Felicity Covers the Entertainment Weekly Reunion Issue

8 Oct

Are you Team Ben or Team Noel?

The hashtag allegiance signifiers popped up all over Twitter after the unveiling of the new Entertainment Weekly reunion issue featuring the love triangle at the heart of Felicity. I didn’t watch Felicity when it first aired, but this show has been the focus of our TV Rewind series and discussion posts that started two years ago on This Was TV. There was definitely a yelp of happiness when this cover photo first popped up in my feed yesterday.

FelicityGood, right?! The hand placement alone has me all a fluster.

Back when I first started watching Felicity I discussed the notion of love triangles before Twitter and so it was fun to see a hint of what social media would have looked like if it had been around when the show first aired. My timeline is obviously just a small sampling, but it was fairly split down the middle between the Ben and Noel fans. The AV Club’s Carrie Raisler summed it up rather well “Guys don’t let #TeamBen and #TeamNoel tear us apart. We can all be #TeamScotts.”

The trio appeared in a pre-taped video this morning on The Today Show with Keri Russell calling Felicity a “good sweet story” and Entertainment Weekly has released another fun shot and an interview excerpt from the issue.

So many feelings. Also these pajamas are super cute.

ew-felicityNice Dean & DeLuca mug props too.

For more from the reunion issue head here and it will be on newsstands tomorrow (October 9). And for all of your episode by episode Felicity chat needs head to our TV Team-Up section.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

7 Oct

Plenty more returning shows this week offering up behind the scenes treats on TV Instagram. Plus old cast mates hanging out together, Empire style sneak peeks and what some of the stars of The Americans have been up to during its hiatus.


Paris Fashion Week delivered a super adorable Game of Thrones reunion complete with super adorable hashtags to boot.


They were frenemies on screen, but this Ugly Betty trio looks thrilled to be hanging out together again.

Our first pitch meeting for our #supersecret project! #beckinewton @vwofficial @americaferrera #uglybetty

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Except when secret projects are being filmed featuring a song by another one of their Ugly Betty co-stars. Whatever Michael Urie and Becki Newton have planned count me in.

Paparazzi's shots from that Oleg and Nina's first date… and the reason it didn't make it into the episode

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Potential disguises/season 4 storyline ideas for Nina and Oleg on The Americans?

Thank you Alexander Wang for having me walk the @balenciaga show! It was magical!❤️🇫🇷❤️ #PFW

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Meanwhile Kimmy lost her corkscrew curls and has been busy walking the runway at the Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week show.


Bathrooms at fancy pants events seem like they would be the most fascinating and friendly places for dress related problems.

💃💃as well as 👭 w @jennyslate the other nite #sam #susan #bong

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Yup. It's Britney, Bitch. #janethevirgin

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Legit screaming about this guest appearance. Gina Rodriguez’s caption says it all really.


Each week the Empire costume design team raise their game and tonight’s episode is no different.

Rhonda's fittings are more fun with a baby belly! 👶🏽

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And now they are getting to show off their ethereal maternity wear style for Rhonda.

Going to miss Ann Dowd tonight! Probably the best person/ actor on the planet.

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Garvey love for Ann Dowd on the set of The Leftovers.


And now I want a project where Liv Tyler and Margaret Qualley play mother and daughter. More evidence to support this notion.

Singularities aren't easy to close. And at what cost? #guesswhosbaaaaack #TheFlashSeason2

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The Flash and Barry’s fabulous boots are back!

"Eli is really a frustrated hippy." – @alancummingsnaps #TheGoodWife

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Alan Cumming took over the official Good Wife Insta on Sunday to celebrate its premiere and there are plenty of behind the scenes shots including Eli’s secret aspirations and a highly anticipated future guest star.


Varying degrees of pouting effort in this Scream Queens photo.

@ilanusglazer at her finest. Video skills @lucyhc silky voice @eeags

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I can see Ilana working this tee paired with some denim shorts on Broad City.


The Stephanie Beatriz glasses envy continues this week.


The Wish List: Carol’s Red and White Pattern Clashing Delight on The Last Man on Earth

6 Oct

If you had free rein to grab whatever clothes had been left in abandoned stores then the Carol from The Last Man on Earth approach could be a winner; opting for a full on pattern clashing theme.

Last Man on Earth is something I have returned to after ditching it early into its first year thanks to getting tired pretty quickly of some of Phil’s less than appealing characteristics. It turns out I tuned out way to early and I maybe need to give those earlier episodes another chance.

Before we get to the Wish List items I quickly want to point out the bedazzled masterpiece that is the t-shirt which played a role in Carol getting left behind.

From a few sparkles:

Last Man on Earth 2.01To all the sparkles:

Last Man on Earth 2.02That’s a whole lot of gluing Carol has been doing to occupy her time while she waits for Phil to return.

Phil didn’t give Carol a heads up or choice about the trip to Malibu and so Carol’s ensemble is not what you might call ‘beach ready’ but it totally works as a fun road trip outfit.

The Last Man on Earth 2.02Carol is wearing a Vionnet wave print jersey tee and it is giving me chess piece vibes with a dash of Grecian pottery imagery.

VionettThe pants are Max Mara and look super comfy; hence the rather apt ‘Weekend’ moniker and these ones are the ‘Nuccia’ print. Sadly they are not currently available and are also a tad on the splurge end of the scale.

Weekend Max Mara pantsMy go to brand for comfy pants which you can wear outside is Uniqlo and these really won’t break the bank. In fact you may suddenly find you have a drawer full of these pants if you are anything like me (I can’t go into Uniqlo and not come out with at least one new pair).

UniqloAnd if you are wondering Phil’s tee is from Threadless.

Can Alicia Florrick be Her Own Boss on The Good Wife?

5 Oct

Last season of The Good Wife ended on a rather sour note both for viewers and Alicia Florrick alike as she had to step down from her newly elected position as a result of fraud charges and we had to endure a farewell scene tainted with behind the scenes rumors and green screen phoniness. Season 6 was a huge step down from the triumphant and exhilarating year that came before it and the election plot was a disappointment on the whole; subsequently anticipation levels for this new season are far lower than this time last year. The Good Wife likes to reset itself each season through campaigns and shifting power dynamics with various degrees of success and “Bond” is no different.

Alicia is once again placed at the bottom of the lawyer ladder and this first episode back is really encouraging in how they are not just playing with Alicia’s journey, but with some of the supporting characters too. I should emphasize the ‘some’ of that sentiment as there are still the same issues when it comes to incorporating all of the supporting characters with the Lockhart Agos crew getting a much shorter shrift of things. But let’s focus on the positives first as “Bond” allows Alicia to grow as well as understand her role in the wider picture.

The Good Wife 7.01 Alicia FlorrickAfter the SA controversy she can’t get a job except she can, but the one person offering her a position is someone she considers to be ‘the devil.’ Louis Canning has always been after Alicia to join his firm and the more she resists, the more he comes after her. Alicia is fed up of answering to someone and this was part of the reason why she originally left Lockhart/Gardner (#neverforget) to start her own firm with Cary. In the political and legal sphere there is always someone to answer to and what Alicia has been figuring out from the pilot to now is the different degrees of compromise. Public perception plays a big role and she has gone from the victim of one story to potential victim in another – depending on how much people believe the ‘she was duped by her advisers’ angle. Regardless there is an element of naivety and Alicia has to rebuild her image or rehabilitate depending on what role she is playing.

It is all about working those angles so while Alicia is still refusing Canning’s main offer of coming to work for him she is not against taking work from him. In this latter scenario there is the air of independence even if she ultimately knows there is someone pulling the strings, but there always is no matter how much Alicia wants to believe she is answering to no one.

The same can be said for Peter’s campaign and as soon as Alicia gives the word Eli steps into campaign gear, but he ends up approaching the person who will get his job. That person is Ruth Eastman; played by Margo Martindale and I am thrilled she has joined the ever growing list of amazing Good Wife guest stars, especially as her arc is as Eli’s antagonist. Ruth doesn’t quite know what she is going up against with Alicia and this is one scenario where Alicia is comfortable in controlling the level of access she will give. Eli knows this and after a period of wallowing while watching bad Nazi zombie movies he gets a makeover and reveals his dastardly plan to use Alicia to impact Peter’s campaign.

Eli’s wallowing and subsequent rejuvenation in picture form:

The Good Wife 7.01 snow zombies The Good Wife 7.01 Eli makeoverIt really is a great haircut.

So is Eli really going to fuck over Alicia to politically point score? This is where things get complicated as Eli really does care for Alicia even if he can’t quite define what their relationship is; however I also think he feels so betrayed by Peter that he is willing to fuck her over in a way that won’t hurt her, but will impact Peter. Eli knows the whole inner workings of the Florrick marriage and so I think he thinks Alicia won’t object to this plan. He also knows she will be mad as hell if she finds out she is a pawn in his revenge plan. And she will find out.

Alicia is currently a one woman law firm working from home with Grace as her assistant. That is one way to cut down on costs. In an attempt to supplement her finances Alicia is working in bond court or at least attempting to as the judge keeps freezing her out because he thinks she is going to waste his time and Marie Antoinette all over the place. Luckily for Alicia she gets a helping hand from fellow bond lawyer Lucca Quinn who after a couple of gossipy quips sees the value and resilience that makes Alicia Florrick the character to route for. Ladies helping ladies is my sweet spot and so when Alicia stands in for Quinn at bond court, Quinn does her a solid by doing the same in Alicia’s probate hearing. Luckily for Alicia, Quinn is pretty quick thinking and knows her shit. Is this the new lady friendship this show needs?

All signs point to yes and yet I am wary of whether this will be the case as we have been burned in the past. And the show is definitely trolling the audience with this moment.

The Good Wife 7.01 bar sceneQuinn is a likable presence even if they threw in the random bit of off screen dancing fury at the end and she also has a fun sense of pattern clashing style which differs greatly from Alicia’s own more conservative court room attire. I am of course a sucker for a polka dot, but it is Cush Jumbo’s energy as Quinn that I am drawn to. It all sounds so sad and yet Alicia really does need a friend with no ulterior motives.

A couple of relationships took a beating last season including the manufactured argument between Alicia and her partners Diane and Cary. The former is still strained; the latter didn’t make an appearance as Cary is languishing between the olds he has to spend time with and the younger associates who he longs to be cool with. Oh, Cary. I hope they can find a better storyline for you. Meanwhile Diane wore one of the most Diane jackets and it is fabulous.

The Good Wife 7.01 DianeA lot has changed on The Good Wife but a lot has also stayed the same; the Diane/Alicia relationship is a difficult one as there is always something that comes between them. All I want is more martini drinking time and planning to take on the world together. Maybe one day, first they have to work through their feelings of work betrayal with standoffish and awkward conversations.

In Diane style news she also wore this fabulous Proenza Schouler stripe jacket (also worn by Olivia Pope) which she made her own by adding a brooch. This is a good tip for personalizing any item of clothing.

The Good Wife 7.01 Diane and David LeeRed is Alicia’s power color and it has been used in season openers in the past to signify a bold change (see post Will hookup in season 3 *sob*). After failing spectacularly at bond court in a safe black suit, Alicia steps up her game by wearing her signature shade. While this doesn’t win her any favors from the judge, she does make a friend in Quinn. The red jacket can work in many ways.

The Good Wife 7.01 Alicia and LuccaOverall “Bond” is a good start to the new season and while it doesn’t wash away the memories of all the missteps last year it seems poised to take Alicia on an interesting path in what might be the final season (nothing has been confirmed as of yet but there are strong hints this is the case). Alicia is in a similar position job wise as when we first met her – at the bottom – but she has seven years more experience in the legal and political arenas. I am excited to see how she navigates these worlds while trying to stay as independent as she can from all the external influences and if such a thing is possible on The Good Wife.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

2 Oct

A Shondaland celebration, thematic dresses, patterns for fall and more magazine cover/interview delights from Bust in this week’s “Out of the Box.”

Viola DavisKeeping it classic at the Entertainment Weekly party celebrating #TGIT is Viola Davis fresh off that Emmy win. Great lipstick, bracelets and metallic sandals elevate the LBD look. After quitting How to Get Away with Murder mid first season I have returned to the fold and the season 2 premiere did a good job of sucking me back in to all the drama, even if I still can’t remember the names of over half the characters.

Jerrika Hinton, Caterina Scorsone, and Kelly McCrearyGrey’s Anatomy trio all sporting fun looks ticking #ladysuitwatch2015 and cute Peter Pan collar dress boxes. Jerrika Hinton’s high neck lace blouse, t-bar shoes and bold lip color gives her the edge over co-stars Caterina Scorsone and Kelly McCreary, but all three are very welcome additions.

Camilla LuddingtonA precarious #ladysuitwatch2015 from Camilla Luddington and one that probably requires quite a lot of tape, but hey if you can do the suit no shirt thing then go for it as Luddington has.

Kate MaraThere are some projects where it is much easier to work the theme into a red carpet outfit and Kate Mara has done just this at the New York Film Festival premiere for The Martian. This Valentino frock is on the nose of course for this particular film, but the whimsy wins out.

Kristen WiigAlso from the NYFF Martian premiere is Kristen Wiig in Oscar de la Renta. The floral bodice is a slightly awkward design and yet the romantic nature of this gown/non-fussy styling – yes even those beige strappy sandals – makes this a style triumph for Wiig.

Diane KrugerDiane Kruger’s showing how to do in bloom patterns for fall in Preen at the Fashion 4 Development’s 5th annual Official First Ladies luncheon. As this is a daytime event the ankle boots are ideal for giving off a more casual edge and the Mark Cross box bag (which I really want) sells ‘I have some important shit to say’ as Kruger was a guest speaker at this event. Perfect for keeping those flash cards safe.


Another fantastic book tour outfit from Mindy Kaling wearing a TV Ate My Wardrobe designer fave in Roksanda. I devoured Why Not Me? in a couple of sittings and there are some great chapters on personal style, but it is Mindy’s White House dating story that is my personal standout chapter as it encapsulates everything from work, confidence and the rom-com tone which is at the heart of The Mindy Project. 

Aidy BryantBust continues to kill it with their choice of cover star with SNL’s Aidy Bryant following on from Jenny Slate and it is a profile which covers a lot of the standard ground – career, love life, school – but in way which feels like we are learning more than surface level BS. When discussing the shows she has been on (SNLBroad CityGirls) she mentions her positive experiences “It’s very cool that their costume departments have been totally accommodating. And guess what? They should be.”

This isn’t always the case when it comes to big magazine shoots with the rest of the cast as “They’ll have two dress options for me and they’ll have 20 for Kate, Vanessa, Cecily and Sasheer. Those are the only times where I’m like, ‘This is wrong. I manage to dress myself in a cool way. A professional stylist could have figured it out.'” Get better at this other magazines; I love the Peter Pan collar ASOS Curve dress from this cover shot.

Midweek Music: Delivering a Gut Punch on You’re the Worst

1 Oct

Music posts tend to be a Monday thing here at TV Ate My Wardrobe, but the choice of closing credits song on this week’s You’re the Worst was far too good and devastating to wait until next week.

Only read on if you have seen “All About That Paper” because we will be discussing those all important final confusing moments.

Okay, everyone prepared? Last warning.

Gretchen You're the Worst 2.04So where the fuck is Gretchen going in the middle of the night? She scoops up heels, her trusty leather jacket, pants and a burner phone and all while making as little noise as possible so she doesn’t wake a sleeping Jimmy; going so far as starting her car once she has rolled it down the hill. Gretchen clearly doesn’t want him to know where she is going or that she has even gone and even though this is the first time we see her doing this it doesn’t mean this is the first time she has done it.

My first thought is that she’s heading to the sleazy directors house from last season as he has been her first port of call when hitting self destruct in the past and everything is becoming too comfortable despite all their attempts to not become “disgusting normals” or “sweater people.”

This scene is definitely not played for laughs and while You’re the Worst is one of the funniest shows on TV at its core it deals with some pretty profound shit in how we mask pain and fear when it comes to relationships. Lindsay’s attempts to win Paul back are ridiculous and disturbing, but deep down as she explained last week she doesn’t believe she is a good person and this is how she attempts to conceal her self-loathing.

Gretchen spends the episode in what appears to be a good place; she’s comfortable with sending Jimmy text updates about her day (she’s not ‘checking in’) and then meeting up with him for a post work drink. Not to get wasted and end up passed out in some random place, but just a casual couple. And it seems like this where we’re going to leave them this week, until we cut to their bedroom in the middle of the night and the opening bars of “New Skin” by Torres kick in alerting us that SOMETHING IS UP. This song choice is perfect in its growing restlessness and putting us in a position of uncertainty as Gretchen drives away to a destination unknown.

Thanks You’re the Worst for this singer intro and for setting up such a spectacular headfuck.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

30 Sep

A whole lot returning shows and soon to be returning shows as the new fall season is here. Which means plenty of social media engagement and this is one bumper “Behind the Insta-Scenes.”

"Good friends…livin' large in Texas"…and babies. #TexasForever @MattLauria @GaiusCharles

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Breaking theme early and let’s start with the photo I can’t even deal with; dudes from Friday Night Lights and an adorable baby.

Watching @empirefox #empireseason2 With @tarajiphenson @yazzthegreatest and the crew like…

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Empire returned last week and cast viewing parties for the premiere were all the rage.

EAST COAST Thank you for watching us tonight!!!!!! #Empire #EmpireSeason2 💋💋💋

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Taraji P Henson caught the more chaotic side.


And new cast member Marisa Tomei was joined by a few famous friends (and Empire co-creator Lee Daniels).


The HUGE Empire viewing numbers are a good indicator of hype matching the amount of people watching and Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez posted this selfie from the Emmys to celebrate its return.

Up at the crack like 😖😒

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One more Empire post and this super fierce Cookie in sweats look.

regram from @stephbeatz w @melissafumero of a recent night shoot 😎😎😎

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine also returned this week much to our delight (Gina’s sweater game was the human equivalent of the 100 emoji) and this photo from a night shoot is old horror movie reaction fantastic. Stephanie Beatriz is giving glasses frames inspiration.

WORK SNUGGIE #brooklyn99

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And she is also killing it on the work snuggie front.

Who's got instagram now?! @therealvictorgarber

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Victor Garber is now on Instagram! So hopefully this means Alias Throwback Thursday posts are coming our way.

HEADLINE: Real life action figure @willaaaahh lunges around treadmill.

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Getting a good look at Willa Holland in Thea’s crime fighting costume on Arrow. I have questions relating to the treadmill.

Bad ass bitches @emilybett @willaaaahh #arrow

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Willa Holland still in her new getup with the Arrow ladies/bad ass bitches.

Style. @dpanabaker

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Rounding out the CW superhero Instas with The Flash’s Danielle Panabaker showing off some heavier bangs for Caitlin and a pair of boots that will probably never be seen on screen.

I love these guys! @@yaelgrobglas @@justinbaldoni @@brettdier #JaneTheVirgin #CWaffiliates #CWfamily

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Moving onto another CW show and Jane the Virgin returns in just under two weeks! That is a very interesting looking table/assortment of drinks and snacks.

Morning! #teamMichael #janethevirgin #S2 #Episode4 👫❤️😍

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More Jane and this time goofing around with snacks. Or recreating that iconic John Locke Lost moment.


Emilia Clarke finally her hands on a Game of Thrones Emmy. Or rather someone’s hand. And that’s what holds her hair in under all of Daenerys’ locks.

We don't need #nofilter cuz… We got Emmys bish, got a lotta Emmys, ho!!!!! 🙌🏾

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While we’re on the subject of Emmy winners.

Who's watching #ScreamQueens with us right now?! @msleamichele

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There’s the posing hard version…

Tweeting and working #nightshoot 🍕 #ScreamQueens @msleamichele

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And the ‘they’re just like us’ version.

No new friends. #themindyproject episode #413

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Bookending this week’s post with another adorable photo.

New X-Files Trailer: Phone Calls, Shoulder Grabs and All the Feelings 

29 Sep

Ever since The X-Files revival was announced anticipation levels have been slowly building with every brief clips of new footage (flashlights!), magazine cover and Instagram tease/throwback. The first full length trailer has now been unleashed just prior to New York Comic-Con – where some lucky fans will get to see the all new premiere episode – and it is full of intrigue, paranoia and good old fashioned Mulder and Scully intensity.

You can watch the whole thing below and we’ve picked some standout moments. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but it’s worth repeating that while I soured on the whole mythology side by the end of the show, my Mulder and Scully feelings were strong from start to finish.

Pencils on the ceiling/poster on the floor Mulder’s old office is missing most its furniture, but those pencils and THAT poster have survived (well the poster takes a beating courtesy of Mulder’s foot).

Perfect ‘my ex is calling and I don’t know what to do’ face Mulder and Scully are estranged in all senses, but Scully is still answering those calls. But first of all stare at the screen and a) wonder what the fuck he wants And b) wonder what the fuck to say. Although she doesn’t have too long to figure out because he’s calling from within viewing range. Way to go Mulder on the sneak visit. SURPRISE! 

Mulder is still a pro at the hangdog expression  That suit is also working in his favor. Still a dick move dropping by like this. 

Skinner grew a beard  And it looks pretty great.

Dramatic shoulder grab = ALL THE FEELINGS Especially when they are looking at each other like this.

Flashlights! Part of me misses the ‘Why so baggy?’ nature of their 90s looks, but the part of my brain that isn’t controlled by nostalgia is so here for these tailored suits from Hannibal costume designer Christoper Hargadon.

Scully is sceptical and thinks Mulder is pushing his luck (standard) This is an expression we have seen countless times and it is so good to see it again. In fact this is the moment which caused my already goofy grin to hit goofier heights.

Mulder believes And he will use the shoulder grab to help emphasize his point. I am also so here for that.

Smoking kills?  I’m looking forward to how they explain this one. Flashbacks is one possibility and his hand does look rather wrinkle free. 

Watch the full trailer below.

The X-Files returns Sunday, January 24 2016.

Masters of Sex 3.12 “Full Ten Count” Review: Save Yourself

28 Sep

The strongest episode of Masters of Sex to date is still “Fight” and this messy third season ends with a nod to this magnificent two-hander offering some semblance of hope despite the many missteps. It is far from a perfect finale and suffers from the weight of storylines that have come before it, but it finally feels like there is some forward momentum instead of entertaining the same back and forth dance we are accustomed to.

Due to other work and travel commitments I haven’t reviewed MoS for a few weeks now and my general view of those episodes is the strong (mostly Betty) moments have been overshadowed by the repetitive nature of Bill and Virginia’s disagreements; it’s not only Virginia that feels like she is suffocating.

Masters of Sex 3.12 BillBill is controlling and single minded and his recent behavior, particularly during the dinner sequence last week has been hard to justify or even tolerate. Virginia’s decision to flee is one that is easy to understand and yet I can’t help but feel the pull of Bill when he lays it all out to her in his last ditch move to get her to stay. His first attempt comes when Bill tells Virginia he is dropping the MD so they will be equals and this gets a brief consideration before the swirl of everything else going on takes center. Not the reaction Bill was expecting, but the drama levels at the clinic are probably far higher than he was anticipating. This idea of telling Virginia how he really feels came from Virginia’s other suitor and this romantic dilemma is part of what has been bugging me this season; Virginia has essentially become the center point of a love triangle and her role in the work has taken a backseat position.

The love story has always been part of Masters of Sex and I am so here for a good romance and yet it feels like Virginia has been reduced to the love prize between a man who is far too good to be true and the man with many flaws. Charming Dan is in part so charming thanks to the person playing him and Josh Charles has been selling the shit out of the perfume man and yet I can’t trust a character that is this good; Dan is the guy who makes bold gestures and then follows through. When he says he will leave his wife (the always amazing Judy Greer) for Virginia he does leave his wife for Virginia.

He can’t quite compromise with her work situation, but luckily for him everything is imploding and this is the ideal time to sweep Virginia off her feet, but how long can this perfect man act keep up? And if it isn’t just an act, how long will Virginia feel complete? I believe her when she tells Bill that happiness outside of the work is her goal, but her constant checking over her shoulder for Bill at the airport is a telling sign that this is still not enough.

Masters of Sex 3.12 Virginia and DanPieces of Virginia’s past have given further insight into her psyche from her contentious relationship with her mother to the impact of her long ago broken heart which was first alluded to in “Fight.” Dan is the chance to do things right while going against her mother’s desire to see her with Bill and if we’re breaking everything down into their base components then both Virginia and Bill’s behavior goes back to their parents. Bill’s father is the person who informs his desire to rail against authority no matter who else gets hurt in the process. As the not so subtle dream sequence shows at the start of this finale, Bill is incapable of staying down because he doesn’t want to be seen as weak. However weakness can be the inability to admit when a situation has spiraled out of control as this one has.

There are times to fight and times to fall and Bill ends up choosing the latter instead of running through the airport and catching Virginia just in time. Masters of Sex has already done the big rom-com ending back in season 1 when Bill showed up on Virginia’s doorstep in the rain and it is Bill’s decision to stop which gives me hope that this show is not a lost cause. If Bill had made it to the airport and won Virginia’s heart with a flowery speech then the cycle would just be repeating, now there is a chance they can build on the ruins Virginia has left behind. Okay so we don’t see Virginia get on the plane, but every time she looks back it acts as a warning sign to Dan that their union might be less than perfect and it wouldn’t be a shocker if she ditched the Mexico plan.

Masters of Sex 3.12 Libby MastersThe status quo has been altered in another much bigger way and the conversation between Libby and Bill is the one which truly excites me because now Bill knows that Libby knows and has known for a very long time. It is scenes like this one which draw me back into MoS and it must be said that for all the bumps and missteps this season, this cast has been doing some incredible things with what they have been given. Caitlin Fitzgerald’s reaction as Bill vomits out his ‘big secret’ is amazing from uncontrollable laughter to her taking no shit as this really is not the time to unburden his soul and feel better in the process. Libby was so close to finding happiness (for a second time) and instead she chose her family (again) and not just because of some ideal image she has cooked up in her mind. Libby is so much more than this and her anger at Bill after he points out how awful this must have been for her and how she deserves something better is justified; “You don’t get to decide.”

Bill is shocked not only in finding out that Libby has known for years, but that Virginia has been in on it. This is where Libby gets to twist the knife telling Bill they have a pact conjuring up images of kitchen table plotting of Virginia agreeing to never taking Bill away from his family. It is all too much for Bill to take in and Libby gets to sashay away leaving him stuck in jail without his bond paid. And she does so in a fabulous camel coat and pants which shows how far Lib has come from pastel dress wearing housewife. See also these sunglasses from earlier in the episode which make her look fierce and like she is on a glamorous mission, even though this is far from the case.

Masters of Sex 3.12 LibbyLibby’s reason for breaking things up with Paul last week also go a long way in showing why she is so adamant at keeping her family together; she doesn’t want the cycle of bad father/son relationships to continue forever on but by the end of this finale her usually resolute spirit has been broken. It is like the Virginia secret is the very frayed string that was keeping everything together and she doesn’t even lock the bathroom door to hide her tearful breakdown, which Johnny of course walks in on.

Bill is not a mirror of his father, but he has been so afraid of repeating this pattern that he is not a presence at all; even if they did split up it probably wouldn’t be that different really. I hope next season sticks to this separation because it will allow the show to explore so many more possibilities beyond Poor Libby and this character does deserve more; so does the audience when it comes to seeing this same old storyline on repeat.

Plenty of characters who have hovered on the sidelines are complicit in Bill’s current fate and when Bill threatened Dennis earlier this season he mentioned that everyone trusts doctors, which as it turns out is not always the case. Bill has been backed into a corner by not only Dennis’ mother, but also Nora who is working with religious fanatic and lobby loiter Ronald Sturgis (another person Bill has threatened). Bill has been somewhat naive in both cases and both have come back to destroy his career. He plays the kind card with Libby and instead of telling him what he wants to hear, Libby instead points out that this is indicative of his controlling and reckless behavior.

Early in the episode Ronald tells Virginia to save herself acting as an early warning about what is to come. The only warning Bill gets is rather abstract pointing to the broken nature of things as his suspender snaps and he has to wear Lester’s belt. Bill is very anti-belts which once again goes back to his father and his choice of weapon against him. I don’t know if we needed the beating flashback even if it underscored that it is not a fashion related decision. Virginia gets a sermon from Nora and in return she smacks her with a box. Nora is a character who is clearly deeply troubled, but she definitely deserved that from Virginia and I maybe (okay definitely) cheered.

Masters of Sex 3.12 Barton and JonathanIn happier romance news Barton and Jonathan (Richard from Felicity!) have acted on their feelings and got over their disagreements regarding how they want to present themselves – with a lot of help from magical advice unicorn Betty – and have a romantic birthday meal out. Well it is romantic and then Bill’s in jail predicament briefly interrupts things. When Jonathan mentions he isn’t getting younger it is hard to not picture him in college because he pretty much looks the same as he did almost 15 years ago.

Betty has been a strong presence throughout this season even when she is only there to dish out the advice and it would be remiss if I didn’t mention her conversation with Barton from “Through a Glass, Darkly” when she tells him about her relationship with Helen and how “it makes a difference” to be loved like that. Betty is often used as comic relief, but she is also important when getting to the heart of the emotional moments and I hope there will be far more for her to do next season even if she is very good at running interference. Betty also had another fantastic Twiggy inspired dress and wide tie costume moment this week.

Masters of Sex 3.12 BettyAnd this look also works when hiding out smoking in a dark office.Masters of Sex 3.12 Betty smokingTroubled teen plots were absent from this finale and Tessa has been one of the many issues this season and I have gone from a position of defending this story to rolling my eyes at how they have made the teen an irritating obstacle. I don’t think they need to be done with Tessa necessarily, but there has to be a way of exploring Virginia’s relationship with her daughter without this many teen cliches particularly when dealing with the work Virginia does.

Masters of Sex works best when it is Masters and Johnson; this is not to say there shouldn’t be conflict but the writers do need to go beyond the same push/pull we have seen for three seasons and hopefully the actions of Bill, Virginia and Libby in this finale will lead a revitalized show that leads to a return to form.

Agent Carter Season 2 Key Art: Peggy Heads to Hollywood 

25 Sep

A new coast for Peggy Carter moving from New York to Los Angeles for season 2 of Agent Carter and Entertainment Weekly first unveiled the new striking image of Hayley Atwell as Peggy earlier today. 

If you’re attending New York Comic-Con you will have the chance to pick one up from the Marvel booth and even though the location has changed a lot is still the same. First of all Peggy is in her signature red and blue; the hat has gone for now but the red lipstick is still a vital part of her look. And she still looks ready for whatever shit gets thrown her way and you know there will be plenty of that. One thing I’m really hoping for more of in season 2 is Peggy’s friendship with waitress/actress Angie and Lyndsy Fonseca should be back (plus it makes total sense that she would move to LA considering her acting ambitions).   Agent Carter is set to return midseason sometime in 2016.

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