Mini Caps of The Big C, Bachelor Pad, and Money Hungry
The Big C: Chooch
Finally, it’s here. Showtime has been promoting this dramedy for over 6 months. Well, it didn’t disappoint. I thought, with all their sneak peeks, that I’d seen all the good parts. Not true. There was lots more to take in. Laura Linney plays Cathy, a mid-western teacher with stage 4 melanoma. The cancer reveal isn’t dwelled on here. She’s already aware of it & has decided her treatment. She’s not doing chemo & not telling anyone.
We get a little taste of all the characters in her life & how she used to deal with them & (now that the clock is ticking), how she deals with them now. Cathy’s tight-ass, organized, ‘Good Housekeeping’ way of life has taken a huge turn & she’s now living “for the moment”. Her husband, who’s worse than a kid, never allowing her to eat onions, has been sent packing. Her bitch of a son, who’s the surliest teen ever, gets a taste of his own medicine when he comes home from school & finds mom, floating in a bathtub of blood (ala Dexter), having “killed herself” because of him. This sight sends him shrieking like a girl all around the house. There’s a reclusive old lady next door who, in the 5 years Cathy’s lived in the neighborhood, has never so much as waved at her, or mowed her lawn. My favorite is her brother Sean, a self-proclaimed full-time protester. He’s the one she gets her “live in the moment” idea from. When they have a sibling slapfest in a restaurant & he then explains to the patrons, “It’s ok, she’s my sister.”, I cracked right up. The fat girl student (it’s Precious) gives her attitude & she tells her “Everyone laughs at your jokes, but no one’s inviting you to prom”. They cut a deal, $100 a pound, to lose weight. Having a pool built in the front yard so she can jump in right off her porch, is proof that things have changed….. and no one quite knows what to think of it all.
The fact is… this is funny. To laugh at her & the reactions from others at her sudden change, is refreshing & new. The only thing is, like on “Breaking Bad”, terminal cancer is just that, terminal. How long can the show last before cancer takes it’s toll?
Money Hungry: SexyPanda
Last night on Money Hungry, the contestants blew SexyPanda’s mind with their weapons-grade level of house-vote strategy. Seriously, the Joes Pesci are out for total domination, and…well, they got a little bit of a wake-up call. So did a few of the other teams in the Pesci’s crosshairs. It’s a shame, because that meant a nice team was going home. I’m sad.
I’d love to share more generalities about what happened last night, but it was seriously 90% house-vote bullshit and 10% weight loss/diet/exercise/challenges. But, I was entertained through and through, so bravo, VH1. I guess.
Come back to talk about it later in the week, would ya?
Bachelor Pad: Swellmel
In last night’s second episode, Bachelor Pad was minus Crazy Eyes Michelle and ‘Will Fornicate For Shelter Juan.’ So has the drama simmered down a bit? Not a chance.
QuasiWeatherman and Gia were the challenge victors and each got to take three men and three women on a date. Gia’s rose pick caused quite the upset.
Then in a predictable turn of events, the bachelorettes/bachelorettes divided into two groups: the Cool Kids vs the Outsiders. OMG just like the Socs vs the Greasers. Hey, has anybody seen Sodapop Curtis? Ohh he’s on Parks & Recreation now…
“I promise to guard and protect your heart. Nah I’m just joshing you.”
Check back Thursday and find out which two will be the next to take the limo ride of shame.