Things I have learned watching Ugly Betty

  • Hola is pronounced ola (although as Amanda would point out there is an H in it)
  • Accountants can be damn shpexy (Henry? Hello!)
  • Contrary to popular opinion, fashion mags and TV it is ok to eat. Pencil thin is not the norm.
  • Normal woman have jeans that do not fit, eat sandwiches , pizza and/or Mexican food instead of salad and prefer flats instead of heels from time to time. Or all the time.
  • Regardless what Wilhelmina does it is not advisable to have Botox administered by your assistant.
  • Duck fat injected in lieu of a face lift? Bad idea
  • There is such a thing as a butt lift, goes to show how little I know about the advancements in plastic surgery (note – start watching Nip and Tuck)
  • When men opt for sex change surgery contrary to the popular opinion they do not lop it off and keep it in the jar.
  • Pleads with stripes? It can be done, have you seen some of Marc’s outfits?
  • Gucci bag has universal appeal
  • It is not Secretary’s day but Administrative Professionals day
  • It is not a good idea to eat empanadas after midnight
  • If there is one cardinal rule we have all learned from Ugly Betty about fashion mags that is who has the Book rules the magazine
  • By far my favorite line – Mexicans do not have super heroes, we have a speedy little mouse
  • Victoria Beckham cant really act

Gossip Girl – Another Chance


A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article in which I described Gossip Girl as useless. In fact I called it “Perez Hilton meets OC and One Tee Hill”. Lets just say that some of you who know me (in the spirit of the show lets call you A.) disagreed with me passionately. In fact in one email I was called unreasonable and unfair (I was glad doody-head wasn’t used). Finally, after reading this article on in which Gossip Girl is described as the best new show this season, I decided to give it another chance.

To be totally fair in my assessment, I logged into my iTunes account and downloaded past three episodes. Additionally, I made a decision to watch them in their entirety from beginning to end, without pause or fast-forwarding. I’m proud to say I did it!

So what did I conclude after 3 hours of Gossip Girl? First of all my new TV is brighter than the old one, I need to buy a new couch cause this one is becoming lumpy and turd is always a turd. You can spray it with rose scented perfume, but a turd always stinks! Poor little rich teens and their problems. Why, oh why, are their parents so cruel and why does B. have that dress when G. (or some other letter of the alphabet) doesn’t? How come, that in shows like this, teens are always more mature than their screwed up parents? Maybe it’s all that self-medicating mixed with alcohol that enables them to make all the right decisions? Wait a minute, their parents are druggies as well, so that cant be it. Oh, who cares!

I’m sorry but I do not get this show. It promotes substance abuse, alcoholism, teenage sex and eating disorders. You know it is a sad day when I have to be a moral compass. Just cancel their ass and bring back Veronica Mars! Oh, CW when are you going to learn?

The season so far

If everything was alright in La-la land we would be in the midst of November sweeps. Although the writers and the producers are in negotiations again there are only so many episodes left (check out Ausiello’s handy list, you know in case they do not reach a deal and if you are like me worried how many episodes of House you can look forward to). Lets take a look at the season so far.

Pleasantly surprised

Ugly Betty – well I have to say the writers of Ugly Betty have come out on top so far this year. It is still Betty as we know it, a bit corny and bitter sweet, however the pace has picked up and it is sooo much funnier this year don’t you think?

House – I was a bit worried about the whole reality TV experiment. However, not only the writers have managed to pull it off but we have had the first ever case of lupus in 3-something years yay! (as we all know it is never lupus). Hugh Laurie is still brilliant as ever, the new additions do make a great mix, however I have to admit I do miss the original 3.

Unpleasantly surprised

Heroes – Goodness gracious me! I know Tim Kring apologized for the crappiness so far and the pace has picked up of late, but it is still a far cry from the Heroes we have all grown to love over the last year. Hiro with the princess lark, cheerleader with the flying dude and the twins por favor don’t even get me started on the twins, at least in Ugly Betty you know you are watching a piece of telenovela.

Grey’s anatomy – I’m not feeling it at all. Remember how emotionally charged it was in the second season? This is just meh. Ok last week there was finally some gushing blood and disgusting injuries and whatnot, but it is a far cry from the Grey we have grown accustomed to.

On the fence

Supernatural – do not get me wrong I really like the Winchester boys. The whole premise that Sam is the Antichrist himself; well that is an interesting spin. And while the last week episode was a bit too gruesome for my taste (now that’s a first, it does take a fair bit to gross me out but in my defense I am having stomach problems for the past week or so) for some reason I’m not that enthusiastic about Supernatural this year. I was expecting buckets of blood and demons everywhere and all sorts of things. After all they have opened up the gates of hell, am I a bit foolish to think it would be more hm interesting then this?

Reaper – it has potential to be a really good show, but all the episodes I have seen so far, well they are all the same aren’t they? Or have I perhaps missed something?

So what is your opinion, the good and the bad this season?

Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday – Jeeves and Wooster

Dear faithful readers happy Stephen Fry Appreciation Monday!

Things I have learned watching Jeeves and Wooster

  • Jeeves can solve any conundrum
  • Butler is incorrect term, the correct term is valet or my favorite – a gentleman’s
  • Spitty, Spotty, Stiffy and Stinky are not actual names
  • The aforementioned nicknames usually belong to members of aristocracy
  • Courting rituals of 21st century – no rules apply although a minimum of agreement should exist between the 2 parties in the affair of engagement and/or marriage
  • Courting rituals of 1930s – female would simply inform the unsuspecting male that
    they will in fact marry
  • You can train children to say anything if you have plenty of toffee
  • Behind any Spitty, Spotty, Stiffy and Stinky there is an uncle or aunt that gives
    her/him the allowance
  • Finknottle, Cheesewright and Fittleworth do not connote defamatory nicknames nor it means someone is taking a piss, these are actual surnames
  • Stars are not stars, but God’s daisy chains
  • Once upon a time to rent a flat in Manhattan would set you back only 500$
  • Inappropriate attire and/or grooming habits according to Jeeves: white navy mess jackets with gold buttons (favorite attire for waiters of hotel establishments in south of France); Tirol hats, white gangster hats; PJs at lunchtime and/or any type of facial hair
  • All potential and wanna-be dictators have a penchant for female lingerie
  • What ho and tiddle pip can be used as greetings
  • Stephen Fry looks splendid in drag
  • Hugh Laurie can actually sing (sorry Mr. Fry!)