We were warned (on twitter) that this episode would mess with our heads, but nothing could prepare us for the whirlwind that was “countdown”. Well maybe some Bailey’s. Jordan has been a pain in the ass since she stormed into Nathan’s life. She put a road block in Nathan and Audrey’s relationship, threatened to kill everyone multiple times and was a general buzz kill, but she did not deserve to go like that. Haven has me hooked, even on the characters that I hate. Brilliant. Season 3 was incredible, but season 4 is shaping up to be even more interesting. With Crocker vs. Crocker, the Lexie/Audrey situation, and the burgeoning Nathan/Duke bromance we are all in for season 4 of Haven.
“Countdown” was a great episode on it’s own, but I highly recommend going back and rewatching the pilot episode, and then watching “countdown”. The continuity between Audrey and Lexie’s arrival to Haven is subtle in a brilliant way that only the geekiest among us will notice (I’m sure that includes you). The whole coffee thing with Duke was classic. When Audrey wakes up on his boat in “Welcome to Haven” the first thing he does is offer her coffee and comments that it would be cool if he inherently knew how she takes it. In “Countdown” we got this wonderful moment
Audrey and Duke’s friendship is stronger than any of her other relationships at the moment. This season she will likely have to deal with the fact that it took Duke all of 12 hours to figure out it was really Audrey in there. Nathan didn’t figure it out until she through her Audrey Parkerness in his face. Maybe Nathan was in denial and avoiding associating Audrey with Lexie in any way, but the fact that he didn’t notice means something, or else it should. There are plenty of love triangles on television, but none of them quite compare to Audrey, Nathan, and Duke’s relationship. No matter what is happening with Audrey (or Sarah or Lexie) and Nathan’s tumultuous relationship, Duke will always have both of their backs. Duke loves Audrey, that’s true, but is he “in love” with her still? That’s unclear at this point and with Jennifer now in the picture, Duke may move on and actually be happy.
Nathan and Duke’s job now is to protect Audrey from the guard figuring out she isn’t Lexie. It will be interesting to see how Nathan and Duke’s relationships with Audrey change. Though they know she is Audrey her portrayal of Lexie is so exact that it will undoubtably confuse things for everyone, including Audrey. Although Audrey wants to be Audrey, she isn’t really Audrey at all when it comes down to it. Her existential crisis will just get worse the more she pretends to be Lexie. Maybe she will even like being Lexie better, it does seem easier than being Audrey Parker and all the responsibility that comes with that.
Sarah/Lucy/Audrey/Lexie is one really more real than any of the others? I hope we get some insight into Lucy this season. Out of all her personalities Lucy is the one we know the least about. How did Lucy find James and figure out he was her son? When Lucy was in Haven Duke and Nathan were only eight, did she know then that Nathan was the father of her child? That would be really weird and kind of gross actually. Ugh, so many questions. Hang in there Audrey Parker, at some point we’ve got to figure out who you really are.