Chicago P.D. 3×05 “Climbing Into Bed” | 3×06 “You Never Know Who’s Who” Recap

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Episode Summary: Ruzek accidentally gets involved in a wrong case, and because he forgot to run it by Voight, it threatens his place in Intelligence. Olinsky gets the test results. Erin and Jay take their relationship to the next level. Roman, Platt, and the entire team make Andrew’s last few days the best he’s ever had.

Review | Analysis: To be quite honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this week’s episodes — particularly the cases. While they normally always grip me, I found myself unable to focus on the story that was being told. Additionally, while I was moved to tears with the story of Roman, Andrew and the unit, it’s not something I can discuss. I wish I could talk about how beautiful it was, but I’ll cry through this entire review and while it’s okay to write through happy tears, sad ones like this aren’t easy. My heart hurts so bad when children lose their battle with cancer, there’s no way I could possibly write about it. Perhaps realizing the series will be killing him off is what made the episode so difficult to watch let alone write about. I hope you all understand. That said, this review will focus on dynamics and individual character storylines.

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Nashville 4×06 “Please Help Me, I’m Fallin'” Recap

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Woah. 

Episode Summary: Juliette’s spiral leads to a dangerous place where Jeff pays the price. Scarlett and Deacon spend their last night celebrating Beverly at the local bar she’d always play in. Rayna produces Markus’ album. Maddie’s still rebelling. Daphne finally comes clean about what she heard in the bathroom. Avery’s tossing between forgiving Juliette and letting her go for good.

Review | Analysis: When I said we should get rid of Jeff Fordham, this is not what I meant. Much like all the episodes prior to this, tonight’s was once again a heavy one I’m having a difficult time trying to analyze. And ultimately, what’s frustrating me even more is the fact that it seems while one storyline will improve, another will fall dramatically. I can handle angst, in fact, I prefer it a lot of times, it’s fun, but this season of Nashville has just been too depressing to even think about. That said, my deepest apologies once more, as this review will be a lot shorter than it usually is.

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Once Upon A Time 5×05 “Dreamcatcher” Recap

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You can’t just end an episode there!

Episode Summary: In Camelot, Emma resorts to the drastic decision of taking Violet’s heart in order to use Henry’s heartbreak as a way to free Merlin. Killian, Robin, Belle, and Regina break into the Dark Swan’s house and find Excalibur there. In Storybrooke Emma also makes amends with Henry and Violet, but it’s too late when Henry’s learned the truth by listening in on Regina and Robin as they watch a flashback through a dream catcher.

Review | Analysis: Tonight’s episode wasn’t exactly our favorite, but then again, who wants to watch their favorite character do something so devastating like break a child’s heart (even with good intentions)? Generally episodes that focus too weightily on the plot don’t leave a lot of room for discussion and in this case, they’ve left us with more questions. We’re anticipating next week’s episode as opposed to wanting to elaborate further on this and that’s not exactly fun. It did however, once again reiterate the theme that all magic comes with a price and the fact that there’s always a choice.

“Dreamcatcher” may have featured Emma Swan doing the worst thing she’d probably ever do, but it gave Jennifer Morrison the opportunity to do some brilliant work.

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Scandal 5×05 “You Got Served” Recap

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Olivia finally breaks her silence about her relationship with Fitz to the world in a tell-all interview and Fitz makes a move that will likely leave Mellie in awe.

Episode Summary: Fitz’s impeachment hearing gains steam as Liv tells her side of the story.

Review | Analysis: Since going public with their relationship, Fitz’s presidency has been up in the air and Cyrus was the one who was stressing about it. At the same time, he wanted to see it fail and that was going to happen with the help of Mellie.

With all of this crumbling down within in seconds, Fitz needed a lawyer and fast! David offered his help and hired Patty Snell. He told Fitz not to mention any of this to Olivia since she too was now in need of some assistance. Queue in Leo!

She told Leo that Fitz never gave anything to her. Haha yeah right, that was a lie but she needed to show that she’s human and not this big deal person that everyone makes her seem to be.

She went to Edison an he threw the whole “a criminal, a whore, an idiot and liar” back to her face. If he was going to help her, he deserved to know the truth. And by help we mean lie.

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Chicago P.D. 3×04 “Debts of the Past” Recap

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Another great episode reminding us of the fantastic relationships on the series.

Episode Summary: Back in prison, Beckett learned that 2 million of his money was taken by the cops which explains why he’s now out to get to them all. After turning against each other momentarily Alvin and Voight later put their differences aside when it’s clear that the witness was the one who’s taken it. Burgess learns about another engagement from Ruzek’s past. Lindsay’s ready to move back home. And Alvin’s wife wants him to get a paternity test on Michelle.

Review | Analysis: Thankfully this week’s episode wasn’t involving children or teens too much. And thankfully Voight’s grandson is okay. Though it wasn’t fun to watch Alvin and Voight second guess one another, it’s great to know neither of them are the ones who took the money. Mostly, I’m just bummed Mouse’s “semi Stark” board wasn’t welcomed. I’m all for keeping tradition, there’s wonder and beauty in keeping things simple, but c’mon, Olinsky — the system would’ve saved y’all a lot of time. Not to mention it’d also save paper and ink. Trees are important too.

I imagined the case was going to be handled in a lot differently than it was. That said, I don’t have much to say on it all other than it was pretty thrilling to watch — especially towards the end where their plan worked in favor of them perfectly. “Debts of the Past” took the theme of partnerships and authenticated what it means to be loyal. Loyalty doesn’t mean no arguments or questioning, it means coming up stronger despite those things — it was proven to be most true with Alvin/Hank, Jay/Erin, Alvin/Michelle, and hopefully Adam/Kim.

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Nashville 4×05 “Stop the World (And Let Me Off)” Recap

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Yet another heavy episode with some improvement! Success.

Episode Summary: Scarlett and Deacon go to Beverly’s house in order to clean it out and mend their issues. While they’re on tour in Atlanta, Juliette brings Maddie up on stage to sing with her and later Maddie feels she’s ready to take her relationship with Colt to the next level. Rayna works with Layla on a new song. After finally learning the truth about Cadence’s time spent at the hospital, Juliette comes to her senses, but Avery wants a divorce. Markus Keen is trouble, Luke’s taking Will’s song, and Gunnar’s story is such a wreck, there are no words.

Review | Analysis: This week’s episode was a bit lighter, but I’m still finding myself ridiculously sad afterwards, and that’s not the kind of show I want to watch. I’m all for drama and angst, but it’s just a bit too much. I find myself constantly wanting certain arcs to play out a certain way and not because I’m displeased with what we’re getting, but I’m okay with angst if it appears it’s on the way to progress. So far, though I’m 100% thrilled that it appears Juliette’s finally getting her act together. She’s realizing what’s wrong and it seems she’ll finally work at it.

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Once Upon A Time 5×04 “The Broken Kingdom” Recap

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Darkness is getting stronger and alliances are being tested.

Episode Summary: In flashbacks we watch Arthur’s obsession with becoming King overrule his rightful thinking while in present day Snow and Charming showcase what it truly means to be in a partnership with your spouse. Killian tries to take Emma’s mind away from the voices inside her head. Sands of Avalon is used for all the wrong reasons. And the Dark Swan’s got a new puppet.

Review | Analysis: Tonight’s episode did a wonderful job of contrasting real love and forced. It reminded viewers of the fact that selfishness ultimately leads to nowhere and once again, our choices dictate whether we are a true hero or not. Real happiness and strength isn’t a kingdom or an object — it’s choosing love above all things. “The Broken Kingdom” reveals that true completion is a status achieved when you’re surrounded by people with unwavering faith in you. The greatest measurement of strength comes from the ability to trust, love, and believe in someone when all else is lost. At the end of the day however, we’ve still got tons of mysteries ahead of us waiting to be solved.

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