The Office 5.7: “Business Trip”

I don’t like to mix politics and TV talk, generally, and that is why I maintain a separate blog for all of my non-television related blogging.  That said, I’m going to just glance a little bit on politics for a brief moment just to explain why I haven’t been a big fan of Ed Helms for the most part.  It’s probably unfair.  I don’t like The Daily show, and I hate smug liberals.  Since Ed came from The Daily Show, I’ve assumed he was probably a smug liberal and disliked him accordingly.  See?  Rational.  Also a side not to any liberal readers:  I said “smug” liberals, so I probably don’t mean you, okay?  Okay.

But that’s not important, really.  What’s important is that I’ve finally grown to appreciate Andy Bernard in the latest season of The Office, and thanks to tonight’s episode in particular, I’m even borderline loving him. It was probably inevitable because the show has been almost unbearably mean to him all season, and I can’t help but feel for an underdog, even an underdog who’s kind of a doofus.

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How I Met Your Mother 4.7 – “Not A Father’s Day”


Okay, so for some reason my “How I Met Your Mother Posts” are by far the most popular things on this blog.  I don’t really get why that is, unless my readership is mainly a buch of pervs looking for spanking material.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s fine, I suppose.  What I don’t have to witness only makes me stronger.

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The Shield 7.11 – “Petty Cash”

As much as I love The Shield, it’s getting so tense and ugly and awful that I can hardly bear to watch these final episodes.  I’m completely spoiler-free (and intend to remain so, so no spoilers in the comments, please, or I’ll find you and do things to you.  Bad things.  Vic Mackey bad kinds of things), but it’s clear that almost everyone except maybe Dutch, Claudette, Julian and Billings (of all people) is heading toward a bad end.

Everyone else is compromised:  Ronnie is a murderer.  Vic is now a drug dealer (sort of).  Acevedo is an over-reaching little bitch who’s ambition for political power is nakedly self-serving.  Shane is a thug.  Mara is an armed robbery accomplice (pregnant and with young child in toe — oh how awful).  Even Corrine may not get out of this unscathed, not to mention the long-range damage likely to result from being Mrs. Cop Killer (even ex-Mrs. Cop Killer).

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Doctor Who 4.1 – “Partners In Crime”

Guess Who!

And so another series of Doctor Who begins thanks to the magic of the Internet and bit torrent software! Spoilerphobes beware, because I consider information up to and including this premiere episode to be fair game!

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Battlestar Galactica 4.1 – “He That Believeth In Me”

Resuming the story quite literally right where we last left off, the “best show on television” comes roaring back onto our screens with an intensity that…doesn’t quite sustain the dramatic and emotional heft of the outlandish and outrageous third season finale, which saw both the delirious return of Katee Sackhoff’s Starbuck and the revelation that four long-running characters, including at least two fan favorites, are Cylons.

It was nice to see Katee Sackhoff’s name returned to its rightful place in the credits following Edward James Olmos and Mary McGovern. This was no surprise, but seeing it was so had the effect of restoring some of the equilibrium that had been thrown out of whack after Starbuck’s “death” late last season.

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How I Met Your Mother 3.5 “How I Met Everyone Else”

How I Met Your Mother Cast

Last night’s episode of How I Met Your Mother was so good that I think maybe I’ve been too easy on other recent episodes.

Numerous first rate gags on hand this time, from Robin’s sixteen “no’s” in reaction to Blah Blah’s insinuation that she and Barney were a couple (protesting so much, in fact, that I think an eventual Robin/Barney pairing is now inevitable), to the running jokes involving Ted’s bad kissing habits and the technique of saying “come on” in a low key but condescending tone to get people to admit sexual secrets.

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Pushing Daisies 1.2 “Dummy”

Digby and Olive

About halfway through “Dummy”, I fell in love with Kristin Chenoweth. And Digby the dog.

I’m starting to get a good feeling about this show, and that became clear the moment that Chenoweth’s Olive Snook brook into song, spontaneously singing “Hopelessly Devoted to You” to express heartache over her inability to snag the attentions of Lee Pace’s Ned. But it wasn’t just the fact that Pushing Daisies gave us a musical number in the middle of its second episode, it’s the fact that it did so in such an idiosyncratic fashion, with Olive being interrupted several times and freezing up in embarrassment for her excessive keening, only to resume at the earliest opportunity. Kristin captured perfectly that sense of humiliation so many of us have felt at one time or another over being caught exposed and vulnerable in front of the wrong people. In a series so quirky and twee (I love that word!), it was a remarkably down to earth moment, and its insight into basic human nature was an unexpected answer to earlier criticisms that Pushing Daisies might be a bit too bubbly for a show so rooted in painful, complicated and seemingly insurmountable problems, like not being able to touch someone without killing them.

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