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'Shadowhunters' roundtable: Through the looking glass

Season 1 | Episode 10 | “This World Inverted” | Aired Mar 15, 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: Why do Seelies have elf ears? I just noticed this. Also, this whole episode is made up. I’m kind of cool with that, but I just want to point out this is nonsense.

Terri: Completely off-book. But I’m excited to see what this other dimension looks like.

Zakiya: I love that Simon compares becoming a vampire to puberty. That’s a pretty accurate comparison.

Terri: I died laughing when his fangs came out for the hot waitress.

Zakiya: Clary’s face when Valentine showed up for breakfast was priceless. And I applaud her for grabbing that knife so quickly.

Terri: I’m not sure most dads would jump to the cosplay conclusion.

Zakiya: Luke opened a bookstore in this alternate universe! I love when they include book tidbits.

Terri: I loved that detail! And seeing Luke all buttoned-up.

Zakiya: Lydia’s really out here. And I love that Izzy told her off. Go Izzy!

Terri: Lydia needs to loosen that braid in her hair and chill a bit. Her rigidness is poisoning Alec and I don’t like it.

Zakiya: Izzy as a nerd is so cute. She’s wearing a Stars Wars shirt!

Terri: I love adorkable Izzy. I want to be her BFF.

Zakiya: Do you think Jace was saying he and Clary are planning to get it on tonight? Because he had serious heart eyes, and he definitely wasn’t talking about the party.

Terri: Yeah, it definitely sounded like a “first time” plan to me.

Zakiya: I don’t know if Magnus is actually using his powers right now or not, but he’s speaking facts about Clary and Jace.

Terri: His intuition is strong even when his magic is dormant.

Zakiya: The cats! Chairman Meow and Church. I’m loving all the book references right now. I just wish they weren’t in the alternate reality.

Terri: Church makes Grumpy Cat look positively perky. LOL.


Zakiya: That awkward moment when Alec realizes Jace took the mortal cup. This is not going to help their relationship.

Terri: Alec is pissing me off in all kinds of ways. What choice is he giving Jace?

Zakiya: Alec is really going all out with this new personality thing. How is he willing to break his parabatai bond just to find Jace and get the mortal cup? It’s not that serious Alec! You can wait!

Terri: While I appreciate that he had to take his shirt off to break the parabatai bond, I hate, hate, HATE that he said Jace was dead to him. Seriously, WTF is wrong with you, dude?


Zakiya This AU world is literally perfect. If I was Clary, I’d never want to leave.

Terri: Right! I’ll confess that I initially hoped Simon and Clary would be together in this world, but seeing Sizzy made my heart so happy. They’re all kinds of cuteness.

Zakiya: Alec literally picks the worse time to use his parabatai bond to find Jace.

Terri: He’s being an assbutt, plain and simple. Make that a parabuttai.

Zakiya: AU Malec is so cute. It’s so funny to see Alec putting the moves on Magnus instead of the other way around.

Terri: I loved it! He had such positive swagger.

Zakiya: I knew Clary was going to get caught up in this alternate universe. Hopefully Magnus can snap her out of it.

Terri: I figured when Meliorn said she’d have to find someone to ground her that it would be Jace, even if it was AU Jace.

Zakiya: Simon is so cute. I can’t take it. I love Alberto.

Terri: He stole my heart even more this episode. Have I mentioned I have a crush on him? Even in his scenes with Luke. He gave me the giggles all night long.

Zakiya: Alright, so they changed the story about Jace’s father, and I’m actually 100 percent in support. I never liked the brother/sister thing anyway. Let’s go Michael Wayland!

Terri: Yeah, the whole incest thing was so weird and uncomfortable in the books. I get the draw of forbidden love, but … shudder. I had a hinky feeling they wouldn’t go there on the show. It’s just so taboo. But you never know. The commercial plug for Alice Through the Looking Glass was super heavy-handed. I mean, they actually wrote the B-storyline specifically for that purpose. To go completely off-book for pure promotion is crazy to me. It’s like when Iron Chef gives you a super-crazy, secret ingredient and you have to seamlessly integrate it into your dish. Fortunately, they made something that could be disastrous work, if a bit awkwardly at the party, and the AU storyline was frivolous fun.

Okay guys, impossible as it seems, there are just 3 more episodes until the season finale! What did you think of “The World Inverted?” What was your fave AU moment, and do you have any predictions for the remaining episodes?

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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