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Twisted: The Truth Will Out (1×09)



Things are getting twisted fast. The truth will set you free they say, but it’ll definitely piss a lot of people off if you’ve been lying to them for some time.


As interesting as Twisted is as a murder mystery, I can’t help but get a little aggravated by the repetitive themes. Following PLL it sucks when both shows follow the same formats, trying to find a murderer, people getting blackmailed by an anonymous person related to the murder, etc. It feels a little overplayed. I mean even both mom’s were arrested at the same time. Both shows had characters confess to a murder they didn’t commit. It’s too similar, especially when on right after the other.


That rant out of the way, Vikram is still alive. He never died in that storm on the water, he faked his own death to get away from his wife and to rid himself of the stigma of having a son who killed his aunt. Maybe Vikram was cheating. It is said that his wife never knew about his life in Connecticut but in flashbacks she was taught to lie about his whereabouts. She knew something. Maybe she knew he was cheating and didn’t care. Maybe she wanted him gone? There’s definitely something that ties the murders and Karen and Vikram to the death of Tara. Danny didn’t just kill her because she wanted to put him in time out. I feel like she Tara was actually Danny’s mother or something really outlandish because the writers wanted to make it a point that Danny and his mother never got along previously; that they had a strained relationship.


Chief Masterson is cooling down on the whole “Danny did it” idea because after some hard investigating he found out that in fact the company that sent the note with the money to Regina just a couple of days before she died was the company used to pay off Vikram’s Connecticut apartment. It was also accessed after his death, which led Masterson to believe that he faked his own death and tried to blackmail Regina? Did the two have a relatioship. I mean what Masterson doesn’t know is that Karen actually knows about the apartment in Con. Truthfully, maybe she really did kill Regina, but when she turned herself in she wanted to make it seem like she was just trying to help her son and knew she would retract her confession. Truthfully, the door is open to many possibilities here. Also, the firm that all the money was stored in has a logo that replicates the pendant. What is it about that necklace?


Lacey and Danny were cute while it lasted. That is until he was straight up with his two best friends about where the necklace really came from. Those two have stood by him through some really hard times. Are they really going to get scared away by some necklace? Yeah, it sucks being lied to. It also is kind of a crappy story, but the guy’s been framed before. Someone could have easily put it in his locker since he’s such an easy target. But Lacey was never really a good girlfriend to begin with.

Telling the truth was a bit harsh for everyone. Lacey’s dad admitted to being gay and while it set the whole broken family on the right path, it also proved the Jo was and always will be a better friend than Lacey. As hard as it was for Jo to tell Lacey what she saw, she did it. Lacey’s too scared to even tell her friend about her romance with Danny. That one kind of slipped out in Lacey’s rage, which I’m sure infuriated Jo not only because she was finding out the guy she thought of as her best friend and the one she had a crush on lied about where his mom got a necklace linked to a murder, but because her friends were sneaking around behind her back. Poor girl, really. Lacey’s always been pretty shady even to the point where she was embarrassed to admit she was hooking up with Danny.


Poor Rico. He’s got it tough. And now he’s being blackmailed by someone with a video that shows Lacey and Danny hooking up. Before the rumor even got out, the two called it quits. Thankfully Jo found out before anyone else did, but I’m sure it’ll still hurt. This is the perfect opportunity for Rico to make his move on vulnerable Jo. They both deserve each other.

What I did thoroughly enjoy from the episode? A little comedic relief from the principal of Green Grove, who was shaken up by the idea that Danny might out his cheating ways to his wife. But in an interesting turn of events, the principal, who seemed like quite the pushover, admitted that if Danny showed the pictures found on his mom’s computer to anyone, he would destroy Danny’s semi-clean reputation and stop covering for him. As crappy as it was of a situation, it allowed Danny to see how much his mother really did love him and how she would do anything to protect him. She did such gross things to get her son back into school and on his feet again. This led to a heartwarming reunion between Danny and Karen, both of which fought back tears and allowed her to retract her fake murder confession.

Only two more episodes before the show takes a Twisted turn. Next weeks episode reveals some crazy stuff about Lacey’s ex Archie as well as poses a court case for Danny, when rumors surface about him trying to poison one of his soccer mates.

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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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ABC Family Cancels Twisted



Sad news for Twisted fans…. ABC Family has cancelled the twisted drama after just one season!

Since the summer finale earlier this year, fans have been sending “Save Twisted” petitions to the network. Social media was gaga over the show… but unfortunately, the decision was up to the ratings, which weren’t a powerhouse.

The premiere registered a mere 1.1 million viewers. By the 19th episode, they had dropped to 800,000. Twisted obviously didn’t make the cut, even though it was awesome and had so much potential!


I feel like we’re reliving Ravenswood all over again. What sucks about shows getting cut so out of the blue  is that we never really get closure– or a proper ending. Twisted surrounded Danny Desai, a young man who was charged and arrested in the murder of his aunt Tara. After leaving juvi, he came back to his hometown where he was shunned and called a sociopath.

The final episodes revealed that Danny never killed his aunt– his father did. He took the blame to protect his dad, who later died. Except that he didn’t. He faked his own death, but really died when he fell of the cliff after an altercation with Danny, who was just protecting Jo. As for his crazy juvi-mate who was sort of dating the blonde… well, he was actually her half-brother. May or may not have been Danny’s too as I think that he was totally Vikram’s kid. How will I go on with my life not knowing the truth here?

News comes just a week after Avan Jogia, who played Danny, was cast in Spike TV’s miniseries “Tut”– an indication that things weren’t looking bright for the drama.

On the bright side, ABC Family did renew a plethora of shows including season 4 of “Switched at Birth”, season 6 and 7 of “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters,” “Chasing Life,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Young & Hungry,” “Baby Daddy,” and “Mystery Girls”– with scripted pilots “Recovery Road,” “Stitchers,” and “Unstrung” in the works.

I’m still wondering how Mystery Girls got renewed but Twisted didn’t. Is there any justice in this world?

RIP Twisted… it was a true pleasure.


Photo Credit: Twisted/ABC Family

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Twisted- The Tale Of Two Confessions (1×19)



What a season finale!! I’m hoping it wasn’t the series finale actually since Twisted is very likely to be cancelled due to low viewership. It would be such a disgrace considering the premise of the show is really kicking into high gear now. Developing the characters and storyline just took the writers a little longer than it should have. It’s true, up until now I wouldn’t recommend Twisted to anyone cause it’s been pretty boring. That is until this episode, which bombarded us with a gazillion ‘OMG’ moments that I can’t even begin to wrap my head around.

twistedDanny and Jo confessed to the murder of Vikram– but that wasn’t Danny’s only confession.While Danny wanted to keep Jo out of it, she couldn’t let her friend go down for murder, when in reality it was self-defense. There wasn’t enough to corroborate this story so they were released; Danny with his ankle bracelet and all. But his strict house-library-school only rules didn’t stop him from telling Jo how he really felt about her; she’s always been the one! Awww… no, not so fast! Doesn’t this seem like a forced plot?? Sure Jo wanted this to happen since day one, but Danny made it clear- he wasn’t interested in her that way. Now all of a sudden he’s admitting he’s been in love with her all along?Did he really not know he liked her until his girlfriend Lacey mentioned it? Does he only like Jo because they’ve went through this traumatic experience that bonded them? Jo just really needed some time to think this through. After all, a lots been going on in Green Grove lately.

Jo also had another problem on hand– Charlie. We saw a scary, mysterious and psychotic side to him last week and it didn’t stop there.  Realizing he scared Jo away last week he tried to win her back by upoligizing. His efforts were unsuccessful and Jo told him to get his own life. Oh, it’s like pouring alcohol on an open wound. Jealousy got the best of poor Charlie, who began noticing how close Danny and Jo were becoming. This led to him down a path of chloroforming and kidnapping Jo in order to “talk things out.” Jo woke up out of town in an abandoned house with Charlie creepily staring at her. She tried to play the “you love me you won’t hurt me card”, but she should know better than to think that could actually work.  The only good outcome of this whole situation was finding out the truth about  Charlie that we’ve been dying to figure out. Charlie is actually Aunt Tara’s son!!! Just let that sink in for a bit.

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Charlie was furious when Danny killed his mother and plotted and planned to commit a crime that would send him to juvi–preferably the same cell as Danny– so he could kill him. When he finally got to juvi, he found out Danny took the blame for his father, Vikram who really murdered Aunt Tara. After serving time in juvi, he came to Green Grove to get revenge on Vikram. Sidenote, the reason behind his return to Green Grove seems a little odd given that Vikram was already “dead” at that time, so I don’t see how Charlie would get his revenge. The other theory is that he came to steal Danny’s great life– the one he was never able to have.

When Jo didn’t show up to meet Danny at the library to discuss the future of their relationship (obviously something near and dear to her heart) and didn’t answer her phone, Danny decided to file a ‘somethings wrong, you’re daughter is missing report’ with the Chief. The Chief wasn’t too worried, especially after getting a text that Jo was at the cafe with Rico studying. Except she wasn’t. Danny informed the Chief that the he, Rico and Lacey tracked Jo through an app called Friend Finder (how convenient) and found her out of town. Ignoring his house arrest-ankle monitor, Danny and Lacey were on their way to rescue their friend. The Chief arrived not too far behind them only to find his daughter being held at pocket-knife point by Charlie and scares Charlie even more by holding him at him at gun point. Things get even crazier when Tess suddenly arrives (wait how did she know where everyone was?) and tells Kyle that he can’t shoot Charlie because he’s her son! I’ll also give you a moment to let that sink it.

Basically, Tess gave birth to a baby, whom she gave up for adoption. Vikram volunteered to take care of it and it was a closed adoption so she never knew what really happened to the baby. The adoption papers Karen helped her located were a false lead. Apparently, Tess didn’t even know the sex of her baby! The two ladies stumbled upon the real papers when they took to bashing Vikram’s work desk in an attempt to get the anger out. The doctor who helped in the adoption was paid a lot of money to keep quiet, but Tess found out from him that Charlie was his baby. Putting together the pieces, Vikram gave the baby to Aunt Tara. It’s also safe to assume that Tess didn’t have the baby with some random guy who she met after breaking up with Kyle. She slept with Vikram and they had a baby but she wanted to end up with Kyle and Vikram was with Karen. Hence the extreme lengths to keep this baby a secret. I’m assuming the reason he killed Aunt Tara was because she threatened to expose the truth about Charlies real parents.

twisted 3So the show is finally, finally, living up to its title. These new revelations are totally twisted!!! Now we know Charlie is Jo’s step brother… a step brother whose actually in love with her. I mean they did briefly date. Incest, gross! In their defense they didn’t know. But how are things going to play out now? Everyone’s been living behind all these lies. Even if he is her step-brother, he could be so psychologically messed up that at this point, their relationship isn’t reparable! Also, how awkward!

But that’s not the end of it. Jack was finally set free, just in time to stop his ex-wife from taking Whitney  out of town. Sidenote, the fact that Whitney’s mother is the Meredith from the Parent Trap is priceless!!! I had a field day with that one, especially because her role never changed! Still the same old Meredith; stuck up, bitchy and blonde. Whitney really didn’t want to leave her new school, after all she made actual friends here. When mommy dearest came to pick her up, Lacey confronted her about the reason Whitney came to live with her father— moms sleazy boyfriend came onto her. That’s when Lacey learned the hard truth about he bi-bff– shes a habitual liar who got kicked out of her last school only because she got caught skinny dipping with the Dean’s son. Yes, son!!!  Wait, didn’t Whitney just say she was only into girls her whole life? We feel just a little betrayed! Obviously so does Lacey, whose not eager to hear anymore of Whitney’s lies. Plus, she’s also feeling a little out of sorts seeing how close Danny and Jo are now. Plus, her friends just been kidnapped by her sort of boyfriends, who turned out to be her step-brother. Let the girl breathe!

Turns out while Danny was dealing with crazy Charlie (it’s fair to call him that right) Jack and Whitney’s true colors came out as a manipulative father/daughter duo. Jack finally got back on Karen’s good graces, but she was right to be a little suspicious of him all along! His love for her is romantic, its monetary! It was in fact Jack who moved Vikram’s body and planted it on the crash site. Okay, that could have been to protect Danny. But it was Jack who Vikram was scared of. He was running from Vikram and faked his own death because of it. Why?  Is it because he knew the truth about Charlie and was actually in love with Karen and upset Vikram was lying and deceiving her? This makes the most logical sense because what I deduced from the convo between these two is that their the ones who brought Charlie to town. They’ve been in cahoots with him this whole time, that is until Charlie went rogue.  Once again, the big question is why? Did charlie know his real mom was Tess? It’s really a question of how much everyone knows.

twsietd 2As for Whitney, well I doubt that she’s really a lesbian. I think the only way she assumed she could get close to Lacey is if she played that card. Again, why? Jack asks his daughter how that’s going because he wants her to get close to Lace. What for? What could she possibly have to do with their agenda? I feel like Jo would be much better to target at this point.

The shot at the end of the episode indicated that Chief Masterson actually fired the gun… but at who? I’m guessing Charlie who probably got even more worked up about everything after Tess’s confession. Or, was it fired at Tess? Could the Chief finally have had enough and just snapped at his wife? Who knows!!!

If this series gets cancelled, I’ll be even more upset than when Ravenswood got cancelled especially because I have so many unanswered questions. Who knows what? Why are certain people doing certain things? Truthfully, one season is not long enough for people to decide if a show is worth it or not. So please ABC Family, lets keep Twisted! I’d hate to have gotten invested in something that will provide me absolutely no closure!

Other Thoughts

– All the pieces sort of fit together. Like Charlie planting the phone in Jacks place. Their working together.

-It’s a shame that Karen and Danny can’t see through some people. It’s even worse that Danny took a fatherly liking to Jack.

– What’s going to happen when Danny and Jo become official? How will that impact their relationship with Lacey.

-Rico’s love drama is boring. The story about meeting Andie’s parents, who are strict Asian parents upset their daughter is dating someone who was late to dinner was lame. And also, how stereotypical!

– When Rico and Jo finally sat down to talk– that was one of the realest moments on the show. Also, I feel bad for Andie cause Rico’s still totally in love with Jo.

-How do people get chloroform so easily in this town? Also, why doesn’t anyone know Charlie’s an ex-convict. Stuff like that should be public knowledge, amiright?

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Twisted- Danny, Interrupted (1×18)



Ah teen angst, hormones and high school drama! That’s literally what was felt in this weeks episode as Jo dealt with her feelings for Charlie, Danny with his obsessions that Charlie was bad news and Lacey with her newly acquired feelings for Whitney.

Danny might have started off the season being nicknamed socio but Charlie has really earned that title. When we first met Charlie, it felt like he was up to no good, but not like obsessive-stalking-kidnapping no good. As it turns out, he’s literally a sociopath whose been obsessed with Danny’s life, especially Jo and has been using his charms to seduce her and make her fall for him. The goal? The make everyone turn against Danny and think he’s the crazy one. And it’s working!  There’s no evidence against Charlie, which is why everyone is so hesitant to believe Danny’s theories that his old cell mate is trying to get rid of him and take over his life. But Danny knows Charlie best and knows exactly what he’s capable of. Everyone else just thinks that Danny’s losing his sense of reality.


Well, that is until Charlie calls up Jo and asks her to come over because Danny punched him. Obviously, we as the viewers, saw the little altercation between the two boys and know that Danny just pushed Charlie around a little bit as the nerves got the best of him with this punk. After Danny leaves, Charlie bashes his head with the door, self inflicting a wound and hoping to get Jo’s pity and love.  It probably would have worked too since Jo believes everything Charlie says and is gullible as all hell, but than Charlie started spiraling out of control showing his true colors. It felt like he was posssessed by the real Charlie, being super aggressive to Jo and talking about how he’s been waiting for her his whole life, ever since he saw her picture in juvi. Everything he’s done, he’s done for her.  I don’t blame Jo for getting totally freaked out and bolting for the door telling Charlie to get the hell away from her. As she was going home she called Danny to tell him he was right about Charlie, but it was too late. Danny had already turned himself in and was on his way to the station with Chief.


But before we dive into that, lets rewind just a little bit to see how Danny got to the point of confessing and turning himself in for his father’s murder. Danny’s been highly suspicious of Charlie since his move to Green Grove. When Jack’s arrested for the murder of his father, he knows something is up, especially when they find a phone hidden at his pad. Jack wouldn’t be that stupid. This is obviously Charlie trying to get to Danny, to make him confess so that they lock Danny up again and Charlie can take over his life. It seems like a far stretched theory but like I said previously, Danny’s the only one who knows the real Charlie… or does he. He decides to confirm this with his old parole officer. When he tells him that there’s a lot to Charlie Danny doesn’t know and none of it is good, it’s safe to guess that the story about Charlie stealing a car and ending up in juvi was a lie. He’s got problems… real problems and that was proved with Charlie’s hidden wall collage of Jo and Lacey. He wants to be Danny. The only way Danny can really save his family and friends and release Jack from prison is by turning himself in.

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See, I’m not sure what Charlie’s really thinking. He want’s to get rid of Danny but he wants to keep Jo for himself in some creepy and twisted way. Except that Jo was there the night Danny killed his father and therefore is a witness to the crime. She’s also the type of person that won’t let Danny go down alone. When Jo finally gets home after merely escaping from socio Charlie’s house, she finds her mother whose seemingly upset about something. “Danny confessed to murdering his father. Do you think it’s true?” she asks Jo. “I know it is. I was there,” Jo replies in a shocking (to Tess) cliffhanger. The cat’s out of the bag now! Except the messed up part is that Danny’s confessed to Chief Masterson at the station and told him no one else knows. He’s obviously protecting Jo, but she just ratted herself out and I’m glad she did. Why should Danny take the blame for the killing when he was doing it in self-defense? No one would have believed him if there was no witnesses, but since Jo is the Chief’s daughter, he’s more inclined to believe their side of the story.  Danny also blurted out his theory of Charlie being the one who moved his father’s body and placed it in the car to make it look like an accident. Warning Chief, Charlie’s crazy and he’s after your daughter!!!

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Other stories this week filled up the time this week, but with all the Charlie drama, its quite easy to forget they even happened. Tess finally contacted her birth childs adopted mother and arranged a meeting with her. When she came, she explained that Tess’s daughter Sam, died when she was just 2-years-old in an accident at the park. This news broke Tess’s heart, who has been holding out hope that maybe one day she would meet the baby girl that she wanted to name Katherine. Sidenote: Jo took the news that she had a step sister from her moms previous romps really well. Like she didn’t even bat an eyelash!!! Weird. Anyways, while Tess is looking through the baby pictures, she notices a picture of the baby with its hospital bracelet. She drives over to ask the adoptive mother if the baby had been sick right after the adoption and she mentions that picture was taken right after they picked up the baby from the hospital. Except that Tess’s baby wasn’t born in a hospital, it was born outside of town, which means that this “dead baby” isn’t her baby. The mother is trying to protect her daughter from finding out she’s adopted and meeting her real birth mother. What a twist!!!! But I have to ask, what purpose does this storyline serve to the rest of the show?

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And in Lacey news, she was considering a relationship with Whitney after their kiss last week. Whitney was dealing with a lot with her father getting arrested and was kind of fed up with Danny and Lacey keeping things from her. When she got a brief chance to talk to her father, he told her to move out of the Desai house, as he didn’t trust Danny or Karen at this point. So Whitney did. She moved to Lacey’s house, where she slept on a blow up mattress while Lacey contemplated if she could really have feelings for another girl. Cue a make out session the next night and Lacey admitted that even though she was kissing Whitney, she was thinking about Danny. Thankfully, Whitney didn’t take much offense to this and the girls just went to get ice cream. Is that really what happens after you’re rejected? You just go get ice cream. Here’s my theory. **SPOILER ALERT** The previews for next week show Jo and Danny getting closer after things get dark with Charlie. Than Danny tells Jo that it’s always been her and they make out. Hmm.. Am I really suppose to believe that Danny just didn’t have feelings for Jo until some other guy developed feelings for her? And now he’s totally over Lacey?? Well if so, Lacey is going to find out and possibly look for a rebound with Whitney. That’s where I think this storyline is heading. Also, things are about to get wild on next week’s Twisted as Charlie kidnaps Jo and hold her as ransom while Danny and Lacey team up to find their friend. Twisted for sure!!! It’s good to see the show finally live up to its title.

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