Once Upon A time, Episode 412: Heroes and Villains

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Old Friends Depart, New Baddies Emerge, and a Classic Tale is Destroyed


In the mid-season finale, we bid a fond farewell to our Frozen friends and we meet some interesting new villains.

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Worldly Distractions: The Big Bang Theory 8.11 – The Clean Room Infiltration

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Well, it’s time to bring the fall of 2014 to a close with the last episode before our Christmas hiatus. Overall, I think it’s been pretty good, if not genius. Let’s see how they close it out!


Raj’s parents are still getting divorced (prompting a talk about superhero lawyers), and his dad is coming to visit. Amy suggests that she host Christmas dinner and invite Raj’s dad. Also, it’s going to be traditional Victorian themed, and Sheldon is not on board. Raj is pissed, mostly because none of them came to his Tom-Hanksgiving. Opening credits.

Leonard and Howard work in the clean room, which at least spares Leonard his usual allergic reaction. Unfortunately, they accidentally let a bird in, which would probably get them thrown out. Howard suggests getting rid of the bird before anyone notices, though his ideas for extraction all suck.

We finally get to meet Dr. Koothrapali, who is quite the distinguished gentleman. Seriously, I want him to be my grandpa. He unsettles everyone with his constant barbs about marriage. Raj is called away for the lab emergency, leaving the good doctor with Penny and Amy. Bernadette drives Sheldon, who looks like he’s about to be executed, especially when she starts singing Christmas songs in her high-pitched screech. They change the subject to gifts. Bernadette is horrified to learn that Sheldon isn’t getting Amy anything, which is pretty much because of his hatred of all things Christmas. He decides to get back at her for actually making him celebrate. That’s right – Sheldon’s a Grinch.

His brilliant plan is to buy Amy a gift, which will make her feel guilty because of the implied social obligations. Since Amy is not a lunatic, Bernadette is a bit skeptical of this plan, but Sheldon won’t listen. Back at the lab, Howard has a great new plan – lure the bird out with a Slim Jim. Leonard goes on for several minutes about how Howard’s an idiot, only for the plan to work. You go, Howard.

The party continues, with Dr. Koothrapali, Amy and Penny, which sounds like the start of a really bad porno. They play some terrible parlour games for a while. Penny, tipsy as usual, tries to lighten the mood with some poorly chosen remarks. Raj, Howard and Leonard argue at the lab, which turns into a treatise on the state of the group’s dynamics. Bernadette and Sheldon go to the mall to look for a gift. After some initial nervousness, Sheldon reveals himself to be seriously in love with Amy, though he won’t say so in as many words. Sheldon attempts to explain his dilemma to the mall Santa, who does not quite understand and wants the creepy guy off his lap.

Operation Bird Removal has progressed to a fire extinguisher and a burlap sack. TBH, I think this would cause more damage to the clean room than the bird would. They wind up killing the bird, by the way. Howard begins to sob, convinced that he is a failure, probably because the guys have been teasing him all evening. He decides to do CPR on the bird to relieve his guilt, which is hilariously awkward. Miraculously, they bring it back to life, whereupon it perches in the clean room once again.

They decide to give up and call Building Services. Leonard gets a call from Penny, who is bored out of her mind and comes up with the novel idea of taking their names off the sign-in sheet. The guys joyously return home for a fabulous Christmas dinner. Sheldon presents Amy with a picture of himself sitting on Santa’s lap, complete with a personalized message recorded in the frame. He is sure that she feels guilty, until she reveals his Christmas present – MeeMaw’s Christmas cookies, made from MeeMaw’s own recipe. Sheldon is overwhelmed. And everyone at home is crying, don’t lie.

Tag scene – everyone plays more stupid parlour games. Raj reflects that at least Tom Hanks-giving would have been better. End credits.

We haven’t been short on sweet Shamy moments this season, but this one might have been the sweetest. Don’t tell me you didn’t tear up. Dr. Koothrapali was a nice addition, though I thought we could have seen more interactions involving him. I hope he’ll return for at least another episoe. The lab storyline provided some decent laughs, but the episode belonged to Sheldon and Amy. It’s a weird little relationship, but damn if it doesn’t have heart.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Freejinger, and I’ll catch you with the Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife specials on Christmas Day. With the last season of Mad Men, the addition of Call the Midwife and Girls, and some special moments from the shows we’ve got going on, our 2015 season is going to be a blast! Stay tuned.

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Worldly Distractions: Modern Family 6.10 – Haley’s 21st Birthday

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That’s right, folks, it’s time to celebrate that archaic American ritual – getting to drink in public several years after every other young adult on the planet. Now, granted, this is Haley we’re talking about (show me a red-blooded American who hasn’t had a drink while underage and I’ll show you the Mitt Romney Presidential Library), so I don’t see why this is such a big deal, but apparently they’ve made an episode about it. I think we’ll all be drinking by the end.

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Once Upon A Time, Episode 411: Shattered Sight

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She’s “Prickly” for a Reason, People!

For a change of pace, we begin in Boston in 1982 where Ingrid/ Snow Queen (SQ) gallivants around town in her glorious SQ outfit. I can’t tell if she’s barefoot but I hope not because eeeew. She makes her way to a psychic. This oughta be good! And it is. Coming from a world with magic, SQ has different expectations from a psychic than, say, someone from the neighborhood. SQ is outraged when the psychic proves to be a phony. But the psychic seems just as outraged. SQ attempts to zap the psychic with her magic, but that’s not the way things are done in these parts. Since she’s got no powers, and the psychic has a baseball bat, the SQ gets out while the gettin’s good.  Continue Reading

Worldly Distractions: The Simpsons 26.9 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas

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It’s the annual Simpsons Christmas Episode! Come on, everyone, let’s Simpsons Christmas Boogie!

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Worldly Distractions: Modern Family 6.9 – Strangers In the Night

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Once again, I’m pretty sure they’ve used that title before. So, television is back from its Thanksgiving break, and I’m only slightly behind, having come down with a case of Unexpected Theatre Tickets on Wednesday. That darn entertaining disease! Regardless, I have plenty of snark left in me, so let’s get on with it.

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Once Upon A Time, November 30, 2014—Fall

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A Statement Piece: Jewelry with a Job


After a two-week hiatus, we’re back and the Spell of Shattered Sight is fixin’ to make the townsfolk irritable! Will Henry finally tell his dysfunctional extended family to go f%&k themselves? Will Marion arise from her frozen coma and mount an insurrection against the Merry Men and their boss? Will anyone notice if Emma gets bitchier? Let’s find out!

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Way Back Recap – Veronica Mars, Episode 1.1 Pilot

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One of my favorite shows of all time is streaming on Amazon Prime, so I thought I would rewatch and recap for other people who don’t have cable TV and/or don’t keep current with their viewing. I also recently watched the Kickstarter funded Veronica Mars movie, and felt the need to indulge a little. For those who don’t know, Veronica Mars is a short lived TV show about a teenage detective. It aired on the WB, but it never felt like a WB drama.

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Worldly Distractions: The Simpsons 26.8 – Covercraft

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Hello hello, people of the Simpsons universe! In our penultimate episode before the Christmas break, we ponder the nature of music and aging. The show has tackled this subject with aplomb before, so it’s not like they’re going to screw this one up. Right?


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Worldly Distractions: Modern Family 6.8 – Three Turkeys

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Yes, some of you out there might be aware that Americans have this strange little holiday called Black Friday Eve, or as it was known until 2006, Thanksgiving. It involves Pilgrims and Native Americans and football. So how is this going to work as an episode, you ask? I don’t know, but we’d better set up some odds. Phil dropping a turkey on a sensitive body part, either his or someone else’s – 2-1. Cam screwing up a big football game – 8-1. And quality writing for all the storylines in the episode? 1,000,000 to 1, folks. Let’s see if they deliver.

And yes, I know I’m two days late on this, but this week has been hellaciously busy, so bite me. I mean, it’s not like any of you still watch this show.

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