Rebecca Downs

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As if “Silkworm,” the March 31 episode of FBI: Most Wanted about a rogue FBI agent who is working with the Chinese, didn’t have enough excitement and intrigue, the show added a new take on the silkworm, as a representation of transgenderism. While hunting down rogue Agent Paul Hayden (Joshua Malina), Agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon) also does some digging into someone named “Silkworm." 



On FX’s Breeders, Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) are no fans of God or religion. Yet while Ally prepares to scatter her dead father’s ashes, she still goes into an empty church, even though Paul acknowledges to her friend, Darren (Patrick Baladi) that she “hates God.” Ally demonstrates just how much contempt she has for places of worship, and her family, when she curses them out for interrupting her moment alone:



March 24 brought viewers a crossover event of two CBS shows, FBI and FBI: Most Wanted. The FBI agents from both programs managed to band together to rescue a bus full of kidnapped school children from a white supremacist in FBI’s episode “American Dreams,” which aired first.



The March 22 episode of NCIS: New Orleans, “Biased,” featured a white officer shooting an unarmed black man, and boy, was it a doozy. The action begins right off the bat, when NOPD Officer Ted Bradley is in pursuit of a burglar, Gerald Young, when he follows Young to a party attended exclusively by African Americans.



Urban Dictionary defines the term "breeders" as when people think "the sun rises and sets for their child/ren... and are in general very selfish and greedy." The site also suggests "breeders" is a derisive term used to describe heterosexual couples who "use their parenthood status or their children as an excuse to get their way." The definition might also wish to include inappropriate, as the titular unmarried parents, Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard), of FX’s latest crude, lewd, and offensive show Breeders curse, constantly.



If you have been confused about whether Mo (Alex Newell) is a guy or a girl on Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, you're not the only one. That's because Mo - a he - is gender fluid.



When viewers of Fox's Deputy found out on the February 13 episode that Deputy Brianna Bishop (Bex Taylor-Klaus) claimed to be more than one gender, it was only a matter of time before the show tried to insert the issue into the series plotline again. This time it's so that Sheriff Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorf) can tell her to "live your truth."



Last year, Alabama passed into law a ban on abortion, except when the mother's life is in danger. Democratic state Representative Rolanda Hollis wasn't too happy about her state seeking to protect life, even though the law was blocked by a federal judge. In response, she's introduced a bill requiring men to pay for their own vasectomy a month before turning 50, or after their third child, whichever comes first.



Tim Allen's Mike Baxter is on a mission to teach exchange student Jen (Krista Marie Yu) about capitalism in Last Man Standing's February 20 episode "Baked Sale," as she figures out the best way to earn money on behalf of the Geology's club bake sale. Mike also has some choice words for capitalism's staunchest detractors in the Democrat race for president.



Last year, Hulu’s Shrill shocked voters with its main character, Annie (Aidy Bryant), abusing emergency contraception and ultimately getting an abortion--on screen. The abortion was then normalized in the worst way, with Annie declaring she felt “really, really good” and “very fucking powerful” afterwards. Then again, when the show is made by abortion activists, including the woman behind “shout your abortion,” it’s sadly not so surprising.



Sheriff Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorff) is having a busy day on the February 13 episode of Deputy. It's a day made all the more complicated by getting into a car accident with Deputy Brianna Bishop (Bex Taylor-Klaus). Being in the hospital sets Bishop off, which leads to the show's reveal that the character, like Taylor-Klause, is non-binary. What's worse is when she talks to the Sheriff's wife, Dr. Paula Reyes (Yara Martinez), the doctor claims that "there are more than two sexes."



Hippie parents Alicia (Tika Sumpter) and Paul Johnson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) learn to get outside of their comfort zones in the February 11 Valentine's Day episode of ABC's Mixish. In the show, which takes place in the 1980s, Alicia has to grow comfortable with young Rainbow (Arica Himmel) going on a date with Bryce.



The first half hour of the 92nd Academy Awards started off very woke on Sunday night on ABC, from the opening musical number being sung by a self-declared "queer, black artist" to Steve Martin and Chris Rock going on a riff about all the white nominees.



While television networks largely celebrate abortion, it’s worth noting that a celebration of life is taking place, with the annual March for Life on January 24. Whether networks will finally give these peaceful pro-lifers their due in media coverage, after for years neglecting them, remains to be seen. Meanwhile, liberal television networks, from news shows, to actress spokespersons, to television dramas, continue to promote abortion to the public.



If you wondered what kind of dad that liberal Ryan (Jordan Masterson) was going to be to his new daughter on Last Man Standing, January 23’s episode “Bedtime Story” clued us in.



Last week, Paramount’s latest television series, 68 Whiskey, introduced viewers to the plight of Sergeant Rosa Alvarez (Cristina Rodlo) whose DACA status is being revoked. Thus, she’s being dismissed from the Army. January 22's episode, "Finger Lickin' Good" continues the storyline, with a lot of insults for our "racist goddamn country."



It seemed only natural that January 19's 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT and TBS would get political. Why is that? Well, known Trump-basher Robert De Niro was being honored with a life achievement award.



The series premiere of Paramount’s 68 Whiskey on January 15, “Buckley’s Goat,” introduces viewers to the boozed up, foul-mouthed (they drop uncensored f-bombs 25 times in 60 minutes), overly sexed (the very first scene involves soldiers getting it on) Army medics stationed in Afghanistan.



By the end of the third episode of USA’s Dare Me, it’s perfectly clear that there may not be any good guys in this dark high school cheerleading drama. All the teens are either abusing each other, abusing alcohol, covering up for a coach’s affair, or getting older men to perform sex acts on them.



Fox’s new series, Deputy, told the story of Sergeant Bill Hollister (Stephen Dorff), the great, great, great, great grandson of one of the first Los Angeles deputies killed on the job. Hollister became sheriff after the newly elected sheriff suffered a heart attack and died.