Previously on The Strain, ‘Fallen Light’
Home Sweet Home
Eichorst checks on the process of one of the animal processing plants Palmer paid for. The enclosures and hooks are all in place and the incinerator should be ready by next week. It warmed his Nazi heart. When asked what kind of animals would be processed there, Eichorst replies, “Sheep.”
I feel like he’s talking about us, silly enough to be back for season three. Cause my ass will be back for season three.
It’s Not So Hard to Say Goodbye
Eph, Nora, and New Zach are preparing to leave and they want to get all mushy about it, but Abraham is just trying to enjoy his Fruit Loops. Fet walks in on the farewells and Nora promises they’ll find them when they get back.
CoCo On Board
CoCo seems to have adjusted to this whole I’m Only Alive ‘Cause Vampire Sperm life. She gasses up Palmer’s head that he don’t need to take the Master’s shit.
Girl, sit down.
Fet So Ride or Die
On the way to the auction, Fet is like, “How much gold we got?” Abraham don’t know and don’t care. If they win the book, or take the book, or die trying, makes no difference to him. Fet would rather go with option 1 or 2.
Eph, Nora, and New Zach arrive at Penn Station to find they’re on the last train out of NYC as the National Guard has taken over the trains for who the fuck knows what purpose. Eph tries to sweet talk Nora on the platform, but she’s still shitty with him for being a terrible person. They do hold hands, and who should be spying on them from the tunnels but Kelly in that gotdamn turtleneck.
On the train, our trio sits with Fonescu, who is clutching his carry-on like it contains $750,000.
I can’t believe Creem paid him for that book.
Red vs. White
Quinlan meets his Riker’s Island recruits and one guy – clearly not paying attention to what happened to the last fool who tried this – decides he ain’t taking no orders from Quinlan. Quinlan introduces the front side of his head to the back side of his body.
Then he gives them a rousing speech about how their skin color doesn’t matter, nor does where they come from. All that matters is that they help him take out his raggedy-ass daddy.
I’m going to ignore that auctioning this book off makes no goddamn sense because I am all for an Eichorst/Abraham shade battle, and that’s exactly what we get when the two of them show up at Creem’s.
“Does it hurt at all to be bound by loyalty to one so obviously unimpressed by you?,” Abraham asks of Eichorst after pointing out Bolivar was chosen.
The bidding starts, but the numbers get a little too high for Creem so he proposes the winner pays one dollar more than the person with the lowest limit. Eichorst wins because Palmer has more money in his Swiss account than Quinlan.
However, before Creem can present Eichorst with the book, Palmer removes Eichorst’s access to the funds, so it goes to Abraham. Eichorst tries to take it anyway, but he’s outnumbered and outgunned.
Eichorst warns Abraham (A23O385) to relish this victory because it won’t last long.
On the ride home, AT NIGHT, Abraham admits to Fet he has no intention of giving the book to the Ancients. That’s cool cause Eichorst had no intention of letting their happy asses have the book. The bread truck is broadsided and strigoi, led by Eichorst, attack. Fet and Abraham are trapped in the back of the truck as Eichorst instructs his minions to bring him the book and the professor.
Quinlan and crew arrive – including Angel in his Luchador mask, for reasons – in Escalades and start shooting at the strigoi. Eichorst approaches the bread truck, but he’s stopped by Quinlan, who asks if the Master can see him. Eichorst turns on his Master Vision and Quinlan tells him he was wise, but cowardly, in not showing up.
The Master don’t show up for SHIT, Quinlan.
Eichorst runs, Quinlan follows, but Eichorst gets away. Gus enters the truck looking for Abraham, but finds a bomb instead.
The Best Scene Ever in the History of the Entire Series
Eichorst shows up at Palmer’s, pissed that Palmer embarrassed him and cost the Master the Lumen. Palmer and CoCo talk so much shit. They demand respect in exchange for their assistance. Let’s ask the Master what he thinks of that, shall we? Good thing he’s here.
Palmer tells the Master, TO HIS FACE, that they are equals and the Master assures him the terms of their agreement has not changed. And then he kills CoCo and it is GLORIOUS and hilarious.
Once the train is underway, Eph decides to hit up the bar before they run out. While he’s gone, the train encounters strigoi on the track, and by encounters I mean it plows into.
Why is the Master wasting perfectly good minions for these three?
Chaos ensues and Nora and Zach leave the train. She says Eph will find, but Kelly finds them first. Nora has had just about enough of Kelly’s shit and starts kicking her ass with the sword. She tells Zach to run, but he pauses to watch this ass whupping commence and yells for Nora to stop before she can make the death blow. That distraction costs Nora her life as Kelly wraps her stinger around Nora’s wrist.
Zach yells for Kelly to stop (make up your mind, kid!) and pulls a silver knife. He doesn’t kill her though. He hugs her and cries because New Zach is THE WORST. The Master summons and the two of them leave Nora to die on the tracks. (Podcast note: The cough, Nina. Don’t forget to mention the cough.)
She doesn’t die alone, though. After fighting a few of the Feelers on the train and on the tracks, he finds Nora and she’s infected. They say their goodbyes and then she touches the third rail with her sword and has the most beautiful electrocution death in the history of television. It was like a Pantene commercial.
Fet and Abraham think they’re about to get on their boat with the Lumen, but Gus has other plans. At gunpoint, he demands the book. Abraham been ready to die for that damn book so he’s not impressed. Quinlan arrives with Angel and the group finally realizes they’re ON THE SAME DAMN SIDE and decide to work together.
While they’re sailing off, Eph wanders the New York City streets looking a hot-ass mess, and Palmer has cut out CoCo’s heart. As you do.