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May 16th, 2008


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11:47 am - I Don't Understand How Someone Can Really BE Racist. Don't They Feel Kind of...Ridiculous?
Last night was finale-tastic! And, hey, let's throw a couple other shows from this week into the mix for good measure.

How I Met Your Mother

I was told this episode was really awful, but I didn't think it was that bad, especially since I had independently identified "The Platinum Rule" as being awful, and this episode at least had a plot. No, I have no desire to see Britney Spears on the show, although it's clear she's become a necessary evil. Damn you, ratings!

Ted was not pulling off those red cowboy boots.

I thought the fact that Lily's paintings have a calming effect on dogs was amusing.

It wasn't the best episode or anything, but I didn't hate it. It's sad to have just gotten into the show when people seem to be ragging on it. I hope the finale makes everyone happy again.

Reaper

This show has improved greatly post-strike. The addition of Ken Marino was great, and I hope he comes back next year. I'm also really glad they let Andie into the group because that whole schtick was becoming tiring. Speaking of tiring...I really hated Ben's green card-marriage storyline. I mean, yay for Lucy Davis, but Christ. What the hell is that storyline doing on this show? They really needed something for Ben to do? At least it's over now.

Also, haven't we kind of been assuming Sam is the Devil's son for yonks?

My Name Is Earl

Greta cleans up nice!

I find it sort of irritating that they morphed Bobby Billie from Earl's dream girl into a demon wife, but once that transformation occurred, I knew they had to get rid of her. I'm glad it's back to Earl believing in karma and the List, as it should be. Although I wonder what next season is going to be like; I was impressed with the way they managed to get creative with the List while Earl was in jail and in a coma.

Is anyone but me still watching this show? I do still like it. I really find Earl's faith in karma wackily endearing. And Randy never fails to be hilarious. ("If I had one wish, it would be that karma would talk to us. Or to be an ant that could lift a hundred times my weight and get laid all the time. I hope I get two wishes.")

The Office

Oh my God, Michael and Holly! THEY WERE LIKE THE NEW JIM AND PAM WTF. I enjoyed Holly, and I hope she sticks around, but I did not realize she was played by Oscar nominee Amy Ryan, so that doesn't seem likely. Right?

The joke with Kevin was awesome. And sad. But awesome. Because if you view Kevin through the lens of thinking he's...slow, he does totally seem like it! Even though we know better.

Ryan! A YouTube sensation! For committing fraud! Oh, I'm glad all the conflict about the website actually led somewhere. Hee. And, hee, Kelly.

Phyllis throws a pretty awesome party.

Toby creeps me right out, ack. I mean, I love Pam as much as the next guy (perhaps more? who is the next guy? is it that guy over there? definitely more), but ack! At least I...have better social skills than Toby? Kinda?

Andy! GODDAMMIT! JIM BOUGHT FIREWORKS. GAH. How irritating. I hope Jim doesn't wait too long before actually proposing; it was so sad to see Pam afterward having really expected it (with good cause!). Dammit, Mr. Andrew Barnard!

DWIGHT AND ANGELA HA HA HA AWESOME.

Supernatural

Does this mean Bela is really dead? Aw, man. I loved her for all sorts of shallow reasons.

The Bon Jovi singalong was pretty great. Oh, brothers. You doofs. And then Dean had to get all emo. Dead or aliiiiiive? No, mostly dead.

(I only know that song because of Rock Band. True story. (So when it first started playing, I heard noisedesign singing it in my head.))

That little girl was really creepy. She's going to use this ability to terrorize her parents now.

Bobby's "Family don't end with blood" was awesome. Bobby's putting holy water in the sprinkler system was also awesome. Bobby was basically awesome as usual.

I wish we'd learned more about Lilith and what the hell she wanted. And what that white light business was.

Dean's death was GRUESOME. Holy shit, they went all out. I knew he was going to die (thank you, promo!), but I didn't expect it to be so horrific!

I also knew they had to give us something after he died because that wasn't enough of a cliffhanger, but...that shot of Hell was lame. And topographically nonsensical.

Lost

Is Michelle Forbes in EVERYTHING now?

It's so cool to see the first days of the Oceanic Six! The teary reunions where Kate and Sayid had no one! That fucked-up press conference! THE NUMBERS IN HURLEY'S CAR WTF! (Isn't that the same car he's driving in the first scene of the premiere, when he gets caught? How long until that moment, do we think?) Sun is a total badass! Jack's dad's funeral! And...holy shit, that scene where he finds out Claire's his sister was awesome. The whole time, I'm like, "SAY HER NAME. PLEASE SAY HER NAME. ACTUALLY TELL HIM WHO SHE WAS. ALSO THANK GOODNESS THERE WAS ONLY ONE PERSON NAMED CLAIRE ON THE PLANE RIGHT?" And Jack is completely WTFed, and that woman compliments her grandson without knowing it, and Aaron is Jack's nephew, which weirds him the fuck out, and it's all so much more delicious than I ever would have expected.

Meanwhile, back on Craphole Island, everything is going to shit! There is a BOMB ON THE BOAT!! I am so afraid it's going to blow a shitload of people up. Like Jin. And Desmond. Almost definitely Michael, right? But Desmond cannot die! The only reason we care about Ben's threat to kill Penny is because we want her and Desmond to be our cross-time OTP. And Jin...Jin needs to be alive! Because it's more interesting that way. Maybe Michael will heroically sacrifice himself Charlie-style to save them all.

I really love how the spoiler of knowing the Oceanic Six is actually creating MORE TENSION now. This is crackerjack, fucked-up storytelling here: if we didn't know who got off the Island, we would be forming theories based on proximity to an exit maneuver, right? We would assume that people close to the water would get off, all other things being equal. But we know who the fuck gets off; we just don't know how. The six of them (well, Aaron's with Kate) are all scattered around the Island (and SUN IS ON A BOAT WITH A BOMB ON IT), and we have no idea how they managed to become the Oceanic Six. It's brilliant, I say, brilliant.

Also: I am really hoping this explains Hurley's apology to Jack about choosing to go with Locke. Because it seemed really hardcore and about more than just the simple betrayal. Hurley's decision to go with Locke has put him with Locke at this very moment, which is forcing Jack to go save his ass rather than go back to the beach (because God knows he doesn't give a shit if Locke dies). Something big is going to happen. Oh, shit, maybe Sawyer dies because of this rescue mission. Aren't we supposed to find out who was in the coffin by the end of this season?

Finally, I love Ben. He was not entirely truthful! He always has a plan! His name is Benjamin Linus! (After which I said in my head, "I believe you're looking for me." WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID NEXT. I should write for television.)
Current Mood: complacentcomplacent
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From:filmtx
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I was kind of hohum about HIMYM. But I can forgive the subpar episode since it was clearly tied into their lilyandmarshallselltheirstuff.com charity fundraiser.

Ted was not pulling off those red cowboy boots.

No, he soooo wasn't.

What was the term they kept calling the gay couple? I didn't get the reference.
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
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GCWOK - gay couple without kids.

P.S. Praising the show except for one objectively weak episode = ragging on it? Who knew.
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From:filmtx
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks~

Yeah, people shouldn't rag on an the show because of one hohum episode. Now I do understand people ragging on it because of the Britney reappearance. But I personally don't mind it as long as it helps keep the show on the air.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
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Oh, it's not just this episode. I was reading Alan Sepinwall's blog, and he was being all nitpicky about this and that and dialogue and stuff for a lot of recent episodes. And someone else on my flist was talking about dropping the show. It just feels like a different environment than earlier. (And because the most recent episode wasn't great, the most recent things I'm reading aren't great, so it's a skewed perspective of the environment, admittedly.)
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From:vaspider
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Ensign Ro cannot be in enough TV for me.

She is so badass.
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From:daynr
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Seriously, you don't know Bon Jovi songs? How did you make it through parties in college?
Watching them sing was fun, and that scene did a delightful job of showing off their relationship.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
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Seriously, you don't know Bon Jovi songs? How did you make it through parties in college?
By not paying attention to the music?
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From:daynr
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
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But people sing along LOUDLY to their songs always, and then the start pointing and throwing their arms about.
it's all very loud and active.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I guess I didn't spend a lot of time at those parties since most of the appeal was the free beer.
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From:stephl
Date:May 16th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
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He always has a plan!

I was actually waiting for him to say "I'm the goddamn BATMAN!" Alas, that would have made no sense, but it's totally what was implied with the "I *always* have a plan" line.
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From:janinedog
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
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But wait...we know that Jin and Desmond and Sawyer live. Right? Unless I got my timelines messed up, we saw Jin at the hospital when Sun gives birth (remember the stuffed panda?), Desmond sees Penny at her place for Christmas, and Kate is doing something for Sawyer and Jack gets pissed off at her for it. We know all of this happens...in some timeline, at least. So I think they all live long enough to get of the island (though Sawyer may still be on the island, that isn't clear), though I suppose they still have chances to die in the future.

It sucks that we have to wait 2 weeks for the season finale. Lost has a bad habit of skipping random weeks. Just do it all at once!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
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Unless I got my timelines messed up, we saw Jin at the hospital when Sun gives birth (remember the stuffed panda?)
That was a flashback. Sun was a flashforward. Jin got the stuffed panda for one of his clients.

Desmond sees Penny at her place for Christmas
That was when he was back in time. He later called Penny on Christmas, in the present time.

Kate is doing something for Sawyer
The general implication is that she's doing something for his daughter, which Sawyer would have told her to do before she got off the Island if he knew he was not going to. Doing something "for Sawyer" does not mean that Sawyer is still alive.

We know all of this happens...in some timeline, at least.
Yeah, most of it in the past! Heh. So, basically, yes, you did get your timelines mess up. Oops.
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From:janinedog
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I have no idea how you know all this, but I guess I'll take your word for it. ;)

Also...Sawyer's daughter? What?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 16th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
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Okay, I have no idea how you know all this
Because I watched the show! You could tell the Jin and Sun parts of the episode were from different timelines because, well, besides his old cell phone and the Year of the Dragon, Sun's story ends with her visiting Jin's grave. So you know it's post-Island. Jin's story ends with his giving a panda to a client and not really thinking of his own wife having a baby, so you know it's pre-Island. I didn't realize until, like, the last possible moment, but other people figured it out even earlier on.

As for Desmond...that whole (awesome) episode was about him jumping back and forth in time. He was always back in time when he wasn't on the ship. He gets Penny's number in the past and calls her eight years later from the present.

Also...Sawyer's daughter? What?
Clementine. I didn't remember all the details when people brought her up either, but that's what Lostpedia is for!
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From:janinedog
Date:May 16th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
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See, with the Jin/Sun thing, I thought the grave was fake (because the world is supposed to think that everyone else on the plane is dead). I thought that Jin had made it back but basically Sun had to pretend to not know him or whatever, or couldn't associate with him, or something like that. So she was sad. Or maybe he lost his memory? So that's why he was giving a panda to someone else's baby instead of his own.

But maybe I'm just so used to crazy stuff that I overthink these things now. :P

And you're right about Desmond, I forgot how that worked out until now.

And I do remember Clementine mentioned once now! Hmm...
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From:beardoggx
Date:May 17th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
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Earl's wife is named Billie.

I still watch My Name Is Earl(even if I have to tape it while watching Smallville).

It was cool that Earl was able to cross something off the list that was hinted at since episode 2(stealing a car from the one-legged girl; turned out he also stole her fake leg).
From:birdsarecalling
Date:May 17th, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
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That scene with Sun was incredibly badsass. I'm so happy they're giving her and Claire real storylines beyond their babies!

I keep wondering how she had the cash to buy out the Paik corporation. A settlement shouldn't be that large. Maybe Hurley gave her some of the lotto money he no longer wants? Ben could be funding her for some complicated purpose, but I'm not sure if she'd accept that from him.
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From:tskaredoff
Date:May 17th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
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I cannot believe how much of what you posted here I was thinking! Out of my head, Cow!

I have not been thinking that Sam (on Reaper) is the Devil's son, though. That completely blindsided me. In fact, I think it's a misdirection of some kind and he is not.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:May 17th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
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I cannot believe how much of what you posted here I was thinking! Out of my head, Cow!
Hee.

I have not been thinking that Sam (on Reaper) is the Devil's son, though.
Well, it was sort of the Occam's Razor of explanations for why the Devil had such a close—almost, you might say, paternal—relationship with Sam, as opposed to his other reapers.

In fact, I think it's a misdirection of some kind and he is not.
Well, yeah, now that they said it, it kind of has to be. Like the part where they made it look like Sam's old girlfriend had to be the Devil's daughter.
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From:tskaredoff
Date:May 17th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
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But Sam has a perfectly good (pretty good. He's okay) Dad. Honestly, if I thought about it at all (which mostly I didn't), I figured that Sam poses some threat to the Devil that he wants to keep an eye on. Or, he'll be a super-sweet score if he can be corrupted.

I still think Cady is the Devil's daughter on account of how she was all evil, but it's not something I need to see resolved.
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From:harper47
Date:May 17th, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
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No! Sawyer can't die! I refuse to believe it! Argh! And Lost was so all kinds of wonderful. Great point about how knowing who the six are has created even more tension. I agree!

Mother will get awesome again. I just chalk this all up to appeasing the ratings gods and mentally discount it. It was just, overall, one boring episode with BS destroying every line reading she gave. Man, I don't see how you can be that bad with such simple lines.

And you know Supernatural worked for me on almost every level possible.
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From:missquita
Date:May 24th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
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Whee for The Office! And as a girl in love with Jim Halpert, a proposal during fireworks would be the most romantic thing EVAR.

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