Ghosts is the gift that keeps on giving. This holiday season, it gave fans two gifts—back-to-back episodes that were better than any Christmas movie out there.
Ghosts Season 2 Episode 9 and Ghosts Season 2 Episode 10 somehow managed to grasp the Christmas spirit all while staying true to the nature of the series. Not only was it a sweet episode that embraced the familial bond between the ghosts and Sam, and indirectly, Jay, but there were plenty of shenanigans to go around, including another possession.
The first half kicked off with Jay and Sam hosting Christmas at the mansion and welcoming Bela and her good friend Eric. Ghosts fans will remember that Bela made an appearance in the first season of the series and developed quite a connection with Trevor. And she was looking to capitalize on that connection, especially when Trevor mustered up all the power that he had to text her about his epic plan that would involve possessing Eric’s body so that they could finally spend some time together.
Truthfully, I was as surprised as I was impressed that the plan actually came from Sass, but it tracks considering he’s the smartest and best character in the series. Flower and Alberta were accomplices, and it’s clear that the ghosts are so bored that they’ll do anything to shake things up.
While Bela agreed to the plan, it was two-fold and required Eric’s permission. I love that this storyline underscored the importance of consent. It would have been so much easier to pull off if she just asked Eric to screw in the light for her, but that wouldn’t be fair to Eric. Instead, she laid it all out for him, and while she definitely sounded slightly unhinged telling him about her romance with a ghost, Eric loved her so much, he decided to go through with the plan for her.
That is until it was thwarted by Sam, who came downstairs to leave some milk and cookies for Santa. Her love for Christmas is admirable, though, I could do without the crazy eyes when she concocted a Hallmark-esque plan to make Bela and Eric fall in love. She really needs to stop meddling in other people’s lives.
Bela, Eric and the ghosts were caught red-handed, and while I think Sam would’ve probably looked the other way, Jay shamed Bela and put an end to it. The next morning, Eric skipped town leaving Bela pretty devastated.
Jay questioned if he was a little too harsh on his sister, and Sam offered a resounding, “yes,” however, it wasn’t Sam at all. For some reason, Sam thought it would be a good idea to screw in the light that Bela and Eric left, which electrocuted her and threw her right into Thor.
And honestly, there’s no better Christmas gift than seeing Sam possessed by Thor—she absolutely nailed his mannerisms and her impression of him. It was almost eerie watching her embody him, and I found myself wondering how they all keep a straight face while filming. There’s no way Sam didn’t burst out laughing while delivering Thor-like lines to Hetty and Sass. And there’s absolutely no way that Jay didn’t break into laughter as he was putting up the Christmas tree while Thor berated him and screamed about the small man desecrating his culture into his ear.
Anyway, Sam and Thor battled it out for her body, with the latter eventually taking dominance with some advice from Hetty, who learned a thing or two when she possessed Jay. And Thor, who despised the Christmas holiday, ended up having the best Christmas of all as he indulged in sticks of butter and way too much fish.
Eventually, his cover was blown when he had to jump in and resuscitate Eric, who came back to the mansion after a little heart-to-heart from Jay, who apologized in what looked like a scene straight from a holiday rom-com.
Eric then agreed to give Bela the gift of Trevor, braving the electrocution, which unfortunately resulted in his death. Eric crossed over to the other side, and I was certain that it was going to stick. And it would have if not for Thor.
Honestly, why did anyone think it was a good idea to tempt fate?
The best part is that Eric had tangible proof that Bela wasn’t crazy and that Trevor existed—it was a little hard to believe that a dude would just accept what she was saying at face value, but since he saw them with his own eyes and almost joined their little clique, it was hard to deny it. I’m just surprised that once Eric was brought back to life, he couldn’t see them again. Sam “nearly died” and can see ghosts, so Eric should’ve inherited those same powers considering he did die on the premises. And honestly, I think that would’ve been a fun route to explore as then Bela would be able to connect with Trevor through someone other than Sam.
Regardless, there’s no future for Trevor and Bela, who is finally seeing Eric in a new light. It’s what he deserves—the man risked it all for her.
Though I do feel bad for Trevor… all he wanted was some lovin’ on Hanukkah!
Meanwhile, Jay caught onto the fact that Sam was actually Thor, and when she was able to break through again, she convinced Jay to drive her through the ghost barrier so that she could inhabit her own body again. Thor may have loved the body swap, but Sam likely never wants to do that again. And I don’t think anyone blames her.
Despite everything, it ended up being the best Christmas ever as the ghosts surprised her the following day with a perfectly harmonized rendition of “White Christmas.” Thor was even in on it as he finally got to experience the true meaning of Christmas—being with his family.
It continues to be a bummer that Jay can’t have any interaction with the ghosts. Sam was sweet enough to get them all gifts because they mean so much to her, and while she always includes him, he’s unable to experience all the joys for himself. It would be nice if he could considering they’ve all built up such a genuine camaraderie. Though I’m just glad that everyone that attended Christmas at Woodstone Manor was aware that the ghosts exist so that they could be a part of the celebration.
I also thoroughly enjoyed that the ghost storylines diverged from each other—they were all doing their own thing, which almost made it feel like there were more characters.
Thor’s whole Freaky Friday storyline with Sam was as enjoyable as Trevor, Sass, Alberta, and Flower’s scheming. Meanwhile, Hetty spent most of the hour watching TikTok, which may be the most believable storyline, to begin with, whereas Isaac was making strides in his relationship with Nigel.
Despite dating for several months, the duo has yet to share a kiss, and when Isaac tried to go for it, he ended up face-palming his lover. I bet he won’t be throwing Pete’s face-palm incident with Alberta in his face anytime soon.
He was frustrated by his inability to move the relationship forward, but it turns out, all he needed was a little closure to help him let go of the guilt of being a “bad husband.” Isaac thought he let his wife, Beatrice, down because he wasn’t totally honest with her, but Sass recalled that she was the one who brought him a change of clothes and was there with him in his final moments, which meant that she knew the truth and forgave him. With peace of mind, Isaac was able to go and be with the man he loved on his 280th Christmas… and his best one yet.
The writers have put forth so much care into crafting Isaac and Nigel’s relationship, and I love exploring Isaac’s past to see how it informs his present day. It’s also proof that even though they are ghosts with eternity ahead of them, their worries, anxieties and concerns still matter. They may not have bodies, but it makes them as human as anyone else.
Ghosts will return on Thursday, Jan. 5, and the promo teases a new ghost visiting the Manor who died in a car and now goes everywhere it goes. It puts a new perspective on the idea of ghosts—the ones we know are stuck in the house, and while this ghost can travel near and far, she’s stuck in a cramped car for the rest of eternity likely with whoever purchases the vehicle. It’s also a fun way to incorporate new ghosts outside of their ghost-group.
What did you think of the holiday special double episode?
Ghosts Season Finale Recap – [Spoiler] Gets Engaged (222)
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!
- 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!
Ghosts Review – Alberta’s Descendant (218)
Alberta-centric episodes never disappoint.
Ghosts Season 2 Episode 18 delved deeper into Alberta’s murder, uncovering a shocking potential turn of events as her descendant, Alicia, visited the Woodstone Mansion.
Alberta was delighted at the chance to get to know Alicia, her baby sister Reese’s kin, but things didn’t unravel as expected.
For starters, Alicia set her sights on Creepy Todd, making some cringe-inducing goo goo eyes his way, though, to be fair, Sam did normalize him on the podcast and edit out all of his weird quirks, so on the surface, Todd seemed like a regular dude… maybe even a catch. The duo had a lot in common, including digging deeper into Alberta’s past, but Alberta couldn’t stand by and watch the only relative that she’s met in decades fall into the hands of her stalker. The solution? Illuminate Todd’s eccentric nature to Alicia. The ghosts, and Sam, devised a plan to “cod block” any potential romance by telling Alicia everything there is to know about Todd… including that he has a back tattoo of Alberta, that he lives with his mom, and that he has Alberta’s toenail framed in his museum.
That’s all Alicia needed to hear to understand that the image she had of Todd based on the podcast was far from the reality of the situation. Sam was a good friend for sparing Alicia from going down that path, while Alberta felt like a good “mom” for helping her dodge the bullet. It’s the least she can do.
Though, she quickly learned that parenting wins are short-lived as Alicia decided she was going to give up her established career as a lawyer to pursue singing. You would think that Alberta would be tickled by Alicia’s interest in the craft and following in the family’s footsteps, but Alberta is a real one who didn’t want to see Alicia destroy the great life she’s built for herself for a career that could be filled with disappointments. She knew all too well how hard it was to break through in the industry.
But when she finally heard Alicia sing, there was no denying that the soulful talent ran through her veins. Alberta’s spirit lived on in her, and the only shame was that Sam and the ghosts were the only people to witness that magical duet. Just imagine if Alicia knew that she was harmonizing with Alberta’s ghost!
At that moment, Alberta realized that Alicia had the gift and she needed to take a shot and pursue her dreams!
Thankfully, we were able to witness the moment as well, which brought the storyline full circle.
Had the episode ended right then and there, it would’ve gone out on a heartwarming note, but Alicia decided to guest on the podcast about Alberta’s murder, and the foursome—Jay is now included and very eager for his time on the mic—pieced some clues together and made a shocking discovery.
Alicia revealed that Reese, Alberta’s sister, dated Earl after Alberta’s death, which was news to everyone. And Reese’s real name was Teresa, which means that she could be the “T” from the love letters, and thus, she could be the accomplice in Alberta’s murder.
Hearing the poor woman utter, “My own sister murdered me,” sent chills up my spine, but that just means that this is one hell of a good murder podcast—and even better promotion for the B&B.
Could Alicia be the key to solving Alberta’s murder? And will it turn out to be an inside job—a crime of passion, love, and desire?!
The other exciting development in the episode involved Hetty coming clean about her dalliance with Trevor. And to that, I say, about time!
Nigel, Isaac’s boyfriend, walked in on Trevor and Hetty’s lovemaking in a previous episode, so he felt that he had the upper hand by threatening to expose them to the group unless they agreed to give him what he wanted—a room with a TV.
While Hetty was more than happy to oblige to his demands, Trevor wasn’t as enthusiastic, and he began to realize that Hetty wasn’t just keeping the relationship a secret because it was “hot,” she was effectively doing so because she was embarrassed by him.
Understandably, a woman like Hetty wouldn’t be comfortable admitting that she actually has feelings for Trevor, but I love that he understood his own value and stood up for himself by putting an end to their “fa doodling” because being kept a secret on purpose was hurtful. He deserved better… even if there aren’t that many options around.
The moment led to some great character growth for Hetty as she finally mustered up the courage to tell the other ghosts that she was sleeping with Trevor.
And the surprise on their faces was well worth the wait and thoroughly enjoyable. I especially love the support she got from Isaac, who was genuinely happy for her. Their friendship is so genuine. And I personally cannot wait to see how this relationship progresses now that everything is in the open because while it may be unconventional, there’s a real connection between Hetty and Trevor that deserves to be explored outside of the bedroom.
And that, dear Nigel (or as Hetty referred to him, British twerp/dirty little teapot), is a checkmate! This rivalry is just as thrilling as I expected.
As for the funniest moment in the episode, it was Thor weighing in with advice as he is the father of an adult male baby ghost. Just say that in Thor’s accent, and I promise, it’ll keep you laughing for hours.
What did you think of the episode?
Ghosts Recap – Weekend From Hell (217)
Ghosts gets better and better with each passing week, delivering yet another home-run episode.
While I love all of the ghosts equally, I’ve found that I enjoy Alberta and Hetty-focused episodes the most, so Ghosts Season 2 Episode 17 was a true delight.
Though, much like Hetty, I’m thankful that Elias’ return from the underworld was short-lived—that man was insufferable.
And during his short visit, he essentially created hell on Earth for everyone involved. It’s not surprising that Hetty hated his guts and even hesitated to save Pete’s life if it meant spending the rest of eternity in her ex’s presence. Let the lady think on it!
Eventually, Hetty did the right thing by Pete, although, I hardly think her decision to forgive Elias had much to do with saving Pete and everything to do with saving herself. She wanted to help, sure, but when it came down to it, the only thing that truly helped her forgive her late husband was the knowledge that it would also help set her free from his grasp. She’s been harboring so much hatred and resentment toward him, allowing him to still have a hold on her, which was only hurting her in the long run.
I was expecting Elias’ return to somehow impact her dalliance with Trevor, possibly unearthing the unconventional—yet wickedly fun and unexpected—relationship with the rest of the ghosts, or, at the very least, making Trevor jealous. Both Hetty and Trevor are downplaying their tryst, but it’s clear that they have some very real feelings for each other, and I want the series to explore that plot line deeper. Frankly, Elias’ arrival would’ve been the perfect backdrop for it.
Unfortunately, Trevor was far removed from the drama throughout the half hour, but to be fair, a lot was going on at Woodstone Manor—there were more pressing issues in the kitchen that we’ll get back to in a second.
Elias revealed that his whole “I’ve changed” shtick was a complete lie because, as we know, people, especially men like him, don’t change. He was trying to trick Hetty into signing the forgiveness papers so that he could score a “get out of hell” free card, and when she caught on, he used his devious ways to trick poor Pete instead. The former troop leader is such a good person that he willingly sold his soul to the devil to save his grandson little Pete after he found out about his tragic accident. Turns out, that was also a trick on Elias’ part—yes, hell apparently is all emails and meetings that should’ve been emails—because he’s a sneaky bastard who did more than prove that he’s right where he belongs in the fiery depths of the underworld.
Even after Hetty agreed to forgive him and formally sign the contract, Elias still attempted to drag Pete back down with him, and it was genuinely nice to see Pete fight back with a jab between the eyes and a shot at the genitals. It was equally as hilarious to realize that Elias decided hell was better than staying at the Manor where he would be bullied by Thor, though, it makes sense because you know Thor would’ve genuinely enjoyed it. Violence is his favorite pastime.
As mentioned before, a lot was going on at the Manor, and over in the kitchen, Jay got “Flowered” a.k.a he walked through Flower and got high, and then made a really exceptional meal for the guests that he had absolutely no recollection of cooking. The ghosts could’ve prevented it by just warning Sam, but as we’ve learned, they’re all pretty bored and always looking for some kind of entertainment, particularly Sass! He’s the naughty one that’s always suggesting they let a questionable situation play out just for fun.
When the guest revealed that she called the Menu Hunter, a well-known TV food critic, to check out Jay’s cooking, he was understandably nervous. The ghosts suggested simply recreating the situation that led to the magic in the first place, but Jay was having what Flower referred to as a crisis of confidence—he didn’t think his cooking was good enough to impress the Menu Hunter—and no amount of drugs could fix that.
While Sam always does her best to include Jay in all ghostly activities, this time, she tapped into her inner nerd to give him an inspirational pep talk, which was a welcome change of pace. And while his lamb chops may have been the best she’s ever had, once Elias walked through her with his powers of horniness, well, let’s just say it was a meal she’d never forget and vividly enjoyed.
There really never is a dull day in that place.
Other Memorable Manor Moments
- Elias saying that Chumbawumba’s “Tubthumping” was the worst thing about hell was only made funnier by Trevor’s admission that he loves the song. Hetty’s past and current lovers couldn’t be more different, but I guess that’s for the best.
- Poor Jay was just trying to have a bonding time with the ghosts and had no idea that all hell was breaking loose around him.
- Alberta saying that Hetty can’t “let Pete go down on us” was too damn funny, but it was nice to see everyone stand up for Pete and urge Hetty to do the right thing by one of her own.
- Flower suggesting that “more drugs are usually the answer” is so on brand.
What did you think of the episode?
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