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The name is Beckett.  Kate Beckett.

One of my new favorite TV couples is Castle and Beckett.  Not only because I love Nathan Fillion and love seeing him in roles where there’s so much romantic tension.  OK.  I love seeing him in every role.  But Stana Kattic is just as amazing.  And they have a really great chemistry.  And they’re so cute together.

The Castle/Beckett on again/off again almost relationship has been going on for at least two seasons, even though the show is now in its fourth.  The first season was dedicated to getting to know the characters, and the second getting to see how they REALLY are once we get to know them.  It wasn’t until season three that we, and by we I mean ME, really start to get the itch about them being together.  He gets her coffee every day and tries to protect her.  She pretends she isn’t flattered and smitten with him and throws sexy teases in his direction to get a response.

They are truly an epic will they won’t they couple.  The only team that out-couples them, so far, is Booth and Bones, and they finally got together, sort of, and are having a baby.

Castle and Beckett’s current drama revolves around Beckett having been shot in the third season finale, Castle telling her he loved her, and Beckett remembering everything, but not telling anyone.  Only Castle finds out, and vows to back off because his opinion is that if she really cared, she would have said something sooner.

Oh, Castle.  Beckett is much more coy than that.  I don’t think she’ll say anything still.  She’s afraid of being hurt.  Plus, they’ve been through so much.  She doesn’t want to seem like the fool, or the vulnerable one.

Honestly, I’m happy they go through ups and downs.  I think it would be quite boring if they just got together and that was it.

Who is YOUR favorite tv couple?

Wonder what I’m doing?  It’s called the A to Z challenge.  Check it out here.


So, uh… yeah.  Huddy.  House and Cuddy. It’s been a long time coming.  But at the same time, very awkward.  Honestly, I understand why it was inevitable, but I don’t really squeal with that geeker joy I once would have with LoVe, or Spuffy.

For a premier, I’d give House a solid B.  It was good, and it was nice to finally be able to get back into the show, but there were just some things that really threw me off.

First of all, I loved Wilson breaking into House’s kitchen when House wouldn’t answer his phone.  Showing a real genuine concern for his friend, it was a very House-like thing to do, and was great for demonstrating the influence House has had over his friends/colleagues over the years.  Wilson is deceptive.  He makes you think he’s not interested in pushing boundaries and crossing lines, but the fact is he’ll do it with the best intentions, and sometimes with the approval of someone else.

The Thirteen storyline was a little… boring.  Obviously the meat and potatoes of the episode was the budding romance between House and Cuddy, but the B story, in my opinion should at least be interesting enough to be a B story.  Not so much.  Thirteen allegedly asked for a leave of absence from the Hospital with the fake intentions of going to Rome for a new drug trial.  Taub, Chase and Foreman all saw threw her guise when they found out she was taking off.  But Foreman in the end saw through everything and stated point blank that she was not coming back, and no one had any idea where she was going.

The case of the week?  A sick neurosurgeon who takes a drug to make him hallucinate but also make him “sober” enough to be the neurosurgeon on call without having to perform surgery.  For a case of the week, it felt like it was lacking.  But then again, it was not the main story.  I was just the garnish.

The REAL story, the one that EVERYONE seems to care about is the budding romance between House and Cuddy.  After both doctors had lost a patient, they had their own ways of dealing with the tragedy.  House sought Vicoden, and Cuddy sought House.

I don’t know how realistic their relationship is.  For years, although she may have loved him, Cuddy showed nothing but disdain and annoyance at House and his antics.  Is it possible that one action could completely turn her attitude and change her mind?  I guess so, but it didn’t feel honest.  When Cuddy was leaving, House made a pointed comment that whatever it was that they had would not work out.  The reason being that House will always be House, and he will always piss Cuddy off, and even though she can’t see it now, she’ll remember all the things he had done to her, and eventually come to her sense and break things off.

That was probably the most honest and vulnerable House has been in quite awhile, recovery from drug addiction aside.

I don’t really have an opinion on their relationship just yet, other than it feels unnatural.  And I’ve watched the show since its beginning.  What’s more is that the previews for the upcoming season make it look like House was right on the money in saying that their relationship would never work.  It’s still too early to tell, and I’ll hold out hope for my inner geek to emerge.  But for the time being, I’ll sit and watch and wait for something to happen.

How do YOU feel about Huddy?


I’ve been on a Dawson’s Creek kick for that last two weeks.  Which has been made more difficult but the fact that I only own the first three seasons.  And there are some discs missing.  I forgot how much I actually enjoyed this show of my youth.  Yes.  They are all hypersexed, over-dialoguing teenagers.  But it’s not really about the witty quips and writing that makes teenagers talk like middle aged adults.  It’s about the relationships.  It’s the personal interactions that make me swoon, and keep coming back to the show, as dated as it might be.

And while having gone back to watch what I had available of the first three seasons, I found myself once again swept away and weepy about one of my all-time favorite TV relationships:  Pacey and Joey.  I wrote about my favorite TV relationships awhile back, and Pacey and Joey were definitely on that list.  There’s a lot to be said about sworn enemies finally putting aside their differences and pushing passed the sexual tension to just be together, despite what anyone else thinks, says or does.

Perusing Youtube, I came across someone’s top 20 Pacey/Joey moments, and I definitely have to agree with each of the moments, although I’m not sure about MY order.  And really?  Each and every moment where Pacey and Joey are happy and together are my favorites.  I was never a fan of all the times they split up, both convinced that they didn’t belong together, and they were never meant to be, and blah blah blah.  But it was made worth it by them getting back together shortly after and giving me reason to swoon all over again.

Among my other favorite TV couples are Logan and Veronica, Spike and Buffy, Derek and Meredith (from the early seasons).  But it’s funny thinking about my favorite couples and realizing  that in the current tv season, I have not found a couple to swoon over.  Is it that they are just not written as well as they used to be?  Or maybe it’s because I can’t connect to any of the characters… which is shocking, mostly because this television season is almost over, and it’s quickly becoming too late to be attached to any characters if you’re not already.  Food for thought, I suppose.

Who are your favorite TV couples?


Thursday night on the Office marked a HUGE milestone in Office history: Jim and Pam finally got married!

I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to do a live post or a semi-live post, and I took notes all during the episode.  But re-reading over the notes I took, I don’t think that such an event would warrant a live or semi-live post.

ANYway.  Jim and Pam are married!

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And what could be more awesome?  Not much.

The entire episode wasn’t the strongest I’ve seen, but watching the culmination 5 or more years of Jim and Pam just goofing around the Office was enough to make it a really great episode.

A few things that happened:

  • Andy did a split and injured his scrotum.  And THEN asked Pam – the BRIDE – to drive him to the Emergency room.  Wow.
  • Dwight is a ladies man.  He slept with the Maid of Honor, and literally did a very un-Dwight thing by blowing her off after.  It was hysterical.
  • Jim and Pam had a backup plan.  Jim says “I bought the tickets as soon as I saw the video on youtube.”  Meaning, the video of the entire bridal party dancing down the aisle to a song.  And Jim and Pam ACTUALLY got married on a boat in the middle of Niagara Falls.  Good plan, Jim.  But the dancing down the aisle was hilarious anyway.
  • Michael and Pam’s mom.  Ew… And Pam’s mom is different in this episode than in her original appearance back in the Sexual Harrassment episode of season 2.  But still, Michael and Pam’s mom?  Gross.
  • Kevin had tissue boxes for shoes.  And fake hair.  I couldn’t figure out why he looked so different in the commercials for the episode.  And then he mentioned that he wanted to have an edge, so he bought fake hair.  Way to go, Kevin!

Honestly, there was so much going on in the episode, but all those things are what made it great.  And also, Jim and Pam are married.

I wanted to cry.

Seriously.

Because who doesn’t love a good wedding? 

Jim had a great speech/toast during the rehearsal dinner.

Four years ago, I was just a guy who had a crush on a girl who had a boyfriend. And I had to do the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, which was to wait. And don’t get me wrong, I flirted with her…I just had little moments with a girl who saw me as a friend. And a lot of people told me I was crazy to wait this long for a date with a girl who I worked with, but I think that even then I knew that I was waiting for my wife.

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Awww, Jim.  But seriously, gentle readers.  I think that was a great way to tell their story.  So many screw ups and mishaps, and debauchery all around.  I think that was the Office way to have a wedding.

And I can’t wait to see the deleted scenes! 

What did you think about Jim and Pam’s wedding?


The Office – The Meeting

Michael gets worried after David Wallace and Jim have a private meeting. Pam tries to get a headcount for the wedding. Darryl’s worker’s compensation claim makes Dwight suspicious.

No one should be surprised that this week’s episode was a little weaker than the premiere.  Actually, while it was a weaker episode with comedy, I definitely think it was more emotionally charged than most episodes.  And that came from the tension between Jim and Michael.  Jim exerts himself and basically reprimands Michael for telling David that he didn’t deserve the promotion.

It was really cool to see Jim take a stand.  I can’t wait to see that play out more now that they are going to be “Co-Managers.”

Community – Spanish 101

In Spanish class, Senor Chang asks the students to pair up for a project. Jeff’s attempt to team up with Britta fails and he ends up displeased with his actual partner. Annie and Shirley assist Britta with her cause for social justice.

Second episode out of the way – and not as good as the first.  Although Chevy Chase is making strides at being one of the funnier characters on the show.  I don’t have much to say about this episode other than Chevy Chase was funny.  I’ve watched it 3 times, and I’m really not impressed by it.  One more episode will tell.  And also, Chriso is LOVING the show, so it looks like it may be a permanent fixture on my DVR.  * sigh *

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Parks and Recreation – Stakeout

After discovering marijuana being grown in the pit, Leslie becomes determined to find out whose crop she had stumbled across.

Umm… it was all about weed.  Oh, and Amy Poehler was funny.

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Bones – Harbingers in the Fountain

For the past six weeks Booth has been recovering from brain surgery, and Sweets has finally certified him as mentally fit to return to duty. Meanwhile, while reading her tarot cards, Angela’s psychic reveals that there are several bodies buried under a fountain. Booth and Brennan are skeptical about checking it out, but are surprised when they find the remains of eleven bodies exactly where the psychic said they’d be.

Cyndi Lauper was the guest star.  Chriso and I watched the ENTIRE episode before he said, HEY, I know her.

Bones – The Bond in the Boot

Brennan and Booth are asked to investigate the death of a man who was murdered for the secret contents of his briefcase. They suspect that secret operatives are at work, and their theory is proven correct when they find the liquified remains of a CIA agent in the trunk of a car. Meanwhile, Brennan’s new best-selling book causes tension between her and Booth, and Wendell loses his scholarship.

These last two episodes of Bones were really very good.  It’s the same formula as it’s always been, which is good.  What makes this season really good so far is the relationship between Booth and Bones.  There’s always been tension, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this season would be THE season where they would finally decide that they need to be together.  Anyone who has been faithful to the show will know the excitement.  The old adage goes that loyalty will always be rewarded.  So, I think we are going to see some rewards this weekend.

What were you watching this week?


House and Cuddy

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Now, who didn’t see this coming?  And who didn’t want this to happen sooner or later?  To be perfectly honest, I’m all about watching relationships develop and grow and blossom, but I don’t think I’m feeling the same thrill I did when I was all about LoVe (Logan and Veronica, Veronica Mars), or Spuffy (Spike and Buffy, BtVS). 

Is it unnatural?  No, it’s just the opposite.  House and Cuddy had a very natural progression.  After all, what is more natural than eventually getting together with your long-time nemesis… 

The episode itself was actually pretty great.  It followed the standard path that we’ve come to love.  So at 40 minutes into the episode, when they still haven’t figured out what is wrong with the patient of the week, it came as no surprise that chocolate cake would be the cure.  Well, that and a gastric bypass reversal surgery, so the pretty girl would once again be the “fat chick” she hated so much.  Or… drugs, the alleviate the symptoms.

The team takes on the case of a fitness guru on an all-natural diet who collapsed while filming a video. Meanwhile, Foreman conducts Huntington’s Disease drug trials and Thirteen signs on as a subject, Cuddy is forced to move into House’s office, and Kutner uses House’s name to run an online medical-advice website.

There are so many reasons to love this latest episode.  First and foremost, the ability of a show like this, that has been on for 5 seasons, to maintain a better grasp of the story when there’s multiple storylines being attacked at once.

First, you have the patient of the week, who is a fitness guru, and as mentioned above, and later discovers that she was supposed to be overweight, and she had been self-medicating with a diet of high sugar, fat and carbohydrates up until she had gastric bypass surgery, which only exacerbated her illness.  As far as a patient of the week episode goes, this was pretty good.  They’ve dealt with the overweight patient at least once or twice, but this was a patient who was tiny on the outside, but housed a really overweight person. 

Okay, I’ve never been a fan of Thirteen.  I don’t actually know her real name either.  And I pretty much think Foreman, Chase and Cameron need to come back to the fold and be primary characters again, rather than seeing them twice a season.  However, Thirteen had a pretty important storyline dealing with her Huntington’s this week.  And Foreman was running the drug trial.  She finally confronted the issues she had been dealing with since her mother passed away from the disease many years earlier.  I think it was a really important episode for her.  But I still don’t like her, and I still won’t remember her name.

Perhaps the best storylines of the episode were both Cuddy moving into House’s office while hers is being remodeled, which created a whole new level to their sexual tension, and gave some of the House/Cuddy “shippers” out there a little hope.  AND Kutner using House’s name to run an online “second opinion” website. 

I love Kutner.  I do.  He’s pretty funny, but he’s a little underdeveloped.  He’s definitely the type that has so much potential to grow into a really complex character.  What killed me about his online website in House’s name is that House knew about it the whole time, convinced Chase and Cameron to play along, and hired an actress to play a patient who would allegedly die at the end.  AND weaseled 50% out of Kutner for using his name for the website.  Classic House.  Always one step ahead, and cynical, and so damn funny.

And a more pivotal moment for House was getting the new/old desk for Cuddy.  I think he’s found a soft spot for her… and it’s about time.  We’ve seen him harass her, sexually, and insult her, and royally torture her, but we’ve never really seen him do something nice for her with no ulterior motive (although it is possible he does have another motive – but he still did something nice… and unexpected).  He got her old desk from Med school out of storage and had it delivered to her new office without her knowledge.  The look of joy and appreciation on her face when she realized how the desk got there was enough to give a little hope.  However, while going to thank House moments later, she clearly misread the situation with him in the office and the other woman, meaning the next new episode is going to be chock full of sexual tension you could cut with a knife as well as crazy sarcasm and all around animosity. 

I can’t wait.

So, I’m pretty much on the fence about the potential of House and Cuddy getting together, but I’m definitely curious to see where it’s going to go.


I have to say, I’m enjoying FOX giving me the shows I like in 2 hour increments.  It suits the upcoming season.  Now, there was nothing SPECIAL about the premiere last night, other than it’s 2-hour running time.

Basically, it went like this:

Season four begins all the way in England, with Booth speaking at Scotland Yard and Brennan guest-lecturing at the prestigious Oxford University. Knowing of Booth and Brennan’s expertise in their respective fields, local officials ask for their help with a high-profile murder investigation that involves a British heiress. 

And then like this:

With the case of the murdered heiress solved, Booth and Brennan prepare to head back home, but are shocked to learn of another murder – and this time it’s someone they know. Meanwhile, with Berimbau unexpectedly coming back into Angela’s life, things get complicated between her and Hodgins. 

It’s an interesting sight to see Booth trying to intimidate British “royalty,” and his obsession with obtaining and being in possession of a gun was nothing short of funny.  Booth’s time in England is much less glamorous than he imagined: James Bond style gun, car and fan following.   What he got was a tiny car, impatience for being able to drive on the opposite side of the road, and begging for nearly the first half of the episode for a gun.  Then screaming, “I HATE England!  I’m glad we had a revolution!”

What I wasn’t a fan of was how lightly they treated the events that unfolded last season.  For those of you who don’t remember, the very prestigious Zack Addy had been discovered to be assisting a cannibalist whom they called Gormagon.  It was pretty devastating, but they wrote it off and cleared it up in a short sentence uttered by Brennan in the opening scene while giving her lecture.  Basically, she said, then my assistant was discovered to be working with a cannibalist.  And that was the end of that discussion.

I am curious to see what type of hijinks will ensue this season, especially with the building chemistry of Booth and Brennan.  They seem to be starting to make decision on what they other thinks and says.  Not that they haven’t done that all along, but not the decisions are more personal in the way of sex and relationships.

All in all, it wasn’t a bad espisode.  I did like that they played the two parts in one night.  It helped keep with the continuity.  I wonder what else will go on this season.


Wow.  This finale was chock full of suspensy goodness.  I think the entire episode made me uneasy because it was THAT unpredictable.  I think I nearly had a heart attack at every commercial break wondering what the hell was going on.

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First up, when we last left our gang, Booth had been shot and Brennan was crying over his wound.  The new episode opens up with Brennan at a table trying to analyze remaines, while everyone else is preparing for Booth’s funeral.  Booth is dead.  HOWEVER, at his funeral, they find out he’s alive, after he is attacked by a fugitive who was out to get him.  Talk about annoying.  I was ready to cry, all the while, my logical side was thinking, “this is HIS show… they can’t kill him off… there is no show without HIM!”

Enter suspenseful story arch that has lasted since the end of season 2.  Gormagon.  And Zack was his apprentice.  Zack planned an explosion to take the focus away from him, in which he got hurt.  He was approached 3 months ago to be a new apprentice, and completely let go of his rational thought in order to complete his assignments.

What I LOVED:

  • Hodgins accepting that he may be a suspect.  He’s the conspiracy theorist, and he knew that things were looking a little too squeaky clean… or not.
  • Brennan busting into Booth’s bathroom while he was naked in the bathtub drinking beer and reading a comic book.  What made that moment better (aside from a naked David Boreanaz) was the genuine concern Brennan was feeling for Booth, and she was genuinely upset that she wasn’t told he was still alive.
  • The final scene, after Zack was given a bargain to be in a mental facility.  Where the whole gang stood around Zack’s stuff realizing that everything he kept that was important was stuff his friends had given him.  Brennan didn’t think she gave anything to Zack, and ran off crying.  Booth followed along, with a letter of acceptance from Brennan to Zack.  Then there was the shoulder cry. 

What I DIDN’T love:

  • Zack as the killer.  Although it was totally unexpected, it felt like it came out of nowhere.  There was no indication that he was being weird.  No open signs that something was wrong.  Hmm… maybe that was a good thing. 
  • Gormagon was a nobody.  It would have been bigger or more dramatic if Gormagon was also someone the gang knew, or perhaps if he was a public or important figure.

Anyhoo… another season has wrapped itself up.  I can’t wait for this to be released on DVD, so I can watch it continuously and looking for tiny nuances.


Ack!  Today is one of those days where I’m feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.  Which means I need some kind of romantic girly thing to swoon over.  And here it is.

My top favorite TV couples that make me laugh, cry and possibly melt.  (These are in no particular order…) They are TV couples/relationships that give hope, and that we all can find relatable.  Sure, Pacey Witter was my TV boyfriend (along with many others…), but he truly can’t do any better than Joey Potter.  And the same goes for Logan (another TV boyfriend… I told you there were others).  He was a wreck, and he looked to Veronica to help change him…  Anyhoo… here they are:

Logan and Veronica.  Their LoVe was epic.  And tragic.  And could be downright dirrrty.  Veronica’s was dating her best friend’s boyfriend, after her best friend was murdered by her boyfriend’s father.  Talk about complicated. 

But I couldn’t help but feel all mushy and tingly every time Logan and Veronica were having a good day.  They were the dysfunctional couple by which all dysfunctional couples based their entire relationships.  Even on their good days they were dysfunctional.

Favorite LoVe Moment: The Anti-Prom.  Logan confesses to Veronica that he still thinks about her and that their love is EPIC and should span lifetimes and continents.  Of course, when Veronica approaches him later, he has no memory of what he had said, and Kendall showing up behind him.  That moment led to the after party, where Logan comforts Veronica after she believes her father was killed in a plane explosion.  Holy potatoes.  And that is why I love Logan and Veronica.

 

Pacey and Joey.  The couple to end all couples… at least in my mind.  The whole DAWSON/JOEY and PACEY/JOEY triangle was great for the drama in the early years, but it was clear from the very beginning that Joey and Pacey were destined to be together.

Pacey is the underacheiver actively being lazy and purposely not trying to just get by.  While Joey is the overacheiver trying to do better for herself and get out of the lazy little town she grew up in.  In order for Joey to give Pacey the time of day (in his mind), he had to be a better person.  All of which led to Pacey owning his own restaurant and moving on with Joey in the end.

Favorite Joey and Pacey Moment:  Trust me, there are several.  I love their first kiss, when Joey is denying her feelings for Pacey.  Then there’s her confession of love for Pacey before they sail away on the boat “True Love.”  But my all time favorite is when Joey and Pacey are locked in the K-Mart overnight and have to entertain themselves until someone can unlcok the door.  They share a moment, where Pacey is letting Joey get rid of his goatee, and they kiss.  WAIT!  That can’t be topped by the final moment of the series, when they are comfortable with each other, and watching Dawson’s show, and all seems right with the world.  I absolutely LOVE Pacey and Joey.

Christina and Burke.  (Can you tell I have a thing for mismatched couples?)  They are totaly opposites other than the fact that they excel in everything they do… and pretty much everything else.  From the moment they had a thing in the on-call room, I knew they were perfect, even if they relly weren’t. 

Christina was pushy and non-committal.  Christ, she never even told Burke that she still had her own apartment after he thought she moved in with him.  Burke was committal, focused, and stable, which probably scared Christina, but she did everything she could for him in order to prove that she loved him. 

Of course, that wasn’t enough, as they never made it to the altar.  But they constant pushing on either side to make one more like the other was just great.

Favorite Burke and Christina Moment: After Burke had brain surgery, his hand was shaky, and in order to help him with his dexterity, Christina brough home whole chickens that she cut up, and expected Burke to sew them back together.


Last night’s episode ended with an upset Lorelei, a happy Luke and a hospital bound grandfather…and the best part?  Christopher is almout of the picture.  You have to give time for divorce, filing papers and all, but after reading her character reference for Luke, I think it’s pretty safe to say that he and Lorelei are done.

And previews for next week’s Gilmore Girls shows Luke being the first one at the hospital for Lorelei and Rory, and Christopher is nowhere to be found.  Good for him.  And bad for him.  He’s really showing his true colors by not being there for Lorelei, even if they are fighting.  Her dad had a heart attack, wouldn’t you be there for her?  But Luke really came through and I’m glad that he’s that kind of guy.

What killed me about last night’s episode was Paris and Rory and their “race to the finish” plan for the last semester of senior year.  They run out to go tray sledding, and Rory tells Paris not to worry if she breaks her face, and Paris stops dead and says “what”…I died.   It was such a typical old school Paris/Rory interaction.  It’s moments like that that give me hope for the shows ending to be fantastic.

I also loved the fact that Suki went crazy and found out she’s pregnant again.   And her fighting with Jackson was just too funny.  Yelling at him, and he KNEW she was pregnant: he wouldn’t let her drink or ski or do anything she wanted to do.  Priceless.

What I couldn’t stand goes back to Christopher.  Even after he found the letter Lorelei wrote, he was still oblivious to the fact that maybe Lorelei didn’t want any of this in the first place.  He never mentioned that maybe it was his fault that they were married or acknowledged that maybe Lorelei needed more time.  He quickly blamed Lorelei and claimed he couldn’t handle being her second choice because she was still in love with Luke.  You know that, and I know that, and maybe Lorelei knows that deep down, but Lorelei made the decision, no matter how convenient or un-Lorelei-like it was at the time, to be with Christopher no matter what.  And I think she deserves a little more credit than being a two-bit floozy who runs an inn by day and turns tricks by night.

So, I’m glad he’ll be gone, if he isn’t already.  And I’m super excited that the writers saw what a bad idea that was.  Already it’s starting to turn around.  The fangirl in me needs to see Lorelei and Luke together and happy.  Hopefully that is what’s to come.