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'The Originals' react: What nightmares are made of

Season 1 | Episode 20 | “A Closer Walk With Thee” | Aired Apr 29, 2014

Bloody good episode, mates! No seriously, that was the bloodiest episode yet. We saw more people puking up blood in that hour-long span than we ever needed to. In “A Closer Walk With Thee,” we got a touching Marcel and Klaus flashback, a long-overdue first kiss, and some seriously disturbing moments thanks to Papa Mikaelson. Let’s get down to the dirty deets.

Nightmares: Klaus and Elijah both find out that they are having nightmares about their dead jerk-face father, Mikael. Mikael is trying to kill Klaus even in death. Talk about persistence! We get that Mama Mikaelson slept with a werewolf and had Klaus out of wedlock back in the day, but it’s not Klaus’ fault! Why is Mikael trying to blame Klaus for his wife’s betrayal? Sounds to me that maybe someone should have been home more often for Netflix date nights than out bamboozling in ancient Mystic Falls.







Francesca problems: OK, we do NOT like this lady. She’s some casino owner who was extremely rude to Hayley and is trying to dabble in supernatural business. Girl, you aren’t an immortal creature, royal werewolf or ancient witch. Back up and move on. We’re done here.









Hayley died for a hot minute: Monique was being a little you-know-what and cast some spell that sent Hayley to “the other side.” You know, that place where dead supernatural creatures go for all eternity? Apparently the other side is crumbling (if you’re currently watching The Vampire Diaries, you know this), and lots of the spirits are running rogue and causing all sorts of ruckus. One of those spirits is Mikael, which would explain the nightmares. Hayley ran into him during her few minutes of death, and he tried to kill her! We cannot stand Mikael. That is his grandbaby’s life he’s threatening. #BadGrandpa










Oh yeah, and Hayley made it back from the other side and didn’t die. Hooray!

Funeral party: Apparently, when someone dies in New Orleans, they have a parade instead of a peaceful time of remorse. Who wants to parade down Bourbon Street in all black in the Deep South after they just lost a loved one?








You’re right, Edward Cullen. It is a terrible idea. Cami was not having it either. I guess in retrospect it is a “celebration of life,” but considering that Father Kieran died a demonic death and was a priest, it seems a little insincere. But heck, what do we know?









Classiest nursery ever: Klaus surprises Hayley with the nursery in the family home. We would say it’s adorable that he did this all himself, but you know he compelled about 20 people to do it all for him. Nonetheless, it’s magical and heartwarming. The nursery was flawless. There were even crystals hanging from the ceiling. Crystals! As if Klaus would ever let his baby snooze under anything other than Waterford. Don’t hate us, but we wouldn’t mind seeing Klaus and Hayley get together at some point. This scene was too sweet for words, and they are starting to really care for one another.










The  first kiss: It looks like our secret dream of seeing Klaus and Hayley together isn’t happening anytime soon. Elijah and Hayley shared their first kiss and it was romantic and incredible … until Elijah vamp-zipped away like a 10-year-old. What is there to run from, Elijah? You already know you’re in love with her. You’ve been alive for 10 centuries, wear a freshly pressed suit daily, have killed thousands of people, yet you can’t handle kissing a girl for the first time? We get that she’s pregnant with your brother’s child, but we’re not impressed.








Cami the code breaker: Cami and Marcel discover a box after a grave-smashing session that has some funky code on it. It’s code that Cami’s dead brother taught her when they were kids, and she refuses to tell Marcel what it says. Somehow, this all ties in with the key and their family secret. This is giving us National Treasure feels, and we like it. Can’t wait to see what other clues Father K left behind. Maybe it’s the tomb of Nicholas Cage’s vampire self. Too far?











Flashback to the good ol’ days: We learn that Marcel has raging daddy issues just like Klaus. His dad shot him back in the day, and Klaus ended up turning him to save his life. Current-day Klaus realizes the error of his ways. It’s clear he’s about to apologize to Marcel because he realizes he loves Marcel like a son, but that doesn’t quite work out. Marcel is immediately on the defense and Klaus never gets to have the talk he was hoping to have. Aren’t we being a little overdramatic, Marcel? You were raised by a god among men. You should be grateful and  just let him rule the dang Quarter or move on. We hear D.C. is nice this time of year. We love you, but you have to cut it out with this whole “angry and vengeful” nonsense already!









The ancestors are evil: Want to hear something terrible? The ancestors are forcing Genevieve to sacrifice the baby once it’s born. Yes, you heard that right. I’m not sure The CW will kill off a baby, but this is all sorts of crazy. Gen obviously doesn’t want to do it, but the ancestors start making her bleed from her face and toss her around. Listen Gen, you need to take one for the team and just let them kill you. You should be dead right now anyway. You fought the good fight, but you’ve overstayed your welcome.









Mikael has plans of his own: At the end of the episode, Mikael appears to Davina and makes her an offer: Bring me back from the dead and I’ll rid you of Klaus forever. Davina, don’t even tell us you’re considering doing this. Don’t get us wrong — Sebastian Roche (Mikael) is an amazing actor and would be a great season two villain — but we have more important things to focus on right now. For instance, what they’ll name the royal baby. You know that child will be all sorts of fierce.









With only two episodes left in season 1 of The Originals, it looks like the show will be going out with a bang. As the time draws near for the birth of the royal baby, we have more to worry about than the color scheme for the nursery (although it appears that Klaus already has that covered). Unfortunately, it looks like Genevieve and the ancestors have other plans for the babe. With the wolves being riled up in the bayou and Marcel pitting himself against Klaus, things are sure to end badly in the Quarter.

Will Genevieve actually be able to go through with the murder of an innocent child? Could a relationship between Hayley and Elijah ever really last? What do you think Francesca has up her sleeve? Will Davina be stupid enough to bring Mikael back from the dead? Sound off with your thoughts and predictions in the comments below. Until next time, #FangsOut!



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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