By Barry Maupin?Put that on your lap, fool,? Zenobia (Taylor King) tells Darnell when he tucks his napkin under his chin at Ruth?s Chris Steak House. ?You see anybody else up in here lookin? all Fred Flintstone and shit?? Darnell (Davone Cooper)[...]
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The question is: will she tell anybody about the dirty wrench she found? Nice bit of tension there. And what will be more dramatic? When she shows Mike the pictures of him and Susan that Edie cleared out, or when she tells someone about the toolbox?
Frylock's grill wasn't cutting it. He had an environmentally friendly George Washington grill. It was made entirely out of wood. So Shake went out and bought the new Char-Nobyl 6000. It's a radioactive grill. So once Shake turned it on, no one could really get near it. It melted the neighborhood, then a flood came, polar bears ate Meatwad, and then the Mucus Man came to life. He enslaved everyone and forced them to make more snot so he could make more Mucus Men. Oh, and they made Meatwad their king. Got all that? It was nuts, this episode was all over the place.
Tons of funny lines too. The tube-steak exchange between Carl and Meatwad was classic. Even better was when Shake started complaining that his Alton Brown saucepan melted. How else would he cook his balsamic reduction? Priceless stuff.
Anyone notice that quick scene in space? The grill's "patented flavor beam" blew up Emory and Oglethorpe's ship! I was really hoping we'd get a line or two from the Plutonians. Right after, we found out that Carl watches amateur porn his parents made. Eww.
What was with Shake and all the anti-Mexican comments though? That was random. I will admit that I laughed when he said they should find a Mexican to turn off the grill because "they'll do anything." Offensive stuff, but this show never seems to shy away from it.
In the end though, it was all a dream and the episode turned into a public service announcement. The message? Eat your boogers or else the Mucus Men will enslave us all. Good advice.
Carl (to Shake): "I just came to see why my doorknob's covered in snot. And then I saw you. And I connected the two."Read | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
After weeks of industry-wide speculation, NBC has finally put the matter to bed and ordered the back nine episodes of struggling freshman drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which had been dogged by (credible) rumors of cancellations.
But you can bet your bottom dollar that NBC didn't walk away from the bargaining table without an economic upside. Sources are reporting that NBC and studio Warner Bros. TV only came to a deal for Studio 60's full season order thanks to a lower license fee for the additional nine installments, at a price much lower than the $2.5-3 million they paid per episode of the original order. And NBC is mulling possibly moving the struggling series out of its Mondays at 10 pm timeslot as it explores other options.
The Peacock, which also ordered three additional scripts for struggling frosh series 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights, is expected to release its midseason lineup in the next few days.
Meanwhile, over at ABC, some good news for fans of sophomore drama What About Brian, which also received a full season pickup, bumping its episode count to 22 this season.
Not such good news at FOX, however, which has been struggling this season with an extremely uneven lineup. The network quickly pushed The Rich List onto the air, only to pull it after one episode and then tested The O.C. in a Wednesday night timeslot to extremely lukewarm results. Now FOX has benched two of its downwardly-mobile performers. Both Justice and Happy Hour have been pulled, effective immediately. Happy Hour, which had been seen to be on a, er, "permanent hiatus," will not be returning to FOX's schedule in any way, shape, or form. (Hardly surprising, seeing as most people weren't aware it was on the schedule in the first place.) As for drama Justice, FOX is being a little more coy, saying that the legal drama COULD pop up again on the schedule in January, typically a time of lineup shakeup for the net, thanks to the return of hits 24 and American Idol.
While I would have rather heard about a back nine pickup, drama Veronica Mars received some good news the other day as netlet CW ordered three additional scripts of the noir-tinged series. While it's a sign that the CW is open to continuing the series past the 13-episode mark (the third season of Veronica has only been picked up for 13 episodes so far), additional script orders do not always mean that episode orders will follow... nor does it mean that a particular series will make it to the full-season mark. Still, I can't imagine what else the CW has to air (other than midseason drama Hidden Palms and reality series Beauty and the Geek), considering that its ONLY new drama, Runaway, lasted less than a handful of episodes.
Fingers crossed that Veronica gets some much needed love and some additional episodes ordered soon; I'm still praying Dawn Ostroff comes to her senses and picks up the back nine ASAP. Fellow drama One Tree Hill also received an order of three additional scripts. The fate of that series, also in its third season, also remains up in the air... but I've heard rumblings that its timeslot is being targeted for the launch of newbie drama Hidden Palms, given the strength of timeslot lead-in America's Next Top Model.
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Ironically, the word between from Prop Joe to Marlo is that Major Crimes is still a crack team. Marlo dumps all his cell phones, with no idea that the unit responsible for breaking the Barksdale clan is an empty shell now.
Things are going better at Tillman Middle, at least until teaching the standard's test questions becomes the priority. Mr. Prezbo's classroom was energized, and Prez and the kids look happy and useful. Maybe he's too successful, as Prez's frustration might get him burned. Bunny's program is making progress too, but rewarding some of the kids with dinner in an upscale restaurant makes them feel self-conscious. It's poignant seeing that thin veneer of confident stripped away so suddenly.
Omar gives his word to Bunk that he won't commit any killings in revenge for Marlo's attempt at framing him. He also says he can't leave Baltimore because that's all he knows, and a man's got "to stick with what he knows." We'll see if he makes it through this. Surely Marlo's not going to drop the matter, as Old Face Andre, who also sticks to what he knows, running across town to east Baltimore, finds out. If Major Crimes can't handle Marlo, maybe he can be got at through Homicide, now that Omar is looking for nonlethal revenge, and Buck would listen to Omar.
Carecetti is already looking at the governorship. Well, he works fast. He promoted Daniels to colonel last week, which isn't the last promotion he wants to give Daniels. In another irony, Daniels has career is soaring just when he stopped playing the game. Of course, if you're telling the truth you need someone willing to listen to the truth, and Carcetti is such a person.
Michael feels he's only got one option to get his stepfather away from the household, and that unfortunately leads him right to Marlo, who, in his world, is one of the few people able to get things done.
(S01E07) OK, so here goes. It's not that I disliked this episode. It just got me very frustrated... angry actually. This is a such a smart, intelligent show and I'd like to think it's attracting viewers of the same caliber. So why go and and have an episode such as this one where anyone with half a brain could see right through it? Every other fan of Dexter has to know what I'm referring to.
From the very second they suggested it, there was never a second where you were going to get me to believe that Neil Perry was the Ice Truck Killer. If they answered that question at the half-way point of the season? I'm not sure I'd be too excited for the rest of the season then. The entire time I was waiting for the one moment where Neil and Dexter come face to face and Neil has no idea who he's looking at. We got it as the final scene of the episode. But c'mon... you knew that was coming. This was just filler and ultimately all it sets up is the scenario that Dexter has wanted anyway. He now has the freedom to hunt the Ice Truck Killer on his own because as far as LaGuerta and Co. are concerned, they got their man.
Of course, there are still plenty of questions. If Perry isn't the ITK, then how did he know about the methods used to kill all the prostitutes? He had photos and newspaper clippings of all the crime scenes. He even killed his mother, cut off her feet, and buried her in the backyard. He fits the bill, but there's no reason why it can't all be coincidence. Copy-cat killer? Maybe. Or perhaps he actually knows the real ITK, is being set-up, but rolls with it because he simply likes the attention. There are dozens of scenarios (and I'd love to hear what everyone else thinks), but it still boils down to one simple fact: he had no idea who Dexter was and the ITK definitely knows who Dexter is.
LaGuerta had a lot going on in this episode and she finally got what she had coming. She still rides Deb hard and it's starting to get old. She's clearly intimidated, especially since Matthews seems to be constantly praising Deb while at the same time scolding her. It just seems like LaGuerta goes out of her way to get at Deb. She put Angel in charge of the task force when it was clearly Deb's find and then she cut off Deb during the profile meeting. But as I said, the lieutenant got her due. She lives for the press conferences and loves taking the credit. But Matthews left her out of this one and took all the credit for Neil Perry. He's a bit of a slime-ball too but I liked this move.
I'm starting to enjoy Rita's story a bit more since her ex (Paul) is back. I love the interactions between him and Dexter. It's a safe bet that Dex will end up killing him, but will it be for a legit reason? If he starts beating Rita again, he's done. But will Dexter actually compromise his ethics and kill Paul simply because it will make Rita happy if he's gone? I'm not so sure.
I think it's starting to be clearer that Doakes has a bit of a thing for Deb. But now he needs to deal with Deb's romance with that prosthetics doctor. Those two seem like an odd match. Something is off about the doctor. I'm not sure what though.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about Dexter's relationship with Jeremy Downs. Did anyone else find it odd that Dexter found a connection with this kid? I thought they were completely different. They share that same empty feeling but I don't see much beyond that. You can make the argument that it's because Jeremy didn't have someone like Harry to guide him, but the fact remains that he killed in cold blood. I was surprised that Dexter seemed to be willing to cut the kid some slack because he saw himself in him. Didn't feel right to me.
The best scene in the episode happened early on though. The one between Dexter and Rita, when they were on her couch? I loved that exchange. Dexter kept trying to convince her that he had a dark side. Rita said he didn't hurt people. His response, after a long pause? Innocent people. I'll be curious to see how his motives and ethics change as he hunts the ITK on his own now.Read | Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments
Back in August I posted a clip of Brendon Small, creator of Home Movies and Metalocalypse, performing a stand-up routine as a mumbling character called Captain Mustache. Home Movies ranks as one of my favorite shows of all time, and Metalocalypse holds a special place in my dark, twisted heart for its over-the-top depiction of the raw brutality of heavy metal. Small has a knack for divining humor out of what seems like thin air, and I'm both entertained and made insanely jealous by his talent. The same YouTube user who posted the original Captain Mustache video has posted another one, and you can watch it after the jump. This time the Captain even sings and plays the piano, giving a whole new dimension to Toto's "Africa" that just might make you weep at its brilliance.
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