Episode Recaps

'Big Brother 24' - Week Three

Written by 03 August, 2022

Eviction Day for Week 3

No address this week for my Big Brother letter/recap. I really don’t know who to address the issue to because bullying has been an ongoing theme. I’ve mentioned the issue before but the nasty fight that was aired on Thursday, July 28th, was over the top. Nicole and Daniel want to belittle and make Taylor feel bad at all costs. I hate to write this, but to me, it’s almost like they want to cause Taylor to have a mental breakdown. I fear for Taylor’s safety around those two. The good news is she has allies now in the form of the Leftovers.

Let’s look at what caused the problem. Nicole was acting depressed. Little did the houseguests know it was because she was going to lose a competition because she wanted Taylor to go home. For Taylor to leave, both Nicole and Taylor would have to go on the block. To Nicole (and Daniel) this meant that it would be Taylor. The whole house was worried about Nicole. What they thought was her mother was worse. Instead, her hatred for Taylor caused her behavior over being chosen for PoV. When Taylor, trying to be a friend, approached Nicole, things got ugly. Taylor told her to take care of herself and that no one would blame her. Nicole heard quit already. Need I say more? First Nicole attacked her in front of others in the bathroom. Then Daniel verbally attacked her in the living room. Taylor can’t win.

The person who was out last Thursday was a charter member of the “Mean Girls” club, Ameerah. Ameerah in all her interviews said that they didn’t think they were bullying Taylor but she did admit that Nicole and Daniel had taken it to a new, higher level. Ameerah tried to be nice to Taylor (yeah, right) and even talked to Nicole and Daniel about the situation. And this was the first time that the vote wasn’t unanimous. That’s because “The Leftovers” alliance hasn’t been discovered yet. Oh, and poor Terrance with no partner, joined Kyle and Monte’s pair (which was a good choice).

The HoH Ceremony was based on the new movie, “The Invitation.” The basic premise was that the houseguests, like in the movie, are invited to a country home for a dinner party. Envelopes reined down and they had to find a red invitation to go to said party. As Julie said goodbye, the houseguests were looking for their invitation with Jasmine, of course, the first to find one.

Sunday Night – Reveal of HoH and Nominees
On Sunday night, the HoH was revealed. The players advancing were: Jasmine, Terrance, Brittany, Monte, Daniel (who is mad), Joseph, and Nicole. Isly and Alyssa found one at the same time and Alyssa got to the spot first. The second part is set up as a classic 1890s dinner party. Here there are three tables with numbers on them representing points. When they hear a scream, they must slide a goblet down each table scoring points. They get three tries, one per table in 40 seconds. The one with the highest score wins. No skill is really required. Nicole has an excellent score of nine but loses to Monte who scores an eleven. And the new HoH is Monte. The “Have Nots” are Turner and Jasmine.

As they reenter the house after the competitions, Amerrah’s allies are upset. Nicole is upset because she didn’t get to say goodbye to her best friend in the house. Alyssa is in tears because she’s lost her best friend. Isly looks to be mad at the world. All look to have anger issues. None of the girls liked the blindside that just happened to them. They’re upset because none of the guys had told them how they would vote. They also didn’t like that Taylor sided with the winning side of the house. Nicole has trust issues now with her alliance as does Daniel (her chief ally). The Leftovers are playing it cool but Nicole already is scheming about finding out why and who voted Ameerah out.

Daniel and Nicole talk. They pin Michael with a vote as well as Monte. They’re trying to figure out how to manipulate Monte (as if they can). Alyssa and Isly join the Nicole pity party to complain. Alyssa could be pinned as being dumb. In the Storage Room, Monte, Terrance, and Joseph celebrate being safe. Terrance is a wild card and Terrance has been a friend of Nicole's. The Girly Girls are meeting (without Taylor) and Jasmine continues to trash her (oh and still playing her energy). Production, please have her lose that fake accent. Jordan’s was real but Jasmine’s comes and goes.

Kyle talks about Alyssa. She’s a friend and Kyle decides to support her in the loss of her best friend. Alyssa wants Kyle for a showmance so Joseph and Turner fill him in that Alyssa wants a romantic relationship. Kyle doesn’t want that at all. Kyle feels this “romance” is needed by Alyssa because she is missing her boyfriend. (I think she’s boy crazy.) She plays up to him (almost stalker level) and you can tell Kyle is nervous. Kyle just wants to be friends.  

The HoH reveal happens and all go upstairs to find the traditional items (pictures, letters, etc.) Michael feels closer to Monte as the letter is read. He is seeing Monte as a real person, not an athlete. Monte actually gets emotional. Monte explains it is because he is grateful for all he has. All are sitting there and the Leftovers need their own time in HoH room to celebrate. Finally, the non-alliance members leave, and the Leftovers cheer and talk strategy. Nominees are the big issue and Taylor doesn’t trust any of the girls (except Brittany). 

At the Nomination Ceremony, Monte turns the key to reveal Allyson and Isly. To get Nicole out, he will have to put up Taylor who doesn’t want to go up. Monte does the meetings and of course, Taylor’s name comes out of all the ladies' mouths. Alyssa doesn’t want to be on the block. Monte always points out Nicole and Taylor as a backdoor while pushing to get Alyssa and Isly to agree to go up. Isly pushes for the guys. I honestly think Isly thought she was getting through the game without facing the block. Nicole and Taylor are next with Nicole trying to present herself as being an advantage to Monte’s game. Taylor, after the meeting, asks if he has a target. Apparently, it is Nicole and Alyssa. He tells Taylor he wants her trust and will protect her. While he didn’t want to target Nicole due to Taylor, the renomination might have to happen. 

At the Nomination Ceremony, Monte makes it official. He nominates Isly and Alyssa. The Leftovers keep straight face. Monte tells them they are not his targets. 

POV Contest — Wednesday’s Show                                                                                                              
Now for the note to CBS: Between the drama on Twitter and the reports of one of the houseguests wanting to use her cane on a fellow houseguest, I have to ask: Where is the civility training? Even Evel Dick didn’t offer this type of word for Jen. We won’t talk about season two (it might give the present house guests ideas). Now, not only Daniel and Nicole have offered threats of violence but Isly and Jasmine have joined the circle. It’s getting to be a little too much. The question is: Will you show it in the recaps tonight?

Tonight’s POV could be interesting. Remember, the Leftovers want Nicole out but Alyssa and Isly are the only groups without a Leftover member in it. Well, Taylor has a clue that Nicole is the backdoor target and she’s not happy. Taylor though is in a small group with Michael and Brittany. So, Taylor, Michael, and Brittany have made a final three alliance. Daniel meanwhile goes snooping and talking to Monte. Monte tells him that he knows people want Taylor out. That’s right Monte! Feed Daniel bull. The one thing I’m thankful for CBS is the casting of this joker. He thinks he’s so smart but he overanalyzes everything. Nicole gets jealous when she sees anyone talking to Taylor. Well, the first houseguest who exited really did a number on the poor girl’s reputation, didn’t she?

Also, CBS, can we discuss the use of showmances? Kyle and Alyssa don’t seem to “fit” yet they are in a showmance together. Kyle knows it is a game (or I think he does) but Alyssa wants marriage. Alyssa tries to talk game but Kyle is several steps ahead of her. In Diary Room, he tells us that “She’s so great.” 

Nicole and Daniel must be going to spend the episode strategizing about Taylor. Why do both of them seem to hate her so much? Why do they always talk about her? Daniel now wants to win the veto and keep Nicole safe. And with that, we go to the information on the veto. So, Monte, Joseph, Terrance, Alyssa, and Isly are in it with the team of Kyle and Daniel playing. If only one of them wants to use the veto, it’s used. Guess what Daniel. You don’t control the game. By the way CBS, these after interviews are hard to hear especially if there is noise in the background.

The PoV is keeping with the festival theme, only 60’s style. The one (or two in a three pairing) must go on the “slop drug trip) and come back and tell their partner what they saw to complete the “Trippy Watch Party. “ The contest has the feel of gossip but with a visual angle. Let’s see who remembers that! The acting of leaving on the “trip” is really strange (read stupid). They’re supposed to remember what they see but Joseph and Terrance don’t seem to know what they saw. You would think two of them would have got it right. Instead, it’s Kyle and Daniel who win the veto and now one of them can change the nominees. 

Now, we get the “what do we do” stage of this. Kyle and Daniel are not a team in this. So one could choose to change the nominees and the other really has no say. Now wouldn’t it be funny if Daniel uses it and puts his Final Two on the block? Kyle and Alyssa talk and he acts concerned. Will Alyssa be safe? The Leftovers meet. Michael tries to convince all to leave the nominations the same. Taylor can see it but Monte says that it might be the best thing to keep Isly and Alyssa on the block. Kyle is late to the meeting but the plan is explained. Each explains their view. Kyle has feelings for Alyssa but doesn’t want to lose his alliance.

In the end, Monte decides to (double) talk to Daniel. His goal is to convince Daniel and Nicole not to use the POV. This of course has the opposite effect. Monte tells them he doesn’t want to look like a fool with people voting against his wishes. Nicole knows when someone is lying. She has the numbers to stay so why not use it? Daniel says Monte lied to him about Ameerah. So using reverse psychology, Daniel decides to use the veto. He tells Kyle that Monte is the reason he’s going to do it. Kyle at least can act when he has to. Let’s give him a round of applause. Kyle tells us in the Diary Room that Daniel is “going to make one of the dumbest moves in BB history.”

In the veto meeting, Daniel speaks and tells all that Isly and Alyssa are safe. Does Monte look worried? Not really. Monte stands and nominates Nicole and Taylor as Jasmine grins. Monte tells them that this is the best decision for his game. Did Daniel goof? Is Kyle really in love with Alyssa (by becoming her Savior)? Taylor wants safety and doesn’t know whether to trust the Leftovers but Nicole is celebrating being on the block because he feels she has the votes to stay. Tune in Thursday at 9:00.


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'Riverdale' Recap: Night Of The Comet - 07/31/2022

Written by 31 July, 2022

Riverdale, oh no! A comet is headed to Riverdale! It is an extinction event. Question: Does that mean just for Riverdale or the world? Will dinosaurs be appearing again? Wait – that Jurassic Park. Oh well, sorry about that. We all know that something will stop it. Will it be Cheryl? Will it be Jughead or Archie? Or will it come from a unique source like, say, Polly as I suggested last Sunday and on Twitter? We’ll have to watch and see. Plus this is the sixth season finale. To me, the last episode could qualify for that! Does this set it up for season seven?

As we open tonight, after Cheryl’s announcement last week, what should we expect? The narration tonight is somber. Riverdale is ground zero and the look on all the faces is alarming enough. It’s Percival’s fault. He also put an invisible force field around Riverdale. Cars can come in but not leave (oh Storybrooke, Maine must be nearby). Jughead can’t even open a portal out of Riverdale and Tabitha always comes through to the present Riverdale. They’re in King’s “The Dome” series. The world sees it as only a usual occurrence with it passing over Riverdale. Cheryl and Heather have no clue how to stop it. All will search for a way to leave town or stop the comet.

At the Coopers, Alice is feeling guilty over her behavior and Percival. Betty gives her forgiveness as does Polly. Veronica is at Babylonia and Reggie shows her Hiram’s picture. Veronica is touched (and not in the head). Jughead and Tabitha are working at Pop’s when Alexandra Cabot arrives. Alexandra is there to make Tabitha’s dreams come true and take Pop’s Diner worldwide. Jughead tells Alexandra that Tabitha needs to think about it. Alexandra gives Tabitha 10 hours. Fangs give adult Anthony a Serpent tattoo and makes him King of the Serpents. Anthony is to make sure that his parent's legacy continues.

Cheryl and Heather ask for help from Abigail to stop the comet and show mercy. Abigail knew Thomasina as an astronomer and witch. Abigail asks if Cheryl has the Power of the Phoenix. Cheryl will have to melt the comet per Abigail and Abigail will help. First, she wants her freedom for one more night with Thomasina.

Cheryl finds Archie and the miners who have not found an exit. Cheryl has an answer and calls the group with the update. Cheryl might stop Percival’s power (and binding spell). Toni and Cheryl must discuss that. There is one huge catch. All of their life energy seems to have come from Percival with Cheryl holding the resurrection spell together. One or more of the resurrected will die (Archie, Jughead, Polly, Nana, Fangs, Alice, Frank, Tom, Fangs, and Toni).

Toni and Cheryl meet. Abigail wants to spend a night with Thomasina. Cheryl will be Abigail and Toni, Thomasina Topaz, her ancestor and witch. It would be technically cheating and Toni seems upset but agrees. Archie returns home to find Mary (his mom). We learn that she and her second husband are divorcing. She’s realized that she needs to be with him because life is precious. She wants it with her son.

So what do they do on their final day?
Archie buys an engagement ring for Betty from Veronica. He proposes but she wants to wait to see what happens. He tries to “save the town” and Betty connects with the FBI. She’s been offered the job as head of the serial killer unit. She doesn’t accept. She needs to do some thinking. Later, while she and Archie talk, she accepts his proposal.

Ronnie gives Reggie the Babylonia. He gives her the picture. She wants to go find herself and shop in Paris. He asks if they can get back together, and she says as “friends.” When she kissed her dad’s picture (hoping they would not meet in the afterlife), it goes black. Later, in the final house, when talking to her father’s picture, she has a plan to save the town. More about this at the conclusion of the piece.

Jughead tells Tabitha to franchise the diner even though she doesn’t want to commit (she later agrees). In exchange when Tabitha finds out Jughead never watched Titanic, they watch it together. Jughead finally understands why Jack dies in the movie. He didn’t know the feeling that the movie gives people at the ending. After Tabitha signs the papers, Alexandra wants a picture. Jughead and Tabitha don’t wait. They must meet Ronnie. More of that later.

At Cheryl’s Cheryl and Toni are together and Heather connects the two of them. Abigail and Thomasina are together and Heather is worried. After their night in carnal love (as Abigail calls it), Heather tells Cheryl that she and Toni are soul mates. Abigail has left the ties that Percival used to trap the town but Heather and Cheryl will have to unbind the mess.

Archie probably is the one suffering the most. He’s always tried to be like Fred. Fred, his dad, would have saved the town. Betty tells him that he needs to understand that that can’t always happen. When Archie tries once again to break Percival’s barrier, Mary finds him and tells him she can’t leave Riverdale either now. Oh, and Frank has told her everything (including Archie’s deaths). Mary tells him that it’s okay to be scared and human. Betty later agrees to marry him and they will find a way together.
Ronnie tells Reggie she’s giving him the casino if they survive. She’s going out to find herself. He asks if they can be together and Ronnie says as friends. Ronnie needs to do a hard reboot with her life.

Probably the sweetest part of Jughead and Tabitha is the one-minute date she gets from him. On their dream date, which only lasts a minute, they are together forever. They eat with their children as they grow at Pop Tate’s. And the end scene of this sequence is the two of them old together.

Ronnie’s Plan
Is anything simple? Well, Ronnie’s plan is. Ronnie saved Chick’s life through dialysis with him. She can do the same thing by combining all their powers. It’s like the “Loser’s Club”. Using Percival’s dagger, all will cut their hand and combine their blood (and powers). Cheryl tells her she’s not going to cut her hand and Ronnie has another solution there. After Ronnie and the others combine their blood, Ronnie goes to Cheryl and kisses her. While Jughead thinks it will make it worse, they do lose their powers as seen through their reactions and the passage of memories from one to the other of this crazy (but great) season. To prove it, Ronnie grabs a gun to shoot Cheryl and Cheryl sees a red aura around Ronnie (Betty’s power). The bullet is caught by Cheryl (Archie’s power). She has visions of the past and hears the voices (Tabitha and Jughead’s power).

Each wait in a space that is special to them. Toni, Fangs, and Anthony are at the Serpents’ Club, and Tabitha, Jughead, and Pop are at the apartment. Archie and Betty spend the night in bed but then join their combined families to watch the “fireworks.” Ronnie is with Reggie while Kevin, Moose, and Tom are together. All are singing the same song during the vignette.

Cheryl is outside Pop’s as the song ends. The comet is coming and all windows in the town see the glow. Cheryl calls upon the Phoenix power and starts a chant unleashing the power. She rises into the sky and what happens? Roberto and company go to commercial.

We come out of the commercial to Archie waking up in his bedroom (but it's not the one we know). Jughead tells us that he’s the only one who remembers the future. To save the town, they’ve gone back in time. Archie finds Mary upset downstairs. Mary reveals that it is the day James Dean died (September 30, 1955). Jughead tells us that all the dimensions are back together. They had to go back to a simpler time. With Archie in his letter jacket, they are all back in high school (yet Jughead, the only one who remembers what happens) appears to be in his and Tabitha’s apartment. And folks, he has the original crown on his head now. No explanation for Fred’s absence. Archie and Betty are back living across from each other. And of course, no previews for next year.

So season seven appears to be a reboot and gives all sorts of possibilities. Will we get a more classic comic Archie? Will Veronica Lodge and her family return? More importantly, what happened to Cheryl as she rose up into the sky? Cheryl may finally get Jason back into her life. Will the Pussycats reappear? Will a “50s” version of strangeness occur or be more traditional. We’ll have to wait and see.




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'Riverdale' – The Stand – Who Will Win? - 07/24/2022

Written by 24 July, 2022

We’ve seen Riverdale come forward with our beloved gang preparing for battle. We know that Percival is wanting to be King and get revenge. The question is: who remains in the residents of Riverdale to do battle against him? Who will prevail? Will the ghost train reach the town and do damage? Hopefully, tonight we’ll find out.

Tonight, we open with our Jughead narrating and telling us that Percival is trying to conjure and control all the evil powers. Of course, he wants control but he has a hit list that he wants to punish. If he thinks this means he’ll replace Satan, he’s badly fooled. The police and Ghoulies are working with Percival. Pop Tate’s is empty and Archie is planning strategy. Heather, Cheryl, and Tabitha are trying to find the Hell Mouth and have. 

The Curiosity Shop is being checked but Percy has cleared it out. Archie tells Cheryl to burn it down and she does but not before Reggie grabs a picture. Betty apologizes to Polly for not seeing Alice and Polly tries to console her. Polly thinks Archie and the gang will succeed. . Kevin is with Toni and Fangs and Moose arrives. Ronnie checks in on Frank since his death. Frank, Archie says, would tell them to focus on the people still there. One thing that needs to happen though and the gang meets. 

In the meeting, Archie says that in all battles there are rules of engagement. While Betty doesn’t like the thought, they all agree they need the bodies of their loved ones back. Cheryl says it is more than that. Step one is to take out Percival but Tabitha points out that could start a nuclear war. If they get the bodies, Cheryl can do a Phoenix Spell.

When Archie and Ronnie arrive at Babylonia, it is under the Ghoulies’ control. When they arrive, they are greeted by Twila who takes them to Percy. Ronnie asks for the bodies, with Archie as collateral so Percy can have fun punishing him. Then she pulls a gun and shoots Percival who makes magic flowers come out. He laughs of course and picks up an ancient weapon that will destroy all. He calls it the equalizer. When Archie suggests dividing Riverdale down the middle, Percy says no. He wants it all and their surrender and allegiance to him. They refuse. Ronnie points out that this has happened before with his father. They won then and will win again. The good news is that the bodies are waiting as they leave. 

Cheryl plans to “resurrect” them after their heads are attached. Betty wants to see her mother only to reveal there are no heads ins the casket. Percival plans to make them relive the deaths over and over by putting the heads on display. Archie actually has a brain. He calls it psychological warfare. 

Jughead wants to open a portal to get to Percival but Tabitha reminds him he won’t survive. Tabitha doesn’t want him to do it, but Jughead points out they must try. While they discuss this Percival is lighting candles to get the chief players out of the mix. He utters a chant. Archie talks to Reggie about not being sitting ducks and Reggie attacks him with Percival’s dagger, trying to kill him. Meanwhile, Betty’s at her house and hears a knocking. It’s Glenn and he plans to kill her. Heather and Cheryl are talking and Jason walks in. He shots Heather with an arrow and tries to kill Cheryl. Ronnie gets a visit from Grandma Luna who has had mind control enacted and she’s there to make Ronnie pay for her crime. Tabitha is eating lunch with Jughead when her angel senses tell her something is wrong. 

Now, let’s get this straight. We have Reggie, Glenn, Jason, and Grandma Luna trying to kill people. Betty though is the first to defeat her foe. She gets a chainsaw and uses it on Glenn. With his wounds, Archie can still not die and he chokes Reggie into unconsciousness. Ronnie flees and hides in the bathtub which somehow causes her grandmother to stop. Whatever Ronnie said worked. Cheryl apologizes to Jason for bringing him back and sets him on fire. Tabitha has run to Archie’s where she finds him recovering with Bingo licking his wounds. Seems Bingo (the dog) has healing powers. 

When Grandma awakes, she tells Ronnie that something came over and told her to kill Ronnie. Betty tells Polly that Glenn is dead in the garage (and we see his hand still twitching). Heather is okay and tells Cheryl Jason was under Percival’s control. Heather is sure some of these occurrences are tied to the comet. Reggie is shaken up but okay and tells Archie that he doesn’t remember what happens. Then Toni arrives. She has a plan.

Toni, Fangs (and probably Kevin) have talked. The one way to defeat Percival is with the one thing he wants – Anthony’s immortality. Toni has an elaborate plan to use older Anthony to take Percival out. They’ll miss his childhood but he’ll do the greater good. Tabitha says she can create a time loop and get the Anthony from heaven to come down and help. She’ll set a time loop and the baby will be okay (or so they think). They go to Pop’s and Tabitha does her thing. Teen/grown Anthony comes back in the loop with Tabitha and hugs Fangs. This battle needs to happen before the comet. Anthony understands that Percival must die. The plan is simple. 

The Serpents till now go into Babylonia and they may die but they will clear a path for Anthony to get to Percival. Percy hears the knocking and orders Twila to open the dead. She’s just collateral for him which shakes Twila up. Twila tells her team not to open the door but it pops open. 

And the fight is on. While the Ghoulies try to protect the entrance to Percival, they are overcome. Before the battle, Jughead talked to Tabitha about his death. He doesn’t fear it because he’s had a good life and love (kissing her hand). 

Anthony is a warrior and knows what to do. He and Kevin make it to Percival’s office. While Percival takes Kevin out and shoots Anthony, Anthony won’t die which surprises Percival. When Anthony tells him who he is (the baby Percy wants), Percy sits in his chair and leaves through a portal (naked). Percy has escaped and sealed the room while the gang and their friends have succeeded downstairs. Toni finds the heads and brings them to Archie (frozen in the kitchen).

While a search of Babylonia hunts for the missing Percival, Jughead and Tabitha decide to find out how to beat Percival. Using Tabitha’s time walking powers, they find out the battle has to be at the original Pop Tates. Using a time loop, the diner is restored completely. Yet the battle isn’t done as after a brief rest, Archie and Percival meet outside the diner. 

Percival taunts Archie with the special weapon that will allow him success. Archie and Percy fight but Archie gives as well as takes. When Percy thinks Archie has died, Archie knocks Percy’s feet out from under him. Suddenly all five are there with weapons which they use. When Percy looks defeated, Archie tells him he can either surrender or run. Percival laughs and says never. He has a trick up his sleeve which turns out to be a mist. Ronnie falls from her poison while Archie becomes an iron statue. Betty is blind while Cheryl is frozen. Reggie becomes a ventriloquist dummy. Jughead is inside the diner waiting for Percy and challenges him to a game of dominos. Tabitha is also missing but more on that in a minute. 

Jughead and Percival start their game (and try to get in each others’ minds). Percival is impressed by Jughead’s skill but while Jughead doesn’t seem to succeed, Percival does. Percival starts destroying Jughead’s comics (memory). Suddenly Jughead appears. He lets Percival know what is really going on. When Percival entered the diner, he came through a portal. This left Percy’s mind open to Jug’s friends (guess it was mirror images he turned). The gang is there and waiting. Percy, who was suffering his own wounds from fighting Archie outside the diner, finds himself vulnerable for the first time. Tabitha appears and tells him that he isn’t in Riverdale but Rivervale. The gang is from there and waiting for him. This is Jughead’s trick. Each punishes Percival with Cheryl throwing him out. As Percy runs, Tabitha is with him. She says welcome to 1680. 

Waiting for Percy is Mr. Crypto who pulls out the contract Percival signed. Percival doesn’t think the contract is valid but Crypto tells him that it says all time and dimensions. Percival is his again and Crypto and Percy disappear in smoke and flames (but Percy does do one more deed, more below).

All is set right as our gang appears at the diner (no idea about Antony yet). Tabitha says that they defeated Percival and they celebrate. Later Jughead writes, Veronica cleans her apartment, and The Serpents tend to the wounded. At the manor, Heather has been studying the comet. She tells Cheryl and Cheryl calls a meeting. 

When discussing what happened, Jughead tells Tabitha his brain felt foggy. They wonder why he survived this time and she has no idea. She thinks it has something to do with the Rivervale universe. Alice holds her family close, Tom is in shock, and Frank and Archie have a beer on the porch. What about their powers seems to be a question for all. 

Meanwhile, Cheryl calls a meeting. The comet is heading to Riverdale and will be an elimination event not just for Riverdale but the world. As Crypto took Percy, he enacted one last curse that affected the comet. Tabitha realizes that this was the annihilation event she had seen. So what is this with the comet? 

Turn in next week as we get “The Night of the Comet." Previews show they all want to be together when it strikes. Also, Archie proposes to Betty. Reggie and Ronnie are together, and the Blossoms are shown at the door (possibly with the others) watching the comet approach. 

Riverdale has certainly been anything but dull this year! 




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'Riverdale' Recap – A Return to Rivervale?

Written by 17 July, 2022

Riverdale fans rejoice! It looks like Reggie has now gone over to the side of good. The question is: will he, his father and Kevin get away? (yeah still show Kevin did). Also, rejoice that Jughead doesn’t hear the voices all the time now. There is some force for good stirring (and I don’t mean Sabrina). Maybe Gabriel offered help to Tabitha in the Great Hereafter. And on that note: Riverdale, you have some explaining to do. Neither Jason nor Polly were involved in this little town invasion. If that is so then why is death mad? Plus, we haven’t seen La Llorna in Riverdale. What does that mean?

Tonight’s episode starts with a meeting of the gang to discuss what to do. Archie and Jughead’s hair is different. Percival doesn’t know they’re back and Cheryl tells them what she has discovered about the Pickens family. Ronnie tells them that the investigation that Guido (whatever) did reveal he didn’t exist. exist in the records. Then Tabitha drops the bombshell. Percival will only start the apocalypses if he doesn’t’ get what he wants. The decision is made that the dead will appear to remain dead.

And Where to Go from Here
From this point, we start getting more and more information. How do I explain it? More importantly, which is the most important. Let’s start with happy.

Cheryl, Betty, and the Family…
Cheryl talks to Betty and tells her she needs to come to Blossom manor. There, Betty sees Polly and Jason and faints. When she comes to, Polly is in the room with her. Betty apologizes and Polly forgives her but really has nothing to forgive Betty for. Betty has looked at Polly’s aura and it is now pure and glowing yellow. Betty is upset because she won’t be able to get into heaven but Polly tells her that she will. She just needs to let the evil go as good and evil have to coexist. Polly assures Betty that she is good and all will be right.

Betty goes back to sleep and has a dream of the past and the present. She sees herself with blood coming out of her mouth and ends the nightmare. Polly is with her and asks what’s wrong. Betty says she has too many things to be forgiven for (killing Archie, dumping Jughead, destroying Ronnie and Archie’s relationship, etc. yawn). Betty can never enter Heaven (hereafter). Polly has a cure. She gets a bowl of water and tells Betty to stick her feet in it. Polly washes Betty’s feet and stands. Just like Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Betty doesn’t think that will make her pure but Polly said it occurred t her before she could enter the hereafter. Betty looks in the mirror and her aura is back to pure and yellow like Polly’s.

Jughead and Tabitha and the Rivervale Portal
In Riverdale, Jughead tells Tabitha that he has done some reading on parapsychology. He believes that he has opened a portal to another dimension where there is another Jughead, Pop’s, etc. Jughead thinks they need to go there to explore. Jughead remembers the powers started happening after the explosion at Archie’s. They need answers which may be found in Rivervale.

As Riverdale’s Jughead looks at the bunker door, it starts to glow. He and Tabitha go through and find Rivervale (let’s just say SJ).

SJ is upset to see our Jughead there and tells our Jughead he’s been stealing SJ’s story due to the voices. Tabitha demands an explanation and it seems that once again the universes are merging. It’s the old parallel universe thing again (calling Doctor Who). Rivervale has only happiness and seems to be dying. By writing the stories, it stays alive and happy. SJ is the battery for Rivervale. Tabitha realizes that Percival is the catalyst. Since SJ can’t go out, they need to explore Rivervale and see what is happening there to find out why Riverdale is having problems. SJ warns they can’t interact with themselves or risk problems. Does anyone else feel a headache coming on! (Calling Doctor Who – Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, or David Tennant – help is needed please.)

The first stop is the Blossom mansion where Cheryl looks the same but her brain is slowly dying. When Abigail was exorcised there, Cheryl began to die. She looks like our Cheryl but Jughead's mind melds and only finds old comics, covered in dust and crumbling away. (Well, from the 1600s, I can understand.) Before they leave, Brigit asks them to sign the comic Jughead just drew about the Superteens and their power (so that’s why that comic was released this week!)

The next stop is Pop Tates’. They can’t go in but Tabitha has a plan. When Rivervale’s Tabitha takes out the trash, our Tabitha knocks her out. Wait a minute – why the time loop? Anyway, Jughead goes to the apartment and the Rivervale Jughead is there. They talk and Rivervale’s Jughead admits that he signed a deal with Mr. Crypto, Rivervale’s Devil (yes, I did say Devil). Jughead has been a world success as long as he writes grim stories. The comics that Rivervale’s Jughead is what caused the Riverdale’s gang superpowers, and the entrance of Percival into our dimension. It seems Rivervale’s Jughead, like ours, has heard of the meta-verse. The villain of the comic is Percy the Perverse which Rivervale’s Jughead had seen in dreams. The fictional in Rivervale is playing out in our Riverdale. In the latest comic, Percy the Perverse kills the Superteens (now I know I’m buying that comic)! Riverdale’s Jughead and Tabitha ask about Crypto who just happens to be playing chess at Babylonia.

Off to Babylonia they go with Devil-controlled Ronnie hosting a chess match between Crypto and Raphael (the angel – maybe Gabriel, same difference). Crypto wins and mention is made of the battle between good and evil always plays out. Jughead and Tabitha meet Crypto and ask about Percival. He tells them a story (which I will relate in the Percival section) about Percival went running to prevent fulfilling a life contract. Percival won’t win though. The Devil always collects his soul. Jug and Tabitha decide they have to return to Riverdale and win but Crypto reveals that they won’t. Riverdale has always had a special role with Pop’s being the key. Pop’s was built over a hell mouth (Buffy verse) like all cathedrals and by moving it, they opened the hell mouth. By moving Pop’s, they had destroyed the guard. Jughead and Tabitha realize they know more now and return to our world from the bunker.

At the bunker, Ethel is there and is shocked to see our Juggie. She turns on RJ and tells him that he caused the rupture of the timelines by calling and warning Betty. Our Jughead had mentioned that he was next door when the bomb went off and Betty mentioned that call. Ethel accuses SJ of still being in love with Betty but he says he only wanted to save her life.

Now Jughead sees Ethel. It was supposed to be a clean break and they’re trying to figure out why. Jughead is on the other side and he admits he was near when the explosion happened. Betty received a call of warning to get out of the bedroom which shouldn’t have happened. Bunker Jughead called her and Ethel says that caused the break. That gave super powers and compromised everything. The universes are controlling each other. Ethel tells him that it’s over because he loves Betty. And they return to Riverdale. They are to update everyone. All are meeting for the plan. They know where the powers come from. All exchange information. Jughead can help with that.

The Legend of Percival (the Annoying)
Now, remember! Percival doesn’t know Jughead, Archie, and the rest are back. He also has Reggie, Mr. Mantle, and Kevin in the vault at Babylonia awaiting execution. When Ronnie goes back to take over the club, she is met by Tom Kline and Frank Andrews (gangster style) who tell her to leave. She sees the guillotines and knows something is up. Going back to her house, she opens the security cameras. The stupids haven’t changed the password so she knows what is going on and where Reggie and company are. 

Percival meanwhile has met with Alice and mind-melded with her. She agrees to do an interview with her. At the end, he will hold a public execution (Kevin, Reggie, and Mr. Mantle). I never knew until tonight that it was Channel Six. In her “Barbara Walters” style interview, Percival documents his life’s work. It is dark and grim.

We all knew that Percival had a deal with the devil but how did he get to Riverdale. Well, he landed in 1680 and went up Sweetwater River with the ancestors of Betty, Archie, Cheryl, and Jughead. Each of them was there to work. He was there to learn/do magic. So far, it hadn’t worked but each night, he practiced and this time on Betty’s relative. Archie’s ancestor witnessed the ritual, caught Percival, and tried him. He was tried and to be executed in the wood by death in the stocks with no food. He promised he would get his revenge on Rivervale (that’s right, I said Rivervale). The Devil paid him a visit. He would free Percy if he signed a deal giving his soul to the devil on death. Percy snuck off thinking by disappearing that he wouldn’t die thus living forever.

Have I mentioned that Alice needs a brain? Well, she asks Percival if he took the deal and he said he did. Percy thought he had his powers and was traveling to Rivervale (yep) to get his revenge. He heard an explosion and the Rivervale sign now read Riverdale. Percy was in a new universe so similar to the old, that he decided to get his revenge there. The only problem was those he wanted revenge against had superpowers. They must have slipped out of Percival when the explosion occurred. To Percival, that was fine. He had the powers forever and was stronger than the young.

Brain-dead Alice asks about what happens when he takes the town over – what a new Riverdale will be like. Percival promises that it will be corrupt and he will have his enemies at his mercy – wild and untamed. He wants suffering in the “State of Percival.” Alice may be buying a clue because she looks shocked. Percy announces another twist. He’s building the ghost train for Riverdale’s soul. Hmm! Hiram wanted a train through Pops also. I don’t think he had a deal with the devil though.

The Gang’s Discovery
With Ronnie watching, Frank and Tom go in to check on Mr. Mantle after Kevin claims he is dying. Reggie grabs and holds the knife on Tom but Frank pulls his gun to kill not Reggie but Tom. Reggie drops the knife and the evil ones leave.

Cheryl talks to Jason about whether he is glad to be back. He mentions the war between good and evil and she rings Archie for an emergency meeting. Percy is setting up to bring the army of evil to fight a battle in Riverdale (instead of Rivervale). Ronnie has called Archie about Percy’s plan to execute Reggie, Kevin, and Reggie’s dad. They need to stop Percival and meet at Archie’s with Jughead and Tabitha back. Archie says they need to blow up the train track but is told they need to rescue Reggie and company first. (There are only minutes! You better hurry.)

Well, Jughead saves Reggie and company by using a portal to reach them. Archie gets a call that he can blow up the train track and we see him running as the explosion happens. Back at Archie’s, Ronnie calls it a skirmish to all that survived. The war hasn’t started. As they talk, Betty and Ronnie’s phone rings. It’s Percy with a message. He has (or will) kill Alice, Tom, and Frank. They first think it’s a mind game but when you fight the Legion, don’t count on it.

Next Week:  The battle continues. All are armed with weapons during the episode. Will Jason and Polly have a role to play? Is that why they are back? What can we expect when good versus evil takes a stand. Who will win the battle for the soul of Riverdale?




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'Big Brother 24' — Special Update Edition For Thursday Night, July 14th, 2022

Written by 14 July, 2022

As I mentioned last night, I will not be recapping each show in the series on CBS. I am covering Riverdale and it won’t end until the end of July. I honestly am thinking of doing it as a weekly letter to CBS as to how to fix the show but tonight, I will focus on what they show on television of the drama that went down in the house last night.

Reports are that the feeds got killed around the same time as the show on the East Coast ended Wednesday. I trust the group of recappers I read, and I honestly had problems with the Paramount+ so I dropped it. I have too much on my plate to watch the feeds. But nights like last night are the reason I liked them. For some reason (whether production or Paloma herself), she went into the Diary Room and disappeared. She was seen on Tuesday night spending long periods of time in the Diary Room and there were speculations that she would leave. Apparently, it is true. She left and no one really knows why so we wait for the live show and hopefully find out. I just happened to check Twitter before bed and got caught up in the reading of the drama.

CBS, if you are reading this, please correct Julie Chen Moonves. She said that the live feeders who dedicated hours to the show influenced the attitudes inside the house. My question to Julie, Big Brother, and CBS is this: How can these dedicated feeders be influencing the gamers based on observations when the house is cut off from the outside world? And Julie, I believe in God but I know that people must face their actions so the “interviews” you did today offended me and many others. Polite society knows how to treat people who are hurting.

Tonight, CBS Julie opens with “expect the unexpected” but do we need narration. Everyone turning in wants dirt – er – I mean information about last night. (This recap has always gotten on my last nerve.) Let’s be honest. Paloma may have started telephone but Monte made the first connection. The game spread due to a misunderstanding of Monte.

Julie welcomes us and the first thing is the Backstage twist. It has changed. Instead, we go back to the recap and that the reason he gave Taylor hurt more (being unwelcomed). Paloma is getting an edit that she is the schemer (which is probably right). She comes across as being able to lie and manipulate people but seems sincere. Taylor tells us she likes Paloma but Loma doesn’t have Taylor’s best interest at heart. Taylor goes on a fact-finding trip and all roads lead to Monte then Paloma. Can we say the other houseguests are covering their tracks (why I don’t know)? CBS, you need to add something here to protect against this. I know lying is part of the gameplay but Monte and Paloma took it too far. It needs to be stopped before character assassination happens.

Forget the alliance story (it will all change) and get to the nitty-gritty we tuned in for tonight. Are they trying to make Paloma the villain? All of them carry blood on their hands. No matter what Julie says, there will be questions that they need to answer after the show. Also, forget the backstage plotting. No one knows where that is going. And at the 9:19 point, I am only hearing yadda, yadda, yadda and could care less.

Julie finally announces that we are getting to why the departure (scary, did she say?). Julie says the house can be challenging. Paloma talks about not sleeping (only 2 to 4 hours a night) She’s in the Diary Room talking about being exhausted. She is presented as so wrapped up in the game that is all she thinks about. She mentions delusions and thinks her mental health is suffering (the others agree). CBS, this is a first. The houseguests encourage her to seek help and Paloma goes to the Diary Room where she cries and sleeps. Finally, Daniel calls all to the living room for an announcement. He tells all that Paloma has left the game for personal reasons. She loves all of them and all breaks down. Monte offers a prayer for Paloma and asks that America not judge her. (First, Big Brother and CBS! A change to the contract they sign, please. Put a note that the second they enter the house, their actions and words will be judged on social media and on the news. Even NBC wrote about this.)

Julie wishes Paloma well. Now, we learn that Brittany is safe by fan votes by fans but with Paloma out of the game, the show has changed. We go to the living room and Julie tells all it has been an emotional week. Paloma left for “personal reasons.” This week, five were in jeopardy of going home. The original plan would not have had a vote and then the one “evicted” would battle the backstage losers over eviction. No vote on who would leave because the loser of the contest would go home. The backstage twist was to send one home but not necessarily a nominee. Since Paloma has left, everything changes. The Backstage twist is gone. Alyssa and Brittany are safe. The nominees are safe.

Julie announces the game continues with the battle for HoH. All are told to go outside. The game will be in the backyard and the power is up for grab. Daniel can’t play. They must leave the backstage area for a new festival. Only seven can go to the new backstage. Seven races occur. If they win a race, they may be HoH. It’s called “Bye, Bye Backstage.” They must race across an obstacle course. They must reach a stage and hit the buzzer. Daniel draws the names. The ones competing for HoH (later) will be Michael (beat Pooch), Taylor (beat Alyssa), Joseph (beat Indy), Ameerha (beats Brittany), Jasmine (beat Terrance) (Jasmine is down, she’s hurt in the ankle area), and Kyle (beat Turner). The last contestants both have trouble with the course but Monte beats Nicole. Julie announces another twist next Thursday. So will this really be a regular week? CBS, make sure Jasmines gets proper medical care). And I’m out until next Thursday (unless major developments happen).



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'Big Brother' Week One – An Open Letter to CBS

Written by 13 July, 2022

(Note: I know this is long and not a traditional recap but I’m doing Riverdale on Sunday. Since the show started on a Wednesday, the weekly update will be Wednesday to Wednesday with the Thursday show starting the next recap.)

I did not take the live feed of Big Brother this year and I’m glad I didn’t. First, this year’s cast is a let-down after last year’s cast. Last year was all-stars from the start. They were friendly. They didn’t go out to gossip or destroy each other. The alliances were made but did not intentionally set out with one person in their sights. Frenchie tried to be inclusive yet had to go back on his word and his apology was sincere.

Secondly, this year’s cast looks like someone had a “call-sheet” of characters that needed to be added. They tried to cast the type of people from season 21 and before. For years the cast has been one of the most annoying things that fans have complained about. And sometimes what comes out of their mouth shows their bias and the fact that they use said bias to get house guests out. Last year’s crew were the most friendly, most concerned cast for others' feelings. There were no noticeable clicks like the “Mean Girls” that are showing up this year. And many of these contestants could pass for cousins. I’m not going to try to call any contestant out unless they get on my last nerve (which most of these probably will).

That said, let’s get into the weekly series (and things I see questionably).

So with the premiere on July 6th, we find out the theme is BB Fest. Now when I think of “Fest,” CBS, I think of a three-day, music-rich celebration. So, this is definitely not a festival. It looks to be a poor carnival with a backstage con. Let’s call it seedy. The house is the BB Motel (but everyone doesn’t get a private room). When the houseguests enter, they are put into three teams called “Port-a-Potty,” “Piercing”, and “Merchandise.” One person, “Pooch,” gets the free ticket to be the “Back Stage Manager.” By the way CBS, I honestly think you need to look into this process. The names and “games” came up relatively fast and could have been rigged.

During the HoH competition, I do feel sorry for the Port-a-Potty group. I do hope that CBS or BB provided them with either replacement clothes or their outfits were costumes (hopefully costumes). In “Potty Party,” They got splashed with blue fluid during their event if they were last answering the question. The Piercing tent and Merchandise group got off easy. Piercing played “Piercing Panic” and had to attach “pieces” to their face. “Merchandise” had to hang from a t-shirt (and that game was extremely short).

Now, it’s time for the HoH game to start. It is called “Drumming for Power” and a drum must be assembled. No big complaint here. Daniel wins. Both he and Pooch are safe from eviction this week. Daniel, as HoH, will have the room and nominate two to go up for eviction. Pooch, as backstage manager (think carnie), gets to pick three houseguests as backstage workers who can’t play in the Power of Veto game or vote but can be sent home. This is great but as backstage workers (Paloma, Brittany, and Alyssa), they should have had some special “chores” to do. Instead, they seem to run their mouths. And who did Daniel assign to “have nots.” The volunteers (yes, volunteers) were Joseph, Michael, Monte, and Kyle.

Sunday’s show is the usual meet and greet (and boring as usual). Note to Big Brother and CBS isn’t it too early for alliances? I know you can’t control these, but it does get annoying when they run and become part of ten alliances on the first day. You know I said I wouldn’t talk about contestants but I have to say this. I don’t like Paloma and Alyssa calling Taylor “Pageant Girl." And Paloma has proven herself to be a Mean Girl when she starts setting Taylor up for eviction because she’s always “hanging with the guys.” Of course, that’s not the excuse but that’s what they show as the reason on television. If you don’t want Twitter to reveal the truth, drop the live feeds (which will definitely end the show). Both Twitter and fans were upset with NBC’s Today show dealing with the real reasons Taylor is the target. Paloma has been seen on live feeds spreading rumors about Taylor talking about people. This is going back to season 21 and wasn’t liked. (See NBC’s Today show https://www.today.com/popculture/popculture/big-brother-taylor-hale-racism-bullying-season-24-rcna37727.)

In the HoH Ceremony, Daniel nominates Terrace and Michael. He tells them that he didn’t want to nominate them but they just hadn’t really “spoken” to Daniel. He adjourns the group and in Diary Room, Daniel tells us that he wants Michael out. (Please stop with the filler, CBS, and BB. You could save a night of programming by giving us fewer shows with more details.)

Wednesday, July 13, saw the usual scramble by CBS. All the fans that follow spoilers (or those who provide them) know who won the POV and figured out who would go up. Honestly, I’m not upset with this knowledge but wish the “powers that be” would realize that all these guests have big mouths. Oh, and the narration takes much too long away from the show.

Daniel claims to be a superfan as does Michael. If they are superfans, they just haven’t realized how superfans are sometimes the first to go. The game changes as personalities meld and situations develop. Paloma is working on her strategy for herself first then the girl alliance. At least Alyssa realizes the backstage girls can still go up. Also, why do they always use the term “pawn?” Wouldn’t scapegoat be better?

Whoops, I guess you forgot not to warn them about being too flashy or fashion forward. Either the others get jealous or fans get the wrong impression. If they were told, I guess Taylor didn’t get the memo. Also, CBS, you need to work on the sound. I know how sound works and even though they’re talking low to each other, you can change it for broadcast.

The Veto competition plays such an important role but enthusiasm is lacking by Daniel, the HoH. I guess there will be no question about the names in the box. CBS, you should show all the remaining names to keep it legit. Daniel chooses Indy. Michael has Turner and Terance gets Ameera. At least Michael psychs himself up thinking of her favorite players. 

The game will be centered on a medieval theme with food and drink for the non-participants. Paloma looks bored while eating a turkey leg. The MC is trying (and I mean trying) to do an accent but fails. I can’t tell you what he said the name was but the theme is jousting. The ones with the most rings in a three-ride match wins. The horses look like adult rocking horses that run on a track. Let’s just say, Islay wins against Turner, Ameerah against Terrance, and Michael against Daniel. Daniel isn’t happy because if Michael wins, Daniel gets “blood on his hands.” To no one’s surprise, CBS, Michael wins. Daniel now has to name a renom. 

Of course, we knew what would happen CBS. The “Mean Girls” club meets, and it seems like they suspect the guys are targeting the girls. When Taylor arrives, all seem to go quiet but do question the guys' behavior. Taylor doesn’t quite realize how the “Mean Girls” club works. Paloma, as the leader, admits in Diary Room, that she doesn’t think Taylor fits and will ruin her game. Thus the lies and the rumors start with Paloma’s lies and tears. The others don’t know what to believe but with Paloma always in their ears. We get it. Her talk got Taylor up. Since Daniel says the house wants Taylor gone, she’s going up and does. At least he tells her face to face. 

CBS, I think I speak for many fans. After the good cast last year, why did we get this sideshow this year? There are some with potential, but there are some that do not deserve the screen time they are being given. Also, while the comps are cute, the equipment (like jousting lances) looks like a floaty toy from the swimming pool. (By the way, isn’t there a water shortage.) So, where did the budget go? Certainly not into the house or the first comps. Also, you need to check and see if all players did the diversity training. I’m just not seeing it!




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'Riverdale' Recap: Witches of Riverdale? Really? - 07/10/2022

Written by 10 July, 2022

Okay, before I get into this week’s episode, I need to ask the following question. What was I watching last week, a Riverdale wedding or the “Game of Thrones” Red Wedding? Granted I didn’t watch GoT all the way through but I know enough that the carnage was bad on GoT. At least in Riverdale, there was no blood but everyone in Riverdale who was a first born child of their parents is now dead. I must admit, I admired the use of the plagues of Egypt. Only missing two was amazing work.

Now on to this week’s episode and the questions they need to answer. I’ll admit I saw the advance clip and knew how Sabrina came back from the dead. The real question lies in Jughead and Tabitha. Tabitha is a time walker (see “Discovery of Witches” for a better description of this) with a guardian angel, Gabriel. Pop’s is a sacred spot which is why Percival wants it destroyed by his train of evil, demonic minions. How can she become a witch? Does she need to approach her angel, Gabriel, about this? Get a special dispensation. Also with Sterling Jughead around, did he die as the first-born from the alt-universe? Hopefully, all will be revealed with tonight’s episode.

When last we saw the living members of the gang, they were in shock at Babylonia. Tabitha realized that Jughead was a firstborn and ran out. As the fans know, he died in his bed in the bunker but not before seeing “Sterling” Jughead standing nearby.

In the opening narration, the narrator tells about the funerals. Guess who showed up, Percival and Frank! Cheryl goes off on him as does the rest. Frank shows no remorse for his nephew, Archie. (And we thought Frank was good when he arrived for Fred’s funeral!) Dr. Curdle has all the bodies of the heroes in his deep freeze (and not in graves). Alice, in her usual cult-control mindset, blames the Serpents and Ghoulies gangs for the murders (of over half the town, really Alice!). Guess only Riverdale was affected by the plague. All are waiting at Blossom manor for Sabrina who doesn’t have long to do a “spell” to bring the others back. No real mention about a “Sterling” Jughead yet. Kevin wasn’t killed even as a first-born. Kevin knows he’s in more danger from Percival than those who died. 

Let’s Get Pervical’s Story First
I’m not happy with this setup but I honestly can’t write about the devil last. Percival is sharpening weapons with Reggie nearby. While Reggie is sad his childhood friends are gone, Percival has wonderful news for him. The stockholders have made Reggie the owner of the casino since Ronnie is grieving. 

So Reggie opens the club to his dad who suddenly begins to win. While that is going on, Percival, Frank, and Tom go to get Kevin who plans to skip town. With Kevin in a secured location, Percival tries his mind meld on Kevin but Kevin thinks of high school and blocks him out. So Percival can’t find out the remaining gang’s plan.

Percival then decides that Kevin must die at the hand of Reggie. Hey, Percival has those special knives that we saw at the start of the episode. Reggie will kill Kevin and Kevin’s young heart will go to Reggie’s daddy. Let’s get this straight. As of now, Kevin is good and has a backbone and Reggie is a lowlife out to kill a friend sinking deeper into hell.

Reggie takes his father to dinner and his father admits that he knows he doesn’t have long and is dying. Mr. Mantle has faced his demons and admits to Reggie that he hasn’t been a good father. Mr. Mantle wants to face his death and meet his destiny with dignity.

Reggie returns to Babylonia and has a surprise visitor, his conscious. His conscious gives dummy (literally) a talking to and Reggie decides he now wants to be a hero. He goes to Pop’s with his dad but Percival has figured out that Reggie has become “good.” Frank, Tom, and Percival take Reggie and his dad to the place where Kevin is. Percival will use their deaths to warn the others not to mess with him. Reggie has a plan though. He has one of Percival’s knives. He plans to kill Percival and be a hero. By the way, using a ventriloquist doll for Reggie was superb. That’s all he has been since Percival came to town. So now, we have at least two more heroes, someone willing to meet his destiny facing their deaths at Percival’s hands.

Sabrina and the Girls Work Their Magic
Basically, the rest of the show all ties together. Ronnie, Betty, and Tabitha are worried that Sabrina hasn’t called or come. During this time, Betty has a future vision of her home life as Archie’s wife with a daughter and son who are just like their parents. We also see the heavenly Riverdale’s version of Pop Tate’s. We learn that Fangs and Toni have settled the war between the Serpents and the Ghoulies. That’s all we have time for at the present as Sabrina finally arrives and is ready to work.

Sabrina explains that she came back to life because her boyfriend, Nick, gave his life for her. He’s still in their hereafter, waiting for her. What’s that about 12 years Sabrina – was that Nick? Anyway, she needs a coven of six to perform the spell. She has three so Ronnie, Tabitha, and Betty need to become witches. Betty points out they can’t but Sabrina has an answer for that. They’ve already got powers. They need to use them.

The first order of business is that the three of them must sign their names into a book of witchcraft. Then, they must perform a chant to Hectare. They have a dance and drink. Then Sabrina says they must do a trial run. Betty volunteers to take her to the morgue and Sabrina asks if she has a broom (very little joke here folks). While Sabrina thinks Archie is “super cute,” there is something about Jughead so they take his body back to Cheryl’s. Sabrina is going to heaven, to get Jug to return. Tabitha tells her to tell him she misses him.

Sabrina arrives at “heavenly” Pop Tate’s and Jughead is enjoying a burger while drawing cartoons for other characters. Sabrina asks if she can join this Jughead who agrees. He realizes she is a witch and asks Jughead to return. He doesn’t want to return. He’s happy where he’s at and gets all the hamburgers he wants. Jughead is living in the ideal Riverdale where nothing ever happens. So, what does Sabrina do? She asks for a favor and returns not with Jughead but with Nick as Jughead (let’s call him NJ). (Congratulations to Cole Sprouse for playing at least four characters now on Riverdale).

Sabrina has some explaining to do. Jughead didn’t want to return but she needed Nick to help with Plan B. Betty, Veronica, Tabitha, and Cheryl must go to Riverdale heaven and talk their friends into returning. Nick stops Sabrina. One of them can’t cross over. Betty admits that she’s been named the “whore of Babylon” so Ronnie must go in her place and convince Archie to return. When Ronnie agrees, the three lay down to “sleep” (die). Nick casts the spell and all depart with coins on their eyes. Cerberus leads the way with the girls having ghostly bodies. As the girls try to bring the others back, Sabrina and Nick will go on a date. 

The first visit is by Ronnie to Archie’s. She has to explain that he died but it doesn’t surprise him. They’ve defeated the evil in this version of Riverdale and he doesn’t want to leave. Ronnie asks him to think about it. He’s needed to help with the fight for the real Riverdale. Betty arrives as their talk ends and invites Ronnie to dinner but she declines.

Cheryl arrives at her destination to talk to Toni and Fangs. Anthony is grown up and tells them that he plans to marry (so that must be the 12 years mentioned earlier). When Cheryl asks them to return, neither Fangs nor Toni believes her. Fangs accuses her of only wanting to create chaos like she did at their wedding and Archie’s and Betty’s. Cheryl tells Toni she has been a wonderful mother to Baby Anthony.

Cheryl must visit Nana at Blossom mansion. Not only is Nana there, but also Jason and Polly with the twins. They tell Cheryl that she can stay then Polly adds that she’s expecting triplets next time. Cheryl starts crying and Nana knows something is up. Cheryl leaves.

At Pop’s Tabitha arrives to talk to Jughead but he’s so happy signing comics. She goes to the counter and a man appears beside her. It’s Rafael, her guardian angel, this time in this place. He has some things to tell her that she needs to know. 

Sabrina and NJ have a romantic dinner but are discussing his new body. He knows he can’t stay and they discuss his original death. He tells her that he doesn’t hate her and would give his life for Sabrina again. As she starts to cry, NJ reminds her that witches don’t cry. They go to the morgue and he prepares for his second death by lying on the table. As doves arrive (to carry him back to his afterlife I guess), she kisses him and he’s gone.

Cheryl returns to find all back and learns that no one got their significant others to return. That’s okay though for Sabrina has a Plan C (or is it D). She senses an energy other than pyrokinetics in Cheryl. It is the Power of the Phoenix. Cheryl can cause others to be reborn! Just like the Phoenix goes up in flames, Cheryl can use flames to rip the others back. 

Cheryl agrees and the room is set. With the corpses around her, she works the spell. In heavenly Riverdale, Archie gets hot and is burning up to Betty’s touch. He has already realized he had to return. Jughead feels like he is melting and returns as do Fangs and Toni (who realized something was wrong by looking at a photo album). But Cheryl brings back more of her family. Not only does she bring back Nana but Polly and Jason and Dagwood. Oh no, she’s changed the course of reality. (Thanks NoContext Riverdale on Twitter for helping with the boy, Dagwood.) Sabrina leaves but tells Cheryl to be careful.

Meanwhile, the returnees talk to those they have left behind. Jughead and Tabitha talk. He realizes he died and didn’t want to come back. Suddenly, though, Jughead realizes he can hear but is still able to read thoughts. He remembers seeing another Jughead in the bunker as he died.

Heather is meanwhile stunned by the return of Jason and Polly. This won’t lead to anything good. I’m seeing the Blossom comic “666” somehow coming into play. Betty and Archie talk with Archie telling Betty about their heavenly life. Ronnie, who is alone, gets a visit from Tabitha. Tabitha says that it isn’t necessarily true that Betty and Archie are the end game but this story ends that way. In other visions, Ronnie and Archie are together. The threesome still lives!

Toni and Fangs are with their baby and seem happy. They don’t understand why Anthony didn’t die with the other first borns. Tabitha comes in and explains the secret. Baby Anthony is immortal. He cannot die. Toni wants to know how she learned this and Tabitha tells her about the angel. That’s not all. The angel has told Tabitha that she is Riverdale’s guardian angel. Wait didn’t I say that during “Angel in America?”

Next week:  The episode is entitled “Return to Rivervale.” Granted, I didn’t get much from the preview. Who does unless we watch it 30 some times! I did get that Jughead meets his Rod Sterling version and Archie must blow something up. 

And the questions are: Does Polly and Jason’s return add to the army of Percival. I’m thinking the answer is yes.

 

Does this mean that Jughead and Tabitha can never be together since she’s the angel of Riverdale?

 

Percival will meet his end but when and how?

 

Baby Anthony is special. He’s an immortal. How can/will this play out? At least we know why Percy wants him.




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'Alone' Recap: The Birds - 07/07/2022

Written by 07 July, 2022

We are now seven episodes into the new season and have already lost three of the ten participants due to the typical mix of loneliness and eating things which really should not be consumed by humans.

It's 9:53 a.m. on Day 34 and my main thought is that some of the participants are close to starvation and the snow hasn't even started to fall yet. What are they going to do when that happens and it becomes even more difficult to find small game and fish?

Terry is up first and he's hungry. Which is why it's so funny that the show's editors show shots of happy little squirrels and other potential food as they go into his segment. He is singing (and I use that word very loosely) a song about the show and the pop-up text notes he spent 2 hours and 11 minutes shooting the video, using 8 different locations. Granted, I'm no survivalist, but maybe visiting some locations that have food might have been a better use of his time.

Despite the fact that he was able to kill a beaver and has been eating on it for the last ten days, he's lost 51 pounds since he's arrived (again, how do they know how much weight has been lost? Did participants have a scale with them?). 

It's now 12:47 p.m. on Day 34 and we are checking in on Jessie. She's still working on the massive shelter she's nicknamed "Hodge Podge" and if she ever gets it done, it'll be impressive. The larger walls are 12 feet long, which is a bit crazy for what will be a temporary structure. But she has some nice features, such as water cache on the roof that captures the area's frequent rain and using that allows her to not spend time gathering and boiling water.

8:43 p.m. on Day 34 and now we're back with Terry. He's having dinner, a collection of deep-fried beaver fat bits. The show has been focusing a lot on this beaver fat, which makes me suspect that Terry might be headed for Gastro problems of his own. 

It's Day 35, 11:29 a.m. The current temperature is 33 degrees and Adam is cutting firewood. As is he doing that, he hears a grouse and when it lands nearby, he grabs his bow. And just like that, it's dinnertime. He then gets a second one and in both cases, they were next to his camp. He takes them down to the lake to clean them and and as he walks back to camp, he hears a noise. He doesn't spot what made the noise, but he does spot a piece of floating dock that washed up onto shore. The wood is weathered, but he is going to be able to use it for a lot of useful things. He's not sure what he'll do with it yet, but as he tells the camera, "The universe has just handed a carpenter a bunch of wood and nails."

7:29 a.m. on Day 36. We finally see more of Tom, who is making a lamp out of his headlamp and some mushrooms? Regardless, it seems to work. Two hours later, he's working on his shelter. He's hungry, but he's decided he needs to get the shelter done before the snow comes, no matter how hungry he might be. And it looks as if he's still got a lot to finish. He's lost 44 pounds since Day 1 and by 2:30 that afternoon, he's in the woods hunting again. He spots and kills a squirrel. But as he notes, the problem is that he's not finding enough and that means he's not able to put any food away for the coming winter. And while he doesn't solve that problem, he does also gets a grouse, which will make for a substantial dinner.

It's Day 37, 9:33 a.m. It's time to see what Karie Lee is up to at this point. Her teepee-like shelter is basically done, although I'll be curious to see how she does in it when winter comes. Her bigger problem is that she hasn't had a lot of luck hunting or fishing. But she has plenty of berries, so she is making fruit leather in order to preserve some for her meals when the snow starts falling. It's an all-day process, but the fruit leather can last safely for up to two months at room temperature.

We check back on Adam, who is using some of the lumber and nails from the abandoned floating dock to build a small bench for outside the cabin window as well as a wooden door that he can use to protect the cabin at night. I have no idea if it will matter overall in the rankings, but Adam's cabin is by far the most impressive I've seen this season. It can almost be described as "lush."

It's Day 39, 12:43 p.m. and Terry spots a bird he's never seen before. Some pop-up text identifies the species as a "female pine grosbeak." He apparently doesn't try to kill it, which is weird given that he is super hungry. He later describes hunger and dehydration as a gift, which makes me suspect he really needs to readjust his present-receiving expectations.

Day 41, 10:14 a.m. and we're back to Karie Lee. Even on the best day, she is seriously offbeat and goofy. But today is her mother's birthday and she's showing off a "birthday cake" to the camera, which is a circular piece of sod with lichen candles on it. So...yeah. Birthday dinner is a squirrel she caught in one of her traps and she must not be normally having much luck with them, given how surprised she is to find one. Later that night, she's eating the squirrel inside her tent and over her shoulder you can see the tarp wall moving back and forth in the wind. Which doesn't bode well for her comfort once it starts to snow.

It's now Day 42, 8:53 a.m. and it's time again for a look at Terry. He tells the camera that it's med check day and text on the screen lets the viewers know that the safety crew messages participants ahead of medical checks to ensure they're at camp. He's inside his shelter and with the fire going he takes off his shirt. He says it hurts to breath and to be honest, it hurts to look at him. His stomach is sunken in and he has the look of someone that would be part of a campaign trying to raise money for hunger. 

The safety crew arrives and they examine him. Weight check, temperature, they take photos of his increasingly shrunken body. He can barely move and given that it's almost the end of the episode, I wonder if they are going to pull him for medical reasons.

The three man safety crew go off to talk off-camera after the examination and they return they tell him they're concerned about his health. He's showing side of serious dehydration and is having some fever and abdominal pains that indicate he likely has a parasitic infection. He is also showing a dramatic physical decline and they make the decision to extract him from the competition. You can tell the decision just guts him but he is also obviously in serious physical distress. He is almost in tears, but he tells them that "as bad I hate to admit it, yeah, I hit my edge. I hit the limit. "

And with that, there are six participants left.

It's 2:03 p.m. on Day 42 and there is one last check in with Tom, who still hasn't completed his shelter. Cutting timber for the shelter, he fell and landed on a small stump, badly bruising the are near his kidney. He tries to ignore it, but by that when he's back in his shelter he can barely move and describes the pain as being at a "pain level seven." The episode ends in the middle of the night, with Tom battling the pain and wondering if he'll be able to continue on in the competition.

















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'Riverdale' Recap: Biblical! So Off to Egypt We Go - 06/26/2022

Written by 27 June, 2022

Riverdale – I’m scared. All season I’ve seen prophecy of what could be in the world. Tonight, I’m afraid of what Riverdale has planned for us. I mean we did get a glimpse of Lady Llorna and we all know from Rivervale what that means (especially to Toni). Wedding blues or joy? And which of the plagues will we see beyond water as blood, frogs, and … I’m afraid it will be the last which deals with those first born children.

So where is Jughead? Well, at least he is narrating the story tonight. We open with frogs escaping from the bio labs. The frogs are loose around the school. Students have lice and flies are swarming. And amid all this, Toni visits Ronnie about helping plan the date for the wedding and plan it! party planner) Archie will be a groomsman. So already, we viewers have seen four of the plagues of Egypt. Where is Jughead? We need him to solve this. Well, he’s in the bomb shelter and writing. He tells Tabitha that when he started writing the voices faded. She asks if he’s ready to come into the “so-called” real Riverdale world but he’s not ready. He’s not sure what will happen with the voices. Tabitha wanted him for her date but she really only wants him to get better. 

Meanwhile, Percival isn’t finished enacting the plagues of Egypt from “Exodus.” This time, he casts a spell that deals with water. Kevin has listened and it causes him to stop. He’s changing and I don’t think Percival sees it. Someone just get rid of Percival now. Yes, he makes a good villain but I don’t want to see this level of evil going on with what is going on with kids being killed in school. 

The next level is Sweetwater River turning red like blood. Scientists can’t explain it (as the token Alice scene tells us). All water in the town is undrinkable and people are upset. One good piece of news though is that Kevin arrives at Toni and Fangs’ and promises to drop the custody case. Kevin has turned. He also asks for forgiveness (getting a wedding invite). Meanwhile, Percival calls Archie and tells him to get the strikers back to work or the plagues will continue and be much worse. 

As Ronnie works on the wedding, Tabitha sees she would like to be somewhere else. Ronnie is having trouble and is questioning her reason for staying in Riverdale. She has no social life or lover. Tabitha tells her she has her own problems with not taking Pop’s national yet. The red water has shaken people up. Percival’s threat has the gang meeting (with Kevin included) and Cheryl wants to enact a spell to kill Percival.

Meanwhile, Jughead is sleeping and someone is there stealing the story he just finished. Is that Lady Llorna? Before I can be sure, and I think it was her, it’s commercial time, of course. Jughead wakes and notices that the story is gone. As Archie talks to the strikers and asks them to allow him to deal with Percival, the strikers refuse. They want a better tomorrow. Oh, and Tabitha gets it right. He’s the snake from the Garden of Eden. Betty needs more research. Just open your Bible girl! 

Veronica and Tabitha are talking as they work on the wedding. Ronnie lists what all are fighting for but can’t figure out where she fits in. We also learn that Cheryl will now be officiating Toni and Fangs’ wedding. She talks to Heather and tells her that it’s nice and she’ll give Toni the best wedding gift – killing Percival.

Switch to Percival casting another spell that causes the food to rot. Thus, Toni’s reception can’t be held at Babylonia because of Percival’s evil. Jughead has found a Pop’s hamburger and eats it but it makes him violently ill. Who left that for him and why? Was it Percival? I didn’t think he knew where Jughead was.

At Cheryl’s mansion, she and Heather start a spell to kill Percival. It’s got voodoo involved and they cast their spell and start the doll burning. At Percival’s shop, he starts feeling pain and is (literally) smoking. Somehow, after stripping to his underwear, Percival manages to counter the spell causing Nana to burse into flames. Does this serve as the start of Sabrina’s return in two weeks?

At the rehearsal dinner, the food is plentiful and not rotten. It’s at Pops of course which seems to be under divine protection. Ronnie performs “Here’s to the Ladies That Lunch” from Company. Find her a place on Broadway immediately. I’ve seen it done by the best and they have nothing on her. After her performance, Betty and Ron talk. Betty suggests Ronnie join Archie and her at the wedding but Ronnie says no like they did for their Sophomore dance in high school. Ronnie refuses but thanks Betty for reminding her why she’s in Riverdale – friendship. Archie and Tabitha come up and tell them Cheryl called and they need to meet. They find Nana is badly burned and Heather treating her. Kevin is definitely team gang now and spills on Percival. 

Later, Betty and Kevin talk. He admits Percival fooled him and talked about the journal Percival is always writing in. He volunteers to try and get it and almost gets caught. He tells Percival that he was feeling lonely and upset since he gave up Baby Anthony and Percival gets him to help unload a package just received. Archie asks to meet with Percival to arrange the striker's return only to find out that the plagues will ease if Archie builds the railroad by himself. (I’m going to be honest here. The way they staged this made me think of Jesus and the Cross). 

Boils are next. Betty realizes it from the crime board. Again I can only think of Monkey Pox. As the strikers play basketball, boils start appearing. Archie goes to see Percival and that’s where he learns he has to build the track by himself. That doesn’t stop the plagues though as Percival sends darkness to the land of Riverdale. At Jughead’s bomb shelter, he has a dream that Cheryl shows up with a knife to kill him and finds his latest story is gone. Kevin reports back to Betty that he was unloading medieval and Babylonian weapons including a stockade. Betty flashes to the “whore of Babylon” riding a beast. She flashes back to the Trash Can Killer telling her that they were more alike than she knew. Betty is the Whore of Babylon and Percival plans to put her in the stocks so he can get evil into our world. Guess the gang didn’t go to church (or take Bible in school).

Betty visits Percival the stocks and he imprisons her. If that will stop the plagues, she will get in them. He seems surprised that she realizes she is the harlot but he needs her to do one thing before she is imprisoned. She must bring him baby Anthony as Kevin has deserted him. Later the gang discusses the next signs (earthquake, fire, pestilence, and death of firstborn). Cheryl realizes from a book that the stocks could stop Percival and a plan is hatched. Betty arrives with a bundle in her arms and Percival demands to see it. When he realizes it isn’t the baby, he starts his threats.

Cheryl has cast a spell that makes the gang invisible and they all appear with guns. Cheryl blows a powder in his face and he awakens in the stocks himself. Meanwhile, Jughead is trying to find out more and receives a bottle with a message inside. The question is: What was the message?

The plagues disappear after Percival’s capture and the stocks moved to Veronica’s to a supposedly protected vault. As Ronnie leaves for the wedding, she taunts Percival and he starts to free himself. Meanwhile, the wedding goes smoothly (for Riverdale) and the party starts. Percival isn’t through. He manages to get free of the stocks (destroying them) and out of the vault he casts one more spell. He stops at Blossom Manor and kills Nana by smoothing her (her spirit survives though). At the party, Veronica talks to Tabitha about the trips she made to the future. She asks who ends up with Archie? Suddenly, all first-born children start to collapse beginning with Archie. With roughly five minutes left, I have to ask will Lady Llorna arrive to take Anthony to safety? Is she the “good” sent to protect the baby?

Jughead has not apparently been free of the curse. He awakes in his bunker to someone taking the story. The visitor turns around and it’s the Rod Sterling Jughead (I think) from Rivervale. Suddenly Jughead starts to choke as the Rivervale Jughead watches in horror. At Babylonia, the survivors are in tears. I know how Betty, Ronnie, and Cheryl survived but didn’t realize that Kevin, Heather, and Tabitha had older siblings. The surprise is that Anthony is still alive in Kevin’s arms. Heather realizes she knows someone who can help. Her name is Sabrina. 

In two weeks:
Sabrina comes and she will make Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the girls into witches to combat the Percival threat. She’s going to help solve the Riverdale mess.

Another note: I just replayed the opening of episode one from this season with Jughead as the “Twilight Zone” Rod Sterling character. I don’t think any of us picked up on his use of “plagues” then. So I think we can see that he moves as Jughead two (Rod) through the dimensions. He will play a role in this as much as Sabrina, I think. Also, I now realize how much those Bible classes taught me. I thought I forgot the bad stuff! Also, every time it is a recap like this, I have computer troubles. The keyboard locks up or the battery is drained. It’s almost like Quantum Leap has returned.




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