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On Sunday: The Pacific, Brothers & Sisters and The Amazing Race

Ep. “Part 5”

Like I was with Band of Brothers, I have fallen in love with this HBO miniseries. I must say though that The Pacific has a very different tone compared to that of Band of Brothers. In Band of Brothers, I felt like the story was more associated with the camaraderie and connection that was present within the 101st Airborne Division during the European Theater of Operations. The Pacific, however, has a much heavier tone. It seems to be a commentary on the psychological and physical tolls war take on soldiers of the US Marine Corps. Not to say that Band of Brothers didn’t touch on the subject, because it did, but I wonder if that the fact that we are now in two wars, which we weren’t in during Band of Brothers, has affected the directorial direction of the miniseries compared to ten years ago. Either way, the show is still great.

This week, Eugene Sledge finally joined up with the 1st Marine Division after boot camp. It reminded me of “The Replacements” episode on Band of Brothers in that there was that bit of division between the veterans of earlier battles and soldiers fresh from training. It also really highlighted the fear and insanity of the battlefield and the breaking of that division in the heat of battle.  The battle that allowed for this unity was the Battle of Peleliu. Based on the introduction narrated by Tom Hanks and the veteran interviews, Peleliu was a vicious battle during the war where many many soldiers died and were wounded, and the conditions of the camp were just as demoralizing as the battlefield.

Ep. “Time After Time”

First, I will lead with the fact that this is the best ensemble cast on television right now. Every single member of the principle cast plays off of each other so well that it makes the show. If you think about it, it isn’t nearly as far fetched as shows like Grey’s Anatomy and they aren’t as crazy as many other popular shows on television because in reality, this show is basically following the lives of a large California family. Granted, they are a quite wealthy and connected family, but family none-the-less.

In this episode, we finally get to find out what Dennis York has on the family. To tell you the truth, I didn’t find it that shocking or appauling. It ended up being that Kevin accidentally paralyzed a kid in 1986 during a fight at Ojai foods and the Walker family has been paying them off ever since. Kevin doesn’t take it well, however.

The more entertaining part of the episode came in the “Thelma & Louise” mission run by Nora and Holly. It was hilarious watching Holly try to find information on Narrow Lake in York’s hotel room while Nora distracted him downstairs. And even more hilarious to see Nora and Holly steal York’s car! But the crowning glory was to first see them walk in on Justin and Rebecca, who eloped in the episode by the way, as they consumate their marriage and then get arrested. On a side note, Kitty goes in for her first check up after her cancer treatment, and it is good news; she is in remission.

The episode ends with Kevin realizing that “Narrow Lake” is an anogram for “Nora Walker.” Does this mean that there is nothing to the extensive search Nora and Holly have been on for a secret parcel of land? I hope not!

Ep. “Dumb Did Us In”

I am beginning to realize that is very difficult to drill down into the details of this episode, so I will be very high-level. Teams went from Malaysia to Singapore for this leg of the race. Teams had to find the Amazing Race Asia hose, Allan Wu, learn a complicated drum routine, sell ice cream sandwiches, fly down a zip line and fun up a winding ramp to get to the pit stop this week. Dan & Jordon won a Fast Forward after climbing from one observation car to another on the world’s largest ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, and came in first this week.

#1 at the end of this leg: Dan & Jordan

And after being U-turned by Brent and Caite, the “lesbians” Carol and Brandy were eliminated when they checked into the pit stop last.

Eliminated: Carol & Brandy

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On Sunday: Amazing Race, Kings, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives & Rock of Love Bus

The Amazing RaceEp. “She’s A Little Scared of the Stick”

This week the contestants remained in Syberia while attempting to obtain a lead on the other contestants. In the midst of the race, Michael identified a new archetype; the “sinister deaf kid” has now entered the mainstream. This label was created after Luke and Margie were identified as the ones who used the “blind road block” in the previous leg. Also, Tammy and Victor have put themselves on the radars of other teams as they have employed less than ethical race tactics. I think that they were kind of idiotic when dealing with the situation. Since they had already said that they were going to work with the other two teams, to decide to break from the pack even though continuing to work with the other teams would have been more beneficial to them in the long run. Also, the ened up getting ot the location after the others anyways. Bad move Victor and Tammy!! Now none of the teams trust you.

In the end, Christie & Jodi were the last to arrive at the pit stop in the Russian ballet but they were lucky that this was the first of who knows how many non-elimination rounds. As such, Christie and Jodi are able to move on to the next leg but they will encounter a speed bump that could cause them to not achieve their goal…beat one other team.

Desperate Housewives

Ep. “The Story of Lucy and Jessie”

So apparently Orson’s kleptomania cannot be stopped. Just like last week, I have decided to just comment per housewife.

Edie Britt: So this week, Edie begins to really investigate the past of David Dash. She goes to the newspaper archives and discovers that both David’s wife and child were killed in a car accident three years ago. She has yet to realize the connection to Mike in the incident.

Gabrielle Solis: Gabby has to deal with the death of Carlos’ boss and is pleasantly surprised when Carlos is promoted to the president of the company. However, not everything is dandy in the Solis house as Carlos decides to hire one of his old flames as his vice-president. The woman isn’t what Gabby would peg as a threat but when she finds out that Carlos loved her even with the weight, she begins to freak out.

Susan Mayer: Susan’s story this week was actually pretty interesting. She has to deal with her accidental lesbian advances on her boss at the school and the uncomfortable tension was palatable. The best part was watching them discuss the incident in metaphor while trying to teach an art class. Which is it? The rhinoceros or the gazelle?

Lynette Scavo: Lynette spends the episode looking for a job. She has a bit of difficulty in that she appears to be too old for the advertising industry. She does end up landing a job, but turns it down to work at Carlos’ firm as the director of marketing. She now has a good job and is Gabby’s spy.

Bree Van de Camp: Bree is still dealing with Orson’s kleptomania even though she thought the issue was dealt with in the previous week. She decides to take Orson to counseling and secretly replace the items in the appropriate houses under the guise of neighborly visits…”Can I borrow a screwdriver?”

One of the major points in the episode is in discovering why Daniel hates Mike so much. The car accident that drove Mike and Susan apart was also the accident that killed his wife and child. Now, David, Katherine and Mike are headed to the woods and David’s plan is being set in motion. Next week someone is supposed to die! Can you say, “EXCITED!!”

In other news, I must apologize for my poor posting in the past few days. This was the end of my finals week and coursework had to take priority. I do plan on amending these posts as I get to watch the shows so come back to see what I have to say about Kings, Brothers & Sisters and Rock of Love.

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On Sunday: The Amazing Race, Brothers & Sisters, Desperate Housewives & Rock of Love Bus

The Amazing RaceEp. “It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots”

This week the contestants traveled to uncharted land for The Amazing Race…Siberia. On top of it, a new twist was added to the game; the U-Turn is now “blind.” First, I found it interesting that they decided to name this new U-Turn the “Blind U-Turn” after there is already a handicapped contestant…so now there is the deaf and the blind. Second, it turned out that it was the deaf contestant who decide to Blind U-Turn Amanda and Kris. Third, due to the U-Turn, they were not able to come back from having to do both of the roadblocks and were eliminated.

I must say though, that the luge/rollercoaster thing they did this week looked like so much fun. I mean I would have signed up for that challenge instantly. Also, that challenge would finally allow me to showcase the skills I have developed after hours and hours of Scrabble and Twirl (Facebook app). “Chekhov” it would have been staring at me like a fat kind on a diet stares at the dessert cart.

Eliminated Team: Amanda & Kris

Eliminated Team: Amanda & Kris

It was definitely a good strategy on Margie & Luke’s part to roadblock probably the most physically threatening team. They have showed their ability to power through the challenges quite a few times in the earlier legs, but they just weren’t able to power through this one.

Desperate Housewives

Ep. “Crime Doesn’t Pay”

So what is with Orson’s kleptomania! Like really, he is stealing all this little stuff and it makes so sense. Dude’s weird…that’s all I’m saying. Because this show has so many characters and so many plot lines, I am just going to comment per housewife.

Edie Britt: The one noteworthy thing surrounding Edie this week was that while at a liquor store with David, they run into a priest who is apparently from David’s past. David shoves him off but Edie later confronts the priest at church and inadvertently learns of David’s former last name, Dash. Now, she is really beginning the investigation into her husband’s past.

Gabrielle Solis: Gabrielle dealt with the infidelity of Carlos’ boss and with keeping the secret from his wife. In the end, she gives him an ultimatum that he will either tell his wife or she will. As a result, Carlos is to lose his job. Tables are turned, however, when the wife ends up stabbing her husband after he tells her about the affair. Now we will have to wait until next week to find out what is going to happen next.

Susan Mayer & Katherine Mayfair: Their story lines this week were basically interwoven. Katherine is moving in with Mike and planning a homecoming party. The drama starts when Katherine finds out that the painting she liked on the mantel was painted by Susan. They get in a fight about competing for the same man, past love, all that, and in the end Susan goes and takes the painting out of Mike’s house to appease Katherine.

Lynette Scavo: Lynette spent this week’s episode dealing with her grieving husband as he sells off the family restuarant and coming to the realization that the wants to pursue her career again. The best scene related to her portion of the show was when her and Tom bicker over a job opportunity while at Bree’s house for dinner. Boy did it get ugly!

Bree Van de Camp: Bree wasn’t in a very prominent role this week. Basically, she was just there to instigate the other characters plots. She deals with Orson’s theivery as well as organize the dinner at Katherine’s homecoming party and Tom/Lynette’s  job opportunity. Apart from that she was basically not in the episode.

It was a very good episode and it seems like next week’s will be pretty interesting.

Brothers and Sisters

Ep. “Taking Sides”

This show is AMAZING. I mean to have an episode with so much tension and drama to occur directly following the “movie special” last week was awesome. I mean not only was Tommy being arraigned and Robert dealing with his invalid status, but the entire family was trying to prepare for Ryan Lafferty’s dinner without telling Norah about Tommy’s situation (talk about an elephant in the room!).

In the beginning of the episode, when I found out that they were going to have another “half-sibling” dinner, I got really excited. For some reason, the blowup dinners are my favorite part of this show and to have one at such a trying time in the family just created so much anticipation. Oh they did not disappoint! The torrent that blew through the dining room after Ryan accidentally told Norah about the embezzlement was something to be remembered.

Unfortunately, Rebecca and Justin break up over the difficulties between their two families in relation to Ojai Foods. It is really sad because I really liked them as a couple but who knows what the future holds. There is a chance they will be able to get back together after the drama is over, but not if Ryan gets to her first.

Rock of Love BusEp. “Panama City”

So this week the ladies went to the “Redneck Riviera” that is Panama City Beach, FL. Before I get into the commentary, I must say YAY FLORIDA and let you know that Ithink I have actually been to that resort. To start the episode,  the girls are made to watch a group of children while at the pool. I must say I was really impressed by Ashley’s maternal skills. She might not be the whore I thought she was. Afterwards, the girls go to Coyote Ugly Saloon with Bret and OMG did you see it when Beverly crotch-crunched Bret’s face into the bar?! HILARITY!

Also, the girls are really starting to hate each other. Beverly can’t stand to watch the other girls with Bret. Mindy and Taya get in an altercation with Farrah and Ashley. The dates weren’t that exciting. In the end, Farrah gets eliminated. Apparently she fell into the FriendZone.

I also watched Celebrity Apprentice but have so much to do this week I just can’t take the time to comment on it tonight.

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