Patrick and Terry look at a horrific mural Eller has painted on his basement wall. Patrick believes that it was Eller that burned down their homes. Eller comes down and aims his shotgun at Terry's head, saying that maybe if he kills Patrick and Terry, "it" will forgive him. Eller says that he saw Kessler and his wife burn. When Terry asks how, Eller explains that he was crashing on their couch for a bit after they came back from Iraq. One night, Eller says he woke up and says the house was on fire. When he noticed Kessler and his wife were trapped, he tried to help them but said that the fire unnaturally moved towards them and intercepted them as they ran, killing them both. Eller panicked and jumped out the window, then ran. Eller did some research and found out about Ifrit; a being of smoke and fire that is targeting them for what they did in Iraq on their drunken night. Terry flashes back to that night and recalls that there was one survivor, an Iraqi woman. Patrick tells Terry to put her down, but Terry believes they can save her. Patrick refuses to be dragged down about what they did considering how long they have been in Iraq. Terry believes that they can help her, but Patrick reminds him that the man to his left and right are more important. Terry reluctantly aims his rifle at the woman. She places the curse of Ifrit on all of them just before Terry shoots her to death.
Grudgingly, he sentences Davos to death, but Davos hands him a letter from the Night's Watch that is requesting assistance, now that the threat of the White Walkers has become very real. Stannis, despite seeming interested, doesn't change his mind until Melisandre agrees with Davos that the real threat to the realm lies north and has nothing to do with the War of the Five Kings. Stannis brings Davos back into the fold, needing someone to rally more troops to his side, and decides that they should march to the Wall and help the Night's Watch against the threat of the White Walkers.
Although Stannis was not pleased that Jon interfered with Mance's execution, he presents Jon an enticing offer. If Jon bends the knee and swears his loyalty to Stannis, the king will legitimize him as Jon Stark, making him the Lord of Winterfell. Stannis, after receiving a message from Lyanna Mormont, knows that having a Stark on his side is the best chance of rallying the Northerners to his cause. Jon is tempted by the offer, since he wanted to be a true Stark since he was a boy, but he tells Samwell Tarly that he intends to refuse the offer.
With regard to his brothers, Stannis was in better control of his emotions in comparison to the temperamental Robert and youthful Renly, whereas he always appeared calculating and stoic, repressing his emotions and desires for most of his life for the sole objections of the greater good. Even when fully prepared to vent his emotions, he is able to retain his composure and dignity, even when he is about to be assassinated. Stannis has very little patience for false politeness that is expected of a lord in court and generally states his opinions of others or what is on his mind aloud. Because of this, he does not surround himself with sycophants as Cersei does but with advisors whom he trusts to be blunt with the truth, whether he may object to it or not.
Following the Battle of the Blackwater, there are many who believe Stannis has given up any hope for the Iron Throne. Tywin, who considers Stannis as the greatest danger of all the other contenders combined (he said that to Tyrion in the first novel), does not think so, stating at a meeting of the Small Council: "This is Stannis Baratheon. The man will fight to the bitter end and then some." He speculates that Stannis may try to rally the stormlords or form an alliance with Dorne. Davos has a similar opinion about his king: "It is not in Stannis to yield, so long as he knows his claim is just."
As time passes, Stannis's rigid personality has somewhat softened: he realizes that people will not accept him as the king just because he is Robert's legal heir. He also learns the lesson that Ned Stark failed to understand (until it was too late): in order to achieve his goals, he must sometimes compromise his principles. For example: Jon explains to Stannis that if he commands the Northern mountain clans to fight for him, they will look at one another and say "Who is this man? He is no king of mine"; instead, Stannis must adopt a friendly attitude, to feast with the clans and praise them. Stannis says grudgingly, "Why should I beg for what is owed me?", but does as Jon advised him, and that way he manages to rally the clans.
Tom is held on an alien ship for three months where he is subjected to torture and other unknown events. He is eventually brought before an Overlord to hear a proposition; the aliens will set aside a "neutral" zone where humans will be allowed to live in exchange for the surrender of the Resistance. Tom likens this to a concentration camp and demands to know why the aliens are really here but is rebuffed. The Overlords are revealed to consider humans primitive and naturally aggressive; claiming that invasion was the only course of action with mankind despite Tom's protest that they are just focusing on mankind's darker history. Tom flat out refuses the proposal and manages to attack the Overlord with a Skitter weapon before he is subdued. Later Tom is released along with other captured humans who all refused the same offer. Tom meets a woman, Bonnie Garcia, from the Resistance in Vermont. After the ship takes off the Skitter who was on the ship with Tom orders a Mech to kill the entire group except for Tom, letting him go.
Back at the base, Manchester tells Tom he's narrowed the list of suspects down to a dozen. He's about to inform Tom when Anne goes into labor. After Arthur is murdered, Tom asks Anthony to pick up the investigation into the mole; he shows regret for Manchester's death, saying he was basically a good man but sometimes misguided and blames himself for Manchester's death. Tom soon rushes to Anne's side as she gives birth. It's a girl. After their child's birth, Tom opens the Citizen's Forum by welcoming his new daughter Alexis and mourning Manchester's murder. He gives a rally-the-troops speech. Pope watches, annoyed, and says he has a plan.
The next morning all the teachers are gathered for a meeting arranged by Paige. Alison interjects by saying that she thinks it's great what Paige is doing, and that she is serious. Most new teachers go for something safer, like a pep-rally but Paige is really pushing her personal comfort zone. Emily looks nervously at Alison as she talks, knowing that the two have bad blood. Paige tells her that it's not that big of a deal, and Ali tells her not to be modest and that some people at the table remember what she used to be like. The smile on Emily's face falls, and Ali asks Emily if she remembers. However, Emily stays quiet, but Alison continues on by asking May if she remembers when Paige was a student, and personally, she always wondering where all the aggression came from. May states that Paige had a lot of team spirit, and Alison quickly says that it was more than that, and asks Emily again for her opinion. However, Emily just sits uncomfortably in her seat. Paige then retorts that May remembers how Alison was like to and that she's pretty unforgettable. Ali thanks her by Paige quickly says that it wasn't a compliment. May recommends taking a break, and Ali states that if Paige needs a break she understands since she's probably overwhelmed. Emily snaps at her to stop it and the two exchange a look.
We've known Wilder to defy patients, break the rules, and even attempt illegal things for the sole purpose of saving a patient, so to suddenly and abruptly have her play this role without hesitation feels inauthentic to who she was literally two episodes ago, and is enough to give a person whiplash.
It may be an unpopular opinion to voice. Still, it struck me as odd that Lauren immediately started jumping down his throat and touting things about feminism, sexism, and so forth when there was literally nothing wrong with Floyd simply processing this brand-new information.
But in the interim, they seemingly had Lauren spouting off all these things about poor allyship and men's reactions. While the dialogue generally wasn't untrue, it didn't apply to their specific situation, so it felt out of nowhere and contrived.
Michael can't help falling in love with just about every pretty girl he meets, and that's exactly what happens yet again in "Burning Love" when he reunites with Sally Sitwell (Christine Taylor). Meanwhile, George Michael's relationship with Ann literally heats up when he's invited to a religious music bonfire, which he misunderstands to mean they'll be burning Christian music.
After the prosecutor insults his acting while offering him a deal, Tobias, still thinking it's an acting gig, turns down the job, only to sign up for a scrapbooking class that's actually a sting operation. The Bluth brothers head to Iraq for Operation Hot Brother despite their father's Iraq-related treason charges, where Gob's Christian-themed USO magic show accidentally turns into an anti-American rally thanks to the crowd chanting "Burn Bush!" It's an absolutely bonkers episode complete with a nuke and cousins rounding second base, with Alternate Ending calling it "an intermittently great and always good episode" even if it is "awfully plotty." 781b155fdc