Expect the Unexpected- A #bb19 story told through the lens of #TheSims4 (Introduction)

Hello and welcome to hell, I mean Big Brother 19.  Let’s meet our 15 contestants. (Neither Megan or Cameron are included).

First up we have the males:

Cody is up first:

He is a hothead, mean, and active.

Cody

Matthew:

Matt is family oriented, outgoing, and active

Matt

Mark

Mark is overdramatic, romantic, and a bro.

Mark

Ramses

Ramses is a genius, a geek, and socially awkward.

Ramses

Jason aka Whistlenut

Jason is a childish, outgoing, goofball

Whistlenut

Josh

Josh is a childish hothead and is family oriented

Josh

Paul:

Paul is an ambitious goofball who loves to bro down.

PaulA

Kevin:

Kevin is a confident outgoing old fashioned lovable goofball.

Kevin

For the females:

Alex

Alex is confident, active, and a bit of a snob.

Alex

Elena:

Elena cheerful, confident, and a tiny bit on the jealous side.

Elena

Dominique-

Dominique is very intelligent, a bit of a bookworm, and charismatic.

Dominique

Raven-

Raven is active, outgoing, and a great dancer

Raven

Jessica-

Jessica is hotheaded, mean, and narcissistic

jessica

Jillian-

Jillian is a drama queen, socially awkward, and neat

Jillian

Christmas-

Christmas is outgoing, confident, and good.

Xmas

 

Truthfully, we knew so little about Jillian I just guessed on her traits and I needed someone in the house with the neat trait so dishes would get done, so she got stuck with that.

The House:

I am using the Big Brother 19 House found on the Sims 4 Community gallery by user Ezzen27.  It’s amazing and literally almost perfect down to the details.

Expect the unexpected as these HGs maneuver through their own parallel universe of Big Brother.

 

 

Grammys 2017

I, for one, enjoyed the Grammys for the first time in a while. I really enjoyed the performances for the most part, outside of Katy Perry’s, who I am 100% done with after she made fun of Britney Spears’ mental breakdown back in 2007. Making fun of something already stigmatized isn’t cool and Katy Perry is a terrible person for doing it, not once, but twice.

 

My highlights of the evening were:

  1. Bruno Mars in everything he did. That man is the best thing to happen to music since Michael Jackson/Prince. I adore him.
  2. Adele in everything she did. I don’t care that she started over, I don’t hate her for winning over Beyonce. I love for her breaking her AOTY award in half to give her a portion of it. I love her for being real as fuck.
  3. Beyonce being gracious in defeat, when everyone knows she deserved to win it.
  4. The Alicia Keys and Maren Morriss duet.
  5. Tori Kelly outsinging Demi Lovato in like 3 seconds. Sorry, but Demi you’ll never outsing her.
  6. Rihanna dancing in the audience
  7. ATCQ’s rap. HOT DAMN. That rap was fire.
  8. Chance the Rapper winning all the awards. I love him. He took me to church and I aint even a little made.

Honorable Mention:

CeeLo Green flipping off everyone and driving off when he didn’t win a grammy. hilarious.

 

My lowlights:

The ugly ass outfits worn by a lot of people

The BeeGee tribute as a whole. Demi trying to outsing Tori and failing and Andra Day being overshadowed by Demi’s screeching.

James Corden. I had high hopes, but he was just grating and annoying as fuck for most of it.

Katy Perry being a straight up bitch and hypocrite.

 

 

 

Peyton and Haley’s friendship

I know that I said, that Peyton’s character was my next post, but I decided to do this one first, because after rewatching season 5, I’m really not feeling the Peyton/Haley friendship and it was forever tainted for me after this season. I posted the below on a OTH forum.

In season one, Peyton befriends Haley after an away basketball game where she misses the bus home. Peyton has to drive Brooke’s car home, because Brooke got injured in the game and was on super high sedatives. For that season Haley/Peyton started a tentative friendship. Brooke wasn’t all that interested in being friends with Haley and in fact tried to put Peyton/Nathan back together so she should get Lucas and hurt Haley deeply.

However, in season 3 Paley’s friendship sort of hit a stalemate. They basically replaced Peyton with Brooke to prop Brooke/Haley as this epic friendship that could rival Brooke/Peyton, while also tearing down Peyton/Haley and having the ridiculous storyline of Peyton treating Haley like crap for multiple episodes after Haley abandoned her friends/husband to go on tour. Then Haley/Brooke move in together and it’s like they were always bffs. And literally Paley don’t interact for almost an entire season. Then she makes Brooker her maid of honor. Then season 4 hits and even when Brooke does something extremely crappy to Haley by stealing the calculus exam and getting Hale fired, she still make Brooke godmother. That is what bothers me so much. Brooke gets treated like she’s Haley’s best friend and they barely acknowledge the friendship Peyton/Haley started in season 1. Not to mention that she threw all her support behind Brooke/Lucas and encouraged Lucas to be with Brooke multiple times. However Peyton is just the girl that Lucas cheats with and when Lucas and Peyton get together in season 4, Haley doesn’t really give Peyton that same benefit.

Peyton/Haley had some good scenes in season 5. I’m not saying they didn’t, but the propping of Lindsey and tearing down of Peyton’s character to make Lindsey a likeable character did not sit well with me and I’m never going to be okay that Haley was a part of it. In addition, in the first episode when Brooke/Peyton show up, it went back to immediately being Brooke as sister like and the godmother to Jamie. So immediately, she’s back to being Haley’s #2. Peyton on the other hand is basically told she’s a failure and Haley decides to “help” her out to not actually help Peyton but to continue the music career she gave up. The entire time, however, she’s using it to prop up Lindsey. To get Peyton to think that Lindsey can be another “best friend” in the core 5. Does she take into account that Peyton lost the love of her life? That Peyton was still in love with Lucas? Nope. Again, it was all about Peyton just giving up everything she had dreamed of, hoped for and wanted so that a new random character could get what she wanted. And Haley wasn’t kind about it. She didn’t soften her approach or try to help Peyton through it. Instead it was about judging her, making her feel like the crap on the bottom of her shoe, and about defending Lindsey. When Lindsey made the comments about kicking Peyton’s ass in front of her friends I might add, Haley said nothing and actually laughed along. And when Lindsey made the awful comment about Peyton bleeding for a second time in the library, Haley did not defend her. That’s the biggest issue I have right there. Peyton almost died in that library and it was a disgusting thing to say and Lindsey got away with it. In fact, Haley turned around and defended Lindsey again about the dead dad thing and about how she lost her dad to cancer. Cause you know Peyton could never understand losing a parent to cancer. ….. UMMM, did you conveniently forget about Ellie, Haley? I just really don’t like how hypocritical Haley was written, especially because it was to tear down Peyton and her feelings. And that’s why I don’t like P/H during season 5.
In addition, her reaction to Peyton’s feelings for Lucas are ridiculous considering it’s Peyton’s ex’s new girlfriend. Talk about awkward, but Haley basically took no consideration into Peyton’s feelings about this and instead threw all her support behind Lucas/Lindsey. That’s not to say that she shouldn’t be supporting Lucas. But wasn’t Peyton one of her closest friends? Does she not deserve to have a little bit of empathy? This is where I have the biggest issue. Peyton/Haley’s friendship comes down to Haley. Haley decides when Peyton is worthy of understanding/friendship and withholds it when she gets mad at Peyton. Yelling at Peyton and telling her that she doesn’t have a right to be sad/upset about Lucas choosing another girl, is where Haley lost me in season 5. She come around later and tells Lucas not to mary Lindsey, but it still doesn’t negate that fact that for a whole string of episodes in season 5, she basically made Peyton feel like crap on the bottom of her shoe, because it wasn’t that easy to give up on the love of her life.

In season 6 when Haley calls dibs on godmother, I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of that. I’m sorry but you ask Brooke to be your number one at 2 of the most important things in your life, forgive her for getting you fired, but treat Peyton like crap multiple times, judge her for something that you aren’t actually a part of, yell at her when she’s going through something heartbreaking, call her a failure multiple times (even a joke that’s not cool) and expect to be the godmother to her kid? NOPE.

I might be alone on this, but I really stopped shipping the Peyton/Haley friendship after season 4 when I realized that they demolished it to prop up Brooke’s character transformation.

Week 1 Thoughts : BB18

Well, it’s official. Big Brother season 18 is upon us.  Last Wednesday the season premiered and Thursday night the feeds started. I stayed up late, as per usual, to watch the beginning of the feeds. During the premiere episodes, I was definitely turned off by the newbies, and I had hope that Paul and Zakiyah would get off the newbie bandwagon of targeting all the veterans. This was mostly due to the fact, that these newbies have no idea how to play the game. An alliance of all newbies wouldn’t work in this season and I don’t think it would work in any season unless they were superfans or people who had at least seen one full season of Big Brother. (I’m looking at you Jozea, who admitted to only watching Frankie scenes in #BB16).

Thankfully, when feeds came on, Zakiyah had flipped to the vets. Paul, Victor, Jozea, Bronte, Bridgette, and Natalie were the only remaining newbies in their “Revolution” alliance.  Michelle, Paulie, Zakiyah, Corey, and Tiffany aligned with our returning players: James, Davonne, Nicole, and Frank.  I am here for The 8 Pack+Paulie  alliance. Out of everyone in the alliance, I like them all, except for Corey.

Speaking of Corey, on Saturday night in the house, he told a horrific story of trying to set a goat on fire along with his Frat bros. while he was in college at Texas A&M. The story was horrible. The worst part, he told it while laughing and grinning like it was the best thing he’d ever done and told them, “Do you want to hear a funny story?” Paul who was drunk off his ass, was the only to defend the goat and told Corey that it was wrong and mean to set a goat on fire. Twitter exploded, I was furious, and people were shocked and outraged that someone would admit on a national platform that they participated in cruel animal torture and abuse.  That being said, CBS doesn’t care about any of that stuff, so he will stay in the house, continuing to make sexually confusing comments about the other guys, all while flirting with Nicole and talking about his past girlfriends and sexual exploits with girls.

Listen, I have no idea what Corey’s deal is when it come to sexual orientation and frankly, it’s none of our business if he is gay, not gay, or confused. That being said, the amount of DRs already where he talks about how great all the guys’ bodies look is weird. Not to mention the times he’s called other guys like Victor and Paulie sexy. I think CBS is exploiting him in that regard and I think it’s wrong. This leads to me an event that happened on feeds in the first hour they were on. Jozea, Tiffany, and Corey were on the living room couches hanging out. Corey was telling them about a bar he worked at called “The Trophy Room” in Dallas, Texas. He talked about how he got hit on all the time by gay guys who offered him money to go home with them, or tipped him lots of money, or just hit on him. He seemed to be bonding with Jozea and having a good time. Jozea starts joking around that he and Corey are going to be in a showmance called “Cozea” (Tiffany’s name idead). Corey plays along for a bit, until he realizes live feeds are on. He immediately apologizes to family for his behavior. This is when Jozea goes into three other rooms to find the rest of the houseguests to loudly inform them of what happened and how Corey freaked out when he realized feeds were on.  This bothers me a great deal. Corey might be gay, he might just be questioning, or he might be interacting with someone who is gay for the first time in his life and needs some time to process. Instead of being given that, Jozea goes way over the line and continues to press and issue that Corey clearly doesn’t want to be pressed on. This has led to Corey severely disliking Jozea and to the point where Corey has said if Jozea doesn’t leave him alone,(i.e. rubbing on him, getting into bed with him, hitting on him) he’s going to “drop-kick” him. I don’t condone violence at all, but Jozea seems to lack an awareness of what’s going on around him.

Jozea is completely oblivious and delusional though to how comes across to most of the players on the other side of the house. He has dubbed himself the Messiah of the house because he saved the newbies. He believes he’s the glue that holds all the players together. He’s also said things like, “I love everyone, but Nicole, fuck that bitch,” all because Nicole was disrespectful in nominating the only person in the house everyone liked. He’s held at least three house meetings and wants to hold more.  He believes that everyone should run all strategic ideas by him before they do anything. He is ridiculous to a level that even Frankie never achieved.  He has his minions in Paul, Victor, Bronte, Natalie, and Bridgette. He is Devin on cocaine. Devin was terrible at the game and hold some ill advised meetings and started an alliance  of eight people. However, he almost immediately blew up his 8 person alliance, because people didn’t like that he was nominating for personal reasons instead of strategic. Jozea, however, thinks he’s formed an entire house alliance against Nicole, Tiffany, and Paulie. So basically, he thinks he has a 12 person alliance. Jozea’s game play is so delusional and so bad, that I wonder if he was told by production to act like this for more a larger stipend.  He got put on the block because he told Nicole to her face that he wanted her gone, since she already had her chance and blew it. Problem is, Nicole was HoH.

Which leads me to Paul. Paul is basically Jace from last year. Playing WAYYYY to hard, way too fast. The problem with these players is that they are recruits who don’t know quite how the game is played, but are so competitive they have to play the game. They normally end up sinking their own game in the irst week, because of it. Paul is also loud and obnoxious and has said some super rude and mean things about some of the girls in the house.  He ended up being put up by Frank, who won the ROadkill challenge. This sent him into a spiral of “Who hates me,” and “Fuck everyone”. He’s been leading the charge to against Tiffany and Michelle because who knows. He changes his mind daily on who he wants gone.

Then we have Victor. This guy claims to be a fan who has watched past seasons. I do believe him, since he knew some of the past twists and how some of the things worked, but overall, no idea how strategy works in the house. He’s also joined the “Vets out!” group. He’s also been extremely rude to some of the girls. He’s all about the bromances. He went in wanting a showmance, but apparently dumped Natalie before feeds even came on. According to Tiffany and Zakiyah, Nicole was changing into a bathing suit and said, “What kind should I wear?” Victor replied, “A one-piece to cover up your awful body.” They also said he hoards food, tells some of the girls they shouldn’t eat certain foods because it has too much fat, and when they got alcohol on Friday night, they only had 2 bottles of wine. Nicole got her bottle of win from her HoH basket and decided to join them. Victor took her bottle, gave her a tiny  glass and then took her bottle of wine to drink for himself. This really bothered Tiffany and Zakiyah who decided they’d take a bottle of wine the next time they got one to replace the one Victor stole from Nicole. The next night they got alcohol again and they took the bottle. Victor threw a fucking fit and told Nicole, “If the house gets wine, it’s not your right to take it. Don’t be greedy.” This has not settled well for the girls who despise him. He has a terrible social game so far. I don’t see him lasting long as he’s pissed off everyone on the other side of the house.

In the middle of the house, we have Natalie, Bronte, and Bridgette. They call themselves the “Spy Girls”. This alliance is definitely not made up of Mensa members. Bronte is the worst offender of these girls. Bronte is 100% against the vets. She hates Nicole apparently for being dumb and going against “what the house wants”. She’s used the “We’re good people” defense as to why she wants to get rid of the others. She would have fit in perfectly in #bb6. She legit doesn’t know how to play  this game and her strategy at the beginning of the season has not been seen once. She’s pulled some really stupid shit in the house already as well.  With Paulie in the block, she’s gone around and made fun of him and told him to his face she can’t wait for him to watch from home and that he’s an embarrassment to his brother. She also hates Michelle, Tiffany for being shady. She constantly tells anyone who listens that if they vote against what the house wants they’re going home. Little does she know, she’s doing that exact same thing.

Bridgette came in looking like a fish out of water who didn’t belong. That being said since feeds came on she’s proven herself to be a rat floater. When Jozea held his first house meeting to basically call himself the Messiah again and tell everyone that he’s staying no matter what. She claims she has to go to the bathroom and goes upstairs (really she’s been spent to spy on the vets). She goes up and tells Frank, who is her team leader that she doesn’t want to vote with them against her own teammate. The vets pump her up and tell her to vote how she wants to and that it’s okay to break away from that group. After the meeting breaks up, she immediately goes downstairs to Jozea and throws Nicole under the bus and tells lies about what she said in the room. Unfortunately for Bridgette, Nicole went downstairs herself after the meeting and asked James (who barged his way into the meeting) if the meeting was over. Natalie was sitting there and asked her how she knew about the meeting. Nicole told her the truth that Bridgette told her. Natalie flipped out and told Jozea. Jozea, Paul, and Victor immediately went into panic mode, for Lord knows what reason. Paul and Victor go to Nicole and throw Bridgette under the bus and tell Nicole that it was Bridgette’s idea to go up to her to get more information to take back to them. They tell Nicole everything Bridgette said and did when she went downstairs. Bridgette is now disliked and distrusted by pretty much both sides. She will not last in this game. I honestly have no idea what she was thinking, but she blew up her own game.

Natalie, however, is a ray of cuteness and sunshine. She doesn’t speak ill of anyone. She is aligned with the Revolution alliance, but I think that’s because she liked Victor a lot and that’s who she’s spent most of her time with. She’s also close to Bronte and Bridgette who hate the vets and want them gone. She has a natural social game because she’s so likable. In the past few days, she’s gotten really close to James and Tiffany has made an effort to talk to her and hang out with her as well. I think Natalie is in the best position of all the newbies because she hasn’t pissed anyone off from the 8 pack +Paulie alliance. I think her downfall is that people hate Victor and will automatically put her up beside him. She has potential however.

Zakiyah is in the 8 Pack+ Paulie alliance. She’s a newbie who is a true superfan. That automatically makes her more tolerable than half the newbies. She is super close to Nicole and Davonne, which helps her as well. That being said, I have some major issues with her game. She is in LOVE with Paulie. It’s pretty obvious. She literally follows him around the house and sits in his lap, plays with his hair, inserts herself into conversations he’s having with other people, and in general looking thirsty as fuck. Now, I have nothing against showmances, but in this case, she’s reminding me of Jessie with Nick in season 15. It’s over the top. It would be different if Paulie was the one initiating even half of these interactions, but he’s not. In fact, I’ve seen him initiation one conversation with her and I’ve been watching feeds for pretty much 4 days nonstop. However, he actively initiates conversations with Nicole and Tiffany. None of these conversations are romantic, however. He simply hangs out with them and talks either game related, or just life related. He doesn’t even talk game to Zakiyah. She’s noticed this, which is why she HATES Tiffany. Davonne naturally distrusts Tiffany, because she looks so much like Vanessa, and Vanessa had a hand in her going home. Zakiyah took this opportunity to attack Tiffany and make her look like a pathetic freak for pursuing Paulie. She’s gone to multiple people on the other side and planted seeds about Tiffany being untrustworthy because of the Paulie thing. However, she’s not aware enough to realize that both Tiffany and Paule are distrusted now. The major problem is Tiffany is in multiple alliances with her and if she finds out what Zakiyah’s been doing  she’s toast. I had high hopes for Zakiyah. I liked her, but I do not like the petty, vindictive shit because someone you’re crushing on prefers to talk game to someone else. You’re not here for a showmance, you’re here to win 500k. I really hope she calms down when it comes to Paulie and plays the game logically.

Michelle is another newbie superfan. Nicole, Tiffany, and Frank really like her. She’s in the 8 Pack+Paulie alliance, for numbers reasons. However, she doesn’t like or trust Paulie and rarely interacts with James, Zakiyah, or Davonne. Out of everyone in the alliance, I think she’s at the bottom  because she only talks to 3 people in the alliance consistently. She’s also severely disliked on the other side of the house. I don’t think she’s going to be c omp beast and her social game is not great, so she might be an early eviction.

Paulie

Paulie is as adorable as Cody was in season 16. Hes super nice and seems pretty chill. The girls flirt with him, some more than others, but he talks game to Tiffany, Nicole, and Frank. He wasn’t added into the 8 pack alliance, but that’s because he was on the block and not in the room. If he stays Thursday, which I think he will, I think Frank and Nicole’s teams will align and he’ll be in a pretty good spot moving forward. He gets along really well with Tiffany and Nicole for the females and Corey and Frank for the males, so that pairing would be perfect for him. I am definitely rooting for him moving forward.

 

Tiffany

I love Tiffany. She’s way more mellow than Vanessa, so far at least. She’s had a few things where she freaked out, but that’s because Zakiyah and Day are fucking with her and telling her things that will make her go crazy. If she remains calm and stays loyal to Nicole, Frank, Paulie, I thinks he’ll do okay. Day/Zakiyah may be the downfall of her game though.

Davonne

I had high hopes for her coming back. She teamed up with the vets, siblings, and newbies who are smart. However, she’s starting to turn paranoid like she did in BB17 and not trusting her alliance members. She’s already started to speak out againt Tiffany and has purposely and deliberately tried to fuck with her to make her mad. I am about the Fatal Five, so if Day continues to target one of her own, I’m going to drop her to the bottom of my list.

 

James

James is literally doing nothing but flirting with Natalie, having a crush on Nicole, and playing pranks on Frank. He talks game only to his alliance, and has as much fun as possible. However, the other side seem to think HE’S the mastermind, which is weird, but hwatever. As lon as he can bust out some comps wins, he could make it far again. He has a great social game again already.

Nicole

Nicole is my girl. I LOVE her. I loved her in BB16 and I love her now. I am for whatever alliance she is in and whatever alliance she wants to start. he is loyal to a fault, and is starting to play a bit more strategically this time around. I love her all girls alliance in Fatal Five, but Day and Zakiyah are going to be the destruction of that and I hope Nicole realizes that. She’d do better to team up with Paulie/Frank and Tiffany and have a solid 4 person alliance with Corey and Michelle added in. Davonne and Zakiyah are loose cannons and play with too much emotion.

Frank

Frank the Tank is a beast. I think he is in a great spot. Of the vets, he’s talked about the least as a problem. His social game is on point this year and has made friends with pretty much everyone. I think if he sticks with Nicole/James he’ll do great.

 

Here is my ranking of worst to best players based on social, strategic and competitve play

  1. Frank
  2. Nicole
  3. James
  4. Paulie
  5. Davonne
  6. Tiffany
  7. Michelle
  8. Zakiyah
  9. Natalie
  10. Bridgette
  11. Bronte
  12. Victor
  13. Paul
  14. Jozea
  15. Corey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Tree Hill 1×02 Recap

The opening scene is the boys at the River Court messing around. I can already tell you as someone who has gone to a shit ton of high school basketball games, Luke would have been forced to be at the school already watching the junior varsity game if he was actually on a high school team, but this isn’t reality. And it slightly pisses me off.

Haley has a hilarious diatribe about Karen not wanting to go to the game because of Dan and speak of the devil he is in the next scene giving Nathan pointers.

Whitey in an awkward moment yells for “Scott” and both Lucas and Nathan turn to look at him. And Nathan is pissed when it’s not him.

Tim refers to Lucas as the bastard spawn.

Mouth and Jimmy get kicked out for being “media”, it’s hilariously adorable at the basketball game while trying to get a quote from Lucas. I really love Mouth and Jimmy.

Nothing like a bunch of white guys chanting off key and clapping out of rhythm.

Dan is shocked to see Keith at the game and assumes he’s there to watch Nathan, but really he’s there to see Lucas.

We finally get a glimpse of Brooke who is intrigued by Lucas.

And then we get one of the iconic Leyton quotes with

“Nice Hands”

“Nice Legs” bit between Lucas and Peyton, as Lucas plays the worst game of his life and looks like an idiot on the court.

Dan is excited to see his other son, the one he doesn’t love or actually acknowledge, get benched.

Peyton and Nathan make out in a super awkward scene in the car. Nathan starts making fun of Lucas sucking and Peyton gets mad. She tells him he should be focused on her instead of celebrating a public humiliation and that it was “played out”, and he implied that being with her was also “played out.”

She gets angry and she gets out. He leaves her at the River Court after throwing her c.d. out into the dark.

Keith and Karen argue about what he did to get Lucas on the team. Karen feels guilty for not going to the basketball game, but she just can’t go back to the gym after everything that had happened.

Peyton finds Lucas forlornly shooting the basketball and says that misery loves company.  She gives him a really depressing pep talk. He offers her a ride home in the tow truck.

Nathan, meanwhile arrives home and his dad is angry at him for giving up a scoring opportunity when he passed the ball to an open teammate.  Nathan is clearly upset and tells Dan there’s a reason why his mom extends business trips and doesn’t come home.

Peyton asks Lucas why he joined the team, since he doesn’t fit in. He tells her he wants to know if he’s good. Peyton says that basketball is a waste of time. He asks her why she does cheer leading then if she feels it’s a waste of time. She says if she says she likes it, she’s a liar, but if she says she’s doesn’t then she’s a fraud and it’s a lose lose situation either way.

She asks Lucas if he’d like to come in to her house. He asks about Nathan and she says, “What about him?”

She gets out of the car. Lucas stares in stunned silence for a few seconds and then gets of the truck. He follows her up the steps and as she’s unlocking the door she turns around and asks him what he’s doing.

He stumbles over his words about her inviting him, and she says,

“I didn’t invite you to come in. I just asked if you wanted to. Thanks for the ride.”

She then shuts the door and Lucas is left on the doorstep looking pissed and like an idiot. (And every time I see this scene, I can’t help but think that Michael Kelso is waiting in one of the bushes and will pop out and do this:

Kelso-Says-Burn-That-70s-Show)

Lucas arrives home and Karen tells him she’s sorry that she missed his game. Lucas goes to his room to pout.

Nathan calls Peyton and apologizes for taking his frustration and anger with his dad out on her. He tells her he knows that he hasn’t been very good to her and she’s sorry. He asks her to just say okay so that they can go back to being them. She reluctantly says okay.

The next morning Lucas is at the River Court practicing, but continues to miss all his shots. It cuts to English class and the teacher is discussing Hemingway and the idea that “less is more.”

The teacher asks Peyton describe Lucas in one word and she says “choke”. Lucas describes her as “lonely.”

Nathan clearly pissed raises his hand describes Lucas in one word as “bastard.”

Lucas attacks Nathan and the rest of the class cheers them on.

Whitey is furious at them for fighting and is especially mad at Lucas for doing it when he took a chance on him. Lucas tells him he doesn’t think he can be on the team. Whitey is frustrated.

Meanwhile in the locker room, Tim was asking Nathan what he did after he tackled Lucas. He tells Tim that he would’ve kicked his ass if Mr. Kelly hadn’t broken them up.

Jake Jagielski laughs and says, “Or he would’ve beaten your ass first.”

Nathan asks him what he would know about it.

Jake says he’s pretty sure that Lucas tackled Nathan first and when it was broken up he was on the bottom being hit by Lucas.

Whitey breaks them up and tells them to get to practice.

Nathan stops and tells Lucas that “This is just the beginning for him.”

After practice, Haley asks Lucas why he wouldn’t tell her about getting into a fight. He tells her he’s fine, but he just wants everything to back to normal before all of this started.

Brooke and Peyton are in Peyton’s room listening to music and Brooke tells her she’s glad that Nathan and Peyton are fighting again, because Peyton always buys new music when it happens. Brooke tells Peyton that she knows she’s all “Plaid skirt, Gwen Stefani, I’m a badass, but we love you and you know why? Because when it’s Friday night and it’s game time and there you are. One of us.” Peyton doesn’t seem to excited to hear that and tells Brooke that “Gwen Stefani is not a badass.”

Peyton asks Brooke if she’s past it, high school,  the cheer leading, the basketball, the popularity drama. Brooke says that yeah, but the future scares her, but she’ll go to college and join a sorority and marry a rich guy, “unless I get fat.” (I want to like high school Brooke. I really, really do. But when she’s written like this, it just makes me want to slap her.)

Lucas is at Keith’s body shop. Keith is telling Lucas that even Michael Jordan had off games. His first game as a rookie wasn’t very good. Lucas tells him that Michael Jordan scored 16 points and Keith laughs and says he didn’t think Lucas knew that. Lucas tells him that it’s not just basketball, but it’s everything, the pressure, the popularity. He tells him he’ll never fit into their world. Keith tells him to talk to his mom about it. Keith takes the cover off Peyton’s car and it’s really messy inside. Keith says it’s a rule of life, “The prettier the girl, the messier the car.”  (Some shows have continuity! This is reference to the first episode when Peyton’s car overheated by the lake and Lucas had to tow it).  He finds her sketchbook in the backseat and looks through her artwork. And of course Peyton would walk up at that exact minute and start yelling at him for invading her privacy and then makes a really mean comment about how she doesn’t read his diary about how much his dad doesn’t love him and to stay out of her stuff. (I don’t like this early version of Peyton either. She’s such a bitch to Lucas and other than looking at her sketches, he had never done anything to her).

As he watches her walk away I’m always trying to imagine what he’s thinking, because his face goes from

“Holy shit that girl is crazy” to smirking and being like, “but that’s cool, because I like crazy.”

Meanwhile, Nathan is at home lifting weights and Dan comes home and yells at Nathan for getting into a fight with “that kid”.

Dan tells him to not get into fights over stupid things like girls. He asks if Nathan got hurt and he says “No. Did you?”

Dan looks stunned at that and Nathan tells him that Lucas wasn’t swinging at him, but at Dan.

Karen yells at Lucas about getting into a fight with Nathan and the he never fought before that. She tells him she doesn’t care what happened or what Nathan did, nothing was worth fighting and Lucas asks her how she could possibly know considering she never even to the game.

He felt bad and the next morning he apologized for being a jackass and she explains why she couldn’t go to the gym. She tells him she never regrets anything about Lucas, but it still hurts to know that Dan chose basketball over Karen and Lucas. He tells her he’s sorry that she had to live it.

Dan tells Nathan that Whitey won’t kick Lucas off the team because of one game and it’s because Whitey hated Dan and he’s only keeping him on the team to punish him. Apparently, Dan was on the championship team in high school and Whitey benched him. Dan says that he refused to go back in the game, because he though Whitey’s way of coaching was stupid and he’d rather watch his team lose, than give Whitey the chance to think he was the reason they won the game.

Lucas is in the school library looking for a book and Jake comes up to him. He asks him if he reads a lot and Lucas tells him he does. Jake tells him he has something for him. Jake tells him that Nathan is a great player, but Lucas scares him and everything changes when fear is involved. He tells Lucas he’ll be fine as long as he doesn’t let Nathan take it. Lucas asks him what that means, and Jake tells him he’ll find out when he reads the book.

Back in English class, Mr. Kelly tells them he’s going to do the project again, but instead of doing it out loud, he gives them a piece of paper. He tells them each to write down what they want out of life most at  that very minute in one word.

Lucas is back at the river court practicing and Nathan shows up. Lucas is still missing all of his shots and Nathan tells him “You do it like this” and shows him how to shoot various shots. He tells him it’s fascinating to watch someone lose their talent and he’s enjoying watching Lucas lose his. He tells Lucas to prove him wrong. Nathan says he was looking forward to taking him down slowly, but now Lucas has made it easy for him and won’t show up to practice just to humiliate himself.

Whitey goes down his roster and realizes Lucas didn’t show up for practice. Peyton shows up to get her car and asks Lucas about missing practice. He hands her the keys and her sketchbook. She tells him that he knows nothing about her and her drawings don’t mean anyone to anything. She wants her art to be meaningful and if it’s not, she doesn’t want to ruin it. Lucas tells her that’s how it is for basketball and him too.

Dan shows up at Whitey’s office and tells him to get over the high school championship and to stop taking it out on Nathan and that he’s only humiliating “Karen’s son.” Whitey tells him how it feels to father and abandon a child. Dan laughs at that and tells him to move Nathan back to shooting guard and maybe they’ll win more games. Whitey tells him he’s making it a career to ruin kid’s lives. Dan tells him that Whitey already made that his career.

Mr. Kelly is in his classroom reading the answers from the earlier class activity. We find out that Peyton wants truth in art, Nathan wants revenge, and Lucas wants answers.

Lucas sits on the picnic table at the River court when Whitey shows up. Lucas tells Whitey he can’t do it. Whitey tells him that he has had 35 winning seasons and the only thing that keeps him up at night is the college jobs that he never took. He says that it’s the missed opportunities that haunt us. He tells him that once he figures out what he’s afraid of he can beat it and better yet he can use it to conquer his fears. He tells him he’s on the team until the next night’s game.

Nathan is painting Peyton’s toes. He tells her she has ugly toes and they fight about it. Nathan tells Peyton he wants to quit the team because Whitey is never happy and he can’t do anything right according to his dad. She gets excited and says we can both quit, but Nathan laughs at her and says he’s not actually quitting.

Haley and Lucas  talk about their porn names. (This scene is just totally out of nowhere and doesn’t really fit in, but it was cute). Haley tells him that no jersey and nothing will ever change Lucas from who he is inside. She says that they’ll go get pizza later to get his mind off the game.

He looks through Peyton’s sketches again and he finds the “They Are Not You” sketch and his mother walks in his bedroom with laundry. She says this reminds her of when he was in junior leagues and loved playing basketball but he suddenly quit the team. Lucas tells her he quit because of Dan. He didn’t want to have to see him and because he was afraid if he played he’d become just like Dan. He said that when he played in the gym he felt like Dan had a piece of him and it never felt like that at the playground. Karen tells him that Dan has taken enough from them and she’s going to watch her son play the game he loves. Lucas thanks Karen for the words of wisdom. He runs to Thud and gives them Peyton’s sketches.

He makes his way to the gym. Dan tells Nathan to think about no one but himself and let everyone else worry about him.

Peyton shows up to cheer in the game and Brooke says she was worried she wouldn’t show.

Lucas is in the gym and Dan calls him “son.” He turns around and Dan asks Lucas to give Nathan his bag.

Jake sees this and tells Lucas not to let Dan take his talent, because it’s all his, not Dan’s.

Luke in a voiceover shares this quote,

“Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.”

Karen shows up and catches Dan’s eye. She keeps her head up and finds a seat. Lucas runs out with the team and stops at Peyton and says,

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here.”

Whitey smiles at Lucas and says that he will be okay and Lucas grins and says I know.

Whitey moves and Lucas is left staring at Dan. Dan smirks, but Lucas smirks back and turns around.

His shirt is missing a last name. He had ripped off the Scott name and left it in the locker room and for the first time in two episodes, Dan is clearly upset by something Lucas has done.

And it fades to black….

Songs used in this episode:

1. Overdue- The Get Up Kids

2. Switchback- Celldweller

3. Hard to Find- American Analog Set

4. Beside Me- Forty Foot Echo

5. To Hell With Good Intentions- McLusky

6. She’s Got it so Phat- Bosshouse

7. Echo- Vertical Horizon

8. Further- Longview

9. Belief- Gavin DeGraw

 

Overall Impression: This is actually one of the best episodes in season 1 to me. We are introduced to Brooke, Jake and Lucas meet, Karen overcomes her fears, Lucas and Peyton have some iconic Leyton moments, and we see Dan actually being treated like the jerk that he is.

Favorite Quotes-

“Your art matters; it’s what got me here- Lucas to Peyton

“I’d stand up, but every time I do somebody kicks me in the ass for putting you on the team.”- Whitey to Lucas

“You ever wake up from a really good dream and try really hard to get back to sleep or you’ve got the flu and promise yourself you’ll appreciate normal so much more if you could just get back to it?”- Lucas to Haley

Favorite Scene-

Jimmy and Mouth getting kicked out for being media or Lucas and Peyton discussing her art in the auto shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I went again and didn’t post for two months.

I wish I could say this is not a regular occurrence for me, but it in fact is. I think I went into this year thinking, I’m going to be able to maintain a full time teaching job and watch all my television shows and blog about it. Turns out I really, really can’t. Especially not when my illness, which is severe iron deficiency anemia, has begun to show itself again. So, I’ve been sick. I’ve been coming home every day after school and sleeping anywhere from 5-6 hours a night, getting up and doing grading or finishing lesson plans, only to turn around and sleep another 6-7 hours. Not normal. I finally went to the doctor and discovered my blood levels are super low again and I would need blood transfusions. And that’s not fun. It also has left me no time to watch my shows or blog or do anything but try to recover and still do my job.

But… things are looking up. I caught the ending of the Voice. I was not surprised or upset that Tessanne won. I was however surprised to see how many people hated her online. Twitter users and Youtube commenter were particularly vicious. Tessanne is spectacular and she deserved it.

New Girl is still fabulous. I finally caught up on that show today. I was able to watch Tuesday’s episode live. I still love Coach and Schmidt. They are my favorites.

I haven’t watched Agents of SHIELD since November. I will eventually catch up to it, but I pretty much lost interest after Ward and May slept together.

HIMYM is starting to drag again for me. They need to pick up the pacing. This is one show that I think I’m going to finish watching after the finale has aired. Although, I try to make it a point to watch my favorite show’s finales live, but this one has frustrated me.

Grey’s Anatomy. HOLY FLIPPING CRAP. That cliffhanger. I just want to know what April and Derek are going to do. And the whole story with Calzona is just up and down and all over the place. Grey’s is really good again. I am excited for it to come back in February.

Sherlock is back! I have yet to see the first few episodes, mainly because I have way too many other shows going on, but all the reviews I’ve heard are really good. So that is on my list of shows to catch up on.

I still haven’t caught up on the Dr. Who special. I feel awful about it too, because I LOVE Dr. Who. I REALLY LOVE it. I know that instead of doing this I could be doing that and I don’t know why I feel so guilty about it, I just do. Needless to say, I am excited to see the 12th Doctor and can’t wait for Capaldi.

Shows That I’ve Been Watching in Secret But Now Profess My Undying Love For:
Community
Hart of Dixie
Supernatural
Parks and Rec
The Mindy Project
Psych

I’ve been a Community, Psych, and Supernatural fan from the beginning, but recently got into Hart of Dixie , Parks and Rec, and The Mindy Project. I am behind on all of these series though. I should catch up.

So to wrap up or TL;DR:
I am really behind on my television shows, because I am suffering from a flareup of a disease that I have and I feel guilty, but I’m going to try to do better in the future.

Not that I have any readers.

The Voice Week #4

Sorry, I missed a week. I was super sick, but I am back now!

The first battle round is from Team Adam which is Grey and Nic Hawk.  Adam chooses Dominoe by Jessie J. The battle round is pretty good and both sound great. In the end, Adam goes with Grey because he feels like she has potential and wants to work with her. Blake steals Nic, even though he complains about not getting hit on by Nic. Nic is grateful.

Timyra- Joi and Amber Nicole sing “Listen”.  I have to admit, neither is nearly as good as Trevin Hunte when he sang it. Like woah, they sound like karaoke singers compared to him. Either way, I listened to the song without watching the screen. I feel like Timyra- Joi has the stronger voice of the two. She’s really good for her age. Cee Lo looks unimpressed and Adam is stunned.   In the end, Christina chooses Amber and Christina says she had to go with the more established singer. She is really upset that no one stole her.  Blake wishes he would have stolen her.

Up next is Blake with Cher as adviser. He pairs up Shelby Z and Justin Chain. They are given “Don’t You Wanna” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson.  Cher and Blake give them so good advice about how to sing a duet together.  Justin talks about his accident defining him and how he wants to overcome. Shelbie Z doesn’t want to go back to cutting hair. They are told to give it their all by Blake. Personally, I feel like Shelbie Z sounded better tonight. She just sounded awesome. Nothing against Justin at all. They both sounded great. Blake goes with Shelbie Z in the end.  No one steals Justin.

Next is Cee Lo: Anthony Paul and Caroline. Miguel is his mentor. They tell Anthony to not over sing the song because he’s from show choir. They really like Caroline’s take on the song. In the final rehearsal Anthony outshines Caroline and Cee Lo is concerned with Caroline’s performance. Up next is “As Long as You Love Me” by Justin Bieber.  Caroline’s voice and rendition of the song is beautiful. Anthony sounds pretty generic to be honest. I’d choose Caroline, honestly, and Cee Lo agrees with me. He chooses her. Christina steals Anthony. She thinks he’s fantastic and has wonderful vocal control.

Next up is Adam’s team again with Tessanne vs Donna Allan. I don’t get why he continually puts his two best singers against each other, but whatever. They sing “Next to Me”.  They sound AMAZING. I’m still mad that they are up against each other. Totally unfair. I mean honestly not one thing wrong with eithers performance. Personally, I connected more with Tessanne, but Adam can’t lose. He ultimately chooses, Tessanne! No surprise here, really. Donna is good, but I feel like Tessanne has more potential.  No one stole Donna, which is a surprise. WOW.

Christina chooses “House of the Rising Sun” for Briana and Jacquie. Jacquie fangirls over Ed Sheerhan.  Christina thinks that they will push each other to be better based on this battle pairing. They sound AMAZING together. Jacquie for her age sounds phenomenal. Either way, she goes she can’t lose. They all love them, but Christina goes with Jacquie! Cee Lo and Blake both choose to steal Briana. She goes with Blake ultimately.

Here are the teams as of the end of tonight’s show:

Adam Levine
Ashley DuBose Barry Black Donna Allen Grey
James Irwin James Wolpert Justin Blake Matt Cermanski
Preston Pohl Tessanne Chin Will Champlin
Cee Lo Green
Caroline Pennell Cole Vosbury George Horga Jr.
Jonny Gray Juhi Kat Robichaud Keaira LaShae
Lupe Carroll R. Anthony Shawn Smith Tamara Chauniece
 
Christina Aguilera
Amber Nicole Destinee Quinn Jacob Poole
Jacquie Lee Josh Logan Lina Gaudenzi Matthew Schuler
Michael Lynch Olivia Henken Stephanie Anne Johnson Anthony Paul
       
Blake Shelton
Austin Jenckes Brandon Chase Brian Pounds Cilla Chan
E.G. Daily Emily Randolph Nic Hawk Holly Henry
Monika Leigh Ray Boudreaux Sam Cerniglia Shelbie Z

Briana Cuoco