A Double Personality Cure?

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Edward sees hope as he realizes he may have found a way to make Henry quit popping up at inconvenient times during missions, Raymond’s life gets Tom in trouble with his wife (again), and a terrorist has stolen a nuclear warhead and is intending to use it in a school. Peep our recap of My Own Worst Enemy.

Episode 9: Henry and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day
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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Edward is in a snowy Budapest, communicating with Trumbull and Mavis to put a corrupt official away “for a long time.”  Edward gets a photo of a Daniel Shaw, who’s apparently an ex American intelligence agent – as Trumbull is telling Edward to not engage, Henry takes over the mind and screws up the mission (finally, Henry pops up at an interesting time that’s not in the climax of the movie) a little, then receives a text with the photo of the man he’s supposed to be following – which he does, clumsily, until his target notices him and shoots him point blank.  A scene later, though, we see that he’s not dead, and instead soaking in a bath tub full of ice cubes and hot water, with Shaw periodically pouring more hot water into the cold tub.  Ouch.  Then, when Henry still won’t tell him who he works for, Shaw dumps the mini-stove into the bathtub, which electrocutes Henry thoroughly, causing Edward to come out and kick the hired thugs who had dropped by to dispose of Edward’s body.

A light at the end of the tunnel
Back at the agency, Edward tells them he knows how they can fix Henry – with electricity.  Mavis and Trumbull agree to do some testing with it.  In the laboratory, they send electrical pulses throughout Edward’s body, but it doesn’t work, so they need to turn it off.  Edward wakes up, and, frustrated that it doesn’t work, vents to Dr. Skinner out in the hallway, until she asks him, “What would you do if Henry were just some man?”  Edward responds immediately, “I’d kill him.”  Then he looks thoughtful and walks off.

Everybody Seems to Hate Raymond
For this episode, the side story with Raymond is that he’s out entertaining clients at a strip club and having a hell of a time, when someone he maybe once knew recognizes him, and gets his license from the bartender, looking at the address and showing up at Tom’s house later, telling his wife about how he saw her husband at a strip club the other night – once again, a rift develops between Tom and his wife. And once again, why do we care?  Angie is at the scene, though, so I’m thinking there’s some foreshadowing here.  Later on, Raymond and the mysterious man (who brought along his boss this time) threaten Tom’s family unless Raymond gives them their money back (with interest).  That night, Tom’s wife calls a hotline to find out where she left her car.  Meanwhile, Raymond is meeting his buddies to whom he owes money – his buddies whom he kills soon after meeting them.  Little does he know that his wife is hiding in a car just half a block away, having found out where the car was from the hotline.

Well, that was easy
A scene later, a worried Henry watches a video from Edward informing him that an assassin is coming to kill him, and he’s only left Henry a gun.  If he can get out alive, he’s home free.  Henry hears the killer coming down the stairs, tries to exit out the doors, which are welded shut, and tries to go online, but there’s no internet.  He sits down in front of the computer and tells the camera he refuses to play Edward’s games (yes, he’s talking to a blank screen that’s not recording).  Unfortunately, a bullet hitting the computer screen cuts him off, and the assassin chases him through the hallways until Henry finds a power switch and turns off the power to the whole place.  He manages to knock the gun out of the killer’s hand, then runs off down a hallway and eventually sees a light, climbing up and finding himself in a boat, with the killer (a very slow killer) just behind him.  Henry has no choice but to jump off into the air and down into the water hundreds of feet below. 

Let’s try this again, shall we?

We learn that Shaw has purchased a nuclear warhead, and back at the agency Mavis and Tony talk about trying out the experiment on Edward again.  At his own house, Henry nurses his wounds and tells Angie that he got into a fight at work.  He confesses to her that he felt like killing the man he got into the fight with, but Angie tells him that everyone thinks it, but the difference between thinking and actually acting is what keeps us from being monsters.  Did this speech turn you on?  Because it sure turned Edward on – aaaand you know what comes next.  The actress playing Angie is hot, but the scene is pretty stupid.  Then Angie tells Edward about the guy who thought Tom was named Raymond, and of course Henry’s a little freaked out by this.  Back at the agency, Tony, Mavis, and Dr. Skinner submerge Henry in ice to drop his core temperature before they shock him.  It doesn’t seem to work at first, and they hoist him out of the tub of ice to revive him after he starts to flat line.  When he wakes up, it’s still Henry, and not Edward.

Schoooooool’s out – forever!
Henry’s talking to Dr. Skinner about how much he wants to not be conscious of his other life, but she seems to think that ignorance isn’t necessarily bliss.  Edward interrupts the conversation and then has sex with Dr. Skinner.  See how differently they approach life?  Aren’t Henry and Edward so complicatedly different?  In any case, Edward heads out on a mission to find Shaw and his warhead, but the school that was meant to be emptied of potential victims turns out to still be full.  They empty the school soon enough, until Edward walks into the auditorium to find a kid standing there, saying, “The man told me to stand here.”  Turns out the man is Shaw, who’s pointing a gun at Edward.  Edward drops his own, and over at the agency they realize they know where Shaw is, so they send agents over to the school.  While he’s waiting, Edward manages to grab the gun away from Shaw and begin to strangle him, until Henry pops up and effs up the whole thing again.  Shaw takes advantage of the situation and knocks Henry off him, then begins to strangle him as well.  Henry manages to grab his gun and turn it back on Shaw, who, terrified now, tells him where the bomb is hidden – the bomb squad arrives just in time, too, to cart off the bomb and diffuse it, all just in time.  Notice how many things in this show happen just in time?  Back at the lab, Tony informs Mavis that they simply hadn’t noticed the switches between Henry and Edward because they had been happening too fast – so the process actually worked. Mavis tells Henry about it, but Henry has decided that he doesn’t want things to go back to the way they were.  Mavis tells him he never had a choice – but when they go into the lab to perform the process, they find Tony dead and all the information deleted.  Bam, end of episode.

Review
Well this is it, folks.  Even though they taped more episodes than this, that’s all NBC’s gonna air, so it’s time to say goodbye to dear old Henry and Edward.  It wasn’t a bad way to go out, but it wasn’t a great way either.  All the usual clichés were there, and since they weren’t planning for this to be the finale originally, it obviously has no reason to try to be any particularly different than any of the other episodes.  The end was kind of intriguing, but nothing particularly hooking.  That, and the sheer implausibilities of Henry/Edward surviving hypothermia more than twice and Edward sending an assassin to kill himself.  Really, Edward?  There’s something off about that – not off as in the show is hiding something, but off as in the show doesn’t know what it’s doing.  The assassin himself was a clumsy oaf.  It is kind of nice not to see Henry as a whiny little bitch any longer, and possibly more willing to work with Edward on future missions, but alas, it shall be no more.   Plus, it reeeaaally didn’t help that they had Christian Slater in the lead role.  Not at all.

-Thomas Anderson
aka MBRD. Check out his blog here.

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