It’s been a rough week – stuff came up, bad weather struck again, the tendonitis is back, and just general exhaustion. Catching up as soon as I can. Here’s Monday and Tuesday first.
How I Met Your Mother
Ted tries to help Barney pick out a suit for his wedding, among Barney’s rack after rack of suits, and Barney relives some of the memories from all the other times he’s worn those other suits. Ted tries to explain why the new suit that his tailor made for the wedding is the right one. Barney gets to make a bunch of great new memories in the suit, and none of them have anything to do with his womanizing past before Robin.
Oh, and Robin’s mom finally shows up. Looks like Lily may get that emotion out of her best friend after all.
2 Broke Girls
Caroline did exactly what she didn’t mean to do – break up Nicholas’s marriage. She and Max go over to try to talk him out of it, but his wife arrives shortly after, and they end up on the ledge outside the bathroom window trying to avoid her.
Because of Ryan and Mike’s involvement in taking her son, Luke, Max gets kidnapped by some of Lily Grey’s people – a crazy woman-hating man, who’s teaching his young son the same intolerance and hatred – but Max manages to get the upper hand and forces him to “hunt” her in the woods.
Ryan and Mike get the details of the location of the cabin from the man’s son, after hog-tying him with zip-ties in the kid’s bedroom, and they are able to find her and kill the kidnapper before anything bad happens.
Happy ending, right? Well… It wouldn’t be The Following if that was the end of the story. Lily took Mike’s father at his own home and put the encounter on video, and emailed it to them later in the day. Mike’s dad held out, not giving in to her demands, and Mike has to watch his father’s throat cut in a room on a big screen among a couple dozen colleagues. He is in absolute shock and denial at first, and hurries out of the room, shedding tears for what I’m assuming is his last remaining close relative.
Ryan pursues him and fulfills his substitute fatherly role, attempting to comfort him after an impossible, ugly scene. Ryan is the only one who gets what Mike is feeling. He lost Claire, and they both lost Debra during the investigation into Carroll and his followers, so it’s a shared understanding.
Joe, Amanda and Emma wind up getting picked up by a cult, and while they are wary, it seems like they are being accepted into the group (guest appearance by Jacinda Barrett), but Emma is selected for a blood sacrifice in which the leader slices open her wrists and drinks the blood that collects in a chalice.
Emma cries and shrieks for Joe to stop them and help her, but eventually she passes out from the pain and blood loss. Joe and Amanda are horrified, and afraid of whom they’ve just thrown in with. However, it seems that Emma is alive and they will bring her back after she’s been treated for her injuries. Joe is upset, but he tries to hold it together, still uncertain of whether he can or should trust these people.
I’m thinking *NO*. Not that I’m really rooting for Joe, Amanda, and Emma, but there’s a couple new villains in town this season, and right now, Joe’s crew is WAY more sympathetic than Lily Grey and these new cult people. Not knowing what Joe’s plans are, whether he’s going to rebuild his following, it’s hard to hate him when he’s not playing mastermind supervillain. And THAT’s how they get you.
I keep hearing the ratings are down a smidge on this, and I really can’t figure why. I think adding some new villains and making Joe into more of a protagonist/antihero has been great and made the show much more interesting and layered. Plus, getting into Mike’s character a little more (Oh, btw, it looks like he DIDN’T beat Luke to death with his bare hands–just within an inch of it) and throwing in the FBI mole subplot have really ratcheted up the suspense and drama. I still love it and if you haven’t been watching it, check it out Mondays in the second hour block.
Kendal gets “kidnapped” by his uncle, who is actually his biological father, who is on the run from a very intimidating-looking man looking to beat the shit out of him.
Wendy, whom we learn is Kendal’s biological mother, convinces Raylan to help her find Kendall, and Raylan is always hard-pressed to say no when it comes to helping out kids, so he agrees.
Plus, Wendy agrees to give him information on where her brothers went with Boyd Crowder and what they are planning on bringing back. When the bearded bounty-hunter-looking guy catches up to Kendal and his “uncle”, and Raylan and Wendy catch up at about the same time, a little skirmish breaks out, but Raylan quells it immediately. He doesn’t get as much as he was hoping out of Wendy, though. A mother will do whatever she has to to get her kid back, and she is no different.
Meanwhile, Boyd and the Crowes are working on getting their dope back across the border when the Mexican police catches up to them. But, for once, they got it right – knowing the police would want a bribe, and probably the big moving truck, they left the dead bodies in the truck and put the heroin in the back of the little sedan, and they escape the law.
Ava is trying to figure out how to get her fiance’s supply into the prison, and dislocates her shoulder to get into the medical ward, having been tipped off that someone in there might be able to help. It’s a dirty business, but it looks better than the trade-off with the guards who wanted sex for helping with the drugs, so it looks like Ava may have finally caught a break, too.
The new candidate’s first day is a little rough. She keeps trying to fit in, but the harder she tries, the more resistance she meets. She breaks a saw trying to prove she can hack it and gets told off by Casey. She tries to bust balls with Herrmann, but Severide pulls her off that too – “keep your mouth shut”. She protests, arguing he’s got a sexist double standard, but Severide explains it’s not because she’s a woman, it’s because she’s a candidate.
Casey hits her again with the scut, asking her to scrub the showers. She protests again, saying Herrmann already had her do that, but that’s not how it works. It doesn’t matter if you’ve still got soap scum on your hands from finishing two minutes earlier, when you’re a candidate, you do everything and anything as many times as one of your superiors tells you to.
At first, Dawson is letting water run under the bridge with Jones, but when Jones confronts her telling Dawson not to badmouth her to Casey just because they’re sleeping together, Dawson decides to reveal what she knows. Casey isn’t happy being the soundboard, but he tries to ease up on Jones, just a little, and has Mills put together a recipe book for her so she can cook because her earlier meal left a lot to be desired.
Apparently, Jones doesn’t realize that being a firefighter isn’t just about saving lives. (You’d think she would, her whole family being firefighters and all, but whatever.) You have to spend a lot of your time at the house too, and cooking, cleaning, taking care of your equipment, and getting along with your coworkers is a big part of the job as well. It doesn’t matter how fast you can get out of a burning building if you have to go back to a place where you’re despised.
Best part? Casey, almost innocently, mentions Jones’s dyslexia when Mills presents her with the recipe book, saying he hopes she can read Mills’ handwriting. It almost came off as being truly concerned for her success, but on the other hand, it felt a little like a burn. What’s that? FIREFIGHTER BURN! BONUS POINTS! I thought that was pretty darn funny. Maybe a little cruel on his part, but hey, he’s her superior, he has access to her files, them’s the brakes.
I’ve got recaps from everything else this week coming, but be patient. I’ve still got a few episodes left to watch and then writing it all up will take a bit of time.
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