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Recap: Indian Summers Series One Finale

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PBS served the audience a super-sized scoop of Indian Summers Sunday night combining episodes 9 and 10. A lot happened in these final two episodes, setting up the storylines for series 2 which will hopefully land on our shores sometime in 2016. There was some laughter but a whole lot of tears in these two episodes. The finale started off on a somber note when Madeline dreaming about dancing with her brother Eugene and then finding the next morning that he had expired sometime during the night. Cynthia seizes the opportunity to get rid of Madeline by playing on her grief. She persuades the distraught young woman to accompany her brother’s ashes back to Chicago. “Women like that never come back,” she tells Kaiser.

Madeline is not the only to have bad dreams in this episode. Ralph dreams that Adam is riding a rocking horse, but it is not a dream. Adam hands him a note that calls him the Devil and is signed ‘No Name.’ However, he has no time to think because the Nawab, who is so important we don’t even know what he’s Nawab of, is coming to Simla. Something to do with Gandhi and Ralph persuading the Nawab to listen to them instead. Ralph thinks it might be good politics to have some natives attend for window dressing but Cynthia puts the kibosh on his plan. Instead she dresses up Kaiser and the rest of the Royal Simla Club employees in their Sunday best. The Nawab turns up with several adorable dogs which Alice has to chase around the grounds of the Simla Club. He waxes rhapsodic about the mountains of Scotland, suggesting that the Viceroy take a peek after he leaves India.

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Recap: Indian Summers Episode 8 (1×8)

Well Cynthia Coffin’s dreams certainly came true in this episode didn’t it? It couldn’t have turned out better if she had planted evidence herself. Her performance on the witness stand at Ramu Sood’s trial was so much more convincing than her performance as Lady Bracknell. Perhaps barrister Hugh Slater is a much better director than Ronnie Keane. So determined is she to make sure that Sood hangs, she even forces Eugene to give up his room to the lawyer. Eugene complains loudly that sleeping in his new damp room will exacerbate his consumption but Cynthia doesn’t care now that she knows Eugene and Madeline are broke. And where was Madeline in this episode? Ever since she and Ralph became engaged, her role has diminished in this series.  It’s as if the writers have lost interest in the Mathers siblings.

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TV Recap: Scream Queens 1×08 “Mommie Dearest”

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This week’s episode of Scream Queens was, frankly, kind of all over the place. There was one of the most epic scenes to date…followed by a whole lot of running around and woe-is-me angst.

As always, spoilers ahead.

First off, duuuude. Dean Munsch might be kind of terrible and an actual murderer, but she’s got no problem taking on THREE killers and whooping their asses. That’s one thing that’s always kind of bugged me in slasher films specifically—why is the killer always so great at murder? Especially in movies like Scream or ones where it’s an Average Joe type person and no one saw it coming. There should be at least SOMEONE with self defense training who could manage to bring them down, in my opinion.

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Enter the Dean. After a really amazing tribute to Psycho which was basically a trap for the Red Devil, she beats him/her down, calls the (seriously criminally ineffective) police, and then ends up taking care of them herself. All three of them, so you know Gigi was there. My only one COME ON is that she backed off enough to let them escape when it was clear that she was more than capable of finishing the job (and last episode proved that she’s more than willing to kill). Not to mention the Red Devils being taken out would only serve her purposes, so that doubles my “Eh?” reaction.

Then we have Grace. As the Dean points out—she plays at being this white knight, but her motivation is really, really selfish. She’s out to find more about her mother. There’s lots of running here and there and OMG NOES and self righteous attitude and some really weird threats that I can’t take seriously (I mean, she looks like a teacup poodle that’s snarling when she’s threatening her creepy dad and basically everyone else she comes across). We find out that *GASP* her mom wasn’t this saint she thought. Her mom was actually the Kappa president partially responsible for the death of Bath Tub Baby’s mom.

Speaking of, there are two Bath Tub Babies? Since when? I mean, I get it. Two babies, two killers. But still, it feels a bit tacked on, rather than the gasp-worthy reveal that I think the show runners were going for.

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Meanwhile, Chanel is using her minions—and Scotland Yard—to investigate Zayday and Grace (which is how the true identity of Grace’s mom comes up). Once again, she’s more effective than both the police force and Grace. The evidence isn’t much in the way of proving either of the girls are the Red Devil, but the candle chick confides in Denise that Zayday basically told her a story about mean girls and wanting revenge so OBVS she could be a serial killer. Zayday, naturally, overhears and threatens them both (she’s much more effective at that than Grace).

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Which means, DUH DUH DUH, candle chick is the next victim. I’m not sure if this is supposed to point to Zayday being the killer or Zayday being the romantic interest of the killer or what, but the whole death/staging felt kind of meh. It’s like kicking someone already on the ground—not satisfying in the least. But, like it opened with a bang, the episode closed with a “hmm.” We get to see Boone at the gym in his “disguise” which apparently makes everyone think he’s Joaquin Pheonix, and he’s talking on the phone to the other killer saying they need to take out Gigi. Now, this is where it gets twisty for me. Because if you go with the theory that Gigi raised the two Bath Tub babies to be murderous little beasts to do her bidding and get her revenge, that would mean the person on the phone—the mystery Red Devil—is a woman. Which means Boone is the “he” who kidnapped Zayday and tried to court her with roses and whatnot in his murder dungeon. So either Boone is actually bi, rather than gay, or none of this makes sense. Or maybe the mystery Red Devil was the one who kidnapped Zayday and blamed it on Boone?

Honestly, I feel kind of like I’m trying to decipher one of those horrible high school math problems.

Katee RobertKatee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back. Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published. Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people? She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Visit her on her website, Facebook, or Twitter!

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Recap: Indian Summers Episode 7 (1×7)

The Royal Simla Club is buzzing as it prepares for an annual dramatic performance, Ronnie Keane is directing a production of The Importance of Being Earnest starring the Viceroy as Algernon and Cynthia as Lady Bracknell, a role that I would pay good money to see Julie Walters play in real life.  Cynthia is unhappy with Eugene’s performance as Jack, and pushes Ronnie to fire him, by threatening to quit. She’s also decided to improve upon Oscar Wilde by adding her own jokes! Eugene accuses her of holding the fact that he and Madeleine are broke against him. And we still have no idea why Cynthia has not told Ralph the truth about the Mathers siblings. Not that Madeleine had much to do in this episode beyond look worried and complain about Sarah Raworth pushing Alice around.

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Recap: Indian Summers Episode 6 (1×6)

Sunday’s episode of Indian Summers was certainly, as my mother used to say, a doozy. So much happened in this episode. Jaya, who had gotten a job in last week’s episode working on Ramu Sood’s plantation, sneaks into the house and holds up a beautiful sari that she has taken from the closet. She flashes back to a happier time before sneaking off with the sari. When Ramu Sood discovers that the sari is missing, he is furious. He fires Ian when he discovers that Ian was the one who gave Jaya a job on the plantation. Ian is later denied entrance to the club because Cynthia is a racist and hates the fact that he continues to work for Ramu Sood despite her best efforts.

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