PITCH: ‘Alfonso Guzman-Chavez’ RECAP

I have to admit, ever since Friday Night Lights went off the air I’ve been waiting for the next best thing. Mixing drama and sports can be a perfect combination for prime time success, but it has to be done right, and FOX’s PITCH is doing everything right, right now.

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We’re talking about episode five, which is the dreaded ‘trade deadline’ episode, I mean for the audience it made great TV, and as a viewer you feel the anxiety of checking your phone constantly to stay on top of all the trade rumours. I did appreciate how right from the start, the show explains that Lawson (MPG) and Ginny won’t get traded, Lawson is an MVP A-list player, and Ginny is obviously the first female pro baseball player, so they’re basically safe for the deadline. Blip on the other hand, isn’t. And I know there really isn’t anyone else Ginny is close to on the team, but it seems like they keep using Blip as hostage to force the high stakes, and I don’t know how I feel about this. Like it’s getting a little old and we’re only on episode five.

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Is one of, if not the most intense time in professional sports, both for managers and players. Oscar, played by Mark Consuelos is the Padres’ GM absolutely kills it in this episode. Up until now he hasn’t really been a threat to our favourite characters, and he’s the GM he really should be. But in this episode, and after some pressure from Kevin Connolly’s character, he turns up and has to somehow get rid of a $2million salary cut, somehow, someway, Mark Consuelos can do this. Okay let’s go, the ticker is now ticking! In the Padres deliberation room, they’ve laid out a list of all the players they currently have, and then a list of potential players they want. So visually, we can see what’s going on, who’s being traded, cool, this is all easy to understand. But just when things start to get a little confusing and a little to number-y, Ginny calls Eliot who gives her a ‘basically if Alfonso Guzman-Chavez gets traded, Blip might get traded to’ and so now that’s the only name you need to remember. Cool, thanks, this is super easy. Back at the clubhouse, everyone is still on their phones, some old man on the team gets traded multiple times over the course of the episode, nobody really cares.

More Ginny Flashbacks:

We learn about Ginny and why she hates the trade deadline more than anyone else! Back in the minors, or whatever the league is called when you’re still in high school, Ginny makes a friend with a lanky kid on the baseball team. They bond over In Living Color and the common ideology of never dating one of your teammates.  Cute.  Somehow this flashback relates to the present, Ginny doesn’t want Blip to get traded, but Ginny needs to calm down. Blip’s got a wife and two kids who are just as worried, she needs to check herself. But Blip gets to her first, when he barks back at Ginny for asking too many questions, and then wine night is ruined with Blip’s wifey telling Ginny she should leave. At the end of the episode we find out that her friend’s father was the drunk driver who killed Ginny’s father, which is so heartbreaking, but I don’t get how all of that relates to the trade deadline. Him leaving the baseball team had nothing to do with being traded. He was moving because his dad went to jail and he had nowhere else to live. So I was just like, what? Sure, I’ll take it.

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Back to the intensity that is the countdown ticker and Mark Consuelos. Well first, it’s Ginny because she whines about Blip leaving to Amelia, and then Amelia gets all Beyonce on her and tells her she needs to stand up for what’s right, and tell Mark Consuelos that she wants Blip to stay, or else she’ll walk away from the team!! Gasp. So that’s exactly what Ginny does, except she’s not Beyonce, and Mark Consuelos is suffering from a bad tooth ache, a weird Kevin Connolly, the trade deadline ticker, and a $2million salary cut, so you can imagine how furious he gets when a rookie player walks into his office demanding him to keep Blip on the team. He basically says, and this is so amazing because this is what I think of baseball, Oscar (Mark Consuelos) says something like, we pay players to essentially play a kid’s game, and we pay millions of dollars to have them go wherever we want them to go. And it was like ‘woah, Ginny just got shot down, hard’ and on top of that, now Blip is in Oscars’ trade sights. In the end, Oscar manages to come in under budget, the deadline is now closed, Blip and Ginny hug it out, the old man who got traded at the front of the episode is now back in the locker room, but Tommy who has a son and a wife, got traded. If you want us to care about a character don’t introduce us to his family 7 minutes before trading him to another team. Meh.

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The Love Triangle:

I don’t really know if this is a love triangle, I don’t really know how I feel about this. I do know that Amelia (Ali Larter) and Mark Lawson (MPG) are a hot couple. Like they’re hot together, and it’s super-hot that Lawson buys Amelia a mouth guard so she can sleep over at his house. But what isn’t hot is Amelia when Lawson calls her a groupie, and then spends the rest of the episode making it up to her. The writing between these two is amazing, it’s sexy and entertaining without being Fitz and Olivia cheesy, and I love this. Anyways, at the end of the episode Amelia pulls Ginny to the side and is basically like, ‘me and Lawson are seeing each other, didn’t want you to find out from anyone else’ and Ginny gives the ‘I’m a cool girl, so do your thang’ response, but when she turns around you see this look of like ‘wtf’ from Ginny, and then she totally ignores Lawson’s call, so wtf, is this a love triangle or what??

What are your thoughts guys? How’s the season going so far? This has to be my number one favourite pick of the season. For a show that could’ve easily done everything wrong, they are doing everything right. Let’s hope it stays that way.

American Horror Story: ‘The Replacements’ RECAP

Okay, we need to talk about this. WTF went down last night on American Horror Story? Is this episode called ‘The Replacements’ because everyone is being replaced? Oh- guess I should mention…SPOILER ALERTS!

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It’s 1971, and Fiona is a young, beautiful witch. She’s having a conversation with an older woman who we find out is the supreme witch of her generation. Fiona doesn’t partake in activities with the other witches, her focus is being a supreme and proving to the elderly she has what it takes. But the old woman laughs Fiona off, reminding her what she had to go through to become a supreme.

Then Fiona fights back, the old woman is dying she says, she has diabetes and heart problems, she’s not fit to be a supreme anymore. Then Fiona cuts the old woman’s throat and kills her on the living room floor of Miss Robichaux’s. The camera zooms out and we can see Spalding (the butler) watching over her.

Jump back to the present, Fiona’s sitting at a bar looking stunning as always. Her voice drifts in with a beautiful monologue voice over I wish I could remember. Then we see a handsome guy, he looks over in her direction, then starts walking towards her. She talks about being young and being sexy, how every man wanted her, “My partners have been princes and starving artists, Greek gods and clowns.” All the men she had, thought they were leading her, but to Fiona they were just ‘primitive, beautiful animals’, so she led them by the collar. And then the camera zooms out and the handsome man has arrived at his target point, a group of young girls, while Fiona is in the background by the bar, watching them. It was such an amazing scene, everything she is, everything she is about is literally summed up in that 20 second monologue. I love this show.

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After Delia finds out she for sure can’t have any kids, her only option is to visit Marie (Angela Bassett). Marie tells her she can do the fertility spell, then the episode cuts into a video montage of Marie acting out the spell in a weird ‘dancing circle with semen on a fire act’. It cuts back to her salon and Delia is worried but excited. Then Marie tells her it will cost 50k…Delia swears she will somehow come up with the money. Then Marie tells her…she won’t do the spell. Ever. Marie tells Delia she will never do anything for her because Delia’s mother is her sworn enemy. Delia sits there with tears in her eyes.

After Zoe meets Kyle’s mother she decides she’s going to bring Kyle back to her. The mother admits she was ready to hang herself when she got the phone call from Zoe. Meanwhile, Misty and Kyle are back inside the cabin. Misty is blasting Stevie Nicks, who apparently made all these songs about witches and spirits and is Ryan Murphy’s close friend, so now they’re using her music. Zoe arrives to pick up her boyfriend, Misty shows off Kyle’s scars- or lack there of. He’s almost fully healed, well his body, he’s still a mute motionless man. Zoe picks him up and promises she’ll return for Misty. Only Misty doesn’t believe her.

Back to Miss Robichaux’s house, there’s a new neighbour in town and he is smokin’ hot! The girls are spying on him while he’s shirtless, until his mother walks up and sees them watching. She yells at him to come back in the house and put a shirt on. It sparked an interesting conversation between the girls. Nan confidently admits she’s not a virgin, Queenie on the other hand proclaimed she was saving herself for someone special. And Madison…we already know the answer to that. Later, Nan decides to bake a cake for the hottie and take it over. Her and Madison show up at the house, the mother is apalled by Madison’s wardrobe, Nan is too cute, she totally reads hot guy’s mind. (I think I want that superpower) He loves the cake and hates the attention Madison is craving. Ohhhh yeahh, hot guys a good guy!

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Hot guy’s mom is a crazy church lady, after Madison uses her witch powers to throw the knife to the wall, the mother demands the they leave her house immediately. On the way out, Madison lights the curtains on fire, Nan looks at her, “I didn’t know you could do that” Madison replies, “Me either”. Does this mean Madison could be the next supreme? She can throw things and light things on fire…she has two powers…this isn’t looking good for Fiona.

Kathy Bates was by far the funniest thing on last night’s episode. She’s starring at the TV…balling her eyes out as she watches President Obama deliver a speech. She’s not crying because she’s proud, she’s crying because a black man is being named President. She doesn’t believe it until Fiona walks in and tells her what she’s missed over the last century.

Zoe returns Kyle back to his mother. She leaves them alone. Kyle’s mother is crazy, after seeing him in the shower she asks him where his body came from. He looks bigger, he doesn’t look like the boy she knew. And boy did she ‘raise’ him…she starts touching Kyle in all the wrong places and we see a better picture of Kyle’s background. Later, when he can’t take it anymore, he whacks his mother to death with an old sports trophy. Zoe visits him a few hours later, she sees his mother’s dead body…and then sees him covered in blood.

Back at the house, Kathy Bates and Queenie are fixing dinner. Correction, Kathy Bates is now a house slave for Queenie….oh how the roles have been reversed. Queenie demands Kathy bake her a peach cobbler…while they’re busy yapping away at each other, they hear a grunt coming from outside. Kathy Bates knows right away who it is. It’s the half bull half man guy at her door!

Queenie yells at Kathy to go upstairs, she’ll take care of this. Queenie steps outisde, at first it looks like she’s got everything under control- and then she starts looking afraid. She calls the animal over, and lures him into the backyard area. Then out of nowhere, she starts touching herself!!! I guess she tries to turn the bull on? It looks like he’s feeling it, until the bull gets behind her…and then grabs her face. Cut Scene! Whaaaaaaaat?!?!!?

Finally, Fiona decides to spend some quality time with Madison. She finds out that Madison lit the curtains on fire and is immediately suspicious new girl might be the new supreme. They spend a night on the town getting hammered, except Madison is actually downing the shots and Fiona is just pretending to drink. [Side Note: Fiona visits her doctor earlier and finds out she has cancer, her immune system is shutting down, she’s dying.]

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Then, the unthinkable happens. Fiona and Madison return home, they start talking and Fiona admits to Madison that she might be the next supreme. Madison laughs it off. Fiona grabs the knife (they’re standing in the same spot where Fiona killed the elderly supreme) she begs Madison to kill her. She’s already dying and wants to die. Madison calls her crazy she refuses to grab the knife, in the scuffle of screaming and pushing, Fiona slices Madison’s throat and the young girl falls to the floor. Spalding is standing in the doorway, in the same spot…watching Fiona. She walks over to him, he hands her a tissue to wipe the blood away from the knife. She takes seat and says, ‘We don’t need a new supreme, we need a new rug’.

The End.

WTF? So wait are all the young witches except for Nan about to die? Is Madison really dead? What are your thoughts?

S U I T S: ‘Endgame’

Last night’s episode of Suits was all about the endgame with the nerve wracking conclusion to the Ava Hessington case. Poor Lady Stark has been living with the worries of this murder trial and the possibility of going to jail for a very long time. She is finally a free woman!…thanks to Harvey.

The episode starts off where last week ended…Harvey punching out Steven in the bathroom. Donna’s in Harvey’s office helping him with his battle scars…but she feels all better when Harvey tells her Steven looks even worse.

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Donna begs Harvey to take Steven down…he promises he’s going to. But there’s a major roadblock…they don’t have proof that will convince Cameron…especially since the trial is a few days away. In court Harvey tries to bring Steven to the stand…he asks him a few questions and then lets Cameron do the dirty work. Only problem is, Cameron doesn’t believe Harvey and doesn’t really ask Steven any tough questions. All Cameron wants is a win…he doesn’t seem to care whose the guilty one.

Meanwhile, Louis is having an all out war with Harold. He is livid with Harold for testifying against him in their mock trial. Harold has so much resentment towards Louis…and now there’s a lawsuit in the middle of them. Rachel has really become the voice of reason for Louis, the scenes they share together are special in that Louis always listens to her. He’ll put up a strong front at first…but she’ll know how to touch his emotional side…which is basically all of Louis. He is extremely emotional…and we see more of that in this episode. Rachel asks him why he’s being so mean to Harold…Louis explains that his pride and joy are the associates. He’s trained them and made sure they’re the best…except for Harold. Harold is a constant reminder that Louis failed at being the great teacher he thinks he is.

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Back to Harvey and Mike. Jessica has joined the team because let’s admit it…they need her help. Darby is in on the case as well as Ava’s fate is looking more and more tragic. At this point, Darby knows he’s the only one that can save her. He tells the gang he will testify in court and says he was the one who ordered Steven to handle the ‘business’. After he heard about the murders….Darby questioned Steven but obviously he didn’t tell him anything. It would still be enough for Cameron to let Ava go..and make a deal with Darby to take down Steven. And that’s exactly what they do in the men’s bathroom…minutes before the final hearing for Ava. Darby agrees to a few years of probation so Ava can be set free and Steven can take the fall. I mean he is guilty after all.

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Also, we learn more about the relationship Darby had with Ava and her father. He was in a relationship with Ava’s father…as an oil man he couldn’t come out of the closet…so any time he spent a weekend with Darby Ava would tag along and pretend to be Darby’s girlfriend. Welp, now we know the connection…and it’s totally clear why Darby steps in…although he didn’t have to wait to the last minute!

It was really funny how Donna kept ending up in the middle of things. She even made sure she was there at the bar when the FBI showed up to pick up Steven. Ouch.

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While Darby is signing the papers…he realizes there is a clause in the deal that forbids Darby of practicing law in the United States. This also means he cannot own his own firm…he looks up at Cameron Dennis…and then Jessica mentions that they wrote up the deal…and she purposely put that in there. Oh!! Jessica for the win! Darby doesn’t have a choice, he signs anyways…and this might be the end of Pearson Darby.

Now that Darby and Ava are gone….will we see more cast members from the Game of Thrones? Check out the slideshow from last night’s episode below.

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50 SHADES CAST: REVEALED

O-M-G the news of the summer has finally been revealed on the last day of summer! The two actors who will play main characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele of the popular book series ’50 Shades of Grey’ have finally been revealed!

Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will play the dashing Christian Grey…I still don’t know how I feel about this.

Dakota Johnson…never even heard of her is playing the role of Anastasia Steele. I honestly don’t how I feel about this pairing…but I trust the production team and I can’t wait to see these two in full costume. Woohoo!

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What do you guys think of these two? She actually looks older than I thought for Anastasia but turns out she’s only 24! And Charlie Hunnam who we all know as bad boy Jackson on Sons of Anarchy will have to clean up major to play Christian!

S U I T S: Recap “The Other Time”

Last night’s episode of Suits was supposed to be the ‘big one’ of the season with a flashback into the lives of Harvey/Donna…Mike and his loser best friend. I have to say, I wasn’t all that impressed with what went down…and what didn’t. From watching the previews, it’s easy to assume the entire episode is a flashback…giving viewers a giant dose of young Harvey and Donna. Instead, the episode takes us back and forth from past to present, because obviously the boys still have the Ava Hessington case to deal with.

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MIKE FLASHBACK: Rachel is off to visit Stanford, which gives Mike more time to work on the case…and a lot more time in his flashbacks. Other than learning that Mike did get into Harvard legitimately…his flashbacks were sort of boring. I mean it was the same old story with him and his best friend selling dope/making money by doing other people’s tests. It turns out, the first test Mike gave the answers to was to the University dean’s daughter…and now the University is firing the dean for conspiracy…so the dean decides to unleash hell on earth for Mike and promises him that he will never let Mike go to Harvard…even if he’s already been accepted. Sucks for Mikey.

HARVEY FLASHBACK: Harvey and Donna obviously have a very charming past…the flashbacks starts when Harvey is working under Cameron Mustache Dennis and Donna is his secretary. Harvey is totally hitting on Donna…but she’s kind of refusing him…but it’s obvious she wants him to. I mean come on nobody can resist Harvey Specter. While Cameron and Harvey are working on their case, Cameron asks Harvey to plant evidence in the paperwork. After Donna reminds him of what’s right and wrong, and shows Harvey she’s not just a secretary…she’s Donna…and if he doesn’t like that then he should hire someone else. Harvey sees the bigger picture and refuses to cooperate with Cameron…then Cameron calls him a p**** and I’m just surprised Harvey didn’t clock him in the mustache.

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Harvey is so adorable in his regular people clothes. He visits his dad at the baseball park…and this scene made me love him even more. He asks his dad for advice on what he should do about Cameron. We’ve only ever seen Harvey visiting his father’s grave…so to see a scene where he’s asking for advice (which is rare for Harvey) it was really endearing. His father tells him exactly what Donna tells him which is not to trust Cameron…and if he’s done this once…he will surely do it again.

In the end, Harvey quits his job at the DA’s office…and decides to join Jessica’s side. She is currently bringing down her predecessors…and asks Harvey to join the revolution! Before he officially accepts…he visits Donna at her apartment!!! And she answers with a can of whip cream? Oh lawd. Please Mr.Korsh let us see where this goes! Harvey reminds Donna that they are no longer working together….which means they can totally hook up! And that’s exactly what they end up doing…except we don’t see anything happen so for all we know they could have been playing scrabble.

After Harvey officially accepts Jessica’s offer…and tells her he’s bringing on his own secretary…he visits Donna at The Diner. He tells her he has a job offer …and she agrees only if she gets a big signing bonus. Don’t worry Donna he left the amount empty. D + H make a promise that as long as they’re working together they will never speak of what happened between nor will they do whatever they did that ‘other time’. They also need a new ritual..and so the can opener secret is born.

And then we jump to the present, and Donna’s back at The Diner by herself until Harvey shows up. He admits to her that the whole Steven situation does bother him…she knows…she just wanted him to admit that.

At the offices, Harvey is feeling guilty to he admits to Jessica that he made a deal with Darby. Jessica is livid, and I say livid because I feel that’s the appropriate word for describing someone who is so pissed but keeps her s*** together.

Now that Jessica knows, what will happen at the Pearson Darby Specter offices?

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