Season 2 Ep 3: Charlie Truman
A party is in
the offing in the world of the Johnsons: allegedly just a few quiet drinks to
celebrate Mike’s new bar. Zeb is much keener than Axl on the idea of a Johnson
party – but not as keen as Gaia, who seems a changed woman since her mysterious
(and as yet unexplained, to the boys) return. And lo, it comes to pass that at said party Gaia hooks up with a guy, a
complete stranger, and leaves Axl moping at the bar, still with the hugest
crush on her.
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While Mike feels
utterly at home in his new bar, the evening doesn’t exactly run as smoothly as
he would have liked. For starters Ty
turns up, looking like death, his physical state clearly getting worse and
worse the longer he is with Eva/Hel. When the Johnsons gang up on him Ty is defiant – he’s fine, he’s made
his bed and he’s lying in it and they should not worry about him. To Olaf this sounds a lot like someone who is
accepting their inevitable death.
And so Mike’s
bar opening becomes the Ty and Eva show as, first, Eva gets into a full-on girl
fight with Michele, who is there with Colin; and then Axl springs Eva and Ty
playing freezing games in the toilets with one of Eva’s emo followers. For Mike this is the last straw and he calls
The next day,
and Axl is rudely awoken by the arrival of Bryn, looking for his daughter.Unfortunately, for both Axl and Bryn, Gaia is
has yet to return home from her night out. Thus he is forced to leave Zeb to mind an angry father while he heads
off to the Thing – ‘Thing’ being the old term for an intervention, a family sit
down, which in this case involves playing mini-golf while they try to counsel
Ty out of his self-destructive downward spiral.This has limited success, but they do manage to get him to agree not to
freeze mortals just because his wife gets off on it.
When Axl returns
to his flat, he finds Bryn still there, waiting - and then Gaia arrives, doing
the walk of shame.She, however, does
not stay round to hear Bryn’s demands that she return to Waiheke with him,
instead choosing to do a runner as Bryn and Axl tussle. Eventually Axl tracks her down to Mike’s bar,
where she finally tells him the story of how she realised Bryn and Jacob, for
reasons that remain unclear, were keeping her prisoner on the island, until she
managed to escape. Axl promises her he
will sort the situation out; which he eventually does, brokering deal with Bryn
that he will look after Gaia, to stop her running away forever.
is trying to sort out his marital situation.Eva, however, does not take the interference of the brothers well, and
takes out her frustrations on handmaiden Stacey, before confessing to Ty that
she wants to have a baby – which is actually a scarier thought than anything
she’s done thus far.
But others are
now getting wind of TY’s perilous state: Dawn and Agnetha. Agnetha is deeply unhappy to see the state Ty
is in and tries again to wrench him away from Eva by getting him to travel
north to join Anders on his secret mission. Ty declines. But Dawn gets more
pro-active and goes to see Eva, to share her concerns. Eva responds by locking Dawn in the
ice-carving room, where it is only the timely intervention of Ty saves her from
being frozen – again.
Ty takes Dawn
away, to safety, to look after her.But
when he returns to his house the next day he finds that the door to the
ice-carving room has been jammed shut again, only this time it is Eva
inside. And as Ty tries to revive her,
she dies, and he watches her Goddess-spirit ascend, back to the heavens, while
he is left with the corpse of his now ex-wife.