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Pretty Little Liars – Hold Your Piece (7×13)

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I. Marlene King wasn’t lying when she said teased a death on this week’s episode but at this point, they are empty threats because you know she’ll never actually kill off one of the main characters. I’m not saying that I would like to see either Hanna, Aria, Spencer or Emily die but it’s getting hard to believe that A.D is hellbent on vengeance yet none of the actual liars have ever suffered permanent consequences. I guess ruining their lives day in and day out brings him/her/it enough joy.

SPOILER ALERT – STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED “HOLD YOUR PIECE.”

On this week’s Pretty Little Liars, the writers made it very clear that whenever something good happens to anyone in town, it’s followed by death. In this case, Yvonne’s death. After she came out of her coma, Toby asked her to marry him and that pretty much sealed her fate. You know the writers won’t let Toby end up with anyone but Spencer and it’s unsettling that the writers just sacrificed her for ‘ship’ sake because they don’t believe in letting a realistic relationship flourish. It’s too late to say now but Yvonne she should have run as far away from Toby as possible when she met him – it’s been proven that getting involved with anyone associated with the core group of girls is simply just a new way of asking to be killed.

Spencer, who spent most of the episode in mending her broken heart (literally, gun shot wound) with Marco, was somehow right there for Toby when Yvonne took her final breath. Despite how absurd and predictable it was, seeing Toby fall to the ground in hopelessness still broke my heart. But not enough to make me shed any tears because once again, he should have known this would be the outcome. With that being said, Spencer should probably cut Marco loose. He’s already very involved with the mystery of Rollins and received a FINGER, presumably the finger of said con-artist husband, from A.D. You know the fate of detectives on this show, the ratio is not working in his favor.

It was Hanna’s turn to roll proverbial, and literal, dice this week and while I wouldn’t say her experience was much worse because I’m sure all the liars feel threatened and bullied, Hanna’s was a bit gorier and targeted something she’s always felt insecure about – her body. (Thanks, Alison.)

After making it on the front page of Rosewood’s newspaper for her designs, she was slammed by a fashion blogger who insisted she stole the designs from her nasty old boss Claudia. The accusations came right as Hanna and Lucas were supposed to meet with investors and it had A.D’s fingerprints all over it. Or should I say Sydney’s fingerprints because that’s who supposedly took the picture and sent it to the blogger. Either Aria and Emily’s sleuthing skills have improved drastically or this was the stupidest story set up in the history of story set ups. I’d got with the latter. I mean, Sydney was just STANDING in the red carpet picture snapping that photo almost waiting to get caught.

A.D took the sabotage a step further by sending her a creepy mannequin of herself that she had to perform surgery on. It was hard to understand what the mannequin was made of but Hanna was ready for A.D’s antics, prepping an operating table that Dexter would have been jealous of. As she cut into what I’m assuming is rubber to mimic the human body, blood, I hope fake blood, spilled everywhere. The scene was enough to make those faint of heart a bit queasy. Hanna took it like a troop, as always, although I couldn’t help but wonder how she disposed of the body. Walking out through your front door with it would raise some serious concerns from bystanders and neighbors alike.

Inside the mannequin was a design hat would guarantee Hanna would offend the investors and ruin any chances at living out her dreams. That is if she ever would have made the meeting.

Moments before stepping into the elevator with Lucas, she was informed that Caleb was in the hospital. (These girls should have a monthly parking pass by now). Caleb, who was finally informed about A.D’s boardgame, was determined to put an end to it and was gassed by some poison in the process. That seems to answer my question of why they can’t just throw the game out and refuse to play. If our very own whiz kid couldn’t figure out how this thing is being powered, it basically means play the game or suffer the consequences, which Hanna did when she lost the game, proving that she won’t go all the way to save her friends. I’m assuming her special prize would have been Rollins’ finger, which was now in Marco’s possession and would undoubtedly lead him to the corpse and thus, to the murderers. And somehow, I don’t see “self-defense” as an excuse. And no prize means no puzzle piece, which prevents the liars from figuring out the game.

Now back to the person Marlene King and friends want us to think is A.D, Sydney. Aria and Emily didn’t have much to do this week so they to get to play stalker for a day, to their only connection to A.D and quite possibly Jenna. They uncovered that Sydney was paying for Jenna’s eye surgery through anonymous donor A.D, even after Sydney swore that she was done with Jenna because her games were getting deadly. We don’t believe you, Sydney, not now, not ever. Aria enjoyed roughing her up a little too much (Namaste bitches) but it was all worth it because she was able to put a tracking device on her. So is Sydney just another pawn in A’s game or is she the brains behind the operation?

I’ve mentioned my “Aria is A.D” theory once or twice and much like Emily, I couldn’t help but notice that Aria was a little TOO GOOD at all the tech stuff. She claimed Caleb taught her how to tap into Sydney’s phone just that morning but she seemed like a pro. Is this a subtle hint that Aria is somehow involved or better yet, the ringleader in charge?

A.D is useful in the sense that Aria has had enough on her plate to keep her mind off of Ezra and Nicole. That is until she saw Nicole’s TV interview in which she said the thought of seeing Ezra helped her survive her kidnapping. She was understandably upset but that faded the moment she walked into her house and found Nicole sitting there in the dark. Seriously girl, this is Rosewood, you DO NOT sneak up on people like that. Her visit obviously means that Ezra told her about his engagement but what does she want? Why is she waiting for Aria?! At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nicole was never kidnapped and had been working as A with Ezra this entire time. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

We’re down to 6 episodes before the series finale. Do you think we’re making the progress we should be towards the truth? How do you feel about Yvonne’s death? Should Marco leave town ASAP? Will Hanna and Caleb get married? Where was Alison this week and when will she tell the girls about her pregnancy? It seemed like the yelling baby sounds coming from the phone were a hint to the liars but they were all so fed up and tired, none even made the connection, not even Emily, who knows the truth.

Where is Jenna hiding out? Is she with Mary Drake? Is Peter Hastings with Mary Drake? Is Melissa with them? Are they all A.D?!

Sneak peak at next week’s episode. A.D kind of shows his face to Aria and tells her that Jessica DiLaurentis kept excellent records. If Ezra knew what was in Aria’s file, he’d definitely pick Nicole but it would also land him in jail. None of the other Liars have kept such suspect secrets – what could Mrs. D possibly have on Aria that would be THAT bad? And why would it land her fiancee in jail? Maybe he’s behind her death since we still don’t officially know, who killed her and it’s said we will find out next week. Could it mean Aria knew this whole time also and kept it a secret? Things aren’t looking good for you girl.


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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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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - I'm Making up for Lost Time

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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