Eureka “The Honeymooners” Review

Eureka The Honeymooners Review

With a title like “The Honeymooners” you’d be correct to think that this episode features Eureka’s recent newlyweds, Sheriff Carter and Allison. What you might have not guessed is how the themes of what is real and what is not played out for some of the town’s other couples. We learn that Holly and Fargo’s love is very much real (and now physical!), while Henry learned that his pre-time travel adventure life was different than what he thought it was. For Carter and Allison though, the honeymoon was pretty much over before it began, but there is a happy ending.

From last week’s preview we knew that the big event this week was Holly finally becoming a real woman again. While not as touching as what happens with Carter/Allison or as shocking as Henry/Grace, the adventures Fargo and other go through to get Holly back were very entertaining. I liked that the writers were able to fit in a lot of suspense and drama into this part of the story, from the near death of Holly during the transfer (the seventh time the writers tried to kill her character this season I think) to the standoff with Sheriff Carter. Before tonight’s episode I don’t think I have actually seen Felicia Day play a frantic/paranoid character, but she did a great job tonight in really showing how off-kilter Holly was when she couldn’t tell if she was in or out of the Matrix. Hopefully these last few episodes will give us some quality Fargo/Holly couple time like we had last season before the Astraeus affair.

Normally bringing back a computer hologram into a human body would be the top takeaway from an episode of Eureka, but this week saved the best for almost the last moments. The story about the spy ring investigation was actually fun to follow, because there were no real obvious clues as to who was involved in the ring (not to mention reminding us who was Sheriff before Carter came to town). While I think Vincent running a covert operation from the back room of Carpe Diem would have been interesting, the actual revelation of Grace as one of the conspirators was a surprise.

Multiply that surprise by Avogadro’s number and you would have what all the viewers thought when she told Henry he was in the conspiracy as well. Now of course this was the original Henry from this timeline, which might be confusing to folks who were not following the show from early in Season 4. I’m guessing this is their way to bring Beverly back on for a final battle, but the writers need to do some work next week to convince me that the original Henry from this timeline was helping her evil plans. I have a small bone to pick with this plot twist, since during “The Ex-Files” episode last season Henry and Grace had on neural transmitters that were supposed to share everything. I guess its possible Grace decided to hide the information from Henry during the episode but it seems like a little bit of a plot hole. The big surprise also raises the question of whether any other of the time traveling group were also part of the conspiracy and just haven’t learned about it yet?

Then we have Carter and Allison’s “Mis-adventures in Honeymooning” (or “Next time take her to Fiji!”). I was a little confused about why we needed another story that contrasts Carter’s “rough around the edges” to Allison “refined” side. On one hand I think it showed that the two of them are still learning to grow as a couple and struggling with combining the chaos of their lives, but to be honest thats kind of what the last two episodes were all about. Then we see that it was a vehicle to kick off the spy story (through the hidden safe that Carter stumbles/falls onto) and also kicks the Holly story up a notch when Carter is held at gunpoint by Ms. Day. So I have to say that this was a good idea overall (plus it gave us some good physical comedy between Colin Ferguson and Salli Richardson-Whitfield), I’m hoping that next week we don’t have another Carter vs. Allison story. There’s only three episodes left, lets not make it all conflict and resolution for the two of them.

My Favorite Parts from “The Honeymooners”:

– Allison’s disappointment at the honeymoon cottage in relation to Carter’s joy at spending a week there.
– “I don’t need high tech, I’m old school.” – Carter
– “Ah, yes, don’t want to scare the villagers.” – Holly considering what could happen when others see her
– “You can’t drop out of our honeymoon.” – Carter to Allison
– “Yeah it looks like the pump jobbie is jammed up by the frickin’ sticky thing.” – Carter trying to explain what’s wrong with a water pump
– “In this town, what’s true can be a very tricky concept.” – Grace
– “Any place is the right place, as long as I’m with you.” – Allison to Carter
– Carter referring to Fargo’s misadventures with the Mu-Tent from the Season 4 episode “Momstrosity”

So with only three Eurekas left (oh noes!) we are quickly nearing the end. Do you have any predictions for what happens to Holly/Fargo in the next few episodes? What do you think Henry will do with the information Grace gave him? Let me know in the comments!

The promo for next week’s Eureka was a little vague on what to expect, though it appears that Holly may be in trouble again (or causing it). Watch “Mirror, Mirror” next Monday at 9 PM on SyFy.