We had dinner at Max's, which is where I had tried and failed to have dinner with ora_wai. On the way, I learned that our little silver walking man—the signal to cross the street—confused her because in New Zealand, the walking man is green. Other bizarre things about New Zealand include the fact that they call McDonald's "Mackie's," they put beets in their cheeseburgers, and they call all candy "lollies" (I received more Pineapple Lumps). Mara had an American cheeseburger with no beets; she could not finish it all. As we looked over the dessert menu, she asked me what cobbler was, and I tried to explain. Then she asked me what graham crackers were, and I had no idea how to explain. So we had a key lime pie. She liked it and said it tasted like brandy snaps, whatever those are.
What Mara will really take away, though, is the fact that we Americans really love our mustard.
Your eyes do not deceive you. That is cranberry mustard. Which tastes just like it sounds. It actually works! And the sweet hot mustard sort of tasted like McDonald's hot mustard sauce, which they didn't have in New Zealand.
I took her up the Westin St. Francis elevator, which she really enjoyed. Then we went back to her hotel to watch American television, but all that was on was crap like Hank and Trauma. Still, just like ora_wai, she was excited to be watching American TV on a TV with commercials and everything.
I don't know what she watched tonight. I know what I watched, though.
Jesus Christ, this show is like a parade of cool guest stars. Gabrielle Union! Kim Dickens! Gina Torres!
I wonder if they will ever give Jett Jackson anything interesting to do. Come on! He's famous!
Demetri is my favorite. Janis is my second-favorite. And I think that FBI boss guy who was IN A MEETING, DAMMIT is my third-favorite for some reason. I like his perspective on the whole thing. Like how everyone in the world is now living either toward or against their future, which is more of a known quantity than it usually is.
John Cho and Gabrielle Union are so cute together! Even though he totally has to father Janis's baby and stuff. What does it mean that she saw him in her flash-forward? We didn't see him. Maybe she just thinks she saw him? Or she's lying? I am going under the assumption that what they show us is the truth—I thought that was the entire point of I WAS IN A MEETING—so even though she says she saw him, since they didn't show him to us in her flash-forward, we don't have to take that as truth.
Aaron's flash-forward is problematic, however, and opens up the possibility of variant futures. Or Ruby has an identical twin. They wouldn't have bothered to cast her if this was the end of the storyline. Maybe the DNA evidence is crap.
Here's to moral relativism!
Man, this is totally like the first season of Lost and Heroes, where each new episode added a new layer of WTF to the whole enterprise. It's going to be bad when they run out of WTF. But until then: awesome! Somalia 1991! What the hell was that in the sky?? Did they all flash-forward except they didn't tell anyone? Is this going to be some horribly racist savage thing where Somalians couldn't possibly communicate anything of importance? Also, why are all the crows dying?
Man, this show got hardcore. INTERDIMENSIONAL WAR OH YEAH. Except it's more like INTERDIMENSIONAL INVASION since uh we aren't doing shit to them. I really liked Olivia's feeling of confusion and helplessness over why it was happening at all. Indeed, what did we ever do to them? Why can't our dimensions live together in harmony? Also, I remain bewildered that the creators expected to wait two or three seasons to start doing this. This is the show, goddammit!
Rebecca was annoying, but Walter was very sadmaking. He's so regretful of the things he did In the Name of Science. You know what? Walter is basically Topher in forty years. Or, well, ten.
Evil Charlie, we hardly knew ye. Is that it for Kirk Acevedo? I guess we'll see if his name's still in the credits next week. Maybe Scarface Charlie will do shit.
Headless dude now has a head! Ew! Cool!
That was better than I expected from the preview! It was a little less silly and had more substance. I guess clips of reconciling brothers don't make a good promo.
Paris Hilton was not that bad, but that anvilicious monologue sure was.
Dean, stop making fun of Gandhi or I will punch you in the face. Ganjhi was a great man. Sam knows it!
I liked seeing the boys on a regular case, looking for clues, doing research, the whole shebang. It's been a while.
Dean finally admits that he broke the first seal! Taking responsibility! Admitting neither he nor Sam meant to bring about the apocalypse, for fuck's sake, so let's stop playing the blame and bitterness game!
Oh, show. Only you could make letting someone drive so meaningful!
And I don't even know what the hell was up with that promo. Sometimes this show wears crazypants, and I love it.