I love how both Chloe and Amy look out for Meredith as she ventures into the dating world with Frank. That Chloe can keep it together for her mom, despite her own heartbreak, says a lot for their relationship.
Elsewhere in "Dogs of War," we discovered a third race, the Jackals. I found it really weird that Jasmine and Alek called Kai an it, and that race collectively animals or things. They didn't recognize the human side of him at all. There was no compromise, even when Chloe made it perfectly clear they would not stop her from returning Kai to his people.
There was a fabulous scene between Chloe and Meredith where the former showed her mom just how mature she has become. Watching their interaction was a beautiful mother/daughter moment that touched upon growing up, trust and love. Skyler Samuels and Amy Pietz couldn't have done a better job.
Amy and Paul, being the perfect sidekicks to our heroine, tried to find a way for her to be with Brian, only to discover Alek had feelings for Chloe. Even Amy looked torn when she realized this, so we can only imagine the thoughts inside Chloe's head as she volleys between the guys.
Alek scored points when he went against Valentina because they had given Chloe their word otherwise. It put them all in serious danger, but it showed how true Alek is to Chloe. It was a lot like the scene earlier this season when he stayed and watched her mom all night, just because he gave his word.
If we've learned one thing about Alek, he does not go back on his promises.
When the Jackals attacked, at first I couldn't tell who had betrayed whom. Kai set up Chloe and her friends, but there was something off about it. He realized his mistake, but not until his dad almost lost his life at Chloe's hands.
She was willing to give up her life for Mai and humans alike - but her strength proved too much even for a seasoned Jackal, something nobody expected. The entire event brought Alek and Chloe closer in a way that would make it hard for Brian to compete.
Even more shocking was how Jasmine covered for Alek. To do that and subject herself to her mother's great disappointment was noble. The writers keep us and the characters on their toes by constantly amazing us with their next move.
When Alek kissed Chloe, my heart skipped a beat. I've been waiting for that moment, and it didn't disappoint. He's like the Spike to her Buffy, or the Logan to her Veronica. He's got that bad boy edge that tugs at my heartstrings like nothing else.
What did you guys think? Was Aloe worth the wait? Anyone still rooting for Broe? I cannot wait to see what comes next. I'm actually giddy with anticipation!
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