Author: Leona Laurie

THE AMERICANS Recap: (S06E05) The Great Patriotic War

ken”The Great Patriotic War,” in which The Americans goes two-for-two in making me cry out “Oh no! Oh no!” at my TV, to the likely concern of my neighbors.  RELATED: Here’s the recap of last week’s exclamation-inducing episode. Let’s start by eliminating your concern about Henry (Keidrich Sellati). He doesn’t even get to make a phone call from a boarding school hallway this time. Nobody mentions him. This is a no-Henry episode in every way.  Now that that’s settled, you should really be concerned about everybody else.  Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) are a mess- individually and collectively. She has two...

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Amy Aquino Talks WORKING GIRL, MOONSTRUCK, BOSCH, Wendy Wasserstein and More

Amy Aquino has definitely played a judge, doctor or police captain in a show you’ve loved. The Broadway veteran has made a career of playing strong women in positions of authority on stage and screen, and she’ll be returning to South Coast Repertory next month, for the second time in two years, to star in Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig. When I saw Amy last year in SCR’s The Siegel, it hit me that she was both Melanie Griffith’s secretary in the last minutes of Working Girl and the hairdresser who transforms Cher before the opera in Moonstruck, two of my favorite movies...

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TIMELESS Recap: (S02E06) The King of the Delta Blues

I give Timeless a hard time for its infuriatingly casual attitude towards the butterfly effect and messing with the space/time continuum, and for having too much going on beyond the central conceit of “time travel cops and robbers,” but I really do like this show. This week’s episode, “The King of the Delta Blues,” is pretty fun– and downright refreshing after having your mind warped by Westworld.  RELATED: Westworld season two premiered tonight. Catch our recap here! Connor (Paterson Joseph) is having a hard time. His fall from grace is now complete, as he is losing control of all of...

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WESTWORLD Season Premiere Recap: (S02E01) Journey into Night

Westworld returned tonight with “Journey Into Night” after nearly two years in hiatus… for us. For the residents of this mind f***, it’s been between 24 hours or two weeks, depending on who the cameras are following and whether or not they’re keeping it together.   RELATED: I did my best at summing up what we know so far from last season. The episode opens with Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Bernard/Arnold (Jeffrey Wright) having one of their basement conversations. He tells her of a dream he had that he was on an ocean, and that he’d been left behind by...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E21) The Comet Polarization

“The Comet Polarization” may not have been as funny as last week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory, but it had two moments I liked very much, so it’s OK by me.  RELATED: Last week’s episode brought the LOLz! The whole gang is up on the rooftop of the main apartment building with Raj’s (Kunal Nayyar) fancy telescope, trying to get a look at Mercury while it’s at its highest elongation, when two important things happen. First, Neil Gaiman tweets about how much he likes Stuart’s (Kevin Sussman) comic book store. Second, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) spots a comet through the telescope.  When Penny sees...

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THE AMERICANS Recap: (S06E04) Mr. and Mrs. Teacup

I wonder what my neighbors think was happening to me while I was exclaiming at the screen during The Americans tonight. “Mr. and Mrs. Teacup” is an episode that could easily have been titled “Things Fall Apart. Philip (Matthew Rhys) is just not making it as s businessman. He rushed his expansion of the travel agency, taking on too much additional overhead too quickly and not seeing a return on the investment within the expected timeframe. As a result, he has to call Henry (Keidrich Sellati) in his boarding school hallway and tell him that he doesn’t know how they’ll be...

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WESTWORLD Season 2 Starts Sunday. Let’s Review What We (Think We) Know…

Remember when they said Westworld‘s second season wouldn’t air until 2018 and that seemed sooo far away? Can you believe the wait ends this week? Crazy.  If you haven’t rewatched season one, but you want a little refresher on where everyone seemed to be at the end of the last episode (bearing in mind that time is non-linear for the hosts), we’ve got you covered.  Here’s what we think we know about the major players: Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood)- The O.G. Host of Westworld, Dolores appears to be a reserved lady of the prairie when we meet her, subject...

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Novelist Masterclass Series: Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen has racked up numerous award nominations and wins for her novels since launching her first mystery series following Welsh policeman Constable Evan Evans in the late 1990s. She writes the Molly Murphy and Her Royal Spyness mysteries, comprising 28 books together, and has published two stand-alone novels in the last year, In Farleigh Field and The Tuscan Child. In Farleigh Field has been nominated for a 2018 Edgar Award in the Best Paperback Original category, the Malice Domestic Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel and is also the winner of the Left Coast Crime Lefty Award (Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery). Her next novel, Four...

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TIMELESS Recap: (S02E05) The Kennedy Curse

In “The Kennedy Curse,” Timeless answers the question, “What if instead of us going back in time, someone from the past came to now?” (Hint: it’s JFK.) Lucy (Abigail Spencer) is laid up with an infection from her 17th century stab wound incurred back at the Salem Witch Revolt. As a result, Flynn (Goran Visnjic) pinch hits for her on a mission to 1934 to stop Rittenhouse from getting a head start on assassinating John F. Kennedy while he’s still a teenager at boarding school. The only way the guys can think of to save him is to leave Flynn in...

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THE BIG BANG THEORY Recap: (S11E20) The Reclusive Potential

“The Reclusive Potential” is maybe the funniest The Big Bang Theory episode this season. It’s bachelorette party time for ShAmy, and OMG the writers nailed it with their ideas.  Apparently, Sheldon (Jim Parsons) has been corresponding with a famed professor so reclusive that his letters are in code and must be destroyed after reading. Dr. Wolcott has some new ideas about time having multiple dimensions, in the same way space does, based on math he invented and wants to share with Sheldon. Together, they might be able to elevate string theory to the next level. Even though Dr. Wolcott has completely withdrawn...

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