Previously on Revenge: Doubt
The weather timing on this show is weird to me. I know it’s a little unrealistic to assume a show is going to mirror the season you’re currently experiencing, but its really weird to watch the characters on a show bundle up and light fires when I’m praying for the weather to warm up slightly. But still we continue to watch.
It’s December now and the trial has begun. The prosecution has an air tight case and it’s not looking good for Daniel. The defense has decided to rely heavily on Emily’s testimony. She will paint Daniel as a sympathetic character and help to plant doubt in the juror’s minds. Everyone knows it won’t be enough. So when the lawyer pinpoints a juror who has already made up his mind, Victoria sends her thug Lee to threaten the woman.
Jack is back in town after a fruitless search for Amanda which was dictated by Nolan and friends. With Jack comes the bloody sweatshirt, which as everyone points out he was stupid enough to keep. Jack’s naiveté in believing that he wouldn’t be pinned for the murder if he presents the sweatshirt to the police reveals that he is much more stupid than I thought. Emily is not so stupid though and she continues to protect him from the Grayson’s grasp by stealing the sweatshirt and planting it in Lee’s car. Later Lee is arrested. He uses his one phone call to call Victoria and threaten her. She turns to Conrad for help. Turns out he has some thugs too, and they’re much more professional than Victoria’s.
Daniel, still on lockdown, is beginning to go a little crazy. He admits to shooting Tyler in cold blood and not for self defense. He spies on Emily while drinking bourbon. He sees Jack come and go. And later watches Emily leave the house and ignores a phone call from him. This drives him to leave house arrest and go to Emily’s house to wait for her. She arrives home, Daniel yells and pushes her. Then the cops show up and take Daniels back to Rikers. As Daniel writes an apology letter to Emily that sounds a bit like a suicide note. Daniel’s lawyer dramatically walks through the prison and we wonder what he is going to find. Not gonna lie my hands were over my mouth. But it turns out the sneakers hanging in midair belonged to Lee.
Emily had setup microphones in the Grayson’s house so she could anticipate their every move during the trial. She overhears Conrad arranging the hit on Lee and discovers a new twist in the plot. Her father didn’t die in a prison fight. He was murdered by the Grayson’s.
Victoria: “You’re going to catch your death.”
Daniel: “That seems inevitable.”
Kristen is a confused young adult who sometimes thinks TV shows are actually her life. Wouldn’t that be cool? Unless she was a victim on Dexter, or a deranged privileged teenager on gossip girl, or a wolf on teen wolf, or Liz Lemon! Never mind. It wouldn’t be cool. Kristen is a young adult. Follow her @kris10_Alyse or read frustrateddreamer.com
Previously on Community: Virtual Systems Analysis
I decided to stage a 1-person boycott against Law and Order: SVU at the end of season 12 after Christopher Meloni left the show. No matter how dreamy I find Mr. Harry Connick Jr., there was no way I wanted to enter a parallel universe that left Benson without Stabler. Basic Lupine Urology gave me the opportunity to revisit a show I once loved and enjoy a show I’m currently obsessed with, while holding steadfast to my outraged, yet silent boycott.
I avoided any potential spoilers because I didn’t want anything to ruin the perfection I was imagining when they first announced that this episode was in the works. However, I spend at least half my
days week on the Internet, so it was inevitable that I’d stumble upon some teaser from Community‘s homage to Law and Order. Fortunately, it was nothing more than a few stills from the opening theme. No biggie. Avid (and bored) fans set the stage for this months ago (Arrested Development and Buffy were my personal favorites). But I found myself wondering…would Steven Zirnkilton provide the opening narration (“In the criminal justice system…”)…could I depend on Troy and Abed to give me some Tutuola and Munch-style back and forth….and most importantly, are Annie and Jeff going to resurrect that Stabler/Benson sexual tension or did last week’s realization that she only loves love and not Jeff ruin any hopes of that?? The short answer(s): No, yes….kinda?
Typical Annie wants to save the group’s grade when their yam (Pam the Yam) experiment is destroyed, while typical Jeff wants to catch the culprit quickly, utilizing the least amount of morals possible. Shirley uses her familiarity with procedural crime dramas to send Troy and Abed on the hunt to catch the perpetrator. Pierce was…well, Pierce was absent (did anyone else think for a moment that this is what the show would be like without Chevy Chase?) and Britta was pretty much MIA as well.
In what has been consistent of the second half of a pretty amazing season, Community has yet again managed to be funny and attempt a themed episode that would be a complete fail for (most) other comedies. Without further delay, here are my favorite parts of tonight’s episode:
- Professor Kane is a fan of Mama’s Family. Vicki Lawrence was HI-LAR-IOUS.
- “We can’t both do the zinger” -Abed
- “Youth! Scatter!” -Leonard
- Given his last interaction with the group and Annie practically making him cry on the witness stand, is it safe to assume Todd will play a villain on the next paintball episode?
- Britta’s brief appearance portrayed her as the Instagram specialist; however, as a psych major she would have done quite well filling the “George Huang” role.
- Abed can’t tell time, but it’s fine because he’s gifted in other ways.
Magnitude cameos, while brief, are ALWAYS appreciated. Pop! Pop!
- When Troy was dressed in the cardigan and glasses during the “sting operation” was anyone else, just for a moment thinking he would mention pooping his pants and skateboarding? Just me then? Fine.
- I believe Shirley was Captain Don Cragen.
- Troy’s tie? Yet another lovely nod to ‘Donald Glover for Spiderman’.
- Were we all that shocked that Star-burns was building or had something to do with building a meth lab? He’s never really kept his side gig as a drug dealer a secret (See: Introduction to Statistics and Introduction to Political Science)
- The Miranda warning should now, and forever, end with a polite “please and thank you.”
- Did you ever think you would hear Omar Little utter the words, “I’m upholding the pinky swear”?
- The word ‘pedophile’ has now been used twice in the last three episodes. That’s not interesting, just something I noticed.
- Codette: The girl version of the man code….according to Jeff.
- Neil boiled the yams for Vicki, so they could have sex during the warm summer nights. However, Neil loses his keymaster position and has to go to summer school, which negates the whole point of the crime….still a better love story than Twilight (some might say).
- “I fell asleep in a sun beam” -Pierce
“Likely story” -Abed
“Actually it is. I used to live with him. It’s sort of adorable” -Troy
Star-burnsAlex is dead. There’s that “oh wow, didn’t see that coming!” ending Law and Order has perfected over the years.
- Where does the word ‘bunk’ come from? This could be the wrong answer, but it sounds pretty good.
Troy and Abed off to dreammm-land. Sweet Deans everyone!
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It’s been a while since we’ve had a new episode so you may need to catch up, previously on Revenge: Scandal
Emily has been working overtime to try and figure out how she’s going to handle the new wrench in her plan. Takeda has Emily, so she’s secure for now. The Graysons are trying to figure out how to spin the story so Daniel goes free. They begin to point a finger towards Jack, which doesn’t sit well with Emily. She suggests enlisting Mason Treadwell’s help, to spin the story in their favor. But of course, knowing Emily, she’ll be spinning this in her favor, not the Graysons.
Queen Victoria needs to send a message to Daniel. The message comes in the shape of a vicious beating that will get Daniel out of prison and under house arrest. Emily suspects the plot and follows Victoria to a shady bar where she pays off a shady character and receives a drink from a past lover. Mason Treadwell is sniffing out his story and the scent leads him to Jack Porter, who tells him to get lost. Declan agrees to offer Mason his story about what he saw on the beach, especially since Charlotte was high on painkillers and is not a reliable witness. While Mason is writing his first blog post, a message pops up and tells him to look in the bottom drawer. When he does, he finds the tapes from his house, giving him reason to suspect Amanda wasn’t behind his house burning down.
Daniel gets released from prison and put on house arrest, which is cause for celebration. But Mason’s blog post questions the hooded man theory and rids the prosecution of its key witness, giving the defense absolutely nothing to work with. Jack asked Nolan to get more information about the wire transfer. Nolan feeds him the information that the transfer was to Amanda’s account and the bank is in Canada. He tells Jack to go find Amanda and the truth. Emily, on the other hand, goes on a completely self-serving mission to hunt down the shady man that Victoria uses for her more nefarious errands. Emily uses the opportunity to beat the man up “for Jack” and get a mold of his key. I wonder what she’ll use that for.
With the defense now grasping for straws, Queen Victoria suggests to Daniel that they turn the tables on the owner of the gun, which is Emily. Daniel doesn’t like that and threatens to confess to everything if Emily is brought into this. Loyal to a fault. I wonder how they’ll spin their defense now.
Charlotte: “You’re just another puppet in the Grayson family play and it’s time for your exit.” (Clever way to break up with someone)
Emily: “What do you want?”
Nolan: “World peace but let’s start small.”