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'The Originals' season 1 finale react: Hope. Her name is Hope.

Season 1 | Episode 22 | “From a Cradle to a Grave” | Aired May 13, 2014

This honestly has to be the best hour of television we’ve watched in a very long time. A baby was born, a bunch of people died, a few people came very close to dying, there were lots of tears shed and even a few resurrections. Our feels at this point are off the freaking charts. Let’s dive into the dirty deets of the brilliant season 1 finale of The Originals.

Hayley gets killed: Hayley delivers her baby in St. Anne’s church surrounded by the witches, along with Klaus, who’s magically pinned to the wall. We feel like this is highly unsanitary, but apparently that’s not really a concern of theirs right now. When the baby girl is born, Hayley begs to be able to hold her just once. You know what they do instead? They slit Hayley’s throat. Yeah, you read that correctly. The witches savagely kill her and takes the baby. Elijah comes in wondering what went down when he sees Hayley’s bloody, lifeless body cradled in Klaus’ arms.



Elijah blames Klaus for not being on his A-game and letting the witches best him. Klaus says the only thing they can do now is save the baby. This entire time we were convulsing on the couch, trying to process all our emotions. It wasn’t pretty.









Mikael has risen: Davina uses her witchy ways to collect Klaus’ blood off the street in order to help save the vampires who have been attacked by the Guerrara pack. We’re not going to lie: For someone who never goes to school, that was a pretty smart move on her part.








Marcel tells her there’s only enough blood for one person and insists that she give it to Josh. He led his vampire army into this war; if they are all dead due to a lethal werewolf bite, he’ll go down with them. God, Marcel is pure man.










After Mikael appears to Davina again, she decides to go through with the spell to resurrect him. He regains his strength by eating all of the half-dead vampires hanging out in the courtyard at the Mikaelson abode (Remember, the guy is a vampire who feeds on vampire blood. #weirdo). The kicker with Mikael is that he can’t do anything without Davina’s say-so. He’s completely under her control and she won’t let him make a move on Klaus until she’s ready for him to.

Mission “Save Baby Mikaelson”: After Elijah sheds a few heartbreaking tears in the cemetery, Klaus convinces him to buck up and focus on the baby. The problem is, the witches have cast an illusion spell on the cemetery, making it near impossible to find them and the babe. Then, something awesome happens … Hayley appears! We totally forgot that she had the blood of her child (who’s a hybrid) in her, so she was healed and brought back to life.










Hayley can feel her baby’s presence nearby, which helps them locate the baby and the witches just in time. When they spot the witches, they’re wearing their Sunday best and Genevieve has a knife raised above baby Mikaelson. A fight ensues, but Klaus, Elijah and Hayley aren’t faring so well. Who steps in to save the day? Marcel! Klaus spears the blond witch with an iron fence post and Marcel throwing-stars Monique to death. Marcel swipes the baby and heads back to the Mikaelson compound. When Klaus shows up, they have a moving heart-to-heart, and Marcel apologizes for bringing Mikael back all those years ago. Klaus tells him it ain’t no thang and offers up his wrist to heal Marcel from his werewolf bite. They’re friends again!










Hell hath no fury like a woman whose baby is almost sacrificed: Hayley and Elijah have Gen tied up and are grilling her about her motives. She spills the beans that she had no choice and was being controlled by … wait for it … Esther.









Yes, baby Josh Hutcherson — “The Original” mother. She’s just as nasty as Mikael and wants to see all of her children dead as well. Talk about the worst parents ever. Gen warns them that Esther will stop at nothing to find and kill the baby, and sobs about how sorry she is. Hayley doesn’t really care, and she stabs Gen and leaves her hanging there. Can we also note that Hayley lost her baby weight, like, immediately? We know she’s a fierce betch, but we did a juice cleanse last week and didn’t lose close to an entire nine months of baby weight.










A tough decision is made: Then, the story goes full Sleeping Beauty when Hayley decides the only way to protect her baby is to hide her. Hayley was crying, we were crying; it was just a big mess. Klaus comes up with a plan to fake the baby’s death so that Esther won’t go looking for her. Marcel is in on it and uses werewolf-Oliver as a pawn. He brings Oliver a box and tells him that he and his pack are being set up as the murderer of Klaus’ baby. When Marcel walks away and Oliver looks in the box, he sees the unthinkable. Yes, it’s a dead baby that isn’t really Klaus’ — a stillborn that Marcel took from a hospital.










Yeah, we can’t believe The CW went there either. With the news of the baby’s death all over town, all Hayley, Elijah and Klaus have to do is play the part of a grieving family. This isn’t that hard, seeing how they still have to say goodbye to their babe.

Klami: When Cami finds out that baby Mikaelson “died,” she goes to Klaus to give her condolences. Naturally, she feels terrible about what happened and wishes she could have done something to uncover Francesca’s plan sooner. Their faces come dangerously close together, but Klaus tells her she can’t be in his life because he destroys everything that’s beautiful. Cami is a little taken aback by Klaus sending her away.









But what do you expect from a guy whose baby just fake-died? These two will have their time in the sun in season 2 — we just know it.

Baby Hope: This scene gave us so many good feels. Klaus executes the last part of the plan to hide the baby. He pulls up to a desolate area, at night, outside of the city. He’s holding the baby, and a car pulls up. Someone in fierce shoes steps out — it’s Rebekah.










After we started bawling uncontrollably, Klaus goes into an epic speech about how Rebekah is the only person he would trust with his miracle child, and he gives the best daddy speech ever to the baby. If you watched The Vampire Diaries, you know that all Rebekah ever wanted was a normal life, a family and a baby. This makes the moment even more amazing. Before he hands her off, Rebekah asks him what the baby’s name is.


















We’ll give you a few minutes to compose yourselves.

Here’s the twist: The episode ends with two randos, a man and a woman, standing in the middle of the graveyard above a specific headstone. The woman puts a rose on the headstone, and the man calls her “mother.” The camera pans to the headstone and we see that it says “Esther Mikaelson.”









Finn was the only one of the original vampires that despised his existence and wanted to eliminate the species with their mother. As a reminder, if one of the original vampires dies, every vampire they have turned dies along with them — thus eliminating the vampire species.

We know you’re all dying to give us your thoughts on the season finale, so sound off below. We have a long summer ahead of us, so leave us your comments and predictions so we can fangirl/fanboy together! 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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