1. Gossip Girl: Finale Flashbacks
Fun-Fact: Did you know that in Monday’s episode there was a pretty major spoilerly spoiler about the identity of Gossip Girl? I’ve known which Upper East Sider is a secret socialite blogger for months now, so I definitely caught the subtle nod. But did you? Not to worry NYC lovers! With only two episodes left in the series, y’all will know soon enough. (But you may want to re-watch the last 30 minutes again just in case you need a bit of a hint.) Lets look ahead, shall we? I hate to say it, but someone major does not make it to the end of the finale. No, this is not escape to the south of France for a vaycay — it’s much more serious than that.
Unfortunately I cannot reveal who but I can give you a hint: It’s not Blair. Phew! Macaroon and peony-lovers can breath a sigh of relief because our favorite mean-girl will be safe while she marries the man of her dreams. (Side-Note: Is anyone else obsessed with that gorgeous light blue wedding dress?) Lastly, get excited for one of my favorite TV show tricks — flashbacks! In our final episode of The CW hit, fans will be satisfied to see a blast from our character’s past as we take a look back at when it all began: 2007. Oh how I miss seeing those always accessorized Constance school uniforms, but luckily we’ll be seeing them again very soon! P.S. This may or may not have to do with the identity of Gossip Girl...
2. Dexter: Who Will He Choose?
Holy freakin’ crap. Any Dexter fan knows that this season has been really good — and by good, I mean absolutely amazing. Well, get excited because this Sunday’s episode, “Do You See What I See?,” is jam-packed with twists, turns, and jaw-dropping moments. Maria LaGuerta gets closer than ever before to finding out the identity of the Bay Harbor Butcher. (Psst! In case you didn't know, it’s Dexter!) To say that she is unbelievably dead-set and determined to find this murderer would be an enormous understatement — she may even go as far as plant the evidence she needs to finally catch him. Oh, and how could I forget? Dexter finally chooses between the two women in his life: Deb and Hannah! After a car crash puts Deb in the hospital, many questions are raised: Did Hannah sabotage her boyfriend’s overbearing sister? Is Deb trying to frame her brother’s psychotic girlfriend? One thing I can reveal is this is definitely not an episode that you want to miss, especially because it may be your last chance to say goodbye to a few characters.
3. Switched at Birth: Independent Ladies!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Switched at Birth set and laughing/chatting with the hilariously awesome cast — you know, just a typical Tuesday in my quest for spoilers. The second season of the ABC Family drama premieres Tuesday, Jan. 3, but I can’t wait until then! To help spread some early holiday cheer, I sat down with leading ladies Vanessa Marano and Katie Leclerc to tease what’s coming up for their characters this season. Leclerc revealed to me that Daphne is trying to get over her former flame when we first see her again. “So Daphne had some issues at the end of Season 1, she got way over-involved in this boy and totally lost herself. “ (Damn you, Chef Jeff!) Luckily, this heartbreak isn’t going to keep our girl down for long. Leclerc explains, “You have to figure out your independence and you have to figure out what your priorities are and you have to figure out who is going to be with you when you do that.”
Our other Switched at Birth sweetheart says Bay is doing her best to stay low-key when we see her in the premiere. Marano reveals, “So Bay, as we left her last season coming out of her rebellion, we see that she’s a good kid right now. She’s studying and listening to her parents and not conducting illegal activities.” The actress says, laughing, “It’s weird, I don’t know if I like it.” But there is one thing that Marano does like about Season 2 Bay: “I like that Bay is starting to get more motivated by her own beliefs in her own worth rather than the approval of male attention.” Yeah! Girl power! It doesn’t last for long but, go Bay and Daphne!
4. Once Upon a Time: The (Not-So) Evil Queen
Once Upon a Time’s winter finale was enchantingly exciting, but just in case you need to catch up, read this and come right back. Okay great, now that we’re all on the same page, we know that Snow and Emma have been welcomed back to Storybrooke, while Cora and Hook are currently sneaking their way in via a gigantic pirate ship in the harbor. Subtle. With Cora on her way back to “help” her daughter, I made sure to chat with the wickedly wonderful Lana Parilla about Regina’s upcoming mommy issues. Parilla says that no matter what evils Cora has done to Regina in the past, some bonds just can’t be broken. “She is her mother and at the end of the day, your parents can do no wrong. Even though she has betrayed her multiple times, she still loves her mother,” Parilla says. Aww, that’s really sweet if you forget the part where Cora killed the love of Regina’s life.
Although Regina has never really been an angel herself, fans have been intrigued by the lighter, more compassionate side of the former Fairytale Land Queen. So could there be love in the air for sweeter Regina? “So I don’t know if there’s going to be love in the future for Regina. We tease a little bit with her and Hook in the ninth episode, but then Hook kind of seems to have his hook in many women… I think she is on the road to redemption and maybe that entails a love for her as well, so we’ll see.” I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to be mighty pissed if they pair Hook with Regina before Hook and Emma. Captain Swan FTW! Looking into the future episodes, Parillia says that she hopes to see more flashbacks of pre-evil Regina. “I love young Regina because she’s a breath of fresh air and I feel really light when I’m playing her and she’s more reactive to everything that’s going on around her," she says. "She’s more on the receiving end and she’s learning and I love that whole process when one is learning something, so it was a lot of fun for me.” Only one more month until Once Upon a Time magically returns to our TV screens!
5. Arrow: Romance v. Bromance
This week’s episode of Arrow, “Vendetta,” shows Oliver getting closer with the masked maven who prefers to dish out vengeance, rather than justice. To help shed some light on tonight’s dark CW drama, David Ramsey — aka Arrow’s “not-a-sidekick” sidekick — talked to me about tonight’s continued problem: Helena Bertinelli. Although Diggle and Helena won’t be sharing any scenes together, Ramsey reveals that The Huntress is definitely going to get on the bodyguard’s bad side. “Helena's presence will effect the mission. Diggle is going to have a problem with that. Period. End of story.”
That’s right — it’s a classic CW story: Boy with amazing abs fights crime. Boy meets bad girl. Boy’s crime fighting partner gets pissed. The End. Ramsey explains that Diggle’s main goal has been and will continue to be keeping Ollie focused on the difference between justice and revenge — unfortunately, it looks like Helena’s hot bod is going to cloud our hero’s judgement. Ramsey reveals, “It's going to cause a problem between him and Oliver. It's going to be one more sticking point for these guys.” What do you think is going to win: romance or bromance?
Who do you think is going to bite the dust on Gossip Girl? Excited for Switched at Birth to return? Will Dexter choose Deb or Hannah? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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Tonight's new episode of Dexter has opened up the floodgates. Things are happening fast in Miami—puzzle pieces are being put together left, right, and sideways—and returning to form, the human element has gotten in the way. It was a strong episode for the seventh season, and one question remains: what can be done when it comes to matters of the heart?
We left off last week with a bevy of new information coming Dexter Morgan's way. And...a whole lotta booty! (Oh SNAP!) That's right, Dexter Morgan finally got down and dirty with fellow serial killer Hannah McKay in one of the most surprising and (we hate to admit it) sort of hot sex scenes ever seen on the show. And as we all know—though Dexter certainly seems to need some lessons—sex sometimes, well, complicates things. And in Dexter's case, it certainly complicates how he feels about Hannah, and whether or not she should end up dead on his table, rather than in the throws of passion.
And when this season's seventh episode opens up (the appropriately-titled Chemistry), we find Dexter contemplating how and why their relationship got to this point. Dexter is probably a bit of a sociopath, so he doesn't understand feelings or emotions, especially when logic is compounded by one or worse, both. But, in a surprise to no one, Hannah and Dexter actually work. Birds of a feather flock together, as the saying goes.
The couple's freaky tryst continues when—no doubt in a moment of insecurity, because are these two ever really going to be able to trust each other?—Hannah takes a knife to Dexter's throat before going at it again (serial killers are into some crazy s**t). This relationship is different. The two of them are different. Because at long last: two people so fervently on the outside have found someone else that completely understands them, down to their very core. It's something that I'm sure Hannah never thought she would find, and something Dexter has never been able to understand in the past.
But Dexter and Hannah aren't the only ones with chemistry—Deb is finally letting go of any (we hope) creepy feelings for Dexter and moving on with her life. And where does Deb search for potential romantic solace? Why the true crime author Sal Price, of course (interesting, given her terrible track record with men either being murdered or murderers). We all know that Deb has this sort of Black Widow quality to her—does this mean Sal's days are numbered?
Of course it does. Because Sal is hot on the trail of not one, but two serial killers: Hannah and Dexter. And while he doesn't know that Dexter is a serial killer, unknowingly messing with a murderer might even be worse than if he did. Sal pushes Hannah to go on record for his newest book—and with the mention of Dexter's name, Hannah succumbs to his requests. Only Hannah sees an opportunity: to finally put Sal in a place that won't affect her anymore. While Dexter attempts to coerce Sal with blackmail (setting Sal up to look like the murderer in one of his best-selling novel's unsolved cases), Hannah has other plans. And we all know what happens when you cross a serial killer.
Another chemistry-laden relationship with terrible consequences? Poor, dear, misguided Quinn and his dancer-girlfriend Nadia. Quinn has stolen the evidence pegging Isaak Sirko to the Colombian drug lord murders in order to free his girl from the evil grips of the Koshka Brotherhood. In doing so, he's mixed "sulfer with s**t" (which played nice and literally when the Koshkas contaminated the crime scene to ensure Sirko's release) and caused a world of trouble for Deb and Dexter. And when Nadia finds out that Quinn's possibly made a deal with the big bad Ukrainians, she knows he's f**ked up. Such a hopeless romantic, that Joey Quinn. Too bad it burns him every.single.time. Don't count on his threats to George at The Fox Hole to have any weight with the Koshkas anytime soon. This boy is a dirty cop whether he wants to be or not.
Speaking of the Koshkas, Isaak certainly seems to have quite the fondness for Dexter. Does someone have a weird thing for our favorite ginger murderperson? (Yes, but that thing is a thirst for blood, not love.) He shows up at Dexter's lunch hour to talk business: death business! But Isaak is not alone: he comes complete with a police team tailing him at every turn. Are these cops surprised/weirded out by this meeting of a should've-been bad guy and a Miami law enforcement official? Or are they just that bad at their job that they don't notice who Isaak is talking to so openly about murder? This seems like a great way to frame Dexter as the mole within the department, doesn't it? But I digress! The two are brutally honest with each other at this point—because both men are convinced they'll be the one to take the other down. Perhaps they'll both do each other in: wouldn't that be something? This one's going to be a fight in any event, that's for sure.
Getting back to the Sal Price storyline: well, he's dead. That was fast! He's also in a really unfortunate location: Dexter's apartment. Sal was poisoned and suffered a heart attack: looks like Hannah won the race to silence Sal Price. The biggest victim in the Sal's murder? Well, it's a tie: Debra Morgan is one (for sure) and also, Hannah's victims. Seems like both have lost an opportunity for happiness and closure.
Arguably one of the biggest bombshells of the night involves LaGuerta. Though it was only a brief moment within the episode. After Deb tried to convince LaGuerta that perhaps they needed to let the Doakes/Bay Harbor Butcher case go, our lady of perpetual interest has not let the evidence go cold. Yes, that's right, the one that would "never" figure Dexter out (famous last words, I called you!) is mere moments away from discovering the real identity of the Bay Harbor Butcher—thanks to the boat records attaching Dexter to the body-drop point in the ocean. Remember when LaGuerta was just a girl with a crush on a blood spatter expert in season one? Oh how times have changed.
Ch-ch-changes! They're everywhere, really. Though for Miami's most attractive murder couple, it's adjusting to their own feelings which takes the most effort. For Dexter and Hannah, figuring out where each other stands is difficult. They can't seem to stop caring for each other, to their own chagrin: Hannah only talked to Sal if he agreed to leave Dexter out of it. Dexter grabbed evidence to plant/blackmail Sal and then took it all a step further, ruining Sal's book by deleting his research on Hannah. No matter how many times these two try to say goodbye, they can't keep out of each other's orbit. "Chemistry deals with the reactions between elementary forms of matter. Separate the elements and you negate the reaction," says Dexter. Of course Dexter tries to break it down to science. To something so cold and unfamiliar when it comes to matters of the heart. But when the two elements have minds of their own, they can react in other ways. Hannah's killed Sal with one of her more untraceable poisons, and Dexter's both upset and relieved. Can he really trust another person? Is looking out for Hannah and her for him, really such a bad thing?
But it's Deb who has the biggest change of heart. Burned yet again by another potential love of her life getting murdered, she wants Dexter to do what he does best: kill Hannah McKay. After weeks and weeks of being unable to comprehend and logically accept Dexter for who he is, she is finally at peace with his serial killing shenanigans when her heart is broken. Love makes us all do crazy, crazy things.
"We both know it wouldn't end well," says Hannah, no doubt foreshadowing future episodes. Will Dexter's killing of Hannah (if it happens) be the downfall of Dexter?
Some other things to note: Quinn totally knows that Dexter was lying about the argument between him and Sal—will this come back later? Angel's restaurant has a backer now, with Quinn's $10,000—is that the money from the Koshkas? And if so, will this ruin Angel's life if the source of the funds is uncovered? Jamie returns (doing laundry for Dexter?)—does that mean little Harrison is on his way back to Miami? Hannah wanted kids—not afraid to pass those evil genes on, is she? Will she make a good new mommy for Harrison? Oh, and does anyone else think there's something poisonous in those orchids on Dexter's desk that might slowly, slowly, slowly be poisoning him to death?
So many questions, so little time! What did you think of this week's episode of Dexter? Let us know in the comments!
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What do you imagine happens the moments after a serial killer admits to a lieutenant that he is, in fact, a serial killer? Probably a lot of handcuffing, Miranda Rights-reading, and general intense copy stuff, right? Well, if you're admitting this to someone at Miami Metro (who, oh yeah, happens to be your kid sister), none of that happens! At all!
Tonight's episode picks up right where the season premiere leaves off: Dexter has admitted to Debra (upon finding his stash of perpetual murder man trinkets) that he is a serial killer. And how does poor Deb react? Well, she punches Dex in the face and runs out of his apartment -- he proceeds to run after her (which was probably pretty terrifying for Deb!) -- and throw-up on the grass out front. Woops. Poor Deb. Homegirl has been through some s**t, y'all. She wants to understand why, but it's hard for her to grasp the idea that her father could've molded Dexter into this sort of man. She believes, though, that she can help him: that all is not lost. She can change him! Oh honey, every girl thinks this, but can it really happen?
Batista and Quinn are still causing a ruckus at the Fox Hole (what a great name for a strip club, huh?), but the rest of the gang is working on a new case. It involves the fifteen year-old killing spree of Wayne Randall and his girlfriend. Seems as though the dude is feeling remorse and wants to help the cops unearth the remaining three bodies of his victims. While Dexter initially volunteers, Deb was all "oh hell to the no" and benches him. Masuka begrudgingly goes.
While initially it seems like things are back to normal, Deb takes Dexter aside and says she wants to help him: start a serial killer rehab for him in her own home. They'll do everything together, and when he feels the urge to kill, Dexter must call Deb and talk to her about it. She wants to fix him by treating him like an addict (thanks to an old quote she read online from her former beau, Detective Lundy--remember him?). Dexter, obviously, hates the idea but what else can he do? He has to say yes or he's getting arrested. This might get weird!
Meanwhile, LaGuerta has submitted the slide to a third-party lab to get confirmation on who's blood was on that slide. The answer? Travis Marshall! (duh.) LaGuerta knows something is up, but she's also completely petrified about the consequences of the fact that she's pretty much unearthed that there's another serial killer loose in Miami Metro and that poor Officer Doakes was framed. She calls the FBI and has the evidence from the case sent her way.
Quinn, ever the logical romantic, flirts with Nadia, a stripper, to try and get more information about Mike Anderson's death. He manages to figure out the dead stripper's boyfriend's name, and from there unveils that she was with the recently-murdered-by-Dexter Viktor Baskov. This...ain't gonna end well.
Next, we're brought into the slumber party shenanigans of Deb and Dexter. She lays down the rules and makes some terrible (and terribly bloody-looking) pasta while she asks what it feels like when Dexter has an urge to kill. Slowly, Dexter is figuring out the rules to his "new code."
And dead-dad is back, too! Did I mention that? He's all mad at Dexter for telling Deb, and Dexter's all "maybe you should've been a dad, dad!"
Dexter's description of his ~dark passenger~ (I will hate that term forever) is creepy but also feels like exactly what a serial killer might feel/goes through. Creepy blood imagery is creepy, y'all!
NEXT: Wayne Randall and Those Pesky Ukrainian MobstersOne thing is certain: Dexter is not taking this Louis thing sitting down. So he plans to figure out a way to get into his house--figure out what in the what this dude is after.
But first! Dexter, desperate for a little bit of freedom, coerces Deb into sending him to the Wayne Randall investigation and he cozies up to the jailed killer. Dexter's intrigued by this man's willingness to talk to police. Why does he want to come clean now? Randall's change of heart is thus: he says he surrendered to his conscious, leaving us with a shred of hope that Dexter might be saved. Even though he like, definitely should not be saved. Damn the attractive serial killer with a heart of gold trope! Gets me everytime! (Wait what?)
Lunch time! Instead of grabbing a sandwich or something though, Deter decides to take a bit out of his investigation of Creepy Louis' motives. This takes him to Louis' House of Oddities and Weirdness! There are toys! Dexter's credit card numbers! And video rants! One including a diatribe about his hatred for Dexter. "No one f**ks with me!" Louis says in a sort of weird Valley Girl-esque way (why does everything end in a question?). Louis compares Dexter's punishment to that of a one Bob Henley's--a man who was convicted of being in possession of child pornography. Did Louis frame him? He is a huge computer nerd/engineer, so it seems likely. But Dexter doesn't have time to ponder as Louis comes home and the two really battle it out. Louis is quick to flail around all "I am the most scared!" but later on when he shows up at Dexter's apartment unfazed, we realized this dude is way, way more manipulative than we may have bargained for. It is ON, thinks Dexter. Me thinks this is going to probably end badly for both parties involved.
Deb is pissed when Dexter returns to the dig site, Randall and Dexter begin chatting again. Dexter wants to know what he meant by saying he "accepted his situation." "The anger just fell off, like a bad scab. Left me open...try to make things right," he explained.
The Ukranian mob story line (which so far, is highly uninteresting) continues. The Ukranian Mob Boss Guy (aka Isaak Sirko) is not pleased with the Fox Hole owner, George. He mentions something about a brotherhood, and he thinks someone might've killed Viktor. George says he has no idea and lucky for him, Isaak believes him.
Dexter and Deb go back to Dexter's house to visit Harrison (WHY isn't Dexter taking care of him? Also how is Jamie OK with becoming Harrison's de-facto parent? Not cool, guys). Louis (who I am now upgrading to "psycho") is all "hey BUDDY! Love hanging at your place! Right by the BAY so cool!" He's not phased, and Dexter is pissed.
Nadia the stripper asks Quinn for a ride and, duh, gullible dude is gullible. While he thinks she's going to want the sexytimes, she actually just wants him to pay for her broken transmission to pay her back for all the money she's losing when the cops investigate the club. Ouch, dude! Forever alone, or whatever.
Over at Chez Deb, Dexter has put just a teensy bit (just enough to make her sleep hard for awhile!) of his magical murder serum into her steak so he can stake out Louis' place. But! Even though he drugs him, he can't go through with it. He calls Debra and admits that he wanted to kill someone but he couldn't. GASP! Is this a sign of a sea change in our fair serial killer? A turn, perhaps. Debra thinks this is a sign that he can change. And it seems like maybe Dexter hopes she's right. After Deb talks him down, he decides to not kill Louis and instead just leaves him out by the water (the bay of course!) to scare him.
Isaak, pissed off by the bouncer's resignation (why is he so upset?), decides to show up at the bouncer's house and confronts him about talking to the cops. Isaak isn't so into this, so the only logical next step is, of course, to stab bouncer dude in the eye with a screwdriver until he's dead. OUCH.
Unfortunately, all the hope we gained from Randall's insight is squashed (pun intended) when he throws himself into oncoming traffic after admitting to Dexter that he lost everything when his girlfriend could only see him as a killer. To really drive home the point, Dexter gets a nice splatter of blood on his face from the unchanged Randall.
Seems as though life can't be solved by sunshine and ice cream, as much as you sometimes wish it could.
What did you think of tonight's episode of Dexter? Sound off in the comments!
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"M:I-2" blew into cinemas across the United States on Wednesday to the tune of $12.5 million. That's not a new record, but hey, it's not half bad, either. The new Tom Cruise flick posted the fourth-largest box office gross in history for a movie that opened on a Wednesday. The only films that have made bigger bank on hump day are "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace," which holds the all-time single-day gross record with $28.5 mil; "Independence Day," which debuted with $17.4 mil in 1996; and "Men in Black," which made $14.1 mil on its Wednesday bow in 1997.
"This is tremendous," Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Exhibitor Relations Co., tells Hollywood.com. "It certainly bodes well for how the film is going to do this weekend."
For the record, "M:I-2" did set the record for the biggest opening-day gross on a Wednesday before Memorial Day. How's that for useless information? And the film had already set a new record for the number of movie screens it debuted on (3,653), erasing a previous mark set by "Scream 3."
Over its six-day (Wednesday to Monday) opening frame, some pundits are predicting "M:I-2" could reach the $100 mil plateau.
In case you're wondering, the original "Mission: Impossible" also opened on a Wednesday back in 1996 and made a respectable $8.3 million. It, too, opened during a four-day weekend and posted $56.8 million over the entire frame.