‘Power’ Season 5, Episode 3 Recap: “The Lies You Tell”

The lies are starting to catch up with everyone who’s been telling them, and things are slowly unraveling for everyone involved. This is especially true for Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.) who’s been telling both his parents that he was no where around when his sister Raina (Donshea Hopkins) was murdered.

A surprise visit to the St. Patrick’s home from a detective who’s asking follow up questions on Tariq’s whereabouts the night of the murder are setting off red flags for Tasha (Naturi Naughton). She knows he’s not being honest but, then again, she hasn’t been completely honest with him about anything pertaining to their family business as drug dealers.

Their dishonesty with one another finally comes to an end during their trip to Choate. In the car they have an open, heart to heart conversation where Tasha tells him how rough it was growing up in Queens for she and Ghost (Omari Hardwick). Selling drugs was their only way out of the hood to provide a better life for their family.

She tells him that she and Ghost kept that part of their lives away from him and his sisters to protect them. Since she’s willing to open up to him, he finally opens up to her and tells her the truth. In a tearful confession, Tariq admits to being there when Ray Ray shot Raina.

He may have finally spoken the truth about the details from that night but that doesn’t stop the continuous damage control that needs to be done on his behalf. Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) seems to be doing her best in handling that. Especially when it comes to Internal Affairs officer Blanca Rodriguez (Monique Gabriella Curnen).

Rodriquez is getting way too close to figuring out there’s a connection between Valdes, Tariq, Ray Ray’s murder and Raina’s. She’s poking around asking way too many questions and finds that Valdes’ name keeps popping up in all of those answers. The pressure is on Valdes and she has to act fast. She issues a warrant to have Rodriquez’s investigation shut down. After all, she is calling the shots over at the AUSA’s office now, so she can do that!

Valdes and her AUSA cohorts are busy in other areas too. They finally put the pieces of the puzzle together to see the big picture and at the center of it all is not the Jiminez “brothers” but the Jiminez siblings – Diego and his sister Alicia.

The brother/sister pair are the big drug connects they’ve been searching for and they’ve finally figured out that they’ve been right there in their city this whole time. Valdes is ready to issue warrants to bring them both in Meanwhile, Mak (Sung Kang) and Saxe (Cooper Johnson) are on a private mission of their own to bring down Tommy (Joseph Sikora) and Ghost but they don’t have the information that they need to make that happen just yet. So, they arrange a visit with someone who may be able to provide them with some inside information – Tony Teresi (William Sadler), Tommy’s newfound father.

Mak and Saxe meet with Teresi in prison and offer him a deal for immediate, early release if he’s willing to play ball with them on gathering information to take down Tommy and Ghost. Ironically, Teresi tells them that this is the deal he’s been waiting for since he connected with Tommy.

 

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‘Bachelorette’ Recap: Becca Admits She Sympathizes With Arie

Becca Kufrin admitted during the Monday, July 9, episode of The Bachelorette that she sympathized with ex-fiancé Arie Luyendyk Jr. Plus, one man shocked Becca by revealing that he is a virgin.

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Blake freaked out as he waited to get a one-on-one, but once he did receive the date card, his doubts calmed slightly. Becca was open with him about caring for more than one man at this point and shared that she related to Arie’s plight. “In a way, like, I do sympathize with Arie because I couldn’t understand how you could feel so strongly for multiple people,” she explained. “And I see just how difficult it probably was for him at the end.” Blake was hurt that Becca was feeling this way about other men, though.

After telling Becca about the affair that led to his parents’ divorce (his mother left his father for Blake’s high school basketball coach), he admitted that he was in love with the Bachelorette. Becca gushed to the cameras that she was in love with Blake too and she could 100 percent see him as her husband. “My heart just recognizes his,” Becca confessed after giving Blake a rose.

The 26-Year-Old Virgin

Colton revealed to Becca that he is a virgin during their one-on-one date. When Becca heard the news, her surprise was evident as she replied, “Really?” The Bachelorette even walked out on the pair’s dinner to digest the shock. (She later tweeted that she was just going to the bathroom.) Colton was nervous that this would be a dealbreaker for Becca, but she assured him she would never judge or think any less of him for his decision, although she was privately concerned that Colton hadn’t experienced very much life yet.

Colton told Becca he was not waiting for marriage, just “the right heart” – an interesting statement as his last girlfriend was gymnast Aly Raisman. Becca appreciated that Colton took sex so seriously, and she gave him a rose. Colton saw the bloom as a sign that Becca accepted him for who he is.

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Swimming in the Dark

Garrett and Becca exchanged googly-eyes at each other throughout their one-on-one. Becca was slightly worried about just how happy go lucky Garrett always is and wanted to see more depth in their relationship, but she felt positive about their connection.

Garrett later opened up about his ex-wife and how he changed himself to make their marriage work. Becca believed she and Garrett had similar pasts with their exes. She was thrilled when he told her he was beginning to fall in love with her, so she was confident giving him a rose. The couple stripped off their fancy duds and shared a sexy night swim before the date came to a close.

Love Is Not All You Need

Becca only had one rose to hand out on her group date with Leo, Wills and Jason. She sent Leo home early during the date because she didn’t feel like they were at a place where she could meet his family.

While Jason held back, which troubled Becca, Wills told the Bachelorette he was falling more and more in love with her. However, Becca didn’t think she was on the same page as Wills, so she gave Jason the rose instead. Wills was so heartbroken he exited the car on his way home to cry.

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The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas

Things are getting really real on The Bachelorette because hometown dates are just around the corner. The men are now required to say things like, “It’s getting real, man” and “Meeting my family is a really big deal.” That’s right, we’ve reached the point in the show where the L-word is bandied about by the newly-serious men gnawing the spray tan stains off their fingernails and hoping they are vulnerable and open enough to get a rose and try to make up new things to be honest about so Becca rewards them with a rose.

Here’s what happened this week on The Bachelorette:

Drama Free Zone

The number one thing that Becca is looking forward to in the Bahamas is no drama. She wants a drama-free zone so much that she can’t even manage to say the obligatory, “I’m looking forward to falling in love in the Bahamas” because falling in love would be too much drama. Becca then makes a rookie mistake saying that she can’t wait to have a relaxing time and she just hopes that no one ruins it. If that’s not the ominous sound of foreshadowing.

Bahamian Viagra

Becca invites Colton out for The Bachelor franchise’s standard boat date: They wear revealing swimwear, flirtatiously splash in the water, make out in front of the cameras, and generally recreate the Jay-Z on a jet ski meme. Back at the hotel, the men have nothing better to do than sit around the hotel room laying bets on whether or not Colton is planning on telling Becca that he is a virgin on his one-on-one date or just keeping the secret until one of the men is forced to tell Becca in a quiet, but intense conversation. Despite the fact that the producers failed to set this date on the Virgin Islands, Colton is still considering telling Becca his truth. However, the moment he works up his nerve, a man appears and bullies them into diving for conch, and then eating the conch’s piston, which is a well-known aphrodisiac known as the Bahamian Viagra. Between jokes about Colton’s big conch, Colton finally manages to tell Becca his big secret. He tells her that sports is a big conch blocker and he was too busy playing football to have girlfriend and he is a virgin. Becca replies, “Really?” And then excuses herself for one second to (guessing!) go scream, “Really???” in the bathroom and wish that she could call a girlfriend and scream, “Really?????” There is, of course, no way that Becca would dump Colton for being a virgin, but the show needs drama so she has to make the big old football player sweat a little. She returns to the table, thanks him for being vulnerable and honest, and rewards him with a date rose.

What A Beach

Becca then invites noted Instagram fanatic Garrett for a nearly identical date to the one she went on with Colton, but with a sea plane instead of a boat and 100% fewer conch jokes. Becca and Garrett romp, frolic, flirt and recreate that one scene from From Here To Eternity while a cameraman zooms in on their hands touching PG-13 style. Becca admits that she is falling for Garrett, but also has questions for him, like his feelings about hateful Instagram memes? Instead she asks him about his ex-wife and his family. She pins the rose on him and Garrett tells the camera that he no longer sees Becca as his girlfriend but as his “potential wife.” Then they strip down to their swimsuits and go for a night swim as Becca claims she has never felt this way about anyone — not even Arie!

We Were On A Break!

Just as Becca is about to choose who will fill the vacancy in her heart, the reality show is interrupted by Donald Trump’s reality show-style announcement of who will fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Brett Kavanaugh, will you accept this rose?

Horsing Around

Then Becca invites Blake on the exact same date that she went on with Colton and Garrett, but with 100% more Baha Men performing their hit, “Who Let the Dogs Out?” Becca has so much fun that she feels “like she is glowing from the inside out.” She and Blake make out on a beach, make out in the water, ride horses on the beach, and get vulnerable with each other, which is not euphemism. Blake tells her that the last week has been really tough for him mentally and Becca decides the best response to that is to tell him that she now sympathizes with Arie because she too likes a few people and understands why he brutally dumped her on live TV to take up with her runner up. Blake doesn’t look thrilled about hearing that his girlfriend loves multiple people, but hey buddy that’s what you signed up for. Over dinner, Blake tells Becca that his mom had affairs with his basketball coach and English teacher. After that confession, Becca definitely wants a hometown visit. She quickly gives him the date rose. To seal the deal, Blake tells her he loves her and Becca tells the camera that she is in love with him, but has to hold back for dramatic purposes.

Beach Bumming

To decide which of her remaining suitors will earn the last rose, Becca invites Wills, Jason, and Leo out on a three-on-one date. Then she makes them play beach volleyball for her love. Wills and Becca spend a lot of time kissing and talking about family. Jason, whose name I still have to read off the bottom of the screen, is very excited to introduce Becca to his family and they engage in some light canoodling. Leo and Becca have an honest talk and they both admit that they aren’t quite at the meet-the-family point in their relationship. As Becca rejoins Wills and Jason, Leo stands alone in the waves staring off into the middle distance. They leave him alone on the shore as they continue their date. At dinner, Wills tells Becca that she made him believe in love again, while Jason says that “the vibe they are forming” is like nothing he has ever felt before. Guess which one Becca chose? Wills tries not to cry on national television and almost manages it.


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‘Total Bellas’ Recap: John’s Busy Schedule Leaves A Stressed Nikki Planning The Wedding Alone

With John Cena busy at work, wedding planning begins to take a toll on Nikki Bella during the July 8 episode of ‘Total Bellas.’ Here’s our recap of the episode!

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The Sea, the Sea: The Heart and Soul of ‘The Affair,’ Episode Recap S4E4

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Are you OK on that couch, hun? Need some chamomile? Many, many things happened in The Affair on Sunday night. There was a lot of plot, a lot of feeling, and more than a lot of looking and brooding—enough brooding, in fact, to produce a sky full of the kind of cloud cover that hung above Alison and her new squeeze Ben’s boat trip.

And there was an affair. Finally, the show’s title was relevant again.

That boat trip was supposed to be cute, but I also kept thinking about Dead Calm, too. That’s what could be a cute date gets redrawn as on The Affair. It’s less will they get together and more: will they both get home with minds and bodies intact?

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‘Teen Mom 2’ Recap: Briana and Javi Finally Admit They’re Dating

Together at last! Javi Marroquin and Briana DeJesus made things official during Monday, June 4, episode of Teen Mom 2. Even though they tried to act like one big happy family with their children, their relationship with Kailyn Lowry couldn’t be worse. Also, Chelsea Houska faced Adam Lind in court and can finally sleep soundly again. Find out what you might have missed during this week’s episode of Teen Mom 2.

Chelsea Finally Feels Her Daughter is Safe

It was finally time for Chelsea to face her ex in court to try to hyphenate her daughter’s last name to match her and her husband Cole Deboer’s name. She also wanted to get her visitation agreement changed so that Adam could only see Aubree in a visitation center. She couldn’t be more nervous to faceher ex, who she hadn’t seen in about a year.
“I hate that I doubt myself,” Chelsea said and continued to worry about her intentions. “Am I being ridiculous? Can you be too ridiculous when it comes to your child?”

In the end, everything went Chelsea’s way, and she cried on the car ride home because she finally felt like Aubree was in a safe situation.

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“I just feel like a weight is lifted off my shoulders,” Chelsea said. They celebrated by telling Aubree about the name change by writing it on a cake, and Aubree was over-the-moon.

Briana and Javi are Official

After weeks of beating around the bush, Briana finally admitted that she and Javi were “boyfriend and girlfriend.” She went to Delaware to celebrate Lincoln’s birthday with the kids. She even made Javi and their children matching shirts for the party.

“I’m looking forward to today,” Javi said, and the two were acting like they were married already even though they just made it official. Javi was stressed about the Kailyn situation, but was mushy about having Briana to help him through it. “It’s nice having you by my side,” he told her.

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Even though last week’s episode made it seem like Kailyn was in a relationship with her friend Dom, she shut rumors down this week by declaring she was too busy dealing with other people to be in a relationship. Although she was mostly referring to her children, the Briana/Javi drama might also have had something to do with it.

When Javi decided Briana was going to go to Lincoln’s party that he was supposed to cohost with Kailyn, Kailyn dropped out and had her own party. Briana exchanged some vicious texts with Javi’s ex, and it caught Kailyn off guard.

“Shut the f—k up cause now I’m mad. S—k my d—k, you dumb bitch,” Briana texted Kailyn when Kailyn said she didn’t want to meet up with her to talk thing about.

After that explosion, Kailyn prohibited the crew from filming any part of the party because Briana was there. “I don’t think that she’s a good person,” Kailyn said. “I don’t want anything to do with him.”

Nathan Might Still Be In Love With Jenelle

Jenelle Evans embarked on a new business venture and transformed her personal Facebook into a more professional page. However, the change made rumors swirl that she and David Eason were breaking up because her page no longer mentioned they were together. Her ex Nathan Griffith didn’t waste any time to text Jenelle to find out what was going on and tell her he wants the best for her.

“You don’t know s—t about Kaiser. You don’t ask about Kaiser. But you ask if I’m broken up with David,” Jenelle told her friend about the text, who proclaimed that Nathan was just trying to weasel his way back into her life. To no one’s surprise, David lost it when he found out about the text. He got into a fight with Nathan over it and called him some extremely derogatory words. When Jenelle was suppose to drop off Kaiser to Nathan after, she sent David’s mother to avoid drama.

However, Nathan was so made about the texts, he went after David’s mom. He also seemed a little upset that the two were still together. “They need to get off the drugs,” Nathan said. “I won’t do this no more.”

Leah Opens Up To Her Daughter

Leah Messer took her daughter Aleeah Grace to a therapist this episode to work out some behavioral issues she was dealing with. Aleeah was acting out, and Leah and her ex Corey Simms thought it had something to do with her twin getting more attention than her. The appointment went well, but Leah had to talk about her daughter’s problems in front of her, which made it awkward.

“It was hard to talk about why you’re not always the nicest to Ali,” Leah told Aleeah afterward. “Even when you have a bad day, I still love you.”

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‘Queen Sugar’ Season 3, Episode 2 Recap: ‘Give Me What I’m Due’

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And just that fast…we’re back with Episode 2 of the third season of Queen Sugar. In a sweet treat for all the QS fans, the season premiere is over two nights. So here we are with “Of Their Sojourn Here” the episode’s official title.

Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) has found out that Blue (Ethan Hutchinson) is not his biological son, which has to have some far-reaching emotional complications. But in true Ralph Angel style, he’s plowing ahead, although Blue has for sure chosen a strange time to start acting up. Ralph has his hands full these days. But good news is ahead – his parole officer informs him that his probation can end early if he hires some other ex-cons. But as with everything with Ralph Angel, this sounds like a good idea that may go badly.

 

So on to the rest of the fam. Nova (Rutina Wesley) who is becoming just a li’l annoying – like, can she be vulnerable and human for once and not ALWAYS on a soapbox (Like that time with Remy from last season!) is of course, thrilled by the anthem protest, but not how the teens are being portrayed in the media. She wants to write a story but her paper’s blocking her as they lost advertising on her most controversial work. So while Nova has some decisions to make, Aunt Vi has some pies to make.

She’s been asked to up her order and promised prominent placement in the supermarket. But her oven is out so she heads to the High Yellow. But as you can expect, the owner, Clyde, ain’t hearing that. So Vi’s out of there for good (does this mean they’ve got to find a new hangout? I kinda like that spot.)

While Aunt Vi is trying to secure the bag, Hollywood (Omar Dorsey) has already secured it. He’s got his settlement check. Now you know how Black folks act when they get a settlement and Hollywood is no exception. We’re going shopping!

After his experience at the game, Micah (NIcholas Ashe) wants to go to public school. For him, it’s as much a step towards independence as it is a desire to be around people different from the ones he’s known all his life. But of course, Charley is against it. Micah enlists the help of his father, Davis, (Timon Kyle Durrett) who suggests that he approach Charley logically. She still ain’t feeling it.

Remy, instead of becoming Charley’s lover, has instead become her biggest critic, because he believes her alliance with the Landry family will come back to haunt her. She’s already being haunted by Jacob Boudreaux (Lea Coco) who may be a nice guy in real life but plays creepy quite well. He reminds her that they share a secret, while making that secret seem illicit. Chill, dude, you ain’t getting nothing but a check from Charley.

 

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‘Queen Sugar’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 1: Does The Truth Set You Free?

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The Bordelons are back and in the season 3 opener, it looks like we are in for another complicated ride with this interesting, perplexing, fascinating and sometimes frustrating group. Nova (Rutina Wesley) is hell-bent on her activism, as usual, after dumping her white police boyfriend Calvin (Greg Vaughan) for the cause after he professed his love and left his wife last season. (Damn shame, they had such amazing chemistry.) Right before a story is rejected by her newspaper, she finds out that a New York publishing house wants to sign her to a book deal.

It could be a dream come true for Nova, but we suspect that although they want to make her the next Ta-Nehesi Coates, a white editor might be an issue. Well, she’s not sure if she wants the deal just yet. Oh, Nova, go ahead and get that money!

Money is flowing these days around the Bordelon family. Even though her man Hollywood (Omar Dorsey) is getting a big settlement check from the oil rig explosion, Aunt Vi (Tina Lifford) is doing fine on her own. She’s got the pie business. Meanwhile, her man is hovering around her like she’s a delicate flower just because of her lupus diagnosis. But c’mon, Vi’s pretty strong. She wants Hollywood to give her some room. But he’s not having it because that ain’t the kind of man he is. Oh, we feel it, Hollywood.

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Charley (Dawn Lyen Gardner) and Micah (Nicholas Ashe) have moved into a big, pretty mansion and out of the mill. Now that she’s in partnership with the shady Boudreaux family, we can’t blame her for wanting some space away from work. (Her kitchen, though!!) She signs the deal with them for the mill, holding on to her 1% ownership ask, knowing that it will give her access to the financials. So she’s surprised to find out the Landry family is in debt after they’ve put up a big stake to partner with her. Uh-oh. Let’s hope that wasn’t just as smooth a chess move on their part. Remy (Dondre Whitfield) ain’t feeling Charley or the Bordelons at this point. He won’t even sit with the family when they see him out. Guess he’s set up to be the #1 hater this season.

Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) is having some issues with Darla (Bianca Lawson) gone. He’s still fine as hell, though and the local women are smelling him like a shark smells blood now that he’s single. But don’t get caught up ladies, Ralph Angel ain’t hardly in an emotional place to settle down. With Darla just away as far as Blue knows, he’s becoming a different child – acting out, not following directions and generally giving Ralph Angel a hard time. With everyone else caught up in their own lives, they don’t have a lot of time to step in and help, so Ralph is doing the best he can. But it might be time for Blue to get an old-school beating. Maybe time outs are just not working.

A Black Lives Matter anthem protest happens at a big high school basketball game attended by the whole family. This protest inspires Micah (Nicholas Ashe) and goes well with his new hobby – photography. His mother, meanwhile, has hired someone to find out what’s going on in the police department. And guess what, turns out a whole damn lot. The officer who traumatized Micah has done it to others. And somebody got it on tape.

But this episode’s most devastating moment is when Ralph Angel gets the results of his paternity test. He is NOT Blue’s biological father. Wow. We didn’t see that one coming. Ralph Angel doesn’t expect it to change things, but man, he could be so wrong about that.

Here’s to another season of the Bordelon fam!

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‘MAFS’ Recap: Molly and Jonathan Get Divorced Before Decision Day

Sometimes the truth hurts – just ask the couples on Married at First Sight. On the Tuesday, April 17, episode of the relationship reality show, the newlyweds were getting nervous as decision day fast approached. Some couples discussed the possibility that they might never fall in love, while others decided it was time to call it quits … immediately.

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After their huge fight, Molly packed a bag and left Jonathan – seemingly, for good. They both seemed sad about what they saw as a failure, but pretty firm in their decision to end it. Later, Jonathan met up with the other husbands and revealed that they’d decided to end it. Ryan and Jephte were very surprised.

Ryan then revealed that he didn’t feel very connected to his wife at this point, either. “If I were to cut ties, honestly, I wouldn’t be heartbroken at all,” Ryan confessed of his marriage to Jacqueline.

Girl Talk … Plus, Ryan

Molly, meanwhile, confided in the other women, who were both completely freaked out by the abrupt end of her marriage and worried it could happen to them. Jacqueline came home to Ryan to tell him how upset she was and he replied by saying they would always be connected – for better or for worse – no matter how their own marriage played out. He then confirmed that he was unsure about decision day. Jacqueline didn’t like hearing that so much.

Later, Ryan apologized and said he wasn’t really wavering. To show his true devotion, he gave her a necklace molded from flowers from their wedding. Talk about a 180!

Shawniece and Jephte Might Never Fall in Love

Shawniece and Jephte are hanging in there, but things were patchy. One moment they seemed perfectly fine and the next, they were bickering over who should drive that day. Jephte was freaked out by their constant arguing, but wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

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‘Braxton Family Values’ Recap: Season 6, Episode 3: ‘A Party That’s a Drag”

With this episode we find the Braxton sisters still in Las Vegas readying Toni Braxton’s big award day at the 2017 Soul Train Awards and her 50th birthday celebration. Daddy, Michael Braxton Sr., and brother, Michael Jr., are there too and ready to turn up at what’s supposed to be a fun party.

Frick and Frack, also known as Trina and Traci, really put their heads together to try to plan a fabulous birthday celebration that their sister would enjoy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work out that way. Toni shows up to the dinner expecting a wow effect once she enters but, that wow effect is not there – and neither is the entire family. Toni notices the absence of certain individuals and asks “Where is everybody else?”

Towanda’s missing because she has prior obligations with her stage play. Toni’s man, Birdman, isn’t there because he also has a show, and baby sis Tamar is still MIA, probably somewhere with an attitude after hearing what Ms. E said to TMZ.

Not only did Tamar not show up for her sister’s dinner but, she’s also still not answering nor returning anyone’s phone calls. She does however show up at the Soul Train Awards like everything is fine and dandy and even does a little three-second duet with Toni during her set.

We’ll get into the details of that in a minute but first let’s go back to this birthday party/dinner that’s a complete drag.

Trina and Traci come up with the theme “Toni Braxton Through the Ages” and decorate the room with several photos of Toni and her many looks throughout her career. There’s a photo of short hair Toni, long hair Toni, red hair Toni and Toni wearing that unforgettable risqué Grammy 2013 gown that left very little to the imagination. (OK Toni!)

In addition to the photos, both Traci and Trina pay homage to their sister by choosing one Toni style to portray at dinner. The only issue – Toni has no clue that’s what they’re doing.

Trina is sitting next to Toni wearing a short black wig, fishnet pantyhose, and a white collared shirt with a red jacket on the side. Toni thinks she’s going out to do a show or something and wonders why she’s dressed like that. Trina pulls out the picture of Toni’s “Breathe Again” cover art to show her the look she’s trying to mimic.

Then Traci explains her outfit, which is supposed to be a replica of Toni’s “You’re Makin’ Me High.” Judging from Toni’s facial expressions, Traci missed the mark.

The girls aren’t the only ones playing dress up at Toni’s party. When Daddy makes an announcement that he brought along with him a special surprise guest for Toni, things go from “Where is everybody?” to “You can’t be serious.”

Braxton Sr. gets up from the table and leaves the room to go get the guest, and in anticipation you almost think he’s going to surprise her with Birdman, Ms. Wanda (his wife), or even Tamar. But NOPE! Daddy comes back in the room dressed in full drag, wearing a flowered muu muu dress, pearls around his neck and a short blonde wig.

He’s supposed to be dressed as the girls’ grandmother (his mother), Mother Eva. Ummmm….alright Daddy!

Luckily, Mother Eva only stays for a moment and then exits the building. As nicely as she possibly could say it, Toni lets the girls know that her party was a bust. But, as Tamar would say, if she actually showed for the party – They Tried It!

 

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‘Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant’ Recap: Jade Feels Like a Single Mom

Sean told Jade to “go to hell” for not letting him play video games during the Monday, March 26, episode of Teen Mom: Young and Pregnant. While that relationship appeared to be in jeopardy, Stephan and Kayla seem like they might get back together even though he’s cheated on her multiple times. Check out the 5 biggest moments from the episode below.

Jade and Sean Are On The Rocks

Jade is feeling so alone. She goes to all her doctors appointments by herself and never spends time with her boyfriend because he’s always working or playing video games. “I’m really not happy right now with our relationship,” Jade told her friends. “I don’t feel like [I‘m] acknowledged.”

When both she and Sean did have a weekend off, she tried to spend some quality time with him before the baby comes, but all he wanted to do was spend all day in front of the TV. “Why would I want to be with someone who doesn’t want to do f—king anything?” Jade asked, and Sean wasn’t even up for that conversation, telling her to deal with it and to “go to hell.” So, she left.

Kyler Makes Lexi Feel Reassured — For About A Minute

Lexi is just trying to graduate and get her life together before the baby is born. She has fallen victim to her peers and adults in her community gossiping about her pregnancy online, and it’s really taking a toll on her. She was going to go to homecoming with Kyler, but when she went dress shopping, the store employees wouldn’t let her try on the dresses she wanted to wear because of her pregnant belly.

“It seemed like they didn’t want a pregnant person buying their merchandise,” Lexi said. She decided to the dance, and Kyler took her on a fancy date instead. They were both being really flirty, until she asked him again about where they were in their relationship. He said he wanted to be friends because it was “the same thing either way” if they were dating.

“Do friends have babies together?” Lexi fired back.

Ashley’s Boyfriend Finally Takes Her Side

After last week’s disastrous baby shower, Ashley and Bar decided the best thing for them is to work together as a family, but couldn’t come up with a concrete solution as to how to deal with Bar’s mom.

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Ashley on Young & Pregnant

 

“This is tearing our family apart,” Ashley said. “How much longer can our relationship take this kind of strain?” Bar did stand up for his girlfriend against his mom when she wanted to talk about the baby shower. “You walked in there with your guns cocked and your little cocky ass petty attitude,” Bar said.

Bar and Ashley seem to be at a good place in their relationship after the baby shower drama subsided. Bar even told her that he won’t let his mom be present at the birth, but Ashley won’t believe it until she sees it. He said something similar before the shower and look how that turned out.

Kayla Might Take Back Her Cheating Ex

Last week, Kayla claimed she never wanted to speak to Stephan again after finding out he cheated on her again. However, she cooled down and even hung out with him during Monday’s episode to try to remain civil.

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Kayla and Stephen on Young & Pregnant

“It’s hard for me to keep those boundaries with Stephan because we’ve been together for so long,” Kayla said. She told him she wanted them to have a good friendship so their son would grow up with memories of both his parents. She did try to put boundaries on their relationship — no cuddling allowed — but Stephan wasn’t having it.

“I can’t walk away from you, period,” he said. “Not only because you are the mother of my child, but because I love you.”

Danae Is Worried About Bonding with the Baby

Danae and Brianna’s mom are still constantly arguing, making Brianna feel caught in the middle. Her mother criticized the couple’s financial plans, or lack there of, and still won’t let Danae officially move in the house.

When Danae confided to a friend about his problems, he really let it all air out that his living situation wasn’t the only cause of his stress.

“I am really nervous that this kid will not love me,” he said. “I just feel like I’m already in love with this baby and I just want him to feel the attachment I feel.”

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‘MAFS’ Recap: Ryan Ditches Jaclyn to Go Drink With His Friends

It’s scary to commit to forever – especially when you’re Married at First Sight. On the Tuesday, March 20, episode of the relationship reality show, the three couples struggled with what it meant to make their marriages the real deal. Some couples navigated the rocky waters with skill, while others were on the verge of sinking.

Shawniece and Jephte Make Up, Again

Jephte was so upset at the prospect of having to surrender his phone to Shawniece that he walked out. She refused to chase him. After getting some (good) advice from his friend, he left her a few roses as an apology. Later, they discussed their five-year plan and surprisingly, seemed to be on the same page when it came to career, travel and kids.

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Jephte Pierre and Shawniece Jackson Karolina Wojtasik/Lifetime

Molly and Jonathan Still Haven’t had Sex

Molly was committed to showing Jonathan more physical affection. Instead, though, she gave him a gift card to his favorite story for his birthday. Apparently, that did the trick, though! No man has ever been more excited for a gift card.

Jaclyn and Ryan Hit a Rough Patch

During a boys’ night out with Jonathan, Jephte, and Pastor Cal, Ryan revealed that he and Jaclyn were feeling tension about her desire to live a “gypsy” lifestyle, which he wasn’t feeling. Pastor Cal reasoned that she might just want some extended vacations, but Ryan argued that she wanted to move abroad. Instead of going home to Jaclyn (who was sick), Ryan opted to leave the boys’ night to hang with a friend. Jaclyn later told the camera that Ryan was drunk and she was feeling a bit over the marriage.

They talked it out the next night. The conversation was civil, but she revealed that she was worried he wasn’t making space for her in his life. He asked for more slack and she asked him if he just didn’t want to be married at all. He insisted he wanted to be married and they hugged it out … for now.

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‘Catfish’ Finale Recap: Woman Falsely Confesses To Being a Catfish

Ending with a bang! The Wednesday, March 7, season finale of Catfish turned one of the most perplexing and twists yet into what was, quite possibly, the happiest ending in the show’s history.

When Catfish producers first heard from Savenia from Rochester, it was in the form of an email. The then 17-year-old had reached out to the show about a guy she’d been dating online for five years, Dylan. In a cryptic email message she confessed, “I’m not the person he thinks I am. I guess this makes me a Catfish.” Unbeknownst to Savenia, her online beau of five years also reached out to the show some months later asking for help identifying Savenia.

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Dylan on ‘Catfish’

Host Nev Schulman immediately decided to fly Dylan out to Los Angeles. After meeting the 18-year-old aspiring wedding cake designer, Nev and co-host Max Josephs were convinced he was the victim of a Catfishing scheme. Considering his girlfriend Savenia refused to video chat, would never meet up in person and had a slew of overly staged modeling shots on her Facebook profile, all signs pointed to her being a bonafide Catfish.

When Savenia agreed to meet Dylan in L.A., she admitted over the phone, “I’m not really who I say I am.” Obviously the last thing anyone expected was for Savenia to show up looking exactly like her photos, but that’s precisely what happened. The tall, attractive young woman excitedly bounded out of a producer’s car and into Dylan’s arms, hugging him emotionally. So, why did she claim to be a Catfish?

Savenia revealed that she assumed she was a Catfish because she “posted a lot of photos of me looking really good, like photoshopped.” She added, “I feel like I was Catfishing him. My boobs were photoshopped. My butt was photoshopped.” Max flatly called her out explaining that in today’s world, it is assumed that everyone posts edited photos. Nev agreed, saying, “You don’t look that different.”

Aside from her misinterpretation of the true meaning of being a Catfish, Nev and Max were thrilled for this love story to reach a happy ending. Nev exclaimed, “I’m overjoyed. This very rarely happens for us.” Three months later, the duo had plans to move in together and appeared madly in love.

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‘UnREAL’ Premiere Recap: Here for the Right Reasons

If you’ve seen Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, you were already introduced to the new Rachel (Shiri Appleby). During the Monday, February 26, premiere of UnREAL, Quinn (Constance Zimmer) went to a farm where Rachel was seeking treatment to tell her that she needed her to come back and help save Everlasting. However, the woman that stepped back on set was a new Rachel, one who was living a life of celibacy and truth. She made that perfectly clear with her first, epic monologue to Chet:

“You are an overpaid, incompetent man baby who’s riding on the backs of women who do all of your work for you. You’re too dumb to know how pathetic it is, so we had to use you to push Serena through to the network just because you were born with a dick. I never understood what Quinn saw in your fat, sweat, drug-addled ass but whatever it was, you wasted the best years of her life and destroyed the one person who is ever gonna care about you.”

This season of Everlasting is like none other. Quinn, Rachel, Chet and co. are now finding a husband for their first ever suitress. Rachel chose Serena (Caitlin FitzGerald), a strong and successful woman who was actually looking for love. However, she was determined and strong, which meant she was challenging for Quinn and Rachel.

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For example, she refused to wear a cleavage-bearing sequined gown and instead wore her own conservative dress for night one. She also immediately sent home the jockey contestant since he was clearly just for the show and not a viable option for her.

However, after she snuck away with one of the men she did connect with – a single fireman, Owen – Rachel picked her up in golf cart and delivered the rough truth: Quinn could make the entire world hate her if she didn’t follow her instructions. So, she agreed to kiss the jockey and keep him. To do so, she got wasted … so much so that she ended up sleeping with the jockey, throwing up, then still sending him home.

This season, Everlasting also hired a new shrink. Dr. Simon was a real doctor, who used to help people with very serious issues. However, by the end of the episode, Rachel realized that he wasn’t there for the contestants – he was there for her. It’s safe to say, she may need it. Jeremy was also back and while he apologized to Rachel for hitting her, she was a little more concerned about the fact that he killed two people. However, he told her he did it for her.

Needless to say, this season is just heating up. Even Madison is hooking up again, this time with Gary, the network president.

UnREAL airs on Lifetime Mondays at 10 p.m. ET.

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‘Vanderpump Rules’ Recap: James Confesses Love For Lala, Slams Boyfriend

James Kennedy made no secret of his feelings toward Lala Kent’s relationship to producer Randall Emmett on the Monday, February 19, episode of Vanderpump Rules. The 26-year-old DJ repeatedly slammed the beauty entrepreneur’s relationship while on a boozy group trip to Rob Valletta’s lake house in Big Bear, California.

Lala made a point to corner James’ girlfriend, Raquel Leviss, while on the trip, telling her, “James just said something about my man. Normally if somebody else said that, we would have a lot of problems.” She then added, “You’ve gotta keep him in check.”

James Body Shames Randall Emmett, Calls Him ‘Big Fat Rolls Royce’

James justified his continual bashing of the two year relationship in a testimonial saying, “The only time she talks about him to me is when she’s complaining.” James clarified his remarks to his girlfriend raquel saying, “I throw things in her face that she knows are true. I call him ‘Big fat man,’ ‘Big fat Rolls Royce.’”

James continued slamming her relationship with 46-year-old Randall saying. “Lala’s walking around thinking she’s better than other people. You can’t blame her because with her boyfriend comes the high life, but without it the Range Rover’s not there, the Chanel’s not there, and the private jet’s not there,”he said. With friends like James, who needs enemies?

James and Lala, who’ve admitted to sleeping with each other in the past, sat down to discuss his behavior. Lala wept openly while pleading for James to stop “coming for” her. James then honestly admitted, “I have a negative view on that man because he put the one that I love in jeopardy.” He then dropped a bombshell, saying, “I’ve loved you.” Lala later told the cameras, “James thinks that he’s losing me to my relationship, but it’s OK for him to have a girlfriend and it’s OK for me to have a boyfriend.”

The episode ended without James offering any form of apology to Lala.

Vanderpump Rules airs on Bravo Mondays at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Bachelor Winter Games’ Recap: Ben Still Isn’t Over Lauren

Let the games begin! Couples began forming one day one of The Bachelor Winter Games! The cast, comprised of 14 players from various international versions of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and a dozen American contestants, had no problem overcoming cultural barriers to do everything they could for a chance at love. The twist is they have to compete in Olympic sports against each other to win dates, and of course, it wouldn’t be a Bachelor spinoff without rose ceremonies. Here are the biggest moments from the newest ABC show.

Ben Still Isn’t Over Lauren

Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell may have called off their engagement eight months ago, but it seems like Ben isn’t over it quite yet. “That was the happiest day of my life,” Ben said about when he proposed. “The breakup still hurts.” He claimed he’s ready to “turn the page” and was working hard to schmooze all of the ladies in the house. “I’m hoping for that spark,” he said. “I want to be in love again.”

Eric Bigger, Dean Unglert and Josiah Graham on ‘Bachelor Winter Games‘
Eric Bigger, Dean Unglert and Josiah Graham on ‘Bachelor Winter Games‘ Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC

Josiah Compliments Ally’s ‘Badonkadonk’

Josiah, who was featured on Rachel Lindsay’s season of The Bachelorette, knows he is “physically blessed” and is trying his hardest not to be arrogant during the Winter Games. However, he couldn’t help but compliment Ally, a previous contestant on the New Zealand Bachelor, about her figure when the two got to know each other a little better.

“We like that badonkadonk,” he told her. “Black men, we like the curves.” His comments obviously worked, because they ended up sharing the first make out session of the games. Even though neither of them won the biathlon later to get to go on a date, it looks like these two didn’t need a fancy dinner to get some one-on-one time. “I could see myself being with Ally,” Josiah said.

Ashley I. Cries … Again

Ashley I. might have a strong personality, but at least she is self aware! “I have a big reputation for being dramatic,” The Bachelor alum said.  From day one, she thought the only possible reason Kevin, a Canadian who Bibiana was flirting with, didn’t like her was because the cold air was making her skin dry and ugly. When Kevin won the biathlon and took Bibi on the date, Ashley’s signature water works made an appearance.

“I just don’t know what I’m doing,” Ashley sobbed. “Why does this always happen?” It looks like some things never change.

Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti on ‘Bachelor Winter Games‘
Kevin Wendt and Ashley Iaconetti on ‘Bachelor Winter Games‘ Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC

Lesley Gets Candid About Her Boobs

After her Bachelor experience, Lesley discovered she was at a high risk of breast cancer and chose to have a double mastectomy. She got her boobs reconstructed and is proud of the way she looks, but is nervous because she hasn’t been with a man since her surgery. “I’m a bit apprehensive to really dive in with someone,” Lesley said. “It’s a little bit nerve wracking.”

However, she wasn’t afraid to talk about it when flirting with Dean. “You can be the judge,” she said. “I think they look great.” The two ended up making up on the couch, so her comments obviously worked.

Christian Feels Left Out

It didn’t take long for couples to form from night one. Kevin and Bibi, Lesley and Dean, Josiah and Ally, Courtney and Lily, Luke and Rebecca and Clare and Benoit all made out almost immediately. “People are already pairing off and we’ve only been here a couple hours,” Luke said. It made some people, like Christian, the competitor from Germany, nervous for the rose ceremony.

“I’m really sad,” he said, even though multiple women have commented on his good looks.

The Rose Ceremony

Chris Harrison revealed that the rose ceremony would be going down very differently this time: the men had to write down the name of the woman they felt wasn’t there for the right reasons, and the women had to do the same for the man they felt wasn’t there for the right reasons. The three women and the two men with the most votes would be going home.

Laura Blair, Zoe Tang, Lauren G., Courtney Dober and Eric Bigger were sent home. It’s definitely an interesting spin on the traditional rose ceremony process that requires the contestants to get to know their fellow housemates.

The Bachelor Winter Games airs Tuesdays and Thursdays on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

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‘RHOBH’ Recap: Lisa Vanderpump Brings Kyle to Tears

Life’s a beach – sometimes. On the Tuesday, February 6, episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Teddi Mellencamp was getting organized to have the women over to her beach house. Even though she and Dorit Kemsley and had been fighting, she’d invited Dorit to join… and Dorit accepted.

Meanwhile, Dorit’s husband was basking in the afterglow of his over-the-top 50th birthday. Still, he enjoyed breaking some news to his wife, who had performed “Fever” with Boy George in the midst of the event. “George loves to sing with singers that can’t sing,” PK told Dorit. Dorit laughed it off, perhaps because she was too busy fighting with Teddi.

Dorit Vs. Teddi

Dorit was hurt that Kyle Richards had sided with Teddi instead of her during their battle over the serving of wine in a champagne glass. Meanwhile Teddi told Kyle Richards that her ongoing argument with Dorit was like “Chinese water torture.” Dorit and Kyle then met up for a meal with Lisa Vanderpump, who happily announced that the lawsuit that had been filed against her had been dropped.

Then the conversation turned towards Dorit’s battle with Teddi. Kyle asked if Dorit was offended that she had chimed in and Dorit made it clear that she was. Kyle and Vanderpump then got into it about whether Vanderpump had sided with Dorit. One thing led to another and finally Dorit told Kyle she loved Vanderpump more than she loved her. Kyle broke down in tears. Then Vanderpump stormed out – she was angry that they weren’t celebrating her legal victory.

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Kyle Richards

Kyle and Dorit then forgot about their own issues and started complaining about Vanderpump instead. Dorit then mentioned details about Vanderpump’s childhood that Kyle didn’t know. Kyle didn’t like that Vanderpump had confided in Dorit and not her. “It hurts,” Kyle said to the camera.

Babes on the Beach

Dorit, Kyle, Vanderpump, Erika Jayne and Teddi met up at Teddi’s beach house for the mini-getaway. (Lisa Rinna missed it because she was filming Days of Our Lives.) Dorit arrived with loads of food, which was her version of extending an olive branch to Teddi. Two minutes later, though, Dorit, Kyle, and Vanderpump got into it. Vanderpump said she’d felt dismissed and they argued she was only upset because the focus wasn’t on her.

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Erika Jayne“If Dorit was sitting there crying, would you have gotten up and left?” Kyle asked. “I don’t know,” Vanderpump admitted. Kyle decided this meant Vanderpump didn’t care about her very much. They continued their fight later by a fire pit, but eventually Vanderpump apologized and Kyle seemed to feel better.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recap: Jo Has a Hand in Paul’s Fate

Till death do us part! Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) had to make a difficult decision involving her abusive ex during the Thursday, Jan. 25 episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Also, Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) and Ben Warren (Jason Winston George) were forced to have the most difficult talk with their son after a horrible incident at the hospital. Here are the biggest moments from Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

Wilson finally got some peace of mind

Wilson’s abusive ex Paul (Matthew Morrison) was struck in a hit and run last week, but his injuries were only minor and he was going to be fine. It scared both Wilson and Paul’s fiancée Jenny (Bethany Joy Lenz), who was also being abused. They decided to confront him once and for all at his hospital bed.

“I’m going to talk to the police,” Jenny said. “I am never speaking to you again unless it’s from a witness stand.”

Unsurprisingly, Paul jumped from his bed to try to come at Wilson and Jenny, but smacked his head. He was brain dead, and because Jo was still legally married to him, it was up to her to decide what happened to him. She donated all of his organs to people in need. “Paul was awful in his life, and in death he gets to do all this good,” Wilson said. “There is light in darkness and they both coexist and sometimes it’s really beautiful.”

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Camilla Luddington in ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ Mitch Haaseth/ABC

Kepner Loses Her Face

A pregnant woman came into the hospital ready to give birth, so Kepner made an emergency delivery. The woman ended up being the wife of Kepner’s ex Matthew Taylor (Justin Bruening), whom she left at the altar.

“It hurt being left on my wedding day in front of everyone I knew and loved,” Matthew said. “I guess it worked out perfectly for the both of us.” However, the pregnant woman’s organs ended up failing, and she died in the ER right after giving birth to her child. Kepner totally broke down because the new woman reminded her so much of herself. Also, she couldn’t help but think about all of the pain she put Matthew through and how much he was hurting again.

Kepner’s religious faith continued to be tested through the entire episode. Ultimately, ended up getting drunk at a bar and hooking up with one of the interns in the shower. It’s one of the darkest moments she’s ever had on the show.

Warren and Bailey Face the Tough Lessons

After a 12-year-old black boy was brought into Grey Sloan after being shot by police for no reason, Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) wasn’t afraid to tell the officers they messed up.

“You’re coworker just shot that kid in the neck for no reason,” Avery said. “You guys don’t think maybe you should find out another way to do your job?”

When the boy died, Avery recalled a similar situation when he was pinned down by police for just walking around in his upper-class neighborhood. “So many people that look just like him are dying. For what?” Avery said.

The situation made Bailey and Warren realize they needed to have a talk with their son about the necessity of him being “polite and respectful” to police. “If you’re white friends are saying things and waving off, know that you cannot,” Bailey said.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Recap: Jo Finally Faces Her Abusive Ex

A ghost from the past arrived! Jo Wilson (Camilla Luddington) was forced to face her abusive ex Dr. Paul Stadler (Matthew Morrison) during the Thursday, January 18, midseason premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Also, a random intern saved Grey Sloan Memorial from being hacked. TGIT is back in full force!

Even though Wilson got her ex to sign divorce papers, she couldn’t help but notice that Stadler’s new fiancée (guest star Bethany Joy Lenz) appeared a bit distressed. She got Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) to distract Paul so she could offer help.

“He told me I was wrong so many times that I believed I was wrong,” Jo said to the woman. “Say the word and I will help you. I will get you out of this right now.” She gave the woman her phone number and they left. However, Paul found out about the conversation and came back to intimidate Wilson again.

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Matthew Morrison on ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘ Richard Cartwright/ABC

“You are torture. You are hell,” Paul told Jo, getting in her face. He added that he would keep her phone number so he could find her easily in the future. It looked like Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo) was going to murder him right then and there. Alex Karev (Justin Chambers) and Grey promised they wouldn’t leave her side, but Jo said she just wished her ex was dead.

So did Alex take that literally? At the end of the episode, Meredith walked in to see Wilson and Alex standing speechless outside of a hospital room; Paul’s bloody body was inside, since he’d been involved in a hit and run.

An unlikely character saved the hospital

Elsewhere at Grey Sloan, the FBI was still trying to stop the hacking. Dr. Casey Parker (Alex Blue Davis), an intern with a background in cybersecurity, volunteered to try to help Miranda Bailey (Chandra Wilson) anyway he could. Eventually, he was able to save the hospital, but had to be sneaky about it because he had a previous history of hacking into the DMV and was banned from doing any sort of cybersecurity work again. When Bailey asked why, Parker revealed he wanted to change the gender on his license because it said “female” and he is a proud transgender male.

“I like for people to get to know me before they find out my private medical history,” he said with a smirk.

Pierce and Avery face their feelings

Meanwhile, Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) were totally checking each other out in the bathroom while wearing nothing but towels. They talked about their past and Avery even brought up a possible future between them while addressing the elephant in the room — they’re step-siblings.

“We’re not actually related so we can be whatever we want to be,” Avery said. He did finally ask her out for a drink at the end of the episode and she basically left him hanging. To make the rejection even worse, a man Pierce met on Tinder showed up for a date she had forgotten she’d scheduled. So for now, that slow burn will continue.

Grey’s Anatomy airs on ABC Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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‘KUWTK’ Recap: Khloe Finally Tells the Family She’s Pregnant

Oh baby! The Khloe Kardashian television pregnancy reveal we’ve all been waiting for finally arrived. While the Revenge Body host may be six months along as of January 2018, the Monday, January 15, episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians brought us a special glimpse into what she was going through at six weeks pregnant when she told both her family and Tristan Thompson’s family!

“I’m pregnant,” Khloe admitted emotionally, while holding a positive pregnancy test … but not to her family. Instead, she first told her assistant, Alexa Okyle. Khloe also described the moment she told Tristan via Facetime: “He was like, ‘Wait are you kidding or serious?’” Khloe, who decided to hold off on telling her family in favor of saving the big reveal for an upcoming barbecue, found herself in the odd position of sharing the news with just her Alexa, Tristan … and probably a few production crew members.

Kourtney Jokes Khloe’s Gained Weight Before Pregnancy Reveal

In a moment of dramatic irony, Khloe found herself in a pickle when sister Kourtney Kardashian kept asking Khloe about her diet routine. Kourtney, in typical blunt fashion, remarked, “You’ve gained a few pounds.” She then added, “Have you amped up the eating since Tristan’s been back?”

She was shocked with the rest of the family when Khloe and Tristan revealed the news in Kris Jenner’s backyard to an audience of both of their families. A choked up and nervous Khloe admitted, while holding niece Dream Kardashian, “We’re so lucky and blessed to have everyone here … we’re having a baby.”

Kylie Finds Out Over FaceTime

Kris’ initial reaction was a sense of relief that Khloe would never be childless. The matriarch admitted, “I always thought that Khloe would may be one of those women who never had kids.” Khloe then revealed the timeline of her pregnancy saying offhandedly, “I’ll be six weeks on Tuesday.”

In a nearly cringe-worthy moment of pink elephants, Khloe told Kylie Jenner the news via Facetime – of course, there was no mention of Kylie’s pregnancy. Kylie seemed overjoyed that Khloe was pregnant saying, while Kim Kardashian later admitted she was “actually pregnant” so they could go through the pregnancy together.

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While the pregnancy reveal was the highlight of the special Monday night episode, another highlight was when Kim admitting she had glam squad requests in her will – she always will have her hair done, even if in a coma.

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‘RHOBH’ Recap: Dorit’s Husband Claims Lisa Rinna Is a ‘Schizophrenic’

What happens in Vegas, comes back to Beverly Hills. Dorit Kemsley wasted no time debriefing to her husband, PK, about how she bonded with Erika Girardi during their trip to Sin City. Though Dorit said she still didn’t really want to invite Lisa Rinna to her upcoming birthday party, she didn’t want her to be the only one left out.

Meanwhile, Kyle Richards and her family were busy preparing to leave on their family vacation to Croatia. Kyle couldn’t escape soon enough, as she and her husband were deep in “renovation hell” redoing their home.

Ladies Who Lunch

Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave met with Rinna for lunch. Though Lisa Vanderpump and Dorit had tried to “warn” Teddi about Rinna, Teddi liked her and decided to make her own decisions about which women to befriend. Teddi and Rinna bonded over their alleged rejection of things such as Cartier bracelets. As they bonded over that, Rinna reapplied her makeup. Enough said. Teddi then mentioned that she was inviting several of the women to watch her in a horse jumping competition – more on that later.

Birthday Babies

The eve of Dorit’s birthday dinner arrived and everyone gathered to celebrate. Teddi brought her husband, Edwin. Hosted by Vanderpump and (unofficially) her husband Ken, the party kicked off with martinis. Rinna was happy that she was invited, but was nervous just the same. Also in attendance were Camille Grammer, her girlfriend Kimber, and Erika. There was a surprise guest as well: Jagger, Dorit’s son. “Jagger is my heart and soul,” Dorit said before admitting she also loved her new Birkin bag.

Dorit Kemsley’s son
Dorit Kemsley’s son Bravo

Shortly after arriving at dinner, Jagger called Erika the “bad guy.” Dorit swore to the camera that she never said that. “My son’s very into bad guys and superheroes,” Dorit said. Shortly after that, Rinna decided to make a speech. “We are in a really nice place, so thank you and happy birthday to you,” Rinna said.

Daddy’s Girl … Not So Much

Erika met the man who was collaborating with her on her book. Through their chat, she re-emphasized just how nonexistent her relationship was with her father. “I just knew that whatever I was searching for was not there,” she shrugged. “It is what it is.” The collaborator didn’t seem completely convinced that Erika was as over it as she claimed, but he didn’t push it – at least for now.

Horsing Around

Vanderpump, Rinna, and Dorit arrived to watch Teddi compete at the horse show. Dorit ignored Teddi’s advice and arrived in open-toed shoes, which weren’t great for the dusty grounds – but Dorit liked her look so she wasn’t too worried about it. Teddi rode her trainer’s horse, admitting that having her own horse was too rich for her blood. She completed the course quite smoothly and actually took first place. All of the women were very impressed, especially Vanderpump, who was the only one who seemed to know anything about horses.

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Dinner Party for Four

Dorit decided she wanted PK and Edwin to know each other, so she invited them over for an intimate dinner. “My husband loves my cooking,” Dorit bragged to the camera. Yes, she cooked dinner – so she said. They quickly got down to business, with Dorit admitting she had been engaged twice before PK. Then Teddi revealed she and Edwin had struggled through IVF. “You also feel bad, because you feel like you’re failing,” she cried to the camera.

Over dinner, PK warned Teddi and Edwin about their experience with Rinna. “He thinks Lisa Rinna is schizophrenic,” Dorit said. “She’s one person one minute and then another person another minute. She’s rage and regret – rage and regret,” Dorit said. She then basically ragged on Rinna for making a speech during her birthday party.

“I’m confused. You just had this big moment where you’ve forgiven each other,” Teddi said to the camera. “And now you’re at a dinner, talking about it again. That’s not forgiveness, in my opinion.” She is an accountability coach, so that assessment isn’t so surprising.

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Although Joe Budden’s days with Everyday Struggle has been cut short, the controversial rapper has a new come up in the making. Teaming up with Charlamagne Tha God, the hilarious duo will provide an end of the year recap titled “This Year Was Dope/Trash.” The announcement was made through Charlamagne’s Instagram page, which you can check out below.

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“This year was dope, Joe,” says Charlamagne, to which Budden responds “it had some dope moments, but it had a lot of trash moments.” Charlamagne then goes on to promise a year end wrap up of 2017 including all the biggest moments, hottest artists, best lyricists, and those who didn’t make the cut and had a pretty trashy year. Always one to bring the jokes, Charlamagne teases Joe and call him nervous, because “he thinks the Migos are about to walk in.” Migos recently made a dis track directed at Joe Budden and his show Everyday Struggle.

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Sheree Whitfield and Porsha Williams went shopping for some fancy French doors for the spa she was installing in her basement. In another part of town, Kandi Burruss and Kenya Moore went to visit Cynthia Bailey at her lake house. Kenya got a little misty-eyed talking about her grandmother’s funeral. She said everybody in the family attended, as did her husband, Marc Daly, and that helped comfort her.

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Sheree and Porsha also happened to chat about the weird glitch between Cynthia and Kenya – and how strange it was that Cynthia found out that her bestie had gotten married by reading it online.

Meanwhile, Cynthia took the opportunity to tell Kenya that she wanted to meet Marc and that she was angry that she hadn’t met him yet. Kenya insisted that the only reason was that he hadn’t been in Atlanta much. Cynthia seemed to believe that … kind of. Cynthia then shifted the conversation to Sheree’s relationship with Tyrone Gilliams, the guy who is in jail.

One on One

Porsha decided it was time to get serious about love and enlisted the help of a matchmaking service. “I want to focus on someone who is supportive, confident and successful,” she said. She also added that her uterus was “jumping” so she wanted someone who wanted kids – and soon. In addition, she was open to other races, including white and Asian men.

After downloading to the two women in charge of One on One Matchmaking, she gave them a house tour. Included in the house tour were a little boy’s room and a little girl’s room – oh, and a playground. The women from the service told her men would freak out if they saw all of the kids’ stuff in her house. Then they broke the news that she would likely go into this process without having any idea about the guys she would be meeting for dates. Porsha had a mixed reaction to that but seemed game for the adventure.

Still Waters Run Deep

Cynthia went by to check out her ex-husband Peter Thomas‘ new space. Apparently, even though their marriage had ended, she is still a 25 percent owner. Peter estimated that the space would be open in four months – though Cynthia was pretty skeptical considering the space was still basically a concrete hole.

“You look great,” Peter said, adding that even though she is 50, she looks 32. He then asked about her dating life and she admitted that she met someone she liked but denied that he was her boyfriend. Peter admitted to the camera that they still cared about each other, but they had to “check” themselves because they weren’t together anymore.

Tough Talks

Before her daughter headed off to college, Sheree decided to sit her kids down to discuss her history of domestic abuse with them. Her daughter said that her father, Bob, tried to talk to her about it once, but she had just driven off. Her son said he was surprised because she had never mentioned it. “You need to know that nobody deserves to be mistreated,” she said before specifically telling her daughters to never put up with what she had put up with that. She then admitted that talking to her kids about it was one of the hardest things she’d ever had to do. They told her they thought of her as Wonder Woman and shared a group hug, so overall – success.

Will You Be Mine?

Will Jones sent Cynthia a car service for their date. Though Cynthia was pretty excited about it, Kandi was on guard because she wasn’t sure she should trust Will. Todd Tucker also felt weird because he was such close friends with Peter. They both managed to put their concerns aside, though, to enjoy a day on a boat.

Will said he understood that it was strange for them to be out with Cynthia and a new man, but tried to push the conversation to a new direction. That didn’t go very well, as Kandi said she knew that Will had done the dating show circuit with full force. In other words, she was skeptical about his intentions with Cynthia. Will said he never taped with one of the dating shows she mentioned. “If he stands the test of time, we will know that he’s the real deal,” Kandi said to the camera. Cynthia politely asked Kandi to stop grilling Will. Good luck with that.

The Blind Leading the Blind

Porsha met up with her first blind date, a guy named Patrick. She nearly ran out the door of the restaurant when she saw him, but instead she stuck around for a little bit. Things got off to a rocky start though they went ahead and got sake bombs anyway. He told her thought most good-looking women were crazy and she told him she had to leave because her mom was staying with her. “I think that’s it for tonight,” she said after about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, Sheree was still kindling the romance with the inmate. In fact, when he called her in the middle of a session with her life coach, she took the call. Her life coach didn’t seem too impressed when she revealed that he was in prison. She said she “didn’t give a s–t” about women talking about her and insisted that she loves him. “Is this a fantasy?” the life coach asked. Sheree said it wasn’t. “Tyrone fulfills me more than any man has,” Sheree said to the camera. “I know what we share,” she told the life coach. “He is my soul mate.”

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‘Teen Mom OG’ Recap: Maci Requests Drug Tests as Ryan Admits Heroin Use

‘Tis the season for drama! The Monday, December 11, episode of Teen Mom OG brought us some seriously frustrating drama between Maci Bookout and ex Ryan Edwards as they continued their custody battle over son Bentley, 8, following Ryan’s recent rehab stay.

Ryan’s Still Going Through Withdrawl

The episode kicked off with Ryan, recently out of his 30-day rehab stay, talking to a friend about his recovery. Ryan confessed, “It’s a little tough sometimes. Just trying to get through the withdrawals and stuff.”

Later, Maci caught up with a friend about the friction between her and Ryan, explaining that she’s sending a letter to Edwards via an attorney that explains the stipulations needed for him to visit Bentley. Maci then read her text to Ryan aloud, saying, “I’ll need you to pass a drug screening, hair and urine, at my expense immediately prior to you taking [Bentley] for a visit.” She then added that Ryan had not responded to the text.

'Teen Mom OG' star Ryan Edwards
‘Teen Mom OG’ star Ryan Edwards

The Teen Mom OG crew then checked in with Ryan’s parents, Larry and Jen Edwards. Larry said Ryan’s pre-rehab drug use, “We knew there was something going on. … But anytime we confronted him, we’d get in an argument and he would leave.” Offering some insight into their son’s tension with Maci, Larry added, “We’ve learned what some of the triggers are. … You use Bentley? That’s a trigger.”

Ryan Admits His Drug of Choice Was Heroin

Ryan then consulted with a lawyer over the phone about his custody arrangement. After explaining his rehab stay, the lawyer asked Ryan what his drug of choice was. Ryan responded, “Heroin.” In direct contradiction to Maci’s earlier statement about Ryan ignoring her text, he revealed, “[Maci] won’t even return my phone calls or text messages.” The lawyer then added that Ryan would likely have to pass drug tests in order to get legal visitation with his child.

Amber Officially Dumps Matt

In Amber Portwood‘s world, we got a chance to witness the tail end of her relationship with fiancé Matt Baier as the duo jetted off to L.A. for their Marriage Boot Camp appearance. After arriving back home from the trip, Amber cut ties with Baier for good. She confided in a producer saying, “We went there to help our relationship … and it didn’t go well because he would lie. So I broke up with him one night.”

Amber, who’s now pregnant with new boyfriend Andrew Glennon‘s child, seemed thrilled to be single. “I can talk to anybody I want to, and they can call me,” she said of her dating life. “When you’re single people just come out of the f–kin’ woodwork.” Considering Us Weekly has reported that Glennon met Amber while she and Matt were filming Marriage Boot Camp, we’re sure some serious drama went down!

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‘Outlander’ Season 3 Finale Recap: A Near Sacrifice, A Near Death and an Actual Death in ‘Eye of the Storm’

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Eye of the Storm,” the third season finale of “Outlander.” As this season finale opens, Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is floating in the water and we hear her voice saying, “I was dead. Everything was blinding white. There was this soft rushing sound, like the wings […]

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‘The Walking Dead’ Recap: Odd Couples

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Queen Sugar Recap Season 2, Episode 15: ‘Harvest’

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Well, here we go, sugar babies. We’re down to the last episode before the very last Queen Sugar episode of Season 2., the penultimate one for you vocabulary fiends. How are we going to make it for months without the Bordelons? Thankfully, The Quad is back in January on BET. Gotta keep at least one Black show on year round.

But until then, we’re in the world of St. Josephine. We start off this week’s episode “Copper Sun” with an understandably distraught Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) being checked on by Hollywood (Omar Dorsey) and encouraged to share whatever’s going on. Ralph Angel tells him to get the family together because he wants to tell everyone what happened at the same time.

Remy (Dondre Whitfield) and Charley (Dawn Lyen Gardner)  are having a nice moment before one of the creepy Jacob Boudreaux (Leo Coco)  slithers into her office. He wants to talk partnership. He’s seen that Charley’s business acumen got  40% of his farmers to grind with her. He thinks they’d do better together. Geez, these Landry/Boudreaux folks aren’t even loyal to each other. But what’s their real agenda? Charley’s not feeling that offer, no way.

The concerned family waits together to hear what Ralph Angel has to say. Since the harvest is happening, he needs to be focused but obviously, he’s been gut-punched by Darla’s news. He tells the family and they rally behind him and Blue (Ethan Hutchinson.) This episode is full of some beautiful moments that truly reveal the heart of the Bordelon family.

They go through their changes with each other, but when someone is suffering, they pull together. So when Ralph Angel tells them that Blue isn’t his, they’re all feeling his pain. I do remember Darla (Bianca Lawson) saying it was possible that Blue was not his, not that she knew for sure. Obviously, Ralph Angel heard differently.

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That’s evident when Darla asks Hollywood to pick up Blue. She’s heading to her sponsor’s place – Thank God, she’s gonna need her – but thinks things can be worked out. Hollywood has to set her straight real quick. I do understand that Darla had to be honest to set things right with Ralph Angel. I do. Addicts are liars and manipulators when they’re active, so being honest is part of their recovery to make amends to those they’ve hurt. But this isn’t the kind of revelation that’s going to magically heal overnight.

Which is why Darla should have known that showing up for work was a mistake. I give her credit for trying to keep things as normal as possible but yeah. No. When Charley sees her, her face says it all. Darla gamely tries to sell Charley on how committed she is to the job and Charley quickly lets her know how committed she is…to her brother. Darla gotta go. Luckily, she doesn’t work for the High Yellow ’cause I think Aunt Vi (Tina Lifford) might have yoked ole girl up.

The Bordelon’s first harvest in years is anything but a good moment. Ralph Angel (thank you Queen Sugar costume designers, not only for Ralph Angel’s white funeral suit in the first season but for this Carhartt jumpsuit in this season. Oh my, Kofi Siriboe is a good-looking man.) The farmers are jumping ship after pressure from the Landrys. Ralph Angel’s got sugar to grind but he’s feeling defeated after all the drama. He rallies to give a speech to the troops but his heart is heavy. He says he only wanted to be a good father and a good farmer so he’s going to try and follow through on one of these things. Dammit Ralph Angel , you’re breaking my heart this week.

Nova’s navigating a media inquiry into Queen Sugar. The Landrys are spreading rumors about the Queen Sugar mill and its equipment. Some farmers won’t risk grinding there because of it and the news is now sniffing around. Nova tries to kill the story but it can’t be done. So now Charley has something else to worry about.

Micah (Nicholas Ashe) has found his activist heart over the Confederate imagery at his school. Welcome to Blackness, my young brotha. He wants all the Confederate folks out of the school, so he’s posting a notice on everyone’s locker. Some students applaud it, others throw the notices right on the floor in front of him.


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Here's some good news: After abusing AMC's "Go ahead make the episode as long as you want" privilege last year, The Walking Dead's been refreshingly concise so far this season. The premiere sprawled just a little bit past its hourlong time-slot, but the past two episodes have ended right on the dot. And thank the zombie gods for that, because, bloody hell, has this show ever been an

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‘This Is Us’ Recap: Jack Has a [Spoiler]?!

This Is Us is all about family, and while we thought we knew all the major players, the Tuesday, October 24, episode, titled “Brothers,” introduced us to a member of the Pearson family we never knew existed. Read on for more details about Kate’s big announcement, Deja’s past abuse, Kevin’s pain pill withdrawals and the mystery Pearson.

Kate and Toby Announce Their Pregnancy … to Total Strangers

After last week’s bombshell that Kate (Chrissy Metz) is pregnant, the show spent some time unraveling her anxieties. Now eight weeks along, she finally told Toby (Chris Sullivan). He was ecstatic — the exact reaction you would think an expectant mother would want from the father of her baby — but Kate set him straight right away. Because she’s 37, her pregnancy is considered geriatric; that, plus her weight, make it a high-risk pregnancy. So she told Toby to keep all his hopes and dreams about their baby to himself until the little one was born.

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Chrissy Metz as Kate on ‘This Is Us’ Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Kate was more than willing to keep the news quiet until she got into a fender bender with annoying, no-problems Madison from her support group. She blurted out that she was pregnant and decided it felt really good to say aloud. Kate gave Toby the same opportunity when she took him to a random coffee shop and gave him permission to tell a stranger. Toby cued up his happy song — Hootie and the Blowflish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” — and danced his way through the coffee shop as he told every person in sight that he and Kate are having a baby.

Deja Opens Up to Randall

Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Deja were still having trouble bonding, but she showed interest in attending a gala Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) was organizing. So Randall jumped at the chance to take her, even though he knew she only wanted to go because she’d developed a crush on Kevin (Justin Hartley). Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) was hesitant to let Deja go, but Randall assured her it would be fine.

And it was … until Randall unexpectedly lunged at Deja to keep her from eating a shrimp tail. She ran off to the bathroom, which is where she stayed until Randall entered the women’s restroom and waited outside the stall for her. Randall thought he came on too strong, but Deja opened up to him about her experience at one of her previous foster homes. She said her foster mom’s boyfriend would use magazines to beat up the kids — that’s why she didn’t like when Randall grabbed her. Luckily, Randall seemed to be on the right track with Deja as they headed back home.

Kevin’s Withdrawals

Kevin was in New York to be auctioned off at Sophie’s charity gala, but his pain pill dependency got the better of him. He was out of Vicodin, and after several calls to his doctor, he discovered he couldn’t get another refill. This led him to drink (a lot) and miss his part of the auction altogether. Sophie was disappointed in him for embarrassing her, and she pointed out that he’d been acting weird since he got to New York. Kevin rushed out to get some air and call his former doctor for pain pills.

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Justin Hartley as Kevin on ‘This Is Us’ Ron Batzdorff/NBC

Jack’s Dying Dad

In flashbacks, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) took young Randall and Kevin camping. He thought if they could work together as a team, they’d get along better. Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Kate stayed behind for a movies-and-manicures day, but a phone call from Jack’s father’s nursing home derailed their plans. Stanley was close to dying, and since Rebecca couldn’t reach Jack at the campground, she and Kate headed to the nursing home to check on her father-in-law.

Turns out, this was the first time Rebecca and Stanley had met, so she didn’t quite know what to do. She finally reached Jack and told him what was going on, but Jack decided to stay at the campground with the boys. In his eyes, “that man’s been dead to me for a long time.”

Rebecca informed Stanley that his son wasn’t coming. Before she left, she told him what a great father Jack was. “You think you screwed him up, but you didn’t. You only made him stronger.”

A Brother of a Bombshell

Judging by the title, you’d think this episode was about young Kevin and Randall learning to get along. And in part, it was. All Kevin wanted to do was torture Randall, but once he found Randall’s notebook filled with ideas about how he could get Kevin to like him (talk about The Karate Kid, for one), Kevin made an effort to bond with Randall over marshmallows.

But the episode’s title was also referring to a pair of brothers we didn’t even know existed. Looking back on Jack’s childhood, we saw his father stop for a drink on the way to take Jack fishing. Jack sat in the car for a long time, assuring himself that his father would come back. Then, out of nowhere, a bespectacled little boy rose up from a nap in the back seat: Jack’s brother, Nicky!

After adult Jack returned from camping with Kevin and Randall, he looked through a box of old photos, where he found a picture of himself and his brother in the Vietnam War. So why haven’t we heard anything about Jack having a brother before now? Did he die in the war? Or is he still out there somewhere?

This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.

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‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Recap: Kim Kardashian Continues to Struggle With Body Image Issues

Keeping up with the insecurities! While the rest of the family went about their lives, Kim Kardashian struggled with continued backlash over cellulite-revealing paparazzi pictures on the Sunday, October 15, episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Kylie Jenner Wants a Dress So Tight It

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Eric & Jessie Recap: Eric Decker Surprises Jessie James Decker With a Romantic Anniversary Dinner After Mother’s Day Fail

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Maggie Gyllenhaal needs some room to breathe. That's as true within The Deuce as it is about it. In this week's episode – "I See Money" – the series star's sex-worker Candy feels increasingly trapped by the emotional restraints and physical discomforts of her job. But as a character within the larger narrative, she's so hemmed in by the show's countless other characters, who

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‘Greenleaf’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 15: ‘What’s Done in the Dark…’

Just as soon as one secret and story unfolds – the silhouette of another one is silently lurking in the background, waiting for an opportunity to emerge from the darkness. But until that happens, let’s focus on the secrets that are exposed in episode 15 – “Two By Two.”

Bishop Greenleaf (Keith David) is suspicious of Lady Mae’s (Lynn Whitfield) relationship with Lionel (Tim Reid) after his departure from their home last week, but he’s saying nothing about it for now. He carries on with family business and church business as usual. While at the church office preparing his Sunday sermon, he receives a visit from none other than Rochelle (LeToya Luckett.)

She drops by Bishop’s office to deliver another large check. She tells him about her recent visit to the doctors’ office for her five-month breast cancer check up, and they have since called her back in for a follow-up. She says they want to meet with her in person which is a clear sign that something is wrong. Bishop consoles her by accompanying her to the appointment. While there, Rochelle receives great news that she is cancer-free. She does however have some kidney concerns that the doctors want to keep a close eye on, which is why they wanted to see her again in person.

Meanwhile, Lady Mae’s keeping a close eye on Rochelle, specially after she stops by Bishop’s office to find that he’s not there because he’s out with Ms. Cross. Lady Mae is a little panic-stricken by his absence, as  she already detects the Bishop’s distance and the turmoil developing in their marriage. And she’s not the only one – Grace (Merle Dandridge) sees it too. She asks her mother if everything is alright between she and the bishop and Lady Mae tells her no, but at the moment she has other things to handle.

One of those things to handle is finding a way to keep Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) home with her baby and off the road. She finds a way to do just that when she is informed that their housekeeper Maricel (Vickie Eng) has a family emergency. Her husband is in the hospital so she won’t be able to travel with Charity on the road to care for baby Nathan while she sings background for Tamela Mann.

Not only is Maricel’s husband extremely sick but he’s also an undocumented immigrant, which is why he delayed going to the hospital to get treatment in the first place. Lady Mae asks Grace to help,  but tells Charity the answer is “no” to taking the gig on the road.

But Bishop and Gigi are  ready to step in for a couple of weeks to take care of the baby and help Charity pursue this opportunity of a lifetime. Bishop puts his foot down and tells Lady Mae that Charity will be going on tour. When Lady Mae asks who will fill in as director of the music ministry in Charity’s absence, Bishop tells her that he’s bringing Carlton (Parnell Damone Marcano) back.

Bishop visits Carlton at his home to ask him to return to Cavalry but Carlton declines, remembering how he was treated at Calvary and in the church for being a gay man. But Bishop convinces Carlton that together they can change Cavalry into a more  inclusive church and change the world while they’re at it.

Meanwhile, Jacob Greenleaf (Lamman Rucker) is over at of Triumph dealing with his own issues as the new pastor. He receives a visit from Deputy Mayor Skip Leonard (Arnell Powell) who plans to run for Mayor and was counting on Basie Skanks’ support before he disappeared. With Basie gone, he wants Jacob to step in and endorse him in front of the public and congregation.

Skip tells Jacob that showing his support will come with benefits – financial benefits. Jacob sees the newly acquired cash flow from Skip as an opportunity to move forward with busing in the homeless members from his outdoor church. He presents the proposal to the church clergy and everyone except the church treasurer, Sister Britney Weaver (Dreah Marie), is on board.

During Sunday’s service Jacob discloses the amount that Deputy Mayor Skip pledges to award the church – $ 75 thousand dollars. This seems to quiet Sister Weaver for now.

Meanwhile, Kerissa Greenleaf (Kim Hawthorne) is finally taking notice that there’s something going on with Zora (Lovie Simone) One of her teachers calls to inform Kerissa that Zora has been acting very distant in class lately – not participating or actively engaging in class discussions as she used to do.

When Kerissa asks Zora if everything is OK,  of course, she lies and says yes. Kerissa tells  Jacob about Zora’s behavior and he suggests that maybe Zora is doing drugs. With this suspicion in mind, Kerissa searches through Zora’s room and her things. She doesn’t find any drugs,  but  she does find a condom.

This discovery leads to an intense mother/ daughter conversation. Kerissa tells her that having sex at such a young age is irresponsible and that she should wait until she’s married so that men will respect her – just as Jacob respected Kerissa’s decision to wait. Zora sarcastically questioned her father’s respect for her mother and at that point – SMACK!  Kerissa apologizes but suggests that Zora read Corinthians Chapter 7.

QUOTABLE: “There’s a lot of sex to be had but it’s never a measure of a woman’s worth.” – Kim Greenleaf

Inother mother daughter news, Grace wants her daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross) to get know Darius (Rick Fox) a little better so they all decide to have dinner together at her family’s home. Bishop’s discontent with Lady Mae is now increasingly obvious. During dinner, after Darius tells the story of how his parents died days apart from one another, Bishop states how incredible it must be to have that type of connection with someone but, he and Lady Mae have become disconnected and their marriage is suffering.

Bishop finally confronts Lady Mae about her affair with Lionel. She admits that she only began an affair with him to mask her pain after finding out about his one-night affair with her sister. Bishop says he came clean immediately after that happened but, Lady Mae and Lionel both chose to keep this a secret from him for years. At this point, he isn’t sure where he stands in his marriage.

Tasha (Asia’h Epperson) gets a phone call from Basie who won’t say where he is or when he’s returning but tells her  he loves her. She asks where he is but he doesn’t answer. He does tell her that the Greenleafs conned them out of their church and killed his father. He has plans for revenge but for now, he wants Tasha to make them pay and she agrees to his instructions. But behind Skanks we see a silhouette of a mysterious man. Basie hangs up the phone before we see who it is. What’s going on?

Maybe we’ll find out next week.

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Wanda J. Coppage is a full -time Music Director at an Urban AC radio station, journalist and proud Virginia State University alum – Go Trojans! As a music enthusiast who can’t go a day without hearing R&B/Soul or Classic Hip Hop as well as a TV passionista, why not live a life that covers both?  

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‘Greenleaf’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 13: “Secrets Are Exposed”

“For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.” Mark 4:22 (NIV)

Secrets don’t stay secrets for very long and many of the Greenleaf’s secrets are out- or on their way out in episode 13, “Silence and Loneliness.”

Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) has spilled the tea on everything that’s been going on with Basie Skanks’ (Jason Dirden),  gambling debts and how it has begun to affect Triumph- since it was the church’s money that Basie gambled and loss during his poker games. She has gone behind her husband’s back and told her in-laws, Bishop Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) all about how Jacob (Lamman Rucker) emptied their savings account to pay off Basie’s debt; which is how they acquired the house and the land but, now she wants more – much more.

She wants Triumph! She wants Jacob to be the pastor of Basie’s church and she wants to claim her position as first lady of the church, and she’ll stop at nothing to do it. Kerissa somehow persuades Basie’s accountant to provide her with the receipts proving his indiscretions and mishandling of the church’s money.

And she hands those receipts right on over to Bishop and Lady Mae so they can help her make this happen. With proof in hand, Bishop marches right over to Skanks’ office and threatens to deliver the accountant’s reports to the police if he doesn’t publicly step down as pastor of Triumph and hand the position over to his son.

Initially, Skanks declines the Bishop’s offer and reminds him that blackmail is a sin. But, he quickly changes his tune when he receives another visitor to his office who is not as verbal as Bishop and decides to lay hands on Skanks.

The same crooked gentleman that the Bishop witnessed speaking to Skanks in his office during his last visit a few episodes back, is the same gentleman who barges in Skanks’ office and causes him to make a non-joyful noise. Though viewers aren’t privy to the actual beating, we do see a very badly beaten Skanks engaging in a very emotional conversation with his wife Tasha (Asia’h Epperson) who pleads with him to turn himself into the police.

She’s beyond scared by how far this has gone, especially since she has been begging him to stop the gambling but he wouldn’t listen. Or in his words, “[he] couldn’t hear.” She tells him that this has gone too far and agrees with Bishop on involving the police and handing over the church to Jacob.

Basie finally agrees and makes a phone call to Jacob offering over the position of Pastor. Jacob is reluctant to accept due to the stipulations surrounding the transfer of authorities but, ultimately agrees to take over Triumph after Basie turns himself in. The only problem is – Basie’s now M.I.A.

Yep. Just like Kevin (Tye White) here’s another character who has just up and disappeared. After confessing his sins to the congregation and publicly handing over the church to Jacob, Basie is nowhere to be found.

Meanwhile, Kevin may still be missing but it doesn’t look like Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) is actually missing him. She’s busy working closely with Jabari (Sean Dominic) on writing and selling these songs but, they’re still not as close as she would like them to be. A new customer comes to the studio to review and makes changes to a song written by Charity before she decides to purchase it, and before she leaves, the client ends up kissing Jabari right in front of her.

Ok, so the kiss is just a peck on the cheek but it rattles Charity to the point where she needs answers from Jabari on where they are in their relationship. “Do you like me?” A simple question that Jabari kind of dances around answering to Charity’s liking. It seems like he’s all about business and getting their songs sold and on the radio. But later, he makes his intentions perfectly clear.

After dinner with the new client Charity and Jabari go to the studio to tinker around with some new music and Jabari speaks his peace. He tells her that the reason he’s been so hard to read in their relationship is because he’s being careful. She has a baby and is recently divorced so he doesn’t want to move too fast or jump too deep into something with someone who has “so much going on.” But yes, he REALLY likes her and he shows her just how much by kissing her – an actual real kiss this time, not just a peck on the cheek.

In other relationship news, poor Zora (Lovie Simone) continues to hide more and more about her relationship with Isaiah (Roshon Fegan) from her parents and everyone else.  He’s gradually progressing from just verbal abuse to borderline physical abuse. During their car ride, things go left. Zora wants to go to the cotillion and of course she wants Isaiah to be her date.

But, he doesn’t want to go and decides to make alternative plans on the same night and wants Zora to come with him instead. When he asks who she’s going to the cotillion with if not him, her answer is “someone else.” He doesn’t like that so he slams on the brakes causing Zora to her bump her head on the dashboard. Now, not only is she concealing her abusive sexual relationship but, also using makeup to conceal the big red bruise on her forehead.

The biggest secret in this episode comes from Gigi (Merle Dandridge), though. We knew her Uncle Mack (Gregory Alan Williams) molested her baby sister Faith, which resulted in her suicide but Gigi has conveniently left out the part where tried the same thing with her first. What?!!?

She tells Darius (Rick Fox) that he took her to a secluded area on their family land,  but she was able to fight him off before things went too far. She never told anyone about it. Now she blames herself for not saying anything to her parents or to Faith, who was targeted next.  Not only is Gigi still dealing with the emotional impact of Mack’s death she’s now having recurring flashbacks of him and it’s taking a toll on her.

So much is going on. We’ll have to stay tuned for the next episode to see what else will be revealed.

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Day 8 RECAP at The 2017 Vans US Open of Surfing

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The VANS US OPEN OF SURFING–the annual nine day event that brings together the world’s elite in surfing, skateboarding and BMX–day eight (Saturday, August 5) featured the Semifinals and Finals for the World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior Men’s and Women’s with Hawaiians Cody Young and Brisa Hennessy crowned the winners in consistent three-to-four foot conditions in Huntington Beach. Today also saw the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 Round 5 (H1-8), leading up to tomorrow’s elite performances for the conclusion of the Women’s Championship Tour (CT) and Men’s QS10,000.

Hennessy (HAW) continues to be a threat on the international level with her first-ever Vans US Open of Surfing win in defining fashion. The 17-year-old South Shore, Oahu local showcased her talent to find her way into the Final, where she blasted an excellent 8.67 on her first opportunity. Hennessy battled with two-time event winner Caroline Marks (USA), last year’s CT event wildcard Meah Collins (USA) and current European Pro Junior Tour No. 1 Teresa Bonvalot (PRT). Ultimately, Hennessy backed up her excellent ride with a 6.33 to regain the lead from Bonvalot and secure her victory.

The action then shifted to the Men’s Pro Junior Final and fireworks awaited right off the first horn. Kade Matson (USA) got straight to work with a near-excellent 7.67 on his opening wave, but eventual winner Young (HAW) shadowed that ride with a brilliant 8.33 to open his account. Matson then earned the lead back with 5.90, but once again was overtaken by Young with a 7.13. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) made a late charge under the ten-minute mark, but fell short of the 8.63 requirement and earned an 8.10. Barbadian talent Che Allan’s (BRB) final few attempts yielded no success and Young emerged victorious.

Prior to the Women’s and Men’s Pro Juniors Finals this afternoon, the Vans US Open of Surfing QS10,000 completed their Round 5 head-to-head match-ups to determine the Quarterfinal draw for tomorrow’s finish. Hometown hero Kanoa Igarashi (USA) is back in to another finals day at his beloved Huntington Beach after a dominant performance over fellow CT competitor Stuart Kennedy (AUS). The 19-year-old’s local knowledge is nearly unmatched at this event and Igarashi continues to utilize it to advance through each heat.

Defending event winner Filipe Toledo (BRA) met his match in a relentless Davey Cathels (AUS) that witnessed the two exchange leads numerous times until the final buzzer. It was no easy task for Toledo against the fighting spirit of Cathels, whose power-surfing edged out the Brazilian’s air-game on a critical exchange that earned him a 7.00 over Toledo’s 6.87. The exchanges continued as the five-minute mark drew closer and Toledo’s 6.07 put him out front, but Cathels’ 6.00 earned the Australian another lead change. Toledo wasn’t done and found a critical forehand snap before two quick maneuvers on the inside to earn a massive victory.

Ricardo Christie (NZL) began the day with a big performance over 2015 event winner Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) as he looks to requalify for the Championship Tour (CT). The New Zealand representative is searching for his best result at QS10,000 since 2015, where he earned an equal third. But, Christie’s momentum may be something to help carry him against the in-form Igarashi in a rematch from Round 3 earlier this week. Michael February (ZAF) is on his way to another big QS10,000 finish with his Quarterfinal berth today. The current QS No. 4 has room to move with both QS ranked No. 3, Yago Dora (BRA), and No. 2, Willian Cardoso (BRA), out of the event. February’s explosive surfing continues to impress at Huntington Beach with his signature style – earning a huge win over Dusty Payne (HAW) with the round’s only excellent score of an 8.00.

Former CT competitor Patrick Gudauskas (USA) dispatched Italo Ferreira (BRA) on a buzzer-beater 6.70, needing a 4.90 heading into the dying minutes. But, Gudauskas’ fellow San Clemente surfer Griffin Colapinto (USA) was not as fortunate with Brazilian threat Tomas Hermes (BRA) taking a big win. Carlos Munoz (CRI) continues to keep his hopes of a major breakthrough alive here in Huntington after taking down CT competitor Jadson Andre (BRA). And seasoned veteran Josh Kerr (AUS) also moves on to the final day of the Vans US Open of Surfing QS for a chance at his first-ever win in Huntington.

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The Vans US Open of Surfing will wrap tomorrow with the Women’s CT and Men’s QS10,000 Finals Day. The Men will start the action at 7:30am PST with the Quarterfinals.

The action at the Vans Pro Park was at an all-time high as 20 of the world’s best park terrain skateboarders battled it out in the final global qualifier of the 2017 Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour. With an explosive performance in the finals, Tom Schaar surpasses the field, soaring through the Huntington Beach qualifier with massive heights and incredible speed to take the glory. Schaar celebrates his second podium win of the season after taking Australia back in March, and confirms his position as the number one skater in the 2017 VPS Challenger rankings. Schaar is joined by Ben Hatchell, 2nd, and CJ Collins, 3rd. With only seven coveted invites for the taking, today’s results have also decided the final Men’s lineup for the 2017 Vans Park Series World Championships in Shanghai, China on September 23. The top seven highest-ranking tour challengers to advance will join the VPS Select Pros and VPS Continental Champions for one final showdown to determine a new park terrain skateboarding World Champion. For complete results, tour highlights, and more, visit www.vansparkseries.com.

Men’s VPS Global Qualifier Huntington Beach Results, August 5
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CJ Collins

Men’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour Global Challenger Rankings
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Karl Berglind
Murilo Peres
Willy Lara
Tristan Rennie
CJ Collins
Roman Pabich

Held at the iconic Huntington Beach Pier from July 29-August 6, the Vans US Open of Surfing has evolved into one of the largest action sports festivals in the world encompassing competitions that features leading athletes from the world’s of surfing, skateboarding and BMX. The annual event is free to the public and includes activities for attendees of all ages.

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Well, it finally happened. At long last, the “Bachelor” franchise addressed the scandal that broke in early June involving DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios that shut down production and sparked wild speculation. Were there lawyers? There were lawyers. Were there reports claiming damning details that were never confirmed? Yes, there were unconfirmed reports. But now… Read more »

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I may not know you, but allow me to speculate. Maybe the “Bachelor in Paradise” controversy earlier this summer enraged you. Or maybe you closed your eyes and covered your ears and hoped it would go away. Maybe you felt a little queasy about the lack of information that was made public, the lawyering up,… Read more »

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On this summer update episode of “On My Way to a B.F.A.,” Natalie looks back at some of the high, and low, moments of her freshman year at the Hartt School. She counts down the Top-10 things she learned, recaps some of the most emotional moments, and puts herself out there read more
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“Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: Flaming Ships and Demented Laughter

Sarah Larson recaps “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” in which Yara and Theon Greyjoy face off against Euron, and Grey Worm and Missandei consummate their relationship.
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‘The League,’ Season 6, Episode 11 Recap: EBDBBnB

Andre and Russell’s wine bar, Menage a Cinq, is officially open for business and as such, the two have embarked on the best marketing campaign they could think of: vlogs! We’re fortunate enough to get a glimpse of episode #34 and it DOES NOT disappoint. There are excessively long hashtags, crude sexual references, and a boatload of awkwardness. Not going to lie, this is a wine bar I’d visit.

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Ruxin actually makes an appearance in this week’s episode (Is it annoyingly noticeable to anyone else when he’s not around? Anyone? Bueller?). He’s awfully irritated by an unknown coworker who apparently decided it was a great idea to brush their teeth in the company bathroom and then leave said toothbrush on the toilet paper dispenser. I totally agree with Ruxin in regards to how freaking weird this is… that’s totally unsanitary. The next day, the toothbrush is gone but the remnants left over still irritate Ruxin when he enters the bathroom to pee again. This time around, even more weirdness ensues — not involving the toothbrush — when his coworker Chaps enters the bathroom and begins taking a crap right next to Ruxin. Absolutely disgusted, Ruxin leaves in a huff and goes to Bethesda’s office to complain. Again, agreed with Ruxin. Peeing in front of someone is one thing, but doing the number two? COME ON. Have you NO shame?? Anyway, Bethesda thinks nothing of the crapping adjacency and scolds Ruxin for not working on his deposition. Typical.

After a trip to the doctor, Pete thinks he may have a gluten allergy and Kevin and Taco are quick to point out that now he and Andre are matching! Because Andre is a huge creep and takes any excuse to bond waaaaaay too far, Pete attempts to keep the gluten allergy thing under wraps. All seems to be going fine until Andre brings his decanters over to the MacArthur household because he needs help deciding which one would be best for the Menage a Cinq centerpieces. Amidst a slew of sexual jokes involving the decanters looking like butt plugs, Pete sneaks away to the kitchen to replenish his gluten free beer undetected. Unfortunately, Andre catches him and insists they become “GFFs.” As the prospective bonding seems to be taking full effect — solely on Andre’s part — Kevin intervenes and says that the gluten free beer is his father-in-law’s, not Pete’s.

Taco has put some of his EBDb money to good use and finally bought a house in the “slumburbs,” courtesy of Jenny and her realty skills. However, he’s bought the house for a much different purpose than initially intended. Touted the “EBDBBNB,” Taco turns the house into a bed-and-breakfast for his eskimo brothers (and others) and essentially makes it a brothel, though he vehemently denies that it is one. In an AMAZING musical video, Taco shows off his new bed-and-breakfast and the gang watches in awe. Taco encourages his friends to join him over the weekend and watch the game at the EBDBBNB’s opening. This upsets Andre, who’s already asked everyone to come to Menage a Cinq. Let the games begin — literally and figuratively.

menage a cinq

Determined to catch Chaps as the “toothbrush bandit,” Ruxin follows Chaps into the bathroom and catches him redhanded… with an insulin pen. The failed bust leads to another meeting in Bethesda’s office with both Ruxin and Chaps. Ruxin’s forced to eat a big ol’ bowl of crow when, yet again, no one seems to think it’s weird that there is no divider between the toilet and the urinal so he has to apologize to Chaps for his behavior/accusations. I stand by my earlier statements. It’s still gross.

Kevin catches Jenny attempting to do laundry and thwarts her efforts to wash his lucky jersey, which he removes from the basket and immediately puts on. In the same minute, Taco walks in the house and starts moving boxes because he’s moving all his stuff out of the MacArthur’s house. You can almost see the internal dancing happening in Kevin and Jenny’s minds. Praise the lucky jersey.

Still not pleased with Taco’s takeover of game day on Sunday, Andre confronts him. In doing so, Andre runs into Marshawn Lynch, a new friend of Taco and apparent big fan of the EBDBBNB. Andre attempts to bond with Lynch and it fails miserably. Lynch leaves in his Mercedes, but not before telling Taco he’ll “holla” at him. Taco and Andre agree to split the day and Andre is pleased.

The gang heads over to Menage a Cinq and Andre attempts to put them all in a bread coma. Pete, who’s not supposed to eat gluten, gets pressured into eating an entire bowl of bread pudding and proceeds to vomit all over Kevin. His good luck jersey is clearly not lucky because outside of the vomit, Kevin also loses the game and ends up not making it to the playoffs. It’s off to the Sacko for him. As game day continues at the EBDBBNB, Sofia makes her “world famous chorizo” for the gang. Unfortunately, she ends up unintentionally using Taco’s lambskin condoms as the chorizo casing (NOTE: How the hell this could EVER happen, I will never know but… disbelief will suspended regardless). Once the gang realizes the mistake, they predictably spit out the condom chorizo. FOREVER UNCLEAN.

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At Ruxin’s office the next day, he’s still trying to brush the condom chorizo out of his mouth, to no avail. Mid-brush, Ruxin gets the urge to poop and he makes moves for the toilet. As he begins, Bethesda catches him and calls him a hypocrite for brushing and pooping when he’s been complaining about someone else doing the same thing for days. Moments later, Bethesda pulls out his toothbrush as he pees, indicating he’s the real “toothbrush bandit.” Ruxin’s stomach gurgles and as he poops, he and Bethesda yell “AHHHHHH” in unison while maintaining eye contact. The whole encounter makes me wildly uncomfortable. Alas, another glorious episode of inappropriateness is over. Until next week, dear friends…

THINGS TO NOTE:

  • Andre’s hashtag shirt.
  • “Stop with the gluten shit, Yeast Mode.”
  • Banana Bottom Boys.
  • “I want to hold hands with you and walk into bakeries and tell everyone that what they’re putting into their bodies is poison.”
  • Grain brains.
  • “Andre, move your butt plugs out of the way.”
  • “And if you’re not having sex, put the DISTURB sign on the door and someone will be right in to fix that for you.”
  • “Ice and lube in 302 please!”
  • “Jenny, you’re the oldest lesbian I know.”
  • Condom chorizo.
  • Keep up with “The League” recaps here every week. “The League” airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FXX.
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    ‘The League,’ Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: The Heavenly Fouler

    Kicking off this episode in front of the TV, the gang is at Andre’s chatting about Ellie attending Sunday school. Kevin says it’s because they want her to have some semblance of morals and Jenny just keeps it real by saying that she can watch the game without interruptions now. Quality parenting, FTW. Taco interrupts the convo with MAJOR TacoCorp news: someone has stolen his walkman with a recording of all the EBDb information on it. GREAT ODIN’S RAVEN.

    Andre rescues a cat, which he calls “Milady.” The kitty causes everyone to bite their tongues at the plethora of pussy jokes suddenly waiting to be thrown out there. I don’t even feel bad for Andre anymore. Homeboy does it to himself. Jenny takes the possibility of pussy wordplay to the next level by proposing that the first person to crack under the hilarity and make a pussy play has to trade their best running back. Let the games begin.

    Because apparently the McArthur’s are always having health issues, Jenny’s the one visiting her doctor this time around. She’s a little backed up in the bowels and as such, the doc gives her a “stool kit.” For three days, Jenny’s got to take samples of her poop and scoop them up, put them in baggies, and freeze ’em. Gives new meaning to the word “fudgsicle.” Yeah.. you already know where this is going.

    At Gibson’s, as always, Pete’s debuting a new chick named Penny, played by Anna Camp. Penny runs a pet grooming company that specializes in “cattitude,” which is a great bonding point with Andre. After she leaves, Andre tells the guys of an upcoming photo shoot he has with Milady. Pete, Kevin, and Taco are literally squirming as they skirt around the massive pussy… I mean, elephant… in the room. Andre asks Kevin if he can do the shoot at his house because Kevin has the play set and Kevin happily agrees. Kevin also convinces Pete to get Penny to give Milady some extra “cattitude.” Pete obliges and Penny is super excited at the prospect of getting to groom Andre’s cat for the shoot. Andre has promised to refer her to all of his wealthy, doctor friends if all goes well. Unaware that the whole thing is a prank, Penny shares her excitement with Pete and, in a shocking twist, we see Pete visualize some discomfort at being a dick. GASP.

    pete kevin and taco

    Reverting back to Jenny and her situation for a hot second, she is extremely disgusted by having to freeze her excrement. That disgust, however, pales in comparison to her disgust for Ellie’s claims that she and Kevin are worshipping false idols. As per her new Sunday school teachings, Ellie is regarding Jenny and Kevin’s affection for the Shiva as something that will send them to Hell. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, Ellie, but that ship has long since sailed for your proud parents. So take your Sunday school prayers and get out of Jenny’s face because the Shiva ain’t going nowhere.

    Anyway, Kevin and Taco persuade an unsure Pete to go through with the prank and Kevin heads to play basketball. While there, he runs into his priest. Kevin’s priest, played by the adorable Jerry O’Connell, whoops his ass on the court – literally. The “heavenly fouler,” as Andre so aptly calls him, even goes so far that he gives Kevin a black eye. I’d feel bad but Kevin has an extremely punchable face so the bruise fits.

    Ellie’s clearly taking notes from the mother of Carrie in this episode because homegirl is going full-fledged batshit and biblical. After reciting some Bible verses at, not to, her parents, Pete, and, Andre, she storms out of the room just before the whole gang recites some “Hail Shivas.” Taco interrupts the Shiva-ing to reveal the EBDb information that was on the walkman – one tidbit of which includes a lesbian encounter that Jenny had with a girl on her field hockey team back in the day. Kevin is not enthused about the secret keeping and runs to the kitchen to get ice for his priest-induced shiner. He grabs one of Jenny’s frozen poop bags to use and Jenny doesn’t have the heart to tell him that it’s not what he thinks it is.

    Kevin plays basketball with the priest again and the fouling continues. Irritated, Kevin fouls right back and slams the priest in the face. The priest pulls the “I’m a man of God!” card and clutches his temple. Kevin tries to make amends by offering the priest an ice pack. Shit hits the face, I mean, the fan… hell, I mean the face AND the fan, when the “ice pack” starts leaking actual crap on the priest’s face. What’d I say before? We knew something like this would happen. Oh Kevin.

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    Taco goes into a Chinese convenience store, intent on finding his lost walkman and in rustling around the various food items, the owner screams at him. The owner then chases Taco out of the store and to escape, Taco hops into the nearest dumpster. The dumpster happens to have the walkman in it, EBDb information and all, and all is right with the world according to Taco.

    At the photo shoot for Andre, Penny arrives with Milady and the cat is straight-up rachet. Decked out in tattoos (including one of Andre’s face), a hat, and paw sleeves, Andre’s pussy is far from camera-ready. Andre is furious and vows to poorly review Penny on Yelp, Penny is distraught, and, yet again, another one of Pete’s flings comes to a crashing, burning halt. Kevin and Jenny’s priest shows up with Ellie in tow because Taco failed to pick her up, as he was in the dumpster. Priest Jerry O’Connell calls out Kevin and Jenny for worshipping a pagan idol called Shiva and, desperate to explain, the two take him into the garage to show him the trophy. There they find Taco bathing in an inflatable pool and they only infuriate the priest more. The icing on the cake comes when the priest opens the cabinet that the Shiva is supposed to be in only to get attacked by Milady who was lurking inside. The priest leaves angrily, condemning them all to hell, and Taco gets the last word of the day with a perfectly timed pussy joke.

    Hail to the Shiva.

    THINGS TO NOTE:

  • “We’re on the verge of a Mark Cuban missile crisis.”
  • “Yeah, with the hair all over the place, it makes her look way older.”
  • Feces fort.
  • Andre’s use of Yelp.
  • “Preach hard, play hard.”
  • “You’re all fornicators and sodomites!”
  • Hail Shivas.
  • Pete’s eskimo brother, Sisqo.
  • “Dumpster ding-dong? Best day ever!”
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    Happily Ever After?The Leftovers Finale Recap

    Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 10 of HBO’s The Leftovers, titled “The Prodigal Son Returns.”

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    This is what I was waiting for all season. Total and complete chaos.

    I was sure we were stuck with Kevin in the woods and wondering what the heck the GR were doing laying out baby clothes.

    They crossed a line — making people remember with wax figures of the departed.

    Jill had gone to be with her mother on the very night they were going to leave figurines all around town, and then almost dies in the riots.

    Nora? If I could use profanity I would. I was convinced she was going to shoot herself, so the little twist on the porch was well worth it.

    Things I Love About This Show:

    1) The use of sound and silence. Maybe it’s overdone every now and again because the show is so dark. But the silent screams and the physical acting being good enough to work under that theme song? Not an easy combo.

    2) Of course, the story’s about the family. Cue the piano. I was annoyed that we kept forgetting about Tom. And trying to figure out how he was going to fit in. I’m glad he’s back in the center — almost “Walking Dead”-style.

    3) Not being sure if I should laugh or cry. So yes, the family. But the dog?

    What did you think of the finale? Is this show cheesy or am I totally cynical? Are we almost happily ever after? Let me know @karenfratti or in the comments.

    “The Leftovers” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.
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    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week #ZapposRecharge Day 1 Recap

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    MasterChef Recap: “Nice and Fudgy” in ‘Top 12 Compete’

    Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 5, Episode 10 of FOXs “MasterChef,” titled “Top 12 Compete.”

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    Hey, guys? Can someone tell my future mate to not propose to me on an episode of ‘MasterChef’ with scary Joe Bastianich lording over it all? Cool, thanks.

    So tonight was all about romance and two teams — with Ahran and Elizabeth at the helms — had to cook for a bunch of couples. And Gordon Ramsey’s wife, who was wearing delectable yellow heels that made even Courtney gape in awe.

    One team makes a lobster risotto. The other makes a sexy, yet undercooked, filet mignon. For dessert, they sort of look the same. Strangely, Leslie and Ahran make amends. Elizabeth keeps her cool plating goofy bowls of strawberries. Everything sort of goes smoothly. The Blue Team — with Elizabeth and Courtney and other front runners win. Christine, Cutter, Ahran, Leslie, Willie, and Christian have to make a bunch of truffles for a pressure test. Uh-oh.

    Willie and Christian have no idea what they’re doing. Leslie’s rambling about throwing sexy truffles into his wife’s mouth. Yes, throwing. Cutter doesn’t even know what a truffle is. It’s not going to be easy.

    Strangely, at the end of the test, they all look sort of OK. I would have no idea where to start (or I would just start licking the chocolate whipping bowl). Cutter actually comes through with dainty looking truffles. Gordon and the other chefs bust on him, but he’s officially rebounded. Christian has some tasty sounding truffles. Willie uses too many sprinkles. Ahran gets a grunt from Joe and that’s it. Leslie’s look like they would give his wife a concussion if he threw ’em at her. Christine goes classic on flavors. Sea salt and dark chocolate? Yes, please! But they’re also fugly.

    The case of reality show producers calling the shots won in the end. Leslie is good drama. Christine just busts her butt and wants to win. I’m sort of bummed because I was hoping she was the underdog in this competition.

    What were your favorite moments this week? Who’s next? Let me know @karenfratti or in the comments.

    “MasterChef” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
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    ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode 8 Recap: ‘The Mountain And The Viper’

    Welcome to “Game of Moans,” the weekly recap of “Game of Thrones” Season 4 that highlights all the moan-worthy, gasp-filled, OMG moments that litter the Seven Kingdoms. In other words, you can get a traditional recap anywhere, so here’s all the sex, bloodshed, and WTF moments (the good stuff) that went down this week:

    (Spoiler alert for “GoT” Season 4, Episode 8 “The Mountain and The Viper.” Warning: Some images below show nudity and very graphic violence.)

    We had to wait two whole weeks for “Game of Thrones” to return, but it was definitely worth it. “The Mountain and The Viper” delivered one of the best duels the series has ever seen, and it was so horrific you probably weren’t be able to sleep afterwards.

    The Don’t-Mess-With-A-Wilding Moan

    Ygritte may be a woman, but she’s as fierce as any Wildling when the thirst for blood is high. That brothel girl sure learned that quickly when she got a spear through her chest. But just when you think Ygritte is a ruthless killer to the bone, a tad bit of motherly compassion spills through when she lets Gilly and little Sam Jr. live. Ygritte, or shall we call her the Westeros Black Mamba?

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    The Sneak-A-Peek Moan
    Grey Worm may not have his stones and/or pillar, but that doesn’t mean a gorgeous naked woman doesn’t catch his eye. And hey dude, you’re not fooling anyone. Missandei knows exactly what you’re looking at. Try taking a tip out of Littlefinger’s creeper book.

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    The Don’t-Trust-Anybody Moan

    The poor ironborn at Moat Cailin fell for Reek’s impression of Theon (and what a great performance that was, up until he nearly lost it). Ramsay trampled through and slaughtered everyone in his typical gruesome fashion.

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    The GO-OBERYN! Moan

    Everyone except Cersei and Tywin was rooting for Oberyn in this tense duel. The Viper is certainly a skilled fighter (or shall I say dancer, since those moves looked more like ice dancing with a spear) as he dodged and ducked the Mountain for most of the fight. It was quiet a spectacle to watch and the moment Oberyn knocked down Gregor Clegane was one of the most victorious of the season.

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    But then there was that moment, the moment we know all too well from movies and TV when the hero almost brings the villain to his death, but decides to boast for a minute. And then …

    The Oh-No-No-NO!!!! Moan

    … it was Oberyn’s downfall. A winning fighter can’t be an emotional fighter, and the Dorne charmer let his emotions get the best of him. Once The Mountain knocked him down it was clearly the end. But he didn’t just break the poor guy’s neck or slice his throat — he gave him the absolute grisliest, most horrific, most stomach-turning death we’ve ever seen on the series, and possibly all of TV (including the nightmare-inducing “Hannibal” deaths). Merely shoving Oberyn’s eyes into his head wasn’t enough — he had to squeeze his head until it literally exploded. Nasty. Horrifying. So, so depressing.

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    Some thoughts:

    • Next time you play Guess That Tune, try tricking your friends with a Westeros song.
    • Finally Missandei is getting more lines and not just translating!
    • The only way to survive in these parts is to join the powerful, and Sansa has definitely learned a thing or two since Season 1. But damn girl, I did not see that change coming. *Slow clap*
    • … But then again, that got way creepy way fast between Littlefinger and Sansa. He’s giving such creepy pedophile vibes and her cleavage in that Maleficent-esque dress are not helping.
    • Hey Jorah, if you’re going to lie to and betray anyone, make sure it’s not the most powerful woman in the Seven Kingdoms, as well as the woman you love. She will kick you to the curb.
    • Ramsay Snow Bolton just got way too big of an ego boost.
    • WILL ARYA AND SANSA FINALLY MEET UP?! WHEN, WHEN, WHEN?
    • “Every Type Of Death Ever,” a new book from Tyrion Lannister featuring a new addition: “cousincide.”
    • Jaime was seriously enjoying the hell out of that fight. He looked like he was watching the damn Super Bowl. All he needed was a bowl of popcorn in that big metal hand.
    • Pedro Pascal, you will truly be missed.
    • Dear “GoT” directors and writers: Can you please, please stop torturing us with these traumatic ending shots of Tyrion’s fear-filled face? They are heartbreaking and I can’t take it anymore.

    “Game of Thrones” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
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    ‘Veep’ Season 3 Episode 3 Recap: Selina Dominates The Diss Rankings

    Selina Meyer won HuffPost TV’s “Veep” diss rankings by a landslide this week. In the April 20 episode, “Alicia,” the veep prepared to give the most important speech of her life, announcing her candidacy for president. She also got nailed with an “SNL” spoof, more horrific PR from Mike and a battle over universal child care.

    “Alicia” may have been the HBO show’s most self-aware episode yet. Viewers got to watch a cast of grade A comedians bash “comedians” and hear Julia Louis-Dreyfus call “SNL,” a show she once starred on, “juvenile.” Here are the best one-liners, zingers and lingering disses from “Veep” Season 3 Episode 3, “Alicia.”

    Selina Meyer

    • Dan, this rewrite kicks balls and ass.
    • So what, I had a horse as a kid? Who didn’t? Have a pet is what I meant.
    • If someone takes a shit in your car, what are you going to do? Drop your trou and take a crap through the sunroof? I don’t think so buddy.
    • You start picking this thing apart and what am I left as? Some sort of optimistic warmonger with a soft spot for educated gays?
    • You want me to be just some sort of party puppet? You can stick your hand up my ass and work my mouth?
    • What in the wide world of fuck do you think you’re wearing?
    • I’m supposed to let a bunch of dead-eyed white guys shit all over absolutely everything I stand for?
    • I decided I’m going to let them dictate me because it’s my decision.

    Kent Davison

    • Children are of no value. Forget child care.
    • If you don’t like the reality, go live in Oregon and make quilts with my mother. She could use the help.

    Sue Wilson

    • Ma’am it’s Amy. It sounds like she’s uncomfortable, like she’s with a member of the public.
    • This is your beauty pageant for the nearly dead.

    Ben Caffrey

    • This “Saturday Night Live” shitstorm, it just hit nine on the sphincter scale.

    Mike McLintock

    • I’m trying to help you, you stupid cow!

    Catherine Meyer

    • I have had a hard, lonely, miserable life and the only thing that is going to make it worthwhile is if I become the daughter of the next president of the United States. So, you need to go out there and stop behaving like a little bitch.

    “Veep” airs Sundays at 10:30 p.m. EDT on HBO.
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    ‘The Americans,’ ‘COMRADES’ Recap: You’re Home Now

    Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 2, Episode 1 of FX’s “The Americans,” titled “Comrades.”

    We all better get it together, because it feels like “The Americans” has found its rhythm and a fair share of drama. Directorate S might be exposed, Paige is getting a little nosy, and Beeman is way over his head.

    Elizabeth convalesced up in the hills somewhere and along with her healing is a newfound, full on feeling for Philip. It’s physical and emotional — not only are they having good (I’m assuming) sex. They’re also agreeing on everything from business decisions, like refunding Stan his Hawaii vacation, to spy blunders, like using Henry in a pinch for a dead drop. Elizabeth seems more willing to compromise a bit, and Philip, as demonstrated in his lone mission with the Afghans, can be a badass, too.

    On their first ‘date night’ mission to infiltrate a Lockheed Martin employee, Roy, they work with two old friends. They have a family and a real American life, just like the Jennings. It’s nice to see them as part of something bigger, until they walk into a hotel room and find their friends, along with their daughter, shot in the head. The Jennings gather up what they can to help complete that mission but this means that someone, somewhere knows they exist. And somewhere, Granny is probably on her way back into town.

    Having her family threatened leaves Elizabeth vulnerable, like that deer in the headlights in the opening scene, and it’s even worse now that she’s fostered possibly real feelings for Philip. So, plot one and a half.

    Plot two: Sanford has been murdered by the Colonel and although Agent Gaad can’t find the budget to investigate, he’s with Beeman in believing that something just isn’t right. We can only hope that Beeman’s sniffing around isn’t such a slow burn as it was last season. And now he has Nina to deal with. While he might have something real to work with when it comes to the Colonel, Nina has let him on a new arrival at the Rezidentura — Oleg, who rocks Rod Stewart as much as the party line. She and Arkady are primed to start feeding Stan some information.

    What about Stan and Sandra? Unfortunately, not so in love as the Jennings. Meryl Streep makes an appearance through a cameo of The French Lieutenant’s Woman. He shows a bootleg version to Nina, wanting her to emote; instead she pouts and works him. He pays full ticket price at the movie theater with his wife for the same flick: she cries and tries to tap into his soul. Maybe it’s because I’ve been watching too much “True Detective” and am projecting, but his Madonna/whore issues are starting to get to me.

    Wig Count: 3+1 hat = 4

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    Lessons learned: Don’t open closed doors. Paige, in her newfound curiosity, walks in on her parents having sex. And though she was pleased by their welcome home smooch, this is more disturbing. If only because they turn it into a teaching moment about privacy and trust, just before Philips sneers “do we even know if this is the first time she’s checked on us?” It’s a strange balance between wanting to protect his daughter from ending up shot by strangers and trying to protect himself from his daughter.

    “The Americans” airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.
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    ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 11 Recap: Blood Ties

    Note: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “American Horror Story: Coven,” Episode 11, titled “Protect The Coven.”

    Sometimes when I settle in to watch “American Horror Story: Coven,” after the first few major developments of each episode, I feel like I’ve returned to the start of the show. It’s like I forgot to save a video game and I’m back several chapters and achievements, with all that time wasted. In other words, nothing that happens on “Coven” has any consequence; the words “dead,” “alive,” “magic,” and “witch” basically have no meaning. Queenie’s alive? OK. She was dead (at least gone for us) for quite some time. Kyle’s here! Where has he been? The Axeman? Ugh, you’re still here? You girls have what magic now? I can’t even keep track. Spalding?! Spalding’s … er … still dead, but alive in the attic?! Everything is just so nonsensical and convenient that it can be downright infuriating.

    OK, whew, I had to get that out of the way. Now, if I look at tonight’s episode in a completely detached manner, I have to say I enjoyed it way more than last week’s mediocre midseason return. This week had gore (and plenty of it), scenes that were actually difficult to watch (some for a bad reason), and several great lines of dialogue. Approaching “Coven” as a series of insane vignettes is really the only way to do it justice. It simply cannot be judged as a normal TV show would. With that in mind…

    Madame LaLaurie and her bloodlust are the obvious focus of this episode. Is she truly a monster? Yes, it turns out she is. This passive housemaid of the past few episodes is nothing like the LaLaurie we first met on “Coven,” when she was torturing her slaves and daughters down in the cellar. We flash back to 1830 and witness her moving to New Orleans from Paris, and see how her penchant for cutting off limbs and disemboweling living creatures has manifested. By cutting a head off a chicken (nice, cute touch: my thoughts immediately went to her head in the box), LaLaurie’s remorseless violence is unleashed. She finds an injured slave and, well, does what she does.

    (This is a total aside, and probably best to discuss in a bigger forum, but two things really bothered me about the slave/gardener torture sequences in this episode. One, they were really gratuitous, and this is coming from a horror fan. Slave torture isn’t something I’m comfortable watching. Ever. And to draw it out, showing most of it, is tasteless. Which leads me to the second thing: in this particular climate, where the issue of slavery is very prominent in current pop culture, I’m having trouble understanding why Murphy & Co. are so blatantly displaying slavery torture. It’s almost like a slap in the face to the seriousness of it. Also, if you’ve recently watched “12 Years A Slave,” as I have, the torture scenes will be just unbearable in the context of a campy, oft-comedic show.)

    Thank goodness there’s nothing but levity in between the gory bits, or else this would have been a really tough slog. Indeed, the greatest ability of “Coven” is to push you to the brink (i.e. – turning your head away from the screen) and then back again (i.e. – your face hurts from laughing at Angela Bassett’s latest remark). Even at Nan’s funeral, all the players get together and say goodbye at what’s supposed to be a grim occasion. Instead they barely care about Nan’s passing (Madison: “Have you met me?”), and Queenie interrupts whatever actual mourning is going on when she arrives with LaLaurie on a leash. Queenie has also somehow gotten LaLaurie’s head back on, which is a new power she seems to have attained, among others that we’re not aware of yet.

    Back at Robichaux, LaLaurie is forced to return to her housemaid status. In one of my favourite scenes so far on “Coven,” we take a delightful romp through the house with LaLaurie as she takes care of each of the houseguests, cleaning, cooking and tidying. It’s fun to watch her deal with each character’s eccentricities and attitude, and then watch it come to a head when the poor gardener cuts his hand with shears. LaLaurie sees his bleeding, dripping hand and it all comes back to her: the torturing, slicing, the thirst for blood. She tells Cordelia that she’ll take care of the gardener, and proceeds to take him upstairs to Spalding’s doll room and basically mutilate him. Again, sorry, this scene I couldn’t watch.

    When she looks up from her dirty work, there’s Spalding. Dead? Yep. Alive? Yep. I can’t tell you what’s going on with him. No idea. Regardless, he’s there, and he admires LaLaurie’s work, calling it “art.” Hmm, OK. In exchange for her retrieving him a rare doll from 1895, he tells her he’ll give her pills to make Marie mortal, so LaLaurie can kill her. When he busts out the Benadryl and LaLaurie couldn’t possibly know what the pills actually do, I thought Spalding was punishing her for her gruesome act. But no, he was just doing that so she’d get Marie out of the way. He knocks Marie out, she falls down the stairs, and advises LaLaurie to bury her. The cock of her eyebrow indicates that that’s probably exactly what she’s going to do.

    Queenie has moved back into Robichaux, but you’d barely know it (where was she as Marie was being attacked by Spalding and LaLaurie?). After she tells off Cordelia in a very harsh way (and might I add, undeserved), she doesn’t appear again. I guess she’s on reserve for next week, when her random powers will come in handy. Straight-up, I hated Queenie in this episode. How does she have any reason to be angry at anybody? She abandoned the coven. Ugh, she’d better not be Supreme. Anyway, her vitriolic chat with Cordelia sends the headmistress over the edge. She takes a pair of gardening clippers to the eyes, re-blinding herself so she can regain her second sight. For future reference, Cordelia, there has to be a better way — couldn’t you just ask one of the other witches to put you into a deep sleep and do it humanely? Geez.

    In another part of town, Delphi is pissed. Hank’s father is certain the witches are behind his company’s disintegration, and he’s right. In what isn’t the best move in these circumstances, he vows to make a deal with them, and when they finally trust him, kill them all. Talk about gross underestimation. These guys are the worst witchhunters ever! When he and his partners meet with Marie and Fiona, it’s clear that it’s he and his business buddies who’ll end up dead, not the witches. In a “fun” gore scene (this is the kind of “AHS” I love), the witchhunters get picked off by Fiona’s lover, The Axeman, while Marie texts on her phone and Fiona sips a filthy martini. I always enjoy a good boardroom killing scene. Nothing says love…

    And speaking of love, what in the hell was that end scene? We’re supposed to believe that Zoe and Kyle are some star-crossed lovers, fated to be together. Why? Because she kills every man who sleeps with her, and Kyle is the only one who can survive it? Because she accepts the fact that he’s already died, and now he’s not all there? I don’t know where this suddenly came from, but when Myrtle was talking about their pure and true love, I was trying to think of where and when Zoe and Kyle ever outwardly displayed it. It’s been lukewarm in public at best, right? Anyway, Myrtle gives them bus tickets to Epcot (classic), and they’re on their way in a bizarre episode-ending running shot as they get on the bus to Orlando. Not like it matters anyway, because you know those two will be back next week. As much as I want to believe it, we’re not going to see them enjoying the World Showcase at Epcot.

    Witch, Please: (every week I’m going to award the witchiest witch of them all) This is a tough one, since no one really used their powers this week. I guess it has to go to Madison for fighting with Zoe and knocking stuff off the wall, and nailing Zoe in the head with a light fixture. Say, were there any repercussions from that? Guess not. Also, Madison had some amazing lines this week.

    Random Thoughts:

    • The plotline involving Fiona and The Axeman is too boring for me to get into. They were talking about moving to some farm or something, to be free from his axe and her coven. I sincerely hope the last scene of “Coven” isn’t the pair driving out of New Orleans in a pickup or sitting on the farm’s porch. Oh God, that’s totally how it’s going to end, isn’t it?
    • The second-last scene, of Spalding back in his nightie holding the baby Marie was supposed to give to Papa Legba, was so disturbing I think I repressed it. I don’t care if a man is obsessed with dolls, but there’s a creepy line to cross, and “AHS” spewed blood all over that line. It’s also clear what’ll happen here: Spalding will be left in the coven with the little girl to raise, ensuring the coven lives on.
    • When Myrtle is explaining that Zoe must leave, Zoe’s quote is the best: “I’m so lost here.” Yes, we know. That phrase works on so many levels.
    • When Spalding turned the 1895 doll around in his hands and smelled its bum, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cringe.
    • Madison: “You flush my shit, bitch.”
    • Come to think of it, LaLaurie’s preceding comment, “You left your dirt in the commode,” is actually funnier.
    • Myrtle, who’s writing your dialogue? “In the fall, the rotting leaves smell like an Olympian’s ejaculate!” I’ve never heard anything like that — ever — in my 30ish years of TV watching.
    • LaLaurie: “Well, turds on that!”

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    ‘Big Bang Theory’ Recap: Penny’s Married?!

    The problem with big swings is sometimes you hit a home run and other times strike out. Maybe a football metaphor would be more appropriate for tonight’s “Big Bang Theory.” The problem with Hail Mary passes is sometimes you complete and score a touchdown and other times the ball lands yards away from the receiver. Bringing all the characters together for what felt like a big Thanksgiving episode and then making Penny married on top of all that felt like a big swing Hail Mary combination — and it didn’t hit a grand slam or reach the end zone. That’s not to say the episode didn’t have its highlights. It just didn’t all come together.

    Do I find it plausible that when Penny and Zach were dating they had a drunken holiday in Vegas and got married by a fake Elvis? Yes, I find that entirely plausible. Do I find it plausible that Penny would think Vegas weddings aren’t real? Absolutely not. The entire premise of the episode’s A-story is comical but broad and flimsy. One would have to be really dumb and have little cultural awareness for this to ring true. It’s another example of the writers stretching her stupidity to its breaking point, and while it can be funny at times, it ruins her credibility. As frustrating and neurotic as Leonard is (and he is very), Penny doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on when she gets angry. Her mistake is so hair brained and epic, any anger comes across as false. Paired with Leonard’s extreme reaction, it equals a whole bunch of off-putting behavior.

    This is all cut somewhat when Zach arrives, as he’s humorously less intelligent than everyone else (and he gets a few good jokes in). But it’s not enough. By the episode’s end, it was a lot of high concept story with little payoff. Penny and Leonard’s reconciliation is swift in the spirit of the holiday — and true to “Big Bang Theory” — but vague and inconsequential. Will Penny and Leonard get married someday? Probably. Did this episode bring them closer together or farther apart as a couple? It did neither.

    Meanwhile, various shenanigans are happening on the fringes of this story. In a somewhat meandering, yet eventually humorous subplot, Sheldon starts out the episode dreading going to Wolowitz’s mother’s house for Thanksgiving. (He compares his plight to African American slavery in a series of three jokes all told in poor taste.) But he ends up bonding with Bernadette’s father Mike over football and making fun of Howard. It’s fun to watch Parsons play drunk and see Sheldon’s gridiron knowledge again (introduced in season three episode six). On the other hand, the humor at the expense of Howard’s daddy issues is more problematic, as it undermines the superb episodes from last season that tackled his problems. Bernie’s father as the straight man among all the crazy was a good touch. The show mined a lot of comedy out of throwing him into that dynamic. Amy’s reaction to Sheldon’s slap on the butt too was a winning moment, thanks to Mayim Bialik.

    Then you have Raj cooking and Howard’s mother upstairs and the episode begins to feel stuffed. These runners were tolerable and worked once or twice, but made the half-hour feel scattered. Putting all the characters in one place and letting the sparks fly should have worked like gangbusters for “Big Bang,” but its aspirations ended up being the episode’s biggest failure. Little moments and jokes broke through but this wasn’t up to par with stronger recent installments. But sometimes Thanksgiving can be dysfunctional, so who can blame them? Now let’s go throw around the pigskin … as long as this isn’t a kosher household.

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    ‘Big Bang Theory’ Recap: Sheldon Vs. Newhart Round Two

    In an old-school sweeps move, “Big Bang” pulled a bit of stunt casting and brought back TV legend Bob Newhart to reprise his role as the gangs’ beloved childhood icon Professor Proton. The Professor, AKA Arthur Jeffries, is a former kids’ science show host that was last seen in May being hired by Sheldon and Leonard for some quality time. Newhart went on to win his much-deserved first Emmy award for the role and his performance in tonight’s episode only reinforces his merit. The man’s comic timing and line delivery at 84 has clearly not waned and “Big Bang” manages to use him in a mostly constructive way.

    At the top of “The Proton Displacement”, Sheldon, Leonard and Amy run into Jeffries at the pharmacy on “Restock the Medicine Cabinet” day. Sheldon is thrilled and in a move foreshadowing his behavior to come he decides he won’t bother him … he’ll talk to him instead. Immediately Newhart’s presence is felt, not only in the audience’s retro applause for the great actor, but in his perfectly measured responses. If they were going to make the man a recurring cast member today, I would be very on board. Need further convincing? The punchline before the credits is just him sighing. And it works. Despite the abundance of old jokes, Newhart uses his age to his advantage and provides a perfectly exasperated foil to Sheldon’s antics.

    The Professor Proton plot that follows concerns the aging scientist asking Leonard for help with a research paper and Sheldon getting jealous. Yes, Sheldon repeatedly asking if he’s annoying is annoying, but the writers carefully dole out Sheldon’s worst tendencies. They then counter those tendencies with the others getting genuinely mad and/or Dr. Cooper failing marvelously. Amy almost confronts Sheldon about his annoying personality, and though she doesn’t, we can see that she so badly wants to. In contrast, Professor Proton has no problem confronting him and shutting the door in his face. All of this leads to Newhart’s character asking Leonard why he puts up with Sheldon. Though it’s been addressed before, it was great to see the show hit this question head on again. It feels earned following Sheldon’s misbehavior and stirs some true emotion from Leonard.

    Sheldon responds to Professor Proton’s rejection by calling up a TV scientist of his own. In a clever meta turn, Dr. Cooper enlists Bill Nye the Science Guy. Fresh off a spin on “Dancing With the Stars”, Nye has been making it a habit of turning up on broadcast TV recently. The show gets a lot of mileage playing their fictional TV scientist off the real TV scientist. The Nye of “Big Bang” was inspired by Professor Proton apparently, but Newhart’s character only sees it as a ripoff act. The jokes around this premise were among the best of the episode (much better than most of the old jokes made about Newhart previously) and this may have been the 84-year-old’s best scene of the half hour. It also gives the show an opportunity to take Sheldon down a notch when his plan to use Nye fails miserably.

    Round two of Sheldon versus Newhart wraps up with Professor Proton coming to understand Sheldon, apologizing to him and then not getting mad when he finds out that Sheldon hacked into his email account. That last part didn’t come across as believable to me, but the episode would have had to be twice as long to unpack that move. Sheldon returns the favor by calling his paper “inspired” and the two plan their revenge on Bill Nye. How sweet.

    Over in our B story that doesn’t involve TV legends and kids’ show scientists, Howard hijacks Raj’s girls’ night. Howard’s oblivious eye to his best friend’s suffering felt unusually cruel — and bordering on Sheldon-esque behavior. Wolowitz really walks all over him and it’s pretty painful for most of the episode. (Also, that Jewish joke. Yikes.) Thankfully, Howard comes to and they remember why they’re best friends. This story does yield some hilarious moments though, such as Penny’s delightful inability to use glue and Amy declaring Howard and Raj will have sex before she and Sheldon. As for those light saber belt buckles? I wouldn’t be surprised if they show up in stores by Christmas.

    “Big Bang” followed up one of its strongest episodes with another solid entry. Any episode that includes Bob Newhart, Bill Nye and electronic light saber belt buckles is alright by me. It didn’t feel like a major step forward in character or plot development, but it was a fun outing that didn’t jeopardize real emotion. We’re in desperate need of a funny Penny A-story I’d say, but with Newhart around who’s going to complain?

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    ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 5 Recap: Mommy Dearest

    Note: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “American Horror Story: Coven,” Episode 5, titled “Burn, Witch, Burn.”

    The overarching theme in tonight’s episode is the relationship (or lack thereof) between mothers and daughters. It couldn’t have been easy for Cordelia to grow up with a mother like Fiona, what with the philandering, the absenteeism, and the whole “Youngest Supreme Ever” thing. But I would take Fiona as a mother any day over LaLaurie. In the opening flashback, we see LaLaurie treating her daughters like absolute s**t, even threatening to fill one of her daughters’ mouths with … yep, s**t. The other two don’t fare much better, with one hanging by both arms and the other in a cage down in the slave dungeon for a year. (It’s hard to reconcile the former brutal LaLaurie with the current timid LaLaurie, but that’s a whole other topic.)

    Once we’re back at Robichaux Academy, we see that the cast of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video is still gathered on the lawn, but nothing’s happening. The zombies stand in place, seemingly awaiting some sort of instruction. Flash quickly to Marie Laveau, who’s levitating over a chalk drawing in the back room of her hair salon. Her eyes flick open, and she says in her great, threatening voice, “Begin!” That sets the zombies in motion, who immediately head towards the Academy. Sexy neighbor boy (his name is Luke, but for whatever reason I can never recall it… OK, Luke. Luke. Luke) tries to be all brave, thinking the zombies are just teenagers in costume, but oops. They’re not. He gets injured pretty severely, but not bitten, and is rescued by Nan and Zoe.

    Let’s talk for a minute here about Zoe. It’s one thing for Nan to go running out there to save her love interest, and besides, she’s never been one to shy away from anything. But Zoe? The meek, mild girl with the overly modest wardrobe, taking charge? Something is happening to Zoe, and it’s evident here as she wields a bloody chainsaw, hacking away at the zombies like some “Evil Dead” renegade, that she’s evolving. She must be the next Supreme, absorbing some of Fiona’s aggression and confidence along with her magic — which we also see. After being cornered by the zombies, Zoe utters one phrase and every single zombie falls to the ground, once again lifeless. Marie also plummets to the floor of her salon, her spell rendered useless. Marie expresses fear at the unknown power, which lets us know that damn, whatever Zoe’s got, it’s nothing to scoff at.

    Inside the house, Spalding, Queenie and LaLaurie are hiding in the bedroom, and then LaLaurie stupidly tries to communicate with one of her zombie daughters, Borquita (quite the name), who proceeds to strangle her, throw her to the ground and head upstairs for Queenie and Spalding. Queenie’s voodoo doll magic is useless, and Spalding is only good at cleaning up dead bodies, not actually making them dead, so LaLaurie is forced to “kill” her own daughter, for lack of a better word.

    The other mother-and-daughter combo is, of course, Fiona and Cordelia, and the latter is still in a hospital bed recovering from the acid attack. It completely destroyed her optic nerves, yet left the eyes physically intact. Fiona’s informed that Cordelia will be blind for life, and it sends her into a tailspin. She attacks the doctor, finds the Medication Room at the hospital and opens it with her fingernails (natch), and treats the room like it’s a pill buffet. Completely high, she wanders the creepy hospital in a stupor. And then it’s Obvious Metaphor time as Fiona stumbles upon a room with a woman who just gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. The doctors apparently just left the corpse of the dead baby in the room with the mother, since they do that in hospitals. Fiona revives the dead baby after making the mother recite every cliché mother-daughter saying in the book, and we know that this is Fiona’s way of making up for her terrible treatment of Cordelia.

    As I predicted last week, this injury has brought out the power in Cordelia. Whether it was deliberate by the attacker to bestow this gift upon her, or if it was in her all along, we don’t know yet, but one thing we do know is her new power kicks ass. When her asshole husband finally shows up at the hospital hours later, he takes Cordelia’s hand, and she immediately jolts up in bed and opens her (now white) eyes. She sees it all — the sex, the murder, all of it. It seems, like Zoe, that Cordelia has gained some serious powers here.

    We can’t forget that the Council is still in town, too, and they’re back at the Academy while Fiona, Zoe, Nan and LaLaurie are incinerating the zombie bodies in a big bonfire. Fiona shuts down LaLaurie’s attempts for them to bond over their failings as mothers, which is just classic. Fiona’s on her A-game now (must’ve been all those pills), and she manages to sway the Council against Myrtle, who she accuses of murdering Madison and blinding Cordelia. In the presence of overwhelming evidence — the burned hand, the very incriminating photo collage on the hotel room wall (seriously, criminals, stop making collages of your intended victim), and her obvious resentment — the Council condemns Myrtle to death by fire. “I go proudly to the flame!” she proclaims, and doesn’t try to defy Fiona, which I found a little odd.

    So it’s off to the pyre/stake/death pile. In their funereal best, the ladies and the Council all head to the quarry to bid farewell to the seemingly treacherous Myrtle. Fiona lights the fire with her cigarette, and into the eternal goes Myrtle. Or so we were led to believe, though I knew this wasn’t the last we’d see of her. Our favorite bayou queen, Misty, saunters over to the pyre and resurrects Myrtle. Uh oh, this is quite the pairing. Nothing a little swamp mud can’t cure.

    At the end, we see an exchange between Queenie and Fiona, and learn that it was Queenie’s voodoo witchery that made the burns appear on Myrtle’s hand. Myrtle didn’t actually do anything, except make that creepy photo collage. Fiona assuages Queenie’s feelings of guilt by making her believe that she’s the next Supreme (a “Supreme of Color”), in yet another faux mother-daughter moment. Fiona makes false promises about taking Queenie under her wing, which seems to work for now.

    Spalding can just spray air freshener over Madison, his dead prize, to clear the air, but unfortunately Fiona doesn’t have that luxury. Soon, she’ll have to face the music about what she’s done. It may just be too late for her to make amends, which I’m not too convinced she wants to do anyway. Remember, folks: her ultimate goals are to retain her youth and keep hold of her powers, which are both slipping away each and every episode.

    Witch, Please: (every week I’m going to award the witchiest witch of them all) At the risk of being repetitive, it has to be Fiona this week. She resurrected a dead baby, commanded the Council: “You will sit!” (which was incredible), and did the whole nails-as-ID-card swipe at the hospital. So cool.

    Other Random Thoughts:

    • A “Medication Room” at a hospital? Clearly marked? I can think of so many reasons why that’s a terrible, terrible idea.
    • One more thing about that hospital: Is it just me or is it the worst hospital of all time? Nearly every single light was either flickering or out altogether. And I don’t think pediatric doctors would leave a dead baby corpse in a room with a traumatized mother. Seriously. Unless the whole thing was a hallucination, which I suppose is possible. There was a guy wandering the halls wearing just a diaper, after all.
    • Did anyone else hear Fiona say that she would be back to Cordelia’s room in 15 minutes? If so, that’s some bad editing, because before we know it, she’s back at the Academy burning the bodies in the bonfire.
    • Full well knowing that a lot of crazy stuff has been happening in New Orleans lately — you know, the zombies, the Minotaur, Madison “missing,” voodoo priestesses on the hunt, etc. — the coven leaves Myrtle’s charred corpse just LYING there?! Fully open and available for anyone or anything to come calling? Honestly, after that screw-up, they deserve anything that comes their way. At least wait until the body is ash, or take it with you. Geez.
    • Where, exactly, does one buy stylish witch-burnin’ funeral clothes? The witches seem to have a good selection of dapper outfits, especially Zoe rocking that hat.
    • I’m a fan of Dr. John’s “Right Place, Wrong Time,” and yes, the title makes complete sense in the context, but that song is forever and always associated with “Dazed And Confused,” so it felt out of place while the witches were walking to the burning. But that’s just a personal opinion.
    • I loved Fiona telling off Hank: “You’re a loser. You’re one step up from the men who stand in front of Home Depot.”

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    ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 4 Recap: It’s War

    Note: Do not read on unless you’ve seen “American Horror Story: Coven,” Episode 4, titled “Fearful Pranks Ensue.”

    It’s pretty much an all-out war in New Orleans. At the very least there’s a big one brewing, and this week’s episode pits multiple warring factions against each other: Fiona vs. Delia, Fiona vs. The Council, Fiona vs. Marie (OK, so it’s mostly everyone against Fiona), and the voodoo witches vs. the Robichaux witches. Also the battle between the “living” and the dead — but we’ll see more of that next week.

    To start things off in the ugliest possible manner, we flash back to New Orleans in 1961, where a young black boy is lynched and hanged by a bunch of white men. Marie is understandably pissed, especially after the boy’s mother expresses her optimism for the future of racial integration. So it’s time for snakes, blood and raising the dead, at which Marie is obviously very skilled. Did she just drink an urn of flaming blood? Yes, she did, and corpses tear out of their graves and attack the lynchers, ripping their limbs off and disemboweling them. Welcome to Episode 4 of “American Horror Story: Coven”!

    After the flashback, we return right where we left off at Robichaux Academy, with Spalding unceremoniously rolling up the deceased Madison in the sitting room rug. It’s priceless to see her sparkly high heels sticking out at the end, like some filling in a ridiculous corpse fajita. Fiona alleviates any possible guilt or remorse (which she probably didn’t have much of) by saying that Madison would have made a terrible Supreme anyway — and then proceeds to find Queenie almost dead in Delia’s greenhouse. Never a dull night for the Supreme!

    She shuttles Queenie up to a bedroom and literally breathes the life back into her. LaLaurie is grateful to Queenie for saving her from the Minotaur, and is absolutely beside herself, not knowing how to be kind to this black girl who she was calling “slave” in Episode 3. Power shifts are the best, especially when we know how vitriolic Queenie can be. Fiona has to wake Delia up and let her know about everything. I mean, honestly Delia, how did you sleep through someone getting killed on the floor below you, as well as a Minotaur attack? Fiona isn’t far off when she says Delia is a useless headmistress; Fiona is usually drunk and traipsing around town, yet she has a better handle on things at the Academy — and has a solid lock on revenge when she sends the Minotaur’s severed head (still blinking) to Marie.

    This, of course, does not go over well, and despite attempts by a fellow salon worker to get Marie to let it go, Angela Bassett‘s flared nostrils tell us exactly what she’s going to do: gather up all those snakes and blood again, cuz it’s time for another corpse raisin’! Things are also going from bad to worse back at the Academy, where The Council on Witchcraft has come a-calling. I was overcome with joy seeing Frances Conroy’s Myrtle Snow sashay into the house, with that outfit. (There’s nary an actress I enjoy more, and she is all aces here.) At her side are two fellow Council members, Quentin (Leslie Jordan), who specializes in sarcastic, witty rejoinders, and Cecily (Robin Bartlett), who appears to be the keeper of minutes. They conduct a series of interrogations of the Robichaux inhabitants, who basically perform as we expect them to: Delia spills every single bean (sigh), Zoe puts us to sleep with her testimony, Nan is straight-forward and inadvertently hilarious, and Queenie tosses it all out there, calling the missing Madison a stone-cold bitch.

    Before Fiona takes the stand, we’re treated to a delicious 1971 flashback, right after Annaleigh’s death. It introduces us to the young, jealous Myrtle, who is willing to do anything to take down Fiona. As a “guardian of veracity in the vernacular,” Myrtle is a defender of the truth. In the end, her scheming to trap Fiona ends up trapping her; on the stand, between cigarette drags, Fiona denies all wrong-doing, and sasses the Council. In the flashback, we learn how Spalding really lost his tongue (he cut it off to protect Fiona). Is it just me or was that actually really touching? OK, it was gross and extreme, but romantic in “AHS” terms. Young Fiona’s look of shock when he does it shows that she’s no monster, and there’s at least a semblance of caring on her part. So when Spalding’s questioned by Myrtle, he ends up implicating her instead of Fiona. So great — and when Myrtle yells, “This will not stand!” I smiled, mainly because it’s been so damn long since I’ve seen a Frances Conroy freak-out.

    Other than the main plot, we’re treated to two totally superfluous sideplots — one of which is Delia’s cheating husband, Hank, who we see is clearly unbalanced. His rough sex and weird sidelong glances tell us something is definitely wrong here. And when he breaks out a silenced pistol (which indicates he planned to kill his mistress all along) and shoots her in the head, I threw my hands up in the air. No clue what’s happening there, and more importantly, why should any of us care? Secondly, we revisit FrankenKyle, who’s slamming his head against the bathtub repeatedly. Sure, Zoe, go make him some tuna salad. That’ll make him feel better. When she returns to the bathroom, he’s gone, off into the night on Halloween. At least he’ll fit right in. I guess it’s wishful thinking that this is the last we’ll see of FrankenKyle.

    Thank goodness the final two scenes are both creepy and titillating, as LaLaurie’s three zombie daughters show up at the door with a league of other zombies waiting on the front lawn. How is Fiona going to stop this insanity? (She’s out drinking with Delia playing “Three Questions,” and Delia is blinded by something in the washroom. Maybe this will finally bring out Delia’s powers.)

    I’ll leave you for this week with a nod to (easily) the creepiest scene of the episode, which was Spalding having tea parties in a room filled with scary dolls. When he takes out that lace gown and brings it over to the chair and we see Madison’s dead body holding a teacup, several thoughts rushed through my mind: Oh no, is this a necrophilia thing? Does he just play dress-up with her? Is he dressed like a baby? What. Is. Happening. I refuse to believe that Spalding is that sick — for now — and just hope that his unrequited love for Fiona is what’s causing him to do it.

    It’s war now, “AHS” fans. Let’s see how this thing pans out.

    Witch, Please: (every week I’m going to award the witchiest witch of them all) Damn right a voodoo priestess counts as a witch, and Marie Laveau takes the crown this week. She spends most of her screen time writhing with snakes, blood and fire, so no one can really compare. Plus, raising the dead multiple times is a pretty amazing feat.

    Other Random Thoughts:

    • Interesting that Madison wasn’t the next Supreme (heart murmur!). Who is it, then? Nan? Zoe? Delia? So many interesting possibilities.
    • We now know two of the Seven Wonders: transmutation and pyrokinesis. Once we figure out all seven, we should be able to figure out who the next Supreme is.
    • Loved the “hot guy” neighbor showing up with baked goods for Nan. All together now: awwwwwww!
    • Myrtle’s red leather gloves. Could any of you avoid staring at them?
    • Angela Bassett rocked multiple hairstyles tonight. From the braids to the afro, this woman is capable of any ‘do.
    • Spalding’s fingernails nearly made me puke. The poor guy needs a major overhaul … though the creepy doll scenes helped me understand why no one screws with him. He also cut off his own tongue, so yeah.

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