The Flash 1×17: “Tricksters”

Wow. That’s all I can say to describe this episode of The Flash. With things heating up as we progress toward the season finale, The Flash and its writers are pulling out all the stops. Tonight, we found out a little bit more about Eobard Thawne, but before that, we saw the (return of, in some ways) Trickster.

The episode begins at the Central City park, where many kids and their families are spending their day. But, oh, look at that, little gifts start to parachute from the sky, floating right toward the park. And when one hits the ground, an explosion with enough force to kill you goes off. How fun! Soon thereafter, we see a video from the (young!) Trickster, who claims the return of the title, and promises that he’s only just begun.

In Iron Heights, Barry and Joe go to visit the (old!) Trickster, James Jesse. (Get it? Hilarious, right? Not really, but his laugh sure is. And creepy, also. Anyways.) He ferociously denies knowing who this new fraud is that stole his games and creepily laughs until Barry and Joe get so uncomfortable that they leave.

While the boys are off fighting the Tricksters, Iris is investigating the disappearance of her colleague, Mason Bridge, who was investigating Harrison Wells and STAR Labs. In the previous episode, Mason was visited and killed by the Reverse Flash, and then was disposed of. At least he’s a good housekeeper, right? Iris’ growing suspicion of STAR Labs is only furthered throughout the episode. She visits Eddie at work and asks him to help her look into his disappearance.

The (young!) Trickster releases another video to the public; this time, he exclaims that he placed a bomb in a certain section of the city, and it’s set to go off any time, thus leaving Barry and the Central City Police Force to start looking. Barry, against the advice of Harrison (because during the entire episode, he was struggling to be able to fake his trust in Harrison, while they uncover who he really is) keeps looking, even though Harrison says it’s a distraction. And yet, he’s right. Iron Heights was where the real bomb was located, and the (young!) Trickster helps James Jesse escape, along with taking Barry’s father hostage.

Barry (in one of Grant’s best performances on the show) leads us to STAR Labs, breaking our hearts as he says he can’t lose his father too. Meanwhile, Iris attends the Mayor’s fundraiser at City Hall, where the host is actually both the Tricksters, after having prepared a night of fun. Having laced the champagne with poison, they give everyone a glass, before announcing that they’ve all been poisoned and have to deliver the contents of their bank accounts into a special account for (surprise! Father and son!) Tricksters. Iris, being the clever woman she is, calls her father, and Barry overhears the whole speech. But they’ve prepared for The Flash, attaching a bomb to his wrist that goes off if he stops running. Another game.

Barry starts running, while the STAR Labs crew prepares an antidote to the mercury based poison that those at the fundraiser were laced with. Barry, out of ideas, must rely on Harrison to get the bomb off, as he explains in meticulous detail of how Barry can run through a wall, and leave the bomb behind. As mentioned later, details that only someone who has experienced it can know. The Flash comes to the rescue, injecting an antidote into everyone before taking down the Tricksters.

Tonight is the night that Eddie Thawne becomes aware that Barry is the Flash. Joe and Barry decide together to bring him in on it, and help keep Iris safe and lead her away from STAR Labs and Harrison Wells. Which he does. Eddie tells Iris that Mason moved to Brazil. Where the hell did he get that story?

Eobard Thawne, however, is not who we thought he was. He is the Reverse Flash, but he is NOT Harrison Wells. When he was stuck in the past after trying to kill Barry, Eobard took Harrison’s place, killing him and his wife. We are one step closer to finding out exactly who this mysterious 25th century man is.

Next week is another Arrow crossover, so stay tuned! The epic trailer at the end of the season promised so much to come in the next few episodes, including many more Arrow crossovers and a team up with the Flash, Arrow AND Firestorm,  I’m not sure how we’ll all survive!


Young and Hungry 2×01: “Young and Too Late”

Previously on Young and Hungry, Gabi slept with Josh, who ended up being her boss, and then he proposed to his previous girlfriend, spoiled, rich girl, Caroline. Cue sexual angst and remarks for ten episodes, and Josh calls off his wedding, because of his feelings for Gabi.

This season starts the day after Josh ran up Gabi’s fire escape with roses to confess his feelings for her in the pouring rain, but caught her kissing her current on-again boyfriend, Cooper. Yolanda, Josh’s maid and confidant, having given Josh the advice to go to Gabi’s, sneaks into his room with Elliot, his publicist, in the morning to see if he ended up with Gabi. There’s a blonde, so all is well, until Gabi walks in through the front door.

Perhaps in the best line of the episode, Gabi walks in on Josh and the new blonde and says, “What is it with that guy? Every time he breaks up with Caroline, he ends up in bed with a blonde.”

So with more sexual tension rising as Gabi and Josh won’t confess their feelings for each other, Gabi contemplates an invitation from Cooper to go to China with him for three weeks. (DON’T DO IT, GABI!) Gabi wanted a sign from Josh to see if he has feelings for her, but he (rudely) tells her she should go to China and gives the special gift that she made for him back.

Sophia, Gabi’s roommate, encourages her to go to China with Cooper, saying that Josh doesn’t have feelings, but after Gabi leaves for the airport, she finds Josh’s glove on the fire escape. Sophia realizes what it means, so she goes to find Josh at the gay bar that Elliot took him to, where he is being fawned over for his looks and his “heartbreaking” story of how Gabi ended up with another man.

In true Ross and Rachel fashion, Josh runs after Gabi at the airport, barely missing her. He calls her, and confesses his feelings in a voicemail, but her phone is off. She’s on her way to China with Cooper already. Poor Josh. At the end of the episode, Cooper and Gabi get off the plane, but she can’t use her cell because of the international data rate, which she doesn’t have the thousands of dollars it costs to use in China. So she doesn’t get Josh’s voicemail, at least not yet, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Season one of Young and Hungry was so good, and the tension between Gabi and Josh boosted the comedy of the show. But they can’t just continue to drag out this story, where they aren’t together, but are together, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’ll do. Emily Osment shines in this role; comedy was made for her. And the entire ensemble cast makes this show so much better than it would have been, each of them creating a flare in their characters that is so obvious and needed. Keep up the laughs, Young and Hungry.

Arrow 3×17: “Suicidal Tendencies”

Perhaps tonight’s episode was meant to be somewhat of a filler episode, not culminating into the overall plot until the very end, but it happened to be a fantastic one. The main plot in this episode was the Suicide Squad, with new member, Carrie (Cupid) Cutter.

We start off at Diggle and Lyla’s wedding, where Felicity’s plus one, Ray Palmer, ends up officiating the ceremony. Awkward. You can feel Oliver’s hatred for him already. During the reception, the celebratory couple, and the team, are interrupted by a news alert that the Arrow has returned to killing. The consequences of Oliver Queen turning down Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to become his heir.

Shortly afterward, a  press conference is held with the Mayor, Laurel, Captain Lance, and Ray, where they declare that an investigation is being conducted into the authenticity of these allegations against the Arrow, until Ray publicly declares that the Arrow is at fault and should be brought to justice, or brought in so they can find out what happened. But on live television.. way to go, rat. I mean…. Ray.

Diggle concludes that he will stay and help, putting off his honeymoon, but as Oliver is this season, he sends Diggle and Lyla on their way to Fiji. Too bad Deadshot is waiting for them, to take them back for a Suicide Squad mission; to save a United State Senator from a terrorist attack at the hospital he is setting up in the Republic of Kasnia. It was surprising how quickly Lyla and Diggle accepted the mission, considering their daughter Sara, and that they just got married. But we later discover that they didn’t consider it. They hastily accepted, not thinking of the consequences until they were trapped in the hospital, about to be blown up. Turns out, the Senator planned it all to leave a “hero” and now he would kill the Squad, and the witnesses, and still be the hero.

After years with a grudge against Deadshot for killing his brother, Diggle shared many moments with him, questioning how strong his hatred had become. And instead of the Oliver flashbacks, we saw how Deadshot became the person he was; how he came back with PTSD, and was recruited by the Hive. Ultimately, Deadshot saved their lives. He had to stay behind when the building was blown to pieces, to cover them as they escaped. It’s great how the writers even give their villains some redemption.

Meanwhile in Starling, Oliver struggled with finding the culprit behind the imitation killings. After more criminals were killed, Oliver, at the scene of the crime, was identified by Ray’s super suit as the Arrow, which lead to a confrontation. But, I mean, Ray didn’t stand a chance to someone who has spent 7 years fighting for his life, but okay, Ray, whatever you want to believe. Maseo’s return to Starling, with other assassins (dressed as the Arrow) shocked Oliver, and he uncovered why this was happening; because Ra’s didn’t want it to be a choice. Oliver has to accept his offer, or die. But nothing was more shocking than the last few minutes of the episode. In a last minute meeting with the mayor, where Ray decided to changed his stance on whether the Arrow is guilty or not, Maseo, as the Arrow, shot and killed the Mayor, and with his sight set on Felicity, let go of another. End of episode.

I’m so shocked by what extremes they’re going to for this Arrow finale. I didn’t think they would top last season’s, but with the epic showdown that is sure to occur between Team Arrow and the League of Assassins, it’ll be most surprising to see if Starling City is left standing.

Eye Candy: Season One


So I previously recapped the premiere of Eye Candy, but got so behind that I figured I’d just wait for the finale.

What. A. Ride. Victoria Justice’s MTV Thriller was the highlight to my Mondays, starting off the week with a bit of freshness (mostly from Lindy’s sass). While there were ups and downs, Eye Candy proved it could fluctuate as a show; from finding the Flirtual Killer, to Tommy and Lindy kicking ass and taking names. Even though it struggled in ratings, it maintained and grew from the premiere episode, creating an overwhelming buzz on Twitter (as it was in the list of top shows on social media for many weeks).

Most of the ten episodes focused on the Flirtual Killer (WHO TURNED OUT TO BE JAKE, WHAT THE F*#&), who was obsessed with the protagonist, Lindy Sampson, who is obsessed with finding out what happened to her sister, Sarah (who wasn’t actually kidnapped and faked it to keep Lindy safe). However, some showed the Cyber Unit of the NYPD, with Lindy’s help, taking down other criminals, perhaps to see if the show would be successful without the Flirtual Killer, and the answer to that is YES. I liked those episodes just as much, if not more, than some of the killer episodes.

Many were skeptical of Victoria Justice’s acting skills, and if she could perform well in a thriller after years in comedy, but I think she proved them wrong. Justice performed better than she ever has, and especially shined in the emotional moments, where we all needed to feel for Lindy. She sold it. The sass, the crying, Justice’s skills grew even throughout the series; where she wasn’t doing so well in the beginning, she had nailed by the end of the season.

Tommy and Lindy’s blossoming relationship enchanted the fans of Eye Candy, creating the name Tindy. Some liked Jake and Lindy, Jindy, but hopefully after he was revealed as the Flirtual Killer, those people have sat down and realized that Tindy is the way. Another popular character on the series is Lindy’s roommate, Sophia. A breath of fresh air throughout all the gore and gruesomeness, her charm and sass stole many scenes, and created the bond between Sophia, Lindy and Connor. Sophia, George (Lindy’s fellow hacker best friend) and Connor (Sophia’s best friend) managed to be some of the strongest supporting characters to be seen on MTV. Each had to deal with a serial killer on the loose, and even though Lindy’s presence put them all in danger, they all stayed with her. Each were written with many different layers introduced that could be furthered in future seasons, and it’d be disappointing to never see where they came from.

Eye Candy had a new twist every week; someone was either being killed, or something was revealed about the ongoing mysteries. In the season (not series, yet) finale, Lindy left New York to return to her hometown, after Jake gave her a video of her sister after her “abduction”, saying Lindy would then be safe. The creator of the series confirmed that Lindy and Sarah’s father is very much a part of this mystery, and if the show were to return for season two, we would definitely see him.

Moral of the story: MTV do NOT cancel this show. Sure, live ratings weren’t that great, but almost every week the ratings went up, along with the show trending Worldwide on Twitter. You’ve established a great fanbase for an even greater show, and set the premise for a great second season. It would be a shame to cancel it, and not give us more of this outstanding story.

*update*: Unfortunately, MTV cancelled the show and it will not be returning for season two. Hopefully the show’s producers will let us in on their plan to continue the show, and give us the ultimate fate of the beloved characters. Such a travesty.

The Flash 1×16: “Rogue Time”

So where we left off after the last episode, Barry Allen ran so fast that he ran back in time to the previous day. (Where we find out, it also had to do with his emotions, not just his speed.)

A confused Barry tried to wrap his head around his adventure, while faced with Harrison Wells’ dilemma; if he changed anything, he could upset the time continuum and something much worse than the tidal wave that the Weather Wizard attacked Central City with. But of course, Barry changes everything, starting with capturing the Weather Wizard before he even makes his first move. Oh, Barry, what have you done?

With Wells’ threat of a much bigger disaster potentially hitting Central City now that Barry ultimately stopped the tidal wave, I think the writers have dropped a major clue about the season finale; that will be the bigger disaster. However, in this twisted present day (WILL WE EVER KNOW WHAT IS REAL ANYMORE?) Cold is back, with Heatwave, and his sister, Lisa Snart (Golden Glider), with potentially the greatest team up we’ve seen thus far.

Ms. Snart lures Cisco away from Barry, and kidnaps Cisco’s brother, in order for Captain Cold to freeze the Flash’s identity out of him. Giving Cisco’s brother, Dante, some frostbite seemed to do the trick, after a touching scene where Dante tells him that their parents just don’t understand him, or they would be so proud, unlike him, who is still living at home, with a crappy job, as the favorite child. (Aw, what a touching scene.. hope your hands don’t freeze off, bro.) Cisco chooses Dante over Barry, (how could anyone blame him?) so Captain Cold is made aware of Barry’s secret identity.

Meanwhile, in the previous reality, where there were Westallen heart eyes and kisses, in this one, Iris is still not interested in Barry. When he confronts her, saying he “knows” she’s been thinking about him as more than a friend, she gets freaked out and basically slaps him. The boy is like one of those incessant whistlers on the streets, “I know you love me, girl!” and she just rolls her eyes and tells her boyfriend, who punches the guy. Which is what Eddie does. What a knight in kevlar armor. At the end of the episode, Caitlin fabricates a story for Iris and Eddie to explain that Barry is suffering from “lightning psychosis” causing him to spew out speeches of affection and explaining why he’s been at STAR Labs so much. Nice save, Snow.

After revealing Barry’s identity, Cisco contemplates leaving STAR Labs, feeling as though he disappointed them all. Honey, you’re gonna have to try a little harder than that, after all, Wells is the Reverse Flash.. and we are left with a eerily similar scene to last week, where Wells tells Cisco how he is like a son to him… only difference is this time, his heart wasn’t ripped out. Good parenting… this time.

After attacking a casino, where the casino then transports the money to an off site location, the Rogue crew attack for the money. All three of them together make a damn good team, and I would love to see more. The Flash grabs Cold and runs him to somewhere in the middle of nowhere, leading to the scene that will bring Cold (and Heatwave and possibly even Golden Glider) to the new Flarrow spinoff. Barry and Cold acknowledge why they do what they do, the adrenaline, and Barry suggests the he continue, but somewhere else and to not kill anyone. They agree that him killing is unnecessary and he could continue without doing it. And in true superhero fashion, Cold swears to protect Barry’s secret identity, leaving us to see how he fits in the new spinoff (though he might return again this season, who knows…)

The Flash is picking up speed, heading toward its season finale and the episodes keep getting better. Stay tuned next week, where we get an appearance from The Trickster!

Arrow 3×16: “The Offer”

After the midseason finale, Arrow returned strong. The episode begins with the last scene of the previous episode, and a continuation on what Ra’s al Ghul’s offer to take his place actually entails. Oliver, still struggling after his fateful defeat in his last match with Ra’s, neither accepts nor declines the offer, but returns to Starling City instead. This episode accomplished what episode 3×12 did for the rest of the characters; Oliver had to figure out what he was fighting for. All of Team Arrow figured out why they were continuing Oliver’s mission when he was “dead” and Oliver, since season one, has severely lost track of why he initially became the Arrow. Most of his struggle with Ra’s offer, was to discover why he wanted to be the Arrow, to which he eventually declined the offer.

Felicity’s relationship with Ray was her main involvement in this episode, probably culminating in the next, where Ray goes after Oliver as the Atom. Felicity and Ray have gotten even closer since their night together, making Oliver jealous, but Felicity is clearly not over him.

Thea has grown so much within this season. She has become such a strong character,and is now facing the dilemma that her brother faced. Is she a killer? She tried to get Malcolm murdered twice in recent episodes, and she is struggling with the person she’s become. She made a comment in the episode about not recognizing the person that she was before Moira was killed, and I think that’s incredible, and such a new take on an Arrow character. We haven’t seen this struggle with their humanity. We saw a bit from Oliver in the beginning of season two, but even in the flashbacks, we haven’t seen when Oliver decided to kill, and his reaction to that. He had to kill to survive; Thea doesn’t. She can struggle, and ultimately stop this path she’s on, and not go to the dark side. Also, her and Roy are getting steamy again, even though it’s mainly over their shared experience of killing an innocent, but we can ignore that, right?

Laurel and Nyssa’s growing bromance is such an important element to these characters. They’re bonding over their love for Sara, yes, but they’re also developing a friendship. And with Laurel’s problems with her father, after not telling him about Sara’s death and him not speaking to her, and Nyssa’s father willing to hand over his legacy to someone other than her, they both are having so major daddy issue bonding. At the end of the episode, Nyssa offers to train Laurel to improve her fighting, so prepare for some badass Black Canary scenes in season four (finally!)

Ra’s made a comment at the beginning of the episode about the people of Starling City coming to hate the Arrow, and at the end, he set that in motion. He dressed as the Arrow, and killed three criminals, creating the murderous vigilante image that Oliver worked to destroy in season two. With this developing, now not only are the League of Assassins coming after Team Arrow, but now, the Starling City police force is back at it. Oh boy, Oliver, what did you get yourself into now?

The Flash 1×15: “Out of Time”

If you’ve been keeping up with The Flash this season, you’ve seen Barry put in numerous circumstances that test his speed, and his will. While harboring his feelings for Iris and trying to clear his father’s name, Barry has faced countless metahumans that were given powers, just as Barry.

I caught up on The Flash during hiatus, and this episode would’ve made a great midseason finale, but I suppose it does just as well as the midseason premiere.

Cisco stole the episode, in my opinion. During the episode, Cisco theorized possible solutions to why they were unable to obtain the Reverse Flash in STAR Labs, and began to dig into Harrison Wells, after Joe planted the seed in his mind that maybe Wells is the Reverse Flash. In the first Snow-light episode in a while, Caitlin’s only task this episode is to keep Wells busy, so Cisco can complete further research. Toward the end of the episode, Caitlin is obviously (and so badly) stalling Dr. Wells from returning to STAR Labs, he leaves (on foot) and leaves Caitlin shocked that his wheelchair act was a fake. When Wells leaves, he returns to STAR Labs, to confront Cisco. Already knowing, Cisco wants to know more, so Wells gives in. He reveals that his name is Eobard Thawne, a distant relative of Eddie’s, and he is the Reverse Flash. He never meant to kill Barry’s mother, he meant to kill Barry, and when he traveled back in time, he was stuck. And he’s been stuck for fifteen years. Wells then rips out Cisco’s heart, professing that he was like a son to him. (I don’t know what kind of father he had, but please, never have children.)

Barry, Iris and Joe were all dealing with Mark Mardon’s returns and vendetta against Joe for shooting his brother. After an uncomfortable double date with Iris and Eddie, Barry is having problems with Linda, after she sees how Iris and Barry act together. Meanwhile, Mardon is attacking the city, with Cisco’s new nickname being the “Weather Wizard.” After losing the perfect chance to grab Mardon, Mardon returns, this time to the police station, to attack Joe, but ends up putting the Captain in the hospital with paralysis when he tried to save Joe’s life.

Joe is captured by Mardon, and he lures Iris and Barry to the shoreline, where they are located just off the shore, on a boat. Mardon creates a tidal wave, setting its course for Central City, and with Cisco dead, Caitlin informs Barry that he is left with only one thing to do; run on the shoreline, back and forth, with enough speed to create a wind barrier. She just didn’t know if he could run fast enough. Barry, as always, proceeds, and runs with such a force that he travels to the past.

I was completely shocked that the writers killed off Cisco, only for it to be revealed that Barry would time travel and those events would never happen. But because Cisco was already on that path in the time Barry returned to, will he end up being killed by Wells yet again? And what about Caitlin’s revelation about Wells? Will she be on the path with Cisco? My Westallen heart is also hating the writers right now.. They give us a kiss, and then turn time back and Iris won’t remember? Ouch. Until next week!

Agent Carter: Season One Review

Instead of recapping and reviewing each of the eight episodes of Agent Carter, I decided I’d wait for the season to finish and try to grasp it all. Agent Carter’s series premiere was such a strong episode, with Peggy deciding to betray her agency, the SSR, and covertly trying to clear Howard Stark’s name. What I enjoyed most about this show, was Peggy’s unique sense of self and being a complete badass. Repeatedly through the season, Agent Carter took on men that were much bigger than she, and remained victorious. The writers didn’t try to make it classy, or make her fighting style feminine; they wrote Peggy Carter to use their size against them and utilize heavy objects to her advantage.

With such a strong start to the show, it’s curious why the middle episodes of the season were at such a slow pace. Whether it was to further introduce the place of Peggy and the SSR after the war, it just didn’t fit, especially with only eight episodes. The episodes were still great, however, they lacked the usual Marvel charm and development that we usually see. In such a short season, it’s hard to expect a full delve into a character’s backstory, but I think that is part of the mistake of the viewers. Eight episodes is too short to expect much, except an overall good leading story, to which Agent Carter spectacularly delivered.

A continuation of The First Avenger, and introducing plot lines in the finale to connect to The Winter Soldier were some of the writers’ stronger choices. With Steve gone, we see Peggy trying to move on and honor her lost love, as she believes he is dead, while she is sidelined by the SSR because she is a woman. Howard, still problematic as ever, tangles Peggy and his employee, Jarvis, in his mess and they create quite a bond while trying to clear Howard’s name. The first few episodes focused on Peggy trying to find Howard’s inventions and clear his name, while her organization was getting closer and closer to revealing her as the culprit. Inevitably, she was outed as Howard’s “partner” in his accused treason, but with the greater threat of a mad scientist and Russian assassin about, the SSR reluctantly allowed Peggy to help, after the SSR’s Chief Dooley was murdered.

Where the season finale left off could lead to a potentially stronger season two for Agent Carter, with Peggy’s decision to rejoin or leave the SSR looming, and her moving into one of Howard’s guest houses with her friend, Angie Martinelli, (and where the internet fan base is concerned, potentially more, as they are the most “shippable” couple in the show.) It also showed the possibility of Peggy and Jarvis reuniting to complete “missions” again, something the show thrived so well from.

The first season wasn’t the strongest that it could have been, but the writers did a great job of introducing Peggy Carter, as more than Captain America’s love interest, but not forgetting that fact either. Peggy, in a world of female oppression, is the leading lady that we need for television. In the season finale, Peggy says “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.” She is the strong, female lead that viewers have been waiting to see, and it’s a shame that more people didn’t see that. The mistake that the writers and creators made was spending eight episodes introducing Peggy, but that’s also the network’s fault. With such a short season, it needs to be completely strong, and that’s not enough to introduce a complete set of characters and stories. The writers’, however, focused too much on making the audience acquainted with Peggy Carter, because most of the audience learned who she was in Captain America: The First Avenger.

But don’t let this fool you; season one was fantastic. Quite possibly one of my favorite series, and the potential for season two is so outstanding, so we shall see what happens. ABC has yet to renew the drama for season two, but if so, it will more than likely be another short season (hopefully they give it 2-4 more episodes, so the stories have more time to progress.) Fingers crossed!

Reign 2×15: “Forbidden”

The beginning of the end. This season of Reign has been very eventful; starting with the plague and leading to the events that caused Mary’s assault. This episode, perhaps a slow one compared to the rest of the season, began with the Duke of Guise’s funeral, after Narcisse and Antoine falsely accused him of being responsible for the poisoning of King Henry.

The return of Marie de Guise, Mary’s mother, marked the drama for the episode. Still frightened about Queen Elizabeth and her rise in England, Marie confronts Mary about the state of her sex life with Francis, and pushes to know why they have not conceived. Not wanting to tell her mother of her assault, Mary lies about why rumors of her and Francis sharing separate chambers have spread, saying they’ve grown apart. Her mother, still devious and power hungry as ever, repeatedly pushes Mary to conceive, offering her a special mix of herbs that will help her relax and be “in the mood.”

When Lola accidentally runs into Marie de Guise, she is subjected to her scrutiny. As every mother should be, Marie is angry that Lola has a child with Mary’s husband, and angry that it was so easy for her to conceive. Lola must sit and listen, as she is only a Lady, and once Marie leaves, Lola drinks all of Marie’s wine, which she is unaware that it is mixed with special herbs. At the party, later in the episode, Lola is obviously not in her right state of mind. Francis arranged for her to meet a potential wife for their child, but she comments on the baby and mother’s unibrow and their funny ears. She seems drunk, but we learn that it was because of the herbs, which causes Lola to offer herself to Narcisse, but he respectfully declines, knowing that she isn’t aware of her choices. The herbs, we later learn, are for Marie’s deadly disease. She is slowly dying.

Mary decides to listen to her mother, and arranges a public night with Francis, so there is no question of who the father is, if she were to conceive. The good thing about Reign is they haven’t rushed Mary’s story; she is still traumatized from her assault, as she should be. Francis reluctantly agreed to Mary’s proposition, but then she is unable to follow through. She is still unable after her trauma to be in such a close proximity with a man. After her decision to call it off, Marie de Guise comes to Mary again, this time much angrier with her, as we find out she only looks at Mary as a way to gather power. Mary slowly informs her mother of her rape, to which her mother is still more concerned with a potential child, than Mary.

Mary decides to take control of her life and her power, and to return to France. We’ll see if she follows through, but she offers Conde the chance to come with her, in a romantic way, even though she might not ever be ready to be with him. Conde, however, is offered another opportunity. The potential chance to be Queen Elizabeth’s husband.

Reign has become the show we all expected in the season one. The show is much more about political power, and with the current events in the show’s timeline, it’ll be interesting to see how the story between Mary and Elizabeth will twist and turn. We’ll see if the writers follow history, somewhat, or if they give the show the happy ending for Mary that never existed.

Switched at Birth 4×09: “The Player’s Choice”

Something I’ve always admired about this little, groundbreaking show is the focus on the supporting characters. Very few shows absolve from their complete focus on the main group of characters (at least shows that are successful) and manage to still tell a captivating story. This episode (mainly) revolved around Travis, seeing as he’s had a much bigger story this season. Travis is dealing with his newfound popularity, while balancing university classes, baseball and his girlfriend, Mary Beth. He runs into his teammates on campus in the beginning of the episode, and has to bail when they ask hi to hang out, because Mary Beth asked him to see a movie. Travis, not the best student, is struggling enough on that front, and when Bay gives him relationship advice, he and Mary Beth end their relationship, so he can focus.

Ah, yes, Bay is the best person to ask for relationship advice….

Daphne and her roommate, Iris, task themselves with joining a sorority. Iris’ idea leads them to visit each one, where Daphne ends up wanting to join one herself, after she hears from another student that the seniors help with your schedule and keep copies of the past tests. (Not the best reason to join, Daph.) Both Daphne and Iris decide to do a “suicide bid”, where you only ask one sorority to join, and then they decide whether or not to let you in.

Bay, meanwhile, is back to her house arrest entertainment when her art project is postponed, while background checks are done on her local heroes. John, as interim coach of the UMKC baseball team, asks her to help, when all of his assistant coaches follow the old coach to a new job. Bay agrees, but is still distracted about Emmett after his last visit. He accidentally butt FaceTime calls her, awkward since he was avoiding her, and they have a brief chat, but he’s “too busy” and has to go. When Bay intervenes with Travis and Mary Beth, Mary Beth calls her out and reminds her that she isn’t concerned with them, she’s concerned with her and Emmett. Still reeling after their last visit, Bay ends the episode by making the rash decision to fly out to LA.

Not much happened this week, just the normal building of potential stories. This season, sans the Bay and Tank episodes, seem to be a little dull and not have much of a purpose. Next week is the spring finale of Switched at Birth, so prepare for it to be big. Hopefully we see how many stories have built up this season, other than the one with Regina and her ex-gang member boyfriend, Eric, (but nothing seems to be happening with that one yet), will conclude and expand. It’ll be interesting to see how they leave off. Stay tuned!