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Annie is back from Purgatory and things are odder than ever. This week we got to see Annie and Mitchell be awkward and adorable as Annie settles into life back on our side, and Mitchell lets slip that he brought her back because he missed her.

Cue “Awwww”

Also, Annie has decided to follow him everywhere he goes, declaring herself his guardian angel. Of course no one else can see her so it looks a little crazy when Mitchell is talking to her, which is its own brand of hilarity. Plus it’s fun watching them pretend they don’t secretly like each other. It’s like supernatural high school!

Speaking of which, the supernatural side of the show wasn’t ignored; no worries there. This week we get a kid who is also a vampire. Of course this “kid” is really 46, but he has the emotional maturity of a teenager since that was when he was turned. This looks like a job for Mitchell…

The idea of Mitchell mentoring this kid gives us the Being Human classic combo of serious and humor that the show is best at. Mitchell has problems with the idea of another vampire hanging around, but the kid needs someone to teach him. Of course Adam (that is the kid’s name) adds humor to the situation by acting like the adolescent he emotionally is. Things take a turn for the serious when Adam’s father, who was in the hospital, passes on. Not only does Adam lose a father, but also a food supply. This adds even more pressure for Mitchell to help him.

Mitchell has a contact who claims to have a more civilized system put in place, so that is where Adam is sent. The “system” mentioned is a human who willingly gives his blood to be fed upon. We might find this questionable, but the person gives an interesting argument to justify his actions:

“Better a short life filled with pleasure than a long life filled with joy.”

Valid argument? I think that is a matter of perspective. Obviously it works for him. Plus it has a certain poetry to it.

Nina and George don’t like the system too much though. No sooner have they made it back home than they turn around and go back to recollect Adam. Probably for the best because this house just screams “crazy”. I realize different people have different lifestyles, and I respect that, but someone Adam’s emotional age should not be mixed in with any of it. If he was older and more mature I would say, “whatever floats your boat,” but he hasn’t reached that point yet. Kudos to the writers for yet again using a supernatural story to represent a real world problem. One of the things I love about science fiction is how it manages to make tough messages like racism and addiction easier to hear. The genre should get way more respect than it does for just that reason.

Going on with that “life lessons” theme is this statement from Mitchell to Annie towards the end of the episode: “Stop defining your life by what you do for other people.” This is something many of us could do to remember. Honestly though, Mitchell has lots of great lines in this episode (and the series in general). He has another one about “surrounding yourself with good people” which also rings true for anyone struggling (even if it’s with “normal” issues and not vampirism). This ability to connect supernatural and real world problems is what Being Human is all about. Two episodes into Season 3 and I can already tell this season is going to be just as strong as the ones before (if not stronger).