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Ghosts Halloween Episode Recap – The Ghost of Hetty’s Past (205)

“Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past” – A séance at Sam and Jay’s last-minute Halloween party conjures up a spirit from Hetty’s past. Also, Isaac worries Nigel will be turned off by his ghost power, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Asher Grodman as Trevor, Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis, Rose McIver as Samantha, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta and Hannah Rose May as Molly. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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There’s no better holiday for Ghosts than Halloween.

On Ghosts Season 2 Episode 5, the ghost of Hetty’s past returned for one evening after Sam and some of the livings conducted a seance. Everyone knows that the veil between the two worlds thins on All Hallows’ Eve, so while the seance was uneventful for all the mortals, it was pure chaos on the other side. 

And honestly, good on Sam for keeping such a straight poker face when a portal opened up, the ghosts screamed in sheer terror, and Hetty’s archnemesis, Molly (Hannah May Rose), the main/adulterer who slept with her husband, arrived. 

“Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past” – A séance at Sam and Jay’s last-minute Halloween party conjures up a spirit from Hetty’s past. Also, Isaac worries Nigel will be turned off by his ghost power, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Rose McIver as Samantha, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Asher Grodman as Trevor and Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis. Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 

The Hetty-centric episode wasn’t as serious or important as the one about Alberta—which remains the best and most important installment of the series—but there were some important matters about feminism lodged between some grade-A jokes and laughable moments. 

It all started when Jay decided to throw a last-minute Halloween party to impress June and Ally. They were going to Liam Neeson’s party but figured they could clear the slate from the whole tree debacle. 

Trevor and the other ghosts warned Sam that an impromptu Halloween party was a recipe for disaster as the holiday was super competitive, but Jay thought the idea of a party in a spooky mansion was awesome. 

Unfortunately, he was dead wrong. 

Despite Jay and Sam’s Stepbrothers-inspired costume, the party was a total bust, so they decided to conduct a seance, which was anti-climactic in the mortal realm but a real hoot in the ghost one.

Hetty despised Molly with the fire of a thousand burning sons, and she couldn’t believe that an adulterer made it to heaven (she couldn’t divulge more information about the perfect afterlife or she’d melt) while she was stuck in purgatory, but Hetty was truly dismissing all of her problematic characteristics, including being a cruel and vindictive boss to Molly, which Hetty naturally took as flattery.

Flower had a brilliant idea from her days in the cult—get the two women locked inside a room so that they could talk it out. But how do you keep two ghosts in a room when they can walk through any wall? The vault, duh.

It was actually a bit of a twisted idea to lock Hetty into the same vault where her husband perished with his mistress, the one Hetty said brought shame to the family.

“Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past” – A séance at Sam and Jay’s last-minute Halloween party conjures up a spirit from Hetty’s past. Also, Isaac worries Nigel will be turned off by his ghost power, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): John Hartman and Nigel Chessum, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac and Richie Moriarty as Pete. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Since we are talking about Flower, the minute she pitched her good idea, Sam should’ve made sure to send a text to Jay to let him know the plan. As the only living in the mansion, so many things could go wrong… like getting locked in said vault. She really needs to be more careful. 

Flower’s drugged-up brain totally forgot that Sam was inside when she slammed the door shut, so no one living knew where Sam was, including Jay, who ran to Liam Neeson’s party with pickle Randy to get the ancient feather duster he loaned June and Ally as it was a key piece necessary to reverse the seance and send Molly back home before the clock struck midnight. She’s like Cinderella. 

Somehow, Sam was still able to focus on helping Hetty make amends with Molly, even while internally freaking out that she’d meet the same fate as Elias while locked in the vault. Hetty’s hatred for Molly was unwarranted; she was blaming the wrong person all these years. 

Molly admitted that she never wanted to sleep with Hetty’s husband, but she didn’t have a choice because he was a man in a position of power and she needed the job because she had a child to raise and her husband died in the mill… Hetty and Elias’ mill.

Sam informed the ladies that they were both Elias’ victims, stuck in a patriarchal world that pitted women against each other. And while Hetty can’t stand feminism, she couldn’t deny that Sam was right. Elias knew he could get away with it, so he did it, while Hetty needed to stay with him and marry him for a land deal. Hetty was mad at the wrong woman, and before you knew it, the two of them bonded over their mutual hate for the man. 

Meanwhile, the ghosts went above and beyond to communicate with Jay and send him a message so that he could save Sam. I love that while Sam was hyperventilating at the thought of death, Hetty informed her that it wouldn’t be the worst thing to be stuck in eternity together. And it’s not like much would change since she already sees the ghosts!

Thorfinn was able to flicker the lights and get Jay to the powder room, who then realized he needed to fog up the mirror so that Trevor could send him a message. Trevor’s message was a bit misleading, unfortunately, as he wrote “Sam Safe.”

That’s when Isaac stepped in and took one for the team, allowing Jay to walk through him and exposing that he’s the “Stinky Pete” instead of Pete, who he has been blaming the rancid smell on in hopes that Nigel wouldn’t be disgusted by him and break up with him. Pete is such a trooper for covering for his friend. 

Jay waltzed back into the powder room and saw the altered message—”Sam in Safe”—and bolted to her rescue.

Their reunion was sweet as they both attributed the situation to “ghost things,” and this was far better than the Halloween party they threw to impress the living people. It’s just unfortunate that Jay still can’t see the ghosts because honestly, it would be so much fun. 

“Halloween 2: The Ghost of Hetty’s Past” – A séance at Sam and Jay’s last-minute Halloween party conjures up a spirit from Hetty’s past. Also, Isaac worries Nigel will be turned off by his ghost power, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Oct. 27 (8:31-9:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Punkie Johnson as Ally, Carolyn Taylor as June, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Nigel was a little disappointed that Isaac didn’t think he could trust him with a personal situation, which was a relief to Isaac, who then made Nigel feel self-conscious when he revealed he has webbed feet. The reason Isaac was so worried that Nigel would break up with him is that if the roles were reversed, Issac would probably allow this to sabotage his relationship.

Once Sam was safely out of the vault—and when I saw Jay walk in there and the two of them embrace, I kept screaming “get out” at the TV. I hate when scenes give me that much anxiety. Anyway, Sam and Jay conducted another seance to revere the effects of the first one, this time with the feather duster in hand, and Molly was on her way back to heaven. Hetty jumped onto her skirt and hung on for dear life, hoping that Molly would let her “ride” while she got “sucked off,” the running terminology joke for transitioning into the afterlife. She then called her closest ghost friends “peasants,” which proves she hasn’t really changed at all. 

Other noteworthy moments:

  • Molly laughing that she gave Elias syphilis after Hetty proudly reveals she sent him to hell.
  • Ruth Maid-er Ginsberg was a solid costume, even if Trevor claims feminism ruined the holiday. 
  • The outdoor decor at the mansion was incredible!

What did you think of the Halloween episode? Did you enjoy the spooky vibe?

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    Ghosts Season 3 Episode 4 Review – We Finally Know What Happened to Flower

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    As far as Halloween episodes go, this one was hands-down the winner. Ghosts tapped into all of the elements that bring the spooky fun, even smack-dab in the middle of March. 

    One of the more enticing, and likely long-term developments, was that Flower didn’t actually get sucked off, which is why they couldn’t bring her back in the seance, no matter how hard they tried. Thor was determined to reunite with Flower so he could finally tell her that he loved her, but despite their best efforts—using both weed belonging to Flower that her brother sent over and her ring that Jay dug up from the spot where she was brutally attacked by a bear—they weren’t successful. 

    No one seemed to understand why they couldn’t summon Flower, but, as audiences soon learned, it’s because she never moved on at all. Instead, she fell down a well, where she’s been trapped this whole time. Who knew that Ghosts could get trapped? Though, I guess if it is within the property line, it’s fair game.

    This also confirms many fans’ theories that she’s not really gone while also explaining why there was never really a reason given for her crossing over to the other side. But it does beg the question, who was sucked off? We all saw that bright light. 

    And how long will Flower remain in this well until it’s found? Is it someplace that no one visits? And how will they eventually manage to get her out? They can’t exactly throw a rope down there for her to climb up. 

    Another key development in the episode was Carol’s death ahead of the Halloween party. The poor lady choked on a donut hole in the same place where her husband met his demise. The worst part is that Sam and Jay were so preoccupied with being good hosts to the party, all the while impressing their friends, and helping the ghosts with the seance, that no one even realized Carol had perished. 

    The ghosts were the first to figure it out when Carol began to compliment them on their accurate costumes, but when they tried to warn Sam, she brushed off their “advice” and wouldn’t listen to it as she figured it made her look crazy. What she didn’t know is she was doing a fine job of that on her own, without any help from the ghosts, as she kept talking to Carol in front of her friends, who were concerned and creeped out that Sam was just talking to herself. 

    The ghosts decided to keep quiet rather than pester Sam and make her aware—and honestly, I don’t blame them. They were coming from a place of hurt where all of their efforts were dismissed by someone that they trusted. Sam made her bed, and they were letting her sleep in it.

    Sasha and Nico eventually find Carol’s body in the kitchen and conjure up a theory that Sam and Jay “took care of her” aka killed her to impress them. Their theory is all but confirmed when Jay walks into the kitchen with a shovel. 

    But nothing was better than the moment Sam herself realized that Carol was dead—as terror spread through Sasha and Nico’s face as they tried to make a break for it.

    Pete and Carol were finally able to see each other, confirming that there was a new spirit in the house. And while Pete’s a pretty easygoing dude, this is the last person he wants to be around for eternity considering she cheated on him with his best friend. Almost immediately, the two start bickering, which will make for some exciting times in the mansion. It’s unclear how long Carol will stick around, but I’m guessing that once Pete forgives her for her adulteress ways, she’s going to get sucked off. I don’t see her sticking around for the long run—just long enough to shake things up—despite my deep affection for Caroline Aaron. 

    This part of Pete’s very painful life needs to be put to rest eventually, though I hope that doesn’t mean he’s going to move on. 

    Quite frankly, I think the ghosts are so connected as a group that none of them are going to move on without each other—they’re all in this together and their existence depends on one another.

    Plenty of plot twists born from Halloween, but we’d expect nothing less from the inhabitants of the Woodstone Manor. And hopefully, a dead body on the spookiest day of the year only ups their credibility and online ratings. Sasha and Nico had an immersive experience unlike any other. 

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    Ghosts Season 3 Premiere Review – [SPOILER] Got Sucked Off

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    Ghosts returned after a lengthy hiatus and immediately tackled the burning question of which ghost got “sucked off.”

    As you’ll remember, in the final moments of season 2, Jay and Sam saw a white light emitting from the house, indicating that one of the ghosts crossed over. 

    Of course, it could’ve just been “one of the basement ghosts,” but the sitcom solidified that it was going to be one of the core ghosts—and after a brief head count, it was revealed that Flower passed on. 

    Flower’s “death,” so to speak, had repercussions for the whole house as they’ve all grown rather close over the decades, but it was especially hard on Thor, who developed a romantic relationship with Flower. One might say, the love and care he showed her is what helped her move on, but there’s really nothing anyone can say to help ease Thor’s grief after losing his girlfriend and not getting a chance at saying goodbye. 

    Jay, who made it very clear that he still can’t see the ghosts but has a connection with them, tried to comfort Thor with the possibility of reincarnation, but that came back around to bite him rather quickly. He’s truly at a disadvantage since he doesn’t fully grasp the personality of each ghost, so he has to be very careful with what he says. 

    When the construction worker ran into a problem at the barn, which Jay is planning to turn into his dream restaurant, it initially seemed like an easy fix—that is until Thor decided that the owl occupying the space must be Flower as they both bonded over owls initially. “Flowl” as they called the bird, became a hot topic in the household, as Jay wanted her removed, while Thor threatened to burn the barn to the ground if they touched his girl.

    When “Flowl” began causing problems for the business, Sam and Jay figured it was time to help Thor deal with his grief, and honestly, Jay’s speech about Flower being a free spirit who wouldn’t want to live out her days in a cage was very touching and fitting to who she was as a person.

    But Jay also learned the hard way that meddling comes with a price, and letting an owl into freedom means there’s a chance it will come back and claw your eye out. The poor guy suffered so many injuries trying to navigate this tricky situation with the ghosts. 

    While all of this was happening, Pete felt bad that the basement ghosts were mad at him, so he invited them all upstairs, which made the whole space feel all too cramped. They stuck around for Flower’s memorial (and it was surprisingly wholesome as they reflected on Flower being one of the only people who was friendly to them), which paid tribute to the loving and non-judgemental woman that she was, but the moment it was over, Cholera Ghost Nancy enacted a plan to get everyone back downstairs once again. 

    The house feels so empty without Flower, and while I get the decision behind choosing one of the main 8 for impact, there was never a clear reason why it was her time to move on. I wish there would be a bit more focus behind it (unless the lack of is indicating that she isn’t actually gone). As I mentioned previously, it could be because of the love she experienced with Thor (finally opening herself up to a person after the loss of her former boyfriend that she grieved for so long), but he couldn’t recall saying anything pivotal to her, so it remains unclear.

    I will remind you all of one of the golden TV rules—if you don’t see a body, don’t believe the murder happened. In this case, we didn’t see Flower get “sucked off,” so there’s always a slight chance she’s still around, napping somewhere, or lost on the property, which wouldn’t be surprising in the slightest. I was fully expecting her to waltz in during the memorial, quite honestly. If Flower really is gone—and it’s a bummer because she was one of the only ghosts in a relationship and one that had major character development last season— it’s a huge loss, but with Ghosts, anything is possible, so maybe they’ll be able to summon her in the future to get some closure. 

    What did you think of the Ghosts Season 3 premiere episode? Are you bummed that Flower was “killed off”?

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    Ghosts Season Finale Recap – [Spoiler] Gets Engaged (222)

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    We were on the brink of an emotionally touching season 2 finale of Ghosts when all of a sudden—bam—a cliffhanger no one saw coming, though, a moment we’ve been dreading since bonding with the ghosts.

    On Ghosts Season 2 Episode 22, Sam and Jay fought to keep the Woodstone Mansion after a woman named Kelsey arrived claiming to be the daughter of David Woodstone and therefore, the rightful heir to the fortune. 

    In one moment, Sam’s whole life came tumbling down as she faced the possibility of losing the ghosts forever. 

    A DNA test later confirmed that Kelsey was telling the truth, which meant that they would be forced to move out of the B&B and give it all up to her. 

    And that’s when being able to see ghosts actually came in handy. When Jay mentioned that David knocked up Kelsey’s mom, an exotic dancer, at Scores, Trevor immediately shut down the possibility by explaining that his buddy was banned from the establishment. 

    With reasonable doubt at play, Sam and Jay decided to get the truth directly from the source: David himself. It was a long shot, sure, but when they rolled up to the gentleman’s club where he died (he had an aneurysm with his head stuck between two boobs in case you’re curious!), they found him still stuck between worlds… though he was certain that spending eternity at a strip club was pure heaven so there’s that. 

    David then confirmed that there was no way Kelsey was his daughter because he was sterile, or, as he so classy explained it, “shooting blanks.” 

    Armed with the truth, Sam and Jay confronted Kelsey, who ended up cracking and revealing that the Woodstone estate attorney was the mastermind of the plan. With his gambling debts looming large and a massive offer from the Four Seasons to buy the mansion, he decided to trick Sam and Jay into essentially giving up the house. What a sneaky snake. 

    If it wasn’t for the ghosts, Trevor in particular, they would’ve never even known that they were being played. 

    Nearly losing something—or someone—you love always puts things into perspective, so Sam was feeling a bit sentimental and reminisced on how much the ghosts meant to her. They were her family who have seen her go through the good times and the bad. Even Jay has bonded with them in some way, though it’s unfortunate that he misses so much of the action because he can’t see them. 

    And at that moment, the cliffhanger of all cliffhanger’s happened as one of the ghosts got sucked off! The look of sheer horror on Sam’s face seems to be cause for concern, but the truth is, there are so many ghosts living inside that mansion that it doesn’t have to be any of the core ghosts. 

    I can’t imagine that the creative forces would want to eliminate one of the ghosts just as the series is finding its groove and entering its prime. 

    Then again, they have all been growing and becoming better humans, and that means that eternity isn’t exactly forever.

    Alberta finally forgave Hetty for keeping the identity of her killer secret. Hetty thought she was doing the right thing by protecting her son, but she now saw the error of her ways and realized she did her friend a huge disservice. Alberta wanted “blood,” but when the Ghost Court ruled to banish Hetty to the forest, she couldn’t imagine a life without her. Maybe that was the outstanding issue keeping Albert and Hetty tied to the mortal coil. 

    There’s also Isaac, who finally took the next big step in his relationship with Nigel by proposing to him! While this is obviously cause for celebration, it might also be what sets Isaac free as he’s struggled with accepting his sexuality through much of his post-death life. Or it could be Nigel, which would be a bummer for Isaac as he finally opened up to someone and entrusted them with his heart. 

    At any rate, it could be any of the ghosts, but I don’t want to panic prematurely. This could all be a false alarm! 

    Other Thoughts

    • Now that Isaac is $10k richer, he can definitely afford the King-sized bed!
    • Thor’s comment hoping that David didn’t get “sucked off” at the Gentleman’s Club is one of the reasons Ghosts is the best comedy on television.
    • Why would Jay think eating strip club sushi was a good idea? And why didn’t the ghost who died after eating it warn Sam?
    •  Jay saying he hopes Trevor was the ghost that got sucked off is just cruel. 

    Ghosts has one of the greatest ensemble casts with every single actor really coming into their character this season. I can’t wait to see what the third season has in store for us! 

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