Sometimes, you just need a feel-good episode of television and on Easter Sunday, God Friended Me Season 2 Episode 19 delivered just that.
The episode was more than just a feel-good, it was an outstanding piece of television that indulged in a little bit of God Account sleuthing, some primetime action, a realization (albeit too late) from the protagonist, and an emotional Friend Suggestion.
What an hour!
The episode stands as proof that it’s okay, and even slightly encouraged, to move the focus away from the mystery of the God Account for a bit because it allows us to tap into the humanity of the series.
Miles and Cara confronted Corey Smith about whether or not he was behind the God Account, but their hopes were dashed when Corey revealed he wasn’t.
However, he could bring them one step closer to the person behind the God Account because he designed the predictive analytics algorithm being used to fuel the Friend Suggestions.
Therefore, Corey may not be “it,” but they are a lot further along than they’ve ever been if they can pinpoint the person that stole the code from Corey.
Unfortunately, being close enough was not good enough for Miles. Not this time.
With his whole life uprooted and his sister sick, Miles demanded answers.
It makes me think that, at this point, Miles doesn’t care about finding out who is behind the account. It could be anyone.
All he wants is someone to yell at, to blame, and to ask why he gave up everything and they’re still not helping his sister Ali, whose hair began to fall out after the chemo treatments.
With the chemo taking its toll, Ali made the brave decision to shave her head in a beautiful moment that showed just how strong she is.
She’s a fighter, so with or without the God Account, she’s not going to let cancer take anything away from her.
It’s unclear why Miles thinks the God Account can or will help Ali in her cancer battle. It almost seems like he believes that he’s owed some kind of favor in return for all the good he’s put out in the world, but that’s just not how it works.
We don’t do good things and expect something in return, and so, Miles shouldn’t expect to be rewarded for all he’s done. The act of helping someone is the true reward.
The realization that the God Account wasn’t going to help Ali upset Miles for a multitude of reasons.
Miles is now standing by helplessly as Ali suffers, but he also realized that he may have given up his relationship with Cara for absolutely no reason.
Ding ding. Miles, welcome. We’ve been saying this all along.
For the umpteenth time, I must point out that the God Account never asked Miles to give up love in exchange for helping Ali. This is a belief that Miles had simply because of what Gideon said.
Of course, by the time Miles made the realization, it was too late as Cara moved on.
She finally told Miles she was dating Adam, and it was kind of a slap in the face.
He was understanding because he knew it would eventually happen, but I don’t think he thought it would happen so soon.
It took Miles by surprise because nothing has changed between them in terms of how they interact when helping the God Account. Sometimes, it still feels like they’re together or about to get back together.
When Miles finally mustered up the courage to tell Cara how he feels after Ali’s “life’s too short” advice, Rakesh warned against it because Cara was truly happy.
Yes, you should be honest, but only if that honesty contributes something to someone else’s life. In this case, it would only complicate things for Cara.
Good Girls Review – One Night in Bangkok (4×01)
The Good Girls are back, and they are up to their old shenanigans.
Despite an almost yearlong break, Good Girls Season 4 picked up right where it left off with Beth gearing up to open Boland Bubbles in order to wash Rio’s money.
The pressure is on to get things up and running after a dog digs up poor Lucy’s foot and brings it to its owner alerting the police to her death.
When Beth finds out, she quite literally has a panic attack that lands her in the hospital because she knows that Rio has the power to make her go down for murder. In case you forgot, she touched the gun and her prints were all over it.
She needs to make herself useful to Rio, and the only way to do that is by selling some jacuzzis.
At this point, Beth doesn’t do anything by the book. She and Dean even pay off the inspector to look the other way on everything that isn’t up to code.
But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures!
Beth’s biggest issue with Rio is that she never knows where she stands with him. He has an incredible poker face and therefore, you can never get a good read on him. He never reveals exactly what he’s thinking, feeling, or planning to do.
The whole time he could have been messing with Beth by pretending that he was going to turn over the gun and incriminate her.
After all, it wouldn’t make much sense for him in the long run as she’s vital to his criminal empire.
Personally, I still think Rio likes watching Beth squirm and wants to see what’ll she’ll do when her back is against the wall. Their partnership has lasted this long because he believes in her.
And Beth came through by getting his prints all over the counterfeit money. She backed him into a corner and now they’re on an even playing field. You could see Rio was annoyed but impressed at the same time.
Beth never backs down from a fight even if she has moments of weakness where she contemplates moving to Russia.
She always comes out on top – just look at how she managed to make the traditional Thai dessert for the fundraiser theme “One Night in Bangkok,” which is fitting for the episode in and of itself.
The title lends itself to the song of the same name, which continues “and the world is your oyster.” It refers to the ability to achieve anything you want in life because you have the opportunity and ability to do so.
Beth and the ladies continue to creating these opportunities for themselves, and while Beth may think she figured out a clever way to keep the empire running, she’s completely in the dark about the fact that the FBI is closing in on her.
I mean, they’re hot on her trail. So hot that she’s basically sweating on the agent, who is moonlighting as a park district boot camp instructor.
Agent Phoebe knows what she’s doing and she’s nailed it down (see what I did there? The nail polish…) to Ruby’s bestie.
And Beth definitely fits the bill as she desperately tries to sell jacuzzi’s to anyone in her class that will budge.
Of course, when the head honchos fly down – and Phoebe has an epic meltdown in front of them – they ignore her and decide to put a tail on Dean. It’s incredible to see someone so confident in her abilities completely crumble when facing her boss! She’s never survive a day in Beth’s shoes.
Again, Beth is right in front of them, and yet, they can’t fathom the idea that a woman could be running this whole operation. It must be a man!
We don’t want Beth to get caught, but how dare they undermine her efforts?
And though I’d never root for Phoebe, a part of me wants to see her proven right because it means she didn’t base the case on stereotypes but actually did her due diligence.
Still, tailing Dean will eventually lead them to Beth unless she figures out that they’re onto her sooner rather than later.
And let’s hope for all of their sakes, they figure it out.
With the FBI closing in on them, Beth and Rio need a united front more than ever.
Instead, she’s still very much interested in eliminating him, but her hitman hasn’t been returning her calls.
That is until he comes back from a job overseas and informs her that he’s been delaying the job because he’s smitten with her.
It’s a bit of an awkward scene because there wasn’t much leading up to this moment that would warrant his behavior, but it seems as though all the men, particularly the bad men, are really into Beth’s resourcefulness.
She will likely agree to have dinner with him if it means he’s finally deliver on eliminating Rio, however, is that what she really wants?
She’s clearly just as addicted to this lifestyle as he is.
I also enjoyed the moment where Beth realized the impact of her actions and how she’s inadvertently responsible for Lucy’s death even if she didn’t actually pull the trigger.
However, it’s not enough to convince her to turn herself in, but it does make me wonder if there will be a point where she’s going to get so fed up she just puts an end to it all. Her anxiety attack may have been temporary, but it’s exhausting to constantly have to watch your back.
How many people will have to get hurt before she gives it all up?
Aside from the money laundering plot, Ruby and Annie were both going through their fair share of life’s hiccups.
Harry’s goofing off in class (and penchant for drawing penises on everything) made the teacher suggest getting a test for ADHD.
It’s awesome that Ruby and Stan didn’t immediately side with the teacher and assume that something was wrong with their kid. Sure, it was partially denial and fear, but it was also simply trusting that they would’ve recognized the signs.
When they could no longer ignore the problem, they took him to get tested and it turns out, it isn’t ADHD — the little man is a second grader operating at an eighth-grade level. He’s a freaking genius, as Ruby put it, and his acts of rebellion stem from being under-stimulated in class.
Typically, when parents have to dish out a lot of money for schooling, it’s because their kids are falling behind, so it’s refreshing to see a situation in which they have to find the funds to send their kid to a more advanced school.
You’d think that Harry would be able to get a scholarship or some kind of stipend considering he’s gifted, but it’s more probably that the situation will push Ruby to do more bad things to help her little guy.
Annie’s storyline with Ben was heartbreaking. Her relationship with him has always been super solid. Even if she was always struggling to get it together, they always had each other to rely on.
But now Ben is lying to her and keeping her at arm’s length. She thought he didn’t have any friends and that’s why he didn’t want a birthday party only to find out he threw a 100-person rager at Gregg and Nancy’s place.
She then finds out that Ben is really into lacrosse, and when she tries to suggest she’ll come to one of his school functions, he completely shuts her down.
Annie feels left out of Ben’s “new secret fancy life,” but maybe Ben simply doesn’t want her to feel bad? Or doesn’t want to disappoint her that he’s become this new person that enjoys private school.
Regardless, it’s upsetting to watch considering everything Annie has done for him. All of her life-decisions have always motivated by wanting to do better by him.
Do you think she’ll eventually confront Ben about all the lies?
She should also definitely find a new therapist because their personal feelings for each other are obviously problematic.
I’m concerned that they won’t be able to resist temptation and Annie will dig herself an even bigger hole.
Overall, the season 4 premiere was promising. It’s still not at the level of greatness of season 1, but it may just improve on what season 3 lacked – momentum.
What did you think of the episode?
What are your hopes/dreams for the season? And if you say more scenes with Rio, I’ll say I 100% agree!
Let us know in the comments!
Superman & Lois Review – Embracing Krypton’s Heritage (1×02)
After a solid pilot, Superman & Lois Season 1 Episode 2 picks up with the Clark, Lois, and the family putting down their roots in Smallville.
And despite trying their best, they’re having a hard time flying under the radar – pun intended.
If they keep this up, Clark Kent’s glasses won’t be able to hide the “S” on his chest for much longer.
Initially, the twins brought attention to themselves by surviving two near-death experiences in a short period of time. Jonathan’s first day at his new high school doesn’t go any better as the football team is hellbent on destroying his life and making him pay the price for his brother’s decision to smooch Sarah.
It’s all very juvenile, which is the point – this is high school, and high school kids are mean bullies.
Jonathan has made plenty of sacrifices for Jordan, the biggest one is uprooting his whole life and moving to Smallville. I’m surprised he didn’t make a bigger fuss about it, but it seems as though we may have misjudged Jon a bit at first. He wants his brother to succeed and find his place in the world, even if it pains him to see him get to go flying with dad while he gets the short-end-of-the-stick.
However, it’s Jordan’s time to shine, and for a while, it seems like he’s genuinely embracing the idea of his new abilities.
Clark struggles to figure out what his son needs. Parenting stumps the best of us – even superheroes don’t have all the answers when it comes to raising their kids and doing right by them.
But he’s trying, and that has to count for something.
Clark takes him to the fortress so that he can learn all about his Kryptonian heritage, but when the hologram of his grandfather (hologramp!) informs Kal-L that Jordan doesn’t have the strength to manifest his powers on command, it sets Jordan back again.
As Jordan doubts himself, Jonathan promises to help him figure out what’s going because he believes he’s different. And it’s a good thing that they aren’t giving up because personally, I wouldn’t take the word of a hologram.
This is also the first time we see the brothers get along despite their contrasting personalities; the progress is promising.
We’ve already seen two instances – both of which Jordan was put into fight or flight mode – where he’s activated his powers.
Maybe they’ll only bubble up to the surface when he’s in distress or worried about someone he loves? Whatever it is, it’s going to be exciting to explore what exactly it is that makes Jordan special.
For now, he’s back to navigating the complex realities of being a teenager while crushing on the popular girl that’s just beyond his reach.
To be fair, he didn’t get the wrong impression as Sarah continues to give off the vibe that she’s smitten with him.
Jonathan was right when he asked her what she sees in a bully like Sean… especially when she’s clearly formed an emotional attachment to Jordan. They have a lot in common and their conversations flow naturally.
It’s hard to root for her and Sean when we haven’t seen much of him or these redeeming qualities she speaks of.
The bullies were out in full swing in the second installment as Superman continued his battle with Captain Luthor, who we now know is Alex Luthor.
We learn that he wants Superman to pay for destroying his Earth the way he did Krypton.
At first, it’s unclear what he means by that considering Superman literally drops everything to save the people of this Earth, but once he reconnects with General Sam of the DOD, we see that Luthor believes this Earth’s Superman is just as dark and dangerous as the Evil Superman on his planet who tried to kill him and that reality’s General Sam along with other soldiers.
Will the series explore multiple worlds and Earth’s?
Lois and Edge’s rivalry comes to a head in a gripping way, and honestly, I’m more invested in this storyline than I am Superman vs. Luthor.
Edge is hailed by locals as a hero – including by Lana’s husband Kyle – because he’s one of the few who have taken an interest in a withering town by promising to bring back jobs. Yet, Lois remains unconvinced by the “broken promises” and calls him out publicly during a City Hall meeting, which again, alienates her from the locals and paints her as a villain.
Kyle is of the mindset that any job is better than no job even if it’s underpaid, but Lois isn’t a fan of the Edge’s blatant attempt at hiring desperate people for cheap labor.
These days, you can see both sides of the coin. People who have been out of work will take any income and any job even if it’s demeaning, but there’s nothing wrong with Lois trying to fight for a better life and better wages.
She’s not against the people of Smallville. In fact, it’s the opposite as she wants better for them and believes that the town shouldn’t be wrapped up in a greedy man’s plans.
But Edge knows all the right things to have people hanging onto his last word, especially a group of people who want to believe that there’s someone out there who has their best interest at heart. Plus, Edge is the only one delivering “solutions” at this point.
And Kyle still holds a grudge against Clark for “abandoning” the town.
Of course, we’ll eventually hit a point where Edge rips off the mask and his true intentions begin to show.
Lois’s decision to publish her scathing piece of Edge in the Smallville Gazette likely won’t sit well with her neighbors either.
It’s telling how money controls the media. After Edge bought out the Daily Planet, her unbiased reporting wasn’t welcome anymore and she had to find independent sources to report the truth, which should actually tell Kyle everything he needs to know about the kind of man Edge is. If he has nothing to hide, why not allow your best reporter to publish her piece and prove her wrong?
When Edge rewrite Lois’s piece to paint himself in a “better light,” she one-ups him and quits as the series emphasizes that’s she’s every bit the unshakeable badass that her reputation would have you believe.
She’s going to be a great addition to the Smallville Gazette, and I’m eager to see what she and former one-woman show, Chrissy, are able to accomplish.
These days, the journalist/reporter job falls into many cliches that include inaccurate and glamorous portrayals on shows like The Bold Type and even Supergirl at times, though they did make a valid point by showcasing that these money-hungry companies truly only care about pageviews and focus on clickbait.
However, it’s refreshing to see two women who care about journalistic integrity lead the charge and restore the belief that media can make a change when it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
The moral of the story? Don’t mess with Lois!
Do you think her role will cause problems for the family as they settle into town?
And in a side-note, am I the only one that found it weird that Lois has to continuously explain to the twins that their dad had to go take care of something? Now that they know he’s Superman, they know he’s out saving the world. Why would they be mad he skipped a barbecue to do something meaningful?
He can’t just abandon the world. Shouldn’t they be proud instead of constantly thinking they’re the ones being abandoned all the time?
What did you think of the second episode? Are you hooked on Superman & Lois? What do you think of Luthor?
Let us know in the comments below!
The Resident Review – Surgical Glory (4×07)
How is it possible that The Resident keeps getting better with each passing week?
Even a week where there’s less focus on personal storylines and more of an emphasis on the medical-aspect of the series, I’m still glued to the TV in awe of Chastain’s finest.
The most personal storyline of the week involved Conrad and his former commanding officer in Afghanistan, Captain Hill, who was injured in a free climbing accident.
He immediately called Conrad knowing that he’d mobilize the Search and Rescue team.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Conrad work with them, but anytime he ventures outside of the hospital, it’s a joy to watch.
His quick thinking kept Hill alive until backup arrived and transported him to Chastain where AJ Austin was waiting to operate.
The storyline also gave us some insight into Conrad’s time at war. He remained loyal and committed to saving Hill because Hill took a bullet for him when he made the questionable decision to disobey a command.
While the operation went smoothly, Conrad grew concerned when they couldn’t find a bullet that he knew for a fact was lodged in Hill’s spine.
Considering the amount of shared respect between Conrad and Austin, I was a little surprised that Austin chose to wait for medical records instead of performing the CT to find the bullet.
Conrad may have had a personal connection to the case, but he wasn’t letting it cloud his judgment. Why didn’t Austin take his word for it?
When Hill suffered a mini-stroke, I was sure that we’d see a confrontation between Conrad and Austin as early action and detection could’ve likely prevented it.
Thankfully, they caught it in time and avoided a massive stroke, but still, I’m surprised Conrad didn’t press the issue further.
With Hill on the mend and the bullet dislodged from his neck, both of the men could begin the healing process.
While Hill’s decision to jump in and save Conrad was noble, he’s been harboring resentment as it ruined his tenured career in the army.
Meanwhile, Conrad had been harboring all that guilt for ignoring an order, almost getting his captain and friend killed, and singlehandedly ending his military career.
The bullet represented all that pent-up guilt and anger, so the act of physically throwing it away was so powerful.
Conrad rarely talks about his service so the flashbacks were a nice touch to give audiences an understanding of what he went through and what makes him such a headstrong doctor.
Nic continues to recover from the stabbing, so while she sat out a lot of the action at Chastain, she still managed to have Conrad’s back and was there for him when he needed her. Conic is the best, plain and simple.
Mina and the Raptor were gearing up for a once-in-a-lifetime surgery that has only been done by a handful of surgeons, but when AJ was personally requested to help Conrad’s patient, she successfully completed the surgery on her own.
What a badass! If that’s not a reason to renew her visa, I don’t know what is!
The U.S. would be silly to let go of such an impeccable and impressive surgeon. The woman works miracles.
The surgical feat also meant that she was ready to fly the coop – AJ had taught her everything he could and she was ready to stand on her own!
I was particularly fond of Pravesh’s storyline because it proved that Chastain and its doctors are not like the others.
Despite Chastain becoming a public hospital, they prioritize patient care.
Pravesh was faced with a difficult situation because he had a patient who needed a hip replacement but didn’t want one because of the potential other risks as a result of her sickle cell anemia.
It was hard to watch because you knew Pravesh was simply trying to help and doing what he thought was right.
Even when things got difficult and she had a reaction post-surgery, Pravesh stuck to his gut; he knew that the surgery was her best option even if there were moments where he wavered in his decision.
In the end, Rose received blood that was compatible, she got a new hip, and she made it to her dance recital… well, the dance recital came to her.
It was such a sweet gesture on Pravesh’s part as it showed that he actually listens to his patients and cares about their well-being. He went the extra mile when it wasn’t required of him.
So, when Kit says that there isn’t a place for Cain at Chastain in the previews, I’m not entirely surprised.
Everyone at Chastain goes above and beyond for patients and never lets their egos get in the way. The same cannot be said for Cain.
And while Kit seems to be a firm believer of the ideology that everyone deserves a second chance and people can change (that’s what she told Bell’s former step-son Jake), it doesn’t seem like that’s going to factor into rehiring Cain, who woke up from his procedure just as arrogant as ever.
When he told her “we’re done here,” I couldn’t believe that this man still had the audacity to act that way after everything his colleagues did for him and even now when Kit was there sacrificing her time to visit him.
Thankfully, she was able to hit right back by informing him that he was chatting with the new CEO of Chastain. Wasn’t that look on his face priceless?
I feel for the guy, I really do. Finding out that you might never be able to operate again when that was the only thing to ever bring you joy and fulfillment is a tough pill to swallow, but he also makes it so difficult to root for his success.
When his lawyer came, he basically kickstarted a witchhunt to find the person willing to testify against him at Chastain.
And, of course, we know that person is Mina. With her immigration status on the line, this is a terrible, very bad, no-good combo. Cain could easily hurt Mina’s chances of getting a visa, and you know he’d do it without even batting an eyelash.
Prepare for a showdown of epic proportions because all of Chastain is going to fight for Mina with everything they have.
I’ll be the one to say it yet again – can Bell and Kit get together already?
There’s no one that believes in Bell more than Kit, who even vouched for him to Jake.
Of course, erasing all that pain is going to take some time, but at least Jake seems to be open to the idea by agreeing to grab coffee with his former step-son.
I’m glad that Jake didn’t immediately give in to Bell’s requests as it wouldn’t have been realistic. He has every right to cling to his reservations after being abandoned by a man who he considered a father figure.
Just because Bell wants back in his life doesn’t mean that he deserves it.
And considering that Jake and Gregg are going to adopt, Jake is also looking out for his child as he doesn’t want him to experience the same feelings of abandonment.
Of course, we know that Kit is right because season 4 Bell is not the same as season 1 Bell, so it’s unlikely he’d squander another chance.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments.
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