Happy new year, everyone! It’s 2014, and I hope everyone had a really happy holidays!
This is one of those rare moments when I write a review several hours after I watched the episode — about eight hours or so. I mean, I don’t want to downplay my memory skills that much, but you know, that’s a lot of time for a twentysomething. What I very much do remember about this episode is that it was the most fun I’ve had watching Lost Girl. By now, we all know that Lost Girl really succeeds when it can surround itself around a campy plot device, but not something overly heavy-handed. So Crappy Santa? Good. Bird fae lady thing? Not so good.
But this episode went beyond just Crappy Santa, of course. Bo and Tamsin (and, as we later find out, Hale) are stuck in a loop during a party at Bo and Kenzi’s. It all takes place because Crappy Santa (which is, yes, what I will continue to call him, as Bo did) thought they were naughty. The reasons behind all of that are clouded in typical Lost Girl mythos, but quite honestly, I liked the results.
I mean, there’s not much more to say beyond that. “Groundhog Fae” was a helluva entertaining episode! What more do you want? Car washing scenes, Lauren and Dyson getting drunk talking about the levity of their feelings, Tamsin and Bo partying, and both of them sort of teaming up with Hale which never happens, drunk Trick, and so on and so forth. This episode also featured quite a bit of quotables. I think it was the most I’ve laughed at Lost Girl. I know that I’ve talked extensively about the annoyance of every episode just being a delaying tactic till what now appears to be the season finale (of season seven maybe, who knows), but I’m always OK when all aspects of the episode are firing on all cylinders, just as “Groundhog Fae” was.
But of course, we could always dive a bit deeper than that. One of my favorite dynamics of this episode was Lauren and Dyson palling it out. In my opinion, Dyson has always had better relationships (or at least more fun ones to watch) with everyone who isn’t Hale. That’s kind of aggravated me in the past because what Lost Girl chose to do plenty of times was just not include Hale in many episodes. They used to do that with Lauren as well. I’ve written about how, to me, Lauren feels much better utilized during this season. And this episode was one, finally, in a long time that made good use of all the characters, where it felt like a true ensemble and I was invested in every scene.
On any other show, I would have been annoyed of an entire episode of Lauren and Dyson just talking about Bo. But it’s such an untapped dynamic on Lost Girl and it was well played out, as I mentioned it took on a lighter and more welcomed approach. I do think it’s worth noting, however, that much of this episode was about how Lauren and Dyson objectify Bo, too. Lost Girl is a show we laud for positive portrayal of sex, especially for women, but we almost always get the point of view of sex portrayal from Bo. How many times has Bo pointed someone out and just basically said they would be a good feed and then went to, ahem, feed off them? This episode opens up with Lauren having the typical car wash fantasy about Bo and then ends with them talking about who deserved her more and who should have ownership of her box. I don’t think the metaphor on that last one could have been more obvious.
For the most part, this episode was also about how everyone seems to put Bo on a pedestal, to boot. Lauren and Dyson cannot stop being enamored with her for one second this episode, and even Bo sasses out on Dyson about her being the naughty list, bitch. Even Tamsin, who I previously thought saw Bo for everything she was (and maybe she still does), continues to glorify her: “You weren’t supposed to be real.” I don’t understand the nature of Bo and Tamsin’s relationship currently, if anything. With Lauren sort of breaking things off with Bo and Dyson being Light, Tamsin is a much more accessible romantic partner, but I’ve always found their relationship to be a bit unreadable, apart from Tamsin thinking Bo is quite special.
Funnily enough, however, no matter how much they seemed to put Bo on a pedestal this episode and tell themselves that they were going to throw an awesome party for Bo (well, it was for Yule, but they told each other that they wanted to help Bo not think so much about her “Wanderer PTSD”), what did they do instead? They left her in the car. They shuffled off into their own rooms — Bo’s bedroom, Kenzi’s bedroom, passed out in the bathtub. I don’t know if I’m supposed to read more into them leaving her in the car or if that was just part of the loop “prank.” But having Bo point it out several times, and especially questioning Kenzi’s “Where’ve you been?” makes me think it was integral to the episode. Something tells me Bo still has a lot of pent up anger about everyone not noticing that she was gone in the first place, back when she was on Train Limbo.
We know Bo hypes herself up at points, but are we meant to believe she thinks she’s more special than a hex? This episode culminates on how Bo puts on that hard exterior to survive, physically but mostly emotionally. She definitely has a high value on family, but I think Bo has misplaced her definition of it in the quantity of familial connections rather than the quality of them. Maybe part of it is that she likes the attention. She likes feeling as though she’s number one on everyone’s mind, and she gravitates toward it. This is the first episode in a long time where she asks for Kenzi’s whereabouts — but only because she’s confused that Kenzi wouldn’t be concerned with where Bo is or how she’s feeling. (To be fair, she also asks whether she’s safe in this episode, but I’ve never thought that she has stopped caring, more like she’s interested in her personal benefit in these relationships.) In the last episode (and in this one), she doesn’t understand how Trick could have continued to deceive her when she’s his grandcubus, his succudaughter. Tamsin tells Bo that she’s the reason the Wanderer got to her, and she forgives her in an instant, just like when Kenzi told her about kissing Dyson, followed quickly with the true Crappy Santa having her pour out her fears. We could read this as Bo just being a very forgiving person, but I think this episode was more about revealing that Bo does put on a brave face or throw out forgiveness because it’s easier than sticking a wrench in her relationship to anyone in the group. As for Vex? Well he’s like her pet, like Lauren said.
Most telling was Bo saying everything she’s scared of:
OK, yes, I’m scared. Is that what you want to hear? I’m scared of making the wrong choice, of losing my friends and my family again. I’m terrified of what I’ll become. I’m terrified of what I’m capable of. I’m terrified of the Wanderer and what he’ll make me. I’m scared, really, really scared.
One of the aspects of family that Bo has never learned is dependence, I think. Yes, she has Kenzie. But she’s had to go through a large part of her life fending for herself. And so this season, she’s been taking it upon herself to keep this family glued together, but also being the leader of it, not letting them know that there are cracks to her front. It possibly was a huge relief when Tamsin told Bo that she doesn’t have to be afraid because she doesn’t have to face anything alone. I think Bo is still getting used to the idea of that aspect of family.
OK, I could keep going but I’ll stop before I write a dissertation. Other notable moments of the episode include the possibility that the Wanderer could have created his ideal mate, Bo. I do think that the Wanderer could become too grand. Now he’s being talked about as an evil force of the likes that Tamsin had never seen before nor since. When (if) we meet the Wanderer, he better hold up to the big talk behind him. Also, Kenzi and Hale “connect.” Lauren apparently sewed Vex’s hand on backwards! And Bruce, who I always find to be hilarious.