She doesn’t look like a whore.   

You should be jealous of me. Wanna know why? Because I have a fresh red navel orange and it is DELICIOUS. Mmmm. Yum. And, since my hands are now all sticky, I figured it’d be a good time to post about last night’s TV..

Ugly Betty
I was a little distracted when the show began so I was confused for a few minutes before I realized this was a flashback episode. Honestly, I was a wee bit disappointed by that. It’s almost like tuning in to see a new show and finding out it’s a repeat. I know it was new material but I want to know what happens next. I didn’t really need the gaps filled in from before… especially since I don’t quite like how they seem to have changed some of the backstory. And, yes, I’m talking about the Betty and Henry story. Not that I’m sure they did – maybe these events were always apart of the timeline – but this added backstory actually took away from what I previously assumed was their first meeting. I was a little confused about where this fit into the storyline anyway but, given their interactions in this episode, this had to have been their real first meeting right? I don’t know. I don’t want to think about it because it’s starting to bug me.

I will say that I was happy to go back to pre-Sophia Daniel. I really haven’t been a huge fan of the addition of Selma to the cast… err, as a regular rather than the telenovela star she was previously. I guess because Daniel isn’t quite as much fun as a lovesick puppy as he is as a rich playboy. (See how I’m totally ignoring how this episode established that he’s hugely in debt and how that doesn’t gel with his behavior in any of the episodes that supposedly followed this story in the timeline.) So, it was kind of nice to see that guy again…

Oh, hell, I was on the fence about whether I enjoyed this episode because of how much I was looking forward to it but it’s obvious that I didn’t enjoy it. That said, the preview for next week got me all excited again so I’m just going to pretend this week didn’t happen and that next week is our first show back from hiatus.

The Office
As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of Michael. Not because Steve Carell is bad. Oh no, just the opposite. He’s so good that I have trouble sitting through alot of Michael scenes. I was pretty much blown away by Carell last night. Last night’s Michael was the most aware than he’s ever been and Steve did a wonderful job of conveying that. That little “of course” look that crosses over Michael’s face when his Jamacian drum gets backed over in the warehouse? That was my favorite moment of the entire episode because it’s exactly what I was thinking before we panned up to Michael and saw his reaction. I was glad I didn’t watch live, though, as I must admit to having my finger hovering above the fast-forward button all through the Jan/Michael scene in his office. What can I say, I overempathize with characters… I physically put down books before, fast-forward through (for TV or movies), and cover my ears to avoid hearing embarrassing/humiliating moments.

I’m sure there’s a statement in that about traumatic events in my childhood but I can’t seem to break myself of it. And it’s why it took me so long to enjoy The Office. I really don’t enjoy feeling that way and it happens at least once an episode with this show. Still, it may have all been worth it to fully appreciate the maturity in Michael last night. I think we’re really seeing Michael grow this season and the writers deserve kudos for that because other sitcoms rarely allow their characters to change or grow.

As for the rest of the show, I now understand why this episode was so sad for Jenna to shoot. For a second there, at the beginning, I thought Jim and Karen had broken up. It was slightly weird given that they weren’t acting any different in the meeting we first saw but I was remembering Jim’s pep talk to Michael about his rebound girl and wondering if Jim had decided to break it off with Karen. I was thinking it was too early for them to break up just as we found out it was only a tiff and then I was a little sad because as much as I like Karen I kind of do want them to break up. But, kudos to Pam for being able to get past her feelings enough to be a friend and tell Jim he was being ridiculous. Of course, we all know where this is going… Pam and Karen really are going to end up being friends and that’s going to be an obstacle when Jim and Karen really do break up and Jim is free again. No wonder Pam broke down in tears after Karen thanked her. Awww, I wanted to give her a hug.

Which brings me to Dwight who… yeah, I’m guessing others are going to have liked his little moment with Pam but it was too weird for him. Dwight’s a little too creepy for me because I had a momentary fear that he was actually going to hit on Pam at that moment. I don’t know if I believe he’d be so protective of her given that he just told Jan in “The Coup” that he didn’t care about any of his co-workers. If anything, I felt even sorrier for Pam in that moment who must have been thinking about how sad her life had become (I don’t necessarily think this but I’d probably think it if I were Pam and I were giving Jim advice on how to keep his girlfriend and then getting comforted by Dwight of all people). However, it did make the last scene with Roy even sweeter than it would have been. I feel kind of sad for Roy because he clearly still loves Pam but this episode made it clear that it’s Jim Pam has feelings for, not Roy. Still, in that moment, it was nice to see that those two can still be friends because they have a long history and it wouldn’t be fair to lose it all.

Hmmm, oh! I really identified with Michael in this episode because I’ve done that email thing and it’s horrible. I didn’t do it with a picture but I sent a client something they weren’t supposed to see and it was one of the more humiliating moments of my career. I’m cringing right now just thinking about it. So, when he was on the phone with Packer and I could see what was coming, I was not only shaking my head at the TV, I was hoping that my actually telling him not to do it would stop him. And you know we haven’t seen the end of that yet. Poor Jan. Self-destructive desires indeed! Can she sue her therapist if she ends up getting fired? Hmmm?

The OC
I think the Ryan’s father thing might have happened a little too fast. I actually loved the episode but I felt like we could have been more invested in it had we gotten to know Frank a little better. I was in Sandy’s camp on not trusting him because it felt like we were purposely being tricked into thinking Frank and Julie might have been planning something. And, also, I was afraid they wouldn’t be able to retrieve my eyeballs with how far they rolled back in my head over the whole “dying” story. I was kind of hoping he would turn out to be dying just because that type of lie is *so* overdone. I am forgiving the show, however, because at least we found out the truth in the same episode. If they had dragged that out, I might actually have started celebrating the cancellation.

That said, I loved Keven Sorbo as Frank. I think they did a great job casting him and, as wrong as it is, I’m now shipping Julie and Frank. I was amusing myself at the end with the thought that Julie was surely thinking, “Oh, so that’s why Marissa would do antyhing for him…” Those Cooper women… always falling for the Atwood men.

I really enjoyed the Seth/Summer storyline. They were getting a little boring for a few episodes but now we’re back to classic Seth and Summer. And, I admit, I loved the look on Ryan’s face at the end when Seth made the comment about needing to go visit Dr. Roberts in Seattle. Heh. Could I love the Ryan and Seth relationship anymore than I do? Or the Summer and Taylor friendship, which seems to be the perfect compliment? I miss Summer and Marissa but I’m glad that Taylor is there for Summer. Plus, the whole storyline was so worth it just for the scene in the kitchen with Julie helping Summer practice the Jewish alphabet. I kind of dig that Marissa’s death really has changed Julie without destroying her.

I really liked Kaitlyn’s story this episode too. I’m glad the band geek (I can’t remember his name?) didn’t do the work for her, forcing her to prove that she could do it herself. I even loved the twins reactions to her impromptu presentation. They crack me up at times.

And, yes, I loved the final scene. The four of them on the couch, having family time was pretty awesome.

ER
Here’s a quick question for all of you… is the statute of limitations up on Katrina? It seems to be popping up all over the dial these days. Or, maybe, TV writers are doing their parts to, as Kerrie said, not let people forget. Not that I don’t agree… I think it’s easy to forget about the things that don’t touch you on a daily basis. It just feels weird to me because hurricane season just ended here a month ago and this is my time not to think about that stuff. Not to forget… just… I spend six months a year worrying about hurricanes (me and my weather phobias, right?) especially given the damage they’ve caused in the past few years. So, I’ve kinda of been enjoying not thinking about them only to suddenly have the message popping up on multiple shows.

Not that I’m picking on this storyline because I liked it. It was a good balance for Kerrie. On the one hand, she is still has a lot to teach the people in the ER. On the other, she’s not infallible. I should have known they’d be getting rid of somebody soon. I’m thinking the budget cut storyline was pretty factual. They just brought on John Stamos and they have a huge cast. Someone had to go… and the funny thing is, even though I haven’t always really liked Kerrie, I’m going to miss her. She’s been less and less a part of the show, though, so I am not too surprised. She’s gone through a lot, it’s time to let some of the newer folks get the juicier storylines, right?

Speaking of, what the heck is up with Gates’ characterization? I am confused about what I should think about him. Up until his reaction to the threat of not being able to see… April? How can I not remember her name. The girl who was shadowing him. Up until her mother threatened that he wouldn’t be able to see her if he moved out, I was sort of siding with him. Then he lost it and I am once again uncertain what I feel about him. Combine that with her comments to Neela about him always sleeping with women but always coming back to them (although, it’s easy to see how this is the case if he’s constantly giving into the threat of not being allowed to see her again) and I just want Neela to stay away. I mean, we all know that I love Neela and Ray anyway so I am sorta looking for a reason not to like Gates but he was kind of growing on me and now I’m not so sure.

Overall, I really liked the episode. It had some great lines like the one I used for my subject and, “It was a horticultural infraction.” Heh. I kind of like Sam’s grandmother even if I sense rocky times ahead with her moving in with them. I don’t know what’s going to happen with Pratt and Hope but I kind of hope she comes forward about her part. The one doctor covering for another storyline has been done to death on this show so, for once, I’d like them to flip it around. I can’t believe that Pratt wasn’t at least warning people about the dangers of the medication he was handing out! WTF? I thought it was a nice touch to have him fail so horribly in the same episode where he is dressing Ray and Abby down for not having recognized that the guy should never have been considered stable. This episode really was about how everyone has both learned so much and come so far and yet still isn’t perfect.

And, yeah, no one else is watching this show so I can probably stop rambling about it now, eh? I expect to cry (some more) next week when we bid farewell to Kerrie.

Premiere Sunday
I had to do a separate heading for this one because there are three different shows premiering on Sunday on top of the new episodes of other shows. NBC‘s got Grease: You’re the One That I Want starting at 8PM and running until 9:30PM. Y’all know I’m not big on the singing reality shows but the freakin’ ads have done their job and I’ll totally be watching. Who can resist hearing those songs over and over again? Wow, I’m such a girl, aren’t I?

Right after that, also on NBC, we’ve got a whole new season of The Apprentice: Los Angeles (well, the Los Angeles part is new but, whatever, it’s Trump so it’s not like it’ll be that different) at 9:30PM. I’m somewhat torn about this one. For one, this episode is causing a conflict with one of my favorite shows but, for another, I don’t know if I can handle no Caroline. I wasn’t a big fan of Trump’s daughter’s guest judging last season so I’m not sure how I’ll deal with having her as a permanent part of the show. But… I have to watch the first episode. Some habits are hard to break. (Note: The first episode of this show, like the Grease: YTOTIW premiere, is also an hour and a half long.)

Then, the premiere I’ve been waiting for since… well, it seems like forever. The fourth season of The L Word starts at 10PM on Showtime (for those also having The Apprentice conflict, it repeats immediately following at 11PM). I was supposed to go to a premiere party at a club here in Orlando that, in a funny coincidence, a friend is helping plan and run but my niece and her boyfriend are flying in that day for a visit. I’m not sure they can handle spending the night in a gay club in Orlando, watching The L-Word premiere, so I’ve given up on that plan. Still, I can’t wait! I’m not totally happy with some of the returning cast but I’m keeping an open mind because I really do love this show.

So, on my schedule for this weekend: Grease: You’re the One That I Want, Desperate Housewives, The Apprentice: Los Angeles, Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word

5 Responses to “She doesn’t look like a whore.”

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    sometimescrazy says:

    Totally loved the OC and I agree with everything you said. :)

    RE: UB, Swag was originally to be the 4th ep aired, but for some reason, they kept pushing it back. Not sure why. I think it was a cute ep. I agree what you said, it definitely had an old UB feel to it.

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    harper47 says:

    I am so there for Grease. Can not wait for this one. It’s musical theatre, it’s Broadway, it’s
    Grease people. I am so there.

    (hee – wow, that was a very lucid comment.)

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    spectralbovine says:

    That little “of course” look that crosses over Michael’s face when his Jamacian drum gets backed over in the warehouse?
    I missed that!

    I must admit to having my finger hovering above the fast-forward button all through the Jan/Michael scene in his office.
    Oh my GOD, that scene. I laughed sooooo much, and eventually I became aware that I was really, really laughing at honest-to-god uncomfortable awkwardness that would be ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE if I were either one of the two people in the room but it makes for hilarious television, somehow.

    (I don’t necessarily think this but I’d probably think it if I were Pam and I were giving Jim advice on how to keep his girlfriend and then getting comforted by Dwight of all people)
    I think that’s why it worked. Because it’s Dwight. Who is useless. And I think Dwight’s still human: you see a woman crying, you fucking feel something, you know? Of course, he has no idea what to do or what’s going on, so he reacts in a Dwight-ish way; I don’t think it’s out of character for him not to just walk away and ignore her. That’s just mean.

    So, when he was on the phone with Packer and I could see what was coming
    What was awesome about that was that even though it was obvious what was going to happen, it actually made perfect sense because of the way Outlook completes addresses. If Michael just typed up to “pack,” it would automatically fill in “packaging,” and Michael would assume it had filled in “Packer,” because when the hell does he e-mail packaging anyway.

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    sunflowr says:

    Just wanted to let you know.. you’re missing a really funny show in 30 Rock! :) I know you watched it the 1st few times and it wasnt as good then. It’s gotten alot better! :)

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    sinca says:

    I get the EXACT same way with regard to not being able to watch anything too embarrassing. And my cringe-meter was off the CHARTS with last night’s Office. I haven’t felt that bad since Gay Witch Hunt. When Michael couldn’t stop admitting that he had been with Jan to Packer I was like, “AAAAHHH – stop stop!” It was nice to have the Pam stuff to kind of balance it out even though that was super angsty.