Archive for May, 2012

Wednesday must be good finale night, because I thoroughly enjoyed the season finale of Modern Family as well. I laughed, I cried, and I’m looking forward to next season – what more could you want?

The main plotline revolved around Mitch and Cam’s impending adoption. When they get word that they were picked and that the mother was going into labour right this second, they rush off with Gloria in tow as a translator. With it already being established that Cam thinks he can speak Spanish because he’s been watching the telenova Fire and Ice, I knew that the hospital scene would be a melodramatic homage to the genre. It was over-the-top and hilarious, although the hilarity was undercut a bit by the seriousness of the consequences. The drama resulted in Mitch and Cam not getting their baby after all, at least the second time that this has happened to them (remember when Cam’s ill-advised song caused another pregnant girl to change her mind?) The scene where Mitch breaks down about having to be the strong one and they both end up crying on the grass was poignant and perfect. The surreal nature of the hospital scene was juxtaposed with the realness that this interaction portrayed. Mitch and Cam’s decision to stop trying for awhile really resonated and reminded viewers that Modern Family is that rare sitcom with a ton of heart.

Meanwhile at the Dunphys, Alex is preparing to go to prom with an older (mysterious) date while Haley decides to skip the whole thing in favour of cooking dinner for her bewildered parents. It turns out that Alex’s date is gay but doesn’t know it yet (She’s his beard. His pre-beard. Stubble) and Haley, having been rejected from all the colleges she applied to, decides to take a gap year in which she will work at the Gap and move in with Dylan. Dylan, for his part, plans on supporting Haley by making t-shirts that will be huge (and also medium and small). Phil and Claire are understandably freaked out, and their dire warnings about what will happen if they move in together get increasingly ridiculous and hilarious. In the end, it’s Luke who saves the day, revealing that he’s been hoarding a stash of mail, including an acceptance letter for Haley. Dylan maturely tells Haley that he doesn’t want to hold her back, and they decide to go to prom after all so that they’ll always have that memory (just like Sir Philium Dunphy and his date, the Lady Wilkins). The end bit where Luke reveals what else he’s been hiding was also an awesome way to relive the past episodes of the season.

Finally, Jay and Manny are left as Lily’s babysitters while Mitch, Cam, and Gloria are off at the hospital. While it’s mostly uneventful, the ending where Jay dances along side a stage-frightened Lily makes it all worthwhile. He’s so adorable and loving with her, which is good because . . . Gloria’s pregnant! I’m slightly on the fence about this twist. On the one hand, it will definitely provide an interesting new dynamic to the series going forward and I know that a pregnant Gloria will be a funny Gloria. On the other hand, I’m concerned about Mitch and Cam’s reaction. To find out that your father will be having another child when you are unable to do so would be hard for anyone. I just have to trust that the writers will handle it with grace and compassion. And also, they’d better not entertain the idea of giving their baby to Mitch and Cam. That would be so much weirder than the previous (drunken) suggestion of using Claire’s eggs. So yeah. Just resist that impulse and all will be well!

It’s going to be a looooonnnng summer!


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Now THAT’S a season finale!

I could not have enjoyed this episode any more. At one point, I checked the clock during the commercial break and was delighted to find there was still a half an hour left. I was amazed at how much they’d managed to squeeze in in such a short amount of time. Of course, in the harsh light of day,  I realize that not that much actually happened, but still. What a fun way to spend an hour.

This episode did everything a season finale should do: it tied up loose ends and opened several other doors, setting the stage for a compelling second season. Nolan’s “death” at the hands of white-hair was quickly revealed to be a hoax and he was just being held captive by white-hair. Emily chloroforms herself (which was awesome, by the way) to allow herself to be taken to him, then convinces white-hair to leave, frees herself and Nolan, and then lies in wait for white-hair’s return. The image of her sitting on the chair holding a massive axe was awesome, and the fight scene turned her into some kind of martial-arts superhero. Of course, at the last moment she has a change of heart and realizes that her father wouldn’t have wanted her to become a killer, but I didn’t even mind that cop-out. If Emily would have killed white-hair, then the Graysons would have been finished, and there would be nothing left to do for season 2. This way is definitely more interesting, plot-wise.

What was also interesting is how quickly Emily’s kiss with Daniel was revealed. I expected that to hang over their heads for much longer but, nope, just like that Ashley revealed what she saw to Daniel, Emily confessed, and Emily and Daniel are done. Victoria’s gleeful reveal that her engagement present was an empty box was an awesomely bitchy cap on that whole relationship. Now that Emily is outside of the Grayson family, this will provide a change in dynamics for the second season.

One twist that I didn’t see coming was the return of a pregnant Amanda. I assumed that Amanda would return at some point, but I definitely didn’t see the pregnancy coming. And of course, it comes just as Emily is ready to reveal her true identity to Jack. All of Emily’s scheming is finally coming back to her. This also opens up a lot of dramatic possibilities for next season and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Where was Amanda this whole time? Is the baby actually Jack’s? How, exactly, will Emily deal with this blow to the possibility of her continued hope of ending up with her one true love?

While the storyline with Charlotte was generally uneventful, I did enjoy her explicitly turning into her mother, and her impression of Victoria on the phone was uncanny. It seems that the Grayson children are destined to repeat the sins of their parents.

And speaking of their parents . . . Victoria can’t really be dead, can she? I mean, she definitely got off of that plane, right? I think that Lydia is probably dead, but Victoria convinced her to get on the plane knowing full well that it would blow up. The only question is whether or not she reveals to Conrad that she is alive. I’d like to see a supposedly dead Victoria working on her own revenge plot from behind the scenes. Perhaps her revenge plot will even coincide with Emily’s at some point.

Because, of course, Emily has to have a revenge plot. Just when it looked like Emily had nothing left to work for – she’d lost Jack and the evidence about the Graysons was safely aboard the plane heading for Washington – the plane blows up and changes everything. Once again, Nolan saves the day, presenting Emily with evidence that her mother is – gasp – alive! And is somehow involved in the giant conspiracy that goes “so much higher” than the Graysons. Now, I assumed that Emily’s (or, Amanda’s, I guess) mother was alive, because you can’t have an unseen dead relative in a soap opera without her coming back at some point, but I’m very happy with the way they revealed it. This sets up perfectly the plots for season 2. Instead of seeking revenge for her father’s death, she’ll be trying to find her mother, trying to figure out her mother’s role in all of this, seeking revenge for her father’s death and her mother’s disappearance, plus a bunch of other slights that I’m sure will pop up throughout the course of the season. I, for one, can’t wait!

Oh, and Charlotte might have overdosed on pills, but, let’s be serious, she’s not any more dead than her mother is.

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Writing a series finale is pretty much an impossible task. The stakes are high and it’s a guarantee that you’re never going to please anyone. I have read some negative reviews of last night’s House finale, but I have yet to see any suggestions of what would have made it better. As such, I’m going to try to do my best to review this episode on its own merits, and not lament what could have been.

First, I should say that I was surprised that there was a patient of the week. I thought the final episode would focus on House/Wilson/the team, but we barely got any interactions between House and anyone real. This is a minor complaint, however, since I also equally dislike when series end with an episode that feels nothing like the rest of the show (for example, the tendency of comedies to all of a sudden start tackling serious issues in the last couple of episodes, so that the final episode feels more like a drama than the sitcom everyone loved.) (See? Writing finales is hard. We want it to feel exactly like the show we know, but it still has to create some satisfying conclusion and leave us with a big impact. No easy task.)

Most of the episode was spent trying to figure out exactly what was going on. I enjoyed seeing Kutner, Amber, Stacy, and Cameron again, but their returns just made the absence of Cuddy seem that much larger. I don’t know what Lisa Edelstein did, but it was pretty sad to not see her and House interact one more time. I’ve read different opinions about what exactly was going on with House in the burning building, and when he came up with the idea of faking his own death, but the one I’m going with is that, after Wilson refused to take the fall and his patient offered to take the blame instead, House went on a bender with his patient, and both ended up in a herion haze inside the building, which subsequently caught on fire. At that point, House was legitimately self-destructive and suicidal. As he battled with his own subconscious, he was fighting with the decision to live or die and what the implications of his decision would be. When he stood up at the very end and announced that he could change, that was the moment when he tried to get out and live differently. Even then, I don’t know that he necessarily planned to fake his death. Only after he realized that his patient had died in the fire did he decide to switch the dental records (and yes, I’m willing to overlook the implausibility of this and the fact that the coroner wouldn’t attempt some kind of DNA matching) and leave his old life behind forever. With this theory, I’m also assuming that the figure that Wilson saw in the flames right before the explosion was a figment of his imagination, perhaps manifested by his own guilt about pushing House over the edge, and that House was already attempting his escape.

I really enjoyed House’s funeral and the brief eulogies given by his former co-workers and friends. Once again, the absence of Cuddy hampered this scene, but Wilson’s tirade about House’s selfish assholery was fitting and fun. I can’t say that I was surprised when he got his text message and found out that House was still alive. After all, the character of House is an homage to Sherlock Holmes – what better way to end the series than with a faked death? The fact that House “died” in a fire instead of falling into a waterfall perfectly emphasized the duality of these two kindred spirits.

I also thought the writers did a good job with the obligatory final montage showing the audience how the characters’ lives were going to continue. Seeing Chase’s name on House’s old door was immensely satisfying, and it’s good to know that the department of diagnostic medicine will continue in House’s absence. I also liked that House put his ID tag under Foreman’s table and that he knows what that means. And the final shot of House and Wilson riding off on their motorcycles together was pretty much how it should have been. In the end, House gave up everything for Wilson. His subconscious visions all emphasized that, for House, the puzzle was the most important thing, but, in the end, he was able to change that. He chose a boring life with Wilson over his puzzles, and therefore made the biggest sacrifice he could have made. He can never go back, and there is no telling what his life will be like once Wilson succombs to cancer, but that doesn’t matter. For now, all that matters is their friendship, and, really, isn’t that all there is? As House astutely pointed out, “no one cares about the medicine.” We didn’t tune in every week because we wanted to see how the medical cases were solved (or to find out whether or not it would ever really be sarcoidosis or lupus); we tuned in every week to see House and his interactions with the people around him. It is therefore fitting that the series ends with no more cases for House to solve. It was never about the medicine. It was always about House.

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This episode made me sad. As it’s the second-last episode of the series, and Wilson is most certainly dying, I suppose that was to be expected.

It’s a hard episode to summarize too, because a lot happens, while at the same time, it feels like nothing much changes. House and Wilson take centre stage, with the news that the tumour hadn’t disappeared and Wilson decides that 5 months of relatively healthy living is better than spending a year or two in the hospitals getting chemo.  House spends the rest of the episode trying to convince Wilson to stay alive, while everybody else tries to get House to accept Wilson’s decision. Foreman assigns a patient to keep things normal and buys season tickets next to House as a way of showing him that there are other people out there who care. House insists that there’s a very low chance that he will fall apart, but of course, that’s exactly what happens.

First, he drugs Wilson with Propofol and administers chemo. When Wilson wakes up, he is furious and still wants to die. House tries to reason with him, telling him that there is no heaven or hell, therefore why would you want to give up on the only thing that matters? Wilson counters by saying that the death that he’s seen has made him believe they’re more than just “a bag of chemicals.” This is a divide that cannot be bridged and serves as a symbol for their characters. House is cynical; Wilson is hopeful even as he chooses to die.

Wilson’s decision leads him to call Thirteen, who, like House, tries to convince him to do a 2-week round of chemo and see how he feels. She then goes to see House, and (in a roundabout way, of course) thanks him for firing her and forcing her to spend the rest of her life doing exactly what she wants. She tells him it’s the most selfless thing anyone had ever done for her, and this apparently prompts House to change his mind about Wilson. He finally appears to accept Wilson’s decision and makes reservations at their favourite restaurant, insisting that there would be no tricks. There weren’t, but with House, even lack of manipulation is manipulation. By ordering Wilson’s favourite Oreos and reminiscing about the past, House causes Wilson to start to rethink his decision. In a moment of realness, House tells Wilson that he can’t die because needs him, and Wilson retorts that for once in their friendship, something gets to be about him. His dying isn’t about House, it’s about him. He breaks down and says that he needs to know that House loves him, but House refuses to give him that satisfaction unless he agrees to fight.

House writes him off, and when Taub tells him he’s being an ass by giving up on Wilson who just wants to end the pain, House screams, “Life is pain! I wake up every morning in pain, I go to work in pain! Do you know how many times I’ve wanted to just give up, how many times I’ve thought about ending it?” It’s a powerful moment that makes it clear why he can’t condone Wilson’s giving up. If House can live in pain, then so can Wilson. The implication is also there that the reason House hasn’t ended it is because of Wilson. If Wilson goes, there’s nothing left for him. It’s still selfish, of course, but it’s understandable. House lives every day in pain, but nothing would compare to the pain of losing Wilson, the only constant in his life.

Then, House really goes off the deep end after hearing that his patient has tried to kill himself. House rushes into his room and tries to strangle him, only stopping when Park hits him over the head with his cane. He screams at him, “It’s our human responsibility to STAY ALIVE,” once again reinforcing the fact that, for House, life is all there is. It’s a little obvious and slightly melodramatic, but it drives the point home and it’s emotional and believable because of Hugh Laurie’s performance.

Speaking of obvious and melodramatic, when Wilson tells Foreman that he’s leaving early and Foreman deduces that it’s because of House, Wilson angrily retorts that he doesn’t owe anything to House. Foreman disagrees, noting that patients, coworkers, and everybody have come and gone, but House only has one best friend. And, isn’t friendship about suffering a bit for the sake of someone else?

So, Wilson flip flops again, decides to go for the chemo, and tells House, who tells him no because he’s realized that he should’ve listened to him all along. Plus, he reasons, 5 months is better than nothing. So, they’re right back where they were at the beginning of the episode, except now House agrees with Wilson. They begin to make plans to spend it having the most fun possible, when . . .

TWIST. Of course. House had dumped all of Foreman’s season tickets down the toilet as a prank, thereby apparently destroying all the pipes in the hospital and causing the ceiling to collapse on an MRI. Somehow, the soggy tickets have his fingerprints on them (after being submerged in water?), and clogging pipes now counts as felony vandalism. House will have to report to jail on Monday to finish the rest of his sentence which is, of course, 6 months (that’s 1 month longer than Wilson has, in case you couldn’t do the math).

So, predictions for the finale? I would imagine that House won’t be going to jail, so maybe we’ll get another bittersweet road trip with him and Wilson as he becomes a fugitive. I really wish the last scene hadn’t happened. Things were corny but fine up until that point. Wilson is dying, how much higher did we really need the stakes to be? And also, the tickets down the drain is really the best reason they could get for sending House back to jail? If I were him (and if this was real life), I’d hire a lawyer because there’s no way the fingerprints are still on the tickets (and even if they were, they were his tickets, right? Couldn’t you argue that someone else took them and clogged the drain?) And really?  House plays a prank on Foreman and the punishment is that he doesn’t get to be with his friend during the last few months of his life? It’s too silly.

And maybe that’s what makes me the saddest, actually. It’s not the subject matter itself, but rather the fact that I’m worried they’re not going to give the series the send off it deserves. I hope they prove me wrong next week.

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Well, that was a bit anticlimactic. It’s not that I really expected any of the final five to flip on Kim and vote her out (and any hope of that was gone anyway as she won the final two immunity challenges), but I was hoping for some fireworks during the jury interrogation. But there was nothing. And that amounted to one of the most boring Survivor finales in recent memory. Let’s break it down.

After Kim’s first immunity, she decided to vote out Alicia. They tried to make it seem like she was considering Chelsea, but really, there wasn’t any question that Alicia was going. The only potentially interesting thing was that Kim had the hidden immunity idol, and Chelsea knew that. There was a brief moment when it seemed like Kim should have purposefully lost immunity in order to not have to make a decision about whether or not to give her idol to Chelsea. I actually thought there was the possibility of Chelsea getting mad that Kim chose not to save her, but then I realized that it didn’t matter because Chelsea gave Kim the credit for saving her anyway when Alicia was voted out. So, potential hiccup in Kim’s grand plan averted.

After Kim’s second immunity victory, Christina walked back to camp, asked Kim to lay it all out for her, and then, when she was told she was going home, said okay, great, thanks and spent the rest of the day lying on the beach, I guess. I mean, she was out of the loop for the whole season, so it shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did make for boring TV. Last minute scrambling usually makes up a good portion of these final episodes and, even if it doesn’t work, it at least gets you thinking about the possibilities.

Then there was the so-boring-I got-up-and-made-myself-a-snack-and-it-still-wasn’t-over-so-I-surfed-the-Internet-for-awhile walk past the torches of the fallen survivors, which I guess you have to really drag out when the winner is a foregone conclusion and there is nothing but love between the final three.

And then there was the jury. I was looking forward to this the most, because this has been (edited to look like) one of the most volatile juries in awhile. They were always whispering and making faces while the remaining ones talked, and you just knew that they were going to really let Kim et al. have it. And then, they didn’t. It was all, “hey, you got me!” and “great game!” and “wow, you really all deserve to be sitting there” and “good answer, thanks so much” and blah blah blah. Tarzan cried about his wife again (I mean, seriously dude, that’s great that you love your wife and everything, but get over it. Lots of people love their wives and don’t collapse into heaps of emotion at the thought of her). Alicia showed her crazy again, still somehow believing that she was the true mastermind of the game, but her delusions didn’t translate into good questioning. All along, I thought Troyzan and Kat would have the most to say, and might even spew the vitriol akin to what we saw in season 1 and Sue’s infamous tearing down of Richard. But nope! Troyzan again was just glad to be there, thanks for letting me play, and Kat was all of a sudden is a philosopher, revealing that she would need open heart surgery next year and that means everyone should just take things one day at a time and hey, there’s more important things to worry about than a game, man.

So, that was a big pile of nothing. In the live reading of the votes, Kim won both the million dollars and the fan votes, and everyone loves her so much that no one was even upset. They spent a lot of time talking to Colton, who said “I’m not a racist” a few too many times and crossed over into “protesting too much” territory, but then his mom came on and said that he was discriminated against by some people in his family, so hey, it’s okay if he discriminates against other people! Colton was right about one thing though, after he left “people said it got boring” — which explains Season 25: Philippines, in which 3 former players who had to be medically evacuated will be returning (aka Colton and two other people). I’m interested to see how the 3 tribe twist turns out, so I’m cautiously optimistic that they’ll be able to turn things around after the boringness of this season.

A couple more things about the reunion:

  • What was the deal with Jeff? He screwed up some questions and just didn’t really seem like he was as into it as he usually was. Maybe he was bored by this season too.
  • Alicia’s tearful apology was at least more believable than Colton’s, but it got me thinking about offence. Look, was what she said appropriate? No. Certainly Colton said some horrible things. But why do they have to apologize for it? Offence is taken, not given. So if you’re offended, that’s your right, but they shouldn’t be forced to apologize for your reactions. Maybe Alicia went to the producers and asked to clear the air, and if that’s what happened, I have no problem with that, because it was of her own will. But Colton obviously wasn’t sorry for what he said, so why did we have to go through that song and dance just to placate people? Especially because, at the same time as the show was punishing Colton by showing what an awful person he was, they are going to reward his bad behaviour with a spot on another season. If Colton was actually sorry and had actually changed his ways and was completely boring and uncontroversial next season, don’t you think the producers would feel a little duped? And so would the audience. People aren’t going to tune to see Colton be friends with everybody. They want him to say outrageous and offensive things, and that’s exactly what he’s going to do. Basically, what I’m saying is, don’t insult my intelligence by getting all righteously indignant about Colton’s behaviour  and demanding an apology, while simultaneously creating a situation where he is going to be expected to behave in the exact same way all over again (and will probably be the focus of an apology segment in next year’s reunion too).

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The two sitcoms that I watch every week are Modern Family and The Office. The shows share their documentary-style filming, but otherwise could not be more different. Modern Family is still in its prime, while The Office continues its descent into irrelevance. Here’s a recap/comparison of both episodes this week.

Modern Family E3 S21 – Disneyland

The family outside Disneyland with Lily on her “child safety tether”


It’s funny – I find it much more difficult to write about a good episode than a bad one. Which is perhaps why I didn’t write this review yesterday. This week, the Pritchetts and the Dunphys head to Disneyland and, naturally, hilarity ensues! My favourite episodes of Modern Family are the ones where the whole family gets to interact together, and this episode was no different, with the characters working their way through the park and weaving in and out of each other’s story lines. Phil is excited because Luke is finally tall enough to go on all of the roller coasters, only to find out that he might be getting too old to keep up with him. We get the broad, physical comedy that Ty Burrell is so good at (the scene when he’s dizzy but trying to catch up with Luke and runs while seemingly on a 45 degree angle is brilliant), and also a sweet scene where Luke promises to push Phil’s wheelchair as fast as he wants. We also get a happy ending when Phil realizes he just has the flu and maybe has a few more years left of roller coaster fun with his son.

Then there was the story line with Mitch and Cam, who deal with Lily’s new penchant for running away by putting her on a “child safety tether.” As everyone points out, it’s really a leash, and even Lily backs this up by barking. In one of the most laugh-out-loud sequences of the whole season, Lily gets tangled up with a set of leashed twins as the twins’ mother and Mitchell and Cam exchange the kind of phrases normally heard a dog parks (“she’s feisty today!” “don’t worry, she’s not dangerous”). The fact that she immediately chases after Chip and Dale when they unhook the leash is perfect, too. Finally, the guys are saved when Grandpa Jay offers to step in. Having spent the day trying to convince Gloria to step out of her sky-high heels and into the soft Minnie Mouse slippers (“they’re like peeelows, Jay!”), Jay knows just how to slow down Lily – he buys her a pair of Disney princess heels. Problem solved.

This is why summarizing good comedy shows is hard – I haven’t even touched on the part where Claire tries to fix Haley up with a good boy, only to find that he and Alex get along much better (“I just set my 14 year old up with a college boy”). Also, Dylan is back and working at Disneyland, first as one of the Dapper Dans (which turns bad boy-loving Haley off) and then as Little John. The scene where Little John tries to win Haley back is genius, from Dylan’s awkward dance and insistence first that “this is what Little John does” to his admittance that “I don’t even know what movie this is from.” All gold. The weakest part, I think, was the storyline where Manny doesn’t enjoy Disneyland because his fake stock portfolio is tanking. They’ve been a bit heavy-handed with the whole “Manny doesn’t act like a kid” theme this season, and, while it was funny, it just didn’t hold up against the rest of the brilliance.

So, there, you see? Very hard to recap/review a brilliant episode without just repeating “and this was funny, and that was hilarious, and this other part was awesome!” Luckily, this week’s episode of The Office didn’t present me with such a problem.


The Office S8 E24 – Free Family Portrait Day

“Janitor” Andy . . . for some reason.

This week’s episode was actually the season finale, but it neither left me with much hope for the show’s future nor presented me with much of a cliffhanger to encourage me to come back for the season premiere.

Once again, the show had its funny moments, but they were surrounded by about 20 minutes of non-funny stuff, so they kind of got overshadowed. Gabe walking into the conference room with his cupcake, the look on Jim’s face during the family photos, Andy mopping the carpet, and everyone’s incredulous looks when they think Andy is just imagining David Wallace. That pretty much sums up the funny stuff, I think. It actually might have been less than 2 minutes of screen time.

The rest? Well, the rest was a bit of a convoluted mess, to be honest. The free family portraits featured in the episode’s title come about because of Dwight. Jim suspects that Dwight is using this as a way to somehow hurt his children as a way of getting back at him for a prank, and this results in one of the aforementioned funny moments. He’s only half-right however, as it is indeed part of a plot, but rather than wanting to hurt Jim’s kids, Dwight wants to try and get a sample of Angela’s baby’s DNA so that he can prove once and for all that he is the father. This feels like something Dwight would do, and so is not totally out of nowhere, but it’s then dragged out far too long. He steals the baby’s diaper and leads Angela on a chase all over Scranton, of which the viewer is forced to watch almost every minute. A low-speed chase through suburbia is not that exciting, guys, sorry. Also, the plotline ends in two weird ways. First, Angela finally catches up with Dwight at the clinic, and when she finds out he’s too late to stop him, she hold his hand. WTF? Now she’s cool with Dwight being the father? What was the point of that drawn out chase then? Meanwhile, back at the office, the Senator is leaving with their baby and runs into Oscar. Covering his baby’s face, he creepily orders Oscar to call him. I’m sorry, but covering your baby’s face doesn’t make up for the fact that you’re trying to pick up a guy at your wife’s office. I hope he at least puts the baby in the next room before he gets down to business with his various male constituents. The whole thing left a bad taste in my mouth (that’s what she said?).

The other storyline involved Andy for some reason thinking that the best way to make everyone respect you again is to dress up like a boozy janitor, spill food all over yourself, and generally degrade yourself until David Wallace comes in and announces that you are the new/old regional manager. It makes absolutely no sense, and even dim bulb Erin has to warn him that he might want to “calibrate” since some things just can’t be unseen. Of course, when the other people in the office stage an intervention, she tries to support his story by telling them that he’s been abusing her, so her intelligence was apparently fleeting. The only payoff for this whole thing was the scene where they don’t believe that Andy has been talking to David Wallace, but this momentary foundation in reality is immediately eclipsed by the arrival of David himself.

When David is announcing the changes (he’s bought Dunder Mifflin and Sabre is liquidating), Andy acts far worse than Michael at his most disruptive. Why in the world David didn’t just walk out of there at that point?  And how do you reconcile the brilliant and astute Andy of last week to this week’s bumbling idiot? At least Michael’s success as a salesperson was understandable – Andy’s character changes on the whims of the writers. The other problem is that the Sabre storyline was wrapped up so neatly. Robert California is gone (and for some reason, given a ton of money by David Wallace), Nellie will inexplicably stay on as a “Special Projects Coordinator” (ugh, why won’t she just go away already?) and that’s that. Everything that happened this season might as well have been a dream. Next season, Andy will be manager, we’ll get sporadic appearances by David Wallace, Kelly and Toby will mysteriously never be seen again (as both are leaving to work on other shows) and life will continue on in Scranton. The question is, will anyone still care enough to watch?

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Laura and the “super sexy” Nicholas Tse.

This week’s theme: Laura likes Sex!

Laura wonders when she’ll get to have sex again. Laura thinks all building are phallic symbols. Laura thinks Nicholas Tse is cute. Laura sleeps her way to the top.

Anyway, the girls have to learn a fight sequence from Nicholas Tse, and Laura won. The rest of the girls are furious, and understandably so. Because Laura won best picture, she got to train with Nicholas himself, while the others had to work with stuntmen. From my point of view, this definitely gave her an advantage, because Annaliese and Alisha seemed to perform better in their takes. Back at the hotel, the girls joke around that Nicholas just wants to sleep with Laura and that’s why she won, and Sophie and the others imply that she Laura might sleep her way to the top, which sets Laura off. Perhaps it was a case of protesting too much?

The next morning, the girls are driven to the Macau tower for an outdoor rooftop photo shoot. Cue the tears! Sophie has a breakdown and is unable to pose without letting go of the harness cable, Laura loves heights (which probably has something to do with liking sex so much), and Alisha professes a fear of heights, but seemingly pulls it together while she’s out there.


So, congrats to Laura! It was the best photo, but I think Nigel had a good point, when he said that it’s not like the other girls couldn’t have produced a better photo, it’s just that they were terrified and she wasn’t. Period.


And, it’s goodbye to Eboni! But wait —


After Tyra announces that she’s safe, Alisha breaks down sobbing and says that she needs to leave to “find herself” again. She cries that she doesn’t want to be seen as selfish, so she needs to go. Tyra tells her that’s fine, but Eboni is going home too. Alisha decides that’s fine, she still wants to go. And so she does.

So, with the bit of a twist at the end and we ended up with a final three of Laura, Annaliese, and Sophie. Next week, go-sees!

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