When a construction worker discovers a secret passageway under your hundred-year-old mansion, it can either be a really great thing or a terrible disaster.
On Ghosts Season 1 Episode 13, Sam and Jay cracked open the door to secret bank vault — using the birthday of Hetty’s husband maid, no less — only to find that they weren’t going to inherit a bunch of riches.
Instead, another ghost emerged: Hetty’s husband and first cousin (I said what I said), Elias (played by Matt Walsh), a real-life robber baron.
And he was much worse in person then Hetty ever let on. Somehow, he was worse in death than he was in life.
Immediately after emerging from the dark depths of the vault where his only companion was his own very decayed corpse, he attempted to hit on Alberta.
Hetty’s reaction — “really?” — said everything you needed to know.
From there, things only got worse.
When he realized that his obedient wife had changed and become someone who has her own voice and opinions, he was adamant to permanently get rid of the “livings” for corrupting her.
Upon hearing that they needed to host Liz and Kenny’s wedding to put the mansion on the map or they’d bankrupt and be forced to sell, he made it his mission to sabotage them using his newly discovered power.
While walking through people and making them horny isn’t an ideal situation when you have a mansion full of people, it did make for some hilarious television.
First, the social-media maven bride hit on Jay and told him she wanted nothing more than to grab his butt.
Alberta’s “that little thing” comment didn’t go unnoticed, but it was definitely under appreciated with so much going on.
Jay and Samantha contemplated telling Kenny about the incident until the latter realized that this was Elias’s ghost power.
Unfortunately, before she was able to convey the message to Kenny, Elias walked right through her, which made her extra bothered.
He then walked through Jay, who joined his wife in attempting to convince Kenny to have a threesome.
Honestly, I have no idea how Rose McIver or Utkarsh Ambudkar kept a straight face through this scene, but I’d really love to see the bloopers to see how many times they had to film it.
Naturally, the bizarre situation freaked Kenny and Liz out. Samantha tried her best to explain it, you know, without divulging that there was an evil, mustache-twirling ghost running around, but the couple decided not to host their wedding at the mansion.
The realization that they were going to have to sell hit Sam and the ghosts hard. They’ve bonded and become quite a family. Plus, since Sam can see them, this is the most alive they’ve felt in years.
But Elias? He rejoiced in his victory.
Hetty tried to have a come to Jesus moment with her womanizing husband, but he showed no remorse for anything he did prior to death — not the cheating, not the manipulating, not the stealing from other people.
He was genuinely a terrible man who was proud of using other people for his own gain.
The difference here is that he was stuck in a black room for decades, while she was out here watching life play out over generations. She was learning from people, and though some of her ideals were still a little outdated, she changed for the better.
She became a better human.
When Elias made it clear that he wouldn’t change, Hetty told him to go to hell, and to hell he went.
Quite literally. Everyone stood around shocked as the ground opened up and swallowed him into a bright red pit of fire.
Or, as Alberta put it, “he went down on us.”
I’m with Trevor — if that’s how she wants to say it, why not have a little fun?
Elias got what he deserved, but so did Hetty: closure. She finally got to stand up to the disgusting man she married!
I honestly believed that after she made her grand speech about evolving into the kind of woman she could be proud of, she would get sucked off (you know, the term for crossing over into the other world), but losing Hetty wouldn’t benefit the series in the slightest, so for selfish reasons, I’m glad that wasn’t the case.
And now everyone in the house believes that she might have the power to banish people to an eternity of suffering. I could think of a few ways that she can use that to her advantage.
Meanwhile, the ghosts noticed that since Elias had an expensive timepiece on his ghost, it meant that he must have it on his corpse.
Jay took one for the team and dug through the dead guy in the bank vault to fetch the watch. Why didn’t he use gardening gloves?
With such a pricey possession in their hands, the livings bought themselves some extra time to get the BnB ready for customers.
Ghosts has delivered one exceptional episode after the other, but this one was a real treat.
It’s always fun to reconnect with the ghost’s past and explore who they used to be.
But the best part of the episode was that it featured every single ghost. Not every character is featured in every episode, so it’s nice when we get a moment that they are all together.
What did you think of the episode?
Ghosts Review – The Family Business (212)
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?
Ghosts Review – The Perfect Assistant (2×11)
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.
Ghosts Holiday Episode Review – The Christmas Spirit (209 and 210)
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?
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