How I Met Your Mother
This ep is pretty much all about Gary Blauman (Taran Killam, SNL) and whether the gang loves him or hates him. Lily and Billy love him, but Ted and Barney hate him. Ted hates him because he cockblocked him one night by getting into a Teddy Roosevelt convo with him and a pretty girl at a party, and he’s held onto that ever since. Marshall is unbiased in the whole thing, so he lays down the judgment on whether or not Blauman can attend the wedding or whether he should be turned away.
— Billy Zabka (@WilliamZabka) March 17, 2014
Also, this story is actually being told by Ted to his future wife while they’re on their first date, which is sort of funny in a backwards, confusing sort of way. I was chatting on Twitter with my Whedony buds while watching this, so I didn’t get much out of it. Except that Taran Killam is effing awesome and should totally do more guest appearances all the time. In everything. NEXT! (SNL bit, if you didn’t get it, it’s funny as hell 🙂 I found a clip on the NBC website just for you. Enjoy!
If that didn’t make you laugh out loud at least once, you might want to see someone about that. NEXT!
2 Broke Girls
It’s St. Patty’s Day over here as well, and it actually aired on St. Patty’s Day, so that was fun. Caroline is trying to figure out why the proletariat version of the holiday, green beer, parades, and peeing in alleys, is so much more fun than her family’s celebration – fancy drinks at the Plaza with champagne-filled water balloons – while she and Max start earning money off drunk girls who want to take selfies with Han who is dressed as a leprechaun.
Earl has some weird stories to share as he marches in the parade, wearing a kilt, playing bagpipes well. And Sophie also got a turn in the parade with the firefighters who are inexplicably half-naked in their firefighter gear. I can dig it, but it was a little gratuitous. Then again, Sophie is always excessively gratuitous, so I really shouldn’t have been surprised.
In an effort to make a splash, Micah and Joe send a few of Micah’s followers to a bookstore signing with none other than Carrie, the pain in the ass reporter who scooped Ryan Hardy during his drinking days,. But the goal, other than wreaking havoc, is to get a tape to Carrie and threaten her enough so that she plays the tape on national TV.
Micah, after seeing it, is confused–it’s not the tape he made. It’s of Joe, announcing his triumphant return to public life. Then, perhaps predictably, after getting Micah’s wife out of the way, Joe takes over by getting Micah out of the way too. Ready-made followers, it was too much to resist. Emma hadn’t been sure of the plan, but after it worked out, I think it’ll be a while before she doubts Joe’s judgment again.
And Jana! Holy shit! First, when Mendez shows up unannounced, wanting to ask about the Joe Carroll case, Jana loses it and knifes her ex in the garage, leaving her to bleed out on the floor. Then, packing up to leave, Ryan and Mike show up, looking for Mendez, and Jana’s guests direct them right to her. When Jana finds out that they’re there, she pulls out her gun and loses it even more, with both Mike and Ryan armed and ready to kill her if they have to. But they don’t want to–they just want to know where Joe is. Then, Jana delivers another shocker. Refusing to tell them anything, she turns the gun on herself.
I knew she was crazy, but DAMN! That’s hardcore!
Also, at the beginning, the Mike/Max saga I predicted is kicking in to gear. Mike is alone, half-naked, in nothing but a towel, when Max shows up to deliver some news or files or something. He’s on the phone, so she politely waits to announce herself so as not to interrupt him. Then he ends the call and starts toweling off, still unaware of her. She calls out “stop” and turns away, but not before we get a good network appropriate look at the goods.
I hate to sound shallow, but wardrobe malfunctions like this (if towels count as “wardrobe”) are just too much fun not to comment on. It was a cheap ploy to remind the female audience that there is a really good-looking guy on this show, and an even cheaper ploy at jump-starting the Max and Mike romance subplot, but hey, I bit, so I guess it worked, cheap or not.
Emma wants to have a memorial for Bradley, even though she never liked her, because she knows Norman really cared about Bradley. However, it turns into a beach bonfire drink-fest, and Emma herself gets a little loose and loses track of how many drinks she had. Norman lights off with a girl he met at the supermarket, a nice, if a little unconventional, girl who makes out with gay guys and has to sneak back into her room through her window when Norman takes her home. He’s confused, but intrigued.
Norma goes to a garden party at the request of her new “friend”, Christine, the casting woman from the play (Rebecca Creskoff), where she meets a ton of new rich people in town, including none other than the one, the only, MICHAEL F*CKING VARTAN! I know everybody else knows him from Alias, but I fell in love with this guy in Never Been Kissed. He was just too adorable. And remembering that sweet role, it’s always lovely to see him. I feel like we just don’t get to see him enough. Norma has a little flirtation for a bit, learning that he’s Christine’s brother, but I think it’s great. Vartan is in the cast list on the A&E website for the show, so maybe that means we’ll be seeing more of him this season? I sure hope so!
Also, one other nice thing about that party, Norma discovers an ally in the anti-bypass thing. I’m not sure about the guy (Michael O’Neill), but that’s probably because the last time I remember seeing him, he almost killed Derek Shepherd.
That’s right, this guy was the shooter that came into the hospital a few seasons back on Grey’s and just started shooting. That was the most emotional, terrifying, painful finale I’ve ever watched, not just on Grey’s, on anything. So, you see my hesitation at trusting this guy. Even with Norma, he seems a little shady. I know she just wants someone on her side, but she might get more than she bargained for with this guy. There’s just something about him that I’m not comfortable with.
And, last but not least, Dylan learns about Norma’s brother Caleb, and why she doesn’t want him around. After spending some time with his “uncle”, Dylan really likes him and starts pestering Norma why she hates her brother so much, what could he have ever done, he seems like such a nice guy!
Norma gets worked up, still holding back on the truth, until she finally admits that Caleb raped her. Dylan doesn’t buy it. She’s just trying to stall, saying anything to keep her oldest son away from her brother, but then she really lets it out: he didn’t just rape her, she became pregnant. With Dylan. They do look alike. Dylan is recovering from the shock when Norman comes in and he automatically, instinctively, goes to fend off his brother, thinking Dylan’s been attacking Norma.
I tell you, I’m super-glad I don’t have the kind of skeletons in my closet that the Bates family has in theirs. Sheesh.
More recaps! From last Thursday, this Thursday, and last Friday/Sunday. I also want to go to the movies this weekend, so maybe some reviews next week…
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