Resident Alien is back for the fifth episode of its first season, “Love Language” which sees the debut of human-Harry’s wife, Isabelle. Obviously, she has no idea that Harry is an alien in disguise but that doesn’t stop her from trying to rekindle the romance. Clearly, there were issues in their previous relationship, with the human-Harry filing for divorce and leaving New York after people came looking for him.
So what’s a good wife to do? Track down your husband in a mountain somewhere, so he can sign divorce papers, and then you can reconcile with him. There’s way too much here and it’s probably fair to say that the couple has deeper issues than we know right now.
She might be a threat for all we know.
The other two big arcs of the episode follow Max as he deals with the fallout of his and Sahar breaking in of Harry’s cabin. He’s found sleeping in his closet after the events of the last episode when Max then tells his parents and Sherrif Thompson that he and Sahar had ridden their bikes out to Harry’s cabin to break in and prove to everyone that Harry’s an alien. Harry convinces Max’s parents that he has face-blindness and needs treatment in Georgia. The kids, however, decide to come to a truce with the alien, which actually sets up a really cute scene between the three.
The other big angle involved Jay finding out her mom was Asta. It all kicked off with Doc Hodges widow, Deborah refusing to take a box with her. It gets passed around, and eventually ends up in the hand of Jay. She shifts through it and finds birth records for her that name Jay as her mother. Teen angst ensues and she takes off, but eventually comes back to the diner that Asta’s father, Dan Twelvetrees, works at. He offers her food and she declines, saying she can only afford coffee. In another amazing moment, Dan looks at her and says “family doesn’t pay.”
It’s a great moment and a great episode. Maybe the best one yet.
The developing relationship issues that Harry has with his not-so-ex-wife and D’Arcy is adding to the development of how this alien bonds with humans. Not just that but it’s showing that the more time he spends in his human form, the more Harry starts to want to be around the people in his life, even the kids, who he admitted to not really hating.
The next episode of Resident Alien will introduce a sci-fi legend to the show in Linda Hamilton. So, you know, this should be interesting.