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The Bold Type – TBT (3×06)

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We took it back to the beginning of Kat, Jane and Sutton’s friendship.

It was 2014 and Jane was heading into her first day at Scarlet Magazine.

Her first task was delivering coffee for Lauren Park and she came out of it just as every intern has before, with tears in her eyes.

Instead of crying in the bathroom, a friendly Kat took Jane to the fashion closet where they walked in on Sutton trying on designer dresses during her last day. Her temp position was coming to an end after Sage, who was sidelined for a bit after a dildo accident, returned to work.

Immediately, a friendship blossomed between the three ladies that, as we know, carried on into the present day.

It was fun watching their origin stories; they were all so naive and impressionable.

Jane had big dreams of becoming a writer and was starstruck meeting Jaqueline Carlyle.

Kat was stuck working under a digital manager who wasn’t setting trends, he was following them, and it wasn’t her place to speak up because her father secured her the gig.

And Sutton, well, she was down to her last buck and didn’t have much of a plan for the future. All she knew is that she wanted to work at Scarlet and when Jane suggested creating a position as Lauren’s assistant — which is where we first met Sutton way back — she took the leap.

We were also blessed with the first meeting between Sutton and Richard after she snuck into a conference room to steal a tray of sandwiches to replace the ones the trio ate.

As luck would have it, the sandwiches they replaced would contain peanuts, something Bobby, the big shot advertiser having lunch with Jacqueline, was allergic to.

Thankfully, he didn’t die, but can you imagine starting your first day on such a note?

It’s safe to say, the ladies became inseparable since then and relied on each other to make it through Scarlet.

We took a walk down memory lane solely because of an email leak happening in the present day that put Scarlet and it’s employees in a pretty embarrassing position.

As you can imagine, there were some things in the emails that should’ve never seen the light of day.

Oliver, for example, offended all of Manhattan.

And Jaqueline was put on the spot for saying that she “kind of enjoyed” Bobby’s near-death experience.

The ladies came clean about being responsible in case she had to answer to anyone, but Jacqueline chalked it all up as Bobby being a dear friend who wouldn’t be offended.

If that’s the case, why did the flashbacks even matter? Jacqueline wasn’t even phased by the emails being exposed.

In fact, aside from being a cute episode that gave us a look at young Kat, Sutton and Jane, the throwbacks were kind of pointless.

We didn’t learn anything new about any of the ladies aside from emphasizing how far they’ve come and how much they’ve grown in four years.

In the present, Sutton’s mother, Babs, reached out to her for some money which forced her to dip into her new sewing machine fund.

It’s awesome that Sutton doesn’t rely on Richard or his money to buy things she needs when she easily could.

She’s independent even if she is living in his mansion of a condo.

However, Richard could easily purchase the sewing machine for her. What’s $400 to him?

I’m surprised he didn’t offer or surprise her with one.

The most interesting part of the episode had to be the evolvement of Kat’s relationship with Tia.

Tia shocked Kat when she told her she was pulling out as her campaign manager.

For those of you who felt like there were definitely some flirty sparks between Tia and Kat, you were right.

Kat attempted to convince Tia that she should stay on board and help with the campaign, and Tia opened up about not wanting to come out of the closet.

Unlike Kat, who has embraced her sexuality, Tia has struggled to accept that she’s a lesbian.

I respected Tia’s storyline and was interested in seeing this progress, but then Tia and Kat went in for a passionate and heated kiss.

Wait, what?

Tia’s storyline deserved to be taken slower and given some time to understand and deconstruct her feelings.

The kiss felt forced and will likely make Kat’s campaign slightly more complicated.

The promos for next week tease a racial profiling storyline in which a white woman accuses Tia and Kat of loitering and scoping out the alarm system to break into her house.

Yikes.

The Bold Type always tackles important societal topics.

Kat and Tia don’t look like the type of women to fear or assume they’re in the wrong neighborhood, but it’s important to acknowledge that this does happen to people who don’t deserve it on a large scale.

What did you think of tonight’s The Bold Type?

Did you enjoy the flashback? Could you have done without it?

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Grand Hotel – Art of Darkness (1×11)

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Grand Hotel Art of Darkness Review

Finding the truth about what happened to Sky was a false alarm on Grand Hotel’s “Art of Darkness.”

While we’re all dying to know what happened to Danny’s sister, revealing that she was part of Theresa’s prostitution ring wouldn’t have been a good choice for the series.

The appeal is the mystery of the Riviera Grand, the secrets that are being kept by the hotel’s owners and staff, and of course, what happened to Sky.

If Danny were to find his sister two-episodes before the finale, it would ruin the momentum and give us no reason to watch till the end let alone a second season.

Not to mention it wouldn’t be believable.

Sky’s been described as somewhat of a firecracker. Whatever happened to her was a result of her finding out or knowing too much.

She wouldn’t just allow herself to be pimped out by Theresa all this time.

And though Theresa’s been calling the shots for quite some time, it’s been made very clear that whatever happened to Sky involved Mateo and Santiago.

Now we know that whatever happened to Sky also involved the mysterious room 606 where Caroline and Yoli were hiding their father, Felix, and where Beatriz’s “accident” happened.

Obviously, the word accident is in quotation marks because it’s clear that Beatriz’s death wasn’t caused by a heart attack like we’ve been led to believe.

Considering Yoli said Sky was the only other person who had a key, it’s safe to assume she knew what really happened and threatened to expose the killer.

When Javi found out about the abandoned hotel, it triggered a childhood memory for him. In it, Beatriz snuck him away to the room and begged him not to tell his father about it.

Based on the memory, Beatriz seemed terrified of what Santiago would do.

That is if she’s referring to Santiago as Javi’s father.

Alicia didn’t recall the room at first but while going through the family photo albums, she recalled one time when she was riding her tricycle and she saw both Santiago and Gigi keeping Beatriz a prison.

Again, based on the memory, Beatriz looked terrified.

The most obvious guess is that she was a drug addict and both her husband and her best friend were trying to help her secretly get clean while protecting the children.

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However, Beatriz didn’t look to be high on drugs in Alicia’s memory, which makes the situation all the more curious.

There’s also Gigi’s reaction to finding out Yoli was having an affair with Sky in room 606 before her disappearance.

Panicked, Gigi runs into the room looking for something. What does she think Sky found inside?

And how is this connected to the chat Gigi had with Sky just before she disappeared?

This also begs the question: what is the connection between Beatriz and Sky?

After the cops raided Theresa’s “art show,” Mateo helped her escape through the backdoor.

But proving his loyalty wasn’t his attempt at getting back into her good graces.

Instead, Mateo buttered her up just enough so she’d let him in and then he attempted to kill her realizing he’d never be free of her otherwise.

You saw how Theresa treated Santiago when he tried to pay back the debt in full.

Getting all her money isn’t beneficial — she wants the assets and the access to the Riviera Grand. It was never about money.

The gunshot clearly went off, but we’re not sure who pulled the trigger.

Mateo has presumably killed before, but did he have it in him to kill the woman who saved him?

Did Theresa grab hold of the gun and kill Mateo?

Was it a blank bullet?

I’d like to believe Mateo took care of the problem for everyone, but killing a villain is never that easy.

 

Other Riviera Grand Musings

  • Byron is back and he has Carolina wrapped around his finger… again. It’s highly unlikely that he doesn’t have ulterior motives. What decent and self-respecting man would go back to the woman who cheated on him the night before the wedding?
  • Alicia is realizing that Danny was right about the hotel’s money problems after she confronts her father who admits their indebted to some dangerous people. There’s still undeniable chemistry between Danny and Alicia and once she realizes the only thing Danny didn’t lie about was his feelings for her, she’ll forgive him. Plus, he brought up a valid point: what would she do if someone in her family mysteriously vanished?
  • Jason and Vanessa are cute, but they don’t have staying power. Ingrid’s jealousy was upsetting considering all the damage she’s already done to the people at the Riviera Grand, but thankfully, Mrs. P checked her real quick. Still, I see her and Jason becoming a couple very soon.
  • Gigi had me just as fooled as she had Felix when she accompanied him to the Bahamas. But alas, she ventured out there simply to cozy up to him, drug him, and take the money he said he put into a bank account for her. Her intentions were always to help Santiago, but she was more inclined when she realized he was willing to risk the hotel to get back into her good graces. They’re stronger together.
  • Danny’s a terrible spy. About 5 seconds into the party, I figured out what kind of party it was. Yes, eventually he saved a bunch of girls from sex trafficking, but I’m calling that a lucky break.

What did you think of this week’s Grand Hotel?

Be sure to tweet ABC to let them know you want to renew the series!

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Grand Hotel – Suite Little Lies (1×10)

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Grand Hotel is picking up the pace and raising the stakes.

Sky Garibaldi’s disappearance has started to fall to the backburner amidst all these juicy telenovela-like twists.

In just one short hour (or 45 minutes if you’re counting commercials), Theresa infiltrated the Riviera Grand and set her sights on Felix, who Santiago learned was hiding out in the forbidden 606 room, presumably the room that Beatriz died in.

After this episode, it’s unclear which man should be trusted.

Both have found themselves in messy situations for different reasons.

Felix allegedly stole millions, which pissed a lot of people off. Santiago may have been responsible for turning him in, and yes, it’s possible his crush on Gigi played some kind of role, in his decision, but Felix deserved what was coming his way.

However, Santiago’s character is also questioned when he attacks Felix for suggesting that a young woman like Beatriz would have never suffered a heart attack. Felix accuses Santiago of killing his wife, triggering an emotional response from him. Again, Felix deserved the punch in the face as he was purposefully provoking Santiago to later spin a sob story about how Gigi’s new husband has been the bad guy all along in a sad attempt to win her back, but it also shows that there’s a much darker side to Santiago that we haven’t tapped into yet.

Santiago’s aggressive reaction could have been a response to hearing the man he loathed talk negatively about his late wife. But, it could also be an admission of guilt. Whatever it is, it’s obvious that there’s more to Beatriz’s death than meets the eye.

I wasn’t convinced she died of a heart attack either, but I’m not sure that Santiago was the one to kill her simply to get the rights to the hotel and to marry Gigi.

Gigi’s naiveness when it came to Felix was frustrating. She kept saying that Felix’s charms weren’t working on her but it didn’t take a lot for her to lose all faith in Santiago. And at the end of the day, she helped her ex-husband escape with the promos suggesting that she might run away with him to “figure things out.”

Santiago may have been lying about a lot of stuff but he never abandoned his family.

The meaning “it’s complicated” takes on a whole other meaning in this hotel.

Gigi’s hypocritical ways were also underlined with Felix’s return. She’s been icing out Santiago because he failed to tell her about the shady deals with Theresa and Mateo, but she also kept Felix’s return a secret.

And in addition to helping her daughter’s aid a fugitive, she even lent him Santiago’s nice clothes.

Santiago’s attempts to please Gigi backfired when it came to getting rid of Theresa.

He felt so guilty about upsetting his wife that he refused Theresa’s offer to turn over Felix.

Instead, Santiago took the high road allowing Felix to make a break for it and ended up getting stuck with Theresa permanently.

Are you happy now, Gigi? Theresa isn’t going to be some off-screen villain anymore; she’s requesting an office space in the hotel she’s investing in.

Mateo’s abduction fell flat as it didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know about him. He’s loyal to Theresa because she turned his life around and his fear of what she will do if he disobeys her has now turned him into her lackey.

Mateo lost any and all depth when he began following her around like a little puppy. It’s amazing that he’s gone from wielding all the power at the Riviera Grand to being nothing more than an assistant who doesn’t say much.

There’s a lot of questionable things happening at the Riviera Grand, but the twins trying to run away with their father and comparing life on the run to a “semester abroad,” is pretty high on that list.

Are these two serious?

Yoli always seemed like the brighter of the two, but she lost all of my admiration when she tried to persuade her girlfriend into running away with her and her fugitive father.

Then, instead of letting it go when Marisa told her she wasn’t interested, Yoli tried to make her feel guilty about it.

What makes Yoli think someone could just uproot their life the moment she wants them too?

Marisa didn’t owe Yoli any explanation, and I’m not buying that she wasn’t interested because she was undocumented.

What a terrible way to weave in a real-life situation.

Marisa would have been a more respectable character if she had just stuck to her guns and told Yoli she didn’t want to be involved with this messy family drama.

No sane person would agree to something so risky and dangerous regardless of immigration status.

Danny’s investigation into his sister Sky is exposing a lot more than he bargained for.

Most of the shady dealings were mentioned previously but are news to him and the detective he’s working with.

Basically, with a little attention, they’ve figured out that Mateo and Santiago are both working in organized crime within the hotel, which could be the same thing Sky “found” right before she disappeared.

And since the Biscayne Crime Syndicate oftentimes kidnaps people for ransom, there’s a huge chance Sky might still be alive.

Personally, I think having Sky’s disappearance resolve itself during the season finale episode seems a little rushed.

Then again, Danny’s cover has been blown and he was fired from the hotel.

Whatever spell Alicia put him under, it’s caused him to act with his heart and not his brain, abandoning his original goal and altering the plan to include her.

Unfortunately, taking Jason’s advice seemingly backfired.

After finding out that Danny lied about having a girlfriend and meeting said girlfriend in the lobby, Alicia had it with the lies.

When Danny told her that he took the job to launch his own investigation into his sister’s disappearance and that he believed her father was involved, Alicia basically shut down.

Danny should have expected it as he accused her family while also admitting that he’d lied to her since the beginning of their relationship.

Heather wasn’t needed to blow Danny’s cover — he managed it all on his own.

In fact, Heather helped his cause by convincing Alicia that his heart was in the right place.

We all thought she was going to be a vindictive, crazy ex-girlfriend when in reality, she was hurt and wanted some answers.

Will Alicia be more observant now after hearing Danny’s musings and realize that he’s been right all along?

Javi returned from rehab and in an effort to avoid all triggers, channeled his attention into helping Jason get lucky with the ladies.

Jason’s your typical nice-guy-next-door, so it wasn’t surprising that he wasn’t interested in lying to the ladies to get them into bed.

However, he really needed to cleanse his palate of Ingrid.

Coincidentally, hooking up with another girl may have inadvertently gotten Jason out of the friend-zone with Ingrid.

She seemed into him when she saw him leave the girl’s room the next day with his shirt unbuttoned.

The fact that Ingrid lost both Javi and Mateo in the same day could have a lot to do with her feelings.

She’s all alone now and would likely want someone to mend her broken heart.

I’ll leave you all with a theory: Santiago said no one had the key to room 606, but Yoli did. Maybe it’s because she dated Sky? Maybe Sky made multiple copies and the key that Danny found in her locker is also to the same room. It’s possible that Sky could have known the real reason Beatriz died, which is why she had the obituary. Santiago could have “taken care of her” because she knew too much.

What do you think?

Is that the last we’ve seen of Felix?

Will Gigi leave with him?

Is Sky alive?

Will Alicia forgive Danny?

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Grand Hotel – Groom Service (1×09)

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Everyone’s hiding something at the Riviera Grand.

It won’t be long before those secrets and lies start catching up with them like they’ve already begun to on Grand Hotel Season 1 Episode 9.

Santiago is hiding his involvement with Mateo’s “boss,” Mateo is hiding the shame of unintentionally killing his own child, the twins are quite literally hiding their fugitive father, Felix, and Alicia and Danny are hiding their relationship.

Though Alicia considered going public about her relationship with Danny, he immediately shot the idea down because of the other thing he’s hiding: the real reason he’s working as a waiter in the first place.

Danny’s walking a thin line here; he’s trying to be himself and pursue a relationship with a woman he really likes all while not revealing anything real about himself and staying focused on his original mission to find out what happened to his sister.

I’m a huge Danny and Alicia shipper as their relationship — the blend of forbidden love and pulsating chemistry — is intoxicating.

I believe he does have real feelings for her, which complicates everything as he’s forced to be closed-off with her.

There’s a lot wrong with their relationship no matter how steamy.

A huge concern is Alicia’s reaction to Danny saying he’s not comfortable to date publicly.

She never stopped the consider how it would affect his position or what the optics would be after spearheading a “no workplace dating” memo.

Who cares when all they have to do is sign a waiver, right?

When Danny finally made the decision to pursue a public relationship with her, he told Jason that “for the first time he feels like he caught a break.”

He spoke too soon, because guess who was checking into the hotel just mere seconds later?

Heather, the scorned ex-girlfriend.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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