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Torchwood Episode: "They Keep Killing Suzie"

Season 1, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: A figure from Torchwood's past returns as the group is linked to a series of brutal murders.
Original Air Date: Oct 27, 2007

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"They Keep Killing Suzie" Season 1, Episode 8

Somehow I feel like we should have known we hadn't seen the last of Suzie Costello ( Indira Varma) - sure, she died, in dramatic, irrefutable fashion. But come on, this is Torchwood, where things are not always (nor usually) as they seem. The onetime No. 2 to Captain Jack, who went bonkers in the first episode after getting a little carried away with the "resurrection gauntlet," was put in cold storage along with all of Torchwood's other dirty little secrets. But when a string of murders links back to her, she becomes the victim - or beneficiary, depending on how you look at it - of the very piece of equipment that landed her there in the first place. It all begins with the gang arriving at the scene of a gruesome double murder. The unfortunate couple were stabbed to death in their bed, with the word Torchwood smeared - in their own blood - above their heads. The sassy detective on the scene blames Jack for their deaths, and after the team learn that in addition to tobacco and tequila, the perp had Retcon (Torchwood's favorite amnesia drug) in his system, Jack can't really disagree. Back at HQ, Gwen suggests they use the resurrection gauntlet (or "risen mitten," as Ianto calls it) on the first victim to find out what happened to him. But the glove relies on empathy to work, and as Gwen is the only one who seems to have any to spare, she's the person to wield it. The first victim is useless, anyway, only shrieking out in terror and asking for his mom. The second, however, manages to sputter out two names: Max and Pilgrim. The latter is an organization, Tosh discovers, and all three of the victims were members. But that's not all: Suzie was, too. So they go into the storage locker where all of Suzie's earthly belongings have been stored (it's policy, Jack explains, for all former Torchwood employees and their belongings to be kept by the organization) and discover proof that she was, in fact, a Pilgrim member. Which is proof enough for Jack: They decide to use the risen mitten (definitely the catchier name) on Suzie. Only the glove itself is not enough - they have to combine its use with the weapon made from the same metal (the "life knife," per Ianto). So Jack stabs her in the chest - something that could only happen on this show: killing a dead woman to bring her back to life. But it worked too well, and Suzie stays alive (as was her plan all along). When questioned, she explains that she'd doped Max regularly with Retcon for two years, because she needed someone to talk to about Torchwood. Puts the Gwen/Owen and Tosh/alien chick relationships in perspective. Meanwhile, she's looking ever more alive, despite the bullet hole under her chin, and asks to see her father. And Gwen becomes ever more sympathetic to Suzie, especially when Suzie points out all the ways Gwen has replaced her - including, apparently, in Owen's bed. Owen discovers that Suzie is literally draining the life out of Gwen, and Jack decides he has to kill Suzie (again). But Gwen has busted her out of Torchwood so she can see her dying father. At the hospital, Gwen's headache takes a turn for the worse when she discovers that she's bleeding - she's being shot in the head, slowly, explains Suzie, while the former corpse's wounds are entirely healed. And far from wanting a touching family reunion with her dad, Suzie came to kill him and send him into the oblivion of death. Suzie takes off with a now severely incapacitated Gwen, with Jack and Owen hot on their tails; when they do finally catch them, it seems that it's too late for Gwen. So Jack shoots Suzie. A lot. Four, five times, I lost count - without a second's hesitation. But still she keeps breathing, and Gwen is still pulseless. Till Jack (as usual) saves the day and orders Tosh at HQ to destroy the glove to sever their connection. Then Suzie finally dies ( again) and Gwen comes back to life. Before she dies, Suzie manages to give Jack a warning of sorts: that the lurking "something in the darkness" is after him. Very creepy and intriguing! The other scary insight comes courtesy of Ianto, who points out that although the risen mitten was destroyed, gloves tend to come in pairs. So this may not be the end of that storyline yet. And then there's the scene at the end between Jack and Ianto and... the stopwatch. Honestly, I don't see what's so sexy about a stopwatch, but apparently Ianto and Jack do. Jack promises to send home the others early and the two make a sexually fraught plan to meet in 10 minutes ( precisely). It does pick up on the flirtatious tension between Jack and Ianto that seemed apparent in the first episode, but I kind of thought the whole killing-Lisa thing had created some bad vibes between them. But apparently not. Regardless, I'm glad that Captain Jack is finally getting some! It's about time. For more on Torchwood, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Somehow I feel like we should have known we hadn't seen the last of Suzie Costello (Indira Varma) — sure, she died, in dramatic, irrefutable fashion. But come on, this is Torchwood, where things are not always (nor usually) as they seem. The onetime No. 2 to Captain Jack, who went bonkers in the first episode after getting a little carried away with the "resurrection gauntlet," was put in cold storage along with all of Torchwood's other dirty little secrets. But when a string of murders links back to her, she becomes the victim — or beneficiary, depending on how you look at it — of the very piece of equipment that landed her there in the first place.It all begins with the gang arriving at the scene of a gruesome double murder. The unfortunate couple were stabbed to death in their bed, with the word Torchwood smeared — in their own blood — above their heads. The sassy detective on the scene blames Jack for their deaths, and after the team learn that in addit... read more

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