Using a familiar format, the study group recalls some meaningful events
It all starts innocently enough as the gang discovers the secret of Annie's disappearing purple pens; as the audience already knew Troy's monkey has been stealing them – and lots of other items - and storing them in the air vents. Launching off from one small "Remember when?" question, we are treated to a series flashbacks from episodes both well known (the Halloween zombie attack, the Christmas claymation adventure) and entirely new (apparently everyone got together to paint Shirley's nursery, Greendale had an odd "free Caesar salad" day, and there was a Brady Bunch-esque outing to a Western ghost town). The memories fly fast and furious, and we learn about Abed's obsession with "The Cape" ("Six seasons and a movie!"), Dean Pelton has a bottomless supply of elaborate costumes and odd ideas about campus events, and most importantly, Jeff and Britta have been having secret sex. Once it is established that you can pretty much create romantic slash fiction video montages with anybody, and after a hilarious montage of Jeff and Britta behaving incredibly insensitively in every possible situation, the gang gives their blessing to the happy couple. Of course, once they are denied the clandestine nature of their hook-ups, they don't want to do it anymore. Strange how that works.
"Paradigms of Human Memory" took every opportunity to poke fun at itself and it's standard character arcs, such as a mash-up of Jeff's "inspiring" speeches that devolved into utter nonsense but managed to bring everyone together anyway. It was chock-full of throwaway moments that were surely labor-intensive (kudos to the hardest working crew in the business), and seemed designed to please all the different fans of the show. Those fans will surely have fun deciding which "fake" episode would be the most enjoyable to see (I'm partial to whatever was going on in the haunted house), and hopefully this was the start of a strong finish to a bumpy second season.
- Sorry, Joel McHale – your forehead is indeed that big.
- "Is that a new stereotype?"
- "It's like a reverse cow birth
- "Yay. Let's find Santa some more."
- "OK, we hooked up a few times but there's a larger issue here. We are friends with a grown man who clearly believes in leprechauns."
- "Humanity is premiering, you jags!"
- "You five are in big trouble. Jeff and Britta, you're free to go, since you didn't step forward and are therefore innocent."
- "Feast your ear tongues on these memory pops."
- "It was a particularly small egg. That's why I was asking."
- "The show's going to last three weeks!"
- "Those are just stories about us being cute."
- "Abed, it's called chemistry. I have it with EVERYBODY."
- "Fear. Anchovies. Fear."
- "Harrison Ford is radiating our testicles with microwave satellite transmissions."
In the show's 100th episode, art imitates life -- sort of!
The residents of Port Charles unite to confront his out-of-control drinking
Emmy winner Anthony Geary has seen his beloved "General Hospital" character Luke make many mistakes since he sauntered onto the canvas in 1978. Even the iconic Luke and Laura love story raised eyebrows among fans who knew the full tale. This time, however, affable Luke's drinking ways resulted in the death of his grandson, Jake. He and Lucky are taking the hit hard, but on Thursday, April 28, Lucky gathers the troops to stage a rather unique intervention for his father. Anthony Geary and Jane Elliot (Tracy) preview the intervention episode, which also stars Jonathan Jackson (Lucky), Maurice Benard (Sonny), Julie Marie Berman (Lulu), Tyler Christopher (Nikolas), Laura Wright (Carly) and other Port Charles faves.
MSN TV: How is this storyline treating you?
Anthony Geary: I've loved having something to do. Something beyond drunken fun, which is what we've been doing for so long.
Jane Elliot: These two characters have been the comic relief a lot for the last few years. I'm perfectly happy to come in and make people laugh. That's the easiest way to make a living, but this is good and gut-wrenching. You toss and turn at night, thinking about what you did and what you're going to do. It's fulfilling.
Anthony Geary: My favorite thing to do is rip open my heart and bleed for the people; and that's what this has been about.
Jane Elliot: Everybody brought their A-game and it shows. This group of actors has been working together for years and years. We have a strong affinity for each other and it was a pleasure to spend the day with them.
Anthony Geary: It was delicious. [Head writer] Bob [Guza] told me what he wanted to do and actually asked if I wanted to do it, which I thought was sweet. Why wouldn't I? I'm looking for something new and challenging, and this was it. It was gravy that it was well written and had all of my acting troop, my family, participating. I’m talking about the intervention, but the whole storyline has been invigorating. It's been rejuvenating to be asked to act again.
How do they get Luke to the intervention?
Anthony Geary: They do it the only way they can: They knock him out and tie him to a chair.
Jane Elliot: It's Lucky who finally says, "We have to do this," because he's not getting any better.
Anthony Geary: Luke's as close to suicide as he's ever been.
Jane Elliot: So Lucky enlists his brothers and his sister, Tracy jumps on board and we get Carly and Sonny to participate.
Anthony Geary: The entire episode takes place in one room. It's just everyone in a circle on folding chairs, with him taped to a chair in the middle. It was like doing a play.
Jane Elliot: It was just yummy.
Anthony Geary: When each person reads their intervention letter to him, we step out of reality in a very stylized way. It's flashbacks, but we're inside them.
Jane Elliot: As the audience sees it, we're watching it too.
What was it like to see that old footage?
Anthony Geary: Brutal!
Jane Elliot: There's 20 years of flashbacks and his hair gets whiter and whiter.
Anthony Geary: Killing me! We have flashbacks of Jonathan when he was 11.
Jane Elliot: And Maurice looked like a kid.
Anthony Geary: A baby! This is the only medium where you can go back 30 years, in our case, and have the same actor playing themselves.
Luke occasionally falls off-canvas so Anthony can spend time at home in Holland. Will Luke disappear into rehab this time?
Anthony Geary: Oh, you figured that out, did you? (laughs)
Jane Elliot: This time you go with him.
Anthony Geary: You get to see where he ends up.
Jane Elliot: The story doesn't end here.
Anthony Geary: You won't be disappointed.
Did you do any research on addiction and interventions?
Anthony Geary: I didn't, because every time Luke says, "I am not an alcoholic," I believe it. As an actor, I can't play a guy in denial. I have to play a guy who is not an addict.
Jane Elliot: Just like Tracy Quartermaine doesn't think she's a bitch. (laughs)
Anthony Geary: What's cool is it leaves people to argue about it: Is he or isn't he? I don't think any of us can say for sure.
Jane Elliot: It was also very clearly written for us. We didn't have to do any research.
Anthony Geary: They did the research and they did it well -- apart from him being tied to a chair!
Jane Elliot: We're going to be getting calls from Betty Ford, no doubt.
Anthony Geary: Betty Ford has never dealt with an alcoholic like this. (laughs)
Did you have any concerns about this story, knowing you might not play certain things "right," according to some viewers?
Anthony Geary: I'm happy as long as I have material to burn the house down. I'm not worried about where the character's going to end up or how the audience is going to take it. This is a character the audience has been loving to hate and hating to love for 30 years. He's damaged goods and they seem to like him that way, so I don't think it's a problem.
There's going to be an Al-Anon/Alateen PSA after the episode, but is there a message in this story?
Jane Elliot: No. You're just seeing life. You're seeing the guts of it, which is the best thing about soap operas. It's the opera part. You're seeing people rip their hearts open. Yippee!
Anthony Geary: If we could do that every day... This has been a great story. It's reset our bar. At a time when the medium is limping toward its extinction, to be able to surprise the audience and keep them involved, challenged and wanting to watch tomorrow is fantastic.
Conflicts between youth and maturity play out in a deft and very funny episode
"Youth is wasted on the young" was the theme of the evening, starting with the main conflict between Jules and Ellie; namely, is it easier to raise a child when you are young and full of energy, but fatally clueless about babies, or when you have lots of resources (like a nanny, a devoted husband, and an endless supply of goldfish crackers) but you are older and dead tired all the time? Secondarily, Laurie is ready to get over Smith and jump back into the world of "hit it and quit it" (and variations thereof). But she confides to Andy that the whole sweaty club world is distasteful to her now, and starts to wonder if this means she is actually maturing.
If it was ever possible to convince non-believers that "Cougar Town" is not only hilarious, but actually deals with some real issues, this episode would be Exhibit A. There was an old-school sitcom situation (Jules agrees to take care of the magically reappearing Stan and proceeds to make a mess of it) that was employed in the service of actual character development (Grayson articulates his desire for children at the same time Jules is celebrating her relief that she is done with all that). Bobby took care of physical comedy, falling asleep in his golf cart and developing an elaborate system to make him wake up on time, including Dog Travis being adorable and kissing him awake. Best of all, there was the fabulous Busy Philips, teetering in her stripper heels right on the edge of growing up, but ending up coming down decidedly on the side of cheap one-night stands with random dudes. There is no other show that could make a walk of shame so…well…awesome.
- "Hey dummy!" "Hey sexy!" "Bye losers." Try it on your friends!
- "There's really only like seven minutes of the day that you are fun to be around."
- "That is a crap ton of mommy time!"
- "Chuck it and…re-chuck it!"
- I would like to start a book of unique Busy Philips line deliveries. Tonight: "She's super-pregnant and doesn't want to have another baby in a club."
- "It's so on. If Ellie says it's on. It may not be on."
- Just how drunk IS "jury duty drunk"?
- "Ass worship is contagious."
- "Plus, it reduces the odds of you being randomly murdered by, like, half."
- "What you got going on there, dime eyes?"
Raylan is forced to fly solo, while Dickie escalates the turf war with Boyd
It's hard to be the good guy. Staying scrupulous and disciplined, and doing the right thing even when you get no real credit, is difficult even when you don't have to deal with a wild-card outlaw who has multiple scores to settle. So in honor of that, let's give it up for Tim Gutterson.
Raylan was still our protagonist, but he definitely didn't rise to the level of our hero. Don't get me wrong, it was understandable (and necessary) that Raylan wanted to get to the bottom of the hit (which turned out to be squirrelly little Gary, cutting a deal with Wynn Duffy to split the insurance money Winona would receive as beneficiary). He is even fairly respectful and up-front about his plans to give Tim the slip. But Raylan's arsenal of enemies is severely compromising his ability to be an effective marshal, and everyone knows that. Considering how active the criminal element is about to get in Harlan, Raylan would do well to try to mend fences with Art and his fellow lawmen.
Chief among those criminals are the newly reinvigorated Boyd Crowder and the dangerously ornery Dickie Bennett. It's no surprise that Boyd is smart, organized and just as much of a visionary about his new illegal networks as he was about his (brief) career as a born-again leader of reformed bad guys. After Boyd makes short work of his career as the marijuana king of Kentucky, Dickie shows his true colors as a trigger-happy, shortsighted, petulant child. Of course, as Boyd admits to his sweetheart Ava, how Dickie responds will show whether his mother is backing him up or hanging him out to dry. It's a crafty move, and one that makes sense to his new paramour, who rejects Helen's advice to learn as little as possible about the shady live of her man. Sadly, that philosophy couldn't protect Helen from death (or at least, we can assume, grave injury). It seems the only possible solution to this would be if Mags steps in to clean up the mess. The exciting showdown will play out over the next two weeks and I can't wait.
- It seems a little weak that Gary will just disappear now. I realize that Raylan couldn't possibly kill Duffy, but how does his solution really protect Winona? She's not so stupid she (and everyone) isn't going to notice her husband vanished into thin air.
- My crush on Timothy Olyphant temporarily transferred to Jacob Pitts a few times during this episode ("I do the Dolly Parton version."), particularly during their initial confrontation in the motel room and his "descriptive" evocation of how he felt about the upcoming showdown.
- Jere Burns just makes everything scarier.
- Ice cream for breakfast sounds eminently reasonable to me.
- Aunt Helen's famous last words: There were lots of times I wished I knew less about what he does, and can't ever remember a time I wished I knew more."
- Again, the robbery scene in the light-filled weed barn was glorious looking. Weed barn location.
- "I feel like I'm in the Big Chill." "Except no one's dead." "Yet."
The kids of McKinley High are back, and, this time, they have charity on the mind
By Rachel Stuhler
The wait is over! After a 5-week hiatus, the kids of McKinley High are back, and this time, they have charity on the mind. The glee club needs to raise money for their trip to Nationals and the Brainiacs similarly need funds for the finals in Detroit. When Will Schuester's (Matthew Morrison) ill-formed idea of selling salt-water taffy for a quarter a piece doesn't fly with the kids, Holly Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) saves the day by suggesting a benefit. And thus, the "Night of Neglect" -- a showcase for neglected artists – is born. Still reeling from her failure to qualify for cheerleading Nationals, Sue (Jane Lynch) forms the "Legion of Doom" to try to take down the glee club.
"All By Myself," Eric Carmen, in the style of Celine Dion
Sunshine Corazon (Charice) returns to the halls of McKinley, offering to perform at the benefit and bring along her six hundred Twitter followers. Though Rachel (Lea Michele) is opposed to the idea, Sunshine wins the kids over with a divalicious rendition of Eric Carmen's ‘70s hit, "All By Myself." Too bad she flakes at the last minute and leaves the kids with an audience of six.
"I Follow Rivers," Lykke Li
Tina opens the benefit, and in her angsty, alt-music way, she brings sultry soul to "I Follow Rivers" by Swedish indie artist Lykke Li. Unfortunately, ex-glee moderator and Legion of Doom member Sandy Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) enlists several students to heckle Tina. She barely holds on before bursting into tears.
"Bubble Toes," Jack Johnson
Though we still don't know if he can sing, we sure know Mike Chang (Harry Shum, Jr.) can dance. After plying the hecklers with free salt-water taffy, it quiets them long enough for Mike to show us his sick moves.
"Turning Tables," Adele
Things aren't going so well for the teacher power couple of Holly and Will. She feels tied down and yet still jealous of Will's too-close friendship with the newly single Emma (Jayma Mays). Though she doesn't break up with him until later, Holly makes it pretty clear with her song choice that their relationship has run its course.
"Ain't No Way," Aretha Franklin
After pulling a diva trip that would make Whitney Houston proud, it turns out that all Mercedes (Amber Riley) ever really wanted was a real chance at the spotlight. She's tired of being overshadowed by Rachel, and is surprised when it's Berry herself that coaxes Mercedes back up on stage, and into the prime headlining spot.
After a season's absence, Sunshine Corazon is back to steal scenes from the 'Glee' gang
Reporters treated to massages during media day
The NBC Universal summer Press Day was all about the hot shows coming down the pike this summer on NBC, Bravo, SYFY, STYLE, E! and mun2. With dish from the likes of Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Paris Hilton, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, Rocco DiSpirito and Mark Burnett, MSN TV reporters were burning up their laptop. The key to survival? NBC.com's carpal tunnel squad!
It was a long day of meeting, interviewing, note taking and writing at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day on April 15, but just when the press thought we couldn't type another word, help arrived! NBC.com brought in a team of professional masseuses dubbed the "NBC.com Carpel Tunnel Squad" and that little bit of wrist rehab helped us stay focused on the action.
Bing: 'The Paul Reiser Show'
The big day kicked off with "The Paul Reiser Show." On the heels of the show's less-than-stellar premiere, funnyman Reiser is still hoping to get folks pumped about his new half hour comedy.
Then it was time for Paris and Kathy Hilton on “The World According To Paris". The mother/daughter team claims this reality show is about the "real" Paris and also teased some juicy Brooke Mueller/Charlie Sheen mayhem when the show premieres June 1 on Oxygen.
Cedric the Entertainer and Lara Spencer outlined their new game show “It’s Worth What?”, the new game show that floors contestants with questions like: which costs more, a real lion or the lion costume from the "Wizard of Oz?"
Hunky host Darren McMullen talked up extreme action dating show “Love in the Wild” and gave @MSNtv Twitter fans exclusive dish about the show.
Then we caught up with reality TV guru Mark Burnett, who can't wait for the “The Voice” to finally land on NBC on Tuesday, April 26. Coaches Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine weren't on hand to promote the show, but Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton kept the press giggling throughout the panel. The battle between the mega star coaches promises to get serious, but they clearly know how to bring the silly, as well.
The “America’s Got Talent” crew, including Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel, returned to promote the show's fifth season on NBC. They promise a slew of amazing new feats, as well as some very strange talents, when the show returns with a two-hour premiere Tuesday, May 31, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Sci-fi fans would have loved to get in on the panels about upcoming SyFy's series "Alphas" and the network's original movie “Red Faction: Origins." Scribe Zak Penn ("Avengers", "X2" and "X-Men: The Last Stand") dished his move to the small screen for "Alphas," which stars Ryan Cartwright, Malik Yoba, Warren Christie, Azita Ghanizada and Laura Mennell as "super humans, not superheroes" with incredible gifts and David Strathairn as their boss.
“Red Faction: Origins" boasts a sci-fi studded cast, including Brian J. Smith ("Stargate Universe"), Kate Vernon ("Battlestar Galactica"), Robert Patrick ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day") and Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood) and, is directed by Michael Nankin ("Caprica", "Battlestar Galactica"). This crew has their collective fingers crossed that the video game franchise-inspired movie will graduate to SyFy series after the June 4 premiere.
Celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito admitted no one likes to having a real chef at their dinner parties. Once his cooking competition series “Rocco’s Dinner Party” premieres on Bravo Wednesday, June 15, at 11p.m. ET/PT, he really won't get invited anywhere!
George Kotsiopoulos, Kelly Osbourne, Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers had the audience rolling with laughter during their "Fashion Police” panel, while "Jerseylicious” girls Tracy DiMarco and Olivia Blois Sharpe had us cringing as they talked catfights and beauty.
Adrian Bellani, Frankie J and Fernanda Romero talked going bilingual in the underground street racing drama “RPM Miami”, which promises "cars, guns & hot girls" when it premieres May 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on mun2.
There's a lot coming your way this summer from the NBC family! Watch for the full story on these shows and more on MSN TV.