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Well, today we finally got the big explanation about Maya's child. It was her boyfriend's daughter, and when her boyfriend got in trouble, Maya became the legal guardian. That... seems like a big fat retcon, but whatever. The kid had died before we ever even met Maya so I can just shrug this one off to "Soaps!" It's a little strange that she keeps skipping over her time in prison when she's explaining things to Nicole. Everyone knows about that, right? She was wrongly convicted and eventually exonerated, so there's no huge shame around it. Obviously everyone at FC is well aware. And lord knows there are serious problems when it comes to how trans women are treated by the prison system, but maybe I'm asking too much of a daytime soap in terms of back story and realism. But why can't Maya explain a huge chunk of her absence in her sister's life by her prison sentence?! It seems pretty obvious. (Can we talk about my huge relief that they finally moved to the couch for a bit? Let's just say that both of these actresses, uh, struggle with gesture. Maya generally makes none, and Nicole just makes the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Serial Drama
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Well. The season finale! Although ABC Family has weird seasons. This was technically 2B, but Season 3A starts in June? Anyway, here's a quick rundown. Callie had dinner with the Quinns, meeting Robert's obnoxious father (played by Patrick Duffy!), who was a dick but did ask a relevant question of Robert: why is he trying to take Callie out of a loving home after everything she's been through? This led to a good heart-to-heart between Callie and Robert. Callie: It's not that I don't love you. I do. It's just... the Fosters. They're home, they feel like home. No matter what, just know that I want you to be a part of my life, to be my Dad. Whatever happens, you can trust me, just know that. Honest. Interrupted by a call from the lawyer! AND NOW ROBERT QUINN KNOWS SHE'S TRYING TO GET EMANCIPATED. Stef's FOOLPROOF plan has been thwarted! How could that have gone wrong, right? Jude and his blue nails (seriously, they were like his version of putting on armor to go out into battle for self-actualization, it was flippin' awesome) went to the hospital and Connor's father still told him to scram and called Lena in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Serial Drama
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We just have to address one thing really quickly. Somehow in all of last week's excitement, I hadn't noticed this particularly amazing thing in the background: I'm sure everyone who actually watches the show regularly has gotten over what must have been an initial laugh riot, but it's all new to me! You should really be envying me, getting to experience this for the very first time! Let's take a closer look: I just want to give this set decorator a big fat hug and to tell him or her that this is a massive personal triumph. That's al! It couldn't go unsaid. Oh all right, I'll weigh in just a little on the follow-up to last week's big reveal that Maya was assigned male at birth, and that's why her family basically cast her out. They didn't get too far into it, just to have Maya confirm it, to say she's had surgery but isn't willing to go into specific details, and to talk a little about how she always knew she was a girl. Maya: I had a medical problem that I needed corrected, so that my outside would match my inside. And for the first time I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Serial Drama
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ALL RIGHT FINE. I was home sick today, so I caught the end of B&B and decided to watch the whole thing and recap it from the beginning. If you saw it, you'll know why it caught my interest! So as far as I can tell, Brooke's an alcoholic and Deacon is trying to help her through it. Deacon, who is engaged to Quinn. And Katie and Bill got remarried (oh Katie, why?), and Katie wants Rick to talk to Brooke more often, and Maya's little sister Nicole thinks she has something on her and WANTS THE TRUTH. And Maya's hair is very high. Holy moly, y'all, CBS.com has about twice as many ads as the usual airing. I've so missed how much time B&B always fills with their random establishing shots! (The ferris wheel is clearly a metaphor for... Brooke's emotions?) (This train is essential to the story in.... SO MANY WAYS!) Anyway, I guess Nicole had been lying about being a student and lording something vague over Maya. I can't quite tell what their history is. They have to be estranged to some degree because when Maya showed up she definitely didn't have any family she could turn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I'm seriously loaded up on DayQuil and Claritin and about thirty other things, so my brain's not working well enough to say much about last night's episode of The Fosters, but as my sappy love for this sweet, sentimental show is my main proof that I'm not 100% cynic and might even have a good heart in there somewhere, I have to at least check in. Right? Thankfully, after last week's semi-debacle, the show had a steadier outing this time. Stef broke a few rules, but no laws. BABY STEPS, y'all! Speaking of steps, Connor only got shot in the foot. I shoot myself in the foot all the time, it's no big deal! (Nasty colds turn me into a ninety-year old who just loves puns and word play humor! HEAL ME PLEASE.) This is a huge relief, and pretty damn lucky for Taylor's father, who just randomly shoots a gun into the dark when he hears noises in a house he shares with his family. ("Doesn't California have a Stand Your Ground law?" asks Brandon, to which Stef replies, "Something like that." Well, that explains it perfectly, I guess everything's fine now!) It appeared that Connor had blamed the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Before I launch into watching the show and hammering out my real-time stream-of-consciousness reactions, I will give Y&R the same treatment I gave to DAYS last week. My history with the show: there was one summer at my grandmother's house that watched a few weeks' worth of episode. This was sometime in the mid-80s. I couldn't tell you much about storylines, but I vaguely recall a Nina/Danny/Cricket triangle. And some breaking up and reuniting between Victor and Nikki (are they still doing that dance?). I think there was an Ashley and a Lauren and a Paul. When I was that age, I was only allowed to watch 2 total hours of television per week, and I stuck with Y&R for a few months because it offered a loophole: CBS came in loud and clear on my radio. So I listened to it. Like it was some other century! Well, technically it was. It was some other millennium. I got radio fatigue after a while, though, since of course the show wasn't meant to just be heard and it was really tough to keep track of who was who and what was going on. The point is that it's been nearly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Serial Drama
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The TV gods giveth, the TV gods taketh away. Hoo boy do they take away. I don't want to even get to the worst part of it yet, I'll save that for last. It makes my tummy hurt too much. So let's start with the good stuff. I think there wasn't much good stuff. For once, though, Mariana's dance team subplot gave an episode some much needed levity when Callie, trying to be a supportive sister, auditioned for Mariana and Tia. And Mariana's big fat giant heart was too big to notice at first that Callie was a horrible dancer (although adorably horrible!), so she made the team. Thankfully they sorted this all out before the end of the episode, which also showed us that Emma is also an amazing dancer because she is superhuman and good at everything, which did not interest Jesus. Speaking of Jesus, we STILL DON'T KNOW if he's going to this military wrestling academy. The cursor moved about one space as his other siblings found out about the possibility. With all due respect, whether or not Jesus takes this scholarship is not an exciting enough story arc to last for half a season. I mean,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Well folks, I decided to watch Days of Our Lives today. So before I start live-blogging it (which really will just be recap since it's not like I'm posting in real time, but I don't know what else to call it), this is my relationship with the show: I have watched two episodes of it. Ever. Those two episodes were when Marlena was possessed by the devil. Or some other demon? I don't know but it was freakin' awesome. My point, though, is that I really am coming in knowing absolutely nothing. Running in soap circles means I know a few of the couples and a few of the names but truly not many. So bear with me, as I will probably get some names wrong or not know names at all or accidentally call them by names of characters they played on other shows or just identify them by the actors' names or just be all "this other middle aged white dude" about it. I don't know what I'm doing here. So this should be fun. Ready? Okay! A blonde is flashing back to catching a young dude in bed with BLAIR DAIMLER, let's call her (no, let's not,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Hello Serial Drama readers! My apologies for skipping out on last week's more regular shows (The Fosters and Nashville), I was buried underneath a pile of heated blankets and misery and couldn't get out. But you knew after the very, very, very big and wonderful development on last night's episode that I couldn't resist popping in and squeeing around like pre-teen girl at a New Direction concert. (Is that still a thing? Am I inventing that? Was it ten years ago? I should really verify my analogies before applying them.) THE POINT IS: Jude and Connor! Jude and Connor! Jude and Connor! They flirted, they practically cuddled, they had a whole bunch of "almost" moments and huge amounts of tension until Jude finally broke it down and basically told Connor to stop being so damn coy. Scary as it was, the direct approach TOTALLY WORKED. My heart can't even handle it. I love it so much. I know, I know, ultimately Connor will break Jude's heart. But that's adolescence for you. Generally your teen relationships are not forever (please remember that next time you decide it's a good idea, Brandon and Callie). But this is absolutely adorable. And not too... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Serial Drama
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**Quick note: While we are happy to have you paste quotes elsewhere and love it when y'all link other folks to come visit us here at Serial Drama, please do stop short of copying and pasting an entire post! Thank you! _________________________________________________________ Anyone who's ever read any of my Nashville coverage here on Serial Drama knows full well that my feelings about Scarlett O'Connor are well-documented enough that it often seems pointless to ever address her scenes at all. But sometimes it's just so hard to resist. Last night's episode saw the girl out of whose open mouth diamonds just fly continuing to deal with her uncle's cirrhosis of the liver diagnosis (and vague, bad prognosis). Deacon has downloaded a "Make Your Own Will" kit off the World Wide Web to tie up his loose ends just in case he doesn't get bumped to the top of the transplant list (or, you know, just in case his daughter doesn't eventually find out and donate a slice of her liver in time). Now, such solid planning and forethought does not please our special snowflake Scarlett! I can't blame Deacon, as that's the facial expression I'd make if Scarlett were my kin.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Serial Drama
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**Quick note: While we are happy to have you paste quotes elsewhere and love it when y'all link other folks to come visit us here at Serial Drama, please do stop short of copying and pasting an entire post! Thank you! _________________________________________________________ I have no freaking idea what's going on as I haven't watched the show since early November, and that was only one day after having seen it all of maybe three times in well over a year. So these are not going to be "fair" reactions, whatever that means. But here goes. Apparently Spencer (who has been de-SORASed and I imagine that's been discussed at length) is very precocious. This kid is really cute but it's the sort of shtick that could get really old really fast if they show him much at all. And I see Helena's alive. Oh. THERE'S A SHOCKER. This is something I do not miss. The occasional back-from-the-dead storyline is fine with me but when there's literally no reason to ever once trust a death scene as "final," it lowers the stakes of absolutely everything. And there was such fanfare that the lady who could never die finally did, and Laura and Luke... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Personally I don't see how it's remotely fair that they gave us this adorability last week and then didn't even show Jude at all in last night's episode. Nevertheless, they did air an episode so I should probably say a thing or two: - This week in Contrivances To Facilitate Sibling Romance, a magical sales clerk with the best memory in the whole world remembered that Callie bought a tiny figurine months ago that eventually came up in the police investigation of the kidnapping of Daphne's bio-daughter. How does this help a future romance between Callie and her still-just-foster bro? Well, Callie (in her infinite wisdom) has decided that she just loves Stef and Lena too much to disappoint them by explaining her part in helping to fix the situation by returning the kid, so instead she's going to break their hearts by announcing her plan to move in with her biological father. Good call, Callie, they'll be way less disappointed now! Way to go! Jude, too, will be delighted! And somehow magically this will allow the show to eventually get Callie and Brandon back together to the delight of de-facto-sibling-romance lovers everywhere! - Jesús has gotten an offer for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Serial Drama
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In all honesty I don't really care to dignify an episode of Nashville that has no Will in it with a post at all. I've consistently found that to be not only the most interesting storyline, but also the one that gets the least movement. It's been chasing its tail for years. That said, I do have to address a few things. How could I not? - Maddie. Maddie's a brat. Maddie is a brat whose bratitude is not only allowed but encouraged. I mean I get that all three of her parents are kind of awful in their own special ways, but why is it that every time she throws a tantrum everyone bends over backwards to coddle her? She apparently thinks she's too much of a musical special snowflake to finish high school and her dad doesn't even counter anything she says by explaining why a basic education could actually be good for someone who is trying to have a music career. Somehow her "either/or" philosophy is duly noted and never disputed. And when Teddy tells her why she can't actually quit high school at 15 to go be the next Taylor Swift (although way to not back... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I could make fun of Jesus's tattoo storyline or cheer on Callie for having to spell it out for her bio-dad that they can have a relationship without his trying to win custody over the Fosters or lambaste Mike for bad life choices or express relief that Mariana's attempt to break up with Mat out of fear got shut down or panic about whether or not Lena is legitimately worried about her marriage or any of the above, but really the only thing that I'm thinking of right now is this most wonderful thing that finally happened: Jude and Connor are happening! Jude and Connor are happening! How cute are they? They are THE cutest, that's how cute they are. You guys. The nervous breathing. The gulping. The terror/thrill/joy. Everything about it was perfect. (Okay, I feel bad for the girls they were on a date with. You don't really want your date to be playing pinky-love with his best friend while you're waiting for a makeout opportunity. But they are young! They're finding themselves!) I can't remember the last time I was this taken by a middle school pairing. If ever! In other news: NO, ANA, LENA AND STEF... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Serial Drama
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It's back! I don't have a whole lot to say about the mid-season premiere of Nashville from last night (that's what we're calling it now when these shows return from their holiday nap, right?) because it was mostly people just sort of wrapping up their reactions to everything that happened in the last episode, but there are a few things worth noting: - The titular quote is from Deacon, who said something like, "She and me, I don't know what we are right now" in reference to Rayna's and his sort-of-relationship. I ran through my mental rolodex of grammatical situations and I couldn't think of a single one in which "she and me" would ever be correct. She and I? Sure! Me and her? Absolutely! But she and me rhymes, so let's go with it. - Sadie had a subplot in this episode that belonged entirely in some other show. Was that not completely bizarre? Basically she bought herself a gun (semi-illegally, because this is the Mid-South and if it's a lady behind the counter at the gun store, she gets it) and started filling out paperwork for a restraining order against her ex. I don't remember her ex's name... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Serial Drama
It feels like less and less fanfare every year as the field rapidly shrinks, but hey, it's all we've got! Today they announced the pre-noms for this year's Daytime Emmys (to be held in a rented-for-two-hours studio space in Van Nuys to be broadcast live to a blog from some dude's smartphone, no doubt). Here we go: OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES TRACEY E. BREGMAN, as Lauren Fenmore Baldwin The Young and the Restless, CBS JESSICA COLLINS, as Avery Bailey Clark The Young and the Restless, CBS MELISSA CLAIRE EGAN, as Chelsea Newman The Young and the Restless, CBS KATHERINE KELLY LANG, as Brooke Logan The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS PEGGY MCCAY, as Caroline Brady Days of Our Lives, NBC ALISON SWEENEY, as Sami Brady DiMera Days of Our Lives, NBC GINA TOGNONI, as Phyllis Newman The Young and the Restless, CBS HEATHER TOM, as Katie Logan The Bold and the Beautiful, CBS MAURA WEST, as Ava Jerome General Hospital, ABC LAURA WRIGHT, as Carly Corinthos General Hospital, ABC ____________________________________ OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES PETER BERGMAN, as Jack Abbott The Young and the Restless, CBS ERIC BRAEDEN, as Victor Newman The Young and the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Serial Drama
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That's what Will is supposed to do to protect his image now that a website is speculating that he's gay. Will wants to sue for slander. It is legally slanderous to speculate that someone's gay? Is that still a legitimate thing? I have a headache. Juliette and Avery have conveniently decided to move in together "just for now" "for the baby." As you do. Rayna's sister is back! I've missed Tandy. Rayna lies to Tandy that Deacon isn't speaking to her because of the Rolling Stone article. And the tour that Luke and Deacon were out on is finally over, thankfully, and they exchange some passive aggression before packing up and taking off. Oh and Gunnar's kid's maternal grandparents showed up as his legal guardians. He goes and meets with an attorney who's going to set up a hearing. I know we're all on the edge of our seats. Teddy is on a date with the escort he has a crush on. This time he's paying! He's just the mayor, what could go wrong? Deacon and Scarlett are watching some sort of duck race. I don't understand what's going on, but I like ducks. Sadie's ex (the actor looks soapy,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Serial Drama
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Long time no see, Serial Drama readers! And daytime soaps, for that matter. I haven't watched one since the end of 2013, so I figured it was time to pay a visit since I took a staycation day today (y'all, I slept till 8:10am and it was glorious). Going in, I know very little. I haven't read any recaps, so I've just absorbed blips of information from friends and from Twitter. If pressed, here's how I'd sum up what I know: Jason's alive and played by Billy Miller but maybe has amnesia (more amnesia, rather)? Sonny killed AJ and Carly helped cover it up and Franco just revealed it in a manner similar to Todd's wedding to Blair where he exposed her for shooting Max in the middle of the vows, so now Michael knows. The Steffy/Liam/Hope triangle morphed into the Liam/Hope/Wyatt triangle, and Kim Matula is leaving the show. Thorsten Kaye plays Ridge now and Ridge has possibly hooked up with Caroline and Katie? I think Brooke married Bill and also Maya and Caroline swapped personalities. There is some sort of love triangle or quadrangle amid the children of General Hospital in which Spencer is an appropriately-Cassadinian pretentious mini-douche.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Serial Drama
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We were so close to the end of the episode and I honestly was sitting there thinking, "Oh, I can't really write a post this week. Nobody had sex with anyone appropriate or inappropriate, there was some good drama that I really can't make fun of, I actually felt compassion for Brandon for literally one entire episode, they acknowledged that statutory rape is a thing which normally ABC Family has some disconcerting trouble with to say the least, and they didn't spend any time trying to get us on board with Callie and her brother's true-love-forever destinies, so I really have nothing to get grumpy about. So what is my job here?" And then I looked at Twitter. Damn you, Twitter! After a scene that seemed to be demonstrating that young Sophia is deeply, deeply troubled and suggested to her father that they just go ahead and adopt Callie because that seems cool and Callie is neat and Sophia is used to getting spoiled, Twitter erupted. Not with, "Oh, how inappropriate that the dad didn't shut that down more explicitly" or "Is this child maybe a bit psychotic, what's going on with her?" Nope. It exploded with, "Omigah that would... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at Serial Drama
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I gleaned these important things from last night's episode of The Fosters: - In shocking news, Brandon continues to be the worst. Wyatt was concerned about Callie's freakout last week and goes to Brandon for insight. After getting very pissy about the fact that Callie is his sister so of course this isn't about unfinished business with him, Brandon immediately snorts that he's already given Wyatt all the help he's going to by "getting out of" Wyatt's way. So is she your sister or not, Brandon? Also, SHE SHUT YOU DOWN. I'm sure she'd really appreciate him going around basically acting like he could have her if he wanted to. Classy. (Yeah, yeah, I'm well aware that Callie and Brandon will still eventually get together, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. And the longer they put it off the grosser it is.) - They finally got rid of the terrible Mike and Carol separate twin beds! Will the Moms be able to have more than a half-cuddling scene now?! - Mariana has a date! I like this Mat. I hope his influence convinces her to return to her natural color. - Lena told Stef about Brandon having... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at Serial Drama
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With apologies to the eleven of you who get disappointed about such things, I didn't have time to do an in-depth recap of last night's episode of The Fosters. That said, there are clearly some things that must be addressed! Right after we take a moment to enjoy our titular couple: Okay. Here we go. #Brallie4Ever Y'all knew I had to start there, right? I have a general quibble with any show that gives us suggested hashtags in the middle of a scene because (a) it feels like the folks in charge are showing their hand in terms of agenda and (b) it encourages incredibly irritating fan wars and (c) it's a little insulting either to the show or the viewers, depending on how you look at it. I understand its value in terms of marketing efficacy, though. And to be fair, there was definitely a pro-Callie/Wyatt suggested hashtag earlier in the episode and as annoying as shipper wars are to many viewers, they are money in the bank for serialized television. Something about the title of this very website suggests I may need to just shut up and accept such things. But here's what it boiled down to in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Serial Drama
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The Moms are making the crew clean out the garage. Mariana and Jesus make a clever move or two trying to conceal a beer bottle from the party (so we're never going to learn how much trouble they got in or how much Stef and Lena found out about the party??), and it slips out that Lena's having a girl, which leads to Mariana doing some teasing that the boys are outnumbered now. Mariana apparently hasn't been keeping up in math class, because from my count this news means three boys and three girls. If she's counting Moms, the boys were already outnumbered. This is probably not the important part. Callie tells Jude about Sophia and makes it clear to him that he counts as her brother, first and foremost, and her interest in reaching out to her long-lost half sister is contingent upon his approval. And he's Jude, so he plays it cool, because Jude. Speaking of which, Jude gives Connor the full cold shoulder treatment when Connor apologizes for lying about having stood up to his dad to attend the Fosters house party. Jude still doesn't want to be anyone's secret. Timothy tells Lena that she'll be hearing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Serial Drama
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Okay, fancytime soap nerds, let's take a look at the Season 1 finale of Beacon Hill, shall we? I think the running time should allow this to be quick and painless. The weather outside in NYC right now suggests I might electrocute myself just for writing this, so don't ever suggest I don't love y'all, okay? And we're off! Some part of me assumed that as the season finale (and the fact that we'll be waiting a full year for the next season), the episode would be super-sized. You know, like 13 minutes. Or even 10. I saw the progress bar and realized this was not the case. So hang onto your hats because a lot of everything and a lot of nothing will be happening! I need to talk about the title cards real quick. Is this a digital image of an eyeball or a vagina? I'm certain it's one or the other, but the graphics confuse me. Anyway, we open on Tom Wesley driving and dialing his daughter. He leaves her a grumpy voicemail that she can't keep ignoring his calls. Don't worry, he's using a hands-free device of some sort. Sara is working on her computer when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Serial Drama
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I'm loving this episode's title, it works on so many levels! The first of which was my favorite subplot: Jude's story! Jude's story is usually my favorite because JUDICORN! He's just so adorable. This week he went to the batting cages with his best friend (and possible crush) Connor, but Connor's father decided Jude was a little too affectionate to be a straight dude. So Connor's been forbidden to spent any more time with Jude, which isn't frustrating to Connor because of bigotry but instead because, as he insists, he's sure his father is wrong and that Jude is not gay. Jude is a little rock star and asks, "But what if I were gay?" This question stumps Connor and makes the rest of us collectively "Awww!" I love that Jude still isn't sure but also doesn't think anyone should care whether he's gay or not. I do have a few questions about the storyline, though. Obviously Connor's father knows full well that his son's best friend's parents are a same-sex couple and that the school's vice principal is a lesbian, so it seems to be if he's really that bigoted he might have restricted Connor's time with Jude in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Serial Drama
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Time for a new soap! I know I'm way late to the party, but I was dragging my heels due to the $10 season fee and the fact that it's online only. I hate watching TV on my computer. Sheepish confession: I only just found out I can just plug an HDMI cord into my TV and everything that's on my computer screen is all of a sudden on my TV. This has changed everything. Now I can watch not only web soaps, but all the Australian women's prison shows I want! What this all amounts to is: welcome to Beacon Hill coverage! I'm sure anyone discussing it online has long since said all they need to say about it, so I'm going to keep it short and sweet so that once the second season starts, I'll be caught up and ready to go in a more timely manner. There are twelve episodes in the first season and I've seen eleven of them, so we'll just dive in to those and then I'll cover the finale in another post. Mind you, when I say "episodes," I really mean "scenes." Because they are short. I believe the longest episode was eleven... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Serial Drama
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