The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“Bash” and “Tested”

By Becca

I didn’t get to a column last week, so this one’s serving double duty. Which is actually helpful because these last few episodes are more closely tied to each other than Glee has generally ever been. I love that. I also love that Blaine knows how to cram Cheetos in his mouth like he’s a professional, that Sam’s an exceptional slut-shamer, and that Artie had the forethought to use last fall’s Lady Gaga contest for good rather than evil. Mostly, though, I’ve loved the music and the conversations these characters have always needed but are finally getting to have.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“New New York”

By Becca

This new singing and dancing show on Fox seems like a winner! I’m not sure if you’ve seen it. There’s a couple of fiancés who obviously love each other but fight about encroaching on each other’s boundaries in a mime class and then have hot make-up sex. Then there’s an ingénue about to make it big on Broadway, but she doesn’t want to lose sight of her friends who helped her there because she’s already lost the one she loved most. And this blond guy with too much hair cuts it off, becomes a model, and promptly falls for his new landlord. I think it’s called Glee?

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“New Directions”

By Becca

Last week, which was the actual hundredth episode of Glee, was entertaining, but it did not succeed at pulling my heartstrings in the midst of its absurdist humor. Nor did the reimagined Glee songs, excepting perhaps “Keep Holding On” and “Valerie”, provide the same plot and character connections as their previous incarnations. This week’s episode, which is essentially the second part of last week’s, hit all those notes well. Which means “New Directions” was classic, comedic, and emotion-wrenching Glee with as much to love as to roll your eyes about. In other words, it was an effective microcosm of what the show has always been. And it managed to provide a satisfying, if defeating, end to Will Schuster’s dream of a glee club and the safe space it became for a group of misfits at McKinley.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“100”

By Becca

Last night aired the 100th episode of Glee, and while I’m delighted by the show’s goalpost achievement, the episode itself was lackluster. That’s probably because it’s part one of a bigger story and most of the music was favorite performances redone with changes small enough I wasn’t sure why they bothered. But it did highlight a lot of those differences in personality between our two versions of the glee club, and it reminded me of a few dynamics—like Will’s preference for the old club and Santana’s issues regarding her life love—that I’d love to see explored more.

It’s Complicated– Denise’s Dish (GH)

general_hospital_19x3By Denise

I watch my soap for hot steamy messes…like Sam and Silas!  I am almost 5’9” and I have always envied women built like Sam.  I want to run across a room and jump up in my husband’s arms and wrap my legs around his waist.  I would probably knock him over if I did that and I am too scared to try.  Silas took total advantage of the ease of picking Sam up – they were all over the place.  I don’t know that I buy this couple – they have chemistry – but the story is killing me.  He’s’ got a wife, he may have killed her, he NOW goes to see her, he turns down the paperwork giving away her money, etc.  And we haven’t even gotten close to the fact that Rick is back in town.  That should cause some revelations.

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

So what else has happened in the last month of General Hospital? Robin’s left town again, Brad found himself in a romantic triangle, AJ found out who really shot Connie and promptly got shot himself, and Ric Lansing slithered his way back into town. What’s next, a return of Casey the Alien?

The Doctor’s Order – GH

gourmez3By Becca

Another month has passed since my last column. Carly was rescued, Luke was possibly brainwashed, Ric Lansing came back to town, Robin left town, Anna continued to deflect suspicions about Faison’s death, and Sonny tried not to take as much delight in shooting AJ as he wanted to. Most importantly, though, we still don’t know whether Emma wants Spencer or Cameron more!

If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Denise’s Dish

general_hospital_19x3By Denise

I am really enjoying GH right now.  Does it have its flaws?  Yes, but we are back to dealing with relationships and their impacts.  I am invested in these people and I love it when they act true to form and in character.

For example, Carly can read Sonny like a book.  It was so nice to have the two of them in a scene and, in an unspoken homage to their history, Carly knew immediately that Sonny shot AJ.  That is the Carly I know and love (and sometimes love to hate).  I also think it’s great that Sonny, the big, bad mobster, cannot lie to Carly.  Together or not, Carly and Sonny KNOW each other.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“City of Angels”

By Becca

This episode revived a notion that has always been problematic for Glee: the role of the Heroic Leader Dude of the glee club. The very idea that a band of misfits needs an everyman to lead them—who also happens to be white-passing, heterosexual, athletic, and popular—is problematic at its core, but that’s never stopped Mr. Schue from seeking one out. But this time, I think Glee handled it right by placing the burden on Sam Evans’s shoulders…and having Sam instead invoke the memory of the only character who ever really viewed himself in that role: Finn Hudson.

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glees4iconsmall“Trio”

By Becca

The best part of this week’s episode was undoubtedly Artie’s indignation at being left out of the McKinley seniors’ bonding activities. His delivery of “I learned in my senior math class that a trio is about 25% less powerful than a quartet” and his later “ménage-à-gross” condemnation of Blaine, Tina, and Sam’s togetherness was hilarious. Why did I get so much enjoyment from Artie’s pain? Because he was the victim of meta, as Blaine made clear when he pushed Artie out of their group hug, claiming Artie had his turn last week. Because when the episode is titled “Trio,” someone has to be left out. No further explanation needed.

Why Can’t We Be Friends? – Denise’s Dish (GH)

carlyrobinBy Denise

I have, in the past, defended Robin and her actions.  It’s funny to me, but the part that is making me mad is her interaction with Carly.  Now I have been watching these two since….well, the day they came on the show (I have been watching since 1979).  I have seen just about every interaction they have ever had.

On the surface, these two have so much in common.  They have been held hostage numerous times, they have been involved with Jason, they both had postpartum depression, they love Jason and Sonny, they are both businesswomen and mothers.

The Glee-Full Gab

glees4iconsmall“Frenemies”

By Becca

It’s been a long hiatus for Glee fans. The last episode we had, way back in the first week of December, didn’t even count as a real episode, even if it was full of that beautiful Glee meta I lap up like cream. Its return with “Frenemies” reminded me who some of these characters are at their core. And by some of these characters, I mean Rachel and Tina.

Calgon…Take Me Away! – Denise’s Dish (GH)

THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFULBy Denise

I normally try for a song title, but right now, I need an espae from my soap!  The TJ/Molly storyline is too close to home (I have a 15 year old boy) and the Robin/Patrick storyline is tearing me up.  So I am going to hop in a sudsy bathtub and talk about the fun stuff….

Lucy & Tracy at the police station – OMG I laughed so hard.  Tracy totally knew what Lucy was hiding and the more she protested, the more obvious it became.  AT the end, when they were fighting over who was going to drive….priceless. 

Bye Bye Bye – Denise’s Dish (GH)

robinBy Denise

I already wrote one blog about the Robin situation, but I have to do another one.  Now, I think Robin is handling this badly and I think Patrick has every right to be upset.

But I cannot believe there wasn’t a gasp heard around the world when Patrick said,

“I cannot believe that you’re doing this to us again!  The last time that you did this, you were gone… for two years”.

Try to See It My Way – Denise’s Dish (GH)

KMcGH111121181144-300x245By Denise

I know everyone is upset about this Robin storyline.  I, too, wish the actress would stay.  But I have no control over that and I want the best for her – I’ve been watching her since she was a little girl – I even watched when she was on Joan of Arcadia with Amber Tambyln.

Now, I have a weakness for my soap.  But I also have, what I consider, and inner strength.  I buy the stories they tell me.  Sometimes it takes some mental gymnastics, but sometimes, I can totally relate and probably have put more thought into the character motivations than the writers.