Family means everything to the Mikealsons but during a “charitable moment” Klaus can understand doing something terrible for the one you love. Who knew he had a soul?
On this week’s The Originals, we learned it was even harder to take out The Hollow than we thought. The idea that Freya and Hayley thought they could just barge into her house and try to stab her was naive, to say the least. If she’s as powerful as she says, don’t you think she’d be able to read minds?
As the pendant holding Elijah’s soul begins cracking, Freya announces that they’re running out of time and they need to kill The Hollow to save their brother. A locator spell reveals the serpent sigil in two places in New Orleans, revealing that she has a totem which she’s using to channel her powers. It must be destroyed before they can even attempt to go after her and Rebekah, who decided to stay in NOLA to help out the fam, offers to go find it. She calls Kol as back up and he’s more than eager to help out, except his intentions aren’t in the right place.
Last week, The Hollow preyed on his one weakness, bringing Davina back from the dead and linking herself to her. If Kol wanted to keep his love alive, he’d also have to protect The Hollow from his family, who are hellbent on getting rid of her.
As Rebekah and Marcel arrive to get the totem, Kol locks them in using a dark object. For an episode with so much gore, violence, and action, the scenes between the two exes were the most riveting. I mean, these two of the most powerful vampires in the world, trying to avoid the elephant in the room aka the feelings they’d had for each other for roughly two centuries. Not to mention Rebekah is throwing major shade at him for his new girlfriend Sofiya.
Being trapped in a house which harbored so much pain was actually pretty fitting, especially when they BLEW the place up, just to escape being in each others presence. That’s when the real feelings came out – Marcel was done watching his city burn to the ground for the Mikealsons, especially because they wouldn’t blink twice if it came to killing him again. Rebekah’s grievances were more personal, with Marcel refusing to leave town with her several years ago because his love for NOLA was greater than his love for her. At their most vulnerable, they kissed and then both went their separate ways, clearly regretting that they still can’t let go. There is no magic as powerful as love in this city.
Almost every character was tasked coming to terms with their relationships this week. Like they say, significant others and family are a weak point because people can exploit it and that’s exactly what The Hollow did to control both Freya and Hayley. Upon entering the house, Freya was knocked unconscious and when she woke up, plagued by a “dead” hallucination of Keelin, mocking her biggest fear that one day, she’ll end up collateral damage.
Hayley, on the other hand, was knocked unconscious and woke up on the bayou with a vision of Jackson. At first, she thought it was her “happy place” and he was going to help her get back to reality so she could defeat The Hollow but then when he began asking questions about Elijah and how she could ever love a monster, she realized he was trying to stall her so she ripped his heart out and woke up tied up to a chair, weakened with Wolfsbane by The Hollow.
Killing Jackson in the “dream” didn’t stop him from confronting her in the room where he stabbed and tortured her both physically and emotionally by making her come to terms with the feelings she now had about Elijah after she saw the “real him” in the pendant. Clearly, she hasn’t been able to get over it because her feelings for him while real, have been sort of delusional. She fell for who she thought he was and while still a gentleman, he’s done some terrible things, there’s no avoiding the truth – he’s a monster.
When Klaus heard that Kol had betrayed Rebekah and was in the compound with Hope, he got those crazy eyes, which didn’t bode well for his little bro. The two duked it out with Klaus smashing the totem without even flinching. As he was about to kill his brother for his betrayal, Kol hit him with the “what if you could bring back Cami” line, which really put his motives in perspective for Klaus. Sometimes, Klaus is so determined to protect his own, he forgets what love was like. So he decided to spare his brother, which might honestly be the nicest thing he’s ever done.This obviously meant that Davina would die unless Hope successfully completed the spell that unlinked the two.
And it’s a good thing because just before he smashed the totem, Hope was able to unlike Davina and The Hollow, securing her survival. This obviously meant that Davina would die unless Hope successfully completed the spell that unlinked the two. Th
This obviously meant that Davina would die unless Hope successfully completed the spell, unlinking the two, which was great for Davina. Twice resurrected, she got to say her goodbyes to Josh and drive into the sunset with Kol. It was a bit too optimistic for me considering what’s actually happening in this town but I’ll give it to her. Being dead had to suck.
Once unlinked, Hayley TEARS into The Hollow, literally stabbing her for even coming close to threatening her daughter and putting her through hell. Watching this was pretty therapeutic honestly but I couldn’t help worry about Hope considering The Hollow was too eager to die and she’d just sipped on some weird concoction mixed with Hope’s blood.
And sure enough, as soon as The Hollow was “killed,” the blue glow appeared in Hope’s room and she fell unconscious. When we see her next, she says her goodnights to Klaus and then her eyes turn blue revealing that The Hollow didn’t actually die, she anticipated Hayley’s plan and jumped ship into her daughter. Just when you thought it COULDN’T GET WORSE.
With enough power, Freya resurrects Elijah. Hayley isn’t around for the moment because she’s had a profound moment of Clarity and she goes to the Bayou to drink some beer and chat with Jackson. This monolog has to be, hands-down, one of my favorites ever. She explains that she should always have wanted to be with Jackson, not Elijah, but unfortunately growing up, she never actually knew what real love was. With Elijah, she felt safe and it makes sense – he’s an old vampire that will do anything to protect the ones he loves so she latched on, closing a blind eye to the bad.
But really, she’s a monster too and she’s done terrible things in the name of family. Her realization is that she doesn’t want any of that for Hope, who is still pure. “I know what I have to do but I have to be brave enough to do it,” she tells him. It’s unclear what the right thing is but I’m going to say it has to do with sending Hope off. However, with The Hollow inside of her, things are about to get a lot less “innocent.” And really, being born into the Lebonair and Mikealson bloodline, things will never be simple or pure for her. She’s a strong witch and I think she should make the decision how she lives out her life.
“A Spirit Here That Won’t Be Broken” was one of the strongest episodes of the season, providing every character with a storyline that fit seamlessly into the main one. The themes of love, family and fighting for what’s right serve as a great weapon against the dark and vengeful.
Grey’s Anatomy – The Winner Takes It All (15×11)
Parent-child relationships have always been the second most dramatic type of relationship on Grey’s, and this episode beautifully intertwined two of those storylines into a powerful and heartwrenching episode.
What a change of pace! These types of personal episodes are sprinkled lightly throughout the history of Grey’s, and oh boy do we eat them up! Sometimes we need to take a step back and revel in how complex and incredible the characters are beyond their amazing surgical abilities.
Meredith and Jackson stem from similar backgrounds. What with having to brand themselves beyond the family crest and all, oh and the fact that Richard has slept and fallen in love with both of their mothers. It was perfectly fitting that each relationship was developed further simultaneously.
Catherine’s strong mothering personality contrasted against Thatcher’s neglecting one was hard-hitting. Although, in the end, we still saw the same effect. No matter how damaged a relationship can be between a parent and child, there’s still an overwhelming sense of loyalty and love a child will feel toward their parent. Meredith definitely received the short end of the stick with her parental figures, but the intense and abundant love she has for her three children is amazing. Witnessing the special moments she has with her kids only makes our hearts ache more for Derek.
Meredith needed closure with Thatcher, and she finally got it, something she never truly received with Ellis. His yearning to be a father to Meredith, specifically after Derek’s death, was such a turnaround for his character and their relationship. It was during those few hours when he was completely vulnerable and honest that he and Meredith finally built the bond they had lost so many years ago.
There were many times I thought for sure Catherine was going to die. Shonda has created this impeccable presence — she can kill off whoever, whenever. Although I guess it wasn’t quite time for Catherine’s storyline to be over. Having a death so close to so many important characters midseason doesn’t seem very reasonable, so at the very least we’ll have many more seasons of Catherine’s fun and feistiness.
Jackson’s breakdown after attempting to imagine life without his mother was one of the most real moments of the episode. Maggie’s support for Jackson during this trying time will bring them closer together and I can’t wait to see the rest of their storyline, because we all know they are end game.
I love the small bits of Teddy and Tom we’re exposed to. I’m enjoying Tom’s regularity on the show and I really look forward to the developing relationship between the two. His character is slowly being revealed and I think the church scene was an important piece to his character. Despite the cocky facade he displays, he’s truly a genuine guy at heart, which seems like a trend with the men of Grey Sloan, or perhaps a general trend among all men.
Catherine’s bout with cancer isn’t over, but as she continually states, she’s alive and that’s the important part. Who’s to say what “winning” and “losing” is when it comes to cancer?
It’s been ingrained into our minds season after season that each surgery is a fight against death. Our culture has become so obsessed with finding ways to reverse the inevitability of death, that we’ve lost ourselves and the meaning of the journey of life. Thatcher did everything right in his treatment with cancer, but he still died. He didn’t lose, there’s nothing he could’ve done differently. It was his time, and he had the opportunity to leave peacefully in the presence of his daughter. I would say that is a win for sure.
- Every time Lexi was mentioned, I just imagined Chyler Leigh kicking ass over on Supergirl
- That pinky promise made between Catherine and Jackson was downright pure bait for the waterworks
- The perspective about using the words “fight” and “lose” in regards to living with cancer was mindblowing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to think of cancer the same way
Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)
So many tears, so many almost kisses, so many emotions all packed into one episode. What a wonderful start to the second half of the season, especially after being left off on an epic cliffhanger!
The love triangle between DeLuca, Link, and Meredith seemed to be skewing to one side as Meredith and Andrew were stuck in an elevator most of the episode. And as stated by Addison seasons ago, elevators seem to be a sort of aphrodisiac at Grey Sloan Memorial.
Meredith has a strong will if she’s able to hold off DeLuca’s sexy Italian whispers and dazzling eyes. Unless she’s right and she won’t find love ever again. Derek was her great love, and there is no arguing that fact.
Teddy, Amelia, and Owen’s elevator scene could’ve been so much more cringe-worthy, but thanks to the added humor it was primarily comedic. Teddy has been and will always be Owen’s soulmate, and I hope he chooses her, sorry Amelia!
Watching Jackson be truly vulnerable when he found out about his mom’s cancer was so heart-wrenching. I hope he and Maggie work through their rough patch, but as teased by Maggie’s final moments with Cece, it seems they’ll be in the clear. Going through the most tragic moments in life with someone by your side, bonds you in such an unbelievable way.
The budding relationship between Nico and Schmidt is cute to watch, and the way Schmidt gets so giddy and childishly happy even at the slightest finger graze from Nico is the perfect depiction. They better get some more screen time and advancement in their storyline.
Shonda sure knows how to create incredible familial relationships between the characters. Seeing Alex be so gentle and caring for Bailey was truly the sweetest interaction this entire episode. Dare I say tears were certainly shed!
It was powerful watching Bailey experience some residual OCD PTSD but watching Alex care and comfort her seemed like the first step to stopping it in its tracks. Alex’s character development is one that needs to go down in all of TV history.
It was sad to see Cece’s fight end, but that’s what makes Grey’s Anatomy so incredible. Each character doesn’t always have a seemingly happy ending. It keeps you on your toes, and that’s exactly how life is.
Having Richard be the one to find Betty scouring the hospital looking for drugs was such a calculating choice. One that could not have been more perfect, and I was all for it. Betty has gone through so many tearful moments of regret, but it doesn’t seem like she’s really making an effort to turn her life around.
I hope Amelia’s choice to send her to a rehab facility pays off. Maybe we’ll see her again in sobered up at the end of the season. If not, I’m not too concerned. The Betty storyline is kind of just wasted time.
Watching Amelia bow out so gracefully portrays just how much she loves him. I guess it’s true that if you love someone the best thing to do is let them go. But, perhaps Amelia, Teddy, and Owen can create some sort of modern family.
There’s so much to be unpacked in this half of the season. Catherine will not be happy that Jackson and Richard found out about her diagnosis from Maggie. It seems like a precarious situation that’s about to go south quite soon.
If this episode is setting the precedence for the final episodes of the season, this is going to be a nail biter for sure! Although, it wouldn’t be the Grey’s we all know and love if that weren’t the case. Thank goodness it’s renewed for a 16th season.
What do you think of the love triangles? Where do you think Owen’s loyalty stands?
- It’s truly impressive how the actor’s age with the show. Jackson is finally getting some baby whites!
- Bailey’s sassy comments are always golden, “Don’t hyperventilate the patient!”
- The dramatized trash blowing in the wind is such a sad reality
- Cece has taught us all so much about love … R.I.P.
- Meredith speaking Italian?! How has this never come up before?
- Helm’s growing crush on Meredith is so bitter-sweet, yet so relatable. If you’re gay and have never crushed on a straight girl or women are you really gay?
- Who else had to look away as Jet’s legs proceeded to get crushed by the elevator? I definitely thought he lost them right then and there
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)
In this episode, we were provided a deep dive into Rebecca’s childhood through the eyes of her half-brother Tucker. Honestly, only the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend superfans might vaguely recall she has a brother. Anyway, Tucker chooses to put on the shoes Rebecca previously gifted him for his 13th birthday and makes a trip to visit her. Rebecca’s surprised by his appearance, but ultimately happy to try and make things right with the last person in her life she holds unfinished business with.
Soon after she’s surprised with another grand gesture, this time by Nathaniel. He tells her that he’s still in love with her and wants her back, but she refuses to accept his proposal. This is a huge step-up from what she would’ve done in the past, and it truly speaks to her changing for the better.
There’s definitely something slightly off about Tucker and we are given a sneak peek of him deceptively responding to Rebecca’s text meant for his mom and snooping through her childhood diary. No wonder he continues to steal the words right out of her mouth! Of course, there’s no way an early aged teen boy is going to be as perfect as he led on to be.
As Nathaniel is feeling the burn of his latest “rebection” he takes it out on Sunil and Mrs. Hernandez who are fighting over the most recent case. It’s obvious that Mrs. Hernandez is much more qualified for the case, but Sunil sets out to win the case by promising Nathaniel that he’ll win him back Rebecca.
Rebecca invites Paula and her boys over to hang out with her and Tucker, but it’s obvious that Tucker isn’t a typical teenage boy, nothing like Paula’s seemingly lumps-on-a-log sons, so Paula takes them to the escape room alone. I guess being stuck in a room together offers unique insight into a relationship, and Paula realizes she’s been so caught up in Rebecca’s troubles for the past few years that she knows nothing of what’s going on in her son’s lives.
Meanwhile, Rebecca takes Tucker on a trip to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they happen to “stumble” upon the location of an audition for Peter Pan, of course, Tucker’s plan all along. Rebecca’s overtaken by the connection Tucker makes with her and her love for the musical Slumbered, so she takes him in for an audition.
Sunil stalks Rebecca and Tucker who have stalked the director of Peter Pan –dang is there a lot of stalking and sneaking around in this show. Sunil sees Tucker with Rebecca’s diary and reports back to Nathaniel, offering him the option of getting the diary so that he can finally understand the inner depths of Rebecca’s mind.
Nathaniel approaches Tucker and offers to get him the role of Peter Pan in return for Rebecca’s diary. This is some top-notch elementary-level drama!
Rebecca receives a call from the director of Peter Pan congratulating her that Tucker has received the part, and Tucker calculatingly suggests that they celebrate with some Rebetzels. As Nathaniel is on his way out he stops by and pulls out another “I love you” speech word for word from Slumbered. He’s a lawyer, he should know all about plagiarism! Tsk tsk, I would’ve expected better from you Nathaniel. Rebecca realizes that the only way he would’ve known that highly classified personal information was if he somehow had gotten ahold of her diary. She rightfully yells at him, and it doesn’t look like he’s any closer to winning her back.
Tucker and Rebecca have a real and heartfelt sibling bonding moment when Rebecca learns that although he may have been initially faking some of the similarities, they both came from the same deadbeat dad and Tucker too needs therapy. Additionally, she promises that she’ll pay for him to go to theater camp so that he doesn’t have to go through the long process of flying out and manipulating her just to start an acting career.
This episode really gave Rebecca a taste of what she’s been dishing out to others for the past few years. The manipulation, stalking, and overcompensation for insecurities. I can really see that this season is highly focused on her coming to terms with her past doings and making major adjustments to fix them and change. High praise for Rebecca and all that she’s been working through!
What’s next for Rebecca? I can’t imagine this being the last of Tucker we’ll see. And I wonder what Nathaniel will attempt to convince Rebecca that their mutual love for each other is the only thing that matters despite their difficulty and confusing history.
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