Emily Rose showed off her acting ability in this week’s episode of Haven. The episode primarily followed Audrey Parker as she lead an investigation that only she could solve.
Usually Audrey gets a little help from her fellow Havenites! But this week was a special circumstance. “Audrey Parker’s Day Off” can easily be spotted as Audrey Parker’s worst day in Haven! It is the day that just would not end. And the worst thing about Audrey Parker’s day off is the fact that her day always ends with a death before restarting completely.
Each morning Audrey wakes up to a lovely kiss in this ground-hog-day time-loop. Though the day starts with a sweet awakening her mind soon recalls the previous events, i.e. the death of a child after church bells did chime.
On Audrey’s first day she greets an elementary school class, dodges Duke’s request for the rent money, and ends up in a Haven intersection to find a teary-eyed Nathan and a dead child on the scene.
When she wakes again things are a little TOO familiar. She goes to the school and answers a few questions before they are even asked. When the kids find Audrey a bit creepy she seems fully certain that her day is in replay.
She heads straight to Nathan and they hatch up a plan to find the hit-and-run driver who has killed the green-shoed kid in question. While Audrey is patrolling the intersection she runs into Duke who is headed to the bank to cash the check she remembered to write for him on this morning. Audrey thinks nothing of this meaningless change until the church bells ring and she finds Duke in the road and he dies quiet suddenly. She holds him while she dies and then her day reboots.
She wakes up to a kiss and dresses quickly to catch Duke in the morning and plant an extremely strong hug on him for what appears to be NO REASON. She tells Duke to stay put and refuses to write him a check.
On this day she goes straight to Nathan and tells him all that has happened yet again. They hatch an even better plan today but it is to no avail. In the end Nathan is killed and her hand is cut on a piece of wood at the scene on the crime. When Audrey wakes again she notices that her hand is still bleeding. This leads her to the realization that she could possibly die from this horrible never-ending-day.
She confuses her boyfriend with her cryptic morning muses, and she rushes out the door without so much as an explanations in regards to her gibberish. Audrey is determined to get this day right, find the cause of this time-loop and have the day end with not one death.
Things seem flawless this day until her boyfriend shows up uncharacteristically and she sends him off short to save him from death. She notices a stranger in the road and helps him to cross the street. While in the road a car shows up speeding around the bend. Just as she is about to be struck by the different colored vehicle, her boyfriend swoops in and is hit by the car.
Her day reboots and at this point every person whom she really cares for in HAVEN has died at least once. She wants it over and she goes straight to Nathan to cut through the bull and get this day on the right track to end it! The man in the road was new but she had seen him many times before. She knew then that it must be him, he was the only commonality between all the deaths, his presence was always there.
Finally they track down the mysterious man and find him to be a parent struggling with OCD. Nate pieces things together. It seems that his daughter was on her way to visit him but his OCD had kept him from crossing the street. His daughter must have crossed the street to reach him when the real hit-and-run driver sped through the intersection and killed the little girl.
Audrey knew it was the man’s guilt that was keeping the day from having an end. She went to speak with him and ordered him to stay in her car while she deliver his birthday present to the little girl. This way the man would be safe and there would be no one in the road to be killed.
The little girl was so happy to get her green shoes on her birthday and she told her father so, over-the-phone. At the end of their conversation Audrey noticed a change in the man’s tone and she warned him to stay in the car because things were going to be fine. The man did not heed the warning. He thought that if he were the one to die in the car crash than all of Haven would be safe and the endless-day would finally stop repeating. Audrey tried to stop him but she was too late. When the man died, the day did not repeat.
“Audrey Parker’s Day Off” ends with Audrey telling her marine-biologist boyfriend that he should go off to London to advance his career. He obviously loves her more than she is willing to accept. Duke is finally told of the Marine Biologist’s infatuation spell and he realizes that he has been man-crushing on a daily basis. All three men invite Audrey in for a drink but she waits outside, refusing to go in. Audrey’s one day off had been five full days of misery. In the end she could not be happy because there was still a death and she felt that a personal failure. She watched her boys drink together but then turned her eyes to the open sea in a pensive state of utter sadness.