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Looking back on “In Memoriam,” it was an interesting departure considering that our titular hero was almost completely benched, but it left so many questions unanswered… Seriously, where was Bo? What happened to Tamsin? Who was the Wanderer? When did having Jubilee powers count as a genuine fae ability? By comparison, “Sleepy Beauty School” went by at break neck speed. Bo is back! (“Succubus on a Train.”) Tamsin was found-ish. And we get our first look at the much feared Una mens, and damn, I can understand now why every fae was $#!%ing bricks.

There were some nice call-backs to the end of last season. Kenzi finds the tarot card of the Wanderer and Bo, which plays a bigger part than being some super-villain trophy. Dyson also visits again the scene where he and Tamsin were run off the road, and in the process finds a little blond girl with literal bite. Fun fact about valkyries, they have many lives. They can die and resurrect themselves, but I guess they must also suffer the indignantly of being kids again. Looking after “Li’l Tam-Tam” becomes Kenzi’s responsibility, despite the fact that Trick labels the clubhouse a “death trap” (“Remind me to embroider that on a pillow,” retorts Kenzi), while Dyson, Hale and Trick look for a way to find Bo and bring her home.

Dyson and Hale quest to find a legendary tracker named Eddy via his ex, a fae named Celine who has a salon filled with sexy blonde-haired stylists (Bo will be sorry she missed this). Celine is the only one who can find Eddy, but she’s being evasive. Hale gets a tip from Dyson’s new friend Clio, the fae they really want to talk to is Astrid, who gives the guys the tools they need to go back to the salon and rescue Eddy. It turns out Celine has had him under a sleeping beauty spell for about 800 years.

In a twist, it turns out Eddy is eight centuries past useful, which makes room for Clio to cut in to help Dyson. Clio, as it turns out is an elemental, but unlike most elementals who can only control earth, air, wind or fire, she can actually control all four. Clio shows Dyson how the tarot card doubles as a taunt and a ticket to get on the ethereal train that travels between physical plains. This train is where the Wanderer is holding Bo, who is discontent to be a prison aboard a train literally travelling through the middle of nowhere. Ever resourceful, Bo manages to pick the lock, suck some energy from a stewardess, and is able to jump from the train, naturally, just as Dyson and Clio board.

If I dispatch these plot points pretty quick, it’s because the search for Bo, and the answer to the whereabouts of Bo, didn’t interest me as much as some of the other stuff going. So Bo is on a fancy, 19th century train car. Big whoop. How scary. How exactly does all this tie into the Wanderer? It seems to me that this mystery is being dragged out past the point of irritancy, and while it strikes me that we’re assuming the Wanderer is Bo’s father, I can’t honestly think of any evidence to point to that supports the supposition.

Another mystery unanswered, what went down between Trick and Aife? We see Trick with an injured arm and wiping blood off the picture of his beloved granddaughter, but what happened to Aife, and what happened between the two during that homicidal father/daughter reunion?

But in terms of mysteries answered, we meet the Una mens, the guardians of the blood laws who kind of struck me as distant relatives of the Strangers from Dark City. The Una mens are issuing summons and dispensing old world justice, and the first contestant is Vex, who immediately looks for someone to sell out. Fortunately, the Una mens have a serial killer-esque collection of mannequins with vague labels like “unaligned succubus” and “human doctor,” which is their wish list of blood scofflaws. Vex has been in touch with Clio, so survey says he’s offered Bo’s in exchange for his own neck, which has now been implanted with what looks like the Una mens version of those mind slugs from Wrath of Khan.

Speaking of “Human Doctor,” Lauren is working hard at the time honoured vocation of the fugitive: waiting on tables. Another waitress named Crystal is doing her best to get on “Amber’s” good side, but with her memories returned “Amber” is thinking of her ex-girlfriend, the “Unaligned Succubus.” Lauren gets a chance to be a doctor again when, what I’m labelling a xenomorph fae, comes into the diner and chokes. Crystal videos the whole thing on her phone and sees dollar signs with this alien operation, but Lauren talks her into deleting it, and the two bond over many drinks. As to Lauren’s story, I’ll just say a) hate the red head wig, and b) is there anyone out there who doesn’t think Crystal is bad news?

Once again, Kenzi gets the heavy lifting this week. She uses the power of positive energy, laying out all of Bo;s favourite things – like chocolate, and chocolate-flavoured lube – as an offering to provoke Bo’s quick return. She ends up babysitting young Tamsin, which is trickier than advertised, especially when Tam-Tam flushes her Jubilee sprite cream. It turns out Kenzi’s been robbing Trick to cover the tab for her fae powers, and she sets up another buy at episode’s end. I figured Kenzi’s obsession with having a fae power was part of her cover for the Bo-less version of herself, but what is her motivation now? Why is Kenzi, who’s always been an utterly empowered human, so obsessed with being one of the fae now?

But there was good news for Kenz. Hale admitted that he had feelings for her, and Kenzi admitted that she had feeling for him. And like a typical 80s sitcom, their sexy time is interrupted by Tamsin’s sudden growth spurt. Now looking like something out of The Carrie Diaries, Tamsin’s got big hair and lady parts. I guess it’s safe to say that the reborn Tamsin will resemble Rachel Skarsten by next episode, but what are the long-term impacts? Trick says that sometimes valkyries repress memories from a past life after a lifetime of being confronted with so much death. So will we eventually see the Tamsin we know and, ahem, love again, or is there a new Tamsin here to stay?

So looking back, maybe not that many questions were answered, or at least there were all new ones to fill the void. But overall, there was a lot of movement on key stories and some fascinating developments for many of the main characters, including, thankfully, Hale. I think Hale got the shaft last year despite the fact that he got a promotion to the Ash, but there’s been more Hale in these last two episodes than, I think, in all of last season combined. Obviously, that’s not how you treat the best dressed fae in the show. Here’s to hoping Hale keeps getting more love, and not just from Kenzi, as they season continues.

What did you guys think of this week’s episode of Lost Girl?

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