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23 January 2007 @ 04:08 am
Studio 60 -- Woohoo!! (mostly) It's back  
Because I enjoyed all but one moment of this episode and Lordy, I hope I wasn't supposed to enjoy it (but sadly I think I was) I'm going to give this episode more thought than I have any other show recently.

I laughed out loud several times during this episode, I enjoyed the Matt/Harriet interaction. I loved the Lucy/Tom interaction. I loved every moment with Jack and I winced (I'm sure I was supposed to) when he told the viola player that she would go to dinner with Tom to that event because I knew dang well what it meant for poor Tom and Lucy.

More random loves ... Wilson White was great. "I'm an old man." Between Simon and Darius, I'm on Darius' side. I'm not sure that Simon is supposed to be somewhat of a jerk, but he was for me. Not in a bad way though, in an interesting character way. I love Lucy -- "A git, a plunker." Hee!!! I actually enjoyed Jordan (!) this episode and loved how she realized in the end (and it wasn't banged over our head) that Allie (good new character) was TOTALLY playing her. Ooh, I loved, "I was a bitch." "You're not a bitch." "I am a bitch. I am a beeyotch, baby!" HAH! I loved Matt's assistant, just every moment but especially the "bosssexy" username she gave him. Hee! I even liked how the passage of time and the Danny/Jordan situation was handled. All the way up to that last moment.

As heartbreaking and yes, embarrassing, as it was to be so, so rejected by Jordan, I loved how she was forthright about it, so straight with him and I was really, really feeling for him. And then he said "no." And that was the moment where I cringed. Because I think I was supposed to be bowled away by the intensity of his conviction, instead I got yet another creepy, stalker vibe. Oy. I like Bradley Whitford a lot, but this aspect of the story is not good. I don't want Danny to be a stalker. I dunno, maybe the "no" would have worked did I believe that Jordan felt a scintilla of romantic affection for him. I don't and so that "no" didn't come across as something that would give her an uncontrollable shiver of delight, but rather an uncontrollable shiver of fear with the thought "Do I gotta get a restraining order on this guy?" Not good.

I hope that this can work, I really hope so because I thought the rest of the show was stellar, top-notch. I think the cast has gelled, found their characters and I'm really enjoying all of the interaction, all of it, every line, everything. A LOT. I hope they can make the whole "no" work. Sigh.

ETA: I was talking to Mia and she wondered why it didn't end on the kiss, but did the Piz and LoVe scene and for me, again, it made perfect sense. The conversation between Veronica and Piz (look at me, all mature! I'm not calling him Asshead!) brought up Piz's crush on Veronica and there was a thread of the story there. Had the show not shown a reaction scene from Piz finding out she was back with Logan (more on his comment later), it would have been left dangling and would we have really wanted that aspect drawn out into another episode. No. It actually gave it a bit of closure for the time being.

"Nothing new," in other words, Piz, was saying, in the end, she's always gonna wind up back with Logan. Piz had SIX WEEKS to make a move on her and he clearly was laying his groundwork in the scene before and instead of steering her towards him, it steered her right back to the guy she's always going to wind up with.
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harper47harper47 on January 23rd, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Oh I agree. I hated that no. I was actually feeling very happy about the way the show was NOT dragging out this sudden romantic subplot and thinking good job Sorkin, you did this in one ep. And them bamm. Put me in the ewwww column. And the fax thing was kind of silly. I'm glad Jordan called him on how embarassing it was.

Loved the git, plunker. Loved it.

Nice show and Matt looked really sexy in that top he was wearing. The dolphin laugh was actually pretty good. Hee!
Arabian: Matthew Perry_awesomearabian on January 24th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
I was really, REALLY happy with everything in that episode and then that 'no' just made me want to cry because it was so, so, so WRONG.

I love Matthew Perry.
WeHo M.: WW - Crazedafrocurl on January 23rd, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
I think I'm one of the few people that hates Matt/Harriet so that whole plot just BUGGED me.

I agree with you on being on Darius's side. I mean, I love Simon, but don't try to bring up every other black guy in LA now.

Danny's refusal to back down is sort of sweet in a stalkery way, but I think he's been out of dating for so long that he doesn't know what to do (and there's no way that Matt is a healthy example of what someone should be doing either.
Arabian: TVarabian on January 24th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Oh, most people that I know hate M/H -- I just prefer this kind of telling their story -- since they're obviously forcing it on us -- as opposed to most of what we've gotten thus far.

We'll see how it continues ... I am a slightly more hopeful since it seems like Matt calls him on it next week, eh, we'll see.
too much going on omg: matt doomdiamondrocker on January 24th, 2007 04:18 am (UTC)
I'll just agree with everything you said - up until that last part about Danny/Jordan. They snuck up on me this season, so I'm totally routing for them, and while that last scene was hard to watch (for me, b/c I just felt heartbreak and humiliation for Danny), I liked the "no". Simple, honest, said with conviction. He knows what he wants, and he's not going to give up on it. And I didn't get a fear vibe from Jordan in that she's afraid of him in a stalker way - what I got from her was fear of what she could let herself feel for him, at a completely terrible time to start feeling those things. Of course, this might have carried over from the last ep when she just stood shell shocked as he made that big speech, and seemed just completely bowled over by him.... I don't know, we'll see what happens.

Matt and Harriet have grown on me gradually over the season, and I adore them now. LOVED Matt and his assistant - the "bosssexy" was definitely a highlight. I'm going to agree with you on the Simon/Darius issue, and I think it looks like it's going to be a really interesting subplot. And Tom and Lucy. How cute were they? But damn Jack for salting Tom's game! Though Jack did pretty much OWN this ep. And Ed Asner is awesome.

So yea, SO freakin glad this show is back! It was gone way too damn long.