March 18th, 2017


All The Pretty Pieces

I only have like 6 shows I'm current on, but my television life is such a joy right now that even though it feels weird and awful not writing about individual episodes -- and I am still determined that I will go back and do that -- I am bounding forth to watch them after work as soon as they're available, awash in contentment because even halfway through March, it feels like I'm always getting new episodes and they are always amazing. This is the life I deserve after the brutality of the past few years in television and the general shipping trauma I have endured, and I am determined to luxuriate in every second of it.

Ergo, a summation of my current happy feelings, separated by show and increasing in textual length as it goes on. [edit: oh, I forgot to list it but Madam Secretary also continues to bring the Married Joy any Sunday I feel like tuning in.]
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Last but not least in the shipping realm: I read a book a couple of nights ago, All in Pieces, after reading this 1-star review that was basically a gigantic bat signal yelling “LOOK AT ALL THESE THINGS THAT ARE THE EXACT THINGS YOU LOVE AND DON’T HAVE TO JUSTIFY WHY. READ IT IMMEDIATELY OR SOONER." I am at a loss as to how to structure my GR review, because while it's not quite perfect enough to be 5 stars to me, this book is a giant snowstorm of hurt/comfort, basically all of it pre-kissing. I shot so far over the moon I actually had to sit down and write a list because my brain was not able to contain so much delight at once. This possibly not-all-inclusive list of great things the dude does includes:
[these are most definitely all spoilers from beginning to end, but how many of you really want to read this book, especially when you can just watch me flail?]

  • being there to offer rides or an after-school escape or just an ear to listen when she's had a bad day

  • insisting upon offering these things even when she is contrary and repeatedly says no because she doesn't want to depend on a guy

  • not exactly #flashin'cash but using his money to make things easier (e.g. taking her out to lunch that she can't afford herself)

  • inviting her over to his house and giving her a safe place to go, no questions asked, when her home life is too much to bear and her friends are out of town

  • being intensely Concerned upon seeing marks from where her asshole ex grabbed her face

  • holding her when she cries, like on at least 3 separate occasions

  • engaging her beloved little brother

  • having an amazing mom who basically adopts her on sight (and also adores her little brother)

  • inviting her to sleep over (as friends) to escape her intolerably lonely house, with Cool Mom's enthusiastic support

  • coming out and sleeping on the floor next to the sofa when her night terrors wake him up

  • being the one she runs to when her ex assaults her (lol police, they're useless, who needs 'em, are her exact thoughts)

  • taking her to the ER, sitting with her, being angry and upset to the point of his own tears about what happened to her, and insisting she come home with him (where are her legal guardians? no one seems to care)

  • climbing into bed with and holding her while she falls asleep

  • giving the dude who hurt her a serious and vengeful beatdown (and being careful not to get caught)