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Army Wives: Mothers and Wives

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 18th 2008 11:42AM
Kim D Army"No matter how horrible the loss, I couldn't push away the people who still needed me." -- Claudia Joy's advice to Denise

(S02E11) Beneath the surface, there were emotional land mines all around the friends at Fort Marshall in this episode. There were also some interesting revelations. It started with the arrival, out of the blue, of Charlotte, Claudia Joy's mom. Played by Marsha Mason, famous for The Goodbye Girl, Charlotte has always been hard on her daughter.

Fortunately, the way it was written and the way she played it, she wasn't there just to scrutinize her daughter's housekeeping. It was surprising to hear that she hadn't even called Claudia Joy since Amanda's death. Could there be a more clear indication that there's a gap between mother and daughter?

There was a lot of subtext, things unsaid between them, and that made their scenes all the better. Her visit was more about what's wrong in her life and therefore how it'll impact on Claudia Joy and Michael's. Watch for Mother to move in for a while.



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Ugly Betty receives a new Val-entine

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 11th 2008 11:59AM
Betty on motorcycleFirst there was Walter, then Henry, then Gio and now Jesse? For a girl whose called ugly, Betty Suarez gets an awful lot of appreciative looks and more from the fellows, does she not?

The new man with eyes for Betty is named Jesse and actor/musician Val Emmich has been cast in the Ugly Betty role. The role is recurring -- kind of like Freddy Rodriguez when he started as Gio -- but since he's a potential love interest with UB, he could be bumped up to regular.

With the show now filming in New York, perhaps a young hot guy like Val Emmich is just the ticket for Betty. Emmich's done a lot of Manhattan TV shows -- Hope & Faith, 30 Rock, Third Watch -- so he's going to sound like a New Yawker.

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Army Wives: The Hero Returns

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 6th 2008 11:55PM
Drew Fuller and Sally Pressman(S02E05) For the first 52 minutes (including commercials) of tonight's Army Wives, I was wondering where it was going, and -- I have to admit -- I was getting a little impatient. It seemed like a lot of little bits weren't adding up for a very cohesive episode.

Then the last act kicked in and I found myself in tears. The memorial service at the end for the MIA soldier whose remains were finally being returned from Vietnam was a knockout. It just took some time to get to that point.

The heart of the show was Trevor's return from Iraq and his difficulties dealing with the aftermath of killing the man who shot and wounded him. He's uncomfortable with being labeled a hero.

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Army Wives: The Messenger

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 23rd 2008 10:46AM
Army Wives(S02E03) Army Wives is the kind of show that's not afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve, metaphorically speaking. That's what this episode was in essence. The writers weren't afraid to deal with some core themes like faith, courage, fear and bravery.

Time has passed since Amanda's death, but life is not returning to normal for the Holdens. Until Claudia Joy is able to begin to heal, Michael and Emmalin will be suffering, a point driven home in this episode by the messenger. In the guise of guest star Bill Cobbs, he's not real.

At least not real in human form; he's imaginary and only Claudia Joy can see and speak with him. This is very much a dramatic device to help her see that life goes on.
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Jesse James hires homeless workers

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 2nd 2006 3:23PM
jesse jamesJesse James, the host of Monster Garage, may be a bad ass but he also is a kind-hearted fellow. When a homeless shelter opened up across the street from his Long Beach, California motorcycle shop, West Coast Shoppers, he decided to make a connection. In a short article in People magazine, James says he decided to help people get off the street by giving them employment. The first person he hired is now making $8.50/hour and has an apartment with his wife. James says, "Not everyone has been as lucky as I have, and it's time for me to use the success I have been blessed with to help others in Long Beach." Ahhh.. what a nice guy!

In other Jesse James/gossip news, he and wife Sandra Bullock are not expecting a baby.

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Are you ready to feast on asphalt?

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2006 8:39AM
Alton BrownAre you a big fan of Alton Brown's Good Eats like I am? Well, get ready to feast on some asphalt.

That's the name of his new, limited run show on Food Network, Feasting On Asphalt. Brown will jump on his motorcycle and check out places to eat in America.

The show will run for four episodes, and will start on July 29 at 9pm.

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