“To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, scene V
Josef is doing a terrible job of staying undercover. Not only does he name a college basketball arena after his mysteriously vanished and assumed dead ex-girlfriend from the 1950s, he oversees the retirement of the jersey number of an alumni who’s not only managed by two vampires (Jackson and Emma Monaghan) but sometimes hooking up with another (Lisa). He has a freshie (Simone) who’s a friend but also his lawyer. Maybe more than a friend. He invited Mick and Beth to his party. What happened to the guy who wanted to “kill ’em all” rather than expose vampires to public scrutiny?
When the basketball player, Dominic, is murdered while Josef is feeding off freshie Simone — and she’s the primary suspect, but won’t expose Josef to use him as her alibi — the foundational problem of humans who know about vampires is again brought front and center.
Dominic is dead and Josef is upset no one is focusing on his charitable donation. Beth gossips that Ben thinks Simone was sleeping with Dominic and Josef is jealous and Mick is entertained. Josef is put out and Mick promises him they’ll investigate and find a way to clear Simone.
Beth goes to speak with vampire Emma Monaghan, one of Dominic’s managers. She tells Beth her story, leaving Ireland during the potato famine, of being turned on the ocean crossing, and meeting Jackson in New York City, eventually falling in love, even though he was a human. She turned him to a vampire, and they’ve lived together for the last 150 years in married bliss.
Mick goes to visit Guillermo at the morgue and get information on Dominic’s murder. Were vampires involved in Dominic’s death? Hard to tell because they were so involved in his life. The scent of vampires – and blood – are all over him.
“What’s done cannot be undone.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, scene I
Mick returns to his apartment to find Josef and Simone celebrating her release from lockup. Mick attempts to focus on the case, but Josef, only happy that Simone has been released and the rumors of her relationship with Dominic appear to be greatly exaggerated, celebrates by feeding off Simone and offering her arm up to Mick. With the understanding that he’s only tasting her blood to eliminate her as a suspect, he feeds…
“Blood will have blood.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act III, scene IV
Irritated that Mick would feed off Simone, an unarguably intimate event, that certainly brought Mick and Beth closer together, Beth is in a short mood as they investigate one of Dominic’s teammates at his old fraternity house.
Mick goes back to Guillermo who informs him that Dominic did have vampire blood on his body. Mick and Guillermo commiserate over the difficulty of dealing with women in general – Guillermo pointing out to Mick that when vampires enter into relationships with humans, it’s extra complicated – and he’s saving all his brainpower for dealing with vampire women.
Speaking with Jackson Monaghan, Mick learns that Dominic was on-again-off-again with Lisa, a youthful-looking vampire living on campus. Mick goes to pay her a visit an learns Dominic was also sleeping with Emma – a shocker of a revelation – considering Emma and Jackson’s supposed longevity as a couple.
However, unfortunately for the vampires, Ben has also learned this information and he and Beth go to Emma’s office to arrest her. Mick, tipped off by Beth, meets them there where Emma’s violent resisting of arrest is blamed on a psychotic break.
But prison is no place for a vampire. Eventually they can no longer masquerade as human. When they can’t feed, they risk exposure. Beth, while admiring the Monaghan’s marital longevity and commitment, has questions about Mick’s plans for their future, as he avoids answering her question on whether or not he’s ever turned anyone.
At the prison. Jackson meets with Emma while Mick and Beth watch through the one-way glass. Emma threatens the entire vampire community with exposure if Mick doesn’t break her out.
Later that evening, Mick and Josef discuss Josef’s relationship with Simone in light of his commitment issues, while Simone herself goes to visit Beth to discuss her experiences as Josef’s freshie with someone who will understand.
But the relationships of the couples need to take a back seat to dealing with the threats Emma made at the prison. So Mick gathers Josef, Guillermo, Logan and the Cleaning Crew to plan a jail break. This is not for humans, as Beth learns when she drops by Mick’s only to be turned away at the door. This is a problem only vampires can settle.
“Be bloody, bold and resolute.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, scene I
Using Logan’s technical (and hands-on) skills, the vampire crew intercepts Emma’s transport van and releases her from human custody.
But she is still under arrest. The vampire community considers her threat of exposure to be treasonous and the punishment is death.
Bound in silver chains, the Cleaning Crew is ready with a flame thrower to execute Emma when Jackson arrives. He insists on receiving the same punishment as her. None of the vampires, including Emma, are able to sway Jackson from his decision. Their bond of love is still strong, even after all that’s happened. He stands by her side, dies with her rather than be without her, as the rest of the vampires watch.
When later that evening Mick relates the evening’s events to Beth, it’s a disaster. Beth has finally realized that her choices are a broken heart now or an uncertain future where she and Mick will either grow apart as she grows old, or where she becomes a vampire – the very thing Mick hates – and possibly still have a failed relationship, like Emma and Jackson failed.
She calls it off. And Mick leaves.
Beth has closed the door but Mick is unable to stay away, unable to let that door stay shut. He returns to Beth’s apartment, opening the door and coming inside even when she ignores his persistent knocking.
Mick has said all along he’s spent too much time worrying about eternity. About forever. He may not be human but he’s come to realize that there is only one way to be human and that is to live like one, truly live… without worrying about centuries and instead live right now.
“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart
and bids it break.”
― William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, scene III
Beth turns around. The time she’s spent with Mick has been so short compared to the vast stretch of his life. And yet… the smallest things about her have had a lasting impact on his heart, his mind, his memory. He loves her. That’s all she really needed to hear.