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Does Hotel's Gaga Need to Speak Up? Was Arrow Corpse Overkill? Clinton Scandal Overlooked? And More TV Qs

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Gotham, The Flash, American Horror Story: Hotel and Sleepy Hollow!

1 | Did Hawaii Five-0‘s reveal that Catherine is actually off of some super-secret mission soothe the sting of her jilting Steve, at all?

2 | After weeks of relatively fresh walkers on Fear the Walking Dead, wasn’t it nice to get back to the butt-ugly, rotting zombies of The Walking Dead?

3 | Is it dangerous to assume The Good Wife‘s Alicia agreed to DNC chief Landau’s “no vote” ultimatum, since we didn’t actually see it happen? (Also, raise your hand if you added It Follows to your Netflix queue after Eli referenced the horror flick to shake his rival Ruth’s confidence.)

4 | It’s now perhaps moot, but how did no other Quantico recruit ever hear the twins heatedly conversing in their private room?

5 | On Once Upon a Time, if it’s “a half-day’s ride” to the Crimson Toadstool and Charming/Arthur left during daylight, how did they arrive at noon?

Castle6 | With her promotion, does Castle‘s Kate now get to wear even less-practical footwear? (Not that we’re complainin’!) And for someone deadset on “winning” back Beckett by recreating their side-by-side crimesolving camaraderie, Rick sure is videochatting with the 12th a lot, isn’t he?

7 | Gotham‘s Nicholas D’Agosto (aka Harvey Dent) was promoted to series regular this season, right…?

8 | Does Elyes Gabel’s Scorpion contract explicitly say he has to be soaking wet at some point in every Season 2 episode?

9 | If Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rebecca isn’t going to realize what a treat she has in bartender Greg, uh, is he available? (Asking for a friend.)

10 | Considering the success of Dancing With the Stars’ switch-up, don’t you wish viewers could choose whether the new pairs were temporary or permanent?

Adam Levine Bald11 | Lex Luthor, is that you? Does The Voice‘s Adam Levine just need a cat to complete the supervillain look he’s got going? (Maybe Cee Lo’s kitty is available?) And given the egregious Battle Rounds eliminations of Celeste Betton, Manny Cabo and Krista Hughes, is it time for the show to switch up its methodology for “Steals” and allow the coaches to wait until every singer has performed before picking who to poach?

12 | How pissed will you be if Switched at Birth‘s Daphne sabotages her first good relationship, with Mingo?

13 | Did those of you in the Flash/Fringe Venn diagram overlap get deja vu as Dr. Stein walked us through the concept of multiple universes and portals? (What if we told you Fringe filmed on the same stages?!) Also, were you wondering about Caitlin’s sudden bangs or did you know about this?

14 | Aren’t the kids on The Grinder a little young to be watching Ray Donovan?

15 | Be honest, Scream Queens fans: Wasn’t Hester a funnier character before her Chanel No. 6 makeover?

16 | Given everything Mindy Project‘s Danny knows about his fianceé, what would make him think that she’d wholeheartedly embrace being a 1950s-style stay-at-home mom?Arrow Empire

17 | Who wore decomposition best? Arrow‘s longer-deceased Sara or Empire‘s Uncle Vernon? (But what purpose did showing Sara’s shriveled corpse actually serve?) And we know Green Arrow is all about “not killing,” but would it hurt to let Thea profoundly incapacitate some of the ghosts, so they can’t pop back up again?

18 | Unless Empire is planting the seed for a miscarriage storyline, how ridiculous (and a bit hard to watch) was it to have Rhonda digging up not one but multiple possible graves? Also, was Cookie’s “If I die in police custody, I did not commit suicide!” exclamation exploitative or a necessary reminder of the real-life Sandra Bland case? And has anyone seen Anika’s backbone?

19 | Is it possible that Nashville‘s sleazy Jeff Fordham is becoming (gulp) somewhat likable?AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL -- Pictured: Finn Wittrock as Tristan Duffy. CR: Frank Ockenfels/FX

20 | If we counted all the words Lady Gaga’s vamping Countess has uttered in American Horror Story: Hotel‘s first two episodes, what do you think we’d top out at? Two dozen? And is it possible that Hotel’s Tristan Duffy is an even bigger brat than Freak Show’s Dandy?

21 | Which Grey’s Anatomy twist blindsided you more: Derek’s actual death, or that the doctor who tended to him is Callie’s new girlfriend? What do we think about Maggie and Andrew — thumbs up or down? And WTH was up with Jo disbelieving Stephanie?!

22 | Given that Scandal has previously referenced the Monica Lewinsky mess, wouldn’t President Clinton have been mentioned during the discussion about whether Fitz could be impeached for extramarital hijinks? And during which sweeps period will Olivia be “sworn in” as First Lady, February or May?

23 | What are the odds that How to Get Away With Murder can maintain its breakneck Season 2 pace without going completely off the rails? And as for Nate’s terminally ill wife, did she really turn to Annalise as a last resort in her attempt to end her life, or was she setting up her husband’s mistress for a criminal takedown?

24 | Who’s the cutest CW baby of them all: The Originals‘ Hope, Arrow‘s Sara, Jane the Virgin‘s Mateo or Supernatural‘s Amara?CW Babies

25 | On Sleepy Hollow, do you fear that Ichabod’s Hawley-procured identification documents won’t hold up to the scrutiny of the American citizenship process?

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79 Comments
  1. I like Maggie & Andrew together.

    And Jo backstabbing Stephanie was tacky but I wasn’t surprised as Grey’s has been showing for a while that Jo is jealous of Stephanie’s hustle.

    • Wordsmith says:

      Also, Jo and Stephanie have been close for years, so I could see Jo just assuming that Edwards would have said something by now if it was true.

  2. Jake says:

    Gag Gag’s character just needs to die…Waste of tv time.

  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    I don’t get how no one ever heard the twins on Quantico but I guess now it doesn’t matter
    Yea I agree about Rhonda digging up the graves whe lucious and his lawyer showed up did none of them think let her stop since she’s pregnant? And last episode she looked to be showing and this episode her belly was flat? Also why not have Anika start her own label or do something besides look like a desperate woman trying to cling on to the Lyon family

  4. Whatevah says:

    21 Jo is on my last nerve and extremely unlikable this season. Put Maggie w/ Alex and let Jo cry on Andrew’s shoulder (or whimper)

  5. Gio says:

    Gaga is doing great… Her 2nd episode had far more lines..; She’s doing far better than expected.
    The only one I find boring this season is Wes Bentley.

  6. Heathers says:

    AHS sucks this season. I’m done watching. Ugly Gaga and her seriously horrible acting, the over the top blood and gore, and Tristan’s brattiness were enough. I’ve watched all of the previous seasons, but I just don’t have the patience for this pile of crap. Ryan Murphy is just going to keep churning out garbage, because why bother with any amount of effort when you’re already the “in” guy?!

    • Gio says:

      ‘Ugly Gaga’ : just this made your post useless and personal.

      • Drew says:

        She makes herself ugly, and she does it on purpose. It’s her thing. Probably born out of insecurity that drives her to want to control her perceived ugliness rather than feel like people are talking about her behind her back.
        You can’t criticize someone for calling her ugly after she went out of her way to make it happen.

    • kittysaysmeh says:

      I’ve decided to give it one more episode before I call it quits (only because I really like Kathy Bates and Sarah Paulson), but I agree. I thought Gaga was passable (barely) in the first episode, but that’s probably because she had so few lines. She was awful in the second, and I felt angry every time she opened her mouth.

  7. jmble says:

    I know that DC Comics had the Multiverse years before Fringe ever came around, but it feels so familiar now after watching Fringe that it’s almost distracting. I loved Fringe and I love The Flash, so I’m hoping they give us something to make it really feel new again. Hopefully Flash stays away from bringing in the Monitors from the comics, but if they really are working towards the Crisis story line from the comics eventually and it wasn’t just a first season tease, then I fear we will also be getting DC’s version of The Observers.

    • I think the main difference in the two show’s approaches will be scope, considering Fringe was telling a very personal story with theirs and I can already tell Flash is trying to tell more expansive stories.

  8. Brian says:

    I’m not getting the writing for Anika this season on Empire. Don’t get why she’s putting up with Cookie’s crap. I know she needs a job, but doesn’t she come from money? Can’t wait till we get that scene of Cookie realizing she does need Anika at her & Hakeem’s new company.

    • Lerbert says:

      Very much agree…the question of why–as in “why are they doing that” can be asked of every character beside Lucious and Cookie so far this season. I think they need to drop the pace waaaay down and spend some time on good old fashioned character development.

      • Annie says:

        They’ve done well with Hakeem’s character this season. I like how they are showing him trying to take charge of his life, but still making mistakes that are true to his season one character, age, and maturity level.

        They’ve dropped the ball with everyone else. They’ve changed the personalities of Andre, Jamal and Anika, and in the process made these characters very boring.

  9. Sleepyfan says:

    25. Well, hadn’t thought of that until you brought it up! Thanks a lot!
    What I wanted to know about Sleepy Hollow was, WHY WASN’T CRANE IN A HOSPITAL?!??!

    • Angela says:

      I’d wondered about that, too-I was so sure we’d see Abbie hanging out in his hospital room at the end. Unless he did stay there and it just happened off screen? But considering his wound, I would imagine he would’ve stayed there for at least a couple days.

  10. 13. Yes! I kept waiting for Stein to smash two snow globes together or Peter to pop out of nowhere and make a snarky comment.

    24. I’m with Lyla – Diggle playing with baby Sara is the cutest.

    25. No. I think they’ll work and Ichabod will do a rant on the failings of the American citizen process – again – for failing to recognize their invalidity.

    • 13. Fringe barely crossed my mind during that scene, this show is dealing with a scale that Fringe didn’t even bother to scratch.
      24. There seriously needs to be more scenes with Diggle and baby Sara.

      • m3rcnate says:

        And what was Fringes scale except hundreds of years with multiple different timelines and doppelgangers and a advanced timelines humans going back and forward in time watching the events of the past and taking over the Earth.
        …..yaaaa, how shallow and small scale…. (sarcasm).
        .
        So far Flash has only shown us one alternate universe and just a few people have come over from it, that is small beans compared to Fringe.

  11. Neemo says:

    26. HOW GREAT WAS “BRAD’S COMING OUT OF THE CLOSET” SCENE ON THE MIDDLE?

    • graze says:

      That was good. Few words and a touching hug between longtime best friends Sue and Brad.

    • Win says:

      Minus the… yelling, I agree. I loved that Brad was ready to open up to Sue, that Sue was ever the Sue we love in that moment, and that she gained and utilized strength from experiencing his. On another The Middle note, I wondered why Sue & Brad didn’t attempt to use singing (something corny this way comes) to get the roommate and her guest to leave.

  12. RichieS says:

    17 .. the purpose of showing Sara’s gross remains was so the viewers can fully appreciate the restorative power of the Pit. It will be interesting what leverage Laurel uses on Malcolm al Ghul to gain permission to do so.

  13. Chris says:

    I’m enjoying AHS so far. If I have one issue is that they’re throwing too many characters in our faces too soon so there’s no room to breathe. I think Gaga (who is doing okay, she’s no Jessica Lange, but is doing better than I expected) should have been introduced a little later. Her character right now is doing nothing but “getting take out” so it’s a little boring. Though I am really liking what they’re doing with Evan Peters this year.

  14. Jared says:

    I like Lady Gaga but I actually think she is the weakest character on AHS.

    • Tim says:

      She’s not 100% there with her acting yet. Maybe they are letting her ease into it, but I hope we see some heavy dialogue scenes with her soon.

  15. Bob Backus says:

    Better question, considering how many are awakening to the stupidity of HTGAW Murder, will there be any viewers at the end of the year? It’s already down 30%, and sinking every week. So far, it’s a pretty dull season.

  16. JP says:

    I’m surprised that Brad’s coming out and how well it was handled on The Middle didn’t make the list.

  17. Win says:

    3) I love It Follows, so I was delighted to hear Alan Cumming’s Eli had mentioned it.

    22) If they “go there,” I’d say it Olivia would be sworn in during May sweeps. Then Shonda & Co. have the option of picking up right after and/or flashing forward as much or little as they want. Or, since it’s Scandal/fiction, we may [sadly] hear a loud blast or shot interrupting this.

    23) It may have been both, but I certainly thought if Special K produced the drugs, Nate’s wife would have set it up for her to get busted.

    25) I know someone who had a harmonica in her bra at the airport on the way to catch an international flight and somehow forgot about it. While the scanner/personnel caught something that needed further investigation and security did pull her aside to do a more thorough search, the agent patting her down did not find it and sent her on her way (and though she initially thought it was just a “routine-random search” she realized what prompted the extra search on the plane). Thank goodness the worst outcome from my friend’s particular missed item was potentially bad music and weird temporary markings on her breast. That not-so-cool story (bro) is just to say that as far as Ichabod’s documents: sometimes the forger is that good and/or those checking aren’t very thorough.

    • Sheila says:

      Please explain why a woman would carry a harmonica in her bra.

      • Win says:

        Good “question.” (Rhetorical, I assume?). She explained it was the result of some inside joke in a conversation with her significant other before she left, like an “I’ll pack it in my luggage” goof. She’s kinda like Navin from The Jerk (a Thermos would have made it worse), so I decided not to press for more information.

    • Mark L says:

      First ladies are not sworn in

      • Win says:

        I’m aware of the system/hence why TVLine put it in quotation marks. I did not use quotation marks in mine because it had already been notated as such in the original reference (though I do tend to overuse quotation marks…and parentheses). I was speaking to a possible fictional “event” should Scandal make Olivia and Fitz “official” (as President and First Lady/husband and wife) on television. Said “event,” though not really pushing either way for or against it, could be something that another character or group uses to plot. Maybe I just watched too many shows in previous years where weddings led to some immediate tragedies? R.I.P. Antonia

  18. Drew says:

    21 – Stephanie is a liar who does or says whatever she has to in order to get the result that she wants. She is the boy who cried wolf, and now it turns out that her best friend doesn’t even know when she’s not telling the truth. She brought it on herself.

  19. JC1 says:

    13. Also, were you wondering about Caitlin’s sudden bangs or did you know about this?
    .
    Oh thank you! I did, but I’d forgotten, and I was wondering what was with her sudden makeover mid-episode. It makes sense now. :)

  20. 7. While it is a waste from a behind the scenes stance, I am not exactly missing his presence and would only want him back if they can give him his own arc like Penguin is getting now.
    13. I was geeking out more over the fact that we’re actually getting a live action adaptation of THE MULTIVERSE, which is far beyond what Fringe did.
    17. I think Sara’s decomposition will work better in the long run because it’ll be great before/after effect once she goes into the Lazarus Pit.
    24. Arrow’s Sara definitely!

  21. Shar says:

    #26 etc. Am I the only one who would like some of these shows to re-set their re-set?

    Can Red & Liz go back to getting bad guys and not have Red waxing poetically how Liz is is guiding star..how gringe worthy was that?

    Can a dumber than ever Castle not ever wear a sombrero again?

    Can Scandal stop with the Olitz thing please?

    • flutiefan says:

      Seriously, agree to all of these!

    • shannonmctx says:

      Yes to all!

    • KnolaSphere says:

      Red has to have a flaw and loving his daughter/niece/person/Liz is it. Of course, the FBI would disagree with me. Blacklist could reveal Red’s relationship with Liz then kill her and still have an intriguing show just focused on Red and his buddies. BTW, I’m concerned about Mr. Kaplan now that Dembe and the other guy have been captured.

      Olitz will never stop. I wish it would. I think in trying to bring Fitz and Liv together, all it did was highlight all the cracks in the foundation of their “love.” What is it about Fitz that Liv loves again because the man is an arrogant idiot? Susan Ross would make a better president.

  22. JC1 says:

    13 | Did those of you in the Flash/Fringe Venn diagram overlap get deja vu as Dr. Stein walked us through the concept of multiple universes and portals?
    .
    Haha, no, sorry. I loved Fringe, but it seems like almost every sci-fi show I’ve ever watched has had some concept of parallel universes/alternate realities, so Fringe didn’t jump to mind. To be honest, I was actually thinking about Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 explaining their version of alternate universes.

  23. Christian says:

    Not enjoying AHS: Hotel at all. The violence is way too pornographic and – I can’t believe I of all people am saying this – offensive.

  24. Angela says:

    #10: Ha, I was thinking similar things this week :D. Might not be a bad idea.
    #23: I honestly don’t know. I think they’re handling the crazy pace well, so I’m not worried. But I do wonder if, in future seasons, they will change up how they tell their stories at all.
    #25: I can hear Ichabod cursing Hawley now :p. Yeah. That’s definitely going to prove to be a massive hurdle.

  25. Jess says:

    24. They’re all cute – but I have to go wit Mateo. Those eyes and cheeks!

  26. Mommaknowsbest says:

    Since 26. has been taken – twice – here’s question 27.

    27. On Law & Order: SVU, who foresaw that Rollins’ baby daddy was Declan?!? Wow!

  27. Liz says:

    22. So Bill Clinton’s impeachment trials were based on the charges of perjury, and obstruction of justice. I think an abuse of power charge was in there at some point but it wasn’t the leading reason, and I don’t think it was one of the final charges. Since I don’t watch Scandal I can’t say how much the scenarios align, but it’s incorrect to say he was impeached for having an extra marital affair. It solely had to do with his conduct during the investigation of office place sexual harassment/ misconduct.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you! I was just about to comment this. It’s amazing how many people think he was impeached for having an affair. That’s not how it works, people!

  28. Grace says:

    1) I guess I’m a feminist–I got where Catherine was coming from. She deserves to have her own life and not have her work life swallowed up by Steve’s. He could have offered to go with her! Besides, Steve already has a supportive “wife” in Danny.

    9) Greg is so much hotter and more charming than Josh in just the first episode! Love Rebecca but she’s totally going for the wrong guy. (Which is the point I guess.)

    12) I love Daphne and Mingo–really hope she doesn’t screw it up!

  29. pati says:

    #20 yes. I don’t know what the hell lady gaga is saying half the time and she is pretty terrible. I like this season not sure about the whole vampire thing but I keep thinking Jessica Lange would be killing it in that character.

  30. NQ says:

    1-Who cares?! Catherine’s gone and hopefully the second time sticks. Move on, H5O writers.
    4-The whole show stretches believable understanding with so many recruits looking like models. Why be surprised when there are gaps like no one seeming to hear the huge shouting match?
    11-Hey! Don’t mess with Adam Levine’s chrome dome or kitties! WhatsamattaU???
    15-Yeah, Hester was funnier as a dork. Sorry.
    24-Tough call. All cuties but I think Arrow’s Sara is adorable.

  31. Diz says:

    Big brother twins were found out in 2 weeks, and Quantico has made no mention of their twins being found out in 9 months from anyone who are trying to be in the FBI? The show is beyond ridiculous and I’m about to drop it from my DVR.

    • cuius says:

      Given the FBI put recruits through a background check lasting from 6 months to a year prior to commencing the training course, and the failure rate on the course is in low single figures, the whole premise is nonsense

  32. Carol says:

    8 | Does Elyes Gabel’s Scorpion contract explicitly say he has to be soaking wet at some point in every Season 2 episode? I’m hoping his agent was just that good.

  33. Marci says:

    23 | What are the odds that How to Get Away With Murder can maintain its breakneck Season 2 pace without going completely off the rails? And as for Nate’s terminally ill wife, did she really turn to Annalise as a last resort in her attempt to end her life, or was she setting up her husband’s mistress for a criminal takedown? I was thinking the same thing. I’m glad that Annalise turned her down–she’s in enough trouble as it is.

    And I agree: Kids shouldn’t be watching Ray Donovan; my kids certainly wouldn’t be allowed to.

  34. POLARIKON says:

    4. It makes sense not to have them be heard, they are at the end of the hall..
    18. oh wow I never really thought about that, I completely forgot she was pregnant!
    20. HAHAHA I was wondering if Lady GaGa even had a script to look at or just become a scene stealer

  35. fiberlicious says:

    8: I certainly hope so!

    12: MAJORLY!

  36. V says:

    13 Yes! Even the sepia tone reminded me to the copper Lady Liberty statue. I’m waiting for the moment when The Flash characters start interacting with their other-verses alters like Fringe did so well.
    17 Buffy also showed the shriveled corpse of its main character when she was getting restored. It’s probably unnecessary but the contrast was visually great.

  37. V says:

    13 Yes! Even the sepia tone reminded me to the copper Lady Liberty statue. I’m waiting for the moment when The Flash characters start interacting with their other-verses alters like Fringe did so well. Don’t know anything about bangs but there was something rather off about Caitlin.

    17 Buffy also showed the shriveled corpse of its main character when she was getting restored. It’s probably unnecessary but the contrast was visually great.

  38. Dude says:

    Disagree about Scream Queens. Love Hester way more now.

  39. Ange says:

    I cant stand Gaga on my TV. She is just awful. This season is so weird its all over the place.

  40. Em says:

    21- Greys. Jo’s jealousy of Stephanie got the best of her. Recycled story line of betrayal and best friends fighting. Been there and done that. Intern DeLuca is fine. Just not with Maggie. Another attending and intern story line and it will never ever be as good as Mer/Der and Burke and Cristina in early seasons. Now it is no biggie. After the speech Mer gave to Derek’s doctor in his death episode, I figured she’d be back. Plus the actress and Callie were pictured together filming on Twitter over the summer. No shock for me. The universe always gives Meredith a smack down if she is slightly happy and normal. Those filets of brain with the juxtaposition of the party tray of meats was..ugh so Greys. They are bringing their A game this year.

  41. Bri says:

    Empire seems to be trying WAY too hard to cause a controversy and not hard enough to make us care. Also, I saw that video in 1998 when it was called California Love.

  42. cc77 says:

    HTGAWM…FANTASTIC!! This show always keeps me thinking and I love it! I believe in the writers and think they can manage the pace. The flashbacks and flash forwards are great and add to the intrigue of the show each season. I like that all of the writing techniques come together to make this show refreshingly unique. I also love complicated and flawed characters because they feel much more realistic to me. Annals is going to be an iconic character no matter how long the show lasts thanks to Viola Davis. I’m not worried about the slippage because it happens with most shows. The important thing is that it still has a 2.0 in the key 18-49 demo that sponsors care about and for a 10:00 show (or any show) that’s very good.

  43. blah says:

    Q17 But More importantly why are they digging up Sarah when the flash just introduced Earth 2. Come on Arrow Writers. you can do better then this.

    It’s a simple Crossover episode. Zoom Sends Sarah across to kill the flash, The team calls Oliver/Laurel for help. Sarah turns good and moves to Star city

  44. m3rcnate says:

    6 | With her promotion, does Castle‘s Kate now get to wear even less-practical footwear? (Not that we’re complainin’!) And for someone deadset on “winning” back Beckett by recreating their side-by-side crimesolving camaraderie, Rick sure is videochatting with the 12th a lot, isn’t he?

    I’m not one that is fully on the “Nathan and Stana don’t get along” bandwagon but given the rumors and what not, now not only are Castle and Beckett broken up, but they aren’t together as much meaning Nathan and Stana aren’t shooting as many scenes together? ….. interesting.

  45. Tom says:

    8 | Does Elyes Gabel’s Scorpion contract explicitly say he has to be soaking wet at some point in every Season 2 episode?
    ~
    I don’t know, but can we get that clause in Katherine McPhee’s contract stat?
    ~
    14 | Aren’t the kids on The Grinder a little young to be watching Ray Donovan?
    ~
    That would be a valid question if anyone knew what the frak Ray Donovan was.
    ~

  46. Ram510 says:

    23) I wish Scandal would go back to the “breakneck” pacing again like in season 3. I haven’t really cared for How to get Away this season but I do appreciate the quick pace and not slowing down for the casual viewers like Scandal did in season 4b. The quick pace makes you really pay attention and is more exciting

  47. Marco says:

    15. Yes. Absolutely.

  48. Julianna Scherbatsky says:

    If Olivia becomes The First Lady, I give up on Scandal.