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Recap / What We Do In The Shadows S2 E6 "On The Run"

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When a not-very-remembered acquaintance of Laszlo drops by to collect on an old debt, Laszlo promptly leaves Staten Island, his wife, and old life as Laszlo Cravensworth to embrace his new life in Pennsylvania as Jackie Daytona, bartender and patron of women's volleyball.


  • The Ace: Being a vampire, Laszlo as "Jackie Daytona" uses his powers to make himself look like an impressive, hyper-competent bar owner that everyone likes.
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  • Actor Allusion: When Jim, played by Mark Hamill, fights Lazlo, they both grab pool-cues and hold them up much like they were lightsabers. Jim then makes an annoyed face, before quickly breaking his cue and holding it up as a cross instead.
  • Comically Missing the Point: The vampires think that Guillermo's come up with a fun new game to play outside on the lawn. Guillermo exasperatedly points out that the number of cadaver-caused-sinkholes has become a safety hazard that he wanted to secure.
  • Commonplace Rare: Laszlo has his debt forgiven for the rented room with a Big Mouth Billy Bass. Jim is later infuriated to learn a volleyball coach could easily afford a replacement.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This episode is almost entirely focused on Laszlo and his alter ego as "Jackie Daytona", the other main characters only show up for the beginning, end, and a scene in the middle that establishes how they're doing without Laszlo.
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  • Deal with the Devil: The reason why Laszlo went to California was to make a deal with the Devil of the Crossroads to become a better guitarist. The flaw in that plan was that the crossroads were actually in Mississippi.
  • Dirty Coward: All Laszlo had to do was either repay his debt or fight Jim. His response? Run away to Pennsylvania under a false identity.
  • Discreet Drink Disposal: Jim and Laszlo throw their beers aside while the other isn't looking to maintain their masquerade.
  • Genre Roulette: Much of the episode revolves around cool-bartender "Jackie" helping the small-town volleyball team make the playoffs like a Sports Story from The '90s, albeit with a level of Gallows Humor considering the show's tone.
  • Insurance Fraud: Laszlo pays the Volleyball teams entry fee with the bar's insurance money after the donations are burnt up... and burns another bar to pay for the funeral of an employee caught in the first one's fire.
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  • Kiss Diss: Colin makes an advance on Nadja after Laszlo disappears. He wanted to feed on the awkwardness of the rejection. His later futile pass at Najda's ghost was genuine, though.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Laszlo uses blue jeans and a toothpick to hide his identity. It succeeds in fooling Jim the Vampire.
  • Say My Name: Jim yells "CRAAAAVEENNNNSWOORRRTHHHHH!" whenever he gets humiliated because of Laszlo.
  • Spotting the Thread: Jim realizes that Jackie Daytona is in fact Laszlo when the cloth over a mirror drops and "Jackie" has no reflection.


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