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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Tumor has it

By on Oct 18, 2017 in Recaps | 0 comments

Amelia, we hardly knew ye? The younger Dr. Shepherd faces an ironic twist of fate this week — while Nathan and Owen royally screw up their love lives — on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14, Episode 2: “Get Off on the Pain.” On the hunt for an abdomen Megan is a woman of jokes and silver linings, but she has neither when she wakes up to discover her abdomen is still wide open: Meredith’s operation didn’t work. For her part, Mer is on a rampage, destroying the attending lounge as Richard and Maggie bear witness. “Suffering is optional,” Mer says via voiceover, quoting that pithy saying we’ve all heard. “That person didn’t know that the f—k they were talking about.” (That f-bomb was cleverly censored by Mer slamming the door.) Later, Mer is picking at the seam where Alex patched up her bedroom wall — back when she took down Derek’s impromptu mural — when she gets a flash of inspiration. She wants...

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ recap: Home is the Hunt

By on Oct 13, 2017 in Recaps | 0 comments

Three things in life are certain: Death, taxes, and a new season of Grey’s Anatomy every year. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again (many times, probably): This show will outlive us all. And that suits me just fine. I’ve been recapping Grey’s professionally and recreationally for over half its lifespan now, and I’m not stopping now… especially not when showrunner Krista Vernoff is back at the help and getting the cast and crew to film on location in Seattle. The show looks great and engages even better so far. Let’s scrub in on Grey’s Anatomy Season 14, Episode 1: “Break Down the House.” The women of Owen’s life Season 14 scoops us up exactly where Season 13 dropped us off, with Owen and Amelia watching medics offloading Megan, his recently-found sister, from a helicopter at an army base. Megan feigns the whole “Do I know you?” thing, but she actually seems fine… mentally and...

Required reading: Jesse Williams’s powerful BET Awards speech

By on Jun 29, 2016 in Tinseltown | 0 comments

This blog has been long dormant, but some pop culture moments cannot be ignored — including the speech Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams delivered as he accepted the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards. Here’s the transcript in toto, thanks to TIME. Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that. Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and that they make sure I learn what the schools were afraid to teach us. And also thank my amazing wife for changing my life. Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are...

The Great TV Show Title Jumble

By on Sep 17, 2013 in Inanities | 0 comments

Today in Hypothetical Alternate Realities: What would happen if two totally different shows exchanged words in their titles? Behold. Drag Notice — HR representatives are replaced by drag queens, who then put delinquent employees on notice. “Gurl, you betta werk!” RuPaul’s Burn Race — RuPaul trades her loving “shade” for appallingly cruel barbs (punctuated, of course, by her trademark cackle). Pretty Little Anarchy — Four teenage fashionistas live to regret having overthrown the government of Rosewood. Sons of Liars — Four grown sons of formerly-teenage fashionistas form a motorcycle gang… and dish about small-town secrets over nonfat lattes. The Good Stars — An inventory of all the celebrities in Hollywood who haven’t been arrested for DUI, become a Scientologist, flashed their nether regions, or made anti-Semitic remarks. Dancing with the Wife —...

TVs improbable seventh-inning stretches

By on Oct 13, 2012 in Raves | 0 comments

Seven seasons is an awfully long run for any TV drama, particularly a serialized one. Procedural shows like CSI and Law & Order shows have the privilege of a different storyline every episode, and even semi-procedural shows like Fringe aren’t required to serve an overarching narrative with every episode. The TV graveyard is littered with the corpses of series that exhausted their creativity before their episode order. One recent example of such a show on the comedy front is The Office: the producers and NBC announced that Season 9 would be the final season, but that decision came after we slogged through disappointing Seasons 6, 7, and 8. Some showrunners do the dignified thing and set a definite and unyielding end date for their series, like the masterminds behind Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Breaking Bad, and even the British Office. I can’t speak highly enough of this practice:...