Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 10: “Where Do You Want To Escape To?”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 10, I realized that Tutu was absolutely right when she said that sometimes we need to leave a door open so that we can escape.  Whether that means finding a new adventure, a new life, or leaving the possibility open, sometimes we just need to take that leap of faith and fly…like a bird.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Single Mom Is Looking (for) Family,” Bridgette prepares for Larry’s birthday party, but has a lot on her mind.  Meanwhile, Tutu is haunted by her past and Nelson reveals a secret to Bridgette.  My top 5 moments from SMILF season 2 episode 10 series finale are:

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“It’s gonna be me and my sister, Coll, living across the hall.”

Tutu has had a lot of trouble moving on in season 2, but her sister, Jackie, has been very supportive.  In this episode, we find out that Tutu does plan on moving out of the house and will be living with Jackie, which could be a step in the right direction.  Even though she may end up altering her plans to go somewhere else with Bridgette, it’s nice to see that Tutu has such strong connections in her life.  However, she also starts to think about the past when she thinks she sees her former boyfriend in front of her.  The image is not real, but it does bring up a lot of unresolved memories and feelings for Tutu.

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“You’re like the white girl in the scary movie.”

I was excited that we got to see Eliza again in this episode.  After Bridgette confides in Eliza about her mixed feelings for Rafi, Eliza hilariously tells her, “You’re like the white girl in the scary movie that goes down to the basement and is like helllllo?”  She may have a point here, but Eliza always keeps the laughs coming.  She is ready to discover her path as a doctor and I think that the future is definitely bright for her.

3

“You just stepped over the boundary.”

Bridgette and Rafi are trying to get Larry to go to sleep and Rafi ends up kissing Bridgette.  So I have been shipping these two together for quite some time, but Rafi is still engaged to Nelson and I’m not sure that he has his life back on track just yet.  Even though this kiss was swoon-worthy for sure, it doesn’t look like it is the right time for these two to get back together with everything else going on, but I sort of like the idea of them bumping into each other when they are 60 and overweight.  Either way, I’m glad that we got to touch on this before the end of the series, as the connection between these two has always been there for me.

2

“I will help you.”

Nelson confides in Bridgette and tells her that she is pregnant, which is big news, but it looks like Rafi doesn’t know how to process this, as they discover that he has relapsed.  In a touching moment, Bridgette tells Nelson that she will help her, which really says so much about Bridgette’s character.  She may be far from perfect, but she has a big heart and always tries to do what is right.  After confronting Rafi about his drug addiction, Rafi does not want to go to rehab and Nelson seems ready to support him in meetings.  However, Bridgette recognizes that she has been down this very same road before.  Bridgette’s main concern is for Larry, but it looks like she has just had a major epiphany about her life.

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“I just want to be a f*cking person.”

Later on, we end the series with Bridgette and Tutu together, talking about their mistakes and their hopes for the future.  Tutu reveals that she has another daughter that she gave up for adoption and Bridgette tells Tutu that she feels like she’s “living someone else’s life.”  In a beautiful moment, the bird Bridgette tried to help flies out the window, showing them the way.  Where will they escape to?  New York?  Ireland?  I’m not sure, but the future is open for both Bridgette and Tutu and it looks like they will begin discovering it together, which was a clever way to end the show.  Even though I am disappointed that we will not see a third season, I think that this show was really unique and different and the characters were so real and resonating.  We don’t always have all the answers, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take things one day at a time and figure them out together.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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My performance of the week ending 3/30/19 on TV goes to…

Chad Michael Murray as Edgar Evernever on Riverdale.  Edgar Evernever is the villain we have been waiting for.  The Farm has been creeping up for quite some time now in season 3, as we have all been anxiously waiting for Edgar Evernever to show his face.  The cult clearly has a lot of secrets, but a lot of the mystery has been surrounded by its leader.  Chad Michael Murray is absolutely brilliant as Edgar Evernever and he has just elevated the show to a new level.  He brings so much charisma to his character, but there is also a subtle danger lurking behind his eyes.  He is convincing and a “yummy snack,” as Cheryl hilariously pointed out, which is going to give Betty Cooper quite a challenge.

What’s next for Edgar Evernever?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but he has just agreed to a meeting with Betty and tells her that she can ask him any questions.  We know that Betty is always up for a challenge, but Edgar may be her most difficult opponent yet.  He is so calculating and strategic, but he also illuminates empathy and understanding, which is what his followers see in him.  We know that Edgar has a lot of secrets behind closed doors, but I am looking forward to seeing his character explored even further, as we submerge ourselves deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounding The Farm. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “What We Do In The Shadows” FX Series Premiere: Fangtastically Funny

Happy Friday TV Fans!  The wait is over and What We Do In The Shadows is finally here!  The show is based on the film of the same name from 2014 and it is brought to us by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.  If you are not familiar with the movie, it is a mockumentary following a group of vampires living together in New Zealand.  FX was awesome enough to actually play the movie the day before the series premiered, which gave me time to re-watch it and enjoy the campy horror fun.  I mean, seriously there were so many bloody dishes to clean…

If you are a fan of the film, you will absolutely fall in love with the series as well, which now takes place in Staten Island, New York.  Love that!  Even if you have never seen the film before, you will enjoy the series, which is kind of like The Office if it followed vampires.  In the series, we follow a different group of vampires, but it is set in the same universe as the movie, which means a crossover is not out of the question.  Fingers crossed!  The series introduces us to Nandor, Laszlo, Nadja, and their human familiar, Guillermo.  However, my personal favorite was an energy sucking vampire named Colin, who can bore everyone to death with dull conversation starters, which is probably the funniest part of the show so far.

Overall, I thought that the series premiere had a lot of potential and provided us with some really funny moments, especially the grocery store scene, which was laugh out loud hilarious.  Not all of the jokes landed for me, but I had the same issue with the film, so I think it comes down to comedy preference, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  However, there is a void right now in horror comedies, as shows like Ash vs Evil Dead, Stan Against Evil, and Scream Queens have all been canceled.  I still don’t get why, but that means that there is definitely room for What We Do In The Shadows to provide us with some much needed horror comedy.  We will get 10 episodes of the first season and I’m looking forward to some bloody brilliant comedy for sure!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts on What We Do In The Shadows in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 2: “Sex, Lies, and Alibis”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 2, I realized that it’s important to stay true to who you are.  You may want to change some of your past evil ways, but that doesn’t mean that you should let people walk all over you.  The new head of security may be the bitch, but our girl Alison is the Queen Bee for sure!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sex, Lies, and Alibis,” Nolan’s death is officially ruled a murder and everyone is a suspect.  Meanwhile, Alison receives a disturbing text message and Mona channels her inner crazy to get to the bottom of things.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 2 are:

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“It’s OK if you’re relieved he’s dead.”

While coping with the shock of Nolan’s death, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan realize that they are in a lot of trouble.  Their conversation comes true, as Nolan dies exactly the way they described, which means that they are all suspects.  But if they are not to blame, that means that someone else was in the woods, listening to this very same conversation.  Each character has a secret, but will Nolan’s death split them apart or bring them closer together?  If there was someone else in the woods, who was it and what is their next move?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it doesn’t look like anyone is in the clear.

4

“I literally just got that text…from the dead guy.”

Alison receives a text message from Nolan’s phone after he died and is immediately in panic mode.  Alison goes to visit Mona for help and Mona points out that someone wants to make it look like Alison killed Nolan.  Mona determines that the text message was sent during a power outage, which explains the delay, but this still doesn’t make Alison look that innocent.  Was the text sent from Nolan and what help did he require?  Is it possible that the killer used Nolan’s phone to lure Alison out?  There are so many questions here, but I am completely immersed into this mystery and I’m absolutely loving it so far.

3

“I’m the reason he’s dead.”

When Alison goes to Mona for help, she is showing off her impressive, but crazy skills, as she writes down everything, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.  Mona could give Homeland’s Carrie Mathison a run for her money here, as she becomes obsessed with figuring everything out.  Alison ends up hitting Mona in the face to snap her back to reality and it actually works, as Mona is happy to see some Key Lime pie, which is her favorite!  Mona gives Alison some great advice and asks her, “When did you become such a wuss?”  I love that Mona is not afraid to tell it as it is and Alison needs to hear this from her.  We know that Alison is looking for her fresh start and wants to do good, but that does not mean that she needs to get stepped on in the process.  We still don’t know much about Mona’s potential connection to the FBI or some other kind of secret service, but I’m sure we will find out more soon.

2

“Spencer and Toby eloped?”

So I absolutely love that this new series is finding a voice of its very own, but it also stays true to its roots.  Alison casually name drops A and we also get to witness Mona calling Hanna from Pretty Little Liars and we discover that Spencer and Toby eloped, which had me cheering and possibly squealing with joy.  I thought that this was a very clever way to keep PLL fans satisfied with new information while keeping the new story going.  We also get to see the new characters show up at Nolan’s funeral, giving me a sense of PLL nostalgia for sure.  Well done!

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“Bring it on bitch.”

At the funeral, we get to meet Dana Booker, who is a former FBI agent and the new head of security.  She has a connection to Ava, as she previously worked on her father’s case.  Coincidence?  We already established that there are no coincidences here.  Dana is taking her job very seriously, but Ava asks an important question:  “Why leave the FBI to become a school cop?”  Ava may be the unlikely voice of reason here, as I was thinking the very same thing.  Dana may have a past here or she could be connected to Taylor’s message on the wall somehow, but it looks like she is going to be a major pest. 

Later on in the episode, Nolan’s mother is waiting for Alison in her house, which is kind of creepy.  Alison understands that this was previously her daughter’s house and has a revealing conversation with her.  Claire tells Alison that she is a survivor and perhaps this is exactly what Alison needed to hear.  After Dana interrupts Alison’s lecture to pull Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan out of class, Alison lies and says that they were all at her house the night of the murder.  Alison clearly wants to make a difference with her students and understands what it means to be caught up in all the drama, but did she make the right call here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Queen Alison is back, so Dana better watch out.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 17: “I Was Wondering When We’d Finally Meet”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 17, Edgar Evernever reminded us that “memories are often painful, but they don’t have to be.  They can be a path to revival.”  But when one starts manipulating memories and playing on the weaknesses of others, toying with these memories can become extremely dangerous.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Two:  The Master,” Jughead continues to try and stop his mother and the drug trade in his town with the help of Archie and some friends.  Meanwhile, Veronica takes a page out of her father’s manipulation playbook and Betty recruits Cheryl to help her listen in on the Farm.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 17 are:

5

“This ship has sailed.”

Hermione begins to panic when she realizes that she will lose Hiram’s protection if it is publicly known that they are getting a divorce.  Hermione explains to Veronica that being a mob boss’s wife is extremely dangerous, but Veronica does remind her mother that she did try to kill her husband…twice.  Veronica does not give up on her family and suggests therapy as an option, but Hiram tells her “this ship has sailed.”  Meanwhile, Hermione receives some dead fish, implying a threat on her life.  Veronica approaches her father for a compromise.  Hiram agrees and has their marriage annulled, but keeps Hermione in the public’s eye to keep her safe.  However, Hiram is no fool, as he recognizes that Veronica is the one who sent the fish to her mother.  Veronica explains that she had to protect her, but no one said it would be easy to outplay the master manipulator, Hiram Lodge.

4

“I need your help.”

During the episode, Archie gets a phone call from Mad Dog, who lets him know that he is in danger of being transferred over to Hiram’s new private prison.  Archie pulls out all the stops with Veronica’s help and approaches the Governor, asking for a pardon for his friends.  The plan works successfully, as the Governor is not looking to have his reputation threatened and Archie gives Mad Dog and the others a place to stay at the gym.  Whenever something is going right, Elio suddenly appears, however.  Elio offers the guys a chance to fight for money for him and Mad Dog ends up deciding to take his business offer at the end of the episode.  Archie warns his friend that he cannot trust Elio, but Mad Dog is determined to do whatever is necessary to help his family.  Let’s just hope that he doesn’t wind up in too much trouble.

3

“This is between me and you.”

Jughead continues to clash with his mother, Gladys, in this episode and he tells her, “Oh I’m not gonna stop until you are out of Riverdale.”  Gladys is up for the challenge and reminds Jughead not to cross her.  Seriously Jughead, look out for Mommie Dearest, who doesn’t play by the rules.  After Jughead tries to intervene more with the drug trade, he messes up his father’s drug bust, which angers FP, but Jughead is not ready to stop.  Jughead goes after a major drug operation with the help of Archie and Mad Dog, but ends up getting thrown out a window by that nut job, Kurtz.  Luckily, Jughead is all right, but is he in over his head?  I’m not sure, but we know that Gladys is not one to be messed with.  Will she really push her own son out of the way to further her business though?  We’ll have to see how this plays out.

2

“I’m in, cousin.”

After taking a tour of the Farm, Betty realizes that she will not get too far.  There are locked doors and Evelyn leading the interviews, which makes it difficult for Betty to get any real answers.  Betty recognizes that Evelyn has some kind of interest in Cheryl and asks for Cheryl’s help.  I love the tag team between Betty and Cheryl, as Cheryl goes undercover and puts her acting skills to the test.  Edgar meets with Cheryl and talks about how she has already been baptized and reborn in fire based on some of her past experiences, but he takes advantage of her love and grief over her brother, Jason.  Before long, Cheryl is done being Betty’s mole and even comments that Edgar is a “yummy snack,” which is absolutely hilarious, but it looks like Cheryl has just joined the Farm.  Can Betty help her before it’s too late?  Does Edgar have a special interest in Cheryl because of her connections?

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“I was wondering when we’d finally meet.”

Betty recognizes that she is on her own and decides to break into the locked door with her trusty bobby pin while Cheryl is getting inducted into the Farm.  Betty finds the tapes from her family and takes them to try and get some information, but Cheryl is the one to reveal the biggest mystery of all.  Cheryl reveals to Betty that Edgar took her to a room and says that Jason was in the room with her.  She explains that she talked to him in the flesh and that the Farm somehow gave her back her brother.  Things start to add up for Betty, as she approaches her mother and realizes that Alice has been seeing her son, Charles, in this same way.  Edgar finally agrees to meet Betty and the showdown we have all been waiting for has just begun.  Betty is not afraid of Edgar; however, and is ready for the challenge.  Edgar asks her what she would like to know and Betty simply says, “Everything.”

It looks like we have a lot more to find out, but what is the rational explanation behind Cheryl and Alice seeing their dead relatives?  Is Edgar using mind control or is there something else going on here?  At the end of the episode, we also get a new quest card that reads, “Defang a Wolf cub.”  FP finds another sacrifice in the woods, which reminds us that the Gargoyle King is not finished at all.  What does this new quest mean and is there any real connection between the Gargoyle King and the Farm?  Also, Hiram’s new prison is now up and running so what does that mean for the town?  New episodes return April 17th Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Riverdale below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 15: “The Calm Before”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15, I remembered that if you witness a happily ever after moment on TWD, it’s probably too good to be true and it means that something is coming.  Something shocking, horrifying, and heartbreaking.  While you may think you’re ready, it’s amazing how much a certain reveal can impact you.  However, it’s important to keep going and to remember the good.  There is always still a glimmer of hope remaining and sometimes it appears in the most unexpected places.  Please note MAJOR SPOILERS are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Calm Before,” the fair is underway, as everyone tries to participate in the fun.  Meanwhile, Daryl takes a group out and is surrounded by threats and Alpha is ready to make a deal, but not before proving just how ruthless she can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 15 are:

5

“Let the fair of new beginning begin!”

In the beginning of the episode, Ezekiel addresses the fair and tells everyone, “We’ve always been bound to each other…we always will be.”  Ezekiel mentions sacrifice and specifically brings up Rick, Carl, and Jesus, while also having a replica of his tiger next to him, which was truly touching to see.  Jerry’s title for the fair is shot down and we are welcomed into the fair of the new beginning.  It looks like everyone is ready to join in on the fun and come together to celebrate, but we know that the Whisperers are still lurking around, waiting to make their next move.  I’m not sure that anyone was truly ready for what was about to come next, however.

4

“I have just the thing.”

Carol is ready to go off after Henry, but with perfect timing, Daryl and the others return to The Kingdom.  Carol tells Henry that he can never run away from her again and we also get to see Michonne reunited with her old friends.  Everyone is very receptive to Michonne even though she has been gone for quite some time.  Carol asks Judith if she remembers her and Judith explains that she has been drawing pictures of them since she was little.  Tara breaks up the party; however, when she spots Lydia, recognizing the danger here.  After some discussion, a pact is made between all four communities, as Ezekiel is more than eager to whip out the treaty he has been holding on to for all this time.  Although, I kind of liked Tara’s idea to “spit and shake” on it or to have a blood oath.  All of the communities have now come together, as Rick’s vision for the future is not completely lost, but can the communities still stay strong after tragedy?

3

“You guys are adorable.”

The fair is underway and it seems like love is in the air on TWD.  Carol and Ezekiel get to meet Lydia and Ezekiel says, “Our son is taking a girl on a date to the movies tonight.”  I guess it would be a step up from dining on bugs together.  Henry’s annoying friends try to mess with Lydia and make her jealous, but Henry tells Lydia that he really likes her, which is genuine and somewhat sweet.  We also get to see Enid and Alden confirm their relationship status, Rosita and Eugene have a heart-to-heart talk and we witness a kiss between Magna and Yumiko.  However, perhaps the sweetest moment for me was when Daryl asks Connie to feed Dog while he is gone, which I thought was adorable.  But why are we taking all this time during the episode before the season finale to devote to us shipping these characters together?  While all of this was going on, I knew that it meant that something big was about to happen.  Someone is definitely going to die and seeing them happy and together will only make us that much more heartbroken later.  I almost wish I wasn’t right here, but we aren’t watching a Rom-Com.

2

“I don’t know if there’s a happy ending here.”

You’re absolutely right, Carol, as Daryl takes out the A team to investigate things further.  Daryl is with Carol, Michonne, and Yumiko, but they are quickly surrounded by walkers and then come face to face with an overwhelmingly large group of the Whisperers.  They fight valiantly, but they are outnumbered here.  Daryl sees Beta again, who tells him, “You just had to give me the girl…now that deal is done.”  After watching a lot of setup and Rom-Com moments, I thought that this was the major plot point before the storm hits in the season finale, but nothing could prepare me for what came next.

1

“I want to tell you a different story.”

So, we are now at my top moment and I want to remind you again that major spoilers are ahead.  While the fair is going on, Alpha uses her freshly made skin mask to fit in and walk around.  She ends up even conversing with Ezekiel and is quite convincing and later sits down next to Lydia at the movies, motioning for her to be quiet.  We then go back to Alpha approaching Daryl and the others, as she tells Daryl to come with her.  Alpha recognizes what it means to talk to someone leader-to-leader and she sees that within Daryl.  Alpha shows Daryl a huge horde of walkers beyond the cliff and tells him that she has let his people live all this time.  Daryl asks Alpha if she killed Lydia, but Alpha doesn’t directly answer this.  She tells Daryl that she wants his people to stay on his side of the border and that he will know it when he sees it.  Ominous, right?  Alpha also tells Daryl that she doesn’t think he can protect her daughter, but she hopes that she is wrong, which reveals the tiniest sliver of humanity within Alpha.  When we see Alpha crying after Lydia has told her to leave, Alpha kills the Whisperer who witnesses her displaying human emotion.  Even if humanity exists within Alpha, she is not about to compromise her position as the leader.

Daryl heads off with Michonne, Carol, and Yumiko, and they stumble across Siddiq, who has clearly been taken or attacked.  As they begin to approach the border, you can see stakes lined up from far away.  The stakes are decorated with the decapitated re-animated heads of ten victims, but of course, we need to get a little bit closer and zoom in on each and every one of them, to truly feel the impact here.  So who didn’t make it?  Here is the complete list for your reference:

The Highwaymen’s Ozzy and Alek:  I was just starting to like them too.

D.J. and Frankie:  Former saviors that I almost forgot about.  I’m still glad that you were able to at least try and protect members of the community.

Tammy Rose:  I found it interesting that Tammy Rose was up here, only because we watch Alpha take a moment to look at her and the former Whisperer baby, which had me thinking that perhaps this selection wasn’t random?  Either way, I feel really bad for her husband.

Rodney and Addy:   I almost forgot about these characters, but they were Henry’s annoying friends and they did converse with Lydia, so is that why they are up here?  I also think it’s important to note that Alpha is not above selecting children to die.  Did she determine who was weak or was this just the luck of the draw?

Enid:  So here come some of the bigger characters.  We get a glimpse of Alden looking for Enid while he is performing and my heart sank.  Enid has not really had too much screen time lately, but this was still awful to see.

Tara:  I was not prepared to see Tara up here and I immediately started crying.  I have a soft spot for Tara because she is goofy and just true to herself, reminding me a lot of myself sometimes.  Tara was also the first LGBTQ character on the show and she has grown so much as a leader and a friend.  In the comic series, it was Ezekiel up here, but a major leader from a community needs to go.  I’m just really sad that it was my girl, Tara, who deserved better.

Henry:  As much as I have complained that Henry is such a pointless and annoying character, he didn’t deserve this fate.  However, Lydia kind of sealed this outcome for him by defying her mother.  You really didn’t think that Alpha would let Lydia live and keep her new boo, right?  What really got me here was Daryl trying to protect Carol from seeing this, as he repeats, “No, just look at me.”  My heart truly went out to Carol in this moment.

Siddiq is left alive and explains that Alpha told him to talk about what happened, mostly to drive them apart and scare them, but Siddiq stands before everyone to tell them a different story to inspire them.  Siddiq tells them about their friends and family coming together one last time to fight for their lives with honor.  They became real heroes and Siddiq explains, “We have to keep going for them and for all of us…we need to honor them and remember these friends…our family, died as heroes.  That’s the story that I want to tell you and for us to remember.”  This moment was truly powerful and it proved that hope can still exist even in the worst of times.  In the beginning of the episode, the couple traveling to the fair are murdered, but are carrying H necklaces, which represent Hilltop or Home, but they also represent hope.  Daryl takes Lydia out to the spot where Henry died and she leaves one for him and I don’t think that she will ever forget what Henry did for her. 

Overall, this episode initially gave us a lot of setup for what’s to come, but it also provided us with one of the most shocking moments of the entire series here.  After the episode, I could not stop thinking about what happened and that image of all ten re-animated heads on the stakes, marking the border.  It was beyond disturbing and so heart wrenching, but we know that no one is every really safe on this show.  That doesn’t mean that it makes these moments any less tragic; however, as we connect so much with these characters and continue to root for them to prevail.  Winter is coming in true GOT fashion, but our favorite characters will need to keep fighting.  Will this tragedy inspire strength and community?  Let’s hope so, but I also think we need Negan at this point.  Maybe let him out of the cage already, Michonne?  Stay tuned for the season finale!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on The Walking Dead below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 9: “The Cowboy Code”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2 episode 9, I entered a fantasy world that seemed like it was from the past, but we quickly learned that many of the “cowboys” were women and that the men were wearing make-up and crying in churches, allowing Bridgette and her friends the chance to make things right and set an example.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Single Mom Is Losing Faith,” Bridgette’s fun fantasy becomes a reality…or at least for the entire episode, as we enter an old cowboy movie premise, but quickly learn that women are leading the way, trying to make a difference in the west.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 9 are:

5

“I know you!”

“You’re SMILF!”  Well sure, Bridgette Bird may be known as “SMILF” in these parts, but she quickly corrects the man she encounters when she tells him that it stands for “Single Mom Is Losing Faith.”  Throughout the series, we have gotten some fun glimpses into Bridgette’s fantasy world, but this one looks like it will last for the entire episode, which was fun for sure.  It looks like Bridgette is a bad-ass in this world and everyone better think twice about crossing her.

4

“Those are fightin words!”

As the episode continues, we learn that Nelson is the sheriff in town and has been laying down the law and also imposing some “cowboy taxes” on Bridgette.  The tension between these two is still apparent in this fantasy world, as Bridgette says, “You’re used to my sloppy seconds, aren’t you?”  Bridgette is trying to save up money to send Larry to the city school…or pre-school, so she needs to save every penny, but Sheriff Nelson is not making things easy for her.  Later on, the clash between these two continues, as Bridgette faces off against Nelson, only to get shot in the foot.  Whoops!  While this was a fun way to continue the love triangle issue going on, we only have one more episode so I’m not sure if we will find out who Rafi will wind up with.  Let’s hope so!

3

“Shame to waste that pretty voice on an empty audience.”

Bridgette goes off to find Rafi and discovers him singing and crying in a church while dressed up with make-up.  Bridgette hilariously bosses Rafi around and tells him not to cry because it will “ruin your pretty face.”  Once Bridgette finds out that Mr. Daddy is collecting too much interest on Rafi’s debt, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

2

“I used to be the fastest gun in the west.”

Apparently Ally also used to be the “humblest person in the west” as well, which is absolutely hilarious.  Ally makes a special guest appearance, but she really is the same old Ally, going on and on about her Mr. Daddy issues and passing judgment everywhere she goes.  Ally always brings some laughs to the table so it was really fun to have her in this episode.

1

“Time’s up!”

Later on, when Bridgette is playing cards, Larry decides to give up, but Bridgette reminds him that they need to stick by the “cowboy code.”  Bridgette explains that they don’t give up in this family and has a moment of clarity and inspiration.  She says, “I’m a bird…you’re a bird.  No cage ensnares us!”  Bridgette decides to take the fight to Mr. Daddy, as our favorite female characters line up for a gun fight.  Mr. Daddy is played by the wonderful, Clark Gregg, and brings us some laughs as well.  Aunt Jackie opens fire to break the tension and somehow doesn’t know how this happens, but Bridgette and the others still save the day in the nick of time thanks to Ally’s impressive shooting.  Only one episode left!  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on SMILF below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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