Being Human Episode (4×07) Review – “Gallows Humor”



This Week Being Human Tackles Some Important Topics, But Failed to Connect

All season long the Being Human crew has dealt with the fallout from the bad decisions they made last season. Sally dabbling in things she doesn’t understand is about to unmake the world (according to Donna), Aidan’s merry-go-round with his sobriety, and Josh’s denial of his wolf have all led them to where they are now. When we last saw them Sally’s kid brother Robbie died thanks to Lil’ Smokie, Aidan fell off the wagon in a big way mere moments after begging Suzana to be his new sponsor, and Nora discovered Josh’s infidelity. Things were looking bleak for our friends, and they didn’t get any sunnier this week. So let’s discuss episode 407, “Gallows Humor.”

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“The magic didn’t make you like it and it didn’t make you lie to me.” Josh and Nora are still struggling with Josh’s indiscretion, but unfortunately Robbie’s death forces them to put a hold on dealing with their marital issues. Josh and Nora have been through a lot recently, so it’s no surprise that they would hit a bump in the road. What is shocking is that good, loyal Josh would be unfaithful to anyone, but especially Nora. Ever since Aidan cut Josh out from his wolf following Sally’s spell, it was obvious that there would be consequences. Stunned by his actions, Josh believes this to be the case and thinks that if magic messed him up, then magic can fix him. By the end of the episode after Josh nearly forces himself on Nora it becomes crystal clear that his problems go beyond what the two of them can handle. Now that Nora has moved out, Josh should have all the time he needs to figure things out. The manner in which the writers handled this was beautifully done, and felt real. Josh suffers from the same disease as Aidan and Sally. They keep denying their the makers of their own problems, and this causes them to make matters worse. Now that Josh has lost the one thing that matters most to him in the world, it will be interesting to see what lengths he goes to in order to put things right.

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Nora: Find a way to deal with you, Josh, because I can’t.

“My strength is your strength.” Last week Sally’s brother Robbie died, and this week Sally spends the entire episode trying to resurrect him from the dead despite what happened the last time she did something like that. Realizing she doesn’t have the right spell, Sally pulls Donna into the land of the living. This was a nice way to wrap up Donna’s story, and allow viewers to learn more about the deceitful witch. In the episode we learned that Donna did indeed get executed for witchcraft, but was later revived by witches who wanted to complete their coven. At first I groaned because I knew this would sound appealing to Sally, but once Donna revealed that another woman was sacrificed so she could come back from the dead, Sally turned down the idea. For a little while… All episode long Sally tried to find a way to undo what was done, but she never gave thought to what her brother wanted. In fact, she never spent any real time with him at all. Robbie was a guy who never got anything right and believed he was a disappointment to his family. As boring as I felt this storyline was, I did enjoy the twist of Robbie leaving the house and giving up his second chance of life.

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Sally: Bye, Donna! You were one bad-ass bitch.

“If you want to turn this into a game, that’s fine with me. I’m strong, I’m in this, and I have no other place to be.” When the episode wasn’t boring us to death with Sally’s temporal road trip with Donna, and Josh and Nora’s marital woes while dealing with a character no one cares about, Aidan got forced into vampire rehab. Last week when Aidan decided to jump into Suzana’s abstinence program I knew it wouldn’t be long before he slipped up, but I never thought it would be immediately after. If he had just had a sip it would have been bad enough, but Aidan ate the whole kit and caboodle. RIP Jane Doe who looked eerily similar to Suzana! After feeding Aidan some spiked blood, Suzana cuffed him to a sink and began to detox Aidan. I don’t know what was worse, the fact Aidan began taunting Suzana about all of the gruesome ways he’s killed over the centuries, or Suzana being guilted into confessing she killed their little boy. The heart-wrenching way Aidan broke down upon hearing the news was the best scene in the episode, but one scene does not an episode make. Now that Aidan decided not to avenge their son by staking Suzana, I wonder how the two will manage to go one from here.

SyFy’s Being Human has always been entertaining thanks to all off the supernatural hijinks that come about with a vampire, two werewolves, and a ghost shacking up under one roof. Over the past three seasons the writers have done a wonderful job equating monsters striving to be human and the monster that lives within us all. In the past, one of my favorite parts of the series were the great voiceovers that opened the show, but the writers unfortunately got rid of that last season. Though I was disappointed at first, it was ok because the season’s theme always resonated throughout each episode. That still happened in this week’s episode, yet the balance the show previously held wasn’t maintained in “Gallows Humor.” As intriguing as adultery, death, and addiction can be, it’s a little too much to cram them all in one episode and remove the comic relief that normally pops up during the course of each episode. What’s the point of watching a show about monsters if they’re not acting like one? (Aidan’s kill list excluded.)