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Ghosts Review – Viking Funeral (1×03)

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Ghosts continued exploring the relations between the dead (the ghosts) and the living (Sam) on Ghosts Season 1 Episode 3. 

One could only imagine that an episode titled “Viking Funeral” would say goodbye to the beloved Thor.

Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but he was finally able to get the “proper” sendoff he never received. 

Efforts to reconstruct the fountain outside of the property unearthed human remains belonging to the Viking 

When the construction worker explained that he would have to report the finding to the county, he made it very clear that the process would not only be costly but also very time-consuming.

That’s when Sam suggested that they simply get rid of the bones and fulfill Thor’s request of setting them on fire on the pond. 

No bones = no investigation. Everyone wins. 

That is until the construction worker told Jay that if they were authentic Viking bones, they could be worth a large sum of money. 

Jay suggested that they double back and sell the bones to the museum that expressed interest. 

With debts piling up due to renovations, Sam couldn’t resist. 

Naturally, that didn’t sit well with the big guy, which allowed us to dig further into his backstory.

Thor told Sam that all he ever wanted was a “Viking funeral,” which he didn’t get because he was abandoned by his Viking brothers.

Upon learning that he was betrayed by those he trusted and left behind only to get electrocuted due to his metal helmet was heartbreaking. 

And it was further heartbreaking that he now felt that Sam and Jay were abandoning him as well.

I don’t care how much money that museum is offering, but friends don’t let friends down. 

Sma was torn between getting a lot of money and doing right by Thor; I don’t blame Sam for eventually caving in to his demands. 

Not only did she attempt to avoid a Nordic curse placed upon her firstborn, but by giving him a funeral, it was possible that he could finally find peace. 

Or, as the ghosts like to say, he might finally get sucked off. 

I can’t tell you the last time I laughed so hard at such an immature joke, but how could you not? Especially the way Hetty kept saying that they “all dreamed of getting sucked off.”

Sam wanted to explain that they’ve been using it wrong, but she didn’t want to suck away any joy that the yuppie had left in life. 

So, they proceeded with the Viking funeral, which must have been a trippy experience for Jay. He’s part of all the action, but he doesn’t get to see the ghosts.

He’s just out there talking to the abyss and hoping that he’s being heard. What a trooper. 

The funeral was a sweet touch, and for a moment, I really thought Thor was going to get sucked off. 

But instead of the heavens opening up, the glowing light came from a security vehicle that told them to extinguish the open fire on the pond. Fair enough. 

Selfishly, I’m glad Thor stuck around because he’s a great addition to the group. 

The ghosts also held an election to nominate a representative that would discuss ghostly requests with Sam on a weekly basis as to not overwhelm her.

You have to admit that a ghostly project manager is a pretty brilliant idea.

Isaac was very passionate about the election and almost ran unopposed until Alberta stepped up to spite him. 

It was a fun scene that underscored that the ghosts all come from different time periods and thus, have different outlooks on certain subject matters.

Alberta encouraged Hetty to exercise her right to vote as women literally fought for it, but Hetty came from an era where they were not allowed to overtax the female brain.  

Alberta was successful in getting through to Hetty, but she still stood by the belief that women shouldn’t go to college. Baby steps, you know?

Isaac played dirty with an underhanded attempt to rally the basement ghosts to vote, but he was quickly reminded that politics is a dirty, dirty (and smelly) game when the basement ghosts voted for their own representative. 

Democracy truly is a flawed system. 

Sam tried to honor the election and make it work with Creepy Dirk, but she simply couldn’t bring herself to go through with it. 

Who can blame her? Even the upstairs ghosts were having a hard time stomaching it. 

Other Notable Moments

  • Is anyone else shipping Flower and Thor? They got so caught up in the moment when they thought he was dying. 
  • Who is going to break it to Trevor that his stock investment in Circuit City and Blockbuster likely tanked?
  • Sassapis is doing all the work and getting justice for the natives. We owe them everything, including many thanks for inventing popcorn!

What did you think about the episode? Is Ghosts growing on you? Or are you still not sold on the Rose McIver-led single-cam sitcom? Let us know in the comments below! 


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See All the Magical Photos from the ‘Ghosts’ Two-Part Holiday Episode

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Ghosts Two Part Holiday Episode 2022 Photos

Ho ho ho—it’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays at Woodstone Manor.

Ghosts is fully embracing the holiday season in an upcoming two-part episode that will find Sam and the ghosts getting into some mistletoe mischief. 

The two episodes, titled “The Christmas Spirit,” will premiere on December 15,  but CBS and Paramount already gave fans a little sneak peek at what’s to come with some festive new photos. 

In the first half of the holiday episode, Jay’s sister, Bela (Punam Patel, who made her first appearance in season 1, arrives at the manor with a male friend named Eric (Andrew Leeds). Sam, who has been clearly watching too many Hallmark rom-coms, tries to play matchmaker, but her plans clash directly with the ghosts, who decide they want to help Trevor get a shot with his love instead. And let’s be honest, even the pantsless Wall Street bro deserves some love during the holidays. 

Ghosts Two Part Holiday Episode 2022 Photos

“The Christmas Spirit: Part One”- Pictured (L-R): Punam Patel as Bela and Andrew Leeds as Eric. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The episode will also give fans some more firsts for Isaac and Nigel.

The second half of the episode, which will air right after at 8:30 p.m. ET, will continue with the storyline established in the first half, with Sam and Thorfinn getting caught in the middle of the schemes involving Bela. As they all attempt to figure it out, Isaac continues to reflect on his life and former relationships to figure out why he’s struggling in his new relationship. 

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“The Christmas Spirit: Part One” – Pictured (L-R): Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn and Rose McIver as Samantha. Photo: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

“We just felt like Sam would be obsessed with Christmas, and she’s kind of into holidays in general,” co-showrunner Joe Port told TV Line, adding, “So the network suggested the two-parter, and we were really excited that they wanted to give us the time and space to do that, because we kind of made it our own Hallmark Christmas movie.”

One of the photos shows the ghosts gathered around a neatly decorated Christmas tree, taking in all the beauty. In another photo, Sam is opening presents in her Christmas jammy. It’s just a shame Jay isn’t wearing a matching one! 

Ghosts Two Part Holiday Episode 2022 Photos

“The Christmas Spirit: Part Two” – 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.

And while there’s definitely going to be some antics during the episode, I’m confident it will all resolve with a sweet lesson for all, and for all, a good night. 

See all the photos in the gallery below! 


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Ghosts Recap – Dumb Deaths (207)

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Ghosts Recap Dumb Deaths Season 2 Episode 7

Ghosts continued exploring more of the ghost deaths by revisiting the separate moments when Flower and Pete met their demise on Ghosts Season 2 Episode 7. 

Both of their deaths were considered “dumb deaths” by a docu-series producer who approached Jay and Sam about shooting at the Woodstone Manor for their upcoming episode. 

I admire how much Sam respects the ghosts and their feelings. When Paula offered them $10,000 to shoot on their property, she didn’t just jump at the opportunity, instead delaying her answer as long as possible until she got the go-ahead from Flower.

Initially, Flower wasn’t on board with being the subject of a documentary because she didn’t want to be made fun of or look dumb. The truth is, she likely wouldn’t remember any of this happening anyway, but her feelings were still valid. Pete, however, urged Flower to see it as a unique opportunity to help Jay and Sam financially.

Of course, it was easy for Pete to look the other way when the focus wasn’t on his death, but when he suddenly became the subject of the docu-series, he was singing a completely different tune. He tried to be okay with it because this was his chance at giving back to Jay and Sam, but reliving the moment and seeing people make fun of such a crucial moment in his life was traumatizing and upsetting. One bad decision cost him everything yet it was nothing more than a joke to everyone working on the production. 

I believe Pete was also triggered because it was one of the first times he was forced to confront his premature death. Prior to this moment, he never really thought about it or overanalyzed it, which allowed him to remain his chipper and optimistic self. But when it was shoved in his face, he began doubting the person he always believed himself to be. 

A huge downside of being a ghost is that they also hear everything, including people making rude comments at their expense, like Daniel the insufferable actor playing Pete who took himself, and the role, too seriously. As he contemplated what state of mind Pete was in at the time of his death, he suggested that maybe the man he was portraying was a drunk.

At this point, it was an assassination of character as the production wasn’t even dedicated to getting the facts right. Sam couldn’t let this happen, so she brainstormed a way to help Pete out, which included bringing one of his original troops to the Manor so that she could debunk any fictitious stories.

Jennifer was eager to help Pete in any way she could—a clear sign that she respected him as a teacher—and though she informed everyone that he wasn’t drunk at the time of his death, she couldn’t deny that he did something dumb: he handed out the bows and arrows before the safety demonstration because he was too distracted by donut holes. 

At this point, Pete remembered for the first time in decades that he took his eye off the prize that morning because he was so upset about a petty and inconsequential disagreement with his wife, Carol, earlier that morning. To be fair, I agree with Pete that a donut hole and a donut are the exact same thing. They’re made of the same properties! Anyway, this is a reminder not to have stupid arguments because you might die and that’s all you’ll remember for the rest of your existence.

When Pete finally acknowledged what led to his death, he was really hard on himself, even going as far as to say that he was a terrible Girl Scout leader. It was devastating to see Pete so hurt by all that unraveled from this production, but by the end of the episode, he was validated in the fact that he was a good leader all along just as he believed. Jennifer knew exactly what to do—word for word—when Jay was accidentally shot with an arrow while trying to get some free food from the catering truck. 

Ghosts Recap Dumb Deaths Season 2 Episode 7

Ghosts Recap Dumb Deaths Season 2 Episode 7

For a moment, I truly thought that he would lose consciousness, hit his head and finally be able to see ghosts, but that didn’t happen. It just goes to show you how eager I am for him to be part of the action… officially. The fact that he can’t see them is the running joke, but it would truly switch up the dynamic if he could interact with them.

I’m also going to say that bows and arrows definitely need to be banned from the Woodstone property; They’re simply too dangerous. I know this was technically the work of the ghosts since they saw how hurt Pete was so Thor used his ghost powers to break the camera and force-stop the production. It kind of worked as the team eventually pivoted back to their original idea of telling the story of Flower’s final moments before she got mauled by a bear while trying to hug it under the influence of drugs.

And the best part was that Sam was cast in the role, so she was able to do her justice. Not to mention that Sam knows her personally so she nailed the mannerisms. Flower was all about spreading love and positivity… even to a bear. She was too kind for this world. 

I love that we get to see some of the ghosts see their friends’ deaths happen, like Thor, Alberta and Sass standing by and watching Flower’s bad decisions end her life. From the moment she crossed over, didn’t recognize her own dead body as a ghost, and didn’t even realize that she was dead, simply asking the trio if they were at the music festival, they knew the afterlife with her was going to be a trip.

While much of the focus was on Flower and Pete in this episode, Nigel and Isaac had their first lovers’ quarrel following a disagreement about the events of the American Revolution. Considering they are on two opposite teams, it’s probably for the best if they simply never touch upon this topic with each other as they’ll never see eye-to-eye. They both have vastly different memories of how it went down, and that’s fine, but it’s also not worth ruining a present-day relationship over something that is very much in the past. 

After Sam informed Isaac that the UK and the US are currently allies and have a “special friendship,” she basically gave them the go-ahead to continue on with their romance as “special friends.”

It’s interesting to see Isaac navigate a relationship with someone so fundamentally different than himself, but it’s also nice to see him make compromises and rethink how he approaches situations now that he cares about someone else in the afterlife. 

Other Hilarious Moments

  • I genuinely love Isaac’s hatred of Hamilton. This time, he said they wouldn’t let him sign the Declaration of Independence adding “they knew where those fingers have been.” I want to be the first to read his sassy memoir.
  • “Epcot, baby, that’s the whole world all at once.” Truer words were never spoken. 
  • Hetty following and channeling Paula the producer was grade-A comedy. She thrives on power. 
  • Thor saying he’s traumatized by Pete’s death and “not sleeping man moons.”
  • Flower overhearing that Pete’s “impotent” and somehow understanding that this is likely the reason he didn’t want to be the “third” in her relationship with Thor. 

All in all, a blind pursuit of pastries cost Pete his life, while Flower died doing the most Flower thing she could’ve. 

And neither of those deaths is dumb! 

What did you think of the episode?


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Ghosts Recap – The Baby Bjorn (206)

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Ghosts Recap Season 2 Episode 6 The Baby Bjorn

Ghosts Season 2 Episode 6 tugged on our heartstrings with the introduction of baby Bjorn, Thor’s son. 

The sitcom has cleverly found a way to bring new ghosts into the fold, which has allowed the episodes to dig deeper into the lives of each ghost.

I never expected Thor to have a son, let alone one that we could meet, but when Sam spotted a Viking while checking out the Farnsby’s annual yard sale, she knew she had to get the scoop. And she was just as shocked about the “he’s my father” development as we were. 

When she informed Thor about Bjorn’s existence, he was touched that his son traveled halfway across the world to find him. But it was also a little bittersweet that they were technically neighbors for thousands of years and never knew about it. 

As Jay got wind of Bjorn’s existence, he informed Sam that after they cut down Sass’ tree, you could see two houses down, which meant that Thor and Bjorn could meet and speak—see: yell—to each other. 

Thor’s excitement dwindled, however, when he learned that his son married a Dane, the enemy of the Norveg people. Thor wasn’t touched by any of the things that normal people would like to know about their children’s lives, including all the information about Bjorn’s family, but instead, he was ready to disown his son for the ultimate betrayal. He initially refused to meet with Bjorn, but thanks to a little push from Isaac and Flower, he agreed to walk up to the window and tell his son that he was essentially dead to him.

However, when he heard his little boy call him “father” for the first time, which is what he longed to hear many moons ago when he was leaving behind an infant, that tough Viking exterior melted. 

Eventually, Thor realized that children aren’t born with hate in their hearts, they must be taught it, and since he wasn’t around, he was “catching up” by informing his son all about why Danes are terrible people. 

While helping Sam get into the Farnsby’s house so that she could help reunite Thor and Bjorn, Jay unintentionally attended a swinger’s party. In a previous season, many fans noticed that the Farnsby’s had upside-down pineapples in their house, and when Jay expressed interest in a pair of upside-down pineapples during the yard sale, the neighbors’ interest was piqued.

Naturally, the ghost of mama Farnsby was not impressed by her son’s decisions, questioning many times throughout the episode where she failed him and why he was such a pervert. Unfortunately, Jay couldn’t hear any of it because he didn’t see ghosts, but he missed some truly comical moments. The poor dude misses so much. 

At the manor, Trevor gave us a little lesson about Wall Street. Fed up with Hetty’s monopoly over the ghosts’ currency, back rubs, he came up with a new financial instrument to leverage: TV time. Just think of it as the ghosts cryptocurrency. He then went and bought up everyone’s TV time and tried to sell it back to them at a higher price so he could have the leverage. It was about to work when Hetty rallied the rest of the ghosts to give up TV so that they could devalue Trevor’s new currency. There’s a reason Hetty was rich! 

When Hetty realized Trevor was miserable watching the same movie over and over by himself, she gave him a pretty insightful chat about money being less important than friendship. Being at the top was lonely. Eventually, Trevor gave everyone back their TV time but quickly learned that it was a power move on Hetty’s part to once again have the upper hand. She’s good, you have to give it to her. She outsmarted Wall Street, but it’s also proof that there is a deeper and more serious side to Trevor that deserves to be explored. 

While much of Isaac and Flower’s time was spent helping Thor realize the value of the opportunity of reconnecting with his son, Flower also put way too much stock into questioning why ghosts can walk sit on objects and walk through walls but they can’t actually pick up objects. The question is valid and fair considering many fans wondered how she was able to close the vault door in the previous episode of Ghosts where she locked Sam in and almost killed her. The series didn’t address this plot hole, but my guess is that the door must have been made from steel or iron, some kind of material that a ghost could touch. Maybe the writers will bring it up eventually and clear up any confusion, but based on Flower’s desperate attempt to understand the rules, we’re not alone when we question why some things work and others don’t. 

Overall, it was an enjoyable episode that showed us the softer and paternal side of Thor, though, there hasn’t been an episode better than the laundry machine one this season. 

Other Moments

  • Hetty and the ghosts rejoiced at getting the “shaft” when they got to sit in the chair and get the good light. I’m immature, and the dirty jokes are hilarious. 
  • Sam says that she tunes out a lot of ghost things to which Jay replies, “you don’t deserve this power.” I know Jay not being able to interact is the gag, but he deserves the power! 
  • Trevor stated that people don’t understand how nice it is to sit in a warm chair when you don’t have pants on… he has a point. 
  • All Thor cared about was how many severed Dane heads Bjorn had at home. Hysterical.
  • Pete’s joke about watching Jason Momoa in “slow momoa” was delightful. 
  • I can’t wait for Tara Reid to guest star and see ’90s Trevor freak out! 


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