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The Flash – Duet (3×17)

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There was a whole lot of singing and dancing on this week’s The Flash & Supergirl crossover.

The musical episode, while super cheesy, was also slightly charming, lighthearted and took away from the seriousness of always saving bad guys to just give us, and these characters, a little fun.

There was something so refreshing about seeing Barry and Kara join forces to solve the musical mystery without having actual powers. And I may or may not be bitter about the fact that every actor can also sing. Seriously, the PIPES on Winn. Get ’em boy!

Like many crossovers, “Duets” wasn’t just a standalone episode done for the sake of doing a crossover and joining the cool kids. There was purpose to the Music Meister’s grand plan, which Kara and Barry later find out is to help them figure out their love lives. Sometimes, all you need is love and to be saved, even when you’re a superhero used to doing all the saving.

Kara definitely struggles with that, especially in her relationship with Mon-El. She hates that he always wants to save her and she hasn’t been able to forgive him for lying about being the Prince of Daxam, not even giving him a chance to explain his reasoning. The Music Meister knew he had to show her that she was wrong but she also had to come to the realization herself.

The episode began with J’onn and Mon-El traveling to Earth-1 with Supergirl’s unconscious body. Upon arrival, the Meister quickly put Barry under the same spell and it makes sense – he’s also having relationship problems with Iris.

In this alternate reality, Barry finds Kara on-stage singing and they quickly realize, they have no idea what’s going on. All they really know is that their singers in a 1940s jazz club run by the mafia. Even weirder, there’s some Wizard of Oz type of stuff happening because their friends are in this world as different people – Winn as pianist Grady, Cisco as bartender Pablo.

The Meister appears and pretty much explains that they’re trapped in a world created by their own minds. Since both enjoyed musicals, especially Barry who watched them when coping with heartache, they created a movie musical. The only way to make it out alive – figure out the store and get to the end, without dying of course.

This means absolutely nothing to Kara and Barry but he drops a huge hint – put a little love in your heart. I guess if we had assumed his intentions were good and not evil, we would have figured out that this was a story about love.

Next thing you know, our heroes get kidnapped by Professor Martin Stein’s musical alter ego. They get taken to mobster Joe who gives them an assignment – find his missing daughter, Millie. In hopes of sticking to the script, they agree and thankfully Cisco know where to find her.

Turns out Millie is actually Iris, Barry’s real-life ex, and she’s NOT missing, she’s hiding from her dads because she’s in love with Tommy, real-life Mon-El. Yes, this dream world took both Kara and Barry’s significant others and made them fall in love with each other. How hard is that to see?

There’s a little Westside Story in here with Millie and Tommy not being able to be together because their parents are mobster rivals. Both Kara and Barry know that they have to convince these two to come clean to their parents and since everything is easy in musicals, “they agree.”

Both lovers come clean about the affair and when they get push back, Barry and Kara step in to offer some advice. Isn’t it funny how we can always give people advice but we never take our own? That was kind of the lesson here – both gave advice that pertained to them. It was obvious what the right thing was but when it pertained to their love lives, it was suddenly so much more difficult. Barry finally understood why his breakup with Iris was pointless and Kara understood that Mon-El had his reasons for lying to her. We then go into a musical number from the dads and while I like Guys and Dolls and the performances were on point, the whole number seemed rather redundant.

Barry and Kara return to the club pretty satisfied and come to conclusion that to finish the play, they have to perform and original piece. Thankfully Winn’s been “working on something” and they go into a fun and quirky performance of “Superfriends.” There’s a double meaning and it’s so charming, literally, there was even tap dancing.

Their performance ends when rounds of gunshots erupt outside the theater. Both rival gangs have started a “war” and Barry and Kara get caught in the crossfire.

Back in the real world, everyones trying to figure out how to save their superheroes as their vitals are dropping. When they finally capture the Meister, he tells Mon-El and Iris that if they love their S/O enough, they can save them.

Both Barry and Kara being to have some type of seizures when they get shot in the dream world. Iris and Mon-El ask Cisco to vibe them into the dream world, which makes me wonder why NO ONE thought to do that in the first place. Timing is everything I guess.

Upon arrival, they find both loved ones bleeding out on the street. Iris tells Barry she loves him and when Mon-El apologizes, Kara tells him she forgives him. Then, like in a fairytale, the kiss wakes them up and brings them back to the real world.

The Meister tells them that they learned their lesson about love. He seriously did all of that to quite literally “put a little love in their heart.” And truth be told – it was a brilliant way to make both Barry and Kara realize that they weren’t handling their relationship matters the best way they could. They were throwing away something special and us viewers knew it, they just needed help figuring it out.

Kara and Mon-El make up and return to Earth, which hopefully means when we see them next, they’re in a happy relationship.

Meanwhile Barry takes his love of musicals home and sings Iris a beautiful rendition of “Runnin’ Home to You” before getting down on one knee and proposing.

So yes, there was a whole music episode because two superheroes couldn’t figure out how to fix their relationships… and I loved every minute of it.

 


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Grey’s Anatomy – The Winner Takes It All (15×11)

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Parent-child relationships have always been the second most dramatic type of relationship on Grey’s, and this episode beautifully intertwined two of those storylines into a powerful and heartwrenching episode.

What a change of pace! These types of personal episodes are sprinkled lightly throughout the history of Grey’s, and oh boy do we eat them up! Sometimes we need to take a step back and revel in how complex and incredible the characters are beyond their amazing surgical abilities.

Meredith and Jackson stem from similar backgrounds. What with having to brand themselves beyond the family crest and all, oh and the fact that Richard has slept and fallen in love with both of their mothers. It was perfectly fitting that each relationship was developed further simultaneously.

Catherine’s strong mothering personality contrasted against Thatcher’s neglecting one was hard-hitting. Although, in the end, we still saw the same effect. No matter how damaged a relationship can be between a parent and child, there’s still an overwhelming sense of loyalty and love a child will feel toward their parent. Meredith definitely received the short end of the stick with her parental figures, but the intense and abundant love she has for her three children is amazing. Witnessing the special moments she has with her kids only makes our hearts ache more for Derek.

Meredith needed closure with Thatcher, and she finally got it, something she never truly received with Ellis. His yearning to be a father to Meredith, specifically after Derek’s death, was such a turnaround for his character and their relationship. It was during those few hours when he was completely vulnerable and honest that he and Meredith finally built the bond they had lost so many years ago.

There were many times I thought for sure Catherine was going to die. Shonda has created this impeccable presence — she can kill off whoever, whenever. Although I guess it wasn’t quite time for Catherine’s storyline to be over. Having a death so close to so many important characters midseason doesn’t seem very reasonable, so at the very least we’ll have many more seasons of Catherine’s fun and feistiness.

Jackson’s breakdown after attempting to imagine life without his mother was one of the most real moments of the episode. Maggie’s support for Jackson during this trying time will bring them closer together and I can’t wait to see the rest of their storyline, because we all know they are end game.

I love the small bits of Teddy and Tom we’re exposed to. I’m enjoying Tom’s regularity on the show and I really look forward to the developing relationship between the two. His character is slowly being revealed and I think the church scene was an important piece to his character. Despite the cocky facade he displays, he’s truly a genuine guy at heart, which seems like a trend with the men of Grey Sloan, or perhaps a general trend among all men.

Catherine’s bout with cancer isn’t over, but as she continually states, she’s alive and that’s the important part. Who’s to say what “winning” and “losing” is when it comes to cancer?

It’s been ingrained into our minds season after season that each surgery is a fight against death. Our culture has become so obsessed with finding ways to reverse the inevitability of death, that we’ve lost ourselves and the meaning of the journey of life. Thatcher did everything right in his treatment with cancer, but he still died. He didn’t lose, there’s nothing he could’ve done differently. It was his time, and he had the opportunity to leave peacefully in the presence of his daughter. I would say that is a win for sure.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • Every time Lexi was mentioned, I just imagined Chyler Leigh kicking ass over on Supergirl
  • That pinky promise made between Catherine and Jackson was downright pure bait for the waterworks
  • The perspective about using the words “fight” and “lose” in regards to living with cancer was mindblowing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think of cancer the same way


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Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)

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So many tears, so many almost kisses, so many emotions all packed into one episode. What a wonderful start to the second half of the season, especially after being left off on an epic cliffhanger!

The love triangle between DeLuca, Link, and Meredith seemed to be skewing to one side as Meredith and Andrew were stuck in an elevator most of the episode. And as stated by Addison seasons ago, elevators seem to be a sort of aphrodisiac at Grey Sloan Memorial.

Meredith has a strong will if she’s able to hold off DeLuca’s sexy Italian whispers and dazzling eyes. Unless she’s right and she won’t find love ever again. Derek was her great love, and there is no arguing that fact.

Teddy, Amelia, and Owen’s elevator scene could’ve been so much more cringe-worthy, but thanks to the added humor it was primarily comedic. Teddy has been and will always be Owen’s soulmate, and I hope he chooses her, sorry Amelia!

Watching Jackson be truly vulnerable when he found out about his mom’s cancer was so heart-wrenching. I hope he and Maggie work through their rough patch, but as teased by Maggie’s final moments with Cece, it seems they’ll be in the clear. Going through the most tragic moments in life with someone by your side, bonds you in such an unbelievable way.

The budding relationship between Nico and Schmidt is cute to watch, and the way Schmidt gets so giddy and childishly happy even at the slightest finger graze from Nico is the perfect depiction. They better get some more screen time and advancement in their storyline.

Shonda sure knows how to create incredible familial relationships between the characters. Seeing Alex be so gentle and caring for Bailey was truly the sweetest interaction this entire episode. Dare I say tears were certainly shed!

It was powerful watching Bailey experience some residual OCD PTSD but watching Alex care and comfort her seemed like the first step to stopping it in its tracks. Alex’s character development is one that needs to go down in all of TV history.

It was sad to see Cece’s fight end, but that’s what makes Grey’s Anatomy so incredible. Each character doesn’t always have a seemingly happy ending. It keeps you on your toes, and that’s exactly how life is.

Having Richard be the one to find Betty scouring the hospital looking for drugs was such a calculating choice. One that could not have been more perfect, and I was all for it. Betty has gone through so many tearful moments of regret, but it doesn’t seem like she’s really making an effort to turn her life around.

I hope Amelia’s choice to send her to a rehab facility pays off. Maybe we’ll see her again in sobered up at the end of the season. If not, I’m not too concerned. The Betty storyline is kind of just wasted time.

Watching Amelia bow out so gracefully portrays just how much she loves him. I guess it’s true that if you love someone the best thing to do is let them go. But, perhaps Amelia, Teddy, and Owen can create some sort of modern family.

There’s so much to be unpacked in this half of the season.  Catherine will not be happy that Jackson and Richard found out about her diagnosis from Maggie. It seems like a precarious situation that’s about to go south quite soon.

If this episode is setting the precedence for the final episodes of the season, this is going to be a nail biter for sure! Although, it wouldn’t be the Grey’s we all know and love if that weren’t the case. Thank goodness it’s renewed for a 16th season.

What do you think of the love triangles? Where do you think Owen’s loyalty stands?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • It’s truly impressive how the actor’s age with the show. Jackson is finally getting some baby whites!
  • Bailey’s sassy comments are always golden, “Don’t hyperventilate the patient!”
  • The dramatized trash blowing in the wind is such a sad reality
  • Cece has taught us all so much about love … R.I.P.
  • Meredith speaking  Italian?! How has this never come up before?
  • Helm’s growing crush on Meredith is so bitter-sweet, yet so relatable. If you’re gay and have never crushed on a straight girl or women are you really gay?
  • Who else had to look away as Jet’s legs proceeded to get crushed by the elevator? I definitely thought he lost them right then and there

 

 

 


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)

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In this episode, we were provided a deep dive into Rebecca’s childhood through the eyes of her half-brother Tucker. Honestly, only the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfans might vaguely recall she has a brother. Anyway, Tucker chooses to put on the shoes Rebecca previously gifted him for his 13th birthday and makes a trip to visit her. Rebecca’s surprised by his appearance, but ultimately happy to try and make things right with the last person in her life she holds unfinished business with.

Soon after she’s surprised with another grand gesture, this time by Nathaniel. He tells her that he’s still in love with her and wants her back, but she refuses to accept his proposal. This is a huge step-up from what she would’ve done in the past, and it truly speaks to her changing for the better.

There’s definitely something slightly off about Tucker and we are given a sneak peek of him deceptively responding to Rebecca’s text meant for his mom and snooping through her childhood diary. No wonder he continues to steal the words right out of her mouth! Of course, there’s no way an early aged teen boy is going to be as perfect as he led on to be.

As Nathaniel is feeling the burn of his latest “rebection” he takes it out on Sunil and Mrs. Hernandez who are fighting over the most recent case. It’s obvious that Mrs. Hernandez is much more qualified for the case, but Sunil sets out to win the case by promising Nathaniel that he’ll win him back Rebecca.

Rebecca invites Paula and her boys over to hang out with her and Tucker, but it’s obvious that Tucker isn’t a typical teenage boy, nothing like Paula’s seemingly lumps-on-a-log sons, so Paula takes them to the escape room alone. I guess being stuck in a room together offers unique insight into a relationship, and Paula realizes she’s been so caught up in Rebecca’s troubles for the past few years that she knows nothing of what’s going on in her son’s lives.

Meanwhile, Rebecca takes Tucker on a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they happen to “stumble” upon the location of an audition for Peter Pan,  of course, Tucker’s plan all along. Rebecca’s overtaken by the connection Tucker makes with her and her love for the musical Slumbered, so she takes him in for an audition.

Sunil stalks Rebecca and Tucker who have stalked the director of Peter Pan –dang is there a lot of stalking and sneaking around in this show. Sunil sees Tucker with Rebecca’s diary and reports back to Nathaniel, offering him the option of getting the diary so that he can finally understand the inner depths of Rebecca’s mind.

Nathaniel approaches Tucker and offers to get him the role of Peter Pan in return for Rebecca’s diary. This is some top-notch elementary-level drama!

Rebecca receives a call from the director of Peter Pan congratulating her that Tucker has received the part, and Tucker calculatingly suggests that they celebrate with some Rebetzels. As Nathaniel is on his way out he stops by and pulls out another “I love you” speech word for word from Slumbered. He’s a lawyer, he should know all about plagiarism! Tsk tsk, I would’ve expected better from you Nathaniel. Rebecca realizes that the only way he would’ve known that highly classified personal information was if he somehow had gotten ahold of her diary. She rightfully yells at him, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to winning her back.

Tucker and Rebecca have a real and heartfelt sibling bonding moment when Rebecca learns that although he may have been initially faking some of the similarities, they both came from the same deadbeat dad and Tucker too needs therapy. Additionally, she promises that she’ll pay for him to go to theater camp so that he doesn’t have to go through the long process of flying out and manipulating her just to start an acting career.

This episode really gave Rebecca a taste of what she’s been dishing out to others for the past few years. The manipulation, stalking, and overcompensation for insecurities. I can really see that this season is highly focused on her coming to terms with her past doings and making major adjustments to fix them and change. High praise for Rebecca and all that she’s been working through!

What’s next for Rebecca? I can’t imagine this being the last of Tucker we’ll see. And I wonder what Nathaniel will attempt to convince Rebecca that their mutual love for each other is the only thing that matters despite their difficulty and confusing history.


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