tv season wrap-up, part 2

OMG. The new TV season starts next week and I haven’t finished my wrap-up from last season. ARGH. Going to try and do this quickly…

Poor cancelled show. It totally ran out of gas in the last half of the season. I got whiplash with Alice/Jake (who I really liked), Alice/Lewis, and Kathy/Lewis. And I think the show lost its way when Marti and Savannah were given completely separate storylines with their families instead of focusing on their relationship with each other and their team. It’s too bad. This was a fun cast!

Gossip Girl
Oh show. I can’t quit you. Even though you fail to give Nate any meaningful storylines (at least he’s good for eye candy), can’t seem to commit to consistent characterizations (Blair, Chuck, their relationship), and keep introducing the C-R-A-Z-Y (Juliet, now Ivy). But despite all that, I’m so on board for next season. Serena in LA. Blair’s wedding that is SO not going to happen. A secret pregnancy. Dan’s tell-all book!!! I hope there’s room to develop the Dan and Blair friendship even more. I can’t help that I love them so.

Grey’s Anatomy
%$#@ has hit the fan! And it’s pretty damn depressing. Like REALLY. I’m torn. Especially about Cristina/Owen and their pregnancy. Isn’t this her second unplanned pregnancy? Shouldn’t someone who clearly (it’s practically written on her forehead) doesn’t want kids be more careful? So I’m sympathetic but at the same time I’m not. (I realize that sounds weird). And while I agree with Owen that Cristina shouldn’t make a decision about abortion without him, I also feel like he was trying to guilt-trip her which bothers me. And then there’s Meredith/Derek. I’m inclined to side with Derek about the clinical trial because that’s a professional issue and Meredith was wrong to switch the medicine. But leaving her? Stranded with their newly adopted baby? These storylines are rubbing me the wrong way. But I’ll keep watching because I’m a sucker.

I liked this show from the beginning but the quality really got better and better as the season progressed. The finale was especially great. I’m a sucker for a great love story (Nikita and Michael on the run, yay!) but this show reeled me in with Nikita and Alex. And to see the conflict and tension between them in the finale killed me. It’ll be interesting to see the two of them working against each other (well, at least from Alex’s point of view). And I’m excited that the plot seems to be moving at a good pace now that the show has found its footing.

The Vampire Diaries
My current favorite show next to The Good Wife. I actually think the penultimate episode of the season felt more like a finale (with the ritual and the epic deaths) than the actual finale, which was mostly set-up for next season. I’m not terribly enamored by Damon/Elena (I like her with Stefan, what can I say) but I’m intrigued by Jeremy seeing dead people (Anna!) and the return of Stefan the Ripper. Should be GOOD.

Annnddd that’s it.

Oh. Except that at some point I need to finish watching the last 2 episodes of Smallville. OOPS.

Now to figure out my Fall TV schedule…

midseason tv report card, part 2

Ok, part 2 of the TV report card!

Hellcats – C+
Yes, I’m still watching this show. Heh. It’s not much more than a typical college drama but it’s totally grown on me. I love Marti, Savannah and the rest of the Hellcats (Lewis, Darwin, even Alice!) and the random singing and/or dancing in each episode. I was even pleasantly surprised by the storylines until recently when the show did an about-face and broke up 2 couples (Savannah/Dan, Marti/Lewis) and possibly damaged a major friendship (Marti/Savannah) to develop a relationship between Marti/Dan. UGH. I’m a sucker for romance, I admit, but not when it comes at the expense of the characters’ integrity and their other relationships. Also, the adult characters need to go. They contribute… nothing. (And DB Woodside deserves better).

The Big Bang Theory – B-
I just started watching TBBT regularly this season so I sometimes feel like I’ve missed out on important character backstory by tuning in so late. I may try and catch up at some point. Regardless, the characters are enjoyable and I love all the quirky friendships (is it weird that my favorite relationship is Penny & Sheldon?). I love the show best when all the characters are interacting, like this past week’s episode where everyone (including Bernadette and Amy Farrah Fowler) takes a road trip to a science symposium. Gotta love the musical beds, lol.

Bones – B-
Still a good show but I feel like it’s slowly becoming another procedural. I know it technically is but the characters have always elevated the show beyond the traditional formula. Unfortunately the past few seasons they’ve all been running in place.

Grey’s Anatomy – C+
I go back and forth all the time with this show. While I love the characters, the ridiculous storylines make my head hurt. Last year it was Mark’s daughter (I stopped watching while she was around; she bugged me) and this year it’s Callie’s pregnancy AND Teddy marrying a patient (Scott Foley!) so he could have insurance (they’re totally going to fall in love, I just know it). ARGH. Cristina getting her surgical groove back took a tad too long but Sandra Oh is so awesome she made it work. Random — I saw McSteamy (aka Eric Dane) and his wife in LA a few weeks back. He looks smaller in real life somehow but just as cute. πŸ™‚

Nikita – B
Honestly, I never thought I would still be watching at this point in the season… but I’m really liking it! It definitely needs some work but the show is improving each week. The winter finale, in particular, was a good episode — it set up Alex as an agent working on the outside and it FINALLY addressed my biggest issue when Nikita’s shell program was discovered. Seriously, to have Nikita and Alex basically chatting online whenever they felt like it required too much suspension of belief. Now, if only the show would bring back Owen and get rid of Jaden (ugh, she’s such a one-note character), I would be a very happy camper.

Smallville – C+
I might be an episode behind. Not sure. This season has been a little off for me — the storylines seem a little stale and overall there’s missing something. Maybe it’s the loss of Chloe? Or maybe it’s that the show takes itself way too seriously? I can’t put my finger on it. I also don’t know what happened to me because suddenly I like Lois/Clark. They’re actually kind of cute. I was really hoping that Kristin Kreuk and/or Michael Rosenbaum would reprise their roles as Lana and Lex since it’s the final season but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. It would have been a nice way to close out the series, especially for the fans.

White Collar – A-
Gawd, LOVE IT. It may not be the best or smartest show about the FBI (case in point – the larger mythology storyline involving the music box doesn’t always make sense) but it’s so light and fun that I don’t really care. Besides, it’s the chemistry between Neal and Peter that makes the show so great anyway. The reason it doesn’t get a straight A is that so much of Neal’s backstory is centered around his ex-girlfriend Kate who, unfortunately, is not very likable or sympathetic (thanks largely to the actress that plays her).

CSI Miami

No grades for these shows. I watch each week because it’s become a routine but I’m not too invested.

– *yawn*
Supernatural – Watched the first few episodes of the season and it felt a little “been there, done that.” Then the episodes kept piling up on the DVR until finally last month, Rob & I deleted all of them. I enjoyed the earlier seasons (and of course love Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki) but honestly, I just got bored.

Need to Catch up on:
The Vampire Diaries
. I’m about 4 episodes behind but this show is SO good it automatically gets an A for being so AWESOME.

premiere week, part 3

So Rob and I happened to catch the tail-end of a Chuck rerun a few weekends ago and ended up *really* loving it… so much so that in the past week, we’ve caught up with all 4 episodes that have aired so far. It’s a show that I initially wrote off because the premise sounded a little wacky but it totally works! I even like Sarah Lancaster in this and I normally… don’t. I mean, she’s a fine actress but I will always think of her as Madison, the evil character from Everwood who ruined season 2 for me. (No, I will not get over that).

Anyway, very quick TV comments on shows I’ve watched in the past few weeks (Private Practice, Pushing Daisies, Prison Break, Grey’s, FNL, Ugly Betty, Supernatural, Smallville). I’m going to try and keep it to 1 or 2 sentences because I’m feeling lazy. :/ Come see after the jump!

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tv on a 3-day weekend

I just LOVE 3-day weekends.

I usually have big plans like cleaning the apartment, doing laundry, going to the gym, etc. But what always happens is that I catch up with my TV and eat. A LOT. For example, I rarely ever eat donuts but this weekend, we passed by Krispy Kreme and I think I inhaled about 6. YIKES.

And I think I totally overdosed on TV too. I caught up with most shows (except Studio 60 and Gilmore Girls) and I blew through a cumulative total of 10+ episodes to get almost-but-not-quite caught up with Smallville and Friday Night Lights.

Honestly, I’m not sure why I still watch Smallville sometimes, lol. Lex and Lana (the characters and their relationship) are ruined to me and I’m finding myself really loving Chloe. WHAT IS GOING ON?!

But Friday Night Lights is a completely different show and gawd, I absolutely love it. I cry for Jason, I get angry at Smash, I am sad for Matt, I am horrified yet understanding about the Street/Taylor lawsuit, and I go “Awww” for Matt/Julie and Coach/Tami. This show? It sure makes me feel. I especially love all the men. They’re the ones that make this show work for me. The ladies are great too (except Tyra — after 13 episodes, I haven’t warmed up to her at all) but they don’t really hold a candle to Coach, Matt, Jason, Tim, Smash, and Landry. *hugs them all*

So I’m watching the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy and all of a sudden, I see an old friend of mine from high school!!! He was playing a paramedic at the beginning of the episode and he actually had a few lines talking to Derek. Is that weird OR WHAT?! Back in high school, he was always the one who tried out for school plays/musicals so I’m not surprised to find that he’s still working at it. I’m so happy for him. We weren’t super close or anything but we had a lot of mutual friends so we kinda ran around the same circles and went to school events together as part of a big group. (Robyn, if you’re reading this, it was Tim!) The other big surprise of the episode was the very end. You know what I’m talking about. Mmmm. πŸ˜€ Also, Izzie needs to learn when to keep her mouth shut. Chastising George about his marriage was SO not appropriate at that time. I used to love her so much. But now, I can’t stand her. I think I might even like George more than her. Which is saying a lot.

The series finale of The OC is just days away. The penultimate episode was great but I couldn’t watch it without feeling sad. I did love the following moments:

— Ryan: I suddenly have the urge to listen to Death Cab and….read comic books.
Seth: Really?
Ryan: No.
— the callbacks to prior storylines and characters… Lindsay/Sadie, making a list of everyone Ryan’s punched in Newport
— Taylor diving into the kitchen before shooting her mom. BWAH.
— Ryan: I don’t know if I mentioned…
Seth: You did.
— Ryan and Seth becoming blood brothers
— Seth: If we could’ve turned this into a body swap comedy, we could’ve squeezed another year or two out of this.

I have high hopes for the finale. *sobs*

I think I’m giving up America’s Next Top Model. I have too many shows to keep up with and something has to go. Especially since I’d like to give The Black Donnellys a try.

returning shows

I love October. Because it means my birthday’s coming. πŸ˜€

I keep seeing promos for Friday Night Lights. I wasn’t originally planning on watching this show but… I might. It looks pretty! And I love the Fort Minor song that plays over the promo. What is wrong with me?! I don’t even like football, people. *sigh*

Does anyone know any fansites where I can find hi-res photos for the new TV shows (ie. Studio 60, Heroes, etc)? I haven’t had much luck while searching today.
So, my thoughts on a few returning shows…

Prison Break
There’s something *off* this season for me. Maybe it’s because the prison isn’t the primary setting anymore. I’ve always enjoyed the prison politics and now that they’re outside, it’s not so exciting for me. Especially since I CANNOT STAND the thought of T-Bags loose in the world. It gives me the creeps. And I just can’t take Mahone seriously. He’s too smart. I mean, really. REALLY? But whatever, Michael in a suit keeps me coming back. Though how DOES he keep that suit so clean? πŸ˜€

America’s Next Top Model
BWAHAHAHA. This show is awesome. I don’t know everyone’s names yet except Monique. Girl is CRAZY. I thought Jade (from last cycle) was arrogant but Monique is about ten times worse. UGH. No favorites just yet but I am liking the twins. They’ve both had amazing pictures. Oh, and Anchal rocks because she was the only one to actually say something to Monique when she was monopolizing the phone.

Grey’s Anatomy
Whoa, McSteamy. Go Addison! Hehe. πŸ˜€ In all seriousness, I am SO GLAD it looks like Derek and Addison are headed towards separation. Actually, I am SO GLAD *Derek* has finally realized that their relationship is over. Addison really wanted to try and repair their marriage and he went along with it because he thought it was the right thing to do. Ugh, he just prolonged their pain. And made himself look like a complete weasel since he continued to string Meredith along. I really liked Meredith and Derek in the first season but season 2 left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Still loving Cristina. Still don’t like George. But I like Callie. Which is weird since her storyline (as of now) revolves around George. And am I the only one who doesn’t think Izzie should return to the surgical program? I love her BUT she got too emotionally involved with a patient, she worsened his condition to get him a heart… she pretty much broke every rule in the book. I’m willing to suspend belief for my shows but seriously? She would not be returning to surgery.

I *really* enjoyed the premiere. I can’t believe I’m so excited about this season. It might have been the promo picures I just stumbled on… or maybe it was because it was a solid episode. I loved the fight between Clark and Zod (“Kneel before Zod”). I loved that Chloe brushed off her kiss with Clark… and I actually believed her. I loved the open-ended Lex/Lana scene at the end (so angsty!). Plus, this episode introduced Jimmy Olsen! I think the show needed a fresh face. I’m definitely intrigued. It’ll be interesting to see where Clark is headed now that he’s pretty much all alone (can’t confide in Lex or Lana and Jor El and the Fortress are closed to him).

season finales, part 1

AWESOME. So You Think You Can Dance? has premiered. Oh man, I love this show.

I’m finally getting around to blogging about this season’s finales (most of these finales aired weeks ago but just in case, SPOILERS ARE AHEAD)…

Grey’s Anatomy
AMAZING finale. Too bad it was ruined by my ANGER at Izzie. Argh. She frustrated me so much. I realize her actions were motivated by love but OMG, she had her crazy face on. I never thought that Denny would survive (it just didn’t make sense in terms of the story) so I wasn’t suprised when he died. It did break my heart, though. I wouldn’t call myself a Denny/Izzie fan but watching her break down in tears pained me. But I loved, loved, loved when Alex picked her up off the bed… it was such a beautiful gesture. But then I’ve loved everything about Alex recently (despite his assiness). Cristina disappointed me a little bit with her inability to be supportive of Burke (*sob* I hope his hand is okay) but the big disappointment was the Meredith/Derek love triangle ending. I’m so over them. And I’m a Mer/Der fan. They almost killed the finale for me.

America’s Next Top Model
Loved that both Joanie and Danielle were in the final 2. I would have been so pissed if Jade had made it that far. I was already pissed that she was in the final 3! I think I was rooting for Joanie just a tad bit more but I’m satisfied with Danielle winning. They both took absolutely gorgeous pictures. Overall, though, I think this cycle was kinda… meh. No one really stood out to me (well, except for Jade but she stood out for all the wrong reasons). Even Joanie and Danielle don’t seem to have that “it” quality. In person, they just don’t come across like models. But then, a couple of the past winners didn’t strike me as having model qualities either (ie. Naima and Nicole). Oh well, I’ve never thought that ANTM actually produced real models anyway.

Veronica Mars
So it was Beaver. He did exhibit some questionable behavior throughout the season so I can buy it. I liked him, though… when I thought he was just a shy teenager who was bullied around. Now? Not so much. He orchestrated the bus crash. And if that’s not enough, he raped Veronica. !!! *shudders* Poor Veronica. I was crying with her when she confronted Beaver about the rape. And while I’m not a Logan/Veronica fan, I did love the way he was so protective of her in that rooftop scene but their reunion gave me whiplash. It wasn’t too long ago that Veronica walked away from him with tears streaming down her face. Plus, I would rather *see* them get to the point where they can be in a relationship instead of watching flashbacks of their summer together in the season 3 premiere. As for the rest of the finale, I thought anything involving Jackie was unnecessary (her storyline should have been resolved in previous episodes) and my favorite scene was Duncan’s brief conversation with Clarence Wiedman and their reference to the CW. Hehe! I’m worried about Weevil, though… I hope his arrest doesn’t mean he won’t be around next season. πŸ™

Aaaaannnnnddd I have about 10 other finales to write about but it’s time for bed. πŸ˜€

damn 7th heaven

OMG. It looks like Everwood was actually supposed to be picked up. The CW even made a website for it here. Seeing that makes the cancellation worse. It was *thisclose* to getting renewed.

At least I know it was 7th Heaven that killed my show. Dawn Ostroff herself confirms this here in an interview with TV Guide’s Michael Ausiello. I still don’t quite get it, though. I mean, couldn’t 7th Heaven’s finale have drawn in such high ratings simply *because* it was a SERIES finale? I know I’ve tuned in for series finales to shows I’ve long since stopped watching only because I want to see how it all ends.

Sorry for all the posts on this subject, LOL. I have to stop.

Ok… in some funny news, if you’re a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you have to watch this video from the Upfronts. Burke, The Chief and McDreamy! In the shower! That’s pretty awesome. πŸ˜€ Credit goes to TI or Repro Images for sharing the video.

Anyway, I’m taking the day off tomorrow so Rob and I can drive down to Southern CA to visit the family. I won’t be around until Sunday so I hope everyone has a great weekend! πŸ™‚

nbc + abc upfronts

Some early news about pickups and cancellations on The CW. *sigh* DAMN IT.

Anyway, some comments on the NBC and ABC upfronts…

I knew NBC was doing horrible but I didn’t realize HOW horrible. OMG, they have A TON of new shows next season. Sadly, the only new show I have any interest in watching is Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And that’s pretty much because of Matthew Perry (YAY, I’m so excited he’s back on TV!) and Bradley Whitford. I think they’ll make a great team. Plus, it’s an Aaron Sorkin show. He never fails with the dialogue.

Ok, I take it back. I *may* also be interested in checking out Heroes because I just saw Greg Grunberg’s name on the cast list. Although the show’s premise sounds borderline cheesy… “Ordinary people discover they have extraordinary powers.” This show could go either way.

I can’t believe that The Apprentice was renewed. I mean, seriously?! NBC must really be hurting. It’s had horrible ratings and it’s gotten worse each season it’s been on the air. I’m glad about Las Vegas, though. It’s a terrible show (who cares about Danny and Delinda? Not me) but I need my Josh Duhamel fix. YUM.

It’s no surprise that Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy were renewed. I’m REALLY surprised that What About Brian was renewed. I never made it past the first episode.

It’s sad not to see Alias listed. *sob*

I think I’m going to check out —
Day Break – Sounds like a mix of shows that have all been done before… a detective is accused of killing an Asst. DA and he will keep reliving the same day until he figures out who is framing him. But you know, this is different. Cause it’s Taye Diggs. πŸ˜›

Six Degrees – This show intrigues me because it’s another JJ Abrams-produced show.

But of course, once the promos start airing and the Entertainment Weekly Fall TV Preview issue comes out, everything could change and I’ll watch none of the shows I thought I would.

Off to check out the CBS schedule…


another tv meme

I finally caught up with America’s Next Top Model. Is it just me or is the quality of the contestants in this cycle just not there? I mean, Furonda? And Gina (OMG, she upsets me so MUCH. She is so uncomfortable in her own skin)? And Jade? EEEK. Still, though, I haven’t laughed as hard as I did during the runway training and the judging. Hehehe. I’m pretty evil.

So I hear that Veronica Mars is moving back to Tuesdays at 9? It won’t have ANTM as a lead-in anymore… I hope that won’t cause the ratings to go south. I guess that’s a better slot, though, since it won’t be against Lost anymore. And I’ll be able to watch VM live now. I can always Tivo Supernatural.

Anyway, just wanted to do this fun TV meme stolen from Alie

List your six favorite TV shows:
I’m doing current shows since I’m sure you all don’t want to hear about Dawson’s Creek anymore…
1. Everwood
2. Grey’s Anatomy
3. Veronica Mars
4. CSI
5. One Tree Hill
6. The OC

01. Who is your favorite character from #2?
Burke. He’s awesome. He’s a strong character but doesn’t come across as unlikable. And he has a really tender and romantic side, which makes me *swoon.*
02. Who is your least favorite character from #4?
That’s easy. Ecklie. I don’t even know his first name, that’s how much I like him. He’s a good antagonist but most of the time I wish he would leave the CSI’s alone!
03. What would a crossover between #1 and #5 include?
EEEK. Well, I hope that the Everwood folks would mellow out the OTH kids. At the very least a confrontation between Dan Scott and Dr. Abbott would be mighty interesting. Dr. Abbott could teach Dan a few things about parenting. Heh.
04. Who is your favorite ship from #6?
This changes a lot (hey, I’m fickle). But right now, I’d say Kirsten and Sandy. As much as I love Seth and Summer, I love Kirsten and Sandy both together and individually which sometimes I can’t say for the teens (*cough*Seth*cough*)
05. If you were to set one person from #3 and one person from #6 on a blind date, who would they be?
Weevil and Ryan? Hehe. They’d actually make an interesting duo since they both seem to have that hero complex when it comes to the women in their lives. I’d also like to see interaction between Taylor and Logan. I think they would be hilarious together. Taylor would boss him around and he would probably love it.
06. If you could meet one person from #4 and spend the day with them, who would it be, and what would you do?
WARRICK!!! It’s a little weird but I’d love to shadow him on an investigation. Just to see the procedures and the whole thought process.
7. If you could change one thing about #2’s plotline, what would you change?
I mentioned this in a previous entry, but I would kill off Denny. I think Izzie’s journey would be much more interesting. I mean, what kind of relationship could she have with him if he lives? It would all be off-screen because I just can’t seem him as a series regular or even a guest star. It doesn’t make sense. Plus, Izzie needs to learn to have some distance with her patients.
Explain a relationship between two people (not necessarily romantic) from show #5, and why you like the relationship between them.
I adore Nathan and Haley. I just love their entire romantic story. From their secret tutoring sessions… To their surprise kiss… And to their gorgeous (but completely unexpected) wedding on the beach. Even in season 2, when the writers messed with Haley and her character, they kept me watching the show.
9. If the lead title characters (first name in the credits) from #1 and #3 were both drowning, and you could only save one, who would it be?
Well… I guess I would have to agree with Alie, I would save Kristen Bell over Treat Williams. πŸ™
10. If you could change the title characters’ order in the credits for #4, what order would you choose?
Erm, I can’t remember the credit sequence and I’m far too lazy to check my DVDs… I’m sure the credits are fine. I don’t remember ever thinking I wanted to change the order…
11. If you were able to add a new character, any kind of character you wanted, to the storyline for #6, what would the character be like and what would their role be?
The show is a revolving door as it is with all the new characters they have each season so I wouldn’t add anyone else right now. I actually would bring back Teresa. I want to see some resolution to that baby storyline!
12. What happens in your favorite episode of show #2?
Huh. I just sat here thinking about this for awhile and I don’t think I have a favorite episode for GA. There are lots of moments that I love, though… Burke giving Cristina a key, Izzie helping Alex study even after he slept with Nurse Olivia, Cristina and Izzie helping Meredith shower after the bomb explosion, Burke helping Izzie with Thanksgiving dinner… Lots of great stuff here.
13. If you could kill off one of the characters of #1, who would it be and how would you do it?
No one. I love all the Everwood folks THISMUCH. Sometimes I do have it out for Dr. Jake but during those times, I just want him to leave, not die. Besides, I hear that there’s already going to be a character death this season and I don’t want to think about that. πŸ™
14. If you got the chance to visit the set for either show #3 or show #5, which would you choose?
Tough one. I’d probably choose the set of Veronica Mars just cause I’d love to hang out with Kristen Bell and Francis Capra. πŸ˜€ I came very close to choosing OTH but the rumor is that the set is ice cold in large part because of the animosity between Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray.
15. If you could date anyone from any of these shows, which show and which person?
Nathan Scott from One Tree Hill. YUMMY.

GA superstition

I just finished watching Grey’s Anatomy 2.21, Superstition and I realized something. I’m pretty much a horrible person. Let me count the ways (possible spoilers ahead)…

1. I have absolutely no sympathy for George. I’m glad Alex gave him that much-needed verbal smackdown. And I was totally annoyed when he sat down with Cristina at lunch and proceeded to let lunch meat fall down from his mouth. UGH. I have hope, though, that Dr. Torres will make him watchable again.
2. Izzie is slowly working my last nerve. I normally LOVE her but I *really* don’t like the whole “doctor falling for a patient” storyline. Especially since it makes her unbelievably whiny.
3. …unpopular opinion ahead… I kinda wanted Denny to die. Not because I didn’t like him (he’s awesome!) but because there would be more storylines to explore. I mean, Izzie might finally learn why she shouldn’t get so involved with patients. Besides the fact that it really drives me crazy.

Anyway, I absolutely loved the music in last night’s episode. I wish the ABC site would hurry up and list the songs already. Gawd. I have some downloading to do!

Woot! New Prison Break tonight! FINALLY.