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I mean, seriously.  No, seriously.  Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?  Yes.  Seriously.

I actually miss that word on Grey’s Anatomy these days.  Sure, catchphrases come and go, but that was my favorite, and I kind of wish it would come back.

But seriously.  I do not like Summer Glau.  And she keeps popping up in all my favorite shows.  And I can’t stand it.  I was hoping I was done when she had her cameo in the Big Bang Theory.  But no.  Here she is.  In Grey’s Anatomy.  Flirting.  With OWEN!  And I hate her for it.

Ok.  Maybe I’m being a little harsh.  But I don’t think I liked a single character she played.  It started with River in Firefly.  I never liked River.  I thought she was whiny and needy and weird.  And that rolled over into every other role she’s ever played.  That I’ve seen.  I couldn’t watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles because I couldn’t ‘stand her in that.  I even hated her in Dollhouse, and I loved Dollhouse.

***I’m going to say this here… I plan on doing some spoiling.  So if you haven’t seen the most recent episode, I suggest you come back and read later…***

But now, here she is flirting with Christina‘s husband, and I want to punch her in the face for it.  I love Christina.  And the show is so well written that I hurt when the characters hurt.  Most times, I need a box of tissues to be able to watch.  But it wasn’t bad enough that Owen was giving Christina hell because he wanted kids and she didn’t and they thought their relationship might not be repairable…

Christina spent the entire episode trying to figure out if Owen was cheating on her.  To the point where she confronts Owen’s trauma nurse, Summer Glau, at which point she finds out, she’s just a big annoying flirt.

Christina then confronts Owen at the end, almost apologizing, telling him how crazy she’d been trying to make sure she wasn’t crazy, and she even went so far as to feel relieved when Owen said he still loved her.

And then the bomb dropped.

Owen didn’t cheat with his trauma nurse.  But he did cheat… Fade to black.

Fade to black???  I totally needed to keep watching to see what was going to happen next.  Stupid cliffhangers.  But totally worth it.  And also, I think I’m going through Grey’s withdrawl.  I want to watch the seasons from beginning to end to get my fix.  But that’s another story.

Owen gave redemption to his trauma nurse because it was him and not her.  But I still don’t like Summer Glau.  And she still flirted.

Well, hopefully all my questions will be answered soon.

Le sigh.


I don’t know why I even bother watching Glee anymore.  It’s not the same show it used to be.  But it still seems to be the most popular show EVER.

So much has changed since the last time I really sat down to watch it.  Santana and Brittany are lesbians.  Rachel and Finn are getting married.  Quinn and Mercedes are in a group called the God Squad.  So much lunacy, so little time to show it.  My opinions about the show may not necessarily be in the majority, so I’ll hang onto them for now until I can do a real review of an episode that I’ve watched in its entirety, not just one I happened to catch a few scenes of.

I’m all about gay rights.  And I’m anti-bullying .  And I want to stand on my soapbox for a minute and mention that kids can be mean.  And it’s not right that kids can be so mean that they make someone even consider suicide.  The storyline I caught dealt with a character being gay and having previously come out of the closet to some people.  Others found out, and the bullying began.  It got so bad for the character that he attempted suicide.  This makes me sad.  It makes me sad that someone could get to that point and feel like they have nowhere to go or no one to turn to.  There has to be something better than that.  But sadly, kids can be so mean that some kids just feel like they have no place to go.

I don’t know how to stop the bullying other than from source.  Teach your children about equality.  Teach your children manners.  Teach your children that it is not okay to be mean to someone.  Teach you children to reach out for help if they need it, or if they see someone else that needs it.  It begins at home.

I’ll step down from my soapbox for now, if you’d even call it that.

What are your thoughts on television shows that deal with serious issues, including bullying and suicide?  It is an effective way of making people aware?

I didn’t want this to be one of those update posts, but let’s face it, I’ve been off the grid.  My entire world has changed since my last post.  I had a baby.  I bought a house.  Life is different.

Since moving out of the apartment, one of the best things I’ve done was get rid of the cable bill.  Cost way too much for so little.  Do I miss my DVR?  HECK YEAH!  But most of the shows I enjoy are available online, so there’s that.  However, for all the things that must be watched live, I bought rabbit ears for the TV.  Yes, I said rabbit ears.  You know, those funny antenna things people used before there was real cable and 250 channels of nothing.  And I only did it so Hubs could watch the Superbowl.  But it’s had its benefits since.  I can watch the news.  Because I am a grown up, and clearly THAT is what grownups do.  And sometimes it’s nice to watch TV live and not have to wait for the Internet to update so I can watch TV on my laptop.

ANYway.  So, for my back at it post, I’m briefly tackling Celebrity Apprentice.  This show is both a love and hate of mine.  Hubs makes a very good point in pointing out every time we watch that it is just time consuming with episodes being anywhere from 1-2 hours, but you just can’t pull yourself away because it’s that good/bad.

So what’s happening this season so far?  It just premiered last night, so not much yet.  But the cast is great.  Not gonna lie, though, I’m not a fan of the women’s team, Forte, this year.  There’s no one I really know, and if I did know them, I really didn’t like them before they were on the show.

The men’s team, Unanimous, however, is packed with the best and worst of the best and worst.  Dee Snider, who appeared last season.  Penn.  George Takei.  Paul Sr, from motorcycle show.  The Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferigno.  Arsenio Hall.  Clay Aiken.  Yup.  I’m rooting for the men again this year.

I look forward to getting back into the game, and talking more about one of the many loves of my life again.

Did you watch Celebrity Apprentice?  What did you think?  Who’s your favorite so far?

800 – Jimmy Fallon with a surprisingly funny open with the cast of Glee.  Definitely a shocker.  I’m thinking it’s more of a Glee open, than a Jimmy Fallon thing.

801 – Aaannnnddd Betty White makes an appearance as a dance coach.  PRICELESS.

804 – Jane Lynch, Joel McHale, Tina Fey and others sing “Born to Run.”  And have I mentioned yet that I very much dislike Jimmy Fallon?  But as far as opens go, I like that it’s very Glee focused.

806 – Live song over, time to start the show.  Let’s go, guys.

807 – I’m annoyed that Jimmy Fallon thinks he’s funny.  Acoustic guitar and all.  And then there’s a crack at Conan O’Brien.  Which was actually funny, but out of taste.

808 – Amy Poehler and Jimmy Fallon sing to introduce the Comedy category… color me annoyed.

809 – 30 Rock, The Office, Modern Family, The Middle, Glee, Community, Two and a Half men, Nurse Jackie, Parks and Recreation, New Adventures of Old Christine, How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasms Seinfeld episode… so many funny clips.

811 – Jon Hamm and Betty White to present the award.  I LOVE Betty White.  She’s sooooo funny.

812 – And the winner… should be NPH because I love him… BUT, Eric Stonestreet of Modern Family takes the win.  Actually, that’s fair.  He’s hysterical.

814 – Eric Stonestreet had a really nice speech.  Very touching.  But now it’s commercial time…

816 – Just a side note during commercials: Jimmy Fallon WISHES he could be Betty White.  She’s rocking the house.

818 – John Hodgman, backstage color commentator… this guy is really funny.

819 – Jim Parson and Sofia Vergara onstage to present Best Writing for a Comedy Series… I love Sheldon!  They have great chemistry onstage.

821 – Steven Levitan and Chris Lloyd for Modern Family.  Amazing.  They totally deserve it.  And where is Chris Lloyd?

822 – Methinks Modern Family is going to take home some series awards tonite.  Move over 30 Rock!

823 – Stephen Colbert the next presenter… “Good evening, ladies and women.”  Very funny.  Best Supporting Actress in a comedy.

824 – Tom Hanks in Bosom Buddies, John Travolta in Hairspray… And Modern Family has  another 2 nominations…

825 – Jane Lynch for the win.  I was hoping that would happen!

826 – She is just so amazing… and she’s not seething with jealousy.  And thanks her wife and daughter.  Jane Lynch just has so much class.

828 – I forgot that Oprah’s show is ending soon… there’s a commercial showing clips of her show since the beginning.  And this coming season will be her 13th and final season… Hmm.. I thought she’s been on longer than that…

830 – Jimmy Fallon just needs to shut up… but it was an interesting six degress from Lauren Graham to Matthew Perry.

832 – Betty White and Neil Patrick Harris for best Guest Actress/Actor in a comedy series.  Couldn’t have picked a better pair.

834 – Glee picks up another Emmy for best directing by Ryan Murphy.

835 – HA!  Stewie takes a slam at Al Bundy.

837 – George Clooney in bed with Modern Family.

838 – Outstanding lead actor… I think Jim Parsons should take this one.  AAAANNNND HE DOES!  Woohoo!

840 – NPH and Jewel up next.  Time for a quick break.  Maybe turn off the air.  BUT wait!  There’s a commercial for a new Kristen Bell movie.  And Betty White’s in it!  I’m there!  Called You Again.  LOVE IT!

844- NPH thanks the academy for allowing a gay man to host the Emmy’s two years in a row.  I’m just tickled pink.  And NPH should be hosting.

845 – Edie Falco wins for Nurse Jackie, as Best Actress in a Comedy Series.  And she’s humble.  And says she’s not funny.  I miss her on the Sopranos.

847 – Jimmy Fallon picked up that stupid guitar again, just to announce reality tv.  Which I also hate.

849 – And have I mentioned that I hate reality tv?

850 – What is Keri Russell doing these days?  But it’s Top Chef for the win.

853 – Another Oprah commercial.  Perhaps a drinking game should be made of this.

856 – I have to say, I’m looking forward to this new fall season coming up.  I’m actually surprised it’s starting so early.  At least by three weeks.

857 – I wish Jimmy Fallon would put down the guitar… except that chick he’s singing with just sang “I cried when they announced you as the host.”  Truer words were never spoken.

858 – And now for the Drama stuff.  So many great shows.  Not enough awards.

901 – Oustanding writing for a Drama Series… The Good Wife, Mad Men, Friday Night Lights, Lost…

902 – Mad Men takes this one.  Is that really a surprise?  Maybe I should start watching.

904 – Supporting Actor, Men of a Certain Age, Lost, Breaking Bad, Damages… And the winner is Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad.

908 – Is it bad that I think I’m starting to fade?  Yup, I’m exhausted.  But I can do this.  Hopefully things will get more exciting.

910 – Oooohh… Emily Deschanel and Nathan Fillion.  Love them both.  It’s nice to see Nathan Fillion finally up where he belongs.

911 – Archie Panjabi wins for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

912 – And Edie Falco is the Real Housewife of New Jersey.  But we’re talking about lead actors for a drama.  I’m all for Michael C Hall in Dexter and Hugh Laurie

913 – Brian Cranston for Breaking Bad.  It’s a shame.  So many great dramas.

914 – His acceptance speech included, “thanks to my wife and daughter.  I love you more than baseball.”

917 – You know, it just occurred to me that I could be doing a semi live blog tonite.  Now that I think about it, I so don’t have to be watching commercials.  Funny stuff.

920 – Best Guest Actor/Actress in  a drama – John Lithgow and Ann Margaret.  Who will also be handing out the next award. Which will be outstanding directing.

922- Steve Shill for Dexter.  I won’t complain about that one.  And also, I want that theme as my ringtone.

923 – A musical tribute by Jimmy Fallon as Elton John.  I hate this guy.  But the tribute is to shows that ended this past year.

924 – 24 is the first to be sung about… and then Jimmy Fallon as all of Boyz II Men singing about Law and Order.

926 – And then there was Lost.  Jimmy Fallon as Billie Joe from Green Day.

932 – Matthew Morrison and Tina Fey to present to Kyra Sedgewick for The Closer.

934 – She had such a long list…  And Jimmy Fallon is back with his guitar… Grrr

935 – Variety clip of Betty White hosting SNL.  She was great.

946 – Ricky Gervais – gotta love his accent.  And he’s got a few funny jokes.

951 – The Daily Show, Real Time with BillMaher, SNL.. and it goes to the Daily Show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
There is no better show that still today remains relevant, that is easily relatable to and makes you laugh, cry and want stab a vampire all at the same time.

I absolutely LOVED this week’s episode, called Private Lives, where the episode deals with the private lives of different characters.  The most obvious being the very public blogger who is admitted to the hospital after random bruises and bleeding occur at home.

What I didn’t like about that character of Frankie is that she made blogging seem taboo and intrusive, when in fact it was the character that was obsessed with numbers, hits, and comments.  To the point where she was trying to make major medical decisions about her life based on what her readers thought.  It makes me question if that’s the type of thing that happens in reality.  Do people make major medical decisions based on a random poll of so many strangers?  Not my cuppa tea.  But Frankie’s boyfriend/fiance/husband, Taylor, took the other road in trying to rationalize what she was going through, and making all the points I just hit upon – why ask random strangers something that would not affect the rest of their lives, but only that of the person asking.

But the more important private lives in this episode were that of House and Wilson.  House discovers that Wilson was in a porno movie, and in retaliation, Wilson finds out that House was reading a book written by his biological father, whom he has never met.

Not only is it interesting to watch House and Wilson go back and forth trying to torture each other and make each other miserable, but it’s fun to discover new sides of each character.

But the best part of the entire episode was the big reveal where Wilson discovers House’s true motivations for picking up a book his father wrote.  As a result, Wilson begins to analyze and verbalize House’s situation, and by doing so, House gets a chance to think, and ends up putting the puzzle together on his blogger patient, and in atypical House fashion, gets up and walks out, determined and complete with a diagnosis.  To which Wilson responds:

You better not be faking this to get out of a tough conversation.

Classic House.  Classic Wilson.  And an all around great episode.

I completely forgot I had written this post back in October, when the news first broke about a remake.

But the deal is done.  CBS has greenlighted the Hawaii 5-0 remake.  It is supposed to be an updated version of the original Hawaii-based cop show.

Again, I don’t believe in remakes.  If it was done right the first time, why bother trying to make it better again…?  Truth is, I never watched the original.  But that might have something to do with the fact that it ran from 1968 to 1980, which means it ended 2 years before I was born.  And I was far too young to care to watch it in repeats.

But, as it goes, we could certainly use another cop show on the air.  Because who doesn’t love procedural shows…

ANYway.  CBS and I have been getting along quite well lately, so I suspect that when this new, updated version of Hawaii 5-0 hits pilot season, I will be watching.  After all, what good is a 3-episode rule if you don’t give the show a chance?  And who knows, maybe we’ll see it sooner than pilot season.

Can anyone say summer replacement show?