Do Arrow Flashbacks Have a Target? Was Good Wife TOO Naughty? Best Sleepy Witness Moment? And More 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 GirlsAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow and Scandal!

1 | Now that we know Grimm‘s Adalind is on her way back to full Hexenbiestiality, how much are you looking forward to the inevitable second round of her fight with Juliette, er, Eve?

2 | Which Sleepy Hollow Witness moment did you enjoy more: Ichabod and Abbie bantering over pastries at the start of the episode, or their brief-but-meaningful embrace at the end?The Passion Live

| If most of The Passion‘s musical numbers were pre-taped, why were all the actors still wearing their microphones and in-ear monitors?

| Whether or not The Good Wife‘s Alicia cared if one of her hubby’s constituents noticed her getting, um, handsy underneath a restaurant table with Jason, wouldn’t/shouldn’t she have held off from the lewd act until her pal Lucca had headed home for the night — not just to the bar to grab some chips?

| Which was the bigger bummer, Walking Dead fans — that Denise was killed just as Daryl was becoming a sweet stand-in for the brother she lost, or that she was killed before she got to tell Tara she loved her? Also, how did you interpret the look on Morgan’s face after Carol left — is he gonna bring her back or run off with her?

| Any other Girls watchersgirls-adam-jessa surprised by how much you’re loving Adam and Jessa as a couple? Who knew!

7 | Is Once Upon a Time’s Henry going to tell any of his Operation Firebird teammates that the Author’s pen is “alive” somewhere?

| Who was oddly slower to drop a massive bombshell: Castle‘s Rick, waiting overnight to tell Kate about his utterly remarkable L.A. discovery, or Arrow’s Felicity, who a few weeks back didn’t immediately tell Oliver that her long-lost dad resurfaced?

| Was there a Bechdel test mention mandate on Monday? (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane the Virgin and The Magicians all referenced it!)

10 | TVLine reader tvjunkie asks: “How exactly did [Gotham‘s] GCPD explain that even though Gordon supposedly beat the cop to death with a crowbar, he had absolutely no blood spatter on his clothes?”

11 | Though Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris was easily one of Dancing With the Stars‘ best premiere-night contestants, weren’t you wondering where his energy and enthusiasm was during Fox’s Grease: Live?

12 | How many tears Agents of SHIELD Bobbi Lance Leavedid you shed during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s goodbye to Bobbi and Lance? (And who specifically pushed you over that emotional edge, Jemma or Mack?) And wasn’t it nice of ABC to give Bethany Joy Lenz a role on the show after recasting her on The Catch?

13 | Did Fresh Off the Boat really pass up a mini Marry Me reunion, even though Casey Wilson and Ken Marino were in the same episode?

14 | Did The Real O’Neals coin the term of the year with “pornado,” or what?

15 | During The Flash, were you thinking what we were thinking, that Jesse’s metahuman detector watch was going off because of Wally’s presence?

Heartbeat16 | Can someone at NBC’s Heartbeat tell us how to book a flight on this airline with the three-foot-wide aisles?

17 | If you had to serve on the People V. O.J. Simpson jury for that many sequestered months, would you have been that woman running and screaming for her life, too? And was the show’s use of “Another One Bites the Dust” the year’s best music cue?

18 | Watching Criminal Minds, were you surprised to be more moved by the goodbye to Reid versus Garcia?

19 | Even at the glacial… pace… they have steadily… maintained, where are Arrow’s island flashbacks possibly leading?

20 | On Nashville, did Cash really tell teen brat Maddie, “You’re more mature than you know”?! And do you, like many TVLine readers, suspect that Frank — and not newcomer Vita — had something to do with the missing $500?

21 | After Falcon Crest‘s Jamie Rose (Vickie) guested last week and with William R. Moses’ (Cole) appearance this week, we gotta know: Who at Grey’s Anatomy remembers the primetime soap as fondly as we do? (On a similar note, who at Crazy Ex-Girlfriend staged a mini-Santa Barbara reunion by having both Gina Gallego and John Allen Nelson aka Santana and Warren appear in this week’s episode — and how can we thank them?)

22 | Scandal’s big Jake-stalking storyline payoff, that he’s secretly funding a Super PAC: Worth the wait, or zzzzzz…?The Catch

23 | Can we please declare Mireille Enos’ humongous false eyelashes on The Catch too distracting — and begin to dial back on TV’s overall trend of outlandish lash blasts? Also, raise your hand if you’ve ever seen in real life a “clear board,” as opposed to the standard-issue white board?

24 | During the oft-bizarre Baskets‘ first season, who was the better corporate sport: CostCo or Arby’s?

25 | Was American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez throwing shade, showing her ignorance or just having a brain fart when she could not remember the name of legendary rock mentor Stevie Van Zandt during MacKenzie Bourg’s critique this week?

Hit the comments with your answers — and any other Qs you care to share!

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58 Comments
  1. Achille says:

    Arrow flashbacks have been useless and boring since S3, basically since Ollie left the island. They didn’t know what to do so they make stuff up and “magically” (literally for S4) tie-in the flashbacks plot to present plot in the final episodes. It’s awful. Then in the present main cast members have to fight for screentime and development because we lose 25% of the show to something no one cares about.

    • Gwen says:

      Totally agree! Can we just not go back to the island ever again?

    • Wee says:

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Flashbacks have got to go. Haven’t been relevant since season 2 with Soade. Unless we get Bratva soon I want no part of them.

    • Gail says:

      They need to conclude the flashbacks by having Oliver return home ie show a scene from the pilot and be done with them.

    • Melanie Desi says:

      At least they got rid of Oliver’s horrible “flashback hair!” — I agree — so over the island.

    • Kim R says:

      Our household groans, loudly, every time there is a flashback. We are not fans of them. :)

    • chiguy79 says:

      Agreed on the flashbacks, way too overused. I think if it’s something they insist on keeping, just use them at the open of the episode like a prologue so you can see how the flashback relates to or sets up the plot for the episode and then leave the rest for the actual plot. I really don’t see where this season’s flashbacks are going to fit in. If it’s meant to show Oliver is familiar with mystical enemies, then why wouldn’t he have recognized it WAAAAAAAAAAAY earlier in the season? Good news is even if they do keep them next season should be the last since that will cover the five years.

    • Carrie says:

      I completely tune out whenever the flashbacks start. Sometimes I just leave the room to do something else until they’re over because they are that excruciating to watch. Get rid of them, already!

    • Flashrow says:

      Honestly I am waiting from now season 6 premier, just to know what they are going to do after the five years are done.

  2. SAM says:

    3. Why do I have to pick one? I enjoyed both! :-)

  3. Yessenia says:

    19. Well they finally connected the flashbacks to the present day! That totem I think is the same one Vixen destroyed in episode 15

  4. johnhelvete says:

    19) I dont think the writers even know at this point. I liked the flashbacks the first two seasons, but the flashbacks in season 3 did not work that well, and the flashbacks this season have been dismal.

  5. Hannah says:

    12: An undisclosed embarrassing amount.

    • Daisy F. says:

      I was ready to give up on S.H.I.E.L.D. because I just don’t care, but the fact that I cried at that episode made me realize that I must care more than I thought I did. Stellar job by everyone in the cast during that final scene!

  6. Wordsmith says:

    I haven’t been paying attention – is the LGBT community as up in arms about Denise’s death on TWD as they are about Lexa’s on The 100?

    • Sarah96 says:

      I don’t think so and they didn’t have that many screen time and there relationship was touched very subtle without interfering with the plot..don’t really know what they have to say about that.

      • Spence says:

        Denise didn’t have a lame, poorly written death at the hands of an idiot, so no, people weren’t as outraged.

  7. Wordsmith says:

    15) It definitely seemed like Wally was the one setting off the watch. Though with BOTH Barry and Cisco standing right there, it might be hard to tell. The other possibility, of course, is that Jessie herself might be triggering it…

  8. Bwhit says:

    12) Way more than I want to admit and Mack was the heartbreaker. We have seen the Jemma single tear before but never Mack getting that emotional. That scene also proved that you can have an emotional reaction and connection to a show without having to kill any characters ( I know they are getting a spin off pilot but even if they weren’t, that send off was perfect and reassuring because they were alive).

  9. Jared says:

    I think if the Arrow writers aren’t willing to completely do away with the flashbacks – which it seems they aren’t – they should do them more sporadically, like maybe once every two or three episodes. It might make them feel less contrived and give more screen time to some of the criminally underdeveloped characters.

    • Bwhit says:

      Great idea! I think they are so disliked because there are too many but I wouldn’t care if they appeared like you are suggesting :)

  10. Angela says:

    #2: That hug was pretty sweet :). But I always love their banter, too. So I’d say it’s a tie.
    #18: Yes and no. Yes because while it was certainly emotional, Garcia was more composed than I thought she might be, to the point where she even indulged in a bit of light humor with him over the “baby girl” thing. But no, because Morgan and Reid’s friendship was just as close as the one he has with Garcia, just in a different way, obviously :p. Add in the fact that Reid has a very hard time saying goodbye because of the fact that so many people close to him have left him over the years, and Morgan’s son being named after him, and all the particularly special moments those two have shared thus far in recent episodes, and it makes sense their goodbye would be especially sad as a result.
    #25: I’m guessing it was a momentary lapse. *Shrugs*

  11. Kim R says:

    4. The Good Wife- They could have had an intimate moment and left out the lewdness. They were in a public place. She has more smarts than that.
    12. A O S – It was all heart wrenching but Mack really got to me.
    15. Flash – I’m thinking it was Wally as well.
    18. Criminal Minds – I was surprised. That was another tear jerker farewell this week!
    25. A I – Hey, brain farts do happen. I’m sure there was no shade involved.

  12. Kate says:

    9) That was sort of an odd coincidence (especially also, or maybe this is the explanation, Sera Gamble is one of the Magicians show runners and she helmed Supernatural during that post season five after Kripke left because that was all he envisioned for the show). But I couldn’t help but think for Quentin’s it was entirely because he can’t even be assertive in his own subconscious.

    19) Not at all sure of the point. I’m wondering if the idol that Oliver and whats her face is running around with is the same thing that Damien was using because I never got a good look at this, which makes it all the more frustrating that Oliver had it and let it go at some point. I’m sort of wondering if they have decided to hold back on any romance angle (because it really should have happened by now) and just decided they should be friends so there is no real issue when she shows up again in the present.

  13. Jana095 says:

    You have not mentioned a single word about my; favorite show “Mike and Molly”. I am completely unglued since I heard about it’s cancellation. It was the funniest show on TV and lifted my spirits each week. I am so bummed, I don’t feel like watching any more TV, ever.

  14. R.O.B. says:

    The Arrow flashbacks seem completely unnecessary and unrelated to what happens in the present. At least with Lost, the flashbacks each fleshed out a character and their motivations for something happening int he present, but rarely on Arrow. The actress with the “teddible Rddussian accent” who has no chemistry with Oliver whatsoever is not helping matters. And neither did that cheesy looking prop Indiana Jones statue. What looked to be hell on earth in season 1, where Oliver was like a savage when he left the island, has turned into a mess that certainly does not seem to be leading to his exit.

  15. ScottJ says:

    3. I assume The Passion’s recorded bits were done like that to make them look like they were live. That fooled me at first. But the other odd thing was the musicians and chorus performing live on the stage while the recorded clips were being screened. According to musician friends of mine that’s almost impossible to do properly.

  16. Z says:

    14) No, the term pornado had existed for years, already used on other shows.

  17. Winter says:

    12) I teared up a lot. It was really dusty in my living room. And Mack pushed me over the edge for sure.

  18. #4 Yeah, it was very scandalous and risky for Alicia to do that. But I loved it anyway!

    #23 Let the lady wear whatever eyelashes make her feel good. Leave her alone!

  19. Sheila says:

    #3: so they could lip sync… in sync.

  20. remizak says:

    #23: No! Go big or go home. The eyelashes were just distracting enough to be a constant reminder of how fabulous Mireille Enos looked.

    As far as the clear board goes, no, I’ve never seen one in real life, but it’s typical on investigation shows to have technology/equipment that isn’t used in real life. I don’t even take particular note of that stuff anymore.

    • Kristi says:

      We have clear boards on every person’s office wall and we love them! Two stand-out reasons, no glaring bright white board staring at you, and when it’s clean it blends in to the wall. Also no marker residue, stays clean. (Minneapolis)

  21. everart says:

    Heartbeat | Seriously THAT was the most unrealistic thing you found in that train wreck of a show? But yea, haven’t seen that type of space on a plane in decades.

    Nashville | Now that Nashville has been renewed, maybe they can get better writers?

    The Catch
    1. The giant spider eyelash trend is really disorienting–especially on women who are supposed to be cops or doctors or professionals :) So is the overly coiffed, long hair trend.
    2. I’ve used clear and colored glass “white” boards, mostly in conference rooms, but I work in design and tech.

    AI | Jennifer Lopez is a mom and works a lot–she’s probably just sleep-deprived like the rest of us.

  22. 18 – Not really. I was a little upset that it wasn’t more than what had already happened, and we were robbed of one last Pretty Boy moment. He could have said pretty boy instead of kid before the I love yous (and I broke down with the whole goodbye to Reid anyway, but the I love yous did it). Either way, I’ll be broken hearted for the remainder of the season. No more MoReid for me.

  23. kmac0505 says:

    I am losing interest in Arrow’s flashback story. It was good at the beginning when he was shipwrecked on the island. Since then, he has left the island, been held on a ship, been in Hong Kong. Heck, he even went back to Starling City for a couple of days. Now we know he has to end up alone on the island because that.is where the series began. All of these other flashbacks are disingenuous to the story.

  24. David says:

    Did anyone point out that Adam Arkin and Roxann Hart, who played marrieds on Chicago Hope,played a married couple a few weeks ago on HTGAWM?

  25. Caroline says:

    22. Does ANYONE care about this stupid PAC/election storyline on #Scandal? Not me. And when, if ever, is this show going to be good again? It just makes me extra sad because it used to be great. I would think ABC would be really bummed out.

  26. RichieS says:

    #24..Can’t believe there aren’t a flood of comments on Baskets !! Who doesn’t love a mentally challenged rodeo clown named Chip with a twin brother named Dale and Louie Anderson in drag as their momma? Folks, this is emmy stuff here (sarcasm font).

  27. Morgan says:

    5. I was more bummed that she didn’t get to tell Tara that she loved her.
    19. They’re leading nowhere. They serve no purpose.
    22. zzzzzz…as usual. Kill him already.

  28. Sierra says:

    #8 – It’s a tie, Felicity told Oliver the next day. It certainly wasn’t made out to be the bombshell you make it out to be; Oliver was kind of preoccupied trying to save Thea, he was barely involved in Felicity’s dad’s story except as a sounding board for her feelings. You make it sound scandalous that we didn’t see her arrive home and tell him when it’s all down to the writers waiting until it was convenient for the reveal to happen in front of the whole team, instead of where it would logically have been revealed (when she got home from coffee). The Arrow writing team tends to write for plot rather than let things play out in any kind of natural manner.

  29. Maria says:

    You’re acting like Felicity kept it a secret for months. Not only did she tell Oliver she told most of the team at the same time. Not something Oliver can relate to as he never told Felicity about his son but, told practically everyone else or they found out somehow on their own.

  30. So Happy says:

    12) AoS-I began crying because of the beautiful music and that everyone was there to say good-bye. I bawled my eyes out when it came to Mack and Bobbi looking at each other!
    I have watched the Spy’s Good-bye on YouTube several times and I STILL ugly cry lol.
    Looking forward to Most Wanted!

  31. I think Mireille Enos’ eyelashes were so noticeable because we are so used to seeing her with little to no makeup in The Killing. She looked stunning, but any glamorous look on her is totally out of left field for those of us that are used to her as Linden.

  32. Weezy says:

    #23 My office has clear boards all over the place. Every cube and office has them. I guess they are more tapered clear glass than anything.

  33. Luis says:

    15. While I understand that Wally and the metahuman question has longer term implications for the show, the more interesting question to me is, where the hell is Jessie going in a world that she has lived in for at most three weeks, where the only place she’s lived is inside STAR Labs and where she has no identity or savings, or prospects?

  34. My question for next week? So this totally means that CBS and The Kings are planning a “Good Wife” spin-off about Cary Agos as an attorney living and working on some Caribbean island, right?

  35. Mark says:

    19) The Arrow flashbacks have always been boring and pointless. The show would be so much better if they dropped them. And I”ve been saying that since season 1.

  36. Ella says:

    #4 – Yup. The Good Wife went past “sexy” and straight to “gross”, “inappropriate” and “ridiculous”.

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