Our heads are still spinning after this week in TV. There were so many WTF? moments sprinkled throughout episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mindy Project, Scream Queens, Empire, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder: We need answers! Bob’s Burgers didn’t have a new episode, but don’t worry—Tina Belcher and co. are back with the content we need this Sunday.
***If you haven’t watched new episodes of the shows mentioned above and do not want to know what happened on said episodes, please bookmark this article for later! Alert, alert, spoiler alert!***
Oh, it’s lit: Scream Queens is starting to become super compelling, and I’m honestly surprised at how much the show is growing on me. This week’s episode was the Halloween special. There’s tension brewing between Chanel No. 1 and Zayday over who will become the next president of their sorority. Zayday plans a haunted house that doubles as a charity drive for sickle cell anemia research. However, the house Zayday chooses not only has a sketchy past, potentially connected to the death of a sorority girl in the ’90s, BUT it’s currently storing all of the Red Devil’s victims. This episode was gross and suspenseful, to say the least, and the dark humor worked seamlessly, which was awesome. Highlights: The Chanel-o-ween montage at the beginning of the episode that was a perfectly dark parody of Taylor Swift’s much sweeter “Swiftmas” from last year; Hester reaching ultimate creep levels as she tries to literally transform into Chanel No. 1; Niecy Nash killing it, as always. Lowlights: It’s week two without a Nick Jonas sighting, and I feel betrayed. –Brittany Spanos
The Mindy Project
Every so often, I’ll watch a TV show that stresses me out so much that I need to take a breather afterwards. Enter: This week’s episode of The Mindy Project, in which our heroine goes up against a sexist, southern doctor who, before learning that he works in her clinic, shames Mindy for breastfeeding on the subway. She ends up quitting after said doctor openly declares himself a sexist. But, what still has me saying “WTF?” is that her staff accepts and applauds this strange, backwards man. (Do we find out they’ve been brainwashed next week? I hope so.)
I felt smothered while watching this week’s episode, as Danny continues to push Mindy to be a stay-at-home mom when she doesn’t want to be. He won’t let her speak as she tries to tell him she’s actually going to stay at work. Put it this way: This week’s Mindy Project does a great job of articulating how frustrating it is to be a woman sometimes. –Anne T. Donahue
Empire has pulled me back. Last week, I was unsure as to whether I would stick around for the rest of the season, but this week’s episode made me sip my sentiments.
Hakeem Lyon is out here acting like Puff Daddy, producing music and making hits! He has yet to give the world another “Drip Drop,” but his collaborations with Pitbull and the show’s musical mastermind Timbaland made Hakeem this episode’s star. He did face a loss, though, as he was betrayed by his new boo-thang.
As soon as Lucious is freed from prison, he tries to sign a rapper whose ties to the hood are risky. King Lyon being king Lyon doesn’t care, because all he sees are dollar signs! Cookie draaaaaged her ex-husband and the dinner table decor, simultaneously.
Oh, and, do we really believe Rhonda is with child or is she trying to manipulate Dre into staying with her and get his old job back? Talk to me. –Taj Rani
The Nine-Nine’s former captain Holt learns a hard lesson: Regardless of how much you tell yourself you won’t miss your hometown after you leave, you do, and you’ll inevitably feel crushed when you realize people back home have moved on. But, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing: Holt ends up using his new position in public relations to reign over the Vulture. At the same time, Jake and Amy realize that their new status as the ultimate work power-couple is worth more than they thought. Change is good, even when it feels like “garbage” at first, as per Holt. –Anne T. Donahue
Olivia finally came to the conclusion that she wants Vermont with Fitz. **Commence slow clap.** After confessing that she’s Fitz’s mistress, and creating a media storm, Olivia willingly gives Abby the green light to drag her name through the mud before the press. But, it was a strategic plan put in motion after Mellie realized she was getting played by Fitz. She’s got Cyrus to thank for the heads up.
Oh yeah, did we mention Cyrus has returned to the White House? Cyrus is determined to help Mellie run for president. But, Cyrus may have overestimated his welcome. When he proceeded to ask Fitz for his right-hand position back, he was swiftly denied. The rejection turned a switch in Cy, which transformed him into the conniving Mr. Benne we’ve clutched our pearls for. He continued to knock some sense into the first lady, who then called Fitz out on his folly. Hurricane Mellie now has her sights set on the Oval Office, and it’ll be interesting to see how this storyline plays out, especially with “Olitz” now publicly joined at the hip. To cap off this episode’s seesaw of emotions, Aretha Franklin’s rendition of “You’re All I Need to Get By” is the perfect melody to sum up this episode: “There’s no looking back for us.” –Camille Augustin
Salt-N-Pepa would’ve been proud of this episode of HTGAWM, but let’s talk about the last few minutes of this week’s racy installment. There were many moments throughout the hour-long viewing where I asked myself: “How Sway?” A few moving parts of the episode pushed me to the edge of my couch: Annalise’s new client’s involvement in a crime of passion, the introduction of Rebecca’s foster brother Levi…I could go on. But the scene that made my jaw drop was when Nate and Wes teamed up to take Annalise down. Based on a series of flashbacks, it seems as though the two men have pieced together Annalise’s intricate power moves and realize that Viola Davis’ character has played them for far too long. I’m still biting my stubby nails to find out who wounded Annalise and killed prosecutor Sinclair. –Camille Augustin ♦