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Grand Hotel – Suite Little Lies (1×10)

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Grand Hotel is picking up the pace and raising the stakes.

Sky Garibaldi’s disappearance has started to fall to the backburner amidst all these juicy telenovela-like twists.

In just one short hour (or 45 minutes if you’re counting commercials), Theresa infiltrated the Riviera Grand and set her sights on Felix, who Santiago learned was hiding out in the forbidden 606 room, presumably the room that Beatriz died in.

After this episode, it’s unclear which man should be trusted.

Both have found themselves in messy situations for different reasons.

Felix allegedly stole millions, which pissed a lot of people off. Santiago may have been responsible for turning him in, and yes, it’s possible his crush on Gigi played some kind of role, in his decision, but Felix deserved what was coming his way.

However, Santiago’s character is also questioned when he attacks Felix for suggesting that a young woman like Beatriz would have never suffered a heart attack. Felix accuses Santiago of killing his wife, triggering an emotional response from him. Again, Felix deserved the punch in the face as he was purposefully provoking Santiago to later spin a sob story about how Gigi’s new husband has been the bad guy all along in a sad attempt to win her back, but it also shows that there’s a much darker side to Santiago that we haven’t tapped into yet.

Santiago’s aggressive reaction could have been a response to hearing the man he loathed talk negatively about his late wife. But, it could also be an admission of guilt. Whatever it is, it’s obvious that there’s more to Beatriz’s death than meets the eye.

I wasn’t convinced she died of a heart attack either, but I’m not sure that Santiago was the one to kill her simply to get the rights to the hotel and to marry Gigi.

Gigi’s naiveness when it came to Felix was frustrating. She kept saying that Felix’s charms weren’t working on her but it didn’t take a lot for her to lose all faith in Santiago. And at the end of the day, she helped her ex-husband escape with the promos suggesting that she might run away with him to “figure things out.”

Santiago may have been lying about a lot of stuff but he never abandoned his family.

The meaning “it’s complicated” takes on a whole other meaning in this hotel.

Gigi’s hypocritical ways were also underlined with Felix’s return. She’s been icing out Santiago because he failed to tell her about the shady deals with Theresa and Mateo, but she also kept Felix’s return a secret.

And in addition to helping her daughter’s aid a fugitive, she even lent him Santiago’s nice clothes.

Santiago’s attempts to please Gigi backfired when it came to getting rid of Theresa.

He felt so guilty about upsetting his wife that he refused Theresa’s offer to turn over Felix.

Instead, Santiago took the high road allowing Felix to make a break for it and ended up getting stuck with Theresa permanently.

Are you happy now, Gigi? Theresa isn’t going to be some off-screen villain anymore; she’s requesting an office space in the hotel she’s investing in.

Mateo’s abduction fell flat as it didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about him. He’s loyal to Theresa because she turned his life around and his fear of what she will do if he disobeys her has now turned him into her lackey.

Mateo lost any and all depth when he began following her around like a little puppy. It’s amazing that he’s gone from wielding all the power at the Riviera Grand to being nothing more than an assistant who doesn’t say much.

There’s a lot of questionable things happening at the Riviera Grand, but the twins trying to run away with their father and comparing life on the run to a “semester abroad,” is pretty high on that list.

Are these two serious?

Yoli always seemed like the brighter of the two, but she lost all of my admiration when she tried to persuade her girlfriend into running away with her and her fugitive father.

Then, instead of letting it go when Marisa told her she wasn’t interested, Yoli tried to make her feel guilty about it.

What makes Yoli think someone could just uproot their life the moment she wants them too?

Marisa didn’t owe Yoli any explanation, and I’m not buying that she wasn’t interested because she was undocumented.

What a terrible way to weave in a real-life situation.

Marisa would have been a more respectable character if she had just stuck to her guns and told Yoli she didn’t want to be involved with this messy family drama.

No sane person would agree to something so risky and dangerous regardless of immigration status.

Danny’s investigation into his sister Sky is exposing a lot more than he bargained for.

Most of the shady dealings were mentioned previously but are news to him and the detective he’s working with.

Basically, with a little attention, they’ve figured out that Mateo and Santiago are both working in organized crime within the hotel, which could be the same thing Sky “found” right before she disappeared.

And since the Biscayne Crime Syndicate oftentimes kidnaps people for ransom, there’s a huge chance Sky might still be alive.

Personally, I think having Sky’s disappearance resolve itself during the season finale episode seems a little rushed.

Then again, Danny’s cover has been blown and he was fired from the hotel.

Whatever spell Alicia put him under, it’s caused him to act with his heart and not his brain, abandoning his original goal and altering the plan to include her.

Unfortunately, taking Jason’s advice seemingly backfired.

After finding out that Danny lied about having a girlfriend and meeting said girlfriend in the lobby, Alicia had it with the lies.

When Danny told her that he took the job to launch his own investigation into his sister’s disappearance and that he believed her father was involved, Alicia basically shut down.

Danny should have expected it as he accused her family while also admitting that he’d lied to her since the beginning of their relationship.

Heather wasn’t needed to blow Danny’s cover — he managed it all on his own.

In fact, Heather helped his cause by convincing Alicia that his heart was in the right place.

We all thought she was going to be a vindictive, crazy ex-girlfriend when in reality, she was hurt and wanted some answers.

Will Alicia be more observant now after hearing Danny’s musings and realize that he’s been right all along?

Javi returned from rehab and in an effort to avoid all triggers, channeled his attention into helping Jason get lucky with the ladies.

Jason’s your typical nice-guy-next-door, so it wasn’t surprising that he wasn’t interested in lying to the ladies to get them into bed.

However, he really needed to cleanse his palate of Ingrid.

Coincidentally, hooking up with another girl may have inadvertently gotten Jason out of the friend-zone with Ingrid.

She seemed into him when she saw him leave the girl’s room the next day with his shirt unbuttoned.

The fact that Ingrid lost both Javi and Mateo in the same day could have a lot to do with her feelings.

She’s all alone now and would likely want someone to mend her broken heart.

I’ll leave you all with a theory: Santiago said no one had the key to room 606, but Yoli did. Maybe it’s because she dated Sky? Maybe Sky made multiple copies and the key that Danny found in her locker is also to the same room. It’s possible that Sky could have known the real reason Beatriz died, which is why she had the obituary. Santiago could have “taken care of her” because she knew too much.

What do you think?

Is that the last we’ve seen of Felix?

Will Gigi leave with him?

Is Sky alive?

Will Alicia forgive Danny?

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Grand Hotel – Art of Darkness (1×11)

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Finding the truth about what happened to Sky was a false alarm on Grand Hotel’s “Art of Darkness.”

While we’re all dying to know what happened to Danny’s sister, revealing that she was part of Theresa’s prostitution ring wouldn’t have been a good choice for the series.

The appeal is the mystery of the Riviera Grand, the secrets that are being kept by the hotel’s owners and staff, and of course, what happened to Sky.

If Danny were to find his sister two-episodes before the finale, it would ruin the momentum and give us no reason to watch till the end let alone a second season.

Not to mention it wouldn’t be believable.

Sky’s been described as somewhat of a firecracker. Whatever happened to her was a result of her finding out or knowing too much.

She wouldn’t just allow herself to be pimped out by Theresa all this time.

And though Theresa’s been calling the shots for quite some time, it’s been made very clear that whatever happened to Sky involved Mateo and Santiago.

Now we know that whatever happened to Sky also involved the mysterious room 606 where Caroline and Yoli were hiding their father, Felix, and where Beatriz’s “accident” happened.

Obviously, the word accident is in quotation marks because it’s clear that Beatriz’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack like we’ve been led to believe.

Considering Yoli said Sky was the only other person who had a key, it’s safe to assume she knew what really happened and threatened to expose the killer.

When Javi found out about the abandoned hotel, it triggered a childhood memory for him. In it, Beatriz snuck him away to the room and begged him not to tell his father about it.

Based on the memory, Beatriz seemed terrified of what Santiago would do.

That is if she’s referring to Santiago as Javi’s father.

Alicia didn’t recall the room at first but while going through the family photo albums, she recalled one time when she was riding her tricycle and she saw both Santiago and Gigi keeping Beatriz a prison.

Again, based on the memory, Beatriz looked terrified.

The most obvious guess is that she was a drug addict and both her husband and her best friend were trying to help her secretly get clean while protecting the children.

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However, Beatriz didn’t look to be high on drugs in Alicia’s memory, which makes the situation all the more curious.

There’s also Gigi’s reaction to finding out Yoli was having an affair with Sky in room 606 before her disappearance.

Panicked, Gigi runs into the room looking for something. What does she think Sky found inside?

And how is this connected to the chat Gigi had with Sky just before she disappeared?

This also begs the question: what is the connection between Beatriz and Sky?

After the cops raided Theresa’s “art show,” Mateo helped her escape through the backdoor.

But proving his loyalty wasn’t his attempt at getting back into her good graces.

Instead, Mateo buttered her up just enough so she’d let him in and then he attempted to kill her realizing he’d never be free of her otherwise.

You saw how Theresa treated Santiago when he tried to pay back the debt in full.

Getting all her money isn’t beneficial — she wants the assets and the access to the Riviera Grand. It was never about money.

The gunshot clearly went off, but we’re not sure who pulled the trigger.

Mateo has presumably killed before, but did he have it in him to kill the woman who saved him?

Did Theresa grab hold of the gun and kill Mateo?

Was it a blank bullet?

I’d like to believe Mateo took care of the problem for everyone, but killing a villain is never that easy.

 

Other Riviera Grand Musings

  • Byron is back and he has Carolina wrapped around his finger… again. It’s highly unlikely that he doesn’t have ulterior motives. What decent and self-respecting man would go back to the woman who cheated on him the night before the wedding?
  • Alicia is realizing that Danny was right about the hotel’s money problems after she confronts her father who admits their indebted to some dangerous people. There’s still undeniable chemistry between Danny and Alicia and once she realizes the only thing Danny didn’t lie about was his feelings for her, she’ll forgive him. Plus, he brought up a valid point: what would she do if someone in her family mysteriously vanished?
  • Jason and Vanessa are cute, but they don’t have staying power. Ingrid’s jealousy was upsetting considering all the damage she’s already done to the people at the Riviera Grand, but thankfully, Mrs. P checked her real quick. Still, I see her and Jason becoming a couple very soon.
  • Gigi had me just as fooled as she had Felix when she accompanied him to the Bahamas. But alas, she ventured out there simply to cozy up to him, drug him, and take the money he said he put into a bank account for her. Her intentions were always to help Santiago, but she was more inclined when she realized he was willing to risk the hotel to get back into her good graces. They’re stronger together.
  • Danny’s a terrible spy. About 5 seconds into the party, I figured out what kind of party it was. Yes, eventually he saved a bunch of girls from sex trafficking, but I’m calling that a lucky break.

What did you think of this week’s Grand Hotel?

Be sure to tweet ABC to let them know you want to renew the series!

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Grand Hotel – Groom Service (1×09)

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Everyone’s hiding something at the Riviera Grand.

It won’t be long before those secrets and lies start catching up with them like they’ve already begun to on Grand Hotel Season 1 Episode 9.

Santiago is hiding his involvement with Mateo’s “boss,” Mateo is hiding the shame of unintentionally killing his own child, the twins are quite literally hiding their fugitive father, Felix, and Alicia and Danny are hiding their relationship.

Though Alicia considered going public about her relationship with Danny, he immediately shot the idea down because of the other thing he’s hiding: the real reason he’s working as a waiter in the first place.

Danny’s walking a thin line here; he’s trying to be himself and pursue a relationship with a woman he really likes all while not revealing anything real about himself and staying focused on his original mission to find out what happened to his sister.

I’m a huge Danny and Alicia shipper as their relationship — the blend of forbidden love and pulsating chemistry — is intoxicating.

I believe he does have real feelings for her, which complicates everything as he’s forced to be closed-off with her.

There’s a lot wrong with their relationship no matter how steamy.

A huge concern is Alicia’s reaction to Danny saying he’s not comfortable to date publicly.

She never stopped the consider how it would affect his position or what the optics would be after spearheading a “no workplace dating” memo.

Who cares when all they have to do is sign a waiver, right?

When Danny finally made the decision to pursue a public relationship with her, he told Jason that “for the first time he feels like he caught a break.”

He spoke too soon, because guess who was checking into the hotel just mere seconds later?

Heather, the scorned ex-girlfriend.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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iZombie – Bye, Zombie (5×12)

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Now, that’s how you do a penultimate episode!

The end is near for iZombie, but New Seattle may live to see another day.

The keyword here is may. 

Ravi, Clive and Liv teamed up for their most exciting mission to date — to retrieve the tainted Utopium from Atlanta in order to create the cure save New Seattle once and for all.

What seemed like a mission impossible turned into mission possible.

Loaded up on criminal and acrobat brains, they executed their master plan flawlessly with the help of Clive as Clooney.

Every week, this trio delivers outstanding performances, but ‘Bye, Zombie’ was especially demanding and their performances were award-worthy.

I’ve never seen someone master a Russian accent as flawlessly as Ravi did.

But all of their law-breaking and sacrifice mean nothing if Major, who has been ousted as leader of Fillmore Graves by dictator Enzo, doesn’t deliver the second necessary part of the cure, the Max Rager that’s being housed at the Fillmore Graves warehouses.

Related: iZombie – Killer Queen (5×11)

That’s right — in a stunning twist of events, Major is no longer the most powerful man in Seattle.

With danger looming at every corner, he’s the one with the biggest target on his back.

What made this episode so successful was that the stakes were higher than they’ve ever been.

Our main characters were risking it all and not thinking twice about it.

Even the secondary characters found themselves in unsettling situations as unrest began brewing.

The war that has been teased for much of iZombie Season 5 between humans and zombies finally came to fruition thanks to Durkins and Enzo.

Are you all happy now? You got what you wanted.

Durkins armed her Dead Enders with weapons distributed by General Mills thus provoking the zombies to revolt.

Major wanted to keep the peace and avoid war at all costs, but his level-headed approach didn’t sit well with his team.

Major’s heart was in the right place but he needed to instill some kind of moral in his team.

Many of them betrayed him earlier in the season because they wanted him to have a stronger stance and protect their own kind.

However, Enzo’s idea of fighting terror with terror is only causing panic and chaos.

After their truck hit an explosive, Enzo’s team recruited the remaining Fillmore Graves soldiers and offered them a chance to live and fight for zombie kind.

Sadly, they all turned their backs on Major.

He managed to escape for now, but it’s not looking too good for him.

Considering he agreed to help Liv and Ravi complete the cure and save mankind, it’s very likely that he’s going to die while breaking into Fillmore Graves.

Then, there’s the kiss that should have happened eons ago.

Liv’s relationship with Major has also gone through plenty of phases. Fans have even questioned whether or not these two would ever find their way back to each other.

With everything on the line, Liv and Major finally made their feelings for each other known, which means that there’s a high probability he’ll die in a selfless way.

It would be a shame for Liv to lose yet another boyfriend, but we can’t argue with the numbers.

Major’s also the guy with nine lives. Somehow, after everything he’s been through, he’s still alive. If this is demise, well, he’s already lasted longer than expected.

Liv and Ravi need to create the cure as soon as possible if they want any chance at saving Seattle.

There’s one of two options: the zombies are going to destroy all the inhabitants and run out of brains or the government will nuke the city. Either way, it’s not looking too good.

Enzo’s broadcast proved he’s not going to follow rules like Major — scratching the zombies and demonstrating their new “zombie soldiers” was a pointed way of saying that anything goes.

It’s a major threat to humankind.

While Seattle is quite literally combusting, Blaine’s still got money on his mind.

The poor Freylich kids that he believes are his property are the only cure available at the moment.

Considering zombies are the stronger species, I don’t think there’s much of a market for zombies wanting to turn back into humans.

But I guess that doesn’t matter because for Blaine it’s more about pride.

What makes Blaine such a fantastic villain — listen up, Jane the Virgin and your weak portrayal of Rose, the season’s longest-running villain — is that there are glimpses of good in him.

He’s likable, he’s funny, and at times, reasonable, yet he won’t hesitate to shoot someone point-blank.

It’s a dangerous combo and one that even blindsided poor Peyton.

Peyton seemed to believe in him up until this very last moment when he ambushed her at Renegade’s hiding spot.

It was clear then that there was no getting through to Blaine because he’d already gone off the deep end.

He wanted what’s his; this was his survival mode.

And that doesn’t bode well for Peyton or the kiddos.

What will Blaine do to her?

Will Ravi save her in the knick of time?

And why the hell wasn’t she armed if she was the only lookout for such a controversial figure in Seattle?

With the war between zombies and humans becoming more prevalent than ever, it’s easy to look at the cure as a good idea.

But reality set in when Clive and Liv established that it would mean Liv would no longer be his brain-eating sidekick.

These two were such a dynamic duo, and though Liv’s zombieism initially felt like a burden, she used it for good. She cracked murders and elevated herself as a zombie who helped others by smuggling them into Seattle and saving their lives with a scratch.

What does her life and her relationship with Clive look like post-zombie?

Other Thoughts

  • I’m surprised Ravi didn’t make a replica of the tainted Utopium before sending it off to Saxon at the CDC. It’s unlike him to just trust someone to do what needed to be done.
  • Charming Clive really is the Clooney we all needed. Did you see him bust those moves and seduce Darcy?
  • I’m truly scared for Dale. Imagine being pregnant in a city filled with monsters who are ready to eat your brain.
  • Ravi’s burn to Blaine about being the man that’s going to marry Peyton Charles was surprisingly satisfying.
  • I also couldn’t believe that Major wasn’t trying to stop Liv’s mission.
  • Ravi in full-rage mode is a sight to behold. He’s been holding out on us.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of iZombie?

Are you ready to say goodbye?

What do you think will happen?

Will Seattle be spared? Will Ravi create the cure? Will Peyton and Ravi get married? Will Liv get her happy ending with Major or will he die?

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