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Sweet Magnolias Review – Somebody I’m Longing to See (307)

Sweet Magnolias. Janet Hubert as Bev in episode 307 of Sweet Magnolias. Cr. Courtesy Of Netflix © 2023

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Well for starters, who is Trish?!

At the end of Sweet Magnolias Season 3 Episode 7, Dana Sue walked into Sullivan’s to see the whole place trashed. It had Kathy’s name written all over it, except that the name written on the glass window read “Trish,” which doesn’t mean much to us at this very moment, but hopefully, it will soon. 

The moment I saw Kathy eyeing Erik’s keys in one of the prior episodes, I knew she was going to bring destruction to Dana Sue’s restaurant. That woman is vile, which is why I’m thrilled that Erik seems to have put in his resignation. 

I’m surprised it took anyone in Serenity this long to find out that Erik was consulting at Z’s, but it was Jeremy of all people who told Isaac about it. Isaac naturally confronted Erik about it, his disappointment evident, but Erik wasn’t interested in talking about his work life. I like Erik, but he tends to shut down a lot of conversation with the people that love him when it involves his life. He’s like Helen in that regard, getting mad whenever someone points out the obvious and something he’s trying to hide/avoid.

However, it seems as though Erik took Isaac’s warning to heart and made the right call in the end, though I don’t think Kathy will let him off that easily. Maybe retaliation for losing Erik was the reason why she destroyed Sullivan’s in the first place. 

Erik is also getting cozy with Genevieve, and I still do not trust that woman, but that’s just me being cautious about overly friendly newcomers.

The Magnolias remained on the outs, and it’s the longest we’ve ever seen them feud. There’s been so much radio silence between them that Maddie didn’t even know about Helen’s breakup with Ryan until her mother, Paula, told her. Helen didn’t even reach out to her friends, figuring she’s damaged things past the point of repair, and headed off to Tampa to be with her family. I can’t say I agree with how any of them are handling this fight, but I do think it’s wonderful that Helen is spending time with her loved ones outside of Serenity. She’s so dedicated to this town, sometimes it seems like she doesn’t see a world outside of it. 

Sometimes, all you need to mend a broken heart, or at least patch it up temporarily, is a hug from mama.

Helen’s own mother never seemed to think Ryan was good enough, pointing out that for as much joy as he brought her, he brought the same amount of pain. I know this is a hard time for her, but I’m hoping it serves as her rebirth. Maybe she’ll finally begin to appreciate what’s right in front of her or figure out what it is that she wants exactly. 

Dana Sue held onto her grudge despite Maddie’s best attempts, but it was clear that this was simply uncharted territory and no one knew how to move on and make things right. 

Maddie was learning all about balance, and giving people the space to figure things out on their own. It’s clearly going to be useful with Dana Sue and Helen, and it’s definitely coming in handy with Ty as he tries to get a clearer picture about his future and whether or not it includes baseball.

Dana Sue had a lot to deal with in this episode, with Annie’s car crash piling on just hours after she got her driver’s license. But it wasn’t the fender bender that had her so worked up as she was just okay that her baby girl came out unscathed, she was more upset that Annie was sneaking around to meet up with Jackson and lying about it to both of their families. I get Dana Sue’s frustration, but I do wish she’d see it from Annie’s perspective, especially as she knows how spiteful Mary Vaughn can be. She’s trying to keep away two teens that are head over heels for each other—and that’s a hard thing to deal with when your hormones are raging. 

Bill finally remembered he had a family when he saw Noreen and Rebecca at the spa—while buying a gift certificate for his lady friend. I’m just shaking my head at this man because the nerve. Even without knowing that Noreen is employed at the spa, what makes him think sending his new girlfriend to his ex-wife’s place is a good idea? 

But that’s beyond the point. Genevieve had Noreen’s back when things got a little awkward at the spa, and when Bill showed up unannounced at Isaac’s place later that evening to ask for a spot in Rebecca’s life, Isaac stood up for his roomie. I understand why Bill wants to be present in his daughter’s life, but where was he for the first few months? He can’t just swoop in whenever he wants and whenever it’s convenient. It’s clear that for now, Rebeca is better off without him because he doesn’t even know that little girl. 

Isaac’s confrontation with Bill at his office about respecting boundaries was everything, but nothing beats his line telling Bill not to “talk to him about being a father.” Bill was genuinely so flustered and confused at that moment, and he had no idea he was looking at his own son—the anger Isaac is feeling isn’t just about Rebecca, it’s about his own nonexistent relationship with Bill.

As for Kyle, after finding out that Annie continued seeing Jackson despite orders not to, he got a ride to Castlewood to bring Nellie a flower, but something tells me she’s not the one who has been leaving him the little presents. If I were to wager a guess, I’d say it’s Lily who has a secret crush. 

What did you think of the episode? Are you liking that Cal seems to be Maddie’s voice of reason these days? Is Bill out of line and still completely out of touch with reality and how many people he’s hurt with his behavior? Should we trust Genevieve? And will the Magnolias finally make up?

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

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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

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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’

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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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