Original Airdate: October 18, 2014
Director: James Head
Writer(s): Melody Fox
So earlier this week, I started my online college classes. It's a bit too early to determine how well I'll do with them but since both classes have something to do with technology, I can't imagine that they'll be extremely difficult.
Nate is a young artist whose sister bullies him and whose mother takes her side. That all changes when his drawing of an old woman named Mrs. Worthington, who dishes out punishments to bad kids, came to life and becomes their own babysitter for the evening.
One of the things that works about this episode is Mrs. Worthington herself. In this episode, Mrs. Worthington tortures Molly in ways that I found disturbing such as serving her eyeball soup, tying her up like a mummy and literally zippering her mouth shut with a voodoo doll of her, imitating her mother's voice when she tries to call her for help, and even putting a scorpion on her head. What makes this even more disturbing is that at the beginning of her visit, we see her taking stuff out of her bag such as a bear trap and a giant pair of pliers that old timey dentists would use to extract teeth. Although she never uses these tools in the episode, it indicates that she has the tools to dish out even worse punishments if she absolutely wanted to and that the punishments she gives Molly seem rather tame for her. But Molly isn't the only person she wants to torture. At one point, Mrs Worthington tries to make a voodoo doll of Nate's mother and expresses her desire to punish her for not doing anything about her daughter's abusive behavior. However, she asks Nate to get a picture of her, which her fails to do, and eventually drops the plan. She also decides to torture Nate by pulling on the tongue of his voodoo doll and threatening to cut its tongue off after Nate called her out on her sadistic nature.
The other thing that works about this episode is its portrayal of sibling abuse. Throughout the episode, Nate's sister does nothing but treat him like garbage. For example, she verbally abuses him multiple times, blames him for things he didn't do, destroys his stuff for her own gain, and even kicks him at one point. If that wasn't bad enough, his mother doesn't even make an attempt to stop or even address the abuse that's going on. As somebody who has been through a similar situation in the past, I can say that, for the most part, this is a pretty accurate portrayal of what it's like and I really had a lot of sympathy for Nate. Not only that but depicting the situation like this makes the scenes where Molly is getting tortured all the more cathartic.
Overall, Mrs. Worthington is one of the darkest episodes of the season thus far without being bloody or gritty. It's kind of like what would happen if Mary Poppins was told as a horror story and if that's sounds like something you'd enjoy, go ahead and check it out.
Overall Grade: A