Some stuff went down in this episode let’s not waste time and dive in and get to the bottom of it then analyze, shall we?
Finn is on a quest to find out who his real father is, but when he does find out, he is in for a shock. Seems Finns real dad is dying of cancer and does not have long left to live. He also finds out he has a step sister called Grace who has been looking after their dad. While these three reconnect with each other, Jess once again meets Alex and they finally manage to go out on that drink. While out walking, Finn and Grace both see Alex and decide to follow him, which leads to a some what shady meeting with a strange man in an underground car park. Finn automatically assumes this means Alex is gay and goes out of his way to let Jess know, even confronting her in the local bars toilets to show her photographic evidence. When confronted with this, Alex takes Jess back to his flat and they make out but never actually have sex. Alex wants to take it slow. Finn has taken Grace away from the house for a bit, because her father wants to die. This is all because Grace has the power to heal and has been using it on her father to keep him alive. It does not, however, cure the cancer. It just stops him from dying from it and he has had enough. Finn and Grace both get back to the house in the early morning and Finn has to fight his own sister to stop her bringing their father back. She sees that she has to let him go and they both sit by his bed as he passes on. Alex looks into an envelope that he was given in the mentioned shady meeting. It has a photo of a man in it. He confronts the man and asks the man to show him his man parts.
The spotlight is on Finn in this episode. It is almost like they know he is the weakest character and the writing team are trying their hardiest to give him more depth. It is hard to say but I think it is working. He is always going to struggle to gain audience acceptance because Rudy is such a strong male lead. It is hard to battle against that. In this episode, he does have some nice moments but nothing that ever really blows you away. His nerd-like persona is at an impasse at the moment. Sometimes it is incredibly funny, while other times it grates on you. In this episode, I would say it is a 50/50 split. The introduction of his sister may work for him though, depending how she is used in future storylines. With an extra character in the mix and some one to care for, he may emerge as a more interesting character. Or if Grace is too overpowering as a character, he may get lost in the shuffle. At the moment, they balance each other out quite nicely.
Jess and Alex slowly start their relationship together and to be honest I have no interest whatsoever. It all seems a bit dull, even with the mystery behind Alex as a character. Alex has a big episode up next week which should hopefully explain a lot of things, but at the moment I am really not connecting with him at all. In fact, his interactions with Jess make her seem a bit dull as well. The twist at the end of the episode involving wanting to look at the man’s willy, well that could be anything. Myself and my fiancé have a bet on at the moment on what the problem is. I believe he has had his penis stolen in some way (that pesky storm again!), while she believes he has a kind of monster penis that attacks people. Watch this space to see if we were even remotely right! Greg is hilarious in this episode and it seems that the intense anger is just for comic relief as he has two stand out scenes here, one in the grief counseling and another talking about when his dad died. Rudy as always is amazing, but he has very little to do in this episode.
Because of the serious and intense nature of the last episode, this one is more restrained and personal. I guess that is what the episode was going for. It was hard to sympathize with Finn because his emotional range was not great in this episode. It was also hard to relate to the dying man and Grace, because we have only just been introduced to them and so have no real emotional attachment to any of them. It was a great episode for showing the pain cancer can cause, and having friends who have died from this I thought it would have affected me more than it did. Maybe I am just too heartless! Grace, however, was interesting and could be a wild card in this series. If she is used a lot in the series then it could make the show a little more extreme than it actually has been at the moment. Since she is a healer, anyone can get messed up and she could bring them back. We will have to see because we just may never see her again. As a character she is okay and that pretty much sums up this episode.
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