Previously on Haven! We re-revisit the who-are-you questions in Audrey and Nathan's standoff from the pilot, yes, thank you, the anvil is large in hindsight of season 3. (The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.) Nathan's Trouble, Duke being trouble, Audrey talking about the Troubles, Marian's weather control, poor Bobby's dream control, Audrey and Nathan talking about her job offer and the Troubles at the end of last episode. Just in case we wanted to track the progression of things that are metaplot related, and by the way, notice how they slipped Duke in there as if to remind us of who he is? Only he's the only supposedly non-Troubled Havenite sandwiched between a whole lot of Troubled people. Emphasis on supposedly. Say it with me, now: Oh You Fuckers. Even though we don't have a clear category to stick Duke in just yet, he's presented as vanilla human right up until the discovery of the Crocker boxes.
Several establishing overhead shots of Haven later (and why not, a) the town is as much a character as any person and b) godDAMN is the South Shore a gorgeous filming location), we come to... a psychiatric facility. Oh goodie. Those of us who are King fans can guess this episode might involve the inmates being less permanently insane than suspected, and/or a less-than-sane caretaker for whatever reason. There's graffiti on the sign which we can't (yet) make out, and we're quickly taken inside. This is obviously a former residence turned into a care facility, which rather than the haunted house effect makes it far more pleasant than many care facilities. Two professional caretakers and one husband? friend? probably husband, the way he talks to the woman at the piano, and because they're the odd ones out and the first ones focused on we can guess that they'll be the epicenter of the episode. Also, hey, this is the first mixed-race couple on Haven. We wouldn't necessarily mention it, except it's still a rarer phenomenon on our screens than it should be, and Haven has what's at this point a definite habit of it. The woman is trying to compose and upset that she can't get the notes right. I've had days like that. A third professional comes over to check that she's not getting too violent for her husband to handle, and a couple brief focuses on the other two patients in the room (both appear to have some form of catatonia, also one doc and two nurses to three patients is an incredibly high ratio) and it's into the kitchen with the male nurse! Work banter is standard (not to mention accurate, heavy psych meds can do a real number on your innards) and takes them out of sight long enough for Something To Happen, presaged by a CRASH and a BANG, although not an unusual amount of alarm. They work at a long term psych facility, they're used to strange things happening. What maybe they're not used to is their boss rather than a patient standing with a tray of spilled/broken meds clenching and unclenching his fists. Which is why the doofus guy goes to help clean up and gets yelled at and then tossed into a wall for contaminating everything, by a boss who is clearly no longer in possession of all his faculties. Well then. Also, ow. Also, we mentioned it a fair bit in s3 but this guy still looks like he's supposed to be the stand-in for King.