Episode Title: Unleashed
Original Air Date: April 14, 2009
Episode Number: 1×16
As animal rights activists ransack a laboratory, they get more than they bargained for when one of the caged “animals” unleashes a ferocious appetite. Leaving grotesquely mutilated dead bodies in its wake, the scientifically engineered beast with the body of a lion, claws of an eagle, fangs of a viper, skin of a rhinoceros, and tail of a serpent attacks Charlie. With Charlie’s life on the line, Walter must come face-to-face with both his past and the beast.
This is one episode where I was glad that I wasn’t eating anything because this was just gross on so many levels. Well, it was more the scene where the maggots came out of that victim’s body…ugh, I can’t. I was just like Astrid in that scene, just about ready to throw up. The ear in the omelet in the beginning of the episode was also pretty gross.
Walter and Peter being snippy with each other for most of the episode was very interesting, but I liked how they ended the episode. Both of them smiling and glad that they saved Charlie’s life. Did it warm anyone else’s heart when Peter freaked the fuck out when Walter went after the monster by himself? Aww, Peter. You care. You really do care.
Walter admitting to Peter that he never thought about the consequences of his actions because that’s not who he is was quite eyebrow-raising. It’s true, but he did make up for it in this episode when he put himself in danger, drinking that poison, and going after the monster to help save Charlie’s life. He’s making progress in that regard.
Thank God Charlie is saved. It was very sweet when he told Olivia “not to get hurt for me” and likewise when Olivia said “Well, that’s not really fair considering you would do the same thing for me.” I really love their dynamic and their partnership. It was nice to see Charlie’s home life, too. Fun fact: that was actually Kirk Acevedo’s real-life wife playing Charlie’s wife.
Lastly, I was so charmed when Olivia turned her lights back on after turning them off as she was going to bed. She might have seen her share of weird and unexplained things, but she’s still scared of monsters. I feel you, Liv.