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Shows You Should Be Watching: #Suits

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My first order of business upon arriving back in Los Angeles was to rewatch the first 1.5 seasons of Suits (the second half of season 2 premieres January 17th on USA).

For those of you who are playing the What-Is-Burn-Notice game with Suits, let me download on ya (I have no idea why I put it that way, but it felt right): Suits is the story of one Michael Ross, a stoner with a heart of gold and a ridiculous IQ.  As Mike states in the pilot: “I like to read, and once I read something, I understand it, and once I understand it, I never forget.”

Enter Harvey Spector, the best closer in NYC.  He works at a law firm that only hires from Harvard Law, and it’s time for Harvey to pick a protégé.  But Mr. Spector is looking for something more – someone that he can take on as an associate who reminds him of, well … him.  Ego is everything in the land of lawyers.

A chance meeting finds Mike and Harvey together.  At first it’s a bit of  a “just go with this” premise because Harvey is so impressed by Mike’s law knowledge (and wit) that he offers him a job at his firm, Pearson Hardman – despite the fact that Mike not go to Harvard Law, nor did he even finish college.  And thus the tagline “Two Lawyers, One Degree” comes into play.  Mike, with the knowledge of a lawyer, begins illegally posing as one.

Suits is rounded out with one of the best casts on TV.  Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht shine together as Mike and Harvey.  Their banter (and constant movie quoting) is the stuff of bromance legend.  Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson, Managing Partner of Pearson Hardman, is such a powerful presence.  She’s just … so damn regal, I can’t even.  Megan Markle plays Rachel, Mike’s love interest and the moral compass in his life (their chemistry is delicious, it makes me so jealous).  Rick Hoffman plays Louis, the thorn in Harvey’s side, who desperately wants to be respected and admired by Harvey.  Rick is truly hilarious – his line readings often have me cackling (which is a terrifying sound but you’ve been warned).  Sarah Rafferty is Harvey’s secretary, Donna – and she is without a doubt my favorite character.  Every line should be followed by “HEY-O” or “ZING” or any other kind of those expressions.  My favorite Donna line? “I’m sorry I don’t have a photographic memory, but my brain is too busy being awesome.”  If you knew her, you’d understand.

A lot of people I’ve talked to are put off by this premise because it seems so unbelievable.  But I challenge you: watch the damn show.  You’ll find sharp characters, witty writing and easily enjoyable episodes that merge procedural and serialized better than most shows on TV.  Every episode the actors are on their A-game and by the end of the pilot, I had no trouble believing that if anyone could pull off this kind of deception, it’s Mike Ross and Harvey Spector.

Suits, without a doubt, has become one of my favorite shows on TV.  I RIPPED through my rewatch and was left wanting more.  All episodes are OnDemand and I highly suggest starting right now.  RIGHT NOW, STOP READING THIS AND GO WATCH! (I’m a nerd).

#GossipGirl Series Finale Thoughts

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I just finished watching the series finale of Gossip Girl, and all I can think is … “wow.”

SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD * SPOILERS AHEAD

Wow to Dan being outed (or outing himself) as the illustrious Gossip Girl.  Wow to the series flash-forward, which ended the show with Dan and Serena’s wedding.  Wow that Georgina was actually invited to said wedding.  Wow to awesomely timed cameos that called back to the show’s earlier seasons.  Wow to the end of a series that encapsulated all that is good and bad in television.

Trying to get past the giant WOW, the series finale was exactly what I expected … and not what I expected at all.  I knew that storylines would be tied up, but I didn’t see the twists coming, nor did I think that Dan Humphrey aka Lonely Boy aka The Boy from Brooklyn trying to enter the Upper East Side World would end up being Gossip Girl.  But in a Lost-esque type twist, the episode flashed back to the end of the pilot, where Dan is reading about himself for the first time on Gossip Girl.  The twist: HE actually wrote it!  And what we were seeing was him post-posting on Gossip Girl.  It’s like the producers planned for Dan to be Gossip Girl the entire time! (For the record, I seriously doubt that, but very smart to incorporate the pilot to make it look that way ).  I don’t know if it’s plausible that Dan could had been Gossip Girl for all of that time (or that his sister actually agreed to let Dan post every awful thing he wrote about her), but I’m willing to accept it.

One thing I couldn’t really buy: how quickly Chuck and Blair were cleared of any involvement with Bart’s death.  I’m no law-enforcement expert, but I’m pretty sure when a man falls off a roof and they can put you at the scene of the crime, you’re probably going to be questioned for more than 10 minutes.

One thing I will NEVER buy: the deterioration of Dan and Blair’s relationship, which I gushed about here. I guess I always knew Blair would end up with Chuck, but I still feel cheated by the several season buildup of “Dair” and followed by the quick (and unjust) dismantling of the relationship. Dan is without a doubt the most consistent friend Blair has ever had (besides her maid, Dorota), and having Blair turn on Dan so quickly this season felt out of character.  I understand that the writers wanted to spend time weaving Chuck and Blair through the drama that would propel them to their eventual nuptials, but it didn’t have to be at the expense of the Dair storyline/friendship.  What am I saying though … this is Gossip Girl.  Gossip Girl don’t care.

I’m also skeptical of Dan and Serena actually ending up together.  Maybe I’m just super cynical, or just pissed that Dair is over, or seriously so in love with Penn Badgley that I don’t want him with anyone, even on TV … but after everything they’ve been through, it’s hard to imagine them truly making it.  I mean, Rufus and Lily didn’t even end up together and their love story was absolutely epic (really not happy about how their relationship ended up either but I can handle it).

There were some extra storylines that ended abruptly in the present and didn’t get any play-time in the flash-forward, but those were mostly the ones that made this season so awful, so I’m not even going to mention them (well, besides what I just wrote).

Oh Gossip Girl … it’s been a wild ride, that’s for sure.  But despite the bad episodes, the prominent characters that dropped off the face of the earth, and the lunacy of many storylines, I truly had a blast.  Thanks for 6 seasons!

I know I love you.  xoxo

Dear #GLEE

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Dear Glee,

I know that I’m writing you a lot of letters this year … but it’s only because I want to understand. Understand what, you ask? I want to understand how an innovative, witty, fun and wonderful show has turned into a giant MESS.

To be fair, there has been some good this season. Kate Hudson is flawless as washed-up Broadway star Cassandra July. This woman can act, dance, sing and throw a zinger like nobody’s business. I also truly loved the Break-Up episode, probably because it heavily featured fan-favorites Rachel, Finn, Kurt and Blaine (and terrific song choices). I think Finn taking over the Glee club was a novel idea, mostly because now he’s dressing like Mr. Schue and it’s great.

But the good can only appease so much. You have forced upon us 4 new McKinley characters who are just caricatures of the parts played by the original cast (a cast, mind you, that played them a hell of a lot better). But worst of all is the character of Marley Rose. Some people might not understand why I say that – her character is just so nice and sweet. Marley is also dirt poor and has an obese mother who happens to be the lunch lady. Her mom makes her clothes and sews in designers’ labels. Poor, poor Marley. You know what I say? BOO EFFING HOO. I haven’t hated a character this much since the introduction of Leo in Smash.

Think about the original core characters of Glee, first and foremost Rachel Berry. Rachel started the series as an unpopular dreg – but by NO means did we feel sorry for her. She was obnoxious, bossy, a true talent with a terrible fashion sense … and that’s why we LOVED her. She wasn’t presented as a character we should feel sorry for, like Marley has been introduced. She was someone real, someone with personality flaws that we all have, someone with dreams and ambitions that wasn’t going to let anything get in her way.

Some might argue that not every character can be as strong as Rachel, and that’s true. But Marley’s character is so unappealing – nothing that happens to her is her fault. She’s poor – not her fault. People make fun of her mom – not her fault. She stops eating and passes out at sectionals – definitely not her fault because Glee member Kitty told her to do it. She doesn’t present ANY personality flaws, which is a giant flaw in itself. No one is perfect, obviously. But for some reason, you have chosen try and make Marley into a martyr and it makes me want to scream. Marley is a walking pity party, and no one pities Marley more than Marley.

Glee, I’m going to stop talking to you, and start talking about you, ok?

Besides Marley, the main problem with Glee is that it’s completely lost its roots. And I’m going to blame Ryan Murphy. Mr. Murphy does a great season 1 of television (please see: Glee Season 1, Popular Season 1, American Horror Story Season 1). And then, in the second season, it starts to go to shit (please see: the 2nd seasons of the shows above). The first season of a Ryan Murphy show is always pushing the envelope. If you have ever watched Popular, you know that show was a walking force (and a walking farce). Entertainment Weekly called it “the proto-Glee” and said it “celebrated the value of outcasts and portrayed overplayed topics – Homecoming Court, sex, and secrets – through an absurdist lens.” This is the exact strategy that Glee used in the first season … but then the show (or its showrunner) got overzealous and instead of concentrating on the storylines, Glee boasted big guest stars and even bigger musical numbers. Somewhere along the way, Glee lost itself.

So why I am still watching? There are a few reasons. First, I love TV (if you hadn’t guessed). I’ve invested so much time (and FEELINGS) into Glee and it feels weird to think of just not watching it anymore. Second, I still really enjoy Lea Michele. She is insanely talented and her character’s journey has been the benchmark of Glee since episode 1. But the main reason I still watch Glee is that sometimes I can still see a glimpse of the show I was in love with, the show that got me excited about living in LA, the show that made me miss (and feel so proud of) my musical theater past, the show that dominated my iTunes playlists because I had to have every damn song they sang.

Despite my rants, I guess I’m not quite ready to give up on Glee. I hold onto the hope that they can turn the show around … but realistically, I’m pretty sure the Glee I loved isn’t coming back.

Shows You Should Be Watching: #BenAndKate

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There are a handful of new sitcoms on TV this season – but none quite as charming and wonderful as Ben and Kate.  Dakota Johnson is Kate, an adorably awkward & awkwardly adorable single mom to Maddie (played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones, the cutest child actor since Jerry Maguire’s Jonathan Lipnicki).  Nat Faxon is Ben, Kate’s older brother, a verbose jester with a heart of gold, who moves in with Kate and Maddie to help out.  Rounding off the cast is Kate’s self-centered but completely endearing best friend, BJ (played to perfection by Lucy Punch) and Tommy, Ben’s childhood best friend and right-hand man, who is (not so) secretly in love with Kate.  Tommy is played by Echo Kellum (who may very well be the MVP of the show for his facial expressions alone).

It’s this cast that makes the show so enjoyable – their line readings are priceless, Ben’s harebrained schemes are always entertaining, and BJ imparting her inappropriate wisdom to a very impressionable Maddie each week is my favorite part of the show (this week, after finding out Kate’s new boyfriend is rich, BJ  teaches Maddie the right way to talk to servants, Downton Abbey-style.   It’s as awesome as it sounds).  Yes, some of the storylines can border on just plain silly, but each episode is a believable slice of our characters’ world.  It’s a show rooted in family; the family we have and the family we make (I’m tearing up a bit because it’s so true).

If there is one thing Ben and Kate has mastered in its short time on the air, it’s the art of the cold open (definition: the technique of jumping directly into the story in the opening of the show before the title sequence).  Most cold opens introduce the theme of that episode.  Below is one of my favorite opening scenes from their recent Thanksgiving episode:

To close, this is my favorite new comedy of the fall and I hope this inspires a few of you to start watching it.  It airs every Tuesday at 8:30 PM on Fox.  And you can catch up on previous episodes at fox.com and hulu.com.

#GossipGirl: In Defense of #Dair

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After watching yet another atrocious installment of this season’s Gossip Girl, it dawned on me that for the first time in 5 years, I am enjoying 90210 more than Gossip Girl.  This has NEVER happened before.  Gossip Girl has always been a staple in my TV diet – my necessary weekly foray into a world of Drama, Distress and Debauchery, brought to you by Dior.

I recently rewatched the entire first season of GG, and I had truly forgot how much fun this show used to have.  Not to mention how witty each of its characters were, coming up with my favorite one-liners as “That Mother Chucker” or “He’s such a Basshole.” CHEEKY!  In season 1, social statuses were constantly in upheaval, secrets were exposed by the bucketful, and the audience was captivated with every carefully plotted take-down & clandestine rendezvous.  As the seasons passed, the storylines became even more soapy, or just ridiculous (remember Rufus and Lily’s love child?  You know, the one who was a central plot point and then was never mentioned again?).  But one relationship storyline had fans in a tizzy – the romance between Blair, the Upper East Side Queen, and Dan, the Brooklyn-dwelling, Hemingway-esque outsider.  Since Season 1, the show had been pushing Blair and Chuck as the will-they-or-won’t-they couple, throwing them together and then ripping them apart (both happened almost every episode).  As someone who was thoroughly sick of the “Chair” drama, and a fan of friendship-turing-into-romance (see Joey and Pacey, Dawson’s Creek), I was absolutely thrilled with “Dair” becoming a couple.  I thought it was a smart move by the creators.  And I will tell you why!

Here are 3 GOOD reasons why “Dair” was a fantastic coupling:

#1: Blair and Dan were best friends before they started dating.  In Gossip Girl world, one-night stands are practically mandatory, and relationships bloom and fall apart faster than any of Taylor Swift’s.  But Blair and Dan’s friendship started slowly but slowly became the most consistent relationship on the show.  and grew into the least dramatic relationship on the show.  In one of my favorite episodes from Season 5, appropriately titled Crazy, Cupid, Love, Dan is finally ready to tell Blair that he’s fallen for her.  However, Blair is busy trying to set up Dan and Serena because she believes that is what Dan wants.  Blair corners him, not understanding why he seems so hesitant to go back to his (crazy, train wreck of an) ex.

Blair: Listen, you have nothing to worry about, Dan.  Serena already likes you – you know that!  Look, I’m telling you, just be your charming, wonderful self like you’ve been with me all year.
Dan: You think I’ve been wonderful?
Blair: Are you kidding me? Look at everything we’ve been through together! You kept it a secret when I found out I was pregnant, you shielded me from the world so I could deal with my paternity test and you brought me to a priest in my darkest hour. You wrote Louis’ vows for him, and then you saved me from my own wedding! Do I need to go on?
Dan: No.
Blair: So.  If you’re that guy with Serena how could she not love you? …You gonna make your move or what?

And he does make his move, as seen in the clip below:

With that kiss (and some minor drama), the relationship of Dan and Blair finally commenced.  And how could it not have?  The obstacles Blair and Dan tackled together (a few of those listed in Blair’s speech) spanned 5 seasons; unlike other relationships in Gossip Girl, we got to actually watch Blair and Dan fall in love.  Which in turn made me a bigger believer, supporter and ‘shipper of “Dair.”

#2: In their relationship, Blair never treated Dan like an outsider.  Which was the polar opposite of his on-and-off relationship with Serena, the other Queen of the Upper East Side.  Since episode 1, Dan was portrayed as the boy from Brooklyn desperately trying to fit in with his Manhattan prep school peers.  When he dated Serena, he constantly just felt like a visitor in “her world.”  But once out of high school, the Gossip Girl characters did what we all do – grow up.  The show became less about where the characters were from and more about where they were going.  This new direction paved the way for Blair and Dan to be together successfully.  During their relationship, Dan and Blair saw their differences as strength (rare on GG).  Their ultimate end had nothing to do with social stature, an issue that has made a casualty of many a Gossip Girl relationship.

#3: Penn Badgley, Mr. Dan Humphrey himself, acknowledged his appreciation for the “Dair” storyline.  In an interview with Vulture, Penn was asked if he enjoyed the Blair/Dan storyline in Season 5.  His response: “I did, actually.  Well, I didn’t like how it ended, because it was just kind of [draws in breath sharply].  But I do like the scenes with Leighton because I get to kind of interact in a fun way with her. When Dan and Blair are together, I think that’s him at his brightest, maybe.”

CHECK AND MATE.

This post is dedicated to my best friend, Sarah, for suggesting I write this entry and for being my biggest supporter!

Sunday Night TV: #OUAT Rant

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I was a bit disenchanted (see what I did there?) with tonight’s fall finale of Once Upon a Time.  We’re reminded every episode that “good always wins over evil” … but I think that’s getting old, fast.  I know that this is a family show rooted in fairy tales; but as most of us know, fairy tales are much darker than Disney led us to believe (did you know that Ariel attempted to kill her beloved prince in the original Little Mermaid? And then she was so ashamed that she turned herself into sea foam, which is basically Mermaid suicide?  I KNOW, RIGHT?)  And yes, I’m aware OUAT is an ABC show, which means it’s a Disney show, which makes my point completely moot.

I guess my thinking is that OUAT is the brainchild of two Lost writers, so I expect magic (see what I did there?) every episode.  Season 1 was innovative, and pretty ballsy when the writers killed off a series regular in the 7th episode.  Very Lost-esque (RIP Boone) and appreciated for it’s shock value; and the twist worked so well because within those 7 episodes, the audience grew attached to the character and was saddened by his death (at least that seemed to be the general consensus).  But this season, the old characters are treading on thin storylines, and the new characters… well, between their wooden performances (I’m looking at you, Jamie Chung / Mulan) and the zero necessity of even BEING on the show (I’m looking at you, Sarah Bolger / Aurora), I find myself missing last season more with each passing week.  The only way to redeem wasting episode time with “Mulora” (I saw it on twitter) is to go OC Season 2 and finally have them act on their underlying lesbian attraction (do the writers think I can’t see it?  BECAUSE I CAN.  Family show my ass).  If they forgo the OC-style, I hope Mulan and Aroura get trapped under an avalanche so I NEVER HAVE TO SEE THESE CHARACTERS AGAIN.

I do have good things to say about OUAT, but this is a rant so there’s no place for those feelings here.  Off to watch Homeland, the show that never disappoints me.

Thursday TV: #VampireDiaries + #OMG Moments

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Thursday is my busiest night of television.  I DVR 6 hour-long shows, which is ridiculous to try and fit into one night.  I always, ALWAYS watch The Vampire Diaries as soon as it airs, because 1) I love it and 2) There is an OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW moment in every single episode and I don’t want it to be spoiled … meaning I can’t go on any form of social media until I’ve seen it myself.  Then after TVD, I watch Glee … or at least I used to.  Now I have to force myself to and I’m not sure why I bother.  Glee has fallen SO far from it’s original premise that it’s almost unrecognizable.  But anyways, I have only thus far watched TVD and it was an episode full of those OMG moments, and not to mention a steamy scene between Damon and Elena that those ‘shippers of “Delena” have been waiting on for the past 4 seasons.

“Let’s not pretend this isn’t the best day of your life.”– Stefan to Damon, regarding Stefan’s break-up with Elena.

While The Vampire Diaries touts an impressive amount of mystical creatures (vampires, werewolves, witches, etc), the root of the story is about two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, who are both in love with the same girl, the human Elena.  For Elena, all roads have always led to Stefan.  They have basically been together since the pilot, with only a few roadblocks.  But the biggest road block of all is Damon, Stefan’s brother who prides himself on his ability to turn off any human emotion that might impede with his vampire lifestyle.  However, we have seen Damon start to let his human feeling in and love Elena from afar, which included a shocking confession to Elena in season 2 which he then compelled her to forget.

And now after 4 years and a lot of drama, Elena has turned into a vampire – and that change amplified all her human qualities and feelings … including those feelings for Damon she can no longer hide from.  In tonight’s episode, Elena confronts Damon and tells him the reason she and Stefan are through is because of him.  I wish I had a GIF of Ian Somerhalder’s face when he, as Damon, couldn’t help but smile at the news but also was obviously wary of Elena’s sometimes fickle heart.  Elena and Damon then find themselves exchanging longing glances (Dawson’s Creek style) during the Miss Mystic Fall pageant, which called back the season 1 episode where Damon escorted Elena to her pageant while Stefan was off having what I’m sure was an existential crisis.  Below is the clip from season 1:

But the end of the episode, the TRUE “OMG” moment, was a piece of editing mastery.  Caroline (Elena’s best friend and also a vampire) was trying to console Stefan’s broken heart, while Elena and Damon were finally consummating their relationship.  Caroline realized that Elena wasn’t actually in love with Damon … she was sired to him when it was his blood that turned her into a vampire.  You have the one scene where Caroline is putting the pieces together, and then it jumps to Damon and Elena furiously kissing, and back to Caroline again.  It was well-done, crafty, and I completely didn’t see that plot twist coming.

I forsee Elena and Damon ‘shippers crying foul, that their love is true and not just a sire bond.  I’m definitely interested to see how this plays out … until next week!

Wednesday TV: #Arrow + tangent

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I’m surprised by how much I like Arrow, a story of a masked vigilante trying to fight injustice in his hometown.  But I’m going to be honest, a huge part of my enjoyment comes from the shirtless Stephen Amell working out in every single episode.  Although, the reason why they show his character’s fitness regimen is to try and make the idea that one can turn themselves into a superhero/vigilante more plausible.  Funny thing: this is not the part I find most unbelievable.  My issue is that I simply cannot get over that the story takes place in a made-up city.  It may sound ridiculous, but this has been a cause of concern for me since I first saw Batman, Forever in 1995.  As a child, I considered myself somewhat of a geography connoisseur (I studied my US Capitals place-mat daily) and I remember asking my mom where Gotham City was located.  When she told me it wasn’t a really place, I was aghast.  Not only was this movie asking me to believe in a masked superhero with a fear of bats, it was asking me to believe that this was taking place in an American City in an unnamed state.  Obviously asking way too much of me, my imagination couldn’t grasp this concept.  And it’s been that way ever since.
But back to Arrow: the characters live in the fictional Starling City, a place overrun by crime (remind you of Gotham? It should).  But for the show’s establishing shots, they take turns using an aerial view of Liberty Place (as Queen’s Headquarters) and the NYC Skyline for the bulk of Starling City.  Each time I see those shots, I’m taken out of the lovely TV-induced haze I sit in and am reminded that this is fiction.  I think the greatest part of watching TV is the escape (and ‘shipping couples, please see my post below) – when a show doesn’t allow for that (or when my mind doesn’t allow for that),  I will never enjoy my experience quite as much as I could.  But, despite the show’s locale and my weird aversion to it, I’m enjoying the episodes as each dives further into the mythology of how “Arrow” came to be.  I’m also impressed thus far with the show’s use of flashbacks (which Lost perfected so I judge other shows harshly) and the B storyline of Oliver’s best friend, Tommy, who I can only assume will eventually become Arrow’s greatest enemy (in the spirit of Spiderman, of course).

TV Romance: ‘Shipper Life

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TV Romance … I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show without it (even shows devoted to crime scene investigations throw their characters a romantic prospect every once in a while).  In fact, I get so wrapped up in my characters’ romANTICS that I can go through the entire spectrum of emotions during one episode of my favorite CW show (I watch a TV show like others watch sporting events:  I cheer, I yell, I cry, I throw things).  In fact, a old term just came back into the TV lovers’ vernacular: Relationshipping, or known more commonly as ‘Shipping (a ‘shipper is one who ‘ships).  Wikipedia defines ‘shipping as “a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction.”  I am a HUGE ‘shipper –  every show I watch, I have at least one couple I’m ‘shipping over.  So below are some of my favorite romantic moments from the couples I’ve ‘shipped the most.

Ok listen, Summer, it’s not like, like now that me and Anna broke up, I’m now choosing you, ok? Cause the whole reason that we broke up is cause for me, it’s always been you, Summer … it’s always been you.  And I’ve tried to fight it and I’ve tried to deny it, and I can’t … I can’t do it.  You’re undeniable.
– Seth Cohen to Summer Roberts, The OC Season 1 (current status: a flash forward in the series finale saw these two lovebirds getting married.  And I KNOW they’re still together)

You wanna know how many women I’ve slept with over the last 10 years?  Hundreds!  Maybe more, I don’t know.  I barely see their faces.  I married Wendy because I was lonely, because I got tired of the endless disconnect.  It was just a sad time-out.  Because when I’m inside someone, there’s only one face I see. When you came home, it was like some kind of sign to me.  Like my past coming around to give me another shot to do this different, better.  And now that chance is running back to Chicago.
– Jax Teller to Tara Knowles, Sons of Anarchy Season 1 (current status: married with two kids as of Season 5)

Jo, you can’t say something like that to me and expect me not to kiss you. So that’s exactly what I want to do.  I’m gonna kiss you in about 10 seconds.  And if you don’t want me to kiss you … well, if you don’t want me to, I guess then you’re just gonna have to stop me.
– Pacey Whitter to Joey Potter, Dawson’s Creek Season 3 (current status: ended up together in the series finale, will be together forever, end of story)

Okay, here it is: your choice.  It’s simple … her or me.  And I’m sure she is really great.  But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big pretend-to-like-your-taste-in-music, let-you-eat-the-last-piece-of-cheesecake, hold-a-radio-over-my-head-outside-your-window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you.  So pick me, choose me, love me.
– Meredith Grey to Derek Sheperd, Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 (current status: happily married with one child as of Season 9)

…What I’m about to say is probably the most selfish thing that I’ve ever said in my life.  I just have to say it once.  You just need to hear it.  I love you, Elena.  And it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you, why you can’t know this.  I don’t deserve you, but my brother does.  God, I wish that you didn’t have to forget this, but you do. [compels Elena to forget the conversation. When she lifts from her fog, he is gone]
– Damon Salvatore to Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries Season 2 (current status: Elena just broke up with Damon’s brother, Stefan, in the latest Season 4 episode.  A new episode airs tomorrow and it might be the start of “Delena!”)

Look, I don’t talk a lot about stuff and I really don’t trust people. But I trust you … and I wanna make it, this, work.  No matter what.  And if we ever get down from here, maybe we can talk about it.
– Ryan Atwood to Marissa Cooper, The OC Season 1 (current status: the writers killed off Marissa in the Season 3 finale.  I’m still not over it)

Logan: I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me.
Veronica: Epic how?
Logan: Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed … epic.  But summer’s almost here and we won’t see each other at all. And then you leave town… and then it’s over.
Veronica: Logan…
Logan: I’m sorry about last summer. You know, if I could do it over…
Veronica: Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard?
Logan:  No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.
– Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls, Veronica Mars Season 2 (current status: the untimely, unfounded and unjust cancellation of the show in Season 3 left viewers with a romantic cliffhanger.  But I imagine Logan and Veronica are together, because that’s how it should be).

TV Thoughts on 11/27/12

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It’s Tuesday!  Meaning it’s my favorite night of television.  In fact, I like so many shows on Tuesday that I can’t even DVR them all.  And not even all of my shows were on tonight!

On a given Tuesday, here is the breakdown of what I watch: The Voice Results Show, Ben and Kate, Emily Owens MD, Happy Endings, Sons of Anarchy.  I now watch The New Normal and New Girl on Hulu – I can wait a day for those two (and New Girl has been noticeably inconsistent this season, I’m a bit ashamed).

And now, show by show, I will collect my TV thoughts:

The Voice Results:  I am going to be SO angry when Cassadee Pope makes it into the top 4.  But I will get over it as long as Nicholas Davis, Amanda Brown and Trevin Hunte are in there with her.  The results show is insanely boring and I fast forward everything except the actual results.

Ben and Kate: This show is so adorable – it’s sweet and simple and doesn’t try too hard.  I do wish they’d utilize Maggie Elizabeth Jones (the precocious 6-year-old) a bit more because she’s awesome. And can I please vote Leslie Grossman in as a series regular?  I think her character could be perfect for Ben … just a thought, Mary Cherry FOREVER!

Emily Owens, MD: I am completely enamored with Mamie Gummer.  It may not be the greatest show writing-wise (no quick wit like in Vampire Diaries or in the ghost of Gossip Girls past), but Emily Owens is a character the majority of us can relate to.  In fact, to me she is Lizzie McGuire all grown up – but instead of having an animated inner-self, she has an inner monologue voiceover.  And I KNOW the people related to Lizzie McGuire (when Lizzie got a bra, I got a bra.  It was a deep connection that has never been broken).

No Happy Endings tonight, but it is without a doubt my favorite comedy on television.  And the show deserves MAJOR credit for bringing itself out of obscurity and becoming a recognizable force of comedy.  Also the banter between Damon Wayans Jr and Eliza Coup alone is enough reason to watch/adore this show.

Sons of Anarchy: Wow. Just … wow.  Every damn week it’s wow.  I started watching this show from the beginning a few months before season 4 aired.  I had heard about it but wasn’t sure if I would like it … oh how wrong I was.  Kurt Sutter has created one of the most dynamic serialized shows I have ever seen.  A Hamlet-esque story set in the world of a motorcycle club called Sons of Anarchy or SAMCRO, the show doesn’t shy away from taking a conventional storyline and blowing it up with more twists and turns than even an episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 2 could muster.  This week was the penultimate episode of Season 5 and one test after another was thrown at our hero, Jax, now president of the club since he pushed out Clay, the man who killed his father and married his mother (like I said, Hamlet).  We see Jax, a man who headed up the presidency with promises of bringing SAMCRO back to its glory days before Clay, slowly turning into the former president he despises.  It will all come to a head next week in the season finale, and I for one cannot WAIT.  If you’re reading this and have never seen the show, check it out on Netflix.  One of the best TV decisions I’ve ever made.