Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 3: “Welcome to the Gulch”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 3, I realized that “there’s words and there’s action” and that it’s always possible for one’s luck to turn around.  You may think that you are on the right track, but what if you discover a new path on the way?  Do you abandon that former journey or do you circle back and chase down the past?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Humbug’s Gulch,” John Dorie and June walk into the wild wild west of walkers and discover another possible threat.  Meanwhile, Alicia tries to get through to the kids over the walkie with Morgan and Luciana’s support.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 3 are:

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“Welcome to the gulch…”

John Dorie and June come across one of John’s old stomping grounds, Humbug’s Gulch, bringing us right into the wild west.  There’s even a brothel (which apparently just serves soup), a dust storm, and a gun fight to really make you feel like you are in the middle of an old Clint Eastwood movie, but our favorite cowboy, John Dorie, does not disappoint.  John is very familiar with this place, even though theatrics were never really his thing.

June seems interested as well and wants to know if John was a good guy or a bad guy, as they search for suitable weapons and supplies.  John seems focused on getting out of there before they run into more trouble, but this definitely set the scene for a much needed date night for our favorite couple.  Maybe we could do without the walkers though…

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“We should be comparing notes.”

John and June run into some trouble at the Gulch and in walks our old friend, Dwight.  Hooray!  I’m really happy that we did not have to wait that long for this crossover, as I have been anxiously waiting for it to happen since the season premiere.  Dwight cuts right to the chase and asks them, “Where is she?”  We quickly learn that he is referring to his wife, Sherry, who he has been trying to track down for quite some time.  John and June are such amazing people and they recognize that Dwight is just trying to find his lost love, which is something they are both very familiar with.

John reasons with Dwight to get him to take a breath and calm down so that they can all get out of there together.  Dwight listens to reason as introductions are made and he even gives us a few laughs when he asks John if his last name is “like the fish?”  I guess John’s not the only one to make that connection.  It was also hilarious to see John’s reaction to Dwight referring to the dead as “walkers,” but small talk will need to be put on hold, as they try to get out of the wild west alive.

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“You don’t have to do it alone.”

Meanwhile, Alicia and Luciana can no longer hear John and June over the walkie, but they do come across a channel that the kids are using.  Dylan, Max, and Annie are still out there and Alicia is determined to help them, even though they repeatedly tell her to stay away.  After a few tries, Alicia decides to just have a real and honest conversation with them.  She tells them, “I know how much you’re hurting…it’s not because I’ve been there.  It’s because I am there.”  Alicia confides in them about losing her own family, trying to make some sort of connection with them.

I thought this moment was extremely important for Alicia because she has been bottling up her own feelings for quite some time and this was very therapeutic for her.  Not only does she have the chance to reach someone else and help them, but she also takes the time to talk about her own feelings, which is not always easy to do.

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“You’ve got another chance right now…”

John sets off a unique distraction with the piano, as they make their way out the window, only the roof is not going to support their weight for long.  Dwight jumps off the roof, but ends up hurting himself, but he makes it to the car he has been searching for.  Only now, the car is completely surrounded by walkers.  Dwight takes out the note from Sherry which reads:  “West on 30,” accompanied with an infinity sign.  Dwight believes that this is the car from the registration, but he cannot find another message from Sherry, as defeat and hopelessness now overwhelm him.  All hope is not lost; however, as June radios over to him and reminds him that he has another chance right now and that they have all done things they are not proud of.

John and June keep Dwight’s hope alive and get him out of a jam, as John shows off his impressing shooting skills and we even get to witness the famous “San Antonio Split,” which was quite entertaining to watch.  After all, this is apparently only the second time he has been able to pull this off!  Later on, John approaches Dwight and explains that the VIN did not match up and he believes this is not the car and it is possible that there is another one still out there, reminding Dwight not to give up.

John and June have so much goodness within them and I was so happy to see them share a kiss as well, reminding me why I ship these two so much.  They really could have their own movie together, as they have such an epic and beautiful love and they inspire others with it…including me!

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“We’re all trying to start over.”

At the end of the episode, everyone meets up again and Morgan and Dwight cross paths.  They are shocked to see one another and Dwight immediately tries to explain his past actions, but Morgan stops him and tells him that he doesn’t have to say it, explaining that they are all trying to get a fresh start now.  Alicia asks Dwight to show them how far he got, as they have been trying to figure out what is going on with this perimeter made out of walkers.  The perimeter is quite overwhelming and our favorite characters are ready to get to work to figure out what is on the other side, but they are interrupted when Annie and the others try to reach Alicia over the walkie.

They start to head back to the truck stop, but find Dylan hurt in the van.  Max and Annie are not there, but we quickly learn that they are not so innocent.  We cut to them asking, “Do you think they bought it?”  They continue working on the walker perimeter, but what is their end game here?  Are the children the big bad and how is this connected to Al?  What are their intentions for our group? We know they want them to stay away, but why?  What are they hiding?

This is not the first time we have come across corrupt children in TWD universe who were too far gone to understand right from wrong, but I’m interested to find out more and if there is any room for change.  I also am quite impressed if these three kids were able to do all of this alone, but is someone else pulling their strings?  And if so, who?  I can’t wait to find out more!  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 2: “This is why Finding the Dead Matters”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 2, I realized that we don’t always have to fast forward to regrets and a fresh start is within reach.  Is it possible for people to change?  Maybe, but “sometimes all you can do is try,” but is that truly enough during the zombie apocalypse?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Hurt That Will Happen,” Alicia and the others try to find Al and come across a dangerous threat.  Meanwhile, Victor works on making amends with an old friend and Luciana gets trippy on her medication.  My top 5 moments from Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 2 are:

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“Part of me was scared you’d stop looking.”

During this episode, we get a little bit of screen time for our favorite couple on Fear TWD, John and June.  They stumble across Camp Cackleberry, which is creepy on its own, but they quickly discover that they are not alone.  During this time, June talks about how she always kept moving in the past, fearing that John had stopped looking for, but we know that John Dorie’s heart will always belong to June.  While this was a sweet moment for them, it was brief, and I’m looking forward to some more screen time for them.  Although, sometimes more screen time can lead to an untimely death…so maybe not?  Either way, I’m still shipping these two!

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“This is why finding the dead matters…”

While searching for Al, Morgan meets a mysterious woman in a gas mask and hazmat suit.  We learn that her name is Grace and she tells Morgan that he needs to go through decontamination immediately, as he may have been exposed to radiation.  Alicia steps in and tries to help Morgan, but Grace tells her, “Let me keep you from losing another friend.”  Grace seems genuine and fills Morgan and Alicia in on why this place is so dangerous.  They are near pressurized water reactors that failed and we are now dealing with radioactive walkers…as if they weren’t dangerous enough already.

Luckily, Morgan seems to be OK, although he does need to give up his staff and clothes, but he definitely rocked the “Don’t Mess with Texas” T-shirt with style.  Grace thinks we are dealing with approximately 63 of her former staff members who were exposed and we soon learn that she doesn’t have much time left either.  Grace does not seem to be associated with the group in masks that took Al and is trying to atone for her past mistakes.  Alicia and Morgan ultimately leave to go find Al, but I think having Grace on the other end of a Walkie could come in handy for sure.

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“You still talk too much, Victor…”

The wait is over and Daniel and Victor finally meet again!  Victor finds Daniel held up in some kind of factory for vehicles and tells him that he needs a small plane to help his friends.  Daniel keeps his guard up and even has an adorable cat named Skidmark, who may have just become my new favorite character!  Victor tries to tell Daniel that he has changed and he is attempting to make up for what happened in Mexico, but Daniel ultimately sends him packing.  Is this the last time we will see Daniel or is there more to come?  We’ll have to stay tuned, but it will be interesting to see what Victor does next to help his friends.

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“The accordion stuff is from the drugs.”

After a close call in the season 5 premiere, Luciana is recovering from her injury and June tells her she needs to take it easy.  Luciana hilariously asks when she will be able to play the accordion and we learn that this is the drugs talking…not Luciana.  John retrieves the book, The Little Prince, which was extremely thoughtful and sweet.  This book is not the only survivor, as Luciana finds herself barely getting out of a dangerous situation after talking briefly to Victor over the radio.  Several walkers head toward her and the drugs start kicking in with the worst possible timing.

Luckily, Luciana is able to make it back into the truck stop without being harmed, but our new threat decides that leaving a note doesn’t really send a message anymore, as they take out the walkers and decorate the truck stop with their severed reanimated heads.  Seriously, I’m thinking about hiring these guys for some redecorating.  Either way, this reminds us that our new threat is trying to send a message or a warning.  Are our characters getting too close to something?  It looks like that may be the case, but we’ll have to see how this unfolds.  We still don’t know where Al is and those kids from the season 5 premiere are also out there somewhere.

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“The way out is opening the door to people.”

Alicia’s guilt begins to overwhelm her, feeling responsible for Al’s disappearance.  She says it is her job to keep everyone safe, but Morgan decides to give her some spot on advice, recognizing that he has previously been where Alicia is now.  Morgan tells Alicia, “You don’t know it until somebody tells you.”  He explains that you can’t run away and that there is a way out that involves opening the door to people. 

The idea of a fresh start and change really resonated with me in this episode and I love the bond between Morgan and Alicia.  They remind me of two lost souls, slowly finding their way with one another’s support.  Alycia Debnam-Carey continued to impress me in this episode.  She shows off her bad-ass side while taking out any walker that gets in her way, but she also has a softer side.  A side that reminds us that deep down she is still vulnerable and hurt, but that she has the chance to find her way again by helping others.  Stay strong, Alicia!  You’re on the right path.  Stay tuned!

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

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My performance of the week ending 6/8/19 on TV goes to…

Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark on Fear the Walking Dead.  As the last Clark standing, our girl Alicia has gone through so much and yet she is now even stronger than before, emerging as a true leader and someone our characters can count on.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.  In the season 5 premiere, Alicia proves just how bad-ass she is.  She works so well with Morgan and the two have formed quite the dynamic duo, taking out walkers left and right, but there is something so magnetic about Alicia.  It’s almost like she has just become the slayer or chosen one in the Walking Dead universe and walkers everywhere better watch out!

I was blown away by Alycia’s performance in season 4, as she really dug deep to unravel the emotions and grief going on within Alicia Clark, but I love that she is continuing to grow more and more as the show goes on.  Alicia is smart and aware of her surroundings, recognizing the potential for threats and bad omens even more so than Morgan, who always wants to find the silver lining in every scenario.  Her mother, Madison, would be so proud of her, as she has really embraced the role of a leader, which is no easy task.

What’s next for Alicia? I’m not sure, but it will be interesting to see how the dynamic shifts once Dwight arrives.  Alicia always has her guard up and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as she is always looking at things from every angle.  These new potential enemies better look out because our girl is not messing around.  There is a sense of empowerment surging through Alicia Clark and I think she may have just become one of my favorite characters on television.  I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Fear the Walking Dead” season 5 episode 1: “We’re Still Standing”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 1 season premiere, I realized that there’s always a story somewhere.  But sometimes it may be better to leave that story alone, but you know what they say about curiosity and the cat.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Here to Help,” we dive right back into the Fear Twd world, as our favorite characters face dangerous threats, putting their lives in immediate danger when their plane crashes in an unknown location.  Meanwhile, Luciana is badly injured, Alicia and Morgan team up to make a nearly unstoppable team, and Victor discovers a surprising video.  My top 5 moments from the Fear the Walking Dead season 5 episode 1 season premiere are:

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“It’s OK…we’re here to help!”

In the beginning of the episode, we follow two young boys, Dylan and Max, who end up in a dangerous situation after some walkers surround them.  We don’t waste much time; however, as our girl Alicia swoops in to save the day, kicking some serious ass!  Seriously, she reminded me of a super hero or something!  Morgan and Alicia also make quite the tag team, taking out walkers left and right, but the dead keep coming, putting our favorite characters in great danger.  We quickly discover that they crash landed a plane after trying to help someone named Logan over the radio.  So maybe flying was not the best plan, as Luciana is severely injured and we don’t really have any idea where they landed, but if anyone can survive, it’s our fearless group on Fear Twd!

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“You should be a part of it.”

A young girl named Annie shows up in a van to help our characters out of a sticky situation and they hold up in a nearby truck stop, realizing that they need to treat Luciana’s wound as soon as possible.  Luckily, she will be OK!  Annie is the sister of the young boys and they refer to walkers as Growlers, which I thought was pretty catchy.  Morgan wants the children to come back with them, explaining their mission to help others in need, but the children seem skeptical.

Clearly, they have been on their own for quite some time and they are hesitant about trusting others, warning our group about where they have landed.  I mean, if they aren’t convinced by movie night, I’m not sure what will really do the trick.  Sidebar, I found it absolutely adorable that John Dorie got the movie night going and I wonder if perhaps there could be a joint movie night in the future, since that was such a hit on The Walking Dead as well!  However, the children ultimately decide to leave, but Morgan hasn’t given up on them just yet.

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“Something’s not right…”

Alicia is on to something here, as Morgan tries to radio over to Logan.  Only, we quickly learn that Logan is the “L” in C&L and he was Clayton’s former partner.  Logan doesn’t want to continue on with this mission to help others, as he just wants to claim back what is his.  He lured Morgan and the others away from the denim factory so that he could take it back, but he claims that he doesn’t want to hurt anyone.  Logan says, “Looks like you’re gonna have to help yourself,” but he really shouldn’t underestimate our amazing group of characters.  While it seems like this is the introduction of our new villain/foe for the season, it looks like there may be another threat out there as well.  I’m looking forward to discovering more about Logan and his intentions, however.

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“It’s not supposed to be easy.”

After finding out that their other friends may be in danger and that they are now stranded in unknown territory, Alicia begins to share her doubts with Morgan.  Morgan continues to keep things positive; however, telling Alicia, “If we’re out here, we need to make it mean something.  It’s not supposed to be easy.  Maybe that’s how we know we’re on the right track.”  I think Morgan is definitely on to something here.  Our group has been through so much and they are still standing and surviving, trying to make the world a better place.  It may seem like an impossible goal, but it’s something that truly gives them purpose and you have to admire them here.  Rick would be so proud of Morgan, as it seems like he is the one following through on Rick’s own vision.  But it definitely will be far from easy…

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“I was right…there’s a story here.”

Al continues to try and record what’s going on, holding on to their story as much as possible.  The journalist in Al has never really gone away, but she may want to rethink her skills as a pilot.  Just saying.  Al has a close encounter with a walker in a strange mask and uniform and she tells Morgan that she believes there is a story here.  Patience is not one of Al’s strong suits, as she decides to head back there at night.  She eliminates the walker behind the mask and discovers some papers with a three ring symbol all over them.  What does the symbol mean?  I’m not sure, but Al is interrupted when she is tased  by someone in the same type of mask.  Someone on Twitter posted a picture of the helicopter Rick got on with the same symbol so is everything connected and who are these masked strangers?

Earlier in the episode, the children warned our group that “this place is worse than it seems” and we can’t really ignore the reanimated heads decorating the trees, but perhaps the main threat here is another group that might be extremely dangerous.  Let’s hope that Al will be OK, but it looks like we have a lot to discover about them.  Also, let’s not ignore the fact that Victor finds a tape with Daniel Salazar on it.  Are we finally going to find out what happened to Daniel?  It looks like we may be in luck!  I have been liking Fear the Walking Dead more and more and this season premiere did not disappoint.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 12 Season Finale: “I Think There’s Another Way”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 12 season finale, I realized that Charles got it absolutely right when he said that “you can’t make an omelette without breaking some eggs.”  This basically means that it’s difficult to achieve something truly significant without causing some unpleasant effects along the way.  But is it worth it in the end?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it looks like some of our characters may be paving the way for their very own happy ending.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lizability,” Liza takes the next steps to accept Cheryl’s offer, but starts to have second thoughts when she hears what is going on at Empirical.  Meanwhile, Kelsey learns the truth about Zane’s actions, Josh goes on a spiritual journey with Lauren’s help to find out if he is ready for fatherhood, and Diana has second thoughts about her relationship with Enzo.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 12 season finale are:

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“It’s not going to end well.”

In the beginning of the episode, Liza takes a tour with Cheryl at her potential new place of work and discovers that she would be running her own imprint called “Chick(y).”  Don’t forget the “y” in parentheses, which symbolizes that they are not entirely excluding the male gender.  While the name of the imprint leaves something to be desired, Liza starts to see all of the benefits of leaving her current job, especially when she sees the salary offer.  While it would be great for Liza to start over and not have to lie anymore, things get a little more complicated when she finds out that Quinn is planning on investing in Empirical, but making Millennial the primary focus, which would be a huge opportunity for both Kelsey and Liza.  Liza tries to warn Kelsey and Charles that she is a liability and a “ticking time bomb,” but it’s clear that she is having second thoughts about leaving as well.

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“I told you it was dangerous.”

Everything has been going somewhat smoothly between Diana and Enzo, but Enzo gets upset when Diana laughs at his new opportunity, which involves working on a “Fatberg,” which is basically a huge lump of sewage.  Sure it sounds absolutely disgusting, but Enzo is clearly very excited about his new opportunity and is hurt when Diana makes light of it.  Diana confides in Liza about the argument and points out that “two things I am not are 1:  sweet and 2:  compatible with a plumber.”  While Diana may have a point, Liza reminds her about what’s more important when she says, “who cares what he does if the feelings are there?”  Later in the episode, it is broadcasted on the news that Enzo is trapped while working on the “fatberg” and Diana leaves everything to be there.  When Enzo is finally retrieved, Diana rushes over to him to embrace him and is finally all in…sewage and all.  While Enzo definitely needs a shower at this point, Diana proves that she wants to be with Enzo just as he is, which is a huge step for her.

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“Because I was in love with you.”

Kelsey is shocked to find out that Jake doesn’t want her in Washington D.C. at his party and Charles explains the reasoning.  After Kelsey admits to having a “moment” with Jake, Charles points out that Zane was the one who refused to take over the book.  Kelsey later confronts Zane about this, asking him why he would do this, not believing that it was just because he didn’t want his name on a book he didn’t edit.  The truth finally comes out when Zane admits that it was “because I was in love with you,” completely shocking Kelsey.  While Kelsey does not reveal her feelings to Zane just yet, things are about to change even further when Zane quits.  Kelsey rushes toward him in the elevator and realizes that he already has a new job offer, explaining that he could never work for Kelsey.  With Zane’s departure, is this the end of the blossoming relationship between him and Kelsey?  Will Kelsey finally be able to tell Zane how she truly feels?  We’ll have to stay tuned for next season, but I really hope that these two can finally get the chance to be together.

2

“Did you get your answer?”

Maggie approaches Josh about considering Malky’s offer about using his sperm for the baby, even though she is not ready to be a parent yet.  Josh actually really considers it and in a sweet moment, he tells Maggie that he would have done it for her.  Josh enlists the help of Lauren to find out if he is ready for this and she pulls out all the stops by creating a ritual for him to meditate and call on “Mother Cacao.”  In a dream, Josh sees himself with a baby, but he has Liza right by his side.  While we don’t know if a relationship is in the cards yet for Liza and Josh, this helps Josh realize that he wants to raise his own child and he would not be able to go through with what Malky is asking.  However, it’s clear that “Mother Cacao” has other plans when Josh’s ex, Claire, shows up at his door…extremely pregnant.  Perhaps Josh will get the chance to try out fatherhood after all, but why did Claire wait so long to tell him?  We’ll have to wait and see what happens next, but I have so many questions already.

1

“I’m happy.”

Liza is still not sure what to do yet and she ends up telling Quinn about her real age and the lie.  Liza ultimately turns down Cheryl’s offer, hoping she made the right decision.  Quinn is confident that she can spin Liza’s age to her advantage, but Cheryl threatens to leak a photo of Liza and Charles and Quinn recognizes that she can’t afford the liability of a scandalous affair like this.  Charles thinks that there is another way and announces that Kelsey will be the new publisher and that he will be the chairman of the board.  While this is presented as a promotion, Liza learns from Diana that this basically means that they are putting Charles “out to pasture.”  Liza confronts Charles about his decision, understanding that this company was his life.  Charles explains that, “Maybe it’s time for a new one…with you.”  The freedom would give Charles the chance to explore a real relationship with Liza and he would have more time for his kids as well.  Even though his father’s company is important to him, he did help ultimately save it and is ready for the next chapter of his life.  First chapter:  holding hands with Liza in public.  The two share a sweet kiss and Liza confidently takes Charles’s hand, as the fantasy has now truly become a reality.  It’s about time!  Team Charles fans rejoice!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Younger below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and 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 “Younger” season 5 episode 11: “There Has To Be Another Way”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 11, I realized that sometimes we need to recognize a way out of a fantasy before it is too late and reality strikes.  We may want to hold on to it for just a little while longer, but we need to accept when we have come to the end of the road…even if it is a “beautiful, beautiful road.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Fraudlein,” Millennial and Empirical Press head to Frankfurt, Germany and are in for some unexpected surprises.  Meanwhile, Liza tries to stick to her decision about Charles, Kelsey realizes she may have misjudged Zane, and Diana steals the spotlight.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 11 are:

5

“Do you know how much sperm costs?”

While everyone else is off in Frankfurt, Maggie and Malky host a dinner for Josh and Lauren to make up for the disaster last time, but the drama is far from over when Malky explains that she is ready to have a child, blind sighting Maggie.  Malky starts talking to Josh about potentially using his sperm for the child and Maggie is not ready yet for this conversation.  While it seemed like Maggie and Malky were off to a good start, there is clearly a lot they need to discuss since they are both not on the same page.

4

“That is a Frankfurt freebie.”

When everyone goes out for drinks in Frankfurt, Diana and Cheryl Sussman steal the show when they appear on stage and give us a delightful cabaret performance.  Everyone is thoroughly entertained until Cheryl takes it a step too far and gives Charles a “Frankfurt freebie.”  Poor Charles makes the innocent mistake of asking Cheryl what that is, as she plants a big kiss on his lips, causing him to leave the party.  While I felt bad for Charles, this moment was absolutely hilarious and I have to say that Diana and Cheryl make quite the team.

3

“I might have misjudged Zane.”

While everyone is out, Kelsey has a little bit too much to drink and a stranger begins coming on to her a little too strongly.  Zane steps in to protect her and ends up punching the guy in the face and escorting Kelsey to bed.  Zane proves to be a perfect gentlemen and Kelsey realizes that she might have completely misjudged him.  It’s about time Kelsey!  While Zane had good intentions, he later realizes that the man he punched in the face is his potential new client.  Zane awkwardly apologizes to him, but it’s safe to say he may not be landing this new deal.  Let’s hope that he can get the girl; however, as I have been anxiously waiting for him and Kelsey to realize that they are absolutely perfect for one another.  Swoon!

2

“Consider yourself fired.”

While Charles respects Liza’s decision to put things on pause for the moment, they both find it extremely difficult to stick with this decision, especially when Liza shows up at Charles’s hotel room.  Charles tells Liza, “I can’t promise I won’t try to kiss you,” and Liza passionately kisses him in the doorway.  Earlier in the episode, Cheryl Sussman approached Liza about working for her at Plaza and reminded her that she would no longer need to lie about her age.  Liza has been dodging bullets left and right with this lie and it’s only a matter of time before the truth comes crashing down on her, which would impact Charles and Kelsey too.  Liza discusses it all with Charles and they both agree that it is for the best.  Liza accepts the job offer, but can Liza really trust Cheryl?  After all, she has now discovered the relationship between Liza and Charles.  Will she use this information to her advantage?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

1

“We’ve come to the end of this road.”

Now that Liza has made the decision to take the job at Plaza, she fills Kelsey in on the plan.  Kelsey is beyond crushed and tells Liza, “There has to be another way,” in the middle of tears.  Liza and Kelsey hug, continuing to stick by each other’s side, but is this really the end for our favorite duo in publishing?  We know that Liza and Kelsey have a beautiful and strong friendship, but will Millennial be able to survive without Liza?  How will everyone else react to the news of Liza’s departure?  Stay tuned for the season finale next week!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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 Affair” season 4 episode 10 Season Finale: “We are just so Lucky to be Alive”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s The Affair, I realized that life can be messy and unpredictable.  Sometimes the big moments all happen at once and sometimes we don’t even see them coming.  We can’t ever truly prepare ourselves for these moments, but it’s important to remember that we are lucky to be alive as Noah said and that each new day can bring a glimmer of hope that things can get better.  It may take time and our pain and grief may never fade away entirely, but it’s important to keep fighting and surviving for those around us.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In tonight’s episode, “410,” Noah tries to distract himself from his own grief by staying with Anton at Princeton, but he quickly realizes that there is somewhere else he needs to be.  Meanwhile, Cole has an extremely difficult time at Alison’s funeral and Helen tries to juggle her daughter’s return along with some shocking news from Sierra, all while Vik’s illness takes a turn for the worst.  My top 5 moments from The Affair season 4 episode 10 season finale are:

5

“You shouldn’t be here.”

Part one of the episode is from Noah’s perspective and he is still with Anton at Princeton.  Noah catches up with an old friend from school and he sits in on her writing class.  The students are beyond excited to meet Noah and tell him that he is the reason why they became writers and Noah explains that writing characters is all about listening to people.  Anton has truly perfected this difficult task when he reads his piece about a character that is a contradiction and describes Noah.  He starts out talking about how Noah is an inspiration and someone who truly wants to teach and be there for his students, but things take an unexpected turn when he then says, “He believes in my future…also he’s fucking my mother.”  Noah is upset at Anton and asks him why he would do that after all he has done for him.  Anton has certainly reached his full potential, but we know that Noah has a difficult time taking a good look in the mirror sometimes.  While he was initially upset with Anton’s words, he quickly realizes where Anton is coming from and appreciates when he says that he is sorry about Alison.  Noah is asked a few times what he is doing there and he finally realizes that it’s time to leave and deal with what has happened to Alison.  Anton thanks Noah for everything he has done for him and I have to say that it’s about time Noah has had a true connection with someone.  He may have trouble finding happiness with the women in his life, but he believed in Anton and helped him get on the right path.

4

“Can you please stop calling me Helen?”

“Surprise!”  Whitney is back with her boyfriend and is ready to stir things up per usual.  Helen is very happy to see her daughter, but she has been dealing with a lot of stress and Vik has been in the hospital because of an infection.  Helen does her best to tell Whitney about everything, but Whitney makes everything about her, proving that she hasn’t really changed very much since we last saw her.  Whitney attacks her mother and says, “I have my shit together, why can’t you?”  As if this moment wasn’t already chaotic enough, Sierra stops by with a “white butterfly,” and tells Helen that she needs to talk to her.  The phone then rings and Vik’s mother tells Helen that Vik is not doing well, as the whirlwind of stress escalates even further.  It’s understandable that Helen is having a difficult time coping with all of this at once and she manages to keep her dry sense of humor through it all, making me cheer for her that much more.

3

“How could you of all people be gone?”

In part two, we see everything from Cole’s perspective, as he prepares for Alison’s funeral.  We do get to hear Noah’s words about Alison at the service which are very moving and heartbreaking.  Noah says, “You were magic, you were light…you were wild, you were brave.  You made me see the world with new eyes…with wonder.”  Noah’s words were so romantic and moving.  While Cole has a difficult time finding the words, Noah paints a beautiful picture of Alison Bailey.  We see several old characters at the service like Oscar and Jane and even Ben makes a surprise guest appearance.  While this was very unsettling for me, Noah’s words really impacted me and I think he was able to speak for Cole as well, who is more about action rather than words.  We all grieve in our own way, but Alison was truly someone special and she will be missed by everyone.

2

“I was too late.  I am always too late.”

During the funeral for Alison, Cole is very upset with Athena, knowing that Alison would truly hate the idea of her ashes being scattered into the ocean.  When it is Cole’s time to speak, he grabs the urn and runs away from everyone and everything.  He ends up at Gabriel’s grave and sits there for quite a while.  Noah goes to speak to him and tries to remind him that he is not the only one who loved her and that this moment was important for Athena.  Later on, Cherry goes to see her son and Cole confides in her that he was coming back for Alison, but that he was too late, which is beyond heartbreaking.  Cherry lost her own husband to suicide and tries to explain that life is very messy and that she understands the desire to want to take control, but that we can’t always do so in every situation.  Cherry explains that it takes time, but the pain may never truly disappear.  However, she talks about Cole being a survivor and a fighter and more importantly, being there for Joanie.  Cole and Luisa recognize that their relationship is over, but Cole wants to keep their marriage intact on paper so that she can get her citizenship and because she is an important person in Joanie’s life.  While I’m not sure if this will go according to plan, Cole takes the time to take Joanie on a road trip away from everything.  When he talks about death, he explains that people believe in different things and Joanie asks him what he believes.  In a touching moment, Cole explains to his daughter that whenever she misses her mother, all she has to do is think about her and she will always be with her.  This moment is truly important, as Cole takes his mother’s advice, understanding that there is no easy fix to this situation, but his purpose now is to be there for his daughter no matter what.

1

“We are just so lucky to be alive.”

Part three of the episode is from Helen’s perspective.  After being shut out of the hospital room for not having a visitor’s pass, Helen finds out that Sierra is pregnant with Vik’s baby and is beyond shocked.  Helen needs a moment away from everyone and confides in Noah.  Helen tells Noah that she doesn’t know if she truly loves Vik the way she is supposed to; especially since it is not the way she loved Noah.  The two continue to confide in each other about Alison and Vik and how they ended up where they are now.  When Helen explains that she thinks she is broken and that Vik deserves better, Noah refuses to let her say this about herself.  While he starts out telling Helen that she is snobby and overbearing, the compliment soon emerges when he says, “I don’t know anyone who’s tougher than you.”  Helen is touched by this and Noah takes it a step further when he says that if he was dying, he would want Helen by his side.  Helen and Noah have come so far and have had so many ups and downs, but this moment was truly something significant for me.  Through it all, these two are still connected and have a bond and friendship that surpasses everything.  While it may not be right for the two of them to be together romantically anymore, it’s clear that they both still care about one another very much.  Noah’s words to Helen clearly help her, as she goes to see Vik and simply whispers to him over and over again, “I love you.”  Helen knows that this is what Vik needs to hear, especially since he began breaking down that he should have listened to her about treatment and that he is not ready to die.  Helen courageously goes to get Sierra in the waiting room and says, “Tell him now.”  Helen understands that this is something that could truly help Vik, proving to be someone who is selfless and caring.  The end of the episode reveals Helen walking up on the rooftop of the building, staring out at the sun and the city.  While I was initially confused and anxious about this scene, I took it as Helen finally opening her eyes and embracing a new day and a life full of possibilities, truly connecting with the concept that she is lucky to be alive.  There are still so many open doors left to explore in this series and I am beyond excited to see the conclusion in season 5.  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support! 

I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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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