Sudden arrival… Elsa turning up spells disaster for Nick
He’s barely been back five minutes and already Nick Tilsley’s tying himself up in knots in Coronation Street – and it looks like Carla could be on to him, reveals Ben Prince, who plays him.
Nick’s trying to reunite with Leanne, patch things up with his family, and keep the life that he’s been leading in Nottingham at bay.
Next week, it’s Carla’s turn to question Nick’s motives as he’s become his ex’s business partner at Underworld.
“Carla is smart,” says Ben Price, who has returned to play Nick. “She recognises that Nick isn’t always altruistic as she’s like that, too.”
Ben adds: “He and Leanne work on a different level, whereas with Carla, it’s a bit more of game.”
Cost chat: What will Carla and Elsa discover in Coronation Street? Looks like Nick will have some explaining to do in Weatherfield…
When Carla decides to look into Nick’s affairs, it’s not long until she’s on the website of his Nottingham restaurant and finds out he co-owns the place with someone called Elsa! Is this the mysterious ‘E’ who keeps calling Nick?
When Carla says she’s off to Nottingham, Nick claims Elsa is the wife of a friend, and he became the co-owner of the restaurant as a favour.
Carla seems to swallow it, so Nick turns his attentions to Leanne, who’s warming to the idea of reuniting. Nick tells her he’s fully committed, but needs to tie up a few loose ends back in Nottingham first.
But then Elsa suddenly shows up! Carla’s intrigued to spot her and Nick heading to the Bistro, so with Nick busy, she grabs his keys. A find in his car then sends a spooked Carla reeling – all the more so when Elsa approaches for “a chat”… Has Nick been telling lies?
Coronation Street continues this Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV.
Gotham is going out with a bigger bang than expected.
In revealing its midseason plan on Monday, Fox announced that the fifth and final season of its Batman prequel series will run 12 episodes, up from the original order of 10. As such, Gotham will end its run with an even 100 episodes, which at the very least is appreciated by OCD types such as myself.
Gotham‘s end will begin on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8/7c, where it will again lead into The Orville. (As quietly announced over the summer, the Seth MacFarlane-captained space dramedy will open Season 2 on Sunday, Dec. 30, following Fox’s NFL double-header, before settling into its regular Thursday time slot.)
Other midseason dates announced (or re-announced) by Fox include the celeb singing competition The Masked Singer on Wednesday, Jan. 2, leading out of Season 2 of Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.
The vampire thriller The Passage will premiere Monday, Jan. 14 at 9 pm, temporarily displacing 9-1-1, while Proven Innocent, a legal drama led by five-time Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer and Rachelle Lefevre, will hear its first case on Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 pm (after Hell’s Kitchen has wrapped its run). Get details on the new series here.
Lastly, Season 3 of Cosmos will premiere Sunday, March 3 at 9 pm.
This week on The CW’s Arrow, three different sets of heroes set out on missions, only to encounter some big surprises along the way.
SWISS AMISS | First off, there was Diggle, Lyla and Curtis, who traveled to Switzerland to stake out a bank that funnels a lot of criminal money. Using a forged painting laced with nanotechnology, Dig and Lyla posed as a couple looking to safely stow their valuable art, while Curtis in a van outside spoofed the bank’s files. It was a close call, as bandwidth interference slowed the download, but Dig and Lyla wrapped their business before an appraiser could blow up their op. After Curtis informed John that the “interference” he ran into must have been Lyla cloning the data in real-time, Dig spied on his wife as she handed off said intel to a shady someone. Confronted, Lyla explained that she learned that a lot of money from very bad people was flowing through that bank, and after her interest in the case was waved off by superiors, she opted to go behind ARGUS’ back.
“There’s more evil in the world than there are people to find it,” she argued. “Sometimes you have to cross the line for the greater good.” Dig later apologized to Lyla for accusing her of worse — in what was a rather out-of-character moment, where instead he probably would have just inquired, “So, what’s your play?” — and expressed his concern that she’s dabbling in dangerous waters, with young JJ back home. It’s because of JJ that she must do this, she explained.
IT’S ELEMENTARY, DEAR WATSON | Felicity called Agent Watson on the carpet, asking why the FBI doesn’t seem to be upholding its end of the bargain with Oliver, by hunting Diaz. Watson claims that Diaz is still a priority, but has fallen to No. 27 on their Most Wanted list. Felicity points out all that she has lost because of the deal, and all that Oliver has given in the name of protecting the city. When Watson tries to bump the case up the ladder but is rebuffed, she agrees to help Felicity, Rene and Dinah act on some new intel, about Diaz’s planned raid of the CDC. All clad in FBI jackets, they talk their way into the CDC to set a trap for Diaz, planning to remotely lock him inside the room containing the biocompound he aims to steal. But after they watch Diaz, Dart and Kodiak just breeze into the place, Felicity realizes that something sonic is blocking her access to the security system. Suspecting it is Silencer, Dinah heads to the basement to neutralize the interference, while Watson and Rene get into fisticuffs with Dart and Kodiak.
After securing the biocompound, Diaz shoots up the place, releasing gasses that cloak his, Dart and Kodiak’s exit. Rene meanwhile chases after Silencer, after Dinah is pinned down by toppled equipment. The off-book mission a bust, Watson is reassigned to a desk job in D.C., but she has no regrets about helping out Felicity, with whom she shares a certain professional respect. Later, we realize that Felicity withheld one small detail from her FBI gal pal: Rene actually caught Silencer, whom they now have shackled in a boiler room somewhere. As for what Diaz stole, we see him reveal to Dart and Kodiak that his patience, after suffering so much pain after his series finale tumble into the river, has paid off — as he has whipped up a serum that gives him superstrength!
DEMON HUNTER | Meanwhile at Slabside, Oliver pressed Brick to fulfill his end of the deal they made, now that Yorke has been removed from the prison. Brick hedges, saying that he knows nothing about Diaz, but that the hoosegow’s true kingpin, dubbed “Demon,” does. Oliver asks for a meet with Demon, but instead walks into a trap, where Bronze Tiger plans to deliver a lethal beatdown. Oliver — despite having just stabbed himself! — holds his own and gains the upper hand, then forces Bronze Tiger to get him into Brick’s “invitation-only” party in the mess hall. There, he walks into a “fight club,” where the next match will pit no less than the Green Arrow against Sampson. Oliver — despite having just stabbed himself! — pulls off some nifty moves to pin down Sampson. He then clambers up to where Brick is observing the fights, and demands to see Demon now. Brick explains that Demon is holed away on “Level 2,” with “the worst of the worst.” So to get himself sent down there, Oliver non-lethally whales on several guards, then surrenders himself to the arriving backup.
What did you think of Episode 3, “Crossing Lines”?
Paramount Network’s controversial Heathers reboot reached its conclusion (sort of) with Monday’s final hour, in which one student’s quest for prom queen glory was cut tragically short, along with her life.
Though it wasn’t the official finale — a tenth episode, which takes place at prom and wraps the story of Season 1, was banned from airing in the wake of the United States’ epidemic of in-school violence — it had all the makings of one. After accidentally stumbling on J.D.’s preparations to destroy the prom, Kurt became his latest victim, complete with a forged suicide note (this show’s favorite thing!) addressing Heather Duke. Naturally, Kurt’s beloved was devastated, though not too devastated to accept gifts from her adoring public, all while contemplating how this tragic turn of events could actually help her win prom queen.
Sadly, Heather would never get to wear the crown. After discovering the truth about Kurt’s murder, a high-speed chase ensued, with J.D. in hot pursuit of Heather (and her Uber driver). And by the time it was over, Heather had slit her throat on a barbed-wire fence, eventually dying in a pile of flowers. Fortunately, she was able to get one last dig in at J.D. with her final breath: “Tell your mom to spit out the Devil’s jizz before you tongue kiss her in hell.” (Oh, Heather, classy until the very end.)
With Heather Duke out of the running for prom queen, Heather Chandler’s chances significantly increased, inspiring her to end her campaign to get the dance shut down. This selfish act enraged Veronica enough to (finally!) cut ties with Heather Chandler, just as J.D.’s slaying of Kurt and Heather Duke inspired her to turn down his promposal. The episode ended with J.D., Veronica and Heather Chandler — fuming in separate limos — en route to the prom from hell.
Your thoughts on how Paramount Network’s Heathers “ended” (keeping in mind that a tenth episode exits and would ostensibly to wrap this whole thing up)? Grade the “finale” below, then drop a comment with your full review.
Before we get to discussing, dissecting and debating the first of The Voice’s Season 15 Knockouts, some fearless predictions — eight to be exact. The following are the singers — chosen, cross my heart and hope to die, prior to seeing a moment of Monday’s show — that I didn’t expect to reach to reach the Top 24. Ready? Here we go…
From Team Adam: Tyke James, Steve Memmolo
From Team Blake: Colton Smith, Funsho
From Team Jennifer: Anthony Arya, MaKenzie Thomas
From Team Kelly: Claire DeJean, Zaxai
Ordinarily, I’d say that my fearless predictions should be taken with a whole shaker of salt. (And if I didn’t, I know you’d say it for me.) However, all but two of my picks for the best Blind Auditions survived the Battles. (WTH happened, Mikele Buck?) So I felt like I was kind of on a roll. Was I, though? Below, we’ll find out as we review the first batch of Knockouts as well as Dame Mariah Carey’s performance as the best-lit key adviser in the history of ever.
Team Adam: Tyke James singing “Ring of Fire” (Grade: C-) defeated Keith Paluso singing “You Are the Best Thing” (Grade: B) — Keith stolen by Kelly | In rehearsal, Mariah advised Keith to sing a little softer every now and again. And hey, if he could tame that beard, I reckoned he could tame his vocal, too. As for Tyke, Mariah wanted to hear more heart in his voice. Adam wanted more energy out of him. Me, I just wanted him to move on to a lucrative career as a Prell spokesmodel. Up first on stage, Keith was fine. Better than, technically. I don’t think he hit a bum note. There was just nothing about his performance that made me think, “Man, I can’t wait to hear him again.” Second at the mic, Tyke started off singing with all the passion of a bowl of cereal left too long to soak in milk. Eventually, he woke up a little, but Lord, he just does not have an appealing voice. Or he doesn’t know what to do with it. Either way, I couldn’t wait for his reign of terror to end… so you can imagine my horror at Adam’s decision to give the win to him. Ugh.
Team Kelly: Kymberli Joye singing “The Middle” (Grade: A-) and Zaxai singing “Cruisin’” (Grade: B) defeated Natasia GreyCloud singing “Tennessee Whiskey” (Grade: A) — Natasia stolen by Blake | In rehearsal, Kelly revealed that Cody Ray Raymond had left the contest, so Kymberli, Zaxai and Natasia would all be competing in one Knockout, with two of them advancing to the Top 24. Natasia was so good that Mariah hardly had any pointers for her — just jack up that last note a little. She liked Kymberli so much that she had no advice at all for her. Zaxai asked for tips on handling his Smokey Robinson cover’s falsetto… and I don’t think he got much in the way of solid guidance. (Does “Yes, do the falsetto” count as guidance?) In the moment of truth, Kymberli sounded confident and polished, and like she could actually give Season 14’s Kyla Jade a run for her money. Natasia’s song selection was so perfect for her that her performance went down like a smooth glass of bourbon that packs a punch before you’re done savoring it. Finally, Zaxai took the stage and only really came alive toward the end of the number — which struck me as the equivalent of “way too late.” Plus, there was just no amount of falsetto he could throw in that was going to convince anybody that he was in the same league as Kymberli and Natasia. Well, except for Kelly, who chose him over Natasia.
Team Jennifer: MaKenzie Thomas singing “How Deep Is Your Love” (Grade: C+) defeated Mike Parker singing “Breakeven” (Grade: C) | Practicing her BeeGees cover, MaKenzie made Mariah cry… but I couldn’t figure out why. Was it because she got a little screechy on the big notes? Rehearsing his version of the Script’s hit, Mike was sounding dicey, so Mariah advised him to pull his vocal back a bit. On stage, that helped but not enough. He sounded unsure at times and wasn’t able to quite nail the note that was supposed to put him over the top. As for MaKenzie… ordinarily, I love a good rearrangement of a familiar song, but she deconstructed the brothers Gibbs’ melody too much for my taste. The big notes didn’t make me wince like they had in rehearsal, but — and I know a lot of you will disagree with me — this was no “wow.” (Compare it to, say, Addison Agen’s cover of Britney’s “Lucky” or Hunter Plake’s take on Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is” — those were “wows.”)
Team Adam: Reagan Strange singing “Dancing On My Own” (Grade: B-) defeated RADHA singing “I’ll Be There” (Grade: B) — RADHA saved by Adam | In rehearsal, Mariah reminisced about her experience covering the Jackson Five’s hit and suggested that RADHA focus on “singing from her heart.” (Well, that’s helpful.) Adam actually suggested that RADHA not try to match Mariah’s high note but do her own thing in that spot. (But… but… we need that note!) Reagan sounded strong and way more interesting than RADHA in rehearsal. Mariah’s advice to the teen was to make sure not to let her notes trail off, since what she was doing on them was so mature, it deserved to be heard in full. On stage, RADHA did a good job of controlling her falsetto but was kind of a snooze. She probably would have fared better had she chosen a more explosive song. This was perfectly competent but didn’t really allow her to show off the rafters-rattling power of her voice… which left the door open for Reagan, whose rendition of Robyn, while not as ear-catching as it had been during practice, was more emotional and ultimately made a bigger impact (despite its vocal flaws). Had I been Adam, I would’ve stuck with RADHA, who kicks ass when she really lets loose. But of course, since he didn’t actually cut her, I guess technically he did go with her.
Team Blake: Funsho singing “Earned It” (Grade: C+) defeated Katrina Cain singing “Don’t Let Me Down” (Grade: D) | After hearing Funsho struggle with his version of the Weeknd hit, Mariah suggested that he pull back vocally so that he could work his way up to the tough parts. She wanted Katrina to play with the melody more. She might have encouraged her not to sing flat, either. On stage, Katrina was a crushing disappointment. She’d been one of my faves after the Blind Auditions. But here, she was just off, yelly… not good. Funsho didn’t exactly knock me out of my seat when he started singing, either. However, his performance picked up a good bit after he launched into his falsetto. He might never be the world’s most electric performer, but he definitely fared better than Katrina in this Knockout.
Team Jennifer: Patrique Fortson singing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (Grade: B-) defeated SandyRedd singing “Dangerous Woman” (Grade: B+) — SandyRedd saved by Jennifer | Mariah advised Patrique to work on his pacing so that we could appreciate how amazing his vocals are. She even gave him some very specific guidance about how to handle the bridge so that would have maximum impact. During SandyRedd’s practice session, Mariah encouraged her to get us high on her lower register. When at last Patrique took his turn at the mic, he seemed determined not just to make sure the audience could hear him in the back row but in the parking lot, too. A massive performance vocally. But, though he dedicated the song to his dad, I didn’t get a ton of feeling from it. Overwrought yet underwhelming. When SandyRedd stepped into the spotlight, I wasn’t 100 percent sold on her song selection. But she did, as advised, sell that badass lower register of hers and pulled off some impressively raucous runs. On top of that, she’s just such a crazy-compelling performer — even with the sound off, I’d have preferred her performance to Patrique’s.
So, whose Knockout performance left you seeing stars? And how would you rate La Carey as key adviser? Vote in the polls below, then hit the comments. Which singers do you think will survive to make the Playoffs?
Fall behind? Read our previous Good Doctor recap here.
This week on The Good Doctor, Shaun and Lea redefine their relationship, while Glassman struggles with his post-op recovery. Claire, meanwhile, has an error in judgment.
We begin the episode at Shaun’s place, some time after he’s told Lea that he rented them a two-bedroom apartment. Shaun is getting ready to leave for work when Lea confronts him and says that she doesn’t think it’s a good idea. “If we get an apartment together, I feel like that’s a signal that you and I might end up as boyfriend and girlfriend, and that’s not going to happen,” she says. “Romantic relationships are unpredictable. So much can go wrong, especially when I’m involved.” But more importantly, “anything that puts our friendship at risk isn’t worth it to me.”
The following morning, Lea surprises Shaun with his security deposit, having convinced the building manager to let Shaun out of his deal. But Shaun maintains that he and Lea should live together, no strings attached. “You told me we can’t be boyfriend and girlfriend,” he says, but “we can still be friends with benefits. The benefit is we’d be living together.” (Heh!) The next day, he wakes Lea and informs her that he’s paid an additional $300 to secure the apartment, and explains that living together will be good for him. Lea makes it clear that her mind’s already made up, but eventually has a change of heart. When Shaun returns home later that evening, she tells him exactly what he wants to hear. She again stresses that she doesn’t want anything to ruin their friendship, but trusts that Shaun can handle the new dynamic.
While at the hospital, Shaun spends much of his time concerned about Glassman’s post-op recovery. The former hospital head has yet to move his bowels or get out of bed for physical therapy, and Shaun worries that his mentor is making himself susceptible to infection. Shaun turns to Dr. Blaize for advice, who explains that Glassman doesn’t want to appear weak in front of people that used to work for him, hence his refusal to take a lap around the floor. She also suggests that Glassman needs something to motivate him to get out of bed. This leads Shaun to the cafeteria, where he converses with none other than Debbi. Shaun at first brings Glassman a muffin, but leaves it by the nurses’ station in hopes that it’ll entice the doctor-turned-patient to get up and retrieve it. When that fails, Shaun goes with Plan B and has Debbi pay Glassman a visit. She apologizes for keeping her distance since his diagnosis, then manages to get him out of bed for the first time since his surgery.
As for the Cases of the Week…
* Melendez, Claire and Morgan treat anorexic patient Sam DeLeon (24 vet Reiko Aylesworth), who is rushed to the ER and diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation. Because of her eating disorder, she struggles to gain the necessary weight needed to survive a life-saving heart surgery.
When nasogastric intubation fails, Claire recommends a neurosurgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation, or DBS, which would stimulate the part of Sam’s brain that controls hunger. Melendez says it’s too risky, but Claire oversteps her bounds as a resident and informs Sam that DBS is an option. And so, Claire goes before Andrews, Allegra and Melendez and makes her case for DBS. After Sam acknowledges the risks (among them, it could permanently alter her personality and depress her maternal attachment towards her child), the doctors vote in favor of the procedure, 2-1.
When Sam wakes up in recovery, her appetite is restored, but she has lost her ability to feel love towards her son. Later that night, Melendez reprimands Claire for disregarding his initial decision regarding DBS, and says it was Andrews who voted “no” on the procedure. He then tells Claire that she won’t assist on any more cases for the foreseeable future.
* Shaun, Lim and Park work on Wade (Pretty Little Liars’ Bryce Johnson), who is ultimately diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. In order to avoid risking potentially fatal malnutrition as a result of the diagnosis, the doctors will have to reverse a gastric bypass he had more than a decade ago. Wade has never told his shallow husband Spence (played by Scandal’s Dan Bucatinsky) about the bypass, and asks that the doctors not disclose any information to his significant other. But after Wade suffers a bowel obstruction, Spence goes overboard on WebMD and approaches Park independently for answers. That’s when Park reveals that Wade is not being treated simply for Crohn’s-related lesions, and urges Spence to speak to his husband.
Lim and Park, both of whom are divorced, have differing opinions on Wade’s marriage. Park believes that harboring secrets is a detriment to any relationship, while Lim believes it’s quite the opposite. Spence eventually reveals to Park that he wishes he hadn’t been made aware of Wade’s bypass, admitting to himself that he is in fact superficial and concerned that his husband will get fat now that the procedure’s been reversed.
Later on, Park exits the hospital and makes a call to his ex. After confirming that an alimony payment was received, Park poses a hypothetical: “I have a question… about Phil,” he says. “I know he’s long gone, but I was actually wondering, what do you think would have happened if I hadn’t seen you two together?” And the scene ends there.
What did you think of The Good Doctor Season 2, Episode 5? Excited to see Shaun and Lea move into their new place? Hit the comments with your reactions!