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  1. Fun interview. Juliet still looks gorgeous. LMAO that Adam's audition for Warren was doing an impression of (his idea of) Joss. I wonder if the IWTMLY auditions overlapped with the shooting of Crush, which was only the previous episode? Or did Juliet not meet Adam until Lessons, rather down the road? Warren and Tara don't actually meet in 5.15…but they're both in that party scene. I wonder if Adam and Amber made a connection that night, little knowing he'd be putting her out of a job the following year?
  2. Well, the good news is you know which day it will be on next year 🙂 Set your (mental) DVR.
  3. Yummy, as I wrote last year. So this year, I did NOT miss TCM's annual airing of 1776 (right now I have it paused right in the middle of "Waiting for the Chirp, Chirp, Chirp") and it's always a comfort to see, especially since they started airing the full version about a decade ago, including "Cool Conservative Men", the song sung by John Dickinson [Donald Madden] which was cut from the theatrical release at then-President Nixon's insistence. (Donald Madden is, as always, killing it in the dramatic scenes that survived Nixon's edit. He didn't even live to be 50. [Lung cancer. Don't smoke, kids.] Wow at that…and at my having reached an age where dying at 49 brings forth an "OMG, so young!" of sympathy for Madden, lol.) And I seem to find new things every time. For example, I've only just realized that in one of John Adams's fantasy duets with Abigail ("fantasy", since the whole point is how much he misses her when they're apart), his lyric about "and is my favorite lover's pillow still firm and fair?" does not refer to actual bedroom decorations but to…well, see above ^^ Dang, Hex, do try to keep up… (And "firm and fair", indeed!) Indeed, no offense to Virginia Vestoff as noted previously, but now I can't help but imagine MT in the part. Even if Michelle doesn't exactly sing, so much, exactly. Of course, this rather quickly declined to imagining Mr. Feeny being married to Dawn, to invoke one of William Daniels' other famous roles*. Which is probably going a bit far, even for fanfic. Although never say never. (I randomly searched for "Sweet Child O' Mine" on the ukulele last night. Found multiple versions. Huh. "Roundabout" was a bit diminished and unenthusiastic, I thought, but still.) Moving forward in the film and I'm glad to see that the parts with Ned Rutledge (John Cullum) opposing the anti-slavery provision on behalf of my not-so-new home, South Carolina**, have survived these censorious times. I was a bit worried they could have gotten the chop. Which would be a pity, because not only is Cullum excellent, but because I always enjoy "singing" along with him on "Molasses to Rum to Slaves [The Triangle Trade]", despite my complete lack of either the bass voice the song requires or, you know…talent. Piffle, I say! Piffle!*** Molasses to rum to slaves! 'Tisn't morals, 'tis money that saves! Shall we dance to the sound of the profitable pound In molasses…and rum…and slaves? *-You may recall, for example, that Daniels played Dustin Hoffman's father in The Graduate, despite being only 10 years older than Hoffman. Which means that Dusty's getting up there, too, as Daniels turned 93 earlier this year. But obviously better to turn 93 than not. (I was completely depressed by the recent deaths of Marvel Comics inking legend Joe Sinnott and Carl Reiner this past fortnight, even if I had to admit that 93 [Sinnott] and 98 [Reiner] qualified as decent runs. But if you've made 93, what's 94, I ask? Hang in there, Daniels!) **-I'd think I was fairly well-established in the Palmetto State by now, as it's almost two years. But apparently BestBuy thinks I'm still in California, as they shipped my latest packages to the Ghost of Hellmouths Past, despite having properly delivered to Carolina the previous five times. But apparently computer databanks never forget anything, regardless of how many times you update your info. (Moloch, is that you?) I barely stopped them from giving whomever's in my old apartment a surprising (and expensive) gift. In words of one syllable…Sheesh! ***-Overdriver Duo, the Brazilian pair shown above, has done several ukulele covers, but they disappointed me by choosing to do a bass-and-guitar version of AC/DC's "Back in Black". Not only because it's less-creative, not only because if you're going to do just one AC/DC tune it should obviously be The Happiest Song in Rock ("Highway to Hell") and not only because with Evandro (the guy) singing lead, we don't get to see Fabi's legs as they've wisely featured in the uke covers…but because Evandro sounds about as much like Brian Johnson as I sound like John Cullum. Did I say "sheesh", already?
  4. Well, I'm hardly a fan, of course. But she is a human being (again, some more) and Buffy did seem to make affirmative choices to protect her in both 7.05 and 7.06, so "matter-of-factly" grates a bit, IMO. Indeed, I grant you that I saw this episode once, seventeen-and-a-half years ago, but IIRC, "matter-of-factly" might be a little kind to the Buffster, here. I thought Sarah played it as if Buffy was disappointed that she couldn't agree with Willow's murderous suggestion. Perhaps Anya wasn't excited enough to play defense attorney last episode? Or do we think that Spike snitched about her "seduction" attempts at Xander's and Buffy's in "Girl, you are NOT hitting on my vampire!" mode?
  5. And, let's not forget, Buffy seems to consider this for a moment! Now, let's forget the part where Buffy is the Champion of Humanity and Defender of Innocents and all that. Let's ignore the part where, four episodes past, she couldn't bring herself to kill Anya (even though Anya had butchered an entire frat house) because Anya was her friend and "Lady Hacks-Away" wasn't willing to take that final step. Let's skip the part where three episodes ago, Buffy saved Anya from D'Hoffryn's assassins and moved her into her very own house because "I don't want to lose a friend". Let's look past how, just last episode, Buffy was focused on giving Spike every possible chance. No, let's just realize that a multiple-murderer is excited at possibly committing another murder, and she lives in the same house as your (allegedly) ultra-precious innocent baby sister! Oh, and the suggested target is that "strangely literal" Anya that Buffy has just gone to all that trouble to protect, twice, within the past month. And Buffy barely blinks an eye at the Psychotic Witch's murderous suggestions. "(matter-of-factly)", FFS. I mean, what's next? It would fit right in, wouldn't it? Murderers muttering about murder and Buffy can barely raise her voice to object. Is this our "new normal", now? Bloody hell, indeed.
  6. Er, Will…you "know" Spike because he was marching up and down the halls of SHS, declaring that he was going to kill you and Cordelia if he found you. And then you got to know him better when he assaulted you and kidnapped you and threatened to shove a bottle through your face. (And implied the possibility of rape, or so you thought. ["There will be no 'having' of any kind."]) You thought you and Xander were going to die, remember? (Which did lead to "imminent-death exception" smoochies, but still.) And then he tried to murder, vampirize, and possibly rape you, "performance" issues aside. Given that you eventually hit him with a lamp, probably not a fond reminisce there, either. Perhaps it's time to wonder what you're getting out of this "relationship", don't you think?
  7. Party City joins Hot Dog on a Stick as "companies that are only regional or sector-specific, so you weren't sure if they were real or fictional, but they're real". In fact, their stock is so cheap currently that I'm considering buying some. (Yeah, I buy stock now. I didn't, previously, because I didn't want to be the cause of some a-hole CEO sending jobs to Mexico because "I have a duty to the stockholders" and that sort of corporate evil garbage. But there were some obvious value plays when COVID crashed the market [I mean, people will drive again, eventually, so I figured Ford was worth more than $5 a share. And they had 7 months' worth of cash reserves, even if they didn't earn a single dollar, so I figured it was safe], so I at least stuck a toe in.) Obviously, hardly anybody's throwing parties right now and apparently there was a helium shortage (of all things) last year and apparently the company wasn't being terrifically managed if it fell from the $20/share highs of 2015 to the $7.50 or so it was trading at before the helium crisis sucked even more value out of the shares…but, presumably both COVID and the helium issue will eventually be resolved, so it should have some bounce-back down the road, IMO. Unless witches start teleporting goods without paying for them en masse, that is. Watch it, girls. I've got my eye on you. Don't hurt my money! [/Anya]
  8. So, I'm guessing that this means "Teen Health" class is a second-semester elective? I mean, if they'd been here since September, I think even Xander might have introduced himself to "Muffin" before this. Do we think Xander and Cordelia co-ordinated their schedules, so they would have class together? Or did they select their second-semester schedule at the start of the year, and this is just a coincidence? Checking out the script, I see that Lyle is described as "young and studly", where Tector is "large and graceless". I mean, no respect to Jeremy Ratchford, who looks better here than he would on Cold Case, but I think Marti thought they'd be dipping into the WB contract player pool again (Christopher Wiehl, Eion Bailey, Jason Behr, etc) and was surprised when casting went in a more obviously-villainous direction. Looks as though Anya, Jenny and Amy (yes, the casting ladies all had characters named after them) put the swerve on Marti here. Huh. Hmm, not a bad deleted line; I like that Giles wants Xander's thanks. (I'm not thrilled by the fractured syntax, though. You'd think Giles could manage an article there. ["A bit of both…"]) I see Marti does intend to give Angel a bit more awareness than Whedon/Greenwalt IMO let into the finished episode: Is Buffy's not being able to care and not having a choice about her just being So In Love with Angel? Or is it that she's still not over her death in Prophecy Girl and doesn't think it would be fair to try to plan a "real" romance with Xander (or whomever) when she knows her days are likely numbered? Non-spoiler, since the scene was cut: In Marti's next script, Giles tells Jenny (or would have told, had the scene survived) that "the Slayer rarely survives into the middle-20s". So even though Marti allegedly has never seen Season 1, she still might have gotten the "Buffy's not exactly making long-term plans" memo, I guess. (See also Marti's What's My Line, Part 1 script, where Buffy has zero interest in the Career Fair and gets so triggered by Willow's trying to get her to imagine future possibilities ["Do the words 'sealed in fate' ring a bell?"] that Xander has to intervene.) One more from the script: Aww, I like that one. In the script, Tector doesn't get eaten because he got curious and got too close to Momma Bezoar; he's completely a victim of circumstance, as Giles bops him on the head and he lands near Momma. I like Greenwalt giving him a bit more agency in the filmed version; I think it makes him a stronger character. It's also interesting that Tector calls Angel "Angelus"…and is the only character besides Spike to pronounce it as in "Los Angeles", where Darla and the Master both said "An-JEALOUS". I had a few theories on why the divide, but it's late and none of them were very good, anyway. So I'll leave this for the moment. Remember, don't get too close to one-eyed monsters! Or to a Bezoar, for that matter. [/cheap joke, albeit thematic]
  9. I don't really know if "other forums" qualify as "the media", but I couldn't think of a better alternative, so here this is. I read a variety of forums on a variety of topics, and one of them is not TV-focused at all, but they do allow off-topic threads, and recently somebody created one looking for suggestions of series that "never jumped the shark". Somebody nominated BtVS as such (while allowing that opinions vary on the UPN years) and, as I don't have posting privileges on that board, all I could do is roll my eyes so furiously that you probably heard it. (Sorry about that.) Fortunately, shortly afterwards, some other anonymous person said what IMO needed saying: Intriguing idea that Buffy's "General" speeches are meant as Joss railing against studio interference. Thoughts?
  10. Oh, there was a remake! I was going to say, VK would seem to have been a bit young for the Wolfgang Peterson/Jürgen Prochnow original. Gotcha.
  11. Pardon the return of the HIMYM digression, but I've just seen the description for the 2nd season episode First Time in New York, which I'd remembered as Ted trying to keep his younger sister (played by Erica Cahill, who somewhat resembles Eliza D) from losing her virginity on a visit to NYC. However, I'm wrong about that, since apparently it was Robin's younger sister who visited. (Robin and Ted date during Season 2, so the scenes were indeed mostly set at Ted's apartment, but for a reason different from what I remembered.) Which of course begs the question of what the hell happened to Robin's sister in later years, since she's completely unmentioned during Season 9 and Robin is treated as an only child? This is not only weird, since while Robin's sister is played by a young Lucy Hale (pre-Privileged, never mind PLL) and Lucy might have been too busy to guest again (although Ashley Benson eventually played Barney's half-sister…not that she was at the wedding, either…) it's not as if they can't recast; Robin's dad was originally played by Eric Braeden (Hans Gudegast, way back when) but Ray Wise handled the role in S8-9. But for a show that makes such a fetish of minor callbacks ("Last Forever, Part 1", which was episode 207 of 208, not only spent a large portion of its time on one last homage to The Slutty Pumpkin [1.06] but also included an excerpt from that bit of S1 greatness) to completely unwrite Robin's history and reconceptualize the character that way was just bizarre, I thought. Closer to home, I also finally saw Swarley (2.07), which I mentioned elsewhere was perhaps the only pre-strike episode I'd never seen and was a bit wary of, given both the plot line and the Tom Lenk guest shot. Well, I was half-right…Lenk (in a small role as a baristo) was just fine, but when the story makes you wish there was more Lenk, you know you're in trouble. I believe this is the worst humiliation of Morena Baccarin ever committed to film, since the "immortal" never-made episode of Fireflop where Inara gets gang-raped by pirates so that Mal can Learn an Important Lesson ("Slut-shaming is BAD!") was, after all, never made. But here we see Morena, as Marshall's new girlfriend (Marshall and Lily are broken up at this point), causing concern from Ted and Barney because they think she has "crazy eyes". Yes, according to the feminists who write this show, some women a. are just plain crazy AND b. you can tell this simply by looking at their eyes FFS, forget Lenk, did SPIKE write this episode? (I mean, Lenk is gay, and some gay men are misogynist, but I've never heard that said about TL, specifically.) So Marshall spends most of Act 1 acting like a jerk (because he believes Ted/Barney) and trying to spot the crazy in Morena's eyes, but just when he's about to get over it, she calls him up with a very strange story and he's convinced she's insane all over again! But hey, it turns out that Morena's story was true, and it was because Lily had a jealous reaction to Marshall having an new girlfriend and inadvertently terrified Morena. And Lily confesses this all to Marshall, and cries out of guilt— —and yes, it's another iteration of "Treat Alyson Hannigan's character like shit because we love to see Aly cry!", which was SO MUCH FUN on BtVS (and which is the reason for this entire rant, because I really wanted to mention how much I love Aly-abuse!* MFing sigh…)— —and Marshall is touched by this, and does the douchiest thing possible: Yes, Marshall was hurt by Lily going to San Francisco to take that art fellowship (and, ha-ha, we found out she wasn't even any good at art! Stupid Lily! Which of course makes zero sense, because then how did she get into the program in the first place? Blowjobs?) and he was in pain all summer (because it's not as if he could have gone to San Francisco on his own to try to reconcile with her! It's not as if there are over 30 flights a day from NYC! Literally a thousand flights a month, but poor Marshall was so abandoned by that horrible Lily, so now she has to suffer in order to get him back! Suffer, Lily, suffer!) but now he's taking her back once she's humiliated and crying and he gets to tell her how "crazy" she is. OMG, so sweet! Seriously, this shit makes me long for the days of Oz telling Willow she doesn't get a say in her relationship. It makes me pine for Tara singing about her "disgust", giving Willow an ultimatum (in the same conversation where she complains that Willow doesn't get to make decisions on her own because the relationship affects them both), cutting off all communication for 32 days (when Willow is battling an addiction, which is a medical issue), and hanging up on Willow's phone calls. At least they didn't only reconcile when Willow was broken and crying and they didn't patronizingly call her "crazy". Fuck you, Marshall Erickson. Fuck you long, fuck you hard. Oh, and the title of the episode refers to everyone in the cast deciding to be a complete asshole to Barney for literally zero reason. I know I claim the show turned to shit after the writer's strike (which is why the pre-strike episode titles are in italics and the post-strike ones are in quotes), but damn. There definitely were a few turds among the early diamonds, and this was probably the turdiest. Ugh. (Oh, and in the tag, even though we just got through finding out that Marshal had unfairly judged Morena, we find out that Morena really IS "crazy" after all. Because, hey, she's a once-off, we don't want anything to distract from the "touching" Marshall/Lily reconciliation, and heaven forfend the show undercut the episode's sexist bullshit even in the slightest. No wonder Morena has spent her life in Hollywood as either a figurative prostitute [Inara] or a literal one [fake marriage to the very gay Benjamin McKenzie to give cover for Ben's straight fans]. And once again, I go with "ugh". Ugh.) *—yes, Aly crying can be a beautiful thing, when it's motivated properly. (See Prophecy Girl, Passion, Consequences, "Bad News" and I'm sure I've missed some.) But beating up Willow or Lily because "the fans want waterworks, dammit!" works my last nerve. JMO.
  12. Well, the (primary) point of the Cruciamentum is to show the Slayer that she's capable enough through native skill, no powers or allies normally needed. Wouldn't have made much sense for a flying battalion of Slayerettes to come save her bacon (unlike, say, Killed by Death, where Xander and Willow each save her twice and even Cordelia chips in) and while a "you guys rock!" would always be appreciated, it would be a bit odd to see in an episode where Willow and Xander are barely seen (and Oz doesn't even resurface for the tag), Cordelia's helpful transportation and Giles's belated slayage aside. (I believe I not only shorted the G-Man out of his Blair kill here when I put up the slaying chart in the Xander thread, but also . Whoops and whoops again.) And, to be fair, Buffy thanked Xillow for both their physical support and contributing to her emotional survival just three episodes ago, in The Wish. (Where the entire point of the episode was that she needs them as much as they need her.) Considering that as of 3.09, it had been seven episodes since the previous time Buffy had showed gratitude towards Xander and six eps since she did likewise for Giles and Willow, I can't much complain about a three-episode pause as of now. But JMO.
  13. Well, Willow might have spilled the beans. Buffy and Dawn presumably met up with Xillow pretty quickly after the "tampon moment", and Will was feeling pretty vulnerable, obviously. She might have shared some details, pre-"Well, it's off to England so Giles can kill me" and all. That said, Xander's running the story into the ground and visibly boring the Summers Sisters is a bit surprising, I'll allow. (I wonder if Anya knows?)
  14. Heh, two Emmy™ awards to Joss's one. Who's the Superstar now, Whedon? (His hair seems to be headed the same way Joss's went, though. But still.) Congrats, You By the Dip!
  15. Y'all might have mentioned that Lenk was in Boogie Nights. I'm just saying. I mean, it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it part for "Thomas", but I was still "don't I know that guy?" until the end credits (because using the internet would be cheating, lol). Also Channon Roe (Jack O'Toole, The Zeppo), but that's a somewhat-well-remembered scene; Lenk barely pops his head up, by comparison. Since Roe's scene is about Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg) struggling to masturbate, should we count Channon's BtVS character name as a shout-out? (Remember, Boogie Nights was the year before.) Hmm. So long (pun?) since I'd seen that movie. Still great. The look of sadness on William H. Macy's face the first time he sees Dirk "perform" is perfect. And Alfred Molina in a Speedo™ is everything. ❤️ So, does this mean we can "link" Dirk's…uniqueness to the title character of One-Eyed Monster via Season Six, then? Seems rather appropriate, I suppose. (Are Lenk and Amber ever on-screen together? I don't think so…)
  16. [Screw it. I don't believe I'm anywhere near "the line" ("The line is a dot to me!" [/Joey Tribbiani]), but the events of last summer make me paranoid. So…redacted.]
  17. Ah, that's a promo for a repeat, then? So we get the WB calling the show "Buffy", instead of using the full title, much to my annoyance. And here I was thinking we'd be safe because that only started in S2…but the PG rerun was close enough to September, after all.
  18. Whoops. Hope Carey doesn't wear sunglasses while racing at night. Okay, one of Corey's Canadian #1s (and US Top 40s) was a remake of "Can't Help Falling in Love with You", which was originally a hit for Elvis Presley, who was in Change of Habit with Mary Tyler Moore, who was in Ordinary People with Timothy Hutton (but we've done him) and Donald Sutherland, who was Dirty Sexy Money with Peter Krause, who was on Six Feet Under with Michelle Trachtenberg. Fixed! (And we had too many Sarah Gilbert connections anyhow, I suppose. [Even if I did connect SG to a different cast-mate each time.] And the only woman we know for sure that Pink has dated is Kristanna Loken from Terminator 3. She and Linda Perry might be nothing more than very close friends, which they remain to this day. So this is an improvement, perhaps.)
  19. John "Bonzo" Bonham was the drummer for Led Zeppelin, which featured guitarist Jimmy Page, who had been in The Yardbirds with Keith Relf (vocals) and Chris Dreja (bass), who were part of the original lineup where the guitarist was Eric Clapton, who was in Tommy with Oliver Reed, who was in three Musketeers films with Christopher Lee (how is Lee in Return of the Musketeers [based Dumas's sequel, Twenty Years After]? A flashback? Rochefort got better? An equally-evil twin?), who was in multiple Lord of the Rings films with Ian McKellen, who was in Gods and Monsters with Jack Plotnick and Todd "Tom Warner" Babcock. (You have no idea how hard it was not to take a detour to Faye Dunaway here; her Milady de Winter is one of my feminist icons. The poignant climax of The Four Musketeers is my original Jenny Calendar moment; I can hardly think of it without a lump in my throat. I tried to watch the 2011 Logan Lerman version recently [not understanding it's meant to be in 3-D, which explains some of visual issues] and their apparently thinking they were remaking The Fifth Element instead, with Milla Jovovich as a ridiculous Milady, made me turn it off before I even got to the airships.) (No, I'm not kidding about that. Airships. I'm sure it was awesome.) Tom Berenger was in The Big Chill as one of the horrible assholes you can hardly blame Kevin Costner for committing suicide in order to get away from (all of Costner's scenes were cut, probably a mistake, but you can still recognize him by his hands when you see his corpse in the casket during the opening credits sequence) and Costner was in The Untouchables as mentioned above, but more importantly was in Man of Steel with Cousin Beth, Amy Adams. Chris Elliott, son of Bob and father of Abby, was recurring on How I Met Your Mother, as the father of Alyson Hannigan's Lily. (Abby was also on the show, as Ted's last girlfriend, Jeanette. It was a ridiculous character, but one of the few good episodes of the later seasons was built around her, and so was a great moment in an awful episode. OTOH, there's a completely-execrable episode devoted to trying to whitewash and fluff Chris's character. Ironically enough, that episode ["Nannies"] comes directly after the episode ["The Pre-Nup"] that made me stop watching the show in real time and only finish up seven years after the fact. So I was right to quit when I did, because if I'd soldiered on after "The Pre-Nup", I would have only lasted one additional week, anyhow.) Jim Craig was, essentially, the Joe Namath of hockey, goaltending on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team that pulled the famous upset of the Soviet Union and then beat Finland for the gold medal. In the TV-movie Miracle on Ice, Craig was played by Steve Guttenberg, who was in Diner with Paul Reiser, who was in Bye Bye Love with Eliza Dushku. Corey Hart, who wears his sunglasses at night, is not in fact a one-hit wonder…he's had no fewer than nine Top 40 singles, including one ("Never Surrender") that out-charted "Sunglasses at Night", reaching #3 as opposed to #7. But still. He's married to Pink, who apparently used to date Linda Perry, who is married to Sarah Gilbert, who was on Roseanne with Sarah Chalke, who spent a year on How I Met Your Mother with Alyson. Lea Thompson (whom I've met, and who is a sweetheart, btw) starred in Caroline in the City, where Willie Garson guest-starred. (But not apparently as the character I remember, when Caroline had to deal with an obnoxious doctor who eventually hit on her, and when rebuffed, snitted that she'd be lucky to have him, because "I'm the Anthony Edwards type!" A line which made me laugh, thinking how true it must be that the success of "Dr. Greene" on E.R. had a bunch of mediocre balding M.D.s convinced they were sex symbols. But apparently that wasn't Willie. Huh. I guess whoever played that doctor was "the Willie Garson type" as well.) Brooke Shields, who got a shoutout in Go Fish, was in Pretty Baby with Susan Sarandon (who was in Bull Durham with Kevin Costner and The Hunger with David Bowie, but we've done them, so let's take the long way around…) who was in The Rocky Horror Picture Show with Charles Gray, who was in Diamonds Are Forever with Bruce Cabot, who was in King Kong (1933) with Fay Wray, who was in Gideon's Trumpet with Nicholas Pryor, who was in Less Than Zero with Lisanne Falk, who was in Heathers with Shannen Doherty, who was on Beverly Hills 90210 with a number of people who were still on the show two seasons after Shannen left, in Season 6 when Emma Caulfield was recurring. Phil Keoghan hosts The Amazing Race, which one season was won by Jessica Graf (<----------- pictured, above) and her now-husband, Cody Nickson, who met on Big Brother, which is hosted by Julie Chen, who was on The Talk with Sarah Gilbert, who is on The Conners with Laurie Metcalf, who was in Scream 2 with SMG. And others, but let's save some for next year, shall we? See you in 365!
  20. No problem; let's do more! Clint Eastwood, whose name is an anagram of "Old West Action", starred in In the Line of Fire, where the villain was an Academy Award-nominated John Malkovich, who was in Places in the Heart, for which Lindsay Crouse got her (unsuccessful) Oscar nomination. Denholm Elliott was in Raiders of the Lost Ark with Harrison Ford (yada yada, several links to Martin Landau, see above), but also Trading Places with Dan Aykroyd, who was in Spies Like Us with Chevy Chase, who was in Funny Farm with a creepy young Sarah Michelle Gellar. Sharon "Chris Cagney" Gless was a regular on Switch, with Robert Wagner, who was in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (and sequels) with Seth Green. Super Bowl hero Joe Namath later tried his hand as a sitcom star in The Waverly Wonders (think The White Shadow with Namath in the Ken Howard role, fewer racial issues, and a girl on the team) with Kim Lankford, who was in the straight-to-HBO Night of the Running Man with Todd Susman, who was the villain in the Angel episode "Guise Will Be Guise" (Virginia's dad) with David/Charisma/Alexis. Famed German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's œuvre includes Satan's Brew (1978), which featured Ingrid Caven, who was in the Dakota Johnson remake of Suspiria, which included the star of the original, Jessica Harper, who was in my favorite Brian de Palma film, Phantom of the Paradise, with a wonderful turn by Paul Williams, who got his start in The Loved One, which starred Robert Morse, who was on Mad Men with Vincent Kartheiser, whom Alyson Hannigan snarked on in her final Angel guest spot. More later, likely.
  21. 5/31 crew: Prince Rainier III of Monaco was famously wed to Grace Kelly, who starred in High Noon, whose theme song was sung by Tex Ritter, father of John. Menahem Golan, Israeli schlockmeister, numbered amongst his "classics" Deadly Heroes, featuring Billy Drago, who was much-beloved as Barbas, the Fear Demon on Charmed, but probably best-known as Frank Nitti in The Untouchables, where he, uh, made an impression on Oscar Wallace, played by Charles Martin Smith, the director of Welcome to the Hellmouth. The RMS Titanic was launched from Belfast on May 31, 1911. (Hey, it had 10 good months, right?). Titanic featured David Warner as an evil valet, and Warner was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with Kim Cattrall, who was on Sex and the City with Chris Noth, who was on The Good Wife with Matt Czuchry, who made it through the pilot episode of Jake 2.0 as the best friend of title character Christopher "James Stanley" Gorham…before new show runner David Greenwalt took over with episode 2, decided Gorham didn't need a best friend, and sent Czuchry's character to Alaska, off-screen, never to be seen again. Or we could connect Star Trek VI: Enough with the Shakespeare Quotes! to IOHEFY by noting the cameo of Iman (who also had an off-screen one-nighter with Chris Noth's Mike Logan in an episode of Law & Order, but I digress…), who later married David Bowie, who had been in Legend with Mia Sara, who was in Ferris Bueller's Day Off with Alan Ruck, who was in Speed with Keanu Reeves, who was in at least one of those awful John Wick movies with Ian MacShayne, who of course was on Deadwood with our own John "George the Janitor" Hawkes Or we could mention that Warner was in Time After Time, playing Jack the Ripper to Malcolm McDowell's H.G.Wells, and that McDowell had been in A Clockwork Orange (infamous Fringedwellers quote about Spike, wrt the Sodding™ Chip: "Oh, no! They've chocolate-oranged him!"), where McDowell is, ahem, unkind whilst singing "Singin' in the Rain", which was of course from Singin' in the Rain, starring Debbie Reynolds, grandmother to Billie Lourd, who was in Scream Queens with Lea Michele, who was on Glee with Dianna Agron, who was in Bare where there's…a certain scene with Dianna and Paz de la Huerta in a car that rather explains how Dianna was the subject of All Those Songs by Taylor Swift (when TS sings "I'll do anything you want, if you say it with your hands" in "Treacherous", she's not praising Dianna's facility with American Sign Language, I don't think…) and Taylor was in The Hannah Montana Movie with Miley Cyrus, who in 2011 made a trip to the North Carolina filming of The Hunger Games to see future husband Liam Hemsworth, but (allegedly, but alleged in print) spent some time getting…close to star Jennifer Lawrence, who of course had just been in Winter's Bone with that same Academy Award-nominated John Hawkes. (What, you don't like random lesbian hook-up rumors as connections? Fine, Miley was in LOL with Demi Moore, who got her start on General Hospital playing sister to Janine Turner, who was in Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone, who was in Creed with Michael B. Jordan, who was in Fantastic Four but not the Fantastic Four movies that starred Jessica Alba, who was in Idle Hands with Seth Green. Happy now?) (What, you don't want ANY salacious rumors? FINE. Billie Lourd was in Billionaire Boys Club with Ansel Elgort, who is not actually the same person as Miles Teller but was in Insurgent with him, and Teller was in Fantastic Four with Michael B. Jordan…and that's still the wrong Fantastic Four flick, so…oh, hell, back all the way up… …the missing link between Debbie Reynolds and Billie Lourd is of course Carrie Fisher, who was in four Star Wars movies with Harrison Ford, who was in The Conversation with Cindy Williams [the title refers to surveillance expert Gene Hackman eavesdropping on Ford and Williams's oblique dialogue], who was the other half of Laverne & Shirley with Penny Marshall, who was on The Odd Couple with Tony Randall, who was in Pillow Talk with Rock Hudson, who was in Giant with Elizabeth Taylor, who was in Cleopatra with Martin Landau, father of Juliet. There you go! Sheesh!) (I suppose I could have saved a lot of trouble just by noting that Sex and the City also featured Willie "Fear is for the Weak" Garson, huh? Oh, well…) Ahem. Jim Hutton was the father of Timothy, who co-starred in Leverage with Aldis "Kid in a Demon Mask" Hodge. (And Christian Kane.) Or you could point out that Jim was in Walk, Don't Run with Cary Grant, who was in North by Northwest having a very rough time with that same Martin Landau…but if you disdain Jim/Timothy Hutton as only a parental link, you won't like Martin/Juliet either, so…North by Northwest also features Eva Marie Saint, who was recurring on Moonlighting, as was Curtis Armstrong, who was in Revenge of the Nerds with Anthony Edwards, who was on E.R. with guest stars such as Chad Lindberg and Clea DuVall (who played a couple). (Or, if you don't like guest stars, either, E.R. also starred Julianna Margulies, who starred in The Good Wife with Matt Czuchry, who was on Gilmore Girls with Danny Strong, okay?) More later; I have to de-bug this "dread machine". Oh, and Happy Birthday!
  22. Well, there's precious little point in wasting time and resources trying to kill Willow and Xander if Buffy isn't going be around to feel the effects of their deaths. There's hardly any need to split focus and effort that way, I'd say. Remember, this is personal for Angel; it wasn't Giles who made Angel "feel like a real human being". (Except in some of the more-obscure fanfic, I suppose. But, still.)
  23. Additionally, having already left Buffy an emotional wreck at his apartment, there's no reason that Angel shouldn't move on to devastating Buffy by killing her friends. ("It's not the kind of message you send", etc.) It's not as if he knew that Jenny was Rom and had been watching for this and had an uncle with a direct line to the Elder Woman and was getting early alerts about his reversion, much less that she would be taking to prowling the SHS halls with a big ol' cross (which Xander made good use of). Undercover Jana FTW! I grant you that he recovered well enough from her making him accelerate his plans 😢 , but I can't really blame him for being taken by surprise, here. Yes, he could have kept going at the "kill her friends and family" tactic, but once Buffy failed to wilt as he hoped and instead burnt down his home, he moved on to the "just kill Buffy, already" part of the plan (Killed by Death, IOHEFY). And once the mutual possession made him feel all soulful and ook-y, he regrouped for a bit, and then had the Aurelian Dream (ending the world) dropped in his lap, and IMO naturally went for the bigger game, rather than keeping all "Buffy-whipped". Yes, Angel's motivations change as time goes on, but I don't find anything that strains credibility. But JMO.
  24. And the bolded adjective is how I know "sister-in-law" means "wife's sister" rather than "brother's wife". 😉 Thank you. You've a celebration of your own on Sunday, IIRC. Should I see about Buffering various members of the 5/31 crew?
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