'Haven' recap: Audrey and the Troubles go dark in 'When the Bough Breaks'
A baby gets a deadly Trouble (thanks to William). Jennifer finds the "heart of Haven." Dave turns out to be adopted. The show finally gives an explanation for those funky disappear/reappearing Guard tattoos.
And Audrey doesn't just solve a Trouble, she creates one.
So yes, this was a big episode. Considering that there's only one episode left in Season 4, that makes sense. Everything is hurtling toward a big finish, and it's getting dark very, very quickly.
Trouble of the week
As far as Troubles go, this week's is no "everything turns to cake." It is instead deadly.
A four-month-old baby named Aaron Harker suddenly has a cry that kills. The dead seem to be random (there was no consensus on whether or not they were) and keel over with a stopped heart seconds after hearing the screams.
It turns out that this is very much a family curse -- Harkers' cries are deadly after childhood -- but this is by far the earliest the Trouble has ever manifested. Obviously, William is behind this deadly mess. And he doesn't feel even a little bit bad about this latest bit of terrifying Audrey-bait.
The yin and the yang of Troubles
In "When the Bough Breaks," William reiterates that he is causing the super-nasty Troubles in an effort to get Audrey to remember the proto-Audrey of yore. However awful this is for everyone on the show, it's rather helpful for the perplexed viewers at home. That's because William divulges more and more bits of Audrey history as he talks to her.
The most important piece of information in this episode is that not only did Audrey and William create the Troubles, but that the Troubles typically travel in pairs. Thus, if there's a Trouble that kills with sound, there ought to be a complementary Trouble associated with silence. Audrey will have to create some sort of a silence Trouble if she wants to stop the killer baby.
There's also a bit of confirmation about something long-suspected on "Haven": Troubles are related to the personality of the Troubled person. It takes a strong personality trait mixed with a ball of black goo in order to make a Trouble happen.
Bad Troubles require bad solutions
Although Audrey tries to get around creating a Trouble by doing her soothing thing, it really doesn't work. Her attempts only leave the baby's mother dead after a squall. Eventually, the only thing that makes sense is creating some sort of new Trouble.
That doesn't work out so well either.
The willing target for a "silence" Trouble is Lincoln (guest star Michael Hogan), the baby's step-grandfather (and the husband of the coroner, Gloria). Since he is hard-of-hearing, the old man seems to be the perfect guinea pig.
Except it doesn't work. When Audrey hand-prints the guy, a horrible sound emerges. The only effect on baby Aaron is another bought of deadly crying.
Is all this worth the Trouble?
Her failure leaves Audrey with a major dilemma. William insists that she just needs another try to get the silence Trouble right, but since when can anyone trust William?
Meanwhile, Aaron's grieving father comes up with another solution to the situation. He wants Duke to kill him, thereby using the Crocker curse to cure Aaron. Since the only other solution -- used back in 1901 when the curse last got out of control -- is killing the baby, this does seem like a possibility.
Duke is even willing to get re-Troubled in order to do it.
But can Audrey pull it off? And even if she can, will giving a Trouble turn the woman into some sort of evil proto-Audrey?
"When the Bough Breaks" doesn't provide an answer. Instead, the episode merely ends with Duke's magnificently bared chest and some serious tension.
Troubles haven't been nice to the heart of Haven?
While all of this is going on, Jennifer and the Teague brothers are seeking out the "heart of Haven" mentioned in Jennifer's "Unstake My Heart" paperback. The first clue comes when Jennifer notes that the Guard tattoo in the book seems to fade in and out. When Duke remembers that Vince Teague's tattoo does the same, revelations about the brothers unfold quickly.
It turns out that Vince's tattoo is actually a birthmark inherited from Micmac ancestors. The mark symbolizes that he is supposed to protect Troubled people and has thus been copied by members of the Guard. Dave doesn't have one though -- because Dave Teague is actually adopted.
As Duke puts it, "Well that explains a lot."
In an interesting twist, Jennifer soon realizes that the two marks -- the book's and Vince's -- rotate when close together. Like a compass, they start to point out a location: the Haven lighthouse.
Yes, that same, oft-destroyed lighthouse is in fact the heart of Haven.
Once there, Jennifer finds a magical trapdoor that leads to a giant version of the tattoo on the floor. The heroes theorize that, by using the "right" four people, they can open the door that sucks away William to another world.
Troubling bits and pieces of note
- Minor quibble: Spanish influenza was the post-World War I disease that killed millions. They didn't call it that in 1901. But they still had the flu back then, so it's forgivable.
- If a version of Audrey was around in 1901, then there is still a 1928-ish Audrey we haven't met yet.
- "It's like trying to explain physics to a goldfish." - Hopefully the audience is better than a goldfish here. Otherwise, "Haven" is going to be really frustrating.
- "Come any closer, I'll punch you in the face. It'll be worth my own black eye." - Audrey
- Is that first Audrey actually evil? She's been awfully nice since then, indicating that there is at least some repentance involved.
- Who/what are Audrey and William? It's not just anyone who can create a Trouble and magically heal bullet wounds, after all.
- Is Gloria's family Trouble (ended by some olden-times Crocker) going to be important?
- Regarding the tattoos: If Vince's tattoo faded in and out because it was a mystical birthmark, then why did Nathan's (in the Season 3 premiere) and Julia Carr's (in the Season 1 finale) do the same?
The "Haven" Season 4 finale will air Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. on Syfy.