“O Cult Leader! My Cult Leader!”: American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 4 Recap

“American Horror Story: Cult” , FX

Let us first give thanks to our dear lord-and-showrunner/gay uncle, Ryan Murphy, for granting us a short break from the seemingly eternal crying montage that is Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson). Amen.

Tuesday night’s continuation of FX’s American Horror Story: Cult supplied us with an enjoyable change of pace and narrative, focusing now on the assembly of Kai Anderson’s (Evan Peters) cult rather than Ally’s internal (but mostly external. Loudly external) conflict. Beginning on election night and moving back and forth from there to highlight each of Kai’s recruitments, this episode is the first in which the “cult” theme really begins to shine (did I mention that Ally is only in, like, one scene? And that she’s not even crying in that one scene?). For that reason and many others, this is my favorite episode of the season so far.

The episode opens at a polling station where the whole town has come to cast their vote in the presidential election. Beverly Hope (Adina Porter) is there reporting, (because she’s a news anchor; one that obviously hates her job. It comes up later.) when Emma Roberts enters the frame as the same character she’s been playing since Coven (but this time with brunette hair!). Emma’s character (who would probably be named something like “Michaela” or “Payton” in real life, but is actually named Serena Belinda) is Beverly’s co-anchor, there to fold her ballot. You already know who she voted for.

My favorite part of this scene is when the camera trucks its way down the line to focus on each of the characters waiting to enter the polls. Ally and Ivy are gushing over their sureness that a woman will be elected while Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd) is gathered with younger Hillary supporters, all of which are dead set on letting the world know that their vaginas do indeed have extendable limbs that will be used to combat sexual harassment in America. The best piece of exposition, though, is shown from the end of the line as Meadow Wilton (Leslie Grossman) discusses her unfitness to vote with Harrison (Billy Eichner). She later proves her point by using Oprah (copyright Harpo Productions™) as her write-in.

After a quick cutting montage of each character filling out their ballot (and Ally choosing Jill Stein, but we knew this), Kai enters the polls dragging a bleeding Gary Longstreet (Chaz Bono), the local Trumptastic cashier featured in episode one, behind him. With a missing limb, Gary proceeds to vote for Donald. Kai does the same.

The next day begins Kai’s search for cult members. First at the gym with Harrison, eventually getting him to murder his douchebag boss (who was named Vinny by the writers of the episode specifically so you’d know he was a “not nice” guy) and recruiting Meadow, too, after she walks in on the two of them dismembering Vinny. He also ends up converting Beverly after finding out that she had an on-air breakdown (which was made all the much better with the reference to internet culture. The news bloopers. The remixes. I appreciate you, Ryan). Although initially reluctant to accept his offer, she agrees to join him after he sends the clowns to murder her co-workers (Emma Roberts lasted on episode. One).

I find these scene interesting for more reasons than one. Obviously, I have to give it up to Evan Peters for his portrayal of an excellent villain, but Kai’s interactions with his new cult members has solidified a theory that I’ve had about him since the beginning: this isn’t about Trump for him. Trump’s election was simply a vehicle for his plan. From his communist (yes, it was totally communist) rant with Harrison at the gym to his promise of “equal power” with Beverly; for me, it’s clear that he is someone who is striving to find any way possible to break the current world order down so that he can build it back up his way.

Another important addition to this episode was the revelation that Ivy met Winter before she was hired as Oz’s nanny (puthimtobed-er is a more appropriate title). In fact, Ivy met Winter before the election even took place, at a political rally where she was sexually assaulted by Gary. What’s even better (yes, Ally was also missing from this scene, but that’s not it)? They’re both the reason for Gary’s missing hand. After befriending each other, the two decide to get revenge on Gary by locking him in a rusty basement to keep him from voting in the election. Kai comes to the rescue after his sister tells him of the deed and assists Gary by giving him the tools he needs to cut his hand free! Hence, why he came to the polls bleeding.

This episode was so full of well-done exposition that I’m not even sure of how many questions we have left to be answered (not to be mistaken, I still have plenty of personal questions to ask myself and the universe, such as “I wonder what God is doing when he isn’t helping Oprah pitch new shows for the OWN Network or teaching Ted Cruz how to keep his Earth-skin on?”). One thing I am sure of, though? It’s about to get really cult-y up in here. And clowns. I’m sure of clowns.


They’re Still Doing the Clown Thing: American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 2 Recap

“American Horror Story: Cult” , FX

I’m willing to bet every penny of my student loan debt on the chance that Ivy (Alison Pill) is involved with this clown cult somehow. If I’m wrong, I promise to convert this website into one of those new-age Facebook-journalism trap hubs that runs like a PowerPoint presentation.

Tuesday night’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult picked up right where last week’s season opener left off, with Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) screaming about another clown encounter, this time from her bedroom.

It’s only a matter of seconds before she comes bustling into the kitchen to ask her wife, who is now well beyond fed up with her shit, for help (her wife, being Ivy Mayfair-Richards, or as I like to call her, the Lifetime Network’s one and only choice for a low budget Ellen DeGeneres biopic). After searching the room with a fine piece of kitchen cutlery, Ivy’s choice murder weapon, the couple concludes that there, indeed, must be something wrong with Ally. This (naturally, of course) leads to the start of a sex scene we didn’t ask for, but not before we cut to a shot of their son Oz in bed (where he practically lives in this series) joined by Twisty the Clown (whose relevance this season has yet to be unearthed) and the alt-rightish, purgey clown that Ally saw in bed with her earlier. His screams interrupt the intimacy and call the two mothers to his room, where Oz reacts in a way that hints at some possible resentment growing towards Ally (he tells them that he wants “his mom” and then proceeds to lean away from Ally and into Ivy’s embrace. The camera’s close-up on Ally let’s us know that she is not happy about this).

The next morning, Kai’s staged, racially fueled assault video has gone viral and is being played on network news stations. I honestly wasn’t sure what was more notable; the fact that Kai (Evan Peters) announced his campaign for city council chair following the murder of councilman Tom Chang or the fact that Billy Eichner was portraying an eyewitness and speaking in a regular tone of voice. The latter is still somewhat relevant when Billy’s character is re-introduced as one of the new neighbors who moved into the Chang house immediately after their brutal murders. When Ally runs across the street to save Oz from impending death by clown (after his strange as hell babysitter Winter leaves him there), she and Ivy are welcomed by Harrison and Meadow Wilton (Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman), beekeepers and spouses (although Harrison is gay and Meadow just goes along with it because she’s too sick with Cancer to have sex anyway). We could talk about how strange their living arrangement is all day (along with the fact that they just moved into a murder house the day after it became a murder house), but her humble offering of Crystal Light lemonade, made worse only by her alluding of it to Beyoncé, was enough for me to pull an Ally and call the cops.

Later that night, right before Oz is shoved back into his place (the bed), Ivy receives a call that the alarm system at their Butchery restaurant has gone off. Almost immediately, without much debate, she makes the intelligent decision to let Ally, her hysterically triggered wife, go by herself to disarm the system. Oh, yes. At this point, I was clasping my hands together, thanking God for delivering such a thing to my television (bootleg streaming laptop) screen. The best part was when Ally finished disarming the system and then directly afterward decided to follow a spooky noise into the meat fridge. A-freaking-men, sister. Follow that sound, girl. Running out of the Butchery immediately following a murderous noise is something that someone who didn’t vote for Jill Stein would do and we all know you did.

So anyway, Ally finds a dead body in the meat fridge. Well, an almost dead body. The person is one of the head butchers at the restaurant who also happened to have something against South American immigrants (as we were clued in during an earlier standoff between him and a kitchen staff member named Pedro). After his body is reported by Ally, Pedro is made a lead suspect in the murder.

Early that same day, Ally recounts her purchase of a gun from the new neighbors to her therapist. The Mayfair-Richards household is now also decked out with new locks and bars, all courtesy of Ally’s growing fear of the world. In other words, she’s slowly becoming a libertarian and there’s nothing you or Ivy DeGeneres-Mayfair-Richards can do about it.

The episode’s last quarter is comprised of:

-A seductive bath featuring creepy Winter Anderson.

-A power outage (terror attack?) across the country.

-Pedro’s death, thanks to Ally’s crazy gun flinging.

I still think Ivy has something to do with all the clown stuff. Perhaps it’s because, like her character, I find the clown theme this season to be stale and more than slightly annoying. However, it might also be because Ryan Murphy is making it waaay too easy. Either way, I’ll be watching and I know you will be, too.



Cookie Breathing for Jill Stein: American Horror Story Season 7 Episode 1 Recap

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ , FX

American Horror Story is back for its 7th season and this time, they’re taking the show’s title as literally as possible. ‘AHS: Cult’ premiered last night with an opener that introduced the 2016 presidential election results as the epicenter of the storyline. This, of course, created so many opportunities for satirical gold; opportunities that were taken and hopefully will continue to be taken for the remainder of the season. Come for the killer clowns (I know, I’m kind of over that too) and stay for the Evan Peters (because who wouldn’t).

Like any semi-digestible horror story, this one starts with origins: the night of November 8th, when Donald Trump became President-Elect. I personally love the concept for this season because it means that I must now tactically tip-toe around every controversial political issue being alluded to during these episodes in order to please my diverse readership (the three of you and your cat). The easy way out is to talk about Kai Anderson (Evan Peters) simulating sex with his television screen after Trump’s victory. I hope you’re happy (I know you’re happy).

The first 5 minutes of the episode are spent in a back-and-forth montage of Kai and Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson)’s reactions to the election results from their respective households; Ally—and her wife Ivy (Alison Pill)—being of the far left persuasion and Kai being…blue haired and terrifyingly insane. Kai, who has an intense love of fear, is ecstatic about the win, while Ally is caught up doing something called “Cookie Breathing” and losing her head.

Cookie Breathing. Cookie Breathing.

Right off the bat, it’s obvious that the showrunners are trying their best to play off of the current ideological stereotypes in American politics; the sensitive liberal white feminist lesbian whose wife has a short boyish haircut (“this is television, [insert reader name here]! Lesbians don’t have long hair on television! Or at all!) and the manic, sociopathic alt-right person who wants to watch the world burn. And as I sit here, reaching for the last crumb in my box of discount-brand cheese crackers, I tell you the truth: I’m living for this. Let the satirical death match begin.

The fact that Kai, in celebration of Donald Trump’s triumph, smeared his face with crushed cheese puffs (FREAKING CHEESE PUFFS) as tribute to the Commander in Cheeto himself was enough to put me to bed (the same way that Ally and Ivy’s son is always being put to bed in every scene he’s in. Every single one). With his face draped in processed cheez snack, Kai confronts his sister Winter (Billie Lourd) who appears to be upset about the results, although willing to make a deal to terrorize the public with her brother by stirring up the already present post-election fear.

The episode continues with Ally’s many different run ins with clowns that nobody can see but her (aw shit! Here we go y’all! Another annoying horror trope! Let’s go son!), all of which are always having some sort of sex when she encounters them. Why? I have no idea. It appears the kinky clowns are all only a mental glitch of Ally’s until the end of the episode when her son spots a group of clowns murdering the next door neighbors (one of which didn’t get to the polls in time to vote). It’s also worth mentioning that this happens after Winter is hired as his new babysitter and attempts to numb his mind using the dark web.

Other things you might have missed but should still be thinking about are:

-Ally’s many triggers that have just now developed after the election.

-Ally voted for Jill Stein.

-Kai threatened one of the neighbors before his (the neighbor) death when he was at the town council meeting.

-Ally ran out of that grocery store almost as fast as I run away from a friend after they ask me to go to the gym with them.

-Kai is instigating racial tension and using it to his advantage. This sounds all too familiar and could get interesting.

Will this season live up to the best of AHS (meaning not last season or the season before that or before that or…)? That’s yet to be determined. Will I continue to watch and berate it for online attention? You bet your sweet ass.


Yes, You Are Bad People: HTGAWM 3×10 Recap

Illustration by Mya Carmichael

At long last, Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) and her living chess pieces are back for the continuation of How To Get Away With Murder’s third season and the mystery surrounding the Keating house fire is only intensifying (even more than that time Alicia Keys called one of her customers from the coffee house on 39th & Lennox). This week’s episode included a ton of important focal points, so here’s a detailed run through of all the insanity.

Every important character got a flashback scene with the dearly departed Wes at some point during the episode; the first is Annalise’s throwback to the day she met Wes’s girlfriend Meggy, which included little snippets of baby Wes playing kickball. I’m guessing this was meant to remind us that Annalise cared more about him than any of the others (including Laurel in my opinion. Their relationship was rushed). The heartwarming scene doesn’t last for long before we’re thrust into the harsh current state of affairs with a montage of Annalise’s criminal booking and Wes’s autopsy.

Meanwhile, Bonnie is visiting Laurel at the hospital, pretty much just to make sure she doesn’t run to the police (or roll to the police? She doesn’t leave her hospital bed in this episode, Bonnie). She also shares that the pathologist thinks Wes died before the fire. Laurel thinks Frank is to blame (yet again) because Frank is the root of all her problems (including the fact that she still loves him, but that’s just my opinion (my opinion is fact)). When Bonnie leaves the hospital to go visit Annalise in prison, Annalise tells her that she’s the only one who can defend her at the upcoming bail hearing (Oh no! Bonnie, a licensed lawyer, has to make use of her law degree and be a lawyer?).

Flashback to Wes and Laurel in the bath tub: the two have a conversation that leads me to believe it was very possible they knew there was a condom slip-up. To me, it’s just too easy. I won’t accept any baby daddy reveals until I see Laurel sprinting backstage at the Maury show. Anyway, everything is fine when she later lies to the police to save Annalise’s skin (and she didn’t even have to roll to them. The police came to her. How sweet).

Another scene in Annalise’s prison cell reveals that she is bunked up with two other women, one of which is Robin Crawford from the Whitney biopic, who tries to encourage Annalise to use the bathroom in front of them (they’re in prison after all. No privacy). She doesn’t give in until the other cellmate delivers a black struggle speech.

While all this madness is taking place, Michaela, Asher, Conner and Oliver are dealing with the weight of Wes’s death in different ways. Asher seems to be the most emotional about it, though he is a human puppy after all. Conner is an asshole, Michaela is confused, and Oliver feels loads of guilt (mainly due to the fact that he deleted all the data from Annalise’s phone the night of the explosion, per her request; or so we thought). Oliver also has his suspicions about the night Sam Keating was killed; he pretty much knows Annalise’s ducklings had something to with it, but can’t stand to hear the gory details.

One more notable Wes flashback recounted Asher’s accidental groping of a Michaela look alike. Though it doesn’t reveal anything important, it does remind me of how much I think Asher cares for Michaela (the later bed scene was proof of that. Only someone who loves you would watch you while you sleep. Yes, I realize…). I also applaud him for knocking the sass out of Conner after he made a snide comment about Laurel aborting her baby if Wes is the father (which Laurel believes is the case).

Frank and Bonnie have a few important scenes together. For starters, they both believe the Mahoney family is behind Wes’s death (but Bonnie initially inquires if Frank is behind the murder). Frank also goes as far as paying police for a copy of the department phone log, hoping to find some evidence that Bonnie can use at Annalise’s bail hearing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work. The DA wins the case (more importantly, Bonnie failed) and Annalise has to wait her time out in prison until her trial is ready to be judged. The saddest part about this was watching Annalise bite into her prison sandwich like every kid at home who doesn’t have McDonald’s money (“you better make a PB&J and be grateful! Shoot!”).

Other important points not to be forgotten:

-Nate threatened the DA with a sexual harassment suit if he was released from the case. This tells me he either has something to cover up or is trying to clear Annalise’s name.

-Oliver made a copy of Annalise’s phone files on his laptop and they may be her saving grace; or her death sentence.

-Laurel saw someone leave the house through a back door; could have possibly been Nate.

-Though he wasn’t mentioned in this episode, Laurel’s father is a powerful man with a whole team behind him. Could he have found out about Wes and Laurel’s pregnancy and killed Wes for it? Probably not, but hey.

-Frank might have been the last person to see Wes alive; the last scene of the episode shows him picking Wes up from the PD to “talk”.

-Apparently now the pathologist claims that Wes died as a result of suffocation during the fire and not before the fire happened.

-ABC is trying to plug Primetime by using the ‘What Would You Do’ guy as a lawyer. That was him right? With the DA? Whatever.

If you’ve got theories or any important points I might have missed, comment or tweet them and be sure to share.


2017 Winter Premiere Predictions


With a new year comes new distractions. Wonderful, wonderful distractions. And though some of you may have set your sights on resolving your procrastination issues this year, I’m here to completely ruin that for you by sharing some theories and predictions for 2017’s ultra-distracting winter/spring season returns. What are New Year’s resolutions for anyway? (Nothing. Nothing at all).

This Is Us, a new favorite of mine, premieres the second half of its first season tonight, promising to answer the big question that’s been torturing the entire fan base for a month; is Toby going to die? If there’s one thing worth noting, it’s the December finale’s continuing assertion that “nothing bad happens on Christmas Eve”; we see that theme play out during Kate’s flashback appendectomy as well as Dr. Katowsky’s life-or-death hemorrhage operation. However, I see this as the perfect opportunity to shock the viewers with a sudden death. Toby very well could die tonight; in fact, I’m almost sure he will (if he doesn’t, I’ll finally bite the bullet and sing at Donald’s Inauguration). Besides Toby’s impending doom, there’s also the mystery surrounding Jack’s (the dad portrayed by Milo Ventimiglia) death. What we do know: he died “a long time ago” according to Kate (Chrissy Metz); long enough for Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) daughters not to know who he is. We also know that Jack was still alive during his children’s high school years, as seen on the football episode. But when and how could he have possibly died?


My bets are on something alcohol related; after all, we did receive some foreshadowing at the beginning of the series about a possible alcoholism issue. I also have no idea how to feel about Miguel marrying Rebecca (Mandy Moore) after Jack’s death (I don’t care. Kevin shouldn’t have given him the Pilgrim Rick hat.)

How To Get Away With Murder will return next Thursday, picking up right after Wes’s death reveal. We’ve got plenty of questions to ask, starting with why Nate was sent to identify Wes’s body and eventually touching on whether Bonnie is going to go ahead and die already. But first, why not theorize about the identity of Laurel’s baby daddy? I original prophesized that whoever was found dead in Annalise’s house would more than likely be the father of Laurel’s baby. However, after overthinking things a little, I’ve decided that the father must be Rob Kardashian. Either him or Frank.

Anyway, there definitely has to be something fishy about the fact that Annalise tried to gather her ducklings together right after Wes went to rat at the Police station. And the fact that Nate followed them into the house and escaped without a scrape on him is even worse. I’d hate to believe it, but Annalise could have very well planned all this for a greater purpose. Her grief upon seeing dead Wes could have been an act and whatever was on the phone she gave to Oliver could have proven that. Also, the fact that Bonnie is still breathing reminds me that in the HTGAWM universe, there’s just a lot of disappointing sh*t happening.

Though it won’t make its reappearance until March, Once Upon A Time has its share of questions to be answered, such as “do fairytale characters watch cable television?” and “did Storybrooke vote for Jill Stein?”. But there are also more important questions surrounding the fate of Emma and Regina now that they’re trapped in the fake Enchanted Forest. It’s my guess that fake Robin Hood will eventually end up helping the girls find their way home, but Regina might try to stay in the dream…in fact, Emma might let her? That’s an ending to Regina’s story that I wouldn’t exactly be angry with. However, I will be angry if Belle and Rumple’s son, Morpheus, doesn’t have a good enough reason for trying to kill Emma in that black cloak (it was him she was seeing in her shaking fits this season). We know he probably turned to the darkness after being left in the care of the Black Fairy (Rumple’s mother. Who knew he was mixed? I sure didn’t). Rumpelstiltskin isn’t mixed.

Last to be mentioned and farthest away from its premiere is season 7 of American Horror Story. While showrunner Ryan Murphy has announced that the season’s theme will be revealed before its first episode (unlike AHS: Roanoke), I’m pretty stumped about what that theme might be. Apparently, we can expect to see a few characters from AHS: Freak Show (hopefully not thrown in like Lana Winters during Roanoke).


Have any predictions, yourself? Leave them in the comments and we can start 2017 the right way; plagued by distractions and preoccupied by cheap entertainment.    

Jekyll goes bad, Ivanka kills and Mary J Blige does hair—TV This Week


Another week of betrayal, laughs and libel has passed on network TV and there’s plenty to discuss. Starting with Robert Carlyle’s weird haircut and working our way down, here are some highlights from this week’s television releases.

Sunday night began with ABC’s Once Upon A Time forcing us to sit and watch as Rumple-Gold-skin gave himself a down-feather taper fade (honestly, I can’t find any other words to describe the destructive haircut he gave himself in that tiny ass mirror). He was interrupted by The Evil Queen and Mr. Hyde, who stopped by to retrieve a cameo necklace that belonged to Mary, the love of Hyde/Jekyll’s life. Before leaving, the Evil Queen makes a promise not to hurt Belle (but if you took that seriously, you’re a lost cause among primetime viewership).

The night’s flashbacks reveal the birth of Hyde (via Jekyll’s chugging of a serum to separate oneself from the Freudian Id), Rumple’s disastrous hand in Jekyll’s experiment, and the fatal fall from a window that killed Mary. In an interesting twist of events, it turns out that Mary’s death was the fault of Jekyll and not his evil counterpart. The crime is, however, pinned on Hyde and its believable because…well he’s “evil.”

In the end, it’s Jekyll who was the evil one; he even went as far as targeting Belle for revenge against Rumple for “ruining” his experiment. In the end, Jekyll is killed. But a HUGE game changer is unearthed when Hyde automatically dies as well. The conclusion? In order for any evil copy to die, the original must die first. Yikes.

FOX ended the night on a laughing note with Family Guy, recounting Quagmire’s fall from air-pilot turned gigolo to full blown prostitute (booty shorts and hooker heels included). And because Seth Macfarlane never fails us, Peter was there to play the part of Quagmire’s pimp, Big Pete. He was also apparently there when Donald Trump was on the Access Hollywood bus. Additionally, the episode showcases Brian’s adventures as a working man and Stewie’s success in ruining that for him (by rupturing his hernia and then performing surgery on it with home improvement tools).

The week progressed with ABC’s The Middle on its new Tuesday night timeslot. The latest episode followed Sue on her first day of college classes—or so she thought. It turns out her financial aid was dropped because she didn’t fill out the FAFSA (*ALWAYS remember to fill out your Financial Aid paperwork every year!). No worries though, because in the end it was Mike who secretly pulled his funds from a local company to pay her tuition (Mike Heck is the dad most of you never had). Brick’s inability to swallow a pill was also highlighted in this episode, but quickly resolved after Frankie rear-ended a truck so hard that it forced him to swallow.

Of course, all glory on Tuesday night goes to Scream Queens on FOX for its hilarious use of classic horror tropes and, above all else, Niecy Nash. The episode picked up minutes after the death of Chad Radwell, with Chanel Oberlin already dressed as Jackie Kennedy and ready for dramatic mourning. But by far, the best part of the morgue scene was Denise Hemphill’s long speech recounting her love affair with Chad.

After Denise and Munsch consult Hester about the killings, they decide to have a Halloween party to lure the killer to the scene, since the hospital has a history of murders on Halloween night. Hester was let out that night and she did some knifing of her own, dressed as Ivanka Trump.

It turns out Chad Radwell left his entire fortune to Dean Doctor Munsch and that really didn’t sit well with Chanel O. But even worse for her, Chad’s ghost openly admitted to loving Denise during a session with an Ouija board. And to top it all off, Chanel has to deal with having blue skin as a side effect of the colloidal silver given to her by Dr. Holt (naturally, she goes to the Halloween party as Smurfette).

When a ton of costumed party goers come into the hospital with an unknown ailment, it’s up to Zayday and Holt to find out what’s plaguing them. And after some research (and a tip about apple bobbing from some chick dressed as Snow White), they come to the come conclusion that someone poisoned the apple bobbing water at the party these patients came from; that person is the Green Meanie.

Amongst all the craziness, Chanel #5 gets caught up between crazy Hester and the Green Meanie, who stabs her from behind. Coming to her rescue is Denise, who suffers from some unwanted defibrillation at the hands of the Green menace (one of the funniest lines in this episode: “You didn’t need to do that! My heart is fine!). We’re left to decide whether Denise is dead or not; I’m hoping she isn’t.


ABC’s Wednesday night winner, Black-ish, continued its streak of social-comedic genius by tackling the predicament black men are put in when faced with the daunting presence of lost little white girls in elevators. The ability of this show’s writers to tackle the issue of black public image and actually make it funny is worth more than applause. And with the addition of rich white boys blasting trap music from a convertible (while throwing dabs around like class-action lawsuits), this show just continues to get better. The episode also featured Bow’s struggle for the attention of her children, which she solved by playing hard to get (at least now we know that tactic works for something).

How To Get Away With Murder rounded out the week’s best episodes, with the ABC drama continuing the suspense surrounding Annalise’s burning house and who might have died inside. My guess is Frank, how about you?

Annalise finally went to an AA meeting, but decided she hated it; even after Mary J Blige gave her an inspiring speech while sewing in her weave (this scene actually happened. Television loves to squeeze MJB into random things nowadays for reasons I can’t explain). We see a vulnerable side of Annalise after Wes comes to check on her during a binge drinking session; despite her stubbornness, she’s obviously a hurting woman who needs support.

Meanwhile, Bonnie meets up with Frank and eventually sleeps with him at a motel. After he leaves her in the morning, she has a breakdown in that same motel, without closing the door behind her. I don’t like Bonnie.

We also find out that the loud asshole from Annalise’s active lawyer class is responsible for those “killer” flyers from two episodes ago and that Michaela’s mom is white. But the biggest piece of information shared with viewers that night? The dead person from the house fire is a male (Am I right about Frank!?). Placing bets now; the man from the fire is the father of Laurel’s baby.

Have any thoughts about what aired this week? Comment below or share this post with a fellow TV glutton and return next week for some more reading.