Come on… Get out there, give the people what they want.   

Y’all are awesome. More on that soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on this all morning in between trying to get something done so I want to get it posted before I get caught up in other things and have to leave for the day. Uh, tried to be as short and sweet as I could…

Ugly Betty
Great episode. You know what I realized? Wilhelmina should be editor-in-chief. She really is the one who cares about the magazine the most. So, I hope that she’s wrong and that Daniel and Alex patching up their differences doesn’t have to mean that she gets screwed. I think there can be a place for Daniel at Meade Publications without him having to be the editor-in-chief of Mode.

I liked that their mother was the one who accepted Alex back so easily. What she said made absolute sense. She’ll take her child back any way she can get him/her. I was amused by the transition we saw Daniel go through in just one episode… from trying to completely ignore Alex to fighting just like siblings do to doing his best to accept Alex. And, as predictable as it was, I liked that it turns out their mother is the one who killed Fey. It adds a nice twist. Plus it means we’ll surely get to see more of Judith and I approve of that!

I’m happy that Betty and Walter finally broke up. It was nice that they let Walter admit he had figured it out too. Walter doesn’t seem like a bad guy but he’s obviously not the guy for Betty. And, while it’s great to have someone who loves you… it’s not really fair to that person if you don’t love them back. I was kind of waiting for Daniel’s mother to point that out to her but I suppose it didn’t really need to be said. Plus, hey, now we get to see more of Henry! Sure his ex is in town but how long is that going to last? Ha.

Oh… and I loved the scenes between Hilda and Justin. It’s nice to see them not only so accepting of each other but unwillingly to let anything stop them from being themselves. It meshes well with what we know about Betty and how you could realistically end up with both a Hilda and Betty in the same family.

Overall, I really liked everything in this episode.

The Office
Eh. Unforntuately, I can not say the same about this episode. The few laughs that this one did have (classic Jim/Dwight opener!) were not enough to make up for the trainwreck that is Michael Scott. I literally fast-forwarded through almost all of his scenes. This is a prime example of why it took me so long to realize how much I love this show. Episodes like this one make it hard for me not to just change the channel.

The Jim/Karen/Pam/Roy stuff probably didn’t help either. The whole thing was so very realistic which is why that part was hard to watch. Not in the same way as the Michael stuff… just because I feel for all four of these people. They’re all good people who are caught up in this complicated web of love and bad timing and good intentions. I actually like how it’s playing out even if I wish Pam would just make a move already. (Note: I know why she’s not and I’m not criticizing her. It’s more like how I’d feel if I had a friend going through the same thing and I were watching it all play out. I’d want that friend to just come clean with the guy because of how obvious it is that he does still have feelings.)

Anyway. I did think Pam’s leaving with Roy made sense. Here she was at a wedding that she planned… with her and Roy’s history in mind. The place is full of choices she made when she was with Roy. And in the middle of that she’s seeing, yet again, that Jim is unavailable. He’s with Karen and she may hate it but she’s respecting it the best she can. Then Roy actually remembers about the flowers from prom and he pays the band to play “their song”… she was with Roy for a long time. And Roy even made the point that he wasn’t the one who broke it off. When you’re feeling depressed and unloved, it’s hard to walk away from someone who is both comfortable and loves you. I don’t think Pam went with Roy because any part of her wants to be back with him. I think she went with him because she wanted, even needed, to feel loved for a moment.

Sadly, going with Roy was probably the one thing that could put Jim back on the path to denial. It’s not fair of him at all to deny her someone but you could tell that watching her leave with Roy was like another rejection in his eyes. I wonder what can happen to bring them back together now? In some ways, I hope that means that Jim and Karen can break up without it being about Pam. I also feel bad for Roy because I suspect all he achieved was to have Pam realize, for sure, that she doesn’t want to be with him.

Hmmm, all of that from an episode I could barely stand to watch. I guess that says a lot about the quality of the show but I still hope next week’s episode is a thousand times better than this week’s.

Ok, first, stupid previouslies! I really hate it when the previouslies totally give away things in the episode. Not only did I know Jo was going to show up in this episode from them, I knew it was going to be the same demon that possessed Meg as soon as Dean exposed that Sam was possessed.

Anyway. On to the episode… I thought everyone did a stand out job. Jared was rocking Evil!Sam. Even though I knew Dean wouldn’t die when Sam shot him, I still gasped. Dean! And, Jo… Oh, poor, Jo. I don’t blame her for carrying a torch for Dean but I felt bad for her here. I wasn’t sure whether she wanted to know if demons tell the truth because she wanted to know if the stuff about her Dad or about Dean was true. I sighed with her at the, “No you won’t.” I was kind of hoping Dean would call her just to prove her wrong… but of course he didn’t.

Hmmm, I’m not gushing but I really did love this episode. I started out not so sure I wanted to watch and then not being able to turn it off. I will say that Dean and Sam are slowly make their lives harder than they already are… not that they can help it much. Not only are they wanted fugitives but now they’ve got hunters on their tails as well. Sure, I know the hunters don’t know it was Sam but you know that’s not going to stay a secret forever. I have a feeling these two are going to really watch each other’s backs a lot more in the weeks/months to come.

Also, Kripe and Co. continue to rock out the freaking promos from week to week. It really makes me wish the CW promo department were paying attention.

The OC
I enjoyed this episode. I didn’t love it but I blame that on the show for souring me on Ryan and Taylor. I started out really liking them together but the speed with which they’ve forced this relationship to develop annoys me. Ryan has been pretty consistent but Taylor has been so back and forth that it’s diminished my like for her a bit. Still, I did adore the initial “I love you” scene. Probably because it felt like a “real” moment. It was Taylor being Taylor so it felt right that that’s when Ryan would realize that he does love her.

I don’t quite get the Seth/Summer stuff. I don’t know if I think Seth seems lost so much as in a holding pattern. He’s waiting to start school and that’s the stuff he loves so why should he be driven at the moment? It’s like Summer forgets that. I wasn’t really sure what the point of the homemade movie stuff was but I wrote it off as the writers not knowing what to do with Seth or Summer.

Just when Kaitlin annoys me, they make her human again and I somehow accept her bitchiness. While I agree that she and Julie should spend time being family (because, let’s face it, Julie hops from guy to guy way too much), I was a little baffled at how come Julie didn’t bother to point out that it was Kaitlin who wanted to rush Bullit into their lives. Still, she’s right that Julie and Frank should be going slower. No one really knows how much Frank has changed. I do like Julie with Frank but I’d be just as happy if they were dating instead of getting married. Plus, that whole thing was worth it to give us the Ryan and Kaitlin conversation. Awww. See, I like it when they acknowledge that there’s a history there with Ryan. They don’t have to bring Marissa up by name but it’s nice to give us the nod every once in a while.

I was a little bummed that we were only being teased with the earthquake but I must admit I’m eager to see the next episode now. I have to give the show credit for not pulling out the earthquake thing until the very end of the series. Ryan was awesome for protecting Taylor but could he have tried to move her to a doorway or somewhere safer than the middle of the bedroom floor? I like how they set up everyone being in different locations so the next episode can be about trying to get back to each other and make sure everyone is ok. I’m not so sure I believe the promos because I suspect everyone will survive just fine but I can’t wait to see what happens next.

One Three Hill
Sticking this one in here because I forgot I watched it last night. I really liked this episode. Loved that they got the janitor from Breakfast Club to guest star in an episode that was a knockoff of the movie. I sort of miss this type of lighthearted teen drama on this show. For a brief moment there, I was reminded of Dawson’s as I watched this episode. I think it really let us see how these characters have changed and grown over the past four years. The only gripe I have with the episode are some of the picture choices. Although, I laughed at Rachel’s. Ha. I would have liked Lucas’ so much more if the girl had only made one side of his body goth. I think that would have better illustrated how Lucas often walks the line between the different categories.

Overall, this was the best episode of OTH in a long time. Probably because we didn’t have much of the soap opera-ish crap driving the plot. It was just about the characters and the fact they really are just high schoolers on the cusp of a huge change in their lives. So, it gets a big thumbs up from me.

On my schedule for tonight: All the shows I missed during the week, Grey’s Anatomy, and Psych

14 Responses to “Come on… Get out there, give the people what they want.”

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    harper47 says:

    The Supernatural promo was again magnificient.

    I loved last night’s episode. An excellent episode, superbly acted, well written and full of deeply suspenceful moments.

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    sometimescrazy says:

    Love your thoughts on OTH and your Lucas picture would have been so much more cooler. :)

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    jascott says:

    Totally OT, but, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

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    spectralbovine says:

    I agree with you on The Office. God, Michael.

    Ok, first, stupid previouslies! I really hate it when the previouslies totally give away things in the episode. Not only did I know Jo was going to show up in this episode from them, I knew it was going to be the same demon that possessed Meg as soon as Dean exposed that Sam was possessed.
    I know! I usually love the Previouslies, but I hate when they’re spoilery like this.

    Also, Kripe and Co. continue to rock out the freaking promos from week to week. It really makes me wish the CW promo department were paying attention.
    That promo was so freaking awesome. I can’t imagine what next week’s episode will be like. Oh my God.

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    raelee says:

    I know. I think it’s all Kripke’s doing, though. I’m pretty sure he’s the one making those, not the CW promo department. It’s the only explanation why they are so different from all the others.

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    raelee says:

    Thanks! I wasn’t surprised she made him all goth but as she was talking over the picture I realized she should have left some of the outside Lucas there as well.

  7. 7
    raelee says:

    Thank you!! :)

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    harper47 says:

    It has to be him because the promos are just so good. Loved the whacky nature of them last night. I’m giggling again just thinking about it.

    Oh and I did say Happy Birthday elsewhere but it bears repeating. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!! (now suspressing the urge to follow you around LJland sprinkling Happy Birthdays in your wake).

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    magnolia888 says:

    I agree with everything you said about Pam/Jim/Karen/Roy. They are four good people doing the best they can, and I understand every one of them.

    I ache for Jim and Pam, but I totally get why they are doing what they are doing. Imho, this is good TV! Real, believable, but heartbreaking just the same.

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    afrocurl says:

    Happy Birthday, first off!

    I didn’t really get the SS issue this week either, but then I’m never fully invested in what’s going on with them.

    I love Ryan’s first “I love you” because, like you said, it did feel organic. I know the relationship has been going back and forth all season, but I think it has worked well so far.

    The earthquake is a pretty nice way to end things on the show if you think about it. I mean, it’s only rained once in the four seasons.

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    sometimescrazy says:

    That would have made great sense and it would have been more dramatic.

    btw, what is Chad doing to his hair? It’s been looking weird lately.

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    gymble says:

    The few laughs that this one did have (classic Jim/Dwight opener!) were not enough to make up for the trainwreck that is Michael Scott.
    See, I just go into the episode expecting to hate the Michael scenes. For my own enjoyment, I have pretend that watching the Michael scenes is optional.

    I really hate it when the previouslies totally give away things in the episode.
    Yeah, that was pretty bad. I adored Sam in this episode though. He should go evil more often.

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    keyser7soze says:

    Happy birthday, Rae! Friday birthdays are the best. :)

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    spadada says:

    OTH reminded me of JoA more than the Creek. And I can’t read the rest of the post because I am about to settle in for a long night of TV catch up.