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I've gone on and on before about blood atonement, etc., so I'll not revisit that. I did love having all of the "original" Hendrixes all together - all of the blood relatives, that is. We all know that Frank is an ass, Lois is wacko, Bill is self centered, and now we also have concrete canon on Joey also being self-centered. Ben is, too, to some degree, but I imagine growing up in a "normal" environment for the formative years helped him not be so self-focused. Also, his age has a lot to do with it.

Frank The "death bed" confession with Lois about how Roman told him that Bill would grow up and break up the family, and that's why he sent him away just confirmed that he only gives a shit about himself and his "things," and not his deep love for his "wives" as he would like Lois to believe. And she didn't, in true Lois fashion. He flits in and out of his family's lives as he pleases, takes over their money and finances when it suits him, and is King Coercion. He gets people to cow-tow to his whims pretty easily. In the beginning of the show we're supposed to look at him, see his Evil, and then see how kind and loving a father Bill is and think they're totally different. Uh huh.

Lois Her "death bed" confession to Jodene was hilarious. She is in desperate need of sympathy (and boy, no one plays the martyr card quite like Lois) and knows that Frank won't give it to her, and she wants a female to give it to her. And Jodene ain't havin' it. I loved the pissed off exasperation that flashed on Lois' face when she realized that, then decided that it didn't fit in with what she had imagined the response to be, and so carried on with her own agenda. "I'm hugging you and telling myself that you have forgiven ME, because I'm the focus here."

Ben He's freaking out - warranted - but his selfishness is what got him here (just like with all of the others.) He wanted something with Margene, and he got it. He pushed that situation by playing the innocent, when he is far from it. You could tell that he liked the attention Margene gave him, put himself in situations to get more of it, then got really mad at her when she tried to turn the dial back to 1. That's not what he wanted. And so he goes off with his loco Gran knowing it would piss off his parents and got a whole lot more than he bargained for.

Joey He wants revenge. He doesn't care about anything but that red bullseye on Hollis' head, not his wife, his child, their safety or any repercussions that may come from his actions. He murdered Roman for the same reason and with the same lack of concern for what it could mean to his loved ones. He felt it was the right thing to do and roped his crazy wife into the whole ordeal, and now she's alone with her crazy brother (I've got something to say about that whole thing in a minute) trying to hold it together and barely making it.

Bill His wife is dealing with a BOMB THREAT in the casino that she wasn't in support of in the very beginning, and got saddled with the whole job of running it, and he can't focus on anything she needs. Yeah, yeah, he was going to get their son, but Jesus Please Us, they were pulled over by Mexican drug lords who were clearing executing people right there, and he's got it in his head to do something, and he's going to do it. Ana could have a normal life with her new man, but he has to be a part of yet another child's life (and Barb is an accomplice here, too - there's her selfishness to be In Control as First Wife) and it's all about HIS religion and HIS morals etc. Forget that he's going to make Ana miserable, or that Ana wants nothing to do with the lot of them, Bill wants it, and so it is.

They're all the more palatable version of Hollis and his family. Hollis gets what he wants, demands them to obey him, and they all do. He's just way up front with the crazy. And while I adore Grace Zabriskie (Lois) I was pretty disappointed with the final take of her chopping his arm off. It looked pretty cheesy to me, her just raising her arm and lowering it without any effort. You're chopping a man's arm off, for God's sake. And seriously, how awesome is the actress that plays Selma Green, Sandy Martin? That poor tortured soul, so twisted and awful because of the life she's been forced to live. I can imagine that actress is thanking her lucky stars for this role - she's hilarious as Mac's mom on Its' Always Sunny - but this is a character you can sink your teeth into. She's the more tortured, controlled version of Lois, I think. If Lois hadn't run off, she'd be just like Selma.

JJ Theories Okay, he continues to be disgusting and creepy, and that whole thing with him packing up and Wanda freaking out... I'm not quite sure what that's all about, but I have an idea. Nikki goes to see JJ's son about her infertility (and how creepy was that guy with his benevolent smile??) and I think he's "so successful" at getting women pregnant because HE'S impregnating them. If they actually go that route, I'm going to have my mind blown. And Wanda knows this, and she's disgusted by it.

Hmm, we'll see.

I made a "cream biscuit" recipe last night to go with our stew, and holy smokes was it easy and crazy delicious. I'm trying to teach the kids how to make some basics that are straightforward and simple, and this fits the bill. I do have some notes that I've added to the original recipe.

Cream Biscuits

2 C all purpose flour (I used bread flour, made no difference)
2 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp kosher salt (we used sea salt, and it needs to be reduced to 1/2 tsp in that case - too salty)
1 1/2 C heavy cream (divided use)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients together with a whisk. Stir in 1 1/4 C of the cream (leaving 1/4 C) with a spoon until it starts to come together, then dump out onto a well floured surface. Make a well/divot in the center, scrape the shaggy bits that are still in the bowl into the divot along with the remaining 1/4 C of cream and knead briefly to get it all to combine. This is maybe 30 seconds worth of kneading, and make sure you have well-flour hands.

Shape into a rectangle and with a floured rolling pin, roll it to about a 1/2" to 1" thick. (Ours were 1 inch thick, and I actually thought they would benefit from being thinner.) Cut the rectangle down the middle into two long and thin rows, half each of them horizontally, then half those, making 8 biscuits. You could make them smaller, it's just whatever floats your boat.

Transfer the biscuits to your baking sheet and bake for 15 - 18 minutes or until golden. Absolutely fantastic, delicate, fluffy goodness. Have butter and jam ready for when they pop out, I'm just saying.

Next time I make these I'm going to work in some freshly grated Parmesan and some chopped rosemary. Cheddar and chives would be nomtastic, too.

We're going to attempt this pastry cream today. We might just have to eat it with a spoon, who knows. :)

And because it's so damn quotable, and also because I can't stop hollering out "Karate Chop noise!" and "We will fricassee they honkey asses!" I give you the Black Dynamite Quote Engine. I said, can you dig it? Yeah, I can dig it. Stick with me, baby, I'll have you farting through silk. (LOL.)

Use kung fu when he wants, has sex when he please! DYNOMITE!


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Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
LOL, you're gonna love my nuts! (Beth's catchphrase.)

And seriously, these are slap ya mama good, even if you don't have my mama. And I know you're laughing at that, which is why you're a winner. CREAM BABY. That could be either very violent (no comma) or with a comma, incredibly dirty.
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Two languages! These sound gorgeous, but are much closer to scones than biscuits, which are what we call cookies. What we use the word "cooky" for is very big, flat, irregularly roundish, slightly soft in the middle and often full of chocolate chips.

All of the above strike me as yummy. Must be tea-time. *g*
Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm southern (US southern) and we call bread that doesn't have yeast (which would be a roll) a biscuits, but this is a simpler way to make them without butter and/or buttermilk. Also, these are very light and fluffy, not quite as dense as any UK scones I've had.

We would call that a cookie - the chocolate chip recipe? Also, any hand held round sweet is a cookie.

Ive got some Earl Grey Biscuits waiting for my afternoon tea, as well! :D
Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
I must admit, I prefer buttermilk biscuits, but those do sound rich and good.

Feb. 22nd, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I love buttermilk biscuits, too, but I can promise you that you won't mind these not having them in it. They are ridiculously delicious and light.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, a baking recipe I have the utensils for!

Will try it out... *checks calendar* on Thursday. :(
Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
A spoon, a baking sheet and an oven! Doesn't get much easier than this!
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Have I ever mentioned how loathsome I find Bill?!! /grumble

The whole JJ sitch is just getting weirder and weirder. Remember how, when he first showed up, he was threatening Wanda by reminding her that he has "something she loves very much"? Then Adelene is pregnant "because JJ said I am". Uh, really? That's how it works these days? Then Wanda freaking out because JJ "promised to stop" whatever the hell she's referring to.

Something is totally up with the doctor, I agree, but if he *is* impregnating women, he's gotta be either knocking them out cold and raping them, or using the ol' turkey baster. I don't think Adelene would agree to have sex with her "son", no matter how much of a quack she is.

And yes, I love Selma. Poor thing.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
Bill is such a villain - anyone who doesn't see that...

I'm so ready to find out what's going on with JJ/Adele/Wanda, for sure. I just got such a creepy vibe from the doctor when he was smiling at Nikki - something very wrong is going on with them.

I wonder if JJ has a baby that he forced on Wanda? (Blech.)
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Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Is that recipe from Smitten Kitchen? I added it to my million recipe links recently cause it looked so tasty.
Feb. 22nd, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
No, it's from "The Kitchen." (there's a link on my LJ home page's links list) I'm thinking of making Smitten Kitchen's granola tomorrow, though, because I keep looking back at it...
Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
I must now see Black Dynamite!!! And may I offer you Pootie Tang? I LOVE it! Here's a You Tube of some of it's sillyness,...
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, I saw Pooty Tang IN THE THEATER. I'm all about the comedy/parody movie!
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Totally agreed on how Lois should've shown a little effort. Was the guy's arm attached with velcro? (Actually with the Greens I wouldn't rule that out... ;) )

Also shut it, Margene.

And much love for "PEE. [doorslam]"
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it was weird that they went with that edit for Lois. It seemed so... disaffected. As she's machete-ing a man's ARM OFF. Really? Really?!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
Mmm, cream biscuits. I have a recipe for those somewhere (wherever I put my Christian Women's Fellowship cookbook from the church I grew up in), although mine uses self-rising flour and therefore has only two ingredients. Must dig it out.

I've also got biscuit recipes with yeast in--angel biscuits do. OTOH, I never make angel biscuits, because if I want to fool around with yeast, I'd be baking bread, thank you very much.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I've seen that recipe, with the two ingredients?! I NEVER have self-rising flour on hand, though, and this is only 5 ingredients total, not too shabby!

And I'm right there with you re: yeast. I might as well make bread/rolls.
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
I've been wondering about what's behind the JJ-creep factor. I keep looking at the wife who is obviously wearing a wig and thinking munchausen by proxy. I'm wondering if he doped Adalene up with hormones that are making her feel great and with the added benefit of giving her a positive pregnancy test.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:47 pm (UTC)
Side note: there are more naturopaths per capita in Utah than anywhere else in the country. They're all about the tinctures and tonics and herbs and such. (The former leader of the UE"B" - P in real life - was a doctor and certified naturopath, he's the one that LeBaron [Hollis Green] killed.)

I say that because maybe there's some of that stuff going on - like you mentioned with the hormones. Verrrrrrrrrry interesting idea you have there! I like it.
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
yay for yummy food
Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
SO yummy. And so easy to whip up, even better!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
I waited to read this until today because I didn't get to watch Big Love until last night.

I totally agree with you and the baby doctor being the baby daddy. That was my first thought last night. If they go another route with that story line, I'll be very shocked.

Am I the only one who loves the fact that Margene got married to Ana's boyfriend? OMG I think it's awesome. I've kinda enjoyed her blossoming independence even though she can get on my ever loving nerves sometimes.

Also I'm waiting for Barb and Tommy to hook up. Because wouldn't that just be something?

Bill is the softer version of his father. And by 'softer' I mean more subtle I guess. Because he's just as mean and vindictive, only he pretends he's not.

Now, onto the biscuits...YUM. I'm so gonna try those out.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oh my GOD, how much did you think Tommy wanted to throw Barb onb that table and show her how long Pow Wows can be? Ungh.

And you're exactly right about Bill - it's definitely a more subtle (and palatable) version of Frank, hit the nose, you did.

Oh man, those biscuits were ridiculously fluffy. Like, no southern woman would scoff at them, even if they were in the DAR. ;)
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Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
That would be pretty boss. And yes, it would also be the end of the show, but THOSE POOR WOMEN. Lol.
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