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The Strain - S4E6 - Tainted Love

Previously on The Strain, “Belly of the Beast”

The Strain has pretty much given us permission to hate New Zach. This kid is the absolute worst and I blame his parents. Abe is going to be so disappointed in what a little shit this kid turned out to be. Of course, the Master is manipulating him in the most cruel way, so Zach’s not completely at fault. Still, I hate him.

CR: Sophie Giraud/FX

Tainted Love

We finally get to the root of Quinlan’s issues with Fet and Charlotte’s relationship; he views it as a liability that will only get someone — most likely Charlotte — hurt. We see this very thing happen back in 1888 when Quinlan continues his unorthodox romantic (?) relationship with Louisa. Their honeymoon is cut short with the arrival of the Master in London. Quinlan realizes being with Louisa allowed him to forget his true purpose: to destroy his “father.” He tries to explain this to Louisa as he prepares to leave her for good, but she’s devastated.

Perhaps because his time spent with Louisa made Quinlan soften, he hesitates to kill the Master when he next has the chance. It is a costly mistake. The Master beats Quinlan to Louisa’s house where Quinlan later finds her and her daughter in the process of turning. He wipes off the makeup, tosses the wig, and goes back to being the The Born. With little emotion, he beheads the two and returns to his mission.

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In present day, he demands that Charlotte not return with them to New York. Though Fet insists it’s not Quinlan’s call, he does use it as an opportunity to suss out what Charlotte’s intentions are. Turns out, she has no interest in embarking on their suicide mission in New York. Still, before they part ways, she pleads with Fet to stay with her instead. Of course, Fet can’t do this.

After procuring a plane from a friend of Roman’s, the trio load their nuke and prepare to take off, but Eichorst is close behind after forcing one of the scavengers from last week to lead him there. With an assist from Charlotte on a sniper rifle, the plane takes off successfully. Quinlan assures Fet that he saved Charlotte’s life and theirs by leaving her behind.

Ain’t It Love?

No. No, it’s not.

Zach is smitten with Abby. Zach listens as Abby talks about the last moment she saw her parents before they died in the nuclear explosion he caused. Zach walks Abby home and gives her fresh plums. Zach even opens up (sorta) about his mother’s death and his relationship with Eph. These two could probably be good for each other if Zach wasn’t such a creep. Abby appears to be aware of Zach’s crush and treads lightly. She hugs him out of gratitude, and when it seems like he’s about to go in for a romantic kiss, she gives him a friendly peck on the cheek instead.

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Zach gets advice from the Master, as you do, who tells him to tell Abby how he feels. Zach puts on some AXE Body Spray and heads over to Abby’s apartment where he finds her feeding pieces of plum to her boyfriend.

When Abby next come to work, Zach treats her coldly and behaves as if she cheated him for having a boyfriend. Then he pulls the “I’m such a nice guy for being decent to you, why don’t you love me for doing the bare-ass minimum and treating you how a good person should treat people without expecting anything in return” card. Abby admits she likes Zach, but as a friend. He’s too young for her and she loves her boyfriend.

Zach then shows his entire ass by throwing dishes, demanding Abby clean it up, and grabbing her arm when she tries to leave. This riles up his pet, who has been itching to drain Abby since day one so you know it don’t take much. Despite Abby pleading for her life, Zach allows his pet to drain and turn Abby. Of course, this is what the Master wanted — to completely isolate Zach from all forms of humanity. He’s smart enough not to approach Zach as himself, but as Kelly and assures Zach that he did Abby a favor by allowing her to be murdered. Zach buys it because he’s the absolute worst.

The Strain S4E6
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    Plot - 9/10
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    Dialogue - 8.5/10
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    Performances - 8.5/10

"Tainted Love"

The Strain - S4E6 - “Tainted Love” Starring: David Bradley, Kevin Durand,Corey Stoll,Richard Sammell, Jack Kesy, Miguel Gomez, Ruta Gedmintas, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown,Rupert Penry-Jones

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4 Comments on The Strain - S4E6 - Tainted Love

  1. For the podcast-another good episode-my highlights:
    1. Demon spawn zack & Abby ‘s fate/who didn’t see this coming?? For all his whining, & dark nature he gets to spend eternity with his dream girl strigoi Abby😩
    2. Eichorst the strig that keeps on ticking whether bludgeoned/stabbed/burned/amputated however his batting avg is low in the quest 2 capture Eph & co.
    3. Quinlan, the baddest of the bad asses, playing hide/seek??!?🙄 okayyyy! Actually, it was a sweet moment. Why do most of Q’s interactions w/Luisa seem to take place in her boudoir? Girlfriend probably enjoyed Q’s thigh hickeys during their months 2gethr,😄the ending of their short lived romance was tragic & sad. The fight scene b/t Q & master sarduwas good. Sardu won rd1-this episode/Q kicked ass r2 (s3 finale) & rd 3 should be lit! (Well As lit as it can expected on the strain)
    5. Charlotte/Fet we hardly knew her….really….I liked her w/fet more than Dutch otherwise meh .,,,Wonder if Eichorst finished her off……..
    That’s it for me this week

  2. Damn Fet got curved so hard. Quilan could’ve put his mission on hold until Louisa died or something. I mean he literally has all day/night to kill the Master. Just saying. And eichorst is using that same backwards ass logic white people use to justify slavery: hey we are the ones to blame. So if y’all people sold y’all to us. Zach is the epitome of im a nice guy so you should want to sleep with me. He is the shittest person alive and this mentality literally gets women killed in the real world. I mean Abby wasn’t just feeding her boyfriend. That fruit was helping all the children in her building. Is Zach going to smash strogi Abby? His ass pervy enough to try. Side note: apparently I need to watch my back in the vampire apocalypse since I’m the desirable B+.

  3. For The Podcast:

    Sorry if this is late! Love you all and Fuck New Zach!
    1) Zach getting curved was amazing. This show is so stupid and I love it. New Coco played herself in the same way as her namesake; I came from nothing, got given privilege, and now I’m gonna fuck with the vampires. Becky, sit the fuck down. These white folks are so dumb and I love it. Old war criminal, “But I’m a nice guy”, Euron Greyjoy ass New Zach needs a beating from Eph before we all drop molotovs on his body.
    2) Fet getting curved was amazing. This show is so stupid and I love it. If you play in slow-motion, you can see the moment where his heart breaks. New Nora is terrible and I love it.
    3) Q getting that makeup off was vindication. Also I’ve been talking like that old-timey girl since last week. Same about his girlfriend, but he won’t find anyone else that loves him eating the booty blood like groceries like she did.
    4) Eichorst stays working. Ke$ha can apparently do everything BUT kill him.
    5) Palmer as The Master is peak petty, but when are the three old dudes gonna get together this season?!?!

  4. For the podcast


    I only watched a couple of minutes after GoT went off & New Zach was on my screen. Fuck that kid!
    So not sure if I’ll watch but I’m sure the podcast will let me know if I should still watch the whole thing.

    Can’t wait to listen!

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