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Virgin River Review – “Team Mel” versus “Team Charmaine” (2×04)

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Can we all collectively agree that Charmaine is the worst?

Instead of focusing on her pregnancy, she’s hellbent on being portrayed as the victim and making Mel look like some home-wrecking boyfriend thief. Is it because she’s bored on bedrest?

When she confronted Jack about sleeping with Mel, he was honest and upfront because he’s an honest guy who doesn’t want to hurt or lie to her. Charmaine took that information and phoned everyone she knew knowing fully well that if she “gave her opinion” of what happened between Mel and Jack, the gossiping town would roll it with wholeheartedly. 

She knew exactly what she was doing and still let her insecurities get the best of her. What is wrong with this woman?

I thought the two ladies made some progress after Mel showed Charmaine some kindness and got her the ultrasound machine so that she could avoid the hospital. Charmaine seemed pretty happy at that point, so you would think maybe it would cause her to reconsider her actions, but I guess not. Therefore, I’m glad Mel made it clear that she wasn’t interested in being part of her pregnancy journey anymore. 

At this point, Charmaine’s not only pathetic but ungrateful seeing as Mel has gone out of her way to help her with this high-risk pregnancy. 

The fact that she said “you’re not going to win this” means that she views this as some kind of competition. It’s very clear that she doesn’t have Jack’s best interests at heart. Hopefully, when Mel pointed that out, it resonated with Charmaine, though, I’m doubtful. 

If this TV show had a villain in the way superhero comic shows do, it would be Charmaine, hands down.

The thing Charmaine has to realize is that Jack is well aware of what she’s doing. The fact that she turns on this little innocent act when he comes into the room means nothing to him because he sees how she’s trying to manipulate not only him but the situation. It makes her look even more unappealing in his eyes. 

Jack is the kind of guy that will always be there her, but don’t mistake kindness for weakness.

By expressing his fears about becoming a father, particularly a father of twins, Jack has become that much more lovable and relatable. The simple fact that he’s worried about screwing up means he’s going to be a great dad. 

And he’ll have the support of the whole town — regardless of which “team” they’re on. 

Hope really messed up with Doc, but we knew that was going to happen. It was only a matter of time until he got fed up with her childish behavior. 

It’s unclear why she keeps wanting the town to think that she and Doc are over for good? Why can’t people know? The gossip may be annoying (get a taste of your own medicine, Hope), but is it worth all this drama?

I’ll reiterate what I keep saying in previous reviews, pushing Muriel and Doc together is only going to come back to bite her. Doc is beginning to realize that this is all some big game to Hope, and he may very well just decide to pursue something more serious with a woman like Muriel, who seems to know what she wants. And you can’t deny, they do have a lot in common.

Hope may be the one to end up losing at her own game. 

Lizzie and Brady, well, that’s just bad news, but again, we knew it was coming.

The last thing we need is a reckless teenager getting involved with a reckless adult, who is now involved in a drug-slanging gang. Not to mention, they’re doing it under the guise of “Emerald Lumber” and deceiving locals so they can buy up land and push their product right in their backyard. 

The way Lizzie played Ricky was also heartbreaking. He’s so sweet and has a such a big crush on her, yet she basically brushed him. It sucks to see the “good guy” loose once again because the “bad boy” is more appealing.

Will Ricky be the one to save Lizzie when she gets in trouble with Brady?

Connie definitely knows Preacher and Paige are up to something. She mentioned being there for him if he needed to talk about what went down with Wes. Did she figured out what happened?

Will she talked when Vince and Wes’ other partners come looking for him? 

Also, face-palm at Preacher not doing his due diligence to clear out any sign of Wes from Paige’s home. You always think about the phone, especially when you’re trying to cover up the murder of a big town cop.

The first thing any detective will go looking for is a phone to trace!

Other Thoughts

  • What do we think about the new girl, Jamie, from San Francisco that Mel had a brief chat with while collecting money? Is she a friend or a potential foe?
  • Mel and Jack make such a great team, they even won the egg relay! Now, if they could only figure things out so easily in real life. 
  • Mark’s sister Stacie drops by unannounced, but it’s far from a friendly visit as she immediately asks Mel for her engagement ring that belonged to their grandmother. While it’s true that Mark may no longer around, it’s kind of an insensitive thing to ask a woman who is still trying to move on and accept her husband’s death. 

What did you think about the episode? Do you think Mel should give Stacie the ring?


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

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    Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review Episode 1 Life of a VIP

    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.

    Inventing Anna Series Premiere Review Episode 1 Life of a VIP

    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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