Tag Archives: tv: !2009/2010

Flashpoint Season 2

The start of the season wasn’t amazing for me as the cases just didn’t get me as emotionally invested as all the ones in season one.

I missed Jules but liked Officer Sabine.  I kept thinking how the actress looked familiar but it wasn’t until I looked her up on imdb that I realised she was Paula Cassidy from NCIS!  I much preferred her to Leah.

Some standout episodes:

2×04 – Aisle Thirteen with the kid trying to save his friend in the shop
2×07 – Perfect Storm with the bullied kid trying to get revenge on his bullies
2×08 – Last Dance with the heartbreaking story of the girl that was dying and her boyfriend wanting to give her the perfect last evening and starring the actress who played Flack’s sister in CSI:NY!
2×09 – Exit Wounds with the guy trying to save his brother from gang members and playing cat and mouse in the hospital
2×10 – One Wrong Move …. oh god this episode! I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY KILLED LOU OFF!  Granted he was the character with the least characterisation but SERIOUSLY?!  Such an amazing episode for Lou and Spike.  When it started off, I wasn’t overly invested since there weren’t any perps to feel sympathetic to and then Lou stood on the landmine …..

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I missed Sam/Jules together of course but understand why they broke up and I hear there are good things in store for them in the future!

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Top 10 Relationships (based on story arcs that aired in 2010)

10. Ship: Jane/Lisbon (The Mentalist)


as best exemplified in this fanvid

I am still trying to scrub the whole Kristina Frye arc from my brain but it would just be sad if these two didn’t get a mention.

9. Friendship: Meredith/Cristina (Grey’s Anatomy)


Pretty much the only Grey’s Anatomy relationship that has lasted 7 seasons.  I love how Derek basically just tells Owen to accept it as a force of nature.  Of course recently their friendship has taken an interesting turn in the aftermath of the Season 6 finale and it’s been interesting to see them at an unavoidable impasse for the first time ever.

Incidentally, 2010 was also the year I fell in love with Callie/Arizona but that was over their season 5/6 moments rather than anything that happened in 2010 so I didn’t include them.

8. Ship: Luke/Becky // Vince/Jess (Friday Night Lights)


Totally squeezed in two for one with this.  These are my favourite OTPS for this show (as well as Mr/Mrs Coach of course).  Cute but realistic.

7. Ship: Thom/Alex (Nikita)


as best exemplified in this fanvid

It’s not until you rewatch the series so far that you fully appreciate how every single one of their moments slowly built up to what happened in 1×11.  I am still in denial.  (Also, we got FLASHBACKS.)

6. (Friend?)ship: Jane/Maura (Rizzoli & Isles)


I love female friendships for what they are and do not feel the need to femslash them but there’s something about these two ….  I have no idea what it is.  I mean Meredith/Cristina are probably the closest female friends on TV at the moment and they’re forever sleeping in each others beds and I wouldn’t even dream of shipping them but Jane and Maura …. the way they look at each other … I don’t know ….. Maybe Angie and Sasha have too much chemistry (in a platonic way) but it comes out all wrong on screen?  Lol.  Anyway, now it’s impossible for me to watch the show without seeing the ~moments~.  Heh.


5. Friendship: BAU Team and Cast (Criminal Minds)


These guys <3 both onscreen and offscreen.


4. Family: Baze/Lux/Cate (Life Unexpected, Season One)


as best exemplified in this fanvid
(just the Baze/Cate-ness 🙂

Yes, only Season One.  We do not talk about Season Two.  I wanted to just put Baze/Cate here as if we recall, around the time when I was meant to revising for my final exams, I became really obsessed with them.  However, just thinking about how awesome the dynamic was between them in Season One makes me sad that we never get to see that in Season Two.  So I included Lux as well and made it more of a family thing.  Season 1 was awesome, especially all the angsty Cate/Lux stuff and Baze wanting to be Lux’s friend rather than a father figure.  In Season 2 that whole dynamic was lost (as well as the Baze/Cate, obviously).  There will be a follow-up rant on this at some point.

3. Ship: Michael/Nikita (Nikita)

as best exemplified in this fanvid
Sidenote: You know how some songs are just suited to be used in fanvids (usually alternative rock songs of some sort).  For example, almost every fandom has a team video made using OneRepublic ‘All The Right Moves’.  I never thought anyone could get a song sung by Madonna and Justin Timberlake to work so well in a fanvid.  I almost hate that I love it so much.

Undeniably the OTP at the heart of the show but one that can never become canon on screen (unless in flashbacks).  So much angst, so much baggage and yet so much chemistry …

2. Ship: Chuck/Sarah (Chuck)


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They’re pretty perfect.  I don’t think any thing else needs to be said.

1. Friendship: Nikita/Alex (Nikita)


as best exemplified in this fanvid

I feel like I’m cheating putting these two so high up considering it’s only been in the past couple of weeks whilst I was rewatching the series so far that I full appreciated them.
They have this whole mother/daughter // older sister/younger sister // mentor/student dynamic going on that’s so endearing (I will NOT let femslashers ruin this for me!  C’mon people, Alex was 13 when Nikita saved her life.  Shipping them is just wrong!).  Two of my favourite scenes is 1) in the flashback when Nikita touches Alex’s face when she’s having nightmares and 2) the look on Alex’s face when Nikita shows up at the gas station to save her and she runs towards her (just before Michael appears).  Ohh and of course the scene where Nikita tells Alex to start beating her up to protect their cover and Alex’s expression is like “WTF?  I can’t do that!”.  I love how Nikita saw Alex as someone worth saving and basically saw herself in her.  Also, how many times has Nikita saved Alex’s life?  In 1×11 she sacrificed herself and risked everything, including their whole plan, to save her.  And then you’ve got the whole dynamic of Alex wanting to prove herself to Nikita.
Of course the real magic about their relationship is how the writers still manage to convey the emotional connection between them when very often the only scene they “share” is through an IM conversation on the computer.  That’s pretty ingenious.

Top 6 Unforgettable Episodes of 2010

6. Criminal Minds

6.02 – JJ



Garcia: Don’t they understand we’re a family.  That’s why it works because we’re a family.  Do they even care?!

JJ: I am thankful for my years spent with this family, for everything we shared, every chance we had to grow. I’ll take the best of them with me and lead by their example wherever I go. A friend told me to be honest with you, so here it goes… This isn’t what I want, but I’ll take the high road. Maybe it’s because I look at everything as a lesson, or because I don’t want to walk around angry, or maybe it’s because I finally understand there are things we don’t want to happen, but have to accept; things we don’t want to know, but have to learn; and people we can’t live without, but have to let go.

This episode had AJ looking absolutely gorgeous, humour, subtext, plot mirroring real life, everyone crying and FLASHBACKS.  I couldn’t ask for a classier exit for a character.

5. Life Unexpected

1.13 – Love Unexpected



As summed up in this hauntingly beautiful fanvid

Cate: Are you in love with me?
Baze: What?
Cate: Look I just, I don’t want to be in denial any more and I don’t want to talk myself out of something that’s really happening, erm, you know, because I felt something this morning.  If I’m being honest, I felt it before this morning.  Since the moment you have come back in my life I have felt it and, you know, I have tried to convince myself that it is wrong, you know, like I have tried to explain it away.  Like if I act that it’s not real, it won’t be ….. I just don’t know Baze, what if it is?  What if there is a part of me that is in love with you too?

Every time I rewatch the scene where Cate goes to see Baze in the middle of the night, I pray that somehow it’s changed and Baze decides not to be selfless and noble about it and just tells the truth.
And the last scene with The Weepies playing and then …. gah – the look on Baze’s face breaks my heart.  Although this episode obviously didn’t go the way I wanted to, it played out the way it should have and in terms of story-telling, it was handled perfectly.


4. Nikita

1.11 – All The Way



Nikita: He may be marked but you’re the one who has to pull the trigger.
Alex: I know.
Nikita: And you’ve never taken a life.
Alex: I know.
Nikita: You don’t know.  Believe me, you don’t.  It takes away a part of you, you can never get back.
Alex: Nikita, are you trying to scare me?  Do you want me to back out of this?
Nikita: I want you to know with absolute clarity what you’re getting into because this is the moment when you ask yourself “how far am I willing to go?”
Alex: How far are you willing to go?

I was tempted to choose 1×09 purely for the Michael/Nikita but objectively this episode was just an all round solid piece of action, drama and story progression.  We had lots of questions answered, lots of background information given, several Nikita/Alex scenes and then there’s the whole Thom/Alex angle …..  I wish that it hadn’t happened but wow it certainly had the impact the writers were going for.


3. Chuck

3.18 – Chuck Versus The Subway & 3.19 – Chuck Versus The Ring Part II



Chuck: I’m sorry, Sarah. I’m sorry, but if I have to choose, I will always choose to protect you.

I nearly chose 3.13 instead of this as that was the episode where Chuck/Sarah finally got together but I think the finale had everything in it that makes this show good, plus it finally wrapped up the whole Ring arc.

2. Friday Night Lights

4.05 – The Son



Matt: I gotta get up there in front of everybody and say good stuff about this man. And all I really want to say is ‘Here lies Henry Saracen, his mother annoyed him, his wife couldn’t stand him and he didn’t want to be a dad so he took off to be in the army because that’s the only way he could come up with to get out of here and ditch all your responsibilities and no one could call you out on it and that worked out great so you just decided to enlist four more times and that ended up getting you killed and now here you are. And all you left behind is a mother with dementia, a divorced wife and a son that delivers pizza. Thank you for coming 100 people I do not know.’ You know what the worst part is? Even if I did get up and say all that I don’t even know if I’m saying it to him because I don’t know what’s in that damn box. It’s a closed casket– might be someone else, someone funnier or a bunch of rocks.

Matt: I hate him. I don’t like hating people, but I just put all my hate on him so I don’t have to hate anyone else so I can be a good person, you know to my Grandma, to my friends, to your daughter. That’s all I want to say. I want to tell him to his face that I hate him but he doesn’t even have a face. I’m sorry, Mrs. Taylor. I’ll see y’all tomorrow.

This episode, oh my God, this episode.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more blown away by an outpouring of real, raw emotion on TV.  Zach Gilford should win every flipping award in the world for this episode alone.  Also it’s the start of the Luke/Becky.

1. Grey’s Anatomy

6.23 – Sanctuary & 6.24 – Death And All His Friends



Meredith: Shoot me.
Cristina: Meredith…!
Meredith: You want justice right? Your wife died, I know what happened. Derek told me the story. Lexie Grey is the one that pulled the plug on your wife, she’s my sister. Dr. Webber, he was your wife’s doctor. I’m the closest thing he has to a daughter. And the man on the table, I’m his wife. If you wanna hurt them, the way that you were hurt, shoot me. I’m your eye for an eye.

No finale in the 2009/2010 season can even come close to touching this in terms of how jaw-dropping, emotional, scary and tragic this episode is.  I think every show has one standout episode where even people who aren’t fans have to admit that it’s one amazing episode of television and for Grey’s Anatomy, this is it (though I hear we have a musical episode coming up so you never know, that might steal this episode’s thunder ….. O_O).

Grey’s Anatomy: 6×23 – Sanctuary & 6×24 – Death And All His Friends

Grey’s Anatomy.  Bloody hell.

There are no words to convey how much I adored Meredith/Cristina in this episode.  Seriously wow.  You get to see how much Meredith has grown since the Pilot and Cristina, who has been irritating me for most of this season – definitely back in my good books.  And Callie/Arizona –  as much as I love Arizona, Callie was the “good man in the storm” in this episode ….. <3 <3 <3  Bailey!!!!!  Oh my God.  Seeing a whole different side to her.  And hello there Mandy Moore!  Didn’t realise you were guest-starring!

“2.16 – The End Of the World” and “2.17 – … As we Know It” will always be my favourite episodes of Grey’s Anatomy because of Kyle Chandler but the acting and the ~intensity~ of this finale probably tops everything else.  Ellen, Sandra and Chandra, especially.

The thing that I loved the most about this episode was the awesome Meredith/Cristina and Callie/Arizona scenes evidence that Meredith has matured such a lot from the dark, twisty wreck she was in the first few seasons.  I mean very often shows will claim their characters have grown and matured and then something like this happens and TPTB decide to use it as an excuse for their characters to take ten steps back rather than show them being strong and dealing with it.  Both Meredith and Richard really proved how much they’ve changed in this episode.

I mean here is Meredith HAPPY at being pregnant.  I felt for sure that when Shonda decided to play the pregnancy card, we’d see Meredith having a bit of a freakout, even if she was eventually happy with the news, but she proved me wrong.  So glad.

To me this guy will always be the Secret Service agent from The West Wing and the guy who played small parts in The Mentalist and Criminal Minds.

When I read the episode description for this finale before seeing the previous few episodes, I thought the gunman was just some random psycho introduced in this episode but having the build-up, introducing you to this man for several episodes beforehand, really made the drama all the more intense.  Also, the build-up in this episode alone when you see him ask for directions and each time getting dismissed ….. you can just tell he’s going to blow his top soon.

I love how happy Meredith is and how happy Cristina is for her, even though she’s still sad about Owen etc.  I like how she’s not sure whether Meredith’s happy about the news and how Meredith herself isn’t sure but her face says it all anyway.

Mandy Moore was like the perfect patient: funny, upbeat, good-humoured and then all hell broke loose …

Teddy.  Just because I like her whereas the rest of the fandom doesn’t.

I think I read a spoiler awhile back that they were going to kill off two of the Mercy-Westers and I guessed Reed would be one of them but even though I knew she was going to get killed and knew that Mr Clark was the shooter, this still came as a big shock.  The way it was so sudden and the creepy way they filmed it…..

Alex gets points for dragging himself to the elevator.  I would probably have just lain there crying.

The fluff before the storm.

For the record, if I ever slip over in a pool of my best friend’s blood, I reserve the right to have a complete mental breakdown but when she was waffling on and on to Derek, I did want to slap her as she was wasting valuable screentime.

I was wondering how long they were going to leave him lying there unnoticed.

Love how this dark, twisty twosome have become shiny, happy people!  Cristina wants to watch Meredith tell Derek she’s pregnant.  Awwwh.

Bickering.  <3


I love how McDreamy tries to be protective and shuts them in a storeroom and actually expects them to stay.


I think I forgot to breathe during this scene.  This is when I first started liking Charles Percy.


Arizona’s all like “I thought we were going to be friends” and Callie’s like “Erm, tried that, now going to go down the traditional route of hating your guts.”  Hee.  And the whole “Not good enough lesbian for you.”  Arizona does have a point though – Callie was kind of slutty back in the day!







Cristina holding back a screaming Meredith is one of my favourite moments from this episode.

Oh god when April came running up I was like “NO NO NO NO NO” – Derek was so close to talking Mr Clark out of it …… after this I sort of wanting Mr Clark to shoot April as well, even though I know you’re meant to feel sorry for her when she’s reeling off her personal details.

When the gunshot sounded and Lexie fell to the ground, I kind of guessed that it was him that was shot and not her.  What surprised me was that he was still alive and only got hit in the shoulder.  C’mon SWAT!!!





Oh this scene.  <3 <3 <3  Arizona broke my heart when she kept on saying “there’s only children here” and then shielded the little girl.  Callie, wow, Callie.  Whilst Arizona’s freaking out, she steps up and walks right up to the gunman to give him the bandages and tells him to go.  Then if that isn’t enough she gives that really endearing speech to the little girl about how Arizona is the best doctor in the world and how people feel better just by her walking into the room and how she has a super magic smile and then she gives Arizona this look which says “stop freaking out” and “I’m still in love with you” at the same time.

*sob*

Avery was pretty awesome in this episode (even if he does only have one facial expression).  I kind of like the Avery/Cristina dynamic.

Cristina is awesome.

You’ve probably noticed that there’s not a whole lot of Alex/Lexie/Sloan in this recap.  It’s because they’re probably my least favourite characters and didn’t find their little piece of the jigsaw to be that interesting.  However, if I have to choose then I guess I prefer Alex/Lexie to Mark/Lexie but I’m glad that Alex’s love for Izzie did not just diminish as soon as Katherine Heigl left the show.  I did feel sorry for Lexie though and loved how she was there for Alex even though he thought she was Izzie.

And here’s the end of the triangle.  Although I actually liked Owen/Teddy, I’m glad that nothing happened and that the whole triangle-thing is resolved (hopefully for good) now.  I love how she told him that it’s okay to choose and told him to go.  I think that’s why I really like her because although she’s in love with Owen, she’s never tried to steal him for herself and respected the Owen/Cristina-ness.

Again, you get to see how much Meredith’s grown.  She’s actually comforting Shadow-Shepherd.




OH GOD THIS SCENE.  CHANDRA BROKE MY HEART!!!!  Have we ever seen Bailey just give up before?  Dear Lord!  At this point I was like “For God sake do that thing they always manage to do in TV shows where they perform surgery with like a spoon and a shoe-lace, don’t just give up!!”  And the way that Mandy Moore (yeah, never did learn her character’s name) just turns away.

Okay at this point I think I thought the reason why Owen was acting a bit weird towards Meredith and April was because he saw Derek flat-lining.  I think when I saw that Mr Clark was in there holding a gun to Cristina’s head, I was surprised because I thought the only way to get into the OR was where Meredith and April were sitting?

I love how Cristina refuses to stop the surgery.  <3

<3 Meredith’s speech.  “Shoot me”.  Not because she’s suicidal, like when she stuck her hand in with the bomb, but because she would rather die than lose Derek.  :(:(:(

Owen tries to play the hero and fails.



Even though I guessed that Avery had detached the wires and that Derek wasn’t really dead, Meredith’s reaction was heartbreaking.

I love how calm Cristina is when she asks “Is Owen dead?” and then tells Meredith to save her guy because she’s saving hers.



How completely tragic is it that Percy asks Bailey to tell Reed that he has always had a crush on her?  Love the moment when Mandy Moore goes “she already knows, girls always know.”  So true.  And then, like Shonda said, just as you’re starting to like him, he dies.

The look on Owen’s face when Meredith says she’s having a miscarriage.  🙁  I really didn’t think they were going to have her find out she’s pregnant and lose the baby in the same episode.  At this point my hopes of the episode ending with Meredith at Derek’s bedside telling him she was pregnant kind of went out the window.  Lol.


For, like, the first time this season I truly love Richard.  When he poured out the alcohol instead of drinking, I was filled with pure relief.  And the speech he gave to Mr Clark?  So rare do you get to hear someone talk someone else into committing suicide.  Usually it’s always someone talking someone out of doing it.  I know in Richard’s case it was self-preservation but I thought it was very realistic how he didn’t try to play the hero and save them both.  What wasn’t realistic was when you see him later, he’s not covered in blood.

Did I feel sorry for Mr Clark during this scene?  All I could think about was how his speech about going into a store and buying a gun was coming across as political commentary on the writers’ part.  In terms of setting up a plotline where someone goes round the hospital shooting everyone, I do think that this was probably as realistic as they could get.

At this point I would probably refuse to ever set foot in another hospital again, no matter how sick I was.




I am quite surprised they resolved this whole baby issue so quickly because Callie/Arizona have been relatively drama-free so far when you consider how much ~drama~ Alex/Izzie went through.  Obviously I’m sure they’ll be more angst in store for C/A in the future but I definitely think they’re in the together-forever stage now.  Do I think what happened in this episode was enough to change Arizona’s mind about having children convincingly?  Idk but I think what she says is true: that it’s proved that Callie will be an awesome mother.

Of course the episode wouldn’t be complete without someone’s heart flat-lining, anxious stares at the monitor, and then -phew- heart starts beating again.


Oh, Meredith.  🙁

 

So, yeah.  Shonda knocked this one out of the park.  The show gets extra points for creating the intense drama without killing off a single major character.  What do you guys think?  Where do you want Season 7 to pick up?  I’m guessing there will be some sort of time jump, even though I’d like to see the scene where Meredith tells Derek about the baby.  I’m also hoping that they have a proper wedding some time.

House, MD: 6×21 – Help Me

I’ve really liked this season of House …  well, apart from the whole Chase/Cameron thing falling apart (but although I was against bringing her back for that one ep, I definitely think it brought closure to that ship and was glad it happened.  Plus there were some very sweet CC moments in it).  There’s been quite a few awesome episodes both case-wise and character development-wise.  For a long time, whilst I always liked House/Cuddy, I could never see how it would actually work because I couldn’t picture House in a relationship with anyone and didn’t know how much of his behaviour towards her was him actually liking her or whether he was just being House but I think they’ve done a good job this season (and last season) in convincing me of his true feelings for her and, you know, on reflection, the whole Lucas/Cuddy was a good idea as it brought a whole new dynamic and made House realise some things.

Oh wow, this episode, this episode.  LOVED IT.  Maybe my favourite House finale?  I don’t know … but they didn’t do anything ~funny~ like with fantasies or hallucinations or anything.  It was just straightforward, raw.  Cuddy out in the field in a jumpsuit!  Full of House/Cuddy moments.  Gah, the way they looked at each other after he climbed into the ambulance and just before he shut the doors.  Oh God the patient!!!!!  When Foreman ran forward an opened the ambulance doors and everyone inside just sitting there ….

The end with the way it mirrored last season’s finale!  OMIGOD CUDDY’S SPEECH!!!!!  During the speech she gave him earlier when she told him she didn’t love him, I obviously gathered that she was lying but it made me think that we’d have to wait until next season to see that but then OH MY GOD!!!  So so so beautiful!!!!  “How do I know I’m not hallucinating?”.  AND THE LAST SHOT OF THEIR HANDS LINKED.  BEST HOUSE FINALE EVER.

6 seasons and I think they’ve had the perfect progression.  If they’d dragged it out even longer then it would be too long but if they’d had it happen any sooner then I would never have believed they had any hope of ever finding happiness in each other, no matter how they felt for each other.

Brothers & Sisters: 4.24 – On The Road Again

I think overall this season has been pretty weak (I blame the whole Ryan plotline – man did they get it wrong with the characterization/casting there ….).  There were some really good episodes dealing with Kitty’s cancer but then they wrapped that storyline really abruptly.  It probably doesn’t help that I’m also watching Parenthood which is essentially the same show (down to the philandering father with money problems) but with different characters and more children and that obviously has all the shine of being new and having a strong first season (though not as amazing as Brothers & Sisters was …).  Now with Rob Lowe gone, I don’t know how strong the fifth season is going to be.  ETA: Ausiello’s reporting that the next season might be shorter at 18 episodes – although I live by the belief that the more episodes = more enjoyment to be had, I think this might work better for this show?  I mean with 5 seasons, there’s only so many family fights that can be had.  Though with Saul’s HIV, Robert’s death, the new water situation, Kevin/Scotty’s baby, the year fast-forward, there could actually be more than enough “new” drama to spread out over a normal length season?

However, onto the finale itself – one of the best episodes of the season.  Sarah was freaking hilarious in this episode.  And loved the Kitty/Nora/Sarah storyline.  It also helped that it was relatively light on Rebecca and Holly.  Loved that Saul actually got a storyline – yes, an actual storyline!  <3 them playing under the water at Narrow Lake.

Sweet Robert/Kitty moments which, I guess, made what happened even harder to accept.  Damn Rob Lowe wanting to quit!!!!  C’mon it’s called Brothers & Sisters, clearly he was never going to be the main character and get all the screentime.  Grr.  As soon as the camera shot to them driving in the dark I was like “nooooooo!” and then when all the others were there driving … I was like, NO NO NO.  I was expecting them to kill off Robert but having the others as collateral damage too?  Evil.  I have to say that I am so grateful for not showing the moment of impact.  I was waiting for Robert/Kitty’s car to crash and scare me but the way they did it having it revealed from Justin/Rebecca’s perspective so to speak was classier.  Love the way that they panned out from !deadRobert/Kitty so you could see the extent of the crash.  The red herring with Robert’s hospital visit – sneaky …. of course everyone thought that it was going to be his heart that was going to be his downfall***.  Of all the alternatives, I am glad that they killed him off rather than had them divorce.  At least we had some cute Robert/Kitty moments this season.

*** Though really, WHO WOULD LET SOMEONE WHO HAD JUST BEEN HOSPITALISED FOR HEART PROBLEMS DRIVE???????  When they were at the house and I saw Robert get in the driving side, I was like WHAT????  I mean they could have had the same plotline but with Kitty driving and make more logical sense.

I don’t like Tommy but I kind of expected him to make an appearance in the finale.  Anyway, to sum up:  AWESOME episode, yay for Saul getting a storyline, Sarah is awesome, Kitty/Robert moments galore *sniff*, awesome acting all around.

White Collar: 1×14 – Out Of The Box

Oh wow, I LOVE this show! I love all the main characters and, just like Burn Notice, it’s always interesting. Great twist to bring back Marsha Thomson who I know from Las Vegas but by God she does an awful American accent! Seriously! They should have just kept her British accent and invented some excuse for why she’s working for the FBI. Lol.

Peter/Elizabeth. <3<3<3<3 Favourite married couple after Eric and Tami on FNL. Also, loved the Neal/Elizabeth/flowers moments. Bless. And June! Though I will always think of her as Burke’s mother on Grey’s Anatomy. It’s funny because the show has all these characters that don’t really do much, like June and Lauren, and yet you still feel their presence.

Great plot. Great twist at the end. The fact that Fowler wasn’t the one pulling the strings but that there was someone “higher up” was obvious (otherwise it would be a pretty short-lived series). Wonder if we’ve seen the back of him now. Loved the moment when Peter shot him even though he didn’t know he was wearing a vest.

I really like the Peter/Neal dynamic too. Even though it usually requires a stretch of the imagination to imagine that FBI/criminal could really grow into being good friends, you just feel it with these two. I think at the end Neal was going to get on the plane, after all he’s obsessed with Kate, but then BOOM! I was just waiting for something to happen. Kind of thought that Kate was going to fly off without him or something. Lol. So I’m guessing she is actually dead? Will we ever find out whether she was good or bad? I don’t know, I still think Peter’s right and she was bad. Oh well. Can’t wait until next season! Great procedural-esque show but with a whole different, less boring feel to it!

Grey’s Anatomy: 6×11 – Blink

I can’t believe it’s got to the stage where my favourite characters are actually Teddy, Arizona and Callie.  I mean Callie, Callie, I literally could not stand her when they brought her in.  Arizona I’ve always kind of liked but especially since “her” episode.  And then there’s Teddy ….

I loved Kim Raver in Third Watch so liking the actress always helps.  Also, I liked how they had her be in love with Owen but nothing happened because he had a fiancee.  A girl with principles.  Although I like Cristina, sometimes I do find her a bit much and I know that Shonda promised Owen/Teddy won’t happen, it wouldn’t actually send me into a blind rage if it did (within reason) as I actually think she would be a better match for him.  The thing about Owen/Cristina is that I want to love them, I really do.  I want it to have the chemistry of Burke/Cristina all over again but something about it just refuses to click with me.  It’s like every time I’m irritated with Cristina I’m annoyed with myself because I know I should be loving her.  Anyway ….

My defensive love for Meredith is diminished slightly by the fact I don’t like this whole subplot with the Chief (but she did redeem herself by finally confessing to Derek when he pushed her.)

I hate Shonda for making me hate both Alex and Izzie.  I have always had a love/hate relationship with both of them (especially Alex) and I know the whole plot is to incorporate the copious amount of time off Katherine Heigl wants this season BUT this plot still refuses to make sense to me.  I get Izzie hating the Chief and the hospital that much but dude, you’re alive!  You beat the cancer which statistically speaking is almost impossible to beat! You’re married!  Alex (was) trying really hard to be there for you!  I don’t think this behaviour towards him is warranted!

Ever since McSteamy joined Seattle Grace, I’ve been pretty ambivalent towards him and I’ve neither loved nor hated Mark/Lexie (though, yes, the eek factor is there) but the thing I can’t stand?  Mark being all fatherly.  And his daughter.  Ugh GTFO my screen already.  This is tying with Izzie going AWOL has the worst plot arc this season.  (Chief’s drinking being a close second).

God it feels good to rant about a show again!

Things I liked:  Addison coming back, Derek playing Cupid for Bailey, Bailey all around in this episode, Meredith looking out for Izzie/Alex’s marriage, the writers making me now hate every last Mercy Wester, Cristina/Teddy in the OR.

The end, wow, the end.  Okay passing over the whole Alex/Lexie thing ……… Meredith finally confessing to Derek, the Cristina/Teddy scene …… wow.  The Cristina/Teddy scene.  This made me simultaneously love Teddy even more because she accepted Owen didn’t love her and she didn’t want to ruin what he has with Cristina, realising that it would be torture to be around him so she was willing to walk away ….. and then even at the very end she didn’t even want to tell Cristina the real reason ……… but at the same time it made me really like Cristina.  Idk, it mirrored the pig/cow, pig/cow instinctive decision so well where you don’t know what you really want until it just slips out.  And the shock on both her and Teddy’s face as they realised what she just said.  I just think it was so nicely played.  It’s scenes like this that make me keep watching the show (even though the rest of the 40 minutes might have sucked).  It’s certainly set up an interesting dynamic now.

And they played some awesome music during this episode but then they usually do.

CSI:NY: 6×12 – Criminal Justice

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to say this but you know what, that was actually a good episode of CSI:NY all round.

The ironic thing is that when I read the episode description I was immediately inclined to think that it wouldn’t be (and to be fair the description was a bit misleading because it was more Stella’s case than Mac’s!) … I don’t know why.

Now whenever they bring in a new character on a procedural, I automatically suspect that a) he’s going feature prominently in some way and b) he’s evil, but I think they did a good job at introducing Craig and portraying his friendship with Mac and Stella.  The fact that he was at the crime scene made me incredibly suspicious and once they discovered the lighter etc. there was no doubt in my mind that he had been the one to put it there.  I loved at the end when you thought he was going to confess to Stella and then he just started spinning the tale that he’ll use in his defence and Stella was like “Oh, please.”

Nice play with it being the dog’s blood in the snowplough and then Stella finally remembering that the vic had a dog.  It wasn’t as completely obvious as the cases usually are.

Sidenote: Meredith’s Dad playing the judge made me laugh!  I think they definitely got the casting right with the guest stars this episode.  You knew Meyers was evil, you felt sorry for the Mum, you believed that the DA was clever and experienced enough to almost get away with it etc.

Lots of Danny/Lindsay scenes!  Yay!  Lindsay out in the field processing the scene AND going “undercover” in the same episode.  I almost couldn’t handle it plus a set up for future eps with Danny having his badge stolen.  What I liked even better was the way they fit the personal scenes seamlessly into the episode.

We need more well written episodes like this please!

CSI:NY: 6×11 – Second Chances

My God Lindsay was actually IN this episode and she, you know, had lines and interaction with her husband.  It MUST be Christmas.

I love Train and I love Pat Monahan’s solo album even more. (A couple of years ago I was so obsessed with Pat’s Last of Seven that I completely overplayed it and had to give it a rest but now I’ve dug it out again, I’ve fallen in love with ‘Always Midnight’, ‘Someday’ and ‘Great Escape’ all over again. I definitely recommend it.  Plus all of Train’s albums of course ..). I’m so glad that they actually had Pat act and wrote the band into the plot line rather than just have them randomly playing on a stage like they did with Maroon 5.

We’ll just ignore the fact that Kim Kardashian was in it and really can’t act, not that her role actually required much acting.

Obviously accommodating the guest stars meant that they couldn’t find the money to have Adam (not that I’m complaining) and Sid (Hawkes’ recap was no replacement).

Not the best plot ever but this season has taught me not to expect too much in that department any more. However, the general team-ness of it. <3 Loved the opening scene with Mac/Stella. It’s been a long time since they had a nice friendship moment. Ditto the end when they’re watching the others and they’re all smiley and laughing.

I’m guessing the fact that Lindsay is hardly ever in the field / not even been into a couple of episodes this season is due to Anna wanting more time with her children/less screentime rather than it just being due to TPTB being incredibly lame?  Remember Season 2 when she kicked ass crime scene-ing it up?

The whole Lindsay wanting Danny to stop saying “Boom”?  This is why I love her.  I’ve never been a fan of Danny’s catchphrase.  Liked their hug and smiles at the end too.  <3

Aaand finally, seeing the team in elf suits can now be crossed off from the fandom wishlist. I never quite thought I’d see the day when that happened!  😉