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Sweatpants & TV | Seriously Shonda?! 10/15/15

by Shandle Blaha and Kathy Kitzmiller

Another week of sobs, thrills, and all the feels.

Grey’s Anatomy, Season 12, Episode 4 – “Old Time Rock And Roll”

What we loved:

Kathy: I am loving the carpool scenes. They are so light and real. It gives them a chance to just be normal without all the GA curses.

Shandle: Me too! It seems very season 1 when they were all young and carefree.

Kathy: Arizona trying to be fakey fake about the new girlfriend. We all know she is going to blow up. Watching her squirm is the best part. It all bubbled up in the end. The crying circle in supply closet got me a bit.

Shandle: As much as I am not like April, I do like her bromance (is there a female equivalent for that?) with Arizona very much.

Kathy: Girlmance, ladymance, femance….this could take a while

Shandle: I wonder if hospitals really do have code words like that.

Kathy: Silver Flood? Now I am going to be listening for code words everywhere.

Kathy: Mer and Maggie – I just love them so much, and the music playing in the scene was perfect. Their relationship growth has developed into something very parallel to Mer and Cristina. And Gabby? Oh, please let me be a Gabby when I am silver haired and wrinkled.

Shandle: Agreed on both counts!  I love that they are growing so much closer now. And Gabby is my hero!

Kathy: Mer talking to the interns = sobfest. I have to say her view on the ‘widow train’ is exactly how I look at it, too. That felt very near and dear to my heart.

Shandle: She was the perfect person to have that conversation, to teach them. I was surprised by Owen’s almost lack of compassion in his teaching them what to do, but then I remembered he is ex-military.

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What could have been better:

Kathy: I don’t know that it could have been better, but it’s always tough to know the real logistics of the process sometimes. Watching them go over the four Ls was hard.

Shandle: It was, but I was glad the interns got to practice on older people. They had years of lives and families and friends. It was the perfect group of victims for them to learn on because of that.

Kathy: What the hell, Wilson? That whole situation was ridiculous.

Shandle: Jo made me mad. I don’t know if that is fixable. I don’t know if I could forgive her for that if I were Stephanie. I was glad Richard made Amelia understand how she messed up, though.

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What we are looking forward to:

Kathy: Edwards and Wilson – what is going to happen there? I don’t know how Wilson can come back from that honestly.

Shandle: I have no idea. I don’t even know if she deserves forgiveness for that shit.

Kathy: I don’t know where to put the unwelcome guest from the dinner party. I didn’t love it, I didn’t not love it, and I don’t know if I would say I am looking forward to it. It just happened. It’s there, and it’s clearly going to be a future feature. Right now, in this moment? It feels like overkill. We are supposed to be moving on.

Shandle: I don’t like it. Not at all. Mer just said “I AM HAPPY.” She is loving her family and her career. She is healing. I feel like this is just going to derail what has been a very bright season so far.

Favorite Lines:

“I find if they don’t go to lady town the first there should be no second time.”
“She’s right about that.” ~ Mer and Amelia

“Who does that? Who screws the interns?”
“The father of my children” ~ Maggie and Mer

“Mags, I’m a widow.” ~ Mer

“You need proof? WATCH THIS.” ~ Old guy – I mean Senior Citizen

“You are a part of their life now.” ~ Mer

How to Get Away with Murder, Season 2, Episode 4 – “Skanks get Shanked”

What we loved:

Kathy: These flash forward scenes are giving me serious anxiety.

Shandle: I love and hate that about this show. I want to know what happened NOW! Patience is not a virtue I was given.

Kathy: SPOTTED: Traci from Rookie Blue is Nate’s wife, and she wants Annalise to kill her? What in the actual? I really thought that Annalise slipped him the pills. That was some good misdirection.

Shandle: It was! I honestly think the wife would have framed her for murder if she had given her or Nate the pills. That would have been some serious poetic revenge.

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Kathy: New case – I love the side cases. They are always so dark and scary. Mostly because they are so probable. Also, future parental side note: HAS Courtroom scene blow up – that was crazy.

Shandle: I love them, too! The girl that played the sociopath, I’ve seen her in a few Lifetime movies (I think), and I knew she was going to be crazy.

Kathy: Spank me, Daddy? DED

Shandle: I may have spit out some wine, it was hilarious.

Kathy: Bonnie and Asher and the phone call. Even in the serious moments, Shonda gives us touches of hilarity. Then I loved the follow up with Frank and Bonnie.

Shandle: I kind of love them together. I did notice, though, in the car in the flash forward scenes? He was missing… again. *sighs*

Kathy: Duh, Shandle. He can’t sit with them!

What could have been better:

Kathy: I’m sad to see Walsh do something shitty. I get why. It just made me sad. It also reminded us that Annalise is really in charge. She is callous when she thinks she needs to be.

Shandle: I’m still not sure what his plan is. I hope he realizes what he’s up against. I didn’t like that Connor feels like they are in some sort of cult, either.

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What we are looking forward to:

Kathy: Oh, Rebecca. It’s strange that even though we know the truth, I am still enthralled with Gibbons finding out what happened to her.

Shandle: Me, too! I am enjoying watching him put the pieces together.

Kathy: The pills. Those will come back into play later, I can feel it.

Shandle: Oh, absolutely. I was totally screaming at my TV, “WHY ARE YOU NOT WEARING GLOVES? FINGERPRINTS!!!” I may watch too many crime shows…

Kathy: Asher. Poor, douchey Asher, what have you done?

Shandle: Whatever he did to that blonde chick cannot be so bad that he wants to betray Annalise! I am scared he isn’t going to be around much longer… It’s this feeling in my gut that I hate.

Kathy: So many secrets half exposed to all the characters this episode. What an amazing cliffhanger. This episode felt more like a break finale or even season finale.

Shandle: Every. Single. Episode. I want more. Right now. Waiting a week is killer! (Pun totally intended.)

Kathy: No matter how sick and crazy it gets, I want more. Shonda knows how to get you.

Best Lines:

“Do it for him, because as long as I’m alive, he’s not happy.” ~ Nate’s wife

“You know where else there’s blood? My husband’s specific – your car.” Annalise

“Make me out to be the villain if it helps you sleep at night, but don’t you ever screw with my cases.” ~ Annalise

“Spank me, Daddy.” ~ Michaela

“I told you to use your boobs, not your heart. You know what I’m talking about. Put them away, we’re done with them.”  ~ Annalise

“I killed him, Asher. I killed Sam.” ~ Bonnie

Scandal, Season 5, Episode 4 – “Dog-Whistle Politics”

What we loved:

Kathy: Marcus, a new Gladiator? I love that she pitched him the way she was pitched. I also love that he came through to really help Liv.

Shandle: Dog. Whistle. Politics. He was spot on. I love him on their side. They needed help, too.

Kathy: Wait. Jake isn’t really Jake? Did we know this? I’m kind of not ready for him to be the sun for someone else. Selfish, I know, but I’m just not.

Shandle: I forgot Quinn wasn’t really Quinn, so I can’t be trusted to know Jake’s real name. Damn spies. I’m not ready either, but it was very humanizing to see that he had someone else in his life like that.

Kathy: Mellie and Fitz – I am always left with hope. I feel like there is hope there for them to be happy as friends in the future. #Trustnothing as always, but a girl can hope. I mean, she is apparently going to impeach him, so there’s that.

Shandle: I don’t blame her, though, after he decided to take Liv out on a date like that? I mean, I loved it, because it’s a huge finger to the people giving them both shit, but he agreed not to hurt Mellie like that. This definitely hurt her. Side note: loved that they were playing with their son. That moment was super sweet.

Kathy: Oh, Cy, why do you make me love you, even when I want to hate you? I never realized that he thought of Fitz that way.

Shandle: I never did either. But he crossed ALL the lines with the shit he said to Mellie. THE LINE WAS A DOT TO HIM.

Kathy: Mellie’s monologue was awesome.

Shandle: So good. They always give her the most amazing speeches. I loved the mention of all the “isms” this episode, and how the media uses them against minority groups. Shonda, using her platform to educate in an entertaining way.

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What could have been better:

Kathy: I feel like all of these could just be labeled as “What Happened That Sucked.” I don’t feel like they are weak points in the episode, just sad injustices of the world played out on my favorite show.

Shandle: Agreed. I typically like to use my TV shows to escape the crappy reality of life, but Shonda doesn’t seem to want to us to escape, at least not fully.

Kathy: Who is this lady with her “special” on Olivia and why is this happening? This is going to be hard to watch her get dragged through the mud. The truly sad part is, this really isn’t fiction in our world. All these interviews, it’s crazy how, in this light, they can be construed as insulting.

Shandle: I kind of liked the style of this, because it seemed more real.

Kathy: I really don’t want to see Charlie back again. I don’t want to see what this might bring out in Quinn.

Shandle: Maybe Jake will leave him in Paris?

Kathy: Or push him off the Eiffel Tower?

Kathy: The inner workings of politics, racism, and sexism (dog-whistle politics) in this episode were disturbing and painful to watch because you know it’s so close to the truth. I’m sorry, but did that old guy just make a comment about Liv’s race? “More palatable to the base?”

Shandle: I threw up in my mouth a little. I have a word I use for that side of the political aisle for a reason, but I’ll keep it to myself. Oh, and Liv talking on the phone to Fitz about rape? Seriously hard to watch. Way too freaking real.

What we are looking forward to:

Kathy: I am really excited to see Abby and Fitz develop a new relationship. I really love seeing Fitz stand up for Liv and their relationship. I like that they hired Marcus. I think he is going to be a big breath of fresh air.

Shandle: I loved that moment with Abby, too. I’m excited to see how Marcus handles Gladiating.

Favorite Lines:

“I’m a gladiator in a suit. That’s what you are when you work for OPA.” ~ Quinn

“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about peckers. Too many peckers.” ~ Lady Senator

“They want to impeach a man for having an affair?”
“They want to impeach a man for having an affair that everyone just shrugs about, because a man having an affair is a daily occurrence. They want to impeach a man because all we ever hear is how women are controlled by their hormones, but what is more hormonal than a man who can’t keep it in his damn pants? They want to impeach a man because he broke his vows and disturbed the office of the Presidency and distracted the country with his libido and the only person who gets raked over the coals is the woman he screwed. That’s why.”
“That’s…he’s a man.” ~ Cyrus and Mellie

“You’re broke, Marcus. You’re unemployed because you screwed the mayor’s wife. You’re damaged goods, but you’re charming and attractive and you can drive a narrative. Plus, you know, stray dogs…”
“Okay, now I see. You’re crazy. You one of those crazy chicks?”
“I’m offering you a job.” ~ Quinn and Marcus

“His whole administration, he’s had these bitches lined up like planes on a jetway.” ~ Senate Investigator

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