Van Helsing S03E08 crooked steps

Van Helsing S03E08: “Crooked Steps” — Vanessa and Scarlett are on a quest to find the third Elder. They look into their family book for hidden clues as to his location but to no avail. Vampires attack their camp, but of course, they are no match to the Van Helsings. Some of Vanessa’s blood spatter on the book during the fight, and a map magically appears.

The map leads them to a quaint little island. There, they find a beautiful lighthouse. The last keeper’s rotting corpse welcomes them. There is no hint of the Elder anywhere, but it seems they know what they are doing. With the help of the book, an old projector, and pure Van Helsing wit, Vanessa and Scarlett figure out where to possibly find the Elder.  

Vanessa and Scarlett finally find the Elder’s crypt. The Elder recognizes them as Van Helsings. He reveals he is Jacob Van Helsing, brother of Abraham Van Helsing. “It would be a grave mistake to be done with me this quickly. There is much for you to learn from the likes of me.” He says.

Jacob reveals he was turned an Elder by the darkness itself. That he was chosen to be an Elder, and he was too weak to resist. He also mentions a labyrinth where to find the Dark One but refuses to disclose its location. He then asks for blood. Vanessa demands that he give them his totem first. It turns out that his totem has been with them all long — it is the necklace containing the Dark One’s blood. He says that it was taken away from him when he was entombed. He also warns the sisters that only one of them will continue to the end.

Vanessa and Scarlett release Jacob from his prison. He asks Vanessa to turn him back to human or at least try. Vanessa refuses. He begs her to feed him blood instead, saying he needs to taste blood again before he dies. Scarlett convinces Vanessa to help Jacob because he is their family. Vanessa finally agrees to give him blood.

While Scarlett hides the totems, Vanessa gives Jacob some of her blood. Jacob says that before he became an Elder, he was the same as Vanessa now. She is closer to the other side, he adds. After drinking Vanessa’s blood, he remarks there is a power of another in her blood. Vanessa asks him what he meant when he said only one of the sisters will survive. “It was the same for Abraham and me. It’s the same for you and your sister.” He answers. Vanessa then lets Jacob escape.

Vanessa tells her sister that Jacob is gone. She suggests they split up to cover more ground to find him sooner. Scarlett disagrees, but Vanessa insisted.

Jacob finds Scarlett alone in the woods. He says he senses a far greater strength in her than in Vanessa. “History repeating itself over and over again like it did for me and my brother.” He adds. He reveals the truth about the past and declares that Scarlett’s fate will surely present itself soon when she is ready. Jacob emphasizes that only one can make it to the end. “If you think I’m gonna hurt my sister, you are crazy. And I make my own fate.” Scarlett answers. “You are not ready,” Jacob says, then knocks her out.  

Scarlett awakes and finds Vanessa. They run toward the boat hoping to stop Jacob from leaving the island. Jacob attacks Vanessa from behind and feeds on her. “Your blood is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted in all these years. I need more.” He says. Vanessa bites him back and rips his throat. Vanessa goes into frenzy mode as she rips the life out of Jacob. Scarlett is horrified by the sight of her sister becoming a vampire.

 “You just acted like an animal.” Scarlett confronts Vanessa. Vanessa justifies her acts and assures her sister she is fine. Scarlett disagrees with her and asks what Jacob whispered to her. Vanessa says that Jacob told her to return to Renfield’s house and rule with him. She dismisses Scarlett and tells her that they should just get the totems and leave the island. She suddenly feels ill and Scarlett offers to get the totem while Vanessa rests until she feels better. Vanessa hugs Scarlett and thanks her.

Scarlett couldn’t find the totems. She realizes Vanessa took them when they split up. She ran to the beach to find Vanessa leaving her. “The Elder said only one of us will survive. I have to make sure that’s you, Scarlett!” Vanessa shouts as she paddles away. Scarlett begs Vanessa to come back but her sister would not budge. Scarlett is pissed and worried.


Van Helsing S02E08: “Big Mama” — Axel wakes up in the field where they were knocked out by gas the night before.  Vanessa is nowhere in sight. He remembers what happened. He wakes Scarlett, Julius, and Doc up. They don’t know who took Vanessa, but they plan to find her.

While on the road, they hear sirens wailing. Behind them are police cars. They pull over. The police officers alighted from the vehicles. The Sheriff explains that they are just surprised to see another vehicle on the road and that they had to pull them over to check it out. Sheriff Walt Turner invites them to stop in town for barbeque and shower.

The group follows the police officers back to their place. Before inviting them inside, the police officers confiscate all their weapons, except for a knife which Scarlett manages to hide. They start to be suspicious.

Flesh and Lucky are in the woods trying to find Mohamad. They find Dmitri and his army with human hostages, instead. Some of the hostages are from the Triage, including the little girl Callie. They devise a plan to help the hostages.

Sheriff Turner gives his guests a house tour. They have a place big enough to house 200 people, two generators, they make their gasoline, and they have an armory filled with guns and weapons. Axel asks if they could get some ammo before they go. “Not a chance. Not one bullet.”, Walt answers. But he says he can offer them hot water, soap, a change of clothes, food, and gas. Hospitality only goes so far.

After a shower, Scarlett tells Axel she’s ready to go. She does not trust Walt. But Axel wants to stay for dinner.

Back in the woods, Flesh and Lucky track the vampires and their human prisoners. They succeed in their rescue mission. But Callie is missing.

Walt introduces the group to their cook and police dispatcher, Big Mama. Big Mama says she needs meat for their dinner. Walt invites them to come along to help prepare the roast. Axel and Scarlett volunteer. They soon discover the police officers eat vampires. No wonder they have an unlimited supply of meat. Walt tries to justify their gruesome ways.

Axel and Scarlett inform Doc and Julius that their hosts are cannibals and that their big feast is a vampire being roasted under a UV light. They discuss their exit plan.

Axel and Scarlett head out to the armory and grab some weapons. Doc grabs her things. But Julius, instead of getting his things, goes to the kitchen to see for himself. He opens the spit and sees a vampire being roasted. The vampire wakes up and tries to attack him. He kills it with a kitchen knife. Big Mama gets angry at him for spoiling dinner and attacks him from behind. Julius fights her off. He stabs her chest using the same knife.

Axel and Scarlet arrive at their vehicle. Doc then joins them. Julius, on the other hand, is late. The police officers fire at them. Walt demands them to open the door. Axel then obliges. Walt asks them who gutted Big Mama. They all look at Julius.

Now held hostage, Walt interrogates them. Scarlett manages to cut the ropes with her knife. She puts up a fight, plunges the knife into Walt’s leg, and points a gun to his head. But she is outnumbered. To save Scarlett, Julius offers to tell them what they want to know. He confesses that he killed Big Mama because he could not stand what she was doing to a vampire. Doc tries to stop him, but he blurts out that he used to be a vampire. Walt is not buying it. Doc admits that she and Axel were vampires, too. A deputy interjects he wonders what they taste like. Walt says they ought to find out. He then orders his men to set up the roof for the test.

Axel, Scarlett, Doc, and Julius are held in the rooftop with ropes around their neck. Walt says this is justice for killing Big Mama, but an old-school type justice — a Salem witch trial. They will toss them over one by one. If they die from hanging, they are humans. But if they live, they are vampires, and they will be eaten. Fortunately, and unfortunately, at the same time, the test is cut short by the arrival of the Sisterhood. Scarlett warns the police that the Sisterhood are killers. But Walt is confident they can defeat them. A deputy points out that they have the advantage of the rooftop, right before a spear made of bone plunges through his chest. Scarlett tries to convince Walt to let them go, or else they all die. Walt orders his men to go down and get their “dinner” instead.


Sheema has earned her prize for agreeing to be Rebecca’s mole. She now has a room of her own at the vampire’s lair. Rebecca brings her to a delivery room filled with pregnant women. A woman is giving birth and screams as she delivers a child. Dr. Sholomenko holds the lifeless child and says there must have been something wrong with his calculations. The child is not what Dr. Sholomenko and Rebecca have hoped for. The vampires drag the still-bleeding mother out of the room. Sheema asks what happens to her and Rebecca tells her she becomes a feedbag like the others. She expresses her disappointment towards the doctor’s failures. Rebecca then threatens Sheema.

Now on the road, Axel, Vanessa, and the rest of the group drive to Axel’s military base. While on a stop, they hear a church bell ringing. They discuss whether to continue to Axel’s base or go to where the bells are. They decide to go for the base. Sam leaves a sign for Mohamad. Meanwhile, Mohamad is riding a bike trying to follow their trail.  

They arrive at the base’s blocked entrance. Axel decides that they walk towards the base. Mohamad’s bike breaks. He too has to walk to follow them. He hears the bell ringing and decides to go see where it comes from. Mohamad misses seeing Sam’s sign. The group finally arrives at an empty military base and decides to stay for the night. Land mines are exploding outside the base as the ferals come close. Doc and Vanessa find Grace’s office. They discover a folder about Vanessa but the files are missing. John and Susan find a person named Gordan hiding in the building. He says he was separated from his group when they got into a fight with some vampires. He is a member of the Resistance. Outside, the ferals are getting closer.

Axel brings them to an underground research facility called The Farm. They find plenty of food and supplies down at the bunker. They find beers, too. Both drunk, John takes advantage of Susan. Susan screams and everyone comes to her rescue. They accuse John of being the killer and look through his belongings. They find Cynthia’s finger. John ables to free his hands and holds Susan hostage. Vanessa throws a knife ninja style and kills him.