Mother’s Daughter

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Wakey, wakey

What really doesn't seem to be as good an idea is Skeet skulking around the house. Not likely to go over to well with the Amish folk; nor is his sneaking into Hannah's bedroom. She's out of bed and regarding him warily. "Lucinda?" he asks. Nope; she has no idea who Lucinda is. So he says she's been sleeping a lot lately, and asks if she's been having any dreams. We cut to another shot of that red fabric flapping. She doesn't say anything, but clearly Skeet has touched a nerve, so he asks what it is. She says she dreams that she's falling, and that it's cold and dark. He tells her that she's also been talking in her sleep. Ah, so he knows the secrets that she keeps, right? He tells her she's been saying she's someone else. "Lucinda?" she guesses. She looks fearful. Skeet asks if she's sure she doesn't know who that is. I don't know, says Hannah, but the name makes her sad.

Elsewhere, Elizabeth is showing Keel pictures Hannah drew as a child. She says normally kids aren't allowed to draw themselves, as they have a prohibition against graven images, but Hannah loved drawing so much that Elizabeth couldn't bear to stop her. They're of the usual child's-drawings-as-windows-into-madness variety, with crude pictures of a girl in bed with a thought bubble to indicate she's dreaming, that sort of thing. "I've led a simple life but I'm not a simple woman," says Elizabeth, which is her way of urging Keel to tell her what's going on. Too bad all Keel can tell her is that he's not sure. He asks her if there was ever a point that Hannah was "different." Elizabeth says it was after Hannah's father died, but then everything was different. Hannah would lock herself in her room for hours, drawing. Keel asks when her father died. Ten years ago, says Elizabeth, on Dec. 12. Keel can speak untold languages, but he can't remember the date Evelyn just gave him for Lucinda's death, so he checks his notes, which basically consist of "Lucinda Morgan Bryant -- died Dec. 12th," like, nice notes, Keel. He looks at one of Hannah's drawings, one that's of her holding hands with a blonde girl. He asks Elizabeth who the blonde is. That's Hannah's imaginary friend Linda, says Elizabeth. Keel ponders, as he is wont to do.

Keel and Skeet confer outside. Hopefully they're trying to figure out how to jazz up this dreadfully dull episode. Keel tells Skeet that Lucinda cut her wrists on the same day that Hannah's dad drowned trying to save her. So, Skeet theorizes, Lucinda's ghost is inhabiting Hannah? "No," says Keel. Because that would be preposterous, right? Instead, Keel says he thinks it's a case of reincarnation. Only I thought reincarnation is when a soul is born in a new body... never mind. Not much point worrying about this. And as Keel always does, he brings up some sketchily documented case from halfway around the world in which something similar allegedly happened. You don't care, do you? It was just some kid in India who was in an accident, and when he was revived he had taken on the personality of someone who had died right at the same time the kid had his accident. I love how Keel always brings up similar, supposedly real-life events to compare to what's happening in a given episode. Like this is the show's "ripped from the headlines" aspect, only if the headlines are taken from the Weekly World News. I can't wait until Keel and Skeet tangle with Bat Boy! Skeet wants to exhaust other avenues, such as schizophrenia, a brain tumour ("It's not a toomah!") and just plain fakery before they jump right to the reincarnation theory, since souls don't just randomly take over other bodies. Keel says it isn't random; souls are generally reincarnated for a reason, usually to work out unresolved conflicts. Skeet says it doesn't make sense. I love it when characters on shows like these continue to be unable to accept fantastic things. You know, like Scully was still giving Mulder the "you have got to be kidding " routine five years into the show. Keel skewers this nicely by asking Skeet what does make sense, that when we die we go to heaven if we're good and hell if we're bad? Skeet has no answer for this. My Catholic elementary school teachers had answers for this sort of stuff, though. Admittedly, 99 per cent of the time the answer was "Go sit out in the hall, Danny."

Anyway, Keel goes on to say that he's worried Hannah will continue to slip away; the reincarnated soul inhabited the Indian child's body for the next fifteen years, and the original soul never did come back. Skeet's all stomping around and saying he won't let that happen. I'm not sure why he's so upset, since it seems to me he has a much better chance to score with Lucinda than Hannah. Keel's fingering linen drying on a clothesline as he asks Skeet what he plans to do. Skeet says he'll go to New York to talk to Lucinda's parents. Keel distractedly says that if Skeet thinks that might help, he shouldn't waste any time. He takes a sheet that still has a faded bloodstain on it and rips it, while Emma watches from an upstairs window. So the very blatant Jesus Christ pose Hannah was in at the beginning of the episode was just a big fake-out? Soundgarden's going to be very upset.

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