Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 5: “Going Fiona is Not a Thing”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 5, I learned that labels do not really matter when it comes down to it and that “you like what you like.”  While some of the Gallaghers have trouble defining who they are, others come to an epiphany at just the right time.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Black-Haired Ginger,” Fiona has trouble letting go and insists on getting involved in Ian’s trial.  Meanwhile, Lip finds himself restless when he gets an unexpected day off work, Liam has an encounter with a “trashy girl” and Carl meets a new potential girlfriend named Kelly, who will possibly have him saying Kassidi who?  No seriously where is Kassidi?  Is she really dead?  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 5 are:

5

“I got nothin.”

After Frank passes out in the bathroom at the Alibi, Kev and V escort him to the hospital and he learns that he needs medication for his liver.  Frank doesn’t have insurance and is willing to compromise on most of the side effects of the cheaper medication option like temporary blindness, but has second thoughts when he hears that erectile dysfunction is one of them.  Frank panics and even runs up to a lingerie store window and screams out, “I got nothin!”  He tries watching porn on his phone and even fails to get it up with a prostitute.  V reminds Frank that he needs to make the right choice:  his liver or his penis and hopes that he makes the right one.  As fate would have it, Frank meets a woman at the hospital and he is back in business after helping her escape.  The mysterious woman is played by the absolutely fabulous Katey Sagal and I am excited to see her return next week.  Could she be a new romantic interest for Frank?  Here’s hoping!

4

#TimesUpMySisters

Kev is impressing quite a lot of people and is now pretty much known as “the vagina safe guy.”  A lady representing the women’s equality and empowerment march pays him a visit and explains that they are very impressed with what Kevin is doing and that they would love for him to give a speech at the march.  Kev is absolutely honored to do so, but starts to realize that his speech has nothing on the women speaking before him, who are courageous enough to speak out about some of their traumatic experiences.  Kev begins to put things into perspective and even sings his daughters a “stay away from men” lullaby.  V tells him to cut it out and gives him a pep talk, but it looks like Kev is starting to finally get the big picture, as he truly sympathizes with everything these women have had to go through.

3

“You make me want cock again!”

In this episode, Deb is determined to win Alex back and prove that she can stick with being a lesbian.  She tells Alex, “I know I may be a new lesbian, but I think I can be pretty good at it.”  Fast forward to eight hours later after Alex has been talking non-stop about her “feelings” and Deb can’t take it anymore.  She hilariously yells out, “You make me want cock again” before she leaves Patsy’s Pies with Franny, completely frustrated.  Debbie later goes to visit Fiona’s lesbian tenants and asks them for advice.  Mel decides to make things very simple for Debbie and takes off her robe and asks her how she feels and then proceeds to kiss her and Debbie doesn’t mind whatsoever.  They then further explain to Debbie that “you like what you like and none of the rest of it matters,” which is actually spot on advice.  Be you Debbie!

2

“Going Fiona is not a thing!”

Fiona can be overbearing sometimes with her family, but that’s because she cares so much about them and wants what is best for them.  Only now they are almost all adults and perhaps she can finally let go a little bit.  Fiona goes with Ian to meet his lawyer and promises, “I’m just gonna listen,” but then proceeds to yell, “Are you kidding me?” when she hears something she doesn’t like.  Fiona wants Ian to plead insanity and doesn’t care how this impacts his “Gay Jesus” image.  She further explains that “nothing is bigger than family” and proceeds to go all Fiona on Ian’s supporter.  Debbie sheds some light on the situation and Fiona tries to say that “going Fiona is not a thing,” but starts to really think it over when Lip basically says the same thing to her.

1

“Whatever you want to do…I’m with you.”

After Fiona stands up Ford when she was preoccupied with looking for Ian, she starts to realize that maybe she does need to let Ian make his own decisions, even if she doesn’t necessarily agree with them.  Fiona clearly wants to still feel needed by her family and in a touching moment Ford asks, “Would it help if I needed you?”  Is anyone else shipping these two?  Ford may not be Jimmy/Steve, but he is being so supportive of Fiona and seems worthy for sure.  After dyeing his hair black and grabbing his clothes in a moment of panic, Ian realizes that he needs to face his crime head on.  When he comes downstairs before the trial, everyone is there to fully support Ian, even though they absolutely hate his hair.  Fiona finally lets go enough and tells Ian that she is with him no matter what he decides to do and Ian happily accepts her support…as long as she keeps her mouth shut of course.  During the trial, Ian takes full ownership of his crime, but also eloquently explains why he did what he did and ends up pleading guilty by insanity since he was off his meds.  I have to say that I was very proud of Ian in this moment and hopefully he can handle two years in prison.  Even though Ian may face never-ending days of boredom like Mr. Milkovich warned, at least he has his entire family waiting for him and always supporting him no matter what.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 10: “We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 10, I realized that it’s important to take our own advice.  Sometimes it’s easier to reflect on what someone else might need or deserve, but what happens when we take a good hard look in the mirror?  Can we truly apply that same advice to our own situation?  It’s important to remember that the person staring back at us in the mirror deserves the same respect as anyone else.  We just have to remember that we are worth it and we do deserve our very own chance at happiness.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Girls on the Side,” Liza quickly realizes that her secret relationship with Charles is not ideal.  Meanwhile, Josh opens up Inkburg 2.0, Diana meets Enzo’s entire family, and Caitlin introduces her mother to her new boyfriend.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 10 are:

5

“He is your father’s age.”

Liza is surprised and excited to run into her daughter, Caitlin, at Josh’s re-opening.  When Caitlin introduces Liza to her new boyfriend, Liza is not thrilled.  Caitlin’s new man is much older than her and also her former English professor at school.  Liza tries to give him a chance and agrees to brunch with them and Josh tags along for moral support.  Liza reminds Caitlin that he is her father’s age and Caitlin hilariously tells her mom that she checked and he is in fact younger than her dad.  Liza doesn’t want to get in the way of Caitlin’s happiness, but she is very worried about this new relationship and how it will impact her daughter.

4

“I just want to acknowledge one person in particular.  She inspired me to not give up so thank you Liza.”

Liza is very excited to attend the launch party for Josh’s grand opening of his new tattoo parlor.  Kelsey had previously told her that he has been trying really hard to impress her, but Liza just wants to be there to show her support for him.  When Josh gives a speech, he focuses entirely on Liza and thanks her for being there for him and never giving up on him.  This moment is truly touching, but it makes it so much harder to shift gears toward Team Charles, especially when Josh wears his heart on his sleeve…of tattoos.  Josh and Liza have had their fair share of ups and downs, but it’s nice to see him take a moment to acknowledge her here.  But is there more to it beyond friendship?  We’ll have to wait and see.

3

“I am too old to fight.”

In this episode, Diana is invited to dinner with Enzo’s entire family and she is beyond nervous.  Enzo’s mother tells her to bring a dish and she enlists the help of Maggie to pull off something spectacular.  When she arrives, Enzo’s mother is pleased with the dish, but this leads to Diana being forced to help her in the kitchen.  Diana is a real trooper and tries to do her very best, but she has had enough when Enzo’s mother scolds her for not using the proper garnish on the Eel dish.  Even though Diana has very strong feelings for Enzo, she is not about to go insane to impress his mother.  Diana courageously stands up to Enzo’s mother after her harsh words and walks out.  Enzo goes after her and tells her that he is going to move to an apartment in Manhattan, which shows that he is not ready to give up on Diana just yet.  After all, he likes to be around strong women and Diana is absolutely worthy of this title.  Arrivederci Enzo’s mom!

2

“You don’t even know what real is.”

It seems like Josh and Liza are getting along very well, but this takes a turn for the worst when Liza decides to confide in him about her relationship with Charles.  Liza tells Josh that she is “trying to be more real,” but Josh tells her that a secret relationship can never be something real and that he was always so open with his feelings for her.  While I was heartbroken for Josh in this moment, I was beyond upset when we see him going to get his dragon tattoo covered up or re-done, which is the tattoo he got for Liza.  Is Josh really ready to permanently remove his attachment to Liza?

1

“Call me when it is.”

After Caitlin comes home upset after her boyfriend made her leave because they could be seen together by a colleague, Liza tells Caitlin all about the lie she has been living.  Caitlin is doubtful at first, but is supportive of her mother.  Liza tells Caitlin that she deserves to be with someone in an open and honest relationship and quickly realizes that she needs to apply this to her own situation with Charles.  She asks Maggie, “What if Charles and I are just a fantasy?”  Maggie hates seeing Liza resort to being someone’s side piece because she deserves so much more.  At the end of the episode, Charles explains why they need to still keep their relationship a secret and that it’s not the right time yet.  Liza courageously tells him to call her when it is, trying to accept the love that she does truly deserve, which is something more than this.  While I was heartbroken to see a setback for Charles and Liza’s relationship, it’s important that Liza doesn’t lose her sense of self-worth along the way.  I’m proud of you Liza!  Stay tuned!

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

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 7: “I Wish I Had Your Life”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I realized that sometimes you have to just let the fear in and embrace it.  You may want to maintain control over your emotions or keep your feelings locked away, but sometimes facing what scares us the most and saying it out loud can make a world of difference.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “407,” Helen decides to go to Joshua Tree with Sierra to attend a moon circle.  Meanwhile, Noah continues to involve himself in Janelle’s family affairs and then receives an unexpected phone call from an old friend.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 7 are:

5

“Eventually you get old enough and start to figure shit out.”

Part one of the episode is from Helen’s perspective and she impulsively decides to go to Joshua Tree with her neighbor, Sierra, even though she initially dismissed the previous invitation.  Helen’s reaction to the idea of the moon circle is hilarious, but she does get the opportunity to step away from her life for one night.  After the women at the circle write down their fears, the Guru begins reading them out loud and Helen provides each of them with really great advice.  Helen has experienced a lot of what they are going through now and her wisdom is very much appreciated.  The Guru passes the baton to Helen for the night, as she touches each and every one of them with her advice.  Maybe Helen has another calling she has yet to tap into just yet.  Either way, it was great to see Helen finally let her guard down for just a moment to really make an impact with these women.

4

“I’m not doing it for him.”

In part two of the episode, we see everything from Noah’s perspective and he is surprised when Anton shows up at his home to ask for his advice on whether or not to join the Marines.  Noah stays neutral and suggests that he at least go and see Princeton for himself before making a rash decision.  Noah also explains the importance of involving Janelle in this decision.  Janelle’s ex-husband, Carl, is not happy to see Noah back at his home again and asks him, “don’t you have your own family?”  Noah believes in Anton and does not want to see his potential go to waste.  Later in the episode, Janelle shows up at Noah’s home late and thanks him for what he did.  Noah agrees to take Anton to Princeton so that Janelle can focus on the board meeting and she is happy to see him standing up for her son.  The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived, as Noah and Janelle enjoy a passionate night together without interruption.  While I’m not sure where they will pick up now that Alison is missing, it seems like this might be the first stable relationship Noah has had in a very long time.

3

“Control is really hot.”

In part one, Helen and Sierra continue bonding in their tent.  Sierra clearly feels guilty about sleeping with Vik, but decides to act on her growing feelings for Helen.  She passionately kisses Helen and the two share an intimate moment together.  While I had seen hints and implications at this earlier in the season, it’s nice to see Helen finally enjoy a moment for herself, as she is always so busy being needed by everyone in her life.  Sierra makes her feel wanted and free, as she is able to take a moment to truly relax and give in to what she wants.  She deserves it!

2

“I don’t want you to die.”

After Helen goes into the deprivation tank, she begins to panic in the small space.  Sierra opens the tank and asks her if she is all right, but Helen just needs to get out of there, as she takes off quickly in the car.  When Helen returns home, she immediately rushes over to Vik and reveals her own fear out loud.  Helen finally had the epiphany she was searching for and doesn’t want to waste another second.  She tells Vik that she doesn’t want him to die and Vik promises her that he won’t.  This moment was truly something significant and special for Helen and Vik.  Ever since his diagnosis, Vik has been focused on the statistics and the reality of his situation, but in this moment with Helen, he finally allows his heart and emotions to take over.  Whether he believes that he will not die or not, Vik understands the importance of holding on to the belief that he could be OK, giving Helen the glimmer of hope she so desperately needed.  We know that Helen has been speaking about starting menopause, but perhaps a baby is not so far off now.

1

“So who’s coming to get us?”

After Noah and Anton miss their connecting flight to New York, Noah notices that he has several missed calls from Cole.  He is finally able to answer and is shocked to hear what Cole has to say.  All of the pieces have now come together, as we finally catch up to the present day timeline, understanding how Cole, Noah, and Anton all end up together in the same car.  When Cole picks them up, Noah tries to stay positive, but Cole is clearly beyond worried that something terrible has happened to Alison.  Will they be able to find out what happened to Alison before it’s too late?  Stay tuned! 

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 6: “What If You Change The Narrative?”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I thought about the idea that it’s easier to confide in a stranger than it is to your best friend or loved one and I started to wonder why that is.  Is it because we are afraid to let our loved ones see the inner turmoil stirring around inside of us?  Is it because we don’t want to taint their image of us or is it because we need to hear the raw and simple truth?  Either way, we sometimes get the best advice from someone on the outside, but what do we do with this advice?  Do we change our narrative or do we continue to go down the same path, continuing to make the same mistakes over and over again?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “406,” Noah and Janelle continue to grow closer when they bond over Anton’s essay.  Meanwhile, Alison meets an unexpected stranger and finds out the truth about Ben and her day continues get worse until she has a real conversation with the last person on earth you would think would be willing to help her.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 6 are:

5

“He saved your life.”

Part two of the episode is from Alison’s perspective and she is visiting her mother, Athena, with Joanie while Cole is away.  Alison notices that Athena gets upset after a short phone call and that her phone continues to ring.  Curiosity eats away at Alison until she finally picks up the phone and is shocked to find out the identity of the person on the other line.  Alison meets a man named James who claims he is her father.  Alison is shocked by this revelation and explains that her mother said she never knew who her real father was.  James reveals his side of the story to Alison and explains that he is the one who saved her life, putting some of the pieces together of her lost memory, which involved two strong hands pulling her out of the water.  Alison realizes that the timing of this revelation is strange and asks her father, “why now?”  James explains that his kidneys are failing and he is hoping that Alison can get tested to see if she would be a potential match as a donor.  Before Alison can give a real answer to this request, she leaves the house, unable to process all of the information being thrown her way.

4

“Why did he reach out to you?”

Alison confronts her mother, Athena, and asks her why she kept this information from her.  Athena is upset to find out that James contacted Alison and begins laughing hysterically when she finds out that he wanted a kidney.  When Alison questions her mother further about this, she tells Alison the truth and explains that James raped her when she was nineteen and that she changed her name and moved away to protect her.  Athena tells Alison that she doesn’t remember anything about him saving her and Alison is having trouble processing everything, as she desperately needs some kind of escape at this point.  If James did not save Alison, it still makes us wonder about this memory she has locked away.  It was clearly traumatic enough to be blocked, but will we find out the truth about what happened to her?  Is it possible that James or his wife has something to do with Alison’s disappearance?  The questions keep coming as new players are introduced to the mystery, but we will have to wait and see how it all unravels.

3

“Hey pot, I’m kettle.  Nice to meet you.”

In part one, Anton approaches Noah and gives him an essay to look at, as he is now thinking about applying to Princeton again.  Noah is clearly having an impact on Anton and he wants to loop Janelle into the conversation, as he recognizes how much potential her son has.  Noah barges into Janelle’s office and interrupts a conference call with her supervisor.  Noah tries to get involved further by talking to him and explaining that he’s “incredibly lucky to have her.”  While this gesture is sweet and well intended, Noah is out of line and Janelle reminds him to knock next time.  After Trevor refuses to go to the concert with Noah, he ends up at Janelle’s doorstep and the two discuss Anton’s essay and begin growing even closer.  As fate would have it, just when they begin kissing, Anton and his father walk in the door and Noah finds himself out of place.  Janelle thanks him for coming over and Noah is beyond polite to Anton’s father, but is Noah overstepping here?  Noah is having trouble connecting to his own family and it looks like he has the chance to do so here, but something tells me that Anton’s father will not want Noah intervening any further.  I was disappointed to see Noah and Janelle’s moment together interrupted, but it’s clear that sparks are continuing to fly, but how will Anton feel when he finds out that his teacher and mentor is into his mom?

2

“You look good for a felon.”

After Noah gets a phone call and rushes off to bail Alison out of jail, we jump to part two to learn about the events that led up to this.  Alison tries to call Ben and she really needs to talk to him about everything she just learned about her father.  Her emotions are overwhelming her and she makes the decision to drive down to his work, but is in for an unexpected surprise when she meets his wife at the office.  Alison is stunned and walks out of there, desperately needing to just get away.  She uses Noah’s gift card to take a flight to California, but trouble refuses to stay behind.  Alison begins drinking and talking to the stranger next to her and it seems harmless enough until he begins touching her thigh and suggesting that they try out the mile high club.  Alison throws her drink on the stranger and tries to get up, but bumps her head and accidentally pushes over an elderly woman.  The misunderstanding begins to escalate and no one believes Alison when she tries to tell security that the man attacked her.  Alison’s terrible day hits a new low when she winds up zip tied for the remainder of the flight while a young girl records her on her phone.  #BadDay 

1

“You can manifest your reality.”

After Noah bails Alison out of jail, they are in the car and she begins breaking down and tells Noah she feels like she can’t breathe.  While it seems like Alison is having a panic attack, he rushes her over to Vik so he can make sure she is all right.  Helen offers for Alison to stay the night and even Alison comments that “this is weird.”  Alison turns to Helen, recognizing that perhaps she is the only person who can give her some real and honest advice.  She asks her, “Why do men look at me and see someone they can fuck with?  It’s like they can smell something on me.”  Helen talks to her about “manifesting her reality,” and explains that “if there’s something in your life you want to change, you just need to think differently and it will change.  Alison seems doubtful at first, but Helen reminds Alison that she doesn’t always need to play the victim.  She says, “If you don’t like the way men are treating you, change the story.  Play a different character.”  Helen’s words seem to really resonate with Alison and Helen reminds us why we love her so much when she tells Alison to tell Ben to “go fuck himself” and that it’s not OK for him to treat her like that.  It’s no secret that Alison and Helen have a beyond complicated past and this moment is truly important, as Alison gets some much needed advice that is free of an ulterior motive.  Helen has been going through her own issues and she reminds Alison that she is still young enough to change her story.  Will Alison be able to do so, however?  Either way, Alison genuinely appreciates Helen’s words.  I have to admit that I never thought I would see these two bonding over anything, but this moment of clarity was extremely important for both Alison and Helen.  Perhaps these two women can finally discover who they are and what they want without compromising themselves to please someone else.  It’s about time.  Stay tuned! 

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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