"What's Blood Got to Do With It?"
Series Being Human
Season 3, Episode 6
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Air date February 18th, 2013
Writers Kate Burns
Director Mairzee Almas
Producers Jeremy Carver; Anna Fricke; Elissa Lewis; Gilles Perreault; Michael Prupas; Rob Pursey; Evan Tussman; Toby Whithouse
Starring Sam Witwer; Meaghan Rath; Sam Huntington; Kristen Hager
Episode guide
"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Mouth"
"One Is Silver and the Other Pagan"

"What's Blood Got to Do With It?" is the sixth episode of season three of the US version of the supernatural drama series Being Human and the thirty-second episode of the series overall. It was directed by Mairzee Almas and written by Kate Burns. It first aired on Syfy on Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 9:00 pm. In this episode, Sally Malik has a chance encounter with her brother, Robbie, knowing that reconnecting with him would only result in his death. Aidan comes clean to Kenny about his vampiric nature and reveals his origin to him. Sally goes to Donna Gilchrist for help and has to literally sacrifice her soul to save Robbie. Erin Shepherd conspires with Liam McLean to be his instrument of vengeance against the vampires - beginning with Aidan.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Erin has no manners.

Sally has Max over at the house and he cooks her French toast. Their romantic interlude is made slightly awkward with the presence of Josh and Aidan. Aidan winges about how long Erin has been in the shower. Erin eventually comes downstairs, takes Aidan's food then sprays whipped cream directly into her mouth. Afterward, she tells them that the drain in in the shower is clogged up.

The doorbell rings and Sally nearly answers it before realizing that it is her brother, Robbie. Sally begins to panic and Josh and Aidan intercept him. Robbie tells them that his father has made him the landlord of the house and that he felt it was only proper to introduce himself. Sally listens behind the door, but she is terrified that any chance encounter with her brother might result in his death. Robbie tells them that he will return later to fix up some of the things in the house.

Aidan goes to work and makes excuses for his absence the last few days. Kenny gets right to the point and asks Aidan about being a vampire. Aidan scoffs and continues to act as if Kenny is just imagining things, but the boy knows the truth. He realizes that Kenny is not going to let this go.

Josh tries fixing things up around the house in the hopes that it will limit the amount of time that Robbie might be hanging out at should he return. He hears a noise in the basement and finds Erin skulking about. Erin is pondering where she will go when the next full moon rises, and Josh tells her that he will get her a storage unit next to Nora's. Erin does not care for this at all and the two begin snapping at one another.

Sally talks with Max.

At the funeral home, Max presses Sally about her issue with her brother and realizes that she is holding on to several secrets. Moreover, he is bothered by the fact that she seems comfortable sharing her baggage with Aidan and Josh, but not with him. Sally asks him to be a little patient with her, insuring him that things will get better.

At the hospital, Kenny offers Aidan a sample of his blood. Aidan stops keeping up the pretense of being anything other than a vampire. The boy asks him how he came to be this way, and Aidan says he didn't have a choice. He reflects upon the time when he was a colonial soldier during the American revolution. He encountered another soldier and was horrified to discover that he was a vampire. This was James Bishop. Aidan tried fighting him, but could not overpower the stronger opponent. Bishop offered to turn him into a vampire, but Aidan turned him down. However, Aidan agreed to accept Bishop's offer if it insured the continued survival of his men. Aidan's first victim, was one of his own men - a young soldier named Benjamin.

While on her way home from work, Sally inadvertently runs into Robbie outside the house. Robbie is shocked to see her still alive, and Sally is lost for words. She backpedals away from him, repeatedly saying, "I love you". She tells Josh about what had happened, and they decide that they need to get some help from Donna Gilchrist to resolve this.

Sally and Josh go to the Miller Avenue Community Kitchen. Though it is late at night, Donna Gilchrist is still working. Sally asks her to reverse the curse that kills everyone she encounters from her past, but Donna tells her the spell is binding. Desperate, Sally picks up a knife, but Gilchrist uses her magic to send Sally and Josh flying against the wall. Donna eventually lets them down. She says there is one way to help her. She can conduct a spell that will lift the prohibitions behind her resurrection, but in exchange, Donna wants her soul. Sally agrees with the deal.

Donna is not to be trifled with.

The next day, Sally meets her brother outside the house. Robbie is actually living out of his van. The notion that he is a landlord was a money scam. His father doesn't even know where he is. Robbie turns the conversation around, asking why Sally's still alive. She maintains the idea that she had faked her own death. Robbie says that he is leaving Boston to pursue some plan that he has going on in Florida. Sally gives him sixty dollars and a big hug.

At the hospital, Kenny asks Aidan to turn him into a vampire. Aidan does his level best to point out all of the reasons as to why that would be a terrible idea. He warns him that he would have to leave behind everyone he ever loved forever. Kenny retorts by saying that come next year when he turns eighteen, he is going to walk out of that hospital - even if it kills him.

Sally goes to back to work and has a heart to heart with Max. She apologizes for how elusive she's been of late, and promises that she fixed everything. Max is a little cold towards her, but accepts her apology, and even volunteers to take her to a discotheque (providing such an animal even exists anymore). Failing that however, he at least agrees to take her out to breakfast.

Meanwhile, Erin conspires with Liam McLean. Liam is determined to kill Aidan. At Liam's urging, Erin takes some of her own werewolf contaminated blood and mixes it with Aidan's food supply. When Aidan returns home and takes a phial of blood out of the refrigerator, Erin secretly watches him drink it. Aidan begins to convulse uncontrollably and Erin pounces upon him, holding a sharpened wooden table leg above his heart.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Principal Cast[edit | edit source]

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This episode is rated TV-14.
  • This is the first television writing work for Kate Burns.
  • This is one of the few episodes of the series that does not contain any ghosts in it.
  • Aidan's wife's name is revealed to be Suzanna in this episode.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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Allusions[edit | edit source]

  • The title of this episode is taken from the song "What's Love Got to Do With It", which was recorded by Tina Turner and released as the second track on her 1984 album Private Dancer. It was also the title of the 1993 biography film about Tina Turner's life before becoming a solo artist.
  • Bubble Boy disease is a genetic disorder which results in an extreme vulnerability to infectious diseases. It has been referenced in popular culture in the 1976 film The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta, as well as the 2001 comedy film Bubble Boy starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A more tasteless representation of the disorder was presented in "The Bubble Boy" episode of the comedy series Seinfeld in 1992. In the episode, George Costanza plays a game of trivial pursuit with Bubble Boy Donald. Both the Travolta film and the Seinfeld episode are referenced by Aidan Waite in this episode.
  • Aidan tells Kenny that the windows of the isolation chamber are not the shields on the Starship Enterprise. This is a reference to the infamous exploratory space vessel featured in the Star Trek television and film franchise. The original Enterprise was commanded by Captain James T. Kirk, while one of it's successors from Star Trek: The Next Generation was commanded by Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
  • Kenny uses the word "glamour" to describe vampire mesmerism. This is actually a phrase used on the HBO television series True Blood. On Being Human, vampires refer to it as "compelling" someone to do their bidding.
  • Sally Malik makes reference to Anne Frank in this episode. Anne Frank was a German-born Jewish girl who hid in the attic of her home with her family, before being discovered by Nazi soldiers and sent to a concentration camp where she died in 1945. She has since gained world recognition for her memoirs, published as The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Sally Malik makes reference to RuPaul's Drag Race, which is a reality television program created and hosted by RuPaul. Like many shows of it's ilk, the program showcases a series of challenges, where judges determine America's next cross-dressing superstar.
  • Kenny asks Aidan to step over into the sunlight to see if he "sparkles". This is a reference to the vampires from the Twilight book and film series who do not die when sunlight hits them, but instead they sparkle. This is the second reference to Twilight that has been made this season. In "I'm So Lonesome I Could Die", Erin refers to Aidan by the nickname "Twilight".
  • My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25th, 1994, to January 26th, 1995.
  • Kenny has a stack of X-Men comics written by Joss Whedon. The X-Men are a comic book superhero team comprised of mutants dedicated towards protecting a world that hates and fears them. Joss Whedon wrote the inaugural run on Astonishing X-Men. Whedon is also known for creating the television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • Josh Levinson: Hey, you're bathing! Does that mean you're going back to work?


  • Sally Malik: Also guys, if Robbie's gonna be here when we're gone, you're probably gonna wanna lock up your valuables. Just in case.



  • Josh Levinson: Everything is soooo My So Called Life with her. But switchbladier.


  • Josh Levinson: {sarcastically) Unacceptable to go six hours without a wardrobe change. Honestly, if you see me in yesterday's sweater, just shoot me in the face. I don't wanna live like that.


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