January 20, 2017

The Big Bang Theory: The Romance Recalibration (10x13)

I don't want to turn my nose up at this episode too hard, since I think it was actually trying to do something a bit more serious and deep. However, I can't lie... it didn't really succeed in that endeavor.

Cons:

Howard, Raj, and Bernadette are facing a dilemma: the floor in baby Halley's room is squeaky. They spend the episode trying to find a route through the room without squeaking. That's... it. Why is Raj even in this show anymore? I used to really love his character, and now he's beyond useless. And I thought that our first episode with Bernadette as a mother was surprisingly nuanced, while this episode completely sidelined her so that her husband and her husband's boyfriend could participate in some mediocre physical comedy.

Then you've got the main story: Penny is upset because Leonard never has time for her anymore, so they get into a fight about the state of their relationship. Penny goes off on a spa weekend with Amy, and Leonard later follows her, with Sheldon in tow. They realize they have some stuff to work on, and ask Sheldon to help them make a Relationship Agreement.

January 18, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Patriot (4x10)

This episode escalated the plot quite nicely, further cementing the information we learned last week about how this whole LMD plot thread is going to go. Things are heating up. Secrets are revealed, betrayals are begun. Let's take a look.

Cons:

So, Radcliffe is the only one that knows that the real Aida is still fully functioning; Fitz has the earlier model's head. Simmons begs him to just put it behind him and let the project go, but we see that Fitz is sneaking behind her back to continue investigating it. We already did the whole Fitz-lies-to-Simmons-about-Aida plot thread, and it ended up sort of fizzling away to nothing, since the truth about Aida came out so quickly. I really don't want more deception between these two. The show is making the mistake of adding in further conflict to create drama, just to keep us interested in their relationship subplot. But we don't need that. For a while, at least, we need to see them happy and united. Fitz is a favorite of mine, and I don't like this nonsense of him keeping stuff secret from the team.

Pros:

The rest of the Aida plot is pretty cool, though. Aida and Radcliffe are still keeping the real May locked up, while the LMD is at large within S.H.I.E.L.D. We learn something new, here: The LMD doesn't know she's not really May. That adds a whole extra level of complexity, since Radcliffe is being forced to steer clear of HQ for a while, to let the whole Aida incident blow over. That means a highly advanced android is wandering around, not even knowing it's an android, and Radcliffe has no control.

January 17, 2017

Elementary: Crowned Clown, Downtown Brown (5x12)

This episode dealt with some things that should have felt like big, monumental developments, but instead ended up being smaller character-driven moments. I, for one, am not complaining.

Cons:

The main plot involved somebody poisoning New York's water supply. I actually quite liked most of the mystery, and as I mentioned, I enjoyed the fact that the smaller moments were given priority over a big city-killing super bacteria. But that being said, I feel like the resolution was a little sloppy. We learn that the bad guy is somebody who patented a water filtration system. He wants to make everybody sick so they turn to his system for clean water. I was annoyed by the fact that the bad guy was black - usually Elementary goes for the comfortable cliche of making white corporate America the baddies, and in this episode in particular, that cliche actually would have felt thematically relevant. People in positions of power willing to stomp on the little guy to make extra money? Why did this guy need to be black, again?

Oh, and it gets even worse, because Joan brings up the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan as an example of contaminated water. But she talks about it in the past tense, as if this primarily black area is not still affected by an appalling lack of response from the government.

January 16, 2017

Sherlock: The Final Problem (4x03)

I'm not going to discuss all the scandal what with the leaked episode and all that. I'm going to do my best to look at this episode on its own merits, and not get in to all the extra-diegetic aspects at work here. And... I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this episode way more than the first two in the season. I had a few little things that I strongly disliked, but they were minor. A few things gave me pause, but the bulk of the episode... I really loved. I'm going to go a bit off-script and break this into three sections instead of two...

Stuff I Hated:

There wasn't much, but there were a few things. So, Eurus spends the whole episode torturing Sherlock, John, and Mycroft. There are various ways she goes about doing this. One of them is by threatening to kill Molly Hooper. The way to save her is for Sherlock to call her and get her to say "I love you" to him. This will stop the bomb. This is the only scene Molly gets in the whole episode, and it's such a shame. Imagine that phone call from her perspective. She thinks Sherlock is just using her in a case, and she says "I love you" anyway, because she's just so pathetically in love with him that she wants to live in a fantasy for a moment? It's such a lame way to leave her character. I mean, come on. She's a competent scientist and a good person. I can't believe her only moment in the episode was about her unending love for Sherlock Holmes. (Apparently Moffat called this the "best scene in the episode" which is just... ugh. Another mark against that horrifically cocky and sexist man).

There was this tiny little moment at the end, when everything is happy and cheesy, where Sherlock sends a text that says "You know where to find me." It's strongly implied that he's texting Irene Adler. I don't want to repeat myself here, but... NO. Come on. Irene is GAY. She said she was GAY. And now we get this suggestion that she and Sherlock are going to hook up? For the sake of my sanity, I'm going to ignore this mercifully brief moment, since without it, the whole ending is very indicative of domestic bliss between Sherlock and John. I need that to be the truth, okay? I need it.

January 15, 2017

The Vampire Diaries: We Have History Together (8x08)

On the one hand, I'm happy about all the Salvatore snark. On the other hand, this show really needs to die. Thank God this is the last season.

Cons:

There are two main plots going on here. Both have compelling elements, but both fail in major respects.

First of all, Sybil is apparently unharmed from Damon ripping her heart out in the last episode, and she has compelled her way in to a history teaching job at Mystic Falls High School. Caroline is apparently a reporter (did we know that? This show does not do enough to keep track of its characters' vocations) and she is going undercover as a student to get the alumni angle on how things are going at the high school. Turns out, this was all Sybil's plan to get Caroline to help her find a magic bell which can control the Sirens in some way. Caroline enlists Matt and his father's help in figuring out what happened to this bell. They must act quickly, because Sybil has compelled her students to set each other on fire. In the end, Matt and Peter find the kids and save them from their fate. Sybil and Caroline fail to find the bell, which they believe to be in one of the boxes from Liz Forbes' old place.

January 12, 2017

Modern Family: Sarge & Pea (8x11)

This episode had two really solid plot lines that could have been deeply emotional and had a good payoff, but they were rushed. It's a shame, because I saw a lot of promise, here.

Cons:

Cam, Haley, and Alex had a plot thread that failed to capitalize on its potential. Basically, Cam is pissed at a woman for standing up and filming her son during a dance recital, blocking Cam's view of Lily's solo. He later sees the woman at a coffee shop where Alex works. Haley is there hanging out. Cam poses as the woman's blind date to try and get information out of her, while Haley pretends to be the woman when the actual blind date shows up. The other two plot threads in this episode were about family relationships and the difficulty of navigating a parent/child bond. But this one was played for cheap laughs, even when the woman reveals that her son is always picked on, and dance is the only time he's ever himself.

Haley going on the blind date with the random guy was not as funny as they wanted it to be, either. Alex didn't even act like Alex. She makes one disparaging comment about her own fate as a barista, but nothing other than that. Are they ever going to give her a purpose in this show again?

January 11, 2017

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Broken Promises (4x09)

Alright, then. I can dig it. Things are heating up in various ways for our cast of characters. What I admired most about this episode was the chemistry between various pairs. Some were predictable, others were not.

Cons:

The plot may have been a little all over the place. Not enough to confuse me, but enough that this story might have benefited from being broken into separate episodes. The A-plot focuses on Aida going rogue, after the Darkhold. Mack, Yo-Yo, Fitz, Coulson, and May (the secret android look-alike, rather) all try and bring her down, and then succeed, only to reveal the plot twist: That was an earlier model of Aida. The current version is safe with Radcliffe, who has been the secret baddie for a couple of weeks now.

The other plot stayed with Mace, Daisy, and Simmons as they looked for Nadeer's brother Vijay. (Sidenote: I have been spelling Nadeer incorrectly as "Nadir" up to this point. I'm not going back to fix it in previous reviews, but I'll use the correct spelling from here on out). Anyway, Simmons helps to get Nadeer's location, and our S.H.I.E.L.D. team moves in. Nadeer ends up killing her brother because she believes all Inhumans are diseased and corrupted. We see in the end credit scene that Vijay might still be alive, as his corpse re-solidifies into stone as he lands at the bottom of a body of water.

January 09, 2017

Elementary: Be My Guest (5x11)

So, since Sherlock is briefly back among us, I was hoping to get a kick-ass episode of Elementary so I could shove it in Sherlock's face that there's a more competent modern-day Sherlock Holmes adaption out there. What I got was... okay?

Cons:

The case is not a murder one at first, but a kidnapping. Young illegal immigrants, Asian, being held by a perverted rapist. Turns out that the man's accomplice is his ex-wife, which was blatantly obvious to anybody who watches procedural shows. I get uncomfortable when we have cases dealing with rape and kidnapping of women and the like, because so often they fall into the trap of being male revenge fantasies. It wasn't the worst I've ever seen, but it was definitely there: Sherlock is angry and determined to save the young women in need of his help. It's all very hero-ish and not particularly nuanced.

Pros:

But there was one saving grace in this case-of-the-week, and that's the fact that Joan is the one who noticed the key clue that implicated the ex-wife. It was a simple thing, noticing the type of milk in the house where one of the captive girls was found. I love that she figured it out, and got to explain it to Sherlock. We almost never see that, so it was quite refreshing!

Sherlock: The Lying Detective (4x02)

Okay. So. Anybody who has read ACD's short stories might be familiar with "The Dying Detective," a story wherein Holmes pretends to be grievously ill in order to catch a bad guy, and he doesn't clue Watson in on the plan. Going in to this episode, I knew that Sherlock would have a trick up his sleeve. How did it all pan out? Let's take a look.

Cons:

I have a lot of questions and complaints. To start with the briefest of plot summaries: Sherlock is in a terrible drug spiral, John is roped in to help him take down Culverton Smith, a very wealthy man who Sherlock believes to be a serial killer. In the end, John sees the video that Mary left for Sherlock, and realizes that Sherlock has "gone to Hell" in order to force John to save him, thus helping him to save himself. John shows up in time to stop Smith from killing Sherlock. John then confesses to the hallucinatory Mary that he's been seeing that he cheated on her emotionally for the last weeks of their relationship. Then there's a big giant twist, which I'll talk about in the "pros" section a bit later.

So. Problems. I have 'em.

I seriously want to punch Steven Moffat for the way he writes his female characters. It's gone beyond what I can in good conscience ignore. Molly gets like two seconds of screen time, as we see that she's been helping babysit Rosie. She also shows up to do a drug test on Sherlock and confirm that he's got weeks left to live if he keeps using at this rate. Then she's never there again. What a waste of a talented actor and a dynamic character. She has become nothing but a plot convenience, whose entire character is there to serve the emotional needs of the male leads.

January 06, 2017

The Big Bang Theory: The Holiday Summation (10x12)

There was actually a lot of creative thought and energy that went into this episode. It didn't get it right always, but the material here was actually both funny and emotionally poignant.

Cons:

This episode uses sort of an odd framing device, in that the holidays are over, and everybody is getting together to tell stories of their various adventures. I don't object to the concept, but it just wasn't utilized that well, and I kept thinking that it wouldn't really make a difference to see these stories play out normally, without adding the flashback element.

Penny and Leonard's story of the week was fine, but it was just comic relief: apparently they got into a big fight over Penny watching Luke Cage without Leonard, even though they were watching it together. This fight was apparently also started by the adventure of going to get their Christmas Tree, which went terribly wrong in various ways. I actually wanted to see the two of them fight over the TV show, because the physical gags with the Christmas Tree didn't really add up. The fact that they talked about this fight and then we didn't see it was sort of confusing and felt like lazy writing.

January 05, 2017

Modern Family: Ringmaster Keifth (8x10)

Back from hiatus, Modern Family delivers a modestly successful episode. Nothing to write home about, but enough to write about here. Let's take a look.

Cons:

It's New Years, and the family is all over at Jay and Gloria's place for a party. All of our characters are undergoing separate story lines, and most of them are successes. However, I'm disappointed that we didn't get more of an ensemble feel from this setup. This show often soars the highest when it finds creative reasons to bring all of the characters together, and in this particular installment it didn't even really matter that they were all at the same house. It felt like there may have been some missed opportunities floating around.

One of the plot threads packed less of a punch than I think it was meant to: Gloria and Jay decide to write a will, just in case something happens to them. They spend the episode debating who should take care of Joe if they die. Also, Gloria is horrified to realize that she's lost her "disappear bag," containing $40,000. Turns out, Haley and Alex had brought it to a '90's music festival. Scared, they rush home with the large sum of cash. I'm putting this plot thread in the "cons" section because I felt that it didn't capitalize on its presence whatsoever. The idea of Gloria having a getaway plan is hilarious, but they didn't really do much with it. And Haley and Alex having that much money on them? That could have been so funny! But instead, they just freaked out and came home, and nothing bad happened. I don't know... didn't anybody else want to see the two of them get into shenanigans while trying to hide the absurd amount of cash they had hidden in Haley's purse? That would have been hilarious!

January 03, 2017

Sherlock: The Six Thatchers (4x01)

Rarely have I been so conflicted about an episode of a TV show. I feel like a mixed reaction is inevitable when you wait three years for something. This show has the problem that while it was busy hiatus-ing and making all of its key players into superstars, another modern-day Sherlock Holmes adaption came along that is arguably better in almost every way. But we're not here to talk about Elementary, or about living in Sherlock's prolonged hiatus hell. We're here to talk about "The Six Thatchers," an episode with some great moments and phenomenal acting, but some off-putting developments to say the least.

Cons:

Okay, so let's start with the big one: Mary dies. On the one hand, this isn't a surprise, for many reasons. Mary dies in ACD's canon, and the story of Sherlock Holmes is, at its core, a story about Holmes and Watson. There's also the fact that Moffat has never successfully pulled off a character arc for a female character, or at least not that I'm aware of. So yeah, I guess I'm not surprised. But I'm still disappointed. The shifting dynamics between Mary, John, and Sherlock were really, really interesting. I think Mary got let off the hook for shooting Sherlock just a little too quickly last season, but that could have been explored here. We have John ostensibly engaging in an affair, which is despicable, but is this a manifestation of lingering resentment because Mary lied to him? Or, even more interestingly, a manifestation of his jealousy, since Sherlock openly remarks that Mary is better at working cases than John is? He should be thrilled that his best friend and his wife get along so well, but is he really? Or is John being forced to choose between a life of thrill and a life of convention, represented by two people he really loves? Or is Sherlock forced to learn to share his best friend, the only person he's ever really let in, with somebody just as clever and engaging as himself?

I could go on. All of those elements made for this trio being a really compelling one to explore. But what did we get? Mary is killed off as the result of a standard revenge plot. Mary's past catches up with her, she tries to run, Sherlock brings her back to London, Sherlock mouths off to the secret baddie, Mary jumps in front of a bullet meant for Sherlock, and dies in John's arms. What I think is so frustrating about this is that, on its surface, this could have been a fulfilling arc for Mary. And yet somehow, even in the instant of her death, this becomes about Sherlock and John. Why did Mary die for Sherlock? Well, they're friends, and I get the sense that she felt like a violent end was inevitable for her. All great things that could have been explored more. Instead, we get John blaming Sherlock, and pushing him away.

December 20, 2016

Doctor Who: The Return of Doctor Mysterio (2016 Christmas Special)

2016's Doctor Who Christmas special was... unoffensive and bland. There were a few things that I enjoyed while watching, a few things I didn't enjoy, and when it ended I pretty much forgot it all instantly. Not exactly a masterpiece.

Cons:

Like I said, this whole thing was pretty bland. There was a slight connection to last year's Christmas special, as we learn that the Doctor and River have just had their final "date," lasting many years. Ostensibly, this is the Doctor's first real foray out into the world since River left him to go die in the Library. That's a nice little connection, but the story doesn't really play up on it very much. Same can be said for the Doctor's sort-of companion, Nardole, who was the head of the Hydroflax last we saw him. The Doctor keeps him around because he's afraid he'll be lonely. An interesting conceit, but it's not handled as skillfully as the 11th Doctor's love for his Cyberman head, and we don't get enough time to really parse this out. Nardole's presence ends up feeling like a buildup to whatever his character will be in Series Ten, instead of a proper piece of this episode itself.

Then there's the disconnect between the stuff happening with the Doctor, and the stuff happening with the superhero. Grant was a young boy when he met the Doctor for the first time and inadvertently swallowed a powerful gemstone, giving the superhero-obsessed little boy the superpowers he always wanted. Years later, Grant is posing as a nanny for the child of a woman he's been pining for all his life. This woman, a reporter, is smitten by the mysterious "Ghost," who is of course Grant's alter-ego. You can't get much more cliche. It's the stereotypical superhero story in every way, without even a bit of nuance to change things up. Grant is Superman, complete with a glasses-wearing unassuming alternate personality. And Lucy is Lois Lane, down to the fact that she's a nosy reporter who, despite being portrayed as quite intelligent, is blinded by her smitten feelings for the superhero she's trying to investigate. Ugh. Stop.

December 19, 2016

Elementary: Pick Your Poison (5x10)

Usually, I really enjoy how understated Elementary can be. Unlike in other cop shows, the personal lives of the detectives are not inexplicably and frequently tied to the case of the week. Instead, the detectives' personal investment in the cases is reasonably slight. But every once in a while, I need some high drama from my procedural shows, and this episode felt like a bit of a wasted opportunity to give us that. In other ways, I do still admire the restraint... let's take a look.

Cons:

The case involves Joan's medical license being used to write out fraudulent prescriptions. I was really enticed by the possibilities of this plot thread, but the guilty doctor is quickly found, and Joan's personal investment in the case is quickly pointless. It would have upped the stakes if Joan's reputation had really been on the line, but as it was, there was nothing much going on here for her personally. That's not to say I didn't enjoy the case, but it went down an avenue it really didn't need to go down. We already had a compelling stake in events.

Speaking more specifically about the case, I thought the outcome was fairly obvious from early on. I was actually rolling my eyes at Sherlock et. al. for not realizing it was the son who had shot his mother. That's never a good sign.

December 17, 2016

The Big Bang Theory: The Birthday Synchronicity (10x11)

A decent episode with a heartwarming new addition to the family. Say hello to Halley Wolowitz!

Cons:

I feel like a broken record saying this, but I have to point out that Raj and Stuart have been useless at best and infuriatingly annoying at worst for most of this season. While Bernadette is about to give birth, we also have to contend with Raj and Stuart competing over who has the more pathetic life. Not. Interesting.

Also, there was this moment when everybody was in the hospital waiting for Bernadette to give birth, and they all discuss the progress they've made in their lives. Leonard brings up the government contract, which ended up annoying me because we literally have not heard a word about that in weeks. What is with this show's inability to have a through-plot?

December 15, 2016

Modern Family: Snow Ball (8x09)

This episode was kind of just... meh. Which I feel like I've been saying a lot about this show lately. There were a few really lovely elements, and then a lot that just had me shrugging my shoulders.

Cons:

Phil seeks validation in his relationship with Jay, again, and Jay is annoyingly aloof when it comes to his needy son-in-law, again, and then there's a vaguely sweet moment of connection between them, again. Nothing new here.

The framing device of this episode is that Luke and Manny organized the school dance, and the adults are chaperoning. There's this plot thread where Claire and Gloria try and set up one of the uptight manic mothers with the principal. Principal Brown is hilarious, but the mother was just your generic high-strung helicopter mom. Just a little uninspired.

December 12, 2016

Elementary: It Serves You Right to Suffer (5x09)

The other day I was talking to my friend who watches this show, and he asked me where the A-plot was in this season. I sat there and I thought about it, and then I realized that if anything is an A-plot, it's the philosophical divide between Sherlock and Joan, and how it subtly affects their partnership. It's not big or showy, but it's undeniably interesting, at least to this viewer. However, that doesn't mean this episode or this season have been flawless. Far from. Let's discuss!

Cons:

This episode was, for the most part, solid due to the chemistry and charisma of the actors playing our two leads. Nelsan Ellis as Shinwell is also doing a fantastic job. However, even the stellar acting is not quite enough to cover up a fairly predictable plot. The bad guy was beyond obvious, especially since the promo told us there was going to be a corrupt agent involved, and we already saw the guy pull a gun on Shinwell in an earlier episode. The fact that we're supposed to be shocked by this "twist" is beyond laughable, given how the episode plays out before that.

I also found the ending just a tad bewildering. Essentially, Sherlock decides to help Shinwell out by wiping the prints on a gun that would have sent him back to jail. That's interesting, and I might have even put it in the "pros" section were it not for the fact that I don't understand where Sherlock is coming from with all of this. For most of the episode, Sherlock behaves like a man who is above the entire situation. He's really only stepping in out of respect for Joan's personal investment. And yet he's willing to break laws to help Shinwell? Because of a one minute conversation with Bell about how easy it is to break bad when put back into jail? It felt a little rushed, and that's disappointing coming off of a very nuanced performance form Johnny Lee Miller through the bulk of the episode.

The Walking Dead: Hearts Still Beating (7x08)

I've been saying it all season: this show has a pacing problem. Hell, this show has had a pacing problem practically since the first season, but it's only recently that it's been irritating to me. That being said, this episode on its own did have quite a few lovely things going for it, and I definitely want to make sure to talk about those things, too.

Cons:

The plot follows pretty much the entire ensemble again. We see Daryl escape (yay!), we see Richard from the Kingdom try and convince Caorl and Morgan that they need to strike against the Saviors (yeah, good luck with that), we see Maggie solidifying an unofficial sort of leadership at Hilltop, we see Rick and Aaron continue their treacherous supply run, we see Michonne go on a drive and see that Negan has a lot of men, and we see Negan wreaking havoc at Alexandria. Surprisingly, the episode didn't feel crowded, even with all of this material in it. I do have some problems with it though...

First of all, in subplot news, I was annoyed that Carol and Morgan felt so shoe-horned and separate. Why bother to even show the Kingdom if there's no resolution or forward motion? We didn't even get to see the glorious CGI tiger. Then there's Michonne: she drives in a car, sees that Negan is really powerful, and then comes back, teaching us absolutely nothing about her as a character, or about the bad guys either. Talk about pointless. And what about Rick and Aaron? Aaron almost gets killed in a lake full of Walkers, but he survives. Rick and Aaron find supplies, and take them back to Alexandria. This felt a bit like a plot cul de sac. I didn't feel a lot of tension for Aaron, since I doubted they'd kill him, and even if they had, he'd be a cop-out kill. It felt like a red herring. Uh oh, will Aaron be the one to die in this episode? Nope. We've got some other equally uninteresting deaths to attend to.

December 11, 2016

The Vampire Diaries: The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You (8x07)

You know what's weird? I should really hate this development. I should, and I know it. And I... kind of do? I mean it's certainly repetitive, and it's certainly predictable. But for some reason, I'm actually still invested? I don't know why.

Cons:

It was of course insultingly obvious that Damon wasn't going to stay dead, but apparently his death was such a non-issue that they don't have to show his resurrection on screen; he can just come prancing in to the Salvatore house with Sybil, ready for a Christmas dinner. So. That's annoying.

Also, Christmas dinner? Really? Stefan tells Caroline that he wants to spend his final day with her by hosting a party with all of their friends. Seems weird. And like a really flimsy excuse to have another "event" based episode, which this show loves to do. It used to be a cool way for a midseason or finale episode. We could have school dances, town events, etc. etc. and things could be dramatic and suspenseful and all the characters could be together. This dinner party was just lame. It starts with Damon luring Stefan upstairs and killing him so that he can spend some time with Cade, their new boss. Okay... that's bound to shake things up, right? Nope! Caroline and everybody else just continue to sit around, drink egg nog, and pretend to be civil.

December 09, 2016

Supernatural: LOTUS (12x08)

I'm not... unhappy with this episode, but there were a lot of details that were a bit bewildering to me.

Cons:

So, the basic plot is that Lucifer has now possessed the President of the United States, a man named Jefferson Rooney. With help from Cas, Crowley, Rowena, and Mr. Ketch from the British MOL, Sam and Dean manage to come up with a plan to get to the president through his secret girlfriend Kelly. Using a MOL McGuffin, Sam expels Lucifer from the president's body, and Rowena uses her witchy powers to banish him back to Hell. Ta da!!!

So, some issues straight up: The British MOL have been useless all season, and then Mr. Ketch, who they were building up as this really intimidating assassin dude, shows up with a grenade launcher, hands them a magic object, and then just leaves. Pretty weak payoff, I must say. I'm not totally giving up on the MOL becoming interesting, but so far I've been a tad disappointed. Also, this show has a McGuffin problem. I hate it when magical objects conveniently show up and save the day. At least make the characters work for it, like with Colt back in earlier seasons!

The president's secret girlfriend, Kelly, was a perfectly fine character, until the very end. See, the group explains to her that her boyfriend is now Lucifer. Kelly is horrified, confused, and also... did I mention... pregnant? With the devil's child? Oh, great. Sam expels Lucifer from Jeff's body, and then Kelly runs off, escaping Cas' protection and then calling him to tell him she won't be getting rid of the child. This makes very little sense, considering that just hours beforehand, Kelly definitely saw her boyfriend's eyes flash the devil's red. She saw the whole exorcism go down, so she definitely understands that she's carrying Satan's spawn. This feels like a cheap way to give our leads something to chase down for the rest of the season.