Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
So, Liz Lemon, eh? Good choice. Side note: I've never understood 30's Rock characterization of Liz as an ugly duckling that can never get a date. I mean, come on.
But then, I looked at some vintage Tina, and found, well, these.
I think there's a lesson in there somewhere about the power of makeup and lighting, but I choose to believe that Tina's sheer talent willed her body to hotness.
Anyway, I'm getting close to being a full week behind, but have no fear, I'm not doing much this weekend, so it will be catch up time.
I hope you're all enjoying the autumnal weather!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
I got these two managers…
As someone who’s recently navigated the minefield of raises for a large staff, I am feeling Michael and Jim’s pain this week. But Jim and Michael, sweethearts, the key to HR is always secrecy, especially with money.
But, unfortunately, nobody offered this lesson in Management 101, so Jim and Michael bumbled through a reduced COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment, to all you non-office drones) for the staff. Should it be an across the board infinitesimal raise? Only for sales staff? Merit-based? All of these are good options, but in true The Office fashion, it was horribly, horribly mangled. After a standard 1.5% raise was shot down for no real reason, Jim presented the idea of a raise for only sales staff. Predictably, everyone was pretty upset, especially the non-sales folks.
In a fun twist, Dwight, who stood to profit from the biased raise, created the most uproar. Dwight’s ire stemmed from the fact that he believes he deserved Jim's promotion. He led a little revolt against his new manager with a William Wallace-style call to arms. The result? Mild mumbling and Dwight sadly slinking back to his desk.
The episode ended with Michael and Jim barricaded in Jim’s new office (which, by the way, I’m fairly certain the set dressers created out of nothing and want us to believe was there all along) with Jim’s brand new “World’s Best Boss” mug. Say it with me now – awwwwwww. Michael had a beautiful speech about how sharing the burden of tough office decisions made him overcome his anger at having to share the job. Well, when he said it, it was more emotional. Trust me.
The subplot this week was Pam asking for cold hard cash rather than wedding gifts. She had limited success, but experienced the joy of seeing “Mrs. Pam Halpert” written out for the first time. Again, folks – awwwwwww.
It was an oddly heart-warming episode, considering the subject matter and the ending. Pam was mad at Jim for not choosing her to receive a merit-based raise, no decision was reached for the COLAs, and Dwight is still out for Jim’s job, as well as his blood.
The ensuing saga of Michael and Jim working together will continue to be both hilarious and slightly gruesome to watch (if you’ve ever worked under an inept manager), but the general theme is that they’ll both help each other grow as leaders. And I’m really looking forward to that destination wedding in the romantic hot spot of Niagara Falls.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
NO. It turns out that sleep deprivation and family stress make you a terrible serial killer. Even though I was dismayed by Dex’s sloppiness this week, (in the punching bag? Really?) I still find myself drawn to the intrigue. It’s not unlike the car crash from this week – it’s going to be gruesome, but I can’t look away.
Dexter, not unlike that other cable serial (get it – serial?) True Blood, occupies a precarious situation because of its history as a novel series. Why is it that they don’t deal with the rabid fans of other books like Harry Potter and Twilight? Well, I don’t want to get too off-topic, but after perusing the first few pages of the first book on which True Blood is based, I can tell you it’s not because of the writing quality. I’m always tempted to pick up a Dexter novel, if only to find out what happens next, but then don’t want to spoil the excitement of upcoming episodes and seasons. I also don’t want to be disappointed to find out that a TV series is of higher quality than a novel, because that just makes me sad for humanity. Granted, I haven’t researched this fully, so I have no idea how closely the two forms parallel each other.
ANYWAY, diversion over.
After his horrific car accident last week, Dexter emerges relatively unscathed but still fearing for his life because he can’t seem to find the recently dismembered body that was in his trunk. Or was it? After an exhaustive search, Dexter can’t seem to find that body anywhere! What a wacky predicament!
Along the way, co-workers, other dead bodies, and his family divert Dexter from the all-important task of recovering and properly disposing of his most recent kill. Special Agent Lundy is back in town tracking a new killer (SPOILER ALERT: I think it might be John Lithgow!), there’s been a spate of tourist murders in Ye Olde Miami, and Rita is turning into a harpy. Dexter, your life is so hard!
Miraculously, Dexter finds his missing body, collaborates with Lundy, solves the tourist murders, and spins a convincing yarn for Rita. At the end of the day, all he wants to do is get a good night’s sleep, but little Harrison sees to it that Daddy Dexter is in for yet another sleepless night.
I’m not sure how I feel about the “all-American Dad” theme they’re cultivating this season – I don’t care about Dexter because he reflects reality, I care about him because he’s an awesome serial killer. I’m also unhappy that poor Rita is being cast as a nagging drag on Dexter’s fun. I truly believe that, in his twisted way, Dexter loves Rita as much as he can love anyone. Let’s let him show it, okay, Dexter writers?