When last we were here we saw Burke of the Chin and Devil Child David forge the beginnings of a friendship, despite David trying to frame Burke and Burke knowing about it. We also saw Caroline make copious insulting remarks about said Devil Child, much to her Mothers chagrin, and Vicky W looked winsome at the window. A lot.
Which, if any of these plot (and I use the word loosely) threads will pick up now, as we enter the all important episode 30? Who can tell? Well, we can, by diving right in.
My name is Victoria Winters. A brewing storm buffets the great house on Widows Hill, and angry spirits out of a dim past seem to pound against it's walls, demanding admission. There is no sound in the house; nothing but the echo of thunder and the whine of the rising wind. Yet the emptiness seems alive; alive with fear and tension that build on a single terrifying fact. I am alone.
A fairly long expository voiceover there from Vicky W, certainly by recent standards. And since it doesn't mention any of the recent Burke/David/Maggie/Awesome developments, and does mention Vicky herself, we can probably assume we're gonna get a change in focus this ep. Lots of Vicky W would be nice, I don't mind admitting.
And sure enough, we seem to be getting a cold open that is just her wandering around the house. Now she's closing a window against the wind. Now she's freaking out because a door closed by itself. And now the lights have gone out and she needs to light some candles. All pretty banal stuff, to be sure.
But what's this?
|It's, wait for it... A Dark Shadow! BOOM!|
Aaand, we're back! The lights have come back on, so Vicky W is free to use one of the candlesticks to arm herself as she goes in pursuit of whatever the hell that was we just saw. Cos she aint no cower in the corner type of gal!
She doesn't get far before she bumps into Creepy Roger. Creepy Roger has just got home he says, and had popped down to the basement to replace a fuse, on account of he'd found the lights off. All makes sense, right? Yeah.
Roger and Vicky W head into the sitting room where Roger, because he's been indoors more than 30 seconds without one, pours himself a drink.
|Because what else would Roger do?|
I shouldn't laugh, but I just love how open everyone is about despising a nine year old kid. Even if he is a Devil Child, you'd think they'd put a face on it.
Soon enough,Vicky W is blurting out her theory about David being the bad guy, not Burke. Roger acts like he doesn't believe her, that it was deffo Burke wot done did it, but the look on his face says different.
|That little SHIT!|
We get a nice little bonding scene here, with David apparently deciding that Burke is pretty decent after all; the offer to buy him a puppy might have had something to do with that; and David even tries to recover the evidence that he planted; not realising that Burke has already found it. He doesn't get a chance though, and heads off home feeling all guilty and shit.
He's a right old laugh on the car ride home.
|That's his worried look|
Also, he seems...sad? Like, he's upset that David tried to kill him. I'd have thought he'd be chuffed. Firstly, it means Burke of the Chin isn't actively trying to murder him, which must be a relief, and also it means that he now has the perfect opportunity to get rid of his Devil Child. Win/Win Roger old son! Cheer up!
The sadness doesn't last long though, and pretty soon he's all...
|Roger Angry! Roger Smash! Roger Have Another Drink!|
And it looks like he'd be right to worry, from the way Roger is brandishing that magazine.
|Corporal Punishment FTW|
Once Roger makes this point abundantly clear to David, we head out into the foyer where Burke and Vicky W are still diligently standing around looking for all the world like two people standing in a foyer for far longer than two people would ever stand around in a foyer. Burke is looking at the clock. For the lols.
After giving us a history lesson about said clock Burke makes my heart sing by telling Vicky W to turn around and go home. Oh how I've missed people telling Vicky to go home. And emphasises his point by saying...
There's something going on in that room, and if my guess is right, you're loving in a madhouse and you'd better get out of here while you still can.
...which if nothing else makes him a pretty good judge of character.
Back to Roger berating David. He's waving that magazine in the kids face. You know, the one with the instructions on sabotaging cars. Yeah, that one. The one David left in Vicky's room, an act he's now denying any knowledge of. This little shit is determined to blame Vicky W for the crash.
Roger: You have an answer for everything don't you? It doesn't matter who takes the blame for this does it?
Roger knows the score yo!
Giving up on trying to get David to confess alone, Roger opens up the floor to new speakers. Or drags Vicky W in to tell her story again. And wouldn't you know it, as soon as Vicky mentions that she found the evidence while she was looking for the letter David stole from her room...
That's why you're making it up! Because I took your stupid letter!
This kid never gives up! Fucking criminal mastermind! Of course, he then goes into a rant about how he never had the valve. And...
|He of the Chin sees all|
Burke: Excuse me!
Roger: I thought I told you to leave?
Burke: I know, but I thought I might be able to help. Is this what you've been looking for?
|Shit gettin real, yo!|
If you want to know, you'll have to come back when I watch it. Or, you know, watch it yourself. If you like. Or do both! Yeah, that's a good idea, I'm glad you thought of it! See you then, Shadow Babies.