Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rizzoli & Isles - 6.13 - Hide and Seek - Preview





Rizzoli & Isles returns this Tuesday, Feb. 16 
at 9/8 C on TNT.



Previously on Rizzoli & Isles, Jane's apartment was burned down due to what they thought was faulty wiring. However when a case takes Jane and Maura to Los Angeles and back, they realize that instead her apartment was deliberately targeted by a stalker with Jane in his or her sights. When another clue makes them think Jane is in imminent danger, she is given a bodyguard against her protests and benched to desk duty, which she hates even more. When the countdown ends with nothing happening, Jane realizes they misinterpreted the clues. Instead of sending a time, the stalker actually sent a verse and the penal code for kidnapping. Frantic that her mother might be in danger, they all converge on a baffled Angela who was about to take a bath. Little do they know that the target is not Angela but Maura. Receiving a bogus homicide call, Maura goes out to do her job but instead gets kidnapped.


Picking up right where the last episode left off, Maura is no damsel in distress. She puts up one heck of a fight, but in the end the kidnapper is successful. She wakes handcuffed to a pipe in an abandoned building just outside of Boston proper. From this point on it's up to her to use her smarts to give herself a fighting shot at survival, leading to some of the best scenes of the episode. Things are a bit slower pacing-wise on the police station front. Even with everyone working together, they still must slog through lots of paperwork and examine all the evidence. With her best friend's life on the line, Jane's frustration is palpable but it leads to some of the more poignant moments, including a Jane monologue to someone unexpected and the return of someone that surprised me. While I wish they had spent a little more time on Maura and less on the procedural elements, this is a great return for Rizzoli & Isles and I'm confident fans will be pleased.


Grade: B+

Biggest Hint - the kidnapper is someone we already know
Best Reason to Watch - the storyline is far more complicated than just one stalker/kidnapper, which should lead to a great plotline for this season
Best Scene - Maura fights back and…
Best Character Interaction - Korsak and Jane
Best Call - Korsak for realizing the black smudge is actually important
Best Way to End - on a laugh, even if not everyone thinks it's funny
Best Return - ?????
Worst Technology - spoofing
Most Important Girl Scout Rule - always take a buddy, which is why they need another officer for these things
Most Useful Accessory - a belt
Most Improved Character - Kent
Most Insightful Conversation - Jane and…
Most Competent / Smartest Cookie in the Bunch - Maura
Most Creepy - old mental hospitals / tunnels
Biggest Question - What is the reason behind any of this?
Biggest Fan Pleasing Scene - the ending emotional scene
Hardest Job - Angela who has to…
Favorite Child - Jane this week because she gets the homemade brownies

Best Quotes -

"How about we work more, randomly theorize less?" "Fair enough."
"I really don't want to hit you again. It seems unsporting, you being tied up and all."
"Is that a fact?" "Yeah." "Well you can take your fact and shove it up your…"
"It's not a witch. It's not a Big Bad Wolf. It's just some jacka** that we've got to get to before he hurts Maura."
"Thank you." "For what? Doing my job?"
"This is not your fault. How could you possibly anticipate that someone would lure Maura into a trap? You were just protecting the most vulnerable person in your circle." "And Maura…" "Is strong, she's smart, she is capable. She will do her part. Now we have to do our part, alright?"
"This isn't over." "It's over for now."
"We work in silence."
"Why me? Why me?" "Why not?"
"You know I worked so hard to deal with my feelings about your job. I just didn't know I was supposed to be dealing with my feelings for her job too."


Check out Rizzoli & Isles this Tuesday on TNT at 9/8 C.


Screencaps by TNT, Talk About Telefilm, and Coub.



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Teen Wolf - 5.16 - Lie Ability - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Teen Wolf - 5.15 - Amplification - Recap / Review and Episode Awards





Previously - Stiles asked Lydia to wake up and save them, Argent found a bunch of bodies, the pack and Gerard exposited the beast, Theo betrayed Malia, Malia and her mom had a showdown, Deaton told the Desert Wolf that she cannot take Malia's power until the full moon, Stiles realized they shaved a piece of Lydia's head for trepanation, and the pack planned to get Lydia back.

On a dark road, the slightly smoky smoke monster aka La Bete growls into the camera while I just shake my head and chuckle. Still not loving the CGI but I adore the fact that Scott, Stiles, and the Jeep are all part of the police chase and the Jeep doesn't even break down. Woo hoo! She's alive! Since he has more info and supernatural experience than all these police officers put together, Stiles gets on the police radio to give them advice. Sheriff is NOT appreciative. Sheriff: "Stiles, get off the radio." He does of course confirm Stiles' command to not engage La Bete though. Through different reports, Stiles and Scott realize that La Bete is heading to the hospital so once again Stiles gets on the radio to warn them. Once again, Sheriff is not amused. I am though. Of course I'm not Mama McCall, who has to get all patients transferred to Hill Valley Hospital in the wake of a possible beast attack. Seriously people, why even start at BHM? Just go directly to Hill Valley and skip the bloody hospital death all together. BHM should be a strictly outpatient facility or close altogether. The lights start flickering and it sounds like La Bete is taking up clog dancing overhead so that is the perfect time for Mama McCall to head towards the guttural beast sounds. What? Are you kidding me? You know better than this. Run. Everyone knows the hospital and pack would fall apart without you, so no unnecessary chances on your part. The Hellavator starts to open and finally she flees. Just in time for Sheriff wonder where Deputy Parrish went off to. That's never a good sign. The dispatcher calls in a man on fire going into the hospital and Sheriff immediately cancels the request for Parrish. Only in Beacon Hills is a burning man NOT a cause for alarm. Get out of this town, people!

Somehow Scott and Stiles end up at the hospital first (hmmm) only to be startled by a gun being cocked right next to their ears. Loving the in tandem brother reaction almost as much as I love Sheriff backup. He reminds them to be quiet but there is no sign La Bete's werewolf powers are wonky so the point's moot. They head to the trashed fourth floor where an armed Sheriff takes point in front of the boys even though the situation is more suited to Scott's claws. Awww. They pass a burning wheelchair only to see La Bete toss Fireball Parrish into the wall. Totally awesome visual! Sheriff snaps Parrish out of his dream state while Scott tracks La Bete's bloody footprints which somehow go from werewolf claws to sneaker imprints. What? Shouldn't that be bare feet? Did La Bete stop to get dressed? This makes no sense, which means it's time for Deaton to be cryptic. Oh joy. He shows them pictures of Valack's time as leader of Eichen House. Wait a minute! Valack ran Eichen House before he became Eichen House? Did we know that? Scott and Stiles obviously did because it doesn't stun them like it does me.

They're too busy being stunned by pictures of Valack's human experimentation portfolio. Deaton says he drills holes in their heads to intensify their supernatural powers but since Lydia's already powerful, it will kill her. Worst yet, it will turn her scream into a nuclear bomb that takes out the local population. Say what? Lydia's an A-bomb? I know this whole story is based on way out there storytelling but this gets a raised eyebrow from me. How exactly does that make sense? I'd think penetrating someone's skull would make them weaker. Stiles, though, is in full on panic mode and demands his dad do something. What? Who knows because it's not like he has jurisdiction over ScienceMom. Sheriff explains that a court order would take too long and trepanation is still a valid medical procedure. Where? Even in Beacon Hills that should be ruled out. Stiles: "Okay, so you're saying there's nothing we can do." Sheriff: "I'm saying there's nothing we can do legally." Woo hoo! I'm loving this reversal from season 5A. Sheriff keeps getting better and better.

Cue - the plan. Having already been privy to the teen armored car heist plan, I brace myself for the worst only to find that this one actually has a shot at working. A slim shot, this is Teen Wolf after all, but a shot nonetheless and it's not even the penultimate episode. Basically they need Kira to cause a brownout to reactivate the key card Stiles stole. Malia will get Kira to the electrical box. Scott and Liam will get Stiles to the keycard reader in the basement. Stiles, being able to cross mountain ash, will get Lydia and they all meet in the morgue to escape. Stiles: "Any questions? Liam: "How do we get into Eichen House in the first place?" Malia: "What's our worst case scenario?" Kira: "What if I can't do it?" Ha! Stiles: "Okay admittedly a lot could go wrong." Liam: "Everything could go wrong." Bwah! I see he's heard about past Teen Wolf plans too. Scott: "Guys, if we don't do this we lose Lydia." Somewhat NOT sucky plan or not, that's the bottom line. They have to get Lydia out. Scott exposits that she might die that night and take out the block too, turning her into a "full moon" plot device that still makes no sense. It's not like she arrived in Eichen House yesterday. What took Valack so long? Speaking of, Valack apparently has his own steampunk scientist helmet which begs the question, "What the heck is Valack's history with them and what the heck's his end game?" He's obviously wielded the helmet before so did he create the steampunk scientists? The steampunk
scientists and Valack's motives have been too murky for too long. Honestly, we know very little more about Valack than we did 2 years ago when he showed up in season 4. You're starting to bore me, doctor. Pick up your villainous pace. He does put the helmet on Female Douche Orderly, who isn't shocked he has it so she's obviously aware of it exists. However she's not prepared to be turned into a steampunk scientist herself. If that's what actually happened. Who knows these days? Nothing about the steampunk scientists makes sense so if all you have to do to become one is wear the helmet, I'll just shake my head and move on.

Goofy logic aside, the real problem with the Operation Save Lydia plan is Kira doesn't know how to control her powers. I'm not sure Malia is exactly the right person to help her either. Her brand of encouragement is more like the Nike slogan - Just Do It. Malia: "You did it before. You had to learn how, right?" Kira: "Actually, no. It just happened." Malia: "How did you learn to fight with the sword?" Kira: "That just kind of happened too." Malia: "So you've never worked for anything and basically you're a cheater?" YES!!! Finally someone calls the writers out for their insane Matrix-style download approach to Kira's powers. It bugs me to no end and stole valuable character development away from Kira, turning her into a sustainable McGuffin for the better part of a season. Changing the subject, Kira asks how they'll get into the electrical room in the first place but no worries. Malia's got an inside man. Uh oh. Channeling her inner personal trainer, Malia tells Kira to get busy which leads to a light bulb breaking and sticking out of Malia's forehead. Oops. Several broken light bulbs later, Malia sports stylish safety glasses that makes me chuckle. Oh, Malia. Frustrated, Kira turns the topic to the Desert Wolf. Kira: "Can I ask you a question?" Malia, channeling her inner Derek: "No." Kira: "Did your mother really try to kill you?" Malia: "Did your mother try to leave you in the desert with skinwalkers?" Sucky mom choice discussion over, Malia takes off her glasses and pep talks Kira into trying again. Everything goes well until Kira takes out the electricity in the entire school and the entire block. The two flee, leaving the incriminating broken light bulbs behind as Peepster Screamer emerges from wall again, smiling. Okay, Screamer that trick is getting old and creepy. Take it back to Monsters, Inc.

Back at the hospital, Mama McCall filches body bags for Scott and Liam. Wait a minute. No one said anything about body bags in the initial debriefing. I might need to rethink the wisdom of this plan. Mama McCall ignores Liam's waiting arms to give the bags to Scott and makes him promise that he's not coming back in one when the plan's done. Scott vows to live while Liam asks every unanswered question in the book except for why he's even still on this show. Mama McCall agrees as she tosses more body bags at him. Liam: "Are you still mad at me?"  Mama McCall: "No, but if you try to kill my son again I'll put you in one of these myself." Woo hoooooo, Mama!! Finally someone calls Liam out for being an asinine douche. You hold onto that grudge! Liam: "She's still mad."  Scott doesn't have to say a word because his face is all the confirmation needed. Bwah!  This expression is classic Scott.

Meanwhile Stiles tries to get Parrish onboard with the plan. Parrish: "This is the worst plan I've ever heard." Oh buddy, not even close. Would you like to hear about the teenage armored car heist plan? You'll be crying with laughter.  Stiles defends the admittedly much better plan, which includes getting a real Sheriff's deputy to drive them into Eichen House via the body bags, but Parish wants Sheriff's approval first. Stiles: "How do you think I got the keys?" Parrish: "I thought you stole them." Ha! That was my guess too. Even Stiles isn't offended at the thought. Stiles: "While that's a perfectly reasonable assumption, I did not steal them." Parrish protests because his hellhound form is too dangerous but Stiles counters, "So is a giant murdering werewolf who's killed over 30 people, but somehow didn't kill you." Good point. Parrish is in.

Over in the thrice (or one millionth) fixed library, Stiles asks the big question. How the heck do werewolf feet change into sneakers? Scott: "Argent said it would be unlike anything we've ever seen before." Stiles: "Did he say it was going to defy the laws of physics?" Ha! My glorious brother banter ends as Theo pops out to talk. Theo, I love your evil mind but you need to stop halting my bromance! Neither Stiles nor Scott is happy to see him either. Scott: "What are you doing here?" Theo: "I still need to graduate." Stiles: "No, no, what you need is to be beaten severely with a lead pipe wrapped in barbed wire." Bwah! That's so classically Stiles although I question the addition of lead pipe instead of bat given what happened with Psycho. Theo: "Okay, I admit that mistakes were made." Stiles: "Murders. Some murders were made." Good point, including the murder of Scott and attempted murder of Malia. I say start throwing punches. Instead Theo gives us a World War 2 history lesson on how a Soviet winter defeated the Nazis. I'm not seeing the correlation here. Theo wants to join the hunt for Lydia but Team Pack is Back won't bite. Good. They do make more vaguely ominous statements about Lydia, creating a great segue into her mom. Sheriff desperately tries to get ScienceMom to check on Lydia but she's adamant that she's doing the best for her daughter. She does bring up knowing her sister was in trouble once but given that it's her husband's mom who was the banshee, it's unlikely she's one too. ScienceMom: "These moments happen for everyone and you know what they're called?" Sheriff: "Undeniable proof of the supernatural?" SMom: "Coincidence." Sigh. She is not unaware of Beacon Hills phenomenon though. SMom: "I know how to survive in Beacon Hills." So do I, move. Why hasn't this been an option? Frustrated, Sheriff leaves his most damning proof behind -Deaton's pictures of Valack's experiments. That gets her attention and ScienceMom heads to Eichen House to save her daughter too.

Hopefully she'll have more success than the pack. Kira flat out tells them she can't cause a brownout while Stiles says they can't rescue Lydia without it. Time for Scott to chime in with a patented McCall pep talk. Scott: "I know you can do this. Anyone here think that she can't?" Liam, eager to be a team player again, chimes in first. Stiles sidesteps the question by mentioning that he made the plan. Malia's the holdout, even with Stiles coaching her on what to say. (Oh, the fun flashbacks) Malia: "I'm the one who's going to be locked in the electrical room with her." Ha! I love Malia truth. In the end she capitulates and says Kira can do it, but they're not fooling anyone. Kira: "You guys are all crazy. We're going to die." Bwaaahhh! Still the beginning of the plan goes flawlessly as Kira and Malia get inside and hide. Malia's distraction in the form of naked patient gets them into the electrical room. Parrish also successfully gets the others into the morgue, compliments of the nastiest body yet. The guard practically passes out from the stench, which means the other body bags with the very much alive Scott, Stiles, and Liam get through without further inspection. Everyone's in their places, although Stiles not so gracefully. He falls out of the body bag. Oh, Stiles. Kira: "We're in. We did it." Malia: "Don't get too excited. Getting out's the hard part." True and they only have 12 minutes to do so. Malia says Kira can do it but fear and self-doubt is written all over Kira's face. Plus the wires are covered. Malia goes for the scissors; Kira goes for the brains. "You want to electrocute yourself?" Malia: "I'll heal." Kira: "Not if you die." Malia changes to claws while I wonder why Kira doesn't just handle the scissors. After all, electricity can't hurt her. Still the job gets done but the clock's ticking and Kira's too nervous to even try. She grabs the wires but nothing happens.

Scott has better luck with his werewolf powers tonight and gets them safely past the guards…right until two of them are still around when they should have finished rounds already. This is why you need to build time into a plan. Nothing's going to go perfectly if you're down to the wire. Liam says he'll take them and hide the bodies. Scott and Stiles look at him like he's an idiot. Stiles and I: "Please stop." Even worse, a distraught patient sees them and wants help getting his meds. He's very adamant about his med schedule. They whisper back to him and I have zero idea why Eichen House is employing deaf guards. That's the only plausible reason for why they can't hear our face palm trio not 50 feet away. The patient gets louder so Scott mentally scars him for life by showing his glowing eyes and teeth to him. It works though and the guards go away, even after deaf people from 3 towns away could have heard Scott growl. Head meet desk. Apparently the Cone of Silence does work in Eichen House. Good to know.


Back at the breaker, Malia bottom lines it . "Stop worrying about what you might do. This isn't about you or me. It's about Lydia. We're here to save Lydia. We're here to save our friend." Awww, this speech right here is exactly why Malia has had the best character development on all of Teen Wolf. Just a couple of seasons ago she was advocating ditching Lydia to save themselves and talking about eating dead weight in a harsh winter. I love how they've given Malia time to process her coyote life and consciously move on to become the awesome person she is. It's been a pleasure to watch and it makes Malia the MVP of the episode for me. Most importantly, it works. Kira tries again and creates the brownout right before our hapless trio gets to the mountain ash door. Good timing, Kira.

Sadly though, there's no card reader. Stiles: "Are you telling me we came all the way down here just to be stopped by an ordinary key?" Are you telling me Stiles with his awesome criminal skill set doesn't know how to pick a lock? I find that totally unbelievable. Come on, Stiles. You'd save this episode a whole lot of pain if you'd just keep up on YouTube. Speaking of pain, we stop this exciting heist story for…Deucalion and Hayden? Ugh! Why, people? Why? I'll save you the pain and make it short. Deucalion's chained up in the steampunk scientists' lair. He wants to be free. Hayden isn't that stupid. Deucalion tells Hayden that if Theo puts on the claws he traded Malia for last week, he'll die because his body will reject them. I say go with that plan. Hayden can take over the psycho pack, who just happen to be breaking into
Eichen House themselves. Wave your hands in the air because FINALLY the timelines merge. Only took 15 episodes. Theo's merry pack takes down Creepster Orderly without killing him. Come on, Theo. What good are you if not to take out the trash? Doing so effectively traps Malia and Kira inside until the Brat Pack leaves but they eventually make their way to the rendezvous point at the morgue.  Good thing because Kira's powers are on the fritz again. She and Eichen House don't mesh. Scott's having even less luck. The mountain ash barrier holds tonight (how convenient) because it too thinks Liam is a Super Special Snowflake. Since they can't get the door down together, Liam tells Scott to punch him so that he can Hulk out. Ugh, I'm perfectly fine with Scott punching Liam after what he did; I am not good with Beta Liam being stronger than True Alpha Scott for any reason, even if Liam's a little psycho himself. Stiles has no such qualms, encouraging Scott to beat Liam for all he's worth. Stiles: "Hit him. Hit him." Liam: "I tried to take your powers. I tried to kill you. Hit me." Stiles: "He also left you for dead." Liam: "I wanted you dead." That does it. Scott goes all in on the plan with Stiles encouraging him to punch harder. It's a great vicarious thrill.

It also works. The door finally comes down and Stiles races to Lydia. Thankfully the whole brownout thing wasn't a waste because there's a key card machine to get into her room. Lydia, by the way, is fully awake and sporting a new hole above her ear. Stiles is aghast at the sight. Lydia is aghast that they're here. "You're going to die if you stay. All of you." Not the best news, Lydia. Stiles: "I'm not leaving you here." Lydia: "You have to." With Valack about to enter, Stiles has no choice but to hide while listening to Lydia exposit Scott's pack symbol to Valack. Why does he care? Who knows? I'm not even sure the writers do at this time. I'm also baffled by why it took ScienceMom so long to show up at Eichen House. She walks in over dead guard bodies - thanks Brat Pack - and it's obviously too late for her to be of any use at all. Parrish might be though as he gets to the basement in time to confront the Brat Pack as a full hellhound. Stiles also gets a front row view of Parrish's new look. I guess mountain ash doesn't affect hellhounds but it sure weakens Scott and Liam.

They try to break through, making reference to when Scott did so with Blake, but it's the least of their problems. Scott's still bleeding, the reboot timing is shot, and there's no way for Stiles to get Lydia out using the keycard. Liam: "And there's the four security guards." Scott: "What guards?" Liam: "Those guards." I guess mountain ash has depleted the werewolves' powers because no way four Eichen House guards should be able to take down Scott and Liam. The guards also trip the alarm, sending Eichen House into lockdown with ScienceMom trapped outside and everyone else trapped within. Let's just say they've increased security since Malia walked out the front door. Everything has gone to hell in a hand basket until…Scott remembers he's an alpha. Summoning his strength, Scott roars his way free and inspires the pack. Scott and Liam take the guards down, Malia's eyes go blue, and Stiles realizes the fight is just starting. Scott: "Come on. We're getting Lydia out of here." Now that's how I like my Scott. The boy's going to kick some butt in the name of friendship. Leader of them all.

Now that's an episode. I love how the episode opened with action and never let up. When a pack member is on the line, they step up and risk everything to get to them. They've done it every season and it's why Theo's B Pack is no match for the McCall one. It's about loyalty and knowing that your friends have got your back no matter what. That's a stronger bond than mere survival any day. Not that I think it will be easy next episode because the plan's completely shot. Still I look forward to the confrontation over Lydia and who ends up successfully freeing her, preferably healing her too. What good does it do them to break her free if they can't keep her from going insane and then nuclear? This would be a good time for Deaton to actually be useful. It would also be a good time to clarify a few things like what Valack's relationship to the steampunk scientists is and why any of them wanted an epic supernatural smackdown anyway. Go watch wrestling and leave Beacon Hills alone. It has enough problems without you. Super Special Liam was the biggest problem of the episode and if they had not put that part in it, I might not mind his presence here. He was actually funny before he became a plot device. Some logic issues like why Argent wasn't part of this plan also knocked the grade down a bit but for the most part this was an excellent episode. I adored Malia and Kira's scenes although I think the self-doubt in Kira has been way overplayed. Time for her to get some confidence. Also Scott stepping up and finding his true alpha again was awesome. This season has been rife with good leadership moments from him and I hope that continues. In the end though, I am with Scott. It's far past time to save Lydia.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - the plan works, mostly, for the first time before a final in forever
Best Scene -Mama McCall takes down Liam
Best Continuity - Scott and Stiles in tandem again
Best Action - Scott and Liam versus the orderlies when Scott remembers he's an alpha
Best Character - Malia
Best Moment - Scott flashes his alpha eyes to get the patient to shut up / Scott becomes his full alpha
Best Reaction - Scott when Liam says Mama McCall is still mad at him
Most Likely to be Scarred for Life - the kid that Scott shows his fangs to
Most Likely to be a Personal Trainer - Malia, who isn't afraid to get tough and can still pep talk
Most Interesting Reveal - Stiles was there listening to Lydia talk to Valack
Most Vicarious Thrill - Scott punching Liam
Most Fashion Forward - Malia's safety goggles
Biggest Woo Hoo - the Jeep joins the police chase and does NOT die on the way
Biggest Bwah - Nelson's naked distraction
Biggest Face Palm - Stiles falls out of the body bag
Biggest What the Heck? - all the plan works until there's no key card and no one knows how to pick a lock
Biggest Hmm - Why did Valack wait so long to drill into Lydia?
Biggest History Lesson - Theo talks Soviet survival in World War II
The "Not Even Close" Award - Parrish says this is the worst plan he's ever heard. Oh Parrish, you weren't privy to the utter genius of the teen armored car heist plan. Nothing beats that.
The "You Know Him So Well" Award - Parrish just assumes Stiles stole the keys
The "We Interrupt This Broadcast…For No Reason at All" Award - Why were Deucalion and Hayden even in this episode? The big reveal could have waited until next time.
The "Are You Deaf?" Award - How is it possible that these guards can't hear these three clowns whispering?
The "Are You Kidding Me?' Award - Trepanation is still considered a viable treatment? Where?
The "It's About Time" Award - the 2 timelines have finally merged
The "Save Yourself the Time and Death" Award - just head straight to Hill Valley hospital. Do not detour at Beacon Hills Memorial. Do not pass Go.



Best Quotes-

1. Liam: "You still mad at me?" Mama McCall: "No, but if you try to kill my son again I'll put you in one of these myself."
2. Theo: "I still need to graduate." Stiles: "No, no, what you need is to be beaten severely with a lead pipe wrapped in barbed wire." Theo: "Okay, I admit that mistakes were made." Stiles: "Murders. Some murders were made."
3. Malia: "You did it before. You had to learn how, right?" Kira: "Actually no. It just happened." Malia: "How did you learn to fight with the sword?" Kira: "That just kind of happened too." Malia: "So you've never worked for anything and basically you're a cheater?"

4. Stiles: "My dad's got the lab working on the shoeprints but we're both kind of mystified about how giant clawed werewolf feet turn back into pair of sneakers." Scott: "Argent said it would be unlike anything we've ever seen before." Stiles: "Did he say it was going to defy the laws of physics?"
5. Parrish: "Is the Sheriff on board with this?" Stiles: "How do you think I got the keys?" Parrish: "I thought you stole them." Stiles: "While that's a perfectly reasonable assumption, I did not steal them."



Screencaps by Wolf Donovan, Teen Wolf Tumbler, Official Teen Wolf Tumbler, Matthew Daddarios, Hypable, Forever Young Adult,



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Teen Wolf - 5.16 - Bingo Card





It's a new episode so we've got a new Bingo card ready.  You can play online, print out a few choices, or create your own.  It's just as fun and half the danger of a drinking game.  Or as Merry Merino does it, mark a square and eat a cookie.  Back by popular demand, "Jeep breaks down" has been resurrected (poor Roscoe) and to make things a little easier because we want everyone to Bingo here, "Kira uses her belt sword" has been changed to "Kira uses a sword."  If all goes well tonight, this will also be the last episode for "Scott tries to get pack back together."  Make sure your card has that square on it because it's a gimme tonight.  If you have other suggestions, comment below or tweet me @dahne1.  As always, if you get a Bingo let me know and I'll shout you out on the podcast.



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One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Younger - 2.06 - Un-Jaded - Preview






Younger airs on Wednesdays at 10/9 C on TV Land



The A- Story:

Picking up where last episode left off, Kelsey is screwed. With no book from Jade and no way to get the advance back, she's seconds away from losing her new imprint. Good thing Liza is around. As the two scheme and manipulate to salvage a bad deal, it gives us the opportunity to watch Kelsey and Liza work together for an extended time again and that's always a good thing. I love how they both get to use their strengths to push for a solution although Liza does not get paid enough for the work she's doing. All in all, this is the best part of the episode.


The B-Story:

After waking up in bed with Josh, Liza realizes that her arm will not lift above her shoulder. Josh takes her to the doctor, who has a terrible yet funny bedside manner, and tells her that she has adhesive capsulitis aka 40-year-old shoulder. Yes, it's a real thing. Who knew? Josh is very sweet about it but the news hits Liza a bit harder, especially when she's trying to cover up the injury. While pretty much a toss-off plot, it does again show Josh in a good light especially at the end.


The C and D Stories:

Diana deals with an author with some very different ideas. Personally assigned to the author by Charles, she does her best to encourage and flatter but there's only so much a smart, talented woman can take. Besides, Diana is really not a "walking on egg shells" person. It was nice to see her get a bigger role in this episode, although they need to tone down her pining for Charles. To wrap the episode up, Maggie also gets a small storyline involving her artwork and Lauren. There's not enough Maggie time but Deb Mazar works what she's got like a pro.


Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - dropping dead weight
Best Scene - the phone call
Best Character Interaction - Kelsey and Liza
Best Manipulator - Kelsey, who screws…
Best at Shoveling Bull - Diana
Best Reference - Flashdance
Most Insane - Hugh
Most Pragmatic - Maggie
Worst Dinner Conversation - urinals and tampons
Worst Bedside Manner - Dr. Kigner
Biggest Schmuck - Brad Westlake
Biggest Facepalm - Diana wants to screw…


Best Quotes:

"30? Who are you kidding?"
"But I guess we can chalk it up to a learning experience with some enjoyable fringe benefits."
"But what about your Hindu goddess?" "I have to say she looks pretty damn good in cashmere."
"I loved you in Flashdance."
"I'm sorry you had to hear all that." "Oh, it's okay. Uh, we better get busy though before you just fall apart."
"It's like she's been writing her autobiography 140 characters at a time."
"What sort of sexual wizardry did you perform on me last night?" "If anyone was doing any wizardry, babe, it was definitely you."
"You know what they say. What does a lesbian bring to a second date?" "A U-Haul."
"You would prefer me not to break your arm?" "I would prefer that, yes."
"Your wish is my command." "Wait. I didn't just make you feel dominated, did I?" "No, no, just an expression."



Don't forget to check out Younger on Wednesdays at 10/9 C on TV Land



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About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Last Week in TV - Week of Jan. 31 - Reviews and Episode Awards





Hello and welcome back to Last Week in TV. I apologize to everyone who commented last week. I usually try to respond to every comment but work required extra hours on multiple days. I will try to read and respond later because I am interested in what you think about shows. This week was definitely a better TV week for me. So much so that it was difficult to pick just one episode to be Episode of the Week. I waffled back and forth between The 100 and Teen Wolf but since Teen Wolf got it not too long ago and this is the first really strong episode of The 100, the honor goes to it. Other shows like Galavant also had strong candidates. While I will miss it next year, at least it ended on a high note. The X-Files certainly wins for the most bizarre episode of the month and possibly the 2015-2016 season. As for this week, Heroes is the nominated episode, which ought to be interesting since I've only seen the pilot of Heroes Reborn and nothing else in the franchise. If you'd like to nominate an episode, just fill-in the short 2-question form below. Thanks to everyone who has already nominated. There is a great variety in the selections so far. I look forward to the time that the random number generator chooses your nomination. Until next week, don't forget to leave your comments and episode awards . As always, happy TV viewing.






Episode of the Week



The 100 - 3.03 - Ye who Enter Here

Woo hoo! The 100 is back to its former twisty intrigue and I couldn't be happier. This is more like it. If this episode could be summed up in two words, they would be plot twists - as in one right after another until I wasn't sure who was doing what to whom. I never saw the destruction of Mount Weather coming until the panel came off. That was brilliant and upped the stakes of the coalition without causing us to mourn the people who died. After all we only knew Gina for 2.3 minutes and the others less than that. Unless Monty's mother died. Then I'll have issues. Clarke and Lexa had particularly fantastic interactions and it proves just how well The 100 does female characters. The tension between them was earned and in the end, seeing Clarke do what needed to be done in order to best serve her people was exactly what good leadership is all about. Similarly it was nice to see Kane interacting so well with the grounders. He really is the best candidate for the job of Chancellor right now and Abby realizing that and being willing to hand over the reins to Kane shows what a great leader she is too. Still the best character interaction of the night goes to Sinclair and Raven . Generally I like Raven best with Abby but Sinclair was able to get through to her in a way that Abby couldn't because he speaks her language. I'm hoping for more scenes with Raven and the adults. Overall this is The 100 that I fell for back in the 5th episode and I am so glad that it is back.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - plot twists / absolutely no Jasper, Jaha, or Murphy - woo hoo!
Best Character - Sinclair
Best Character Interaction - Clarke and Lexa
Best Pep Talk - Sinclair to Raven
Best Twist - Ice Nation sets the mountain to self-destruct and everyone in there dies
Worst Plan - moving farm station into Mount Weather under Pike's leadership
Biggest Hot Head - Pike
Biggest Voice of Reason - Titus
Biggest Betrayal - Echo since the assassin is not at the summit but at Mount Weather
Least Surprising - Lexa throws the envoy from Ice Nation off the tower
Most Impressive - the city of Polis
Most Reliable Technology - How exactly did a working watch make it through the apocalypse and a century? That's some battery.
Dumbest Pre-Battle Ritual - Cutting yourself so you bleed into a tin. How is having less blood supposed to make you stronger?
The "We Hardly Knew Ya" Award - I just learned your name Gina. Why'd you have to go so soon?
The "Enough Already" Award - please stop singing lady so we can get this show on the road
The "About Time" Award - IMDb kept promising me that the Ice Queen was going to be in each episode and every week I was disappointed. Now we finally have her awesome presence.
The "Not Him Again" Award - Last Douche Soldier from Mountain Weather is still alive. Urgh!
The "Welcome Back" Award - Echo

Best Quotes -
1. Lexa: "Would anyone else care to question my decisions?"
2. Sinclair: "Raven, come on. You're not fooling anyone." Raven: "I'm not trying to." Sinclair: "If this machine was broken and you knew there was a way to fix it, would you not do it because it might be hard? Why the resistance? You think you deserve this pain. That this is your cross to bear for your mom, for Finn, for all you've been through. It's not. You deserve more and with the medial equipment in this building, Abby can help you. Let her." Raven: "What if she can't? What if I'm just broken?" Sinclair: "I took a chance on a zero-G mechanic with a heart defect. Why don't you take a chance on her too?"
3. Sinclair: "We'll keep working the tech angle. Hopefully one of us will get lucky." Raven: "Like that's ever happened."
4. Lexa: "You're angry Clarke but I know you. What you've done haunts you and it's easier to hate me than to hate yourself." Clarke: "Oh I can do both."
5. Octavia: "Then we can finally get out of here. I'm sorry, Bell, but I don't fit in here." Bellamy: "If you need to leave, I get that but you'll always fit in with me."



Nominated Show



ER - 6.14 - All in the Family

I'm not generally into medical shows so apart from the first 2 episodes, I missed the ER craze. What I remember the most was how amazed people were by the rapid pace and how they tracked multiple hospital stories at the same time. That is now so old hat that it would be more shocking NOT to see that in a medical drama. Over a decade and a half later, ER is still influencing how hospital shows on TV are made. It's easy to see why. There's a rush of adrenaline throughout the episode and the pacing goes so fast that the 44 minutes seem over before they began. Still the problem in being the prototype is that stories that once felt new are no longer novel. In this one a crazy patient stabbed and killed one of the hospital's own. Coincidentally, I just saw this exact same plot in the latest episode of Code Black, except I knew those characters so the death had more of a punch to me. I think by not knowing Lucy as well, the episode lost some of its emotional heft that I am sure left audiences stunned and saddened when it aired. If I remember right, that was a trademark ER move that lives on in the Grey's Anatomy's of the day. In the end if you love medical dramas, ER should be on your to-watch list because it is the one that started them all and left a legacy of fast paced dramas, with or without the hospital setting, on TV. Because so many shows emulate it, it has aged remarkably well.

Grade: B-
Ranking - 2
Audience - Those who love medical dramas or anyone who wants to see their favorite stars of today in their earlier years. It's amazing how many people starred or guest starred on this show.

Best Reason to Watch - Kerry Weaver having a hard time getting through the day's events
Best Silent Moment - Greene takes a moment to sigh before the grind of another trauma starts
Worst Part of the Job - telling people their loved ones are dead
Toughest Scene - the nurse tells the group at the diner that Lucy is dead and what was joking all goes silent
Least Appropriate Time - Why are you playing the Blame Game right now? There are far more important things to do when two of your own are in critical and there may be a deranged patient roaming the halls.
Most in Need of Being Cloned - Dr. Benton, who is needed to work on two patients at the same time
Most Awkward - the silence while scrubbing up
The "Oh Poor Baby" Award - just when you think Lucy is out of the woods, complications
The "I Feel For You" Award - Like Kerry, I felt an urge to vomit during the chest opening scene. Blech.
The "Well There Goes the Party" Award - nothing like your own people being stabbed to ruin your night
The "Doctors are a Rare Breed" Award - The first thing I want to hear a doctor say is that I'm going to be alright, not a list of what they've done to me. First things first and all.
The "Welcome Back" Award - Kellie Martin from Life Goes On and Christy / Ming-Na, who is a little strange to see with a stethoscope instead of kicking butt on SHIELD / Liza Weil from Gilmore Girls and How to Get Away with Murder / Noah Wyle from The Librarians / David Krumholz from Numbers / so many more

Best Quotes -
1. Claire: "Was there a bomb scare or something?" Greene: "I wish."
2. Benton: "Carter, don't worry. I'm going to explore the abdomen. I'm going to check out everything, okay?" Carter: "I'm glad it's you." Benton: "Hey, I'm getting you through this man. You hear me?"
3. Romano: "Don't worry, Ms. Knight. We've put far too much time and energy into your training to lose you now."
4. Doctor: "Well he could have lived without a kidney. I just didn't want to have to tell him."
5. David: "Her father passed on?" Isabelle: "No, he was still alive the last I heard." David: "Oh, I'm sorry." Isabelle: "Oh don't be. It wasn't your fault."



Guest Reviews



Jane the Virgin – 2.10 – Chapter 32
BY Emma

While season one focused on the medical mistake that left Jane accidentally artificially inseminated, how it affected her life and finally the birth of Mateo, this season has moved past the love triangle and opened up the stories to include more characters and more parts to Jane’s life. The common themes in this week’s episode were relativity and starting over which made for some great character interactions. Everyone has junk they are dealing with and sometimes we get so caught up in our own stuff that we don’t stop to think about what the person we just unloaded on is going through. In this episode, all of our main characters had to get through something that was traumatic to them. Jane lost all the work on her graduate thesis and is overwhelmed by the thought of dating. Rafael was drugged by his mother after she reveals herself as the crime lord Muter. Rogelio struggles with his parent’s divorce at the same time his parent’s struggle with starting over after forty years of marriage. Petra had preterm bleeding and after a previous late term miscarriage, was terrified by the possibility she could lose one or both of the babies. Finally, Michael had to come clean about all the illegal things he’s done, even if they were done for the right reasons. You’re probably thinking this is super depressing, and it probably would be if it wasn’t for the great character interactions that resulted from these trials. Jane gets advice from her advisor that helps her write better than what she lost and Abuela helps her see that dating may seem overwhelming but she is more than just a student and mother and a healthy relationship is worth the time she will put into finding it. Rafael and Petra had a wonderful scene where they picked names for the babies (it kills me that they didn’t share!) and realized that even though they had terrible parents, they can and will be better parents to their girls. Rogelio and his parents clear the air over all the past hurts and Xo has a wonderful scene with Liliana that I never thought would’ve been possible given their history! Lastly, Michael’s admission to everything he did led to a break in the Muter/Sin Rostro case that they wouldn’t have had before. This show has more heart than all the other shows I watch combined and there were so many great moments here that you really just need to watch for yourself to truly appreciate.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch – too many “Awww” moments to count
Best Scene – Rogelio and his dad’s heart to heart / Xo and Liliana heart to heart
Best Teacher Advice – stop trying to recreate what you lost; what you come up with instead may be better
Best Abuela Advice – be picky
Best Facial Expression – Adriana’s “Or Else” look
Best Kept Secret – the baby names Petra and Rafael liked
Most Relatable – Jane losing all her work on her computer
Most Awkward Confession – Jane telling Rafael that her best friend ambushed her with a blind date
Most Heartbreaking – Rafael changes his text to say what Jane needs to hear, not what he wants to say
Biggest Scare – Petra bleeding when she is only in the second trimester
Worst Idea Ever – Rogelio making his mom his manager (again)
Worst Date Ever – skate park, only to find out your date already has a girlfriend
Worst Slang – Rando
The “Who’s Watching the Kid?” Award – surely Mateo was showing signs of crawling before he took off
The “Welcome Back” Award (character) – Nadine
The “Welcome Back” Award (actor) – Diego Boneta from Scream Queens and PLL

Best Quotes:
1. Lina: “I’m serious. When was the last time you got any action? Virgin action even.”
2. Jane: “Alright, where are all these exciting prospects I was promised?” Lina: “Have two more drinks and they’ll start to appear.” Jane: “I’ll take a shot then, for efficiency.”
3. Abuela: “Wow, look at all these guys. It’s like shopping on Amazon.”



Suits - 5.12 - Live to Fight
BY Laura Markus

This was nowhere near as good as last week's episode, but there were a couple of scenes of enjoyment to be had. The episode revolved around Donna, who I feel has gotten less and less in-character as the seasons go by. We got some insight into her childhood, mostly through getting to know her dad. I really liked her dad and if the episode chose to focus more on him and less on stupid fights and drama I probably would've liked it more. There were also way too many flashbacks. One less might've done the trick. I was looking forward to Donna and Rachel having a great scene together, but that too was squandered by horrible writing for Rachel. Mike and Harvey only had about two scenes together, and of course they were great. I'm actually starting to root for Anita, at least to shut Donna down. And the reveal of Sheila being the one who sold Mike out? That was great. Some actual logic went into this choice, and that's a relief. And the episode's ending was very intense, and was probably one of the best parts of the episode. Overall, however, the episode was boring and annoying for me.

Grade: C-

Best Reason to Watch - You can finally find out Who Sold Mike Out.
Best Scene - Just as Mike is starting to think they can win his case, Harvey comes in and tells him they're screwed.
Most Awkward Verbiage - Mike, when referring to the undercover marshal, using the phrase "rough me up".
Funniest Moment - Gretchen informing Louis that she used to play Mah-jong with Norma.
Most Annoying Scene - One of Harvey and Donna's many fight scenes, but probably their flashback one was the most off-putting.
The "You Deserve Better" Award - Gretchen. She's way too good for Louis, and Harvey for that matter.
Most Deserving Of Credit - MIKE, for goodness sake. Donna thanked Harvey at least three times when it was Mike's idea all along to help her dad be free of charges.
The "Oh, Cr**!" Award - Jeff getting in Mike's face. Clearly this is a recurring theme in Suits.
The "Welcome Back" Award - Rachael Harris as Sheila Sazs and D.B. Woodside as Jeff Malone.

Best Quotes:
1. Anita: "Why the hell isn't he [Gerard] here right now to verify this thing?" Harvey: "Because that kid [Mike] cares more about Donna Paulsen than he does about himself."
2. Gretchen: "When Jack Soloff nominated Mike Ross for partner, I know it hurt Harvey a little because he wanted to be the one to do it."
3. Harvey: "Son of a b**, it's Henry Gerard." Mike: "Harvey, if Gerard was gonna say something, why would he wait until now?" Harvey: "I don't know, but it's the only GD person it could be." Mike: "Alright then, I'm gonna go and see him." Harvey: "And do what?" Mike: "I gotta get to him before Gibbs does. Get him to recant." Harvey: "This isn't testimony; it's a tip to a crime you actually committed." Mike: "I don't care! We have leverage on Gerard." Harvey: "Were you in there? This woman has her sights on both of us. You go up to Boston, she's gonna have her people crawling all over Harvard, and you're gonna be the one who lead her to Gerard." Mike: "I can't just sit here and wait for the sword to drop." Harvey: "Wait a second...you can't go there, and I can't go there. But I know someone who can."
4. Harvey: "You're even lower than I thought you were. And I didn't think that was possible." Anita: "Coming from someone with your moral compass, I'd take that as a compliment."



New Shows



You, Me, and the Apocalypse - 1.01 / 1.02 - Pilot / An Erotic Odyssey

Note - I am reviewing the original airing from Sky TV instead of the NBC version.

In British terms this is a bit too cheeky for me, although I expect it has been toned down for broadcast TV. Cursing priests and sex in the street do nothing for me and much of the humor is overplayed. There's also a ton of character setup in the first two episodes that drags the show pacing down. Things start to connect better in the second episode but for the most part they are still a bunch of different stories inhabiting the same setting. For instance, I have no idea how Celine ends up in the same bunker as the rest of the cast nor why they made the bunker for so few people anyway. You'd think they would have stockpiled many of them all over the place if they were going to build one at all. I guess it's up to the survivalists now. Surprisingly Megan Mullally is the breakout star here even though she plays the worst character, a Neo-Nazi prison gang leader named Leanne who takes the hapless Rhonda under her wing. I didn't even recognize her. It was her voice that finally clued me in. The other characters are still finding their footing, although Jamie's best friend Dave is a lot of fun. I'm not sure if this show will get better but in a crowded TV season, I don't have time to find out. This is dropped unless I hear great things about it later.

Grade: C
Ranking: 2-
Audience - those who enjoy laughing at the end of the world and have patience when it comes to plot

Best Reason to Watch - Megan Mullally
Best Reference - the Teen Wolf movie
Biggest Douche - Jamie to Dave
Biggest Idiot - Rhonda, who ticks off 2 gangs because she doesn't believe she's going to stay in prison
Biggest Face Palm - Jamie won't cut through the field because he doesn't want to mess up his paint job
Most in Need of Picking Better Comedies - Rob Lowe, who goes from the mess that is The Grinder to the mess that is this show
Most Common Sense - Dave at most turns
Most Awkward - interrupting the elderly couple having sex in the middle of the road
Least Surprising - Dave's tale about his father
The "Welcome Back" Award - Rob Lowe from the 80's and West Wing / Megan Mullally from Will & Grace

Best Quotes -
1. Leanne: "How'd you know they aren't professional rapists?" Rhonda: "I don't think that's something you can get paid for."
2. Rhonda: "So you're NOT a white supremacist?" Leanne: "No, I am. I just ain't dumb enough to think this is a good look."
3. General: "You think when Roosevelt greenlit the Manhattan Project he knew the details? You think when Kennedy promised there'd be a man on the moon by the end of the 60's he had any idea how? Now these are great men. They announced the intention then made it happen and that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna tell the world we're gonna save the world and then we work out how we do it."
4. General: "Mr. President, this is Scotty McNeil from the Special Situations group. That's our Apocalypse Planning Department." President: "We have one of those?"
5. Celine: "God led me to your door. I won't let him down and I won't let you down." Jude: "What if I let you down?" Celine: "It's okay. I have very low expectations of you."



Weekly Shows



Agent Carter - 2.04 - Smoke and Mirrors

While not quite as interesting as Dottie's back story last year, it was good to know more about Whitney Frost. She's easily the best new character this season, if only because Jarvis' wife has played least in sight for these last few episodes. (We really need her back.)I like that she's a genius who also manipulates the gender restrictions of the day to her advantage and rises above her circumstances. In many ways, Carter and she faced the same problems growing up although they went after their goals in different ways with different possibilities presented. I have to admit that I liked Whitney's flashbacks better than Carter's because I couldn't reconcile the Carter in the past with the kick butt, fierce warrior of the future. The idea that Carter would actually turn down the spy training would never have crossed my mind. It boggles the imagination. The flashbacks also slowed down the pace a bit and yet they stopped far sooner than I wanted them too. I want to see Whitney creating and follow her trek to Hollywood. Does her husband know she's the brains behind their company or is he such a self-absorbed jerk that he still doesn't see all her assets? I'm still hoping she'll dump him and try to rule the world like a good supervillain.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - back story
Best Scene - Whitney takes out the assassin in front of her husband, no longer playing games
Best Dichotomy - the childhoods of Carter and Frost
Best Expression - Jarvis right before he faints from the tranquilizer
Best Back Story - Carter's brother recommended her to be trained as a spy and he's the reason she joined
Biggest Schmuck - Frost's husband
Biggest Say What? - I don't even recognize this version of Carter. I can't see her as ever turning down a chance to be great.
Least Surprising - the brother died
The "Welcome Back" Award - Samaire Armstrong from Resurrection

Best Quotes -
1. Fred: "So Michael, tell me. How goes it at the front?" Michael: "Well there are lots of Nazis there and they tend to shoot at you a great deal. Apart from that, the scenery's splendid."
2. Calvin: "What are you?" Whitney: "Whatever I want."
3. Jarvis: "I trust you have operated a tranquilizer rifle before?" Carter: "I can’t say that I have. Why on earth have you?" Jarvis: "On occasion, wrangling Mr. Stark's animal preserve requires a ruthless hand." Carter: "Not the flamingo." Jarvis: "The koala. It's adorable appearance belies a vile temperament."
4. Carter: "I had to give you some plausible deniability. You've already enough blowback from the SSR on my account. I already ruined your proposal. If I can contain the mess on the rest of your life, the better I'll sleep." Sousa: "Well I'll sleep better if you'll stop pushing me away and let me help you. So what do you got planned for Rufus Hunt?" Carter: "I was thinking I'd kill him."
5. Michael: "This isn't what you want." Carter: "What is it that you think I want?" Michael: "The same thing you've wanted since you were a little girl - a life of adventure." Carter: "I've grown up. My dreams changed." Michael: "No, you've just let everyone else drum them out of you."



The Big Bang Theory - 9.14 - The Meemaw Materialization

This episode disappointed me because I had been looking forward to meeting Sheldon's Meemaw since the early seasons. The parents on this show are usually great but Meemaw wasn't at all funny. Plus it felt like the actress was overprojecting her lines, which bugged me. I wanted her to bring the funny, not the criticism which left me wishing she'd leave and not come back. I get that she's protective of Sheldon's heart but to just jump into Amy so quickly felt bizarre as did her quick reversal after Sheldon's lame defense. The whole thing felt off and I'm not sure how much was real storytelling problem and how much was blown expectation. Either way, I enjoyed the B story better even though I am tired of them always kicking Emily. Either make Raj happier with her or cut bait on this relationship because he's really a douche about his girlfriend.

Grade: C-

Best Reason to Watch - the B plot
Best Scene - the Frozen conversation
Best New Addition - Claire, who I think would get along well with Emily to be honest
Best Reaction - Penny to Amy asking if she knew about the engagement ring
Biggest Disappointment - Meemaw, who comes off as overly critical and not so funny
Biggest Gibbs' Smack - to Sheldon for bringing the menstrual cycle into a fight
The "Hold Your Horses, Son" Award - to Raj who plans his wedding practically before he even knows the woman's name
The "Welcome Back" Award - June Squibb, most recently being fabulous on Code Black / Alessandra Tirresani from Caprica

Best Quote -
1. Penny: "What is that?" Leonard: "Roses, Ben-Gay, and Dr. Scholl's foot powder." Penny: "Yep, Grandma by Calvin Klein."
2. Claire: "We're both adults. We can still get together without it meaning anything." Raj: "Not me. Ever since you admitted we had a vibe, I've been planning our wedding." Claire: "Look, it's just coffee. I'll ask you some questions about science and if you propose, I promise to say no."
3. Meemaw: "Is that nice to say to your friend." Sheldon: "It isn't, Meemaw. Sorry, Leonard." Leonard: "Could you please live with us forever?"
4. Howard: "Here we are talking about Frozen and yet you got burned."
5. Penny: "Constance, are you sure I can't pour you some wine?" Meemaw: "Oh no wine for me. Sheldon's bringing me my whiskey." Sheldon: "Here you go, Meemaw. I made it just how you like it. A lot in a glass."



The Blacklist - 3.11 /3.12/3.13 - Mr. Gregory Devry / The Vehm / Alistair Pitt

The Blacklist is back to normal now that the plotline of Liz being on the run is over, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Pregnant Liz at the mercy of her tarnished reputation is not near as exciting and quite honestly, you'd think that everyone still saw her as a traitor instead of a victim. Did they not make that part of the press conference clear enough? Besides, shouldn't she have reporters camped around her 24/7 trying to get her story? The cases of the week varied as well. I actually liked the one with Gregory Devry best given its tie to Reddington's criminal enterprise but having Tony Shaloub back on my screen raised the grade for Alistair Pitt as well. The middle one was a bust. I'm also not at all excited about Reddington becoming even more claustrophobic with Liz in the name of protection. Their already wacky relationship is turning at creepy again and he's going to end up making Liz want Tom more if he doesn't stop pushing against it. The last thing Liz needs is psycho Tom in marriage but I need Tom on the screen. It's a tightrope best walked without Red interference. One last note - watching this in marathon again really brings out how many people Red shoots and is still exonerated for. I don't think there's a crime procedural with more blood on its hands given the agents shoot at least one person per episode too.

Grade: B/C/B

Best Scene - Liz apologizes and thanks the team for all they did for her
Best Guy Ever - Aram
Biggest Eye Roll - Red shoots the guy without any gloves and leaves the gun next to him without wiping it for prints
Biggest Moron - The FBI lady doesn't stay where it's likely safe but races right into the kidnappers. Say it with me. What. An. Idiot!
Biggest Say What? - Tom asks Liz to marry him again. What?
Biggest Overstep - Red tells Tom that he can't marry Liz and keeps isolating her in the name of protection
Most Old School - bartering your kids in marriage for the business
Most Likely to Backfire - Red getting Tom's job in Boston pulled
Most Out of Character - Why would Liz leave the notebook about the baby where Tom could find it instead of taking it with her?
Least Surprising - Liz is pregnant / Raymond kills the guy who beat up Liz
Least Healthy Relationship - Reddington and Liz, which is getting to creepy stalker level of protection again
Shadiest / Flimsiest Tie to Mytharc - Raymond says the rest of the bad guys are still going after Liz because she might know something about her mother whom she hasn't seen since she was four. That's laughably flimsy.
The "Well That's Just Disturbing" Award - smelting someone while 60's pop plays
The "Well That Came from Nowhere" Award - Did we know about Josephine before this episode? I don't remember her.
The "Just When I Thought I Couldn't Like You More" Award - Mr. Kaplan brings in a crew and listens disco while cleaning the scene
The "The World's NOT Big Enough" Award - for 2 Raymond Reddingtons
The "Welcome Back" Award - Tony Shaloub, best known as Monk / Margarite Levieva from Allegiance

Best Quotes -
1. Samar: "I'm going to go talk to the DEA and you are going to go to SwagForMommy.com and hunt for some cute onesies." Liz: "SwagForMommy.com? Who are you?" Samar: "A Jewish mother. Part of my Mosad training."
2. Reddington: "The FBI admitted to spending…what, a billion dollars on facial recognition software? Which means at least $3 billion. Honestly if I paid taxes I'd be outraged."



Code Black - 1.13 / 1.14 / 1.15 - First Date / The Fifth Stage / Diagnosis of Exclusion

Code Black continues to be the most engrossing medical show on air for me, probably the best I've ever seen even though it is getting more and more dramatic. I actually prefer the tamer stuff to the religious condemnation and mob standoffs and crazy stalker knife sprees. Just give me another great patient like Dorothy or the Lion King guy and I'll be thrilled. As for these 3 episodes, I liked the middle one best. It felt like the most normal of them, minus crazy stalker guy of course. I'm also a fan of Angus' brother in the mix. From Angus' description, I thought he would be a world class douche so it's a great revelation to see him so caring and protective over Angus. The fact that he's a patient and caring teacher as well really makes me like him. He may end up being my favorite. I wasn't thrilled though that they killed off Perello and much for the same reason I didn't like them bringing her on. Switching cast midshow never works and this whole storyline was way over the top for me. I'm also not a fan of the interview format in the last episode. It slowed the pace down to nil and for the first time I was bored in one of these episodes. Still the surprise reveal that Angus let the guy bleed out did raise the grade a lot. I'm still dumbfounded.

Grade: B-/B+/B

Best Reason to Watch - the heartfelt speeches throughout
Best Scene - Rorish forgives the man who killed her family
Best Bluff - Perello
Best Pep Talk - Angus' brother to him / Jesse to Malaya
Best Point - Heather points out that the patient's dad wears glasses
Best Sport - the woman who stays on her first date even after hearing all the bad stuff
Best Tough Guy - Perello
Best Awww Moment - Angus tells Malaya that her attacker is dead
Biggest Twist - Rorish might leave the hospital
Biggest Surprise - Hudson tells the board about Christa and him during his interview
Least Interesting Subplot - Christa and Hudson drama / the board grilling the staff
Most Honorable - Angus' brother demands that their father not pull strings for him
Most Honest - the therapist tells Rorish that she won't feel better if the therapy is working
The "Oh Poor Baby" Award - the man who lost his wife to a heart attack
The "Welcome Back" Award - Jeff Hephner of the cancelled too soon Agent X

Best Quotes -
1. Jesse: "As healers we fight death every day. That doesn't mean I'm not hoping he dies. Better for Malia. Maybe you too. You've been through a lot, Angus." Angus: "I'm okay." Jesse: "You know better than to lie to your Mama."
2. Ed: "It's just until Taylor returns. It's not forever." Rorish: "That's what they said about Afghanistan."
3. Jesse: "Don't let this change you. Don't let this destroy the goodness that's in you. That would be the real tragedy."
4. Campbell: "All surgeons are physicians. Not all physicians are surgeons." Rorish: "And all surgeons can't do what we do." Campbell: "And what is that exactly?" Rorish: "The work of a surgeon in a battlefield setting, blind with one arm behind our backs."
5. Campbell: "Protocol says she goes upstairs." Hudson: "The protocol would have killed her." Campbell: "So instead you did." Hudson: "You know we gave Gina the best chance to survive." Campbell: "And the proof of that is a dead woman."



Elementary - 4.11 - Down Where the Dead Delight

A lot of Elementary's appeal, when not including Morland, is the case of the week. This episode had 2 cases and neither were as interesting as usual. The episode starts off well with an explosion and zero physical evidence left to help solve the mystery but they identify the Jane Doe quickly and from there it's a regular case. The crazy kid with zero affect was quickly followed by the crazy detective with too many emotions, most of which don't make a whole lot of sense. She doesn't ever need to return. Once was enough. Twice was overkill. Third time will be socks.

Grade: C+

Best Reason to Watch - the Watson /Sherlock/Bell detective combo
Best Reason to Fast Forward - Detective Insanity
Best Scene - the cold open / first suspect
Best Detecting - Joan realizes the victim was a roller derby participant
Biggest Eye Roll - Why is this detective back? She wasn't interesting the first round. She's worse now.
Most Dedicated - Sherlock goes wading in the creek instead of walking around
Most Cooperative - the suspect strips down during the interview to prove he wasn't scratched by the victim
The "Say What?" Award - Does Sherlock really think the guy killed someone so that his son wouldn't? That makes no sense at all. Wouldn't a more sane explanation be that he was trying to remove the video camera, got caught, and a fight ensued or something like that?
The "I Feel for You" Award - Eugene gets a date but that date gets blown up
The "Welcome Back" Award - John Finn from the excellent Cold Case

Best Quotes -
1. Gregson: "So Neal got a taste of his son's crazy. That kind of thing normally isn't contagious."
2. Watson: "We really are living in a golden age for perverts."
3. Watson: "Spoiler alert - he gets on the A train and stays there all night."



Galavant - 2.09 / 2.10 - Battle of the 3 Armies / The One True King (to Unite Them All)

This is probably adieu to Galavant. It had a miracle renewal last year but given the even more dismal ratings this year, I don't expect another. Thankfully they didn't end on too much of a cliffhanger then. It's still a shame that so few people recognized the snarky gem of this show. Granted, the beginning of this season was hard to get through, but by the middle it was firing on all cylinders again. I love all the meta humor in Galavant, usually hidden in the song lyrics, even when I typically find it annoying in many shows since it takes me out of the plot. Here though it works well, especially in the Good Day to Die song. Nothing like having the characters point out that there's still one episode to go and they wouldn't kill the title character off anyway. I am glad that everyone but Gareth and Madalena have their happy ending. It allows for a small cliffhanger in case of a season 3 but ties up most of the main plotlines efficiently. Thanks so much cast and crew of Galavant for such a fun ride and I hope each of you rides off into the sunset of another series, preferably one with bigger ratings.

Grade: B+

Best Reason to Watch - the fun, the snark, and the meta are all back in spades
Best Bromance Moment - Gareth turns down Madalena to stay with his friend
Best Pair of Lungs - the Jester in the opening set
Best Speech - Madalena's thank you speech
Best Character Growth - Richard, who stands beside Gareth instead of behind him
Best Reaction - Madalena to Richard being the true king
Best Return - Weird Al and the Monks
Biggest Laugh - the cliffhanger sound
Least Surprising - Tad ended up actually being a dragon
Most Truth - Madalena calls out the decision to keep the main characters separate for most of the year, which was one of season 2's biggest flaws
Most Screwed - Chef and Gwynne's house is right in the middle of the battlefield

Best Quotes -
1. All: "It's a good die today." Queen: "Oh please, this isn't Game of Thrones."
2. Gareth: "Richard, stand behind me." Richard: "I will not. I will stand beside you."
3. Galavant: "It's a good day to die." King: "But we won't. There's one more episode." Galavant: "But still we could die." Gareth: "We all know that's a massive load of…"
4. Isabella: "I've spent the better part of 2 years in the same outfit. I am getting my happy ending."
5. Jester: "Thank you very much. Here all week…unless I die."
6. Sid: "Men and women of the second season, attack. If I pull this off, he's definitely giving me health insurance."
7. Richard: "Is the Pirate King with you? I love that guy." Sid: "Yeah, we couldn't afford him or the leader of the giants or Jubilee or really anyone else recognizable."



iZombie - 2.11 - 50 Shades of Grey Matter

This is not my favorite brain but we did get Peyton caught up about Blaine. Now if we can only get Liv to realize that Gilda is working for Vaughn. Then everyone's on the same manipulation playing field. Otherwise the dog tag was just a fake out and Liv was extra horny. I do like that we are getting extra Dale and Drake time though, so that's a plus.

Grade: C

Best Reason to Watch - more Drake and Dale time
Best Scene - Major tries to get the dog before the police do
Best Meta - the Kristen Bell reference
Best Gymnastics - Major, trying to beat traffic
Worst Plan - Peyton getting close to Blaine. Not a good way to end a dry spell.
Least Surprising - Liv had sex with Drake
Most Outmaneuvered - Dale takes Clive's coffee when he goes to high 5 her
Most Least in Sight - I almost forgot that Liv had a brother much less that Blaine almost got him killed
The "It's about Time" Award - Peyton finally knows who Blaine really is
The "Welcome Back" Award - Lee Garlington from Everwood / Daniella Alonso from The Night Shift and Revolution

Best Quotes -
1. Clive: "Would one of you give me a hand signal or something when you're about to say something useful?"
2. Blaine: "I told you it was a coincidence." Dale: "Seems pretty unlikely." Blaine: "Yeah, that's what coincidence means."
3. Liv: "The Upright Position as read by Kristen Bell. I've always felt a kind of connection to her."
4. Liv: "Have you guys ever wrestled? Stripped down, oiled up, seen who winds up on top?" Major: "Have we?" Ravi: "Strangely enough, no." Major: "Night's young."
5. Liv: "I'm taking advantage of you." Drake: "I don't think that's true." Liv: "Wait. I roofied you with horny librarian brain." Drake: "That's a first." Liv: "She hadn't gotten laid in years. This really isn't me." Drake: "This isn't far from me. Really I would have been willing pre-brain, pre-zombie, pretty much anytime after my 12th birthday."



Legends of Tomorrow - 1.03 - Blood Ties

I'm not ready to commit to Legends of Tomorrow yet. There's still work to be done on characters and especially dialogue but the show is steadily improving. Killing off the Hawk is a real plus so I'm hoping they don't resurrect him anytime soon. It also may make Kendra less drippy now that she doesn't have his baggage. Here's hoping that Ray is tweaked as well. He's a rare kind of good guy heart with schmucky overtones. In fact the only character I don't want to change is Sarah. She's still the most kick butt person on this team and I don't care what that is attributed to. Snart and Rory are growing on me as well, especially Rory whom I never cared for. He made me laugh several times in this. Still the weakest link is Vandal Savage himself. He's less scary than eye roll worthy and until that is fixed, the show is trudging uphill. They need to have some episodes in which he doesn't even show up - maybe taking down some underlings - so I can judge the series on its own merits aside from his eternal cheesiness.

Grade: B-/B

Best Reason to Watch - the team is starting to gel a little bit
Best Action - arms deal brawl
Best Pep Talk - Jackson to Stein / Stein to Ray
Best Reference - Asteroid videogame
Best Excuse for 70's Fashion? - all that pot smoked
Best Back Story - Snart
Biggest Douche - Rip Hunter
Biggest Bluffer - Stein
Biggest Eye Roll - the hieroglyphic poetry rhymes in English
Biggest Hmmm - Why isn't Ray covered in blood when he leaves Kendra's bloodstream?
Most Cheesetastic (good) - Rory
Most Cheesetastic (bad) - Savage
Most Likely to Kill Them All in His Earnestness - Ray
Most in Need of Patience - ALL of them because they keep making stupid mistakes when they rush
Most Likely to Appear in Magic School Bus - Ray with his trip through Kendra's bloodstream
Nicest Tech - the ship has a room that creates clothes
Dumbest Way to Bid - shooting a gun in the air
The "Good Riddance" Award - Hawkman dies
The "I'm with You" Award - Saunders isn't eager to get with Hall to fulfill some kind of destiny thing

Best Quotes -
1. Jackson: "You're screwing with history here, man." Snart: "Yeah well history screwed with me first."
2. Stein: "It's the size of an iceberg. It seems highly unlikely that you could miss it." Ray: "Heh, that's probably what they said on the Titanic."
3. Sarah: "There's no magical cure for what's wrong with me." Hunter: "Of course there is. It's called being better."
4. Ray: "I guess we're heading to the 80's. Better break out your parachute pants." Jackson: "What the hell are parachute pants?"
5. Sarah: "Well apparently there's a downside to being brought back to life. My friend Thea calls it a bloodlust and I think that's being too generous and so is calling me an animal. I'm a monster."



Supernatural - 11.12 - Don't You Forget about Me

There simply must be more Sheriff Jody on Supernatural. She is always a highlight. Even the continued suckiness of Claire can't ruin the awesomeness of Jody. And yes, Claire still sucks out loud. She did improve minutely in the end, but if she is never on my screen again she has still wasted too much SPN time. At least Dean called her out for being the ungrateful brat that she is. Alex, however, was a pleasant transformation and the biggest surprise of the night. I'm glad that she's not going to let this setback screw with her head anymore. I also loved how funny this episode was. The awkward dinner conversation made me laugh so hard I was gasping, while the Elvis burger had me face palming and totally agreeing with Sam. That looks and sounds awful. Still for all its fun, this episode did fall a little flat. Besides too much teen dramatics, I'm not sure why unless it was that Dean and Sam felt slightly sidelined and I'm never a fan of that.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - Sheriff Jody Mills, as usual
Best Scene - the rescue
Best Speech - Dean calling Claire out for being a huge brat
Best Reaction - Dean and Sam over the Elvis burger
Best Reaction #2 - the brothers devouring the chicken like it's their last meal
Best Move - the sister double team vamp beheading
Best Dad Stare - Dean to Alex's boyfriend when she says they are going to hang out
Biggest Surprise - the first suspect did it
Least Well-Adjusted - Claire, who is as bratty as always
Most Well-Adjusted - Alex, who seems to be fitting in very well these days
Most Shafted - Jody who is stuck running a halfway house for wayward teen monster victims
Newest Twist on an Old Tale - Claire, putting the modern in The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Most Awkward - Jody won't let the Winchesters leave the table when talk turns to teenage sex
The "Life Sucks" Award - Just when you think your life is getting normal, your new hot boyfriend ends up being a vampire trying to kill you. Nothing like your past coming back to haunt you.
The "Seriously…." Award - So these kids see a dead body hanging from the flagpole and their first reaction is to take a picture of it? Egads, people suck!

Best Quotes -
1. Claire: "I solemnly swear not to hunt like a dumba**."
2. Claire: "Can we talk about the body now?" Dean: "Oh I'm not even near finished. You need to show Jody a little respect. She did you a huge solid by taking you in. She got you set up in school." Claire: "I don't want to go to school." Dean: "Nobody wants to go to school, Claire. It's school." Claire: "Exactly." Dean: "My point is she's been busting her a** to get you set up with a life. She's feeding you. Hell you've got a nicer room than I do now. She kept you out of jail." Claire: "I never asked her to." Dean: "And that's what I'm talking about. You need to act like you give a cr**. You need to appreciate what that woman has done."
3. Dean: "You know there are starving children out there." Sam: "Dude, I'm not going to survive hundreds of monster attacks to get flat lined by some double doughnut monstrosity."
4. Jody: "You know I've got nothing against hunting, but if she's hiding in it because she doesn't have anything else…I'm just worried about her being so alone."
5. Sam: "Have you noticed anything weird or out of the ordinary going on in the school lately?" Janitor: "You mean weirder than a dead teacher tapped to the top of a flag pole?"
6. Jody: "Alex, you were ready to give up your life for us. That's goodness and that's what's scary about family. Gives you so much to lose."



Teen Wolf - 5.15 - Amplification

Season 5B of Teen Wolf continues to impress. I think Jeff Davis needs to do more B seasons because they tend to be the best. I loved how this episode started with a high energy police chase, including the Jeep, and didn't let up until the very end. Plus, this may be the first time a Teen Wolf plan went mostly right before a series finale. Kudos on the improvement in tactical thinking. Even bigger kudos to the writer for creating a plan in which all the characters are needed because of their unique skill sets. No one felt like they were just along for the ride. My favorite moment was of course Mama McCall calling out Liam for almost killing her son but the Malia and Kira scenes were awesome for the most part too. I do hope that Kira gets some self-confidence though because it is becoming exhausting to listen to her doubts every single time. Let her be the kick butt warrior she already is. However the very worst thing about this episode is Super Special Snowflake Liam being more powerful than Scott in his anger. That needs to go. Still it was tempered by the awesomeness of Scott embracing his true alpha at the end. I love that the whole pack responded and I cannot wait until they get Lydia out of there.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - the plan works, mostly, for the first time before a final in forever
Best Scene -Mama McCall takes down Liam
Best Action - Scott and Liam versus the orderlies when Scott remembers he's an alpha
Best Character - Malia
Best Moment - Scott flashes his alpha eyes to get the patient to shut up / Scott becomes his full alpha
Best Reaction - Scott when Liam says Mama McCall is still mad at him
Best Visual - a flying, flaming Parrish / Malia's safety goggles
Biggest Face Palm - Stiles falls out of the body bag
Biggest Woo Hoo - the Jeep joins the police chase and does NOT die on the way
Biggest Bwah - Nelson's naked distraction
Biggest What the Heck? - all the plan works until there's no key card and no one knows how to pick a lock
Biggest Hmm - Why did Valack wait so long to drill into Lydia?
Biggest History Lesson - Theo talks Soviet survival in World War II
Most Likely to be Scarred for Life - the kid that Scott shows his fangs to
Most Likely to be a Personal Trainer - Malia, who isn't afraid to get tough and can still pep talk
Most Interesting Reveal - Stiles was there listening to Lydia talk to Valack
Most Vicarious Thrill - Scott punching Liam
The "Not Even Close" Award - Parrish says this is the worst plan he's ever heard. Oh Parrish, you weren't privy to the utter genius of the teen armored car heist plan. Nothing beats that.
The "You Know Him So Well" Award - Parrish just assumes Stiles stole the keys
The "We Interrupt This Broadcast…For No Reason at All" Award - Why were Deucalion and Hayden even in this episode? The big reveal could have waited until next time.
The "Are You Deaf?" Award - How is it possible that these guards can't hear these three clowns whispering?
The "Are You Kidding Me?' Award - Trepanation is still considered a viable treatment? Where?
The "It's About Time" Award - the 2 timelines have finally merged
The "Save Yourself the Time and Death" Award - just head straight to Hill Valley hospital. Do not detour at Beacon Hills Memorial. Do not pass Go.

Best Quotes-
1. Liam: "You still mad at me?" Mama McCall: "No, but if you try to kill my son again I'll put you in one of these myself."
2. Theo: "I still need to graduate." Stiles: "No, no, what you need is to be beaten severely with a lead pipe wrapped in barbed wire." Theo: "Okay, I admit that mistakes were made." Stiles: "Murders. Some murders were made."
3. Malia: "You did it before. You had to learn how, right?" Kira: "Actually no. It just happened." Malia: "How did you learn to fight with the sword?" Kira: "That just kind of happened too." Malia: "So you've never worked for anything and basically you're a cheater?"
4. Stiles: "My dad's got the lab working on the shoeprints but we're both kind of mystified about how giant clawed werewolf feet turn back into pair of sneakers." Scott: "Argent said it would be unlike anything we've ever seen before." Stiles: "Did he say it was going to defy the laws of physics?"
5. Parrish: "Is the Sheriff on board with this?" Stiles: "How do you think I got the keys?" Parrish: "I thought you stole them." Stiles: "While that's a perfectly reasonable assumption, I did not steal them."



The X-Files - 1.03 - Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster

That was so incredibly bizarre that I don't even know where to start, except I laughed the whole way through. Guy was a delight and Mulder's interactions with him were strange even for the X-Files standards. The psychologist felt like he stepped straight out of Twin Peaks, another Duchovny show to be resurrected from the dead. The only real problems I have with this episode are that there wasn't enough Mulder and Scully time and Guy's story took forever and a day. I can do strange but not for half the episode. It started to get boring in parts, which dropped the grade a bit. Oh and I don't need to see Porno Scully ever again. Keep it in your fanfic, writers.

Grade: B-

Best Reason to Watch - it doesn't get any more bizarrely funny than this episode
Best Moment - the headstone is in memory of Kim Manners
Best New Character - Rumanovitch, the crazy and self-prescribing therapist
Best Reference - Queequeg
Biggest Hypocrite - Mulder chastises Scully for approaching the suspect without backup and then goes to the cemetery by himself to interview the suspect
Least Smart - Why exactly did Scully let herself be roped if she knew the guy was the killer? That could have gone wrong in so many ways. Something is up with Scully.
Least Likely to Get a Word In - Scully, since Mulder is talking for himself and her
Most Likely to Win at Darts - Mulder, who must have the sharpest pencils on the planet
Most Kickbutt - Scully
Most Bizarre - the now human version of the lizard man, who is concerned about saving for his retirement and hates his job at the phone company
Most likely to Get a DWI - Mulder, racing to Scully after passing out drunk
Most Creepy - the motel manager and his Peeping Tom hallway
The "There's an App for That" Award - Mulder, you may want to try these new apps out BEFORE you're on the case. Just saying. Before you give away your location to the local monster population in a chase.
The "I'm with You" Award - Scully, I much prefer my Mulder to be excited with a theory than glum and laissez faire about everything too
The "Welcome Back" Award - Kumail Nanjiani from Silicon Valley and Community

Best Quotes -
1. Scully: "Mulder, the internet is not good for you."
2. Scully: "Yeah, this is how I like my Mulder." Mulder: "So you're agreeing with me." Scully: "No, you're bat cr** crazy."
3. Hooker: "The thing I saw only had 2 eyes and it was wearing underwear." Scully: "Boxers or briefs?"
4. Mulder: "Not everything can be reduced to psychology." Rumanovitch: "That's what you think."
5. Scully: "Uniqueness of the wounds, Mulder, implies a human element." Mulder: "Oh Scully, I gave up profiling before I gave up monsters. You've seen one serial killer, you've seen them all." Scully: "Mulder, I can see that you're going through a questioning phase of some sort, but people have been killed here and if we can help stop that and save some lives, I think that is an unquestionably worthwhile thing for us to do. Regardless of whether the thing we find is animal or human or otherwise."



Younger - 2.05 - Jersey, Sure

Last episode, I lamented the lack of strong relationship moments in lieu of cheap jokes and double entendres. No such problem here. This episode may be the single best Josh and Liza episode yet. I'm no shipper but even I was rooting for this couple at the end. In fact, I've never liked Josh more. He shows a maturity that has been lacking before and his ability to roll with situations makes him better able to cope than Liza. Josh looks for the good, the adventure, in things while Liza sees the problems, which culminates in Josh being the voice of wisdom. I really like how they are developing his character this season. The B story line is less exciting, mostly because Jade is a huge part of it. While she was irritating in the last episode, she's downright obnoxious here. Still it leads to one of the driest Diana comebacks ever. Miriam Shor does dead eye sarcasm so well. Kelsey though is NOT amused but at least we get extended Kelsey and Lauren time.

Grade: A-

Best Reason to Watch - Josh
Best Scene - Liza's Risk explanation to Maggie
Best Character Interaction - Liza and Josh
Best Hardball - Kelsey threatens Jade's agent's commission
Best Reference - Risk, the game
Worst Night - you know it's a bad evening out when you resort to pot to make it bearable
Least Surprising - Jade's little twist
Most Excited - Josh about New Jersey and the trellis
Most Willpower - anyone who doesn't immediately Google truffle butter when the episode ends (I didn't, mostly because I knew I wouldn't be able to unsee whatever it was.)
Most Annoying - Jade
Most Screwed - Kelsey
Most Mature - Josh
Biggest Problem - Caitlin
Biggest What the Heck - Why would people ever spend that much money for a burger?
The "I Don't Get It" Award - I'm not sure a trellis is worth celebrating for any reason, even if it's pretty cool looking
The "You're Probably Right but Stuff It Anyway" Award - Michelle

Best Quotes -
1. Liza: "Alright here are all the people who know me as a 40 year old mom from New Jersey. Now this seemed like a fairly harmless distant group of people but as it turns out it was really a dormant sleeper cell that just got activated by my daughter. Now over here are all the people who think I'm a 26 year old publishing assistant. I like to think of these people as a nuclear power plant that's like gonna explode at any moment." Maggie: "You know that's not how you play Risk but go on."
2. Maggie: "Your life is not a board game. It's a spider web." Liza: "Then I should be okay, right? Because I'm the spider." Maggie: "I think you're also the fly."
3. Josh: "Come on. If we're gonna have this relationship, we have to talk. You can't hide from everything."
4. Diana: "Well the book signing should be fun."
5. Maggie: "But what about me? Why am I not on the board?" Liza: "Because you're home. You're the safety zone."



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she recaps, reviews, and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, The 100, Grimm, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, live tweets a multitude of shows each week, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted", Sleepy Hollow "Headless" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Currently she writes a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."
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