We watch a lot of TV, in case all the reviews, interviews, news, and features didn’t give you a clue (wink, wink), so we decided to come together once a week to highlight all those great moments that our favorite shows give us throughout the week. There are five categories and many thoughts! Ready?
Here we go!
Raquel: Sophie in Leverage: Redemption. You have to have great strength to leave your family and your whole life behind, start from scratch and love them in silence for years. Sophie had to do it and it broke me to see the pain mixed with pride as she faced her daughter, unable to tell her who she really is. Having her daughter in front of her…but not having her.
Lizzie: Kate Whistler, NCIS: Hawai’i. Not just because she was a badass that had Tennant’s back literally and metaphorically, but because she also allowed herself to be a little bit vulnerable with someone other than Lucy. It’s hard to open yourself up in a relationship, but it’s sometimes even harder to believe people who aren’t romantically involved with you will stick around. But Kate’s got a family now, and this episode went a long way towards her believing that.
Miah: Hailey Upton, Chicago P.D. It’s hard to come up with the words to describe how resilient Hailey is. From everything in her past to all the shit she gets thrown on the job and in her personal life, she holds herself with an immeasurable amount of composure and grace.
Emotionally, she is burnt out, and yet she still makes space for those in need of help without any hesitation. She just keeps giving and giving to the people around her, and she never asks for anything in return. She kicks ass and this episode proved no less; she was focused. Despite all the bumps in the road and all the ways she could have been derailed, she saved that women with all she had.
Let’s just hope that Hailey gets some peace and happiness of her own, and gets to knock some common sense back into her husband. Also, Tracy-just, WOW.
OTP of the Week
Raquel: Miah and I agree again on this one! Chenford takes another OTP of the week for me. Miah put my thoughts into words and I add that, as I commented in my The Rookie review, Tim was not able to go to New York for Rachel, nor to retire for Ashley but he accepted a bad promotion that will bore him to death for Lucy. That’s the kind of thing you only do for the love of your life, with whom you want a future together.
Shana: I’m in my petty and defiant era, so I’m going with Sharpwin.
Rachel: For me, it’s Eliza/William from Miss Scarlet and the Duke. We got to see our Victorian detectives go undercover as a married couple this week! Well, a bit of angst was there too, but the undercover thing is the most important. Them all dressed up, saying “husband” and “wife” like it’s nothing…that’s shippy goodness right there.
Lizzie: Stellaride had a little bit of a tiff, but they talked about it and worked it out — makeout session included, just like all the best couples do. That means that even with the news that Taylor Kinney is taking a leave of absence from the series, we still feel confident in Stellaride. They’re solid. They’re gonna hold. We will accept no other outcome.
Miah: Chenford… again. Like C’MON. Tim sacrificed himself with a bad promotion, to make his relationship with Lucy work. Lucy also gave Tim a reality check regarding the job affecting their relationship. It was beautiful to see how honestly and fluidly they had such a tough conversation. They are just GOOD.
Moment that made you collapse into a puddle of FEELS
Raquel: Chenford and their sex scene! It’s not the physical, it’s the way Tim looks at Lucy when she can’t help but look at his abs. He looks at her with burning passion but also with a love that he cannot contain, with a love so intense that he is not yet ready to accept. That look burns…in more ways than one.
Lizzie: It’s hard to exist in the general consciousness of HBO adapting the video game The Last of Us without at least knowing how it starts — with Joel losing his daughter, Sarah. And yet Sarah’s death still broke me, because it’s so senseless and so hard to watch. I only had Nico Parker for a few minutes, but I’d kill for her. And the thing is …I know The Last of Us is just going to continue to hurt me, but I’ll keep watching.
Miah: When Bode switched his last name from Donovan to Leone in Fire Country. The way his dad embraced him back, and his family is finally returning to a semblance of togetherness just made this scene even more beautiful. Bode is a Leone, and a damn good one at that.
Quote of the Week
Raquel: “This night is the night” Lucy, The Rookie.
Shana: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8…fuck…you.” – Ellie from The Last of Us.
Rachel: “I want you to know that if you too can have the strength to just get to your feet and go to the light, good things will happen.” – Brendan Fraser from Critics Choice Awards Best Actor acceptance speech.
Lizzie: “If you tell me to look for the light, then I’ll break your jaw” – Joel in The Last of Us.
WTF Moment of the Week
Raquel: The Rookie: Feds’ last episode. A complete and utter waste of time. Like what the hell was that? A fictional show will remain fiction, no matter how much it tries to disguise itself as a true crime documentary. And one of the bad ones, too.
Shana: How about we just go with “the entire two-hour New Amsterdam finale.” I don’t even know where to even begin with picking the most WTF part of the first hour. Then, there’s the second hour, which might’ve been “puddle of FEELS” material in another timeline — one in which this entire season didn’t make everyone unrecognizable and just…ugh — but was more just “lol WTF” because of everything that came before. Coming in clutch with insult to WTF injury: They really brought my man Doug Ross into this.
Lizzie: Since Shana took the New Amsterdam finale, I’m going to go with what Chicago P.D. did to Upstead. Because, what was the reason? To have a laugh at the expense of fans who’ve been rooting for this couple for years? They could have written Jay out in a way that honored his character and the relationship he developed on-screen, or they could have killed him off and given us a clean break. Instead, they chose to drag out the slow death of a character that was a fan favorite (because even if they don’t kill him off, they’ve made him act in ways that go against everything we knew of him for a decade), and that feels like the worst possible outcome.