S02E08: It’s beginning to look like The Big C is introducing more and more side characters, and assimilating them into the foreground, in order to divert focus from the fact that its central characters really have nothing going on. Sure, there’s the cancer this show is supposed to be about—but when it comes down to it, the show is really about a dysfunctional family who happens to have cancer at its center, rather than a cancer-ridden family who, as a result, lament in dysfunction. And although the formula they chose is not inherently worse (though it does inherently devalue the theme of the disease), the show’s illustration of the dysfunction is rarely anything all that interesting or creative.
With all family shows, a holiday episode is warranted—more often than not, it’s Thanksgiving. The Jamison/Tolke/Andrea/Lee/Mick Thanksgiving kicks off right away with two conflicts out front. Interestingly enough, each conflict is centered around a non-central character (furthering the theory above).
"I'm fat and you're gay, so we're supposed to get along." -Andrea
Let’s break up The Chronicles of Mick for a second to introduce the Sean/Rebecca storyline that is peppered throughout the episode, and then explodes at the conclusion. Early in the episode, Rebecca discusses her dissatisfaction with being an unwed expectant mother. Cathy says that when she is dead, she will leave her engagement ring to Rebecca—then, Sean enters. Sean, really playing up the Sean, brings home a live turkey that he insists would be nobler to kill themselves. Unfortunately, he cannot bring himself to actually do it, and the turkey flees the property. There is a subtle piece of foreshadowing wherein Rebecca remarks about the baby’s first kick—throughout the party, she begins to feel ill. If you’re crafty, you might know where this is going.
Mick Problem # 2: He tells Andrea he loves her. She slaps him. Andrea eventually reveals that her hesitance to believe that any guy can be genuine comes from being around Adam all the time, but that could just be sass. In any event, the two make up and profess love to one another by the end of the episode.
This profession of love inspires Rebecca, filled with actual love for Sean rather than shame of being an unwed mother, to tell him she wants to be married. He jumps to the opportunity and proposes. At this moment, Rebecca requests Cathy’s wedding ring, reviving the whole “I’m not dead yet, Rebecca!” theme that they should probably do something significant with sometime soon (and not just forget about it a week later like that huge fight Cathy had with Adam a couple episodes ago).
In removing her ring, Cathy reveals her broken nail that she has been disguising, which angers Lee. He draws the sort of broad conclusions only TV characters can accurately draw. He lashes out at Cathy and tells her that she is clearly not ready to die, despite what she thinks. This is a significant and powerful theme that has the potential to really drive the rest of the season. But we’ll see what happens.
The conclusion of the episode has Cathy killing the turkey, mostly out of rage (but also out of a veiled attempt to prove herself death-savvy), and an ambulance taking Rebecca away. There’s something wrong with the baby.
As I said, Cathy’s revelation in this episode has great potential, but it’s more likely that they’ll turn it into a friendship spat between she and Lee until the latter dies at the end of the season (these are just my predictions). Andrea and Mick have a love story going on, Paul’s getting involved in theft, and Sean’s and Rebecca’s baby is in danger. The stakes? Varying. The pull? Dwindling.
The Look Who's Talking star's career has been given a big boost since she appeared on U.S. reality TV show Dancing With the Stars earlier this year (11), when judge Carrie Ann Inaba branded her "the new poster child for life as it should be lived at 60".
And publishing bosses at Simon & Schuster imprint Atria seem to agree - they are keen for Alley, who has spent years battling weight issues, to reveal the secrets to her youthful outlook on life in a new tome.
Her agent Rebecca Gradinger says, "We are in talks with Atria for a book by Kirstie Alley, but we have not signed any papers yet."
Alley, who recently expressed her dream to pen her first novel, has previously tried and failed to launch herself as an author - her literary debut, titled How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life, flopped when it was released in 2005.
Rebecca Black may have had so much trouble with bullies at school that she was forced to enroll in a homeschooling program, but last night on America's Got Talent, she showed all those nerds and losers who make fun of people with acne when they have bacne themselves who's in charge. And it's her! With a red tanktop under a black sparkly tanktop and some black leather (or pleather) pants and some wavy hair, Rebecca pranced up and down some stairs and chanted about the infamous day that was still two days away. Whatever, she's 14. Thanks for the reminder, Rebecca! We're excited too!
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We've all wanted to exact revenge on the people responsible for first showing us Rebecca Black's Friday music video on YouTube, and we've even wished we had a line of ducklings to punch out when the tune got stuck in our heads. But most of us have never considered harming the innocent songstress as a means of punishing her for getting so excited about Fridays. However, people at Rebecca's school have started targeting her and bulling her (presumably because she's now attending Hollywood premieres and is BFFs with Katy Perry) so much that she's had to withdraw from school completely and enroll in a homeschooling program.
On the comments her peers would make that led to the educational switch, Rebecca recently told ABC's Nightline "When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice. Or you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey Rebecca, guess what day it is?'" Her mother, Georgina Marquez, confirmed that Rebecca leaving school was the right decision for their family, saying "[Rebecca] certainly did not need that kind of pressure." But even though the face-to-face bullying has been addressed, the online bullying is proving harder to prevent. Rebecca said she's still receiving numerous threats, and people are still spreading rumors about her (one morning in May she woke up and a rumor was all over the internet that claimed she was pregnant). She explained, "Waking up to a rumor that you're pregnant is not fun. It's just frustrating, because I mean, I'm still, like, excited over my first kiss." Oh, you guys, leave her alone. So she has a stupid song on the internet? You still have one of those dancing flowers that wears sunglasses on your night table.
Watch Rebecca's debut video, Friday, below and tell us if it makes you want to punish her.
The 30 year old, who plays Dr. April Kepner on the hit medical show, is expecting a baby with her husband, Peter Lanfer.
Drew and Lanfer will become first-time parents in January (12).
The news comes just a month after her co-star Eric Dane announced his wife Rebecca Gayheart is expecting again.
The actor, whose wife Rebecca Gayheart is reportedly pregnant with the couple's second child, enrolled himself in a 30-day programme at The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles last month (Jun11), his representative has revealed.
Dane's spokesperson tells GossipCop.com, "Eric Dane voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility to help him get off of pain medication that he was prescribed for a sports injury that he suffered over the recent hiatus (of Grey's Anatomy)."
Dane is expected to return to work on the hit medical drama next week (begs25Jul11) after completing his rehab stint.
Rebecca Black planned to release the music video for her newest song, My Moment, tonight around 8 PM EST on her YouTube channel, but it appears the song has leaked online about three hours ahead of schedule (you can watch it below). In it we see exactly what we were told we'd see, which was Rebecca telling all the haters to leave her alone because the Friday video actually made her a success, and that she doesn't have any time to pay attention to them anymore because she's too busy living the luxurious life of having people put makeup on her face and blowing bubbles on a vacant street corner. It looks like she's pretty pleased with herself, this Rebecca Black, which I guess is fine. And after all, who wouldn't enjoy putting on a red dress and arriving to a theater and being attacked by paparazzi, all of whom you've actually become pretty friendly with because they're all relatives of the video's director and best boy?
The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star, 39, will give birth later this year (11), according to Life & Style magazine.
The actress has been spotted sporting what looks like a baby bump in recent weeks, but opted not to open up about her happy news.
She and husband Eric Dane became first-time parents last year (10) when daughter Billie Beatrice was born.
The actress' publicist had not responded to WENN's requests for comment at press time.
Coincidentally, the model who was caught naked, bathing with Gayheart in a headline-grabbing 2009 home video, shot by Dane, is also reportedly pregnant.
Kari Anne Peniche's husband Justin Williams announced the news in divorce papers, filed in Los Angeles earlier this week (beg04Jul11).
Williams is unsure if the baby his estranged wife is carrying is his - and he is asking a judge to order a DNA test to determine if the unborn child is "a child of the marriage".
Justin Williams is unsure if the baby model Kari Ann Peniche is carrying is his - and he is asking a judge to order a DNA test to determine if the unborn child is "a child of the marriage" as part of his divorce petition, according to TMZ.com.
Peniche, who was briefly engaged to pop star Aaron Carter, has been treated for sex addiction in the past, and she hit the headlines in 2009 when footage from a candid home video featuring Hollywood couple Dane and Gayheart was leaked to website Gawker.com.
The model wed Williams in February (11).
Actress America Ferrera exchanged vows with her husband at Ugly Betty co-star Vanessa Williams' New York home. Other celebrity guests included Rebecca Romijn, who also starred in the popular TV show, and Blake Lively, her pal from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.