Monday, October 01, 2012

But yo I'm out and I'm gone. I'll tell you now I keep it on and on.

Quick Hitters and Random Thoughts

--I missed me some Homeland and some more specifically some Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin. Two scenes absolutely made this premiere for me. First when Brody calmly loses it (if that’s possible) when Jessica throws the Koran to the ground. Really great stuff from Jessica as she realizes where she stands in Brody’s life as compared to his new old religion. Even the scenes with Brody’s daughter were solid and Dana wasn’t an insufferable teenager. Of course we haven’t yet been subjected to the inevitable boyfriend angle with the cool kid that deflected some of the crazy off her with his joke.
The other standout scene was, of course, “the smile” the episode was named after. Claire Danes was terrific running through the gamut of emotions as she gets the high of the chase and the job and that smile with hints of craziness shows itself. It was great to see even if we know she’s not going to be making a lot of vegetable lasagnas anytime soon.
My only quibble is with the very 24-like scene of Brody breaking into Estes’ safe for the information Abu Nazir wanted. All in all though I can't wait to see where we go this season.

--For the first time in a long time I was excited about watching an episode of Dexter. The preview trailer was intriguing and didn’t include Colin Hanks. Win. I thought the talk and cover-up by Dexter and Debra was really strong with Dex manipulating and lying his way through it all which is as normal as breathing to him. Debra is wired differently, like normal, and I thought she did a nice job putting the pieces together and then what a shot at the end with Dexter’s knives and slides laid out in front of him. The game has changed, finally. Well mostly.  We still had a Dexter kill of the week that seemed odd because it was so haphazard, but whatever.
I cringe every time I see LaGuerta, but Doakes 2.0 (or 3.0 if we count Quinn) might be interesting. Quinn, Batista will not be interesting. The freaky lab guy who somehow is still dating Batista’s uber hot just gets on my nerves.  I’m just not a fan of the actor or the character. Nevertheless promising start and we haven’t even gotten to Ray Stevenson and Yvonne Strahovski yet.

--I know I can’t be the only one who could go for a Water Zero about now. Although 300 calories is a little much so I’d probably go with the 60 calorie option, Diet Water Zero Light. Loved the soda tax part of Parks & Recreation. The other stuff didn’t do much for me except Chris being worried about, “Nothing – the silent killer.”
Ann – “We’re not taxing anyone’s genitals.”
Pawnee guy – “Then what the hell are we doing here?”
Never change Pawnee.
How hot was it when April verbally dressed down Ellis?

--Best first few minutes of Louie ever with him trying to fix the doll only to create another problem he’ll also have to fix. Good stuff.
“Why didn’t he try harder to be less alone?” Nightmare and then good for Louie as he sets out to go to Mexico for New Year’s. Hooray for Louie as he sees Liz on the bus! And then good God. What the hell? I thought my New Year’s Eves sucked.
Louie then goes to China because of course Louie goes to China.

--You had me at Andre Braugher, Last Resort. You’ll keep me because that was one damn good premiere. It was jam packed and I kind of wish it was two hours so we had a chance to breathe. Still you mix a bowl of Braugher, Shawn Ryan, Robert Patrick, Autumn Reeser, a submarine, nuclear warheads, cloak and dagger, Pakistan and I’m going to stick around to see what comes out of the oven at the end. It seems like it could be a helluva one season show, but I don’t know how they get more than that out of it. Still it’s the first drama that I’ve watched on ABC since a little show that also had an island setting.

--Seth McFarlane to host the Oscars?!

--Candace Cameron is one hot Charlie.

--I finally caught some Key & Peele and I’m pretty sure that’s now a Wednesday staple for me.

--Oral History of Cheers? Don’t mind if I do.
Good stuff on how Cliff Clavin became Cliff Clavin. And of course…mushrooms.
Danson: I'll tell you about the worst day of my life. Shelley and Rhea were carrying that week's episode, and the guys were just, "Let's play hooky." We'd never done anything wrong before. John had a boat, so we met at Marina del Rey at 8 a.m. We all called in sick, and Jimmy caught on and was so pissed. Woody and I were already stoned, and Woody said, "You want to try some mushrooms?" I'd never had them, so I'm handed this bag and I took a fistful. On our way to Catalina, we hit the tail end of a hurricane, and even people who were sober were getting sick. Woody and I thought we were going to die for three hours. I sat next to George, and every sixty seconds or so he'd poke me and go, "Breathe." [gasp] And I'd come back to life.

Alley: It was a boys' club, and I do well in boys' clubs. Woody and I instantly hit it off. I was married, but he would show up at my house sometimes and stay over. One night he brought this girl to bang, and then in the middle of the night he decided he didn't want to, so he was knocking on my bedroom door: "Kirs? Kirs? Can you talk to me a minute? I'm just not into this chick." I said, "Woody, you have to take responsibility. I can't coach you into sleeping with her, but you need to go back there, dude." I think she was in the bedroom crying while we were chatting about this.

Sam: I still keep thinking, though. I want some kind of change in my life.
Woody: You know something? I hate change. I mean, you know-every day, you wake up, and something's changed. Everything's just changing so fast. I like things to stay the way there are, you know? I like things you can count on.
Sam: You know, you just gave me something to think about, Woody.
Woody: Oh, I'm sorry, Sam. I hate when it someone does that to me.

--When you read the word “Florida” followed by the word “teacher” you expect the words “arrested” and “sex” to follow in some order. But that’s what’s so great about Florida, you think you know them and then boom you get a unique teacher story. Social studies teacher James Pepe thought another teacher was badmouthing so he did what any of us would do. Yep, he tried to hire a hitman to eliminate the gossiper who most likely wasn’t doing any gossiping. Pepe was charged with solicitation of first-degree murder and there should be an additional charge for only offering $2,000. I mean, c’mon, you’re insulting the undercover officer at that point.

Questions, comments or if you sat Jamaal Charles and his 91-yd TD run two weeks ago and Brian Hartline and his near 300 yards receiving last week…

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