Welcome back, Grey’s Anatomy fans (Greysians? Is that a thing? Let’s just go with it). While many of us have been busy expanding our holiday waistlines and making ambitious New Year’s resolutions (like promising to read super cool recaps written by super cool people), our beloved Grey’s characters have been dealing with a crash-cart full of stress and leaving a lot of lingering questions in their wake: What does fate have in store for Adele? Are Owen and Cristina on the road to reconciliation? Will Miranda Bailey ever make it down the aisle?
“Things We Said Today” made sure to touch on all these cliffhangers and added in a few other drama-filled plotlines for good measure. Yup, looks like 2013 is going to be a doozy of a year for these docs. So without further adieu, read on, my fellow Greysians! (Oh yeah, I’m totally making this fan name happen.)
Runaway Bride & Bridesmaids: While Bailey is busy scrubbing in to Adele’s surgery, poor Ben is left to deal with a restless wedding crowd. (Luckily, there were macaroni and cheese cupcakes around, so the day wasn’t a total bust.) Callie, of course, blames herself for the delay since she had jokingly told Bailey she could run away if things got too scary. This makes Arizona nervous that Callie will leave her since they’ve been going through a pretty big rough patch after the whole leg ordeal. She even plans a sexy hotel hookup, but is unable to follow through at the last minute, claiming she’s still just not ready. Callie promises to be there for her no matter what, which ensues a middle school-like make-out session making them late for the wedding. Adorable!
As for the bride herself, after performing a five-hour complex surgery on Adele, Bailey tries to explain everything to Ben, even admitting some of her fears and doubts she has about getting married. Her ambition and ridiculously busy work schedule ruined her first marriage — what’s to stop it from happening this time? But Ben assures her that, as long as they love each other, they can make it work. “Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me even if it’s only in five-minute increments every few months?” She does! And yet another Grey’s wedding takes place.
Hookups & Breakups: Surprising to probably no one, a lot of sexual tension builds between Avery and the newly-made-over intern, Stephanie, and results in them having sex in Avery’s car by the end of the night. So that’s happening now. Anyone else think April was an absolute idiot for letting Avery and those gorgeous baby blues get away? Speaking of hookups, Karev and Jo seem to be heading in that direction now that they’re drunkenly bonding over their terrible childhood backstories (picture Oliver Twist meets little orphan Annie). Mark my words, it’s only a matter of time before these two check into an on-call room together.
Cristina and Owen, on the other hand, are a completely different story. After a steamy rendezvous in Chief Owen’s office, the star-crossed doctors were rousted from their potential reconciliation to deal with a bunch of injured bikers. (Note to self: Anyone who goes by the name “Gasoline” is not to be trifled with… ever!) In the end, however, Owen presents Cristina with divorce papers and admits that they should’ve never gotten married in the first place. Ouch… talk about running from hot to cold. Now, whether or not this was all just an act on Owen’s part to help with the whole lawsuit ordeal remains to be seen, but something tells me their future together is looking pretty bleak.
Guilty Conscience: Let me just start by saying that James Pickens, Jr. really deserves some major kudos for his performance throughout the entire episode. So moving! Anyway, poor Richard is suffering from a serious case of guilt. He realizes that Adele’s condition would never have advanced to such a serious level if someone had been there to notice. But since he had stopped visiting, her condition went completely unnoticed. And although Bailey was able to fix the aneurism, it was too much for Adele’s heart and she died a few hours after her surgery, unbeknownst to Bailey. The episode ends with Richard putting on a brave face at the wedding (for Bailey’s sake) and flashing back to his wedding dance with Adele as their song “My Funny Valentine” played on in the background. Let the waterworks begin!
So what did you think of tonight’s heartfelt episode? Do you agree with Owen’s decision? Will Bailey and Ben live happily ever after? Were you surprised by Adele’s death? Sound off on your dissections and opinions in the comments below!
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When you're in high school it feels like the whole world is against you. In writer/director Stephen Chbosky's high school-set The Perks of Being a Wallflower the whole world may actually be against Charlie (Logan Lerman) whose freshman year of high school should be listed in the dictionary under "Murphy's Law." Plagued by memories of two significant deaths as well as general social anxiety Charlie takes a passive approach to ninth grade. A few days of general bullying later he falls into a friendship with two misfit seniors Patrick (Ezra Miller) and Sam (Emma Watson) who teach him how to live life without fear. Perks starts off with a disadvantage: introverts aren't terribly engaging but Chbosky surrounds Charlie with a vivid cast of characters who help him blossom and inject the coming-of-age tale with a necessary energy.
Set in a timeless version of the '90s Charlie's world is full of handwritten journals mixtapes and a just-tolerable amount of tweed. He writes letters to a nameless recipient as a way of venting a preventative measure to keep the teen from repeating a vague incident that previously left him hospitalized. The drab background of Pittsburgh fits perfectly with Charlie's blank existence. And when he finally comes to life as part of Patrick and Sam's off-beat clique so does the city. Like the archaic vinyl records Sam lusters over (The Smiths of course!) Chbosky visualizes Charlie's journey through the underbelly of suburban Pennsylvania with a raw emotion blooming lights and film grit at every turn. Michael Brook's score and an adeptly curated soundtrack accompanies the episodic affair which centers on Charlie's search for a song he hears during the most important moment of his life.
The charm that keeps The Perks of Being a Wallflower from collapsing under its own super seriousness come from Chbosky's perfectly cast ensemble. Lerman has a thankless job playing Charlie; often constrained to a half-smile and shy shrug Lerman is never allowed to grapple with Charlie's greatest fears and problems until (too) late in the film. Watson nails the spunky object-of-everyone's-affection but she's outshined by Mae Whitman as Mary Elizabeth another rebellious friend in the pack who takes a liking to Charlie. The real star turn is Miller riding high from We Need to Talk About Kevin and taking a complete 180 with Patrick a rambunctious wiseass who struggles to have an openly gay relationship with the football captain but covers his pain with humor. A scene of confrontation — at where else the cafeteria — is one of the best scenes of the year.
Chbosky adapted Perks of Being a Wallflower from his own book and the movie feels stifled by a looming structure. But it nails the emotional beats — there is no obvious path to surviving high school. It's messy shocking and occasionally beautiful. That about sums up Perks.
S1E6: After establishing that its biggest fault up to this point has been an overuse of thematic jargon and scenes relying too heavily on the machinations of the gambling world, Luck takes a divergent path this week, giving us an episode that is in large part free of dialogue altogether. The sixth episode of the series marks a turning point in several of the characters’ stories, and a sort of shift in mood for the show on the whole. From what I can tell, everything to come as indicated by this week’s episode is promising.
“I have seen people profoundly changed just be being in proximity to horses…Don’t be afraid of that, Chester.” – Claire
“Of what?” – Ace
“Everything that can be.” – Claire
Ace Bernstein has no dearth of hostility towards his fellow man. However, there is one character who we’ve seen Ace show nothing but affection for: Gus. This week, though, tensions arise between Ace and Gus, having something to do with Gus’ barely masked disapproval of Ace’s budding romantic feelings for Claire Lachay. From start to finish of this week’s episode, Ace is shown to have thinning patience for Gus—even when the latter’s behavior is largely innocuous. After snapping at his friend for falling asleep during a conversation, Ace chastises himself alone, recognizing that something inside of him is changing, which he is not at all comfortable with.
Mrs. Lachay tries to convince Ace that change is something to be celebrated. Better things are inevitable. But Ace’s state of mind remains affixed against the idea of change. Meanwhile, Ace sends Nathan Israel on his first field mission: delivering a message to Mike and his cronies. Recognizing Nathan’s earnestness, Mike offers the young man a “double agent” position: working for him while maintaining the air that he is working for Ace. However, Mike is unaware that that very con is being pulled on him. Although Nathan accepts, he is really working for Ace, tricking Mike into thinking he is tricking Ace into thinking he is working for him. It’s what you call a long con. Or so other shows about criminals have taught me.
Episode 6 - Preview “Hello. My name is Joey Rathburne. Tommy Bahama. One hundred percent cotton. Extra large. Made in China. Machine wash. Cold water. Do not use chlorinated bleach. My name is Joey Rathburne.” – Joey The story of maximum interest this week surrounds Joey Rathburne. We saw in weeks prior that Rathburne is troubled by the failing of a relationship—perhaps a marriage—that he had with a woman some time ago. This week, Joey gets the woman on the phone, eager to speak to her, but is dealt only derision and hostility. After hanging up, Joey seriously considers killing himself, handling a loaded gun by his head before his bathroom mirror. While Joey hesitates, California is struck with an earthquake, causing him to fire the gun, which sends a bullet ricocheting throughout his bathroom and grazing his face. Joey, naturally, is thrust into a panic, but there is some oddly good news that arises from this event: as we see in the scene thereafter when Joey’s cheek is stitched up by a doctor, Joey’s crippling, agonizing stutter is entirely gone. Joey enjoys his new freedom with a great deal of confidence. He speaks in long, eloquent, often unnecessary sentences, talking loudly and proudly to everyone he encounters. Throughout the episode, Joey sails high, carrying himself with more pride and happiness than we’ve seen yet. Unfortunately, it is short-lived. At the end of the episode, Joey is faced in conversation with one of the several banes of his existence, jockey/addict Ronnie Jenkins. Almost immediately, Joey’s stutter returns, which sends the visage of self-gratification from his face. Joey is, once again, sour and miserable.
Ep.6 Clip - Wait to Go Greek Joey’s storyline is terrific in its simplicity. We have seen Joey as troubled from the get-go, and have never really known for certain whether his anxiety and depression were results of his stutter or the other way around. Likely, they sort of inform one another. Joey might be the best representation of what Luck seems to be about: he is entirely alone, beyond any of the other misfits on the program. Ace has Gus, the members of the degenerate foursome have each other, Escalante has Jo, even Walter has his horse and dog. But Joey is completely without a companion—he is invested entirely in a job that doesn’t seem to afford him any real satisfaction or happiness. He’s conquered by his anxieties and leads his life without hope for victory. It’s heartbreaking, as is story on this week’s episode.
“He’s already dead. You wake up with that no matter where you wake up.” – Escalante Escalante and Jo hit a bit of a rough patch this week. Although their relationship has been shown to be offbeat and primarily carnal, she seems to have some deal of emotion invested in him. This is why she takes it so hard when Escalante shows especial insensitivity to one of his employees whose son is killed in Mexico. Teaming that with the fact that Jo finds out she is pregnant with his child makes for a tough decision to have over your head. Walter has an emotional week: he takes tremendous issue with rider Rosie’s decision to whip his horse mid-race—his disapproval is something she takes to heart quite a bit. Walter, despite being catastrophically eroded, is still a soft man with a forgiving nature, so he is able to allow Rosie kindness. Also this week, Walter his met with some legal troubles involving a figure who claims ownership of his prized horse. Naturally, any man who wishes to take control of Walter’s beloved horse will prove a destructive force to the fragile man…especially if the fellow is not the horse lover Walter is. And this guy doesn’t seem to quite measure up.
Ep. 6 TrackSpeak “What do you think will be our strategy today? As far as…strategy?” – Renzo Although their story is minimal this week, the four outcasts are still good for some fun scenes. My favorite shot of the week has got to be one of the closing scenes—Marcus, Renzo, Lonnie and Jerry each standing outside of his motel room, all in a row, bidding one another silent goodnights and glaring out into the sky before retiring for the evening, after a victorious day on the track. Their stories are so much fun that even when nothing new is offered, they command the entire episode. I am waiting on edge for something of real excitement to overtake the crew—as of yet, they’ve only dealt in small matters. In fact, the show on the whole has kept its issues pretty tame thus far. We’ll probably see more dire circumstances arise as Ace’s plot involving Mike continues, but hopefully the foursome will find some of its own more demanding adventures soon. What did you think of this week’s episode? Did the silent scenes work for you? Do you think Ace has positive things in his future, or will his mind drag him down? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter @Hollywood.com and @MichaelArbeiter.
The Partridge Family star was driving along the state's famous Turnpike freeway on Wednesday night (03Nov10) when cops in Fort Pierce spotted his Mercedes weaving on and off the road, and pulled over the vehicle.
The 60-year-old actor/singer failed two roadside sobriety tests and the police officers allegedly found a half-empty bottle of bourbon in the car.
According to the police report, obtained by TMZ.com, Cassidy was "swaying while standing" and told cops he had a drink at lunchtime and had taken a hydrocodone painkiller - but a representative for the star furiously denies he was drunk behind the wheel.
Spokesperson Jo-Ann Geffen also claims the tests did not measure Cassidy's blood alcohol content properly, telling the website, "He would never jeopardise anyone on the road and he would not have been driving had he not had to go to a funeral... he's never been arrested in his life before for anything."
Cassidy was arrested and taken to a nearby jail, where he was booked for DUI. He was released in the early hours of Thursday morning (04Nov10) on a $350 (£233) bond.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has won a court battle to ban the publication of pictures of her son David taken when he was 18 months old.
The 42-year-old alleged the boy's privacy rights had been infringed by the long-lens shots taken in Edinburgh, Scotland, by Big Pictures photo agency in 2004, but lost a legal battle in London's High Court last year.
Rowling took the case to the Court of Appeal, because she wanted her children to grow up "free from unwarranted intrusions into their privacy." A judge ruled on Tuesday there was an infringement of her privacy.
Judge Sir Anthony Clarke told the court, "If a child of parents who are not in the public eye could reasonably expect not to have photographs of him published in the media, so too should the child of a famous parent.
"In our opinion, it is at least arguable that a child of 'ordinary' parents could reasonably expect that the press would not target him and publish photographs of him."
Rowling and her husband, Dr. Neil Murray, released a statement saying, "We understand and accept that with the success of Harry Potter there will be a measure of legitimate media and public interest in Jo's professional activities and appearances.
"However, we have striven to give our children a normal family life outside the media spotlight.
"We are immensely grateful to the Court for giving our children protection from covert, unauthorized photography; this ruling will make an immediate and material difference to their lives."
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