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What We Do in the Shadows (2019) s02e03 – Brain Scramblies

This episode leaves me with grave concerns—no pun—over Harvey Guillén’s continuing vampire hunter storyline. Vampire familiar Guillén has not only learned he’s a Van Helsing, he’s also proven himself a master vampire hunter already—killing off the Nosferatu sent after his familiar and his housemates. This episode has him meeting a team of would be vampire hunters (led by Craig Robinson, who it is nice to see but it feels like assurance stunt casting) and bonding with them. Including returning Veronika Slowikowska, who was a bit player last season as Beanie Feldstein’s friend; Slowikowska saw Feldstein slowly turn into a vampire… and this season Feldstein’s way too busy to guest on “What We Do” so Slowikowska.

Given the rest of the episode is consistently laugh out loud and need to catch your breath funny, I “trust” the show not to be messing up with the vampire hunters thing… but I’m still concerned. I don’t see how they can pull it off.

The rest of the episode is Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Mark Proksch going over to the neighbors’ Super Bowl party. Except the vampires (not energy vampire Proksch) think it’s a Superb Owl party. They’re big fans of owls. It’s already hilarious before they get to the neighbors’ and then it just gets funnier and funnier.

While Demetriou hangs out in the kitchen with the wives, astounded how “strong, beautiful, vicious, vibrant” mortal women end up married to such “boiled potatoes.” In particular she’s talking about hosts Anthony Atamanuik and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The arc with Winokur soon includes Atamanuik’s elderly mother, Sondra James, who Demetriou played with when James was a child, and it’s absolutely hilarious, giving Demetriou a full range to play. It’s her episode.

Meanwhile, Berry and Novak manage to scramble Atamanuik’s brains with over-hypnosis and need to fix him. Their arc’s funny too, with some breath-stoppers, but nothing compared to Demetriou’s.

Plus Proksch feeding off sports bros.

It’s a fantastic episode. If the Guillén stuff weren’t eh, it’d probably be the series best.

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