Scandal – Season 6 – Fates Worse Than Death

olivia-pope-scandalOh, boy. Scandal kicked things up a notch this week. Let’s dig in.

The episode opened with Michael and Cyrus playing happy families until Abby phones Cyrus and tells him to lock the doors and shut himself in the house. He turns on the news and there’s a live broadcast from the White House about how Fitz has opened an investigation into Vargas’s murder and how Cyrus Bean is part of that investigation. Cyrus if furious, then in flashback we see how Jennifer Fields was part of what went down on #electiongate.

Frankie Vargas had brought her on-board as the videographer for his Campaign so everything could be documented. Cyrus had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure nobody was close to Frankie, only for this woman to show up. Rightfully, he was suspicious of her from the start. Frankie had to convince Cyrus that she was a good addition to the Team.

Only Tom, blast from the bitter past, turned up demanding to meet with Cyrus; threatening to expose everything Cyrus had done in the past. It didn’t look good for him.

In flashback, we saw how Tom later met with Cyrus in the woods, and Cyrus had brought a gun with him. Whether it was for self defence or to kill Tom wasn’t clear, but Tom got the upper hand and put the gun into Cyrus’s mouth. Tom walked away after a lecture on how he was on top now and no longer Cyrus’s dog, and then Cyrus pooped his pants I reckon. He immediately told Michael that Tom was back, and Michael was horrified. Fitz makes Cyrus and offer: avoid the death penalty if you step down. Cyrus says if Mellie also steps down, he will. Fitz is silent as Cyrus leaves the car.

Meanwhile, Huck tracked down a friend of Jennifer’s who told him she was intimate with Vargas, and then the friend showed Huck a photo of Jennifer all beaten up and hinted someone menacing did it. Tom !

Huck goes back to the office and tells Olivia and her associates it must have been Tom after satellite images show he was in the area that night. They track Tom’s movements on the night of the election and boom. Tom’s in front of Fitz, having confessed to Vargas’s murder. Cyrus is arrested, and David Rosen reads him his rights. For some reason we flashback to the moment when Cyrus tries to convince Frankie Vargas that David Rosen would be the perfect running mate for his Campaign as David has already been vetted. Vargas had convinced Cyrus to run as Vice-President elect.

Elizabeth North turns up at Cyrus’s house and demands he makes her his Chief of Staff. He agrees, then sends her to Fitz with a message that he accepts the offer Fitz made – he will step down rather than face the death penalty for Vargas’s murder.

The episode ended with Olivia telling Mellie the College electorate had no choice but to vote for her now that Cyrus was in handcuffs.

Why do I not believe her?

 

How To Get Away With Murder – Go Cry Somewhere Else

the-thursday-hotlist-tv-divaGood Lord, what in the hell is this? Let’s recap this week’s episode.

Flashbacks revealed that on the night of the fire, Frank had followed Wes out of the police precinct, convinced him to get into his car to talk, Wes got a call from Annalise asking him to come to the house, he stormed out of Frank’s car and then took a taxi to Annalise’s house. Nate was on the stairs coming down when Wes arrived at the house. They said ‘hey’ to each other. Laurel hadn’t arrived at the house yet, nor had any of the Keating Five or Bonnie or Oliver.

Annalise’s Mom and her boyfriend arrived in Court to hear Annalise’s latest application for release on bail. Bonnie tried her hardest but the Judge denied the application. Afterwards, a confused Momma tells Annalise she burned the house down with her Father inside because he molested Annalise when she was thirteen years old. When Momma excuses herself to go to the restroom, Annalise confronts the boyfriend about how her Momma has dementia. The boyfriend says she has good days and bad days, and Ana confronts him further about denying her knew his own Brother molested her.

Meanwhile, Wes’s memorial was taking place. Laurel was discharged from hospital just in time to make the eulogy. After, Laurel breaks away from the Keating Four so she can demand to see Wes’s body as she never got a chance to say goodbye and she’s carrying his baby. Her request is refused but she’s directed to approach the D.A.’s office to ask permission to view the remains.

Nate arranges for Laurel to see the remains, but when the body bag is opened there’s a different corpse inside. Bonnie is informed, and says it’s proof Annalise is being framed, and then demands that Annalise is released on bail as clearly there is no evidence of a body and the case should be thrown out. The Judge denies bail again, and Bonnie phones Annalise – who hangs up on her. The D.A. calls Nate into the office after his stunt with Laurel and is shown a form that indicates HE was the one who arranged for Wes’s body to be transferred to another morgue. Looks like they’re going to frame Nate as an accessory to murder, or another co-conspirator.

The cellmate facing being separated from her children has a visit from them. It’s awkward; neither of the children want to give their Mom a hug. Later, back in the cell, Annalise goads the inmate into beating her up. Bonnie rushes to see Annalise after she’s put in the infirmary with her face all bruised and cut. She tells Bonnie to take a photograph so she can show the Judge that she’s vulnerable in prison as the inmates know who she is and are targeting her. The Judge agrees to release Ana, but only on bail, even though Frank has already confessed to murdering Wes.

Oliver gets a call from the Police to come in for interview. The Keating Four grill him to prep him for it, and he almost vomits because of nerves. Connor later tells him he’s a good liar, and then Oliver shows him the thumb drive backup of the files from Annalise’s phone.

The big reveal this week was Wes made a phone call while he was in the taxi en route to Annalise’s house that night. When the person answered the call, he said, “It’s Christoph.”

 

 

 

How To Get Away With Murder – Not Everything’s About Annalise

how-to-get-away-with-murder-davis-posterOoooohhhh chile, Annalise cut off her weave this week ! Ana is back in fighting form ! Let’s recap:

Flashbacks showed Charlie had driven Wes to an alley where Wes threatened to tell the Cops Frank killed Sam and Rebecca. They both argued about Laurel, with Wes stating his case that Frank had hurt her and she’d never forgive him for it. Wes also stuck the knife in by claiming he’s more important to Annalise than Frank ever will be after he killed Ana’s son. Frank says he killed Wes’s Father, which only infuriates Wes more.

Meanwhile, Wes leaves the car and starts walking back to the Police Station and Frank phones Bonnie to give him an update. Bonnie says to keep following him.

Middleton University President goes to see Annalise in jail after Michaela guilt-trips her into it. Michaela’s scary gangster side emerges when she schools Oliver in how it’s going to be now Connor’s told him they all had a hand in Sam’s murder. Oliver is so shocked by her that he asks Connor to spoon him –  and to never let go. Awwww !

Nate goes to see Laurel to ask if she’d told Frank about her pregnancy. Laurel refuses to answer and asks him to leave. She phones Bonnie when she learns that Frank has confessed to Wes’s murder. Bonnie refuses to discuss it on the phone. Instead, she gets the Keating Four together and asks Oliver to hack the D.A.’s office. Oliver finds the investigation into all of the murders connected to Annalise. Everyone is stunned that the D.A. has put everything together so quickly. Even worse, they are looking into the discovery of Rebecca’s body. None of them know yet that it was Bonnie who murdered Rebecca.

Annalise is brought to the Police Station. She demands to see her lawyer but the Detectives interview her without Bonnie present. Ana says she killed Sam and JFK and Elvis, and that her confession can’t be used in evidence as her lawyer isn’t present.

Frank’s confession to Wes’s murder can’t be corroborated and the Police are about to release him, but then Frank points them to the surveillance cameras outside the Precinct – he was parked right in front of the cameras all the time he was talking with Wes. The time-stamp on the footage puts Wes out of Annalise’s house for several hours before the explosion; which Frank can’t account for so he remains silent. While he waits to learn his fate, Nate interrupts. He tells Frank that Wes was already dead when the explosion went off. He asks Frank if he was at the house. Asks Frank why he’s covering for Annalise.

Bonnie visits Laurel in hospital after she tells Meggie that they’re not friends now Wes is dead, and she should leave her room. Bonnie convinces Laurel to tell the Police she told Frank about her pregnancy but didn’t think he’d actually murder Wes. She’s sure that she saw Frank leaving the house through the storm door in the basement, and she looks scared for her life – he’s a dangerous man. Ha! At least she didn’t make a call to her Father on this one.

Later, The Detective comes to tell the D.A. they have enough evidence to charge Frank with Wes’s murder and they have to release Annalise but the D.A. says she’s not clear of all charges yet. Frank is charged as a co-conspirator in the murders Annalise is being charged with. Bonnie failed to release Annalise and is devastated.

We cut to Annalise being taunted in the showers and raises her fist in protection. Her cell mate convinces the women to back off, and Annalise gets free. Later in their cell, Ana’s cell mate gives her a razor blade for protection but Ana proceeds to remove her weave.

We all know what happens when Annalise removes her weave. We’ve seen that look in her eyes before.

 

 

 

First Look – Bates Motel The Final Season

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Our first glimpse of Rhianna as Marion Crane. Go to: https://youtu.be/lp-s-Vb76v8 to watch.

The premiere of the fifth and final season of A&E’s Psycho prequel Bates Motel will be on February 20.

Season 5 picks up picks up nearly two years after Norman (Freddie Highmore) murdered his mother. He’s now a grown man, living a double life. Publicly he’s a happy and well-adjusted member of the White Pine Bay community, but at home he struggles; his violent blackouts continue to increase as “Mother” (Vera Farmiga) threatens to take over his mind completely. Meanwhile, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Emma (Olivia Cooke), now with lives of their own, soon find themselves drawn back into Norman’s insanity, while a vengeful Romero (Nestor Carbonell) hungers for a chance to destroy his stepson.

Scandal Season 6 Survival of the Fittest

SCANDAL-SEASON-3-TV-SERIESThe wait is over!

Scandal roared into life within minutes of the opening episode.

Mellie Grant was in her campaign headquarters giving her team yet another pep talk. The numbers were good, and it looked like she was set to win California, and therefore the President-Elect would be announced as Mellie.

However, Oliiva smelt a rat and got her people to run down the numbers properly.

Wait for it – election tampering again. Mellie had lost the race and would lose to Frankie Vargas, with Cyrus Bean as the Vice-President. What a blow for Mellie, after all she’d done to get there. She was so close.

She is in denial for a while, but Olivia Pope’s-her and gets her to call Vargas and concede so he can make his acceptance speech and Fitz can swear him in before the College votes a month later officially make him the new President of the United States. But hold on to your popcorn, because old sly dog Cyrus isn’t content with just a Vice Presidency, he wants the Oval, and this is how he gets it.

VARGAS is shot, live on national television. One in the arm, one in the stomach but the vital one in the face exits out of his brain, and boom, Cyrus is poised to be the next President of the United States, but hey now, hold on a cotton-picking-minute, because Fitz notes to David Rosen, concerned, that the Public didn’t vote for Cyrus, so he can’t step into the slot now Vargas is DEAD of his injuries, wife at his side, complete with blood splatter and brain matter on her new suit.

I half-expected Sally Langston to pop up with her ‘lovers of liberty’ schtick but old gal Sally was nowhere to be seen. That’s all by the by, because Olivia, she rocks up to her Daddy and gives him hell. How could he assassinate Frankie Vargas. The very notion of it doesn’t sit well with her. But Poppa Pope, not content to be typecast as a lecture-giving-miscreant, puts the idea into Olivia’s head that the person behind Vargas’s assassination is closer than she thinks, and while Jake is nowhere in sight, having spent the entire time preventing his Wife from getting blind drunk at the ceremony, he looks like a candidate – until he wasn’t even consider. Whatevs.

Turns out Olivia whispered in Cyrus’s ear how she is on to him and only time will tell until she exposes his secret.

I never did like Cyrus when he used Tom and then rolled over and reunited with his fake husband Michael the hooker who was only in it for the money.

How To Get Away With Murder Season 3 We’re Bad People

how-to-get-away-with-murder-davis-posterAs predicted, the episode delivered a rather subdued performance from Annalise. Bonnie comes to visit. Not good. Decides to defend Annalise’s case in Court starting with her bail hearing. The District Attorney discloses their investigation into a number of unexplained deaths linked to Annalise and her students.

Transferred to County for a bail hearing, which was denied after Bonnie demanded the Prosecution reveal the source of the intel which accuses Annalise of arson and homicide, Annalise was bussed to her new home.

Replete in her prison issue jumpsuit, she curled up into the foetal position most of the episode, trying to avoid using the toilet in front of her two new cell mates.

There were candid flashbacks to times spent with Wes for all the Keating Five (now Four) including Connor who admitted to Wes that he was back in therapy after Sam’s murder, and that Connor talks to his therapist mostly about Oliver. Meanwhile, Oliver is covering his ass and takes a copy of the files he erased from Annalise’s phone the night of the fire.

In one of the flashbacks with Wes we watch a discussion between him and Laurel about her possibly being pregnant as the condom broke one time they were together.

We cut to Frank at the Police Station car park paying off a cop who hands him evidence – the call logs from the night of the fire at Annalise’s. He combs through them with Bonnie but they come up empty-handed, then suddenly find a record of a phone call from Sam’s Sister. Bonnie visits Annalise, and she says she called Hannah and left a drunk lady rant on her answer machine, and that Hannah phoned the Cops that night of the fire, like she knew the house was ablaze…..

Frank goes to visit Laurel and she tells him it should have been him that died in the fire. He later goes to the Police Station to make a statement.

He confesses to killing Wes and setting the house on fire.

Nate gets a call from Bonnie. He meets with her, only to tell her to take the immunity deal and testify against Annalise. Bonnie kicks him out of the car.

Michaela’s Mom skipped town. Let’s see how long before she rolls up again.

Asher pounds into Connor, fists flying, and Michaela is suddenly scared of who she is dating. She later tells him to apologise to Connor, and he does. The two make up while watching a news broadcast about Annalise’s case on tv.

The final two minutes of the episode revealed what happened to Wes. After he heard the message from Annalise asking him to come to the house, he left the Police Station without signing the immunity deal. As he turns the corner he sees Frank in his car, and jumps in.

Then, the screen faded to black.

 

 

Grey’s Anatomy Season 13 – Jukebox Hero

greys-main-13 Richard and the attendings set out to make Eliza’s first day at Grey Sloan a bumpy one. Meanwhile, Meredith tries to track down Alex.

The girls learned online that Alex had been sentenced to 3 years’ imprisonment and his trial had been “indefinitely postponed,” which they took to mean that he had taken the plea.

Richard, backed by the Attendings, conspired to never let Eliza inside the OR’s in an effort to sway Jackson into petitioning against Eliza being appointed at Grey Sloane. It started with Nathan making sure Eliza missed his valve replacement surgery, and then Arizona warned her to stay out of her OR while she worked to save the baby and its Mother’s lives. Jackson followed that by refusing to let Ben work on a hockey playing kid who’s face has been bashed in but she did force herself in on the hockey player’s pal’s surgery, but then reported them all to Bailey, who called a meeting. Richard wasn’t invited but he was the only one to show up. Bailey declared it a mutiny.

A car accident revealed a woman in labor now needed an emergency C-section as the baby was trapped in her pelvis.

Stephanie did  poor job of hiding the fact she knew where Amelia was, and Owen told her to pass on a message to Amelia that she should come home now.

Speaking of home, Meredith got into bed and beamed a big smile up at her companion – ALEX. Andrew had dropped the charges, leaving Korev a free man.