“Van Helsing” Recap: Don’t Eat the Jerky

In the most recent episode of Syfy’s Van Helsing, we see the main crew recover from being gassed and losing Vanessa and try to find her, but run into a bit of trouble when they decide to stay with a new group for a night. ‘Big Mama’ was directed by David Winning.

Where is she? | Axel (Jonathan Scarfe), Scarlett (Missy Peregrym), Doc (Rukiya Bernard), and Julius (Aleks Paunovic) wake up in the field that they were gassed in and realize they need to get Vanessa (Kelly Overton) back. Once Scarlett points out the correct direction for them to go they climb into Wanda and take off. As they’re driving along they see red and blue flashing lights in their rearview and decide to pull over for the cops. Sheriff Walt Turner (Tom McBeath) greets the gang and, after deciding they aren’t a threat, invites them to stay the night with them…they’ve got bbq.

Where’s the Brisket? | Axel decides the Sheriff and his cop pals seem friendly enough and accepts the invitation. As soon as they arrive they’re asked to forfeit their weapons for the entirety of their stay, and they reluctantly agree. Though Scarlett does manage to stash a small knife in her sleeve. The Sheriff first shows them the armory, knowing Axel would be impressed by the dozens and dozens of weapons they’ve acquired.

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After showering, Scarlett approaches Axel and expresses her desire to leave. Axel is shocked she wants to go before eating, but she says she just wants to rob them and get out of there. Axel says he plans on doing exactly that, just after they eat. The Sheriff takes Axel and Scarlett down to where Big Mama (Yvette Dudley-Neuman) cooks the meat. Axel is thinking they’re about to eat some real good bbq, but is shocking surprised and disturbed when they find out the cops and Big Mama are cooking and eating vampires. They rush back to tell the others, and tell Julius to stop eating the delicious jerky he keeps going on about. They devise a plan to get their things, rob them, and get out of there before the Sheriff or anyone else knows they’re missing.

Everything goes according to plan until Julius sees the vampire being cooked, it’s still alive. He kills it to put it out of its misery, and Big Mama attacks him for spoiling the meat. Julius ends up killing her and quickly fleeing to meet up with the rest of the group.

Not So Fast | Everyone meets in Wanda with their things and some weapons, but before they can go anywhere the Sheriff blows out their tires. He’s pissed they stole from him, but what he really wants to know is who killed Big Mama. They capture the group and tie them to chairs to question them. Scarlett uses her hidden knife to cut through her restraints and free herself long enough to stab the Sheriff in the leg and take his gun, too bad there was someone behind her with a larger gun. The group reveals part of the truth to the cops, some of them used to be vampires until Vanessa turned them. They need to find and free her so they can end this vampire apocalypse! But the cops have other plans. They decide to take them to the roof, they’re going to put a noose around their necks and throw them off, if they survive they’re vampires and if they die then oh well. Doesn’t seem like very sound logic, but this is a group of cannibals we’re talking about here. Logic went out the window long ago for them. Before they can throw anyone off the Sisterhood shows up, ready to attack.

Other Points:

  • We do spend a few minutes with Flesh (Vincent Gale) and Lucky (Andrea Ware). They come across a group from Triage being held by Dmitri (Paul Johansson) and Scab (Rowland Pidlubny). Flesh decides he wants to abandon their search for Mohamad (Trezzo Mahoro) and help these guys out. Lucky is more apprehensive. Although she wants to help this group, she also wants to go help Mohamad. It’s strange Flesh doesn’t feel the same.
  • Back with the cops, Scarlett and Axel had a tension filled moment when Scarlett had to use them mens shower for hot water.
  • Crooked Falls gets mentioned, apparently it’s a place close by that’s above the clouds so it should be safe from the vampires.

What did you think of the episode? Were you grossed out by the cannibalism or did you find it funny? What do you think the group is going to do now that they’re surrounded by the Sisterhood?

Van Helsing airs Thursdays at 9pm on Syfy.

Photo Credit: Dan Power/Nomadic Pictures Corp./Syfy