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Alyssa is a freelance writer who has worked in almost every field of writing. But no genre is more enjoyable than snarking on the latest episode of her favorite TV shows.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: The Top 10 Awesome Moments From 'The Kindred'

September 30th, 2014 9:04am EDT
'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: The Top 10 Awesome Moments From 'The Kind
Here are the ten most insane, amazing, terrifying moments of the second episode of Sleepy Hollow:

1. Ichabod’s Weekly Lesson on Modern Times

For a show that’s so constantly horrifying with guts, gore, and tons of decapitations, Sleepy Hollow is one of the most consistently hilarious shows on TV. Ichabod’s attempts to become acclimated to the modern world are always worth a laugh. This week Ichabod learns about Martha Stewart and the ever-growing wedding industry. When he and Abbie go to the bank, he has a bit of a meltdown over the existence of credit cards and pens chained to the desk. H...

'Masters Of Sex' Recap: 5 Memorable Moments From 'The Revolution Will Not Be Televised' And Thoughts On Season 2

September 29th, 2014 8:43am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' Recap: 5 Memorable Moments From 'The Revolution
Individually, the episodes that make up Masters of Sex’s second season have been brilliant. The development of Virginia and Bill has moved at a steady, believable pace, as well as the character development of side characters like Libby, Betty, Lester, and Austin. We lost one of the show’s best characters, Dr. Lillian DePaul, probably too soon, but it was effective nonetheless. The introduction of Bill’s brother and exploration of his relationship with his father was another strength. However, as a whole, season two has been rocky.

The show rid itself of some of season one’s strongest eleme...

'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap: The Best And Worst Moments Of 'Randy, Red, Superfreak, And Julia'

September 26th, 2014 8:35am EDT
'Scandal' Season 4 Premiere Recap: The Best And Worst Moments Of
There’s no doubt that Scandal is one of the most talked about shows on TV. It’s known for having more “shocker” moments per season than most shows have during their entire run. Part of the show’s appeal was also part of its downfall. The shortened season 3 had a significant drop in quality with its wishy washy characterization of the once rock solid Olivia Pope, misunderstanding of the audiences interest in the Quinn/Huck pairing, and the increasing heinousness of Grant. It seemed for a while that the show cared more about shocker moments than character development.

The season 4 premiere “...

'Sleepy Hollow' Review: The Top 10 Awesome Moments From 'This Is War'

September 23rd, 2014 8:58am EDT
'Sleepy Hollow' Review: The Top 10 Awesome Moments From 'This Is
Our favorite badass cop and time displaced revolutionary have returned to once again grace our television screens. When we last saw Abbie and Ichabod, they were separated and in dire straits. Abbie willingly took Ichabod’s wife, Katrina’s place in purgatory with the promise that Ichabod would be back. Unfortunately, he discovered that Henry Parrish, the elderly sin eater, was actually his crazy, Moloch-aligned son and harbinger of War. Parrish buried Ichabod alive and gave Katrina to the lovesick Headless Horseman, leaving all the main characters on the brink of disaster in the final moment...

'Masters of Sex' Recap: Top 5 Moments from 'One For The Money, Two For The Show'

September 22nd, 2014 10:16am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Recap: Top 5 Moments from 'One For The Money, T
Here are the top 5 moments from “One for the Money, Two for the Show:”

Historical Context

One of the highlights of any period television series is when real world events affect the lives of the characters. Mad Men famously made the death of Marilyn Monroe personally affect many of the office characters. We’ve seen this a couple of times during Masters of Sex, especially in “Fight,” but this episode was overflowing with historical events, each of which effected the characters drastically.

For fantasy obsessed Flo, the news of Clark Gable’s heart attack is devastating, leading her to conti...

Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'

September 15th, 2014 9:55am EDT
Master Of Sex: Best Moments From 'Below The Belt'
“Below the Belt” was not one of Masters of Sex’s best episodes. It highlighted many of the problems with this very uneven season. Every individual episode is brilliantly written, with witty dialogue and subversive plotting. However, the season as a whole is brimming with issues. Many of the plots and characters have gone so off track, including Libby going from bored housewife to demonic racist to her old self again with no explanation and Betty’s domestic problems with the pretzel king.

Yet, as with every episode, there are plenty of amazing moments in “Below the Belt.” Here are a few of ...

'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'

September 8th, 2014 9:08am EDT
'Masters Of Sex:' Best Moments From 'Story Of My Life'
Here are the top 5 moments from Masters of Sex: “Story of My Life:”

Virginia the Amateur Therapist

Last week, Virginia once again made her intentions to expand her career prospects clear to Bill. He, in very Bill-like fashion, claimed to be supportive, while listing all of the reasons why it was a terrible idea. However, Virginia is determined to add a psychology aspect to the sex study, in order to help patients move past the sexual dysfunctions that are born through trauma. It’s the Barbara’s case of Vaginismus, caused by a childhood incestuous relationship with her brother, that real m...

'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'

September 1st, 2014 8:25am EDT
'Masters Of Sex Recap:' The Best Moments From 'Mirror Mirror'
Here are a few of the top moments from a slow, but pivotal episode of Masters of Sex:

Christian Borle as Frank Mason

Tony winning Christian Borle, best known for his role on “Smash,” joins the cast of “Masters of Sex” as Frank Mason, a former medical school peer who has come from Kansas City with his wife to help get pregnant. The vibe between the two men is awkward from the start, with mentions of writing each other letters and an unspoken rift. Bill has never been the type of person to have friends, so the man’s presence is ominous throughout the episode, as Virginia and Betty try to gu...

'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'

August 25th, 2014 7:49am EDT
'Masters Of Sex' The Top 5 Moments From 'Asterion'
Here are the best moments from “Asterion:”

Bill’s Intense Speech About His “Wife”

“Your wife sees you and she’s not repulse. She doesn’t recoil. She doesn’t leave. And the betrayal of that kind of wife who comes in and opens you up and just leaves…that is a wife that cannot be forgiven.”

Bill says these words to the bellboy from the equally intense episode “Fight.” He tells this bellboy that his wife has left him for greener pastures. But he’s not referring to Libby, the woman with whom he actually took vows. He’s talking about Virginia, his emotional wife, the woman who has never consid...

'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbird'

August 18th, 2014 9:02am EDT
'Masters of Sex' Season 2 Episode 6: Top 5 Moments From 'Blackbi
Here are the top 5 best moments from last night’s episode of Masters of Sex:

1. Hendricks’ Objection to the Study

The last episode ended with the assumption that Dr. Hendricks, the head of Buell Green, has been sabotaging the study for nefarious purposes. However, at the beginning of “Blackbird” he explains his position succinctly. Medical history has been marred by white doctors deciding to perform horrific experiments on black people to further stereotypes. Hendricks sees the addition of black patients on the study as a contribution to that long line of disgusting behavior in the medica...