5 Spoiler Free Reasons why you should watch “Santa Clarita Diet” Season 3 on Netflix: ‘Til Death and then some”

“We’re like a cult…but without uniforms.”  So what happens when your wife dies and then comes back to life as a zombie?  Do you run away screaming or are you all in to support your family until the very end?  Joel Hammond has to deal with this very important dilemma in Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet, but lucky for us, this adventure comes with a lot of laughs.  Please note that major spoilers have been left out for your convenience so feel free to read away!  My top 5 reasons to check out Santa Clarita Diet Season 3 are: 

5

This show is just laugh out loud funny.

When I first started binge-watching this show, I didn’t really laugh that much in the beginning of season one.  Maybe I was trying to get used to the premise or maybe the jokes weren’t really landing, but something magical happened in the second half of the first season and for seasons two and three as well.  The dark horror comedy just works.  Maybe it’s the dynamic between the characters or maybe they just started being a little bit more comfortable with the humor, but I found myself constantly laughing out loud while watching this show.  Horror comedies are hard to come by now and I have to say that I absolutely love this show and hope that it continues to be picked up because it is really something fun and light to watch in between other series.

4

Abby has become a bad-ass character.

In season one, I didn’t really connect with Joel and Sheila’s teenage daughter, Abby, played by Liv Hewson.  However, I started to like her more and more in season two and she is absolutely fantastic in season three.  I love how she is the voice of reason and it often seems like she is the one playing parent to her own parents, which is funny on its own.  In season three, more of Abby’s potential is unlocked, as she starts to help out a lot more, proving to be someone you don’t want to mess with.  I also enjoyed more of the chemistry between her and Eric, played by Skyler Gisondo, which was actually adorable and not at all nauseating.  I hope that her character continues to grow more in future seasons if we get them and I would love to see her become some kind of slayer of the undead.

3

The guest stars are absolutely fantastic.

I love seeing unlikely guest stars on a show and Santa Clarita Diet continues to deliver on this.  I had so much fun seeing Joel McHale in season two as a competitive realtor, but this season we get a lot of fun from Ron, played by Jonathan Slavin, Tommy, played by Ethan Suplee, and of course Gary continues to be a standout character, played previously by Nathan Fillion and now by the amazing Alan Tudyk.  The list goes on and on, as the supporting cast does an amazing job of keeping the humor going and giving us some really interesting character dynamics.  It looks like we might even get our own team of evil fighters, now complete with uniforms.  The show doesn’t take itself that seriously, but that’s what makes it so incredibly amazing.  These characters just elevate the show that much more and provide us with a lot of entertainment along the way.

2

A major cliffhanger.

Season three allowed us to advance the Knights of Serbia plot, which was fun for sure, but we are left with a huge cliffhanger at the end of the season so we better get a season four to explore this more.  Each season gave us something more to look forward to and season three is no exception.  If you thought Joel and Sheila’s adventures were crazy and dangerous before, it looks like it is only going to get more complicated now.  I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next!

1

Joel and Sheila Hammond’s chemistry.

I dedicated a previous blog to Joel and Sheila Hammond’s relationship, but it really is the core of the show.  Timothy Olyphant and Drew Barrymore are absolutely fantastic together.  Their relationship is so real and sweet and you can’t help falling in love with them.  I mentioned in my previous blog that they may be my new favorite couple on television, as they are there for one another every step of the way.  Their love is beautiful and passionate, but they also have a strong friendship going and I love how they truly know each other.  They have inside jokes and they bounce ideas off one another that truly make you smile if you have someone like that in your life who just simply gets you.  These two are absolutely amazing and the show would not be as entertaining without them.  It looks like their marriage is going to be tested once again, but I am confident that these two will come out even stronger.  They make me really believe that true love does exist even if you have to deal with some messy drama along the way.  And it’s really, really messy!  I hope you enjoy season three as much as I did and I absolutely recommend it.  Ready to watch?

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

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My Ship of the week ending 4/6/19 on TV goes to…

Joel and Sheila Hammond on Santa Clarita Diet.  So I recently binge-watched the first two seasons of this show on Netflix and I’m about to finish up the third season and I fell in love with Joel and Sheila.  They may be the cutest couple I have seen on television in a while.  Their chemistry is amazing and they are absolutely hilarious together.  I almost feel like they could be married in real life because they are so in sync with one another.  Their marriage is far from perfect, but it becomes so much more complicated when Sheila becomes undead.  You would think that Joel would take his daughter and run for the hills, but he is there for Sheila every step of the way.  They are the perfect partners in crime and they keep the laughs and passion going.

I constantly root for these two and I think that they represent what a true marriage or partnership is all about.  They are willing to take the fall for one another and they even take their vows to the next level.  I mean, until death do us part could get Joel out of this contract, but he’s not going anywhere.  His love for Sheila is beautiful and unconditional and I absolutely love watching these two go on crazy adventures together.  They balance each other out perfectly and they further their friendship as well.  Their relationship continues to be tested over and over, but they stay strong and keep their family together.

What’s next for Joel and Sheila?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it looks like Joel has a very important decision to make about his future.  Even though it seems like new threats are being thrown their way constantly, I know that Joel and Sheila’s love will never burn out, as they truly represent an epic ship for me, proving that anything is possible when you have the person you love beside you.

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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:

5

“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.

4

“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.

1

“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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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!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 8: “Less Is More”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 8, I realized that change is never easy to accept.  Whether you are looking to start a new chapter in your life or saying goodbye to your past, there is always a moment where everything feels uncertain.  It’s up to us to keep moving forward, but some days are easier than others.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Sex Makes It Less Formal,” Bridgette throws Rafi a bachelor party.  Meanwhile, Nelson’s mother comes to visit and Tutu discovers an important letter.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 8 are:

5

“I used Ally’s credit card.”

In the beginning of the episode, Bridgette is at a sex store, shopping for props for Rafi’s bachelor party.  I immediately started to wonder where she got the money for all of this, but things started to make a lot more sense when she mentioned using Ally’s credit card.  Bridgette realizes that she needs to return this and that perhaps this is becoming a problem.  Either way, Bridgette is ready to pull out all the stops for Rafi, including ordering a stripper for him named Ember, who ends up being Bridgette’s old friend, Jill.  After all, Rafi apparently loves strippers and we even learn that his mom was one.  Maybe this wasn’t the best idea?

4

“You look just like me!”

Nelson is feeling stressed out about her mother’s visit.  Nelson’s mother is played by the amazing Melanie Griffith, who puts quite a bit of pressure on Nelson.  After looking at Nelson’s beautiful apartment, she comments that sometimes “less is more,” which reveals that her mother may be a lot to handle.  After her mother over shares about her orgasms, Nelson decides to try on her wedding gown, but has a panic attack when she can’t get the dress off of her, causing her to soak away her troubles in the bathtub, with her wedding dress still on.  Are these normal wedding day jitters or is there something else behind Nelson’s anxiety?  We’ll have to wait and find out, but I’m hoping this gets resolved before the end of the series.

3

“Make your next chapter all for you.”

Tutu is having a tough time dealing with life after Joe, as she tells her sister that she is not moving.  Tutu begins surrounding herself with depressing things and even looks up different ways that she could potentially die.  Later on, her sister discovers a letter from Joe in their suitcase and Tutu gets the chance to hear some last thoughts from Joe, which gives her a sense of closure and comfort.  I thought that this was a really important and touching moment for Tutu, as Joe clearly wants her to find her way, but promises that he will always be looking out for her.

2

“Maybe we need a warm up act.”

After finding the receipt for Nelson’s diamond ring, Bridgette is beyond upset, as she could use the money he spent on that for Larry’s preschool.  Bridgette has been drinking quite a bit at the bachelor party and decides to give everyone a show before the stripper arrives.  Bridgette starts out having fun, but confronts Rafi about it, revealing how hurt she is by this.  Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to throw a bachelor party for your ex-boyfriend though?

1

“We’ve seen each other at our worst.”

The most significant moment of the episode for me was when Bridgette tells Rafi that they have seen each other at their worst and never gave up on one another.  She also tells Rafi that he is a great Dad, which clearly means a lot to him.  Later on, Rafi tells Bridgette that he wants to her to go to their wedding, which is a step in the right direction.  However, Bridgette recognizes that this is where she needs to say goodbye to Rafi and move on, which is not easy for her to do.  I am still ultimately shipping Bridgette and Rafi, but I’m not sure if we will get this wrapped up within the last two episodes.  Fingers crossed!  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!

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My performance of the week ending 3/16/19 on TV goes to…

Misha Collins as Castiel on Supernatural.  Misha is always hilarious, but he often has to compete for the spotlight with Jared and Jensen.  However, in this past week’s episode, “Peace of Mind,” Cass pretty much stole the show for me.  He had so many laugh out loud moments and I loved the fact that he was left to figure out everything on his own, bringing us so much fun and entertainment along the way.  Stand out lines include:  “He has beautiful hair” and “God has a beard,” but I absolutely loved his performance this week!

What’s next for Cass?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but we know that The Empty is never too far away.  Castiel has transformed so much since the beginning of the series and he really provides Jack with some amazing father-son advice.  Castiel may not realize it just yet, but his humanity has been shining through for quite some time now.  His bond with Dean is beautiful and heartwarming and he would do anything for his family, but he also understands how the world works and accepts consequences and sacrifices too, making him a truly remarkable character.  Let’s not forget that he keeps us laughing as well, giving us some welcomed comic relief to break up the drama each week, which is very much appreciated.  I can’t wait to see what Cass does next!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 7: “You’re My Girl”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 7, I realized that true friendship is when you no longer consider that person your friend and instead, they become family.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Smile More If Lying Fails,” Bridgette and Larry get their hair done and are invited to Eliza’s party.  Meanwhile, Rafi and Nelson share their happy news and Bridgette shows up for her date two weeks late.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 7 are:

5

“Do you like your hair?  No.”

In the beginning of the episode, the waitress leaves Bridgette a note saying that she does hair, in case she wants to take Larry.  Bridgette asks Larry if he likes his hair and he hilariously says, “No.”  Straight and to the point, Larry!  Larry is scared when he is getting his hair done so Bridgette decides to get her hair done too.  However, I’m not sure that identical cornrows was the right decision.

4

“Larry we gotta go get some weed.”

Eliza is stressing out at her party and calls Bridgette up in a panic to come over and get her some weed.  Bridgette hilariously announces this to Larry, as they head over to Tutu’s together.  It’s always fun seeing what Tutu and her sister are up to, but Bridgette tries to stick to the mission as much as possible with Larry by her side.

3

“A magical Puerto Rican wedding…I can’t wait.”

Rafi and Nelson announce that they are getting married and Bridgette seems genuinely happy for them.  However, she quickly discovers that Larry is invited to the wedding, but she is not, which makes Bridgette feel some type of way.  I felt really bad for Bridgette in this moment, as she realizes that her relationship with Rafi has certainly changed, now learning that he changed her name in his phone to just “Bridgette Bird.”  Is there any hope for these two?  I’m still hoping so!

2

“I’m here for our date…you’re two weeks late.”

Bridgette is still feeling upset about Rafi’s announcement and decides to call up the tattoo artist she stood up.  He seems eager to see her and immediately skips dinner to initiate sex, but Bridgette is less than enthused about his over-aggressive approach.  Bridgette hilariously begins texting Eliza during the act, saying that the sex is so bad, only she sends it to her date by mistake.  Bridgette leaves after an awkward goodbye, realizing that perhaps this was not what she needed after all.

1

“You’re my girl.”

At the end of the episode, Bridgette meets up with Eliza and confides in her about her date and about Rafi’s announcement.  Eliza proves to be Bridgette’s real friend, as she has her back and tells her that she is her cousin.  I love the friendship between these two, which is far from perfect, but they both support each other, which is important.  I was so disappointed to hear that SMILF has been canceled, but I’m looking forward to the remaining episodes of the series.  Let’s just hope it doesn’t end on a major cliffhanger!  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!

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