Crooked Steps is the eighth episode of of Season Three of Syfy's Van Helsing .This is overall the thirty-fourth episode.


Vanessa and Scarlett find the Third Elder on a distant island. Vanessa makes a choice for her path forward and Scarlett disagrees.

Recap Edit

Following their departure from San Francisco, the sisters Van Helsing are off on a bit of a post-apocalyptic road trip, searching for the Third Vampire Elder. It’s not without its vampire attacks along the way, of course, but for possibly the first time ever, it proves to be a benefit, as the blood spattered during the fight reveals a map which takes them directly to a quaint little island with a less-than-quaint vampire locked beneath its picturesque beaches.

This is no ordinary vampire elder, though. This one, in all his Victorian era Lestat trappings, is actually Jacob Van Helsing, brother to their ancestor Abraham. Jacob was there, he says, the day Abraham fought the Dark One and plunged into Hell or some such dramatics. He, meanwhile, gave into the darkness inside him and was turned.

He agrees to let his many-great nieces dispatch him -- after showing them the location of a mysterious labyrinth -- if they agree to let him out, but that deal quickly changes as the moments drag on. First he asks to be turned, then to be fed. When Vanessa allows him to feed on her blood he reveals to her that history has a way of repeating itself, and that it seems to be doing just that with the two of them. Vanessa seems very much to be giving into the vampiric nature within her, just like Jacob. And just like with him and Abraham, only one of the siblings will likely make it out of the coming ordeal alive.

Vanessa is shaken up by this news and allows Jacob to escape, then uses the impending chase to steal the collected totems from Scarlett. Jacob, meanwhile, fills Scarlett in on the “only one can survive” deal before kicking the crap out of her and leaving her in a clearing.

When the sisters head to the beach to stop him leaving the island, Jacob jumps Vanessa, biting her and telling her to return to the old asylum and “rule with them.” Vanessa answers by biting him so hard she literally rips his throat out and then simultaneously punches him while eviscerating him, because just one isn’t enough. Scarlett is horrified to see her sister changing into the thing they have spent so long fighting, but that pales in comparison to the way Vanessa feels about the possibility of Scarlett dying during the conflict, so in natural sister fashion, she tricks Scarlett into leaving the beach just long enough to steal the boat and head back to the mainland along.

Scarlett is not pleased.

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