He has plans for me.   

Oh, praise the computer gods! I’m finally back up and running here at work. Slowly, but surely, reinstalling all of my programs but mostly just glad to have IE 7 and tabbed browsing back. I know lots of people hate it but I am addicted and I can’t (well, won’t) use Firefox at work so I was fed up with the computer thinking it was installed when it wasn’t, etc., etc. However, now I am so far behind on LJ that I dread trying to catch up but that’s what I plan to do now that I have today’s TV post out of the way.

The Office
Since my own office as been somewhat like an episode of The Office this week, I was excited to have a new episode last night and it did not disappoint. There was a lot going on but I’ll just pick out some of the highlights for me. First was the opener. I find it interesting that Michael always picks Jim and Pam to show things off to… and not the people in the office who he knows will tell him it is awesome even if they don’t really think it is. But what I really love about these type of scenes is how Jim and Pam still play off each other perfectly. They don’t even need to look at each other to pick up the joke.

My next favorite moment would be at the rest stop, when Andy is talking to the camera and we see Michael come out of the bathroom. Here’s why I loved it… as I was watching Andy walk off the screen towards Michael, I blinked and actually said out loud, “Did he just walk out of the Women’s bathroom?” And Michael actually addresses it right after it hits you. That is not only great writing – real writing – but it was well-played by Steve and perfectly timed by the director. These are the reasons this show wins awards. It’d be easy to rely on Michael to both set up and execute the joke but instead the camera/shot lets you get there first and then Michael explains it… which actually makes it both more realistic and funnier.

Then, of course, there is all the Dwight/Jim stuff. I can’t pick just one moment because they were all classic Dwight/Jim. Makes me realize how much I miss the interaction between those two being a large part of the show. If I had to narrow it down and pick a favorite, I think I’d go with the moment in the conference room when Dwight asks if anyone wants to switch and of course Jim is the only one who raises his hand. Because he does want to switch but also because he knows it’ll annoy Dwight. The look on Dwight’s face was great.

I can’t forget about Karen, though. I was actually just thinking about this the other day… that it was going to suck when Karen finds out about Jim and Pam and that it was likely to be from someone else. Not just because Jim obviously had no desire to fill her in on the backstory but also because that’s exactly how it works in an office. Jim and Pam seem to have this unspoken agreement not to say anything about it. Although Pam is clearly just following Jim’s lead more so than actually wishing to keep it a secret. But everyone else knows and these things always come out eventually. I’m not sure whether Phyllis said it intentionally or not. I didn’t think so at first but the more I think about it the more I’m not sure. It felt like an odd moment because I can’t believe she’d be happy that Jim is over Pam. Not with how she was the one relaying info between the two of them earlier in the season and we know she loves Pam so what she said feels off somehow. Still, either way, someone would have eventually inadvertantly revealed the truth to Karen. And then Jim… denying it while still hoping Pam said something and then completely understating the level of his crush. The thing is… Jim might be a little better at hiding that he still feels something but Pam currently sucks at hiding that she has feelings for him and you know it’s going to become blindingly obvious to Karen the first time the two of them interact again. Eeep. I suspect the whole thing will get messy real quick.

And, finally, Dwight. Ok… I know I admitted that I don’t particularly like Dwight after the last episode and that I failed to find his scene with Pam as touching or as endearing as everyone else. I stick by that but that doesn’t mean I prefer Andy over him or want him to quit! WTF, people?! My guess is that the two most unlikely people, Jim and Pam, will team up to bring Dwight back giving Karen ample opportunity to observe the two of them together… over something she won’t understand given how most of the office should, theoretically, be happy that Dwight has quit. Am I crazy? Also, I don’t approve of Angela letting Dwight quit like that. I feel like it proves she’s not worth him quitting because she wouldn’t have been fired… definitely in trouble but the papers still got to the main office in time so I can’t see Michael firing her over it. I’ll feel better about her if she comes clean with Michael pretty quickly after we rejoin them next week. That would throw a kink in my theory about Jim and Pam teaming up. though, so I don’t really expect her to do it.

Hmmm, how did I go from not liking this show to writing five paragraphs about one episode? And I didn’t even address everything in the episode.

Supernatural
I’m somewhat sad to say that this episode was a bit of a let down. I don’t know if that’s surprising at all given that I really do tend to favor the Supernatural Element of the Week type of episodes over the ones that address The Demon and Sam’s psychic abilities. I liked Ava and I loved how her initial dream was shot and placed so that I was actually gaping at the TV, trying to understand how they could possibly blow Sam up because that was definitely blood we saw hit the wall. I did NOT like the resolution to the cliffhanger. To be honest, I had kind of forgotten we even left with a cliffhanger… I suppose because there was really only one thing John could have said to Dean. I guess the twist there was the fact that he felt Sam might be able to be saved. Still, that scene felt kind of cheesy to me. I think I almost would have preferred not to see it at all and just have the brothers refer back to it later. We all knew what was going to happen so why even show it?

And, hey, Gordon! I was just asking [info]cadhla about you before Christmas. Good to have you back… and gone again. I liked that Gordon tied Dean up the same way Dean tied him up. It amused me, probably more than it should. I did feel like Jensen was a little off in those scenes. I dunno, I imagine Dean’s anger would have been a little more palpable given that Gordon had just tried to kill Sam (and nearly succeeded) and had knocked Dean out and was restraining him. As for who is Gordon’s person at the Roadhouse… uh, am I the only person who didn’t think Gordon was referring to having a plant there? I honestly just thought he meant that he had Roadhouse-like type of resources as well. It wasn’t until Dean called Ellen later that I realized we were supposed to think it was someone actually at the Roadhouse who sold them out. That doesn’t really surprise me, though. It’s not like they’ve gotten to be great friends with everyone at the Roadhouse so it’s not a stretch to think they haven’t been careful enough. Of course, it’s going to end up being one of the three people we know at the Roadhouse because it’d be cheating (and not very interesting, story-wise) to make it one of the extras we see hanging around in the background. So… who is it? Jo, Ellen, or the other guy?

I admit to liking Ava. I’m going to guess she’s not possessed by the demon. Mostly because we’ve been there, done that. But, did the guy the demon is possessing take her or did she take off on her own? We don’t much about her yet so there are many possibilities. Either way, I guess we can expect to see her sometime in the future, eh?

I think my favorite part of the episode was the preview for next week which… LOOKS AWESOME. I love the haunted hotel/mansion that won’t let the guests leave trope. What could better than having it on my fave shows?

The OC
Ehhhh. Wow, this episode didn’t do much for me either. I’m curious to see the reaction it got from everyone else. I really liked the Seth/Dr. Roberts scenes but I’m a little unsure of where Summer/Seth are now. I think she was just breaking off the engagement but I felt like they left it a little murky and I wonder if they did that purposely or not. I think I was just disappointed with where we left Summer because it felt so heavy-handed and a little inconsistent with the Summer we saw in the episodes just before this whole engagement debacle began. Too bad it’s too late for Seth to change his mind and start school when he was supposed to start because that’s how I’d be feeling if I were him… that I was delaying my future for someone who wasn’t sure if she could see me in her future. Not that Summer doesn’t have the right to be sure of what she wants before agreeing to be engaged but she also keeps letting him change his life to find ways to be with her and that’s not quite fair either. (To clarify: I’m not blaming one or the other on this… just saying that I hope he realizes that he can’t keep making his plans revolve around Summer and she realizes that she can’t expect it.)

I was expecting too much from the Ryan/Taylor/book thing I think because disappointment is the only way to describe how I felt about it. The previews made it seem like it was going to be fun (and funny) and, instead, it seemed like a lame stumbling block for these two. And how the hell did this guy’s book not only come out already but be at the point where they are making English editions of it? I hate it when a storyline is based around something so completely unrealistic. It makes it hard for the story to win me over right from the get-go.

Things I did like: Kaitlin and her crush on the band geek… but, more importantly, that she not only knew the homeless guys by name, it was clear they all knew her well too. I was prepared to hate Kaitlin this season given her entrance last season but she’s one of my favorite characters. I like that she’s a real person. She has both a deep and a shallow end which is something we rarely get to see. And, amazingly, they haven’t tried to shove her down the throats of the characters that already exist to make her fit with the cast. Just being who she is, is enough to give her a purpose on the show. I also liked Julie being discovered. I wonder how she’ll dig herself back out of this one? I like the friendship she has with Kirsten so I hope we get to see the show end with them on good terms again… but there’s so little time for that! I also loved that Sandy has lunch at Ryan’s restuarant every day! How cute. I love the family moments. Also, Pancakes is pretty damn cute.

On the schedule for the weekend: All the shows I’m behind on, Grey’s Anatomy (tonight), Grease: YTOTIW (sun), The Apprentice: LA (sun), Desperate Housewives (sun), Brothers & Sisters (sun), The L Word (sun)

TV Premieres this Weekend: Season six of 24 premieres this Sunday, with a two hour episode from 8 – 10 PM on FOX. On HBO, the second seasons of both Rome and Extras start at 9 and 10 PM respectively. (NOTE: I believe HBO has a S1Rome marathon happening on Sunday before the premiere. So anyone who has been interested in checking it out, that’d be the perfect time to catch up.)

PS: Gotta give props to the CW… I saw promos for both GG and VM last night during SPN. I hope they keep up the cross show promotion that has been so severely lacking. Of course, I’d like to have seen previews for the new episodes coming up at the end of the month but I’ll wait and see if we get those as we get closer before I complain.

11 Responses to “He has plans for me.”

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    harper47 says:

    I saw the VM and GG promos too and was very pleased. I would have liked to seen more but I’m happy they were there.

    Hee – we totally disagree on this ep of Supernatural as I loved it. I love both types of eps – the arc eps and the self-contained (and I agree next week’s Shining ep looks awesome). I liked JA’s acting in this and thought he did a great job.

    I hope Ash is the leak at the Roadhouse. I don’t want it to be Ellen or Jo.

    I adored Ava. I thought the actress had terrific presence and chemistry with JP and sold her lines. I want her back.

    The secret was a little anticlimatic. I understand why they went there – as the need to keep the suspense and revealing work in a production/overall sort of way but still a bit of a let down. But it does help explain Dean’s extreme angst and zimshan had an excellent point that it makes Dean’s behavior in Croation even stronger as you realize that when he is faced with killing this guy (who may or may not be infected with the demon goo) that he is facing killing Sam. And that’s why he couldn’t do it.

    But anyway – back to preview perking. I’m excited to see this ep. Love haunted eps that are done right. Can’t wait.

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    raelee says:

    Hee – we totally disagree on this ep of Supernatural as I loved it.

    Oh… I fully expect to be in the extreme minority here! I still liked the episode, I just wasn’t blown away by it. I appreciate that there’s an underlying reason these two keep on going but I mostly don’t care because, really, I don’t see the show ever following through on the idea of Sam being swayed by evil. I think I need the actual demon involved more to care about that whole arc.

    I hope Ash is the leak at the Roadhouse. I don’t want it to be Ellen or Jo.

    Yeah, I’m not sure about Ash. It feels kind of personal to me.

    But it does help explain Dean’s extreme angst and zimshan had an excellent point that it makes Dean’s behavior in Croation even stronger as you realize that when he is faced with killing this guy (who may or may not be infected with the demon goo) that he is facing killing Sam.

    Yeah, but see, I think that’s something we all knew anyway. There was never a doubt in my mind that John saddled Dean with the responsibility of killing Sam if it should come to that. The only thing I was surprised to hear was that John actually believed there was a possibility of saving Sam… and I guess I’m only surprised by that because John was the one who seemed to alwasy jump to killing as a solution over resisting evil.

    I’m also excited to see the next ep!

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    harper47 says:

    Yeah, I’m not sure about Ash. It feels kind of personal to me.

    I think so too. My weird off kilter feeling is it is Ellen but it’s probably Jo like everyone thinks. I like Ellen, I just think it would layers of angst to the story due to the unexplained death of her husband still lurking out there. Or it may be that I’ve watched way too many Joss shows where it’s all about bringing on the pain. Hee!

    There was never a doubt in my mind that John saddled Dean with the responsibility of killing Sam if it should come to that.

    Hmmm. Maybe I’m just not deep enough because I kept thinking it – the secret that is – was all about frolicing with a demon or Mom was frolicing with a demon or something along those lines. There must be something more to all this.

    But good point.

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    spectralbovine says:

    Since my own office as been somewhat like an episode of The Office this week
    So has mine. Hee.

    Here’s why I loved it… as I was watching Andy walk off the screen towards Michael, I blinked and actually said out loud, “Did he just walk out of the Women’s bathroom?” And Michael actually addresses it right after it hits you. That is not only great writing – real writing – but it was well-played by Steve and perfectly timed by the director. These are the reasons this show wins awards. It’d be easy to rely on Michael to both set up and execute the joke but instead the camera/shot lets you get there first and then Michael explains it… which actually makes it both more realistic and funnier.
    Great analysis! I noticed and liked that too.

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    afrocurl says:

    I’m with you on not knowing where to take the SS storyline or the RT one for that matter. I found parts of the episode worth while, but for the most part I’m just sort of stuck. Of course, I’m just taking the episodes as they come at this point, and not really trying to argue the finer points of television.

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    cindywrites says:

    How likely do you think it is that Jim and Pam will team up to save Dwight, considering Jim knows that Phyllis told Karen about Pam? I don’t know — I’d love to see it happen, but I don’t think it will.

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    cdn_tvaddict says:

    The OC – Kaitlin only knew the homeless guys because Summer & Seth brought them all home for Thanksgiving dinner. I think it’s a pretty big fanwank to asume that that means she’s been off helping the homeless when she has spare time. I couldn’t believe that for a second. I do like her a lot better with the band geek than Luke’s brothers though. I hate those two – they force me to FF.

    I too hope Julie & Kirsten find some way to work things out – I love their friendship. But on the other hand, it’s high time Julie actually pays the price for her bad actions so she could actually learn something.

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    raelee says:

    I take your point on the homeless guys. However, she obviously did spend some time with them at Christmas time and she does remember their names so I give her props for that. I doubt she’s been out helping the homeless but the more shallow in town wouldn’t have paid any attention to any homeless people they met. I think the show must have realized the Luke twins were bad, eh?

    I think that Julie and Kirsten will find a way to work things out but I don’t think that has to mean Julie does NOT pay the price for her bad actions. I’ll be happy if we see her paying but can see that Kirsten is starting to forgive her in the finale. I just want to know that eventually Kirsten will get back to that friendship. (And, really, this is the first time that I feel like maybe Kirsten should be a little more understanding… Julie hasn’t had the best year.)

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    fotada says:

    Re: The Office, I really liked the odd pairing when they went out on sales calls. Phyllis and Karen? Stanley and Ryan? Bwah! Also, I thought that as much as Dwight and Jim hate each other, they work together as a team remarkably well. I also wonder who took that picture of the two of them when they were much younger. Dwight’s hand possessively clapped on Jim’s shoulder was hilarious. I think a fic could be written about that.

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    spadada says:

    I have not watched The O.C. yet (chose Grey’s and SPN, which in retrospect was a mistake. I should have chosen O.C. and bought SPN on iTunes because I was disappointed with the ep too). But I love your comments on The Office. Again: brain twins. “On the radio” is even more addictive that “Fidelity.” The lyrics are genius. (See my MySpace.)

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    raelee says:

    Good point. I still hope it happens but you’re probably right that Jim wouldn’t go there. I wonder if he’ll pull away from Pam again because of this… and I if he’ll even tell Pam about Karen knowing?