My Name Is Earl
I know Earl is technically supposed to be the messed up one who's done all the bad things, but who could blame him for No. 84, "Faked death to break up with a girl"? Yeah, personally, I like doing a lot of the same things as crazy Natalie, yet tonight I'm seeing how silly these pastimes are through Earl's eyes, especially after he thought she'd be a wild biker chick. Suddenly I agree with his observations on papier mâché ("She found a way to make newspapers even more boring"), on hikes ("I like going uphill. I wish we could go uphill on the way back") and on that weird nose-rubbing thing. It's a testament to Earl's fundamentally sweet nature that the only way he can be mean to her is by kicking flowers and peeing near their picnic. Even when he pretends to be cheating on Natalie, he gets into bed with Catalina fully clothed to do it.
As much as I admire Earl for his effort, Randy is hands-down the best character of the night. I don't have enough space here to quote an example of how he often "takes a long road to a simple thought," spewing long-winded observations about men and women and life and death in an almost Socratic philosophical style. He gives professional-sounding advice about flower arrangement, then turns around and talks about the "monkey" in E.T. He owns a "stealing jacket," and high-pitched squeaking sounds make his toes hurt. He kind of makes me wish I could live a simpler life and share his sense of wonder at things like candy dishes. Sabrina Rojas Weiss
Commander in Chief
This week on "Mackenzie Allen, Warrior Princess": "This is not Mac the President talking, this is Mac the Mother. Don't mess with my kids." And then she pulled out a semiautomatic weapon and filled the entire White House Press Corps full of lead. With her eyes. While Mom's dealing with an international crisis, the two older kids head back to school for the first time since they became the first family. Hey, I feel your pain my first day at school was always like that, too. With the secret service motorcade, the paparazzi and the News 5 chopper circling overhead just wait till you get to calculus. Then your day's really gonna start to suck.
I'm glad to see we're still getting flashbacks with the former president peel back the layers ever so slowly. So maybe Templeton's not all insidious weasel, and maybe the late President Bridges was actually kind of a tool. And speaking of Bridges, what chance does your kid have not to be president if you name him "Teddy Roosevelt," really? He's either going to rule the free world or own a car dealership.
Before all is said and done, Mac manages to overthrow a rebel government in