This episode is heavy on family, drawing parallels among the many issues that different sets of siblings have on each other. The trigger is Diggle‘s discovery that his brother, Andy, is alive and apparently one of Hive’s minions. Having extracted said brother from the organization with the help of #TeamArrow, it remains to be seen how he will deal with his errant sibling.
Oliver‘s sister, Thea, is feeling the return of her bloodlust but was able to discover that Damon Dark is a way for her to control it. Why she asks Malcolm Merlin, not her brother, for help I just don’t understand.
After getting a distress call from her former boss/lover Ray Palmer, Felicity, together with Team Arrow, went on Operation: Rescue Ray.
Saddled by guilt from leaving Ray in what turned out be his time of need and peril, Felicity started becoming hostile towards Oliver, feeling that she is losing herself in him. It’s a good thing her mom Donna was there to straighten her out. Whew! So far, my #HEA is safe (but for how long?).
By the way, there’s a new couple I’m shipping: Donna and Quentin Lance. They met in a bar when they were both convalescing on their children’s mishaps. I would like to see what grows from their meet-cute.
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While Ex with Benefits is about the TOTGA (The One That Got Away), what I found interesting are the different instances of gender dynamics:
- Adam, as a pre-eminent doctor, dangled his all-important endorsement for medrep Arki‘s product and she engaged in an “exwith benefits” arrangement with him.
- Scarlet, upon learning of her rival for the good doctor’s attentions, immediately denigrated Arki’s appearance sight unseen. For example, “Arkisha? Parang pangalan ng mataba!”
- All this sex in exchange for favors going on as if everything of value that a woman can give involves access to her body. The scene where the windows were closing on Arki right before such a scene was very disturbing.
That said, Ex with Benefits is entertaining, filled with #hugot lines and steamy scenes.
So the Monsters-of-the-Week that Team Witness Ichabod and Abbie have to face are (drumroll, please)… Norse berserkers!
They were sent by Nevins to retrieve Jenny who was infected by the shard last episode and is now manifesting mutant powers. But she still got some lip action with Joe.
The episode ends with the berserker baddies beaten but another new horror that “makes Pandora look like a homeroom teacher” has arrived, welcomed by no less than an under-the-spell Jenny.
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Whew! I was worried for Oliver for a while there. But I must say, the cunning of the Keating 5 must be rubbing off in him.
Prior to that scene was a very quotable quote from Annalise after getting more recriminations from Nate: “You must decide whether you want to forgive me. But I won’t spread my legs as some sort of payment.”
In other news:
- Wes is really becoming a whiny drag, weighed down by his guilt over Sam’s death.
- Four couples do the dirty.
- The reveal of the night is that Catherine Hapstall and the “inbred weirdo” Philip may have been working together on the murder of their parents.
So Nick and Adalind (Ship Name “Nickalind???”) find themselves sharing that they are each other’s (Nick is Adalind’s first Grimm and Adalind is the first Wesen Nick saw woge). They later move out of Nick’s house (considering all the bad juju in that place, well done!) into a refurbished and heavily-secured warehouse (Nick can afford that on a detective’s salary?) and become bedmates (platonically, so far…) before the end of the episode.
Rosalee was kidnapped by a bunch of orphaned Wesen kids. It’s funny how one even tried to frighten here by woging. (You can tell Rosalee is not impressed.) Never fear, she was immediately rescued by the Scooby Gang led, of course, by her hubby Monroe and his Blutbad sense of smell (Am I the only one weirded out by how he obtained the scent necessary to track her down?) The kids, however, went out of the frying pan and into the fire by ending up back in the juvenile system under the clutches of a superintendent who’s in league with Whatever-Secret-Organization-Nick-Has-To-Fight-Off this season.
On a side note, we have confirmed that it’s Trubel who’s in the heavily guarded vault. It remains to be seen if she will have a happy reunion with Nick and the rest of the Scooby Gang. (Please, god of TV, din’t let her turn evil, too!)
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