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It is the end of May and in the TV world that means season finales. All of the season finales of my shows have aired by now and I have watched all of them. There were shocking events, cliffhangers, deaths, births, and more. I feel it was overall a great end to the TV season. Here are my brief thoughts on some of them and what stood out to me. In alphabetical order:

30 Rock: Hilarious, as usual, and star studded. I loved Liz accidentally becoming a relationship expert and all the advice she gave. I loved the Kidney Now! Telethon. I’m amazed at how many celebrities they got to come on the show. I find most often with 30 Rock, it is more the hilarious quotes that draw me to it over the storyline. There were far too many great ones to list in this episode.

90210: Like all things that take place in high school, everything culminated at the prom. I’ve decided that Naomi is the single most annoying character on television that I have ever encountered. I cannot stand her, but then again not many 90210 characters are very likeable. I liked Silver’s speech, but I think Dixon is right to think it reflected badly on him. What is up with this Ethan liking Silver thing? It came out of nowhere and I thought he was leaving the show. Why would you make a major storyline for a character who is leaving? Really didn’t like Annie going off the deep end. She really overacted. Adriana had her baby and there was a really sweet scene where she gave up the child to adoptive parents. There was also a completely bizarre dream sequence with Brenda in it that felt very out of place. I know I’ve said bad things about Ade in the past because of her drug addiction and teenage pregnancy, but she has turned out to be very likeable compared to the other characters. She has really turned her life around. Oh, and I love Navid, her boyfriend as well. Not many would ask their girlfriend, who is pregnant with someone else’s child, to marry them. I think that they are way too young for it, but sweet gesture. The parents’ eating special brownies was kind of funny. That’s all I have to say.

Better Off Ted: This new sitcom is really great; I hope to see it back in the fall.

The Big Bang Theory: I’m so glad Penny finally realized she really does like Leonard. Having the guys all together in the North Pole was hilarious.

Bones: The darn producers promised us that Booth and Brennan would finally do the deed. I assumed it would be real, not in a dream sequence. It made me very mad, but not mad enough to stop watching.

Brothers and Sisters: The Walker Family headed off to Mexico to “save” Tommy. I have never been a big fan of Tommy and don’t feel he deserves their support. However, I do give him props for trying to redeem him even if it means abandoning his wife and child. I was a little put off by revelations about Rebecca being mentally unstable in the past and sleeping with her teacher. I always thought she was the normal one and it totally spoiled her engagement to Justin, which I was so happy about. I’ve been a big fan of their relationship. I was not happy about the Ryan stuff, but then again, I’ve really disliked that storyline from the start. I was also saddened by the Robert/ Kitty separation. I’ve always loved them. I can’t believe Kitty would act that way. However, we know the Walkers are crazy and always will be.

Gossip Girl: Fantastic! Chuck finally professed his love to Blair, which made me elated because I have been rooting for them for a long time. I just wonder how Chuck is going to screw it up, because we know he will. Rufus proposed to Lily, she accepted. I wonder how he’ll feel to be husband #5. I also loved Serena’s investigation into who is behind Gossip Girl. However, I don’t really want to know because then there would be no show.

Grey’s Anatomy: A lot happened but all I want to know is whether or not George and Izzie died or one or the other. They are, of course, making us wait to find out.

How I Met Your Mother: All I can say is awesome. Barney finally told Robin he loves her, and she reciprocated in a hilarious scene. We finally figured out exactly what was going on with the goat and we got a huge clue about the mother. She is in Ted’s architecture class, which he starts teaching after he can’t get another job. It was hilarious and very satisfying.

The Office: I loved the Slumdog sketch with Michael and Holly. It was hilarious. They are just so good together. I really hope it works out for them someday. I was also really happy for Pam and Jim finding out they are pregnant. The silent scene with the happy embrace was one of the sweetest scenes I’ve ever seen on T.V.

Parks and Recreation: When this show started, I really only watched out of my love of Amy Poehler. However, I really feel it has improved and I will probably continue to give it a chance in the fall. Leslie Knope is growing on me.

Private Practice: What a grisly finale! I can’t believe that poor pregnant Violet will have her baby cut from her womb by a crazy person, or will she? They are making us wait. Despite this shock, I was so happy that Sam finally told Naomi that he still loves her.

Samantha Who?: There really wasn’t a finale and I heard it is cancelled. I will really miss it. I’m a big Christina Applegate fan.

Ugly Betty: Mark and Betty competing for the same job created an interesting dynamic, but Betty won. This was not surprising. However, just as her professional life improves there is trouble with her love life. I was mad that they brought Henry back and that she kissed him while she is with Mark, a guy I really like. I used to like Henry as well, but then there was the whole baby mama drama and I was no longer a fan. I was really saddened by the death of Molly, not just because we share a name, but because I thought she was really good for Daniel. The Wilhelmina and Claire drama was amusing.

Well, now that I have admitted how much television I actually watch, it is time to go. I hope you enjoy my comments.

Until next time, Molly

I am a Jane Austen addict. I absolutely love her. I have read all six of her novels many times, I read other novels having anything to do with her, and I watch any movie or other media having to do with her. My favorite Austen movie is the Pride and Prejudice miniseries with Colin Firth as Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. It is a great way to spend a lazy day.

Along with anything Austen, I love PBS. It always has interesting things and no commercial during programs, which is a big plus. I love their historical documentaries, like the one on Betty Ford I just watched. There was also a good one on Princess Margaret. Along with these, I love PBS’s British imports. I like the sitcoms like Keeping Up Appearances and especially The Vicar of Dibley. However, perhaps, my favorite British import is their miniseries. Most recently they had Lost in Austen. Needless to say, I absolutely love it.

Lost in Austen is a four-part miniseries about Amanda Price, an ardent Jane Austen fan, who lives in present day London with her boyfriend Michael, until she finds she’s swapped places with Austen’s fictional creation Elizabeth Bennett from her novel Pride and Prejudice. Amanda tries to keep the story going the way it is supposed to go, but her presence changes many important details of Austen’s tale. Modern day language and style clash with that of Regency England, creating hilarity.

I love this miniseries. It is absolutely fantastic. I love it when Amanda uses current language or refers to something modern and they don’t understand her. The scene where Amanda sings Petula Clark’s “Downtown” was the funniest thing I’ve seen in quite a while. I have to say that my favorite scene through out the series was the lake scene. When Mr. Darcy declared his love for Amanda, it gave me butterflies in my stomach. The chemistry between the two main characters has been such a joy to watch every week. I know, I’m an incurable and hopeless romantic and I will never change. I really enjoyed this series, right from episode one till episode four. I strongly recommend it to anyone, not just Austen fans, although, it is a plus. The storyline, acting, and the scenery are all equally fantastic. It was truly a great show.

Well, I won’t bore you with any more commentary on how much I loved Lost in Austen, but I will say go find it and watch it. You will not regret it.

Until next time, Molly

A historic event happened last night. After fifteen seasons ER ended with a three-hour event. It started with a one-hour retrospective followed by the two-hour finale. I had a friend over and we watched it together. We both talked about how we can’t imagine a T.V. schedule without ER. It premiered September 19, 1994. We were eight years old then. The show has been on the air our whole lives it seems. For me, it was sort of a comfort knowing it was always there. It seemed to be the show that would never end. I would watch it religiously for a while and then stop and then start again. I watched it most religiously in high school. But, alas, it is now gone.

Overall, it was a satisfying finale. It is hard to do television finales. Sometimes they are too mushy and sentimental, sometimes they are too weird (Roseanne anyone?), and sometimes they are simply bad. However, sometimes they are good and just right. I think ER’s finale falls in the later category. It tugged on my heartstrings at times, it brought back some old favorites, and it brought everything full circle. Not all my questions were answered, but not in a bad way. It gave it a feeling of continuing on in the T.V. universe. I also liked that they used the theme song for this episode, which they haven’t used for a while. I always liked it.

So, for those of you who did not watch it, here is what happened. Gates worked on a young teen suffering from alcohol poisoning after playing a drinking game. This was a good story line, but it did get a tad preachy about the evils of dinking, my only critique of the episode. It did end up with a nice scene with him telling a teen friend of his that they could call him for help at any time if she was sick from drinking, no questions asked.

Sam received a car for her birthday from her son and Gates. She also worked on a dying old woman. This gave us a touching seen where the women’s husband talked about how much he loves her. The women’s daughter came and talked about their strained relationship, which compelled Sam to call her own mother. There was a scene where Sam and Gates held hands watching the old man and his dead wife, it was sad but nice.

The biggest part of the episode was that John Carter came back yet again. He and a new intern tried to save a mother in labor with twins. This was intense because the women’s uterus ended up coming out and she died. Alexis Bledel, whom we haven’t seen on T.V. since Gilmore Girls ended two years ago, played the intern. It reminded me how much I miss that show. I have a hard time seeing her as anyone but Rory Gilmore. I kept expecting Lorelai to show up and offer encouragement and a witticism.

However, the real reason Carter was back was because he opened a new medical facility for the underprivileged is opened. Many of our old ER favorites showed up for that in order to show their support. They included Susan Lewis, Kerry Weaver, and Peter Benton. Also, in a fun piece, Rachel Greene, Mark  Greene’s daughter came to interview for medical school and this brought back Elizabeth Corday. They all went out for a drink together and Rachel went back to the hospital with Carter and he showed her the ropes. The show ended with everyone outside bringing trauma patients into the hospital from an ambulance. Dr. Carter looked at Rachel and said, “You coming Dr. Greene.” That was the last line of the show. This mirrored the first episode where Dr. Mark Greene says, “You coming Dr. Carter.” I thought it was a very nice way to end it.

Overall, I was glad with the way they left things on ER. I am sad to see it go, but all good things must come to an end. It is truly the end of an era.

Until next time, Molly

Gossip Girl came back from its mid season hiatus this week, which is fantastic news for me because my Monday nights were starting to get very boring without it. Every Monday night, my friend and I get together to watch the greatness that is Gossip Girl. We absolutely love it. We need our weekly look into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite, in the words of Gossip Girl herself. Here are my thoughts on this week’s episode, “The Age of Dissonance.”

This week, The Constance Billard and St. Jude seniors put on a production of The Age of Innocence. Which is, of course, ironic because we all know that these upper East Siders are anything but innocent. Like any good GG episode, as my friends and I like to call it, there are secrets, backstabbing, and love life troubles abound. All of which come to a head in a hilarious scene where they are on stage. One of the best Gossip Girl moments yet.

Serena seems to be over Dan, and quite quickly I might add. However, I probably shouldn’t be surprised considering how on again off again those two have been in GG’s two-season history. Anyway, Serena has a crush on the play’s director, Julian, and enlists Vanessa’s knowledge of theater to help her get the guy’s attention. However, this leads to trouble between Vanessa and Nate when he thinks she likes Julian more because he is into the things she likes. Doesn’t Nate know opposites attract? However, it all works out in the end when it is discovered that Julian is gay and Vanessa and Nate end up cuddling and watching ESPN on the couch. Awwwww! I really like Nate and Vanessa. I think she balances him out and makes him less poor little rich boy.

Blair receives the bad news that her acceptance to Yale has been overturned. She believes that it is because someone has blackmailed her that leads her on a witch-hunt for the person responsible, as only Bair can do it. It is Blair at her best. She is hilarious in her search for vengeance. She blames Serena, Vanessa, and Dan, but it finally comes out that it is Miss Carr aka Rachel who did the blackmailing. Which leads to more trouble in her Mrs. Robinsonesque romance with Dan.

Meanwhile, Dan and Rachel agree to stay away from each other in the aftermath of being discovered as more than teacher and student, but find it impossible to keep that promise. Especially after it is discovered that Rachel blackmailed Blair. Even though Blair probable deserved it, Dan calls it quits with Rachel. I have to say, I’m not too upset about this. I never really liked Rachel and their relationship was inappropriate, not that any of the relationships on Gossip Girl are appropriate in any way. Plus, I have always been a big fan of Dan and Serena and I hope one day they will be on again.

Finally, Chuck’s friend Carter Baizen comes into town and helps him with a problem, however it looks like Carter may also play a role in keeping Chuck and Blair apart longer. This makes me very sad, as I am also a huge Chuck and Blair fan. They are absolutely perfect together. There is a great Youtube video about their relationship with “Trouble is a Friend” by Lenka as the background song; it really is the perfect song for their relationship. I know they will eventually end up together, but I hate waiting.

Overall, I feel it was a very strong post hiatus episode. It was in no way a let down and it kept me wanting more. This is the beauty of the show. It is complete and utter trash and I absolutely love it. I do not have to think deeply about it at all. It is only there to entertain and entertain it does.

Until next time, Molly

Today is Thursday, which in my world means TV day. I have about six shows I watch on Thursdays and thanks to Tivo and the Internet, I am able to keep up to date on them all. My Thursday shows consist of 30 Rock, The Office, Ugly Betty, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Bones.  If you think six is a lot, it is true. However, in my defense, Bones used to be on Tuesdays and Private Practice used to be on Wednesdays, but both were moved to Thursday. Obviously, I wasn’t going to stop watching them, so six on Thursday is how it is. However, the focus of today’s blog is 30 Rock and more particularly Liz Lemon and why I love her.

I have been watching 30 Rock for quite some time now and the more I watch, the more and more I love it. I truly think it is one of the best comedies ever put on television. It has excellent comedic timing, acting, and superior writing. However, the best part is by far, Liz Lemon, the protagonist of the show. She makes the show.

There are several reasons I love Miss Lemon. The biggest reason has to be Tina Fey, the actress who portrays her. I have loved Tina Fey since her days back on Saturday Night Live when she did Weekend Update with Jimmy Fallon and later Amy Poehler. I think she is hilarious. I will watch anything having anything to do with her. As Tina Fey is also the creator of 30 Rock and a writer in addition to playing Liz, I have nothing but admiration for her. Every week the show defies my expectations and makes me laugh. I know that it is in no small way because of Tina Fey. I have read that Tina Fey based Liz Lemon slightly on herself. It somehow makes it funnier knowing some of Liz’s quirks are based on truth. So basically because Tina Fey plays Liz lemon, I love her.

Another reason I love Liz is that she loves food and, well, so do I. There are several Youtube videos that are all about how much Liz Lemon loves her food. One of my favorite lines from the show is when Liz yells, “Where’s my sandwich.” When someone asks her about the news she says, “Food Network doesn’t have a news program.” It never ceases to make me laugh.

I love Liz Lemon because of the things she says. There is an endless list of Liz Lemon quotes that I could go on forever. One of my favorites is, “I’m gonna get the wedding dress, then I’m gonna have a baby and then I’m gonna die and then I’ll meet a super cute guy in Heaven.” I also like, “In Cleveland, I’m a model” as well as when someone asks about her religious views and she says, “I pretty much do what Oprah tells me to.” These and so many more quotes would make you love Liz. Finally, the fact that she dressed as Princess Leia to get out of jury duty would make anyone love her. That incident resulted in another great quote, “I don’t think it’s fair for me to be on a jury because I can read minds.”

Overall, I love Liz Lemon because she is neurotic, endearing and a super-everywoman, as Jessica Winter of Oprah Magazine puts it. I think every woman could see a bit of herself in her and I think that gives her great appeal. So, I’m super excited to see where the show takes her in the future.

Until next time, Molly

For week’s we anticipated the great “Grey’s Anatomy/ Private Practice crossover event,” as it was advertised on ABC. So, us eager fans tuned in on February 5, the date it was said to happen. My friend and I watched Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice that date and all there was as far as crossover was a phone call between Addison and Shepherd. We felt as though we had been cheated. It was disappointing. Little did we know it was all set up for the amazingness of the next two weeks.

First, I love how it wasn’t just a crossover; it was a crossover “event.” It certainly lived up to it in my book. First on the February 12 episodes we had Addison and some of the PP (Private Practice) crew on Grey’s (Grey’s Anatomy). Having her back at Seattle Grace made me remember how much I miss her. She really has a presence that can’t be replaced. I loved seeing her get caught up with Bailey and Callie. I loved her interactions with Bailey and the scene where Callie and Addison are in the church praying and Callie prays about her kiss with the new doctor, Arizona, was really funny. Yes, Callie kissed a girl and she liked it. Please excuse my Katy Perry reference. I also loved seeing the characters I love from both shows interact. I especially enjoyed the scenes between Bailey and Sam. I think love her comments on his ability to watch his ex-wife and her new boyfriend kiss. Bailey brings everyone back to reality.

Enough with the fun and on with the drama, the reason Addy comes back to Seattle Grace is because her brother, Archer, has parasites in his brain and, of course, Shepherd is the only one who can save him. In her words, “I need you to be God.” He pulls through and Archer is saved. Which brought us to the PP episode. Shepherd enlists Addison to help with his pregnant patient with a brain aneurism.  This was all interesting but it takes a back seat to the interaction between them, which is really funny. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for Shepherd and Meredith. We all waited and suffered through the on again off again that is their relationship for too long to want that to end, but I do miss Addison and Shepherd bickering. It is hilarious. My favorite interaction on this night is as follows:

Addison: Shut up, Derek. You cornered me. I let you corner me. This is the hotdog Thanksgiving all over again.
Derek: What?
Addison: Oh you know what. Your mother breaks her wrist. So the day before Thanksgiving, you invite 34 people over to our house, without asking me, knowing I’ve never cooked a turkey in my life. Your sister gets salmonella and your mother, who never liked me, accuses me of trying to kill everyone. And you, make hot dogs, and you’re the hero.

So funny.

Well anyway, they saved the pregnant lady with Derek making a mistake that was fixed, or so they thought. The following week On February 19, the rest of the PP crew had gone home, except Addison. The pregnant lady needs another surgery. Unfortunately, she does not survive, but Addy saves the baby. In an ironic note, someone tells Shepherd he is not God, totally negating what Addy had asked him to be earlier. It is all very dramatic, but it doesn’t end there. Shepherd and Sloan end up in a full fistfight after Sloan tells him that he is dating Lexie. He is, of course, all distraught that he could not be God. Well, Shepy no one can. Is Shepherd losing his touch? We just have to keep watching. Addison leaves, but not before leaving Bailey the glowing recommendation she could not get from the chief. Addison saves the day and lights up the show. I was hoping there would be more crossover in the PP episode following, but alas it did not happen. I felt a little sad. However, I was overall satisfied with the whole “event.”

This whole crossover event was fun. I love it when shows crossover with their spin-offs. My favorite to date is between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel. I loved it whenever they crossed over. It reminded me how much I loved Buffy and Angel together, like this reminded me how much I liked Addison’s presence on Grey’s. It also reminds you of the talent of the writer’s of both shows to plan and weave together two separate shows. It takes planning, forethought and creativity. Well, anyway, I appreciated this particular one and I hope we see more in the future.

Until next time, Molly

There are times in most people’s lives when they overthink things or write about things that have absolutely no purpose whatsover. For me, this is one of those times. I was watching a rerun of Friends recently, as I often do, and then I also caught a rerun of Full House. These are two shows that are very near and dear to my heart.The later was my favorite television show as a kid and the former is my favorite now and probably forever. Watching these two shows, I began to think of all the similarities between them and when you think really hard, there are many. Well, there are five that I could think of. But does it really matter? Here they are:

1. Both have characters named Joey.
What would Full House be without Joey Gladstone and Friends without Joey Tribbiani? Not as good. That’s what they’d be. Joey G gave us so many wonderful phrases like “Cut it out!” (makes hand motion) and Joey T gave us the phrase “How you doin?” We have and always will love our Joeys.

2. Both have three girls and three guys.
Yes, both had three main leading ladies and three leading men. Full House had D.J., Stephanie, Michelle, Danny, Joey, and Jesse. Friends had Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler. I loved them all.

3. Both aired on Thursday nights.
Thursday, I love Thursday. For Thursday has always been my favorite night of television. It all started with Full House airing that day and I think it was either before or after Growing Pains, I can’t remember. Anyway, it was awesome. Then Friends aired on Thursday and I watched it faithfully until it ended. It was always there for me. Get my pun? It’s okay if you don’t. You have to know the theme song. Luckily there are many Thursday shows that replace these two, but none I like as much.

4. Both had characters obsessed with cleanliness.
Whether it is Danny Tanner always cleaning up the place on Full House or Monica Gellar worrying about water rings left by those not using a coaster on Friends, there was always someone to clean up after everyone on both shows.

5. Both start with the letter “F”
Obvious, yes, but it is a similarity nonetheless.

Well, there you have it, all the similarities between Full House and Friends that I could think of. I hope you have gained some excellent insight from this entry and are now a better; more well rounded person because of it.

Until next time, Molly

There were quite a few exciting happenings in the world of television, but I am going to focus on this week’s ,90210. I’m twenty three, when the original 90210, Beverly Hills 90210, ended in 2000 I was fourteen years old. Therefore, I never really watched that one because I was too young. Now, I’m past the target age, it kind of bypassed my generation. However, it does not deter me from watching.

I am fully aware that 90210 is not at all a good show. It will never win any awards and it sets a terrible example for all teenagers. However, this does in no way keep me from getting totally sucked in. I watched this weeks episode and decided it is time to reflect on the season thus far.

One of the things we saw within Ethan receiving oral sex in a car in the school parking lot. I must admit, I was quite shocked and I thought I’d seen enough Sex and the City to not be shocked by much anymore. Not that much longer after, we see Adrianna buying illegal drugs. The first episode told us all that this was not going to be a wholesome high school show, not that any are. The progression of the season only gets juicier.

Lets take a moment and reflect on Adrianna. As mentioned before, she is established as a drug user in the first episode. Well, the second half of the first season has barely started and she has already been a heavy drug user, gone to rehab, come back and is now a pregnant teenager who isn’t exactly sure of the identity of the father of her baby. That is very overwhelming. I haven’t done that much in a year.

We are hardly through half the season and Annie and Ethan have been on again, off again so much it is hard to keep track. Naomi’s father has had an affair with two women. We’ve discovered that Annie’s father and Naomi’s mother have a lovechild that was given up for adoption when they were teenagers. In addition, I’ve heard rumors that Silver will be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. All of this so crazy, it is hard to keep track of it all. However, it sure has been fun.

With so much to keep me entertained, I can’t wait for more. I recomend 90210 to anyone who wants to go off into a different world for an hour. It is escapism at its best.

Until next time, Molly

Hello, my name is Molly Rivard. I call my blog The Other Middle Child because I am the third of four children and many people, including myself, have called me that. I have also decided that that is what I will title my autobiography, should I ever write it.  I created this blog as part of a class on internet fundamentals and design. I am really excited about it.

I am a student in the Master of Library and Information Sciences program at the College of St. Catherine, soon to be St. Catherine University. I am in my second semester and I really enjoy it. I have a B.A. in history and a minor in Irish Studies from the University of Notre Dame. I graduated in May 2008. I loved it there and I really miss it. However, I really enjoy my graduate work.

I currently work part time as an office assistant at Geritom Medical in Bloomington, MN. It is a great job that accommodates my school schedule. I hope to someday become a youth services librarian.

I hope this class will help me learn how to create webpages and be more Internet literate. I have a ton of experience with using the Internet, but not much with its creation. I really don’t understand how it works and I really want to. Some of my favorite websites are Facebook,,,, and most anything having to do with movies or television. I like to do social networking and I use Google a lot. I do some shopping online, banking, and email.  I also research on the internet frequently.

This blog is mainly going to be my commentary on my weekly television viewing, as I view many television shows and I have a lot to say. I hope you enjoy it.

Until next time, Molly

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  • Rachelle: Another similarity I just noticed is on season 4 episode 24 of Full House, there is a scene where there is a poster behind Danny. That poster is the s
  • marcydrake: I agree wholeheartedly! Liz Lemon is my favorite TV character, and Thursday is my TV night.
  • Liz Real: Hey, ok well Liz Lemon may be great but Liz Jonhson is better since she is real and my wife!!!!!!!!!!!!