There's nothing quite like celebrating the welcome end of another Monday with some quality television, especially when season two of The Following goes out with some bangs! Plus, we got some answers on The Blacklist and Norman Bates finally remembered what happened during his blackout on Bates Motel. Spoilers, ahoy!
The Following: Oh man! Nobody we thought was going to die actually died! You got us again, Kevin Williamson—it's like Pacey and Joey all over again or something. The gun shot we heard at the end of last week's episode put a bullet into Reverend Tanner's poor son, who had already been through so much, including the death of his father. Then, we were treated to quite a...thing of some sort when Ryan and Joe decided to work together in order to get Claire back from the twins. What ensued was more than intense—Ryan, Joe, and Claire were gassed and set up at a dinner party where they played a nice game of Cards Against Humanity Russian Roulette. The game ended when Mike shot Luke from outside. Ryan had the opportunity to kill Joe, but he couldn't do it. Claire ended things with Ryan and Joe was taken away in chains by the FBI. So who did actually die? Luke, one half of the psychotic twin team, was killed by a shot from Max's gun. Mark ran off with the body while Mike and Max found it the perfect time to make out a little bit. Aww! The episode, and therefore the season, ended with Mark—whose slight tendency toward insanity probably won't be helped by the death of his brother—loading Luke's body into a car and thanking the mysteriously unseen driver. "I didn't know who else to call," he said. Hmm, we say. Hmmmmm.
Bates Motel: So Norman really did kill Miss Watson! Tonight's episode was pretty intense, with Norman trapped in a box while Sheriff Romero was bent on figuring out the truth behind the teacher's murder. While inside the box, Norman had another blackout and managed to recover some memories of that night—MIss Watson seduced him, and in an effort to protect himself, he hallucinated his mother, and ended up slitting her throat, taking her pearl necklace as a trophy of sorts, as you do.
The Blacklist: So who knew what was on the documents in the safety deposit box at the end of last week's episode? If you guessed "pictures of Red visiting Liz's father on the day he died," you were right and you win the prize of nothing that we will send to you never! Congrats! Liz has essentially lost everything at this point, yet still has to go on with her job. This week, our blacklister was the Kingmaker, who identifies potential politicians when they're young and guides them into a life of successful if dirty politics. This led Red to a meeting with Alan Fitch, played by Alan Alda, telling him that someone is targeting both of them, and Red needs the Alliance's help, which Fitch eventually tells him they refuse to give. After a brutal fight during which she is nearly strangled, Liz and Ressler defeat the Kingmaker, just slightly too late for Red to get information out of him. Liz tells Red they're done, and ends up at Resslers after seeing the disaster that is her apartment after the fight with Tom. Essentially we'd just like to give Liz a hug. She totally needs it.
The Voice It was top 10 performance night, and Blake Shelton may or may not have given out Adam Levine's phone number on Twitter! As for the songs, we have a thing for rap songs performed as non-rap songs (don't judge us!) so Christina Grimmie's piano-fied version of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" is our new everything. We were also quite taken by Sisaundra Lewis singing "Oh Sherrie" because a) great song and b) awesome singer. However, we probably could have done without Bria Kelly's performance of Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You." It's not like that wasn't one of the songs whose sheet music we made our middle school voice teacher track down during our very slight grunge phase in the early 2000s, so we can maybe forgive the song choice, but girl, you have got to work on your phrasing.