TV Roundup – February 6, 2012
A handful of programs were on break this week, most notably Castle and Revenge, but some other things were back so yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!
I think this episode should be called “The Bitch is Back!” Because Siobhan, the real one, is back in New York and running around causing trouble. Like she’s telling Henry she loves him, stealing scarves and rings from her house, and copying Andrew’s confidential files. Bridget and Andrew have no idea, although there’s a close call or two which is probably not going to go well for too many more tries.
There’s this side plot where Juliet’s teacher forced himself upon her. I thought at first that Juliet was lying – not that I want to make light of something like this, cuz it’s a serious topic, it’s just that Juliet is a lying brat about pretty much everything, so I totally did not believe this when it was first brought up. And it very well may still turn out to be a lie on her part, but it’s looking more like it’s the truth. It’s being handled differently than the similar situation on Life Unexpected in their last season, so I’m curious to see how this show handles what is really a tough issue.
Telling that particular story is really just a gateway for me to talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer…see, Bridget finds out about what happened and goes to kick the teacher out of her house. She decides to punch him in the process. And since she spent seven years playing the slayer, I’m seriously hoping she pulled out the training she got in that role. It’s kind of hard for me to see Sarah Michelle Gellar on TV not kicking some ass every now and then.
Special Agent Mayor of Gotham (because I can’t remember his characters name, but he is the Mayor in the current Batman franchise) goes out to the Hamptons and discovers that Charlie/John, the dude who killed Gemma, met with Siobhan back in May. Which is really unfortunate for Bridget as Siobhan, because she’s running from Special Agent Mayor, who is now looking not just for Bridget but also Siobhan. Confused? Watch the show!
It looks like things are either going to get blown open a bit next episode, or they cut the preview sequence to make us think that. They’ve done it before! Either way, I want to tune in to see what happens.
Y’all, this show had me laughing within minutes of it starting, because it featured one of the most hilarious fights in Challenge history. Jasmine is all pissed at Tyree, god only knows why, so they start this yelling match and she ends up hurling herself at him to punch him. Because she is like 4’11 and Tyree is a decent size, so it looks like me trying to reach stuff on the top shelf at the grocery store. No joke, I had to rewind and watch that fight like three times because it just killed me. I don’t condone fighting, but that’s one of the guilty pleasures of watching this show!
Oh, and Wes goes and tackles Jasmine to stop her from hitting Tyree some more. Seriously, if for no better reason than to see this fight, you guys should watch the first ten minutes or so of this episode.
So the actual challenge this time is one above water, with a bunch of beams that you have to swing yourselves across using this big hook. It made me tense to watch, and it looked pretty hard. Sadly, Leroy/Naomi did the worst so they are automatically going into the dome. I say sadly because I adore Lee after seeing him on Rivals last season. The power couple this time is Sarah/Vinny, which surprised me a bit because Sarah is awesome, but Vinny seems a bit of a mess.
I didn’t realize there was a rule aside from no hitting people, but apparently you can’t rip a girls shirt off, because Vinny does that to Mandi and he gets sent home for it. It makes me respect the show a little more that they actually do have limits! But unfortunately, unlike on previous challenges where they’ve just replaced a partner, they make the decision to send Sarah home as well. She is, justifiably, upset by this news. I can’t recall a time when an entire team was eliminated because of the mistake of one player. Plus I was really holding out hope that they would bring Kenny in to be her partner, even though they never hooked up.
Surprisingly, they still have an elimination round, which turns out to be Wes/Mandi against Leroy/Naomi. The Dome is a steel X that they have to hold onto and rip out of their opponents hands – guys against guys, girls against girls. Out of the guys, Leroy beats Wes good, winning the first two and Wes just had no chance.
Sadly, Mandi beats Naomi in the first two shots, so it has to go to sudden death. Flip of a coin has the competitors as Wes against Leroy again to determine the winning team. Leroy again beats Wes!!! I’m pumped about it, because Wes is by far my least favorite Challenge player ever!
I’m not gonna lie, Sarah going home got me crying. I really like her and it was heartbreaking to see her have to pay the consequences for Vinny being a bad person.
The Vampire Diaries
Before I talk about this episode, I want to discuss this theory that I have right now, which is that at this point, the kids in Mystic Falls need to just break down and put in a call to the Watchers Council. They’ve got a Klaus problem and do you know who never let a troublesome vampire last multiple seasons? THIS GAL…
You see that ax? It is a magically infused, ubervamp, ass kicking, wonder weapon. You can even see some perishing ubervamps down on the floor there! One swipe of this ax by the slayer would surely cure Mystic Falls of their pesky original vampire.
Enough of that! This was a hell of an episode – all of the originals end up undaggered by the end of the show, Bonnie and her cray cray mom manage to get the coffin open, Alaric manages to get himself killed again – big one! He lives, because of that ring he’s got, but this is his third death this season so I’m wondering how much longer that thing is going to work.
Alaric’s death is because someone, and we don’t know who, is targeting members of the founding families to kill them. The town ME died a few episodes ago, then Caroline’s dad was attacked in this one (and subsequently died), and now Alaric who is representing the Gilbert’s, I guess. I can’t entirely remember honestly, but the Gilbert’s have no representation so I figure that’s his role. Founding families left? The Lockwood’s and Salvatore’s are it, as far as I can remember. Maybe the Fell’s, I think that doctor is the only one of them left. But I could be wrong because there are a lot of people in this town and so who really knows.
Side note: one of the original brothers we meet in this episode is called Cole, and Cole is the best looking of all the original brothers. I’m looking forward to more of him.
Anyway, as I thought, the original witch, aka their mother, was the thing in that magically sealed coffin. She apparently wants them all to be a family again, so there went that whole “weapon that will kill Klaus and save Elena” theory. Kids, read my slayer theory above – YOU NEED HER!
The preview for the next episode has the original family throwing a party, because we haven’t had a party in Mystic Falls in something like two episodes. We’ll see what ends up happening, but there may have to be a big standoff between originals and mystery person/thing killing founders. Because ultimately, that will mean Elena is in danger (when is she not, btw).
I’m thinking there’s more to the original witch coming back, because of the episode a few back where Vicki got to come back with the help of a super powerful witch on the other side who was tied to Original Vampire stuff…the caveat to Vicki coming back was that she had to kill Elena to prevent more hybrids from being created. So while the maternal instincts are there and she’s excited about seeing her kids for the first time in a couple thousand years, I bet she’s got something up her sleeve for either un-hybriding Klaus, or preventing him in some way from creating more hybrids. Maybe she still wants to kill Elena. Guess we’ll find out eventually!
The Secret Circle
Adam is pissed that Cassie dug up her fathers grave with Jake, which is understandable. He’s got feelings for Cassie and doesn’t want her getting into trouble, or spending more time with Jake.
Some lady who was at the fire shows up at Cassie’s door, she says she is a psychic and wants to help Cassie with some stuff, like how to activate the medallion Cassie found at the boat yard. Also, the witch hunters are in town – totally awesome!
It’s Adam’s birthday, so there’s going to be a party for him. Which sounds like a perfect time for some mischief to go down!
There’s more infighting among the older witch generation, and ultimately Charles ends up getting the crystal back from Ethan.
Lucy, the psychic, turns out to be working for the witch hunters and she tries to strip the circle of their power. Unfortunately for her, Cassie figures out how to use the medallion at the last second and stops the whole mess from happening. But not before Lucy kills Dawn, which I was happy about until Charles brought Dawn back to life with the crystal. Oh, and Lucy is killed by the witch hunters because she failed to strip the powers and retrieve the medallion.
Cassie eventually figures out that Jake is bad news, mostly because he killed witches in the past, which sends him running to Faye. I don’t get why these kids all have to date each other! Melissa is looking to turn into a drug addict using Devil’s Spell or whatever it’s called.
The last thing we see is that Cassie apparently summons her dad with the use of the medallion. Eeeeek!