Another cool fact regarding contemporary vampire life is revealed in Season 5, episode 6 of What We Do In The Shadows, titled “Urgent Care.” Vampire bureaucracy is more real and works better than this. The audience is let in on the secret as it becomes more difficult for Guillermo (Harvey Guillén) to disguise his vampirism, but the other vampires, particularly Nandor, are kept in the dark.
What Happened In What We Do In The Shadows Season 5 Episode 6?
In “Urgent Care,” our beloved vampires are thrust into two distinct plotlines, each of which poses a shocking and deadly danger. On the one side, we have Guillermo, whose recent explorations into the nature of his super slow vampiric metamorphosis are now bearing fruit despite the fact that Nandor has broken his leg as he was making his first hesitant attempts at flying.
As a consequence of his wound, Gizmo seeks treatment from the vamps’ usual doctors, setting off some of the show’s worst events yet. On the other side, Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) has an uncommon type of energy vampire disease: the world has somehow conspired to make him so interesting that he can’t truly drain people of their life energy by irritating or dulling them.
Mark Proksch’s growing frustration at always finding another interesting twist to add to the plot is a running gag that never fails to make people laugh. Where did he get that sparkly thing? A frozen chunk of pee and shite dropped from an aircraft, landed on a sports automobile, and smashed the mirror in his mouth.
In almost every other program, a character who says anything like this would just use it as a way to get more screen time. But Proksch portrays Colin’s annoyance and then desperation very honestly here, to the point that you really feel bad for the man by the time Nandor is counseling him on what to say to royally piss off a convenience store employee and buy himself a few hours of life.
After a short detour in the back of a vehicle driven by that John Slattery guy, who gamely plays himself as a guy too caught up in his own thoughts to ever be drained, from that show “Mad Men,” everything culminates at the laboratory of Laszlo (Matt Berry), where Nandor acts as a power giver for Colin. Who then pays it forward when Colin admits that he was once a man called ASS who slept with Davey Crockett because Laszlo’s whiskey dick machine sucked too much from the unfortunate guy.
Such elements provide the basis for the show’s many touching scenes. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) has Guillermo carted off in a shopping cart after he’s been injured, and she’s taken him to what seems to be a vet’s clinic but is really the hideout of the far more gruesome Familiar Urgent Care. It’s lighted like a horror movie, and the doctor’s recommendation for any usual problem is “get rid of ’em,” but Guillermo is quickly drugged and hauled off by cage-headed helpers.
Natasia Demetriou is fantastic throughout, showing no emotion whatsoever despite the harrowing circumstances; yet, when Nadja learns that Guillermo’s blood has what it’s made of, she thinks it’s good for everyone to help him escape. The next sequence is the episode’s best bit, as we follow Nadja through several grisly scenes in the hospital’s back rooms, including a brief, funny reminder that, yes, Kristen Schaal is now a regular cast member on this show, now that you mention it.
Nadja and Guillermo use their vampire powers to defend themselves from the doctor, who is afraid of losing his license if he lets an “abomination” like Gizmo back onto the streets after he has been exposed as a vampire by the doctor. The series veteran Yana Gorskaya directs, and the outcome looks realistic and unpleasant.
And there’s almost a sweetness about Nadja risking her life to rescue Guillermo, even if it’s only so Nandor can murder him later for his “betrayal.” The coolest part of “Urgent Care” is how lean it is; the Colin Robinson narrative runs quickly from joke to joke, and the Guillermo tale gives us fresh insight into the ugliness of the vampire-familiar dynamic.
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