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Thursday Night: Still Comedy's Best Night

Side note #1: all former a_list_celebs members please check out the_tree_fort's latest post if you haven't already. *bites lip* Side note #2, my head is still full of concrete. My #2 informed me last night that the new kids they've been playing with all week (at my house - up until yesterday when I was afraid of getting THEM sick) have been... you guessed it. Sick. Thaaaaaaaaanks. Who sends their sick kids to play at someone's house? Oh, their mother? A horse. Wait, wrong complaint. A nurse. *hands*


The Office - 'Oh, good. You're awake.'

Simultaneously the most creepy. disturbing, and funny episode yet this season. I love that Karen totally got one (or many!) over on Jim, but I think that was NOT the right joke to play with him. He's an insecure guy when it comes to dating. (Okay, an even bigger turn on for me than drummers is basketball players. I mentioned husband #1 was 6'8", right? And could sink a 360 double handed dunk? Rawr.) Jim playing basketball - however brief - was FTW.

But let's talk about the STAR of this episode: DWIGHT. Oh my god, my jaw dropped open at least five times. WHY WAS HE IN THAT CHILD'S ROOM?!? That kid actor was hilarious, too. Just bugged and put off, not freaked out and scared, because that would have made that scene... too creepy. Oh, laws, Dwight swinging off the banister to test it! "I found some termites in a crawlspace. I'd say it was a good cocktail party." WOW.

MICHAEL SCOTT, good lord, that messed up BABY. "Dwight, that's.. you don't ask that. *beat* How much did this house cost?" I am not even going in to his arriving several hours early in order to "become closer friends" because I have had people that DO THAT. Like... Okay, that's all I'll say. O_O He and Jan are so deliciously jacked up, and his tears WORKED on her!! And... are we to believe from that bathroom scene that he's not a wild sex kitten? Is it that Jan gets to be in control and feel powerful because he's all squeamish? (I'm thinking of when Carol broke up with Michael, and he was lying on the floor behind Pam's desk and said something like, "maybe they broke up with you because there are things you won't do sexually." Maybe Micheal thinks cuddling and dry humping is sex, and Jan's relieved that she isn't being pawed at or something! DISCUSS.

Now for the most disturbing part: ROY. I totally gasped and went into a protective ball on my sofa when he got all belligerent with Pam about her kissing Jim. When his brother just walked up and started smashing the chair? WOW. That's... oh, Pammy (oh. And don't call me Pammy.) do not get back together with this yahoo! Is anyone else thinking that he got a little violent with Pam now? And maybe THAT'S why she couldn't break free of him? Am I projecting? i don't think so. The final scene with Roy sitting at the dumpster and saying, "I'm going to kill Jim Halpert." Oh lord. That's frightening. That's GOOD tv.

Toby! Spending all his time getting that stupid duck for Pam, who tells him to give it to his kid. Oh, TOBY. Pining for our Pam... What happened to the hottie at the wedding? Why didn't we see more of Meredith at the BAR? Creed's nonchalant explanation for his very young friends cracked me up, too. I liked Stanley having fun at the bar. How long until they stop with the repeats, now?? I'm going through withdrawals already.

I'm not feeling Scrubs this season - it's like they're all phoning it in, to be honest. I did like the line in the fantasy scene where JD calls Turk "Obi-Brown." So here: Have some The Todd in a banana hammock. (quasi-work safe) I do NOT, however, feel anything but love for 30 Rock, the best little comedy that none of you are watching!! WHY?!


30 Rock

Tracey Morgan was seriously underrated, mostly by me. I absolutely love him in this show. He clearly is smarter than he plays, has a lot of input with the writers of this show, and is HILARIOUS. Kenneth is still perfectly wonderful, and the Jack/Liz relationship makes me filled with glee. I like that the writers know about shippiness and play with that on the show. They are NOT getting together, and they mock that "will they/won't they" tv standby. "Jenna" getting oiled up and sliding all over that chair was funny - I'm surprised at how funny Jane Krazowski really is. She has good comic timing, and she and Tina Fey are great. But NO ONE is better than my beloved Rachel Dratch. I love that she's a regular on the show, yet she plays a different person in every episode. That's totally the job I'd want, too.

What's great about this show is the mix of old school sitcom with "the new funny" (ie: sarcastic acknowledgment of comedy) and all the slapstick. Tina Fey's aside to the producer when he says how surprised he was that Tina wrote a great show about being a proud American, "Just because I think gay people should be allowed to get married and support hybrid cars doesn't mean I don't love my country, because I do." Then the big smile and wink at the camera? Awesome. AND YEAH!

Frank's throwaway line re: sexiest women in comedy, "Where's Jackeè?" Hahaha. 227! Meeeeehreeehh. <-- maybe only funny to me and my sister.

The final scene with Tracy being "trapped" by the crowd of 15 people and him singing the song from "The Bodyguard" by Whitney Houston? And his entourage shows up and carries him away? Hahaha! In conclusion, I, too, am happy for Fat Balls at Cornell. HAHAHA - that makes me think of "Me, Myself, & Irene" and one of the funniest things ever said EVER: "Man, you gonna end up at Stanford with them slingblade motherfuckers." All that was missing from this episode was more Alec Baldwin.

This show is just consistently fun and smart. And silly. Which for me is an A++.


And I just sneezed so hard I scared the dog. Gehhhh. Send apple juice. And kitten slippers. Like, slippers made of fluffy kittens. I'll bungee cord them around my feet. Mmmm, purring on my toes. Acceptable substitute: long-haired guinea pigs. (that animal TEWTALLY has a blow out!) Also: this picture is like Spock is holding Darthanne! hahaha. *adds to mood theme*

Comments

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thepiratequeen
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
There were moments and whole episodes of the second season of The Office (UK) that I found so uncomfortable and disturbing that the show ceased to be a comedy for me. Last night's ep of The Office hit that boundry for me and broke it. I laughed and I thought it was a great episode but I wanted to take a shower after it was over.

Jan/Michael is becoming one of my favorite TV couples. I love how Jan is completely losing it and trying to gain more and more control. Rainn Wilson just so perfectly understands Dwight and knows how to play him and it's beautiful. I can't wait to see him host SNL on Saturday.

The Roy/Pam scene at the end gave me the chills. It put some scary things in perspective about their relationship and I have to say I think it's a little too dark for the show. Like you I'm know thinking all sorts of sad things about what Roy is capable of and what Pam has had to go through and I don't like it.

*sigh* Is it strange that Toby's crush on Pam has made me develop a crush on him?
thepiratequeen
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:05 pm (UTC)
PS: *sends you apple juice, tissues and Get Well wishes*
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks! Mr. S is due home in a few hours, so I'll be SO HAPPY to have someone actually get me those things. ...maybe not the guinea pig slippers, but how soft would those be?!?!

Oh, the show TOTALLY makes me squirm. But that's it's genius. Those dark moments (and man, was last night dark!) make the funny that more funny. And the funny makes the creepy moments so disturbing, because we're blindsided by it.

Seriously: Dwight in that kids' room. What on EARTH?! You know what would have made that party better? ANGELA. I noticed she wasn't playing beer drinking games at the table, so she must have left. I was surprised she was at the bar in the first place!

(And you have a crush on Toby because he's AWESOME!!) :D
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stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'll be fine. I don't get sick often, and this is more of an inconvenient illness, not a full blown "kill me now" type sick. :) And yeah - mom's a NURSE! What? And none of my kids are sick, just me! Half of the teaching staff had been out over the past few weeks due to the flu, so I wonder if the nurse figured I'd already been exposed?

(Oooh, kitten nibbles! Since I'm used to Hope and her love bites... Clearly I need the guinea pig slippers! Heee!)
redbrickrose
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
Is anyone else thinking that he got a little violent with Pam now? And maybe THAT'S why she couldn't break free of him?

That definitely occurred to me and made me a little uncomfortable, I admit. I loved last night's episode (especially Jan and Michael), but that was definitely darker than I'm used to expecting from The Office.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
It really really was, wasn't it? (I loved that, though. It shows how much we care about these fictitious people!) I think that opened the door for a lot of speculation, and honestly, helps me understand Pam's motivation a LOT more, honestly.
crevette
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Kitten slippers? I think you might just start a wanksplosion if anyone over at Cute Overload hears about that. I mean, they're a "add water, get wank" comm.

PS. Am still skeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeved over Raw!Family's toilet.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
hahahaha, PROBABLY. That site is SO wanky. (Oooh, speaking of skeevy raw eaters, the DeMoines' local paper has been filled with fun wank on that topic...)
crevette
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Wank wank wankity wank.

We need to use wanking as an alternative energy source.

I'm just unsure about the "by-products".

PS. sorry... am having... .uhm... technical difficulties today. Probably from wanking.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
hahahaha - no prob.

And how are YOU?
crevette
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
I am at work, still waiting for the hammer to fall.

You? besides being a MONSTER WHO WANTS KITTENS STRAPPED TO HER FEET SO THEY MEW PITEOUSLY WHEN SHE WALKS AROUND AND CRUSHES THEIR LITTLE BODIES??? (Or if they're just on top of your feet, get nauseated by all the movements?)
_willferrell
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
Kitten blood keeps my toes warm, thanks!! HAHAHAHAHAA.

(this is Stoney, I'm just not logging out of my sockpuppet account) :D
crevette
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
KITTENS FOR CTHULU!!!!
cherusha
Feb. 23rd, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
You're sick!

*bonds*


I'm mean--


getwellsoon.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
*throws the comforter back* Come on it. EVENTUALLY someone will come and make us tea.

What bad movie are we watching while we sniffle? *passes you a cat to snuggle*

(And do you have anyone looking in on you? Poor baby. <3)
unatazzadite
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
*sheepish*

um, don't think I'll be coming back to A_List.

*has commented*
_willferrell
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
*is talking to you*

<3
shipperx
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm totally with you on 30 Rock. I was somewhat tepid on the premiere, but as the weeks have gone on, the show has only gotten better and better. I too loved Fey's little wink to the camera. And The Bodyguard ending was hysterical.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I freaking LOVE that show. It's so old school, but not! And I loved the little TDS shout out. The few women writers on TDS have commented on how Tina Fey is their hero, so I thought that was sweet that she mentioned that she's a big admirer of their show. Heeeeee!

THE BODYGUARD CARRY OFF. Hahahaha.
julia_here
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)
For some reason I find it really easy to get distracted by meta on "The Office;" last week it was "Oh, wow, how very Josslike" and this week, having been awakened to Miss Jones' parentage (which, DUH, I actually knew already and was ignoring) it was "wow, she looks exactly like Peggy Lipton in profile" every time Karen turned to look at Jim.

Julia, two weeks on Concerta and things are getting tidied up in my unruly brain

stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 04:41 pm (UTC)
Okay, I missed who's child she was but YES! That's who she is!

I need more coffee to clear the cobwebs from my head. Oh, if only that magic wand actually worked... *slumps in chair*
julia_here
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
I was all *headdesk* when I read last weekend's EW and saw pictures of her with Peggy and Q. Besides, I've been missing out on a brag, as my unique friend Fern went to high school with Quincy Jones, so I've got a second degree connection to Raisha.

Julia, knowing Fern is an adventure in many ways
harmonyfb
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:12 pm (UTC)
At one point last week, my son's class had all of three kids in it. Three. Out of 14.

The director of the school told me that they were thinking of closing school for a couple of days, so they could give this ick time to run its course. Monkeyboy ran a nearly-103 fever, another boy ran a 105 fever (!!!), and one little girl's fever got so high that she burst capillaries in her eyes. ::shudders::
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
YIKES. Good HELL. That's terrible! I'd heard about some schools closing as a result of the flu - we almost got to that point at my school. I'm amazed at my kids for not catching it. Only one of them (Emily) got a flu shot. My kids just don't really get sick anymore. (MAybe it's because I don't have a house like the Iowa Raw Eaters. OR DO I??) Hahaha. Ew. No.

I hope Monkey boy's feeling better!
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stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I don't think he beat Pam or antyhing, i think he has rage issues and that kept her from doing anything (like ending it) because maybe inside she was afraid that he'd turn it to HER. He and his brother have clearly gotten into brawls before, is why I say that.

I think they set that idea up what with Pam being "the new Pam" who says no and what she thinks.
cityphonelines
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Stop being sick! It is an unauthorized action. Please cease and desist any and all illness.

The TODD!!! And I totally agree on the Scrubs tip. I know that it's up in the air about it continuing or canceling, but it FEELS like they know it's their last year and they're... giving in.

*pours Robitussin down your throat and feeds you soup and coddles you*
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
*LOVES BEING CODDLED, OMG* It's not SICK sick, like, I don't think I have the full blown flu, I just have a stuffy head and want to lay around a bunch. YAY. On the last part, at least.

I really think this is the last year for Scrubs, which... it probably should be. They all seem to have lost their hearts for it, or something. Like, they're going through the motions (sings Buffy) but aren't emotionally connecting with their characters any more.
soundingsea
Feb. 23rd, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Roy really freaked me out. Violence like that is just unacceptable. I'm so glad Pam ended things immediately. Yikes! *wibbles*
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
ROY SERIOUSLY FREAKED ME OUT, I KNOW, RIGHT?!? Yikes. I was mentioning up above to my sister that I think they're hinting that Pam has seen him rage out before (I don't necessarily think on HER) and now that we have "New Strong Pam" she's able to say No. Which... I would have be VERY upset if she hadn't made that clear.

I CAN NOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT NEW EP, omg.
brunettepet
Feb. 23rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dwight! I am all about Dwight in that rocking chair interrogating the host's son, "I this oak?" I was crying with laughter and followed that up right away with "30 Rock." Yeah, I'm taking that episode behind the middle school...I'm delighted with Jane Krazowski just putting herself out there and being embarrassingly funny. She's gotten me over my "Ally McBeal" phobia completely.
cordelianne
Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I am so with you about Thursday still being comedy's best night. AND it's totally the Office and 30 Rock which are highlights for me too! It's too bad that Scrubs hasn't been as good - although I did like Turk going into the JD monologues - it seems to have lost its spark.

OMG when Dwight was checking out their banister and studs in their walls by hitting them I was so amused, but then when he was up on the roof I thought I would die! And Roy was very scary! I'm so happy that Pam totally wasn't standing for any of that.

I'm absolutely loving 30 Rock. This was the episode that really made me recognize how good Tracey Morgan is. The whole Bodyguard moment was definitely the highlight of the episode for me!! Oh wait, I also loved the winking!! *g*

I hope you're feeling better soon! My grandma always recommended lots and lots of hot tea, and I second that suggestion. *hugs*
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Tea? Check. Hot tub filling up with menthol? Check. No further plans for the evening? Check. Ahhhhh. (Thank you, sweetheart!)

And DWIGHT. Oh my god the BANISTER. That boy has NO SENSE. He makes me cringe and laugh every time he's on screen.

I'm really hoping Scrubs picks up the heart soon. It's not there for me lately. (And Tracey! I just really really like him now, where I just mildly enjoyed him on SNL.)
semby
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
The Office BLEW MY MIND last night with the Roy stuff. Although, I see why people might think that it indicates past abuse, but I personally don't think so. He took his anger out on inanimate objects rather than Pam, for one, and also: I just don't get the impression that she'd ever particularly pissed him off before. He's a pretty laid back guy, usually, and she would normally just give in to whatever he wanted when they argued. And I know Pam wasn't as strong back then, but I still don't believe she was the type to put up with that sort of treatment (notice the *second* he yelled and threw something, she said "This is over" and walked out - I don't see her backtracking into that relationship again, ever.)

Toby was too cute/sad and I loved all the other office mates joining in the bar fun (especially Stanley!). And Dwight ruled all.
stoney321
Feb. 23rd, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
I don't think he BEAT Pam. Oooooh, no no no no. I think she's seen his RAGE. I think there may be some fear deep down inside, and that's why EARLIER she couldn't leave him. Among other things.

I really REALLY hope she's done with Roy for good. but then, once Jim and Pam get together, the show is over. I'd like to see her hook up with Toby for a while. Heeeee!
dlgood
Feb. 25th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 30 Rock was pretty great. I'm starting to get a sort of Mary Tyler Moore vibe about it -- which is kind of shallow because not all TV Studio Dramas centered around the career woman with older mentor=y boss are the same... but I dunno. It's a hit or miss show but it's clicking a bit more often recently.
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