"C'mon, V. I know that top is worth more than your tuition. Have you been hanging out with Brandeis?"
So you know how every CW show does a recap of where you can get that episode's music? InStyle is doing that for the clothes on Gossip Girl.
This is both awesome and disconcerting. We would definitely love to know where we can get Jenny's stilettos, Blair's outerwear and Vanessa's jewelry (and maybe Serena's hair products? PLEASE?) At the same time, it's usually nothing we can afford. Are we really expected to believe Vanessa throws on a Matthew Williamson blouse to go to a Kafka lecture? We think not.
In any case, that's The CW's problem (and ours), not InStyle's. Check out the magazine's Gossip Girl page for new updates on what the Upper East Siders are donning.
"UNION!! UNION!! UN... Wait, what the hell is a union? That means working, right?"
90210 was certainly delving into some deeper nature vs. nurture questions this week. Ade was questioning the nature of sexuality, Teddy was questioning his father’s influence on his sexual habits and we certainly hope Naomi was questioning her family’s and her own duplicity. But we don’t want to leave you with questions for too long, dear readers, so let’s get right to answering them.
Annie, Liam and Jasper
Annie still doesn’t have time for dealing with Jasper’s Glad-wrap like behavior, and continues to blow him off at school. She misses the bus after school and hitches a ride with Liam. The two are finally making up after all the Jen drama – until they spot Liam’s step-dad locking lips with a strange blonde.
Read on to find out what else did the devious 90210er's got up to this week.
Liam goes home to wait for his devious dad and delivers one to his jaw when Jeffrey arrives. Liam tells his mom what he saw, but much to his dismay she chooses to work things out with her husband. Incensed, Liam shacks at Naomi’s cozy little abode for a while.
Later on, Annie tries calling Liam to make sure he’s okay after the step-dad fiasco. Liam doesn’t answer, but she gets a call from Jasper instead. He wants to say goodbye and that life isn’t worth living without Annie. What he’ll choose to do about it we’ll find out next week.
It seems that Naomi’s living alone with no boundaries has affected her school life, since she doesn’t seem to respect the boundaries there, either. Navid invites a teacher to be the Blaze’s adviser, an excitable Brit named Mr. Canon who interned at 60 Minutes and studied at Columbia. Loudmouth Naomi doesn’t seem to understand that those are a news program and a journalism school of some repute, since she immediately questions Mr. Canon’s judgment in several not-so-kind words. It’s okay though, because Mr. Canon has two for her: You’re fired.
When Naomi tries to plead her case she must have winked wrong or something because Mr. Canon assumes she’s coming on to him and angrily informs her she’s being inappropriate. Really, Mr. Canon, you need to understand that Naomi always talks like Sharon Stone in Fatal Instinct.
Naomi fails to get her girlfriends on her side later on, so naturally she fibs that Mr. Canon demanded sex to put her back on the paper. Oh Naomi. If you were as passionate about reporting as you claim to be, you would know that that’s a journalistic no-no known as slander. After Naomi tries to raise hell, Navid tells her he’ll talk to Mr. Canon. Naomi gets back on the paper with one problem; her friends still think she was sexually harassed by Mr. Canon and should pursue the issue.
Dixon and Dana
Dixon and Dana are still getting along swimmingly, hanging out at sports bars and betting on basketball, until Dana tells him that she has to go back home. Dixon tries to avoid his mother because he wants to distance himself, but Dana knows that trick too well. Dixon still has questions; like why did he have to be the one to contact her? Why didn’t she come back sooner? Dana says she didn’t want to disturb his life, but she wants to be a part of it now. They make up and before she leaves she gives Dixon the basketball winnings and some extra from missed birthdays over the years. From the looks of it, Dixon has some betting fodder for months to come.
Silver and Teddy
It seems Teddy still hasn’t completely forgiven Silver, since he’s still blowing her off at the beginning of the episode. Silver nips it in the bud by confronting him about the problem and convinces him she deserves another chance, and how can Teddy resist those baby blues (and great hair, legs, clothes... pretty much everything)? But on a date later on, Silver’s trust issues begin to resurface when they run into one of Teddy’s exes. The girl has tickets to a Tarantino screening, but Silver has obligations with school. Teddy goes off to the screening with Silver’s skin-deep blessing, but her concerns deepen when she finds out they blew off the movie and went drinking. Looks like Silver needs to nip it a little farther down the bud.
She admits to Teddy that she’s jealous, and Teddy agrees that she may have a point. His father was a huge player; what if that’s all he’s capable of? Saying that she trusts him, Silver finally puts her faith in Teddy, and he seems encouraged by the endorsement. Now we just have to wait around for Papa Montgomery to come in and mess up this hard-won contentment.
Ade and Gia
Things have been weird for the two friends since Gia admitted her crush, but they make up, saying that they don’t want to throw away their friendship. But the more time they spend together, the more Ade questions their relationship and the nature of sexuality. Watching romantic movies alone together probably isn’t helping, nor is Ade seeing her ex happy with his new bad-ass bassist girlfriend. By the way, we’d like to reiterate our love for Lila. We almost swooned when she smiled, winked and strummed in Navid’s direction all at the same time.
Ade admits her feelings to Naomi and Silver, and finally Gia. Ade’s curiosity gets the better of her and tries her first real kiss with Gia, which seems to be a success. The two agree to go on a real date and take it from there.
Well fans, what did you think? Will Ade and Gia be a hit or a flop? Will Teddy keep it in his pants? Will Dixon lend us some of that cash?
No seriously, we have some credit card bills we need to pay off.
Notes and Quotes
Is that classic rock we hear on 90210? Awesome. We love The CW's promotion of new bands, but we'll take a little Tommy James and the Shondells any day.
We can't get over Naomi's heinous behavior. Can we please temper her attitude with a little self-awareness? And we're having a hard time believing she's really passionate about journalism. That being said...
...we're a little suspicious of Mr. Canon. He's got to be 30-something and all he's done is intern in journalism? Shouldn't he have held a job by now? What has be been doing for the past few years, other than jump to conclusions about how people want to sleep with him? Hmm....
Why do Ade and Gia keep watching romantic movies together?? If you want to dispel the weird vibe, would it kill you to try a comedy?
What the hell, yoga teacher? Not only is Debbie married, but you are running a business; get a grip and stop kissing your clients. Also, will Debbie take Dana's advice about telling Harry? We're guessing probably not. It will fester and rot until the whole thing boils over and someone else tells Harry, just like everything else in 90210.
Mr. Canon: We’re not a tabloid here
Naomi: But we can be!
Naomi: Just ask him, am I in or out? Because I’m not popping the pill every day just to cure zits and PMS.
Silver: Weakest of the herd? Look, I’ve heard you called many a thing but that is not one of them.
Naomi: Were you at the same meeting?
Gia: I was at the one where you wouldn’t shut up.
Naomi: You know what a Steinem is? Beer Mug.
Ade: Yes, that is totally it!
Naomi: A little lady-lady action might be just the thing to get the Persian stallion back in your stable.
Silver: I don’t think anyone is 100% gay or 100% straight.
Naomi: That’s true. Gay guys, straight guys, they all want to sleep with me.
Naomi: I will see you at 1300 hours tomorrow. I believe that’s lunch period.
Jonah gets a little money for his flick, "Living in Reverse," and he's ready to throw a big, celebratory party in the courtyard of Melrose Place. So Amanda decides to take the opportunity to squeeze information out of the MP residents regarding Syd's lost paintings and she pays the bartenders to go heavy on the booze in the drinks all evening. Let the good (read weird) times roll.
A mini reunion in the Melrose courtyard
You know it's a MP party when Amanda is handing out the booze, Michael shows up to blackmail his bright young intern for sex, Jane comes to complain about the noise and Jo shows up—well, we still don't really know why Jo needs to be there but she does spill some good stuff about Amanda's past embezzling that is enlightening.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves…
Dr. Mancini is the top cardiologist in the country?
It's a day off for Riley and Lauren and they plan a girl date to celebrate, but as usual, Lauren is called into the hospital to work. She's met by the "top cardiologist in the country" who tells her that he booked a room at the Waverly Hotel and wants Lauren to make good on the transaction that was never completed. She's freaked and a little grossed out. Then, darn it, an emergency bypass interrupts them. He tells her to meet him at the hotel that night or he's telling her friends her big hooker secret.
Why isn't Ella fired yet?
Jane pays a visit to Amanda to remind her of their agreement—fire Ella and she can live in Melrose. Jane clearly holds one heck of a grudge and Amanda is clearly desperate. Amanda assures Jane that the girl will get what she deserves in good time and it's not long before Ella realizes that someone is setting her up to make it look like she's stealing from WPK. Too bad it's Amanda—stealing from her own company. Man, that painting Syd made off with must have really set her back.
David just attracts him some hoochies
Poor, rich Morgan didn't get her fill from one evening with David so she starts blackmailing him so that they can do the relationship thing. Her father is very powerful, after all. He tries to shake her but she just keeps showing up, offering him gifts and wanting to have the sex. This can't be good.
Calling Doctor Hotness!
Drew kidnaps Riley to go shopping for the kids in the pediatric ward (he's a giver!) and they totally click. But when they arrive, all chummy at the party, which is already in full swing, Jonah acts like a giant hypocrite. He can make out with Ella left and right, but when Riley and Dr. Drew get a little sucky-face, the dude flips. Jonah picks a fight with Drew, the argument moves to pushing, and the two end up brawling in the MP pool. It's just not a party until that happens.
Lauren comes clean
When Dr. Mancini misses Lauren at the hotel he confronts her at her home during the big bash and she decides to tell all of her friends the truth. So she does, right then and there, at the party that we had mistakenly figured climaxed with the pool fight. Everyone is shocked, with the minor exception of Ella who kind of suspected it and David, who is just plain disgusted. For just going "straight" himself a week ago, David is surprisingly unsympathetic. Even after Lauren comes to the restaurant and tells him that she loves him, the guy is a rock of hate.
SOS our MP
We are hearing some dangerously bad news about our beloved show. Rumor has it that Jessica Lucas (aka Riley) is abandoning ship to join the NBC show "Friends with Benefits." It's like rats jumping off a sinking ship. But don't give up hope just yet, fans. E! Online's Save One Show has come to the rescue of many a floundering series and they are about to do it for MP. Make sure you log on and vote for MP before April 5th. After that the vote drops to just five shows and then the winner will be announced on April 12. So vote now and tell a friend to vote too!
If this week’s episode of Gossip Girl taught us anything, it’s that girls are evil. Evelyn betrayed Chuck in the foulest way by siding with Jack and stealing her son's hotel. Agnes turns on Jenny by trying to sabotage her second chance in the world of fashion, then drugs her and leaves her in the hands of drunk, older men. Even Jenny, the victim of so many a girls’ ire, continues the vicious cycle by planting the seeds for a future Nate takeover. Read on for more juicy thoughts on the episode:
Most shocking revelation: Rufus admits that there are some things more important than waffles. We never thought we’d see the day.
Love it or hate it accessory: Jenny’s patterned tights. Part of us wants to turn away in abject horror. The other part wants to run out to the store and buy a pair.
Biggest way to ruin the day: It’s s tossup between getting thrown out of your own hotel by your mother (Chuck) and returning to a former passion only to find a frenemy waiting in the wings (Jenny).
Best line: “Ms. Blair you have no friends.” Dorota sure knows how to deliver a zinger without insulting the recipient.
Can we say smother: With Rufus, Serena and Nate surrounding Dan and Vanessa like love-sick vultures, we’re not sure how long these two can last.
With friends like these: After a heartfelt apology on both sides, Agnes embraces Jenny with the warm, fuzzy words “I missed you b****.” Yep, she’s a keeper.
Most expensive party: Blair hiring escorts to populate her mother’s fashion show. Remember, prostitutes are people too.
Best use of music: Florence and the Machine’s “Between Two Lungs” during Dan and Vanessa’s date. They could have used the entire album and we wouldn’t complain.
I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that: Love makes people do crazy things, like screw over your son to secure the affections of a known scumbag.
Bribery pays: Who needs talent when you can just bribe your way to the top? Blair needs her mother’s line to succeed and Mr. Conwell needs his romantic liaisons kept a secret. It’s a match made in heaven. Sadly, not one Blair's mother wishes to cement.
Throwing Jenny to the wolves: Agnes drugs her and then wraps her up like a little present to give to a rowdy bachelor party.
Best use of social media: Jenny is too wasted to pinpoint her whereabouts, so Nate uses the stalkerific wonders of social media to determine her exact location.
Coming clean: Blair tells her mother the truth about college and her lack of friends.
Thou shall not covet: Jenny seems to be unaware of this commandment because she’s eyeing Nate with a lusty look. Watch out Serena.
The epic battle between Chuck and Jack continues, but it will do so without Evelyn. Dan and Vanessa try to balance their budding romance with their deep friendship. Blair might have found a place where she belongs. Let’s hope she transfers to Columbia STAT! What did you think?
It's funny how sometimes Life Unexpected is a little... expected. Most of us knew that the Baze-Abby relationship was doomed, that Cate would freak out about something and that Ryan would be the voice of reason. But that doesn't make the drama juice any less entertaining to take in. So let's whip out our curly straws and start drinking, shall we?
Cate and Ryan
The on-again-off-again fiancees are back to their old comfort levels, which means the wedding is back on. Cate asks Lux to be her maid of honor, but then -- with perfectly awkward timing -- Cate gets a call from Abby asking about the wedding. Abby takes up residence as maid of honor without invitation, much like she's been doing elsewhere in Portland, but more on that later.
Cate heads off to Abby's yoga class to find Baze in a deep spiral pose wearing Abby's Kabbalah bracelet. Cate susses out the hook-up situation and proceeds to rail and scream at Baze and Abby. Baze defends himself saying that he and Abby are serious about each other and Cate will just have to deal with it -- which she does by planning to elope that night with Ryan and not invite anyone but Lux. Functionality is so overrated.
Unfortunately, their spur-of-the-moment nuptials are put on hold by Mother Nature. Cate goes to Baze's to pick up Lux who is out at a party. Just as Cate goes to leave, the massive thunderstorm closes off the roads and shuts down the power. Cate, Baze, Jamie, Math and Abby are all stuck at the bar for the night.
Lux and Ryan
Lux catches up with Jones at school and tries to make up with him for the winter formal catastrophe. Jones still seems a little skeptical, but invites Lux to a party at his house that night. At the party, a rousing game of suck-and-blow goes awry, resulting in Jones planting a not-so-accidental kiss on Lux. Lux freaks out and goes to leave, but Jones apologizes and tells her that he's having a hard time getting over her. He says he won't try any more funny business, and Lux, either flattered or pacified, decides to stay. This was probably a bad move though, since she walks in on Jones making out with another girl later on. She tells Jones that he must not like Lux that much if he's hooking up with someone else already, to which Jones replies that she can't have it both ways. Lux stomps out into the storm and gets Ryan to pick her up.
The storm is getting worse at this point, so the two have to take shelter at the radio station on the way home. Lux explains her problem with Jones and we find out a bit more about her background before she found Cate. Basically, she dealt with a lot of rejection and disappointment from prospective foster parents. Ryan tells her that rejection is hard, even if it's from something that you didn't really want all that much, which is why it hurt to see Jones with another girl. But Lux might want to think about how much more it hurt Jones to feel real rejection from something he wanted. Oh Ryan, you're so clever.
Baze and Abby
Ever since the winter formal, Abby has been taking up residence at the bar, much to Math and Jamie's chagrin, and occupying Baze's sock drawer, much to Baze's chagrin. During the blackout, Math and Jamie sit Baze down and explain that his relationship with Abby is a great big mess and Baze needs to end it. Baze tries to argue that he's with Abby to prove to Lux that he can be in a real relationship, to which Math and Jamie thank Baze for proving their point.
Having been shown the light, Baze tries to break up with Abby, who in turn tries to therapize him and says he's just afraid of commitment. Baze grasps at his last excuse straw and blurts out that he still has feelings for Cate -- who is standing right behind him. Cue the standard Cate freak-out. She yells at Baze for apparently ruining the slowly improving family dynamic by making things weird. But Abby comes to Baze's rescue this time, saying that Cate was upset when Baze rejected her, and now she's upset that he likes her, and that she can't have it both ways. Sound familiar?
Baze admits to Cate and Abby that he lied about having feelings for Cate. Cate gets mad that his way of trying to be responsible was to lie, but Abby seems to forgive him. She also tells him that even if he doesn't want to admit it, he does harbor some feelings for Cate or he wouldn't have used it as his go-to lie.
Cate and Abby have their own issues to discuss as well, like how Cate was ready to cut Abby out of her wedding by eloping. The two agree to try and mend their relationship, which has been pretty shabby for the past 16 years.
Ryan and Lux finally arrive in the morning to pick up Cate (what happened to her car?) and they drive over to Jones's house. Lux explains why she got upset and Jones says that he understands. The three are all ready to drive down to the coast and have their tiny romantic wedding, but Cate gets a better idea. Instead, they pop back over to Baze's, alcoholic brunch accouterments in tow. They decide to get married in Portland in two weeks and everyone toasts the happy couple -- except Baze who looks suddenly melancholy and is clearly pondering Abby's words. Looks like he's not quite done making things difficult for Portland's favorite radio duo. But you'll have to come back next week to find out for sure.
Math: Your relationship is a fauxnut.
Baze: Will you keep it down!
Math: What, like you and Abby last night? It was like cats drowning in more cats.
Lux: Maybe you just suck and blow at suck-and-blow.
Abby: This isn't Burger King, Cate, you can't have EVERYTHING your way.
Math: Is that a Kabbalah bracelet around your wrist?
Baze: Abby says it's the new Livestrong.
Math: Are you a moron?
Cate: What kind of feelings?
Baze: Feelings, feelings. The kind you feel.
Cate: I Can't believe I'm stuck here with you idiots and your fauxnuts.
Trevor Donovan talks about Teddy, acting and really bad horror flicks
As 90210 hurtles towards its purportedly cataclysmic season finale, we're getting sucked in even more with a series of great actor interviews. And now we've got another one!
Trevor Donovan, who plays our adorable Teddy Montgomery on the show, took some time out of his Friday to chat with us. Turns out the most extroverted character on the show used be shy - who knew? Maybe that means there's hope for even us nerdy writing-types. But probably not.
Anyway, we had a great chat with Trevor about the upcoming episodes and his career, including bumps in the road ahead for Teddy and Silver, the advent of Mr. Montgomery Sr. and how he got into acting. Read on!
Teddy originally started on the show as a character we all loved to hate; do you think he’s evolved into someone that people can identify with more?
Most definitely. You will see it in the upcoming episodes, especially with the introduction of my dad. You’ll see why he is the way he is, and there’s a whole lot more to Teddy’s character. So that hate will start to fade. (Laughs)
Right, Ryan O’Neal is coming on as Teddy’s dad. What was it like working with such an iconic actor?
Not iconic, he’s a legend! But let me just say that it was an honor and such a pleasure to work with him, it was an amazing experience.
What is their relationship going to be like?
It brings out a different side of Teddy’s character, there’s going to be a lot more intensity. Teddy becomes very volatile around his father; he brings out another level in Teddy and you’ll start see why he is the way he is.
Silver kind of messed up her new relationship with Teddy this week with her spying scheme. Is this something Teddy can forgive and forget?
Let’s just say there will be much bigger issues at stake. Teddy’s dad is going to create some big issues for Teddy and Silver and that little spying thing is just going to fall to the wayside. Have you ever had a similar experience with a girlfriend?
Yep. I was having a little déjà vu in this episode. I guess when you're in love you do some weird things?
How hard is it going to be for Teddy to shed his past habits as a player?
Well, I think it’s great, Silver and Teddy getting together. Their development is coming from a very solid place, a very emotional and mental place, not just something like hooking up. They have such a great foundation that it doesn’t take effort for Teddy to shed his “playboy ways”, it just happens organically.
You and Teddy are both California boys, are there any other characteristics you share with him?
You mean the playboy thing? (Laughs)
I guess I was thinking more about surfing…
Surfing, definitely! I do my own surfing on the show, which is great. But I’ve been surfing since I was a kid. My dad was actually an amazing surfer, he had even been on the cover of some surfing magazines. I actually grew up in the snow, I grew up in Mammoth, but surfing has always been a part of my life.
In terms of character traits, I think Teddy and I are both the lighthearted happy-go-lucky type, we tend to look at things positively.
What is it like experiencing the drama of high school all over again?
Let me start by saying that my high school, and probably like 99 percent of all high schools, was not at all like West Beverly. It’s not necessarily revisiting as existing in a different universe, but it’s a blast! And the writing is just so good. They brought in the same-sex relationship and the drug use which are big issues that I think high school students can relate to.
Is Teddy going to have further involvement as a witness in Annie’s hit-and-run?
I can’t say much, but I can say that the hit-and-run issue is finally going to be resolved. It is a jaw-dropping season finale. I love it, they did such a great job with it.
You previously worked on the soap Days of Our Lives, what was the environment like on a soap compared with a show like 90210?
Oh my God, it was day and night, and that’s not just a play on words, with the daytime-soap, prime-time show… With a soap you’re shooting an entire episode a day. It was hard, soap opera acting is HARD. You’re memorizing 30-40 pages of script a night. It was an acting boot camp, but it was all part of the journey, and I’m grateful for it.
You also got into acting after a successful career in modeling, what motivated you to change careers?
It wasn’t so much motivation, but I was so shy and introverted that I started taking acting classes because I couldn’t get in front of a camera. I had no intention of being an actor at all, I just wanted to get out of my shell. I found after taking more and more classes that I really loved it.
Was the professional transition difficult after that?
Oh, man. I don’t even want to talk about the first film I did. I think every actor does the same kind of film when they first start off, and it was a horror film. That film will definitely come back to bite me in the ass. But it definitely had its good points; I got to spend a month on a tropical beach in the Dominican Republic. The process was great, it was just the product…not so great.
Do you have plans or aspirations for other kinds of acting, such as film or stage?
Film. Film, film, film. That’s the medium where you get to really dive into the character and really explore it with the director. And theater as well because I have this really big, booming voice, and I love to be on stage and be loud. (Laughs)
So it was all about eeeeeeeevil men with dubious hair, facial or otherwise, on Gossip Girl this week. In one corner, we have Damien, corrupting poor (snicker) innocent (guffaw) delicate (BWAH!) oh, to heck with it, we can't keep a straight face -- Jenny has been dealing DRUGS with the man, so we don't know how shocked we can really be that he might pressure her to give up her virginity. We were thrilled with the stand Jenny took, but confused about the aftermath -- why lie about it with Serena? Weird.
In the other corner, we have Jack Bass, sporting a helpful Evil Alternate Universe Goatee just to let us know that, yep, he's evil. He's conspiring with Chuck's lawyer and his long-lost mom to steal Chuck's hotel away. Alas, Chuck plays right into his hands... We just hope this means we'll get to see Blair resume her scheming ways to get back at Jack. Please?
In other news, Rufus and Lily are still Rufus and Lily, and Dan and Vanessa have relationship issues. We know you've been telling us to be nicer to them, but... we can't. Sorry.
File under "we're not quite sure what this means for the economy (or the show)", but we've discovered that not one but two houses used in One Tree Hill are up for sale. The first is being sold at auction, and we're not entirely sure which Tree Hillian presumably lived there. At first we thought it was Brooke's season-2 house, but it's not quite grand enough. Could it be Peyton's place, repainted? What do you think?
And second, Lucas and Karen's adorable Craftsman bungalow is up for sale. We love the exterior of this house, and we could totally see living there ... if we actually lived in Wilmington, N.C., which we don't. However, how cool is it that they mention the show right in the ad: "The icing on the cake - One Tree Hill/ Warner Brothers pays you to use your front yard approximately 4 times per year. What a deal!!"
Of course, the places we'd really like to live are Nathan and Haley's sweet B-ball/Rock star estate, and Dan and Deb's palatial beach house. Now those were some great houses!
What do you think, fans? Do you recognize the houses? Are you planning on making a real-estate investment in your favorite show? Tell all in the comments!
The Vampire Diaries: Give the Savlatore Brothers a Call
Ever since the infamous song 867-5309 in the '80s, phone numbers that pop up in pop culture tend to be fake -- you know, you get the 555-prefixed numbers that keep fans from pestering the poor souls who happen to have the number in real life. So when we see a real number show up on our TV screens, you know we're going to call it just in case it's a spiffy Easter Egg that the show put in for us.
And that's just what happened on The Vampire Diaries. Elena called a mysterious number -- 1-919-399-2507 -- that appeared on the dead messenger's phone, and presumably heard her undead mother. But when you dial that number, you hear from a very different duo of vamps -- the Salvatore brothers!
They address "Team Stefan" and "Team Damon," giving the fans some hints about what's to come. Call the number to hear what Stefan and Damon have to say, then talk about it in the comments!
Supernatural: "She was the love of my life. How many times do I have to kill her?"
Oh, Bobby! The look of pain in his trucker-cap-shaded eyes completely shattered us. We're actually almost pissed off at Supernatural for putting him through that! And, we have to admit, some of us here at CW Source Central wish that the premise of the episode was actually strong enough to make Bobby go through that.
But first, what we loved:
"There's zombies, and then there's zombies"
Clever, clever writers. Making the living dead come back as themselves -- with all the same memories, emotions and characteristics -- instead of shambling, brainless monsters, was brilliant. It amped up both the humor ("You're a zombie!" "I'm a taxpayer!") and the heartbreak when they turned. Not only do the dearly-departed-then-returned seem extra creepy when they go from reading bedtime stories to gnawing on intestines, but it makes the emotional gut-punch that much more devastating.
Everything that Bobby did this episode -- every word, every gesture, every reaction -- felt true to us. Jim Beaver knocked it out of the park, and we are officially in awe of him. Bravo, Jim.
Check out the Bobby bits we particularly loved after the jump...
Bobby playing Agent Willis, and the look on his face when he realizes that he's talking to someone he knows.
The way Bobby knew that something was up, that this was another sign from Revelations, but he still wanted to cling to the idea that maybe, just maybe, this would be the one and only good thing to come out of the apocalypse.
Bobby begging the guys to leave it be -- and then pulling a gun on them when they wouldn't.
That final scene of Bobby with Karen -- holding her hand as he shoots her in the head. Oh, Bobby!
The look on Bobby's face when Sam tries to reassure himself that Bobby's going to be all right. He's too shattered to pretend. Oof.
Oh, Karen -- we can see why Bobby loved you. We loved her incessant pie-making, her chirpy good spirits, and her determination to protect Bobby from the worst. Of course she remembered everything, and of course she wanted to shield him from it. That's what love makes you do. Plus, we loved her interaction with Dean -- first feeding him pie, then telling him "You hunt things. I'm a thing. I get it." It was heartbreaking to see her realize what she had become, what she might do, and what she had to ask Bobby to do again. Oof.
Sam and Dean's reactions were so ... Sam and Dean. They know what needs to be done, and they feel like they're in bizarro world when no one seems to get it, not even Bobby. They were so discombobulated the whole episode. We loved Sam edging towards Old Lady Jones, asking "Do you think you could tell me from here?" We loved Dean encountering Karen outside the house, saying "No! No, there's nothing scary about you at all." And we could see their hurt and confusion at the end when they realized that Death had raised these bodies specifically to hurt Bobby, because he helps them.
What we're not so sure about
Which brings us to the head-scratching part of the episode. This is the work of Death, the most feared horseman in the apocalyptic arsenal, and his first act is to ... emotionally brutalize a comparative bit player? It seems like a little much for Bobby, and too little for the Rider on a Pale Horse. Come on, it's Death -- would Lucifer really use Death to just send a message? Look to the mob, Lucifer -- they just send large goons with baseball bats to deal with matters like this, not the number-one assassin. You'd think he'd reserve Death for the really big blow-out that would make a worldwide impact.
And that cast a bit of a pall over the whole episode for some of us. We just couldn't wrap our heads around it. Bobby's pain was horrible and real, but it didn't seem like enough of a splash for Death. We expected more of Death, and that sort of trivialized Bobby's pain for us -- like, that's it? And we shouldn't be feeling that after watching Bobby kill the love of his life again, and seeing fast-moving zombies attempt to claw down a closet door.
But that's our take -- what about yours? Does anyone share our misgivings, or do you think we're completely crazy? Were you torn apart by this episode, or underwhelmed? Talk about it in the comments!
What do you mean I have to sit through more Axe ads???
Love watching your CW shows online because it's on your own terms (almost)? Well a few of those terms are about to be taken away.
Starting next season the CW is upping the ads in their programs broadcast online. According to the report from the Wall Street Journal, the shows will feature 20 30-second ads, twice as many as they feature now.
Why the change? Because their target young adult audience is watching more and more television online.
Moral of the story, kids: Go back to TV! Then we won't have to hear more about Charmin Ultra Plus or Now That's What I Call Music 4,958,940,386. If not for yourselves, then for your loving bloggers at the CW Source.
The Vampire Diaries: Mystic Falls: Hamlet of Immortality -or- Does Anyone Ever Really Die Here?
The Vampire Diaries, you know we can't live without you this long! We pine for you when you're gone! But thank you, from the bottom of our cold, dark, vampire addict hearts for making it worth the wait. As usual, we were breathless for the return and we were well rewarded.
First we're greeted by the dude who escaped from the apparently poorly sealed crypt where all the vamps were left in state of severe malnourishment. We already love this guy, Herbert Harper, because he's like the Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer...though we suppose it's more like Reanimated Crypt Manservant, but that has less of a ring to it, n'est-ce pas? The moment where he looked at the ringing cell phone in a state of surprise and annoyance and then threw it in the woods as though to say, your technology confuses and angers me, we were on his side. We hope he picks something like trading stocks for his next career.
But that was just the appetizer for our starving fan-girl hearts. There were many courses to come. Sure it was hinted, but we didn't know for sure until tonight that Alaric's wife was Elena's birth mom! We loved that when Elena tracked down her birth mom's HS BFF Trudy, the woman looked at the threshold and served Elena vervain. As far as we can tell, the only person who doesn't know about the whole Vamp sitch is Jenna. Seriously, everyone else seems to know about it. It's far and away the worst kept secret we've ever seen. Good thing that Trudy was sort of forgettable, so we don't have to feel too badly that she was mysteriously murdered for no reason.
More dreamy Salvatore brothers and twists after the jump. C'mon already!
Alaric, we heart you - almost as much as we heart Damon, and that's saying a lot. You're adorable! You have good hair! Your name is Alaric! You have courage in spades! We even put up with the part where your razor keeps exactly 2 days worth of growth on your face at all times and how you put the emphasis on the second syllable of your name. We've even felt sorry for you when you flashback to seeing the death of your wife at Damon's fangs.
So of course we were horrified for Elena as soon as it occurred to us that she would figure out that Damon killed her birth mom. Which shows how little imagination we have. Does anyone ever just die in this show? Of course not! Does anything seem more natural in the world than Elena's mom being a vamp who wants to remain hidden? Duh.
Oh wait, we thought of something. Damon drowning his broken-hearted sorrows with booze and a trio of Tri-Delts. It's possible we had our cocktail coming out of our nose during that scene since we were laughing so hard. We loved this line: "I have to go exploit some women in the name of grief," delivered as only Damon can. We don't know what's wrong with us, since we should really despise Damon, but as long as he remains dastardly and snarky, we're on his side. Even though we weren't on board with his killing Alaric.
Right! Alaric! Possessor of yet another awesome Vampire-Diaries-world magical ring, mysteriously preventing him from dying when Damon staked him. If Middle Earth rules applied to Mystic Falls, we think that Katherine would be the maker of The One Ring.
But before we descend into total nerdom, let's give Matt's mom a quick whirl, shall we? We can't believe what a horrible person she is. She was unforgivably mean to Caroline and has extracted a drunken promise from Matt that he will always be there. Don't you know better than that? Seriously, talk about the kiss of death to life as you know it. So that means Matt's future definitely got more interesting. We vote for his turning into a werewolf. We haven't seen any more hints about that since we last saw Tyler and we want our lycan fix soon, please.
We'll while away the time until next week's new episode wondering what's up with Isobel. We're impressed that she has so many of Elena's mannerisms, and hope that she's got a noble reason for staying outside of Elena's reach.
The Vampire Diaries: Ian Somerhalder helps you pick your perfect Salvatore brother
The Vampire Diaries is finally back after what seems like a massive hiatus, and we can't wait! We've missed those delectable Salvatore brother!
Speaking of delectable... we caught up with Ian Somerhalder at the Paley Festival and asked him about what Damon does to deal with disappointment, whether Damon is likely to stop drinking human blood, and how to decide which Salvatore brother is right for you. Plus, he talks about how awesome the fans are -- and tells us why that might be a problem. Check it out!
What do you think? Are you down with Damon's romantic recovery plan? Talk about it in the comments!
Supernatural: Jim Beaver Promises The Most Emotionally Powerful Episode Yet
We already had plenty of reasons to look forward to the new episode of Supernatural tonight, but now our excitement level is off the charts. That's because we talked to Jim Beaver about what to expect, and what he said has us salivating.
We're sure you know the basics -- the dead start to rise, including Bobby's wife. You know, the wife he killed years ago, the one whose death turned him into a Hunter. He's been riddled with guilt ever since, and that has consequences
"Guilt its the gift that keeps on giving," Jim tells us. "Any time a character is given a chance to make up for something he feels guilty about, there's a pretty good chance he'll do something not all that reasonable."
What's more, the living dead we're talking about aren't like the ones you see in the Romero movies: "It was a brilliant stroke by the writers, because these zombies come back very much like they were before they died," Jim says. "They're real live people with all the feelings and emotions."
There's more after the break -- read on!
"It's Supernatural, so everything good comes with a catch," Jim says. "There's a big catch that puts all of the characters, even the zombies, in a very difficult emotional place that plays out int he course of the episode. I think it's got all of the exciting aspects of the best Supernatural episodes, but may be one of the most emotionally powerful episodes, especially for me."
The emotional core of this episode is especially strong for Jim, who lost his wife to cancer in 2004. "I'm pretty well aware that when I'm working on Supernatural I'm playing make-believe, but sometimes, particularly with this episode, there's no way of avoiding the parallels," he says. "Those were the hardest scenes I've ever filmed in my life, and they left me wrung out."
But Jim isn't one to let that sort of pain stop him -- instead, he incorporates it and transcends it with his work. He did that with his gorgeous memoir, "Life's That Way," about the year of his wife's diagnosis and death, and he's doing it with the episode tonight.
"That's what actors do," he says. "I would give anything not to have suffered the loss I did, but I'm so grateful to whatever it is that allowed me to use it to help people understand a little more about such feelings through the comparatively trivial aspect of playing Bobby.
"Sometimes you make your own gifts," Jim says. "I find it a real gift to be able to use some of those parallels in my work."
The episode airs tonight at 9/8 central, so tune in! And tell us what you think about Bobby, Jim Beaver and all the rest in the comments!
America's Next Top Model: Save The Drama For Your Mama
Things heat up on America's Next Top Model this week as many of the contestants go toe-to-toe, bickering, tattling and bossing one another around in the house. It's getting easier to see who has the talent and the determination, and let's face it, the hunger that it takes to win the whole enchilada.
Don’t get thrown under the Fab Bus
The episode kicks off when a big silver bus rolls up to take the models to their challenge. Inside the "Fab Bus" is none other than Cycle 3 contestant, Toccara Jones. It pays to know about the industry because Toccara is hosting a little game show on the very subject.
The first team to correctly answer five questions, wins. And the winning team gets to do a go-see at Bluefly.com. Each member of the winning team gets a $500 gift card. Then whoever impresses the Bluefly.com folks the most will be featured in their spring collection campaign and score a $2,500 gift card! Since Raina had the best photo last week she automatically gets to be included in the winning team.
Read on to see just how smart our wannabe models are...
Apparently the girls have been studying because it comes down to one question and the Blue Team ends up pulling it off. So Kirsta, Simone, Angelea, Alexandra and Jessica head to their go-see.
Most of the girls do really well at the go-see with the exception of Jessica, who they consider a little too thin. And then there's Angelea who gives a whole new meaning to not doing well. She left the room and the two execs looked each other and simply said, "No."
The losers, Anslee, Tatianna, Ren, Brenda and Alasia, are forced to do inventory of all of the designer goodness they would have won from Bluefly.com. Bummer.
Ren has a love/hate relationship with the drama
For someone who hates the drama and the evil in the house, Ren sure is eager to jump right into it. When she overhears some of the girls calling Brenda names, she runs to tell the poor girl every last grisly detail. Shockingly, that causes more drama and Ren stands in the middle of it, hunched over and wincing with disgust.
Models, maybe. Dancers, probably not
This week's photo shoot is based around dance. Each model portrays a different genre of dance (Please, God, no Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance!). Alvin Ailey star and dance instructor, Troy Powell, is on hand for some one-on-one with the gals but unfortunately, even after his instruction, most of the girls fall flat. Simone gets hip-hop and a little too pose-y. Brenda has African and does nothing with her arms, but at least she doesn't look elderly. On the more positive side, Angelea gets moshing which plays well in her photos, even though she kind of looked like Slash. And it seems that Raina, who gets jazz, can't seem to take a bad picture…ever.
Panel ain't no tea party
The girls arrive at panel and we're ready to vote off Tyra for her very unusual, unitard-like space-chick outfit. But since that's not possible, we focus on the others. Alasia gets the best photo of the week and no one is pleased but her. We get the idea that the judges weren't even that happy to give it to a gal who wore a silver bathing suit to panel.
Tyra confronts Ren about wanting to go home but when put on the spot, she tells Tyra she wants to stay. That's too bad though, because she gets the boot anyway. It's only when Trya is ready to excuse her that Ren admits that she's only on the show to get her mother's attention and it's not really her cup of tea. Man…we got all the way through Ren's stint on the show and didn't even manage a Ren & Stimpy joke. How lame are we?
Well, our little West Bev residents were bouncing around like energized atoms this week on 90210, weren’t they? Attractions, repulsions and multiple covert spying operations; it all made for some great TV watchin’. So let’s delve right in, shall we?
Dixon and Dana
Well, Dixon’s birth mother is back, and the Wilson house is in an uproar. Debbie is doing her best to hide that she’s threatened by Dana, Dixon is trying to connect with his mother, and we’re not quite sure what Dana wants at all. The first dinner at home doesn’t go very well and everyone is clearly feeling awkward. Annie comforts a disconcerted Dixon and tells him that it will just take some time to reconnect with his mother. Dixon and Dana go out the next night for dinner and end up finding common ground: basketball. However, Dana ends up putting bad ideas in Dixon’s head when she tells him she internet gambles to make the games more interesting. The next thing we know, Dixon is logging on to an internet bookie and lying about his age.
Oh, and did we mention the family car got stolen when he went surfing? Because it did. The police eventually found it in a chop-shop completely stripped down. Somehow we think this was not a random car-jacking.
Annie and Jasper
And the spiral of creepiness descends even further. While Annie is continuing to be a great sister to Dixon and giving him bang-up advice about his mother, Jasper is stalking like her like a pro – except for the part where Annie notices him. When Jasper tries to talk to Annie at school she tells him to back off, clearly terrified. Jasper counters by telling her he’s only protecting her… which is exactly why he stole the family car. The reason it was stripped down was to get rid of all the evidence of Annie hitting his uncle, so she could never get in trouble. Because that’s what true love is; being an accessory to homicide.
Silver and Teddy
The newest couple at West Bev is off to a rocky start this week. Out for dinner, poor Silver encounters four women Teddy’s potentially been with including the waitress, whom Teddy doesn’t even fully remember. When Silver confesses her problems to Naomi, her best friend only makes her feel less secure and suggests that Silver go through Teddy’s phone and email. She doesn’t go quite that far, but gets a peek at his email and doesn’t like what she sees: a message from an old flame looking to meet up at a local coffee shop.
So what’s a girl to do when her ex-player new boyfriend is enticed by his steamy past? According to Naomi, you spy on him. The two schemers enlist Gia as a spy to see if Teddy will take the e-bait. Teddy shows up to the coffee shop, but turns his fellow hedonist down. Gia reports back to Silver, who’s relieved that her new beaux is on the straight and narrow, but now is racked with her own guilt. She decides to confess what she did to Teddy and tells him that she can trust him now. Only one problem; now he doesn’t trust her.
Navid and Lila
Not too much to report here, other than Navid is called out by his pals for holding on to feelings for Adrianna. Looking to prove them wrong, his asks his star reporter Lila out on a date to West Bev's favorite beach restaurant (We guess? It seems like these kids are always noshing here). Things go really well and the two arrange for another date, but a little more on that later.
Ade and Gia
It seems that Ade is the last person in the world to know that Gia is into her, because the girl keeps prattling on about Navid to her new friend. Talk about ex-boyfriends is annoying enough when it crosses into excessive, but it's even worse when your confessor has a major crush on you. Whilst cruising around in Gia's boss VW van, Ade starts singing along with the radio and surprise! She's got a killer voice. Gia suggests that Ade should audition for a girl band in their neighborhood as a distraction from Navid, but Ade rejects the idea.
Later on, the two gal pals decide to take a stroll down the beach towards, you guessed it, the favorite beach restaurant. And who is on the bench kissing? Navid and Lila! Ade becomes extremely upset and starts chastising herself for not being able to see this coming. Auditions for the girl band are still going on, so Gia throws that back out as an option. Ade needs something to get Navid off her mind and agrees. She nails the audition and is immediately asked to join the band. Just one small problem: Lila is the basist.
The next day at school Ade is flying off the handle about the irony of her life, and poor Gia snaps. She can't take the Navid talk anymore because she likes Adrianna, and not as a friend. Gia confesses her feelings and leaves Ade looking like a deer in headlights.
That's it for this week, what did you think? Will internet gambling become a new problem for Dixon? Will Teddy forgive Silver? Is there a same-sex relationship in the works? Tune in next week for all the details.
Notes and Quotes
Who missed Ivy and her awesome mom? Answer: We did.
Debbie is really starting to rub us the wrong way. We understand that the Dana situation is delicate and you're feeling territorial. But this is about your son, not you. Get over it, sweet cheeks. P.S. Does your yoga class ever practice indoors? What happens on the one day a year when in rains?
Gia is a terrible spy. It would have been much less obvious if she bought a coffee and sat down like a normal person. Right now she looks like Jacques Clouseau.
Naomi was hysterical on her little social rant. We just wish she had turned out to be useful. Can't she be good at something besides the three S's of 90210: scheming, shopping and sex? Oh, and having the best episode quotes.
Lila is adorable. That is all.
Lila: I wouldn’t say that too loud, unless you want to be called a geek.
Navid: By who?
Lila: By me. Geek.
Naomi: Are you asking me if you should get implants because if you are that is a great…big no-no!
Naomi: You just have to sensible. So check his cell phone, monitor his email and follow him occasionally.
Navid: My own mother said that I urinated on the legacy of my ancestors.
Teddy: Very specific.
Navid: My cousin came over and I noticed how she’s become very womanly recently.
Silver: Do you think he’s cheating on me? Don’t answer that, you have no idea.
Naomi: Yeah that’s what I was just going to say, I have no idea...
Silver: Oh don’t be naïve, of course he’s cheating on me!
Naomi: That wouldn’t be spying, that’d be going to the coffee shop and seeing if he shows up. You should go to the coffee shop and see if he shows up!
Navid: Like they say, the early bird catches the worm. Not that you’re a worm…or like…
Lila: You’re not having a stroke, are you?
Lila: How do you ever get to the third date?
Navid: I rarely do.
Naomi: Let’s face it everyone, birthdays suck unless they’re mine.
Girl Band Drummer: It’s not an instrument. It’s a glorified baby rattle.
If Amanda hoped to find her bazillion-dollar stolen painting hanging around somewhere in Melrose Place she's going to have to look a little harder. Seems that there's all kinds of secrets lurking at 4616, and most of them are well-hidden.
Amanda continues to snoop
It seems that Amanda is poking around for hidden treasure when she walks, uninvited, into David's apartment and starts checking out the art on his walls. Think he paid for any of it? When he tells her one of them is a Sydney Original, she's interested. When he tells her Syd gave it to him shortly before she was killed, she's really interested. Unfortunately, it turns out that Syd's painting is just that—Syd's painting. Amanda's not having a very good week.
Ben breaks up with Amanda
Riley's business trip to D.C. ends with her kissing her boss—awkward! They play it off like it was a strange mistake. Strange, yes…and awkward. Then Ben heads over to Melrose and breaks up with Amanda. He wants Riley—and he tells her as much. Naturally, Amanda is having Ben followed and photos are taken of him and Riley kissing. Then Amanda confronts Riley with the photos and tells Riley she crossed a line and considers it an affront. And of course, Riley feels terrible so she rushes over to Ben and quits him and her job. We can't wait to see what Amanda does to that girl!
Lauren's always so cranky
David is really trying to get his life together. He's quit stealing from people, he fesses up to Lauren that he has a kid who he thought was his brother, and he even shows up to the hospital with takeout for his girl. But Lauren's struck a deal with the evil Dr. Mancini and she's no dummy. She breaks up with David.
So once David is set loose he rushes out and starts stealing from people again so he can buy Coal and go "legit." Irony? But while he's ripping off a gigantic diamond ring in an incredible mansion, he's caught red handed by the owner. Seems that David's stealing from her very mean and powerful father, but his daughter simply doesn't care. In fact, the young hot gal tells David that she'll let him walk out of her home with the diamond if he'll have the sex with her. Uh…okay. But Dad comes home before David can make good on his part of the deal so daughter-of-the-year takes a rain check.
Jonah and Ella's first date goes to the dogs
Things are getting a little too domestic for Ella, so when Jonah confronts her about flirting with an agent at their doggy birthday party date, she tells him that the whole relationship thing might not be for her. But Jonah realizes that if he's going to have Ella he has to take her as she is…and he's okay with that. Ella's a flirt and Jonah's a serial monogamist. Only time will tell how this will go.
David calls all of the gang to Coals to announce that he's the new owner (we'll miss you Rick Fox!) and it's clear that everyone is wondering where he got the cash. And as he heads back to his home his helper from earlier in the evening awaits. She caught his license plate as he left the crime scene (sloppy!) and she's ready to make good on their deal.
Who's David's new babe?
Breakups make for much better TV, so we should admit that we think it's fun that Lauren ended it with David and he'll be free to have random sex in cars again. So who is this new chippie? Eonline is saying that the gal is Melissa Ordway, who will be appearing in "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Rumor has it that Ms. Ordway will be sticking around for awhile, and PS, the mucho smoocho sesh with Shaun Sipos didn't suck.
Now we've gotten a good look at Ben, Drew and the kissing bandit's new gal pal. What do you think of the new cast members? Have they lightened up the show? Tell us in the comments.
A plague on the Bass house! This week’s episode of Gossip Girl finally revealed what we’ve been wondering all along – Chuck’s mother does have an ulterior motive. She’s working in cahoots with Jack Bass to gain control of the hotel. We can only assume Jack spearheaded the campaign to smear Chuck with a salacious sex scandal and bribed his lawyer to switch sides. The question remains: Did Jack somehow skew the results of the DNA test performed on Evelyn? Does he wield that much power? We just can’t bear to see Chuck get his heart broken and this latest deceit will surely turn the clock back on his efforts to open up and trust others.
In other news: Serena and Nate try to stop Jenny from giving up her V-card to Damien. Nate goes the serious route and hands over the headstrong teen to Rufus, while Serena displays a flair for the dramatic by concocting a plan to seduce Damien just in time for Jenny to walk in on the shenanigans. In the end, Damien shows his true, sleazy colors when he flippantly disregards Jenny’s desire to make her first time something special and walks out on her. We’d feel bad for the girl if she would tone down the witchy act.
Here are some other observations:
Best celebrity look-a-like: Does anyone else think Evelyn bears a striking resemblance to Catherine Zeta-Jones?
Worst accessory: What is that rug of fur growing on Jack’s face? Someone needs a shave.
Biggest shocker: Jenny has never heard of Dirty Dancing? How is that possible? Maybe we’re showing our age, but we’re taken aback that young girls exist in a world without the magic of Patrick Swayze’s Johnny Castle.
Biggest insult: Dan carving out zones for Vanessa where they can be “friends” and “friends with benefits.” It’s not the zoning that bothers us, although it’s a bit callous, but we assume that Dan and Vanessa share more than a mere “friends with benefits” title.
Most passive-aggressive relationship: Rufus and Lily. When Rufus declines Lily’s invitation to accompany her to party honoring Bart, she leaves his missing scarf on the kitchen table to let him know that she knows that he’s been hanging out at the neighbor’s pad. These two just need to talk to each other.
Most self-delusional statement: Jenny telling Serena that Damien “listens to me, treats me like an adult and really likes me.” Is Jenny living the same relationship we’re seeing on screen? She finds out the truth soon enough.
Best punishment: Jenny is grounded for life, but she gets to attend the party for Bart because Rufus must go.
Most under-utilized character: Blair. We love Blair supporting Chuck in all of his emotional ups and downs, but we miss Blair actually doing something other than standing by Chuck’s side.
Just when Rufus and Lily patch things up, she lies again about flying to visit her ex. We know she’s just trying to help her mother get well, but why not come clean with Rufus? As long as these two keep secrets from each other, they’ll never be happy. Jenny comes home after failed attempt at becoming a woman to the questioning faces of her entire family. Instead of trying to make amends and swallowing her pride, she jaunts to her room and pretends to Serena that she did give it away to Damien before listening to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Because, Patrick Swayze can make all problems disappear. What did you think?
It’s about time that Lux started showing her age. After all, she can’t be the representative adult on Life Unexpected forever. After Cate couldn’t come through for her again, the two were back where they started before the winter formal.
This only led to more drama with Lux’s social worker, which threatened the Little Family That Could with becoming the Little Family That Definitely Can’t, but more on that later.
Meanwhile, things are getting more complicated with Baze and Abby, while it seems that Bug will be back in the picture for quite a while.
Plus, it seems Ryan isn’t done with the Cassidy family…
We kicked things off with Lux sneaking out to help Bug find a job. Cate gets a call at 1 a.m. from the police; Lux has been picked up for breaking curfew. A visit to Portland’s precinct means the family’s social worker has to be notified, and she’s less than pleased with the turn of events. Concerned about Lux’s well-being and the lack of control Baze and Cate are setting up, she moves up their family evaluation to the next week. Lux, Baze and Cate have to look like the Cleavers by then or Lux will be placed in another foster home.
On the other side of town, Bug is having trouble making the rent. Cate shows up and offers him a job at the radio station answering phones and they go in for an interview. Though Cate is willing to trust the little delinquent, Alice is not convinced. Bug doesn’t get the job and Cate is made out to be the bad guy again.
Cate’s loss turns out to be a great opportunity for Baze. Owning your own bar, no matter how divey, can have its benefits, and Baze offers Bug a barback position. Suddenly Baze is looking like the do-good father.
But Cate's not giving up so easily. She calls up Abby and asks her to meet her at Baze's to help Cate talk to Lux. Shock of the year, Abby is already there, downing whatever martini she's into this week and shamelessly hitting on Baze. The two sisters go talk to Lux and figure out that Cate is in a damned-if-she-does-damned-if-she-doesn't position with her daughter. Lux blames her for both refusing to help Tasha, but also for trying to help Bug and failing. Abby tells Cate that, for once, this tiff isn't her fault.
Baze comes and crashes the party, clearly ruffled by seeing Abby and Cate together in his apartment. Cate blames him for making her out to be the bad guy again by hiring Bug, and Baze responds that he doesn't care about Bug, he only cares about making Lux happy. Bad timing on this one, since Bug walks in just as Baze is expressing his non-caring stance. Lux chastises both Baze and Cate. After another tiff, the three agree that they'll have to lie to the social worker to make it seem like they're a functional family.
Unfortunately, lying and advanced planning are not this family's strong suits. No one figures out a uniform story prior to the meeting and end up telling the social worker three entirely different things. Now they've got some splainin' to do.
After some prodding by the social worker, it comes out that Lux is so angry at Cate all the time because she still hasn't forgiven Cate for giving her up. After living with so many dysfunctional foster parents, Lux has a hard time believing that any excuse is good enough for Cate's abandonment. Luckily for the family, this is exactly what the social worker wants to hear. By addressing these issues, she says, they can all work on them and move forward.
And once again, there is more buck-passing. Unable to get through to Lux, Cate asks Ryan to help her talk to her daughter. Cate tells Ryan that she's changed and isn't going to push people away anymore. Since Ryan's still mad at Cate, she thinks he and Lux will have a common point on which to connect.
Ryan goes off to find Lux and explains to her that Cate really is changing, and Lux should give her another chance. Smart little whippersnapper that she is, Lux counters that maybe Ryan should take his own advice.
Back home, Lux tries to make it up with Baze, saying that she doesn't want to fight with him anymore. She asks if they can go back to being friends. But Baze can't get on board, saying that he'll always try to be her father. We've got to give Baze brownie points on this; it would have been so easy to say yes and gain his daughter's approval, but he chose the more difficult and road, and ultimately what's best for Lux.
Lux then shows up at Cate's, Ryan and bong lamp in tow. She says she may never be able to forgive Cate, but she just wants to come home. Cate says she only wants to make it right with Lux and the two share an adorable little moment. It turns out to be double-or-nothing night for Cate, who also gets a forgiving Ryan back as well. Awwww.
Meanwhile, Baze shows up at Abby's to vent about Lux leaving. Abby says he and Lux will be okay, and suggests Baze take her out on a legitimate date to show Lux that Baze is maturing. Baze agrees, setting up for some triangular sister drama next week. Be sure to tune in then to see how the sibling rivalry pans out.
Supernatural: Jared on Lucifer, Ep 100 and Fans, Plus New Clips!
The wait is almost over, Supernatural fans! We finally get a new episode this week, and we can't wait!
But before we get into that, we have one last 100th ep interview to share with you: Jared Padalecki talks to us about Lucifer (check out his evil laugh!), gives us some hints about what episode 100 will be like, and talks directly to the fans about what they mean to him and to the show. Check it out!
And if that's not enough, we've also got some great clips from this week's episode, "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." First off, the guys encounter some surprises when they start hunting the undead:
But the surprises don't stop there -- the guys find out that even their closest allies may be harboring revenants:
And finally, the guys realize why this is all happening:
What do you think? Do Jared's hints about episode 100 make you salivate to see it? Are the clips for this week's episode whetting your appetite? Does it worry you that a show about zombies seems to be making us speak in hunger metaphors? Talk about it in the comments!