The Strain Recap: Mom's the Word

The Strain Kelly Infected

This week on FX’s The Strain… not a helluva lot happened, so this shouldn’t take much of your time.

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The main catalyst for this episode was young Zach easily discovering — on a random pawn shop computer, via some “Find My Phone” app (that we never saw him log into?) and with a sketchy wi-fi signal —  that his mom’s iPhone was on the move, in Astoria. After Eph engages in a clunky “About last night…” convo with Nora regarding their clunky coupling, he sets out to find Kelly, but only locates her phone, in the possession of a homeless woman.

In trade for Eph bandaging an infected burn of hers, the woman shows where she found the phone — outside Kelly’s parked car. Cue a flashback to… 32 hours earlier, where an infected Matt comes home and thinks about, then decides against, attacking a sleeping Kelly. But when Kelly comes home early following an early school dismissal, Matt’s in not such a genial mood. As he tries to sting his honey, she manages to fend him off with any number of kitchen items — but not before some of his spittle lands a worm on her cheek. The parasite then [Shudder] wiggles and [Fidget] squiggles into the corner of her [Typed while looking through fingers] twitching eyeball. Shades of the infamous Strain billboards!

From there, Kelly begins to turn, as she seeks out Zach first at school, and then at her gal pal Diane’s place. There, Kelly finally lets loose with her proboscis, first on Diane’s son, then on Di herself. (In the current timeline, we see that Eph eventually found the two and had to put them down. Side note: Does no one on this show have a well-lit finished basement?)

While staggering around the streets, Kelly hears the Master call for her. She follows his voice to a subway tunnel, where they come face to face. “Rejoice,” the towering figure gurgles. “Embrace your glorious fate.” (Is Kelly fated to be some sort of “mate” for the Master? Is that why that other vampire steered clear of her earlier?

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Elsewhere in the hour: STRAIN_110_00095_hires2After the gang learned that Dutch was responsible for breaking the Internet, she and Fet got the idea to boot things back up (if not also kill Edlritch Palmer) by sneaking into the Stoneheart Group and using their servers. Alas, “(in)competence” prevails over Fet’s “confidence,” and they are promptly corralled by the old man’s No. 1, Fitzwilliams. Eldritch meets privately with Dutch, hinting at his plan to “hack” human DNA in the name of immortality. He then orders Fitzwilliams to dispatch with the hacker and her rat-catcher friend, but Fitz decides to let them go free, seeing as he doesn’t agree with his employer’s endgame. Once back at the pawn shop, Dutch bails on the team.

The largely quiet, Eichorst-free episode then barrels to a close with… Zach remembering the time Mom surprised him with a shiny bike :-/

What did you think of “Loved Ones,” and the Master’s plan for Kelly?

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  1. HSM says:

    Are we ever going to see the “good” vampires who rescued the lawyer’s nanny and kids?

    • Joey says:

      If I remember the novels correctly, that vampire doesn’t even appear until the second novel, so I’m surprised they showed him so early.

    • Gerald says:

      I remember reading an interview were the creators of the show said they would have a big role in the final three episodes.

  2. Joey says:

    Diane’s got put down, which easily makes this the best episode yet. Doesn’t seem to matter what accent Inga Cadranel uses, the characters she plays are needlessly annoying. First Orphan Black, now The Strain.

    • SylentMari says:

      She’s growing on my on Orphan Black, but really disliked her on The Strain. But my favorite performance of hers that I’ve seen is her role as Bo’s mom Aoife on Lost Girl – over-the-top but fun to watch.

    • Tai says:

      I know! I actually cheered when her character was killed. I felt kind of bad but then I thought of Orphan Black and how she’s still out there and will most likely pop up next season and I didn’t feel so bad anymore.

  3. Ian says:

    I can’t anymore with this show. Can they please just get Durand’s shirt off now?

    Kelly was one of only a couple likeable characters on this show, and I wanted to just turn it off in disgust when the parasite when in through her eye. It was over.
    Eph and Nora deserve to die in a fire, and Kelly – this lovely woman that just wants to take care of her son, gets infected and kills her best friend and her best friend’s son. UGH.

    • Sobee says:

      I haven’t read the novels so I may be wrong entirely, but the way The Master called on her, I feel like they’re going to make Kelly into something special and different, like Eichorst, rather than the average dumb and creeping infected person roaming the city.

      • amy says:

        I haven’t read the books either, but it seems the method of infection dictates the outcome of the victim. Anyone who has been bitten seems to become some sort of revenant, or more zombie-like, while the living worm-infected seem to retain some link to their humanity.

  4. Tim says:

    I thought this was one of the better episodes of the season.

  5. pam says:

    Sometimes you have to slog thru the muck to get to the good stuff.

  6. MTB says:

    I can’t believe there are people that have a bad thing to say about this. I can’t wait for Sundays. I will be in with drawl when the season is done.