Choosing the Wrong Boy (or ALSO)
First of all, who is Nadia?
Is this another new character? That was a lot more than an under-five so I'm confused. I mean she's pretty and lovely and all, but how many new characters are we really going to introduce in the final two months of the show? (I need to stop using phrases like "final two months" because they give me a little lemon in my eye.)
Also, John quit the LPD again? Good lord, how many times is he going to do that? It's such a tedious plot point. If they upped the ante and made it a running They-Killed-Kenny-esque gag, that would be fine by me -- but we're not quite at the point that the repetition is funny, we're still in the eye-rolling "this again?" stage, so they're going to need to step it up. "Oh, the office switched from PC to Mac? I quit!" "Someone brewed decaf this morning? I'm leaving the department!" "The new secretary spelled my name MacBain instead of McBain? I'm retiring from detective work!"
Also, Natalie looks so happy on her wedding day! Look at the joyous, blushing bride-to-be!
Gee, why wouldn't Brody want to marry her? She seems so into him! We can please bust up this pairing any second now because all it's done is made unsympathetic liars out of both of them. They both look like assholes all the time.
Well, not always. Natalie looked so pretty today!
See? She doesn't look like an asshole there! And sure, it helps to have the cutest prop on set in her lap, but I have to say how frequently it truly astounds me that hair and wardrobe work so hard to make this ravishing beauty look awkward and practically frumpy. (Also, Natalie, see how nice you look when you smile?)
Also, David's visit has been a lot of fun this time! His banter the other day with Blair was just plain art, and today's scenes with Clint and Viki were so fun. My favorite? When Viki was trying to convince David that Clint's making progress as a human being and she used his making inroads with Rex and Ford as supporting evidence, David snorted, "Oh, well isn't that wonderful! He's being suckered by two of Llanview's biggest bounders." Nice, David! Love it. And sure, sure, it's pretty rich for David Vickers, of all people, to be blathering on about how a guy who has behaved badly in the past can never change, but hey -- he's allowed to hate Clint forever even if his logic is a bit of a double-standard in the broader sense.
Also, really? I need this Neela chick to explain to me what she sees in Jack. Jack, who seems poised (with Brody as his accidental accomplice this time instead of Brad) to commit yet another negligent homicide by setting fire to The Sun's offices with Rama and Vimal trapped inside (courtesy of Brody, who is under that weird soap opera spell that convinces people that as long as someone actually says "I do" and the wedding happens, that anything and everything can get revealed after that and what's done is done, there's no turning back -- no, seriously, he's just going to lock Vimal in a room till the wedding's over and then all is good? Is this sort of like Natalie's vague plan to keep Marty in a cabin for a while while she married John? Then what?!).
Also, Todd. Oh, Todd. Here he goes again! Those grumpy little faces he was making today were so old-school Todd, complaining to Blair about the fellow who's courting her (very reminiscent of the Sam Rappaport days, no?), and feeling like he'll just never get what he wants...
I mean that is a 2002 pout if I have ever seen one! Warms the heart.
ALSO: stop it, Blair!
And of course Todd was stalk-lurking outside La Boulaie and saw the smoochfest. Break down the door, Todd! Make a play for your woman! All she wants is for you to make your feelings known!
It's odd how well this show fires on all cylinders when the Stagi storyline isn't on, isn't it? Now if we can just get through this effing doomed wedding and the Liam reveal. Please. Please. It's November, right? We have to assume it won't be more than two more weeks, right? Right?