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?
The 2021 Emmy’s: A Night Dominated by the same Rotating Nominees: ‘The Crown,’ ‘Mare of Easttown,’ and ‘Ted Lasso’
The 2021 Emmy’s returned in a limited capacity with an attendee count of around 500 compared to its typical several thousand, while also managing to keep its winners capped to the same rotating titles: The Crown, Mare of Easttown, and Ted Lasso.
It was a successfully smooth event with predictable winners, among some important victories for people of color.
Opening the award show paying homage to Biz Markie, Cedric the Entertainer sang and rapped a remix of “Just A Friend” with cameras panning to guests in the audience who contributed their own lines and melodies.
The comedy category was easily dominated by Ted Lasso while dramas were split between The Crown and Mare of Easttown, with the former edging out the latter with nearly double the wins.
Regardless of Cedric the Entertainer’s initial praise about the number of Black nominees, it felt like a shout into the void as many of the categories were still dominated by white actors, writers, and directors.
But, Michaela Coel’s win for her brave and empowering drama, I May Destroy You, was a win that needed to happen, not only for the Black community but also for sexual assault survivors.
“Write the tales that scare you, that make you feel uncertain that isn’t comfortable. I dare you. In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves and to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible, for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success. Do not be afraid to disappear from it, from us, for a while and see what comes to you in the silence,” Coel said.
In another triumph of the night, Debbie Allen (Fame and Grey’s Anatomy) took home the Governor’s Award. Celebrated for her perseverance during her early career as a Black dancer discriminated against due to the color of her skin, it was a deliberate step forward made by The Academy.
Interspersed throughout the evening was a handful of references and jokes about COVID and its impact on television. And in a seamless split, many of the British show nominees including Gillian Anderson and Olivia Colman accepted their awards in London in a separate Emmy’s party.
Later on, Leon Bridges performed a special tribute to those in the industry that passed away during the last year. Some of which include Larry King, Alex Trebek, and Michael K. Williams.
In a highly anticipated award for the final victor of the night for a limited series, it was awarded to Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit, in a surprising win over Mare of Easttown.
In a year where TV continued to shine, despite COVID’s impact on the world of entertainment, the 2021 Emmy Awards didn’t realistically honor the amount of amazing content that was put out. Instead, it relied on the crutches of the four or five repeated nominees: The Queen’s Gambit, The Crown, Mare of Easttown, Ted Lasso, and Wandavision.
How Will ‘The Resident’ Write Off Nic?
The halls of Chastain will see quite a shift when The Resident returns for its fifth season.
Emily Van Camp, who plays the beloved nurse practitioner Nic Nevins, is scrubbing out after four seasons on the FOX medical drama.
While it isn’t unheard of for an actress to leave a show, the timing is unfortunate from a storytelling perspective considering Nic and Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) recently got married and welcomed a baby girl.
In real life, Van Camp also welcomed a baby girl with husband Josh Bowman, so she obviously has to do what’s best for her and her family. We also have to assume that the struggles of working during a pandemic impacted her decision, as did her potentially expanded role in the Marvel universe.
But there’s absolutely no denying that it’s a huge bummer for fans of the series, many of whom only tune in because of their attachment to the couple affectionately dubbed #CoNic.
We’ve seen the couple go through their fair share of ups and downs, but the fact that the writers chose to introduce a baby means they likely thought she was coming back for the upcoming season and had more a happier storyline in the works.
While I have ultimate faith in the writers, it’s understandable that fans are worried about how her departure will be addressed.
Nic is a crucial part of the show; some might argue that she’s the glue that holds everything together.
Her exit must be handled with the utmost care and respect in order to preserve the integrity of the character.
Since her character is a dedicated wife and mother, it’s unproductive to mess with the relationship by introducing a cheating storyline or a new job since it isn’t believable.
We know Nic would never prioritize anything over her new family, not even a new gig. Even suggesting that as an alternative dishonors the kindhearted character Van Camp has built.
So, this is where it gets concerning.
All signs and breadcrumbs point to Nic not surviving the premiere.
There are a few indications that the writers are going to kill her off and pursue the “Conrad is a heartbroken and widowed single father to baby Gigi” storyline.
The official season 5 poster pointed to tragedy as Conrad was seen alone in a defeated stance. His back was turned to the camera and the words “healing stars within” were written on top.
We think this will hurt us more than heal us, but we're always in.
— The Resident (@ResidentFOX) August 5, 2021
A follow-up trailer titled “Everything Will Change” opens with an ominous montage of CoNic’s happiest moments. It then shows Conrad standing alone in his daughter’s nursery before cops come to his door to deliver some news. Since it’s never a good sign when cops show up at your house in the middle of the night, many fans to theorized that Nic was involved in a tragic accident.
The gossip Instagram account, Deuxmoi, seemingly confirmed that theory via an anonymous tip.
“I can 10,000 percent confirm she’s leaving The Resident early in the upcoming season, but her character will die in a car accident,” a source told the account, though, these can be hit or miss so take it with a grain of salt!
It’s a frustrating approach considering Nic just survived a stabbing along with pregnancy complications last season, but it’s really the only way to handle it while keeping the character intact.
It also presents plenty growth opportunities for Conrad’s character.
Much like the fans (and probably, the writers), he never anticipated that he’d be a single father, but life threw him a curveball and now he has to step up to raise his daughter, likely with the help of his friends at Chastain.
And while we typically see the plight of working mothers, this would offer the series a chance to dig into the hardships of balancing a thriving career in the medical field while also being a present father.
The only other option on the table is that the accident causes Nic to go into a lengthy coma, which would also leave the door open for any potential guest appearances from Van Camp should she so choose to be involved.
The latter would allow for the character to come back, while also allowing the writers to explain her off-screen existence with a storyline about how she gave up her career to stay at home with Gigi in the aftermath of the accident.
However, Elkoff seemingly confirmed that Conrad will be a single father to TV Line, noting: “He’s really good at it. He’s just going to be the best dad you can imagine.”
He also explained that the season will pick up with a nine-month time jump, which explains why Gigi is so big in the promos already.
FOX entertainment president Michael Thorn told Deadline that it will be an emotional departure.
“The audience is going to be surprised and emotionally engaged with how we handle Emily’s departure and the way that it affects all of the other characters,” he said. “And yes, we will be introducing some new characters as we go along, but I think it’s going to be another excellent season. Amy Holden Jones does an incredible job,” he added.
While everyone involved with the series is staying mum on how Van Camp will be written off, they are convinced that fans won’t be disappointed by what they are calling a “potentially game-changing, development.”
In the wake of her exit (along with the exit of Shaunette Renee as Mina last season and Morris Chestnut as Barrett Cain), the series is also adding new cast members to fill the void and ensure the upcoming season has a robust ensemble.
Miles Fowler will join the medical drama as Billie Sutton’s (Jessica Lucas) estranged son, Trevor. If you’ll recall, Billie opened up to bestie Nic about being raped at 13-years-old and giving up the baby for adoption. While she didn’t want to meet her son, he’s been reaching out hoping to get to know his birth mom.
Regardless of how the series tackles this unexpected cast shake-up, be prepared for an emotional journey ahead.
The fifth season returns on Tuesday, September 21st at 8 pm ET/PT on Fox.
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‘The Chair’ Review: A Humorous Commentary on the World of Academia
An entire show focused on a dilapidating university English department had the very real potential of being extremely boring and niche with its heavy ode to literature. However, Netflix’s original series The Chair, starring the fabulous Sandra Oh, is a humorous commentary on the world of academia, cancel culture, ageism, sexism, and transracial adoption.
The bulk of the humor rests on the shoulders of Ji-Yoon (Oh) and Joan (Holland Taylor) the only women in the department alongside Yaz (Nana Mensah). Ji-Yoon is the first woman department head to take the position just as enrollment is crumbling by 30%.
What’s meant to be a momentous moment in her career turns into a shit show when she’s tasked with putting out daily dumpster fires.
In the short six episodes, we’re quickly introduced to the complicated lives of Ji-Yoon and her colleague/lover Bill Dobson, one of the younger professors who’s under intense scrutiny for making an insensitive and ignorant reference to nazis.
There’s a strong balance between personal and professional lives as the underlying tension displayed immediately between Bill and Ji-Yoon ignites a budding romance, amid the dean’s increasing pressure for Ji-Yoon to let Bill go.
Ji-Yoon’s a powerful woman who isn’t afraid to stand up against university systems that oppress women and women of color. And despite her ability to properly handle her work life, her home life seems to be teetering.
Her daughter Juju is a spitfire who is ready to speak her mind at any moment. Whether to diss her halbi, cross personal boundaries scaring off babysitters, and telling Ji-Yoon how she feels about her transracial adoption.
The real dynamic duo is Juju and Bill. As Bill’s healing from the loss of his wife and empty-nesting after sending his daughter off to college, he finds comfort in taking care of Juju while he’s on suspension.
Juju’s lack of connection with Ji-Yoon is saddening, as it stems from Ji-Yoon’s absence due to her tireless job. However, by the end of the season, the growth between mom and daughter is emotionally beautiful.
Yes, I shed a few tears.
The decision to use an English department as a commentary vessel is ingenious. Historically, academia is full of jaded tenured professors who are generationally out of touch. But, an English department is stereotypically overrun with crotchety old pretentious men.
Some of whom are definitely ready for retirement.
Yaz is a Black professor whose class has quickly become the most popular in the English department. With her classes yielding the most students, this causes jealousy among the other educators, putting her tenure track in harm’s way.
When she’s denied the distinguished lectureship and begins to feel helpless as a woman of color at Pembroke, she considers taking an offer from Yale. However, Ji-Yoon’s desperation to rebuild the department full of diverse women convinces Yaz to stay.
Yaz’s character doesn’t receive as much screentime as she deserves. Most of the attention is placed on Dobs and the rest of the professors fighting desperately to hold onto their power.
Furthering the theme of sexism, Joan’s office is displaced in the basement underneath the gym. As a professor who’s been with the university just as long as her male counterparts, she finds her situation outrageous and greatly sexist.
Yet, by the season finale, after Ji-Yoon’s been ousted as the head of the department, she strategically chooses Joan to replace her. This feels like a win for the women and especially Ji-Yoon, as her vision of change continues.
While there hasn’t been any official word about a second season, Season 1 paved the path for deeper topics to be pursued. Especially the romance between Ji-Yoon and Bill. So I can’t imagine the show won’t receive another green light.
If you’re someone who shutters at the idea of being immersed in the academic sphere even fictionally, don’t worry. The Chair is a show you can enjoy on the pure basis of humor and emotional family drama. And of course Sandra Oh!
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