BrainDead :: Smear tactics, secret rooms and broken trust

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Okay, so we now know there are four episodes left to the season, so the finale will not be a rush job with episode ten. But how on earth are things going to turn out with the king and queen bugs even more firmly in control of Red and Ella, both banging the drums for war with Syria and trying to railroad the Healy family to prison?

This episode, “Taking On Water,” had two main plotlines — the mystery of room SRB-54, and who leaked the top secret information debunking Syria’s involvement in the head explosions to the media? With only four people as suspects, Red Wheatus is certain that Luke Healy and his sister Laurel are the culprits. He’s so sure of their guilt (or at least he wants everyone else to be that sure) that he’s alloted $2 million to have the Healy’s investigated, turning up all sorts of tawdry information about their personal lives.

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Unfortunately, this put Garrett in a very awkward position since (a) he could be in the reports as one of Laurel’s sexual partners and (b) he really doesn’t want to know about her sexual past. Of course, the biggest story Wheatus wants to run with is the one about Laurel sleeping with a college professor for a better grade … and then having an abortion. Except it’s not true, at least not the abortion part and she only got a B- in the class. So that story is debunked, but another sexual liaison comes up that really makes the conservatives’ skin crawl — Laurel slept with, gulp, director Michael Moore at Sundance to help get financing for her documentary! Poor Garrett didn’t know what to make of that news, and completely brought this up to Laurel in the worst way possible, pretty much putting an end to their relationship. Hats off to the producers for one of the funniest, most disturbing scenes of the series featuring two shots of Laurel in bed with the real Michael Moore. That look he gives to the camera was priceless. And, of course, this encounter is also debunked but did it come too late to save “Larrette”? (Yes, I think I just coined this couple mash-up name.)

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In the midst of the investigation into the leak, Laurel is informed by Rochelle about Kevin’s whereabouts — the mysterious room SRB-54 in the basement of the Capitol. What’s in this room? Laurel can’t get in, so she tells her brother, and he can’t get in either. Laurel tells Garrett and he can’t get in either, but he comes up with a brilliant plan — have their Wifi cut off which forces the doorkeeper Don Pickle to ask Garrett for assistance. Well, the only way to reboot is from inside the room, so Garrett finally gets to see what’s going on — the occupants of the room are preparing for war complete with internment camps in the US to house Syrians. It should also be noted that the room has a lovely floral centerpiece filled with cherry blossoms.

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Garrett passes the information to Laurel, who passes the information to Luke who brings it to the attention of the man investigating him which turns the entire investigation back on to Wheatus. Why is he trying to force a war with Syria? The investigator confronts Red and says that if he’s planning a war then he should just pull out a gun and shoot him. And Red does just that, giving us probably the jaw-dropping moment of the series. Instead of calling the authorities, Red forces his new intern Jed to help him dispose of the body … and poor Jed ends up in the dumpster as well, making Red’s earlier question to Garrett about how long this intern would last all the more pointed.

Now with an investigator missing, one whom Red accused of being a liberal (although he said he was a free-thinking Independent before his brains got splattered all over the wall), Wheatus and Pollock are calling for a new investigator, one Red hopes will be more on the conservative side. But with Luke in possession of Wheatus’ blueprints for internment camps is it wise for him to pursue the investigation? In his mind, it would only help his agenda so Luke is put in a precarious position. But no one still knows who leaked the information to the media.

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Well, we do, and it’s who I suspected all along — Senator Diane Vaynerchuk, head of the committee. And her contact, liberal TV host Claudia Monarch will keep her source secret as long as she stays out of jail. Interestingly, we saw no Gustav this week, Rochelle was only there for a few seconds, no heads exploded (at least not from the bugs, and we’re just left with the question of did anyone ask Red how that big red stain suddenly appeared on his wall? Also, what is the countdown clock on the wall in SRB-54? What happens on September 12 (interestingly, what would have been the date of the show’s next to last episode, or two hour-season finale, had it still been airing on Monday)?

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And while the Michael Moore scenes were disturbing and funny, the even more disturbing and horrific moment of the series came when Red decided to try a taste of the investigator’s brains … and then scraped the remnants off the wall and into a storage container! Is this going to be a thing now? Bug people eating brains?!?

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