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On Thursday: Idol Wild Card, Ugly Betty, Hell’s Kitchen & Millionaire Matchmaker

American IdolEp. “Judges’ Wild Card”

I intended to write about all the performances by the wild card contestants tonight, but I thought with performances and the results all in one night it would just be too much. Instead, I decided that just an overview of the show and the decision of the judges would suffice. This time the contestants definitely paid more attention to their song selection; many of them had songs that really seemed to represent who they are as a vocalist. In the end, the judges decided to put 4 wild cards through to the Top “13.” So for the first time in Idol history, there are going to be 13 contestants vying for the title of American Idol on the “big stage”

Here are the Wild Cards…

Jasmine Murray

Jasmine Murray

Anoop Desai

Anoop Desai

Megan Corkrey

Megan Corkrey

Matt Giraud

Matt Giraud

So now that the Wild Cards have been selected, the real fun of the show begins. I know some people really enjoy the early audition rounds with the horrible singers, but me, personally, I really look forward to the Top 12 rounds (or Top 13 this year) because then the real performances begin.

Ugly BettyEp. “Sugar Daddy”

So this episode had some potential as the Meade empire tries to deal with the aftermath of the Connor Embezzlement 2009. Also, amidst the work drama, Betty has to deal with a new man in her life, Matt from YETI, and the possible eviction from her home in Queens.

Of course, the Meade portion of the episode centers around Daniel and Wilhelmina trying to get bail out money from the government. I love that they played off the whole “government giving money to everyone” sentiment that is sweeping the nation. I mean if the government is willing to give money to the dying automotive industry, then why not the print world?

Side note: Did anyone see the awesome placement of the Charles Schwab ad right after Daniel said he didn’t receive the bail out money? “First of all, who’s going to bail me out?” Bravo Charles Schwab!

I also loved the “Kitchen Rumble” part of the episode. Watching Ignacio grind his molcajete made me laugh hysterically. Of course, the cooking battle was fixed, but in the end Ignacio was able to get the $10,000 he needed to keep the house.

Hell's KitchenEp. “12 Chefs Compete”

The allure of this show for the majority of its viewers is obviously to listen to Gordon Ramsay get really angry at the competing chefs. The most aggravating part of this show (at least for me) is that damn narrator and FOX’s editing decision to always cut to commercial before anything happens (no matter how small). I just HATE it!

The episode was alright. Once again both teams got caught up on the meat station and Ramsay shut down the kitchen with less than half the dining room receiving their main dishes. I was kind of proud of Lacey and her determination to prove herself to the blue team.

Millionaire MatchmakerEp. “Harold & Jeff”

On Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Patty took on another two millionaire clients: Harold and Jeff. Here is what I think about them:

Jeff KozJeff Koz is a 49-year-old, Grammy-nominated jazz musician/producer (and the brother of famous jazz musician Dave Koz). He joins the Millionaire’s Club after a divorce, and according to Patti, he is dealing with “divorced-dad-itus.” According to her, “his picker is off.” He really seemed like a great guy. I thought his dates were pretty entertaining. His first date with Clarissa was hilarious because he just didn’t know what to do with her. His second date with Brandi was obviously more comfortable for him. Unfortunately, Brandi wasn’t feeling him as much. Poor Jeff!

Best Quote: “I was just on a date with Mother Teresa…a hot, slender, ballet dancing, Ace-bandage wearing Mother Teresa.”

Harold WrobelHarold Wrobel is 49, old and lonely. He is a returner from season 1, but he is still the gross letch he was before. To help him with his younger-woman issue, Patti decides to take drastic measures to help Harold get over his narcissistic ways by giving him a “dating intervention.” This time, Patti decides to just give him a date with a woman that she thinks is right rather than having him go through the typical mixer process. I think he is disgusting. I don’t understand his infatuation with younge women when he is soooo old. And I don’t know if I am totaly off on this but for some reason he reminds me of Stephan from Top Chef. Also, what was that intimate information he told Michelle? I NEED TO KNOW!

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On Wednesday: Idol, Lost, Damages & Top Chef Reunion

American IdolEp. “3 Finalists Chosen”

So after last night’s questionable performances, tonight’s result shows was geared up to be quite the guessing game. Who will move on to the Top 12 from the final set of 36? Who is going to have to hope for a Wild Card spot? As a reminder, my prediction was for Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Felicia Barton (possibly). Also, does anyone hate the choreographed segments as much as I do? They pick good songs but they are made SOOO CHEESY that I can’t stand them!

So here is who made it through…

Lil Rounds

Lil Rounds

Scott MacIntyre

Scott MacIntyre

Jorge Nunez

Jorge Nunez

I guess my predictions were still pretty on point. I knew that the third spot from this weeks competitors was up for grabs, and the Puerto Rican, Jorge Nunez, was able to take hold of it.

Tomorrow we get the Wild Card round of American Idol, and the contestants who were selected for an additional audition are: Von Smith, Jasmine Murray, Ricky Braddy, Megan Corkrey, Tatiana Del Toro, Matt Giraud, Jesse Langseth and Anoop Desai.

LostEp. “LaFleur”

With this week’s episode, I was hoping a few questions would be answered, especially some of the ones that were presented last week. Instead, they start the episode with a whole new batch of them. What is with the apparent Anubis statue? Is it related to the “monster’s” lair we saw two weeks ago? Why is Sawyer the Head of Security for the Dharma Initiative now? Did the time travelling group end up in the past and decide to infiltrate the Dharma camp?

Apart from adding more questions, this episode was really an empty one. Obviously, the group does enter the Dharma Initiative community and begins to develop a life there. The one real point of interest is this new love between Juliet and Sawyer. It seems he is always able to steal Jack’s ladies. Also, we find out that Sawyer has gotten over Kate. Or has he?

Top ChefEp. “Season 5 Reunion”

So this year, the reunion wasn’t that eventful. Even with the rivalry between Hosea and Stephan, there didn’t seem to be much stuff for the cast to discuss. Of course they discussed Hosea’s journey to the title, highlights from the judge’s table and awesome Carla moments. They did bring up a few interesting things though. They talked about this “Birthday Curse.” Apparently there were a large number of contestants eliminated on (or around) their birthday this season. Also, they had to discuss the budding relationship between Hosea and Leah. I honestly think they are gross together and don’t care what the do. I can say though that I think this year’s contestants were the most creative in the Stew Room…Glad Wrap Volleyball, what?! And the one part of the reunion that you need to know. Who is the Fan Favorite? The winner is…

Top Chef Fan Favorite - Fabio Viviani

Top Chef Fan Favorite - Fabio Viviani

I love this show and Season 5 was definitely another great season. I cannot wait for the next season. I also cannot wait for NBC and Lifetime to get out of litigation so that we can have another season of Project Runway. Come one, the finale has already been taped!

DamagesEp “You Got Your Prom Date Pregnant”

I just start with saying that I love the structure of this show. With many of the dramas on TV today, especially the ones dealing with the law, the show has these small storylines for each episode and then an overarching storyline. With Damages, the entire show is the latter, and I think it is better for it. You are almost obligated to watch every episode in order to stay on top of it. Also, with their flashes to the end of the season, the intrigue is nearly unbearable. Way to go FX for creating such an awesome show.

For the episode, not to much really happens to progress the story. Patty decides to attack the FBI after the death of Uncle Pete and the investigation of Patty is put into question when no evidence of the case file can be found. Also, Detective Messer tells Wes to “eliminate” Ellen. We will have to find out later if he goes through with it.

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On Tuesday: American Idol & Housewives

So this is yet another week without the Aussie awesomeness that is Simon Baker in The Mentalist. We, however, did get more shows than last Tuesday since the President isn’t taking up all the primetime slots.

American IdolEp. “Third 12 of 36”

The final set of 12 contestants performed to get a spot in the Top 12. This week’s contestants were very promising; a lot of them were ones I wanted to get through during the early audition rounds.

Von Smith: Performed “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye. I thought the performance was alright. He performed the song well but I don’t agree that it was as good as the judges thought.

Taylor Vaifanua: Performed “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I think she performed the song well, definitely a better performance in my opinion than Von Smith’s. My only issue with it is that she selected a song that is so “trademarked” by an artist. Alicia Keys has a very distinct tone and originality in her music and to try and recreate it is something that doesn’t really work.

Alex Wagner-Trugman: Performed “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” by Elton John. I really didn’t get the gruntal portions of the song, and boy did I laugh when he knocked over the mic stand. I don’t believe it was a performance that will get him through to the Top 12. The only chance he has is if the ladies find his dorkiness cute. Pity vote if you will.

Arianna Afsar: Performed “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. She is just as cute as a button! Also, she decided to enter a new world for American Idol by being the first person in Idol history to perform a song by the Swedish pop giant. The only issue I had with her performance was that it seemed a bit theatrical, like she was auditioning for Mamma Mia!. Her vocals were a also a little pitchy at times and kind of gloomy. I didn’t think it was as bad as the judges thought.

Ju’not Joyner: Performed “Hey There Delilah” by The Plain White Tees. I am not going to lie, I am a bit tired of hearing this song on American Idol after Hollywood week. Also, his rendition of the song was very boring. I do give him props for trying to give it an R&B vibe though.

Kristen McNamara: Performed “Give Me One Reason” by Tracy Chapman. What was she wearing during her performance? She looked like she was getting ready to attend a Catholic school dance in 1993. Her performance was good though. I didn’t realize that she could hit a note that high.

Nathaniel Marshall : Performed “I Will Do Anything For Love” by Meatloaf. This man’s voice and image do not mix. He’s an Indy “scene” kid who has a serious theatrical voice and flamboyant stage presence. I also don’t think his rendition of the rock classic was anything to write home about. I am glad he didn’t cry this time though.

Felicia Barton: Performed “No One” by Alicia Keys. Can anyone explain to me how she is here? What happened? She was cut then she’s in the Top 36?” Also her voice makes me think that she is the illegitimate love child of Alicia Keys and Nelly Furtado (if that were possible). I must say that she was definitely better at performing Alicia Keys when compared to Taylor Vaifanua. She has a chance of getting through.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Mandolin Rain” by Bruce Hornsby. I know he is one of the favorites of America with his “overcoming challenges” story, but I really don’t think he has the best voice in the competition. I am sure he will get through, but I wonder how long he will be around.

Kendall Beard: Performed “This One’s For the Girls” by Martina McBride. I really was pulling for her for some reason, but she definitely was a bit flat through most of the song. I don’t know if there is any hope for her to continue on.

Jorge Nunez: Performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down” by Elton John. I think he has a good voice, but I don’t think he was able to pull off the awesomeness that is Elton John. I guess we’ll find out what America thought sooner than later.

Lil Rounds: Performing “Be Without You” by Mary J. Blige. I think she picked a song that really meets her personality and she sang it very well. On top of that, she is probably one of the most personable contestants on the show this year. People like her. I like her. You do what you do so well Lil Rounds.

So this week, predicting the contestants that make it through is kind of tough. I would probably guess…Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre and Felicia Barton (but that third spot is really up for grabs).

Real Housewives NYCEp. “On Their High Horses”

This week was the first one where the ladies of New York didn’t have to compete with the women of Orange County. It worked in their favor since the OC women were such train wrecks.

So I really cannot decide who my favorite housewife of New York is. In the OC, Gretchen was my #1. In NYC, I thought it would be LuAnn; she seemed the most down to earth, but this season they are really making her look like a snooty bitch. I definitely hate Ramona. Bethenny and Jill are a bit too gossipy for me, and I cannot deal with the oddity that is Alex and Simon. Maybe this is why they added Kelly to the cast. She has potential of taking the place of the favorite housewife.

In relation to the episode, they must have decided to make this one the “health & wellness” week. Not only do they begin the episode with surf lessons, they also show LuAnn playing tennis, the women attending  boot camp,  a spa day with Simon and Alex, Kelly going horseback riding, and Bethenny and Jill going to the salon for hair cuts and facials before the “Tea Dance” gay party. Seriously, they should have just called it “Housewives for Health,” but listening to Jill at the class was hilarious. I also want to have Simon stop talking about not being gay. It seems like he is trying to over-compensate for the flack he got about his sexuality in season 1.

This episode was definitely better than last weeks, but it looks like the real drama will start next week. Keep your fingers crossed!

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On Thursday: Ugly Betty, Idol, Hell’s Kitchen & Matchmaker

So a few of the regulars (and my Thursday favorites) weren’t running today. Typically, I would be looking forward to new episodes of Smallville, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and The Office (of course!). Oddly enough, even without those shows on today, I still had Ugly Betty, Hell’s Kitchen, American Idol Results, Millionaire Matchmaker, 30 Rock, The Eleventh Hour and Survivor: Tocantins. With such a TV listing tonight, I have decided to only comment on a select few…

Ugly BettyEp. “Things Fall Apart”

So the big surprise of the episode is that Betty discovers that Connor Owens has been skimming off the top. To tell you the truth, I am actually surprised to find out that Connor is an embezzling bastard and glad. I am glad because I thought the show was losing its edge, and this plot twist reinvigorated the comedy-driven drama.

Also, in the midst of this corporate drama, I am excited to see that Betty has a new love interest, Matt. He got his foot in the door last week when he partnered with Betty for a YETI project, and this week they went on their “first date.” It kind of ended in disaster when Betty ditched him (accidentally) while going to the ATM.

Thank God the show is starting to pick up again.

American IdolEp. “Second 12 of 36 Results”

The results shows are always hard for me to get through because of how much Seacrest they put on it. I cannot stand Seacrest. I did, however, like the way they announced the top 3. Instead of the painstaking process of hearing the results for each contestant individually, a set of contestants were placed on the stage and within the set one of the people got ot move on to the Top 12. Here’s who America selected:

Adam Lambert

Adam Lambert

Allison Iraheta

Allison Iraheta

Kris Allen

Kris Allen

It is amazing how on I was about the contestants from last night’s episode. I am definitely glad Allison Iraheta made it through rather than one of the other women; she definitely was the best one of them last night. I think of the men, they were definitely easy to predict after watching those performances.

Hell's KitchenEp. “13 Contestants Compete”

I don’t know about all of you out there but I am a HUGE fan of Gordon Ramsey; he’s definitely better than that bastard Jamie Oliver. In relation to Hell’s Kitchen, I have been watching i since Season 1 and have seen quite a few idiots go though the show as well a few culinary masters. The one thing about this show is that I think these contestants are probably not nearly as talented as the chefs that are on Bravo’s Top Chef.

This week the contestants had to cook breakfast for a dining room full of youth cheerleaders and football players and the Red (women) team won. In the dinner service challenge, each team had numerous problems and in the end, Gordon decided to have members of both teams up for elimination. By the grace of God, Seth was the one booted off. I haven’t liked him from episode 1 and I am happy I won’t have to see him again on the show.

In other news, the troublemaker teammate Lacey D’Angelo was moved to the Blue (men’s) team. It is going to be interesting to see if she turns her act around or if it was her who was to blame for he Red Teams problems.

And if you have BBC America and you are not watching Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word, you are seriously missing out.

Millionaire MatchmakerEp. “Laurence & Andrew”

On Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker, Patty took on another two millionaire clients: Laurence and Andrew. Here is what I think about them:

picture-15Laurence Zwirn is a 39-year-old owner and CEO of the vitamin company, Nature’s Purest, and a total extrovert who says whatever is on his mind. I thought he was quite a pig. First, he isn’t able to secure a date from any of the women in the mixer but is lucky to get a date with Marrissa, who seems to be hurten for love. On the date, he seems to only focus on the girls figure and then he proceeds to get her wasted on champagne and vodka. Not really the gentlemen thing to do. To top it all off, Laurence gets very angry with Marrissa after she denies his invitation to join him in Vegas. Get a life dude.

picture-21Andrew Stern is a 34-year-old advertising executive who recently started an Internet company called Rip Lounge, and an introvert who never approaches girls on his own, a major flaw in Patti’s opinion. He definitely was that guy who can do anything he wanted with his career but one who freezes when he is in a room with women. With some of Patty’s help he was able to get going in the mixer and ended up dating Ashley. He took her on a nice picnic in California and they swapped some spit. It turns out that they are still dating. You go Andrew.

This is all I am going to blog about tonight. It is going to be really difficult to decide on what shows to comment on when the entire schedule is running. I guess only future will tell.

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On Wednesday: Lost, Damages, Top Chef & Idol

I am going to warn you now…this is going to be a long one.

Well initial promos said that America’s Next Top Model: Cycle 12 was supposed to start today, but I believe that with American Idol’s move this week to ANTM’s normal time slot (on another network, mind you) made them afraid to compete with the reality tv giant. Instead, we can expect ANTM’s return next Wednesday, March 4th, for a 2 hour premiere. But for me, other shows hold the spot for most anticipated of the night. Lost, Damages and Top Chef finale are definitely highest on my list.

LostEp. “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”

So this show has had it’s ups and downs for me. It came on really strong with the first two seasons, somewhat lost its luster in the third season, then regained some ground with season 4. Now we are in season 5 and it has so far been absolutely amazing. The enigma that is the island continues to become more complex and it is impossible to determine what is going to happen next.

This episode centered around John Locke (Alias: Jeremy Bentham) and his mission to get off the island, and it started with giving the audience a number of new questions. I am talking about when Locke tells that woman on the beach what he remembers: “I think this suit is what they were going to bury me in…I remember dying.” Does this mean he is talking to that woman in the present? How does he come back to life? Why isn’t he with the other cast on the island? What is going on?!

After Locke has gone through the “exit,” he is rushed to a Tunisian hospital and visited by none other than Charles Whitmore. Turns out Whitmore was once the leader of the Others and was exiled by Ben in the past. Also, it appears that Whitmore decided to help Locke get the Oceanic Six to go back because of an impending war on the island. What war?!

On his mission, Locke initially goes to Santo Domingo to see Sayid, then he goes and checks on Walt in New York City (he apparently still has some sort of weird psychic thing going on). Hurley was next and their meeting was pretty entertaining; Hugo thinks Locke is another dead man vision. Next, it was Kate and then Jack. He was initially unsuccessful in convincing any of them to return.

The episode closes with the discovery that Locke was actually murdered by Ben, Locke is somehow alive again and is with the other survivors of the plane crash that happened in last week’s episode, and Ben is among the injured survivors.

Good episode and I can’t wait for next Wednesday.

DamagesEp. “They Had to Tweeze That Out of My Kidney”

The storyline of this show is so complex it is going to be difficult to provide an intelligible commentary. As a result, I am going to believe that you are as addicted to this show as I am and that you understand the history of the characters and the events that preceded this episode.

The episode was a good one (but let’s be honest, they all are) and the story line progressed substantially. I really hope Ellen discovers Wes’s secret moleness soon and that it is him she puts a bullet into in the flash-forward clips. Although, I would still be happy if Detective Messer was the one on the business end of the revolver.

At the end, we find out that Uncle Pete’s dirt on Patty gets back to Ellen Parsons and a confrontation takes place 3 months in the future. It seems like that is going to be quite the scene when we get to see the whole thing at the end of the season. But is it Patty Hewes who Ellen shoots? Only time will tell.

Top ChefEp. “Season Finale – Part 2”

I love this show, and this was quite an interesting finale. We have the bitter rivalry that has developed between Hosea and Stephan and then the kooky antics of Carla to entertain us thoroughly. Before the episode aired, I wanted Carla to win. I think Hosea is boring, Stephan is a cocky, Finnish bastard who needs to be deported, and Carla is the person who really cooks for the right reasons. She puts the luv in her food as she would put it.

For the episode, Tom Colicchio made the Elimination Challenge very simple: “Cook us the best three course meal of your life.” I like that direction because it really lets the cooks showcase who they are without the constraints of crazy challenge guidelines. Of course, halfway through the challenge, Tom presented them with a twist. Each of the chefs had to cook a 4th course hors d’oeuvre using one of three local proteins: red fish, blue crab and alligator. I am from Florida, so alligator isn’t a new thing for me, but I LOVE that Hosea stuck Stephan with it (and he was pissed).

Unfortunately, Carla lost her point-of-view and didn’t cook “her food,” so she sadly checked herself out of the competition. It ended up with Hosea and Stephan facing each other head-to-head for the title of Top Chef.

And the winner is…

Winner of Top Chef - Hosea Rosenberg

Winner of Top Chef - Hosea Rosenberg

I didn’t want him to win, but at least it wasn’t Stephan!

American IdolEp. “Second 12 of 36”

So the second set of 12 contestants performed to get a spot in the Top 12. And for a second week in a row, song choice seemed to be the monster that crushed the contestants’ dreams.

Jasmine Murray: Performed “Love Song” by Sarah Bareilles. She definitely had some issues with the song. I am going to steal a line from Randy: “It was really pitchy, dawg.” The lower portions of the song were definitely not in a comfortable register and the chorus was obviously not soulful enough for her. She definitely tried to take a simple, pretty song and make it “unique,” but she did not succeed.

Matt Giraud: Performed “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. He needs some work with his breathing, he sounded like he was out of breath the entire time. The performance wasn’t the worst I have heard in Idol history, but the panting he did while he was singing really deterred me from getting into the song. He said he was trying to put a soulful/bluesy twist on Coldplay and I can say that didn’t work. Judges agreed with me.

Jeanine Vailes: Performed “This Love” by Maroon5. Let’s start with OMG overkill! The runs were almost unbearable, but when she went into an upper register, it sometimes sounded “aight.” But she does have nice legs.

Nick “Norman Gentle” Mitchell: Performed “And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going” by Dreamgirls/Jennifer Hudson. I don’t know how every one else feels about him, but I think he is hilarious. He definitely has a voice and his humor makes the less perfect parts acceptable. I also loved that he interjected little comments throughout the song, like “Doogie” when he saw Niel Patrick Harris in the audience. Hilarity.

Allison Iraheta: Performed “Alone” by Heart. She was the first one of the night that selected a song that fit her image and voice. I thought she performed the 1980’s infamously bad karaoke rock ballad well even though it is a hard song to sing. She hasn’t had that much face time on the show so it will be interesting to see if she can make it through.

Kris Allen: Performed “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson. After I heard the song choice I didn’t have much hope for this contestant, but I have to say, he did a pretty good job. The beginning of the song was definitely a bit weak, but the second half was good. Also, the girls are going to love him.

Megan Courkrey: Performed “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae. She was quite awkward on the stage; her body motions seemed like a 4-year-old singing for their parents in the living room (you know what I’m talking about). Also, she didn’t seem to hit all the notes, but she has more of an identity than some of the other contestants. Personally, not a fan.

Matt Breitzke: Performed “If You Could Only See” by Tonic. I think the major thing missing in the performance was that little bit of grit in the voice that this song needs. His performance was a bit corny and boring. He was in tune and I think America likes him so he has a chance of going through.

Jesse Langseth: Performed “Betty Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes. I really like this singer. She has a really interesting tone that seems really relevant in today’s music industry where singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy and Adele going platinum. I’m not sure what her fate is.

Kai Kalama: Performed “What Becomes of a Broken Hearted” by Jimmy Ruffin. First, he seriously needs to get that hair in check…SERIOUSLY! Second, I thought he sounded old and irrelevant in his performance. He can sing, but it was just old.

Mishavonna Henson: Performed “Drops of Jupiter” by Train. She definitely can sing and she sang this song well, but I think there are better ones for her. Simon thinks she is too mature. Who knows with this one.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. He has an interestingly high voice for a male singer, but I think I like it. For me, he definitely was the most highly anticipated contestant to hear this week. And holy crap, he could give Deep Purple a run for their money with the rocker scream. I think he is a surefire Top 12.

My prediction for tomorrow night: Adam Lambert, Mishavonna Henson (but Allison Iraheta could be a spoiler) and Kris Allen.

I also watched Life on Mars, but this post seriously needs to end.

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On Tuesday: The Housewives & State of the Union

Tuesdays are usually my slower night, especially with Fringe being on hiatus until April 7th (What is with that!). However, even with Fringe gone, I would be typically awaiting the riveting performances of the Top 36 on American Idol or the Aussie awesomeness that is Simon Baker in The Mentalist, but this week the auditions were moved to Wednesday night and the Mentalist went missing due to Obama’s State of the Union.

State of the UnionPresident Obama’s State of the Union Address

First, I must give you guys the number. President Obama received 67 breaks for applause during the speech. In relation to the content, Obama seemed to really convey a sense of optimism. He seems to have that hopeful fervor that we fell in love with during the election, and he finally started to lay out his plan for the future: economic, environmental, etc. Now, one of my favorite moments was when Obama gave that little dig at Bush’s administration with the “debt we inherited” portion of the speech. It made me laugh. You rock, Barack.

But not all of TV was ruined, we were able to be graced with a double dose of the suburban drama that is The Real Housewives…

Real Housewives of OCEp. “The Housewives Confess”

So after the promos, there was a lot of hype surrounding this episode. Boy, they did not disappoint! To start, Jeff lost his battle with Leukemia in September and I really do feel bad for Gretchen and the heartbreak that comes with missing a loved one. And to that point, I really hate Vicki and Tamra for their horrible accusations and cold-heartedness towards the entire situation. If they watched the show, they would realize that the love was there and to berate Gretchen about their relationship would be seriously emotionally trying. Gretchen, I love you!

Second, the awkward tension between the other housewives (minus Gretchen) and Lynne could be cut with a knife. The worst part was when Lynne started to cry after Jeana said, “I had a Lynn moment, you know like ‘whoa, where am I?'” I really don’t think Lynne is a dumb or stupid woman, but I don’t completely agree with her parenting tactics. Give that kid a kick in the ass and make her get a real job. Seriously!

Third, there was the revisiting of the infamous night when Tamra decided to get Gretchen “naked wasted” at the dinner party. Ladies of the O.C. remember, “tequila makes your clothes fall off!” Now during the reunion episode, Tamra gave a really fake apology to Gretchen and it seems like there is still a little tension there.

And oh the scandal! Who is this J? Tamra seriously accused Gretchen of dating another man behind Jeff’s back. It really made my pulse quicken because you could see that Gretchen was blindsided by this story. I don’t know what the story is or who is telling the truth (everyone has ghosts in their closet), but I do believe that Tamra is a poisonous person who is attacking Gretchen on national television out of shear jealously. Also, where’s the harm in a booty call? Sometimes people need one to cope with the hurt.

All in all, season 4 ended up being pretty entertaining and dramatic. I’m not going to lie, I will probably be watching season 5 when it starts next year.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “Hamptons Retreat…But No Surrender”

Following The Real Housewives of Orange County reunion, this episode was a bit lack luster. There were some parties in the Hamptons, relationship advice for Bethenny, some beach activities, some shopping and a cancer society benefit. But this show is really going to have to turn up the notch if it wants to keep up with the intense OC women. I must say though, I literally laughed out loud when Bethenny comment about Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. Quote: “That was not very countess. In fact, that was dis-countess.” Hilarity.

So this Tuesday wasn’t the most exciting, but tomorrow we have Lost, Top Chef finale, Life on Mars and American Idol auditions. Damn you American Idol! Moving to Wednesday is going to completely destroy my Thursday lineup. But I fast-forward through the entire results show anyway since I HATE Ryan Seacrest.

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