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Wow, six episodes already... that went very quickly.

This week's episode was: Promises, Promises

Mason is going to have outrageous sex. Hotel sex. With the lights on and everything. (I'm guessing there are quite a few women would wouldn't mind having sex with him or Eric M...)

Sarah is wearing a sweater with sunflowers. WHY?! All that progress last week and then she wears that. Not that there's anything wrong with it. Its just that its what my best friend would call a "teacher sweater". 

Mason walks into the office and is shocked (but not really) to find Conner there getting a massage from Shannon.
"Massages stress me out." - I completely agree with Mason. Hate them. Always have.

Side note: Is it wrong that while I appreciate that Tom C has a great body, I prefer him with clothes on? What's wrong with me?

Connor's funny accent CRACKED me up.

I love that they actually throw in references that make sense. Sometimes shows that are set in Chicago get it very wrong (e.g. Due South- East Side of Chicago) These writers so far have gotten a lot of things right. Tonight, Ann Sathers & the Olympic bid. The Chicago 2016 bid was huge here and I liked that they worked it into the show. 

Sadly, you just knew that something would come in the way of Mason's staycation. Poor Erin.

Conner: Go, you have a wife.
Mason: You mean a life?
Conner: No.

nice.

Another thing that was blatantly obvious... Julie wouldn't be partnered with Sarah for long.  I wasn't really loving Julie (that actress sort of annoys me) but she totally had a point. Sarah mislead her about the job.  I'm glad she quit.

Also blatantly obvious: Mason wouldn't be able to abdicate responsibility to Conner. Conner totally lost it and let the power (and maybe stress) go to his head. Only his ideas were working. Um, no. Way to empower the team, Conner.

I loved Mason's reaction to Sarah's complaint about Julie. Boy did she pick the wrong day to make that complaint about not performing and being committed. Of course Mason is going to have a strong reaction to her comment. 

The 5th star... I'm still not sure what to make of Tony. One moment I want to feel sorry for him, the next minute I think he's a bit of an asshole. (But at least the boys bonded over their reaction to Tony's power play in the end.)

Mason runs to met Erin at the hotel... "I am enthusiastic. I promise I'll do the best I can."  I'm glad they get together because I wouldn't want them to get a divorce. I like the contract between Mason being the family guy living in the burbs with Conner being the city guy living the life.

Preview for next week: YES! We find out what happened between Sarah and Mason.
 
So what did you think?

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marymary
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Side note: Is it wrong that while I appreciate that Tom C has a great body, I prefer him with clothes on? What's wrong with me?

Nothing. a) You have a subtle mind and a sophisticated libido. b) He was scrunching his shoulders all through that scene, once he stood up, and it made his body look very weird.

BUT, I must say that there was this one shot that was heaven. Mason standing in the doorway in the adorable outfit (vest, shirt, glasses) and Conner looking quite awesome (at that point) lying on the massage table.

Tonight, Ann Sathers & the Olympic bid. The Chicago 2016 bid was huge here and I liked that they worked it into the show.

Yeah, last week (??) their client was Mark Shale. This week Hector and Theotherguy's freelance gig was for Club Lucky. Which makes me want to go to there.

I wasn't really loving Julie (that actress sort of annoys me) but she totally had a point. Sarah misled her about the job. I'm glad she quit.

Me too. I loved in the meeting when Julie said that she couldn't work -- her husband was out of town and she had no babysitter -- and Sarah goes, "You're hilarious."

Though they did something I hate, which is the Demon Child thing. I mean, some kids are a huge handful, but rarely does a child randomly run from one place to another just grabbing things and throwing them. He was five? Ish? Nope, not buying it.

But getting sick, that's better. If he were just whiny, then crying, then bored and bugging her, then sick. That would be realer.

The 5th star... I'm still not sure what to make of Tony. One moment I want to feel sorry for him, the next minute I think he's a bit of an asshole.

I agree.

Preview for next week: YES! We find out what happened between Sarah and Mason.

I KNOW!!! I've been waiting for that backstory.

Other stuff: It's all teeny moments that of course I didn't write down. For me, this show is in the details. The writing and the impeccable timing of the actors. Conner and Sarah each had a few brilliantly funny reaction moments in this one.
gatsbyfan
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
BUT, I must say that there was this one shot that was heaven. Mason standing in the doorway in the adorable outfit (vest, shirt, glasses) and Conner looking quite awesome (at that point) lying on the massage table.
Oh no… I caught that one. He looked incredible laying down. There was just something off when he was standing. You might be right about the

Though they did something I hate, which is the Demon Child thing.
Yep. It seems very cliché. And it was like they were hitting a hammer over our heads with the differences between Sarah and Julie. We’ve had kids in our office from time to time and most of the time they are well behaved because Mom/Dad would kill them if they misbehave .

I’m glad someone else agrees about Tony. I’m just not digging the character.

For me, this show is in the details. The writing and the impeccable timing of the actors.
Exactly! There is such a great give and take from them. I really think that did a fantastic job with the casting in Mason, Conner and Sarah. There are a lot of throwaway lines that just crack me up and its because of the delivery and reaction of the other characters. I really love this show.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
It was a nice touch with the Ann Sather cinnamon rolls. (although Julie took a teeny bite of one, then put it back in the box. Gross.) But ... a logo for Chicago involving a hot dog, and the dog has only mustard on it? C'mon! Where are the tomato wedges, pickle spear, etc.? For all the Chicago details gotten right in this episode, that one stuck out for its wrongness.

But aren't those aerial shots of downtown gorgeous? Man. Especially in HD.

Another thing that was blatantly obvious... Julie wouldn't be partnered with Sarah for long.
Right from the cinnamon rolls. But you guys are right: You agree to take a job, you expect it will be as the person who hired you described it. That's the essence of agreeing to take a job.

Conner demonstrated how yin and yang he and Mason are, didn't he? God, what a terrible leader he is.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
Club Lucky. Which makes me want to go to there.
And Mary brings the Tina. :-)

They are equal opportunity skin providers, aren't they? Last week was for me, this week was for you two. Conner started bopping around without his shirt, and I knew immediately what comments I would see here. :-)

Even I noticed his shoulders. He was scrunching up, then? Because it seems as though TC has broader shoulders than that.
tomfoolery815
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
I'm still not sure what to make of Tony. One moment I want to feel sorry for him, the next minute I think he's a bit of an asshole. (But at least the boys bonded over their reaction to Tony's power play in the end.)
I liked him a lot less this week. Vindictiveness toward one's subordinates is not the mark of a great leader, is it?

Great work by Griffin Dunne, though. You could feel the vengefulness and spite roiling within him. I completely agree about EM, TC and MP, of course, but I think Dunne is doing excellent work as well.
gatsbyfan
Mar. 5th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
But ... a logo for Chicago involving a hot dog, and the dog has only mustard on it? C'mon!
I missed that. It must of been because I was staring at the tv saying, REALLY? That logo was just bad. On many levels.

You agree to take a job, you expect it will be as the person who hired you described it. That's the essence of agreeing to take a job.
Yes and no. I would expect an employer to up-sell a job. But those were three big things that Sarah misrepresented. Two would be especially important to a working mom.

I also think that they were destined to fail because their personalities didn't really mesh.

Conner started bopping around without his shirt, and I knew immediately what comments I would see here. :-)
Well I'm nothing if predictable... I like the pretty
tomfoolery815
Mar. 5th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
That logo was just bad. On many levels.
Yes. The lack of Chicago-accurate details was just one of its problems.

I would expect an employer to up-sell a job.
Yes, me too.

But those were three big things that Sarah misrepresented. Two would be especially important to a working mom.
Most definitely. I'm sure Julie asked specifically about that.

I also think that they were destined to fail because their personalities didn't really mesh.
Without a doubt, Gatz.
marymary
Mar. 13th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
Hey, lady, can I drop comments on this week's ep here, or do you want to start a thread? Makes no diference to me...
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