Lost Girl Season 3 Review “There’s Bo Place Like Home”

When we last left Bo on “Lost Girl,” she was in the process of training for the impending Dawning, whatever that is. As best as I can tell, it’s sort of like a series of tests to determine whether someone is worthy to be a better version of what they are, I guess. So, in Bo’s case, that would be, like, an über-succubus. (Try saying that three times fast.) Also, if you fail, you devolve into a raving lunatic beast-creature, so there’s that. You also have to compete or it still happens even if you choose not to. There’s no stopping the Dawning once it starts, apparently.

Actually, it’s not too far removed from what’s going on in the current season of “Supernatural,” only instead of completing a series of tests to eventually close the gates of Hell, Bo is supposed to pass a series of trials in order to be a better fae or whatever. So, sort of the Olympics for fairies, I suppose.

But first, she has to get into the front door by crossing the “Threshold,” which is sort of like a way into the “Temple,” where the trials will take place. The only way in, though, is for whoever is seeking entry to be at one with themselves or something- body & soul completely intertwined or whatever. Bo, with her troubled past, is far from that, and Stella, a “Lodestar” (sort of a combination seer/trainer) Trick brings in to help, tells her she has to be or she’ll never even cross the threshold in the first place and devolution will accelerate.

After getting the answers to some key questions about Bo’s upbringing, Stella orders her to go back home to reconcile, or at least make peace with her adoptive mother, Mary. (Hence the episode title “There’s Bo Place Like Home.”) Until she does, she’ll never be able to move on. The problem is, they didn’t exactly leave each other on great terms, what with Mary having labeled her a spawn of Satan and all, and blaming Bo’s ex-boyfriend’s death on her, even though it was later proven otherwise, or, at least, covered up by fae.

So, it’s back to the country and Grimley County, where they’re having the annual Cherry Festival. Fun! With Kenzi in tow, who’s still reeling a bit after her recent trauma (“With every new wig comes another brave face,” as Bo puts it, adeptly), she’s off and running back to where it all began, sort of. It’s hard to imagine Bo growing up in cow country, but then again, she wasn’t Bo yet, but rather Beth Dennis.

Either way, she has a secret weapon of sorts- if she gets too worked up, Kenzi will inject her with a serum that calms her down instantly. The catch is that she only has three injections- and there’s an awful lot of issues to contend with. Can she keep a cool head?

At first, it seems like smooth sailing. Her mom is actually thrilled to see her and welcomes her with open arms, saying that she always prayed this day would come. Bo discovers her adoptive father has sadly died, and puzzles out that her mother is suffering from some sort of dementia that causes her to forget big chunks of time, including what happened that caused Bo to leave in the first place. This makes for mixed feelings on Bo’s part, as she gets the mom who loved her and she loved back, but is denied any closure that might have resulted had they had it out about the way things were left between them.

Speaking of which, back home, Trick finally puts together the fact that Dyson has gotten his love for Bo back somehow, though he doesn’t suspect it was Kenzi’s doing yet. He also realizes he’s sweet on Stella, which Dyson encourages before leaving them alone.

Back on the farm, Kenzi and Bo are reduced to wearing more townie-friendly attire to fit in. Opa Gingham style! Kenzi is understandably not crazy about this country make-under.

Kenzi: “I feel like I fell in some Amish.”
Bo: “Own it, Laura Ingalls.”

They meet several of Bo’s ex-classmates, including Doug, aka “Dougie” and Jessica. Doug, who stayed in town, tells her about another of their friends, Brad, who died in the opening sequence, the victim of some unknown phantom menace that caused the car he was under fixing a tire to crash down on him, killing him instantly. Meanwhile, Jessica has clearly gone the big city route, and is a business woman of some sort, who looks down her nose at our Kenzi.

Jessica: “God, you are so weird. Reminds me of that girl who used to sniff glue in Chem class.”
Bo: “Jessica, that was you.”

Bo returns home, determined to have it out with her mom, one way or another. She gets her wish, when the ghost we saw in the opening sequence appears and causes her mom to revert to her old self. She calls Bo the devil again and freaks out completely on her. Kenzi calls home and they deduce that the ghost is a “Poludnica,” that the locals call Lady Polly, including some double-dutch-doing girls chanting a rhyme about her, Freddy-Kruger style.

Polly can only be summoned by humans, and has the power to cause death during midday hours by using the heat and light to her advantage, causing “accidents.” She proves it again when she causes Jessica to choke on a cherry. (Yep, you read that correctly.) If she kills everyone who summoned her, she can cross county lines and escape to wreak havoc elsewhere. The problem is, Bo was one of them, as was Doug.

They held a séance back in the day, with Jessica, Brad and Kyle (Bo’s ex) in tow and nothing happened, or so they thought. Doug kept at it after everyone left and managed to succeed by setting his Marilyn Manson “Antichrist Superstar” CD on fire in supplication to the spirits and accidentally starting a house fire in the process. Kenzi is not amused by this detail, being a big MM fan, but she’s more surprised that Dougie is a Goth guy from way back.

Kenzi: “You were Goth? Here?”
Doug: “I had to go two towns over to get my favorite guy-liner.”

Eventually, Polly (or, as Kenzi calls her, by turns: “Tornado Tits” and “Senorita Sh*tstorm”) shows up to take Bo and Doug on. Thinking fast, Bo takes the last serum Lauren gave her from Kenzi and injects Polly with it, causing her to go all docile long enough for Bo to kick her into the well and seal it up.

Bo then goes to her mother again and makes peace the best way she can, saying everything she wanted to say, while knowing that her mother wouldn’t really understand what was going on, and would likely forget her almost as soon as she left. Still, it helps Bo to say it aloud, and gives her some much-needed closure.

This, in turn, helps her to achieve inner peace and oneness of body and spirit and whatever and allows her to be able to cross the aforementioned threshold, which gives her access to the temple, where her trials will take place and where the real training will begin. Got all that? Good, I’m glad someone does. Bring on the challenges!

The episode ends with Bo finally confronting Kenzi on her ordeal, which she refuses to talk about, so Bo gives her an alternative route of discussion, like why she was messing around with the Narn in the first place. Will she admit the truth? Will Dyson confess to Bo what happened to him as a result of Kenzi’s actions? What will be the price of Kenzi’s own actions, as if she hasn’t suffered enough already? This and more remains to be seen.

What do you think will happen in the weeks to come on “Lost Girl”? Will Bo pass the challenges easily, or will she pay a price? Will Trick and Stella get horizontal? (They’d pretty much have to, given their disparate sizes, LOL.) What repercussions will Dyson’s situation have on Bo and Lauren? Let me know what you think in the comments!