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Stranger Things Season 3: What’s Going On With Suzie, Dustin’s Girlfriend?

After two seasons of watching his friends couple up, Dustin finally got a girlfriend on Stranger Things – Suzie. Dustin reveals in Stranger Things season 3, episode 1, “Suzie, Do You Copy?”, that his girlfriend’s name is Suzie and they met at Camp Knowhere. He gives plenty of details about her but we don’t find see who Suzie is until the season 3 finale, “The Battle at Starcourt.”

In the season opener, Dustin first mentions Suzie when he returns home from a science camp called Camp Knowhere. As he’s showing off his prized creation – a ham radio named Cerebro with the widest radius possible for contacting others – to his friends, Dustin mentions he’s going to use it to call his girlfriend. Naturally, Will, Mike, and Eleven are stunned by this news. They instantly press him for more details. Dustin goes on to reveal Suzie lives in Utah, is from a Mormon family (hence the restrictions on contacting her), she was the smartest person at Camp Knowhere, and that she’s very cute (“think Phoebe Cates, only hotter“). There’s skepticism about Suzie being real when Dustin fails to contact Suzie on Cerebro in the first episode but he maintains throughout season 3 that she is very real.

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Mentions of Suzie and her budding romance with Dustin are made once more during episode 2, “The Mall Rats.” In Dustin and Steve’s reunion scene at Scoops Ahoy, Dustin tells Steve about Suzie. The key thing we learn is that Suzie doesn’t mind kissing Dustin even though he’s missing his teeth (in real life, actor Gaten Matarazzo has a condition known as cleidocranial dysplasia, which affects the growth of his teeth and bones, and it was written into Dustin’s character). Per Dustin’s intel, Suzie thinks kissing without teeth is much better.

Suzie’s big moment finally comes in the Stranger Things season 3 finale, “The Battle of Starcourt.” Dustin knows Suzie is the one to call when the adults need the Plank’s Constant number in order to get what they need inside the Russian lab. Dustin once again tries to radio Suzie and, unlike the first time around, Suzie (played by Broadway actor Gabriella Pizzolo) answers. Suzie is happy to hear from Dustin but is confused about why he’s calling her and not wanting to talk. So, when Dustin asks for Plank’s Constant, Suzie demands he sing Limahl’s “The Neverending Story” for her first. There’s no time and it’s embarrassing but hey, Dustin’s in love; he’ll sing for that number.

Things end on a high note with Suzie and Dustin, with Dustin confirming his Suzie does exist and that they’re in a relationship. Judging by the Stranger Things season 3 post-credits scene, there’s still plenty of Stranger Things story to tell in season 4, so keep those fingers crossed for more Suzie (and Suzie-Dustin duets).

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2019-07-12 01:07:40

Allie Gemmill

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: 10 Episodes To Watch To Relive The Series

For four song-filled seasons, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has told the story of Rebecca Bunch as she gave up a successful career in New York and moved to West Covina, California in an attempt to be… happy. In the process, Rebecca made new friends, struggled with her mental health, and found herself torn between three potential boyfriends.

The tightly plotted series has told a satisfying four-season narrative that has seen all the major characters grow and change as they stumble towards fulfillment in work and in love. With Crazy Ex-Girlfriend taking its final bow, we decided to look at the best episodes to watch to relive the series. These episodes are highlights from all four seasons presented in order from season 1 to season 4, so they roughly follow the arc of the show.

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10 JOSH JUST HAPPENS TO LIVE HERE! (SEASON 1, EPISODE 1)

The pilot episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend isn’t necessarily its strongest. However, it rewards repeat viewing. In hindsight, it’s clear how this first episode lays the groundwork for the show. So much of what comes after relies on this initial outing, which establishes Rebecca and many of the other characters who become major players on the series.

Plus, it features the “Sexy Getting Ready Song,” the musical number that established that the show’s songs could be hilarious, candid, and clever all at once. The song demonstrated that a show where characters periodically break into song could still be extremely, sometimes painfully, honest. It’s still one of the highlights of the series.

9 MY MOM, GREG’S MOM, AND JOSH’S SWEET DANCE MOVES! (SEASON 1, EPISODE 8)

This holiday-themed episode saw the introduction of Rebecca’s mother, Naomi. Brilliantly played by Tovah Feldshuh, Naomi disapproved of pretty much all of Rebecca’s life choices since she moved to the West Coast. And Rebecca was torn between resentment and a strong desire to please. Meanwhile, Greg was experiencing a similar parental dynamic with his mother, who he was still angry at for leaving his father when he was a child.

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Between the two storylines, the episode showcased the sometimes-fraught dynamics between adult children and their parents. Separately, Josh tried to recapture the glory days of his youth, but soon came to the realization that he needed to focus on his future, not his past.

8 THAT TEXT WAS NOT MEANT FOR JOSH! (SEASON 1, EPISODE 11)

The plot of this episode spins out of a text about Josh that Rebecca intended to send to Paula but accidentally sent to the man himself. Who hasn’t been there? With the rocker “Textmergency,” at least the awkward scenario gave us an anthem for the next time we text the wrong person.

While Rebecca’s attempts to correct her mistake led to her alienating both Josh and Greg, her antics had a surprisingly positive impact on Paula’s marriage. Finally coming clean to her husband Jeff about helping Rebecca with her love life rekindled the couple’s romance. It also led to a hilariously meta exchange between the pair of the lyrics to season 1’s theme song.

7 JOSH HAS NO IDEA WHERE I AM! (SEASON 1, EPISODE 15)

Believing that her life in West Covina is a failure, Rebecca boards a plane back to New York to resume her old life. On the plane she finds her therapist, Dr. Akopian, is sitting right next to her. Dr. Akopian suggests they have an impromptu session. Although Rebecca agrees, it’s Rebecca so she falls asleep before they can get started. Instead, Rebecca dreams a therapy session complete with a musical number by the dream ghost version of Dr. Akopian.

Not only does the episode take us into Rebecca’s past, but it also shows many of the series’ characters coming together in concern when they realize they don’t know where she’s gone. It’s touching to see how much Rebecca’s friends care for her. The episode explores how the stories we tell ourselves about our circumstances may not be the reality and how there are all kinds of love in the world — we just need to learn to embrace them.

6 WHEN WILL JOSH AND HIS FRIEND LEAVE ME ALONE? (SEASON 2, EPISODE 4)

This is the episode where Santino Fontana’s Greg leaves the series. While he loves Rebecca, he realizes their relationship was a mess and decides he’s going to go to business school at Emory University instead.  It’s a healthy, mature decision — perhaps one of the first ones of the series.

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Of course, that and Josh’s rejection leaves Rebecca in a funk, which she tries to alleviate by making herself over in a ridiculous way. She also finally meets Heather’s permissive parents. However, Rebecca’s so absorbed in what she’s going through she doesn’t realize that Paula is in the midst of making a major life decision.

5 JOSH IS THE MAN OF MY DREAMS, RIGHT? (SEASON 2, EPISODE 11)

The Santa Ana winds are blowing, and their trickster ways are making people weird. Josh has finally proposed to Rebecca so she should be ecstatic right? Instead, she’s no longer feeling the thrill that she once did. Instead, her head’s been turned by Nathaniel. When they get stuck in an elevator together, they start to bond. Clearly, there’s a spark there. So, Rebecca changes her and Josh’s wedding date from two years away to two weeks away. Yikes!

Meanwhile, Paula struggles with what to do about her unfaithful husband. Darryl tries to advise her, but her reaction forces him to acknowledge that even though he thinks of her as his best friend, she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings.

4 I NEVER WANT TO SEE JOSH AGAIN (SEASON 3, EPISODE 5)

After Josh left her at the altar at the end of season 2, Rebecca finally hit rock bottom and alienated all her friends. So, she returns to her mother’s house in Scarsdale to lick her wounds. Her mother attempts to sever her ties to her old life in West Covina and move her back to New York. However, she also learns that Rebecca has been researching ways to take her own life.

Horrified, Naomi starts slipping her daughter anti-anxiety medication in strawberry milkshakes. Her mother is being so nice to her, that Rebecca’s beginning to wonder if she’d been too hard on Naomi in the past. Then, Rebecca’s nemesis comes over to set her straight — her mother has ulterior motives. When Rebecca realizes what they are, she boards a plane back to California. Feeling hopeless, she attempts to take her life on the plane, but asks the flight attendant for help at the last minute. The episode is funny while still sensitively and seriously exploring mental health concerns.

3 JOSH IS IRRELEVANT (SEASON 3, EPISODE 6)

This episode deals with the aftermath of Rebecca’s attempt to take her own life. Each of Rebecca’s friends deals with the news differently, some more successfully than others. Working with a new psychiatrist, Rebecca is excited to learn that he believes she’s been misdiagnosed. His take on her issues isn’t the cure-all she expected though.

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By the end of the episode, Rebecca is forced to acknowledge the new diagnosis is correct and that Josh is not responsible for what happened. The issues she’s experiencing have been there all along. This episode and the previous episode are a deep dive into Rebecca’s mental health challenges. While this has been a theme of the show since the beginning — it’s called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, after all — these two episodes show Rebecca as she starts to make strides towards actually taking care of herself. It’s an honest and heartbreaking portrayal done in the series’ signature style.

2 I’M ALMOST OVER YOU (SEASON 4, EPISODE 11)’

This season 4 episode puts Nathaniel and tertiary character Maya front and center. It also includes pretty much every romantic comedy trope that exists. Nathaniel and Maya are both heartbroken when they see their exes with other people. So Nathaniel decides they should fake a relationship to get them back.

This leads to all sorts of rom-com shenanigans, including the requisite makeovers as the ugly duckling characters get transformed into swans, the montage of them hanging out and connecting, and even a “Gratuitous Karaoke Moment” in front of their exes designed purely to make them jealous. It’s a funny hour that zeroes in on characters who aren’t usually front and center, which makes it that much more interesting.

1 I HAVE A DATE TONIGHT (SEASON 4, EPISODE 16)

This is the penultimate episode of the series. As the show winds down, Rebecca must make a choice between Josh, Greg, and Nathaniel. Everyone agrees that Rebecca will go on an individual date with each of them and then make a final decision. The guys go all out for the dates and both Josh and Nathaniel treat Rebecca to magical, romantic nights. Greg arranges a romantic outing, too, but feels funny doing something so contrived. Then, before the date can even start, his car breaks down. Instead of going out, Rebecca and Greg companionably hang out at the mechanic waiting for his car.

Meanwhile, the characters that have been following Rebecca’s saga since the beginning place bets on which guy she’ll choose. Just like fans, they all have their own opinions about who’s the right man for her. As of writing, we don’t know who Rebecca chooses, but we do know that we’re going to miss Crazy Ex-Girlfriend like crazy.

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2019-04-07 11:04:53

Cynthia Vinney

The 5 Best Couples On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (And The 5 Worst)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend begins when successful but unsatisfied lawyer Rebecca Bunch turns down a promotion at her New York City firm and instead moves to West Covina, California (It’s two hours from the beach! Four in traffic.). Why? Well, her ex, Josh Chan from camp when they were 16 years old, lives there. What Rebecca’s really after though, is happiness. And Josh represents the last time Rebecca was actually… happy.

While Rebecca’s relationships with Josh and several others have only been part of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s story, romance is certainly an important element of the series. A relationship can  be a source of happiness — or it can be a dumpster fire of despair. And throughout the show, Rebecca and the other characters have experienced both extremes, sometimes with the same person.

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Here, we explore the best and worst couples on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

10 Worst: Heather And Old Greg

Heather and Greg initially met through Rebecca in season 1 and soon started dating. They shared a sardonic outlook on the world that gave them a cute chemistry. And Heather was willing to call Greg on some of his nonsense.

In other circumstances, maybe these two could’ve made it work. However, they make our worst list, because despite everything they had going for them, throughout their relationship Greg was in love with Rebecca, dooming their relationship from the start. Heather wanted to take things to the next level but when she realized the truth about Greg’s feelings, she quickly let him go.

9 Best: Rebecca And New Greg

In season 4, Greg comes back to West Covina after leaving to attend business school at Emory University (“the Harvard of the South!”). He’s also finally sober and looks like a completely different person. Yes, this is because in order to bring the character back, the show recast Santino Fontana, the actor who played Greg in seasons 1 and 2, with Skylar Astin, who is the season 4 version of Greg. But the recasting also speaks to how Greg has changed and how Rebecca’s perception of him has shifted in the years he’s been gone.

When Rebecca and New Greg got together they were both in a much healthier place. Unfortunately the relationship didn’t last because Rebecca wasn’t yet sticking with her therapy regime the way she needed to. For the brief time they dated though, they were a fairly functional couple.

8 Worst: Rebecca And Old Greg

Greg met Rebecca when she moved to West Covina in season 1. He immediately fell for her, even though it was clear that she was obsessed with his best friend Josh. He didn’t care if Rebecca was only settling for him, he wanted to be with her.

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Eventually, Rebecca gave Greg a chance, and even realized she had genuine feelings for him. His problems with alcohol and Rebecca’s continued preoccupation with Josh got in the way though. While Rebecca wanted to give it another chance, Greg decided it was best for him to leave town for business school, pointing out that their relationship had been a disaster from the start.

7 Best: Paula And Scott

When Crazy Ex-Girlfriend started, Paula and her husband Scott weren’t in a good place. Married with two sons, the realities of life had put them in a rut. So when Rebecca moved to town, Paula quickly got swept up in the drama of Rebecca’s quest to win Josh’s affections. This added the excitement to her life that Paula was missing but drove an even deeper wedge between her and Scott.

That is, until she had to enlist Scott’s help for a Rebecca-related quest. The thrill of it got them to start talking again. They bonded over Rebecca’s antics and finally reconnected. Soon, their relationship rebounded with Scott being supportive and helpful when Paula went back to school to get her law degree.

6 Worst: Rebecca And Josh

It’s no secret that Rebecca moved to West Covina for Josh Chan, and even though he had a girlfriend, Rebecca eventually managed to win him over. Josh was accepting and warm and Rebecca truly believed in him even if he wasn’t that ambitious. Soon they were engaged and Rebecca even found a dream location for the wedding.

Unfortunately, by that point the relationship couldn’t survive. Between Rebecca’s extensive manipulations, both partners overlooking their incompatibilities and relationship flaws, and each hiding their concerns instead of talking them through, the relationship was fatally flawed.

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Josh ended up abandoning Rebecca at the altar to become a priest — a terrible career fit for him, but a sign of how much he wanted to get out of the relationship.

5 Best: Valencia And Beth

Beth was originally a client of Valencia’s up and coming event-planning business. The two hit it off and Valencia realized she was bisexual. This led to a relationship that brought together both their personal and professional lives, with Beth becoming a partner in Valencia’s business.

The pair have a solid, low-key romance that works for both of them. They complement one another well, each having different skills and perspectives that help them grow their business and their relationship. The partnership has given Valencia a new, more mature perspective.

4 Worst: Valencia And Josh

When Rebecca first moved to West Covina to pursue Josh, it wasn’t long before she learned that Josh already had a girlfriend: Valencia. Josh and Valencia were high school sweethearts and they’d stayed together well into adulthood. Still, they weren’t yet engaged or living together when Rebecca rolled into town.

Ultimately, Josh and Valencia’s relationship became the high school romance that went on way too long. It was clear that the couple had grown apart and wanted very different things. Yet, neither was quite ready to let the other go until Rebecca entered the picture and started attracting Josh’s attention. Despite the way it happened, their break-up was the best thing for both of them.

3 Best: Heather And Hector

A spark was unexpectedly lit between Heather and Hector when Rebecca spiraled after Josh left her at the altar. At first they seemed like an unlikely couple. Hector still lived with his mom, who he claimed was his best friend, and habitually overslept and missed beach trips with his crew. And Heather was a recent community college grad who had stayed in school as long as possible to avoid having to figure out what to do with her life. Plus, his enthusiasm seemed to clash with her sarcastic detachment, but ultimately Hector’s patience and support was just what Heather needed, especially after she agreed to be a surrogate for Darryl’s baby.

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Eventually he moved in with her and soon she proposed they get married so he could use her health insurance. Hector wanted a big wedding but Heather was against the commodification of their relationship. Realizing she cared more about giving him what he wanted though than getting her way, Heather surprised Hector with a big ceremony in front of their friends and family.

2 Worst: Rebecca And Trent

In many ways Rebecca and Trent are two sides of the same questionable coin. While Rebecca was busy obsessing over Josh, Trent was obsessing over Rebecca. And just like Rebecca manipulated situations to bring her closer to Josh, Trent did the same — even going so far as providing information that led to Josh skipping out on his wedding to Rebecca.

In certain ways, Trent has proven himself far scarier though, especially when he blackmailed Rebecca into being his girlfriend. Trent was far more interested in his own happiness than Rebecca’s. However, when Rebecca finally openly rejected him, Trent tried another tact — going after her ex, Nathaniel, for revenge. To protect Nathaniel, Rebecca pushed Trent off a balcony, a move that led to a brief stint in jail.

1 Best: Darryl And White Josh

When Darryl was finally ready to date again after a messy divorce, he found himself attracted to White Josh to his surprise. After realizing this meant he was a “both-sexual” (or bisexual, as it’s more commonly known), the pair officially got together.

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Darryl and White Josh seemed practically perfect for each other. When they had issues and insecurities they talked it out, and WhiJo got along well with Darryl’s daughter. Darryl was even willing to accept WhiJo’s disinterest in getting married. They hit an impasse, though, when Darryl stated a desire to have more children and WhiJo wasn’t on the same page. Even though they still loved each other, they made the decision to split up so they could pursue what made them happy as individuals.


2019-03-07 03:03:12

Cynthia Vinney

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

Are there any other interesting facts about Draco Malfoy’s body in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers

Crazy Rich Asians Is Highest-Grossing Rom-Com This Decade (So Far)

Wildly successful romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians looks to be leader of the pack in box office receipts for the decade. It’s been roughly two months in theaters since its mid-August release, and the runaway hit adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling book has handily outsold every other rom-com in the 2010s, and yet remains in theaters at time of this writing.

Crazy Rich Asians broke early ticket sales records from its premiere, dominating the box office for three straight weekends with no signs of slowing down. The film stars Constance Wu ( Fresh Off the Boat ) in the leading role, alongside veteran Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Star Trek: Discovery) and rising star Awkwafina (Ocean’s 8), among others. Directed by filmmaker Jon M. Chu, Crazy Rich Asians’ immediate success followed positive early buzz, making its opening weekend the biggest rom-com opening since 2015’s Trainwreck.

Related: Crazy Rich Asians’ Michelle Yeoh & Awkwafina Reunite For Action Film

That early attention simply did not waver, and the film has seen eight solid weekends of consistent sales thus far, placing in top 10 tickets sold in the first weekend of October. That momentum has seemingly secured its legacy, and, according to Box Office Mojo (via Screen Crush), Crazy Rich Asians as the sixth-highest grossing romantic-comedy of all-time at the domestic box office, with over $169 million in sales, which also makes it the highest grossing rom-com of the decade.

This news makes reports of the imminent sequel, which arrived a mere week after opening weekend, seem particularly wise on the part of Warner Bros. Titled China Rich Girlfriend, the sequel is based on the follow-up novel of the same name, and will push the story presented in the original forward. Limited information about the sequel is available at present – and there’s considerable speculation as to plot details when weighing the changes made in the Crazy Rich Asians adaptation – but the director and writers are expected to return.

Aside from its profitable reign in theaters, Crazy Rich Asians was notable as the first Hollywood studio film with primarily Asian-American leads since 1993’s award-winning The Joy Luck Club. News of the sequel aside, this distinction may have spearheaded a new trend, and Warner Bros./New Line’s recently-acquired Singles Day may represent increased trust being placed in Asian-American actors and actresses to draw audiences to theaters.

For now, Crazy Rich Asians continues its run in theaters across the country, and a mere $7 million more will see it crack the top five romantic comedies and outsell 1998’s There’s Something About Mary.

Update: Corrected the filmography of Constance Wu.

More: Crazy Rich Asians Review: This Is What Big Studio Rom-Coms SHOULD Be

Source: Box Office Mojo



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2018-10-10 06:10:50 – Leo Faierman

20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone To Forget

With the announcement that Emmy Rossum and Cameron Monaghan will leave the series following the ninth season of Shameless, the Gallagher household is prepping for a major shake-up on the casting front. The creator of the Showtime series John Wells has remained open about a future Fiona return, though he has also stated that there are many more dysfunctional tales left to be told for the Gallagher clan.

For eight seasons, Shameless has remained consistent in the deplorable decision-making skills of its characters, though the series’ depiction of a low-income family living below the poverty line has always been at the forefront. As the strong matriarch who single-handedly raised her siblings while her father wasn’t around, Fiona’s absence is sure to shift more focus towards the show’s younger stars as writers hope fans will soon forget her. Ian’s storyline in season 9 drove much of the action, so Monaghan’s exit will surely leave a whole as well.

Whether they’re dealing with the changing gentrification of their community or watching as another beloved character takes their leave, the Gallaghers have proven time and again that they can adapt better than anyone. From the show’s debut back in 2011 until now, the stars of the series have been forced to mature, sometimes faster than they wanted to. Along the way, there have been many entertaining or even head-scratching subplots which have since been left behind. Although the changes are nothing new to the Gallaghers, they have left many questions up in the air for fans.

Join us as we take a look back at 20 Storylines Shameless Wants Everyone to Forget.

20 Frank and Bianca

After Sammi shoots Frank in the arm to teach him a valuable lesson about courtesy, she forces him to visit the hospital to have his wound checked. During his stay, he begins bonding with his distraught doctor Bianca, whose diagnosis of stage three pancreatic cancer has left her with a new lease on life. Attempting to persuade her to live life to the fullest, Frank offers to teach her how to live carelessly, which includes a copious amount of substance abuse.

Although Frank’s time with Bianca was intended as a heart-wrenching moment which left him reeling the following season, it was never clear why the successful, young doctor would choose to spend her remaining days with him. With her money, she could seemingly spend her days anywhere. There’s little reason to believe Frank would appear as an enticing option.

19 Lip’s Sports Gambling Internship

With an exceptionally high IQ, Lip isn’t the standard member of the Gallagher household, though his self-sabotaging personality has prevented him from achieving a legitimate career. Accepted into the University of Chicago, he threw away his future after an assault on a campus guard led to his expulsion. Following a stint in rehab, Lip secured an internship with a tech start-up, thanks to his friend, Professor Youens.  Soon, however, he discovered the truth behind the company. His co-workers were using proxy servers to hide illegal sports gambling activities.

Although the crooked start-up appeared as a perfect match, nothing would come of it.

He temporarily used a wire fraud scheme to steal cash from the company, but in due time, the start-up went under and Lip was left without a career goal once again.

18 Kevin Discovers His Kentucky Heritage

Season eight concluded with a strange hodgepodge of storylines for Kevin, which included a search for self-identity as he tracked down his biological parents and found himself in Kentucky. Once he arrived, he was introduced to Aunt Ronnie and the rest of the family, immediately settling in and recalling his past as Little Barty. Unfortunately, V immediately sensed something wrong about the group, apart from their offhanded racist remarks.

As a small child, the low-income family struggled to properly raise Kev, resorting to abandoning him at a roadside gas station. He eventually learned to accept his heritage, although he seemed to quickly forget all about it soon after. Kev would have other moments of a self-identity crisis in season eight, including exploring his possible attraction to men, but his Kentucky lineage would ultimately become an afterthought.

17 Fiona Marries Gus, Then Immediately Cheats on Him

Speaking of his character on Shameless, star Steve Kazee said Fiona’s former husband Gus Pfender “got a really raw deal” over the way his storyline ended. After meeting the eldest Gallagher sibling, the two went from strangers to married seemingly overnight.

When Jimmy’s return visit catches Fiona off guard, she’s faced with an ultimatum.

Either run away with Jimmy or stay with Gus, whom she’s known for a few days. Her reaction is to throw away her newfound relationship for the temptation of her ex-boyfriend. She cheats on Gus then immediately regrets it, but by then it’s too late. Her marriage to Gus is over and any remnants of it are completely forgotten by the writing staff.

16 Debbie Steals a Baby

Before Debbie was doing crazy things like stealing expensive baby strollers to support Frances or having Liam amputate her toes to avoid undergoing a pricey surgery on her crushed foot, she was just a lonely girl looking for a playmate.

In the episode “Casey Casden”, Debbie grows tired of playing with a sack of potatoes decorated to look like a baby.

Rather than asking for a new doll, she takes matters into her own hands when she lures a three year old boy back to the Gallagher residence. The Gallaghers then spend the episode concocting a plan to call in false sightings of the child with the cops finally finding him with Debbie, who acts like she found him wandering around Chicago. Needless to say, it was a crazy storyline that the show’s producers haven’t attempted since.

15 Anything Involving Sammi or Chuckie

Frank’s estranged daughter Sammi is first introduced in season four after Frank discovers his liver in failing. Posing as a Good Samaritan, he begins dating her to grow closer before dropping the devastating bombshell. Oddly enough, however, she’s not disgusted at all by the news and even embraces her new father figure, despite his countless shortcomings.

By season five, Sammi has acquainted herself enough with the Gallaghers to move into the household, though she was never invited. When her son Chuckie is later arrested and sent to juvenile detention for possession, she blames Carl, later ratting him out to the authorities. As a result, a dispute breaks out which ends with Mickey locking her inside a shipping container and Sammi later shooting at him, presumably leading to her arrest and the end of her story.

14 Fiona Cheats on Mike with His Brother

With her recent investments in Patsy’s Pies as well as a laundromat and an apartment complex, Fiona’s newfound entrepreneurial spirit has only recent become a central part of her storyline. Prior to becoming a property owner, she was a down on her luck South Side girl who constantly found herself in failing relationships.

In season four, Fiona’s downward spiral of relationships hit another low.

She was in desperate need of a rebound following Jimmy’s disappearance. After securing a job at Worldwide Cup, she began having a fling with her boss Mike. When Mike’s brother Robbie comes into the picture after his release from rehab, Fiona’s attraction to danger takes ahold. Putting her career in jeopardy, she has an unwise affair which culminates in her arrest at the end of the season.

13 Frank Uses Liam as Collateral

Scouring Chicago for enough money to support his many dirty habits, Frank has attracted the attentions of enough bad guys that it’s a miracle that he’s manage to run around carelessly for so long. In the season two premiere, he again backed himself into a corner when he drunkenly bet a bar patron at the Alibi Room that he couldn’t remain conscious after two taser blasts. After the customer manages to remain on two feet, Frank’s $10,000 gamble comes at the expense of the Gallagher household.

Unable to come up with the dough, the patron threatens Frank with a blowtorch, to which he responds by offering up Liam as collateral. Luckily, the Gallagher clan rallies together to get him back. Frank would later develop a bonding relationship with his youngest son, completely erasing all memory of the incident.

12 Kevin and Veronica’s Foster Child

With twins Amy and Jemma, Kevin and Veronica finally settled down to have children of their own after V became pregnant in season four. Prior to having their own kids, the couple were experimenting with parenthood in the form of a money scheme which saw them taking in a foster child in order to collect money from the government.

In season one, Kev and V welcome Ethel, a teen saved from a polygamist colony where she was married to an elderly man named Clyde.

They also took in Ethel’s son Jonah, who was born as a result of the marriage. Over the course of her stay, she struggles to grow accustomed to the modern world, but eventually settles in, until she runs away with her boyfriend Malik in season two, disappearing forever.

11 Anything Involving Sheila

Remember Sheila? The agoraphobic housewife with a proclivity for cooking was a former love interest of Frank’s, who welcomed him into her home to take advantage of her disability checks. For five seasons, she played the picture-perfect example of a housewife, though her repressed emotions would occasionally rear their ugly head.

Throughout the series, Joan Cusack would receive considerable acclaim for her turn as the wacky, subservient Sheila, earning an Emmy nomination for each season she appeared in. Although she would never receive more than a guest credit, her most memorable storylines would include dealing with her troubled daughter Karen, having an affair with Karen’s boyfriend Jody, and marrying Frank. Her storyline came to a rather abrupt end after her house exploded in season five, resulting in her driving off in an RV, never to be seen again.

10 Frank Hires a Hitman

Always the deadbeat father, Frank experienced a slight morality check when he wasn’t invited toFiona’s wedding to Sean in season six. As a way to make up for all his shortcomings, he offered to pay for all of Fiona’s wedding expenses. Everything came to a head, however, when Sean began sleeping over at the Gallagher residence, resulting in a brutal confrontation between Fiona’s fiance and the lousy patriarch of the household. After days of Frank wearing Sean’s underwear and drinking his milk, Sean’s frustration boiled over, resulting in a fight between the two.

Frank is seen on a train attempting to pay a random guy to dispose of Sean permanently.

Although nothing would come of the exchange, the attempted assassination was out of the ordinary, even for the lowly Frank.

9 Debbie Purposely Gets Pregnant

The third youngest Gallagher, Debbie began the series as the well-intention, younger sister who still held high hopes for Frank and cared for her family, though she often found it difficult to socialize in school. In due time, she transformed from the innocent girl wise beyond her years to one of the most troublesome characters on the show, using her hardened attitude to deceive her way to whatever she desired.

In season five, Debbie’s manipulative personality crossed a line when she became enamored with Derek, a boy who taught her how to box. Wanting a perfect life with her newfound boyfriend, she purposely lies to him about being on birth control in order to become pregnant and force him into a marriage. Unfortunately, her plans fall through when Derek leaves to live with his grandmother, leaving Debs a single mother.

8 Frank Tells Carl He Has Cancer

As the delinquent troublemaker whose interests include weapons, explosives, and various money-making schemes, Carl has proven to be the most like his dear deadbeat father Frank. As a faithful member of the Gallagher family, he’s the unfortunate product of a dysfunctional upbringing, but none of his regrettable actions were deserving of the scare Frank gave him in season five.

After seeing a cancer patient receive an autographed Bulls basketball on television, Frank decides to extort the Make-A-Wish Foundation by giving them a sob story.

Shaving Carl’s head, he convinces him that he has cancer and tries to get him an autographed basketball of his own, that he can later sell for a profit. Instead, Carl is offered a free summer away at a camp for cancer patients, ruining Frank’s plans and giving Carl his own mini vacation.

7 Carl Marries Kassidi

As a way of coming up with enough cash for military school in season eight, Carl sets up his own rehabilitation center in the basement of the Gallagher home, hosting neighborhood addicts for days of withdrawal. It’s here where he first encounters Kassidi, a seemingly sociopathic teen who concocts a plan to extort money from her rich father to pay Carl’s expenses.

Soon after sparking a relationship, Kassidi’s wildly chaotic personality begins threatening Carl’s career goals. As she wanders about Chicago’s South Side doing things like Snapchatting drive-by shooting victims, Carl becomes more wary of her actions, which makes it all the more confusing that he marries her at the end of the season. The season nine premiere seems to have ended her story, however, as the character’s recent disappearance suggests that she may now be deceased.

6 Mandy Hurts Karen

As the manipulative former girlfriend of Lip, Karen was the incessantly rude daughter of the agoraphobic Sheila, who would go to extreme lengths to get her way. After she stops seeing Lip due to her marriage to Jody as well as the birth of her down syndrome son Hymie, Karen decides to start things back up with her former lover, only for Lip rejects her for Mandy.

After brazenly attempting to meddle with Lip and Mandy’s relationship, Karen receives a rude awakening when she receives a text from Lip, which is later revealed to be Mandy using Lip’s phone. Showing up to a park to meet, Karen is struck by an SUV driven by Mandy, leaving her permanently brain damaged, effectively ending her story on the series.

5 Frank Has a Twin Brother

With so many siblings running around and Frank constantly inviting himself in with his various trouble-making shenanigans, it’s impossible for the Gallaghers to keep track of everyone’s comings and goings. That’s why the existence of more Gallaghers seems completely absurd, but as the early seasons have shown, there are more family members out there.

Of all the odd Gallagher members forgotten from the early seasons, none were crazier than Jerry, Frank’s twin brother.

Ian and Lip visit Jery after their grandmother Peggy claims he owes the family $5,000. Looking just like Frank, he threatens to shoot his nephews shortly after realizing they’re after money. Since his appearance, little mention has been made of Frank’s twin or of Frank’s other siblings Clayton and Wyatt.

4 Jimmy’s Return

First appearing as Fiona’s love interest in season one, Jimmy introduced himself to the Gallagher household as Steve, a hotshot businessman who comes from money. Soon afterward, his real personality begins to shine through as Fiona discovers that he makes his money through various illegal activities. In due time, he gets engaged to the daughter of a crime lord, which leads to his supposed demise in the season three finale.

Jimmy returns at the end of season four, becoming a recurring cast member for a brief time.

In an attempt to flatter Fiona, he tries to persuade her to leave her husband Gus for him. Although his return answered questions about his fate, it still left his future up in the air, leaving many to believe his story should have ended with the season three cliffhanger.

3 Frank Lies to Butterface About Her Heart Transplant

Of all the lowdown plans Frank has concocted, perhaps nothing is more despicable than the time he began hanging out with Dottie, a former good-time girl with a heart condition. Nicknamed Butterface for her less than stellar looks, Frank discovers that Dottie is in serious need of a heart transplant, rewarding him the opportunity to weasel his way into her good graces and work his way into her will before she passes away.

Although Frank’s decision proves to be flawed, he fully commits to the scheme. While Dottie is in the shower, she gets a phone call telling her a new heart has arrived which could save her life, only Frank decides to tell the hospital that Dottie has already passed away. Later, Dottie loses her life during an intimate moment with Frank, making his actions even more awful.

2 Kev has a Baby with Veronica’s Mother

As the Gallaghers’ longtime friends, Kevin and Veronica are often the supporting comic relief of the series, though they have also proven to be the strongest lasting couple. In season three, after repeatedly failing to have a baby, V enlists her bubbly mother Carol to act as a surrogate. When Carol also fails to become pregnant, Veronica to suggests her mom and Kevin actually get intimate with each other to possibly improve their results.

In due time, Carol warms up to the idea, becoming pregnant with Kevin’s child. By happenstance, Veronica soon discovers that she too is pregnant, with twins. Nine months later, the couple are the proud parents to three newborns, only Carol decides to single-handedly raise her child on her own. After a few brief appearances, Kevin and Carol’s child is forgotten and never shown again.

1 Everything Positive About Ian and Mickey’s Relationship

As a violent street thug, Mickey Milkovich is the antithesis of the gay stereotype. Ian, whose storied history with Mickey makes up a large portion of his story in the early seasons, is the more sensitive of the couple, but his rebellious nature and struggles with bipolar disorder make him an equally multi-dimensional character.

As one of the best-written gay relationships on television in recent memory, Ian and Mickey’s story was at times chaotic. 

After his imprisonment at the end of season five, Mikey escaped from prison and fled to Mexico, tearfully leaving Ian behind. Since then, the positives of their relationship have been largely dismissed and Mickey’s absence has left a void on the show which has yet to be filled.

What other storylines does Shameless want to bury? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-09 03:10:17 – Turner Minton

7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It)

It’s been over twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s groundbreaking pilot hit TV screens and it remains one the most beloved and influential shows of all time. The series subverted expectations, in the process shattering illusions of what people thought television was capable of. It forever altered the pop culture landscape, introducing audiences to a feminist icon they could truly identify with. The show popularized serialized storytelling at a time when TV programs were largely episodic and even changed the way that viewers talked by introducing them to “Buffy speak.”

By taking the idea that high school is Hell quite literally, Joss Whedon was able to use werewolves, witches, and vampires to explore themes of desire, female empowerment, and addiction. The writers personified feelings such as isolation, alienation and humiliation, using them to ground fantastical situations in those very real emotions.

Buffy was praised for a great many things, from snappy dialogue to clever plotting. However, one of the most vital elements of Whedon’s magnum opus was undoubtedly the amazing characters with which he chose to populate this world. These players were as lovable as they were relatable and the series continues to resonate with viewers of all ages. However, not all characters introduced to the series could be as awesome as Buffy, Willow, or Xander. While certain new additions had an undeniably positive effect on the series as a whole, there were also a few that BtVS would’ve been better off without.

Here are 7 New Character Additions That Hurt Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And 13 That Saved It).

20 Saved – Spike and Dru

Sunnydale got its very own Sid and Nancy when Spike and Drusilla showed up in season 2 episode “School Hard”, quickly establishing themselves as the new Big Bads in town. They were never meant to last as long as they did, but stellar performances from James Marsters and Juliet Landau gave both characters a stay of execution. These two didn’t just shake up Sunnydale, but the show’s entire mythology. They were living proof that vampires were capable of genuine emotion. Their intense bond and amazing chemistry made fans fall hard for the couple. 

Spike, of course, went on to play a much larger role in the series as a whole. Writers kept finding new ways to justify his continued existence and fans never complained, because no one wanted the vampire gone.

19 Hurt – Riley

Buffy needed to move on from Angel, but did she really have to take up with “Captain Cardboard”? Riley Finn (Mark Blucas) first appeared in the season 4 premiere, “The Freshman”, and went on to hurt the show in ways almost too numerous to list.

With him came the Initiative, which remains the storyline that most BtVS fans would rather forget.

Even after the organization was no longer part of the narrative, Riley continued to overstay his welcome. Viewers were forced to deal with his constant whining and eventually, his infidelity. These were all plot points that the show could’ve done without. It was sad when Riley helicoptered out of Buffy’s life, but only because we care about her feelings. Ultimately, no one really missed him.

18 Saved – Tara

Now this is how you create a new love interest. Oz and Willow had become one of the show’s most beloved couples and fans were as heartbroken as she was over his sudden departure. Replacing the werewolf was going to be just as difficult as finding a way for Buffy to get over Angel. However, the show chose to go in a new direction entirely with Tara Maclay, who debuted in season 4 episode “Hush”. Not only was she a woman, but she also complemented Willow in very different ways than Oz had.

Not all viewers embraced this storyline initially, but Amber Benson’s performance quickly won most of them over. Before long, fans became incredibly invested in Willow and Tara’s relationship. In many ways, they became the show’s central couple, as well as its emotional anchor.

17 Saved – Anya

Much like James Marsters, Emma Caulfield earned more time on the show through her impressive performance. Her arc wasn’t meant to last much past her first appearance in season 3 episode “The Wish”.  Anya Christina Emmanuella Jenkins went from human to vengeance demon and back again. She was over 1100 old, but had completely lost touch with her humanity before meeting the Scoobies.

It was more than Anya’s evolution that made her special, though. She was the character who posed the questions that most people want to ask but think that they shouldn’t. Whether ruminating on love, loss, or the simple cold truth of mortality, Anya always said exactly what she meant. Even her lack of tact was charming. The former demon brought a different perspective to the group, as well as some undeniable humor.

16 Hurt – Dawn

This is kind of a tough one, because the storyline surrounding Dawn’s existence was one of the show’s best. Her introduction in the season 5 premiere, “Buffy vs. Dracula”, was particularly genius. Dawn was dropped into the series as if she had always been there, leaving viewers wondering if they had missed earlier clues of Buffy having a sister.

Dawn herself was always little more than an annoyance to most fans.

It didn’t help that Michelle Trachtenberg played the character as younger than she was. This wasn’t all her fault, as Dawn was initially meant to be portrayed by a younger actress. The main problem wasn’t season 5 Dawn anyway. In later years, writers clearly weren’t sure what to do with her, giving Buffy’s sister one ludicrous plot line after another: “Dawn’s in trouble. Must be Tuesday.

15 Saved – Glory/Ben

Glory is one of the greatest Big Bads ever to appear on BtVS. Debuting in season 5 installment “There’s No Place Like Home”, she brought the season-long threat to a whole new level. Glory wasn’t just another demon. She was a literal god, just trying to get back to her home sweet Hell. However, it was more than just sheer power that made Glory such a great villain. Clare Kramer’s manic performance is what really set her apart.

Introduced an episode before Glory, Ben (Charlie Weber) was serviceable enough.

What really brought depth to the kind doctor was the revelation that he and Glorificus were sharing a body.

This was one of the show’s most successful twists. Seriously, no one saw it coming.

14 Saved – Wesley

While it can be argued that the character of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce was utilized far better on Angel, there’s no denying that the stuffy new Watcher was another great addition to the cast of BtVS. Debuting in season 3 installment “Bad Girls”, Alexis Denisof imbued Wesley with undeniable heart and humor, despite the character’s uptight personality.

Aside from Wesley himself, it was the dynamic between him and Giles that helped to elevate the series during season 3. We got to explore a whole new side Buffy’s Watcher. It was one thing to know about his “Ripper” past, but it was the juxtaposition of Rupert and Wesley that truly proved how awesome Giles actually was – not that we didn’t love him already.

13 Hurt – Warren

The Trio is kind of everyone’s least favorite Big Bad. However, while Jonathan and Andrew were both worthy additions to the series, Warren never had any redeeming qualities. He first appeared in season 5 episode “I Was Made to Love You” and proved himself a total creep immediately.

Although Warren started out as a punchline, he turned out to be a misogynistic monster.

Adam Busch did an excellent job of making the character incredibly unlikable, but it was Warren’s cruelty that brought season 6 to the lowest of places. “Dead Things” was one of the most brutal episodes of BtVS, and not in a good way. Plus, no Buffy fan will ever forgive him for firing the gun that took Tara’s life. Warren did a lot of damage and his character was never compelling or likable enough to outweigh that fact.

12 Saved – Oz

Fans fell in love with Daniel “Oz” Osbourne (Seth Green) around the same time that Willow did. From the moment he appeared in season 2 episode “Inca Mummy Girl”, he was pretty much smitten with her – even in her Hallowe’en costume. Unlike Xander, Oz actually realized how awesome Willow was and fans were overjoyed to see her finally properly appreciated.

Oz was so beloved, in fact, that even though he left under truly awful circumstances, many viewers were still torn when he came back for Willow. A lesser character could never have remained in fans’ hearts after such indiscretions. In the end, the writers found someone even better for Willow, but it speaks volumes that so many viewers were willing to forgive Oz after he locked himself in a cage with Veruca.

11 Hurt – Veruca

Veruca (Paige Moss) made her first appearance in season 4 episode “Living Conditions”. Oz may have thought that she was pretty cool, but viewers noticed that something was off about her.

Most Buffy fans are pretty protective of Willow and no one liked seeing her relationship with Oz threatened.

It’s not that it makes no sense that something would break up Willow and Oz. They dated in high school and many such relationships do not survive the transition to college. The main issue was the werewolf herself. Veruca was kind of over the top, from her musical performances to her evil machinations. Perhaps she was meant to be a two-dimensional mustache-twirling villain. Regardless, no one mourned Veruca after Oz ended her life.

10 Saved – Mayor Wilkins

Fans were introduced to Mayor Richard Wilkins in season 3 episode “Homecoming”. Sure, he was a major Big Bad whose ascension plans would’ve left the world in ruins, but he was also incredibly polite. BtVS has often excelled at creating villains that fans still kind of rooted for. The Mayor was one of the best, and not just because he was such a formidable opponent.

Richard’s relationship with Faith gave his character real depth. Much like the love that Spike and Dru shared with one another, the Mayor’s affections for his protégée made him much more human, which in turn made viewers care more about him. Plus, Harry Groener’s pitch-perfect performance made it impossible not to enjoy Mayor Wilkins.

9 Hurt – Kennedy

Kennedy was as much of an epic fail as Riley. The writers proved that they could craft more than one great love interest for Willow, so what happened with her? Introduced in season 7 episode “Bring on the Night”, Kennedy (Iyari Limon) was spoiled, argumentative and honestly, kind of bland. The key to a great TV relationship is making both characters compelling in their own right.

While fans came to love both Oz and Tara rather quickly, you’d be hard pressed to find many Kennedy fans out there.

There was nothing about Willow’s new girlfriend to even distinguish her from the other Potential Slayers, save her bad attitude. Willow deserved better and so did fans.

8 Saved – Faith

Shaking up things from the moment she arrived in season 3 installment “Faith, Hope and Trick”, Faith Lehane was Buffy’s dark reflection. The Slayers were incredibly different from one another and yet, undeniably two sides of the same coin. Eliza Dushku’s magnetic performance brought so much passion and energy to the role, and she had no trouble fitting in with the rest of the cast.

Faith provided new depth not only for the slayer line, but also to the idea of what it actually means to be Slayer. Before Faith’s arrival, fans had never seen a Slayer go rogue. However, it didn’t matter how far Faith went. Viewers were always hoping that she could somehow redeem herself. Thanks to her time on Angel, she was given that chance.

7 Saved – Robin

Robin Wood’s (D.B. Woodside) debut in season 7 premiere “Lessons” initially painted the new school principal as another villain lurking in the shadows. However, much like the rest of the characters on BtVS, appearances are often deceiving. Not only was Robin one of the good guys, but he was also the son of New York-based slayer, Nikki. The series teased this out slowly until fans realized the truth shortly before it was revealed.

It was a pretty genius move.

Although it’s easy to hate on Robin for his sneak attack on Spike, the vampire did off his mother, so his frustration can be understood. In the end, Robin turned out to be a great addition to the Scoobies, bringing both new perspective and an actual bag of tricks to the mix.

6 Hurt – Adam

Buffy almost always managed to deliver the goods when it came to the season-long Big Bad: compelling characters, with humor and even a bit of heart. The series excelled in that moral grey area, making viewers sympathize with villainous even as they committed unforgivable acts. Sadly, Adam (George Hertzberg) was a giant exception to this success.

The ersatz Frankenstein’s monster – or Walsh’s monster, as the case may have been – first appeared in season 4 episode “A New Man”. The only cool thing he ever really did was skewer his creator, Maggie, who was also not a great addition to the series. All in all, Adam was very powerful, but a boring villain. Defeating him required a major deus ex machina, which would’ve been fine if he had been a better character in the first place.

5 Saved – Andrew

Andrew Wells, aka Tucker’s brother, initially seemed as irredeemable as Warren Mears. When we met him in season 6 episode “Flooded”, he was a whiny coward with nothing even resembling a moral compass. After Andrew returned the following year, the first thing he did was take his best friend’s life.

Most fans weren’t happy to see him again, but somewhere over the course of season 7, this changed.

Like BtVS has done with the best of its characters – most of whom, let’s be real, have done some terrible things – the show found a way to endear him to viewers. Andrew may not have exactly been instrumental in Buffy’s battle with the First, but the former villain definitely brought some levity to a fairly dark season. He also provided an excellent example of the power of compassion.

4 Saved – Kendra

Interestingly, Bianca Lawson was originally cast in the role of Cordelia Chase. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the actress was forced to take a smaller part in BtVSIf we can all just put aside her painfully awful accent, everyone can probably admit that Kendra herself was a pretty cool addition to the series.

Fans were introduced to the other slayer in season 2 installment “What’s My Line Part 1”. She appeared initially to be another enemy, but instead proved vital in saving Angel’s life. Kendra’s existence answered important questions about the slayers and it was this new line, beginning with her, that later allowed for the introduction of Faith. The juxtaposition of Kendra and Buffy was also quite interesting, as they each approached their calling so differently. She also helped Buffy see that slaying was more than just a job.

3 Hurt – Forrest

Another irritating and useless season 4 addition, Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts) was introduced in “The Initiative”.

He was little more than a foil for Riley and Buffy’s relationship.

Forrest’s feelings for his fellow soldier bordered on obsession and there was nothing interesting about him in his own right.Riley’s other pal Graham may have been boring, but at least he wasn’t so annoying. Forrest was self-righteous and obviously had very little going on in the way of an actual life. No one mourned him after he his passing. The worst part about Forrest’s demise was that it wasn’t even the last we saw of him, because Adam chose to reanimate his husk. Even then, he was still a total drag.

2 Saved – Jonathan

Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong) had a continuing presence on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for years after his first appearance in season 2 installment “Inca Mummy Girl”. He was always on the periphery, being picked on, rescued or taken advantage of. Prior to joining the Trio, Jonathan was at the center of season 3 episode “Earshot” and season 4 installment “Superstar”. The former was incredibly poignant and the latter, a hilarious change of pace.

Many fans were surprised to see Jonathan pulled by the dark side, but he never fully committed like his cohorts did. Less obviously evil than Warren and not as easily manipulated as Andrew, he eventually saw the error of his ways. Sadly, by the time Jonathan made an effort to redeem himself, it was too late. That opportunity was stolen from him by his best friend.

1 Saved – Angelus

None of Buffy’s greatest Big Bads were quite as personal or painful to witness as Angelus. Aside from the unfortunate implications of essentially punishing Buffy for being intimate with her boyfriend, there is no denying that the second half of season 2 was the show at its best. This was due in large part to David Boreanaz’s villainous turn.

Two people who were so in love destroying each other was utterly brutal and completely gut-wrenching. It also led to some of BtVS’s most empowering moments. Buffy was just a teenage girl shouldering the weight of the entire world. Feeling as though she had lost everything led to the epiphany that she still possessed what mattered most. Much of the series is about surviving life on life’s terms. More than just enduring this pain, Buffy managed to recover from it.

What new characters do you feel hurt or saved Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Let us know in the comments!



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2018-10-06 04:10:54 – Jamie Gerber

Watch: Jeopardy Contestant Proposes to Girlfriend During Episode

A contestant on Jeopardy chose one of the oddest places to propose to his girlfriend – in the middle of an episode. The contestant, Michael Pascuzzi, got to pop the question alongside longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek.

Way back in 1964, Merv Griffin created the quiz competition show that tested contestants’ general knowledge. The original version debuted on NBC, hosted by Art Fleming and with Don Pardo (Saturday Night Live) announcing. The modern, daily syndicated version of the show has been hosted by Alex Trebek with announcer Johnny Gilbert since September 10, 1984. Jeopardy has won over 30 Daytime Emmy Awards, aired over 7,000 episodes, and is – as of September of this year – headed into its 35th season. Needless to say, Merv Griffin’s creation has left an indelible mark on American pop culture.

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On Thursday, Jeopardy’s official Twitter account tweeted a video of contestant Mark Pascuzzi proposing to his long-time girlfriend Maria Shafer. Trebek set Mark up, foregoing his general introductory remarks in lieu of the proposal. Maria responded emphatically from the audience, in the form of a question, no less. One half of the happy couple, Mark, went on to place second in the episode, though a fiancé doesn’t seem too tragic a consolation prize. Mark tweeted a response to Jeopardy’s tweet, requesting Trebek officiate the couple’s wedding, while also including a link to a GoFundMe page. As an employee for Habitat For Humanity (Greater Orlando and Osceola County, Florida), Mark planned to donate 10 percent of his Jeopardy prize to the foundation, but is now accepting donations to reach a loftier goal: 10 percent of his final score of 19,980.

Thirty-five years into its existence, Jeopardy is remaining relevant by heading into the streaming world on Hulu. Going the extra step to relate to a younger audience, an episode last year contained categories based solely on Rick and Morty jokes. Contestants faced the categories: “Show Me What You Got”, “Keep Summer Safe”, “My Man!'” and “& That’s The Way The News Goes” because of a Jeopardy staff writer with a slight Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland obsession. Determined to remain popular, the quiz show is finding alternative ways to remain part of mainstream culture, and this public marriage proposal is no exception.

From being parodied on SNL to being recreated in other countries, Jeopardy has become an American staple that’s impact resonates in more ways than one. Though the formula has remained the same, Trebek and his writers know how to remain fresh and exciting, and those are the true signs of a long-lasting series.

More: Watch: Jeopardy! Contestant Wins With Just $1

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2018-09-28 09:09:12 – Gabby Means