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What the Kids are Up To: Autumn in New York

Gossip Girl


This week's Gossip Girl was somewhat less thrilling that the premiere, despite plenty of dramatic twists and turns. Nate’s mom looks a lot like Nate’s secret girlfriend, which made this blogger say: Ew. Twist! Nate’s secret girlfriend is Blair’s British boyfriend’s step mom! This blogger says: Double ew. Also, I liked the whole "my ex is dating my (step) mother" think the first time I saw it on a little classic called the O.C. Ok, so maybe it isn't exactly the same--Blair's new boyfriend's step mom is dating her ex boyfriend, wheras Marissa's mom dated her ex boyfriend. So really, The O.C. was just a more shocking version of this silly secret affair. Still, the Gossip Girl cast really knows how to do things in style, and of course, all secrets came out at a fantastic party.

One thing that REALLY annoyed me this episode had to be the Dan and Serena thing. Dan and Serena are OBVIOUSLY back together (the episode began with them waking up together on the beach, her in her bra, for crying out loud), but they aren’t really “back together,” just so that they could create some tension. And then they couldn’t stand the tension anymore and hooked up in the bathroom on the bus.Then, after that, they decided again that they shouldn't "be together" but we'll see how this all pans out...my money's on them getting back together.

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At any rate, the episode seemed somewhat weak, but maybe that's just because I was watching it while scrapbooking. As I type that sentence I realize just how inappropriate it is for me to watch a teenage drama.

One interesteing thing: if you purchase Gossip Girl on DVD then you get a free download of the bestselling book

read by Christina Ricci. What??

What I can assume about the average teenager: They are often dating older women, and those older women are often mothers of other people their age and probably in their social circle. So, watch out, parents! Or...watch out, young boys? I can also infer that while young boys have sexual affairs with middle aged women, young girls cannot have affairs with middle aged men, because that would be less exciting and more just creepy.

America's Next Top Model


This week we find out that Hannah is a racist. Sort of. She began by pushing Iris when Iris got in her personal space (this push was shown again and again in slow motion...wonderful) and then went on to call herself "the whitest white girl" because, in her own words: “I don’t really like that music…I don’t like people coming into a room and saying ‘Hey!’ and all that.” She was very hurt when other models told her that some people might take what she said "offensively" and she started crying when Brittany and Sheena told her that there is not way to act “black.” This just in: Hannah cries a lot.

Hannah might be completely naive, but she's still much better than Nikeysha, who begins challenges by saying things to the designer like “if I pee on myself this is for you, because I so need to go to the bathroom.” Sheena didn't make such a great impression on the designer, either, after shoving a purse in her crotch. Said the designer: That’s not showing “respect for the product.”

My favorite scene of the evening came when the models suddenly realized that what Hannah was doing was called “discrimination” “that’s what she’s doing! She’s discriminating” so they decided to attack the problem head-on by asking her if she was prejudice or racist. She said “no.” then she cried again. In tears she told the camera “I can’t believe they’re referring to me as a racist…wow…that’s just really not nice.” She also called their confrontation “gang violence.” Okay, Hannah…maybe you ARE a racist.

Ultimately, Isis and Nikeshya were in the bottom two, and Nikeshya was sent home. I was sort of glad, because she was annoying.

What I can assume about the average teenager/young adult (since most of the models are 18 and 19 years old this time around): Young people are idiots. And they cry constantly.

I look forward to the makeover episode next week!!

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  1. Blogger Sean | 12:07 AM |  

    isis goes from super great to bottom two? that's a big drop.

    this season is totally unpredictable!!!

  2. Blogger chris | 10:14 AM |  

    Madchen Amick is yummy! I love that she's on GG this season! TWIN PEAKS NOSTALGIA!

    How did she stay so attractive without looking like a plastic surgery hackjob?

  3. Blogger Brigitte | 10:49 AM |  

    well, chris, as Blair said, her work is flawless (meaning her plastic surgery).

  4. Blogger qualler | 10:57 AM |  

    Does anybody think Blair's too adorable to be as supposedly evil as she is? And does anybody else think Serena's become a total horseface this season?

    Marjorie is also adorable on ANTM! She's like Amelie combined with Woody Allen. Everything she did was so labored and neurotic. Sean, I'm glad you're on-board with watching this religiously -- I don't feel like as much of a loser / girl!

  5. Blogger Lady Amy | 11:12 AM |  

    Right on - totally horseface and also, has her speech gotten more and more swallowed? I don't know what it is about her character when there isn't like super over-the-top drama going on with her, but I don't like it.

    How come GG hasn't dealt with racism yet?

  6. Blogger Brigitte | 12:22 PM |  

    That's a good question, Lady Amy. Probably because racism doesn't exist in such wealthy circles.

  7. Blogger Sean | 12:50 PM |  

    mark, i only watched last week. this week i was too busy watching the last two eps of g-kill with the doktor.

    those writer dudes need new ways to end their seasons. playing a pop song and showing shots of all the characters is TIRED.

  8. Blogger chris | 1:19 PM |  

    But they figure out a new way to do it every time! I thought it was perfect for GK because you got to see how long they could take watching the video footage before walking away, and then Trombley the only one left there at the end? Perfect I say. And I grew ambivalent about the miniseries toward the middle of it. But it picked right back up and ended perfectly I thought.

  9. Blogger Sean | 1:22 PM |  

    disagree, the whole slow walking away think was trite. as soon as one person walked off it was like "oh great, now they're all going to slowly walk away and this probably means something"

    i for one am tired of shows that try to mean something in such a superficial manner. although i've only seen a few shows on hbo, i would say hbo programs are the main offenders in this department. and it gets emmy nominations. booooooo

  10. Blogger Sean | 1:22 PM |  

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  11. Blogger DoktorPeace | 1:33 PM |  

    Even though we didn't discuss it last night, I actually agree with Sean about the ending of Generation Kill. Once they committed to it, I feel like they did it ok with the song and Trombley being last and taking his gun. But it felt too separate from the reality of the rest of the series. And as I think as I type, I don't really believe everyone would walk away slowly like that.

    I don't know. Just pick a nice cityscape to end on or something. Maybe one of Miami, with the journalist returning home to democracy and las chicas in bikinis.

  12. Blogger Sean | 1:36 PM |  

    Yeah, that would be awesome. Or maybe some voice-over narration. "oh, man, the war was over, but the battle had begun. had we really made a difference down there? in all that madness? only time will tell. one thing i know for sure: i will never forget those guys and that one summer we all thought we could take on the world"

    cue teen-rock soundtrack.

  13. Blogger chris | 1:48 PM |  

    Maybe I'm just a sucker for meta-stuff, but the fact that the whole scene was shaming the viewer for being a voyeur of the carnage of war (I thought of the Doktor's "peace good BOOM" post from a while back) really resonated with me.

    The videographer refused to leave out even the terrible parts (you could hear soldiers say off-camera throughout the series "why are you filming this?" as if the actors were talking to the filmmakers) in his final edit to show the complete picture of it all. Everyone was pumped because they assumed he'd only leave in the fun parts, the parts they wanted to remember.

    And the act of watching a home video is to reflect on the good, never the bad, but in doing so, they were finally able to leave their friends and the war even though that had become the only thing they ever knew - also for many of them, the only place they ever felt needed or like they had a function in life.

    But really I like bikinis and teen rock better too, so I concede.

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