Monday, December 28, 2009

30 Rock 4.08 Recap

30 Rock, Season 4, episode 8: "Secret Santa"

Jack breaks out his Boston accent... and his high school crush. Liz's hair scares me... and so does her "singing." Pete continues his long journey that will ultimately end in insanity. The writers make up a religion.

'Twas a fine 30 Rock, indeed. Role the recap!

Realer than Liz Lemon gifting someone "Cheese of the Month":
- Nipple slip+ jigsaw puzzle= acceptable gift. Only in Jenna's world... plus 2.
- Requiring execs to get Youface pages to humble-ize them during this economic frenzy. Sounds like something PR would try. Plus 1.
- Apparently all of Liz's high school boyfriends are now gay... this was going to be fake-- because really, how many boyfriends could LL have in high school?-- but if her gay ex's are also the ex's who attended clown college... plus 4.
- "Bath salts in a coffee mug" is LL's go-to gift. Probably because that's what she would want herself. Plus 3.
- The way Jack says to Cerie, "Would you get us some pens?" Brilliant. Plus 5.
- Off-topic, but I'm in love with Cerie's sweater-dress from Topshop. Plus 4.
- I googled Larry Wilcox, and... well, plus 3 and look for yourself:
- LL is disgusted when she types in You-face instead of Youface and gets some weird site... and yet she keeps looking for a good 5 seconds. Plus 3, because everyone keeps looking at gross stuff out of curiosity.
- Frank's hat says "PG-25." Plus 5.
- Plus 2 for this exchange I missed during my first two viewings:
Kenneth: A picture of President Obama for the Muslims.
Tracy: I'm going to let that one slide.
- "Oh Meatball of Verduke, you bring me such peace/pizza/meatball." Sounds legit. Plus 2.
- "New guy is as good at singing as Tracy Jordan is at everything." Plus 2 for the quote and plus 1 for Tracy also calling Danny "New Guy" (see the 3rd "faker").
- "I'm sorry, are you being sarcastic? Canadians have a hard time recognizing it because we don't have a big Jewish population." Plus 4.
- I love Danny singing. I love Danny in general. More of him, please! Plus 6.
- Plus 5 for the best explanation of why Catholics don't eat meat on Fridays ever.
- Status: Weirdsies. Plus 2.
- "Can't I just enjoy this while it lasts?" "Hey. That's what I said when that hotdog vendor passed out, but you made me get help." Plus 4 for that exchange that made me LOL and plus 2 for the subtle suggestion that Jack and Liz hang out together.
- Danny "got" sarcasm pretty quickly! Plus 1.
- Only in 30 Rock world would calling in a bomb threat to Penn station be a great Christmas present. Plus 4.
Total: 65

Faker than Danny's bad singing:
- Pete's midlife crisis involves skinny jeans. Minus 3 just for the image that puts in my head.
- Wait... Cerie is writing stuff down for Liz... what is Cerie's job, anyway? Minus 2 for never explaining it.
- "New Guy," as Pete calls him, hasn't been on TGS the past two weeks. You'd think the writers would welcome this new blood, which would allow them to do a sketch or two not devoted to Jenna playing a blonde bimbo or Tracy playing a crazy black man-- or Oprah. Minus 6.
- The whole Kenneth-is-Godzilla thing when he steps on the mini Christmas scene. Minus 4 because it was too cliché (although I did enjoy the random Asian guy).
- Am I the only one who thinks Secret Santa is kind of fun? Yes? Ok, never mind.
- When presented with Jack's high school play poster, LL ponders, "I thought you had stage fright." So did we. Hmm.... minus 4 for never explaining that.
- Not only does Tracy realize that Verdukianism isn't a real holiday on his own, but he also comes up with an idea to try and reveal its fakeness? Wait, since when did Tracy become smart? Minus 10.
- I wanted to see Tracy play Josh Groban. Minus 1.
- I really don't like Nancy. Or her accent. Minus 14.
- "Gentle flossing performed by a blonde virgin." Ew. I know it's supposed to be funny, but why would anyone want someone other than a dentist with gloves to floss their teeth? Minus 4.
- Trying to decide if Jenna's Christmas story was real or not... either way, minus 2 because it was getting a bit too pathetic/sad and not funny enough.
- I hope Nancy's sons are late into their teens; she keeps leaving them alone in NYC! Minus 2.
Total: 52

Overall, a solidly real-- and hilarious-- episode. The next new episode airs January 14th-- can't wait!

A New Feature!

I've decided to add a new feature on my blog! Seeing as now it's kind of... well... featureless. It's based on the amazing Daily Intel's Gossip Girl recaps (see here for the latest). Because those recaps were seriously the only reason I stayed with Gossip Girl for so long... so I thought I'd bring some love to my fellow TV fans! But what show will I be featuring?

30 ROCK!

It took me a while to decide on a show, but I chose 30 Rock for many reasons:
1. I won't mind watching each episode a few times
2. The characters are very specific and unique, making the reality index easy to score
3. It's only 30 minutes and has tons of one-liners, hence my attention span (and writing span) will stay intact.

Are you game? I can't wait! My first recap will be of the last episode that aired before this darn holiday break! It'll probably be up soon because I'm so darn excited!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Cards

Merry Christmas to all!

On the topic of Christmas, we've received many wonderful holiday cards this year from family and family friends and a ton of people I've never even met. Holiday cards are fun and motivate us to clean our cluttered fridge door.

So, naturally, my parents wanted to do a holiday card like we do every year. But holiday cards are particularly awkward for only children like me. It's just you, year after year. And frankly, no one cares about getting holiday cards of only children after they turn 15 or so. We have cards of siblings older than 15, but that's OK because there's three of them. We got cards of three-year-old onlies but that's OK because they're adorable. A sixteen-year-old only is not worth an inch of precious space on the fridge.

So this year my ultimatum was... I can't be the only one on the card. Add the cats or even my parents-- because, after all, they're the ones who want to do this--, but I'm not doing it alone this year.

So it's Christmas morning and we have yet to take a good picture to send out. So I thought the subject would be kaput, right? WRONG. My parents still want to send a holiday card! After the holidays!?

All I know is that I'm going to resist with all my might. But, being outnumbered, it's going to be a tough battle. Wish me luck and I'll keep you updated.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ugly Betty= Glee?

I've recently noticed the similarities between Glee and Ugly Betty:
- both are perky, bright, quirky, upbeat
- both are hour-long soap opera/telenovela/dramedy mixes

Now the characters:
Kurt= Mark/Justin: Somewhat stereotypical gay guys (OK, Justin said he isn't gay... but c'mon). Love fashion, singing, and dancing.

Mercedes= Christina: This one's a bit of a stretch. Both offer advice. That's about it.

Terri= Charlie: Manipulative, clingy, "pregnant" beeyotches, succumbing to sinister standards in order to keep their man (Will/Henry) from leaving

Will= Daniel: The man in charge. Sometimes clueless, sometimes misguided, but generally has a heart of gold.

Rachel= Betty: The heroine. Plucky and confident. Don't care what other people think of them. Both are very career-driven.

Puck= Santos/Bobby: The "bad boy." All of them got a girl pregnant.

Finn= Henry/Matt: The "good guy." All stay with their accidentally-pregnant girlfriends (even though Matt's was a false alarm). Are in love with the heroine.

Sue= Wilhelmina: Scheming, generally evil, powerful women trying to bring down man in charge (Will/Daniel)

Cheerleaders= Mode girls: Mean, catty, popular, skinny.

Any other ideas?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Loving H&M

I am LOVING this Fashion Studio game, courtesy of H&M. It's great advertising too, because it really makes me want to buy these clothes! If only H&M had an online store for the USA... hinthint.

Seriously, this is one of the best realistic virtual dress ups I've ever seen. Everything fits seamlessly, and they even added some subtle-yet-important touches, like when you put a belt over a loose top, the top automatically constricts under the belt. It's amazing! They even have a "Tuck jeans into boots" feature! Brilliant!

Here are some of my creations to give you a little taste of how awesome it is (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New High

(I know, I get one like every week!)

Arrested Development.

I've heard plenty of people singing the praises of this show, and never really gave it a chance due to, well, being totally absorbed/satisfied with other comedies. But now that my Office attachment is weakening (it's just not that funny anymore), I've decided to take on a new lover.

And he is HOT. Really hot. And sweet. And I'm head-over-heels with him. I can't get enough. I'm going through two or three episodes a day.

I'm in love!

Plus Jason Bateman really is hot.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Love at first sight...

I've fallen in love!
... with a bank.
.... and it's pink.
But how could you NOT love this guy? And wouldn't he look awesome in a (read: my) dorm room?

Get him here.

Sunday, December 6, 2009


In my sleepy delirium this morning, I saw out of the corner of my eye a Victoria's Secret bag, which has the company's website,, on it.

I read it quickly, and saw "Victoria's Secretions."

I'm surprised I haven't seen a joke about this ever before.