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Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12, Episode 2 – “Walking Tall”

What we loved:

Kathy: My favorite part? The beginning. I missed seeing the characters do “normal,” and I, for one, am way more excited to see it than I thought I would be.
Shandle: I agree! I loved this episode. I loved that we got to see Bailey struggle and grow. I love that moment with Richard helping her see what she was missing. I loved how she wants Meredith to be her new “me.” I loved the elevator kiss with Owen and Amelia.
Kathy: Elevator kisses are my favorite.
Kathy: I loved Bailey and Richard. I was worried they would shift uncomfortably during the transition, but it was just so fluid watching their adjustment. They care about each other so damn much.
Shandle: I loved the music. Again, I think that will be a theme this season. The arrangements are fantastic.
Kathy: YES, I am loving the music this season. I think that really adds to a show’s power.
Shandle: I totally laughed out loud when the tall woman fell on Jo, too.
Kathy: Watching this intern hitting on Jo was so painful! Alex and Jo are the best.

What could’ve been better:


Shandle: I have no complaints, but I wanted to touch on April and Jackson. I’m Team Jackson on this. I get that she needed time, I feel like he compromised once and gave her that time, and then she selfishly left again. I get needing to do things for yourself and putting yourself first, but in a marriage you can’t do that again and again without consequences. I hope they work it out, but only if she admits she was in the wrong and actually listens to what Jackson needs. I admire her saying she wants to fight for them, I do, but she needs to understand where he is coming from.
Kathy: Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. I was with her the first time she ran. The second? I lost all hope for them. She needed to stay the second time. He needed her. I really hope they can come back from this, but how is Jackson supposed to trust her with his heart and their marriage after that?
Kathy: This isn’t really something I think could be better, but it is something I am a little concerned about. Ben and Bailey. Just like Richard and Adele, Mer and Der, Owen and Christina…Chief doesn’t do well with marriage. So, I really hope they can handle what is to come.
Shandle: There was a moment when she was trying to grill him for information and he said, “Let me work” and she did. I think because they seem to be able to separate work from home, they’ll be ok.
Kathy: Yes, and when they were all talking about her, he knew he needed to walk away. And he did. I don’t know if I would have been strong enough for that.
Shandle: Benley gives me hope!

What we’re looking forward to:

Shandle: Bailey saying she’d do better. I can’t wait to see her excel the way I know she will.
Kathy: Mer getting her promotion. I love seeing her soar after tragedy. Shonda said we would love the new Mer. I thought she was being a liar who lies, but I believe her now.
Shandle: Yes, but #trustnothing!

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Best lines:

“The bubble does not travel.” – April

“I just need a little break in the clouds here, I just need a little rain…”
“Where are you going?”
“To make it rain.” – Meredith and Stephanie

“This job is too much for one person.”
“You did it.”
“Because I listened to those who came before me and counted on those who under me.”
“I tried…”
“No you barked like a general. They are generals. They know how to mobilize. What they need is a leader. If I did my job well, it’s not because people listened to me. It’s because they believed in me, believed that I knew them well enough, and believed in them enough to tell them how and when to use their brilliance. I’m talking about people like you. That kind of belief, you have to earn it, and you cannot earn it in a day. You want someone to run a four-minute mile, you don’t chase them. You don’t give them something to run from, you give them something to run to.” – Richard and Bailey

“Tomorrow I will be better.” – Bailey

“I need a me, and I believe that you can be a me for me. I need you to be my me.” – Bailey

Scandal, Season 5, Episode 2 – “Yes”

What we loved:

Kathy: Opening scene. Fitz talking to her. Close up on her eyes…You could feel the weight of the words. He knew what this all meant and you could hear it in his voice, like he knew she would run from it all.
Shandle: It was hard. We had Vermont, and then it blew up.
Kathy: I will always keep hope for my jam covered Vermont dreams.
Kathy: Mellie with Fitz. I was dying. I am here so you can apologize to me. “America’s Mistress” is so accurate it hurts.
Shandle: It is! She’ll be reduced to nothing more than that, and she knows it.
Kathy: I keep hearing the princess in my head: “I am a spectacle.” This may be fiction, but that is how we treat people in this country. It rings so true. #classicshonda
Shandle: She knows how to weave truth into her worlds so flawlessly.
Kathy: Oh, lovely, dopey VP. I love that damn woman so much.
Shandle: She is the cutest.
Shandle: I love that Quinn finally forgave Huck and realized they are more alike than she wanted to admit.
Kathy: I think that’s why she was so mad to begin with. She fears him because she knows how similar they are. I think it scares her to know that maybe that darkness is inside her. “I want to know how Jake fixed you.” I feel like the rest of that statement should have been “so he can fix me.”
Shandle: You are totally right.
Kathy: I love casual on the run Liv in her cap and t-shirt. She can pull off anything.

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Shandle: Sexual orientation: Olivia Pope in a baseball cap.
Kathy: All. Day. Long.
Shandle: I love that Jake came to help her.
Kathy: When he breezed through the door I was expecting a twinge of “told you so,” but he was classic Jake. Sweet, vibrant….the sun. I’m going to make a Hunger Games reference real quick. Jake is her Gale. There will always be heat there, but I don’t see them together again. I’ll of course eat my words the next time they spoon…naked.
Shandle: I agree, nice parallel. I was also excited we got some Cyrus!
Kathy: Cyrus with his little homebase cracked me up. I really miss him. Like a lot.

What could’ve been better:

Shandle: Um, nothing? Sex with Jake maybe?
Kathy: I’ll be honest, I was slightly disappointed with Abby.
Shandle: Ohh, why?
Kathy: It was only a fleeting moment – one line: “You saw the photos.” “Then you know who she is with?” It was an implication. I didn’t appreciate it. She is better than that. It just rubbed me the wrong way.
Shandle: I think she is really hurt by the strain in her and Liv’s relationship.
Kathy: Totally agree. I just wish she hadn’t lowered herself to a typical cliche in that moment by throwing dirt on another woman, her friend, in that way.
Shandle: Feminism is hard, yo.
Kathy: I was just thinking, shhhhhh, Kathy, your feminism is showing. (Editor’s note: Kathy, please do not hide the feminism. Wave that shit around!)

What we’re looking forward to:

Shandle: The outcome of her saying yes. This is huuuuuuuge.
Kathy: I screamed. Screamed. Just like he said to her, “ I love you too much.” She loves him too much. Vermont, dude…Vermont lives.
Shandle: LONG LIVE VERMONT!

Best lines:


“The President is about to get Poped.” – Abby

“Put the gun away Quinn. They’re reporters, not assassins.” – Liv

“How does a guy facing a murder charge even get bail?”
“By being rich and white.” – Jake and Quinn

“Be the adult.” – Cyrus

“But if you have a problem there, I can certainly try making you my bitch.” – Abby

How to Get Away With Murder, Season 2, Episode 2 – “She’s Dying”

What we loved:

Shandle: I love the dialogue in this show. Every line is so on point.
Kathy: In a weird way, it reminds me of Gilmore Girls. They talk so much, they say so much. I love it.
Shandle: OMG, you’re right!
Kathy: Right? I feel like of our three shows, this one has the most dialogue.
Shandle: I find Asher much less douchey and more charming in his doucheyness this season.
Kathy: Agreed. Actually, I feel like we are learning more about the characters and who they are this season. It’s an interesting flip from last season.
Shandle: Yes! I love Coniver.
Kathy: It gives Connor so much depth. Something his character really needs in order to balance out Douchey. It really evens out the group dynamic. Also though, Douchey: #ByeFelicia
Shandle: I love that the judge called out the prosecutor. I know this isn’t the end of the case against Nate, but I’m glad he got a win.
Shandle: I love how Eve challenges her. We’re seeing another layer to Annalise’s onion. She’s soft and vulnerable in a way she never was with Sam.
Kathy: I completely agree. No matter what she does, the people in her life support and fight for her. That moment though, the shaking in her voice when she said, “I don’t understand why you had to do that.” It got me.
Shandle: It got me, too. Her vulnerability was so real. Also? We may need to give #FrankedUp a new definition after that scene with Laurel.
Kathy: I’ll admit I’m a little #FrankedUp after that scene. I may or may not have broke a bit of a sweat.

What could’ve been better:

Shandle: Bonnie and Annalise’s strained relationship makes me nervous. Listening to her talk to herself last week and knowing how easily she killed Rebecca makes me scared she’s gonna snap and kill Annalise.
Kathy: You. Read. My. Mind.

What we’re looking forward to:

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Shandle: IS HOT BOY WITH MICHAELA EGGS911?!
Kathy: As soon as he asked for her phone I was like, hmmmmmm…

Best lines:


“You screw up again, you’ll be the next body in this house.” – Annalise

“Let the slut shaming begin.” – Connor

“Stupid rich people.” – Frank

“I did not put my hand on this court’s Bible to be burned at the stake.” – Annalise

“No. Go home and don’t kill anyone.” – Annalise

“I don’t hate you. I hate how you make me feel because I can’t have you.” – Eve

“Bye, Felicia! That’s another way to say ‘Suck it!’” – Asher

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Shandle is the Chief Operations Officer for Sweatpants & Coffee. She's a traveler, bookworm, movie lover and TV junkie. She quotes Friends in her daily life and takes her coffee extra sweet, preferably in the form of a PSL.

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