“Vampires can’t procreate. but werewolves can and you were born a werewolf. “
So thats what goes on in New Orleans during Mardi Gras! Alas, the episode we have all been waiting for, which did not disappoint! Klaus’s transition from Mystic Falls to his original (no pun intended) home, one he built 100 years ago before his protege Marcel took over; the French Quarters of New Orleans. While the brilliants writers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson incorporated a little bit of TVD flair into the episode, it had a clear focus setting up the plot for the upcoming series, which by the positive Twitter reviews its been getting I assume will be getting picked up.
Klaus has been summoned to New Orleans to find out what a witch by the name of Jane has in store for him. He quickly learns that in order to get anything done in town, he must adhere to the Marcel’s rules. Marcel is in many ways, similar to Klaus. He’s the love to hate character who rules the town by fear and manipulation. He’s got all the power because his teacher was… Klaus! He had day and night walkers which he considers family, he’s gotten rid of all the werewolf’s, he’s built an empire of tourists which he considers fresh blood, and he’s got some kind of info into the witches every move having them fear for their lives. When Klaus begins looking for the witch Jane, Marcel shuns her publicly for doing magic (I wasn’t aware things like this still happened in the 21st century) and killed her leaving Klaus rather clueless.
Cue in Elijah, who saves Jane’s sister Sophie and gets to the bottom of the mystery. Sophie and Jane wanted to lure Klaus in, not because they wanted to destroy him but because they need his help. In the beginning of the episode we see them doing some powerful magic on werewolf Hayley. Turn’s out that Hayley is in fact PREGNANT with Klaus’s child. Yep, mind blown. That right there, that is the hook of the show. The moment when all fans were just like, ‘hell yah, I’m in for this ride.’ How this could have happened. Well let me jog your memory. Hayley and Klaus had a one night stand, when they were both sulking in their misery. Despite the fact that vampires aren’t able to procreate, werewolves are. Since Klaus is half werewolf… well it happened!
With Klaus running at every chance at happiness, he’s clearly not into the idea that in order to keep Hayley and his unborn baby alive, he must help the witches take down Marcel. That is until he has a personal fight with Marcel and realizes that the monster has taken over his hometown and has gained all the power that he has always wanted. Although people fear him, he doesn’t have the ability to control them and that’s when he realizes he must fight to get his homeland back, he must get the crown and become King Klaus and well, every king needs his heir. His first step into taking down Marcel? Becoming friends with the enemy of course. Keep your friends close, keep your enemies closer. In order to be able to take down, he must first convince the day walkers that he is loyal and gain their trust.
Fear not Caroline and Klaus worshippers. There is still hope. Despite the fact that Klaus is having a baby with Hayley (which is rather funny since Hayley was smitten over Tyler and Klaus is madly in love with Caroline) miss Forbes hasn’t been dismissed yet.while Klaus is reveling in New Orleans and causing mischief, he makes a call to Caroline just to say that one day he wants to bring her there. How romantic! Could she possibly be getting some guest appearances on the show when it airs in the fall? Yet we must take note that there is another potential love interest for Klaus. The brave and beautiful blonde bartender he encounters pretty much reads him like a book, saying things that actually bring tears to Klaus’s eyes. If not Caroline, I’m sure Klaus will find comfort in Cammi.
Elijah has made it clear that he won’t give up on his brother unless he realizes there is nothing good left in him. Klaus and Elijah recall that all the good family memories they’ve ever shared happened in New Orleans and Elijah makes it his mission to bring Rebekah there to help Klaus and support him with his new family. While Rebekah is clearly not having any of it we all know she’s going to come around. As for Katherine, Elijah said his goodbye’s, but now that she’s not “running” from Klaus anymore, will she follow Elijah in order to build a life with him? Probably not, but that would make a hell of a story.
Back in Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan are glued to the house where they watch over Elena and hope that by instilling fear and anger in her they can somehow bring back her emotions. Easier said than done because even when she’s famished and weak, she still knows how to fight back and challenge the Salvatore brothers.
The episode was a break from Mystic Falls and the love triangle we are so used to seeing. The attention wasn’t centered on Elena and everyone’s undying love for her, which was really refreshing. After a teenage themed prom episode, this week’s episode was exciting and mature, giving us a breather from the idea of Silas and the cure by providing new story arcs and twists that are even more exciting. I think the originals definitely looks promising and I am curious to see what a baby hybrid with a father like Klaus is capable of! What did you think of the episode? Will you tune into The Originals in the fall? Do you hope it gets picked up?
- Marcel: Welcome to the dark side of New Orleans, where the living are easily lost and the dead come around to play.
- Klaus: Elijah, what an entirely unwelcome surprise.
- Elijah: And what an entirely unsurprising welcome.
- Elijah: Niklaus, the girl is carrying your child.
- Sophie: Hayley won’t live long enough to see her first maternity dress.
- Klaus: How dare you command me? Threaten me on what you wrongfully perceive to be my weakness!?!
- Klaus: People quake with fear cause I have the power to make them afraid.
- Klaus: I am immortal, who has the power now friend?
- Cami: Every artist has a story you know.
- Klaus: Every king needs an heir.
- Cami: He’s angry. dark. doesn’t feel safe and doesn’t know what to do about. He wishes he could control his demons instead of having his demons control him. He’s lost. Alone. Or maybe he just drank too much tonight. Sorry overzealous psych major.
Grey’s Anatomy – The Winner Takes It All (15×11)
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.
- 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
Grey’s Anatomy – Shelter From the Storm (15×09)
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?
- 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
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – I’m Making up for Lost Time (4×04)
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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