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Phenomenon

RuPaul's Drag Race: Phenomenon

Season 13, Episode 3: " Phenomenon "

Herstory is repeating itself on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 3. Just like the lip-sync winners before them, the Pork Chop Loading Bay queens faced off in a team girl group challenge as well. The week is almost a mirror image to RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 Episode 2. Right down to the runway Mini Challenge. No one went home. Fashionable looks were served. Unfortunately, i...

The Daisy follows soft the Sun

Dickinson: The Daisy follows soft the Sun

Season 2, Episode 4: " The Daisy follows soft the Sun "

Writer's block is a b*tch. It happens to everyone from time to time, but usually, if you walk away for a while and take a break, something will come to you. That's not the case for Emily on Dickinson Season 2 Episode 4, for in giving Sam one of her poems to publish, she also gave him her agency. Emily has always been a free-spirited poet marching to the beat of ...

Hair Care Products

Superstore: Hair Care Products

Season 6, Episode 5: " Hair Care Products "

Superstore is back from hiatus with a critical episode that proves once again that the show handles serious subjects with great care while including a natural sense of humor. Superstore Season 6 Episode 5 tackles systemic racism, specifically within the corporate world. "Hair Care Products" also confronts the issue of hosting social events during a pandemic. These topics ultimat...

Fear and Loathing in New Vegas

The Standard: Fear and Loathing in New Vegas

Season 1, Episode 5: " Death of a Pink Elephant "

Details are important. We're not getting them in this adaptation of The Stand, and it matters. Then again, maybe The Stand doesn't stand up in 2021. I'm open to that being the case despite my love of the novel. The Stand Season 1 Episode 5 had very little drama because actions were so predictable that nothing surprised. And when the predictable actions come from characters' stupi...

A Cold Mom, A Brother Daddy and A Prison Baby

The Conners: A Cold Mom, A Brother Daddy and A Prison Baby

Season 3, Episode 7: " A Cold Mom, A Brother Daddy and A Prison Baby "

Well, Candace Bergen appears to have been written in as another temporary substitute for Roseanne Barr in The Conners Season 3 Episode 7, but she ain't Roseanne.  Obviously, Bergen is a talented actor, backed by an illustrious career, and her own very successful sitcom (until its depressing reboot, anyway), Murphy Brown. And she isn't posited into The Conners here as a replacem...

Smash Therapy

Chicago Fire: Smash Therapy

Season 9, Episode 3: " Smash Therapy "

We're back after a two-month hiatus, and if we're honest, the return was pretty anti-climatic. That's not to say Chicago Fire Season 9 Episode 3 was a bad episode; it was a pretty good one. It's just that after all the Brettsey/Bracey/Casett buildup -- seriously, what is their 'ship name? -- the winter premiere, which addressed the aftermath of their ill-fated hookup, fell flat...

Tender Age

Chicago PD: Tender Age

Season 8, Episode 3: " Tender Age "

Intelligence is kicking off 2021 on a high note.  Following Atwater's powerful storyline, Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 3 shook things up and reminded fans of the good old days when the focus remained largely on the case-of-the-week.  It's been a while since we've seen the team go full-in on a case, especially one as compelling as the murder of Makayla's entire family.  ...

The Carrot or The Stick

Seal Team: The Carrot or The Stick

Season 4, Episode 5: " The Carrot or the Stick "

The hunt for Ray goes on and on. The second part of Bravo Takes Tunisia on SEAL Team Season 4 Episode 5 examines the lengths to which team members were willing to go to save their missing brother. And the answer to that question was ... it depends. This marks the third episode featuring Ray falling into the hands of terrorists as part of his new duties as a war...

Do You Know The Way Home?

Chicago Med: Do You Know The Way Home?

Season 6, Episode 3: " Do You Know the Way Home? "

Welcome back, Chicago Med! After a long hiatus,  Chicago Med Season 6 Episode 3 did not disappoint, although some people's behavior was less than stellar. Yes, I'm looking at you, Will. Just because this time it worked out doesn't mean anything. He proved he still hasn't learned his lesson about respecting patients' wishes. During the first part of the hour, I...

Birth Mother

This Is Us: Birth Mother

Season 5, Episode 6: " Birth Mother "

Wow. After learning Laurel's story, it's going to take me a minute to gather my thoughts. Most shows couldn't get away with devoting 90 percent of an episode to people we've never seen before, but This Is Us does it regularly without it feeling like an intrusion. And This Is Us Season 5 Episode 6 was one of the most emotional single-story episodes so far as Randall learned his ...

Chrysalis

Nurses: Chrysalis

Season 1, Episode 4: " Episode 4 "

When you're watching a medical show, it isn't uncommon for death to come up a bit. Nurses Season 1 Episode 4 was all about death. However, death was not the big bad monster, but we must all learn to accept the inevitable journey. Wolf, our favorite cinnamon bun, was assigned to palliative care. Not unlike hospice care, palliative care is about making a patient feel comfortable as the end ap...

Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction

Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist: Zoey’s Extraordinary Distraction

Season 2, Episode 2: " Zoey's Extraordinary Distraction "

Baseball and sex. We know these two mix, for many euphemisms about sex involve America's favorite pastime. However, those two words took on a new meaning on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist Season 2 Episode 2 during Zoey and Max's first time. As insane and highly enjoyable as the world's weirdest mashup of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “I’ll Make Love...

Lim

The Good Doctor: Lim

Season 4, Episode 6: " Lim "

Of all mental illnesses, PTSD is probably the one that TV has the hardest time getting right. The Good Doctor Season 4 Episode 6 took a stab at it with a Lim-centered story that drew a clear parallel between Lim's issues now that the most intense period of the COVID pandemic had passed and a patient who has severe PTSD after returning from Afghanistan. If anything, the compariso...

In Justice

The Rookie: In Justice

Season 3, Episode 2: " In Justice "

After Nick Armstrong is outed as a dirty cop, the LAPD looks to make changes on The Rookie Season 3 Episode 2. But are those changes real or just surface-level adjustments meant to give the impression of positive change? That all depends upon the cop in question. When you are talking about Officer John Nolan, there's no question his heart is in the right place. ...

Nimby

Shameless: Nimby

Season 11, Episode 4: " NIMBY "

Is it just me, or was that one of the worst episodes of the series to date? Shameless Season 11 Episode 4 featured a string of storylines that should have been exciting, but they were bogged down by terrible execution and even worse dialogue. We'll start with the Milkoviches moving next door. If you watch Shameless online, you know they are one of the worst families on TV, so Ter...