20 May

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Entourage | Season 8, Episode 2, ‘Out with a Bang’

3 Aug

So its come to this, the final season of Entourage.  This season is starting a bit slow.  After an intense ending of Season 8 (Vince is caught with a large bag of coke), everything is all washed for the beginning of season 8.  Vince gets out of rehab, Eric is broken up with Sloan, Drama has a new cartoon series with Andrew Dice Clay, but it all seems to be another day in hollywood.

So far the most interesting story-line is Ari and his wife.  But let’s get to “Out With A Bang”.  The double meaning in the title of the episode is kinda crude, but the way the last few seasons of Entourage have been pretty hackie, it seems to fit.  Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly) the lovable manager who gets his heart-broken in every season, the one we love to cheer on, is having a bit of an issue with his ex-girlfriend Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui).  Episode 1 ended with a burned out house, Vince telling everyone to take it easy, and Eric accidentally saying “F-you” to Sloan.  In this episode, Sloan calls him back and returns the message, he comes over to get his things and they sleep together.  She then breaks the news that she’s leaving for NY, whence the title.

Vince (Adrian Grenier) writes 20 pages of his new Miners film, a film he was inspired to write while in rehab.  He has made it his new project until filming starts next year.  In this episode, he presents it to his friend Billy Walsh (Rhys Coiro) who likes the idea of Drama on the lead and making it a TV movie.  That should be interesting and it seems that this season is dedicated to the success of Drama.

Drama’s (Kevin Dillon) new animated show “Johnny Bananas”, which co-stars Andrew Dice Clay, seems like the best thing produced on Entourage, or possible real life scenario.  I would actually watch Johnny Bananas if it were a real tv cartoon.  With crude language, Dillon & Clay as voices, it makes for a hit waiting to be made.  But I want to see Drama succeed and I think the writers do to.  His story is very plausible and the fact that they added Andrew Dice Clay, makes it for even better tv.  Johnny Bananas test through the roof and we may finally see Drama getting the right end of the stick.  But then the ludicrous sub-story plot that Clay would sabotage this show for more money, is just plain bananas! (See what I did there?).  But all in all I think Drama will do the right thing and convince clay that he’s nuts.

And we come to Turtle, the chubby, now skinny, lovable stoner that just says the right things at every turn.  He’s involved in an even more ridiculous love life then in previous seasons.  Would he really be upset that he hasn’t heard from his girl in a few days?  Wouldn’t he just fly to Miami to see what’s going on?  I’d like to see him do well this season, get a little success.  Last season they hinted at things going well for Turtle, Avion Tequila was taking off, he had a new girlfriend, but lets see how they crumble poor Turtle this time around.  I only say that because anytime we see Turtle starting to grow, these damn writers pull him back to the ground…

To the main event, Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) and wife Mrs. Ari (Perrey Reeves).  Last episode Ari really wants to come home and says this to his wife who (wait for it), in return, tells him that she’s seeing someone new!  Crazy, I know… it’s like a soap opera over there.  He finds out that she is having breakfast at a restaurant she hates, one that Ari is invested in.  Ari believes she’s sleeping with a waiter and goes ballistic and ruins the waiter’s audition with a simple wave of his wand.  Mrs. Ari makes an appearance at the office and drops more bombshell on him, she isn’t dating a waiter, she’s dating (wait for it) Bobby Flay, the superstar Chef.

But overall the episode is solid, but only because of the Ari / Mrs. Ari storyline.  That’s Hollywood, I like hearing an agent screaming and ruining careers, this episode just wasn’t enough Hollywood for me.

Two TVs…


Community | Episode 49: Applied Anthropology and Culinary Arts #2.22

29 Apr

Photo by Lewis Jacobs – © NBCUniversal, Inc.

Overall, I’ve become a fan of the show Community.  With its quirky characters like Senor Chang (Ken Jeong), Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) and Abed (Danny Pudi) & Troy (Donald Glover), the show follows a group of students that meet in a study group weekly and get into ridiculous situations and really heartfelt moments.

This week’s episode of Community was a charming one.   Beginning with a fictional class of Anthropology  taught by the hilarious John Oliver (Daily Show) the show becomes an episode about the characters having a heartfelt moment and joining together in one common goal – delivering Shirley’s baby.

During the Episode, the Dean of students has been interviewed for “Dean Magazine” and in so doing started a race riot which prevents the paramedics to arrive for Shirley.  Abed and Troy lose their handshake to the wrath of Pierce and work in trying to get it back.  Chang is poised to let Shirley know that Chang babies are born under all situations and they’re strong and willful babies.  Also, they’re usually born premature…

Throughout the season, Shirley’s husband has been admitting the fact that Chang was the father of the baby and after Britta (Gillian Jacobs) gets the will power to help Shirley, and upon the birth, we realize the baby is Shirley and Andre’s and not Chang’s.

Its a nice episode that unites the entire cast… but not the best.

Two out of three TVs:


The Good Wife | Episode 41: Killer Song (#2.18)

30 Mar


This weeks’ episode saw a little more resolve from Kalinda (Archie Panjabi), a killer writing songs about previous murders and Eli Gold’s (Alan Cumming) showing more affection for Natalie Flores (America Ferrera).

The episode opens with Kalinda getting the mind-bending conversation with Blake (Scott Porter). Kalinda wants to talk to Alicia (Julianna Margulies) about this but is definitely intimidated and instead calls Cary (Matt Czuchry) for help.  All of this is connected with Alicia’s husband Peter (Chris Noth) and the suspense is killing me!  Is it that they slept together?  or maybe something bigger… something that we’ll find out in later episodes.

So the story moves to our murderer Jarvis Bowes (Sam Robards) in a crazy case where after murdering a woman 30 years prior, he is now being released.  While in the mental institution Bowes wrote a song called “Just Drive On Out” performed by Ag47 and is being sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress.  Bowes lawyer is going to argue the 1st amendment right while the Lockhart – Gardner group is going to tie the song to the murder.

Eli’s involvement with Natalie Flores brings him Diane (Christine Baranski) and he asks her to get involved in her immigration status case.  Its an odd one but later in the episode we find out that Eli is involved in hopes to better himself or to balance his life with all the bad things he does, his daughter says “Campaign palette cleanser”.

Best line of the episode comes from Alicia when asked is she happy:  “I think so, except when the storm is over is it happiness or just releive?”

Eli’s involvement with Natalie Flores brings on a more pressing issue where her father is arrested and needs to be helped out before being deported.  This case goes into the argument of immigration and some of the double standards that “we”  as a society hold.  Eli tells Diane, “you asked me last week if I was happy at Lockhart-Gardner, I am but I don’t want to be unhappy” – great delivery by the great Alan Cumming. Eventually this leads to a great moment when Eli goes to the station and tells the officer that the man arrested is his gardener. Definetly reminds me of the recent Texas Bill that has a big exception… read here.

Kalinda continues to investigate the Bowes song and in so doing, with the help of Rhonda, the daughter of the murdered woman, they stumble upon another murder committed by Bowes.  It seems like this tune is a confession of that murder.  But more interesting is the Kalinda/Peter storyline and scene.  Peter tells Kalinda “You know that I love Alicia, I’ve fallen in love with my wife again.  It will kill her to find out about this”… OMG!

Eli saves the day and is a little heart-broken at the end.  Tells Natalie “I’m too old to have expectations of anything other than talk” which is a very nice line, besides the implications.  Peter calls Matan Brody (Chris Butler) and for a few more episodes keeps the Kalinda/Peter saga under wraps.  The Florrick’s decide to stay in downtown Chicago, they sit to have pizza… but those upcoming scenes are great!

3tvs out of 4 because their building a great foundation for a big finale!

Million Dollar Listing | Episode 29: Good Buys and Goodbyes (#4.9)

30 Mar

Solid season of Million Dollar Listing.  In this final episode Josh Altman is still holding on to his phone, Josh Flagg finally sold that work in progress and Madison might be losing his assistant.

This weeks episode begins with Josh Flagg’s unfinished Mansion listed for 4.5 million.  You may remember last weeks episode left Josh without any offers on the mansion.  This week, inspired by his grandmother, Josh throws a construction themed brokers open.  It was definitely a success.  My favorite scene was watching Flagg at the hardware store buying all of the “goodies” for his brokers open.  The sellers reaction was classic.  He finally gets an offer, but it comes in at 3.9 million, 600k below the asking price.  They go back and forth and close at 4.2 million, not bad Josh, great job.  We see more of Flagg’s boyfriend Colton, who really doesn’t provide any insight, but definitely seems to play the boy-toy character pretty well.  I’m not anti-Josh Flagg, but every scene with him just seems to scream little spoiled brat.  Even the way he talks to Colton just seemed to put me off.  The scenes that bothered me the most where his obvious lies to other brokers.  It was so off putting and made him seem like a real douche.

Madison meets with his friend Addie and they talk about the new property that’s a steal in Malibu.  But what’s the catch?  According to California law, a real estate agent must tell a client if a person has passed away recently in the property – Madison tells Addie that the owners brother passed away of “natural causes”.  Well, to everyones surprise, Addie brings a psychic to the showing – here’s what Madison has to say about the episode.

“Specifically about the final episode, yes, I was completely shocked when Addie, my buyer’s representative, brought a psychic medium to the first showing. I was skeptical, but quickly was convinced that she was picking up on something. It was awesome!”

The best part of this scene though was when the psychic calls Madison out on the “natural causes” death and says that she feels he died because of “too much partying”.   That was awesome.

And now, Josh Altman and his amazing property on Mulholland Drive.  The property was owned by Rick, independent tv producer, who seemed to match Atlman’s cocky attitude by questioning his credentials… he seemed like a real ass.  The property did not include the “custom made” furniture and Altman set a list price of 3.25 million.  After telling Josh he will call him back, Josh receives the call at a deli with an obvious sign posted infront of him that says “No Cell Phones”.  Just shows what kind of person Josh is, inconsiderate, and completely self-absorbed. After a great showing, where we see Mikey playing piano and entertaining guests, we see Josh Flagg coming by and showing his property to a client.  The client passes because of street noise, but the interesting part was when Altman confronts Flagg.  According to Altman, Flagg is on his “shit list” because after running into Heather, Flagg called Madison to let him know that he saw Heather interviewing in his building.  Did Altman overreact? Hell yes.  How the hell was Flagg suppose to know that Heather was sent there by Altman and not by Madison?  Flagg replies with “I’m not telepathic” which leads to a few F-Bombs being exchanged.  This relationship with Heather is making Altman look like a real douche, lets hope next season is better.

But overall great season, great ending… 3tvs out of 4

30 Rock | Episode 99: Plan B (#5-18)

25 Mar

Photo by Ali Goldstein – © NBCUniversal, Inc.




Season 5 of 30 Rock has been great.  Every part of this show has gotten better when TGS doesn’t have Tracy Jordan (Tracy Morgan).  Last week it was a reality show, this week its a “forced hiatus” and bringing back one of the funniest people around today Will Arnett as the gay Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), Devon Banks.  The entire cast of TGS takes the “forced hiatus” to heart all decided to go to their plan B.  The only one without a plan B is Liz Lemon and of course she spirals out of control trying to figure things out.

The hiatus theme brings Liz through a few comedic scenes with the cast and their plan b.  Jack sets Lemon for an audition of “Sing Off” (They have writers for this?) and while waiting for her audition with Nick Lachey, Lemon meets writer Aaron Sorkin.  In an excellent scene where they use one of his famous walk and talk shots, Aaron gives us a little insight to the death of the writer.  This entire season 30 Rock has been taking jabs at reality television and you may remember last week’s episode Queen of Jordan, which gave us a full glimpse of reality TV.  Well, Lemon and Sorkin talk it over.

Sorkin: This is serious. We make horse buggies and the first model T just rolled into town.
Liz: We’re dinosaurs.
Sorkin: We don’t need two metaphors that’s just bad writing.

But the highlight of the episode is Will Arnett as Devon.  Jack’s newly acquired network targeted towards gay male viewers T.W.I.N.K.S. (Television With Individuals Naïve Kinky Shaved) is failing.  Apparently Jack believes that advertisers covet this demographic because he spent time with D’Fwan (you may remember him as Angie Jordan’s assistant) who spent $4,000 on chihuahua outfits for himself… but Jack doesn’t account for people not watching the network.  So Jack visits Devon or as Jack calls him, the Gay Shark at his apartment in Brooklyn.  But this backfires, Devon sees right through Jack.

Devon: You must be desperate Jack, T.W.I.N.K.S. must be exploding and not in a good way.  You thought that I would lick your boots, but you need me. So now I’m gonna make you let me lick your boots.
Jack: I’ll keep you on a very tight leash.
Devon: Fantastic, continue.

(watch scene via Hulu.com)

One of the best scenes I’ve ever seen on this show, I had to rewind it a few times to see it again, you probably should too…

This was a classic 30 Rock episode, one I will watch over and over again.  In the end they figure out that Tracy is not in Africa, Devon decides his “Gaybies” (ridiculous term they came up with) are more important, Jack decides to go home and see his own baby, and we even get a guest spot by Hannibal Burres and a trading places reference… classic.

3tvs out of 4:

Who wants to see more Will Arnett?  Miss anything? What do you think was the best joke?

Modern Family | Episode 42: Boys’ Night

24 Mar

Photo by Karen Neal – © 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Tonight’s episode of Modern Family hit many different levels and touched on the idea of people surprising you, doing something different that shows depth and parts of that individual that we never knew existed.  We see a return of Nathan Lane as Pepper, new character in the great Philip Baker Hall as Walt Kleezak and lots of family growth.

Jay (Ed O’Neill) got in touch with his gay son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), Phil (Ty Burrell) and Claire (Julie Bowen) Dunphy figured out that maybe they jumped to conclusions with their elderly neighbor Walt, and Haley (Sarah Hyland) tried her best to get away with being with her boyfriend while babysitting.

Overall it was a solid episode.  The best line, as always, was delivered perfectly by the absent-minded Phil.  In reply to his wife’s plea of Luke hanging out with an elderly man “Phil, this is not good,” Phil replies, “Honey don’t jump to conclusions, let him finish the joke.”  Their interplay is brilliant and they look and act like a married couple.  If this show would ever be cancelled, they should have their own spin-off.  The Dunphy’s visit Walt only to be run off and insulted.  This reaffirms their believe that Luke should not hang out with him.

Jay takes his family to see the Four Seasons, not Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – resulting in a great Frankie Valli quote by Jay, “I’m going to walk like a man as fast I can to that bar over there.”

Jay, of course, ends up at the same bar as his son Mitchell and Cam’s friends – which welcomes Pepper and additional characters Longinus (“I never stood a chance”) and Crispin.  He tries to run when invited to the table, but in the end, sits down and makes the best of it, singing, making “don’t go there” jokes, and drinking Absinthe Margaritas.  He makes do and in the end surprises Mitchell by being extremely tolerant.  This, in the end, brings them closer together.  Jay returns to his normal self and forgets he made a date with Pepper, only to have Gloria (Sofía Vergara) not back him up on his excuse to get out of it.

After being visited by Luke Dunphy (“I’m still growing into my tongue”), Walt sees the error of his ways and comes by to give the Dunphy’s some home-grown onions. “Well, don’t throw any parades, they’re onions” Walt then turns back around and says “I used to be a fireman, I don’t hurt kids.”  Jay learned how to tolerate people, the Dunphy’s learned not to jump to conclusions and invite Walt in, and Mitchell and Cam (Eric Stonestreet) get one step closer to Jay.

The show is full of touching yet whimsical moments that leave you having hope for people, but even at the most sentimental moments the writers know how to throw in a joke.

Memorable Quotes:

Claire: “Little kids can be friends with old people, right?”
Phil: “Of course they can, there’s tons of examples: UpGran TorinoTrue Grit…”
Claire: “Cartoon, kills himself, she loses an arm…we’ve gotta go talk to that guy.”

Mitchell: “When I was 12-years-old my father walked into my bedroom and caught me doing the most embarrassing thing that a boy can do: dancing to Madonna’s ‘Lucky Star.'”

Cam to Jay: “Oh sit down, we’re up by 25 with a minute to go.” (Surprising!)

Great episode – 3 out 4tvs:

Did I miss something?  Wanna see more Pepper or Walt?

The Middle | Episode 43: Spring Cleaning

24 Mar

I’ve been following the Heck family throughout this series and it has a similar charm to Malcolm in The Middle, Married with Children and every beloved family sitcom.  Neil Flynn who plays Mike Heck is brilliant.  All-American midwesterner with the goals of having a good family and being a provider.  Patricia Heaton is plays the perfect neurotic Frankie Heck and probably the most underrated child actor out there would be Atticus Shaffer as Brick Heck, the most lovable, odd, genially smart child on television.  Its a show that you will either love from the go or hate, but if you give it a chance, it’s genius.

Tonight’s episode, Spring Cleaning, opens with the Heck’s having a house sitter that believes they’ve been robbed.  Once they get home, they realized that the house is exactly the way the left it and the mess was confused with a robbery.  This is where Frankie becomes classic Frankie and decides to do a little spring cleaning, taking the task of packing 20 years of junk into trash, charity and keep boxes – as she says it “going full Oprah”.  In the midst of the spring cleaning, Frankie finds Mike’s decision list (a list of pros and cons) which included pros and cons of cars, mowers and the best one, pro/con marry Frankie. Best pro: “Tax Break” and best con: “Chatty” Mikes reply “That was back when I thought I had to listen to everything you said.”  Like Frankie does in most episodes, she overreacts, which leads to a great argument between her and Mike.

Which leads us to Brick.  Brick comes up with a lucrative plan where he gives information for $1.  He starts getting lots of business, questions about homework, directions and finally gets asked the question “Why are my parents getting a divorce?”  This makes Brick search for information about divorces and finally the climactic peak where Mike and Frankie are arguing he asks: “Why do people get a divorce?”  This makes Mike and Frankie realize their argument is petty.

Once all the junk gets packed for charity, Axl (Charlie McDermott) and Sue (Eden Sher) take the junk to be delivered for charity, only to get there and find out the facility is closed.  Axl is played great by Charlie, teenager, always hungry and plain annoying, but Sue is amazing.  She’s so awkward and the happiest kid in cross country.  There are not many awkward kids on tv, at least not played as well as Eden Sher.

In the end, the police come knocking at the door to bring all their things that the “burglars” (Sue and Axl) dropped off in the alley by the charity facility.  Brick, of course, gets all the answer about divorce and gives the boy an insightful perspective.  Which leads to the closing conversation with the boy who says: “they’re not getting a divorce, they’re getting me a horse!”  …nice perfect comedic cycle.

Solid episode – 2 out of 4tvs:

The Good Wife: Episode 40: Ham Sandwich (#2.17)

22 Mar

Tonight’s episode of the Good Wife followed a divorce proceedings of drug kingpin Lemond Bishop (played by the charismatic Mike Colter) , Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) being investigated by Glenn Childs (Titus Welliver), racism in politics and children being completely annoying.  Lets begin with the complete criticism of the episode – It was ok.

The episode was not as much about the Lockhart Gardner law firm, as it has been in the past few episodes, but more about family and how a certain family can fall apart/unite and continue under stressful situations.

Take the divorce.  My main criticism of the divorce proceedings was the idea that a drug kingpin will divorce his wife and she will argue to get drug alimony with a mediator.  Pretty unlikely scenario, but I’m sure there’s a case like that somewhere in America.  Secondary is the young hungry lawyer Gregory Mars’ (Pablo Schreiber) refusal of a settlement of $100,000 a month, plus property.  Really (?) the client will turn that down knowing how dangerous her husband is?  But David Lee (Zach Grenier) handled the situation better than I thought he would, he still had a couple of zingers (“The FBI doesn’t dream, Mr. Lee.” “Oh really, what were you doing on 9/11?”) but overall he knew none of this will make it to court.  If I needed representation at that firm, I think I’d want a guy like David Lee – straight to the point, no bs.  The Mediation proceedings were just dumb.

The Kalinda story-line was getting old, I get the new identity she has developed with the firm, with the bitter faux-brother Blake Calamar (Scott Porter), but resolve this story-line all ready, which hopefully they did.  I like the sexual tension between her and Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry), but the play between her and Blake is just too much.  The best part of the breakup of the firm is the fact that Blake will not be around, at least that’s what I hoped, him being a returning character that creates havoc is not interesting, its annoying.  His connected back-story with Will Gardner (Josh Charles) is very unlikely, but I did like Will’s line “I repaid my debt” made things a little intriguing – so we’ll see how this pans out.  Then there’s the shocker… I will not spoil it but Kalindayou got somesplaininto do!

Which brings me to the Florrick’s.  Seeing Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) involved in all of these parts of the story is great and definitely insightful.  During the divorce proceedings she pleads to get to a consensus, although it ends in a harsh reality  (don’t want to spoil it).  Its more of a real direction that I expected the show to go.  It was a reality that both shocks the viewer and Alicia equally.  Alan Cumming‘s performance of Eli Gold is so amazing that I hope they don’t just cut him off because the election is over.  The way that Julianna Margulies does her interplay with him makes his onscreen performances even better.    But Gracie, Gracie, Gracie (Makenzie Vega) you have some issues.  I’m glad you found Jesus, but asking Pastor Isaiah Easton (Gbenga Akinnagbe) if he thinks Jesus is black is a bit forward, especially for a Florrick.  Eli is a trouble maker for the Florricks but its very true to his character that he will win this election by any means necessary – but now racism becomes part of the campaign?  Give me a break.  Its dumb that Eli would try to target the white vote , but most importantly make Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) into a racist.  C’mon Keith Eisner, you had Method Man a few weeks ago gaining youth/black votes, why would they just take blacks off the political website?  But those Florrick kids will give Eli a heart attack… favorite line: “YOU KIDS ARE EVIL!”

So overall vote 2 tvs out of four – 

Million Dollar Listing | Episode 28: Betrayal in the Real Estate Biz

22 Mar

So lately I’ve been getting more and more into Million Dollar Listing.  I gotta say, watching Millionaires buy homes in LA is pretty interesting and in fact, funny.  More importantly I like watching Josh Altman and Madison go at it over Madison’s assistant Heather. Last week’s episode brought a clash between Altman and Madison and it ended in a developing conflict between Madison and his assistant.  This week, we continue the very next day and Madison tells Heather how he really feels about Altman.

I really enjoyed the house Josh Altman was selling and if I was the seller I would’ve invited both Altman and his competitor to joint on it.  It’s a 15 million dollar house and I see why Altman wanted to do it himself, that was a great idea though to buy his co-seller out for 25k, but the way they were fighting for the client was hard to watch… Why not just handle each of your contacts?  Madison visiting a Malibu listing made sense, but I wish he would’ve been warned first that Altman would be there, either by his assistant or even by Josh himself.  It is Madison’s territory and Josh and Madison are “friendly”, so maybe he should’ve let Madison know that  he coming out to sell a property in that area.  That was the key that led to the tension between the two, I would’ve been threatened to see Altman selling in Malibu, which led to an argument about Heather.  Madison, you’re right in all of this, don’t let Altman walk over you.  My favorite part of selling this house though was the interaction between the co-seller and the buyer, where the pitch was “he (the client) will go down one million, how high are you willing to go?” – What an amateur.  When Altman went to talk to the buyer, he did a great job of getting him to $12, 800, 000.  That’s why he’s the man, but just put your phone in your pocket!

Now we get to Josh Flagg and his coming out party.  I had an idea he was gay and it was even more obvious in the previous episode when he spoke to the publisher.  The fact that he’s writing a book does not mean that the book is going to be any good, so I don’t like the fact that he keeps stating “People think at 25 and I’m too young to write a book” who gives a shit… you’re a wealthy kid that is enabled to do anything you wish to, even if you’re not very good at it – at least that’s my opinion from watching you on this show.  That house looked like a challenge though and your grandmother is right, sell the vision…

Madison, Madison, Madison… I really tune in to see you succeed.  I get the vibe that Malibu has and the way you talked to the husband when he put the buy on a hold was excellent.  It was a great idea to bring a flip camera, I’m sure the wife really appreciated it.  I’m sure they’re buying a house now…

Overall a solid episode leading up the finale… It only gets two out of four tvs because Madison didn’t sell a house: