“It’s kind of a blessing he took my pork”

TV Show: Top Chef
Episode Title: Cooking High
Original Air Date: February 15, 2018
Episode Number: 15×11

Episode Description

The chefs are reunited with the winner of “Last Chance Kitchen” and face Padma, Tom, and chef Wylie Dufresne; the Quickfire challenge requires the chefs to prepare a dish incorporating the old saloon-slinging medicinal beverage, sarsaparilla.

My Review

That was such a tough elimination. I didn’t want either Carrie or Chris to leave and I was so surprised at my reaction when Chris got the boot. I actually started tearing up, the first time this has ever happened on this show’s elimination. What he said about gaining these friendships and that being the greatest prize was beautiful and perfect. Kudos to Chris for being a standup guy and chef. No bitterness here. If I ever find myself in Brooklyn, I will make it a point to visit his restaurant.

I had a feeling Joe Flamm was the one who would come back from LCK so I wasn’t that surprised. I like him, though, so that was great to see him get one more chance at this. Adrienne being thrilled that Joe is back is so cute. I love their friendship.

Carrie winning the Quickfire with toast (again) was pretty awesome and this was after Joe F. stole her pork. Who knew it was a blessing in disguise? I do like how quickly she thought on her toes and adapted with the loss of her protein and banged out a winning dish. She’s very talented. Even though I would have loved to have seen her cook beef Wellington, I’m glad she didn’t because the risk was way too high. Yes, it’s almost the finale and you should go all out, but it would have been seen as a bad decision if she kept to her original plan.

Adrienne! Oh, how I love her. She really has been the dark horse throughout this season and it has been such a joy to see her grow as a chef and see her come through her own and come to the realization of who she is as a chef. That dish looked and sounded absolutely delicious and should have won, in my opinion. Lobster, caviar, butter, bread. How can you go wrong with that combination?

I had a feeling Joe Sasto was going to win, though, just judging from everyone’s reactions after they ate his dish. Gail said it was one of the best dishes she’s had all season and Tom agreed. He wasn’t even able to put into words, he seemed speechless at how good that dish was. That’s two Elimination Challenges in a row that Joe has won. He seems like he’s on a roll.

I would be happy with whoever ends up winning, but my preference would be: Adrienne = Carrie > Joe Flamm > Joe Sasto. Would love to see another female chef win.

We get the Voltaggio brothers next week? Bring it on! I love those guys!

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“Consider this the black signal”

TV Show: Black Lightning
Episode Title: And Then the Devil Brought the Plague: The Book of Green Light
Original Air Date: February 13, 2018
Episode Number: 1×05

Episode Description

An unexpected phone call unearths the long-buried need for Jefferson to investigate the murder of his father. Meanwhile, Annisa wrestles with the fact that her actions have dire consequences. Lastly, Jennifer learns the importance of controlling her temper – in all situations.

>My Review

If Anissa’s going for stealth in breaking into that storage facility then she failed. The store owner where she bought those clothes will have an easy time to identify her if that break-in makes the news. In any case, I enjoyed all of her scenes, as per usual. I kinda want that store owner to be her own Gambi. Now that would be cool.

Anissa looking into her grandfather’s death is not going to end well, I think, in that it will only lead to more questions and will probably dig up a lot of bad history within the family. I wonder what Lynn would have to say if she gets wind of this. Jefferson clammed up quick and the same thing happened with the editor. Anissa should pay Gambi a visit because it seems like he had a history with her grandfather.

Jennifer defending herself against those two bullies was great. Girl’s got moves! That’ll teach anyone else not to mess with her. The breaking of the wrist might have been extreme, but still. She was just defending herself. Loved it when Jefferson smiled upon hearing Jennifer defending herself against two girls, hahaha. He looked so proud.

Jefferson, please listen to Gambi (this time anyway). Joey would have still been there the next day. Now he got his ass beaten up because he just couldn’t wait to get his hands on Joey. Good thing Joey is stupid and didn’t bother looking under the mask to find out who Black Lightning is. I’m sure when Tobias gets wind of this, he’ll probably punish Joey somehow.

Very interesting backstory there with Tobias and his sister and their horrible (step?)father. He was a piece of work. Didn’t feel sorry for him when Tobias killed him. Hell, I felt sorry for Tobias and his sister! Just this once, though. I’m sure I’ll be back to disliking them next week.

And what was that message from Lady Eve? Girl is not playing around! She wants Tobias to kill Black Lightning for good and she’s threatening to pulverize Tobias and ground his bones into ash. Damn, girl. Also, Tobias and his sister don’t age? Does this have anything to do with the experiments that Jefferson’s father was trying to investigate? Hmm.

“Is this spy shit really necessary?”

TV Show: Homeland
Episode Title: Enemy Of The State
Original Air Date: February 11, 2018
Episode Number: 7×01

Episode Description

Season 7 begins with Carrie and Franny living with Maggie’s family in D.C. Meanwhile, Saul and the federal employees detained after the attempt on the President-elect’s life are in prison; and President Keane’s administration comes under scrutiny.

My Review

Ah, welcome back, show. I might be in the minority here when I say I found season six to be quite compelling and enjoyable so I was looking forward to this show returning. The premiere didn’t disappoint. We got Carrie going on full-spy mode the entire episode without letting up and that was pretty great to watch her do her thing. It was definitely suspenseful and intense. I loved how she got rid of Dante’s tail by telling the concierge that he exposed himself, haaa.

Also loved seeing Carrie take all the necessary precautions in order not to be followed all to protect her source. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out in her favor in the end. Dante shoving her out of the way was a bit much and made my jaw drop, but I get why he reacted that way. Carrie was very much out of line and was acting irrationally and desperately during that moment, however, she didn’t deserve to be thrown on the ground.

The only thing that I wasn’t too thrilled about during Carrie’s spy game was her not making 100% sure that her niece, Josie, was out of the parking lot before she had Dante get out of the trunk of the car. Come on, Carrie. That’s just normal spy common sense! While we’re on this, I don’t see why she couldn’t have just met anywhere else instead of using her sister’s office, but I’m sure she has her spy reasons.

Can we talk about that ending? That was very suspenseful and I was fully expecting those guards to let McClendon go free or give him a pill so that he’ll kill himself in order not to have to spend the rest of his life in prison. Color me shocked when they actually poisoned him, I assume, under the orders of Keane. If this is true, my sympathies with her will have diminished even more because this is not how the civilized world handles justice.

If it’s not Keane who ordered McClendon’s death and it’s the group behind Brett (thus, killing one of their own) trying to frame Keane, then, SHIT. Whoever is behind this group must be really powerful and is the real enemy here. They won’t stop until Keane is out of the office and they replace her with one of their minions (who is Keane’s VP and what do we know of them?).

Saul rejecting David’s job offer as National Security Adviser to Keane just like that was not that surprising. We know Saul is smart and he knows that he’ll get his “demands” eventually when David goes to talk to Keane about this. I’ve no doubt we’ll see Saul out of prison next episode and then having full access to the President and working side by side with her.

Carrie’s talk with her sister was quite brutal, wasn’t it? “You better hope it’s your illness” was way harsh, but probably the reality check that Carrie needs. I believe her when she says she’s on her meds and this is not related to her illness, but I think at this point, she needs to take a step back and come up with a more solid plan to free those federal employees who were wrongfully arrested.

How great was it to see Max and Carrie still working together? Those two are just great together and truly understand each other’s whims and needs like no other. Carrie’s face when she sees the video surveillance on David’s home said it all. She was thrilled and that sort of manic look on her face was thrilling and scary to see. She has good reason to spy on David, though, because I don’t trust the guy either. Is it possible he’s working against Keane and working with the team who tried to assassinate her?

I enjoyed Keane telling David “I didn’t bring you back from political exile to be my girlfriend.” I cringed every time he called her “Elizabeth” instead of addressing her as “Madam President.” Have some respect for the office of the president, dude. And while we’re at it, when the President walks in to a room and you’re sitting down, you’re supposed to stand up. Doesn’t matter if you’re best friends with the President, protocol calls for you to stand up when the President enters the room.

Lastly, I got quite a thrill from seeing Debora Cahn’s and Lesli Linka Glatter’s names as (one of the) writer(s) and director, respectively, during the end credits. Cahn wrote quite a few of my favorite The West Wing episodes and, of course, Glatter directed several TWW episodes back in the day. TWW reunion!

“I killed your stupid kid”

TV Show: Arrow
Episode Title: The Devil’s Greatest Trick
Original Air Date: February 8, 2018
Episode Number: 6×13

Episode Description

Cayden James discovers a secret about the Green Arrow that pushes him over the edge. Knowing everyone and everything he loves is in danger, Oliver must decide if he can do this alone or if he needs to turn to his old teammates for help.

My Review

Well, that was a complete mess. Let me count the ways.

1) This fucking Quentin/Black Siren is the stupidest in the highest order. Whoever thought this was a good storyline needs their writer credentials to be revoked.

2) William was a fucking idiot for going to that theater because he wanted to be with Oliver. I kinda wish he got hurt just so he would have learned his lesson and to listen to people who know better next time.

3) The noobs are still annoying as hell and I rolled my eyes at them insisting that Cayden being captured is not going to change things, that they’ll still have their own team. Good riddance. Please have Diaz blow up their lair with all of them inside. They are the worst.

4) Not happy that Cayden James is dead and that we won’t see Michael Emerson anymore, but maybe that’s a good thing. This whole storyline was idiotic and I felt bad for Michael for having to go through this. He deserved better.

And now for the so-so things:

1) Did not see it coming that Diaz was behind Cayden’s son’s death and that this was his plan all along, to leave Star City in shambles so that he can take over.

2) Alena helping our Team Arrow was great and I want to advocate for her to be a permanent team member. Who’s with me?

And that’s it. I got nothing else.

“Could you get any more creepy?”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: Ask Him About Stella
Original Air Date: February 8, 2018
Episode Number: 4×12

Episode Description

Annalise deals with an unforeseen issue after damaging details about a key witness are exposed in her case to help Laurel. The ‘K4’ continue their efforts to help build a case for Annalise’s class action lawsuit.

My Review

That ending!!! I don’t even watch Scandal, but that ending has got me all hyped for the crossover. “How to survive a scandal.” CLASSIC. Can’t wait to see Annalise and Olivia work together to get this case heard by the Supreme Court. With Michaela and Connor and the rest of the Keating crew, they got this.

I swear, if something happens to Bonnie, I’m going to be eternally pissed at this show. You know shit is real when even freaking Bonnie is scared for her life. This is a different thing they’re all up against now. She has Denver to contend with and Jorge so she really needs to not be alone at her house now.

That was pretty badass of her to lay all her cards at the table and blackmail Denver to drop the case against Roa or else she’ll spill everything about his involvement with Antares.

Frank confronting Sandrine about Christophe made me laugh. He can be so stupid sometimes and I feel like she’s going to use this to her advantage, whatever her plan is in regards to Christophe and this whole thing. Frank, you should know better. Would be a great twist if she’s actually working to bring down Jorge behind the scenes.

I almost felt sorry for Isaac for falling down so hard that he’s almost unrecognizable, but then he started blaming Annalise for the state he’s in and I’m just like “Take responsibility for your actions, man. Not everything is Annalise’s fault.” He could have stopped seeing her as a patient, but he came crawling back (right?) because he felt himself drawn to him. Nice job, doc.

It was nice that Laurel got to finally meet her son (Christopher, aww), but that was too short. It was heartbreaking when she had to say goodbye to him. Loved Annalise’s reaction when she got the picture of Laurel and Christopher.

I want Asher to come to my house and bake for me. I wanted to try those Snickerdoodles! They looked delicious.

“We’re going to be best friends”

TV Show: Top Chef
Episode Title: Red Rum And Then Some
Original Air Date: February 8, 2018
Episode Number: 15×10

Episode Description

The chefs put their scariest nightmares on a plate in dessert form during a Quickfire set at the iconic Stanley Hotel, the site that inspired Stephen King’s “The Shining”; the chefs offer a dish to John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado.

My Review

Tom was right to give those chefs a pep talk before they started prep for the Elimination Challenge. They seem to all be content and not really haven’t raised the bar for the past few weeks and it shows in their food. Thankfully it worked because Adrienne, Joe, and Carrie made very strong dishes and I think Joe needed that talk just to boost his confidence. Same with Adrienne. Carrie is just fine, but I’m glad she was able to bounce back after not finishing plating during the Quickfire.

Not surprised to see Bruce go. He had a lot more faults in his dish than Chris did. It was kinda sad to see Chris in the bottom after the high of last week and then winning the Quickfire in this episode. He needs to be a lot more consistent if he wants to win the whole thing.

I’m pretty okay with the top four finalists and out of all of them, I think I would love it if Adrienne, Carrie, or Chris win it all. I like all three of them equally. Joe is okay, but I would rather the other three chefs win. I have a feeling that Brother might be the one who comes back from LCK and if that’s the case, I still would rather any of the other three win.

That was pretty cool for them to have the chefs visit the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for The Shining. Kinda creepy (and funny) to see Padma sitting by herself in room 217 just waiting for the chefs to bring her their desserts, lol.

It was adorable how Carrie was starstruck by the governor and I loved her comment about hitting it off with him and becoming best friends with him.

“Before you knock me out, you think I can get a pic?”

TV Show: Black Lightning
Episode Title: Black Jesus
Original Air Date: February 6, 2018
Episode Number: 1×04

Episode Description

Black Lightning is recruited to rally against The 100 gang. Anissa investigates the new drug hitting the streets. Meanwhile, familiar faces begin to reappear.

My Review

Really starting to get invested in Anissa and her path to being a superhero. Her going apeshit at those guys who threatened her and Grace was just the beginning. She almost broke that street into pieces and everything around her just by stomping her feet. Whatever the extent of her powers are, I can’t wait to see it. She is seriously considering going out there to help the city of Freeland judging by her impassioned defense of Black Lightning at the dinner table and by her solemn remark to Grace about hurting bad people to defend the weak or the innocent.

Gambi hiding another thing from Jefferson for the second week in a row is super intriguing, but I won’t come out and say that he’s sabotaging Jefferson. I think he’s a ride and die type of person when it comes to Jefferson and Black Lightning and he’s just protecting him for now and is trying to get all the information before he tells Jefferson (same case with him not telling Jefferson about Tobias).

Tobias better stay away from Khalil because I don’t want to see Khalil be easily swayed and blame his paralysis on Black Lightning. You’re better than that, Khalil! Don’t listen to Whale! Should be interesting to see what else Tobias’ sister has up her sleeve. It actually was pretty smart of her to tell Tobias to convince Khalil that BL was the cause of him being paralyzed.

Lady Eve continues to be a menacing presence with her embalming a person who’s still alive while talking to Tobias and threatening him. I wasn’t even aware that’s what she was doing with that body until I read it somewhere and then it just blew my mind. Are we going to see that body being resurrected? What exactly was she embalming her for? What’s the purpose there? Is she making a zombie horde?

Funniest part of the episode was definitely Two-Bits asking BL if he can take a selfie with him before BL punches him. 😅