Monday, May 13, 2013

Bates Motel - A Boy and His Dog

Goood Eeeevning, Addicts. Welcome back to A&E’s best new show, and guess what. It’s not a reality show about duck guys! I’ll be very surprised if Vera and Freddie aren’t both nominated for Emmy’s. Last time we all gathered round the bowl of popcorn to watch this family, we met Jake Abernathy, one of Keith’s former sex-fiend friends. He made arrangements to stay in the motel the first week of every other month. Shelby died and Romero wiped the slate clean. Norman gets a little attached to a dog when he realizes that Bradley has been playing him for a fool. The dog dies and he freaks the hell out.

Norman is with Emma’s Dad as they are preparing to stuff the dog that died. Dad is giving him lessons on how it’s all done. Norman is enthralled with the business and accepts the offer to come and work at the shop on a regular basis to learn the trade.

Emma runs to the bathroom in a full on coughing fit. While she’s in the stall she hears a group of girls, probably more of the coven come into the bathroom and talk shit about Norman. They say how socially awkward he is and that the only reason Bradley would spend time with him is because she feels bad for him. When the girls suggest there’s no way in hell Bradley would ever ride the Norman Bates train, Emma can’t take it anymore and comes out of the stall and confirms that yet, the two of them did bone.

Mother is finished reading a paper that talks about the new bypass they’re trying to put in that would ruin any traffic she would get to her motel. She gets on the phone to call Romero and sees Jake staring up at the house. Romero isn’t available to talk so she leaves a message.

Up at the pot farms Remo and Dylan get a phone call from Gil that the trimmers will be ready to be picked up tomorrow. Remo makes fun of Dylan for not knowing what trimmers are. They’re shift is over and they have to go home and pack because it’s an overnight trip.

At school Bradley finds Norman and asks why he told everyone about their sex. “It’s just not cool, Norman.” He doesn’t understand why it shouldn’t have happened. She tells him to forget that the sex happened at all. He then makes a bolt for the door. His teacher sees him and follows him outside to stop him. He’s visibly upset. When she tells him he needs to have a note or he’ll get a truancy ticket he screams at her that he doesn’t care. She goes to grab his arm and he freaks out. Don’t touch Norman. He runs off. Maybe it was just my high school, but I don’t think any of my teachers would’ve hauled off after me for walking out of the building.

Mother goes and knocks on Jake’s door for housekeeping. Jake tells her she can come in and clean now while he’s here. She offers to come back when he’s gone but he says he’d like it done now. He tells her that he’d heard some rumors around town that Shelby was shot at the motel. Mother is changing the linen and admits that the rumor is true. Jake pretends to be surprised about the sex trade. Mother then “accidentally” breaks a lamp. I’m not sure if it was real or not. Jake asks if she knew Shelby and she says a little. “Kind of like you knew Keith Summers.” It’s tense. Both know the other knows more than they’re telling. Mother tries to find a way out by saying she has to take Norman somewhere and Jake tells her that Norman isn’t at home, he’s at school. She tries to bolt, but he stops her and takes 2 towels off her cart then lets her go. She knows something is wrong. I should hope so! Look at the man!!

Mother is now down in Romero’s office. She’s there to call in a sort of “favor” from the Sheriff. She wants to know if there’s any sort of help he can give her an in getting on the city planning committee. She thinks if he nominates her, it will give her clout. Romero is not impressed, and not having any of it. He tells her they don’t owe each other anything and they’re not friends. He tells her he saved her ass and she denounces that by saying he saved his own ass. He tells her that if she thinks she has leverage on him, she’s sadly mistaken. “I may have to burn you down to the ground, if you know what I’m saying.” He scares the shit out of her, and rightly so, to a certain extent. That was a ballsy move on her part, and I don’t really know why she thought it would work. He sends her home and she gets a call from the school that Norman has been behaving oddly.

At the chateau de dead animals, Norman comes in to find Emma on the computer. He calls her out for telling the girls about the sex. “It just came up.” I feel bad for Emma. She was trying to save face for the guy she likes. She apologizes and then sort of brushes it off. They sort of make nice, but Emma’s feelings are still hurt that the sex happened at all.

Mother is told that leaving school will result in Norman being suspended for 3 days. Really? Am I crazy to think that’s a little extreme? I guess, probably yeah I am. It’s set up so it almost feels like she’s being scolded. It feels weird. The teacher tells Mother about his strange physical behavior. The other administrator thinks Norman is unstable and needs to see the school psychologist. Mother isn’t on board. When pushed for why, she sort of stumbled to an answer but comes up with the answer that she would like to pick the therapist herself. The teacher wants the name of the therapist so she can give a full account of Norman. Mother leaves in a hurry and is scared.

Remo and Dylan are at a bar. Remo is drunk and is still annoyed that he’s been working for 23 years with Gil and now he’s working for some punk kid. Dylan thinks he knows why, and he pushes that button with Remo. Remo punches him in the face and they get into a brawl. The bartender couldn’t give a shit and just lets it all happen.  Remo warns him he better watch out, because Gil will destroy him. Remo had a chance to step up at one point as a leader but he’s not “consistently reliable” and people tend to not like or respect him. Remo lets it slip that there’s a boss above Gil. Dylan suggests that Remo quit, but this is laughed off as not a real possibility in their line of work.

Mother is cleaning the house and stops to admire a picture of Norman. When he comes downstairs to find her he apologizes for what happened at school. He says he got upset but doesn’t want to talk about it. He promises it won’t happen again and Mother tells him about the therapist he has to see now. Norman says he thinks he fits in. Ha! Right! He asks for a ride to Emma’s house because her dad is teaching him taxidermy. He says this with the biggest grin on his face. Good hell.

GAH! That was rather horrifying. I would never get an animal stuffed. When they arrive Mother asks to speak with Will (the Dad) alone. She says she doesn’t think this is a good hobby for him to have. Norman is already unusual and doesn’t need another thing for kids to call him a freak for. Will takes a bit of offense to her thinking taxidermy makes someone a freak. “Not many people write poetry but we still have to have poets.” He says they’re not hurting anyone, so why not let Norman follow his passion. “What could go wrong with that?” Oh, sir, there are so many things that could go wrong, and I have a movie for you to watch later…

The trimmers are ready to be picked up. Dylan is a bit na├»ve in his dialogue with them. There are quite of few of them that are going to squash into that van. Remo tells Dylan that the main guy with the guitar is a real douchebag. They worked with him last year and he wasn’t a fan. Dylan says he’ll take care of it.

Scaring visuals of Will sewing in the eyes of the dog. They share a little history about his failed marriage.

Mother pulls up to the motel and then sees that Jake is getting in his car to leave. Instead of leaving well enough alone, she decides to follow him, because that can only end well. They drive and end up at the marina where the girl was kept. She doesn’t do a very good job of hiding herself. Jake gets out and walks onto Keith’s boat and is looking around for something. I’m not really sure what it is. Maybe the journal? Whatever it is, he doesn’t find it and he’s irritated about it. He sees Mother hiding before she can duck behind another boat. When she runs to go back to her car, he cuts her off. He says he knows she’s following him and that she knows what he’s looking for. She says no.

“Where is it? Where’d you hide it?” She doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He tells her he knows about her and Shelby having dirty sex in the motel. “Do you think I’m just gonna walk away from this?” He was apparently on the top rung of the operation. He tells her to come by the motel room when she figures out what she knows. Holy shit. This guy gives me the heebee jeebees.

Norman is having his session with his therapist and Mother keeps cutting in and answering for him. Clearly the therapist is annoyed that this is happening. That would definitely piss me off. Norman isn’t very specific with his answers so Mother answers for him. Such a dysfunctional relationship.

On the drive back with the trimmers the guitar guy is singing and it’s annoying Remo. Remo tells them to shut up and put the guitar away. He’s hung over and pissed off. Guitar guy says that he doesn’t like Remo either and he’s gonna tell Gil they won’t come back next year, and oh yeah, it’s passed lunch, they’re owed a meal. He’s speaking for the whole group, apparently. Dylan tells Remo to pull over. He tells Guitar guy to get out, pointing a gun in his face. The guy tries to back pedal and keep his place in the van, but Dylan isn’t having it. The guy gets out and they drive off without him.

Mother writes a check for the doctor and when he tries to make another appointment, Mother sidesteps and says she’ll call and make an appointment when the time is right. He wants to talk to Mother alone and he tells her that Norman should come alone next time. She says she’s not comfortable with that because she doesn’t know him. He asks if she has ever been in therapy and she sort of takes offense. He offers to have her come and have her own sessions, alone. He sees that she needs to be in control. When he suggests that as Norman gets older she needs to let go of things she says “I feel completely in control of everything in my life.” She is a clear case for what he just talked about.

When they get home from therapy she sends Norman up to the house and then goes to find Jake. She throws his money back in his face and tells him to get out of her motel and that his arrangement is no longer valid. “You need to dial it down right now, Norma before I get truly annoyed.” She threatens to go to the police about what she knows about him and who he knew. She very unconvincingly tells him she’s not afraid of him. He toys with her by suggesting she, of course, knew what was going on there. She gives him 5 minutes and then she’ll call the police. He agrees that they’re now both playing a game together. He does leave, true to the agreement, but I’m sure this is far from over. She’s just about in tears out of fear.

Norman is “playing” with his dog that he will now have till the end of time. Emma comes in to talk to him about why she told the girls about the sex. She’s very honest about what the girls were saying about him. He takes it with dignity. She tells him how special she thinks he is. She admits that she does have feelings for him but that her motive was never to hurt him. She doesn’t care if they won’t be together, she’s just going to make the best of their friendship if that’s all they’ll have. She says she feels safe with him and doesn’t want to lose him. “I don’t have many real friends.” Aww, Emma! Hugs all around! He accepts her apology.

Mother is in cleaning Jake’s room, trying to get rid of every bit of him, surely. Dylan pulls up with his van of trimmers. He asks how many rooms are available and she says they’re all open because Dylan was right about Jake. There are 7 people that need rooms and they need to stay for 2 weeks. Mother is very grateful and happy to have legitimate business. Ha! Well, sort of. She comes back and asks Dylan if he’d like to go for dinner with her since Norman is staying with Emma. She goes upstairs to get changed and settle everyone in.  When she gets to her room there is a very unwelcome guest waiting for her.

SHELBY!!!!! Sick! She screams bloody murder for Norman. That doesn’t make any sense. Next week is the showdown between Jake and Mother. Mother says they’re moving and Norman won’t do it. She says that she wasn’t prepared for the freak show that this new town was going to be. There are only 2 episodes left for the season! I can’t even begin to tell you how impressed I am with this show!! There are no dull moments. Ever.

Mad Men - For Immediate Release

Welcome back to our weekly trip to the 60’s in New York. Previously we saw our characters react to the assassination of MLK. Ginsberg gets set up with a pretty girl, but sort of screws up the date. A crazy LSD Real Estate guy tries to pitch a job to SCDP. Peggy and Abe are looking for a new apartment to buy when Abe announces he doesn’t want to live on the upper east side, he’d rather live in a neighborhood with “different” types of people. Henry decides to run for State Senate and Betty realizes she’s still a cow.

We open with an accountant  plugging away at some numbers while Pete, Bert and Joan all watch. We rarely get to see Joan with her hair down, literally. She’s starting to don some Farrah feathers. The accountant is there to explain to them how they could take SCDP public and make all the partners a large sum of money. Bert tries to talk the guy up from $9/share to $12/share. The guy agrees to look at the numbers a bit closer and see what he can come up with. He compliments Joan on her paperwork. Joan and Pete are left alone to toast to their pending fortunes. Joan’s share would make her almost $1,000,000 alone, and she has a small share! Pete tries to put the moves on Joan and it’s gross. He’s reminded that tomorrow is Mother’s day.

Roger wakes up with another girl young enough to be his daughter’s younger friend. She’s a stewardess and is late to work. She’s supposed to keep her ears open about big executives coming to New York. That seems like an odd person to be in cahoots with. Roger cajoles her back into bed.

Pete takes off his pants and crawls into bed with Trudy. Wait, what? I thought you were faux divorced. He feels her up and she puts a stop to it quickly. This doesn’t make a horny Pete happy. Trudy says she’s taken notice of his efforts to be a better husband.

How does someone sleep in that!? I don’t understand! Wouldn’t it all just be bunched up to your boobs, causing massive discomfort? It’s not even that it’s so thin that you wouldn’t notice! There are layers in there! Pete tries to tempt Trudy into staying with him because good things are coming his way, meaning his money.

Megan’s mean mom, Marie (yay alliteration!!) is in town from Canada for Mother’s Day and she’s bitching about Sally being excited to talk to her on the phone. What a meanie face. All of this is spoken on French so Don can’t understand. That would bug the crap out of me. Fusk’s parents do that sometimes when they argue, they talk in Spanish to each other. There’s a knock on the door and it’s Dr. Arnold. He’s in a desperate need for wrapping paper. He and Marie exchange pleasantries. His son is home as a surprise for Mother’s Day. Marie kindly offers up her flowers for Arnold’s son to give to his wife. “Do you want my flowers? I’m quite done with them.” Bitch! I’d have some rather harsh looks to give my mom if she said that about flowers I gave her. He doesn’t take them, just the paper.

“There’s poop on the stairs again.” Oh Peggy. There are a couple of things wrong with that sentence. Poop being one of them, and again being another. Abe tries to play it off that it’s probably just a dog, but nope she’s certain it’s human. I’m sorry. I love Abe, a lot, but this is unacceptable. The only real upside in this situation is that Peggy would save a butt load of money living there. Abe shocks himself trying to fix an outlet. Just then, very loud music, ethnic music starts playing above them. It’s hell.

Don and Pete were supposed to have dinner with Jaguar but they cancelled. Pete says the two of them could still have dinner since he has things to discuss with Don (the going public thing), but Don doesn’t want to. I can’t argue with that. He goes into his office and Roger is already on the couch. Roger says the dinner isn’t actually cancelled; they just don’t want Pete there. Herb wants to straighten things out with Don. Roger forces him to go. The idea is to have the spouses all come, including Marie so that the damage is limited.

At the partner’s meeting for CGC and they’re going over their pitches for Chevy and one of the partner’s goes off on a tirade because he doesn’t want to have to draw spaceships anymore. It’s then revealed that they ditched Alfa Romeo. It comes out that Frank (the anti-spaceship) guy has pancreatic cancer. Oh brother. Ted takes the news poorly. Frank is worried that when he dies it will put the company out of business. Ted tries to boost his morale but pancreatic is damned near impossible to beat.

Roger gets a call from his stewardess gal, and she says she has “one”. He rushes out of the room and forgets his shoes then comes running back for them. I love Roger.

Megan and Marie get in the elevator with 2 girls and they’re star struck. They ask her for an autograph. Megan is very pleased and Marie seems annoyed.

At the airport, Roger is pretending to be flying. Apparently they’re trying to get Chevy as well. The executive has eyes for Daisy and Rogers sits down to talk the guy up. He says how he hates to fly places and that he’d live in his car if he could. Oh Roger, you are good at your job. Micky is the guy’s name and Roger goes to get him a drink. And has Daisy put him on the flight with Micky to Detroit.

Marie and Megan are getting ready to go to the dinner with Herb. Megan doesn’t want to go because she had plans for the two of them, that didn’t involve Don or dinner. Marie shames her for this.  Marie starts a guilt trip and Megan falls for it. Megan admits there’s a drift in the marriage. Marie advises that Megan put on a bit of a show for him. And that the only thought he should have at dinner is…

I think I would die a thousand deaths if my mother said that to me. Megan just laughs. Maybe that says something about my relationship with my mom, but holy hell! I blushed.

At dinner, Herb’s wife is horrifyingly boring and trite. No one likes her. Megan tries to make the best of it. Marie is annoyed that Roger isn’t at the dinner and tries to get herself out of it, but she’s trapped.

Bert comes into Pete’s office and compliments him on the work he does for the company. He gets the verdict that the banker/accountant offered them $11/share. Pete is ecstatic and offers Bert a drink. “Do you have any brandy? Spirits of Elderflower?” Ha! Bob walks by and Pete directs him to get Joan and some ice. Ugh, can you imagine an even wealthier Pete? Gross.

At the dinner, Marie has had all she can take. Everyone is sick of listening to the wife. Marie starts talking shit in French and Megan covers it up. The women go to leave the men to talk business. Herb says he has a “fella” that writes fliers for him and gets results. He wants Don to hire him as a writer on the job without admitting that he wants him to hire him. Don writes the kid’s name on a card and hands it back to Herb saying, “Here’s the name of the guy that will be handling your account from now on.”  That’s it. The death of Jaguar and SCDP. Don tells Herb to pay for dinner. Don is happy to be rid of the asshole.

They get home from dinner and Don takes Megan and ravages her against the closet door. Marie is out in the living room when Roger calls. She is pissed at him and he wants to talk to Don. Roger is pleased with something that went down and wants to talk to Don about it. Marie tells him to forget her name and hangs up on him. He calls back but she hangs up immediately.

Bob and Pete went to a whorehouse and Pete comes out after his bout with his girl. Then the worst happens.

After a very curvy black girl comes out of a room, she’s followed by Pete’s father-in-law. I ask you, is there a more awkward place to have a bump-in-meeting with your in-law? They stare at each other and Pete actually says, “hello”. Horrible decision. Bob then asks if that guy is a client. Oh right, remember that part?

The next day Pete goes to talk to Ken about the situation in a hypothetical. Bob is outside the window offering up coffee. I hate that guy! Ken laughs at Pete’s misery. Ken tries to assure him that the porking-papa won’t say anything because if he accuses Pete of being there, he admits he was there himself. Ken then gets a phone call from Jaguar. Pete trips down the stairs to yell at Don about screwing then out of Jaguar. They have a big fight in front of the whole office. Their public offering is now off the table because of the loss of such a huge account. Joan takes them into an office to discuss it. Just as everything is coming out in the open, Roger strolls in with great news that they’re presenting to Chevy about their top-secret new car on Friday. Everyone just about blows a load in their pants at the thought of having Chevy as a client. Joan is on the verge of tears, but not tears of joy. She refuses to do anything that Don asks of her. He’s confused.

“I went through all of that for nothing? Just once I would like to hear you use the word ‘we’ because we’re all rooting for you from the sidelines, hoping that you’ll do whatever you think is best for our lives.” Poor Joan. I feel so terrible for her. She has a right to be pissed, but I also understand Don’s decision. That guy was toxic. Don knows he’s in trouble with her. They all run to start thinking about Chevy.

The car has no name yet, and it was designed by a computer! Shocking! Chevy isn’t happy with what they’ve been handed so far from the big shots so they’re trying out the small guy. Roger reads off the names of other agency’s competing and CGC is one of them. They’re all very excited at the possibilities and having GM!

Peggy is leaving the office when she hears some thumping going on in Ted’s office. He’s a little wasted and his TV fell down. She helps him and tries to prop up his spirits. She builds up his ego and he’s eating it all up. He then kisses her. She slowly pushes him away. He apologizes and says he’s just grateful. She says she understands, but you know she’s begging for more. He bids her goodnight and she takes her time leaving.  

Don and Dr. Arnold are in the elevator together when Arnold says he just quit his job. He had a heart and a kid who needed a heart, but he couldn’t do it because that sort of thing hasn’t been done in the US before. I did a little research and they’re wrong on this one. The first adult heart transplant was done in the US January 6, 1968. And since MLK died in April, they’re off. Oh well. Arnold is mad because someone in Houston gets to try it and he doesn’t. Don tells him that everyone makes their own opportunities. I think Don genuinely likes Arnold.

Don comes home and was going to sleep on it but decides to shower and just head back into the office. Megan tells him that she loves seeing him vulnerable and will do whatever she can to help him. In this case, that means a blow job.

The next day, Don and Roger are waiting for a flight to Detroit for their pitch. Everyone else in the terminal is ad men just like them. One of them even comes over and taunts them about losing Vick’s Chemical. Roger is confused. Flash to Pete screaming on the phone. The bump-in at the whorehouse cost him dearly. Bert is certain that Roger will handle the situation. Roger convinced Daisy to lose the luggage of the other guys. Heh.

Pete is meeting with his father-in-law and there’s no fixing this mistake. Tom thinks his daughter should be treated like a princess, and he knows that Pete never wanted to have children. He has no business being a father. Pete tries to throw Tom’s own discretion in his face, but Tom isn’t playing and tells him to get out.

Peggy comes to bed with a bandana on her face because the paint fumes are too much for her to sleep. She’s at her wits end with the neighborhood. Abe tries to laugh it off that things are just changing. She doesn’t like change. Peggy is realizing their differences. She then fantasizes that Abe is Ted and tells him that she just wants him to kiss her. Poor Abe, but I get it at the same time.

Don can’t sleep and so he finds a bar. Ted then walks in a shouts out, “Damnit!” He knows that if Don’s there, that both of them are screwed. With the two of them being small agencies, Chevy will take their ideas and give it to one of the bigger companies. Don then is annoyed. Ted then thinks they should tell each other their ideas. They do and they’re both impressed. Then Don starts to scheme. If they want a big agency, they’ll give them a big agency. A merger. Holy shit. 4 of them go in to meet with Chevy and present their idea.

Pete is there waiting for Trudy when she gets home. He asks her to sit down. He’s about to drop the bomb. He asks if she knew that her father pulled his business from his company. She says no and that she doesn’t care. He tells her that her father ruined their chances of being rich. He then tells her about seeing Tom at a whorehouse. “With a 200 pound negro prostitute.”  She is convinced he’s saying this just to hurt her. She says they’re done and tells him to get his things. Divorce!

Peggy gets a buzz that Ted wants to see her in his office. She powders her nose before going in. She smiles. She asks him how it goes.

“We got it!” Says Don. She’s correctly confused. Ted tells her about the merger. She still doesn’t understand. Peggy will be the copy chief. She says, “I just bought an apartment.” That seems an odd thing to say. Ted says they’re moving and they want her to write the press release. They don’t have a name yet, but to write for a company she wants to work for. She goes back to her office and lets it all sink in. She then sits down to her typewriter to write it out.

I don’ t know about this guys. I kind of liked the idea of Peggy not working with Don anymore. And things can only go terribly wrong with Pete, Don and Ted all working for the same company. Things seem to go in every direction of wrong in our next episode. What do any of you guys think?

Hell's Kitchen - Episode 9

Hi Addicts. Yes I know I’m a terrible recapper. I got super lazy and have been putting things off. I apologize. Things took a sort of ultra spicy burrito running shit at work and I had to sort out a few things before I came back to you. BUT! Hopefully, I’ve worked it out. I also am in the process of trying to find a new job. No I wasn’t fired, but it was a close call. I only have a contract til January of next year anyways, so I’m trying to find one now instead of waiting until December and realizing I’m screwed. So! Moving on and away from my own personal bullshit.

Last time we were together, we saw the women once again destroy the men in a challenge. Even when Chef tries to throw them a bone they always seem to screw it up. Pretty royally. This time Dan’s behavior got the best of him and Chef had enough. The women mopped the floor with the men and then came over and finished their side of the cooking.  Instead of keeping Dan around for ratings he got himself kicked off because there are some things that not even Gordon Ramsey can justify enough.

And now, the continuation of Hell’s Kitchen. Barrett is just beside himself with disappointment. The other chefs totally agree that he sucked big harry mastiff nuts. The team tries to build him up but it doesn’t go over very well.

So Barrett pulls a Britney. Oh my. I think it will look better on him though. The women, meanwhile, are in the kitchen trying to not let themselves get too cocky about their big win the night before. That never goes over well for them.

Chef acknowledges Barrett’s lack of stupid sideburn cut outs on his face. Barrett then reveals his bald head. Chef likes it. Moving away from that, Chef says that tonight is steak night. So their challenge will be showing creativity with steak. This is probably not the thing to watch at 8:00 in the morning. This show always makes me so hungry. I guess it’s better than watching it at lunch time when all I have is a bowl of cream of tomato soup with goldfish crackers. I love me some steak. Gordo asks for the steaks to me made all to medium rare. They each have to use a different cut and make a rub or sauce.

Anthony is going for something he’s never tried before, and that hardly ever works out well. Amanda doesn’t have a clear direction to go. Butcher Mary is making a super sweet sauce that Janel isn’t happy with. Barrett also get a little too comfortable with his meat, rubbing in something black all over it. I wouldn’t do well at this challenge because I’m not very good at cooking steak. I like eating it, but I can’t cook it very well.

Cyndi and Jon are up with porterhouses. I don’t know if I’ve ever had a porterhouse cut of steak. She cooks it perfectly with a tasty rub. Jon cooks it perfectly as well and takes the point with his blackberry sauce. Cyndi seems to be flying under the radar. The filet battle is up next. Is there anyone who doesn’t like a filet mignon? Seriously. I want you to tell me if you don’t like it. It’s Wyclef and Nedra going head to head. Wyclef talks for about 20 minutes about all the ingredients he used and how and in what order. He cooks it perfectly but it’s very sweet. Nedra also cooks it perfectly and Gordon decides to give them both a point. Amanda and Michael each cooked a New York Strip, Fusk’s favorite, and Amanda forgot to use salt and pepper, while Michael overcooked his meat, resulting in no one getting a point. Jacqueline and Anthony present their rib caps, which I’ve never heard of. Anthony’s random banana flavor works out well and they both take home a point, making it 2 to 3 with the men leading. Janel and Barrett show their hanger steaks and Janel goes all Argentine on hers and Fusk and I both soundly approve of that decision. Fusk’s mom grew up in Argentina. I’ll actually be getting some fine Argentine food for my belated birthday celebration on Wednesday! BE  JEALOUS! Barrett over cooks his, so Janel ties it up with 3 a piece.  Of course, it’s all down to one last dish. It’s Butcher Mary against Ray with their ribeyes. Ray’s dish is overdone but it tastes good. Butcher Mary cooked it perfectly but the blackberry is overpowering. The win goes to the red team.

Dudes. Just go home. We all know Janel is going to win anyways, so why are you even still trying? The women win a day by the pool with a 360 degree view of the city. They also get mani/pedis’s. I could use some of those. The men are going to be break down a side of beef. Maybe it’s just me, but I always feel bad when the women lose on this challenge and have to try and cart in a huge side of cow.

No one is happy about it. But can you imagine listening to Dan try and carry this thing into the kitchen and then cutting it up into small pieces? The women all make a big show and dance about walking by them. I always think that’s a bitch move.

The women head to a hotel with a rooftop pool while the men all sort of stare at the cow trying to figure out where to cut and which way to cut. Ray’s advice is to “listen to the cow, it will tell you which way it wants to be separated.”

The women come back into the kitchen and the men are still not done. The sous chef sends them back to the dorms to take a little break. Anthony takes this time tell Ray, Barrett and Michael that they need to step it up and bring their A game. They all own up to that and agree. I’m so shocked! This never happens. There’s usually all kind of fights. Oh wait, Ray starts to get mouthy about it. Oh good, I was starting to think these people were really trying to pull it off that they’re good people. Is anyone else surprised Ray is still around?

Before service even begins, Amanda tells Jacqueline that she wants her to drive the meat station since she’s very unsure of herself with cooking meat to the correct temperature. Really? Then why are you on this show? Tonight there will be a tableside rib-eye served. Wyclef and Susan are sent out to the dining room to get that job done. Chef makes a terrible N*Sync joke that breaks my middle-school aged heart.

The menu is changed up for steak night. The first set of apps for the men are all cold ones, and Barrett already screws it up by frying some crab cakes. What a moron. I like the guy, but he doesn’t have what it takes. I can’t say I’ve had a crab cake. I think I’d like it though. Butcher Mary gets in trouble for not having a slider on the grill when she was supposed to. She cooks it quickly and it goes out, however…

Oh what sweet hell is this. Finding hair in your food is revolting. Lord help you if it’s dark, short and curly. This is a mistake that doesn’t happen often, and Chef is not happy about it at all.

The men have finished their apps and are moving onto entrees. Barrett is drowning in the garnish station. Everyone talks about how hard this station is. It doesn’t sound like it would be, but considering you have to do garnish for both apps and entrees it’s understandable. I love when Ray scolds people in his interview like he’s never screwed the pooch on items before.

Now both teams are on entrees. Susan goes out to the table and Jacqueline tells the girls to wait until they hear back from Susan so everything is timed correctly. However, Susan is already cutting the prime rib and the women haven’t fired a thing. Chef calls them out and Jacqueline is deer in the headlights. Then she decides that maybe not sending out food is a bad way to run the kitchen.

Chef gets on Ray’s case about keeping up with the pace. He and Michael are cooking meat tonight and Michael knows they can’t afford to screw this up. He brings up some meat and Chef feels the need to cut it open to check it out.

Rawr. Look at it. You can actually see that the fat hasn’t even rendered down yet. If you can see the fat is white, it’s not cooked even remotely enough. The fat should be a clear color. Ray admits that he cooked the meat. Chef demands to know if the blue team has any fight left in them, and they all yell like they actually do. Michael decides to take over on the meat.

Butcher Mary keeps telling the meat girls that her bass is ready to go if their filet is. She says it no less than 3 times. Amanda then tells Chef she needs 4 minutes on her steak and that Mary never told her times. Of course the meat Amanda does bring up is rawr and cold. Amanda blames Jacqueline for her telling her that the meat was done. I think if you made a loop of every time Chef says, “Oh my God!” You’d have a whole season’s worth of time. Jacqueline goes to the effort to test the meat herself on the next time and it’s rawr again. 4 of the women get kicked out, which leaves Butcher Mary, Janel and Susan who’s still in the dining room. I’m confused why Cyndi and Nedra get kicked out too. The 3 women unite and get the job done.

Upstairs Amanda is just not handling this well. She even starts to pack her shit. Jacqueline admits that she was the one that was supposed to drive the station. Nedra gets in her face about it, and then Amanda comes in and screams right back at Nedra for screaming. Shit gets loud, folks.

Like I said, loud.

The blue kitchen, who are all still in the kitchen for the time being are trying to send out the table they screwed up before with rawr meat. Ray knows if they’re not perfect, they’re done. Luckily the meat is cooked to Chef’s specifications. The men finish their service all together, while the remaining girls finished what 7 girls couldn’t. The men get the win for service leaving the women to come up with 2 names for elimination.

I will be surprised if it’s anyone but Amanda and Jacqueline. Amanda tries to save Jacqueline’s ass, yet in her own private interview she is adamant that she’s not the weakest chef and should not be the one going home. Damnit, I want a steak right now! The other name that gets thrown around is Butcher Mary for her hair getting in people’s sliders.

Before the sacrificial alter of chefs, Gordon is ready to hear what they have to offer. Amanda’s name gets thrown down first. The second name that everyone is suspensefully waiting for is Jacqueline. Chef has a quippy comment about each of them after their nominated. Chef tells Jacqueline it was her worst performance. Amanda tells Chef how passionate she is about cooking and how much of an asset she is for her team. She apologizes for screwing up the meat. The person called first is Amanda, but she’s told to get back in line.

See ya later, Jacqueline. I’m mostly glad to see you gone so I don’t have to type your super long name anymore. She was worthless anyways. She wasn’t a leader and she was never consistent. I’m glad to see her bug-eyed face walk out the door. Chef warns the ladies to not let this be a trend in their behavior.

Next time we see the chefs making a special meal for a quinceanera. Oh balls.  This is going to terribly wrong, I’m sure. There’s a rumor of sabotage. I’m guessing no one wins next week.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Bates Motel - The Man in Number 9

Goood Eeeevning, Addicts! Can I just suggest to those who haven’t seen it yet, please go and watch the original Psycho. It’s so good. When it was originally run in the theaters, if you were 10 minutes late to the show, you weren’t allowed in. I have a part time job as an usher at the local arena and theater and I think we should implement this rule for ALL events. If you’re more than 15 minutes late, get the hell out of my venue. Why should I have to go and piss off a whole row of people, in the dark, because you left the house late? Is that my fault? NO! So STOP YELLING AT ME! Sorry. That was a moment.

Previously we saw shit get real, real quick. Shelby found out that the Asian girl had been found and his secret wasn’t just his anymore. He shot up the house and tried to kill all of the Bates’ but Dylan shot him dead. We then found out that Norman wasn’t so normal after all. He was the one that killed his father in a fit of silent rage, that Mother than set up to look like an accident.

 We see Romero pull up to the house. He gets out and has a sad puppy dog look on his face, as if he can't believe that his BFF could be dead. I don't actually know if they were BFF's but I can only assume, that as partners, they were close. He slowly walks up to the body, rolls it over and sees the guts and death that are now, Shelby. He says they need to talk. Yeah, I think an explanation would be needed.

Mother tells him everything. About Keith, about Shelby, about the girls, everything is now out in the open. Romero is taking it all in and says that he has a plan. What really happened is that he began to suspect something was up with Shelby and that Shelby was the one that killed Keith. Shelby tried to move the girl the motel and Romero had a shoot out with him, resulting in Shelby's death. Dylan merely got in the line of fire and took a hit to the arm. That's it. Case closed. Dylan is pissed that he risked his life and all he gets is "I got in the way of his showdown." Mother and Norman have a very long exhausted embrace. They've both been so buried in this, that there's a moment of release.

We see legs intertwined and see Norman and Bradley together. Wait? I thought she wasn't talking to him. Norman also looks like the worst kisser. Like a fish trying to suck her lips off. Gross. They hear the door open and hear Mother. Oh shit. Then we see that it was a dream. Mother is in a tizzy because the motel opens to the public in 7 days and there's a lot to get done. He's currently trying to hide his morning wood. Mother tells Norman not to worry, that everything truly is behind them. She asks him to fix the lattice under the stairs before he goes to school.

When he takes the broken piece off, he hears barking. A pink-ish looking dog is not happy. His hide-out has been disturbed and discovered. Norman tries to win over the affection of the dog by throwing the remainder of his sandwich at it. He also is wielding a hammer and it seems like he wants the dog to come out so that he can bash it on the head. Hmm...

Mother is in a good mood and is making Dylan a huge breakfast. She's on Team Dylan for the moment being, considering he saved their lives. Dylan says that he's still moving out, despite what happened. Mother is shocked and annoyed. She wants him to stay and help, now that he knows what Norman is really life. She stops making breakfast and starts on a typical guilt trip. They fight over taking out the trash and she storms off.

On his way back to the dumpster, he sees a car pull up and stare at the place. When the window rolls down a sinister looking man asks about what happened to the Sea Fairer Motel. He's clearly one of the Asian rapists. He asks where he can find Keith. Dylan tells him that he's dead and then man puts on his glasses and drives away. Eww...not another one...

Norman is back at school and he gets a big goofy smile on his face when he sees that Bradley is back at school after her dad died. She says hi and she sorts of brushes him off. Her friends are also around and are trying to be the shield for her, but Norman isn't really taking the hint. Stage 5 clinger! Come on, Norman!

Mother goes to a local restaurant with brochures for the motel. She's interested in making an arrangement where they each can advertise for their business at the other's locations. When she tells the manager that she's the new manager of the Bates Motel, the manager is visibly grossed out. She says no, that she's very selective of what kind of businesses she promotes and the Bates Motel won't be one of them. Apparently the whole town is aware of what went on there with her and Shelby and the shoot-out. It would seem that no matter how hard she tried to save herself from being tainted, it's happened anyways. Mother is not happy.

As she's in the office and looking at the blank reservation page, she goes to lock up when she sees something wrong. There's a man trying to open one of the room doors with a key. She goes up to him.

He says he wants to know what happened to his standing reservation. He comes here every other month for a week and stays in room 9. He introduces himself as Jake Abernathy. It makes me think of Aberforth (Dumbledore's brother). Mother says they've been doing updating and the locks have all been changed. She offers to let him stay right now if he doesn't mind a little renovating happening behind him. He's more than happy to let that happen. She goes to get the new key for number 9 and is pleased with having a customer. She lets him go in without getting any sort of information of payment.

Dylan comes home and sees Jake's car. He confronts Mother about it and tells her that he saw Jake earlier this morning and that he was weird. Mother didn't think he was weird. I thought he was weird. Dylan reminds her about getting his information and she says she'll do it tomorrow but Dylan insists on doing it now. He goes to get it and Jake says that his information was already in the old system so he doesn't see why he should have to give it to them again. Uh...because there's new computers, and because it's standard procedure, and because we don't want rapists staying in our rooms!! Jake finally gives in and hands over his driver's license. Dylan asks what sort of work he does that he comes here every other month. Sales. So generic. Instead of handing over a credit card he pulls out a wad of cash and hands him an assorted amount.

Dylan comes over to report the odd exchange. Mother is busy trying to scrub the blood that fell out of Shelby's face/body off of the concrete on the stairs up to the house. Dylan tells her that stone is porous and the blood can't be scrubbed off, it will just have to wear off in time. Mother refuses to let this happen because every time to she looks at it she'll be reminded. I can't blame her, I'd do the same. He throws the cash down at her and leaves.

Dylan and Norman are out picking up stuff when they see Bradley. Norman can barely hide his glee. She sees them and walks over to say hello. Dylan introduces himself because Norman is too busy staring at her soft, golden hair to form words out of his mouth. She's out picking up some food because her mom is out of town. This means to Norman's brain that they can get down and dirty again. Bradley then tries to confirm that Dylan works for Gil, and says that her dad used to as well. Dylan is aware of who her dad was and how he died and expresses condolences. Norman reminds her that her food will get cold and they leave. Dylan stares after her and she turns to return the stare. Dylan confirms that she is in fact the girl that Norman went and had sex with that night. He asks if they've hung out again since then and Norman says no. Dylan seems to know the score better than his love-sick brother.

Mother is tossing and turning in bed when she hears a bump in the night. She gets up and goes to check Norman's room but he's sleeping peacefully. More bumps. She follows the noise downstairs, and calls out for Dylan. No response. Just creepy music and bumps and darkness. Gah! I'm not meant for this kind of show! She picks up a knife in the kitchen and goes to find that one of the doors has been caught in the wind and is banging open and shut.

The next day Emma comes bashing up the stairs with her tank. She sees the small plate of food by the door. Mother answers the door and is happy to see her. She says no, they didn't get a dog when Emma asks. She asks for Norman and she's brought inside to wait. When Mother goes to tell Norman she's here, he says he doesn't really want to see her, so he's "sick". Mother reminds him that Emma has feelings for him and he says he knows but he doesn't feel the same way and he doesn't want to lead her on. Such a dumb boy. Mother is saddened but then asks if he left a plate of food out for a dog. When he confirms that yes he did she says, "Don't do that Norman! You'll have every animal in the woods coming to our front porch!" A metaphor, perhaps!??! For the animals that is residing in room number 9 and all his gross buddies that will eventually come back as well???

Mother goes to tell Emma the news that Norman can't come down and she can take the hint. She opens the door and pauses to gather herself and not cry. Poor girl. She tries to play it off as allergies. Mother tells her that she has an errand she needs to go do and asks if maybe Emma wants to come with her and they can go out for lunch as well.

In the car they have a girl gab session about Norman and how strange he's been acting. This is mother's time to pry about what's really going on with her son. She doesn't want to spread any school gossip and Mother understands, but she does say that she doesn't know how fast Norman will get over "her". She denies knowing if they've slept together and then she goes on to describe Bradley without naming her. Then she offers to show Mother who she is. "But that's crazy, right?" Yes, Emma, it is.

They watch her doing yoga in the window for a few minutes. Look at the look in Mother's eyes! Then the light goes off in her head. She remembers that Bradley was the girl that showed up on their door step the first day they moved in asking to take Norman out to go studying. Then remembered that it was her party that Norman was at while she was being raped.

Then we see "flashes" of what she thinks Norman and her have done, sexually. In her mind, Bradley is the one leading Norman down this sexual path. She seems distraught and they leave.

Norman is doing some work outside the motel and the dog shows up again. Constantly barking, and Norman breaks off pieces of the cookie he's eating and gets the dog to come closer and closer. Eventually he gets the dog to eat right out of his hand. Then Mother shows up and the dogs runs away after she scolds him for playing with the strange dog.

They're doing dishes in the kitchen and Norman is trying to make his case for keeping the dog. Mother isn't having any of it. I can't blame her, but I'm more of a cat person than a dog person. I know, it's a terrible thing to admit, not being in LOVE with dogs, but I just never was! I'm only 5' tall, and dogs always jump up on me to say hi and that means they're right in my face when they do. It's annoying. Norman says it's normal for families to have a dog. Mother says that she won't take care of it, so he'll have to. Mother than sits him down to have the sex talk. She tells him to be careful. "You don't know that girl well enough to be screwing her." Well, that's awfully blunt. Mother then asks him what kind of girl shows up at his door, without knowing him. She tells him that she knows WHO he's been screwing. She tells him that there are chemicals that get released in a woman's body when she has sex and that it's not something he should be dabbling around in. Norman tells her that he really likes her. "Oh. Ok." Is her response. She then tells him that she hired Emma to help work in the motel a few days out of the week. Norman is onto her plan to pair them up together, in hopes that something will happen. Norman accuses Mother of thinking that Bradley is too good for him and not understanding that they're "together". She says that of course they're not because they don't even go out. He gets pissed and storms off.

Of course he shows up at Bradley's place. This is his moment to make it official. She's not happy to see him. At all. He thinks they should talk, and she keeps trying to brush him off but he insists. He tries to connect with her through their dead dad's. "What happened between us was real. I know how we feel about each other. I know we have a connection." It's the ultimate puppy-love speech. He tries to get her to break up with her boyfriend. She tells him that she doesn't feel the same way and that the sex is just something that happened. "I shouldn't have done it with someone like you." Ouch! He takes great offense and everything turns. He storms away and she grabs her coat to follow him.

He starts repeating the words that Mother said to him about what kind of girl shows up on his doorstep...but he's not saying it to her. She hasn't even caught up to him yet.When she finally does catch up he looks her dead in the face and says, "I don't think you're a nice girl." She hugs him, for some reason. He's dead in behind his eyes. She apologizes but the damage has been done. He starts to cry and then leaves her.

Jake comes to see Mother in the office. He then asks when they open and asks about reservations. He tells her that it's hard to get good word-of-mouth out for a new business. He offers to tell his other "sales" companions about the place. She is very grateful. He then asks to have the same business arrangement that he had with Keith. It's more than just room 9. He would need the entire block of rooms for the first week, every other month. She is giddy about that opportunity. He would pay in cash and they would clean up their rooms themselves so there would be no need to come in and do it herself. Red flags should be going off in her head! She asks if it's anything illegal and when he laughs her off they seal the deal. Gross. Come on, Mother! Get your head outta your ass!

Norman is about to get home when he sees Juno, the dog across the street, but then the dog runs towards him just as a car comes. The dog gets hit and he is beside himself. He picks up the lifeless body. "I'm taking it to Emma's dad, he can fix dead things." He starts screaming at Mother and she's afraid he'll trigger into his killer phase. He apologizes and says he was wrong about everything. Mother wraps him in a big hug, and all I can think is, that he's still holding onto the dead dog while she's hugging him. Eww...

Next week Mother gets a call about Norman's behavior at school.  Jake confronts Mother about her knowledge of what was going on when Keith ran the motel. He wants to know where Mother hid "it". Jake gets confrontational and it is clearly going to be another crazy episode next week! I can hardly believe how much ground this show has covered in the 7 episodes we've seen so far! They don't drag their feet on anything for this show. It's insane!