Monday, January 19, 2009

Big Love Season 3 Ep1 ~ Block Party

[song on mp3player above is * Butterbeans & Susie "I Want A Hotdog For My Roll"]

The Henricksons [minus #2wife Nikki]

"Bill's always the hotdog man." ~ Barb Henrickson Wife #1

i guess that line sums up why HBO's Big Love is naughty but nice. Season 3 episode 1 titled "Block Party" finds the Henrickson clan still trying to fit in with their "traditional" neighbors while maintaining their polygamous lifestyle. It's time for the neighborhood block party, and the Henricksons have been dis-invited by the other residents. In previous years, Bill always manned the block party hotdog stand, hence Barb's unintentional double entendre utterance. The family thinks they're being ostracized because the neighbors across the street [Pam and Carl] 'outed' them to the rest of the community. Pam convinces them that she has not betrayed their confidence---the block association's map of the neighborhood lists the Henricksons as "inactive" Roman Grant [Harry Dean Stanton] and has greyed out Nikki's home entirely. Nikki's public last name being Grant, the same as Mormon prophet Roman Grant, is the reason for the grey-out of her property. Although the community does not know for certain that she is in fact Roman's daughter, they're not taking any chances.

And speaking of 'outing'...Alby Grant may still be a closeted gay man, but someone knows his secret, and wants him gone.

Alby Grant [Matt Ross] Some rough trade was recruited to try and make that happen. My guess is Adaleen [played by Mary Kay Place], 4th Roman Grant wife is the one who hired someone to get rid of Alby. Whomever the culprit, Alby survives.

One sub-plot of the ep touches on the subject of families residing on the compounds discarding teen boys. They are sometimes referred to as "lost boys"
. 'lost boy' Franky Harlow [Mark L. Young] and brother Bill Henrickson [Bill Paxton] Franky, who is also Bill's baby brother comes to him for help. Franky has been tossed out for the usual reason---perceived to be too much of a sexual threat to the elder males, including his own father Frank [played by Bruce Dern]. Franky's character is only slated for 4 [inclusive of ep 1] episodes, but i'm hoping the show will aggressively address this issue.

Big Love airs on HBO Sundays at 9:00pm Please check your local listings.

* The Butterbeans & Susie song "I Want A Hotdog For My Roll" was not used on Big Love but it has always been a fav of mine and i couldn't resist including it in this post.

Monday, January 12, 2009

FX' Damages Season 2 Episode 1: "I Lied Too"

Fictional litigator Patty Hewes, of Hewes & Associates is back. In Damages' second season opener, the high powered lawyer, [sanguineously duplicitous Glenn Close] is the "it" girl of NYC's social scene and talk show circuit. Having won a precedent setting hefty settlement for the plaintiffs in a class action suit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher for stock manipulation, she's better than golden---she's titanium.

At season 1's cliffhanger, Frobisher, played by Ted Danson [so villainous, yet so freakin' handsome] was shot and left for dead by an employee who decided to take the law into his own hands. Arthur is now at a private medical facility recovering from his wounds, alternately assessing his life and those he's wronged and hatching schemes to regain his cock of the walk status.

Last season, Ellen Parsons [my favorite Damages character] played by Rose Byrne, realized too late that being Hewes' protege comes at an extremely heavy price. Frobisher's henchmen murdered her hottie doc/fiance, Ellen was framed for deed,
and Patty tried to have her killed. In season 2, Ellen is in group therapy for post traumatic stress, and working with the FBI to give Patty some long overdue payback. Ellen is tougher and smarter than Patty had bargained on, and as my grandma would say 'is more than time enough for her'.

Supporting characters: Tom Aldredge as 'Uncle Pete', Patty's undercover right hand man, knows where the bodies, and the skeletons are. Mario Van Peebles' FBI agent Randall Harrison is nice eye candy. Tate Donovan's Tom Shayes is the perfect lap dog for Patty.

Looking forward to learning more about new character additions: William Hurt's Daniel Purcell and Marcia Gay Harden's Claire Maddox.

Damages airs Wednesdays on FX at 10:00pm
[please check your local listings]

sookie's Damages panorama

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Nip/Tuck Season 6, Um, That Is Season 5 Part 2

Happy New Year everyone. We're just hours away from the airing of Nip/Tuck Season 6, um, that is Season 5 part 2. Yes for months now, i've been referring to the upcoming season of Nip/Tuck as it's 6th. i have mentioned that the FX Network was identifying it as a continuation of Season 5, while the fans were thinking of it as Season 6. Today i acquiesce, say uncle, 'well alright o.k. you win', i surrender. Since the show's creator Ryan Murphy has taken to referencing the upcoming season as #5, part 2:
I consider the next season airing this January to be a continuation of the last.
, i sookie, respectfully yield. After all, it's his baby, who am i to say 6 when he says 5/2. As i post this, my pineapple juice and yogurt are in the fridge chilling

FX airs Nip/Tuck Season 5 Part 2 January 6, 2009, Tuesday at 10:00pm [please check your local listings]