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Let's visit some Devious Maids, shall we? My apologies in advance for whatever confusion I might experience. I binge-viewed the first two seasons of this show, and am finding it harder to remember details in weekly form now that I'm actually watching the episodes as they air! (If anyone of you are new to it or thinking of being new to it, I assure you, it's highly binge-worthy. Netflix has the first season, and Hulu has both of the first two seasons.) So Carmen is looking for the red dress that Blanca was wearing, but Taylor says Blanca quit and took all her things without leaving a note. I'm so confused about what's going on in this storyline and really excited to find out. I loved the slow-burn of the Rebecca-esque storyline last year, so I'm assuming this might be played at a similar pace of small reveals. And yes, Taylor is played by Brianna Brown, formerly Batshit Crazy Lisa Niles on General Hospital. Her hair is much more sensible here, and she's not running around a boat trying to inject HIV into anyone. Ernesto is alive and Rosie doesn't seem all that happy about it. Poor Ernesto. Kind of... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Serial Drama
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I can't be the only one today who was pretty amused by several headlines like, "The Fosters has found Jesus!" Well, infantile sense of humor or not, I'm curious to see how the new Jesus works out. A.J. is staying with the Adams Fosters, because of course he is. A.J. gets really confused about the unconventionality of this family. Brandon turns up and finds out that his father is planning to foster A.J., you know, at dinner in front of everyone which is always the best way. Let's face it, though, I don't really care about how Brandon feels. Credits! Warm fuzzies! All the grownups have a Feelings Meeting with Brandon. Mike would like Brandon's support! He pretends he's okay with it. No one has wondered if Mike's brand new sobriety in addition to the fact that his last girlfriend statutory-raped his son might put a damper on approval for the foster license. I'm going out on a limb here to say that these are not great credentials. Stef is going out for a girls' night! Stef has friends? Jude and Connor are having an adorable date in which Connor plays a video game on the TV and Jude plays... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I am endlessly confused by how these mini-seasons work on ABC Family (Season 2B is a thing!), but I believe this is the first episode of Season 3. The Fosters is back, y'all! As you might recall, when we were last with our lovely non-traditional family, Callie's bio-father was no longer fighting for custody and Callie was about to be adopted by the Adams-Foster family and this time nothing could stop them! Ha ha, just kidding, there was a big fat car accident. A pregnant Ana was driving, and Mariana and Jesús were passengers. Oh yeah! And Jude and Connor are totally sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. (And unfortunately, so were Monte and Lena.) So here we go! Stef comes up on the scene of the accident and realizes who was there. Mariana is okay, but crying. We see Jesús and Ana being carted off on stretchers. Stef wakes up. It was a dream? Opening credits! They never get old. But I don't get what just happened! Stef and Lena are getting ready in the morning, talking about how much they miss Jesús. But they can call him! He's just at boarding school! Which starts in the summer! SO WHAT... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Serial Drama
It's been a while since there's been enough inspiration to do a post in this category! Thanks, B&B! But seriously. I hope the intention behind this was that Ridge is a ridiculous human. Unfortunately, though, it certainly was presented as a big revelation of truthiness. Ridge (to Steffy): It goes back to my mom. Who she loved the most. That question was always around but never asked around the dinner table. It was always there. But my mom, she knew something that Dad and I did not. That I was her biological son, but not his. That colored everything. The way she treated us, the way we treated each other. And you know what, Stef? Looking back, I think my dad and I, we never had a chance. Sweet mercy, you guys. As if it isn't bad enough that this show keeps going back to the "who is Mommy and Daddy's favorite?" well ABOUT MIDDLE-AGED ADULTS, we are still being subjected (umpteen years after this reveal) to this idiotic notion that Ridge is somehow less of a Forrester BECAUSE ADOPTION. Seriously? Not to mention the obvious issue that Ridge and Rick didn't even grow up together. Poor Thorne. What century... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Look, she's a pretty girl, which perhaps is the biggest problem here. I'm trying to understand why, at the ripe old age of 28, Jacqueline McInnes Wood has felt it necessary to have this much work done? I'm not mad, I'm just worried, y'all. The silver lining is that it's highly likely that we're only dealing with a little collagen here and a little botox here, both in ways that are reversible. But it looks like she's had such serious lip injections that her upper lip cannot touch her lower lip without stress. At rest, it's just riding up and poking out there. Worst-case scenario, however, is probably the thing we're all thinking: there has been a bad influence in her life acting as a mother figure. Or, you know, literally playing her mother. Said influence is probably a very, very wonderful person, and I feel guilty even bringing it up because I'd bet she wishes some of her choices in this arena were reversible. It's important to have good role models, people. (Side note: I recently caught an awesome bad Lifetime movie she starred in. I think it was called Her Husband's Betrayal but that's pretty much just spinning... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Sorry, hit men. And your bosses. The ways you suffer. The manners in which people betraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay you. It's like, you murder (or try and fail, in Shawn's case) (a lot) (though not for much longer) a bunch of people, or you order someone else to murder a bunch of people, and look what happens! Your women turn out to be law enforcement. People lie to you about your identity. People try to get custody of your children. Folks lie about whether or not you fathered a child. All for just a bunch of silly murders! THESE PEOPLE DON'T KNOW THE MEANING OF LOVE. I mean, love is never having to say you're sorry, right? And yet, the people of Port Charles are constantly doing you wrong and then having to line up and apologize to you. They don't love you. You're the ones who understand love. Which means you will NOT apologize for what you "do for a living" or "who you are" or "doing a lot of murdery stuff all of the time." Like, how judge-y can these people be about a person's day job? We all need to make a living! Also, life is a risk! We all... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Serial Drama
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(WARNING: much actual sincerity ahead.) Full disclosure: today was going to be it. My revisits to both B&B and GH were going to end after today. GH because today is the last live episode and other than that novelty and the now-concluded Nurses Ball, it's clear the show is All Mob All The Time, which doesn't interest me in the least (more on GH in another post later!). B&B because I'd become so hopeless that they were going to find a way to tell Maya's story with any real sensitivity. So far, we'd heard her get misgendered a thousand times, watched her dead name get brought up repeatedly, had her trans status played for laughs by other characters with not-so-clever innuendo and outdated "she's a he!" jokes, sat around while the show perpetuated the dangerous myth that transgender people are somehow out to "trick" other people, and listened to the laughable notion that somehow a trans model would somehow rock the L.A. fashion scene, since Forrester Creations seems to be a fashion house hovering someplace in a small town in the 1950s. There were glimmers of hope: some characters showing compassion, Ridge mentioning that he knows several transgender models, bringing... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Did we think this would ever happen while he breathed air? Anthony Geary, once and for all, is absotively posilutely leaving General Hospital. It's been rumored for so long, but now that it's official: how's everyone feeling? Happy? Sad? Relieved? Ambivalent? Tired? Confused? Apoplectic? Lost? Small? Hungry? I think we're all wondering about the recent news that Genie Francis will be appearing soon, and whether or not that's connected. Would they really kill him off, or do you think they'll actually send Luke and Laura into the sunset together? Check out his exit interview here. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I don't actually know if it's the second day of the ball, but I feel like I heard it started on Friday so I decided to watch today. Here goes! We open with Brad proposing to Lucas. Why is Lucas the one on his knee if he's not the one proposing? Also, this is the first time I've seen this incarnation of Lucas. He reminds me a little of Joey Lawrence, and he says yes! Everyone claps and films it with their smartphones and it's pretty cute. Carly is talking to Jakeson, and I think Laura Wright has a cold because there's definitely an adenoid situation going on here. He's been lied to by... Ric and his non-wife? I think Ric and Hayden (that's Rebecca Budig's character, right?) conspired to make Jake think he was married to her. To... keep her away from Elizabeth, I'm guessing? Anyway, then Nik tells Liz that Jake is Jason. Liz is not hearing it, and accuses Nik of doing this because he still has feelings for her. He says he does. "Always have, always will." Say what now? Okay, Show. Also, why would this be a deterrent for Liz to want Jake? "I had... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Serial Drama
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7:53pm: Who's ready? 8:00pm: They're doing a sketch about Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer, which mostly seems about how they definitely will not show up for this thing. I mean it's for charity! That's the nicer thing. "Charity," unspecified. 8:03pm: Tyra's hosting, it's real! This is the first time she's ever hosted an awards show, and is nervous about her lack-of-weave. In her childhood, they watched GH and Y&R. Tyra is basically overdramatically wonderful. She is rapping. Should she rap? I don't know about that. 8:08pm: Steve Harvey is presenting, and requests that the producers stop filming the losers' faces. 8:09pm: Outstanding Actress! Finola, Elizabeth, Linsey, Amelia, and Lisa. Even Finola Hughes's clip made made me weepy. But, she did not win. Amelia Heinle won. She's insanely pretty. But she is not Finola Hughes. I feel crazy right now. 8:13pm: Something about a game show? At least everyone seems awake. Outstanding Entertainment News Program! Entertainment Tonight wins. I outright did not know this was still a thing, but I do not claim to be on the cutting edge. Who's here? Is anyone actually watching? Are you drinking to get through, or just suffering alone in some more healthy manner? 8:16pm:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I tried. I really meant to watch an entire episode of GH today (and maybe tomorrow) to basically get myself geared up and excited for the Daytime Emmys this Sunday, and I was even going to do a full recap to say hello. I can't quite pull off the play-by-play. But. I do have thoughts. Well, first I have questions. So many questions. Too many to even put together a partial list, but I think the most important one is: so Julian now runs Johnny's old auto shop? A few thoughts, then. - Carlos is still around. Carlos is still really hot and way more charismatic than half the "good guys" on the show. But is he not a good guy? He's certainly working for some mobster or another, but is it a Good Mobster or a Bad Mobster, GH-style? He's getting a Bad Mobster edit, but you never know on this show. - Spinelli is back. I refuse to discuss this further. - Sabrina is still on the show. I haven't seen her in a long time. I refuse also to discuss this further. - There is a new actress playing Kiki. She is not great, she is not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Four things. Just four. 1. Nope. I repeat: nope. 2. Will! First of all, Will was on the episode. Second of all, he actually just has a plain old legitimate crush and doesn't just want to cruise dudes in the park anymore. He actually wants to date Kevin! And he told him so! Go, Will! Honestly, all his fumbling attempts to spend more time with Kevin were completely adorable. People coming to terms with their own sexual orientation a little later on often talk about it as a "second adolescence" because while puberty is physically long over, you have to re-navigate crushes and first kisses all over again from a completely different perspective. It's really refreshing to see Will do that, though I doubt Ole Kev is going to be on board for how deep Will's closet is. 3. MADDIE IS THE WORST. We already know what a terrible brat she can be, and one must make allowances for a certain amount of general teen sulking. But really. Note to Rayna: it's not okay for your kids to talk to you like that. And do you know what'll encourage them to continue talking to you like that in the future?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Serial Drama
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B&B really delivered on a very important and moving episode today. The dialogue was crackling, there were plenty of pleasant surprises, and real character growth was in effect! I'll paraphrase it just a little in case you missed it. At the end of last Friday's episode, Maya dropped her purse in Rick's Office/Boudoir and out spilled her prescription estrogen pills. (When you're taking pills you don't want anyone to know about, the best place to put them is obviously a small clutch purse that doesn't properly close. And you should probably take those pills while you have your back turned to someone else in a room rather than just, you know, taking them in private.) (But then again, there's no such thing as "private" in soaps.) Rick is familiar with all pharmaceutical variations of estrogen pills, naturally, because why wouldn't he be? So he asked her about them. Today's episode picked up where that left off and, again, I am occasionally paraphrasing here but the gist is a beautiful thing... Maya: I have to tell you something, Rick, and I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you but I was scared. I've had to deal with some very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Serial Drama
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I agree, episode title! Bummer to lose Laura Benanti (Sadie), but I'd heard so much casting news about her lately (I can't picture her in a superhero show, but stranger things have happened) that I figured it was inevitable. Though I suppose she could still return, it did feel fairly final. Considering her storyline this entire season was building up to this self-defense shooting incident, it feels a little off, so I wonder if they had to change things midstream and she wasn't originally going to leave right away. I was actually interested in the developing relationship with Luke! Now what's the point of Luke? You tell me! I suppose since my entire shtick around here for Nashville is hating on Scarlett, I should address this: the fact that she's been reduced to more of a supporting role this season has been a bit of a relief and likely the main reason I haven't been motivated to do a post for every episode. But hoo boy, these two episodes have been rough. Last week's because she was back to her old infuriating self (apparently she's never heard of Twitter before, and by the way is totally comfortable going on tour... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Oh, y'all. I just don't know. Remember how I said watching this Maya storyline makes me so nervous that I feel like I'm walking over minefields all the time? The ground is starting to shake. At the end of Friday's episode, Carter overheard Nicole referring to Maya as "Myron" (which, again, let's not even discuss), her "brother," who was "born a man." Today we picked up where that left off, and Maya did not correct her. Then we had Carter coming in and confronting her and he referred to it as "born a boy," and once again Maya did not correct him. Thankfully she did clarify that she never "identified as a boy," but it still fell a little short for me. Obviously the weirdo characters on this show are going to be shocked and are going to have no idea how to use sensitive nomenclature, but I would just feel like we were in better hands if the show could prove that they know the correct nomenclature. Maya would tell people not to say that. Maya would tell people she was assigned male at birth, but it was the incorrect assignation. I realize I'm just hypersensitive about this right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Serial Drama
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Today I had no Fosters to watch, and I did take a stab at Days but I got distracted, and I know I get yelled at for not watching General Hospital if I'm in a soap mood, but news from that realm made me grumpy today. So B&B it was, despite no attention to the Maya storyline. So I won't say much, but I just couldn't let today's most hilarious dialogue go unaddressed. Deacon (to Brooke Logan): You always were mysterious. Just... can't seem to get a read on you. To Brooke. He said that to Brooke Logan. Now listen, I enjoy Ms. Logan quite a bit. Even when she's being the absolute worst. In fact, I might enjoy her the most when she's being the absolute worst. But mysterious? No, ma'am. There are few humans on this Earth easier to read than Brooke Logan, bless her stallion-loving heart. Even she didn't really seem to buy it. Poor Deacon. He just thinks he and Brooke have this intense connection (as soap characters always do), and he's just baffled as to what's keeping them apart. So how is our ever-mysterious lady going to handle this? Is she going to take control... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Serial Drama
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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 Mar 24, 2015 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 Mar 23, 2015 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 Mar 23, 2015 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