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The Real Fake Car Job
Leverage season 5 continues Sunday night with episode 7, “The Real Fake Car Job.” Matthew Lillard guest starred as the mark of the episode, and the team delved into the world of vintage cars to take him down.
The two things I enjoyed most about this episode were Matthew Lillard and the wide array of vintage cars. Neither of these things had anything, really, to do with the plot or content of the episode. The background could have been Mars and they still would have stuck out.
Hardison got video footage from the golf course, and Eliot identified the guards as Marshalls. Gabe had been laundering money for the mafia; those mob ties were his get-out-of-jail-free card. He had $50 million stashed somewhere, and there were already transfer papers in place. Marshall Rose parked next to him when Gabe got to work, and Eliot watched him inside the store and charging five dollars for Wi-Fi. It was up to Parker and Hardison to find his hook, and while he went through his DVR, she got his garbage, which he had to go through in headquarters. He found boxes for model cars; his hook was vintage cars. They had to create a rare car competition in Portland, and they needed the Packard 1934 original 1101 Roadster Coupe.
I appreciated that the con had to be complicated so that this con wasn’t a copycat of all their other cons, taking out corrupt Wall Street folks by stroking their egos and lulling them into a vulnerable place emotionally or otherwise. But did we have to put Jim Cole (or was it Gabe Erickson?) into WITSEC with the mob after him at the same time?
At the car show, Rose was with Gabe, but Parker lured him away when he overheard her mention her grandfather leaving her the Packard. He approached her about it and said he could look at it. Once Hardison and Eliot made the car that looked new look old, she led him into the barn. Nate had Parker push the history, and when he kept giving her direction, Sophie told him to leave her. She said she hoped Nate could put the past behind him one day; because he hadn’t, he couldn’t look to the future. Gabe told Parker he’d research the car and then make her an offer on it.
After last week’s less than stellar episode, White Collar was back to its true, fantastic form with tonight’s episode, “Compromising Positions.” Neal, Peter and the FBI were going up against a talented fixer with a little help from Sara and Mozzie and Neal finally made contact with the mysterious Sam. But can the former cop be trusted?
This episode needed to include a warning: Do Not Drink While Viewing. In the four years White Collar’s been entertaining us, I don’t believe there has been a funnier scene than the one in tonight’s episode, superbly written by Matt Negrete. The entire episode is a perfect blend of serious and hilarious.
The episode started with Sam picking up Neal and asking him a bunch of questions. Neal explained his FBI consultant deal and he assured Sam that he could trust Peter. Sam felt the FBI was somehow responsible for what happened to Ellen since she’d been safe all these years until she landed on the FBI radar.
Sam basically kicked Neal out of the car, but Neal broke off his key in the door so he could use it to trace Sam’s whereabouts. He brought Mozzie in on the plan, but Mozzie warned Neal that Sam might not be trustworthy and he wasn’t sure it was a good idea to keep Peter out of it. But Neal was worried about Peter doing anything off book since he’s still on probation.
When he tells Mozzie, Neal receives interesting advice about keeping Peter informed on the case. Seems like a surprising turn from Mozzie to trust and include Peter, but if you think about it, Peter’s always had Neal’s best interest at heart (as does Moz) and has proved that loyalty over the past years.
Say My Name (FKA Everybody Wins)
As “Breaking Bad” has chugged along this summer and Walt has had an answer to every new obstacle surrounding his business, it had started to seem like the show would go out with a whimper more than a bang at the end of these eight episodes. After “Say My Name,” that’s not an issue.
Matt makes the best damned meth in Albuquerque, and he has the purity rating and the cash flow projections to prove it. I know that I’m hard on Walt. He pushes my buttons like no other TV character (except maybe some of the reality competition egotards I’ve loved to hate). At this point, my desire to see Walt get his comeuppance is mostly about needing to see his monstrous ego get slapped down and only a tiny bit about wanting him to pay for all the bodies he’s dropped and all the souls he’s destroyed with his meth.
“Say My Name” was direct and in-your-face, matching the hubris of Heisenberg, rather than calculated and careful like that wimp Walter White. The episode had to be more brash not only to keep up with Walter’s bravado, but because Breaking Bad is feeling the crunch of an 8-episode mini-season, and that means a lot of the drawn-out subtlety was lost.
Mike left the game. He ditched his guns and got rid of his bugging computer. He made Hank look really bad when Hank got a search warrant and everything to tear apart his house. He really was done. His undoing was, hilariously, that he didn’t hire Saul. LOL.
Mike may not deserve a happy ending in a just universe. He’s a bad guy, a trained killer, and a man who helped spread crystal meth all across the South West. Who knows how many people died at Mike’s hands, directly or indirectly? As Walt tells Jesse in his latest botched attempt at manipulation, they’ve each almost certainly reserved spots in hell at this point.
The show starts off with Nancy fixing some breakfast for Stevie when she finds that she is not appropriately dressed for work. She snags her sweater back from Jill when she learns that her sister is pregnant. She doesn’t appear to know what to make of the news and looks shocked.
At Smith Johnson Pharmaceutical, Nancy has been fast-tracked through the normal three-week orientation process and is assigned to make sales calls for Maritor immediately. Her mentor isn’t pleased that Nancy is already working on the marijuana pill and tells her that it’s not like she’ll be selling lipstick at Macy’s.
Nancy heads off to her first office to speak to Dr. Cornish, a stand-offish type who refuses to play ball with pharmaceutical sales reps like Nancy — he’s a man with a really strong moral compass (as indicated by his crappy old car parked next to the sleek, stylish sports cars of all the other docs in his building) until Nancy gets her paws on him. She buys him lunch, gets his car washed, and tries to talk shop in his car, but that aforementioned compass doesn’t so much inform her as it does turn her on in a way we’ve become very familiar with over the years. There’s no gray area when it comes to the men Nancy’s attracted to. It’s always either highly dangerous, immoral criminals or good men with strong morals and ethics. And depending on who she’s hopping in bed with each season, we’re able to suss out where Nancy’s head is at — and right now, she wants to be a good person. Someone should teach her that morality isn’t an STD.
This episode got even more career focused when Andy got a job at a synagogue. He is now a hebrew school teacher for snot nosed tweens. They complete dicks, but Andy knows just what to do. He scared the kids by locking the windows and doors and told them that they should be safe.
Another One Bites the Dust
“To be continued…” ending!? That’s right, this episode surrounding Ally’s wedding is so chalk full of Awkward. drama that it had to carry into a second episode. One you will not want to miss come next week.
Like I mentioned before, Aunt Ally’s wedding was the setting for the episode, and we got all of the usual clichés that are associated with nuptials like bridezillas, nothing going right and reconnections with old lovers. As Ally terrorized those around her, including the wedding planner whose assistant quit but Tamara stepped in, Jenna spent most of her time trying to remind her mother that she’s still married to her dad and shouldn’t be looking at starting anything with her former beau who would be attending the wedding. As if there weren’t enough knot-tying hi-jinks, Sadie was one of her new aunt’s bridesmaids. Of course she had to stir the pot by making out with Ricky in front of Tamara, but her pièce de résistance was her filling Jake in on Jenna’s past with Matty just as our heroine left him a voicemail declaring her love for him. Oh, and we got some good Jenna/Matty moments as well as a mediocre but non-offensive appearance from Valerie.
I get that Jenna would feel nervous about a handsome, tacky-in-a-con-artist-kinda-way guy stepping in on her absent dad’s territory, but her approach is beyond juvenile. Thankfully we have a nearly identical ‘teen girl’ reaction from Lacey, which reminds us just how similar both mother and daughter are (unfortunately the collective IQ of the audience also drops).
In other news, Sadie continues to prove she is still the H.B.I.C. Yeah her thing with Rickey has softened her a little, or as soft as Sadie can go, but it is still unwise to back her into a corner. Girl does not have claws, she has razors and will cut a bitch. Terrifying, just like the hairstyles she and the other girls had to sport. :Shudder: I think her situation with Rickey and Tamara is the most accurate portrayal of high school maybe ever? Who has not seen that scenario play out numerous times, dramatics and bitchiness included?
Michael is still reeling from the death of his brother, Nate, at the beginning of Burn Notice ‘Reunion’ (Season 6, Episode 7) on Aug. 2. Michael blames himself for Nate’s murder and strives to make amends with his mother who won’t return his phone calls. He’s also in for a nasty surprise when Rebecca flees the hotel. Michael assumes the worst and believes Rebecca was behind Anson’s murder and Nate’s death.
Because Nate’s death came right at the end of the episode, it wasn’t until I was watching tonight’s that I really came to terms with the implications of what that meant to Michael and the rest of his family (those who are family by blood and those who are family by love). If that bullet hadn’t come out of nowhere, or heck even if it had but Nate hadn’t been standing right there, think how different Michael’s life would be right now. After all, Anson – the man who orchestrated the entire crapfest that has been Michael’s life for the past few years – would be dead, Fiona would be out of prison and Michael would still be back at the agency. For Michael, that’s about as close to perfect as life can get.
We finally meet Sam’s lady, Elsa! I thought she’s be one of those off-screen characters, but I guess not. The plot with Evan is comic relief (or at least a bit lighter) at a heavy time for the show, and Richard Burgi is always a fun presence, but I am wondering if the show went for a light subplot in an episode too soon. It all feels very rote for the show. I guess they wanted an excuse to get back to the formula, but we can’t take a character’s death seriously unless the show does. Couldn’t they at least break formula for an episode to show the characters dealing just with the long game of avenging Nate’s death?
The other storyline isn’t much better, as Michael and Fiona track Rebecca down through a forger making a fake passport for her. They exchange gunfire, but later Rebecca turns up at Michael’s loft, proclaiming her innocence. But did any of us really think she’d done it in the first place? Mainly, the episode just served to move the pieces into place so that Michael and company can spend the rest of the season searching for the real killers, just like O.J. Simpson.
Harvey is secretly Chinese, who knew?! As Chinese, I’ve been raised to equate emotion with weakness. I was taught this asinine attitude while Harvey acquired it through experience. Either way, we’re both in the same emotionless vacuum holding onto our bottled feelings. This coping mechanism is very effective – I’ve gone through ups and downs without having to take any medication (legal or illegal). Through experience, I’ve also learned emotion doesn’t always equal weakness – drizzle some feelings under the right circumstance and it works miracles. If a police officer stops me for running a light – tears, snot, it all helps.
From the jump, Harvey is at the throat of Travis Tanner (Eric Close), whose idea of a deposition is to take every low shot he can think of, including insulting Harvey’s mother. This leads to Harvey doing the one thing I’ve wanted to do all season: punching Tanner in the face. Determined to destroy Tanner, Harvey and Jessica decide to put together a practice trial in preparation for the real one, with Louis in the antagonist role and Mike unwillingly drafted to help him.
Donna (yay!) finds Harvey waiting outside her building. He wants to know how long she was going to ignore his calls. She says he hasn’t. She doesn’t count his assistant calling especially since she programmed her number in his cell. He tells her he needs her to come for the trial prep. She tells him that she hired an attorney. She wonders why he didn’t fight for her like he did for Mike. And she points out that when he thought he’d have to fire Mike, he dd it in person. He tells her that Jessica wouldn’t let him, but she points out that he doesn’t do what Jessica wants if he doesn’t agree with it.
From that moment on, everything in the show is fair game. There’s Mike getting polygraphed by Louis and hesitating when he’s asked where he went to law school, because he knows it’s a lie. Emboldened by that confrontation, Mike dares to approach Donna and have a less-than-friendly chat with her about why she needs to come in for the trial, which is something he absolutely would not have done last season. Louis calls Jessica to the faux-witness stand, exposing her to potential embarrassment in front of the firm’s partners, who are acting as the jury. He then tears into Donna, asking her point-blank if she’s in love with Harvey before she leaves humiliated. (The lack of a definitive answer will give fans even more to chew on as we speculate.)
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I thought I liked where this season was going, but if there’s anything tonight’s Royal Pains taught me, it’s that “Fools Russian” and not in a particularly organized way, either.
Not sure if it was the intent of the writer’s room to deliver such a fragmented and mildly cohesive episode, or if that was some unfortunate accident that occurred on the cutting room floor?
It was okay that we started with Hank having to re-sign on a client whose contract was up, I was even more accepting of the fact he was a childhood crush of Paige’s. But when you combo that with the constant and not even very clever or funny Star Trak references, one starts to wonder what significance it really has to the larger narrative.
This show is light-hearted and fun. I get that. I’m only asking that we keep in mind that not everyone is a Trekkie, and that themed episodes were made famous on this network by another show, and it needs to remain that way. It only works when you follow through in every aspect of an episode. This was not the episode to do it in.
On another front, you had some really random stuff going on with Boris and his Russian friend, Dmitri. I barely understood the connection between Dmitri, Boris, and some clandestine oil deal. Furthermore, I don’t understand how Hank can stand to be a pawn in Boris’ game? What is that game, even? It sounds like politics rather than business to me.
The Six Million Dollar Mon
This week’s episode, “The Six Million Dollar Mon” proves that Futurama can still be funny when the main cast takes center stage. Case in point: ‘The Six Million Dollar Mon’, whose plot was almost certainly built out of an excuse to use that face-palm of a pun, centred around Hermes’ desire to increase his bureaucratic efficiency by becoming a robot. Nothing particularly dark there, until jokes from the second act onwards start focusing on backstreet surgery, skin peeling, epidermicide (my new favourite crime) and the reconstruction of a human being from individual parts stored in a bloody paper bag. The show also appears to have killed off its second robotic supporting character in the space of under half a season (following the demise of Calculon in ‘The Thief Of Baghead’) in the shape of the stab-happy Roberto.
First, after a routine performance review, Hermes realizes he’s the least valuable employee at Planet Express, and does the only logical thing: he fires himself, only to be replaced by a more efficient ‘bot. Then, while he and LaBarbara are taking a walk in the park, they’re attacking by the psychotic, skin-obsessed Roberto, another machine. Roberto is dispatched by the police (the robot cop makes the arrest, naturally), and Hermes decides that the only way he can be happy is with a little upgrade. It’s an effective progression, one that explains why the character is having a change of heart now, while still being built on top of aspects of his personality that have long been established.
Hermes showed us why robotic implants are just trouble. Sure, it starts with the desire to launch a harpoon out of one’s chest, but it always just goes quickly downhill. I mean, it always leads to becoming a giant dehumanizing death machine, without question. Great science-fiction like this does use the future to comment on the present, after all! Hermes’s enjoyment and tolerance of extremely spicy food is something I can relate to, though I would hope that my skin wouldn’t cause robots to melt, and to burn holes through people’s bodies. Also, I hope that no one ever tries to eat my skin.
Admittedly, the modern culture parodies haven’t gone away and still feel out of place in a world a thousand years in the future, but episodes like ‘Decision 3012′ have at least mixed up an otherwise polemic-driven premise with a science fiction twist (the election candidate from the future disappears upon the completion of his task to change the past, thus undoing all his work) and a higher-than-before batting average for jokes, suggesting the newer writers have started becoming comfortable with the kind of humour that works in Futurama’s setting.
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Pretty Little Liars‘ spooky seventh episode this season mixed real world murder mystery with supernatural scares. “Crazy” was jam packed with everything from Ouija boards to insane asylums.
Hanna doesn’t have to think she’s guilty for the idea of a police officer wanting her blood to freak her out! I mean, it’s vampiric! “I want your blood!” I’d be totally freaked out. I mean, people get paranoid when they are stuck in a line-up because they know they could accidentally get picked. And I’m sure with Rosewood cops, someone’s blood could easily be mixed up and then boom, you’re the one in jail eating the sloppy joe’s! And Hanna probably hates those! (I hate them, everyone hates them!)
Meanwhile at the coffee house, Aria, Emily and Spencer find someone that sounds almost exactly like Alison. The mysterious blonde stranger’s name is Cece and she was a friend of Ali’s. They shared an “intense” few weeks summering together and she dated Jason. She works at the boutique near the coffeehouse and drops hints that she knows at least some of their secrets.
Speaking of Wilden, is it just me or has he been inappropriately flirty with Hanna the past few times that he’s stalked her. Weirdo. Moving along. It’s interesting to me that Toby’s hesitant about Garrett’s guilt (honestly, I am too at this point). I wonder if Spencer’s overwhelming confidence in Garrett being Ali and Maya’s killer will push them apart. We’ll have to see I guess.
Another thing we learned is that Mona really does care for Hanna. She seemed upset to hear that the planchette had made its way to Hanna’s home. She definitely doesn’t trust Aria, so that might mean she doesn’t know exactly who is A’s team. Or does she suspect Aria? Or did she know that A was watching her and secretly recording her?
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