Once Upon A Time (ABC) – Sundays at 8/7c
Episode 6.02 “A Bitter Draught”
“Well, I didn’t know he was in Storybrooke… and do you really want to hear about every time I tried to kill you?” – Regina
This week, Regina, David, & Snow lead the town in protecting everyone from The Count, a man that Regina once hired to kill them. I found this to be the most intriguing and entertaining of the story lines that we followed this week, especially given the comedy in the situation (see quote above).
Regina is also reunited with Evil Regina. Thank goodness that wasn’t dragged out any longer than it needed to be. I have a thing about this show doing that so, yeah, I was happy when the two met again. Am I happy about Evil Regina coming back only to say she’d be happy watching Good Regina ruin everyone’s happy endings?
Eh. I get it, I do. The evil side of her will never die and Evil Regina is that manifestation so it can’t ever be gone, so yeah, of course she had to come back. But once she’s back, what to do with her? Well, egg on what will always exist, of course. Get Regina to embrace both the good and evil sides of her, of course. So while I’m in general maybe a bit tired of Regina’s struggle with evil as a viewer (because she’s good dangit and she’s earned it at this point!), I creatively do get the decisions being made here and am very intrigued, patiently awaiting what comes next.
Other stuff happened too. Though I can’t tell you what I didn’t like more, Emma boring me to tears in therapy or being totally disturbed by Evil Regina trying to hook up with Rumple. Um, please no, thank you. The latter though I guess you could say I didn’t like more because, just no. As for the former, it actually led to Emma saying that she thinks the person who killed her in her dream was Regina. Okay. So now we’re getting somewhere. But it literally took the end of the episode for me to care about Emma’s dream and therapy session. So. There’s that. What did you think about this week’s episode?
The Last Man On Earth (Fox) – Sundays at 9:30/8:30c
Episode 3.02 “The Wild Guess Express”
We pick up right where we left off from last week’s episode, only now the car is out of gas and the gang has to hide in a house in fear of Pat coming after them. Low and behold, they find themselves hiding in Cher’s house. Yes, Cher. I love the pop culture references on the show but this was another level. Loved it.
So with everyone afraid for their lives, Phil goes back to their house to make sure that Pat is really dead. Satisfied with what he sees, he “buries” him in a pile of garbage (the metaphor/symbolism isn’t lost on me here) and goes back to tell everyone that Pat is really dead. The problem is, his check wasn’t thorough. So. That was his first mistake. Oh, Phil and his never ending mistakes. If your first thought was, “Pat’s not really dead,” then your second must have been “This won’t end well for Phil.” Not for the whole crew but Phil in particular. He puts himself in the most ridiculous circumstances. Truly.
So he goes back to Cher’s house and tells them that Pat’s dead. Only Todd feels guilty for running over and killing another human being, so Phil lies to Todd and tells him that Pat isn’t really dead. But Todd can’t have a madman on the loose so he tells the group that Pat’s not really dead. Thus begins the vicious cycle of false security by way of Pat and Phil. Oh boy, what a cycle.
I did find it interesting in watching all of this that once Phil told Carol the truth, Carol was proud of him. I repeat, proud of him. Because, yes, he’s caused his own downfall but this time it wasn’t for selfish reasons. This time, he lied to protect Todd. His intentions were at least good which, right off the bat, isn’t really something we’ve seen before. Character growth!
So with one high comes another low. Eventually, they all go back to the old house, only to find that Pat is not where Phil left him and even to Phil’s surprise, Pat is in fact, not dead and on the loose. I wonder how much time is going to be focused on Pat being the villain. Can he change? Or will he be killed? Because banishment is not going to work on this guy. He’s a danger to everyone…and also, while he adds entertainment value, story wise, I’m already tired of him and want to move onto the next big bad. Is it just me? What do you think?
Quantico (ABC) – Sundays at 10/9c
Episode 2.02 “Lipstick”
Another absolutely fantastic episode of Quantico. If there’s only one show you choose to watch on Sunday nights, it really needs to be this one. This show is bananas and I love every single minute of it each and every week, no exceptions.
In NOW, Raina translates for the hostages who are moved to another room. If anyone tries to run, their collars will be tightened by a remote until they are killed. Whoa. That’s beyond. Ryan and Raina are standing right next to each other and bring each other up to speed on what they know. Dayana Mampasi (Pearl Thusi), Harry Doyle (Russell Tovey), Lydia (Tracy Ifeachor), Léon Velez (Aarón Díaz), and Sebastian (David Lim) – all people from The Farm – are all there but Ryan has no idea why they’re there. As they agree, six CIA operatives don’t end up in the same place by accident. As time goes on, the terrorists cycle the hostages around, Raina and Ryan agreeing that this is the terrorists’ way of implanting their own among the hostages so no one can tell who is or isn’t on their side. Raina has a dangerous plan to mark the terrorists so she knows who’s changed clothes in the next cycling. The terrorists quickly catch onto her plan and instead of killing her, they mark everyone. Raina’s question as to why they didn’t kill her was just as puzzling to me… until the end of the episode! Whoa. More on that in a minute.
Meanwhile, Alex finds a local injured officer and together, they find their way to an NYPD emergency bunker. Only the terrorists are on top of them and the officer shoves Alex inside the bunker before sacrificing himself. Things just got even realer. As Alex goes deeper into a bunker, she finds a phone to call Miranda. Miranda tells her she needs to leave the bunker and get answers. But then! But then! The end of the episode comes and we find Mirada texting one of the terrorists that Alex is inside the perimeter. No!!! Is Miranda a traitor and in on this? Or was that a “Alex is safe, don’t kill or hurt her” type of message? It would be fun to play with having the director be a traitor right off the bat as opposed to what they did in the first season when we found out at the end. But also, kind of boring because it’s expected? Even though we love Miranda and would watch her do anything, taking her out of the picture personally speaking, I think it’s boring. So, I’m hoping there’s more to this that’s better than anything that I can guess.
Before the text, Miranda and Shelby are trying to figure out how best to take action against the terrorists without innocent casualties. Miranda is butting heads with the other directors and when Shelby comes to tell her that she thinks Alex maybe inside the perimeter, she tells Shelby to keep that information between them and keep trying to reach Alex. My first thought was “OoOoOo! Miranda goes a little rogue. I like it.” But by the end, that “rogue” translates a lot differently than it originally did.
THEN, Miranda meets Alex and Ryan at a safe house to give them their last briefing before telling them she’ll be handling them off to other FBI handlers. Meanwhile, counter surveillance exercises begin on The Farm with a lesson that invisibility could save their lives while out on the field. (Cut to NOW when Alex is making herself invisible to the terrorists. Again, I love how well crafted the storytelling is on this show).
Back to surveillance exercises. As Owen (Blair Underwood) explains… The first step is learning to run surveillance detective routes (SDR) and the proper formation of the box. The rabbit is the person being followed. The eyes are the ones doing the surveillance and make up the four corners of the box. They never move from their position unless they have to reframe formation. The trigger decides to reframe formation. The trigger always has their eyes on the rabbit because they are inside the box with the rabbit and following the rabbit the most closely without getting spotted.
Their first test? Practicing in their neighboring town who knows about the CIA being there. If the neighbors spot the operatives in training, they’re out of The Farm. Whoa. If you thought that was exciting (though I knew that Own was the trigger for the exercise so it was frustrating that Alex didn’t even get that), my jaw practically dropped when Shelby found her way in the town the exercise was taking place. Shelby is Alex’s handler! And Raina is Ryan’s! Yes!!! But back to the test for a second, even though Owen being the trigger during the test was not at all surprising, I do like the contrast of this considering what’s happening in NOW when Alex is corresponding with Miranda and doesn’t realize just how close to the trigger she’s going to make herself out to be. That said, Shelby and Raina seem in the dark of Miranda’s plans so who is the trigger in this scenario?
We also discover that Alex’s roommate is Dayana. And Dayana is not interested in making friends. Okay. We also learn that Ryan’s roommate is Léon and that Léon is either hooking up with Dayana or they’re legitimately a couple. Still foggy on that one. But all in all, learned a lot, my heart was racing through a lot of it, and it’s always good to see Shelby and Raina. Also, it just dawned on me that there are more returning actresses from season one than returning actors. So, awesome women for the win! So excited for next week! Especially after that Miranda development! Whoa!!!
The Voice (NBC) – Mondays & Tuesdays at 8/7c
The blind auditions came to an end this week. Starting off with my favorite team… Maye led Adam and Miley to turn around which is who I expected to turn around for this. And she picked Miley! I’m excited to see Miley work with her! I love Maye’s voice, she has so much room to grow but her voice has that factor for me that no matter, I still love.
Next, Team Alicia. Whitney & Shannon’s “Landslide” duet had all the coaches turn around and they initially said in the interview that they wanted Adam but after hearing them, I wanted them to go with Alicia or Miley so I’m so, so, so glad that they went with Alicia. We got a snippet of Belle from Brooklyn and what I liked, I loved! Alicia and Blake turned around for Kylie and I would have been very surprised has Alicia not turned for her. I also would have been just as surprised had Kylie not chosen Alicia. Perfect match. Can’t wait to see these two work together.
Then there’s Team Adam. Johnny Rez is adorable. I am very curious to see if he makes it through the battle round. If so, I think he can totally coast through the live shows.The younger fans will love him and I can totally see why. Natasha (Candace Cameron’s daughter) sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and was beautiful!!! I am so excited to see her on Team Adam!!!
Finally, Team Blake. Blake and Alicia turned for Courtney and I really thought that she’d go with Alicia but she chose Blake, trusting his coaching style more than a new coach which is cool. I think she could go far with him or at least learn what she needs to learn from him and get out of this experience on the show what she needs to take her next step.
Scorpion (CBS) – Mondays at 9/8c
Season 3 Premiere “Civil War; More Civil War”
Scorpion is back and Paige has still made it very clear that she’s moved on from Walter who has finally opened himself up to being in love with her (but needs to, you know, tell her, and fight like never before to have her). Meanwhile, Happy and Toby are dealing with the repercussions of Happy declining Toby’s engagement and the secrecy of why (her being married already). I am dying to get more backstory on Happy’s marriage and I’m satisfied with the current friction between Paige and Walter. It’s still early on in the series for these two so as much as I want to see them together, I do really like the pacing here.
Then there’s the case of the week. I honestly wasn’t impressed with the case nor did I find the majority of it memorable. There were moments but overall, I hate to say it but it was underwhelming. It was exciting to see a familiar face though. Spencer Grammer (Greek) makes an appearance in the first hour of the season premiere.
Yep, it was a two hour season premiere. I don’t think that this needed to be a two hour season premiere. The only reason I can accept this happening is another show getting a midseason push and Scorpion needing to end a week early. I don’t know the CBS schedule off the top of my head but I’m hoping that’s the case because otherwise, this really didn’t need to come back with a two hour season premiere. Also, let it be known that a handful of years ago, I officially become extremely tired of two hour premieres/finales so I might also be biased.
Timeless (NBC) – Mondays at 10/9c
“You know we’re pretty much the same age, so you can just stop calling me ma’am.” – Lucy
In Present Day, we meet Historian and Professor, Lucy Preston (Abigail Spencer) who eventually becomes part of a special team put together to chase after a fugitive, Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnjic) who stole the state of the art time machine and have made their way to May 6, 1937 during the Hindenburg disaster. Also making up the team? 90210 eye candy, Matt Lanter who plays soldier, Wyatt Logan. And Scientist as well as Pilot, Rufus (Malcolm Barrett).
I loved the developments and world building set up so far. Most notably, even though they know (and their traveling selves know) that they’re traveling through time, they still can’t go back to any moments in time that they already went to so that they don’t interfere with their traveling selves. Also, I love that we are already beginning to see the puzzling personal implications of changing the past. Almost everything that I hoped would be tackled in the series premiere was touched upon so I couldn’t be happier. I’m very satisfied with the series premier and am highly anticipating what’s next!
I also I can’t wait to see more pop culture references pop up like Dr. Dre and Nurse Jackie from General Hospital ha ha! What a laugh. You can be whoever you want to be in the incredibly far past.
Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Eric Kripke (Revolution, Supernatural) are the co-showrunners, writers and executive producers of the show so there really was no question that I’d love this show. And boy did they deliver. Finally, One Tree Hill fans will be pleased to know that Shantel VanSanten makes a guest appearance in the first episode. I won’t be reviewing the show weekly but I will be sitting back and enjoying this one each week.
The Mindy Project (Hulu) – Tuesdays
Episode 5.01 “Decision 2016”
“So…which one are you gonna pick?” – Beverly
“Well, I don’t know. McDonalds. Ten piece mcnuggs. Quarter pounder with cheese. Big Mac? Truth is, I’ll probably get all three.” – Mindy
“No. Dr. K or Dr. C? I think those are their names.” – Beverly
In the season five premiere, Mindy finds out that Danny is getting married via the wedding invitation that comes in her mail. Not cool, Danny. Not cool. Mindy also figures out that his fiancee came to see her as a patient. Also, not cool. Annnnddd the office knows that Mindy wasn’t in Miami like she said she was but instead hooking up with Danny while the two were stuck in an elevator (see the season 4 finale). So. Mindy finally comes to her senses and kicks Jody to the curb.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s getting back with Danny. Unfortunately. So, if your sights were set on this issue being resolved in the premiere, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. It looks like it will be awhile before they get back together. I mean, they’ve got to get back together. They’re the best thing to happen to the show. To keep them apart for this long has been upsetting enough. We’ve had enough of your shenanigans, writers. Put these two back together. Enough is enough. And if Chris Messina isn’t available to play Danny in a series regular role, find a better love interest for Mindy that we can 1) actually believe and 2) like. Anyway, overall, solid episode. Not necessarily a memorable season premiere but it did give me enough laughs to feel satisfied enough with the half hour. What did you think?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox) – Tuesdays at 8/7c
Episode 4.03 “Coral Palms Pt.3”
Jake and Holt trying to lay low while the 99 team takes a road trip and makes their way to Florida to help them was the perfect way to open up the episode. After that unforgettable news segment cold open. Ha. Anyway, Jake and Holt have been so much fun to watch and this episode gives us the best of the last of the two in Coral Palms just before the 99 crew reunites. The laughs really came rolling in though after Holt impaired himself, Jake tried to help but Holt ended up removing the metal from his leg himself and sewing himself up, all while giving Jake a pep talk so he wouldn’t gag. Yep, it’s as ridiculous and absolutely hysterical as it sounds.
And then! When Amy and Jake are reunited after 6 months apart and Boyle is in the way of their first kiss in all that time? Oh my goodness. Boyle sure knows how to ruin a moment. Classic Boyle. Brings the funnies though. Meanwhile, Gina is in charge of watching Holt while the team makes a point to wrap up the Figgis case. These two just cannot sit still! Why Gina came on the trip is beyond me but Chelsea Peretti totally steals the scenes here and it actually works. Anyway, I’m glad that the Figgis story line is a closed book now. Guess that means now the focus is on the new Captain who just transferred everyone to the night shift. I suppose this means we’ll be getting at least one episode of night shift antics? One can hope. I mean, why end the episode with that big news if they weren’t going to deliver. so looking forward to seeing what the crew has been up to since Holt and Jake were away and how things pan out now that they’re back, with the new Cap in the picture for the time being. Solid episode!
New Girl (Fox) – Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c
Episode 6.03 “Single and Sufficient”
This week, I just want to share my five favorite quotes from this episode. But before I share, I just want to say that as someone who is always single, this episode which really made fun of so many single tropes, really made me laugh. Okay, here we go!
“And we have our own motto.” – Robbie
“I’m single & I’m sufficient!” – Jess & Robbie
“That’s I-S-I-S.” – Schmidt
“That’s ISIS.” – Cece & Schmidt
“There has to be people to join ISIS.” – Cece
“Oh no, no, no, no, no.” – Robbie
“Being single is a choice. Don’t single shame.” – Jess
“Now do you guys want a pdf or do you want 100 individual jpegs?” – Nick
“One hundred individual jpegs, please.” – Winston
“I heard my name a bunch of times. I mean, I could tell that you weren’t trying to call me in here but uh my curiosity kicked in, so…” – Robbie
“Nick, if this is about notes, so help me God!” – Schmidt
“I-I’m sorry, but I’m not gonna stop bugging you until you note me, Schmidt.” – Nick
“Alright, Nick, here’s a note. Stop cutting yourself off at the knees like a selfish coward.” – Schmidt
“Okay, great, great. I love the direction we’re going. We’re getting more critical. But can you refocus to the writing?” – Nick
No Tomorrow (The CW) – Tuesdays at 9/8c
“The point is, we have to stop doing all of the things we feel obligated to do and start other things that we want to do.” – Xavier
I had to keep reminding myself that this was just the Pilot and I’m not going to love everything in the Pilot and I’m not necessarily even going to get a clear vision of the show in the Pilot. Because Pilots be like that, yo.
So. That said, I think this show has lots of potential to really find its groove, build the chemistry between the two leads, have both leads be as captivating – as right now, I’m not buying Tori Anderson’s Evie, and keep doing what they’re doing comedy wise but maybe even kick that up a notch too. I love that the comedy is corny and doesn’t take itself seriously. That’s awesome. Keep it up. But even the things that I’m pointing out that need work, I don’t think I’ve pinpointed everything that needs fixing but I’m willing to watch more episodes to see where the show goes throughout its first season. That said, I won’t be reviewing this show weekly.
As for this episode? Some things I want to mention… Evie’s ex-boyfriend proposes shortly after she meets Xavier, Xavier who thinks the world will end in eight months, and then there’s Timothy who wants to spend the rest of his life (what he thinks is about 70 years) with her. After the proposal and Evie’s “I’ll think about it” response, Evie’s mom and aunt/sister/I don’t know tell her that they don’t want her to miss out on something great. The problem is, “something great” is their definition of great. They are clearly not even taking into consideration what Evie sees as great. That is such a huge problem that we project on each other, every single day. We think we know what we want but we end up settling and the one person who doesn’t settle around us, we feel we have to wrangle in to be “happy” like us. Um. No. Pass on that. Evie, do your thing.
Then, as the episode comes to a close, a pogo stick accident brings Evie to the hospital where she finds out that she’s got a heart issue. So, basically, if the world doesn’t end in eight months, she might die sooner rather than later anyway. So if there was ever a time to life like there was no tomorrow, now would be it. Now there’s no going back, no repeats of the day, only forward motion, only change. I love it. I love the message of this show more than I love the show right now but I’m hoping my love for the show will grow so I’ll stick around for now. What do you think?
Frequency (The CW) – Wednesdays at 9/8c
What a great series premiere! I remember loving the movie this was based on so I was very excited when I learned about the TV adaptation. And I’m happy to say that the TV adaptation delivers!
So we’re introduced to Detective Raimy Sullivan and info dump about her father, Frank, who left the family when she was six years old. He was deep undercover for the NYPD and got in too deep. One night in 1996, his body was found in the East River two days after Raimy’s eighth birthday. In present day, Raimy accidentally finds the engagement ring that her boyfriend was hiding. Later on, she tells her boyfriend that her father was her hero until his undercover job got the best of him.
He’s killed on October 23, 1996 at 9:12pm when the criminals find out he’s a cop. He thought it was a sting but nope, he was totally set up. Yikes. Raimy has a limited amount of time to get to Frank a message not to trust Chester or Dan. Frank never gets the message but he does know he will be killed so he doesn’t come unprepared. And because of this change of events, the entire future is changed. Now, instead, in present day, Frank wasn’t murdered but he died in a car accident 5 years prior, just after his 43rd birthday.
So Raimy got more time with her father but at a price. Raimy is the only one aware that everything has changed. Her boyfriend, Daniel is not only not her boyfriend but doesn’t even know her. Oh and that much bigger problem. Nurse Susie who worked with Raimy’s mom and went missing and was murdered in 1996 is not the same person who goes missing and is murdered in the updated 1996. It’s Raimy’s mom. I loved, loved, loved how all of this played out, especially the passing over of fate between Nurse Susie and Raimy’s mom. Wow. You have to watch to see how brilliant this Pilot is. Everything about this Pilot not only works but is really strong. And the pacing is absolutely perfect. Now I cannot wait to see what comes next. I am, so, so pumped for what’s coming next week and all throughout this season. I won’t be reviewing Frequency weekly but I will be watching!
Modern Family (ABC) – Wednesdays at 9/8c
Episode 8.03 “Blindsided”
This week, Luke and Manny each want to be the student council president and I’m Team Luke since he’s a senior and it’s his last shot. But watching Claire fight for Luke as well as Gloria and Jay fight for Manny, being those typical crazy overbearing parents and then get shamed for it in front of everyone was the ultimate “Back off and let me do my thing” for any kid in that situation. Loved it.
Meanwhile, Haley tries to get her own business as a club promoter off the ground and while both parents aren’t really digging this job that doesn’t even seem like a job at all, Phil tries to wheel her in marketing and promotion another way, only for the tables to turn on him and have Haley help him with a showing thanks to her social media skills. Pretty cool. People reject and underestimate what they don’t understand, especially older people who think they know everything, so having Haley remind her father that business is constantly evolving and she can succeed how she sees fit, what a powerful moment. I loved this too.
Finally, Alex is under strict orders from the doctor not to talk for 2 days because of her mono. Needless to say, she’s only in the first act of the episode, barely. Hmm. For my thoughts on Alex and screen time, read my last review of the show. s for Cam and Mitchell, Cam lets one of his football players going through a rough time stay in his home without informing Mitch first. Eek. Good deed but not a really well trained kid. Disaster. Mitch takes the high road and doesn’t kick the kid out and power to them, especially if they manage to teach that kid how to be a humble guest at somebody else’s home. I’d like to see the Blackish take on this because it would be gracious but a foot would be put down, for sure. Speaking of Blackish…
Blackish (ABC) – Wednesdays at 9:30/8:30c
Episode 3.03 “40 Acres and a Vote”
“We are in the last days of disco of it being cool to be black, son. They are coming for our coolness!” – Dre
Andre is trying to become the next student body President and Dre throws in all of his effort to help his son get elected. Dre is taking all of his emotions about President Obama leaving the office and putting them all into Dre’s campaign to win. It’s quite brilliant the way that everything plays out.
Who’re you calling a Rigger? Rigger what? Rigger please! I wish a Rigger would —
Meanwhile, Rainbow is grilling Zoey on her essay for her college application and the rest of the house is talking about the upcoming Presidential election. So much was tackled in this episode and it was all so true and relatable. I loved it. This episode tackled the subjects of the rigged political system,uneducated voters and voters only voting for the political party that they’re associated with without being aware of the state of the country and which President is needed to take care of those issues, white guilt, and more. It was the absolute best. This was easily one of the most memorable episodes of the series and one of my favorite episodes this season. A must see for everyone. Especially before this November’s election.
Designated Survivor (ABC) – Wednesdays at 10/9c
Episode 1.03 “The Confession”
Solid episode this week. Not as thrilling as the first two but it definitely moved the story along. So this week, we find out that a Congressman is the only survivor of over 1,000 lives lost during the attack and it isn’t until near the end of the episode that we discover he probably survived because he wasn’t there to begin with. OoOo!!! The intrigue!
But the bigger story throughout the episode happens to be the world finding out that the President essentially fired Tom on the morning before the attack. Eek. Tom handles this like a pro though which got me excited to see that he’s ready to play hardball.
Meanwhile, The White House has been hacked and a bold moves are made right over the President’s head…only this time, I like that trust is built with a letter of resignation that Tom can accept anytime. Hmm. I like that. I mean, Aaron still defied the President’s direct orders and that’s not cool. But the fact that he’s so bold as to do what he did, own up to it, and seemingly genuinely say that he’s on Tom’s side and he’s not out to get him…that’s something to take note of.
Finally, Tom decides to go with Aaron instead of Emily for Chief of Staff. Even though Aaron did what we talked about above, he’s far more bearable than Emily. At least for now. The dramatic ending at the end with Aaron taking a folder of information regarding Tom, with the dramatic music playing out the episode could mean something bad. Like Tom made the wrong decision choosing Aaron. Or it could be trickery! So, we shall see if Aaron is Tom’s new bff or a snake in sheep’s clothing.
There’s also the drug dealing son to make note of but he’s not that important right now. So… overall, great episode. The most chill of the episodes so far. Excited for next week’s episode.
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – Thursdays at 8/7c
Episode 13.03 “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker”
Wow, this one is just another solid episode of Grey’s in the books. Nothing particularly stands out, it’s just classic Grey’s working its magic. There’s an entertaining group of patients – a family to be exact get into a car accident on their way to bury their father, only to find out at the hospital that the person who hit them is their estranged sister, who they discover is pregnant and due any minute. As if that’s not enough, on the same day they were going to bury their father, their mother dies and comes back to life. So. There’s that. Great patients this week. The hospital drama was more quiet this week with Arizona back and finding out about the DeLuca incident, April being bored with mommy life, and sex talk around the hospital. Nothing else really worth mentioning. If anything, this week, the patients were the most memorable. And that’s cool. It works. I enjoyed it. Onto next week.
Rosewood (FOX) – Thursdays at 8/7c
Episode 2.03 “Eddie & the Empire State of Mind”
Annalise and Rosie head to New York to dig deeper into the unsolved case of her husband, Eddie’s murder. This is the first episode where the two have taken such drastic steps in the case, so this was really exciting to see. I loved every minute of this story line.
Meanwhile, Tara gathers up the courage to ask Pippy for help in the lab. Unfortunately, as they’re working in the lab, they’re held at gunpoint. Thankfully, Ira and Ryan, the Caps ha ha, come in just in time to handle the situation. While a scary situation, it wasn’t as tense or drawn out as it could have been. But then again, that’s not really the tone of the show. Still, it didn’t feel as complete a story as I wanted. I do like that even this didn’t bring Pippy and Tara closer. Pippy is so over Tara right now. Eek! Looking forward to seeing where they are by the season’s end.
Superstore (NBC) – Thursdays at 8/7c
Episode 2.04 “Guns, Pills and Birds”
Oh my goodness. This is truly a classic Superstore episode. This is an episode that I can watch endlessly and always laugh at. It’s beautiful comedic chaos at every moment. I love it.
A bird makes its way into the store which causes various members of the crew, including Dina and Mateo to try to contain the situation. Only instead of luring the one bird out of Cloud 9, they end up luring numerous more inside.
Meanwhile, Jonah is assigned to the gun section and isn’t comfortable selling to people he deems unfit. Oh goodness. And on the other side of the store, Glenn is wrapping his head around the store selling the morning after pill, which he’s not in favor of. Finally, there’s Amy who’s looking forward to and prepping for (by buying lots of frozen pizza) a weekend at home all to herself until there’s a snag in her plans. The comedy is grade A this week on this show and I couldn’t be happier having spent a half hour watching this show. Oh man, this was just perfect. So many one liners – and really all of the dialogue was top notch, so much physical comedy, etc, etc. I loved it all. I can’t tell you how many times I laughed because I lost count. I would buy the blu-ray/dvd of this season just so that I could have this episode in my possession.
The Good Place (NBC) – Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c
Episode 1.05 “Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis”
Chidi continues his ethics lessons with Eleanor…and now Jiayu/Jason. But Chidi is not feeling the fact that he’s in paradise and morally stuck teaching Eleanor how to be a good person, which is a full time job. I was waiting for him to blow up. He’s a good guy, but at the end of the day, he’s still human and we can only take so much. He’s done his work and earned his way to The Good Place and darnit, he wants to reap those benefits to the fullest. So the two agree to go their separate ways and pretend to be soul mates in public. Only trouble is…
Janet informs Michael that the sinkhole isn’t fixing itself. Michael is terrified at the thought of having to manually repair the damage. But he moves forward and tells the neighborhood to stay in their homes for their safety. A quarantine of sorts. So after Eleanor and Chidi have their first fight, well, they’re stuck in Eleanor’s house. Not only that, they don’t get to be real with each other since Michael stops by and asks Eleanor, as his assistant, to host the couple that lives next to the restaurant where the sinkhole was, since their home is obviously inhabitable. So the couple… Nina is a marriage counselor and Bart started a company that investigated identity theft. Ha! Of course, they find themselves in a therapy session with the two. Eleanor gets to the heart of it which is that Chidi knows that every minute Eleanor stays here is another minute he doesn’t get to spend with his true soul mate and since he was never in love on earth, it’s a pretty big deal for him. Oh, Chidi!
Meanwhile, when Michael leaves Tahani alone, Tahani clicks on a Top Secret message on Michael’s computer and finds the Neighborhood Rankings (whoa. There are neighborhood rankings!) – #2 is Jianyu Li and Tahani is proud of her soul mate being #2, Eleanor is #6, and Tahani is astonished to find that she is #321. Second to last. (So there are 322 residents in this particular neighborhood.) Yikes. It was not at all be surprising to find her low in the rankings but she’s significantly lower than the people who don’t even belong here. Why exactly is Eleanor #6? Is the neighborhood rankings screwed up too? And why rank the residents anyway if they have nothing left to prove? Are there advantages and disadvantages for those ranked high and low and in between that Michael didn’t tell Tahani about?
But then we get our first flashbacks of Tahani on earth. It appears Tahani only did the right thing because she was competing with her “amazing” sister who she was always compared to and she was trying to live up to her parents’ expectations. She wasn’t actually a good person because she genuinely wanted to do the right thing and when she was, she caved to other people’s expectations eventually, which didn’t get her anywhere either. Which is an interesting comparison to Eleanor, who may not be a good person but she is still true to herself. Hmm.
So with Eleanor resolving her issues with Chidi, the sinkhole closes up. But Michael doesn’t know how it closed up. And he is determined, as he should be, to find the cause of the sinkhole and the effect of it closing up on its own. Oh, Eleanor. This problem is only just beginning. I am so, so, so excited to see where this goes!
Pitch (FOX) – Thursdays at 9/8c
Episode 1.03 “Beanball”
“First of all, I’m not going out with Drake, I don’t even know Drake. But I’ve met you guys and I don’t care if you’re rappers or doctors, I’m never going to go out with you.” – Ginny
When the Padres play the Cardinals, Ginny must play against her ex boyfriend, Trevor, plays for the Cardinals. She takes it like a champ…it’s Trevor who doesn’t. He’s hurt her before and doesn’t want to hurt her out on the field. But her team has a settle to score with the Cardinals and she doesn’t back down. Best yet, her team is there by her side. And the crowd roars!
Meanwhile, Mike has drowned his sorrows over Rachel by hooking up with Amelia. Amelia is set on not telling Ginny and while Mike says, she’s a big girl and can handle it, he respects Amelia’s wishes. I wonder how long it will take for the ball to drop. Initially, I didn’t think Ginny would be frazzled by this news, sure she might not like it, but I didn’t think it would be as big of a distraction as Amelia believes it will be. Then, the ending of the episode came and I remembered that Mike and Ginny’s friendship is growing and Mike hooking up with Ginny’s Agent, yeah, that might stall that a bit. So yeah, Amelia’s right to not say anything but if these two are serious, they’re going to have to say something soon enough. So. There’s never really a right time to come out with relationship news but I hope it doesn’t stall Ginny and Mike’s friendship for long.
And then there’s Al who is trying to save his job. Watching him dine and wine and do all that he could in his way to keep his job was interesting. I can’t say that I fell for this storyline and felt for the guy (he’s had his run, a good one at that) but congrats to him for managing to stay in the game a little bit longer.
Finally, also worth mentioning, with Grandfathered cancelled, Kelly Jenrette has made her way to Pitch which is exciting. Her role here is more or less the same (as an assistant to Mark Consuelos’s character, Oscar) except her sexuality isn’t mentioned and the role is more serious.
Z Nation (Syfy) – Fridays at 9/8c
Episode 3.04 “Escorpion and the Red Hand”
Yeah..no… this season is just not living up to my expectations. This was the best episode so far this season and that’s not saying much. I am glad that 10K got away. I am glad that we got to see a vulnerable Warren, a leader down momentarily and her team be there for her while she was down. But aside from that…eh. I’m just not excited about this show in the way that I used to be. I used to look forward to Fridays because of this show. Now, I’m hoping that each episode will be captivating all the way through. So while I’ll still be watching the show, I can’t see myself devoting time and energy to reviewing it weekly anymore. I just don’t have the same passion for this show, that’s for sure. What did you think of this week?
Noteworthy Premieres Next Week (October 9 – 15, 2016)
10pm DIVORCE (HBO, Oct 9)
10:30pm INSECURE (HBO, Oct 9)
8pm Supergirl (The CW, Oct 10)
8pm The Middle (ABC, Oct 11)
8:30pm AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (ABC, Oct 11)
9pm Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, Oct 11), CHANNEL ZERO (Syfy, Oct 11)
8pm DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, Oct 13)
9pm Supernatural (The CW, Oct 13)
Haters Back Off (Netflix, October 14)
What are your thoughts on this week’s TV?