His name is Doctor Feelgood in the morning,
And taking care of business is really this man’s game.
And after one visit to Doctor Feelgood,
You understand why “Feelgood” is his name.*
“Dr. Feelgood,” Aretha Franklin
*some lyrics websites say the last line is “You understand why I feel good in this pain” which is a great lyric but I listened to as many different versions of this song as I could find & I never heard those words. So. If I’m wrong, please let me know!
As Beth struggles to accept the facts she’s learned about Mick, a rogue vampire is wreaking havoc across Los Angeles, giving Beth insight into the truth about vampires, just as Mick is experiencing flashbacks of the night he was “turned” into one.
Hot Damn, summarized this episode in one sentence!
What, keep going? Ok!
As Mick & Beth investigate the homicides left in the out-of-control vampire’s wake, we learn about the vampire community’s rules, such as sires taking care of the newbie vamps they turn; who The Cleaner is, what she does and how she does it; and the importance of secrecy in the vampire’s life. Additionally, when the Cleaner & her crew drag Gerald (the neglectful sire) off from the hospital, we get a little foreshadowing of how the vampire community deals with one of their own who has endangered the group.
This episode is also important (to me) because it marks the first appearance of the “Crystal Fire” home appliance/unconventional decor in Mick’s apartment. I have a complicated relationship with the Crystal Fire, ok?
Why is this episode called “Dr. Feelgood?” Because the newbie vamp was a doctor? That It? If anyone has an explanation or any better theories, I’d love to hear them.
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1. Mick acting all “OH, it’s YOU! Beth what a surprise!” when he opens the door for her – after having watched her pace in the hallway on his security cam. OH MICK YOU ADORABLE GOOF.
2. Pretty Beth in the police lights. She always looks so lovely when she is thinking.
3. I love Grandpa Mick! “Guillermo you’re like a 12 year old girl with the messages…harrumph harrumph… Texting! And get off my lawn!” Ok, I may have editorialized that last bit.
4. Mick is a smitten kitten! This whole sequence of him watching her after she leaves the hospital is just so sweet.
5. This episode is a sniff-a-palooza! (you still keeping count Spursy?)
6. “What did you eat last night? And by what, I mean Who?” Sometimes Mick gets the best lines!
7. Oh there’s Grandpa over by the car trying to figure out his confounded cellular telephone… (this is my way of avoiding saying how great Alex’s legs look in jeans oh whoops I said it).
8. Mick gets to live out one of his fantasy interview questions with Beth when she asks if he can fly! And then laugh at his own joke, because he is an epic dork.
9. Mick confronts the newbie vamp at the hospital. Mick’s clothing budget must be astronomical – 3 eps, 3 ruined shirts! The scene where Beth de-stakes Mick has to be one of my favorites. So frickin hysterical, their faces!
10. Crabby Mick
and his corduroy pants, soothed by Josef’s zen story.
11. Josef! I guess if you live to be 400 years old you learn some useful things. Although I love snarky, cynical Josef this calmer, wiser side of him is also very believable.
12. Awwww! Mick trusts Beth! Seems like kind of an important conversation to be standing in the hallway, but it allowed him to say what needed said & then take off. See Beth? He can fly!
So it’s this final scene that inspired me to title this discussion post “Love is a Serious Business.” It’s certainly serious for Mick (yes… most things are… but especially this). He’s been burned (heh) by love before, and his slowly growing affections for Beth are probably as frightening to him as taking on one of those pitchfork & torch-bearing mobs Josef is always going on about.
Thanks everyone for participating in the episode discussions so far, it’s going great & we’re having a lot of fun! I really appreciate you all keeping the conversation positive, enthusiastic and respectful. And in case you missed it, we’ve created the Moonlight Parking Lot a page for you to leave notes about the plot developments of future episodes so we can keep the episode discussion pages spoiler-free, yet don’t forget to discuss those things we want to discuss!
Oh! and because for some reason I don’t think the person who titled this episode had Aretha in mind…
Let him soothe your soul, just take his hand
Some people call him an evil man
Let him introduce himself real good
He’s the only one they call “Feelgood.”
“Dr. Feelgood,” Mötley Crüe