Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 2: “The Gang Escapes”

Happy Friday TV fans!  Have you ever wanted to play the escape room game?  It’s a trend that is happening all over and of course the gang from Patty’s Pub has to get in on the action.  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 2 last night, I realized that while teamwork may be the most important element needed to win the game, the gang always has something else up their sleeves so that they wind up the winners.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In Wednesday night’s episode, “The Gang Escapes,” the gang puts their best effort forward to excel at the escape the room game, but realize that a lot is at stake especially when “power plays” are introduced along with some much needed “riffing.”  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 2 are:

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“Don’t judge me nerd.”

Dee is very excited to participate in the escape the room game and even begins looking for clues before she is technically allowed to.  We quickly find out that Dee has already played this particular escape game and was looking forward to showing off her detective skills to the group.  Only unfortunately for Dee, the gang decides to lock her in Dennis’s room, which is completely soundproof.  More on that later.  Dee tries to team up with the woman running the escape room game, but is upset when she doesn’t jump at the chance to get back at Dee’s friends, reminding Dee that the game is supposed to be about communication and teamwork and that this makes her uncomfortable.  Dee hilariously replies, “let’s see how comfortable you get when they get frustrated and start smashing all your shit,” proving that she knows her friends better than anyone else.  As if right on cue, the smashing begins.

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“That’s power play.”

The gang begins to disagree on who the leader should be so they decide to break up into teams:  Mac and Dennis and Charlie and Frank.  Dennis feels the rush of power and is excited that they have a clue in their grasp.  However, he begins to get distracted by Frank’s obnoxious chewing of gum, recognizing it as a power play and classic angry Dennis makes an appearance.  Dennis begins freaking out and yells, “Can I riff?  I’m just riffing now.  Will you go get my gum?”  Mac does his best to obtain the gum from Charlie, but Frank also explains that this could be considered “power play,” confirming Dennis’s theory on becoming the “head cow.”  I don’t understand it any better than you do, but it is absolutely hilarious that both Dennis and Frank recognize the potential power play going on here.

3

“You didn’t say the safe word.”

While Dee is locked up in Dennis’s room, she accidentally triggers his laptop, which dims the lights and makes the bed even vibrate.  A message comes up on the laptop with Dennis surrounded by hearts and greets her by saying, “welcome sexual conquest.”  Dee begins freaking out, not wanting any part of her brother’s creepy sexual playground, but the message continues to go on while Stacey Q’s, “Two of Hearts” song begins to play, which you can listen to here!  She desperately tries to turn everything off, but is scolded when she doesn’t use the safe word.  I’m still wondering what that is.  Poor Dee!

2

“To us as men!”

Mac and Dennis finally come to an agreement with Charlie and Frank, as they all sit down for a summit to discuss the terms of their negotiation.  Charlie hilariously works in a new accent and says that they can commence with the turning of the key as long as he can remain “the speaker of the tribe.”  They commend themselves on a job well done as men and turn over the lock and key clues so they can win the game.  Only they quickly realize that this was only the first clue in the escape game and there are like 20 or 30 more things to complete.  Whoops.

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“You really were the quarterback.”

In the beginning of the episode, Dee really wanted to show the gang that she was capable of being a good leader and said that she wanted to be the quarterback of the team.  While the gang initially reminded her that this is only a title reserved for men, Dee ends up changing their minds.  Dee escapes Dennis’s sex dungeon by climbing out the window to his surprise, as he mentions that no one else has been able to do so.  Dee accidentally falls off the ledge and says she is going to sue the makers of the game.  The woman who ran the game explains that nothing like this has ever happened before.  Luckily Dee is all right, but she is at the hospital with the rest of the gang by her side.  The woman reluctantly takes their photo even though they didn’t win the game, but they quickly convince her that they did in fact win in their own way.  The gang tells Dee, “You really were the quarterback,” allowing her to rejoice in a temporary moment of victory.  The gang certainly proved to be up for any challenge, but I’m still not sure they understand the concept of teamwork.  Either way, a win is a win and I am definitely on team Sunny!  Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Younger” season 5 episode 9: “Nothing Worth Having Comes Easy”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching TV Land’s Younger season 5 episode 9, I remembered that there is no “I” in team.  It may seem cliché, but after listening to the “Claw” book pitch, I started to really agree with Liza.  You don’t have to sacrifice your own self-worth or ambition to help someone else, but it’s important to look out for those that matter most to us and to understand when compromise is necessary.  Otherwise, it might be pretty lonely looking out for ourselves at the top.  What’s truly important to you?  Only you can answer that question, but I don’t think that there is anything wrong with knowing when to share the spotlight, especially when true friendship is involved.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Honk if You’re Horny,” Liza and Charles continue their secret relationship, but realize that they have an audience lurking around every corner.  Meanwhile, Lauren discovers a secret about Enzo and Kelsey crosses a line at work.  My top 5 moments from Younger season 5 episode 9 are:

5

“I am really sorry to be wasting your time…sir.”

Charles and Liza continue to grow closer and they decide to grab dinner at a quiet place on the Upper East Side.  Everything seems to be going well until they run into the agent, Redmond, at the restaurant.  When Redmond asks what they are doing together, both Liza and Charles panic.  Liza practically throws the manuscript that Kelsey passed on at Charles to come up with a believable cover story and Redmond thinks he has it all figured out now.  Rather than think that Liza and Charles are there together romantically, he jumps to the conclusion that Liza wanted Charles to look at the manuscript Kelsey passed on because she believes in it.  Things are about to get beyond complicated, as Liza and Charles realize that they aren’t safe yet in public.  Will their secret affair blow up in their faces or will they be able to finally figure out a way to have a normal relationship?

4

“How long have you two been repairing things with each other?”

Kelsey is beyond angry when she learns that Charles approved a manuscript that she passed on, feeling like he went right over her head.  When she vents to Liza about it, Liza has no choice but to come clean about what happened.  Kelsey does not react well to the news about Liza and Charles and says that she has a big problem with this.  It seems like Kelsey is always stuck in the web of Liza’s deception, which can damage her reputation and her career.  However, she does need to also realize that Liza’s relationship with Charles is personal and she doesn’t have a right to get involved.  Will Liza and Kelsey’s friendship be able to handle another lie?

3

“Thank you Diva.”

In this episode, Lauren really puts her publicist skills to good use, as she lands Kelsey an award at the Glamour Women of the Year event.  She tries to branch out and represent Diana as well and gets to meet Enzo for the first time.  Lauren thinks that he looks oddly familiar, but can’t quite place it there.  She later discovers that Enzo was in the first porno she ever saw and shows the video to both Kelsey and Josh.  Enzo lets out a very distinct honking noise when he climaxes, which Josh comments on when he hilariously says, “yo that was primal.”  Lauren feels that she owes Diana the truth even though Kelsey is hesitant about this.  Lauren approaches Diana and tells her about it, but also reveals that she has taken care of getting every copy off of the internet.  She gives Diana the last copy and Diana is beyond grateful and thrilled.  It looks like Lauren is getting a new client after all.  When Diana confronts Enzo about it, he explains that he comes with baggage just like anyone else and Diana accepts him completely.  I have to say that I was initially worried about what secret Enzo might be hiding from Diana, but it looks like these two are really the perfect match.  Now hopefully she can win over his mother as well.

2

“Nothing worth having comes easy.”

At the end of the episode, Charles explains to Liza that no one else can know about their relationship.  He is going through a divorce and there is a lot at stake for both of them professionally.  Liza understands and agrees to keep their relationship a secret, but it seems like it will only be a matter of time before a new challenge is thrown their way.  While I am happy to see Liza and Charles finally together, I am still waiting for them to get their true moment of happiness together.  Will they finally be able to step out in the spotlight together or is this a secret romance destined for disaster?

1

“I choose you.”

Kelsey crosses a line when she confronts Charles about accepting the manuscript she passed on and wants him to also approve the one she liked.  After explaining that there might not be enough in the budget for both pieces, Kelsey says, “What if I got Liza to ask you over dinner or after dinner?”  While Kelsey is still clearly upset about what Liza told her, this is a threat that Charles does not take lightly.  Kelsey needs to remember that Charles is her boss and she has no right to meddle in his affairs.  Liza tells Kelsey how much she means to her and tells her that she chooses her over Charles, as she cannot handle the idea of losing her friendship.  Even though Liza has gotten herself into this mess, she would never try to hurt Kelsey.  When Kelsey accepts the award at the Glamour event, she looks over at Liza and realizes that she is right.  Kelsey accepts the award on behalf of both of them and says that she would not be where she is today without Liza.  I’m glad that Kelsey had a change of heart, as I can’t handle another fight between these two.  While Kelsey makes up with Liza, Charles gently reminds Kelsey that she is not to pull another stunt like that again.  However, I think that Kelsey’s discovery is only the beginning of the complicated mess between Charles and Liza.  Will they be able to handle everything that comes their way?  Stay tuned!

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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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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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 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 who Save the Day: “Touch me again and you’re gonna need another wooden hand”

Summertime is typically known for reruns, but I am happy that some of my favorite shows premiered late enough in the year so that I can get in some quality time binge-watching.  As I look back on some of my favorite shows that released new episodes in 2018, I started to really think about how incredible it is to see so many empowered female TV characters emerging on a daily basis.  These women are strong, fearless, passionate, and loyal.  They stand out because they aren’t perfect.  They make mistakes just like everyone else, but they are able to turn things around and make the right call to save the people they care about the most.  For today’s list, I am looking at female characters that can kick some serious ass and save the day without compromising who they are in the process.  Please note that supernatural abilities need not apply, as I want to focus on female characters that do not have any special powers or gifts.  Please also note that some spoilers may be ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch any of the series mentioned below.  My top 5 Empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 are:

5

Claire Novak from Supernatural.

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“I saved Sam and Dean…WE saved Sam and Dean.”

If you haven’t caught up on Supernatural, Claire Novak is the daughter of Jimmy, who is Castiel’s vessel, and she is played by Kathryn Love Newton.  Claire has appeared several times on Supernatural and Jody Mills looks after her.  In 2018, fans got a look at the “Wayward Sisters” backdoor pilot and Claire has grown up to be quite the bad-ass.  She is comically referred to as “Biker Barbie,” which I have to admit is spot on, as she sports some serious leather and a tough attitude, but still has an element of sweetness to her.  In the backdoor pilot to “Wayward Sisters,” Sam and Dean are trapped in “The Bad Place,” and Claire works with Jody and the others to help save them.  She has fully embraced her identity as a hunter and proves to be quite resourceful.  It is absolutely fantastic to watch her take down her enemies and she is not afraid to improvise and even uses a flame thrower to really make an entrance.  While Claire initially tends to swing her fists first and ask questions later, she soon learns from Jody and from her own mistakes that this is not always the best plan.  When Sam and Dean are rescued, Claire finally realizes the importance of family and teamwork, proving that she has grown even further as a character that one can truly count on.

4

Al from Fear the Walking Dead.

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“Cause I’m a chick with layers.”

If you haven’t caught up yet on Fear the Walking Dead, now is the time.  This season has introduced us to some really compelling characters like John Dorie, Morgan Jones, and Naomi/Laura/June.  Al, played by Maggie Grace, has truly captured my attention, however.  Al is focused completely on gathering the stories of others and she records them on camera so that she is able to keep the story going as long as she can.  Even though Al drives a tank, she initially stays on the sidelines and tries not to get herself too involved.  However, after John Dorie is shot, Morgan gets through to her and she realizes that she may need to put the camera down from time to time and help save the day.  Al is fully capable of taking care of herself and is extremely resourceful and knowledgeable.  When she makes the decision to help John and the others, she proves to be an asset.  Al can also kick some serious ass, as we see an epic fight between her and Alicia that will have you on the edge of your seat.  I’m looking forward to seeing further development of her character, but I am definitely seeing some real potential for a new heroine to emerge on the series.

3

Octavia Blake from The 100.

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“You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru.”

The 100 is one of my absolute favorite shows on television right now and the female characters on the show really prove to be strong, intelligent, and valuable.  Characters like Clarke, Lexa, Raven, and Abby really elevate the show, but I have to admire Octavia Blake’s breakout in 2018.  Octavia, played by Marie Avgeropoulos, was known as “the girl under the floor,” always hiding behind her brother, Bellamy.  When Octavia meets her true love, Lincoln, she was able to tap into her potential and learn how to fight and stand up for herself.  After “Praimfaya,” struck the world, Octavia made the brave decision to allow all crews inside the bunker to save them, but this was no easy task to maintain.  In 2018, we see Octavia’s struggle to hold on to her power as “The Red Queen” or “Blodreina,” as each crew became agitated with the others and the reality set in that not everyone in the bunker would be able to survive.  Octavia was hesitant at first about being a leader, but fully embraced it after Jaha died, taking his words of wisdom to heart.  Octavia recognized that not everyone would agree with her decisions; but that they would all need to stand together in order to have a chance at survival.  In a heroic moment, Octavia begins fighting anyone who rebels and repeats, “You are Wonkru or you’re the enemy of Wonkru,” over and over again, until she finally makes her point.  Even though her decisions as a leader are somewhat questionable and perhaps no longer appropriate in their current situation, you can’t help but root for Octavia in this pivotal moment.  The girl under the floor is no more and a true queen has emerged.

2

Cheryl Blossom from Riverdale.

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“Untie her, you serpent hag!”

While there are many empowered female characters on Riverdale, Cheryl, played by Madelaine Petsch, showed the most promise for me in 2018.  We have seen Cheryl grow as a character and take on quite a lot.  While she may initially seem like an ice queen, Cheryl eventually learns to let her walls down and to open up to those around her.  Cheryl has a lot to deal with and her mother doesn’t make her life any easier.  When Cheryl begins confiding in Toni about how her mother stifled her feelings toward other girls, it starts to make a lot of sense why Cheryl kept everyone at a distance.  After Cheryl’s mother has her locked away in a mental institution, Toni and Veronica come to her rescue, but Cheryl refuses to be broken in this moment.  Cheryl rises from the ashes and stands up to her mother and I have to say it’s about time.  Cheryl’s growing feelings for Toni also help her realize the importance of love and loyalty.  When Penny kidnaps Toni, Cheryl heroically shows up with a red hood and her bow and arrow to save her “Cherie.”  One can’t help but cheer for her in this moment, as she is no longer a scared little girl.  Rather, she has blossomed into a fearless and sensational woman.  Cheryl continuously shows her courage, as she stands up to the adults around her and even takes on “The Black Hood.”  Look out world, here comes “Cheryl Bombshell.”

1

Kelly Maxwell from Ash vs Evil Dead.

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“It’s Gladiator time, bitch.”

So my number one pick for the most empowered TV female character of 2018 has to go to the beautiful and hilarious Kelly Maxwell, played by Dana DeLorenzo.   Kelly proves that you don’t need to be “The Chosen One” or “El Brujo Especial” in order to save the day.  Kelly is tough and loyal, proving to be a “ghost beater” for life.  After teaming up with Dalton from the “Knights of Sumeria,” Kelly makes the courageous decision to take on the villain, Ruby, all by herself with the Kandarian Dagger.  Ruby is pretty much the queen of hell and is almost indestructible, but Kelly actually puts up quite a fight against her.  You can’t help rooting for her in this moment and when Ruby stabs her with the Kandarian Dagger, she even tells her that she was her favorite.  I remember being shocked and heartbroken in this moment, but Kelly was able to survive in the world through the rift and is ultimately rescued by Pablo toward the end of the series.  In the series finale, Kelly reminds us why we love her so much.  She kicks some serious ass and begins screaming while shooting as many deadites as she can, proving that she is fully capable of saving the day.  When Ash ultimately goes to fight the big bad, he tells Kelly that she is the leader now and I have to agree with his choice.  Kelly is strong and fearless and refuses to compromise herself for anyone.  She’s not afraid to express her opinion and use as much colorful and foul language as possible to get her point across, but that’s why we adore her so much.  Kelly is someone you could genuinely see yourself being friends with.  She tells you the harsh truth whether you want to hear it or not, but she is there for you no matter what, which is something that makes her truly stand out as a good friend and an even better heroine.

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts on some of your own favorite empowered TV Female Characters of 2018 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

@TV_Fanatic_Girl

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