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Ghosts Holiday Episode Review – The Christmas Spirit (209 and 210)

“The Christmas Spirit: Part Two” – In part two of a special one-hour #Ghostsmas episode, Sam and Thorfinn get caught in the crossfire as the scheme Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel), and the ghosts have conjured up goes awry. Also, Isaac’s marriage to Beatrice sheds light on how apprehensive he has been in communicating his feelings to Nigel, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Asher Grodman as Trevor and Roman Zaragoza as Sasappis. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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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. 

“The Christmas Spirit: Part Two” – In part two of a special one-hour #Ghostsmas episode, Sam and Thorfinn get caught in the crossfire as the scheme Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel), and the ghosts have conjured up goes awry. Also, Isaac’s marriage to Beatrice sheds light on how apprehensive he has been in communicating his feelings to Nigel, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, Dec. 15 (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured (L-R): Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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? 

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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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