Being Human (UK) Series 5 Review “Pie and Prejudice” — In Which There Is No Pie

This week’s Being Human harked back to series 1 with the arrival of Larry in ‘Pie and Prejudice’. A former weatherman (who was attacked by a werewolf six months ago), Larry knows little about being a werewolf and even less about being a decent human being. He uses his current gig as an ineffectual motivational speaker to get in with Tom, promising to teach Tom how to be a more successful person, although his sights are really set on the spare bedroom. It all goes wrong, though, and Larry makes a fatal mistake when dealing with an upset Hal…

Meanwhile, Hal visits an old friend of his, Lady Mary. Seemingly a prim and proper 250 year old ghost, Mary is revealed to be something of a crazy wild child. When not experiencing vicarious orgasms psychically through random hook ups in club loos, she apparently likes to start fights, shoplift and push people over. Charming. Alex manages to get some sort of explanation for her behaviour, though; Mary is under the impression that she is Hal’s last victim, and that it is her presence keeping him on the straight and narrow. When told the truth, she becomes just as scary as Hal.

This was an enjoyable episode, but the sense of deja vu was overwhelming. Larry was a lot like Tully from back in series 1. But while Tully was a savvy werewolf who wanted to connected with George for companionship and offered to make him a better werewolf, Larry was a clueless werewolf who wanted a free bed and offered to make Tom a better human in return. I was hoping we might get to learn a little more about what Larry had been doing for six months, a clueless werewolf in the city, but instead he came to a sudden end. It wasn’t undeserved though — he really was a tosspot.

Lady Mary had a touch of series 1 about her, too; Alex hanging out with her was reminiscent of Annie and Gilbert. While I really liked the idea of Mary going crazy while hanging around to keep Hal company, her appearance was a little undermined by the lack of information. How often did he visit her? How did their friendship begin after her death — did she forgive him instantly or did he have to earn her trust? Admittedly, I’m almost willing to forgive all of this because of the castration threat scene. That was priceless.

The ending was unexpected. After all the talk about Mary not being Hal’s last victim, he went and killed somebody else. There was something much more vicious about this particular murder, too. When Hal rips out a throat it could be put down, at least partially, to the bloodlust. But here, unable to drink Larry’s blood, Hal strangled him instead. That’s pure terrifying rage.

I loved that it was Hal’s call that saved poor Rook from committing suicide. Rook looked quite pathetic this week, telling some woman on the telephone all about his occupational woes — or the lack thereof — before it was revealed that he was talking to a phone sex operator. Hal’s little slip with Larry might have given Rook something to deal with for a day or two, but what will he do next?

And where exactly will the devil come into play? We’re halfway through the series — it’s time for things to be kicked up a notch.

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