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Spaghetti and Coffee
Boardwalk Empire airs tonight with a whole new episode called “Spaghetti & Coffee.” On tonight’s show Gyp a new brutal gangster in town, extends his stopover in Tabor Heights, a town halfway between Atlantic City and New York, with an eye towards establishing a strategic foothold. Chalky and his daughter Maybelle fail to agree on her future with Samuel. If you missed last week’s premiere episode called “Resolution”, we have a full and detailed recap here for you!
If the events of this episode were any indication and he keeps traveling down the same path, Nucky Thompson could very easily find himself in a similar situation. Last week, we saw a Nucky who was not necessarily drunk on power but certainly content and confident in his status, so much so that he was willing to cut off direct distribution to Gyp Rosetti and give away literally a treasure chest of expensive jewelry and knickknacks within moments of each other. But in “Spaghetti and Coffee,” Nucky’s comfort was overtaken by his emotions—most notably jealousy—and because of that, his supposedly smooth-running operation took a substantial hit. It wasn’t quite being thrown out of the fishbowl and into the sink, but Rosetti is certainly knocking on the outside of the bowl with a smug grin on his face.
Eli says to Mickey, as his new life now involves answering to Nucky’s oft-inept gigglepuss. But work is work and Eli’s ready, eventually, to lend a hand to Nucky’s transport operation. The most interesting thing that developed here though was, at the end, when Owen trusted Eli’s advice over Mickey’s when confronted by Rosetti’s “everybody got guns” battalion of thugs. So it looks like it takes about, oh, one episode for a disgraced character to climb back a few rungs and become useful again. I say this assuming that Van Alden will also take O’Banion up on his job offer.
Meanwhile, Gyp Rosetti is skulking around Tabor Heights, acting weird and barely restraining himself from killing everyone. He learns that with the absence of that highway Nucky wanted to build, Tabor Heights is the last place to fill up gas in New Jersey before reaching New York. He uses this to his advantage by buying the services of the local law enforcement and squatting on the filling station. When Mickey, Eli, and Sleater lead Nucky’s convoy of liquor towards New York, they find Rosetti won’t let them fill up in Tabor Heights. Everybody draws their guns and Bobby Cannavale hams it up real good, but the end result is that Nucky’s guys have to turn back, which means Rothstein won’t be getting his shipment.
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Hell has no fear for a women’s scorn, especially when it’s between two women. Annie is awake and right back on her feet in this week’s episode as she gives it her all to bring Lena to justice (who has already fled to Russia). In the first few minutes of the show, Annie is caught red-handed breaking into Lena’s apartment, causing Joan and Arthur to come in to reprimand her.
On tonight’s all new episode of Covert Affairs, Annie (Piper Perabo) goes on an unsanctioned solo mission to Russia to search for Lena (Sarah Clarke). Everyone at the Domestic Protection Division (DPD) thinks it’s too dangerous for Annie to go. But they help her out anyway because they know that Annie wants revenge against Lena for shooting her and killing Simon (Richard Coyle). And they all know her well enough to realize that she will go on her own whether they approve the mission or not.
But this was not so this season. The biggest, smartest change the writers made was to give Annie a purpose, a tangible season-long arc that finally made the central character the most interesting aspect of the show. Then, with Annie under control (and Auggie comfortably by her side, as always), Arthur and Joan could recede to existing to mostly support Annie’s endeavors and Danielle could be completely jettisoned without leaving any holes to fill.
We’ve seen Annie shoot before. We’ve seen her kill. That didn’t make this one any easier to watch. She still has such an innocence surrounding her that when she was standing toe-to-toe with Lena, I was still expecting someone else to come in and save her from the traitorous agent.
So Annie meets up with Dmitri, the piano guy who at one time was in love with Lena until she left him and set him up. Now at this point I am shaking my head at the fact Annie can play piano also. Is there anything this spy-chick can’t do? After asking for lessons and being denied, Annie is soon being followed by this guy. She convinces him to help her and they go see another guy to get a lead on Lena and she arms herself with a gun.
So apparently the writers of Covert Affairs got a jolt for this week’s episode and were inspired to give us something good in “Glass Spider.” In this episode, we get up close and personal with Simon (Richard Coyle) and Annie’s (Piper Perabo) relationship.
For a spy to say this, especially a newbie, it seems kind of dumb. I expected the room to roll their eyes and explain how Simon (Richard Coyle) was obviously playing her. But when she mentioned the whole “he killed his handler for me” part, there’s considerable more weight to her claim. Even I started to think Simon might really love her.
To find out who the mole is, they need to find the mall shooter — and Annie remembers him. Because he was at the diner when Jai died. So who hired him? Was it Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin)? Nope. He may have known the shooter, which Arthur (Peter Gallagher) discovers, but he never suspected he’d kill Jai. So who else does that leave on “Covert Affairs”? In hindsight it almost — again almost — seems obvious, but it makes it no less shocking.
No one in the DPD is pleased to hear this but Arthur agrees to let Annie try to bring Simon in and she calls him and arranges a meeting at a local mall. Lena and Joan (Kari Machett) argue about the way that Lena handled Annie’s mission. Joan also suspects that Jai might have been working with Simon. But Arthur disagrees with her and so do many Covert Affairs fans.
The game of spies is no fun and Simon knew this and that is why he wanted to run away with Annie to some place off the grid; away from all of it. Annie agreed to it right away, but she did seem like she changed her mind before Lena came in. I’m still surprised that Simon knew Annie was an agent from the first time they met and yet he still fell in love with her. It’s unfortunate that they couldn’t leave with one another as I can tell that Annie also had feelings for Simon.
“Pretty Little Liars” aired the mid-season finale for its third season Tuesday night on ABC Family, channel 38 in Queens, and fans finally got answers to who killed Maya and who’s on the “A” team in episode 12, “The Lady Killer.”
The Maya murder trial is officially underway and all of Rosewood is abuzz. The liars call Emily over under the guise of apologizing for thinking Paige is A but they really just want to tell her that they think Paige is A. Oh, and that they found the earring Aria buried with Alison in her bag. Well, Emily doesn’t want to have any of it and storms out. I bet no one, except for everyone, saw that coming.
When Emily doesn’t show up to school, Hanna puts two and two together when she tells Aria and Spencer that Paige wasn’t at school either. Since the Liars know that Emily doesn’t want to see them, they’ve sent Caleb as a spy to watch over Emily. Caleb assures the Liars that Emily is safe with the reporters outside her house.
She leaves promptly, after saying, “Three to one. A wins.” The girls realize that this is what A, or Paige, wants – to separate Emily from the girls and have her all to herself. Garrett’s trial is underway. Mona, dressed as a nurse, flashes her ID card to the receptionist as she walks out of Radley Sanitarium, also holding some keys.
So it was a massive disappointment that this finale focused not on solving the mystery of the A Team, but on solving the mystery of who killed Emily’s girlfriend Maya. Turns out that it wasn’t Emily’s new girlfriend, whom the Liars decided was the killer last week, but the obviously suspicious new guy in town who claimed to be Maya’s cousin out of nowhere! Just when we thought the show would zig, it… well, zigged.
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A More Perfect Union
Tom and the others find themselves in the middle of an old fashion coup. Tom got what he wanted, the go ahead to meet with the skitters but Tom refuses to do it like this. General Bressler orders them all back in the cages when the alarm starts going off, aliens are in the compound. Upstairs the 2nd mass members who had been rounded up in the commons area were scrambling to get away from a small army of skitters that have infiltrated the compound.
Last time we checked in with the 2nd Mass, they had found their way to the supposed Garden of Eden that is Charleston, South Carolina. They quickly came to understand that, nope, this place sucks too.
Tom, Captain Weaver (Will Patton), Dr. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and other 2ND Mass members use their bodies to shield the rebel skitters, forcing Bressler to relent and hear them out. Through Ben, Red Eye explains that the 2ND Mass should have killed the Overlord when they had the chance because it would have crippled the aliens’ war effort in that part of the continent. However, Red Eye says that the Overlord will be inspecting a new weapon in three days and that they need help from the humans to get inside. After Ben and the skitters withdraw to a nearby area, Bressler rejects the offer to team up as a trick and orders the 2ND Mass locked up.
He was so hell-bent on meeting up with them, but when Bressler detains Arthur and gives him a chance to do so, he throws it away. Things ended up working out, but for all he knew in that moment, Tom could have been making a decision that would blow their opportunity to team up with the rebels and also land him in jail right next to Arthur Manchester. Tom’s honesty and decency are admirable, but one of his weaknesses is allowing that side of him to ruin important opportunities. And as a side note, how absurd was it that when the security breach alarms went off, all of the soldiers completely forgot about locking up the 2nd Mass and instead headed for the main hall?
Later, we’re given a little tidbit of information regarding the death of Bressler’s son that I think would have served more useful if it was expanded upon earlier in the episode. The death of Bressler’s son at the hands of Skitters explains his motivations but his actions and the death of a few harnessed rebel kids left me still feeling cold towards the General.
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Single Fright Female
This show amazes me. Mostly because these girls must wake up at 5am to get ready for school. They’re always socializing before they even get there, and this week is no different. Spencer is at Hanna’s house helping her to get ready, and today’s challenge is that they need to hide Hanna’s scar. As they wait for her mother to leave, Pastor Ted shows up, bearing a thumb drive. Apparently, while they were renovating the church they found the thumb drive, which contained videos of Hanna and her friends. Hanna and Spencer hear Pastor Ted telling Ashley (Hanna’s mom) and freak out, realizing that this is what Ian was trying to keep away from them when he died.
A lot of this episode centered on Paige’s past in regard to Ali, and I’m glad to have gotten some clarity on that topic. I do have to say, Ali was amazingly good at being cruel to people – it never ceases to amaze me how these girls were ever friends with her.
An injured Hanna is in no mood to go to school with a “big open” wound. Spencer and Hanna are eavesdropping on the stairs and overhear a conversation between Ashley and Ted about a thumb drive that was discovered underneath a pew.
At school, Aria confides in Spencer about trying to help Ezra get into contact with Maggie, but Spencer wisely warns Aria to stay out of it. Needless to say, Aria doesn’t listen to her friend and pays Maggie a visit at the school she works in. Aria pretends to be “Amy,” an undergraduate student hoping to go into teaching. As Aria and Maggie have their chitchat, a little boy runs up to Maggie asking her permission for something.
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What Lies Beneath
As Hanna helps her mother move some houseplants around, she finds a letter, written by Maya the date she died. When Hanna shows the letter to the other Liars, they find out that Maya wanted to explain herself and show something to Emily the day she died, but the location of where Maya wanted to meet Emily was smeared and washed away from the rain.
Ashley Marin is trying to be a mom by moving plants, because that’s the most important thing to do when your daughter’s life is in constant mortal peril. But under that plant (oddly enough) is a note from Maya to Emily asking her to meet up (oddly enough) on the night of her death (oddly enough) but the location of their supposed talk is curiously missing (oddly enough) from the partially destroyed letter. Because right, this is Rosewood, and every mystery just leads to another mystery. GOD!
The liars decided to do a little reKAHNizance (get it!?), so they split up to snoop while Noel was at football practice. Spencer took the boys’ locker room (we knew she was a smart girl!), and grabbed Noel’s phone from his locker to search for any trace of Maya. She came up empty-handed but was caught red-handed when Noel walked in and saw her at his locker. Yet she somehow slipped out while Noel was distracted.
Hanna’s back at her house playing Nancy Drew. She’s blown up all of the photos from Maya’s website, and is trying to find details that she hadn’t seen before. Emily tells her that she’s being a little weird about it, when they realize that two of the photos were taken at Noel Khan’s cabin. They call Spencer (who is at school) and tell her what’s going on, and she confronts Noel in the hallway. He tells her that he had a “texting relationship” with Maya, meaning he hooked her up with weed once in a while. Spencer retaliated by asking him if that was before or after he and Jenna started sneaking around in the middle of the night, and he tells her it’s “kind of hot” that she thinks he is capable of murder.
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The Kahn Game
In this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, Aria and Spencer attended a party, Hanna dealt with romantic entanglements, and Emily attempted to close a chapter on her life, while opening a new one.
Aria is showing Spencer a picture of the stamp on Maya’s arm that Emily remembers and Spencer—Superhero Superwoman Spencer—is freaking DONE solving mysteries because it’s ruining her chances of getting into college. And Toby’s pants, mostly, but also some of that stuff she’s missing out on is graduating from UPenn, but it’s a good thing that the random blonde Cece did! How convenient! Now they can go to a party together to schmooze with some random admissions bro Steven, which is great because Spencer looks like she needs to loosen up her vag.
While this conversation is taking place, weird and nosy and semi-hot older lady CeCe walks into the coffee shop and approaches her two protégés. She overhears “Penn” and tells Spencer that she’s going to a house party where a friend from Penn’s admissions office would be in attendance. In 2005, I applied for college online, but according to CeCe if you give your application to a dude at a house party, it works just as well. Spencer’s pumped.
The event is at Noel Kah’s house and CeCe is friends with his older d-bag brother Eric! Unfortunately, it’s too late to turn back and Spencer and Aria bravely venture forward to the door where a bouncer sullies their hands with a tramp stamp (the same one as Maya — luckily nowhere near as permanent as the Death Eaters’ tats!) and they enter the Kahn house of gloom and doom. Gulp! Despite a few hiccups and terrorizing moments, the trouble proves well worth it because CeCe — true to her word — gives Steven Spencer’s app and he submits it for her. In fact, Spence actually receives an email from UPenn acknowledging that they received her early admission files. While we’re ecstatic for her, we can’t help but wonder why an admissions office is open so late on a Friday night, and why CeCe would be so gung-ho about helping out someone she barely knows. Fact: Nothing comes without a price in Rosewood.
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With “Pretty Little Liars” season three winding down for the summer, the July 31st episode “Stolen Kisses” was more set-up of big things to come for the four friends. Even so, there were some heart-racing moments, and some interesting developments when it came to some old and new relationships.
As Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily attempt to crack the password to Maya’s website, the debate is still up on whether Mona is on the Liars’ side or not. Hanna continues to freak out over the possibility of her blood being on the evidence, but Spencer assures her that her attorney mom is on the case.
After all, Diane has a lot of qualities that are reminders of A. For one, she knows the answers to all the questions she asks Aria about her relationship with Ezra as well as the Montgomery family. Aria might run away from her and the museum benefit when Diane offers her some “real-world compensations,” but it’s more to do with the idea that Diane implanted in her mind. What if Aria destroyed Ezra’s life? After all, he lost both his jobs because of her. The one question that lingers in her mind isn’t too far-fetched: “Am I destroying everything I touch?”
Toby (Keegan Allen) made a brief appearance this week. He basically just stormed into Spencer’s palace to bitch and moan about Spencer’s newfound love for half-brother Jason. Spencer covered for Jason’s hit and run last week. Toby covered for Spencer by lying to the cops. Jason skipped out of state to pay to fix his bumper in cash. More importantly, Toby is ready to start digging for clues as to who’s still hounding Spencer and the gals via text.
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Pretty Little Liars‘ spooky seventh episode this season mixed real world murder mystery with supernatural scares. “Crazy” was jam packed with everything from Ouija boards to insane asylums.
Hanna doesn’t have to think she’s guilty for the idea of a police officer wanting her blood to freak her out! I mean, it’s vampiric! “I want your blood!” I’d be totally freaked out. I mean, people get paranoid when they are stuck in a line-up because they know they could accidentally get picked. And I’m sure with Rosewood cops, someone’s blood could easily be mixed up and then boom, you’re the one in jail eating the sloppy joe’s! And Hanna probably hates those! (I hate them, everyone hates them!)
Meanwhile at the coffee house, Aria, Emily and Spencer find someone that sounds almost exactly like Alison. The mysterious blonde stranger’s name is Cece and she was a friend of Ali’s. They shared an “intense” few weeks summering together and she dated Jason. She works at the boutique near the coffeehouse and drops hints that she knows at least some of their secrets.
Speaking of Wilden, is it just me or has he been inappropriately flirty with Hanna the past few times that he’s stalked her. Weirdo. Moving along. It’s interesting to me that Toby’s hesitant about Garrett’s guilt (honestly, I am too at this point). I wonder if Spencer’s overwhelming confidence in Garrett being Ali and Maya’s killer will push them apart. We’ll have to see I guess.
Another thing we learned is that Mona really does care for Hanna. She seemed upset to hear that the planchette had made its way to Hanna’s home. She definitely doesn’t trust Aria, so that might mean she doesn’t know exactly who is A’s team. Or does she suspect Aria? Or did she know that A was watching her and secretly recording her?
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