HAVEN “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” Review

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HAVEN “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” Season 2, Episode 6 – I can only imagine how devastated Audrey must feel after having watched the three most important men in her life die right before her eyes. Thanks to a mysterious Trouble in Haven, Audrey is forced to repeat the same 5 hours of the same day over and over again. Each time she tries to intervene, someone else that she cares for, dies. I know I’ve had bad dreams that have left me feeling depressed long after I wake up, but for Audrey, even though the nightmare is over, this wasn’t a dream at all.

The episode starts off the morning after Chris and Audrey have spent the night together. As much as I was resisting Audrey being in a relationship with Chris right away, their morning together was irresistibly cute and I was really loving how happy they both were. It’s as if the town of Haven itself is conspiring to keep Audrey from achieving any sort of personal happiness because as the variations of the day play out, her relationship with Chris fizzles. She realizes that she can’t “take a day off” to have a relationship while the Troubles continue to affect the people of Haven and she puts a definite pause on her relationship with Chris.

Duke was cracking me up in this episode. Every time Chris and Audrey would come down the stairs and run into him, Duke’s reaction to Chris was priceless. I loved his first couple lines when he realized Chris and Audrey were hooking up in his loft. To Audrey he sternly warns, “Don’t you break his heart!” and without missing a beat, his expression changes and he turns to Chris and asks,”You like waffles? I’m gonna make you waffles.” From that point forward, each variation on the waffle conversation was hilarious even as Chris became more strained to understand what Audrey was doing.

I didn’t really understand why Audrey felt she couldn’t explain the entire situation to Chris the way she explained it to Nathan every time. Chris understands the Troubles that affect the town of Haven and he understands that Audrey is “weird.” Still, she was constantly trying to keep him in the dark about why she was doing the things she was doing. I think she may have been trying to protect him, but I don’t think he needs the kind of protection that she can offer him. He selflessly pushed her out of the way of an oncoming car and took the full force of the hit – if he hadn’t been there, Audrey wouldn’t have survived to solve the mystery.

The variation that ended with Nathan’s death scene was definitely gut wrenching. After mumbling a description of the hit and run vehicle, he murmurs to Audrey that it’s ok and that his dying is not that bad because he “can’t feel anything but you.” Totally heart breaking. Audrey’s reaction to Nathan the next morning was quite a bit more subdued than I would have expected. She embraced Duke after seeing him alive again, but when she was talking to Nathan, she looked like she was talking to a ghost.

The Trouble stops affecting the town of Haven when Anson Shumway walks into the middle of the street and intentionally gets hit by the out of control car. It was a pretty morbid ending actually and I was caught off guard by it. Normally Audrey is able to help the people with Troubles, so I totally understand how she felt like she had failed in this situation. It must be a lot of pressure to feel like you’re the only person who can save everyone from themselves.

The final scene in Duke’s bar hit me hard. There was a touch of comedy thrown in there when Nathan finally filled Duke in on Chris’ Trouble, but the heaviness of Audrey’s reality hung over the entire scene. As the three men sat together at the bar, Audrey had a moment to catch up on all the emotions that come with watching the people you love die. That was real for her. Her three friends died and although she has a second chance with all of them, she’s now fully acquainted with what it would mean to lose any one of those three people. I think the events in this episode will probably haunt her for a long time and I doubt she’ll be capable of having a normal happy relationship with anyone until she straightens out her issues in Haven.