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Grey’s Anatomy – Head Over High Heels (15×22)

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And we’re back to the traditional Grey’s Anatomy episode. So much happens and so many storylines are focused on in this episode.

Jo’s back to the hospital and Alex is still in distress about what’s going on with her. He even brings up his insecurity about the women in his life breaking him and leaving him behind with their pieces.

Meredith reassures him Jo is different and strong enough to get through this. Although, by the end of the episode he’s not having the silent treatment anymore. They throw ultimatums at each other and I only hope they heal stronger from this.

Alex has every right to be mad and give a bit of tough love to Jo. When you’re acting that broken it’s not right to just leave out the most important people out of the conversation.

Meanwhile, Bailey and Richard are reuniting with old faces, though only one of those storylines ends positively. Bailey’s recurring patient’s grandson is in the hospital for spine surgery that Nico is supposed to perform.

Nico’s in the midst of interviewing with programs for after his fellowship with Link is over, and he has an arrogant viewpoint on his abilities. And as history likes to point out, hubris is the pitfall of any great heroine.

Ultimately, Nico kills the originally otherwise healthy patient, and he’s put back in his place by Bailey when she has to break the tragic news to his grandfather.

The patient Gemma brought in with a high heeled shoe lodged into her chest happens to be Ollie’s (Richard’s old sponsor) other sponsorship.

Richard had a hard time with Ollie’s passing, and seeing him be ok with the thought of her was progress. He makes amends with Gemma and they discuss the challenges they faced with breaking their sobriety.

Gemma makes it clear to Richard that no matter how broken he may have felt during that period of time, he was better off than Gemma who actually broke her sobriety.

This episode wasn’t one of any major breaking news, but it’s the middle ground before the final episode coming up in a few weeks. It’s setting up everything major that’s about to befall us. And as we’ve learned many seasons before, Shonda will destroy us with that season finale.

What are your thoughts on Alex and Jo troubles? What do you think will happen with Teddy and Owen? So many small storylines to be tied up. Who else is excited?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • When Meredith mentioned calling Christina I not so silently squealed. Shonda, a quick Christina episode?
  • MerLuca makes another grand stride in their relationship, I’m impressed and very slowly warming up to the idea of them. Telling the kids about their dating status was huge, and I couldn’t be more happy for them.
  • I wonder what this newfound revelation for Owen will mean for the rest of his storyline.
  • Poor Koracick, Amelia’s so right about Teddy and Owen being inevitable. He deserves to be happy, who will it be?
  • The twist on the unsuspecting pregnant woman was epic. People always question how mothers could be clueless about their pregnancy. Well, how about two uteruses!
  • Poor Schmitt, all he wants is to love Nico, and Nico had to go and say some very hurtful words. I know they’ll get over it though. It’s just a rough patch in their budding relationship, and I also predict Nico ending up staying at the hospital.

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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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iZombie Bye, Zombie review

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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The Secret of The Good Place’s Biggest Twist

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Spoilers for the first season of The Good Place below

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Season one of NBC’s The Good Place won over many fans with its likable characters, unique premise, and impressive use of cliffhangers on a weekly basis. The ability to end each chapter with a stinger that left the audience excitedly anticipating the next installment set The Good Place apart from other sitcoms.

In the last episode of the season, Eleanor drops the biggest reveal so far.

“THIS is the Bad Place.”

The show only gets to bask in its own glory for about ten seconds though, because it immediately upstages itself with an even bigger reveal: Michael is evil.

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

The cliffhanger endings throughout season one worked, but eventually the novelty of the unexpected wears off. Once it does, all you are left with is the characters. This is why Michael being evil is the most important part of the series’ heel turn.

Michael’s true nature and the “Good Place” being the “Bad Place” would seem to go hand in hand, but that isn’t necessarily true. There could have easily been a version of The Good Place where Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason go about their Good Place lives as they are without any Good Place architect guiding them. There even could have been a version where Michael is ACTUALLY a Good Place architect and is being duped as well. Revealing they are in the Bad Place in these versions would still have been effective; that’s a good reveal! But not a great one.

It’s shocking on a plot level, but it only recontextualizes the plot. Our view of the world changes but our relationship with the show only shifts. Humans are incredibly adaptive. Something is only new for a short while before it becomes accepted as the norm.

This is why the Michael reveal is so important to the sustainability of the twist. Revealing that Michael is evil not only recontextualizes the plot, but the character and all of his relationships. Not only haven’t we been watching what we thought we were watching, we weren’t even watching who we thought we were watching. The audience isn’t just hit with a shock but a betrayal. We rooted for you not to get retired, Michael!!!

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

That emotional attachment and the resulting personal investment is why The Good Place twist is so transcendent. We never break with our investment of the show. It isn’t so much a question of how did the writers pull this off, but how did Michael pull this off? It forces a compulsion on you to rewatch the first season, just as we all compulsively look back over a lost relationship after a breakup, trying to spot all the red flags that we definitely should have seen the first time.

This also sets up a second season that guarantees something we haven’t seen before – the real Michael. Characters are the gift that keep on giving, because unlike a new setting (or more accurately for The Good Place, our new understanding of the setting), character novelty doesn’t wear off as quickly. There are so many new facets of the show to explore through the real Michael. How will he interact with this world? With our heroes? How much of season one was an act and how much was truthful?

Considering we all know the humans won’t be eternally damned by the end of the series (that would be the subversion of all subversions, and probably not result in too great a story), if the big twist was only that the humans are in the Bad Place then our speculation going forward is limited to “how will they escape?” Revealing Michael’s true nature and goals allows us to not just speculate about the humans’ escape, but to wonder how Michael will fail. And I want to see it! He betrayed me. I want to watch him fail and get what he deserves. We know Michael, even if we didn’t know the real Michael, we are invested in him. That investment in his character carries us much further than any plot point ever could.

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The Good Place/NBC Photo by: Colleen Hayes

The Good Place has a great plot twist, but it has a phenomenal character twist. Michael being evil is the secret weapon of the season ending cliffhanger and the key to its sustainability. Watching season one for the first time, my mind was shifting gears when Eleanor announced they were in the Bad Place, but my spine chilled and my brain exploded when Michael let out that iconic evil laugh. The series continued with a phenomenal second season, but before its airing many wondered how The Good Place could carry on after blowing up its world so completely. What could carry it forward?

The secret: Through all the twists and turns the show never lost the sight of the fact that it isn’t about what carries it, but who.

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