Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 4: “It Only Has To Work Once”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2, episode 4, I realized that “there’s something about Bridgette Bird.”  Sure, she may be a little quirky, but it’s important that she recognizes who she is and stays true to herself.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “So Maybe I Look Feminine,” Bridgette has a busy day planned, as she tries to tackle her to-do list.  Meanwhile, Nelson invites Bridgette to the salon, which leads to some temptation and fantasy along the way.  My top 5 moments from SMILF season 2 episode 4 are:

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“You’re the one that should shush.”

In the beginning of the episode, Rafi and Nelson arrive at Bridgette’s apartment to pick Larry up for a fun weekend.  Bridgette is thrown off when Nelson shushes Larry while on the phone.  Bridgette is very protective of Larry and she wants him to feel loved wherever he goes, but she chooses not to confront Nelson in this very moment.  However, she does point out to herself that Nelson is the one that should really shush.

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“Rollin with the homies…”

After trying to tackle her to-do list, Bridgette takes Nelson up on her offer and joins her and her friend at the salon.  After flipping through some hairstyle choices a la Britney Spears and Brittany Murphy, Nelson decides she will be going with the Brittany Murphy look and her and her friend break out into a tear-filled “rollin with the homies” to honor Brittany’s classic performance in one of my favorite films of all time, Clueless

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“I think you should consider going blonde.”

While waiting for her stylist, Bridgette meets a bride to be, played by Ari Graynor, and the two bond over some eyeliner tips.  The woman suggests that Bridgette goes blonde, which allows us to see Bridgette’s fantasy world complete with an adorable polka dot ensemble, while watching a polo match.  Bridgette actually looks really fabulous with her blonde hair, but we quickly learn that it has somehow transformed her entire life, which I’m not sure is really possible, but sometimes we all need a change in our look here and there.

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“Is that Kevin Bacon on a horse?”

I mean, Bridgette’s fantasy would not be complete without Kevin Bacon showing up on a horse.  After all, Hollow Man is her favorite film.  Later on, Bridgette crosses paths with Kevin Bacon, who offers to “finger bang” her.  However, he does not want to do this in front of his horse, Peggy, named after Pegasus.  After the act is complete, Kevin asks Bridgette to dinner, who is beyond thrilled to accept.

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“I missed you today.”

After the encounter with Kevin, Bridgette confronts Nelson about shushing Larry and Ari Graynor’s character ends up getting brutally hit in the face with a polo ball.  There is blood everywhere and Bridgette repeatedly asks, “Will someone help her?”  Bridgette spots a mannequin dressed like her former self in a t-shirt and shorts with brown hair, reminding her who she really is.  This moment snaps Bridgette back to reality, as she is now staring in the mirror at her messy brown hair and makes the decision not to go to the salon.  Bridgette is beyond thrilled to see Larry return, reminding her what’s truly important to her.  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 11: “The Hobo Games”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 11, I realized that you may train and train for your moment in the spotlight, but you should never underestimate the power of social media.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “The Hobo Games,” Frank makes it into the final round of competition to become the Hobo Loco Man, but Ingrid tries to make him choose between the game and her.  Meanwhile, Fiona’s behavior does not improve, Carl gets promoted at work, and Debbie grows closer to Kelly.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 11 are:

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“I’m pregnant.”

In this episode, Tami keeps Lip at a distance and even blows him off when she is supposed to take him and Xan to their meeting.  Lip finally tracks Tami down and she reveals that she is pregnant, which shocks Lip.  Lip has a lot of things going on in his life right now, but he would absolutely be there to support Tami.  But does she want his help?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m really hoping that Tami doesn’t shut Lip out because these two are adorable together.

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“Why is that my scrotum’s fault?”

An excellent question, Kev.  V wants Kev to get a vasectomy, especially since their two children are threatening any other kids that live in their home.  Kev is hesitant about this and even calls “bullshit on vasectomies,” but V means business.  After hearing another patient screaming, Kev decides to pretend that he had the surgery and ends up spending the day “masturbating” and “learning the dance in Fortnite,” while high on his pain medication.  V gets a call at work and finds out that Kev never had the surgery and she reminds him that he will be going back there to complete it.  I guess it was worth a shot, Kev.

3

“Girl’s day!”

Debbie begins to grow closer to Kelly and explores her desires further.  Carl is not pleased by this, as he is not looking to compete over his girlfriend with his sister.  Debbie and Kelly have a fun water fight outside that Carl’s new co-workers are impressed by, but Carl reminds Debbie that Kelly is not a lesbian.  Will she give up on her new crush?  We’ll have to wait and see, but the “girl’s day” was a blast to watch for sure.

2

“I’m not quitting this!”

Frank and Mikey O. make it to the last round of the Hobo Loco Man competition and Frank is ready to win his $50,000 grand prize.  After testing his blood alcohol content, he is told that his “blood is basically jet fuel,” but Frank has been training for this moment for quite some time.  In the end, Frank is slightly distracted when Ingrid tries to get him to leave and Mikey O. and him both miss jumping on the train.  Frank assumes that he will still get a prize, but we learn that the default winner is chosen by how many social media fans someone has and Gloria takes the top prize.  I mean, she did end up going topless for her fans, which shows dedication and commitment.  Ingrid also makes the decision to leave with Randy, so it looks like Frank is left with nothing.  Sorry Frank, my money was on you!

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“I want you out of this f*cking house.”

In the beginning of the episode, Fiona wakes up in a random hotel room and stoops to a new low, when she steals some Oxy to make a few extra bucks.  We find out that Deb did pay her bail to get her out of jail, but Fiona still needs to pay her fair share.  Later in the episode, Fiona is caught off guard during an unannounced home check to determine if Xan can stay there.  Lip is upset and Fiona tries to track him down to make things right, but she ends up having a drink and talking about her problems with Lip’s sponsee, Jason.  Fiona pours him a drink, which causes Jason to call up his dealer, ending his 100 days of being sober.  Lip is beyond angry at Fiona.  Fiona tries to explain that she didn’t know, but Lip tells her that she simply didn’t care to and that he wants her out of the house.  Fiona is shocked and hurt by Lip’s words, but will it be enough to help her get back on track?  There are only three episodes left this season and I am still wondering how Fiona will leave the show.  I’m really hoping that Jimmy comes back to take her away and help her, so that we get a happy ending, similar to Ian being reunited with Mickey, but there are endless possibilities.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 5: “I Feel Like Something Terrible is Going to Happen”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 5, I realized that “secrets can make you lonely.”  They eat away at you and pull at your inner conscience, refusing to retract their claws.  They will consume you if you let them, but so will the vampire in the cell next door.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “How You Gonna Outrun the End of the World?” we learn more about Dr. Lear’s past and Fanning’s connection to his wife, Elizabeth.  Meanwhile, Dr. Sykes tries to do what is right, Shauna continues to haunt Clark’s mind, Lila gets into trouble, and Amy displays some new abilities.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 5 are:

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“We’re getting out of here soon and I’m taking you with me.”

During the episode, Dr. Sykes tells Clark that she knows that he made the conscious decision to save Shauna and asks him if she is still in his head.  Clark lies to her and says no, but Shauna is never too far away, as she continues to taunt and tease Clark.  She clearly has a fascination with Clark and promises to take him with her, but is she simply using him or is there more to it?  Either way, it doesn’t look like Shauna is going to stop appearing in Clark’s mind, but why is he hiding it from others?  Does he think it makes him weak or a target?  Does a part of him truly want to lose himself with Shauna and embrace the darkness?

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“Are you reading my mind?”

Amy begins to show some telepathic abilities, as Brad notices that Amy is reading his mind.  Dr. Sykes reminds Amy that “there’s a light” in her, revealing that Amy’s goodness may be enough to balance her new abilities.  Could this be the key?  Amy’s powers are advancing, but she seems to be holding on to her humanity more than Carter, who was clearly tortured by the vampires in his head.  Carter had a guilty conscience, but Amy is an innocent, so could that make the difference?  Shauna offered false promises of family to Amy, but Brad reminds Amy that he’s not going anywhere and that he is her family, which is beyond touching.  Amy is clearly frightened that she could be transforming into something else, but Brad keeps her staying positive, as they plan a way to escape together.

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“No one here wants any part of that.”

Dr. Sykes begins to learn that Project Noah is not just about saving lives, as she comes to the discovery that they plan on weaponizing Amy.  Dr. Sykes listens to her own conscience and realizes that she needs to help Amy and Brad escape.  Dr. Sykes wants to shut the project down, but it looks like she doesn’t have any support from Clark or anyone else right now.  Her best shot is to somehow recruit Dr. Lear, but it looks like Project Noah is run by people who have another agenda.  Even though Dr. Sykes may not be able to stop it, she can do what she can to protect Amy, which proves that she is a good person and she has the potential to make a difference.

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“We moved on.  Clearly you never did.”

Dr. Lear is quarantined during the episode, which had me feeling some Lost nostalgia, especially when the alarm sounded.  Dr. Lear is worried about turning into a vampire and even uses this word, which surprises Dr. Sykes.  Dr. Lear is warned not to look at Fanning, but he can’t help thinking of their connected past while he is down here.  We learn that Dr. Fanning was hopelessly in love with Dr. Lear’s wife, Elizabeth, and they shared a brief encounter together.  Dr. Fanning attempts to manipulate Dr. Lear’s mind with these secrets, but Dr. Lear says that he already knew about it and that they moved past it together, recognizing that their marriage is strong and important.  Unfortunately, Dr. Fanning doesn’t stop here, as he taps into the janitor’s mind and he ends up paying Elizabeth a visit and injecting the serum into her.  Jonas learns that he is not infected, but he tries to make it to Elizabeth, fearing that she may be in trouble.  Elizabeth’s mind seems to be restored, as she fully remembers Jonas, but Fanning is already in her mind.  Will Dr. Lear be able to save his wife or is she already claimed by Fanning?  Either way, this fully motivates Dr. Lear to try and find some kind of cure before the rest of the world is impacted.

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“You just did that.”

Didn’t anyone ever teach Dr. Pet that you don’t say things like “what’s the worst that can happen in 30 seconds?”  I mean, we’re dealing with unstable vampires here.  Anyway, Dr. Pet starts some experiments on Winston, as he tries to telepathically connect to his mind, hoping that he can control the vampires.  It initially seems to be working, but Winston later turns the tables on Dr. Pet and tells him to run.  Dr. Pet is viciously killed by Winston in front of Dr. Lear’s cell, as he makes a break for it.  Amy and Brad are also on the run at the same time and Brad tries to protect Amy from Winston.  Amy begins screaming in reaction, which impacts and hurts Winston.  Brad is just as surprised as Amy, but they realize that they have to get out of there right away.  Amy’s abilities are growing at a fast rate and it seems like her powers are different than the other subjects.  What else will Amy be able to do?  I honestly can’t wait to find out!

Overall, I thought this was a terrific episode.  The connected past between Lear and Fanning reveals that they are going to face off sooner or later.  I just wish we had a little bit more time to devote to Lila and Lacey.  Lila is potentially abducted at the end of the episode, but I wish we had a few more minutes in each episode so that we can fully understand what is going on here, but I’m sure we will get more information soon.  Either way, this show continues to captivate my full attention.  There is a struggle of power going on between light and dark, but it’s only a matter of time before one tips the scale.  Are you on Team Fanning or Team Amy Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 9: “Home, Sweet Home”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 9 Mid-Season Premiere, I realized that sometimes being a good judge of character is not as easy as one might suspect.  Do you go with your gut or do you believe that there is still goodness within others, even though you have been burned before?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Adaptation,” Negan finally gets some well deserved screen time and leaves Alexandria, but starts to have second thoughts about where he truly belongs.  Meanwhile, Michonne and Daryl capture a Whisperer, Luke tries to keep things light, and Rosita reveals a secret.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 9 are:

5

“I’m pregnant.”

During the episode, Rosita gets sick after Eugene returns and reveals that she is pregnant.  I guess congratulations are in order, only we find out that Dr. Siddiq is the potential father since apparently Rosita was “having fun” with him before she started seeing Gabriel.  I honestly can’t keep track of all of these romances, but it’s interesting that another pregnancy has now been revealed on the show.  But what does that mean for Eugene?  I’ve been secretly shipping Rosita and Eugene for a while, but I’m not sure if that is in the cards now.

4

“Two man band.”

Luke, played by Dan Fogler, is still bringing us some laughs, which is important on a show like TWD, which can be very heavy and draining sometimes.  Luke offers to help out and goes on a sweep with Alden.  He talks about forming a two man band and says it can be a “symphony of awesome.”  While I love these two bonding right now, it doesn’t look too good for them when they end up surrounded by the Whisperers at the end of the episode.

3

“You try anything, you won’t have to pretend.”

During the episode, Michonne and Daryl capture a Whisperer.  Michonne reminds us that she is a bad-ass and threatens the Whisperer.  We know that Michonne will be leaving the series during season 10, but it looks like she is going to continue to stay guarded in the meantime.  After all, we still don’t know the back story of these “X” marks, but Michonne is not taking any chances with this Whisperer chick.  I can’t say that I really blame her, however.

2

“These people need you.”

During the episode, Michonne reminds Daryl that everyone needs him and that he is the “best judge of character” she knows.  While you may not think this skill is worth mentioning, it absolutely is, as so many of the characters on the show fail to see what is right in front of them.  Daryl has the ability to see who someone truly is, but he has been on his own for quite some time now.  Daryl confronts the Whisperer chick and screams, “don’t like to me,” proving that he means business, but Henry intervenes when Daryl decides to do what is necessary.  Henry is naive and almost pointless here, except that the Whisperer chick takes advantage and tells him that her name is Lydia and thanks him.  I literally said, “dumb ass Henry,” to my television during this scene, but I guess we have to have someone to yell at.

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“Home, sweet home.”

Negan finally gets the quality screen time he deserves in this episode and I have to say that it’s about time!  Negan tries to escape Alexandria, but Judith catches him.  Judith is not about to let Negan go, but he reasons with her.  Negan and Judith have formed a strong bond and Judith makes a real decision for herself by letting him go.  Negan has quite the adventure, as he ends up returning to his old “home” and tries to embrace a form of nostalgia.  However, Negan comes to the realization that his former home is pretty much gone and there is nothing left there for him.  Negan comes back and Judith shoots at him like she promised, but Negan thoughtfully returns her compass and decides to stay in Alexandria after all.  What’s next for Negan?  I’m not sure, but it looks like his character will be developing further, which is something that I am looking forward to.  Stay tuned!

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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “SMILF” season 2 episode 3: “Birthday twins!”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2  episode 3, I was reminded that one night can have a ripple effect on so many others, only you don’t always realize it.  After Bridgette’s fiasco last week, we actually get to learn how her night impacted other characters on the show, which was clever and fun.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Surrogate Mothers Inspire Loving Families,” which is a play on SMILF, Bridgette takes the statue of Mary home and tries to recover from her crazy adventure.  Meanwhile, the episode is split up into three parts, allowing us to see how that same day impacted:  Ida, Ally & Mindy, and Elsie.  My top 5 moments from the SMILF season 2 episode 3 are:

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“Everybody always misses my birthday.”

In the beginning of the episode, we flash back to “earlier that day” and Ally starts talking about how everyone always misses her birthday.  Ally is clearly in a rut because of Mr. Daddy’s infidelity, but she desperately tries to put a bright spin on everything.  Only we quickly learn that this big day for Ally actually impacts a lot of the people around her as well.

4

“Come dance with me.”

The first perspective of the episode belongs to Ida, who works very hard for Ally.  We learn that Ally’s daughter, Chloe, actually has a very close bond with Ida.  Ida even helps her “roll” out her fat so that she feels confident for her date.  After the date, Chloe is upset and feels rejected, but Ida keeps her staying positive, as the two of them dance away their worries, which is heartwarming and special.  Even though Ally is Chloe’s mother, I’m not sure that Chloe feels comfortable talking to her about her problems, but it’s nice to see that she has another woman under her roof who is there for her.

3

“I hate Judge Judy.”

During the “Ally & Mindy” portion of the episode, Ally gets a call from her son and has to pick him up from school because he is not feeling well.  Ally tries to bond with her son and suggests that they can curl up on the couch and watch television together, but her son hilariously reminds her, “I hate Judge Judy and it’s so predictable.”  Later on, Ally wants to go into a store and tries to get her son to behave and says he can buy whatever he wants at Target and that “he can shoot guns all night” as long as he remains quiet, which is not the phrase that Ally opted for.  It doesn’t look like the bonding is going anywhere, however.

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“Thank you Miss Ally and your cheating ass husband.”

The third part of the episode is from Elsie’s perspective and she is beyond excited to go to a concert later on.  After Ally decides to replace her own refrigerator simply because it doesn’t go with the rest of the decor, she agrees to let Elsie have the discarded refrigerator, which frees up some money so that Elsie can go get her hair done in style.  Unfortunately, Elsie misses out on the concert when she gets the call from Ally to babysit Larry while Ally and Bridgette go out for her birthday, but she ends up making the most of it by dancing the night away with Mindy, while keeping a watchful eye over Larry of course.

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“Birthday twins!”

During the Ally & Mindy portion of the episode, Mindy helps Ally in the store she works at.  Ally has been desperately trying to obtain a rare Birkin bag, which costs $23,000 and is tired of being put on the waiting list.  After discovering that Ally and Mindy share the same birthday, Mindy decides to help out Ally after being snubbed by another customer who was waiting for the bag.  Ally isn’t the kindest to Mindy either, but Mindy is still sweet to her and ends up watching Larry with Elsie when they are unable to go to the concert together.  It seems like Ally doesn’t really know how to hold on to a friend, but perhaps she should take a further look at the women around her who are always there for her.  Birthdays are a time for celebration, but we also tend to take a good hard look in the mirror at ourselves and determine where we are in our lives.  Ally may still need some time to recover over Mr. Daddy, but I think that she should take a cue from Ida, Elsie, and Mindy, who seem to make the best of their situations no matter what.  At least Ally got that Birkin bag though.  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 10: “Welcome to the South Side, Bitch!”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 10, I realized that merely saying you are “turning a corner” does not always mean that you will.  You may be off to a good start, but it doesn’t take much to set you off on the wrong path again.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Los Diablos!” Debbie continues to panic about running the Gallagher household and Liam tries his best to pay his fair share.  Meanwhile, Fiona winds up in a dangerous situation, an old friend of Lip’s returns, and Frank realizes that he has some steep competition in the search for the next Hobo Loco Man.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 10 are:

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“So should we like hold hands or something?”

In this episode, Lip and Tami continue to grow closer, as they decide to take their relationship to the next level and actually hang out.  Lip tags along while Tami volunteers at a senior center and gets more than he bargained for when one of the old ladies gets a little “handsy” with him.  As Lip said, “no means no!”  Later on, Lip is in for a huge surprise when Xan shows up on his doorstep.  Xan’s mother has abandoned her again and Xan is clearly traumatized.  Tami actually handles this situation very well and is there for both Lip and Xan, proving that perhaps she is the one for Lip after all.  After watching the preview for the next episode, it looks like Lip is going to try and apply to foster Xan again, but I’m not sure if this will work out for them just yet.  Either way, I was happy to see the growth of the relationship between Lip and Tami.

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“You know you really can’t put drug dealer or gun runner on your West Point app.”

Great point, Carl!  Carl is excited to get a new job opportunity, but it involves him being a sign spinner for popcorn shrimp while wearing a very festive pirate costume.  Carl is not thrilled about the job opportunity, especially when he gets jumped on the corner, but he is trying to stick it out as much as he can.  It looks like Carl’s new boss is a little “handsy” herself, so he may wind up in some trouble here, but we’ll have to wait and see how this pans out since it’s all hands on deck at the Gallagher home.  Savvy?

3

“Bad people wanted to turn them into sex slaves and gang members.”

“Kev, please stop talking!”  I agree, V, as Kev puts forth a valiant effort to teach his daughters a valuable lesson, but I’m not sure that they are ready to fully comprehend this subject matter.  During the episode, Santiago’s sister arrives and they explain that they will be returning back to Guatemala.  Kev is slightly disappointed, as he tried to bond with Santiago and even dressed him like him.  Kev and V’s daughters seem more than excited; however, as they drew some interesting pictures depicting Santiago’s violent death, which Kev and V might want to be slightly concerned about.

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“They’re looking for someone with no purpose in life.”

I mean, if this is a calling for anyone, it’s for our guy, Frank Gallagher.  Debbie even hilariously points out that if it involves alcohol, they should just give the prize to Frank.  Frank is beyond excited to participate in the competition to become the next Hobo Loco Man, but he quickly realizes that he is not the only one with some pretty impressive skills in the group.  I’m not really sure that we can classify this as healthy competition, as some of the activities involve eating food out of a dumpster and chugging endless amounts of Hobo Loco and alcohol.  The Hobo Loco man is trending everywhere, but my money is still on Frank winning it all.  Place your bets now!

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“Welcome to the South Side, Bitch!”

In the beginning of the episode, Fiona winds up in a dangerous situation when three men show up late at night at Patsy’s Pies.  Fiona is unsure if they want to rob her or hurt her, but ends up closing early and calling the police.  While Fiona had a right to be scared in this situation, her drinking problem has become quite routine and others are taking notice as well.  Fiona is ready to “turn a corner,” but is fired for her behavior, which only drives her right back to the alcohol.  Fiona has no job, but she tries to stay positive.  While Fiona may be out of control, at least she is not “having a tea party with stuffed animals,” like Ingrid.  Seriously, that comment had me laughing hysterically.  Later on, Fiona is beyond upset when she finds out that her new neighbor called the cops on Liam when he was trying to sell lemonade.  Fiona rounds up the troops and they throw an intrusive block party to officially welcome their new neighbor to the South Side.  Only Fiona takes it a little bit too far when she jumps the woman’s fence and punches her straight in the face.  While the woman may have deserved it, Fiona winds up getting arrested, so things are only going to get crazier for the Gallaghers.  Stay tuned and congrats to Shameless for being renewed for season 10!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 4: “Show Me The Real You”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 4, I realized that even if “you know what’s best,” can you really trust yourself when your dreams are being invaded by the overwhelmingly creepy Dr. Fanning?  Are the subjects in Project Noah still connected to their own thoughts and desires or are they now merely instruments of destruction?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Whose Blood Is That?” we dive deeper into Anthony Carter’s past, as Fanning continues to bring him over to the dark side.  Meanwhile, Shauna pays Amy a visit, Brad tries to do the right thing, and Dr. Lear may have just been contaminated.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 4 are:

5

“I got skills.”

During the episode, Brad and Amy continue to connect, as Brad is determined to protect Amy no matter what.  Amy shows one of her first signs of advancing when she and Brad are on the run and she is able to sprint in front of him with no real effort.  While we still don’t know exactly how the serum will impact Amy, it’s clear that she is already showing signs, but will she have the same fate as the patients who came before her or is she transforming into something else?  Something even more dangerous?  We’ll have to wait and see.

4

“We need to go now.”

We continue to catch up with Lila and Lacey, who are trying to get the story out to anyone who will listen.  A reporter actually seems interested in running with the story, but they learn that she was killed later on.  Lila is shocked, but Lacey recognizes the potential threat immediately and tells Lila that they need to go now, which suggests that they will be determined a threat to Project Noah as well.  Luckily, Lila has Lacey to protect her, although they may need some backup pretty soon.

3

“Let me help you.”

During this episode, Brad tries to get through to Agent Paulson, who has clearly been impacted by the nightmares.  Brad remains calm in the situation even though Agent Paulson has a gun and it seems like he is getting through to him until Clark decides to take him out and eliminate the threat.  Clark has already been questioned about letting Shauna live, but he does not even take a second to think about eliminating a fellow agent.  Is there any hope for Clark or will he continue to spiral out of control?

2

“Show me the real you.”

Shauna pays Amy a visit, well a mental visit, and tries to begin manipulating her, but Amy is well aware of what is right and what is wrong.  Amy tells Shauna, “I’m nothing like you,” but Shauna is convinced that she is and reminds her that “fighting only makes it harder.”  We know that Fanning is very interested in Amy’s presence and that Amy could be the key to stopping this threat, but it looks like she will continue to deal with obstacles along the way.  This is a very tough little girl; however, and one should not underestimate her.

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“Open up your heart, Anthony.”

During the episode, we get a glimpse into Anthony Carter’s past.  We see his past relationship with Rachel and learn that Carter was framed for her death.  Carter already feels so much guilt about what happened to her and he loved her very much, but Fanning uses this vulnerability to his advantage.  He reminds Anthony that “love without power is misery.”  At the end of the episode, Carter is in danger of dying, but ultimately makes his choice and accepts the monster within.  Carter attacks someone in the lab and relishes in his first real kill as a vampire, as Dr. Lear watches in horror, just barely scraping by himself.  Although Dr. Lear may have a new problem now, as he realizes that he has someone else’s blood on him.  Does this mean that Dr. Lear has been contaminated?  We’ll have to wait and see. 

Overall, the episode did not draw me in the same way that episode 3 did, as it almost felt like a transition or setup for what’s to come.  I think that we still have a lot in play here and I am interested to see what happens next.  I’m hoping that episode 5 will get us back on track with the fast paced tempo of the previous three episodes, although I do feel that the background story for Anthony was revealing.  It’s interesting to see how both Carter and Shauna were betrayed and hurt in the past, allowing Fanning to manipulate their weaknesses into an illusion of power.  Fanning may not be powerful on his own as Patient Zero, but it’s clear that he is building an army and they may become unstoppable.  Stay tuned!

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

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