Friday, March 30, 2007

Coach Taylor's Field of Dreams

Things were going along just fine on Friday Night Lights this week, then Tyra almost got raped! I didn't see that coming. The moment the stranger from the diner began attacking her was terrifying and upsetting, an effect that helped us feel Tyra's emotions a little more. Since she's a survivor, she was able to escape and give her intended rapist a few souvenirs. Terrifying moments that she won't be able to easily forget anytime soon. Elsewhere, the Dillon Panthers were able to pull out a win in the middle of a mud bath on Coach Taylor's homemade field. The win had a lot to do with Jason's work with Matt. He gave him the confidence he needed to back his talent, and Matt gave Jason a sense of purpose after losing the chance to play for the quad rugby team. It's a match made in football heaven, and hopefully the answer to Lyla's prayers. Although, neither is being too considerate of the other (proving once again that they are not ready to fully commit to each other). And yet, I understand where each is coming from. Jason needs to find a purpose and change the things in his life that are making him unhappy (which may include Lyla).

It's beginning to look a lot like Coach Taylor is going to take the job at TMU. Normally, this wouldn't concern me, but I'm worried that it could be an indication of the show's future. I cannot lose two awesome shows in one season (heck, I can't lose one), so this one and Veronica Mars must come back for another season. I suppose all will be made clear during next week's episode, but I can't take the suspense. Besides, Coach Taylor IS Panther Football! I have faith that he, and the show, will be back to coach another season.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Paolo Lies, Two More Die

Lost finally introduced us to those two random survivors last night (complete with an editing job that convinced us that they had been there all along). Here's what Turtlemama and I have to say:

Turtlemama says: Hey, we met new survivors! But they died.

Sure, there was a story in there, but it was boring, uncovered no new aspects of the island and the people that we just met died in the end, so it wasn’t an integral part of the episode…there, that’s all you need to know. You can keep on reading though, if you want to hear my snarky comments on a crappy episode of Lost…who wouldn’t love that?

Then we got to see old scenes, only the "new" survivors were the main focus. You know, I’m typing this as I’m watching it and I’m only five minutes into it and I’m convinced that the Lost producers don’t even know what’s going on. And I’m not the only one either; over at they have a little survey, and the majority believes the same thing; Lost writers are just as lost as their characters. Another buzz bite asks about episodes that show old episode footage…and no one likes that either. Not sure if old clips with new main characters count, but this episode is seeming more like filler in an already full story, don’t you think?

Well, I called it folks! It was nothing but filler. That episode really did nothing but show us that Paolo saw Ben and Julia talking about Jack performing surgery on Ben, like that was news. And we saw the lives of two survivors, and then they were buried alive, so now they’re dead, with their diamonds, and we’re left asking “What the heck was THAT?”

Next week we see a cat fight between Kate and Julie over Jack…ooooh fun. What’s going on over at the Lost offices? Are they just trying to fill up the rest of the episodes before they have their final three-part series finale where we learn everything and the islanders are rescued? That’s what it seems like to me, and I don’t care for it.

TVFan says: This is great because Turtlemama and I disagree on last night's outing, making it a true She Says, She Says edition. I thought this one was pretty genius. Everything from the rest of the survivors not knowing Nikki and Paolo (along with all of us) to the breath taking ending (literally) that marked the end of these two insignificant character editions made this one pretty awesome. I'm so glad that these last few episodes have renewed my faith in this show. OK, so this one wasn't chock full of answers, but it was entertaining, shocking and fun. Turns out Nikki was an actress and a con artist (along with Paolo), and the two poisoned her executive producer in order to steal his collection of diamonds. Ironically, both Nikki and Paolo died over those same diamonds. She used the medusa spider to temporarily paralyze Paolo, but she didn't count on getting bitten herself. With both of them paralyzed, the rest of the survivors thought they were dead, so in the ground they went. In the end, they were both buried alive (with the diamonds) because of the mix-up. I loved it! There were some fun tidbits thrown in as we watched Nikki and Paolo's days on the island. For instance, Paolo overheard Ben and Julia talking about convincing Jack to perform his surgery by using something that mattered to him (proving that The Others kidnapped Jack, Sawyer and Kate just to get Jack to do the surgery -- Kate and Sawyer were just there for Ben to exploit). Nikki's flashback paralleled her portrayer's (Kiele Sanchez) fate. Nikki's character on "Expose" died, leading her to conclude that she was only a "guest star, and we all know what happens to guest stars." After last night, it seems Sanchez is all too familiar.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

Teams 'Race' to Find Flights

Here's this week's "live" thoughts on The Amazing Race.

This week's key words: MARKED FOR ELIMINATION. We'll have to watch to find out how they affect Uchenna and Joyce.

Am I the only one who thinks that Mirna's shirt should say, "Too Hot-Headed to Handle." Oh snap! The beauty queens just made fun of the shirt!!! See, my love for the blondes this season is not misguided.

I would make a joke about Dumb and Dumber's Tasmanian Devil mix-up, but it has become so easy it's losing its appeal.

Full flights + Teams willing to take big risks = Awesome airport drama

Mirna/Charla may have just taken the leading spot for Most Annoying TAR Team Ever with their continued "Poor Us" mentality. Why are the race gods rewarding this annoyingness with all the right breaks on flights this leg?? And why are there no flippin' flights available?? It's like a ticket lottery and Eric and Danielle just came out big losers. How pissed would you be if you were sitting on the plane and the airline came and removed you because they accidentally gave you someone else's seats??!! Had it been Rob/Amber, CBS totally would have gotten them new seats.

I can't believe these teams have to spend another night in Maputo! They shouldn't worry, though, I'm sure there will be some sort of classic TAR catch-up point. Enter classic TAR catch-up point. The first dhow doesn't leave until 5:30 tomorrow morning. Unfortunately for the teams left behind, their stand-by flight won't even have left yet.

OK, the airport drama has gone from funny and entertaining to completely frickin' ridiculous! How can Teri/Ian and Team Guido still not have flights?? I thought TAR made sure there were enough seats for all of the teams on at least one flight. Joyce and Uchenna can go ahead and take their time because there's no way they're getting eliminated tonight! They could have a 3 hour time penalty and it wouldn't matter.

Holy frick on a stick (TM Eliot Reed on Scrubs)! They finally got a flight!! It's a TAR miracle.

Danny/Oswald just became my new favorite team because they are the only thing standing between Charla/Mirna and first place. Well, them and that dang puzzle! No, no, no!! Don't stop for energy! I NEED you to beat Charla/Mirna!

Perhaps, Phil and the extras should have rehearsed that little hand-off in the Roadblock explanation. It wasn't quite there, but it was a solid effort on Phil's part.

Frick on a stick (TM Eliot Reed again)!! Mirna just completed the damn Roadblock! If they win this leg over that stupid fruit, I'm going to scream.

Do you hear that sound? It's the sound of me screaming at the top of my lungs because Charla/Mirna just finished in first!! I so hate fruit now. Fruit sucks!! Ha! They won catamarans and had to ask what they were!

That log-hauling Detour must have taken the blondes much longer than the puzzle took Uchenna/Joyce because they were more than 30 minutes behind. Anywho, Joyce/Uchenna are safe.

It sucks that a lack of flights caused the elimination tonight. Even the team who doesn't get eliminated has a sucky outcome. They're going to be about a day behind the other teams when they start the next leg (although, it's safe to assume that there will be a catch-up point along the way).

That tricky editing has me thinking that it's a tight race between these two last teams, but I have a feeling that Team Guido is well ahead. And I was right. Teri/Ian just got eliminated. Now, I hate fruit and flights. They both suck!

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'Cold Case' Goes Out on a Ledge

I (notso) secretly love the 80s, especially the cheestastic music, so any time Cold Case graces us with a case from the rad decade, I get all excited. Tonight's outing didn't play up the cheesy factor, but it didn't need to. The case was too emotional for it (witness an earlier 80s episode about dating services that PTR named a miss for the season). This time, the show got it right and managed to include some awesome 80s tracks in the process (There are no words to express my excitement over Corey "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night" Hart's "Never Surrender." And yeah, I'm downloading it right now off of iTunes. Don't judge). In addition to the music, the case was pretty strong. I was riveted by the father who wanted his son's murder solved so badly that he was pushing sex offenders off of city buildings, and I really had no idea who was responsible for Clayton's death. I was pretty sure it wasn't his father, but there was a host of reasonable suspects that kept me guessing throughout the hour. The only thing missing in this one was Lilly (again). You know, I probably wouldn't notice it if it weren't for the first season. She was in every frickin' scene (minus the flashbacks). Check it out on TNT when they cycle back through the season 1 episodes. Now, it feels like she's not involved if she's not in 75% of them. Plus the fact that she's tied for first place on my fave TV characters of all-time list (Veronica Mars shares first with her), so I doubt that anything less than every scene would be acceptable. Seriously though, she wasn't a big part of tonight's case. I suppose that has to do with Scotty's involvement, which was a little anvilous at times. We get it, his brother and this man's son were both molested by grown men. I did like the consistency of Scotty's act first, think later tendency when he told Mitch about the photos getting him into trouble once again.

I also liked the edge-of-your-seat feel throughout and stronger sense of urgency during the rooftop scene at the end. I'm sure that Mitch's ex-wife would have said just about anything to keep him from killing another man and himself, but I got the sense all-hour that she did still have feelings for him. Of course, he's headed back to jail (this time for a crime he committed), but I have faith that these two crazy kids can work it out. With no help from the ADA, no doubt. Speaking of her, she annoys me. She annoyed me earlier this season when she showed up for Scotty's brother's case, and she annoyed me tonight. I finally figured out why she annoys me so much: she looks like Josie Sutton, the detective that appeared in a few episodes early last season and managed to almost single-handedly destroy one of my favorite shows. This ADA may be perfectly fine, but I will never fully like her because of this resemblance. Totally irrational, I know, but what can I do? They should can her and bring back Kite! At least he liked helping Lilly the CC detectives. Annoying ADA aside, this episode was another winner for Cold Case, moving it to 16-2-1 on the season.

I do want to commend director David Barrett for his beautiful work tonight. Loved all the shots looking through things (the hole in the phone booth, the steelwork of the hotel sign on the rooftop, etc.) and the sweeping city shots (they looked beautiful in HD).

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday's Primetime Pass

A look at what PTR is watching tonight

Cold Case (Sunday 9 p.m. CBS) - "Offender." he cold case detectives must solve the rape and murder of a 6-year-old boy whose father is pushing one registered sex offender off a building every day until the cold case team solves the 20-year-old murder.

The Amazing Race (Sunday 8 p.m. CBS) - "We're Going to Trade You for Food Now." As the Racers head to Tanzania, one Team takes a huge risk and puts it all on the line in an attempt to get ahead of the pack. Plus, a high seas adventure turns into a nightmare for one team, and another reaches a breaking point when they're pulled off a plane.

Without a Trace (Sunday 10 p.m. CBS) - "At Rest." Samantha secretly attempts to search for her missing sister (Molly Price) with the aid of just the local police until Jack learns about her sister's abduction and insists that their team get involved. Academy Award Nominee and Golden Globe Nominee Tess Harper ("Crimes of the Heart," "Tender Mercies") guest stars.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Carla versus the Hot Nanny

I expect shows like Lost, Heroes, and even Cold Case to surprise me, but Scrubs may have pulled this week one of the biggest jaw-dropping coups of the season. I DID NOT see that ending coming! Laverne was in an accident, and is now unresponsive in a coma. Just wow. I have no idea how this story will turn out, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she wakes up soon. I'm a big believer in the "everything happens for a reason" (even if we don't always understand or know that reason) theory, so I was rooting for Laverne all episode. I guess it's all in how you see the world and the events in it. Aside from the shocking turn of events, there were some laugh out loud moments: Turk's "Hot Nanny," Janitor's cleaning supplies in a tree, Jordan's list of things for Perry to do, another negative Hugh Jackman reference (aren't you dying to know what he did to tick off Dr. Cox so badly??), the guy group lie, Jordan's inability to say "love" without it being sarcastic, and JD's tall tale about his date with the "Hot Nanny." There was also the usual dose of funny quotes. Here's a look at the best, funniest and all around awesome lines in this week's edition of the Scrubies.

The Scrubies
"Why don't you hop aboard the 'What's up Dr. Cox's butt' trolley and we can begin our tour. Coming up on the left is my bloated, bedridden ex-wife who's not allowed to lift a finger, which thankfully, leaves it all up to these guys. Now, if you'll look to your right, you'll see my waning libido, my crushed soul, and my very last nerve, which I would advise you not to get on, under or even close to." Dr. Cox to Laverne and Carla after they asked, "What's up your butt?"

"Bull dinky! Perry Cox. 6'1." A buck 85 after lunch." Dr. Cox to Laverne after she quotes the bible

"But if I ever catch you eyeing her again, I will fire her tight little butt. And then you'll get to spend every waking moment interviewing the next 23 fugly-ass candidates until you find another good one." Carla to Turk after he kept eyeing their hot nanny

"Thirdly if I lose a patient, I'll be able to crrrrrry like I just watched Extreme Home Makeover." JD to Turk on his extensive plan to ask out the hot nanny

That's this week's edition of the Scrubies. If you have a line that you would like to nominate for a Scrubie, drop me a comment and I'll publish it in a future edition. As always, if you would like to discuss this week's Scrubs episode, leave me a comment with your thoughts. If you missed this hilarious outing, check it out on iTunes.

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'Lost' Un-Lockes Some Secrets

Lost finally revealed how Locke ended up in a wheelchair, but it saved the biggest surprise for last. Here's what Turtlemama and I have to say:

Turtlemama says: Lost has been found! HOORAY! Wednesday night’s Lost really took us back to the reasons we started watching in the first place. Thanks Lost people! Thanks a lost…er, lots.

This is mainly about Locke, ‘cause he’s always intrigued me, so I focused on that, there were other stories going on, I swear! I just was wrapped up with John and Ben, sorry!

We see that Kate finds Jack, but they are interrupted by The Others because Jack is being monitored. While Kate and Sayid are taken into custody Locke finds Ben and holds him hostage. It was all very exciting, actually! We learned Locke’s back story, how he lived before he was paralyzed and how he was paralyzed; by his own father (are we sure
that’s his father?). Locke and Ben connect in an interesting way, but we don’t really understand why they connect the way they do…until the end.

Locke tells Ben that he wants to blow up the sub so that no one can leave the island; that’s why he blew up the communications station…he didn’t want anyone to find them. I guess I could see how he’d like to be a recluse on an island that allows him to walk, but dang, I bet those
other people want to get the hell home, and FAST! But, they can’t…there’s no more sub, no more communication station and well..Locke is now on his island, being taken care of by The Others and life is good for him, right? Sort of…

We see how Locke gets his back broken and his recuperation. Then, Ben walks Locke down a hallway and we hear how Locke must have felt to have his own father try to kill him. Then we come to a door, and although I knew at the beginning of the episode what was behind that door, I still wanted to see it play out.

So this leaves some MORE questions, as if we didn’t have enough, right? Why are Ben and Locke so connected and so adamant to stay on the island? What are they running from? How did they get his Dad there, is that even his dad? And most of all..what will Locke do now? Oh it’s all so intriguing. Please, Lost People, don’t disappoint me, please!? I’m
beginning to regain my hope that you’ll bring back my ‘old’ Lost
and all will be well once Gilligan is rescued…Oh I mean Jack and the other survivors (Mary Anne, Skipper, I mean Claire, Charlie….)

TVFan says: I'll admit it: I was pretty excited to sit down and watch Lost this week. It's a feeling that has become foreign this season as the show works through a lackluster year. But this week, it felt like the writers were back in control of the show's destiny and mythology. We've waited 2 1/2 seasons to find out how Locke ended up in the wheelchair that the island took from him. And now we know the tragic truth: his kidney-stealing father pushed him out of an 8th story apartment in an attempt to kill him. Talk about your daddy issues! It turns out, though, that Locke's past experience with his con-artist father was not enough to prepare him for the manipulative Ben, who seems to have found himself in Locke's old position. Ben was able to manipulate Locke into blowing up the sub, something that Locke wanted too because he was so afraid of his father finding him, but the action supposedly took out the island's only way back to the rest of the world. Of course, no one was more upset about this development than Jack and Juliet, who were both headed out that night thanks to a deal they made with Ben (hence the reason for last week's impromptu football game). I'm still dying to know how The Others know so much about the survivors, but the story was gripping enough this week to make me overlook any lingering unanswered questions. The night's biggest question/surprise came in the final minutes when Ben disclosed the contents the island's "big box." How did Locke's father get there???!!!

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Buddy's Cheatin' Heart 'Lights' Things Up

I knew that Jason and Lyla were not ready to be engaged! I've been saying it since the big event happened several episodes ago. It looked like both realized they were too young and were going to just take things slowly, but things fell apart when Jason went off to Austin for quad rugby. Suddenly, his horizons were a little bigger and Lyla became an afterthought, especially when Suzie was around. Last night, things went a step further when Jason kissed her at Stonehenge II. Of course, it's nothing compared to Lyla's indiscretion with Jason's best friend, but they're both symptoms of the bigger issue -- neither is ready to commit to the other. Speaking of commitment, Buddy Garity seems to have made his bed, and even a thoughtful photo album isn't going to keep him from having to lie in it. Kudos to Pam for not letting him back into her house and life. It's just a shame that Lyla had to find out about her dad's many indiscretions the way she did. And then she went and smashed a bunch of Buddy's cars! That's certainly one way to let out some aggression and frustration.

Meanwhile, Julie's world is being completely rocked by the revelation that her dad is seriously considering the coaching job at TMU. I feel pretty confident that he's not going to take it, but they do seem to be keeping us guessing. Perhaps, they're waiting to find out if the show gets a second season. If so, Coach stays in Dillon, if not, he heads to Austin. Clearly, I want him to stay (especially since it means another season), but I do think that Julie would love Austin and Dillon would become a distant memory very quickly. If she really doesn't want to go, I'm sure Tyra would gladly take her place. Her mother is more of a burden than anything, and certainly the reason why she hasn't been as successful as her potential. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Tami can keep her motivated enough to get the grades that will take her out of her rough situation. That's the thing about this show, there's something to root for in every character, and then something to make you question their integrity. And if that isn't real life, than I don't know what is!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Wednesday's Primetime Pass

Friday Night Lights (8 p.m. NBC) - "Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes." With TMU knocking on Coach Taylor's (Kyle Chandler) door, Julie (Aimee Teegarden) decides to make it very clear to her parents that she does not intend to move away from Dillon and Matt (Zach Gilford). Meanwhile, Jason (Scott Porter) gets some devastating news from the quad rugby recruiters in Austin. Elsewhere, Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) befriends a single mother and her son.

Bones (8 p.m. Fox) - "The Boneless Bride in the River." Interrupting Brennans romantic vacation with Sully (guest star Eddie McClintock) on his boat in the marina, Booth drags her to a crime scene on the river where the shell of a womans body is found minus all of her bones. The body poses an intriguing case for the team as they attempt to reconstruct the womens skeletal structure without the help of any bones.

America's Next Top Model (8 p.m. The CW) - "The Girl Who Changes Her Attitude." The girls learn the art of posing with "vogueing" superstar Benny Ninja. The competition takes a nearly impossible turn during a high-tech mission where the models are challenged to duck, dive and pose through a laser maze. Later, the girls must bring life to a deathly crime scene photo shoot.

Lost (10 p.m. ABC) - "The Man from Tallahassee." Ben tries to persuade a determined Locke to call off his destructive plan by offering him some of the secrets of the island, and Kate's reunion with Jack does not go off as planned when she discovers that he has made a deal with The Others.

*Fox is giving Prison Break a third season. [Source]

*And finally, here's a look at the shows heading to DVD this week: JAG (season 3), Miami Vice (season 3), NewsRadio (season 5), and Sleeper Cell (season 2). For a complete list, click on over to

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Monday, March 19, 2007

A Tragic End to a Sad 'Case'

This week's episode of Cold Case reminded me of those mother/daughter roadtrip films that end happily with both parties coming to understand each other. It came complete with a "chicks rule!" soundtrack (courtesy of Sheryl Crow, Dido, Sarah McLachlan and others) and a somewhat dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. But, this episode was missing the usual happy Hollywood ending. Of course, this means that I loved it! I secretly kinda like those movies, but the easy ending grows tired fast, so this unhappy take made everything perfect in this familiar tale. I was so glad that neither of the daughters was responsible for their mother's murder. I was pretty sure that the lottery ticket was going to be the key, but I wasn't sure how it went down. It became apparent pretty quickly that the helpful homeless man wasn't all there when he showed Marlene the old picture of his son as if it were from the other day. And then there was his belief that a simple scratch-off ticket could win him a million dollars. It was the last point that got Marlene killed. She held up her end of the deal, but he refused to believe that the winning ticket was only worth $25. This was one of those cases that was difficult to watch because we witnessed Marlene sink as low as she could in order to save and provide for her children, one of which wasn't adjusting well to the family's new life (not that she should be expected to). Loved the way the case contrasted Lilly's upbringing with a mother who made the most with what little she had and put her children first no matter what happened (and the way it foreshadows that upcoming story line I mentioned a couple of weeks ago). Loved the soundtrack and the way it matched both the mood and the events in the episode while also providing clues to the story (Sheryl Crow's "Home" opened the show with the lyrics, "this is home" playing over the images of the Bradford family driving around in their station wagon. Later Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" played over the closing scenes with the apropos lyrics, "Spend all your time waiting for that second chance, for a break that would make it ok").

While Lilly and co. were searching for a killer, Jeffries was looking for something to make him feel better about his wife's death. He was so sure that shooting the man responsible was the answer, but when they were standing face to face with his gun pointed into the chest of the man who left his wife alone to die on the side of the road years ago, he realized that nothing was going to make it better because nothing can. If he had killed this man, he would have added a huge helping of guilt to the sorrow and regret that he already feels. Confronting the man did allow him to begin to heal and move on as we saw the Miles Davis album back in rotation on his home record player. It may have seemed like a small gesture, but for a man who has held so much anger, guilt, and sadness in his heart for so long, it was a huge step in the right direction. And once again Stillman, a.k.a. the world's best boss, was there with the stern hand and open arms that a member of his team needed to get through a dark, difficult moment. Cold Case rocked the case to personal story line ratio again, and moves to 15-2-1 on the season.

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The Teams Smell a Rat

Here's this week's "live" thoughts on The Amazing Race.

So, all of the teams are singing and dancing "Ding Dong the witches are dead" because Rob and Amber are gone. Ok, that's an exaggeration, but they're all very excited.

Apparently, some of the teams have been "playing it safe" in order to not be perceived as a threat. If that makes you feel better about the fact that you've been sucking it up, then go ahead and preach it guys.

File this scene under "TMI" because I'm now disturbingly aware of Team Guido's underwear choices. For those who missed it, they're wearing thongs (hey, if I had to find out, so do you!).

Wow, most confusing airport explanation ever! Apparently, teams have to book tickets at a travel agent, but outgoing flights are very limited. So, TAR booked every team on the last departure in case they aren't able to find an earlier flight out through the travel agent. Bottom line, you snooze, you lose (or in this case, you fail to read your avalanche beckon locating machine properly, you end up on the last flight out of dodge)!

If Danielle wins this thing, she needs to do herself and the rest of the world a favor and buy an atlas and take a world geography class (and pass it!) because my eyes are getting tired from rolling every time the teams are dispatched to a different country and she has no idea if it's a city, state, country, continent, ocean or brand of hairspray!

I smell a rat! And it's not just Team Guido's blown out of proportion fight with Eric. Nope, this Roadblock requires one team member to use a rat as his/her guide to find the next clue. Question, why do the team members have protective armor on, but the poor rat who's about to put his face into a landmine gets nothing but a lousy harness and collar??

I disagree Charla, this is the perfect time for your rat to clean himself. If the landmine takes him out, he wants to go down looking good.

Why would you turn left when the sign says that Maputo is straight? Am I crazy?? Apparently not since Charla/Mirna just found it by going straight while the other teams remain lost in Not-Maputo. And now, Charla/Mirna just finished in first frickin' place. All because the other teams can't read a damn sign!

Wow that coal Detour was definitely the wrong decision! On top of ruining your manicure Team Guido-style, it takes a million times longer than the other one. The beauty queens just finished Pamper and landed in second place while Guido (who was first to arrive at the Detour) is still filling bags.

Did Phil just hit on the beauty queens? I think he did! I like Flirty Phil.

OMG!!!! Oswald and Danny are chasing Phil! I swear on my favorite teams that I'm not making this up. They're covered in coal and threatening to hug him. I'm pretty sure that this is the stuff that Phil's nightmares are made of. The only thing that could make this situation worse would be if he were wearing one of his prized turtlenecks. You don't dirty the turtleneck!

I like Uchenna and Joyce, but I was perfectly fine with them being eliminated. After all, they won before, so I'm sorta rooting against them to lose this time. But, they had the fortunate experience of coming in last on this edition's first non-elimination round. That makes them "marked for elimination" next week.

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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday's Primetime Pass

A look at what PTR is watching tonight

Cold Case (Sunday 9 p.m. CBS) - "A Dollar, A Dream." The plight of a homeless family living out of their station wagon becomes the cold case team's focus as they investigate the murder of a woman found at the bottom of a river.

The Amazing Race (Sunday 8 p.m. CBS) - "You Need to Watch Your Jokes, Guy." The teams head to Mozambique where one team's taunting of another team quickly esculates into a war of words. During a Roadblock, Teams must get up close and personal with a rat in order to receive their next clue.

Without a Trace (Sunday 10 p.m. CBS) - "Connections." The team searches for a teenaged girl last seen being followed out of an internet cafe by an aggressive male teen who just passed her a shockingly lewd note.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

SOS Part II: 'Veronica' Desperately Needs Your Help!!

Last week I was asking nicely, but this week I'm going to resort to begging. Please, please please, help Veronica Mars get another season. I'm still not over last season's Everwood cancellation, so I know my TV-lovin' heart cannot survive a VM axe. I have a very simple request for all fans of good television out there. Just send a quick postcard in support of Veronica Mars to:

Dawn Ostroff
President of Entertainment, The CW Television Network
4000 Warner Blvd., Bldg 168
Burbank, CA 91522-0002

If you're looking for some fuel for your fire, here's the latest news on the show's chances of returning (and the revamping if it does) courtesy of E! Online's Kristin Veitch:

Updated: Veronica Canceled? Here's What I Know...
By Kristin Veitch

Mar 15, 2007 10:11 PM

Friday, 12:08 p.m.: The CW rep for Veronica Mars tells me: "The show has not been canceled. A decision will be made at the Upfront on May 17."
Sources tell me that the show is most likely to come back in its new FBI format (described below) or not return at all.

Friday, 9:22 a.m.: After speaking with very reliable sources this morning, I can tell you the following about Veronica Mars:
1. Creator Rob Thomas is shooting a five- to six-minute featurette of a new version of Veronica Mars, which is one of three options the CW is considering for next season (cancellation, renewal or new format).

2. This new Veronica version takes place four years in the future, and features Veronica as a full-fledged FBI agent. (This morning's Hollywood Reporter incorrectly reports that in the new featurette, Veronica is still in the FBI Academy.)

3. Kristen Bell is the only castmember who is part of this "FBI years" trailer/featurette. It is not yet known which other castmembers would come on board if the CW chooses this option. Veronica's current cast and crew were informed of the featurette yesterday (hence, the widespread panic and cancellation rumors running rampant—and my panic attack).

4. For better or worse, Veronica's fate has not yet been decided, and I'm told the chances of it coming back in its current format are looking grim. So, keep reading and show your support below in the comments section. (By the way, never before have I seen comments pile up so fast and so strong anywhere on E! Online. Keep 'em coming!)

Now back to the original story that posted last night...

Thursday, 10:11 p.m.: You may have seen my earlier report that Veronica Mars has been canceled.
Well, let me just say that though I heard this heart-wrenching info from six—yes, six—reliable sources on both the network and studio sides and that the "cancellation" rumor ran rampant around all sectors of Hollywood today, apparently the picture is more complex than a straight canceled-or-not-canceled scenario. At this hour, here's what I can tell you:

I just heard from Veronica mastermind and showrunner Rob Thomas, who told me, "If we're canceled, I certainly don't know about it."
According to CW insiders, the network has not officially canceled Veronica Mars. However, here's the catch: It is currently considering a different format for the fourth season. From what I hear, that format would leap four years into the future and focus on Veronica as an FBI agent. Aside from returning star Kristen Bell (duh), the rest of the cast is yet to be determined, but it isn't likely that many of her current costars would be on hand. So, bottom line: Veronica Mars could be: (1) spinning off into a new format, (2) returning in her college years or (3) getting axed.

And let me just say, number three is indeed a very real possibility, so it is most definitely time to rally the troops before it's too late!
If you care about Veronica Mars and want it to survive (and if you're a fan of good TV, I know you do!), please comment below with your name and message of support. And email your friends the link to this column so they can do the same. (I will forward your comments to the powers that be at the CW.) Then please send a "Save Veronica" postcard or letter to:

Dawn Ostroff
President of Entertainment, The CW Television Network

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Dr. Kelso Searches for the 'Scrubs' Thief

Networks and their local affiliates do stupid things from time to time that make us want throw our remotes at our screens. But, when these networks and/or local affiliates do something stupid during one of our favorite shows, well, that's a whole new level of frustration. My local NBC (which, I should point out, is owned by NBC and not a local affiliate company!!!), ran a commercial break in the middle of a scene during this week's episode of Scrubs!!! When the impromptu break came back, we were in the middle of an entirely different scene. There are no words. So, please excuse this entry if it misses a few funny moments or awesome lines, fore my local NBC knows not what is does (literally). Despite the technical snafu, I did manage to catch several funny moments that kept me laughing through my frustration. Moments such as Dr. Kelso's group massage session, an ad for Baby Lo-Jack that included the note "For white babies," Janitor's threat, Ted's accident after almost "hitting" Rowdy, Dr. Cox's nothing changes speech and JD's hug that proved it, JD's caveman narration complete with the sad music, "scrubs so hideous that no one would steal them," voiceovers that tie everything together, JD's pointless and generic voiceover after Eliot complains about them on Grey's Anatomy, Rowdy going missing and JD thinking that he's going to be sick, and an exuberant dance after the staff gets their old scrubs back. Yes, it was a cornucopia of funny moments this week. And now, a look at the best, funniest and all around awesome lines in this week's edition of the Scrubies.

The Scrubies
"Oh, you think you're funny?" Eliot to Dr. Cox
"I do. I always have ever since I was little. It's one of the reasons that I'm a winner." Dr. Cox

"Last time I was home, I asked how Ramon was doing. Vice president of Mott's Applesauce. It's true. Ramon Delgado. Look him up on the Internet." Eliot during her speech about how people can change
"I will." Dr. Cox
"Don't. I made it up. The point is, people can change and you know it." Eliot

"Nothing ever changes. The Artist Formerly Known as Prince is still just Prince, my ex-wife is still pretty much my wife, 'Grey's Anatomy' always wraps up every episode with some cheesy voiceover that ties together all of the story lines, which incidentally is my least favorite device on television, Newbie continually will try to violate my no touching policy, and Republicans will forever try to raise [JD interrupts his speech with a "sneak hug"]... Of course, I would go kill him right now, but he actually just helped to prove my point." Dr. Cox to Eliot after she insists that people change

"You brought this on yourselves you thieving bastards!" Dr. Kelso to his staff after someone steals scrubs and he makes everyone wear ugly gray ones

That's this week's edition of the Scrubies. If you have a line that you would like to nominate for a Scrubie, drop me a comment and I'll publish it in a future edition. As always, if you would like to discuss this week's Scrubs episode, leave me a comment with your thoughts. If you missed this hilarious outing, check it out on iTunes.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Claire Finds her 'Lost' Father

Lost survivors found a killer security system while Claire met her dad for the first time. Here's what Turtlemama and I have to say:

Turtlemama says: What was that? Could it be? Was it really a GOOD episode of Lost??? We’ve seen so little this season that I was in shock; hope I can remember it all.

Claire thought to send a rescue note on the tag of a seagull (who tags seagulls anymore, are they the sewer rats of the beach? Maybe I haven’t been buffing up on my National Geographic lately…I should do that). Through the whole seagull storyline she finally found out about Desmond’s premonitions that Charlie is going to die. They also sent a note on with a seagull…we’ll see what happens, but I’m not holding my breath…for all we know the seagull tags are from ‘The Others’.

Speaking of ‘The Others’ Kate, Sayid, and Locke all made it to ‘The Others’ camp. There they found Jack playing football with…burly dude, what’s his name? There are too many names to keep up with. Which was quite interesting…so, Jack is freed and is he now considered one of ‘The Others’ or is he just a guest? Maybe he has what it takes to be an ‘Other;?

I’m fairly convinced that the camp and ‘The Others’ are all a top secret operation funded by the government or something just as conspiracy theory-esque. That’s why they were so hostile to the crash victims. But it doesn’t really explain taking the children and saying they did it because they were without sin. It’s like the writers wanted ‘The Others’ to be religious fanatics, but then decided that scientists would be a better choice? It’s pretty odd…and I hope they clean it up soon, because their story isn’t flowing very well, but it is interesting. That’s probably what they were banking on; “Make it interesting! Then the viewers won’t notice the indiscretions!”

Next week is all about Locke….I can’t wait! Locke is made of many layers that we haven’t seen yet. We know he had a hard childhood and early adulthood and we’re pretty sure he didn’t turn out to be a psychotic serial killer who eats kittens. So, what is his real story? I want to know! I don’t think he’s as boring as he seems. What do you think about Locke and the reason for ‘The Others’ to be on the island…Government Conspiracy or Whacked Rich Dude with too much money using people as guinea pigs? Locke: wants to be with ‘The Others’ so he feels a sense of belonging or Crazed dude who needs some therapy and a beer?

TVFan says: And we're back to the problem of not ever believing Lost when it gives us some (extremely vague) answers. For instance, can we believe Eye Patch Man when he says that the survivors are flawed, too angry, etc. to understand The Others and why they don't want to go back? Even if it's the truth, does it really tell us anything? No, but you know what? I don't care. I don't care anymore because I've come to the conclusion that there are no answers, no payoff, so why bother looking for them? I'm trying just to watch Lost for the show it really is: an excellent character drama that poses questions it never intends to answer. My new philosophy on this show has made it much more enjoyable. This week, I was riveted by the sonic security system, and how Sayid, Kate, Jack and Rousseau were going to get over it. Claire is one of my faves, so I enjoyed her backstory. I had my suspicions about Claire's mom and Jack's dad prior to this episode (the show alluded to it in one of Ana-Lucia's flashbacks last season), so the big daddy reveal wasn't as shocking as it might have been. Still puts an interesting twist on things on the island, especially since neither knows about it. And then there was Locke's bizarre behavior. He may not have known that the security system would kill Eye Patch Man, but I don't think he cared if it did. It seemed to me that he was trying to protect his wheelchair past, and Eye Patch somehow knew about it. Why is he carrying around C4??!! The night's biggest shocker, though, came at the very end when Kate and co. found Jack, except he didn't look like the captive that needed rescuing. Instead, he was playing football and laughing and having fun. Was Jack brainwashed or are things not as they seem. Since this is Lost, I'm going with the latter, but I'm not holding my breath for the answer.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

SOS: 'Veronica Mars'

Well dear readers, it's that time of year again. Time to pull together to save one of the best shows on television. That's right, Veronica Mars is once again in danger of not getting renewed for another season. A recent issue of TV Guide claimed that the show is not likely to get a 4th season! This is unacceptable! One thing is for sure, we can't let them take Veronica down without a fight. Here's some information on the latest campaign courtesy of The Eternal Vigilance Thread at TWoP and Cloud Watchers:


We have been formulating a plan of attack prior to the five stand-alone episodes scheduled to air starting at the end of April. It's a final push before Upfronts in May where they announce whether or not Veronica Mars gets to be around for her Sophomore year at Hearst.

So here's what we are planning:

The weekend before the show comes back from hiatus, so the 28th and 29th of April, we'd like to get volunteers in the major Nielsen markets to distribute fliers touting the greatness that is Veronica Mars. You can do this by posting them bulletin boards, handing them out, putting them on windshields, or whatever you choose. We just NEED YOU to help distribute them. We'll do the printing, you just have to get them out there. We are also looking into having a professional street team distribute them in at least one, possibly two majork Nielsen Markets.

A lovely designer has already offered up her services and created this amazing flyer:

If you are interested in helping out please email:

We are still working out the details on funding, printing and specifics, so there will be more details to come. But if you are at all interested, send an email and we will keep you updated with the details.

For more on this campaign, visit Cloud Watchers and TWoP.

Save Our Veronica!!!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

TV on DVD Tuesday

Here's a look at this week's biggest releases.

Without a Trace (Season 2)
Bosom Buddies (Season 1)
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (The Final Seasons)

Recent Big Releases: Hawaii Five-O (Season 1), The Loop (Season 1), Moonlighting (Season 5), Northern Exposure (Season 6), South Park (Season 9).

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Monday, March 12, 2007

A 'Case' that Takes to the Dance Floor

Some episodes are difficult to categorize. They're not so good that I want to gush on and on for an entire entry (like last week's "The Good-Bye Room"), but not so horrible that I feel the need to point out all of the missteps while trying to find the one saving grace of the episode (like the Bob Dylan one). These episodes fall somewhere in that gray area between "I loved it" and "I hated it." Last night's outing was one of these, and it makes it difficult for me to discuss. It just didn't move me, make me think, make me laugh, or give me the feeling that Lilly (or any of the other detectives) was behind the wheel. In fact, it felt like we didn't get enough of any of them last night. I was happy to see the Jeffries sidestory, and I'm interested to see how it plays out. Other than that, all I can say about this one is -- it was pretty good.

There were some surprises with the case to keep things moving along. I didn't expect to see Maurice fall in love with Crystal, nor did I expect to see his father come around. Of course, we were taking Grant's word for it when he said that their father would be upset with his son's dancing. And then there was the added emotional value that Maurice's mother is the one that taught him to dance. I was so afraid that Maurice died thinking that his father didn't approve of his dancing, so I was completely relieved when Grant told him. Speaking of Grant, he turned out to be the monster that he made his father out to be (not that he was Mr. Innocent either -- the man did not do right by either of his boys). And WTH happened to him??? He was like the high school hottie who grew up to look like the neighborhood perv!! I'm pretty sure that the older Grant was in my nightmares last night. Wow! I guess that's what having a crappy father, giving up your dream and then murdering your little brother will do to you. As much as I liked Maurice (and I did a lot), I just didn't feel that emotionally invested in his murder, despite the gratuitous white flashback-within-a-flashback that was supposed to make me feel otherwise. Maybe it was because Lilly didn't seem emotionally invested. She wasn't in it enough to get invested. So, this one was just pretty good for me. Not sure how to classify it, so let's call it a tie. Cold Case moves to 14-2-1 on the season.

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The Teams Go Postal

Well, the stream-of-conscience method seemed to work pretty well last week, so I'll be sticking with it the rest of the season. Here's this week's "live" thoughts on The Amazing Race.

Why do Rob and Amber cause me to roll my eyes every time them come on my screen?? Maybe it's the fact that Amber thinks she's peaking while Rob is convinced that he hasn't reached his prime yet (rolls eyes).

Look, we're only 5 minutes in, and Eric has already referenced Danielle's boobs. Maybe they'll help complete another challenge this leg. They were so helpful last leg. Without them, Danielle never would have finished that fish Roadblock.

Oooh! Do you think that Rob and Amber might make a big mistake here by assuming that the shipwreck is a painting and not the actual sight?? Nah, me either. It's fun to dream, though.

And now dear readers, it's time for this week's "Feel Bad for Mirna Moment." It seems that she has to do more than any one person on the race. All together now: Poor Mirna!

The dream is over -- Rob figured out that the shipwreck is a sight and not a painting.

Oh snap! Team Guido just got shut out of the earlier flight!

Who would have thought that Rob would be the one to point out that Magellan started in Spain and Amber the one to argue that it was Guam?? Of course, it's History 101 and common sense all rolled into one, but I'm still impressed. Hold that thought, he just misspelled Philippines. And now they're both completely stumped! I love it!

Charter planes that leave 3 hours apart?? 3 hours??!! That's harsh. It's usually 1/2 hour. However, at least they're not traveling to AUSTRALIA on them!!!

Mirna's having another breakdown -- and it's a good one!! Just wait until she actually begins writing the signs and putting them in order.

We have another round of find the clue box, and surprise, surprise, it features the race's oldest team. Why does the oldest team on each edition have trouble finding a clue box sometime during the race?? I guess it's just one of those great TAR mysteries like why some racers wear those annoying strappy things that section off their chests or why Phil always acts so surprised when team members feel the need to give him a big hug.

Mail call! Terri has got to pick up the pace of this Roadblock or she won't finish going through that mail by the time the entire race is over!

Oh my god, if Charla and Mirna aren't eliminated tonight, I might have to rethink my devotion to this show. WTH are they talking about?? They didn't call for a taxi and Rob and Amber didn't steal theirs!!!! Why are they always playing the victim?? MOST. ANNOYING. TEAM. EVER!!!! Which, of course, makes me think that if they do come in last, it will be non-elimination.

Hell must have just frozen over because Rob and Amber did NOT finish first!! That distinguished honor belongs to Oswald and Danny, who promptly invited Phil along on their winning vacation.

Hey Mirna, if, as an attorney, you can tell who's lying to you, then why did you believe Amber when she told you that she got the clue down that path??

Sounds like someone needs to take a bar of soap to Mirna's mouth. And now she's resorting to name-calling. Damn it! They just finished in 7th place!!!!!! This means another week of Mirna's annoying-ness. Of course, this does mean that Rob and Amber just got ELIMINATED!! What was that about peaking, Amber?

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Weekend Primetime Pass

A look at what PTR is watching this weekend

Cold Case (Sunday 9 p.m. CBS) - "Shuffle, Ball Change." When the body of a missing teenaged boy is found in a dumpster, the cold case team delves into the macho blue collar world of Kensington in the '80s and discovers the taboo secret that got the boy killed.

The Amazing Race (Sunday 8 p.m. CBS) - "No Babies on the Race." Confusion at the Detour puts one Team in peril when a long standing rival overtakes them. Meanwhile, Rob and Amber attempt to capture their fourth first place finish this season.

Without a Trace (Sunday 10 p.m. CBS) - "Deep Water." As the team searches for a missing U.S. Senator, they are forced to contend with her powerful and meddlesome father and the media that is tracking the case. The 4400's Jacqueline McKenzie guest stars as the missing senator. The episode was co-written by series star Anthony LaPaglia.

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Janitor's Life Becomes a Fish Bowl

There were so many funny moments in this week's episode of Scrubs that I'm not sure where to begin. I was laughing the entire half-hour, even through Private Dancer's more emotional moments (thanks to Dr. Cox, JD's blog and Turk's need to pass gas). So much funny, so little time, so let's get right down to this week's run-thru of the night's funniest moments. Deep breath -- we had: hilarious staff pictures, Dr. Cox as the maid on The Brady Bunch, Ted's pen explosion, Dr. Cox's rant on the staff's strong points, the water balloon cheating excuse (again), Snoop Dog resident, an 80s flashback (always rad), Janitor on fish duty, and JD's blog entry "Why being Really Lonely is Sometimes Super Awesome." Oh yes, and we also had some classic quotes. Here's a look at this week's best, funniest and all around awesome lines in this week's edition of the Scrubies.

The Scrubies
"You would hear crickets chirping, but they were too uncomfortable about just how unfunny that actually was." Dr. Cox to Carla after she decided that her jokes were funny

"Holy hell! Are my new boxers made of wool?? Because my weasel's getting heat stroke!" Dr. Kelso

"I'm never surprised by what people will do. Or, for that matter, WHO they will do." JD to Turk regarding the time Turk slept with JD's girlfriend

"If you're still not sure why you tried to off yourself, I'm starting to get a pretty clear picture over here." Dr. Cox to Eliot

"That's right. And my baby being happy is worth all the vaginal dryness in the world." Turk to everyone regarding a side effect of Carla's anti-depressants
"And none of us would ever look at Carla the same way again." JD (narration)

"Oh my god! He referenced me in a tough love speech! Stop smiling!" JD (narration) regarding Dr. Cox's decision to include his blog in his speech to Private Dancer

That's this week's edition of the Scrubies. If you have a line that you would like to nominate for a Scrubie, drop me a comment and I'll publish it in a future edition. As always, if you would like to discuss this week's Scrubs episode, leave me a comment with your thoughts. If you missed this hilarious outing, check it out on iTunes.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007

The Dharma Initiative is 'Lost' Forever

Lost finally revealed more on its eye patch-wearing man last night. Here's what Turtlemama and I have to say:

Turtlemama says: You know, just ‘cause I like bulleted points, I’m going to sum up
this week’s spisode in three points.

-We met the ‘Eye-patch Man’ this week on ‘Lost’.

-Sayid’s back story was fairly interesting. But, it’s like I keep saying…the back stories are quite interesting.

-Sawyer lost to Hugo during a ping pong match on the beach.

We found out that Sayid tortured a woman and she found him and he was tortured then released….and the cat that symbolized everything was at the ‘Eye-Patch Man’ homestead. And uh…what else was there? Oh yeah, Hugo
beat sawyer at ping-pong and now Sawyer can’t use nicknames for a week….exciting stuff, folks, watch out.

The homestead that the trackers (Kate, Locke, Sayid, and Danielle) found blew up, because Locke hit 77 on the keyboard. The black lady was
killed. Who was she you ask…well, see that’s just it, we don’t know and we’ll never know. It must be too much work to answer so many
questions so they just kill everyone off. I bet that’s how the whole show ends;
one big explosion.

I guess this week’s episode was good, it just raised more questions, didn’t give us any answers and we saw some boring day-to-day stuff.
Granted the explosion and meeting of the two others was interesting, along with Sayid’s back story. But, other than that I’m getting a
little bored with ‘Lost’. I think I’d rather play Wii Tennis than watch ‘Lost’ most Wednesdays…(and I don’t care for Wii Tennis).

TVFan says: Finally, we get an episode worth writing about the next day!! After a ho-hum season that just seems to putt-putt along, there were interesting revelations and a flashback sequence that drew me in. Of course, there were the obvious parallels between Sayid's past situation and his present one. He was fooled the first time, but not the second. He knew that the man with the eye patch was only pretending to be with Dharma just as the man in the restaurant had only pretended to offer him a job. But, what about that mysterious cat? The island allows the survivors to see things that aren't there (Kate's black horse, Jack's father, Eko's brother, etc). I think that the cat was real (we saw Eye Patch man acknowledge her and call her Nadia), but I think Sayid saw her the way he wanted to see her. Because of the parallel, she looked like the woman's cat from his flashback. At the end, the cat looked on in approval after seeing that Sayid isn't the torturing man he used to be. It was a cycle that the cat helped to break, and Sayid wasn't going to forget it. Nicely done. In the revelation department, it seems that the Dharma Initiative no longer exists -- killed off by the The Others (or hostiles as the video called them). So, if The Others aren't Dharma, then who are they? We're back at square one (as usual). And who didn't see that explosion coming when Locke entered "77" into the computer?? That C4 had to be there for a reason!

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