Grey’s Anatomy: 6×05 – Invasion

Can I just say how I recognised 3 out of the 4 Mercy West people?  The two girls were both on Everwood, the hot guy played The Hotness Monster on Greek (no, really, that’s what he’s credited as), and I swear that I’ve seen Charlie in something before but nothing’s jumping out.  Also, the woman who shouted at Alex and other girl to stop fighting over her father’s case has been in just about everything including that really awesome episode of Criminal Minds ‘Minimal Loss’ (she’s the one who helps Prentiss after she’s been beaten up).  Also also Sarah?  She seems really familiar.

Okay.  I felt the need to write about this episode because whilst I’m pretty sure not a lot actually happened, there were some moments in this that reminded me why I love this show.  The whole Mercy West/Seattle Grace thing I knew was never going to have me positively jumping up and down with excitement.  I thought the 4 new people were all different degrees of aggravating, although I think I’m probably channelling Lexie/Izzie/Cristina/Alex’s biased anger here, but on the plus side I like all the actors so I’m torn.  When Izzie heard Charlie boasting to the others about being his bitch?  That did make me feel really sorry for her.  All the other new people I wouldn’t have a problem with if they became regulars (again, based on actor love).

The whole Callie/her Dad/gay thing?  When I read the episode description I was like “Oh no religion and Callie storyline” (neither of which are my favourite things) but the way they did?  So much funnier and so much more powerful than I thought.  I enjoyed every minute of every scene.  “YOU CAN’T PRAY AWAY THE GAY!”  GA has always been good at coining catchphrases!  The whole bible quotes Vs bible quotes?  Nicely done.  Loved how Arizona had to make Callie understand where her father was coming from even though you would have thought she would have been equally angry.

And Arizona, wow Arizona.  It’s been a long time since I’ve talked about Arizona.  Arizona >>>>> Hahn any day.  I’ve always like her since day one but like as in didn’t dislike rather than ‘she’s awesome’.  That scene with Callie’s Dad?  Completely won me over.  Whilst I’m apathetic to Callie/Arizona, by herself I’ve really warmed to her.  And actually the whole ship has made me warm to Callie too which I never thought would really happen because whilst she has some truly great moments, I’ve had a grudging resentment towards her ever since they brought her in in Season 2.

Cristina being broken and Meredith trying to give her the box of tissues and telling her to climb up next to her on the bed?  <3 Meredith and Meredith/Cristina scenes.  I also really really love Ellen as an actress (Sandra’s awesomeness can go without saying).  I think a lot of what she does is extremely understated because of how Meredith is but she nails all the little moments.

I do not understand why Izzie would just leave Alex.  Yes, I know it’s to write Heigl’s leave of absence in but she seriously couldn’t blame her getting fired on Alex?!  I know she probably took the Chief’s “Dr Karev coming to see me” line in the wrong way but after all she’s been through and how Alex has been pretty awesome to her, you would have thought another screaming match would be in order rather that just leaving?  I mean clearly she’s coming back so I guess all shall be explained but ….  ANYWAY, when Meredith, whose only slightly better with social etiquette than Cristina tells Cristina to go and hug Alex and Cristina can’t quite bring herself to do it because she’s broken and Alex looks so distraught?  Beautifully written scene.

The Office (US): 6×04 – Niagara

It was EPIC.

I think this episode more than made up for the apathy I’ve been feeling both towards this show and towards Jim/Pam in the past season and a half.  I went into it not having spoiled at all apart from the fact it was Jim/Pam’s wedding, which is why I think I loved it so much.

During the opening scene I did think Pam was being a bit obnoxious asking people to start using different soap etc. but clearly that was just the set up to have everyone start puking, which, by the way, was really really gross.  Hah.  I was wondering how long it would take for Michael to make the Niagara/Viagra joke.

Then a whole bunch of stuff happened, most of which was awesome.

There were funny moments: Kevin’s shoes, Meredith dancing etc.

Gross moments: Andy’s scrotum, Michael’s pre-wedding speech etc.

Cute moments:  Jim’s pre-wedding speech before he put his foot in his mouth.

Fast-forward to Jim-cutting-tie scene.  How can any girl not want to marry a guy like Jim?  I mean, gah, that moment.  And then the moment at the end when he talks about Plan A, B and C.  <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

<3 the whole aisle-wedding-dance.  😀 😀 😀  It was hilarious and perfect and I’ve rewatched it so many times.  It was just so The Office-ish with a touch of 30 Rock thrown in.  Loved the montage showing Jim/Pam’s perfect wedding.  I think it was nicely done because although it would have been nice to have seen it in real time, we didn’t really need to hear the dialogue to understand how beautiful and perfect it was for them.  Loved the looks they gave each other as they watch their wedding guests go crazy.
I think the reason I absolutely adored this so much was because it was so unexpected and it just made me grin.  It was kind of the perfect The Office moment.

The Mentalist: 2×03 – Red Badge

OMG. Seriously, Simon Baker move over because Robin Tunney should totally be the one up for all the award nominations next year.

Favourite episode of television EVER. Or at least of a crime drama.

There are no words. Actually there are plenty of words but trust me, there were no words until I had rewatched the whole thing again and began to process. You see, usually when I’m looking forward to an episode this much it always tends to me a bit of an anti-climax because things don’t tend to be able to live up to way you build them up in my head. But this? Seriously, OMFG.

Even, if you don’t watch the show, you should definitely watch this one episode. It is an out of this world amazingly written exemplar of crime drama.

And although characterisation is usually very gradual and is rarely the focus of procedurals, I feel that every single character had some sort of development even though it was obviously a heavily Lisbon-centric episode. I will ever be in awe of how they managed to cover everything they did, including the never-ending list of possible suspects, and still have time to include such amazing peripheral scenes such as ‘money-in-cup’ and ‘superhero-with-secret-identity’ and the ‘Dancing’.

I think if I didn’t start with the Jane/Lisbon-ness of this episode I would totally be overlooking such a major feature but I have to admit that I think this episode was amazing in spite of the shipperiness. I mean, even if we only had one scene with them in together, I think this episode could still hold its own.

BUT

OMG. Could they squeeze in any more JL moments if they tried? I mean seriously?! You know how when it’s Christmas you try to eat as much turkey as you possibly can because it only comes around once a year and you end up overdosing on turkey? It was like they were literally trying to cram in as many JL moments as they possibly can. Is there a drought coming?!

Anyway, where to start?

Jane knowing that it was “shrink day”.
The whole “reading minds money-in-cup game”. <3
Jane backing up Lisbon’s cooking show alibi and only calling her on it later. I especially loved this because we finally get to see Jane backing Lisbon unconditionally like she does with him even though he shouldn’t be aiding and abetting her.
The scene out on the balcony. “I don’t want you inside my head.”

JANE IN LISBON’S APARTMENT HYPNOTISING HER. I think I could write for paragraphs about how much I love this scene here but it’ll be superfluous because y’all thinking it anyway. Flail her apartment! Flail Jane inside her apartment!
(“Where are we going to do it? Let’s just do it. Let’s go.” I may have totally been taking those words out of context and had a little giggle to myself there …)
Flail at the not-hypnotising hypnotising! Flail at her head on his shoulder! Flail at the head pat! Flail at the Spice Girls moment of humour in an intense scene! Ditto hot mail room guy! (And in a classic case of over-interpretation I took Jane as being a tiny bit jealous / uncomfortable at pursuing Lisbon’s line of thought with that.) Flail at Rigsby/Van Pelt! Complete and utter FLAIL at Lisbon crying, asking Jane to keep this to himself, Jane wanting to comfort her and her telling him to go. Seriously, WOW.

How much did Robin Tunney ROCK the “Breakdown” scene at CBI! We never get to see Lisbon like that (even though she wasn’t actually freaking out) so that was pretty amazing. She completely nailed it. Ditto apartment scene.

And then the whole “he’s in love with you scene”. Loved how playful and light-hearted it was and how Lisbon was like “Whatever!” and laughing it off.

Also getting more of Lisbon’s background needs some flailing over. <insert flailing here>
And that moment where the victim’s father blames Lisbon for his daughter’s rape. I think that said so so much. I mean not only did it build him up as a possible suspect but you got to get just a glimpse of all the guilt Lisbon carries around. Again with the scene where Lisbon has to give up her badge and gun – you really see how much the job IS her life. So very nicely portrayed. (Basically what I’m saying here is that every scene was perfect and spot on and contributed something to plot/character. Lol). The thing with the whole therapist making Lisbon see him so many times to get her fingerprints and signing Jane off after one session, means that actually neither Lisbon nor Jane actually suffered much fallout from the whole Hardy thing, and I guess I kind of wish that Lisbon was a little bit mentally traumatised at seeing Hardy point a gun at her and then shot so quickly? I reckon that somewhere down the line something is going to happen with Jane and Lisbon and Red John to cause some kind of “trama” so maybe they’re saving that.

How fantastic was all the teamwork in this episode???! I love how they all got behind her. I know we had that scene in the cafe where Rigsby has doubts but he more than makes up for it with the Bosco showdown. That moment was golden.
I adore Cho’s loyalty to Lisbon. He is 100% loyal to her, more than Rigsby and even Jane. They also provided some classic light-hearted scenes ……

Rock/Paper/Scissors for who has to go into the dumpsters.
Van Pelt’s horror that the perv could have a girlfriend.
The “Saint Lisbon/Rock star” scene. 😀 😀 😀
Van Pelt in the sex shop!

And basically how they spent the whole episode going against Bosco and Minelli’s instructions and working the case anyway and not even caring when they’re caught. I adore team+friendshipness.

I have to admit that whilst the Bosco/Jane scenes of the previous episodes did nothing to make me like Bosco, the Bosco/Lisbon scenes in this episode kinda did. When he’s watching her through the window taking the polygraph and then at the end. I kind of felt it between them. I can accept their past, just as long as nothing happens in the present. Speaking of which, after Jane throws the whole “he’s in love with you” out there, exits and then comes back to watch her reaction, in my thinking, if Lisbon actually still liked Bosco that way you’d see some kind of reaction on her face (which is probably what Jane was looking for) but instead they have the focus on Jane looking and Lisbon’s just concentrating on eating the doughnut and unpacking, not thinking about Bosco.

Case-wise…….

I am SO in love with Robin Tunney Lisbon Jane/Lisbon the fact that they threw so many suspects out there that it literally kept you guessing. Was it the perv’s girlfriend? The perv’s prison buddy? The perv’s boss? The grieving father who blamed Lisbon? The suspect Lisbon was testifying against? Lisbon?

Like Jane, I guessed Lisbon was drugged after he couldn’t pull out the memory by hypnosis, but her absolute breakdown in CBI? I thought that was because of the influence of the drug, not her acting. I loved that it had me fooled. There’s been quite a few moments in other episodes where Jane’s set up his plan and I think that he’s doing it without Lisbon’s knowledge or whatever but it turns out it’s all part of the ruse.

The point at which I thought the therapist might be a suspect was when Lisbon went to see him willingly and he said something like “no one can blame you for doing what you did” but then I thought he might just be saying something like that because it is something some people would say regarding killing pervs, but I think it was the fact that he was a therapist and saying that, that jarred. But then somehow I forgot about him and for a brief moment I thought the prosecutor had some involvement. I know? I can’t even remember why that came to me. I think it was because I was processing that it had to be someone that had quite a bit of contact with Lisbon?
Then, as soon as the therapist went to Lisbon’s apartment I knew it was him but I actually bought Lisbon’s act at first. I thought the drinking was still an effect of the drugs but I couldn’t make sense of the pills and then when she started waving around the gun and the whole suicide thing was a bit OTT and I knew Lisbon wouldn’t be THAT messed up. I probably would have got it quicker if I wasn’t too busy sitting there going OMG ROBIN TUNNEY IS SO AMAZING. Which she is. In case that fact passed you by …….

And to sum up. In the words of Agent Grace Van Pelt: “Lisbon Was Like A Rock Star!”

CSI:NY: 6×03 – LAT 40° 47′ N/Long 73° 58’W

If I were a writer of a crime show then I would probably install a rule:  No more than one murder per season to be committed by a psychotic killer or one who has a mental illness of some sort.  I’m aware than in reality, murders are probably more likely to be committed by those sorts of people but really cold blooded murders are far more interesting to watch and solve.  Take last week’s Criminal Minds episode for instance, I had to wait 2/3rds of the episode until I was hooked, besides I thought they were playing that one too close to the “Lenny” finale episode.  So, yes psychotic killer can join the topoi of Halloween and religion episodes as being my least favourite as a general rule.

Hah, Ellis Island.  The place I was too lazy to get off the boat for (plus I was in need of a pretzel and Starbucks).

Hawkes and that stupid room full of the ridiculous technology.  Ack, why?!

Also, enough with the flashbacks already.  Was it me or were there more than usual in this episode?  The show’s only 42 minutes long, I think I am capable of following where you get these ideas from without being spoon-fed.  Then factor in the scenes told from the killers’ perspective, which I failed to find remotely interesting.

And enough with the “X Killer” and “Panicking the whole city”.  The last time we had that was two episodes ago.  Ack.  And please show STOP with the multi-episode arcs until you can come up with one that is actually gripping.  It’s been so long since I actually was invested in one and cared.  The 333 Killer and the Cabbie Killer were very flawed but that (and FA) are really only what made Season 4 remotely bearable (although it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it so maybe I’m giving it redeeming qualities which are actually just all in my mind).

And and whilst I’m in rant mood ….. okay, I can forgive them totally changing Angell’s birthday from the finale (the finale!!!  It’s not even THAT long ago!  How hard can it be to check continuity), but the whole time jump with Lucy being ten months old given the last time we saw her she definitely did not look like she was nearing on that old AND we know that’s apparently only 2 weeks ago because Mac said so himself.  Okay, I am aware that the majority viewers are not so picky or obsessive as us fans but SERIOUSLY?!  SERIOUSLY???!!!

Oh God WHY is that girl back on my screen?  You know how sometimes you just get a vibe?  She didn’t even have to open her mouth and start sucking up before she started irritating me.  Go away Haylen.  Again, you kill Jess to bring in THIS guest star?!

Yes Adam BE SCARED.  And GTFO off my screen.  I used to tolerate you but now every moment with you on screen is a moment wasted.  Plus I literally want to punch you every time you open your mouth. (I am aware that this may come across a little harsh but I refer back to the whole ‘never going to get over the events of the premiere’ thing.)

Flack/Angell’s Dad.  Wow, I did NOT expect plot continuity here.  I mean I thought we were going to see Flack “go off the rails”/have a breakdown but it looks like if that’s going to happen, they’re making us wait for it (looks like he’s on the edge though).  Did not expect to see a scene like this.  <3  And then with Flack sitting outside their house and cue flashback!  Love.  I was sitting there going “C’mon, it needs a flashback here” and then yay!

Case-wise this season has been so very luck-warm so far.  I mean last week’s was just painful to sit through and the premiere was mediocre at best.
This is quite sad but every character except Flack, Lindsay and Danny (I know!) annoyed me whilst I was watching this episode.  It wasn’t even anything they did.  They were just there on my screen talking and ack …..  I just think I can no longer watch the show through rose-tinted glasses. Characters, you’re going to have to start earning my love and respect.  (By characters, I mean Mac and Hawkes because Stella is tainted for life).

I’ve left the best to last:  Danny/Lindsay were adorable in this episode no question about it.  Lindsay is pretty much always huggable but for the first time in like forever I felt like hugging Danny too.  That is no easy feat.  And actually I’m kind of liking the whole long messy hair he’s got going on.  (And Flack’s scruff.  Very nice!)

Danny: Waiting on DNA results from the trace I found. I figured I’d get a little pump in.
Lindsay: Don’t you have physical therapy today?
Danny: Yeah, yeah, so I’m getting ready for it.
Lindsay: What?
Danny: You see Lucy lately, huh? She’s standing up in her crib cruising along the walls of the apartment. She’s gonna walk soon, Lindsay.
Lindsay: Danny, please tell me you’re not competing with our ten-month-old daughter.
Danny: No, I’m not competing with our daughter. All right, I’m just sick and tired of being in this chair. I want to run through Central Park with my daughter on my shoulders, okay? I want to chase down boys who try to hit on her. I want to dance with you and her at her wedding. So if you don’t mind…
Lindsay: I don’t mind at all.

The Mentalist: 2X02 – The Scarlet Letter

Once again this was an episode that had everything, and the sad thing is that I really wasn’t expecting it: Jane/Lisbon in mortal danger, Rigsby/Van Pelt, Cho/Rigsby “bromance”, Lisbon sticking up for Jane AGAIN and Minelli picking up on this and being his usual witty self ……

I don’t even know where to start. The knife-at-Jane’s-throat-Lisbon-handcuffing-herself-to-the-door scene was pretty awesome. Would have been better if they don’t use guest stars that I recognise and therefore know deep down that there’s probably more to that character than you first think. I felt for sure that they were going to use this moment as the trigger and that at the end of the episode you would see Lisbon go and see her therapist willingly. Maybe they’re saving that for the next episode.

The Lisbon/Minelli/Jane dynamic is one of my favourite things about the show. Loved how Minelli sees Lisbon slowly going over to “the dark side”, how he wants to just tell them off but can’t because they did solve the case, how Lisbon defends Jane even though afterwards she hates that she felt she had to do so……

Van Pelt was awesome in this episode. What was even funnier was that scene in the interrogation room was with the same actor who plays JJ’s boyfriend on Criminal Minds. Aww, Rigsby/Van Pelt/Cho …. Definitely want more scenes like this! Speaking of which, Cho you are awesome. Continuity points for bringing up that woman’s niece during the RJ case whilst still fleshing out Cho’s character to show that he has a personal life of sorts.