Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 18: “The Guardian”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 18 last night, Rumple gives up his chance at true freedom to protect someone else from losing hers, proving that even he can show signs of a pure heart.  Well maybe not completely pure, but his love for Belle is certainly pointing his moral compass in the right direction.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Guardian,” Rumple tries to get to the bottom of Hansel/Nick’s mysterious death while Henry begins to question everything, desperately seeking something real and concrete.  Meanwhile, Regina pays Dr. Facilier/Samdi a visit and Tilly/Alice and Margot/Robin enjoy an adventurous first date.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 18 are:

5

Rumple crosses paths with Dr. Facilier in the past.

In this episode, we learn more about Rumple’s past.  He has still been trying to find a way to free him from the dagger so he can be with his true love, Belle but is running out of time.  Even though Belle is gone, he finds comfort in speaking to her and reveals his most vulnerable thoughts to her, clinging to a connection.  Rumple’s thoughts are interrupted when Dr. Facilier shows up, reminding us that these two are no strangers in Hyperion Heights.  Rumple and Dr. Facilier discuss how the new guardian must be “pure of heart” and that she will need to be tested if he ever wants to see Belle again.  Rumple approaches the potential guardian, Alice with a test, desperate to save himself no matter what the cost.  In present day, Rumple discovers Hansel/Nick’s body and knows that this was no accident.  He finds a voodoo pin on the floor and immediately blames Dr. Facilier.  When he discovers that the dagger has gone missing, he refuses to sit by and play by the rules.

4

Tilly/Alice and Margot/Robin go on a first date.

Undeniable sparks have been flying between Tilly and Margot as soon as Margot arrives in town.  Margot even tells her mother, Zelena/Kelly that she wants to stay behind because of the potential budding romance.  When Margot asks Tilly to join her for a day on the town, she means business, as she even comments that she is wearing lip gloss for the occasion.  After a sugar-rushed treat, Tilly opens up and decides to show Margot her world.  She brings her to a bookstore and tells her how much she loves it because she can go anywhere in the world without moving from this very spot.  After Tilly has a minor breakdown, Margot reminds her that she is there for it all, including the bad.  She gives Alice a bracelet similar to the ones she collected around the world and tells her, “This felt like an adventure to me.”

3

“Don’t make me ask you a third time.”

After Rumple discovers that the dagger is missing, he immediately blames Dr. Facilier and tells Regina about his concerns.  He asks Regina for the magic she got from Dr. Facilier but she reminds him that this is the only thing in the world she has to try and save her son and his grandson, Henry.  Regina tries to do what is right and confronts Dr. Facilier who admits to killing Hansel/Nick but not to taking the dagger.  Regina takes him at his word, but is she being blinded by her unresolved feelings for him?  Rumple refuses to trust him, however; and steals the magic from Regina.  Later on when he realizes his mistake, he explains to Regina that he did what he had to do.  Regina is beyond angry, however; and tells him that he hasn’t changed a bit and that she’s done with it.  She tells Rumple, “you and I…we’re through,” and it looks like she means it.

2

Rumple makes the right choice.

After testing Alice, she passes with flying colors and is about to take on the responsibility of being the new guardian.  Rumple has a change of heart, however; and stops her from doing this.  He explains to her that “immortality is just another tower” and he can’t do that to her.  This moment is touching and leads to one where even Nook thanks him for doing the right thing and shakes his hand.  Rumple promises Belle that he will find another way for them to find each other again and it looks like his decision brought him one step closer to that.  Even though it may not seem that way, Rumple’s decision to choose goodness will lead him to his happy ending.  Only it just might take a while to actually achieve it.  In present day, Tilly/Alice is hearing a buzzing in her head and shows Rumple that the dagger appeared in her bag.  Rumple knows that Tilly is the true guardian, previously thinking it could have been Anastasia, but takes the dagger back and hides it away for now.  Will Rumple make the same right choice now in Hyperion Heights?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but Rumple’s path toward redemption is not over just yet.

1

Henry questions everything.

Henry doesn’t know what to believe after seeing the medical blood test report.  He goes down to the station to talk more to Hansel/Nick, but is shocked to learn that he is dead.  He asks Nook/Rogers if he can look around Nick’s apartment, which is clearly breaking the law and tampering with evidence, but Nook agrees all the same.  Henry is not the only one questioning everything around him, as Nook/Rogers reveals that a medical report showed that Hansel/Nick was stabbed in the heart from the inside which is simply not possible.  He asks a very important question, “What the hell’s going on in this town?” but it looks like we will need to wait for him to find out more.  At the end of the episode, Henry shows the blood test results to Jacinda and tells her that he even called the hospital to confirm their authenticity.  Henry finally realizes that Lucy was right all along and blurts out, “I am her father.”  It looks like it will only be a matter of time before everyone wakes up and realizes that they are stuck within another curse, but will they be able to break it without consequences?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Once Upon a Time in the comments section 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 18: “A Dark Phoenix Reborn in the Spotlight”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 18 last night, I find myself wondering how much are we really like the characters we play?  Perhaps more than we realize which seems to be the case for our favorite characters from Riverdale.  While it’s important to have a connection with the character we play, I think some people may have taken this embodiment a little too far, but the show must go on all the same.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-One:  A Night to Remember,” it seems like everyone is focused on the school musical, “Carrie.”  Even the parents are heavily involved, as Alice stars in the show and Fred Andrews helps build the set.  Meanwhile, an old threat has returned, which seems like a prank at first but quickly escalates into something deadly, leaving everyone in shock and terror. My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 18 are:

5

Betty vs Veronica.

Betty is clearly still holding on to her feelings of anger and betrayal when she practices for the show and this seeps out into the open when she tells Veronica that she is a lot more like her character than she realizes.  Tension has quickly filled the room, but Betty continues to let it all out and tell Veronica how she feels.  Archie later approaches her and tries to get Betty to see it from Veronica’s point of view and she ultimately has a change of heart.  Betty and Veronica share a touching duet and sing, “I see you shine and the dark disappears.”  Perhaps bursting into the song is just what these two needed to make up.  Either way, it’s great to see Betty and Veronica on speaking…or singing terms again.

4

Archie stands up to Mr. Lodge.

Mr. Lodge continues his plot and tries to make Fred feel insignificant as Archie’s father when he tells him about the car he bought his son.  Fred is clearly hurt and disappointed and this finally resonates enough with Archie for him to stand up to Mr. Lodge.  He returns the car and warns Mr. Lodge not to get between him and his father again.  I have to say it’s about time.  While Archie has clearly been conflicted over this for a while, it’s great to see him finally make the right decision.  However, we know that Mr. Lodge doesn’t have the tendency to go away quietly, so what will be his next move?

3

Alice makes a choice…but is it the right one?

In the beginning of the episode, Alice waltzes into Pop’s Diner and asks, “What’s up handsome?” to FP.  However, FP appears to be blowing her off and keeps her at a distance.  Alice is more than disappointed and is starting to feel the loneliness around her creeping in despite her best attempts to keep it away.  Alice calls Chic over and over but doesn’t hear back from him and then has a breaking point when she is practicing her solo, singing to Betty, begging her not to leave her.  Betty sees how much her mother is hurting and calls her father, Hal who comes back with flowers and an apology.  Alice forgives him and seems content, but FP shows up at the show and is clearly hurt to see her back together with her husband.  Will FP give up or will he let Alice know how he truly feels?

2

“I will not succumb to thespian terrorism.  The world needs to see me up on that stage.”

Cheryl has fully embodied her role as Carrie and is not about to step down from the lead just because a threat was made, demanding that her role be recast.  This threat is not the only obstacle in Cheryl’s way, however.  It seems like Mrs. Blossom is going for the worst mother of the year award, when she walks in and tells Cheryl that she has not given her parental consent for her to be in the play.  Cheryl feels defeated and Toni goes to console her.  Toni tells her that she needs to show her mother who is in charge and Cheryl takes her advice.  Even though Cheryl may not be playing the lead in the school play, she goes full Carrie White on her mother.  Cheryl appears before her mother covered in blood and tells her that it’s Jason’s blood.  Cheryl threatens her mother and demands to be emancipated so that she and Nana Rose can live in peace.  Cheryl tells her mother, “I’ll end you,” and it’s clear that she means business.  After all, she’s burned one house to the ground and she’s not afraid to rise from the ashes again.

1

The Black Hood is back.

Kevin begins getting threatening letters demanding that the role of Carrie be recast.  At first it seems like a prank, but when a sandbag almost crushes Cheryl on stage, Kevin begins to take the threats very seriously and gets Jughead and Betty involved.  At first it seems like it could be Ethel since she is jealous about not being cast in the lead role, but this is quickly ruled out as too obvious.  Chic’s name comes to mind again, especially since he decides to show up at the play after refusing to return Alice’s calls.  The threats become all too real when the curtains open to reveal the understudy, Mitch Clem brutally stabbed.  The crowd and cast are in shock and panic begins to spread, as everyone realizes that the real Black Hood has re-surfaced.  Will our favorite characters be able to unmask the real Black Hood before it’s too late?  What does he or she have in store for everyone next?  Stay tuned!

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 18: “Bring ‘em Back Alive”

Happy Friday the 13th TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 18 last night, I learned that you should never mistake “hookers” for “porn stars,” especially when mentioning them appears to be the key to snapping an archangel back to reality.  Seriously Sam that was a rookie mistake.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Bring ‘em Back Alive,” Dean and Ketch head through the rift to find Jack and Mary, but Dean spots a familiar face that has him thinking twice about his next move.  Meanwhile, Cas and Sam team up to help heal Gabriel and Lucifer tries out his new job as “God.”  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 18 are:

5

“If you had your heart set on Mai Tais…sorry.”

After Dean and Ketch travel through the rift, they end up in some sort of barren winter wonderland, which looks nothing like the place Dean was before.  Dean tries to figure out where they are and quickly realizes that he is not exactly sure where to start looking.  Ketch comments on how nice the vacation spot is but the two are interrupted before they can get much further with their banter.  They witness several humans being executed by angels.  Dean gets wounded and poisoned and Ketch doesn’t leave his side, trying to help as much as he can.  While we are not sure if Ketch has truly shifted over to good, he is giving it is his best effort.  Dean even awards him the “anti-poison merit badge award,” proving that he appreciates his help maybe just a little.

4

Team Sam and Castiel.

Sam is left behind to make sense of what is going on with Gabriel and Castiel arrives for reinforcements.  While Castiel clearly does not agree with Dean’s decision to go into the rift alone with Ketch, he agrees to help Sam with the matter at hand.  Gabriel is clearly traumatized and is not up for speaking.  Sam tries to spoon-feed him his grace to help heal him, but Castiel dryly explains, “Sam, I don’t think he’s going to open up and let the choo choo in.”  They quickly discover that Gabriel has marked up the walls with what happened to him, starting with his fake death and mixing in some nonsense about Monte Carlo and “porn stars.”  Castiel explains he goes on for quite a bit about “porn stars,” but at least he is communicating to prove that his intellect is still present.

3

Lucifer tries out working in the field.

We finally get to see Lucifer again who is now ruling heaven.  Lucifer is bored and is not happy that the angels aren’t doing everything possible to find Jack.  Jo reminds him that he is there to “make heaven better” and politely turns down his request for “strip poker.”  Jo is not amused when Lucifer begins whining that the angels respected his father more, explaining that “Your father created.  You inherited.”  She’s absolutely right and even Lucifer decides to give working in the field a try.  He hilariously appears at an exorcism and tells the demon to take a hike, leaving the priests in shock.  After he tries to explain that he got a bad reputation as Lucifer, he ends up killing them and is now back at square one.  No one said that trying to act like God would be easy.  After Lucifer reveals that he made a lot of fake promises, including being able to give the angels back their wings, Jo is done playing games.  She walks out on him, but not before telling him that she thinks he is scared to find his son and seems to really hit home with this.

2

“The world needs you.  Please help us.”

Sam is getting frustrated with Gabriel and doesn’t know what else to do.  In an inspiring moment, Sam explains to Gabriel that he knows exactly what he is feeling.  Like Gabriel, Sam used to think he could escape his calling, but soon realized that the world needed him and he accepted his fate.  He tells Gabriel, “This is where I make the world a better place.  The world needs you.  We need you.  I need you.”  After briefly mentioning “hookers” in his pep talk, Gabriel finally speaks and says, “Porn stars.  They were porn stars, Sam.”  Not the first words you might be expecting from a powerful archangel, but we’ll take it.  After all, Sam and Dean just used up the angel grace to heal Gabriel so they desperately need him to join the team.  This is all interrupted when Asmodeus barges in and tries to kidnap Gabriel again.  Only he is in for a surprise when Gabriel destroys him instead.  Unfortunately, Gabriel turns down the request to join the team and leaves.  When Dean returns he is more than angry.  We know that they need more grace to open the rift again, but will Gabriel have a change of heart?

1

Dean rescues the other Charlie.

I’m sure fans everywhere were beyond excited to see Charlie in this episode.  Well not the Charlie from the real world, but another version of her is absolutely acceptable.  After Dean spots her, he tells Ketch that she might know where Mary and Jack are since she is clearly working with the resistance against Michael.  Ketch tries to get Dean to stay on the task at hand, but Dean refuses to leave her behind.  In a moment of vulnerability, Dean confides in Ketch and explains that Charlie was like a sister to him and that she was brutally murdered.  Dean feels like he let her down and doesn’t want to do the same thing here.  Ketch also confides in Dean and explains that he lost many comrades along the way but always just told himself that it was his duty.  Dean of course responds with, “Well you do suck.”  Either way, it seems like these two have finally come together, as Ketch agrees to help Dean rescue Charlie.  Even though Charlie doesn’t know who Dean is, she is more than grateful.  Charlie and Ketch stay behind and agree to help find Jack and Mary and Dean heads back through the rift.  While we are still not sure if we can completely trust Ketch, at least alternate Charlie will be there to keep him in line.  Now about that angel grace.  Perhaps Rowena can help since she will be in the next episode.  Stay 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

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Mick” season 2 episode 18: “The Car”

Happy Wednesday!  After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 18 last night, I think it’s important to be able to use your street smarts and common sense if you are in a jam that you didn’t expect.  Whether you turn it into a game of football or even fishing, it’s sometimes necessary to think outside the box and use your head…literally in Mickey’s case, rather than wait for someone else to save the day.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Car” Mickey has had it with everyone being more involved with the internet than the real world and is determined to prove that a real life experience is much more rewarding.   Meanwhile, Jimmy buys a used cop car and meets a new friend from the future, Chip tries to embrace the false online persona he created to get closer to Sabrina’s friend, and Alba turns the tables on them out of boredom and love for the drama.  My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 18 are:

5

Mickey doesn’t like the internet.

In the beginning of the episode, Mickey is beyond frustrated when all of the kids are paying more attention to their phones than what is going on around them.  Mickey explains that she prefers the real world and “God forbid we have a human interaction.”  The kids mindlessly nod to her, clearly not paying any attention.  Mickey says, “Put your phones down.  Have an experience!”  When these motivational words don’t really make a dent, she is determined to go out and have an experience of her own.  She takes Ben along for the ride as well, hoping to change the mind of at least one kid.

4

Jimmy’s adventure.

Jimmy makes the impulsive decision to purchase a used cop car and it seems like he is living the dream, riding through the countryside with Mickey by his side and Ben locked in the back.  Mickey is not as thrilled, especially with all of the bullet holes decorating the windshields, but Jimmy insists that the car is built like a tank.  After he tries to convince her to take it for a ride herself, they go to switch seats and end up locking themselves out of the car with poor Ben in the back seat.  Trying not to panic, Mickey comes up with ways to get inside without alarming Ben, which include all sorts of smashing.  Jimmy tries to explain that they will be better off with a hanger and Mickey calmly asks, “It’s built like a tank but you can get into it with a coat hanger?”  Jimmy decides to go into town to fix the problem and save the day but becomes exhausted from the heat.  A stranger named Gary picks him up and Jimmy wakes up not knowing where he is, but completely fascinated with the smart car he is in.  At the end of the night, Jimmy says “thanks for the ride Morpheus.  Good luck in the future.”  Too bad he couldn’t predict that he would arrive hours too late after Mickey and Ben had already “saved the day.”

3

Chip pretends to be a fake online persona to get closer to Sabrina’s friend.

Sabrina seems thrilled to meet up with this guy she has been talking to online named Marcus, who is a tattoo artist.  Mickey is baffled by her lack of good judgment on this and asks, “are you sure he’s not a sick new murderer coming over to turn your skin into a cape?”  Sabrina doesn’t heed her warning, and Mickey gives up and tells her to have fun getting “chopped to bits by some nerd pervert.”  Chip later reveals to Alba that he is the one who created the online persona, Marcus in an effort to get closer to Sabrina’s friend, Holly.  His back story is beyond detailed and he even plans out his death from aids to explain his disappearance when the time calls for it.  “Creepy,” as Alba pointed out.

2

“It was hot.  I was bored.  I like drama.”

After learning about Chip’s fake online persona, Alba sees an opportunity in front of her that she just can’t ignore.  She tells Chip to give her $200 and she will help him with his plan so that he can “get the girl and get away clean.”  Chip takes the bait, not realizing that Alba has also approached Sabrina.  Sabrina explains that she knows the online persona is Chip and Alba explains that she will help her with her own plan to embarrass him in front of her friend, Holly if she pays her $200.  Alba is now successfully working both sides, carefully planning each detail with care.  Sabrina invites her friend, Holly over and Chip is chatting away with her when the doorbell rings.  In walks Marcus, who fits the online persona description to a T.  Chip is beyond confused and Alba explains that she hired a prostitute she found online to pretend to be Marcus.  Once everything is out in the open, Sabrina and Chip realize that they were both played by Alba and ask her why she did this.  She gives the perfect answer too when she merely explains that “it was hot.  I was bored.  I like drama.”  Go Alba!

1

Mickey saves the day…repeatedly.

After Ben gets locked in the cop car and Jimmy runs into town, Mickey realizes that it is up to her to save the day.  Her plan backfires, however; when she tries to smash a rock against the trunk of the car, which bounces back and hits her right in the face.  Even though her face is now gushing with blood, Mickey doesn’t give up here.  She begins smashing a piece of wood against the car repeatedly, screaming in complete frustration.  When this doesn’t work, she collapses to the ground and begins smacking her head against the trunk, which causes it to pop open.  It seems like everything is going to work out just fine, until the trunk closes and traps Mickey inside.  Mickey then rips through the back seat to get to Ben, but gets stuck in the process.  After a failed attempt to pull her out of there, she explains to Ben that they will need to play a new game which involves fishing.  Only the fishing rod is from her bra wire that Ben will need to help her retrieve with his eyes closed.  Ben is able to successfully use the wire to push the car into a different gear, only the car now begins to roll backwards to Mickey’s horror.  Mickey tries to calmly ask Ben to tell her what he sees and she panics when he says a pond.  Luckily, they are both OK and Mickey shouts in victory, “I saved us again!”   When asked how the real world was, Mickey refuses to admit that her real life experience did not turn out the way she originally planned.

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

@TV_Fanatic_Girl