The Vampire Diaries S06E09 Synopsis: I Alone (12/4)


I Alone (Ep# 609) 

A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL --

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) finds himself in hot water after he carries out a plan that requires Alaric's (Matt Davis) unwilling participation.

When Elena (Nina Dobrev) shares some hopeful news with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) about Bonnie (Kat Graham), she is caught off guard by his reaction.

Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) helps Damon and Elena with their plan to get Bonnie back, but when things take an unexpected turn, she's left with a difficult choice to make.

Elsewhere, Matt (Zach Roerig) takes matters into his own hands when Enzo's (Michael Malarkey) actions cross the line, and Kai's (guest star Chris Wood) existence continues to be a dangerous threat.

Paul Wesley and Michael Trevino also star.

Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Brian Young & Holly Brix (#609).

Original airdate 12/4/2014

The Big Bang Theory S8E10 - "The Champagne Reflection" Recap


Raj, Howard, and Leonard are cleaning out the office of Professor Roger Abbot, as he has passed away recently. They are throwing away much of his life's work as much of it is outdated or disproven. They discover a bottle of champagne Abbot had bought with the intent that it would be opened after making a great scientific discovery. Leonard finds some journals that contained years and years of numerical data and believes it must mean something so they decide to ask Abbot's co-worker Professor Sharpe. Sharpe says that the journals were food diaries of his caloric intake, as he believed that counting calories would be the trick to living forever. The boys become discouraged and later contemplate the fact that not everyone can achieve scientific greatness and decide to drink Abbot's bottle of champagne when one of them discovers something to honour his memory.

Amy helps Sheldon with his final episode of "Fun with Flags." Together, they recap some highlights from the show that include Amy dressing up as a kangaroo, playing "Fwag, Not A Fwag" with Barry Kripke, Sheldon dressing up as Betsy Ross, and Sheldon and Amy dressing in old-time bathing suits on a green-screen displayed beach. Sheldon also has LeVar Burton on his show as a guest. Burton has only agreed to do so under the condition that Sheldon will delete his contact information and is further perturbed when Sheldon asks him if his donning blackface (as George Washington Carver) was offensive. As Sheldon prepares to sign off forever, he wipes his tears with a white flag. Sheldon and Leonard discuss the series ending and the mood is sad until someone leaves a mildly complimentary comment regarding the series ending and Sheldon is so elated that he decides to revive "Fun With Flags" and opens Abbot's champagne in order to hear the pop. Sheldon later goes to LeVar Burton's house to invite him to come back on the newly revived show.

Penny and Bernadette are attending a banquet for their pharmaceutical company. Penny tries to reassure their boss Dan, who is afraid of Bernadette. Penny explains to Bernadette that some of her behaviour is coming across as mean to others and much like a bully. Bernadette begins to feel bad, wanting to leave, and Penny advises her to stay and show people who she is. She apologises to Dan and begins to cry when she learns of the numerous ways that her co-workers have been manoeuvring around her. But then she begins to use her tears to elicit pity to continue to get her way.

The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursdays on CBS at 8PM.

Arrow S03E08 Synopsis: The Brave and the Bold


The Brave and the Bold (Ep# 308)

 PART TWO OF THE ARROW AND FLASH CROSSOVER EVENT -- Oliver (Stephen Amell), Arsenal (Colton Haynes) and Diggle (David Ramsey) track down the location of a boomerang-wielding killer named Digger Harkness (guest star Nick E. Tarabay) but are surprised when they come face to face with an A.R.G.U.S. team.

Diggle asks Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Anderson) why A.R.G.U.S. is involved, but she defers until Harkness attacks the building, killing several agents and targeting Lyla.

The Arrow joins the fight and gets help from an old friend -- The Flash (guest star Grant Gustin).

Harkness manages to get away and Oliver teams up with Barry again to find him before he can get to Lyla. When Harkness plants five bombs in the city that are timed to explode at the same time, both teams must come together to save the city.

Jesse Warn directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg, and teleplay by Marc Guggenheim & Grainne Godfree Schwartz (#308).

Original airdate 12/3/2014.

Red Band Society S1E8 - "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" Recap


Charlie is awake now. He's not talking or moving but at the very least, he's not going to be transferred. The Red Banders deliver the news to Dash, along with that about Nurse Jackson being back. They throw around ideas about how to get Charlie to more fully wake up. Dash thinks boobs are the best course of action, Jordi suggests pet therapy, and Leo suggests they use put their money together and do it all. Jordi struggles with his unresolved feelings for Emma, who is happily back with Leo. Dash tells him to just act normal.

Kara and Hunter are still flirting but Kara becomes jealous when an attractive older-than-her woman comes to visit him. Nurse Brittany advises her to tell Hunter how she feels and to not go about winning him by being a mean girl. Nurse Brittany advises her to meditate and Kara is thrilled when she spots Hunter arguing with this mystery woman. As it turns out, the woman is Hunter's sister Ashley. She's there to donate half her liver to Hunter but he is refusing. She thinks Kara can help convince him, saying that Hunter has mentioned her. Kara is thrilled to hear this but is disheartened to learn that Hunter normally goes for skater chicks.

Dr. McAndrew finds that Charlie can communicate through blinking. His parents come to his bedside and Dr. Naday arrives. The staff is taken aback by his attire and demeanour, as he seems more naturalistic than they expected. Later, when Charlie's parents begin arguing in front of him, they advise them to relax. Nurse Jackson is taken aback when he doesn't want to look at Charlie's stats. He opts to have a jam session with Charlie's dad and sing some songs. Naday asks Charlie's dad questions about Charlie's favourite music and they decide to play one of Charlie's favourite songs.

The Red Banders go out on a shopping spree. Emma appears to struggle after having one of Leo's chips, spending much of the rest of the day rubbing the lingering cheese residue on her fingers. They head to a pet store and instead of getting a puppy, end up with an iguana. They then head to a strip club where Dash attempts to bribe a bouncer with $5 to get in and obtain a lady for Charlie. While the boys are trying to get their rocks off, Emma is frantically trying to scrub the cheese off her hand. The boys are thrown out by the bouncer, even when Leo tries to use his illness to garner some sympathy. They run into further trouble when Jordi's car gets towed.

Dr. McAndrew believes Naday is a quack but Nurse Jackson says that he is thinking with his ego and should try to work together with him instead. McAndrew ends up in an argument with Naday over his unconventional methods. When he goes to tell Dr. Grace that he wants Naday gone, she agrees that Naday is a disaster. Nurse Brittany becomes jealous when she walks by later and sees them bonding.

Kara borrows some of Dash's clothes and one of his skateboards to try to become Hunter's dream skater girl. Hunter doesn't like Kara playing a part and tells her to stay away. Kara ignores this and comes to talk some sense into Hunter while he's on dialysis. She chides him for rejecting the liver and that it's an insult to everyone waiting for an organ. He then shares the rest of the story, the part that Ashely didn't share. Hunter had a younger brother named Jack, who went into a coma and died after an accident. This is why he as so shaken at seeing Charlie wake from his coma. Hunter can't bear the thought of risking Ashley's life despite the low odds of anything bad happening. Kara tells Ashley that he didn't convince Hunter because sick people don't like having so much control taken away from them and that if she tries to go through with the surgery against Hunter's wishes it will only push him further away. Hunter overhears the conversation.

Nurse Jackson tries to send Naday packing for not getting anything done, calling him a fraud. Naday opts to flirt with her and call her "Funky Cold Medina." He then shows her the progress that has been made and talks her through some of what he has done. He says that the singing helped to bring an end to all the bickering between Charlie's parents and that it gives Charlie the opportunity to be rehabilitated through the neuroscience of positive thinking and notes the improvement on his monitor. Nurse Jackson relents and agrees to let him stay.

Hunter goes to meet Kara on the roof and the two share a kiss.

Dr. McAndrew retrieves Jordi's car but the iguana is gone now. The Red Banders decide to stick with Charlie's wish by ordering pizza. Emma throws a fit in her room and cries after tossing her meal at the window. Leo, Dash, and Jordi enjoy the pizza in Charlie's room and Charlie narrates his enjoyment of the pizza and the company. Somehow, the iguana from before is shown to be under Charlie's bed.

Red Band Society airs on Wednesdays on FOX at 9PM.

Supernatural S10E07 Synopsis: Girls, Girls, Girls (11/25)


Girls, Girls, Girls (Ep# 1007) 

ROWENA REAPPEARS --

Sam (Jared Padaleck) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) stumble upon a demon who is running from Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard). Before they have a chance to shut him down, Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) steps in and takes things into her own hands. Realizing Rowena is trying to recruit and train followers in the art of witchcraft, Sam and Dean come up with a plan to catch her before she can do much damage.

Meanwhile, Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) runs into a blast from her vessel's past, which complicates things for her and Castiel (Misha Collins).

Robert Singer directed this episode written by Robert Berens (1007).

Original airdate 11/25/2014.

The Flash S01E08 Synopsis: Flash Vs. Arrow (12/2)


FLASH VS. ARROW (Ep# 108) 

PART ONE OF THE EPIC CROSSOVER EVENT WITH THE FLASH AND ARROW -- Barry (Grant Gustin) is thrilled when Oliver (guest star Stephen Amell), Felicity (guest star Emily Bett Rickards) and Diggle (guest star David Ramsey) come to Central City to investigate a case involving a deadly boomerang.

Excited about teaming up with his friend, Barry asks Oliver if he'd like to help him stop Ray Bivolo (guest star Paul Anthony), the meta-human Barry is currently tracking. Bivolo causes people to lose control of their emotions and has been using that skill to rob banks.

Unfortunately, the superhero partnership doesn't go as smoothly as Barry expected. When Oliver tells Barry he still has a lot to learn, Barry sets out to prove him wrong by attempting to stop Bivolo alone. However, when Bivolo infects Barry and sets him on a rage rampage, everyone is in danger, and the only one who can stop him is the Arrow.

Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) is furious when Eddie (Rick Cosnett) tries to get a task force to stop The Flash, Joe and Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) agree the Arrow is a bad influence on Barry, and Caitlin and Cisco deal with a new team in S.T.A.R. Labs.

Glen Winter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Ben Sokolowski & Brooke Eikmeier (#108).

Original airdate 12/2/2014.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S2E8 - "The Things We Bury" Recap


Flashback to Austria, 1945. Daniel Whitehall, formerly known as Werner Reinhardt, and his men are experimenting with the Diviner by forcing captured villagers to touch it. One woman is brought into the room and when her face is pressed to it there is no effect, save for the Diviner glowing. Reinhardt orders her to be put in a cage to be experimented on later after they get the news that The Red Skull has been defeated.

Reinhardt is captured. He then spends 44 years in captivity, finally set free as an old man by the machinations of a Senator Alexander Pierce (the Cap references are coming hard and fast), because the embedded Hydra agents have discovered something that he should see. So they take him to his old lab back in Austria, and they show him the woman from the very beginning of the episode. She hasn't aged a day. So Reinhardt decides to finally make good on his promise—he cuts her to pieces, until he finds what made her young, and after essentially scrapping her body for parts, he uses what he's found to make himself younger again.

Team SHIELD wants to keep a search going for Ward, though Christian doesn't want them to interfere. Bobbi is tasked with interrogating Bakshi, as the team needs to piece together Whitehall's story. Coulson, Skye, Trip, and Fitz are off in the field, going on missions first in Hawaii and then Australia. Simmons shows May research she has found in Peggy Carter's SSR records. This transitions back to a flashback of Whitehall/Reinhardt in Peggy's custody. He speaks of "blue angels"/visitors to the planet that came to conquer it. In the present, The Doctor tells Whitehall that he was misinformed and that these visitors intended to destroy the earth and that only someone who can hold the Diviner can enter a temple in a hidden city (are we still thinking it's Attilan?) The Doctor is confident that he can find this place but he wants men and money to help him. Whitehall doesn't trust him but The Doctor says that he simply wants to kill those that took everything from him and be reunited with the ones he lost that are now in the afterlife.

Grant Ward smashes older brother Christian's SUV window and forces him to come for a walk in the woods. They argue with one another all the way through their trip to the well from their childhood. They both think the other isn't entirely honest. Grant wants Christian to admit that his version of the story is the truth and Christian thinks that Grant needs to take responsibility for his crimes and stop disassociating. Grant orders Christian to dig up the well that their parents buried. Christian tries to escape after hitting Grant with a shovel but Grant quickly recovers. He holds Christian over the open well and threatens to throw him down if he doesn't admit that he made Grant throw Tommy down the well. Christian admits it, saying that Tommy was the only one their mother didn't torture and that he wanted her to feel the same pain that the two of them felt. He says he didn't have the courage to do it himself and apologises to Grant, who tells him it's okay and that this was all he wanted to hear. Grant helps Christian up, gives him a hug, and says it's time for them to go home and they head off together.

The interrogation and research leads Team SHIELD to discover Whitehall's strange lack of ageing. He was kept in "The Rat," this prison where Peggy Carter questions him with all her badassery. She tells him he'll stay locked up forever. He continued to be a prisoner for 44 years until Alexander Pierce has him released. A Hydra spy tells him that they have found "the woman" and she is still alive after all these years. They go to the same Austrian castle from before and when he sees the woman, she has not aged a day. Whitehall orders the experimentation to be done on her.

Bakshi tries to commit suicide through the use of a cyanide pill imbedded in his cheek but Bobbi is determined to not let him get off so easily. Bobbi and Lance later rekindle their affair, at least sexually. Coulson, Skye, and Trip begin their mission to reach a satellite array to retrieve the location of the secret city. But Hydra knew they were coming and a shootout ensues in which Trip is shot. One of the personnel hostage of Hydra offers to help and it's Skye's father, The Doctor. He's preparing to patch him up but when he shows his hand and reveals his knowledge of who they are, he opts to slice Trip's artery and clamp it shut with forceps to use him as a bargaining chip. The Doctor wants to meet Skye but under the right circumstances. Right now, he's focused on getting to the city and doesn't trust Whitehall entirely. He kept something secret, which he shares with Coulson, the fact that there's something very powerful in the city. He tells Coulson how to save Trip and while Coulson and Fitz work to save him, The Doctor makes his getaway. Trip begins to stabilise and the team is able to get the location of the hidden city. Coulson and Fitz refrain from telling Skye about her father's role in Trip's near-death, at least for now.

Finally, we see Whitehall talking to Grant Ward about second chances. Whitehall plays a news clip about Christian Ward and his parents dying in an apparent murder-suicide that was clearly orchestrated by Grant. The news media and law enforcement also got their hands on a recording of Christian's "confession," which was actually audio of what Christian had said to Grant at the well. Most horrific of all, we see how The Doctor performed gruesome, horrific experiments on the woman so that he could achieve his youthful/immortal (?) state that we now see him in. The Doctor is introduced to Ward by Whitehall. We then see in a flashback from 25 years ago, The Doctor discovering the woman's mutilated body and promising to tear the man apart that did this to her. That's right folks. The woman was Skye's mother.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays on ABC at 9PM.
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