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The Strain recap: Intruders

Let the bidding for the Occido Lumen begin! The going rate is one million dollars in goooooooold.

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Michael Gibson/FX

The Strain

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
seasons:
3
performer:
David Bradley, Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro
broadcaster:
FX
genre:
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Master didn’t just hit close to home during “Intruders.” He walked through the damn front door without even having to lift a finger — or even go himself, as it was Kelly who crossed the threshold into Team Setrakian’s HQ. Armed with the Feelers and another impressive make-up job courtesy of Eichhorst (Seriously, if he weren’t trying to take over the world, he should have gone into special effects make-up. The man would have Oscars lining his home), Kelly upends whatever notion of safety Eph and the gang held before tonight.

Now, they’ll have to remain ever more vigilant or bring the fight to their enemies before it intrudes on their home lives once again.

But whatever sense of security the gang felt wasn’t the only casualty to the might of the Master’s presence during “Intruders.” A greedy cardinal suffered an untimely death, Gus was forced to choose between the good fight and his short-term happiness, and Palmer and Coco endured some relationship woes. (Though honestly, as creepy as that relationship has been, that last change might be for the best.)

Starting with the latter, the still-infatuated couple is first seen during “Intruders” in bed together, where Coco tells Palmer that she feels safe. And while they both wish they could stay in bed all day with one another and give me further nightmares, Palmer has an important meeting with the cardinal. It’s apparent to anyone who’s seen his dealing with Eichhorst and the Master that it has to do with the Occido Lumen, but he remains tight-lipped with Coco. He doesn’t want to involve her in this nefarious part of his life, partly out of love and partly out of fear of embroiling her in the dealings of the undead.

He evades her questioning for the moment, but she only becomes more suspicious during the cardinal’s meeting. Palmer and the man haggle over pricing for the book, reaching as high as $500,000, largely because there’s another bidder involved. Palmer knows it must be Abraham — the market for ancient, mythical texts pertaining to the strigoi is likely a small one, anyway — and warns the cardinal that Abraham is not to be trusted.

Their meeting is cut, short, however, when Eichhorst arrives, and Palmer sends Coco out of the room. The two servants of the Master bicker over Palmer’s behavior. He wants autonomy; Eichhorst wants results for their plans. The two bicker like petulant school children, trying to come out on top of their passive-aggressive insult war.

But Eichhorst doesn’t take the bait as Palmer chides him for not being chosen as the Master’s next host, choosing instead to walk away from the bickering match and exert his influence in more meaningful ways.

He chooses to visit the cardinal, who has already negotiated with Abraham and Fet as well. Setrakian agrees to $750,000 in gold within 24 hours, but he’s also aware that Palmer is in contention for the Lumen. So he decides to steal it from the cardinal before Palmer can, but he arrives too late, as Eichhorst has already infiltrated the cardinal’s living quarters. He demands to know who has the Lumen under threat of the man of faith’s life, but his interrogation is short-lived, as Abe and Fet burst into the room. Eichhorst has already killed the cardinal’s aide and infected the cardinal, but he escapes as Fet and Abraham attempt to kill him.

With his dying breaths, the cardinal he tells Abraham that the man with the book is none other than Rudyard Fonescu, the little boy who he met at the Vienna monastery in the ’60s. With the information in hand, he ends the cardinal’s life before his soul is given over to the darkness of the strigoi.

Palmer finds out about the murder while in bed with Coco, and she’s finally grown sick of his secret-keeping. After refusing to open up to him about what he really had going on with the now deceased cardinal, she leaves a dejected Palmer, who is unaware that he has Eichhorst at least partly to thank for his latest romantic woes.

While Eichhorst works to get one of his players’ heads back in the game, he has little issue commanding Kelly to carry out her plans. After outfitting her with human complexion and some basic training on how to control her animalistic, strigoi impulses, she’s still clicking and gurgling like a strigoi, but she can at least control the convulsive movements that give away her true nature when she’s done up to look human.

NEXT: Quinlan finds a new partner in the hunt.