Good episode for Addison. I think the entire episode built up to that moment when she said that she was genuinely happy. I'm happy that she's moving forward with her plans to have a baby and things are going well with Sam. But of course, you know that there'll be complications with Jake. And honestly, Sheldon and Violet's conversation is what tells you how complicated Addison's situation will eventually be.
For Violet and Pete, there's obviously a lot of anger there and it was good than Sheldon brought those things to the surface. Obviously Violet is just trying to help and care for him but there's a lot of emotional stress on Pete's side. Him lashing out on her was quite a scene to watch and I can only imagine that isn't the end of it.
As for Charlotte and Cooper, I hate how we haven't seen them have a truly happy scene as a married couple this season and that we probably won't be seeing that in a while. I understand Cooper's compassion but it doesn't give him the right to break laws. And this is something that obviously hits Charlotte hard. I actually don't get why people are hating on her when she's been completely rational throughout the series. As the reviewer said, she's actually the only one who gives priority to laws and rules. The first time Amelia operated drunk, she only knew about it after the surgery. And as for Pete, she wasn't sure that she was drunk and even she admitted that she didn't have a choice. She's been hard on Amelia for a reason and she showed her rationality when she allowed Amelia to take the breathalizer. She isn't self-righteous at all because she just plays by the book. People probably think she is just because she's the only one who really cares about laws and the like. She probably also offered to go to a meeting with Amelia as a way to help her in her sobriety. We have to remember that Charlotte cares about Amelia a great deal and that's one of the reasons she's so hard on her. As for letting Cooper get away with it, I think this story was more about showing how important trust is for this character. Rather than showing her reporting him, it was about her hurting because of what Cooper had done and really struggling with it. She loves him and that's the only reason why she didn't report him but she was clear that if there was a next time, she would.
Btw, I hate how the first time Charlotte said "I love you" to him was when she was mad.
Haha. Bailey obviously has some issues to get over.
Mitchell's meltdown was unexpected that it made it even more hilarious! I loved seeing him cry and run to the ocean in search of Snorkels. Gloria was funny trying to get Stella to chew on Jay's shoe and it got even funnier when Jay was treating her like a dog. But I agree that this one does go to the Dunphys! From Luke's indulgence of junk food to Phil balancing on a wire to Hailey and Alex's antics and of course to everything Claire related. It was hilarious! Another highly enjoyable episode :)
I agree how the addition of Winston doesn't contribute much to the over-all dynamics of the group. I think Coach was good enough but if they plan on keeping Winston, then they'll have to create a distinct position for this character within the group. The episode was good but not as funny as the premiere.
I thought this was a really good season premiere! All the characters had a substantial part to play in the entire episode and that was really good.
I wasn't too interested in the Sam and Addison reunion. I thought the only scene between them that was interesting to watch was when Charlotte called them out on being back together. Sam's scenes were good when he was a doctor for Pete because you really saw the passion and determination he had to save his friend. As for Addison, I thought her best scenes were those with Lucas. It was a good way to show how Addison can be as a parent and that lead to the scene between her and Jake. Now seeing them reunite again was really interesting. I can foresee a lot of great and consequently complicated storylines because of that reunion.
Amelia and Sheldon were also fun to watch just because Amelia has put herself in such a compromising position and Sheldon wasn't initially aware of that. I guess we can assume that Sheldon will be there for her throughout her struggle with sobriety based on his reaction.
Pete's heart attack -- well, that was the focus of the episode and rightfully so. I'm not the biggest fan of Violet and I was actually looking forward to Pete telling her off as he woke up. I'm assuming he was high from the pain medication and will eventually lash out on Violet once he's home and struggling with recovery.
To me, Charlotte can do no wrong and I loved every scene of hers in this episode. From calling out Addison and Sam to her reaction when Cooper got shocked and all the more during her only real scene with Cooper. I loved every bit of it! It was nice just seeing that good and simple Charlotte and Cooper moment. I wish there were more but I can settle with this for the beginning.
I'm totally for Addison and Jake now!
From this promo, I'm looking forward to what prompts that scene between Kurt and Rachel and what consequences rise from whatever that is. I think this character's loyalty towards her way to stardom is another good aspect that the writers could look at. As for the diva-off, I don't get the point of it happening AGAIN. The Rachel vs Mercedes battle has been going on for so long that to have another diva-off just seems like a recycled storyline.
I loved this episode cause I've been looking forward to Idina Menzel's return for so long! I think the only thing that went wrong with her return was the reason given. I think it would've made more sense if she was asked to become the musical's director because another show choir is a really lame excuse. But aside from that, I loved what her return did in this episode. As said in the review, she is connected to so many characters in a way that changes so many things.
With her relationship with Rachel, I'm looking forward to how the two of them work throughout their dynamics with the remainder of this character's recurrence. Obviously, it's hard for Rachel to have her around because she hits a sensitive spot but I think Shelby's return will bring a lot of good from Rachel. Plus, we'll be treated with eargasmic duets from the two.
I loved the scene between Shelby and Puck in her apartment. For one, I appreciated how authentic Menzel was in her adoration for the child. It became even better when we saw how Puck was towards Beth. It was obvious how he truly cared for Beth and just wanted a chance to be in her life.
On the other hand, Quinn makes me want to scream. I'm so glad Will told her off because she needed that. But obviously, she's far from growing up. I think it was important for Shelby to be the one to showcase what Quinn was going through in order for us to really understand the foundation of both these characters. I was shocked to see Quinn go back to New Directions so quickly but I never would've assumed that her intentions were to get custody of Beth. I want to slap her for that for so many reasons. I wish this character would just grow up. I was so frustrated with her last season and for a minute I thought Will and Beth go through to her. She's got a long way to go. I just hope the writers don't actually give her full custody or it will ruin the good streak of tapping into reality that they've been having.
I thought it was solid start to the season. I think the only thing it really lacked was that there was no clear distinction on what these characters will be going through for the rest of the season as compared to other season premieres. But despite that, it was good.
Serena's the only character who we really see with a clear path for the rest of the season which is good. The girl's been so lost that it's nice to see her with a sense of direction as with regards to her life. Seeing a more focused and responsible Serena is a good change from what we've seen in the past and I hope the writers continue on with that. High school's been long over so it's time for her to grow up.
As for Blair, well, everyone seems to be in love with her. Chuck, Louis, and Dan can all come together and prove who loves her the most. I guess we can expect her to continue planning this royal wedding but with that bun in the oven, there'll be obvious complications. What I admired though in Blair in this episode was how she thought highly of herself that she was willing to end her engagement with Louis. We see this character as someone who wants so much power and recognition and over-all she wants that fairy tale. But I appreciated how she was willing to give that up because she knew she was worth more. That scene in the loft with Dan and Louis though really showed a lot from Dan and how deep his emotions are for this person. It should be interesting to see him struggle with that for the rest of the season.
Chuck and Nate didn't really have a clear ending in order to lead us to something worth looking forward to for the rest of the season. The only thing that I am hoping for in Chuck is that the writers bring out his darker side in a different way as they have done before. This attitude of his is relatively similar to the one he had when he was with Ava so I only hope that the aftermath will be different from the one we've previously seen.
Also, Charlie's reaction in the end was pretty damn priceless. Definitely looking forward to what the rest of this story will bring to the season.
Without a doubt, this is joining the list of my favorite HIMYM episodes of all time. The episode began so strong with Barney's mockery of Twitter hashtags and it was nice to see its continuity throughout the episode. The bet and everything to do with it was just perfect. The pacing of each change in the bet's terms was great and it was just hilarious the whole time.
The transitions to Ted's encounter with Victoria was also really good because it just made the story better. It was fun seeing Robin diverting back into that story and Ted's enthusiasm to tell it. The scenes between Ted and Victoria in the kitchen were precious but I think the one at the bus stop was far better. I think Ted's "What If" speech really showed more about this character and Victoria telling him straight out what the problem was is such a game changer. This piece of information gets even better when you think about the irony that it was Robin who kept diverting back into the story. Obviously Victoria's return wasn't meant to be a return of a past love for a second chance but it was to open a new story that will greatly affect the dynamics between Ted and Robin. I'm really interested to see that.
Once again, a really great episode!
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