Hiya! This week we’re going to shake things up a little bit because this recap is brought to you from across the pond. A lot of things happened in episode 5 so let’s dive right in:
In “Moo Shu to Go” or – how I like to call it – “All the parabatai feels” Mama Maryse returns to the Institute and she is not a happy camper. She orders the gang to split up to deal with different matters: Jace and Izzy have to go to Meliorn to find out why the Seelies are no longer talking to the Clave while Alec has to keep a watchful eye over Clary. Does Alec and Clary together sound like a bad idea to you? You bet it is! Clary of course isn’t happy about this so she leaves the Institute to go back to her loft to look for the box her mum’s so secretive about. There she is reunited with her BFF Simon, they get ‘arrested’ and the last couple of minutes show the whole gang facing some not so friendly werewolves which ends with a big (or not so big if you’ve read the books) surprise.
In the last moments of episode 4 Clary touched the stone her mum gave to her and saw Valentine who demanded to have the cup in exchange for Jocelyn. Cut to Clary and Jace who talk about her weird vision. Alec joins the duo while Jace realises that the stone dangling on the necklace is actually a Portal shard. Weird, but okay, let’s roll with it.
Alec was a trained Shadowhunter and strategist immediately wanted to know whether Clary has seen anything that reveals where Valentine is hiding. Unfortunately, she has nothing because seeing her mum was enough of a shock. On the plus side, Clary finally knows that her mother is still alive – yay!
Since the necklace could turn out to be dangerous – good old Valentine could use it to spy on the residents of the Institute – Alec locks it away. Jace isn’t happy with his parabatai’s decision, but Alec is the top banana so what he says goes.
After the opening credits we do have a nice scene between Izzy and Clary where the girls talk about Alec whom Izzy sometimes wants to murder. I’m sure anyone with a brother can relate to that on a certain level. Isabelle also tells Clary how dangerous the necklace could be so it’s better that it’s locked away now. The conversation turns to Jocelyn and Clary opens up to Izzy how close the mother-daughter-duo is. More of this please since I love Clary and Isabelle’s friendship! Just when Clary mentions that there may be another way to see her mum, Maryse Lightwood shows up and by the Angel, that woman is the exact opposite of warm and nurturing. Idris and Max get mentioned, but Clary is completely clueless – please just give the girl a Shadowhunting 101 lesson or the freaking codex!
Maryse watches Jace train with a seraph blade, looking quite pleased with her adoptive son. Once he’s done, he even gets a hug from her which is like a stab in the back for Izzy since she has just told Clary that Shadowhunters aren’t big huggers. Ouch!
The reason for Maryse’s visit? The Seelies are no longer talking to the Clave and won’t tell them why. Maryse rips Izzy’s a new one because she is friends with Meliorn. Even Jace doesn’t get why Mama Lightwood is so harsh to her own daughter. Alec also has his sister’s back and promptly offers to accompany Izzy to the Seelies. But nope, it’s Jace who should go with Izzy. The oldest Lightwood is supposed to keep an eye on Clary who already has the reputation of a troublemaker. All of this is said in Clary’s presence and no matter what she says to defend herself, Maryse isn’t listening. Gee, what a delightful woman. Her word is law so the gang has to … well, obey. Note for the future: you do not want to piss off Maryse Lightwood. Another note: she is a witch and I wanted to punch her… or at least pull at her perfectly done ponytail. Come here, Izzy and Alec and let me hug you!
Cut to the police station. Luke is investigating all the recent murders. One thing all the victims had in common besides being drained from blood? They had the Sight! A culprit is quickly found as well: Valentine is doing his evil experiments again. It looks like he wants to destroy all the Downworlders. Luke has to find Clary, but he also has to keep his job so he asks Alaric to look for her.
Meanwhile, Clary is somewhere in the Institute drawing Valentine before crumbling the paper and throwing it away.
In another part of the Institute Jace and Alec talk about their different assignments. Jace asks his parabatai to keep an eye on Clary. Something is off, though, so Alex finally addresses what he saw when the memory demon demanded a memory of the person he loved the most. Jace is completely casual about it and responds, “Dude, I love you too, you’re my parabatai.” Yeah, that certainly wasn’t the answer Alec was expecting or wanted to hear.
Again Jace asks him to look after Clary, but quickly retracts his question, because of course Alec will do his parabatai such a favour. They give each other a nice bro hug, which didn’t look that brotherly for Alec since he closed his eyes while hugging Jace. Oh the feels!!
We find Simon in front of the Dumort, about to do something incredibly stupid, but Raphael appears, shows him his fangs and tells him to get the hell away from there which Simon does. Who wouldn’t?
So Alec is on Clary-sitting duty and it’s very obvious that both would rather be somewhere else – in Alec’s case that’d be on a date with one sparkly Magnus Bane, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First Alec and Clary spar, he gives her tips and she actually isn’t that bad. She demands to know why Alec let his mum be that mean to Izzy and we get another very well-known phrase from the Shadowhunter World: “The law is hard but it’s the law.” Clary riles him up so Alec is finally fed up with her and throws Clary onto the floor with some cool moves.
Once she’s back on her feet she mentions a way to track Valentine: find Jocelyn’s box and maybe something’s inside that can help them. The catch? It’s in the loft and Alec is dead set against going there. Their conversation gets interrupted by a call from Magnus who outright asks Alec on a date. While I’m all for a Malec date, the dialogue made me cringe. Magnus says “You seem sympathetic” and I’m like ‘Seriously? Sympathetic’? That’s not something Magnus would ever say! This guy has the hots for Alec, he’d pretty much say it as he sees it!
While Alec is on the phone was Magnus, Clary quietly leaves. Uh-oh, I think we can all guess where she’s going. Alec notices her absence and runs to her room, but she’s gone. I can almost hear Jace yelling “You had one job, Alec!”
Talking about jobs, we cut to the Jade Wolf. A real wolf casually strolls in, transforms into Alaric and give a guy called Theo a beer. Theo gives this speech about not knowing the difference between the Clave and the Circle. Shadowhunters think that they’re better than Downworlders, but that doesn’t matter because the people who listen to beer guy are a family, a pack and they are stronger than the Nephilim. The werewolves want the Cup for themselves so Alaric shows them a photo of Clary who supposedly knows its location and Theo orders them to find her. Um, I’m pretty sure that wasn’t what Luke meant when he asked Alaric to find Clary.
The girl of the hour is back in Brooklyn and she pays a visit to the Brooklyn Academy of Art. She is watching all the people art students, but they can’t see her because she’s invisible. Too bad Clary’s phone isn’t silent because it suddenly starts to ring and all the Mundanes are pretty confused. Alec shows up and chides Clary for such a rookie mistake. Clary ignores him because it’s Simon who’s calling. He isn’t feeling that well, but completely forgets about it when Clary mentions going back to the loft. Although Alec is with her, Simon isn’t reassured so he tells her to meet him at the old shortcut.
Alec isn’t thrilled so Clary asks him why he always looks so miserable. Could it be because he is in love with Jace who’s unfortunately straight? Alec is lost for words for a brief moment so his reply – “You’re in love with Jace!” – isn’t exactly a smooth one. I’m also lost for words so let’s cut to the next scene.
Izzy and Jace visit Meliorn who know that they’ve come to gather information. Before we can find out more, we cut to Valentine in Chernobyl.
He’s talking to several men whom he promises a better life if they join him. One of them steps forward, gets marked with a Circle rune and then injected with Seelie blood. I don’t really know what’s going on despite rewatching the scene several times so let’s move on.
After no Climon goodness in the previous episode, they are back together now. Clary and a reluctant Alec meet Simon who conveniently knows a shortcut to the Fray’s loft. He’s clearly happy to be helpful and then he just casually jumps over a pretty high wall. Woah! When did the nerdy accountant student/musician turn into a parkour pro? The next surprise is right around the corner: the trio reaches the end of the fire escape and finds the loft’s outside walls covered with protection runes. Alec can see them, Clary can see them and so does our favourite Mundane Simon. Apparently he somehow acquired the Sight.
Clary wants to open the door to get inside, but isn’t able to so Simon is like “Let me try” and nearly pulls the door off its hinges. Something is definitely up. Vampire Simon is coming, y’all!
Inside the loft Clary finds her destroyed bedroom which Jocelyn set on fire to keep others from finding anything to track Clary. Just when it seems like the trio got there for nothing, Simon discovers a loose floorboard and tada! He or rather Alec finds the box they are actually looking for underneath it. Let’s call it a group effort, shall we? Clary opens the box which bears the initials J.C., but doesn’t find anything useful inside. We see a baby shoe, a lock of light blond hair and a rattle; who’s having City of Glass flashbacks?
Before the trio can decide what to do with the content of the box, there’s shattering from outside so Alec leaves Clary and Simon to investigate. Yeah, bad move. While Alec is trying to shoot a wolf with his bow and arrow, the others are ‘arrested’ and driven away by Alaric and werewolf Theo. Darn, Jace isn’t going to be happy about that!
Talking of Jace, we see him and Izzy at Meliorn’s tent, still trying to get information out of the Seelie. It turns out that he is in fact mourning the Seelies that were murdered by Valentine. He needs to be stopped, but the Shadowhunters can’t be too sure which side the Seelies will be on when it comes to a battle.
Before Jace can dwell on this, he gets a text message from Alec saying that Clary’s snuck out of the Institute. He and Izzy hurry to the loft where Alec has to deliver the next bad news: Clary and Simon are gone. Jace is mad, Alec looks remorseful and Izzy seems to be worried for Simon.
Jace tries to track Clary with one of her drawings, but it’s too burnt for him to get a signal. He tries parabatai tracking with Alec which isn’t working because the latter can’t concentrate according to Jace. Izzy, who’s apparently an IT whiz, finds out that Clary hasn’t been arrested and Jace almost explodes. He chews Alec up by bringing Maryse into it which is a dick move. Izzy thinks so too and Alec tells his parabatai that Jace’s feelings for Clary have made Jace lose his focus. I agree with Alec, Jace doesn’t seem like the nicest guy at the moment.
While the three Shadowhunters are having their heated discussion, Simon and Clary are questioned by Alaric and Theo. Alaric tells her that he can keep her safe from Luke, all he wants is the Mortal Cup. Yeah, no biggie except for Clary really not knowing where that blasted cup is. One man loyal to Theo takes Simon and the pack leader threatens to kill Clary’s best friend if she doesn’t tell him the location of the Cup. When Theo introduces her to furry Gretel, Clary realises that she is dealing with werewolves. To save her friend – poor Simon for always needing saving – Clary boldly lies to Theo’s face and hopes that it’ll buy them some time.
Simon is having a tough time again. For the second time in just a few days he’s dangling upside down and he has had enough. He manages to break the handcuffs and frees his legs. Unfortunately, he still isn’t able to get out of his prison. There are some lockers which he searches. He finds a lighter and also a cell phone which he uses to call Clary’s phone, because luckily that’s still in Clary’s bag which Izzy is schlepping around at the moment.
The Shadowhunter trio deduces that they can’t find Clary because of a body of water which seems to jam the tracking rune’s signal.
They pick up Clary’s ringing phone and a frantic Simon asks them for help. Jace tries to find out where Simon and Clary have been taken by telling Simon to look for any clues. Our favourite nerd finally finds an old Jade Wolf’s menu and quickly tells the others his location. Jace’s final piece of advice for Simon before hanging up? Create a diversion aka a fire.
Night has fallen and there’s still no sign of the Cup. Simon doesn’t actually have to start a fire, he only triggers the alarm and steaming extinguishing agent fills up the Jade Wolf.
Theo takes Clary and locks her up in a shipment container. She’s got her trusted witchlight and her stele with her, but drawing a rune on the container’s wall doesn’t help, Clary is still stuck. Not for long, though, because the doors open and there’s Luke who has finally found her because he traced Alaric’s car. He looks relieved, but Clary obviously wants nothing to do with him and tries to defend herself with her stele. She also tells Luke what she’s heard him say at the precinct but he quickly tells her that he had to lie because he was talking to Valentine’s henchmen. Luke is nothing but efficient: he gets rid of Clary’s handcuffs and then carries her out to somewhere safe. Too bad that Alec and Jace pick that exact moment to show up. They think that Luke is one of the bad guys and knock him out cold.
Simon is still locked up, but Izzy is coming to his rescue. She isn’t happy that she always has to save Simon’s butt, but Simon clearly isn’t. Cue Sizzy feels.
The whole gang meets up again, but there is one or rather several problems – the werewolves have surrounded them and they aren’t some harmless puppies that want to play. The alpha leader charges, but another wolf appears and seizes him. This new wolf manages to kill the alpha and then transform back into … Luke! The transformation back to a human being is certainly unusual and not really my cup of tea. What’s up with the weird glowing light?
The next shocker follows when the other wolves start howling and accept Luke as their new pack leader. Kill an alpha and you become the new alpha, it’s that simple. The wolves turn back into humans and kneel before Luke whom we get a nice close-up of so that we can see that he’s seriously injured. He smiles at Clary and then collapses.
Alec and Jace have another disagreement – seriously, it’s getting old real fast – because Jace wants to help, but Alec doesn’t.
Jace, Clary and Simon, who is the only one who’s allowed to drive a car, leave to take Luke to Magnus.
Izzy then asks Alec the question that I’ve been wondering the entire time I’ve watched this episode, “Are you two okay?” Alec’s dejected answer of “I don’t know” doesn’t sound very promising. Like I said at the beginning, “All the parabatai feels”.
The episode ends with Alec and Izzy watching Jace get into the car while Clary is begging Luke not to leave her again.
The episode was better than last week’s episode, but the show still has a long way to go. The Clary and Izzy as well as the very short Izzy and Simon scenes were the best so fingers crossed that we’ll see even more of these two pairings. I’m all for positive female relationships! Simon was this episode’s MVP, although Nicole did a fantastic job as Maryse as well. There’s still hope for the show so let’s see how future episodes will play out.
Here’s a look at the good (raves) and the bad (rants) of “Moo Shu to Go”:
Simon’s One-Liners: Funny Simon is back! Last week things looked rather dark for him and he didn’t have that much screen time, but he’s back with Clary so things are good. He was back to being his charming and funny self. Even werewolf Theo thought he was funny!
My favourite Simon line of this episode was hands-down his reply to Izzy’s “I’m seriously getting tired of rescuing you.” Cue Simon with total heart eyes: “I am not!” Oh the Sizzy feels! I hope we’ll have many more funny Simon moments before things turn really dark.
Another great line: “You might know the Shadow World, but trust me, I know Brooklyn!” Coming from the guy whose favourite piece of garment seems to be his “Made in Brooklyn” shirt, I actually do trust him and so did Alec.
The Luke Reveal: Like I’ve said before, I’m not 100% happy with the way a werewolf transforms back into a human being – too Cinderella/fairy godmother-like for my taste – but the big reveal was handled was pretty well. It was a serious “Oh snap” moment and clearly show that Luke would do anything to protect Clary. He really is the father she never had.
Maryse Lightwood: If there were Razzie Awards for „Worst parents of the year“ Maryse Lightwood would definitely win one of them (three guess who would win the male counterpart?). If I didn’t know better, I would have said that Maryse was Izzy and Alec’s evil stepmother. She was unbelievably cold to her own kids and I hated how she completely ignored Izzy after that jab at her clothes. The worst part was when Izzy said that Shadowhunters weren’t huggers, but then Maryse hugged Jace and Alec got a half-hearted kiss on the cheek. I’m feeling sorry for Max, but maybe he’s treated much nicer because he’s still little? I can only hope.
Seriously, if you’re not happy with the way your kids deal with things, why don’t you just deal with them yourself?
Alec’s reaction to Clary’s “You’re in love with Jace” comment: Um, what happened here? I fully expected an explosion and Alec barely reacted at all! He was freaking out when he was talking to Jace, but when Clary mentions his feelings for his parabatai and his homosexuality, he almost brushes it off. This could have been another moment for Matthew Daddario to really shine, but the writers decided to completely change such an important scene! Alec is supposed to be scared of anyone finding out that he’s gay and then there’s Clary, almost still a Mundane, who looks at him and just knows! The TV show uses a lot of props from the movie, but they couldn’t have taken a page out of the movie’s book for that scene? Colour me disappointed.
Jace and Alec Fighting: I’m annoyed by all that fighting. Can’t they just kiss and make up? Not in the literal sense, although I’m sure Alec would like that J The first Jace/Alec interaction was nice and we even got a parabatai hug. Jace and Alec yelling at each other is not what I want to see so I completely agree with Izzy, “Enough, both of you!” I want more parabatai goodness, please! More bromance! I want more focus on the uniqueness of a parabatai bond.
I honestly get why Alec is so annoyed by Clary and I get why he dislikes her. She causes a drift between two people that are supposed to trust each other implicitly, but Jace is too enamoured to see it. Alec’s obviously not entirely innocent either, but he tried to look after her, it’s not like he could have tied Clary to a pillar (that was Magnus and Jocelyn’s job).
Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.
What are your thoughts about “Moo Shu to Go”?