It’s almost here…the premiere of BH90210! I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited to catch up with the cast, as the original Beverly Hills, 90210 will always be one of my favorite series of all time. When you think about the 90’s, this show naturally comes to mind and I have so many fond memories of it.
I always wanted to hang out at The Peach Pit and I was ready to march along with our favorite characters shouting, “Donna Martin graduates!” Whether you were crying when Dylan and Brenda broke up, laughing when the girls performed at The Peach Pit, or cheering on David when he saved Donna, there are so many iconic episodes of this series that will continue to stand the test of time.
Even though I recently completed a re-watch of the entire series thanks to my wonderful DVD set, there are 304 episodes and that’s certainty a huge time commitment. Luckily, I have narrowed my list down to the top 10 episodes to binge-watchfrom the original series before you grab your popcorn and catch up with the gang for the BH90210 reboot on Fox. Please note spoilers are ahead.
My top 10 episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 to binge-watch are:
“Slumber Party” (Season 1, episode 13)
“Halloween” (Season 2, episode 13)
“Meeting Mr. Pony” (Season 2, episode 25)
“Something in the Air” (Season 3, episode 28)
“Up in Flames” (Season 5, episode 13)
“Hazardous to Your Health” (Season 5, episode 18)
“Love Hurts” (Season 5, episode 23)
“One Wedding and a Funeral” (Season 6, episode 10)
“We Interrupt This Program” (Season 7, episode 18)
“Reunion” (Season 8, episode 27)
Even though there are so many other episodes I could mention, these 10 really capture the iconic feel of the show and bring you right back to Beverly Hills. 90210 will always be our favorite zip code and I can’t wait to watch the reboot on Fox! BH90210 premieres on August 7th. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to discuss some of YOUR favorite episodes from Beverly Hills, 90210 in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
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Happy Wednesday TV Fans! I just finished my Angel re-watch and I’m left wanting more! I mean, we were left with a cliffhanger in the end, but there is something to be said about this series, which truly resonates with me. For today, I am going to be ranking my top 5 episodes from Angel. Over my many re-watches of the show, these episodes still stand out and captivate my undivided attention.
The series has so many great episodes and I have plenty of honorable mentions as well because it was truly difficult to just pick five episodes. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this show has a lot of funny moments, but it is also very dark and extremely heartbreaking. I relate to the characters on this show so much and I think that’s why some of these episodes truly stand out for me.
It’s not just about advancing the plot or introducing a new big bad. These episodes mark epic moments, but they also remind us how much we truly connect to these characters, even after all this time. While some episodes are shocking, other ones are beyond heartbreaking, but they are absolutely brilliant and worthy of a discussion for sure. During my re-watch, I chatted with so many Buffy and Angel fans and it was interesting to see which episodes stood out for them compared to my own.
While I may have my own personal preferences, it just furthers my opinion that Angel is an underrated spin-off and deserves some recognition as a standalone series as well. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not yet watched the series. My top 5 episodes from Angel are:
“Rm w/a Vu” (Season 1, episode 5)
Cordy: I’m not a sniveling whiny little Cry-Buffy. I’m the nastiest girl in Sunnydale history. I take crap from no one…Back off! Polygrip. You think *you’re* bad? Being all mean and haunty? Picking on poor pathetic Cordy? Well, get ready to haul your wrinkly translucent ass out of this place, because lady, the bitch is back.
Maude: Do you think that I’m going to take that from trash like you?
Cordy: I tell you what I think. I think that you’re going to pack your little ghost bags and get the HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE!
So for me, this episode has to be the one that hooked me onto Angel for good. When I first began watching Angel, it coincided with season 4 of Buffy and I was mostly looking for crossover events. However, this episode changed all of that for me. I always loved Cordelia Chase on Buffy, played by the amazing and beautiful, Charisma Carpenter. However, she didn’t always get enough screen time on Buffy and she started to really grow as a character toward the end of season 3. She even staked her very first vampire at graduation!
I was excited to see her on Angel and this episode allowed her to step out of her supporting role and into a leading one with flair. This episode is absolutely hilarious and kind of creepy at the same time. I have to admit that I always hesitate before looking in the mirror in the bathroom just because of this very episode. I mean, you never know if Maude is still hanging around.
I love this episode because Angel and Doyle are trying to fight off other demons, but it’s Cordelia who needs to find the strength within herself to cast out the ghost of Maude, proving that you should never underestimate a girl with confidence and attitude.
“Reunion” (Season 2, episode 10)
Lilah: For god’s sake, help us.
Holland: Angel – please. – People are going to die.
Angel: And yet, somehow, I just can’t seem to care.
My top 5 list would not be complete without including “Reunion.” I absolutely adore both Drusilla and Darla and often felt like they didn’t get enough time on Buffy either. Fear not, these bad-ass ladies make their triumphant return on Angel and wreak havoc on the entire city. After being brought back from the dead, Darla realizes that she is dying as a mortal and the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart enlist Drusilla to turn Darla back into a vampire.
In this episode, these two ladies go shopping, which is enough to make this episode truly stand out, especially when Drusilla starts “ringing all over.” I mean, you gotta love modern technology. However, they do not stop here, as they decide to go to the Wolfram & Hart party and truly make a splash. Darla reminds Holland and the other lawyers that they ordered a massacre and these two ladies show up to bring the massacre to them.
While this moment is shocking on its own, Angel shows up and closes the doors on the lawyers, turning his back on them and refusing to help. Drusilla recognizes that this man is not Angelus, but Angel’s humanity is tainted here, as he gives up and even fires his team at the end of the episode, causing our fearless leader to question everything.
“Birthday” (Season 3, episode 11)
Skip: You may wanna think about that. The only way *you* get to keep the visions is by becoming – part demon. The process isn’t easy. It’ll make your vision pain feel like a stroll through candyland. And even after the pain subsides the effects of the transition will be numerous and unpredictable. You may never be able to lead a human life again.
Cordy: So – demonize me already.
I love this episode because it is a Cordy-centric one; however, it also allows Cordelia to really transform and grow as a selfless hero, which is extremely important. In this episode, Cordelia’s painful visions catch up with her, as she ends up in some kind of deep sleep or coma, as Angel and her friends try to help her.
Cordelia ends up in a limbo of sorts and meets her guide, Skip, who is a hilarious demon that really almost deserves his own spin-off series. Cordelia is brought to a mall so she feels comfortable and is given the chance to re-write her life. Skip makes it so she never bumped into Angel at the party in LA and she ends up becoming famous with her own show, Cordy! It seems like she has the perfect life, but Cordelia’s path intertwines with helping the helpless and she later makes the decision to accept her visions and become part demon.
Skip warns her that there will be consequences, but Cordelia is ready to accept her fate, understanding that it is her true purpose to help others. This episode is so important because we have really seen Cordelia’s goodness shine through, as she will do anything to help. In previous seasons of Buffy and maybe even earlier on Angel, Cordelia would have taken her shiny new life and ran with it, but she’s not that girl anymore. She has become a hero one can truly be proud of and she’s ready to embrace her new destiny.
“Not Fade Away” (Season 5, episode 22)
Illyria: You’re fading. You’ll last 10 minutes at best.
Gunn: Then let’s make ’em memorable.
Spike: In terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific.
Angel: Well, personally, I kind of want to slay the dragon…Let’s go to work.
I was a little torn between my number 1 and 2 picks, but I am going to give the series finale of Angel my number 2 spot. However, please note that this was a very difficult decision because this episode is fantastic. Season 5 really got things back on track for the show, but it also provided us with some heartbreaking moments that still make me cry today.
In the series finale, the apocalypse we have been hearing about for 5 seasons is finally unleashed by Wolfram & Hart. Angel and his team are ready to fight, even though the odds are definitely not in their favor. The episode does a great job of summing certain things up and providing us with some closure. For example, we get to see Harmony being Harmony and Connor returns to stand by his father’s side, which is important. We also get to see some heartbreaking closure for Wesley as well, which I am going to devote another blog entry to, so stay tuned on that.
At the end of the episode, it is raining and our remaining heroes debate over the plan. Angel wants to fight the dragon of course and simply tells them to “go to work,” leaving fans with a major cliffhanger at the end of the series. So, we don’t know if the prophecy will be fulfilled and if Angel will eventually become human and we don’t know the fate of some of our remaining characters as well.
However, I think this series finale is one of the best I have seen on any show because it reminds us what the show is about. While Buffy had more closure and the opportunity to do whatever she wanted at the end of the series, Angel and his team are left fighting the good fight, which is why he came to LA in the first place. It’s not about achieving the happily ever after. It’s about the fight until the very end to “help the helpless” and that’s exactly what Angel and the others do.
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one episode of Angelare:
“I Will Remember You”
“Five by Five”
“To Shanshu in L.A.”
“Guise Will Be Guise”
“Life of the Party”
“A Hole in the World”
“You’re Welcome” (Season 5, episode 12)
Angel: I need you here.
Cordy: Don’t make it hard, Angel. I’m just on a different road… and this is my off-ramp. The Powers That Be owed me one, and I didn’t waste it. I got my guy back on track…We take what we can get, champ, and we do our best with it. I’ll be seeing you.
Oh, what the hell. One for the road?
There really has to be something said for the 100th episode of this series. I remember being so disappointed when I saw that Cordelia was no longer in the main credits at the start of season 5 and I was wondering if she would ever wake up from her coma. In this episode, fans get their wish and Cordelia returns. Her bright smile is back and she is excited for some “shopping” with Angel and Wesley, giving fans a real sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the start of the series.
The episode is absolutely brilliant from start to finish, but nothing could prepare me for the very end. Joss Whedon is fantastic at creating twists that we never see coming and that’s what he did here. Cordelia reveals that it’s no longer her time and that the “Powers That Be” owed her one, allowing her to get Angel back on track with his destiny.
Throughout the series, Angel and Cordelia had a will-they-won’t-they vibe going on and I really loved the chemistry between these two. That being said, I am a Buffy & Angel fan for life, but I’m not going to knock the connection between Angel and Cordelia. After missing literally every opportunity to be together previously, it seems like they are now going to get a chance at a “happily ever after.” Only this is a Joss Whedon show and happily ever after is not possible, as we learn that Cordelia never wakes up from her coma and Angel is informed at the end of the episode that she died. A
ngel is initially confused, as he tells the person on the phone that she is standing right there, but realizes that she is gone. However, Cordelia does her job by reminding Angel what he stands for and they even get the chance to share an epic kiss that had me swooning for sure.
In classic Cordy-style, she says, “You’re welcome” at the end of the episode and we are left with Angel simply saying, “Thank you,” which broke my heart all over again, as he is now standing there alone.
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post some of your thoughts on your own favorite episodes from Angel below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse season 8 episode 6 last night, the episode we have all been waiting for has finally arrived and it was everything we could have asked for and more. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet. In last night’s episode, “Return to Murder House,” Madison and Behold play house and are determined to find out more about Michael Langdon. Meanwhile, it’s like the high school reunion you actually want to attend, as we get to catch up with our favorite characters from season one and detect some fun Easter eggs along the way. My top 5 moments from American Horror Story: Apocalypseseason 8 episode 6 are:
“We look like the worst possible versions of Heidi Klum and Seal.”
In the beginning of the episode, Madison and Behold arrive at Murder House and are ready to temporarily move in to speak to the spirits residing there. Madison’s black ensemble when she first walks up the steps is absolutely fabulous and she is ready for her second chance. Madison and Behold’s partnership is absolutely delightful, as Behold reminds her that he had to put on khakis, so it’s a hard day for everyone. Seriously can we give these two their own show? After Madison hilariously exclaims that she is ready to make some babies in her new home, the realtor explains that he needs to disclose everything about the house, including the 36 murders that took place here before. I guess it will be a little crowded inside.
“So you’re like a shitty Miss Cleo?”
Madison and Behold perform a spell so that they are able to see and speak to the spirits in Murder House and it seems like it worked perfectly, as Madison detects a red ball rolling her way, reminding us that Beau is around and ready to say hi. They also quickly cross paths with the “psychic to the stars,” Billie Dean Howard, who predicted that the Antichrist would bring about the apocalypse back in season one. She knows that Madison and Behold are witches, but she keeps this information to herself. Is it that she doesn’t want to get involved or is there some other reason for her silence? Billie Dean also tells Madison that she has known other Montgomerys, potentially confirming that Madison is somehow related to Dr. Montgomery. Sarah Paulson has been quite busy directing and playing a number of characters, but she is keeping us all entertained for sure. We also cross paths with the maid, Moira O’Hara, who Constance is looking to get rid of. After finding her bones, Madison and Behold agree to bury her near her mother so that she can finally be at peace. Now on to some of our absolute favorites!
“I was born to be a mother.”
Jessica Lange definitely knows how to make an entrance. When Madison and Behold meet her, she greets them by saying, “I’m Constance Langdon and this is my f*cking house.” Constance seems willing to help Madison and Behold, but reminds them that “I don’t spill a drop of tea for free.” After removing Moira from the premises, Constance keeps up her end of the bargain and gives us a tell all about her past as Michael Langdon’s grandmother. Constance thought of Michael as a “chance for a do over” and further explains that “he was my destiny.” Constance began to detect that something was not right with Michael right away. She used to find dead insects and rodents by his crib, which she thought of as “presents.” She buried each dead thing in the garden and covered it up with a rose bush, until her yard was completely full of them. She mentions a dead babysitter as well and explains that at least she didn’t have to bury that one. I guess that’s a win? Constance reveals that one day she walked in and Michael had aged a decade over night. It’s like he was “in a hurry to get somewhere.” Constance felt that she was born to be a mother and Michael gave her the opportunity to feel like she truly mattered. She soon realized that Michael was done with her and decided to leave the world on her own terms, taking her life in Murder House so that she could be reunited with her family forever. We also get a glimpse of Constance’s fourth child, who she refers to as a “beauty queen,” but is missing her eyes. Jessica Lange is no stranger to putting on a fantastic show throughout the seasons and she has her grand “bon voyage”moment in the spotlight here, dancing and swirling around with star quality.
“And all who dwell on the earth will worship him.”
After speaking to Constance, Madison and Behold offer to help Ben Harmon, who spends his days crying and masturbating by the window, which has become “his thing.” Dylan McDermott is back and he reveals his own past with Michael, explaining that he thought of him like a son and that he was the “only light to come out of all this.” While Ben began bonding with Michael, Tate was not as receptive to him, telling him to “stay away from my shit.” Michael didn’t listen all too well; however, as he began putting on the Rubber Man suit and ended up killing a lesbian couple who moved in. Tate had been responsible for killing a gay couple in the suit back in the day. Ben was horrified by Michael’s actions here and then further explains that he didn’t just kill them, but he “made them cease to exist.” Ben walked away from Michael, explaining that he could have never helped him and Michael continued to turn toward darkness. Madison comments that “our new Supreme is pretty much pure evil” and in walks Vivian, played by the wonderful Connie Britton, who is ready to finally make amends with her husband and share some information as well. Vivian talks about the “Church of Satan” and we finally get to learn how Ms. Mead entered Michael’s life. They referred to him as “The Chosen One” and said he was born over the mouth of hell. After performing a dark mass ritual, Michael consumed the sacrifice and we see a shadow of Satan over his shoulders. Vivian explains that “he was born from the evil of this house and the source of darkness is his true father and he is here to destroy the world.” Behold later asks some important questions like “what if we can’t stop him and what happens then? I’m right there with you Behold, as Michael’s powers are coming from the source of all evil and I’m not sure that anyone is a match for him.
“Maybe you just need to see the truth for yourself.”
Have you ever wanted to re-write the ending for some of your favorite characters so that they can get the happy ending they deserve? Well AHS pretty much gave fans that very opportunity in last night’s episode. Madison actually tries to do some good and has a heart-to-heart talk with Violet. She recognizes the “romantic tragedy” right in front of her and tries to explain that the evil within Tate left once Michael did. Violet has trouble believing her and Madison magically helps her see the truth for herself. Violet and Tate share a beautiful moment together and embrace by the window, as fans cheer everywhere. Behold comments that Madison is “really nothing but a softie” and I am happy to see her finally doing some good for others. Even though we see a glimmer of a happily ever after for Violet and Tate, Madison and Behold know that there will be no more happy endings if they cannot stop Michael. Madison uses her powers to close the gates to Murder House with her mind, reminding me of Charmed,where we see Prue doing the same thing whenever closing the door to the Halliwell manor. We have closed the chapter on Murder House, but I have to say that it was an amazing episode and well worth the wait. Stay tuned!
P.S. fun fact:Naomi Grossman played Pepper in Asylum and is now featured as one of the Cardinals of Satan. She is the first character to ever cross over on the seasons, as her original character also appeared on Freak Show.
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Happy Wednesday! After watching Fox’s The Mick season 2 episode 12 last night, I’m left with the familiar quote that “it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” Although for Mickey, her idea of winning at a “break up” seems beyond competitive. Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “The City,” Mickey, Alba, and the kids take a trip to Manhattan so that Chip can meet his real dad. Meanwhile, Mickey gets an unexpected request to identify the body of an old friend, and Ben and Alba are on a mission to track down Hamilton tickets. My top 5 moments from The Mick season 2 episode 12 are:
Mickey attempts to flee from the police.
In the beginning of the episode, Mickey answers the door and sees the cops standing before her. Without a moment’s hesitation, Mickey makes a run for it, refusing to stick around to find out what she may or may not be in trouble for. Unfortunately for Mickey, the stairs come out of nowhere and get in her way, causing her to comically trip and fall.
Mickey is asked to identify Jimmy’s body.
To Mickey’s surprise, the police request that Mickey come down to the morgue to identify Jimmy. While I knew the writers explained that the break-up was very real, I was shocked that these two might be separated forever. After seeing Jimmy’s wallet, Mickey takes a deep breath and is ready for them to unveil Jimmy’s body. Luckily it is not Jimmy, even though Alba is convinced they are one in the same. Mickey insists that they check his “ass” explaining that Jimmy has a burnt ass and that will absolutely shed some light on the confusion over the identity of the body. Once it is determined that it is definitely not Jimmy, Ben requests that they take the man’s ashes so he can spread them out in the city, only he ends up consuming them, mistaking them for candy at the Hamilton show.
Chip tracks down his real father…at a strip club.
After his failed attempt with Mr. Buckley, Chip is hesitant about meeting his dad. After some initial confusion and shock over the revelation, Chip’s dad seems actually happy about meeting his son. While he is initially upset that his bouncers let in both Chip and Sabrina since they are underage, he then insists on taking Chip for a tour around the establishment, which ends with him seeing his office/bedroom. Chip’s father confides in his son that he does have dreams and tells him that he wants to open up his own Strip Club in Florida one day. While not the sharpest tool in the shed, it seems like Chip’s dad actually shares something with his son….including an inhaler for when he can’t breathe after screaming at a stripper to get out of his office. While the reunion doesn’t lead to anything permanent, considering how his dad gets arrested at the end of the episode, perhaps Chip has now found the answers he was looking for.
Jimmy is back and has stolen Ben’s identity.
After Mickey is quite relieved that the body wasn’t Jimmy, they decide to visit the Pemberton penthouse and are confused when they find Jimmy dressed in a suit and eating shrimp galore. To Mickey’s shock, Jimmy reveals that he has stolen the identity of young Ben so that he can get a job and impress his new bosses in the finance world. While this seems too good to be true, Mickey has her suspicions about what is really going on. After she witnesses Jimmy in action, she explains that it seems like he is more of a secretary, rather than a sales man and tries to push him down the fast track to promotion. This plan back-fires, however; when she is convinced that they are pulling off a “boiler room” type of situation, scamming their clients out of money. This leads to her calling the IRS and a bowl of Manhattan clam chowder pouring all over Jimmy, now burning his nuts to match with his already burnt ass. While Mickey had good intentions, she shatters Jimmy’s new life and dreams.
“You won the break-up.”
Since Mickey bumped into Jimmy again, she has been obsessed with “winning the break-up.” It seems like Jimmy has the perfect life without her and she is not about to lose at anything. After the incident with the clam chowder, Mickey finally lets her walls down and tells Jimmy that he “won the break-up.” She admits she made mistakes and is the reason why everything is not going well in his life. Jimmy refuses to let her walk away and explains that he is the one who lost because he lost her. Mickey asks Jimmy to come home and he agrees. However, when he leans in for an epic and romantic kiss, Mickey turns this down because he smells like clams. Either way, I was very excited to see them get back together, as there has been a void since Jimmy has left. Welcome back Jimmy!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on The Mick below. Happy viewing!