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Ghosts Review – Ghostwriter (1×14)

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Man, I missed the ghosts of Woodstone Manor man than I liked to believe during the Ghosts hiatus.

But the sitcom returned with its usual punchy one-liners and a fun storyline that finally put Sassapis in the spotlight. About time, right?

So many of you have left comments wondering why Sass is always missing from the episodes, so it was nice to have him take charge for a change. 

Sass’ backstory allowed us to get a little more insight into an already incredible character while also connecting him to the present-day shenanigans — those shenanigans being Sam’s writer’s block. 

We’ve all been there… or, at least I have. Writer’s block is no fun, so it was awesome that she had another storyteller to bounce ideas off of. 

However, the issue Sam and Sass ran into is that they were one and the same. They were both creative forces who thought their ideas were the best. And they weren’t willing to compromise. 

Sam wouldn’t budge on Sass’ idea to sell the B&B using copy in the voice of a tree that’s been on the property for ages. And while I agree, it doesn’t sound appealing to the masses in 2022, it was a creative idea that Sam could’ve expanded on with her own touch. 

One of the keys to running a successful business is standing out from the crowd. 

However, it turns out that it wasn’t just Sass’s idea or the writer’s block that was preventing Sam from coming up with copy to launch the B&B website, it was fear of failure. She was looking for every excuse in the book to stall the website launch. 

Now, I’m sure we can all relate to that one.

Sam was afraid that if she finished the copy, it would make the B&B real. And once the website was launched, if they didn’t get enough reservations, they would have to shut down, which would prove that Sam’s idea was fruitless to begin with. 

Sass gave Sam a pretty wicked pep talk about taking the leap and trying something new. He even gave her the eagle feather his father gave him to show that he believes in her… symbolically of course, since the feather immediately returned to Sass’s being.

We haven’t seen Sam and Sass bond all that much, so it was a sweet moment. 

Sam finally found the right words to describe her B&B to the world — with a little help from Woody the tree — and the website went live. 

There weren’t any bookings in the first four seconds, but that doesn’t indicate failure in the slightest. And maybe someone should remind Jay and Sam that marketing is key… including social media marketing. 

The plot delved even further into Sass’ storytelling through flashbacks with his father. 

Sass informed him he wanted to pursue this career to which his father — fearful that he wouldn’t succeed — responded that he should pick a safer career like hunter or warrior. 

And that just goes to show you how powerful words are. Also, people in the 1500s were also afraid of public speaking it turns out. 

While we never got to find out how Sass died, we did learn that he died just before he got to pursue his dream of storytelling. 

In true Sam form, she gathers the ghosts and gives the floor for Sass to do his thing. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room!

The ghosts may quibble but they’re all so supportive of each other. It’s truly the sweetest thing. 

With each new episode, I find myself feeling more and more sorry for Jay that he can’t see the ghosts. It’s almost like, can he go ahead and bump his head and have a near brush with death so that he can get in on all the action?

The poor guy was watching basketball with Pete via communication with Sam. She’s third-wheeling it hard.

 It’s safe to say that Jay would’ve gotten along swimmingly with all the ghosts. 

Sadly, when Sam went to focus on the website copy, he could no longer geek out with Pete about the game, so he replaced him with a real-life human, which really bummed Pete out. 

Pete wanted to find a new basketball buddy but none of the men in the mansion were into it. And while Flower tried to tell him she’s a huge fan, surprisingly, he kept dismissing her because she was a woman. 

Eventually, after a pep talk from newfound feminist Hetty, Flower confronted Pete about the fact that he wouldn’t watch the game with her. 

Pete apologized… and then quickly learned that compared to groovy Flower, he knew nothing about basketball. 

His whole life has been a lie. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you glad we finally got Sass’ backstory?

Do you love to see the camaraderie between the ghosts and the livings?

Were you surprised that Flower was into basketball?

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Ghosts Review – Ghost Hunter (213)

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Ghosts Recap Ghost Hunter Season 2 Episode 13

Who ya gonna call?

Ghosts Season 2 Episode 13 delivered an exceptional episode yet again, this time bringing Sam, Jay, and the ghosts even closer together. 

While Freddie initially seemed like a great addition to the B&B, it’s been a bit of a rough road for the three of them, and when he brought in a ghost trap inside the manor, it was the final straw. 

Freddie took action after noticing some weird things around the manor, including the video of the keys pressing in all on their own. He knew the place was haunted, but Sam and Jay simply laughed off his concerns and made him feel crazy. As Trevor explained, it was the only way. 

Sam and Jay didn’t want to lose Freddie as he was a huge help around the B&B, but after he almost killed three of the ghosts—I guess they are already dead so he would’ve just eviscerated them which is somehow worse—the ghosts couldn’t allow him to stick around since he was a liability. 

And honestly, I don’t blame them. 

Freddie brought a handful of gadgets into the manor with the sole intention of getting rid of them! He wasn’t open-minded about the possibility of there being cool ghosts in the house, nope, he went all Ghostbusters on them. Freddie was enemy number one, especially when the Latvian Ghost Trap 2000 worked. 

No one actually expected any of the tools to work since the first two were total busts and didn’t even detect the ghosts sitting right next to Freddie. Oh, if he only knew. 

Freddie wasn’t just passively hunting the ghosts—he was diabolical in his plan, placing a cookie on the trap as bait, which kind of worked. He may not know a whole lot about ghosts, but he sure knew that no one could resist a cookie, even if they were just coming for the smells.

The ghosts were aware that this could be their demise, so they decided to test if the machine was dangerous. Pete was too afraid to touch the ghost trap despite being the chosen one (the first time, it wasn’t fair, but the second time, the dice rolled on him so it was kind of his duty!), and when he challenged Thor’s manhood, the Viking took the chance… and got sucked right in. It’s better than being sucked off, right?

Naturally, all the ghosts went into panic mode, and the creative forces behind the episode really nailed the juxtaposition between the ghost world and Jay just grabbing the cookie and eating it peacefully without a care in the world because he can’t see them. 

The moment Sam was alerted to what happened, she looped Jay in, and they began to brainstorm a plan of action. 

With Thor’s life hanging in the balance, Sam had no choice but to turn to Freddie and find out how they would, hypothetically, get a ghost out of the trap. 

Things then intensified when Flower forgot what happened, touched the ghost trap, and got sucked in shortly after forgetting what happened. 

The whole episode was an absolute hoot, but Flower managed to steal the show by consistently forgetting what was going on and shockingly exclaiming: “Thor is stuck in a ghost trap.” Poor Flower. It’s so funny to us, but it must be such a trip to die while you’re tripping to spend eternity on a loop.

During her moments of lucidity, the ghost trap was a vessel to propel Flower and Thor’s relationship forward. When they thought they were going to die, Thor and Flower decided to seize the moment, which was then interrupted by their “third,” Pete. It always boils down to a third, it seems. 

Pete was given a shot at redeeming himself after wimping out earlier. He spent all of his living life running away, but now, when it mattered, he did the right thing and finally faced his fears, volunteering as tribute when they realized that the “2 and under” inscription on the ghost trap wasn’t a warning for kids but rather a disclaimer that the trap could only hold two ghost energies at a time. Once they overloaded it with ghosts, the hope was that they would all be set free, which is where Pete’s sacrifice came into play. 

When Pete faced his fears, he inspired Flower to face hers, and she agreed to go on a one-on-one date with Thor. I’m really just so excited about this pairing! 

Thankfully, no ghosts were hurt in the making of this episode, and they were all back to watching TV and roaming around in no time. 

Jay was able to get in on the action, but it wasn’t without a fight. When Sam explained that the “ghost stuff” was kind of her thing, it was a little disheartening considering how invested Jay has always been despite not being able to see the ghosts. And he is the guy in the Atari shirt, after all—he knows a thing or two and should be considered when there’s a whole “save Thor and Flower” plan in motion. He may not have a physical relationship with the ghosts, but he still loves them and would never let any harm come their way, and he made that very clear. I genuinely love how supportive Jay is throughout all of this. 

Freddie decided to quit because he didn’t feel comfortable working somewhere with ghosts, and Alberta’s final humming set him over the edge. I know that ghosts are always portrayed as evil and vengeful on television, but Freddie is missing out on getting to know a truly eclectic and fun bunch. But when the ghosts decide you’re no longer a good fit, there’s not much else that can be done. 

Sass managed to stay away from all the house shenanigans as he spent time with Jessica, the car ghost, who was now permanently living outside of the Woodstone Manor after Sam forced Jay to purchase the car after Freddie sold it. We all saw this storyline coming, but I was surprised by how quickly they wrapped it up. 

It was probably for the better that Sass and Jessica figured out that they progressed things too quickly. The relationship was doomed from the start because of its constraints. Sass had a whole life inside the manor, while Jessica thrived being out on the road. Once Jay and Sam purchased the car, she was limited in her experiences which was, well, boring. No relationship could survive that, especially since Jessica was such a free spirit. 

Hopefully, wherever her new metalhead driver takes her, she meets some fun ghosts along the way. 

The breakup was so permanent because Sass and Jessica can never see each other again, nor can they communicate. It was goodbye forever, and that’s a heavy thing to take on. At least Sass has some friends to lean on during the breakup but Jessica is all alone. And yet, something tells me she’ll be just fine. Who can even think with the music that loud?

As for the best line of the night? Aside from Flower’s shock at Thor being trapped, it definitely had to be Hetty’s comment about giving children a stuffed raven and lead-based rattle to calm them down. Man, I’m glad parenting has evolved. 

The upcoming episode of Ghosts will feature a guest appearance from Trevor’s crush, Tara Reid! 

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Ghosts Review – The Family Business (212)

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Ghosts Recap Season 2 Episode 12 The Family Business

Sam and Jay’s professional relationship with their new assistant Freddie got a rocky start, and it only got worse on Ghosts Season 2 Episode 12. 

The poor guy must really love his job if he’s willing to come back after being fired…twice. 

But no one said this was going to be easy, especially with a flock of very opinionated—and bored—ghosts whispering into Sam’s ear at every turn. 

It all started when Hetty attempted to remind Sam that she should never “compliment the help,” which eventually escalated into distaste for Sam taking an interest in Freddie’s personal life. I know Hetty was a boss babe in her time, but she hasn’t actually kept up with the times, and thus, she doesn’t really understand the modern-day work dynamic. Her methods were likely frowned upon in her timeline as well, but there weren’t labor laws. No one wants to work with an uptight boss, however, and Sam was right to ignore Hetty’s “advice.” There’s nothing wrong with an employer buddying up to their employee.

Unfortunately, it kind of backfired on Sam when the advice she gave Freddie about having a voice in his relationship—which was actually solid—led to a breakup. Freddie was a mess, as you’d expect from someone who was just dumped by the love of his life. Jay and Sam were super understanding, which again, didn’t sit well with Hetty as she saw his emotional display as a sign of weakness. 

When she realized Samantha wasn’t going to listen to her suggestion about tough love, she decided to take matters into her own hands. By now, we’ve learned that the ghosts tend to make a bad situation even worse—like, they are really skilled at creating problems from the “beyond.”

Hetty roped Trevor into her master plan, sabotaging both Freddie and Sam and Jay’s business in the process. She claimed it was to teach Sam a lesson and push her to act like the kind of boss that she envisioned, but eventually when they had a heart-to-heart about everything, Hetty realized her motivations were a bit more personal. Hetty explained that she was a pretty absent mother, and upon her death, she was forced to watch her children—and the generations to come—make decisions while she stood by helplessly, unable to give any advice. But now that Sam can actually see and hear her, Hetty took it as her second chance and went a little overboard. 

It’s hilarious that they were able to figure out that Trevor made the system update solely based on the fact that he changed the occupancy to “69.” Classic Trevor. But who can blame him? This is the only entertainment he gets. And there aren’t any real consequences for his actions. 

The good news is that there weren’t dire consequences for the Woodstone Manor either as Sam and Jay were able to convince Freddie to take his job back… again. I’m kind of bummed we didn’t get to see them resolve the problem with the double booking though. It felt like a missed opportunity for the writers. 

With Freddie comes Jessica, the “landship ghost” who is tethered to Freddie’s car, and who just embraced a relationship with Sass. Our boy is all grown up and in his first real relationship! And not only have they had their first kiss, but they’ve also had their first fight. Jealousy is a normal feeling, even for ghosts. Poor Sass painted this picture in his mind after Alberta detailed all her relationships while living life on the road, which caused him to act out of character. Thankfully, after they were honest with each other, Jessica made sure to quell Sass’ worries by confirming that she was only seeing him. 

That means we now have two ghost couples—Jessica and Sass and Nigel and Isaac. 

And then there’s the unexpected dalliance between Hetty and Trevor. Never in a million years did I see that coming, and I figured it was just an “in the spirit of the holidays,” caught-up-in-the-moment kind of situation, but there seems to be some serious sexual tension between the two of them. Trevor doesn’t seem like the kind of guy Hetty would ever go for—and vice versa—but in some weird way, it makes sense. And I don’t hate it. Plus, it’s not like they have a huge dating pool to choose from. We can’t all be Jessica who has not one but two ripped ghosts in the vicinity.

Though, can you imagine if all the other ghosts found out? They’d never let them live it down.

Freddie’s inclusion in the series opens up so many possibilities, specifically the installation of the security camera, which definitely revealed that the Woodstone Manor is haunted. I’m not sure what Freddie is going to do with the footage, or if he’ll ask Sam about it, but this is fun little development. Nothing has managed to scare Freddie off just yet, but will a group of ghosts be a dealbreaker?

What did you think of the episode? 

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Ghosts Review – The Perfect Assistant (2×11)

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Ghosts kicked off the new year with a stellar new episode. 

With the Woodstone Manor in full swing as a B&B, Sam and Jay decided they were in need of some help managing things.

But their attempt to hire the perfect assistant didn’t go as planned mainly because of the ghosts, whose meddling, now that I think about it, tends to do more harm than good. 

On paper, and in person, Freddie seemed like an ideal candidate, with Flower even commenting that Sam and Jay found “their third.” But all of that changed when the ghosts unearthed his dark secret from the car ghost (the dead ghost living inside his car)—he was a murderer!

The series continues to find interesting ways to introduce new ghosts: Judy and Bjorn, Thor’s son, the ghosts in the Farnsby house, and now, Jessica, Freddie’s car ghost, whose arrival immediately stirred up a world of drama. 

I love that all of the ghosts—and Jay—were tickled and shocked by the possibility of a car ghost whose perimeter spans five feet away from the car. 

And it’s actually shocking that they haven’t encountered a car ghost yet considering how common car deaths are. The fact that they are so common is why having car ghosts as a thing just makes sense. 

In a way, they are the lucky ones because they aren’t confined to one space, per se. Yes, they’re stuck in a moving vehicle and bound to wherever it goes, but they can see the world, which is exactly why Jessica made up the rumor about Freddie in the first place. 

Freddie was a lot of things, but he wasn’t a murderer. And he didn’t kill her during a hit-and-run and then bury her body in the woods as she claimed.

For a moment, as we all believed it, it was a juicy twist. I kind of wish they rolled with it. And since we didn’t know much about Freddie, it seemed like a legitimate story at first, especially as Sam and Jay didn’t seem to run any background checks on him. However, the story began to fall apart when they realized that Jessica had the key to the car the whole time. 

If this was Freddie’s car and he was the killer, why would she have the key? Turns out, she made up the story to get Freddie fired so that he would continue being a delivery boy and she could live it up on the “open road” and take advantage of the free smells.

Honestly, you can’t blame a girl for trying. She doesn’t have much going for her—and being in a permanently buzzed state means she likely has the munchies all the time. I also liked that the series tried to underscore the dangers of drinking and driving with Jessica’s death. 

The ghosts could’ve, and should’ve, immediately told Sam that Freddie wasn’t a murderer. They had enough time to turn it all around, but they chose to be selfish and sealed Freddie’s fate along the way. Alberta and Hetty felt neglected by Sam, who was largely ignoring them now that Freddie was around so that she wouldn’t come off as deranged. The ghosts didn’t like that and figured that if Sam and Jay let Freddie go, they’d have their “Sam time” back. Of course, they failed to realize that by getting an assistant, Sam was hoping to have more time for everything—the ghosts included. 

With that realization, and the guilt from seeing Sam and Jay busier than ever, they came clean about the whole Freddie misunderstanding. And the moment his name was cleared, Sam and Jay went the extra mile to get him back. It’s hilarious that sometimes Sam forgets that Jay can’t hear the ghosts, but it also really sucks for him cause he’s always in the dark. His life is such a rollercoaster. 

Freddie agreed to take his job back, which was not only great for Sam and Jay but also a blessing for Sass, who has a huge crush on Jessica. 

It’ll be interesting to see this potential relationship pan out as all we’ve ever seen romantically from the ghosts has been Nigel and Issac. Sass never got to have a real relationship while he was alive, but now he has a chance since Jessica will be there most days. They just have to make sure that Freddie never sells the car or finds a new job. I could totally see Sam offering to buy the car off of Freddie just so Sass and Jessica could stay together. Either way, this opens up a world of possibilities. And it’s honestly so surprising that Trevor wasn’t into her.

There’s also the fact that Freddie mentioned he wants to open up his own B&B in the future. Let’s hope he doesn’t turn into competition.

With Freddie around, there will be a new dynamic no doubt, so while I’m not as concerned as the ghosts that we’ll lose Sam, she’ll have to be more careful with the shenanigans. Though, I guess the same could be said for all the guests around. 

There was a secondary plot including Thor’s son, Bjorn, who confessed to his father that he was being bullied by the other house ghost, Judy. I know they have no other means of communication, but every single time they yell to each other, it cracks me up.

Thor’s solution was to fight a bully with violence, but it was actually Pete who was able to shine in this storyline as someone who was once bullied and understood the proper way to deal with one. 

When Thor felt insulted that Pete was trying to take his place as a father, Pete, who is truly like the sweet uncle, admitted that he had a tough dad who pushed him to solve his problems through aggression and it didn’t work cause all little Pete wanted was someone to understand him and accept him for who he was. It seemed to resonate with Thor, even though he acted as though he came up with the idea, and in a not-so-shocking twist, Bjorn found out that the only reason the ’50s housewife was bullying him was because she had a crush on him. 

The episode ended with Thor giving his adult ghost baby son, who already has kids of his own, “the talk.”

In the words of Flower, let him have this moment. 

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