This week’s edition of Leanne’s Spoiler List is packed with so many pre-finale goodies that I’m going to skip a long intro because I’m way too excited for y’all to read ‘em, including how The Vampire Diaries’ one-and-only original lady vampire Claire Holt spills secrets on a blossoming romance for Rebekah in Mystic falls and squashes rumors about a former flame.
Plus, I’ve got jaw-dropping Big Bang Theory news about Sheldon and Amy’s relationship-changing episode and scoop on who is getting an engagement ring in this week’s episode of The Office. I've even seen next week’s Modern Family and Nurse Jackie to bring you all the details before anyone else. So sit back, relax and enjoy being spoiled!
1. The Vampire Diaries: Matbekah
We know know Rebekah will be heading down to New Orleans to join her brothers on The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, but that doesn’t mean she’s abandoning Mystic Falls without another word. She’s got actual friends there, one of which she’s become especially close to in recent episodes: Matt, the group’s token human friend.
That relationship is only going to grow during the final two episodes of the season, Claire Holt tells Hollywood.com. “I think Matt’s going to see a side to Rebekah he’s never seen before. He’s dying to see some of the good qualities that she has. She’s very vindictive — girl is definitely going out for what she wants,” she says. “I think fans will be happy with the outcome. Whether it’s long-lasting or not I don’t know, but it’s definitely going to tie up some loose ends, I think.”
Will things get romantic? We kind of hope so! “I kind of hope so too,” Holt says. “I’ve had a lot of lovely male conquests on that show so Zach Roerig would be welcomed as another.” There’s one thing we shouldn’t look out for as high school graduation approaches, however: Stebekah. Rebekah and Stefan ain’t gonna happen, y’all.
“I think that’s kind of been put to bed for the moment, which I’m more than disappointed about because I adore Paul [Wesley],” Holt spills. “He’s such a great guy and such fun to work with and I love every second of shooting with him. But I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere any time soon. I think that’s just a mutually beneficial race to the cure fling and now it’s kind of over.”
2. The Big Bang Theory: An Elf and Ogre Sitting in a Tree…
By now you all should know how I feel about this show, but for the few Leanne’s List newbies out there, let me reiterate: I love The Big Bang Theory so much that it almost hurts. So you can imagine how disappointed I am now that there are only two new episodes of the season. In order to cheer me up, CBS gifted me with an early viewing of this week’s all-new episode, “The Love Spell Potential” — and goodness gracious it most certainly worked because I can’t stop smiling!
The ladies are thrilled to be heading off to Las Vegas but their plans for a six-way with The Blue Man Group — (Amy’s suggestion, FYI) are put on hold when the trip is cancelled. In order to make the girls feel better for their lost weekend of alcohol-fueled shenanigans, Leonard, Howard and a reluctant Sheldon invite their ladies to join them for an epic quest in the world’s nerdiest game: Dungeons & Dragons. Trust me, this episode makes you actually want to play it!
You'll also get a taste of Howard’s uncanny celebrity impersonations as Dungeon Master (his Nicolas Cage voice is great!) and the group really gets into the imagined action (although I’m pretty sure Penny’s “magic potion” has a lot to do with that). Unfortunately, the episode is not all fun and games because Amy finally reaches her breaking point with Sheldon’s stand-offish un-boyfriend-like behavior and she lets him know it!
But, get excited Shamy fans because there is a BIG revelation with our favorite brainiac couple. I’m talking huge! Let’s just say that Sheldon and Amy have a ridiculously sweet heart-to-heart and finally decides to take a long awaited and very intimate journey together — Dungeon & Dragons style of course! It’s even better than the tiara episode.
3. Modern Family: Pure Family Fun
After tonight there are only two more episodes left of Modern Family this season and next week’s episode —airing May 15 — entitled, “Games People Play,” is three separate storylines of pure family fun. When Phil snags a brand-new RV and takes the family for a quick ride up the coast, Claire is anxiously awaiting for her kids to unleash their inner demons and turn their relaxing daycation into a drama-filled fight. Unfortunately for her, she’s realizing that maybe the kids are not the problem, maybe it’s her. Gasp!
Lily is competing in her very first gymnastics competition and one of her dads (okay, maybe both) really gets into the competitive sprit as they watch their little girl balance on a beam that’s 6 inches off the floor. Gloria and Jay overreact to not being invited to a game of charades.
Looking back, I have absolutely no idea where Gloria and Jay’s newborn baby was during this episode. It was never explained and now I fear for that child’s safety. Oh, and someone (I’m not going to say who) auditioned for The Laker Girls and their routine is fun for the whole family!
4. The Office: Pam and Jim Perfection
Tomorrow’s penultimate episode of The Office, “A.A.R.M.” is 22 minutes of pure magic. This episode has pretty much everything you could ever want: Classic Jim and Dwight shenanigans? Check! A choreographed dance routine? Uh-huh! Amazing Pam and Jim flashbacks that’ll make you cry? Grab a box of tissues because that’s a huge tear-filed yes!
While Andy is off perusing dreams at The Next Great A Cappella Sensation — and pissing off Clay Aiken in the process — the staff at Dunder Mifflin is preparing for the long-awaited premiere of their PBS documentary! It’s all very exciting and extremely sad at the same time. Oh and have you figured out what A.A.R.M. stands for yet? Why, it's Assistant to the Assistant to the Regional manager, of course!
Now that Jim is firmly back at his Dunder Mifflin desk, he is completely embracing his spot in this classic Office position and even going one step further by holding a competition to find his assistant. It’s truly wonderful to see Jim and Dwight finally on the same team, especially when Jim offers his friend some adorably honest and life-changing relationship advice.
There's also a HUGE secret revealed and someone may be getting a ring on their finger. Oh, and Steve Carell returns! Okay, fine it may just be his voice in this episode but, hey, it’s still pretty damn exciting. That's what she said.
5. Nurse Jackie: First Date Jitters
Grab your favorite dress and put on that perfect shade of lipstick because in this Sunday’s all-new episode of Nurse Jackie, we’re tagging along on a date! It’s Jackie’s first date post-split and it’s clear that she’s a bit off her game. Luckily Zoey, Thor, (and pretty much the entire hospital staff) step up to help their flirtation-challenged friend in need.
Overall, Jackie’s date is great: the fish and chips are delicious, Frank’s jokes are hilarious and our leading lady is surprised at how much she’s enjoying her first time being sober while wearing a dress. Unfortunately, the good times are interrupted when a phone call from Jackie’s past sends her into the arms of someone completely unexpected.
Oh and for all the youngsters out there reading this, a piece of advice: don't lie to your mother saying that you’re going to watch The Hunger Games at a friends house and then sneak out to a noisy club that you’re not supposed to be in. Because that's exactly what Grace does and the repercussions are not pretty.
Are you excited to see more Matt and Rebecca flirtations on The Vampire Diaries? Sad to see The Office come to a close? What do you think is going to happen between Sheldon and Amy on The Big Bang Theory? Tell me everything in the comments below!
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The best episode of Dancing with the Stars is usually the first one, as the celebrities aren’t nervous about going home because they don’t have anything invested in the competition yet. It’s their time to enjoy themselves, which is fun for us to watch. They’re not looking to pick a fight with each other because they’re all too interested in their own appearances and whether or not they’ll get to wear a dress that has tassels. The dancing isn’t that great though, because the first week is always when their professional partners are still determining their skill levels. In other words, it’s just an opportunity for us to enjoy the show without the extra bullshit of what we’ll see later in the season, which is injuries, and instances when the wrong person is sent home and someone like Bristol Palin sticks around. And all that is exactly what we got last night when the 12th season of the show premiered: everything was pretty relaxed, and we got an idea of who we can expect to make it through the next few rounds.
I do not know who Chelsea Kane is, but she seems to think I should because she’s on the Disney Channel and has kissed Joe Jonas. Her reason for joining the show is because she was homeschooled and never had the experience of dancing with a guy. So why wouldn’t she cut her hair short and then run her fingers through it constantly so it looks like she just fucked Jack Nicholson, right? She grew up suffocated! She is partnered with Mark Ballas, who pins the ends of his bowtie to his shirt instead of actually tying them together. They danced the foxtrot. It was really good and they’re going to start dating. But because they’re so young and the judges are unable to have sex in two seaters anymore, they got 21 points.
WWE wrestler Chris Jericho believes wrestling and dancing are exactly the same thing because they’re both all about form. Curiously enough, he did not point out that they’re both strictly choreographed, too. He’ll be dancing with Cheryl Burke this season, whose biggest worry about her partner is that his muscular shoulders will make it look like he doesn’t have a neck. So obviously, he’s going to be the one with the deep V-neck shirts. They danced the Cha Cha Cha basically in one spot. They got 19 points.
Hines Ward is the receiver for the Pittsburg Steelers, and he’s one of the most charming athletes that has been on this show. He seems to be really laid back, but is obviously aware of the hard work that will be required of him in this competition. So in that regard, he has an advantage. However, he seems to be goofball, and this could eventually ware on his partner, Kym Johnson (who described herself as being known for taking “big clumsy men and turning them into graceful dancers”). After all, she probably doesn’t want to be eliminated in the first round again, like she was when she was partnered with David Hasselhoff last year. Kym and Hines danced the Cha Cha Cha, and even though it was a little cheesy, he can definitely swivel his hips better than a girl who’s claim to fame is making out with a Jonas brother. They got 21 points.
Kendra Wilkinson is known for fucking Hugh Hefner and then finding someone else who would marry her. Considering how much time she’s spent talking to the press about how discouraged she is to have been unable to lose weight after giving birth to her son, she probably joined DWTS to get back to the physique that got her a room in the Playboy Mansion. But that’s not a problem! She’s partnered with Louis van Amstel, who has never won Dancing with the Stars trophy, and their Cha Cha Cha was good but not great. Kendra looked lost at various points during the dance, and also had trouble keeping up with the music. I believe Louis asked too much of her, which is exactly something Hugh Hefner avoided by having Holly and Bridget around. The judges gave them 18 points.
Mike Catherwood hosts a radio show with Dr. Drew Pinsky, and he’s partnered with Lacey Schwimmer this season. I cannot find anything interesting about him, except for the fact that he believes the combination of having no dancing experience and being the least-known celebrity on the show gives him an advantage. He and Lacey danced the foxtrot that confusingly had some finger pointing in it. The judges gave them 13 points.
Kirstie Alley flat out joined this show to lose weight. I am sure of it because she essentially said that’s why she joined the show. And why wouldn’t she do Dancing with the Stars to lose weight? She’s tried having a show called Fat Actress, where her gay friends would weigh her and then make her feel bad about her weight so she would try and lose some of it. But that didn’t work so naturally, this is the next option for her. Can you see how one would lead to the other? Anyway, Kirstie is partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy this season, and you know he’s disappointed and would much rather have a woman who actually resembles Kirstie Alley. They two of them danced the Cha Cha Cha to “Forget You,” and Kirstie's spunk was largely responsible for the 23 points they got as their score.
Petra Nemcova almost withdrew from the competition so she could go help victims of the tsunami in Japan, but finally shot down all rumors that she was still unsure of what she was going to do when she danced the Foxtrot last night with Dmitry Chaplin. She dedicated her performance to the people of Japan, and danced quite beautifully and smoothly. The judges gave them 18 points.
Ralph Macchio is 49 years old! Granted, Kirstie Alley still has 11 years on him, but it was crazy to see him interacting with other people and proving that he isn’t, after all, allergic to daylight. It was also surprising to see how well he’s aged, and that Cindy Crawford hasn’t asked him to come help her promote her anti-aging melon cream that’s made from French melons yet, because this guy still looks young enough to be campaigning to get a guinea pig. Katrina Smirnoff, Ralph’s partner, expressed concern that he thinks too much, and told him what her dancing teacher told her when she was learning, which was that “over analysis creates paralysis.” His dancing was better than I thought it would be, which was that it would be filled with the insecurity of a recently released from convict. But it was actually very good. They got 24 points.
Romeo was partnered with Chelsie Hightower, and his problem in rehearsals was “getting in touch with his feminine side” and moving his hips. And during their performance of the Cha Cha Cha, there were many chances for him to show his capacity to swivel, but he kept a low profile instead. The dance wasn’t bad though – it was fun to watch. But it wasn’t anything outstanding. The judges gave them 19 points.
During rehearsals, Tony Dovolani watched as his partner, Wendy Williams, dried her tears with her braids as she tried to explain how she doesn’t cry because she’s sad…but rather, because of stress. Their Cha Cha Cha turned out to be an abomination, though, and Wendy’s insecurity and belief that she didn’t know the steps enough prevented her from enjoying herself. Her hands rarely left her hips, and when they did, it was to grasp Tony’s hands or to caress the bodice of her dress. The judges gave her 14 points.
Finally, we watched Sugar Ray Leonard dance with Anna Trebunskaya, and during rehearsals, we got more of “boxing is dancing for people with dicks.” And yet, Sugar Ray wanted to cry when Anna asked him to glide across the dance floor a bit! Their Foxtrot lacked any amazing tricks, and mostly consisted of Sugar Ray waiting for Anna to need him to complete a dip. The judges gave them 17 points.
With its twisty-turning plot and military setting Basic could be the love child of an illicit affair between The Usual Suspects and The General's Daughter; it even borrows the star of the latter. In Basic John Travolta plays Tom Hardy a former Army Ranger and interrogator extraordinaire who's now a DEA agent in Panama suspended from duty on suspicion of bribery. He's hitting the rebellious law enforcement officer's requisite bottle of Jack Daniels heavily--until an old friend on the local army base Col. Bill Styles (Tim Daly) calls him in to investigate the disappearances and probable deaths of an elite group of trainees and their commander Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L Jackson) during a training session in the Panamanian jungle. Staff investigator Lt. Julia Osbourne (Connie Nielsen) a plucky Southern gal who's none too pleased with Hardy's invasion of her turf is assigned to help Hardy question the unit's surviving members Kendall (Giovanni Ribisi) and Dunbar (Brian Van Holt). As their stories unfold over a series of flashbacks the interrogators discover a military underworld of drugs murder and coercion--and the mysterious existence of a rogue Ranger unit called "Section 8." Now for an interrogation of our own. Is the plot convoluted? Sir yes sir! Is it too tricky for its own good? Sir yes sir! Thank you soldier. You may stand down.
The trigger-finger pointing winking cluck-clucking "gotcha" persona Travolta (Swordfish Domestic Disturbance) creates in Hardy is as appropriate to the story as it can possibly be; the way he manipulates his subjects under interrogation is much the same way the story manipulates its audience. He leads them--and the observant Lt. Osbourne--to believe one thing then pulls the rug out from under them to prove the old cliché of military movies: that nothing is as it seems. In Nielsen's (The Hunted One Hour Photo) Osbourne we're given a character who could lead us through the jungle of the plot (she discovers the "facts" at the same time as the audience so her reaction is meant I suppose to be ours) but since Hardy spends much of his time making her look and feel like an idiot she comes off as one and frankly so do we. The talented Jackson (Changing Lanes) mostly does the bellowing drill sergeant bit while Ribisi (Heaven) as the homosexual son of a high-ranking general talks like he has cotton wool in his mouth and moves and twitches like he's mildly brain-impaired. (His character's not supposed to be; he only got shot in the leg.) One bright spot in this movie is the featured role for hunky Van Holt (Windtalkers Black Hawk Down) whose chiseled good looks and heroic demeanor make him a shoo-in should anyone ever make a live-action Johnny Bravo movie.
Director John McTiernan has given audiences some heavy-duty action in Die Hard Die Hard With a Vengeance and The Hunt for Red October but he's also the director who brought us such gems as Rollerball and Last Action Hero so it's not surprising that in Basic we get some action and intrigue paired with the out-there story stylings and narrative confusion of some of his less successful work. Here each flashback brings new information that conflicts with what we've been told before and the story never really resolves those conflicts in any satisfying way. The "big twist" at the end instead of bringing it all together creates gaping holes in the plot or at least creates so much doubt in the story we've just spent an hour and a half watching that it's easy to get fed up with trying to figure it out. Naturally no one likes to be spoon-fed plot resolutions but in order for twists to work they have to give the audience something to focus its doubt on--they can't just call the whole kit and caboodle into question. We have to be able eventually to figure it out. But hey maybe we aren't supposed to work out the details; after all this movie with its catchy one-word title and colorful cast of characters is just begging for a sequel: Basic 2: Explaining the First Movie.