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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “Sex, Lies and Alibis” (1×2) |A recap

The episode began right where last week ended, at the crime scene. Among the crowd, Ava was devastated at the sight of her (ex) boyfriend. Her two fake friends, Dylan and Caitlin, tried to approach her, but she wanted nothing to do with them. Nolan’s demise hit every detail of Caitlin’s vision, so I understand Ava.

Three days later, we find Ava sulking, Dylan having nightmares, and Caitlin on a diet. However, both Caitlin and Dylan have significant others to lean on, while Ava doesn’t seem to have anyone, but a bottle of jack.

Ali is on a mission to figure out who left that  message on her wall. Her repair call is cut short when she receives a message from Nolan to meet him on the roof of Thorne hall. Clearly, someone is trying to frame her/freak her out – unless the dead can text now.

Ali teams up with Mona to figure out what happened. Mona is in “beautiful mind” mode as she tries to figure out who snapped – something about allowing Nolan to go to BHU even though his profile didn’t meet her algorithms and had red flags. Ali slaps the equation out of Mona and everything becomes about key lime pie. Mona is creeping me out, but I love how she calls Ali out to quit trying to be something she isn’t.

Dylan and Caitlin think it’s finally time to confront Ava and convince her that they had nothing to do with Nolan’s murder. Ava is hesitant, but she plays along for Nolan’s funeral. They’re the perfect posse grieving their fearless leader. Also, it was quite a fashionable funeral.

A new character comes into play, Nolan’s childhood best friend and Caitlin’s ex, Mason. Mason reminisces about the past and then offers to be an alibi for Caitlin. This comes out of nowhere! While the two converse, Dylan tries to find Nolan’s stash of secrets, but only meets a letter. Someone beat him and his newfound friends to it.

The three perfectionists show up to Nolan’s vigil and talk like no one’s listening. Someone chimes in, “It’s just like how you imagined it.” If I learned one thing from PLL, it’s that you can’t trust anyone as there are eyes and ears everywhere.

As Alison prepares to return to school, an unexpected visitor shows up at her home – Claire Hotchkiss. After losing her son, she felt like being close to her daughter by breaking into her old home. Claire reveals how close Taylor and Nolan were and even gives Ali some advice,”You’re a survivor Alison, at all costs. That’s what you need to teach them.” Claire definitely knows more than she’s letting on.

After Mona’s breakdown and change in personality throughout the episode, we get to see her open up, or at least try to. PLL fans would probably enjoy the 2nd to last scene because we see Mona call Hanna and reveal that Haleb has a baby. But that’s not the only bombshell – Spoby eloped. My heart soared!

In the last scene, it’s the first day back to school and the investigation continues. Ava seems to break down her walls to let Dylan and Caitlin in, but things go south when the three are pulled from class by the new head of security, Dana Booker. She asks where they were the night of Nolan’s murder and Ali saves the day. Security was turned off around her home that night so she had the perfect alibi. I guess you can say she’s still a pretty little liar. “Bring it on, bitch.”

TLDR: Someone really had it out for Nolan and his perfect posse. Dylan and Caitlin start becoming real friends, while Ava has trust issues. Ali lies to save her and her students, while Mona likes key lime pie and equations.

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Pilot Episode | A recap

For Pretty Little Liars fans all over the world, tonight was a big night with the debut of it’s spin-off series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. The show features two of Rosewood’s fiercest women, Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish), along with a few new faces.

Now while I will always love and miss my OG liars, I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot with it’s introduction to different characters, a murder mystery, and the musical soundtrack. Of course, you can take a girl out of Rosewood, but drama will always follow her wherever she goes.

The episode began with a mean orchestral version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, a voice over, and an introduction to three Beacon Heights University students striving for perfection. Little do they know, something pretty big is going to hit them really hard.

Next came our favorite former mean girl starting a new gig as a teacher’s assistant at Beacon Heights University. Alison is sans her wife and twins as we later learn that Emily still has trust issues. While Alison thinks she’s alone in her new town, she’s actually greeted by a familiar face, Mona, who brings pie. Mona had a hand in recruiting her former frenemy. At this point, I’m not sure if we can trust Mona especially as she talks to a mirror when Ali leaves the room.

As Mona catches up with Ali, she mentions a few things about BHU. BHU has a security system called Beacon Guard and later on we learn that the so called security system is moreso invading privacy instead of protecting students.

Then, there’s the prominent Hotchkiss family. Taylor Hotchkiss allegedly committed suicide the year before and Alison is the lucky faculty member that gets to stay in her house. Nolan Hotchkiss is the jerk that everyone hates to love. And then there the matriarch of the family, Claire Hotchkiss, who seems to be the overbearing mother who wants the best for her children, even if that means spying on them [and the rest of the population]. Claire also seems to take a liking to Alison as she reminds her of her late daughter.

If only Claire knew how much her son Nolan and the old Alison had in common – both manipulative without any regard to people’s feelings. Alison catches on to Nolan’s attitude and the people he’s hurting.

First off there’s Ava, the influencer. She has been having a tough time after her family abandoned her – her dad is on the run and her mom couldn’t handle it. Nolan is dating her in secret, but breaks her heart by sleeping with another girl. The only redeeming part about him is when you realize he did it to protect her and hide from his mother’s Beacon Guard.

Then there’s Caitlin, the girl who plans to follow her mother’s political footsteps. Nolan practically blackmails her into fake dating to make people believe they are a perfect power couple. This makes Nolan’s mom happy, but Caitlin’s real beau isn’t too thrilled. If Caitlin reveals the truth, then her mother’s future Presidential career is dunzo.

Lastly, we have Dylan, who is at BHU on a music scholarship. He’s aiming to make first chair, but he feels the pressure. Hailing from a small town, his choices aren’t exactly welcomed. His so called friendship with Nolan includes doing Nolan’s schoolwork and being at his every beck and call. Nolan even attempts to ruin Dylan’s relationship with a little seduction.

After Alison meets with the three separately, offering to help with their Nolan woes, the trio meets at a safe place in the woods. They discuss how they actually want to take Nolan down and contemplate murder. It gets a little graphic, especially when Caitlin pictures Nolan falling from the roof and landing on the fence spikes.

We then learn that Taylor Hotchkiss is actually alive and in hiding. The only one who knows is her brother, Nolan. Seems like the sibling duo is tired of being under their mother’s watchful eye and are trying to figure out why the security system is so invasive. At this point it doesn’t seem like Nolan is a huge douche after all.

Nolan he meets someone on one of the school’s rooftops to get more help with taking down the security system. It’s a safe place he says before revealing that his sister is alive. It isn’t that safe when the mysterious person pushes him off leading him to land directly through the fence spikes. This death was gruesome and definitely up there with Noel’s death.

While this takes place, Alison finds a little writing on her walls: “They’re watching.” How fitting is it that she hears sirens after her discovery?

While Ava looks upon the crime scene heartbroken and distraught, Caitlin is in disbelief that her murderous thought came to life. Dylan doesn’t help when he reminds her that it’s exactly what she pictured.

The last scene gives us a glimpse of Mona freaking out in the bathroom. She yet again talks to a mirror revealing the intricate security system. Seems like she knows more than she’s letting on.

TLDR: Alison and Mona thought they left the drama behind in Rosewood, but they were wrong. They now have to deal with a new group of friends who could possibly be linked to a new campus murder. A new age “A” is watching their every move.

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Now Watching: You 1×6 |”Amour Fou” | Recap

Surprise bitches, Peach is not dead, much to Joe’s dismay. Beck’s bestie is on to him despite making her friends think she has a stalker. Joe never seems to finish the job on the first try.

The event has Beck by Peach’s side almost 24/7 and God forbid Joe would let that happen. So when Beck revealed she would be spending a few days with Peach at the Salinger estate in Greenwich, CT, Joe immediately went to his trusty friend the internet to find the place.

His road trip starts a little rocky when karma hits in the image of a deer. Joe swerves, crashes, and then wakes up the next morning daydreaming about his ex-girlfriend Candice. He gets the strength to move his car, but doesn’t get too far as a cop pulls him over. Of course, Joe is quick on his feet and makes up a story that seems to get him in the clear, or so he thinks.

Joe manages to sneak into the Salinger estate, but shortly after he faints from a concussion with a needle in his head. Candice enters his mind again and he’s reminded of a past getaway. He wakes up just as Peach and Beck get back.  He watches Peach watch Beck and has the audacity to call it perverse. After peeing in a jar on display, he creeps out of the house and is not slick at all.

Peach invites an old friend, Raj, to get a little drug party on, just like old times. While the three catch up, Joe looks for the gun Peach has hiding. He’s successful, but immediately hides under the bed as they enter the room to have a so called massage train. Raj passes out, while Peach gets a little handsy. Joe starts to see Candice and starts to compare his ex and his current in an inner monologue.

Drugs are not enough for Beck to forget she has a boyfriend and steps away from Peach’s advances. As she leaves, Raj and Peach hook up and Joe casually responds to Beck’s text from under the bed. Peach’s little game helps Beck make her decision about moving to Paris with the heiress. She turns her down and the whole conversation blows up. Beck storms out the door, while Peach scream, “You just use people.” And just like that, the friendship is over again.

Joe is proud of Beck, but his concussion doesn’t let him enjoy it because he has another flashback about Candice. But instead of a sweet memory, his mind goes back to the day he assumes Candice is cheating. She tries to explain herself, but he’s too jealous to understand. Once he gets back to the present, Peach knocks him out.

When Joe wakes up, Peach is hovering over him with her gun. He claims to be there to pick up Beck, but Peach finally realizes the Joe is her stalker. She also realizes that he’s wearing Benji’s watch. The two argue about who’s better for the aspiring writer and Joe gets in Peach’s head, “She’s never gonna do it. You can’t have her.” Joe runs and Peach shoots. She hits his leg and thinks he’s unconscious. But as Peach hovers yet again, he catches her off guard. The two struggle and a gun shot is heard in the distance.

Joe succeeded in removing another obstacle. He cleans his mess and uses what he knows about Peach to write a suicide letter. Joe drives away as police collect evidence at the Salinger estate. The same cop that stopped Joe earlier in the day happens to be at the crime scene as well. He actually ran the Joe’s license plate and his hunch about Joe is confirmed. I hope they find Joe’s urine on the shelf.

I also hope that Joe realizes that Beck is never going to forgive herself for what happened to Peach.

TLDR Version:

Peach is alive. Peach tries to seduce Beck with trips and kisses. Beck misses Joe. Joe pees in a jar. The bestie and bff argue about who’s better for Beck. Beck leaves Peach. Joe shoots Peach with her own gun and makes it look like a suicide. Joe is Beck’s night in shining armor again.

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Adele

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Looks I Love: 2018 American Music Awards

When I think of the American Music Awards, I think fun and bold and a little less casual than other awards shows. This year there were a lot of dresses/gowns proving my previous statement to be slightly wrong, but you know I love when today’s hottest stars step out on the red carpet. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite looks:

Leighton Meester

The former Gossip Girl star stepped onto the red carpet in a black and white Sonia Rykiel gown. I swear Blair Waldorf would be proud. She pulled back her hair to show off the halter neckline and paired the velour number with a black clutch. When she’s not presenting awards, you can watch her on ABC’s Single Parents. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Amber Heard

Amber Heard has had a busy few weeks promoting the indie film Her Smell as well as the much anticipated DC movie, Aquaman. She looked like royalty in a black tulle Ralph & Russo Couture dress. The gown is straight from the designer’s Autumn Winter 2018 line, but it seems a dash of metallic gold paillettes were added. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Carrie Underwood

The country music superstar looked so beautiful walking the carpet, as she made her first appearance after announcing her pregnancy. She was all smiles in a black Steven Khalil gown with gold embellishments. Her smile was even brighter as she accepted the AMA for Favorite Female Country Star. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Kelsea Ballerini

Out of all the looks on this list, I think this one fit the AMAs perfectly. To me, the AMAs are fun and flirty and while gowns are beautiful, this little dress was perfect for the young country singer. Before presenting alongside the Chainsmokers, she wore this black and yellow sequined ensemble from the Spring/Summer 2018 Nicolas Jebran line. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez was definitely a hottie in a hot pink dress by Georges Chakra. The gown from his Fall/Winter 2018-2019 line features a long cape as well as a black belt to hold it together. And J. Lo held it down looking as fierce as ever. Aside from new music, you can expect to see her in the film Second Act this December. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Dua Lipa

The English pop star is making waves and records everywhere! Before taking the stage to perform “One Kiss” and “Electricity”, Dua Lipa was a vision in white on the red carpet with a mermaid style gown by Giambattista Valli. She may not have won an award, but she wins everything else. | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

Vanessa Hudgens

One of my favorites, Vanessa Hudgens, looked pretty in pink with a Cushnie dress. The rose colored dress came straight from the runway from the Spring 2019 collection. Instead of going with some long locks, the fashionista went with a short bob and made sure to show off the low-cut neckline. Vanessa is also co-starring in Second Chance this December! | Photo Source: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America via Zimbio |

The Men

Rami Malek will soon be seen as Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody and tonight he looked great in a Givenchy suit.

Thomas Rhett was a looker in a royal blue fitted suit.

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Khalid rocked the carpet in a pinkMoschino ensemble before performing “Eastside” with Halsey and Benni Blanco!

Quavo of Migos came through drippin’ in Dolce & Gabbana as he walked solo on the red carpet.

The Couples

Cardi B & Offset

The married couple walked the red carpet in Dolce & Gabbana. Cardi B showed off so much personality in the floral gown, while Offset stepped back and let his lady steal the show.

G-Eazy & Halsey

I will always love these two together. Both G-Eazy and Halsey (in a Redemption dress) are always so stylish on the red carpet solo, but when they’re together it’s a whole other level. They are goals.

Send me your favorite looks of the night!

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Adele

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Now Watching: You 1×5 |”Living with the Enemy” | Recap

On this week’s episode of You, Joe and Beck have shacked up. Although we all know Joe is a little much when it comes to “protecting” Beck, he seems to have inspired her to start writing. One morning as Beck writes, she hears Paco’s parents arguing and Joe makes a comment about not meddling with people’s lives. :Insert eyeroll here:

Then comes girl’s night with Joe. Joe spends the night analyzing every flaw Beck’s friends have and something tells me he’ll be using it to his advantage. Peach is still trying to get Joe to confess to his crime of stealing, but Joe is just as sassy back.

Out of all of Beck’s friends, Annika seems to take a liking to Joe and vice versa, but it could also be their disdain for Peach Salinger that brings them together. Joe suggests that Annika post a throwback picture of her and Peach. She does it, but let’s just say it’s not a very flattering picture.

Later on, Joe’s dream date with Beck is interrupted when an anonymous user posts a very incriminating video of Annika. This just screams Peach. Joe is determined to stay one step ahead of Peach so he starts to follow her around and even takes up running. After following her around, his main task involves Peach’s laptop.

Joe comes home to Paco reading on the stairs. What’s new? Well this time, he’s reading a book on juvenile prosecuting. Seems that our little Paco is fed up with his stand-in father. Joe tries to convince Paco that he shouldn’t go the violent route and suggests a new book, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. “It’s about revenge and living with the enemy,” he says confidently.

The next night, Peach throws a party so she can introduce Beck to well-known agent, Roger Stevens. This earns her some points, but to be honest it may ruin her other opportunity from her adviser. While Beck mingles, Peach and Joe have a little snark fest. One thing they both agree on, Beck has no idea what’s best for her.

Joe finds an opportunity to steal Peach’s laptop and belongings. Instead of trying to guess the password, he looks through her other things and finds an old picture of Beck. Pervy Joe proceeds to masturbate to said picture in his bookstore basement. As he returns upstairs, he overhears Roger and Peach discussing Beck’s lack of writing expertise. He returns everything but the laptop and the picture.

He’s not sure how to crack the password, so he enlists Annika to get some information. All he gets is Annika venting about the label the whole world, especially Peach gave her. Beck saves him with a call warning him that Peach is searching his apartment for her laptop. After arguing back and forth with Beck in the middle, Joe suggests “Find my computer” and of course, the laptop is at Peach’s.

Peach storms out and Joe snaps at Beck for not coming to his defense. Joe then tells Beck what he overheard and boy was that the wrong move. Of course, this pushes Joe to find out what’s on the laptop. He cracks the password, “beckalicious”, and finds a folder with Beck’s initials. Joe realizes he’s not the only one watching Beck’s every move, when he sees photos and videos of his girlfriend. “Beck, you’ve got a stalker,” he says. The nerve of this guy. I mean, both of you are in love with Beck, so spare me the stalker talk.

Things fall into place for Joe’s revenge against Peach. Turns out Roger Stevens is a douchebag who doesn’t know how to keep it in his pants. After being shot down by Beck, he then confirms what Joe said about Peach. “Joe was right, you live to cut down your friends,” Beck says putting Peach in her place. For the first time, Beck walks away from Peach and it’s quite sad.

When Beck goes to apologize to Joe, their time is yet again interrupted by Peach. Beck (and Joe) comes running when Peach reveals she popped some pills before apologizing. But damn, Peach should be an actress with the show she pulls. Joe catches on, but Beck is still naive. Beck stays over at Peach’s and just like that Joe admits defeat.

Or not. Joe remembers why he took up running and finally catches up to Peach. He knocks her out with a rock and runs away with an inner monologue about murdering her. She never saw him coming.

When Joe comes home satisfied with what he did to Peach, he sees Paco hovering over his mother’s boyfriend. He overdosed (Paco’s doing), but Joe saves him. Too bad he’s ungrateful and starts beating Joe to a pulp. It’s karma. But the real karma is when Beck calls about Peach’s attack. “She’s alive?” he says in disbelief. She’s alive, bitches.

TLDR Version:

Joe and Beck are trying to live their best lives together, but there’s one person in the way. Peach Salinger. Through Joe’s stalking tactics, he finds that he isn’t the only one obsessed with Beck. Peach and Joe battle it out for Beck’s attention and while Peach is one step ahead, Joe takes the win by almost murdering the heiress.

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Adele

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Now Watching: You 1×3 | “Maybe” | Recap

Last week on You, Joe went on his first date with Beck and finally got rid of the man in the middle, Benji. Joe doesn’t realize that he’s not good enough for Beck either, especially considering the circumstances.

Things between Joe and Beck are going smoothly as they walk hand in hand getting to know each other. Beck confesses her forever movie is Pretty In Pink and Joe eats it up during his inner monologue – typical. When Beck asks about his ex Candice, he has the perfect answer. Now I really want to know. His inner monologue continues as he watches Beck walk to her apartment and he remembers he has to get rid of the body he left in the bookstore basement.

He’s still keeping appearances on social media to make it seem that Benji is just partying hard and everyone believes it. But other than that, Joe has no idea what he’s doing. He can’t just Google it. He has to be smart about it, but his stomach can’t handle it.

Beck meets with her girlfriends later in the day recapping her new TA position and her Tinder hookup from the night before. Little does she know, Joe is sitting at the bar eavesdropping. “Joe’s still a maybe,” she says out loud, while Peach rolls her eyes and Joe stresses TF out. Both Joe and Peach don’t want to see Beck hooking up with other people. But Joe still watches from across the street as Beck bangs the barista.

The Tinder news is the push Joe needs to finally get the guts to get rid of Benjie. But it’s said when he gets young Paco to get a few items: potassium nitrate, six rolls of duct tape, fire starter, twine, burlap, wood stamps, tarp, and potting soil. Science project?

While Paco gets the stuff, Joe takes the time to go on a shopping spree with Beck. She thinks he has such perfect timing. Joe almost slips up again when he states that her bedroom isn’t big enough to fit a king sized bed. But again, he’s quick on his feet. And quick to go down. They have a moment on a bed in a shop as Beck feels unremarkable which leads to a make out sesh, that is quickly shot down when they are almost caught having oral sex in public. Beck’s not in the mood and Joe stops thinking about it when the electricity goes down at the bookstore.

It’s time for Joe to finally suck it up and get rid of the body. But not before heading to Beck’s to help with her new bed. Beck then reveals why she didn’t enjoy that public display of affection. She likes Joe…actually likes him. And I hate the fact that I think this scene is cute. Joe gets Beck to open up and finally hears her story about her Dad and his red ladle. The red ladle symbolizes happy times with her father, not the perverted story Benji had up his sleeve.

Things start to get heated, but Peach has perfect timing with some bladder issues, showing up unannounced. Joe drives them to the ER, but Peach can’t stand the smell. Makes sense considering there is a dead body. Later on, Peach recovers at the hospital and Beck thinks it’s the right time to ask her what she thinks about Joe. She does not approve, especially due to his financial situation. That’s shallow, but we all know Peach just loves Beck.

As Joe returns home to finish his job, he’s met by the police and Paco’s step dad, Ron. He found the list, but Joe was prepared with a secret garden. Ron explains that he was a parole office and he has a bad feeling about Joe, but only proves that his relationship with his girlfriend’s son is a bit estranged as he yells at Paco.

Joe FINALLY gets some time to rid the world of Benji, but Beck decides to call to continue their little bed party. Unfortunately, he’s a little too distracted especially when two people are walking in the woods at night. The pressure gets to him and he has a little word vomit, practically yelling at Beck for giving him mixed signals. He hangs up in a rush, sets the body on fire and invites the hikers to join his bonfire. Lucky for him, they decline.

Joe’s a little heartbroken when Beck ignores his calls. But she had better things to worry about like her poem piece for her TA workshop, which she didn’t even get a chance to read. Beck was then inspired to open up again. “If i’m sending mixed messages, it’s because I don’t know who I am, so how am I supposed to know what I want?,” Beck confesses. Same, Beck, same. Then she goes on a spiel about not knowing anything about Joe or his friends. He’s so willing to let her in on who Joe is, he invites her to the downstairs basement. And I’m screaming at Beck to not go down there!

The mysterious bookkeeper explains what they keep in the basement and I’m having deja vu considering this is the same exact thing he said to Paco. I’m sure he’s going to keep out the fact that he also keeps dead bodies.  He may even have “Ozma of Oz” down there, which Peach later notices is missing. Beck deletes Tinder and all is well in the Joe/Beck world, until Joe finishes in less than 15 seconds.

How is this show so funny, cute, thrilling, and disturbing at the same time?

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Adele

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Now Watching: You “Pilot” | A Recap

When you put three actors from three of my favorite shows ever, you better believe I’ll be watching. And with the tagline, “Not everyone wants to be followed,” one is lead to believe this is Gossip Girl x 100, which I am 100% okay with.

The series starts with a voice over by Joe (Penn Badgley) and I got major Gossip Girl vibes. Here Joe is, watching and recounting a girl’s every move right up until she approaches him. It’s creepy if you ask me, especially as he analyzes everything about her. You see, Joe’s a literary type. He’s a bookstore manager and seems to read people that he does books. When Joe and Beck (Elizabeth Lail) first interact, it’s oddly cute because they connect on the fact that people suck. Let’s face it…people are disappointing.  But as a viewer, the moment is ruined when Joe starts having pervy thoughts.

As Beck smiles and turns to leave the bookstore, Joe can’t keep his thoughts at bay. He feels like he needs to protect her from the world at all costs, but mainly from getting her heart broken like he did. How does he start? He Googles her. People do it all the time. But we all know Joe may go a little too far. “And there you were, every account set to public. You want to be seen, heard…known. Of course, I obliged,” Joe says to himself as a matter of fact. As Joe finds himself outside of Beck’s home staring at her in her towel through the window, I realize he’s that character that reminds us all to put all of our social media on private.

Joe memorizes Beck’s schedule, and I’m wondering when he’s going to “accidentally” run into her and have another so-called cute meeting. He even shows up at the bar where her and her friends celebrate a birthday. He hates them because they’re rich, snobby brats, especially that Peach (Shay Mitchell) – Beck’s nothing like them. “Your social media is a liar. It says you’re a happy go-lucky dilettante. But underneath it all, you seem like the genuine article,” Joe has a way of words. But when he gets jealous of booty call Benji, the on/off boyfriend, it’s a bit alarming. Benji leaves Beck unsatisfied. Moral of the story? Beck needs curtains. Ultimately, Joe needs to stop masturbating to Beck masturbating through the window.

Now, Joe doesn’t seem to have many friends, just like “Lonely boy”. But he seems to take on a big brother role for one of his neighbors’ child, Paco. It’s almost as if he wants to mold Paco to grow up just like him. It’s almost endearing. But when he brings up chivalry, I’m not sure Joe really knows what that is considering how he’s been stalking Beck. I almost spit out my water at the fact that Paco’s alcoholic stepfather sees right through Joe, calling him a freak.

The little interaction with the stepfather triggers something in Joe. He takes the stalking one notch higher, reporting a gas leak and simply walking in like it’s nothing. While Beck meets with her Professor, Joe goes directly to Beck’s laptop to get more dirt. Much to Joe’s dismay, Beck comes home earlier than expected and finds himself hiding in the shower. Luckily, Beck’s friends have perfect timing.

Off to Greenpoint we go! Beck has finally decided to participate in open mic night and let’s just say it was a train wreck. Her friends showed up for support, but hate the fact that they’re even there (Peach is a far cry from Shay Mitchell’s PLL character). Even Joe felt so bad, he had to leave. But fate brings the two together in a strange way. As Joe waits for his train, Beck and the drunk mess that she is, shows up too. In a flash, Beck falls over into the train tracks and Joe finally stops lurking in the shadows and becomes her knight in shining armor. But something tells me, this is exactly what Joe wanted.

As Beck sobers up she realizes how familiar Joe is. “I don’t want to sound like a stalker, but I think I know you,” she says, while I internally scream, “he’s the stalker!” Joe hails for a taxi and the naive Beck offers that he gets in on the ride. As Joe listens to Beck talk, we all know he already knows everything about her. Joe makes a rookie mistake when he mentions her poetry, but is quick enough to generalize that every young writer in New York writes poetry. Smooth, Joe, smooth.

Joe finally asks for Beck’s number as he drops her off at her apartment into Benji’s arms. But apparently she lost her phone at the subway, so email is the best communication. That doesn’t make sense because we saw she grabbed her phone, but she wasn’t sober enough to realize that and sadly, Joe just got to it first. As he leaves, he comes to a conclusion: Benji is not worthy of Beck’s time and he’s on a mission to make sure no more time is wasted.

And now comes the end of the Pilot episode? Remember when I mentioned that Joe and Paco’s relationship is a bit endearing? I’m not sure this relationship should continue. As Joe cheers the young boy up and shows him how to mend a ruined book spine in the private downstairs dungeon of the bookstore, he seems to reveal his plan for Benji. Lure him downstairs and hit him over the head with the right force, just like the spine of a book. And he succeeds. If only Benji got his head out of his ass, he’d realize that Joe is the guy that dropped off his girlfriend the other day. Serves him right, I guess. Joe has his chance and takes it, by asking Beck out via email of course.

TLDR version:

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy stalks girl. Boy saves girl from train. Boy kidnaps girl’s on/off boyfriend and hits him over the head. Boy scores a date with girl.

So far, I’m intrigued. What are your thoughts?

xoxo,

Adele

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