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Revenge-Ambush (4×07)

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The truth will set you free they say. Emily Thorne finally came clean to her father about who she really was… but it wasn’t the kind of reunion we were expecting!!! It was far from it actually. 

We started the episode with Em’s rummaging through her old place, where David was now living with Victoria. She stole a knife, a weapon she believed was used in the murder of Conrad Grayson. Emily really isn’t stupid. Just because David is her father doesn’t mean she completely believes him. He has every motive to have killed Conrad. It would also mean that he’s been planning it for quite some time and lying about being held captive and tortured by the Grayson. But, where has he been for the past 13-years? What’s been holding him back from coming to see his daughter? We really don’t know much about David Clarke except for the fact that he’s very determined to find out what really happened to his daughter. 

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David visits Jack at work, apologizing for blasting all the negative things about her during the interview last week. Jack tells him he may have gotten some of his facts wrong and definitely didn’t need to put Nolan on the spot like that. Nolan has been Amanda’s dear friend for quite some time. This makes David realize maybe he didn’t know anything about his daughter after all. He decides to go talk to her best friend–Emily Thorne. Of course he knows Emily has beef with Victoria, but if she was really best friends with his daughter, she would tell him the truth. Emily is caught off guard by the face-to-face meeting, holding her distance and telling David that Amanda also hated Victoria and during her baby shower, Victoria pushed her off a balcony.

This sends David into a rage. It must suck not to know the whole truth about your daughter relying only on bits and pieces that people tell you.. and hoping it’s the truth. Victoria is not one to tell the truth. After David confronts her about the fall, she explains that it was an accident. David wants to know for sure, but Victoria is one step ahead of him. He goes to visit one of her old coworkers… stripper co-workers, who corroborates Victoria’s story explaining that the Grayson mother often came by and tried to help Amanda, who never accepted it. Obviously, Victoria is behind the whole thing, paying the girl off the minute David leaves the bar. She’s definitely got all her bases covered.

Emily continued to search for answers about her father, keeping Jack out of the loop. He tells Em’s about the prison guards basement infinity sign, but she pretends its mere coincidence. He knows better… and frankly so does his annoying partner Ben. He’s easily steered in a different direction though when the two respond to a weird smell at some apartment, finding the man that Charlotte accidentally killed rotting away. The newspaper evidence of David Clarke and David’s knife–aka the murder weapon– on the scene make headway in the Conrad death case. Ben is ecstatic but Jack knows it’s all probably a setup and calls Emily to express his anger… Gosh being a cop who knows too much really isn’t all that useful.

Em’s is on her way to find out what David Clarke has been hiding away in his secret vault. Could it be answers to where he’s been the whole time. Evidence that he killed Conrad? Anything is helpful at this point. She has about 10 minutes starting at 4:30 to get in and out of the vault before the manual system overrides Nolan’s break-in. As she gets in the elevator, her plan is screwed up by the one and only Daniel Grayson aka ex-husband! God, I really didn’t realize how much I missed scenes between these two! Daniel informs her that he knows her real identity. Charlotte was kind enough to fill him in that Emily is really Amanda Clarke. It all makes sense now right? Although the fact that they share a sister does make the whole thing kind of awkward. Anyways, Daniel isn’t really as upset as I thought he would be. Instead, he’s using the information as an advantage. When shit hits the fan with Emily and his mother… because it will… he doesn’t want to be a part of it. He doesn’t want to be dragged down, included, part of the fallout. Nothing. It’s all about separating himself from his family, something Emily knows a thing or two about. Emily is happy to grant his wish. After all, she’s already used Daniel for what she needed anyways. 

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Unfortunately, she didn’t make it up to the 4th floor in time. The system shut off causing the elevator to stop working. Daniel uses this time to reminisce on the past, asking Emily if any of it was real. For a minute, I actually begin feeling sorry for him. He was really just collateral damage in Emily’s bigger plan. She tells him that maybe some of the moments were real and maybe they could have worked out if he hadn’t sided with Conrad. Yes, now I remember why I hate Daniel Grayson. It all makes sense again. Regardless, it was fun to see these two interact again, now that there were no secrets in between them. Emily didn’t waste any time, pushing out a tile from the elevator and climbing out. Daniel seemed impressed and was probably left wondering what other secret talents his ex-wife had. Emily made it just in time to open the vault, steal a USB drive and get out before the lights and cameras came back on. Win!

Emily wasn’t the only problem Daniel was dealing with today. We still have crazy Louise on the loose. He warned Margeoux not to play tennis with the looney, but she insisted that Louise was probably harmless. Yeah, okay! After a game of tennis, the two took in a moment at the spa, where Louise grilled the French-journalist about her relationship with Daniel and his mother. When Margeoux informed her that she would always have a bond with Victoria, Louise left the steam room in a hurry with tears swelling in her eyes. Outside of the room, she ran into her mother who talked her down saying she was worthless and wound never be accepted by the Graysons… at least not as long as Margeoux was in the picture. This prompted Louise to lock the steam-room with a pin and crank the heat up. When she turned back around, her mother was gone and she began screaming “are you happy now mom?” It was all a little bizarre. We know Louise is a looney but I don’t think we’ve ever understood how intense it really was. The girl is having visions of her mother, who doesn’t seem to have been a nice lady. No wonder she’s craving motherly affection.. but from Victoria of all people? What ties does she have to the Graysons? There must be a reason why she picked them…. why she wants Victoria. 

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Margeoux almost didn’t make it out of the room alive, but thankfully broke through the glass and escaped. She threatened to sue the beach club until she realized it wasn’t their fault– Louise tried to kill her. When she confronted Daniel about it, she asked if he finally quit after she denied being responsible for what happened to Margoeux. He gave her some b.s excuse about how quitting on Louise now might make her spiral out of control and go after Margeoux even more. That’s when she realized the guy she had fallen madly in love with, slept with his client. The tabloids were true. Daniel Grayson is a scum… but a scum that definitely feels bad for his betrayal. Kid just can’t win. 

Emily went through the pictures on the drive and found that they were all shots of Amanda… David had someone trailing Amanda this whole, so that he could see how she was doing over the years. This was it. Emily’s breaking point. She marched over to David’s house, ordered Victoria to leave and than flipped out on her father, letting go of all the resentment she was feeling. It was all so heartbreaking, watching the girl who usually has it together, fall apart. “You could have come for me.. but you didn’t. You taught me to be brave. Strong. But you’re a coward. You could have come for me…” she screamed, throwing herself at the man she thought was dead for years. The man she fought for…to avenge his death… to ruin the people that destroyed him. It was a bittersweet reunion. I wanted David to know Emily was really Amanda. I didn’t want Daniel or Victoria to continue having this hold against her… always threatening to expose her secret. But I didn’t want her to come clean while being an emotional wreck. Although I can see why the writers chose this. Amanda finally letting out what was really inside proves to David who she really is and he sees just how hurt she’s been this whole time. Maybe this really was the best way for the truth to come out.

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Victoria obviously had to ruin the moment. Seriously, this woman cannot let anyone else have a moment. As she left the Clarke house, quickly, knowing Emily was going to come clean and expose her, she grabbed her car handle and got hit by lightning. I’d like to say this was Conrad’s “F-U bitch” moment. It really was perfect. The witch finally got what she deserved. Unfortunately, it also tore David away from Amanda, lessening the impact of the moment. He just found out his daughter was alive this whole time living under a secret identity. None of that mattered because the woman he loved was struck by lightning and she wasn’t breathing. You could see from the look on Amanda’s face that she was really annoyed by Victoria. She probably would just let her die there. It would be better for everyone really. But David “loves” her… although I doubt he still will when he finds out the whole truth. Question is, will Victoria wake up and still remember everything or will she have amnesia like Em’s did last season?

Other Thoughts

– Do I refer to her as Emily or Amanda now? I’m so confused.

– Nolan has bought the beach house. He can have anything he wants. I just hope that he’s not stupid enough to get played by Louise.

– I hope Daniel plays some huge role in the Amanda and David storyline. Like, I hope he helps David realize that his mother is a horrible monster and forgives Emily for all she’s done.

– Will Charlotte be linked to the murder of that random dude obsessed with David? 


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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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