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A great hue and cry went up in certain quarters when indie darling Greta Gerwig was cast in the "female Ted" role for the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad. She was soon being called a "sell out" by fans on social media, prompting Forbes, of all places, to post an article defending her right to cash in on her low-budget success. Largely left unasked, however, was the basic question of how well does Gerwig's persona translate into the established HIMYM format.
If mainstream audiences are aware of Gerwig at all, it's most likely as the flighty tour guide that steals Russell Brand's heart in his Arthur remake. Independent film aficionados know her far better for her work in mumblecore films by directors like Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach (who is also her boyfriend), as well as indie film god Whit Stillman. It seems safe to say that her profile will jump considerably with a role in a much publicized television project.
While it's easy to think that her work in the big budget studio-produced Arthur provides the clearest insight into how she'll come across in a network sitcom, the fact that Gerwig has a measure of creative power as one of the new show's producers means that her indie work should come into play as well. After all, Gerwig co-wrote four of the films that she starred in, including the acclaimed Frances Ha, and co-directed another (Nights and Weekends). She's established that she knows what works for her as an actress.
In HIMYM, Josh Radnor's Ted continually longed for the simpler days of college when he could sit around and discuss arcane topics to his heart's content. While there are sure to be clear differences with Gerwig's character, her film roles often have a collegial bent, whether she is playing a recent graduate in Hannah Takes the Stairs or as the Type-A clique leader in Stillman's Damsels in Distress. Making the new character hyper literate seems like a safe way to appease both Gerwig and HIMYM fans.
Of course, the main thrust of the sitcom just by definition has to be the love life of the lead character, since if she were adept at picking a mate there would be no show. In her film career, Gerwig has shown that she can play to any romantic situation just fine. In Frances Ha, she is largely unattached, focusing more on her career and finding someplace to live. In Damsels, she has rules for the type of men that she'll date. In Hannah, she's in a love triangle, and in Nights and Weekends it's a long-distance relationship. In Greenberg, she falls in love with a self-involved jerk. If any of these scenarios sound familiar to HIMYM fans, it's because the show has explored almost every one of thems.
It's still a long way until How I Met Your Dad could hit the airwaves, which should give the uninitiated plenty of time to catch up on Gerwig's film catalog and learn why indie audiences grew to love the actress. It will be at least as much fun as trying to figure out if the new show will have a female Barney.
Imagine a world where wizards, aliens, Bigfoot, zombies, and demons are real. Now…imagine they all live in New York City and are governed by a bureaucratic department of the government. Ugly Americans takes an addictively offensive look at immigration, politics, and pop culture in an animated series that brings a million fictional worlds to reality.
Mark Lilly has a typical New York story. He moves into town and becomes a social worker. He has a gross roommate and a sexy girlfriend. The difference is he’s a social worker for Social Services Division of the Department of Integration. His roommate Randall is a zombie who likes interspecies sex and leaves his limbs lying around. His girlfriend Callie Maggotbone (Natasha Leggerro) is a succubus destined to bring about the end of the world if she mates with their boss, Twayne Boneraper. Each episode, Mark must contend with some sort of political issue and is often stressed by violent tantrums on the part of Callie or some sort of life threatening issue via Randall or his co-worker, Leonard Powers, an alcoholic wizard.
The series is hilarious. It uses bizarre creatures to comment on the culture clash of different people and personalities in a large urban area. The dialogue is also very snarky and quote-worthy. Leggerro somehow manages to keep the sarcastic and sexy tone that has gotten her in trouble with veterans on New Years Eve 2013 and has made her a household name in comedy. The series has the right level of irreverence for an adult animated series while still having some of the fun and whimsy of a cartoon. With the large number of cartoons about families with bizarre cutaways and outlandish scenarios, it’s fun to see a series that takes advantage of the fantastical possibilities afforded by animation. The series can bend reality, have a character turn into a demon, or have a city filled with thousands of different species each with a new potential for jokes.
The oddly addictive show has all the fun of a series like Futurama and the offensive yet political bent of a show like South Park. Luckily, all 31 episodes and two seasons are available on Hulu Plus.
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The Avengers: Age of Ultron is adding someone new to their lineup, and it might be someone we already know and love. According to The Daily Mail, the film will be adding The Vision to their already massive cast, and are reportedly looking at British actor Paul Bettany to play the role — yes, the same Paul Bettany who currently provides the voice for everyone's favorite artificially intelligent butler and personal assistant JARVIS. The actor was apparently spotted recently with Jeremy Renner on the set of the film, and that he appeared to be participating in some costuming and make up tests for the part.
It seems like every time we turn around, there's a new character being added to Age of Ultron, and with so many other superhero franchises also in the middle of casting and filming, it can be difficult keeping everyone and their powers straight. To help you out, we've created a handy rundown of all of the new heroes and villains who will be in the next Avengers film, in order of how excited we are to see them on the big screen.
Unspecified Villain Played By: Kim Soo-hyunWhat We Know: Honestly? Not much. Kim, who is a Korean actress, was recently cast in an "villain role," which means that her character will either play a supporting role to one of or both of the film's two main villains, or she will be revealed to be a significant character somewhere down the line. How Excited We Are: Well, that depends on who she's playing, doesn't it?
The Vision Played By: Paul Bettany (Allegedly)What We Know: Vision is a robot created by Ultron as a way to enact revenge against his own creator. Though Vision starts off as a bad guy, he eventually becomes good and joins the Avengers, and even falls in love with and marries Scarlet Witch. His powers include flight, phasing, the ability to project solar energy, and regeneration, which is sure to make things complicated for the Avengers. There's been no word yet on whether this version of Vision will be tied to JARVIS in any way, but many people are theorizing that Ultron may corrupt JARVIS and turn him into Vision. How Excited We Are: We'd prefer if he made a Wimbledon 2, but we'll take it.
QuicksilverPlayed By: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonWhat We Know: Quicksilver/Pietro Maximoff is the twin brother of Wanda/Scarlet Witch, and is also a mutant and a former member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. He can move and think at superhuman speeds, a trait which Taylor-Johnson revealed causes him to become easily bored and irritable. He's incredibly protective of his sister, likely due to the fact that they were abandoned as children, and have spent most of their lives running away and protecting themselves from people who wanted to harm them. Quicksilver will also appear in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, although he will be played by Evan Peters, and they characters will not move between the two universes. How Excited We Are: Well, it's got to turn out better than the other Quicksilver's Empire cover, right?
Scarlet Witch Played By: Elizabeth OlsenWhat We Know: Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch will be joining the Avengers lineup in Age of Ultron. She originally appeared in the X-Men comics along with her twin brother, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver as part of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, but she was later recruited by Iron Man to join the Avengers. She's a mutant, and her powers come from her ability to perform "hexes," and telekinesis, which allow her to move or control objects as well as causing bad things to happen to her opponents. Olsen also revealed that her character can "connect with the dead and people from the past, the future, other universes," so we're excited to see how that ability comes into play in Age of Ultron. Scarlet Witch and Vision fall in love in the comics, so we're likely to see some sparks fly onscreen as well. How Excited We Are: We're always up for more female superheroes. Always.
Baron Wolfgang Von StruckerPlayed By: Thomas KretschmannWhat We Know: Strucker is a former Nazi officer who founds HYDRA, is the mortal enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D., and has spent most of his life attempting to take over the world through genocide. He is incredibly intelligent and strong, and is excellent at hand-to-hand combat, as well as having an aptitude for military strategy and disguise. Strucker has been thought to be killed many times, although he has survived or regenerated each time, and although it hasn't been revealed which powers he will have in Age of Ultron, in some comics, he is able to kill his opponents instantly by releasing the Death Spore from his body. He also sues his HYDRA resources to develop serums that give him additional powers and prevent him from aging, so that he can stay eternally youthful and torture Nick Fury for all of eternity. How Excited We Are: He's cool, but we've already seen one Super Nazi, and we're more interested in the maniacal AI.
Falcon Played By: Anthony MackieWhat We Know: Though it hasn't yet been confirmed whether or not Samuel Wilson/Falcon will appear in Age of Ultron, but since we know that it will deal directly with the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it's likely that he will pop up in some way. Although his backstory differs somewhat in the comcis, in the film, Falcon works as a tactical leader for S.HI.E.L.D. and bonds with Captain America over their shared military experience. He is able to fly using a pair of mechanical wings, and in the comics he also has the ability to connect with birds, see through their eyes and communicate with them. Falcon has been Captain America's sidekick since the 1970s, and joined the Avengers shortly afterwards, which means it's only a matter of time before we see him line up with the rest of the team. How Excited We Are: Finally, Mackie will be in a film worth seeing. Sorry dude, we love you, but even you couldn't make Runner, Runner bearable.
Ultron Played By: James SpaderWhat We Know: Ultron is an artificial intelligence with an unfortunate god complex who is hell-bent on getting revenge on his creator and taking over the world. He's a long-term nemesis for the Avengers, having first appeared in the comics in the 1940s, so even though he's the main villain of this film, that doesn't necessarily mean we won't see him in future films. Ultron will be rendered on-screen through CGI, though he will be based on the motion-capture work that Spader will be doing. His range of powers includes superhuman strength, speed, and stamina, flight, and the ability to shoot rays of energy from his hands that renders opponents unconscious; however, Joss Whedon has revealed that not all of his powers will be featured in Age of Ultron. How Excited We Are: He's the big bad of the film and he's voiced by Spader. Need we say more?
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Anyone who has seen Tatiana Maslany’s work in BBC America’s sci-fi series Orphan Black can attest to her talent. It’s because of these talents and the cult-like nature of the show’s fans that they are hell-bent on making sure Maslany doesn’t just win one award, but all the awards. As a fan myself, I can honestly say that I think she really deserves to win every single award for lead actress on a television series. However, I’m also here to tell my fellow fans that it’s going to be okay even if she doesn’t win anything this awards season.
When Emmy nominations were announced late last year, fans of Orphan Black were angered that Maslany didn’t get a single one. But, when all seemed lost, she received a nomination for a Golden Globe award. Thank the award show gods! As fans, we gathered together on Twitter and Tumblr to watch our beloved leader of the Clone Club win her first Golden Globe. Of course, that didn’t happen, and fans nearly rioted. While this last snub hurt the most — so close and yet so far — I promise it’s going to be okay.
First off, let’s remember that Orphan Black is still a young TV series; its second season hasn’t even premiered yet. Meaning that Maslany has a whole other year to be nominated — and win — all the awards that we believe she missed out on this year. Secondly, the fans have made such a huge stink in the past few months about Maslany’s lack of nominations, we’ve given the show some of the best press it has ever had (they should be thanking us). Because of our outrage, more and more people have watched the show, which will make it all the more likely to be nominated next year (hopefully).
Though this year’s award season might seem bleak in terms of Maslany winning the awards we know she deserves, fans have to remember that there will be another year. We can take notes from everyone who believes Leonardo DiCaprio deserves an Oscar — those fans have been waiting for decades. (Besides, she has won Young Hollywood and Television Critics Association awards, so that’s something.)
Australian rocker Marc Earley is set to undergo surgery on his hand after he was injured in a vicious attack in Sydney on Monday (03Feb14). The Growl bassist was eating at a restaurant in the Surrey Hills area of the city in the early hours of Monday after his band's performance at Sunday's (02Feb14) Laneway Festival when an unidentified man approached the table.
He covered Earley's eyes with his hand and then bent the rocker's ring finger back until it snapped.
The attack caused two fractures and he has jetted to Western Australia to see a specialist in a bid to save the use of his finger.
Fans have flooded an online fundraising site with donations to help pay for the operation and his rehabilitation, garnering over $2,000 (£12,000) in 24 hours.
Earley is now preparing for surgery on Thursday (06Feb14).
In a post on the fundraising page thanking fans for their generosity, he writes, "I am totally overwhelmed by the support and donations by the public in response to my injuries from Monday's incident. My injury is very serious, with only a 50 per cent chance of regaining normal movement. I will be going into surgery tomorrow and then entering in an intensive daily rehab program. I'm not expected to see the true idea of how successful the procedure was until the 12-month mark."
Police in Sydney are currently investigating the incident.
It was just over a year ago when How I Met Your Mother pulled what I consider its most offensive move to date: the Barney-Patrice gambit that ultimately hooked Robin into realizing her feelings for the duplicitous suitor. It was in this experiment, one that advertised the impossibility of a fit central character drumming up feelings for a full bodied woman, that the CBS sitcom showed off a peak in immaturity — a long-gestating immaturity that had taken form in the hearts of Barney, Robin, and, most of all, our hero Ted.
Ted's vantage point has always celebrated a very specific idea of romantic love. The kind that you'd find in a decade-long Meg Ryan movie. In universe, Ted has endured some treacherous punishment for his pursuit of this singular manifestation of love — not even in pursuit of a return of that love, but of the love itself. Ted needs to love the way he understands love to take form. The restrictive, illogical, selfish, immature way that he (and, let's be honest, we) defines this all-consuming phenomenon. And although it's more enchanting to view love this way, it isn't fair.
It isn't fair to the people we love — to Robin, in Ted's case — or to the people doing the loving. To dismiss your feelings is deemed cynical by films and television shows like How I Met Your Mother. To get over someone after years of desperate, agonizing passion would render these years illegitimate. There is only one kind of love, the show has affirmed, and it doesn't change.
A third party to whom this mentality isn't fair: everyone else. Everyone who hasn't been loved like this, or who hasn't felt this specific kind of love. Anyone who didn't meet his or her soul mate on the first day of college (Marshall and Lily), who wasn't saved from a lifetime of destructive behavior by the only person "as messed up" as him (Barney), or who didn't spend nine years stealing blue French horns, setting up elaborate Christmas decorations, retrieving lockets, and destroying himself over the one (Ted). To everyone who hasn't experienced this kind of love and who has been made to feel like he or she is not experiencing real life because of it, this whole maxim isn't fair. And it's more or less a lie, too.
But for 199 straight episodes, How I Met Your Mother seemed bent on upholding the idea of love that it inherited from everything in between Casablanca and When Harry Met Sally, laying waste to the toxicity it instills in the lover and the lovee, a party reduced to an idealized end-goal who is robbed of her own industries, passions, and feelings of organic love as they are devalued as little more than roadblocks in this sprawling romantic quest (Robin). In universe, Ted was punished for his journeys, but we all knew that How I Met Your Mother was rewarding him for his "uniquely pure heart" by repeatedly crowning him a tragic hero. And to all those who've endured Ted's path before, the tragic hero title is a nice compensation prize, ain't it? Just enough to keep you going, to keep you adhered to the journey.
And then came the big 2-0-0, last week's episode, when we were treated to the backstory of the still nameless Mother. The episode, titled "How Your Mother Met Me," gave us the first big surprise of the season: Ted would not be her first love. Years before taking up with Mr. Mosby, The Mother was deeply and devotedly involved with another, Max, whose untimely death was the only cause for their relationship's end. No, he wasn't proven to be "not quite the one" (although a subsequent pre-Ted beau would). This Max, for all we know, would have made The Mother the happiest woman on Earth. But we were surprised to hear our old, traditionally immature friend How I Met Your Mother assure us that this doesn't mean Ted can't do the same. For the first time in its nine year span, the show admitted that there might not only be one kind of love.
A week later and our surprise is doubled. We find Ted on Central Park's Bow Bridge (the most romantic place in New York City, you know), begging his nutty ex Jeanette (Abby Elliott) to return the locket that he has been dying — really, killing himself! Contacting old girlfriends like Stella and Victoria and flying across country just to figure out where he stored the thing — to retrieve as Robin's wedding gift. In a rare moment of earnestness, the kooky Jeanette challenges Ted's judgment, insisting that he needs to get over Robin and that he's better off without the locket. But Ted disagrees. He can't stomach the idea of getting over Robin, as it would mean that his years of devotion to her meant nothing. And, as said love is what he used to define himself altogether, it would mean that he meant nothing. And for the first time, after so many romantic diatribes in which Ted has spelled out his aching, ceaseless, unwavering obsession with his own love, we see How I Met Your Mother take a different stance.
"I'm in love with her. If you're looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it's love," Ted cries. "And when you love someone, you don't stop. Ever. Even when people roll their eyes or call you crazy. Even then. Especially then. You just — you don't give up. Because if I could give up, if I could just take the who world's advice and move on and find someone else, THAT WOULDN'T BE LOVE. That would be some other disposable thing that is not worth fighting for." And then, Ted manages one desperate, "That is not what this is," almost too worn out to convince Abby or himself.
For the first time, the show seems to understand that this isn't right. That this isn't how someone should feel about love. That it shouldn't be something that destroys you, or that you adhere to obsessively in an effort to become what you wish you were. And that if this is the sort of "love" you are experiencing, then you might be better off tossing your locket into The Ramble and Lake... which, of course, is what Jeanette does next. An act of malice on her part, but one that sets him free.
And so, we flash forward to the wedding weekend, with Ted sitting beside Robin on the beach as the sun comes up, waiting for Barney to stumble back from his drunken night of tutoring two young schmoes in the art of wooing women (the passing of the torch, you could call it), finally deciding that everything in his cold, concrete definition of love needed to change. And so, he decides to let her go. Forever. And more importantly, to let go of his belief that his love for Robin is not just the only thing worth fighting for, but worth living for. Because love doesn't have to be defined by Casablanca or When Harry Met Sally or Marshall and Lily. Some people find it in Paris, some people in road trips, some people in college hallways, some people in New York City pubs, some people on dating websites, some people through set-ups, and the list goes on. Some people find it once, some people find it over and over. It's different for every one who experiences it — any two cases are incomparable. Every case has its own, unique, honest story. And after trying to capitalize on everything he thought it should be for so many years, the fellow telling his story via Bob Saget voiceover to the two kids on his living room couch is finally ready to begin it.
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Dame Helen Mirren thrilled students at Harvard University in Massachusetts when she agreed to show off her best 'twerk' while she was honoured as the 2014 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year on Thursday (30Jan14). The Oscar winner was paraded around the campus in Cambridge in a convertible alongside Hasty Pudding Theatricals members dressed in drag.
She then hit an outdoor stage for a career tribute, during which she was asked if she knew how to 'twerk' like Miley Cyrus.
The 68 year old confessed to trying the sexy dance more in her bedroom, adding, "It was absolutely humiliating".
But, always game, the actress bent over and shook her backside to the delight of the crowd.
She also agreed to answer a series of bizarre questions, including one from a student who asked if she could beat up Meryl Streep in a fight.
She replied, "Meryl would win, definitely. She's bigger, stronger and mentally stronger than I am."
Next week (07Feb14), How I Met Your Mother actor Neil Patrick Harris will get his turn to be feted at Harvard as he will be honoured as the male recipient of the 2014 Hasty Pudding Award.
We pick up just where we left off last week – Frank and Carl bonding over bodily functions, Debs dating an older man, Fiona getting her feet wet in her new job and new relationship, Lip getting his ass handed to him at college, and Kev and V experiencing pregnancy drama. We'll check in with Kev and V first.
Things are looking uncharacteristically good: Kev inherits the Alibi Room from Stan in a hilarious/horrifying (a combination that Shameless has always done to a T) scene involving Stan's last will and testament and Stan's "sniveling fagotty fag of a fagorama daughter" (Stan's words not ours, we promise). Kev feels so guilty for inheriting over Stan's son that he agrees to pay him $500/month for the next 2 years. Doable, right? Wrong. It turns out the Alibi Room brings in very little profit – and things get even worse when V realizes she's carrying triplets: add that to Carol's baby, and that makes four. What will they do? V seems dead serious when she says she wants Carol to get an abortion, but she has Carol and Kev against her on that one.
As for Fiona and her boss boyfriend? I smell trouble. There are already trust issues brewing – he's bent out of shape because the night before, she said she would call and didn't. She does her best to joke and flirt her way out of it, but he's determined to talk things out – and things only get worse when a bout of road rage prompts an angry (and crazy) driver to take a baseball bat to her cherry company car's windshield. Instead of telling the truth, she blithely tells Mike it must have been a fallen tree branch. Unfortunately, she's already gone viral, and he catches her red-handed. Sure, honesty is important, but honesty in terms of your boyfriend and your boss are very different things, right? This episode we get a peek of what a dangerous line it is she toes between her personal and professional life. He's really falling for her, and as such, he might just be the kind of ex-boyfriend/current boss to really make her life hell.
Debs is also experiencing some boy trouble – her boyfriend (remember him from last week?) invites her over to his place, and after a quick look in his wallet she quickly discovers two horrifying facts: one, he's carrying around a condom, and two, he's twenty. Twenty. She panics and tells him she's only thirteen, but if he's fazed he barely shows it – their date continues, as they hold hands on the couch. We don't know what happens after that, but we do know that Debs stomps straight to her room after their date ... uh oh.
Lip's not doing so great either: his grades are still dismal, he gets almost no traction with the ladies (one exception – a shy-looking girl at the party who turns out to be decidedly not shy in the sack), his roommate's girlfriend still shoots him dirty looks, and even his friends from his work in the cafeteria have families to get home to at the end of the day. Will he pull out of the nosedive, or are we going to see him crash and burn?
And speaking of crashing and burning: Carl and Frank continue to toe the line between sweet and disgusting ("he smells like a monkey cage" – again, Shameless in a nutshell). Frank's liver failure has gotten even more dire (watching him squirt booze into his eyes this week is almost as horrifying as it was watching him retching and butt-chugging last week), so Carl makes it his mission to get him a new liver. A surprisingly patient nurse (another of Shameless' great guest stars) explains how the donor list works, and gives him at-home blood tests to see if any of the 18-and-up family members are a match. Lip's a no-go, but Fiona? O positive, just like Frank. Needless to say, she refuses without batting an eye. Frank responds in kind, cool as a cucumber, as he informs them he'll be asking his oldest daughter, Elizabeth. Mic drop. No but, seriously? What? Is it just me or does a long-lost daughter seem a little soapy for Shameless? I suppose if anyone would have secret, estranged children, it would be Frank, but still. The episode cliffhangs us, so I guess we'll just have to wait until next week to see just who this Elizabeth is.
There is no shortage of shocking moments this season. It looks like Downton Abbey is channeling Melrose Place. Here’s hoping that Heather Locklear stops by as a 1920s advertising executive hell-bent on getting her hands on the Abbey. The original Shady Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) is replete with side-eyes, social slights, and aristocratic sass. Lady Edith is also making poor romantic choices as usual. Oh poor Edith, why are you so unlovable? Meanwhile, has anyone noticed that Cora (Elizabeth McGovern) sounds a lot like a slightly inebriated Liza Minnelli?
The party guests are slowly leaving. Michael Gregson (Charles Edwards) proved himself a hero. Miss Braithwaite (MyAnna Buring) has gone full-on Fatal Attraction on Tom Branson (Allen Leech). She is trying to turn their one-night-stand into a ticket to the wealth of Downton.
Lady Mary, Edith, Tom and Lady Rose MacClare (Lily James) head to London to stay with Lady Rosamund Painswick (Samantha Bond). They head to The Lotus Club to listen to some jazz. Steve Urkel Jack Ross (Gary Carr) serenedes with the most nasal rendition of 1920s jazz. When, Lady Rose’s escort gets sloppy, Jack saves the day by cutting in. However, Tom rushes to stop her from dancing with a black man. Racism is alive in London, people.
Lord Gillingham (Tom Cullen) is courting the hell out of Lady Mary. He even snuck on the same train to surprise her at home. He proposes but Mary has to decline but she does give him an epic kiss on the grounds.
The Drama: Not only is Mr. Gregson heading to a pre-World War 2 Germany to get a divorce, but they totally spent the night together. He seems somewhat above board since he gave Edith power of attorney over his finances. But ... does he plan to sleep with her and run? Also, has he left her with legal control for an ulterior motive?
Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt) is still recovering from her attack and not doing so well since she has to see Mr. Green (Nigel Harman) before he leaves. She has become very icy to Bates (Brendan Coyle) and absolutely refuses to tell him why. She has even asked Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) to move back with the servants. Ivy (Cara Theobold) and Jimmy (Ed Speleers) have upgraded their lame courtship into full-on canoodling. Alfred (Matt Milne), jilted, has decided to apply for a cooking fellowship with The Ritz hotel. He may be leaving Downton like his aunt O’Brien. Carson (Jim Carter) is also beginning a very slow flirtation with Mrs. Hughes. Could the Mom and Pop of the staff get together for real?
The Drama: Mrs. Hughes plays Tom’s hero by destroying Braithwaite and her pregnancy claims. She finds a book about conception and bluffs Braithwaite into leaving Downton. She also tells her that if she makes a fuss she will never get a job in her lifetime. Now, if only Mrs. Hughes can tackle Anna’s attacker.
Best Lines of the Night
Don’t be transparent mamà, it doesn’t suit you. -Lady Mary to Cora
Don’t say I’m not good enough. If you were good enough for Lady Cybil Crawley then I’m good enough for you. -Braithwaite to Tom
Ivy moves a little fast for a beginner, don’t she -Daisy (Sophie McShera)
If we only had moral thoughts ... what would the poor church men find to do? -Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)
Things have come to a pretty pass when you have to be rescued by a black band leader. -Lady Rosemound being a tad wee bit racist
Do you ever wonder why people dislike you so much? It’s because you’re sly, oily, and smug and I’m really pleased I got to tell you before I go. -Braithwaite to Barrow
If we’re playing the truth game. You’re a lying manipulative little witch and if your schemes have come to nothing I’m delighted. -Tom Barrow (Rob James-Collier) to Braithwaite
Edith is about as mysterious as a bucket. -Lady Mary
Tons of people would like to be considered the voice of their generation. Miley Cyrus is twerking at the chance. However, who would have thought that the 1990s could be summed up so perfectly by a cartoon. Daria, a spin-off of Bevis and Butt-Head, brought the right level of music, snark, and cultural commentary to embody the youth in the '90s and early 2000s.
Daria Morgendorffer is a smart, sarcastic, and generally apathetic teenager. Her father, Jake, is a high-strung businessman, her mother Helen is a passive-aggressive workaholic, and her sister, Quinn, is a popular vapid teenager. Her only ally is her best friend Jane Lane and Jane’s brother, burnout musician Trent. She tries to deal with the idiots in school including Kevin the quarterback, cheerleader Brittany, and her deranged teacher Mr. DeMartino.
In the same vein as Bea Arthur, Janeane Garofalo, Wednesday Addams, and Aubrey Plaza, Daria has an acerbic wit, monotone, and an eloquent yet slightly twisted intelligence. Daria offers a thoughtful and cogent commentary on the bright colors, consumerism and entitlement of the Millennial generation. She and her friends have deliciously dark jokes at the expense of the stupidity, superficiality, and ignorance of the students around them and by extension the youth of America at the time.
The great thing about Daria is that no matter how dark the jokes get, the series still has heart. Despite the shortcomings of some characters, they all generally have good hearts. Sure, high school can suck, but luckily Daria says what we all wish we could say and lives in an environment where people aren’t as mean or as toxic as they can be in real life. It offers delightful escapist fiction where teenagers are smart, insightful, and life's problems can be solved by a slice of pizza.
Sadly, a lot of the music is not available in syndication. The series was genius with its finger on the pulse of the pop music at the time. However, the series is still insanely addictive and offers an enjoyable experience worthy of a personal marathon.
The series lasted five seasons and included two made-for-TV movies. Luckily, all five seasons of the series are available on Hulu. Check out a mock trailer for a live action film starring Plaza.
Alex works to valance raising her 10-year-old daughter, her career as a lawyer, and doing home improvements after her recent divorce. Her womanizing, free-spirited contractor Pete unsettles the balance of her life as he fixes up her kitchen.
Episode 2. Smitten
(AIR DATE 03/21/2012)
Alex tries to move to the next level with her boyfriend, while Pete gets back together with his ex Natalie.
Episode 3. HD
(AIR DATE 03/28/2012)
Upset about Ben doing work around Alex's house, Pete and his crew follow him and catch him with another woman.
Episode 4. A-Game
(AIR DATE 03/28/2012)
Alex is invited to a wedding, but when Ben has to leave Pete tries to take his place.
Episode 5. Mom
(AIR DATE 04/04/2012)
Pete's mom comes to visit, and Walt goes all out to win her back.
Episode 6. Tile Date
(AIR DATE 04/04/2012)
A dream prompts Alex to question her feelings for Pete, prompting her to crash a date he has with another lawyer.