Synopsis: An old friend of Baird’s is running for Mayor of a small New Hampshire town and finds himself embroiled in a scandal in the form of a missing intern and a literal contract with the Devil.
This episode starts off as a Baird centric episode but fast becomes much more of an ensemble episode as every Librarian’s skill set gets pushed to its limits as they fend off the curse of the infernal contract, which has been put in place by Sesselman (John de Lancie) who is later revealed to be a former Guardian that went bad.
It seems that every cast member has something to do in this story and it is one in which we see Ezekiel Jones, Cassandra Cillian and Jake Stone working as a solid unit in which all their skills are tested.
I particularly enjoyed Cassandra’s knowledge of maths and equations being put to use in order to shut down magic spells and figure out what different types of magic are in play.
Rebecca Romjin’s Baird gets her fair share of stuff to do as she finds herself disclosing her new role to her old friend Sam Denning who has moved into a career in politics and brokered a deal he cannot possibly honour.
The action and humour comes thick and fast. Of note is a fun little scene in which Stone insinuates that Jones has become a good guy because he has not thought to use a magical tool in order to steal things. Of course Jones being the worlds best thief laughs it off and says it would be too easy.
The ending of this episode is perhaps the one thing that bothers me. It pretty much involves Baird making a wish in order to shut down the contract.
Romjin plays Baird as feeling somewhat responsible for not seeing the faults in her friend sooner so she could have saved the Librarians from being roughed up. But Jenkins (John Larroquette) reveals that it’s not her job to save the lives of the Librarians. It is her job to try and protect their souls.
This for me was a really strong episode, which had something for everyone to do and the inclusion of John De Lancie as the main villain was genius.
- John Delancie as the big bad
- I felt the big bad was defeated a little to easily.
- Incidental Music9.0