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'Shadowhunters' roundtable: Bad blood & forsaken proposals

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Bad Blood” | Aired Mar 1, 2016

Each week, EW Community Contributors Terri Clark and Zakiya Jamal, both passionate fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, will discuss the newest episode of Shadowhunters.

SPOILER ALERT: There are minimal spoilers from the books. Read at your own risk. If you have NOT read the books, what are you waiting for? Nothing, and we mean NOTHING, beats them!

Zakiya: Clary really shouldn’t make promises she can’t keep.

Terri: I don’t think Jocelyn taught her to think before she speaks.

Zakiya: They have an Institute full of Shadowhunters, and yet it’s only Alec, Clary, Jace, and Izzy that think to investigate the alarm going off? Really? Okay.

Terri: The extras aren’t paid enough to do more.

Zakiya: I love how Isabelle and Alec say, “No,” together, so quickly when their parents ask if they know anything about interacting with Downworlders.


Terri: Yeah, and they aren’t very good liars.

Zakiya: Nope, not at all. Oh boy, here comes Clary’s guilt trip. This is going to be a bumpy ride.

Terri: I knew the voicemail he left was going to be brutal when she finally heard it.

Zakiya: Lydia Branwell just walked in like, “What up guys? The bitch is back.” Except she’s never been there before, so, damn.

Terri: Guess she likes to make a dramatic entrance. Certainly doesn’t bode well.

Zakiya: I always forget Clary’s got a little Branwell in her. I love all the connections in The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Cassandra Clare is a mastermind.

Zakiya: Really Valentine? You’re gonna send the forsaken after Luke? Luke’s a werewolf. He can take them.

Terri: I must say, I really like the idea of zombies who’ll do your bidding. But, yeah, all they’re going to be is a nasty chew toy.

Zakiya: Simon’s mom getting emotional is not going to help Clary make the right decision.

Terri: There is no right thing you can say there.

Zakiya: So true.

Zakiya: Jace chooses the worst time for story time. I’m glad they included this from the books, though. It is important; I just don’t really get the timing.

Terri: I love that story. It perfectly demonstrated the kind of monster Valentine was. Clary seems clueless that it was Jace’s story.

Zakiya: I know! But she was just as clueless in the books, right?

Zakiya: Lydia clearly doesn’t know how to keep a secret. Actually, that’s not fair. Alec’s parents don’t know how to be honest. How long did they think it would take for Alec or Isabelle to discover they’re in the Circle? They’re Shadowhunters! They’re not stupid.

Terri: Yeah, she thought that was common knowledge. That ought to go over well for improving their family dynamics.

Zakiya: Alec getting all nervous and flustered at the mention of Magnus’ name is me around any crush I’ve ever had.

Terri: “Magnus is quite magical.” Ha!

Zakiya: I’m loving all The Infernal Devices references tonight. “You know Magnus Bane made the first portal with Henry Branwell, the last Branwell to run an Institute.” Although I’d like to point out that Charlotte actually ran it, but still, I love it.

Terri: If Alec took the news about his parents that hard, calling it unforgivable, I can only imagine Izzy’s reaction.

Zakiya: Izzy is literally the Queen of the Malec ship. She is me, basically.

Terri: But when did she become a CSI?

Zakiya: Today, I guess. Who knows? I’m really confused about everything Shadowhunters are capable of.

Terri: I’m really loving Isaiah Mustafa as Luke. He really seems to center everything.

Zakiya: “Maybe you should start living for yourself.” Truer words have never been spoken. Thank God for Magnus!

Terri: And thank God for whoever had Matthew finally take his shirt off AND didn’t make him wax it like every other man in Hollywood.

Zakiya: Yes! I’m a fan of the hairy chest. It works for him very well.

Terri: Woohoo, Clary laid one on Camille. WTG, Fairchild.

Zakiya: I love how Alec refuses to acknowledge Lydia after she tells the Lightwoods she’s going to be taking over the Institute. He may not like his parents, but he definitely loves them. Family first.

Terri: It’s a bad day when you have to choose between a stake and a shovel for your best friend. Wonder if Alberto was at all freaked out about filming that. I would not want to lay in a hole and have dirt thrown on me, even for pretend.

Zakiya: You know what every girl wants in a marriage proposal? Being told that your marriage will form a powerful alliance. Alec, for why?

Terri: And Lydia becomes the prettiest beard ever.

Zakiya: Simon drinking that blood was not cute. Clary is a better friend than me if she stands by him after that. I couldn’t do it. I’d be terrified.

Terri: She clearly was terrified. She may keep a stake by her side for quite some time, not to mention Jace. That was such a badass “birth,” though.

Zakiya: Valentine really knows how to hold a grudge. Hasn’t it been almost 20 years since his “friends” left the Circle? Let it go!

Terri: Thoughts running through my head: Does Izzy hold advanced degrees, ’cause suddenly she’s this weird expert; that was a weak-ass hit that Alec took, he should be tougher than that; Hodge has clearly never seen a horror movie—you never check on them when they’re down. You get the hell out of there. But man can he fight!

Zakiya: Will Simon ever forgive Clary for this? Will Clary ever forgive herself? Who knows?

Terri: We do! We read the books. 🙂

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Freeform (formerly ABC Family).

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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