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How many gangs does Riverdale have? And how much demand could there be for drugs?

Hiram is on the mend after being shot, but that hasn’t stopped him from trying to pick up where he left off. The only problem is that his valuable product seems to have gone missing.

Judging by Hiram’s exchanged with Veronica, I’m going to say that he knew what she did with his drugs and his tools, and never suspected that it was Hermione’s fault.

But Hiram wasn’t Ronnie’s only problem. She became indebted to Gladys Jones, the buyer of said product whom she now owed because she destroyed it.

Hiram figured that Gladys’ return to town wasn’t a mere coincidence, and though they are technically “enemies,” I think that they’re actually in cahoots.

Veronica, bless her heart, does not have it in her to shakedown and manipulate two adults who have been pushing product for a long time.

Hiram caved rather quickly when Veronica joined his meeting with Gladys and propositioned that Gladys deals candy while he focuses on the prison.

You know nothing is ever as it seems with Hiram Lodges, and this seems to be a sneaky way to get Veronica tangled up in the family business.

Hiram and Gladys have more in common than we initially believed.

Much like Hiram, Gladys has no qualms about using her children to further her agenda and subsequent takeover of the town.

She and Jellybean have been coy about the motives for their return to Riverdale, but we know she’s trying to win the town back by stealing Hiram’s business and Jughead’s gang.

Gladys wasn’t just suggesting Jughead team up with the Ghoulies out of the kindness of her own heart. She benefitted from it because it took what Hiram wanted.

And when Jughead failed to convince the Ghoulies, now the Gargoyle Gang, to join the declining Serpent population, she went ahead and convinced them. And you bet she rubbed it in Jughead’s face that she “did what he couldn’t.”

Gladys is going to steal the reigns right from under Jughead, which, if you think about it, is terribly sad. These parents continue to prove that they are worse than their children.

Speaking of parents who make really terrible decisions, can we talk about Alice Cooper?

Homegirl has gone off the deep end. Like, waaaay, waaaaay deep.

Betty is in over her head trying to help her mother or illuminate the cultish ways of The Farm.

Alice has been brainwashed into seeing exactly what they want her to see. If it hadn’t been for Betty, Alice surely would have drowned to death.

And Polly, who would have been responsible for her mother’s death, would have accepted some carefree and bullshit excuse provided by The Farm and that she-devil Evelyn Evernever.

Betty saved her mother as the rest of the members stood by and watched hoping for some kind of miracle. What is wrong with them?

And the worst part is that Alice wasn’t even grateful. She said she saw “the other side,” and gained a newfound purpose for her life which apparently meant selling the house — to The Farm I’m sure — and moving in with her family.

She’s delusional and dangerous, but how do you stop someone like that? How do you snap them into reality?

The Farm is obviously preying on the weak minded who need a sense of purpose in life. They even got to Kevin who has been feeling low and hurt by Mooses’ departure.

Maybe Betty can turn to FP  to save her mother? If anyone is able to, he’d be able to talk some sense into her. That is if The Farm even allows Alice to see him anymore.

Will Betty’s motivation to take down The Farm be what finally brings Edgar Evernever out of hiding? I sure hope so. I can’t wait to see former heartthrob Chad Michael Murray as the elusive cult leader.

Sometimes, I really miss the teen kinship between Betty, Jughead, Veronica and Archie. The previous seasons had twisted storylines, but they always worked together and teamed up for a common goal.

Now, it seems like everyone is doing their own thing and dealing with their own piece of crazy pie.

While Betty was singlehandedly trying to stop the Farm, Jughead attempted to boost the Serpent’s number, and Veronica tried to detonate both Gladys and Hiram, Archie was fighting his own battles in the ring.

The one thing that hasn’t changed from season to season is Archie’s hardheadedness and know-it-all qualities.

The moment Tom told him he “wasn’t ready” for a professional fight and that “boxing wasn’t something you want to half-ass,” you knew deep down in your core that Archie was going to ignore his trainer and sign up for a fight.

And sure enough, he overheard Elio looking for boxers to fight his man Randy.

Archie was so desperate to cut corners and make a name for himself, he agreed to fight Randy for $5 thousand buckaroos and even throw the fight in his favor.

Seriously, Archie. This, precisely this, is how you keep getting into trouble.

When Archie realized he was the architect of his own messes, mainly because Josie, his new squeeze, pointed it out in a very logical way, it was too late.

Elio threatened Archie’s life if he pulled out of the fight or tried to change the outcome of the fight.

We know Elio likes to rig games in his favor as witnessed at Ronnie’s poker night, however, rigging a fight in favor or himself and his boxer to make a lot of money? That’s a new form of low.

Thankfully, Archie didn’t just give it, he decided to fight back.

And though he didn’t officially win, he stood his ground and proved that he is worthy of being in the ring with the big dogs.

That’s definitely a huge feat.

His after-party celebration wasn’t too shabby either, though I will say I think his relationship with Josie moved too quickly.

They went from friends to full-on partners in the matter of an episode.

Josie has always given me the sense that she’s untouched by the darkness of Riverdale so maybe she’s the only person who can save Archie from himself.

Just her comment about Archie thinking he’s only worth five-thousand-dollars put things into perspective for him. Though he’s a strong fighter who holds his own, Archie’s self-esteem has been pretty shot this season.

This was a good reminder that he doesn’t have to sell himself short simply to prove a point.

In addition to the Serpents, the Ghoulies, and the Gargoyle King, there’s a new girl gang in town marking their territory: The Pretty Poisons.

I’m conflicted on my feelings towards Cheryl and Toni’s gang because part of me truly believes that Cheryl is doing this more for herself than she is for Toni.

She didn’t even get Toni’s permission to deploy the Pretty Poison’s to beat up Fangs and Sweet Pea, which was hilarious in its own right because they got their butts handed to them by a group of ladies!

Toni was furious for a few reasons: she wasn’t informed about Cheryl’s call, she was pissed that Cheryl decided to take the lead, and she was mad because her friends were attacked.

The Serpents may not be family right now because of how dysfunctional things are in Riverdale, but they were always there for her when she needed them.

And as she mentioned, the gang isn’t there to assert dominance, they are there for support and unity.

But overall, I’m not pleased with this storyline because Toni is a Serpent by blood; she belongs there.

The new gang has also caused a bit of tension between Toni and Cheryl which is truly upsetting.

Cheryl always needs to rethink her actions because putting others first doesn’t come naturally to her and Toni has always been supportive and understanding, but I’m afraid Cheryl trying to assert dominance over something that has been Toni’s whole life and family will lead to some issues.

What did you think of the episode?

Is there hope for Alice? Did Polly get baptized and survived?

Will Veronica continue to be forced to pay off large amounts of debt to Hiram and Gladys?

Will Jughead and FP realize Gladys’ true motives?

Will Archie and Josie last? Does he really have a career in boxing?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?



Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Walker Season 4 Premiere Review – The Quiet



Walker Season 4 Premiere Review - The Quiet

Walker returned to The CW for its 4th, and, likely final, season. 

Despite a 5-month time jump, the focus remained on serial killer Jackal, whom Walker and Trey were pursuing at the end of season 3, and the suspect that previously drove Cap. Larry James into a tailspin, effectively ending his marriage to Kelly before fate gave them another shot. 

Only this time around, Larry’s wife, Kelly, asks Cordell not to drag her husband down this road again—a promise he intends to upkeep, though, knowing Larry, he’ll figure out that his rangers are up to something and have no other choice but to get involved, especially since Trey’s tip for a detective reveals that Jackal, whose trail previously went cold for several months, is gearing up for “something big.”

This will be the overarching mystery of the season, while other weekly cases will also see our rangers getting into plenty of shenanigans, as they did with their pursuit of the Delmonico brothers. Also, props to all of them for taking part in a steak-eating competition and then jumping into a raid. It was bold of them, but it’s how Cordell wanted to spend his birthday, so I’m glad that despite the best-laid plans being uprooted, he was still able to feel the love from those around him.

A lot seems to have changed in the past five months, as evidenced by Walker and Geri’s steamy hook-up. Even when everything is going wrong, we can have faith in their love being a constant, which is what fans have been hoping for since season 1. 

There’s also Cassie, who blows back into town after taking a lengthy leave to go work for the FBI. She’s back with a newfound confidence about her abilities on the job, but she’s also struggling with a personal decision as she’s been offered a spot at Quantico, which means further uprooting her life and leaving behind her loved ones, er, Trey. 

Yeah, Trey and Cassie kind of addressed the elephant in the room—their feelings for each other—but neither of them was honest about it, so we’ll likely get something more truthful and heartfelt in the near future. 

Another lingering storyline is the break-in at Geri’s place that rattled Stella to her core. She hasn’t been the same since shooting and killing Witt, and it’s likely because she also lied to the police about having met him before. The officer who called her and Liam in over a “breakthrough in the case” said that the case was closed due to lack of resources, but the way he watched Stella sign the paperwork (and questioned if that’s “all she knew”) makes me uneasy—there’s definitely more to this storyline. What does he know that he’s not letting on?

As for change, I think that in the midst of all the “I’m Walker, Texas Ranger, you’re under arrest” in case you needed the reminder, we’re also continuing to see Cordell as a flawed human and a father coming to terms with the fact that he’s about to be an empty nester. It’s the next phase of his life—and one that brings about plenty of concern over the “quiet” that will allow his dark thoughts to flourish. Hopefully, Geri will be the light to cut through all of that. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’



Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

Your move, The CW.

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