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What We Do In The Shadows Season 5 Episode 7 Recap: “Hybrid Creatures”

The night school vibe in this week’s show lets “Those Weird Creatures” show off one of “What We Do in the Shadows'” funniest visuals: vampires looking all fancy and pale but lit up with neon lights. Had me laughing real quick! Even though they chatted about schools when that guy Colin was just a baby bug last time around, the gang hasn’t actually hung out in one until this episode, What We Do In The Shadows season 5, episode 7, titled “Hybrid Creatures.”

What Happened in What We Do In The Shadows Season 5 Episode 7?

What We Do In The Shadows Season 5 Episode 7 Recap
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After Laszlo (Matt Berry) spills that he’s trying to mix Guillermo’s half-vamp genes with some animal stuff, the start of the show makes some bold moves super quick. But then, it all hits the fan. This side story keeps giving us the feels even as Laszlo’s like, “I’m ditching the weird tests but keeping Gizmo.”

Lasz’s crazy room’s jam-packed with some of the freakiest stuff the show’s ever thrown at us, especially those creepy half-human animals with Harvey Guillén’s face all digitally stuck on ’em. At the same time, Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) is holding a night class about learning about America for her Antipaxan pals, trying to shake off some bad juju that’s got her down. The night class has some solid zingers, but it’s just a side gig.

Nadja’s kinda over it when “That magical lady,” Helen (Kerri Kenney-Silver), gives her an easier way out, leaving Nandor and that Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch) guy in charge. Nadja’s side story tonight’s a bit meh, so let’s ditch it. Kerri Kenney-Silver, pretending to be a magic lady and scamming donuts from Nadja, is pretty funny; calling her cauldron her “huge pot” is gold.

Nadja’s kinda stoked at first about her new buddy but gets suspicious pretty fast. The funniest bit? Hearing Natasia Demetriou trying to say “cruller” a zillion ways. It’s sort worth the watch, but the joke’s not rocket science. Nandor and Colin crashing the night class give Mark Proksch a chance to nail his impersonation of “That try-hard teacher,” the kind of dude who can suck the fun out of any room.

Just like the nosy bit last week, Colin’s perfect for a bunch of wacky stuff happening super fast: In a blink, he’s handing out rubbers to confused students, spitting bars about Shakespeare, and yup, sitting all weird so, as Nandor says, “Everyone gets an eyeful.” Mr. DeLaurentiis is on cloud nine, thinking he found his old gear when he and his kid have a late-night visit to that old-timey museum and see a dummy wearing old-school Al Qonidar outfits, part of stories of folks coming to America.

But the dude loses it when he sees the board with info, making it sound like Nandor was some imaginative dork with baby weapons. To wrap it up, we get another cute Nandor/Colin moment when Colin’s like, “History’s nonsense,” and tweaks the display to say Nandor was a champ at “keeping busy in bed.” Back to Guillermo’s crew, who’re super busy this week.

Hats off to the team ’cause those creatures look nasty. The rat version of Guillermo (Harvey Guillén), unless we got it wrong, getting weird with a knocked-out Gizmo’s face reminds us of that cat-like Jemaine guy from the first “What We Do In The Shadows”.

But Harvey Guillén’s solid as always, keeping things going, leaning into his tons of experience to both have his crew’s back and also being grossed out. And, as we said, it ends on a high note, with Guillermo making it look like the creatures bit the dust so he could sneak them into the old people’s home as helper animals, where they’re living the dream.

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