The only good part of that scene was Penny's facial reaction, which was perfect.
Didn't Leonard kiss that other girl while still in a relationship with Penny? I thought that was why she was freaking out. Penny never did that to him, so there's no hypocrisy here. On the other hand - I did really hate this episode. The writing sucked so badly.
I don't think so. Ray loves his brothers fiercely, and he isn't stupid. Terry has been on the receiving end of some bad stuff for far too long - you could see the wheels turning in Ray's head as he watched them on the dance floor. I can't see anything particularly bad coming out of that. It's not like Ray would be surprised if Terry found himself falling for Abby. I feel certain Teresa's going to make an exit from life - and soon. The only remaining question I have is: what exactly will happen to Mickey? And will Ray do anything to help him?
When an intense series like this lightens up and makes you fall in love with one of the side characters like Teresa, it makes me worried about the future. With the obvious love for her that shines in Bunchy's eyes, and most especially with Ray's hard won support for her (finally!), I worry that someone's going to kill her off. That would unite the Donovan gang like nothing else. Also worried now for Terry and Abby. Terry seems to be taking more than just a shine to Abby - I mean, have you ever seen him outright smile like that before? I haven't. I don't think Ray has either, given his studious observing of them on the dance floor. A great episode but one filled with foreboding.
I'll be really surprised (and relieved) if JD gets to live. Mostly surprised though. Unless the writers do one of those stupid twists where Molly does indeed shoot him but he manages to pull through because….whatever. A magic cure shows up at the last minute or it gets revealed that he's not human after all and he lays down on the ground, sheds his skin and then pops up as if nothing happened. Like Molly. You're right about the dialogue being patronizing. Someone once said that you can never go wrong by assuming a high amount of intelligence on the part of the viewer. (Might have been me.) Whoever said it was correct. In fact, that's how the series started out - with a bunch of seemingly disconnected scenes and incidents that you just knew somehow all made sense. It kept us coming back so that we could get fed a few more pieces of the puzzle. It made it interesting. It's still fairly interesting and they've managed to keep us invested in the show. And despite it all, we just can't accurately predict how it's going to end. But yeah, I surely wish they'd just stop that clarification stuff. It's deadly and a tad insulting.
I didn't trust Romero from the start to the end. I doubt very highly that his focus was on getting anyone (much less Ray) to repent. Remember how he tried to get the information about the priest's death from Ezra as he lay dying? That was hardly about anyone's repentance - it was about justice. Watching Ray follow Romero along, even as far as he did, was sickening. I was sure he was going to confess in that confession booth - and then discover it was wired and that Romero wasn't a priest at all but an undercover agent. I mean the "priest" is sort of good at playing undercover right? He took off his priest's garb when he attended the SNAP sessions and didn't let on to Bunchy at all that he was a priest. Plus that part at the end, where he supposedly excommunicates Ray and then follows that up with "repent!" Come on - once you're excommunicated that's it. There is no repentance after that, as far as I know. I think he wanted Ray to say the words. Did anyone else wonder if perhaps Mr. Donnellen had murdered his wife, and that maybe he's a closet psycho? I sure did. Bridget may experience more than a broken heart over this guy. I don't like that he agreed to get together with her for a coffee the next day - that's stepping over the student-teacher line. Of course if he's a psycho then that line means nothing to him.
Michael touches on one of the main reasons I love this show: it's all about the story. Always. The writers keep things moving forward. Love the interview, Jim! I'm looking forward to this season.
That painful discussion Frank convinced Jordan to take a hike was just downright ridiculous. I was glad when the scene was over. How those actors can stand to keep blabbing out those ridiculous lines is beyond me. For eight episodes we waited for the "it" moment - when things would click and we'd suddenly realize we were watching a masterpiece, just like Season 1. It was not to be. Not only did the series just bite the big one all the way through, the ending was spectacularly awful. The bad guys won (for the time being, at least) and three out of the four characters in whom we got invested all joined the choir invisible. I don't remember ever being quite so disappointed in a series. This was a disaster.
Don't know why, but I kept expecting Ray to lose it while playing the role of a servant. I suppose being able to slap the talk show host twice allowed him to let off some steam. (P.S. It wasn't until he started mouthing off at Ray that I realized that was Jack Wagner. Jack *friggin* Wagner!. Man has he aged. Also, I had no idea until the review that that was Cheryl Ladd!) Does anyone really believe Mickey's going to hang around for the culmination of Terry's illness?
I really felt like this episode kicked it up several notches. I was more invested in this episode than in any of the ones preceding it. Frank was a little more believable - probably because Vaughn was given fewer idiotic phrases to utter, and because of his gruesome takedown of that guy. I mean he shot him in the gut, then settled down with a drink to watch him die. I kept thinking his wife Jordan may have been in on the conspiracy against him. She may still be, I don't know. She's his one weak point for sure. I'm now really curious on two fronts: 1) how will Frank come out of this a wealthy man? He knows the setup for the handover of $13 million (side note: who does that anymore? In a digital age you'd think they'd find ways to move it around online and not take chances with cash handovers). 2) How will Ray and Ani solve this while sidestepping the array of crooked cops and politicians aligned against them? That second one alone will keep me riveted until the final scene next week. Also - poor Paul. Poor, misunderstood misguided Paul. His story was such a waste in this series. His life - and death - only served to show how evil the other guys are. That's it, that's all. I agree Carissa: the editing on this series needed a *LOT* of work.
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