Friday, August 12, 2016

So Very Alive And Full Of Goo Helix 1x02 Vector

Day 2 of zombie outbreak hell starts with interviews with the people locked in the room with Vector!Peter. Apparently he held them down and vomited black bile into their mouths. Ew. And worse than that, there are three more who ran after the attack. Peter's behavior suggests that the goal may not necessarily be something conscious (things are of course happening that we'll find out about later) but a drive by the virus to spread itself in this case by bodily fluid contact, and again I say Ew. Buuuut I'm also getting ahead of myself.

Since they've previously established (not to my satisfaction but whatever, I'm picky) that it's not airborne they're conducting these interviews in person, in the room, with UV lights and face shields and presumably other precautions against fluid transfer. Unfortunately all their precautions aren't going to help when they find out that there were three other scientists in there during the attack, who were also likely infected, and who are now at large. Because that's exactly where you want your vectors to be, I don't think. Sarah, Julia, and Alan spend a few minutes contemplating this out loud and giving us some numbers and nightmare scenarios while lit with creepy blue glow, in case we needed the mood further set (which since this is the start of a new episode when rerun, we might) and we move out to the hallway where a sort of decontamination airlock has been set up. Jules gets to poke the rats, Sarah gets to monitor the infectees and list off random disease symptoms so we know she knows what she's talking about I guess? Again, I have no idea why the science lecture is in here except to remind us this is a science thing. And hopefully Doreen will check in soon. We don't know what Alan's doing yet because Hatake's walking up with files on the three missing doctors. At least he's somewhat helpful! The missing scientists are Tracy, Raver, and DeKlerk, and now that I listen closer I can't tell what Hatake's denying. The specific dialogue is "Can you tell me if anyone's tried to leave the base in the last 24 hours" and the response is "no." and not to get all Clue here but given the conversation between Hatake and Ballaseros earlier I'm not sure if he means no no one has or no I can't tell you. Urk. Anyway. Alan plans to go door to door to look for the missing scientists and make sure everyone's safe, and in light of that latter goal Hatake is sending along security teams with stun batons and restraints. I feel this is an entirely reasonable precaution to take given the whole ripping his way through the ceiling cutting someone's hand off at mid forearm thing. Alan is going to be stubborn and stupid albeit not openly. Julia is going to wobble between them by that look, though she doesn't have an argument for the safety of the base issue. Julia and Alan will then have an argument over who should be in charge while in the field and clearly it should be him. If I were Julia that is not the hand position I would have used to open that door. Ahem.

Doreen is performing a necroscopy on the monkey with what I feel are insufficient safety protocols, but on the other hand at this point my feeling on sufficient safety protocols involves using waldoes or other robot appendages from a safe position of outside a hermetically sealed box, so. I also feel the need to justify my not using any words like crazy-violent to describe the monkey because really, have you seen chimps? This is not outside the normal range of behavior for some monkeys, and lacking a recognizable species designator I'm going to go with the monkey was traumatized and perfectly capable of acting that way even without scary oil slick infections. Meanwhile Julia is messing with the rats. In a darkened lab. With clanking going on overhead. This won't end poorly at all. She drips something on the rat she's currently boxing and puts it on a shelf with several other squeaky animals and keeps looking at the ceiling as she leaves. Hi Peter! Creepy Peter.

Some good use of what I believe are called jump cuts? here (unless they've come up with a specific name for this type) just to make us feel the impatience and unsettled-ness of everyone in the room. The scientists are not about this whole being isolated with each other thing, citing contamination but also I think because they're making each other nervous, they're not allowed to be alone and recover in a more private setting from the trauma of the assault, and they're being ordered around by strangers who have been on base for a day and a half and with whom they haven't developed trust yet. They are also not about the being isolated for up to two weeks, and to put a cap on it Sarah looks too young to be in a position of authority over them. Hell, I think 26 is too young to have a masters and two phDs and be certified for a CDC field team, which I imagine takes a while. But this is TV land, so we'll go with it. Child geniuses, like one in a million occurrences, are a dime a dozen. And Sarah is confident in her abilities, which we could use more STEM women on TV like that. Unfortunately she also doesn't have the gravitas to convince either this viewer or the people in the room with her of her "we will have order." She's trying, though. Poor thing.

Alan, Daniel, and Serrrgio are starting with Dr. Tracy's room where, granted, she might be, see also things about being traumatized and being allowed to flee and isolate yourself in a place of safety from the last paragraph. We will now have a brief discussion on the merits of stun batons! Daniel is of the opinion that they are good things, can stop polar bears and super-charged super strong plague vectors. Serrrgio seems to think that delivering enough of a shock to stop a polar bear somehow limits it to being used on polar bears, which, um, your logic there being? No, Serrrgio, he didn't rip off the hand, that was a very clean cut which although an air duct doesn't provide enough room to gain the momentum to do that cleanly without considerable strength, also shows pre-meditation and coherence implying that the suggestion of a shock might be enough to make him back off as well. That was a bit convoluted so I hope you followed me on that one. Alan wants to know why the fuck you're using that on a human, which is an understandable point except that he could ask it in the form of a question about whether or not you can choose the level of shock. Because if you can, excellent! Lower level for agitated scientist, higher level for super-charged plague vector. They're going to start out with a lower level entry at least, not breaching but knocking and overriding the door lock and looking in to talk with her. Sadly, she's not actually there, although she was there between the sun room attack and left her eye protection on the bed. The room also looks tossed and there's a shatter patter on the window that looks like it's from a narrower impact point than a fist. Tough to say what, though. Either there was a fight, someone tossed a room, or she was in a state of considerable distress and agitation and disordered in the mind. Given what we've seen going on here so far, who the hell knows. We leave this location with the question of where the hell is she now and move over to Doreen and her necroscopy. There the hell she is now! Sneaking up behind Doreen.

Who then turns around in the next scene to see what's left of Dr. Tracy. With severe reddening around her eyes, sweating, skin that's not actually supposed to be that color, she doesn't look good. She's also exhibiting symptoms of paranoia which may be medically induced or may be situationally induced, see also Hatake and Serrrgio. Nonetheless Doreen tries to be casual and honest. Dr. Tracy wants to know who sent her, and that's a more reasonable question than it sounds. She's also coherent enough to understand and respond to Doreen's questions appropriately, she is a doctor, she doesn't want to go to isolation for reasons that sound like fear of experimentation. More jump cuts and fragmented speech and things we don't yet understand, the white room, Dr. Hvit. If you haven't seen this through yet, trust me, these are signs of disorder and agitation but not hallucination. Also Peter referenced the white room, indicating that there's a link between the two scientists or their projects or both. Doreen tries to continue to get her out and to I'm not sure where, an isolation room, a place of safety for both of them, something like that. Dr. Tracy gets even more agitated and refers to herself in the plural which I will spoil slightly here, is one of the first signs of what appears to be a collective mind between the vectors. Or maybe the vectors being possessed by the disease, which is itself possessed of a single mind.

Julia is watching security footage and still twittching at sounds in the vents, which Hatake either doesn't hear or isn't concerned by. He seems to think it's just the base settling. If I had an infected guy with no qualms about lopping limbs crawling through my vents I wouldn't be so sure. He does have a good point about her getting at least a minimal amount of sleep, both because the Arctic does mess with perceptions and because if she's going to function at top ability she needs to be fully loaded on sleep, food, water, etc. Julia is distracted from this very good point by something in the rat? cages first rattling the shelves they're on and then knocking the shelves over. Yeah, I'd be unnerved by that too. Although I question why this can't result from TV research into TV mutagens? Probably because you always need someone to go "X can't do that, there must be something else going on."

Sarah is not in a good situation. Which probably isn't entirely why she's put the suit back on but seeing her in the moon suit certainly reinforces the effect. The quarantined are getting restless and cranky, even the doctor who's clearly attempting to contain herself and be reasonable, and one is noticeably sicker than the others. She goes to check on him and tries to reassure him that things aren't as bad as they seem and, no, dude. They are pretty bad, and he has some of that pretty bad living and squirming around inside him, and all your promises that you won't let anything happen to him don't mean shit when he's probably very aware of the possibilities and which of them are more likely than others. Certainly he all but says as much.

From bad to worse? More ominous? A man running in slow motion down a hallway only to be tackled by Serrrgio, he doesn't look good? But he doesn't look as bad as Peter does, for example. So he's probably in the very early stages. Several other scientists have come to stare and comment at the takedown, because that's what this situation needs is more peanut gallery and more potential infectees. Though they do have a good point that sometimes laying out exactly how bad the danger they're in is might sometimes be helpful in explaining to the bystanders what they need them to do. It might just send the scientists into a panic! There's a Men in Black quote here that's relevant, individuals can be smart and make reasoned decisions, people are dumb dangerous panicky animals. Scientists are no exception to the mob rule. This vector in early stages is DeKlerk, and Alan displays some humanity and hopefully earns some trust from the bystanders by asking for the man's first name, calling him by it, trying to reach him. It's not terrible bedside technique, and they haul him off to sickbay. Everyone covers their nose and mouth as the gurney passes, I'm not sure what they think that's going to do because it's not going to reduce the chances by much but sure, why not. And bystander spokesman wants to know why they haven't been evactuated yet. Oh honey. Oh you sweet summer child. I don't know if this is his fear talking or if he genuinely hasn't yet figured out that they're not going to evacuate the base until they're sure the evacuees aren't going to just bring the disease back with them. I mean, clearly you don't need an epidemiology degree to guess that, I figured it out, but you do need a certain mindset which he may lack. (I make no comments whatsoever about what this says about my general mindset.) Alan doesn't volunteer this answer either and doesn't explain at first what's going on, why he hasn't airlifted or sled-dogged or whatevered them out yet, but the guy just has to push and bring up the concept at least of the almighty CDC, and, dude, it's not like the CDC can yell at the viruses until they behave. Alan is as irritated as I am by this and offers up a particularly nasty scenario of how the virus escapes to the gen pop. He doesn't even go into the airports, which are incredible locuses for exchange and travel of disease, seriously, you will never fly again when you put some thought into it. And now the bystander group will not protest again for at least a few hours! If nothing else because Alan's scared them into compliancy. Julia is morbidly impressed, her words say impressed and her tone and voice say morbid, and they have a brief argument over whether or not she's doing something useful by not working on what he assigned her to. She's working on what she thinks is a lead and he wants her working on what he thinks will turn up a lead and ultimately it turns out to be an argument over how each of them is coping with their history. Together, they are coping very not well! The details of who thinks whom is doing what and why are irrelevant compared to the stalking off going on. Both of you get your heads screwed on straight, this is neither the time nor the place for fuckery.

Sarah's in drug storage! It's a dark room with a dimly lit cage for presumably the more dangerous drugs. Nothing's going to go wrong here, absolutely, so at this point I'm not actually surprised when Peter bangs up against the cage for the jump scare. After the break Peter is saying you're here for it? you're here for a reason. Yes, she's here for a reason, she's here with the CDC but he says it's not her, it's Walker. Without any clarification as to what's Walker, the reason, the subject of the question. And then he goes up into the ducts again. This is as good a place as any, although I'm sure I'll note it elsewhere, but this is as good a place as any to note that Neil Napier who plays Peter Farragut is fucking short. I don't actually have a height listing for him and I don't feel like chasing it down, but I'm going to go with between 5'6" and 5'8" or so for height, given later shots. And I mention this because up until this point they've done a good job of not showing this at all. He's either been on a gurney or he's been moving through ducts horizontally, or he's been crouched where you'd expect him to be shorter, or he's been moving by himself through areas with no reference point. Since he's supposed to be menacing here, he is very menacing, and usually on TV that implies large, tall. Big. This is not an accident, this is on purpose for several episodes. I'll bring this up again later.

So, Peter wanders off and Sarah is disturbed and we cut to Julia going through files. With Hatake watching. She finds evidence of Narvik injections and asks Hatake what it is, Narvik A and Narvik B, and he offers actually no explanations of what either Narvik A or Narvik B is. Good job obfuscating, though. Since he speaks with a slow, deliberate cadence impatient Julia goes digging through cold storage to find vials of the stuff before she's finished listening to Hatake not explaining what Narvik is, talking about how he encourages his staff to take risks instead. Good job, dude. Julia asks what he was working on, who else was working on it with him, Hatake says she met them earlier in bodybags. Oh thanks, Hatake. Julia puts back the vials with body language that suggests ew i touched it more than anything and then says they need to replicate his experiment. Finally, someone's doing good science!

Meanwhile back at the monkey necroscopy Dr. Tracy is pacing and babbling. I like babble! It's sometimes informative. In this case she's regretting whatever it is she worked on which involved gene recombination and replication? Probably retroviral gene therapy of some kind. Yeah, see, remember what I was talking about, about mutations? There appear to be some jump cuts in here; regardless the whole thing is edited to shake up viewers and underscore how erratic and out of it Dr. Tracy is. She also isn't actually talking to Doreen although she's talking at Doreen at some points. Rather she's talking to someone she seems to have worked with a while ago, on these viruses. She says you can't expect a virus to follow instructions which, see? mutations! and then concludes with she's not taking the fall for this alone which is only a conclusion because that's when Doreen lunges for the door. Tracy is kind of terrifyingly strong, leaning over her and trying to vomit the black stuff into her mouth. Thank god for face shields. As she's doing that though, she collapses, allowing Doreen to get up and open the cage door. Dr. Tracy isn't as much of a threat anymore, it seems like her body was making that last effort to expel the poison or spread the poison or whatever it was doing, and as she asks what's happening to her Doreen pauses in the doorway with a sympathetic look and sigh. Doreen, pausing for sympathy is what gets people killed. You silly woman.

Alan quizzes Sarah on how exposed she was, is she okay, yes she's fine, he didn't attack her and everything's fine. Serrrgio finds empty bottles of morphine sulfate, which Alan takes as a good sign because if he's lucid enough to self-medicate for pain, particularly when said self-medication process involves injections, he's possibly lucid enough to be reasoned with and recaptured before he infects everyone else. It's a good plan and a good assumption except it also predicates on the notion that a lucid Peter is a friendly Peter, which given everything else in this scenario I would not be so sure of. Sarah isn't so sure lucid equals to benign or reasonable, she tells him about the conversation about being here for a reason and mentioning Walker. Neither of them yet know what this means. And when they find out they won't be happy! Serrrgio interrupts having decided that he left them a trail to follow, although with all the blue light and blurry perspective outside of the focus on the person who's talking (or who we're supposed to be focusing on) it's hard to say what kind of trail. It's interesting, this particular style of filming when we're in sparse sets with very little in the way of props or decoration and narrow perspectives. A lot of times everything else is either physically removed or blurred out except one, maybe two people; it keeps us hyperfocused on what we're supposed to be focusing on, but it obscures other details that might come in handy. A metaphor for people's (and by people mostly I mean Alan, Julia, and Sarah) states of mind? Or simply an overall of how we're supposed to interpret the show. It works in the audio, too, or at least in my particular case certain words and phrases didn't register in my consciousness until second or third watching. Again, hyper- or mono-focus. Anyway. Serrrrrgio's going in to look for Peter, not taking Alan into the ducts with him this time but allowing him to join him via radio. Makes sense, given that Alan's not supposed to be trained for any kind of incursion, combat, work against an active human hostile, etc. We move to the next scene with some Die Hard banter that gives Alan an Old, a lot of humming for background noise and a good Dutch angle on everyone walking through the corridors at least after the first shot so that we're aware this is supposed to be suspenseful. Something skitters past! Alan has a point about checking behind him, and there's not much way to keep his head on a swivel in there, but of course when he looks around there's Peter all bloody eye that may be a detached retina or just burst blood vessels, black goo around his closed mouth and hand reaching for his face. Because that's exactly what you want to see in a narrow duct. Gross. Alan looks up. Going by the breathing over the audio and the grill, Peter may well be looking down at him.

After the break they bring Serrrgio out of the vents and his pulse is steady, he doesn't have black bile on him, he looks okay. His equipment is undamaged and fairly comprehensive as far as physical protection from disease goes so that's a plus. He wakes up ish, doesn't have much in the way of a coherent story to tell and given what we saw of the attack I don't blame him, and he seems to think he was hit by one of the shock batons. So, no, electrical charge doesn't do much to restrain or stop Peter either. Good to know. Ish. Daniel gets a message over the radio about the elevator alarm and something (more likely someone) trying to leave the base. Because that's exactly what everyone needed.

Julia and Hatake are conducting their rat experiments. Narvik A's subjects are almost at a hundred percent mortality rate, complete with a misuse or to be more accurate modern use of the word decimated. (A truly decimated population would be at 90%, I pedant so that the rest of you don't have to because I know I wasn't the only one thinking this.) Narvik B's subjects, on the other hand, are all infected but alive. Mostly alive. They look quite a lot like Narvik B's subjects, all of them full of blackened blood and pale and generally zombie-ish. Because this show was working on being a zombie show until abruptly it wasn't, around midway through the first season. Though less in the tradition of the post-apocalypse zombie shows we've been having lately, you've got to give it credit for going the medical horror route. Anyway. Hatake holds forth about how he's  missed real lab work and uses words, phrasing that Julia remembers from her mother. It turns out she was also a scientist, a cellular biologist, now long dead. Hatake's in the middle of asking about her father when there's a bang on one of the cages, preventing us from pulling on that thread much longer. We can tell it's a thread even now, although we don't know the shape of the tapestry, because there are very few wasted words in this script; like the set, it's very lean and clean. In fact, come to think of it, most of the wasted words are ridiculous science talk, less wasted and more extraneous about setting the mood rather than developing the plot or characters. The banging is actually a rat flinging itself at the glass walls and then going and attacking an as-yet-uninfected rat? vomiting black blood into his mouth. And we can tell this is CGI because rats don't move that way, even directed ones, but at the same time there's no obvious CGI markers and it is, say it with me now, fucking creepy.

The quarantine situation is getting even worse. Sick and now supine doctor is pleading for everyone to be calm but the other two are definitely not happy. There's an argument that culminates in Sarah being held hostage by Bryce with a needle to the back of her shoulder/suit. I'm not entirely sure what he's aiming for but I don't supposed it matters. Dr. [???] keeps insisting that they can help, but given that all three of them appear to be infected I'm not sure what kind of help she thinks they're going to be when they're clearly not operating at peak capacity. Well, let me correct myself, what kind of help she thinks they're going to be that they can't be from within quarantine. At any rate, this is enough to bring Daniel and then Alan in his moon suit down to try and talk them out of doing something entirely stupid. By doing something entirely stupid himself! Although I will admit that by this point, if they're not showing any symptoms despite having been in close proximity to a number of infectees, it probably isn't airborne? I still wouldn't be sure. Alan takes his hood off as a dramatic gesture, and it seems to work because in the next scene Sarah is free and both of them are out of their moon suits. Alan tells her she did a good job, and they have a moment to breathe and reassure each other that they're all right, they did their jobs well, there was no risk of airborne infection anyway. Along comes Julia! To maybe tell them that they're wrong?

No, to show them the Narvik rats. Hemorrhagic shock and liquification (technically, again, liquefaction) of internal organs, lesions, pretty much a hemorrhagic fever for the A subjects. For the B subjects, aggression and a compulsion to spread the contagion. Which Julia denies is similar to rabies when but in fact that's how rabies works, along with several parasites and other varying icks the human body can become infected with. Rabies, possibly the rest of the lyssavirus category (see again my lack of CDC/epidemiology credentials) cause behavior changes in order to spread the virus, including aggression and agitation. Toxoplasmosis causes behavior changes in order to spread the parasite. This is not new behavior in viruses, this is old, well documented behavior and I have no idea why Julia's resisting the idea and clinging to it as new and scary. The degree to which it manifests is new and scary, yes, vectors on steroids is apt, but this is not new. Actually it should be almost scarier for being turned up to nine-thousand because if the virus has jacked this common behavior up that high, what else has it done? Anyway. The discussion of silly ends with Daniel coming in and summoning Alan to talk to Hatake, which is good because Alan has a few questions for him and I hope they all start with "What the hell, dude?" Or the moral equivalent. They've worked their way around to Peter is basically a plague vector on two legs, which both ties into the infected Dr. Tracy talking in the collective person and at the same time doesn't explain a goddamn thing about certain other parts of the show. I'm sure they'll get to that. At any rate, Alan leaves with the ominous comment that we're not dealing with a single virus anymore, I indulge in a brief Single Virus In Search Of parody pondering, and we switch to outside.

One of the scientists is trying to escape on snowmobile, it looks like the one from the corridor. Serrrgio is trying to talk him into returning back to the base and doctor stupid is having none of it, citing transgenic experiments and a virus vault. (Meaning basically experiments of introducing foreign DNA into host DNA, transgenics. Retroviral gene therapy among other forms.) Doctor stupid is scared. Doctor stupid has not yet realized there's a military guy of dubious provenance and origin who just arrived at the base shortly after things went to heck and right before they went further straight to hell, who's pointing a flashlight at him and telling him he can't let him leave. Doctor stupid, frankly, as a character, deserves everything that's coming to him. And he's referring to the monkeys! Calling what was done to them an abomination, that kind of explains the expressions on the monkeys faces. But then he will compound his stupidity not only by refusing to go back inside (and Serrrgio's right, his tauntaun will freeze before he reaches the first marker) but also by saying they have to tell the press, everyone! Mysterious military interloper does not like that. Mysterious military interloper prevents the telling of people with stabbing. Honestly, this isn't just predictable in television, where its predictability is mitigated by the fact that this development/hinderance is only a small part of the plot, this is predictable in real life, too. Corrupt agencies aren't interested in their dirty secrets getting out and it's definitely been proven that they will ruin lives and/or kill people to prevent it. But no. Stupid doctor's gotta stupid, and ends up dead for it. Brief shot of three colors of lights to emphasize both technology and eeriness takes us to...

Sarah and Julia gearing up for something. Sarah is having trouble putting her glove on which Julia ascribes to nerves, telling her that she doesn't have to, she can handle it herself. Sarah's fine, really, no, she's fine, absolutely fine here, and whatever else is going on will have to wait until Doreen finishes introducing the very advanced Dr. Tracy and using the word monkey about five times. I love you Doreen. They bring Dr. Tracy into the quarantine room, allegedly straight into the ICU chamber, when Dr. Haven starts seizing. Allegedly seizing. What happens instead is that once Sarah and Doreen are well and truly distracted they shove Doreen into the ICU containment and Sarah up against the wall until she's knocked unconscious. Thereby demonstrating that advanced infectees are totally capable of complex actions if it furthers the virus's goal of more infectees, etc. In this case that means escaping first. There's something fairly unsettling about that.

Hatake is looking out at the quarantine cell, not the one Doreen is in but a different one, the one they had Peter in. Thinking. Pointing out to Alan that the virus was less of a danger before the CDC came, where Alan points out that his people were the ones doing the attacking. And he chides Alan for not having the situation under control, whereupon Alan chides him for not giving them all of the fucking data. Okay, chides is a mild word, even if Alan is being milder than I would be. The things I would say, though, you can't say on basic cable. He brings up the patient escapes, the monkey. The infected monkey, no less. And the experiment Peter was working on that he wasn't briefed about. Hatake claims to not have known about that but it's more of a claim by implication, although much smoother than he's been in the past. Consider what he's saying, first of all that Alan should ask Peter about that, implying that he neither knew nor authorized it and that Peter acted alone without outright saying either of those two things. Then saying that he would never condone something so reckless, which is much more of a solid argument that he didn't know except that we know something Alan doesn't. We know about the conversation Hatake had with Ballaseros where it was made to sound like Hatake was under some sort of coercion. So perhaps he wouldn't condone working with the Narvik virus, but also perhaps he wasn't given a choice. Alan doesn't know this, so he's forced to take both words and implications at face value. The rest of us are grinding our teeth. Alan accepts it and moves on to containment, which he conditions on complete transparency and threatens to pack the CDC up and leave, albeit tacitly, if Hatake doesn't agree. Heh. Oh Alan, you have no idea what you're getting yourself into.

Alan goes in to talk to Julia, who has been examining herself in the mirror like she thinks she's been infected. Which is not the worst move ever, really. More than that, Alan is confessing to being overprotective and emotional, and I'm rather impressed by that. Julia does the usual you don't need to protect me thing, Alan admits to not being much able to stop, everyone is cute, and thankfully this fairly boilerplate conversation lasts only long enough for everyone to deliver their stock lines. Serrrgio is burying something outside. Gee, I wonder what that is. Sarah is examining her shaking hands. Diskynesia is not one of the symptoms, so something new is going on with her. Hatake is looking at surveillance photos of Julia Walker, which is a whole new dimension of terrifying to his character. He also has far, far more books and an extensive library of carefully leather bound books, more so than we were led to believe. He goes over to his desk then, rubbing his eyes and taking out some contact lenses. All well and good, plenty of people have contact lenses, but how many people use them to hide their silver fucking eyes, hmm?? Hah-hah! Bet you didn't see that coming! Well, no, but it does explain a lot about Hatake's absolute reticence to tell anyone anything. What else is he hiding, one wonders.

And we close with Julia taking a shower to jaunty cheerful music, so of course something fucked up is about to happen. A wild Peter appears! Peter uses infect by assault and kiss! It's super-effective! Also super gross. The music would like us to be cheerful about this. Fuck you too, music.

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