Ranking the top 5 moments from “Once Upon a Time” season 7 episode 19: “Flower Child”

After watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 19 last night, Tilly got it absolutely right when she said that “it’s cruel really to be so close to happiness and kept so far away from it.”  Revelations are finally breaking through the curse, however; but will our favorite characters get their chance at a happily ever after before the witches cast their spell?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Flower Child,” we learn about Mother Gothel’s past and her motives.  Meanwhile, Tilly finds out the truth about who her parents are and Lucy desperately looks for something that can save her father and bring her parents back together again.  My top 5 moments from Once Upon a Time season 7 episode 19 are:

5

“Now you are the Mother.  Remember what you were destined to blossom into.”

While it didn’t initially seem like Mother Gothel had any redeemable qualities, this glimpse into her past actually revealed a heartbreaking story filled with betrayal and loss.  We learn that Gothel is a tree nymph and comes from a magical grove, but she is curious about humanity and wants to know what it’s like to be mortal.  Gothel envies the pretty dresses the girls get to wear and the freedom they can explore, but lets her guard down when she is invited to teach some of her new mortal friends how to do magic.  Gothel’s naivete prevents her from seeing the cruel and wicked intentions of her new “sisters,” who tell her she is an “abomination” and destroy her grove.  Gothel is horrified to find her family dead and no longer feels like she belongs in any world.  Gothel is not able to take her mother’s advice and turns her destiny of being the “Mother” of nature into a quest for vengeance against humanity.  She recruits the first true member of her coven and it’s clear that she will not be finished until all of humanity pays for what they have done.  While we know that Gothel must be stopped, this glimpse into her past allows us to understand why she became so cold and broken along the way, making her story that much more complicated.  While we have seen other villains choose the path of good, Gothel only seems interested in furthering her revenge and confuses her coven with “family,” not fully grasping what this term actually means.

4

Lucy visits Dr. Facilier.

Lucy is not about to give up on her parents even though the magic that Dr. Facilier gave to Regina is gone.  She asks if there is any more magic to help her father and proves to be “quite the blackmailer,” which amuses Dr. Facilier.  He agrees to help her and explains that the first step is for her to find a symbol of Henry and Jacinda’s love.  Dr. Facilier is not helping Lucy out of the mere goodness of his heart, however.  He reveals that “a storm of witches is brewing” and that they will need magic to survive.  Whatever his intentions are, he is willing to help and Lucy sets off to find a symbol.  She goes through boxes of Jacinda’s old things and finds one box labeled “BL,” which means “Before Lucy.”  In the box, she finds a bag from Granny’s Diner and for a minute I was worried that she might find some rotten food that Jacinda forgot about, but the broken glass slipper is inside, shocking both Jacinda and Lucy.  While Jacinda tries to grasp the reality that she really is Cinderella, Lucy rushes off to Dr. Facilier so that her father can be saved.

3

“No matter how crazy…we’ll figure it out together.”

Gothel approaches Tilly and tells her that she is her mother.  Tilly doesn’t welcome her with open arms, however; and tells her “you’re either a liar or a monster.”  Gothel tries to feed her a story about wanting to change and looking for forgiveness, but Tilly walks away from Gothel and her false promises.  She goes to the only real “family” she knows right now and Rogers/Nook tells her that they will figure it out together.  Meanwhile, Gothel pays Margot a visit and takes some of her blood, refusing to abandon her plan now that she knows that Tilly contains the magic within her that will complete her coven.

2

“When I met you I loved you immediately…maybe because I already loved you.”

Henry and Jacinda have been getting closer and closer after realizing that Henry’s book might be real after all and that they did meet in another world in a fairy-tale.  It’s surprising that these two haven’t shared a kiss yet, but they do hold out with perfect timing, as Dr. Facilier breaks the curse on Henry.  The two finally kiss but Lucy is beyond disappointed when it doesn’t break the curse.  Has Gothel’s magic interfered with true love’s kiss?  Is there another way to break the curse and wake everyone up?

1

Tilly learns that Rogers is her father.

After Gothel takes some of Margot’s blood, she captures Rogers/Nook and lures Tilly to her.  She tells her that she is her real family, but Tilly will not help her.  She finally reveals that Rogers is her real father and offers her a choice.  Tillly can join the coven or watch her father die.  Even though Rogers tries to do the noble thing and tells Tilly not to give in, she cannot live in a world without her father.  Tilly has felt alone and unwanted up until now and she finally has a chance at new love with Margot and old love with her father.  She reluctantly joins hands with the coven and the spell is cast.  Did she make the right decision? What has the coven unleashed?  Will anyone be able to stop Gothel?  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 19: “Prisoners”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 19 last night, I once again have Betty’s “Lollipop” ringtone playing over and over again in my head, but there is nothing sweet about Betty’s decisions, as she proves to be quite a dangerous force that you do not want to mess with.  Jughead got it absolutely right when he spoke about different kinds of “prisoners” and how difficult it can be to free oneself from a dark past, ambition, or a quest for revenge.  While our characters feel trapped behind bars figuratively speaking, Betty is quickly becoming an accomplice that could very well see the inside of a jail cell if she’s not careful.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Two:  Prisoners,” the town comes together to mourn the loss of Midge, Mrs. Lodge recruits Cheryl to smear Sheriff Keller, and Mr. Lodge feeds on Archie’s ambition.  Meanwhile, the Black Hood begins calling Betty again, Alice comes clean to FP, and Chic confesses.   My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 19 are:

5

Bughead is on the case.

Everyone has their own theories about the resurfacing of the Black Hood.  While some believe it could be a copy cat killer, others believe that Mr. Svenson had been set up, leaving the real killer unmasked and still out there.  Jughead throws out Chic’s name and Betty initially dismisses this since he had no motive to hurt Midge, but then finds a connection that is worth exploring.  We learn that Mr. Svenson and Chic were at the “Sisters of Quiet Mercy” around the same time and Mr. Svenson could have recruited Chic.  Bughead decides to check this out further and they talk to one of the sisters and get their hands on Chic’s file.  Only what they find is far from what they could have ever anticipated.  The picture in the file is not Chic.  Betty demands an answer, but the Sister explains that this is the Charles Smith who stayed there.  While fans have guessed that Chic is not who he says he is for quite some time, it’s all out in the open now and Betty confronts him in front of Alice to find out what he really wants.  Chic attacks them with a knife once he realizes his cover is blown, but Betty proves to be a force to be reckoned with when she knocks him out.  Alice is distraught and rushes out.  She feels guilty for turning away the real Charles Smith from her doorstep after Chic tells her he later overdosed as a result of her rejection.  Alice cannot bear the thought of being responsible for the death of her son.  While Betty is clearly angry at his betrayal, she refuses to let Chic go until she finds out the truth.

4

“No more secrets.  No more lies.”

Alice rushes over to FP and is in tears, not knowing what to do next.  She can’t take the lies anymore, which have been wreaking havoc on her conscience.  She tells FP that she had his child and he is beyond shocked.  As he tries to comprehend this news, he stays strong for Alice who is clearly at her breaking point.  FP asks if Chic is his son and Alice explains that Chic is someone else and that their real son is dead because of her.  While we know that Alice is not directly responsible for his death, her pain and suffering is heart-breaking, as the past comes racing to the present, refusing to let go of her until she finally deals with the secrets she has kept buried for so many years.  While this revelation may bring Alice closer to FP than she imagined, that will need to be put on hold until the madness subsides.

3

Archie tells Mr. Lodge he wants to bring down the Black Hood.

During the episode, Archie feels like he keeps seeing the Black Hood, convinced that they did not get the real killer.  He shares his concerns with anyone who will listen to him, including Sheriff Keller.  Archie is worried that the killer will circle back and go after his father again and refuses to let that happen.  Before Archie can do anything else, Nick St. Clair and some of his friends jump him and hold him captive for ransom.  Nick is the least of Archie’s worries, as he eventually breaks free to rush toward Veronica’s side.  Later in the episode, he talks to Mr. Lodge about what happened and reveals to him his intent to bring the Black Hood down.  Mr. Lodge finally has the leverage he needs over Archie to control him the way he wants and agrees to help him anyway he can.

2

“How much is it worth to get him back in one piece?”

After Archie is kidnapped, Nick calls Veronica and blackmails her, demanding one million dollars.  Veronica is beyond disappointed in her parents when they refuse to pay the ransom and takes some of the money herself.  She doesn’t have nearly enough, however; and Nick proposes that they have a night together to serve as the rest of her payment.  Veronica is initially appalled by this, but will do anything to protect Archie.  Nick puts on a live feed for Archie to watch, desperately hoping that he will hurt him as much as he has hurt him.  Veronica meticulously puts on her lipstick and dresses for the occasion, but can she really go through with something like this?  Like Betty, Veronica is not one to be messed with, as she uses her charm and femininity to her advantage.  She gives Nick a taste of his own medicine and roofies him, causing him to pass out.  You would think this would be punishment enough, but Veronica is not done yet.  She calls up Nick’s father and blackmails him for one million dollars and gets exactly what she demands.  Later, she puts the money on the table and tells her parents what she did; reminding them that she is a Lodge too and always gets what she wants.

1

“That’s your very own angel of death.”

After finding out that Chic is not really her brother, Betty has a sea of emotions taking over.  With almost perfect timing, the “Lollipop” ringtone begins playing, luring her back to the darkness.  She answers and the Black Hood greets her by saying, “Hello Betty.  You miss me?”  The Black Hood asks for Betty to deliver Chic to him so that he can get what he deserves, explaining that he has murdered before.  At this point, we are not sure if Betty will follow the Black Hood’s orders.  He isn’t threatening her right now, but merely requesting this, so she has every opportunity to keep her moral compass intact.  Betty pulls a gun on Chic and takes him to the cemetery, demanding that he confess.  Chic tells her that he did kill Charles after they got in a fight but that he didn’t mean to kill him.  His tears suggest that he is finally telling the truth, but it’s too late.  Betty tells him she will begin counting and give him a head start when the Black Hood shows up at the edge of the cemetery.  Chic begins frantically questioning her, asking her what is going on, but Betty remains unwavering.  Chic finally takes her advice and rushes off, as she nods to the Black Hood.  While we are unsure if Chic was able to make it out alive or not, it doesn’t seem like we will be seeing him again anytime soon.  And as for our sweet and lovable Betty Cooper…well she is playing a dangerous game that makes her role play days seem like a distant dream.  Has Betty fully committed to the darkness?  Will she become the Black Hood’s accomplice?  Her lies to Jughead and her family suggest that this is not over for her yet either, but is the Black Hood closer to her than she thinks?  After asking where her father is, did we just unmask Hal Cooper as the real Black Hood?  All signs point to yes, but stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” season 13 episode 19: “Funeralia”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 13 episode 19 last night, I learned that redemption is possible for everyone and that it’s never too late to do the right thing.  We sometimes just need someone to believe in us and then the rest is up to us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Funeralia,” Sam and Dean reach out to Rowena for some help but are politely turned down due to her other engagements.  Meanwhile, Cas visits heaven and tries to get some reinforcements but is in for a surprise.   My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 13 episode 19 are:

5

“She’s right you never go to parties.”

In the beginning of the episode, Sam and Dean are trying to figure out what their next move is especially since Gabriel walked out on them, declining to join the team.  Rowena seems like the next best option to help them get to Mary and Jack, but she is otherwise engaged when they reach out.  Rowena overhears Castiel and asks if the “handsome angel is there,” to which Castiel mechanically responds with, “um hello.”  After hearing a lot of background noise, the Winchester brothers quickly realize that Rowena is at a party.  She hangs up on them before they can get more information out of her and she proves that a passionate tango dance can be hotter than you think when she literally burns a woman alive at the party.

4

“She started taking me to the light.  It didn’t work out.”

After Sam and Dean realize where Rowena is, they decide to head out there to deal with her in person.  They get an uninvited guest in the back seat of their car, however; when Jessica the reaper makes an appearance.  Jessica explains that she is there to act as a sort of “baby monitor.”  She has been listening in and keeping an eye on the Winchester brothers for quite some time now, but only just decided to show up now to offer herself as a resource in this case.  Sam and Dean are suspicious about this, but listen up all the same.  They learn that people have been dying outside of their assigned timeline and that their reapers have been killed as well.  While Sam and Dean now understand the reaper’s invested interest in this, they still need to find out why Rowena is doing this.

3

“Have you ever heard of the butterfly effect? 

Dean of course eagerly replies with, “Ashton’s second best movie,” which keeps the laughs coming even when literally faced with Death himself…or herself now.  The reaper explains that Billie, now known as Death, is not getting involved directly, but has clearly taken notice of Rowena’s actions.  She explains that if reapers continue to die along with people outside of their timeline, it will cause a ripple effect and throw off the grand design.  If this continues much further, Jessica thinks that the slate will need to be wiped clean and that the world would need to start over, which is not what anyone wants.  Jessica reveals an important piece of information when she lets Sam and Dean know that Rowena’s ultimate death will be by Sam’s hand.  There is no other alternative version, which puts a lot of responsibility on Sam and also places him in danger at the same time.

2

“It’s a sports term like slam dunk.”

As Castiel shows off his knowledge on the usage of the term, “Hail Mary,” he thinks that the angels may be able to help them even though approaching them can be extremely dangerous.  Castiel goes up to heaven and the angels think that perhaps they can help each other.  They offer him a deal and explain that he must bring up Gabriel and then they can help.  Castiel tries to clarify that this will not work, but it is later explained to him that heaven is running out of power and that there are barely any angels left to keep it running.  It is revealed that Gabriel could be the key to preventing this from happening.  It looks like everyone desperately needs Gabriel’s help, but will he come to his senses and do the right thing?

1

“Sometimes life is unfair…some things just are.”

After learning that Sam will be responsible for her ultimate undoing, Rowena holds him captive and threatens to end his life.  Billie finally appears before her and Rowena demands for her to bring back her son, Crowley from the dead.  Rowena is clearly still in a lot of pain over her son’s death and feels that it was unjust and cruel.  Even though she is in the wrong with her actions, her vulnerability in this moment is heartfelt.  After Billie tells Rowena that she will not be blackmailed, Rowena cannot follow through and kill Sam.  Billie tells her that she knew she would never kill Sam, which shows how far Rowena has come.  Rowena truly has loyalty and some love toward Sam and even though she knows he will kill her in the end, she still can’t take his life.  Rowena still has the chance to be redeemed and agrees to help Sam and Dean.  They warn her that Lucifer is still around, but Rowena tells them she is no longer afraid of him.  After all, Sam is now the greater threat.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Mick” season 2 episode 19: “The Dance”

Happy Wednesday!  After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 19 last night, I think we have all learned a valuable lesson that “lying is complicated,” but we should never keep things from family.  Well…unless it involves stealing evidence from a police car or participating in Amateur night at a strip club.  Everything else is clearly off limits, however.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Dance,” Mickey is shocked when she finds out that Ben has been lying to her.  Meanwhile, Chip begins knocking out his competition so that he can become the “Formal Prince,” Sabrina asks Jimmy to teach her how to dance and Alba learns how to effectively use the word, “proverbial.”  My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 19 are:

5

Mickey refuses to respect the authority of the police.

While Mickey is waiting in the principal’s office, a police officer walks in with a backpack full of evidence.  She tells the principal that he better be a stripper, but he quickly explains that he is there for another student matter.  Ben is very excited to meet the police officer, however; and even asks Mickey if he can go in his car to play with the siren.  Mickey allows it but reminds him that he’ll be getting “bacon grease all over his hands” in the process.  After Mickey leaves the school, it seems like she may have had a change of heart when she tells the police offer that she’s “got something for him.”  Only it’s a Granny Smith apple to put in his mouth and she tells him she’ll be back in a while to flip him over.

4

“Proverbial.”

Mickey is beyond upset when she discovers that Ben has been lying to her and she confides in Alba about it.  She begins explaining the situation and comparing it to “proverbial coke” and Alba thinks that she literally has coke with her and asks if proverbial means that it’s “primo.”  She later tries to work the word into her vocabulary when they bake Ben a cake and she tells him that it is “proverbial.”

3

Chip wants to be crowned the “Formal Prince” at the school dance.

Chip reveals his master plan that he is picking off his competition one by one so that no one will be left in the running to take the crown away from him.  While it’s clear that his priorities may be slightly skewed, one can only admire how far Chip is willing to go.  He explains that winning the crown will lead to him ending up with his crush, Madison and that “she’ll be trapped with him all night.”  Mickey says, “Don’t say trapped,” and Chip seamlessly changes it up by saying that she “won’t be able to escape.”  Chip is clearly working on losing that creepy vibe for sure and even seems to make a friend in the process after screeching like a girl when he gets hit by a ball.  When he tells Emily about his plan, she takes his advice with the princess race and they ultimately are crowned prince and princess.  Another one of Chip’s plans back-fired, but at least he gets a crown for all of his trouble.

2

Jimmy teaches Sabrina how to dance.

Mickey walks in on Sabrina’s attempt to dance in front of the mirror and is beyond amused.  After taking a break from laughing so hard, she explains that Jimmy’s mom was a choreographer for the Ice Capades and that he can really help her learn to dance if it’s that important to her.  Sabrina takes her advice and seeks out Jimmy’s help.  Before saying yes, Jimmy says, “Let’s talk facts…why?”  Sabrina finally caves in and explains that she wants to do something that no one sees coming and take the power back.  Jimmy discreetly hands Sabrina a piece of napkin with a location and a time written on it and warns her not to be late.  After making her wait outside for half the day to test her commitment, he is ready to get to work and tells her, “I guess we better stop bitching and start dancing.”  They begin intense training sessions that actually seem to be working.  Jimmy explains that the key is to “bring her soul to the surface” and to turn “embers” into a “brush fire.”  Well it seems like the internal fire is blazing because pretty soon Sabrina is twirling and shimmying like a pro and even learns how to work a chair into her routine if necessary.  Jimmy feels that he has made a difference but quickly realizes that Sabrina learned how to dance to go to Amateur Night at a strip club.  Jimmy rushes in to prevent her from making a huge mistake and even punches the manager, Chip’s real father, in the process to be heroic.  Once he hears that the grand prize is $2500, Jimmy quickly changes his tune and Sabrina splits the cash with him to thank him.  It looks like the only thing left to do is to lie to Mickey and have some ice cream to celebrate.  Only the ice cream part is canceled when Jimmy can’t get his car to start.

1

“Lying is complicated.”

After Mickey finds the stolen golden apple in Ben’s room, she realizes that he has lied to her and she is beyond upset.  She tries to rationalize that there must be some explanation and decides to try and give Ben the chance to come clean.  After he fails several tests, Mickey and Alba step it up a notch when they burst into Ben’s room and tell him that the cops are on their way to arrest him and bring him to a jail in Mexico.  Ben screams out in horror, “Please don’t make me go I don’t want to be Mexican!”  Mickey and Alba reveal that this was all a trick to get him to tell the truth.  Ben tells him about everything he has done wrong that day and it seems like he has learned a valuable lesson about lying.  However, when he shows Mickey that he stole the backpack out of the police car which has evidence and a loaded gun, Mickey throws this advice out the window and screams, “I said lie!”  Mickey and Alba panic about what to do next and Mickey shoots herself in the leg accidentally causing an even bigger moment of mayhem.  It doesn’t seem like the situation can get any worse until Chip accidentally takes the stolen bag to the dance.  Mickey goes after him and is not about to turn away empty handed.  She even tackles Chip to the floor and bites his ankle so that he will let go of the bag.  When the principal shows up to find out what all of the fuss is about, Ben saves the day and comes clean by giving him back the golden apple and telling him that he kept the truth from everyone.  Ben’s confession proves to the principal that he is trying to be good and make amends.  At the end of the day, Mickey explains that they shouldn’t hide anything from each other.  However, then each family member proceeds to lie to one another at the kitchen table about what they did the night before.  After all, “lying is complicated.”

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