This week on TV, Once Upon a Time reminded us that appearances can be deceiving in the backstory for Cruella De Vil. The Flash dealt with a shapeshifter and more discoveries about Dr. Wells, and Arrow had Oliver make a difficult decision. On Jane the Virgin, the drama was amped up for both Rafael/Jane and Rogelio/Xo, while on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the show started gearing up for the inevitable Age of Ultron crossover.
Once Upon a Time, 4×19 “Sympathy for the De Vil” (Brianna)
I’d been looking forward to Cruella’s back-story. When the Queens of Darkness were announced, she definitely seemed like the odd woman out. She still is, but for a very different reason – Cruella’s been evil all her life, by choice. I wasn’t as blown away as I’d hoped to be by the way the writers chose to handle her story, but it served its purpose. We learned how Cruella obtained her powers of animal persuasion, how she met Isaac the Author, and how she got her iconic hair and coat. Body count: 4 humans, 2 dogs.
In the present, Cruella threatens Henry’s life to motivate Regina and Emma to kill Isaac for her. It plays right into Gold’s plan to manipulate Emma into going dark. Unbeknownst to the Savior, Cruella is magically inhibited from killing another person. Emma uses magic to push the unsympathetic De Vil off a cliff.
Jane the Virgin, 1×19 “Chapter Nineteen”
Sooo apparently things with Jane and Rafael were not quite as over as I thought they were last week. Jane spent the majority of this episode fighting for their relationship, which started with forcing Rafael to attend couples therapy with her. Though speaking with a therapist actually did a better job of convincing Rafael that he and Jane were wrong for each other, Jane became more desperate. Jane and Rafael then attended a baby shower thrown in their honor, which resulted in the two remembering why they fell in love in the first place. Seeing this as a sign that things could still be fixed, Jane started making bigger and bigger compromises, like offering to sleep with him and even move in with him. Fortunately, coming so close to making mistakes that she would definitely regret finally led Jane and Rafael to a cleaner and more mutual break-up. This episode was a little heavy on the drama for my taste, but of course, I’m glad that Jane seems to be in a healthier place than she was last week. As always, Rogelio was the source of comic relief in the midst of all the drama, including a hilarious performance of a song he wrote for Jane and her baby. Roman also kidnapped Petra and took her to the Everglades, which ended in Petra stabbing him in self defense. Or something. I swear, this show…
The Flash 1×19, “Who is Harrison Wells?” (Megan)
Barry faces off against a shapeshifting metahuman this week, while Joe and Cisco visit Starling City and discover the body of the real Harrison Wells. Caitlin, who had been struggling with the possibility of Wells being the Reverse-Flash, must have been thoroughly convinced by the end of the episode, when she, Barry, and Cisco found their way into his secret room at S.T.A.R. Labs. Iris showed the depth of her feelings for Eddie when she panicked over his imprisonment after the shapeshifter framed him for murder, but even better was the way she leapt into action, trying to do everything she could to get him released. There were a lot of moving parts to this episode and I thought it was well done and, as always, left me excited for next week.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., 2×18 “Frenemy of my Enemy”
It’s time for father-daughter bonding on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! After learning about Team Afterlife’s plans to basically ditch Cal on the side of the road, Skye requested to accompany him to “collect his belongings,” or to actually soften the blow of being abandoned. After Gordon dropped them off in Milwaukee, Cal’s original home, Skye’s father decided to show her around the city that he originally wanted to bring her up in. Skye seemed to enjoy getting a taste of the life she almost had, but it also helped her realize that they really couldn’t go back in time and that she wanted to return to her rightful place at S.H.I.E.L.D. As Skye got in touch with her past, Coulson’s S.H.I.E.L.D. team (now including Fitz and Ward) began trying to track down and take out the last remaining Hydra head. They eventually made contact with Skye, and with May’s help (!) Olmost S.H.I.E.L.D. hacked into the call. All four major factions (Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D., Olmost S.H.I.E.L.D., and Hydra) converged on the same terrain in the end, directly leading into next week’s pre-Avengers episode. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s weakest episodes are always their set-up episodes, and this was certainly one of the weakest episodes of the season. But I’m really, REALLY excited about the AoS storylines overlapping with Age of Ultron!
Arrow 3×20, “The Fallen” (Megan)
In order to save Thea’s life with the Lazarus Pit, Oliver goes to Nanda Parbat and accepts Ra’s al Ghul’s offer. Felicity and Oliver finally both admitted they loved each other, and then Felicity drugged Ollie and tried to sneak him out of Nanda Parbat (unsuccessfully), which was pretty cool, even if it was unsuccessful. When she got back to Starling City and told Laurel what had happened, my heart was breaking. I’m curious to see what Felicity and rest of the team back in Starling City comes up with next, because I’m assuming they’re not just going to give up on Ollie. There was also repeated mention of the Lazarus Pit changing people, so I expect we’ll see some strange behavior from Thea sometime before the end of the season.
What did you watch this week, Geekettes? Let us know in the comments!