Warning: This post contains obvious spoilers for the latest episode of Downton Abbey. If you have yet to watch Sunday’s episode, please turn back now until you have.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes received 90 complaints after the airing of Sunday’s episode of the show. Fans were not too fond of his inclusion of a rape storyline involving Anna Bates. Keep in mind that the rape itself was not showed and the impact of the act was more closely examined during the actress’ portrayal of the damaged lady’s maid.
Anna was raped by Lord Gillingham’s valet Mr. Green, but refused to speak on it because she didn’t want her husband to kill her perpetrator and be sent back to prison. Julian Fellowes told the BBC, “The whole point of the way we do things on Downton is we don’t do them gratuitously. We are interested in exploring the resultant emotions and the effect these things have on people.”
He went on to say, “If we’d wanted a sensational rape we could have stayed down in the kitchen with the camera during the whole thing and wrung it out. The point of handling is not that we’re interested in sensationalizing but we’re interested in exploring the mental damage and the emotional damage. Downton deals in subjecting a couple of characters per series to a very difficult situation and you get the emotions that come out of these traumas.”
He added, “When you handle very difficult and sensitive storylines, the minus is that they do expect more work from the audience but the plus is they can take you to a helpful place in terms of self-analysis. The fact that (fans) engage with it is sort of what you pray for as a program maker, because with most series that’s not happening. It’s always a compliment that everyone gets so involved in the show.”
What did you think of the episode?
Will professional dancer Tristan MacManus ever catch a break? That’s the question we were asking ourselves after the casting announcement was made for this season of Dancing With The Stars. In previous seasons, he has been paired up with Nancy Grace, Gladys Knight, Pam Anderson, Dorothy Hamill and this season’s newly ousted contestant Valerie Harper. It’s sad to say that Tristan hasn’t made it past week eight — and even then it was due to his time on the show with Nancy. Ugh.
On last night’s elimination episode of the show, Valerie and Tristan were eliminated. She was certainly an inspiration after revealing that she has terminal cancer and still wanting to compete. The show can be grueling from our understanding of the rigorous and demanding training that goes on to get the celebrities dancing in short order.
Of last week’s performance, Valerie said, “I feel that I did not do the dance as well as I’ve done it and that’s not a good feeling. As far as I’m concerned, I’m competing against myself. I am not at all ready to quit. I’m here for the party and as long as I can participate, I’m willing to keep on keeping on.”
As far as last night was concerned, she and Tristan danced to fun’s Carry On. Watch a video of their performance below:
They scored 18 points out of 30 for their efforts, but unfortunately for them, it wasn’t enough to keep them in the competition. What did you think of the elimination last night?
Bill Nye the Science Guy has been eliminated on Monday’s edition of Dancing With The Stars. Are you shocked by his early dismissal from the show?
He was eliminated on Monday’s old Hollywood themed episode of the hit dancing competition. It wasn’t just Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein who were in jeopardy while elimination hung in the air. In addition, singer Christina Milian and her partner Mark Ballas were also in jeopardy of being eliminated. Lastly, Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd were also at risk of being shown the door.
When all of the dust settled, it was Bill and Tyne who were on the receiving end of this week’s boot. They scored 16 points for their futuristic jazz number played out to Daft Punk’s song Get Lucky. Apparently luck wasn’t on their side at all.
After learning that they had been eliminated, Bill said, “What breaks my heart is Tyne [has to go home]. She’s fantastic.”
Tyne added that she would miss his “sense of humor for sure. Maybe the science facts a little bit, but…”
Are you surprised that Valerie Harper wasn’t in the bottom two or three? She and Tristan MacManus scored the same amount of points on Monday. What do you think? Are her fans coming out of the wood work to vote for her and Tristan to stick around longer?
Breaking Bad returned to AMC for its series finale on Sunday titled Felina. As most of you, we were certainly anxious to see how it all played out. We had our theories and we’ve watched the series finale several times in order to bring the best possible recap from a fan’s perspective.
Walt travels from New Hampshire back to Albuquerque in order to deal with Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz first. He gives them his money, save for $200,000 of which he tells them he used to hire some of the best hitmen on the planet. He tells them to give the millions to his son Flynn on his 18th birthday in ten months and two days. No one would be the wiser having the money come from rich benefactors. The government would not be able to seize the money and Walt would get no credit for passing on the cash to his family. Excellent return for Badger and Skinny Pete!
Walt realizes Jesse has been cooking the “choice” blue meth. Next, we see Jesse visualizing himself wood working instead of actually cooking meth. This is a nod back to Kafkaesque, where Jesse was asked to talk to his NA group about the last time he felt competent. He told of how he made a beautiful wooden box, but unfortunately, he is dragged back into reality by his chain. The screen flips back to Walt celebrating his 52nd birthday at a diner and looking in his trunk at his machine guns. Later, he’s at his old house getting the ricin out of an electrical outlet. While walking through his old house, he flashes back to when Hank first offered him a ride along to see a meth business up close and personal for the first time.
Walt eavesdrops on Lydia’s conversation at The Grove with Todd. He joins them to try to pitch an idea about making meth without using methylamine for a million dollars. She asks how he knew how to find her and he Walt tells her that they were meeting at the same time and place while working together. She is definitely a creature of habit.. Lydia says Jack should hear Walt’s offer. She thinks it would be best for the Aryans to kill Walt. Then, we see her dissolving the only pack of Stevia at her table into her chamomile tea with soy milk. Finally, the ricin is used and after all of this time!
Next, we cut to Walt in the desert making an automatic machine gun firing system for his trunk. It’s Jesse’s robot! (From season 2 episode 9 “4 Days Out”) After seeing his a necklace with his wedding ring on it hanging from his neck, we cut to the inside of Skyler’s trailer. The phone is ringing and Skyler lets it go to voicemail. It’s Marie warning her that Walt is back in town. After she hangs up with Marie, Walt is seen in her kitchen. She gives him five minutes.
Walt tells her that it’s over and the cops will be coming to him. She says that if he’s in custody, then what is going to stop those masked men from coming back to keep her from talking about Lydia. After tonight, he assures her, they won’t be coming back. Then he gives her the lottery ticket which contains the coordinates to where Agent Gomez and Hank are buried. He says that is where he buried their money and the men who stole it from them murdered Hank and Steve and buried them there. He tells her to trade that for a deal with the prosecutor in order to get herself out of this. He finally admits that he did all of those things not for his family, but for himself. He says he liked it, he was good at it and he was alive. Before he leaves, she allows him one last chance to see their daughter. He leaves but then sees his son before going.
Walt then pulls his car into the warehouse yard where Uncle Jack’s men are. Walt taunts Jack by saying that he didn’t do his job of killing Jesse, but instead made a partner out of him. Jack, angry, tells Todd to drag Jesse there for Walt to see. He’s in shackles and it’s clear that he’s no partner. Walt tackles him to the floor as he clenches his thumb on the alarm button on his keys. The bullets spray and kill everyone of the Aryans with the exception of Todd. Jesse jumps up and wraps his chain around Todd’s neck, brings him to the floor and strangles him to death. “Jesus, Mr. White” indeed! Then, Walt picks up a gun and lets Jack, who is still barely alive, take a puff of a cigarette. Jack tries to plead for his life in exchange for the rest of Walt’s money, but Walt shoots him just like Jack did Hank — mid-sentence.
Jesse unshackles himself to see Walt standing there with a gun. Walt puts the gun on the floor and kicks it over to Jesse. Jesse holds up the gun like he’s going to shoot Walt and Walt says “do it”. Walt and Jesse have a stand off, but Jesse won’t shoot him because he realizes Walt is already wounded. He tells Walt to do it himself and then walks out.
Then we hear Todd’s phone ringing with his Lydia ringtone. Walt answers it and she asks if “it’s done”. Walt tells her “he’s gone” and that they’re all gone. She asks who she’s talking to and he says “Walt”. He says to her, “How are you feeling? Kinda under the weather? Like you got the Flu? That would be the ricin I gave you. I slipped it into that Stevia crap that you’re always putting in your tea. Well, goodbye Lydia.”
He tosses the phone to the ground and we get one final moment of Jesse and Walt together. He gets a real goodbye in the form of a nod from a son-like figure who respects him for protecting him and Jesse drives off maniacally.
In his final scene, Walt goes to Jesse’s lab and admires it. The song is fitting, beginning with “Guess I got what I deserved…”
As the cops arrive, Walt dies with his “baby blue”.
Well done! What did you think of the series finale of the show?
To celebrate the series finale of Breaking Bad, we’ve put together a brief synopsis of everything that happened in the fifth season of the show. This way if you’re not caught up on what’s going down, then you can get your Breaking Bad fix right here.
Episode 1 – Live Free Or Die
In a flash-forward, a ragged bearded Walt has breakfast at a Denny’s restaurant in Albuquerque, on his 52nd birthday (a little over a year into the future). In the present, news of the three deaths at the senior center Casa Tranquila spreads as Walt heads over to see his family. Walt destroys evidence of his and Jesse’s activities in the superlab stored on Gus Fring’s laptop.
Episode 2 – Madrigal
A German businessman commits suicide to evade questioning about his ties to Gus Fring. The DEA filters through various leads in hopes of finding something. In order to rebuild their lives and form a new profitable drug business, Walt and Jesse decide to look to Mike the fixer as a new partner. A Madrigal executive named Lydia Rodarte-Quayle becomes Mike’s methylamine supplier.
Episode 3 – Hazard Pay
Walter moves back into the house, but Skyler hates it. Walter, Mike, and Jesse meet with Saul to discuss finding a new place to “cook.” They use a pest control business as a cover, using tented over houses to cook their product. When it comes time to divide the profits, Walter is upset about the amount of money going to Mike’s former men, whose assets were seized when they were arrested. Walter hints to Jesse that he may consider an attempt to remedy this situation.
Episode 4 – Fifty-One
Lydia offers up her own employee to the DEA and Mike offers her a replacement — Jesse. Together, she and Jesse spot a tracking device on a barrel of methylamine. Mike believes she placed the device herself. Since Walt admits cooking again to Skyler, they discuss the safety of the children.
Episode 5 – Dead Freight
Mike and Lydia work to get the methylamine delivered for the operation. Walt and Jesse try to work through several ideas to keep undercover.
Episode 6 – Buyout
Walter, Jesse, Mike, and their associate deal with the aftermath of the methylamine train heist. Mike is experiencing increased pressure because he is under constant DEA surveillance. Mike strikes a buyout deal, which Jesse phones Walter to discuss. Walter invites Jesse to his home to talk, and confides in Jesse his regret about selling out of Gray Matter for $5,000 and his plans to build another empire. When Skyler arrives, Walter insists Jesse dine with them. At dinner, Skyler reveals she knows that Walter told Marie about her affair with Ted Beneke. Talking after dinner, Walter tells Jesse that Skyler sent their children to live elsewhere and is waiting for his “cancer to come back”, and that he intends to continue cooking meth at all costs, because “the business” is all he has left.
Episode 7 – Say My Name
Walter, Jesse and Mike meet with Declan, so that Walter can negotiate a deal to cook with Jesse and pay off Mike. At that time, Jesse decides to quit. Told to end his pursuit of Mike, Hank instead follows the lawyer, Dan Wachsberger, who is laundering Mike’s money. Dan gives in to the DEA, but Walter finds out and warns Mike. When they meet, Walter demands that Mike tell him the names of the nine people in prison whose silence he has been paying for. Mike refuses to give them up, so Walter shoots him.
Episode 8 – Gliding Over All
Walter meets with Lydia to obtain the names of Mike’s associates. Lydia partners with him to expand his distribution overseas to the Czech Republic. Walter takes the names to Todd’s uncle, who has ties with Aryan Brotherhood gangs operating in the prisons. The nine prisoners and Mike’s lawyer, including at least one ready to flip for Hank, are killed. Skyler makes another effort to convince Walter to give up meth production, and Walter ultimately relents. Walter pays back Jesse his cut of the planned methylamine sale, and ceases the production and distribution of his methamphetamine. The Whites’ children move back in, and the family seems to be back in order. During a lunch by the pool, Hank skims through Walter’s copy of Leaves of Grass in the bathroom, and realizes that Walter is Heisenberg.
Episode 9 – Blood Money
In a flashforward, Walter arrives at his dilapidated and fenced off abandoned house to grab the vial of ricin. In the present, Hank requests all files of the Fring case and matches the handwriting in Walter’s copy of Leaves of Grass with that of Gale. Meanwhile, Jesse throws his money away in a residential neighborhood. Walt’s cancer returns and after a chemo treatment, he finds his copy of Leaves of Grass missing. Walt immediately searches for and finds a GPS tracker on his car. Walt confronts Hank, and Hank reveals that he knows Walter is Heisenberg.
Episode 10 – Buried
Hank gets to Skyler before Walt does and Hank tries to pressure her for a statement. Walt takes his money to Tohajiilee and buries it. Lydia tries to convince Declan to use Todd as his cook, but he refuses. So, uncle Jack’s gang wipes out all of Declan’s men and they scoop up the equipment. Hank was unable to get anything from Sklyer or Walt, so he goes back to his office, only to learn that Jesse is being questioned.
Episode 11 – Confessions
Jesse refuses to make a deal with Hank. At a dinner meeting, Walt, Skyler, Hank and Marie try to negotiate. Walt’s attempts fail, so he leaves them with a DVD confession. It’s a confession to Hank’s association and guilt with regard to the meth business. Walt offers up some money for Jesse to leave town and start over with a new identity. Jesse agrees until he finds out that Saul took the ricin cigarette from him so that Walt could poison Brock. Jesse goes back to Saul’s, beats him up and steals his car. He drives it to Walt’s house and douses the place with gas.
Episode 12 – Rabid Dog
Walt arrives at his house to find Saul’s car in his driveway and his house doused in gasoline. He calls Jesse and leaves a message in order to explain himself. Skyler tells Walt to just take Jesse out. In a foreshadowing, we see Hank going to Walt’s house to talk Jesse down from burning the place down. Hank videotapes Jesse’s confession. Jesse tries to meet up with Walt wearing a wire, but then backs out, calls Walt and tells him that he will “get him where he really lives.” Walt calls Todd to say that he has another job for his uncle.
Episode 13 – To’hajiilee
The job for Todd’s uncle Jack is take out Jesse. Jack agrees under the condition that Walt does a cook for them so that Todd can learn the ropes. Hank learns that Walt has buried his money, so he stages a photo of a uncovered barrel for Jesse to lure Walt out. Walt panics and goes to To’hajiilee where he buried his money. It’s on the phone with Jesse that he confesses to some murders while convincing Jesse not to burn his money. Walt calls Jack to come take Jesse out at the coordinates of where the money is buried. Then, Jesse arrives with Hank and Agent Gomez and Walt calls Jack to call the whole thing off, but the Aryans arrive anyway after Walt surrenders. Both sides open fire while Walt and Jesse both hide away from it all.
Episode 14 – Ozymandias
At the scene of the shootout, Agent Gomez has been killed and Walt is left pleading for Hank’s life. Walt offered uncle Jack $80 million not to kill him, but he does it anyway. Jack and the crew dig up Walt’s barrels of money and leave one for him. Todd suggests that instead of killing Jesse, they torture him for information on the DEA. Marie tells Skyler that Walt has been arrested and makes her tell Walter Jr. everything. Walter Jr., Skyler and Holly arrive back at home to a hurried Walt who tells them to pack up so they can all leave. Skyler finally stands up to Walt with a knife, cuts him and Walter Jr. calls the cops. Walt then kidnaps Holly and absolves Skyler of any involvement in the meth business by acting the role of a egotistical, control freak maniac. Then, he leaves Holly at a fire station. After torturing Jesse, he is made to cook the Heisenberg grade blue meth with the threat of a photo of Andrea and Brock.
Episode 15 – Granite State
The disappearer relocates Walt to New Hampshire where he receives homemade chemo. Todd threatens Skylar not to talk to the DEA about Lydia. Jesse attempts to escape uncle Jack and his crew, but gets caught. Instead of killing him, Todd murders Andrea on her door step. Walt goes to a bar where he calls Walter Jr. and gets told to “just die already”. Walt calls the DEA to await his arrest, until he sees Gretchen and Elliott talking to Charlie Rose about Walt’s only contribution to Grey Matter: the name. By the time sheriffs arrive to arrest Walt, he is already gone.
Are you excited for tonight’s series finale?
Bryan Cranston has just taken to his official Twitter account to say, “Well, this is it. The last episode ever of Breaking Bad. Thank you for sharing this ride with me. Without you we never would have lasted.”
Aaron Paul took to his Twitter to say, “Let’s do this bitch!!! Get ready everyone for some madness.”
If you are like us, then you are waiting with baited breath for Breaking Bad’s series finale titled Felina. While the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan has said that “Felina” is just an anagram for “finale”, that may not be the bigger picture. As you may already know, in Vince’s world, a lot of things have more than one meaning. Take “Felina”, for instance. As you can see in the picture above, the letters could stand for “blood, meth and tears”.
Aren’t those three elements what the show has been all about since the beginning? Blood – Walt’s because of his cancer, meth for the blue Heisenberg grade meth that Walt cooked and tears for all of Skyler’s tears because of her husband’s secrets. It is all going to end badly for everyone, folks.
We’re going to take a stab at the ending, so here goes: EVERYONE DIES.
Walt makes his way to Albuquerque and Uncle Jack catches wind and puts a hit out on “Walter White”. This leads to Flynn getting shot because he has the same name as his father. Todd kills Skyler in order to protect Lydia’s identity, leaving Holly without a mother.
Walt kills Uncle Jack and his entire crew, with the exception of Todd. Walt leaves Todd for Jesse to kill as an act of revenge for Andrea’s murder. Walt tells Jesse he’ll deal with him later and makes his way to Gray Matter Technologies to take care of Gretchen and Elliott for lying about his connection to their company. He poisons them with ricin and since he’s got a little known clause in their contract, he ends up being the beneficiary of their business.
He thinks that his family is set and goes home to tell them about their inheritance that’s not the result of drug money. There, he finds that Flynn and Skyler are both dead and Holly is screaming her head off. He falls to the floor and just then, Jesse arrives. Walt tells Jesse to just kill him and that he knows that Holly would be taken care of from non-drug money. Jesse kills Walt and snatches up Holly. He then calls the disappearer/vacuum repair guy and leaves Albuquerque forever.
Hey, it could happen! Leave your comments as to what you think is going to happen on the show’s series finale?
Country singer and coach on this season of The Voice, Blake Shelton is convinced that this season of the popular singing competition will be its most competitive yet! Of course he would say that, he totally wants people to tune in and watch.
In a new interview, Blake revealed, “I think it’s going to create probably the most competitive season that we’ve seen on The Voice so far because the four of us – it really brings back those original rivalries that we had in the beginning.”
Despite all of their bickering back and forth, he said that he and his fellow mentors are still able to keep things civil with one another. He said, “It’s a reminder of how lucky we were to accidentally somehow end up with four people who actually became instant friends and who argue and bicker like friends do, like family do, and we love like family.”
Have you been watching the current season of The Voice? If so, do you think that it has been that competitive? Or is Blake just trying as hard as he can to get people to watch the show? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below. If you are watching, tell us who you’re rooting for so far!