Janette returns to Toronto suspected of murder

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Mario Larouche
David Blacker ...
Officer Peter Schull
Katia de Peña ...
Griffin
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Janette (as Deborah Duchêne)
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Robert McDonough
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Janette returns to Toronto suspected of murder

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5 February 1996 (USA)  »

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Lucien LaCroix: Strange how things turn out isn't it? Through hellish circumstance she obtains what has been so elusive to you, only to have that one in a billion happenstance taken from her by you. I don't know whether to laugh or cry for you Nicholas.
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Probably the worst episode
13 January 2017 | by (Bailey Downs!) – See all my reviews

I know how this'll sound to most Forever Knight fans with this claim. I know you can point to episodes that are worse in their own individual respect like "Blackwing" or something like that but...this episode calls into question some pretty pivotal things such as Janette's character from seasons 1 and 2, Natalie and Nick's "on again off again" relationship and even Nick's centuries long quest to become a mortal man. Yes, the driving force for the entire show is placed into question from just this one episode. Be very afraid.

So the episode starts out with a man getting shot by Janette. The homicide cops are called in and the only witness to the crime identifies Janette. Nick tries to keep this under wraps and finds Janette at his apartment, begging for his help to clear the name of a man she's fallen in love with. Janette, the character that I always saw as the personification of Nick's desire to still remain a vampire, fell in love with a man. For anyone reading, do I HAVE to explain how thats dumb? It actually gets even worse, she's now mortal (as seen via getting shot by some thugs that were starting fires to somehow promote real estate...I'm dead serious) and when asked by Nick and Natalie how she became mortal...apparently all you need is to love someone and feed off them while your having sex and the more times you do this, the less blood you'll need and eventually - mortal. So...all Nick had to do...for these last 62 episodes of TV - 46 and a half HOURS of television - was to have sex with someone he had the hots for, Natalie let me just assume, and feed every time he did it. I actually don't understand how people can watch that explanation play out on screen and NOT be angry that the writing was THAT stupid. I guess Janette coming back was enough "fanboy goggles" for people to just ignore that this episode outright mocked the entire setup of the series.

So her human lover was killed by said real estate thugs, she tried to bring him across and that just happened to be the point where she realized she was mortal (how dramatically convenient) and she now seeks revenge, not just for herself, but for that guy's son who she's adopted. While I'm here, I forgot to tell you how she and this guy met. Janette was just in a burning building and he saved her - she has the power to fly and move at the speed of sound and yet she needed a man to save her...THIS IS IDIOTIC!

So the real estate thugs kidnap Janette's adoptive son and her biological aunt who he was staying with the whole time this was going down and try to tease her out of some incriminating evidence that could put them away. They light the house on fire, kill Janette and with her dying breath she asks Nick to free the kid and the aunt. Do you know why THAT aspect doesn't work? I never caught the kid or the aunt's names. So, to whoever wrote this episode, I know its been 21 years and all but...who did you think we'd really care for? Two characters I can barely remember or one of my favourite goddamn characters on the show that you gave a death less dignified than if she got that Vampire Aids thing from a few episodes earlier! (yeah...can someone explain to me what the hell happened to the writers this season?)

So the thugs are killed by vampire bites (inflicted by Lacroix...honestly, knowing his character, I'm amazed they got off that lightly - also I would've preferred it if the identity of that vampire was kept ambiguous like maybe Nick DID bring Janette across, maybe Lacroix did it or maybe Nick did it - no, that would not seem out of character to me) and we see Nick and Lacroix talk in front of a portrait of Janette, they talk a bit and Nick ponders his loss.

This episode certainly isn't as head slapping as Blackwing nor is it necessarily written worse but in terms of where the show had been and gone, how can I react to this outside of disgust. Now, don't get me wrong, there are a few things I like here. Its great to see Janette again and there were a few times wherein it felt like Nick was racing against the clock to try and help one of his oldest friends get the man she loved off the hook of this conspiracy while also trying to stay one step ahead of his colleagues but when you spit on the entire basis of the show, how can that really measure up? Maybe when I decide to marathon the show, I'll watch it again and see if it holds up any better but as it stands...my GOD is this episode overrated!


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