If the body-switch wasn’t such a tried and true trope that Haven somehow hadn’t already got to, I’d think this episode was designed specifically to get under the skin of all the Audrey/Nathan die-hards out there. Did it work? Lucky for all of us, there was a lot more to “The Old Switcheroo”.
This was a meaty one and so much fun at that. The Gloria/Dwight switch is a stroke of genius! But before we get into that – let’s talk about Audrey.
“Still don’t like pancakes”. There’s no way that wasn’t written specifically to get folks all riled up. Kicking off the episode with another refusal of Audrey’s presence. But isn’t that part of the fun? The fight?
Mara is stubborn, strong and perfectly, coolly, evil. The idea of force-feeding a person pancakes to perform what amounts to an exorcism – out of context – it’s hilarious, while at the same time somewhat logical, and so perfectly Haven.
Nathan has finally figured out a pretty reasonable plan, and bringing Duke into the loop gives him access to some much needed perspective and a sounding board. It took him a little time (understandably) to cool his jets and try to figure out a way to help the Audrey/Mara situation in a more productive way than chaining her up and hiding her in a cabin in the woods (c’mon, that is crazy, right!). I criticized his hot headed “driven by love” behavior earlier this season. Nathan was acting rashly, and keeping secrets from the folks who could help. I like the idea of finding ways to use Mara to help them investigate troubles, and try and give strength to Audrey in the meantime.
That we keep going back to that night in Colorado means everything to me. The relationship between Duke and Audrey has long been integral to the show – and for quite some time he factored in as a romantic possibility. We’re past that kind of triangle now as the show has pretty much zeroed in on Nathan/Audrey4Eva, but that night and that kiss remain significant.
There were, and are feelings between Duke and Audrey, and they’re not the same as what’s between Audrey and Nathan, but to pretend this is something that never existed, or simply went away would be a disservice to the entire story of the show. Bringing us back to that night reminds us of the complexity of the relationships of the core three. I’m so glad they went there.
Now, post-Jennifer is a great time to revisit this. Duke is in an entirely different place mentally and emotionally. His clear-eyed understanding of what Mara is doing, manipulating using romantic feelings wouldn’t have played out the same when his feelings for her were romantically inclined. And the tension between Duke and Nathan about this revelation will likely play out in a much more interesting way now that there is distance and perspective.
“It’s Haven and the day is young”
The real stars of this episode are Adam Copeland and Jayne Eastwood as Gloria as Dwight and Dwight as Gloria. Those two positively crackled on screen, ribbing, snipping and eye-rolling at each other. Between Gloria’s hard old broad wit coming out of Adam Copeland down to the facial expressions, mannerisms, and her accent and Eastwood absolutely nailing Dwight’s physicality in the smaller frame. Gold!
Some of my personal faves, Gloria referring to Dwight’s hands as “catchers mitts”, tipping him off on the finer points of tea, “Oh, it’s lovely, gin’s better” and snarking herself “It looks like my face was taken hostage by the 1980s”. And Gloria, don’t think we didn’t notice you checking out Dwight’s *ahem* below the belt region.
What I really want to know – what’s the secret connecting them? I hope we find out in “The Old Switcheroo Too”!
- Vince and Dave found a THINNY! (A word that I will never, ever be able to take seriously). But seriously, what’s up in North Carolina?
- Another joke about Nathan and the Chains. “I’m pretty sure that’s not how you and Audrey spent you evenings and if it is…forgive me, I’m impressed” That tiny smile and nod from Nathan was everything.
- With all this running around and with the Gull being closed, how is Duke making the dollas? He doesn’t seem to have time to do crimes with all this chaos unfolding.
- Eric Balfour NAILED the sad eyes Nathan gets for Audrey, and Bryant hit a pitch perfect with Duke’s passive aggressive “Thank you”
If the secret coming out doesn’t solve the trouble, what does? Does the troubled persons’ secret need to be revealed? How is it connected to North Carolina? What did you think of “The OId Switcheroo”?