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:

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“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.

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“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?

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“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.

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“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.

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“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!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 14 episode 15: “Yeah I told him about the Cardigan”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 14 episode 15, I learned that living in a picturesque town is not always as perfect as it may seem, but gee golly, I thought it was swell to see Sam Winchester in some glasses with a snazzy cardigan.  Please note major spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Peace of Mind,” Sam and Castiel team up to investigate a case in Arkansas, as Sam is in desperate need of a distraction.  Meanwhile, Dean takes Jack on a field trip to go see our good pal, Donatello.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 14 episode 15 are:

5

“I feel different now…not like before.”

After all of the chaos from last week’s episode, Jack seems to be coping well, but he recognizes that he doesn’t feel the same as before.  Jack has his wings back and may now be the most powerful being in the world, but killing Michael must have taken a toll on his soul.  Castiel is extremely worried about this, as Jack may not realize how important it is to maintain one’s soul.  What will be unleashed as a result?  We’ll have to wait and see, but the setup should not be ignored here.

4

“Like a ripe melon on the sun.”

Sam cannot sleep and wants to take on another case, but changes it up by going with Castiel.  I have to say that I absolutely love this duo together, as Sam and Castiel investigate a mysterious death involving Conrad’s head exploding.  They learn that Conrad was from the town of Charming Acres, which has a Pleasantville type feel or as Castiel comments, that he feels like they are “stepping into a Saturday Evening Post,” which Castiel finds very soothing before bedtime.  Good to know!  Sam and Castiel end up at Harrington’s diner and are urged to try one of their milk shakes.  I mean, who doesn’t love a good milkshake?  Castiel tries to strike up a conversation about the murder, but is a little bit too graphic with his description of a head exploding, as he hilariously tries to soften the blow by explaining it was “like a ripe melon on the sun.”  Love the effort, Cass!

3

“WWWD aka What Would the Winchesters Do?”

After chatting about Dean’s love for bacon, Dean takes Jack on a field trip to figure out how much of his soul is gone.  Jack is spending quite a bit of time with his new pet snake so perhaps a little time outside might be good for him.  Dean takes Jack to Donatello, understanding that Donatello will probably be able to sense whether or not Jack has a soul.  Donatello has a good talk with Jack and explains that he feels nothing and that “it’s an absence of pity, of empathy, of humanity.”  Jack still doesn’t really know how he feels and Donatello gives him some advice, explaining that he thinks about what Mr. Rogers would do when he is in doubt, which is the best man he knows.  Jack has no idea who Mr. Rogers is, but he does determine that Sam and Dean are the best men he knows, which is beyond touching.  However, all is not completely right, as Jack takes his empathy to another level, disintegrating his snake with his mind so that he can be in heaven with his previous owner, as Castiel watches from afar with concern.

2

“He has beautiful hair.”

Castiel recognizes that something goes wrong in Charming Acres, as Sam now thinks he is Justin from the town.  He completes his look with glasses, a cardigan, and his hair slicked back.  Castiel doesn’t know if Sam is under a spell or mind control, but he tries his best to get through to him, but Sam tells him that he is Justin Smith and warns Castiel to watch his mouth.  Sam tells his new wife to grab Castiel’s hat so he can leave, but Castiel hilariously explains that he doesn’t wear a hat.  Luckily, the mind control is broken and the mayor of the town is forced to reside in his own happy place within his mind.  I absolutely loved the interactions between Sam and Castiel here, which gave us some fun humor to break up the drama going on with Jack.  More of this please!

1

“This is my home.  This is our home.”

When Sam and Castiel return home, Sam is annoyed that Castiel told Dean about the cardigan, but I mean he really did pull it off well.  Sam says that the happiness there wasn’t real and confides in Dean that he keeps seeing Maggie and the others, as the guilt and grief overwhelms him at home.  Sam recognizes that he can’t keep running away; however, but will time really fix everything?  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 15: “A Norman Rockwell Painting with Leather Jackets”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 15, I thought back to Jughead’s question:  What exactly is the American Dream?  Does it involve being surrounded by family and friends?  And if so, what happens when that dream is threatened?  Do you go on pretending to protect those you love or do you shatter the picture perfect image to release the truth?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty:  American Dreams,” Gladys buys Alice Cooper’s home, which makes things a little awkward for Jughead and Betty.  Meanwhile, our favorite couples all begin to clash, but is this the beginning of the end for them?  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 15 are:

5

“Do you love her FP?”

After Gladys buys the Cooper home with cash, she is ready to move in and get a do-over with her family.  FP recognizes the importance of keeping them all together and tells Alice that it’s over.  Alice asks him if he loves Gladys and he tells her that she is the mother of his children, but when Alice asks if FP loves her, he says, “It doesn’t matter now,” which is absolutely heartbreaking.  For all of you Falice fans, my heart goes out to you, but I’m not sure that FP will want to continue to rebuild his marriage once he discovers that Gladys has been lying about everything.  Don’t give up hope!

4

“Now we don’t owe each other anything.”

It seems like love is not in the air during this episode, as Reggie begins to clash with Veronica.  Reggie wants to become Veronica’s business partner and he has certainly proven his worth, but Veronica is a Lodge through and through, as she wants to be cautious about this decision, especially when she still owes Gladys and her father money.  Reggie is not happy with this and tries to steal back his car, but Gladys catches him, which is not good for anyone.  Veronica is able to smooth things over with Gladys, but not with Reggie, who just wants to matter.  Veronica just came out of a serious relationship with Archie, but I’m not sure she is ready to surrender the guard around her heart just yet.  In a selfless moment, she does buy back Reggie’s car from Gladys, but coldly explains that they don’t owe each other anything anymore, suggesting that Veggie is over for now.

3

“I need to focus my rage.”

In this episode, Cheryl and Toni continue to clash, as Toni is looking to find her own identity with the Pretty Poisons.  Cheryl tries to be supportive, but she feels Toni slipping away from her.  Cheryl pulls out all the stops in a gorgeous red gown and arrives to gamble, but Toni recognizes that she is casing the place, ultimately to get Toni’s attention.  This certainly works and provides Choni fans with a hot and steamy moment for these two, but it’s not enough.  Toni decides to move out of Cheryl’s house, suggesting it was maybe too soon too fast.  I felt for Cheryl so much in this moment, but our girl is not about to sit around crying.  While playing croquet, Cheryl summons Kevin and explains, “I need to focus my rage.”  And so we get our setup for the Heathers musical, which we have been anxiously waiting for.  I’m sure Cheryl will rock it as Heather Chandler, but will this distraction heal her broken heart?  I’m really hoping that Choni can reconcile, but it looks like our favorite couples are all dropping like flies.  Stay strong, Bughead!  I seriously can’t take another breakup.

2

“Sacrifice no more.”

Betty, Jughead, and Archie work together to find out how to save the Red Paladin.  Mr. Lodge has been supplying Archie with information and tells him that he gave out many “Kill the Red Paladin” cards, but Archie needs a way to lure them all out.  Jughead comes up with the brilliant idea to create an advanced quest as an addendum, but they need to make it look like it comes straight from the Gargoyle King.  The plan works, as we are welcomed to the “Iron Mountain,” better known as Mr. Lodge’s abandoned boxing gym.  How convenient.  Archie has no easy task in front of him, as he has to fight every opponent and win.  Archie sheds some blood and things are not looking so good when the last challenger steps in the ring, but Archie pulls through to win and tells him, “That was for me.”  Go Archie!  While Archie may have now retrieved all of the “Kill the Red Paladin” cards, I still do not trust Mr. Lodge.  Even though they have a truce now, he seems a little bit too forthcoming, but we’ll have to wait and see how this unfolds.

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“I’m proud to be your son.”

Veronica comes clean with Betty and tells her all about Gladys, but Betty explains that she has to tell Jughead the truth.  Jughead initially doesn’t know what to make of this and tells Betty that he has to figure it out on his own, which had my heart sinking.  After discovering the truth, Jughead confronts his mother, but she reminds him that she is just trying to put her family back together again.  At FP’s 50th birthday party, Jughead is asked to give a speech and he has the opportunity to shed some light on everything, only he can’t break his father’s heart like this.  Jughead loves his father and knows that this news would destroy him.  In a heartwarming moment, Jughead says that FP is “someone who would do anything for his family” and further says, “We’ll always be there for you and I’m proud to be your son.”  However, Jughead Jones is not about to let anyone mess with his family, as he teams up with Betty in the end to determine what to do next, as Bughead remains strong.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 4 episode 15: “Jimbo’s Beerbos”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 15, I realized that even though we may want to handle things ourselves, it’s OK to ask for help sometimes.  While we may be able to survive on our own, we can’t truly live without the love and support of those around us.  That’s what it means to have a family.  You’re there for one another through the good times and the bad and through the joy and the sorrow.  It’s never too late to do the right thing, even if you were once considered a “Class A Asshole.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “I Lose People…” Morgan and the others try to figure out a way to get off the rooftop to safety and are determined to find Al.  Meanwhile, Alicia and Charlie attempt to save John and Victor and end up crossing paths with Martha on the way.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 4 episode 15 are:

5

“Poetry in a bottle.  That’s you too.”

In the beginning of the episode, Morgan is desperately trying to figure out a way off the rooftop.  While he tries to figure this all out, Jim takes his frustration out on his situation by urinating on the walkers below, explaining that it’s “the only FU I got here.”  Even though Jim knows he has a death sentence, he still insists on blaming Morgan for everything.  Morgan tries to explain to Jim that he can decide how he goes and that he can still help and make a difference, but Jim is not on board.  Sarah asks Jim for the recipe to his beer, explaining that it’s “poetry in a bottle.  That’s you too.  That can live on.”  While Sarah is absolutely right, Jim is not ready to accept this just yet and initially declines giving her the recipe, earning his deserving new title:  “Class A Asshole.”  While I can understand why Jim has a lot of mixed emotions swirling around inside him right now, he has the chance to do some real good in his final moments, but will he continue to waste them complaining about his circumstances?

4

“Find my goddamn tapes and keep them safe.”

Morgan and the others try to go back the way they came, looking for Al by the generator and Sarah finds a note from her.  The group learns that Al’s Walkie died and that she is headed for the freight elevator to find a way out.  Al asks the group to find her tapes and keep them safe.  She also reminds them that “if you find that C word, settle her shit.”  Sarah hilariously adds “she didn’t use the C word.  She went for the full quesadilla.”  While we have yet to see Al, it is safe to assume that she is alive especially since we see her in the preview for the season finale next week.  However, we know that some of our main characters appeared in flashbacks and other episodes even after they had died so no one is really that safe on Fear TWD.  Either way, I am rooting for Al and I want to see her continue her story on the show.  Al is tough and fully capable of taking care of herself, but Martha continues to threaten everyone in the group.  Something tells me that she is no match for Al, however.  After all, Martha stole Al’s van and Al is definitely not about to let this go.

3

“It appears to be the cocktail hour.”

At the end of last week’s episode, we were left wondering who Alicia and Charlie spotted across the water.  We have now confirmed that it was in fact John and Victor.  I love a good reunion on this show and it was nice to see John’s lack of faith restored, especially after he got to speak to June.  Alicia and Charlie went looking for a boat, but ran into some trouble along the way when Martha began shooting at them.  Martha is severely injured, but is continuing to cause trouble.  Alicia and Charlie decide to take her with them, remembering that Morgan wanted to help her, but is this really the right call?  They say keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but Martha is a little bit too close for comfort for me, even though her hands are restrained.  Either way, Alicia drives the tank through the water and picks up her friends, providing us with a much needed glimmer of hope.

2

“You told me to help people.  That’s what I’m doing.”

Morgan decides to create a distraction to help his friends make it out of the hospital, accepting that he will be left behind.  To Morgan’s surprise, everyone comes back to help save him with a fire truck.  The ladder still works, but is a little bit out of reach for Morgan.  Everyone radios to Morgan that they are there to help him and it’s wonderful to see that someone so initially against being around other people has made such a difference and brought so many people together.  Many of the characters have been lost or broken, but somehow they are all here now to help protect their family, refusing to leave anyone behind.  Morgan has done so much good here without even realizing it, but he now has to safely make it to the ladder.  This task is already challenging, but of course we need to throw in an angry walker to spice things up, almost killing Morgan at the edge of the balcony.  Luckily, John still has excellent aim and eliminates the threat and Morgan makes it to the truck.  Now about all these walkers surrounding them…

1

“It’s OK Morgan.  I got this.”

The group is completely surrounded by walkers and Morgan once again contemplates going off on his own to help them escape.  Jim finally steps up to the plate and is ready to help his friends and die with dignity.  Jim radios his beer recipe to Sarah and tells her to keep the last component a secret.  Jim gives the group the distraction they need when he jumps off the rooftop and lands on a parked car, setting off another alarm so his friends can get away.  This moment is truly important because Jim was so initially focused on his own circumstances.  After watching the selfless actions of everyone around him, Jim finally realizes that he can determine how he goes out just like Morgan said to him.  Jim has redeemed himself and his memory will absolutely live on with his beer.  From “Class A Asshole” to redeemed hero.  I like the sound of that.  Sarah and the others decide on calling the beer “Jimbo’s Beerbos,” which Morgan says he would have probably hated, but I have to admit that I definitely like the sound of it.  Morgan suggests that they find Al and all head to Virginia together, which seems like a good enough plan, but Martha has somehow escaped and has now recruited poor walker Jim to her cause, making him her next pet.  While Morgan has stated that he wants to help Martha, I think that she is too far gone at this point.  Will he realize this before it’s too late?  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 15: “Operation Bromance”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 15 last night, it’s important to remember that even if you have made mistakes all throughout your life, it’s never too late to do something good to help tip the scale.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sisterhood,” we learn about how Ivy/Drizella joined the coven and how she crossed paths with another fairy-tale favorite, Gretel.  Meanwhile, Regina and Lucy take a break from “Operation Hyacinth” to bring “Operation Bromance” into the mix to help cheer up Henry at “Flynn’s Arcade,” straight out of the film, Tron.  Doctor Facilier continues to work on earning the trust of those around him, but not without making a dangerous enemy in the process and the masked killer is finally revealed.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 15 are:

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“Your clandestine boyfriend…when were you going to tell me about this?”

After learning that Doctor Facilier is after the Dark One’s dagger, Regina needed to decide whether or not to involve Rumpel.  She does tell him what’s going on, but it’s clear that Rumpel is not pleased that she waited so long.  After all, Rumpel always knows more about keeping secrets than anyone else.  Rumpel gets a lead on Anastasia and explains to Regina that they need to find her before Ivy does to prevent her power from being unleashed into the wrong hands.  Even though Doctor Facilier is working very hard to win over the trust of Regina, Rumpel trusts him about as far as he can throw him.  The two come face to face and a new rivalry has emerged:  Rumpel vs Facilier, who will win?

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“Operation Bromance is a go.”

Lucy confides in Regina that she feels awful about keeping her mother and father apart, but Regina assures her that she is doing the right thing until they can figure out a way to break the curse without harming Henry.  While Jacinda has Lucy to cheer her up, Lucy is worried about her father, Henry.  Thus creating, “Operation Bromance.”  Back in the world prior to the curse, Regina explains that Henry’s two best friends were Nook/Rogers and Jack/Nick.  Lucy strategically texts them all to get them down to “Flynn’s Arcade” in an effort to provide Henry with some much needed fun.  Henry is not initially pleased saying, “she literally texted me into the friend zone,” but Lucy has good intentions.  After a while, Henry begins to relax and have a good time with his friends, making “Operation Bromance” a success, until he makes wagers about who will walk through the door next.

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“The next girl who walks through the door, I’m going to ask her out.”

In walks Jacinda, as if straight out of a cheesy romantic comedy flick that makes you cry even though you’ll never admit it.  The lighting is just right, her hair has just the right amount of bounce, and she smiles at Henry so brilliantly that you can practically see stars in their eyes.  Fate has brought these two crazy kids together again and the begin talking about odds and chances, proving that you make your own luck, but sometimes destiny has a funny way of not letting go until nature runs the right course.  While it’s great to see this moment between Jacinda and Henry, it’s dangerous for them to be together until Regina and Lucy can break the curse.  But will they be too late?

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“I guess you underestimated the power of sisterhood.”

Just as Ivy/Drizella has announced that she will make amends and do good, temptation comes her way several times throughout the episode, making her choices that much more important.  She initially turns down Gothel’s deal and takes a stand against her, refusing to make the same mistake she did when she killed Gretel to join the coven.  Even though Ivy/Drizella is standing alone, she needs to stay strong in order to survive.  However, this becomes difficult when the killer targets her next.  Luckily, her pepper spray and stiletto heel provide just the right amount of back-up to get away, but Ivy/Drizella is clearly feeling vulnerable now that she knows her life is in immediate danger.  With perfect timing, Doctor Facilier approaches her and offers her up a deal.  He explains that she can use a magic bean to escape to another realm, but she will need to sacrifice her sister, Anastasia to do so.  Doctor Facilier tries to manipulate her decision by explaining that Ana will die either way, but at least she can survive in one outcome.  Ivy/Drizella is able to bring Anastasia to her with the help of a lighted lantern but makes the horrible decision to choose herself over her sister.  The tables turn quickly, however; as Gothel wakes Anastasia up and puts sister against sister.  Ivy/Drizella has made numerous mistakes just like her mother, Victoria and now she has one final chance to do something right.  She drops her weapon and the two sisters choose their bond over revenge, spoiling Gothel’s plan.  It took you long enough Ivy/Drizella, but we’re happy to see you finally get it right.

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Intentions are revealed.

Even though Ivy/Drizella has left this realm with her sister, she did not have the key to breaking Henry’s curse, which leaves Regina in the same mess she was in before.  Doctor Facilier approaches her and explains that he merely left the two sisters so they could find each other and tapped into Ana’s magic when they re-formed their bond.  Regina is still skeptical at this point of Doctor Facilier’s motives, but he gives her the magic as a gift so that she can use it to find a way to save her son.  Regina tries not to let her feelings get in the way as she asks what the price is of accepting this gift.  Doctor Facilier charmingly explains that “the only price is your smile,” but it seems a little bit too cliché if you ask me.  While Doctor Facilier may have Regina fooled for now, Rumpel is not about to let him just take his dagger.  While all of this is going on, the masked killer is finally revealed to be…..Jack/Nick.  But why?  What does he have to gain here?  Who will he target next?  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

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 15: “There Will Be Blood”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 15 last night, I am pondering whether or not blood really is thicker than water?  On the surface, it seems like familial bonds are the strongest there are, but it’s more than just sharing blood.  It’s about love, trust, and unconditional support.  While some characters manipulate the need for this bond to get what they want, others go in a completely different direction and swear allegiance to what could be their greatest enemy in an attempt to do the right thing.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Twenty-Eight:  There Will Be Blood,” Jughead gets closer and closer to finding out the truth, tracking down every lead he comes across.  Meanwhile, Betty enlists Kevin to help her find out what Chic is hiding, Hal wants a divorce, and a secret will from Mr. Blossom brings new and familiar faces to town.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 15 are:

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Cheryl and Toni continue to bond.

Choni is back for this episode and it’s about time Cheryl has someone in her corner.  When Cheryl learns about the secret will, she invites Toni to attend the reading and even helps her try on some of her clothes.  Cheryl’s mother is clearly not happy with her presence, but Cheryl is not about to let her ruin this.  Toni points out that Cheryl’s mother “is a nightmare” and Cheryl agrees with “isn’t she though?”  While this seems like a harmless observation, Toni is spot on when Cheryl eavesdrops on a private conversation between her mother and her long-lost Uncle Claudius, who seem to be hinting at getting rid of Nana Blossom and then Cheryl.  Is Cheryl’s life in immediate danger?  Who can she turn to for help?  Hopefully, Toni will continue to be there for Cheryl, as it looks like she may be in the need of some serious rescuing.

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Jughead tries to uncover the truth behind Mr. Lodge’s master plan.

In the beginning of the episode, Jughead is hard at work, desperately trying to put together the pieces of the puzzle staring in front of him.  When Archie approaches him and tells him that Mr. Lodge bought Pop’s diner without anyone knowing, Jughead feels the need to get to the bottom of this because he thinks that Riverdale is in great danger.  After interviewing Pop and learning that Pop wants to keep this from getting out because he is trying to protect his family, Jughead obliges but not before he gets a mysterious phone call from a bus driver that has some information.  After learning that Mr. Lodge has a connection to “Shankshaw Prison,” he turns to his father, FP for some much needed assistance.  FP pays one of his former connections a visit in prison and they get some seriously helpful intel.  Intel so helpful, that it prompts Mr. Lodge to make some serious moves to avoid Jughead releasing a story that will hurt his plan.  Jughead is quickly becoming a dangerous threat to Mr. Lodge, but will Mr. Lodge take action against Jughead and FP or keep his plan moving quietly?

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Cheryl’s father has a secret will.

Cheryl is surprised to find out about her father’s secret will, especially when she learns that a public reading will be held.  Everyone quickly discovers that half of Mr. Blossom’s assets will go to Cheryl and the other half will be split among anyone who can prove they have Blossom blood running through their veins.  Alice Cooper is beyond angry, when she realizes that this is the reason why Hal has now asked her for a divorce.  It also explains why Polly has decided to pay her family a visit as well, finally introducing them to her adorable twin babies.  While it’s clear that everyone wants their fair share of the money, Betty is surprised to find out that Chic does not want to have his blood tested, which immediately gets her spidey senses tingling.  After Cheryl delivers a heart-warming speech and tells the public that she wants “no more blood, no more madness, no more horror,” it’s like she unknowingly opened up a door to a new dangerous threat.  The spitting image of her father walks in the room, causing her to faint.  Don’t fret, Mr. Blossom is not back from the dead, but his identical twin brother, Uncle Claudius is here to claim his fortune as well.  While it initially seems like Uncle Claudius has good intentions and was merely trying to outrun the Blossom curse previously, he clearly has other motives, as he seems more than willing to comply with Penelope Blossom’s plan, putting our beloved Cheryl in great danger.

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“CSI Nancy Drew.”

Betty has been having her suspicions about Chic for quite a while now, but has no solid evidence against him.  She enlists the help of Kevin to “webcam” with Chic and to probe him for information.  It seems like they are getting somewhere, but Kevin has second thoughts and feels bad about lying to Chic.  Even though Kevin is out, Betty takes matters into her own hands after hearing about Chic’s refusal to get his blood tested.  His suspicious actions continue when he makes side comments about wishing it was just him, Betty, and Alice again, after Polly has arrived with the twins, making Chic feel unwanted and overcrowded.  Chic gets what he wants after taking the twins out for a night stroll, when Polly announces that she is going to move to San Francisco.  While Polly may be out of the picture…literally, as he cuts her out of a photo, Betty is still on the case.  She sneaks into Chic’s bathroom and takes his dental floss to have it tested behind his back.  Betty is done with the lies and deception, as she confronts Chic and throws the results in his face.  She looks him straight in the eyes and convincingly says, “you’re not who you say you are so who are you?”  This is a question that we are all pondering right now for sure.  Since Chic is not Betty’s biological brother, what does he want with the Cooper family?  Is Betty in danger now that she has confronted Chic about his lie?

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Archie and Veronica blur the lines between family and friendship.

When Mr. Lodge strategically suggests that Archie’s dad, Fred run for mayor, it seems like he is making Fred’s childhood dream into a reality.  However, Archie knows that being the mayor means becoming a “dog on a leash,” and he is not about to let his father get mixed up with this.  Veronica faces a difficult choice when her family asks her to convince Archie to get on board with this, which she clearly has mixed feelings about.  While both Archie and Veronica have trouble knowing which side to choose, Veronica jumps in to protect Archie from her father’s “apocalyptic wrath” and takes the blame for telling Jughead about Pop’s diner.  It’s apparent that Veronica loves Archie and will protect him, but will her father learn about her betrayal?  This is not the first time that Veronica has chosen to do the right thing over what her family wants.  After Mr. Lodge learns that Jughead is uncovering his plans to turn South Side High School into a prison, he quickly reveals this to Fred, hoping to keep him on their side.  The plan back-fires, however; when Fred announces he is out and wants no part of this.  This is not the future he wants for his town and for his son.  When he asks Archie to leave with him, Archie makes the bold decision to stay behind and hear what Mr. Lodge has to say.  He goes even further with his loyalty, when he signs a blood oath with Mr. Lodge and throws his notebook into the fire, destroying all of the secrets he has learned along the way.  Is Archie making the right choice or are his feelings for Veronica blinding him from the truth?  Mr. Lodge keeps things moving without showing any weakness, however; and Hermione Lodge announces that she is running for mayor with confidence and poise.  Now that all of the chess pieces appear to be in place, it looks like there is only one thing standing in Mr. Lodge’s way….Jughead Jones. 

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

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 15: Film Noir

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 15 last night, I feel like I just stepped out of a film noir from the 1940s.  While not set in black and white, the moody music in the background featuring jazzy trumpets and saxophones was a nice touch, almost bringing us back in time to see how Sam and Dean Winchester would manage to escape the mob.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “A Most Holy Man,” Sam and Dean begin their quest to find the first of the four needed ingredients to rescue their mom and Jack.  This takes them all over the country and they cross paths with several threats, but none of them are actually supernatural, which was very refreshing.  Either way, the mob ties and the numerous guns made the threat just as equally dangerous, as the two brothers seek the help of Father Lucca to obtain the skull of St. Peter.   My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 15 are:

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“The internet…not just for porn anymore.”

As Sam and Dean begin their research on where to start with finding the blood from a most holy man, Sam comes to the conclusion that it must mean the blood of a saint.  Not really knowing where to start, he turns to the internet for help and researches auctions of ancient religious relics, hoping to find somewhere to start.  While Dean is clearly impressed by the knowledge one can obtain from the internet, they set off to San Francisco to meet with someone who can hopefully point them in the right direction.

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Dean learns a new word.

After Sam and Dean meet with a beautiful young woman who has a thing for Sam, she points them in the direction of a collector located in Seattle.  Surrounded by wealth, the man is not about to let go of the blood of a saint for no less than a small fortune.  After quickly judging Sam and Dean’s own worth by their suits and “cheap ties,” he decides to strike up a deal with them.  He explains that if they procure a certain item for him, he will be willing to make a trade.  He asks them if they are up for some “chicanery” and Dean carefully waits for Sam’s approval before moving forward with this, clearly not knowing what this word means.  After getting the nod from Sam, Dean is down for the “chicanery” and is eager to get started.  However, things get complicated and messy when Sam and Dean cross paths with the mob and are now working for them to obtain the skull for a finder’s fee.  While not ideal, Sam and Dean are not about to say no to the mob boss, who explains that “failure is not an option.”

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“Look at you like a boy scout…always prepared.”

Even though there are no demons or angels around to get in the way of the Winchester brothers, they are still not having the easiest time locating the needed ingredient.  After tracking down their first lead to a hotel, Sam and Dean deal with a cop who clearly got his badge “out of a cereal box.”  While he goes to call back-up, Sam puts his Boy Scout skills to use to get them out of handcuffs so they can continue on their journey.  Sam has taken a lot of hits to the head recently too, which concerns Dean.  However, that doesn’t stop him from making a joke about how Sam has a head of “Disney princess hair” to protect him.

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“Oh look, it’s your girlfriend.”

After agreeing to work with Father Lucca, a priest who has traveled from Malta to help bring back the stolen skull of St. Peter, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to get it back.  However, when Sam heads in to meet with the mob boss with a suitcase full of money, he is in for a surprise when the other buyers surface as well, including the man from Seattle and the young woman they first met with in San Francisco.  While no longer on pleasant terms, she still insists on wishing Sam luck, but he doesn’t have nearly enough cash to come out on top.  Luckily, Dean and Father Lucca are not far behind.

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“1 down…3 to go.”

During the episode, it is clear that Sam and Dean understand the importance of obtaining the blood of a saint, however; they are blind to the “most holy man” right in front of them, Father Lucca.  Father Lucca has faith and understands the importance of doing what is right.  Dean initially doesn’t seem impressed when he discusses it with Sam:  “Friar Tuck over there…we don’t owe him anything.”  While this may be true, Sam realizes that they need to do what is right and help Father Lucca get the religious item back safe and sound.  They can deal with the aftermath later and figure out another way to get the blood of the saint, but they can’t deny a calling like this.  After they obtain the skull, the man from Seattle explains that there is no such thing as the blood of a saint to their disappointment.  When they are seeing Father Lucca off, he tells them what the pope called him which literally translates to “most holy man.”  It looks like doing the right thing paid off after all.  While it is important that they have successfully procured the first ingredient, perhaps Dean’s newly found faith is what is even more important.  New episodes of Supernatural return March 29thStay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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