DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Reginald the Vampire episode “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance” has spoilers. Proceed at your peril.
Welcome back, baby vamps! This week’s outing might be my favorite so far, primarily because of the utterly charming Christin Park. I would, hands down, watch a spin-off featuring Nikki and her vampiric escapades. Park injects Nikki with nuance and depth. She gets to showcase her versatility as a performer in “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance,” from Nikki’s comedic moments to the vampire’s touching vulnerability when she shares a secret with Reginald. I hope Nikki isn’t gone for good.
Ready to delve into “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance”? Let’s get to it.
We open with Nikki (Park), waking on Sunday after her night with Reginald. She begins singing gleefully. Even an adorable cartoon blue bird appears on her finger, à la Snow White. Nikki sings about her love for our Reggie and intends to find him to express that love. Next, Nikki visits the Slushy Shack while armed with gift bags, boxes and a giant teddy bear. She asks Todd (Aren Buchholz) about Reggie’s whereabouts. Claire (Thailey Roberge) comes to Nikki’s rescue with a solution.
While the new pals chat outside, Claire reveals she has a proposition for Nikki. She knows Nikki is a vampire. Nikki agrees to pop by Claire’s home later for a discussion. Then, Nikki barges into Reginald’s apartment, wherein Maurice (Mandela Van Peebles) waits for his training session with Reggie. Nikki reveals she’s in love with Reginald, so Maurice becomes the bearer of bad news regarding his relationship status. That doesn’t seem to bother Nikki. Before departing, she not-so-subtly threatens Maurice to stay out of Reggie’s business.
Meanwhile, Sarah (Em Haine) wakes in the supply closet Nikki shoved her into the night before. She returns to her hotel to find it bereft of Reginald and sets out to locate him. Everyone’s looking for Reginald these days! Side note: maybe it’s because I suffer from intense It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia brain rot, but I can hear its theme song during the scene with Sarah in the hotel lobby. P.S. Always Sunny‘s theme song is public domain, and it’s called “Temptation Sensation” by Heinz Kiessling.
Later, Sarah heads to the Slushy Shack, wherein Todd reprimands her for failing to arrive on time to cover Ashley’s shift. The pair bond briefly over their shared memory experiences — well, lack thereof. Sarah walks outside to pray. Pray that she’ll find Reggie, pray that all the weirdness surrounding him abates, etc. She also speaks with Marice at Reggie’s apartment, revealing the gaps in her memory and this inexplicable urge to kill Reginald. Maurice reassures her and ostensibly offers a solution. Here’s hoping it’s not another glamour.
Next, Sarah sits in the park on her favorite bench. We see Reginald (Jacob Batalon) approaching with a parasol. As the pair reunite, time turns back to Sunday (again), with Reggie waking next to a slumbering Nikki. Reginald nicks Nikki’s parasol before leaving the hotel in a hurry, hellbent on finding Sarah. He barges into the Slushy Shack. Todd finds himself scolding an employee yet again (while slipping in an icky fatphobic insult). When Todd believes he’s finally getting help, though, Reggie bounces.
Reginald heads home, where he chats with Maurice about Sarah attacking him the night before. Maurice knows for a fact that Angela glamoured Sarah to kill Reggie. Maurice urges Reginald to stick around because they need to train for the Assessment, but our baby vamp has love on the brain.
Reginald reunites with Sarah in the park, and it’s all romantic bliss and soft kisses under Nikki’s parasol. Speaking of, Reginald overhears Nikki singing to herself from afar and decides to get the hell out of dodge. So, they crash at Sarah’s place. They finally do the deed, and everyone’s satisfied. Reggie questions whether Sarah is picturing anything wooden, sharp and pointy. Thankfully, it seems they’re in the clear.
Meanwhile, Todd goes for a jog and stops in front of Maurice’s home. He looks bewildered. What could draw him to Maurice’s humble abode? Hmm…
Next, Claire reveals she wants Nikki to turn her into a vampire so she can combat the forces of evil. Nikki reminds Claire that vampires are technically evil creatures of the night. Nikki smells sulfur wafting from Claire’s mom’s room. Claire informs Nikki that her mother has these peculiar episodes after the sulfuric smell wanes. So, what is she? Color me intrigued. Nikki and Claire hug it out. I like this duo together.
Later, Reginald and Nikki reunite at the hotel. Reggie tries to explain that he’s in love with someone else, but Nikki doesn’t believe it. Well, rather, she’s totally down for a three-way. Nikki urges Reggie to feed on her again because he seems so stressed.
Cue: a montage! The weeks pass as Reginald spends time with Sarah, his girlfriend, and Nikki, his blood-bag friend. Reginald is satisfied on all fronts. He incessantly fails to show up for his training sessions with Maurice, which isn’t good. When the montage ends, we’re only one week away from the Assessment. Todd finally knocks on Maurice’s door and explains how he’s always stopping there during his jogs. What’s that all about, man? Maurice reassures him that this feeling will fade, which is his go-to answer for everything. Todd asks if he can come in, but Maurice rejects him. I know Todd is a sh*tty human, but I’m kind of digging this pairing.
Reggie leaves Sarah’s apartment in a hurry to feed on Nikki to repress his urge to drink Sarah’s blood. Nikki regales him with a tale about a perilous mission, one that sent her to Spokane, Washington, with a friend to retrieve Abraham, the brother of the infamous Logan. Abraham possesses the ability to turn vampires into humans. The trip took a turn for the worst and cost Nikki’s friend his life. She also claims she saw ghosts and spirits. Spokane is haunted!
Next, Nikki arrives at the Slushy Shack while Sarah’s working. Sarah recognizes Nikki’s parasol as the one Reginald had earlier in the episode. Nikki claims she’s buying a slushy for her beau, and his favorite flavor is also Reggie’s fave. Uh-oh. Sarah finds Reginald and Nikki together at the hotel. As Sarah storms out, Reginald tries to explain why he’s with Nikki. He attempts to glamour Sarah to forget him and this situation. However, it doesn’t work.
Reggie spots the bracelet on Sarah’s wrist, which burns him when he grazes it. Sarah claims Maurice gave it to her as she’s departing on the elevator. It must have herb of the cross to repel vamps. Nikki also leaves, telling Reginald she’s bored and doesn’t like what he did to Sarah. Upset that Nikki is fleeing without turning her into a vampire, Claire takes her anger out on Reginald.
That’s when Reggie verbally tears into Claire. Not cool, dude. She’s 12! Reginald heads home and searches for blood, only to find his empty stash. He barges into the Slushy Shack, glamours Todd and feasts on him as we’ve never seen before. Reggie feeds on Todd so violently that it kills him. Reggie confronts Maurice and chastises him while covered in Todd’s blood. He’s angry at Maurice for meddling in his love life and giving Sarah that bracelet. He’s infuriated about Sarah hating him. So, Reginald hops on a bus bound for Spokane and doesn’t look back.
“The Last Day of Our Acquaintance” is undoubtedly bolstered by Christin Park’s performance, but it has a lot going for it without her. I love how the narrative unfolds, and the show’s storytelling swings. It’s fun watching Reginald, Sarah and Nikki piecing together the night at the hotel. Everyone’s trying to find each other. Maurice looking increasingly exasperated as he’s on the receiving end of three different visits (with 50 percent being about Reginald) is hilarious. Some aspects of this episode emit sitcom vibes.
I’m curious about Claire’s situation and what her mom is. While we did see Todd “die,” is he really dead? I half expected Reggie to turn him into a vampire. What do you think Reggie will find in Spokane? Will he return in time for the Assessment? Can Sarah forgive him? So many questions, and only three episodes left!
This episode is delightful, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. Just how I like my TV. 🩸
Reginald the Vampire airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on your Syfy affiliate.
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