It was a loaded night of twists, gasps, and oh, no, she didn’ts! Try to keep up.
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland 3/20
Barbara Hershey. That’s right. Barbara Hershey is awesome, first of all, so her as the original Red Queen is even more awesome. Unfortunately, she’s the one who kept the Knave and Anastasia apart, but she did teach the new queen magic, which was pretty cool.
Cyrus and Alice go back into the real world to find the Knave’s heart to try to make sure that Jafar doesn’t get it, but it doesn’t quite work out. Jafar learns of the heart’s resting place, and finds the pair right as they get back with it. The clincher is that his magic staff, aka the thing in which Cyrus’s mother is imprisoned, won’t kill or harm Cyrus when Jafar tries to make it. Cyrus gets hold of the staff, but Jafar leaves with the Knave’s heart.
Also, Alice helped Cyrus get his magic compass back from the Caterpillar, which is how they figure out that the staff might somehow have his mother in it.
The Knave and the Queen reminisce about the old days, but she can’t stop him from telling Jafar where his heart is, and he can’t stop Jafar from killing her after he has his heart back–all the better to reacquaint himself with that level of grief again.
I’ve been trying to think of who the Jabberwocky reminds me of, with the hair and the feathers, and I can’t figure it out. I can’t decide if I’m recognizing the actress or her fashion sense. I think maybe the actress reminds me of someone else, but I don’t know. Any suggestions?
Grey’s Anatomy 3/13
Arizona and Callie have to face a similar case to Arizona’s amputation after she returned from the plane crash. A young girl has had surgeries throughout her life, trying to fix a problem in her legs and feet, but the only solution that will actually allow her to run and be “normal” and live without pain is amputation. More surgeries will make her look more normal, but the pain will still be there and she still won’t have use of her legs. Arizona has to convince the dad that it’s not such a terrible thing, and even shows him her own artificial leg, and Callie fights it at first, but she gives in.
Part of the reason Callie resisted was because she had spent so many surgeries with the girl, trying to help her, but also, she just found out that the HR complaint came against her, not Arizona. After her malpractice suit and losing Derek on the clinical trials they were working on, she is feeling more and more frustrated and alone, and the thought of all that lost time, wasted effort, etc. is getting to her.
Cristina and Owen still playing footsie around the issue of them being together, and Cristina has taken it upon herself to become matchmaker for her ex-husband. She feels like she short-changed him or something, in their marriage and in their little fling that caused him to dump his most recent girlfriend, so she wants to make it better. By finding someone that has all the criteria of a wife/mother that he is looking for. Because it’s obviously not her. Even though they keep coming back to each other. God, I hope she figures this out sooner than later!
It’s the Chief’s birthday–I did it again, it’s Webber’s birthday, not Hunt’s–and the issue of retirement is brought up again. He throws the catalog in the bin and tries to reaffirm his ability to practice.
Avery’s mother shows up, demanding April sign a prenup, but in actuality, she’s just mad that he made that decision without talking to her or letting her know in advance, and that she wasn’t a part of his wedding.
Callie threatens Derek with litigation over their clinical trials, but he works something out with her. They call the White House, and say either Callie comes too, or it’s no deal. They were very flustered, but I think they’ll agree to Derek’s terms.
Bailey, Murphy, Grey, and Webber get a patient with an absorbed twin in his rib, spinal cord, teeth, lung, and everything, and as Webber goes through discussing the thing, a medical uniqueness that even he has never seen before, the patient decides he wants to leave it in, even though it’s been causing him pain.
Cristina has still been playing matchmaker for Owen, now signing him up for an online dating profile, but he’s not biting. After everything they’ve been through, he still wants to be with her.
And the Chief, well, he’s not retiring. In fact, Owen wants him to be in charge of the residency program or some such thing. He may not be the Chief anymore, but he’s still a great teacher and Hunt knows that, knows he’s got years ahead of him yet. Then he and Catherine Avery head back for a surprise party for his birthday.
It’s debate night, and the campaign pressure and guilt are really getting to Sally Langston. So much so, she ALMOST confesses to killing her husband on national television. Cyrus wants to have Sally killed before she does any such thing, and Jake even has a sniper placed at the debate just in case, but as it turns out, Jake’s the one who has to do the dirty dealings for the evening.
Knowing what he knows, that Pope and Associates know about Sally killing her husband, and he knows that there are a few others who know about it as well, a couple of journalists, including Cyrus’s husband James, also the White House press secretary, and District Attorney, David (aka Abby’s boyfriend). Jake makes a call. He puts the journalists out of their misery, shoots someone else, as well, either David or James, the only two left standing. It was shocking, but nowhere NEAR as shocking as what happened this week!
So, yeah, the nice thing about double recaps is you don’t have to wait for SPOILERS!
James was the one Jake shot, and he didn’t just shoot him, he killed him. Jake made it look like a carjacking, as it obviously couldn’t look like a B613 hit, and it he did so so successfully, he may as well have tied a ribbon around it and handed it to his new partner in crime, David Rosen, District Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Everybody made such a big deal out of Jake being the one who actually did the shooting, but what I found much more disturbing was that he cleaned up after himself. He disposed of the bodies, even as he took a phone call from Olivia about that very subject. It was so distant and nonchalant, like he was planting a rose bush instead of burying two bodies, that it really freaked me out even more than the initial act of him shooting one of the “good guys”.
Olivia is trying to hold Cyrus together after his husband’s death, and while he insists he’s fine and just wants to be able to do his job, Liv knows better. The entire episode, we see flashbacks of Cyrus and James, how they met, how their relationship evolved, and how he finally came out about his sexuality. He tries to take over the press conference, reporting on his own husband’s death and the suspect in custody, but he can’t get through it. Fitz comes in and takes him away, crying, and Liv, poised as ever, takes over the press conference and reads the statement.
Liv’s mom and Harrison’s ex are still up to no good, though I’m still not clear on what their end game is.
Huck found out that Quinn got into Liv’s safe and took some documents from the file about Sally Langston, and he goes to kill her, but he has to subdue her first. In a frenzy, he starts working out the whole thing–he trained her, he made her what she is, and if she’s effed up now, it’s partly his fault. Then, in a surprising turn of events, he kisses her. They kiss, quite passionately, for a few moments, before he finally breaks away. Quinn tells him to leave, if he’s not really going to kill her, and he does.
I thought it was surprising because I sort of felt like Huck was asexual after his time in B613. They did cut him off entirely from his family and even made him believe he didn’t have one, so I can imagine romance and the idea of ever forming an attachment like that again would be terrifying for him. Charlie is totally comfortable with his psychotic killer side, but Huck is full of regret and fear about it. I know Huck and Quinn spent a lot of time together, but I felt it was a lot more platonic, on both sides. To see this happen just felt out of left field, but you know what, now that it’s out there, I can dig it. It’ll make things interesting, and that’s what good TV is all about, right?
Oh, Louis. You just had to do it, didn’t you? It was really tough watching him this week, because he was gunning for Mike, hard. After learning that Mike’s Harvard transcript showed an A+ in a class that the teacher was famous for never giving out higher than an A, Louis calls the teacher to come and give a talk at the firm to see if he recognizes and congratulates his star student, Mike Ross.
Mike tries to get Louis to see his side, and tries everything to regain Louis’s trust, even allowing Rachel to go in and talk to him, but his last hope is another lie. He lies saying that he cheated, changing the grade in the system on the teacher’s computer because he had failed the finale, but Louis is not convinced into letting the thing slide.
Harvey has to step in and fix things, even flying to Boston to try to talk to the teacher and stop him from coming. But though all else fails first, eventually, he comes up with the right thing to say to convince Louis that he shouldn’t bust Mike over this. Louis does make Mike confront the professor, and he does have him indirectly apologize for changing his grade, though the prof has no idea that that’s why Mike apologizes, and then he lets him go without pushing it further. It was a close call, but once again, Mike Ross came out with the lie, and the win.
Jessica finds out that her ex-husband has died, and she is the executor of his will, which means she has to deal with the woman that her husband spent the rest of his life with after her. At first, there is understandable animosity, but after a while, they work it out and try to find a way to get on the same page about what his last wishes were.
May I just say, bravo, writers, directors, and Gina Torres and Gabriel Macht on that last scene. That was pure loveliness to watch. Jessica on Harvey’s sofa drinking alone when he comes in. He asks her to move over, and he joins her in a drink. It was such perfect platonic I-get-you-you-get-me awesomeness. If you haven’t watch the episode yet, do so. You can even skip to that scene. I wouldn’t, because the rest of it was pretty good too, but if nothing else, watch that bit. It really was just a slice of wonderful.
When Harvey sees an opportunity to face off against an old law school rival, he jumps at it. They both know each other’s playbook, but Harvey and Mike somehow allow themselves to get bluffed and schooled more than once, until they find the truth – which involves some wrongdoing on the part of the other guy’s client. Then they get a big win and a settlement in their own client’s favor.
Scottie takes a case away from Louis because he showed up late to a meeting and she REALLY read the by-laws closely, and they spend the entire episode fighting over whose case it is. Though Scottie gets burned once or twice, she is definitely a few steps ahead of Louis in the battle. In the end, Louis goes to Harvey to get him to get Scottie to back off, and Harvey has to tread carefully, knowing he owes Louis one for saving Mike’s ass, and knowing that Scottie isn’t going to be happy about having to sacrifice her win over the meanest, toughest guy in the office.
I knew bringing her in was a bad idea. There’s always going to be that one secret that he can’t talk to her about, and she’s the type who’s going to break up with someone over one secret.
Then, there’s Rachel. While it’s nice that she doesn’t care that Mike didn’t actually go to Harvard, she seems to be playing up this happily-ever-after white-picket-fence dream life, not paying any attention to the fact that Mike is never going to get to live completely without fear of someone discovering the truth. He can’t get promoted, he can’t publish articles, he can’t take interviews, he can’t get anywhere near the spotlight – which Jessica reminds him of – because “that spotlight can turn into an interrogation lamp” and if anyone digs even a little bit into his past, it’ll be pretty easy to find out he didn’t actually go to Harvard.
It’s nice that they feel like they can live a normal life and like Mike is actually a lawyer, but I’m really nervous about what Rachel might do when that bubble bursts. So far, she’s stood by her man, but in such a public humiliation as the world finding out he isn’t a lawyer, I don’t know if she’ll be so ready to hang tough.
More recaps from last Friday and Sunday! And then, of course, this Friday’s episodes of Rake and Hannibal. Hawaii Five-0 is off because it’s March Madness season!!! How’s your bracket holding up?
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