Bomb Girls 212: Feelings, Feelings Everywhere

Kate’s at the only bar in all of Toronto, telling Ivan Poopface McGee all the magical truths she’s been hiding away all this time. He suggests they run away from everything and start over again. Just to revisit our timelines, haven’t they been dating for like three weeks or something? Isn’t homeboy continuing to move at the speed of light in regards to this entire relationship thing? Slow your roll, man. She’ll still be an emotionally unavailable lesbian tomorrow, too. Um, but she says yes, because baby girl is feeling like she’s run out of options.

please stop trying to u-haul with me

please stop trying to u-haul with me, it’s becoming weird and uncomfortable to have to rebuke you so many times

The Withams are hosting a party for important rich people with bad accents, so obviously Bad Accent Please Enough is in attendance. Why does he purse his lips up so much when he talks? Why?! Anyway, Gladys’ Magical Vagina’s tractor beam goes off and boy starts insulting the shit out of her in an eerily flirtatious way, which Gladys finds pretty gross. Yep, me too. SPIES!

girl imma insult the shit outta you until you can't resist these advances

girl imma insult the shit outta you until you can’t resist these advances

Lorna is freaking because the cops now have the letter, and she knows shit is bad because the cop is clearly a misogynist who thinks doing work will make all women into lesbians. I mean, he kind of has a point. Have you seen women, especially when they are doing work? They are super gorgeous, hauling heavy stuff around, adjusting their lipstick, picking up stuff, setting their minds to things and getting shit done. It’s hard to not be really attracted to them, okay?

Vera is at dinner with the little brother of that guy she kerfluffled, and Marco decides now is a really good time to show up and make her feel shitty about herself. Marco, simmer down. Like a pot of spaghetti.

who is this guy who just showed up at our table and why is he offering us cannoli

who is this guy who just showed up at our table and why is he offering us cannoli

Lorna is having it out with the cop. You gotta hand it to her — lady is a hardass, but she loves her girls. Unfortunately, the cop is pretty set in the idea that Kate and Betty are guilty and somebody is going to jail for this. PATRIARCHY!

have i reached my quota for sleeping with old guys to achieve things this season?

have i reached my quota for sleeping with old guys to achieve things this season?

Bad Accent Jesus Christ goes back to Gladys’ room to carry her suitcases. Mrs. Witham seems toasted and is all about cock-enabling her daughter, so she waves them off. Then, literally without warning, Bad Accent Go Away grabs Gladys to kiss her and rips the front of her dress. Then he tells her to just straight up take off the dress. What is happening with this narrative and why do I hate it so much? SPIES!



Vera makes the soldier milk and cookies. I want Vera to let me curl up in her bed and eat milk and cookies! Vera dishes him a life lesson about girls and it’s cute. Super cute. My love for Vera grows exponentially with each episode, let’s be real.

flawless needs no caption is perfect amazing etc

flawless needs no caption is perfect amazing etc

Bad Accent Why How fixes Gladys’ dress for her and then shoots a lot of hokey compliments at her. Gladys’ Magical Vagina is starting to glow slightly. God fucking damn it, do we have to, guys?

apparently, yes

apparently, yes

Ivan shows up to take Kate away but so do the cops, and Ivan finds out that Kate actually probably killed her dad. Shit gets real, along with Ivan’s asthma. Quick, the asthma cigarettes! Ha ha historical people, you are so silly. What are you even doing?

you said your favorite character was jenny, ivan! how am i supposed to build a life on that?

you said your favorite character was jenny, ivan! how am i supposed to build a life on that?

The detective interviews Kate and Betty and we all know how horribly this is going to end. We already know, and there is nothing we can do, and it’s like watching a trainwreck you can’t look away from because the amount of tears you are shedding has actually started affect your breathing. And then, they bring out the letter.

Detective: You loved her. She was your obsession. But Daddy stood in your way. You had a grudge, and here’s a girl who you knew would do your dirty work.

Betty: What kind of monsters do you think we are?

They both know there’s nothing they can do at this point. Meanwhile, Kate’s mother is running to Lorna, and Lorna is running to Gladys. And everything about this smacks of hopelessness and pain.

Betty and Kate are put on trial for murder. And alas, it isn’t the murder of Jenny Schecter after some time-warping shenanigans, but an actual life-ruining crime.

everyone knew she was just an ilene chaiken self-indulgent caricature! no one objected to her death!

everyone knew she was just an ilene chaiken self-indulgent caricature! everyone wanted her dead!

Gladys pays Betty and Kate’s bail. This is why everyone needs an extremely wealthy friend with a thirst to prove herself. Yes, I am challenging your fellow recapper’s claims that Gladys is a Gryffindor. Homegirl is too Slytherin to deal with it, and she and Kate can go wear green together.

Gladys: Betty, this is not over.

Betty: Princess, I can’t owe you more.

Maybe this isn’t good timing, but:

Vera gets a mysterious gift from someone she assumes to be Quincy. Carol is snippy about it, but Vera decides to be nice and make peace with Carol. It’s cute.

and when i say cute i mean flawless

and when i say cute i mean flawless

Kate and Ivan is donezo.

Surprise! The dress is from Marco and that shit is back on like Donkey Kong.

And now it’s time for your heart to get properly decimated. Strap it in and prepare it for the ultimate smashing that has been coming since you got invested in this show way back when. Remember the initial tingles you got when Betty would make a face, or when Kate would smile whenever Betty tucked her on the chin? Remember the way your heart started to ache a little harder when you realized that Betty was falling pretty hard for Kate, or how your heart was doing a full-on cramp as soon as you realized it was going to be innately complicated? How about that time a train ran over your heart at the finale of season one, or all those time your heart was smashed by a million hammers and then blown into space this season as Betty never, ever got to be happy with Kate? Nothing, none of it, has prepared you for the final eight minutes of this episode. None of it, none of it at all.

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Betty: You wanted to leave and I wouldn’t let you. I’m sorry.

Kate: Growing up in that awful caravan, I never thought I’d have a future, but in the last year, I’ve lived more than I ever dreamt. I found a real home, and met a man who was good to me, and I found a friend, Betty. A real friend, who loved me.

Let me dissect this for a hot second and talk about why this completely destroyed everything I have ever loved or held dear. Betty blames herself. She apologizes to Kate, because she’s been thinking this through in a million ways, and the only thing she can imagine is that she herself is to blame for what’s happening to them right now. It must be because Betty wouldn’t let Kate go. Betty wouldn’t let go for a lot of reasons, chief among them that she loved her, and knew she could protect her, and thought that she would be the best person to care for Kate and make sure she was safe. And Betty believes she has failed at that, and because of who Betty is, this is the ultimate failure. Of course, it’s not Betty’s fault, and Kate wants her to know that, but Kate has a lifetime of internalized trauma and pain associated with getting attached to people, not to mention the huge sin that is associated with the bond between them, sexual or not, so she makes what is really the most honest declaration I think we’ve heard from Kate. She admits that Betty loves her, and says it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to her. Even if they both go to jail, even if they never see each other again and they die in prison and everything is ruined, she’s told Betty that her love was the best thing she’s had in her short and dark life and dearly beloved did I cry. I’m crying while I type this.

Okay. Moving on.

Lorna invites Dr. Patel for dinner and Sheila is pleased with this development. Kate’s mother makes her breakfast in bed. These are all good things I want to highlight before I decimate your heart again. Because Betty leaves a letter for Kate. It says “You’re safe here now. Love, Betty.” and it means exactly what you think it means.

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She runs to the office, but it’s too late. Betty is confessing to the murder and saying that Kate was not there.

Betty is going to jail for Kate.

Betty is making the ultimate sacrifice for the woman she loves. She’s giving up her life so Kate can live free.

I don’t even know if I can smile again.

Lorna and Gladys are overlooking at the factory and quoting Winston Churchill but all I can think about is how Betty is going to jail and Kate is never going to be happy without her and there’s no good way to end this. Because this, as far as Global sees it, is the end. There’s no third season in place, the movie is a distant and barely realized reality, and we aren’t going to see where these characters go. Do you know how many queer characters die in the media? Do you know how many end up sad, lonely, unfulfilled, etc. for the sake of drama?


Get involved in the #SaveBombGirls campaign. Let GlobalTV know how you feel about this show, and why it’s so damn important it stays on the air. Tweet the actors to let them know they are super loved and super appreciated. Also, write lots of kinky fanfiction to get us through the dry spell, however long it may be. Bombshells, away!


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  1. This episode crushed me because they left it so open ended. They didn’t know at the time this would be the final episode every so they left so much room for stories to grow and the fact that this was the end is just devastating. I think most people wanted a Kate confession to parallel Betty’s love declaration in the S1 finale. And while this is not quite what I expected, in some ways, it’s authentic to how Kate would choose to voice her truths.

  2. The problem is Global wants to cancel it. theres talk about moving it to an american company but Global tv wants to end the show. In spite of a poor timeslot Bomb Girls had great ratings for a nonmainstream program with controversial content (because in 2013 having in depth female characters of all kinds of background is still unrecognized!)I think if another company is willing to pick up Bomb Girls (maybe Reelz since they had The Kennedys miniseries, or PBS or another company) we might have a chance of keeping the show alive. Even if its just for the Firefly-esque movie and 10 years from now we’ll still be asking why it got canceled.

  3. As usual, a perfect recap. The screencaps of the Betty versus Vera parties? Priceless. I’m really going to miss reading these recaps, I look forward to them almost as much as the actual episode. Glad I’m not the only one decimated by that ending and Betty’s sacrifice.

    Also: The Save Bomb Girls campaign just launched ‘the big one’. Victory Bandanas! Anyone who wants to check it out and contribute (extra proceeds go to charity) check out the info at

  4. okay:

    1. i realized british accent guy is Helo from Battlestar you guys

    2. LORNA! lorna intentionally went into betty’s file to remove the letter so that the guys wouldn’t see it and draw evil conclusions, and then when that guy caught her, why couldn’t she just say OH SORRY IT’S A PERSONAL NOTE and leave? i know she didn’t want to hand it over, she could’ve even just stuck it in her pocket, but she’s such a goodie-goodie sometimes i just want to smash my face. also i guess the show needed that to happen so that the other things could happen. blergh.

    3. i was really annoyed when kate was on the factory floor in the scene after betty in the police station. what happened in the station? were they like “ok, you go now, we have a confessor?” i’m sure if she’d yelled loud enough they would’ve gladly put her in jail too. and we all know what happens in jail. LESBIAN SEX

    4. remember in season one when it really honestly seemed like kate was also gay for betty?

    5. i loved vera’s everything this episode, and also in general there was so much cool lady-stuff this episode and it was such a heart-wrenching finale that it makes me SO SO SO mad that it’s over now. i don’t want it to be over

  5. Fake British Accent was launching into “There’s a place we call ‘The Farm…’ ” and I was like, oh NO, this really IS where Ilene Chaiken is going to get her lesbian prison sequel series!

    Bomb Girls is WAY too far above Chaiken for this ending.

      • Is it? Cause I pretty much always have low iron levels, so much so that I gave up trying to donate blood after they wouldn’t take it three times in a row. I suppose I could learn to like Guinness, even if it does taste like carbonated soy sauce to me. Better than liver.

  6. am i the only one who is a little bit over the “lesbian sacrifices opportunity and happiness for straight or super duper closeted best friend” romantic narrative?

  7. ugh I read this recap (I’ve read the last few after always skipping over them) and was like, I just need to start watching this show like right now but it’s finals you guysss I have so many essays to write but like bomb girls so I watched the first two episodes of the first seasons and feelings you guys so many of them already how do 43 minutes pass by so quickly ughghghghghgh

  8. A campaign of sending security badge themed DIY paper crafts in the mail? This is the work of lesbians!

    I will send thirty of these things if it means more Betty MacRae on my tv.

  9. Hey so in that scene where Betty is drinking stout, she’s talking about the “tide-turning” battle that was going on during the time of this episode, the one we keep hearing on the radio and that Gladys and Lorna are talking about in the final scene. Not Canadian politics. FYI.

    Ugh I totally wanted a Kate confession because I felt it would be a more dramatic statement of her feelings – Betty confessing was too predictable, but on the other hand it’s entirely in character, so there’s that. But I just want to point out that we don’t know if Betty goes to jail or not. Her story pled self-defense, and she never actually admitted to pushing Vernon off the fire escape (although perhaps that was implied). I guess I feel that she probably has a greater chance of being found guilty and/or getting more years if it’s just her on trial because of the backstory (the letter and such), but really, she just gave the detective a version of the truth that didn’t include Kate. So yes, it’s still a big deal and a huge sacrifice (because if nothing else, she’s going to go through trial and possibly jail alone), but it’s not like she said she murdered the guy just to ensure that Kate was off the hook. My point is, there is hope yet!

    I think they may have been planning to have Betty getting acquitted, or perhaps Kate telling the police a difference story, as part of season 3. This show has too much respect for lesbians to give one a the usual “shitty or dead” ending, and I really think they were counting on season 3 to tie up loose ends and improve Betty’s storyline. Because let’s face it, the only good thing that happened to Betty in this series was Teresa, and even that didn’t go so well. And I really don’t think this was meant to be the end. That movie better damn well happen if there’s no third season, they can’t end it like this and I don’t think they meant to.

  10. I just… I just really want good things for all the characters. I wanted to see them celebrating when the war ended and figuring out what to do after the war and staying in touch.

    I want Betty to get her house and a kick-ass girlfriend (Kate or not) and a job where she can show everyone how awesome she is.
    I want Kate to find a place where she feels like she really belongs and is safe and can sing a lot and maybe she lives in Betty’s house too.
    I want Vera to take over some big awesome business and be the boss.
    I want Carol to start making friends with all the others and maybe work with Vera and keep being awesome and snarky.
    I want Lorna to be able to find a balance between work and family and be majorly fulfilled.
    I want Marco’s family to come back together and for everyone to acknowledge what his family went through.
    I’m still ticked at Gladys over the spy thing but I’d really love for her to be happy and independent and working.

    Why must this show be cancelled? :'(

  11. Kate, I absolutely love your recaps. Maybe even more than I love the show.

    This final episode was difficult to watch because my family was in the room and they are as homophobic as anyone can be, so one can imagine how uncomfortable that must have been ( praying for gay scenes and hoping nothing too gay popped u all the same time). So yeah, not fun.

    But reading this recap helped me divulge into a deeper level. Your breakdown of Betty and Kate towards the end truly had me in tears. I’m no English major, heck I can barely string two sentences together, but reading your recaps helped me put words to the many feelings that arise in me. I knew from the get go I saw so much of myself in Betty (minus her courage) seeing those feelings in front of me brokendown for the first time was, for lack of a better word… therapeutic.

    It’s truly sad to see this story end but I am absolutely grateful I got to witness it and read your amazing recaps.

    Thank you so very much!

  12. “And I was an English major, so I understand constructing Everest-like bullshit mountains out of miniscule fact puddles.” Will forever go down as one of my favourite sentences of all time.

    Also, that terrible moment when you realise you’ll never get to have milk and cookies with Vera. ;-;

    Also also, did anyone else feel like the entire last episode was a descent into the painfully obvious and yet at the same time was vehemently in denial. That shit was painful! I was all “They can’t do this… NO… NOOoooooooo!!”

    Also also also I realised I’m a terrible person. When Ivan inevitably broke up with Kate, it was like… the best feeling ever. Then they had to ruin it with the heartbreaker ending. I’m going to go and cry in a corner and listen to Sara Bareilles now.

    Thanks for all the recaps Kate, it’s been awesome. I feel bad for everyone out there who watched Bomb Girls without reading along — they really missed out. I only hope you can do a movie recap for old times sake when the time comes.. it just won’t be the same without yoouuu!!

  13. Why, Gladys, WHY! You do not pity*ck guys because they know how to SEW. For realz.

    Also, Vera owns all the things.

    And I’m not going to talk about the Betty situation because it hurts too much.

  14. My hope lies with Spartacus: all of the girls in the factory head into the police station and confess to the crime, muddying the waters enough that the whole thing gets thrown of court. (There’s no way they’d send the entire factory to jail or they’d be burying Kingston in lady-convicts.)

    So if they never make the 2-hour movie, and if the show never ever returns, this is how I will remember it. Even if it’s only in my head.

  15. So many feelings…I can’t words express…My brain is stuck repeating “this is not okay. I am not okay. This is NOT okay!”

    Seriously though, this show quickly became my one of (if not my all time) favourite shows. Every character touched me in a way no other show has ever come close to. I feel like I am actually mourning friends, not just a television show. I am glad we all had a chance to meet these exceptional characters, and the passionate people behind them.

    Yes, it is a crime against humanity to cancel this show after only two seasons, but I am also grateful a show this wonderful came along to show us what quality storytelling on television looks like. How one show can reach out to so many groups and unite us with a common history. To show us that, while not always perfect, a show can try to be respectful to minorities and actually be educational about history and social movements.

    Kate, your recaps have captured all of my thoughts and emotions better than I could have ever verbalized myself. Your recaps were always my first stop after watching an episode (occasionally I would even put off watching one until your recap got posted because feelings). I hope you can recover enough to do retro-caps of the first season.

    Also, you’re safe here now is forever seared into my soul.

  16. unpopular opinion, but I really don’t like Kate (the character). All of her plots revolve around what other people (everyone, not only Betty) have to sacrifice to help her. She just doesn’t…do anything? Period. She just this passive wormhole that never really evolves.

  17. Uggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhh why is this the end.

    This recap was exceptionally hilarious (especially in regards to Vera and Sheila being the biggest BAMFs to ever not give fucks) and was much needed after that painful ending.

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