Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
Carlton isn't forgiving Kyle anytime soon
Guess what? Underneath Carlton's kinky, Wiccan, sex-addicted, curse-a-riffic exterior lies a little mush ball of marshmallow goo! Or something. Anyway, this is more or less the take away from this week's episode. After being schooled all season long in Carlton's kink, her taste for painful tattoos and her hard-charging ways, we watch her dissolve like a soggy Kleenex while talking to Lisa about Kyle's hurtful words. I'm still trying to make sense of Carlton, who strikes me as a walking ball of contradictions (she won't hurt a fly, or a bee, or any living creature, but has no problem screaming hysterically at anyone who offends her). I think she's fun, but I wouldn't want to be opposite her in a knife fight, either.
It turns out that Carlton is devastated, simply devastated that Kyle would call her an anti-Semite. She loves all people! She lived in South Africa! I know where she's going with this argument, but the way it's edited together, she seems thoroughly insane. Jews, black people, I love all minorities! I lived among them once! Not now, of course, but once! I hate Kyle, and she's Jewish, but I don't hate her because she's Jewish! She just bugs me!
The crazy is starting to bubble to the surface, too
We're at the stage in the competition at which some of the women seem to be waving big, red flags that plainly state "I'm CRAZY AS A BEDBUG" and "JUAN PABLO, IF YOU PICK ME YOU WILL REGRET IT UNTIL THE DAY YOU DIE." But hey, Juan Pablo is having a lot of fun, and he's making out with chicks under waterfalls, so who cares?
Don't miss the curling!
We're all still trying to cope with the fact NBC didn't air the policemen's choir singing "Get Lucky" during the Opening Ceremony (blah blah, wasn't really part of the ceremony, blah blah), but that doesn't mean there isn't some fun stuff to watch. Like curling. Don't you want to hire some of these people to scrub your floors? Because they get the job done, people.
Will Kandi and Kenya's relationship ever be the same?
Wow, that was some brawl, wasn't it? I never really expected to see Kandi come completely unglued, but, as Cynthia points out, you do not mess with Kandi's man, ever. Well, not unless you want to see her cut a bitch.
Mary gets muddy, and Anna's secret isn't so secret anymore
While most of the big events that came to pass in this episode were ones we saw coming from a mile away (the moment we knew Lord Gillingham was coming back for a visit, we knew Anna's secret wasn't going to stay so secret), there was still satisfaction to be had in how so many of these moments played out. Sure, we can pretty much place money bets on what's ahead for Mary's love life, but that doesn't make me any less interested in watching it all play out (pigs + mud = romance). That being said, there were surprises, and big ones. Well, one big one. Edith.
Hockey, figure skating and snowboarding, oh my!
Well, if all the dog killing and gay bashing in Sochi hasn't dimmed your enthusiasm for alpine skiing, good news! NBC has tons of programming. Even better, this year's Winter Olympics promises to be far more dangerous than usual thanks to slipshod construction and the awkwardness of double toilets. Yay!
He also explains why Ken Jeong is "shameful"
You wouldn't think a bad guy from "Breaking Bad" would be a ton of fun to interview, but guess what? Jonathan Banks is more fun than a barrel of monkeys on meth. Well, that might not be all that fun. Might be kind of crazy and violent. But he's really fun. Promise.
Damon just can't stay out of trouble, either
We knew it was only a matter of time before someone figured out "Elena" wasn't really herself. The only surprise was that it wasn't Katherine herself who gave away her true identity. Watching her roll her eyes, flirt mercilessly with Stefan, and wing her way through conversations she doesn't entirely understand, it's been hard to believe that Elena's nearest and dearest aren't whispering about how "off" their friend seems.
The network is currently casting couples for new episodes
How much did you love "Sex Sent Me to the ER" on TLC? If the answer to that question is "a whole lot," you're not alone in your adoration. TLC's four episode run of the series averaged 1.9 million viewers. Not surprisingly, TLC is looking to serve up many more tales of sexual misadventure, as the show has now been picked up for an additional 35 one-hour episodes. Best of all? If you have a horror story to share, you just might get your chance.
Only the toughest survivalists need apply
Reality TV producers have finally discovered that they don't really need the lure of a million dollars to make people do terrifying things. No, for some intrepid adrenaline junkies, bragging rights are more than enough. With that in mind, Nat Geo has announced a casting call for the new season of "Ultimate Survival Alaska." Only people who like being really, really cold apply!