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The Luckieset Shman in the World

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Ok, that’s two weeks in a row that 30 Rock has brought us a little trans-humour.  Last week with the reference to Mrs. Doubtfire shimself, and tonight with Will Forte’s amazing turn as Paul the drag queen/Jenna Morony impersonator/luckiest shman in the world.  My LGTBQA vocabulary is quickly expanding (another favourite gender-neutral pronoun which hasn’t yet been used but, I kid you not, I once encountered in a hymn is Zhe – please, please Tina Fey, find a way to incorporate that one too!). Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30, 2010 at 8:37 am

Caucasians, Am I Right?

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This felt like a classic episode – Michael centered with plenty of support from the ensemble.  It almost felt like Jan all over again…in more ways than one (two, to be precise, if you get my drift – Miss Boobs-shirt!).  Michael – for reasons existing beyond all our comprehension – has managed to get the attention of a very attractive and successful woman who, it seems, is struggling with her own comprehension of the whole situation.  We all remember him chasing Jan to the elevator – where she kissed him.  At least Donna managed to hold out till the car.  But Michael still got his girl!  And got her in a pretty sweet way in the end. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

Keep Fighting

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Ok, let’s start with a couple of theories – first of all, Pearl and Harper aren’t really dead.  Or at least, Harper isn’t dead.  There’s no way.  First, we didn’t see him die.  Second, they’ve surrounded him with too much mystery to just kill him off.  And third, because Emily said in this episode that she has a brother and I’m pretty sure it’s Harper.  You all know I’ve been trying to track the connection for a while, here and I continue to be convinced that Harper is some sort of witch/vampire hybrid.  I’m even more convinced of it after tonight.  But on to the story… Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

Travels With Scout

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Really, if you had to pick anyone to play Phil’s dad, is there a more perfect actor than Fred Willard?!  Returning to the role for a second time, Willard served as the anchor for the Dunphy plotline last night as Phil had to try to figure out if there was something deeper than appearances to his dad’s emotional life.  Having always been close with his dad (they did once go out for Hallowe’en as a two-headed snake – man, I wish we had that footage!), Phil worries that he’s actually one of those guys with an emotionally distant parent he’s always pitied.  In the end he gets to breathe a sigh of relief as it turns out his dad isn’t emotionally distant, just a little emotionally shallow…not that that’s a bad thing.  Those broodier types of us often feel the need to think that happier people must have a deep, dark side.  But there really are just folks who float on the surface – they make tense family gatherings easier; they lift everyone’s spirits at work, and they’ve always got a joke (no matter how corny) to share.  What was sweet about this plot was Phi’s desire – and fear – to get to know the potential dark side of his dad.  It’s difficult to face the possibility Read the rest of this entry »

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April 29, 2010 at 8:35 am

Not Just a Puff Piece

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It’s official – 3 episodes in a row, Glee is legitimately awesome again, in no small part because they brought back Kristin Chenoweth.  Holy crap, is there anyone on this planet who sings like KC?!  She blows my mind.  Usually I would refuse to even acknowledge something as stupid as an all-white cast version of The Wiz, but as she said it I found myself wanting to book a flight to NYC to watch her reprise Diana Ross’ Dorothy.  And April was back, as she said, as ‘full time fancy,’ finding a way to cash in on a dead dude, announce inappropriate sex dreams to a room of roller skaters, be the loudest house-guest ever, and finally go 45 minutes without a drink.  Perhaps her most poignant scene occurred in the bed with Shu, though.  I’m not sure if that was intended to reference last week’s tri-fantasy bedroom scene, but thinking of it in relation to those images gave us a glimpse at what each bedroom scene really sought but failed to gain: intimacy and connection in the midst of desperate situations.  Strangely, sweetly and a little awkwardly, Shu and April got that intimacy in bed tonight simply through the presence of a warm body on the pillow next door rather than through the sex every character on this show thinks they want. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 28, 2010 at 8:45 am

How to stop a bulldozer?

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Episode 3: Right Place, Wrong Time

As we watch the Katrina tours bus drive away, we can’t but help ask this question which had earlier been posed to Albert: “how to stop a bulldozer?” Read the rest of this entry »

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April 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

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Wanting to be book is not book!

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Fair advice from Jack to a desperate Jenna, not that it helped him in his endeavors to pick the ideal lady…as far as I’m concerned, Avery is the right choice, anyway.  She’s perfect for Jack, not least of all because she knows how to appreciate a party at which the Riddler might show up!  At least we know for certain that it’s not going to be Liz!  That hand touch to Jack’s face and giggle was perfect (plus Tina Fey recently promised in an Esquire article that they wouldn’t be hooking Jack and Liz up ever).  Much as I love Julianne Moore, her accent is getting on my last nerve, and Avery brings a breath of hilarious right wing humour to the show that I wouldn’t want to lose.  Nancy could never fit into the life Jack lives now…she doesn’t even seem to like sex all that much, whereas Jack once commented Read the rest of this entry »

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April 23, 2010 at 9:27 am