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Virgin River Review – Breaking Point (2×07)

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Staying busy is one way to get your mind off things, and that’s exactly what Mel did on the anniversary of her husband’s death. 

However, it likely wasn’t the best idea to spend all her time mediating a birth plan between Jack and Charmaine.

The further along in Charmaine’s pregnancy, the more we realize just how much she and Jack don’t see eye-to-eye. 

Since she already voiced her fears about the hospital once before, it wasn’t a surprise that she wanted a home birth. But while that may have been what she was comfortable with, it wasn’t exactly the safest option to welcome twins who have a higher complication rate, especially with a hospital two hours away.

It’s great that Mel didn’t push her ideas onto Charmaine or blatantly take Jack’s side because she’s his friend. Despite her personal feelings towards Charmaine, she was able to put those aside and think of her only as a patient. This way, they were able to find a middle ground that worked for everyone.

My hope is that by learning a little about Mel’s backstory of losing a daughter and a husband, Charmaine will become a bit more sympathetic. 

Over the course of the season, her character has had so many mood swings that it’s hard to pin down who Charmaine actually is. 

One minute she’s thanking Mel for all that she’s done as her doctor, the next she’s spreading rumors about Mel being a home-wrecker. It’s so inconsistent — pregnancy hormones aside. 

And her outlook towards Jack is so toxic. Charmaine has this vision of how she expects things to be with Jack, but it’s all in her head; he’s never once given into these fantasies and led her to believe they’d be together in the end. 

They may be having twins together, which will lead to co-parenting, but they aren’t together. He doesn’t have to tell her about everything he does, and she has absolutely no right to dictate what he can and cannot do, especially because, in this instance, Mel and Jack’s time spent at the river was anything but romantic. Again, Charmaine has this idea of the two of them that’s simply not rooted in reality. 

We know it’s hard for Jack to open up and be vulnerable with his feelings, and the few times he does, it’s with Mel, so it’s not surprising that he couldn’t just be honest with Charmaine about how overwhelming it was to see a house filled with baby items or how overwhelming the idea of becoming a father is as a whole. And Charmaine hasn’t done much to earn that trust. Unfortunately, carrying his twins doesn’t mean much when it comes to sharing feelings. 

Mel thought that she could get through the day without breaking down, but all of that changed when she got her husband’s life insurance policy sent to her. Talk about timing, right?

Having something so tangible made it all feel real for Mel and, of course, she realized what Jack told her previously — grief comes in waves. 

It was a heartbreaking scene, but Mel is strong and she’ll find the strength to power through this setback. 

After all, just look how far she’s come. 

Preacher and Connie are out here devising alibi’s and it’s the partnership I never knew I needed. Connie may seem like a goody-goody, but she’s a ride or die when the script calls for it. 

For now, the body in the forest ending up being Leo Cavannah, the junkie who attacked Mel and previously worked for Calvin before he “took care of him.”

The hope is that those dogs don’t find Wes’ body, but the chances of that are slim. And once they do, it’ll raise a handful of questions that Preacher needs to be prepared for. He seems like a tough man, but this has really shaken him to his core, so hopefully, his guilt doesn’t eat him up. 

No one deserves to go down for what happened as it was an accident, and Preacher covered it up with the best intentions of protecting Paige and Christopher. 

I’ll admit Ricky and Lizzie had a cute moment in the bakery truck, but it doesn’t negate all the things she’s done and how bad of an influence she is on him. 

Yeah, it’s great to stand up for yourself, but Ricky, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. There’s a time and place, and going after Jack simply wasn’t it. 

Jack is the kind of man who gives great advice but can’t seem to take his own. He’s out here just trying to impart his wisdom on everyone including Ricky and Brady, but neither of them are willing to hear it. 

Brady is seeing $$$ signs by working with Calvin, and while he seems to be aware of the risks that come with it, he’s blinded by the money and willing to put it all on the line. Let’s hope the next body that ends up in the forest isn’t his. 

It seemed as thought Hope and Doc were finally getting it right. They planned a romantic date night in public and were ready to make it official when the date was crashed by Muriel. 

They always say three’s a crowd and that couldn’t be more true in this situation. Hope was claiming her man, Muriel was flirting her way in, and it was all types of awkward. 

And then for some reason, Doc seemed to arrange a trip that, correct me if I’m wrong, coincides with Muriels’ trip to Seattle.

Is he going alone? Is he surprising Hope? Why would he think that’s a good idea? I can’t be the only one who wants just one couple on the show, particularly Hope and Doc, to get it together while the rest of the “young-ins” figure it out. 

Virgin River Season 2 has been entertaining and had plenty of surprising twists, but the some of the storylines oftentimes feel so vague or disjointed. Not much manifested from Ricky and Lizzie’s car accident. It was merely a “jaw-dropping cliffhanger,” but he never got into any trouble from his aunt for it. Jamie continues popping in and out, but we don’t really find out much about her. Everything with Muriel is just odd. Sometimes, it feels like one episode ends, and I’m expecting a continuation in the following episode but it never comes. Is anyone else feeling that same way?

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Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review – Who the Hell Is Anna Delvey? (1×01)

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From the creative mind of Shonda Rhimes comes Inventing Anna.

It’s the story of Anna Delvey that you’ve likely heard before, but with Shondaland’s exclusive twist on it.

Delvey, real name Anna Sorokin, was a faux socialite who scammed New York’s high society, including hotels, banks, Wall Street, and elite friends.

The Russian immigrant posed as a German heiress in an attempt to steal millions of dollars from the wealthy. 

But despite having Sorokin’s name in the title, the first episode of the Netflix limited series hinges heavily on Vivian Kent, the ambitious journalist who landed the tell-all interview with Delvey. 

Anna Chlumsky (who you might remember from the ’90s My Girl fame) is a powerhouse in the role as she sets her sights on Delvey/Sorokin (played by Ozark’s Julia Garner) in order to revive her career. 

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Inventing Anna. Anna Chlumsky as Vivian Kent in episode 103 of Inventing Anna. Cr. David Giesbrecht/Netflix © 2021

Kent has been banished to “Scriberia,” a corner of the office where she’s convinced journalists go to die. After coming upon Delvey’s upcoming trial, she sniffs out a case and tries to convince her bosses — Paul and Landon — to cover the story. 

Unfortunately, neither of them seemed particularly moved by her spiel as they insist she covers the women of Wall Street’s #MeToo plight. 

Kent, however, doesn’t feel compelled to bully these women into telling their stories for clickbait and pursues the Delvey story instead. 

The more she digs, the less she knows. 

Delvey is an enigma who seemingly crafted many personas while schmoozing with New York’s upper echelon. 

Eventually, Kent is able to convince the editor of The Manhattan (the show’s New York magazine) to let her roll with the story. 

It’s unclear why her editor, Paul, has it out for her, but the series seems to purposefully leave Kent’s background vague throughout the episode. 

All we know is that something went wrong, a little boy was involved, Google will remember it forever (the internet never forgets), and that’s she’s desperate to revive her career, a feat she hopes to accomplish before she has her baby girl. When she realizes that it might not be possible, she has an entire breakdown at the gynecologist’s office during the ultrasound, which, as a woman trying to juggle a career and motherhood, is all too relatable. 

And then — she gets the absolute motivation to convince Delvey to reject the plea deal being offered and fight for her reputation as well. 

In an intense meeting where Kent levels with Delvey, she convinces her that she deserves to have her story told. 

But that’s not what ultimately persuades Delvey. As a journalist, you want something from your subject, but in order to get it, you also have to know what your subject wants. So, in exchange for her story, Kent promises Delvey the one thing she wants more than anything: fame.

After all, Delvey herself claims that the persona she made up is a “masterpiece, bitches,” while the friends she conned note that she was a “legend” and “icon.”

In that pivotal scene, it seems as though Kent has fully tapped into why Delvey concocted her scheme in the first place. While she claims to be a businesswoman who wanted to secure a loan for an exclusive club she wanted to open up, Delvey was obsessed with the high life; the exclusivity of being an “it” girl.

Kent tapped into the vein fueling Delvey’s motivations this whole time — even from the depths of Rikers. 

While the series is based on a true story, it’s definitely not an accurate depiction of what really happened, but that’s neither here nor there because the episode is wildly entertaining and keeps you hanging on to every single delusion Delvey divulges. 

Much of Kent’s background — even if vague at times — is presented, while there’s just enough of Garner’s Delvey, with her intense accent, to hook you into coming back for more. 

Though neither would admit it, Delvey and Kent have one thing in common — the need to prove themselves, which makes this profile something that’s in both of their best interests.

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Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvery in episode 104 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2021

And it’s even in the interest of Delvey’s lawyer, Todd, who also wants to prove himself as an ADA. 

Todd, played by Arian Moayed, is definitely battling some insecurity issues. He even tells his wife, a powerful attorney working at her father’s firm, that he feels inferior to many of their friends. He may be defending the world’s biggest con artist, but somehow, he’s the one feeling like a fraud while Delvey remains adamant she’s not the criminal they are painting her out to be. 

At times, you almost feel for Delvey and start to believe her story, only to realize that her act is one big manipulation tactic. It also becomes harder to empathize with her when she calls Kent out for looking “very poor” and “very, very fat.” However, those moments paint a vivid photo of the kind of things Delvey prioritized, even while spending time in one of the most dangerous prisons. 

All of this likely proves that Garner has nailed the role of the woman who was able to manipulate some of the smartest people in the city. 

Of course, while much of the back-and-forth dance happens between Kent and Delvey, there’s an incredible supporting cast. 

Todd faces off assistant DA Catherine McCaw played by Westworld’s Rebecca Henderson. 

Rhimes takes care of her own as Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Jeff Perry; Lowes plays ex-Vanity Fair picture researcher and Delvey’s bestie Rachel DeLoache Williams, while Perry is Kent’s fellow journalist.

The Bold Type’s Alexis Floyd as Neff, an employee at the hotel Delvey stayed at who assists Kent with her story, while Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox will appear as celebrity fitness trainer Kacy Duke.

Inventing Anna has all the makings of a Rhimes hit series, so strap in for the ride because from the looks of it, Delvey is just getting started as we take a peak behind the curtain to figure out what exactly led up to this very prison meeting. 

And we can’t wait to see where Garner takes this role as the trial ramps up, which leaves all of NYC’s finest quaking in their boots.

After all, did you ever imagine that Ruth would become the moral heartbeat of Ozark?!


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‘The Woman In the House’ – Everything You Need to Know About Kristen Bell’s New Thriller

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Everything we know About Kristen Bell's upcoming comedy thriller The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window

Kristen Bell is known for her comedic chops, but she’s dabbling a new genre come 2022.

“The Good Place” actress will star as Anna in a dark comedy thriller on Netflix. 

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming series “The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window.”

 

What’s It About?

The series focuses on the heartbroken lead who lives everyday the same way — staring out her window and watching life pass her by while she sips her wine. 

All of that is flipped upside down when her handsome neighbor moves in across the street and she witnesses a murder… or does she? Does someone want her to forget? Did she imagine it? Are they the hallucinations?

We’re already totally invested. 

 

Is there a Trailer?

YES! Glad you asked. The teaser is intoxicating and shows exactly why Bell was the right choice for the role!

Check it out below: 

 

Who Else Is in the Series?

Well, there’s Bell. Other cast members include: Michael Ealy, Tom Riley, Mary Holland, Cameron Britton, Samsara Yett, Christina Anthony, and Benjamin Levy Aguilar. 

 
How Long is the Series?
 
The season consists of eight, 30-minute episodes. You know what that means? They’re easily binge-able with your glass of wine! 
 
 
Why Does It Sound So Familiar?
 
It parodies Amy Adams’ thriller “The Woman in the Window” and the 2016 film “The Girl on the Train.”
 
 

When Does It Premiere?

The show hits Netflix on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022!

 

Is There Going to be a Second Season?

While it’s crafted as a limited-series that doesn’t necessarily mean that a second season is out of the question. After all, Big Little Lies was also a limited-series. Never say never!

 


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WATCH: Christmas is Here Early With a Trailer for ‘The Princess Switch 3’

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Princess Switch 3 Trailer Released

Oops… she’s doing it again!

The holiday season isn’t complete without Vanessa Hudgens, who is back once again for The Princess Switch 3.

Netflix has released the official trailer and from the looks of it, it’s going to be filled with comedy, romance, and yes, three different accents and voices all performed by the talented actress.

Check out the trailer below.

Hudgens is once again reprising her roles as Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy, with a new addition Fiona, the cousin.

After the special guest, the Vatican’s Star of Peace is stolen, the two royal lookalikes need to team up together to steal it back. In order to do so, they enlist the help of their cousin Fiona who is also identical to them. The three completely different personalities work together to safely bring back the missing treasure.

Alongside Hudgens, the cast includes Sam Palladio, Remy Hii, Nick Sagar, and Will Kemp.

Netflix will release The Princess Switch 3 on November 18th, so set your calendars!

Recap the The Princess Switch: Switched Again right here

Yes, That Is Queen Amber from ‘A Christmas Prince’ in ‘The Princess Switch: Switched Again’


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