Relive each delicious moment of A Discovery of Witches with our weekly recap. This week? A Discovery of Witches Season 2 Episode 8 recap.
Do you ever find yourself yelling at the screen in front of you or mumbling cheeky responses to the characters while watching a show? We do. Sometimes we keep those responses to ourselves and, sometimes, we text them to each other as we watch the same show at the same time 700 miles apart. We enjoy these conversations so much that we decided to share them with you. Each week, Ashley and Nikki will publish an episode recap for the long-awaited second season of A Discovery of Witches. You can read it while you re-watch the episode (because you know you’re going to re-watch it) or just read it. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, just do it. We hope that these recaps will be worth a few giggles for A Discovery of Witches fans and that they might even make you think twice about what you’ve just watched. Without further ado, here’s our A Discovery of Witches Season 2 Episode 7 recap….
[1:00] I know it’s a magical text but this is also exactly what it looks like to read in the spring when my allergies are at their worst. #itsnotmagicitsjustmyallergyeyes
[2:00] “I’ve been trying to understand it, but it’s resisting me,” is the title of my forthcoming book on parenting.
[3:00] These negotiations between eating and putting down the book are real. I mean, usually, the dialogue is all in my head but I feel this deeply.
[4:00] Both preparing the highlights and editing them seems like an awful lot of trouble if I’m the one doing the busy work. How about I tell you the story and you edit it your own damn self?
[5:00] This is me getting dressed to go to the office post-pandemic. How do I do this? You pull the shirt over your head. Why does nothing fit right? Because you ate too many Thin Mints. What is this torture device? It’s a bra. Why is my hair weird? You stopped styling it nine months ago. Why do I feel so fat? Remember the Thin Mints?
[6:00] “You’ve been avoiding me.” My mom whenever I don’t text her back in less than two minutes.
[7:00] “He failed to follow orders” combined with an eyebrow raise. Matthew loves you Marcus…get it?!
[8:00] “Fine. I’ll buy something. What have you got?” I can’t get Ashley’s Monopoly money reference from Episode 4 out of my head.
[9:00] “I’m Grand Master of the Knights.” Of all the things a prospective boyfriend could be Grand Master of, “the Knights” is the best possible outcome.
[10:00] I love that Nat’s reaction to the “baby is coming” is “She can’t be. She’s not due for weeks.” Oh, well then, you’re probably right. I’ll just go back upstairs and ignore this searing pain in my abdomen. Note: I have never given birth and I have no idea what happens in the early stages of labor but I assume that everything hurts a lot.
[11:00] Shit, we’re doing this again? Emily, I love watching you work your way through your spells but I know how this ends and can we maybe just stop already?
[12:00] “Higher magic is drawing you in.” “I’m putting this in a safe place away from you.” “You can’t quit.” These are all the conversations I have with myself regarding Girl Scout cookies.
[13:00] “I thought you might like this,” accompanied by a glass of wine is the love language of Sept-Tours. That’s exactly what Marthe said to Ysabeau when she was looking for the final note from Philippe.
[14:00] A baby witch is born! And look at that sweet little, magical, nugget. Shouldn’t she be gooier though?
[15:00] I have such admiration for Phoebe’s desk drawers; a rubber band ball, a sheet of paper, and a journal. There’s not a random staple, granola bar or dried out container of correction fluid in sight.
[16:00] Phoebe steps into the Google machine which, to be fair, is where many of us turn when we can’t make sense of things.
[17:00] If I didn’t already know Phoebe’s story line, I would assume that “I’m just going down to the vault” would be the last words uttered by her character. The next scene would show investigators huddled around what was left of her body.
[18:00] “Sorry, am I interrupting?” Yes, you’ve interrupted an impromptu Interview with a Vampire and Phoebe couldn’t be more grateful!
[19:00] These two are everything we all hope for in a relationship; love, mutual respect, and cozy knitwear.
[20:00] Phoebe and Marcus aren’t quite sold on “Margaret.” Come to think of it, they must have known thousands of Margarets in their lifetimes. I guess they were hoping for something a little more modern/eccentric like Jade or Makayla.
Also, “the baby’s blood is singing.” Are you sure it’s not gas? Because that seems to be the source of all baby weirdness.
[21:00] Not to stray too far from humor but I find this scene incredibly moving. It makes me think about the past and the things that I thought I hated when, in reality, I was just jealous of the time and attention that a loved one devoted to them. To whom shall I address my $25 copay for this therapy session?
[22:00] If you love Marcus’ music as much as Ashley and I do, then check out the playlist that Deb just published at Spotify.
[23:00] It might have been too soon to inject “a witch” into this story given that Phoebe has only just begun to wrap her head around the idea of vampires but I do appreciate Marcus’ devotion to telling her everything.
[24:00] “I have a vampire family now.” I kind of want to say this whenever I meet new people. Is that wrong?
“It beats slower and it loves longer.” Well played there Vampire Casanova.
[25:00] “We eat raw meat and rare if we’re in company. And some nuts and berries…” It sounds like my teenage daughter’s diet.
[26:00] Marcus drinks his blood from a mug not a bag because he’s not a heathen. Bwahaha!
[27:00] “Technologically you’re advancing so fast, but socially, you’re going backwards. Building walls, enforcing borders. Human prejudice is worse than ever.” Preach vampire!
[28:00] “What else should I know” transitions into business time. I guess Marcus has assumed that Phoebe is a kinesthetic learner.
[29:00] “There was a queue at the till.” It’s so ridiculous but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t laughing my ass off right now.
[30:00] “…the son of a farmer and “an American Revolutionary”…are we sure these aren’t lines from a Bruce Springsteen song?
[31:00] Marcus isn’t going to give up the knights and that’s cool but can we take a moment to applaud the return of Baldwin’s “good” hair? Was he just having a bad hair day in Episode 4?
[32:00] Goddess save me from the urge to boldly announce to my family at dinner that, “My first act as Grand Master will be to…” I’m still deciding what I want my first act to be. Stay tuned.
[33:00] “We have a blood-raged killer on our hands and you’re worried about fucking daemons.” Yes, now that we’re on the same page, are you going to help me or not?
[34:00] Domenico has adopted the Amazon algorithm that allows him to change prices automatically based on demand. That’s a smart business move on his part.
[35:00] “Impudent fucker” That is all.
[36:00] “Are you scared?” I am. I’m very scared and you both should be scared too!
[38:00] Oh no! Peter Knox brought back his Poke Ball!
[39:00] I’m not typically a proponent of violence but I would buy tickets to the “Agatha Wilson Kills Peter Knox with Her Bare Hands” show.
[40:00] See?! Even Sarah is mesmerized by Emily’s magic.
[41:00] For being totally against higher magic, Sarah just took a head dive into it.
[42:00] Oh look, a pretty river…with a tree…starting to shrivel and die…and bodies are falling out of it. Never mind, nothing to see here.
So much goodness! Just between you and me, I wasn’t looking forward to the “modern” bits of this season. I just wanted to hunker down in 1590 with Matthew and Diana and soak up all that Elizabethan drama. I was wrong. I love how we, mostly, settle into either Elizabethan times or modern times and spend the entire episode dealing with the folks in that time period. I also love Phoebe and Marcus even more than I thought I would (and I was pretty sure that I would freaking adore them).
Because of the many things that are going on in my own life right now and in the lives of people I love, I couldn’t help but notice the fight for good in this episode. The vampires, witches, and daemons (minus the unholy trinity of Gerbert, Peter, and Domenico) and Phoebe are fighting to make their world a better place for themselves and the ones they love. Sarah joins Emily in performing a ritual of higher magic because she has seen how important it is to Emily. Emily has persisted in the higher magic because she is desperate to help Diana and Matthew. If you’ve ever wanted to help a loved one and time circumstances limited what you were able to do for them, then you’ll identify with Emily’s dogged determination here. Phoebe encourages Marcus to follow his heart and lead the Knights. Marcus stands up to Baldwin and stakes his claim as Grand Master. Agatha threatens Peter with his life as any of us would do if we felt that our children or grandchildren were in harm’s way.
This episode reminds us that it matters less about how your family is formed and more about your willingness to fight for that family when the chips are down. The Bishops and de Clermonts have spent centuries in fear of each other. Now, the stage is being set for them to fight together, as a family, to overcome prejudice and suspicion. They’ve shown us that they are ready for it. Hell, I’m even feeling a little bit fighty myself. Bring on Episode 9!
Note: I would like to be clear that this post was not sponsored by the Girl Scouts of America. It’s just that I have
three two boxes of Thin Mints in this house and they are taunting me.