know that the Trinity has the power to weaken the Devil. A vampire and a werewolf can provide the Devil with the energy he needs to rise, but a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost mean danger. Being Human is assuring us that these last few episodes won't turn into the Tom and Hal show; Alex is important, too.


And of course, there's poor old Mr. Crumb, who discovers that being a manic vampire isn't all it's cracked up to be. In a bid to keep his division from being defunded, Mr. Rook locks the blood-starved Crumb in a room with his sister and her daughter, and films the ensuing carnage. He wants to show his superior the monsters that will be unleashed upon the world if the Men in Grey are shut down, but apparently his superior is more interested in holding on to his own government job than protecting the world from vampires and werewolves. Mr. Rook's theater of cruelty was all for naught.

But it does come with consequences. After Mr. Crumb is released back into the wild, he's approached by Alan, a disillusioned Man in Grey who wants Crumb to turn him into a vampire. They have a kind of great exchange about a video game that they both play, called Flaming Orc, an exchange that convinces Crumb that Alan can be trusted. Perhaps it's supposed to be another item on the list of things that make Crumb a sort of sad character—the idea that he spent his human life playing something akin to World of Warcraft, but to me it indicates that Crumb and Alan will be a very different breed of vampire from their predecessors. They have no Old Ones to guide them, no great families of vampires to indoctrinate them. They haven't been soldiers fighting in grand historical battles. They're people whose sense of heroism comes largely from video games. Somewhere in his mind, Crumb doesn't want to just get back at his bullies; he wants to be the real-life version of the character he plays in Flaming Orc. And with the Devil making the hotel staff cry tears of blood and talking them into the sea, there are plenty of opportunities on the horizon for them to become warriors—whether it's to defeat the Devil or serve him a few violent snacks.