Girl Meets World

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Episode Date: 7.25.14

Episode Title: Girl Meets Father

Rating: I LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

I loved this episode! Maya struggles in school, Cory can’t handle Riley growing up and choosing a dance instead of riding the final run of the Coney Island Cyclone. The episode deals with parent and child relationships and it was great.

Cory’s and Auggie’s relationship is the most adorable thing in the world. It reminded me of Cory’s relationship with young Morgan, on “Boy Meets World.” I’m sorry. I’ll stop making those comparisons, I promise. However, the relationship is so cute and special! The whole “Auggie tells me stuff” is adorable when he hears what Riley has been talking to Topanga about. The super-spy upgrades are like pudding, totally sweet and never enough.

Both Maya and Riley deeply hurt Cory by saying there is nothing left for him to teach them. However, because this is a good family show, Cory doesn’t react with anger and continues to teach them. Topanga and Cory talk to the girls and lead them onto a path where they have learned something and have become a better people for it.

Maya failed a test and felt like he was saying she wasn’t worth the trouble of teaching. This hurts her, since her dad has a new family she’s not a part of. Cory took care of Maya like a daughter. He, Topanga, and Riley show Maya she is worth the time and they will always be there for her.

Topanga and Cory are amazing parents, and an even more incredible couple. The way they work together and understand each other is amazing and one-of-a-kind. Between the two of them, they solve the problems in the 30 minutes of the sitcom and the kids learned a lesson. They’re the guiding hands that have Riley’s and Maya’s best interest at heart.

What I really love about “Girl Meets World” is that I sit down with my husband and three children and each of us love the episodes. I don’t have to worry about cursing or storylines I’ll have to over-explain because it was too mature for her. I also love the characters. Danielle and Ben reprising their roles of Cory and Topanga is nothing short of brilliant, and Sabrina and Rowan are great as Maya and Riley. They have immense emotional range and great acting skills. They have made these characters people I care about, and that is another thing I love about the show. It makes me care. I’m watching. Are you?

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Lea Michele to appear on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (Updated)

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This just in…..

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UPDATE: Michele will appear in this season’s sixth episode, which will air Oct 14.

From the Broadway stage to … a truck stop? That seems to be the way things are headed for Glee star Lea Michele, and she seems excited about it.

Michele recently took to Twitter to announce that she is going to appear on an episode of her favorite show, Sons of Anarchy. Sons is heading into its final season, and based on all of the “Fear the Reaper” promos, there’s no telling why Michele is only sticking around for one episode.

EW has confirmed that Michele will play Gertie, “an empathetic truck-stop waitress and single mother, who connects with Gemma (Katey Sagal) during a difficult time.”

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Rizzoli and Isles

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Episode Date: 6.24.14

Episode Title: Too Good To Be True, 5×3

Rating: I love

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

 

On this episode of Rizzoli and Isles, Jane dealt with her pregnancy, more specifically who knew about it. Angela knew and Maura is the reason (to be fair, Maura didn’t stand a chance against Angela’s technique) and Jane was unhappy. However, it was another day and there was another murder.

 

This case was one that made me never want to answer any Internet advertisement. We started with seeing a man running in the woods, only to be shot in the chest. When he was found in the woods, the detectives discovered a rifle lying near the body, and a freshly dug grave. This told the detectives it was not a random act of violence.

 

As Jane and Korsak worked the case, it seemed like the killer was targeting men who have no connections and are down on their luck. After killing them, he liquidated their belongings and stole their identity. It’s a creepy case, but one they needed to solve because the killer murdered several people and he planned on killing again.

 

As the case progressed, they used a picture of the farm the killer worked at in order to figure out who they were. The killer got pulled over and when Jane, Frankie, and Korsak arrived, the suspect fled the scene. In pursuit, Jane took a flying leap and shot, killing him. Frankie got when she didn’t get up right away. The case, while creepy, was solved and Jane was fine, just had the air knocked out of her. They helped some of the victims’ family members find closure.

 

In Jane’s personal life, her whole family knows she is pregnant. She told Korsak, because she considers him family. The only other big thing is Korsak was given the task of replacing Frost. Jane was not happy about it. This episode felt more like the classic ones of the show. They are still grieving Frost’s death. The characters still talk about him, make reference to what he brought to their team.

 

I’m watching. Are you?

 

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Rizzoli and Isles

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Episode Date: 6.24.14

Episode Title: …Goodbye

Rating: I love

Recap and Review

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It’s the episode I’ve been dreading since the announcement of Lee Thompson Young’s death. Watching the characters deal with the death of their partner and friend was so well done, it’s nothing but heart crushing.

No one wanted Jane working, because Frost was her partner. However, Jane is Jane, and she worked anyway, when Camille Frost, his mom, came to the police station. They talked about the funeral and how she never thought she’d have to plan the services for her son, because he was so young. Jane volunteered to take care of it.

If the death of Barry Frost wasn’t enough for Jane and team to handle, a young girl with no memory of herself came into the station and said she killed someone. I’m glad there is a balance for this episode, that it’s not just grief-filled. The team had something to focus on while dealing with Frost’s death.

Maura had to perform a live autopsy on the girl, and determined that she didn’t know who she was, because she suffered a mental breakdown. She blocked all information associated with the trauma. Maura named the girl Jessica because Jane Doe would be for the “less living” patients on her table. Jane and Korsak took “Jessica” around to different places to try to trigger her memory, and Jane saw Frost standing in the street.

Jane dealt with it in the moment, and had a breakthrough with “Jessica.” She remembered she is a preschool teacher. With that information, Frankie figured out the woman was Lily Green. Jane and team kept digging into the Lily Green mystery.

The case was different than most cases, which made it cool, but it was also more difficult than most. I like that this girl can’t remember. As the case unwound maybe it was better she couldn’t. They figured out what happened, Lily remembered, and they arrested the guy who actually committed the murder. Now that it was solved, it’s time to mourn the death of their friend.

The producers, writers, cast and crew didn’t write off a character, they lost someone they worked with, were friends with. They didn’t just have to mourn a character they had to mourn the man. I can’t imagine how difficult it was, so I congratulate each one of them, because they managed to do something incredible.

They gave a beautiful ending to Barry Frost. The funeral was perfect. I can honestly say I cried while sitting on my couch.

It’ll be interesting to see how they move past this. I’ll be watching. Are you?

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Rizzoli and Isles

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Episode Date: 6.17.14

Episode Title: A New Day, 5X1

Rating: I love

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

Season Five opened with the best nightmare sequence I’ve ever seen. Jane chased what is assumed to be a suspect, only to walk into a nursery and see herself wearing her mother’s robe, holding a baby. Now that it’s confirmed Jane is pregnant, things are changing on the show. We now get to see Jane freak out on a whole new level. She’s terrified about becoming her mother; but personal issues aside, there was another body, meaning another murder to solve.

The latest victim, Susan Murphy, was brutally attacked while jogging with her baby. The baby also went missing. Babies have always been a soft spot for Jane, but now that she’s expecting, I’m sure this hit even closer to home.

She heads the investigation with a fierce fury. She wanted to know where the baby went. The ex-husband was the first suspect, but my first suspect was the ex-husband’s girlfriend. Since the ex’s girlfriend can’t have children, I thought she killed Susan to keep her boyfriend’s baby, so they can be a happy family. I like to attempt figuring out who did it.

Ray Murphy went nuts while waiting in the police department. I can’t blame him, but since his girlfriend, Caitlin isn’t there, I’m going to stand a bit firmer on my suspicion. This became more firm when Maura told Jane the killer was a woman.

The second suspect was a convicted sex offender who lived near the park where Susan often took the baby. However, he lead them to what I suspected from the get go. Jane put the pieces together and it lead to the arrest of Caitlin and Ray. They killed Susan so they could keep the baby. The way Jane broke Ray down was perfect. If you haven’t seen it, go find the episode for that scene alone.

While this story was solved, it wasn’t completely happy, At least the baby will be taken care of, since he got to live with his aunt.

Outside of the case, Korsak started dressing better, for a woman, everyone assumed. At the very end of the episode, he explained why.

Maura and Frankie have very awkward encounters with the word “hi” being used more times than what was appropriate. I can’t wait for that to be worked out. The awkwardness is annoying, at best.

Jane dealt with her feelings about becoming a mother and about Casey. Angela figured out Jane was pregnant and went to Maura. Poor Maura, she had no power to stand against Angela.

Early in the episode a young cop came looking for Frost, who was still “on vacation.” Jane said he’d be back the next day. Since Lee Thompson Young passed back in the filming of season four, I’m anxious to see how that will be resolved. The case was solved and things were all fine, with everyone in the same room. Then the episode took a depressing turn. Korsak received a call, and from the second he answered it, you knew what was coming next. How the writers decided to deal with Young’s character.

A car accident. They rushed to the scene where Maura pulled the sheet over a body. Maura looked at Jane and said, “There’s nothing you can do, he’s gone.” Words can’t explain the heartbreak I felt in that moment. Taking a step back and not feeling it, I have to say I’m impressed with how the show is handling it. Not some murder they are forced to solve, but a simple accident. It’s tragic, much like the death of Lee Thompson Young.

The next episode will be hard to watch, but I’m watching. Are you?

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The hilarious reason ‘Once Upon a Time’ took on ‘Frozen’

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Well, this is how works gets done.

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Once Upon a Time and Frozen. It’s a match made in fairy tale (and corporate synergy) heaven.

But how did this chocolate-and-peanut butter pairing come about? What was the moment of inspiration when ABC’s Once Upon showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz decided to take on the biggest animated movie in history for a story arc this fall during their hit show’s fourth season? As it turns out, the precise moment was captured on camera in the Once Upon writers room. The team revealed the footage to fans during the Once Upon panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. We have the clip for you now, exclusively on EW.com. Enjoy this (rather hilarious) scene of behind-the-scenes creative illumination:

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Girl Meets World

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Episode Date:  6.27.14/ 7.11.14

Episode Title: Pilot (Girl Meets World) / Girl Meets Boy

Rating: I LOVE

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

I was itching at the opportunity to write about “Girl Meets World.” After being a huge fan of “Boy Meets World for so long, I wanted to give the spin-off a chance before giving my opinion on it. I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions, early praise or harsh criticisms.

I’d known about the show for months. I saw all the behind-the-scenes photos, and thanks to an amazing fan site, had a lot of insider information. I was worried about it being terrible. Thank God, “Boy Meets World,” creator, Michael Jacobs, is back. With Jacobs at the helm and my fears were eased. So, I, along with millions of diehard “Boy Meets World” fans, waited for the premiere of “Girl Meets World.” When it aired on June 27th I got teary-eyed as I watched Cory and Topanga deal with their daughter, Riley. I actually cried in the very last seconds, when Feeny appeared to Cory. Well, when Cory imagined he did. There were so many ties into “Boy Meets World,” even my daughter who has only watched the reruns with me, caught them.

The pilot episode was a typical pilot. We met Riley, a girl turned loose into the world. At school, we discovered her father is her teacher. We also met her friends, Farkle and Maya. She even took her first subway ride without her parents. I have to say, as a fan of “Boy Meets World,” I was impressed. From the opening scene, I felt the family connection and the emotions of being young. “Boy Meets World” was such a pivotal part of my life (yes I’m one of those who grew up with it), that “Girl Meets World” needed to feel the same, but independent. Anyone who tunes in can pick up on the themes and storylines. You don’t have to be a fan of “Boy Meets World” to appreciate “Girl Meets World.”

The second episode, “Girl Meets Boy,” was perfection. It was exactly what I expected. Yes, it’s guilty of being a cheesy, tween-driven show. However, it’s the one show on T.V. aimed at tweens that I’m okay with my daughter watching. This particular episode taught the lesson that friendship isn’t defined by the number of friends you have on social media, but real connections you make when you look away from the screen of your smartphone. We see Maya, Riley’s best friend, has an amazing drawing talent. It’s really important for the next generation to not only be entertained, but taught the important lessons of life.

Riley’s adventures are going to be amazing. “Girl Meets World” is an amazing stand-alone show, but as a sequel, I’m equally happy. I’m watching. Are you?

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Ravenswood

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Episode Date: 10.22.13

Episode Title: Pilot, 1×1

Rating: I Like

Recap and Review

*Warning Contains Spoilers*

After watching the “Pretty Little Liars” Halloween special, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the spin off. It seemed like a carbon copy of “Pretty Little Liars”, but I watched it anyway. Outside of it being a typical pilot where it summed up the plot and we met the characters, this show has one big hook: death. The town is full of it. Dead teens whose clones live, years later, and a soldier came home a lone survivor. Then five teens (the doppelgangers) are killed. It seemed like history kept repeating itself and created a huge body count in this pattern.

While we already knew Caleb, from “Pretty Little Liars,” we met Miranda, Remy, Olivia and Luke. While Remy, Olivia and Luke all know each other, right now Remy isn’t supposed to be talking to Luke and Olivia. For some complicated and unstated reason, they’re supposed to be staying away from each other. Remy is, however, Luke’s girlfriend, and her overprotective father couldn’t keep her away. This is especially true since her mother came home from war, and he’s isn’t the only parent anymore. Olivia and Luke are brother and sister, but tragedy struck in their family. Their father, the mayor was killed. Making matters worse for this family, is their mom is being accused of the murder.

Miranda was introduced in the Halloween special, and she came into Ravenswood to find her uncle and get away from her foster situation. Her parent died when she was young and this creepy and weird uncle sent her away without explanation.

Caleb came to Ravenswood to protect Hanna and her friends while they chased down another A and Ali lead. However, he stayed at Hanna’s request to protect Miranda. When he saw a grave with his name and face on it from hundreds of years ago, the mystery unlocked and he’s not going to leave until it’s solved.

The end of the episode came with all five teens in a car. Miranda jerked the wheel and the car crashed into the water. Questions of how many bodies would come out and how many would survive were asked. It was an interesting mystery and I’m eager to solve it. I’m sure it will come down to a curse or something. I know I don’t trust Miranda’s uncle. He seemed like he might be orchestrating everything. Then again, he might be the only one who can end it all.

I’m interested to see if Allison will play into it anymore. Since chased her is what lead the girls from “Pretty Little Liars” and Caleb there. But I think this storyline is strong enough to stand on its own. I can’t wait to see how everything plays out. I’m watching. Are you?

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Here’s what Marilyn Manson looks like on ‘Sons of Anarchy’

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FX has announced that the final season premiere of Sons of Anarchywill air Sept. 9 and be one hour and 45 minutes long. As EW reports in our Comic-Con Preview issue (on newsstands July 18), we’ll pick up 10 days after the tragic events of the season 6 finale. Jax will be behind bars, where he meets Ron Tully (Marilyn Manson), a white supremacist shot-caller whom he uses to expand his power base.

If seeing Jax in prison orange makes you uncomfortable, odds are you’re flashing back to season 5’s “Laying Pipe.” (Yes, the guys were wearing blue scrubs when Opie (Ryan Hurst) was killed, but they started and ended the episode in orange.) Jail has never been a safe place on SOA, which may also have you wondering if Manson’s recurring character will be long for this world. If you were signing on for Sons

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‘Sons of Anarchy’ final season premiere date revealed

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The seventh and final season of FX’s Sons of Anarchy gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10 p.m.. If you weren’t excited enough, the premiere will also be a super-sized one hour and 45 minutes long. Immediately following the premiere, FX will air live post-show Anarchy Afterword hosted by Chris Franjola (Chelsea Lately). FX plans to air the post-show twice during the final season — for the premiere and the finale.

As for what to expect in the final run, surely you didn’t miss the first teaser — “Hell Awaits” — for the final season on EW.com?

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