by Jason Reed
In an effort to sell their property, Ben and Vivien hold an open house. An Armenian developer attends and seems interested, especially when Moira uses her seductive talents to persuade him to buy the house and build a pool. However, when Constance learns that he plans to destroy the house to make way for apartments, which would take away all of the ghosts and therefore her family, she takes drastic action with help from Larry and Moira to put a stop to his plans.
This week the back-story of these characters thickens a little as we learn the truth about Larry, the burnt man and how he is connected to the house. He was having an affair with Constance, whose charm must be lost on me, but when he tried to leave his wife, she burnt herself and his family. Now, he attends the open house and is almost shot by the real estate agent who does not trust him and he also manages to invoke the wrath of Ben, who later visits him to intimidate Larry in his small apartment. This scene is terribly stock standard and could have come from any number of similar thrillers. To cap it off with the terrible line “Game over,” doesn’t help.
Vivien receives more news about her baby, which it turns out will now be twin babies. If you didn’t already suspect something was odd, she feels sick every time she leaves the house, which suggests a powerful link to the person who impregnated her. Be sure to tune in next week for Rubber Man, when the identity of the man in the suit is revealed.
Anyone who has been following these posts each week may have noticed that the day the review is posted has gradually slipped from a Friday, to the weekend, to the Monday. This is indicative of my enthusiasm for the series, which isn’t terrible, but it does little to raise the bar or create any kind of genuine intrigue or excitement. Each episode feels as though it is locked into a pattern that will guide us through to the revelations that most will already know. This is my main issue with the series, there is very little surprise and when there is, it barely registers, as the stakes are low, with characters that have little depth, which makes it hard to care about what happens to them.