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Ghosts Review – Ghost Prom (1×17)

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It smells like teen spirit!

You know the show is legit whenever an episode pays homage to She’s All That.

Ghosts Season 1 Episode 17 introduced a new ghost living in the mansion, and if you’re wondering why we’ve never seen Stephanie before, well, there’s a good reason: she’s a teen ghosts who spends most of the time catching up on sleep. 

It really brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

A show about a bunch of ghosts who died on the property over the course of a hundred or so years would make a great backdrop for a thriller. At the very least, they now know that they can get away with a few suspenseful moments to mess with the audience. 

And while the episode stuck mostly to the comedic tone that it has developed throughout the course of the season, the beginning where we first met Stephanie had an aura of spookiness.  

In the ’80s, Stephanie and her boyfriend Tad were making out in a car on prom night when a chainsaw killer who escaped from a nearby asylum set his sights on them. 

It seems as though Tad survived the attack, but the same couldn’t be said for Stephanie, who was forced to live out all of eternity in her Madonna-esque outfit and big hair. 

But Stephanie isn’t like the other ghosts. She’s a mean girl who sees Samantha as a threat and a rival. 

When she decides to throw a ghost prom to honor the prom she never got to attend, she establishes that it’s a non-living’s party. 

This doesn’t sit well with Sam, who has a bit of prom PTSD from her teenage years. Apparently, she thought she had a French pen pal that was going to fly to America to take her to prom, but on prom night, it was revealed that her dreamy man was actually one of the mean girl’s at school playing a prank on her. 

Pete overheard the story and confided in Stephanie hoping that she would invite Sam to the ghost prom. However, Stephanie took advantage of the situation by convincing the other ghosts to help prank Samantha by ordering a dozen baguettes, a nod to the bread that was thrown at Sam back in high school. 

The whole thing was just in poor taste; Sam didn’t deserve any of it. 

Stephanie tried to justify her actions by saying that Samantha was too controlling of the ghosts and had too many demands, but Alberta defended their living connection. 

After being the only one who could communicate successfully with the Alexa — a feat considering sometimes it’s hard to get Alexa to listen to a living —  she understood just how annoying all of the ghost’s request truly were.

Also, how much did Alexa pay for this 30-minute sponsorship? Props to the writers for weaseling it in so that it meshed with the plot and didn’t sound like one big ad even though it totally was. 

When the ghosts finally apologized to Sam for their actions, she proved that she’s once again the bigger person. Instead of punishing Stephanie and forcing her to spend yet another prom alone, Sam and the ghosts surprised her with an epic party instead. 

Sam is such a sweetheart!

And since she always puts everyone first,  Jay thought about her for once. He rang the doorbell, gave her a supermarket corsage, and allowed her to have the big prom moment that she’s always wanted complete with “Kiss Me” playing in the background. 

Ghost parties are really next level, aren’t they?

The penultimate episode was stellar as it proved that the mansion is big enough to house many secret ghosts, it set the grounds for the first guests who booked the B&B, and it allowed us to learn more about Sam’s past. 

But the cherry on top was definitely womanizer and finance bro Trevor dodging all of Stephanie’s advances. Their banter was so hilarious.

Alberta and Pete grooving was also really adorable, as was Thor asking Flower to dance. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think the manor is going to become a huge destination for travelers?

What do you anticipate from the upcoming season finale? And do you think Stephanie will return in the next season? I hope so! The ghost group is already full of character, but her energy brought a different dynamic. 

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

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    Ghosts Season 3 Premiere Review - The Owl

    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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    Ghosts Season 2 Finale Recap The Heir

    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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    Ghosts Review – Alberta’s Descendant (218)

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    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.

    Ghosts Season 2 Episode 18 Review Alberta's Descendant

    “Alberta’s Descendant” – Alberta is thrilled when a living relative, Alicia (Ashley D. Kelley), visits Woodstone to learn more about her, but things take a turn when she hits it off with Todd (Rodrigo Fernandez Stoll), Sam’s podcast co-host. Also, Nigel uses his knowledge of Trevor and Hetty’s secret tryst to try to blackmail Hetty, on the CBS Original series GHOSTS, Thursday, March 30 (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): Rose McIver as Samantha, Alicia as Ashley D. Kelley, Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Richie Moriarty as Pete, Danielle Pinnock as Alberta, Sheila Carrasco as Flower and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll as Todd. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    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?

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