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Revenge- Ashes (4×03)

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Ashes, ashes, we all burn down. Well… except Emily Thorne. She was saved from the ravaging fire set by her lovely half sister Charlotte Grayson, by her knight in shining armor Jack. Thank god for that because for a moment, it seemed like she was close to death. And all because she didn’t see Charlotte turning on her. Lately, Emily hasn’t been on her A-game. She does things without plans, gets caught up in telling the truth, and she’s the target for many haters in the Hamptons.

Those haters include the new Bonnie and Clyde duo– Victoria and David. The always manipulative Victoria is so happy to finally have her prince back. The only thing she’s missing is money to actually be able to survive. Although somehow, she’s getting her fabulous clothes from somewhere, so something must have been salvaged after Conrad Grayson’s assets were frozen and she got committed. She finally visits Daniel, who isn’t too happy to see her. He informs her that he’s got no money, and in case she’s wondering, her daughter Charlotte has been a drug taking-suicide plotting mess for the 6-months she’s been on vacation.

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Victoria goes to visit Charlotte and finds out that she knows the whole truth about Emily Thorne aka Amanda Clarke. She also finds out that Charlotte tried to kill Em’s and in a twisted way, is kind of proud of her daughter. Like mother like daughter, eh? She tells her that David Clarke is actually alive, and takes her to finally meet her dad. This obviously helps her evil plot move right on along, building love and trust for his new daughter, while putting Emily in the back burner. What a clever woman she is. Although I will say, the whole reunion and speech of how Charlotte “exonerated” David’s name, kind of disgusted me. Especially, since their trying to make Emily look like the villain, when really, she was doing this all out of love. These two are the monsters… always have been, always will be.

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Emily decided to keep Charlotte out of the fire scandal and told police she was alone in the Stowaway when it burned. Jack believed her until a neighbor revealed that they saw Charlotte run out right as the flames were engulfing the bar, and she stated there was no one else inside. Emily finally fessed up admitting that Charlotte one-upped her and literally tried to kill her. The news shakes Nolan a little bit, especially after Em’s tells him she’s going to go try to talk it out with Charlotte. She’s got no plan, no agenda, she just wants another chance with her sister. She feels guilty that she used and dragged into the this whole Clarke-Grayson revenge mess. When she finally tracks Charlotte down, Victoria comes at her shot-guns a-blazing. Emily explains she just want to talk to Charlotte privately, but Victoria will not let that happen. Emily tells her to shoot, but she won’t. She lets her know she has another plan for her, something much longer and more painful. Once Emily leaves (of course) David comes out of the woods and is told that Emily Thorne found where they’d been hiding. He freaks out knowing that this monster is threatening his family and as Victoria goes into town to try to score some more money, David goes to take business into his own hands. 

Victoria’s statement really makes Emily think. Victoria clearly knows something more than she does. Emily’s missing a huge piece of the puzzle, but she’s determined to figure it out. Why else wouldn’t Victoria shoot and be so confident in serving her up “what she deserves.” We get a really nice and touching moment between Jack and Amanda. He brings over one of the photo frames salvaged from the fire of the two of them when they were kids. He informs her that he won’t be fixing the Stowaway, as it’s more of a prison than something pleasurable anyways. While I don’t feel the romantic love between these two, I think their spectacular friends. Their friendship dynamic is so different from Emily and Nolan’s and it’s a good thing she has Jack to keep her grounded and normal.

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As always, the last few minutes of the episode were the best! David Clarke finds his way over to Emily’s house. He took a play from her revenge book and snuck in decked out in a black hoodie, with a knife in hand. While I understand the whole “revenge and protect your family” need might be genetic, it’s kind of scary that sweet David Clarke is this crazy. He’s capable of anything. Thankfully, Nolan is closely watching the surveillance cameras and runs in right as David approaches Emily’s bed, firing a gunshot and waking her up. But not before David gets a good look at Emily’s face and totally realizes that the “villain” is his daughter Amanda. Could it be? It sure can! Especially considering that Nolan came to her defense. Nolan, who was Amanda’s assigned care-taker. You’d need to be an idiot not to connect the dots. Unfortunately, neither Emily or Nolan got a good look at his face, but from next weeks promos, it’s safe to say Emily will go to identity the man who broke into her house and figure out her dad is alive. 

It won’t be long before these two have a reunion. I refuse to believe that he won’t realize Emily is really Amanda. I hope once he does, he gets the full story and realizes that Victoria is a conniving bitch– always has been, always will be. She wants David to love her and Charlotte, but not his own daughter. I want her greed to bite her in the butt. Hopefully, David will come to his senses and side with Emily and try to complete the revenge cycle. I know he loves Victoria, but he’s not stupid right. Although, all of his actions thus far have proved he’s pretty stupid and gullible, so I don’t know. 

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Other Thoughts

  • Well, Daniel is broke and without a hotel to live in, so he’ll be running to mommy dearest soon right?
  • Or he’ll run to Margeoux… just like Victoria did. Wasn’t that awkward? “Your like a daughter to me.” And the fact that Margeoux fell for it. Pathetic.
  • But she also stooped as low as sleeping with Daniel, so are we really surprised?
  • Lastly, the woman from the psych hospital is on some Victoria agenda. What is it? The two became friends, Victoria escaped leaving her behind, she got out on her own, found Victoria and attempted to be friends, got shut down and now she’s after her son.
  • Will Daniel fall for another woman when he’s sleeping with Margeoux?
  • Anyone else think that Jack’s partner is such a weirdo and definitely up to no good? Can he be gone now? 
  • God, I really miss Aiden. Someone bring him back!

 


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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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