BEDLAM “Hide and Seek” Review


BEDLAM “Hide and Seek” Season 1 Episode 4 – Molly’s new job is babysitting Ella, the well-behaved young daughter of a fellow Bedlam resident. With sparks flying between Molly and Ella’s young, single father, it seems like a pretty cushy deal indeed. But then Ella’s behaviour changes, rousing Molly’s suspicions – is she being abused?

With a mysterious reappearing doll, a child’s voice, and drawings appearing on the walls, it seems as though Molly’s imaginary friend may be a little more real than anyone anticipated. Jed learns about the situation and enlists Ryan’s help in investigating it (alongside their ongoing missing persons case). They discover the six year old daughter of a maid was killed at Bedlam by a psychiatric patient over a hundred years ago. He spirit is tied to the doll. And she wants Ella dead.

Jed first saves Ella from being guided off a roof, and later rescues her when she falls through a rotten ceiling. Ella’s father is less than thankful, asking Jed whether he’s the one who was just released from a ‘looney bin’ and telling him to stay away. But Jed has more important things to deal with, namely guiding the little girl’s spirit to the children’s graveyard so she can be at peace with her fellow child spirits.

Well, that and he spotted the body of the last missing girl while searching for Ella. But when he goes back, Ryan in tow, the body is gone — and Warren is starting to look very, very suspicious indeed.

No matter what, you can guarantee that an episode of a TV show involving children, whether as the haunted, the haunter or both, will be good. This episode wasn’t completely dissimilar from the episode with the baby’s spirit in the box, but this time it really worked, mostly because I wasn’t entirely sure that Ella would be saved. She was too young to be one of the missing girls, but then Grace was too old to be one – and she still ended up dead.

We realise this week that Warren is a killer. Jed has visions of him killing Grace, the old lady who lived under Bedlam, and we’re left assuming he killed the last missing girl, Zoe. It’s not a huge surprise given how utterly creepy he is, but he managed to surpass his own craziness this week, first attending Grace’s funeral and then snooping around his daughter’s bedroom.

Speaking of which, I couldn’t dislike Kate more if I tried. Bad enough that she was sleeping with a married man, but getting close to his wife in order to break up his marriage? Ouch. I’m still not entirely sure what the point of this character is. I wouldn’t mind seeing Kate go missing, but since Warren is a killer and she’s the only one left to inherit Bedlam, surely she needs to stick around to keep the place running? She’s the reason everyone is even there, after all.

There are only two more episodes of Bedlam left to go this season. What do you think will happen? Will the truth behind the disappearances come to light? Is Warren part of a long line of murderers? Will all four flatmates make it to the end of the season alive? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!