The Blacklist: Dr. Adrian Shaw (No. 98) Conclusion
Season 4, Episode 8 Tweetcap

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"She's nothing to you. A distant, confused memory. I'm the one you want... You set the terms. However you want, I'll do it. My life for hers."
—Red to Kirk

That smile. Red is genuinely happy here. He doesn't get to experience that often. No flashes of sadness or regret or fear. He's just in that moment, holding Liz tightly, holding Agnes gently, letting his heart swell.

Supernatural: The Foundry
Season 12, Episode 3 Tweetcap

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I'm still mourning them as I knew them. My baby Sam. My little boy Dean. Just feels like yesterday we were together in Heaven. And now I'm here, and John is gone, and they're gone. And every moment I spend with you reminds me of every moment I lost with them.
—Mary to Sam and Dean

Dean tries to deny it, to avoid the conversation, to pretend that everything's alright. All these feelings about Mary being alive and home are big enough. To add on top of that that she doesn't know what to do with herself, how to process not being dead anymore and having missed so much, is overwhelming for her and her boys.

Supernatural: Mamma Mia
Season 12, Episode 2 Tweetcap

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Mom, I am thrilled that you're back. I'm so damn happy I can't even stand it.
—Dean

"Mom, for me, just having you here...fills in the biggest blank."
—Sam

Project Intro: Well, things have not gone to plan. I gave myself a project for the 2016-2017 TV season. I was going to tweet every episode of my five favorite dramas and then gather those tweets into post form, sprinkling in more commentary here and there. The only one I managed to finish was The Walking Dead S7E8, which took weeks, as is the usual for me when I get hung up on one amazing episode. So, the whole summer passed me by and I had nothing to show for it. But I'm not giving up on this project. I'm just turning it in past due, and making sure I don't have a two-season pile up by next May. Good luck to me.

This tweetcap is best read along with a rewatch of the episode.

Before anything else, I have to say that once again Jensen and Jared have done a beautiful job. They both conveyed such a depth of emotion at Dean and Sam having their mother back that it was overwhelming. For that reason, I couldn't pick just one quote to start this post.

Supernatural: Keep Calm and Carry On
Season 12, Episode 1 Tweetcap

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"My Dean is 4 years old."
—Mary
"I was when you died."
—Dean

Project Intro: Well, things have not gone to plan. I gave myself a project for the 2016-2017 TV season. I was going to tweet every episode of my five favorite dramas and then gather those tweets into post form, sprinkling in more commentary here and there. The only one I managed to finish was The Walking Dead S7E8, which took weeks, as is the usual for me when I get hung up on one amazing episode. So, the whole summer passed me by and I had nothing to show for it. But I'm not giving up on this project. I'm just turning it in past due, and making sure I don't have a two-season pile up by next May. Good luck to me.

Best read along with a rewatch of the episode.

Season Opening Track

I'm always behind on Supernatural lately, I think since the beginning of season 11. I used to be able to watch it live, but suddenly my family had different priorities. Any new, mind-numbingly average series would always get watched first, relegating Supernatural to the level of a background noise show you put on when you're making dinner or paying bills. We would eventually get to a new episode of SPN days after it aired, and once it was three weeks. Early this season, I made a plea for Supernatural, and from then on we started mostly watching same-day again. Not quite live, but close enough again to feel right. Why did I not do that last year?

The Blacklist: Dr. Adrian Shaw (No. 98)
Season 4, Episode 7 Tweetcap

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"I think you're compassionate. You believe he's your father. When push comes to shove, your impulse will be to save him."
—Red to Liz

Project Intro: Well, things have not gone to plan. I gave myself a project for the 2016-2017 TV season. I was going to tweet every episode of my five favorite dramas and then gather those tweets into post form, sprinkling in more commentary here and there. The only one I managed to finish was The Walking Dead S7E8, which took weeks, as is the usual for me when I get hung up on one amazing episode. So, the whole summer passed me by and I had nothing to show for it. But I'm not giving up on this project. I'm just turning it in past due, and making sure I don't have a two-season pile up by next May. Good luck to me.

This is one of those episodes that I tweeted a good amount, but then I didn't do much commenting afterwards to expand on those thoughts. I'm not sure why. Time must have gotten away from me. I'll try to expand on this in the future if I get to that rewatch I've been longing to do.

How about sincerely manipulative? Manipulatively sincere? Can that be a thing?

Which isn't a very helpful thing for me to say, I know. Probably best not to come to me for advice.

Liz Preps for Surgery

I guess I was so excited about the possibilities being opened back up that I couldn't spell "weren't."

Even when I don't like someone, it gets to me every time. The best example of that I think will always be Ben Linus digging his own grave on Lost. It was then that I realized that Michael Emerson was a superb actor, when he made my heart break for a villain. Now I'd definitely like to see more of Kirk, because Ulrich Thomsen killed this scene.