“What did you think was going to happen?”

TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale
Episode Title: Jezebels
Original Air Date: May 31, 2017
Episode Number: 1×08

Episode Description

While his wife is away, Commander Waterford takes Offred on an excursion outside the walls of Gilead to a den of iniquity where she finds a familiar face.

My Review

This was probably my least favorite episode because it was kinda on the boring side. Waterford dressing up June and taking her out to have sex with her is infuriating. This is what white male privilege looks like. They oppress everyone and take everything else for themselves. Hypocrites to the nth degree, the whole lot of them.

I thought it was interesting to see Nick’s backstory and how he got the job as Waterford’s driver. Is he going to tell his boss what Waterford has been doing or is he going to sit on this information? It seems to me like Waterford has done this before with the previous Handmaid and that’s why she killed herself. Nick has to put a stop to this before things take a turn and June decides to take her life.

Serena giving June that music box…man, I don’t even know. I wanted June to throw that damn box at Serena’s face and yell at her. Ever since the previous episode and us knowing that Serena had a hand in all of this, I hate her as much as the Commander now.

So glad to see Moira again despite the circumstances. Her body is no longer hers, but the way she looks at it, she has a roof under her head and the food is good. So sad. I got misty-eyed when June hugged Moira and told her she loves her.

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“She’s the female you”

TV Show: Hawaii Five-0
Episode Title: A’ole e ‘olelo mai ana ke ahi ua ana ia (Fire Will Never Say that It Has Had Enough
Original Air Date: September 29, 2017
Episode Number: 8×01

Episode Description

McGarrett and Danny recruit Tani Rey to join the task force when diabolical hacker Aaron Wright releases a dangerous arsonist from prison.

My Review

I wasn’t happy that Grace Park and Daniel Dae Kim were no longer going to be part of this season due to CBS not budging and increasing their salaries. It really left a bad taste in my mouth. Having said that, I still wanted to watch the show because if this is the last season, I want to see how they end the show and I just can’t stop watching the Danny and Steve show.

This premiere was good, but a little absurd which is pretty much standard fare for this show. I definitely miss Chin and Kono and I got a little misty-eyed when both names were mentioned. Gonna miss them, for sure. The whole fire in the mountain/woods was ludicrous because you can tell it’s all visual effects. None of the character seemed that affected by the fire and the smoke and didn’t seem to have any trouble breathing.

I thought the show introduced Tani well especially during her second scene. Those were some badass moves! Does the actress have a background in martial arts? Kinda hard to tell how much of those action scenes were her or her stunt double. I laughed so hard when Danny told Steve that Tani is the female him: unpredictable, stubborn, and crazy. πŸ˜… Can you imagine how Danny’s going to survive working with two Steves? I lost it when Tani asked Steve if the car could go any faster while he’s driving, lol.

Loved the last scene with Danny and Steve. No matter what happens, these two will always be friends. Can’t wait to see them bicker over the remodeling and the planning of the new restaurant. That’s going to be so much fun.

“Have a terrible rest of your life”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: I’m Going Away
Original Air Date: September 28, 2017
Episode Number: 4×01

Episode Description

In the wake of Wes’s tragic death, Annalise returns to her family home to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, and realizes that, in order to rebuild, she must make a tough and shocking decision. Meanwhile, β€œthe Keating 4” all face an uncertain future while Laurel becomes obsessed with finding out what actually happened to Wes the night he died. In a flash-forward, a terrifying crime is committed and everyone is a suspect.

My Review

Great start to the season. I knew right away that Laurel was lying to her dad about the abortion so I wasn’t shocked when she rev ealed to everyone at the table that she’s going to have Wes’ baby. Very interesting look she shared with Annalise, though. What was THAT about? Laurel suspecting her dad as the one who had Wes killed is going to be an interesting storyline because I still want to know why he did it (or if it really was him).

And then the flash forward to three months later and we find Laurel in a hospital (was that a psychiatric hospital?) and no longer pregnant. Is it possible that Laurel is slowly losing her mind and suffering from the shock of Wes’ death? This is why we see her living in Wes’ apartment with a gun right next to her bed. And is it possible that she did get that abortion and the flashforward scene is her going crazy and imagining that she’s still pregnant?

Annalise letting the kids go is ridiculous because we all know they’re all going to find their way back to each other before long. I was shocked that she gave Bonnie a recommendation letter, too. Bonnie looked utterly devastated and I don’t know if she can ever forgive Annalise for doing this, for cutting her off from her life. Annalise is only doing this to save everyone from herself and doesn’t want any more blood on her hands. I really thought she’d at least keep Bonnie.

I can’t help but ship Annalise and Bonnie and I was amused when Frank called Bonnie’s meeting with Annalise “a hot date” and then Bonnie says that “the kids will be there, too.” Hee. She sees herself and Annalise as the group’s parents. How cute is that?

I continue to love Michaela and Asher together and I laughed so hard when she called themselves: “The Michelle…and white Barack we’re meant to be.” πŸ˜… Also, the beast mode scene was very funny. It’s nice to see Connor and Oliver happy, but I doubt this is going to last. Connor will probably do something to mess this up. Having said that, I’m glad they’re not rushing to get married. Best decision Connor has made.

I’ve forgotten Jimmy Smits was joining the show this season. No matter what happens with his character, I just hope there won’t be any romantic relationship between him and Annalise because it’s just too damn predictable. Besides, it would be unethical for a psychiatrist to have a romantic relationship with his patients.

Lastly, I thought I recognized the guy who Annalise met on the plane and later went on to meet for a booty call. He’s Viola’s husband! Very awkward to see the two of them try to get it on, though. Kinda felt like I was intruding on their privacy. πŸ‘€

“Everyone’s miserable. I’m happy.

TV Show: The Good Place
Episode Title: Dance, Dance Resolution
Original Air Date: September 28, 2017
Episode Number: 2×03

Episode Description

Michael continues working out the kinks in his plan and Eleanor discovers a secret.

My Review

I absolutely LOVED this episode! I think this is the best comedy on the air right now (doesn’t matter that it didn’t even get nominated for an Emmy) and it’s so fresh and innovative and absolutely hilarious. I don’t think I stopped laughing from the moment the episode started until long after the episode ended. Hell, just thinking about the episode is making me smile and laugh inside.

I wasn’t surprised about the ending because it was one theory that I read from a message board that Michael would team up with the gang to take down Shawn, but I actually love that it’s Vicky who ends up blackmailing Michael. She finally got her wish and she’s getting a bigger role in this iteration of Michael’s creation. I enjoy Vicky and thought she was pretty hilarious in this episode and smirking at Michael’s failures. Should be great to see the group go up against her.

Mindy telling Eleanor that her and Chidi are in love with each other was a surprise! I laughed so hard when Mindy whipped out that tape and we saw Eleanor and Chidi in bed declaring their love for each other, omg. But will Vicky create a new version and everyone will forget what happens? Which actually is better because I would like to see how Chidi and Eleanor end up getting to know each other and Jason and Tahani.

I hate that we were robbed of seeing Tahani as Eleanor’s soulmate during attempt # 218. I love that the show put this in there and the writers keep fanning the flames for this ship. I love Chidi and Eleanor together, but my heart is with Tahani and Eleanor.

Janet pleading with Michael not to kill her every time he comes to reboot her had me in stitches. Her excuses kept on getting funnier and funnier: she has birds to feed and who will take care of them when she’s gone; she’s pregnant and Michael is the father; she has Hamilton tickets and Daveed is rumored to be back. πŸ˜…

Eleanor’s statement about clam chowder was classic and kinda accurate, lol: “Clam chowder is disgusting. It’s just hot ocean milk with dead animal croutons.” Sorry, clam chowder lovers.

Lastly, I had to pause the episode a few times just to write down all the restaurant and shop names during the various attempts:

You Do the Hokey Gnocchi and You Get Yourself Some Food
Lasagne Come Out Tomorrow
Ziti of Stars
The Pesto’s Yet To Come
Knish From A Rose
Biscotti Pippen
Cake Canaveral
Beignet and the Jets
Steak On a Stick
Hot Dog On a Stick On a Stick
Bagel On a Stick
Extra Sticks
Ponzu Scheme

OMG, I am laughing just reading all of these. Whoever came up with these names need a raise because these are all extremely hilarious. I think my favorite is the Biscotti Pippen one because I was a fan of the Chicago Bulls during Pippen and Jordan’s time.

“Everyone’s miserable. I’m so happy.”

TV Show: The Good Place
Episode Title: Dance, Dance Resolution
Original Air Date: September 28, 2017
Episode Number: 2×03

Episode Description

Michael continues working out the kinks in his plan and Eleanor discovers a secret.

My Review

I absolutely LOVED this episode! I think this is the best comedy on the air right now (doesn’t matter that it didn’t even get nominated for an Emmy) and it’s so fresh and innovative and absolutely hilarious. I don’t think I stopped laughing from the moment the episode started until long after the episode ended. Hell, just thinking about the episode is making me smile and laugh inside.

I wasn’t surprised about the ending because it was one theory that I read from a message board that Michael would team up with the gang to take down Shawn, but I actually love that it’s Vicky who ends up blackmailing Michael. She finally got her wish and she’s getting a bigger role in this iteration of Michael’s creation. I enjoy Vicky and thought she was pretty hilarious in this episode and smirking at Michael’s failures. Should be great to see the group go up against her.

Mindy telling Eleanor that her and Chidi are in love with each other was a surprise! I laughed so hard when Mindy whipped out that tape and we saw Eleanor and Chidi in bed declaring their love for each other, omg. But will Vicky create a new version and everyone will forget what happens? Which actually is better because I would like to see how Chidi and Eleanor end up getting to know each other and Jason and Tahani.

I hate that we were robbed of seeing Tahani as Eleanor’s soulmate during attempt # 218. I love that the show put this in there and the writers keep fanning the flames for this ship. I love Chidi and Eleanor together, but my heart is with Tahani and Eleanor.

Janet pleading with Michael not to kill her every time he comes to reboot her had me in stitches. Her excuses kept on getting funnier and funnier: she has birds to feed and who will take care of them when she’s gone; she’s pregnant and Michael is the father; she has Hamilton tickets and Daveed is rumored to be back. πŸ˜…

Eleanor’s statement about clam chowder was classic and kinda accurate, lol: “Clam chowder is disgusting. It’s just hot ocean milk with dead animal croutons.” Sorry, clam chowder lovers.

Lastly, I had to pause the episode a few times just to write down all the restaurant and shop names during the various attempts:

You Do the Hokey Gnocchi and You Get Yourself Some Food
Lasagne Come Out Tomorrow
Ziti of Stars
The Pesto’s Yet To Come
Knish From A Rose
Biscotti Pippen
Cake Canaveral
Beignet and the Jets
Steak On a Stick
Hot Dog On a Stick On a Stick
Bagel On a Stick
Extra Sticks
Ponzu Scheme

OMG, I am laughing just reading all of these. Whoever came up with these names need a raise because these are all extremely hilarious. I think my favorite is the Biscotti Pippen one because I was a fan of the Chicago Bulls during Pippen and Jordan’s time.

“Everybody loses eventually”

TV Show: The Good Doctor
Episode Title: Burnt Food
Original Air Date: September 25, 2017
Episode Number: 1×01

Episode Description

The president of San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital pleads his case to the reluctant board of directors to allow a young doctor with savant syndrome and autism onto their surgical staff.

My Review

I’m really only watching this because I admire Freddie Highmore and am a fan of his brilliant work on Bates Motel (which he should have been nominated and won an Emmy for especially during the show’s last season) and I’m glad that the pilot was good and introduced the characters and set up the plot very well. I foresee myself sticking with the show for the duration of the series.

Freddie is just so freaking impressive and of course he was great in this. I have to stop myself from thinking that he’s not playing Norman Bates anymore, but I can’t help it because I see just a tad of Norman in his portrayal since Norman had his own weirdness about him. Shaun speaking openly to Claire and Melendez was great and I look forward to more of these blunt conversations and him surprising/shocking his colleagues.

Melendez is clearly going to be the antagonist for Shaun and I’m all for it. He makes for a formidable antagonist and I’m just going to sit here and wait until Shaun does something to really impress Melendez and then have him relent on his current opinion about Shaun’s abilities.

I liked the three female characters that were introduced: Claire, the granddaughter of the founder of the hospital and also Melendez’s wife, and the Asian board of director member. Claire is likely going to end up Shaun’s girlfriend which I won’t be opposed to, but I just want the show to build that relationship organically and have the two of them becoming friends first.

Loved seeing Richard Schiff (he will always be Toby Ziegler for me) back on TV again. The last time I’ve seen him on TV was when I binged Manhattan this summer (a show that was cancelled about two or three years ago, I think). Watching Richard and Freddie on the same show…man alive, that’s a lot of acting talent right there.

My only gripe about the show is the fact that the actor playing the younger version of Shaun is not very convincing playing an autistic kid and I am not impressed with his acting. I’m not going to give him a break just because he’s a kid; there are other kids his age and younger who are quite impressive so the casting directors don’t get points for this casting decision.

“We are perfect together”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: A Father’s Advice
Original Air Date: September 26, 2017
Episode Number: 2×01

Episode Description

The Big Three celebrate their 37th birthdays, and make changes in their lives; Jack and Rebecca pick up the pieces after their fight.

My Review

Welcome back, show! They almost got me with the opening shot of Randall holding that Asian baby and then they almost got me with Kate singing with the spotlight on her, but when it got to Kevin proposing to someone…I knew it was another fake out. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me thrice, shame on me.

This was a very good episode and I’m glad to see everyone back. Beth and Randall remain my favorite characters and couple because they are more interesting than anyone else on the show. Their storyline in this episode was also my favorite and I loved how they resolved their differences of opinion in regards to adoption.

Beth is a freaking genius. Her solution really was for the best because it took into account what Randall wanted and what she wanted. She didn’t want to have to go into all the trouble of raising a baby so she was anti-adoption. Randall wants to adopt a baby. They met in the middle and both come out with a reasonable solution that worked for both of them.

Loved Randall’s speech to Beth about them being perfect and imperfectly perfect. This was a beautiful speech and just made me fall in love with them and their relationship even more. They really are perfect for each other. Should be interesting to see how the new addition to their family is going to affect their dynamic. I’m going to guess that it’s not going to be smooth-sailing and that they’ll end up with a troubled kid at first whom they will help turn his/her life around.

I get Toby’s frustrations about Kevin and Kate’s close bond, but I also get Kevin’s view of things. It’s going to take him time to let Kate do her own thing and not always be there for her now that she has Toby. Of course Toby would want himself to be the one Kate turns to first for everything instead of Kevin, but that doesn’t happen overnight. He just has to be patient about it.

I liked the resolution to Kate’s audition and I had a feeling that the director or whoever that guy was would have that girl sing and prove herself that she’s up there because she is that good. This is good motivation for Kate to hone her craft and try again some other time. One nitpick though: can we have less storylines focusing on Kate’s weight? There’s more to her than just her weight. Let her have this journey about getting better at singing without having to bring up her weight (or at least try to limit it).

Kevin seems to be in a good place career-wise and relationship-wise so that was good to see. Having his face on that cake was creepy, lol. Loved Sophie showing up in the end to surprise him and that they’re still together and seem to be quite happy.

Jack admitting to Rebecca that he has a drinking problem was heartbreaking and I think Milo was fantastic during this scene. Rebecca insisting that he go home with her and that they need to fix this problem together was smart. She’s so right. The last thing Jack needs is to fix this problem alone with no support system.

And of course we got that last scene with their burned house. Shocking. Was that how Jack died? How many weeks/years have passed since Rebecca went to pick up Jack from Miguel’s place? How much time is left do they have with Jack?

Lastly, it was awesome to see William again even though it was only in a flashback. At first I was so confused because I was pretty sure he died last season so how was it possible that he’s back, lol. I hope he shows up throughout the season because I miss his relationship with Beth. Their one scene together was definitely one of my favorite scenes in this episode.