Ranking the top 5 episodes of “Angel”

Happy Wednesday TV Fans!  I just finished my Angel re-watch and I’m left wanting more!  I mean, we were left with a cliffhanger in the end, but there is something to be said about this series, which truly resonates with me.  For today, I am going to be ranking my top 5 episodes from Angel Over my many re-watches of the show, these episodes still stand out and captivate my undivided attention.  The series has so many great episodes and I have plenty of honorable mentions as well because it was truly difficult to just pick five episodes.  Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this show has a lot of funny moments, but it is also very dark and extremely heartbreaking.  I relate to the characters on this show so much and I think that’s why some of these episodes truly stand out for me.

It’s not just about advancing the plot or introducing a new big bad.  These episodes mark epic moments, but they also remind us how much we truly connect to these characters, even after all this time.  While some episodes are shocking, other ones are beyond heartbreaking, but they are absolutely brilliant and worthy of a discussion for sure.  During my re-watch, I chatted with so many Buffy and Angel fans and it was interesting to see which episodes stood out for them compared to my own.  While I may have my own personal preferences, it just furthers my opinion that Angel is an underrated spin-off and deserves some recognition as a standalone series as well.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not yet watched the series.  My top 5 episodes from Angel are:

5

“Rm w/a Vu” (Season 1, episode 5)

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Cordy:  I’m not a sniveling whiny little Cry-Buffy.  I’m the nastiest girl in Sunnydale history. I take crap from no one…Back off!  Polygrip.  You think *you’re* bad?  Being all mean and haunty?   Picking on poor pathetic Cordy?  Well, get ready to haul your wrinkly translucent ass out of this place, because lady, the bitch is back.

Maude:  Do you think that I’m going to take that from trash like you?

Cordy:  I tell you what I think.  I think that you’re going to pack your little ghost bags and get the HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE!

So for me, this episode has to be the one that hooked me onto Angel for good.  When I first began watching Angel, it coincided with season 4 of Buffy and I was mostly looking for crossover events.  However, this episode changed all of that for me.  I always loved Cordelia Chase on Buffy, played by the amazing and beautiful, Charisma Carpenter.  However, she didn’t always get enough screen time on Buffy and she started to really grow as a character toward the end of season 3.  She even staked her very first vampire at graduation!  I was excited to see her on Angel and this episode allowed her to step out of her supporting role and into a leading one with flair.  This episode is absolutely hilarious and kind of creepy at the same time.  I have to admit that I always hesitate before looking in the mirror in the bathroom just because of this very episode.  I mean, you never know if Maude is still hanging around.  I love this episode because Angel and Doyle are trying to fight off other demons, but it’s Cordelia who needs to find the strength within herself to cast out the ghost of Maude, proving that you should never underestimate a girl with confidence and attitude.

4

“Reunion” (Season 2, episode 10)

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Lilah:  For god’s sake, help us.

Holland:  Angel – please. – People are going to die.

Angel:  And yet, somehow, I just can’t seem to care.

My top 5 list would not be complete without including “Reunion.”  I absolutely adore both Drusilla and Darla and often felt like they didn’t get enough time on Buffy either.  Fear not, these bad-ass ladies make their triumphant return on Angel and wreak havoc on the entire city.  After being brought back from the dead, Darla realizes that she is dying as a mortal and the lawyers of Wolfram & Hart enlist Drusilla to turn Darla back into a vampire.  In this episode, these two ladies go shopping, which is enough to make this episode truly stand out, especially when Drusilla starts “ringing all over.”  I mean, you gotta love modern technology.  However, they do not stop here, as they decide to go to the Wolfram & Hart party and truly make a splash.  Darla reminds Holland and the other lawyers that they ordered a massacre and these two ladies show up to bring the massacre to them.  While this moment is shocking on its own, Angel shows up and closes the doors on the lawyers, turning his back on them and refusing to help.  Drusilla recognizes that this man is not Angelus, but Angel’s humanity is tainted here, as he gives up and even fires his team at the end of the episode, causing our fearless leader to question everything.

3

“Birthday” (Season 3, episode 11)

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Skip:  You may wanna think about that. The only way *you* get to keep the visions is by becoming – part demon. The process isn’t easy. It’ll make your vision pain feel like a stroll through candyland. And even after the pain subsides the effects of the transition will be numerous and unpredictable. You may never be able to lead a human life again.

Cordy:  So – demonize me already.

I love this episode because it is a Cordy-centric one; however, it also allows Cordelia to really transform and grow as a selfless hero, which is extremely important.  In this episode, Cordelia’s painful visions catch up with her, as she ends up in some kind of deep sleep or coma, as Angel and her friends try to help her.  Cordelia ends up in a limbo of sorts and meets her guide, Skip, who is a hilarious demon that really almost deserves his own spin-off series.  Cordelia is brought to a mall so she feels comfortable and is given the chance to re-write her life.  Skip makes it so she never bumped into Angel at the party in LA and she ends up becoming famous with her own show, Cordy!  It seems like she has the perfect life, but Cordelia’s path intertwines with helping the helpless and she later makes the decision to accept her visions and become part demon.  Skip warns her that there will be consequences, but Cordelia is ready to accept her fate, understanding that it is her true purpose to help others.  This episode is so important because we have really seen Cordelia’s goodness shine through, as she will do anything to help.  In previous seasons of Buffy and maybe even earlier on Angel, Cordelia would have taken her shiny new life and ran with it, but she’s not that girl anymore.  She has become a hero one can truly be proud of and she’s ready to embrace her new destiny. 

2

“Not Fade Away” (Season 5, episode 22)

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Illyria:  You’re fading. You’ll last 10 minutes at best.

Gunn:  Then let’s make ’em memorable.

Spike:  In terms of a plan?

Angel:  We fight.

Spike:  Bit more specific.

Angel:  Well, personally, I kind of want to slay the dragon…Let’s go to work.

I was a little torn between my number 1 and 2 picks, but I am going to give the series finale of Angel my number 2 spot.  However, please note that this was a very difficult decision because this episode is fantastic.  Season 5 really got things back on track for the show, but it also provided us with some heartbreaking moments that still make me cry today.  In the series finale, the apocalypse we have been hearing about for 5 seasons is finally unleashed by Wolfram & Hart.  Angel and his team are ready to fight, even though the odds are definitely not in their favor.  The episode does a great job of summing certain things up and providing us with some closure.  For example, we get to see Harmony being Harmony and Connor returns to stand by his father’s side, which is important.  We also get to see some heartbreaking closure for Wesley as well, which I am going to devote another blog entry to, so stay tuned on that.  At the end of the episode, it is raining and our remaining heroes debate over the plan.  Angel wants to fight the dragon of course and simply tells them to “go to work,” leaving fans with a major cliffhanger at the end of the series.  So, we don’t know if the prophecy will be fulfilled and if Angel will eventually become human and we don’t know the fate of some of our remaining characters as well.  However, I think this series finale is one of the best I have seen on any show because it reminds us what the show is about.  While Buffy had more closure and the opportunity to do whatever she wanted at the end of the series, Angel and his team are left fighting the good fight, which is why he came to LA in the first place.  It’s not about achieving the happily ever after.  It’s about the fight until the very end to “help the helpless” and that’s exactly what Angel and the others do.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one episode of Angel are:

  • “I Will Remember You”
  • “Hero”
  • “Eternity”
  • “Five by Five”
  • “To Shanshu in L.A.”
  • “Guise Will Be Guise”
  • “Darla”
  • “Disharmony”
  • “Lullaby”
  • “Forgiving”
  • “Awakening”
  • “Soulless”
  • “Salvage”
  • “Life of the Party”
  • “Destiny”
  • “Harm’s Way”
  • “A Hole in the World”
  • “Shells”

1

“You’re Welcome” (Season 5, episode 12)

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Angel:  I need you here.

Cordy:  Don’t make it hard, Angel. I’m just on a different road… and this is my off-ramp. The Powers That Be owed me one, and I didn’t waste it. I got my guy back on track…We take what we can get, champ, and we do our best with it. I’ll be seeing you.

Oh, what the hell. One for the road?

There really has to be something said for the 100th episode of this series.  I remember being so disappointed when I saw that Cordelia was no longer in the main credits at the start of season 5 and I was wondering if she would ever wake up from her coma.  In this episode, fans get their wish and Cordelia returns.  Her bright smile is back and she is excited for some “shopping” with Angel and Wesley, giving fans a real sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the start of the series.  The episode is absolutely brilliant from start to finish, but nothing could prepare me for the very end.  Joss Whedon is fantastic at creating twists that we never see coming and that’s what he did here.  Cordelia reveals that it’s no longer her time and that the “Powers That Be” owed her one, allowing her to get Angel back on track with his destiny.

Throughout the series, Angel and Cordelia had a will-they-won’t-they vibe going on and I really loved the chemistry between these two.  That being said, I am a Buffy & Angel fan for life, but I’m not going to knock the connection between Angel and Cordelia.  After missing literally every opportunity to be together previously, it seems like they are now going to get a chance at a “happily ever after.”  Only this is a Joss Whedon show and happily ever after is not possible, as we learn that Cordelia never wakes up from her coma and Angel is informed at the end of the episode that she died.  Angel is initially confused, as he tells the person on the phone that she is standing right there, but realizes that she is gone.  However, Cordelia does her job by reminding Angel what he stands for and they even get the chance to share an epic kiss that had me swooning for sure.  In classic Cordy-style, she says, “You’re welcome” at the end of the episode and we are left with Angel simply saying, “Thank you,” which broke my heart all over again, as he is now standing there alone.

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post some of your thoughts on your own favorite episodes from Angel below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Passage” season 1 episode 6: “How About a Horror Movie?”

Happy Tuesday TV fans!  After watching Fox’s The Passage season 1 episode 6, Brad reminded Amy that “even when things get scary…stay calm.”  But that’s easier said than done when you have a dangerous vampire on the loose.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “I Want to Know What You Taste Like,” we learn more about Dr. Sykes’s past friendship with Shauna.  Meanwhile, Amy attempts to help track down Winston, Clark begins to show signs that he may not be completely on board with Project Noah, and Lila has a close call.  My top 5 moments from The Passage season 1 episode 6 are:

5

“Cause what you’re saying is insane.”

During the episode, Dr. Jonas Lear is reunited with his wife, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth’s mind has healed, but he comes clean with her about everything.  Elizabeth understands that she may turn within 48 hours, which is confusing and hard to deal with.  It also doesn’t help that Fanning continues to pay her visits in her mind, luring her toward the darkness.  Jonas is desperate to find a cure for Elizabeth and he hopes that Dr. Sykes will find a way to use Amy’s blood to counteract Fanning’s serum.  However, it’s not looking too good for Elizabeth.

4

“I’m sorry I got you into this.”

In last week’s episode, Lila was abducted and we now learn that Clark’s men were sent to retrieve her because she is a liability.  After Winston takes a bite out of her driver, Lila escapes, but she continues to find trouble on her way.  Lila comes across a woman bit by Winston and tries to help her, but is shocked when the woman already shows signs of being impacted by the virus.  Luckily, Lila makes it out of there OK and she is reunited with Brad and Amy.  Brad apologizes for getting Lila involved and in a sweet moment, he drapes his arm around her, revealing that there may be hope for these two to get back together.  There is definitely a vibe between them, but they have faced so much heartbreak together and their marriage may not be easily salvaged.  However, I am definitely shipping these two together and somehow, I want them to have a happy family again with Amy.  A girl can dream.

3

“I want everything that matters to you to be mine.”

We get a glimpse into Dr. Sykes’s past and learn that she had a friendship with Shauna before she turned, approximately 6 months ago, during Project Noah.  We learn that Dr. Sykes has never seen a horror movie other than I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, which is absolutely hilarious.  Shauna bonds with Dr. Sykes and they even share a pizza together while watching The Fly.  Clark warns Dr. Sykes about Shauna and we see the beginning of their own relationship, as Clark bravely offers to accompany Dr. Sykes while she watches, A Quiet Place, so that she can fill Shauna in on the details.  It seemed like this was a sweet friendship and Shauna trusted Dr. Sykes, but everything changed when she turned.  In present day, Shauna finally pays Dr. Sykes a visit in her mind and tells her that she wants to take everything that matters to her and when she has everything, she wants to know what she tastes like.  Shauna clearly feels betrayed and hurt by Dr. Sykes, but she uses this to her advantage, manipulating Dr. Sykes and trying to threaten her.  Shauna later says, “It’s kind of funny you don’t like horror movies since you’re living in one,” and then tells Dr. Sykes that she will see her soon, leaving us with another ominous threat.  It’s only a matter of time before the vampires figure out a way to escape, but it looks like the subjects are taking everything personally and they will not stop until they get their revenge.

2

“I’m gonna find your book.”

Amy is upset when she leaves behind the book her mother gave her, A Wrinkle in Time, and is angry at Brad when he doesn’t go back to retrieve it initially.  Amy’s abilities are continuing to surprise everyone, as we learn that she can tap into Winston’s mind and see what he sees.  She helps the agents find Winston, proving to be extremely useful, but Brad is worried about what they will later do to Amy.  We know that “weaponizing Amy” is a goal, but Brad is not about to abandon her.  At the end of the episode, Brad and Amy share another heartwarming moment.  Brad explains, “I know what it’s like to lose someone,” and tells Amy about his own daughter.  Brad and Amy bond over their grief and Brad promises that he will get her book back.

1

“I’m the author of this horror.”

Dr. Lear takes full responsibility for Project Noah and is ready to kill all the vampires, including his former best friend.  He asks Dr. Sykes if she is in and she agrees, as Jonas begins to expose Fanning and the other subjects to intense amounts of light to destroy them.  We discover that when Winston was killed, all of the vampires he turned died along with him.  The same thing begins to occur now, as both Amy and Elizabeth show signs that they are in intense pain, revealing that they are linked to Fanning.  Dr. Sykes tells Jonas that he has to shut it down, as they are not about to kill Amy or Elizabeth in the process.  Now that we know that they are all linked, how will they be able to stop Fanning?

Overall, I thought this was another solid episode.  The connected past between Dr. Sykes and Shauna was revealing.  We didn’t get to see Lacey in this episode, but something tells me that she will be back before we know it.  Amy’s abilities are continuing to grow, but I am interested to see how Project Noah attempts to exploit this.  It looks like we will get to see Carter in next week’s episode and we know that he shared a bond with Amy previously.  Will Fanning use this to his advantage to try and turn Amy?  Stay tuned!

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” season 9 episode 10: “I am Alpha”

Happy Monday TV fans!  After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 9 episode 10, I realized that sometimes we desperately want to see the good in someone and ignore all the signs around us.  Perhaps that person has the potential to be good, but sometimes other forces get in the way.  And when that other force is your mother, you don’t really have a choice…or do you?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Omega,” Henry continues to grow closer to Lydia, while Daryl keeps a watchful eye on them.  Meanwhile, the new arrivals try to sneak out and find Luke and the Whisperers make their presence known.  My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 9 episode 10 are:

5

“She’s a liar.”

During the episode, Tara and some of the newcomers come across horses that have been half skinned, which have caught the attention of a hungry walker horde.  Tara and the others recognize that they had been with Luke and Alden, realizing that their friends have gone missing.  Tara does not want to do anything rash that might get someone killed and suggests that they go back and plan what to do next, especially since they don’t know if they can trust Lydia.  The leadership role is new for Tara, even though she has been there through it all, but I appreciate that she is honest and to the point.  The newcomers decide to sneak out and try and find Luke, which is dangerous after dark.  Tara later explains that she would have preferred that they had simply come to her, proving that she has the potential to become a true leader of the people, but is she ready to make the hard choices when they come up?

4

“Can you stay with me tonight?”

So, the creepy budding romance between Henry and Lydia continues in this episode.  Henry believes that Lydia is a good person and it appears that Lydia may be warming up to him, although her idea of a romantic evening out includes eating dirt and worms.  I mean, “hunger is a gift,” after all.  Daryl has been listening in on the conversation, which upsets Henry.  He feels used, but Daryl tries to make him understand that Lydia could be dangerous and that they need to find out as much Intel as they can.  After contemplating taking a hammer to Henry on their journey outside the cell, Lydia freaks out when she hears a baby crying and has second thoughts, begging Henry to take her back to the cell.  Henry seems really eager to connect, but I wonder what Carol will think when she finds out what is going on.  Either way, my “dumb ass Henry” comments continued throughout this episode and I am not shipping these two whatsoever.

3

“You don’t know shit about me.”

Daryl recognizes the marks on Lydia’s arm and realizes that she has been abused, which is something that Daryl has dealt with in his own past.  Lydia recognizes that Daryl doesn’t really belong either, but Daryl does not want to reveal anything about himself to her.  Daryl insists that they are changing the world back, but does he truly believe that this is possible?  Daryl has shown glimmers of belonging and he can be extremely loyal, but he also does well on his own, which may make him doubt himself.  Has he really grown soft or is he prepared to do what is necessary to protect the people he cares about?

2

“I knew what she was…I knew what she did.”

During the episode, we get a glimpse into Lydia’s past, which starts out at Day 23.  Lydia is around five years old and she has to deal with a lot of trauma growing up.  Both Lydia’s mother and father begin showing signs of cabin fever, as they remain inside for days upon days.  Lydia initially remembers her father being killed by a walker, but later reveals that it was her mother who killed him.  Lydia’s mother starts off seeming strong, but she later shaves her head and reveals just how dangerous she could be, warning others to shut their mouths, explaining where the concept of “The Whisperers” comes from.  Lydia tells Daryl and Henry that when someone is left behind, the group simply moves forward, but is any of it true?  Can Lydia really be trusted at all here?  While I sympathize with her traumatic past, that’s really all she knows and intimidation and fear can motivate someone to do almost anything.

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“We only want one thing from you…my daughter.”

Overall, there was not too much action going on in this episode.  However, the last few minutes were bone-chilling and had me on the edge of my seat.  The Whisperers approach the gates and Lydia’s mother steps forward without her mask.  She introduces herself as “Alpha” and tells them that they want her daughter back.  In the preview for next week’s episode, Alpha eerily states, “wrong answer” when Daryl says that they aren’t going to give her back.  What will the Whisperers do to get her back?  Are our survivors prepared for a war?  Where are Luke and Alden?  I think we need Carol to return as soon as possible and it looks like we will see her next week, as I would personally love to see a face-off between Carol and Alpha.  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 “SMILF” season 2 episode 4: “It Only Has To Work Once”

Greetings TV viewers!  After watching Showtime’s SMILF season 2, episode 4, I realized that “there’s something about Bridgette Bird.”  Sure, she may be a little quirky, but it’s important that she recognizes who she is and stays true to herself.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “So Maybe I Look Feminine,” Bridgette has a busy day planned, as she tries to tackle her to-do list.  Meanwhile, Nelson invites Bridgette to the salon, which leads to some temptation and fantasy along the way.  My top 5 moments from SMILF season 2 episode 4 are:

5

“You’re the one that should shush.”

In the beginning of the episode, Rafi and Nelson arrive at Bridgette’s apartment to pick Larry up for a fun weekend.  Bridgette is thrown off when Nelson shushes Larry while on the phone.  Bridgette is very protective of Larry and she wants him to feel loved wherever he goes, but she chooses not to confront Nelson in this very moment.  However, she does point out to herself that Nelson is the one that should really shush.

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“Rollin with the homies…”

After trying to tackle her to-do list, Bridgette takes Nelson up on her offer and joins her and her friend at the salon.  After flipping through some hairstyle choices a la Britney Spears and Brittany Murphy, Nelson decides she will be going with the Brittany Murphy look and her and her friend break out into a tear-filled “rollin with the homies” to honor Brittany’s classic performance in one of my favorite films of all time, Clueless

3

“I think you should consider going blonde.”

While waiting for her stylist, Bridgette meets a bride to be, played by Ari Graynor, and the two bond over some eyeliner tips.  The woman suggests that Bridgette goes blonde, which allows us to see Bridgette’s fantasy world complete with an adorable polka dot ensemble, while watching a polo match.  Bridgette actually looks really fabulous with her blonde hair, but we quickly learn that it has somehow transformed her entire life, which I’m not sure is really possible, but sometimes we all need a change in our look here and there.

2

“Is that Kevin Bacon on a horse?”

I mean, Bridgette’s fantasy would not be complete without Kevin Bacon showing up on a horse.  After all, Hollow Man is her favorite film.  Later on, Bridgette crosses paths with Kevin Bacon, who offers to “finger bang” her.  However, he does not want to do this in front of his horse, Peggy, named after Pegasus.  After the act is complete, Kevin asks Bridgette to dinner, who is beyond thrilled to accept.

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“I missed you today.”

After the encounter with Kevin, Bridgette confronts Nelson about shushing Larry and Ari Graynor’s character ends up getting brutally hit in the face with a polo ball.  There is blood everywhere and Bridgette repeatedly asks, “Will someone help her?”  Bridgette spots a mannequin dressed like her former self in a t-shirt and shorts with brown hair, reminding her who she really is.  This moment snaps Bridgette back to reality, as she is now staring in the mirror at her messy brown hair and makes the decision not to go to the salon.  Bridgette is beyond thrilled to see Larry return, reminding her what’s truly important to her.  Stay tuned for more SMILF fun!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on SMILF 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 11: “The Hobo Games”

Happy Sunday TV fans!  After watching Showtime’s Shameless season 9 episode 11, I realized that you may train and train for your moment in the spotlight, but you should never underestimate the power of social media.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In tonight’s episode, “The Hobo Games,” Frank makes it into the final round of competition to become the Hobo Loco Man, but Ingrid tries to make him choose between the game and her.  Meanwhile, Fiona’s behavior does not improve, Carl gets promoted at work, and Debbie grows closer to Kelly.  My top 5 moments from Shameless season 9 episode 11 are:

5

“I’m pregnant.”

In this episode, Tami keeps Lip at a distance and even blows him off when she is supposed to take him and Xan to their meeting.  Lip finally tracks Tami down and she reveals that she is pregnant, which shocks Lip.  Lip has a lot of things going on in his life right now, but he would absolutely be there to support Tami.  But does she want his help?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but I’m really hoping that Tami doesn’t shut Lip out because these two are adorable together.

4

“Why is that my scrotum’s fault?”

An excellent question, Kev.  V wants Kev to get a vasectomy, especially since their two children are threatening any other kids that live in their home.  Kev is hesitant about this and even calls “bullshit on vasectomies,” but V means business.  After hearing another patient screaming, Kev decides to pretend that he had the surgery and ends up spending the day “masturbating” and “learning the dance in Fortnite,” while high on his pain medication.  V gets a call at work and finds out that Kev never had the surgery and she reminds him that he will be going back there to complete it.  I guess it was worth a shot, Kev.

3

“Girl’s day!”

Debbie begins to grow closer to Kelly and explores her desires further.  Carl is not pleased by this, as he is not looking to compete over his girlfriend with his sister.  Debbie and Kelly have a fun water fight outside that Carl’s new co-workers are impressed by, but Carl reminds Debbie that Kelly is not a lesbian.  Will she give up on her new crush?  We’ll have to wait and see, but the “girl’s day” was a blast to watch for sure.

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“I’m not quitting this!”

Frank and Mikey O. make it to the last round of the Hobo Loco Man competition and Frank is ready to win his $50,000 grand prize.  After testing his blood alcohol content, he is told that his “blood is basically jet fuel,” but Frank has been training for this moment for quite some time.  In the end, Frank is slightly distracted when Ingrid tries to get him to leave and Mikey O. and him both miss jumping on the train.  Frank assumes that he will still get a prize, but we learn that the default winner is chosen by how many social media fans someone has and Gloria takes the top prize.  I mean, she did end up going topless for her fans, which shows dedication and commitment.  Ingrid also makes the decision to leave with Randy, so it looks like Frank is left with nothing.  Sorry Frank, my money was on you!

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“I want you out of this f*cking house.”

In the beginning of the episode, Fiona wakes up in a random hotel room and stoops to a new low, when she steals some Oxy to make a few extra bucks.  We find out that Deb did pay her bail to get her out of jail, but Fiona still needs to pay her fair share.  Later in the episode, Fiona is caught off guard during an unannounced home check to determine if Xan can stay there.  Lip is upset and Fiona tries to track him down to make things right, but she ends up having a drink and talking about her problems with Lip’s sponsee, Jason.  Fiona pours him a drink, which causes Jason to call up his dealer, ending his 100 days of being sober.  Lip is beyond angry at Fiona.  Fiona tries to explain that she didn’t know, but Lip tells her that she simply didn’t care to and that he wants her out of the house.  Fiona is shocked and hurt by Lip’s words, but will it be enough to help her get back on track?  There are only three episodes left this season and I am still wondering how Fiona will leave the show.  I’m really hoping that Jimmy comes back to take her away and help her, so that we get a happy ending, similar to Ian being reunited with Mickey, but there are endless possibilities.  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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My performance of the week on TV goes to…

Henry Ian Cusick as Dr. Jonas Lear on The Passage.  Dr. Lear is a good man deep down, but he has made some dangerous decisions out of desperation and love.  Henry Ian Cusick has embodied a character that we can truly sympathize with, as we learn more about his connected past to Dr. Fanning each week.  While he may have already changed the world, it’s never too late to try and do the right thing.  As a fan of Henry Ian Cusick on both Lost and The 100, I was hoping that I would be able to connect to his new character on The Passage and I am impressed so far.  What’s next for Dr. Lear?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it looks like he has some beyond difficult decisions to make.

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Ranking the top 5 villains from “Angel”

Happy Wednesday TV Fans!  For today, I have returned to one of my old favorites, Angel, as I am currently on the last season of my re-watch.  I have such an appreciation for this spin-off series of Buffy, as it really was not afraid to dive deeper into the darkness that exists all around us.  Angel Investigations had a mission to “help the helpless” and they did run into their fair share of villains along the way.  However, they faced some demons they never saw coming, some evil foes from their past, and even villains among each other.  These villains became worthy opponents who continued to threaten our beloved characters and the world.  Each villain was unique and terrifying in their own way, but they continuously challenged Angel.  Whether they used the law and corruption to further their agenda or just smashed everything in sight, they deserve a spot in my top 5.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the series yet. My top 5 villains from Angel are:

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Holtz

Daniel Holtz is a vampire hunter from Angel’s past and he made a deal with a demon named Sahjan so that he could get his revenge on Angel and Darla.  Holtz is the main villain in season 3 and returns from a state of suspended animation to take out “Angelus” once and for all.  Holtz learns that the vampire he knew from long ago is now with a soul, but he still wants to make him suffer.  Angelus killed Holtz’s family and Holtz wants to even the score.  He is a formidable villain because he successfully takes away the one thing that Angel truly cares about.  He doesn’t kill Angel’s son, but he abducts him and takes him to another dimension with the help of Wesley’s betrayal.  Angel’s son, Connor, ends up growing up in another dimension and is raised by Holtz.  Holtz continues to manipulate this love and even has his right hand partner in crime, Justine, kill him so it looks like Angel did it.  Holtz wants to ensure that Angel’s son will hate him for the rest of time, which is a revenge that would hurt Angel more than any other type of torture thrown his way.  Holtz was contemplative in his plan and truly impacted Angel, proving to be a villain worthy of my top 5 for sure.

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The Beast

The Beast is a nearly unstoppable demon that emerges in season 4.  When Cordelia returns to earth, she has visions about this particular demon, which seems to be connected to Connor somehow.  The Beast is very powerful and Angel has a tough time fighting him.  The Beast begins killing members of the “Ra-Tet” to successfully banish the sun.  The Beast is all about destruction, but we eventually learn that his strings are being pulled by Jasmine, who has taken over Cordelia’s body.  Even though The Beast is not a master manipulator, he is powerful enough to hurt everyone in his path, including Faith, who tries to help bring back Angel once he is turned into Angelus.  The Beast was a villain made for nightmares and he definitely gave me some during my re-watch and he may have been Angel’s toughest opponent when it comes to combat.

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Darla & Drusilla

The delicious and dark duo that wreaked havoc in season 2 absolutely deserve a spot on my list.  By themselves, Darla and Drusilla prove to be dangerous, but as a tag team they are truly masterful.  After Darla is brought back as a human in season 2, Wolfram & Hart recruit Drusilla to turn her into a vampire.  These two bad-ass ladies just want to have fun, as they even go on a shopping spree that is to die for…literally.  Angel has close ties to both of them from his past, which makes them formidable foes.  My favorite episode with them is “Reunion,” (Season 2, episode 10), where they decide to turn the tables on Wolfram & Hart and deliver a “massacre” just like they ordered.  Only the massacre is on the lawyers, as they kill everyone at the party except for Lindsey and Lilah.  They even spark a darkness within Angel, as he allows Darla and Drusilla to kill everyone at the party.  He is not Angelus in this moment, but something else, as his past consumes him and he almost turns off his humanity here, which proves just how dangerous this duo was.

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Jasmine

After fans were initially shocked that Cordelia could be the potential big bad in Season 4, we learn that Jasmine has been controlling her and pulling the strings.  Cordelia ends up giving birth to Jasmine, which puts her into a coma, and the goddess is released into the world.  You would think that Jasmine would be all about destruction, but her methods are different, as she creates a world of “shiny happy people.”  You know she was evil when she got Angel to wear yellow.  Everyone is enamored by Jasmine, as they flock to her and will do anything to make her happy, which is beyond dangerous.  Later on, Fred is exposed to Jasmine’s blood and sees the true face of Jasmine, which consists of maggots and rotting flesh.  Thanks to Fred, everyone else is eventually able to see what Jasmine truly is and we learn that she consumes large groups of people at a time to maintain her strength.  So, basically she eats people, but in a happy, cheery way.  Jasmine is a worthy villain because she was able to successfully infiltrate Angel’s group and use Cordelia to be reborn into the world.  She was also a villain that Angel could not just merely fight and attack, as her manipulation of the world was something transcendent of violence, but luckily we had our girl Fred there to make a difference.

Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:

  • Angelus
  • Illyria (although I don’t personally classify her as a villain)
  • Skip
  • Vocah

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Wolfram & Hart

It should be no surprise that my favorite villain has to go to “Wolfram & Hart.”  I decided to keep them as a collective, rather than break them up individually, because that was the point of this evil law firm.  While Buffy had to fight endless demons, gods, and vampires, Angel had to deal with evil lawyers who were not afraid to cut through red tape to further their agenda.  My standout lawyers from Wolfram & Hart were Lindsey and Lilah, but the entire concept of an evil law firm was pure genius.  The lawyers of Wolfram & Hart successfully use manipulation and corruption, which is not something Angel can just easily fight or attack.  They actually helped Angel become an even stronger hero, as he needed to think outside the box to outsmart them again and again.  In season 5, Angel is presented with the opportunity to lead the Wolfram & Hart branch in LA, which was a shock to many viewers.  Even though Angel tries to do good with the resources he now has readily available, there are still consequences and threats thrown his way.  The ultimate last apocalypse of the series is unleashed from Wolfram & Hart, which reminded us that they were the very source of the evil walking the earth.  Whether you love them or hate them, you have to respect the unique methods of Wolfram & Hart, as this law firm absolutely earns my top spot today.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to share some of your own thoughts and comments on your favorite villains from Angel. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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