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

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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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Ghosts Recap – Pete’s Wife (1×06)

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It’s a good thing Sam didn’t listen to Jay when he discouraged her from inviting Pete’s wife over to the mansion. 

Ghosts Season 1 Episode 6 gave us backstory into how Pete died, and well, it was kind of like we imagined: he was teaching his Girl Scout troop archery when he was accidentally shot with an arrow. 

It seemed like a rather painful death, but leave it to Pete to make the best of it. 

As his Death Day was approaching, Pete was all up in his feels. 

That’s when Sam decided to track down Pete’s wife via Facebook — and was forced to explain the internet to the ghosts yet again. 

While Jay figured it’s not a good idea to mess with the spirit world and invite Pete’s wife over, Sam couldn’t resist giving him a chance to see his wife one more time. 

Especially after Pete emphasized that Carol (guest-starring Caroline Aaron) was 70 so he likely wouldn’t get this chance ever again. 

Pete’s excitement was contagious — his peppiness was next level. 

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However, it quickly came crashing down when he realized Carol remarried. And the husband was none other than Pete’s best friend Jerry. 

While Pete was taken aback initially, he quickly got over it and figured that the two probably bonded over their grief. 

He soon forgot all about it when Carol unveiled that they brought Pete’s favorite bench in hopes of honoring him with a ceremony. 

Of course, things took a bit of a sour turn when Carol confessed that she and Jerry were having an affair while Pete was still alive. 

Oh, I wish she didn’t get that off of her chest. If only Sam could forewarn her that Pete’s spirit was still stuck in the mansion. 

Pete was visibly angry, and well, it’s nice to see that he at least has a range of emotions that include sadness and anger. 

As Alberta pointed out, no one can be that happy all the time. 

Pete felt betrayed by his one and only, and Jay was all like “I told you so.”

His little pep talk inspired Sam to patch things up, so she referenced a passage about forgiveness in Pete’s manual, which reminded him that forgiveness is essential in any relationship. 

The good thing is that it seemed as though Carol was genuinely sorry about her affair; her infidelity has been weighing on her all these years. 

As she apologized into the abyss, Pete stood by and accepted it. 

And then, the cutest scene unfolded across the screen — Pete’s daughter, Laura, surprised her mother at the mansion along with her son, little Pete, dressed in a Boy Scouts uniform just like his grandfather. 

That right there is why Sam’s meddling was worth it. 

She gave Pete a day he’d never forget. She gave him closure. And she gave him a chance to spend another day with his family. 

While Pete was having an epic reunion, Thorfinn and Sass discovered the innocent joys of reality TV. 

The duo spend countless hours watching something called “It’s Getting Hot in Here” and calling it “stupid” when anyone asked. 

However, they soon learned what all of us mere mortals know to be true — half of the fun of binge-watching is doing it with your loved one. 

When Thorfinn watched a few episodes alone, Sass was visibly upset because he couldn’t catch up and if Thor rewatched them then he wouldn’t be surprised. 

It’s quite a common conundrum in this day-and-age. 

Thor also refused to apologizes because apologies were reserved for “babies and Danes,” but when a particular scene about friendship struck him, he told Sass he was sorry. 

And honestly, there’s nothing funnier or more pure than Thor discovering the art of the apology. 

All good, indeed. 

Trevor briefly thought he was a “DILF” when Sam looked up one of the bottle girls he hooked up with and saw that she had a daughter whose father went to Penn State and died. 

All signs pointed to Trevor, which almost made him a changed man. 

He even apologized for all his raunchy and misogynistic comments. 

However, a further investigation revealed that it was actually some other guy who went to Penn and died. 

See, you can even have a paternity scare from beyond the grave!

Ghosts is a nuanced and brilliantly crafted comedy with so much heart and emotion. It’s not a surprise it’s the #1 comedy of the fall season. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you hope to get backstories for every single ghosts?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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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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