HAVEN “The Hand You’re Dealt” Review

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Audrey gets more Colorado Kid clues and people die fiery deaths in the “The Hand You’re Dealt” episode of HAVEN. Duke takes Audrey to see Vanessa, the babysitter who was with him the day of the Colorado Kid. She doesn’t remember anything about that day, but the idea of it upsets her and triggers her ability to see how people die. After she is present when both the high school principal’s car blows up and a student boils in a pool, Nathan and Audrey suspect her of being behind the killings, but she helps prevent an explosion and leads them to a potential disaster where they find the real firestarter, a misfit student named Matt.

Angry teen and pyrokinesis are definitely not a good combination, and Matt is seriously creepy when he got excited about his killing powers. Who doesn’t love a good case of spontaneous human combustion? I like that Audrey feels guilty for what she did but also seems to accept that she did what she had to do to protect everyone in that field.. Vanessa seeing bits of what people see before they die is a bit too much of a light version of “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose,” but it gets us clues in the Colorado Kid case and brings Duke onto the team, so I’ll take it.

Duke is now on the same “screw fate” team with Nathan and Audrey, which should make for a fabulously awkward dynamic. The Duke-Nathan bickering is awesome, especially when mixed with moments where they actually work together well (love the grill-dumping scene with the very awkward pause before the boom) or show some caring. Julia seems to be along for the ride, too, but I need to see more of her before I decide how I feel about that other than knowing I miss her mom.

I love that Nathan keeps finding reasons to touch Audrey and that he continuously jabs himself. He’s been starved of feeling someone for so long that it must be almost overwhelming for him, giving him a compulsive need to test it and himself. He still hasn’t told her he can feel her, and apparently no one from the party has, either. I`m actually not sure how you start that conversation, but I hope Nathan tells her soon because she`s beginning to think he`s losing it. One thing, though–when Nathan asks Duke if meeting someone he can feel is fate, Duke assumes Nathan is talking about Jess. Did he not he hear Nathan say he could feel Audrey after he shot the shapeshifter in last week’s “As You Were” episode?

According to Vanessa, Duke will die when an arm with a maze tattoo with a figure at each corner reaches for him–just like the Colorado kid did. Nathan and Audrey have already seen the tattoo on a dead body, so it must be something very connected to the Troubles, but I’ll still put my money on Duke. Poor Duke isn’t have good luck with women, though. Vanessa could have been a good match for him.

The photographer talking about the clawed men coming out of the water is surreal and I love how Julia is willing to hand over her mom’s notes on the Colorado Kid even after Eleanor never even mentioned having notes. Audrey feeling that she triggered Vanessa’s ability is interesting in that we don’t know how much Audrey does affect the Troubles, for good or bad. I’m glad she’s becoming aware that it is an issue

Sadly, there is no Vince, Dave, or sheriff, but Haven is definitely upping the stakes on their central mystery with Duke now in the crosshairs and it`s making the episodes more compelling. I like the drips of information we’re getting about the Colorado Kid and Lucy, and tying it into the case of the week is a great bonus.

What did you think of “The Hand You’re Dealt?” Why do you think Nathan hasn’t yet told Audrey he can feel her?

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