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Bones: The Daredevil in the Mold

By Lacie Wallace

3 out of 5

We open with Booth and Sweets (the psychologist) drinking at their usual hangout place. They are throwing back shot after shot and turn to the topic of marriage. Sweets wants to propose to Daisy (his long time on again off again girlfriend) and mentions that he doesn’t want to be like Booth who is *gasp* thirty and not married. Booth had been talking about why he might not be married yet (the fact that none of the women in his life seem to want to marry him) and the fact that he is okay with that, but when Sweets mentions that he doesn’t want to end up like Booth that is the last straw. Booth announces he is going to propose to his girlfriend. (Yes, I yelled at my computer screen.)

Next we happen upon a body. This one happens to be bright yellow. It is soon revealed that the body is covered in what is called “Dog vomit mold”. Bones’ quick observation of the numerous broken bones and injuries to the body indicates that the deceased was frequently injured. This leads everyone to the conclusion that he was somewhat of a daredevil which then leads them to the discovery that he was a biker. Not a hey let’s put on our leather and get our Harleys type of biker, but a stunt biker. So they head to the skate park where, surprise, someone has a unique injury that will come in handy later in the show. (This is one of the things I hate about modern television. Do they think we’re stupid enough not to pick up on these things? They really should have learned by now.) Bones and Booth find out (through ways in which Bones makes it obvious she has 1. no fear and 2. no idea of social norms, yet again) that the deceased was an avid biker who was trying to make it pro. His friend, a physics student at the local college, tells them that she built him a ramp to try to jump from roof to roof on top of the building he was found on. (Because physics majors who are talented skaters/bikers are SO common, right?)

Booth and Sweets head to a local jewelery store to pick out rings at which point Sweets chickens out. Laaame although I was not surprised at all. I had a feeling this was some sort of half-assed plot turn to get Booth to propose to someone. Booth picks one out and heads back to work with it in his pocket. This is where the main problem I had with this episode came into play. Over the course of the rest of the day they returned to the skate park multiple times. Not only were the exact same people there, but they were able to solve the crime in a matter of hours. Not only would the physics student have had class, but she probably wouldn’t have still been there by the time they came back that evening to have her draw the ramp. Oh well. That is the fallacy of television for ya’. Anyway, when they did return to have her draw the ramp Bones found that the trajectory was not right for where the boy landed, nor for where they ended up finding out his bike landed. She then reveals that she worked on one other idea for him. She draws a sketch of a ramp that would allow him to be shot straight up into the air and onto the roof of a building. They discover the boy would have needed to be towed by a car to reach the speed that would allow him to do this trick and they set out looking for the person who would have towed him. Before they can find that person, they figure out what the glass fibers are from the sample taken from under his chin. They discover that the fibers are from a cast and quickly deduce that the only way that someone with a cast could injure someone badly enough to kill them would be if the cast was on their foot and they kicked him. This leads us back to…the only person at the skate park with a broken foot. Thus, we have found our killer.

Then we see Booth standing all by himself in front of some building in DC. (They are all made to look so generic in this show.) Hannah (his girlfriend) walks up and he tells her how beautiful she looks and then proposes. She gets that awkward look on her face that girls get when they don’t know how to say no. (I cheered, I know I am a terrible person.) She says no, tries to get things back to the way they were and fails miserably and they part ways.

Bones finds Booth back at the old hangout place and tries to console him the best she can. It was easy to see that she was somewhat happy because she thinks she might have a chance with him. He shoots her down by saying that she either needs to choose to be his friend and partner or she needs to leave and he will find her a new FBI guy the next day. She takes a deep breath and chooses to stay and be his friend and partner. It broke my heart a little bit to watch her heart break. While I think she totally deserves to be stuck waiting for him like he did for her for a long time it is hard to watch her emotions come out and then be shut down. However, I have been watching this show since the beginning so I am pretty emotionally invested in it at this point.

I liked:

Bones finally really showing that she had fallen for Booth.

Them not being together yet.

 

I didn’t like: The fact that the plot was pretty bad as far as the murder case.

Booth giving her an ultimatum.

Lame foreshadowing.

 

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Modern Family-Bixby’s Back

By Lacie Wallace

4 out of 5

With every new episode I find very little I dislike about this show. This episode opens with the ever so important Valentine’s Day looming overhead. I am always nervous about Valentine’s Day episodes as I have seen them go terribly wrong. However, with last year’s hilarious Valentine’s Day episode behind the cast and writers I was fairly confident this would live up to expectations.

At the beginning of the episode, we find out the Valentine’s Day plans of everyone in the family. Hayley is complaining because her boyfriend (an attractive nerdy type) is blowing her off to study, her little sister has a phone date with her boyfriend to watch a movie on TV, and little brother doesn’t care about Vday. Mom and Dad are heading to a hotel to again attempt their role playing characters from last Valentine’s Day. (It didn’t go so well last time, Claire ended up wearing only a trench coat in front of her father, step-mother, and some parents from their kids’ school while Phil desperately tried to figure out a way to get the belt of the coat unstuck from the escalator.) Jay has always disappointed Gloria on Valentine’s Day so he decides to trick her into thinking he forgot to plan something again while secretly having a dinner all set up for her at home when they get back. Last but not least Mitchell and Cameron have a romantic dinner planned at a local fancy restaurant.

Manny, the only odd one out except for youngest brother Luke, decides that he will use this time to hit on Hayley (He often reminds people she is not his real cousin.) who he has had a crush on from the beginning. While over at the Dunphey house (once Phil and Claire leave) he convinces Hayley to break up with her nerdy boyfriend via e-mail. Hayley then begins to pine for a valentine and begins to miss her old boyfriend Dylan.

Meanwhile Phil and Claire have arrived at the hotel and assumed their alter egos Clive and Juliana.

After some very successful flirting on Phil’s part, and some slight confusion on Phil’s part as to whether or not she wants him to do what she is telling him to do, they decide it is time to head up to the hotel room.

Jay and Gloria head out to dinner at the same restaurant Cameron and Mitchell have reservations at. Once there, Jay goes up to the host and hands him a fifty telling him not to seat them no matter how convincing his wife is. Gloria makes her way up to the podium and finds a reservation under Jay’s name and tells the host to seat them. Jay is at a loss and thinks he has failed until Cameron and Mitchell show up and find out that Jay and Gloria have taken their reservations by accident. Gloria goes out to the car in a huff and Jay thinks he’s got it all under control until they arrive home to find that there has been no dinner set up inside. Jay heads outside to look for the caterer’s to see if they got it wrong, and Gloria opens the garage door to reveal the dinner she had moved to the garage. She says “See? I am the winner of the Valentine’s Day.” to which Jay claims “You can’t win Valentine’s Day.” and they argue for a bit before finally sitting down to the lovely dinner.

Meanwhile Hayley is debating whether or not she should go ahead and text Dylan. Younger sister is having a mushy phone date with her boyfriend, and Phil and Claire are still at the hotel. Claire tells Phil to wait a few and head up after her. He heads up and hurries to get ready for her with a bucket with champagne on ice and rose petals on the bed and him in his boxers laying there for her.

Then the utterly predictable happens (the reason this episode gets a 4 and not a 5) when Claire discovers he is in the wrong room and an older lady walks in on Phil. The scene cuts out as he is scrambling to both make an explanation for himself and get his clothes back on.

Mitchell and Cameron have an argument over dinner over who Mitchell’s assistant has a crush on and leave the dinner early to drive to his house and find out but decide on the way that it doesn’t matter. When they decide they are both still hungry they head elsewhere to eat and are greeted by a mutual friend who informs them both that he has “always thought you were cute.” This prompts another argument that is cut off before we can find out the answer.

Hayley is just about to text Dylan when she hears the first few chords of a song and runs to the window, shrieking. Sure enough, there stands Dylan, singing to her a la Say Anything in her yard. She shouts “I love you baby!” and runs down to kiss him. Phil and Claire decided they couldn’t go back to the hotel and came home to steal a few minutes of alone time before the kids knew they were home. They decide to ignore the fact that Hayley’s now on again boyfriend is singing “Look at me naked.” and keep cuddling.

Happy Ending.

I liked: The fact that Clive and Juliana are so awkward and never seem to work out when they try to use them. It is endearing that things only work when they are themselves.

Manny not giving up on flirting with Hayley.

Gloria outsmarting Jay with dinner.

The return of Dylan. He’s just so ridiculously stupid that it really resonates with the real life of some parents dealing with their daughter dating a complete idiot.

I didn’t like: Little sister made quite the transition all of a sudden from lonely bookworm to boy-crazy, annoying preteen.

The predictable part of Phil being in the wrong room.

 

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Grey’s Anatomy: Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)

By Lacie Wallace

4 out of 5

I would not normally give such a high rating to such a soap opera of a show, but this episode was exceptional.

In the last new episode before the break, Arizona (the pediatrician) moved back to Seattle after taking off for Africa and leaving behind Callie (the bone doctor and her partner). This led to much confusion for Callie, who had been sleeping with Mark (McSteamy, the plastic surgeon) as she is bisexual. Whew, okay. In this crazy soap opera plot line, Callie revealed at the end of the last new episode that she was pregnant. Obviously we knew it was Mark’s baby since it would be biologically impossible for it to be Arizona’s. Continue reading

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How I Met Your Mother: Oh Honey

By Lacie Wallace

2 out of 5

How I Met Your Mother is quite infamous for its incorporation of famous hot girls as Barney’s various flings throughout the seasons. They have topped themselves with this episode by including Katy (anyone else think that looks like it should be pronounced “catty”?) Perry. Ironically enough, she plays a dumb bimbo…which is exactly what she dresses like most of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not necessarily a Katy Perry hater. I do think some of her songs are very very catchy. My qualms with her lie in the fact  that she has used solely her sex appeal to become famous. (A not so blasse Brittney Spears, anybody?) At any rate, the small part she played in the show did add to the storyline where Barney is concerned. Continue reading

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Bones-The Sin in the Sisterhood

By Lacie Wallace

3 out of 5

I’ve been awaiting this episode with somewhat bated breath ever since last week’s episode because I really expected it to be a little about the guy that got away at the end of last week’s episode. Since I have watched Bones for awhile now, I should have known better. Nevertheless, it was an interesting opening sequence that threw me for a minute as I wondered if Cam was sitting in a waiting room with crying babies in the background because something was wrong with Angela’s baby. Luckily it wasn’t that predictable. Continue reading

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Bones: The Bullet in the Brain

by Lacie Wallace

“The Bullet in the Brain” 3 out of 5

After quite a few moronic episodes, I had begun to feel like Bones was on the downhill slope. The past few season finales have been trending toward Bones and Booth ending up together and I have always known that as soon as they end up together the show will end. The last few episodes have been rather pedestrian since Booth and Bones are at a standstill (since, oh what? He is with someone else again and she is single? Shocker! That is NOT what happens EVERY season.) and the only new-ish story in development is Angela’s pregnancy. Continue reading

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Meet the Modern Family

(From my point of view).

Meet Claire. Claire is the mother of three children. She is a perfectionist, she is scatterbrained, and she is overbearing at times. She is married to Phil. Phil is a goofball and is your typical dad who doesn’t really know what to say to his two girls and sometimes acts the same age as his son. Claire and Mitchell are siblings. Mitchell is a redhead and is a lawyer. His partner is Cameron. Cameron used to be a vocal instructor but is “out of work right now” so is a stay at home dad to their adopted daughter Lily. Jay is the father of Claire and Mitchell and is a tough ole’ guy who is, of course, a softie when it comes to his grandkids. He is married to Gloria who is a passionate Latina woman who is incredibly overbearing when it comes to her son Manny.

They are my new favorite sitcom family. Continue reading

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