Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 2: “This Is Like Rich People Christmas!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 2, Debbie reminded us that “you only pull wings off a fly because you feel dead inside.”  A tad morbid, but perhaps she is right, as we learn that having power over someone isn’t always the answer.

In tonight’s episode, “Sleep Well My Prince For Tomorrow You Shall Be King,” Debbie isn’t the only one scamming the system, as Kev and V stumble upon a “scamazon” that they can’t turn down.  Meanwhile, Lip adjusts to fatherhood, Carl finds a new potential business partner, and Liam continues to search for his identity.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 2 are:

5

“What happened to us?”

Ian and Mickey are back this season!

Only it seems like there may be trouble in paradise, as one of our favorite ships on the show are having trouble adjusting to being cellmates.  Ian and Mickey are fighting like old ladies and are desperate to get some kind of a break so they don’t kill each other.

Let’s hope these two can work things out, but it’s nice to see some familiar faces back on the show!

4

“I think you broke my leg!”

Frank and Mikey realize that they need to come up with a fast way to make some money before Debbie kicks them to the curb.  They try to scam some uber drivers, but end up hitting a snag when both drivers see right through their act.

Frank and Mikey better “get fresh” if they want to score some real cash, but is Frank about to take back his role as the head of the household?

I mean, I’m not sure that he ever really was in charge…

3

“This is like rich people Christmas!”

Kev and V continue to bring the laughs and are the highlight of the new season so far for me.  After Kev tries to return his new shoes, the delivery man ends up choking himself out while having his way with himself in the bathroom.

Kev and V are not exactly pleased to have a dead guy in their bathroom, but this does lead to a “scamazon” of their very own, as they decide to ransack his truck, bringing joy to all…along with a lot of free stuff!

At the end of the episode, we learn that the delivery guy is not actually dead, but he doesn’t seem too surprised to wake up on the bathroom floor…

2

“You’re like a walking PSA to wear a condom.”

Liam may have a valid point here, but Lip is trying his best to adjust to being a new dad.  We meet baby Freddy, as Lip is thrown right into parenthood.  It looks like Lip has a lot to learn, but I’m confident that he will be an amazing dad.

We still do not know Tami’s fate just yet so I’m curious to see how this story will unfold, but it looks like Lip’s life is about to change forever.

1

“You just want to feel like you have power over me…”

Debbie tries to return her first pair of shoes and is in for a surprise when the salesman takes out a black light to inspect them.  Debbie certainly didn’t account for that, but is beyond desperate to get her money back.

The shoe salesman blackmails her, but Debbie ends up turning the tables on him, regaining the power he tried to take away from her.  Debbie lucks out and gets to keep the shoes and her money, but she’s not out of trouble just yet, as Mikey follows her to her She Shed.

Mikey blackmails Debbie as well, but he is looking to have Frank be the head of the family again.  Debbie comes to the realization that perhaps she was also trying to have power over her family because she felt bad about herself, handing over ATM cards to her brothers and telling Frank that he can be the leader if he wants, claiming that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.

Now that Frank is in charge, I have a feeling that things are going to get even crazier, but we’ll have to see how this goes.  Stay tuned!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 2 episode 2: “Everything Is Fine”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 2 episode 2 last night, I also started to ask myself:  “What do you do when every choice you can make seems like the wrong one?”  Is it possible to find redemption and goodness in the world of The Purge or is society too far gone?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In last night’s episode, “Everything Is Fine,” it’s the day after Purge Night, which may be even messier than the actual night, as our new characters deal with the aftermath, making new decisions that might change their lives forever.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 2 episode 2 are:

5

“I know how you got this…”

After pulling off a dangerous heist, Ryan takes his bag of money to a facility where his mom is being treated.  We learn that Ryan’s mother suffers from some kind of dementia and Ryan is doing his best to take care of his family and his other team members from the heist.

Ryan is being presented as the leader with the moral compass, but it will be interesting to find out where his loyalties truly lie once he is connected with the rest of the characters.

4

“He’s family.”

After Tommy makes it to the safe house, Ryan is worried that he may have been followed and sure enough, the police show up with perfect timing.  Tommy walks out of the building with no weapon, but the police continue to beat him badly to make a point.  Ryan explains that Tommy will be held until the next Purge and then they will just kill him, which reveals quite a few holes in this justice system that the NFFA seems so proud of.

Will Ryan risk it all to free his friend?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I thought that this inside look during The Purge aftermath shed some new light on everything.

3

“I’m fine…”

But are you really, Ben?  After beating the boy in the “I Am God” Purge mask to death, Ben makes it home to his fraternity, covered in blood.  His roommate is extremely surprised to see him and things aren’t looking too good for him, especially since he left Ben to die.

Ben claims that everything is all right, but this trauma has clearly impacted him and it looks like it also unleashed some inner violence brewing within Ben.  He even tries out playing a Purge video game and gets a little bit too obsessed, revealing that Purge Night may have changed Ben for good.  It also looks like we haven’t seen the last of the “I Am God” Purge mask, as Ben goes back to retrieve it.

2

“I need to know what happened in that house.”

After Esme’s friend is brutally murdered, Esme continues to look into the case, even though her supervisor tells her to let it go.  Esme goes to her friend’s house and finds an envelope with an interesting recording of a woman’s voice.

The woman is talking about her need for violence and already I am connecting the dots, wondering if the voice on the other end is Marcus’s wife, Michelle?  I’m really interested in Esme’s character and I support her quest for the truth, but she better watch her back because the NFFA is always watching.

1

“Whoever is trying to kill you is still out there.”

During episode 2, we discover that Marcus is a doctor and he actually attempts to save the life of the man who tried to kill him.  Marcus doesn’t get any concrete answers out of him, but he decides to go visit his son at college.

In episode 2, we get several connections between our new characters already.  Marcus’s son had Professor Adams as a teacher, who is Esme’s friend, so the dots are already lining up for us.  Ben was in the same class, so we get that link as well, but I’m sure that there are more connections to discover.  Marcus’s son finds a hidden app on his phone that was spying on Marcus and they learn that there is still a bounty out on Marcus. 

So, who wants Marcus dead?  The obvious answer is his wife, but things are not always what they seem on The Purge.  Either way, I’m intrigued.  Stay tuned!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Supernatural” Season 15 Episode 2: “Raising Hell”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Supernatural season 15 episode 2, Castiel reminded us that life may be an obstacle course, but we do run our own race.  Sometimes it may feel like we are just puppets, but we can still determine our own fate and what we do each day is real and significant.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Raising Hell,” some familiar faces show up since it’s basically all hands on deck at this point, but is there anyone who can stop these souls from taking over the world?  Meanwhile, Chuck/God has a family reunion and Dean and Castiel have a heart-to-heart talk.  My top 5 moments from Supernatural season 15 episode 2 are:

5

“Am I interrupting something juicy?”

It’s always great to see Rowena, who shows up to help the Winchesters out of this jam.  Rowena is willing to help, but she does point out that a town full of ghosts is extremely messy even by Winchester standards.  Rowena also seems to be quite familiar with the leader of the ghosts, Francis.  Will she be able to put a dent in his plan or do we need some more recruits to fight the good fight?  Either way, I always want Rowena on my side!

4

“Ketch…how are you here?”

Rowena is not the only one to show up to help out, as Ketch makes a grand entrance as well.  Ketch and Rowena have an interesting vibe going on, although Sam and Dean don’t seem to be too interested in this love connection.  Ketch claims that he wants to help, but things get interesting when he becomes possessed by Francis.

After Dean uses an iron bullet on him, Ketch reminds him that this isn’t the first time he has tried to kill him, but Castiel cannot heal Ketch, which means that something is definitely off in the universe.  It looks like our former assassin is all right for now, but everyone will need to be more careful moving forward.

3

“What about all of this is real?  We are.”

It wouldn’t be Supernatural if we didn’t get some kind of motivational speech and Castiel and Dean stop to have a heart-to-heart chat.  Dean is still feeling very defeated, but Castiel maintains a positive spin.  I think that Castiel makes a significant point and I’m just hoping that Dean can truly see the good that they are all doing.  There is always this dynamic when one character loses faith, but I’m hoping that they can all find some way to keep on believing in the final season.

2

“You’re on your own.”

Dean is not the only one to think twice about life and his purpose, as Chuck/God decides to pay his sister a visit.  Amara is not exactly pleased to see her brother and seems to be perfectly content right where she is.  Chuck wants to take on some kind of family project, clearly searching for something else beyond the world he just abandoned, but it looks like he is starting to realize his mistake. 

Later on, Amara detects that Chuck is not at full strength and it appears that he has also been weakened by the bullet.  When Chuck touches the wound on his shoulder, Sam also feels it, which means that they are somehow linked.  I started thinking about what this means and I was wondering if Sam could be next in line to be the new “God” of the world? 

Maybe it’s time for someone else to take over and perhaps this link will allow him to do so.  We’ll have to see how this plays out, but it’s clear that Chuck and Sam’s fates are now intertwined.

1

“I love you guys…”

Kevin also shows up during this episode, but Dean is extremely surprised to see him since he was under the impression that he was in heaven.  Chuck/God lied about this, which means he could have been lying about a lot of other things, but Kevin is now basically trapped between Hell and earth.  Apparently once a soul has been to Hell it can’t go to heaven and Chuck/God is no longer on the Winchesters’ side, so it looks like Kevin doesn’t have much of a choice here.

It’s clear that Kevin thinks of Sam and Dean as his true family and I’m hoping that they can find a way to help him.  However, it looks like they need to first tackle the issue of more souls coming out to play, which makes me wonder how they will get out of this one?  Stay tuned SPN family!

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 2: “All That Jazz”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 2, I realized that life certainly goes by fast, so we should stop to truly savor it.  Sometimes it may be time for a fresh start, but are we really able to leave our past in the rear view mirror?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Fifty-Nine:  Fast Times at Riverdale High,” Jughead receives an offer that could change his life forever.  Meanwhile, a new principal is making waves, but Cheryl is not going to let anyone stand in her way.  My top 5 moments from the Riverdale season 4 episode 2 are:

5

“I stand only with and for myself.”

In this episode, Veronica has a lot of drama thrown her way, especially when the paparazzi want a statement regarding where she stands in terms of her mother and father.  Veronica does her best to avoid them, but when a story is leaked about her own actions, she decides to pay her father a visit.  Hiram reminds his daughter that she’s a “Lodge through and through,” but Veronica decides to make a statement with flair.

She puts on a show-stopping number of “All that Jazz” and explains that she is not supporting either one of her parents.  It looks like Veronica is ready to embrace her own fresh start, as she decides to legally change her name to Veronica Gomez, ready to strip away the Lodge family name.  Will she truly be able to leave her family drama behind though?

4

“Bros for life.”

Reggie gets some well deserved screen time during the episode, as we dive more into his relationship with his father.  After several mentions of this in season 3, everything is now out in the open about Reggie’s dad abusing him.  Archie refuses to stand by and say nothing, and he and Reggie bond when Reggie decides to finally stand up for himself, damaging his father’s precious car in the process.

It seems like everything is getting better for now and Archie and Reggie claim to be “bros for life,” but I have a feeling that Reggie’s dad will not go away quietly.  Either way, I thought this was an important moment for both of them, bonding over the concept of family, especially when Archie just lost his own father.

In a lot of ways, Archie reminded me of Fred here, always trying to do what is right to help someone in need.  Your dad would be proud of you, Archie!

3

“Your name may be Honey, but I will always be the Queen Bee!”

Cheryl is still keeping dead Jason a secret, but decides to focus her full attention on the Back To School Dance.  Only the new principal, Mr. Honey, has decided to cancel it.  Mr. Honey is played by the amazing Kerr Smith (Charmed, Dawson’s Creek, Final Destination) and I have to say that he is really making some waves at school.  Is he the new villain in town?  Will he and Chad Michael Murray have a showdown to see who is the ultimate 90’s teen icon?

We’ll have to wait and see what his plans are, but it’s clear that Cheryl is not going down without a fight.  After Mr. Honey calls the cops to break up her party, Cheryl decides to kick things up a notch, leaving an actual beehive on Mr. Honey’s desk.  Something tells me that this is only the beginning of a feud between these two, but Mr. Honey better watch his back!

2

“I believe in you.”

Betty and Charles continue to work together to find out where Edgar is so they can get Alice out of there safely.  Kevin tries to make amends with Betty and he seems sincere, but Charles thinks that Kevin may still be working with the Farm.  After Kevin confides in Betty about just wanting to stay connected to Fangs, Betty tells him about her mother being undercover at the farm.

Is this the right move though?  Betty is typically smarter than this and she has just risked exposing her mother, but she tries to tell Charles that Kevin is on their side.  Toward the end of the episode, Kevin learns that Edgar has a lot of weapons, but what is he planning on doing next?  Is he looking to go to war?  Let’s hope that Alice will be OK!

1

“It’s the chance of a lifetime.”

During the episode, we get some hot and steamy moments for both Varchie and Bughead, but Betty really proves just how supportive she can be when she encourages Jughead to go to Stonewall Prep.  We are introduced to another new character, Mr. Chipping, who sees a lot of potential in Jughead’s writing.

At first, Jughead just wants to finish out his senior year with his friends, but Betty reminds him that he should take this opportunity and promises that they can make it work no matter what. 

Betty is so incredibly supportive here and I have to say that this was an important moment for Bughead.  It seems like it is going to be the start of a good year, but we do flash-forward to spring break.  Everyone is looking through the woods for Jughead and so the mystery begins.  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.  Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 10 episode 2: “We Are the End of the World”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 2, Alpha reminded us that there are two kinds of people left in the world:  “The ones brave enough to walk with the dead and everybody else,” but what happens when you blur the line between these two extremes?  Can you still continue to believe in a vision when doubt and regret start to seep in?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.

In last night’s episode, “We Are the End of the World,” we dedicate an episode to The Whisperers, discovering how Alpha and Beta first met.  Meanwhile, we also meet Gamma, played by Hocus Pocus star, Thora Birch.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 2 are:

5

“We’re all monsters now.”

In the beginning of the episode, we jump back to 7 years ago and witness Alpha and Lydia on the run from walkers.  They end up in a building, but quickly learn that they are not alone, as Alpha and Beta cross paths for the very first time.

Alpha and Beta instantly form some kind of twisted connection and seem to truly see each other for what they are.  We learn that Alpha used to enjoy singing and even hums Patsy Cline’s Walkin’ After Midnight, which gave me some LOST nostalgia.

4

“You’ll never understand how it feels to abandon your child.”

In present day, Beta takes two sisters out with him, but one of the sisters freaks out and starts crying, putting the pack in danger.  We learn that she is the mother of the abandoned baby that Connie rescued and it’s clear that she is still broken from this trauma. 

Beta wants to make an example out of her, but Alpha decides to spare her, understanding what it feels like to lose a child.  Beta thinks that she has made a mistake and some other members of the pack begin to question everything.  Losing Lydia has taken a toll on Alpha, but is it now impacting her decisions as a leader?

3

“You gotta become them.  Feel what they feel…”

Back in the past, Alpha explains that they are in a world beyond names, but that they can still recognize each other on some primal level.  She refers to Beta as “B,” which of course makes her “A,” as our origin story continues.  Beta enjoys the sound of the dead and Alpha definitely beats to the sound of her own drum, as poor Lydia starts repeating over and over that “we’re all monsters now.”

Even though Lydia is not exactly like her mother, she doesn’t want her to ever leave her, but she is in such a vulnerable state right now and is extremely impressionable, which makes her past decisions even more understandable now.

2

“I anoint you Gamma.”

After Gamma’s sister is given a second chance, she loses it again when she sees a walker with a baby carrier and runs after it in a blind range.  Gamma makes the decision to protect Alpha over her sister, as her sister is ripped apart.  Alpha explains that Gamma has now accepted her new destiny, but is she a potential threat to Alpha?

Alpha’s better judgment has been clouded because of her own loss and it looks like Gamma is ready to take on more responsibility, which makes me wonder if an even greater threat has just risen among The Whisperers.

1

“Walk with me in the darkness.”

Beta follows Alpha and discovers that she held on to Lydia’s stuffed animal, realizing now that she wasn’t able to kill Lydia.  Alpha explains that she is still her daughter, but that the others cannot know, recognizing that it will weaken her authority and the pack.  Beta agrees to keep her secret and we also flash back to their connected past, learning how the beliefs of The Whisperers came to be.

We learn that Beta was keeping his undead best friend around with an unsettling smiley face T-shirt, but once Alpha eliminates him, she explains that Beta can still keep him with him, taking his skin for the mask that he now wears.  The two of them embrace the darkness together here and we cut to present day, as Alpha explains that she will need to teach our group a lesson for crossing the border, recognizing that she needs to do something to strengthen her pack before anything else unravels.

Alpha is looking to punish our group, but will she truly be able to bury her own mixed emotions about her daughter?  Stay tuned!

Overall, I thought this was an important and revealing origin story that truly allowed us to see things from Alpha’s perspective.  Even though she is considered a villain, it really made me think about Michonne’s discussion last week about good guys and bad guys.  It looks like everyone is blurring the line now between right and wrong, but is there still a chance to find some middle ground before it’s too late?

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

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 14 episode 2: “Thunder Gun 4: Maximum Cool”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 14 episode 2, all you really need to remember is “No hesitation.  No surrender.  No man left behind!”  Well, unless you are Charlie and you think that perhaps you really did leave someone behind.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In Wednesday night’s episode, “Thunder Gun 4:  Maximum Cool,” the gang is selected for a focus group, as they prepare to view a new movie coming out.  Initially the gang seems skeptical, but once they see the title…all bets are off.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 14 episode 2 are:

5

“You’ve chosen wisely.”

In the beginning of the episode, the gang sits down for a movie screening, as they have been randomly selected to take part in a focus group.  The gang is ready to rip the movie apart…that is until the title comes up:  “Thunder Gun 4:  Maximum Cool.” 

Fans of the show will remember season 7, episode 11 (Thunder Gun Express), as the gang hilariously tries to make it to the showing of the greatest movie ever, dealing with a lot of obstacles along the way.  It’s safe to say that the gang is beyond excited to watch this, but they do have high expectations for the movie.

4

“Oh I think she sucks.”

After all the hype, the gang is somewhat confused by the new Thunder Gun movie and they ask, “Did they make Thunder Gun bad?”  The leader of the focus group does her best to go over the changes and the plot to get some answers out of the gang, but she has no idea what she is in for.

She looks to Dee, hoping to really get a female’s perspective, but Dee is not a fan of the strong female character approach, explaining that they should really just “bed em and dead em” so that she has no competition.

3

“The gratuitous nudity was a bit much.”

“F*ck you!”  I’m seriously still laughing over that response from Charlie, who is not pleased with this observation.  The gang seems to be most focused on the fact that there is “no dong” throughout the movie, explaining that it is really a trademark.

Dolph Lundgren hilariously plays “John Thundergun” in the film they are watching, which really made this so much more entertaining, but the gang almost loses it when they find out that the movie will be rated…PG-13.

2

“Save the dong…”

The gang decides to begin chanting “save the dong” to really get their point across, but Dee messes up the rhythm.  Come on, Dee!  Charlie consistently has no idea what is going on and it looks like the leader of the focus group is losing her patience with the gang, especially when they cannot grasp the concept of “passing the torch,” which includes John Thundergun literally passing a torch to his son to carry out the legacy.

1

“I am Thunder Gun.”

The gang decides that it is up to them to destroy it since the movie is such a disaster and they leak the film online before the release.  The mission is a success, as the movie is ultimately pulled, which leaves room for a better “Thunder Gun” movie to release in the future.

Overall, I thought this was a fun episode, especially since I really enjoyed the “Thunder Gun Express” episode back in season 7.  Dolph Lundgren fit in perfectly and really stole the show!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 5 episode 2: “Be A Little Selfish”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair season 5 episode 2, I realized that sometimes we have to take some much needed time for ourselves.  A lot of times it may seem routine or necessary to deflect our own feelings and worry about what is going on around us, but you also don’t want to lose who you are in the process.  Perhaps it’s more about finding a balance, but taking care of ourselves can help more than we realize.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  

In tonight’s episode, “502,” we see things from Janelle’s point of view, reminding us that Noah really is completely oblivious and off in his own world sometimes.  Meanwhile, Helen bonds with Sasha and Joanie takes a work trip up to Montauk, but will she find the answers she is looking for?  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 5 episode 2 are:

5

“Girlfriend is a strong word.”

Part one of the episode follows Janelle, as we see things from her perspective during Vic’s funeral, which really helped fill in some blanks since we know that Janelle did disappear several times.  I am a big fan of Sanaa Lathan and I love the character of Janelle.  She is strong, opinionated, and brilliant.

Noah says that he can’t wait for Janelle to get to know his family, but the whole situation is slightly awkward and a bit overwhelming, especially when Helen’s father mistakes her for the help  and Noah’s daughter, Whitney, points out how she is super excited that her dad is dating a woman of color.

Janelle does her best to deal with these inappropriate side comments with grace, but you have to wonder how long her relationship will last with Noah?  I personally think that Janelle is out of his league, but I am trying to keep an open mind here.

4

“Are you always this honest?”

Three months later, we see things from Helen’s perspective, as she agrees to go on set with Noah and Whitney.  Noah was under the impression that they were shooting a harmless family scene, but Helen actually has to watch a reenactment of the moment when she found Alison’s bra in her drawer.  Helen is clearly going through a lot after Vic’s death and is speaking her mind even more than usual.

She is not intimidated when meeting celebrity, Sasha Mann, and she points out that the character based on Helen should really be more of a bitch.  Sasha appreciates her feedback and thinks that Helen is quite extraordinary and I have to say that I agree!

3

“Montauk…”

I was worried that we were not going to get a chance to check in with Joanie at all during this episode, but we do get some time with her.  Joanie is seen throwing up in the toilet, but wants to cover it up.  Does this mean that she is pregnant or is something else going on here?  Joanie is just as guarded and secretive as her mother and she has been trying to keep busy with work.  Joanie accepts an assignment out in Montauk and tells her husband that she will be staying in her dad’s old house.

When Joanie arrives, Montauk seems like a ghost town and her fingerprint is not recognized at the house.  Joanie decides to break in and it looks like she is about to discover even more ghosts as this story unfolds, but will she be able to uncover the truth behind Alison’s murder?  I’m also curious to find out more about how Cole died and I am very interested in this story-line, as this keeps the story of Alison and Cole alive for us.

2

“Don’t come from within.  Come from above.”

After Janelle discovers that she is now being offered a co-principal job with a young white male teacher with very little experience, she decides to go visit her ex-husband, Carl, to get some legal advice.  Janelle will have to take a pay cut and Joel will be the face of the position, while she will get stuck doing all of the administrative work, which hardly seems fair.  Carl initially presents her the facts, but it’s clear that Janelle is looking for some real support here. 

Janelle says that she doesn’t play well with others, but I honestly like that about her.  She tells it how it is and sometimes you need that in order to maintain structure and she has been trying to create some real change within the school district, which is pretty much what she was hired to do.  Carl presents her with an alternative idea and tells her to run for the school board, which would really shake things up.

This would certainly be a huge change for Janelle, but she also decides to pick things up with Carl romantically again, which could have some interesting consequences.  I already assumed that her relationship would not last very long with Noah, but is she ready to jump back into a failed marriage?  We’ll have to wait and see, but I hope we get some more screen time for Janelle because she is fantastic.

1

“Live now for us both.”

Helen reluctantly agrees to meet with Sasha Mann and she even lets loose to play some basketball, but things go south when Sasha hits her right in the face with the ball.  Helen feels sick and has a slight breakdown and Sasha actually handles it quite well and tries to support Helen.  Helen explains that she wasn’t prepared for how permanent death is, opening up a little bit here.

When Helen returns home, she finally plays Vic’s recording for her and he tells her to “be a little selfish,” understanding that Helen is probably keeping her grief to herself to stay strong for everyone around her, but that she needs to be happy and enjoy life for the both of them. 

I thought this was an important moment for Helen and Vic really touched on some of the points I made in last week’s blog about Helen enjoying life so I was happy to hear him say something similar.  Is Helen finally ready to move on?  Let’s hope so!

The ladies of The Affair are certainly holding my undivided attention as we sink deeper back into the ocean.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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