WARNING: If you don't want to know what happened in this episode, don't read this photo recap!
Following the events of last week, Vanessa has been sent into the past to find out what her ancestor did to encounter the B'ah. Being in someone else's body, in Hong Kong at the turn of the century, is a bit of an adjustment for Vanessa, and it takes her a few minutes, and a near deadly encounter with her maid, Siobhan, to figure it all out, but she adjusts just in time to get tea with the Governor's wife.
The Governor's wife, Agnes, informs Vanessa that there have been some strange deaths in Hong Kong of late. You see, Agnes knows that the Van Helsing family is connected to vampires and the hunting thereof. She was related to a servant of the Van Helsing patriarch. Anyway, there are vampires in Hong Kong using the resurgence of the Black Plague to hide their killings. Agnes has a friend who would like to talk to Vanessa about the problem.
Before she can meet him, though, Vanessa has to face off against a foe a little closer to home: Lily's husband. He wasn't always so keen to assist in his wife's vampire hunting hobbies and he's determined to stop her from even bringing them up. He refers to them as delusions and insists she not mention them when they have guests.
Not one to let a man get in the way of her vision quest, Vanessa straps herself into Lilly's vampire huntin' outfit (which is amazing) and sneaks out the window to meet up with the mysterious Master Tsui. Along the way, however, she gets her first look at the local vampires who are different than those she is used to, though no less creepy.
Master Tsui, for his part, tells her the vampire she saw was a "shadow walker" and is a servant to the B'ah, an ancient type of vampire. They move very quickly and hide in the shadows. Normally they keep out of cities, but the plague has tainted their blood supply. He is the Hong Kong version of Vanessa and he wants to train her to fight the B'ah and its minions.
Blindfolded, Vanessa and Master Tsui train with the short sword Vanessa discovered hidden in Lilly's tomb. He wants her to control her anger, something Vanessa has never really been good at, and he lets her go after a very long training session.
The news at home isn't any better than the news at the dojo. Lily's husband informs her that the man he met with the night before, the head of the East Asia Trading Company, has been murdered, his neck ripped open. Despite the evidence, he won't hear of vampires, but Vanessa knows it's connected to the B'ah, so, naturally, she drugs him so she can go investigate on her own.
That investigation takes Vanessa to a warehouse in which she finds a dead guy, a big shipping crate, and … oh yeah … a shadow walker, who she first mistakes for the B'ah before being put right by the vampire himself. He says Vanessa is not worthy of the B'ah, but that the B'ah has accquired a taste for western blood. Vanessa believes she is outmatched but Master Tsui arrives just in time to offer some well placed advice, and Vanessa stabs the shadow walker in the gut.
Vanessa may have gotten the better of their encounter, but the vampire got his licks in. She's bleeding pretty badly from the neck and Master Tsui tells her to get her injury taken care of. Vanessa is reminded, once again, that she isn't herself in this situation. She doesn't have magic healing powers when she is in Lily's body.
Vanessa heads home to have Siobhan sew her up. Siobhan mentions, once again, that her mistress seems to be a different person recently, and expresses her jealousy over Lily's adventurousness and defiance of gender norms. Vanessa reassures her maid that there will be a day in the future when women are allowed to do all manner of things. And then they are interrupted by the walking patriarchy in Lily's overbearing husband.
To add insult to injury, Edward intercepts a message from Master Tsui to his wife and vows to put a stop to her delusions and this man who is feeding into them. He locks the women in the bedroom, leaves a guard, and goes to the meeting in her place. Vanessa and Siobhan break out almost immediately and go to meet Master Tsui.
Never send a man to do a woman's job. As Vanessa and Master Tsui arrive at the B'ah's lair, she warns him that her husband intercepted the note before she could read it. He fears it may be too late, and we discover that Edward never made it very far in his endeavor. Or perhaps he made it too far. He's found the B'ah, alright, but rather than confronting her about anything, he's found himself in bed with her, powerless to her vampire wiles.
Vanessa wants to save both herself and Lily's husband, but it doesn't seem possible. It's at that moment that the B'ah realizes this is something less than reality and things may not have the same concequences. Edward's death may wake her up instead of changing history. Cue the epic fight scene.
Vanessa manages to shed some light on the situation, killing all the shadow walkers and gets a piece of the B'ah before the ancient vampire disappears, telling Vanessa they will meet again. Edward, not dead, but injured, finally believes his wife's "delusions", and Master Tsui tells her that only the blood of the B'ah can stop the deadly poison. Good thing she's got a little on hand.
With everyone cured and Edward on the mend, Agnes arrives to inform Lilly/Vanessa that her husband has accquired the shipping manifest from the East Asia Trading Company. Several mysterious crates have been sent off to San Fransisco, and now Vanessa knows where the B'ah has gone.
Information accquired, Vanessa snaps out of her dream state and back to the basement of the asylum with the Elder. Vanessa says she must go to San Fransisco to claim the B'ah's totem, but before they leave she releases the Elder from her service by stabbing it through the gut. As she puts it, "the more Elders there are, the greater the chance I'll be betrayed."