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Life: Mirror Ball

“You ever have a nickname?”

“No, I never did.”

“You like one?”


“Come on, I’m real good at em.”


“That’s my name.  It’d be confusing if your nickname was my name.”


Charlie:  “…Ok.  Reese.  Dani Reese.  Dani Reese.  Your initials are D.R.  That’s good.  D.R. is good.  D.R. stands for Doctor…. ‘Doc Reese.’  Instant classic.”


That was great. But I was just ok with this episode.  Maybe it’s just suffering by comparison with “Did You Feel That”, which I just rewatched.  Wow, that’s a good episode.  Or maybe because there was zero consipiracy-chasing, Charlie wasn’t allowed to balance the funny with the dangerous.  And even the Perp of the Week wasn’t very scary --- therefore not nearly enough ass-kicking for my taste.


And I missed the Life-ish sound track, which they ditched for the retro music to fit the 80s cover-band theme.  *sigh*


Not bad, just not my favorite episode, by a long shot.  But, as I used to say about West Wing, even a mediocre episode is better than 95% of the other stuff on TV tonight.


And I must say that I sometimes forget how I love the way they shoot this show.  All the interesting camera angles, for one thing.  No, I’m not talking about the Crotch Cam this week.  This week I noticed a really nice overhead tracking shot, as Crews and Reese walk into the ballroom. Very pretty.


At the station.
Crews:  "Doc wasn't into guys with wigs."
Ha!  Tidwell likes the nickname too!

Tidwell:  “What’s with her?  Doc’s a great name.  I wish I had that name.”

Crews:  “It would be confusing.”



The dentist is such a HITG it’s driving me nuts.  Where have we seen him before?  Nuts, I tell you.  “Uncap the sharpie.”  Heh.


Hey, you guys, they cast a redhead on the show this week!  What are the chances.


Charlie’s dad’s a HITG too.  A well-known one, at that.  That’s Geoffrey Pierson, and he’s been on every TV show ever.  But where I remember him from is as…wow…Frank Ryan, on Ryan’s Hope.  Yeah.  It was a soap opera on ABC during the Mesozoic Era.


The scene between Charlie, his dad and Ted is brilliant.


First things first.  Casual clothes!  Yay.  You know I’m very pro-hoodie-and-jeans.  Nice.  Doorbell.  Cut.  Crap.  Director: we need more long shots when he’s wearing jeans.


Anyway, if I were Charlie I don’t know that I’d be answering my own door for awhile.


Dad:  “You’re a real tough guy, aren’t you?”

Charlie:  “Apple and the tree, you know?”

Nice.  Slightly menacing.  I’ll take it.

And Adam Arkin!  Slow clap for you.  Ted’s outbursts are hilarious, and Dad’s all confused as to why he’s even in the room.  Dad says Olivia has left him.

Ted: “That’s….terrible!

Charlie gives Ted a hard look.

Dad:  “It’s because of you!”

Ted:  “Because of ME?”


Ted finally blurts that he loves Olivia.

Charlie:  “Oh here we go…”

Dad:  “What kind of house is this???”


Patty:  “So you shot your dad.”

Charlie:  “I did.”

Patty:  “How’d you get all these bullet holes in your car?”

Charlie:  “I shot it.”

Patty:  “You sure shoot a lot of things.  Maybe you should be in Hot Lead.”


Tidwell, to the dentist who’s interviewing a new band:  “Your buddy isn’t even in the ground yet, and you’re moving on.  Where’s your candle in the wind, pal?”



Another week, another snark from me in the general direction of Tidwell and Reese.  I continue to shake my head in bogglement every time I see that, yes, they are a couple.  But I thought dumping the alcohol was very sweet, and they both played that nicely.  Though talking to it beforehand was just stupid and contrived.


Did anyone else notice that Tidwell is wearing a claddagh ring, turned the “taken” way?


Yay, here come Charlie and Reese to interrogate somebody at the station!  At last.  This never gets old.  Look how they burst into the room like the showmen they are.

Charlie: “You ruined it for me!  I had a perfectly good nickname for my partner and now I wanna call you doc and…you know, that just ruins it.”


I like how Reese makes Charlie say “uncap the sharpie.” Heh.


More jeans!  And Charlie’s getting our favorite car back!  Oh…just...no.  Stupid girls.

Charlie, about Olivia:  “If you love her, Ted, you should tell her.  Just stop telling me you love her.”

Like I said, this episode really didn't grab me.  But I've been rewatching Season 2 from the start and wow, it just gets better the more you watch.  I recommend it.


Next week:  Look, it’s that big smiley gay Other from Lost!  And Mrs. Something from that show…Facts of Life?  I never watched it.  Wait…Facts of Life.  That’s funny. 

Oh yeah, remember those golf pics in my picspam?  I told you I had another cute one from that same tournament.
But first...

Rob Lowe.  A little girl catches his attention.

Then she snags Damian.



( 24 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
First, such adorable golf photos. Lucky little girl.

Yeah this episode wasn't the best but it was better than much of what we see on TV. (And I thought it was just because I was uber-tired. I'm glad it wasn't just me.)

Tidwell: “What’s with her? Doc’s a great name. I wish I had that name.”
Crews: “It would be confusing.”

I loved that. I love those little moments when Tidwell and Charlie do something/say something that just makes Reece crazy and they just shrug. So cute.

The dentist is such a HITG it’s driving me nuts. Where have we seen him before? Nuts, I tell you.
I completely agree. If memory serves he is usually playing rich scumbags or weasels. But I can't remember where I saw him last.

The 80s music was meh but I did like that shot with the music right as Crews and Reece were about to go into the dentists office.

Tidwell is wearing a claddagh ring, turned the “taken” way?
I missed that. But I admit I was nearly asleep when I watched. I should go back.

I loved the scene between Ted, Charlie, and Charlie's father. Arkin was fantastic as usual.
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
First, such adorable golf photos. Lucky little girl.

Lucky you with that icon. *drools*

I missed M's golf picspam. Must go look for it.....
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm quite fond of him. And this one. Like most redheads, the man looks good with green. (Of course he almost always looks good.)
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Nope, I was just referring to the two golf pics in my DL picspam.

My NEXT picspam will be the 'everybody else' BoB picspam. You you've got that goin for you. Which is nice.
Feb. 12th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
I found the musical choices almost distracting this week - Whitesnake? Come on!!! Also, I gasped aloud with the first shot of Crews in jeans. Oh. My. It made my night.
Feb. 12th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
So hard to choose between the suits and the jeans, for me. Maybe what I like most is the variety. :-) Like dress uniforms vs. PT gear. (Ok, you must come over and watch BoB very soon.)
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Is is sad that I'm actually kind of happy about this news?

Link because its a mild spoiler and I wasn't sure if people would object.
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Not sad at all. :-)
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:24 am (UTC)
There is TOO MUCH going on Wednesday nights now. Because American Idol was two hours and Lost was on as well, Life did not record. Just had to watch it on Hulu.

God bless Hulu.

I am much in agreement about the 'meh' reaction to the episode. I was entertained, there were some great little bits here and there, but overall, it's nowhere near as good as it usually is.

But oh, I laughed my ass off at the bunny shot.

Feb. 13th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Fifteen pounds of pure bunny.
Feb. 13th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
Stupid stupid American Idol. I'll get over it in *checks watch* ...soon, but I'm a little bummed.
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
What are you bummed about? When it's scheduled or having to miss it or who got booted or what?

We haven't been talking Idol much yet.
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
And I must agree on the Reese/Tidwell thing. Over and over again, I am struck by how sweet he is with her and yet I can't find anything beyond incredulity and mild ick when I think of what they'll be doing after she tells him to "come to bed."

Charlie's dad really is a jackass. And I wanted to muzzle Ted in that scene (as, I'm sure, did Charlie) but he was really hilarious.

And if I didn't know DL the way I do (hah) I would think he was threatening that little girl in the golf picture. :)
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean about the picture, so I guess you're right. It reads to me like he's goofing around with her and I never even saw the other interpretation. /lustgoggles
Feb. 13th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Put me down as liking the episode.

I like light hearted zen Charlie and this episode had that.
I REALLY like Reese...in the way everyone else on this likes Charlie.
The relationship between Tidwell and Reese I like. Do I think it will last, well, that is a different question. But it actually strikes me as being close to a real life relationship, you know? Friends who start dating even though everyone else goes "Wha???" when they find out. It is one of the reasons I enjoy this show as much as I do. The writing is good enough that I don't have to fade into fantasyland as much to get into the show.
And I really like and all times I get to see Reese....
Feb. 13th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can understand why you'd have a thing for Reese! She's very hot.

I take your point about the relationship that baffles everyone outside it. That does happen, doesn't it? And I really like Tidwell, I do. I think Donal Logue is doing a great job with him, and I say that as someone who wanted Robin Weigert to stick around, so yeah.
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
We can all agree on our dislike for Charlie's ex though, right?
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank GOD we haven't seen her in awhile. Maybe they're just going to let her fade away. Much in the manner of her hair and complexion.

Feb. 16th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, on this we agree. I think she's very beautiful, actually. Like in a very feminine and ethereal way, IMO. I'd love to see her play a different character...

Because I do really dislike her. A lot. She just isn't a very good person. I could almost forgive her for divorcing Charlie --- after all, it was 12 years and she had no expectation of him ever coming out. And I don't blame her for feeling torn between her husband and Charlie.

What I DO blame her for is messing with BOTH of them. She's a flirt, she's a tease, she's a cheater... And it's infuriating that they both just let it go. It speaks to the worst sexual politics, IMO.

And I hate that she and Charlie have no chemistry. I mean, he has chemistry with FRUIT, for god's sake, so it's not for any lack on his end. I see him have great chemistry with Reese and with Constance. Even the old LT. Maybe because they're more DL's equals, acting-wise. But I just get no heat from Charlie and Jennifer.
Feb. 17th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
I will go out on a limb here and say I think she is one cold fish and do not know how there could be any heat with anyone and her.
Feb. 16th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
I FINALLY saw this episode. And I kinda loved it. A lot.

Let me count the ways:

1. It was funny. I like funny, especially on a show that know how to do it, with nicknames, and Sharpies, and randomly appearing bunnies.
2. I thought the music was spot on. There is not a single one of those cheesy hair-band songs that I don't find horrible, but using them as back up to Crews/Reece walking and investigating I thought they were perfect. Who knew Sister Christian could be cool?
3. The scenes with the wall. I missed those.
4. Charlie's dad and Ted, a new comedy team for a new era.
5. I like Tidwell and Reece. When they breakup I will be sad. When they get back together (as I now believe will happen), then the rest of you will be.
6. The girl with two personalities as oddly appealing, as was the growly voiced welder. I would be curious to see their band.
7. DL was almost celestially beautiful in this episode. Seriously, he just looked so magnificent I am starting to think that the camera and lighting guys are both madly in love with him.

Anyway, was it deep? No. Was is it important to the over-arching story? No. Did the car at the end make me want to vomit? Yes. But I like it. A lot.
Feb. 16th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
Yay you for liking it! Well, I liked it, I just didn't love it.

Yeah, I agree with a lot of what you said. Charlie's dad and Ted (and Charlie, for that matter) fantastic.

And I agree there was a lot of funny, which is ALWAYS a good thing.

I really liked Love Hurts when it started, but then as it went on...I don't know, I think the retro songs lacked the energy that the music usually lends to the story. But I did find that the choices really made me smile and they were a commentary on the story, which is actually very cool. So they worked on a certain level, even for me.

Seriously, he just looked so magnificent I am starting to think that the camera and lighting guys are both madly in love with him.

Heh. You have theories about the camera and lighting guys. I have theories (from last week's recap) about the director and costume mistress. I think it's Occam's Razor time. Everyone loves Damian Lewis.
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
So I am "watching" the comm pers_pineapple (that's "personal pineapple", which...bwah!) which is a Life comm... Great links! This, from Alan Sepinwall. He agrees with you misreall! (Except about Reese/Tidwell, but you know...).

Since Crews spends much of "Mirror Ball" trying to give Reese a nickname, I may as well come up with my own moniker for this type of episode, which featured a lot of good comedy, very little conspiracy arc content (they could have easily deleted the interlude of Crews studying Roman's photo without affecting anything else), but enough Zen qualities to feel like an episode of the show. "Life" Light? "Life" With Laughs? Doc?

I wouldn't want this level of wackiness every week, but when they do them from time to time (see also "Evil... And His Brother Ziggy" or "Badge Bunnies"), they can be almost as satisfying in their own way as the more epic episodes like "Trapdoor."

All the running jokes were working well in this one -- "Bapple?," the uncapping of the Sharpie, Doc, Patty the redhead's split personalities with and without the makeup -- and yet the case felt very much like a "Life" case, and the use of some of the greatest hits of the hair band era (particularly the epic piano intro on "Sister Christian") in lieu of the show's usual indie pop soundtrack was a nice touch.

I only have two complaints. One is my ongoing cringe reflex whenever the show uses too much of its cheapo green screen tech, as it did both during the opening car scene and in the montage of Jude wannabes showing up at Crews' doorstep. The other was the lame fakeout of Tidwell saying "You know I love you" to his bottles of booze as he poured them out. Reese's realization of what he was doing, and why, was a very nice moment -- one of the few that had me more than tolerating this whole relationship -- and yet the fakeout soured the taste of it for me. Tidwell's enough of That Guy that he might have some kind of running monologue as he poured out the liquor, but to use the exact words that would give Dani the wrong idea was just dumb.

Oh, and I almost forgot: big props to them for casting Patrick Fabian in a murder mystery and not having him be the killer for once.

I figured out I must know Patrick Fabian from Big Love, but he was also on Pushing Daisies! The epsiode called "Dummy". That's probably where we know him from.

Edited at 2009-02-17 03:18 pm (UTC)
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