Episode 4 ended with Lady Jane believing Grayson’s preposterous story about how he “saved her” from a vampire. Daniel’s father makes it his mission to take down Grayson… which leads to the kidnapping of Mr. Renfield.
This episode opens with Mina and Grayson having an exchanged that goes, “But I know you love me.” “But I love Harker and that is final!” Which it’s not as he kisses her passionately.
But alas, her infidelity to the misogynist halfwit is just a dream and she is awakened by Lucy. Lucy, who hopes the engagement is off for the same reasons that Grayson wishes the engagement to be off, rouses the sleeping Mina to begin festivities for her engagement party.
Grayson summons Van Helsing to get to work on a “test subject” (feral looking vampire) to perfect his “sunlight serum” Grayson says “people are getting suspicious” -and they may be. but you know, this is all about Mina.
Harker has uninvited all his friends from the paper. When Mina asks him about it he talks down to her (Lucy looks on unhappily). Mina thinks that if Harker sees his friends as expendable… she may become expendable in his eyes as well. Valid. Also valid: he’s a misogynist asshole. Her father brushes it off “he’s in a new field, it’s normal” (“that’s how men are”)
In contrast to Mina’s emotional turmoil… Renfield is still being tortured for informationa about Grayson. The woman who has him hostage asks one question, “who does Alexander Grayson love?” These scenes are graphic and cringe inducing.
Grayson discovers that Renfield is taken by the Order. Grayson knows that Renfield will sacrifice himself… die before he will say a word against Grayson. Grayson is powerless in the daylight. Van Helsing refuses to help. Says he cannot be distracted from making the serum.
Harker finds a clue.
Grayson remembers meeting RM Renfield, Esquire, for the first time.
Harker comes to Grayson with what he knows. Grayson is glad to have a lead. Then he meets with Van Helsing for his experiment. Van Helsing injects the female vamp, then electrocutes her to cause her heart to beat, The serum flows through her veins and he opens the window coverings. She recoils from the sun… but then it doesn’t hurt her… she basks in to… momentarily. And then bursts into flames.
Grayson then, is upset and still powerless until night fall. But after dusk, he goes to where they are torturing Renfield… He slaughters guards and the head torturer screams for her life as Renfield laughs maniacally.
Back at the engagement party, the Order is there, as is Lady Jayne. Grayson uses his vampire powers of lie detection to surmise that she is not involved in Renfield’s abduction. There’s also some interesting scene where Lady Jayne watches Lucy prep Mina and she knows that Lucy is just in love with her.
And Harker decided to invite his newspaper friends after all saying “I was beginning to forget who I was.” and Mina replies, “I always be here to remind you.” (yes, please remind him that he is a lout and should kiss your ass, please). He makes a speech proclaiming his delight at marrying Mina. A toast to which everyone but Grayson and Lucy drink. Then as a gift for the festivities… he gives the first dance with Mina to Grayson.
And the chemistry between them is obvious as they waltz. Lucy sees it, Lady Jane sees it and then Harker sees it and asks to cut in. Grayson (sadly, only) envisions himself slitting Harker’s throat. So he walks off. But so does Mina. Who goes hope in discontent hoping for another sexy dream. Lucy bawls her eyes out because Mina doesn’t look at her that way. Lady Jayne (for some reason) continues to defend Grayson and insist he’s not a vampire (oh yeah, she’ “blinded by passion”). And Grayson tends to Renfields wounds.
Which is what I thought was the great aspect of this episode. Renfield got more of a back story, he was taught law by an abolitionist who made a motion that Renfield be allowed to take the Bar exam. Which he passed. But that didn’t mean anyone would work with him or allow him to represent him. He was left penniless and friendless and serving drinks on a train (because brains and ambition really do not guarantee success, no matter what popular discourse would have you believe. Social attitudes, networks and timing play a huge role. We do not all start at the same place) to criminals who see him as less than.
Grayson can relate to being smart and capable… but to be an outsider, to have what he wants taken from him. It’s clever and a good basis for a friendship.
I don’t know how long they can leave Lucy to mope around for Mina. Frankly, I hope there is a resolution soon.