Alyssa I. Smith

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Ep. 37 'Another Terrace!!'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Apr 1, 2020

Ep. 37 'Another Terrace!!'

Most weeks, watching “Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020” is a fun indulgence that lets viewers bask in the low-stakes drama of six 20-somethings (and an occasional 30-something) pursuing crushes, following their dreams, going on dates and cooking meals. But Episode 37 was different because when ...

Ep. 33 'Half Blue'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Feb 21, 2020

Ep. 33 'Half Blue'

Official couple alert!! It has taken 33 episodes but we finally have our first pairing in Emika and Tupas. I'm not counting Risako and Kenny because ol' Riri insisted they were still in the "talking" phase of their relationship when they moved out of ...

Ep. 31 'Publicity Stunt'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Jan 31, 2020

Ep. 31 'Publicity Stunt'

After weeks of eavesdropping, listening to second-hand accounts of conversations and dropping very obvious signals, Hana and Vivi finally come face to face with some harsh truths about their respective crushes on Ryo. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like there's going to be a happy ...

Ep. 27 'I Can't Be Here'

TV | 'Terrace House Tokyo 2019-2020' Recaps Dec 27, 2019

Ep. 27 'I Can't Be Here'

Last episode, we were bombarded with new roommates joining the house, and now it's time to see how Vivi, Tupas and Kai are settling in. It's clear that everyone loves Vivi, and who can blame them? Well, everyone but Hana, probably, because that ray ...