Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 3: “Everybody has the Urge to Purge”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 3 last night, the voice over reminded us that “everyone has the urge to purge.”  However, when you stand behind your beliefs in the midst of all of this chaos and destruction, the urge is replaced by strength.  And “because you had the strength and the courage and fortitude to face your fears, all your dreams will come true.”  While I’m not sure that this is necessarily true, it’s important to remember what matters most, even when we are faced with temptation all around us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Urge to Purge,” Penelope learns that she is up next to “step into the invisible,” but Miguel is not giving up on his quest to find her.  Meanwhile, Jenna reveals another secret, Rick has a momentary lapse of judgment, and Alison tries to prove to Jane why she should be promoted above Mark.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 3 are:

5

“I know you felt it.”

After Lila and Jenna continue kissing in secret, Lila stares at Jenna with loving eyes and tells her, “I’m sorry but I had to.”  She reminds Jenna that she knows she felt it, which seems to be spot on, as Jenna clearly wears her heart on her sleeve and has some kind of feelings swirling around for Lila.  However, Jenna reveals another secret and tells Lila that she is pregnant.  Lila congratulates her, but doesn’t seem ready to give up just yet.  Will more secrets continue to unravel between Lila, Jenna, and Rick?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but it appears that Purge Night is revealing more than just the “urge to purge.”

4

“It is your turn to walk through that door and give.”

During the episode, Penelope and the other cult members on the bus are still upset by Melissa’s meltdown when it was her turn.  The good leader turns to Penelope to inspire the others.  Penelope explains “That is our gift.  Tonight we give so that tomorrow the world will be a better place.”  Her words seem true enough and the rest of the bus begin chanting with her, “we walk arm and arm toward peace and love for united we can conquer all.”  We also flashback to Penelope and Miguel’s past and see them as children, building a pillow fort with their father.  We learn that this was right before “The First Purge,” and their parents were approached with money to merely stay at home, even though they said they had no interest in purging themselves.  Penelope soon learns that it is her time to “step into the invisible,” and she tries to remain strong and says, “I hope I make my family proud too.”  While Penelope is still misguided, she has been trying to fill the void from her parent’s death for quite some time, searching for a place to belong.  While Miguel channeled his loss by joining the Marines and helping others, Penelope seems to have had a much more difficult time adjusting.

3

“Let’s celebrate!”

During the party, Rick is called in to discuss final negotiations and Jenna is asked to come join them as well.  Even though Jenna is the creative part of the team, she does an excellent job explaining the purpose of their project and even talks about the importance of giving the extra profit back to the poor, trying to make a difference with those less fortunate.  After a deal is made, their new partner, Mr. Stanton, suggests that they “celebrate.”  He brings in a former employee who betrayed him who is gagged and tied up.  Rick and Jenna look at the man in horror, realizing what they have just gotten themselves into.  Mr. Stanton offers his guests the chance to purge and Rick initially takes the gun from him.  Before anyone can pull the trigger, Jenna quickly explains, “We don’t do this.”  Mr. Stanton says he understands and shoots the man right in front of them.  Jenna later tells Rick that she wants out, but Rick reminds her that this is a deal of a lifetime.  Jenna asks Rick if he was going to really pull the trigger and he says no, but it seems like there was definitely a moment of weakness there.  Is there darkness in Rick waiting to be released?  Rick tells Jenna, “we can’t change the purge but we can change our lives,” but at what cost?

2

“So do you notify HR about my promotion or is that on me?”

During the episode, Jane continues to have second thoughts about hiring a proxy to take out her boss, David.  Jane announces that they closed the deal, but still remains distracted.  The group wants to celebrate after closing the deal, but Jane reminds them not to do anything too crazy since it is Purge Night and all.  Later on, Mark approaches Jane and thanks her for being such a great mentor to him.  He explains that he understands if she will be choosing Alison for the promotion above him, but is ready to continue to work hard until it is his turn.  Mark’s turn will never come about; however, as Jane soon realizes that Alison and Mark left the secure floor.  To Jane’s horror, she walks in on Alison brutally stabbing Mark with a pair of scissors.  While Jane is in shock, asking Alison what she has done, Alison stares at her mechanically and brushes the blood off of her, asking about her promotion and who will be informing HR.  Alison eliminated the competition with no remorse or guilt, tapping into her own “urge to purge.”  After witnessing this, it’s safe to say that Jane will probably try to call her proxy off, but we know that there will definitely be consequences to this.  Is Jane ready to face them?

1

“He’s persistent.  That’s for sure.”

Miguel continues to try and get “Pete the Cop” to tell him where the bus is.  He is initially turned down, but Pete sees potential in Miguel.  Miguel offers him his car in exchange for the information and Pete is absolutely impressed by Miguel’s 1971 Chevelle SS and says, “This car has balls.”  Pete agrees to help Miguel and shows him where the bus is going and even sends two men in a van to get him closer to the location.  The men in the van explain that they are documenting the purge, trying to make a difference, but Miguel seems unconvinced.  Miguel is still clearly impacted by the death of his parents and we flash back to the past again.  Miguel’s father was killed when he tried to defend his home, but reminded Miguel to “protect her always,” meaning Penelope.  Miguel and Penelope were told to hide in the closet by their mother and they witnessed her killed right before their eyes.  Miguel says that his sister is all he has left in the world, as he tries to honor his promise to his father even now.  Miguel crosses paths with “The Nuns” who eerily point in the direction of the bus when confronted by Miguel.  When Miguel gets to the bus, he learns that he just missed Penelope and now has to find “The Nuns” before they turn Penelope into some kind of martyr to further their twisted agenda.  Miguel’s journey is far from over, but I am rooting for him all the way.  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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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Affair” season 4 episode 3: “I’m your Boss”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair last night, I learned that sometimes the best thing we can do for someone we love is to merely be there to support them.  Even though we may want to immerse ourselves into their lives and their problems, we need to also recognize when to give the appropriate amount of space as well.  It’s not possible to control every situation even though we may want to.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “403,” Noah continues to try and make a difference with his students, specifically with Anton.  Meanwhile, Helen has trouble dealing with Vic’s diagnosis and clashes with his mother inadvertently.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 3 are:

5

“Please don’t pretend to be a real teacher.”

Part one of the episode opens up with Noah and we learn that he is still trying to make a difference with his students as well as with the administration at the school.  In a staff meeting, Noah brings up Anton and explains that he is worried about his life at home, but thinks that he has real potential.  We later discover that Anton is actually the principal, Janelle’s son, which puts Noah in an awkward position.  While the other teachers applaud Noah’s boldness, Noah goes to Janelle to apologize and explains that he didn’t know.  Janelle reveals her thoughts about hiring an ex-con at her school and sheds some light on what she has to deal with on an everyday basis.  After telling Noah not to pretend that he is a real teacher, Noah reveals how much he wants to be there and help Anton.  While these two are still clashing, sparks are definitely in the air and it’s only a matter of time before their passive aggressive comments lead to some passionate foreplay.

4

“I totally totally don’t.”

In part two, we see everything from Helen’s perspective and learn that Vic has been diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer.  Helen desperately wants to talk about a plan and all of her feelings, but Vic wants to focus on living out his life the way he wants to.  Helen’s neighbor, Sierra, interrupts a complicated discussion without realizing it and just really wants to get to know Helen and invites her to experience a kind of spiritual retreat.  Sierra represents the carefree California attitude that Helen is desperately trying to get away from and she ends up snapping at Sierra, revealing the true New Yorker within.  Sierra is surprisingly not offended by Helen’s quick dismissal and something tells me that she might be the key to opening up Helen to a whole new world whether she realizes it right now or not.

3

“Girl’s got a type.”

In the beginning of the episode, we are in present day time and Cole is with Noah and Anton in a car.  Anton hilariously tries to piece together their connection to Alison, which is laugh out loud funny.  Cole speaks to Alison’s mother, Athena, on the phone and learns that the last person she spoke to was Ben.  Cole mentions that Ben is married and Anton reminds them both that she certainly has a type.  While we still don’t know what has happened to Alison, it’s clear that Ben has something to do with it.  We’ll have to stay tuned for the mystery to continue to unfold, but I am loving the unexpected teamwork between Cole and Noah and Anton is lightening up the mood for sure.

2

“People in New York don’t take deep breaths.  They fight.”

After failing to get Vic to commit to getting a second opinion or treatment, Helen confides in her therapist about what is going on.  Rather than focus on her feelings, she tries to ask him about his connections in the medical field, desperately trying to find some way to help Vic.  Her therapist reminds her that perhaps what Vic really needs is for Helen to just love and support him, which is spot on.  Vic doesn’t want to rehash the diagnosis and he begs Helen not to tell his parents about him being sick.  After Vic is honored for his work, Helen confronts his mother in the bathroom and tells her what is going on.  Helen is shocked when his mother wants to leave and states that she is not feeling well.  Helen blurts out everything and Vic’s face is full of disappointment.  His mother leaves and tells him that she loves him and knows that he will figure out what to do.  Vic loses his temper with Helen and refuses to give her false hope, as he explains that his illness is very real and that he is going to die.  All Vic wants is to have a baby, but Helen feels almost like the walls are closing in on her when she sits in the doctor’s office waiting room and realizes that she is just simply too old for this.  Will Helen ultimately decide to go through with an unwanted pregnancy to give Vic what he wants or will she make the bold decision to follow her own path?

1

“I’m your boss.”

Noah continues to try and get through to his students and make them more engaged.  They are currently reading T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland,” and Noah introduces his students to the concept of “previewing.”  According to Noah, previewing is about “making intelligent predictions about what a book is based on first impressions.”  Some of his students participate and call out things like “creepy old white dude,” but Anton takes it a step further when he challenges the reading material and suggests that their curriculum include more relevant authors.  Noah is clearly impressed by Anton’s idea.  His students have been lately feeling like they are unheard and unfairly punished at school and Noah provides some inspiration for a walkout.  Whether it is intentional or not, Anton leads the class out the door and the walkout quickly escalates enough for the police to get involved.  When the media begins grilling Janelle about what is going on with her administration, Noah steps in and saves the day.  Only Janelle wasn’t really asking to be saved.  Later on, he sits with her at the bar and the two have a real and honest conversation.  When Noah walks Janelle out to the parking lot, the two share a passionate kiss, but Janelle quickly ends it and reminds him that she is his boss.  While I’m guessing this is not the last encounter we will see between Noah and Janelle, their relationship could become scandalous and have an impact on Anton.  We’ll have to stay tuned to see what happens next, but I have to say that I am loving the introduction of Sanaa Lathan’s character, Janelle on the show.  It’s about time someone truly challenged Noah and got him to see things from another perspective.

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Throw-back Sunday: Ranking the top 5 couples from “Beverly Hills, 90210”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  This past summer, I invested quite a bit of time into re-watching all 10 seasons of the original Beverly Hills, 90210 series and I have to say it was very entertaining.  I forgot how many episodes there were in some seasons especially when they had those special summer airings.  I dusted off my old DVD set and watched Brandon and Brenda Walsh tough it out in Beverly Hills, California, leaving their wholesome and normal lives back in Minnesota.  It’s been at least 6 years since I have watched the series, as I used to binge-watch a lot on Soapnet, but everything came flooding back to me from the instrumental theme song to the over-the-top drama between Brenda and Kelly.  Talk about paving the way for love triangles to come in later series!  After getting over the initial shock of how young everyone looked and watching them grow up all over again with drama never far behind, I started to think about some of my favorite couples on the series.  There are quite a few who had an undeniable connection even though some of them did not even last for the entirety of the series.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  My top five ships from Beverly Hills, 90210 are:

5

Dylan & Kelly.

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During the first watch of the series, I was shocked by the scandalous actions of Dylan and Kelly.  Brenda went off to study abroad with Donna in Paris, leaving her best friend and her boyfriend behind for the summer.  It seemed like nothing could break the bond between fan-favorites, Dylan and Brenda, but Kelly managed to come between the couple.  I shouldn’t blame Kelly entirely, as Dylan was absolutely at fault here too.  While the couple shares its ups and downs over time, some of their first moments together in the swimming pool and at the beach bonfire are beyond passionate.  However, they lacked the friendship that Brenda and Dylan shared in my opinion.  Either way, their secret relationship caused a major rift between both the relationship of Brenda and Dylan and the friendship between Kelly and Brenda.  When they finally come clean and tell Brenda the truth, her reaction is so real and heart-breaking.  She trusted her two friends and is shocked at their betrayal.  Over the years, Kelly and Dylan have on and off again relations and never really end up together.  However, at the end of the series they are seen gazing at each other during David and Donna’s wedding to imply that their relationship is not over.  In the remake of 90210, Kelly reveals that Dylan is the father of her child, but is still not with him in this future.   Guess it wasn’t meant to be after all.

4

Brandon & Kelly.

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Yes, Kelly does earn two spots in this ranking and it’s because there is such an undeniable love between Brandon and Kelly.  After my re-watch, I much preferred Brandon and Kelly together; as they seemed to balance each other out more and had more of that friendship I was looking for between Kelly and Dylan.  Kelly is familiar with betrayal and now turns the tables on Dylan to reveal her relationship with his best friend, Brandon.  While the betrayal does not have the same feeling of twisting the knife like with Brenda, it does hurt Dylan to see them together.  That being said, Dylan’s life is falling apart during this time and Kelly felt like she was drowning with him, descending further and further into his mess.  Brandon is very stable and charming, running for class office when they first meet.  It seems like Brandon will be the man to turn Kelly’s life around.  However, this couple deals with more drama and chaos than any other.  It is almost impossible for them to survive a fire, a cult, a drug addiction, a shooting, and a failed attempt to get married.   When you say that all out loud it seems very unlikely, but I promise this all happened to Kelly. While it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Brandon and Kelly either, you can’t deny the love between these two characters.

3

Steve & Janet.

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After Steve’s long-term relationship with ended with fan-favorite, Clare, viewers were wondering if he would ever find another love to provide him with the voice of reason he so desperately needed.  Steve was always the “class clown” and stayed away from responsibility as if it were the plague.  When he started working with Janet, he didn’t initially realize his feelings for her.  They started a friendship first and eventually began dating.  Janet was perfect for Steve, almost becoming his moral compass, similar to Brandon.  When Janet announced she was pregnant, Steve’s entire life changed for the better.  He embraced his responsibility and married Janet to the delight of fans everywhere.  This couple probably had the closest thing to a “normal relationship” on the show and continued to prove their love for one another as the series went on.

2

David & Donna.

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This list would not be complete without including David Silver and Donna Martin.  The couple began dating in high school and had a sweet and innocent quality.  One of my favorite scenes is when Donna stops worrying about what others think and announces to her friends at the dance that she is dating David with confidence and love.  Over the years, this couple goes through a lot of ups and downs.  Donna feels very strongly about staying a virgin to the disappointment of David.  Although he tries to support her as much as possible, an affair takes place that breaks them up for a long period of time.  Even when David and Donna are not together, they keep their friendship alive.  When Donna is attacked, David is the one who comes to her rescue and saves her.  Toward the end of the series, Donna and David finally accept their destiny to be together and get married at the end of the show.  Fans were delighted to see the happy ending between David and Donna.  The high-school sweethearts have not had it easy at all, but they reunite and promise to love one another forever.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one ship are:

  • David & Valerie
  • Steve & Clare
  • Brandon & Emily Valentine
  • Noah & Donna
  • Dylan & Toni

1

Dylan & Brenda.

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My number one ship has to go to Dylan and Brenda.  At the beginning of the series, their blossoming relationship is beautiful and real.  Brenda realizes that Dylan has a lot of baggage and a complicated life, but she doesn’t run away from it.  Rather, she runs toward him with open arms, revealing her strong feelings for him.  Even though they are in high school, Dylan and Brenda have a strong relationship filled with a lot of laughter and romance.  As they begin to get closer and closer, Brenda’s father attempts to intervene, fearing that his daughter is making bad decisions.  While this does take a toll on Dylan and Brenda’s relationship, they continue to tough it out together.  R.E.M’s song, “Losing My Religion,” is basically the anthem of Dylan and Brenda’s break-up and attempt to put the pieces back together.  After Kelly and Dylan have an affair, it seems like Brenda and Dylan will not end up together.  However, once Brenda leaves the show, the writers add in that Dylan and Brenda are living together in Europe, trying to give fans the happy ending they so desperately wanted between these two.  There was something so believable and undeniable between this ship, still holding the test of time.  Even when both characters were off the show, fans were still talking about them and rooting for them.

I hope you enjoyed my list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments about the ships on Beverly Hills, 90210.  Thanks for reading and happy viewing!

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