HAVEN ''As You Were'' Review Episode 9

A shapeshifter crashes Audrey's surprise birthday party on a desolate island in the As You Were episode of HAVEN. Duke brings Audrey to a small version of the hotel from The Shining where everyone she knows from Haven (who isn't quarantined, anyway) is waiting with noisemakers and presents. Vaughn Carpenter, the owner of the island, is especially happy to see Audrey because she looks so much like Lucy Ripley from the Colorado Kid picture. Vaughn is a shape shifter, or chameleon as the sheriff calls him, and he needs a new body, so he takes one from one of the party guests, leading to quite the paranoid chameleon hunt complete with family squabbles (Eleanor and her daughter Julia give Nathan and the sheriff a run for their money in that department), a Nathan-Duke throw-down, and Nathan saving the day.

A moment of silence for Eleanor, please. While I admire the show's willingness to up the stakes by killing off a likeable supporting character, I can't help but sniffle. I would much rather have lost Julia, but I guess having a (now dead) mom who drops you on your head twiceand couldn't remember what country you've been in is punishment enough for being irritating.

As You Were starts to flesh out the Colorado Kid picture back-story. Vaughn tells us Lucy Ripley is the woman in the picture while Vince admits he knew her well, too, and that she helped many people around Haven. That's a nice echo of Vince saying the party was the least they could do for Audrey who had already helped Haven so much. The big reveal; though, is that Duke is the boy in the picture. Important to know, and I hope we find out why everyone has kept their mouths shut so far. Trust issues or a more serious conspiracy? Is anyone else looking forward to Audrey interrogating Duke?

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