DISCLAIMER: This recap of Resident Alien episode “Sexy Beast” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned, human creatures. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, extraterrestrials! Resident Alien chugged right along this week with another hysterical episode in “Sexy Beast.” Not to mention, we were blessed with the debut of the legendary Linda Hamilton a.k.a. Sarah Connor! We learned all about the elusive “General” and her objective in tracking down an alien ship. Harry’s ship, to be exact. Additionally, we saw the origins of Lisa Casper and David Logan’s mission. Harry finally understood the definition of “douche bag.” His fragile male ego kicked into high gear whenever he met the new town doctor, Ethan Stone. And did you know that people who work on engines are called “sexy beasts” and not engineers?
Ready to delve into “Sexy Beast”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with a man and his young daughter snuggling up for movie time. Suddenly, a storm knocks out the power. Their overabundance of clocks cease to work. We see that they live inside a lighthouse. The father whisks his little girl to the top of said lighthouse. They’re treated to a fantastical sky spectacle — an alien ship primed for landing. The daughter begins feverishly snapping photos of the vessel.
Next, we’re in the present! Harry (Alan Tudyk) wakes up to the feeling of hot ham breath on his flesh from his female human creature wife, Isabel (Elvy Yost). An upbeat tune plays as we see a montage roll out consisting of Harry and Isabel’s marital antics. Skipping stones! Arm wrestling matches! Will the fun ever end? Harry proceeds to plie her with copious amounts of wine so that she’ll pass out. Then, he continues his quest to find all the missing components of his ship and a device capable of eradicating humanity as we know it. He’s so close!
Meanwhile, David Logan (Alex Barima), otherwise known as Lisa Casper’s partner, is presenting evidence of an extraterrestrial ship to a military base. His superior, General McCallister (Hamilton), appears skeptical regarding David’s presentation. Aliens aren’t real, duh-doy! The General suggests that David take some “paid medical leave” to sort out his issues.
Later, we see David packing up his things. General McCallister is sitting in the backseat of his vehicle. Surprise! She reveals that she actually believes him. That was a real, tangible alien vessel he spotted. Now, she’s going to send him on a covert mission to locate the ship. Lisa Casper (Mandell Maughan) will be his partner. Well, more like “fake wife.”
Then, Harry experiences a technical difficulty with the coffee maker at work. Asta (Sara Tomko) swoops in to save the day. Apparently, Harry’s advanced alien brain is too sophisticated to comprehend a Keurig. Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) wander into their break room to reveal that Sam’s toxicology results are in. He was indeed poisoned. Mayor Ben (Levi Fiehler) introduces the new town doctor, Ethan Stone (Michael Cassidy). Harry’s replacement. Our resident alien is taken aback by Ethan’s affable personality and the fact that he has so many teeth. Perhaps that’s the source of his charm.
Additionally, Ethan’s knowledgeable when it comes to medical terminology and being a human doctor. He tells Mike that Sam performed a botched tracheotomy on himself and that’s how he perished. Harry is in his office gathering the belongings he doesn’t have when Ben gifts him with a homemade cinnamon candle. Harry promptly disposes of it. His alien sniffing apparatus is also too sophisticated to subject himself to such a scent.
Meanwhile, Mike and Liv question Asta regarding Sam. She reveals that someone stole a prescription pad from the late doctor’s office. Asta gives the pair the bottle of illegally prescribed pills she snagged from that high school party. In addition, she offers a physical description of the teen harboring said pills. Asta withholds Jay’s name as a potential suspect for motherly reasons.
Next, Harry attempts the ol’ Irish Goodbye — leaving the office without saying a word. His job as a human doctor has come to an end. Asta runs outside and embraces her strange friend. Isabel appears as the dynamic duo are hugging it out. She’s elated to learn that Harry’s work is kaput. Time to head back to New York!
Later, D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) serves Harry and Isabel at the pub. Isabel springs the news of moving on to the unsuspecting Harry. This throws a wrench into Harry’s mission to recover his ship and device. Drats! Then, we see Sheriff Mike in total interrogation mode. He’s the good cop and the bad cop rolled into one super cop. However, the kid refuses to fold. He won’t disclose where he received the pills. But that’s okay because Deputy Liv already solved part of the mystery.
Apparently, the dealer remains nameless and at large, but students wanting a “prescription” need to crack a code. It’s some Sherlock Holmes sh*t. Mike spots Jay (Kaylayla Raine) and wonders aloud why Asta would omit her from the suspect list.
Meanwhile, Harry finds Asta, Ben, Ethan and D’Arcy chatting it up. It’s a gathering rife with merriment. Harry despises Ethan for his silver tongue and his many teeth. But Harry is a sexy beast. The ladies love him. He knows his way around a high-tech spaceship. Harry’s fragile male ego takes the driver’s seat. He must arm wrestle Ethan to prove he’s the better human doctor. Harry promptly wins the competition by dislocating Ethan’s shoulder. Huzzah!
Later, Harry adds more than just oat milk and “conflict-free sugar” to Isabel’s coffee. He also goes into great detail to describe their impending sexual escapades. The word “engorged” is used, just to paint you a picture. No embellishment, just the basics in coitus. Suddenly, Isabel drops to the floor. Whatever Harry put in her coffee has decided to take effect. He deposits her in his bedroom.
Now, D’Arcy wakes up in Ethan’s bed after a fun night of horizontal tangoing. He’s thrilled to be in her presence. She’s just there for the pancakes. D’Arcy promptly snags a plate of said pancakes and leaves. Like a pancake-consuming, one-night-stand-with-a-doctor champ.
Then, Mike catches Liv with her own murder board in the closet. It’s a wonderfully constructed murder board. Lots of neatly intersecting red strings. Liv reveals that she’s made progress with Sam’s case. He was a diabetic, so Liv believes that the murderer potentially tampered with his insulin. Mike doesn’t dismiss her like he usually does. Instead, her praises her for a job well done.
Meanwhile, D’Arcy is riding around in a helicopter. She sees Harry out and about in a dangerous glacial pass. We know he’s hunting for remnants from his ship/device. She orders him to go with her. He’s not allowed to be in such a volatile area. Doctor’s orders! Harry hopes that his very wide smile charms D’Arcy, but it does the opposite.
Next, we see David and Lisa in a flashback in New Mexico. This is after Lisa slaughtered that innocent cowboy who witnessed Harry in his true form. David’s iPad collides with an invisible object. He proceeds to spray it with a fire extinguisher. The outline of an alien vessel begins to take shape.
Later, Asta, D’Arcy, Liv and Kayla (Sarah Podemski) are bowling together. They spot Asta’s abusive ex-boyfriend Jimmy (Ben Cotton) hanging all over a younger woman. A blonde girl named Becky. Liv asks Asta why she kept Jay’s name off the suspect list. Asta doesn’t reveal that she’s Jay’s biological mother, but instead assures Liv that Jay is a good kid.
Then, Asta pulls Jimmy aside. She knows in her gut that he nicked Sam’s prescription pad. His guilty face says it all. However, he won’t confess. Prior to his departure, Asta warns Becky regarding his volatile behavior. She doesn’t want Becky to succumb to his abuse. Asta’s a genuinely good person. A kind soul that must be protected at all costs.
Next, Isabel wakes up after her marathon slumber, bewildered as to why she slept so long in the first place. Harry drugs her a second time. He now has a mechanism that can detect the location of his ship. Lisa and David reveal their findings to General McCallister. Apparently, the ship was concealed via cloaking device, but now it’s visible to the General. She procures a photo from her pocket. As it turns out, she was the little girl in the beginning of the episode! Which means she bore witness to the behemoth that was Harry’s ship.
Meanwhile, Harry’s locating device leads him to his vessel. At last! However, he’s taken aback to find that it’s been stolen. We see Lisa and David’s armed soldiers waiting in the wings. They notice Harry, but they fail to realize that he’s the alien they’ve been searching for. Lisa orders her crew to shoot him. We see a truck pull up in front of Harry, blocking his exit. He’s trapped.
“Sexy Beast” most definitely propelled the narrative forward in a big way. It looks like Harry’s extraterrestrial secret will be disclosed to the government given that not only is his ship in their custody, but he might be as well. I loved the connection between what initially seemed like an irrelevant opening scene to the present-day General. As per his usual, Tudyk is a comedic giant. The highlight of the episode was Harry’s battle of fists and wits with Ethan.
Not to mention, his in-depth monologue depicting his sexual acts with Isabal was laugh-out-loud funny. I’m curious to see whether he’ll be captured by Lisa and David. If the General did stumble upon Harry as a little girl, just how long has he actually been on Earth? Maybe his perception of time is much different than ours.
How long do you think it’ll be until all of Patience knows Harry’s an alien? Will Isabel realize he’s missing and go searching for him? Will Harry continue to make Law & Order references simply because I want him to? Join me next week as I recap Resident Alien, here on Geek Girl Authority.
Resident Alien airs Wednesdays at 10 pm on your Syfy affiliate.