“Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory
as the wish to forget it.”
A mass murderer named Donovan Shephard is executed and Beth takes Audrey, a young woman with whom she greatly identifies, under her wing. Audrey’s parents had been the final victim’s of Shephard’s murder spree and now she is being harassed and threatened by Shephard’s supporters.
Beth asks Mick to investigate and if possible, put a halt to Audrey’s tormentors. After an online search leads him to believe Audrey may be the target of an organized effort of stalking, he rushes to her rescue.
Mick’s investigation takes him to the palatial home of a movie executive who plans to make a movie of Shephard’s life story. In the source material for the story, Mick finds evidence that Shephard may have turned vampire prior to his execution, allowing him to survive.
Audrey and Beth to go visit the D.A. to discuss her harassment and soon afterwards, Mick finds the D.A. murdered. Convinced now that Shephard is indeed a vampire, Mick installs Beth and Audrey at his loft for safe-keeping while he goes on the hunt for Shephard. The chase leads from a church to the movie producer’s mansion and back home again…
Meanwhile, left to her own devices in Mick’s apartment, Beth’s journalistic instincts kick in, and she searches Mick’s files. She finds one labeled with her name, containing pictures of her from over the last 20 years. Armed with the knowledge that Mick indeed rescued her when she was a child, she confronts him on the rooftop at dawn…
*Mick doing “maintenance” removing bullet from left arm, perhaps where Leni shot him in “Fever?” It grosses me out that he doesn’t rinse that bullet off before dropping it in the jar, though.
*This is one of the “vampire mythology” problem episodes – for example, the priest vampire doesn’t smell Mick (he asks “who are you?” when the answer should be partially obvious) & newly turned vampire blood-lust can apparently be overcome with some preparation.
*Why did Donovan attack Jerry Drake, Audrey and Beth with a knife? Doesn’t that seem a little odd?
*Beth going through Mick’s files — regardless of Mick’s reactions — ok or not ok?
JK Parting Shots:
As many of you know, this is only my second time watching through the series. The first time through, up through episode 7, I was definitely enjoying it, finding it entertaining, but I couldn’t say for sure that I was a Moonlight fanatical fan (a.k.a. “Mooney”). This episode, though. This episode, coming after the intensity of “Fever,” after the emotion of “B.C.” and the suspense of “The Ringer,” then there was This Episode – and I feel like I got it, I finally understood. The clouds parted and the sun shone through and even though this probably isn’t one of the best episodes of Moonlight (tell me I’m wrong!) it’s definitely one of my favorites. Here are a few screencaps.
She doesn’t know not to go home with strange women, answer unlisted phone calls or take showers while being stalked but regardless, she is a sweet, sympathetic and thankfully unquestioning girl. I thought the actress was just perfect in the role!
And finally, we get to the final scene on the rooftop, and what can you say about this scene, really? Alex & Sophia really nailed it, hit all the right emotional notes, and visually the scene itself is just poetically beautiful.