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Links For A New World [08]

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Well, it’s been a solid 2 months since I’ve gathered links for you.  February and March were tough here in Boston, alright?

But anyway, links!

  • Majora’s Mask | This is my favorite Legend of Zelda game and one of my favorite games ever.  I didn’t put up enough fanfare about the 3DS release on this blog and I’ve literally been saving this fantastic article since it came out.  Play this game, you guys.  Especially since you’ll be waiting a while for a new one…
  • The Office | It’s been 10 years since the American version of The Office premiered.  Angela Kinsey did an awesome instagram takeover in celebration and I had so many emotions.  I love this show and this history of the Diversity Day episode really highlights what made it special.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer | You must know by now that BtVS is my number one.  My cousin Nick sent me this article entitled Every Argument about Buffy on the Internet from 1998 until Now and I just loved it.  Had to share!
  • Narragansett | I have a lot to say about Rhode Island neighbor of mine– mostly, that I miss it horribly through all this Boston snow!  I voted for Narragansett in Coastal Living’s Happiest Seaside Town contest and you can too!
  • ‘Gansett | Narragansett beer is also on my mind lately.  Summer brews and the delicious Del’s Lemonade Shandy are hitting shelves soon to help us remember that spring is here and summer is around the corner!
  • Game of Thrones | I’m getting so pumped for April TV.  We’ve waited so long for Mad Men, Orphan Black, and Game of Thrones!  Watch the lovely Maisie Williams talk about watching the show with her family and Arya’s sword skills.
  • Grace Helbig | Ah, my spirit animal!  She’ll always be dailygrace to me, but as of next Friday night she’s on all of your TV screens on E!  Here’s Grace on Fallon being perfect.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

Favorites Week: The Office

Alright, friends, you may have noticed so far that I really appreciate the comedic moments of the two shows I’ve highlighted for Favorites Week.  Well, from here on out I’m talking about comedies!  What is life without lots of laughter?  Today’s favorite is a show that always cheers me up when I’m down: The Office.

The Dundies

This classic episode has Regional Manager Michael Scott hosting his yearly “awards show,” an employee recognition event that he invented called The Dundies.  Each employee receive little trophies of men with briefcases and Michael provides a lot of unwanted entertainment.  It’s held in a local Chili’s.  As usual, we see Michael acting foolish, but when his illusion of grandeur starts falling apart, Dunder Mifflin Scranton rallies and lets him have fun.  Oscar says it best: The dundies are kinda like a kid’s birthday party, and you go, and there’s really nothing for you to do there, but the kid’s having a really good time so you’re kinda there.  Pam gets super drunk on margaritas and proclaims, I feel God in this Chili’s tonight.

The Injury

This is hands-down my favorite episode of the office, and it starts with Michael stepping on a George Foreman grill… which he has left cooking 6 slices of bacon by his bed.  It actually only gets more ridiculous from here.  Michael calls the office screaming in pain asking Ryan to come help him.  Instead, Dwight comes to the rescue.  On his rush out of the parking lot, he smashes his car into a telephone pole, stumbles out, projectile vomits, gets back in the car and drives to get Michael.  Meanwhile, the whole office is watching– “Ooh Dwight,” Jim says, “You forgot your bumper!”  The whole episode has a melodramatic Michael complain about his foot burn while a severely concussed Dwight tries to push through the brain injury.

Money

This episode is excellent for two reasons.  The first and foremost is Jim & Pam’s visit to Schrute Farms. They discover Dwight is running a bed and breakfast of sorts and can’t resist the strange experience of spending the night there.  B&B activities include table-making demonstrations, beet wine-making, a bit of farming, and Dwight reading an excerpt of Harry Potter before they go to sleep.  Jim also follows a mysterious wailing to find Dwight crying over Angela.  Pam discovers Dwight’s cousin Mose in an outhouse.  Very normal stuff.  They leave him a fantastic TripAdvisor review, which thankfully, you can actually view on TripAdvisor!  The second wonderful thing, and namesake of the episode, is Michael’s literal proclamation: I declare bankruptcy!  We actually get a nice Michael/Jan moment out of Michael’s money troubles too.

Fun Run

This is actually two episodes, but they share a name and plot lines.   This great episodes starts off with a bang– Michael hits Meredith with his car, accidentally of course, but gosh is it hilarious.

Guess what, I have flaws.  What are they?  Oh, I don’t know.  I sing n the shower.  Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering.  Occasionally I hit somebody with my car.  So sue me… no, don’t sue me.

When Meredith is hospitalized, we find out she has rabies.  Feeling badly about his part in it all, Michael has the office put on a fun run for rabies awareness and also Meredith.  Michael has a tough time at said fun run, because his idea of carbo-loading is fettucini alfredo and no water.  Dwight and Angela’s relationship comes to an end when Dwight kills Angela’s cat Sprinkles by shutting her in the freezer.  So, all around good times.  Jim & Pam’s relationship is confirmed at the end of this one.

Weight Loss

This is another two-part episode.  I love this for Jim and Pam’s adorable proposal, I love Angela’s continued affair despite her engagement to Andy, and I love Phyllis blackmailing her with this knowledge for control of the Party Planing Committee.  All of these things are great.  While the aforementioned proposal and Michael and Holly’s budding relationship make this episode stand out in the minds of most, this has always stood out to me for Kelly Kapoor’s dieting.  The very premise of the episode is that the branch that loses most weight collectively wins extra vacation days.  Kelly decides to swallow a tape worm (which she bought from Creed and is actually not a tape worm).  They way she laments, “I hate dieting, I hate it so much.  I hate this worm in my stomach!” only to have Michael misunderstand just cracks me up.

Bonus: If I’m having a bad day, I youtube this wonderful scene from an episode not mentioned about.  I simply cannot keep a straight face through it!

For Valentine’s Day: Favorite TV Couples

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I have an appropriately themed post for you, because I’m not as heartless as I thought I was.  Don’t tell anyone, but I secretly love love.  For V-Day, I’m counting down my favorite TV couples!

5. Amy & Rory (Doctor Who)

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I want someone to love me the way Rory loves Amy.  I like this couple because Amy really wears the pants in the relationship.  Rory, quite literally, goes through all of time and space for the love of Amy Pond.  He dies over and over again for her.  He guards the Pandorica for centuries because of how much he loves her.  Rory Williams, call me maybe.  This couple is not one-sided, though, and in their final moments as the Doctor’s companions, it’s clear that Amy loves Rory as much as he loves her.  She gives up everything she knows to be jettisoned back in time by the Weeping Angels to live out her life in the past with Rory.

Episode of Choice: My pick for “the Ponds” is kind of random.  I chose, “The Girl Who Waited,” an episode that haunted me long after watching it.  This episode is focused on Amy and Rory more than the Doctor, and takes place in a setting that reminds me of Portal 2.  It exemplifies the complicated nature of Amy and Rory’s relationship, but highlights love’s triumph.

4. Jim & Pam (The Office)

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This is kind of a given— I think this couple really sets the American version of The Office apart from it’s British counterpart.  I love that things work out for Jim and Pam even though at the start of this series, it seemed like all odds were against them.  Pam was engaged to another man; yet love found a way for this couple to be together.  Never did Jim try to break them up; he eventually had to be honest about his feelings and Pam had to be honest about hers.  Watching their love story develop is sweet and heart-warming.

Episode of Choice: My favorite Jim and Pam moment occurs in an episode that has the two of them living in different states.  I chose, “Weight Loss,” the episode in which Jim proposes to Pam.  With Pam off at art school, Jim cannot wait any longer to pop the question and does so at a gas station between Pennsylvania and New York.  We witness this rainy proposal in silence.  Its simplicity is perfection.

3. Buffy & Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel)

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I am such a sucker for a bittersweet love story.  I was always a Spuffy ‘shipper— that’s Spike and Buffy as a couple.  After watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer over and over, I realized rather quickly that it’s always been Bangel, and cannot be anything but Bangel.  Buffy and Angel were true love, but love that could never be due to their respective responsibilities to save the world.  Their tragic tale shows a teen’s first love, deep betrayal, and sacrifice when Buffy kills Angelus to stop an apocalypse right before his soul is restored.   “Close Your Eyes,” the Buffy/Angel love theme plays, and we all cry.

Episode of Choice: I’m actually going with the one episode of Angel that Sarah Michelle Gellar guest stars in.  I chose the crossover episode, “I Will Remember You.”  This episode is absolutely heartbreaking.  We see Buffy and Angel rekindle their love, which for one seems to have an actual chance, only to have to turn back time.  Angel bears the burden of the memory, but Buffy will forget it.  As their time together ticks down before reset, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s real tears make her words so moving.  Grab some tissues for this one.

2. Ross & Rachel (Friends)

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He’s her lobster!  Friends is actually my go-to show for being broken hearted.  After a really bad break-up, I turned to this series to remind me that love is real and life is good.  Throughout this series, we know Ross and Rachel belong together.  We struggle with the “we were on a break!” and “she’s not Rachem” and all the other comedic mishaps that come our way, but we know, like Rachel says: it’s never off the table for them.  For goodness sake, he says her name in his wedding vows to Emily!  By the end of the series, these two have a child together.  I think most of us hung in there for 10 seasons to see them reunite.  We can all safely assume that Ross and Rachel get married, probably quietly since Ross has done is so many times and since they’re technically already divorced.

Episode of Choice: This is a tough one.  In one of my absolute favorite episodes of the series, “The One With the Prom Video,” we witness a tear-inducingly beautiful Ross and Rachel moment.  I love that whole episode for a good summation of their love.  My pick, however, is “The Last One” part 2, which brings new meaning to “I got off the plane.”  This was the moment we were all waiting for and it sealed the Ross and Rachel story with a happy ending.

1. Diane & Sam (Cheers)

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The ultimate will they or won’t they couple!  Sometimes the best love stories do not have a happy ending.  Rewatching Cheers, like rewatching Buffy, is a terribly emotional experience for me.  Doing so always solidifies that Diane and Sam are my absolute favorite TV couple.  They are the epitome of opposites attract, and find themselves in each others’ arms again and again even after they’ve split.  Diane fundamentally changes Sam for the better.  His love for her sends him to Italy to break up her wedding to Frasier.  Sam and Diane are my OTP— that’s one true pairing, for those of you who don’t speak tumblr.  Though things do not end well for them, I like to believe that they have a love child out there somewhere, who grew up bouncing between Boston and LA.  And I’ve named her.  I’m normal.

Episode of Choice:  I chose “Fear is My Co-Pilot,” an episode in which these two weren’t even a couple.  A recent rewatch of Cheers had me crying at this one.  Diane and Sam take a plane ride with a pilot friend of Diane’s, who basically pretends to be dead to force a moment between the two.  All their true feelings come out in the face of death.  It’s beautiful, and so sad that they let each other slip away even after all they go through.

Well, there you have it!  Who’s your OPT?

And, if you’re not feeling the love on this Valentine’s Day, I have another suggestion for you: Who the (Bleep) Did I Marry?  This creeptastic Investigation Discovery show should make you feel better about all the bad boyfriends you’ve had.  Trust me on this one!