Last week, Bo was greeted to her first official challenge on her way to the Dawning, a Fae right of passage with will either let her pass to the next level of Fae maturity, or leave her a scavenging UnderFae relegating her to a life of being locked in a cage in the dungeon under the Dal.
Assistance comes from a Lode Star Fae named Stella, who Trick summons to help Bo prepare, starting with a return trip home to her human foster parents where Bo will have to make peace with her past before confronting her future. Bo takes a road trip to her hometown Grimsley with the newly unkidnapped Kenzi, who, despite her protests, could use the country air. But Bo’s return home turned out to be not only limited to her human issues.
It turns out Grimsley is haunted by Lady Polly, an UnderFae who attacks when people are caught in the dreamy sunlight haze of midday. Bo, who was known as Beth in her Grimsley days, helped summon Polly with a group of friends when she was in high school, oddly enough on the same night Bo fed as a succubus for the first time, killing her boyfriend Kyle. The two incidents are kind of unrelated, but on the night Kyle died, all the friends left town with the exception of poor Dougie, who’s stayed in town for the last decade trying to put Polly back in the bottle on his own.
Polly, having been reawakened by the group of friends all returning to town for the first time, is out to finish the job, but Bo and Kenzi with Dougie’s help are able to trap Polly again by putting her down the local well.
With Lady Polly no longer feeling well (Kenzi’s pun!), Bo dealt with the business that brought her to Grimsley in the first place. Her adoptive father long dead, Bo’s adoptive mother now suffers from dementia, which has more or less rendered her once vicious, puritanical human mother to a complete June Cleaver makeover. Despite her original desire to tear a strip off mommy dearest, Bo instead tells her instead that, “I can’t hate you anymore, and I’m done hating myself.”
In other news, Trick and Dyson have a little secret sharing time. Trick clues into the fact the Dyson has his love back, and Dyson, ever the gentleman, assures that he has no desire to get between Bo and Lauren. Trick points out that humans have significantly shorter lifespan than Fae, which means that Bo and Dyson may have their time yet. Meanwhile, we learn that Trick is kind of sweet on Stella. I guess everyone wins by bringing Stella onto Team Bo.
In the end, Bo confronts Kenzi with the question of the hour: exactly what was everyone’s favorite sidekick doing at the Norn’s when she spilled the essence of Kitsune on her arm?
And that brings us to this week’s episode, “Fae-ge Against The Machine.” But before we dive into the precap, I’ve learned that Sy-Fy has followed suit with Showcase and renewed Lost Girl for season four. Good news for all the fae-natics out there State’s side. And now, on with the precap.
1) If at First You Don’t Succeed… – The episode opens with Stella putting Bo through her paces. In this new round of Dawning training, Bo has to capture a lucky cricket while blindfolded. Naturally, this is not as easy as it sounds. Bo’s gonna need all the luck she can get because…
2) The Case of the Week – Bo’s official invite to the Dawning arrives. On really fine stationary from a thousand year old Staples Print & Copy? Hardly, the invitation to the Dawning is a wacky, steam punk-looking Rube Goldberg like contraption that Bo’s closest blood relative has to use to help her navigate the challenge to complete the invitation. Trick steps up to work all the levers, pullies, and looking glasses as Bo plays out the game in the field.
3) Little Help? – As Trick works the machine at the Dal, Bo gets a helpful sidekick in this adventure in Tamsin (Kenzi, apparently, puts out too much human interference for the purposes of Bo’s training). Tamsin takes Bo out for lunch to lay some truth on her, despite what the others are telling her, the Dawning is “the most brutal thing you’ll go through plus infinity.” So does that mean Tamsin is warming to our succubus heroine? Let’s just say the answer’s a definite “Yes, uh-oh” by the end of the episode.
4) Beware of Handshake Deals – After having a drink at a Dark Fae bar, Bo and Tamsin meet Balzac, a Spriggan Fae who commits you to one favor as payback for their help once you shake their hand, and by commit, we mean you can’t get rid of them till you do them a solid. Balzac’s favor is a trip to Brazenwood, a sort of Dark Fae frontier town with it’s own sense of lawless rule-making. Bo and Tamsin have to rescue Hannah, a Squonk Fae with an unusual and financially lucrative ability.
5) Doctor, Doctor – Lauren pops into the Dal to let Bo know that she’s being given a big award at a banquet that night. The last minute notification came after the original recipient was found to be the author of some dodgy science (as Lauren always knew), so Bo’s favorite Doc gets the prize instead. The news makes Lauren giddy, even concocting the celebrity couple nickname “Bolo” for he and her girlfriend, but their fabulous night out was not meant to be. Of course, Bo gets sidelined with the quest, but Lauren is introduced to an admired colleague, Dr. Taft. Why is this significant? Taft is played by Shawn Doyle, a well-known and respected Canadian actor recently of the Showcase series Endgame and the HBO series Big Love. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that Dr. Taft is a face we’ll see again.
6) Missing in Action – Kenzi’s not the only one who sits out this week. Apparently, both Dyson and Hale have some important Fae business elsewhere to keep them occupied.
7) Surprise Kissing – There are two surprising kisses by the end of the episode. One of them is really surprising.
8) A New Mystery – Be on the look out for a particular scene this week. There might be a clue in there to suggest that the season’s big obstacle might not be whether or not Bo passes The Dawning or becomes an UnderFae.
9) Burning Questions – “What if I’m not strong enough?” “What’s your type, blondie?” “Infinity or a pit of snakes?” “Do you want to tell me what that Wanderer business was about?”
10) How Does it End? – “Please tell me she’s not the one.”
NEXT WEEK: The Dawning, um, dawns.