When the world is cold and bleak and you've lost all faith in humanity, there is only one cure: Amélie. Even at your lowest, the 2001 French film has the ability to cheer you up with its story of a young girl from Montmartre (played by Audrey Tautou) who discovers her passion for helping others. The way she touches people's lives while learning to live her own reminds us that the ultimate gift in life is giving to others. So here are our favorite inspiring acts of kindness that Amélie performs in the most life-affirming movie ever made.
She Gives a Cynical Man His Childhood Back
What spurs her mission to help mankind is the mysterious treasure box she finds behind a tile in her bathroom. In it are old toys and photographs collected decades ago. When she hunts down the old tenant who the box belonged to and arranges for him to find it in a phone booth, he is overcome with emotion. After this miraculous act, he reevaluates his life and decides to reconnect with his daughter and finally meet his grandson.
She Helps a Blind Man "See"
When Amélie spots a blind man about to cross the street, she takes the opportunity to help him and gives him a vivid description of everything going on around them. She describes every scene, from the interesting characters who pass by (i.e., a woman wearing a marching uniform who she calls "the drum major's widow") to the foods being sold at the market (i.e., sugar plum ice cream, melon slices, and rotisserie chickens). When she leaves him by the metro, he looks as if he had been touched by an angel.
She Shows Her Father the World
Since her mother's death, Amélie's father has become increasingly reclusive and sheltered. In order to get him to see the world, she steals his garden gnome and, with the help of an international flight attendant, photographs the statue in various famous international locations. Unable to comprehend how this is happening, her father concludes that it must be a sign, and so he goes on his first trip.
She Unbreaks a Widow's Heart
Amélie's downstairs neighbor, Madeleine Wallace, lost her husband in a plane crash, but right before he died she found out he was having an affair with his secretary. She's spent every day crying and grieving ever since. Amélie gives the widow a new perspective by fabricating a lost letter from her husband that confesses that he had ended the affair and that his heart still belonged to his wife. This life-changing discovering gives Madeleine a whole new outlook, and dries her tears.
She Defends the Defenseless
Monsieur Collignon, the neighborhood grocer, regularly belittles and humiliates his handicapped assistant, Lucien, who likes to treat the produce with extra care and attention. Amélie feels an affinity with Lucien, and comes to his defense through an elaborately devised scheme to rearrange things in Collignon's apartment, thus making him so paranoid and shaken up that his arrogance is replaced with humility.
She Learns to Take a Leap of Faith
After her many acts of kindness, Amélie's enigmatic neighbor, Raymond Dufayel, helps her realize that the one person she's neglected is herself. He's witnessed her falling in love with Nino, a young man who shares the same quirks as Amélie, and he convinces her to go after him. Painfully shy Amélie learns to overcome her fears and changes one last life: her own. She finally meets with Nino and the two begin what looks like a beautiful relationship.
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Veteran entertainer Bette Midler made a dying fan's dream come true by singing to the woman in an emotional phone call. The actress met Anna Greenberg, who was battling rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, at a movie premiere last year (12) and was touched to learn of her health battle.
Midler took time out of her busy schedule last month (May13) to ring the 28 year old in hospital, and details of the heartfelt call have now emerged.
The star spoke with Greenberg and told her, "I'm thinking about you. You are such an angel, you are such a wonderful soul."
The 67 year old also sang her ballad Wind Beneath My Wings to Greenberg, who lost her battle with the disease just three days after the call from Midler.
Despite a string of earth-shattering performances and the ability to connect on every possible, minute level, Candice Glover can't go into Thursday night's American Idol eliminations with one percent certainty that she'll stay. She and Kree Harrison have been taken turns having panic attacks in the bottom two for the last two weeks, and with Kree's sudden surge of emotion and vitality, Candice might actually have a real threat to her spot in the Top 2.
Of course, I hope with every last fiber, cell, proton, neutron, and electron of my heart that Candice not only stays, but that she wins the whole competition. But I don't trust the voters.
Angie Miller, and all her Miley Cyrus charm (Nicki Minaj, Met Gala attendee, said it – not me), is a firm hook for one spot in the Top 2. Audiences love to love her and her style, which more broadly appeals to Idol’s pop-minded audience. They want sweeping, sweet singing. They want someone who looks prime to have their face slapped on a Thermos or a novelty blanket. They proved it last year when they crowned the boy with a sweet song called "Home" over a tiny little lady with a ridiculously powerful voice (Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez, for those of you just joining us). The good thing is, Angie has that powerful voice too, and she proved it with her three admittedly fantastic (and far less theatrical than ever before) performances of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Pink’s “Try,” and Emeli Sande’s “Maybe,” which Angie played at the piano for her grand finale. She’s primed for a top two slot, and there’s no way she’s not going to get one.
But it’s not Angie who’s competing for Candice’s votes. It’s Kree. After falling from grace during the last two performance rounds (especially last week when her swift stroke of rebellion against guest mentor Harry Connick, Jr. backfired spectacularly), Kree slipped from top-of-the-heap country crooner to inches from packing her bags and leaving a week early. This week, between her phenomenal rendition of Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye” and her incredibly moving and emotional reprisal of Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again,” which she sang for her deceased parents on her hometown visit, Kree is back. She’s not ready to go home, and while her performances of “Perfect” by Pink and “Better Dig Two” by the Band Perry weren’t wowing the judges, they may have won over audiences with the easy-going, country style of Kree’s unique voice. That, plus her genuine emotions as she remembers the deaths of her parents with her similarly sweet sister when she pays a visit to Texas, may be the ticket she needs to overtake Candice.
As sweet and talented as Kree is, and as touched as we all were by her video package, the thought that she might take Candice “A-plus-mazing” Glover’s spot in that finale is crazier than the involuntary spasms of joy Keith Urban has when she sings. Candice came right out of the gate with Jimmy Iovine’s pick for her: “One” by U2 (also covered by Mary J. Blige). And as soon as she started singing it I worried she’d fall into the Mary J. trap: she had the boots, she has the “I’m so full of emotion I have to hop onstage while I sing” thing going, and she’s got the voice of a soulful angel. But by the end, it’s a rendition that Candice truly owns. It’s not Mary’s, it’s not Bono’s, it’s one hundred percent Miss Glover’s.
Then came the storm cloud: the judges picked another Emeli Sande song, “Next To Me.” It allowed Candice to play with a contemporary pop song, but not in the right way. The song was too wispy for Candice’s impressive vocals, leaving her to struggle to make the song a bigger moment than the lyrics and melody wanted to allow. It was still wonderfully enjoyable because Candice can sing anything, but it was certainly her dark spot for the night.
Luckily, Nicki gave her a wee bit of a boost with her bonding moment in which she declared Candice as the most confident person on the stage and cried tears of proud joy over how far the church singer has come. It’s that moment, and Candice’s final number, that will keep her from going home if she stays. After that incredibly palpable, heart-wrenching conversation, Candice later closes the show with a song that could have ruined her. The Idol production staff picks West Side Story’s “Somewhere,” also known as the song every high school girl trying out for the school play loves to sing, but Candice brought it back to where it belongs. She took it from an overplayed, once great ballad, to the earth-shattering emotional outpouring that it was written to be.
Literally, the only notes I could muster while she sang were “OH MY F**KING GOD.” (Only, my notes didn't have those handy little asterisks.) Listening to Candice sing this song of love torn asunder by circumstances completely out of the lovers’ control was beyond the seeming perfection of a moving Angie ballad or even Kree at her best. But Candice isn’t on a different tier. It’s not as if she’s doing something better, per se. Candice just is the music. She is that song. It’s inseparable from her, despite the years and years of history and the multitudes of versions that song has seen.
And while all of this is serving to boost her up to the top, there’s also a distinct possibility her fans (who, according to Keith, should be all people with a pulse) will be trading in the tears she evoked on Wednesday night for tears of injustice. Candice deserves to win this thing, hands down. But I only get 50 votes. There’s a whole voting pool out there, and they may not see things the way I and everyone else on the Candice side of life see it.
One thing is for sure: If we have to endure a week of Idol without the promise of a Candice performance next week, anyone who didn’t vote for this incredible, talented, amazing singer will feel the full weight of their faulty decisions and they’ll see just how right the rest of us were all along.
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For all of us who consume the Real Housewives franchise like a Sommelier drinks a Ramona Pinot Grigiot (that is to say, with a whole lot of disgust followed by a slight pang of clever amusement) we have come to expect certain things, familiar characters if you will. That is why it was not at all surprising when Lydia McLaughlin unveiled her hidden secret weapon: a crazy mother. Yes, Jill Zarin has one. So does Marisol Patton (and I firmly believe the only reason she is still a Housewife of Miami is so that her mother will be around). Every woman on the Real Housewives of New Jersey is really just a crazy mother in one way or another. Beverly Hills wannabe Fetch tried to have a crazy mother but her mom was just as boring and striving as she was. No one wants a mom who tries. No one. But this Judy, well, she's something else entirely.
But let's talk about all the boring stuff first shall we? Wow, last night sure was a snooze. The most exciting thing about the first 20 minutes of the The Real Housewives of Orange County was, honestly, the hair accessories. First Lydia was wearing some sort of headband that is like something you put on baby girls that is like an elastic that has one burst of marabou on it. It is a mark, not of an attractive baby, but of an overly annoying mother. It shows you that this is the woman who would endanger the blood flow to her daughter's still developing brain so that she can be "fabulous" and everyone can ooh and coo at her one little sartorial flourish. It's as if these mothers think that having a little elastic headband will distract people from the fact that this tiny human being is quite literally sitting in its own s**t at that very moment. It does not.
Then we go to Alexis' bathroom where she was talking about God knows what with Our Lord and Savior Jim Bellino. Actually God does know because they were talking directly to him. I can't even hear the sounds of her voice anymore. It's like she is some sort of crazy dog whistle that operates on a frequency that is above human. Maybe she's talking directly to the lord in the same language that the crazy angel uses in Date with an Angel one of the best movies on HBO on constant repeat in my formative years. Anyway, Alexis then whips out what appears to be the world's last remaining Scrunchie. Yes, the one thing from the '90s that BuzzFeed has yet to find a way to create nostalgia around, and it is sitting right there in Alexis double-sided bathroom. It was an eggshell color and she put it in her hair and no elastic touched her precious locks because it had Scrunchie all around it. (Can you believe that there is a woman out there in the world right now who is a Scrunchie millionaire? Can you even deal with that? Can you accept the fact that she is not a Real Housewife of Somewhere? How is any of this even possible?)
What can we say about Gretchen? Oh, she's sad that Slade has to tend to his son with Spina Bifida and can't put a baby in her and all she can hear is the deafening ticks of her biological clock. She sat there on the couch talking to him and fiddling with a bit of elastic with a piece of Maribu on it that was once one of her garters but she can't wait to put on her baby's head. What can we say about Tamra? Oh, she's mad at Vicki for not coming to the Moving In Party for the Wines by Wives Dot Com office. First of all, this business does not need an office. It needs a Skype account and some guy at a laptop in a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Keep the overhead down people! And now Tamra and Vicky, who already have offices of their own, have vanity offices at some scummy industrial park somewhere in Tarzana. Is that even in Orange County? Who knows? Who cares! It's gross.
Speaking of Vicki, she had two very important conversations with men last night. First up was her son-in-law Ryan, who helped her put a car seat in her car with the help of the klieg lights he just had lying around in the garage. You know, as people do. Anyway, after the seat Vicki was like, "Listen, Ryan. I want Brooks to come by the house." And Ryan said, "No, sorry. We didn't agree to that. I have safety concerns." OK, I hate Brooks as much as the next person and he is a bigger grifter than Anjelica Huston in The Grifters, but he is not a "safety concern." What is he worried about? That Brooks is going to kidnap his baby and hold him for ransom and he's going to have to get a suitcase full of unmarked bills or something? That is just silly. But Vicki pushed and said she wanted Brooks to come and Ryan said, "Well, we're moving out then." And Vicki said OK. Ryan is pissed, she is pissed but wants him to say everything is fine, and he just walked into the house without saying a word.
Then Vicki had dinner with Brooks. First of all the waitress comes over and he was like, "I'd like to order Vicki martinis," as if he's out to dinner with the world's most famous person and the waitress should just immediately know what that is. She looked at him quizzically and he said, "You know it's a martini with olives but..." and then Vicki finished his sentence "with, you know, blue cheese in the olives." She says it embarrassed like she doesn't want to bother the waitress to go through all this trouble to make the drink or like a child whose mother just mad her "do that thing" for company. But she does. Also, O to the Em Gee! When was this a Vicki Martini? Like Season 3? How long ago was that? And Brooks wasn't even there for it! I would say this was like when you go visit your mom and she was like, "I made your favorite: Sloppy Joes!" but you haven't had a Sloppy Joe since the last time you went to visit her and you stopped liking them somewhere around your 17th birthday but you just can't figure out how to tell your mom you don't like Sloppy Joes when it brings her so much joy to make them for you. I would say it's like that, but it's not. It's more like having dinner with Tina Fey and the waitress comes over and you're like, "Can we get some Cheesy Blasters. Right? Right? Amiright?!" Embarrassing.
Anyway, at the dinner Brooks said that he wants to come and visit but Vicki said that they won't let him and he tells them that it's her house and she makes the rules and they should do what she says. Give me an NRA membership and call me Strom Thurmon, but Brooks is actually right. Brianna and Ryan have no right to tell Vicki who can and can't be in her house. However, both parties need to pressure her to make a choice. The problem here is not that they don't like each other, it's that Vicki seems perfectly happy having both sides at odds with each other because it means she gets everything. She gets to see Brooks and live with her daughter. They both need to tell her, listen, you need to pick between the two of us and we will move on from there. That is what has happened. Vicki can not have Brooks and the rest of her friends and family, so she needs to decide. I've said that a million times, but there it is again.
Heather Dubrow got a part on Hot in Cleveland which I think of as less of a sitcom and more of a government assistance program for aging actresses without retirement plans. Heather has finally gotten her chance in the unemployment lottery and will be on the show. Good for her. I can't wait to see her tape her episode on her reality type television program.
What I really don't like is this Heather and Terry's Bickering Theater nonsense that we keep getting invited to. It just doesn't seem genuine. It seems like she is getting mad at silly petty things that he said disingenuously to get a rise out of him. I get it, that's annoying, but we don't need to see them fight. Can't we just have one Hosuewives couple that gets along and is in a happy marriage. Actually we have a handful (Mario & Ramona and Mauricio & Kyle come to mind) but can we have another one? Can we have one on OC? Please. Thanks guys.
OK, are you ready? It's now time to talk about Sweet Judy Blue Eyes. Now when you think of Lydia's mother, you don't think of a real actual human being, you think of the witch who sprinkled magic dust on a chicken carcass and brought it to life. Well, it turns out, Judy is just that. Judy lives in a place called the Land of the Bunnies, and there everything is happy and wonderful and everyone is in harmony with the earth. Everything is made out of jade crystals and everyone makes their living as turquoise jewelry salespeople on the sides of the road in New Mexico. Their bunnies don't hop and play in the meadow all day, they walk upright and tell you what to do. They are your lords and masters and they make sure that everyone is kind to nature and wears flowy outfits from the Stevie Nicks Collection for Chicos.
Yes, Judy is sort of like Glenda the Good Witch if Glenda had a gravity bong set up in her bathtub. When she encounters a stranger, she needs to sprinkle them with her magic dust and say a little prayer so that they are in her world too. "Shimmer of hope. Shine of belief. Shock of humor," she says as the dust she keeps in a little magical jar rains down on everyone around her. Judy's other magical gift is that she can make money appear from nowhere. Yes, she is rich. She just has money to throw around like they're rainbows on a clear day in a field where the sun beats down on the grass and a handsome naked man with long hair approaches in slow motion through the wild flowers to lay you down on a hillside and suckle your various nectars.
The problem is, Lydia does not like the Land of the Bunnies. She doesn't want her mother to live there and the two times that she has visited she has had to call her mother right away and have her come pick her up and rescue her and take her someplace real and cold and cynical. It is a church. Yes, Lydia lives in the House of the Lord and that seems diametrically opposed to where Judy has built her marshmallow palace. I guess it makes sense. We all rebel against our parents in many ways and the more extreme the parents usually the more extreme the rebellion. If your mom is essentially a Wiccan priestess that you would rebel by becoming a Puritan.
The problem is Lydia is winning. She has lured her mother out of the Land of the Bunnies permanently. She told Judy that her babies (one of which has the Christian name "Maverick") are going to live the holy life of the church and no Priestess of the Bunnies is ever going to love and cuddle her spawn. So Judy has left the Bunnies behind and has gone to live in the real world with the rest of us. When we meet Judy, her color has faded and her wind in her hair has died down to something that leaves her locks languid. We see them shopping and we see them at lunch and you can tell, just tell, that Judy misses the bunnies, oh yes she does. She thinks about them with every stray thought and thinks about bringing them up at every lull in the conversation, but she does not. She lives the life of a sad exile.
But as soon as lunch was over and Lydia drove away, Judy got in her car and she looked out on the sad parking lot in front of her. It was nothing but pavement and that green brown grass that is as brittle as overly-dyed hair. There were yellow lines and the haze of the hot afternoon making them flit a bit back and forth. She couldn't take it anymore. Judy had to go home. She took out her magic pipe and inhaled. This is the kind of pipe where you suck in instead of blowing out, and a little tune played. The world swirled around her and suddenly she was there, bright and relaxed and she saw the bunnies approaching the car.
"Welcome back, Judy," a big one, called Britghtstar, said to her. He was brown with a white belly and blue eyes. "Would you like to come to a picnic?" he asked, opening her car door. He took her hand and she stepped out. Suddenly she was wearing a violet gown and there were streamers hanging from a floral crown around her head. Judy was so delighted to be back, so happy to get going to a picnic. The parking lot was gone and before her there was a sea of dandelions just all yellow and magical and all you could hear was the buzzing of invisible bees going about their work. Brightstar still had her hand and she started to wade through the weeds towards whatever lunch awaited her. She took several slow steps, getting her bearings in this world that she had left for months.
"No," Brightstar said, stopping her for a moment. "Here we only skip."
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Scottish actress Helena Carroll has died at the age of 84. She passed away after suffering heart failure on 31 March (13) in Marina del Rey, California, according to the New York Times.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, she moved to the United States in the 1950s to launch a career in entertainment, and appeared regularly in plays in New York and London, including the 1983 Broadway revival of Private Lives, opposite Richard Burton and Dame Elizabeth Taylor.
The actress, whose father was celebrated Irish playwright Paul Vincent Carroll, later co-founded a repertory company in the Big Apple called The Irish Players and starred in a number of films, among them The Jerk with Steve Martin, The Mambo Kings with Antonio Banderas, Rocky V with Sylvester Stallone, and John Huston's Oscar-nominated adaptation of James Joyce's The Dead.
Her list of television credits include guest roles in U.S. shows Ironside, Murder, She Wrote, Touched by an Angel and General Hospital.
There is a strange connection between the Real Slot Machines of Desperation Canyon and Las Vegas. It's like Sin City is their rollicking id, where they often go (and where some make their money) and where all sorts of crazy action happens. It's not hookers and blow and gambling and strippers and magic shows like it is for everyone else, but there is some sort of sorcery at work when the ladies take the trip. They are all transformed into something else — fighting wildebeests scratching their hooves at the desert floor looking to unearth each other's secrets. What is certain is that what happens in Vegas never stays in Vegas.
The ostensible reason for the trip to Vegas was so that Brandi could teach everyone how to be a stripper to empower them. This makes, um, total sense, I guess? I don't know. If you want to learn how to pole dance, just learn how to pole dance. Do we really need the excuse that it is somehow going to solve all the problems in your life? I don't think so. It's probably not. But it is a fun reason to get drunk with all of your girlfriends.
Of course some of the ladies were better at it than others. St. Camille of Grammer, patron saint of cable television dance shows, didn't know how to pole dance, but she knows how to move that lean, lithe body of hers. She hovered around that pole shaking like a wraith or an angel. Definitely an angel. We could see her halo, halo, halo-oooo, as Beyoncé would sing. Lisa Vanderpump said she didn't want to pole dance, but, supporting her friend Brandi, she gamely climbed up there and turned it into a comedy routine. Isn't that just a metaphor for Lisa Vanderpump's life? Isn't that just how she lives from day to day, taking the unpleasants and turning them into little laughs? I guess it's easy when you sleep on a bed of diamonds at night. Yolanda Bananas Foster was deftly adroit, as a woman who mostly cages herself in her home adhering to a staunch workout routine would be. Kyle Richards, as always, made it all about her. She can't dance or work the pole, but she laughed and cackled and yelled and put on a good performance just like her mother taught her in those stuffy audition rooms back when she was still in pig tails. OH! Kyle would have looked so good on that pole in pig tails. The worst, of course, was Fetch (aka Marisa Zanuck), who is never going to happen. She whined and complained about doing it because, yes, that is what makes good TV. God, Fetch is never going to happen. Are we really going to be burdened with her face, which looks like the inside of one of Yolanda's lemons, for the rest of the season?
The one good thing that Fetch did last night was try to clean a red wine stain out of her dioley skirt using white wine, because it's a trick she saw Barbra Streisand do at a party once. Really? She crazy! Does she think that Barbra's talons have touched a single piece of laundry since she moved out of Brooklyn all those years ago? No! The worst part is, they didn't even show us if it worked or not, because if it did I was totally going to steal it and tell people that I saw Barbra Streisand do it at a party once and then I would seem so cool and smart and awesome. Now I'm just going to pick on Fetch for doing it.
I guess we need to mention Adrienne, the Queen of the Maloofs (a race of mole people that live under the mountain). She has just been grasping for relevancy the past few weeks while she's licked her wounds, and she didn't want to interact with anyone because they all found out that she (allegedly, possibly, according to the Internet, which is never right about anything except when it is right about some things) gave birth to her children using a surrogate. Either that or she is DB Cooper. Her big secret is one of those two things. Adrienne needed something to do, and decided on designing a handbag line to go along with her ever-so-successful shoe line (which you can purchase at 65% off on the Internet). She had some people at the California Accessory Council and Teen Runaway Shelter mock up a logo for her. All the bags are going to have her name on them, but the logo is going to be all the letters of her name jumbled up like they have floated to the top of a bowl of alphabet soup and just congealed there. When you look at the purse you think it's made by LERENNIOFOAMAD. That's not very good branding.
And if that weren't enough, then she had to take her husband, Paulo the Chimp, to get laser hair removal on his back. That is a really mean thing to do to a chimp. Do you know what a hairless chimp looks like? Macaulay Culkin, that's what. No one wants that. But know who I do want? Jjennifferr Holliddayy, the technician who was brandishing the laser that would singe off all of Paulo's estimable back hair. First of all there are far too many consonants in her name. Wheel of Fortune never wants her to be famous because she would cost them too much money if she was the answer to a puzzle. Also, I believe that she was a Bulgarian pop singer that, after too much inexpensive plastic surgery in Georgia (the country, not the home of Lenethia Leakes) she was deported to America to live a life of shame. At least she got her aesthetician's degree and is now serving the world by ridding chimps of their fur. That is very noble of her.
Now I guess it's time we get to last night's main event. I guess it's appropriate that all the biggest fights in the boxing world happen in Vegas because, well, this was a humdinger. You knew it was going to be bad when Yolanda Bananas Foster, an agorophobic who claims to not like drunk women, was drinking tequila and Fetch, who had already poured red and white wine all over her skirt at Barbra Streisand's insistence, was essentially absent from dinner. Oh, and Brandi had on this hot silver dress that was just short enough to be sexy but not so short that we could see her halo, halo, halo-ooooo and it was just sparkly and totally wonderful. I have a theory that whenever Brandi looks the best is when she gets in the worst fights. Watch for it to happen.
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OK, here is how it went down: everyone was talking about Kim Richards, and how they know that her nose is a new nose from some guy they know she knows knows noses. Then, suddenly, St. Camille turned the discussion to Adrienne which, well, that was a stupid move. As my friends would say, "Why you gotta bring up old shit?" How do we accurately describe this fight? Camille was angry, I don't know about what initially. But she wanted to talk about Adrienne. So she did. Then Brandi, for the millionth time, detailed that she was uncomfortable when Adrienne approached her and said she was going after Lisa at the reunion and was trying to recruit her. Apparently Camille was somehow involved in this too, and Brandi told everyone that Camille knew about the sabotage plot. Camille got all pissed off that Brandi was telling everyone, especially Lisa, that she know about the plot and didn't do anything. She got up from the table and said, "I can handle this, but I won't stand for it!" What a statement. That's amazing. She was basically saying, "I could take you down if you want to, but this is too tawdry for me to sit and listen to."
Instead of talking about what happened and who said what, we should talk about the winners and losers, maybe? Who was right and who was wrong? I think that's easier. OK, so Brandi, I think, came out a loser. Yes, I am #TeamBrandi all the way, and I think that Adrienne is the worst kind of rich person for using her money and lawyers to intimidate Brandi by "suing her."
Oh wait, what's this? I just got hand delivered a message. "Dear Mr. Moylan. It has just come to my attention that you are besmirching the name of my client, HRH Adrienne, the Queen of the Maloofs (a race of mole people that live under the mountain), in a public sphere. If you do not cease and desist not only your discussion of her, her family, her friends, her associates, and anyone that might ever come in contact with her in this world or any other in your public position, then there will be a lawsuit. Also, you should probably just shut down this here recap right now, because it will be admissable in a court of law and a judge will hate it. Sincerely, Dirk Jacobini, Attorney at Law."
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Screw that. I'm going to talk as much trash about Adrienne as I want. She's wrong to pursue this nonsense with Brandi when Brandi was speaking the truth. But what makes Brandi a loser is she went on the "Adrienne only owns 2% of the Palms" kick. Yeah. So what, Brandi? Not to be a jerk, but you own 100% of Jack Squat Industries. Adrienne's stake in a billion-dollar business is still $10 million. How much did you get for your book deal?
The other loser was Camille Grammer, who then went after Lisa with her, "You don't own SUR," line which, I think we can all agree is patently false. Lisa only owns 51% of that Sexy Unique Restaurant, but come on, that's basically owning it. Camille was trying to make a point. I get it, but she failed. I think that Kyle and Camille were right to say that Adrienne wasn't there and she couldn't defend herself and that's why they were sticking up for her. That's cool, I get that, but Kyle is not helping her reputation as a shit stirrer. She's always trying to be the peace keeper and make sure everyone is getting along, but as soon as the gloves come on, she's there in the corner fighting an argument.
I would like to say Yolanda Bananas Foster was a loser, for shushing our St. Camille (which is something you should never do), but she had a point. This was the third time this fight had gone round and round, and the third dinner that it had ruined, and we're all just getting a little bit sick of it, aren't we? Don't we want there to be some kind of resolution or movement? Oh, and Yolanda got to go home early in a private jet while everyone else had to sit around and stew in their own juices (Housewife juices smell like white wine and broken endorsement deals). See ya later, suckers! However, I think that Yolanda loses existentially, because she has no idea what show she is on. This is a battle royale where women get drink and yell at dinner. That's sort of like planning a trip to the beach and then complaining that there is too much sand. If you don't want the sand, get off the damn beach.
Lisa Vanderpump was also a winner here, because this whole fight started about her but somehow migrated around the table and encompassed everyone but her. The one kernel of truth that Camille placed out there — the thing that started this whole row — was that Adrienne started going after Lisa because of two things: 1. Adrienne was mad that Lisa's daughter Pandora had her Vegas bachelorette party at a hotel other than the Palms and 2. Adrienne was mad that Lisa called her shoe "The Maloof Hoof." OK, those are the two dumbest reasons ever. The first one, I have said before, will go down in history as the dumbest gripe on any Housewives show ever. Who cares where Pandora went? It was her decision, not her mother's. People don't blame my mother for my public urination arrest, so no one should blame Pandy's mom for her bachelorette party.
The second reason was the real problem. No one in this universe (and by that I mean the Real Housewives universe, which is strange and separate from our own) has a sense of humor. Well, most of them don't. Brandi does and Lisa sure does and when they say something like that, it is a joke. Adrienne can not take a joke. That is what this whole season is essentially about: one grown woman who can't take another woman's clever pun about her shoe. The reason they aren't selling has nothing to do with what Lisa called them on the show. They're not selling because they're bland and ugly and overpriced (even 65% off is too much). In fact, calling them the "Maloof Hoof" was the best bit of branding anyone did for Adrienne. She should pay Lisa for that.
The fight petered out and just ended for some reason. I'm not sure why. Maybe Yolanda squashed it with her lemon-scented lips. The real take-away from the end of the episode was that we saw Kyle and Lisa face off, telling their sides of the story. This was the real fight. This was the real angle that the show is taking, these two Titans trying to steal the world from each other. That is what this season wants us to take away from it. If their relationship ruptures, well, it will be an awful horrible split. A rift that will engulf Jill and Bethenny, Kim and Nene, Tamra and Vicki and all the rest. Like an explosion.
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Finally, we have to talk about Kim. Oh yes, my favorite Kim Richards got a new nose installed last night. I'm not going to get into all that drama with her addiction and taking pain pills, because that was just a red herring. She told us she was going to try to not take any pain pills (well, at least anything stronger than an Advil), and I have to believe her. I'm not a family member who has been screwed over repeatedly by her lying and drug abuse so it's easy for me, but, there it is. I'm trusting her. As for her call with Kyle, it was extremely fraught.
Kim called Kyle while she was in Las Vegas and said, "I'm thinking of getting a nose job today." What? OK, Kim. You do not need your sister's permission, but you also didn't need to call her up on the day you were doing it and ask for it. Here's the thing. Kim thought that she needed Kyle's permission — that's why she called and asked, and didn't just call and tell her. I think Kyle has made Kim think that Kim needs her permission for everything, and now Kim is getting over that. When Kyle talks about how this is the "state of our relationship" it means that Kim is growing up, growing away from Kyle, and becoming her own, unique, strong person.
But Kim needed a nose job like Yolanda needs another lemon tree. She even said it herself, that God made her and she's perfect but he wouldn't mind her changing her nose so much because when he made her it was the end of the day and he wasn't really paying attention and used some spare parts anyway. But Kim needed something. She knew she needed someone who knows why she knows someone that knows noses. She knew that she needed to make herself better inside and out. She needed some physical manifestation of her inner transformation. Get on it, girl. And when the doctor was digging around in there he found that her septum was deviated, which probably means that she could now get her health insurance to cover the cost. You go Kim.
But the sad part came when she was lying in the hospital, coming out of the aenesthesia. The show's producers love these moments, because the women always say ridiculous things and can't help but tell the truth. Kim said some remarkable things. She lied there in her hospital gown and mumbled that she wished her sister were there. She mumbled that she wished that one of her four children were there. But there was no one. She was all alone, fighting through the fog on her own. So many people have come and gone, the husbands, the lovers, the family, that rock she painted a face on and named Ken and called her boyfriend. They've all gone, sniffed out like the moon falling behind a dark, dank cloud.
Suddenly, in that way only medication can do, she isn't in the world anymore. She is both awake and asleep and she's in her trailer on the Disney lot and it's the last day of a movie shoot. She's young again, and beautiful. Her hair is teased high and she's wearing bright makeup because it was the '80s and that was the style. She looks down at her vanity and sees the crimping iron and then she looks up at the mirror and sees her old nose and all the people standing behind her. The crew mostly, but fans all. And staff. They're clamoring for her. "Sign this for me please, Kim?" "It was so great working with you!" "What is our next project going to be?" "You better hurry up or you're going to be late for your first date with this hot new actor, I think his name is Jimmy Depp." "Oh, Kim this has been the best two months of my life."
She thanks them all and signs them and waives. She waves and makes her way through the scrum and out the door into the sun which is so bright it's like an operating lamp blaring down at her eyes. Even when she closes them, she can still see the indistinct brightness shining down into her face, over the clean, expansive lines of the sound studio. "Kim! Kim! Kim!" all the onlookers shout at her. "Kim! Kim!" She turns around and waves at them, but the sun is still in her eyes. She can't see them anymore, but she can hear the voices, hear them getting fainter and fainter as they recede. "Bye everyone," she says. "Don't forget. I love you. Will you love me too? Love me forever and I'll remember. Don't forget. Don't forget. Don't forget," she says to all the disembodied dream people. "Don't forget me," she says out loud.
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Friends and family of Antoine Ashley, better known as Sahara Davenport on the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, released a statement Wednesday which revealed his cause of death, People reports. Ashley's mother has said that her son died at the age of 27 from heart failure.
“I thank God for giving me an Angel Antoine Ashley to share with the rest of the world,” Reddish said in the statement. “My family and I would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support. We know that our Angel is now dancing in heaven. May God bless each and everyone.”
Davenport’s boyfriend of six years, Karl Westerberg, who competed on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race as Manila Luzon, said in a statement, “Antoine lived to entertain the world as Sahara Davenport, and the world was in awe over his extreme talent. But his heart is what made us all fall in love with him. To me he will always be my best friend, my hero, my Diva, and I have always considered myself more than lucky to have him be forever a part of my life. Thank you, hon, for bringing so much beauty to all of us. Your legacy lives on in me and all of us you’ve touched.”
In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race, Davenport also appeared on A&E’s 15 Films about Madonna, Voom HD's Magnificent Obsessions, and on ABC's One Life to Live, as well as music videos by Billboard chart-toppers David Guetta and Chris Willis.
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Oh, Firefly. Has it really been ten years?
After the success of Buffy and Angel, which both had lengthy runs and continue to live on in other mediums, Joss Whedon turned his sights to the old west. Of space, that is. Firefly took the model of classic TV Westerns and put it on a spaceship, the other end of the attitude spectrum from sci-fi staples like Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. For fans of the genre, it was gift from the genre Gods. For executives at Fox it was a DOA hour-long that eventually found its head on the chopping block.
But the love for Firefly disappeared, "Browncoat" fandom (as it dubbed) growing exponentially after the series hit DVD. The voice of Firefly fans was heard loud and clear by Fox, and in 2005, the studio gave Whedon the chance to make his big screen debut with the cinematic adaptation Serenity. While it wasn't a huge box office success, the movie was a win for fans, and another log in the fire for fans of the show.
As a testament to that dedication, San Diego Comic-Con assembled the original crew of the spaceship Serenity, including Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, and Summer Glau, along with Whedon himself, to take a look back at Firefly in honor of its 10th anniversary. With the ensemble as lively as ever, insight and one-liners were shot faster than Mal's Taurus 85 pistol.
Creator Whedon opened things up by commenting on the crafting of his masterful series. He said, "I wanted to create something that felt real. Like history. I wanted to tell an American immigrant story. A western story. But I need spaceships or I get cranky." Whedon then quoted his wife, who apparently had an influence in the hiring of one if the show's producers: "Joss, you need Tim Minear on Firefly or you will never leave that set and the other shows will die. The only thing that will make Firefly work is Tim Minear. She was right. Best move I ever made."
Whedon struggles with structure, but loves emotion, admitting, "I went in and made things sad." The showrunner went on to profess a great deal of appreciation for his stars, recalling the "long and ghastly" audition process: "As I've said before, these are the finest meat puppets I've ever controlled. It's hard for me because I do remember the time before these people played these parts. I remember the audition process ... Then comes written history where these were the people before I wrote it. They became someone else. They were those people before they met me. Even if they hadn't been playing them, that particular type of person. It's so... Summer is so crazy. The amount of vulnerability and strength she can convey is beyond magnetic. I look at her and think I will come with her if I want to live."
Whedon continued: "You have to make comprises [laughs]. Jewel makes me cry. Gina is the most badass woman I've ever seen. The people who are not here, my heart is breaking. I miss them so much." Whedon then touched specifically on star Fillion: "There was never moment before the day we meant that [Nathan was] not the Captain. Nathan is the Captain. He's around making sure people are having a great time, doing the best job. The captain of a ship and the lead in a show have a role that most actors aren't up to. They can't convey the enormous gravitas that this clown can. To have a man, when he looks at you and isn't happy...we had an actor who was disrespectful to some of the female actors. They saw another side of Nathan. He gets very... Canadian."
Fillion also expressed great admiration for his showrunner: "No one would give me a chance to be anything other than the fifth guy. Joss Whedon gave me the best character I've ever played." Maher added, "What I loved about the show [is that] my first introduction to the world of Firefly came out of Joss' mouth. All I had was that Simon speech in the pilot to go on. First thing I said to Joss was, 'Please tell me about this world.' Which was extraordinary. I didn't see it as sci-fi. I like post-apocalyptic Western."
Apparently, the team developed quite a familiarity with one another. Alan stated, "When we first started the series, Nathan came up to everyone and said, 'we have to learn everyone's name.'" Fillion knew them all. Quickly. "It brought us together as a family."
Baldwin discussed his character's iconic hat, and how it worked its way into his characterization: "One of the women in the office was a good...knitter? Knitter. She made two of these, I thought it was great, beautiful. This was the last episode we shot and I asked Tim, 'Can I wear this throughout the episode?' He said, 'I don't know...' And I said, 'I'm doing it. Joss isn't here. I'm doing it.' It was nice because I could take it off to honor Tracey's parents at the end of the episode. I always like to have doings. Jane was a man of few words, but he always had things. I worked closely with the prop guys. This [hat] was like a birthday cake in the wasteland."
But beyond the cast and crew, Firefly afforded these people relationships with their fans. Said Baldwin, "[We] were introduced to the online community, feedback they gave us over time, was inspirational. Upon cancelation of the show, I went to Joss' office and...I saw determination in his eyes. But when the fan community that was interacting with us...they never gave up. Joss knew that and he never gave up either. One of the best times in my life was to see the show resurrected as a major motion picture."
Whedon added, "I look back and think of the movie Serenity as one of the finest nervous breakdowns a man can have. I was inconsolable. It changed me. There was no reality where I didn't get these people back together. And I really haven't given a shit about anything since. It was like being a man. Or so I read."
Of course, some of the cast's memories regarding fans were delivered with less... sentiment. Fillion said to Whedon, "A woman walked up to you and just broke down into tears," provoking the writer to reply, "I kicked her."
One particularly sharp fan asked Whedon and the cast how the project's conclusion, Serenity, might have differed had they known they were only going to have one season. Whedon mentioned a more fervent exploration of the Blue Sun conspiracy, and more thorough explanation of Book's and Inara's stories. He also admits that he wouldn't have killed off any characters, provoking Tudyk to celebrate with a triumphant arm raise."
But more of a victory than that admission was the feeling the cast and fans got when Whedon stated, "The way in which you have inhabited this universe, you're living Firefly. When I see you guys, I don't think the show is off the air." While Firefly might have ended too soon, the love inspired for, and among, the cast and crew, lives on. Here's hoping for just as many thrills at the eleventh anniversary!
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Rare indeed is the actress capable of embodying Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis’ combination of beauty, refinement, and, in the immortal appraisal of Seinfeld’s Mr. Pitt, grace. Has Mila Kunis got what it takes? Lee Daniels thinks so. The Precious director has reportedly offered the Black Swan star the role of Jackie Kennedy in his upcoming film The Butler, a biopic about legendary White House servant Eugene Allen.
Should Kunis accept the role, she’ll be the latest in a long line of actresses who’ve portrayed the iconic First Lady on both the big and small screens. (Emphasis on the latter – Jackie O’s story has long been irresistible fodder for network programmers.) Here are five memorable examples:
Holmes played Jackie last year in The Kennedys, an eight-episode miniseries that was most notable for being declared unfit for airing on The History Channel, a network hardly known for its high programming standards.
The Crossing Jordan star tackled the role in the 2001 TV movie Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot, about the trials and tribulations of being married to the Kennedys’ D.C. power trio of JFK, RFK, and Ted.
Before she was Touched By an Angel, Downey portrayed Jackie to some acclaim in the 1991 TV miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, which went on to win a Primetime Emmy for Best Miniseries.
The model-turned-Charlie’s Angels star proved her range in the 1981 TV movie Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, which chronicled Jackie’s early years leading up to her marriage to the future president.
British-born Bisset portrayed Jackie in the 2003 TV movie America’s Prince: The John F. Kennedy Jr. Story, about the short life and tragic death of JFK’s dilettante son.
Which was your favorite of Jackie?
With the holiday season upon us, we find ourselves immersed once again in the hustle and bustle that comes with it. Houses are being decorated (both inside and out), snow is starting to cover the ground, and there’s just a general source of merriment in the air. Sure, it also means that your bank account is going to drop sufficiently after all the holiday shopping and there’s a good chance you’re going to get involved in one or two family fights, but that’s all part of the grand tradition…right? It all depends on how you look at it.
Yes, the holidays come with a measure of stress, but also a lot of joy and laughter. Whether you're stuffing yourself with delicious Thanksgiving turkey or tearing open tons of packages under the Christmas tree, you're going to be surrounded by the people that you love and that's never a bad thing. But for those of you who are still having trouble embracing the holiday frivolity, I decided to compose a list of some must-see holiday rom-coms. Most romantic comedies are usually suitable to watch all year round, but there’s just something about these movies that never fails to put you in the Christmas spirit (at least for 2 hours anyway). Some are traditional holiday classics, while others have a more modern-day appeal, but they all contain that feel-goodness that you can only find during this time of year. Each and every one of these films guarantees to get you out of your winter funk and high on Christmas cheer. Let the Holiday Netflix Streaming begin!
This is probably one of the best holiday films ever created. The movie is made up of a top-notch celebrity ensemble who end up all being connected to each other in some form or another. Each individual character is experiencing their own unique set of problems during the holiday season, which result in some rather touching moments. New relationships are discovered while others come to an end; some love is forbidden, while others have to face a language barrier. But the theme of the film is constant: love is everywhere! It may sound cheesy, but this movie provides a great mix of comedy to go along with all the romance. Plus any movie that features Hugh Grant as a dashing Prime Minister (who can dance) deserves major praise. The Holiday
Who knew when you’d put Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jack Black in a movie together, you’d get such a feel-good holiday film, but that’s exactly what you get. Two women, who meet each other on a home-exchange website, impulsively decide to switch homes for the holidays. One heads off to sunny California while the other experiences the snow-covered English countryside. Once removed from their natural environment, they are forced to develop a better understanding of themselves and even end up finding love along the way. Who knew that a change of address could end up changing your life so much! If I could be guaranteed to meet Jude Law, I would totally give this whole house-swap thing a try. Four Christmases
Holidays and family bonding are sort of a package deal. I mean, what’s Christmas without a little family embarrassment? Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn get a double, double dose of family fun (and by fun, I really mean nightmare) throughout the course of the movie. Since both come from broken homes, these two are forced to visit all four of their divorced parents on Christmas Day and as you can guess…things get a little crazy. Talk about family overload – this couple gets it in spades, but the end still leaves you with that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from the realization of the importance of family. For better or for worse, they’re yours for keeps. It’s A Wonderful Life
Have you ever pictured a world where you didn’t exist? Maybe wonder how different other people’s lives would be if you were never part of it? Well George Bailey gets to experience it firsthand in this holiday classic that is nothing short of heartwarming. After contemplating suicide, a down-on-his-luck businessman meets an angel who shows him what life would have been like if he’d never existed. In the end, George is made to realize just how many lives he’s touched throughout the years and that despite all his troubles, he truly has a wonderful life. (the trailer really doesn't do it justice, but don't let that put you off from seeing it -- it's a great film!) Marley & Me
If you think your dog is a pain, you should definitely get a load of this pup. You’ll never under-appreciate your dog again once you see the kind of trouble Marley gets into. Based on the New York Times bestseller, the story focuses on a young couple who embark (pun intended) on the many adventures that come with marriage, career, family, and pet ownership. Although it starts off as a comedy, be ready to shed a few tears by the end as the couple realizes just how much love a dog can bring into your life. You know you want this little guy waiting for you under your tree. The Family Stone
Meeting the parents is always a huge benchmark in any serious relationship. You’re always unsure what to say, how to act, and you experience this overwhelming fear that they aren’t going to like you. Well in this movie, fear becomes reality for an uptight, businesswoman who accompanies her boyfriend to his parent’s house for their annual Christmas celebration. But it turns out she’s not just meeting the parents…she’s meeting the entire family. Yeah, talk about pressure. She feels like a fish out of water as she tries SO HARD to get them to like her, but it’s quite an uphill battle. There are so many awkward moments in this film, you can’t help but laugh and be thankful that it’s her and not you. The Family Man
Life is full of regrets and sometimes you just can’t help but question some of the decisions you’ve made along the way. You ask yourself What if I had gone to this college? or What if I had chosen this major? The world is full of What ifs but no one ever gets to experience the road not taken…accept for Jack Campbell. Jack is a workaholic bachelor who gets a glimpse of what his life would’ve been like had he stayed with his college sweetheart instead of taking a job in New York City. Now at the mercy of a wife and two kids, Jack finally learns just how important family can be. One decision really can change your life. Serendipity
By definition, Serendipity means an accidental discovery and that’s exactly how these two people find their happily ever after. It all started with a pair of gloves that lead to two random strangers spending an evening together and inevitably falling in love. Without exchanging each other’s names or numbers, they rely on fate to decide if they will ever see each other again. This film demonstrates a Christmas miracle in its truest form and leaves you with the feeling that anything is possible. Plus nothing says holiday spirit quite like Christmas in New York.
Episode 3. The Birthday Present
(AIR DATE 10/13/2001)
Episode 4. Manhunt
(AIR DATE 10/20/2001)
Episode 5. Chutzpah
(AIR DATE 10/27/2001)
Gloria learns the truth about the Jews and the holocaust after a group of skinheads impose their views.
Episode 6. Famous Last Words
(AIR DATE 11/03/2001)
Episode 7. Most Likely To Succeed
(AIR DATE 11/10/2001)
A former highschool loser transforms himself into a success as part of a plan to get revenge on his old tormentors.
Episode 8. Heaven's Portal
(AIR DATE 11/24/2001)
Episode 9. When Sunny Gets Blue
(AIR DATE 12/01/2001)
Episode 10. Angels Anonymous
(AIR DATE 12/15/2001)
Episode 11. A Winter Carol
(AIR DATE 12/16/2001)
Episode 12. The Last Chapter
(AIR DATE 01/12/2002)
Monica tried to help a recovering alcoholic who she knows from the past.
Episode 13. Ship-In-A-Bottle
(AIR DATE 01/26/2002)
The angels must help a widower and his daughter come to terms with the death of his wife and the more recent death of his daughter from complications from sickle cell anemia.
Episode 14. The Blue Angel
(AIR DATE 02/02/2002)
The angels give a man new hope after years of blaming himself for failing his dreams of a proper television career.
Episode 15. Secrets and Lies
(AIR DATE 03/02/2002)
A man whose daughter is dying from Leukemia must admit to an affair he had years ago because his illegitimate son may have a matching bone marrow that could save her.
Episode 16. The Princeless Bride
(AIR DATE 03/09/2002)
A couple who are to be married need some heavenly intervention when their wedding is threatened by a mutiltude of factors including their break-up.
Episode 17. Hello, I Love You
(AIR DATE 04/06/2002)
When a 10 year old girl's mother gets injured in an accident, she takes it upon herself to track down the father she never knew.
Episode 18. Minute by Minute
(AIR DATE 04/13/2002)
Episode 19. The Bells of St. Peters
(AIR DATE 05/04/2002)
A matriarch who has family issues tries to bring her family closer by planning a trip to the vatican but her cancer interferes.
Episode 20. The Impossible Dream
(AIR DATE 05/04/2002)
A janitor who wanted to be a singer lives his live in misery because of his lost drea. When his brother is arrested for possible connectionto investment fraud he discovers his brother ruined his chances at being a Motown singer and must deal with his unhappiness once and for all.
Episode 21. For All The Tea in China
(AIR DATE 05/05/2002)
Episode 22. Forever Young
(AIR DATE 05/11/2002)
The angels tend to a family that is falling apart after the murder of the daughter.
Episode 1. A Rock and A Hard Place
(AIR DATE 09/28/2002)
When a meteor is headed for earth, the angels must help a family reunite before the inevitable disaster.
Episode 2. The Sixteenth Minute
(AIR DATE 10/05/2002)
When an average guy becomes a semi-celebrity after an courageous act, the angels must help him keep his head straight.
Episode 3. Two Sides to Every Angel
(AIR DATE 10/12/2002)
Monica's evil demon doppleganger tries to wreak havoc on a young couple's wedding and the angels attempt to stop her.
Episode 4. The Word
(AIR DATE 10/19/2002)
A girl with OCD and her illiterate father get help from the angels.
Episode 5. A Feather on the Breath of God
(AIR DATE 10/26/2002)
A woman on the verge of death gets the help she needs from the angeles to find her daughter a new home.
Episode 6. Jump!
(AIR DATE 11/02/2002)
When the lives of a suicidal teen and a radio "shock jock" collide, the angels swoop in for a rescue.
Episode 7. Bring on the Rain
(AIR DATE 11/09/2002)
With the angels help, a depressed teen learns overcome the shame she feels about her past.
Episode 8. Remembering Me (1)
(AIR DATE 11/16/2002)
The others begin to worry that Tess is exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's disease.
Episode 9. Remembering Me (2)
(AIR DATE 11/23/2002)
As the symptoms of Tess's Alzheimer's disease worsen, Gabriel and the Angel of Music arrive to take care of her.
Episode 10. Private Eyes
(AIR DATE 01/11/2003)
A lonely man who doesn't want to take a runaway back to her father receives help from the angels.
Episode 11. The Root of All Evil
(AIR DATE 01/25/2003)
The angels help a priest lead his brothers away from committing a crime.
Episode 12. A Time for Every Purpose
(AIR DATE 02/01/2003)
The angels try to get through to a man who wants to commit suicide in the wake of his wife's death and being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Episode 13. And a Nightingale Sang
(AIR DATE 02/08/2003)
On Valentine's Day, the angels help three couples learn the true meaning of love.
Episode 14. As It Is in Heaven
(AIR DATE 02/15/2003)
An angel abandons her celestial duties to raise an orphaned child.
Episode 15. Song for My Father
(AIR DATE 02/22/2003)
The angels try to help a young singer learn new ways to express herself as she struggles with the demands of her stage father and the throat cancer that will end her promising career and possibly her life.
Episode 16. The Good Earth
(AIR DATE 03/01/2003)
The angels help unite a dying inventor with a young boy who could keep alive his dream of a water energy source.
Episode 17. Virtual Reality
(AIR DATE 03/15/2003)
A troubled teenager's obsession with a video game leads to a car accident and subsequent criminal trial.
Episode 18. The Show Must Not Go On
(AIR DATE 04/12/2003)
When a show's director dies, the angels help the cast continue their production.
Episode 19. At the End of the Aisle
(AIR DATE 04/19/2003)
The angels try to convince an old friend not to get married.
Episode 20. I Will Walk With You, Part 1
(AIR DATE 04/26/2003)
Monica tries to help townspeople who turn on each other in the wake of a tragedy that befell their children.
Episode 21. I Will Walk With You, Part 2
(AIR DATE 04/27/2003)
Monica efforts to bring peace and closure to a small town torn apart by tragedy and grief are complicated by the arrival of an age-old foe.
An angel named Monica is dispatched from heaven to inspire people who are at crossroads in their lives -- whether they know it or not. Monica is assigned to give opportunites to people in trouble, enabling them to change their own lives. She reports to Tess, her tough and wise supervisor.