There was nowhere to hide from the relentless punishing poultry.   

Whew. Monday is an insanely packed TV night. When did that happen? It hasn’t quite caught up to Thursday but it’s getting close. Good thing Tuesdays have slown down for me. I actually have some breathing room between shows!

The L Word
Should I start by bitching about Jenny? Has it gotten tiring yet, how much I hate her? I continue to find it amazing that anyone in her right mind would actually want to fuck the girl. I hate her current storyline and the lengths to which she will go to destroy this reviewer’s life is just another example of how incredibly selfish she has always been. Not to mention the New Yorker fiction piece. I really hope they don’t just drop that since it’s supposed to be a four parter. Maybe it’ll finally wake these girls up to what a complete wench Jenny can be. The only thing I liked about any of Jenny’s scenes last night was the way Alice slapped her down for daring to compare herself to Manet.

I’m so bummed about Angus and Hazel. Poor Kit. I don’t really know who is right… Tina or Bette. I get why Bette doesn’t want to immediately run to Kit with what Tina is saying but I’m not sure I believe it’s none of their business. Maybe none of Tina’s business but Bette is Kit’s sister. It’s one thing for friends to steer clear of that kind of disaster. Quite another for a family member to turn a blind eye.

Papi was an interesting character at first but now I’m kind of sick of her. Probably because she’s challenging Shane, whom I adore. Still, seeing more of her has turned the mystery into skankiness. I’m not sure what’s going on with her regarding Shane. I want to say that it’s clear that she wants Shane but I’m not so sure it is. And I’d prefer she stay far away from Shane because she’s not good enough for my girl. Plus, she stole away the first girl that Shane has actually considered hitting on since Carmen. Not cool, Papi. Not cool. It does seem weird to me that no one knew Papi a few episodes ago and now she’s popping up at the regular hangouts as though she’s been there all along. Is that her desperation to get to Shane or a continuity thing we’re supposed to overlook?

You know, I liked that Helena was actually succeeding at the catering. Should have known that her ego and pride would get in her way at the end but at least she managed to pull something off. Hopefully she’ll end up getting more jobs out of it and will stop screwing them up by faternizing with the guests. The Phyllis/Alice stuff went into weird Creepiville awfully fast. Of course, there’s probably a little karma in there for Alice after the way she was so creepy with Dana last season. Still, it can’t be a good sign for either Alice or Bette. I do think Alice made the right move AND that she had a good reason for doing it so at least Phyllis is going to be in the wrong when she starts persuing her some more.

And, hmmm… I can’t remember other things right now so I’ll move on.

Prison Break
FINALLY! Ok, well I was spoiled for the Sara/Michael kiss but I was still impatiently waiting for it to happen and I wasn’t expecting it on the train. For some reason I had the impression they were in a hotel room when they kissed so I was thinking it’d be at the end of the episode. Not so much! Anyway. Yay! I’m just happy that Michael and Sara finally got one good moment in their rather crappy lives of late. Plus, for some reason both Michael and Linc were looking mighty fine to me in this episode.

In other news, how much would I have loved it if Sara had actually managed to choke Kellerman? I mean, it would have sucked for her because that’d be a terrible line to cross but I was feeling it at the time. I was waiting for him to rip open his shirt and try to claim she had already paid him back with the burn. HA.

I also loved that it was Kim trying to fool Kellerman instead of the President. Not that I think this absolves her of anything. She’s as dirty as the rest. If anything, it actually keeps her in the game and still makes it likely that Kellerman has got an ace up his sleeve. I don’t trust that man one bit.

As much as I approve of Bellick being put on the convicts’ trails (only because they insist on keeping him in the story and this is 1000 times better than watching him in prison), did we need to watch him practice his FBI line so many times? Like, do any of us care? The man has no redeeming qualities. I don’t want to see him unless it directly pertains to other characters’ storylines.

And, hey, couldn’t T-Bag have been the latest convict to be eliminated? I predicted the whole suicide thing but I really would have preferred that it be T-Bag we were seeing the last of… there’s just nothing comfortable about his story anymore and I don’t think the majority of America wants to watch him play out his fantasies anymore. I really hope he’s gone by the end of February sweeps.

How I Met Your Mother
Have I mentioned lately how much I love this show? Because I totally do. Even when I can predict what is coming (“Who is Mark?”) it still keeps me laughing. “Maybe we should bow our heads and say a quite prayer to the TiVO gods.” “It seems greedy to ask anything more from you, oh magic box, but, if you malfunction and miss the Super Bowl, we will destroy in the alley with baseball bats.” Haha.

Barney continues to be love. Suits are for joyful occasions? Heh. Plus he worked ‘sartorial’ into a sentence. Only Barney. Plus… “That’s why, when it’s my time to R.I.P…” RIP? Heh. I love how NPH is so good at the Barney speak. It’s always perfectly delievered. You never doubt that it’s something Barney says all the time. Oh, and how could I forget… “Solemn low-five.” I want an icon of that moment.

My other two favorite jokes have to be the Janet Jackson joke. It’s sad how true that moment was and yet how much the whole Janet Jackson thing has changed media. Then, my other was a sight gag… right after Barney talks to Jerry Rice Emmitt Smith (ETA: Sorry, Jerry Rice was the one on The Class — just flipped them in my mind.) we see Ted in the background trying to make his way down the street. It cracked me up for no good reason. And I should stop there because there’s so much more – it’s amazing how much they manage to stuff into one episode – that I could keep going forever.

The Class
And then there’s this show… I’m surprised at how much I love this show given how I was ready to give it up a few months ago. Now I’m worried that it’s not going to make it onto the schedule for next season. Really. It’s gotten SO MUCH BETTER than it was in the beginning. I suspect those episodes will be funny when I go back and re-watch them now because of how I’ve grown to like the characters.

I wish there had more of the dinner party in this episode. We probably had just the right amount of everyone in one place but I wanted to see how they all managed to get out of there without eating the chicken. I normally don’t love Lina and Richie alone but they actually worked for me tonight. Maybe because we had just the right amount. I was more than amused by their first fight… although it could have been all the “the chicken is evil” stuff. I don’t know if we’ll get a fallout over the Kat stalker stuff but I loved his reaction to seeing the photos. And I loved Ethan’s, “Oooh, what’s etc?!” Heh. I knew it was going to be Mailboxes Etc!

I recently re-watched the run-thru they did online and I can’t wait to see the final episode. We have one more in between but I want to see how they set up the stuff I know is coming. I know that this show is going on hiatus soon so I’m soaking up all the new episodes to help get me through.

Rules of Engagement
Given my love for The Class, I felt like it’s a bit of a betrayal to admit that I kind of loved this pilot. I don’t know if it was a fluke or that HIMYM and TC warmed me up but I laughed all the way through this one. David Spade’s character is a bit too swarmy but I’m hoping that we’ll see more depth in him in the episodes to come. Right now he reminds me of his character on Just Shoot Me. We didn’t see much of him, though, and I think that was a good thing. The other two couples were great. I don’t know any of the names yet but I think I like the married couple the best. Patrick Warburton’s readings were great. The balancing of the checkbook was almost the quote I used in my subject line because it made me laugh so hard.

JEFF: Audrey, did you write a check?
AUDREY: Yeah, I did.
JEFF: [holding check register] Well, you didn’t put in the ‘thing.’ Now it’s all… [he gestures and she just looks at him] Whatever.
AUDREY: It was for the exterminator that was here last week. It was like… 60-ish dollars.
JEFF: 60-ish?! Well, great, I will just put that in here… [writes in the register] There, now the checkbook is totally balanced-ish.

I don’t really want another show but, if this show continues to be this funny, I can definitely see adding it to my weekly lineup. If you missed it last night and wanted to check it out, CBS has the full pilot up online. Let me know what you think of it.

PS: In other news, I have always liked Oliver Hudson. I even liked him on Dawson’s when everyone else hated him. Still, it took me forever to place him. In fact, I never did figure it out last night. It wasn’t until I got in this morning and looked it up on IMDB that I realized who he was! Something about his speech patterns I think. Or maybe it was the hair. Or both.

Heroes
I loved this episode. I don’t think it was quite the “GREATEST THING HUMANITY HAS EVER SEEN” but I still really enjoyed it. I’ve seen people asking what the point Hiro’s father story had and I must admit that I never even wondered about that. I guess I just have faith that it’ll eventually lead somewhere. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him just yet. I have no idea why I think that… except that this show has been paying off the things they set up all along so I’m willing to trust them to not be wasting my time on things.

I actually love that Jessica has trapped Niki in the mirror. I think it’s the very thing Niki needed to force her to fight back. She was giving up… thinking that being locked up and subdued was the only way to keep people safe from Jessica. Instead, she needed a reason to grow a backbone. I think being trapped inside Jessica and having to watch her interact with DL and Micah will do the trick. Bring it on… I can’t wait for Niki to teach Jessica not to underestimate her.

Awww, I was sad for [info]cdn_tvaddict as soon as Nathan was revealed as Claire’s father. So much for those hopes of a Peter/Claire ‘ship! (Don’t even to bother commenting about incestous relationships… neither Jo nor I are into that particular kink so it won’t work.) I was also a little disapopinted because I desperately wanted Linderman to be Claire’s daddy. Mostly because I want to see him! Still, it being Nathan is delightfully fucked up. Wasn’t there mention of Nathan’s dad covering something up in the past? I really wish I had these episodes saved so I could go back and re-watch things. I really liked the Claire and Real!Mom reunion. I love that Claire still loves her “mom” while desperately needing to know that her real mom had powers too. Plus, bonus points for actually being smart and sticking with her cover story.

Man. Sylar is one creepy MOFO. I don’t know how Mrs. Bennet ever thought he was a benevolent person. I was picking up the creepy vibes from him all the way through the TV screen. Having met Zachary, I’m officially impressed with his acting ability. I can’t find anything about Sylar attractive and yet I know the guy playing him is quite delish. I loved how he assumed Mrs. Bennet knew about Claire’s talents (all the other parents have, after all) and how he couldn’t even be bothered to keep up the pretense of being a nice guy until Claire got home. Sadly, I don’t think I would have cared had Mrs. Bennet died. The joke about not revealing HRG’s name was classic, though. I actually laughed out loud at Mr. Muggles interrupting right at that moment. Well played, show. Well played.

Uhh… Peter and Claude. So HRG has tried to kill Claude previously, eh? No wonder Claude is so distrustful and anti-social. Not only does he suffer from the Marcy complex but he knows there are people out there looking to kill him. Sure he has the power to be invislble or not but he’s basically been forced to stay invisible to stay alive. What I don’t get is why Peter thinks he knows so much? Is it just because Peter knows he was in the painting so he figures he must know something? Or was it seeing him in his visions? Which, by the way, now that I know Peter doesn’t have to be around the person to have their power… I am betting his dream visions come from Simone’s father. Errr, I bet it turns out that her father had that power and Peter was around him so much that he was absorbing that power all along. When he’s asleep he’s not consciously controlling the powers so that’d explain why he hasn’t been psyching himself into believing he had to be around the person with the power to have the dreams. I might be stretching a bit here but it would explain why Simone’s father’s rooftop ties back into things.

Alright, I think that’s all I have to say for now. I eagerly await next week and what they’ll throw at us next.

Studio 60
I’m ready for this show to stop focusing on the couples and I was really ready for “Harriet’s Dinner” to be over. That said, I actually enjoyed this episode. The coyote, ferret, snake thing was amusing. Not so amusing is how much it’ll end up costing them, which I felt got kind of glossed over rather easily given that they were just having to lay off people not too long ago. I’m glad that Lucy and Tom made up. I don’t know what to think about Harriet and Matt. Unlike most everyone else on this planet, I actually think these two have chemistry. However, I don’t really care to be force fed star-crossed lovers. I’d rather we be shown how they can’t be together – how it does affect the show – rather than to have Matt tell us that. I don’t think he’s wrong but it’s hard to believe he thinks it since he’s the one that’s been pursuing her for the last half season.

I don’t even know what to think about Jordan and Danny. Danny is back to being someone I like but it’s kind of hard to get over the calling stuff over Christmas. I don’t have a problem with the reference thing that everyone else seems to have. The calling was the deal breaker in my eyes. Still, it was always obvious that Jordan liked Danny from the very first episode so I’m not surprised that she took the chance to tell him that. Quite frankly I think Jordan has been so firmly in their corner because she likes Danny. I guess I’m interested in the fact that she didn’t actually care about the working relationship issue (she being the opposite of Matt in this episode) but that Danny was acting out some misguided white knight notion instead of actually falling for her.

I don’t really remember the rest. I liked that Jack called what’s her face’s father instead of trying to hide that she was drunk. Nice that it worked out for him even though you know that would never happen in real life. I don’t get the Simon/Darius thing at all. Or, rather, I do get it. For the most part, I shrug off the comments about Sorkin preaching to his audience but I definitely felt it with that storyline. It wasn’t organic at all. It didn’t develop naturally from the character interactions. It just felt forced and for no other purpose than for Sorkin to make a statement… one I don’t feel he’s at all qualified to make. I’d have liked it much better if we’d seen it developing between Simon and Darius over time and seen how their struggle with each other was affecting everyone else. Instead it became so isolated and so quickly resolved… it was clear that it had nothing to do with the characters involved and everything to do with the message. It was just too much for me. I guess that was my one big complaint about this whole three part story arc.

At least next week we finally have a new story… except I’m not sure I’m looking forward to the Harriet/Matt flashbacks. I know the prognosis doesn’t look good for this show after March and I think I’ve begun to pull away a little so that I’m not too disapointed when it never returns from hiatus. Still, I mostly just want to enjoy the show so I’m trying not to nitpick it too much.

On my schedule for tonight: Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, and Boston Legal (and the last disk of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 1)

14 Responses to “There was nowhere to hide from the relentless punishing poultry.”

  1. 1
    spadada says:

    I hated last night’s HIMYM. I have not watched anything else yet, so that is all I can read ;)

    OK. Bye. Really.

  2. 2
    raelee says:

    Awww, I’m sorry! You should watch the others!

    Also, bye! ;)

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    schnappycat says:

    I saw the original Rules pilot and thought it was pretty horrendous. I take it the redo is better?

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    eolivet says:

    “It seems greedy to ask anything more from you, oh magic box, but, if you malfunction and miss the Super Bowl, we will destroy in the alley with baseball bats.”

    Hee heeeeeeee! I’d totally forgotten about that line until you mentioned it! Also the “Almighty TiVo, we thank you for your ability to pause so we can take a leak” or something.

    (HA, and Barney wants to be buried naked — heeeeeee!)

    (And the guest star was Emmitt Smith, although I suppose Jerry Rice could’ve worked with “Dancing!” too. ;)

    Re: S60…I also like the chemistry between Matt and Harriet — and think they’re a far, far better and more interesting couple than Danny and Jordan. The resolution to the latter storyline is kind of turning my stomach to read about it…that’s too bad. :(

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    harper47 says:

    It was Emmett Smith Barney met. Just thought you might like to know. As an avid Dancing with the Stars watcher, well you know . . . .

    I liked Mother, loved Heroes and loathed Studio. So I see we are back to disagreeing normally. Whew – because the threat of world apocalypse is more than I can handle right now. Too many theatrical/dance world issues in my life right now.

    I’m about over Studio 60 too and I like Harriet and Matt together. With that said, I have very little desire to watch next week’s ep. Way to kill my enthusiasm show.

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    raelee says:

    I take it the redo is better?

    I think? I was highly amused last night but I’ve never been a great barometer of comedy.

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    schnappycat says:

    I’m not sure I am either, though. I didn’t like The Class at all or MNIE much like most do. And have liked some really bad shows. So who knows.

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    spectralbovine says:

    Yay! I’m just happy that Michael and Sara finally got one good moment in their rather crappy lives of late.
    Yeah, I really liked how that scene went. It was nicely written and acted. It was obvious that Michael was the other thing keeping her going, but she said it indirectly, and then Michael was all, “That thing back there? Me too.” It was cute. I also liked how Sara was sort of like, “Er, good, thanks,” but when she walked away, you could tell she was smiling inside.

    I mean, it would have sucked for her because that’d be a terrible line to cross but I was feeling it at the time.
    I know! That was awesome. I also loved that Kellerman totally knew he deserved it, you know? He didn’t clock her right then and there; he just said, “You get ONE of those.”

    did we need to watch him practice his FBI line so many times? Like, do any of us care? The man has no redeeming qualities.
    God, seriously. Plus, the line he finally chose sucked.

    there’s just nothing comfortable about his story anymore and I don’t think the majority of America wants to watch him play out his fantasies anymore.
    Seriously. I cannot imagine anyone finding that watchable. It’s just…too squicky. I mean, I guess I’m sort of impressed that they are pulling this shit on an 8:00 show on network television, though.

    I don’t think it was quite the “GREATEST THING HUMANITY HAS EVER SEEN”
    Heh, me neither. Like I said in my post title, where were all my jaw-dropping moments? I mean, there were some neat things and a few surprises, but I thought there would be more jaw dropping.

    Having met Zachary, I’m officially impressed with his acting ability.
    Wait, you met Zachary? When was this? Did I miss something? Also, you’re not the only one impressed with his acting ability:

    So Zach came in cold to a room with 6 producers and 2 casting directors (I don’t know how actors take the pressure of auditions!) and read, first this intense monstrous scene, and then, second, a meek mild mannered role. After his first version of Gabriel – which he read kind of ominously, I gave him the note to play it like an incredibly introverted person who can’t even look people in the eye, but who loves watches and machines. He did an amazing adjustment – doing that perfectly. Then he read the monstrous Sylar scene – very monstrously. Dennis Hammer gave him the note to read it more casually, humanly and to be menacing subtextually. He again made this adjustment perfectly. As he left the room – we all turned to each other, blown away and said – “that guy just gave us four completely different characters – he can do anything!!! So Zach got the job.

    I’m ready for this show to stop focusing on the couples
    Yeah, according to Sorkin, that’s not fucking happening. Gah. So.

    and the last disk of Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 1
    OOOOH. PREPARE TO BE AWESOMED.

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    raelee says:

    Dumb LJ! It ate my comment.

    Also the “Almighty TiVo, we thank you for your ability to pause so we can take a leak” or something.

    Haha. That was a great line too. Something about being next to godliness or something.

    Thanks for the correction on Emmitt. I knew it was him but Jerry Rice was on The Class and, for some reason, I was flipping the two in my head.

    The resolution to the latter storyline is kind of turning my stomach to read about it…that’s too bad.

    I’m sorry. :( I always figured it’d probably go this way because Jordan seemed to like Danny in the pilot and there’s no way Sorkin was going to admit that Danny’s behavior was over the line.

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    raelee says:

    lol… Thanks, I did know it was Emmitt but Jerry Rice was on The Class and I mixed them around for some reason as I was typing.

    Whew – because the threat of world apocalypse is more than I can handle right now.

    LOL! All is right with the world! ;) Good luck with the theatrical/dance world issues, though.

    Way to kill my enthusiasm show.

    I know… these last episodes really were a bad way to come back.

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    raelee says:

    Michael was all, “That thing back there? Me too.”

    I really loved how they played that scene. Maybe I was just desperate for some lightness but it was an awesome little moment at the end.

    I also loved that Kellerman totally knew he deserved it, you know?

    YES! Although, if I were her I probably would have had some choice words at the idea that I only got “ONE” of those.

    God, seriously. Plus, the line he finally chose sucked.

    Ain’t that the truth! The only consolation is that he totally said it to someone who was not at all impressed with him.

    Like I said in my post title, where were all my jaw-dropping moments?

    I need to go read yours now that I’ve finally gotten this done but, yeah, there was a severe lack of “OMG! WOW!” moments. Come on show, you delivered so many in the fall… let’s have some more!

    Wait, you met Zachary? When was this? Did I miss something?

    I did! And you did. It was buried in a long boring post so I’m not surprised you missed it. I met him the weekend before last at a local comic/toy collector’s convention. He was all let-me-shake-your-hand friendly and, “Hey, my name is Zach. How are you doing today?” Plus, totally cute in person with awesome glasses.

    that guy just gave us four completely different characters – he can do anything

    I can believe it! It’s like night and day seeing him onscreen after having met him in person. I wish I had gotten a picture so I could reassure myself that I’m not imagining the difference.

    Yeah, according to Sorkin, that’s not fucking happening.

    Ehhh. That’s what I’m afraid of.

    OOOOH. PREPARE TO BE AWESOMED.
    MAN. Now I can’t wait to get home and watch!!

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    raelee says:

    Yeah, MNIE kind of lost me early on even though everyone else loves it. But, see, you loved The Office back when I just couldn’t see the humor. Which is why I was hesitant to claim this re-do of Rules was better than the one you saw.

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    ladydisdain225 says:

    It just occurred to me that I still haven’t thanked you for being the reason I finally checked out and fell in love with How I Met Your Mother. I hated the ads last year, and they really kept me from ever giving it a chance. And now – it’s the only thing other than VM that I HAVE to watch.

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    spectralbovine says:

    MAN. Now I can’t wait to get home and watch!!
    It’s like an epic movie, dude. It’s the culmination of the entire season. All the plotlines converge. It’s pretty amazing. Not to mention one of the coolest effects I have ever seen in animation.