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Big Love – Episode 10 (“The Happiest Girl”)

Posted by g3tech on August 14, 2007

Bill’s going to a gaming convention in Nevada in connection with Weber Gaming to meet up with his new clients, but Barb begs off, still not on board with the whole idea yet. Margene is only too happy to go in Barb’s place, in order to (a) enjoy a hotel/spa weekend; (b) have a turn at being Bill’s public wife; and (c) have the honeymoon she and Bill never had. But then they end up running into friends from Bill’s other life, and Margene takes it hard when Bill demotes her to “secretary” and calls Barb down to the rescue.

As the only wife left at home, Nicki tries to throw an engagement party for Joey, Wanda, and Kathy. The sixty grand she stole from the UEB office helps make that happen, but something else from there gets in her way: Alby, who’s pissed at her for skipping his testimony meeting last week, forcing her to host the party at home. Alby’s got other balls in the air as well. The first is his insistence on bringing Roman home to die, although he claims that’s not his aim. The second is an offer from Frank, who thinks his sons sold him out to Lois and has decided to get his revenge by offering to spy on them for Alby in exchange for Kathy. Yes, that would be Joey’s Kathy. And of course Alby takes him up on it. Alby shows up at the party, accuses Nicki of the theft, and accidentally goads her into spilling the beans about Weber Gaming.

On the Rhonda front, she may finally have overreached, threatening to out Heather, falsely or not, as Sarah’s lesbian admirer. And Sarah’s restored friendship with Heather has an unintended consequence, which is to make her vulnerable to the meddling of April Blessing.

Back in Nevada, Bill proves to his potential new clients that he’s not “squeaky clean” by outing himself to them. Barb’s freaked out, but Margene sees a chance to be “Mrs. Henrickson” in part of Bill’s life. Things end on an ambiguous note, with Barb not speaking, Bill in bed alone, Roman soaking up a potent cocktail of painkillers and sedatives injected into his IV by Alby’s wife, and Rhonda singing “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” on TV, in an extremely unconvincing way.

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Big Love – Episode 9 (“Circle The Wagons”)

Posted by g3tech on August 13, 2007

Roman survived his shooting last week, but he’s in and out of surgery, and his fate remains uncertain. Bill tells his wives about the acquisition he’s working on. Nicki’s for it, Barb’s against, and Margene decides to enjoy her status as the swing vote. But then Ben nearly queers the whole deal by reacting badly to the news that a Home Plus coworker used to date Margene. It’s complicated. Lois is playing the whole family trying to get back into favor — and, more importantly, back into her money — and after learning that Frank is secretly loaded (not even counting the bribe Bill paid him to make Lois first wife), she decides she wants a divorce. On the compound, Adaleen is still shutting Nicki out, and Joey’s “trying out” the Principle, which is not entirely to Bill’s approval. And of course Roman’s state has left a power vacuum at the head of the UEB. Bill tries to step in with a suggestion to bring in an outside trustee who totally won’t be Bill’s puppet at all. How gullible can that board be? Pretty gullible, because Bill’s finesse and corporate-speak are no match for Alby’s shameless claim to having received a testimony naming him as Roman’s proxy. Especially when Adaleen and a gullible Creeker back Alby. They won’t be so happy about their little coup when they get back to the office and find that someone (Nicki) has made off with all the fat bricks of cash they had lying around. When the Henrickson spouses vote on Weber Gaming, Barb is outvoted as the lone dissenter. She pretends to take it gracefully, but she’s not any better at pretending than she was at winning the other wives over to her side. And will Nicki find something to fill the void left by her former shopping addiction? Bingo!

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Big Love – Episode 8 (“Kingdom Come”)

Posted by g3tech on August 10, 2007

Bill’s feeling overwhelmed with work and the Weber Gaming deal, so he asks his wives for a night off per week, and Nicki takes it personally. Barb’s not thrilled either, and decides to cut Bill off. Except Margene doesn’t get the memo, and then there’s all manner of jealousy and twisted group dynamics, with the upshot that while Margene and Nicki still get some action, neither Barb nor Bill are budging. Until Barb agrees to two nights off per month, spent with his children. The Henricksons’ old bishop betrays Ben’s confidence by showing up at Barb’s house and revealing that Ben’s been visiting him; as a result, Ben is forced to confess to his parents that he and Brynn have been doing the nasty. He tries getting out of trouble by asking Brynn to marry him, and she actually agrees. Until, that is, Barb sits her down for a heart-to-heart about the travails of a first wife, and she breaks up with him. Bill eases Ben’s broken heart by making him a priesthood holder. Frank has found Lois’s stash and cleaned her out, but he wants more. So Lois ends up betraying Bill, which results in Frank showing up at Home Plus asking for a cut and threatening to expose where Uncle Eddie’s piece of the earnest money really came from (and it’s not the Laundromat). Still, Bill continues to play both sides of the Greene/Grant conflict, but he blows it badly enough that he has to call in the ATF to save his own ass from the pissed-off Greenes. Hollis, Selma, and most of the rest of their cult flee across the state line. But two were left behind, which is more than enough to shoot Roman and leave him bleeding on the sidewalk. Dead or not dead? The preview for next week isn’t much help.

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Big Love – Episode 6 (“Dating Game”)

Posted by g3tech on July 17, 2007

Bill is secretly dating Anna the diner waitress, and oddly enough, so is Margene, kind of. More on that in a minute. In other news, Ben gets his driver’s license, and his very first solo car trip is to his old bishop to confess that he’s been having lots and lots of sex. The bishop seems pretty non-judgmental about it, for now. Sarah gets busted for not telling Barb about Rhonda’s return and acquits herself quite well. This despite the fact that Rhonda has gone to the press with her story, which wouldn’t be so bad except that Nicki reacts in a Nicki-like manner. She goes after April Blessing and then Rhonda herself, which prompts Rhonda to tell some hair-raising lies about Henrickson home life to Heather’s dad, who is a Utah state trooper and also her temporary guardian. And that’s how Barb ends up threatening a police officer. Things are going predictably pear-shaped with Bill’s Weber Gaming deal, but in an unpredictable way; it turns out the company is also being pursued by another polygamist cult that’s way scarier than Roman Grant and Juniper Creek. By, like, a lot. Margene falls in secret-potential-sister-wife love with Anna, and Bill’s not happy when he finds out. Because, you know, he has to be in charge of everything. I suspect that’s the real reason he ends up dumping Anna, a move that seems to disappoint Margene most of all.

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Big Love – Episode 5 (“Vision Thing”)

Posted by g3tech on July 10, 2007

Now that Bill’s legal and family troubles are supposedly over, he’s getting right back to biting off more than he can chew. On the business front, he’s committing himself, Don, and even Uncle Eddie to the gambling machine company to a pretty dangerous level, despite the fact that the company’s current owner is acting sketchy as hell. And on the romantic front, he’s struck up a flirtation with a Serbian diner waitress who may end up as wife number four, or just a fling. Either way: Oh, Bill. Joey turns to Barb because Lois has committed Wanda to a mental hospital and is trying to set him up with a new wife of his own. Barb’s rescue instincts go into overdrive, despite the fact that Bill isn’t interested in helping Joey and Wanda isn’t even that invested in remaining a single wife. Thanks to Barb’s stubbornness, Bill ends up grudgingly offering Joey a job.

Wayne is attending a good Catholic school that’s far enough away from home to allow Bill to openly be his father there, but Nicki’s freaked out by all the religious iconography, as well as what she perceives as indoctrination of her son and ostracism of herself. So she pulls Wayne out of school, prompting him to run away and triggering a major blowout with Margene. Wayne returns home and back to school, but it takes a prayer to St. Christopher to pull it off. Hee.

Margene’s pregnancy cravings bite her in the ass when she spots Bill flirting with her pie hookup. She later ends up at the counter herself, to check out more than the strawberry rhubarb.

And Rhonda’s back, although the only one who knows it is Sarah. Despite Sarah’s understandable hostility toward the girl, she’s inherited her mother’s self-destructive rescue instincts. So she burns through all of her friends until she has to park Rhonda at Heather’s place. This will not end well (see also: most of the previous paragraphs).

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Big Love – Episode 4 (“Rock And A Hard Place”)

Posted by g3tech on July 6, 2007

The episode title is appropriate here, except for its use of the singular. First of all, Rhonda’s stirring shit up at the Henrickson homes, attracting police searches and playing off Barb’s sympathies while simultaneously blackmailing Nicki in secret to let her stay. Nicki’s terrified of what will happen to her if the family finds out that her father was the one who exposed them. And if Rhonda doesn’t get to stay, she threatens to tell Bill that Roman did it; at the same time, Roman says that if Rhonda’s there and Nicki had anything to do with her flight from the compound, he’ll tell Bill. Margene knows something’s up due to her accidental eavesdropping skills, but she’s not entirely in the loop. Meanwhile, Bill’s got issues of his own, over and above harboring a teenage runaway in his houses and looking into buying that poker machine company. Roman’s threatening to give the D.A. his tape of Bill implicating himself on the phone to Joey, and Joey’s not about to roll over on Wanda to protect Bill. So Bill goes to work trying to get Wanda to confess, and Lois goes to work trying to get Wanda to go on a shooting rampage in the courthouse. Hey, whatever works.

Ben and Brynn celebrate their three-month anniversary with Margene. And then Sarah and Scott celebrate their three-second anniversary with Alby. If by “celebrate” you mean “endure creepy stalker vibe.”

Apropos of little else, Pam tries to make up with Margene, but then later when Margene changes her story to claim she’s a surrogate mother, Pam cuts her dead. I think we’ve all learned an important lesson.

Once the Henricksons get Rhonda parked at a runaway shelter, a French farce (but with more yelling) ensues where all three wives end up there at the same time with a child advocate, as well as Adaleen, waving a court order. Things get ugly, and when Nicki tells Adaleen that Roman exposed them, Adaleen disowns her. And then she gets back to UEB in time to take a call from Bill, who begs for the incriminating tape back. Which Adaleen had been hiding from Roman all along, and which she now destroys. So then Bill and Joey both walk now that the D.A. doesn’t have a case.

And then Rhonda runs away for real, with a smile on her face and a stolen coat on her back. I’d say good riddance if I actually thought she was gone.

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A Look At (Some) Summer TV Shows

Posted by g3tech on July 6, 2007

Doctor Who – July 6th @ 9pm on SciFi – The doctor is impressively “in”. With over 1 million viewers each week during the last season, “Doctor Who” has quite a following. The third season kicks off with a Christmas in July celebration: a Christmas special episode where the time-traveling Doctor (returning actor David Tennant) encounters a bride who inexplicably turns up on the TARDIS. Award-winning British comedy actress Catherine Tate guest stars in the episode. In season 3, the Doctor recruits medical student Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) to help him thwart an army that has transplanted a London hospital onto the moon. Thus, Martha becomes his new companion as Billie Piper has departed. Throughout the third season, the Doctor and Martha will have to save William Shakespeare, deal with bloodsucking aliens, encounter a clan of galactic stormtroopers, and uncover a Dalek plot in 1930s New York. No one ever said being the last Time Lord was going to be easy.

Weeds – August 13th @ 10pm on Showtime – Pot-selling suburban mother Nancy Botwin had one of the worst and busiest days of her life during last season’s finale. Her eldest son had gone missing and her other son was delivering a candid, inflammatory speech during his elementary school graduation. On top of that, Nancy’s monumental weed deal with Conrad went horribly wrong. Hopefully the fourth season for Nancy will be less chaotic, but we are dealing with the folks of Agrestic, California, where things never seem to turn out as planned. The new season of “Weeds” ushers in some fresh faces: Matthew Modine and Mary-Kate Olsen will join the cast as the mysterious Christian neighbors that move to the nearby Majestic community. Modine portrays Sullivan Groff, a land developer who quickly forms a mutually beneficial business arrangement with Nancy. But don’t expect Celia to let their little agreement slip by her. Meanwhile, Olsen’s character Tara will become Silas’ new love interest. Season 3 will also see the return of Zooey Deschanel as Andy’s crazy ex-girlfriend Kat, and Carrie Fisher as Arlene, Celia’s divorce attorney. Expect tons of dirty little secrets to be exposed this season as the dark comedy welcomes you back to life behind shiny doors and pristine lawns.

So You Think You Can Dance (read the latest news on my blog) – Wednesdays @ 8 and Thurdays @ 9 on Fox – Last summer’s #1 hit, “So You Think You Can Dance,” is back for a third round to find America’s next favorite dancer. The show’s producers will scour New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta, auditioning tons of wannabe dancers and whittling them down to a group that best represents the rhythm of America. The lucky and talented dancers who initially spark the judges’ interest will be invited to call-backs, where they’ll have the opportunity to work with top-notch choreographers. After call-back week the Top 20 dancers will continue to the competition round. Once there, they’ll dance their way into your hearts with a variety of sizzling numbers ranging from the “street” styles of hip-hop, krumping, and popping to “the best of ballroom” in salsa, quickstep, jive, and more. Don’t miss a dancing phenomenon that’s guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

Hell’s Kitchen – Mondays @ 9 on Fox – “Hell’s Kitchen” is back for a third season, because second helpings are never enough. Chef Gordon Ramsay will once again have 12 would-be restaurateurs vying for the ultimate culinary prize — the coveted title of Head Chef at a new fine Italian restaurant at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. Chef Ramsay is loud, abrasive, and ready to put the chefs on the chopping block as he guides them through his hellish culinary boot camp. Each week Ramsay will grill the ambitious hopefuls as they attempt to prove they have what it takes to run their own restaurant. He will slice and dice the contestants, keeping only those who possess the right combination of ingredients to ensure success. The contestants’ inexperience, combined with the perfectionist Ramsay’s acid tongue, may be a recipe for disaster, but for one aspiring restaurateur, it’s the chance of a lifetime. In this pressure-cooker environment, only one thing is certain: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List – Tuesdays @ 10 on Bravo – The perpetual D-Lister and comedian extraordinaire Kathy Griffin is back for another season of adventures and drama. In the third-season opener, Kathy reflects on events in her life, emotionally addressing her divorce. Meanwhile, she prepares for an A-list gig at Carnegie Hall and a starring role in a corporate film. Kathy employs a tour manager/housemate/company whipping boy named Tom and also does her assistant Jessica a huge favor by hiring an assistant for her. Only in Hollywood do assistants need assistants. Appearing in the season premiere are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Joan Rivers, and former “American Idol” finalist Kellie Pickler.

Big Love – Mondays @ 9 on HBO – The second season of Emmy and Golden Globe nominated “Big Love” finds the Utah businessman Bill (along with his three wives, three houses and three families) trying to find the person responsible for outing his first wife Barb as a polygamist at Utah’s Mother of the Year ceremony. Making matters worse, a failed expansion and a suspicious employee entangle Bill’s work at Henrickson Home Plus. Meanwhile, back at the fundamentalist Juniper Hill compound, Prophet Roman Grant sets his sights on Bill’s brother Joey as leverage to regain a share of the family business. Roman turns up the heat on Wanda to try to get want he wants. Throw a pregnant Margene, an absent Barb, an overcompensating Nicki and seven needy kids into the mix, and Bill won’t be getting much sleep at any of his houses. The Henricksons, though atypical, are just another family trying to live the American dream as they push the boundaries of the evolving institution of marriage.

Kyle XY – Mondays @ 8 on ABC Family – The teenage boy with no name, no past and no navel has come a long way since the day he was found wandering alone. Kyle slowly integrated himself amongst the Trager family and discovered his amazing abilities. But the mystery about who he really is has just begun. In the second-season premiere, Kyle spends time in quiet seclusion with Adam Baylin, who tells him more about his past. Can Kyle trust Adam? Does he hold the key to solving the mystery behind Kyle’s identity? It was revealed during last season’s finale that the company was making a superior model labeled XX which is “in excellent condition.” Could this model be the female counterpart to Kyle? Will Kyle find out the Company’s intentions? Back at the Trager home, Kyle has left clues for Declan, but is it too late? Can the Tragers get used to life without Kyle? How will Nicole deal with his absence?

Rescue Me – Wednesdays @ 10 on FX – Back for a fourth season, this gritty drama centers on the inner workings of Ladder 62, a New York City firehouse, and the personal and emotional battles of its members in a post-9/11 world. Recovering alcoholic Tommy Gavin, the senior firefighter, is still haunted by the memories of people he has watched perish on the job. As the fourth season begins, Tommy’s ex-wife Janet has given birth to a baby boy — whom she fears prefers Tommy to her. But Tommy has a bigger problem: he’s suspected of starting the beach-house fire. How will he prove his innocence? Besides trying to clear his name, Tommy struggles to resist the advances of the volunteer firefighter (Jennifer Esposito) who rescued him from the beach house. Elsewhere, Chief Reilly’s son asks him to be his best man at his commitment ceremony. Will Jerry accept? Richie wants Franco to marry Natalie, but can a notorious ladies man settle down? This season, expect guest appearances by Larenz Tate, Jerry Adler, Jennifer Esposito, and Susan Sarandon.

Top Chef – Wednesdays @ 10 on Bravo – The temperature in the kitchen rises as the third season of “Top Chef” heads to sunny Miami. Fifteen budding chefs will descend upon Miami Beach, where they’ll compete for the coveted “Top Chef” title, a state-of-the-art Kenmore PRO kitchen, an editorial feature in “Food & Wine” magazine, the opportunity to showcase his or her skills at the “Food & Wine” Classic in Aspen, Colorado, and $100,000 to “kick start” their culinary career. Tom, Gail and Padma return with new judge Ted Allen from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Among this season’s guests judges are author-chef Anthony Bourdain, Chef Norman Van Aken, and Chef Alfred Portale. The contestants will compete in various cooking challenges from catering a gourmet barbecue party to working with Miami’s fresh seafood. Who will serve up delicious fares, and who will get sent home for dishing out a dud?

The Simple Life – Sundays @ 10 on E! – Brace yourself, ’cause they’re back! Hollywood’s most infamous celebutante pair Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie return to our TV screens for more mayhem and mischief. This next unknown territory the girls are encountering is summer camp. Ed and Dawn Bellante, the directors of Camp Shawnee in Malibu, California, have hired Paris and Nicole as camp counselors. Have they just made a big mistake? Are they not aware of the hijinks Paris and Nicole are capable of? In the episodes to come, expect to see the duo “exercising” with the campers and giving beauty pageant advice.

The 4400 – Sundays @ 9 on USA – The 4400 are among us and they have the power to save humanity… if the world will let them. The sci-fi saga of “The 4400” returns for a fourth season with dosages of promicin spreading like wildfire. Many people believe that promicin is a gift and that everyone should have the right to take it, even though there’s a chance that it will kill you instead of giving you superhuman abilities. Who will be willing to take the risk? Who will fight for Jordan Collier’s cause, and who will fight against him? In the fourth season opener, NTAC gets a new director as they face off against a high school student with the promicin-induced ability to make people worship him like a god. Meanwhile Tom visits Isabelle in prison and Diana searches for her sister, who also took promicin. With the help of a girl named Cassie, Kyle is able to wake Shawn from his coma. Meanwhile, Collier wrestles with his conscience as the death toll from promicin continues to rise.

Making The Band IV – Mondays @ 10 on MTV – Diddy hopes to add another musical group to his existing empire with the next installment of “Making the Band.” With the success of “Danity Kane,” Diddy checks off all-girl group from his list of things to conquer. So up next on the list is an all-male superstar group. Watch as guys from all over America sing and dance for Diddy’s seal of approval. Diddy seems to have the Midas touch more often than not. Will this ideal group of guys become the next music sensation or will they be like “Da Band” and fall into an abyss of obscurity?

The Closer – Mondays @ 9 on TNT – Television’s top detective is back on the case this summer! Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick returns in TNT’s “The Closer,” cable’s #1 series of all time. Sedgwick plays Brenda Johnson, a cranky yet cunning investigator and interrogator with a remarkable talent for getting criminals to spew the truth. Season 3 will be filled with compelling and complex cases that will continue to test Brenda’s skills as she deals with suspects as well as with her own imperfections and neuroses. The third season will kick off with an uninterrupted and commercial-free episode where Brenda and the team investigate the violent murder of a family with one survivor: their drug-abusing teenaged son. In the office, budget cuts resulting in dramatic changes throughout the LAPD, including the potential retirement of one PHD squad member. On the home front, Fritz thinks it’s time that he and Brenda find a new house.

My Super Sweet 16 – Mondays @ 9 on MTV – They’re back! The not-so-sweet teens return for another season of birthday party mania. Go on a wild ride behind the scenes as these wealthy teens prepare for their most important coming-of-age celebration. They are willing to do whatever it takes to mark this turning point in their lives… as long as their parents agree to submit to their every demanding and over-the-top wish. The season kicks off with Audrey Reyes’ haute couture Quince. 14-year-old Audrey is a self-proclaimed Miami princess, who will throw as many tantrums as it takes to have the most fabulous birthday party. Watch as she stars in a music video, preps her royal court, and shops for a brand new car. Will this princess have the best night of her life, or will the party be called off?

Extreme Makeover – Mondays @ 9 on ABC – “Extreme Makeover” returns with a jaw-dropping episode where a small town girl will have a fairytale makeover of a lifetime. Micha is a legally blind 30-year-old woman with a severe overbite that makes it difficult for her to talk. The “Extreme Team” consisting of the nation’s top plastic surgeons, eye surgeons, cosmetic dentists, hair and makeup artists, stylists, and personal trainers will work their magic to not only transform Micha’s physical appearance, but to change her life and destiny as well. Later in the episode, a 45-year-old below-the-knee amputee will get his dreams to come true with an extreme makeover. Regis Philbin and wakeboarder Tara Hamilton will appear in this new episode to lend their support for Micha and Chris.

Big Brother 8 – Tuesdays @ 9 and Sundays @ 8 on CBS – Most of us agree that “Big Brother: All-Stars” was anything but stellar, so we’re glad to report that this season will feature an entire new crop of houseguests. As usual, the 14 houseguests will a share a house that’s equipped with cameras and microphones to record their every move, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The houseguests will have to use their brain, brawn and charm to outplay one another and walk away with the cash grand prize. It wouldn’t be “Big Brother” without a surprise twist in store for the houseguests. This season, some of the houseguests will find out that they’ll become roomies with someone from their past they’d hoped to never see again, or someone with whom there is an extreme amount of tension. Enemies will come face-to-face and bitter rivalries will turn up the house’s drama quota. If there were fights before in the house, there will be wars now! Another new element to the show is that viewers will be given the interactive opportunity to have the most control they’ve ever had over someone in the house. One of the house’s participants has been chosen to be “America’s Player.” Viewers at home will get to assign a task to “America’s Player” each week. The player must complete the task without revealing that they’re working on behalf of the viewers. If the player accomplishes the mission, he/she will be financially rewarded. “America’s Player” does not have immunity from elimination.

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