Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 3, “Ressurrection”, opens with a past glimpse of Dr. Frankenstein’s early years. After finding the family dog dead and crawling with maggots, Victor is consoled by his mother. However, his mother suddenly falls ill and succumbs to death. Following these two tragic events, the young Victor becomes obsessed with life & death and begins studying the human anatomy.
We flash forward to the present, where Victor has just seen Proteus thrashed by his apparent “first born”. In a flashback, we learn from the creature was created and abandoned by Victor upon his “birth”. On his own, the creature learned to read and speak using his creator’s left over books. The creature took to the streets and learned about human nature, having been mocked for his disfigurement and later helped by an old theater actor. Upon meeting the man, the creature began working as a stage hand for the theater, even taking the name of Caliban.
Caliban explains to the awestruck doctor that he has tracked him down so that he can create him a bride for him to love for eternity. Yet, Victor refuses even though Caliban threatens his life and those around him. Victor then walks Caliban, who walks back into the shadows angrily.
We cut to Ethan who is having sex with Brona. Brona explains to him that she can not afford the medicine she needs for her illness. Upon hearing this, Ethan rejoins Sir Malcolm and Vanessa in there search. After a vision from Vanessa, they journey to the zoo. After Ethan calmly deals with a pack of terrifying wolves, they come across a vampire feasting on some monkeys in their den. They capture him and bring him back to the fort.
The group call in Victor, and through some rough interrogation tactics. They discover that the vampire goes by the name of Fenton, and he is a servant of the vampire master. With the Fenton not supplying enough information, the group retreat to another room and vow to each other to do whatever it takes to bring Mina home. However, we learn from Sir Malcolm that the vampire master does not actually want Mina, he really wants Vanessa.
The end of the episode features a chained up Fenton speaking to his master, who is apparently in the shadows of the cell.