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REVIEW: Harry’s Law “Heat of Passion” S1 E2

Heat of Passion was a liiiiittle bit better than last week with the over-the-top political agenda.  It was still there but was incorporated in a more believable fashion…but still annoying.   But what’s even more annoying, winning cases you have no business of winning.  Let’s look at each case.

Gun Toting Granny

Are you kidding me with this one?   An 87-year-old woman holds up a liquor store at gun point in order to steal money for groceries and she gets a not guilty verdict.  What?   Don’t get me wrong, I am not a heartless shrew.  Do I think there are some terrible situations out there when it comes to poverty in this country….you bet.   Can I understand that people will sometimes do things they wouldn’t normally do because they are desperate and starving…absolutely.   Do I think something needs to drastically change….of course.   But having said all that, this is a woman who brandished a loaded weapon and threatened to kill a liquor store clerk in order to rob him.  And according to Harry, Ohio gun laws are some of the strictest in the country.  I guess they aren’t that strict because a woman can rob a store at gun point and walk away.   This is the type of thing that fuels my fire.  Kelley believes that because the poor are in a terrible situation, that he believes the government put them, they should be able to do whatever they want because being poor isn’t their fault.   In some cases, he’s right.  But in other cases, he isn’t.  And no matter how bad the situation, it doesn’t give people the right to threaten innocent people and rob them at gun point.  Here’s another question I wish was raised…if she was so poor, how could she afford to get a gun and legally register it?   It also kept being brought up that she is 87.  So her going to jail is a life sentence, even for 3 years.   Well she should have thought about that before sticking a gun in someone’s face and threatening to blow it off!

I thought the prosecutor had a terrific closing argument.  He agreed with the compassion people want to feel towards an 87-year-old woman who has had to sink so low that she had to rob someone to get money to get food on her table.  But that doesn’t excuse what she did.   And let’s not forget the innocent liquor store owner who feared for his life because there was a gun in his face.  Harry’s closing argument wasn’t very good because she knew she didn’t have a case.   But this is where the political agenda creeps in and I’m ok with that to a point.  I’d rather have it interjected here, where it makes sense, then in the middle of cross-examination like last week.  Ultimately it didn’t matter because Harry won.  Even she thought the verdict was preposterous.  We all did Harry.     Ugh.

Chinese Law in the USA

The other case, while also outrageous, was much more interesting.  An American woman was working at an American business run by Chinese immigrants.  She was fired because she was pregnant.  He fired her because she already has one child and she is having another one.   Again, WHAT???   I think this is absolutely 100% WRONG on sooooo many levels.   However, it raises an interesting discussion point that my husband and I debated last night.   Is it acceptable for a private business to invoke any rules and regulations they want for their own business regardless of how ridiculous you may think it is?  Let’s think about that for a minute.  It sounds crazy but where do you draw the line?  In the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office (I have a friend who worked there) women and men must wear suits everyday but women are not allowed to wear pants suits, it must be skirt suits.  A little archaic don’t you think?  But that’s the rule if you want to work there.  Some business say you must have college degree to work for them otherwise, you can’t.  Is that ok?  Some businesses don’t want their employees to have visual tattoos or piercings unless in your ear only for the piercings.  Is that ok?  I think it’s a fascinating discussion point.  There are 2 areas where I have a problem with this case…1. The owner is trying to force something on his employee that is law in HIS country, not hers and not the one he has his business in.  2. Was she made aware of that rule BEFORE she was hired?   If Mr Lao didn’t make his employee aware of his rule before she was hired, I don’t think he can enforce.  Plus, in America, it’s illegal to fire a woman because she is pregnant.   Just like it’s illegal to fire someone with an addiction problem.  You need to offer them treatment not termination.  But, if Mr Lao told this woman he doesn’t want anyone working here who will have more than one child, and she took the job anyway and got pregnant a second time, that’s on her (seriously as soon as that rule was said to me, I wouldn’t work for him out of principle.)  In that instance, she knew the rules of her boss and broke them anyway.  It’s a VERY fine line but what is that line?   This is a case I can get behind.

Adam was a little more toned down this week and tolerable.  So I warmed up to him a bit more.   And Christopher MacDonald was fantastic!!!  I hope we see Tommy Jefferson a lot on this show because he was a fun breath of fresh air.

I am going to keep watching, especially since I want to see what happens with the pregnancy case.   But since the soap box material was toned a little bit and interjected in a more appropriate fashion, I am going to hang with Harry a little longer.  The funny thing is, since my husband only watched this episode and not the pilot he thought this was very in-your-face political slant.  I told him it was toned down from last week.   He shouts “this is toned down!   You’re lucky I didn’t see last week then because I wouldn’t watch it again.”   Well sweetie, you aren’t the only who feels that way.

 
 

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RECAP & REVIEW: Castle “Knockdown” S3 E13

“There’s nothing more dangerous detective, than a killer with a badge.”  Ain’t that the truth.  But in this case, I don’t think the Big Bad behind Joanna Beckett’s murder is a cop.   But we will get to that later.   I had high expectations for this episode and it not only met them but exceeded them.   What I love about Castle is that as quirky and silly as the show can be, it can pull out an episode like this or 3XK and be cerebral and poignant without being out-of-place.  While the writing is terrific, the main reason they can pull off silly and serious is the cast and everyone was on their game last night.  Get ready, this is a long one!  Not that I ever want someone to not take in every word of this post like it’s the finest piece of writing you will ever see…BUT….if you saw the episode and don’t need  a full play-by-play and just want the comments part, scroll to the end.

We start with a different opening to Castle.  We get a recap of Kate’s story regarding her mother’s murder and the main pieces up till now that have brought us to this episode.  And as a side note, I like Stana Katic so much better with the long hair than the short choppy hair.  I just thought I’d put that out there because I know you all couldn’t sleep without knowing which hair style I liked best.  We see a man with a gun and lots of bullets and it appears as if he is ready to say goodbye to life.   Just then, Beckett gets a call from Det Raglin (while doing chin ups in jeans?)   Det Raglin is our gun guy and he is also the guy who investigated her mother’s death 12 years ago.  Apparently before meeting St. Peter, there are a few things the detective would like to get off his chest and tell Beckett but he doesn’t want anyone else but her….no cops.  Immediately Beckett goes to Castle and he can tell something is wrong when she asks to talk to him about something.  I love that of all the people should could have gone to, she went to Castle.  They go to see Raglin in the coffee shop and when he scolds Beckett on bringing a cop she tells him “he isn’t a cop, just someone I can trust.”  Raglin tells Kate he only has 6 months to live.  He also starts to talk about how Jacoby Marley used to scare him to death (he creeped me out too.)  “I wear the chains I forged in life.  I made it link by link.”  I think we are about to hear how Raglin was not such a nice guy or good cop.  He starts telling her about hiding sins behind his badge, like hiding the fact that her mother’s death wasn’t a robbery gone bad or gang violence but something more sinister.   He tells her he did what he was told to do and that he was scared.  When she killed Dick Coonan at the police station last year, certain people noticed.   When she asked who hired Dick Coonan to kill her mother, he tells her she needs context first.    It actually started 19 years ago (her mother was killed 12 yrs ago) when Raglin made a bad choice that started a domino effect and one of those dominos was her mom.   Then BANG!  His coffee cup explodes and Raglin is on the ground while panic ensues and Beckett tries to control the situation.  Raglin is dead and Beckett tells the dispatcher they have a homicide on their hands.

Roy is now on the scene along with Ryan and Esposito and Roy doesn’t want Beckett involved in the case.  She tells him how no one knows the case better than her and he agrees she can stay on but she needs to follow the evidence to the killer and not go off on a personal mission.  She agrees.  She gives the boys their duties with them looking into the building across the street where the shot came from, while Castle comes out from the bathroom after cleaning himself up.  He is visibly shaken.  Beckett thinks it’s because Raglin was killed in front of them but it’s because Castle thought she was the one that was shot.  After the awkward pause, they decide to go back to the 12th.

Back at the 12th, Ryan tells Beckett he talked to some of Raglin’s neighbors but the only friend or family that they ever see at this place is another retired detective named McAllister.  Beckett wants to see him immediately.  McAllister comes in and Beckett starts asking about 19 yrs ago and what he was into.  McAllister thinks she is asking to tarnish his memory but she tells him she is just trying to get to his killer.  McAllister tells him that he got involved with a guy named Vulcan Simmons, who runs most of the drug trade in NYC.  Raglin was a gambler and was broke so he started working for Simmons as a drug carrier to make extra money.  The investigation shifts to Simmons and we learn that he has a pretty long rap sheet but it’s been cold for a while.  Ryan makes the comment about coming along way since Washington Heights and Beckett wants to know what he means.  Simmons used to run the drug traffic in WH.  Beckett’s mom, who was a Civil Rights Attorney, got a bunch of her colleagues together and started a campaign called “Take Back the Streets.”   Where did this take place?   You got it…Washington Heights.  And a connection forms.  So they bring in Simmons.

Vulcan Simmons is a lovely individual (insert sarcasm here.)   He is slimy and smug and creepy.  He gets smart with Beckett and Castle tells him to back off at which point Simmons tells Beckett that he is “sweet on her.”  She starts to interrogate him about Raglin and their connection.  Simmons who, for all his thuggery, seems to be a very smart guy, starts a play-by-play on police interrogation of suspects much to Beckett’s displeasure.  She brings up her mother’s murder and lays out a scenario in which Simmons is responsible.  “Tell me you don’t remember her” Beckett asks as she lays a copy of her mother’s crime scene in front of him.  He says he does remember her and stars to castigate Beckett’s mom.  After hearing enough, Beckett snaps and throws him into the glass divider and threatens to bring him down.  He simply laughs at her while the boys come in to pull her off him.  Castle stars him down and Simmons asks if he wants a piece of him as well.  When Castle moves towards him the boys back him off and Simmons bursts out into a cackle again.  Captain is pretty pissed at this point and scolds Beckett for acting like a rookie in allowing a suspect to get under her skin.  He promptly pulls her off the case and tells her to go home.  She storms out of the 12th.  Castle calls after her and the captain sends him home as well.  “I don’t need you playing Nancy Drew on this.”  Ouch.  He could have a least called him one of the Hardy Boys’ names.  He goes to Ryan and Esposito and tells them they are running point.  They don’t want to be insubordinate to Beckett so they respectfully decline.   Roy tells them that the best way to help her and have her back is to find Raglin’s killer and they are ordered to do so or lose their detective shields.  They agree.

My first tearful moment of the episode happens between 2 characters that is usually a source of levity and humor….Castle and his mom.  She is really happy he is alright and warns him that this is not one of his books and that he doesn’t know how it will end.  He was very lucky yesterday.  He starts to chuckle and asks where this is coming from.  She is furious at him and says to him “How the hell can you ask me something like that?  Think about how much you love Alexis, that is exactly how much I love you and don’t you dare question where this is coming from.  You have gotten through life on your wit and your charm and no small amount of talent.  But that is the real world out there and you can’t charm your way out of a bullet.”  Susan Sullivan was sensational.  And the look on Rick’s face was heartbreaking.  It finally dawned on him that when he goes out on these cases that he isn’t professionally trained to handle, his family fears for him.  Rick asks his mom if he should quit and she tells him that he should ask himself why he is really doing this.  “You’ve written 22 novels before you met her and you didn’t need to spend every day in a police station in order to finish them.”   He finally admits what we have all been thinking….it’s not about the books anymore.

Back at the 12th, the boys are looking over surveillance video of the building where the shot came from.  It’s a secure building and everyone needs a key card to get in.  They a guy take down a woman and snag her key card.  They decide to track down who she is since he grabbed her with his bare hand and maybe they can get a print.  Seems a stretch to me but I’ll go with it.  They do find the girl and are able to get a print off her arm.  The print matches up to Hal Lockwood but his record is clean and only goes back 2 years.  Something tells him Hal isn’t really Hal.   They check his credit card and he used it at hotel suite in midtown.  And apparently he’s a dumb criminal.  They bust into the room and find drugs, weapons, and pictures of Beckett.  He has been following her.  Meanwhile Castle goes to see Beckett and brings her flowers to cheer her up.   I love him!  She invites him in and he starts telling her about all the great detectives had plucky side kicks and did their best work after being booted off a case.  Captain told them they couldn’t investigate Raglin’s murder but not her mother’s case.   Crafty!  His plan is to sneak back into the 12th at 15 after the hour when Roy always takes his coffee break and wear a hat and quiet soft soled shoes (ha!) and steal her mother’s case file.   Beckett, grinning like the Cheshire Cat at the idea, shows him her homemade “white board” of her mother’s case.  “I sometimes forget that you live with this every day” he tells her.  He asks if Josh knows about this and she tells him no.  Castle gets a slight smile at the fact that she hasn’t shared this with her boyfriend but she has with him.  I LOVE IT!!!  They start going over the facts and decide to revisit Joanna’s personal papers thinking there may have been something they missed.    Castle finds some pictures of Kate and her mom while they are about to go ice skating and he is disappointed there aren’t any of her actually skiing.  He grabs the negatives to see if he can find action shots but he finds something else instead.   4 negatives show pictures her mom took of the alley, 3 weeks before she was killed in the exact same spot.

Roy gets the information about Hal and brings it to Beckett.  He tells her that this guy has been watching her and he isn’t a rookie, he’s an experienced killer.  Her first instinct is to tell Castle and Roy tells her that he already told him…when he caught him in the men’s room looking through case files.  I can just imagine how that went down!!!  Beckett begs to be brought back into the case and Roy tells her no.  Back at the 12th, the boys analyze the drugs they found at Hal’s suite and think they are connected to Simmons.  But, apparently, each drug ring has their own logo they brand on the pills and the brand isn’t Simmons but some kid named Chad from SoHo.  How marketing savvy of the drug lords!!!!   They bring snot nosed Chad in and find out that he doesn’t know Hal but that he did sell the drugs to a blond-haired girl named Jolene who lives in Brooklyn and that’s all he knows.  Castle goes to see Beckett again at her place and she asks him to go home and walk away from the case.  He declines.  “Fear does not exist in this dojo.”  Love the Karate Kid reference!!!  She tells him that she has the badge so she signed up for this, he didn’t.  “It’s not your fight” she tells him.  “The hell it isn’t” he responds.  The second tear-jerker moment coming up!!!  He tells her that he doesn’t ride along with her to annoy her or go to scenes in the middle of the night to get his jollies off.  “Then why do you keep coming back Rick?”  Ooooh she called him Rick!!  Again awkward pause due to the fact that they love each other and won’t admit it.   There.  I said it.  But the way they are looking at one another in this scene, they know and don’t have to say it.  Castle then finally says that he may not have a badge (other than the chocolate one Alexis gave him for his birthday…ha) but he is her plucky side kick.  “Plucky side kicks always get killed” she says.  “Partner then” he replies.  They get to work.  Castle tells her he found something.  19 yrs ago, another murder was committed in that same alley where he mother was killed.  The alley had a back door entrance to a club run by the mafia.  An undercover FBI agent named Bob Armond was killed there.  He was working undercover to take down the mafia from the inside.  A man by the name of Joseph Pulgatti was arrested for the murder.   He was a mob enforcer back in the day and he pled guilty to the crime.  Guess who the arresting officer was?   John Raglin.  C&B go to see Pulgatti in prison.

Pulgatti says he didn’t kill Bobby.  When Castle asked why he confessed, he admits because he didn’t want to be executed.  So they ask if another family may have done this and Pulgatti tells them no.  Pulgatti explains to him that back at that time, there was a truce between the heads of the 5 families because there were ghost kidnappings happening that were targeting all 5 families.  Joe and Bobby were in the alley that night when a van with 3 ski-masked guys pull up and attempt to take Joe away.  Bobby tried to grab one of the guns and ended up getting shot and Joe was framed for the crime.  Joe admits to being in the alley but no one else could have known that because it was a blind alley.  So the only people who knew who was there, were Bobby, Joe, and the 3 kidnappers.  So Raglin, was one of the kidnappers.  Beckett starts to ask him about her mom and he tells her how much she looks like her.  He says that he sent letters to every lawyer he could find and her mom was the only one who responded.  She didn’t care that he was a thug, all she wanted was the truth.  She promised to look into Pulgatti’s case and then she was killed.  Pulgatti tells Beckett not to get herself killed over this.

Back at the 12th, Roy isn’t pleased about C&B investigating her mother’s murder but is interested in the information they collect.  They tell him everything they learned from Pulgatti and her mother’s papers.  They inform him that Raglin was one of the kidnappers and when he realized he was dying, went to Beckett to tell her what happened (they had the lawyers, including her mother, killed because they were looking into the case) and he was killed because of it.  There are still 2 other conspirators out there.  Ryan says that one of them is McAllister and they know that because they pulled the dispatch logs and the only person backing up Raglin on the night of the arrest of Pulgatti was McAllister.  Roy wants to see him now.    C&B question McAllister and he doesn’t deny his involvement in the kidnappings.  He said the mafia families back then ran everything and you couldn’t touch them because they paid everyone to leave them alone.  Raglin and McAllister were frustrated because the mafia were bad people who shouldn’t get away with their crimes and started with the kidnapping spree to collect money from the families and try to bankrupt them.  When Beckett accuses him of hiring Coonan to kill her mom when she figured out the truth, he tells her that it wasn’t him.  It was someone else.  Someone she could never touch.  Then he tells her “You don’t understand Detective.  You woke the Dragon.  And this is so much bigger than you realize.”  WOW.  At that point he shuts up and asks for a lawyer.  He’s afraid of someone and it isn’t a cop.  Who the hell could it be?  The boys find a lead on the shooter.  They tracked down Jolene from Brooklyn as 2 possible suspects.   They split up and the boys go to one apartment while C&B go to the other.  The place C&B show up at, is the right location because she has been killed.  When she radios to the boys about their discovery, they go to leave the stairwell of the other Jolene’s apartment but a stink bomb goes off and they are kidnapped by Hal and his people.

Hal dumped the cell phones of the boys and Jolene so C&B look to find a cell phone bill where they can track Hal and hopefully find where he has the boys.  Hal has them in some sort of warehouse and tells them that their investigation has gone further than he expected and so he can finish his job, he needs to know exactly what they have on him and his employer.   Option 1, tell him what he needs to know and he kills them with a shot to the head.  Option 2, if they jerk him around, he will torture them until they finally tell him.   They go with Option 2, jerking him around.  Love them!  The torture begins but luckily C&B have found the warehouse through Jolene’s cell phone bill.  C&B are at the warehouse and there is a guard outside the door.  Beckett is out of ideas that won’t kill the boys and Castle comes up with a brilliant one.  Here comes the moment C&B fans have been waiting for!!!!  They pretend to be a drunk couple to lure the guard away from the door, get him to lower his guard, and take him down but Beckett says he isn’t buying it.   Just when she goes to grab her gun, Castle grabs her, turns her towards him and kisses her!!!!  She pulls away and then sideways glances at the guard and starts kissing him again.  It gets pretty hot and heavy (yeah it does!!!) and just when the guard smiles and turns to walk away, she Chuck Norris kicks him and he goes down.   Castle says “That was amazing!!”  Beckett gives him a look and he fumbles to say, the way you took him down was amazing.   AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!   That was fantastic!!!!   Inside they are still torturing Ryan and Esposito tells them to stop.  Ryan tells him not to say anything but he can’t watch it anymore.  He has to tell Hal everything he knows….about him and his mom.  The boys burst out laughing and Hal tells one his cronies to shoot Ryan in the knee cap.  Esposito freaks out and just as Ryan is about to be shot, Beckett kills him.  A shoot out begins and Beckett takes out everyone in Hal’s crew but Hal.  When she goes to reload, Hal has her in his sights and Castle sees this.  When he goes to shoot, Castle jumps him and knocks him out.  He actually beats him in the face several times with the passion of a man who was about to witness the love of his life being gunned down.  This doesn’t go unnoticed by Beckett!!

Hal is taken into custody and Castle is having his hand tended to by the paramedic.  It’s uncomfortable so he unwraps it and guess who comes to gently fix it for him?  Roy.  I’m kidding.  Kate does.   The boys are ok and Hal is going to prison.  She thanks Castle for having her back and he responds “always.”  Later she goes to see Hal in prison and asks who his employer is.  He doesn’t answer.  Kate has something he needs to know:

“I’ve put a lot of people in this place.  Some of them want to kill me.  Others have never been treated so fairly in their lives.  So they form this attachment to me, it’s like I’m their favorite school teacher.  Some of those people might visit you while you’re in here.  Like the ghosts who visit Scrooge.  And after some time with them you might find yourself a changed man.  So I will be back here week after week to ask you who hired you till that miracle occurs.”

COMMENTS

She was so good in this episode.  If Stana Katic doesn’t receive an Emmy for her performance, something is seriously wrong.  She was outstanding.  As I mentioned before, everyone was on their game during “Knockdown.”  I can’t even give you stand outs because EVERYONE was awesome.  But I do want to make a small shout out to Susan Sullivan for making her 5-7 minutes of air time so poignant and impactful.  She was remarkable.  You forget sometimes (at least I do) that Castle is simply a writer shadowing a detective for a book series.  He isn’t a cop or detective.  And he is put in dangerous situations all the time and has no training for it. It’s no wonder his family gets so concerned for his well-being.  But we all know why he does it.  As Martha said, he finished plenty of books before he met Kate so is 2 years of shadowing her plus the continuation of it, really necessary anymore?   Well yeah because we want the show on the air 10 more years!!!  But besides that, even though her point is valid, this is his life and he is researching for his book.  On top of it, because of his intelligence, he has been able to help them as sort of a consultant.  A Patrick Jane if you will….but more charming and handsome.  The handsome part is debatable, oh Lord I’m digressing here.   There is one other thing I want to point out from an acting standpoint in regards to Nathan Fillion.  He is perfect at being able to interject buoyancy into a serious episode without it coming across as stupid or completely out of context or ruining the mood.  He is a genius at the subtle delivery of lines and facial expressions that exude just the appropriate amount of humor in an otherwise austere scene or episode.  And I just had to give him credit for that.  He’s another one that deserves an Emmy.

I think this episode also really spoke to the relationships that have been forged over the last 3 seasons, and not just Castle and Beckett.  You really see Ryan and Esposito’s connection and loyalty to Beckett in the way they handled being handed her case.  You see the strong bond between Ryan and Esposito when they are being tortured and both are more concerned about each other than themselves.  We talked about Martha’s relationship with Castle showing a more emotional and touching side.  You see Roy and Beckett’s mutual respect and genuine admiration as they discuss her mom’s case and her involvement.  Castle and the boys already had a tight bond, but I’m sure it grew tighter when they saw just what Castle would do to protect Beckett.  And finally, Castle and Beckett. We all know they love each other even though they can’t admit it right now.  But it’s more than that.  There is a bond between them so unbreakable that they do things out of character for one another that neither would do for anyone else.  It is so powerful to watch on TV and it couldn’t be pulled off without the acting chops of Fillion and Katic.   Yes the kiss scene was what we all wanted to see.  But you could argue that the scenes in her apartment, the scene at the warehouse taking down Hal, and the final scene between them in the ambulance were even more critical to where their relationship has come over the years.

What does all this mean?  Who is the Big Bad behind this whole thing?  Who is the Dragon that has arisen?  Who is so big, Beckett can’t touch them?  Is it someone we have already met?  Is someone we have yet to meet?  Or is it someone who has been talked about but not seen or heard from yet?  The last question is directly related to one person…her father.  What do we know about James Beckett?  I don’t think we know what he did for a living but we do know their family had money.  Joanna was civil rights lawyer but that could mean a modest living or a lucrative one.  We know her father was an alcoholic and that Kate was overseas in Russia for a while immediately after her mother’s death.   Which is why she feels guilty about her father’s alcoholism.  Could it be that her father has something to do with this?  I don’t know.  If it’s someone she can’t touch, it would have to be either someone high in political office or a wealthy business person or a high-end criminal (like Vulcan Simmons.)  Either way, this has been a great running storyline since Season 1 and I can’t wait to watch Beckett take down the bastard that did this to her and her mom.   I also like how close it has brought Castle and her together.

So let’s talk about the kiss.  What did you think?  I thought it was perfect!!!!  It was real, first of all, even if it was because of a cover.  Anyone who has eyes and a heart knows that kiss was real and passionate between them regardless of why it happened.  I think it was a clever way to give the viewers something they have been wanting to see for 3 years but yet still not disrupt the sexual chemistry and tension between the two.  There are two other shows out there currently (that I watch) where the leads have this sexual tension and one show has gone there and one still hasn’t….Chuck and Bones.  Now I don’t watch House so all you House and Cuddy fans don’t throw things at me.  Bones still has Booth and Brennan apart but is it getting to the point where it is bothersome?  Not yet for me (but I am still on Season 5) and I still like how much their “will they or won’t they” bring to the show.  Chuck decided to put their leads together and it hasn’t effected the chemistry or heat between Chuck and Sarah at all.  I mean did you see her in the cat suit get up last night and Chuck’s reaction?   Hello!!!!    I think if it’s done right and you have the right storyline and cast to pull it off, you can get them together and still work.  I think they can do it on Castle.  Maybe next season will be the time.   But I want to know what you guys think.

Sorry for the length but this episode was a biggie and deserved this type of focus and attention.  This truly was a perfect episode and one of the finest hours of TV I have seen in a long time.  Sound off below on what you thought about “Knockdown” and who the Big Bad is and our favorite crusaders finally playing some tonsil hockey.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in ABC, Recaps and Reviews

 

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Castle “Knockdown” Sneak Peaks

Just to get us excited for tonight’s big Castle titled “Knockdown,”  here are a few preview clips.  The last one really makes me tear up!!  I am getting so excited!!!!  This episode is going to be fantastic!!!!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in ABC

 

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The Closer Not Closed After All?

The King of Scoop, Michael Ausiello is reporting that talks are in place to keep the Closer going even if Kyra Sedgwick steps down from her Emmy winning role of Brenda Leigh Johnson.

Sounds like there are a few ways the series could go.    They could add some more episodes to Season 7 (going from 15-21) or running the Closer without Kyra and possibly a new lead (some people have suggested Mary McDonnell’s Captain Rader) or possibly launching a spinoff with many of the current characters.  Either way, unless some miracle happens, Kyra Sedgwick will not be part of the Closer after Season 7, which producers have already announced will be her last.

I completely understand TNT wanting to do everything they can to keep the highest rated cable show on the air as long as they can.  I just don’t see how you have “The Closer” without Kyra Sedgwick.  You can’t have the Closer with Captain Rader.  She’s IA, that’s not her job.  Brenda was brought in to the LAPD from Atlanta (and the show was created) because she was the best cop around who could “close the deal” and get the confession when many other people couldn’t.  So now a cop from IA is going to be able to do just what she could?  I don’t think so.  It belittles the whole premise of the show and Brenda’s character.

Luckily, as much as Kyra/Brenda is the show, the other characters have become very beloved and are incredibly likable, that they can do a “spinoff” with the cast.  It would be tough to do the whole cast because you can call the show whatever you want…”Major Crimes” “The Crew” or whatever, but you will still see the show as the Closer without Brenda.  I would watch a spinoff of Provenza and Flynn.   And hopefully they would have Sgt Gabriel and Det Sanchez go with them.   Maybe Lt Tao.  However, if you are going to keep the whole cast, I could see a new cast member coming in as the chief of Major Crimes and keeping the Closer as is with a new lead.  I would like to see Captain Rader stay, because I love Mary McDonnell and her character but she couldn’t lead Major Crimes.  She would never get the team’s support because there is too much bad blood there.  They have to bring in someone new.  I just don’t know how that would fly because they would have HUGE shoes to fill.

I’m torn about how I feel about this.  Part of me is thrilled because I love this show.   But, I big reason why I love this show is Brenda and relationships with her division and her chemistry with the cast.  Will the Closer be the Closer without Brenda?  I don’t think so.  So the other part of me says, let the Closer go with Kyra leaving, and end the show while it is on top.   As for spinning off, I’m torn about that as well.  As much as I love Flynn and Provenza, I don’t know if I can watch a whole show with them as the leads.  I probably could because they are awesome but can they carry their own show?  I don’t know.   I’m still praying for a miracle and hope that they can somehow convince Kyra Sedgwick to keep going with the series, but that is highly unlikely.

So what do you think?  Are you happy to see the Closer possibly returning?  Would you watch the Closer without Brenda?  Would you watch a spinoff?  Sound off below!

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2011 in Canceled Shows, Spoilers and Scoop, TNT

 

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REVIEW: Chuck “Chuck vs. the Balcony” S4 E11

Almost caught up on all my shows!  I feel like I haven’t watched Chuck in a year, it’s been off the air for so long!  But I was happy to see it back in full force.  The 2 stories I am going to home in on is the engagement between Chuck and Sarah and Sarah’s new mission that was thrown at us at the end of the episode.

The whole episode’s “side mission” was Chuck trying to find the perfect time to propose to Sarah.  It starts with him in the restaurant and had Morgan bringing balloons and roses, champagne was chilling, a quartet of violinists, and a horse and carriage ride were all set to romance Sarah.   Then she tells him the story how her father did this elaborate engagement for her mother and all these things went wrong and they ended up think it was a bad omen for their marriage since it fell apart.  So Chuck decides to call off the dogs and not do the proposal in this manner.  They get a mission in France so the proposal is completely scrapped for the time being.  However, once they get to France, Morgan is helping Chuck to think of a time or place in France to propose to Sarah.  Something mission related always seems to get in the way so Chuck thinks that maybe this is a bad idea.  He keeps going back and forth but Morgan keeps reminding him that he can do this, make it romantic, and Sarah will love it.  It doesn’t work out but not all is lost.  When they get back to castle, Beckman gives them another mission and they are going back to France.  Meanwhile, Sarah knows Chuck is trying to propose and gets in touch with Morgan.  She is taking over the side mission and will help him help Chuck propose to her.  Awesome!  After the mission is complete, Chuck asks Sarah to meet him on the balcony where she really liked the view and have a glass of wine together.  She agrees.  Morgan, now joined by Casey at castle, are watching them on the security feed and Morgan can see how nervous Sarah is.  To calm her nerves, he gets on her earpiece and talks her through it and in a really sweet moment, gives her permission to marry Chuck.  It was a great scene and since you know how much Chuck means to Morgan, it was perfectly acceptable for him to do that.  It was great and it was just what she needed to hear!  So Chuck is finally going to do it except for one probably, he dropped the ring on the ground and doesn’t know it.  Casey notices this and tells Sarah.  She able to distract Chuck to the point that she gets the ring back in his pocket.  The moment has come and Chuck is about to pop the question!!!!   As he gets on one knee and Sarah is beaming, CIA security comes barreling onto the scene to arrest Sarah for treason to the surprise of everyone watching.   WHAT?????   What the hell just happened?  Sarah?  Treason?  No freaking way!!!  Something must be up here because there is no way Sarah is a traitor.

Before the first mission to France, Sarah stays behind after everyone is dismissed to tell the General that she will do anything to help bring down Volkoff and get Chuck’s mom out from under Volkoff’s hold on her.  General says her request is noted.  After Casey, Sarah, and Chuck return from the first mission, the General gives them the 2nd mission to go back as rogue agents and drop this tracking chip to Pierre.  When they all leave, the General has Sarah stay behind.  She tells her that she wants her to be the one to make the drop.  I thought this was odd but went with it.  They go to France, Sarah makes the drop and goes to meet Chuck.  As the proposal is happening everyone looks so happy (Chuck, Sarah, Morgan and Casey) and I just know something is coming.  I thought it was going to be that Chuck realizes since all this proposal stuff isn’t going and Sarah is already weirded-out by the idea of marriage, that he was going to commit to her but not propose to her out of respect for her wishes.  What happened instead I had no idea was coming.  CIA agents descend on them and arrest Sarah for treason.  As happy as everyone looked 5 seconds ago, those same people look equally stunned over what just happened.  Back at castle, Chuck is going crazy over Sarah’s arrest.  He tells Casey he was going to propose because he had no idea Casey was watching them on the security footage!  Casey tells him how he once proposed to Kathleen and the best part of it was not the location or the mood or the atmosphere, it was the look on her face.  “All you need is the girl” he tells Chuck.  So Chuck leaves to see Sarah in her cell.  When he gets there, General Beckman is in the cell with Sarah and immediately leaves.  Again I find this very strange.  Chuck goes in to see Sarah and gets ready to propose, again.  She stops him and says she’s leaving.  She tells him this was all part of the plan to have her go deep under cover as a double agent to Volkoff.  Chuck is devastated because this is what happened to his mother.  He doesn’t want her to do this but she says she is doing this to save his mom and bring her back to her family.  She is doing it for them.  He understands but it is breaking his heart (and mine I might add.)  Sarah gets taken away in shackles to her new mission.

WOW!!!!  I had no idea that was coming but I think it’s going to be awesome!!!!  Do you think Sarah knew even before she went to France that this was happening?  She looked to be surprised and upset by the news when she was telling Chuck but was she upset because she knew Chuck would be upset or because she didn’t know what the CIA had in mind for her?  I’m not sure.  I think this is a great storyline and I can’t wait to see how this plays out the rest of the season.  Chuck came out of the box a little slow this year but this episode reminds me of why I love it so much…intrigue, action, romance, tender moments, humor, and Jeffster!  It had everything that makes Chuck great.  Can’t wait for tomorrow night!

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Off the Map “Smile, Don’t Kill Anyone” S1 E2

This will be short and sweet.  This episode was not very good.  Most of the characters took steps backwards for me instead of forward and the stories are so cheesy and unbelievable I can’t buy it.  The writing has not been very good and even a decent cast I don’t think will be enough to save this show.

Otis and Zita are fine but I still don’t know enough about them to care about them as a couple and from a medical standpoint, neither one have done much yet so they are kind of bromidic.  Tommy’s still an asshole but keeps complaining that everyone judges him too quickly wants to be better.  It’s not hard to judge you when you are disrespectful to the locals and their beliefs and walk around like an elitist snot.  It appears to be that Tommy will be a jerk for 40 minutes of the episode but the last 2-3 minutes he will whine about no one giving him a chance and he wants to change his life. Wah wah wah.  No time for him.  Mina went from being to likable to bitch in 1 episode.  I don’t know where her I’m-the-greatest-doctor-ever-and-you-all-better-back-off-me attitude came from but wow was she nasty this week towards Ryan.  Ryan was just trying to help and get to know her better and Mina wanted no part of it.  Apparently Mina is all-knowing (even though she didn’t bother to learn ANY Spanish before going to South America) and no one can teach her anything.  Starting to have no time for her either.

Lily and Ben.  It’s obvious they are trying to make them the Derek and Meredith of this show and it’s too forced.  When something doesn’t appear natural, it doesn’t work and this isn’t working.  I also don’t buy stupid storylines and 2 of them revolved around Lily.  The first was Ben trying to tell her not be so in control of everything and to learn to let go and go with the flow more.  This was in reference to the fact that she still carried her cell phone around with her that had the last message her fiance ever sent to her, in a text, on the day he died.   The text was “Smile, Don’t Kill Anyone.”  After this brief conversation with Ben, she decides to throw her cell phone (and his message) away.  I’m sorry, there are other ways I can let go of my control issues but throwing away my cell phone that had the last message from the love of my life, isn’t one of them.  You would have to pry that cell phone away from me in my cold, dead hands.   The other was yet another week where a dying patient needs to do something personal before his life can be saved. Last week it was the spreading of the patient’s wife’s ashes.  This week it was the patient proposing to his girlfriend before surgery.  I get the impression that because of their limited resources in the jungle, that time is of the essence.  So every week are we going to delay assistance so we can have a sappy moment?  I don’t mean that to sound unfeeling but I think that is absurd.  It’s one thing to have it happen last week because Lily wanted to make sure the patient was able to do what he came to South America to do.  But now she’s stopping surgery so a guy can propose.  Wouldn’t Ben, Otis, Ryan, or Zita have to tell her that they can’t postpone treatment every time she wants  the patient to have a memorable moment?  Isn’t the patient’s life more important?  Now in both cases the patient ended up being ok but the point is, if you want me to buy how dangerous and challenging practicing medicine in the jungle can be, don’t have this be the norm every week.

I think I am going to give this show one more chance.  But if Off the Map is going to be the same thing, three weeks in a row, I will be done with this show.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in ABC, Mid Season, New Shows

 

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The Castle Big Kiss is this MONDAY!!!!

I never want my weekends to be rushed….ever!  However, I am so excited for Monday to get here!!!

The big kiss between Rick Castle and Kate Beckett is going down tomorrow night, January 24th at 10pm folks.   Can you stand it?  I know I can’t.   This also looks to be a great episode that revisits the case of Beckett’s mother.   Both Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion have really shined in these episodes so I’m sure this one will be no different.

I just hope they don’t pull a Bones and have this be a dream or a trick.  I want Castle and Beckett’s kiss to be real and mean something. No Dream, no daydream, no wish, no prayer, no nothing.   Just a real, meaningful smooch.

What do you think Castle fans?  Are you ready for this?  Do you think it’s too soon or is it about time?   Whatever you think, don’t forget to tune in Monday Jan 24th at 10pm on ABC!!!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2011 in ABC, Spoilers and Scoop

 

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REVIEW: Parenthood S2 “Damage Control” “Meet the New Boss” “Opening Night”E11-13

I have finally caught up on Parenthood and since I am doing three episodes at once, there are really 2 main topics I want to address.   Adam’s family situation and Crosby’s.

Adam/Kristina/Haddie/Alex

This storyline is why I love Parenthood.   This is a real life issues that many parents and children go through and it is handled very realistically but yet still has that drama that a TV can give it.  To recap what is going on, Haddie as been working at a soup kitchen that her grandmother, Camille, has been volunteering at for years.   The young man in charge of the soup kitchen, Alex (played by Michael B. Jordan) and Haddie have fallen for one another and are now dating.  Kristina notices them kissing one night when she goes to pick them up and she seems a bit concerned considering the age difference.   She wants to invite Alex over for dinner to get to know him more.  Alex really shines at dinner and Kristina and Adam like him very much.  However, they are concerned about a few things…his parents are deceased, his age, his maturity (meaning he has his own apartment and has a job instead of going to school even though he plans to finish his education), and the fact that he is in AA.  K&A think Alex maybe be too adult for their 16-year-old daughter.  They tell Haddie she can’t see him anymore and she isn’t allowed to date him.  This doesn’t go over well with Haddie and she refuses to not see Alex.  She decides to not tell him about her parents’ decision and to see him anyway behind her parents’ back.  Eventually, when Alex comes to pick her up at her house, K&A find out they are still seeing each other and all hell breaks loose.  Alex is very confused as are K&A.  Haddie just stands there like she all of sudden forgot how to speak.   When everyone realizes what is going on, Alex leaves furious at Haddie and her parents ground her until further notice.

I disagree with how K&A handled this with Haddie.  I personally don’t think they should have denied Haddie from dating Alex.  I understand their concerns about the age difference and the fact that he has his own apartment and the fact that he is a young kid (19-years-old) dealing with being an alcoholic.  But he is also a good, honest, respectful young man.  Wouldn’t they rather have their daughter with that type of young man vs. a 16-year-old little punk who may treat her like crap?   Just because a 16-year-old kid may go to school and have parents, doesn’t make him a good guy.  And don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying every 16-year-old boy out there is a jerk.   My point is, you know this is a good kid who will treat their daughter with dignity and respect.  Isn’t that the most important thing?  If I were them, I would have had a talk with him and laid some ground rules to their relationship…Haddie has a curfew, she isn’t allowed at his apartment, her grades need to stay up, and they need to know where they are at all times.  If any of the rules are broken, they will not condone the relationship anymore.  Knowing Alex, he would have appreciated how much they care for Haddie and would honor their wishes.  Haddie probably would have been a pain in the ass but I think Alex would have shown her how much her parents are doing this because they care and not to make her life more difficult.  I wish they would have gone that route instead of saying they couldn’t see each other.

On the flip side, I completely disagree with how Haddie handled herself.  I haven’t been a big fan of her character.  She is a miserable kid.  She always has an attitude and she always looks like life completely annoys the crap out of her.  If any kids have the right to be annoyed at life it’s Drew and Amber and even they aren’t as miserable as Haddie.  I can understand why she is upset at her parents decision.   I am with her on that one.  I can even understand her sneaking around with Alex because she doesn’t want to tell him what her parents said and because she still wants to see him.   Where I am completely baffled is why she is now pissed at her parents for grounding her and her saying that they have no basis for them not trusting her.  Is she for real?  You went behind your parents back and deliberately disobeyed them and gave them huge attitude to boot, and you wonder why they grounded you and don’t trust you?   Seriously?   She also can’t understand why Alex is upset with her.  When he explains that he told her how important it was for him to live honestly and she took that away from him without a second thought, I still don’t think she understood.  And she blames her parents for that.  No, your parents didn’t decide to lie to Alex, you did.  Kristina has also had enough of the attitude and told her that as long as she lives under her roof, she has to follow her rules.  So Haddie decides to move out and asks her grandmother if she can live with them.  If I were Camille, I would have said no.  She shouldn’t get in the middle of this and she should make Haddie go back to her parents.  Or, if she does stay there, Camille should enforce the same rules K&A set up whether she agrees with them or not.  I hate bratty kids who when they don’t get their way, do things and make decisions that put other people in bad situations, just so they can get what they want.   Haddie is putting Camille in an impossible situation and it isn’t fair.   But she doesn’t care because she only cares about herself.    I still say K&A could have handled this better than they did, but ultimately, they are the parents, it’s their decision, and Haddie, doesn’t have to like it, but needs to respect it and abide by it.

Crosby/Jasmine/Jabar

I have said this before…I like Jasmine but I don’t like how when it comes to parenting it’s her way or the highway.  I think it’s wrong.  I don’t find her and Crosby to be a team.  I think she still thinks that since she had Jabar on her own for 5 years (by her own decision) that she still has the ultimate say and Crosby needs to agree with whatever she decides.   It’s incredibly disrespectful to Crosby.

Case in point…in one episode C&J are having a hard time getting Jabar to clean his room.  Crosby doesn’t think it’s a big deal but Jasmine does.  She lectures him on how they need to be on the same team and show a united front to Jabar on parenting issues.  She thinks Crosby always wants to be the good guy while she always has to be the bad guy and it isn’t fair (can’t disagree with her there.)  At one point, when Crosby goes to talk to Jabar about his room, he tells him how important it is to his mom so they need to get it done.  That’s wrong.  You don’t do that and throw her under the bus like that.  So she thinks it’s important to show Jabar responsibility and that cleaning room is part of his learning that and Crosby needs to be on the same page with her.  Crosby eventually agrees with her and gets on Jabar to clean his room.  I had no problem with this.  Here is where I start to get my back up….

In the next episode, Jabar is in the school play and he has been cast as the gold miner and he has a line he has to say when he comes out on stage.  It’s pretty cute.  Jabar gets freaked out and doesn’t want to be the gold miner anymore.  Crosby wants him to keep trying but he doesn’t want to so Crosby and Joel have Sydney do it.  Back at home, Jasmine comes home and Crosby and Jabar tell her what is going on and Crosby says how he would like him to give it another try.  In front of Crosby, she tells Jabar, you don’t have to do it if you don’t want to.  Jabar is now thrilled and runs off to play. Crosby is now sitting on the couch like what the fudge just happened.  She tells him that if he is that scared, she doesn’t want him traumatized and just wants him to have fun and Crosby needs to get over it.  Ah, what happened to being on the same page and the united front with Jabar?  I guess that only matters when it’s something that SHE finds important.  When Crosby finds it important, not so much.  I had a major issue with this.  If she didn’t agree with Crosby, why didn’t she pull him aside and have the conversation about it NOT in front of Jabar.  She completely dismissed Crosby and his authority in front of Jabar without a second thought.  And this isn’t the first time she has done this.  I thought Crosby was going to shrink back and do what Crosby usually does and shrug his shoulders and let Jasmine have her way.  When he tells Zeke about what’s going on, Zeke tells him that Bravermans aren’t quitters and that Jabar should do the part.  He also asks who is wearing the pants in the family.  Ugh!  Thankful Crosby asks him what decade he thinks they are in and tells him that he and Jasmine are a team.  Zeke correctly points out, that it doesn’t sound like it and that she is calling all the shots.  If he thinks Jabar should do this, he needs to stand up to Jasmine and tell her that.   Back at home, Crosby does find his cojones and tell her that he wants Jabar to do this and she doesn’t have the right to always dismiss what Crosby wants.  She doesn’t always have the final say and there needs to be room for Crosby and his parental decisions in their relationship.  She begrudgingly agrees and Crosby thanks her.  Both Crosby and Jasmine approach Jabar and convince him to become the coal miner again.  It was a little sketchy at first when he time came to go on stage but he went out there and did a great job!!!   Yeah Jabar!!!

I hope Jasmine starts to learn from this.   This is now the second episode where she dismissed Crosby as a dad (the first was where Jabar should live when she was on tour.)  I don’t want to see her continuing to insult Crosby and his role in Jabar’s life.  She needs to start growing as a partner and realize that she is no longer a single parent and they are partners.  Otherwise, they are going to start to have major problems.

On a programming note, I think it’s great news for us Parenthood fans that it is going to remain in its Tues 10pm time slot and not move to make room for yet another Law & Order.  The ratings are strong enough, the network doesn’t want to mess with it….yeah!!!!  I hate when networks constantly move shows around because it is usually a death sentence when that happens.  So Parenthood stays put and this terrific show gets to create some more traction for its fan base.

 

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REVIEW: Fairly Legal “Pilot” S1 E1

I thoroughly enjoyed this show.   This is my first USA show (ducking while people are throwing things at me) and it did not disappoint.  I am a sucker for a good legal show and I like the twist on it with the lead being a mediator and former lawyer who works for her father’s firm which is now being run by Margaret Hamilton, I mean the woman who is the wife of her recently deceased father.

The show is pretty straight forward.  It centers around Kate Reed (played by Sarah Shahi) who is a former lawyer turned mediator and whose father has recently passed away.   She is working at his firm and her stepmother, Lauren (played by Virginia Williams) is now running the firm.   They don’t seem to like each other on the surface but it’s the pilot so I’m sure more will come out about their relationship and will slowly evolve over time.  Kate looks to be sleeping with Justin (played by Michael Trucco) who is an ADA (Assistant District Attorney) and also Kate’s ex-husband.  Since the show opens with them in bed and ends with some very nice words exchanged, they seem to be on good terms with each other.  Her brother Spencer (played by Ethan Embry) is also an attorney but seems to be a stay-at-home dad and doesn’t appear to work at their father’s firm.  Leo (played by Baron Vaughn) is Kate’s assistant and friend.  Finally there is the mysterious Andrew (played by Tim Fellingham) who is Kate’s neighbor (she lives on her dad’s boat in the marina) and potential suitor, maybe?   We’ll see.

Most of the episode is Kate running around like a chicken with her head cut off going from case to case.  One case is court appointed, one case is Lauren appointed, and one case she is just sticking her nose in.  But even as crazy as she comes off in the episode, I never feel like she is out of control.  She appears sporadic and bemused but she is smart, passionate, savvy and completely aware of her clients’ situations and how to handle them.   I would think as a mediator, it’s easy to come across as a know-it-all or condescending.  Kate is neither.  She exudes calmness and thoughtfulness and she truly wants to get to the heart of what is concerning her clients and what is causing them to be at odds.  She also has a great sense of humor.  In one of the opening scenes, she goes to get a cookie and some coffee and the store is being robbed at gun point.  She starts to talk to the gunman and store owner to see if they can come to a compromise.  Normally this would come across as preposterous but Sarah Shahi pulls it off very convincingly.  Turns out the gunman wants money for beer and beef jerky and wouldn’t you know it, the store he is robbing has both.  So Kate asks what his cost is on a case of beer and beef jerky and the owner says $17.50.  “$17.50?  Really?  Who’s robbing who here?” Kate asks.  But the owner agrees to give the guy $50 worth of beer and jerky and it will only cost the owner $17.50.  My real job is in alcohol beverage industry and I have to say, if that truly is his mark up, he is robbing people.  Wow!!!!   Kate instantly comes off as someone you can root for, which I prefer in a lead protagonist role for my enjoyment.

As for the rest of the cast, they were very likable as well.  I am most curious about Lauren at this point.  It’s easy to assume she would be the bitchy trophy wife but she appears to have a genuine interest in keeping afloat her late husband’s firm (it is losing clients left and right and she is working hard to retain them.)  You also see a solid side to her when she has a drinks with a client she is trying to retain.  When he does agree to give her his business and she promises to go the extra mile to keep him happy, he immediately slides his room key over to her side of the table.  “What is that” she asks and the dirt bag says “the extra mile.”  Oh Lord please tell me people don’t say things that cheesy or nasty!  She politely declines but thanks him once again for his business.  As she leaves, he shouts “what am I too young for you Lauren?  Should I call my father for you?”  What an asshole.  The look on her face made me want to jump through the TV set and give her a hug and him a swift kick in the groin.  I am also very interested to see how her relationship with Kate will possibly change over time as these two will need to work together to save the firm of the man they both love and respect.

Fairly Legal is on Thursdays at 10pm on USA.  I highly suggest you check this show out because it’s a keeper!

 
 

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REVIEW: Perfect Couples “Pilot” S1 E1

This was not a bad as I thought it was going to be.  I pleasantly surprised that I didn’t hate.   Sounds like a ringing endorsement huh?   I wouldn’t walk away saying I loved Perfect Couples but it was entertaining enough that I will watch again.  Some parts worked well and other didn’t but overall, not too bad.

Dave and Julia

Of all the couples, they were my favorite and the most realistic.  Dave and Julia (played by the very funny Kyle Bornheimer and Christine Woods) are a normal couple who are trying to celebrate their wedding anniversary with some alone time.   Unfortunately their friends don’t really want that to be the case.   Having friends just like that, I completely empathize with Dave and Julia.  Right away I believed in this couple.  You can tell they genuinely care about each other and would do anything for each other as long as their friends didn’t screw it up.  Case in point, they finally have some alone time and Vance calls because he locked himself into their secretary’s bathroom and he needs Dave’s help to get out.  He refuses because he doesn’t want to upset Julia and Julia knows, with Dave being the loyal friend that he is, that it will kill him to not help Vance.  Instead, while she offers to take their dog out, she goes and gets Vance and brings him back to the house.  Dave can’t believe it and while they begin to argue, the creepy friends show up with Vance’s girlfriend and everyone is shouting.  Dave and Julia argue about how she always tries to be the cool wife and he usually plays dumb to when she is really upset.  The scary thing is, it sounded just like an argument my husband and I have had!   She’s pissed at him and he knows just the way to get her to release the anger.   The go to demo a house that a demo team was supposed to do for DAve and Vance’s firm but never did.  So they bash up cabinets and staircases with sledgehammers and bust through dry wall and look to have a really good time.   Two thumbs up on Dave and Julia.

Rex and Leigh

Two thumbs down here.  I didn’t find them funny or charming or even quirky.  I found them to be annoying.  How are these people friends?   I think Rex may be Julia’s brother but I’m not 100% sure.  These 2 are very cult like with their chanting of relationship jargon when they have a conflict.  The one thing that did make me laugh about them was how they always have to be doing something like game night or a wine/dinner cruise.  Again, we have friends just like that but they aren’t as bizarre and Stepford as Rex and Leigh.  I hope they tone it down a bit and luckily they aren’t soooo bad that they take away from the show….yet.

Vance and Amy

As crazy as these two were, they cracked me up.  Their scene during game night where they fought her voice being too awful for American Idol and him crushing her dreams was great!   I guess these two will be the fight-like-cats-and-dogs-but-have-mad-crazy-sex-afterwards-to-make-up couple.   Amy is hysterical.  Vance is fine.  Sometimes he can be over the top (like when he was wearing Julia’s dead mother’s robe and when he was trapped in Isabella’s bathroom) but then he can really funny (the game night scene and the scene where he is heartbroken over Dave choosing Julia over him.)

I will definitely watch the show again.  I wasn’t the funniest 30 minutes of TV but it did make me laugh out loud a few times and certainly wasn’t as bad as Running Wilde.  So I say check it out and see what you think.

 

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in Mid Season, NBC, Recaps and Reviews

 

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