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Chicago Justice – Fake (1×01)

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The night came to a culmination with the introduction of Dick Wolf’s newest and fourth show, Chicago Justice.

After Intelligence found the suspect they believed was responsible, it was time to seek justice. Justice for the 38 victims… justice for Lexi, Olinsky’s daughter.

Antonio arrived to pick up Dylan Oates just as Olinsky was getting worked up and ready to “finish him off.” Knowing that there was a chance justice would not be served, he lied and said Dylan confessed to starting the fire. Voight didn’t object, knowing he just had to have his friends back and deep down, Antonio knew it too. He isn’t a stranger to Intelligence and knows how it works.

Peter Stone, Antonio’s new boss, isn’t pleased with him for not informing him about the legitimacy of the confession and questions his loyalty. Douche move honestly since Antonio will always have his old units back.

During the trial, Stone faces off against skeezy defense attorney Albert Forest, a friend of Dylan’s father. He plays dirty, discrediting the only witness who led them to the suspect and who was blinded in the fire, claiming she was high at the time. He also calls Voight’s bluff saying he wasn’t trustworthy because he faked a confession to help his friend.

Stone knows he has to step up his game since so many families are counting on him and falls bait to a clue that’s mailed into them – an article about how the rave was a place for men to lure teens in sexual acts. He forces the author of the post to testify on the stand, even after he threatens to make public an illicit weekend he had with a married woman four years prior. I didn’t really understand the point of this, unless they plan to bring this relationship back in later episodes.

Turns out, this was all part of Forest’s “con.” He wanted Stone to bring up the article so that he could introduce that Dylan’s pyromania could have been a side-effect of sexual abuse growing up. The emotional revelation would definitely hang the jury, something he hoped for.

So Stone once again steps it up, proving that Dylan had a motive and it was an obsession with one of the women at the rave – the witness left badly burned and blind. He was mad after she rejected him and his advances and wanted revenge on her for denying him entry into her perfect life.

Even better, Stone was able to rile Dylan up with his closing statements and elicit an outburst, which in itself convinces the jury who find him guilty on both counts.

The moral of the story? Peter Stone is a badass who’s not to be messed with. Unlike some lawyers, he’s there to get to the truth and bring justice to a city filled with corruption.

Here’s the thing though – as a crossover, Chicago Justice was great and fit seamlessly with the brand, providing a satisfactory ending to a painful episode.  As a standalone series, it’s lackluster.

Without Olinsky making this personal and a guest-appearance from Voight, I would found this pilot episode to be weak and not convincing enough to make me tune in again. Now maybe the series will pick up with more episodes but it’s missing that “Chicago” magic – maybe it’s the story, maybe it’s the cast, maybe I’m still bitter about Antonio’s departure from Intelligence… or maybe I’m just not a fan of the courtroom and don’t want to spend every episode there.

The drama was said to differ from Wolf’s other baby SVU by being more focused on characters and less on case-of-the-week but I’m just seeing too many similarities. I love SVU when it crosses over and using Benson and company would have sufficed for episodes that needed that touch of law – did we really have to bring in a whole “unit” for it?

 

 

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Famous in Love – The Players & La La Locked

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Famous in Love wasted no time addressing season one’s cliffhanger. Which guy did Paige choose? In my opinion, the wrong guy. Actually, both Jake and Rainer would have been the wrong guy because she really should have chosen herself and focused on this career she was generously handed.

Instead, Paige picked Jake, her longtime friend, and all the action picked up on the beach on the set of the flick he’s directing, and she’s starring in. I’m just going to flat out say it, Stealing Georgia looks terrible and very un-Sundance-worthy.

I’m willing to overlook a lot in this pseudo-Hollywood show but there were so many loopholes and non-believable moments, I found myself questioning if this was really spearheaded by the same woman who graced us with the maniacally Pretty Little Liars. Maybe if this was supposed to be satire, a joke about Hollywood, I would get it but how does someone in Hollywood make Hollywood look faker than and cheesier than it actually is?

Paige was living the dream but the minute she decided to share her romance with Jake with all of her lovely social media followers, everything began unraveling.

Nina immediately called her to point out that she was violating her contract which strained Paige’s relationship with Jake. And it only got worse when production on Locked picked back up and he had to recast her part. Jake spiraled, unnecessarily, blaming Paige for screwing up his timeline.

Now, I understand getting angry when things don’t go your way but he knew what he was getting into. He knew she was still signed onto a major movie. In fact, that major movie is the one that shot her to superstardom, allowed them all to move out of that little dingy apartment, and is paying her enough to buy that damn house he’s so comfortable staying in. So really, get it together dude because your little Indie isn’t pulling in the big bucks yet.

It was also evident Jake would replace Paige with the diner waitress and I’m surprised it took him as long as it did to conjure up the plan. I really don’t think he was this bad last season.

But before all of this happened, Locked was production purgatory for two-months as leading honcho Rainer bopped around rehab. Mind you this rehab is where the rich people go so there’s hot chicks, a pool and nighttime yoga. Yeah, I’d take my time there also.

In fact, his only incentive for leaving was that rehab bae Harper (hey, The Originals’ Davina) was signing out. Ah, rehab, where all romances in Hollywood start.

Considering he wasn’t genuinely better and ready to go back to the real world, it was again evident that at the first sign of pressure, he’d go back to his old ways. Thankfully, this time, Jordan was there to pull him back.

But Jordan seemingly won’t be around much longer now that his affair with Nina is about to be exposed. Finding out that the two people you trusted most in the world were betraying you probably isn’t going to do Rainer’s addiction any favors. And I bet this is what’s going to drive him and Paige back together because obviously, she didn’t really pick Jake.

When Paige and Rainer eventually reunited on the set of Locked, the tension was palpable. They still care about each other; it was evident from the way Rainer talked up his relationship with Harper. And Paige was hurt because she cares more than she’s letting on. Just wait till they’re forced into those romantic scenes.

But back to Nina and Jordan, Alexis is the force that’s going to ruin them. In her defense, she probably would have done anything to prevent the leak. She even made a deal with Tangey’s mom (her new manager) to bring the camera crew of her reality show onto the Locked set so she could get something juicier to sell the network instead.

However, when Nina called her show trash and refused to let her on the set, Alexis was not pleased and retaliated by insisting Nina go to jail for coercing and sleeping with a minor.

Look, I don’t hate Nina, but I have to agree with Alexis, she did prey on him and should be punished. It’s Rainer and Tangey that I feel for the most. Rainer for obvious reasons and Tangey because she unwantedly got caught up in this mess when she told Alexis thinking she could trust her and that there weren’t cameras.

And of course, this will likely put a damper on Jordan’s Oscar bid although I don’t think anyone actually believes he’s on the same level as Matt Damon.

Also, we finally found out who killed Barrett Hopper although the reveal was rather uneventful. Nina’s assistant? Have we ever even seen her? What would her motive be? I’m willing to bet there’s more to the story since Nina had a lot to gain from silencing that entertainment reporter. Maybe it’ll come up when she’s on trial for sex with a minor. It doesn’t matter if she’s in bed with the head honcho of the studio at that point, no one will want anything to do with her. And that’s a pretty wicked reversal on the #MeToo movement. Women aren’t always innocent.

Other Thoughts

  • Cassandra really can do better than vaginal itch relief commercials.
  • I think Cassandra and Jake will eventually hook up causing a rift between the three best friends.
  • Why is Rainer’s dad complete scum?
  • Tangey’s song with Lil Romeo aka Pablo was terrible. I’m going to have to pass.

 

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Once Upon a Time – The Girl in the Tower (7×14)

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Once Upon a Time Girl in the Tower

In an effort to stop the witch killer, Rogers agrees to a sit-down interview with Eloise Gardner, who we know is actually mother Gothel and probably responsible for all of this in the first place.

Weaver warns Rogers not to let her get into his head but then stands by idly as he tries to make him remember who he really is.

We know Weaver aka Rumpel is awake so why not just wake up Rogers as well? I can’t figure out what Rumpel is doing or what he gets out of keeping Rogers “asleep.”

And why does Gothel want Rogers awake?

First, she tells him to bring her his very first painting, which turns out to be a ship.

Then, she tells him to follow his heart and he’ll find the killer.

His “heart” leads him to the hospital where they find Tilly behind the baker’s murder. She’s in a manic state because she repeatedly tried to warn them that “something bad was going to happen,” yet they wrote her off and ignored her.

Well, Rogers did. It seems that Weaver knew or suspected that she was responsible.

Tilly seems to be mentally disturbed but I’m going to guess that Gothel is in her heard just like she was when “Alice” was a little girl trapped in the tower.

Rogers’ story arc in Hyperion Heights mimics Hook’s back in the Enchanted Forest. We know that he was tricked into sleeping with Gothel under the guise that she was actually Rapunzel.

Together, they had a baby named Alice, which allowed her to finally leave the tower and trapped her daughter instead.

Hook stayed behind with his daughter but when she began having reoccurring dreams about Goethel coming and throwing Hook off the tower, he decided to finally break her free once and for all.

He left the tower in search of Rumpel. Interestingly enough, both times, Hook and Rumpel’s paths have crossed. They’ve always leaned on each other for help.

Hook promised to let go of his need for revenge if Rumpel could help him break the spell and rescue Alice.

Since he was locked up as well, Rumpel had nothing to lose and told him to get find a Maui’s Fishhook.

The fishhook belonged to a man named Captain Ahab, who repeatedly took jabs at Hook for no longer being a pirate and losing sight of what was important.

Hook played a game of roll dice and won the fishhook fair and square, but that didn’t stop Ahab from following him back where he realized Hook was really making dealings with his enemy.

In order to defend his honor, Hook agreed to a pistol match at dawn and obviously won.

However, the moment he got back to the tower and hugged Alice, they were thrust to two separate sides of the castle.

Just like in her nightmares, Gothel appeared and told Alice that her papa failed the test. He promised he would come right back to the tower but allowed himself to get sidetracked to defend his name.

Apparently, in the witches eyes that meant Hook was an incompetent father. Realistically, she was a terrible mother who never stood by her daughter’s side and then purposefully prevented her father from breaking her free. But I digress.

We don’t know how Hook eventually freed Alice but we know he did.

Sadly though, they’ve been kept apart ever since, even in this cursed world. They are closer than ever but have no idea how much they really mean to each other.

Now the question is — why does Gothel want Tilly to kill witches? Where is Anastasia? Why won’t Weaver wake Hook?

Henry caught Regina doing the walk of shame, which may have been my favorite moment in this episode. If a Queen cannot avoid the shame of a 6 am walk home, no one can.

When he told her that Lucy tried everything to keep him away from her mother, Regina became suspicious.

Lucy eventually told her mother that she was shaken by her hospital experience and the death of her grandmother and didn’t want her mom to see “some guy” again.

Of course, it broke her heart to say that because she knows her parents are meant to be yet if they kiss, Henry will die.

She decides to tell “Roni” her concerns but is certain that she won’t believe her. But Roni does. She reveals that she’s actually Regina, Henry is, in fact, her father and she her grandmother and that she knows all about the curse, which together, they will stop.

The best part of this is that Regina and Lucy’s new relationship mirrors Emma and Henry’s back in season one, especially because they’ve kickstarted Operation Hyacinth together. I never knew I’d miss Operation Cobra this much!

Will Regina and Lucy find a way to break the curse? How will Regina’s relationship with Facilier work for or against them?

Will Jacinda stop seeing Henry because of her daughter?

Henry may be on the outs with Jacinda but he’s the only person Ivy can really count on. She’s conflicted about how to feel after her mother’s death as she always believed her mother hated her.

And she’s lost her identity — her whole purpose was to get revenge on her mother. She never really thought of a life after the curse. What does she do now?

Eventually, it dawns on her that she has to finish what her mother started and that means, getting Anastasia back. In order to do that, she needs the help of the truest believer. But given that Gothel is holding Ana, this mission is going to be dangerous.

Henry is floored when he hears there’s another sister. Of course, Jacinda believes Anastasia is dead so I’m not sure how they’re going to explain that.

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The Resident – The Elopement (1×07)

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If you ever get a doctor like Lane Hunter, I encourage you to elope!

The Resident continues down its path of making money-hungry oncologist’s the enemy and it seems like more and more people are picking up on Dr. Hunter’s tactics.

It’s truly disgusting to see that only the low-level doctors actually care what the patient’s want and have their best interests in mind. Surely this isn’t the case for every hospital in reality, but I can bet you there’s some truth to it.

Dr. Hunter realizes people are onto her, as well, and she’s tightening the ropes on her patients.

Nic isn’t allowed to deal with her patient’s anymore, Conrad isn’t allowed to give any recommendations and she cock-blocked Pravesh from writing a research paper to dive deeper into her treatments.

Without more information, Nic can’t report her to the state board, so Pravesh takes it into his own hands and slips the story to his journalist fiancee.

It’s risky because if she begins exposing Hunter and connects it to Pravesh, she could surely bring him down.

But, it’s worth it if you can save several hundred patients who are already almost out of hope.

Even though they knew the backlash would be terrible, Conrad and Nic couldn’t stand by and watch Daryl go through unnecessary treatments that would simply benefit the hospital and ruin a patients quality of life.

It was exhilarating to watch them encourage him to simply leave the hospital; they were like Bey and Jay-Z, on the run!

Conrad is partly motivated by ethics and partly by his love for Nic.

Everything he does is to for her or to defend her honor and yes, sometimes he takes it slightly overboard. Nic is a strong-willed woman who can save herself!

Although, I can’t knock a man for scolding another man about sending junk pictures. We need more men like Conrad out here in the streets.

Of course, money reigns supreme so everyone was furious at Conrad with Bell even placing blame on Nic for giving her number out in the first place.

Yeah, these guys have clearly been cooped up in the hospital for way too long and clearly missed the whole #MeToo movement that’s happening.

Conrad refused to feel bad for doing what’s right, so they took him off the case. Nothing new really, just another day at Chastain. It’s all accumulating until he finally gets pushed so far, he accepts his father’s offer from The Resident Season 1 Episode 6 .

Eventually, Nic handled Bobby Singer herself and threatened to send his pics to every gossip site the next time. He had it comin’.

Bobby went from living the good life with half-naked models hanging around his neck and aspiring to pitch at the World Series to finding out that his dreams have been shattered.

The Resident The Elopment

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And poor Pravesh had to tell Singer the bad news himself because Dr. Smooth, as they call him, didn’t have the cojones to.

I don’t even think it’s acceptable to put all that pressure on an intern, but given the lead surgeon decided to go home for the weekend on a Thursday and they removed Conrad from the case, Pravesh didn’t really have a choice.

And this hospital wonders why it’s fall off the Top 50 hospitals in America list.

Bell is the complete opposite of Conrad — he does everything wrong and never gets in trouble for it.

Not only did he challenge Claire during the investor meeting, he took private and sensitive information and used it to blackmail Mina.

When she accidentally took out the wrong organ from a patient because she was overwhelmed, Bell never covered for her. In fact, he placed the blame on her.

But now that he’s being tasked with performing such a major surgery, he knows he can’t do it without her so he’ll do anything to get her back, even pressure her into it.

Thankfully, Mina has is just as witty as she is talented and approached the board, along with Claire, to thank them for giving her another chance.

Claire is furious and informs Bell the only an attending can preside over the surgery of a VIP, much to his dismay.

How long will he be able to keep his debilitating disease a secret? He’s running out of time faster than some of those cancer patients they milk.

I’m not sure how word gets around at this hospital, but everyone knows that Conrad is sleeping with Noni, even Nic.

Yet she’s not nearly as jealous of her as Conrad is of Jude.

The reason he’s so harsh on his “army brother” is because he believes he’s stealing his girl.

Nic cleared it up by the end, right after Daryl and his wife said they make a cute couple, but there’s still no progression on the relationship front.

Like Jude said, Conrad’s still in love with her and she needs to figure out if she loves him.

And quickly people, my patience is wearing thin!

At least their talking about what’s really important and that is Nic’s skepticism of Hunter. Pravesh and Nic may not have anything to say about it but when Conrad is convinced, he’ll go to war with her.

 

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