Best Buffy Flashback
Just go with it.
Sophy says: Did this ever happen on Buffy? No. Should it have happened on Buffy? I’ll let you guys make up your own minds about that.
(It should have happened on Buffy.)
Rin says: There’s a demon in town that makes everyone turn into drag queens.
It would have been a very special episode.
Drag Giles you guys.
Sophy says: I’m just going to leave this here…
“Just dumb it down a bit.”
“Yeah! Dumb is good, I like dumb.”
Sophy says: JUST. THE WAY THEY WERE ALL ‘YEAHHHHH DUMB!’ And Priscilla. And the blatantly culturally insensitive use of the didgeridoo, because cheap and dumb kind of go hand in hand, am I right? And Zach ~got the guitar. But most of all, more than anything, Andrew in the kangaroo suit.
Always, Andrew in the kangaroo suit.
I also enjoyed all of Simon’s vitriolic abuse of Australia, mostly because it was really about New Zealand. And extra points for the Perth mention. It’s like they know.
Rin says: This episode was the best simply because it went against the grain of everyone being over the top in love with Australia. Then again, it’s probably as great as it’s cracked up to be because both Oprah and Ellen have moved their entire shows to here at some point. I trust their judgement.
THE KOALA LOGO THOUGH.
And of course the vegemite and now I’m feeling peckish. I might have that for breakfast.
THEY MENTIONED THE PERTH HOLE. They definitely knew.
Best ‘Lauren is random’ Moment
“Well I don’t have to pee anymore.”
“I always wonder where it goes when that happens!”
Sophy says: I just… there is something magical about the fact that Sydney makes a quip about a very specific situation in which she didn’t actually have to pee and Lauren relates about actual pee situations like it’s a question she’s been pondering for years, the way other people gaze at stars and wonder what it all means.
In other news I’m pretty sure I’ve never had to pee and then not had to pee except due to peeing.
Rin says: Yeah I don’t actually think it’s a thing. It only ever builds.
I’m hoping it’s specifically a Lauren thing. Like she is just that special.
Head In Hands
Sophy says: I like to think that they’ve been in this together all this time. Normally you don’t stalk people you’re this close to on a regular basis, but Lauren doesn’t do normally. I can totally see her waving goodbye to Zach and doubling back with binoculars and popcorn.
Also I love it when Sydney’s friends make fun of her. Sydney’s friends making fun of her is the actual best thing. Sorry Sydney!
Rin says: Well because that’s what friends are for. Why else would I tell everyone that your incontinent and require Depends? Deluxe?
Lauren would be such a great Sophia. She’d don all the outfits and keep track of your every movement in a notebook.
Sophy says: I’m pretty sure that if Lauren lived in our actual world and knew about Sophia she would go to Snap and get them to print off screencaps of Sophia and put them on her walls and she would also wear jean shorts only on special days.
AND YAY AIRING MY DIRTY DEPENDS IN PUBLIC, THIS IS HOW I KNOW YOU CARE.
“No judgment. Just a simple gesture of love. Cake.”
Sophy says: You know, I think it’s brilliant the show managed to use an anecdote about Simon being the worst father ever to illustrate what a good father he can be.
In the last episode somebody hurt Sydney and he was there to soothe her – to pick up her dreams and make sure she never felt blamed for making a mistake – not even when it cost him an award. Because he realized that feeling important – vital – connected to the world was something he was going to get far more by making his daughter happy than by taking home some cold, pointy manifestation of his peers’ approval.
So that was some pretty impressive fathering, especially for someone who’s struggled so much in the past with putting the needs of the people he loves above his own. But Simon goes one further in this episode. Because it wasn’t so much that Sydney was hurt and needed soothing as that Sydney had hurt someone else and needed soothing. What was required here was for her to be reminded of her own capacity for good, of the ways she’s not cold or selfish and insensitive, of the mark she has made on the world with love.
I’m sure there are a whole bunch of things Simon could have said in this situation. But I respect the hell out of him for going straight for the one he knew would work, when that involved going straight for his own jugular. Basically he’s all ‘Remember when I was the worst human ever and you were the best human ever and it made me into a better man?’ and it’s perfect and honest and brave and speaks volumes about how far he’s come and what kind of person he really is beneath the jokes, the ego and the addiction.
This episode set up Simon’s history of substance abuse as a joke and had him blaming a continent for it. But in this moment all of that was subverted. Simon got serious and he took responsibility and the look on Sydney’s face about it is priceless.
Also priceless? Her tiny, stiff indignation while Josh Groban is singing mean things about her and the way Simon has his arm around her all How dare you, you punk who writes excellent jingles I’d like to make money out of.
Rin says: A quick shoutout to Josh Groban though. He’s always popping up in things and every time I’m actually pretty delighted with what he brings to the table. I think it’s because he gives into the whole ~BEING JOSH GROBAN thing and doesn’t mind coming across as kind of lame. He uses it to his advantage. And maybe there was a period in my life where I was obsessed with You Raise Me Up. #nowyouknow
I loved the face that one small act of kindness from his daughter was enough to set Simon straight. And that Sydney never knew that it was the reason Simon stopped drinking. Because sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most, when someone goes that extra mile for you it can mean the world.
AND I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO SEE SYNDEY IN A TSHIRT THAT SAID ‘WISH YOU WERE BEER’.
Sophy says: WHO IS JOSH GROBAN KILL YOURSELF
“I stopped by the, uh, the merch table. As a goof. And, uh, I picked up that CD as a… as a further goof.”
Sophy says: Every week I grow to love Zach more. Which is mostly because he invariably does something lame enough that maybe even Dr Cameron would have rolled her eyes. Did you guys see how quickly he went to the fangirl place? It’s like he was born to believe in jingles, basically, and I find it delightfully ironic that somebody who works in advertising is basically advertising’s bitch. Next week he’ll probably try to buy Australia, you know, as a goof.
Rin says: Zach running Australia. I wouldn’t be opposed to letting him have a go.
Zach really is the lame one of the group, which I guess is where most of his actual charm comes from. Not his pants. No pants charm.
Welcome Back, Face
Sophy says: SMG YOU ARE STILL CUTER THAN A BUFFALO WING.
Rin says: I’m hungry.