SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: DAVE CHAPPELLE / A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

Saturday Night Live, Television

COLD OPEN: Some say the tragedy lies in the fact that Trump is now the President elect, I would like to argue that the next real tragedy in this whole thing is the fact we may no longer see Kate McKinnon as Hilary Clinton. Sitting solo at a piano McKinnon launches into her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” who recently passed this week. I would also put this cold open as the Have to YouTube moment from the show. With McKinnon has Clinton, hopefully not the last time, telling us that she is not giving up and neither should we.

OPENING MONOLOGUE: Dave Chappelle is hosting this week. The first time host (yes you read that right) did something I have not seen in a long time in an opening monologue. Do an opening monologue. No song, no dance, just jokes. Sure he’s Dave Chappelle, so he’s used to being on stage and telling jokes (obviously), which gives him an advantage over other first time hosts. It’s so refreshing seeing someone on that stage and just tell jokes, especially during a time when it seems like people just need to laugh.

HAVE TO YOUTUBE: (Election Viewing Party) In an attempt to capture what you would think was going on during many household election viewing parties this past Tuesday evening, we see people try to come to grasp with the results of the night. Although most viewing parties didn’t have Chris Rock gate crash. While the white guests of the party are trying to understand how their country could refuse to elect someone like Hilary Clinton, Chappelle and Rock are amused in witnessing their friends revelation of their countries prejudice tendencies.

(The Walking Dead) Introduced by Chappelle live on air, this pre-taped bit was inspired by last week events during the latest episode of The Walking Dead. It was pretty much a cornucopia of many favourite Chappelle’s Show characters. Definitely YouTubable.

*** look, all the sketches were hilarious, just watch the whole show if you can ***

WEEKEND UPDATE: From the outset it was Trump jokes left, right, and centre. Throw in the brilliant Kate McKinnon as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and you have a fantastic Weekend Update.

MUSICAL GUEST: Also a first timer on the show tonight, A Tribe Called Quest is here, and promoting their new album We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service. And do they know how to make a first impression on SNL, starting with their song “We the People,” they got the show going. Their second song of the evening, “The Space Program,” was also a strong performance. Surprised that they have never been on the show before, but then again, it’s taken 42 seasons for Chappelle to host so…

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW: “Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Ha… ‘United!’”

Michael Che

 

NEXT WEEK:

Host – Kristen Wiig

Musical Guest – The XX

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SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH / SOLANGE

Saturday Night Live, Television

COLD OPEN: With the election only days away, did you really think there wouldn’t be an election related cold-open? Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are back, in a last minute opportunity to address the country. And this could also mean it is one of the last times we get to see Alec Baldwin put on the ridiculous wig and do one of the best impressions to be seen on the show. The cold-open is used as an chance to address the email frenzy that has taken over the country the past couple of weeks, which has caused Clinton to have less of a lead in the polls. Honestly, if this is one of the last opportunities we see Baldwin and Kate McKinnon together, then yes this cold-open is a tad disappointing. But at the same time, the election has served as a punching bag for SNL for so long, that it needed the time off.

OPENING MONOLOGUE: Benedict Cumberbatch is here and as a first time host, plugging his new movie Doctor Strange. As if anyone in apart of the Marvel franchise has to go SNL in order to get people to go see the film, but if that means we get actors like Cumberbatch to host, I’m not going to stop them. And in typical SNL-newbie fashion, it’s a singing monologue. He goes into song and dance to introduce himself to the American audience of SNL. Unfortunately, he’s not that unknown to pull this off genuinely. Oh well, I’m still invested in this episode.

HAVE TO YOUTUBE: (Granny Bachelorette Party) Granny comes home to find there to be a surprise bachelorette party being thrown for her, causing her to go into shock and die. As she lies there dead without anyone knowing, two construction worker stripers come in to perform a routine for her and her friends. Although it was funny to see the posh and put together Cumberbatch in a blonde wig donning plaid, the real MVP of the sketch is Aidy Bryant. Having to play dead while one of the most attractive actors in Hollywood plus player of the Chicago Cubs gyrate all-over you. It’s not an easy job, but someone has to do it girl!

WEEKEND UPDATE: Election filled jokes, what else do you expect with THREE DAYS till the election? The jokes were funny; again do you expect anything other than election jokes THREE DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTION? Well, how about Church Lady? And boy, does she have things to say about the election. Commenting on the presidential candidates, and the amount of gay actors of TV… Or even better, how about we get another appearance of the Cubs players plus Billy Murray. Yes, I repeat BILL MURREY. Really you’re better off YouTubing it rather than reading this weak recap 🙂 GO CUBS GO!!!

MUSICAL GUEST: *** let it be known that I went to bed after Weekend Update because I was tired and not even Benedict Cumberbatch could keep me away from sleep *** This week’s musical guest is Solange who, while wearing a halo-like head piece, sang her song “Cranes in the Sky” for her first song. There was nothing bad about the performance; although the surprise cameo by Bill Murray and the Chicago Cubs singing whatever the Cubs’ song is called is a tough act to follow for her second and final song of the evening.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW: “Jesus likes a good joke, so that would leave you out of the equation wouldn’t it?” – Church Lady (Dana Carvey)

NEXT WEEK:

Host – Dave Chappelle

Musical Guest – A Tribe Called Quest

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (Career Days)

Television

Season 1, Episode 6 “Career Days”

Air date: November 1, 2016

*** warning the following contains spoilers for this week’s episode of This Is Us ***

Jack and Rebecca receive the report cards of their three children, the comments on Randall’s begin the journey of him becoming the working professional he is in present day. Still unable to connect with his character in his play, Kevin’s co-worker takes him on an unconventional first date. Kate has a new job as an assistant, but it’s the relationship her boss’ daughter has with her mother that reveals a surprisingly confession about Kate’s relationship with her own mother. And a grown up Randall has volunteered for career day at his daughters’ school, which causes him to question how his family sees his work.

 

The “That Is Us” Moment: There is nothing as emotional as the days and weeks following the death of someone you love. You struggle with the accepting that that person is no longer there while at the same time having to put on a seemingly strong face to those around you. But there are moments when it’s just not possible. In a hidden exchange Justin (Justin Hartley) and the newly widowed Grace (guest star Molly Hagan) observe the contents of the fridge. Grace trying to figure out where to put the surplus of petty-casseroles among the food that her late husband you’d to eat.

Grace: “He loves them, he eats them in bed. Ate. He is now past tense. He use to be is. Now he is was.

This exchange is just too relatable. In the moments after the death of someone who was such a permanent element of your life, you fight for the correct verb tense. Because they were just there; eating, or sleeping, or taking out the trash. And now they’re not.

The “That Is Us” Moment (#2): Like I said, this episode just had too many great scenes to not relate to more than one of them. In this scene we see Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) confront his son Randall (Lonnie Chavis) about his grades and recent IQ test. Only for it to be revealed that the young Randall fears that his intelligence level will only cause there to be more differences between him and his other siblings. Seeing his panic in his child’s eyes, Jack comforts him and explains how in his attempt to treat all his children the same, he may have also failed in acknowledging that they’re not.

Jack: “Can I be honest with you? Man to man. Your mom and me, we always try to treat you kids the same. Always have, hasn’t always worked because you’re not all the same. You’re adopted and we don’t talk about that enough. Cause to me you are every part my son. Maybe I don’t want you to feel like you stand out. But I need you to know something; I want you to stand out. I want all of you to as different as you can possible be. In all the best ways. I love as much as a human heart can kiddo. You are an exceptional young man. So don’t let you dad’s poor choices let you be afraid to be different. Okay?”

This scene is the catalyst in the type of person Randall grows up to be. A person who puts on a suit and tie every day for his desk job; and loves every moment about it.

 

What do you think? What was the moment of this week’s episode that you connected to the most? Let me know!

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (The Game Plan)

Television

Season 1, Episode 5 “The Game Plan”

Air date: October 25, 2016

*** warning this contains spoilers for the fifth episode of This Is Us ***

This episode sheds a light on Jack and Rebecca’s lives before the ‘big three’ arrive, and maybe just as important, how the Pittsburgh Steelers became such an essential part of their story. Jack and Rebecca are struggling with the next step in their relationship, Jack wants kids and Rebecca doesn’t. Afraid of how their lives will change once kids are in the picture. In present day, Toby feels a tad reject by Kate when she insists on watching the Steelers game by herself. Feeling a little crowded with both his brother Kevin and father William living in his home, Randall and his wife Beth take Kevin’s fancy NYC hotel room for the night. Using it as a moment for them to unwind, but a possible pregnancy causes them to think about the future of their relationship.

The “That Is Us” Moment: With Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) out of the house, Kevin (Justin Hartley) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) are in charge of watching over the girls. In an attempt to keep them preoccupied, Kevin enlists the girls and William in helping him read lines for his new play. Unfortunately, he didn’t consider that his nieces would question him on what the plays means. Which leads to an awkward discussion on the subject of death with two children. Feeling like he completely failed in comforting his nieces on the complex element of life he turns to William for guidance on how to approach the distraught kids. The product of that discussion has Kevin upstairs in the girls’ room showing them a painting he did after he read the play for the first time. Explaining the ritual of painting as a way for him to understand the feelings and emotions of a play. This specific painting is his visual representation of what life and ultimately death means in the grand scheme of the universe.

Kevin: “I painted this because I felt like the play was about life. Life is full of colour, and we each get to come along and we add our own our own colour to the painting. And even though it’s not very big, the painting, we have to figure that it goes on forever in each direction, to infinity. Cause that’s kinda like life. It’s really crazy if you think about it isn’t it, that a hundred years ago some guy that I never met came to this country with a suitcase. He has a son, who has a son, who has me. So at first when I was painting I was thinking maybe up here was that guy’s part of the painting, and down here that’s my part of the painting. And then I started thinking what if we’re all in the painting everywhere. What if we’re in the painting before we’re born, what if we’re in it after we die? And these colours that we keep adding, what if they keep on getting added on top of one another until eventually we’re not even different colours any more? We’re just one thing, one painting. My dad, he’s not with us anymore, he’s not alive but he’s with us. He’s with me everyday. It all sort of fits somehow, even if you don’t understand how yet. People will die in our lives, people that we love. In the future, maybe tomorrow, maybe years from now. It’s kinda beautiful if you think about it, the fact that just because someone dies and you can’t see them or talk to them anymore, doesn’t mean they’re not in the painting. I think that maybe that’s the point of the whole thing. There is no dying, there’s no you or me or them. There’s just us.

This monologue not only makes us relate to our own apprehensions about talking about our dealing with death, but it also gives us some insight into what has happened and what is also to come. We learn that the beloved patriarch, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), of the ‘big three’ has died. What caused it and how long he’s been gone remains unanswered still, but it doesn’t make the revelation any less sad. We also get a brief flash-forward of Randall packing up William’s belonging into a box, knowing that he will in fact die. Leaving us wondering how much of an impact he will continue to have on Randall’s life before he does.

What do you think? What was the moment you connected to most in this week’s episode? Comment below!

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (The Pool)

Television

Season 1, Episode 4 “The Pool”

Air date: October 18, 2016

*** warning this contain spoilers for the fourth episode of This Is Us ***

During an extreme heat wave, combined with a busted AC, Jack and Rebecca decide to take the ‘big three’ to a pool to cool down. While there each child deals with their own insecurities, in one form or another. Kate, sporting a new bikini, is shunned by her friends because of how she looks in her swimsuit. Randall, who suggested going to this specific public pool because of the number of African-American families that visit it, realizes that he is being raised in white family. We see in present day how that has affected his identity has a black man through conversations with his biological father. And Kevin feels like the odd kid out, between Jack comforting Kate through her body insecurities and Kate recognizing that Randall is different from her other two children, it seems like no one is there for him. We see how each one of these little events has affected each sibling as an adult.

 

The “That Is Us” Moment: When Kate (Chrissy Metz) is out on a lunch date with Toby (Chris Sullivan), his ex-wife appears at the restaurant. She is pretty, well dressed, and most surprisingly to Kate, skinny. Seeing the person that Toby used to be married to causes her to have doubt in their relationship. Wondering what Toby could possibly see in her when he was married to someone like that. Her own lack of self-esteem causes Kate to follow his ex-wife into the boutique she owns and ends up interviewing for a position at the store. Later, when Toby confronts Kate about the incident, she expresses her self-doubt in his interest in her. What she is feeling is completely relatable, in our current relationships with out partners; we all have some form of suspicion of our partner’s exs. Especially if we think they are better then we are. But Toby also shows us that people are exs for a reason.

Toby: “You’ve been fat, yeah I get it. I emphasize, clearly. I emphasize, and I say something cute then you feel better. Rinse and repeat. She was terrible to me Kate. Josie, this skinny, successful woman that you admire so much. She cheated on me, she lied to me, then she took half my life savings. I gained 95 lbs. in one year after she left me. At my lowest point, I told my brother I was committing suicide even though that wasn’t true because I wanted him to be as scared and as lonely as I was. You know what, that’s a lie; I did consider suicide, a lot, when I would get drunk alone and disgust myself. So you haven’t cornered the market on problems Kate.”

This episode showed us another layer of Toby, an important one. Making him more than the comic relief of the show.

The “That Is Us” Moment (#2): We see this episode that Randall (Sterling K. Brown) has struggled with being black while growing up in a white household. An issue that people can relate to when they are adopted by parents that are not the same race as they are. This show tackling the subject of adopting a child of a different race, and showing the difficulties that not only the parents face, but issues the child has to deal with as well. The episode shows this struggle that Randall is faced with not only during the pool scenes as a kid, but also when he is an adult as well. Especially when his father William (Ron Cephas Jones) has a minor altercation with Randall’s white neighbours. Telling his father that even though white parents had raised him, it did not take away the colour of his skin, nor did it change the way others treated him.

Randall: “That story you told about helping the bus of little black kids in Pittsburgh, that was ’86,’87? So you were clean then? Functioning. Cause you know what this little black kid was doing? I was a little boy living in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Which is pretty much the whitest place on earth. I had this little notebook, and every time I met a new black person I would put a mark in this notebook. And every time I met a black man I wonder if somehow, if that man could possibly be my father. But I could say that, I couldn’t say that out loud, because I love my father, my white father. And my white mother. I’m a strong successful black man, my wife and I give a lot of thought to how we raise our girls believe that. The fact that my daughter doesn’t find anything unusual about her playing Snow-White… that’s the whole idea right? Look, I don’t know everything William, I don’t. But I wouldn’t change a thing about my parents, or how I parent.”

William sees he struggles that Randall has had to go through due to his abandoning him as a baby. And uses this moment to apologise to Randall, because that it what he’s owed. An apology, not judgement on how he’s dealt with his own relationship with his race and upbringing.

 

So what do you think? What was the “That Is Us” moment of the episode this week in your opinion? Comment below!

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us’ Moment (Kyle)

Television

Season 1, Episode 3 “Kyle”

Air date: October 11, 2016

*** warning spoilers ahead for the third episode of This Is Us ***

Rebecca is having trouble bonding with Randall, or Kyle has he’s known in this episode, because before the Kardashians made it famous for naming all their children with the letter “K,” Jack and Rebecca did it first. In present day when Randall introduces his mother to William, we discover they have already met. In an attempt to learn more about where her adopted son came from, Rebecca tracks down his biological father William weeks after he dropped him off at a fire station. Meanwhile Kate is taken on a fantastic first date with Toby, but is finding it hard to put her relationship with him in front of her relationship with her brother Kevin, who is struggling with the next step of his career.

 

The “That Is Us” Moment: This may not have been the most emotional scene of this episode, but it’s definitely one we can all somehow relate too. Leaving the comfort of home and family for the first time. When Kevin (Justin Hartley) has an opportunity to try out for a play on Broadway, his personal assistant and sister Kate (Chrissy Metz), is willing to drop everything going on in her life to help him make that transition. Including her new relationship with Toby (Chris Sullivan), who has just taken her on one of the best first dates ever. Realizing that his sister has and always will be there for him, Kevin knows that he must make this next step in his life with having the security of his sister there with him. Recognizing that is sister would follow him anywhere he goes, he decides to just book a ticket to NYC and fly out all by himself. Putting them both in unfamiliar situations, away from one another.

Kevin: “Oh Kate good you didn’t answer, hopefully that means you’re having sex. Anyway I did it. I booked a red-eye to New York I’m just going to do because you know, Kate if we keep talking about it we’ll talk ourselves out of it. I’ll never go and you’ll never stay. And I’m not going to say goodbye or anything sappy like that so… You know how I feel, okay.”

But leaving one coast to another not only creates a distance between him and his sister; it also limits the distance between him and Randall (Sterling K. Brown). Hopefully this close proximity will strengthen the relationship between the two brothers, who we’ve seen don’t have the best of relationships.

 

What do you think? What was the “That Is Us” moment of the episode in your opinion? Comment below!

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (The Big Three)

Television

Season 1, Episode 2 “The Big Three”

Air date: September 27, 2016

*** warning spoilers ahead for the second episode of This Is Us ***

Now that the big twist from the pilot has been established, the show now goes back and forth between Jack and Rebecca raising the ‘big three,’ to the ‘big three’ themselves, each kid grown up and living their own lives. This episode we see Kate, with the help of her new friend Toby, starting her new weight loss journey while also dealing with her brother’s, Kevin, image control after he quits his job on “The Manny.” Randall has welcomed his biological father William into his home and is dealing with their new relationships now that it is known William has a grim diagnosis of stomach cancer.

 

The “That Is Us” Moment: Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) are struggling with raising three children, or rather Rebecca is, and Jack is failing to see how is absence in the house is affecting his wife. In a moment of complete honesty, Rebecca confronts Jack after an evening out drinking and tells him to step up his parenting. Admits that she needs him to be there for him and their children. Asking more of him because she knows that he can be better, for the kids and for her.

Rebecca: “How do you think we’re doing so far, at parenting? Cause I think we’re at a ‘6’, on a sliding scale of 1 through 10, I think we’re at a ‘6’ and I think I’m being generous. ‘7’ fine, but only because there are three of them. And the thing is, I’m trying really hard to get us to a ‘9’. Because they are cute kids and they deserve ‘9’ parents and the thing is I feel like I’m there Jack. I feel like I’m operating at a ‘9’, because I do individualized lunches, and I do individualized tuck-ins for each kid so nobody feels jipped. And when you’re home and you’re you, you are way better then I am. You are a ‘10’ when you’re you. But you’re getting home later and later. And when you do come home…the drinking has to stop. You have to rain it in baby, cause I won’t have it in my house. I won’t. So if it’s a problem fix it, be a man and fix it. Because I’m done letting you lower our score.”

It’s an emotional scene to watch. Seeing someone beg their partner to be better, to help each other out, because that’s what being a partner is. To be there for one another. And this plea is made to be even more emotional when we discover at the end of the episode that in present day, Rebecca is no longer with Jack. She is married to Miguel (Jon Huertas), Jack’s co-worker. Leaving us wondering what happened between Jack and Rebecca, and why the beloved couple is no longer together.

 

What do you think? What was the “That Is Us” moment of the episode in your opinion? Comment below!

TV: This Is Us – “That Is Us” Moment (Pilot)

Television

Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

Airdate: September 20, 2016

*** warning spoilers ahead for the season premiere of the show This Is Us ***

In one of the biggest twists in TV history since… well ever, we discover that the storylines of Jack and Rebecca happen 36 years prior to that of Kevin, Kate, and Randall. That’s because the triplets Rebecca delivers in the season premiere are… wait for it… Kevin, Kate, and William! It’s one big happy family, well maybe not always, and it certainly didn’t start out that way.


The “That Is Us” moment: After Rebecca (Mandy Moore) goes into labour on her husband Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) birthday to deliver their triplets Jack is determined that they will be leaving the hospital with three healthy babies. But due to delivery complications they loose one of the babies. In one of the tearjerker moments of the episode, Jack sits outside of the delivery room dealing with his grief of losing a child. When Dr. K (the amazing Gerald McRaney) joins him, and attempts to give him some words of wisdom during the most devastating time of his life. We’ve all had that in some form or another, during the most down moments of our lives, we hear something or read something that touches us in a way that makes the unbearable somehow manageable. And sometimes what is said to us stays with us forever, and we even pass it on to someone else who needs it just as much as we did.

Dr. K: “I like to think that one day you’ll be an old man like me talking a young man’s ear off explaining to him how you took the sourest lemon that life has to offer and turned it into something resembling lemonade. If you can do that, then maybe you will still be taking three babies home from this hospital, just maybe not the way you planned.”

It’s after this encounter that Jack sees a baby Randall, who has just been dropped off at the hospital after being found at a fire station, and he becomes apart of Jack and Rebecca’s family. Becoming part of “the big three.” He even imparts Dr. K’s words of wisdom to each one of his children, and they use it some 30 years later, whenever the world seems to be against them.

SUNDAY MORNING REVIEW OF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: LIN MANUEL MIRANDA / 21 PILOTS

Saturday Night Live, Television

COLD OPENING: Last week was the cold opening to end all cold openings, with the hilarious spoof of the first presidential debate. So assuming that they will do a spoof of the vice-presidential debate that occurred this week wouldn’t be too off the mark. And with the actual debate not nearly being as exciting as its predecessor, this cold opening was set up to have a slight disadvantage. That was until yesterday’s events. It was a whole different ballgame tonight. While the two vice-presidential candidates are left trying to defend their respective running mates, we are cut to ‘breaking news’ about the comments the Republican nominee Donald Trump (Alec Baldwin) made regarding women back in 2005. As we witnessed last week, Baldwin is great as the now disgraced nominee. And one slight upside to the disastrous comments we heard about yesterday is that we get to see him again this week in the cold open.

OPENING MONOLOGUE: This week’s host is Tony award winner Lin Manuel Miranda, the creator of the sensational Broadway show Hamilton. The musical that seemed to have blown up Broadway and made people actually pay attention to American history. For anyone who did not know who this man is, his monologue gave them a glimpse into how great this free styling raps can be. SNL is not stranger to having the hosts sing their monologue, but the fast pace spectacle that Miranda performed was nothing short of brilliant. Even including in his rhymes a little jab at the show for having Trump as a host this previous season.

 HAVE TO YOUTUBE: “The Crucible Cast Party” In similar style to (Do It On My) Twin Bed musical skit with Jimmy Fallon (more on him later) a few season ago. That one was amazing, and this one was no different. Especially funny to those who ever was in drama club or participated in theatre in high school, this sketch has the girls of SNL rapping about how they’re going to let loose after their high school production of The Crucible. Having Lin Manuel free styling with a blonde wig and braces is just the cherry on this already amazing sketch.

 WEEKEND UPDATE: Weekend Update this week had everything. Jokes about Trump, Pete Davidson, sup Pete Davidson 😉 , Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon. I REPEAT, TINA FEY AND JIMMY FALLON. The two SNL alums play undecided female voters from Pennsylvania, and it’s absolute gold. With both stars being past Weekend Update anchors during their time on the show, it was great to see them as being guests behind the desk. Their segment included Tina throwing mad shade at Fallon for his interactions with Trump on the Tonight Show. For any fan of SNL this was an amazing cameo.

SKETCH TO SKIP: Whatever the first one was. The singing around the campfire, a weird incest undertone. It wasn’t awful, but compared to everything else it wasn’t the best. And perhaps not the sketch to lead the show with.

MUSICAL GUEST: 21 Pilots performed this week; you probably recognize their songs from the radio or from the closing credits of Suicide Squad. Honestly when Jimmy Fallon shoed up tonight, everything else about the show completely slipped my mind, including their performances. Sorry.

BEST LINE FROM THE SHOW: “If I remember to vote this remember, then I’m not going to throw away my shot.” – Lin Manuel Miranda

 NEXT WEEK:

Host – Emily Blunt

Musical Guest – Bruno Mars

TV RECAP: Girl Meets Bear

Recap, Television

Air date: August 26, 2016

Maya (Sabrina Carpenter) is on a mission, and that mission is tacos. And she will stop at nothing until she is first in line at Paco’s Tacos to get said tacos (either eight or nine) when the restaurant opens. Even having Riley (Rowan Blanchard) coming with her, which is likely to mean something will go wrong, will not deter her from her mission. She has everything prepared; they’re already in the next day’s clothes, nothing can go wrong, right? Please, have you even seen this show?

The following morning when the girls wake up to be first in line for tacos, Riley realizes that her childhood stuffed bear; Beary the Bear bear (yes very original) has gone missing overnight. And she will not leave for tacos until he is found. She calls a family emergency and enlists everyone’s help to find him. And when Lucas (Peyton Meyer), Farkle (Corey Fogelmanis), and Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes), come over in hopes of getting tacos they are forced to help find the childhood heirloom too. To encourage the gang to help her find her cherished bear, she tells them the story of how she was given the bear as a child. A younger Riley received the bear as a way to remember her parents when they were gone for the day at work. It’s enough of a tear-jerker to get everyone to help out.

As the group tears apart the apartment looking for Beary, Maya’s chance of getting tacos slips away. But Riley is her best friend (as she is reminded by visions of their younger selves) and also joins in the search party. Cory (Ben Savage) and Auggie (August Maturo) look in the kitchen for Beary and instead of the stuff animal Auggie finds a necklace with silver boxing gloves. Any fan of Boy Meets World will remember that this necklace was given to Cory by his dad in the episode ­­­­­­­­­­­“Kid Gloves.” They will also remember that Cory did not really care for the necklace, and in fact disliked it. But it was not until he lost it and realized how important it was to his dad that he had the necklace that he saw how special the gift was. Cory finds the necklace, and tells Auggie that the necklace itself wasn’t what was special, but the fact that it was his father that gave it to him. Just like Beary was given to Riley by Cory and Topanga.

Zay joins Maya, sitting the corner of the apartment and sad because of the lack of tacos in her possession. He reminds her of the first time they met (“Girl Meets the Secret of Life“), when he was sitting during the class car wash and Maya was nice enough to sit next to him to make him feel welcome. He tells her how much that meant to him, her making him feel like he belonged when he felt like an outsider.

As Farkle and Topagna (Danielle Fishel) are looking for Beary, Farkle comes across old scrapbooks. Inside are photos of a young Topanga, probably around the same age as Riley and her friends are now. Farkle asks Topanga about her old self, and how she outgrew her quirkiness (she no longer draws lipstick hearts on her face). Topanga tells Farkle that the old versions of yourself you carry around with you. They help you become the person you are now. Farkle recognizes that he has done this to with himself. Out of all the characters on this show, Farkle has definitely changed the most. And he’s recognizing that he is definitely not the same person as before.

Riley and Lucas are looking in her bedroom (this is Disney Channel get your head out of the gutter). While searching through her wardrobe, even though she was sleeping at the bay window and nowhere near her closet but whatever, she asks Lucas if he has anything from his childhood. He tells the story of his Papi Joe giving him a little sack of gold. He thought he was the most special kid, because he had this sack of gold. Until he say Zay with the same sack. Turns out that sack only had bubble gum in it. Although Lucas never opened his to find out if his had candy in it too. Instead he chose to continue the belief that there was gold inside. Reiterating the lesson that it was really the fact that his Papi gave it to him that made it feel like gold, even if it turn out to only be bubble gum.

Uncle Josh (Uriah Shelton) joins that party cause why not. Let’s make this teddy search party a complete family affair. Visiting from college to do laundry at the Matthews, Josh joins in on the search for Teddy. His presence in this episode is also to remind viewers of the moment that he and Maya shared at the ski lodge (“Girl Meets Ski Lodge Part 1,” “Girl Meets Ski Lodge Part 2”). Josh is adamant that Riley must find her childhood toy. As it turns out, Josh is not adjusting to college life well, and tells the gang that their time in high school will be one of the last opportunities for them to enjoy their childhood. Riley and Lucas leave to her room to continue the search.

Paco’s Tacos are completely sold out of tacos, and Maya has no tacos. And it’s at this time that the group begins to lose hope in the fact that they’ll find the teddy bear. Maya tells Riley that maybe she is ready to let go of Beary, and she knows it’s time to let him go too. Riley agrees, and brings out takeout bags from Paco’s Tacos, which she and Lucas got when they left to go look for Beary again. Inspired by the bonding that is going on between Riley and Maya, Cory gives Auggie his dad’s silver gloves. He knows that Auggie will eventually loose them, but knows how important it is to give it away anyways.

The gang believes that Beary knew Riley was ready to move on with her life without him. But knowing that she would never give up Beary herself, he did it for her. That sometime in the night, he packed up his things and said goodbye. Josh knows that he cannot hide out at the Matthews’ forever, that he too must pack up his things and return to his life in college. No matter how difficult it seems. That he might be missing out on a great opportunity to meet people, and for people to meet him.

Than the plot twist that came completely out of left field happens. Zay approaches Josh and uses what Josh has just realized about him missing out on his new experiences and applies it to Maya waiting for him. That she could really miss out on some great life moments if she constantly waiting for a time in her life when she and Josh can be together. Josh agrees, which gives Zay the courage to ask Maya to… well it’s not really to be his girlfriend. More like to be each other’s person. That when Riley and Lucas are out doing their thing, she knows that Zay will be there so she does not feel alone. He will always be there to sit next too.

Best Line From the Show:

“Sometimes it’s a little pack of bubble gum. But if the right person gives it to you, then it’s gold.”

– Lucas (Peyton Meyer)

“And if you really care about her you don’t want her thinking so much about later that she ends up missing out on now.”

– Zay (Amir Mitchell-Townes)

 

** yeah so I couldn’t decide on one best line from this episode, so sue me J **