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Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010
The coming attractions are misleading, but big things did happen.

In the beginning of this week’s episode, Sarah met one of her daughter’s teachers, Mr. Cyr (Joan of Arcadia’s Jason Ritter). After borrowing some nicotine gum, he mentioned Amber was one of his best students and raved about a book report she wrote. Later on, she discovered that Amber plagiarized the report that she wrote on the same book when she was in high school. Furiously declaring that she “ran out of punishments in Fresno”, Sarah then went to tell Mr. Cyr what happened. After she heard him speak so admirably about a report that her own teacher once lambasted and offer Amber a letter of recommendation for college, however, Sarah changed her mind. She did demand that Amber rewrite her report and “not let us down”, though.


Meanwhile, Julia dealt with a different problem with her daughter. Sydney has been playing with Racquel’s equally obnoxious daughter, Harmony, who won’t let her be the princess. Instead, she’s always picked to play the servant, the maid, or the cook. (I, for one, dealt with a similar problem when I was her age. Being of an independent spirit, I solved that by hanging out with the boys instead.) Anyways, Julia’s plan to get Sydney to stand up for herself backfired. Does this mean they will address Racquel and Harmony’s snobbishness in another episode?


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Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010
by Andy Edelstein / Newsday (MCT)

With April Fool’s Day arriving Thursday, it’s only right that we take a look at the five most foolish things we’ve seen on TV this season.


The Jay Leno Show (and NBC’s decision to eliminate 10 p.m. ET dramas) — No need to elaborate — this may actually go down as the most foolish decision in network-TV history.


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Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010

Is there anything the internet can’t do? It’ll take something that no one asked for, give it to them, and then make you realize you wanted it. It will take two elements of the universe that have never been mentioned in the same sentence, breed them, and make a beautiful offspring.


Case in point: Lil’ Wayne meets the theme from The Office. If you’re anything like me, you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve heard the latter so much, you use your DVR to fast forward through The Office‘s opening credits. After hearing this, that should no longer be the case.


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Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010
If you missed this episode, you didn’t miss much.

At one point in the last episode, Joel mockingly told Julia that “Only a Braverman can criticize another Braverman”, but anyone could criticize this episode, which saw most of the characters acting irrational and silly for no apparent reason.


It all started when Sarah illogically pressured Julia and Joel to hire Amber as their babysitter for “date night”. Later on, when they politely canceled, Sarah guilted her sister into changing her mind by telling her that Amber was sad about it and the “go-to girl of babysitting” in their old neighborhood. This was all a lie, because Sarah herself doubted her daughter. Despite the fact that she made vulgar accusations about her brother in front of the rest of the family and smoked a cigarette as she told Haddie to lie to her parents because “they’re like termites”, Amber did turn out to be a good babysitter. While making “paper turtles” with Sydney, she even noticed that her mother was sneaking around outside, trying to check up on them.


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Tuesday, Mar 23, 2010

Now that Captain Kirk is almost 80, I’ll go ahead and confess to being a true Shatner fan, even if I’ve never been a Trekkie, never seen Boston Legal, never cared for the Priceline commercials, and found that my only favorite Shatner moment was he and Will Smith getting high on laughing gas during an episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


I’m not sure what’s funnier: Shatner himself making fun of Star Trek or Will Smith making fun of Star Trek. Either way, when Shatner grabs Alfonso Ribeiro and says “Scotty you’re…black!”, it’s hysterical.



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