Quotes of the Week: Feb. 22-28

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Sleepy Hollow
Grace: Sometimes all it takes is to take pen to paper to make a difference.

Agent Carter
Dottie: “I like a man with a vault full of toys.”

Peggy: “I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t really matter.”

New Girl
Schmidt: I can hear it. I can hear it building it’s house. Building it’s sticky, deadly house that you can never leave. Building it. With it’s ass.

Coach: Don’t ask me again to get on my shoulders! That’s a once-a-year thing and you already used it on Halloween when we were 10-foot-tall Ralph Macchio.

Justified
Raylan: “Wonderful things can happen when you sow seeds of distrust in a garden of ass holes.”

Empire
Cookie: You want Cookie’s nookie, ditch the bitch.

Lucious: What do you want to do, man?
Jamal: What do you want to do? You want me to do it for you.
Lucious: No, don’t do it for me. Don’t do it for your mama. Don’t do it for your brothers. You do it for the sake of the music. You got to remember, that’s why God put us on this planet, Mal. Regardless of how we fight or feel about each other or try to hurt each other, the music, man. Music, that’s forever. They’ll dance to it forever. They’ll sing to it forever. They’ll be inspired by it forever. Put the bad blood behind us. Tell your truth in the music.

Hindsight
Becca: Do you have a dream job?
Kevin: Uh, yeah, Ghostbuster. I’m still waiting for an opening. I got my resume all ready to go. Majored in ectoplasm.
Becca: Yeah, well, you gotta dream big, Egon.

The Musketeers
Rochefort: This is all very moving, but can we get on with the business of saving the King?!

Hart of Dixie
George: We will have a bottle of your fanciest Norweigan wine.
Waiter: Norweigan wine, it tastes like the urine from a mink whale. You will have French and you’ll not complain.
Annabeth: Delightful!

House of Cards
Frank: What is the face of a coward? The back of his head as he runs from a battle.

Frank: I should have never made you Ambassador.
Claire: I should have never made you President.

8 Christian Characters…

It is the season of Lent and Easter is just five weeks away. Since I gave you my list of favorite Jewish characters during Rosh Hashanah, I decided now would be a great time for my list of favorite Christian television characters.

1. Alba Villanueva – Jane the Virgin played by Ivonne Coll.
Jane’s grandmother is a devout Catholic and sharing her faith with her family was important to her. It did not really stick with her daughter, Xiomara, but Jane took it very seriously.



2. President Josiah Bartlett – The West Wing played by Martin Sheen.
A graduate of the Univeristy of Notre Dame, he quoted scripture often (sometimes in Latin) and even considered becoming a priest before going into politics.



3. Coach and Tami Taylor – Friday Night Lights played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton.
Their religion was not something they talked about all the time, but they went to church every Sunday and they always tried to instill their morals in their own children and the students they worked with every day.

4. Harriet Hayes – Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip played by Sarah Paulson.
She was the only Christian on the cast for a SNL-like live sketch comedy show. One of my favorite Harriet lines is from the end of the second episode during a pre-show pep-talk: “We say this prayer in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who had to have been funny to get so many people to listen to him.”

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Quotes of the Week: Feb. 15-21

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, not just from shows currently on the air, but also just random things I happen to be watching.

Shameless
Doctor: “Are you retarded, Frank?”
Frank: “No.”
Doctor: “Then get your shit together.”

The Originals
Jackson: “You brought me a bag of werewolf heads.”
Klaus: “I kind of thought you’d see it as an early wedding present.”

Jackson: “I pledge to honor and defend you and yours, above all others.”
Hayley: “To share in blessings and burdens. To be your advocate. Your champion.”
Jackson: “To be your comfort. Your sanctuary. And for as long as we both shall live.”
Hayley: “To be your family.”
Jackson: “To be your family.”

Gotham
Leslie: “There are plenty of things in this world that can’t be explained by rational science.”
Jim: “Yeah, people who enjoy folk dancing, for instance. Doesn’t mean ghosts exist.”

Jane the Virgin
Jane: “Hey, Rogelio.”
Rogelio: “Dad. You’re locked into Dad now.”
Jane: “Dad. Got it.”

The Flash
Iris: “Do you actually know anything about Physics?”
Mason: “Not a thing. It might as well be in Dothraki.”

Professor Stein: “I’m still inside Ronald.”
Cisco: “There has to be a better way to phrase that.”

Cisco: “You guys are like ten seasons of Ross and Rachel but, just like, smushed into one year.”

About a Boy
Fiona: “Oh, cabbage. You are not what men want.”

Fiona: “Right. Now you’re gonna get a lecture: 1. you’re a rubbish chaperone; 2. you are a *very* poor judge of character; 3. you’re far too tall, Sasquatch; 4. you’re an idiot; 5. snip, snip, snip on your eyebrows, okay? 6. your hair’s too big and it’s not the humidity!”

Agent Carter
Peggy: “Have you ever been hanged, Mr. Jarvis?”
Jarvis: “I can’t say that I have, no.”
Peggy: “It is quite unpleasant!”

Dooley: “I’m supposed to believe that you pulled off your own investigation without any of us noticing.”
Sousa: “Why would you go through all that trouble instead of coming to one of us?”
Peggy: “I conducted my own investigation because no one listens to me. I got away with it because no one looks at me. Because, unless I have your reports, your coffee or your lunch, I am invisible!”

Peggy: “I’ve just thought of something.”
Jarvis: “We’re still attached to a table.”
Peggy: ” We are *still* attached to a table.”

New Girl
Winston: “I will say one thing about that man that I’ve only said about Ryan Gosling: hot damn!”

Nick: “You know what the problem with Jordan Catalano is?”
Jess: “Yeah, an undiagnosed learning disability!”

Nick: “I touched both your mother’s breasts in a communal womb earlier today. I didn’t do it on purpose, but there it is.”

Justified
Constable Bob: “Hell yeah I got a badge. And I got balls like Death Stars. Let’s do this.”

The Goldbergs
Barry: “Erica wins! She called me the TV character I like!”

Pops: “See, the problem here is, you horribly interpreted my advice.”

The 100
Lincoln: “Just let him kill me, then take him out. Please! Your people need you.”
Clarke: “You are my people.”

Hindsight
Lolly: “You look like a scared toon about to be dipped by Christopher Lloyd.”

Suits
Harvey: “I can’t believe it, you have no idea what to say! What’s today’s date? I wanna write this down.”
Donna: “You know what? It’s the 7th of kiss my ass and tomorrow’s the 8th of set your own goddamn meetings.”
Harvey: “Is that the Mayan calendar?”
Donna: “Nope. That’s the Donna calendar.”

Harvey: “Who is *she*?”
Mike: “That’s that lawyer.”
Harvey: “Why didn’t you tell me she was hot?”
Mike: “Because it’s not relevant?”
Harvey: “It is to me.”
Mike: “Why?”
Harvey: “Because she’s hot.”

The Vampire Diaries
Damon: “Today isn’t the worst day of your life. Today and tomorrow, that’s a cake walk. There’ll be people around you day in and day out, like they’re afraid to leave you alone. The worst day? That’s next week. When there’s nothing but quiet.”

Jo: “You can’t throw a pity proposal at a pregnant, ex-witch!”

Hart of Dixie
Wade: “Life was so much simpler before you and I became friends.”

Gilmore Girls
Reverend: “You know, Rory, being a young lady comes with many gifts. Your virtue, for example, is a gift. A precious gift. Possibly the most precious gift you possess.”
Rory: “Uh-huh?”
Reverend: “You wanna give this gift very carefully. It is a gift you can only give to one man. Once you give it, it’s gone. You can’t re-gift it. If you give it away too soon, to the wrong man, then when the right one does come along, you have no gift to give. You’ll have to buy him a sweater. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
Rory: “No.”
Reverend: “Think long and hard about when and to whom you want to give the ultimate gift you have to give away.”
Rory: “Oh.”
Reverend: “Yes.”
Rory: “Oh, dear.”
Reverend: “Oh, dear, indeed.”
Rory: “Uhm, well, listen, Reverend, I really appreciate you taking the time out of, what I assume is, a busy day, to come here and talk to me about all of this, but I’m afraid the ultimate gift ship has sailed.”
Reverend: “What?”
Rory: “A while ago. It’s probably in Fiji by now.”

12 Monkeys
Striking Woman: “You’re walking through a red forest and the grass is tall.”

Cole: “Everybody’s got two wolves inside ‘em and both of ‘em are starving. One wolf is anger, envy, pride. The other is truth, kindness. Everyday they tear each other apart, but it’s not the better wolf that wins, it’s the one you feed.”

8 Romantic Couples…

Valentine’s Day is on Saturday and, even though no one will be sending me flowers this weekend, I can still appreciate a good romance. It would have been impossible to create a list of my favorite couples of *all time* so, instead, I just chose couples from shows that are currently on TV.

1. Beverly and Murray – The Goldbergs
I love these two so much. They do not often express their love for each other with words, but you know that the love is always there.



2. Patrick and Kevin – Looking
Even though they seem to be split up for the moment, I am guessing that things are not over for good. I just think that they are really adorable together and Kevin needs to get his shit together, break-up with his boyfriend and just be with Patrick.



3. Octavia and Lincoln – The 100
Okay, so Lincoln may currently be addicted to some drug that the Mount Weather folks gave him but, they continue to fight for each other through everything and I believe that their love is strong.



4. Mickey and Ian – Shameless
I have loved this couple from the very beginning of the series. You can tell that they really care for each other. They are currently going through a bit of a rough patch, but they always seem to find their way back.

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8 Parenthood Guest Stars…

I was originally going to make a list of my favorite Braverman moments, but it seems that everyone had that same idea this week so, instead, I have made a list of my favorite Parenthood guest stars. These characters were not an official part of the Braverman clan, but they had a big impact on their lives. I am not emotionally prepared for this series finale, but will definitely have plenty of tissues on hand tonight!

1. Mark Cyr played by Jason Ritter
Mr. Cyr was Amber’s high school English teacher, who she had a crush on, and then he dated Sarah. He and Sarah were engaged, until she met Hank at which point they broke up. Despite their age difference, which caused more than a few disagreements, he was always so good to Sarah and I was sad to see him go. Hank has grown on me, but I still wish Sarah had chosen Mark. Team Cyr for life.



2. Seth Holt played by John Corbett
Seth is Sarah’s ex-husband and the father of Amber and Drew. He a musician and an alcoholic and has a tumultuous relationship with his children. Seth was never around for long, but he always left his mark and I always enjoyed when Corbett popped up on this show. He was definitely not the perfect father, but I like that he and Amber ended up in a good place.



3. Zoe DeHaven played by Rosa Salazar
Zoe worked in Julia’s law firm and was planning to allow Julia and Joel to adopt her baby before ultimately changing her mind to keep it. This storyline was pretty heartbreaking, even if you saw it coming, and Salazar’s and Erika Christensen’s performances were perfect.



4. Ryan York played by Matt Lauria
Ryan is an Iraq war veteran that Zeek met at the VA. He dated Amber and they were engaged for a time before he decided to re-enlist. He is the father of Amber’s newborn baby, Zeek. I really adored this whole storyline in general. The chemistry between Lauria and Mae Whitman was always great and I loved the way they dealt with his PTSD.

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8 Binge-Worthy Shows…

A friend asked me to recommend some shows that she could stream either on Netflix or Amazon Prime. She requested that the series already be over so that she could just binge the whole thing. I tried to come up with shows that were not the obvious choices (e.g. Gilmore Girls, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, etc.), mostly because you should have watched those already, and also shows that had more than one season, so here is what I came up with:

1. Spartacus, will be available on Netflix starting February 1st
Based on the real story of Spartacus, this follows the man from when he became a gladiator until his death. It is pretty graphic, both with blood and sex, but it is mostly driven by the stories of its characters which are very compelling. The performances are all amazing and it is just a really fantastic show from start to finish.



2. Bomb Girls, only available on Netflix
It takes place in Canada during World War 2 and follows several women who risked their lives while working in a munitions factory building bombs. I do not want to spoil it too much, but something kind of gruesome happens at the very end of the first episode that did initially turn me off. However, I gave it a second chance and the rest of the series was great.



3. The Tudors, available on Netflix and Amazon Prime
The show takes us through the reign of Henry VIII as the King of England, including all six of his wives, over four seasons. It is interesting to see how Henry’s decisions and opinions changed over the course of his monarchy depending on his age or his advisors. I am especially fascinated by how much history was influenced by men’s sex drives!



4. Chuck, only available on Netflix
Chuck Bartowski works at a Buy More and is part of the Nerd Herd. That is until his former college roommate sends him an encoded email which embeds all of the United States’ spy secrets in his brain. Chuck is then recruited by the CIA and the NSA to hunt down international terrorists. You have to get past the fact that, despite this being a show about spies, it is completely unrealistic, but it is a whole lot of fun.

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8 More Mid-Season Shows…

Right after I posted my lists of mid-season shows, the Television Critics Association announced even more premiere dates. So, here are a few more new and returning shows that I am excited about watching in the next few months.

1. The Fall season two is being released January 16 on Netflix, stars Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Bronagh Waugh, Archie Panjabi, Niamh McGrady, Stuart Graham, Colin Morgan, Brian Milligan, and Séainín Brennan. This show is so well-acted and so intense, I have been waiting for the new season since I finished the last episode. However, it is definitely not something that I watch right before I go to sleep.



2. The Musketeers season two premieres January 17 on BBC America, stars Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Marc Warren, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy, Ryan Gage, Hugo Speer, and Alexandra Dowling. I really enjoyed the first season of this show. It is probably not going to win any awards, but it is just a lot of fun. What could be bad about cute boys and sword fights?!



3. Chasing Life the second half of season one premieres January 19 on ABC Family, stars Italia Ricci, Mary Page Keller, Aisha Dee, Richard Brancatisano, Haley Ramm, Scott Michael Foster, Rebecca Schull, and Steven Webber. Iniitally, I was not sure I could watch a show about a girl who is diagnosed with leukemia, but it is just really heart-warming and more about the girl than it is about her cancer.



4. Schitt’s Creek season one premieres February 11 on Pop, stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Annie Murphy, Chris Elliot, Emily Hampshire, and Sarah Levy. When wealthy video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they have no choice but to move to a small backwoods town he once bought as a joke. I still have not been able to figure out which channel this is on my television, but I will definitely find it in the next month so I can watch what looks like a hilarious new show.

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8 Returning Mid-Season Shows…

Last week, I shared my list of new shows that I am most excited about, so here are the returning shows that I cannot wait to have back on my television in the next few months.

1. Shameless season five premieres January 11 on Showtime, stars William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Cameron Monaghan, Emma Kenney, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Joan Cusack, Noel Fisher and Emily Bergl. Somehow, this is still one of the most under-rated shows on TV. What are you all waiting for?! I love the Gallaghers so much. They make me laugh and they make me cry and I cannot wait to see what craziness they get up to now that it is summer in Chicago! Frank has a new liver, so anything is possible.



2. Justified the final season premieres January 20 on FX, stars Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins, Joelle Carter, Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts, Erica Tazel and Jere Burns. I am very sad to be losing another one of my favorite shows, but I will say the same thing that I said about Sons of Anarchy in September: I do not want it to be over, but I also cannot wait to see what happens! Will Ava help the Marshals with their RICO case? Will Tim continue to be awesome? Will Raylan and Boyd finally take each other out? I am already on the edge of my seat filled with anticipation.



3. The Americans season three premieres January 28 on FX, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner, Alison Wright, Richard Thomas, Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati. This is another under-rated show that more people need to be watching. It is not a show that I necessarily need to keep up with every single week, but when I finally sit down and watch it, I am always impressed with the story-telling and the performances.



4. Suits the second half of season four premieres January 28 on USA, stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty and Gina Torres. The beginning of this season spent a little much time with Mike working against Harvey as a investment banker, but now he is finally back at the law firm and Louis has discovered his secret. I am pretty sure that Pearson Specter is about the get “Litt the Hell Up.”

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8 New Mid-Season Shows…

Christmas is over and the New Year has begun, which means one very important thing: TV is back! This is my list of the new shows that are starting over the next few months that I am most excited about checking out.

1. Agent Carter premieres Janurary 6 on ABC, stars Hayley Atwell, Chad Michael Murray, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokai and Shea Whigham. This show was inspired by Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name. It takes place in the Marvel Universe and features Peggy Carter and her work with the Strategic Scientific Reserve, as well as her secret dealings with Howard Stark. The Cap movies have been my favorite from Marvel and I already love Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so watching this show seems like a no-brainer.



2. Empire premieres January 7 on Fox, stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray. Howard plays Lucious Lyon, the head of a music empire who finds out that he has ALS. He must decide which one of his sons will take over his company after he is gone. Executive Producer Danny Strong is my main reason for wanting to watch this show. I loved him as an actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Gilmore Girls and he is an even better writer, as proved by his work on Recount, Game Change and the most recent Hunger Games movie.



3. 12 Monkeys premieres January 16 on Syfy, stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Noah Bean, Emily Hampshire, Barbara Sukowa and Tom Noonan. Based on the movie of the same name, this show is about a time traveler who comes to the present day from 2043 in order to stop the release of a virus that will cause the death of 93.6% of the world’s population. I did not really like the film, so I am not sure why I am so excited about this series. The cast intrigues me and I am trying to watch more science fiction, so I will give it a go.



4. Sons of Liberty premieres January 25 on History, stars Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall, Henry Thomas, Michael Raymond-James, Ryan Eggold, Marton Csokas, Dean Norris, Jason O’Mara and Emily Berrington. This is a mini-series about the start of the American Revolution. It focuses on Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren as they set out to change the course of history. Mostly, it just looks like a lot of fun!

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8 of My Favorite 2014 Episodes…

Here are my favorite episodes of television from the past year in no particular order. There is so much good television happening right now, that it took me a while to whittle down this list and I am sure I still forgot a few. I do not think that they are necessarily the BEST episodes from the year, just my favorites. Be forewarned, there are plenty of spoilers ahead.

1. The Good Wife “The Last Call” The death of Will Gardner was this year’s best kept secret and I have only recently started to get over the loss of this character. The episode dealt with the aftermath of that death and the performances were just brilliant. Not only did they kill off this beloved character, but they killed off the notion that a show can not survive without a love story.

2. Playing House “Bosephus and the Catfish” What’s not to love about a woman dressing up like a male trucker to make sure that her brother is not getting catfished by his new internet girlfriend?! I am beyond excited that the USA Network came to their senses and finally renewed this hilarious show! My goal for 2015 is to become best friends with Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair.

3. Orphan Black “Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things” Holy Tilda Swinton, do I love this show! It took me forever to decide which was my favorite episode of season two but I finally settled on this one, mostly because I love watching Vic get beat up. This episode also had lots of Felix and Alison together, as well as Sarah pretending to be Alison pretending to be Donnie, which just makes me so happy.

4. Game of Thrones “The Watchers on the Wall” I loved that this episode focused solely on Jon Snow and the battle between the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings. Even though they are outnumbered, the black brothers must defend Castle Black from Mance Rayder’s massive army, who attack the fortress from the north, while another band of wildlings launches a surprise attack from the south of the Wall. It was epic and made me finally appreciate the amazingness of Kit Harington.

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