Rizzoli & Isles Review: The Doodles

I’d heard of Labradoodles. I’d heard of Goldendoodles. But a St. Berdoodle? That’s a new one on me. I’ll be doing a Google search right after this review of Rizzoli & Isles Season 5 Episode 7. I’ve got to see a picture.

Although I generally agree with Jane that talk of dead bodies isn’t exactly dating etiquette, if Jack is going to stick around, he needs to not only get used to it, but have an interest in Maura’s work as well. Otherwise, I don’t foresee this relationship lasting long. 

Celtic Code

In the end, I was kind of disappointed that we never got to see Jack meeting Jane. That could have been a great dinner. If not dead bodies, perhaps they could have discussed that best Doodle.

But let’s move on to the murder of the week…

Don’t you just hate it when someone dies from shock in the middle of your torture session? All that time, effort, and planning were for nothing.

One of the best scenes was Jane verbally sparring with the safe cracker. I couldn’t believe he implied that Detective Jane Rizzoli couldn’t use a crowbar to remove a piece of floor molding. He’s lucky she didn’t show him what else she could do with it.

Once again, Korsak was a favorite, specifically for how he didn’t assume anything about the bookseller’s assistant, Ricky as he explained to Frankie in this Rizzoli & Isles quote

Frankie: He didn’t seem too shaken up over his boss’ death.
Korsak: Which means he’s either guilty or he’s a 20-year-old street kid who keeps his emotions to him self. I think we should probably figure out which it is.

I was surprised that the attorney led Jane to Paddy Doyle. It’s been quite a while since we’d seen him but I enjoyed his back and forth with Jane. He gave Jane the information that she wanted, but he wanted something in return…and from the look on Jane’s face, it was clear that she knew that would be the case.

If this is the last we’ll see of Paddy Doyle, I wish we had been able to hear his conversation with Maura. At the very least, I hope that it is referenced to in a future episode. 

Then there was Angela. As Jane told Maura as she attempted to figure out the secret of the fake book…

You’ll figure out that book before you figure out my mother.

Jane

Angela read a fortune cookie and took it as a sign to be ready for change. So she decided it was time to change everything. I could understand her breaking up with Cavanaugh because she felt she needed to be on her own. He’s a great guy but considering all that Angela has been through, that makes sense. But she also quit her job. Doesn’t she have bills to pay? It’s one thing to be prepared for change. It’s another to sit around Maura’s guest room and enjoy the free coffee while you’re doing it. 

But you tell me TV Fanatics. What did you think of Angela’s plan for change?

 

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“I Can’t Live Without You!” & Other Sickening, Saccharine Nonsense That Needs To Stop

"I Can't Live Without You!" & Other Sickening, Saccharine Nonsense That Needs To Stop

So, I know I’m a killjoy. I know that people like to say cute things to each other when they’re in love because those things sound good whether or not they make any sense. But I’ve heard a few too rational people saying gross, unthinking things about their SO’s lately, and it makes me fear for their sense.

My boyfriend is a big dope, and I instituted a rule a long time ago that if he was going to say anything brainlessly dramatic or sentimental to me, he had to say it in a dramatic whisper so I could laugh at it. I just don’t like saying or being told things that are not literally true for the sake of it sounding loving, when expressing love truthfully is so much harder but so much better. Here’s a list of some whisper-worthy, saccharine, and not-very accurate gushiness that just needs to stop happening in the way we talk about our partners.

1. “I couldn’t imagine life without you!” This just demonstrates a lack of imagination. I could totally imagine my life without my boyfriend, Michael – it’d be missing several wonderful things, but it is within the realm of plausibility. Don’t you kind of need to be able to imagine an independent life to keep a sense of individual identity?

2. “I can’t live without you!” As a person who has had someone threaten suicide over the dissolution of a relationship in the past, this is not even close to cute. Yes, you can. Breakups suck, but the world keeps turning and you keep going to work and yadda yadda. I get that people use this in a way that’s meant to be cute, but think about what it means. This is like Co-Dependence 101.

3. “You’re my other half!” Uuuugggghhhhhhhhh I cannot stand the idea that people feel like they’re walking around as incomplete beings (and inasmuch as that’s the case I also hate the phrase “You complete me!”). I get that a loving relationship rounds out our lives in wonderful ways, but relationships of all kinds round out our lives. By this logic we’d only maybe 1/20 of a person inasmuch as we’re sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, friends, cousins, colleagues, confidants, and SO’s. I prefer framing it as us being whole human beings whose lives are elaborated upon by the people we love.

4. “You’re my better half!” BARF. This combines the “other half” problem with unnecessary self-deprecation. M is no better or worse than me, he’s just awesome in different ways.

5. “You’re my partner in crime!” Have I explained adequately yet how much I hate preciousness? Probably not. I mean, what crimes are you committing? If you were committing crimes, would you really be having fun? (I know the answer for some of my friends is ‘absolutely yes.’) If anyone said this who was in a relationship in which the couple genuinely acted as a hilarious two-man prank team, I would be 100 percent in support of the phrase. I have yet to come across that particular couple.

6. “I would die for you!” Even if we’re not going to take this literally (in which case it would be a GIANT RED FLAG), the purpose of this phrase is to say “I’d give up everything for you.” But does anyone (besides a narcissist) really want that from their partner in a healthy relationship?

7. “You’re my one true love!” So, let’s think about this: “True” in this context means “real.” So the implication is that everyone else you ever loved prior to this relationship, well, you didn’t really love them. What a bunch of baloney! Why are we just catering to our partners’ vanity or jealousy by pretending that they’re the only loveable person in the world?

8. “I want to be with you forever!” I can’t be the only person jaded enough by my divorce, my parents’ divorce(s), my friends’ divorces, and/or a lack of religious faith to be fed up with the word “forever,” right?

9. “You just know.” True story: In the last year, Michael and I have gotten together, broken up, gotten back together, moved in together, broken up and he moved out, gotten back together, and several months later he moved back in. I’m in a more complex and contented love with him than I’ve been in with anyone else, but for the sake of protecting my emotional health, I’ve had to run a hyper-rational cost-benefit analysis of being in a relationship with him. All respect to intuition, but sometimes you choose to give yourself over to love because it’s the smart thing to do, not because you just know you will.

10. “You give my life meaning.” If one person is your life’s meaning, I am very, very worried for you regarding the potential eventuality of a breakup or catastrophic loss. Also: A little bit stalker-y, no?

Rebecca Vipond Brink is a writer, photographer, and traveler. You can follow her at @rebeccavbrink or on her blog, Flare and Fade.

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IIN to have trouble adjusting to your emotions after depression?

Okay… I’m coming out of a serious depression/depersonalization/whatever the fucking thing shuts you off from the world and represses your emotions. I haven’t seen a therapist or anyone and I’ve only recently let my immediate family (Dad and sister) know what I’ve been dealing with. I do plan on seeing a professional eventually but the timing in my life is making me have to put it off. It sucks, I’ll be honest, but I know there are ways to deal with this.

So here’s my question; to anyone going through something similar, have you had trouble ‘readjusting’ to having real emotions again?
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Chasing Life Review: No Regrets

Who knew stripping could make you cry?

Meg’s taking to the stripper pole was just one of the many reasons tears sprang up during Chasing Life Season 1 Episode 8. It was, by far, the best episode of the series to date. 

Chasing Life with Strippers

It’s safe to say that part of the success of this episode was the absence of Dominic. There’s nothing wrong with Dominic, but his presence was only a deterrent to April fully focusing on the realities of her new world.

With chemotherapy just days away, Beth and Leo manage to entice April to take the first sick day of her career. It was not only well deserved, but enlightening.

When Leo said he had some exciting things planned for the day, it was difficult to imagine that he meant conducting his own Make a Wish Foundation by Leo Hendrie. It helps that the cancer ward bears his father’s name, but even more that he’s such a caring man despite how the media chooses to portray him.

Up first on their Tour de Leo was a strip club. April thought she and Beth should probably walk right back out the door, but Beth is always game for anything. Meg said a while ago in one of their support meetings that she always wished she had given exotic dancing a try. 

Leo’s father has some contacts at the club and Leo arranged for Meg to get her wish. At first she faltered a bit on stage until her friends cheered her on, then she loosened up and started to take it off — wig included. Even typing this right now is making me cry. Meg hadn’t felt beautiful or sexy since she started losing her hair and baring it all in front of a crowd was freeing.

Leo’s other good deed for the day was giving Jackson a living funeral. Jackson isn’t likely to last much longer and sitting alone in the hospital he realized that he would never smell the fresh air again and was giving his friends tips for his funeral. Leo figured — why not allow him to attend?

Doesn’t everyone wonder what their funeral would be like? Jackson got to hear all of the wonderful things his friends felt and heard his a capella group sing his song request, Daniel Powter’s “Had a Bad Day.” April started to relish living through death rather than running from it.

It was nice that April didn’t mince words when she had the opportunity to ask Leo about funding her fertility treatment. His response kept things from getting too intense.

April: Leo? Did you pay for my fertility treatment?
Leo: You? Fertility? Eggs. Ewww.

Dominic’s absence also paved the way for Leo to make sure he could leave the world without regrets when he leaned in for a kiss and then took April over to a couch in the funeral parlor to seal the deal. That moment of closeness allowed him to open up another secret to April — he could chance surgery but has chosen not to fight anymore.

While I wish that his closeness with April would change his mind, the reality is that people do choose to stop fighting cancer, Chasing Life hasn’t been renewed for a second season and Scott Michael Foster will be joining Once Upon a Time as Kristoff when it returns in September. He’s a busy guy on and of the show!

The other two stories running simultaneously with April’s were also informative. 

Brenna and Greer went to Florida with the Eco Club and decided to pay Natalie Ortiz a visit. She’s rude, entitled and acts like she’s been put out her entire life because she was Thomas’ illegitimate child. At least her father didn’t lie to her about who she was, but she doesn’t see that as a positive, apparently.

Not only did someone likely spike Greer’s drink (yes, Natalie, we think it was you), but Natalie and her friends had a bit of a chip on their shoulder about her sexual preference, as well. As Brenna decided meeting her was a mistake, Natalie hurled a final insult — Sarah not only knows about Natalie, but has met her.

Sarah, meanwhile, is growing closer to George. He thought she blamed him for Thomas’ death, but she assures him that’s not the case. Exactly what she knows and what she held against George is still unknown, but we keep learning more about what she knows and has hidden from her girls.

I’m so glad that April got to have a good day before she dives into chemotherapy. Let me know what you thought about the episode and catch up when you need when you watch Chasing Life online via TV Fanatic!

Will Leo decide to fight and have surgery?

 

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C&L’s Late Nite Music Club With Maki Asakawa

Maki Asakawa was a very talented lady; in addition to her abilities as a singer, she was also a composer who arranged most of her pieces, both original and covers. On top of that, she wrote all of her own lyrics, but, big deal, right? Plenty of people do all of that without breaking a sweat. However, Maki had thirty releases by the end of the ’90s, which gives you an idea of just how prolific she was (she started in the late ’60s/early ’70s). If that wasn’t enough, she literally did this until the day she died, at age 67, just before a show in 2010. Rest in Peace, Maki.

Who are your favorite prolific artists?


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