TV 411: Young and Hungry, Season 3 Recap

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#SpoilerAlert! You have been warned.

Created by: David Holden
Network: Free Form (formally known as ABC Family)
Debut: June 25, 2014
On Air: 2014 – present
Season 3 Hook: Jake or Josh?! Jake or Josh?!

So, Season 2 ended with Gabi and Josh’s brother. His brother! And Josh ended up “letting her go.” And off to Coachella Gabi and Jake goes with their food truck that Josh gifted them.

Sighs. Jake or Josh? I feel for Gabi, but that’s what makes this series fun. And of course I love that Elliot and Alan are making their way together and that Yolanda and Sophia are still the best.

Into Season 3 we go.

Story Arcs

Story Arc 1: Jake and Gabi

So, you can’t have Season 3 without Jake and Gabi. The season starts with them driving off, starting a new chapter of their lives together. And “defining the relationship.”

Thoughts: In some ways I was kind of leaning towards these two as end game, but I just couldn’t shake Josh and Gabi. I mean, they’ve been through so much together, you know? And well, they’re still kind of processing their feelings because you know someone always comes between them or something always comes between. It’s a roller coaster with these two and even though it can be frustrating, you don’t want to jump off.

Story Arc 2: Josh and Gabi

Because you can’t have Young & Hungry without Josh and Gabi. Season 3 ended with Josh coming to terms that he still loves Gabi, yet he wants her to be happy so he buys the food truck for Jake and Gabi and sends them off with his blessing.

Thoughts: See above because that sums it up.

Since the seasons are short, with ten episodes, there is usually one or two major story arcs. Of course, there is Elliot and Alan beginning their life together and adjusting to married life so that’s always a good break from the Gabi and Josh drama. And then you have Sophia and Yolanda trying to figure their way out through their single lives. I love the mix of it.

New Characters

There isn’t really any new characters that will seem to stick around permanently.

There is a guest appearance by Rachel Ray for S3x6: Young & Rachel Ray. There was also Rob (Andy Faverau) who appears in S3x7: Young & Rob’d. I don’t think he’ll reappear, at least not any time soon. Oh, there was appearances by Kathy Walker (Cheryl Hines) and Nick Diamond (Jerry O’Connell) as Josh’s mom and Gabi’s dad, respectively in S3x4: Young & Parents.

Season 3 Overall: It was short and sweet and yet so many things happened. We got to see Josh and Gabi reunite. We got to meet Josh’s mom and, I believe, meet Gabi’s dad for the first time. That was interesting. We see the same chemistry continuing and everything seems to be just as it is. Still engaging. Still funny. Still enjoyable.

I am a little nervous at the constant back and forth between Josh and Gabi. The will they or won’t they conundrum, but it’s hasn’t reached that point where it’s getting boring, which is a huge plus. Some shows drag certain story lines out so much I tend to lose interest, but that isn’t the case with this one. I am looking forward to Season 4.

Favorite Episode: There is more than one who contended for this coveted spot. S3x8: Young & Getting Real is a runner-up. It was nice to see behind-the-scenes and see the core cast just engage their fans. Oh, and S3x4: Young & Parents was hilarious! Their parents? Yeah, that was fun to see. But I think my favorite one this season goes to S3x9: Young & Lottery. I love it because you got to see all of the core cast interact with each other with the end goal that they’ll all be rich. It was fun to watch and I smiled through the whole darned episode, which is a common occurrence with this show, but still. I noticed that I smiled and laughed through the whole episode.

And I am happy to see that Season 4 is underway! So . . . hats off to you, Young & Hungry, for keeping us entertained.

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TV Addict: Gilmore Girls, Season 5

So, I had a whole post in mind for today. I had a general outline of what I wanted to talk about.

And then life happened.

And then plans changed.

Do I really need a spoiler alert? The show’s been off air for over five years. It can’t still be a spoiler, can it?

Gilmore Girls: Season 5

Recap: In this season we see the return of Dean, the end of Dean, the entrance of Logan. We cheer on Lorelai and Luke, get mad at Lorelai and Luke, get mad at Christopher and Emily (but can’t help but wonder if Christopher can’t just get his act together), and then go back to cheering on Lorelai and Luke. We see the Emily and Richard separation, the reunion, the second honeymoon. And we see the Lorelai and Lorelai break-up … oh, and Norman Mailer!

As I mentioned earlier, I had a plan. And then life happened. New plan.

Gilmore Girls.

I just had to talk this season through because I’ve never met Logan until now. Well, that’s not true. I saw a little of him a few years ago. A few minutes of one episode, but that’s it. I didn’t get to know him. And you know what, I like him. As of Season 5, I like him. I know he’s not always the “good” guy, but then again I think Rory needs a little bit of this. I think she it’s good for a little bad to happen to her because that’s life. You know? She’s always been the perfect student, the perfect daughter, the perfect … okay, not perfect, but you know what I mean. She needs to see a little bit of this side, I think. And Logan seems to really care about her, as of Season 5. And I was a huge Jesse fan, still am in fact, but … I don’t know. After this season I’m on the fence about that one. I mean, with Dean he did pretty much whatever Rory wanted. There wasn’t really a push and pull. There wasn’t really a balance. With Jesse, he pushed her a little. Forced her to look at a little bigger picture, but he wasn’t confident in himself. He was too broody for her. And if he can’t figure out himself, how can he be there for Rory? With Logan … it’s almost as if he’s a combination of Dean and Jesse, but he’s himself. You know? Does that make sense? He’s a bit more confident that Jesse and not an eager-to-please like Dean. Yeah, I think he’s good for Rory, in a way. As of Season 5.

Anyway.

And then there’s Luke and Lorelai. I mean, Luke and Lorelai! Tell me you weren’t rooting for them since the Pilot. And we get to see them happy! But seriously, I was a bit irritated with the way Christopher made his move, because if I’m being honest, I’m silently cheering for Lorelai and Christopher too. Look, I know he has the worse timing ever, but I really believe he loves Lorelai and vice versa. Always will. Now, I don’t really know if they’re good together, but I’d like to see them have their moment, you know? (and since I’m a big fan of spoilers, I did read through the episode guides of Season 6 and 7, so I’ know they do) But if Luke and Lorelai stay together, I’m good with that too.

And then there’s Emily and Richard.

You know, I can’t believe I’m still in love with this show this far in. Okay, that’s not true, because I still can’t believe I’m in love with Supernatural 10 seasons in. When a show is good, it’s good, you know? But I’m surprised that … I don’t know. Maybe I’m just glad I’m still interested in this show because it would suck if I wasn’t. It’s the dialogue. The wit. Okay, wait. I was on Emily and Richard.

So, then there’s Emily and Richard.

I love them. I really do. They’re good for each other, together. They just work. And I’m glad they mended fences.

Gosh, everything about this season was … wow. I love that Lane and Zach got together (though I do miss David. Too bad about California, and school, and all that jazz). I love that she’s rocking out with her band, til this day. I love that Sookie and Jackson color the show. And Paris! I’m so glad they kept Paris. She’s good for Rory as well. I hope they remain friends-ish.

The writers know just when to station these side stories to keep things interesting. It’s so much fun to watch the show work it’s magic. I mean, they shift gears before you get bored of the story, you know? Some shows tend to do that just a tad too late. You’re already starting to feel boredom set in. With Gilmore Girls, that doesn’t happen. Not that I can think of anyway. I mean, I can’t really think of a point in the entire five seasons when I thought “Oh, gosh, why are we still on this? Move it along.” It’s an steady jog and I love it.

So, I had a plan. And then life happened.

TV Junkie 411: OUAT, Heroes and Villains

Spoiler Alert: There are probably spoilers.

Ok, so I talked about the Frozen story arch here (S4x9 – “Smash the Mirror”) and it did take a couple more episodes for it to reach an end. Ok, it took more than a couple of episodes. Well, three more to be exact and I’m not sure if it’s completely done. I mean, in S4x12 – “Heroes & Villains” Elsa, Anna, and Kristoph are heading back to Arendelle because Hans and his brothers took over the kingdom, but then we see Anna finally “walking down the isle” though we never really see her reach the alter. I’m not sure if the the creators will let the storyline end there. I mean, an ending could be implied, but it could not be. We’ll just have to see. Frankly, I hope it ends there. Returning to it may just be borderline overkill.

But …

I love the new story arch episode 12 properly introduces (It’s about time if you ask me!). The game is rigged; villains always loose. It’s such a good plot line! Now, you can’t have a good hero without a good villain, at least in my humble opinion, so I’m interested to see where this goes. I mean, if villains get their happy endings, what will be the conflict? The tension? Why tell the story if there’s nothing you’re fighting for? I’m so curious.

And despite the disappointment some fans feel with the introduction of Cruella DeVille, I find it interesting. I know she’s not an “old” fairy tale, but I’m interested in seeing how she’s group together with Maleficent and Ursula. And we saw a bit of Ursula in a previous season … was it season two or three? I think it was two. I’m not sure how and if that will fit in with each other, but I’m I think the writers are going in a good direction. I like where the series is going. Also, would Hook be considered a villain? I think so. So does this mean he has to fight for a happy ending?

So many directions. So many possibilities.

Can’t wait for the return!

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