Real Housewives of Orange County Recap

#RHOC Vicki is back and brings that big scream with her.  She might also be bringing back Brooks. Sadness.  Tamra is softer. Heather is meaner.  The triangle of suck is going to kill each other before the season is over if the first episode is any indication.  We meet one new housewife who is … different.   Oh, I think you’re going to like this season.  Read more HERE

Dallas Recap

#Dallas writers flipped the script, last night.  Nicolas/Joaquin is not the only one with a dark side.  Bobby blows his lid and Annie is drawn to the shadows more than she should be. Papa Smurf Ryland is looking more and more  like a pawn of the women in his life – and the Ryland women are badass!  Annie brings out Harris’ soft side.  Emma is Emma.  John Ross is John Ross. Sue Ellen is lost.  Pamela comes to play.  Sheriff Hot-As-Hell is back, and not to bring happy news.  WHEW!  The writers wrapped two hours into one.  Read the full summary HERE

Dallas Recap

Somewhere in the world “Ewing” most likely translates into “Wrecking Ball”.  John Ross hit his limit.  Sue Ellen hits the bottle. Elena hit the bottom. Bobby hit his inner JR (the kinder, gentler form).  Emma was Emma!  A good time was had by all.  It may not be your father’s “Dallas” but it’s just as good and at times, even scarier!  Catch the recap by clicking HERE!

The Walking Dead Finale – “A”

TWD - Rick“A” is warm, terrifying, and puzzling.  Warm? Hershel is counseling Rick, via flashbacks, on saving Carl – who doesn’t seem to believe,  and has yet to tell his father, that he cannot be saved.  Terrifying? We get to what the scary depths of surviving a Zombie Apocalypse are and here’s a clue; you’ll feel safer with the Zombies.  Puzzling?  Lots of questions left unanswered, but were there also missed opportunities?  Read the full recap, HERE

Television Without Pity (TWOP)

If you haven’t heard the sad news, TWOP is closing.  Today, March 31st, is the last day the forums are open.  The announcement was made here:  Full Notice .  It reads, in part:

TelevisionWithoutPity.com will cease all editorial operations on April 4 and the site will be taken offline.

However, the forums will remain open until May 31 to continue to provide our members with a place to debate, discuss and deride all the shows we love and love to hate. We are closing registration to new members on April 1st, so if you are a lurker who always meant to register, do it quickly. If you are having trouble with your login, e-mail modpembleton@gmail.com.

 

It’s sad to see TWOP go, it’s been a staple for such a long time.  Good luck to the writers, mods, and other employees!  If you’re looking for a new community to post, there are other options, including:

Gobsmacked Gallery

All About The Tea

Survivor Sucks

If you are aware of other sites you’d like me to add, send me a link!

BnB: On being pimped, punished, paraded, and psychotic

The title looks good on “paper”, but the break in alliteration is a necessity, not laziness.  A month ago I was giving this show a grade of “A’, but today?  I’d give it a “P”.  It hasn’t skipped “F”, it’s not down in the dumps, it’s not awful, it’s not even bad.  There is a lot to still like about this show – namely Katie and Ridge, KKL’s masterful performance when Brooke found out that Ridge is capable of loving another Logan, and anything connected to  Hope and Wyatt is worth the price of admission.  The only problem with this show, and the problem that’s usually been a signal that it is heading downhill, fast, is that it simply lacks balance!

Brooke and Deacon’s shomance lacked balance (sho-mance = not real, all for show). It was initially treated as a great and “secret love” – one that dared not speak its name.  It had to be protected from the moral marauders who stood by, unaware that once again they would be given the opportunity to condemn Brooke for a reckless decision that would cause pain in the lives of those who loved and trusted her most.  That pretense continued on for far too long before it was exposed for the travesty it was.

It happened again with Brooke and Nick.

It happened again with Brooke and Bill.

It’s also happening with Aly, Hope, Wyatt, and Quinn.  I don’t know who decided that there was a large enough audience needing Aly to voice their pain and opinions, but I hope they are wrong – for the sake of keeping HOTT together as a couple and for my sake as a fan.  Aly is being  used to reintroduce the battle of the madonna-whore characters.  This battle was epic (and draining) when the central players were Brooke and Taylor.  Now it continues in a new generation.

Chaste and pure Aly, who was conceived during a  night of drunken betrayal when her father – six sheets to the wind, ended up in bed with her mother, and now Ghostly Floating Head (GFH), Darla – leads the way for all Madonnas. It’s clear that Aly is not aware that the mother who is telling her to help maintain the world’s purity was not drunk that night.  Clearly she doesn’t know that her mother had never had a relationship with her father before going to bed with him.  She has no idea that her mother betrayed her best friend Macy Spectra – the great love of Thorne’s life, to be with him.  Having no knowledge of her parents’ one night stand turned shotgun marriage means that 1 – Aly has been allowed to cling to the notion that in a perfect world  people who are good people only do good things – and everyone else is deserving of hell fire.  Given the losses she experienced, who would tell a kid about how her parents came together?  It does seem strange that she’s never asked her father how he and her mother met.  If so, Thorne would probably, as written, feed her some completely made up romantic story.  Having no knowledge of her parents’ one night stand turned shotgun marriage means that 2 – Aly believes that GFH Darla, pure as the driven snow, is beckoning her to join the world of the uber moral and condemn Wyatt and Quinn.. you know, because they need to be condemned.

What, exactly, is Quinn’s crime?  I can’t figure that out.  Aly hates her for being Wyatt’s mother?  Is that all?  She seemed to have a friendly relationship with Quinn during the make-over and seduce scene.  She wasn’t disgusted that Quinn sent her after Liam, she went willingly and happily.  She didn’t put on a wool jumper and hip boots to meet the guy she believes is Hope’s salvation and ticket to purity.  She put on a second skin and heels.

I still can’t figure out why Liam is the key to Hope’s happiness in Aly’s head.  She’s clearly forgiven his infidelity.  So what’s left?

– Does she not remember, or care, that Hope broke her vow of pre-marital sex to be with Liam?

– Does she not care that Liam then cheated on Hope with Steffy after Hope broke that vow?

– Has no one told Aly that Hope developed a drug addiction trying to cope with losing her virginity, pre-marriage, to accommodate Liam and his father – who viewed virginal Hope as not woman enough for his son?

– Does she not remember that Hope and Liam were pretty much “living in sin” before Hope called off their last wedding?

So far the madonna-whore count is as follows in Aly’s world:

Madonnas  

  • Darla
  • Progeny of Ghostly Floating Head – Herself
  • Hope – Depending on the circumstances

Whores

Hope – Depending on the circumstances

Hope is no longer the vibrant brilliant young woman Aly believed her to be.  The insane (sorry to call it that) hatred for Wyatt in particular, and Quinn by association, has caused Aly to recast Hope as a feckless, brainless sex toy, wound up by manipulative Wyatt, and allowing herself to be pimped out to the world of fashion.  Hope is to be paraded in front of the world, by Wyatt, as an object, a thing, giving up her pride and her dignity (a backhand slap at the mother who raised her and headed the Brooke’s Bedroom line?).

To be clear, I’m not in favor of the exploitation of young women (gratuitous or otherwise).  I prefer to see young women in daytime treated as their male counterparts.  Where is, for example, Rick’s Bedroom?  Thorne’s Bedroom?  Eric’s Bedroom? Ridge’s Bedroom?  None of our male leads have ever been male models who had to “drop trou” to show the world what they were working wit – in order to make money for Forrester Creations.  They have, however, made money from the hard work of the women who are employed by the company and have had to show some skin.

Is Aly going to save them, too, and restore the family name?  Didn’t we see this already?  What was the horribly failed clothing line Taylor and Stephanie pushed?  You can’t remember it, either?  Exactly.  It’s not like the industry they’re in is one that promotes the intellectual development of young women.  Aly went to college off of the hard work of the women she condemns (the impure – selling themselves on the open market – sorta’).   I’m sure she lived in a nice place (as written), with a nice car, and more money to spend than almost anyone she knows.  Where is the regret there?

It’s what makes this current storyline seem a bit strange, and far disproportionate to whatever grievances Aly claims to have against Quinn and Wyatt – yet zero concern for the treatment of Hope by Bill and Liam.  I’m not getting this.  I don’t see where the writers are going with it, and I hope it goes, away.

For me, it would be entertaining if Aly was the new Sheila, in training, and was just clearly irrational and out of control. Instead, she’s being treated as if she is just a little bit passionate, but her ideas are well formed and her behavior is consistent with what she claims to be her moral philosophy.  If that were true, there would be consistency.

If Aly is the voice of a segment of the audience who thinks that Quinn and Wyatt are up to no good – despite having no evidence to support that belief, then shouldn’t there be balance with someone (Thorne, maybe) asking her why she’s tolerated the same or worse behavior in others and is so fixated on this mother-son pairing?

Sheila was entertaining and didn’t need balance because she was unhinged.  Aly is just creepy (I still love Ashlyn Pearce’s ability to “bring it” when asked.  Unless the writers have changed their minds and this girl is in deeper psychological trouble than anyone realizes, nothing about her is making sense, to me.

She is, at best, hypocritical.

She is, at worst, dangerous

New “Walking Dead” Column Up!

Burned Walkers, LIzziie and and Walker Friends, the Memory of Sophia, more tragedy.  This episode had it all!

The Grove

Prospect Park files for Bankruptcy Protection

“The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.”

Read the full details—>  HERE

Prospect Park has been accused, by some soap fans, of not fully committing to bringing back the two popular soaps.  This article details the impressive measures  producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank took to revive to long-loved favorite shows.  To use these shows to launch a completely online network was a bold and creative move and I wish it worked.  Both shows seemed to prove that they could hold an audience by posting big numbers while airing on HULU with AMC becoming the highest rated show on Oprah’s OWN network when OWN also aired both showqaqwqq2s.

Unfortunately, between a lack of much needed  nd the ongoing lawsuit with ABC over alleged sabotage both soaps are gone for good.  Prospect park was my last hope, as a soap fan, that recently canceled fan-favorite daytime dramas could make a come back and that the remaining dramas would have a home in the future when/if they are canceled.

I am looking forward to seeing what comes from Prospect Park, once it rebounds – and I have not doubt that it will.

The Walking Dead Recap: “Alone”

Sasha Maggie Battle Walkers

G’Day, readers!  My “Walking Dead” recap for last night’s episode: “Alone” Is up at All About the Tea  Don’t forget to check out the site for some of the best scoop on the net!  What’s covered in the recap?

  • Bob’s Backstory
  • Daryl and Beth (ruh roh)
  • Daryl makes new friends
  • Sasha becomes Sasha Fierce! Sorry, Beyoncé
  • Glenn is still alive?

BnB: Befuddled!

BnB Angry Ally ForresterIt’s clear that the writers have more to tell us about Aly and what ails her, but for now I am confused, friends, simply befuddled.  1.  She’s been to college.  Why are her references about life left over from her high school days?  Attacking Wyatt as one of the popular boys who liked to hang out at the lockers of the cheerleaders threw me for a loop.  Exactly where in time is Aly stuck?

  2 – She was headed into a law practice (either as a law school student or a recent pre-law graduate taking an internship – I can’t remember).  Then she took the detour that led her to Forrester Creations.  Was her initial interest in a law practice an indication of a larger trauma?  Was she going to advocate for other survivors when the thought of opening her own life was too frightening so she dropped out, or was she just lonely and wanted to come home? I know it may be a stretch to read into the dialogue, but the BnB writers have been using dialogue so effectively to drop clues for the audience that I couldn’t ignore Aly’s statements.  Is anyone else struck by how she uses the word “wrong” repeatedly, as if she’s stuck on the word and not what the word indicates? Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope. Hope is “wrong” for abandoning HFTF values.  It’s so “wrong” that they had sex on the plane.  Wyatt is “wrong” for Hope for the Future and Forrester Creations.  Putting Stephanie’s legacy on display is “wrong”.  No other character uses a single word so obsessively.  Why does she?  P.S.  What a giggle that Stephanie’s “legacy” can be closed up in a box and carried around.  Double giggle that a woman who wore pantsuits everywhere,  probably to bed as well, had such an extensive jewelry collection and wore those jewels to so many amazing events).

BnB Ally Attacking Hope and Wyatt

Wyatt commented on Aly referring to him as “Mr. Popular”.  It was very child-like and I wonder if it is noteworthy that the writers made a point of having Wyatt focus on the oddity of Aly’s use of language.  Surely that has meaning most especially when you add it to her extreme reaction to seeing Wyatt with Hope in bed.  That was more than bizarre!  Not.Normal.Folks.  She’s old enough to see two adults together and know what sex between consenting adults looks like and how it’s different from a woman who is being coerced.  Her reaction was one of a young woman who was witnessing a sexual assault.

3 – Aly describes every interaction between Hope and Wyatt in such apocalyptic terms:  He ruins you.  He’s damaging your reputation.  Wyatt and Quinn have ruined Liam’s life (really?  ruined?  He’s VP of an international conglomerate and owns a multi-million dollar beach house.  A broken heart is not the sign of a ruined life).  She is so over the top.  What makes her go to such a deep dark place when her reactions should be basic?

4 – Is Aly suffering from delusions?  The last time I checked, she was working in the mail room.  Now she’s on a shadowing experience. Why does she think she can fire Wyatt and Quinn from FC?  Her tantrums mean that the Fullers are gone for good?  Shouldn’t she at least consult with someone, first.  Ok, then, someone needs to sit this young woman down and help her figure her life out.   I actually enjoyed the scenes of Brooke and Aly talking together.  It reminds me that while Aly is missing her mother and had Darla in her life for such a short period of time, there is still an opportunity for her to have a mother figure.  It was good to see Brooke with both Hope and Aly and supporting the younger generation of women. I will admit that it also made me wonder if Brooke and Aly were two survivors talking together, and that their developing friendship was an indication of something more  - like Brooke helping Aly take the first step in recovering from a traumatic past.

Outside of that, I really like the vibe of switching back and forth between the Paris Office and the L.A. Office.  I hope to see more of it – as long as it doesn’t include Aly flipping out on Hope and Wyatt.

Aly and Taylor

The person Aly can’t get help from is Taylor.  It’s not just because Taylor killed her mother, though that should be enough. It’s not just that Taylor lied to her and deceived her and her father while trying to replace her mother, that’s just sick.  It’s because Taylor, at best, is the WORST psychiatrist in history.  At worst, Taylor has always known what she  was doing and she manipulated those around her for personal gain from the moment she stepped foot in L.A. and that includes the numbers of time she’s taken advantage of her grieving male clients to get them in bed.  I see Taylor as the latter.

BnB Thorne and Young AllyThis is the woman who outed her patient’s husband’s affair with her sister, as well as a resulting pregnancy, in a crowded room,  during a family celebration.  Damn Katie’s heart issues.  Damn the fact that Katie was recovering from severe Postpartum.  Damn the fact that under any other circumstance, that sort of news would be enough to push even the most stable person over the edge.  Katie was already fighting with ever fiber of her being to pull her life back together.  Taylor blew it apart in yet another fit of jealous rage directed at Brooke. DISQUALIFIED!

This is the woman who couldn’t see that Amber was being deceitful when she first brought Little Eric home (though others could) and offered her orange juice to calm her nerves.  DISQUALIFIED!

This is the woman who, despite Stephanie’s increased aggression and violence, never figured out that it probably had its roots in the violence she experienced earlier in her life.  Taylor used Stephanie’s abnormal rages against Brooke in her war to keep Ridge tied to her side.  It was only when she and Ridge were apart, and Stephanie confided the truth about her violent childhood, that Taylor tried to help her.  Someone who is supposed to be good at her job should have known.  HELL, the AUDIENCE knew something was wrong with Stephanie’s escalating rage.  DISQUALIFIED!

It was only when Stephanie stopped supporting her that Taylor realized that Stephanie’s relationship with Ridge, almost to the exclusion of all of her other children, was abnormal.  Once Stephanie seemed to stop supporting her, not only did she comment on her newly found realization, she taunted Stephanie with her perception that Steph was sexually attracted to Ridge and backed her (Taylor) in the war against Brooke because unlike Brooke, she was not a threat, a sexual competitor, to Stephanie in the fight for Ridge’s affections.  DISQUALIFIED!

BnB Taylors Ripped Wedding DressThe above is the short list of Taylor’s truly heinous behaviors.  The ONLY reason Taylor still has a license to practice is that no one seems to be willing to bring her up on charges (the writers just won’t allow it).  Maybe she’s fine working with people from whom she wants nothing or with whom she does not share a personal relationship.  Outside of that?  Walk away.  No, RUN!  Taylor is a bigger wreck than the patients she claims she’s trying to help.  Seeing her back onscreen is a big reminder of the years of missed opportunities with what could have been an interesting character.

Up next: Ridge and Katie

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