My performance of the week ending 1/11/20 on TV goes to…

Marlo Kelly as Beth Cassidy on USA Network’s Dare Me.

There’s a new mean girl in town and she can already give Regina George and Heather Chandler a run for their money.  Throw in some over-competitive cheerleading, dark secrets, obsession, and a possible murder, and she may just be crowned the new Queen Bee.

**Please note spoilers have been left out for your convenience.**

Dare Me has aired two episodes so far and I am already completely captivated by Beth Cassidy, played brilliantly by Marlo Kelly.  While a lot of the other characters have potential as well, there is something almost magnetic about Beth. Her wide eye stares and dangerous actions make her a potential modern day femme fatale, but there’s also several layers beneath this tough appearance.

Beth clearly has a weakness for her best friend, but we all know that obsession can be a deadly game, especially when someone gets in her way.  While the cheesy montages are a little bit much, Marlo nails every scene with unsettling perfection.  This may be her break-out role because she is destined for stardom.

In addition, Beth clearly has some family issues going on.  Her father moved in with his mistress across the street and their daughter is also on the squad, which causes even more drama during games and practice.  Being on top of the pyramid is not just a privilege…it’s a necessity, and Beth is willing to take out the competition while keeping a smile planted on her face.

Beth is already set up to face off against our main protagonist, Coach Colette French (Willa Fitzgerald), but will she be able to put her personal agenda aside for the good of the team?  I personally am looking forward to more interactions between these two because the tension is intense.

Coach Colette French does not initially seem to be intimidated by Beth, but she is not an ordinary teenage girl.  There is clearly this jealousy and rage brewing inside of Beth, but she is able to appear so calm and in control on the surface.  Sometimes, that can be even more dangerous; however, as Beth even keeps certain secrets from her best friend, Addy.  Beth is manipulative and calculating and yet we can’t turn away from her.

Marlo Kelly fearlessly embraces this beautiful dark role with perfect poise.  She is a scene stealer for sure and the main reason why I keep coming back for more every single week.

What’s next for Beth?  Well, there is this mystery unfolding slowly week after week and you have to wonder if Beth is behind a possible crime, but is she the obvious choice?  Beth has already demonstrated that she is not afraid to break the rules to get what she wants, but how far will she go?

I can’t wait to find out!  

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

Have a performance on TV that you think is simply outstanding? Feel free to contact me with your nomination for the week by Friday at midnight! 

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “You” Season 2 on Netflix: Lifetime Dexter Does It Again

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

Obsession looks good on Joe Goldberg, played brilliantly by Penn Badgley.  After season one became a streaming sensation on Netflix, I was slightly worried that season two would not be able to deliver, but starting over in a new town gave us plenty of opportunities to witness Joe’s dark narrative come alive once again.

You (season two) began streaming new episodes on December 26th 2019 on Netflix.  Season two features ten episodes (about 50 minutes in length).  It stars Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Ambyr Childers, Carmela Zumbado, and Jenna Ortega.

In season two, Joe moves from New York to L.A. and is determined to get a fresh start as “Will,” but things get complicated when he falls in love with his new romantic interest, Love.  He quickly becomes entangled in her family drama, which mostly involves her twin brother, Forty.  Joe tries to be a better person, but the darkness within him continues to stir, as he starts to lose self-control once again.

If you loved season one, you are probably wondering if season two lives up to it?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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Strong supporting characters that steal the show.

As much as I love listening to Joe’s moody narrative, it can get a bit stale if we don’t shake things up with some interesting characters.  My biggest issue with season one was that I actually really didn’t like Beck as a character.  In season two, I really thought that Love had a lot of potential, but I was also intrigued by her twin brother, Forty, who is absolutely hilarious.

Joe’s new neighbors, Delilah and Ellie, are also both fantastic.  You care about their stories and they really allowed us to see Joe/Will’s struggle to be a hero you can count on.  Being a serial killer can get in the way of this; however, but these characters spark a lot of goodness within him, which really helps him grow as a person despite all of his past inner demons.

Joe’s backstory is revealed and seamless connections to season one questions.

We get a lot of flashbacks sprinkled in during the episodes about Joe’s childhood, which help us understand him a bit more.  Even though we get a new setting and characters for season two, I thought the connections to season one worked perfectly.  They weren’t forced or excessive and they really answered a lot of questions that I had without hitting us over the head with unnecessary cameos.

Really great twists.

I did not see the ultimate twist coming and I was very impressed with it, bringing me in that much more.  This show is addicting and I tend to watch it all in one sitting because I don’t want anyone to spoil it for me.  Each reveal was well timed and I actually thought this season was even better than the first.

The Cons:

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Less kills than season one.

I mean, I guess that shows growth in Joe’s character, but I kind of missed seeing all of the Dexter-like kills from season one, but the ones we do get are rewarding enough.  That being said, it’s hard to continue listening to Joe’s conflicted narrative when we don’t get some surprising kills thrown into the mix to balance that out.

Can’t escape that Lifetime feel.

The show actually did originally air on Lifetime and Netflix ended up picking it up, but there are a lot of scenes that just scream Lifetime with so many over dramatic moments.  But to be honest, that’s why we are watching this.  I can’t say that this surprised me and we witness so many real and honest performances to balance this out, but there were some scenes that were just a little bit too outrageous.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  I really enjoyed season one of the show, but I loved season two even more. “I wolf you season two!”

This show is beyond addicting.  It’s dark and obsessive, but it also has so many genuine moments of compassion and humor. 

Stand out character:  Forty, who basically stole the show for me. 

Season two was also not afraid to make fun of itself, even having one of the characters comparing Joe’s actions to Dexter, which I appreciated.

The twists were so great and the pacing worked so well, making this show the perfect one to binge-watch.  I hope that we get a season three because this show is fantastic!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” Season 4 Episode 8: “I’m One Elizabeth Away From Exploding”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching The CW’s Riverdale season 4 episode 8, I learned that sometimes it’s easier to open up to a stranger about our problems, but when those problems include haunted ghosts, daddy issues, and a hero complex, Mrs. Burble certainly has a lot of work to do.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Chapter Sixty-Five:  In Therapy,” The Watcher returns and continues to send creepy VHS tapes to the residents of Riverdale.  Meanwhile, our main characters take time to meet with the new counselor, Mrs. Burble, learning quite a bit about themselves in the process.

My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 4 episode 8 are:

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“Someone needs to step up.”

When Archie meets with Mrs. Burble, he explains that he doesn’t have any interest in going to college, focusing all of his attention on cleaning up the town of Riverdale.  Mrs. Burble tries to get Archie to open up about his father and it’s clear that Archie is embracing this hero complex a little too much, as Mrs. Burble warns him about the dangers of becoming a vigilante.

Mrs. Burble suggests that Archie come up with an anonymous hotline so that he can help others without getting directly involved, but as soon as a call comes through, Archie grabs his mask once again, so it doesn’t look like he is ready to step down from his vigilante role anytime soon.

We know that Archie is desperate to fix things and has the tendency to carry the burden for everyone else, but he needs to watch out before he gets himself, or someone he loves, hurt.

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“I love you most too.”

The Cooper ladies are in desperate need of some therapy, although Alice is now embracing her maiden name.  Alice basically crashes Betty’s therapy session, as these two ladies try to air out their issues.  Alice says that Betty is a little girl, but once they keep talking, she blurts out that she loves Betty most of all and she doesn’t want to lose her.

At the end of the episode, Alice leaves a check for Betty to make up for taking her college fund and Betty tells her that she loves her most too, which was a sweet moment.

Betty and Alice have been through their fair share of trauma, but I hope this is enough to repair some of the damage between them.

Although next week’s episode looks really frightening with Alice holding a knife, so we’ll have to see how this plays out for Betty and Alice.

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“Pause…you’re taking my Vixens away?”

Mr. Honey continues to be Cheryl’s nemesis, explaining that she will need to be cleared through a therapy session before he will reconsider giving her back her duties on the cheerleading squad.  Cheryl starts out with a guard around her, but actually opens up to Mrs. Burble quite a bit, as we start to realize how much trauma poor Cheryl has actually gone through.

Mrs. Burble tells Cheryl that she is “remarkably resilient” and I have to agree, but Cheryl finally starts to open up about talking to dead Jason and her feelings on Julian, suddenly realizing how crazy this seems.

Mrs. Burble has Cheryl take a test that determines that she does not have shared DNA, which means she actually didn’t consume Julian in the womb.

Cheryl may not be haunted anymore, but she shares Mrs. Burble’s theory with Toni, explaining that perhaps someone is messing with her.

Toni is hilariously catching up on some reading with The Amityville Horror, which certainly seems fitting, but now we have to wonder who is messing with Cheryl?

I can’t imagine that Nana Rose or Toni would do this and Cheryl already chased her relatives out the door, so is it possible that Mr. Honey is up to no good here?  Polly?  Penelope Blossom?

We’ll have to see how this plays out, but they better watch out.  Cheryl Blossom is not someone you want to mess with!

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“You should try seeing him through your father’s eyes.”

Even though Jughead is at Stonewall Prep, he gets a session with Mrs. Burble when he is waiting for a transcript.  Jughead opens up about the mystery and scandal behind the Baxter Brothers, but Mrs. Burble suggests that perhaps he should focus more on his homework rather than this conspiracy theory.

Jughead is very guarded as well, but starts to think twice when Mrs. Burble explains that he should try to see things through FP’s eyes, reminding him how much FP has sacrificed for Jughead to try and do right by him.

This leads to a very nice moment between Jughead and his father, but will Jughead completely abandon his investigation?

Probably not, but at least he is getting back on track with his writing now.

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“Veronica Luna is no one’s Cordelia!”

A shining moment for Veronica (formerly known as Lodge) Luna, who is beyond excited when she finds out that she received early admission into Harvard, which is her dream school.  However, this dream quickly becomes a nightmare when she realizes that her father got involved, now not knowing if she received admission based on her own merit or not.

Veronica has always seen her family as rather Shakespearean, but Mrs. Burble explains that perhaps it really is more of a Greek Tragedy.  She talks about Veronica’s relationship with her father being somewhat obsessive, as perhaps Hiram sees a lot of himself in Veronica and Veronica’s drive for business and success stems from her father.

Mrs. Burble explains that the only way Veronica can be free is to “kill her father,” although not with actual murder.  Veronica turns down Harvard and stands up to her father, saying that she is going to win in terms of business, so I guess that means she will be making rum now? 

Either way, this was a very important moment for Veronica.  We have seen her stand up to her father again and again, but it looks like she is finally going to take a stand away from him to find her own purpose and identity.  Go V!

Overall, this episode felt slightly transitional, although I think these moments gave us a chance to reflect on each character and their development over the seasons.  However, we did get some plot advancing moments, as we still don’t know who The Watcher is and we later discover that in the future, Donna and Bret are the ones who claim that they saw Archie, Betty, and Veronica killing Jughead, so it looks like we still have more to uncover with this mystery.

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 “Riverdale” season 3 episode 5: “Let the Game Begin”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 5, we learned that the apple really doesn’t fall that far from the tree, as some of our favorite characters repeated the same mistakes as their parents.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Chapter Forty:  The Great Escape,” Jughead continues to immerse himself into “Griffins and Gargoyles” and is finally ready to bring the game “off board.”  Meanwhile, Veronica works on a plan of her very own to help Archie break out of prison and Cheryl shows off her impressive archery skills.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 5 are:

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“There’s something we should discuss.”

After realizing Jughead’s involvement in the game, Betty decides to continue investigating on her own and looks to her friends for help.  Betty is convinced that one of their parents could be responsible for the murder of Principal Featherhead and suggests that they each try and talk to their parents to see what they know.  While Reggie’s father responds with unnecessary violence, Kevin and Josie get more information than they bargained for when they find out that their parents are getting married.  Congrats?

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“You can’t fight your destiny.”

In the beginning of the episode, Archie and the others try to execute their escape plan, but fail.  Archie is branded by the warden, which is beyond brutal, but is also rewarded with a last supper of sorts.  Archie recognizes that the warden no longer needs him and realizes that something big is about to go down.  He asks the warden how Hiram Lodge framed him and learns that Hiram paid the witnesses $10,000 each to lie while under oath.  Archie’s life is worth $30,000 according to the warden, but we know that Veronica and his friends see his true value and will stop at nothing to help him.

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“I’m a Lodge.  I know how this goes.”

Veronica continues to clash with her father, but refuses to just sit on the sidelines.  She enlists the help of Elio and his mob connections to get into the prison.  Veronica sports a blonde wig and some classy sunglasses, but Hiram quickly spots her.  Veronica and her friends are ready to help Archie break out of prison, as they follow her plan and instructions.  Only we quickly learn that Jughead’s game of “Griffins and Gargoyles” is directly connected to the plan, but how far does this link go?

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“I’m Game Master!”

Jughead tries to explain that “we have been playing this game for a lot longer than we know.”  The game apparently relates to everything and every decision has a direct consequence in real life.  We also learn that the game only takes place in Riverdale, which is why no one else has ever heard of it.  Betty desperately tries to get Jughead to snap out of it, but his obsession has elevated to a new level.  Jughead may be the “Game Master,” but it’s only a matter of time before this game turns deadly, but for whom?

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“To the grave.”

In a confusing moment, Joaquin kisses Archie and then stabs him.  Archie does not understand this betrayal and Joaquin says, “The warden said if I’d do this, I’d ascend.”  Joaquin is somehow directly involved in the game along with the warden, which has us all wondering who is the Gargoyle King?  Archie is able to successfully break out of prison with the help of Mad Dog and his friends and he will remain in the bunker until it is safe.  Veronica tells everyone in the room that they are all in a pact and that they will need to take this to the grave, as history now repeats itself for our favorite characters.  When Betty detects Archie’s brand, we learn that the symbol is from the game, which is not surprising.  After seeing the preview for the upcoming episode on November 28th, we know that it means sacrifice.  At the end of the episode, the warden ends his own game by taking the cyanide after failing to bring down the “Red Paladin.”  While Jughead initially suspects that the warden may be the Gargoyle King, I am now wondering if it is Hiram Lodge.  Perhaps this is too obvious; however, but we know that Hiram is sort of like the king of Riverdale and is performing evil acts left and right.  Part of me also thinks that it could be Hermione Lodge, which would be an interesting twist.  Hermione was on her way to see the warden right before he killed himself so is it possible that our Gargoyle King is really a queen?  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!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 4: “A Fantasy Land at Our Fingertips”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 4, we got a fun throwback to The Breakfast Club with a familiar guest star, fabulous outfits, and some epic music.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Nine:  The Midnight Club,” Hermione announces that “Griffins and Gargoyles” has been officially banned, but this doesn’t stop the obsession with the game.  Meanwhile, Alice opens up to Betty about her personal connection to the game, presenting us with an entertaining flashback that will have you seeing your favorite characters in a new light.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 4 are:

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“Stay away from this game.”

In an effort to protect everyone, Hermione Lodge announces that she is officially banning “Griffins and Gargoyles.”  Only Veronica rightfully points out, “Newsflash Mom, banning something only makes it more interesting.”  Now that the player’s manual has spread all over town, everyone is intrigued by this new game, unaware of the dark consequences that come along with it.  Betty and Veronica have no interest in playing the game, but some of their loved ones may quickly find themselves caught in a web of obsession. 

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“The world was a different place and we were very different people.”

Alice finally agrees to provide Betty with the truth and her story transitions us into a very different world indeed.  Inspired by the film, The Breakfast Club, we get to envision the parents of Riverdale as teenagers, played by many of their own children.  I thought that this was a really fun and clever way to gain our interest in the story.  Plus we get to see Cheryl rocking some adorable glasses and Betty trading in her preppy style for a bad-ass leather jacket.  The characters are all connected when they wind up in Saturday detention together and a group of strangers find themselves having quite a bit in common, as they all bond together.  Anthony Michael Hall guest stars as Principal Featherhead and we learn that Penelope Blossom was always caught in the middle of a cat fight or two.  During the flashback, we learn that the group found “Griffins and Gargoyles” in their teacher’s desk.  The game seemed like a convenient solution to boredom for the group, but the harmless game quickly turned into a “maddening obsession with the roll of a dice.” 

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“I’m lost.”

During the flashback, we witness a touching scene between young Alice and young Fred.  Alice had just found out that she was pregnant and she confided in Fred about feeling lost and needing an escape from her life.  Alice explained that the game allowed her to do so, but that when the game was over, she was just her again.  This moment is heartwarming on its own, but it also reveals that there has always been some kind of chemistry present between Alice and Fred and perhaps between Betty and Archie as well.  Even though these romantic potential relationships shift toward a friendship instead, one cannot ignore the sweet moment presented here.

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“Forever to the grave.”

After the group decided to have an “Ascension Party” and play the game “off board,” things started to go horribly wrong.  Alice thought she saw the same creature that Betty did and Principal Featherhead winds up dead.  Even though his death was ruled a suicide, it’s clear that someone poisoned him, utilizing the game to do so.  Everyone was high on “fizzle rocks” except for Alice, but they all realized that they could never speak about the game again.  They all made a pact to keep it a secret and go their separate ways.  Even though their friendships were over, they were still all tied together forever by this horrible secret.

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“We can’t be silent anymore.”

After flashing back to present day, Betty asks, “Who poisoned the cups?”  Alice is convinced that one of them was a murderer and that Principal Featherhead was an innocent casualty, but who was it and why is that person bringing the game back now after all this time?  We still have a lot to learn, but Betty cannot stay away from this investigation despite her mother’s warning.  Betty promises her that she will not play the game, but she soon stumbles upon Jughead playing it, who is now fixated on it.  His obsession is obvious and it looks like Betty will need to figure out something fast before she loses Jughead.  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!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 4: “You’re the Only Reason I’m Here”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 4 last night, the voice over reminded us that “humans have been the most vicious animals all along.  Man invented fire, man invented weapons, man invented purge.”  The voice over further explained that “man wasn’t designed to be polite.  Man was designed to survive.”  While we know that our need to survive is always present, that doesn’t mean that we need to “release the beast.”  There is always a balance for everything and we just have to remember that.  However, this is sometimes easier said than done on Purge Night.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Release the Beast,” Miguel continues to try and find Penelope, who has now been taken to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Meanwhile, we learn more about Jenna, Lila, and Rick’s past together and Jane tries to cancel her order, but runs into some trouble along the way.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 4 are:

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“I changed my mind.”

After Alison brutally murders her co-worker, Mark, Jane is beyond upset.  Even Alison panics and says that she feels worse than before and worries that Jane is going to tell her parents.  Priorities right?  After witnessing this, Jane has second thoughts about what she has put into motion and tries to call it off.  She realizes that David doesn’t deserve this fate and makes a call to cancel her order.  Jane only gets a voicemail and realizes that she will need to go outside to find David and save him before it’s too late.  She also makes a call and tries to get a message to her mother, stressing that she forgives her.  But what does she forgive her for?  Jane grabs a hammer and heads outside, but is attacked and drugged on the way.  Luckily for Jane, she is rescued by the “Matron Saints.”  They are a group of women who teach other women about self defense, safety on Purge Night, and rescue women on the actual night.  They explain that they just want to level the playing field, as many women are sexually assaulted and attacked on Purge Night.  Jane still has to make it to David, but it looks like she will be along for the ride for at least a little while longer.  Will she be able to stop her Purge order before it’s too late?

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“Man was designed to survive.”

For the past few episodes, we have heard the voice over of an unidentified man who also wears a mask and eliminates threats on Purge Night.  At the end of this episode, he finally takes his mask off and we meet a new player who is upset to find more victims of the Purge.  While we don’t know much about him or whether he is really a friend or foe, he seems to be some kind of Purge Vigilante.  Either way, the mask has been removed and hopefully we will get some more information on him next week.

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“It’s like the McDonald’s of Purge.  Super Sizing killing…”

During the episode, we learn that Penelope has been taken to the “Carnival of Flesh,” which is “a celebration of killing through the ages.”  Seriously The Purge is corrupting everything I enjoy.  First fun houses and now carnivals.  What’s next?  The carnival is filled with paying customers who are ready to sport their new “Urge to Purge” tee shirts and experience “purging” like their ancestors.  There is a section for “witch trials” and the “fall of Saigon,” giving customers a plethora of options.  Penelope gets a wake-up call and is shocked by the behavior of these people.  She tries to help an old man who is pushed to the ground and mistakes her for his granddaughter.  Penelope tries to stay strong when she is taken on stage to be auctioned off as a “martyr” of sorts, but it’s clear that she is getting a whole new perspective on what humanity is capable of.  Penelope is auctioned off for two thousand dollars and we quickly learn that Henry from her past is responsible for the winning bid.  Penelope is terrified to see him and we know that they had some kind of past relationship that did not end well.  While we still have a lot to find about him, Henry is clearly twisted and disturbed.  He seems to have some kind of obsession with Penelope and I am definitely worried about her safety.  Come on Miguel!  Your sister needs you.

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“It’s above your pay grade kid.”

Miguel looks for the help of Pete the Cop once again and asks him about “The Nuns” who took his sister.  Pete is hesitant to help him at first, but further explains that helping Miguel prevents him from becoming completely numb on Purge Night.  He refers Miguel to a man in a cowboy hat who can take him where he needs to go.  The man in the cowboy hat initially seems to be a good guy, but everyone has some kind of darkness inside them.  On the way to the Carnival, the man gives Miguel some life lessons.  Life lesson number one:  “When someone is helping, you don’t interrupt.”  Life lesson number two:  “Stop living in the past.”  Life lesson number three:  “Living your dream don’t come cheap.”  The man in the cowboy hat perhaps missed his calling as a life coach, but Miguel soon learns that he is a “collector.”  He is transporting a victim to the Carnival when he gives Miguel a ride.  Miguel tries to do what is right all the time, but will he sit by and let this happen so that he can get to his sister in time?  We’re about to see if Miguel’s moral compass can be truly corrupted.

1

“You’re the only reason I’m here.”

In this episode, we finally get a more detailed flashback to Jenna, Lila, and Rick’s past.  We learn that Jenna and Rick’s encounter with Lila was not a one time thing and they both made an agreement to only be with her together, otherwise it would be considered cheating.  Seems reasonable enough.  Only Jenna begins to fall for Lila and continues an affair with her.  Rick walks in on them and is beyond devastated.  He asks Jenna how he can trust her now and Jenna promises never to see Lila again.  Flash forward to the present and we see that Jenna is definitely having second thoughts about this promise now that Lila has returned.  We also get to learn a little bit more about Lila who explains that “I’ve been closing my eyes and covering my ears at these things since before I can remember.”  Lila has been rebelling against her family by trying to help others.  She also recognizes that Jenna and her are not like everyone else and are the exceptions.  Lila does plant a seed; however, and tells Jenna that she fears that Rick may be more interested in the money.  She even tells Jenna that she would be willing to raise the baby with her and asks Jenna to really think this over.  Jenna is definitely at a literal crossroads when an announcement is made about the festivities beginning.  She looks over at Lila walking up the staircase and Rick who is motioning her over to him.  Before Jenna can make a decision, the maid approaches her and tells her that she has to get out of the house now.  While we can only imagine what will take place next on Purge Night, it makes me wonder why Jenna is singled out here.  Either way, Jenna has a lot on her plate and has a big decision to make.  I am definitely on Team Lila for sure, but something tells me that Rick will not give up so easily.  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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