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May 9th, 2007

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12:04 am - The Point of the Internet Is to Make Money Off Stupid People
I attempted to shop at Trader Joe's today. And I spent an hour with only milk and juice in my cart because that's all I understood. I've become dependent on regular grocery stores the way other people are dependent on Trader Joe's. What's their goddamn deal? There are no choices! It's all Trader Joe's this and Trader Joe's that! No variety! It might be good for certain individual items, but I have no idea how to do all my grocery shopping there.

I did get a really good frozen pizza, though.

Veronica Mars was soooooo much better this week! Congratulations, Dan Etheridge, on a fabulous directing debut!

First of all, straight from the top: Veronica/Wallace BFF moments! Like, throughout the episode! I loved it! That's the Wallace we know and love. The one who's willing to brave those girls and their girly-girl drama.

Second of all: Trish!! It was funny, when we were leaving the writers' office, Hadley was looking at who was called on set the days we were going to be down there, and he lamented that he hadn't been on set when she was down there. We commiserated in her hotness. Come on, Lindsey McKeon's been on three CW shows already! Can't she have her own show? For my sake? Heeey, can she and Keegan Connor Tracy have a show? It can be called Strangely Hot Brunettes and the Indian Dude Who Loves Them.

Third of all: Keith! Fighting crime, following up on leads, championing the Beatles, hiring ex-deputies who once stole evidence...it's a good time. The weak link in the episode, but it was better than his plotline last week. And, hey, who doesn't love a good Fitzpatrick reference, right? Poor Danny Boyd. He's stooped to petty burglary? And he had so much potential. I was spoiled about Vinnie's running for sheriff, but I was very amused about the way it came about. He's an "asset to the community"! I expected someone to ask for a removal of "et to the community."

Fourth of all: Mac! Oh, cuteness. This show, I swear, you pair any two characters together, and magic happens. Logan and Mac! Who'd've guessed? And Dick actually served a useful purpose, look at that. It's a good thing I learned all about "ghostriding the whip" from the radio a few months ago. That's a pretty classic Dick move there. And Mac did the polite thing by breaking up with her boyfriend before actively pursuing the boy she's meant to be with. Also, I'm not sure if you noticed, but Logan's not over Veronica. It may not be clear. (I actually liked the way they played Logan's reaction to the Piz thing, as much as I hate that Logan has been reduced to Veronica's (ex-)boyfriend this season (so I was happy that most of Logan's plot this week was completely unrelated to Veronica). And Logan's professor sucks. What the hell, he had a legitimate presentation set up.)

Fifth of all: Paul Rudd! Who was hilarious. All his names for Piz were great (and surely a little shout-out to the fans who complained about his silly name). His rock star character may have been somewhat of a cliché, but whatevs! He was really fun. And he brought us Ashley from Two Guys and a Girl! When Rob showed us the opening Paul Rudd scenes (it was cute, the cut they had put the credits in the middle of it, and even though he'd only intended to show us the first part, he made us watch the rest of the scene too), Marc and I couldn't figure out who the hell blackcat80 was, even though we both recognized her. It bugged us until Hadley looked her up for us. I didn't think she looked that bad, but I guess if he had been expecting a young, nubile blonde, she did not fit the bill.

Sixth of all: My Pretty Pony! We saw a My Pretty Pony poster in the KRFF office, and it's the funniest thing, because the new album is called Broken Dreams, Broken Souls, and the hit single is "You Break Me." And you know when they show My Pretty Pony on the news? The guy in the red, on the left from the front and then in the back from the side? Is none other than ROB THOMAS. LOOK AT HIS HAIR. I COULD NOT STOP LAUGHING. Oh, Rob. And if I'm not mistaken, he must be playing the dead guy, right?? That's funny. The song is damn catchy, too! I had it stuck in my head for a while! The "new crap" song was good too (it's apparently a Cotton Mather song called "My Before and After"...so apparently in the VMverse, Cotton Mather does not exist, or he's going to sue Desmond Fellows for plagiarism!). I wonder if Paul Rudd was really singing.

Seventh of all: the RHOTW! That's Red Herrings of the Week. Even though the mystery ended up being a wild goose chase, I didn't care because I found it immensely entertaining. Just handwave the impossibility of sending a Chinese character over IM because the "Grace!" reveal was amusing. Oh, Enbom. You think you're sooooo clever! And I loved the Ratner confrontation too, as it was very reminiscent of "Veronica Mars has accused me of evil." And she apologized! What a bitch.

(I was sort of distracted at the beginning because we were in that classroom! The "Semites for the Savior" banner was still up. And we saw the brochures they were passing out up close, and they're hilarious. They have fake Bible quotes like "For I am a holy man, a good man, a Jew man" from Markizzle 13:4 and headers like "Can I Get Fries with Y'Shua?")

I actually suspected that the backpacks had been switched early on, and no one thought to check. Veronica's Carson act was great.

Eighth of all: Piz! This was his episode, and I liked him. Mostly. I mean, it was cool for him to nurture Desmond's songwriting, and it was somewhat cool of him to force him to start with some new material, but I was sort of displeased that he kept the tapes from him the entire concert. Those people paid to hear My Pretty Pony songs, you know! I'd be sort of pissed if I came and never got to hear "You Break Me" at all, despite the great solo performance. Maybe he did an acoustic version for the crowd.

Ninth of all: Piz and Veronica! Eggplant and Macaroni! Or...whatever they were talking about, which was amusing. I liked that Veronica pulled away, and Piz not only got it but didn't force it. Then they bonded over solving a mystery, just like with Logan. God, what a desecration of the art of mystery solving. I thought the hand holding was cute, myself.

Tenth of all: product placement! That was brilliant. "The leftover gum?" And then we hilariously got an actual bump PLUS an ad for Extra. They're reeeeally sponsoring the hell out of our show!

Eleventh of all: I kind of loved this episode. It had a shitload of funny lines; I was laughing a lot. And I was entertained by all the plots and the characters; I didn't even miss the mystery arc. I think it's one of the best of the season.

In conclusion, Lindsey McKeon should knock on my door right now.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
Eggplant and Macaroni! Or...whatever they were talking about, which was amusing.

I like that even Veronica was confused. Hee.

I REALLY like how they handled the whole Piz/Veronica thing. Like, seriously. I loved it. I loved how Veronica (and Mac, and Wallace, all at different times) just assumed that Piz would be like a puppy dog, constantly calling her and nipping at her feet. (kinda like how much of the fandom thinks.) But he wasn't. He totally got it and was fine and was the same old Piz! Whom I love and adore. Yay.

Also, you are correct; Trish is hot.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
Good episode. Good thoughts. Loved the Wallace. Loved M&M.

And it was Fettuccine, but then I was confused because they got vegetarian lasagna, which is not eggplant or fettuccine... foreshadowing perhaps a little Leo action? Which, even as an ardent LoVe shipper I would not oppose because Leo's gotten hot.

They actually made not hate Piz, which was surprising. So all in all, job well done.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
I'll just add that I love TJ's! There's one about 7 minutes from my house and it doesn't seem to be quite as crowded as others. Although going on a Monday is generally a bad idea as they're out of everything from the weekend. The only time the lines were horrid was a Saturday before Christmas, when I walked in and walked out without buying anything.

They do carry a few non-TJ's brands--mostly organic/natural brands. There are Barbara's brand cereals and Earth Balance margarine for example, both of which I can get at my local grocery but at a higher price.

The first frew times I went into TJ's I didn't know what to buy either but now I can spend $100 (of course, I have a family of four to feed and buy more than one of several items so I don't have to go back for a month!).

I highly recommend their "hummus dip" and their boxed soups (not the canned ones--they're too peppery). Also, their cereals tend to be good and don't have a lot of icky additives like corn syrup.

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Date:May 9th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was definitely happy to see a great VM after last week's. I thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was fun to see the return of Leo, Vinnie, and Jeff.

One upside of the one-offs: we get to see more of our regulars. Now, if only we knew where Weevil was hiding. I'd definitely trade in Dick to get more Weevil.

I'm still confused on the purpose of Bronson. Was there some kind of an issue where the actor wanted to leave the show? Otherwise, why didn't Mac go straight to Max? Was the point so we could see Mac's indecision this week? (Which, really, was not that entertaining as Mac pretty much had her mind made up already and maturely told Bronson that.) Is there going to be some fallout from this? (Sorry - I'm a bit of a Bronson fan, but I get that he's a little bit participatory for Mac.)

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Date:May 9th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I actually like that Mac had an intermediary boyfriend. First of all she had to get over the whole Beaver thing but also it shows that every relationship doesn't have to be true love or horribly bad. Bronson was nice and they liked each other but that doesn't mean it has to be "the relationship" and there doesn't have to be cheating or crime or any horrible thing to make them break up... people do. They are only 18 and these relationships probably won't last forever. It adds a touch of reality to the relationships on the show, which has been sadly lacking at some points.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
I liked this episode, too, but I have to run to work, or else I'd comment more on your comments.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I'll simply say that I really appreciated how they portrayed Piz, that he got it and backed off, and that he seems to have wised up from the puppy dog from the beginning of the season. Also, good for Mac.

Don't blasphemy TJs. Keep trying. Buy something new every week. You'll soon be addicted. Though, sometimes, sales at Safeway on prepared foods may be cheaper.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
This episode: Awesome!

I was ecstatic at the "Things that make you go hmmmmm..." bit because - long story that will interest no one - when I was in high school I took a theatrical movement and dance class (for PE credit) and we learned a Gumboot dance, which originated in the South African diamond mines and is a precursor to contemporary stepping. Gumboot dances involve wearing large, heavy rubber boots; a lot of stomping and scuffing and slapping the soles and sides of the gumboots; and the incorporation of pop culture ephemera like jingles or advertising slogans. So we chanted Coke's old "Things that make you go mmmmmmm... line in the middle of our gumboot dance.

ANYWAY. Not much of a mystery, but I was so thrilled at absolutely everything that I didn't care. Leo! I have to admit that every time he appears on Ugly Betty I yell out, "DEPUTY!" Plus Vinnie and his faux 'stache! OMG. If Cliff had made an appearance, and maybe Vinnie'd sung "Private Eyes" - well the residents of the greater New York metropolitan area would have been deafened by my [squeeee!]

And also, Piz gets more and more awesome every day. My roommate is violently anti-Piz. I'm trying to convert her.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
I don't have much more Trader's advice to offer but I wanted to chime in that I love it, and to keep trying their products. I don't know anyone who can do all their shopping there but it's easy enough to get staples.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 04:26 pm (UTC)
Julie icon!!
Date:May 9th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
I found my passwooord!

I really, really liked this week's episode - but MY GOD, have you seen the ratings? 1. 88 mill. How did this happen? HOW!?

(I'm sure I stole my picture from someone else. Sorry, someone else.)
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Date:May 9th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
The show was pre-empted in L.A. because of a brush fire. That hurt us, although I don't think the ratings would have been stellar with them included anyway.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 06:04 pm (UTC)

I'm just here applauding the G&S reference in the cut text.

And saying that, when they are actually IN STOCK, Trader Joe's frozen eggplant patties + TJ pasta sauce + TJ fresh grated parmesan make for some kickass insta-eggplant parmesan.

And that their mini peanut butter cups are in stock all the time, and are kickass on their own.

And Paul Rudd was also kickass.

And I'm not sure that it's quite kickass, but I still find myself humming "Suddenly Sylar" when I think about this week's Heroes (which unlike you, I found orders of magnitude more enjoyable than last weeks, Mohinder's magical blood and all.)

So, I'm here doing more than just applauding. But, hi anyway.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm just here applauding the G&S reference in the cut text.

Hi! Glad someone appreciated it.

I think I've had the mini peanut butter cups, and they are good indeed. But I'm not a huge eggplant fan. Don't know whether I'm an Eggplant fan, as I forgot...Piz is Eggplant, right? Maybe I am.
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Date:May 9th, 2007 07:50 pm (UTC)
conform, dammnit! conform!
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Date:May 9th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Are you Ginn on TWoP?? Hee! That's awesome.
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Date:May 10th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
Come on, Lindsey McKeon's been on three CW shows already! Can't she have her own show? For my sake? Heeey, can she and Keegan Connor Tracy have a show? It can be called Strangely Hot Brunettes and the Indian Dude Who Loves Them.

There's nothing strange about the Hotness of Lindsey McKeon.
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Date:May 10th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
It's all Trader Joe's this and Trader Joe's that!

That's not true. Sometimes, if it's a foreign food, it's "Trader José's" or "Trader Giotto's" or "Trader Some-Other-Language's-Equivalent-of-Joe's."

Also, their guacamole is called "Avocado's Number Guacamole." You've at least got to appreciate that.
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Date:May 10th, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I certainly do. It was sold out, though.
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Date:May 11th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
We don't have Trader Joe's where I live in "Canadia".

I really enjoyed Piz this episode, and as one of the few people that liked him from his very first episode, I'm so glad they gave him a quiet dignity in the way he handled his feelings for Veronica. Now my heart is breaking that if there is a fourth season, he won't be in it. Well, he was the best part of the Grey's spin-off for me.

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