Ghosts had a strong debut season, but “Alberta’s Podcast” is the best episode to date, never missing a beat and proving why the single-camera comedy is one that needs and deserves to be on your must-watch list.
Not only was the 20-minute episode hilarious, but it also tackled two important subject matters affecting women in the both past and present-day: female pleasure and body image.
The main focus was obviously on Alberta, given the name, as Pete both suggested that they turn her murder mystery podcast (it’s literally just radio). And honestly, why did no one think of it sooner?
Alberta is a larger-than-life personality that deserves to be a household name that’s remembered and celebrated long after her death. But it’s also a clever way for the series to delve further into her backstory as her murderer has never been revealed.
However, Alberta realizes rather early on that in order to be a star, you have to be willing to be honest and raw about all of your life experiences, even the ones you’re ashamed of.
When Sam pitches the podcast to her editor, he informs her that she needs a co-host that’s also an expert, and there’s no one better than Todd. Yes, creepy Todd Pearlman, the curator of the Alberta Hayes museum. Alberta is aghast at the idea that the man who collected her toenails and wanted to have her cloned would now be involved, but that concern faded quickly when Jay found her diary in a secret compartment, which revealed that Alberta was the one thing she’s always claimed to hate: a rat. What a twist of the plot!
Dannielle Pinnock’s performance is incredible in this episode as she goes through a rollercoaster of emotions ranging from shame to eventually realizing that her biggest flaw was actually the thing that humanized her and made her relatable to the common folk.
Her vulnerability gave way to the most grounded version we’ve ever seen of Alberta, who admitted that her confidence was simply an armor that she wore. And honestly, we all need to be our own loudest fans because there’s no shortage of people trying to tear us down in this world. I hope Sam found a way to convey that very inspirational message to the world.
While Alberta could have had a million reasons to turn on Clara, the series chose to tackle body image, underscoring that while things may be much different than they were in the 20s, our obsession with being thin hasn’t changed. And though Albert never allowed herself to be defined by her weight, it was the thing stopping her from living out her dreams as she was constantly overlooked for “not looking the part” drummed up by some white male with way too much say in the matter.
When Alberta finally got sick of playing second fiddle and singing back up for someone less talented, she decided to play dirty and ratted out Clara for bootlegging.
While Sam and Todd record their first podcast episode, he pulls up a photo of Clara, and all of the ghosts realize that they’ve seen her before the night of Alberta’s death at the manor.
And just like that, they have their first suspect. Did she kill Alberta as revenge for stealing her gig?
Sam has to be really careful as to how she weaves in all this information that she’s getting from Alberta and the ghosts as a first-person account, but honestly, could you imagine the content we would have for these podcasts if we had access to a ghost? It’s genius.
I can’t wait to explore this storyline ever further. As for Sam, she could totally make a decent living by profiling each of the ghosts with their own season of the podcast. Not to mention, it’s a great way to put the B&B on the map.
Elsewhere in the episode, Flower taught Hetty about her power of self-pleasure.
I never thought we’d see the day when Hetty goes for it on top of a washing machine, but it just goes to show you that Ghosts isn’t afraid of pushing boundaries and telling important stories.
Hetty had no idea what transpired on that washing machine at first, but she came down a whole new person right after. Isaac even asked her if she was “ill.”
Once Hetty realized that what she had done was sexual in nature, she felt ashamed because that’s what she was taught to believe back in the day. She thought it was weak and immoral because women were taught shame as a form of control.
That’s when Flower took it upon herself to have a one-on-one chat with Hetty and inform her that there’s nothing wrong or shameful about feeling good in her own body, nor did she need a man’s approval to do any of it.
It’s nice to see Hetty continuing to come out of her shell as she learns that the modern world is much kinder to women, and overall, much more inclusive. It’s still a work in progress, and we have a lot of strides we need to make, but in comparison, women have more liberties than ever before. And hopefully, we’ll only keep moving forward instead of backward.
And can you imagine existing for so many years and never truly knowing about self-love? Hetty has a lot of catching up to do.
The best part? She doesn’t even need the washing machine for more “magical encounters.”
Ghosts nailed this episode from every angle, including storytelling, jokes, and important plot points.
See All the Magical Photos from the ‘Ghosts’ Two-Part Holiday Episode
Ho ho ho—it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Woodstone Manor.
Ghosts is fully embracing the holiday season in an upcoming two-part episode that will find Sam and the ghosts getting into some mistletoe mischief.
The two episodes, titled “The Christmas Spirit,” will premiere on December 15, but CBS and Paramount already gave fans a little sneak peek at what’s to come with some festive new photos.
In the first half of the holiday episode, Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel, who made her first appearance in season 1, arrives at the manor with a male friend named Eric (Andrew Leeds). Sam, who has been clearly watching too many Hallmark rom-coms, tries to play matchmaker, but her plans clash directly with the ghosts, who decide they want to help Trevor get a shot with his love instead. And let’s be honest, even the pantsless Wall Street bro deserves some love during the holidays.
The episode will also give fans some more firsts for Isaac and Nigel.
The second half of the episode, which will air right after at 8:30 p.m. ET, will continue with the storyline established in the first half, with Sam and Thorfinn getting caught in the middle of the schemes involving Bela. As they all attempt to figure it out, Isaac continues to reflect on his life and former relationships to figure out why he’s struggling in his new relationship.
“We just felt like Sam would be obsessed with Christmas, and she’s kind of into holidays in general,” co-showrunner Joe Port told TV Line, adding, “So the network suggested the two-parter, and we were really excited that they wanted to give us the time and space to do that, because we kind of made it our own Hallmark Christmas movie.”
One of the photos shows the ghosts gathered around a neatly decorated Christmas tree, taking in all the beauty. In another photo, Sam is opening presents in her Christmas jammy. It’s just a shame Jay isn’t wearing a matching one!
And while there’s definitely going to be some antics during the episode, I’m confident it will all resolve with a sweet lesson for all, and for all, a good night.
See all the photos in the gallery below!
Ghosts Recap – Dumb Deaths (207)
Ghosts continued exploring more of the ghost deaths by revisiting the separate moments when Flower and Pete met their demise on Ghosts Season 2 Episode 7.
Both of their deaths were considered “dumb deaths” by a docu-series producer who approached Jay and Sam about shooting at the Woodstone Manor for their upcoming episode.
I admire how much Sam respects the ghosts and their feelings. When Paula offered them $10,000 to shoot on their property, she didn’t just jump at the opportunity, instead delaying her answer as long as possible until she got the go-ahead from Flower.
Initially, Flower wasn’t on board with being the subject of a documentary because she didn’t want to be made fun of or look dumb. The truth is, she likely wouldn’t remember any of this happening anyway, but her feelings were still valid. Pete, however, urged Flower to see it as a unique opportunity to help Jay and Sam financially.
Of course, it was easy for Pete to look the other way when the focus wasn’t on his death, but when he suddenly became the subject of the docu-series, he was singing a completely different tune. He tried to be okay with it because this was his chance at giving back to Jay and Sam, but reliving the moment and seeing people make fun of such a crucial moment in his life was traumatizing and upsetting. One bad decision cost him everything yet it was nothing more than a joke to everyone working on the production.
I believe Pete was also triggered because it was one of the first times he was forced to confront his premature death. Prior to this moment, he never really thought about it or overanalyzed it, which allowed him to remain his chipper and optimistic self. But when it was shoved in his face, he began doubting the person he always believed himself to be.
A huge downside of being a ghost is that they also hear everything, including people making rude comments at their expense, like Daniel the insufferable actor playing Pete who took himself, and the role, too seriously. As he contemplated what state of mind Pete was in at the time of his death, he suggested that maybe the man he was portraying was a drunk.
At this point, it was an assassination of character as the production wasn’t even dedicated to getting the facts right. Sam couldn’t let this happen, so she brainstormed a way to help Pete out, which included bringing one of his original troops to the Manor so that she could debunk any fictitious stories.
Jennifer was eager to help Pete in any way she could—a clear sign that she respected him as a teacher—and though she informed everyone that he wasn’t drunk at the time of his death, she couldn’t deny that he did something dumb: he handed out the bows and arrows before the safety demonstration because he was too distracted by donut holes.
At this point, Pete remembered for the first time in decades that he took his eye off the prize that morning because he was so upset about a petty and inconsequential disagreement with his wife, Carol, earlier that morning. To be fair, I agree with Pete that a donut hole and a donut are the exact same thing. They’re made of the same properties! Anyway, this is a reminder not to have stupid arguments because you might die and that’s all you’ll remember for the rest of your existence.
When Pete finally acknowledged what led to his death, he was really hard on himself, even going as far as to say that he was a terrible Girl Scout leader. It was devastating to see Pete so hurt by all that unraveled from this production, but by the end of the episode, he was validated in the fact that he was a good leader all along just as he believed. Jennifer knew exactly what to do—word for word—when Jay was accidentally shot with an arrow while trying to get some free food from the catering truck.
For a moment, I truly thought that he would lose consciousness, hit his head and finally be able to see ghosts, but that didn’t happen. It just goes to show you how eager I am for him to be part of the action… officially. The fact that he can’t see them is the running joke, but it would truly switch up the dynamic if he could interact with them.
I’m also going to say that bows and arrows definitely need to be banned from the Woodstone property; They’re simply too dangerous. I know this was technically the work of the ghosts since they saw how hurt Pete was so Thor used his ghost powers to break the camera and force-stop the production. It kind of worked as the team eventually pivoted back to their original idea of telling the story of Flower’s final moments before she got mauled by a bear while trying to hug it under the influence of drugs.
And the best part was that Sam was cast in the role, so she was able to do her justice. Not to mention that Sam knows her personally so she nailed the mannerisms. Flower was all about spreading love and positivity… even to a bear. She was too kind for this world.
I love that we get to see some of the ghosts see their friends’ deaths happen, like Thor, Alberta and Sass standing by and watching Flower’s bad decisions end her life. From the moment she crossed over, didn’t recognize her own dead body as a ghost, and didn’t even realize that she was dead, simply asking the trio if they were at the music festival, they knew the afterlife with her was going to be a trip.
While much of the focus was on Flower and Pete in this episode, Nigel and Isaac had their first lovers’ quarrel following a disagreement about the events of the American Revolution. Considering they are on two opposite teams, it’s probably for the best if they simply never touch upon this topic with each other as they’ll never see eye-to-eye. They both have vastly different memories of how it went down, and that’s fine, but it’s also not worth ruining a present-day relationship over something that is very much in the past.
After Sam informed Isaac that the UK and the US are currently allies and have a “special friendship,” she basically gave them the go-ahead to continue on with their romance as “special friends.”
It’s interesting to see Isaac navigate a relationship with someone so fundamentally different than himself, but it’s also nice to see him make compromises and rethink how he approaches situations now that he cares about someone else in the afterlife.
Other Hilarious Moments
- I genuinely love Isaac’s hatred of Hamilton. This time, he said they wouldn’t let him sign the Declaration of Independence adding “they knew where those fingers have been.” I want to be the first to read his sassy memoir.
- “Epcot, baby, that’s the whole world all at once.” Truer words were never spoken.
- Hetty following and channeling Paula the producer was grade-A comedy. She thrives on power.
- Thor saying he’s traumatized by Pete’s death and “not sleeping man moons.”
- Flower overhearing that Pete’s “impotent” and somehow understanding that this is likely the reason he didn’t want to be the “third” in her relationship with Thor.
All in all, a blind pursuit of pastries cost Pete his life, while Flower died doing the most Flower thing she could’ve.
And neither of those deaths is dumb!
What did you think of the episode?
Ghosts Recap – The Baby Bjorn (206)
Ghosts Season 2 Episode 6 tugged on our heartstrings with the introduction of baby Bjorn, Thor’s son.
The sitcom has cleverly found a way to bring new ghosts into the fold, which has allowed the episodes to dig deeper into the lives of each ghost.
I never expected Thor to have a son, let alone one that we could meet, but when Sam spotted a Viking while checking out the Farnsby’s annual yard sale, she knew she had to get the scoop. And she was just as shocked about the “he’s my father” development as we were.
When she informed Thor about Bjorn’s existence, he was touched that his son traveled halfway across the world to find him. But it was also a little bittersweet that they were technically neighbors for thousands of years and never knew about it.
As Jay got wind of Bjorn’s existence, he informed Sam that after they cut down Sass’ tree, you could see two houses down, which meant that Thor and Bjorn could meet and speak—see: yell—to each other.
Thor’s excitement dwindled, however, when he learned that his son married a Dane, the enemy of the Norveg people. Thor wasn’t touched by any of the things that normal people would like to know about their children’s lives, including all the information about Bjorn’s family, but instead, he was ready to disown his son for the ultimate betrayal. He initially refused to meet with Bjorn, but thanks to a little push from Isaac and Flower, he agreed to walk up to the window and tell his son that he was essentially dead to him.
However, when he heard his little boy call him “father” for the first time, which is what he longed to hear many moons ago when he was leaving behind an infant, that tough Viking exterior melted.
Eventually, Thor realized that children aren’t born with hate in their hearts, they must be taught it, and since he wasn’t around, he was “catching up” by informing his son all about why Danes are terrible people.
While helping Sam get into the Farnsby’s house so that she could help reunite Thor and Bjorn, Jay unintentionally attended a swinger’s party. In a previous season, many fans noticed that the Farnsby’s had upside-down pineapples in their house, and when Jay expressed interest in a pair of upside-down pineapples during the yard sale, the neighbors’ interest was piqued.
Naturally, the ghost of mama Farnsby was not impressed by her son’s decisions, questioning many times throughout the episode where she failed him and why he was such a pervert. Unfortunately, Jay couldn’t hear any of it because he didn’t see ghosts, but he missed some truly comical moments. The poor dude misses so much.
At the manor, Trevor gave us a little lesson about Wall Street. Fed up with Hetty’s monopoly over the ghosts’ currency, back rubs, he came up with a new financial instrument to leverage: TV time. Just think of it as the ghosts cryptocurrency. He then went and bought up everyone’s TV time and tried to sell it back to them at a higher price so he could have the leverage. It was about to work when Hetty rallied the rest of the ghosts to give up TV so that they could devalue Trevor’s new currency. There’s a reason Hetty was rich!
When Hetty realized Trevor was miserable watching the same movie over and over by himself, she gave him a pretty insightful chat about money being less important than friendship. Being at the top was lonely. Eventually, Trevor gave everyone back their TV time but quickly learned that it was a power move on Hetty’s part to once again have the upper hand. She’s good, you have to give it to her. She outsmarted Wall Street, but it’s also proof that there is a deeper and more serious side to Trevor that deserves to be explored.
While much of Isaac and Flower’s time was spent helping Thor realize the value of the opportunity of reconnecting with his son, Flower also put way too much stock into questioning why ghosts can walk sit on objects and walk through walls but they can’t actually pick up objects. The question is valid and fair considering many fans wondered how she was able to close the vault door in the previous episode of Ghosts where she locked Sam in and almost killed her. The series didn’t address this plot hole, but my guess is that the door must have been made from steel or iron, some kind of material that a ghost could touch. Maybe the writers will bring it up eventually and clear up any confusion, but based on Flower’s desperate attempt to understand the rules, we’re not alone when we question why some things work and others don’t.
Overall, it was an enjoyable episode that showed us the softer and paternal side of Thor, though, there hasn’t been an episode better than the laundry machine one this season.
- Hetty and the ghosts rejoiced at getting the “shaft” when they got to sit in the chair and get the good light. I’m immature, and the dirty jokes are hilarious.
- Sam says that she tunes out a lot of ghost things to which Jay replies, “you don’t deserve this power.” I know Jay not being able to interact is the gag, but he deserves the power!
- Trevor stated that people don’t understand how nice it is to sit in a warm chair when you don’t have pants on… he has a point.
- All Thor cared about was how many severed Dane heads Bjorn had at home. Hysterical.
- Pete’s joke about watching Jason Momoa in “slow momoa” was delightful.
- I can’t wait for Tara Reid to guest star and see ’90s Trevor freak out!
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