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On the Boob Tube – Week of Nov 1 to Nov 6

This Saturday, and every Saturday for the duration of the TV season, we bring you On The Boob Tube with The Book Smugglers:

in which we talk about all those water cooler moments of the past week’s episodes, raving about the good, ranting about the bad.

For the Week of November 1 to November 6

Ana’s Favourites

Mad Men

The last two episodes were everything I have been hoping for with regards to Don facing both his past and his present mistakes. Betty finally confronts him about what she found and he breaks down and tells her everything. It was a very good scene where I realised, not for the first time how good an actor he is. I was kinda sad for him at the same time that I was totally and completely HAPPY that he was getting what he deserves and that came in this week’s episode – when Betty tells him that she does not love him anymore. Awesome.

When this season first started and I learnt it was 1963, I knew that the JFK’s assassination would have to come into play at some point, and I was not disappointed. It was well expected to see how it touched all the characters and there was one scene in particular that left me really surprised only because I was not aware of the fact that Lee Oswald was shot , live on TV! Betty screaming at the TV was…whoa, man.

Next week, is the final episode of the season and I really want to see how all storylines will come together. Here is hoping that part of the team will leave Sterling Cooper for their own agency – that would be all kinds of awesome.


Oh my word! Hhow freaky and yet totally cool is John Lithgow playing serial killer Trinity? One moment I think he is totally scary , the next he is as cuddly as a teddy bear. The moment that Dexter and us , viewers realise that Trinity leads a regular life with family, kids and he is a deacon at church was quite possibly one of the most memorable scenes in Dexter, ever. Then, of course, there is the hope that Dex feels that he too, can have it all, which is the theme of this season. And this is proven by how over and over again he gets away with things. Rita on the other hand is annoying me so.freaking.much.

But seriously, how awesome is Deb this season? I don’t think I ever liked her this much. The scene at the parking lot where she breaks down after Lundy’s murder was so raw and so sad. I honestly cried a lot in that scene. I am also really, really enjoying how Quinn is helping her and I yes, I am rooting for a future hook-up. What can I say? It is the shipper in me!


One word for you: Browncoat. The Halloween episode was all kinds of cool with Nathan Fillion donning his Firefly costume again and I was totally geeking out at it. Other than that, the show is so very pleasant – yes each week’s case is your usual police procedural but they manage to make it interesting; and of course the
chemistry between Castle and Becket is another one that pleases the shipper in me!


DUDES! THE PILOT WAS AWESOME! I loved every second of it, the acting, the special effects, the tension, the divided loyalties. I even liked Scott Wolf! V has so much potential. I won’t say anything else as we plan to write a post about it after the second episode (just in case this one was a fluke) because that’s how much we both loved it. After FlashforwardFail, this has restored my faith in this new season!

Thea’s Favorites – I’ve got two weeks to catch up on, so here goes…


Deb’s heartbreaking loss and her scene was just…wow. I agree with Ana – Jennifer Carpenter is really awesome this season, and I think she deserves an award nod. That parking lot scene…just WOW. That said, I’m fed up with Quinn and I love how his journalist girlfriend is TOPLESS IN EVERY SCENE. How do you cast that? “Looking for hot chick who will be topless in every scene – prudes need not apply!” Heh. To be fair, she has some nice knockers.

John Lithgow and the revelation that he’s JUST.LIKE.DEXTER is awesome. He’s terrifying, and I’m enjoying learning more about what makes Trinity tick – why he kills. The scene with his wife in the bathtub….eeeeew! Creepy! I like that Dexter is trying to pick up tips from him, as wrong as it is. And is it wrong that I hate Darla – I mean Rita – so much? She’s getting annoying…but then I stop and think about it, and she’s just (finally) picking up on the fact that Dexter is not the standup guy he pretends to be. I wonder if she’ll ever learn about Dex’s “Dark Passenger”? Will she accept him? Interesting…


Holy smokes, I LOVED THIS PILOT! It had everything I could have wanted – great acting, solid plot setup, awesome special effects, promise for a season full of goodness. Why didn’t ABC pick this as their “LOST replacement” show? It’s certainly lightyears better than that gawdawful mess that is Flashforward! Also I should note that I haven’t seen the ’80s show, so I have no frame of reference for the pilot. But what I’ve seen, I’ve really, really liked. A list of the coolness that is the new V:

  • Morena Baccarine (aka Inara) as “Anna” – she’s terrifying and so fitting. I’m not a huge fan of the hair, but it suits the character perfectly. She looks alien. And I love how she does that weird blinking thing that makes her look like a reptile in human skin.
  • The fact that V pokes fun at its own recycled source material – “It’s like Independence Day –” “Which was a ripoff of any number of science fiction predecessors!” Yeeaaaaaah SF geeks, FTW!
  • Seeing Morena Baccarine and Alan Tudyk in the same show again! Awwww. Even though they are completely different characters.
  • My sweet, sweet Elizabeth “Juliet” Mitchell. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have the HUGEST girl-crush on the lovely Elizabeth Mitchell – probably the biggest girl crush I’ve had since I fell in love with Dana Scully back in fifth grade. Her role here as Erica is smart, beautiful and – naturally – badass as a mom and an FBI agent. Me likey.
  • The special effects – the CG was amazingly solid. Color me impressed!
  • Scott Wolf doesn’t even bother me – and is it just me, or does he look more and more like Michael J. Fox as he gets older? Also, I love that his name is “Chad Decker.” That’s almost as cool as “Cole Trickle.”
  • The awesome plotseed of Erica and her teenage son, the tension that is building as he’s falling under the V’s spell
  • The underlying theme that the Vs are responsible for our world turmoil; the idea that there are V sleeper cells; the reptile skin under the human flesh
  • Morris Chestnut – I love him as an actor, and I love that he’s going more mainstream in this tv show. AND I love the twist that he’s a V with a conscience! Oooo, how exciting!

Modern Family

This is probably the funniest show to premiere this season. I LOVED the race between the Happy Gilmore chick and Steve from Dawn of the Dead last week, and this week’s fencing match was hilarious. Manny really tore that little asian girl apart *facepalm*


The Halloween episode was HILARIOUS. I think it’s the first time I’ve really laughed my ass off while watching this show! Pierce’s tripping out, his desk fort…and Abed’s ridiculously spot on Bale-Batman voice. I loved it. LOVED IT. This week’s episode isn’t nearly as winning, but still fun.

The Office

Three words: Male Prima Donna.

The music video rules (as does the Subtle Sexuality website). I love Erin sooooo much. Also, this week’s episode with Michael dumping Pam’s mom on her b-day, and then Pam’s slap….just, wow. Awesome.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

KITTEN MITTENS! FINALLY! I have been laughing my ass off at these Charlie promos since they first aired, and finally, the Kitten Mittens episode is in the flesh. I mean, just look:

And I love any time that Charlie gets to use his Lawyerman Persona. He says the most random, ridiculous shit, and it’s amazing.

Also, last week’s episode with “Desert Rose,” the poking fun at Mickey Rourke’s The Wrestler, and OF COURSE, The Birds of War song…I have no words. Just watch.

AND that’s it from us this week! What have you been watching?

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  • Gerd Duerner
    November 7, 2009 at 5:11 am

    I can so not wait for the new “V” to make it to our shores, the trailer looks brilliant!
    I’m a huge fan of the old show (watched it again in preparation for “V-Day”), but this is one remake I actually look forward to.
    Btw: I love that haircut, it looks sexy!

    I’m afraid the only “new” show I’ve been watching is “Love Boat” for the first time.
    OMG – that show was such a trainwreck!
    Terrible cheesy dialogue, hare-brained stories, way to ruin your career when you appeared in that show. And yet, like it always is with such wreckage, I couldn’t look away … gah, I think I melted some of my brain in the process.

  • Amy @ My Friend Amy
    November 7, 2009 at 9:22 am

    YAY!! I’m so glad you liked V! I really enjoyed it as well and have high hopes. Also a huge Liz Mitchell fan! 🙂

  • Karen Mahoney
    November 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

    *glares* No, no, no. No.

    No. I refuse to watch the “new” V.

    I loved the original and still do. It doesn’t need remaking… *grumble*

    That is all. 😉

  • katiebabs
    November 7, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Betty has kicked Don in the balls, that man whore. He’s going down, down I say!!

    I am in love with Roger. He is one of the best things on Mad Men.

  • Kristen
    November 7, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Just watched the V pilot last night and it was pretty good. I too love Elizabeth Mitchell and also of course Morena Baccarine (although I didn’t recognize her the first time she appeared with the haircut – I didn’t even make the connection until my husband mentioned she looked better with longer hair). And no, it’s not just you about Scott Wolf looking like Michael J. Fox – when he first appeared, I wondered for one second if that was Michael J. Fox until I realized he wasn’t that young anymore.

    Dexter has been great too – I did really like where they took it with Trinity after setting up that he must be a lone wolf to manage not getting caught all these years. And I don’t know whether to be creeped out by him or not anymore – when he’s not killing people, he seems like such a nice guy (at least as long as you leave his sister’s ashes alone).

  • Danielle
    November 7, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I refuse to watch V. There’s just no way some lady who looks like a dull-eared Pixie can compete with the original. Psh.

  • modern-family-tv
    November 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    We at the new fansite of Modern Family love the show and invite everyone to our fansite.

  • Lily
    November 8, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    The Office music video is HILARIOUS! I didn’t watch V, but I am dying too! A bunch of people at work remember the older version! 😛

  • Mollie
    November 9, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Anyone watching White Collar on USA? Happened to catch a re-run this weekend so I’m catching up on Hulu. It’s pretty good and the main guy is HAWT. Reminds me of Henry Cavill.

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