Oscars 2018: who wins and who could surprise?

This year’s awards season is turning out to be a lot more diverse and a lot less predictable than most years are. The Academy Awards, which will be given out this Sunday, have a lot of history making nominees including Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Rachel Morrison being the first woman to ever receive a nomination for cinematography and ‘The Big Sick’ earning a nod for original screenplay. Those history making additions are among some of the reasons the Oscar winners aren’t set in stone. So who wins and who will just go home as a history making nominee?


Best Picture

While other awards shows split into comedy/musical and drama categories the Oscars lump them all together, generally leaving two standout possible winners. This year, save for any snafus like last, it’s likely a drama will come out ahead again. There are nine strong candidates, particularly “Lady Bird” and “Get Out.” But despite their popularity it’s likely to come down to “The Shape of Water,” which leads with 13 nominations, or “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” which has been the sleeper winner of the season.  While personally “Three Billboards” wasn’t all that impressive the winning edge is likely to go their way.


Lead Actor

Gary Oldman is going to win this. There’s just no chance he doesn’t. He’s been sweeping awards season for his transformative performance as Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour” and that sweep will continue. It’d be incredible to see Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name” or Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) win for their breakout performances, but Oldman has just dominated this category all season long.


Lead Actress

Lead Actress is probably the most up in the air category of the entire show. While Frances McDormand (“Three Billboards”) has been sweeping the drama category at every awards show, she has basically directly expressed to the Academy voters that she doesn’t want the Oscar. Saoirse Ronan, who is a three time Oscar nominee at only 23 years old, and Margot Robbie could take it from her as the two have been splitting the best actress comedy awards between them for their incredible performances in “Lady Bird” and “I, Tonya” respectively. And truthfully it’s hard to count out Sally Hawkins, who beautifully plays her role as a mute woman in “Shape of Water” or Meryl Streep who has earned her record breaking 21st nomination for “The Post.” It’s an incredibly strong category, but despite her attempts to urge voters to let someone else win, McDormand will probably end the night with the Oscar.


Supporting Actor

Supporting Actor has some surprising nominees; in particular Woody Harrelson (“Three Billboards”) earning a nod instead of Armie Hammer for “Call Me by Your Name,” but the competition isn’t strong enough to take this one away from Sam Rockwell. Rockwell, who’s been an overlooked indie actor most of his career, has been a sweep for this category all season long. While I can think of other roles and films I’d much rather have seen him win for than “Three Billboards,” most recent in memory being “The Way, Way Back,” he’s going to take home this Oscar.


Supporting Actress

Much in the way that Lead Actress is a tour de force of women who could easily win awards for their performances, Supporting Actress is a wildly strong category. However, the difference in this category is that there’s an obvious sweeping winner: Alison Janney. Octavia Spencer (“The Shape of Water”), Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird”) and Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”) are some fierce competition and it’s nice to see Lesley Melville getting some credit for her role in “The Phantom Thread,” in which she easily overshadows the male lead. But all of that being said doesn’t change the fact that since the first awards season of the year it’s been pretty clear that Janney was going to win it all right up to the Oscar for her performance as Tonya Harding’s abusive mother in “I, Tonya.”


Best Director

Gut instinct tells you that Guillermo del Toro will win for his hauntingly, beautiful monster romance “The Shape of Water.” However he does have some new competition in Jordan Peele (“Get Out”) and Greta Gerwig (“Lady Bird”), who were previously shut out of other Best Director awards. Both delivered outstanding film’s in their solo directing debut’s, but the award still does lean more towards del Toro.


Best Animated Feature

You know the year in animation wasn’t a very strong one when “The Boss Baby” is an Oscar nominee. Luckily though we won’t have to live in a world where it’s an Oscar winner. “Coco” will easily take this award home for being such a culturally significant and beautifully important film. There’s also a pretty strong chance that “Coco” wins for best song.

The 90th Annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday, March 4.



UPDATED: Ranking the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies

Now a decade into their MCU, with 18 films it’s getting harder to rank them. Frankly, since they’re all so different it’s tempting to place the top three as a three way tie. But it’s still pretty easy to know which ones were bad, so let’s rank the movies so far from worst to best.

Now updated to include this weekend’s latest Marvel release, which has changed the game of the universe and of this list:

18. ‘Doctor Strange’

To put it plainly, Benedict Cumberbatch just doesn’t work. Visually it’s interesting, but otherwise it’s just flat.

17. ‘Iron Man 3’


I know people love this movie and it made all the money but the third Iron Man stand-alone tried a lot of things and most of them didn’t work. The film’s villains fell flat compared to the first two films and it didn’t seem to know just how to handle Tony’s world post “Avengers.” The biggest problem was the new director; Jon Favreau was sorely missed behind the camera.

16. ‘The Incredible Hulk’


While Mark Ruffalo has mastered the character, Edward Norton’s turn as Bruce Banner was enjoyable. The story was solid and didn’t try to simply redo the first film, which we should never ever speak of. The film successfully redeemed the Hulk name in the MCU, but wasn’t a stand out worthy of a higher spot.

15. ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’

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It’s hard to follow up a great team-up movie and ‘Age of Ultron’ proved that. Too many set ups for future movies left this one feeling a little empty. But for those long suffering Hawkeye fans like me this movie finally gave him some well-deserved screen time. Not a perfect film, but an alright ending to Joss Whedon’s time with the MCU.

14. ‘Thor: The Dark World’


This sequel wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as good as its predecessor either. Loki yet again stole the show, but supporting characters like Lady Sif and Fandral deserved more screen time than they were allotted. Jane could have used more to do than damsel it for the better part of the movie as well. However Thor films maintain to be the most unique and seperate from the other core Avengers solo films.

13. ‘Iron Man’


The movie that started it all started it all with a bang. Tony’s enigmatic personality was brilliantly played with the utmost perfect casting decision of Robert Downy Jr. Because of the incredible director/actor duo of Downey and Favreau Marvel’s new era was reigned in pretty perfectly.

12. ‘Ant-Man’


“Ant-Man” could have been a trainwreck. When the longtime connected director and screenwriter dropped out of the film fans were worried, but the tiny hero rose above the negativity. Paul Rudd perfectly combines humor and hero as Scott Lang and the movie proved itself to be a standout in the MCU. Ant-Man is a lesser known Marvel hero and the movie gave the character a well-deserved spotlight.

11. ‘ Captain America: Civil War’


“Civil War” isn’t a great Captain America movie but it is a well done Avengers movie if we’re being honest. While Steve and Bucky’s relationship still takes center stage in the film, it could have been focused on even more. Because of that it’s amazing. The Steve/Bucky dynamic is one of the most intriguing and deeply emotional connections in the whole of the Marvel Universe and Sebastian Stan and Chris Evans continued to portray it perfectly in this film. Black Panther’s introduction also set’s up for an incredible future onscreen for the character.

10. ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’

It took a long time but Marvel finally got Spiderman right. Tom Holland is a perfect fit for the role, playing the fact that Spidey really is just a kid at the end of the day fantastically. Plus that plot twist was the first time I was genuinely shocked by something in a Marvel film. The only reason this isn’t higher on the list is because it could have been better with a lot less or no Tony Stark at all.

9. ‘Iron Man 2’


Easily the best of the Iron Man stand-alone films, this one brought us a new side to Tony and the romance we all saw coming. The introduction of Black Widow was in its own way overdue since she should be in everything since the beginning of the creation of all things Marvel. Sam Rockwell, while a ridiculous villain, was brilliant as he tends to be in every role he tackles. The return of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson also made this movie the finest of the Iron Man films.

8. ‘Thor’


Chris Hemsworth was another perfect casting choice by Marvel and no one expected this film to be as good as it was. “Thor” could have been ridiculous, draped in too much out of this world mythology, but it wasn’t. And of course we can’t overlook the fact that this movie graced the world with the rise of Tom Hiddleston who stole every scene he was in as Loki, Thor’s mischievous little brother.

7. ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’


He’s the first Avenger for a reason, because he’s awesome. Steve Rogers is the everyman, nice guy that everyone can get behind. You root for him at every turn and his first major movie is an excellent portrayal of the hero origin story. With a supporting cast comprised of brilliant actors, like the most kick ass woman in the MCU, Hayley Atwell nothing about this movie falls short. Captain America’s first major on-screen appearance proved why he is the man known to always lead the Avengers.

6. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’


Let’s be honest, you put Andy Dwyer in space with a talking tree and a gun toting raccoon you expect it to turn out as a cheesy laugh-riot comedy. That wasn’t the case, though the film is definitely funny it’s also a surprising space epic for the ages. “Guardians” was an unexpected hit with an amazing ensemble cast and a story that was oddly relatable. No one expected to shed tears over a tree and a raccoon, but this movie made us all do that.

5. ‘The Avengers’

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No matter how many Avengers movies they make the first one will always be the best one. It was the first time a superhero team-up had been successfully done in a major film and it was executed brilliantly. It perfectly encapsulated the struggle of bringing together a team of unlikely heroes with a great story and script that was portrayed with the stellar performances from the entire cast. The reality is every Avengers movie will have to live in the shadow of the original triumph.

4. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2’

The second installment of the “Guardians” franchise isn’t just amazing because of the cutest dancing tree in the universe. They continue to benefit from it’s separation from the rest of the MCU allowing the film to just be about this ragtag group of heroes we’ve grown to love. Great music, witty dialogue, excellent performances all around and an unexpectedly poignant commentary of what it means to be family.

3. ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The third Thor film proved that the Marvel solo films don’t have to become overcrowded sequel after sequel. Funny,  unique and action packed “Ragnarok” sets a tone separate from the previous films, but also loyal to who Thor is. With a stellar supporting cast, great character development for everyone involved and a lot of well executed humor this film is easily one of the best Marvel has ever given us.

2. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

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The second stand-alone film for Cap  put every prior MCU movie to shame. Winter Soldier gets everything right. Every actor is perfect, especially Sebastian Stan who gives an incredibly emotional performance without saying a word for the better part of the movie. The action is thrilling, the story takes the superhero movie to new political thriller heights and the direction from the Russo brothers is compelling and holds your attention from start to finish.

1.’Black Panther’

After literal years of reigning as the greatest a Marvel movie has finally come around to dethrone “Winter Soldier.” “Black Panther” is culturally and representationally unique and important while also being game changing for the whole of the MCU. The caliber of the cast is insane, the visuals are stunning, the music hooks you, the women are dynamic and the villain is the best one Marvel has ever put onscreen. It’s a movie about family and culture that stands out in every way. Wakanda Forever!

Golden Globes television picks 2018: comedy’s to surprise, but drama likely to go the same way as the Emmy’s

While the television categories find themselves with more and more snubs due to the ever-growing landscape of television, the nominees still remain to be quite strong. But who is the strongest?


Best Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Much in the way that the show swept the Emmy’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” will continue to be a dominating force in television drama. Next up it can call itself a Golden Globe winner.


Best Television Series – Comedy

Should Win: “Master of None”

Will Win: “Will & Grace”

“Master of None’s” second season held some of the best episodes of television this year, but “Will & Grace’s” big comeback was the boost that network comedy needed to start making a statement at awards once again.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”

He deserved the Emmy and he definitely deserves this one too. That being said Freddie Highmore could sneak in and take the award from him for his highly praised accurate portrayal of a young autistic doctor in the television season’s number one new hit “The Good Doctor.”


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

This category will go down exactly like the Emmy’s did with Moss taking the well-deserved award home.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Should Win: Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Will Win: Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Ansari will win an award for his acting is some comedy series one day, but the return of “Will & Grace” might be too hard to beat. McCormack has slipped back into the character he hasn’t portrayed in over a decade so easily and is likely to win.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Should Win & Will Win: Issa Rae, “Insecure”

Rae is a force to be reckoned with and now deserves to be her time, the category may be strong, but with some glaring snubs like no Tracee Ellis Ross or Constance Wu she is absolutely the strongest.


Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win & Will Win: “Big Little Lies”

Just like the Emmy’s “Big Little Lies” will dominate this category easily, it doesn’t even really need to be rehashed why.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win: Ewan McGregor, “Fargo”

Will Win: Jude Law, “The Young Pope”

This one’s a bit of a shot in the dark but truthfully it’s not the strongest category and Law rarely fails to give a good performance.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win & Will Win: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”

This one will go the same way as the Emmy’s, Kidman is a shoe in.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win & Will Win: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Much like Kidman, Skarsgard is essentially a 100 percent guaranteed win in this category.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Should Win & Will Win: Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

While Chrissy Metz is definitely a strong contender who deserves every bit of praise she gets, Dowd is a veteran in the industry finally receiving her just rewards and awards for a role of a lifetime.

Winners will be announced on January 7th on NBC.

Golden Globe film picks 2018: ‘Call Me by Your Name’ likely to be the big winner

This year’s movie nominees may continue to bring into question what a comedy is, but that doesn’t make the pack of nominees any less deserving of their recognition. So who will win?


Best Picture – Drama

Should Win: “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: “Call Me by Your Name”

“The Shape of Water” is wildly unique and beautiful and it deserves all the recognition it can get, but “Call Me by Your Name’s” poignant story is likely to take home the award. The other nominees in the category don’t stand much of chance with these two at the front.


Best Picture – Comedy or Musical

Should Win & Will Win: “Get Out”

While it’s in no way actually a comedy or musical, “Get Out” was one of the most well-made, timely and thought provoking films of the year. It deserves to take every award it can possibly take.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Should Win & Will Win: Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

Chalamet may be up against a category filled with heavy hitting veteran actors, but the newcomer gives an award worthy performance that will continue to be one of the most talked about of the year.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama 

Should Win: Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”

This category is tough. Truthfully this prediction might end up completely wrong. Hawkins gives a deservingly unique performance where she doesn’t get to speak a single line more convincingly that some actors can with the greatest monologues. But, the film she’s in is so odd there’s a chance it gets overlooked for others and Chastain gives one hell of performance as a gambling empire queen.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical  

Should Win: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Will Win: James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Kaluuya gives not only the performance of the film, but the performance of the year in “Get Out.” However, Franco is an actor playing an actor in a story about the industry and those tend to come out ahead.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical  

Should Win & Will Win: Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Ronan has been making a name for herself in recent years and her charming and real performance in “Lady Bird” cements that she’s here to stay. Though she does have some potential competition from Margot Robbie.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 

Should Win & Will Win: Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”

“Call Me by Your Name” will be a big winner this awards season and that will include Hammer. His competition is decent, Richard Jenkins being the most notable, but Hammer’s overall hype gives him the edge to take home the award.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 

Should Win & Will Win: Everyone, no joke every single one of these women

This is probably the strongest category of the year and picking one is too hard. Mary J. Blige is a revolution, Laurie Metcalfe and Alison Janney give very different but equally compelling portrayals of motherhood, Octavia Spencer is brilliant as always and Hong Chau is unexpected but definitely deserving. Picking one of these women is so difficult, but if a choice has to be made it’s like to come down between Blige and Janney.


Best Animated Film

Should Win & Will Win: “Coco”

There has not been an animated feature this year that has stood out in the way that “Coco” has. Telling a beautiful and authentic story, that makes you cry at least once, with that always well done Pixar animation “Coco” is an absolute guarantee for this one.


Best Director – Motion Picture

Should Win: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

Will Win: Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

Really Jordan Peele should be winning this award but he wasn’t even nominated. Del Toro directs quite like no one else and should absolutely win this award, but Nolan received so much praise for “Dunkirk” the award is leaning toward him.

Winners will be announced on January 7th on NBC.

Five of the most underrated TV performances of 2017

Some television accolades have already been handed out for 2017 and more are coming soon, but some of the best performances of the year are the ones overlooked by major award ceremonies. These were some the best performances of overlooked genres and shows this year:

Iain De Caestecker and Mallory Jansen – “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” is one of those rare shows that just keeps improving season after season, the latter half of their fourth season earlier this year being the best it’s ever been. When the agents found themselves thrust into the framework, everyone in the series upped their game, but none more than De Caestecker and Jansen. Jansen played the role of LMD Aida in numerous forms to chilling perfection week after week while De Caestecker completely deconstructed his beloved character Fitz. After three and a half seasons of watching the sweet, brilliant Fitz, De Caestecker made him ruthless and downright scary.


Stephanie Beatriz – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” truly has no weak link in its cast, but in its fifth season Beatriz had shined more than anyone. In the latest handful of pre-midseason episodes Beatriz’s character Rosa Diaz came out as bisexual to her co-workers, friends and family. It was written in the most respectful and honest way possible as well as acted with such truth by Beatriz you couldn’t find a fault in the storyline or in her performance. The performance was probably only uplifted by Beatriz’s personal experiences as a bisexual woman herself. It was an important move in much needed representation handled beautifully.


John Cho – “The Exorcist”

“The Exorcist” overall is probably the most overlooked show on television. In its second season they raised the stakes and the quality even higher, most notably with the addition of Cho. Portraying Andy Kim, Cho was given a lot to work with emotionally and physically as the loving and eventually possessed single father and did not miss a single mark. For ten enthralling episodes watching the story of Andy Kim and his family play out was intense and heartbreaking to watch largely because of the incredible work Cho put in. Right down to his final scene of the season, arguably his most beautifully acted scene of the season, you couldn’t take your eyes off of him.


Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario – “Shadowhunters”

They may not portray the couple that’s considered the main pair of the series, but as far as the fans are largely concerned that’s exactly what they are. And that only became more true in the shows second season. Shum Jr. and Daddario individually portray their characters Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood with honesty and tenacity taking on new leadership roles and even a horrifying body swap. Then when they come together to show their characters romantic relationship it’s some of the best chemistry on television. This season that romantic relationship was put in the forefront and was portrayed by the two with what might be the best healthy, strong romantic development given to any LGBT couple out there.


Rose McIver – “iZombie”

In what is the CW’s most overlooked show, and definitely the most overlooked zombie show ever McIver has managed to portray the shows lead character Liv Moore perfectly season after this season. In the shows third season she brought that perfection up to a new level taking on a much more eclectic array of personalities (most notably a D&D dungeon master) and personal struggles for the character. McIver essentially plays a new character every week, this season she had the added pressure of a wildly game changing overarching storyline for the series and she did it all without fault.


Golden Globes nominations: snubs, surprises and when will they figure out what a comedy is?

This morning the 2018 Golden Globes nominations were officially announced. A lot of things were to be expected, such as “Call Me by Your Name” earning its share of nominations. But of course like every year there are plenty of snubs, shocks and the biggest question of all concerning the Golden Globes, why can’t they figure out what a comedy is?

The biggest snubs come in the form of directors, with Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig being the most blatant missing nominees. “The Big Sick” being entirely absent on every level is also a huge movie snub you can’t overlook.

Surprises aren’t as many but “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” making the number of nominations it did definitely comes as a surprise. And in the television arena Kevin Bacon being nominated for his series is honestly flabbergasting.

And of course then there’s the comedy category in movies which gets more hilarious in terms of what’s considered a ‘comedy’ and less funny in terms of the actual comedy in the films. This year only one of the movies in the category can even truly be categorized as musical or comedy, that’s “The Greatest Showman.” You definitely weren’t laughing during “Get Out.”

While the fact of the matter is that these films end up submitting themselves in the comedy category because they know the drama category will be filled, it’s still ridiculous. The easy solution would seemingly be to expand the drama category because what’s bothersome about non-comedies being nominated isn’t that these films don’t deserve recognition it’s that actual brilliant comedies never even stand a chance of being nominated. This year an ideal actual musical or comedy category would include the brilliance of “The Big Sick” and the hilarity of “Girls Trip.” Instead movies that might have a couple jokes get nominated because they won’t likely make the drama cut leaving actual comedy out in the cold.

Overall the nominations aren’t all that surprising, nor undeserving, but at some point the Golden Globes really need to be willing to expand the number in their film categories.

Ranking ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s’ Halloween heists

In a world where not enough comedies tackle a Halloween themed episode every season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” never disappoints in its annual Halloween Heist episodes. Episodes that if you’re not one for parties and too old for trick-or-treating are perfect for a fun Halloween binge. Each season, the heist competition amongst the members of the 99th precinct gets more outlandish, competitive and hilarious. Not one of the episodes are bad in any way truly, but which one is the best?


5 – Halloween – Season 1

The first Halloween Heist sets the tone for all future heist’s to come. Jake’s insistant to prove that he is an amazing detective/ genius by stealing Holt’s medal of valor. Unlike some future Halloween Heist’s there are actually multiple storylines going on within the episode, Terry is determined to learn more personal information about Rosa and Charles tries to show Amy that Halloween isn’t so bad. Looking back now Jake falling through Holt’s ceiling is so tame compared to the future lengths they go to for victory.

Best Line: “Look, Jake I love you like one of my daughters.” – Terry, attempting to let Jake down easy.

Episode Highlight: Charles Mario Batali costume definitely makes you laugh every time you see it and Jake’s sad attempt to flush Holt out of his office by sticking pigeons in the ducts is absolutely ridiculous.


4- Halloween III – Season 3

In what they claim to be the final heist, Holt and Jake up the stakes once again picking teams but leaving Amy out of it thinking she’s a liability on both sides. Roaches, Terry’s twin girls, a complete ‘failure’ in the vents, and an ironic foreshadowing almost proposal are all used as distractions. Amy is the real hero of the episode though completely playing everyone in her meticulous way the entire time.

Best Line: “If I die turn my tweets into a book!” – Gina, screaming her dying request.

Episode Highlight: The cold open for Charles is hilarious and every single time that someone yells at Amy’s boobs because they think she’s hiding a camera in her cleavage.


3- Halloween II – Season 2

Jake ups the ante in the second heist by challenging himself to steal the watch off of Holt’s wrist. He enlists an actual criminal to help which goes awry when the criminal does what criminals do and actually runs off with watch. Of course it’s all a part of Holt’s plan when he claims the victory this time around since he’s been planning it all for a year. Meanwhile, Terry is forced to reprimand Gina who claims she has more important things to do than her job which leads to him being a dancer with her.

Best Line: “Look, I can’t help it if my life is literally a ‘Step Up’ movie.” – Gina, speaking the truth.

Episode Highlight: Terry and Gina’s winning, unforgettable dance number that closes the episode is everything.


2- HalloVeen – Season 5

In the shows latest Halloween Heist Charles, Rosa and Terry band together to form ‘The Tramps,’ Cheddar is replaced by an imposter, Terry may have radiation poisoning from tracking devices, Hitchcock and Scully as usual have no clue what’s going on, Fake Charles returns to play a Gina in wolves clothing and Jake seems more determined than ever before to be the champion. His reason behind needing to win? It’s all a part of his grand marriage proposal to Amy.

Best Line: “This bitch? Please!” – Holt, in reference to fake Cheddar.

Episode Highlight: While there are endless funny moments, the honor has to go to the proposal scene. It’s sweet, funny and a little bit weird just like Jake and Amy. Though Holt being in Jake and Amy’s bedroom and having already eaten their breakfast is pretty damn great too.


1 – Halloween IV – Season 4

Tired of the squad only fighting for who the greatest detective is Gina plans the ultimate coup. Just as every year before the stakes get higher and higher. Three separate announcements for the heist occur, Terry believes that heists are dumb, Cheddar becomes a great accomplice, a fake Charles is brought into the game and Holt steals Jake’s closest and greatest weapon Charles. But nothing can stop Gina’s secret plan after she fakes a dental emergency. It’s tough to choose between the latest heist and this fourth one, but it’s all so outlandish and never endingly hilarious the fourth heist has to be the finest.

Best Line: “I will split you both open from mouth to anus and wear you as jackets.” – Holt, said so beautifully deadpanned.

Episode Highlight: Holt breaking through that glass window like a wild animal to stop Jake is so unexpected and hilarious and you can’t deny when Holt whispers ‘yes, pork chop, yes’ to Charles.

Other notable Halloween episodes to watch this October 31st:

  • “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” – ‘Halloween’ and ‘Fear Itself
  • “Parks and Recreation” – ‘Greg Pikitis’ and ‘Meet n’ Greet’
  • “Boy Meet’s Word” – ‘And Then There was Shawn’
  • “Friends” – ‘The One with the Halloween Party’