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Reason #325 that Numb3rs is awesome: its star writes a thank-you letter to its main fan site.  Favorite bit:

"It is important that you know that we have enjoyed our relationship with you, as much as you've enjoyed your relationship with us.  Which is why, despite contrary requests, we were diligent in providing you, our fans, with a season/series ender that would hopefully satisfy your desires and provide you with a sense of closure. As a fan of television myself, it burns me when a show I love is abruptly yanked off the air without any resolution to its story lines. We all felt that you deserved better."
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The Office: New Leads
I wasn't all that enthused by the episode, but nothing very little in it made me angry or grossed me out, so that's always a huge plus.  I imagine it will probably repeat well and get better with age, if only because everybody got a share of screen time - EVEN TOBY!! - and I always forget that while individually many of these characters are stupid wastes of screen time, as a collective ensemble they can be a force of legitimate comedy.

In no actual order, thoughts:

1.
Michael: Stop sexting Pam, I'm trying to congratulate you.
Jim: This is actually a big potential sale, so...
Michael: You writing your memoirs over there?
Jim: You writing your name over there? 
[Me: *SNERT*]
Michael: Well, it's a pretty big check.
Jim: That's good.  You know, with the kid.

--See?  See how incredibly little it takes to make me happy?  I am glad some people up there finally got the formula right. 

2. How is it that Jim and Kelly only interact when they're squabbling?  NOT COOL, SHOW.  Don't think I won't wayward-ship a love/hate relationship just as hard as my apparent AU in which they're friends.

3. Speaking of which, adored Ryan & Kelly fighting over what to watch on TV.  As though it is a surprise to Ryan that Kelly would be invested in watching a reality show on E!  Can't they compromise and watch "The Girls Next Door"? 

But Stanley sitting in the middle, smiling and playing them against each other while they hand him lead cards in turn - that was wickedly inspired.  Is he some sort of secret genius?  

4. Watching Angela regain all her former cold-hearted, condescending, reveling-in-power ladyship over Phyllis = MY HEART SANG WITH TRIUMPH!  "Fill these out.  All of them.  And when you're done, you can watch me shred them." 

5. JIM/PAM.  I'm sorry, I'm still in such giddy joy that she can exist as a voice on the phone for 30 seconds plus a couple of direct references, and still be the best part of an episode/a deciding factor in my positive mood.   I have played that conversation about 4200 times (or slightly less), smiling stupidly the whole way, since they somehow condensed everything that makes me happy about them into half a dozen lines.  Which I will just quote here for my future enjoyment.
 
Pam: Hey, baby, what's up? [sidebar: I love how tired she sounds.  Score one more for realism.]
Jim: I am currently reading incoherent riddles on blue index cards to find vital information that Michael has hidden all over the office.  How are you?
Pam: Nothing but vomit and diapers over here.
Jim: Oh my God, I couldn't envy you more.
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Jim: How about this one - "When arrogant salesmen are mean to my face, a certain manager will go to his moppy place."
Pam: He means his "mopey place." It's under that street lamp that he thinks was in Casablanca.
Jim: I love you.


Awwww, Pam is so adorable with her intricate knowledge of Michael's idiosyncrasies.  I think I said "I love you" before Jim did.

6. "Having a baby is as exhausting as they say it is.  Having two babies...that's just unfair."  Clearly not too exhausting to make witty remarks to the camera, though!  Which I appreciate.

7. "Tthe prankster is getting pranked, haha!"  "It involves you too."  "@$(*!&$(*#&$#$!"  (okay, the swearing isn't actually in there, but I think it's implied by Dwight's face)

8. Kevin watches Ghost Whisperer?  That's a sign, internet.  Join me in a place of phantom horsemen and real haunted houses and the best antique store you have ever seen.  Trust me on this!  I used to hate that show more than I used to hate this one, but I converted and  you can too.

9. Also, NBC show, why are you plugging a CBS series?  Which is totally awesome, I mean, not gonna argue it, but if you need to plug a Friday night CBS show, don't you think it should be NUMB3RS, on account of it being a wonderful piece of joy with an OTP almost more perfect than Jim and Pam?  I DO. 

(There's also a statement I want to make here about the hilarity of NBC's former property "Medium" now being paired up with GW in a beneficial manner, but I can't quite find it.)

10. Back to point #2 --

Jim: Hey, who wants to see cute baby pictures?
Kelly: Don't use your cute baby to make us like you.
Jim: She's wearing a onesie.

*squealing noises*  On a related note, the baby blog has gradually gotten less excruciating (or I developed a tolerance), and now I actually love checking in every week to see if it's updated with something cute.  Quite the innovative way to give me my family fix without having to specifically work Cecelia into the show.

11. Incidentally, I can be bought off with gourmet cookies and pastries too.  Just FYI.  Any time.

12. When I say the episode was generally pretty good, I mean it was good for the first 2/3 and then it devolved into Michael and Dwight throwing garbage at each other in a CGI dump. 

13. Plus, the tag -- ew.  Ew.  EWWWW.  God, I haven't seen anything that gross since...well, the last time Andy kissed someone.

14. I forgot what else I was going to say; mesmerized by the atrocity of Andy's red pants.  WHAT IS THAT.  WHO WEARS THAT?  Especially when the rest of his outfit turns into a walking lesson on primary colors? 

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Totally unrelated: the more I see of My Name Is Earl, the angrier I get that NBC kicked it off while preserving the likes of friggin' Parks and Recreation.  Which I have also seen a fair amount of, one way or another, so I have all kinds of justification for how terrible I know it to be. "Earl" has me LOL-ing all over the place; P&R involves me sitting there with a piercing death glare over how much I hate everyone.  Ugh, even 30 Rock can occasionally make me crack a smile, and there's certainly no love lost there either. 

Hey, let's turn this into an unofficial round of Why I Don't Watch Your Show!  It's been a long time since I've done that.  Possibly only once, and I didn't take reader input at the time.  This time, write in.  Here, I'll put it in italics to make it an official-looking meme:

Leave a comment listing up to 5 of your shows that I don't watch, and I'll explain why it's not on my radar.  (Or, if you get lucky, I might surprise you and agree to give it a chance.)

The truth might hurt, my friends.  But it will entertain me, which is what counts.  [Edit: The only one you're not allowed to ask about is Supernatural, as I think we've covered that territory pretty well.]

Comments

afteriwake
Mar. 19th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
Aww, that's so awesome that David wrote that letter!

As for the meme, let's see...

1 - Bleach
2 - Eureka
3 - Castle

I'd list more but I basically stopped watching TV myself this season, and only follow three shows (Castle, Eureka and Criminal Minds...which, if you don't watch that, add it to the list).
rainbowstevie
Mar. 20th, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I keep rereading it and feeling happy all over again. They're going out with so much class, I'm almost glad they ended in March rather than getting lost in May sweeps/upfronts madness.

And I'll answer the fandom stuff in a subsequent post. :)

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