Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 14: “The Girl in the Tower”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 14 last night, the words of Lewis Carroll seem more than appropriate, reminding us that all the best people are mad and I completely agree.  One can really sympathize with Tilly/Alice who feels invisible in the world around her, desperately trying to find someone to connect to.  Whether it be to Nook or an unconventional silent friend, Tilly/Alice is hanging on by a thread and desperately needs someone to believe in her.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Girl in the Tower,” we learn how Alice is able to break free from the tower with the help of a giant troll and we see the first time that she meets Robin.  Meanwhile, Rogers/Nook puts everything on the line to help Tilly, Ivy/Drizella takes off to find her sister, Regina and Lucy put “operation hyacinth” into motion, and Zelena tries to find out what her sister is hiding.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 14 are:

5

Ivy/Drizella goes to find Ana.

While it appears that Ivy/Drizella is finally trying to do the right thing, no one said that this would be an easy task.  Ivy/Drizella is learning that and realizes she needs to go and find her sister, Anastasia on her own and continue to make amends.  She confides to Henry that she wishes she had met him before and maybe she would have made better choices as a result.  While Ivy/Drizella cannot go back and change the path she took, it’s not too late for her to break off into a new one that could lead her to good.  However, after seeing the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like she may not be ready to help Regina, so is this goodness short-lived?

4

“Nobin” and “Tower Girl.”

While we know that there is a romance between Alice and Robin at some point in time, we get a glimpse into their very own “meet cute.”  Robin points an arrow at Alice, who is spying on her father, Nook from afar.  After Robin reveals the reasoning behind Nook’s new nickname, Alice playfully suggests that they call her “Nobin.”  “Yea don’t call me that,” Robin says, clearly not a fan of her new nickname.  In return, she calls Alice “Tower Girl,” and the two head off to find the troll that is destroying villages.  Alice tries to defend the troll and explains that he is her friend, but Robin is determined to prove that she can live up to the legend of her father.

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“Sometimes you just have to look up and face your problems.”

After getting captured, Robin escapes to go kill the troll and Alice follows quickly behind, proving that she can improvise with a hairpin as well.  Just as Robin is about to take the shot, Alice intervenes to protect her friend.  Robin turns on the men she came there with and explains that she would “rather be a troll lover than fight beside a bully like you.”  Robin makes the right call and chooses friendship over pride.  The famous “yellow bug” car makes a cameo appearance as well, bringing fans back to the days of Emma Swan.  Robin and Alice try and stop the troll and Alice realizes that she created him during her loneliness.  She is able to successfully turn him back into a statue, now understanding what true freedom means.  Robin has now returned to Hyperion Heights in present day and she meets Tilly who is in desperate need of some advice.  Robin tells her that “sometimes you just have to look up and face your problems,” before revealing that she is reading “Alice in Wonderland,” which is her favorite book.  Tilly takes her advice literally and realizes that the troll statue has a camera hidden in his eye, providing her with the alibi she needed to prove her innocence.

2

Rogers/Nook tries to help Tilly/Alice.

After last week’s episode, it seemed like Nook would never be able to see the blaring clue right in front of him that Tilly/Alice is his daughter.  While he still has not realized this, Rogers/Nook finally makes the right decision and tries to help Tilly.  He hides her out at Henry’s apartment and tells her, “I believe you now.”  Even after Tilly discovers that no one in the town remembers her and the pieces of hair show up in her backpack, Rogers/Nook does not abandon her.  He continues to help her and at the end of the episode, he asks Tilly to stay with him, which is beyond heart-warming.

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Step 1 of “Operation Hyacinth.”

While Lucy doesn’t seem thrilled about the idea of “walky-talkies,” she is ready to go to work and help Regina find out what Doctor Facilier is doing in town.  Initially, Regina keeps this from Zelena, however; and takes Doctor Facilier on a decoy date while Lucy breaks in to see what she can find.  Zelena interrupts the date and asks her sister why she is lying to her.  Regina explains what is going on and tries to warn Lucy who is able to get out in just the nick of time, but not before finding the tarot cards revealing the death card.  Doctor Facilier proves that he is not easily fooled and drops by Regina’s place with Lucy’s hat.  He tells her that he is here for The Dark One’s dagger and shows Regina her own fortune cards, revealing that love is still a possibility for her.  But at what cost?  Regina finally tells Zelena everything, including about her feelings for Doctor Facilier.  When Robin comes in to see her mother, Zelena hates that they have to lie to her and Regina tells her, “welcome to the club sis.”  While Regina was able to get some important information out of Doctor Facilier, is he being completely truthful with her?  Will Regina tell Rumpel what is going on?  Stay tuned to find out!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Once Upon a Time below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 14: “The Last House on the Left”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 14 last night, I am left with Mr. Lodge’s words of wisdom:  “you never ever hesitate” when it comes to protecting the ones you love.  While his words hold true for Archie especially, it’s often difficult for some of our other favorite characters to let their walls down and open up to one another, especially if they have a “ponytail and a secret.”  A dangerous combination for sure of sweetness and scandal, but what happens when we finally let others into our inner most thoughts?  Can we really trust them or are we in for a dangerous road of lies and deception?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Twenty-Seven:  The Hills Have Eyes,” Veronica, Archie, Betty, and Jughead are off to a weekend getaway at Veroncia’s family cabin on the lake, which leads to an eventful night where buried secrets reach the surface and dangerous threats lurk behind the corner.  Meanwhile, Cheryl deals with her own feelings of insecurity and leans on an unexpected new friend, Josie learns the truth about her mother, and Jughead gets a weird vibe from Chic.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 14 are:

5

Weekend getaway.

Veronica is absolutely thrilled when her father suggests that she go to their family cabin for a relaxing weekend with her boyfriend and friends.  However, what Veronica doesn’t know is that her father, Mr. Lodge is trying to keep her away from Riverdale, as he begins some important business transactions.  Mr. Lodge does fill Archie in on the plan and lets him know that his right hand man, Andre will be there in case anything goes wrong.  Mr. Lodge is trusting Archie not to spill the beans to Veronica, which shows that Archie really has passed the test of loyalty with flying colors.  Is he up for lying to Veronica to win Mr. Lodge’s approval, however?  Our favorite couple, Bughead happily joins in on the fun and poor Cheryl is left out, as they aren’t really looking for a fifth wheel to spoil the weekend.  It seems like romance and relaxation is in the air, but not for long, as Mr. Lodge’s plan backfires when Veronica catches Archie talking to Andre in the woods.  Veronica is clearly hurt and angered by this betrayal, expecting much more from her boyfriend and father.

4

Josie learns about her mother’s relationship with Sheriff Keller.

After the Lodge family threatened to expose Mayor McCoy, she needed to make quick and sudden moves to protect her reputation and her family.  She comes clean to her daughter, Josie about her relationship with Kevin’s father, Sheriff Keller and gently explains that she will be getting a divorce.  Josie is completely crushed by this news and feels hurt and betrayed by her mother’s actions.  Not thinking clearly about consequences, Josie shares the news with Kevin who doesn’t know anything about his father’s affair.  Josie’s mother is upset by Josie’s cruelty as it was not her news to spread, but they come to an understanding when Josie reveals how hurt she was by this revelation.  At the end of the episode, the four sit down at Pop’s diner and it looks like they will be able to get through this after all, with some heartache along the way for sure, but at least it’s all out in the open now.

3

Jalapeno margaritas and hot tubs.

Veronica realizes that their weekend getaway will need some spicing up, especially after some dangerous secrets are revealed.  She whips up a batch of her margaritas and suggests “step 1:  clothes off, swimsuits on.”  While it seems like this love rhombus can relax somewhat, Veronica suggests that her and Jughead kiss to “level the playing field.”  While Archie and Betty are clearly not thrilled with this idea, they sit by quietly and let it happen because they do still feel guilty about their own secret kiss.  Even though Betty initially kept the kiss from Jughead, he is willing to forgive her and explains that he’s “not intimidated by a black hood prompted kiss.”  Betty shows her gratitude later on by bringing out her favorite black wig and her sexy side as a distraction, leading to some “aggressive hand holding” as Veronica would say.  While it seems like Bughead is ok for now, will the couple be able to survive more secrets and betrayal?  After all, Jughead still doesn’t know about Betty’s new and dangerous obsession with “webcamming.”

2

“Cheryl Bombshell.”

Cheryl is clearly disappointed and feeling left out when she is not invited along to the weekend getaway and is desperately trying to avoid her own home that her mother has “turned into a sex playground.”  While Cheryl makes some rash decisions as a result of this, it’s hard not to feel sympathetic towards her.  Cheryl calls Jughead and reveals the truth about Betty’s kiss with Archie that she thought was “like with tongue serious,” desperately trying to spoil their weekend since she is hurt.  Toni walks in on this and calls her out on it, but Cheryl puts her guard up immediately and reminds her exactly who she is:  “Hi I’m Cheryl Blossom, aka Cheryl Bombshell which means I need no reasons.  Feel free to tremble.”  Toni is not scared off by this, however; and continues to reach out to her, recognizing that she is in pain and in need of a friend.  After seeing Cheryl alone at the movies, Toni offers to sit with her.  Cheryl later admits to Toni that she “never cries at movies because real life is tragic enough.”  In this moment, Cheryl finally lets her guard down, revealing her vulnerability and past secrets to Toni.  Toni sympathetically listens to her and a budding friendship or relationship is forming at this point for sure.  In a beautiful moment, Toni simply tells Cheryl:  “you’re not loveless.  You’re not deviant.  You’re sensational.”  Toni’s uncomplicated honesty is getting through to Cheryl and it looks like their relationship will grow even further based on the previews revealed for next week’s episode.  Will Cheryl’s mother come between their relationship, however?

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“It really was the last house on the left.”

While I initially caught the film reference from Jughead, I never guessed that this comparison would actually not be far off by the end of the episode.  Tensions begin to run high when Archie, Veronica, Betty, and Jughead learn that Mr. Lodge has bought Sunnyside Trailer Park, clearing the debt and evictions of everyone who lives there along with the Riverdale Register.  Jughead initially jumps to the conclusion that Mr. Lodge is buying their silence along with the free press in this action and underlying animosity comes screeching to the surface, as this puts a clear divide between Archie and Veronica and Betty and Jughead.  This argument is put on hold, however; when armed robbers break into the cabin, putting their lives in immediate danger.  Veronica doesn’t lose her cool and carefully presses the panic button when she reaches for her purse, signaling to Andre and the rest of her father’s security company that they are in desperate need of some assistance.  The robbers run off, but not before grabbing Veronica’s necklace, which prompts Archie to irrationally run after them.  Andre lets him know that he’ll take it from there and Archie walks away, but not before hearing a deafening gun shot that lets him know the threat is over for good.  While Archie clearly has mixed feelings about what happened because of his moral compass, Mr. Lodge reminds him that “you never ever hesitate,” which causes the memories of the Black Hood to come flooding back, invading his conscience and pulling at his unresolved guilt.  Will Archie be able to come to terms with what happened?  It looks like he will need to put his own feelings on hold for now, while Mr. Lodge continues to make strategic moves in Riverdale.   Of course this begs the question, what is his end game in all of this?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 14: “Whatever it Takes”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 14 last night, I am left pondering the quote:  “war does not determine who is right—only who is left.”  It seems that Castiel is more than ready for war, but are the Winchester brothers prepared to make the sacrifices needed to bring about the greater good?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Good Intentions,” Jack and Mary run into an old friend who helps save the day and Castiel explores his own purpose for returning to earth.  Meanwhile, Sam and Dean try to make a decision based on their moral compasses, while Donatello goes completely mad from the raw energy of the demon tablet.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 14 are:

5

“Dude if bacon’s what kills me…then I win.”

Sam and Dean are not about to give up on getting Jack and Mary back safely while defeating Lucifer in the process.  Sounds like a tall order for sure, but it looks like the prophet, Donatello may be able to help decipher the demon tablet.  Unfortunately, Donatello goes completely mad in the process, hearing voices as he is overwhelmed by the text.  It’s up to Sam and Dean to help pick up the pieces, but not before Dean enjoys his favorite breakfast food.

4

“They are equally pretty.”

When Dean tags along with Castiel to summon the ancient warriors they need the hearts of, it seems like an easy enough task.  However, Dean is not convinced that Castiel got all the words in the summoning spell correct when no one initially appears to fight them to the death.  Castiel comically reminds Dean that “I don’t get words wrong,” as the two warriors appear to fight Dean and Castiel.  While Dean is distracted by their “loincloths,” Castiel tries to get him to take this seriously.  After all, they are using weapons forged from God…or touched by God that is.  The two warriors begin arguing in their native language over which one to kill first and have an interesting dilemma on their hands.  One of them suggests killing the pretty one first, but they come to the conclusion that Dean and Castiel are “equally pretty.”  While this distraction gets the two warriors killed off seamlessly by Dean, they do not have hearts, which doesn’t get Castiel and Dean any closer to finding an ingredient to open up the gate.

3

Bobby is back!

Well Bobby from another world is back…but still fans are always excited to see the return of one of our favorite hunters.  When Jack and Mary are fleeing from the angels, Bobby pops up with perfect timing to lead them to safety.  He reveals that he knew his own version of Mary Campbell and that she saved his life on more than one occasion.  Mary realizes that this other Mary never made the deal with the demon that helped protect her sons, leaving her alone and heart-broken.  It doesn’t seem like either choice was the right one, but a world without Sam and Dean Winchester is not a world we want to live in.  Bobby becomes paranoid when he discovers that Jack is half-angel, looking out for the best interest of the people he is protecting, but Mary tries to get him to see reason, understanding that Jack is the key to returning to her world safely.  While it’s unlikely Bobby will return to Sam and Dean’s world, it’s good to know that a familiar face is looking out for their family.

2

Jack’s powers are advancing.

In the beginning of the episode, the angel, Zachariah is playing mind games with Jack, desperately trying to trick him onto their side.  Jack proves to be stronger than they anticipated, however; as fear is unable to break him.  When Zachariah tries to show him the flaw in humanity and how they are responsible for the destruction of the earth, Jack sees through this despite only being alive for 6 months.  He recognizes that none of this is real and tells Mary that he will protect her no matter what.  Even though Mary is willing to sacrifice her life for the cause, Jack proves to be more powerful than anyone thought possible.  When Mary is attacked, Jack channels his powers and is able to destroy an angel.  It seems like he is the key to stopping Michael’s army and getting Mary home safely, but will he be able to stop his father, Lucifer?  Time will tell.

1

“Whatever it Takes.”

Castiel contemplates his purpose and why he returned to earth and realizes it is to stop the pending war that is coming.  Castiel understands that he needs to do what’s necessary in times of war and tries to explain this to Sam and Dean who do not want him to put Donatello out of his misery.  Castiel taps into his mind to get the spell he needs, leaving Donatello brain-dead to the disbelief of the Winchester brothers.  He explains that he is doing what a soldier would in a time of war and tells them that “some people just can’t be saved.”  While Castiel is taking extreme measures, his methods do lead to us finding out the 4 ingredients needed to stop Lucifer and to bring Jack and Mary back to their world.  The four ingredients are:  “Grace of an archangel, a fruit from the tree of life, the Seal of Solomon, and blood from a most holy man.”  While we know that Gabriel is the archangel, how will they obtain the other three ingredients?  What other sacrifices will need to be made for the greater good?  While Castiel is clearly on board to do whatever it takes to win, will Sam and Dean be able to overcome their own doubts to do what’s necessary?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Supernatural  below.  Happy viewing and happy belated 40th birthday to Jensen Ackles!  We love you Dean Winchester! 🙂

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Mick” season 2 episode 14: “The Church”

Happy Wednesday!  After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 14 last night, Mickey learns the hard way that God really is everywhere and is literally “smited” by him in front of church full of strangers.  Well perhaps there is a reasonable explanation, but everyone is convinced it is a miracle happening before their eyes.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Church,” Mickey is concerned about Alba and recommends church as a possible way to get through to her.  Meanwhile, Jimmy enlists the efforts of Sabrina to help prove to Ben that God does exist and Chip contemplates life as an altar boy.  My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 14 are:

5

Mickey’s bet with Alba.

In the beginning of the episode, Mickey is face-timing with Alba and reveals that she bet Alba that she couldn’t make it to the store and back in under 5 minutes.  While Sabrina and Chip acknowledge that this is pretty much impossible, Alba is not about to let $100 go out the window.  She screams “I’m coming in hot” right before she crashes into the house.  Luckily, Alba is ok but we discover this is the 3rd car she has destroyed.  Her drinking problem is getting out of hand for sure and Mickey reminds the kids that “there is only one Alba.” 

4

Mickey is not a fan of rehab.

Taking her injuries very seriously, Alba admits that maybe she needs to go to rehab so that she can clean up her life.  Mickey doesn’t believe in rehab, however; claiming that it ruins too many good musicians and suggests church as an alternative solution.  She explains the wonders of church to the family, including the endless supply of free donuts and wine and that it allows you to chance to confess away all of the bad stuff.  While she may have her priorities slightly out of line, Mickey’s heart is in the right place as she does want Alba to get better.

3

Chip is inspired by Father Zach.

Mickey and the rest of the family are surprised that the priest, Father Zach is young, funny, and really down to earth.  Chip is enamored by his comedy routine in the beginning of his sermon and is thrilled when Father Zach comes over to the house to shoot some hoops with him.  Father Zach breaks it down for Chip and explains that God is the rock-star and he’s basically like the “DJ remixing his hottest jams.”  Father Zach is full of surprises as he reveals some heavy God-inspired tattoo ink and the ability to dunk, inspiring Chip who now really considers “cloaking himself in God’s love” to find his own calling.

2

Jimmy is on a mission to prove God’s existence to Ben.

Jimmy is appalled at Ben’s behavior and attitude in church when he blows out God’s candle and explains that he doesn’t really believe in God but you know the songs are cool.  Jimmy comically refers to Ben as a “psycho” and enlists the help of Sabrina to help bring Ben into the light.  He starts with showing Ben a sunrise as a proof of God’s work, but Ben is unimpressed and refers to it as “smog” which he learned about in school.  He then tries to share one of his own moments when he first noticed God’s presence which involves Jimmy reacting to a long musical interlude with crappy speakers, but Ben is not a fan.  Determined to prove God’s existence to Ben, Jimmy says with confidence, “let’s show him God.”  He dresses up in a ridiculous Zeus-like costume, beard and all, and bursts in to save the day, pointing ominously at Ben and reminding him to do well in school.  While Ben is now convinced that God exists, he is now taking it to a new extreme and even envisions himself as a future pope.  Perhaps witnessing a miracle was a little overboard, but Jimmy is excited his plan worked successfully.

1

Mickey is “the serpent.”

Mickey is furious that her plan is back-firing as she just wanted to help Alba confess her sins so she could move on with her life.  When Alba begins inviting the priest, Father Zach over to watch football and drink beer, Mickey is not buying it.  She complains to Alba that she feels like she can’t be herself around him and wants him gone.  When this gets her nowhere, Mickey insists on tattling on Father Zach to the head pastor, Father McCormick.  Father McCormick explains that Father Zach is not guilty of any infractions and admits that he isn’t really a fan either but that he brings in some serious donations.  A light bulb goes off in Mickey’s head as she realizes that “it’s a money thing.”  She takes it a step too far, however; and bribes Father McCormick with a Porsche.  She tells him “don’t do it for me.  Do it for this guy,” pointing at Jesus Christ and walking out with the satisfaction that she has won.  To her dismay, Father McCormick crashes the car into a pond, but is ok.  However, Father Zach is no longer being transferred and begins his sermon about temptation and the serpent.  Mickey can’t take it anymore and interrupts his sermon, taking it very personally.  She reveals that “I’m the serpent he’s talking about!”  She gets up on the altar and starts demanding that he prove the existence of God, when she gets accidentally lit on fire by the candle and Jimmy bursts in dressed as God to save her.  While not exactly what she was anticipating, Mickey does end up with some serious morphine in the hospital to help her cope, but it looks like her Church days are done for now.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on The Mick below. Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl