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Lou Learns to Compromise and Gwen Acts Out

Rise: Lou Learns to Compromise and Gwen Acts Out

Season 0, Episode 6: " The Understudies: First Times "

In this episode of Rise season 1, titled "Bring Me Stanton," Lou's vision for the show begin to crumble, and Lilette and Robbie feel the pressure in balancing their commitment to the show with their other responsibilities. Meanwhile, Tracey reaches out to a student in need, Simon makes some poor romantic decisions and Gordy's attempt to stay sober is threatened by his growing connection to Gwen.

Kirkman Agonistes

Designated Survivor: Kirkman Agonistes

Season 2, Episode 18: " Kirkman Agonistes "

Everything is coming back to haunt Kirkman and some of his staff members on Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 18. In a move for which the series deserves kudos, the 25th Amendment was used as a plot point. Michael J. Fox made his debut as Ethan West. I can already tell I'm going to love and loathe him all at once.  It's tough when you want to be Kirkman's team, but you...

The Playoffs Reach Their Messy Conclusion

The Voice: The Playoffs Reach Their Messy Conclusion

Season 14, Episode 18: " The Live Playoffs, Night 3 "

The Voice Playoffs have lasted at least one episode more than they needed, but they're finally coming to an end. Following the remainders of Team Alicia and Team Blake, Team Adam and Team Kelly took to the stage to finish things off. This is enough to fill the time but The Voice also must fit all the results in one tight hour episode. This Playoff finale is The Voice on fast forward, wh...

The Price of Forgiveness

Empire: The Price of Forgiveness

Season 4, Episode 13: " Of Hardiness is Mother "

In the episode entitled "The Hardness of Mother," Cookie tries to manage life after her recent heart attack, but Lucious is so scared he'll lose her again he keeps getting in her way. Meanwhile, Jamal's star falls a little further and is disappointed to hear that his fans have turned a deaf ear to his new music, while Tianna lets her soaring star go to her head. And Shyne talks to Hakeem about mentoring a n...

Season Premiere  The Mikaelsons Prove Blood Is Thicker Than Water

The Originals: Season Premiere The Mikaelsons Prove Blood Is Thicker Than Water

Season 5, Episode 1: " Where You Left Your Heart "

The beginning of the end. "Where You Left Your Heart" is the final premiere for The Originals. In the seven years since the Mikaelsons were forced to end their vow of "Always and Forever" in order to save Klaus and Hayley's daughter, a lot has changed. Hayley, Josh, Freya and Vincent work to keep the peace in New Orleans, Hope is a rebellious teenager and the Mikaelson siblings are spread throu...

Season 13 Finale  Which Agents' Lives Are in Danger?

Criminal Minds: Season 13 Finale Which Agents' Lives Are in Danger?

Season 13, Episode 22: " Believer "

Criminal Minds ends its 13th season on such a cruel, cruel note, as the team's investigation into a former agent's bizarre account leads to a discovery they couldn't have predicted -- and one that puts more than one of their own in danger.But that's the second hour, "Believer," of the season finale. The first hour, "Mixed Signals," sees the team work a run-of-the-mill case, one that leads to on...

The School Musical Ends On a Sour Note

Riverdale (US): The School Musical Ends On a Sour Note

Season 2, Episode 18: " Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember "

On this very special musical episode of Riverdale, titled "Chapter-31: A Night to Remember," as the students of Riverdale High prepare for the school musical, a menacing, mysterious presence threatens leading-lady Cheryl as well as the whole production, Alice and Hal reunite, Archie draws a line in the sand with Hiram and the Black Hood returns. I'm not generally a fan of gimmick-y episodes, but d...

Of Hardiness is Mother

Empire: Of Hardiness is Mother

Season 4, Episode 13: " Of Hardiness is Mother "

I don't know about anyone else, but I thought Empire Season 4 Episode 13 showcased the best and worst of this hit Fox drama series.  We had various engaging plots and some that felt thrown in purely to get the episode up to the allotted running time. But, it is what it is.  For example, it was only a matter of time before Cookie had to confront Bo, and I'm honestly surprised ...

Pulling the Goalie

Suits: Pulling the Goalie

Season 7, Episode 14: " Pulling the Goalie "

Did Louis just find a way to redeem himself after a string of downright terrible decisions? It sure felt that way on Suits Season 7 Episode 14, which certainly seemed like an hour that was all about undoing some of the awful stuff the characters have done of late.  I never thought things could possibly get any more complicated for the Louis, Sheila, and Xander love triangle, bu...

Chapter Thirty-One

Riverdale (US): Chapter Thirty-One

Season 2, Episode 18: " Chapter Thirty-One: A Night to Remember "

The cast of Riverdale really did have the music in them! As much as we might cringe at the sight of musical episodes, Riverdale Season 2 Episode 18 turned out beautifully. An updated production of Carrie: The Musical was more enjoyable than expected. Cheryl, Betty, Veronica, and the whole group killed it with their natural talent. After hearing the songs, we might need to have th...

Mr. and Mrs. Teacup

The Americans: Mr. and Mrs. Teacup

Season 6, Episode 4: " Mr. and Mrs. Teacup "

Philip may not be in the spy business any longer, but now that he knows his wife may be trying to interfere with changing Russia's efforts to change, I don't think he'll be able to step away from seizing the day. All of the moments between Philip and Elizabeth on The Americans Season 6 Episode 4 featured a couple who, if there were in 2018, would probably have given up already.  ...

Saved

Chicago PD: Saved

Season 5, Episode 20: " Saved "

Denny and Voight are at it again, flexing their muscles to see who carries more weight in this town.  Ironically, Chicago PD Season 5 Episode 20 is titled "Saved," even though the odds are stacked against Olinksy and Voight. Voight may be powerful, but Denny has everyone in his pocket right about now. And, of course, he cleared Ruben's possession charges since he needs hi...

An Inconvenient Truth

Chicago Med: An Inconvenient Truth

Season 3, Episode 16: " An Inconvenient Truth "

The promo for Chicago Med Season 3 Episode 16 may not have been as misleading as others we've seen, but it did bury the lede. Connor and Ava getting into spats is nothing new or exciting, but Will and Nat ending things? There's some drama! Even from a medical stand point, there were more exciting cases. Both the complicated ethics of Nat and Daniel's case and Sharon's guilt ridden godson ...

Sight Unseen

NCIS: Sight Unseen

Season 15, Episode 20: " Sight Unseen "

Sometimes, a show can really surprise you. Keep you guessing and speculating right to the end. NCIS Season 15 Episode 20 definitely made a valiant effort and very nearly stuck that landing. For someone who's seen as many cop show episodes, I confess that I was honestly stumped for a good portion of the story. Not bad for the 350th installment of the series! Yes, that's righ...

Everybody's a Superhero

For the People: Everybody's a Superhero

Season 1, Episode 6: " Everybody's a Superhero "

Well now.  For The People Season 1 Episode 6 certainly had it all, right? A man trying (and failing) to be a vigilante on the streets of New York, a man being prosecuted for stealing items that were sent to Cordoba and oh, wait, a new love interest for Kate Littlejohn.  What works really well with this show is that it manages to move between the cases without making the hour f...