Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 14: “We Have To Protect The People We Love”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14, I remembered that scars are not always on the outside.  Sometimes the scars we can’t forget run past our flesh, screaming on the inside, refusing to be tamed.  They are a constant reminder of something, but they can also be a badge of courage, pushing us forward and giving us strength.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Scars,” we get an important glimpse into Michonne’s past and finally learn the truth about the “X” marks.  Meanwhile, Lydia continues to make a great impression wherever she goes and Negan sheds some light on his unconventional friendship with Judith.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 14 are:

5

“What about her?”

Daryl arrives at Alexandria’s gates, looking for some help from Michonne, as Henry is badly injured.  However, Lydia’s presence does not make things easy, as Michonne and the others do not trust outsiders.  Daryl vouches for Lydia and says that she is with them, but can they really trust her?  Michonne explains that she does trust Daryl and allows them to pass through, but she’s definitely keeping her guard up.

4

“Think about that.”

The gross ship between Henry and Lydia continues, as Lydia tells Henry that she will never forget what he did and starts touching his scar, explaining that she likes it.  Michonne interrupts this stomach-turning love connection to have a talk with Lydia.  She sits next to her on the stairs and says, “To save my people, I’ve had to risk others…it’s what I had to do.”  Lydia listens intently, as Michonne further says, “If I could just walk away and take all the risk with me…think about that.”  Michonne walks away without letting Lydia respond to this, but her message is pretty clear and to the point.  Is Lydia strong enough to do the right thing here and walk away?  Lydia cares about Henry, but she is constantly putting her new friends in danger by being with them.

3

“So now you’re curious.”

I love how Negan is now the constant voice of reason, as Michonne confronts him when Judith goes missing.  Michonne wants to know more about their friendship and thinks that Negan is feeding Judith bullshit to earn her trust.  However, Negan gently reminds Michonne that Judith can “smoke out the bullshit.”  He tells Michonne that Judith likes hearing stories about her father and brother, as Negan tells her about some bad-ass moments featuring them, which brings her closer to her family.  Negan says that he shoots it straight with Judith and Michonne asks him if he told her about what he did to Glenn and Abraham.  Negan surprises her by saying that she has heard those stories too, but Michonne has heard enough and tells him, “You don’t get to talk to me about Carl…she is my daughter!” 

Judith is Michonne’s daughter and Negan reminds her that she acts a lot like her mother sometimes, which is actually really great advice and ultimately points Michonne in the right direction so that she can find Judith before anything happens to her.  Michonne has been trying to protect Judith’s innocence for so long, but perhaps it is time for her to start treating her like the strong young woman she is becoming.

2

“Children are capable of anything.”

During the episode, we flash back to Michonne’s past when she was pregnant with R.J.  Michonne gets a blast from her past, as she crosses paths with her old friend, Jocelyn, played by True Blood’s Rutina Wesley.  Michonne is so happy to see her and welcomes her, agreeing to help her save her group of children.  Jocelyn explains that none of the adults in her group made it, but that children can be capable of anything, as she has become a den mother of sorts to them.  However, everything is not as it seems, as Michonne discovers that they have raided their supplies and left Alexandria, taking Judith and some of the other kids with them. 

Michonne and Daryl rush off after them and are caught, as we watch the horrifying act of the children branding both Michonne and Daryl with the “X” marks under Jocelyn’s instruction.  Michonne manages to break free and refuses to leave her daughter behind, as she shows just how far a mother will go to protect her child.  Michonne kills Jocelyn and tries to get through to the children, but they are too far gone to know what is right and wrong at this point.  Michonne’s stomach is slashed by one of the children, which was horrifying to watch.  I seriously could not believe that Jocelyn and the children could be this cruel and merciless, but we are living in different times now.  Judith’s life is threatened and Michonne does what she must do to protect her daughter.  She kills the children in her way and saves her daughter and she’s had to live with this choice for all this time.  No wonder she does not trust anyone at this point.

1

“We have to protect the people we love and we will.”

Negan is not the only one to give Michonne some advice, as Daryl suggests that Michonne tells Judith about that day as well.  After tracking Judith down and stopping the walkers in her way, Michonne tells Judith that she has to tell her something.  Judith actually remembers that day and explains that she initially did not recognize her mother because she was covered in blood.  She didn’t talk after it happened because she thought it made her mother sad, which furthers this loving bond between Michonne and Judith.  Michonne chose to be Judith’s mother, but it has not been easy, especially since Rick is gone.  However, Michonne does the best she can to protect her family, but she recognizes that it is time to finally confide in her daughter and tell her the truth.  Michonne takes Judith to the spot she buried, which is where Michonne made the promise to never bury another child again.  Judith understands where her mother is coming from and this is a really important moment for these two.  Michonne agrees to help Judith track down Daryl and the others, as they approach the Kingdom together, but we learn that the Whisperers are lurking in the bushes, ready to inform Alpha about this place.

Overall, this episode provided us with some really important information and shocked us with horrible truths and realities.  The dead have not been the main threat on this show for quite some time, as we witness how dangerous humanity can be.  We don’t always see betrayal coming, but sometimes we have to take a risk and trust someone to protect the ones we love.  I was impressed with the performances and even though it was more of a transition episode, I thought that it was necessary and important, revealing so much about Michonne’s character and reminding us that each decision can have a consequence, which makes leading extremely difficult.  Is Michonne ready to take on Alpha?  We’ll have to see, but it looks the Whisperers are done waiting in the shadows.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 13: “I’ll Kill Him First”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 13, I realized that negotiations during the zombie apocalypse are not always that difficult.  If at first you don’t succeed with offers of trade and safe passage, why not try again with a movie?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In last night’s episode, “Chokepoint,” Ezekiel and Carol receive a letter from the group with the mysterious symbol.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Connie continue to make an amazing tag team, as Beta shows off just how dangerous he can be.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 13 are:

5

“There’s no way in hell I’m letting you run away with this one.”

After Daryl gets Henry and Lydia to temporary safety, Daryl tells Lydia to go back to the Whisperers, but Henry wants to keep running and thinks that he can fix everything.  Daryl is worried about Hilltop, recognizing that Alpha will go after them first.  Henry continues to think with his heart before his head and Daryl reminds him to think about his mother.  I’m still excited to see Carol’s reaction to all of this, as I don’t think Lydia will get embraced by her with open arms.

4

“If they don’t listen, then kill them.”

Jerry and some of the others are robbed by the new group with the symbol and they give him a letter.  Ezekiel and Carol read the letter, as we are introduced to the Highwaymen.  Carol points out that they could have killed Jerry, but they sent a letter instead and it was grammatically correct, which suggests that these people are civilized.  Never underestimate the power of good grammar!  Ezekiel still wants to gather the troops just in case, but Carol continues to show off her impressive leadership skills, as she thinks that they should try talking to them first.  Either way, I was excited that the group behind the symbol has already been revealed, as TWD can sometimes drag out story-lines.

3

“Because I care about you.”

Henry continues to be Henry in this episode, as Lydia tells him that coming after her was a stupid thing to do.  Go Lydia!  Lydia demands to know why Henry came after her and he tells her that he cares about her.  Just as we are about to get another nauseating kiss between these two, Daryl interrupts and cock blocks Henry, which had me laughing uncontrollably.  Sorry Henry, maybe next time.

2

“And Jerry would like his sword back.”

So, as we got to meet the Highwaymen, I almost felt like the channel changed to an old Western movie, complete with the music soundtrack and everything.  The Highwaymen initially laugh at Ezekiel’s proposal to give them access to the Kingdom and the fair, but Carol sweetens the deal.  Carol offers the Highwaymen the chance to see movies and they jump at the opportunity.  But, let’s not forget that Jerry would like his sword back as well, which gave us some welcomed comic relief during the episode.  The Highwaymen show up to help Tara and the others and accept this new job opportunity to keep the roads safe, but what else do we know about them?  Are they friends or foes?  We’ll have to wait and see, but so far I am liking this new group.

1

“I’ll kill him first.”

Daryl is sick of running, as Connie suggests that they get to higher ground and enter an abandoned building that she has used previously.  There are some supplies and several areas have already been blocked off, which could give Daryl and the others an advantage.  Lydia tells Daryl that Alpha will send Beta to take them out, but Daryl is not intimidated.  Daryl and Connie continue to make a great tag team, as they eliminate the threats that come after them and I have to give a special honorable mention to Dog, who was not afraid to jump in the fight either.  The fight between Daryl and Beta had me on the edge of my seat and it ended with Daryl pushing Beta down an elevator shaft.  However, things are not always that simple, as we learn that Beta is still alive at the end of the episode.  Something tells me that this guy is not that easy to kill, so Daryl Dixon better watch his back.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 14: “Don’t Ever Look Back”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 14 season finale, I realized that we sometimes get a second chance, even after we have hit rock bottom.  So what do we do with it?  Do we play it safe or do we travel into the unknown?  The decision is never easy, but all we can do is try and embrace the future.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Found,” Fiona makes a huge decision that will impact everyone around her.  Meanwhile, Liam moves out, Carl and Debbie team up, and Frank burdens everyone with his recovery.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 14 season finale are:

5

“I moved out.”

During the episode, Liam decides to move out of the Gallagher house for good.  Debbie tries to get him to come back home, but Liam explains that he doesn’t want to be a Gallagher anymore and even Carl asks, “Is that an option?”  Debbie refuses to give up and Liam presents her with a list of demands of 46 items that will need to be addressed in order for him to consider moving home, as Liam is looking to embrace his culture in a stable environment.  Good for you, Liam!

4

“I’m a man again!”

Kev is thrilled to be “a man again” and even starts thinking about renting himself out as Jesus.  V is skeptical, but Kev has endless possibilities, including “A Jesus Stripper” and “Last Supper Jesus.”  It looks like Kev has embraced this new role, but someone should probably tell him that “Bar Mitzvah Jesus” may not go over that well…

3

“Now that’s a woman!”

In the beginning of the episode, Carl and Debbie team up to get some revenge on Kelly for breaking their hearts, as they go into full stealth mode to mess up her truck.  Kelly is furious and confronts Debbie, as we hilariously see that Carl spray painted “heart beaker” instead of “heart breaker.”  Debbie informs Kelly that she knows how to spell, but takes this moment to stand up for her brother, as she tells Kelly that she really hurt her brother and that he feels rejected.  Carl is ready to give up on school and settle for working in fast food, but we know he is worth so much more than that.  Kelly refuses to accept this and storms into “Captain Bob’s” and zip ties Carl and takes him out of there, telling his boss that he quits.  Kelly really is one hell of a woman, as she tells Carl to man up and kisses him, suggesting that there is hope for these two to get back together.  Yay!

2

“You just love them.”

Tami decides to move forward with her pregnancy after getting her test results back from the doctor.  Lip wants to be a father, but Tami thinks that he will be a terrible one.  In a touching moment, Lip gets some advice from Kev, who tells him that you just love them, which is actually really great advice.  I personally think that Lip will be an excellent father, especially after seeing how good he was with Xan, but it will definitely be an adventure for sure.

1

“I’m scared.”

After receiving the $100,000 check from Max, Fiona realizes that she now has a second chance.  Fiona goes to visit Ian in prison and he tells her to go because she deserves it.  Fiona is scared, but Ian reminds her, “Don’t ever look back.”  Ian will always be there to love and support her, along with the rest of her family, but Fiona recognizes that it is time to start her life somewhere else.  Lip wants to throw Fiona a goodbye party, but she leaves before it, realizing that she may not be able to go if she stays for that.  Fiona recognizes that it is now or never and takes that leap of faith to get on the plane and move forward toward the unknown.  She loves her family and even leaves Deb a check for $50,000 and reminds Frank that she did it all, as he tries to thank her for helping over the years.  It’s clearly difficult for Frank to admit this and he probably has his own feelings about his oldest daughter leaving, but Fiona takes the high road and doesn’t look back.  We’re proud of you, Fiona Gallagher!

I have to say that I definitely shed a few tears at the end of the episode.  I will absolutely miss Emmy Rossum on the show and I’m not sure that it will be the same without her, but we definitely still have a lot of Gallagher fun to keep us entertained.  Fiona was always the heart and soul of the show for me and I feel like I just said goodbye to my best friend when she got on the plane.  You’ll never be replaced, Fiona, and I hope that you get your chance at a happily ever after!  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 12: “Crying Is Weak”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12, I realized that it is possible for people to change, but it’s difficult to let our guard down and trust them again.  Do we take the chance or do we continue to play it safe because of the potential consequences?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Guardians,” we meet Beta and get a glimpse into life as a Whisperer.  Meanwhile, Daryl and Connie show off some synchronized slaying, Eugene gives Gabriel some advice, and Michonne makes a big decision.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 12 are:

5

“You be a damn fool to let her go.”

So, I almost felt like Gabriel was auditioning for a role on Maury, as he reminded Eugene that he is not the father of Rosita’s baby, which makes things more than complicated.  Rosita is upfront with Gabriel and leaves the choice up to him, but he is clearly very conflicted over what to do next.  Eugene has strong feelings for Rosita as well and just wants her to be happy.  He provides Gabriel with some advice and looks on, as Gabriel approaches Rosita and Siddiq toward the end, implying that they are all embracing this complicated situation together. 

4

“You can’t keep a big dog locked up forever.”

Michonne approaches Negan and asks him why he came back to Alexandria.  Michonne demands answers and Negan tells her that he has truly changed and that he can help her.  Negan hears everything from his cell and he can be very useful, but Michonne is not buying it whatsoever at this point.  However, Negan makes some very valid points that should be considered.  He had the chance to run and he came back, but Michonne is very guarded, refusing to believe that Negan can become a productive member of society.  Just let him out already!

3

“Crying is weak.”

Lydia was not joking when she said that you do not want to cross her mother, Alpha.  In this episode, heads literally roll, as Alpha makes an example out of a couple who try to undermine her authority.  Alpha shows no mercy and decapitates the woman right in front of everyone.  Her husband, or boyfriend, begins crying and Alpha whispers, “Crying is weak,” right before she stabs him.  Remember there’s no crying in the zombie apocalypse!

No crying

Alpha is proving to be a very formidable villain, but she clearly still has a weak spot for her daughter, Lydia.  However, I think that the true beast within her will be unleashed if Lydia betrays her, which may make her almost unstoppable.  She seems to focus a lot on being like an animal, which can be extremely dangerous, but it’s all about survival of the fittest now.   

2

“People don’t really change.  You did.”

Michonne confronts Judith about talking to Negan and tries to tell her, “He is not your friend.”  Judith explains that Negan truly listens to her, but Michonne doesn’t want her anywhere near him.  Judith proves to be wise beyond her years, as she reminds Michonne that he is still a human being.  Michonne has a lot of feelings bottled up inside her and she begins to finally reflect on some of her decisions.  She decides that she will ultimately help The Kingdom and recognizes that everyone has the right to “weigh the risks and choose.”  It’s always a gamble to take a chance when there are so many threats, but Michonne’s talks with Negan and Judith clearly had an impact on her.

1

“Kill him…”

So, my own personal favorite moment was when Lydia punched Henry in the face.  I almost fell out of my chair laughing.  Henry winds up in a dangerous situation now, as he tells Alpha, “I came for her.”  Alpha recognizes that she can use Henry to her advantage, but Beta also reminds her that her daughter may have feelings for him.  Alpha puts this to the test and commands Lydia to kill Henry or Beta will kill them both.  Lydia is shocked by this and is clearly very conflicted, but some hungry walkers break the tension and begin attacking the camp.  Daryl uses this distraction to get Henry out of there, but Henry refuses to go without Lydia, as they all head off together.  What will Alpha do now that her daughter has willingly left?  Has Lydia truly switched sides?  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 13: “Is That Bone?”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 13, I realized that it’s never easy to get back up and start over, but sometimes it is necessary.  Even if it feels hopeless, every now and again you will be surprised by what comes next.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “Lost,” Frank suffers an injury that gets him a pass into the hospital, but most of the staff are not too thrilled with his presence.  Meanwhile, Fiona starts over, Lip has a heart-to-heart talk with Tami, and Liam decides he has had enough.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 13 are:

5

“It took them two days to realize I was gone.”

During the episode, Fiona notices that Liam is not in his room and she begins texting him to try and find him.  Everyone else starts reaching out to Liam too, but we find out that he has been hanging out at his friend’s house and comments on how long it took everyone to notice he was missing.  Liam decides not to answer any of their texts and continues to have some fun.  I can’t say I really blame him, but it looks like he is getting some quality Liam time in.  After all, there is always some kind of commotion going on in the Gallagher home.  Enjoy your vacation away, Liam!

4

“Pull the trigger!”

Carl is still upset about Kelly breaking up with him and he hates it that Debbie is trying to move in on his territory.  To make matters worse, he also finds out that he did not get into West Point.  During work, a robber points a gun at Carl and he simply tells him to pull the trigger because his day can’t get any better.  Only the robber actually shoots the gun and Carl proceeds to beat the crap out of him.  Perhaps a job in law enforcement is in his future?  Later on, Debbie tries to make a move on Kelly and is rejected.  Carl and Debbie actually share a sweet moment together, as Carl tells her that she will find someone to be with someday.  It’s nice to see that these two can still support each other even though they were both initially fighting over the same girl.

3

“The nuns know.”

The gig is up, as Kev and V’s daughters are finally spotted together at preschool.  The nuns call up Kev and V to discuss the matter further and explain what there are options are.  They can either pay back tuition to prevent being brought up for fraud or Kev can play Jesus and drag a 300 pound cross to the church while wearing his revealing costume.  I mean, I guess it beats paying the $1400, but it’s not every day that you get to see Jesus walking down the block.

2

“Is that bone?”

After Fiona’s former building is bulldozed, Frank is still inside and ends up injuring his leg severely during the commotion.  Frank says it is just a scratch, but his bone is literally sticking out.  Frank is no stranger to the emergency room, as the members of the staff know him quite well and refuse to give him pain medication.  We learn that Frank has been to this particular hospital 52 times and he has no insurance.  However, Frank gets a lucky break after all, as he ends up with a short visit and lots of pain medication before being dumped out on his street by the ambulance.

1

“Did you let Lip recruit you into that cult?”

Fiona continues to go to AA meetings and is starting to pick up the pieces.  After meeting with her lawyer, she learns that she needs to prove that she is a contributing member of society since she is facing assault charges from the woman she punched in the face during the block party.  Fiona can’t really be picky with her options and ends up taking a job at a gas station.  At the end of the episode, Max walks in and offers her a real chance to start over.  He explains that they are moving forward with the project and that he would like to buy Fiona out, which would give her $100,000.  Talk about a lucky break.  I have to admit that my heart skipped a beat when I saw a man walk in the gas station, as I was kind of hoping it might be Jimmy.  However, it looks like this chance encounter will finally allow Fiona a fresh start.  Stay tuned for the season finale next week, as we say goodbye to our beloved Fiona Gallagher.  I’m not sure I am ready to, however.

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 11: “I Can’t Live With It Either”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 11, I realized that saying “it’s all gonna work out” doesn’t always mean that it will.  However, maintaining a positive outlook in the world of the dead is easier said than done.  You make decisions that you have to live with it, but what if you can’t?  Can you still make a difference and change it…or is it too late?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Bounty,” Alpha and the Whisperers have arrived and they are going to cause some conflict if they don’t get what they came for.  Meanwhile, Ezekiel and Carol tackle a side mission of their own and Connie winds up in a dangerous situation.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 11 are:

5

“You can’t have her.”

Alpha and the Whisperers are at the gates to retrieve Alpha’s daughter and she promises that there will not be conflict if they simply cooperate.  Daryl initially tells Alpha that she can’t have her, but everything changes when we learn that the Whisperers have Luke and Alden.  Alpha proposes a trade:  her daughter for the lives of Luke and Alden.  Before Daryl has much time to think this over, he notices that one of the Whisperers is holding a crying baby and he asks, “You brought a baby out here?”  Seriously, you read my mind, Daryl.  Alpha compares her group to animals, which is creepy on its own, but things begin to get more complicated when the dead arrive to break up the party.

4

“You live with it by staying who you are.”

While all the commotion is going on, Henry breaks Lydia out of her cell and tries to protect her.  We get some screen time for Enid, who says that she will go after Henry.  In a touching moment, Enid talks about losing people and mentions Carl’s letter to her.  Henry whines that it’s not fair, but Enid tries to remind him that he needs to stay true to himself and live with it as best he can.  She further explains that you “can’t let the bad things change you,” which is actually really great advice.  Henry tells Lydia that he is going to miss her and she actually tells him that she will miss him too.  I guess all of Henry’s whining paid off, as he shares a brief kiss with Lydia.

Buffy drinking

After watching the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like Lydia is going to be asked to eliminate Henry, but will she be able to do so now that they have the potential for teen romance?  We’ll have to wait and see.  When Lydia is reunited with her mother, she is greeted with a smack in the face and a reminder to refer to her as “Alpha.”  Alpha is definitely not up for mother of the year, but she did break her own rules to retrieve Lydia.

3

“It’s movie time.”

So, I absolutely loved that the show gave us some fun in this episode.  Sometimes the episodes can drag a little and feel heavy and we need some comic relief or moments of fluff to keep us connected to the characters and to be entertained.  Carol and Ezekiel get some screen time, as they head off with Jerry and friends for an important side mission.  As they approach a movie theater filled with the dead, Jerry hilariously comments, “It’s movie time!”  Ezekiel is all about creating and maintaining community and he wants the children to be able to experience watching a movie.  We even get a fun “mission mix” soundtrack to accompany them, as they lure the dead out of there.  It seems like everything is going according to plan until Jerry drops the bubble wrapped projection bulb, but all is not lost.  Carol makes the decision as the “queen” to retrieve it and they take out the walkers and successfully complete their mission.  Yay!

2

“Natural selection.”

During the episode, the dead break up Alpha’s talk with Daryl and the others, as Alpha signals for the Whisperer mother to put down her baby.  Alpha explains that it is “natural selection” and that if the mother cannot quiet the baby, the dead will.  I found myself shouting at the television at this point, as Alpha is proving to be extremely dangerous and ruthless.  I actually feel bad for Lydia now.  Luke and Alden are being held captive and Luke uses sign language to inform Connie what is going on, who has been hiding nearby.  Connie courageously rescues the baby and ends up in an extremely dangerous situation.  She heads into the corn fields and we see everything from her perspective, as the sound is cut, which was a brilliant decision.  Connie tries to take out the Whisperers one by one, but they keep coming and I was even startled several times, as they continued to pop up out of nowhere.  This moment was eerie and terrifying, but so well done.  Luckily, Daryl shows up to save the day and Connie makes it out of there with the baby.  Talk about suspense!

1

“I can’t live with it either.”

Toward the end of the episode, Henry confronts Daryl and asks him how he can live with what he did.  Daryl explains that “the world is just shit sometimes and you live with it.”  Daryl knows that he did what he had to, but he still has some guilt lingering.  Henry continues to be naive and impulsive, as he takes off after Lydia and leaves Daryl a note, saying that he can’t live with it.  Daryl decides to go after Henry and Connie wants to tag along.  When Daryl asks her why, she writes down, “I can’t live with it either.”  It looks like Daryl and “Dog” have a new companion, as they all head out together.  I am really liking Connie, played by Lauren Ridloff, and I think that she may be able to help Daryl turn a corner.  While I still ship Daryl and Carol together in the end, this may be a chance for Daryl to truly connect with someone.  Daryl is used to being on his own, but he can’t do everything by himself.

Overall, I thought this was a solid episode and the corn field scene was captivating and intense.  We are still left with some questions, however.  We see a mysterious symbol on the back of a sign after Carol and Ezekiel leave the movie theater and we still don’t know about the “X” marks.  Are these symbols connected or are they separate threats?  The symbol looks like an upside down “V,” which could relate to dominance or power, but there could be endless possibilities.  I would love to hear some of your theories on this.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 9 episode 12: “You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 12, I realized that “people do crazy shit when the power goes out.”  However,  Frank reminded us that “you just gotta stay creative.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “You’ll Know the Bottom When You Hit It,” Frank uses the city blackout to make a quick profit and decides to show Fiona the ropes.  Meanwhile, Lip says goodbye to Xan, Debbie and Carl continue fighting over Kelly, and Kev deals with a “ticking time ball.”  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 12 are:

5

“Nobody likes a clinger.”

In this episode, Carl feels that Kelly is being distant, but he becomes almost obsessive when he finds out that Debbie is constantly texting her.  This leads to an ongoing fight over Kelly’s affection, as both Gallagher siblings seem unwilling to give up.  Later in the episode, Kelly breaks up with Carl for being too clingy, but does this mean that she will explore some potential feelings for Debbie?  I’m thinking so, based on the preview for next week’s episode.  Maybe Carl’s former girlfriend, Kassidi, can come back from the dead?  Or maybe she’s not really dead?  You never know on Shameless.

4

“She needs to hit rock bottom.”

Lip has a lot going on in this episode, as Xan exits in the beginning, but not before giving Lip a friendship bracelet she made him, which is adorable.  Later on, Tami finally has a talk with Lip and they decide that they are going to give parenthood a try, which I am so excited about.  While they admit that they don’t know what the future holds for them, I really think that Lip will make a great father and will support his child no matter what.  This is an important step in Lip’s life and it looks like things are finally coming together for him.  However, Lip is still extremely worried about Fiona and even throws out her stuff to make his point.  Later on, Lip has an important talk with V, explaining that if she is really Fiona’s friend; she won’t let her stay with her.  Lip understands that Fiona needs to truly hit rock bottom so that she can finally get some help.  It’s not always easy to turn your back on someone you love, but sometimes it is necessary to save them.

3

“Gallagher’s Blackout Supply.”

The entire city is dealing with a blackout and no one is happy about it…except Frank.  Frank is known for his get-rich-quick schemes and he takes full advantage here, as he has been preparing for a possible blackout for quite some time.  Frank officially welcomes Fiona to the “ranks of the unemployed” and decides to show his daughter the ropes.  They negotiate over her cut and Fiona explains that “Frank’s Blackout Supply” will be renamed “Gallagher’s Blackout Supply,” which definitely has a better ring to it.  Fiona is actually really “creative” with her sales skills and the two of them have a line down the block, as they sell ice, batteries, flashlights and all other necessities during this time of panic.  Sure, their prices may be a little outrageous, but they absolutely have a demand for their products.

2

“We found the true power of the South Side.”

It seems like everyone is taking Frank’s advice in this episode about being creative, as Kev decides to have a cookout at The Alibi so that the steaks V purchased don’t go bad.  It seems like a great idea and a lot of the neighbors show up, but they also learn that the rest of Chicago got their power back.  Fiona starts a protest march for the South Siders, which consists of some catchy slogans such as:  “What the f*ck Chicago?  Should’ve had power hours ago” and “South Side is where it’s at.  We’ll f*ck you up with a baseball bat.”  Power is finally restored and everyone celebrates at The Alibi, as Kev takes a minute to comment on how everyone came together and had a great day.

1

“We get exactly what we deserve.”

Fiona’s drinking has gotten worse and even Frank tries to intervene at this point, as he tries to tell Fiona that she is a bad drunk, but she doesn’t want to hear it.  Later on, when everyone is celebrating at The Alibi, Fiona still can’t be happy and she takes it out on everyone there.  V makes a strong decision by informing Fiona that she cannot stay with her and Fiona says she understands.  Fiona ends up sleeping in her abandoned apartment building and wakes up, recovering from her drinking.

As Fiona walks down the stairs, she comes across an old copy of “Business Reviewer” magazine addressed to her and finally hits rock bottom, realizing that she no longer recognizes the girl who used to subscribe to that magazine.  The girl who was so motivated and talented, but she is still in there somewhere, as we finally get a glimmer of hope.  Fiona ends up joining Lip at a meeting at the end of the episode.  They exchange glances, but don’t say anything, which is extremely powerful.  It looks like our girl, Fiona, is finally going to get the help she needs.  It’s about time.

Overall, this was one of the best episodes I have seen in a long time.  There was as lot of fun throughout it, but my heart went out to Fiona.  Emmy Rossum’s performance was so real and heartbreaking and I still don’t know how I will be able to deal with her exiting the show, but this episode truly touched me.  Stay tuned!

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

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