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Bones Review: Cold Cut

@Tom -- Don't worry. It's got another season at best. It's a lot like real life: all the women folk hover over the expectant mother and then fuss over the newborn baby, but shortly after the birth, they're on to other things. It's like the excitement of the coming baby makes them forget that in reality, babies are pretty boring. It'll be the same here. Viewers will drop off drastically now that the baby has been born, and by next January we'll be hearing that Bones is "on the bubble."

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@Ron -- sounds about right to me. They can't actually resolve the romance, or the show is over -- so something needs to separate them again. The thing with her mother is perfect. @Sue -- Nice catch on the action figures and Wash's dinosaurs. Also on the catalytic -- I didn't see that at all. The episode was improved from some of the stuff they've been doing lately, but next episode they have to resolve the whole romance thing -- even if, as Ron suggests, they then get separated again.

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NCIS Review: Look to Yourself

Okay, I wasn't keen on Ryan at the beginning, but I'm starting to adjust. I've always liked Jamie Lee as an actress, I just wasn't sure about her for this role. But whether I, or any of us approve could be a moot point. There was that one look on her face after Gibbs left that seemed extremely ambiguous. Is there more to her involvement with him than meets the eye? Good episode. A few glitches, but I think only Firefly ever ran perfect episodes. It feels like things are back on track for this excellent show.

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I've not watched House for quite a while (liked it, just didn't have the time), so for me it's refreshing to see him playing his games again. A large part of my love for this show has to do with its complete lack of sentimentality. Any other show in which a character starts feeling despondent about not having children would play it out until it reached a tear-jerking Hallmark Moment(TM). Only on House do we see a fantastic and oddly cruel "joke" used to show the character that, as House said in the beginning, he'd "dodged a bullet." And as we can see by his expression at the end, Wilson agreed. (Oh, and the "Can you do an Australian accent" comment as House and the kid were leaving was priceless.)

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Crap! If we're going to be restricted to a set number of characters for our little tweets, could we at least have a counter, like they have on Twitter?

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Well, better than last week -- but I think the shark-jumping episode of Happy Days could contend for that particular honour. You know, many new mothers are quite capable of not seeing their babies for a few hours without going to pieces, and those who can't are often the ones who treat their babies more as prized dolls than as actual human beings. And threatening to have the head of the day care fired unless she adheres to a completely ridiculous demand? That shows real mother love. No, not "mother love," the other thing -- "self-important entitlement." As for Finn and Michelle, I really don't give a damn. I'm with Sue. The last thing this forensics-show-turned-soap-opera needs is yet another romantic couple. (And to Jennifer wondering about Finn being willing to "risk his job for her, if he's only known her a couple of days?" The term for that is "stalker." Stay tuned for next week's episode: "The Restraining Order.") I see the show has been picked up for next season. They'll regret that. The Moonlighting Curse is in full swing, and I predict it will be pulled by next January.

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@everlong: Thanks for the tip.

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I've got nothing bad to say about this episode. But there were several things that made me exceptionally proud of the writers. 1. "They're teenagers, they'll get over it." The modern tendency to treat every traumatic experience as an excuse for "grief counselling" is infuriating and dangerous, and in at least one school I know of, led to several suicides. 2. "Yeah. If Winston Churchill was cute." Damn it, babies are ugly little critters. Nice to see someone admit it. 3. The fact that they never showed the baby! There was no, "Aww - look at the cute baby" moment for the audience. We've all seen babies. We know what they look like. Thanks to the entire Mentalist team. You rock!

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@NoHassleCastle: I'll give you Remington -- there's no telling what would have happened if it hadn't been sabotaged. My suspicion is that it would have ended soon anyhow, but there's no way to say for sure.

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@NoHassleCastle: But Remington Steel only lasted three full seasons, which I believe is about as long as you can carry a Star-Crossed Lovers theme. Four at the outside. Another factor in its favour was that few shows had, as yet, indulged in this theme, so it was still fairly fresh. And in Scarecrow and Mrs. King, the romantic situation is resolved at the beginning of the fourth season -- which, significantly, was its last.