Case in point, I came home fully intending to take a nap this afternoon. I stretched out on the bed and cued up the first episode to let it lull me to sleep...except that I could not keep my eyes shut; I kept hearing hilarious lines and wanted to see what was happening. When it ended, I didn't even hesitate before watching the next episode. And the next one. And then I waited about ten minutes before getting up and watching a fourth one before I had to get distracted by Thursday night TV.
Speaking of which, I loved meeting April...can we please somehow kick out Sweets and replace him with his girlfriend? Because she was awesome in every way, from her fantastic hair to her love of fish to her adorable personality. Along with the fact that she realized she was too damn awesome to waste her time on someone stupid like Sweets.
And oh God, Hodgins & Zack were hilarious, between the King of the Lab over nothing and the former gritting his teeth through the latter's incessant accidental tool-dropping until he finally orders "Drop those. Drop them, I mean it." HEE. Irritated!Hodgins FTW. If you ever break up with Angela (I AM NOT BEING DOOM-PREDICTING!! *is getting increasingly paranoid about the finale*), feel free to marry me.
I feel slightly less bitter now that I've seen the deleted Hodgins/Angela scenes on YouTube - it's not perfect; it's dubbed in Spanish & subtitled, so the only good solution is to watch without sound and hear the characters' voices in your head, but at least they're THERE - but only slightly. (poor Hodgins. His expression is like a tire being punctured the first time she says no. But I liked learning that Angela's birthday is April 16th).
As you may have guessed by my numbering, I refuse to consider this part of season 3. That's OK, though. It was pretty good on its own, once I got past the whole GROSSEST BODY EVER, OMG! That's one of the few times I've actually gagged at a TV corpse. Thank God the sight was immediately counterbalanced by a cute black rat (it's cute because it looks so obviously like a domestic breed rather than an ugly rough-furred wild one) plus adorable pink rat babies. Boxed up in a rat motel. :D
This episode was also a delightfully refreshing reminder of when Hodgins was really cute. The theme song continues to taunt me with that on a regular basis (that being said, NEVER CHANGE. I need a mental image to cling to), so it was nice to see the facial hair and wild curls back in action. Also, the skull-encased-in-turkey-carcass experiment was one of the funniest they've ever done. (Maggots in Cam's personal blender...not so much)
Only, you know what I really didn't need? REMINDERS OF HODGINS/ANGELA'S OVERLY ACTIVE SEX LIFE. *scrubs vigorously at brain* Somehow, knowing there is security-DVD footage...WHICH ANGELA IS WATCHING IN RAPT ATTENTION...is almost worse than having to watch it take place.
Liked the case pretty well, but was horribly disappointed by the whodunnit. Not cool! Not to mention, I don't really see a jury sympathizing with a father who kills a guy just because he sees his daughter hooking up with him. No matter what she's doing, that's what we call "completely unwarranted overreaction" (to put it mildly).
The ending was nice, though. Poor Booth all hurt and defensive about his love for sports...and then from that to nice reminders that for all his stereotypical guy qualities, he's also one of the most upstanding and decent guys on television.
So, I have an addendum to make to the rule about how men holding babies exponentially increases said men's attractiveness quotient: if a female character is holding a baby not her own while in the presence of her current (or pending) love interest, the Cute factor goes through the roof. For example, Angela excitedly scooping up Baby Andy and fawning over him while Hodgins watches fondly. Bonus points if your female character then says something like "Get used to it. I want like a million of these," and causes fangirl hearts to spontaneously explode with squee.
The follow-up was a little bit odd, but let's just pretend the scene ends after "I admit, I only ever planned on 1 or 2...but if you want a million, I want a million too." Because I very much like the telltale musical motif that always makes sure you realize they're having a Heartwarming Moment. That, and I can't think of any two TV characters I would rather see have a family right now.
And of course, I got both parts of the equation between Booth being completely adorable with the little guy, and Bones going from completely inept to protective and close to competent by the end. All further discussion of this cuteness has been lost due to glaze-eyed joy/in favor of daydreaming AU scenarios. Dear Show: Thank you, a million times over, for showing exactly what Booth & Brennan would be like as parents, complete with an actual baby. I now have daydream fodder for approximately forever, which is amusing considering I am still not convinced I even ship them. I think maybe I like them being temporary baby guardians even more than the idea of actual parentage, come to think of it.
Oh, and is if all that wasn't completely amazing, there was a really good case, both compelling and touching, and the end result for Andy's future was fairy-tale-perfect. Plus it's always nice to see the woman formerly known as Grace Adler on my screen. In conclusion: YAY, EPISODE! Does it beat the Christmas one? You know, I'm not sure. But I think it might, in which case that makes it the best of the season.
Don't really have an opinion on Angela's refusal to testify. I certainly wouldn't favor sitting in jail over doing my job, and I don't think it was as noble and amazing as other people seem to...but then again, I was pretty much lost to all rational thought processes after Hodgins called her Angie. *curls up with Cute Bit*
Otherwise...ahahaha! Clark Edison is awesome, can he stay forever? I tire of Zack and his ugly hair and lack of whatever portion of the brain provides us with emotion. Even Bones has gradually become more human, but he remains in Robot Mode. So, you know, it was really satisfying when Clark was grinning all over the place with his red-dye trick of revelation and Zack was freaking out as much as a piece of humanoid machinery can freak. And, er, apparently Clark was in the season premiere, but my brain is a sieve and as such I do not remember him. My review says I almost liked him, though. (And that is why I write them. So I can cross-reference my own history.)
OK. On to #5 in the post-strike part of the season, which I'm pretty sure is the last good one before the Finale of Freaking Out, which I think I really need to see by today before my hair falls out from the stress of trying to guess what's happened to make the fandom explode. I've seen people call it heartbreaking, people quite pissed off, and people in denial, and been told not to get my hopes up in any way. This is all, you know, not encouraging.
V: You know, with all the time you've devoted to thinking about how freaked out and worried you are, you probably could have just watched the episode by now.
RS: Shut up.
*is gleeful* See, part of what I love about So You Think You Can Dance is that every single part of it is interesting, including these early rounds. Possibly it's because Cat Deely is about 1/16 as annoying as Ryan Seacrest (who is really only useful when engaged in lover's quarrels with Simon), or possibly it's because Nigel is just so much more entertaining because he's not bored of the whole business like Simon is, but probably it's because the ratio of good to bad dancers is much better than that of singers. That, and good singers are still pretty boring in 30-second samples a capella, whereas even brief dances are always compelling.
And even the bad ones, except for "Sex" (NOT to be confused with Sex-AAA, the now-deceased Mr. Eko on Lost) and the guys who show off their beer bellies, aren't nearly as painful on the eyes as bad singers are on the ears. And did I mention the good dances? Seriously, there is nothing better than watching the breakdancers show off their moves, although the lyrical leaps are pretty good, and the ballroom partners usually bring good stories. Plus, you know, this week we had Mia on the rotating third judge spot, and when she wasn't crying her eyes out over inspirational stories, she was being frickin' hilarious. *adores Mia*
PLUS, you know, we had Travis leading the choreography callback audition, so...always nice to see.
I am disappointed in the new theme song clips, though. No Pasha, unless I blinked and missed him, with most of the season 2 characters stripped out (*misses Dmitry's chest*), but they made sure to let us see Lacey shake her ass in her partner's face!
Of note...I do feel a bit sorry for Cat, the way she always has guys (*COUGH DOMINIC*) perving all over her. She maintains a very sunny professionalism throughout, but I'm sure there are times where she's just thinking "get the hell away from me."
In conclusion: excited for season 4! Let's go!