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October 3, 2006: We Got Boys That Can Play Football

OK, so this isn’t exactly the type of football show that makes you want to pull out your old Jock Jams CD, but what an opener. I just knew from the start when I saw Jason Street getting interviewed that this too-good-to-be-true life wasn’t going to last till the end of the episode, a feeling that increased as his parents spoke with the recruiter. That said, it was still hard not to be shocked when he couldn’t get up after slamming into the guy on the other team. But how wonderful was it to see Matt Saracen actually get a chance to play? The horror-stricken face as he was called up may have been the most true-to-life moment in this episode.In that vein, there are few shows that hit the ground with such a lived-in quality, but this is definitely one of them. We’ve managed to get some histories (Coach Taylor has coached Jason since PeeWee, Smash and Tim Riggins really hate each other) without it seeming forced or contrived. Riggins’ line regarding Smash that, ... read more

October 3, 2006: The Theories of Devolution

Welcome to Gilmore Girls 702. Class has begun! Please take your seats. Your computers are fired up and ready to go. We¹ve been given four different L&L breakup theories. Let¹s break 'em down and discuss!THE THEORIESLorelai: It was him not fighting for me. I gave him the ultimatum and he let me walk away. I didn¹t want a life separate from Luke, and that¹s all he could give me. It¹s like Luke is driving a car and I just want to be in the passenger seat. He¹s locked the door and I have to hold onto the bumper. I am not even asking him to open the door for me, just leave it unlocked and say come in, but he didn¹t do that. So I am hanging on to the bumper and life goes on and the car goes on, and I get really badly bruised and I¹m hitting potholes. And it hurts. It really hurts. So yesterday I had to let go of the bumper. Because it hurts too much.Luke: It¹s not your fault, it¹s not my fault. It¹s just that we¹re not right ... read more

Dexter - Pilot

Tonights the night and its going to happen again and again So begins the tale of the forensics guru who specializes in uncovering killers by studying the blood spatterings they leave behind And how does his know what these killers think Because he is one Meet Dexter Morgan forensics expert by day serial killer by night This is a gruesome show and not for the uninitiated Like me I sat both terrified to watch the premiere episode but also strangely titillated I could not turn away but I also awoke in the middle of the night completed horrified So Im a lightweight now you know I hope you wont hold that against me The opening sequence is gorgeously shot slick like a David LaChapelle video Miami has never looked sexier But when the camera alights on a beautiful gazebo glitteringly decorated with twinkling lights and the sounds of a boys choir singing I knew we were in for trouble Not just us but the choir directo read more

October 2, 2006: When Prince Lorenzo Met 27 Women

Yes, it’s true that most girls dream about marrying a prince someday. But having to compete with 26 gorgeous and catty princess wannabes at the same time — not so much. At least not in my dreams. But hey, that’s why I love The Bachelor so much. I get to watch women put their hearts on the line, get drunk on national television and make out in a hot tub with camera crews looking on. After a really long two-hour premiere filled with endless clichés (he’s a prince! a castle in Rome!) and Chris Harrison's cheesy lines (“This season the fairy tale is more real than ever!” “It’s the decision of a lifetime!”), I’ve decided the best reason to watch this show is for the nutty women. Now don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy rooting for some of the relationships (RIP Andrew and Jen) or sometimes even pretending like I’m the one on that exotic date in Paris (come on, admit it — you do, too). But really, Lorenzo doesn’t do much... read more

October 2, 2006: Come to Papa Jeff

The episode started with Christine trying to push Jeff away because he was the father of her ex-husband's girlfriend. Instead of saying yes to life like she promised, she bought a giant calendar and tried to organize all the little scraps of paper that she wrote notes on. (I use the notes-on-little-scraps-of-paper method, too. Note to self: One way to deal with personal crises is to buy a giant calendar board.) OK, so I didn't really like Scott Bakula’s Jeff. (I remember him from Murphy Brown and I liked him then, but he was kind of creepy here.) I didn't like that he kept calling and leaving messages about why she wasn't calling him back. And was it me, or was it kind of creepy the way he called her from her doorstep, knocked and told her to answer it because it was him? Some would call it endearing; I thought it was kind of creepy. More like a stalker than a potential boyfriend. Especially since he had long hair, and long hair on men makes me nervous.And he was supposed to be... read more

October 1, 2006: "Oh, Wow! It's Like One of Those Things You See on TV!"

I hate to get all My Name Is Earl on you guys, but if ever I've seen a glowing endorsement for karma, this week's Amazing Race episode is it. I was a little dismayed that only two teams — Tom and Terry and the Cho brothers — took a moment to stop and appreciate the magnitude of former prisoner of war and current U.S. Senator John McCain's flight suit on display at the Hanoi Hilton. I understand it's a race, but sometimes you've simply got to stop and show some respect. As it turns out, both teams were rewarded for their displays of human decency: Erwin and Godwin finished the leg in first place, while Tom and Terry narrowly escaped Philimination after incurring a 30-minute breaking-the-rules time penalty. (No motorcycles, boys!) Which is not to say our departing team deserved what they got — I'm disappointed to see Duke and Lauren go home this early in the race. As parent/child relationships go, I thought Duke was making an admirable effort to understand his daughter ... read more

October 1, 2006: "Road Trip"

Kitty and her mother are living under one roof, and each thinks the other needs her there. Something tells me the scene has been set for plenty of conflict. Based on the premiere episode of Brothers & Sisters alone, I might have thought it would be hostile conflict, but after tonight I’m not so sure. The Walker family just seemed so fragile in the wake of their father’s death, Kitty and her mother included. And even when she was mad at her mother, Kitty seemed protective of her and aware of her vulnerability. It occurred to me while watching them interact tonight that the two are actually a lot alike. Not in their political beliefs, obviously. But in their stubbornness, their closeness to Justin and their commitment to the things that are important to them, mother and daughter actually have a lot in common.Speaking of Justin (who I think kind of looks like Matthew Fox), it says a lot about his character that his life is a mess right now and yet he still comes across as... read more

September 29, 2006: Identity Crisis

It seems as though everyone in Elmo is experiencing an identity crisis. Clearly, Marin is completely lost and searching for herself in this small Alaskan village. We already knew that. Although this week she seems to really be struggling, which seems justified — she is dealing with rumors that she is dead. But now this crisis seems to have engulfed the entire town — literally. The townspeople question what it is that makes Elmo special after they are dumped by their sister town. All due to a population drop that demotes Elmo to village status. Of course relationship coach Marin jumps right in with advice on how to land a new mate — one that actually appreciates what makes Elmo special. This is where the plot gets good. Marin along with her ever-loyal fans, Annie and Patrick, make a humorous trio as they attempt to woo Matexi (I attempted to spell that phonetically) and somehow make Elmo appear to be exactly what the people of Matexi need. This plan of making yourse... read more

September 28, 2006: I Am a Tree

First of all, how exciting was the news last Friday morning that Grey's beat CSI in the ratings? Never thought it would happen since CSI has been such a juggernaut ever since it moved to Thursdays from Fridays years ago. CSI (along with Survivor) caused CBS to take away the "Must-see TV" title away from NBC as far as Thursdays were concerned. CSI for me has always stood for Can't Seem Interested or Can't Stand It (and before a bunch of you tell me you like both shows, that's fine – I'm thrilled – it's just not my cup of tea). But I digress. Grey's beat CSI, and I was shocked. Now, on with the show....Hello - Meredith couldn't choose between Derek and Finn, so she chose both! And shut up that McSteamy's back! But I'll rewind and say that I liked that Meredith kept going back and forth between the two of them. First it was Derek, then Finn. It was funny that Meredith spent the hour being obsessed about who to choose, while simultaneously, Cristina obsessed about not being a... read more

September 28, 2006: In My Time of Dying

Im just so glad this show is back on the air This second season premiere gave us so much goodness some questions and lots of sadness specifically when John seemingly sacrificed himself for his son Lets just take this one step at a time howeverThe recap This time it was set to Ted Nugents Stranglehold this is a song I admittedly dont know much about but the title and some of the lyrics say it all It feels like an appropriate song to kick things off even though I still think Kansas Carry on My Wayward Son set the standard for these classic-rock recaps The crash aftermath Im not sure why the demon inside the trucker just took off after Sam threatened to kill it with the Colt Self-preservation maybe From the looks of the crash it seemed like John would have been even more beat up huh But then we wouldnt have gotten the face down with the demon if that had happened Also not sure how much time spanned from the accident to Dean realizing he was in a com read more

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