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Ghosts Review – Halloween (1×05)

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There’s nothing more on-brand for a show titled Ghosts than a Halloween episode. 

But in a surprising twist, the ghosts haunting the Woodstone Manison were less than thrilled by the spooky holiday. 

In their own words, they find the whole thing rather offensive. 

And I guess from that perspective, I get it. Anyone who dresses up as a ghost is essentially mocking them. 

However, celebrating All Hallow’s Eve allowed for some innocent shenanigans and punny jocks at their expense. 

When a group of Stranger Things-esque kids stopped by to egg the house — an annual tradition — Sam and Jay were prepared to take them on. 

First, they attempted to reason with words. Poor Jay thought that he could get through to a bunch of teens by being “cool.”

When that didn’t work, he suggested letting it go, but Samantha was all about holding them accountable and teaching them consequences, an approach that was egged on by the ghosts. 

While I don’t necessarily think “calling their mommies” was the right way to go, Sam and Jay definitely should’ve had a better plan. 

They were forewarned about these kids — they had time to come up with something that taught a lesson.

You would think Jay of all people would be a little more creative. 

However, Sam won this battle, so Zack and his mother were called to the house.

Since he made a threatening gesture before he walked off, it was easier for the ghosts to convince Sam and Jay that the kids burned down the gazebo when it was definitely their fault. 

Thornfill didn’t mean to — he simply wanted to turn off the gazebo lights so that it wasn’t the kids’ next target. 

However, his powers got the best of him. 

And the worst thing about being a ghost is that they weren’t able to put out the fire after starting it. They were helpless. 

When the opportunity to lie and blame it on the kids presented itself, it was Hetty and Isaac that really jumped on board. 

I don’t think they actually thought through the consequences of their white lie, which definitely wasn’t innocent. 

Arson is a huge deal — much bigger than T-peeing or egging a house. 

Once they realized, they still decided to let the kids take the fall until Alberta figured it out and Trevor gave a movie-like speech about being better than the villains they are portrayed to be. 

Isaac eventually came clean, which put Sam in a tight spot since the cops were already on the premises investigating. 

At that point, it just made them look like arsonists, and that’s never a good look when you’re new to the area. 

Sam decided to embrace the lesson the ghosts brought up in the begging about being held accountable for their actions. 

While you can’t do any bodily harm to a ghost, you can take away their TV privileges… and that’s the worst kind of punishment for those who can’t do have any other form of entertainment. 

Jay kept calling this the lamest Halloween ever because he wasn’t partying on some rooftop like his friends, but honestly, that’s overrated. 

I’m glad he finally came to the realization that living in a haunted mansion with ghosts who burn down your gazebo on Halloween is the best way to celebrate. 

Also, why couldn’t they just throw a mansion party and invite their friends?

There were some hilarious moments throughout the episosde, but here were some of the best:

  • Hetty has the best-offhand comments. Calling the mother a wench that works at Applebee’s was the best line of the episode. A close second was saying that children should be at home or at the factory. 
  • The ghosts watching Ghostbusters from a “new perspective” and calling it a crime was a vibe. 
  •  Sasa defending the fact that he had sex and Thorfin assuring him that he believes him because he watched him many itmes. 
  • The decorations at the mansion were incredible. When does Sam have the time?

What did you think of the Halloween-themed episode? Let us know in the comments!


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Ghosts Review – Jay’s Sister (1×12)

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Ghosts Review Jay's Sister Season 1 Episode 12

First, we met Sam’s mom, now, we’re meeting Jay’s sister. 

And Bela unknowingly had quite a connection with a ghost as was revealed on Ghosts Season 1 Episode 12. 

Bela came to Woodstone Mansion to visit Jay following a huge breakup. 

Sam wanted to use her heartbreak to connect with Bela in hopes of forming a closer relationship with her “sister,” but when Bela arrived, she informed them that she had already moved on. 

With who? Trevor.

Now, I can get behind the idea of Trevor mustering up all his strength to create a dating profile. It tracks. 

But it seems quite far-fetched that he’d be able to manipulate his powers into having full text conversations through the app. 

But alas, that’s what the episode wants us to believe. 

Trevor explains that he was really intrigued by the idea of online dating and decided to search for his soulmate, eventually landing upon Bela. 

It’s hard to blame the guy when he literally has no other entertainment. The least he can do is chat up some hot ladies on the internet, right?

Though, it’s never really that innocent because, as we see, feelings are almost always involved. 

Bela was smitten with Trevor, so Jay and Sam decided to have Trevor break things off. 

You would think that they would turn down the volume on the iPad in case Bela decided to chew out Trevor, but they overlooked that, so whenever she sent a message, it pinged in the house.

Eventually, Bela figured out that Jay and Sam were behind the account, and she thought that they made it because they didn’t think she had a shot at finding love.

Sam couldn’t see Bela and Jay’s relationship take such a devastating turn, so she came clean about ghosts.

Bela’s reaction was definitely expected. Who would actually believe the ghost story?

However, Sam could prove it by showing her a light flickering, eerie sounds, and even knowing exactly what Bela had in her bag.

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It was a clever way to convince Bela, and it even brought them closer together. 

Aside from Jay, Bela is now the only other person who knows about Sam’s abilities. How fun?

It’s a huge secret to entrust someone with, so I’m glad that Bela was cool about it and promised to keep it a secret. 

And since she knew the truth, Trevor was able to apologize for the pain he caused her. 

It’s always refreshing to see the douchey character get super vulnerable. Trevor’s not a bad guy, he’s just a guy.

Who knows? Maybe if he was still alive, Bela would’ve been his perfect match.

Elsewhere in the house, Pete finally stood up to the other ghosts and stopped being a pushover. And it was all Nancy’s handiwork.

I like Pete; I like his morals, and I like what he stands for. I don’t want anyone to change him. However, it’s not a flaw to be able to stand up for yourself. 

The ghosts definitely take advantage of Pete, so it was nice to see him finally put himself first. 

And I can’t be the only one who is happy Nancy is going back down to the cholera pit. She was kind of insufferable. 

Pete’s newfound attitude and confidence will also likely going to put him even more on Alberta’s radar. Maybe his crush on her will finally pay off?

Would you like to see a relationship form between Pete and Alberta?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Ghosts Review – Possession (1×10)

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Ghosts Review Possession Season 1 Episode 10

What’s weirder than living in a house haunted by ghosts?

Accidentally becoming possessed by one of those ghosts. 

But the silver lining is that Jay finally got to get in on the action. 

Jay is in this unique position where he’s always privy to what’s going on in the mansion, but he can’t actually see the ghosts. 

It has to be quite a bummer. However, on Ghosts Season 1 Episode 10 that all changed when he accidentally became possessed by Hetty. 

The outcome was a hilarious episode that really showed off Utkarsh Ambudkar’s acting chops. 

I mean, he nailed Hetty’s mannerisms and way of speaking. And he absolutely sold the whole internal battle that was happening every time Hetty battled to come out to the surface. 

Truthfully, I don’t think there’s a greater scene on television than watching Jay — as Hetty — stuff himself with a bowl of Cheetos. 

Good on Hetty for finally tasting food for the first time in 130 years. 

You can’t blame her for getting carried away. This is a freedom she hasn’t experienced in a very long time. 

But it wasn’t an opportune time as Michael Davenport, a top-notch wedding planner, was coming to size up the mansion for a potential wedding. 

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Jay and Sam’s future as a B&B and event space was riding on this considering the couple had a lot of ritzy friends that could spread the word. 

As Davenport was getting quite impatient with Jay’s dual personality, Flower revealed one of her powers — she can make people high simply by walking through them. 

Talk about flower power! 

In between wrestling with his inner-Hetty, Jay attempted to cook a “squad” aka the pigeon from their attic to impress Davenport. 

All I’m going to say is gross. 

Though, I think I’d be tempted if someone served me a dish sprinkled with Cheeto dust. Hetty. Did. That. 

It did feel like a missed opportunity for Jay not to be able to see the ghosts. Unless he has a near-death experience, he’s never going to be able to see them, so it would’ve been nice for him to put names to faces and get that experience for once. 

At least he was able to get a glimpse at how feisty and direct Hetty is. 

And she got to really live for a day, even though her plan of escaping to Paris was thwarted. 

Again, can you blame her? She always put herself second in life and this was her chance to do it all over again. 

We’d all take it. 

And lastly, a reminder to always look your best in case you die and get stuck in a worldly purgatory in the clothes you were wearing at that very moment. You never think about your afterlife look, but maybe you should?

Ghosts has become one of the best sitcoms of the season! What did you think of the episode? 


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Ghosts Recap – The British Are Coming… Out (1×08)

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Ghosts Season 1 Episode 8 Review D&D

Ghosts has nailed every single episode in its freshman season. 

We’ve seen the origin stories of Thor, Pete, Flower, and now, Isaac gets his glory moment. 

And his glory moment involves an awesome coming out story as both a gay man and…. a murderer. 

The latter, admittedly, was much more shocking. 

In a “life’s funny that way” kind of twist, the man Isaac has been crushing on since the 1700s was also the man he accidentally killed with the “Eyesaac,” a musket with a spy glass — an invention of his own making. 

Isaac took the accidental shot while spying on — ok, fine, more like oogling — Nigel, the sworn enemy of the British army. 

When Sam stumbled upon the three British soldiers living in the shed while trying to demolish it, she unintentionally opened the door for a meet-cute. 

The chemistry between Nigel and Isaac was palpable, and the ghosts ensured her that they’ve been flirting like this for hundreds of year with neither making a move. 

That obviously isn’t surprising because being part of the LGBTQ community in those days wasn’t as accepted as it is now. 

But Sam, who we know is more than thrilled to play matchmaker between the ghosts, encouraged Isaac to finally get the secret off of his chest. 

Unfortunately, she thought the big secret was his feelings for Nigel, but instead, Isaac came clean about the cold blooded murder, which Nigel didn’t take all that well. 

While the crime — of passion — happened hundreds of years ago, I guess the bitterness of death and knowing who led to your demise never really wears of. 

Mostly, Nigel was upset that Isaac kept it a secret. 

As punishment, he declared a war over the living quarters, but Isaac and the rest of the ghosts weren’t going down without a fight. 

After all, this is American land, a point that Trevor was all too eager to make as he chanted “USA” like a frat bro. 

The “war” was reminiscent of a “Mean Girls” catfight, so Sam suggested another way to settle the score — a game of D&D. 

While Nigel and Isaac decided to put themselves out of their misery and bury the hatchet before the game was over, it was also the right time for their relationship to blossom. 

Sure, they’re taking things slow, but a walk around the grounds is a good first step. 

Meanwhile, D&D, a staple ’80s game, bonded Jay with the ghosts. The poor guy is stuck in this big house and all he has is Sam, while she has a plethora of personalities consuming her attention at all hours of the day. 

It’s understandable that Jay would feel left out and lonely, especially as his other friends turned on him because of his poor internet connection. How terrible were they?

I’m glad that Sam eventually saw the lights and understood the importance of letting him feel like he was part of the ghost gang. Jay deserves friends too! 

Also, it was hilarious to see the ghosts trying to communicate with Jay while he was showering. It took everything out of Trevor to get a simple message across, but you have to admit that “Make Pizza” is one important request. 

What did you think of Ghosts Season 1 Episode 8?


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