‘Ghosts’ 2×06 Review: “The Baby Bjorn”

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Scary season may be over, but ghosts 2×06 ‘The Baby Bjorn’ serves spirited jokes for days to come. When each character gets a chance in the spotlight, the ensemble gets a chance to shine. We knew the Viking backstory was coming, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With a budding romance, murderous schemes and a questionable pineapple, this episode pretty much has it all.

Daddy Thor is in the house:

“The Baby Bjorn” – Pictured (LR): Rose McIver as Samantha and Christian Jadah as Bjorn. Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

He has a lot of harsh criticism of the journalism profession, and he clearly hates the Danes. This is the Vikings’ time to shine. Thorfinn’s (Devan Chandler Long) fatherization was perhaps always inevitable. It’s no less gratifying to see it come to fruition. The added twist that he’s a real dad is really just the icing on the cake. In many ways, Bjorn (Christian Jadah) is the son Thor deserves.

Watching Thor take an entire journey in just under 30 minutes is hilarious, heartbreaking and incredibly life-affirming. We expect nothing less from them ghosts at this point. It is thanks to his character that even after 1000 years, Thor is able to critically question his own prejudices and see his son in a new light. While there is still work to be done if Thor continues to criticize certain personal hygiene habits. Instead, Thor is given a chance to grow himself in the afterlife, and he takes it with a vengeance.

A Blooming Romance:

“The Baby Bjorn” – Pictured (L-R): Devan Chandler Long as Thorfinn, Brandon Scott Jones as Isaac, Sheila Carrasco as Flower, Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha. Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

Thor’s storyline continues ghosts 2×06 “The Baby Bjorn” continues to develop his relationship with Flower (Sheila Carrasco). This episode gives us a chance to understand how stuck Thor has become after about a thousand years of an afterlife and how much he needs a new perspective like Flower’s to get him out of it. The fact that he’s willing to open up to what Flower says and appreciates her advice has the potential to make them a wonderful partnership.

This episode further shows how these two are fundamental opposites in so many ways. However, their opposite personalities complement each other in a really cute way that’s pretty cute to look at. Sure, they could be from different eras. Flower may have a strong appreciation for the Danes. However, it’s clear that they want the best for each other and want to make the most of their respective afterlife. Thor and Flower have the potential to bring out the best in themselves. Your ship is ready to set sail.

The real wolf of Wall Street in action:

“The Baby Bjorn” – Pictured (L-R): Asher Grodman as Trevor. Photo Credit: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

Trevor (Asher Grodman) always had the potential to be this terrible. A Wall Street prodigy with an unhealthy obsession with Tara Reid? It’s a walking (or floating) recipe for disaster. Luckily, he’s one of Woodstone Manor’s best-written residents. This episode is further proof that his hustle and bustle always hides a huge heart. Beneath all the bragging, he just wants to spend time with his friends.

One of the highlights of Trevor Content on ghosts 2×06 ‘The Baby Bjorn’ is his obsession the cutting edge. This is the most relatable part of this character in this author’s humble opinion. Watching DB Sweeney lose his peripheral vision gets more and more riveting each time. So does the massively illegal elevator at the end. Hopefully all Woodstone residents get a chance to appreciate this all-time classic. Trevor shouldn’t stop trying to get everyone to watch it at least 20 times. It’s worth it.

A meeting of the 1%:

“The Baby Bjorn” – Pictured (L-R): Rebecca Wisocky as Hetty and Asher Grodman as Trevor. Photo Credit: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

Hetty (Rebecca Wisocky) and Trevor have already established that they are a comedic duo that needs to be shown a lot more than they are. We knew we could count on Alberta (Danielle Pinnock) to stand up for workers’ solidarity. Perhaps the more surprising development is that Hetty and Trevor have managed to make their sickening wealth relatable. It’s not an easy task. ghosts can pull it off.

The story of Hetty and Trevor shows the need for friendship in the afterlife. We don’t grow through this life alone. Why should the next life be different? On a practical level, this story encourages the ghosts lore. Of course, Sasappis (Román Zaragoza) is the one who deserves the best real estate on the chair. However, it would all be for nothing if Hetty and Trevor weren’t there to run the back massage-based economy. I told you, ghosts can pull it off.

Sweet, naive Sam and Jay:

“The Baby Bjorn” – Pictured (LR): Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jay and Rose McIver as Samantha. Photo Credit: Bertrand Calmeau/CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sam (Rose McIver) and Jay (Utkarsh Ambudkar) get cuter with each episode. Poor Sam must be exhausted from having to constantly explain her ghostly powers to everyone, living and dead. It’s true that it’s still sad that Jay doesn’t get a chance to see and speak to the spirits. He is so lovingly supportive of the ghostly denizens of Woodstone. His fascination with the neighbors’ upside-down pineapple means nothing but trouble.

Sam’s sweet naivety could very easily be exaggerated. Instead, she never deviated from her quest to make Thor’s afterlife just that little bit better. It is thanks to her character that she is able to tune out the chaos around her and help her ghost family in the most unorthodox way. It only makes them more loveable and relatable. Sam must be protected at all costs.

ghosts has a formula that works and she knows it. The fleshing out of each of these characters serves the larger story and makes for a compelling package. Each new revelation about the ghosts’ backstories adds to the chaos of the show in the best possible way. The Thor plot twist works because it allows us to appreciate that character more, flaws and all. All of these characters are worth knowing on a deeper level. The season is in full swing, giving us the spooky goodness we love.

Other spooky thoughts:

  • “Is it because I didn’t breastfeed you?” …hands down the best line of the entire episode.
  • The fact that Pete (Richie Moriarty) doesn’t like mustard makes him a little less likeable. We love him anyway.
  • Isaac’s (Brandon Scott Jones) scathing humor cranked up to 100 works for this character. Such are the constants Hamilton references.

ghosts airs Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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