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Firefly Lane Review – Living Regular Lives (1×02)

FIREFLY LANE (L to R) SARAH CHALKE as KATE, KATHERINE HEIGL as TULLY, and BEN LAWSON as RYAN in episode 102 of FIREFLY LANE. Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 2 picks up with a high school-aged Tully heading to a party with her “boyfriend” Pat. 

It’s clear that Tully will do anything to fit in and keep up her “cool” persona including drinking way too much. But when Pat comes on a little too strongly, she does her best to push him off. 

We see Tully get raped as she desperately pleads for Pat to stop. After the act, as she lays in the forest broken, Pat tries to justify his vile actions by victim-blaming and saying she asked for this by leading him on.

It’s a heartbreaking scene but one that helps illuminate Tully’s decision to sign off on Marah’s birth control form for Planned Parenthood. As someone who had their choice taken away, Tully likely thinks that she’s doing a good thing for a young girl who wants to be protected and informed. 

Obviously, that’s not the way Kate sees it. Instead, she flips out on Tully for going behind her back and crossing the line. Her reaction is valid too as she feels like once again, everyone is choosing Tully over her. Even her own daughter couldn’t confide in her. And at a time when her life is falling apart, this is yet another instance where she loses control. 

Kate’s anger carries on for much of the episode, which drives Tully crazy; she’s very dependent on her best friend to be there for her. 

On Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 1, Johnny returned from New York and visited Tully first. He informs her that he got the job and will be going to Iraq soon, which she’s slightly upset about. 

He reminds her of something she said during a coke-binge in the 80s that he believes still rings true today: “People like us can’t live regular lives. When we try, it kills us.”

Tully laughs it off, but there’s a hint of truth to the quote as both Johnny and Tully haven’t really found much success in the 9-to-5 lifestyle; they both feel suffocated. 

We see Tully and Johnny’s relationship on a deeper level in both the past and the present. During the coke-infused party back in the day, Tully injures herself dancing on a table, which almost leads to the two sharing a kiss. In the present-day, they still banter like an old married couple. There’s certainly an enormous amount of chemistry here for a girl and her best friend’s ex-husband. 

Johnny pays Kate a visit eventually and it seems like they’re pretty amicable exes. He mentions in passing that they divorced because she flirted and developed feelings for a PTA parent (maybe Travis?) but it’s unclear if that was the catalyst. Since divorce is such a big and serious decision, there likely had to be something else contributing to their fallout, especially since they’re on such good terms and seem to support each other in their new career endeavors.

Kate starts her new job as Kimber’s assistant and it offers the series a few moments of levity: think middle-aged woman consoling a bratty 29-year-old with a “major hangover” who asks her to express her pooches glands. All in a day’s work, right?

Kate, however, also proves that she can walk the walk by saving Kimber during a meeting with her boss and providing her with a good article pitch about modern dating. See, despite the gaps in her resume where she dedicated her whole life to raising Marah, she did stay “in the loop.” Once a good journalist, always a good journalist. 

While dealing with the dog, Kate also has a run-in with a photographer, who later asks her to “test the lights” and calls her beautiful. It’s a special moment and quite possibly the first time that Kate has felt “seen.” She’s so used to being in Tully’s shadows that she doesn’t even realize her own beauty. But, she’s reminded of it when the photog sends over the headshot.

In the flashback scenes, Kate’s brother, Sean, comes back from the navy and it’s a happy moment for all. Everyone parties in the newsroom till the wee hours of the morning, and Tully gets the scoop about his older boyfriend, who he believes is the one. Sadly, at the time, coming clean about being gay could get him discharged, so Sean is forced to live in secret. He considers telling Kate the truth, which means Tully has kept his secret since seeing him and Robbie making out. However, he decides against it when Kate keeps asking about his “girlfriend.”

As a journalist myself who has spent quite some time working in newsrooms, I can’t help but notice that they don’t seem to work all that much. I guess back in the day, you didn’t have 24/7 news stations focusing on digital, but they really are going hard in the workplace.

It’s in this moment that Kate also realizes that Johnny can see through Tully’s allure; he sees a girl that’s deeply saddened. This moment leads me to believe that while he had feelings for Tully once upon a time, he also loved her because she was so broken. And it’s a different kind of love than the feelings he developed for Kate over time. 

In the present, Tully once again hooks up with Max, the 29-year-old former one night stand, who we learn is an EMT. We don’t really know much about Max yet, but he seems good for Tully in the sense that he’s “normal.” Hopefully, she doesn’t push him away like she’s pushed away everyone else.

During their brief chat, Tully informs him that her mother died when she was 15. But something about that doesn’t strike me as true. Of course, her mother had plenty of vices and questionable boyfriends, so her death wouldn’t be surprising, but the way Tully said it made me think that she meant “death” metaphorically as in “she’s dead to me.” Regardless, I can’t wait to find out more because Tully’s troubled childhood informs her current person. 

By the end of the episode, Tully and Kate make up after Tully throws rocks at Kate’s window just like she did when they were young girls on Firefly Lane

And then, the series introduces yet another timeline two years into the future. 

Kate is looking out at the horizon when Marah approaches her and they think back fondly on “Aunt Tully.” It’s a cryptic scene, but the somber tone of their conversation and the black outfits suggest that Tully passed away. 

There are many avenues that can be explored here, but thinking back on what we’ve seen and how Tully briefly considered jumping off her building balcony in the pilot episode, I’m inclined to think it was suicide.

And it all brings me back to the quote from the 80s that Johnny mentioned upon his return: “People like us can’t live regular lives. When we try, it kills us.”

Was the series teasing Tully’s death throughout the episode with her reckless and destructive behavior? She avoided a regular life because she was running away from her demons and was too afraid of commitment. Did it finally catch up to her?

There’s also the very real possibility that the series is trying to fool us with comments of Tully, but it isn’t actually her funeral. Weigh in with your thoughts. 


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WATCH: ‘YOU’ Season 3 Trailer Proves Joe and Love Are More Dangerous Than Ever

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Can Joe and Love be the “nice, normal neighbors” in a “soulless suburb”?

You can probably answer that question without watching the new trailer for YOU season 3, but in case you can’t, the answer is absolutely not. 

The murderous couple, now parents to a baby boy, are back to their old ways.

As Joe develops a new female obsession, Love gets jealous, and couple’s therapy… well, that doesn’t seem to work all that well for them. 

As the killing commences — and their impulses take over — it seems as though the cops are hot on their trail. 

Check out the trailer below! It’s all worth it solely for that final scene of Love and Joe burying a body of one of their victims as their adorable bundle of joy sits safely in his carseat and coos on. 

 

The new season of YOU drops on Netflix on Friday, October 15. 


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5 Biggest Moments from ‘Money Heist’ Season 5 Volume 1

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It’s the beginning of the end for Money Heist, also known as La Casa de Papel.

On Friday, September 3, the Spanish series dropped part 1 of its fifth and final season. 

WARNING: spoilers ahead, stop reading if you haven’t seen Money Heist Season 5 Volume 1

The action-packed five episodes find the Professor’s gang trapped inside the Bank of Spain as the CNI, the police, and the army attempted to infiltrate and put an end to one of the most impressive heists in history. 

Survival is the name of the game not just for the red jumpsuits but also for the mastermind behind the robbery, the Professor, who has been taken hostage by former police inspector Alicia Sierra, who has gone rogue after having her name tarnished by the people she trusted the most. 

We’re breaking down the 5 biggest and most shocking moments from the season below:

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) JAIME LORENTE as DENVER, BELÉN CUESTA as MANILA, ÚRSULA CORBERÓ as TOKIO in episode 04 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

1. Tokyo’s Final Hurrah

There was plenty of foreshadowing throughout indicating that Tokyo wasn’t going to survive the season, but her fate was really cemented in a flashback scene with Nairobi (RIP, girl) during which the two chatted about what happens after death. Tokyo explained that she believed that when she died, she would live on in her happiest memory. A lot of emphasis was also placed on elaborating on Tokyo’s journey prior to joining the Professor, her two loves — Rene and Rio, and the fact that joining the heist gave her life a renewed sense of purpose. 

After she was shot five times by snipers, she told Manila and Denver to jump down the elevator dumbwaiter while she stayed behind and defended them from Gandia and the rest of the ruthless army. It was an unfair fight as it was several against one, and eventually, Tokyo was overtaken as they shot bullet after bullet into her. As she lay there bleeding out, she looked up at Gandia, who had a gun pointed at her, and smirked as she revealed several grenades strapped to her body. And then… BOOM.

The only thing missing from the scene was Tokyo shouting “for Nairobi” moments before the explosion, but it was clear that this was Tokyo’s revenge on the man that killed her friend. 

And sadly, there was no way our beloved narrator could’ve survived that. 

Tokyo may have been reckless in previous seasons, but this was her moment of redemption and revenge. As she noted, if her body couldn’t be free, at least her spirit would be. Plus, her death meant that the rest of her team might have a fighting chance at escaping the Bank of Spain alive. 

 

2. Arturo Is Dead

Hopefully… because, at this point, it’s way overdue. There is no character on television more annoying than Arturito. He makes my skin crawl. His ideas are terrible, he’s a nuisance in every possible way, and he keeps trying to make Denver feel inferior. It’s slimy. He also created more problems for the Professor’s crew than any of the government agencies combined. 

So, I was the first to champion Stockholm when she had the chance to shoot him. And I agreed with Palermo when he questioned why anyone was wasting precious time and resources trying to save him. He deserved everything that happened to him. 

Unfortunately, it’s not confirmed whether or not Arturo actually died. Sure, he was haunting Stockholm as a hallucination, but that was more guilt than a solid confirmation of his death. And knowing Arturito, he somehow survived once they set him free from the Bank of Spain. 

 

3. Helsinki Is Injured

Death and injury is inevitable, especially during a heist where the stakes are so high. Nairobi’s death was gut-wrenching, Tokyo’s death, while badass, was soul-crushing, but now, it’s not looking great for our big teddy bear either. 

Helsinki, or as Palermo affectionately call him “Fatty,” was crushed by a two-ton marble column that seriously destroyed his leg. The team banded together in a risky mission to pull him out because cutting his leg off simply wasn’t an option. Sadly, even though he was rescued, it’s not looking too good for him. 

An injury that grave seriously limits what he’s able to do. How is he going to escape when he can barely stand up? How is he going to run? And since Stockholm never gave him the morphine he so desperately needed to numb the pain, is he even going to survive? 

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) ÁLVARO MORTE as PROFESOR, NAJWA NIMRI as ALICIA SIERRA in episode 01 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. MANOLO PAVÓN/NETFLIX © 2020

4. Alicia Sierra’s Baby Is Born

Alicia pulled a fast one on the Professor when she cornered him in his hideout, but then something unexpected (that she definitely should’ve expected) happened: her water broke and she went into labor! While she tried to push through it herself as the Professor, Longrono, and Marseille looked on, when the baby went into a breech position, she had no choice but to cut them loose and allow them to assist. And, of course, the Professor knows how to deliver a baby. What does that man not know how to do?

After what seemed like a a very painful and natural birth, Alicia welcomed a tough baby girl into the world. When the Professor shared the news with his gang, she told Lisbon that she would name her Victoria. 

But is Alicia really on Team Professor? She accepted his kindness and seemed to be in awe of how he operates, but that was because of sheer circumstance. She had no choice, especially since Tamayo pinned everything on her publicly. She, like the rest of the Professor’s squad, was a disgraced member of society… the lowest of the low. 

However, in one of the final scenes before Tokyo’s untimely death, Alicia says that she’s always going to be there for her daughter before going to the bathroom and hiding scissors (or what appears to be scissors) up here sleeve. Is she planning on killing the Professor and his men and redeeming herself in the eyes of the public? I wouldn’t put it past her, but I sure as hell am upset with all the hospitality she was offered. 

 

5. Berlin Has a Son

This is one of the rogue storylines that we’re totally invested in, but we don’t know how it fits into the bigger picture just yet. Berlin died on Money Heist Season 2, but the writers have found a way to keep him alive in flashbacks. This one, in particular, reveals that he has an adult son named Rafael who is a skilled coder and engineer (thanks to his MIT education that was paid for by his father — a plan clearly set into motion years in advance). Berlin recruits Rafael to join him on one of his epic heists (prior to the events of the Royal Mint in Season 1 and 2) during which they swap real gold artifacts with replicas. 

Rafael takes the moral high ground initially, but once he’s caught up in the action, he seems to get a thrill out of his father’s line of work, which leads us to believe that he’s somehow involved in the present-day heist. Rafael clearly also has the hots for his dad’s wife, Tatiana, which is something Berlin isn’t afraid to confront him about. Will that turn into something?

How do you think this storyline plays into what’s happening in the present? Is Rafael a “last resort” when the Professor runs out of plans?

LA CASA DE PAPEL (L to R) ESTHER ACEBO as ESTOCOLMO in episode 02 of LA CASA DE PAPEL. Cr. TAMARA ARRANZ/NETFLIX © 2020

Other Notable Moments

    • As his plan unravels, The Professor — the master of illusions — still manages to blackmail Tamayo and hold him by the cajones by threatening to expose his corruption if he doesn’t pull back his troops from entering the Bank of Spain. And how does he have that evidence? Lisbon managed to sneak a listening aide into handcuffs when she released some of the hostages! Beauty and brains! She has definitely earned the nickname Mrs. Professor!
    • In a life-or-death situation, Manila tells Denver that she’s always loved him. Denver tries to brush it off because of their friendship, but Manila insists that they talk about it since they might never get another chance. She questions whether Denver is truly happy with Stockholm and reminds him that he’s given up on his dreams to be with her. Denver assures her that he’s grown up and loves Stockholm very much, but Manila doesn’t seem convinced. And it’s possible she may have planted a seed of doubt because when Denver sees Stockholm high out of her mind, he seems upset and angry rather than understanding.
    • Which brings us to Stockholm’s problematic decision. After she maybe, possibly, hopefully killed Arturo, the father of her child, and, in her eyes, her child’s only chance at a normal life, she’s flooded with guilt. She keeps hallucinating him in the worst moments. And you better believe the one where he popped out of the dumbwaiter is going to haunt my nightmares for the rest of time. To numb the pain, she decides to shoot some morphine, which doesn’t just feel out of character, but it’s also detrimental to the rest of the group, who is slightly preoccupied fighting for their lives. She is able to find a solution that saves Manila and Denver, but it’s still a concerning turn of events for one of the most grounded characters. What does this mean for her future with Denver?

What did you think of the first half of the season? Do you really think the Professor doesn’t have a plan? How will they get out if they’re surrounded? Does the gold even matter at this point?
Let us know in the comments below. 

Money Heist Season 5 Volume 2 drops on Friday, December 3, 2021. 


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8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of ‘Outer Banks’

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Outer Banks Season 2 is all about searching for the gold (just like all those Olympic athletes in Tokyo) and embarking on a new and deadly treasure hunt.

The season is packed with action right out of the gate as it picks up with John B and Sarah’s adventure in the Bahamas. 

Throughout the season, it becomes clear that the Pogues can never catch a break. And though they don’t come out on top in the end, they never lose their sense of self or their purpose. 

They are Pogues through and through — the Pogue life might not be easy, but it is eventful. 

There are lots of jaw-dropping moments that it’s hard to narrow down to just a topline few, but we’ll do our best.

 

Sarah and John B Get Married

Their relationship was a little touch and go for a bit after they got home from the Bahamas, but as Sarah learned the ugly truth about her family and her father, she grew closer and closer to John B. It’s a little out of the ordinary for 16-year-old’s to get married (and yes, it’s sometimes easy to forget that they are only 16!), but it was more of a “promise ring” situation than an actual marriage. However, the feelings they have for each other are real and strong. They’ve been through hell and back together, and they understand each other in a way that others don’t. Sarah is officially a “P4L.”

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, CHASE STOKES as JOHN B, MADELYN CLINE as SARAH CAMERON, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 208 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Rafe Tries to Kill Sarah

Rafe was not in the right headspace throughout the season, which he himself admitted. Mental health is important, but it was completely brushed off by his father who constantly told him to “man up.” As a result, Rafe had trouble navigating his thoughts and turned into a monster that was all too comfortable with killing and was ready to do absolutely anything to protect his family. When it became obvious that Sarah was going to become an issue since she planned to testify that he murdered Sheriff Peterkin, Rafe tried to reason with her. When that failed, he dunked her head underwater and attempted to drown her. If it wasn’t for Topper, who just happened to be around (why was he around?), Sarah might not be alive today. 

 

Injuries Galore

Since the action didn’t stop for a minute, there were a lot of injuries amongst the Pogues. Sarah was shot by Rafe while trying to steal the gold in Nassau, Kiara almost drowned while scouring the sewers for the gun that killed Sheriff Peterkin (also because of Rafe), John B almost became an alligator’s snack (one of the more random moments of the season), Pope was stung by a handful of wasps while trying to find the Cross of Santo Domingo (poor guy swoll up like a balloon), and JJ almost drowned after being knocked out by the blunt end of a machete and going overboard (he survived thanks to Kiara who kept him afloat until the Pogues could pull him to safety!). It’s safe to say, it was an intense and dangerous season for everyone involved in this elaborate and high-stakes treasure hunt.

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) RUDY PANKOW as JJ, JONATHAN DAVISS as POPE, and MADISON BAILEY as KIARA in episode 204 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

John B Is Arrested for Murder

And he was facing the death penalty. It’s not surprising for someone accused of murdering a Sheriff in cold blood, but it was surprising considering we know that John B is innocent and being framed. The Pogues made several attempts to clear his name, and though it seemed like Shoupe was turning a blind eye to the truth because he was on Ward’s payroll, he eventually pieced it all together secretly and the charges against John B were dropped. Of course, it was almost a little too late as Ward put a hit out on John B in prison that almost killed him. 

 

Ward Kills Himself… Well, Almost

There’s a Polish idiom that basically translates to “no disaster can befall an evil person,” and that couldn’t be truer for Ward. No one is able to bring him down no matter how hard they try because he’s always one step ahead of everyone. He manipulates people and pays them off, which allows him to get away with everything.

When it seemed like the walls were caving in on him and justice would finally be served, he killed himself on his boat. My mother (who did not watch season 1 and got sucked into season 2 by accident) immediately stated that he faked his death and likely snorkeled out through the bottom. Surprisingly, she was 100% correct. Of course, Ward planned his escape in a way that would clear Rafe of all charges and allow his family to escape without being held accountable for anything. Ward never showed any remorse for all the murders he committed; he only ever thought about himself and what he wanted. 

John B almost had him again on the ship headed to Guadalupe. After he saw Ward choking Sarah out (he realized she was a Pogue and not a Kook, which meant she posed a threat to the family and had to be “taken care of”), John B knocked him out and was so close to throwing him overboard. However, John B couldn’t bring himself to do it. While it would’ve been the perfect revenge for his father as Ward killed him and threw him overboard, it’s a good thing he didn’t cross that line because he would’ve never been able to come back from it. John B is not a killer. 

While most people would naturally die from such injuries, Ward held on and was recovering in the infirmary on the ship. 

8 Biggest & Most Shocking Moments from Season 2 of 'Outer Banks'

OUTER BANKS (L to R) DREW STARKEY as RAFE and CHARLES ESTEN as WARD CAMERON in episode 206 of OUTER BANKS Cr. JACKSON LEE DAVIS/NETFLIX © 2021

The Key, Denmark Tanny, and the Cross of Monte Cristo

There was a lot happening with this B-plot, which later took over as the main storyline after Ward stole back the gold in the Bahamas. A woman named Carla Limbrey reached out to Pope looking for a key that led to the Cross of Santo Domingo. Pope wasn’t sure what she was talking about initially, but once he found the key in his MeeMaw’s old apartment, he did some digging and found out he was the descendant of Denmark Tanny, a slave who was involved with the sinking of the Royal Merchant. He was the one who hid the gold and the cross, which now belonged to Pope. The cross allegedly held a healing shroud inside, which is why Carla wanted it. However, when she got her hands on it, she was disappointed to learn that the shroud was not inside. 

Upon learning how valuable it was, Rafe and Reid, Carla’s step-brother, stole the cross from Pope and the Pogues. Pope was so fed up with having everything taken from him that he fought back. The cross ended up on the ship, and the Pogues snuck on by hiding in a shipping container. They were so close to stealing the cross back (which honestly, was probably too heavy for them to steal to begin with), but when the plan went sideways, Pope decided that he’d rather dump it in the ocean than let Rafe and the Cameron’s have it. Unfortunately, Rafe and the men on board were able to pull the cross back onto the ship as the Pogues sped off in a lifeboat.

 

Poguelandia

The Pogues docked on an uninhabited island somewhere in the Caribbean where I imagine they will likely recoup and re-strategize. My guess is that when Netflix renews the show for a third season, the fight for the treasure will continue. Pope declared that “it wasn’t over,” and with their motto being “nothing to lose,” I can’t imagine they’ll let this go so easily. The Cameron’s have taken way too much from them already. 

 

John B’s Father Is Alive

In one last shocking twist, Carla Limbrey arrived in Barbados on official Royal Merchant business and confronted John B’s father… who is very much alive. It seems as though he allowed everyone to believe he was dead and hid out on an island plotting his revenge. Like father, like son, right?

The two of them talk about the Cross of Santo Domingo and the cloth with healing powers…. but why? Why is he in cahoots with Carla, a woman who was so willing to screw over his son? Why does he want the cloth?

 

What did you think of the season? What was the most shocking moment in your opinion?


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