SCANDAL SEASON 3, EPISODE 7 RECAP “WE DO NOT TOUCH THE FIRST LADIES”

 

The Andy and Mellie / Fitz and Olivia Situation

Liv and Fitz are having a huge argument and Jake is outside the door listening with Secret Service. They are arguing about Jake being compromised because he likes Liv, they are pretend dating, and it could cause Jake to go against Fitz. Liv says she has goals and ambitions but she can’t do anything if she’s known as Fitz’ whore.

14 years ago – flashback with Mellie and Fitz arguing while Andy is listening. Fitz doesn’t understand why Mellie won’t let him touch her, and why she avoids her father.

Carla Steele has a tip about Oxy pill abuse in Fitz’ administration during his time as California governor. Andy takes the blame. He says that he hurt his back and instead of going to a doctor he decided to find his own Oxy pills.

Olivia threatens to revoke Carla’s press pass and her access to the president but Carla insists that she has proof to back up the story.

Liv eliminates Leo as the source of Carla’s story. She calls Jake because she suspects her father is behind it. Jake is hesitant at first but he tells her he’ll find out what her father is up to.

Flashback: Mellie tried to overdoes on Oxy pills but Andy found her in time and forced her to throw up the pills. Now, Andy tells Mellie that he will take the fall because someone needs to protect her, not even her husband.

Liv meets Eli for dinner and tries to get him to confess to the Nichols drug story. He blows her off, and on her way out of the restaurant she sees Quinn spying on her. She tries to convince Quinn to come back to the office but Quinn points a gun at Liv and tells her to go away.

Jake goes to Liv’s apartment and tells her that she can’t ask him questions about classified information, she can’t keep asking him to run errands related to her father, and she needs to stock her fridge with beer and real food.

Harrison and Abby meet with the doctor who provided the drugs 14 years ago. The doctor lets it slip that a woman wanted the drugs, not a man.

Flashback: Andy asks Mellie why she tried to commit suicide and she tells him that she was raped by Fitz’ father and she doesn’t know if Jerry, Jr. is Fitz’ child or Big Jerry’s child.

At the last second Carla’s interview with the doctor gets canceled because it looks like someone paid him to tell this story about the drugs. Liv correctly guesses that Andy was planning to take the fall for Mellie. Liv tells Mellie, “Whatever is going on between you and Andy needs to stop. Trust me, I know how hard it is but we have an election to win.” Mellie says that nothing has ever happened between her and Andy, and she tells Liv, “You and I are NOT the same.”

After a fundraising dinner Mellie and Andy have a moment alone in a room full of the First Lady portraits. He makes a remark about Mellie not liking Olivia, although it appears Fitz likes her very much. Mellie and Andy share a passionate kiss and then she breaks away and leaves the room.

Fitz asks Liv if she has feelings for Jake. She says she doesn’t know. Jake overhears this because he’s watching a live feed of Fitz’ office.
Adnan makes her move

Harrison and Adnan are getting dressed and she has a briefcase full of money that she wants Harrison to take care of. He refuses and then Adnan asks if Liv knows about Clearwater, or does Liv only know about the insider trading?

Harrison calls the Grant campaign and says he would like to make a donation.
James is safe- for now

James freaks out during the entire episode because he’s afraid that Cyrus has learned he is Publius. David suggests sending the NSA tape to the journalist Vanessa Chandler and let her write about it. James sends her the video and now she wants to meet him so she can verify the source. James freaks out and David offers to go in his place.

Charlie was able to copy Vanessa’s SIM card and he shows Cyrus the text from Publius (to Vanessa) with a meeting place and time.

At the fundraising dinner Cyrus tells James that someone is meeting Vanessa to find out who her source is. James tries to call David and warn him, but he’s too late and someone has already found David and stuffed him in the truck of a car. It turns out Abby and Huck saved him!

Charlie is watching Vanessa and he sees that the source never showed up. Cyrus is frustrated.

Adnan introduces herself to Cyrus and tells him she can provide unlimited funds to help the Grant campaign. Then Adnan goes back to her hotel room and tells Mama Pope that everything is okay: “We’re in.”
Howdy, Hollis!

Hollis! He meets with Sally and Leo to discuss a pick for Energy Secretary. Hollis will cut Sally a check if she picks someone who will let Hollis drill in the North Pole. Meanwhile Sally is stricken by her memories of Daniel’s dead body.

Hollis meets with Cyrus and says he’ll be at the donor dinner, and he also asks Cyrus about the Energy secretary position.

Fitz sees Hollis at the dinner and he tells Cyrus the Grant campaign will not take any money from Hollis, and Cyrus needs to send Hollis a refund for whatever he has paid so far.
Some loose ends:
Jake receives a briefcase full of highly classified documents. He has the highest security clearance of any officer. He has briefings on all B6-13 operations worldwide, plus he has a special agent within Secret Service: Tom!

Quinn and Jake have a meeting and he encourages her to go back to Olivia. Quinn shows him pictures of Leo and Eli talking, and she tells him to find her when he needs her again.

Huck keeps bringing Olivia a cup of coffee even though he knows she doesn’t drink coffee. He apologizes for what he did to Quinn and Liv says he went too far. He tells Liv that SHE went too far, because she knows what kind of person he is but she still gave Quinn to him and encouraged him to groom her.
THE END

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THE FOLLOWING SEASON 2, EPISODE 7 RECAP “SACRIFICE”

The Following Season 2, Episode 7 Recap

Joe Carroll meets a new cult.

Joe, Emma, and Mandy drive up to a camp hidden in a wooded area. Joe wants to meet with Robert, who visited him a few times in prison and is involved with this new cult.

A woman named Julia arrives with armed men and they all force Joe, Emma, and Mandy to un-dress inside the camp. She treats them like they are new recruits. It turns out Julia is married to Micah, the leader of the camp.

Joe and Micah meet. Joe asks Micah for help, but Micah isn’t too thrilled about having him at the camp. He tells Joe that he won’t be in charge here because it’s the ‘Micah show’. Joe humbly asks for refuge.

Julia gives Joe a lie detector test to see if he’s being truthful about wanting to start a new life at the camp. He passes the test but something has left Julia feeling unnerved.

In the evening there is a huge gathering at the camp. Joe, Emma, and Mandy are dressed in all white while the other cult members wear black robes and white masks. Emma is brought on a stage and restrained, and Micah cuts her wrists. Her blood drains into a cup and Micah drinks it.

Afterwards Julia meets with Joe and she tells him that Emma is still alive. Joe believes Emma was targeted in an attempt to weaken him, and Julia admits that she doesn’t trust him.

Lily’s Retaliation

Agent Mendez finally believes Ryan’s assertion that Joe Carroll is alive. She also believes that someone in the FBI is tipping off Joe and that his DNA may have been swapped. Mendez tells Ryan that she doesn’t respect his reckless behavior and how it impacts the people he loves. She also tells him that he is still facing federal charges.

Mike tells Ryan that he is going home because he’s still having trouble dealing with the aftermath of Havenport and Deborah’s death. He says therapy hasn’t helped, and he almost killed Luke so it’s time for him to leave.

Max wants Ryan to stop hunting Joe Carroll, and he tells her that everything he has done so far (like not drinking alcohol and getting healthy) is to stop Joe.

Max is in a parking garage and she sees a father grabbing his young son. She runs over to help and the man dumps her in the trunk of his car with the help of his son. She was setup! Then Lily contacts Ryan to tell him that she has Max.

Ryan, Mike, and the FBI team check out surveillance footage and spot the car that abducted Max. Ryan goes to Luke to see if he knows who Lily would use to kidnap people. Luke says Lily has hired “The Huntsman”, a serial killer who chases prostitutes through the woods, kills them, and guts them. The FBI learn his name is Kurt and they find a location on him.

The FBI arrives at Kurt’s home to find his wife and his son. Ryan (correctly) guesses the son was at the parking garage when Max was abducted. Mike and Ryan restrain the little boy until he gives up information about Kurt’s whereabouts.

Max fights The Huntsman and escapes into the woods. He chases behind her as the FBI team shows up a few minutes later to find the small shed where she was being held.

Mike and Ryan run into the woods and Mike finds Max. Ryan finds The Huntsman and shoots and kills him.

The FBI crew returns to headquarters and Ryan sees a new video from Lily. This time she’s in a living room, and Mike recognizes it as his dad’s home. Mark is standing behind Mike’s dad, who is restrained in a chair. Then Mark slits the man’s throat. Mike cries as Ryan tries to console him, and Lily warns there are more surprises coming soon.
THE END


BATES MOTEL SEASON 2, EPISODE 1 RECAP “GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN”

 

Recap starts here:

 

Norma receives an automated call that Ms. Blair Watson has died. Norma asks Norman about Ms. Watson offering to drive him home. He doesn’t remember anything. Later, we see him crying at the funeral. He has her pearl necklace.

Bradley drives to a bridge and jumps into the water.

Skip 4 months later. (HAIM’s music is playing! The song is called “The Wire”)

The motel is very successful and Emma is still working there at the front desk. Meanwhile, Norman spends a lot of time in the basement with a dead beaver that he is preparing to stuff.

Bradley is in a mental hospital and Norman writes to her, but his letters are sent back to him, unopened. Bradley leaves the hospital but she seems angry and possibly medicated.

Norma is teaching Norman how to drive and he gets frustrated when she criticizes his driving. He stops at a cemetery to visit Ms. Watson’s grave and Norma accuses him of being ‘morbid.’ On their way home from the cemetery Norma sees a construction crew starting work on the new bypass. She vows to talk to the city council about it.

Bradley talks to Gil (her father’s boss) about the death of her father, Jerry. She wants to know who did it, and Gil claims he doesn’t know but then he menacingly asks Bradley if she wants to come inside his home and talk about it. She leaves and goes home, and then Norman stops by. He tells Bradley that he will always be around if she needs him, but she doesn’t respond and he leaves.

Norman goes to the cemetery again and sees a stranger looking at Ms. Watson’s grave. Norman takes a picture of the man and runs away from him.

At work, Gil tells Dylan to let him know if Bradley comes around. According to Remo, Gil and Ms. Watson were dating and then Gil found out she was sleeping with Jerry. Also, Ms. Watson was the daughter of the local weed family.

Norman tells Romero about the stranger he saw by Ms. Watson’s grave. He shows a picture of the man to Romero, who appears to know him. Then Romero questions Norman about Ms. Watson and his whereabouts on the night she died. It appears Romero suspects Norman was involved in her death.

Norma goes to her city council meeting and gets shut down by the president when she protests the bypass. She calls him a dick and blasts the town for their illegal activity that keeps it running. Everyone just stares at her and the meeting is adjourned.

Bradley and Dylan meet in secret. He tells her what he found out about Gil, Jerry, and Ms. Watson. He tells her to stop asking questions and move on. Bradley is also upset because Dylan doesn’t respond to her emails, and he tells her that Norman likes her and there are lines that you don’t cross.

Romero tells Norma about his earlier chat with Norman. She storms home and tells Norman that he is obsessed with Ms. Watson’s death and she doesn’t understand why. Norman tells her what really happened that night: He went to Ms. Watson’s home, she seemed attracted to him and she undressed in front of him. Then he blacked out and all he remembers is running home. Norman believes someone broke into the home and killed Ms. Watson while he was unconscious. Norma comforts him.

Bradley goes to Gil’s house and she begins to seduce him while asking questions about Ms. Watson’s relationship with Jerry. Then Bradley pulls a gun from her purse and shoots Gil in the head. Later she sneaks into Norman’s room and begs him to help her.

 

THE END


THE FOLLOWING “REFLECTION” SEASON 2, EPISODE 5 RECAP

Season 2, Episode 5 REVIEW

– – Joe, Lily, Emma – –

The episode opens with Joe Carroll shaving his beard. Looking good! He shares a drink with Lily but they don’t talk about anything important.

Lily introduces Joe to the rest of the people living in her house. He seems surprised to learn about the twins, Luke and Mark. An angry Emma watches from the background, but she finally gets a moment alone with Joe. She asks why he never tried to find her, why did he abandon her and leave her all alone, why didn’t he tell her that he would fake his death? Joe says that he failed her and he is sorry, but Emma quietly walks away.

Once again the FBI works wonders with surveillance cameras, and they see footage of Ryan fighting Giselle, and then Max getting on the train. Now Agent Mendez wants the FBI to call local officials in Connecticut.

FBI learns about Judy in Arkansas, along with the missing pastor and the missing daughter, Mandy.

Joe and Emma meet up again, and he apologizes again. He asks Emma to trust Lily but Emma says ‘They are all crazy.’ Joe says he has a plan for them to start over. Meanwhile, Lily asks Mark to keep Emma busy. She wants to spend some time with Joe without Emma lurking around.

Mark takes Emma to a room where they can paint. Emma starts a portrait of Mark and then he walks over and strokes her face. She gently touches his face but then he freaks out and tells her that she can’t touch him without permission. Emma gets angry and tries to leave but finds that Mark locked them in the room.

Lily has kidnapped and sedated a young college woman, and she presents the woman to Joe as an offering. There are torture tools nearby. Joe is disgusted and walks out of the room.

Joe tells Lily that he will not be controlled. Then he goes to the room where the college girl is being held and he kills her. Afterwards he goes to Lily’s room and has sex with her.

Emma finishes her portrait of Mark, but a close look shows Mark’s body with Joe’s face.

 
– – Max, Ryan, and Gisele – –

Max follows Gisele off the train. Gisele calls Luke and tells him about Ryan and Max trying to detain her. She says she’ll hide out at the factory. He tells her not to worry and he’ll pick her up soon.

Ryan is driving to the station and tells Max to not follow Giselle. Of course Max doesn’t listen.

Ryan and Max corner Giselle and forcibly take her to a motel room. Ryan tells Giselle that she needs to start talking and give up Lily’s location. Giselle spits in Ryan’s face and he chokes her.

Max starts to call her FBI colleagues and then Gisele gives up the location of the factory, claiming that’s where Lily and the twins are. Max wants to be Ryan’s backup but he demands that she stay with Giselle and he’ll go alone to the factory.

Gisele is handcuffed, and she injures her hand as she forces it out of the cuff. She starts heading to the factory.

Luke arrives at the factory with one of the guys from Lily’s house. He engages in a shootout with Ryan. Ryan gets hit by a bullet and he kills Luke’s partner before running away.

Gisele arrives and meets with Luke. They run into the woods to track down Ryan and kill him.

Ryan finds a house where he can quickly nurse his wound but Luke and Gisele show up a little bit later. Gisele taunts Ryan and says she killed Max, and Ryan stabs her to death. Luke shoots after Ryan but he misses, and Ryan is able to escape while Luke mourns for Giselle.

THE END


TV REVIEW: THE FOLLOWING, SEASON 2 EPISODE 4 REVIEW

Hi folks, here’s my review of season 2, episode 4 titled “Family Affair.”


TV RECAP: THE FOLLOWING “RESURRECTION” SEASON 2, EPISODE 1

We finish up the scene from the season 1 finale. Joe’s follower stabs Ryan and Claire, stabs Claire a second time and then Ryan kills her.

Mike Weston visits Ryan at the hospital and tells him that Claire died from her injuries.

– ONE YEAR LATER –

Ryan seems to be in good health. He’s going to AA meetings. We meet his sponsor, Barry, and another AA member, Melissa. He’s also a teacher.

His niece, Max, comes over to keep him company during the 1 year anniversary of Havenport/Joe’s death/Claire’s death. There’s a party with the niece, her boyfriend, Barry, and Melissa.

On a subway train three people in Joe Carroll masks appear and start stabbing and killing the passengers. One person yells, “The resurrection is coming! Joe Carroll lives! Ryan Hardy can’t stop us!”

Mike Weston is at home, far away from New York. He was suspended awhile ago, but Agent Phillips has asked him to come back to New York and investigate the subway killings.

A young woman, Heather, is walking to her apartment door and shares flirtatious glances with a young man hanging around. He strangles her to death and lays in bed with her.

– Flashback to 8 months ago, the last time Ryan and Mike saw each other – Ryan is drunk at the bar. Mike tells him Joey is safe with his grandmother in witness protection. It’s almost time to testify before the grand jury, and Mike begs Ryan to not talk, and just say “I don’t remember” to all of the questions.

Lily Gray survived the subway attack and she talks to the FBI agents, Mike, and Ryan.

Crazy guy cooks food and dances with Heather’s dead body. Wait…there’s two! He has a twin.

Emma is in New Jersey wearing a punk, multi-color hairdo and lip piercings. She’s stunned by the attacks.

At FBI HQ, Mike uses a body scan on the surveillance footage and IDs a guy named Carlos. Agents Phillips and Mendez are trying to get Ryan’s help but he is very resistant and he leaves.

Ryan sits down with Max and goes through his case notes. Looks like these two have been working for awhile to track down Carroll. Ryan finds some information about Carlos. Max locates his most recent home address and Ryan goes to pay a visit. He doesn’t call the FBI.

Carlos says Joe escaped unharmed from the lighthouse. He was going to drive Joe away but the police road blocks caused Joe to flee the car and go off into the darkness.

After a brief scuffle Carlos gets away from Ryan and runs to Giselle’s apartment. Ryan searches Carlos’ apartment and finds a playbill with Heather’s name circled on it. He calls Max and she tells him a young woman was found dead. Emma is following Ryan and she watches him leave the apartment building.

Mike confronts Ryan at the crime scene for secluding himself after the events at the lighthouse. Heather’s body is tied to a bench with a book taped to her hands, and she’s wearing a light white dress and red lips. This is a Claire-like character from Joe’s book.

The crazy twins (Luke with the slicked back hair and Mark with the bangs) visit Carlos at Giselle’s apartment. They are worried that Ryan found some incriminating evidence at his apartment. Turns out the twins are followers of Joe Carroll but they are leaders of a rogue group that has no connection to Emma and her people.

In the last scene we see Joe Carroll walk into a random prostitute’s home. A young girl in the house calls him ‘Darryl’. He lives!

 

THE END


BATES MOTEL “WHAT’S WRONG WITH NORMAN” SEASON 1 EPISODE 3 REVIEW

Dylan leaves the house to go to his new job.

At school, Emma is freaked out and talks to Norman. She says she only wanted to hang out with Norman and that’s why she suggested looking for the dead woman’s grave. But now that she’s seen the shed, she is afraid. Norman tells her to stop hanging onto the journal because it’s pornographic and he gets defensive when she says that she found it in his room. He says he was going to throw it away.

During a test in class Norman seems unresponsive. He keeps imagining the haunting images from the journal, and he also imagines his teacher being tied and bound. He passes out and ends up in the hospital.

Dylan and his new co-worker head out the hidden pot field that Norman and Emma discovered in episode 2. There’s $5 million worth of weed in the field, and Dylan will be paid $300 a day to help protect it.

Norma is at the hospital with Norman, but she has to leave to handle the new carpet installation at the motel. As she walks out of the room Bradley arrives. She climbs into the bed with him to keep him company, and she says that her father is a medically induced coma.

Sheriff Romero has arrived at Norma’s house with a search warrant. Norma runs back to the hospital and brings him home against the doctor’s orders.

Norman tearfully confesses to Norma that he kept Keith’s belt hidden under his bed, and now that the police have left he sees that it is missing.

Emma arrives at Norman’s house and insists that they keep searching for the dead woman’s grave. He shows her room 4 at the motel, where he found the journal. In the bathroom, under the sink, there’s Chinese characters and Emma concludes the woman was chained to that exact sink as depicted in the journal.

Norma meets with Deputy Shelby and starts a pity party about Romero barging into her home. She tries to get information from him to see if the police found anything, but he doesn’t answer. Instead he invites her to dinner at his home.

Norma arrives at Shelby’s home and she asks again about the search warrant. Shelby reveals that he found Keith’s belt and took it. He didn’t tell Romero or the other officers that he found it. He says Keith was a bully, and he asks if what happened to Keith was an accident. He asks if Norman killed Keith and she says no. Shelby says he’s going to take care of her and she doesn’t need to worry. They start making out.

Dylan comes home and finds Norman on the couch. Norman is worried because Norma has been out for hours and she hasn’t answered his text messages or phone calls. Dylan says Norma is smothering him and he needs to get out more and experience life. They share a laugh about how screwed up their family is, and they both apologize for trying to kill each other in the previous episode.

Norma comes home and tells him that Shelby wants to help them. Norman doesn’t trust Shelby and he thinks the deputy will try to make Norma do things that she doesn’t want to do. Norman apologizes again for keeping the belt, and he said that he wanted to keep it as a memento. She snuggles against Norman and he seems happy again.

At school Norman tries to have a conversation with Bradley but Emma takes him to the side and tells him that the Chinese characters mean ‘Beautiful.’ Norman snaps at her when she says that she’s going to call the police and have them look at room 4 in the motel.

Norman is at home, in bed, and Norma walks in. She says he’s right that Shelby may make her do things she doesn’t want to do in exchange for holding onto the belt. She says that’s exactly what happened with Norman’s father. She tells Norman that he knows what he must do- get the belt back. Then it’s shown that Norma is not actually in the room, and Norman is just imagining that’s speaking with her.

Norman goes to Shelby’s house in the middle of the night. He starts searching for the belt and Shelby’s crazy, angry dog starts attacking him. He locks the dog in one of the bedrooms and heads down to the basement, where he finds a young Chinese woman lying on the floor. She is weak and has bruises on her arms like she’s been injected with a needle multiple times. She asks Norman to help her, and then Shelby pulls up outside. He walks into his house and the dog is still barking.
THE END