“I love it when you cook your feelings”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: DΓ©jΓ  Vu
Original Air Date: October 10, 2017
Episode Number: 2×03

Episode Description

Kate visits Kevin on the set of his movie. Randall and Beth get exciting news. Rebecca tries to reconnect with Jack.

My Review

Really good episode with two emotional scenes with Randall (adult and teen) and with Kevin. I started to tear up just as Randall was starting his speech to Deja. I don’t know why, but Sterling K. Brown has such an effect and he just pulls at my heartstrings every time he has an emotional scene coming up. It broke my heart when Deja stormed out like that and dropped the picture frame of Randall and his parents. I thought it was going to be hunky-dory from there and then he dropped the bombshell about Deja’s mom. It’s going to be tough, but I think the Pearsons will make for a good influence on Deja’s life, no matter how long or short she’ll end up staying with them.

Absolutely loved Annie’s flashback to William’s first night at their house. That was a great scene as was her reaction when Deja echoed what William said: “This house is crazy.” I can’t wait to see how the sisters’ relationship with Deja will be like. Annie offering Deja to sleep in the reading chair in their room was very sweet.

Not much of Beth, but the little of what we got, was still excellent. Her teasing Randall not to get excited when the landline rang was very cute. Her reaction to Randall calling her “my super fine wife” was adorable. Loved her saying “thank you” when Deja apologized to her for calling her a bitch. I love Beth. Yes, I have to say it on all of my comments.

Poor Kevin. He’s obviously still traumatized and deeply affected by Jack’s death and has buried all his feelings underneath because he doesn’t want to admit that he’s affected by it and that he doesn’t want to deal with them. I got pretty teary when Sly was talking to him about Jack. In fact, both of Sly’s scenes with Kevin and Kate were very good. I take back what I thought earlier about this being stunt casting. I do want to know, though, if Sly is a big fan of the show and wanted to be on it or if someone is a big fan and wanted him to be on it.

The Kevin/Kate twin fight was ugly and I cringed when Kevin said “I don’t need to walk around and be sad and damaged just because you are” to Kate. Ouch. Harsh, man. But they made up and it’s okay for now. Kevin just has to talk to someone, preferably Kate, about Jack. Dreading the foreshadowed addiction storyline with Kevin with Kate looking at the urn where Jack’s ashes are kept and saying “He’s just like you” and cutting to Kevin taking pain medication for his bum knee.

Really liked the scenes with the three teen siblings and how Kate and Kevin accompanied Randall when he met up with the woman who said she was his biological mom. I knew right away the letter was a scam so it wasn’t a surprise to see that she’s white and was only there to extort Randall for money. It was also nice to see the twins come to Randall’s room and ask him how he’s doing.

Not much to say about the Jack and Rebecca scenes except that it was nice and realistic. I don’t remember there being a dog in season one, but apparently it was there and this is how they got a dog. I was so annoyed when Rebecca threw away the burgers (even though I’m vegetarian) because who the hell throws away perfectly good burgers?! And on top of that, she was littering! Granted, it’s her lawn, but still.

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“I’m not leaving my daughter here to close space holes”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Title: rX
Original Air Date: October 9, 2017
Episode Number: 1×02

Episode Description

After exerting her powers beyond their limits, Blink goes into a state of shock, forcing Caitlin and Eclipse to go on a mission to find a special serum that will help her to recover. Meanwhile, Reed faces some difficult choices when it comes to helping his family, and Polaris runs into some trouble.

My Review

Another strong episode and for the second episode in a row, Lauren is my favorite. I thought it was very interesting to see her reaction in the flashback as to how that girl was treated and bullied by strangers and how Lauren’s dad helped quell the situation by telling the girl’s father to just leave and not make too much of a fuss. Lauren was obviously disappointed that her dad didn’t do more than that, but his hands were tied at that point. It’s no wonder that Lauren kept the fact that she’s a mutant from her family for three years. Can you imagine living like that and hiding who you really are from the people you love the most? I want to learn more about that part of Lauren’s life and would love to see a flashback episode.

It was pretty great to see Lauren combat Blink’s powers by trying to close the portals and then for Andy to help later on using his own powers to swat the SWAT team (heh) like flies. I liked how the Strucker siblings and Caitlin and then John and Marcos worked together to save Blink. I’m liking the dynamic the Struckers have got going on with the Mutant Underground and I look forward to seeing more of the Struckers’ interactions with the other mutants.

Nice to see Amy Acker doing a bit more in this episode than in the pilot. Caitlin actually got to play dress up (although she is a nurse) which totally reminded me of Amy’s character on Person of Interest. I liked her interaction with Marcos and how they pretended to be boyfriend/girlfriend just so they can get into the hospital and steal some drugs.

Polaris is going to raise hell once she’s able to harness her powers so those prisoners better watch their backs. I wonder if the baby is safe? That was a pretty nasty kick in the stomach she got. I did love that she was able to slam the bully with a table, though. That made me laugh.

Reed is totally playing the Sentinel guy, right? He’s not really going to give up the Mutant Underground just so his family goes free? He must have a plan for turning himself in in exchange for his family’s safety. He owes the MU for saving his family. Would be cool if he escapes, frees Polaris, and they make their way back to the house.

Just realized that we got a couple of Burn Notice alums in this episode: Coby Bell (Sentinel guy) and Sharon Gless (Reed’s mother). Can’t wait for Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Donovan, or Gabrielle Anwar to show up on here eventually. Might be hard for Gabrielle since she’s currently over at Once Upon A Time playing, I believe, Cinderella’s stepmother? Maybe? And it cracks me up that Jamie Chung used to be on OUAT playing Mulan!

Garret Dillahunt! What is he up to? Is he supposed to be evil? I definitely got that vibe especially when he got all giddy looking at that Brazilian article about mutant siblings. Not the Strucker kids!

Lastly, I continue to adore the Lauren and Andy’s relationship. It made me smile when Andy said “What you’re doing. It’s insane.” and then Lauren shrugs and say “Thanks.”

“I finished your game”

TV Show: Halt And Catch Fire
Episode Title: Goodwill
Original Air Date: October 7, 2017
Episode Number: 4×08

Episode Description

Cameron helps Donna pack up; Bos makes his famous chili; Joe helps Haley recover a memorable keepsake; Gordon and Donna fight.

My Review

Where do I even start with this episode? Well, I’m just going to say it: I think this was the show’s best episode ever (granted, there are still two episodes left) and definitely one of television’s finest and best episodes this year or in any other year. This episode was beautiful and perfect from beginning to end. I was still sobbing ten minutes after the episode ended because I was so moved and affected by the storyline and what the characters were going through.

The show handled grief very well and I applaud them for that. They showed us everyone’s reactions and how differently each of them handled Gordon’s death. Joe is keeping up his stoic facade and refuses to talk about Gordon and reminisce about their time together because he’s not ready yet. Katie would rather escape all memories of Gordon by leaving for Seattle. Bos has accepted it and is doing his best to make things normal again.

Joanie and Haley are still going through their grieving process and it was lovely to see them coming together and being there for each other. Cameron finally let the reality of Gordon’s death hit her and it hit her pretty hard that she had to look for a private spot so she can mourn him. Donna seems fine throughout the episode until she sees Cameron and they both grieve for Gordon and talk about him. 😭

All of those things were great, but my favorite were definitely the two Donna and Cameron scenes and the fact that they are slowly making their way back to each other and mending their broken friendship. Donna telling Cameron that she finished her game (she sounded so pleased about this) and Cameron saying that she made the game for “people like you” made my heart swell. What a lovely sentiment.

And then we had that truly beautiful scene with the two of them admitting that they both lost a friend in Gordon and that it’s hard because both of them don’t have that many friends to begin with and this is when Donna says “I miss you, too” to Cameron and then Cameron says “I’m here.” FUUUUUUUCKKKKKK. That’s when I really lost it. I totally expected some kind of physical reassurance from either of them, Cameron reaching out and putting her hand on top of Donna’s hand or arm, but the fact that we didn’t get that makes this scene a lot better and even more beautiful than it already is. These two just make so damn emotional, guys. 😭

The other scenes that made me tear up were both of Joanie’s scenes with Donna and then later on with Haley. Her scene with Donna before the blowup was so great and then when things started to get bad and she accused her mom that she can’t even stand Gordon…I was tearing up. That was COLD.

And the Joanie/Haley relationship continues to be fantastic with the two of them against the world. It really is a fresh of breath air to see siblings portrayed on TV as getting along and liking each other. I started tearing up again when Joanie started cuddling Haley. That was so sweet. And can we assume that Haley told Joanie that she’s gay after the scene ended?

The last scene with everyone at the table eating Bos’ chili and just enjoying each other’s company despite the circumstances got me teary-eyed again! I love this little family.

The flashbacks were good and the last scene with Gordon coming back and Donna asking him never to do that (leave her and Joanie) again really hit hard. He kept his promise for as long as possible until the day he died. So good.

Kudos to the cast and to Zack Whedon for writing a beautiful episode and to Christopher Cantwell for doing a magnificent job directing this. I’m in absolute awe.

“I’m being raised like a veal”

TV Show: The Gifted
Episode Title: eXposed
Original Air Date: October 2, 2017
Episode Number: 1×01

Episode Description

A suburban family is forced to go on the run when the children are discovered to possess mutant powers.

My Review

Okay, so I had no intention of watching this, but after hearing about everyone raving about the show on Tumblr and through word of mouth, I decided to watch this and I HAVE NO REGRETS. This was a great pilot and I was very impressed by the plot and the characters and the world-building.

My absolute favorite thing is definitely Lauren being so protective over Andy. I was expecting to see the two siblings hating each other so it was such a pleasant surprise and an absolute breath of fresh air that they actually get along and care for each other. Lauren going back to save Andy and save everyone in that school by stopping him from using his powers made me tear up. I teared up again when she told him that she will teach him how to use his power. I want more Strucker sibling scenes, people. Give it to me!

Lauren was definitely my favorite character from this episode and apart from her scenes with Andy, my other favorite scene was the one in the kitchen with her confessing to her mom that she is also a mutant and that she has been hiding it for three years. THREE YEARS! Wow. Really great and emotional scene that was nicely-played by both actors.

I also liked Caitlin (you can’t go wrong with Amy Acker) and even though I have an irrational dislike of Stephen Moyer, I didn’t mind him as much here. It was great to see Reed doing everything he can to protect his family. He’s left behind now, though, so what does that mean? Will Sentinel Services arrest him for harboring “fugitives”? I want his assistant Carla to help him get out of this mess and for the both of them to get Lorna out of the detention center.

As far as powers go, I think Lorna’s my favorite followed by Lauren’s and then Clarice’s. John’s power is pretty cool, actually. Okay, everyone’s powers are cool and I love seeing everyone use their powers. Hahahaha, I just realized that Stephen already has a link to the X-Men because his wife Anna Paquin played Rogue in the movies (who, by the way, is my favorite female superhero). That’s cool.

Stan Lee’s Marvel cameos are always the best and will never get old. πŸ‘

Can’t wait to see how the rest of the season unfolds. Great start and I hope that Fox doesn’t cancel this anytime soon.

“It even smells like money”

TV Show: How To Get Away With Murder
Episode Title: I’m Not Her
Original Air Date: October 5, 2017
Episode Number: 4×02

Episode Description

While Annalise reconnects with an important client, she continues struggling to move forward. Meanwhile, the “Keating 4” try to move past their tarnished reputations; in flash-forward, details to a tragic crime start unfolding.

My Review

I am beyond excited at the prospect of Michaela and Laurel working together to bring down Laurel’s father! I love that Laurel went to Michaela and only Michaela to tell her about her suspicions about her father. That’s why she helped Michaela in getting that job at Gold & Caplan and gave her the files she had about them. Girl power, yes! Can’t wait to find out Michaela’s reaction next week.

I really liked Connor’s scene with Laurel and I’m hoping that they can move past their differences and that they’ll eventually come together to nab Laurel’s dad and figure out what really happened to Wes. They both loved him in their own way and they’re both still suffering from his death.

Of course Michaela was the only one who got a job as an intern and on a top-rated firm, to boot. I bet if Laurel put her mind to it, both her and Michaela would have gotten that internship at that firm, but Laurel’s mind is somewhere else.

Bonnie working for the ADA and seeing Nate and Annalise’s reactions was priceless. I wonder how this is going to change the dynamic of these three’s relationship now that Bonnie is working there. Is it just me or was there a bit of chemistry in Nate and Bonnie’s last scene together? For a second I imagined the two of them making out and I wasn’t opposed to it? I mean, Bonnie would never do that since deep down she’s most likely still loyal to Annalise, but I think Nate and Bonnie would be hot together. If nothing else, I hope they do become friends and form that Annalise Anonymous support group. πŸ˜„

Well, what I feared last week in Annalise and Jimmy Smits’ character getting involved seems like it wasn’t unfounded. They’re definitely going to go there and I hate the idea of it. If it happens, it wouldn’t even be the first time because that’s how Annalise met her first husband. Yikes.

Great first case back for Annalise. Love that she kept her promise to Jasmine and got her out, but I agree with her that in a month’s time, Jasmine will probably end up back in jail and will return to a life of drugs and prostitution. The court system definitely did her wrong back then and it’s just so unfortunate because things will never get better for her. But here’s hoping she doesn’t fall back to that life.

The flashforward continue to intrigue me. How is Jimmy Smits’ character involved? And whose blood was that in the elevator? And where is Annalise? Looking forward to how all of this unfolds.

“I don’t speak Jersey”

TV Show: Hawaii Five-0
Episode Title: Nā Iā Κ»Δͺlio (Dog Days)
Original Air Date: October 6, 2017
Episode Number: 8×02

Episode Description

McGarrett and Five-0 work with an injured police dog who is the only witness to an ambushed drug bust. Also, McGarrett is visited by Junior Reigns, a former SEAL who is looking to join the task force.

My Review

Not too keen on the other replacement because he bugged the hell out of me, forcing his way onto Steve’s life and almost demanding that he give him a job in Five-0. The hell? That’s why I was happy that Steve demanded that he train with the police academy first, but of course, we know that next episode something will happen and he’ll be integrated onto the team. Meh.

I would much rather have another female join the task force just to balance out the testosterone. Of course, I wouldn’t be complaining if Chin and Kono were still on the show, but now that the show has a chance to introduce new characters, why couldn’t they introduce another female character?

The scenes with Eddie in the end were so sad. He went back to the cemetery to be close to his former partner, aww. I got teary-eyed when Steve sat down next to him and told him it was going to be alright. I hope Eddie becomes a member of Five-0 and that Steve becomes his new owner. Now this is one addition to the team I won’t mind. So funny when Grover became all pro-Eddie after he saved his life, lol.

Of course Casper Van Dien was the mastermind behind the cocaine smuggling so that wasn’t a shock at all. Neither was the reveal that that DEA agent was working for him. He deserved getting rip by Eddie. Crooked bastard.

Loved McDanno’s bickering in the car about importing tap water from Jersey to make the pizza dough. I’m with Danny on this one. Jersey tap water is unlike anything else and that’s what makes the pizza so good. Trust me on this. I’m from Jersey. πŸ˜ƒ

“We’re gonna be watching The Manny for hours?”

TV Show: This Is Us
Episode Title: A Manny-Splendored Thing
Original Air Date: October 3, 2017
Episode Number: 2×02

Episode Description

The entire Pearson family visits Kevin on set in Los Angeles for a “Manny” taping; Jack confronts his demons.

My Review

Really great episode. Loved all of the different storylines (and there were a lot) and how the screen time was evenly distributed among all the characters.

Gonna start it off with my favorite, Beth, of course. I definitely see where she’s coming from in regards to Randall’s hesitation about fostering a kid and I love that she truly believes that she and Randall will make a difference on the kid’s life and that, together, they can do this, no matter how hard or trying it’s going to get. She has a lot of faith in their relationship that she is not worried about how the kid is going to be like, etc.

Randall has a point, too, that this might come off as reckless and that’s why he hasn’t filled out his form yet, but that’s just who he is as a person. He thinks things through and after talking it through and making Beth understand his position, they’re finally ready to move on to the next phase which is telling the girls and making this a reality.

Beth rushing to Randall and kissing him was cheesy as hell, but I don’t care because it was so sweet and romantic and I love them so they can do no wrong. Sterling and Susan have such a great and easy chemistry and it’s always a joy to see them together.

Beth telling Randall that Kevin is not funny cracked me up as did her dislike of The Manny. This is why I really liked the Beth/Kevin scene. It was a breath of fresh air since we rarely see these two interact anymore and I’m so happy it was such a great character backstory on both of their behalf: Kevin helped Randall woo Beth in college and Beth finding out that Kevin was behind Randall’s lines is just so hilarious to me. It will be interesting to find out what else Kevin helped Randall with while he was dating Beth. πŸ˜„

Kate’s storylines in the present and in the flashback were both fantastic and this makes me so happy because it doesn’t focus solely on her weight. Her relationship with Jack is so beautiful and pure and it breaks my heart that she lost him at such a young age because there is no doubt that she was a lot closer to him than she is with Rebecca.

I think that Jack’s relationship with Kate brings him solace and that’s why he went to see her in her school instead of going to the AA meeting. He thought he would find it more fulfilling if he went to see her and I think he made the right call at that time. Kate reassured him it was going to be fine and when she put her hands on his cheek, it started to get really dusty in my room. I think it also did Kate good to see Jack that day because she was worried about her performance for the talent show.

The last scene with Jack and teenage Kate was heartbreaking and I thought both actors brought it. You could see Jack being terrified and embarrassed to admit to his daughter that he has a problem and that he’s an alcoholic and Kate, bless her heart, doesn’t say anything and just puts her hands on Jack’s cheeks and hugs him. Perfect.

Which brings us to Kate not going through with the performance because she somehow felt inadequate after hearing Rebecca sing her song in the shower and sounding better than her. Ouch. I think Kate is somewhat justified in thinking that Rebecca is always judging her, but she needs to give it a break or at least be fully honest with her mother and tell her what the issues are because it’s just going to keep on festering and will never get better. She needs to do that soon because life is short.

Rebecca’s platitudes and words do come across as pandering and sounds like she’s placating or overcompensating for Kate’s appearance so Kate is not entirely wrong about it, but I truly think after all these years that this is just how Rebecca is and she doesn’t think she’s doing anything wrong. Talk to your daughter, Rebecca, and don’t take no for an answer!

Kevin and Sophie (present and flashback) were really great. Kevin has learned that it doesn’t matter what other people think so long as he has Sophie by his side and she’s smiling and entertained. It was really sweet when his talent show performance as Mr. T was paralleled with his appearance on The Manny and we see a shot of young and adult Sophie laughing her ass off.

Other random thoughts and observations:

– I actually didn’t hate Toby in this episode? What is happening?

– I laughed so hard when one of the Pearson girls told Beth “Mommy, have some wine. You relax when you have wine.” πŸ˜…

– Chrissy Metz has a good voice and she sounded great singing Landslide. Loved the montage, too, and I admit that it got me teary-eyed.