51 and Childless: Teen Mom; S4E10

Teen Mom; Season 4, Episode 10

By: Nina

So this episode of Teen Mom was significantly more interesting than the rest of this season, and that is 100% due to Farrah meeting Daniel’s family. So now that we have a good episode, let’s get to recapping it!

Farrah:

While Debra is watching Sophia in Florida, Farrah is traveling to Austin, TX with her new boyfriend Daniel! Things start off pretty well. Daniel seems really touched that Farrah has traveled with him to meet his family and Farrah seems happy! (Which after  3 hard seasons was nice to finally see!) But things quickly go down hill. Here’s the play by play of Farrah quotes that just should have never happened a month-and-a-half into a relationship:

Strike 1: “I’m just trying to prepare you for having kids.”

Strike 2: (To Daniel’s Step-Mother) “You haven’t had children yet?! Oh my god! I don’t think it’s going to happen then. How old are you? 51?! Ooooh, you’re gonna be a lone bird. I can’t believe you never had a child yet!”

Strike 3:  (While shopping at a thrift store) “You know what, I actually want my husband to buy me a ring from a thrift store.”

Strike 4: “If we ever get married can I please wear this to the wedding?”

Strike 5: “I don’t want to like, date, forever. I don’t want to get married right away—but I want to get engaged.”

Basically, following her 5-strikes we miss some sort of disagreement and next thing you know Farrah and Daniel are over. And that’s it! She flies home from Texas ALONE! I know Farrah gets a lot of hate, but I do feel badly. She seemed really happy this season dating Daniel, and it sucks for anyone to be coming home from what was supposed to be a romantic weekend alone. I give Farrah credit for holding it together!

Amber:

Amber is trying to find a new home to rent, Leah is calling Gary “Mom” instead of “Daddy” and Gary is filling out his recliner more than ever. When Amber requests to see Leah, Gary arranges for her to see Leah the following day. Amber agrees, so it should seem pretty natural to Amber why Gary would be upset when she cancels the next day. Amber cancels so she can look at homes to rent, and feels that it’s Gary’s fault because he didn’t give her Leah the day before. Clearly the only thing that sucks here is that Leah was looking forward to seeing Amber and now that won’t happen. 

Though I will say that the house Amber looks at is pretty dang nice.

Catelynn:

Catelynn and Tyler need to register for school…yawn…Catelynn and Tyler aren’t sure if Human Services or Social Work is a better major…yawn…Catelynn and Tyler go to a birth parent support group…yawn…Catelynn and Tyler talk with professionals in the field to help determine their degree…yawn…Catelynn and Tyler decide to take a semester off til they know which degree they want for sure…YAWN.

Hey, have Catelynn and Tyler ever heard of pre-requisites or transferring credits?! 

Maci:

The Maci drama this week all revolves around Twitter. I know, I know, but even that being the case it is still more entertaining than Catelynn and Tyler. So what was this Twitter war about? Maci had a tweet saying that things would be easier and better for Bentley if Ryan and Maci had worked out, but things didn’t workout that way. This upsets Ryan’s girlfriend Dalis and Ryan and co. interpret this as a deliberate act to sabotage their relationship. As much as I believe Maci loves Ryan I cannot believe that she would try to break up his relationship via Twitter. I don’t even think Jenelle and Kieffer break up other people’s relationships via Twitter. It’s just not how you do things. 

In the end Maci and Ryan talk it out, but Ryan refuses to apologize for saying he hates her. Hey, you can’t win them all, right?! 

And that’s the episode! So like I said, Farrah really did steal the show on this one! Only two more episodes left to go, guys! Who else will be crying when it’s all over?!

Episode Hall-of-Fame:

Episode Fail: The advice Daniel should have never given Farrah.

Episode MVP:


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True Blood S5E04: “We’ll Meet Again”

By Chris Saccaro

True Blood“” is finally starting to get the ball rolling on a many of its storylines this season, though there still seem to be some loose ends that are threatening the cohesion of the season’s narrative structure.

Last week’s episode ended with what could have been a dramatic yet appropriate end for Tara’s character, and it certainly would have been poetic if Tara killed herself after becoming the creature she hates most. However, the writers must clearly have something else planned for Tara, as Pam saves her at the last minute.

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Glee-Cap S3E18- “Choke”

By Chris Saccaro

Now, I may be biased about the quality of this episode based solely on the fact that it’s not a theme episode. But this week’s episode was a breath of fresh air. Finally, “Glee” goes back to being about the characters and the narrative, and not reliant on gimmicks and tributes to the long list of celebrities that Ryan Murphy admires. The only theme of this episode is the heartbreaking reality of failure. However, comparing the varying degrees of failure does an injustice to the more serious topics covered.

The main storyline deals with Kurt and Rachel’s NYADA auditions. This was handled extremely well by Glee standards. Kurt ends up nailing his audition after correctly assuming that the Judge (played by Whoopi Goldberg) would be bored of the “safe song choice” that Rachel suggested. Instead, Kurt takes a chance on a flamboyant song and nails it. It’s great to see Kurt thinking for himself, and taking his life in his hands. Rachel on the other hand…provided for the saddest and most heartbreaking moment of her character arc. This moment was three seasons in the making, and it was devastating to see everything Rachel worked for crumble in front of her.

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Happily Never After. Glee-cap S3E10: Yes/No

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Glee S3E10
By. Chris Saccaro 

            I have to say, once this episode started, I immediately knew what I was in store for. Maybe it was the newly revealed “outdoor lunch area”, and Tina pestering Mercedes about what happened over summer vacation, or maybe it was the fact that it’s January, and they just started talking about what happened in summer. But either way, the cast breaks out into a much appreciated cover of “Summer Nights” from Grease. I really ejoyed this whole scene. Santana as Rizzo, Sam in a leather jacket. What more could I ask for?! I was a little peeved that they took out the implications of rape with the line “Did she put up a fight?” But what are you gonna do? Life nowadays isn’t as peachy as it were in the ‘50s.

            Back to the episode though. As you can tell from the title of the episode, this episode is all about dating and love and marriage. First, we are introduced to Becky’s inner monologue, which sounds like the Queen of England “because it can”. She asks out Artie on a date, and after having a taste of rejection himself, he agrees to go on a date.

            Then, we find out that Coach Bieste and her lover GOT ELOPED! Yay! It makes a lot of sense to not show their wedding. Because seriously, after this episode, Glee has it’s hands full with proposed marriages that would DEFINITELY need to be showed. Inspired by this, Emma accidently sings a proposal to Will. Which gives Will the great idea of proposing to her! And like any sane man would do, Will asks his glee club to help out with proposal ideas!

            I’m still a bit  creeped out by Will’s relationship with his students. It doesn’t help that he asks Finn to be his best man (meaning he will be at his bachelor party). The students all offer their own romantic ideals, ranging from rock and roll to cheesy ballads. In the end, Will picks “Contemporary Pop”, but not before having second thoughts about marrying Emma, mainly inspired by her parents. I’m really surprised that he would let what her parents say get to his head. It’s really out of character. But he has second thoughts nonetheless, and explodes on Emma when she questions him about it.

            Will is seriously such a cunt in this scene. He’s talking about how hopeless Emma is in regards to her OCD. You know what Will? Emma is probably the only person around who would put up with her husband dancing like an idiot on stage with kids 20 years younger than you.

            As far as the kids go, they all are having their own trivial dilemmas dealing with young love, Sam is still lusting after Mercedes, and joins the synchronized swimming team to get a letterman jacket (since they don’t have H&Ms in Lima, Ohio). Artie doesn’t know how to tell Becky that he doesn’t want to have sex with her, after receiving nude pictures. I’m probably being extremely politically incorrect, but doesn’t it just feelwrong to receive nudes from someone with Downs Syndrom? Sue tells Artie to grow some balls and treat Becky like a normal person.

             So he ends things with Becky, and she goes to Sue’s office for some comfort. Now, maybe I’ve been watching too much of the “This Ain’t Glee XXX” porn parody. But I was somewhat concerned when Sue asked Becky to take her hand.

In other news, Finn finds out that his dad didn’t die in the war, but instead died via drug overdose. This all happens in the midst of an intervention to stop Finn from joining the Army. Finn loses it. Meanwhile, Rachel and Kurt are both stressing over the future. Aw, I remember the good old’ days of stressing out about “the future” during senior year. I wish I could reach into the tv, give Sam a quick BJ, and tell the kids that the “future” you plan for in High School means shit.

Speaking of Sam, leave it to him to come up with the perfect proposal for Emma (I think he was really planning it for me). Will takes Emma down a surprisingly empty school hallway, where she receives roses from Sue, Bieste, and a few nobody students that weren’t cool enough to be invited to the impending pool party.

Will brings Emma to the pool, where the Glee club (and synchronized swimming team) do a rendition of “We Found Love”, cause really, if you ask me what’s the most hopeless place to find love in, my first thought is High School. Especially for heterosexuals.

Thankfully, the synchronized swimming goes over pretty well, and Artie manages to only mess up the choreography a little bit in the beginning, during his suicidal roll into the pool, wheelchair and all. But otherwise, everything goes over well, and Emma says yes! Like we knew she would. However, the real cliffhanger isn’t how Will Schuester walked on water (It’s not a magic trick— it’s an illusion!). The real cliffhanger is when Finn proposes to Rachel! Will she say yes? Or no?! Will she pick a bright future on broadway and possibly a made for tv movie about Idina Menzel? Or will she pick Finn. Oh dear God Rachel, please say No.

Glee Hall of Fame:

Best Song:

I’m torn between “We Found Love” and “Summer Nights”. I think We Found Love was a bit more fun. And it allowed me to see the glee boys fully half naked!

Best Quote:  “You totally nailed the assignment. Oh no, wait a second. The assignment wasn’t “make everything about Rachel Berry and force everyone to watch it, right?”

Biggest Reason to Dislike Artie of the Week: There are two reasons this week!

Reason 1: Him preaching to the glee club about acceptance, right before breaking up with Becky.

Reason 2: Singing a song that would allow Will to dance. Seriously, don’t ever give Will Schuester any reason to dance, especially if poor little Becky is watching. 

There were no new glee episodes this week :(
that doesn’t mean you can’t catch up on what happened last week! :)

Happily Never After. Glee-cap S3E10: Yes/No

Glee S3E10
By. Chris Saccaro 

            I have to say, once this episode started, I immediately knew what I was in store for. Maybe it was the newly revealed “outdoor lunch area”, and Tina pestering Mercedes about what happened over summer vacation, or maybe it was the fact that it’s January, and they just started talking about what happened in summer. But either way, the cast breaks out into a much appreciated cover of “Summer Nights” from Grease. I really ejoyed this whole scene. Santana as Rizzo, Sam in a leather jacket. What more could I ask for?! I was a little peeved that they took out the implications of rape with the line “Did she put up a fight?” But what are you gonna do? Life nowadays isn’t as peachy as it were in the ‘50s.

            Back to the episode though. As you can tell from the title of the episode, this episode is all about dating and love and marriage. First, we are introduced to Becky’s inner monologue, which sounds like the Queen of England “because it can”. She asks out Artie on a date, and after having a taste of rejection himself, he agrees to go on a date.

            Then, we find out that Coach Bieste and her lover GOT ELOPED! Yay! It makes a lot of sense to not show their wedding. Because seriously, after this episode, Glee has it’s hands full with proposed marriages that would DEFINITELY need to be showed. Inspired by this, Emma accidently sings a proposal to Will. Which gives Will the great idea of proposing to her! And like any sane man would do, Will asks his glee club to help out with proposal ideas!

            I’m still a bit  creeped out by Will’s relationship with his students. It doesn’t help that he asks Finn to be his best man (meaning he will be at his bachelor party). The students all offer their own romantic ideals, ranging from rock and roll to cheesy ballads. In the end, Will picks “Contemporary Pop”, but not before having second thoughts about marrying Emma, mainly inspired by her parents. I’m really surprised that he would let what her parents say get to his head. It’s really out of character. But he has second thoughts nonetheless, and explodes on Emma when she questions him about it.

            Will is seriously such a cunt in this scene. He’s talking about how hopeless Emma is in regards to her OCD. You know what Will? Emma is probably the only person around who would put up with her husband dancing like an idiot on stage with kids 20 years younger than you.

            As far as the kids go, they all are having their own trivial dilemmas dealing with young love, Sam is still lusting after Mercedes, and joins the synchronized swimming team to get a letterman jacket (since they don’t have H&Ms in Lima, Ohio). Artie doesn’t know how to tell Becky that he doesn’t want to have sex with her, after receiving nude pictures. I’m probably being extremely politically incorrect, but doesn’t it just feel wrong to receive nudes from someone with Downs Syndrom? Sue tells Artie to grow some balls and treat Becky like a normal person.

             So he ends things with Becky, and she goes to Sue’s office for some comfort. Now, maybe I’ve been watching too much of the “This Ain’t Glee XXX” porn parody. But I was somewhat concerned when Sue asked Becky to take her hand.

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“All I want for Christmas is you too! And five things on that list” Glee-Cap S3E09

The Christmas Special! 
By. Chris Saccaro 

In honor of Glee’s Return, I figured I’d post my recap of the last episode!

After last season’s less than stellar Christmas special, I went into this with low expectations. But this season’s episode was a lot less reliant on Brittany’s illogical beliefs in Santa Clause, and a lot more reliant on teaching good Christmas themed morals. The big dilemma of this season stems from a scheduling conflict. Mr. Schue gets the new directions a gig on the public access channel, which just happens to conflict with a promise the Glee club made with Sue to sing at a homeless shelter. I do think Sue asking them to do this was a bit out of left field. I feel like the writers always want to use Sue as a villain, until they don’t want to.

            The other dilemma involves Seamus missing his irish family. Thankfully, Sam comes to the rescue. Oh, how I wish I could be an irish foreign exchange student at McKinley High. Just so I could have Chord Overstreet be my holiday sponsor, showing me all about the holiday spirit in the US.

            Artie is chosen to direct the glee’s television appearance, and despite his eye-roll worthy quotes about selling out by directing television, he makes two demands before he accepts the position: It has to involve Star Wars, and it has to be shot in black and white. Rachel tries to audition with a terribly depressing song, and is slightly offended when Artie tells her that the tone isn’t going to work. Maybe she’s sad because she’s too busy begging Fin to get her expensive gifts. We get it, Rachel is a materialistic brat. The fact that it’s the main point of the episode gets slightly

            Sam refuses to join the Christmas special, because he thinks Artie’s refusal to acknowledge the sad points of Christmas is doing a disservice to everyone. Or something like that.

            The second half of the episode switches entirely to black and white, as we see what is presumably being aired across Lima, Ohio’s public access channel. I really think this is the highlight of the episode. It’s a wonderful parody of the Christmas specials of the ‘50s, complete with a laugh track and studio audience applauding every new “guest” to arrive at Kurt and Blaine’s bachelor pad. This is a great way for Glee to perform all of the songs on their Christmas album, without worrying about building a story around it *cough* like last year’s episode based  solely on that one “The Grinch” song.

            I really can’t express how great I think the actors pulled this Christmas Special off. Kurt and Rachel really upped the camp and made their performances so perfectly corny, that I couldn’t help but smile. Soon Finn and Puck come by to do a little star wars parody and a nice little cover of “Santa Clause is coming to Town”, followed by the cheerios who perform “Christmas Wrapping”. The special ends with Seamus reading a passage from the bible. He was originally supposed to read an updated version of Frosty the Snowman, where Frosty doesn’t melt and die. But he decided to remind viewers about the true meaning of Christmas. The whole time he was talking, I kept wondering if he was breaking the rules of public access television by discussing religion.

            After being taught the true meaning of Christmas, the Glee kids realize the error in their ways (ditching the homeless youth to put on a Chrismtas special) and decide to drop by the homeless shelter to serve food and sing songs about starving children in Africa. Because if there’s one thing that will truly lift the spirits of starving Americans, it’s the ability to look down on the starving Africans, and “thank God it’s them instead”. I love that Glee covered Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, solely because it introduces an entirely new generation to the racist and morose undertones of the original song. After realizing that their’s more to chrismtas than gifts and money, Rachel decides to sell the earrings Finn bought for her, and donate the money to charity. This would be a great ending, except for the fact that Finn just spent more money than he actually had to buy this for her. Sometimes I hate the moral lessons of Christmas episodes. The episode ends with Finn, Rachel, Sam, and Seamus ringing bells for the Salvation Army. How sweet.

Episode Hall of Fame:

Best Quote: “All I want for Christmas is you too! And five things on that list”

Biggest Reason to Dislike Artie of the week: “I swore i’d never sell out and do television”

Best Song: I really liked a lot of the Christmas songs this year. Extraordinary Merry Christmas was upbeat and fun. I also liked “All I want for Christmas”.

Favorite Euphemism for Gay Couple: Holiday Roommates.

Glee-Cap: Unicorns, Showtunes, and babies

Glee S3E02 

            You know, for an episode about Unicorns, this episode was slightly depressing and emotional. Granted, its still the same tired storyline of Kurt being gay, it’s still something that isn’t really seen on tv as much as it should. We all get annoyed at Glee’s incessant use of Kurt’s flamboyancy as a plot element, but its really something that isn’t seen on tv a lot. Anyway, enough pretense. This episode of Glee starts with Kurt getting help from Brittany for his campaign, cause she think’s he’s a unicorn. The sentiment is there.

            Back at the Glee Club, Mr. Schue announces a mandatory “Booty Camp” for the bad dancers/people who need help. Artie was surprisingly excluded from this. However, because Will is going to be focusing all of his attention on the poor dancing, there’s no one to direct the musical! How will Rachel ever get the lead in the school play if there isn’t one! Don’t worry Rachel, the Shuester has got you covered. He brings in Emma, Coach Bieste, and…Artie to help direct. I don’t mind making Artie the student director. But what I do mind is making this strange back story where he directs movies. You’d think in two years, he would have made mention of himself directing movies before if he really did do it a lot. I’m just being nitpicky though. I really should give the writers a hand, because they finally got some things right.

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Clubbing in Michigan: Teen Mom, S3E10

Teen Mom, S3E10

By: Nina


Well, we are on the road to the Teen Mom finale! After this episode there are only TWO left, but according to a very good source (Gary’s Twitter) the next two episodes will be 90 minutes. And if we really want to look on the bright-side, the sooner Teen Mom ends, the sooner I will be reunited with Janelle, Keifer and Barbara (I kind of miss them) of Teen Mom 2. But that’s a story for another TV show! So let’s get recapping!

Amber:


Amber’s segment opens up as she says, “Gary and I share custody of Leah. We’ve been getting along and things have been going well…until yesterday, when the police arrested me.” Wow, yes. That would totally put a damper on things. So basically in this episode we get to see how Gary and Amber reacted to Amber being put in jail for domestic battery. Making the situation more stressful for the two of them, they have a no-contact order. According to Gary and his mother, they feel Amber has been doing all of the steps she was instructed to do by the state of Indiana and hope that will be taken into consideration. Although there is a no-contact order between she and Gary, she still is able to see Leah, though they will have to rely on other people to bring Leah from one parent to the other. Gary confides in his mother that this is not the way he wants things and that he really does miss Amber.

When Amber is released she is able to see Leah, and has a serious conversation with her mother. She explains that her time in jail really helped her to reflect on her life and appreciate all that she has. She maturely asks her mother for as much motherly support from her that she can get, as well as help with things like work, Leah and court. Her mother agrees, and hopefully this experience will lead to a nice turning point for Amber. Amber tells her mother, “If I can have a healthy relationship with you, I can have a healthy relationship with Leah, and break this cycle of these dramatic things that happen.” Woohoo! I wish Amber all of the best in turning her life around.

Farrah:


Now that Arizona is out of the question, Farrah is interested in moving to Florida. Before she had Sophia she had ambitions of going to school there, and feels now is the opportunity to pursue her dream. When she first tells her mother, Debra, she sounds supportive! “No one’s gonna yell! No one’s gonna yell!” THEN Debra suggests that Farrah leave Sophia with her while she goes to school. Uh oh. Now, I understand how desperate Debra feels. She’s fallen in love with Sophia (‘Baby Goo’) and it would pain her to have Sophia watched by babysitters all day and not be nearby. But obviously suggesting that Farrah leave Sophia there, when we already know how Farrah feels about her family would not go over well! Basically Farrah tells her mother that she is suffocating her and that that is why she is ready to leave.

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Why Would I Want To Talk About A Barney Right Now: Teen Mom, Episode 4

Teen Mom: S3E4

By: Nina


Can you believe we are already four episodes in to this season’s Teen Mom?! It’s going by quickly, so I hope MTV has Jenelle and Barbara filmed, edited and ready by the time this show is out!! BUT, let’s get started on what happened last night!

Maci:

The episode kicks off with Maci making plans to go back to school. Maci decides to enroll in Chattanooga State (or as I’ve noticed Maci calls it, “Chatt State”) despite the two-hour commute from Nashville that it would require. With two failed courses from her previous semester, Maci realizes that it is crunch time for her to finish her degree. Maci’s parents are in agreement that school is a priority. Though, that also means that they feel her commute from Chattanooga isn’t necessary and she should consider moving back home. Hey, anything to avoid a two hour drive 6-days a week sounds good to me! Maci’s dilemma comes from the fact that she recently made a commitment to live in Nashville with her boyfriend Kyle. What will she do?! It doesn’t take her long to decide to move back home. Not back home as in with her parents, however. She decides to get her own apartment in Chattanooga. Kyle, however, has a job in Nashville. Moving to Chattanooga would mean quitting. Does Kyle quite his job?! Does Kyle move to Chattanooga?! IS KYLE SLOW?!

Kyle does indeed surprise Maci, and inform her that he quit his job and move in. Is anyone else surprised, though? “Am I a loser now?” Kyle asks Maci. I won’t answer that.

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Box Cutter: Breaking Bad S4E01 Recap

Breaking Bad: S4E01

By Chris

            They say that when  a writer introduces a shotgun on the wall in Act One, you know its going to be used in Act 3. The same could be said for the premiere episode of Breaking Bad, appropriately named “Box Cutter.” After more than a year of waiting, we finally pick up right where we left off last season. Jesse and Walter are in danger, until Walt orders the kill of Gale. If Gus doesn’t have a replacement Chemist, he has to keep Walt alive (at least until he finds a new chemist).

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