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Pretty Little Liars- Cover For Me (4×22)

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This week we hit some breaking ground as the mother of all secrets might have been revealed!!! And while it posed more questions, the girls seem to finally have caught a break.

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Aria: Aria seemed almost normal this week. She was obviously trying to distance herself from the messed up predicament she’s found herself in at Rosewood. While the answers definitely weren’t at the bottom of a liquor bottle, she did find herself a nice boy named Riley to get her mind off Ezra and a much needed relaxing getaway. Riley also gave her the confidence to stand up to the “bully”, which resulted in Ezra’s explosive ‘You need to leave Rosewood for good’ attitude back at Ezra’s apartment.  The confrontation was defniitely beneficial as she got some much needed answers to the pending question of A’s identity. (maybe?) I mean, I know Ezra’s writing a book and all but where did he even get such information. I need his sources, pronto!

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Spencer: Spencer was looking better after a three day stint in rehab. The hot “sponsor” Dean also helped. The lack of technology and friends didn’t though, especially on the verge of flashback memories that may or may not be accurate. After a run through the woods, Spencer remembers the night Ali dissapeared and recalls beating her with a shovel as blood splattered on her face. Could this be the withdrawal symptoms or did Spencer really commit a crime? If so, how is it possible? I mean, Ali is alive. I really hope this isn’t an introduction to the whole Ali has a twin thing.  It doesn’t help that no one wants to help Spencer remember what happened that night and the girls don’t know considering they were all drinking! The only two witnesses are CeCe and Mrs. DiLaurentis, who refused to speak last week. But things with Mrs. D are becoming highly suspicious. First, there was dirt and a note in Spencer’s bed that read about digging her grave. Who could have gotten into Spencer’s room when she’s basically on house arrest? I had a hunch that maybe Spencer was bipolar and just didn’t reemember doing it? But that’s a far stretch. Than Mrs. D came to her house and creepily mentioned something about ‘you don’t want to see your daughter die in front of you’ and ‘nothing beats fresh covers.’ These things seemed like a direct hit at Spencer about the dirt/note in her bed. And no, its not just the meds talking! Can someone please help Spencer figure out what the hell happened that night. Also, on a side note, what did Spencer’s letter from Toby say? Did he break up with her? Was he leaving town??!?!

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Mrs. D is A?: Of course theres the revelation that A is actually Mrs. D, which is absrud, proposterous and totally believable. It’s also a crazy storyline if the writers want to pursue it. That scene with Mrs. D in Spencer’s room looking really crazy right behind her, but than she turned into Mrs. Hastings had to be real right? She really was in her room! What for? Did she want to hurt Spencer for remembering the truth? For knowing too much? Or was she secretly trying to help Spencer piece together what happened that night through her account?!

The possibility of Mrs. D being A has its plausibility. How many times did the girls think that Mrs. D was acting strange by waiting fro Ali to come home, saying she feels like she saw her and changing her sheets constantly? Also, does anyone remember that time Emily stayed with Mrs. D and they found someone living in the basement? Checked it out nothing. But than when Aria and Emily were inspecting it, someone started shoving knives down the holes. Who else knew of that hideout? And if she knew about Ezra being with her daughter, she’d obviously love to see the Aria and Ezra breakup and read his book about her daughter right? Additionally, she’d obviously need the girls to help her find her daughter right? But why does A want them to stop looking than? On the other hand its highly unlikely that Ali would be scared of her own mother or that her own mother would want her dead.. Additionally, Hannah made a valid point, there’s no way Mrs. D knows how to use that kind of technology! She’s old!!!  I guess if played out correctly, this could be really compelling and promising, but I’m just tired of the writers pointing unjustified fingers at every person in Rosewood! Enough already! Instead of jumping to conclusions, lets try and think through this rationally!!! Nothing’s ever as it seems remember?!

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Hannah: Hannah’s got a lot of weird guy-relationships happening in Rosewood and she needs to stop. She goes on a date with Travis and is totally inattentive, dealing with A and Ali issues, as always. There’s really no spark between these two and why pull in someone into her drama? Plus, its obvious Hannah still loves Caleb, so there’s that. Meanwhile, her relationship/ firendsip with Holden was going good until he found Paige’s Ali confession in his car and was determined that Hannah was the culprit. Not sure why, but these cops really need to stop making false accusations. Thankfully, those detective books Hannah was reading earlier this season helped her figure out who did write the letter by comparing the handwriting to one on Emily’s boar from Paige. Whew! Glad we got that one out of the way. With Emily in the loop, it’s only a matter of time before that relationship is dunzo! After all, Emily promised to seize communication with Ali if Paige kept the secret and didn;t out Ali to A. But Paige did cause she’s dumb, which means she broke Emily’s trust. And Em’s doesn’t play like that. That is unless Hannah covers for Paige to keep her safe???

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Mona: Mona was also human-ified this week as Emily finally sat down with the other little liar to see just what was up with her break-up with Mike. Props to Emily for standing behind Mona’s car like that given the girls track record of running people over.  Turns out Mona only started dating Aria’s brother in order to spy on Aria for Ezra. This was her payback to the favor that Ezra would remove all the illegal things she’s done out of his novel.  But while working for Ezra she actually began to fall for Mike. Dumping him was the obvious choice in order not to bring him down the rabbit hole of A madness. Despite the manipulative Ezra work here, the storyline and relationship was a snooze!  We already suspected all of this, now we just have proof that Mona is Ezra’s minion and that he really is this budding journalist/novelist. Whoopie! It also reveals that Mona has no clue Ali is alive, but she does have a hunch who A is. She also mentioned that someone took the game from her in Radley. The producers revealed this was a huge clue, but Mona doesn’t who it was! Dead-end? Well, there’s always the Mrs. D is A revelation and she’s on the board in Radley….. That or we’re bringing back suspicious and not-really-a-doctor Wren.

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A scene/ Next Week: But, the most confusing moment was the ending ‘A’ scene, which showed A in black gloves, cutting the excess strings on a wedding gown. The whole thing was bizarre, until followed by next weeks previews of Spencer in the wedding gown. Things seem to be going good until she’s in the woods with blood on her face and than gets hit or stabbed and falls to the ground? Yep. Your mouths just dropped and your brain went W.T.F. So did ours. But never fear. No ones getting married, walking dwon the aisle or saying I do. They are walking down the run-way though. While these liars might not have time for school, classes, homework, extracurricular activities, or anything else, they do have time to participate in a fashion show! And according to this promo, things are going to get ugly. What happens in that forest? Willa liar die? (Highly unlikely.) Is it Mrs. D’s fashion show? If yes and she’s delivering the dresses, it’ll be our confirmatio that Mrs. D is A. On a sidenote, expect Jason to be back next week as well. Both him and Spencer are leaving rehab around the same time. It sure must be in the family. Speaking of, if Spencer killed Ali, and I use “killed” losely, than its technically her step-sister. And she’s being tormented by her step-mom if Mrs. D is A. So maybe this is a family ordeal???! Maybe Ali discovered the truth and Spencer didn’t like it?! Honestly, the possibilities are endless and I just want some real answers!!!!

 


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Grey’s Anatomy – The Winner Takes It All (15×11)

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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.

Additional Sidenotes:

  • 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


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Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)

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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?

Additional Sidenotes:

  • 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

 

 

 


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)

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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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