DISCLAIMER: This recap of Resident Alien episode “The Green Glow” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned, human creatures. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, extraterrestrials! Resident Alien continues to bless our Wednesday nights with Harry the sexy beast. There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in “The Green Glow” and a kickass cameo from a certain Firefly cast member. More on that later. Harry enlisted Max’s aid in recovering his device after he learned that his ship was stolen. Max is capable of seeing the “green glow” that emanates from said device. Sheriff Mike and Deputy Liv closed in on the elusive Pharmacist. They’re one step closer to uncovering Sam’s murderer. Harry smoked the devil’s lettuce for the first time and discovered that humans love to self-medicate as a coping mechanism for their pain.
Ready to delve into “The Green Glow”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with a voiceover from our resident alien, Harry (Alan Tudyk). He schools us regarding the wonders of the expansive universe. Well, in actuality, it’s quite small and it reeks of burnt caramel corn. We see an extraterrestrial being dropping into the ocean millions of years ago. That being takes the form of what we know as an octopus. Where’s that octopus today? Just chilling inside an aquarium in an upscale Patience, Colorado restaurant. I always knew octopi were aliens.
Next, we’re back in the present. Harry is entrapped in the space wherein his vessel used to be. We see Isabel (Elvy Yost) getting out of her vehicle to confront him. Lisa Casper (Mandell Maughan) and David Logan (Alex Barima) are still on the scene with soldiers brandishing their weaponry in Harry’s direction. David tells Lisa to resist the urge to shoot Harry until they figure out why he’s there. Harry confesses to Isabel that he “needed space” from her. He had to get away for a bit. Isabel is affronted by Harry’s confession. She thinks it’s high-time she pack her bags and return to New York. Harry attempts to lure her back with TV catchphrases.
So, Harry finally leaves the site without getting smoked by Lisa Casper. He’s fully aware that someone snatched up his ship. He heads home to find Isabel in full-on packing mode. She refuses to remain in a marriage to a man who doesn’t care for her. Prior to leaving, she asks if he ever loved her. “Once,” Harry divulges. Harry learned everything he knows from human television. Isabel departs and Harry clutches his chest in pure, unadulterated agony. Or is that rampant hunger?
Meanwhile, Asta (Sara Tomko) asks Dr. Ethan Stone (Michael Cassidy) about Max Hawthorne’s files. She’s taken aback by the diagnosis the boy received when Harry was still the town doctor. Ethan brushes her off and is the opposite of helpful. Sheriff Mike (Corey Reynolds) and Deputy Liv (Elizabeth Bowen) are back and they’re curious about Jay. Notably, if she stole Sam’s prescription pads or if she’s linked to the Pharmacist.
Then, we see Harry is at the glacial pass searching for his device. He comes up short. Harry is stricken with the realization that whoever nicked his ship probably has his device in their possession. He unleashes a bloodcurdling scream. Harry has to let off steam. How do humans suppress their inner turmoil? Why, by consuming alcohol and drugs, of course! Harry does just that and he falls unconscious.
Next, Harry wakes up to find the actual, human Harry Vanderspeigle grilling steak in his kitchen. But that was the guy who had no life in him anymore! Human Harry taunts Harry. He reminds our titular character that not only did he lose his ship and subsequently his device, but he’s also bad at sex. All of those accumulative failures make him … human. The worst insult of all time. Thankfully, Harry wakes up from his drug-induced dream.
Later, we see Kate (Meredith Garretson) and Ben (Levi Fiehler) showing Max (Judah Prehn) a video about the school in Georgia. Max isn’t impressed. Before Max storms out, Kate asserts that their decision to send him away is final.
Now, Harry’s at the diner. He’s riffling through the classified section in the newspaper. Someone needs a new job! He starts to daydream regarding the infinite professional possibilities at his disposal. He could deliver newspapers that knock out old ladies. Not to mention, he could be a hipster barista that curates lattes for Karens. He could even become a tattoo artist that gives D’Arcy (Alice Wetterlund) an intricate Jerry Orbach tattoo. I think he’d be quite adept at that last one.
Suddenly, Max’s arrival snaps Harry out of his reverie. Max needs his help. His parents still want to cart him off to Georgia. Harry must persuade Kate and Ben to let him stay. But truces are not Harry’s forte. Neither is hurling juvenile insults at a young boy. D’Arcy and Asta are shooting pool when Judy (Jenna Lamia) calls them. Apparently, Harry refuses to leave the bowling alley even though Judy needs to close up shop.
Next, Asta and D’Arcy find Harry at a pinball machine. He reveals that his wife left him, he’s out of a job and he’s an utter failure. Harry’s hit a new low. Additionally, he divulges that he’s been imbibing. D’Arcy, Asta and Judy introduce him to weed. We see the quartet partaking in the devil’s lettuce right in the middle of a bowling lane.
Then, Asta, Harry and D’Arcy feed their respective munchie monsters at that upscale restaurant. Harry notices the octopus in the aquarium. It’s his cousin, who’s voiced by none other than Nathan Fillion! Cousin Octopus reveals that they’ve been waiting for Harry. Judging by the opening scene, they’ve been waiting a very long time. Cousin Octopus notices that Harry’s baked. But perhaps the weed is helping him think. It dawns on him that Max has the ability to “see” the alien stuff in his truck. Maybe the little twerp can help him locate his device!
Later, Harry invades Max’s space. He’s sitting in the young boy’s bed and chowing down on chips. The munchies are insatiable. He asks Max if his mom can put popcorn on the grocery list. Oh, and if he can assist Harry in recovering his device. Max notes that he can see the “green glow,” which is what emanates from alien tech. He reluctantly acquiesces, even though Harry just peed in his bed. High Harry is a hoot and a half.
Meanwhile, Mike is gushing over Cletus and hopes that the murder case gets them on “The Dateline.” Cletus would love to be on The Dateline. Side note: I would gladly lay down my life for Cletus. Asta wanders in and reveals that she knows who stole the prescription pads. It was Jimmy!
Next, Kate and Ben are having a chat with Dr. Ethan. Harry enters the fray and reveals that Max is perfectly fine. There’s not a thing wrong with him. In fact, Harry admits that his initial diagnosis was incorrect. Doctors make mistakes too, even doctors with many teeth and handsome faces. Kate is incensed, but at least she knows that Max is okay.
Then, Max spots Harry catching up on some reading in the library. Harry reveals that he upheld his end of the bargain. He procures a remnant of his vessel. Max can see the “green glow.” Now, he just needs to keep his eyes peeled for that same aura. What exactly are they looking for? Harry fibs that he needs his “radio.”
Later, Mike and Liv bring in Jimmy (Ben Cotton) for questioning. Initially, Jimmy denies the accusations. But Liv uncovers something deeper. While Mike may insist that the same person who stole the prescription pads is the same person who added botulinum toxin to Sam’s insulin, Liv thinks otherwise. Two different people committed these crimes. Jimmy reveals that yes, he swiped the pads, but someone else sold the drugs. He knows who did it. Success!
Meanwhile, Harry and Max break into the latter’s school. Harry is donning a mustache and glasses, which look ridiculous when paired with his extraterrestrial form. He’s feigning to be a firefighter named Albert. Max urges him to remove the disguise. Personally, I want to see Harry imitate more humans. Give him all the costumes and personas, please. Justice for Albert the firefighter!
Now, the pair snag supplies from the campus lab. Mike and Liv pursue the school janitor. Janitor Dude is the Pharmacist. But he makes Mike run after him, which isn’t something our sheriff likes to do. Run, that is. However, Liv outsmarts them both by tripping up the janitor herself. She used to attend this school, so she knows all the shortcuts. Go, Liv, go!
Next, we see Lisa Casper, David Logan and General McCallister (Linda Hamilton) are still observing Harry’s spacecraft. David has a revelation regarding said spacecraft. Apparently, an ancient human civilization was so advanced that they created alien-like technology akin to this ship. He reveals that most historians believe the group was eradicated by aliens that visited our planet millions of years ago. David surmises that their alien is probably here to decimate humanity. He has no idea how right he is.
Later, Kate urges Ben to be more transparent with her. Be brutally honest. She wants a partner that challenges her. That holds her accountable and lets her know when she’s wrong. So, Ben takes a deep breath and tells her she was wrong about Max. Then, the floodgates open. He starts revealing an avalanche of “missteps” that his wife has taken. That’s never a good thing to do.
Meanwhile, Liv finds Mike at the diner. She’s ecstatic that her hard work is paying off. However, Mike feels that she’s disrespecting him. Abbreviating the Miranda Rights? No can do! Liv’s reached her boiling point. She proceeds to punch the shirt out of a burger. She thinks that he’s disrespecting her and he always has. Liv promptly tenders her resignation as deputy and storms out. While this scene is quite serious in terms of subject matter, Bowen’s comedic timing is nothing short of brilliant.
Then, we see Harry and Max up in the clocktower with a massive telescope. Max peers through it and spots a green glow emitting from the glacial pass. Harry instantly springs into action. Max attempts to stop him, citing that said glacial pass is incredibly volatile. He could get hurt. But Harry’s an advanced being. What’s the worst that could happen? D’Arcy and Asta observe the heated argument from afar. They approach Max and attempt to elicit info out of him, but the young boy flees.
Now, Harry finally sees his device. It’s nestled in a snowy crevasse of sorts. He withdraws it from the elements. Huzzah! Time to end humanity! Asta and D’Arcy are racing toward Harry on their ATVs. Meanwhile, Lisa, David and General McCallister notice that something peculiar is happening to Harry’s ship. David theorizes that the vessel is tethered to something. We see a location popping up on David’s map. He knows where the alien is!
Next, Asta and D’Arcy confront Harry. Harry proceeds to conceal his device behind his back. He claims that he’s “shopping for snow.” Suddenly, the ground beneath their feet begins to quake. All three fall through as an opening in the glacial pass widens. They’re now trapped fathoms below.
“The Green Glow” definitely upped the ante in terms of plot and action. We’re speeding toward the endgame with only three episodes left of Resident Alien Season One. Highlights for me include that mini Firefly reunion, Harry/Max’s tenuous truce and Liv completely owning Mike. Not to mention, Harry dabbling with marijuana for the first time. Asta and D’Arcy’s friendship never fails to make me smile. I would hang out with them for real.
Do you think Harry’s secret will get out while he’s trapped with Asta and D’Arcy in the glacial pass? Will David and Lisa make a trip to Patience since they know Harry’s location? Will we see Albert the mustachioed firefighter again? 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.