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Pretty Little Liars- Through A Glass, Darkly (5×15)

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Pretty Little Liars is back and in full swing!

We kick things off with Mona’s funeral. It’s 3-months after the brutal murder at the Vanderwaal household. Not much progress has been made. They haven’t found Mona’s body. Or her killer. No one was even charged with a murder yet, although Spencer remains a suspect. It’s also safe to assume A hasn’t contacted the girls since the day of the murder, and somehow 3-months after Christmas their already rocking tank tops. Can I move where they are? Just kidding. I can’t handle A.

CODY CHRISTIAN, IAN HARDING SASHA PIETERSE, SYDNEY PENNY

Alison has the audacity to show up at the funeral to offer condolences to Mrs. V despite being viewed as her daughters killer. Mrs. Vanderwaal is so shaken up by Ali’s visit, that she slaps the blonde screaming ‘where is my daughter?’ Totally justified. Nothing in this town is ever boring.

Here’s what the girls have been up to these past three months:

Spencer’s been trying to stay out of jail, even though she’s an alleged murder. But, her freedom may be coming to an end soon as  Bethany Young’s parents have petitioned the court to have her bail revoked. Apparently, this has happened before but this time it just might work. What I really want to know is who was Bethany Young. Why was she connected to Ali. Do her parents have any connection to all of this. Spencer flips out, mainly because she’s found evidence that indicates that Ali met Bethany that night and was dressed in the same yellow shirt. (Ergo my theory on CeCe). But that evidence may be thrown out thanks to Detective Holden, whose sketchy and working with Alison.. or dating her.. or god knows what.

Emily and Paige are just enjoying each others company because Paige’s parents are forcing her to move to California…where its safe. The award for smartest parents goes to the McCullers… whom we’ve never met, but they totally understand that some crazy stuff is happening in Rosewood.

Aria is waiting on acceptance letters and shockingly getting rejected from every college. I don’t know, is it really that shocking? These girls are rarely in school. They never study. All they do is think about A and try not to get themselves killed. Which totally almost happened to Aria twice this episode. Thankfully, she had her rape whistle handy and blew the crap out of it when Ali cornered her in the town square. Hands down, best moment EVER.

And who knows what Ali’s been up to. She’s too mysterious and there’s definitely questions surrounding all of her actions. What does she know? Is she A? I highly doubt it. There’s definitely been times where I thought she was A. And maybe she really is involved. But is she really the person behind everything? No. Is the the person who killed Mona? Most likely not. That being said, I don’t neccesarily believe everything she says and definitely stand behind my theory that she’s got a twin, or multiple personalities.

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Hannah decides in order to find Mona’s body, she needs help from a psychic… namely Ms. Grimwauld. Caleb thinks thats a horrible idea and who could blame him after the stuff he’s encountered during his time in Ravenswood. But desperate times call for desperate measures. Grimwauld comes down to visit and reveals more cryptic things. For one, she explains that Ali and Mona both hated each other because they both feared each other because they both knew secrets about each other. Great… how about people actually start sharing secrets and what they know and evidence and all that? I’m going crazy here. She also sensed that Mona’s body wasn’t in Rosewood… and she wasn’t having an easy time passing. She was somewhere surrounded by earth and insects and she was cold. Alright so someone buried her. She’s also bound to betrayal, which leads me to a whole new theory that I’ve flirted with occasionally but never gave much thought to.

Mike is A. There I said it. Mike definitely doesn’t get much screen time… well with his face uncovered that is. But have you seen those newly acquired muscles? Those could definitely be used to pin down some liars. Or murder Mona. Think about it. What would be Mona’s biggest betrayal. Whose face could she see right before her death that would shock her as much as it did. Not Ali’s. She suspected Ali was A. But Mike? Her boyfriend. The love of her life. Now that is shocking.

Ezra also noticed that Mike didn’t seem to phased by Mona’s death. Yeah, he’s a guy who hides his emotions and all that, but you’d think he’d be a little more affected. I guess when he eventually talks to Aria at the end, he does burst out crying, but he could just be an awesome liar and fake crier—who knows? Another thing that led me to believe Mike was behind it was because Aria got attacked picking Mike up from Ezra’s studio. A had Mike’s phone. He didn’t try to kill Aria, although it would be really easy. Instead, he stapled her to the wall so he could steal Mona’s computer back. Why would he need that? Well because his ex–the one he got close to so he could find stuff out–knew too much and he knows Caleb is so close to getting inside. I’ll let all this sink in and hopefully elaborate on my theory as the weeks go by.

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Spencer is desperate not to get thrown in the dog house. She knows Ali is responsible and the only way to prove it is to break down her alibi. Her father obviously won’t budge… but Jason just might. She pulls out the “I know she’s your sister, but so am I,” card on him, which apparently works. When Ali comes home that night, Jason asks her where she went on Thanksgiving. Instead of providing him with a legit answer, all she says is that she’s being framed and the girls want her to leave town. Shady as hell. But is it because she was busy murdering Mona, or because she was trying to stop A and protect the girls? Gah, I don’t know.

Emily decides that they need to plant some evidence of Ali’s DNA in Mona’s house so that Spencer can be cleared. Yes, this is the stupidest idea ever, but like I said earlier, desperate times. As they break into Mona’s house, Spencer finds a camera hidden in the vents. Bingo. This camera would have definitely seen what happened to Mona and who attacked her. Police finally do something right, searching the house again and finding the video which shows Mona being brutally attacked by a hooded figure with blonde hair.

Jason watches the video and tells detectives that he lied about Ali’s alibi. She wasn’t actually with them at Thanksgiving at the time of Mona’s death which means she very well could be the person in the video. Back at home, Ali starts packing and getting ready to run away when she’s stopped by Jason. She asks him to stall the police so she could escape and he obliges. It really must be a tough situation for him to be in. Both Alison and Spencer are his siblings. He can’t help one without hurting the other, considering their on two opposing teams. As Ali exits through the back door, she’s cornered by all four of the liars, who are pretty pissed off and not about to let her get away again.

Ali pleads with them stating if they let her go to jail, there will be no one to protect them when she’s gone. She also warns they’ll be A’s next target. The girls don’t budge however, and as she’s being handcuffed, she tells them “don’t say I didn’t warn you.”

This is an important scene for many reasons. One, the liars are totally, absolutely done with Alison. Their convinced she’s A… Mona’s murderer and deserves to go to prison. Two, despite everything they’re still super gullible thinking that once they put the person they suspect away, things will finally be good. That is never the case. Stop being so optimistic. But lastly, Ali definitely knows a lot she’s not letting onto.Maybe, just maybe, she’s actually being framed. Does she know who A is? Does she know what A wants? How is she protecting the girls? Why doesn’t she let them in on anything? Haven’t the girls always been A’s target? Everything she said just doesn’t make sense. And with her in prison, we might never find out… and that’s not okay. 

With Ali behind bars, Emily bolts to the airport to say bye to Paige. She tells her with Ali put away, Rosewood is finally safe. But is it? Why does she actually believe that nonsense. Paige doesn’t. As hard as it is for her to leave Ems she knows she can’t handle living in Rosewood anymore… being constantly tired and afraid. She’s getting a new start, something Emily should definitely consider. The only obstacle, would A ever actually let any of them go?

Spencer gets the good news that she’s off the hook. The police are dropping the charges against her knowing she was set up. They also have reason to believe that Mona isn’t Alison’s first suspect. Cue the investigation into Bethany Young. And hopefully a lot more information about her.

The girls come together to celebrate their short-lived victory. As they imagine moving out, leaving town and going to college far away and actually living a normal life, A ruins the party. Red fireworks in the shape of an A go up in the air, while the girls watch in horror and disbelief. If Ali is A and she’s in prison, how is the really happening right now. Well….. lets just say Ali doesn’t look too good in orange, especially since it’s not deserved. But, this is after all, part of A’s major plan.

Next weeks episode looks intense and this season looks like it will be on point every step of the way. There’s no time to waste. The stakes have been raised and the murder count upped. Now, it’s time to find the son-of-a-bee that’s behind all of this and take him/her down for good! 

 

Photo Credit: Pretty Little Liars/ ABC Family


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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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