102 — The Spectacular

Best Buffy Flashback

Dishevelled SMG.



Rin says: BEER BAD ANYONE???

Because that’s all I thought of when I saw a crazed up all night Sydney. Plus she was pulling a tonne of cute ridiculous faces and I just see a lot of Buffy in them. IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY? This show is a million times better at showing off SMG than Ringer ever was.

Sophy says: I even feel like this show is getting new ridiculous faces out of SMG, which is impressive given how long Buffy ran and how many ridiculous faces SMG made in its course. But yes, this is very reminiscent of Beer Bad Buffy. In the best possible way.


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Biggest LOL

Imagine me and you.





Rin says: When the song started playing I died. DIED. And then laughed and laughed and laughed because this might have been one of the greatest montages that ever montaged.

THEY WADDLED! THEY SCOWLED AT LAUREN EATING DUCK! THE DUCK TYPED QUACK ON THE KEYBOARD!!!!!!!!!!

God it was so ridiculously lame and perfect and if this is the type of show they’re going to make then I am all for it. I need more of this silliness in my life. It’s kind of just an extra bonus that it involves SMG?

Sophy says: If you know Rophy you probably are aware that we have something of an attachment to this particular song on account of that particular movie. And I have to say… I think I ship Simon/Andrew/Ducklings about as much as I shipped Rachel/Luce.

THOUGH IN A VERY DIFFERENT WAY.

But really this was just ludicrously cute, cutely unabashed, unabashedly ludicrous… and I feel like this show has started as it means to go on, in that it is not going to try to convince you to love it or to laugh. It just is what it is. And what it is is a show where ducklings guilt-trip people about eating their brethren and type ‘Quack’ when they waddle over keyboards.

Smashing.

And yes, at this point, I have to say I’d probably be watching this even if it didn’t have SMG in it. Well, maybe not, since I probably wouldn’t have squeezed it onto my TV dance card in the first place, but you get the idea. Whilst we really enjoyed the first episode – enough that we decided it merited recapping despite the fact that we are drowning in rophydoes duties – this episode was actually significantly better. I mean, Rin and I basically laughed the whole way through and could barely keep up because we kept wanting to quote things at each other.

In particular: every time Simon called Sydney food. Every time. And every time he mentioned his daughter’s penis with such pride. Gah.



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Best ‘Lauren is random’ Moment

“Oh, I’m just the assistant, but I would definitely sleep with a Windy City Coffee drinker based on the strength of this bus-and-billboard campaign.”



Rin says: I feel like Lauren is becoming one of those characters where everything that comes out of her mouth is going to be funny.

Sophy says: I can see myself becoming fiercely attached to Lauren. I mean, it’s enough that she’s random and funny and makes excellent faces and all, but if the show started to give her layers this could be love.

Rin says: This is very true. I see this show succeeding in that too, unlike that other show that ruined one of their funniest characters. Muahaha.


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Head In Hands

“New footage of people fleeing.”



Rin says: The entire raining coffee thing was all very lol and head in hands because FLEEING PEOPLE. And the fact that it’s called Windy City Coffee.

But let’s be honest, I mostly included these caps because of Sydney’s face. Look at it. And look at her little hand trying to shush Lauren. My goodness.

Sophy says: HER FACE IS THE BEST. SHE IS SO FRUSTRATED AND SMALL. I LOVE HER.

Also, you know how I mentioned above that SMG is making new ridiculous faces on this show, as in different ones from the ones she made on Buffy? It got me to thinking that although it’s not a oil/water situation, Sydney really is a very different character. This episode illustrated that very deftly, because it dealt with what was probably Buffy’s defining characteristic and all the ways Sydney doesn’t (and still doesn’t) have it.

Buffy was brave. In the most traditional, straightforward, no nonsense way. She was a hero and she behaved like one in that she stared down disaster and did something about it – in that she knew, nine times out of ten, that she was gonna win. Now sure, Sydney has some pluck, and she is actually really smart and resourceful in turning the coffee-apocalypse to her advantage, but it was made very clear to the viewers that this isn’t something that comes naturally to her. It’s hard to bounce back. It’s hard to think big. Sydney struggles with fear and with failure. Sydney plays it safe (or at least that’s what her instincts want her to do).

Maybe this reticence comes from having a dad who is so very bold. Maybe it comes from knowing what the fall-out from big decisions feels like. I’m looking forward to finding out.



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The Heart

Aren’t ducklings the heart of every show when you really think about it?



Rin says: THE DUCKLINGS GREW SO ATTACHED TO ANDREW THAT THEY DIDN’T WANT TO BE FREED.

And if loving all of the Mighty Ducks movies has taught me anything it’s that ducks fly together.

Sophy says: Congratulations, Andrew! You have officially gone from being ‘That other guy’ in the pilot to a beloved character. It only took a little screentime and some ducklings!

AND THEY HAD BLOOPERS AGAIN AND THE DUCKS WOULDN’T FOLLOW. I love a show that gives me bloopers every week.


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The Meat

“Can I hold the duck for a little bit?”



Rin says: Zach reminds me a lot of that 30 Rock episode where Liz discovers that Jon Hamm’s character lives in a bubble because he is so ridiculously good looking. ZACH HAD NEVER EXPERIENCED JEALOUSY BEFORE ANDREW AND SIMON STARTED LOOKING AFTER DUCKLINGS TOGETHER. I mean. How perfect is that?

And his little face when he asked if he could hold the duck for a little bit.

AND THEN HE GETS LEFT BEHIND WITH ALL OF HIS NEW HEARTBROKEN DUCKLESS FEELINGS.

Oh Zach.

Sophy says: Zach is so adorable I could cry. He is actually so a lot of things I could cry. But whatever it is it all leads to crying and grabby hands.

I loved that he had no idea what jealousy is to the point where he didn’t even register that he was jealous until he explained the symptoms to a regular person. I love that he is so damn privileged and chosen and yet he really isn’t mean about any of it. He just doesn’t get it. He honestly doesn’t understand that other people don’t feel just as good about him as he feels about himself 24/7. It’s terrible and it’s lovely and above all it’s very, very funny.

I pretty much giggled my way through everything scene involving Zach and Andrew and, well, this whole episode, but I think my favourite part was when Simon decides he should give Andrew the jacket and so he takes it off and Zach and puts it on Andrew and then immediately decides it looks better on Zach actually though. Priceless.

AND BOB BENSON IN HIS COMEDY ROLE REMINDS YOU OF DON DRAPER IN HIS COMEDY ROLE THAT IS SO SPECIAL RIN IT REALLY IS.

ALSO HEARTBROKEN DUCKLESS FEELINGS.


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Welcome Back, Face

Just add chin hands.


Rin says: SHE LOOKS SO BEAUTIFUL AND FRESH AND SARAH :((((((((((( Never leave us again, okay?

PROMISE US.

Sophy says: I literally want a promise from Sarah. A tweet wouldn’t even cover it. There should be a contract with fandom to the effect that she will never leave. Signed in blood.

Rin says: SIGNED IN BLOOD? NOT FADE AWAY. THERE WILL BE NO SHANSHUING IN LA.

WHAT. IT’S JUST HOW I FEEL. IN RHYME.

2 Responses

  1. Ned
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    The ducklings and The Turtles. Just perfect. (Did you hear they reused the song in the score when Andrew went swimming? Best.)

    Actually, I thought Lauren’s “I would definitely sleep with…” bit wasn’t random so much as just something from Syd’s toolbox of How to Win Meetings. (And Syd’s slightly embarrassed face is at how unenthused Lauren’s delivery is the first time, because even Lauren appreciates the pitch isn’t working well). Her yelling during Syd’s interview, on the other hand… :)

    Do you think elevator girl is going to be a thing? Or just a random scene that went nowhere? I hope a thing.

  2. Tammy
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    This show is so cute. And the ducks! Normally animals as gags in a show can be a bit cheesy, but this was perfect. And Lauren’s face when she’s eating duck, and their disapproving ones as they pass by. Perfect! I really did tune into this primarily for SMG, but I love them all. I can’t wait to see the character development of each one.

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