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What Life Tastes Like (The Mortal Cure)

Beth visits the DA’s office to file her official statement on Josh’s murder. While there, she runs into Mick, but is still too distressed and upset with him to speak with him.

Beth enters the DA’s office ~ Mick watches her leave

Mick returns home that evening to find two ancient vampires waiting for him. An unusual-looking man and his associate are looking for Coraline. Mick declines to assist them.

Mick’s sense of smell leads him to the roof ~ Where he meets a mysterious vampire

This one’s for @PNWgal

After the strange encounter, Mick visits Josef and describes his visitors. Josef identifies the man as Lance, an incredibly powerful and “legendary” vampire who rarely leaves Europe. Josef counsels Mick to look out for himself, and to stay out from between Lance and Coraline.

Grandpa Mick is not amused ~ by Josef’s teasing him about his mancrush on Lance

Mick returns to the hospital from which Coraline disappeared and analyzes the security camera tape. He identifies the woman who helped Coraline sneak out as Cynthia Xavier Davis, another fellow vampire and long-time friend of Coraline.

Mick considers Josef’s words ~ Then ignores them and tracks down Coraline

To find the elusive Cynthia, Mick enlists the help of Logan, a youthful vampire with the necessary computer skills.

Logan rocks out ~ Grandpa Mick says stop horsing around and get to work

Meanwhile, Beth receives a visit from one of Josh’s co-workers who delivers his personal effects. She also learns that Josh had made her his life insurance beneficiary, a realization that moves her deeply. Looking through his things, she finds an appointment in his datebook for 8pm that evening at the Cafe Metro with a woman listed only as “Celeste.”

Beth meets with the representative from the DA’s office ~ Josh’s things are left with her

Mick and Logan have learned that Cynthia has recently earned a degree in biochemistry and been importing agricultural products from Coraline’s native France. He has also tracked Cynthia down to the Hardwick Hotel, where Mick goes to visit.

Logan negotiates with Mick ~ Grandpa Mick, exasperated, but ever the musician

Now those are realistic looking ice cubes. Progress!

Cynthia greets Mick at the door ~ Mick is rather sure he’s unwelcome

Loyal to Coraline, Cynthia provides Mick no assistance, but Logan has determined where the agricultural imports are being shipped, and sends Mick the information. Observing Coraline’s laboratory, he sees Lance arrive and confront Coraline.

Mick observes ~ Coraline in her lab

Lance attacks Coraline and Mick intervenes. Coraline makes her escape, and during their fight Mick sees that Lance is no ordinary vampire. Lance knocks Mick to the floor and leaves. Mick calls The Cleaner to address the headless vampire Lance left behind. She divulges that this warehouse is a “hot spot” for clean-up requests, all newly-turned vampires recently killed.

Lance reacts with glee to being burned ~ The Cleaner flirts with Mick

Mick plays with the lab animals

At the Cafe Metro, Beth meets up with Celeste, the woman whom Beth assumed Josh was having an affair. Far from it, Celeste is a jeweler who was re-setting an heirloom diamond in a new setting for use as an engagement ring…

Beth is ready to confront Josh’s mistress ~ and meets Celeste the jeweler

Beth’s grief and confusion

Meeting up again with Josef, he and Mick talk through the situation thus far. Mick, blind to the dangers, is desperate to find Coraline to learn more about the cure. Josef still warns Mick away, stressing the dangers of the far superior Lance and mistrustful of Coraline’s tendency to play mind games with Mick.

Grandpa Mick is… oh you know ~ Josef is concerned for Mick

Mick again returns home to discover another visitor — this time Beth. She is ready to talk to Mick again and he invites her in. She tells him all she’s been experiencing, including the meeting with Celeste and the engagement ring.

Mick & Beth reunite

Mick reacts with surprise to Beth’s news of Josh’s intended proposal.

A knock at the door interrupts their conversation and Mick opens it to find Coraline – who walks straight into Mick’s arms. Beth beats a hasty retreat and Mick stays in the apartment to talk with Coraline.

Hi honey, I’m home ~ Coraline tells her story

Coraline tells Mick the tale of French vampires in the 18th Century who had developed a botanical compound, which disguised the symptoms of vampirism, in order to avoid detection during the French Revolution.

18th Century French Freshie on display

The “cure” is not permanent, as Coraline’s conversion from human to vampire demonstrates. She shows Mick her small portion of the compound. Meanwhile, Beth visits her office and reads through old emails from Josh, her memories and feelings of guilt and grief overwhelming her.

Mick and Coraline talk ~ Beth deals with her grief alone

Coraline offers to administer the cure to Mick before she leaves town and he readily agrees. She again expresses her love for him and they kiss, but Mick seems wary.

Mick feels the effects of the compound ~ Coraline philosophizes on love and mortality

As they leave Mick’s apartment building, and he is feeling the humanizing effects of the compound, they are confronted by Lance and his associate. Lance reveals he is Coraline’s brother.

The impotent sniff ~ Whoops, did I forget to mention..?

In the fight that ensues, Mick can not keep pace with the vampire combatants as he is now fully human. Lance stakes Coraline and leaves with her.

Lance is one scary dude ~ See ya later Coraline

Returning home, Mick takes a sample of his own blood, eats food for the first time in fifty years, and sleeps on the couch – not in a freezer. Waking up the next morning to discover he is still human, he is deeply happy.

Hope there’s some prime rib in there somewhere ~ ouch..! that looks like it hurts!

If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Later that day, Mick meets up with Beth at Josh’s funeral. They discuss Mick’s human transformation and the untimely ends of their relationships with Josh and Coraline. Josh’s funeral sermon speaks directly to their situation, leaving both Mick and Beth with much to consider.

Beth & Mick discuss humanity and destiny

Josh Lindsay’s funeral

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55 thoughts on “What Life Tastes Like (The Mortal Cure)

  1. It took me a while to open the page…..I have been staring of the picture of “human” Mick on the cover (Thanks for knowing our needs, Steph)
    Just some random thoughts:
    – Mick found his first love again…..what he always wanted, his “freedom” to be human again.
    – Coraline did something in haste again….before getting away she wanted to please Mick so much, she gave him the cure…..not a good choice if you are fleeing from vampires.
    – Mick found out about Coraline’s past…..he knew her for so long, but didn’t really know her! He actually had in-laws he never knew about…..
    – Mick found out he is from some sort of superior bloodline, through his sire, Coraline.

    Posted by FOYeur | August 13, 2012, 7:49 am
    • You know I almost didn’t use that pic of human Mick for the cover so thank you for saying so. 😉

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | August 13, 2012, 9:32 am
      • You have a very good eye with screencaps (and photo’s for that matter)
        I miss your quotes this time around, but the one you did use is great…..and it is so true!! (haven’t heard it before)

        If you’ve never eaten while crying you don’t know what life tastes like.
        ~Joann Wolfgang von Goethe

        Posted by FOYeur | August 13, 2012, 9:49 am
        • I don’t remember where I came across that quote but when when I read it I was struck by how well it fit.

          Not only did (in my imagination) Mick perhaps shed a tear or two of joy over getting to eat food again (I imagine him getting severely misty eyed when he was placing all those to-go orders) but … he did just get thrown face first into a dumpster and then a car. It probably hurt to eat. But he didn’t let that stop him!

          And I think the “point” of the quote really sums up Mick’s whole life from 1952 until that day — even when things are awful (and you’re crying), you do what you have to do to keep going (you keep eating).

          But it also reminds me of the terrible look he gives Coraline when she brings him that first unwilling victim after he was first turned (I assume this girl was killed due to Mick & then maybe Coraline feeding on her). I think this is one of the flashbacks from “The Ringer.” That was Mick’s first taste of his new life – absolutley an eating/crying moment no matter which way you look at it.

          Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | August 14, 2012, 9:57 am
    • “- Mick found out about Coraline’s past…..he knew her for so long, but didn’t really know her! He actually had in-laws he never knew about…..” – I think that’s because their relationship have v v little to do with talking…

      Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 12:43 pm
    • They could have done so much with the storyline of the “superior bloodline” and what that means for Mick!! So many missed opportunities! #FUCBS

      Posted by heymomo | August 13, 2012, 1:41 pm
  2. First….SQUEEEEEEEEEE! Gargoyles for meeee! I knew there was a reason I adore you. #smooches #SOmuchfun

    I love this ep. There’s so much here…hurt, sorrow, forgiveness, evil, trying to make things right. Beth is so beautiful right there at the beginning…the lighting guys must have adored her, at least for these first 12 eps. (I’m wondering if she slit the tires of the wardrobe guy’s car in the last four…but that’s discussion for another week. 🙂 ) And I love how Mick is genuinely confused at how angry Beth still is, but he gives right back. Even after all of this, Beth still doesn’t get how much Mick regrets what happened to him. And…I still wonder if it’s the fact that his choice was taken away that he regrets more than actually being vampire, because he didn’t want to do the same thing to Josh.

    Lance. Most. Awesome. ML. Bad guy. Ever. Mick should have listened to Josef and stayed out of the way, but his obsession with finding some kind of cure for vampirism makes him stubborn. LOVED the rooftop confrontation and the afore-squeed-over gargoyles.

    Watching Beth mourn was fascinating, her suspicion when she thinks Josh was stepping out and her total confusion and almost horror when she found out Josh was going to propose. And where does she go to sort this all out? To Mick. (does this woman have no girlfriends??) And he’s so sweet about just letting her back in, after that HORRIBLE thing she said to him in LLF.

    Something I never noticed before, but…when Mick and Beth are talking, they’re both sitting there in their coats (I got so sick of Beth’s coat by the end of this ep) and the apartment’s very starkly lit…it’s almost sterile in its stillness. When Coraline comes, the apartment’s dark, the fireplace is going…it’s almost…cozy. They’e still in their coats, but the atmosphere seems much warmer and closer.

    Coraline gives herself up to save Mick – she may have gone about things the wrong way, but she truly did love Mick.

    And Mick as human. OMG. SO much love for a battered and bruised-up Mick. He was so cute with all that food, but I will admit it freely – I teared up a little when he said something about not having a bed and had to curl up on his couch under an afghan.

    LOVED ending with the funeral (seeing Mick in a suit and limping notwithstanding). If we hadn’t had any more ML besides these 12 eps, I would have been completely satisfied with the ending. Beth still hasnt’ sorted out her confusion because she’s wearing Josh’s ring, and MIck’s still not sure if the chasm between human and vampire can be overcome, but…very cool ending.

    Posted by PNWgal (@PNWgal) | August 13, 2012, 9:10 am
    • I don’t know anyone who would be confronted in their own home like that (in TV world) and just let it happen and walk away. Of COURSE Mick was going to chase down whoever, whatever Lance was! The man confronted him in his own home. Josef was silly to think Mick wouldn’t go after him.

      I was happy to see that Coraline really did love Mick. It somewhat helps with all the f/ckery she put Mick through…but in the end I think she still loved Coraline the most. I would’ve liked to see her story told some more. FU CBS!!

      Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 12:54 pm
    • HEY so if any of you all ever get a chance to watch Moonlight with another Moonlight fan I absolutely encourage you to do so! It is so different than watching alone or with an uninterested party. Different in that it is BETTER!

      Especially if you are a relative ML newbie (me) watching with a battle-scarred ML super-veteran like PNWgal. Hello! It. Was. Awesome.

      For example, she pointed out many details in this ep which I never would have noticed having only seen the episode twice ever. Like the gargoyles! or Lance’s interesting accent, inflections & phrasings. Would have loved to have seen more of Lance.

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | August 14, 2012, 10:08 am
  3. My random thoughts on episode 12: (I have no funny reference for the number “12” – I suck at life.)

    – Beth looks purtee in that opening scene. That lipstick color looks great on her.

    – Ack! Bad hair, Mick! Bad hair! That makes me so sad. It’s such a good scene and I’m distracted by the hair.

    – Is it me or did Lance’s hair look purple on the balcony?

    – 3 sniffs before the opening title. I’m gonna be hammered at this rate.

    – Josef!! How funny are these two?! Loved Mick’s “I’m not amused” face.

    – Logan!!

    – I never noticed that the lead in Logan’s guitar hero is a paunchy KISS replicant.

    – I find it amusing that a vampire would get a Masters or Ph.D. I guess being a vampire doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning.

    – And Coraline doesn’t smell Mick up on the roof because….

    – I really do like Coraline better without all of that makeup.

    – And she, IMO, is the only one who looks 100% hot with a fang-on.

    – Natalie Walker FTW!

    – Hello Josef! We really didn’t get enough shirtless Josef in this series.

    – Perhaps I should already know this, but are Mick and Coraline technically still married?

    – Can’t wait to get more back story on Coraline’s family and meet more of her brothers! Oh, wait…

    – What happened to Lance’s eye? Excited to find out about that! Oh, wait…

    – #TeamCoraline! She actually expressed some regret for turning him!! At least that’s how I heard it when she said, “that was a long time ago” and the expression on her face when she said it. Seems to me that her motivation for perfecting the cure and risking the wrath of her family is to have a future with Mick, if possible.

    – If Mick had a stake, why not stake Lance? Unless I missed something there.

    – How often does Mick replenish that fruit bowl?

    – Ack! More bad hair! Why, Show?! Why?!

    Sniff count: 10!! With guest appearance by Coraline!

    Line of the ep: (I couldn’t pick just one!)
    “I think she’s starting to like me. She didn’t stab me this time.”
    “I also burned you alive, so I guess that makes us even.”
    “I saw you. I smelled you. You ate food!”

    The photo above – Mick Observes. Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy. =)

    Posted by spurschick | August 13, 2012, 9:50 am
    • Oh, now I have to go watch FEED again. Got that song stuck in my head. Such a shame to have to see the man naked, but I guess I have to do it to get rid of that song.

      Posted by Lorraine Pearl | August 14, 2012, 7:47 am
    • Beth — SO pretty in this episode, ACA.

      I guess being a vampire doesn’t mean you can’t keep learning. LMAO! That’s the mission statement down at the Vampire Learning Annex.

      We really didn’t get enough shirtless Josef in this series. ACAAAAAAAA 2I&B

      Line of the ep: it’s Mick’s *face* when he sayd “you ate food!” that makes that one for me!

      And generally agree – Mick had some good-looking moments in this ep in spite of his mostly terrible hair. 😉

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | August 14, 2012, 10:22 am
  4. – I love this ep. There’s so much here…hurt, sorrow, forgiveness, evil, trying to make things right
    It made this episode so great!.

    – I would have been completely satisfied with the ending
    I thiink I agree with you on this…..

    Posted by FOYeur | August 13, 2012, 9:57 am
  5. I think this was an important episode plot wise, but overall it doesn’t give me a lot of ‘feels’. I think 2 of the series best episodes are to come! 13 & 15

    Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 12:59 pm
  6. Did anyone notice Coraline’s BFF, Cynthia was the wife from H50 S2 Episode 5? The one with Kono in the bank robbery? (The Joker)

    Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 1:02 pm
  7. One more thing on Coraline, if her intent on coming back was to get Mick back and eventually give him the cure, why not just come back and tell him she was working on a cure? Why fk with his head the way she did? My guess is because she’s Coraline…and fking with his head is what she does. That’s why I am still mildly interested in her story line…but I’m not sad to see her go. Bye!

    Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 1:04 pm
    • I think it’s because she was working on the cure and didn’t actually have it. And I think she wanted to surprise Mick with the full-on cure and not just tease him with temporary solution. Since she was trying to stay on the downlow, she probably figured that he might share the news and that would blow her cover with Lance. Now that Lance is after her, she realized that she needed his help and opted to trust him enough and let me know that she really did love him and was hoping to make up for turning him. That’s my TeamCoraline reasoning. =)

      If Lance is such a bad/ss, why was it so hard for him to find her? I’d think he’d be able to sniff her out anywhere in L.A. But that’s just me.

      Posted by spurschick | August 13, 2012, 1:37 pm
  8. Sorry I’ve been neglectful on posting these. Here is Alex’s comments on this episode.

    Posted by ESS @H50BAMF | August 13, 2012, 1:11 pm
  9. This episode starts so sad! So emotional for Beth. The recap montage has ALL THE FEELINGS!

    Mick is so heartbroken #sadpanda

    Sniff! Sniff! SNIFF!

    Logan really is one of my favourite characters. I wish he’d been in more eps! Love the way Mick waves at him on the camera!

    Real looking ice cubes!

    Mutual Sniffing!

    Coraline runs away and leaves Mick with Lance? Not cool!

    Save the monkeys Mick!!

    Was the other Cleaner actress not available, or are we to assume there are a bunch of cleaners? Who pays the cleaner? Surely Mick isn’t going to pick up the tab for the warehouse?

    And the emotional rollercoaster continues for Beth! The jeweller, the ring, the proposal…

    Shirtless Josef!

    SNIFF! This episode is a sniff overload!

    Mick has a lot of hairspray in his coiffure.

    Why don’t Beth and Mick take their coats off when they’re inside Mick’s apartment?

    “I think Beth’s starting to like me. She didn’t stab me this time.”
    “I’m just killing two bats with one stone, really”

    Beth has an email from Josh titled: About last night… you know that one wasn’t good.

    The cure looks like raspberry jam. #justsayin


    It just occured to me that the maidservant in the flashback was Cynthia. Now that’s a long friendship!

    Mick has some mighty big syringes on hand.

    Mick eats. And it is awesome!

    “Coraline’s gone. It’s not meant to be. IT NEVER WAS.” <- "IT NEVER WAS" bears repeating.

    Josh's funeral. The sadness comes full circle in this episode. And the preacher says the most poignant words EVER.

    Posted by heymomo | August 13, 2012, 1:40 pm
  10. Just some more random observations and questions:
    – Interesting to me is that Mick smells these “older” vampires so clearly, but the day that the “dead” Josef was in his house he did not smell him. (Josef is in fact older than these vampires)
    – Mick’s dad’s name was Michael R. St. John
    – Mick was a Business Professional in Finance. So he was in fact a bean counter …not a professional musician.
    – Why did Coraline live in LA when her best friend despised the place…..did she “flee” there from Europe?
    – Someone mentioned the different cleaners…..apparently the lady that was supposed to play the role was pregnant, so they elected to use different people in the role, but in the end she played the cleaner in the final episode.
    – Wearing coats indoors. It is interesting in warmer places without central heating people might still wear coats indoors….how does it work in LA, do they have central heating?
    – The Bloodline…one common sire – Cousin of King Louis XVI (in other words Royalty and very powerful)
    – Coraline was a courtesan…..was she maybe the connection to that cousin. Was she maybe his possession and therefor fled to the USA and specifically LA?
    – Coraline: “You know what he’ll do to me”….there was someone more powerful and scarier than Lance in France,
    – Was it this in fact the cousin and their sire?

    Posted by FOYeur | August 15, 2012, 12:01 pm
    • Where did I completely miss the finance reference?!

      I know that courtesans were very different than the h00kers of today – except us, of course – but didn’t courtesans usually come from not so powerful families? This is kinda where I suffer a disconnect. She was obviously human before she was branded with the fleur de lis or else it would have healed immediately. Was the whole family turned at the same time? What’s the backstory?! Damn you CBS!!!

      Posted by spurschick | August 16, 2012, 7:58 am
      • His occupation on his marriage certificate is listed as Business Professional – Finance.(as far as I can see)

        Yes, she says they were all turned by the same sire, so maybe at the same time (my quess is she was the guys courtesan – the cousin of King Louis)
        Maybe Lance developed the cure for that powerful guy….and that gave him more power also.

        You are right, I think the courtesans came from the middle class…they where not servants, but also not royalty. Think they were normally well educated, but did not have power or money. The kept the powerful and the rich “entertained”
        Think you are right about the branding before turning
        I just love the whole French connection….Like you said, we would have loved to know more about that backstory and the In-laws and all their special abilities…..

        Posted by FOYeur | August 16, 2012, 8:22 am
  11. OK, so this is my first posting here; thanks to SJ2 and FOYeur for helping me find it after I’ve only just discovered the brilliant ‘an intense study’ blog. Loved this ep for the glimpse of human Mick as the series has been so much about his struggle with being a
    vampire. Interesting times for Beth, too, as she has fought her feelings for Mick; it’s almost like she wanted Josh to be cheating on her (as she had begun to think) so it cleared the way for Mick. But then she’s so angry at him for not saving Josh which is so nicely tied to Mick’s angst over being involuntarily turned. Glad to see the back of Coraline as I didn’t like her at all – too caught up in her own desires. Jury’s out in my mind as to whether she actually loved Mick or just wanted to possess him. And there was something about her voice that drove me nuts 😉

    Posted by Andrea | August 15, 2012, 7:31 pm
    • Welcome to the craziness, Andrea. Love the avi btw.

      Posted by Infant_Sardonic | August 16, 2012, 1:12 am
      • Thanks. Love being part of the blogs. The avi is a pic of the mascot from my son’s recent baseball tour to the US. It was a bit deflated by the of the tournament 🙂

        Posted by Andrea | August 16, 2012, 3:07 am
    • Coraline is a character that people either love to hate or hate to love!!

      And I do love that human Mick does what vampire Mick always said he would do if he could– Eat Food again! I’m glad he got to do that, since he so wanted to!

      Posted by SJ2 (Junk Kicker) | August 16, 2012, 9:09 am
      • True. I suppose I took to Beth from the start and enjoyed seeing her relationship with Mick develop (“you really are a delicate flower, Mick St John”). When Coraline was introduced, I just didn’t like her, thought Mick was too good for her. I can appreciate the bloodline thing and would like to have seen that back story feature more (studied the French Revolution at uni and love all that stuff) but I just didn’t like her. Also, I was more interested in the human-vampire relationship rather than the wife who turned her husband without his consent.

        Yep, loved the human Mick and his delight at eating food. Very cute.

        On another topic, we’ve just had the first series of Alcatraz in Australia which we watched for Sam Neill and the interest in the prison itself. Couldn’t help seeing Coraline’s brother as Coraline’s brother every time he was on screen. Was waiting for the vampire features to appear!

        Posted by Andrea | August 16, 2012, 2:42 pm
  12. Forgot to say, too, that we love Logan! So wish he had been in more eps, just as posted above. My son’s favourite scene in the whole series is in the final ep when Logan shouts out ‘Leroy Jenkins’. We all cracked up when that happened.

    Posted by Andrea | August 15, 2012, 7:42 pm
  13. Steph, is the actress who plays Celeste in this ep, Nick’s girlfriend in Grimm?

    Posted by Infant_Sardonic | August 16, 2012, 1:15 am


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