No offense to Dianna Agron, but I really wish Quinn would've died in that accident. Simply because it would've been believable. If you look at where that truck hit her, there's no way she should be alive. So to have her back and in a wheelchair with a "severely compressed spinal cord" just makes me mad because the writers threw in a cliffhanger only to have everything be pretty okay when the show returned from its hiatus. That's lazy storytelling.
I did really enjoy the interactions between Quinn and Artie this episode, especially the scene where Quinn is trying to conquer the steepest ramp in Lima. And I thought Darren Criss and Matt Bomer were so believable as brothers, even if I didn't completely buy into the fact that these kids would be so stupid to buy into his acting advice.
I love that Joan and Greg are done...but I'm not sure that I love the way it was done. She goes from planning his welcome home meal to kicking him out in one day's time? I guess I just didn't expect that to happen in this episode. With that said, Christina Hendricks was fantastic in this episode. Good for you, Joan, for kicking that jerk to the curb!
Yeah...the speed talk was a little too much for me. I guess I listen slowly, but there were a couple of times I had to rewind in order to catch what the characters were saying. With that said, it kept me interested! I wonder if the numbers will improve over the next few weeks...
I was so sad for the old couple. I kept thinking "God, he better not die" and was so happy when he made it...ONLY TO BE HEARTBROKEN WHEN HIS WIFE DIED. I'm not sure if it's because I've missed Grey's or because I'm getting too emotional, but that was tough.
Loving the Cristina/Owen storyline, though. I never thought of cereal as a weapon.
After being super annoyed by the absurdity of how they wrote Julia's affair, I have to say I was incredibly impressed by the blowout that stemmed from it between Julia and Frank. As a character, he's been relegated to the background for most of the season, a mere afterthought for both Julia and the audience. I thought it was terrific acting when he discovered that Julia was having an affair. I'm now looking forward to seeing more of Frank and how he and Julia deal with this situation!
Glad to see Betty again! I just started watching Mad Men over the summer, when it came out on Netflix, and by the time I saw her in late seasons 3 & 4, I could understand why she had turned so icy. I love me some Don Draper, flawed as he is, but if I were put in Betty's shoes (learning my husband had made up an entirely new identity after deserting the war and had been lying and cheating for 10+ years), I would probably be a little unhappy/depressed/evil, too.
With that said, I totally agree with Jonesy. Henry is such a good husband to Betty, but he's obviously still intimidated by her relationship with Don...rightfully so, because she's obviously unhappy. Don is married to a gorgeous, young Canadian, but we all know he's not living in bliss. These two might find their way back to each other...probably not in a "happily ever after way", but it'll be interesting to watch it all unfold.
It was obvious the second that Sidney brought those flowers in that there was a listening device planted in it. So silly for Emma to trust him. And poor Mary Margaret...at least now she'll be free! Kathryn's not dead! I wasn't expecting that so soon in the story, so it was a nice twist at the end. I really feel like August is the author of the story...he gave Emma all that advice about writer's block. I just hope we find out soon!
@Alex Roggio - It is the same kid! How cool must it be to have been on two episodes of television for two different television series on the exact same night, at the exact same time!
Being that this was a Mad Men season premiere, I thought it was great. Even though it didn't move very fast, it's always very refreshing to not have spoilers, or any big gimmicks to get an audience to tune in/wait for throughout the episode. I liked that there were little bits of character development - not drastic, just enough to notice that there was a bit of a jump in time - even if I didn't exactly like HOW the characters developed. I'm with Peggy on not recognizing Don, and it freaks me out! They also gave us a couple of stories to look forward to, like Lane's money issues and the Joan and Megan awkwardness. Overall, SCDP felt very bland (or stable, to refer to Pete and Ken's conversation)...but I'm thinking that'll work itself out over the course of the season.
Totally hit the nail on the head with Julia's affair. One minute she wants to adopt a child with her husband, the next minute she's openly flirting (and holding hands!) with her leading man on a busy Manhattan street. However, at the same time, I have to voice the utter ridiculousness that Michael is when it comes to the affair. He's just as involved in this affair, but could obviously care less about the consequences. He went to Julia's house and ended up kissing her on her front stoop, he calls her at home, shakes her HUSBAND's hand, threatens to "make a scene" if she doesn't talk to him. That's just kinda weird, and makes him just as unlikeable, IMHO, as Julia.
In other news, I'm still trying to figure out how I manage to care about the show while I can't stand most of the characters.
After watching the show and reading this review, I'm even more disappointed in the finale than ever. I know it's not like PLL is going to win any Emmy awards anytime soon, but I feel like this finale was thrown together randomly. It's pretty clear that Mona never acted on her own. Now she has a personality disorder, is in a mental hospital, and is obviously reporting back to someone else...which means that the real A is still unknown. I was really hoping for at least one shocking moment, and all we're really left with is more questions and uncertainty.
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