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HAPPYish Episode 2 Recap

Happyish Episode 2 Recap

HAPPYish is starting to grow on me even more. There wasn’t quite as much of the profanity for profanity’s sake tonight (just the right amount of vulgarity this time around), and it had some dark comedic moments that kept me glued to the screen. Episode 2 starts like episode 1, with a rant and a middle-finger-salute, but this time from Lee, the lead female role on the show (Thom’s wife). The rant–and much of the episode–focuses on Lee’s mother, “Mama,” who is a “sh*tty mom.” Perfect moms like Carol Brady (subject of aforementioned rant) only made Lee resent Mama that … Continue reading

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Wait, Jackie’s a nice lady … Nurse Jackie recap Season 7 Episode 4

Wait, Jackie's a nice lady ... Nurse Jackie recap Season 7 Episode 4

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7 Episode 4 “Nice Ladies” (original airdate May 3, 2015) We start in the courtroom where Jackie’s attorney Barry Wolfe (Mark Feuerstein) is making his case. He starts by explaining how Jackie is “a nice lady.” Ahem, what? Oh, yes. Remember how she was on her way to help Hurricane Penny victims and then how she stopped to save another lady? “Is it any wonder that that one person, Jackie Peyton, took something to smooth the edges?” Heck, even Wolfe, pops a drug / alcohol combo before he flies, he tells the judge. “Gratitude,” Wolfe says. … Continue reading

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 a “make-or-break season,” says John Logan

Penny Dreadful Season 2 a "make-or-break season," says John Logan

“It is our make-or-break season, and we’re going for it.” So said John Logan, creator and executive producer of Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, at a press conference for the show’s second season earlier this year. The Victorian era thriller, featuring some of literature’s greatest supernatural characters, finds Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group — including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Sembene (Danny Sapani) — unites to banish evil forces. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. … Continue reading

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HAPPYish Episode 1 Recap

HAPPYish Episode 1 Recap

HAPPYish premiered tonight on Showtime. I’m not going to lie: it exhausted me to watch it, but I’m going to keep watching, nonetheless. It’s a bit eye-rolling to watch an angsty, artsy interpretation of a wealthy, white male having an existential crisis, but I’ll try my best to keep my recap positive because, even though the pilot episode wore me down, something about it interested me. I think it was the murderous elf. More on that later, though. As the show opens, we see Mt. Rushmore, and hear a voiceover from Thom Payne, the show’s main character, which is pretty … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 3 – Akalitus looks to fire someone

Nurse Jackie recap

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 3 “Godfathering” (original airdate April 26, 2015) Even sleeping next to Eddie, Jackie needs her personal space. She awakes to stay on task – she needs to be at church with her patient Vivian, who she’s determined to get back on her feet (despite the fact that she’s using Vivian’s drugs for a secondary source of income,  selling them to her former dealer). At All Saints a man is brought in on a gurney, having just fallen from a building. There’s a lot of blood. Jackie (Edie Falco) swoops in interrupting Zoey (Merritt Weaver), … Continue reading

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Review: Showtime’s new comedy “HAPPYish” has a low-joy ceiling

Showtime HAPPYish

What is happiness? Does it even exist? And why are we pursuing it? In Showtime’s HAPPYish, 44-year-old ad man Thom Payne (Steve Coogan, Philomena) faces a mid-career crisis when the agency he works for brings in two social-media savvy Swedish 20-somethings to overhaul its creative direction. Thom is confronted with adapting to skinny jeans, books on tablet devices and the fact that there are desperately lonely souls who follow Pepto-Bismol on Twitter. He’s realizing that the consumer and media monster he helped create has turned against him. At home, Thom’s antidepressants are depressing intimacy with his wife (Kathryn Hahn), and … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 2 – what goes into “The Deal”

Nurse Jackie Recap, SEason 7, Episode 2

Nurse Jackie recap Season 7, Episode 2 “Deal” (original airdate April 19, 2015) After going through sedated detox and being publicly defamed in front of half of her colleagues, Jackie Petyon (Edie Falco) is ready to get her job and life back, or so we hope. Season 7, Episode 2 of Nurse Jackie saw the unwelcome return of Jackie to All Saints Hospital. The episode starts with Jackie outside of the hospital entrance where she sees Zoey and offers her a coffee. Zoey takes a pass referencing that she’s given up caffeine. Jackie empathizes saying she’s 16 days clean of … Continue reading

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Nurse Jackie recap: Season 7 starts with Jackie wanting her job back (good luck with that!)

Nurse Jackie recap: Season 7 starts with Jackie wanting her job back (good luck with that!)

Nurse Jackie recap of Clean, Season 7, episode 1 recap (original airdate April 12, 2015) Nurse Jackie: “Clean” immediately picks up where things left off with Jackie facing the consequences of yet again some really horrible decisions (she bolted from the hospital, packed a bag full of drugs — thank you very much Eddie — was heading to the airport to go to Miami when she crashed into an ambulance). The season returns with Jackie at a holding cell at Queens Central. As she hands in all of her personal items, her necklace is the only item she hesitates to … Continue reading

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Shameless Season 5 finale recap: “Love Songs (In The Key Of Gallagher)”

Shameless Season 5 finale recap: “Love Songs (In The Key Of Gallagher)”

This season has been quite an emotional roller coaster and the finale was no exception. Let’s recap the Shameless Season 5 finale: “Love Songs (In The Key Of Gallagher)” Frank and Bianca: Living the dream in Costa Rica, Bianca is still on the high of living a dangerous life, and now clearly in pain from her cancer. With Frank in tow as a partner she professes how they should go out and get drunk and buy a gun. Frank looking a little uneasy about this proposition agrees to the dying hot girls wishes again. Once in town the chicken plucking bartender makes small talk … Continue reading

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Shameless Season 5 Episode 11 recap: “Drugs Actually”

Shameless Season 5 Episode 11 recap: “Drugs Actually”

With the conclusion of last weeks heinous revenge act Sammi pulled on Ian, this week is sure to be crazy. So hang on to your seats, this week’s Shameless Season 5 Episode 11 recap: “Drugs Actually” is a wild, anything can happen ride! Frank and Bianca: Realizing she has a short time left on this planet, Bianca throws all inhibition out the window and allows Frank to be her earthly escort into the next life. With this being said, she decides to blow 10 grand on a bottle of whiskey hailing from the WWII era. Frank tries to talk her … Continue reading

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