Read on for Johnni’s recap of Nashville episode 213, originally aired Wednesday, January 29, 2014:
In Nashville, it’s all about the music, and this week we are focusing on new albums, talent and scandal (obviously). The episode begins with Rayna bringing Liam to help Scarlett work on her album. Since Scarlett is quiet and introverted, Liam’s style doesn’t mix well with hers. Liam isn’t impressed with Scarlett’s sweet and innocent persona and steals her journal to learn more about who she really is…not cool!
As Scarlett is battling Liam, Deacon is trying to figure out how he’s going to ask his friends to sing with him on his album. With the new solo record deal, he is being forced to ask for handouts and he isn’t happy about it.
Rayna on the other hand is ready to release the single she wrote with Deacon. In order to help, Luke manages to get her name and face painted on a race car! read more…
My friend Melissa (TheTelevixen.com) returned to the podcast! We had so much fun catching up, and we also talked TV. First up, I asked her about upcoming premieres, as she was recently in LA for the cable presentations at the TCA Press Tour. She had lots to report, and I’ve also listed links to the trailers of the shows we discussed below. At the 46:02 mark, we switched topics to Justified, discussing the latest drama in Harlan, Kentucky. Oh, Raylan! Listen on the player below, subscribe via iTunes, or download the MP3. Enjoy!
Upcoming premiere trailers (or links to further information):
- The Americans (FX)
- The Red Road (Sundance)
- Salem (WGN America)
- Turn (AMC)
- The Leftovers (HBO)
- Silicon Valley (HBO)
- Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
- Outlander (Starz)
- Star-Crossed (The CW)
- The 100 (The CW)
Read on for Crissy’s recap of Pretty Little Liars episode 4×17, originally aired Tuesday, January 28, 2014:
This show has scared me before. Tons of times. But this episode? Kind of super duper scary. It’s as if the writers polled all of America for their #1 fears, and week after week they just play out one of those nightmare scenarios. Bees? Being trapped in a box with a dead body? Trapped in a room with a killer trying to get in? Waking up in the dentist’s chair with some foreign object embedded in your mouth?! Pretty Little Liars has your personal horror movie covered. And, of course, I love it; “Bite Your Tongue” was intense.
The fallout from the Spencer-Emily fight of last episode is hardcore. Not only is Emily freezing Spencer out for the betrayal, she’s mad at Hanna for not being sufficiently mad at Spencer. So while Aria and Emily go to the movies and then return to Casa Montgomery to find Mike throwing a pizza-fueled rager, Hanna is on a mystery-novel reading bender (“Is Travis reading them to you?”) and Spencer is trying to decode the stories she photographed before Ali’s diary was stolen. (Well, re-stolen. Technically Hanna stole the diary from A’s lair.) And both sleuthing girls have great leads. Meanwhile, Aria and Emily find Mona leaving Aria’s room, leading to an especially hilarious exchange. Some people don’t tuck and roll every time Mona comes into a room, Emily. (Most people do, though.)
The Mona stuff in this episode is great: she’s bonded with Mike in their school counseling group, bonded to the point of kissing on school property, and she’s having a closed-door meeting with Mr. Fitz. But at the same time, her response to Aria’s suspicions and characterization of her (“Mona is the devil.”) rang true. The girls did befriend Mona (or at least, fake befriend her) and then ice her out. Without explanation. Total clique behavior. And while they have every reason in the world to mistrust her, have they mistreated her? If Aria forgave her dad for the affair, should she forgive Mona for her efforts to ruin their family? The cool-guy new guidance counselor seems to have a good point or two for Aria. Like, how she is filled with unresolved anger. We see her unleash some of it on Maggie, resulting in breaking some of Malcolm’s toys, but I agree with Mr. Counselor’s suggestion that Aria take up roller derby or something. Or, you know, go to town on her deceptive boyfriend when she finds who the monster is … read more…
Back in November, my friend Kyle joined me to discuss The Walking Dead. He had recently marathoned the show, and there were only 2 episodes left to air of the first half of season 4. But I was so exhausted during the recording (you can hear me literally fall asleep at one point), and things were so hectic with work and home, that I kind of forgot to post the podcast. Oops. We decided to reschedule to discuss the remainder of the season (which was awesome and sad!), and we finally made it happen last week. I present to you 2 and a half hours of zombie-themed discussion, edited together to hopefully make sense. Get ready for the show’s return on February 9th, 2014 by listening to the podcast on the player below, subscribing via iTunes, or downloading the MP3. Enjoy!
Read on for Johnni’s recap of Nashville episode 212, originally aired Wednesday, January 22, 2014:
Things are heating up on Nashville this week … and it’s not all good! From Juliette’s fan drama and old flames reuniting, to music deals and murder mystery, this week is one wild ride.
This week’s episode starts with Deacon getting offered a record deal—yay! The only downfall? The money is pretty much nonexistent. As Deacon plays with the idea of officially being a solo artist, Juliette’s career is in jeopardy of being lost forever.
When Juliette arrives at her next tour stop, she is shocked to find that the owner of the venue has canceled the show. The rest of her venues are slowly following his lead, canceling her shows in order to avoid more fan unrest and threats on the innocent people in attendance. [Editor's Note: What happened to the triumphant press conference, in which Layla stood up for Juliette and put her words in context? That wasn't mentioned once in the episode, and it was like it never happened.]
In addition to her fans turning on her, Jeff yells at her and calls her trash. He orders her to seek forgiveness and apologize to everyone. Yikes! [Editor's Note: This scene was so over the top, that I was convinced it was a nightmare. But no, Jeff just really is that one-note horrible. Lame.] In order to deal with this new level of pain and anger, Juliette turns to alcohol. Lucky for her, Avery stops by to see her, and along with her body guard, they discover her passed out on her bed. When she wakes up, Avery is still by her side, which is the only positive thing in her life at this point. read more…
Tash and Crissy returned to the Heroine TV Podcast to discuss the latest happenings in the creepy fictional towns of Rosewood and Ravenswood. This podcast discusses plot points from Pretty Little Liars and Ravenswood episodes up through Tuesday, January 21, 2014. PLL discussion is up first, and I don’t want to oversell it, buuuuuuut … we pretty much solved the show. You’re welcome. Next, at the 49:22 mark, we transitioned to the entertaining insanity of Ravenswood, tackling such important questions as “Can ghosts have sex?” and “How do you put a ghost in a meat grinder?” We recorded this on Thursday evening, so there is also some noticeable excitement over the upcoming airing of the 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries. (So many feelings!) You can listen on the player below, subscribe via iTunes, or download the MP3. Enjoy!
Read on for Crissy’s recap of Pretty Little Liars episode 4×16, originally aired Tuesday, January 21, 2014:
So much happened in only 40-odd minutes! This installment of Pretty Little Liars saw Hanna in post-breakup mode, Emily in Ali-loves-me-best mode, Spencer in conspiracy-theory mode, and Aria macking on a potentially super evil English teacher. Onwards to the recap!
The episode opens with the girls headed for the Busy Bee Inn (thankfully their GPS works now), and hilariously they enter the place with weapons — a field hockey stick, a hammer, the usual. No Ali, but there is evidence of her staying there (a.k.a. a shirt that she totally would wear) and a message scrawled on the back of the door from “A.” Were they too late? Or is this just all a little too picture perfect?
Spencer’s dad pops by Toby’s to talk about Radley only to find his teenage daughter there, and not at Hanna’s. Oopsy. Mr. Hastings tells her that Jason has fallen off the wagon and asked his mother to keep news of his drinking and disorderly conduct a secret; thus the sketchy behavior, and Mrs. D’s reluctance to tell Jason about her divorce. Makes sense. Or does it?? Spencer doesn’t trust a word anyone says in this episode, and it’s kind of the best. Well, her giraffe print cardigan is the best, and her total conspiracy theory mindset, second best. read more…
Read on for Johnni’s recap of Nashville episode 2×11, aired Wednesday, January 15, 2014:
Death, fame, romance and destruction … it’s another week on Nashville.
This week, picked up at Peggy’s shooting as she is being airlifted away. As Juliette is practicing her new song (written with Avery), Teddy and his family mourn the loss of Peggy. Can you believe she actually died?
Meanwhile, Will is missing and his boy-toy Brent is very worried. After Brent reaches out to Gunnar about Will, Gunnar goes into best friend mode and tries to find him. Gunnar tracks down Will’s motorcycle and eventually finds him … alive!
Back in town, Scarlett receives a call from her manager telling her that Kelly Clarkson wants to record a song that she wrote with Gunnar—so exciting.
In other music news, Rayna is having a hard time deciding on new acts for her label and picking a song to release off her album as her first single. Now that she isn’t on Edgehill’s label, every decision is more intense—yikes. read more…
Read on for Crissy’s thoughts on Pretty Little Liars episode 4×15, aired Tuesday, January 14, 2014:
Creepy cabin times for the PLLs! I am enjoying the commitment to Ezra’s evil “A” status, and “Love ShAck, Baby” had the girls keeping secrets, both old and new, from each other whilst chasing down Alison and being chased down by Mr. Fitz.
Instead of telling the girls that she and Fitz hooked up, Aria keeps the secret, pretending that she’s creeping in Fitz’s classroom to return a pen (she was decidedly not), that the titular love shack is her uncle’s (not her teacher/lover’s), that she’s on the phone with Jake (not with creeptastic Ezra “I Love You, but Also Torment You” Fitz). Aria clearly does not learn from Hanna’s experience in this episode, or from her own past of secret-keeping eventually detonating. Once a liar, always a liar, I guess! [Editor's Note: Once again, the show's commitment to the promise of its title is impressive. Liars gonna lie.]
Meanwhile, Aria’s one true love Fitz is keeping a ginormous secret of his own, and his mission this episode is to get Ali’s “creative non-fiction with pseudonyms” diary back from the foursome. After a hilarious snoop through Hanna’s room while Ashley is diverted by a real estate emergency (was that a real real estate emergency?), Fitz finally gets the book back, with helpful post-it notes and explanations of the encoded stories. Mission accomplished. While Aria doesn’t realize that Fitz is at least a little bit evil, she does continue to make inspired sartorial selections. Like those pants. Or those other pants. All amazing. read more…
Read on for Johnni’s recap of Nashville episode 2×10, aired Wednesday, December 11, 2013:
Nashville’s winter finale was everything but boring. From scandal and music festivals to unusual teams and career changes, Nashville is constantly leaving us on the edge of our seat. Let’s get into it!
As Teddy prepares for the first annual Nashville Music Festival, the news (that Layla leaked) of Juliette ruining the Wentworth’s marriage hits the press. In order to protect the festival, Juliette tries to lay low but the press is ruthless as usual. Juliette manages to distract herself by hanging out with Avery and inviting him to play with her at the festival.
In other festival news, Deacon discovers that Teddy took him off the list, and Gunnar realizes that his performance spot is near the port-a-potties—yikes! Deacon decides to beat Teddy at his own game by teaming up with Gunnar to play a show in the parking lot on their own terms. So much hotness on one stage it isn’t even fair! read more…