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TV To-Do List: Unfinished Business

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Oh, woe is summer TV!  All of our favorites are on hiatus, but we live in a Netflix world.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a long list of To-Watch TV, specifically shows I’ve started, really like, and never got the opportunity to finish.  I thought I’d share it with you in case you need any suggestions to keep you busy this summer.  I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t finished some of these… but, here goes, in no particular order:

1. Dexter

I’ve just got the last season of Dexter to go, but from what I’ve heard from friends, I’m in no rush to watch it.  Still, I loved Dexter so far, and I feel like I need to see it through.  I might want to rewatch the whole series before launching into the final season, which could make this a longer project.

2. House

Now this one I’m really embarrassed about, since House is one of my absolute favorite shows of all time.  I feel like a fraud even saying that, having not seen the whole series!  (That might just be me being OCD though.)  I was watching happily in the days of Huddy in season 7, and I own the first 6 seasons on DVD.  My college job interfered with season 7, so I lost track before the end of the season.  Knowing what happened, because I was on tumblr then, I avoided finishing season 7 or, worse, watching a season without Cuddy.  It’s a must-do, though, especially now that it’s on Netflix.

3. Sherlock

I know a new season hit Netflix rather recently, but before that I was up to date with this one.  The problem: the long episodes kind of gave me trouble.  I’m used to a shorter format and I didn’t really pay attention.  I do other things while I watch TV a lot, and it’s not a problem to rewatch a half hour show.  With Sherlock, I plowed through.  I really need to go back and give this series the attention is deserves.

4. Pretty Little Liars

Oh gosh, this kills me because I know the new season is actually on now, and I’m actually missing all the fun and the making-fun of Aria’s outfits.  Now that the most recent finished season is on Netflix, I should be able to catch up.  I had watched part of it live, but I’m terrible with current TV if I haven’t made that clear enough.  I should catch up before I get too behind again!

5. Breaking Bad

I must have like, 5 episodes left since Netflix added half of the last season, then the latter half later.  It’s ridiculous that I haven’t finished this yet.  Maybe I just don’t want it to end.  I think the mood just hasn’t been right.  I usually watch TV before I go to bed, and with work so busy, I want something mindless.  That’s probably the reason that all of these shows remain unfinished.  I’ve got to knock this one out before the summer is over!

Okay, now you know my dirty secrets… I’ve got a lot of unfinished business on Netflix!

Keep streaming, my friends!

 

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Hell’s Kitchen Recap: 15 Chefs Compete

The blue team has lost a lot of dead weight. The red team has been on a roll, but they are far from perfect. There’s dead weight on this team as well. I knew tides would have to turn so Red could become leaner and meaner.

A very emotional Beth complains that being from Louisiana means that no men will let her work in restaurants. Is that a thing? Women can’t be chefs in Louisiana? I highly doubt that.

Chef Ramsay noted that no one was emerging as a leader. He instructs each team to elect a captain for the night’s dinner service. On the red team, Melanie steps up as captain. As my early favorite, I’m both glad and a little nervous, knowing that if the red team went down, she’d be accountable. The blue team selects Anton, much to my chagrin; I can’t stand the way this guy yells!

We go straight into dinner service. Melanie is leading her team from the fish station, while Anton has decided to be a “floater,” which basically means he micromanages then takes credit for everyone’s work.

It’s an exciting night in Hell’s Kitchen because there will be chef’s tables in the kitchen. Red hosts Elizabeth Perkins from Weeds. Blue hosts my favorite Halliwell sister and the hottest mom in Rosewood, Holly Marie Combs! JP seems to enjoy Holly as much as I do.

Holly is a genuine joy!  She seems to really have fun with the Hell's Kitchen experience and the drama that comes along with it. Her on screen tag reads PLL and I love me a good Ella Montgomery, but she will always be Piper Halliwell to me!  I have logistical problems believing she could be Lucy Hale's mother.  Maybe I'm just getting old.

Holly is a genuine joy! She seems to really have fun with the Hell’s Kitchen experience and the drama that comes along with it. (Though her on screen tag reads PLL, she will always be Piper Halliwell to me! I have logistical problems believing she could be Lucy Hale’s mother. Maybe I’m just getting old.) 

Dinner service is shaky at best. Melanie’s command of the fish station is lacking. Blue delivers food to the chef’s table without bringing them by the pass for Ramsay to okay. The result is Holly’s companion getting undercooked scallops— not a great move. At the end of the night, I think Red had more problems. Chef Ramsay agrees, as the blue team won dinner service.

Surprisingly, Melanie does not get put up for elimination. Her leadership qualities remain unproven, and the failure does indeed fall on her shoulders. I think she is one of the strongest chefs there, so I’m glad she’s safe.

Instead, Red puts up Beth, the obvious choice, and Sandra, a confusing choice to me. Beth has been mentally absent like, every service. I kind of like Sandra. She’s made mistakes, yes, but who hasn’t? Seems like the read team wants her gone, though.

Rams rightly sends Beth home, citing that he can’t see her leading a kitchen.

“Beth thinks that the reason she hasn’t advanced in the culinary industry is the fact that she’s a woman in the south. I think it’s because she can’t cook.”