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  1. “Goodness had nothing to do with it.” – Doctor Who Recap

    October 23, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Doctor Who, Series 8 Episode 9

    “Flatline”

    Posted by Kim

    Rule Number One: The Doctor Lies.

    Even when The Doctor is Clara Oswald.

    Series 8 continued Doctor Who‘s hot streak (seriously, there has yet to be an outright clunker this series) by delivering a cracking good story with a terrifying villain, fantastic special effects, hilarious visual gags, great dialogue, and a fascinating role reversal with the Doctor and Clara.  I almost flailed off the couch several times in my initial watch of the episode, and did so again when I rewatched the episode on my morning commute a few days later.  (Yes, I was the basic bitch on the train clutching her pumpkin spice latte watching Doctor Who on her iPad and overreacting.  Fine with it.)

    At the end of “Mummy on the Orient Express” we saw Clara lie to both Danny and The Doctor about continuing her travels.  While we don’t know how much time has passed since then, it is clear that there are some adventures in the interim between the end of that episode and the opening of “Flatline” (fanfic please).  “Flatline” opens with Clara hastily packing up all of her stuff after another trip, like she is some sort of one night stand not wanting to leave anything behind in the TARDIS.  “You CAN leave some of that stuff here,” The Doctor says.  “We literally have acres of room.”  So basically, The Doctor did the equivalent of offering her a drawer at his place.  (Sorry, Sage, not helping you with your shipping problems.)  Clara brushes off the suggestion, once again placing the blame on Danny, and turns to exit the TARDIS when she notices that the exit has shrunk.  Uh oh.

    Brief annoyance at being in Bristol aside, Clara is easily convinced to investigate the area while The Doctor remains behind with his magically shrinking box (a moment to appreciate how he wouldn’t let her go back in the TARDIS for fear that she would get trapped in there).  After all…who has time for lunch on a park bench with Danny when there are mysteries to be solved? This is where things start to get hairy…while Clara is off investigating (and picking up her future companion Rigsy), the TARDIS shrinks again (down to the size of my TARDIS cookie jar, which I will obviously never look at the same again) trapping The Doctor inside.  The Doctor has no other choice but to hand over the psychic paper and the sonic screwdriver to Clara while she delightedly tucks the TARDIS into her purse.  It’s up to her to save both The Doctor and the world.  At first Clara takes on the persona of “The Doctor” just to needle him (as he is listening and seeing everything through an earpiece) but as the episode progresses we see Clara transform into The Doctor with ease.  It’s almost second nature.  All of her travels with him have prepared her for this very moment.  The Doctor may loathe to admit it, but he’s trained his soldier Clara QUITE well.  From her wielding the Sonic Screwdriver like a boss to grabbing Rigsy by the hand and saying “Run”, Clara was The Doctor through and through.  She even repeated back lessons she had learned on The Orient Express.  “Give them hope,” she said.  “People with hope run faster.  People who are scared dawdle.”   She eventually lost The Doctor’s Voice in her ear (or so we thought) once the TARDIS shut down as it went into siege mode…but by that point Clara didn’t even need him.  She was that self-assured in her choices.

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  2. Get Bent – Supernatural Recap

    October 23, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    supernatural the benders

    Posted by Sarah and Dawn

    Sarah: I have no idea what this is about.

    Dawn: I do. It’s a John Shiban, so that means Monster of the Week. And boy is this one is fucked, so let’s just get to it.

    All gifs for this recap belong to Peter Capaldi. Irritated Peter Capaldi. Disapproving Peter Capaldi. Fuckity swearing fuck Peter Capaldi. YOU’LL SEE WHY. Also, swearing Peter Capaldi gifs might be our spirit animal, so expect a gif-heavy recap this time around. Go on and do it for us, Peter.

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    Season 1, Episode 15: The Benders
    Written by: John Shiban

    The Story So Far: Uh, nothing. Oddly, we get no background intro this time. Curious. But you know the drill. Two brothers, hunting monsters, dysfunctional relationship with Dad, salting and burning, shotguns, Impala, classic rock, blah blah blah. On to the ep.

    Chyron says Hibbing, Minnesota. A young kid is sitting in bed, blankets pulled up to his chest. Growly noises are coming from the TV. We see a tiny Godzilla figure on the mantle, and so let’s go out on a limb and guess that the famous Japanese monster is responsible for the noise. Little horror movie kid is distracted by a squeaky engine and hops out of bed to play Peeping Tom. He sees a guy carrying garbage bags across a parking lot to a dumpster. Ominously. Like he’s a bad guy, but since this is SPN, he’s more likely a deadshirt. And a REALLY stupid one, at that. GarbageBag!Deadshirt hears something skittering in a dark parking lot, goes to check LIKE AN IDIOT, and gets dragged under a car, screaming.

    in the loop so dense

    Flash forward to a displeased mom-type telling two men that her son has already told his story to police, and that the more he says his presumably-crazy story, the more he believes that it’s true. Mom clearly does not think it is true.

    Cut to Sam and Dean, looking super hot in some sort of police uniforms…ooh, STATE police uniforms. They doff their cowboy hats to the sound of exploding ovaries everywhere, and encourage Evan, the skinny kid from the previous scene, to tell them what he saw.

    Turns out Young Evan heard what sounded like a monster. Aaaand he’d been watching Godzilla vs Mothra. This excites Dean, who loves GvM more than the original Sammy likes the remake. Really, Sammy? We are disappointed.

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    Still, though, it’s a beautiful bonding moment and a sweet, simple way for the writers to keep communicating how close these two really are. Well done on that bit, Shiban. Appreciate that compliment. because it’s probably the only one you’re getting this recap. But still, well done. Even Capaldi approves. FOR NOW.

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    So the story mom doesn’t believe but that Evan is pretty darn earnest about this: Evan saw a monster grab Deadshirt!Mr. Jenkins and drag him underneath a car. It had a whining growl.. That is apparently a BIG SUPER CLUE, and all the brothers need to hear.

    Cut to Kugel’s Keg, where Sam does Homework while Dean plays darts. Sam notes that Daddy Dearest has marked the area in Scary Demonbits. Seems the whole place is a hotbed of missing persons, but they can’t tell if it’s their sort of gig. Sam wants to get to the Motel of the Week, which he saw five miles back. Dean wants another beer but decides to let it go, though not without busting his brother’s balls at least a little. Dean needs to take a leak, so “Grandma” Sam ventures outside. Alone. In the foggy dark. In a hotbed of missing persons activity. Way to go, Sammy. To the surprise of no one, he hears similar sounds to the ones Mr. Jenkins did. And, like Jenkins, Sam goes to investigate. Remember when Sam was smart?

    But hey, no worries! It’s just a pissy ginger cat! Sam has a chuckle but his relief is short lived, which we know because the camera shows us his feet. Almost as if we are looking at them from underneath a car…

    capaldi in the loop clown minefield

    By the time Dean comes out of the bar, Sam is gone. Pissy ginger cat is there. Scary Demonbits is there. Baby is there. But no Sammy. Well, shit, son. Cue the ominous string section.

    Sarah: VERY OMINOUS STRINGS is the name of my next band.

    Dawn: Your first single should be Pissy Ginger Cat Knows Better Than You, Sam.

    Dean is ever so slightly panicked, and is asking total strangers if they’ve seen his brother. No dice. He looks around (taking in some nearby security cameras) but sees nothing but fog. It’s clear he’s worried sick.

    The next morning, Dean chats up a pretty police officer, still under the guise of his Alias of the Week. Frankly, we are amazed he waited until the next morning, but then he probably spent all night exhausting his own pretty impressive investigatory skills, so cops are the only option. He says he’s not there to investigate the Jenkins case. It’s his….cousin. Yah, his cousin, see? And they were out drinking and he disappeared, see?

    Officer Skeptical thinks perhaps Sam is an alcoholic. Dean insists that Sam was taken. Officer Skeptical is actually Officer Helpful, and sits down with “Greg Washington” to investigate Sam Winchester. What she learns is that Dean is dead, according to medical records, and was suspected of murder. Dean nods knowingly, because that Dean Winchester sure was the black sheep of the family, doncha know. “Handsome though,” he adds helpfully.

    Modest too. So nice that Dean keeps what’s really important in sight.

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    Officer Helpful née Skeptical does the usual checking of the usual databases. Dean wants to use the county traffic cameras to see who (or what) took Sammy. Officer HnS wants him to fill out a missing persons report. Dean’s not so down with that. He knows the county has a terrible track record with missing persons. Sam, he insists, “is coming back. I’m bringing him back.” His face is kinda inarguable. Look:

    Supernatural bringing him back

    Dawn needs a moment, because Season 10 actually starts next week and Holy Mother of Sin, Dean looks so YOUNG in this episode. They’re just babies! Disturbed, dysfunctional, criminal babies.

    Meanwhile, in what we can only presume is another part of Evillll, Minnesota, Sammy wakes up in an iron cage. He can’t stand fully upright and he’s in the dark. He shakes the bars a bit, determines that he can’t get out just yet, and looks around. He spots another unconscious prisoner — NotQuiteDeadshirt!Mr. Jenkins.

    Also, it’s nice that Sammy looks a bit like, “Oh, a dark cage. Must be Thursday.”

    Back in the light of day, Officer HnS has pulled the traffic camera reports, which show a rusty old camper with brand new plates. She and Dean agree it must have been involved. Just then, Dean spots a rusty old van making a terrible whining growl.

    “I’ll be damned.” says Dean.

    “I’ll be double damned,” says Sarah, who thinks she knows where this is going.

    “mumblehhphdamnedseason10mumble,” says Dawn, because her hands are clapped over her own mouth and she doesn’t want to spoil, sweetie.

    Come on, Sammy! Prove us wrong. Kick the shit out of that cage and be somewhere slightly less invested in the latest reprint of To Serve Man.

    Sadly, Sam’s kicking only serves to wake the other cage-tenant, who turns out to be the missing Mr. Jenkins. Anybody want to place bets on his odds? Here’s a hint — bet low. Really, really low. Jenkins the soon to be deadshirt thinks we’re in the country, as “it smells like the country.” Of course it does.

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    Sarah: I HATE obligatory cannibalism episodes (OCE), ever since I watched the “Countrycide” episode of Torchwood. People in cages in the country and dudes driving around in rusty old cars with new plates are pretty much all I need to believe that I’m watching SPN’s OCE. I really fucking hate episodes like this. I hate cannibals as much as I hate zombies (see: Sarah’s Very Sound Reasons for not watching Hannibal OR The Walking Dead.). Look out, SPN. Now I’m rage watching you.

    THE MONSTERS ARE MEN. WOMP WOMP.

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    Dawn: It’s still not going to be worse than The X-Files “Home.” Because nothing can be. Rob Zombie couldn’t make a more disturbing backwoods cannibal story than that. No one can. There is none more disturbing than that. SARAH IS NEVER TO WATCH IT. EVER.

    Sarah: I could write a book filled with reasons I am never going to watch it. Ever. Not to worry.

    Now that we are temporarily done venting, back to our boys. Sam and Jenkins confer briefly. It’s clear Sammy still thinks monsters got him. Jenkins is a fucking pessimist, and he should be, because he is the last lamb to the slaughter before the bad guys get theirs, mark our words. Cannibals or no cannibals, ain’t nothing standing up to Big Brother Winchester, not after they took his Sammy. No fucking way.

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  3. “Everyone is looking to me to lead.” – Arrow Recap

    October 21, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Arrow 3 x 01, 02

    “The Calm” and “Sara”

    Posted by Kim

    This was never supposed to happen.

    Over the summer I was looking to take on a new show to recap (because I am a masochist and clearly we don’t do enough recaps on this site).  I pondered doing one of the new shows…but was hesitant to commit to a show by merely reading its pilot description on paper.  To recap a show, you have to truly love it and connect to it…which takes a few episodes, to be honest.

    And then Arrow happened.

    I was fully aware that many of my friends on Twitter were mega-Arrow fans…but still I held out from watching it.  I was thoroughly burned by Smallville back in the day (after marathoning the first 4 seasons on DVD only to have the show start to SUCK Season 5) so I was incredibly hesitant to commit to another superhero origin series.  Then Stephen Amell was announced for NYCC…and I STILL held back, thinking there was no way I would have time to watch 2 seasons before then (HA!!).  Finally, after much prodding from my friend Beth (who just liked to send me pictures of Amell’s face and abs), combined with the fact that most of my Timeline was marathoning it (and I HATE feeling left out), I hit play on the Pilot episode on Netflix.  I was immediately hooked…not just by the fact that Amell was shirtless  in practically every episode (talk about knowing the audience) but by the characters and the writing and the emotion of it all.  This show was actually GOOD and I was all in, constantly torturing Beth with texts about my feelings.

    Amell’s face may have gotten me to watch Arrow, but I stayed for the feels.

    A week and a half later…I had watched the first two seasons.  Halfway through my binge, I texted Sage saying ” I think I have to recap Arrow.  CRAP.”

    So here I am…attempting to recap yet another hour-long drama all by myself.  I have a death wish, clearly.

    Because “The Calm” aired on the eve of NYCC, I’m combining it with “Sara” both for my sanity and the fact that I think the combination of these two episodes perfectly showcase the running theme of the season…the life Oliver wants vs. the life he chooses, both out of duty and of fear.  In “The Calm” we see Ollie trying to embrace normalcy…crime in Starling City is at a low and Team Arrow is riding high thanks to their defeat of Slade.  Everyone is shiny and happy.  Oliver and Felicity have moved completely from the stolen glances and long looks to outright flirting in the span of time since we’ve seen them last.  That “I love you…do you understand?” moment may have been staged for Slade’s benefit, but everyone knows that Ollie was speaking truth, no matter how much he denied it.  Oliver and Felicity had always had very little concept of personal space, but they took to a new level in this episode.  The flirting is blatant from Felicity essentially buying Oliver a love fern to Oliver’s joking that she should have bought him a bed instead.  Have I mentioned all the casual touching? Oh YES…all the casual touching.  Face pats, shoulder grasps…like I said, they’ve abandoned all pretense of not being into each other…which is why Diggle, captain of the S.S. Olicity, essentially begs Oliver to ask her out already (“You love her, you told her so.”), just so everyone can be put out of their USTy misery.

    When Oliver does finally ask her out, it’s adorably awkward (“Like a DATE date?”) since it’s one thing to dance around each other with all the flirty banter but it’s an entirely other thing to actually ACT on the attraction.  It’s precious and they both walk around with shit-eating grins after it happens.  Ollie suggests Italian for dinner WHILE in the midst of a high-speed chase.  He walks away from a meeting with Quentin with a giant smirk when he says “Got a hot date or something?”.  He wears his freaking date suit under his Arrow Costume…and he walks in and sees Felicity sitting there in her beautiful dress, he’s completely dumbfounded.  Honestly, I spent most of the episode screaming into my pillow. (Again…HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?)  Oliver and Felicity are both predictably nervous when they first sit down…like I said, it’s because they both know that this is very real and it’s actually happening.  Felicity babbles in her adorably awkward way (“I’ve seen you shirtless.  All the time”) and her babbling is just what they need to break the ice.  Then Oliver drops this truth on her:

    “The entire time I was gone, I could never trust some one. And for the entire time that goes on, and you don’t see people… and when I decided to come home, I didn’t know how to turn that off. And then I walked into your office. You’re the first person I could see as a person.  There was just something about you…”

    Much has been said about this confession already, and there’s very little I can add to it to further explain how every single Olicity shipper felt in that moment.  Me?  I went straight to my Ultimate OTP when he said this…obviously I went to Mulder’s hallway confession to Scully in Fight the Future.  “You kept me honest…you made me a whole person.”  Felicity has been that person for Oliver from the moment he came into her office the first time. (“I was chewing a pen.” “It was red.” #leavemeheretodie)  She is Oliver’s heart and she MAKES him want more…which terrifies him.  Oliver’s Hong Kong confession was such a MASSIVE step forward for him, so because this is Arrow, naturally, a missile is fired into the restaurant not long afterwards.  Oliver instantly flips their table and dives to shield Felicity with his body (SWOON) but she is still hurt.  In that moment, Oliver starts to shut down.  When he says to Diggle that he lost his focus he is essentially saying “Think you can have it all Oliver Queen?  Not so fast.”   (Also how fitting [and hot] was it that Oliver fought himself when he was drugged? THEMES.)

    “We have to talk” is the WORST thing to hear from the guy you like (I MEAN LOVE) which is why Felicity keeps putting it off as soon as Oliver brings it up.  She knows him too well…she knew as soon as she woke up bloody in the Foundry that Oliver would back away from her, whether it be from fear for her always being in danger if she is WITH him or the fear of truly giving in to her.  What’s WONDERFUL about Felicity as a character is that she has enough self-respect to call Ollie out on his bullshit.  When they both go to see Diggle and Lyla and their newborn daughter (DADDY DIGGLE THOUGH) it’s like seeing the life they COULD have laid out before them.  While that moment fills Ollie with sadness (Let’s take a moment to appreciate Amell’s acting…he’s SO pretty, but he’s also SO good at conveying all his thoughts in one look.  It’s actually not fair that he is that pretty and that talented), it fills Felicity with determination.  It’s not enough for Oliver to plead “Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you” (HE LOVES HER AND IT’S REAL) and for him to kiss her (inhuman noises) and essentially ask her to keep waiting.  “Stop dangling maybes,” she insists.  She knows that she deserves more from him and just knowing isn’t enough anymore.  They made things real by going out on a date and now that she KNOWS that he loves her, she has the strength to ask for more from him.  And when Oliver doesn’t give it to her, she walks away.  The events of that hallway scene drive her actions throughout “Sara”.  More on that later.

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  4. “You get one free pass.” – Scandal Gif-Cap

    October 18, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Scandal 4 x 04

    “Like Father, Like Daughter”

    Posted by Kim

    Well it had to happen…Fitz finally got Olivia alone and made the moves on her.  Sigh.  We got three solid Olitz free episodes though!!  Elsewhere we dive into the LOVELY world of teenage sex tapes.  TO THE GIFS!

    We open with Jake in a dark parking lot.  He sees a bomb under his car, walks away and explodes it.

    Olivia bought them dinner and it’s really sweet how much she is trying to have a normal relationship with Jake.

    Olivia gets a call…and it’s the underage First Daughter…drunk, vomiting, and in her bra and panties.  This can’t end well.

    Meanwhile, Cy spends some cuddle time with his prostitute.  This will ALSO not end well.

    Huck shuts down all the cell service at the party so they can get Karen out.  Like a boss.

    “What are we doing?” “Getting you into college.” So many college really frown on the underage partying you know.

    “This isn’t a job, this is a favor.”  Keep telling yourself that Olivia.

    “I just needed a night out!”  This whole situation is feeling very Chasing Liberty gone bad.

    “I just saw the dirtiest sex tape I have ever seen in my entire life and it stars his teenage daughter.”

    “Can we do this later? I’m still really wasted.”

    “What they did to me? What about what I did to THEM?” Karen may be troubled, but she owns her sexual power. Also was anyone else annoyed that Fitz went straight to rape when talking to her?

    “Every girl is someone’s daughter.”

    “You are a zombie army of two under the command of Olivia Pope.”

    “As far as making you feel small, I don’t do that to you. I suspect jealousy does that to you.” Cy dropping truth bombs on Abby.

    Fitz opts not to tell Mellie why Karen is REALLY at home.

     The official hashtag for Karen’s party was #Swagapalooza.  Why this isn’t the hashtag for the wedding I am going to tonight, I will never know.

    Rowan to Secret Service Sneak Tom:  “I’m disappointed in you.”  As in I’m mad you failed to kill Jake.

    “Look at my face.” Guys…you know what I have to do.

    ARE YOU DISRESPECTING THE HOUSE OF POPE?!

    Jake shows up right after Rowan leaves. Creeper.

    “You may not trust me but you KNOW you can’t trust him.” DOES NO ONE WATCH THE X-FILES?? LISTEN TO MULDER.

    “Liv….where did you go?”  Fitz turns on the puppy dog eyes. DON’T GIVE IN LIV!

    Liv lies and says that she went away alone.

    “Oh hi.  Am I due for a good threatening?”  Even as he wrestles with his guilt, David’s snark is delightful.

    David is doing some day drinking cause his brushes with the dark side are weighing on him.

    “Your morality means NOTHING!!” Jake says, as he threatens to snap David’s neck. Yikes.

    Mellie sees Olivia in the hall and the way she screams her name is EVERYTHING.

    “Hello, Mellie.  Got some new boots there? A new color?”  Cy adorably tries to avoid the situation.

    “I want to know why the HELL you’ve got Olivia Pope in my house.”

    “This is not her family. This is MY family.”

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  5. “And we all know there ain’t no cure for that.” – The Mindy Project Recap

    October 18, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    mindy project how it's done

    Season 3, Episode 5: The Devil Wears Lands End
    Posted by Sage

    I went to state school, so I have a lot of experience both with beer pong and with crying to get out of stuff. I know the glory that comes making the impossible shot and I know the satisfaction of neutralizing a problem by playing on the average human’s distaste for confronting emotion. But I gave them both up a long time ago. (Mostly.) Not Peter and Mindy.

    We’re finally getting somewhere with the Peter-Jeremy-Lauren love triangle, by putting the focus back on Peter and Jeremy’s friendship. The fact of Lauren can’t be changed – she exists and Jeremy is seeing her. Having Peter hold a grudge against Jeremy forever (no matter how warranted) does not a good TV show make. But men have always found camaraderie on the field of athletic competition. With his regular partner at his dad’s funeral (“My frat buddy Pubes is dead. Dead to me.”) the weekend of his reunion beer pong tournament at Dartmouth, Peter seeks out a replacement at the office. Against all odds, boarding school alumnus Jeremy proves to be the man for the job. (“As a child, it was my job to throw ice in Father’s drink.”)

    Ed Weeks is a truly funny actor and has stuck it out through some uneven material on this show. I’m glad he has, because when Jeremy is on, he is on. I nearly spit out my drink when Dr. Reed busted out his American frat boy impression, flawless in both execution and enthusiasm. Not only does Jeremy pass as a brother, but he passes as the good-natured, non-predatory type – the one who’s really there for the friendship and conveniently has all his study group meetings during hazing sessions. I would totally hang out with Barf. “Sink it for the troops!”

    TURN DOWN FOR WHAT

    Jeremy is well aware how much brotherhood means to Peter, but he doesn’t really get it until he’s immersed himself. Jeremy doesn’t talk about his boarding school buddies in the same way – there, it was every man for himself. But sweet, all-American Peter believes in the sanctity of the group as a whole. His fraternity brothers are higher than even family – unfortunately, no one clued Peter in to the fact that self-servers are everywhere. He takes Jeremy’s betrayal so personally not just because it was a first-class dick move, but because it’s a part of a pattern. (“Classic Lefty.”) His frat nickname refers to something far more embarrassing than his preferred masturbatory hand. Every girl he’s ever really tried to have something with has left him for one of his bros.

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    The Peter Party needs a big win tonight. And unfortunately, it comes at the expense of the bragging rights of one Shonda Rhimes. The real-life Dartmouth alum’s cameo was a total delight – now Mindy needs to make an appearance on one of her shows. Maybe Annaliese Keating can defend her against the charges of any number of the illegal acts she’s committed in the course of the series. Anyway, I hope someone has fic-ed Shonda’s Peter Prentice pilot, the one the network deemed “too sad.”

    Mindy Mayor of Shondaland

    While Jeremy and Peter buried the hatchet, the rest of the practice dealt with the consequences of Mindy making a terrible impression on their new department chief. Dr. Jane Fishman (Niecy Nash, yay!) “is not here to make friends, [she's] here to make babies,” and so she is not amused when Mindy makes everyone late to the meeting and then lets her phone ring an uncomfortable amount of time. (Check how Danny bops his head along to “Fancy,” though.) Fishman’s retaliation is to schedule all the Schulman deliveries at the most undesirable times. And there’s just no way Danny Castellano can be his best self at 11pm on a Sunday while performing a C-section with “a gutful of Mom’s lasagn.” Mindy’s simple fix is to befriend the new boss with a night on the town, which seems like a decent idea since Jane is new to the city. (“I’ve been spending every night at the Statue of Liberty because I assume that’s what people do.”) She’s charmed by the nude couples massage and Mindy’s enthusiastic collaboration with some subway dancers (“They really hated it.”) – a little more charmed than Mindy had intended. (“Boom shakalaka: we’re best friends.”)

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  6. “Honor demands it.” – Sleepy Hollow Recap

    October 17, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

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    Season 2, Episode 4: Go Where I Send Thee…
    Posted by Sage

    I fully expect that this recap will be colored by the fact that I watched the first half of this episode with 5,000 other Sleepyheads on a massive screen at New York Comic Con. And you know what? It read well up there. “Go Where I Send Thee…” is one of Sleepy‘s more cinematic episodes, though maybe they’d all feel that way if we got to experience the entire series like this. Next on our Kickstarter list: #SleepyHollywood, an all-Sleepy Hollow movie theater where we can get together once a week to scream at a bigger TV, together. The perk for the most supportive backers? Tom Mison picks you up and drives you to the theater. In character. Hold onto your butts.

    #CreepyHollow

    Sleepy Hollow Pied Piper

    The episode opens with the camera following a little girl padding through a dark house. She walks out the front door and continues to an unknown destination, eyes unfocused all the while. There’s creepy flute music. Somethin’ ain’t right.

    Hence, Ichabod learns what an Amber Alert is (another opportunity to seduce me by being a selfless man of action) and Abbie goes off to take the case. (Sidenote: where were the other cops? Does Sheriff Reyes have them running drills? There’s a kid missing, people. Look alive.) It’s a small town, that Sleepy Hollow, so it’s not a shock to learn that Abbie has a connection with the mother of the missing girl. Beth Lancaster was her caseworker when she was a kid, a hand to hold while her world crumbled around her. And Abbie is determined to keep Beth’s family whole just like Beth tried to do for her. Into the woods!

    Doing the job of the massive search party who should be out there whacking bushes with sticks, Ichabod and Abbie come upon the clear site of a struggle. There’s blood here, blood there, and a hollowed out bone on the ground. Ichabod recognizes its design as one of the oldest known Chinese instruments and then starts to play it. Yes, Ichabod plays the bone flute. Have a giggle. Write it into your Crane/Hawley fan fic. I’ll wait.

    The music immediately puts Abbie into a trance, one that’s filmed exactly like every movie drug trip you’ve ever seen. She starts walking purposefully but remains blind and deaf to anything happening outside her mind.  It’s clear then why there were no signs of forced entry at the Lancaster house. Someone coaxed Sarah out of her home and into the wilderness, and Ichabod has a good idea who.

    Like most fairy tales we tell little tiny babies, the one about the Pied Piper of Hamelin is fucked up. It’s the terrifying tale of a man who mass-abducts children via music to punish their parents for being shitty tippers, or something. The Pied Piper of Sleepy Hollow is  – ding ding ding! – a demon. And he’s punishing a parent too. In fact, he’s punishing all the parents of the Lancaster family to continue forever avenging his own betrayal and death at the hands of Daniel Lancaster, another colonial personage outed by Ichabod Crane as a scoundrel. And while we never do find out what Hamelin’s Piper did to the children he ran away with (creepy), we know that Sleepy Hollow’s version lets them die of exposure and then fashions instruments out of their bones. (Creepier.) That’s right – Crane was blowing into the femur of a long-dead 10-year-old. Still not as shocking as how good he was at it.

    The flute leaves the witnesses with a foolproof method of finding Sarah. Despite Crane’s reluctance to use Abbie “as bait” (*coughbecausehewantstomakebabieswithhercough*), Lt. Mills isn’t going to let a little girl die without doing everything she can to save her. So Crane puts a 30 second loop of his playing onto Abbie’s phone to dilute the effect (“Maybe we’ll cut an album together when this is all done.” “One achievement at a time, Lieutenant.”) and follows half a step behind her as they reenter the woods. (“I will be with you at every moment.”) On the way, they pick up Hawley, our very own early-Episode 4 Han Solo. More on him when we get to #Sassy, ’cause, you know.

    The Piper is still at home when they get to his crib, because Sarah’s not dead yet. He watches them from behind walls, making clicking noises like the aliens in Signs. There are human and animal carcasses and bones strung up all over the place. And when he shows himself, there’s almost no evidence that he was ever human. In the wise words of the sexiest hippie-privateer in upstate New York, “Aw, damn.”

    For kid-stealing demons and woodwind instruments made from skeletons, I’m bestowing 8/10 Sandmen on this one.

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    Cutesy Ichabbie moments abound in this episode, but first I want to talk about the seamlessness of their partnership. After they rescue Sarah and Hawley helps them blow up part of his creepy, underground butchershop, the first priority is to get the little girl back to her family. Then, Abbie says, they’ll “get back here and take that thing down.” Not missing a beat, Crane answers her: “Without question.” They’re not even sure how to do it yet, but they’re on the same page, at all times. The next generation of Lancasters will sleep soundly knowing that the curse on their family was broken. Of that, Crane and Abbie are sure.

    I’d apologize for continuing to do the Mulder/Scully comparison thing if it wasn’t so apt. There is no ego in this partnership. When they face the piper for the second time, Crane goes down. His noise-canceling ear buds are dislodged, and the whistling of the demon’s bone staff has him unable to defend himself. Abbie catches up to them, takes the piper out. (“No more kids.”) “I had him,” Ichabod jokes weakly. And then they smile at each other like they just got elected to the prom court, because any time is flirting time for these two. But for reals, Crane isn’t ashamed that he was saved by a girl – he’s feeling pretty damn lucky that this is the person who has his back. And he’ll get hers next time. Nobody’s keeping score.

    There is something that’s been weighing on Abbie’s mind though and all it takes for Crane to deduce the problem is an innocent driving lesson. The Ichabod vs. modern inventions battle continues, but we can safely say that Crane won this round. He plays dumb, trying not to give away the secret driving lessons that Miss Jenny had been giving him. (She’s not letting that ambulance nonsense happen twice.) But Abbie figures it out via the odometer (Frankliiiin! *shakes fist*) and there’s just no point in Crane pretending anymore. He floors it, and delights in the way his stunt driving terrifies Abbie. (You know it was killing him to not be able to showboat before.) According to every commercial ever, what and how you drive reflects directly on your sexual prowess. If that’s true, we can rest easy (or never sleep again) knowing that Crane can make “the power of 300 horses” his bitch without breaking a sweat. Jinba ittai, my friends. It means “sexy car foreplay” in Japanese, if I remember correctly.

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    Crane sees through Abbie’s plan to cross off all the items on the list of things Crane needs to be able to do to survive in the 21st century. (What else has she been teaching him, hm?) It’s almost like she’s preparing for something. She’s preparing not to be around anymore. He will not let her give up that easily.

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    It’s really the only perk of the thankless job of being a witness. Crane and Abbie are bound – whatever occurs, whatever monstrosity they face next, they can count on that. Beyond their own pasts and their own personal stake in seeing Moloch defeated, this partnership is what sustains them. Also, an audible swoon rippled through the audience at NYCC when he called her by her full name.

    For lusty operation of a vehicle, cappuccinos on the Dawson’s Creek pier, and the way Crane’s voice drops an octave when he addresses Abbie by name, this episode gets 9/10 Fist Bumps for Shippiness.

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  7. “I will be your victim this evening.” – Doctor Who Recap

    October 16, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Doctor Who mummy beach

    Series 8, Episode 8
    Mummy on the Orient Express
    Posted by Sage

    In one of my most vivid fantasy lives, I solve murders on trains. My imagination can turn an Amtrak headed from Philly to NYC into a glamorous coach, chugging through a countryside far more exotic than the mid-Atlantic. And that one time I took a trip in a sleeper car? Forget about it. I was almost praying for someone to be offed so I’d have the chance to show my stuff.

    So imagine my glee when our Doctor Who recap trade-off structure meant that I’d get to cover an episode called “Mummy on the Orient Express.” That’s right, Kim got stuck with moon dragon abortion and I got a ’20s-esque space noir. I’m sure it’ll even out sometime.

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    The promo for this week’s episode heightened the impact of Clara and the Doctor’s row by leaving the companion out entirely. Would the Doctor be taking this journey alone? But why waste the chance to doll Jenna Coleman up in a sensational beaded dress and chic bob? Donna Noble would approve. Flapper, not slapper.

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    In fact, both of our time travelers are looking bangin’ in this episode. My stomach did a little flippity flop when I first saw the Doctor escort Clara out of the TARDIS by hand saying, “Your train awaits, my lady.” There’s a gallant-ness to him that we haven’t seen before in this regeneration. He and Clara remark that this trip feels like “a good one to end on” and we know. Though he’s never apologized to Clara about dumping the moon dragon on her and probably never will, he’s going to do everything he can on this trip to convince her not to leave. The cuddly factor may fluctuate, but the Doctor has never and will never be anything but utter shit at being alone.

    Let me take another minute to again heap praise on Jenna Coleman, who continues to bring incredible pathos to Clara. Kim commented that she felt cheated out of the conversation preceding this trip. The end of “Kill the Moon” was so devastating because Clara’s anger was righteous and real. We’ve seen modern companions be disappointed in the Doctor. We’ve seen them call him out. But we’ve never seen one so irate and so final. Clara felt like she’d been duped and she was done playing the Doctor’s sympathetic sidekick. But in the first few minutes of “Mummy,” I established my head canon for that missing conversation. Clara called the Doctor and reopened the lines of communication. She’s not the kind of girl who would throw a fit just to be coddled; she wasn’t sitting around waiting for him to drop by and fall at her feet. But I imagine that her feelings towards him softened as she hung out at Danny’s flat watching telly – she remembered the phone call from her old friend, and how he’d begged her to help him. (And with apologies to Danny, she was probably bored to tears.) So she won’t leave on the proverbial slammed door. She’ll take the farewell tour. She’s forgiven him but she still can’t live with him. “Yes, the sad smile. It’s a smile, but you’re sad. Two emotions at once. It’s like you’re malfunctioning.” And Jenna NAILED that sad smile. Also: ARM CLUTCHING. (“Can I talk about the planets now?”)

    In true DW fashion, the trip isn’t destined to be all champagne wishes and caviar dreams and jazzy Queen covers. Before the TARDIS makes its appearances, an elderly woman demands a man in “fancy dress” be thrown out of the dining car, and then drops dead just outside of a minute. Her granddaughter and the rest of the passengers and crew of the Orient Express are left to mourn the woman’s sudden but seemingly natural passing, until a cook suffers the same fate in the kitchen. The Doctor swears to Clara that he didn’t knowingly steer them into danger. Rule #1: The Doctor lies.

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    “A mystery shopper. Oh, great.”

    The two are separated early on when they emerge from their (sigh) separate compartments, both suspicious about Mrs. Pitt’s death. The Doctor, Nosy Parker, crosses the path of Perkins, Chief Engineer. Perkins’ motivations are unclear, but the Doctor instantly takes to him. If Clara is, in fact, telling the truth about not wanting this trip to “be a thing,” then he’ll leave her out of it. But he needs a sleuthing partner, and Perkins is just arch enough to be entertaining. Meanwhile, Clara runs into Maisie Pitt, wandering the corridors with her shoe in her hand, looking to break into the compartment holding her grandmother’s body. The two women end up locked in with a spacey-wacey sarcophagus, as you do.

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    The funny thing about the Doctor’s redemption in this episode is that it’s not saved for the final moments. It’s stealthily happening the whole time. Once he figures out that the figure stalking the train is the mythical Foretold, he goes right into deductive mode. He unpacks the mystery, piece by piece by observing who and how it attacks. And while the survivors might find him cold, he’s getting it done. The Doctor doesn’t have the luxury of grief – not while he’s responsible for these lives. And at least he’s facing the threat, unlike Captain Quell for most of the story. (“How many people have to die before you stop looking the other way?”) Maisie’s grief and guilt, on the other hand, do nothing for her except put a target on her back.

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    Once the Doctor realizes that Maisie is next on the hit list, he instructs Clara to bring her to him – to lie, if she has to. And she does, because what other hope is there? But I love that Clara considered disobeying him and hiding Maisie away in the TARDIS. What she experienced in “Kill the Moon” wasn’t weakness. Clara Oswald is not afraid to make a decision, if the situation requires it. We’ve seen her do it before, to save herself, The Doctor, even the entire population of Gallifrey. And if it hadn’t been a decent plan, Gus wouldn’t have put a force field around the thing.

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  8. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – Scandal Gif-Cap

    October 15, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

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    Scandal
    Season 4, Episode 3: Inside the Bubble
    Posted by Sage

    “I need to time my drop-offs better.” Lizzie Bear runs into a lobbyist complaining about David Rosen defending gun control legislation when she takes her kid to school.

    Outta my face

    “At times like this, I sleep with my gun lobbyist badge.”

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    Keep the bastards on their toes, David.

    “You think I’m stalking you.” “Are you?” Stalking your wallet, more like.

    Prostitution whore

    “She totally pushed him.” “Killer Cliff Bride” not such a big fan of her new husband.

    Not terribly important

    “I’m counting on you, Rosen.” “I know that smile. You’re inside the bubble. Feels good, doesn’t it?” David just wants to belong.

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    “It feels like something is missing. But really, everything is missing. Everything is different.” “Colder. Everything is colder.” “Except me. but I was cold to begin with.”

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    “Come to dinner and I’ll learn to like Jake because you like Jake.” Well, this’ll be sufficiently awkward.

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    “You said Katherine was looking for me, I said I’d take care of it, so why don’t we stay out of each other’s jobs?” Just be friends again, you losers.

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    “Don’t worry, we’ll find her.” Liv is on the case of her friend’s missing daughter. But, as usual, something feels fishy.

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    “Just a casual dinner.” “With Command?” Because that’s not intimidating.

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    “Come on, Charlie. Use your head.” Jake knocks Charlie out, then eats the man’s candy bar. Cold.

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    “Go ahead without me today. I want to stay here.” Mellie’s so wrapped up in the Killer Cliff Bride case, she skips her daily trip to Jerry’s grave.

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    “Hashtag bad bitch contest. Hashtag first place.”

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    “You owe me a buck seventy five for the candy bar.” Charlie demands, as Jake is about to Dexter him.

    Caused you any problems

    “She just ordered room service, so I think she’s fine.”

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    “Just do it Perkins.” “I don’t work for you anymore.” Charlie wants to talk to Quinn and Jake’s letting it happen because he just can’t bring himself to care what happens to these people anymore.

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    “Cat got your tongue? Should I get your tongue?”

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    “Stronger, tougher, more seasoned. Yeah. I guess that’s true.”

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    “We’ll just fly Jeff here instead! Thanks, Abby.” Mellie is FINE.

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    “Sweet?” Prostitution whore called Cyrus “sweet” so he should have known right then he was takin’ him for a ride.

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    “Whatever she’s asking for, give it to her.” Exqueeze me?

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    “I need some jerk to not be able to buy an AK-47 and shoot up a school. That is NOT TOO MUCH TO ASK.”

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    OOP. Katherine made a sex tape with Caitlin’s underage boyfriend.

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    “Two shots to the chest. By the time the police arrived, she was DOA.”

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    Olivia shoves Katherine against the wall like a boss. “I can’t make this go away for you. I won’t.”

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  9. “We Want You To Be Breathless When It’s Over.” – NYCC 2014, Day 4.

    October 14, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Team Sleepy Hollow in the Press Room

    Team Sleepy Hollow in the Press Room

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    Sage:

    Yeah, “breathless” works.

    We survived another New York Comic Con. And despite our aching bones and astronomical sleep debt, we still exited the Javits Center ever so slowly and reluctantly last night.

    Our priority for Day 4 was our favorite debut series for the 2013-2014 TV season. We had the chance to interview the cast and crew of Sleepy Hollow at NYCC 2013, early on in our love affair with the show. They triumphantly returned to the Con this year, packing the Main Stage for the final panel of the day. Last year, they barely packed the Empire. Our little baby’s all groweds up and we are proud, proud mamas.

    Kim:

    – It was another SUPER early morning at the Javits as I got there just after the doors opened at 8 AM (Sage was a mere 10 minutes behind me.  This coming from different directions thing is the pits.  Kickstarter for us to buy our own headquarters?).  At this point, I was running on nine hours over sleep over the past two days (it was MY choice to go dancing with my girls the night before, no regrets!) but I was super jazzed to have a Sleepy Hollow day to close out the convention.

    SleepyHeads Represent!

    SleepyHeads Represent!

    I was in the first 25 or so people in line for the panel and it was amazing settling in with my fellow SleepyHeads.  Everyone was very excited for the panel and the front cluster of fans were all ladies who knew each other from Twitter.  They even brought Ichabod’s favorite treat, Donut Holes, to share with the line!  As I sat down and chattered away, one woman looked at me and said “You look familiar.” Knowing that the Sleepy fandom has been incredibly supportive of this site, I said “Do you read Head Over Feels?”  “YES!” she exclaimed.  “You’re Head Over Feels!! Oh my gosh!”  It turns out I was smack dab in the middle of a group of some of our most faithful readers as I was then met with cries of delight from everyone around me once they knew who I was.  I have never felt so rewarded in my life (I actually texted my mom saying I felt like a rock star).  It was amazing and so incredible to put faces to Twitter Handles (especially Liz, who runs @TomMisonFans) and to hear real live feedback from our readers.  It also made the hour and forty-five minute wait a LOT less painful being surrounded by lovely people.  I know you guys are all reading this, so I can’t say it enough.  Thank you for not only making my morning, but for loving our Sleepy coverage.  It means the world to both of us.

    Sage:

    – Once our spot in the Sleepy panel was secured, we made our way back around the Queue Hall to get our wristbands for the Dreamworks Animation presentation. (Gotham, unfortunately, conflicted with the Sleepy press session.) The studio presented exclusive content from two of their upcoming films: Home and The Penguins of Madagascar. We did some research on the whereabouts of Benedict Cumberbatch, just in case. He seemed to be in London, having lately been heavily promoting The Imitation Game. But he had been at SDCC with Penguins, and, at a convention where George Clooney can just pop by mid-honeymoon, anything can happen.

    – No Benedict cameo – I think Dreamworks knew we didn’t have the fortitude to survive it, after all we’d been through. But we did meet some of the stars of the film. I don’t know who was more delighted that the penguins were working the panel line: us, or the many children in attendance. Actually that’s a lie – it was us.

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    – We needed a lot more energy from the USA Today moderator that morning. I’m not sure what about her monotone screamed “madcap cartoon adventures!” or how people get these gigs, but let me just say that we can make ourselves available next year. The actual panel consisted of Home director Tim Johnson and Penguins co-directors Eric Darnell and Simon Smith. Between clips, all the directors discussed the origins of the movies. Home is adapted from a children’s book that Tim Johnson read to his kids. And Penguins exists because people really fucking love those penguins. Best part of the Madagascar films for sure.

    Dreamworks Animation Panel

    Eric Darnell, Simon Smith, and Tim Johnson

    – Home looks sweet enough, with Jim Parsons voicing a rogue alien who falls in love with the human race. Rihanna plays his human sidekick and, based on what we heard, I think she should stick to putting out 16 singles a year. Voice acting just isn’t one of her talents.

    – Penguins looks way more entertaining and adult-friendly. We saw an extended clip as well as the first six minutes of the movie. No spoilers, but we see how our heroes broke the mold and became the action-oriented birds they were born to be. We also saw a bit of John Malkovich’s villain, Dave the squid, and BC’s secret agent wolf. In a rare moment of connection, we heartily agreed with the moderator who best described his presence in the film: “This wolf is a bit of a fox.”

    – After another quick walk through Artists Alley, we headed up to the press room for the Sleepy roundtable. The room looked fuller than last year, with more crews and journalists interested in talking to the stars and creatives. Again: proud mamas. On our way in, we were handed two new pieces of tie-in merch: an original novel called Children of the Revolution and a notebook written in his own voice, The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane. We can’t wait to devour them both and report back to you. (Note from Kim: I did a few dramatic readings from Ichabod’s Journal on the dealers floor earlier in the con.  It’s amazing and there are limericks.)

    – Press Line Photo Spam Time!!!

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    Eyebrow Game is strong with this one.

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    Everyone loves Everyone

    – We had the chance to speak with Executive Producers Len Wiseman and Mark Goffman, writer Raven Metzner, and stars Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny Mills), Orlando Jones (Frank Irving), and Sakina Jaffrey (Sheriff Leena Reyes). We’re assuming that Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are still filming in Wilmington, since an injury of Nicole’s halted production for a while. They were missed, but we still fangirled out in their absence. (Kim: Also, given the fact that our seats were literally sitting next to the talent, I think the universe KNEW that I would be incapable of sitting next to Tom Mison.  Sorry guys. It’s my fault he wasn’t there.)

    – In response to Kim’s question, Lyndie, whose eyebrow game is even stronger in person, talked about what her emotional scenes with Abbie have done for her as an actress: “I have this very vibey, emotional approach to acting. I don’t like to get too much in my head about things. So I don’t even really realize what’s happening until afterwards, and then sort of reviewing it is where I get my lessons.” She also praised her scene partner Nicole, who she says is “incredible.” Obvi, we agree.

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    Writer Raven Metzner and Lyndie Greenwood

    – Raven seemed to tease a romantic development for Jenny, as he talked about Lyndie’s glamorous, lighter side and how he and the other writers wanted to see that come out in the show. Date night with Irving, perhaps?

    – “Jenny has learned how to trust again because of her relationship with Abbie and Crane and I think she really looks up to Crane, and she respects him. And, um…but she thinks he’s ridiculous, as well. So there is that sort of sibling sort-of poking fun. It’s great. It’s delightful.” – Lyndie answering my question about Jenny’s relationship with Crane.

    – Both Raven and Lyndie pointed to episode 5 as a tentpole episode for Jenny. They spoke about it as if it really opens up a brand new side to the character. So we wants it now. Lyndie also talked about how protective she feels of Jenny, because she considers Jenny her second life.

    – When asked about the pacing for the season, Raven said “I still feel like each episode, we want you to feel breathless when it’s over, and that’s our goal.” Lyndie thinks that the breathlessness comes from the fact that the show also has grounded moments – it’s never moving too fast for the audience to catch up and learn the characters.

    Len Wiseman and Orlando Jones

    Len Wiseman and Orlando Jones

    – Few experiences are more fun than being in a room with Orlando Jones. He’s having the time of his life on this show and wants everyone around him to know it.

    – We all told him he looked sharp, and his response was, “I mean, I know how to put on clothes. Not like I’m braggin’. So…occasionally I get it halfway right.” But really, he looked super fly.

    – On Frank’s blood contract with Moloch: “Permission to speak frankly? Shit is fucked up….I know I should have read the contract, but I submit to all of you, who read the last iTunes contract when they did the update?”

    – Len Wiseman has all the cuts of the show at his house so he had to keep checking with his colleagues to see which versions had aired. Soooo…movie night at Len’s house?

    – “What you guys have clearly built is a a character unlike any police captain I’ve ever seen, who’s really going through an emotional journey of both family and redemption. But he’s broken and part of it, I think, is his past haunting him in the sense that my daughter is handicapped and I feel responsible for that and everything I’ve done to try to get ahead of that 8 ball has just not gone my way. But I love the fact that, no matter how it goes, he just keeps trying. I love his commitment to trying to be a better man while it all falls apart.” – In case you’re wondering whether Orlando gets it or not.

    – Kim: “Frank made a big sacrifice for his family in last season’s finale. Are we going to see them come back?” Orlando: “You will see my family.” Kim: “Soooon?” Orlando: *SASSY AS HELL* “I can’t answer allll your questions about when stuff gon’ happen. You know this! You know this! I don’t know why you over here trippin’ right now, come on.” (Kim: This answer was also accompanied by him hitting my leg. BEST ROUNDTABLE SEATS EVER.)

    – Asked about the chemistry between Mr. and Mrs. BAMF and what’s going to happen with them in the future, Orlando made pleading eyes and Len and begged a little bit: “Come on man. Throw me a bone.”

    – Orlando on the new Sheriff: “I’m a huge Sakina Jaffrey because I love what she did on House of Cards. How does Irving feel about her? She don’t know what’s going on!”

    – Sakina Jaffrey was a late addition to the convention team and a really great one. Her character’s motivations are nebulous at this point, which she addressed: “All I can tell you is that she believes in her mission…She’s good as far as I’m concerned. The way I’m playing her, she is good and she is right. But then my friend said, ‘Bitches always think that!'”

    – Coming from House of Cards, Sakina is new to the supernatural genre: “I’m so new to this whole world and I just feel so blessed that I’ve met it finally.” She also called Crane “Ichie,” so…one of us. ONE OF US.

    – On villainy in its many forms: “You could call Frank Underwood a monster. I think it’s actually a very similar world. There’s chaos in Washington and there’s chaos in Sleepy Hollow. They’re not that different.”

    – Goffman: “That’s actually why we knew we could cast Sakina for this part. Because as tough as we could make her, we knew that she could bring a humanity to her.”

    – Sakina was wearing fabulous red shoes, which she told Kim not to steal. Basically everyone at NYCC had their eye on Kim. (Kim: she DID tell me where I could buy them though.  And that they weren’t expensive and they would look good on me and she spelled out “YSL” (the brand) on my leg with her finger, so basically, we’re best friends.)

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  10. “I’m Always On Your Side” – Sleepy Hollow Recap

    October 13, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

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    “The Root of All Evil”

    Last night, after the close of New York Comic-Con, Sage and I had the pleasure of attending a meetup of SleepyHeads organized by the lovely Liz, who runs the Tom Mison Fans Twitter and Tumblr. At this meetup, I was publicly shamed by the SleepyHeads in attendance for the fact that “The Root of All Evil” had aired 6 days ago and I had still not posted my recap.  My apologies, and you can send your letters of complaint to the organizers of Comic-Con.

    After the break neck pace of the first two episodes of the season, “The Root of All Evil” was a bit of a slow down, pace wise.  The war against the Apocalypse is a marathon, not a sprint, and this episode served as a time to delve into the minds of #TeamWitness, specifically Abigail Mills.  Don’t worry though.  There were still plenty of moments to scream, flail, and laugh at Ichabod’s sass.  Let’s get right to it, shall we?

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    Henremy wrought a whole bunch of havoc this week, in big ways and small.  We’ll get to the big ways in the Creepy Section, but let’s talk about the little ways here.  The episode opens with Henry surveying a model of Sleepy Hollow that he has built, and he is painting a model of Tarrytown with a devious look on his face.  Much of the model remains unpainted, but the buildings that ARE?  Tarrytown.  The bank.  The Flower shop.  All places where he has brought forth destruction.  Is this his way of keeping track of all the little seeds he is planting for Moloch?  I hope we see this model again, because it feels to specific to be a one-off device.  And as we know with Sleepy Hollow (a notion further expressed by Len Wiseman yesterday at the NYCC panel), NOTHING is accidental.  So let’s keep an eye out for exactly which buildings are painted, shall we?

    Speaking of Tarrytown, our buddy Frank is still wasting away there, unknowingly blood contracted to the Horseman of War.  One of my favorite things about Sleepy Hollow is the fact that they don’t drag things out.  How can you when you only have 18 episodes?  Abbie and Ichabod attempt to visit Frank, to fill him in on things no doubt, when they learn that they are barred from seeing him by his lawyer Henry Parrish.  Abbie and Ichabod share a definite “Oh FUUUUUUUUUCK” look upon learning this as they now know that Henremy is one step ahead of them and has possibly compromised one of their greatest allies.  Yeah, Frank may be locked up, but the fact that he BELIEVES them makes him an ally.  Trust, Ichabod says at the end of the episode, is a limited and valuable commodity, so the fact that one of the few people they DO trust is very very very bad.  Even if Frank WANTS to help them, his ability to do so is potentially compromised as who knows exactly WHAT that oath is going to force Frank to do against his will.


    Because he is clever, Ichabod uses the mental patient from the top of the episode (Sidebar: someone at the panel yesterday called out the show for its portrayal of mental illness.  What are your thoughts?) as a means to get to Frank and give him all the information he has about Henremy.  Props to Orlando Jones in this scene, because the look on his face when Ichabod says “He is the Horseman of War” is the very definition of “WHAT THE DAMN HELL”.

    Also we learn that Henry has moved into the house where he was born.  Katrina smugly points this out to Abraham as she firmly believes that Henry wants to get closer to her by doing this.  It’s becoming very clear that Katrina is going to stop at nothing to try to save her son and she truly BELIEVES that she can do it (Abraham: Your son is beyond your reach. Katrina: Is he?).  The bond between mothers and their children is going to be a theme for the whole season, and I LOVE that the show is delving into THAT as opposed to the Father angle.  Really, Sleepy Hollow is one of the most pro-Feminist shows on television right now. I am fearful as to what this is going to mean for Katrina, as the final scene of the episode showed Henremy staring at the bed frame where she gave birth to him not with the love of a son longing to be closer to his mother, but with a burning hatred so hot that the bed literally caught on fire. Gives a whole new meaning to this…

    Katrina…time to turn up those witchy powers.  You in danger, girl.

    Burning Beds and Creepy Town Models? I give the WHAT THE DAMN HELL aspect of this episode 5/10 Golems.

    #CreepyHollow

    Fantastic, Sleepy Hollow.  The laundry machine in my apartment building runs on quarters and now I am terrified to touch them.

    Henremy’s other plan of wreaking havoc this week involved a cursed coin that possesses people and brings out their darkest desires when they touch them (“It simply reveals what’s already there.”).  Much like the One Ring, the coin also CALLS to people when they are in its presence.  Because this is Sleepy Hollow, it’s not just a coin but one of the thirty pieces of silver Judas Iscariot was paid when he betrayed Jesus Christ.  Of course it is.  These shekels have been traced to traitors all throughout history, most notably Ichabod’s old pal Benedict Arnold, who betrayed the Colonial Army only because the coin was in his possession.  Good to know.

    What is the most terrifying about the Judas Coin is that it is virtually untraceable with the way that money circulates.  Anyone could have it and the coin (thanks to Henremy) starts to circulate through Sleepy Hollow.  A mild-mannered bank teller who helped Abbie set up her first savings account shoots up everyone in the bank.  A son plants a bomb in a floral arrangement and blows up his father.  And Jennifer Mills, certified BAMF, turns into a ruthless assassin, hellbent on killing the woman who was responsible for putting her mother in Tarrytown.  (More on the repercussions of THAT later because all the feels)

    While the coin may not have been as outright visually arresting as previous monsters on Sleepy Hollow, it was no less terrifying.  In fact, I would even wager that it was MORE terrifying.  We see it in the news every day…human beings can often be just as monstrous (if not more so) than the creatures we read about in books or see in our worst nightmares.  It’s why it is SO EFFECTIVE that Henry is the Horseman of War and why Jenny being possessed had me gripping my pillow in fear.  Because evil doesn’t just come in the form of the Sandman or Moloch.  It can come in the form of the person sitting right across from you.  I feel that it will be how Henry raises his army.  Not with demons, but with the residents of Sleepy Hollow…YIKES.

    Because I’m scared to do my laundry now, I give the Creepy of this episode 7/10 Sandmen.

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