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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I Have A Date Tonight (4×16)

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If you’re still having withdrawals from the end of season 23 of The Bachelor look no further. We have our own bachelor situation on our hands. Who’s going to walk away with it all this week? Josh, Greg, or Nathaniel? Place your bets!

Disclaimer, I’m writing this review while watching, so I still don’t know who came out on top yet! But I’m putting all my money on Josh.

My cheesy romantic heart is living for this. Taking note and stealing some date ideas.

Did anyone else squeal during Josh’s date?  As Paula stated, he has truly evolved. The thought behind his date that it wasn’t to bring them back to the past, but to bring them around full circle, was perfect.

Another date of perfection brought to us by Nathaniel. How am I supposed to choose if Rebecca can’t even choose?! Nathaniel’s date brought out the goofiness between the two and even included a little foot popping action from The Princess Diaries. I approve 100%.

Greg knew he wasn’t going to create a picture perfect date the way Josh and Nathaniel had. He was originally going to wing it until he got psyched out and ran to a clown to create a hot air balloon date. While his plans went downhill and he ran into Rebecca, they spent their date sitting in the waiting room of the hot air balloon office.

Rebecca fell in love with Greg for a reason. And it certainly wasn’t because of his grand romantic gestures, so even just sitting in chairs staring at each other’s face and chatting was perfection for Rebecca. Ultimately Greg’s confession that Rebecca is the love of his life put the date from a 5 to a 10.

I give Josh kudos for creating the location and the date. Whereas Nathaniel was able to use the hillside of Hollywood as a beautiful lookout and the Greek Theater as a natural surround sound.

Greg’s date was so Greg, but I think there’s so much importance behind that. He didn’t try and put on a special show or grand gesture to make her fall in love with him. He relied on their past and emotions to propel the spark.

After watching those dates, I almost have a gut feeling that she’s going to choose Greg. Nathaniel and Josh gave her a similar feeling of heaven and perfection, but Greg gave her the feeling of love.

I will certainly be bummed if Josh truly “loses,” so I still hold onto some hope, but I won’t be too disappointed by any of the boys winning her heart.

The ending was truly a cliffhanger. I guess we can’t expect for her choice to be revealed in the same episode. So here we sit and wait for the next few episodes of the show.

On a side note, Paula seems to still be thriving in her new job, and I couldn’t be happier. It just makes me all the more curious where the show’s going to leave Rebecca career-wise.

The episodes have quickly dwindled down, and I am dying to know where they are going to leave all the characters. Do you have any ideas? Will we get a wedding for Beth and Valencia? What will happen to the boys that aren’t chosen? So many questions still yet to be answered, and so little time! Season finale next week? Are you ready?! Commence the nailbiting!

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Call me by HIS name, so clever.
  • “What can you do with $50? Park?” Only in LA people, only in LA.
  • I enjoyed the super show toon-y number in this episode. I almost got a West Side Story vibe.
  • “Would you normal people excuse me for just one second?”
  • “You’re the love of my life, you know that?” “I do now.” My heart just melted.
  • That lime green shirt Paula’s wearing worked. What an intense and vibrant green! But somehow she rocked that power suit.
    • “Fully European hitchhiker.”

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The Secret of The Good Place’s Biggest Twist

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Spoilers for the first season of The Good Place below

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Season one of NBC’s The Good Place won over many fans with its likable characters, unique premise, and impressive use of cliffhangers on a weekly basis. The ability to end each chapter with a stinger that left the audience excitedly anticipating the next installment set The Good Place apart from other sitcoms.

In the last episode of the season, Eleanor drops the biggest reveal so far.

“THIS is the Bad Place.”

The show only gets to bask in its own glory for about ten seconds though, because it immediately upstages itself with an even bigger reveal: Michael is evil.

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

The cliffhanger endings throughout season one worked, but eventually the novelty of the unexpected wears off. Once it does, all you are left with is the characters. This is why Michael being evil is the most important part of the series’ heel turn.

Michael’s true nature and the “Good Place” being the “Bad Place” would seem to go hand in hand, but that isn’t necessarily true. There could have easily been a version of The Good Place where Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason go about their Good Place lives as they are without any Good Place architect guiding them. There even could have been a version where Michael is ACTUALLY a Good Place architect and is being duped as well. Revealing they are in the Bad Place in these versions would still have been effective; that’s a good reveal! But not a great one.

It’s shocking on a plot level, but it only recontextualizes the plot. Our view of the world changes but our relationship with the show only shifts. Humans are incredibly adaptive. Something is only new for a short while before it becomes accepted as the norm.

This is why the Michael reveal is so important to the sustainability of the twist. Revealing that Michael is evil not only recontextualizes the plot, but the character and all of his relationships. Not only haven’t we been watching what we thought we were watching, we weren’t even watching who we thought we were watching. The audience isn’t just hit with a shock but a betrayal. We rooted for you not to get retired, Michael!!!

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

That emotional attachment and the resulting personal investment is why The Good Place twist is so transcendent. We never break with our investment of the show. It isn’t so much a question of how did the writers pull this off, but how did Michael pull this off? It forces a compulsion on you to rewatch the first season, just as we all compulsively look back over a lost relationship after a breakup, trying to spot all the red flags that we definitely should have seen the first time.

This also sets up a second season that guarantees something we haven’t seen before – the real Michael. Characters are the gift that keep on giving, because unlike a new setting (or more accurately for The Good Place, our new understanding of the setting), character novelty doesn’t wear off as quickly. There are so many new facets of the show to explore through the real Michael. How will he interact with this world? With our heroes? How much of season one was an act and how much was truthful?

Considering we all know the humans won’t be eternally damned by the end of the series (that would be the subversion of all subversions, and probably not result in too great a story), if the big twist was only that the humans are in the Bad Place then our speculation going forward is limited to “how will they escape?” Revealing Michael’s true nature and goals allows us to not just speculate about the humans’ escape, but to wonder how Michael will fail. And I want to see it! He betrayed me. I want to watch him fail and get what he deserves. We know Michael, even if we didn’t know the real Michael, we are invested in him. That investment in his character carries us much further than any plot point ever could.

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

The Good Place has a great plot twist, but it has a phenomenal character twist. Michael being evil is the secret weapon of the season ending cliffhanger and the key to its sustainability. Watching season one for the first time, my mind was shifting gears when Eleanor announced they were in the Bad Place, but my spine chilled and my brain exploded when Michael let out that iconic evil laugh. The series continued with a phenomenal second season, but before its airing many wondered how The Good Place could carry on after blowing up its world so completely. What could carry it forward?

The secret: Through all the twists and turns the show never lost the sight of the fact that it isn’t about what carries it, but who.

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Riverdale Season Finale Breakdown: What the Hell Just Happened?

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The Riverdale finale “Survive the Night” was bonkers!

How many Fizzle Rocks did the writers take before putting together that episode?

We’re breaking down all the biggest moments of the season 3 finale below!

 

Goodbye Gargoyle King and the Black Hood

Early on in the episode, Penelope was revealed as the Game Keeper, which we should have seen coming considering she was the game master during the Midnight Club’s reign. Jughead pieced together the whole puzzle using his impeccable journalistic skills: Penelope, wanting to get revenge on the town who made her a child bride and ignored her pain, encouraged Hal to become a serial killer. Hal saw a glimmer of himself in Chic, so instead of killing him, he recruited him into becoming the Gargoyle King. And one by one, they rid the town of sinners. Oh, and she referred to Chic as Jason because everything stemmed from the pain of losing her son. And thus, all three seasons were connected in a twisted horror film trilogy.

 

Want to Play a Game?

Penelope sent Archie, Veronica, Jughead and Betty (whom she purchased from The Farm) for one final quest. They were the chosen four because their parents didn’t even console Penelope after her son died (get over yourself!). Betty and Veronica injested poison though they passed the test of selflessness, Jughead fought Chic, Archie fought some dude dressed as a bear, and Betty almost shot and killed her dad. She couldn’t give into the darkness knowing that it would snuff out her light, but Penelope killed Hal and called him a lousy serial killer to begin with.

 

Escape The Farm

Alice began to realize that something shady was happening inside The Farm when Edgar wouldn’t tell her what happened to Betty. She stole Juniper, handed her off to Cheryl, and helped them escape. She asked Cheryl to promise that she would find Betty and make sure she was safe. And upon arriving at Thornhill, Cheryl did just that by ordering the Serpents and the Pretty Poisons to save the foursome from her mother’s wrath. Also, Nana Rose is the true MVP for turning on her daughter and helping them!

 

Ascension Night

Knowing that The Farm was going to be compromised, Edgar asked Alice to rally up the troops for their expedited ascension. Now, I don’t know if this means the same thing it did in G&G, but I thought that ascension meant to commit suicide. But alas, when Betty & Co. arrived at the SOQM, they found Kevin in a room rocking back and forth surrounded by everyone’s white outfits. He said they left him behind to tell their story, but he seemed rather upset that they didn’t let him ascend because he “wasn’t worthy.” Honestly, count your blessings, Kevin. But where the hell is everyone else? And why would Edgar leave behind a loose end?

 

The FBI & Alice

In what may be the biggest twist of all, Betty & Jug were approached by an FBI agent who claimed to be their real brother, Charles, and also admitted that Alice was working undercover for the FBI to infiltrate The Farm and bring them down. Apparently, they’ve known all about organ harvesting but somehow didn’t think it was enough to arrest Edgar. And now, they need Betty’s help finding her mother after ascension night. Here’s the thing, I love that Alice didn’t fall for all the Farmie crap, but really, I don’t trust anyone wearing an FBI uniform in Riverdale and I don’t trust anyone with the name Charles.

 

Hiram Lodge, the Real Big Bad

Sure, the GK & the BH were scary, but you know who’s terrifying? Hiram Lodge. Hiram cannot be outsmarted and he basically controls the whole city. Veronica and Hermione thought they got him after the FBI arrested him but he was placed in his own prison where he’s likely hailed as a God. He also had his minions set up Hermione and has a massive plan for Veronica so she “won’t know what hit her.”

 

Franken-Jason

Cheryl, step away from the rotting corpse of your brother. What is happening here? Cheryl was visibly disturbed when she stumbled upon the dug up corpse of Jason, so much so that she ambushed Edgar Evernever. She was also rational enough to realize The Farm was a cultish operation and successfully escaped. So, why is it that she’s reverting to her old brainwashing and sitting back and having a chat with her dead brother like it’s NBD? Cheryl, please don’t.

 

Friends Forever… But Not in the Future

What is up with that flash-forward scene? And better yet, what the hell happened to Jughead? The final scene of the episode found Betty, Jug, Veronica, and Archie celebrating their victory and wishing for normalcy as they head into their senior year. With the spliced in flash-forward scenes, it’s safe to say their senior year is going to be beyond memorable… but not in a good way. We see Betty, Archie and Veronica sans Jughead, standing by a river in their undergarments covered in blood. Betty urges them to burn Jughead’s hat as they vow to never speak to each again in order not to get caught. But seriously, where is Jughead? Why are they burning his hat? Why are they covered in blood? Why did this have a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” feel to it?

 

What were your thoughts on the finale?

And what are you looking for to season 4?

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The Bold Type – TBT (3×06)

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The Bold Type TBT review

We took it back to the beginning of Kat, Jane and Sutton’s friendship.

It was 2014 and Jane was heading into her first day at Scarlet Magazine.

Her first task was delivering coffee for Lauren Park and she came out of it just as every intern has before, with tears in her eyes.

Instead of crying in the bathroom, a friendly Kat took Jane to the fashion closet where they walked in on Sutton trying on designer dresses during her last day. Her temp position was coming to an end after Sage, who was sidelined for a bit after a dildo accident, returned to work.

Immediately, a friendship blossomed between the three ladies that, as we know, carried on into the present day.

It was fun watching their origin stories; they were all so naive and impressionable.

Jane had big dreams of becoming a writer and was starstruck meeting Jaqueline Carlyle.

Kat was stuck working under a digital manager who wasn’t setting trends, he was following them, and it wasn’t her place to speak up because her father secured her the gig.

And Sutton, well, she was down to her last buck and didn’t have much of a plan for the future. All she knew is that she wanted to work at Scarlet and when Jane suggested creating a position as Lauren’s assistant — which is where we first met Sutton way back — she took the leap.

We were also blessed with the first meeting between Sutton and Richard after she snuck into a conference room to steal a tray of sandwiches to replace the ones the trio ate.

As luck would have it, the sandwiches they replaced would contain peanuts, something Bobby, the big shot advertiser having lunch with Jacqueline, was allergic to.

Thankfully, he didn’t die, but can you imagine starting your first day on such a note?

It’s safe to say, the ladies became inseparable since then and relied on each other to make it through Scarlet.

We took a walk down memory lane solely because of an email leak happening in the present day that put Scarlet and it’s employees in a pretty embarrassing position.

As you can imagine, there were some things in the emails that should’ve never seen the light of day.

Oliver, for example, offended all of Manhattan.

And Jaqueline was put on the spot for saying that she “kind of enjoyed” Bobby’s near-death experience.

The ladies came clean about being responsible in case she had to answer to anyone, but Jacqueline chalked it all up as Bobby being a dear friend who wouldn’t be offended.

If that’s the case, why did the flashbacks even matter? Jacqueline wasn’t even phased by the emails being exposed.

In fact, aside from being a cute episode that gave us a look at young Kat, Sutton and Jane, the throwbacks were kind of pointless.

We didn’t learn anything new about any of the ladies aside from emphasizing how far they’ve come and how much they’ve grown in four years.

In the present, Sutton’s mother, Babs, reached out to her for some money which forced her to dip into her new sewing machine fund.

It’s awesome that Sutton doesn’t rely on Richard or his money to buy things she needs when she easily could.

She’s independent even if she is living in his mansion of a condo.

However, Richard could easily purchase the sewing machine for her. What’s $400 to him?

I’m surprised he didn’t offer or surprise her with one.

The most interesting part of the episode had to be the evolvement of Kat’s relationship with Tia.

Tia shocked Kat when she told her she was pulling out as her campaign manager.

For those of you who felt like there were definitely some flirty sparks between Tia and Kat, you were right.

Kat attempted to convince Tia that she should stay on board and help with the campaign, and Tia opened up about not wanting to come out of the closet.

Unlike Kat, who has embraced her sexuality, Tia has struggled to accept that she’s a lesbian.

I respected Tia’s storyline and was interested in seeing this progress, but then Tia and Kat went in for a passionate and heated kiss.

Wait, what?

Tia’s storyline deserved to be taken slower and given some time to understand and deconstruct her feelings.

The kiss felt forced and will likely make Kat’s campaign slightly more complicated.

The promos for next week tease a racial profiling storyline in which a white woman accuses Tia and Kat of loitering and scoping out the alarm system to break into her house.

Yikes.

The Bold Type always tackles important societal topics.

Kat and Tia don’t look like the type of women to fear or assume they’re in the wrong neighborhood, but it’s important to acknowledge that this does happen to people who don’t deserve it on a large scale.

What did you think of tonight’s The Bold Type?

Did you enjoy the flashback? Could you have done without it?

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