Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 10: “What’s an acronym?”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 10, I realized that sometimes you have to say goodbye in order to truly start over.  But is a Gallagher truly ready to leave the Southside behind?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Now Leaving Illinois,” Debbie gets caught up in a love triangle with Claudia and Julia.  Meanwhile, Lip and Tami contemplate moving, Liam is threatened with a permanent vacation from school, and Carl discovers that “garbage is dirty.”

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 10 are:

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“I’m a user, not a seller!”

Frank gets caught up in quite the jam after Faye sets him up to wind up in prison, but Frank Gallagher can talk his way out of almost anything.  After helping out the new processing officer and reasoning with the judge, Frank manages to get out of there with some community service and a trip to rehab.

Faye is less than pleased that her “pharmaceutical entrapment” did not work like she anticipated, but are there still some sparks flying between these two?  We know that Frank likes his women on the crazy side, but it looks like he may be preoccupied with his new business venture within the behavioral rehab center.

Frank Gallagher always finds a way to make some fast cash…

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“We need to get out of here while we still have a chance!”

After Kev determines the definition of an acronym, he heads out with V to a “Win a Date Couples Auction,” which could seal the deal to get their girls into a prestigious academy for kindergarten.

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After Kev and V are auctioned for $5000, things start to get a little weird and they realize that the couple may actually be swingers.  I guess that’s more believable than Kev’s initial theory about them being hunted down by rich people for sport…

Kev and V weigh the pros and cons and decide to go through with it for their girls, but they are more than surprised when the couple shows up with their son, claiming they want to show him true suffering among the poor so that he is motivated in life.

Perhaps the girls going to public school is not such a bad thing after all…

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“So you’re doing the mom and the daughter?  Cause that’s hot.”

Well said, Megan!  Megan continues to be a supportive friend to Debbie, but Debbie has certainly gotten herself stuck in a mess of her own.  Claudia seems to be very happy with her and even offers her a job at the house, but Debbie’s sexcapade adventures with Julia may put a hold on this.

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After Debbie tries to let Julia down gently, Julia threatens to expose her to her mother, so I guess Debbie is going to the homecoming dance after all…

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“When you know, you know.”

After Ian hilariously tries to bring a date to make Mickey jealous, he winds up with Cole, who certainly lights up every room with his presence.  Ian overhears Byron speaking badly about Mickey and he defends his man’s honor, punching him in the face.

This act of Gallavich love gives Mickey the green light to punch Cole as well, as Ian then proposes to Mickey!  In true Mickey fashion, Ian is told to save the speech and it looks like these two are finally ready to have their happily ever after.

Swoon!

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“That’s all I got.”

After Lip successfully makes it through his first meeting with Tami’s family, he learns that they want to give them Tami’s grandmother’s house until they can get on their feet.  Sounds perfect, but the house is located in Milwaukee, which is two hours away from Lip’s home.

Lip is initially hesitant, but after they see the place for themselves, Lip starts to realize that this could open so many doors for him and his son.  Lip holds a family meeting of his own and tells the Gallaghers that he is leaving.

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So, what does this mean for Lip’s character?  We only have two episodes left this season and with Fiona’s departure last season, is Lip now going to make his exit as well?  We’ll have to wait and see how this unfolds, but I do want Lip to finally find the happiness he deserves.

Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Shameless” season 10 episode 9: “Gallagher Normal”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 9, I learned that a “Gallagher keeps his promise,” but is a promise truly enough for a Milkovich?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “O Captain, My Captain,” Faye continues to interrogate Frank while the rest of the Gallagher household carries on without him.  Meanwhile, Debbie meets Claudia’s daughter, Lip tries to make some extra cash, and Kev and V’s latest side hustle takes an unexpected turn.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 9 are:

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“Can someone be a hero please?”

Carl continues to take his position very seriously as the youth group leader for the police, but perhaps he should remember that carte blanche doesn’t exactly mean sending these kids to the hospital to prove a point.  It looks like Carl is off to the sanitation department where he can literally clean up the streets of Southside.

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“I’m a lot more lucid when I’m drunk.”

A fair point for sure, Frank, as Faye (Elizabeth Rodriguez) continues to keep him handcuffed to the bed until he admits that he wronged her former love.  It takes Frank quite a few tries, but once she throws some opioids into the mix, the memories start to come back.

It looks like Faye is not done with Frank just yet, as she drugs him up and leaves him in a car with all of the evidence.  Watch out, Frank!

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“She’s a terror. Stay strong.”

After Debbie and Claudia try out using the commitment friendly word, “girlfriend,” it seems like things are going in the right direction.  That is, until Debbie crosses paths with Claudia’s teenage daughter, Julia.

Julia explains that her mother constantly tells her that she is fat and convinces Debbie to help her skip out on the dreaded Spin Class so that they can get some fried food instead.

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After Julia kisses Debbie, it looks like she is now in a world of trouble.  I can’t see this ending well, but it looks like this family love triangle will continue in next week’s episode.

At least Debbie has cleared up the hooker confusion.

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“How do you know you love me?”

After Ian basically leaves Mickey at the altar, Mickey decides to move out and move on. 

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Ian recognizes what Mickey is doing and tries to make it up to him by buying a promise ring, but Mickey is not so impressed.

Ian is clearly scared of marriage, but his love for Mickey transcends this so I hope that these two can figure things out before it’s too late!  We’re rooting for you, Gallavich!

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“Nurse V’s Jiffy Care!”

“Naked breasts don’t exactly say quality health care,” but Kev does make the point that they could if their new medical side hustle includes mammograms.  The maid service van is cleverly turned into Nurse V’s Jiffy Care, as V decides to bring some cheap and needed healthcare to the Southside.

It seems like business is booming, but things get complicated when a fifteen-year-old girl from out of state is in need of an abortion.  V gets creative with her new doctor friend to do all she can to help these girls in need, but it looks like they are now getting quite the reputation.

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Perhaps they need to come up with a new side hustle.  Either way, I’m always on team Kev and V!  More please!

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 “Shameless” season 10 episode 8: “Debbie Might Be a Prostitute”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 8, I realized that if you’re a Gallagher, “always lie.”  Seems like an easy motto to follow when in doubt…

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Debbie Might Be a Prostitute,” Debbie realizes that there may have been a miscommunication between her and Claudia.  Meanwhile, Carl, Liam, and Kev and V try out new business ideas, Tami and Lip have trouble finding a sitter for baby Freddy, and Frank investigates a haunted house with Faye.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 8 are:

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“This is my calling.”

After Carl’s attempt to clean up the streets of Southside, he now realizes that he wants to find his true purpose in life.  Carl wants to become a cop, but is too young, but that is not going to stop him.  After a failed attempt to show a fake ID, the cops tell him that they have the perfect opportunity for him.

Carl is now the leader of the youth committee and he is ready to whip these kids into shape, showing off his three skills:  Choking things, good with weapons, and a buttload of rage in his heart.  I mean, that would really make any resume stand out.

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“What do real people do with money?”

After getting an unexpected check from the IRS for $825, Kev and V are ready to be smart about their money.  Only they end up getting involved in a pyramid scheme for EscarGold, which is some kind of eye face mask thing that burns their faces off.

Kev and V are stuck now, but that is not going to stop them from being inventive, as they come up with an idea to sell it as some kind of hemorrhoid cream.  “Your butt will thank you!” 

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“Who else you gonna call?”

Elizabeth Rodriguez continues to light up the screen as Frank’s new friend, Faye, who appears to live in a Rolls Royce, but after Kev asks her up front, we discover that she does have a beautiful house…except it is apparently haunted.

Frank is up for the challenge and offers to help her, especially after he hears about all the Scotch that is there, but things go off track when Faye handcuffs Frank to the bed, showing him an old videotape of when her husband was sent away to prison when Frank was given a pass.

Faye clearly blames Frank for what happened and it doesn’t look like she is going to let him go until she gets some answers, but we know that Frank Gallagher can somehow find his way out of every situation…

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“You hit the jackpot.”

After Debbie discovers that her new friend, Claudia, gave her $1000, she realizes that she may have been mistaken for a prostitute.  Apparently, Debbie was hanging out at “hoe corner,”  so I guess she should be careful about where she stands.

Debbie visits Claudia to clear things up and Claudia seems willing to take her to dinner, but she insists that Debbie keep the money and starts to buy her extravagant presents.

Megan tells Debbie that she basically hit the jackpot or the “motherload” with this sugar mama opportunity, but I’m not sure how Debbie really feels about this.  We’ll have to see how this goes…

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“Do you love and trust me too?”

After Paula gets thrown out a window, both Ian and Mickey think the other one is responsible for her murder.  They find out that if they are married, they will never have to testify against each other and decide to see this plan through, but it is later revealed that Paula’s girlfriend was the one who killed her.

Mickey still seems ready to marry Ian, but Ian has second thoughts.  After all, he has witnessed a broken marriage in his own family so it may take him some time, but I am confident that Gallavich is going to find its happily ever after story!

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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 “Shameless” season 10 episode 7: “Citizen Carl”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 10 episode 7, I realized that the Gallaghers may not always have it all together, but they do pull off some pretty impressive plans along the way.

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not watched the latest episode yet.

In last night’s episode, “Citizen Carl,” Carl decides to become an active citizen to clean up the streets of Southside.  Meanwhile, Tami and Lip have a shitty adventure, Debbie and Megan go out to celebrate, and Frank meets an interesting new stranger.

My top 5 moments from Shameless season 10 episode 7 are:

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“Big score.  Fresh dead guy.”

After a customer named Billy is found dead at The Alibi, Frank sheds quite a few fake tears while taking his wallet and keys.  Frank is quite the actor, but he ends up trying to steal as many things as he can from poor dead Billy while giving quite the inspiring eulogy.

Meanwhile, Frank meets a beautiful stranger played by Orange Is the New Black’s Elizabeth Rodriguez.  It looks like she is a woman of mystery herself, but has Frank finally met his match?

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“We killed Billy…”

After the coroners take Billy away, Kev and V start to wonder if they are responsible for his death since they continued to serve him alcohol.  This guilt lasts for only about a minute, as they start to realize a real problem…that Billy was a major part of their revenue.

Kev and V realize that they will need to bring in some new customers to make up for Billy and stoop pretty low, posing as “Teronica and Tevin” at an AA meeting.  V starts to feel really bad when some of the members actually show up, but the money seems to be rolling in for now.

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“Here’s your demon child.”

Debbie’s plan works like a charm, as Peppa drops off Fake Franny (Bella) and the check, claiming she never wants to see her again.  Debbie takes some time for herself to celebrate by going out for drinks with Megan.  Megan explains that they need to find some new potential baby daddies with a lot of cash to prepare for when the money runs out, but Debbie is not really feeling it.

Rather, she meets a female stranger at the bar and they really hit it off.  Only Debbie is mistaken for a prostitute and is left a rather large tip in cash on the dresser.  Did Debbie just find a sugar mama or could this lead to a potential relationship?

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“Little domestic bitches…”

Ian and Mickey (Gallavich) continue to be absolutely adorable together, but it’s time for Mickey to try out his new job…in retail.  Mickey actually rocks the headset and polo shirt with class and even runs after a shoplifter, asking her why she stole such an “ugly piece of shit,” which was probably the funniest part of the episode for me.

Ian’s crazy PO, Paula, makes an arrangement; however, and now Mickey is working for her too.  It looks like Ian and Mickey are going to be dealing with some crazy stuff together, but at least they have each other.

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So much for Mickey’s future in retail…

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“Shit’s gotta change.”

After meeting an elderly woman named Esther at the bus stop, Carl gets on his bus, but witnesses her get mugged and shot.  The bus refuses to let him off to go and help, but Carl is not going to forget this anytime soon.

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Carl is outraged that the city won’t replace the streetlights at the bus stop and decides to recruit Kelly and her high maintenance friend so that they can get the city to pay attention.

Apparently Anne moved?  OK…moving on.

Kelly and her friend shoot an Insta story while Carl pretends to mug them and the plan is a success, as the city now replaces the streetlights.  Good job, Citizen Carl!  Esther would be proud.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 22 season finale: “Welcome to New Southside”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 22 season finale last night, we are left with some major cliffhangers that will need to be addressed once season 3 begins.  I’m not sure I can wait that long, but I have to say that the season 2 finale provided us with a lot of content and answers, while sprinkling in some unexpected twists and turns as well.  Do you think you have it all figured out?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Five:  Brave New World,” the fate of Jughead and Fangs is revealed.  Meanwhile, Kevin finds romance, Cheryl reminds us why everything looks good on her, Fred throws his support to Southsiders in need, and Betty tries to come to terms with what her father has done.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 22 season finale are:

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Jughead and Fangs are alive.

In the beginning of the episode, we cut to the scene fans have been talking about from the preview in the cemetery.  Luckily, it was just a dream and our protagonist, Jughead is alive in the hospital.  We also learn that Fangs is going to be alright too so fans everywhere can take a deep sigh of relief.  While these answers immediately comforted me, the drama is nowhere near over.  Jughead remembers that Mr. Lodge is behind everything, but his father, FP tries to tell him that the Serpents don’t exist anymore.  Betty and the others are beyond thrilled to find out that Jughead is alright, but Archie cuts to the chase when he explains that “there’s another mystery to solve.”  Who is the second black hood?  Theories are running wild, as they know that Mr. Lodge could be behind it since the motives seem to be purely political.  But how are they going to prove it?  While we get an answer to this question later on, it seems a little bit too easy and I’m not sure I’m buying it.

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“Conspiring against my parents is proving to be a full time job.”

Veronica is still supporting Fred in the mayoral campaign, as she has taken a stand against her family.  She is done letting her father call the shots and it looks like Hermione has finally come around as well.  But can her motives be truly trusted?  We know that Mr. Lodge is a master manipulator and I would like to think that Hermione is trying to do right by her daughter, especially since her husband’s actions nearly got them both killed.  You can never be too careful with a Lodge, however; as we know that every action has intent behind it.  Hermione explains to Veronica that Mr. Lodge needs the Southside bar, “Whyte Wyrm” to further his plan.  Veronica seeks out the help of our favorite lawyer in town, Mrs. McCoy in order to get her money back.  This may be the only chance she has to stop her father, but is she ready to take him on and face the consequences?  Veronica soon realizes that “there’s a better smarter play here.”  She buys the “Whyte Wyrm” and makes a deal with her father.  She offers to trade it for Pop’s Diner.  Veronica realizes that Pop’s Diner is the only safe haven left in town where the people of Riverdale can truly belong and is not about to let it remain in her father’s clutches.  But is this really the right move?  Mr. Lodge tells Veronica that if they make this deal, that’s it.  Her credit cards, her trust fund, and her legacy will all be gone and there will be no turning back.  While we see the hesitation written over Veronica’s face, she accepts the consequences and the deal is done.  After all, “it’s all blood money anyway.”  But is Veronica really ready to take on a simple life where nothing comes easy?  At least she has her new business venture to distract her for now.

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“Everything looks good on me.”

Cheryl works with Mrs. McCoy as well and Nana Rose is now officially her legal guardian.  Cheers Cheryl!  You deserve some happiness for sure.  Cheryl is beyond excited to deliver the papers to her mother, but is surprised to discover a secret meeting between her, Claudius, and Mr. Lodge.  Cheryl tells Veronica about what she saw, knowing full well that they were not trading maple syrup recipes.  Later on, Cheryl is getting ready to visit her “Cherie,” which I have to say is an adorable term of endearment for Toni.  Cheryl’s mother warns her not to go to the “Whyte Wyrm” because it is about to be raided by the police.  It seems like Mrs. Blossom has actually shown some concern for her daughter, but why now?  Either way, Cheryl warns everyone and Archie and Jughead get the Serpents out safely.  After the Southsiders receive a memo from the principal that they are going to have to go to “Seaside High” due to sudden overcrowding, no one is ready to just accept this.  All of our favorite characters are wearing Serpent jackets and are ready to walk out, showing their support for the Southside.  Toni tells Cheryl, “that jacket looks good on you” and of course Cheryl replies with, “Everything looks good on me.”  When Toni suggests that they “make it official,” Choni fans everywhere are swooning.  While we know she means becoming a Serpent, perhaps they can finally make their relationship legit.  These two beautiful ladies have definitely earned it and have proven their love for one another over and over.  It’s about time they get some time in the spotlight.  Don’t you agree? 

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“I’m not like you.”

While all of the drama with Mr. Lodge is taking center stage, Betty and her mother are trying to put the pieces together again after Hal is taken off to jail.  The paparazzi are surrounding the house and Alice practically has a breakdown when she screams at them and quotes Dante, suggesting that their house is the entrance to hell.  Well darkness certainly resided there for quite some time, but the goodness of Alice and Betty certainly outweighs it.  Betty blames herself for what happened, however; and feels like she should have been a better detective and seen what was right in front of her.  While everyone around her reminds her that this is not her fault, Betty is still having doubts.  She wonders if evil can be passed on and Jughead tells her that she is a good person.  Now it’s up to Betty to believe this.  But can she deny the darkness whirling around within her?  After initially deciding not to visit her father, Betty decides to go see him anyway.  Her strength is admirable and one can’t help but cheer for her in this moment.  After telling her father that she is not like him, he asks her why she is really there.  Betty’s response gave me chills, as she tells him, “To say goodbye Dad.  No more darkness.  No more evil.  It’s over.  You have no power over me.”  In this moment, I was literally standing up and cheering for our girl, Betty Cooper.  While her father seems convinced that she will return, this moment allows her to truly move on and embrace the goodness within her.  I couldn’t be more proud.  Go Betty!  Now Alice on the other hand seems like she may be in need of some serious guidance.  Polly lets her know that she wants her to meet the person who “healed” her, but there is definitely something fishy about this.  The set up is certainly there for next season, but will Betty be able to save her mother from a possible cult?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out.

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“Welcome to new Southside.”

The end of the season finale brings a lot of change, as new leaders step up and heroes are torn down.  Archie is officially announced as the president of the school, which is certainly the right choice.  We also learn that the Southsiders are still welcome at Riverdale High.  Hooray!  Fred, on the other hand, loses the election to Hermione, but not without truly making an impact with the Southsiders.  After all, Fred opened his home to them and reminded us the importance of being a good neighbor to those in need. Hermione shows up at his doorstep and congratulates him, which actually seems sincere, so perhaps Riverdale does still have some good leadership after all.  Leadership changes within the Serpents as well, as FP officially retires and passes the torch to Jughead.  Jughead accepts and his first order of business is to give Cheryl her red Serpent jacket, which matches perfectly with the killer red boots she wore to the ceremony.  Is there a Serpent dance in Cheryl’s future?  We’ll have to see, but it’s great to see her become a part of this group, especially since she has been searching to belong for so long.  Well deserved Jughead and Cheryl!  While all of these new leaders step up, a dangerous group has come to power, however.  Mr. Lodge sits with his inner circle and discusses the plans for the future.  Everyone clearly has their own role to play.  For example, Claudius will handle the drugs and Mrs. Blossom wants a brothel.  Seriously?  Well I guess that’s to be expected.  There is someone who still stands in the way, however; and Mr. Lodge is ready to eliminate the threat once and for all.  Archie sneaks into the Lodge house and threatens Hiram.  He tells him that he knows he is behind everything, which includes Tall Boy supposedly being the second Black Hood and reminds him about the boy, Cassidy who was killed when they went up to the lake.  Archie tells him, “wherever you go, whatever you do, I’m gonna be there watching.”  Archie seems to be channeling his best impression of Liam Neeson here when he slams down the knife on the table to show he means business, but Mr. Lodge is ready to accept the challenge.  Right before Archie is sworn in as the president of the school in the auditorium; Mr. Lodge shows up and nods at him, as if to say he won the battle.  Archie is arrested for the murder of Cassidy up at Shadow Lake.   While Mr. Lodge may have won the battle, he has certainly not won the war just yet.  It looks like Bughead will need to take a break from being King and Queen Serpent to put their detective skills to the test to save their friend.  If anyone can help Archie, it’s his friends and family.  Look out Mr. Lodge because you are absolutely outmatched.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 2 episode 20: “You’re Playing a very Dangerous Game Betty Cooper”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 2 episode 20 last night, I learned that everyone is looking for someone to blame, but they have trouble looking in the mirror, fearing that their own guilt might come rushing to the surface, shattering the image they desperately cling to.  But what happens when we stop to take that hard look in the mirror?  Will we own up to our mistakes or continue to take it out on those around us?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Thirty-Three:  Shadow of a Doubt,” Fred and Hermione prepare for a mayoral debate that ends with a bang, Fangs Fogarty has a troubling secret that puts the Serpents at risk, and Mr. Lodge continues to be the master manipulator.  Meanwhile, Betty confides in Cheryl about her fears about her father being the Black Hood and puts her Nancy Drew skills to the test once again to find some concrete evidence.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 2 episode 20 are:

5

Veronica practices “courting.”

After Veronica was able to convince Nick St. Clair’s father to hand over a significant amount of money for his safe return, she is beyond thrilled when the families with connections take notice of her.  Veronica is to interview these young men who are all trying to make an impression so that their families can form a type of partnership with the Lodge family.  Her interviews remind me of a round of speed dating, as she looks for anyone with promise and integrity.  Her reading glasses are absolutely adorable, as she really tries to play the part of a powerful business woman.  After finding a suitable candidate, Veronica pitches the idea to her father of partnering with the family on a casino.  Mr. Lodge turns her down very abruptly and also tells his daughter that he put her money in a trust until she is ready to make mature decisions.  Veronica is beyond frustrated with the lack of confidence her father has in her.  While Veronica has made numerous attempts to impress her father, she finally realizes that she may never win his respect or approval.  Veronica announces to Fred and Archie that she will be supporting Fred in the mayoral race now, which will clearly ruffle some feathers once her father finds out.

4

Betty is feeling guilty about Chic.

After Betty turned Chic over to the Black Hood, it initially seemed like the darkness within her shielded her sense of right and wrong.  However, Betty is starting to feel the guilt take over, as she starts to truly accept that she is an accomplice to murder if anything were to happen to Chic.  Betty hasn’t heard from him at all and when she gets a call from the morgue, she rushes down there, fearing what she may find in the body bag.  While the body is not Chic’s, this doesn’t help Betty’s guilty conscience in the slightest.  Betty says, “all I had to do was look in the mirror…we’re the same.”  Just the thought of her father being the real killer is enough to make her sick, but Betty is not about to give up just yet.

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“You’re next sinner.”

As Fred is preparing for the mayoral debate, he receives a disturbing note at his home from the Black Hood that reads, “You’re next sinner.”  The Lodge family and the new sheriff come over to talk about what to do next, but Fred does not want to call off the debate.  He talks about the importance of making everyone in Riverdale feel safe and that having the debate as planned will give them that sense of comfort.  During the debate, Hermione doesn’t hold back at all and plays dirty when she talks about The Dark Circle group and reveals that Archie is the leader of it to make Fred look bad.  While this is a sneaky move for sure, everything is interrupted when the Black Hood shows up and begins shooting.  Betty is shocked when she sees her father, Hal right next to her, making her doubt her discovery for a moment.  While we know that Hal must be the Black Hood, it begs the question, who is the man in the mask at the debate?  It seems like Mr. Lodge will do anything to win and perhaps he is the one who sent the note to Fred to scare him and it wouldn’t be that far-fetched if he hired someone to fire the gun at the debate as well to put everyone on edge.

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The Dark Circle vs The Serpents.

Fangs Fogarty, a member of the Serpents, confides in Jughead that he was hooking up with Midge but never revealed this information to the police.  Jughead understands that this puts Fangs in great danger, as it makes him look incredibly guilty.  Fangs is arrested, but Jughead hires Mrs. McCoy as his lawyer to ensure he has a fair shot.  Meanwhile, the Dark Circle vandalizes the Southside, enraging both parties.  Archie finds out that Mr. Lodge has been paying Reggie and that this was his idea, which makes him walk away from this group, focusing more on protecting his father from the Black Hood.  Tempers escalate even further when Fangs is set to be released.  While we know that Fangs is innocent, it’s very easy to point fingers when everyone jumps on the same bandwagon.  Mr. Lodge puts his master manipulator skills to use once again when he talks to Reggie about what it means to take your own form of justice.  It’s really diabolical how far Mr. Lodge will go to set his plan in motion.  He clearly possesses no guilt over manipulating teenagers, continuing to pull the strings from behind the curtain.  When Fangs is released from jail, a riot breaks out and Archie spots Reggie with a gun.  He tries to tackle him to the ground, but the gun goes off anyway and Fangs is shot.  While we don’t know yet if Fangs will be OK, this act of violence has taken a rivalry to an entirely new level, which changes everything.  While Reggie is clearly to blame here, will anyone be able to reveal the true culprit behind the curtain…Mr. Lodge.

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“Do you think it’s a serial killer lair and please tell me we’re breaking in?”

After Betty connects the dots and realizes that her father, Hal could very well be the Black Hood, she is determined to get to the truth.  Betty decides to confide in Cheryl because she knows what it is like to discover that her father is a murderer.  While Betty shares her theory, Cheryl is initially skeptical, explaining that Hal “has all the stealth of a marshmallow man.”  Betty tells Cheryl that she has to be sure and that she needs to be the one to confront and stop him.  Cheryl listens and gives some advice, explaining that she will need to get concrete proof.  “You’re playing a very dangerous game Betty Cooper.  Tread carefully cousin.”  Betty agrees with Cheryl’s advice and puts her Nancy Drew skills to the test once again, as the ever so helpful bobby pin comes into play.  She breaks into her father’s desk and cross references all of the Black Hood attacks with his appointments and is shocked to learn that they all match up.  It’s starting to look pretty bad for Hal, but Betty realizes that the planner is not enough proof.  Betty decides to test her father’s reaction and tells her family that she received phone calls from the Black Hood and that she delivered Chic to him.  Hal says, “I experience it too.  The darkness.  It’s why we need each other.”  Betty clings to these words, truly understanding their significance, as the Black Hood has constantly tried to remind her how alike they are.  She takes things even further when she discovers that he is still paying for his motel, even though he has moved back home.  Betty and Cheryl go there to investigate and Betty finds the Nancy Drew secret code book that the Black Hood used to send her a message.  Betty knows that her father is aware of how much she loved this book and it seems like there is no other explanation.  When she confronts Hal, he tries to tell her that the book was a surprise present for her, but Betty is not buying it.  She tells Hal she broke in and mentions Cheryl’s name as well, not realizing that she has just put her cousin into grave danger.  At the end of the episode, Betty asks her father to meet her where this all started, but we are shocked when Cheryl opens the door and finds the Black Hood waiting for her.  Will Cheryl be OK?  What does the Black Hood have in store for her?  Will Betty be able to stop him in time?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Riverdale in the comments section below.  Happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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