Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 5: “You can’t Break Me because I’m Stronger than You”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 5 last night, the voice over reminded us that “if you see something, do something, because a storm is coming.”  Well the storm has definitely arrived for some of our favorite characters and it’s not about to let up anytime soon.  The decisions made on Purge Night can change lives forever, but who will you ultimately decide to be?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Rise Up,” Penelope comes face to face with her dangerous ex-boyfriend, Henry, and we learn more about their jaded past.  Meanwhile, Catalina tries to warn Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar before it’s too late, Jane continues to accompany the Matron Saints, and Miguel points his moral compass in the right direction.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 5 are:

5

“Be a hero.  Step up.”

At the end of last week’s episode, we finally got a glimpse of the man in the mask who has been going around on Purge Night as a vigilante, accompanied by the voice over.  While I’m not sure if they are one in the same or connected somehow, this man could be the key to changing everything.  At the end of this episode, the man approaches a group of men who are attacking someone, ready to step up and be a hero, but I am still anxiously waiting for his story to unravel.  Is he somehow the key to saving the other characters we have met or is there another connection here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but there is something to be said about the voice over’s final words:  “Become the person tonight that you want to be tomorrow.”  I think this can apply to every one of the characters, but they have to discover who they are on their own.  Whether they make the right or wrong decisions, only they can determine who they are and who they can still become.

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“We’re all survivors here.  Including you.”

Jane continues to travel with the Matron Saints, but begins panicking that she will not be able to reach David in time.  The Matron Saints teasingly ask Jane if this is a “Purge Night booty call,” and further explain that Purge Night has the second highest conception rate after New Year’s Eve.  I guess who needs romance when the Purge is in the air.  Jane witnesses the Matron Saints save a woman from being beaten by her husband and the woman is thankful for their help.  Jane is shocked when the Matron Saints decide to brand this man with “Pig” on his forehead.  Jane tries to get them to stop and explains that they will regret this, but they explain that it is necessary.  Jane can’t handle watching this and ends up leaving, desperate to get to David in time.  One of the Matron Saints gives her a card so she can contact them if she needs help and something tells me that Jane might change her tune after she finally meets up with David.  While I appreciate Jane trying to do the right thing here, not everyone is ready to listen to their conscience just yet and I have a feeling that David has something up his sleeve.  Watch out Jane!

3

“Do not ever turn on someone who just saved your ass.”

Well said Miguel.  Well said.  At the end of last week’s episode, Miguel learned that his new cowboy friend was transporting victims to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel has a big decision to make, but he makes the right one and helps the victims, betraying the man in the cowboy hat.  We learn that the victims are the man’s landlady and son and he was tired of her raising his rent.  While I can definitely understand and appreciate that complaint, I’m not sure it warrants a delivery to the “Carnival of Flesh.”  Miguel is shocked when the landlady’s son turns a gun on him and he shows off his skills by taking back the gun with barely any effort.  Seriously Miguel is bad-ass!  Miguel is finally reunited with his sister, Penelope, but it’s not on the best of terms.  Security finds him after the man in the cowboy hat alerts them of the breach and Henry is ready to “pay to play,” no matter what the cost is, seeking revenge on Miguel.  An eye for an eye so to speak.  Sorry I couldn’t resist.  How is Miguel going to get out of this one?  I’m not so sure, but I am rooting for him no matter what.

2

“Sometimes revolution is the only way to make the world a better place.”

The Stanton’s maid, Catalina, warns Jenna to find Rick and get to the cellar.  Jenna tries to get some more information from her, but Catalina is very cryptic here, only telling her that she is in danger.  Jenna tries to knock on Lila’s door, but no one answers.  Rick goes off to find Jenna and all hell breaks loose.  Jenna spots men with guns approaching the Stanton house and they quickly realize that they are all about to be brutally attacked and killed.  We know from The Purge films that many revolutionary groups have tried to take down the NFFA, but Jenna and Rick are innocent here.  Jenna tries to get Lila, but Rick tells her they have to go and they make it to the cellar.  The door is locked and Catalina meets them there and we learn that she is part of the revolution.  Catalina recognizes that Jenna and Rick are innocent and tells them how to get to safety.  Jenna panics and asks about Lila, but Catalina explains that “no Stanton is safe.”  Will Lila be all right?  Will Jenna go back for her?  Things have escalated at the Stanton house and Jenna will need to make a much bigger decision than whether to choose Team Rick or Team Lila romantically.  While I am definitely shipping “Jelinna,” Lila may be out of luck, but let’s hope that she can find a way out.

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“You can’t break me because I am stronger than you are.”

In this episode, we get a flashback to Penelope and Henry’s past and start to completely understand why she is not so pleased to see her ex-boyfriend on Purge Night.  Henry seems completely deranged and is thrilled to have found her.  Henry initially tells Penelope that he has so much to tell her and seems to want her back in some way, but Penelope refuses to give in, telling Henry exactly what she thinks of him.  In the flashback, we learn that Henry was responsible for Penelope’s drug addiction and that he even got violent with her when she tried to walk away from the relationship.  Miguel and Henry had a huge fight and Miguel is responsible for the awful injury to Henry’s eye.  Flash forward to present day and Henry tells Penelope that he feels betrayed by her and that she broke him.  Penelope stays strong; however and tells Henry, “You were already broken.  I’m done being scared.”  She also sheds some real light on Purge Night and explains that Henry thinks that Purge Night will solve all his problems, but it won’t.  It will just make everything worse and she is absolutely right.  This is the first time I have seen Penelope really stand up for herself and find her inner strength and it’s about time.  Up until this point, Penelope has been a lost and naive soul, dependent on others.  She is no longer broken now.  She has become a force to be reckoned with and I have a feeling that Penelope may end up saving Miguel in the end.  Jessica Garza was absolutely brilliant in this episode and she has really sparked a fire in her character that no one will be able to put out.  Henry better watch out.  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments featuring Betty Cooper from “Riverdale” season 2: “You Have No Power Over Me”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  Even though we will have to wait quite some time for season 3 of Riverdale to premiere on the CW, there is still plenty to discuss.  For today, I am going to be recapping and ranking the top 5 moments featuring our very own Nancy Drew, Betty Cooper.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the full season yet.  Betty may seem like the model of bubble gum perfection on the surface with her glossy ponytail and sweater sets, but there is a darkness brewing within her, clawing at the surface.  Betty proves to be intelligent and always one step ahead, even solving mysteries that the local Sheriff has trouble with.  In season 2, the Black Hood reveals that he has a fascination with Betty, calling her over and over and presenting her with new obstacles along the way.  While Betty has the support of Jughead and her friends and family, she ends up internalizing a lot of her feelings, not wanting to trouble them with her own inner demons.  What makes Betty such an amazing character is that she is far from perfect and some of my favorite moments below reflect that.  Ultimately these moments are what shape Betty into the powerful woman she has now become.  Without tapping into her darkness, she would have never found the strength within to conquer it.  When Betty discovers the true identity of the Black Hood, her world begins to fall apart, as she starts to question everything, including her own moral compass.  Betty proves to be even stronger than one could have imagined when she courageously goes to face the Black Hood and find some much needed closure.  While Betty may now be crowned the new Queen of the Serpents with Jughead by her side, she was already proving just how powerful she really is by standing up for herself, her mother, and anyone who threatens the balance of good and evil in Riverdale.  My top 5 moments featuring Betty Cooper from Riverdale season 2 are:

 

5

Betty’s Serpent Dance. (Moment from Season 2, episode 8)

 When Betty and Alice Cooper show up to the party, these ladies have their hair down and prove that they are a force to be reckoned with.  Alice’s ensemble is wild and she even pokes fun at Betty’s tame outfit, not realizing that she is about to strip off almost every layer to perform the Serpent dance.  Jughead is not pleased with this, begging her to stay away from him, as the mistakes he made with his father are now bleeding into his relationship with Betty.  Although the dance doesn’t have the impact Betty was hoping for, it does allow her to free her inhibitions and step out of her cookie-cutter mold of perfection.  Archie sees a new side of her when he gazes out the window and he’s not alone.  We salute you Betty!

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Betty finds her brother. (Moment from Season 2, episode 10)

Betty is surprised to find Polly in her bedroom, picking up a few things and nonchalantly sharing the news that she had the twins already.  When Polly goes back to the farm without even staying to say hello to their parents, Betty is feeling hurt and abandoned by her sister, causing her to put her Nancy Drew skills to the test once more.  Betty is not good at sitting still, always diving into a new mystery to solve, refusing to take a minute to actually deal with her feelings.  She tracks down the address of her brother, Charles Smith and lets her parents know that she wants to go and meet him.  While Betty’s father wants no part of this, Alice visits Betty later that night and confides to her that she does want to meet her son.  When they walk through the seedy motel to find him, Mrs. Cooper latches onto Betty’s arm, as if the infestation and filth will seep through their bubble of perfection.  After meeting Charles or “Chic” as he likes to be called, Betty and Mrs. Cooper are horrified by his lifestyle and surroundings, feeling somewhat responsible for his current conditions.  After Betty returns to check in on Chic, she finds him being attacked and stabbed.  Betty saves the day with Pepper Spray, proving once again that she is not one to mess with.  After taking Chic home, the Cooper family helps stitch him up and gives him a place to stay, not realizing that they just “let another monster in.” 

 3

 Betty embraces the darkness.  (Moment from Season 2, episode 12)

 In the beginning of this episode, Betty is sporting her femme fatale black wig, turning away from the computer with newfound passion and excitement.  While her deception of “webcamming” may initially seem harmless, Betty is not ready to abandon it just yet.  She begins keeping secrets from those she loves without even the slightest hesitation to suggest that she has no guilt or second thoughts about her actions.  While Chic opened the door to the darkness, inviting Betty in, she is making her own decisions.  Later in the episode, Betty and Jughead reunite and share a passionate kiss as Jughead tells her that “he wants all of her,” but what will he do when he finds out that he needs to share Betty with the rest of the cyber world?

2

“That’s your very own angel of death.” (Moment from season 2, episode 19)

 After finding out that Chic is not really her brother, Betty has a sea of emotions taking over.  With almost perfect timing, the “Lollipop” ringtone begins playing, luring her back to the darkness.  She answers and the Black Hood greets her by saying, “Hello Betty.  You miss me?”  The Black Hood asks for Betty to deliver Chic to him so that he can get what he deserves, explaining that he has murdered before.  At this point, we are not sure if Betty will follow the Black Hood’s orders.  He isn’t threatening her right now, but merely requesting this, so she has every opportunity to keep her moral compass intact.  Betty pulls a gun on Chic and takes him to the cemetery, demanding that he confess.  Chic tells her that he did kill the real Charles after they got in a fight but that he didn’t mean to kill him.  His tears suggest that he is finally telling the truth, but it’s too late.  Betty tells him she will begin counting and give him a head start when the Black Hood shows up at the edge of the cemetery.  Chic begins frantically questioning her, asking her what is going on, but Betty remains unwavering.  Chic finally takes her advice and rushes off, as she nods to the Black Hood.  While we are unsure if Chic was able to make it out alive or not, it doesn’t seem like we will be seeing him again anytime soon.  And as for our sweet and lovable Betty Cooper…well she is playing a dangerous game that makes her role play days seem like a distant dream.

1

 “I’m not like you.” (Moment from season 2, episode 22)

 While all of the drama with Mr. Lodge is taking center stage in the season finale, Betty and her mother are trying to put the pieces together again after Hal is taken off to jail, who has been confirmed as the real Black Hood.  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.  All hail Queen Betty!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post some of your own favorite moments featuring Betty Cooper from Riverdale below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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