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Wynonna Earp showcases the power of a demonic snickerdoodle

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Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media
Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 9 p.m. E.T. on Space. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Spoilers follow for Wynonna Earp Season 3, Episode 5, “Jolene.”

We ended off last week’s episode with a stranger named Jolene treating our favourite Purgatory residents with baked goods that apparently cause them to lose their sense of logic and rationale. A great pastry has that effect, really.

The influence of Jolene bleeds through the opening of this week’s Wynonna Earp episode titled – hold onto your hats – “Jolene.” It’s made clear that the scrumptious snacks she creates have a jarring effect whenever eaten, essentially causing Jo-Jo (as Wynonna lovingly refers to her) to be the centre of one’s universe. Let’s be real, anyone who offers up a freshly-out-of-the-oven-pie gains a point or two in my book. When Jolene quickly stuffs Mama Gibson’s face to further her control over the Crew, the Earps and Doc decide on heading to Gibson Farm, where Waverly was born, in order to summon and bind the demon vying to kill her (unbeknownst to everyone, said demon is the cream puff master standing before them).

Although Jolene is a mysteriously sinister force of evil determined to rid this world of the glory that is Waverly Earp, I do have to commend her on using my most commonly used excuse to get out of social engagements: “Oh, I can’t go to the party… I have so much baking to do!” After she convinces Doc to replace his resident Gun Slinger hat with his trusty drunk-off-hypnotic-snickerdoodle cap, the Earp clan head to the farm where we learn a tidbit about Waverly’s father who was apparently named Julian and loved to see Mama run.

Haught pulls over Jolene and it is at this point where I clench my fists in fear – because while she may be a killer cook, I doubt Jolene has the patience to deal with traffic court. Is she going to stuff Haught in the trunk as the blood of a now-tongueless Revenant rolls down the rear bumper? Does Haught have insurance over her winter toques? Will Jolene julienne our precious unicorn?? Worse. She feeds her lemon. Scones. As if that monster couldn’t get any worse, she goes ahead and whips up one of the tastiest treats in all of humanity and TOTALLY REDEEMS HERSELF! (Just kidding – that honour is saved solely for the white chocolate brownie from Moxie’s Restaurant and I am not wrong at all with this statement).

After sending the Revenant, who they mistakenly believe to be the hungry-to-kill-Waverly demon, back to h-e-double hockey sticks (honestly anyone who refers to it that way deserves an express ticket straight there), Waverly hears the faint call of a woman “wanting to picnic” standing in the middle of a circle made of wood, awaiting the arrival of someone she wants to kill. Typical Canadian summer, really. Jolene transforms into her demon self and threatens Waverly, causing her to belt out another impressive scream in the same vein as last week. Wynonna and Mama notice a battered Jolene on the ground and reprimand Waves for causing harm to the friend they think they’ve known for forever.

Throughout the series, we’ve been introduced to characters that have certainly shaken the core foundation of our Crew; however there is something about Jolene’s unapologetic antagonism that I absolutely adore. Simply put, she does not give a f–ickerdoodle whose relationships she flambés into turmoil. She encounters Haught? Oh hey, you don’t get invited to super cool stakeouts because your friends think you’re lame. With Waverly? Oh hey, your girlfriend (who is my BEST FRIEND, by the way) thinks you’re impulsive. Wynonna? Oh hey, isn’t that your dapper gentleman caller’s wife from the Old West? Anyway, anybody want a cupcake?

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 5 – Jolene. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 5 – Jolene. Photo courtesy Bell Media

I will say that despite my appreciation for those who excel in the Art of the Shit Stir, Jolene took it a step too far when she reassured Wynonna that that “half-sister” comment she made to Waverly was what she needed. Oh no, my friend. You may try all you can to brainwash Purgatory residents with deliciously dangerous baked goods and possibly even attempt to damn Waves for all eternity but damn it, I will not accept anyone who wants to break up the Earp sisters in this house! She also calls Nicole “Nikki.” That’s just gross.

After a rousing karaoke performance of her namesake, Jolene manages to wreak havoc amongst those at Shorty’s, so much so that Haught locks up Wynonna and Mama. The subsequent argument between her and Waverly, with Haught sporadically biting into a Jolemon Scone, left a pang in my heart no amount of white chocolate brownie could fix. Dominique Provost-Chalkley continues her supreme reign of breaking my heart this season with Waverly’s breakdown to Doc as he chows down on hypnotic cookies while basically telling her “you are what’s wrong with everything, darlin.”

The final ten minutes of the episode are a rollercoaster ride of every possible human emotion. We’ve got Wynonna and Mama busting out of their Jolene spell, telling Nedley to put that cookie down… NOW. We’ve got Jolene stating Waverly is a changeling and that she can’t cheerlead her way out of this one (watch her). The showdown between the two culminates in Jolene channeling her inner Gollum, pleading with her that she should put herself down because nobody likes her. Thankfully, that comment was the straw that woke the tree’s bark in the form of Bulshar himself – the clear descendent of the Wizard Of Oz tree was awaken following another delightful instalment of Waverly using everyday materials like brooms and shovels to incapacitate an enemy. After swallowing Jolene up whole, I couldn’t help but remember Not-Park Ranger Robin from last week’s episode and his mysterious disappearance at the hands (or should I say roots?) of an angry tree.

We also witness a Wayhaught reconciliation which, of course, is all I want out of life.

The episode concludes with Doc taunting Bulshar by flipping him off while wearing Bulshar’s ring he collected from Haught that suddenly appeared despite her previously throwing it into the snowy abyss. Nothing wrong may come from his decision to do this. Wynonna also visits a down-on-his-luck Bobo who corroborates Mama’s reveal that Waverly’s father is named Julian and oh he is apparently an actual, frigging angel. Yet another day in Purgatory!

“Jolene” features a virtually flawless mix of humour and inevitable doom that fits stupendously well within the world of Wynonna Earp. With the exception of Jeremy, who remained absent this episode, every key player is given their chance to shine this week, with Zoie Palmer being an impressive standout. In just an episode and a half, Jolene marinated the Purgatory universe with hysterical lines like, “Well, she did spend twenty years in a mental institution for being, you know, mental” and relishing in the madness she created. Side note: I’d like to give a shout out to Wynonna’s mention of Prison Break toward the beginning of the episode, as I felt validated with my “Michael Scofield” comment from last week: “…Mama morphs into Michael Scofield and breaks out of police custody, Peacemaker in hand, leaving Wynonna in the capable hands of the men who let her mother escape.

My 3 Favourite W’s of the Episode

I would now like to turn your attention to my 3 Favourite W’s for this episode of Wynonna Earp. These consist of favourite Wynonna Insult, Wayhaught Moment and Waverly Expression – the 3 pillars of any Wynonna Earp episode.

Wynonna Insult: “On top of everything else, we need to be an adult daycare centre?!”

Wayhaught Moment: Hands down, my favourite Wayhaught moment of the episode involves Waverly’s hand on Jolene’s face in a sharp, slapping motion at Shorty’s. Even while under the influence of a demon, Wayhaught ultimately reigns supreme in the face of someone who dares utilize the method that brought the two powerhouses together.

Waverly Expression

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 5 – Jolene. Photo courtesy Bell Media

Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 5 – Jolene. Photo courtesy Bell Media

What did you think of “Jolene”? Let us know in the comments below.

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Schitt’s Creek to conclude after next season

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The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.
The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.

The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, series co-creator and star Dan Levy announced March 21.

“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”

Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC in 2015, becoming one of the network’s most successful half-hour comedies ever. The show follows the fish-out-of-water Rose family, forced to assimilate into a small town after they lose their family fortune.

Though the show’s first season received mixed reviews, it grew in regard with both fans and critics over subsequent iterations. Schitt’s Creek’s fifth season, which premiered on January 8, 2019, scored a 100 per cent “Fresh” ranking on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

The show is also among select company among Canadian sitcoms, drawing strong viewership in the United States and elsewhere thanks to distribution on Netflix and the American Pop network. Critics have reacted favourably to recent episodes, with TV Guide’s Megan Vick writing that each season of Schitt’s Creek has “gotten better and better.”

Read Levy’s full statement below.

New episodes of Schitt’s Creek air Tuesday nights at 9/9:30 NT on CBC.

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Watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short “Animal Behaviour”

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The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB
The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB

To get prepped for the 91st Academy Awards, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering Canadians the chance to check out Animal Behaviour, nominated tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Animal Behaviour is a new short from Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won an Oscar in 1994 for Bob’s Birthday. The short is the 75th Oscar nomination for the NFB, and the first short film for Snowden and Fine since Bob’s Birthday. The 91st Oscars air tonight at 8 Eastern on ABC and CTV.

Watch Animal Behaviour below (expires tonight).

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Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 11/12 - "Daddy Lessons/War Paint". Photo courtesy Bell Media
Wynonna Earp Season 4 is in jeopardy, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, due to financial difficulties. Photo courtesy Space

All of a sudden, Wynonna Earp is in Purgatory.

Earpers were stunned Thursday night when executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet suggesting that fans of the show may soon have to fight for it. Another tweet, posted shortly later, took a decidedly more straight-forward approach.

Andras appeared to be responding to the news that funding for the fourth season of Wynonna Earp appeared to be on shaky ground, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, financial challenges faced by IDW Entertainment have stalled production on Season 4, despite the company being contractually obligated to deliver the show to Syfy.

In response to the news, Earpers took to Twitter with the hashtag #FightForWynonna, which at the time of publication was one of the top Twitter trends in Canada. Though Season 4 has yet to be officially cancelled, IDW has yet to commit to a start date for the new season.

“IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.”

Our resident Earper, Ghezal Amiri, was a big fan of Season 3, writing that the show’s season finale, entitled “War Paint”, was a “wildly emotional conclusion.” Read her recap here.

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