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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding someone new to their lineup, and it might be someone we already know and love. According to The Daily Mail, the film will be adding The Vision to their already massive cast, and are reportedly looking at British actor Paul Bettany to play the role — yes, the same Paul Bettany who currently provides the voice for everyone's favorite artificially intelligent butler and personal assistant JARVIS. The actor was apparently spotted recently with Jeremy Renner on the set of the film, and that he appeared to be participating in some costuming and make up tests for the part.
It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new character being added to Age of Ultron, and with so many other superhero franchises also in the middle of casting and filming, it can be difficult keeping everyone and their powers straight. To help you out, we've created a handy rundown of all of the new heroes and villains who will be in the next Avengers film, in order of how excited we are to see them on the big screen.
Unspecified Villain Played By: Kim Soo-hyunWhat We Know: Honestly? Not much. Kim, who is a Korean actress, was recently cast in an "villain role," which means that her character will either play a supporting role to one of or both of the film's two main villains, or she will be revealed to be a significant character somewhere down the line. How Excited We Are: Well, that depends on who she's playing, doesn't it?
The Vision Played By: Paul Bettany (Allegedly)What We Know: Vision is a robot created by Ultron as a way to enact revenge against his own creator. Though Vision starts off as a bad guy, he eventually becomes good and joins the Avengers, and even falls in love with and marries Scarlet Witch. His powers include flight, phasing, the ability to project solar energy, and regeneration, which is sure to make things complicated for the Avengers. There's been no word yet on whether this version of Vision will be tied to JARVIS in any way, but many people are theorizing that Ultron may corrupt JARVIS and turn him into Vision. How Excited We Are: We'd prefer if he made a Wimbledon 2, but we'll take it.
QuicksilverPlayed By: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonWhat We Know: Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff is the twin brother of Wanda/Scarlet Witch, and is also a mutant and a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He can move and think at superhuman speeds, a trait which Taylor-Johnson revealed causes him to become easily bored and irritable. He's incredibly protective of his sister, likely due to the fact that they were abandoned as children, and have spent most of their lives running away and protecting themselves from people who wanted to harm them. Quicksilver will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, although he will be played by Evan Peters, and they characters will not move between the two universes. How Excited We Are: Well, it's got to turn out better than the other Quicksilver's Empire cover, right?
Scarlet Witch Played By: Elizabeth OlsenWhat We Know: Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch will be joining the Avengers lineup in Age of Ultron. She originally appeared in the X-Men comics along with her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but she was later recruited by Iron Man to join the Avengers. She's a mutant, and her powers come from her ability to perform "hexes," and telekinesis, which allow her to move or control objects as well as causing bad things to happen to her opponents. Olsen also revealed that her character can "connect with the dead and people from the past, the future, other universes," so we're excited to see how that ability comes into play in Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch and Vision fall in love in the comics, so we're likely to see some sparks fly onscreen as well. How Excited We Are: We're always up for more female superheroes. Always.
Baron Wolfgang Von StruckerPlayed By: Thomas KretschmannWhat We Know: Strucker is a former Nazi officer who founds HYDRA, is the mortal enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., and has spent most of his life attempting to take over the world through genocide. He is incredibly intelligent and strong, and is excellent at hand-to-hand combat, as well as having an aptitude for military strategy and disguise. Strucker has been thought to be killed many times, although he has survived or regenerated each time, and although it hasn't been revealed which powers he will have in Age of Ultron, in some comics, he is able to kill his opponents instantly by releasing the Death Spore from his body. He also sues his HYDRA resources to develop serums that give him additional powers and prevent him from aging, so that he can stay eternally youthful and torture Nick Fury for all of eternity. How Excited We Are: He's cool, but we've already seen one Super Nazi, and we're more interested in the maniacal AI.
Falcon Played By: Anthony MackieWhat We Know: Though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether or not Samuel Wilson/Falcon will appear in Age of Ultron, but since we know that it will deal directly with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's likely that he will pop up in some way. Although his backstory differs somewhat in the comcis, in the film, Falcon works as a tactical leader for S.HI.E.L.D. and bonds with Captain America over their shared military experience. He is able to fly using a pair of mechanical wings, and in the comics he also has the ability to connect with birds, see through their eyes and communicate with them. Falcon has been Captain America's sidekick since the 1970s, and joined the Avengers shortly afterwards, which means it's only a matter of time before we see him line up with the rest of the team. How Excited We Are: Finally, Mackie will be in a film worth seeing. Sorry dude, we love you, but even you couldn't make Runner, Runner bearable.
Ultron Played By: James SpaderWhat We Know: Ultron is an artificial intelligence with an unfortunate god complex who is hell-bent on getting revenge on his creator and taking over the world. He's a long-term nemesis for the Avengers, having first appeared in the comics in the 1940s, so even though he's the main villain of this film, that doesn't necessarily mean we won't see him in future films. Ultron will be rendered on-screen through CGI, though he will be based on the motion-capture work that Spader will be doing. His range of powers includes superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, flight, and the ability to shoot rays of energy from his hands that renders opponents unconscious; however, Joss Whedon has revealed that not all of his powers will be featured in Age of Ultron. How Excited We Are: He's the big bad of the film and he's voiced by Spader. Need we say more?
Emily Thorne may be the protagonist of ABC’s Revenge, but few characters on the show have shocked and awed us like Victoria Grayson (played by actress Madeleine Stowe). The matriarch of the notorious Grayson family, this woman runs the Hamptons and — let’s face it — we’re all kinda scared of her. Emily has been trying to take this woman down for a while now, but Victoria has proved to be a worthy opponent. In fact, in this third season she’s pretty much made it her mission to take down Emily, who’s engaged to Daniel Grayson (Vicki's son). Victoria has pulled a lot of shady stunts since the show premiered, like faking her own death, hiding a son she had while in her teens, and orchestrating all kinds of drama between Emily and Daniel. Here are her top five shadiest moments of season three.
Sometimes You Gotta Hire Your Son’s Fiancée’s Ex-Boyfriend To Stir Up Some Ish
This woman so loathes the idea of Emily Thorne joining her family (and is so suspicious of the whole engagement...rightfully so) that she started off the season enlisting Aiden Mathis for help. As Emily’s ex-boyfriend, she wanted him to rekindle the flame and pull Emily away from Daniel. The concept of minding your own business is something Victoria has never really embraced, but isn't that why we love her?
The Shadiest Art Gallery Coup Ever
When it looked like the Graysons were going for broke, Victoria did the unthinkable and – wait for it – got a job. Madness! But when she didn’t like the way the gallery owner was treating her she teamed up with her long-lost son Patrick to blackmail the woman into leaving town and handing the keys to the fancy-schmancy gallery over to her. Why? Because even when she’s broke, Victoria Grayson works for no one!
Sometimes You Gotta Fire Your Son’s Fiancée’s Ex-Boyfriend
Later on in this season Victoria basically got bored with Aiden. Sure, he’d found her missing Grayson fortune, but since he failed to drive a wedge between Daniel and Emily he was useless to her. On the Fourth of July she hilariously and appropriately informed Aiden that she was declaring her independence from the British, and promptly told him to bounce.
And Sometimes You Gotta Team Up With Your Son’s Ex-Girlfriend Even Though You Ruined Her Life Back In The Day
It takes a very special kind of shade to team up with your son’s ex-girlfriend a few years after you ruined her life when your son caught a DUI charge and injured her in a car crash. True story. Daniel’s ex-girlfriend Sarah is back in the picture this season, and Victoria has every intention of using that to her advantage. Because when you’re a true blue opportunist, any situation at all can be used to your advantage. Vicki knows this, and Vicki acts accordingly.
Throwing Shade At Emily’s Bridal Shower
When your future mother-in-law invites your super-secret ex-husband to your bridal shower...you’re probably in the world of Revenge. Even though Victoria’s plan to ruin Emily and Daniel’s big day with the introduction of the man Emily had “married” years ago was actually all a part of Emily’s plan, you gotta give it up to Victoria for being shady enough to do it. She was so psyched to play "This Is Your Life" with Emily, and we can be sure that she’s not finished trying to uncover secrets from Emily’s past. Here’s to another season of unparalleled shade from Victoria Grayson!
The show opened without its usual "You are being watched". It jumped right in with a montage. John Reese (Jim Caviezel), attached to a heart monitor, was on a hospital bed at the library after being shot by corrupt cop Patrick Simmons. Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) was sitting by him. Johnny Cash's "Hurt" began to play and I had a much harder time writing this due to the room getting really dusty. Then it showed Joss Carter's (Taraji P. Henson) ex-husband and son at her funeral, with Finch and Samantha Shaw (Sarah Shahi) hanging back. Lionel Fusco (Kevin Chapman) was there. Then there was a bar scene with Shaw beating people up and showing Simmon's picture. Then to a seedy place with money being exchanged - Simmons was getting a fake passport. The passport go-betweens were then riding in an SUV, counting Simmons' money and laughing. A big truck t-boned the SUV and Reese, who was in the truck, strode to the rear seat, where one person was still conscious. He showed the picture of Simmons. The guy, who was in bad shape, babbled something and Reese, showing about as much emotion as a robot, walked away as the SUV exploded. That was the opening. Some shows down't pack that much in an HOUR.
The episode used its flashback method of bouncing back and forth between a timeline. This time it showed each member of the team sitting across from someone at various points in time and talking about an aspect of their personality. The first was in 2010: Finch was with a therapist, after the ferry bombing that had cost him his co-partner. He wanted to talk about grief. He was sitting in a wheelchair and he said that he had lost his closest friend. They were debating the use of grief in evolution. He said he was thinking of doing something radical to honor the memory of his friend. The therapist said that he was not God and that his friend's death was not his fault. He asked if survivor's guilt would go away if everything WAS his fault.
Back to 2013. Finch opened Root's (Amy Acker) cage to give her food and she looked at him with a worried glance and offered her help again. He said it was too late. She said not for Reese. She also that there was a bigger problems at hand. Whatever the Machine was planning was coming soon. Finch's cell phone rang. It was Fusco. He met him at the burned SUV. Fusco alluded to it probably being the work of a psychopathic vigilante, prompting a snarky Finch reply: "Which one?" Fusco said Reese and Shaw's scorched earth was not good, it was making it harder to find Simmons. The guy told Reese about the forger, a guy named Yorke - which meant they needed to find him. Too late. Shaw had him hanging - literally - by his arms from the ceiling. She ignored three voicemails. Soon Fusco and Finch strolled in. It turned out Reese had gotten to him first and thrown him off the roof and disappeared. Shaw was just working with leftovers. Finch warned her that Reese's injuries were life-threatening. Quinn was the only one who knew where Simmons was coming and going. They decided to get Quinn's lawyer. The problem was, the Russians were also after Quinn as well as Reese. The lawyer was dead, courtesy of the Russians.
It looked like they were at a dead end. Or were they? Shaw then realized that she had to make Finch swallow the possible poison pill: They had to bring Root into the fold.
The next flashback was 2005. Shaw, who was a medical resident, was called in to the office for her lack of emotion after telling a family that their father was dead while eating an energy bar. Her sociopathic personality traits were called out. The man said that she was supremely bright and talented, but she was a risk; she might be bored of the job soon, since she only thought about fixing things, not healing people. She wouldn't be a doctor.
Back in 2013, Shaw was telling Finch that Root was his only option, with Finch still displaying understandable reluctance, but he acquiesced, opening the Faraday Cage that was holding Root. She came out and a cell phone rings for her. She answered it with a smirk while putting a bluetooth piece in her ear. Later, they were driving and Fusco was not happy about sitting next to Root, saying that if he had known, he would have driven to the location by himself. Root guided them to the right place in the dark by using the machine. They pulled into a desolate area. Fusco was skeptical, but Root told him information all about himself, including how he got the name Lionel. She promised that she was there to help. "Just when I thought life with you was weird enough, one of you takes it to the next level." he fumed. Root asked for a gun, Shaw declined...she then told her to turn around, with Shaw shooting a U.S. Marshal in the leg just in time.
They found Quinn's hideout - a very large hotel that had been taken over. Any doubts that it was the right place was dispelled when a car in front bust into flames. This drove marshals outside to investigate. Shaw could only smile at that.
Another flashback brought us to 2007. Reese was in a military uniform and getting raked over the coals before joining an elite program. The interviewer wanted to make sure he was tough enough to do his job. Reese replied that he had been through it already and he'd been in the program for three years. His job was to find the person who had sold secrets to the Chinese. It turned out it was the interviewer who had betrayed his country. Reese shot him under the table, with no compunction.
Back in 2013. Reese was coming for Quinn, even though he was still losing blood and looked quite haggard. He locked the doors and turned off the power. Upstairs, Quinn's bodyguard thought his men could handle the situation, but the head of HR knew that Reese can't be stopped. The scene shifted to the hallways. First he set some kind of explosive on a ceiling and then took a bag of flares and dumped them in the hallway. Quinn's protection team came downstairs wearing night vision goggles. Reese jumped some of them and then shot the pile of flares to blind night vision. Then he blew up the room to finish off other guards. Several seconds later, the main bodyguard of Quinn's was neutralized and knocked out. Reese was back with the defiant Quinn.He put his pad down for him to write where Simmons was exiting. Quinn talked about loyalty and that he wouldn't give up the corrupt cop.
Reese too that too well. He said that he kept his word. "I'm going to kill you. In 3 minutes." He told him that he knew how to kill people painlessly, but was going to forget that. Instead, he was going to make the last three minutes of Quinn's life last forever if he didn't tell him the exit.
The cavalry got to the hotel and this time, Root asked for and got two guns. Seconds later, the Russians came to the hotel entrance and the two parties shot it out, with Root being a badass with her twin guns blazing. Shaw grudgingly admitted, "OK, that was kind of hot."
Finch made his way to the room and got to a rapidly deteriorating Reese just as the three minutes ended. He was trying to talk sense into the grieving ex-military man. His strength waning as his blood continued to flow. Sinking to the ground, Reese aimed his gun at Quinn, but it was empty. They had a choice: either get Simmons or take Reese to get help. Shaw was fuming that it looked like Simmons would get away to fight another day. Quietly, Root said, "The machine never said that Reese was the only one that wanted to kill Simmons." it cut to the hotel room, with Fusco organizing the arrest of Quinn. He looked down at the pad, shoved it in his pocket and walked off.
Back in time to 2005: Fusco was in therapy and talking about a shooting. The therapist asked how he was doing, and he said that he was sleeping just fine. He was being a hardass, but then he asked about doctor-patient confidentiality. The therapist expected him to break down, but Fusco turned the tables and admitted that he tracked down the perp, who had shot an off-duty cop. He said the guy got what he deserved and practically walked out of the office whistling.
Back in 2013, Simmons was making his way to a plane. He smiled as he left the hangar. Fusco greeted him and told him he had sent the pilot off. Simmons asked if he was going to shoot an unarmed man. They fought which didn't seem like the best idea, since Simmons seemed to be in better fighting shape and Fusco still had broken fingers from the last episode. Sure enough, Simmons had the upper hand at first,. but Fusco rallied and broke his arm. Beaten, Simmons egged him on to shoot him, but Fusco was having none of it. He said that Carter had been the best thing for him and shown him that he could be a good cop. He handcuffed him and led him off to the precinct.
The scene shifted to Reese recuperating and they found Root, who apparently was free to have slipped off to wherever she wanted to go, in the library. She had decided to stay for whatever the Machine had planned. At least in the beginning.
Finally, we were in the hospital, where Simmons was under police guard while he recuperated from his injuries. He groggily woke up to find someone in the shadows. It was the gangster, Elias (Enrico Colantoni). Simmons asked him what he wanted, since HR was dead. There was nothing. But Elias was not satisfied. He wanted to collect a debt, and he admitted that he was not civilized. He liked Carter. She had been civilized to the end. and now he was going to kill Simmons. Well, he watched as his bodyguard garroted him and the final scene showed Simmons' heart rate monitor go crazy and then flatline in a reversal of how the episode began.
As even the most casual fan know, the plot of The Hunger Games centers on an annual event in which the government of Panem draft two volunteers from each district to compete in an annual tournament in which they are forced to fight the other competitors until only one victor is left alive, while the nation watches it and cheers for their favorite contestants. Understandably, the tournament has been known to have many negative effects on the competitors, and those who manage to reach the end of the Games are left with an incredible amount of trauma to work through. So, what does the government do to these terrified, traumatized victors at the beginning of Catching Fire? Well, they force them back into an arena, to face even more painful, horrifying and scarring elements than were present in their first go around.
In honor of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arriving in theaters this Friday, we decided to play psychiatrist and attempt to analyse the Quarter Quell tributes in order to better understand the issues they are facing as they arrive to compete in the Hunger Games one more time.
NOTE: We are not actual psychologists, and this should not be taken as a formal diagnosis. Also, minor spoilers for Catching Fire are present.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder The most common after-effect that the tributes seem to be dealing with from their time in the arena is PTSD. According to the DSM V, the criteria for PTSD include experiencing or witnessing a past trauma that results in recurring, involuntary memories, nightmares, flashbacks and distress as a result of the event itself or reminder of the event. Katniss suffers from nightmares as a result of her time in the arena, and they primarily affect her when she is on the train on her tour of the Districts with Peeta. People who suffer from PTSD can also experience trouble sleeping, which both Katniss and Peeta deal with, exhibit self-destructive or reckless behavior or can be aggressive and irritable. Both tributes also have trouble controlling themselves and often react aggressively to situations that upset them. Another symptom of PTSD is the diminished interest in activities that were once enjoyable, which Katniss exhibits when she feels bored by her new life in District 12, and a persistent feeling of isolation, which both Katniss and Peeta feel, as they and Haymitch are the only people in the district who know what it’s like to be a victor of the Hunger Games.
Branching outside of District 12, many of these PTSD symptoms can be found in the other tributes as well. Johanna Mason often behaves recklessly, such as when she removes all of her clothes in the elevator in an attempt to startle Katniss, and she behaves aggressively and violently towards the other tributes, even before they enter the arena. Johanna also exhibits another symptom of PTSD: the diminished ability to feel positive emotions. After the trauma of her games, President Snow killed all of Johanna’s family, and after these two traumas, she seems to be unable to see things positively, or even display any emotions besides rage or terror. Other characters who exhibit aggressive or angry behavior are Enobaria, who had her teeth sharpened into points in order to live up to her reputation as a bloodthirsty killer, and Brutus, who is excited to revisit the violence and brutality of the Hunger Games.
Attachment Issues Katniss' father died when she and Prim were young, and her mother fell into a depression as a result that left Katniss in charge of providing for the family. As a result of her father's death and her mother abandoning her parental duties due to her depression, Katniss has spent most of her life unable to connect with others. Even though she and Gale are considered good friends, she still finds it hard to form a proper relationship with him, and has stated that Prim is the only person that she "is sure" she loves. Her attachment issues have also manifested in her relationship with Peeta, who is the first person she forms a proper bond with, and the only way that she can recover from her nightmares is if he shares her bed, because otherwise she feels alone.
Substance Abuse/Addiction As a way of dealing with their time in the arena and the trauma that resulted, several characters developed problems with substance abuse, most notably, Haymitch Abernathy, who is an alcoholic. Although he doesn't compete in the Quarter Quell, as Peeta volunteers to take his place, Haymitch is still a vital part of the Games for Katniss and Peeta. He began drinking to forget about his time in the arena, and eventually became dependent on it in rode rot get through the day. Although he is a functional alcoholic, and can perform his duties as mentor despite his drinking, he still exhibits withdrawal symptoms when liquor is no longer available in District 12.
Chaff, a tribute from District 11, is a friend of Haymitch's and also has a drinking problem. In addition, there are two unnamed tributes from District 5 known only as the Morphlings, who have developed and addition to morphling, Panem's equivalent of the opiate morphine, as a way of dealing with life after the Hunger Games. As part of their addiction, their skin has begun to yellow and sag.
Loss of Verbal Communication It’s not a disorder in and of itself, but a loss of verbal communication is a common symptom amongst people who have experienced a trauma. Although it’s most commonly associated with traumatic brain injuries, it can also appear as a lesser known symptom of PTSD. Wiress suffers from such symptoms, and finds herself unable to communicate verbally, instead relying on simple phrases and songs to get her point across. When she does manage to get sentences across, she often trails off towards the end of them, requiring her friend Beetee to finish what she was trying to say or to translate he speech to the other tributes. Wiress is the first tribute to figure out that the arena is a clock, but because she cannot express this beyond repeating the phrase "tick tock," it takes some time before the others know what she means. Mags also has trouble communicating verbally, and her speech is often an indistinct mumble that Katniss has a difficult time understanding. It's likely that both of their inability to speak is a result of their time spent in the arena, and the trauma their experiences caused.
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This was the second part of a three-show arc, where "A Hero Will Fall." All the previews seemed to point towards Kevin Chapman's Lionel Fusco dying, but the showrunners have been known to completely mislead everyone.
The episode opened with footage of John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) talking about the head of the corrupt police squad, HR, Alonzo Quinn (Clarke Peters) as they dragged him away from the crooked judge's place. They decided to go to the FBI. The scene then shifted to the judge's place, with the harried jurist sitting in a ransacked place. The corrupt cop Patrick Simmons showed a picture of Reese to the judge, saying he was coming up with a plan and that they will find Carter and Quinn. Simmons was also working on story about how the house came to be in that condition and then shot the judge. Real cold. He wanted Quinn and Carter alive, but his directive for Reese: Shoot to Kill.
Outside: The Machine called Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and gave a bunch of numbers. That's never a good thing.
Reese, Quinn, Carter got on a subway to go to the FBI office. Reese said the cavalry was coming. Part of that cavalry was Fusco, who was putting his son to bed at the moment. He showed him the key that Carter had given him for the lockbox that had all the information on HR, and tucked him in bed. After closing his room door, he found Samantha Shaw in his kitchen. After she told him the situation, that they were going to have to get Reese and Carter, Fusco tried to set boundaries. Shaw replied with a bored voice. "I'm already sorry I have to listen to your whiny ass all the way to Queens." She's very empathetic. Not.
Reese was the number, since Simmons had put the bounty out. As if on cue, a group of thugs came into the subway, one of them brandishing a knife. Really. A knife against Reese? Hah. Commercial.
The show started again with the thugs bouncing out of the subway and the three fugitives exited. Quinn, the defiant one, pickpocketed Reese's phone and broke it, severing a very important connection to Finch. Once they realized the communication with Reese was lost, Shaw suggested that Finch talk to the Machine. Finch demurred. Shaw pointed out the Machine talked to Root. Finch was not convinced and decided to separate Shaw and Fusco. Every horror movie fan all said, "Uh-oh..."
Finch went to talk to Root in her Faraday Cage in their library. He opened the conversation in an odd way, saying that he used to see the machine in his dreams when he built it, but Root had changed the DNA and corrupted the image. She replied that while the Machine spoke to Finch, she had a more intimate relationship with it. Root then struck a nerve by asking if the 'big lug is in trouble', meaning Reese. She offered her help, as if Finch would just forget that she kidnapped Finch and dragged him around the country while killing people. That was just mischievous fun between friends, right? Finch said that bad things would happen and she said that he has probably burned through previous 'helper monkeys' anyways. The only thing missing was her wearing a mask and talking about Chianti and fava beans.
Simmons and a detective named Petersen (played by Lee Tergesen, one of my favorite character actors) were talking while running a road block to try to catch Carter, Quinn and Reese. Walking through the subway station Shaw saw an Asian gang looking at people with suits. She contacted Reese, who was in an ambulance, wearing an EMT uniform. They rode by Simmons and Petersen and since it was dark, they almost made it. Of course, Simmons had to look at the back of the ambulance and saw a bloody handprint on the side. It may have been a deliberate signal on Quinn's part, but it was likely bad luck. He screamed to stop the ambulance and Reese took over driving while gunfire rained. Fusco laid down backup gunfire and the ambulance drove away. Of course, Simmons probably tracked down the path of the shooting and captured Fusco. Uh-oh. Another phone smashed. The prop department probably paid more than usual for its prop phones in this episode.
After the commercial, Shaw was talking to Finch. When it came to locating Fusco, she didn't find it very feasible. "Remind me to hire an optimist," Finch deadpanned. The scene shifted to Fusco tied up in a fortune cookie factory. Simmons was feeling cheery, describing how Fusco would be screaming. Chapman really turned in a great performance here, cracking wise. The punches began. Simmons held up the lockbox key that Fusco had, and the formerly dirty cop replied that it was for his locker in the Y. Simmons then read a bunch of fortune cookies until he got the one he wanted: "Tell the people holding you everything or they will break your bones." I think he made that one up, though.
Quinn, Carter and Reese were on the street, looking for a place to hide. Reese and Carter saw some gangs looking for them and did a quick turn, breaking into what turned to be the morgue. Reese grabbed a phone and contacted Finch, Carter figured out through their conversation that Fusco was being held. Outside, a cop was sitting in a car talking about not finding Reese. Shaw slipped in next to him and after a brief conversation, put a grenade in his hand and made him hold onto it. She asked where Fusco was and the cop stalled. With his lip quivering, he said that if he crossed Simmons, he would hunt down his family. He picked the wrong person to complain to. Shaw was unmoved and threw the pin into the backseat and exited, leaving a very panicked cop.
We went back to the fortune cookie factory to find Fusco in bad shape. There were distinct sounds of bones cracking. He was still quite defiant, but he was up against a psychopath in Simmons. The monster mentioned his child and as casually as asking someone to get some milk, he called an accomplice to kill the kid. Desperate, Fusco gave an address for the bank, somewhere in New Jersey.
Things got worse for Reese and Carter very quickly. Cops outside found the gang who had caused them to make their hasty exit and one member showed the morgue's broken lock to cops. Momentarily unaware of how bad things were getting, Reese and Carter were talking in the morgue. They shared their fatalistic views on life and their near-death experiences. Carter talked about birth of her son, a C-section. Reese said he thought of suicide, but the events that happened in the show's first episode saved him and that she was the best thing for him. After a moment, they kissed, culminating about two seasons' worth of sexual tension. He then said tenderly that she changed him. A major buzzkill then occurred: They saw people swarming the morgue. Carter declared they were coming in for the kill. As Scooby-Doo says: Ruh-roh.
The post-commercial break saw Reese and Carter barricading themselves and then Finch leaving Root breakfast. She was puzzled, since it was 4 in the morning. Finch said that he has to go. and left after resisting another entreaty of hers to help, even though she said she understood why he didn't trust her. She did casually say that she was sorry for his loss, which he responded with a shocked look.
We were taken to Simmons outside a bank, but Fusco had lied. It was the wrong bank. Fusco said that he would take them to the place himself, but an angry Simmons retorted that he kept his promises and told Petersen to have both killed. Back in the morgue, a cornered Reese and Carter were looking for things and Reese told her to look in supply closet for some chemicals. Carter came back out -- we know where this was going, right? -- to find the room empty and an air vent open. She called out his name, knowing he was possibly sacrificing himself. They talked outside the door, with Carter laying a guilt trip on him, saying she'd hate him if anything happened to him. He wryly replied that she was stuck with him and that he'd see her on the other side. At Fusco's place. a corrupt cop had his clearly terrified son on the bed while he stood in the doorway. Petersen wanted to twist the knife a little bit and had Fusco talk to his son before he was to be killed. Again, Chapman was excellent here, He was trying to comfort his son in what would probably be his last moments, telling him to close his eyes. There was a gunshot. Then Shaw's voice was on the phone. She had saved Fusco's son. But that meant that she couldn't save Fusco. Fusco nodded grimly at the news, but he seemed happy that his son was alive. He shook it off and stared death in the face. Of course, there was another commercial.
Fusco was staring down the barrel of Petersen's gun. But it was odd, he was talking calmly to him. Petersen was gloating, saying he had broken Fusco's fingers. "That made it no big deal to break my thumb," Fusco replied. That meant he was able to slip out of the handcuffs, and he managed to grab Petersen and choke him from behind with the cuffs.
It turned out to be Finch in the morgue. He dropped one guard with a taser and then started pulling on the power supply door. It was still dark and Reese started shooting. After some gunfire and dropping all but one cop, he managed to get out, holding his arm while hoping the lone cop would follow him outside. Finch turned on the power and used the loudspeaker to announce that all was clear. Carter dragged Quinn outside.
We saw Reese walking outside, with the Machine predicting his survival chances, which were dropping precariously by the second. Fate intervened, though, with Reese getting arrested by apparently the last two honest cops in NYC, due to an anonymous tip from Finch. They figured he would be safer in custody. Carter managed to get Quinn to the FBI, which began a whole montage of arrests, including Quinn getting a mugshot. The Machine said HR was neutralized.
Fast forward a bit. Things seemed back to normal. Finch ran into Carter outside her precinct. She was a detective again. She indicated to Finch that she knew about the Machine, which had Finch with another shocked look. She said she would make sure Reese was released. Another scene showed Fusco with his son at hockey. Shaw got in the car's back seat, but Fusco didn't say anyting about boundaries. He said thank you, which Shaw accepted.
It was later that night. Carter found Reese in holding as a John Doe. She walked him out and Finch was getting ready to drive Reese back to the library. It was mentioned that Simmons was still loose. Just as Finch was getting out of the car to cross the street to get Reese, a pay phone rang, to indicate a number. Finch stood frozen, staring at the phone. While Finch stood there, Simmons came out of an alley and shot both Reese and Carter. Carter winged Simmons, but got a bullet mid-center for her troubles. While Reese, badly hurt himself, held Carter, she died. Finch could only still stand there in disbelief.
Previews for Part III seem to show a very, very unhinged Reese. It should be fascinating, though it will be difficult to say if people will have processed the events of this episode in time. A week is very short.
One of Truman Capote's closest confidantes has revealed the writer captured footage of a secret meeting between Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe at his home in New York just weeks before the actress' death in 1962. Celebrity seer John Cohan tells WENN Capote showed him the footage of the tense showdown between President John F. Kennedy's wife and his alleged mistress, which he filmed without the two women's knowledge, multiple times before he sold the home video to TV mogul Merv Griffin in the eraly 1980s.
Griffin, in turn, had planned to release the film on the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death last year (12), but died in 2007 before he could create the television special he had planned.
Now Cohan has no idea what has become of the footage, but he's convinced it will be broadcast in the near future.
He says, "I was reminded of this film while I was recalling my friendship with Truman for a new book, titled The Pink Triangle.
"Truman had been a friend to Jackie Kennedy but they had a falling out and when she asked him to arrange a meeting with Marilyn at his home, he bugged the room and filmed them. He did this because he could be devious and cunning."
And Cohan was stunned when the author first showed him the footage.
He recalls, "I remember Marilyn arrived looking like the movie star she was, dressed in a stunning white dress and Jackie showed up in this very tailored black suit, which made her look very matronly... When MM (Marilyn) first started the greetings, she said, 'Hello Madam Jacqueline'.
"The two women were together a little over 30 minutes and Jackie basically told Marilyn she knew what was going on between her husband and Marilyn, and wanted it to stop. Jackie said she forgave MM for the affair with her husband because she knew too well Jack could charm a dead body and get a response.
"Marilyn became hysterical because she didn't want to end the affair. Money was exchanged. Jackie had with her a good size pink round hat box. In it was a lot of money. She said to MM, 'Take this and use it to make your new home more beautiful and the rest invest in stocks and other good ventures for your future'. By the end of the film, Marilyn was a mess. Her hair was all messed up and her mascara was running."
Cohan admits Capote was very guarded about the film and, as far as he knows, he's the only person who has seen it other than the author and Merv Griffin.
He adds, "In the beginning, Truman kept it because he wanted to get back at Jackie and just by having this film he felt he had achieved that, but over the years he got so bored with it and told me, 'I'm going to sell it' - and he did.
"Merv Griffin treasured the footage and intended to keep it under lock and key until the 50th anniversary of Marilyn's death. Like Truman, he was very guarded about this and I don't think he showed it to anyone or talked about it.
"Unfortunately Merv, another great friend of mine, died before his time and the footage is now lost, but I'm sure Merv took care of all his affairs before his death and had plans for this film. I'm sure it will see the light of day at some point."
Idris Elba recently admitted that he hasn't actually watched classic HBO series The Wire, despite starring as drug kingpin Stringer Bell for its first three seasons. Obviously this is a huge oversight, but looking five seasons of brilliance in the face while about to go on press tour for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is overwhelming. So let's help Elba out by recommending ten different episodes he can start with.
1. Season 1, Episode 1: Well, duh. But it's less simple than it seems, as this pilot hardly spends time setting things up and instead dives right in. "Got to, man. This is America."
2. Season 2, Episode 12: The second season was so constrained within the docks that it wouldn't have felt finished unless we found out what happened to the doomed middleman Frank Sobotka, but while we thought he might end up in jail, we could have never predicted how emotionally affecting his inevitable death would be.
3. Season 2, Episode 6: Omar Little, who has thus far operated outisde the system, steps inside it to testify against Brid, a known hitman who murdered Little's boyfriend. Nothing can beat the sight of Omar with a tie over his usual oversized T-shirt and do-rag.
4. Season 5, Episode 9: Snoop asks how her hair looks and we find out what's happened to Dukie, Michael, and the other kids from the neighborhood in one of the darkest episodes of the series.
5. Season 3, Episode 4: The relationship between cops and criminals is explained with shocking clarity and beautiful imagery in a monologue about Amsterdam, open container laws, and the failure of the war on drugs by "Bunny" Colvin, a man who knows his days running the Baltimore Police Department are numbered.
6. Season 3, Episode 11: I know it's embarrassing to watch yourself, but Elba will have to suck it up because this episode is just that good. Elba famously disagreed with the decision to kill Stringer Bell and end his building drug empire, but if he saw the final result, he might have to change his mind.
7. Season 1, Episode 5: This is where unsympathetic cop Pryzbylewski first showed his depth by being the first person to crack the drug dealers' pager code. Who knew he would go on to be one of the most beloved characters in the entire series.
8. Season 5, Episode 7: Kima Greggs was probably the only female minority gay character on TV at the time — some viewers were bored by her long Season 3 arc about her home life, but it all pays off here, where she reunites with her ex-girlfriend's son. Meanwhile, Clay Davis proves why he's one of the most dispicable politicians in fiction.
9. Season 1, Episode 2: Probably the most traditional cop show episode The Wire ever did, as it sets up the team of misfits we'll follow for the rest of the series. Highlights? Just about everyone, but pay keen attention to the meticulous Lester Freamon. Notice how here, he contains all of the intelligence and steely resolve that later blossoms into the homicide detective he was always meant to be.
10. All of Season 4: Just start, and you won't be able to stop. In fact, probably just watch the whole series front to back. But especially Season 4.
After 15 seasons of chasing fictional bad guys, Richard Belzer is saying goodbye to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. At the end of the Oct. 9 episode, it was revealed by Capt. Craigen (Dann Florek) that Belzer's charcter, Sgt. John Munch, would be retiring from the force. Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) was shocked, and so were we, because what's SVU without the cynical yet beloved Munch?
The good news is that Belzer doesn't plan on staying away from the NBC show forever. Sources told The Huffington Post that Munch, a character that first appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street in 1993 and then went on to appear in SVU in over 320 episodes, may come back to the set as a guest star in future episodes.
"I'd be a fool to say I didn't want to do it anymore and I'm certainly not bored with the character because the writing is so good," Belzer told The Huffington Post last May. "[Munch is] very close to how I would be if I were in that situation, so it's a dream."
Whether Munch is coming back or not, his wisecracking is going to be dearly missed. Here are a few of our favorite Munch quotes:
ADA Casey Novak: Do you know where Olivia is? Det. John Munch: Word on the street is that she's out having my love child.
Det. John Munch: Dodgeball? Haven't they outlawed this barbaric practice yet? I literally weighed 98 pounds. I can still hear them. "Break the pencil!" I was a walking bruise.
Det. Fin Tutuola: I didn't know you spoke Greek. Det. John Munch: I have to keep some mystery, otherwise you'll grow bored and stop loving me.
Det. John Munch: I guess if I ever have kids I'll have to call 'em "Munchkins."
Psychiatrist: We still have 45 minutes. Det. John Munch: Well, I could give you a complete detailed account of my sex life... but, what are we going to do with the other 44 minutes?
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9 P.M. on NBC.
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The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff series, The Originals, both premiere tonight, and while we like the idea of a double dose of the characters we've come to love, the loss of the Original vampires from TVD may be too big of a change for the show to withstand. Could the separation of the main cast end up making both shows weaker, or will the new story lines enhance both series? We're running down the ways things could turn out amazingly well... or go horribly wrong.
The Characters:The Vampire Diaries: Unfortunately, TVD will be losing some of its best characters, as well as many of its main antagonists. In a show that depends on threats and enemies to run the plot, it seems like this will be a bad move for the show. While Katherine is still around and up to her old tricks, she is human now, and has no real power behind her. Most likely, she will quickly become an annoyance. However, the finale of season four gave us back one of the biggest enemies in the shows history: Silas! Remember him, the creepy man of stone who could turn into anyone? Then, in a shocking twist, Silas was shown to be Stefan's doppelgänger. While this was a great OMG cliffhanger, it may not have been the best move in the way of future story lines. First of all, did we really need another effing doppelgänger? Aren't we all confused enough by Nina Dobrev's many characters? Of course, this season will inevitably have Silas impersonating Stefan, which can get old quick, especially since we've already dealt with the threat of Silas once. Get some new ideas TVD, and definitely bring us some new characters.
The Originals: In the character department, the spinoff definitely has the edge. In the promo below, the show seems to be capitalizing on the fact that there are going to be a lot of known characters from TVD appearing. In fact, the entire Original vampire family, as well as Hayley (who is pregnant with Klaus's child) will be main characters in the new show. While it is rare to see so many characters switch over, it could be great draw for both new and old viewers. Fans of TVD will tune in to see what Klaus, the bad boy with a heart of gold, will be up to, as well as to see if the Original family will stir up trouble in a new city. Plus, it looks like a great new cast of characters who seem to be able to hold their own against Klaus and co.
New Audiences:The Vampire Diaries: While seasoned fans will probably stick it out, new fans may become disinterested in a show that isn't giving us much in the way of new stories. In the promo below, Elena and Caroline move to college, which, in other teen dramas, always seems to be the beginning of the end (remember Dawson's Creek and Gossip Girl?). Fans may become bored with college life as well as the resurrection of Silas, who, let's be honest, won't be around too long once Elena and the gang realize he trapped Stefan. With the recycled story line, the absence of a new antagonist and the loss of the high school setting, TVD could quickly join the ranks of cancelled college dramas.
The Originals: Once again, the spinoff will win this round, and will have an edge on drawing in new audiences. The Originals will feature enough main TVD characters that fans of the show will tune in, but it will also draw in new audiences that may not have gotten into TVD and want to see what all the fuss is about. Plus, The Originals doesn't have to deal with the teen transition into adulthood. Instead, these characters don't spend any time dealing with the mundane, and jump right into major vampire problems, like dealing with vampire/human babies and killing witches - which could help draw in a more mature audience.
The Romance:The Vampire Diaries: In the romance department, TVD has always played up the Elena, Stefan, and Damon love triangle. This year, fans finally get what they've been asking for the past four seasons: a true Damon and Elena relationship. In addition to this long awaited union, Jeremy and Bonnie will still be able to see each other (yes, this is still creepy), and Caroline will finally get to have Tyler back in Mystic Falls (thanks Klaus). Then, as the promo showed, Silas/Stefan may be getting cozy with Katherine, which could make for a weird, but interesting romance.
The Originals: While the spinoff may have many great things going for it, there isn't any promise of love for the tenderhearted fans. While TVD always relied on relationships for plot development, The Originals looks like it will be headed a different route and will instead focus on Klaus regaining his power in New Orleans. While there is the pregnant Hayley story, there seems to be no love lost between her and Klaus, and while this non-relationship may work for the new show, it may not keep the interest of the hopeless romantic TVD fan. Let's just keep hope that Caroline and Klaus will somehow cross paths again.
Clearly, both shows have major stengths and weaknesses, and only time will tell if they can work on their own. Both shows premiere tonight on the CW: The Vampire Diares at 8 PM ET and The Originals following at 9 PM ET. After tonight The Originals will move to Tuesdays at 8 PM ET.
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It can be tough to lose a beloved TV show. It can be even harder when your music collection is full of reminders of shows past, and you can’t hear “Hallelujah,” “Orange Sky,” or anything by Coldplay without sobbing for long lost dramas. Here are a few dearly departed shows with kickass music.
The amazing teen soap featured many excellent live performances and a sardonic musical trendsetter in the of character Seth Cohen.
The soon-to-be revived teen mystery had a cool and breezy, yet memorable, soundtrack, and an awesome intro by The Dandy Warhols.
Though flawed in many ways, Gossip Girl had a great, oh-so-cool indiepop soundtrack going for it.
The spy comedy-drama Chuck knew how to use soft indie folk to fill any moment with emotion.
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The under-the-radar comedy had an even more under-the-radar soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and the show are hidden gems.
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Episode 1. Stockholm Syndrome (Pilot)
(AIR DATE 09/20/2009)
When Jonathan Ames's girlfriend Suzanne moves out (because he allegedly spends too much time drinking white wine and smoking pot), he comforts and distracts himself by reading a Raymond Chandler novel, 'Farewell, My Lovely.' Jonathan posts a listing on Craigslist offering his services as an unlicensed private detective. When Jonathan gets a call from a young girl looking for her missing sister, an NYU coed, he takes the case, but first he has to cover an event for his sometimes-boss George Christopher, the editor of 'Edition' magazine. George and Jonathan smoke pot in the men's room before Jonathan is able to begin his working on his case in earnest. Following his one lead which brings him to a seedy hotel, Jonathan eventually pushes his way into a rent-by-the-hour room, where he finds the missing sister tied to the bed by the boyfriend she is trying to break up with. The cops show up, free the sister and take Jonathan down to the station, where he receives a strict warning not to impersonate an investigator anymore. Alone again, Jonathan returns home and, discovering another response to his Craigslist ad, is unable to resist the Sirens' call for help.
Episode 2. The Alanon Case
(AIR DATE 09/27/2009)
During an unsuccessful attempt to win back Suzanne, Jonathan gets a a new case: a woman named Jennifer wants him to tail her boyfriend Gary to see if he's been unfaithful. After learning that he and Jennifer share a common pastime (drinking), Jonathan heads out in search of her boyfriend - with uncomfortable results.
Episode 3. The Case of the Missing Screenplay
(AIR DATE 10/04/2009)
At a New York film-society party, George introduces Jonathan to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, a fan of Jonathan's first book, who is interested in having him rewrite a screenplay. Later, after leaving his personalized script in a therapist's office during an ill-advised late-night tryst with a (very) young party girl, Jonathan convinces Ray to pose as a patient in order to retrieve it. Meanwhile, George is flummoxed when he runs into his sexy ex-wife Priscilla and her arrogant new husband, fellow publishing magnate Richard Antrem.
Episode 4. The Case of the Stolen Skateboard
(AIR DATE 10/11/2009)
Jonathan falls for his latest client, the mother of a boy whose skateboard was stolen by a neighborhood bully. Meanwhile, Ray agrees to help a lesbian couple start a new family, to his wife Leah's chagrin, and George has a nostalgic "armpit crush" on a young publicist he hopes to woo at the opening of a new Brooklyn restaurant.
Episode 5. The Case of the Lonely White Dove
(AIR DATE 10/18/2009)
A smitten Russian parolee contracts Jonathan to track down a chanteuse known as "the Lonely White Dove." After a vodka-fueled reconnaissance mission at the Brighton Beach restaurant where the singer works, Jonathan persuades Suzanne - along with Ray and Leah - to join him there for dinner the next night, without revealing his true purpose. Meanwhile, George decides to get in touch with his feminine side as a way to drive sales of his sagging magazines.
Episode 6. The Case of the Beautiful Blackmailer
(AIR DATE 10/25/2009)
Jonathan is enlisted to retrieve a sex tape that a female escort is using to extort money from a married New Jersey man. With Ray and George in tow, Jonathan ends up in a motel room with the escort, who attempts to blackmail him as well. Ray and George must save Jonathan's neck before the woman's enraged brother breaks it.
Episode 7. The Case of the Stolen Sperm
(AIR DATE 11/01/2009)
Concerned over the sudden disappearance of the two lesbians who've been buying his sperm, Ray enlists Jonathan to help track the couple down. Breaking into their apartment, Jonathan learns the pair has flown the coop - but not without leaving behind a clue that both shocks and intrigues Ray. Meanwhile, George ignores Jonathan's warnings by publishing a disparaging editorial about Richard Antrem, sending his publishing rival into a fit of rage at a local watering hole.
Episode 8. Take a Dive
(AIR DATE 11/08/2009)
Having picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Richard - and having thwarted a blackmail bid aimed at getting Jonathan to take a dive - the Edition team (George, Jonathan and Ray) gear up for a tripleheader boxing challenge against their GQ rivals. But with the bouts only hours away, the women in their lives offer some compelling reasons why winning isn't everything.
Episode 1. Escape From the Dungeon
(AIR DATE 09/26/2010)
Jonathan continues teaching a writing course and takes a case that requires him to steal a hard drive from a dominatrix dungeon. Ray and Leah try to do activities together. George deals with new management at the magazine.
Episode 2. Make It Quick, Fitzgerald!
(AIR DATE 10/03/2010)
George's rival Richard hires Jonathan to investigate his allegedly cheating wife. Ray writes a comic book in an attempt to get Leah back.
Episode 3. The Gowanus Canal Has Gonorrhea!
(AIR DATE 10/10/2010)
George learns that he has cancer. Jonathan is kidnapped by two henchmen related to an earlier case but the henchmen's attempt to extract ransom (and George and Ray's attempt to rescue Jonathan) does not go smoothly.
Episode 4. I've Been Living like a Demented God!
(AIR DATE 10/17/2010)
A functional junkie professor hires Jonathan to steal back his copy of "On the Road." Ray tries to make up with Leah and learns that his comic is a success. George tries to get around a mandatory drug test.
Episode 5. Forty-Two Down!
(AIR DATE 10/24/2010)
Ray meets with Kevin Bacon about turning his comic into a film. Jonathan is hired to repair a marriage that could be torn apart by the wife's suspicion that the husband is cheating with a woman who cooks bacon after sex.
Episode 6. The Case of the Grievous Clerical Error!
(AIR DATE 10/31/2010)
Leah hires Jonathan to find her dog and Ray tags along for the investigation.
Episode 7. Escape From the Castle!
(AIR DATE 11/07/2010)
Jonathan takes a new case from a dermatologist. Ray, George and Jonathan hit the spa.
Episode 8. Super Ray Is Mortal!
(AIR DATE 11/14/2010)
Ray and Jonathan turn the tables on Ray's stalker. Louis Greene reappears to bedevil Jonathan when he interviews for a university position. George quits the magazine to pursue his main loves: drinking and pot.
Episode 1. The Blonde in the Woods
(AIR DATE 10/10/2011)
Jonathan releases a new book but during the celebration he learns that his dad is not his biological father and that he is the product of a sperm donor. George reunites with his own daughter, while Jonathan's new case leaves him hanging form a clock tower.
Episode 2. Gumball!
(AIR DATE 10/17/2011)
Jonathan and Ray seek out the person who framed Jonathan, while George tries to cover up for them.
Episode 3. The Black Clock of Time
(AIR DATE 10/24/2011)
Jonathan lands a guest spot on Dick Cavett's new show, but there he runs into his arch nemesis Louis Green, while Ray accidentally launches an AMBER alert.
Episode 4. We Could Sing a Duet
(AIR DATE 10/31/2011)
Jonathan finds that someone is impersonating him and taking on cases, so he sets out to shut him down, with George's daughter Emily in tow. Leah kicks Ray out of the house, but soon he falls into bed with a lonely older woman.
Episode 5. I Keep Taking Baths like Lady Macbeth
(AIR DATE 11/07/2011)
Jonathan and George go to see a counselor to help their friendship, while George starts to take singing lessons from Josephine, soon falling into bed with her.
Episode 6. Two Large Pearls and a Gold Bar
(AIR DATE 11/14/2011)
Jonathan is hired to protect the wedding jewels of his ex-girlfriend, while Leah catches Ray in a compromising position with Belinda, throwing him out and forcing him to move in with George.
Episode 7. Forget The Herring
(AIR DATE 11/21/2011)
Jonathan meets another investigator who was born from the same sperm bank, and they join forces to find their fathers. George starts to get tired of Ray living in his apartment.
Episode 8. Nothing I Can't Handle By Running Away
(AIR DATE 11/28/2011)
Jonathan and his biological father are captured by thugs, and Ray in the guise of his comic book character Super Ray sets out to rescue him with a gang of his fans.