The Diversity Chronicles #02 - "What's On Monday?"

Welcome to The Diversity Chronicles, a new op-ed series that will examine diversity and representation, predominantly in Western media.

What's On Monday?

The Originals (season 2 returns on Sunday, January 19, on the CW at 8PM)

This fantasy series is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The show examines the Mikaelson siblings from whom all vampires originated. Diversity comes in the form of Klaus' protege, Marcel. Actor Charles Michael Davis did fantastic work with Marcel's arc in season 1, but sadly Marcel has become more of a sidelined token in season 2. However, with the return of other Mikaelson family members Esther and Finn, in new bodies, brings forth two strong performers: Sonja Sohn and Yusuf Gatewood. These two have made the characters more compelling to watch than ever before.

Recommended episode (The Vampire Diaries 4x20 - "The Originals"):
This back-door pilot of the show was our first introduction to Marcel and drew us in immediately to wanting to know more about the character. Plus, it gave us his most iconic line: "I'm the king."

Gotham (season 1 returns on Monday, January 5, on FOX at 8PM)

This superhero series serves as a prequel to introduce the back stories to such iconic characters in the DC universe as Batman, Detective Jim Gordon, Penguin, Riddler, Cat Woman, etc. Diversity comes predominantly from two characters. First, there's Fish Mooney. Jada Pinkett Smith packs quite the punch as this club owner/mob boss and we just can't get enough of watching her scheme and be an all-around badass. Also worth watching is Renee Montoya; a detective in the Major Crimes Unit and also has romantic history with Barbara Kean. Victoria Cartagena entices us to want more from and about Renee Montoya with her strong performance.

Recommended episode (1x04 - "Arkham):
Fish Mooney shows us just how tough it is to earn a spot in her crew through one of the most surprising and memorable moments of her character's arc thus far.

Sleepy Hollow (season 2 returns on Monday, January 5, on FOX at 9PM)

This apocalyptic fantasy series was so much a fan favourite in its first series that it was renewed for a second season after just three episodes. With so many POC characters (Abbie Mills, her sister Jenny Mills, Captain Frank Irving, Deputy Andy Brooks, Abbie's ex Luke) that were well-acted, and for the most part well-written, the show offered fans representation the likes of which they had rarely seen before. But season 2 has lost sight of that and fallen so far off track that we're more inclined to recommend that you just re-watch season 1 again and again. We'll let you know if things turn around, though.

Recommended episode (2x09 - "Mama"):
If there's one notable exception to the many flaws of season 2, it's "Mama," a Mills-sisters-centric episode in which Abbie and Jenny are reunited with the spirit of their mother and with such profoundly moving performances from all three actresses, we couldn't help but be emotionally moved.

Jane the Virgin (returns on Monday, January 19, on the CW at 9PM)

This dramedy is based on the Venezuelan telenovela "Juana la Virgen," and centres around a young woman (and yes, virgin) named Jane Villanueva who is accidentally artificially inseminated during a routine gynaecological visit. The gynaecologist is the sister of the father of the baby, Rafael Solano. Rafael is the owner of the hotel that Jane works at and he also had some romantic tension with Jane a few years prior. This is just the tip of the iceberg as far as hilariously over-the-top plot relations are concerned, but get this: the show is actually brilliant. Gina Rodriguez is absolutely sensational as Jane, as are Andrea Navedo as Jane's mother Xiomara, and Ivonne Coll as Jane's grandmother Alba Gloriana Villanueva. It's so refreshing to see a show in which the female protagonist has all areas of her life explored. Though we're routing for Jane and Rafael as a romantic couple, it is not the main focus of the story. Equal, if not more, attention is paid to the family dynamic of Jane with her mother, grandmother, and even her father (who is a telenovela star), as well as her career, and her struggles to always do the most moral thing. The show has heart, depth, but also fun, and fantastic comedy. It embraces its over-the-top premise and powers through with strong performances from all the cast, and the "Latin Lover Narrator" offers up hilarious accompaniment to the various plot developments, making you feel as if you have a buddy watching with you at all times.

We'd like to also give extra kudos to the use of the Spanish language in the show. Rarely is a bilingual home depicted as the centre of a show, and this offers up representation to everyone who grew up speaking more than one language at home. Also, Jaime Camil brings to life one of the single-most hilarious characters we've ever had the pleasure of watching, Rogelio de la Vega. Rogelio is a world-famous telenovela star as well as Jane's father. He is enormously sure of himself in his superstardom, and has some of the best lines on the show, often leaving us clutching our stomach from all the laughing we're doing. But at the same time, we've seen just how much it means to him to connect with his daughter, even if his execution in doing so is a bit off the mark at times. Jane's entire family offers up some truly compelling moments. Jane's mother Xiomara is entirely self-sacrificing, always putting Jane first, and Alba loves Jane no matter what, despite her highly conservative views about love, sex, and marriage. As for Rafael, what was most striking about him is that he wasn't just another hot (though you should have no doubt, he is indeed hot) love interest that goes through the show being insufferably clueless. When his wife Petra is scheming, we get to see him begin to put the pieces together on what she's up to. Rafael has brawn and brain. It's the best Monday night has to offer.

Honestly, we could go on and on with all the good things that Jane the Virgin has to offer so we'll just sum it up with this: Love yourself. Treat yo self. Watch Jane the Virgin.

Recommended episode (1x04 - "Chapter Four"):
If we're being honest, you really should watch every single episode; there hasn't been a single one yet that wasn't less than fantastic. But seeing the range of emotion Gina Rodriguez exquisitely displays in just a few seconds, and how much she communicates as Jane learning the true identity of her father and that her mother lied to her for all these years, was a game-changing moment for us. (Even the mainstream critics noticed; Gina Rodriguez has rightfully been nominated for a Golden Globe).


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Atlantis S2E6 - "The Grey Sisters" Recap

Jason's chasing Medea through the forest and shouts out to her that he will find her and kill her eventually, as Medea has just mortally wounded Ariadne. But he must put his chase on hold and get Ariadne back to Atlantis so she may be tended to by healers. It's rather annoying to have Ariadne's agency interrupted like this. Let's get back to her coming into her own as Queen of Atlantis instead of being a source of man-pain for Jason.

Jason worries that his faith in people, in Medea to be exact, will lead to Ariadne's demise. Hercules has a quiet moment with Orpheus, who says that he will be reunited with Eurydice again someday, even if it's in the Underworld. Ariadne's wound isn't healing so the Oracle is summoned and begins tending to her with incantations and other mystical devices. The Oracle determines that Medea's dagger was enchanted with dark magic - a death curse that is beyond the Oracle's powers. Jason is distraught and determined to find a way to save Ariadne. The Oracle suggests Jason seek the council of the Grey Sisters, who are danger and may share thing he will not wish to hear, but at this point, it's Jason's only option.

The trio ride out to find the Grey Sisters and Hercules laments how he has done nothing to help Medusa and her plight, whereas Jason would ride to the ends of the earth to save the woman he loves. The trio reaches the Grey Sisters and Jason holds their eye ransom for answers. They say that the wound must be treated by the blood of the enchantress, so now Jason must find Medea. They also tell him that his and Medea's fates are entwined so he apparently cannot kill Medea. Presumably this is a plot point that will be developed further throughout the season. They also offer up the location of Medea and the trio head off.

The trio reach their destination and are attacked by some flying creatures. Hercules is injured and he's forced to stay behind while Pythagoras will look after him and stop the bleeding, meaning Jason will have to go in alone. Jason reaches Medea, who tells him they were both "touched by the gods" and that they have some sort of connection. It does appear that there is some tension and Jason opts to simply knock Medea out and steal some of her blood but ends up knocked out too and locked up by Pasiphae's men. Medea lies to Pasiphae, saying that he only said he intended to kill her, and Pasiphae tells Medea about Jason being her son.

Pasiphae converses with Jason after he wakes, seemingly wanting to genuinely connect with him. She even brings him food, much to his surprise. He asks why she spared him and she says that perhaps they're more similar than he thinks. Pasiphae claims that Atlantis is a great city and Ariadne is too weak to rule and defend the city from its enemies. Pasiphae adds that Ariadne is not so simply the rightful heir since her father had wrongfully usurped the throne. Pasiphae says that they must put their differences aside if they hope to save the city. She continues to try to reason with him but Jason attacks her instead when she gets close enough in proximity and the guards intervene.

Pasiphae seems saddened by the turn of events with Jason and his hostility, while Pythagoras and Hercules are able to make their way to the castle and fight their way past the guards to release Jason from his prison cell. Thankfully, Jason has still managed to get away with Medea's blood (not sure how he managed that but whatever saves our fave, Ariadne, will have to do). Jason and Medea share some intense eye contact before the trio get away.

Jason admits to Pythagoras and Hercules that he was unable to kill Medea, just as the Grey Sisters had said, and expresses his confusion over why Pasiphae spared his life when she could have ended it. The two keep quiet about the truth they know. They make it back to Atlantis with the blood, and Ariadne is restored. She asks to see Jason and says that she'll deny herself no longer, and proposes to him. He is surprised, to say the least, but he accepts.

Atlantis airs on Saturdays on BBC One.

The Diversity Chronicles #01 - "What's On Sunday?"

Welcome to The Diversity Chronicles, a new op-ed series that will examine diversity and representation, predominantly in Western media.

What's On Sunday?

The Librarians (currently airing its first season on Sundays on TNT at 8PM)

This fantasy/adventure series is a spin-off of The Librarian film series. In this show, four potential-Librarians are recruited to form a new team to fight the forces of evil and deal with various forms of magical mayhem. One of these team members is Ezekiel Jones, an Asian Australian, played by John Kim, also an Asian Australian. It's almost unheard of to see Asian Australians get to play characters without having to change their accents (either to American English or a stereotypical Asian one), but that's not the only reason to appreciate this character. Ezekiel is a brilliantly skilled thief with roguish charm to match. Though little of Ezekiel's backstory has been revealed, only 3 episodes have aired thus far and many of the leads have yet to be more deeply explored.
Tune in to the show and spread the word so this show can be picked up for another season, and tweet John Kim at his Twitter here: @GdayJohnKim

Recommended episode (1x03 - "And the Horns of a Dilemma"):
After spending who-knows-how-long being a lone wolf engaging in masterful thieving shenanigans, Ezekiel learns what it means to be a part of a team.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (season 2 returns on Sunday, January 4, on FOX at 8:30PM)

This action-comedy series is set in the fictional 99th Precinct of the NYPD in Brooklyn. Though many shows hyper-sexualise their Latina character(s), Brooklyn Nine-Nine refutes this tendency twice over. There's Detective Rosa Diaz, a tough, no-nonsense detective that rarely smiles and often refuses to divulge personal information about herself to her co-workers. Actress Stephanie Beatriz gives us some of the best comedic deadpan delivery we've seen since Aubrey Plaza burst onto the scene on Parks and Recreation. Then there's Detective Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), whose perfectionist tendencies and high-strung determination to excel professionally and impress her boss are equally entertaining to the Will-They-Won't-They dynamics she has with Detective Jake Peralta. Further comedy gold comes from Detective Sergeant Terence "Terry" Jeffords (Terry Crews), who has numerous distinct character traits such as feeling insecure about his size and masculinity compared to his even larger, more muscular, brother-in-law (who calls him "Tiny Terry"), adoring his daughters, and enjoying expressing himself artistically. Finally, there's Captain Raymond "Ray" Jacob Holt (Andre Braugher), who offers intersectional diversity as the gay, African-American captain of the precinct. The show has frequently utilised flashbacks showing the struggles against prejudice Holt has overcome throughout his career, which are both funny and brimming with commentary.

Recommended episodes:
(2x02 - "Chocolate Milk") - This episode offers up one of the funniest performances we've seen from Terry Crews on the show, as Detective Terry takes his conflicted feelings about having a vasectomy out on Jake Peralta while under the influence of the hospital sedatives. We also see Captain Holt engage in one of his recurring plots on the show, a feud with Deputy Chief Madeleine Wuntch, played by Kyra Sedgwick.
(2x06 - "Jake and Sophia") - Rosa pushes Amy to run for union rep, and along the way made us wish for more material exploring the friendship between these two.

The Walking Dead (season 5 returns on Sunday, February 8, on AMC at 9PM)

This smash-hit series is one that explores the story a group of people fighting to survive the zombie apocalypse. Actor Steven Yeun has given strong dramatic performances as Glenn Rhee, particularly in the portion of his season 3 arc during and following Glenn and Maggie being captured and tortured by the Governor and his minions. Another outstanding character is Michonne, whose trademark side-eye and badass sword-wielding skills are just the initial spark to get your attention, after which you'll be hooked on actress Danai Gurira's gripping emotional potency in those moments where Michonne's vulnerabilities are shown.

Recommended episodes:
(From 3x07 "When the Dead Come Knocking" to 3x15 "This Sorrowful Life") - This arc shows takes us from the low point of Glenn and Maggie's traumatic experience with the Governor to the high-point of their reconciliation.
(4x09 - "After") - Michonne's back-story is explored and it's too beautifully done to spoil; just watch and enjoy Danai Gurira's brilliance!

Galavant (premiering on Sunday, January 4, on ABC at 8PM as a mid-season fill-in for Once Upon a Time)

This musical fairy tale-themed comedy will follow the adventure of a hero named Galvant who is looking to win back his love, Madalena, from the evil King Richard. But most excitingly, the show will feature a Spanish princess named Isabella, who will be played by actress Karen David, who is of Chinese and Indian descent. We were fortunate enough to interview her recently about the show and her character at the Unforgettable Gala 2014, which you can see down below.

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Bitten Season 2 Premieres February 7 on Space

The premiere date for Bitten has been announce for Space Canada! Bitten will start airing February 7, 2015. No word yet on when it will be back on Syfy in the US. Season 2 is set to adapt Book 2 of the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. But just as with the adaptation of book 1 "Bitten" there's no word yet how faithful the adaptation of book 2 "Stolen" will be. Check out the full release from Space below.

What will you be doing on February 7? If you're the world's only female werewolf, it seems you might be swimming in blood. It was announced today that Bitten season two will premiere Saturday, February 7 at 9e 10p on Space. And according to the just-released teaser clip—which you can watch below—it's going to be a bloody return to form. Either Elena (Laura Vandervoort) had a mishap with a mutt, or she's in the middle of a really weird spa treatment. Or maybe it's all a dream? 

Season two will ramp up the intensity as the Pack seeks revenge on Malcolm Danvers. No longer conflicted over her wolf identity, Elena goes full beast to avenge the death of her hunky-but-dorky ex-boyfriend—all while getting beastly (in a different way) with Clay. Meanwhile, Malcolm may not be the Pack's worst threat: they soon uncover a sinister force that could destroy the werewolves altogether. Which means they need to join forces with witches. This might be a good thing—or it might be a mistake. Hit play below to watch the bloody cool promo clip from Bitten season two!

source: Space

All-New Promo For Season Two Of "SALEM" Set To Return To WGN AMERICA In April

In anticipation of the season two return of its breakout original series  “Salem” this April, WGN America has released an all-new promo featuring  Mercy (Elise Eberle, “The Astronaut Farmer”) the Reverend Lewis' increasingly powerful daughter. In the spot, Mercy transforms the symbol of her torment at the hands of the town’s witches into a signal of the Witch War to come.

“Salem,” called “perversely entertaining” by The New York Times, is abold re-imagination of the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Tituba, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as Mercy Lewis and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as Isaac Walton. Created and written by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, “Salem" is executive-produced by Braga, Simon, and Prospect Park’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry.  Filmed on location in Shreveport, LA, the series is produced by Fox 21.

SYFY Announces Casting Of New Acquired Scripted Series DARK MATTER

NEW YORK – December 18, 2014 – Syfy today announced casting of the new acquired scripted series Dark Matter, which will feature Melissa O’Neil (Broadway production of Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight) with Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl).
The series begins production in Toronto on January 7.

Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie (executive producers and writers of the Stargate franchise),and developed with Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl, XIII), the 13 one-hour episodes are based on the graphic novel Dark Matter by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics.
Dark Matter will premiere on Syfy in Summer 2015, joining Syfy’s stable of acquired international and domestic co-productions ranging from the hit series Z Nation to popular programs such as Lost Girl, Bitten and Continuum, and the upcoming series Olympus.

Executive producers are Jay Firestone, Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie and Vanessa Piazza. The series will be distributed internationally by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.

Founded in 2006 by Jay Firestone and later joined by executive producer Vanessa Piazza, Prodigy Pictures leads the way in the production of quality television, film, and cross-platform media. Prodigy is responsible for the critically-acclaimed television series Lost Girl, which has electrified viewers around the world and amassed a cult-like following. Lost Girl just wrapped production on its final season. Prodigy’s other credits include indie horror The Dark Stranger and the original television miniseries XIII as well as XIII: The Series.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (, and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.  (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

American Horror Story S04E10 Recap: Orphans

The death of a beloved monster is always a sore, but never a surprise. A carney's life burns brighter and stronger than most Elsa says. Pepper lays on the body of Salty as Paul tries to tell her that he's gone, and just a body now. She doesn't move. Outside Elsa tells Eve she understands the death of Pepper's soul with the death of her other half. Eve is concerned that the body will soon start to smell, but she won't give up the body. Elsa brings Pepper something to eat. Most pinheads die before the age of 40, so his passing was not a surprise. Poor Pepper found him in his state, tried to shake him awake, and grieved ferociously. He died in his sleep. Pepper never mistreated him or took advantage of him. Elsa worked hard with Salty to try to get him to communicate, Pepper could, but never Salty, Elsa laments as she removes her makeup. Stanley points out that the look of suffering is marring her face. Elsa doesn't appreciate his remarks. Stanley has something she will appreciate, a telegram from the TV producer they've been waiting for. Until then, Stanley suggests she get some rest. Elsa can't rest though, Pepper needs her though. Stanley asks that she let him take care of Pepper as he has her. He wishes to cremate Salty, and give Pepper a beautiful urn, but Elsa refuses. She knows Pepper would want Salty to have a proper burial. Stanley presses. Stanley is in his barn with the body of Salty, cutting his head off. The head is sent to the museum and preserved next to the body of Ma Petite.

Desiree reads a book to Pepper. Dell finds Pepper on her lap as she continues her book. It's utterly beautiful. Dell tells her that she will make a great mom someday, and asks to talk to her in private. He's made mistakes, and he wants another chance. She saved his life, and he's saved hers, but this is their chance for both of them to be truly happy. Desiree goes to leave to get ready for the show, but Pepper wants her to stay. When she won't, Pepper throws a tantrum. Desiree watches, but gives her some tough love, telling her to clean up her mess. Desiree reports to Elsa on Pepper. Elsa tells her that Pepper has known nothing but abandonment her entire life, until Elsa found her. Desiree wonders what they will do with Pepper when Elsa leaves, she's likely to kill herself. Elsa cannot have that happen, they need to rouse her spirits. Elsa tells Desiree the beginnings of the Freakshow.

When she came to America, Hitler was on the verge of war, so Elsa hid her accent and worked as a chorus girl, but she was never good at working for someone else. She was drawn to the freaks though. With war around the corner, and the men going away, who would be left to entertain? It would be the freaks. So she started her own collection of oddities. She went to the place where people throw other people away, the Orphanage. That was where she found Pepper. Pepper had never knew her father, her mother had died, and her sister couldn't handle her. Orphanages usually never took in eighteen year olds, but she had the mind of a child. Elsa didn't need to adopt her, they happily let her go. With Pepper she was the first one that Elsa truly loved. After her first performance, she knew that Pepper was a keeper. From there, Elsa grew her freaks. Pepper grew, and her material streak grew as well, but Elsa couldn't let her breed.

Elsa didn't know what to do until a Maharajah came to visits the freaks, and Elsa laid eyes on Ma Petite. She knew immediately that she had to have her. He refused to part with her, until Elsa offered him three cases of Dr. Pepper. She had never seen Pepper so happy. Her maternal needs were filled, but she wanted more. She longed for a companion. Elsa wrote every orphanage, until finally she found Salty. It was love at first sight for them. Elsa officiated their wedding. The bride and groom knew six words between them, but it was still moving, and everyone in the freak show celebrated. Salty and Pepper were very happy. Ma Petite was their child, and Elsa their fairy godmother. It was a love story for the ages, they never sinned or hurt anyone.

Desiree throws back her drink. Pepper has lost everyone she loved. Desiree desires to find her sister. Pepper has grown up, she's no longer the handful that she was. Elsa glumly admits that she may be right, that it may be time for her angel to return home.

Maggie twirls Jimmy's card between her fingers. She takes a deep drink from a bottle, as Desiree comes in with her Beau for a reading. Maggie asks where she picked him up at, and Desiree caught him with the twirl of a pasty. He asks her to tell him their future. Maggie looks for clues, and sees that he's a traveler, a door to door salesman. He's a romantic, and she sees a white picket fence in their future. All the lovey dovey gets to her though, and she gives them a reading where their love turns sour. Desiree and her man leave, claiming that they don't believe in her power anyways.

Outside on the carousel Maggie sits wallowing in alcohol and misery. Desiree confronts her about the reading she gave, obviously a reflection on the horrors of her own love life. Its right, there isn't anything she can do for Jimmy. She admits to Desiree that she's no fortune teller, that she and Stanley are on the griff and that he's no talent scout. She tells her that they're business partners have been for years.

1941. Maggie was selling papers as Stanley watched her, picking pockets all the while. One officer caught her, but Stanley quickly stepped in with a tale. Stanley offered her a partnership then, ten cents on the dollar. Back then it was big money. Maggie didn't have parents to protest, and Stanley took good care of her. Desiree asks what she could want with freaks like them. Maggie claims that she was picking the pockets of the customers. Desiree doesn't believe her for a moment. She notices that there have been a lot of trouble in the show since she arrived, that a lot of them have been dying. Maggie lashes out, asking if she wants to hear that she killed them all. Desiree warns her that if she finds out that she had anything to do with their deaths that she'll kill her as well.

Maggie returns to her tent to find Dot and Bette waiting for her. She's not in the mood for company. Bette tells her that they don't have much, but they've been saving their money, and they want to give it to her to get Jimmy a lawyer. Maggie tells the girls to get a lawyer themselves, that he may even reward them with a kiss. Dot wants to punch Maggie in her face. Bette tells her sister to let her handle this. Bette paints a picture of triumph, but Maggie doesn't see the silver lining. Dot snaps. Jimmy may think that she walks on water, but she sees the real Maggie and she's a phony. She doesn't love Jimmy, if she did, she would do anything to save him. Bette points out that Jimmy could end up like Meep. Dot throws the money at Maggie, telling her to do right by Jimmy.

In jail, Jimmy gets a visitor, its Stanley, and Jimmy isn't exactly enthusiastic. He was hoping for someone else. Stanley knows how he's feeling though, he lost his mother too, and he got into some trouble too. He asks Jimmy if he did it, but Jimmy is sure he didn't. He drank a lot and blacked out when he got to the house, but he's sure he didn't do it. Stanley didn't think that he did, and so he's getting him a good lawyer, the son of one of the best ones. Stanley tells him that he owes him nothing, but the lawyer will need a retainer. Jimmy has no money, and nothing of value. Stanley walks away. Jimmy is left frustrated when Stanley comes back. He may have an idea of how to raise money, and judging from the direction of the camera Jimmy may be pimped out again.

Desiree prepares a grand feast. She's working on a pot roast. Maggie mocks Desiree for her Betty Crocker act. Desiree points out that if she's gonna be a home maker she needs to make sure her man doesn't starve. Her mother taught all her sisters how to cook but not her. Desiree tells Maggie to stop buttering her up, she still remembers what Maggie confessed, and she still hasn't decided what to do about it. Maggie finally wants to do the right thing. She takes Desiree to talk in private. Maggie wants to help Jimmy. Desiree tells her to get him a lawyer. She tells her that everyone in the camp will be dead soon, and she just needs to connect the dots and find the culprit. She knows that Desiree wants to ride off into the sunset and forget all about everything, but Maggie needs her to see something first.

Elsa sips coffee as she sits with Pepper and her sister. It's an awkward sitting, she thinks that Pepper remembers her leaving her at the orphanage. She thought she would never get married or have children if she had to look after her dimwitted sister. Rita never had children. Elsa thinks that's all the better. She's taught her many things, how to speak, make cocktails and take care of herself. Rita doesn't think that she can keep her sister, she's never told her husband that Pepper has even existed. Elsa tells her that she thinks that Pepper is a burden, but she is not she is a gift. Rita mutters that her husband will be upset, but Elsa tells her to man up and stand up to him. Her sister has experienced a great loss, and Elsa fears that she will perish if she is not with family. Rita reluctantly accepts her sister, even though she knows her husband will be upset. Elsa goes to say her goodbyes. She and Pepper have been together for a long time. Elsa tells her that no matter how far apart they are, that they will still be family. She knows that Rita and Pepper don't know each other anymore, and that Rita will make mistakes, but she means well. Elsa kisses Pepper's hand, and tells her that whenever she misses her, to hold her hand to her cheek. Elsa leaves poor Pepper behind.

Maggie takes Desiree to the museum. She tells her that she needs a witness for when she calls out Stanley, so that someone will know the truth if he kills her. Desiree is beside herself when she see Ma Petite's body. Maggie admits that Stanley got $3,000 for her. They see Salty's head on display next, but when the newest display is shown Maggie faints. It's Jimmy's hands.

Rita sits down with Sister Mary Eunice. She tells her that she and her husband gave everything. Massachusettes 1962. Sister Mary Eunice asks for the reason for confinement. Rita tells her that she always wanted a baby, and right before her 50th birthday she experienced great pains. Her husband rushed her to the hospital, and she was told she was in labor. The baby was deformed, but she considered him a miracle. She was confined to her bed. Pepper was happy to help take care of the baby at first. 

Rita sat in bed as Pepper did everything, including making Martini's. Rita made her take the baby with her as she made her drinks, not wanting to deal with the baby at all. She blames the missing gin on Pepper, when she was drinking it in reality. Her husband came home, upset about the baby's crying, and Pepper sitting around. She sent Pepper downstairs and her husband would follow. He couldn't wait to get alone with her, but Rita claimed it was Pepper who was obsessed with her husband. 

 Sister Mary Eunice tells her that truthfully a lot of patients suffer from lack of inhibitions but the shock therapy and caning help with that. Rita asks if it helps with the murdering. Sister Mary Eunice asks for clarification. Rita tells her that none of them saw what happened thankfully.

Rita was getting ready to go out, she wanted to dance and have a night out with her husband, but he was worried about Pepper being left alone with her baby. He hated Pepper and her lack of smarts. Rita feels the same way. She hates being left alone with the two of them. Her husband thinks that they're on the same page, and he wants her to admit that she never bonded with the baby. She never did, but she could never kill her sister. He has a way to kill two birds with one stone.

 Rita tells Sister Mary Eunice that she was with the baby all day at the park, and exhausted, so she asked Pepper to give him his bath. Pepper bathed the baby and her husband came from behind and took Pepper from the room. She banged on the door, trying to get back in while he killed the baby. Once done she let Pepper come back in. She screamed. Rita claimed that she ripped his ears off and drowned the baby then went down to watch her show. Pepper was taken away in a straight jacket as Rita screamed blaming her. Pepper was taken to the asylum. Rita claims that Pepper ruined her life, and asks that she never be released.

Pepper cries in the corner, banging her head on the wall. Sister Mary Eunice warns her that self pity will get her no where. She removes the jacket from Pepper, to get her into decontamination. Pepper cries about the baby. Sister Mary Eunice tells her that what she did made her sick. She looks into Pepper's eyes, and thinks that she sees redemption in her eyes, and hugs her close. Sister Mary Eunice takes her into the library to have her help tidy up. She thinks of her as her special project, and hopes she'll be able to work in the bakery with her soon. Pepper cleans up the magazines, and finds one with Elsa on the cover, which brings her a smile and a bit of happiness. 
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