Tune In/Tune Out: March 23-30, 2014

I need a new word for ‘oops’ because that word? It’s not cutting it, but here we are at the end of another week, and as the self-appointed person doing these posts, I am back on schedule. On the other hand, one of my mad compatriots here has lost her mind – but, y’know what? I’ll let her tell y’all about it, below in the lists!

TUNE IN

Marathon of The Walking Dead: Due to me being susceptible to ships, I fell down the rabbit hole this past week with Daryl Dixon and Beth Greene, and I am now obsessed with this show. It is great to marathon, especially since the finale of season four is upon us. The character development is amazing. – Becca

Psych: The series finale was perfect. Everything was perfect. I’m only sad that it’s over, but I’m definitely not sad about how it ended. –Kerry

Brooklyn 99: I’m sad this show has wrapped its first season so early, but I’m curious now the next season will open now that Jake’s been fired from the NYPD. His confession to Amy was glorious. –Kerry

NCIS: I don’t know whether it was the addition of Scott Bakula or that the production trucked out to Nawlins for the actual filming, but I was actually really into this episode as a back-door pilot for a spin-off of this long-running crime procedural. – Moff

TUNE OUT

Arrow: It pains me to do this, and I hope this show never lands on the “Tune Out” list again, but this week’s episode had odd beats, an odd placement, and inconsistent characterization. Hopefully they recover next week. –Kerry

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Birds of Prey

The bitch is back, and unsurprisingly, she’s back with a vengeance.

 

With everything that’s happening lately — Oliver and Sara dating, Laurel in recovery, Slade showing up in Starling, Roy joining the team — it really seemed like a good time for the show to take a break and sort of bask in the world they’ve successfully created since Christmas. It’s a superhero show, and it’s been on full-throttle since Oliver returned to the city at the beginning of the season, but that could’ve easily translated into an episode that was essentially “A Day at the Office.”

Picture this: Sara and Diggle train in the background as Felicity does her tech stuff on the computers. Oliver continues to work with Roy on controlling his emotions. Everyone’s on edge about Slade, and the episode could’ve centered around running down the Deathstroke lead from Waller (as we just saw Oliver approach her in the last episode). Moira continues her campaign for mayor, maybe even with a brief glimpse of Kevin Alejandro (who we haven’t seen in a while). The flashbacks stay the same, with Slade demanding a trade from Sara as Oliver is tortured with electricity and a tattoo to match Shado’s. The episode could’ve been just as compelling, action-wise, but we would’ve gotten to see the day-to-day stuff, the new normal, and really begin to understand how the cogs of Team Arrow really fit together now that they’ve grown to a team of five.

Think about it: We don’t really know how they work as a group of five. The show is asking a lot of us to just accept the status quo without really showing us the fundamentals. Do Roy and Sara interact, ever? Does Felicity get along with Roy? Does Sara help train Felicity in self-defense? Does Diggle treat Roy like a little brother, or like a ticking timebomb? In fact, what does Roy do all day when he sits in the foundry? A year ago, we knew how Team Arrow worked, because it was just the three of them and we saw it all the time. Now, we have no idea. We have to assume that everything’s fine, and worse, we have to assume that they all truly trust each other even in these dire situations.

We haven’t seen Oliver at home except for the time Slade crashed his house (he apparently sleeps at the foundry with Sara). We don’t see him at work anymore (remember Isabel Rochev? Wasn’t she supposed to be a big deal?) and he hasn’t been doing any political campaigns thanks to his complicated family situation. So everything has been focused on Team Arrow work, and yet, we’ve seen very little of Team Arrow in action. Instead, it’s mostly been about Sara and Oliver as a dynamic duo, and that would be fine… if this show had established a baseline for the new Team Arrow by now.

As it is, Oliver asks Roy to do a huge thing in this episode and dump Thea, ostensibly to protect her. Instead, it causes her great pain and distrust, and we see Roy crush a piece of jewelry he’d recently given her in a spark of pure rage. Won’t that just build up Roy’s resentment toward Oliver? Wouldn’t it be nice to have had at least one solid episode of teamwork and trust before we went down this path?

So with all of that waiting in the wings, waiting to be explored and played for nuance, laughs, and new complications, the writers decided instead to bring back a so-called “fan favorite”: Helena Bertinelli, aka The Huntress.

While the rest of the season has been on a marked trajectory of leading up to an epic Arrow/Deathstroke showdown, Helena’s return is a bit of a head-scratcher. Her father, Frank, returns to Starling to collect some debts (genius!) but manages to get caught by Oliver himself, who was assisting Sara on watching over Beat Cop Lance. The police department brilliantly decides to dangle Frank out as bait in order to trap Helena. The worst part is, Assistant District Attorney Adam Donner, aka He Who Fired Laurel For Drugs and Stuff, specifically asked Laurel to come back and work the prosecution for this case because she was, in his mind… expendable. Real standup guy.

The trap goes about as badly as one would expect: Helena has a team undercover in the courthouse, and they take hostages as Oliver leads Frank outside to safety, leaving Laurel stranded inside the courthouse. That’s okay, though! Sara, as Black Canary, is there to protect her! And luckily, the inability to recognize masked loved ones even in close proximity is a Lance family trait.

Oliver spends his time angsting outside and getting a phone call to the Arrow line from right next to Beat Cop Lance, who just got done knocking Adam Donner’s block off for setting up his daughter. Oliver covers it smoothly, though — he has Lance in his phone as “Mom” and shows him the screen when Lance looks at him askance. Cute, I guess, but I’m not loving the idea that Lance still doesn’t know who the man under the hood is.

 

Laurel refuses to be rescued alone while there are other hostages inside, which sounds a lot more like Season 1 Laurel than the one we’ve been dealing with lately. She insists on helping the other hostages, and Sara goes with her. Of course, because this is a Huntress episode and somehow her brand of crazy makes her stronger than anyone else on the planet, Sara ends up on the losing end of what should’ve been a one-sided fight, and Laurel is trapped with the rest of the hostages.

Helena demands Frank for Laurel, and Oliver devises a plan with Beat Cop Lance to get Frank in the same place as Helena. Laurel tries to appeal to Helena’s human side, finally admitting the ways she’s messed up since Tommy died.

 

It’s a really great scene for her, up until Helena warns her, “Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.” It looks like this phrase will propel us through the rest of the season.

The rest of the hostages are rescued safely once Helena whisks Laurel to the swap site. Frank apologizes to Helena, but she’s having none of it. Just as she’s getting ready to kill her father, she’s interrupted by the special ops guy that seems to hate vigilantes, and she gets into a one-on-one fight with Sara, who isn’t holding back this time. Sara easily gets Helena into a choke hold, but that’s when Laurel intervenes and asks the Canary to show restraint.

Helena realizes her father is dead, but not by her hand, and that’s when Lance places her in cuffs. Later, in the interrogation room, Oliver goes to visit her, and she confesses that she doesn’t feel any better knowing her father is dead. She just feels lonely. It’s the only good scene Helena’s ever had, in my opinion, and I think now I won’t dread her return so much. I just think this appearance, in this episode, was incredibly ill-timed and unrelated to the larger arc.

Laurel ends the episode on a bit of an ambiguous note: She blackmails the District Attorney into giving her job back, and the DA remarks that she didn’t expect that darkness in Laurel. “Someone recently told me, ‘Once you let the darkness inside, it never comes out.’” So she’s back to being on a villain arc? Or are we embracing the dark sides of superheroes?

Thea, out walking on her own in the dangerous, Slade-filled city, is approached by a car. In a shocking twist, it’s Slade in the car, and Thea gets in willingly. Oh Thea.

Next week, Slade has a new hostage, and the promo department actually used the word “slayed” which makes me happier than I ever thought I could be.

A Farewell to Psych: My Top Ten Psych Episodes

Psych is probably the only show I found completely on accident. Almost everything I watch is either a result of my friends pressuring me or displaying so much excitement about a show that I have to see what it’s all about (like Parks and Recreation), or it’s a case of me following an actor to a new project (following Joel McHale from The Soup to Community, or following Katie Cassidy from Gossip Girl to Arrow).

But I had only basic cable for the longest time, and no inkling of the offerings on cable networks. This was also back in the dark ages, before I had a cable box, much less a DVR, so anytime I was stuck at home trying to fill my time, I had to manually flip through the channels to find something to watch. One day, I was sick with one of the worst flus I’ve ever endured, and I was too tired to keep checking for a mindless romcom or a Friends marathon. I landed on USA Network, and it happened to be during an all-day Psych marathon. I was hooked after the first episode.

That was 2008. I’ve watched the show hungrily ever since that marathon, because no other show on TV can quite match the irreverent-yet-enthusiastic writing style, the campy-but-loveable characters, and the ridiculous plots and meta references that each episode provides. After eight seasons of ups and downs (yes, there were downs, even on one of my all-time favorite TV shows) it’s time to say goodbye. Here are my Top Ten Psych Episodes, plus honorable mentions, and here’s hoping that tonight’s series finale gives us all of the closure and a minimal amount of tears. {Tears for Fears plays softly in the background.}


 

Honorable Mentions

 

 

Ghosts {Season 3, Episode 1}

I loved seeing Gus in his day job, and I loved seeing how much Shawn could screw it up for him. The stuff with his mother was just added bonus.

 

Gus’ Dad May Have Killed an Old Guy {Season 2, Episode 10}

Shawn managing to get both of Gus’ parents accused of murder would’ve been enough to land this episode on my Top 15, but adding in Lassiter’s storyline, this really is a stellar episode. Plus I’m a sucker for Christmas specials.

 

The Greatest Adventure in the History of Basic Cable {Season 3, Episode 4}

A treasure hunt, complete with a double-agent, a lost Puma, and Shawn’s seldom-mentioned Uncle Jack. This episode is always a lot of fun to rewatch.

 

Tuesday the 17th {Season 3, Episode 12}

This is always on my list of Halloween episodes, and for good reason. It’s the perfect amount of creepy and funny, and it ends on a serious note. It’s clear James Roday had a lot of fun directing this one.

 

Heeeeere’s Lassie {Season 6, Episode 12}

If you’re a fan of Tim Omundson, this is the episode for you. If you’re not a fan of Tim Omundson, you will be after you watch this episode.

For me, these Honorable Mentions are more like “alternates” depending on my mood — and sometimes others that didn’t quite make the cut (like the Yin/Yang trilogy, or “Feet Don’t Kill Me Now”) end up on the alternates list, too. But for the most part, my Top Ten is pretty consistent, so without further ado…


 

My Top Ten Psych Episodes

10. “Deez Nups” {Season 7, Episode 7}

 

 

“This whole thing started because my ass was on the line. Self-preservation, Jules, you gotta understand that. I didn’t have a choice. And then we sorta found a groove. And by the time you showed up, it was so much fun. We put away like a hundred criminals. Most of them were murderers. I’m good at what I do. And what I do… it’s good, isn’t it?”

“What are you talking about? Are you telling me this is all a lie?”

“Please don’t make me answer that.”

There’s so much to love about this episode. Lassiter finally gets to marry the woman of his dreams, Henry gets back in the game after suffering a bullet to the chest in the previous season, Vick delivers my favorite line of hers {“Well what IS good enough, said the Chief of Police?”} and Juliet finally discovers Shawn’s big secret. The entire thing is so well done, I still get a little weepy about it.


 

09. “Lock, Stock, Some Smoking Barrels, and Burton Guster’s Goblet of Fire” {Season 8, Episode 1}

 

 

Shawn: “I’m no criminal. Matter of fact, I’m not even crazy! At best, I am pleasingly eccentric. At worst, I’m incorrigible and sophomoric.”

I’m a big fan of “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” so I was delighted by the references and by the presence of Vinnie Jones. I was also excited to see the return of Cary Elwes! If that wasn’t enough, Gus running around in a Gryffindor uniform in search of Rupert Grint is pretty much how I’d spend my time in England, too.


08. “Indiana Shawn and the Temple of the Kinda Crappy, Rusty Old Dagger” {Season 6, Episode 10}

 

 

Gus: “Don’t you think your take on this is a little easy?”

Shawn: “Easy? Yes. But life is easy, Gus. If you really want it to be.”

This is my favorite of the Despereaux appearances, with the nice addition of John Rhys-Davies. It also contains my all-time favorite Shawn quote, the one above, which sums him up perfectly.


07. “Black and Tan: A Crime of Fashion” {Season 2, Episode 15}

 

 

Shawn: “They’re only going to talk to their own kind, okay? Shallow, judgmental, cruel, and gorgeous. We’re already embedded.”

At the time, I don’t think this show had ever been so ridiculous and funny. The model characters were perfect, Gus completely lost himself in the modeling world, and anytime Shawn has to be the sane one, the shenanigans are extra crazy. (The music in this episode is iconic as well.)


06. “Lassie Did a Bad, Bad Thing” {Season 3, Episode 11}

 

 

Shawn: “My process? Usually starts with a ‘Holla’ and ends with a creamsicle.”

Gus: “And if there’s time in between, Thundercats. Hooooo!”

Lassie-centric episodes tend to be my favorites, and this was the first time we saw him on the other side of the law and in need of Shawn and Gus’ help. Plus, Jackal Mode.


05. “Lights, Camera, Homicidio” {Season 2, Episode 13}

 

 

“Dame Judi Dench called. She wants her breakfast back.”

Remember in the opening of this post, how I said I stumbled across a Psych marathon while I was sick, and that’s how I got hooked? This was the episode that was on. More importantly, that line I just quoted was what made me start paying attention. The longer I watched, the more I laughed, and when it was over, I was glad the next episode was starting. I’ll always have this episode in my top ten, because if it weren’t for this one, I might never have discovered Psych at all.


04. “This Episode Sucks” {Season 6, Episode 3}

 

 

Shawn: “Are you sure this water is holy?”

Gus: “Yes! I had Father Wesley bless it over the phone.”

Shawn: “Over the phone?”

Gus: “Yes.”

Shawn: “I don’t think it works like that.”

Gus: “You don’t know how anything works, Shawn.”

Vampires are so lame, and yet this episode made them hilarious and even a little intriguing again. Bonus: Gus doing “Sookie is miiine!”


03. “Gus Walks Into a Bank” {Season 3, Episode 8}

 

 

Gus: “I just want you to know that no matter what happens, I care about you and I appreciate you. And, well, I love you Shawn.”

Shawn: “Okay, buddy. I hear ya. But you know I’m gonna be back in like half an hour, right?”

The friendship between Shawn and Gus is raw and wonderful in this episode. The case itself is also one of my favorites, but really, I could watch Shawn freaking out about saving Gus any day.


02. “American Duos” {Season 2, Episode 1}

 

 

Shawn:“I’m Shawn Spenstar, and this is my partner, Gus ‘TT’ Showbiz.”

Gus:“The extra T is for extra talent.”

This is probably the most iconic Psych episode of all time. An American Idol spoof, a guest role by Tim Curry, a rigorous dance lesson from Juliet, and a stunning performance of “Shout.” What more could anyone ask for?


01. “Last Night Gus” {Season 6, Episode 2}

 

 

Lassiter: “I cannot believe I am saying this, but men, we are in this together. Obviously, we all knew the victim.”

Gus: “Well, we all knew the victim, but you were the one who shot him.”

Lassiter: “You had the dead guy’s phone!”

Gus: “Shawn was wearing the man’s sandals!”

Shawn: “Huh. I was hoping you guys didn’t notice that.”

Woody: “Look, I don’t care if we did kill this guy! I’m just happy to be part of it.”

This is a no-brainer for me. There’s not a dull moment in this episode, and seemingly everyone got involved. It was also fun to watch this particular foursome work together to solve their own Hangover-style mystery.

“There’s a dance party!”

From time to time, reality intrudes on our valuable TV watching time, and we realize we can’t cover everything we love. So, we’ve asked some of our friends to step in and help us out when Real Life gets in the way. And today is one of those days. Please enjoy this Trophy Wife post from Mary.

First, my apologies for this recap being pretty brisk; technological issues are keeping me from using my DVR and Hulu is VERY particular about pausing repeatedly so I wasn’t able to be quite as thorough with the quotes as usual. Also this episode was pretty focused, with all the characters in basically the same places at the same times, so in general there’s less set up to get through. But! Let’s get to it!

It’s part two of the Trophy Wife wedding spectacular!

 

We pick up right where we left off in the airport with Kate and Pete apologizing on Cricket’s behalf for her one-sided game of grabass with a flight attendant. Megan Mullally’s Cricket (last name Walrus, we can only hope, though there’s no mention of Kate’s dad through out the episode) is unrepentant, still rolling through an inappropriate stream of conscious monologue at a mile a minute. One exampe starts with her calling Pete a ginger (? don’t see that at all. His hair is clearly brown. I actually dated a guy in high school whose hair was pretty much the same color as Bradley Whitford’s, just a nice normal brown, and my friend’s mom insisted that he was a redhead. Everyone was so confused about that.) and culminates in Pete’s line: “I love jokes about my crotch!”

Time to meet the rest of the family! Hillary gets a mouth-kiss (Bailee Madison’s tweet about this was adorable), Warren a gentle face caress, and Bert declared the favorite.

Then up roll Pete’s “conservative asexual parents,” both named Francis/es. This is a bit of a running gag which doesn’t translate in writing but it is kind of cute? There have to be couples out there with the same name. Patrick/Patricia. Victor/Victoria. Alexander/Alexandra. I mean. It’s a horrifying thought, but the heart wants what the heart wants I guess.

Pete’s parents pretty much immiately announce that Great Aunt Margaret, who is 108, decided not to fly down for the wedding. This is a total non-sequitur now but it will be important later.

Anyway, more mouth kisses from Cricket (“It is so great to meet the people who pooped out this guy. Been here 20 minutes and he already bailed me outta jail!”) for Mr. and Mrs. F. Harrison, and a bit where each parent has Pete ask the other a question because apparently they don’t speak to each other. This should be fuuuuuun. Now, off to Chez Harrison!

Kate, in some almost-adorable product placement, is still committed to a Muppets Take Manhattan wedding vibe, and wants to show Cricket the video on her laptop before giving her a tour of the house but Cricket is super distracted by the panini press and a tray of what look like cooking oils and condiments on the counter (“What is this like 20 bottles?!”). Also Cricket is excited about the presents she brought for the kids.

Cricket: “I got a butterfly knife for Bert, some Canadian Playboys for the gentle one, and for Hillary-“

She holds up a red thong which Pete, horrified, snatches out of her hand so he won’t have to look at it anymore.

Kate very tactfully refuses the gifts but Cricket’s offended: “Next time I’ll just bring a loaf of wheat bread. Where’s the bidet?”

Pete and his dad will be sharing a room and while he’s unpacking he tells Pete about his new job. Trouble is, he’s supposed to be retired and hasn’t told his wife. The best thing about this scene is that Pete calls his dad “Pop.” We already taught our toddler “Papa” instead of Daddy but I hope someday he graduates to Pop. I don’t know why I just love it.

Meg arrives just in time to tell Hillary, clipboard checklist in hand, to “settle down Barfa Stewart” and it’s a pretty close second to Dorkatron, I have to say, though obviously not as universal. Hillary needs help fulfilling her list since she can’t drive yet, but Meg deuces out so Hillary texts Diane for help.

Diane is of course unsurprised and recruits Jackie to help her, and yes they’re hanging out together at Jackie’s because Bert and Warren are trying on their kilts for the wedding. They look PRECIOUS, and Diane and Jackie BOTH coo and fawn over them but Warren and Bert are having none of it.

Warren: “We’ve discussed this and we’ve decided we no longer want to be called adorable.”
Bert: “We are best men, not best boys and men are not adorable.”

I beg to differ Bert, and so do a lot of Tumblr users judging by the number of posts with pictures of grown ass men that get tagged with things like “BAAAAAAAAABYYYYYYYY” but I digress. Jackie and Diane valiantly try to stop wibbling but they’re not super successful. It’s just about the most animated and warm we’ve seen Diane for a while and it’s delightful especially since she’s teamed up with Jackie for this episode.

Back at Chez Harrison, it’s rehersal dinner time, where there are actual hired waiters. It’s so fancy! Frances tells Pete in passing that she sold their house (her’s and Francis’s, not Chez Harrison. Perish the thought, that house is gorgeous) 2 months ago, bought a condo in Floridia, and hasn’t told his father. She thinks Pete should be the one. As far as humour goes the stuff with Pete’s parents fell reeeeeeally flat for me, but luckily Diane and Jackie arrive with armloads of shopping bags and Hillary promptly hands them another list. Diane’s miffed:

Diane: “The irony is palpable!”
Jackie: “I know right, let’s palp it down. What are we talking about?”

Diane’s mad they’re going all this work and thinks they only got invited to the wedding out of politeness, Jackie says “you loco”, and then Frances approaches all smiles and asks them to stay for dinner.

Pete and Kate overhear and have a little manic stress moment together before Kate pumps them back up and they “bring it in” for a high five which is great. Cricket comes over to greet Jackie and Diane (Jackie of course reciprocates the mouth kiss with one of her own because Jackie) and then Bert and Warren enter in coodinating seersucker suits (Bert’s is a 3 piece with a straw fedora and he looks like a little GQ child it’s amazing) and EVERYONE stops to ooh and aw at them. They’re mad, Bert throws his hat down, and we transition to the dining table!

Diane: “So, how does one get a name like ‘Cricket’?”
Cricket: “Oh, I used to hide behind the refrigerator and chirp.”

Actual best answer to a dumb question like that, good job Cricket. I still can’t believe everybody freaked out when Busy Phillips named her second daughter that by the way. Her first daughter’s name is Birdie as I recall, so they go together nicely (except for one namesake would probably eat the other, but it’s a theme I get it) and also it’s just a great unusual name.

One of the waiters comes out with a silver tray with a cloche on top and delivers it to Kate, but when he takes the cloche off it’s a mini boombox and oops there goes his uniform.

And we have a stripper.

 

Once the pants come off to reveal electric blue panties, Jackie and Diane herd the kids off to bed (Bert: “But there’s a dance party!”). Meg was immediately into the whole thing, so much that one might think she orchestrated it, but nope, it was Cricket. She at first denies hiring a stripper but then reveals, when the second waiter comes out with dessert…yeah she hired two strippers.

Aaaaaand commercial!

We return to Kate apologizing to everyone and Cricket talking over it to explain how funny it all was, and when it gets tense, Francis excuses himself to bed, Frances excuses herself to write a grocery list for when she gets home, and Diane does the same.

Jackie: “Why are you going home to write a grocery list?! I wanna see what happens!”

Cricket and Kate really clash now, and it ends with Cricket calling Kate a bridezilla and excusing herself to her air mattress with this line:

“Hope I don’t embarrass anyone while I’m farting and breathing like a person.”

as she pulls the tray holding the cake along with her.

We get some cute scrolling shots of Hillary and Frances both asleep in similar positions, Hillary looking like she’s saying the pledge of allegiance, Warren and Bert all snuggly and ador-ahem, I meant ruthlessly masculine, Francis with his sleep apnea machine whirring away and Pete next to him, miserably wide awake staring at the ceiling, Cricket passed out on her air mattress and Kate hiding in the garage sitting on an overturned bucket with a cup of coffee.

Pete comes out too and they commiserate about their parent woes. It’s nice that this episode has put them on equal footing here; so often I feel like the sitcom set up is that one spouse has the crazy family and the other is longsuffering, but Kate and Pete both have leigitmate issues with their parents and are both supportive of each other about it. Kate suggests locking Francis and Frances in a room together so they’re forced to air their dirty laundry, and Pete agrees to try to get Cricket to “stop acting like Gary Busey in a tube top.” (Pete: “That’s who she reminds me of, thank you.”)

Later that morning Kate interrupts Frances cleaning her dishwasher to get her to the master bedroom where she locks them in apparently, but forgets the patio door. She heads them off outside though and informs them that:

“MAN-Francis got a secret job, and LADY Frances sold the house and got a condo in Florida. BOOYAH!”

They’re both unimpressed, they just look at each other and shrug which leaves Kate still crazyfacing about it.

Warren and Bert try to become more manly by shaving in spirals (Warren) and bathing in cologne (Bert). but they do manage do direct Pete outside to find Cricket sitting on top of the poolhouse roof. As you do.

Cricket, with apparently a joint: “I’m relaxing, I have a prescription for it.”
Pete: “Yeah, what’s your condition, terminal immaturity?”

He tries to scoot her off the roof with an extendable pool cleaning net like she’s some kind of feral cat but she just makes fun of him for it (“Guess you’re too short, Dad,” and it’s such a great weird dynamic that he’s trying to parent his mother in law but it works so very very well) until Kate comes out and shoos him inside. We get a really funny shot of Whitford’s legs walking inside like pulling his jeans up as we watch Kate confront Cricket from a perspective shot from up on the roof.

Kate bluntly asks Cricket what the deal is and Cricket answers honestly:

“I see your life! The white picket fence, the lawyer husband, all that shrimp. It’s just so nice! And, like, normal. You must have really hated growing up with me.”

Kate sets her straight about that whole “normal” thing:

“One night I got up to pee and I found Jackie in our bathtub.”

Kate assures Cricket that wasn’t running from her unique childhood to some haven of magazine-ready normality and they make up with a promise of no strippers at the wedding.

Cricket: “Of course not. Just toss me your phone and I’ll cancel them.”

Warren’s showing off his horrifying razor burn to Pete in the kitchen when Kate comes in as well as Jackie and Diane with more wedding supplies. Kate asks what everything in the bags is and Diane kind of snaps: “Your wedding.”

Kate, obviously unaware they had been helping out at all up to now, fawns over them with thanks and praise, saying that them helping means they really want to be there, and how it means so much to her. They both visibly melt as she hugs them, it is SO sweet.

Francis enters then, with the news that Great Aunt Margaret is dead and the funeral is on Saturday, the day of the wedding. Frances enters a moment later with the same exact news, so no catharsis for Pete, sorry.

Back at the airport again, Kate battles tears as she and Pete sit at the gate waiting for their plane. As passengers begin to board Kate notices “A lotta personality going to Portland” as two passengers dressed in what appear to be, like, burkas with throw pillow turbans board the plane. “Weird town,” Pete agrees.

On the plane, Bert insists on playing a game with about 100 tiny pieces instead of using a phone, and Kate offers to set up the board while he holds their orange juices. Pete comes back to say hi and Bert, in his excitement to tell Pete something, spills the drinks all over Kate. Kate excuses herself to the bathroom to clean up when Hillary appears with a dufflebag of extra clothes she happened to bring along. Kate emerges from the rear lavatory in an ivory strapless number, muttering to herself how Bert will have a field day with it, and when she looks up, wouldn’t you know it:

A WEDDING.

Pete, Bert and Warren are in their full kilt outfits, joined by Hillary and the three “lotta personalities” who are actually Meg, Diane, and Jackie.

 

Cricket sneaks up beside Kate with a gentle “hey girl.”

Cricket: “Oh, you look good. Are you ready? Cause there’s a guy up there who really wants to marry you.”

Kate looks up at Pete and dreamily sighs, “wow . . . yeah” and then we all repeat the same when he motions to her and mouths “come ‘ere.”

For her walk down the aisle, Warren produces a mini boombox speaker thing that plays the song from Kermit and Miss Piggy’s wedding in Muppets Take Manhattan:

The kids each spontaneously produce Muppets of themselves from nowhere and Meg smiles sweetly as she films with her iPhone. Yay Products!

Oh, it is all very sweet though when Kate and Pete hold hands and she tells him how amazing it all is.

Pete: “A guy can do a lot with some frequent flier miles.”

He quickly apologizes for what happens next as Jackie takes her place as officiant, but she does a fine job, ending on:

“As long as Pete shall live?”

Pete does, Kate does, they kiss, and and the whole plane cheers!

Kate is glowing: “This is the perfect day, I just wish I could get a picture of all of us.”
Pete: “We’ll get a picture at the funeral.”
Kate: “Perfect!”

Diane snarks a bit about how Pete should have sprung for first class, but let’s be real, this was insanely sweet. The tag reveals that Meg’s wedding video consists entirely of her filming her own chin, upside down.

Pete: “I’ll call the airline. Maybe the black box picked up something.”

Mary is a military wife, mother, and certifiably pathological fangirl. Though she’s written before, this is her first foray into blogging. Her interests include livetweeting, cooking, baking, buying, and – most importantly – eating food, puns, and deciphering her toddler’s attempts to speak English. Follow her #mamatweets, #wifepeopleproblems, and #islandproblems (it’s not all complaining, honest) on Twitter at @maryarrr.

The Gray Area

Warning: this post contains spoilers from episode 2.16  of CW’s Arrow, “Suicide Squad” 

Last week’s episode didn’t necessarily have symmetry with all the storylines, but it was very Digglicious. It was interesting to see Diggle having a separate story away from Oliver, and that he indeed does have a part of his life not revolving around Oliver Queen.

One of the things I loved about Diggle’s story line is it being a call back to The Odyssey when he tells Felicity about having to protect a local war lord. Diggle is sent on a mission by A.R.G.U.S. to reconnect with and stop the war lord.  During this episode, Diggle has to face the fact of everything not being black or white or even part of the gray area Team Arrow works in when he has to work with the Suicide Squad.

The most interesting part of the story is he has to work with the man who killed his brother, Deadshot, once again.  Diggle gets to see a glimpse of another part of Deadshot when he finds out about Deadshot’s daughter. Diggle gets to see that different side of Deadshot. Sure he’s still a killer, but he lives by a code and clearly loves his daughter. There was great character development with Deadshot, and while Diggle and Deadshot won’t be wearing “BFF’s” necklaces anytime soon the relationship did become better. I will always welcome more Diggle and Deadshot scenes.

However, my favorite part of the show was the Felicity and Diggle scene. At the beginning of the episode, Diggle is personally watching over Felicity to make sure she is safe from Slade Wilson. Felicity brings him hot coco and tells him she is ok, and if Slade wanted to get to her, he would find a way. Felicity is right. It seems appropriate there was a callback to “The Odyssey” because that was the episode Diggle’s and Felicity’s friendship started. They care deeply for each other, and their friendship is my favorite one on the show.

Fathers vs. Sons with Dungeons and Dragons.

Warning: this post contains spoilers from episode 5.10  of NBC’s Community, “Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons” 

No two father/son relationships are alike, and Community showed two very different relationships tonight. One is not a real father and son relationship, and only originated because our fellow Dungeons and Dragons players switched characters. This led to Jeff becoming Dean Pelton’s father.

The only word I have for that relationship is creeptastic. Pelton took the opportunity to be as close to Jeff as he could be. Sometimes I think Pelton needs a help group.

Then there was Buzz Hickey and his son for the real father/son relationship. Previous episodes have shown Hickey’s past was not full of sunshine and rainbows. Like the rest of the group he has a jaded past, and it is probably one of the reasons why he ended up at Greendale. It was already established during Troy’s last episode that Hickey had a gay son who was getting married. However, this episode revealed he had another son, and that he did not have the best relationship with this son.

The game was created because the group wanted Hickey to bond with his son, but the strained relationship starts to show even before the game begins. Hickey’s son knows what the group is trying to do, especially after the game characters are revealed. He quickly separates himself from his father, and they begin to try to get to the necromancer first in order to beat the other.

When the two are reunited in the game an all-out war begins to happen, but somehow after everyone else has died they slowly start to compromise while playing the game. Hickey still tries to remain in charge, but he is slowly allowing his son to have more say. They are finally starting to work together. Yes, they are working together over the game, but they are finally coming to terms with each other. Hickey may have been emotionally stinted in the past, but I think he is trying to be a better father now.

The mention of Jeff’s and his father’s relationship is mentioned, and Jeff said the best way to make it better is to spend time with each other. I believe Jeff is right about Hickey and his son needing to spend time with each other. I also believe Hickey and his son have a better relationship than Jeff and his father because Hickey was willing to put in an effort, and in the end was starting to work with his son. Both people need to be willing for a relationship to work.

It kind of reminds me of Abed and his father. Abed’s father was not willing to let Abed try film studies until he saw Abed’s film. They were able to connect over the film. Sometimes it is hard for emotionally stinted people to connect with each other, but this is why we have films and Dungeons and Dragons. They get to see someone’s perspective more clearly.

 

Side note: It was interesting to see how Abed divided up the groups. He put the known manipulators in one, while the other group held the more off-putting characters. I’m not saying I find any of the characters off-putting. Instead they have been generally characterized this way on the show.

Picspam: 5.09 “VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing”

Look! It’s another meeting of the Save Greendale Committee, which is coming to a conclusion. They’re all in agreement that the urinals in the women’s rooms will be converted to planters (rude, what if women wanted to use those urinals?) and then Annie moves on to chores.

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Annie: “We need some able bodies to clear out a space in the East Hall storage room.”
Jeff: “I’ll do it!”

(He must’ve thought she said “hot bodies.”) Britta’s surprised he’s volunteering, and Jeff says that Annie usually lists chores from easiest to hardest. Shirley realizes he’s right and volunteers as well, and Hickey follows suit. Jeff, Shirley, and Hickey all working together in a storage space: this had the makings of an epic episode. Oh well.

Annie concludes the meeting, causing Jeff to groan. “No one picks up on my patterns! What am I gonna say next? Graham cracker! You didn’t know!” That was freaking adorable.

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