Relive each delicious moment of A Discovery of Witches with our weekly recap. This week? A Discovery of Witches Season 3 Episode 4 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 highly anticipated third 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 3 episode 4 recap…
[0:00] Quick reflection on last week’s episode, those interiors are freaking amazing. I want both the leather sofa and the teal satin one.
[1:00] The intern says that it looks like Diana is crocheting while watching TV. I can’t say I disagree. Also, I’m not pregnant but I totally understand buttoning up your shirt to cover your belly before joining the rest of the household.
[2:00] Check out the liquor stash in front of Sarah. I don’t think OSHA would approve of her workspace, but screw OSHA. Bring on the gin!
[3:00] I’m slightly amused by the men standing with crossed arms attempting to talk women out of a thing they’ve already decided to do.
[4:00] Normally, I would say that “no good can come of this” is how all the best adventures start, but I don’t think that’s the case for lovesick Gallowglass.
[5:00] I believe that Gallowglass’ question was rhetorical in nature but let me go ahead and answer it. Yes, you do deserve to be happy, Gallowglass, and if we’re really lucky maybe one day Deborah Harkness will write you a mate. In the meantime, we’ll just be over here virtually hugging you.
[6:00] I don’t have blood rage but I do have Generalized Anxiety Disorder and if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in my unmedicated head, this is it — a constant loop of all the terrible, wrong, embarrassing, awkward things you’ve ever done or feared you might do. I feel for ya, Matthew.
[7:00] Genes, DNA, replication, triggers…can we just stop for a moment and appreciate Chris’ voice?
[8:00] Da fuck? What are the odds that someone walks up to you in an alley and says I’ve been expecting you” and you actually follow them? I guess they’re pretty high if you’re a witch looking for another witch. Humans? Not so much.
[9:00] Life can be lonely for a witch without a community. Shout out to all the beautiful people in the All Souls World who make sure that no one in our community ever feels alone.
[10:00] This looks like a more sedate version of Iron Chef. You’ve got 90 minutes to make a four-course meal out of quinoa and canned peas and GO!
[11:00] The next time you walk into a room full of people, lean over to the person next to you and whisper, “there’s more warm blood in this room than I expected.” Please let me know what happens.
[12:00] ANND back to reality television, Satu sounds like a contestant on Survivor trying to make an alliance so that she doesn’t get voted off the island.
[13:00] Gallowglass lurking in the background while Diana casts her spell is so reminiscent of Matthew doing the same when Diana was with the coven in 1590s England.
[14:00] I’m wondering if the spell requires undivided attention because I could see myself getting distracted halfway through.
[15:00] “It’s been a long time since I’ve done something useful with my hands.” That’s what she said. This comment was sponsored by the 12-year old boy who lives in my head. Also, what? Miriam dispensing with pleasantries? That’s so out of character.
[16:00] I love that we are beginning to see the interconnectedness of the creatures. The vampires have been trying to solve the problem by themselves, but it’s a problem entirely out of their hands. Deb Harkness… always encouraging us to look beyond the thing right in front of our face and reach out for something unknown and altogether uncomfortable.
[17:00] A large bearded man shows up at the door and the occupant’s heart is racing and he’s in distress? Go figure! The same thing happens to me every time the doorbell rings.
[18:00] It’s good to know that the American version of home security (baseball bat) has a British equivalent (cricket bat).
[19:00] Poor Sarah, she tried so hard. She sat in the chair, she drank the tea, she listened to the music but she’s all out of politeness. Like Miriam, she’s ready to dispense with the pleasantries.
[20:00] “It’s made from the skin of my ancestors” is what not to say when a visitor comes to your home and admires a book. Thank you for coming to my Ted Talk.
[21:00] Can you imagine finding out that you had a protector all of your life? Someone who guarded you from afar? And that he’s fine as hell? And dark? And brooding? And a little rough around the edges? Sorry, I got a bit carried away there.
[22:00] Why do I feel like I just lost a piece of my soul?!
[23:00] I’m glad that we didn’t have to see the car ride home after that conversion. Awkward!
[24:00] “We don’t even know if they’re vampires” in reference to the twins cracks me up. Every kid is a vampire. They don’t necessarily suck blood but they suck your time and energy and money and patience. With all that said, I would not trade my teenage vampire for anything in this world or the next.
[25:00] Miriam might like to avoid pleasantries but she sure can drive a point home when she needs to.
[26:00] Diana is glad that Gallowglass told her, but Gallowglass seems to be having second thoughts.
[27:00] Nana Daemon! I always feel a lit moment of calm each time Agatha comes on the screen.
[28:00] Peter bursts through that door drunk-walking like my cat after she’s had one too many mint leaves. Fun fact: my cat hates catnip but gets positively drunk on mint.
[29:00] Timothy’s query about why Agatha is helping Diana feels gut-wrenching to me because it reminds me of all the factions that we have divided ourselves into. It’s a reminder to reach beyond our own circle and listen to the hearts of people who might be leery of us…
[30:00] …because reaching out might save us all from unnecessary suffering.
[31:00] Diana is trying real hard not to snatch that page from Timothy’s hand.
[32:00] Timothy finds a heart home! I know I’m repeating myself but this whole helping others to help yourself thing is really hitting me hard.
[33:00} Did anyone else hear Angelica Schuyler call for a revolution?
[34:00] “So you’re just going to change how this family has operated from the very beginning?” My parents, every day of my life between the ages of 13 and… well… today.
[35:00] The closed captions say “gently groaning” but I might call it a rhythmic moan.
[36:00] There are so many circle-of-life moments in this season. Knowing that Sarah attended Diana’s birth and that now she’ll attend the birth of Diana’s babies makes me all weepy.
[37:00] I positively giggled at Marcus’ face as he received that last-minute pep talk and raced up the stairs.
[38:00] This entire birthing montage is beyond beautiful. So much praise to the entire cast and crew who wrote, staged, and filmed it. Sarah’s sage, the water, Matthew’s gentle hands around Diana, and Diana’s struggle make the tears fall right out of my eyes. And then that rendition of “All Through the Night?” I’m done. I’m a puddle.
[39:00] And then the transition to Gallowglass listening to Rebecca’s first cries. Somebody come pick me up off this floor.
[40:00] No wait, there’s more. Matthew holding Rebecca and saying “hello, little stranger” has further done me in. Must stop this emotional avalanche!
[41:00] Speaking of being on the floor, we’ve seen Diana sitting on the floor a few times this season and this is the second time with Matthew. It’s a casual intimacy that we haven’t seen with these two and it really shows that their relationship has grown deep roots.
[42:00] This rendition of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind” is painfully well-suited to the emotions of this bittersweet scene.
[43:00] Oh sweet Gallowglass, I hope that time and Deborah Harkness’ pen will heal all your hurts.
[44:00] As a book reader, I screamed, “But why did Timothy have to die?” The Intern, wise young woman that she is, explained to me that the show writers took this opportunity to show just how desperate the witches had become and the lengths that they would go to in their quest for the page. She’s not wrong (and that kind of annoys me) but dear, sweet Timothy we hardly knew you! May your red cowboy boot rest in eternal peace.
As I wrote this recap I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on all the things that make life interesting. I started on a Saturday, and we had a basement flood on Sunday. On Monday I found myself scrambling to rearrange travel plans to beat a snowstorm out of Detroit so that I could visit with my witchy friends in person for the first time in nearly three years. I’m typing these final thoughts in Ashley’s house; a place filled with warmth and love and sweet friendship. We’ve been through so much since the last time we saw each other and, somehow, all that time and space made the bond grow deeper.
I feel like we see a similar thing happening with the creatures. Terrible and beautiful things are happening all at the same and it would be easy to be swept away on the current of emotions. Each event is drawing the creatures closer, making them more dependent on each other, and helping them forge unlikely friendships. These new bonds, these new relationships will help our creature friends defeat the dark forces that pursue them. I like to think the same of my witchy friends. And now, let the gin games begin.