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Year of Revisiting #16 – Robin Hood

While he taxes us to pieces

And he robs of us our bread

King Richard’s crown keeps slippin’ down

Around that pointed head

Ah!  But while there is a merry man

In Robin’s wily pack

We’ll find a way to make him pay

And steal our money back


The last thing that I loved at some point in my life, hadn’t encountered in a while, and decided to “revisit” this year is the cartoon Robin Hood, which I hadn’t seen probably since childhood.  I must have watched it a hundred times as a kid, my grandfather always close by, sometimes singing along and laughing.  He and one of his close childhood friends had acted in a school play of the Robin Hood tale, so I think he has a special regard for the story.  And, of course, now so do I.  With the oddball mix of American Southern and British actors voicing the anthropomorphized animal characters, Robin Hood was just as fun and sweet and charming as I remember it being 20 years ago.



The Ten Best Gilmore Girls Episodes

The Gilmore Girls series, much like a fantastic Thanksgiving dish, came with a delicious mixture of ingredients that combined to make a perfect show. Take a sweet, strong bond between young mom Lorelai and her teen daughter, Rory. Add in some savory conflict between Lorelai and her well-to-do parents. Smear on a backdrop of a town of seriously quirky characters who do things like hold wakes for cats and debate about town troubadours. Stir in generous amounts of romance, the forbidden and the slow-burn and everything in-between. Season with witty humor and cultural references to everything from David Bowie to classic literature to Absolutely Fabulous.

It always made for a great watch, and that’s why G.G. Andrew and I are so excited to see the new Gilmore Girls episodes coming to Netflix this week! In our enthusiasm for all things Gilmore, we’ve rewatched the best moments of the series to bring you our top ten Gilmore Girls episodes, complete with recaps of why they’re so essential to the series.

Season 1 Episode 9, “Rory’s Dance”
Rory’s first formal dance at Chilton!  This episode is full of great Rory moments and life lessons.  Rory, initially reluctant to go, decides to attend after Lorelai convinces her not to skip the dance–or anything else in life–because she’s afraid.  Tristan torments Rory one second, gazes longingly at her the next, and later gets into a fight with Dean over her.  Emily chides Rory that you don’t go running out the door when a boy honks for you.  Dean is in top form too: he doesn’t want to go, doesn’t want to wear a suit, and doesn’t want to dance, yet does all of these things for Rory.  And when she asks if he’s her boyfriend, he replies, “I am if you want me to be.”  At the end, Rory and Dean fall asleep overnight at Miss Patty’s dance studio, which causes two epic fights: first between Lorelai and Emily, and then between Lorelai and Rory.  Both are heartbreaking and real and give us great insight into the three generations of Gilmore women. Read more

Year of Revisiting #15 – Bridget Jones

“I like you very much … just as you are.”

After reading Mad About the Boy and seeing Bridget Jones’s Baby, which was charming and delightful (I may have teared up a time or two), I was feeling nostalgic for early Bridget Jones. It had been years since I’d seen her.

Bridget Jones’s Diary and Bridget Jones: The End of Reason were like old friends popping into my television with warmth, comfort, and humor. Disappointed in love and harangued by friends and family over marriage and babies, Bridget is a hero for every 30-something singleton who spends her nights alone guzzling wine in a matching pajama set. Bridget is not desperate, but she is uncertain and a little insecure, which drives her to be silly, ridiculous, and needy at times. I adore her.

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Year of Revisiting #14 – I Love Lucy

“Being his girl Friday’s not so bad.  It’s what you have to go through Saturday and Sunday.”

I finally finished watching the last 3 seasons of I Love Lucy when the show became The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.  The last time I consumed this much Lucy I was a teacher grading papers for about a million hours per week and needing something enjoyable and undemanding in the background.  For whatever reason my DVD player at the time wouldn’t play the Comedy Hour episodes properly, so I never got to the end.

I love this show.  As a kid, I wanted to live on the world of I Love Lucy.  I literally cried when I found out Lucy and Desi in real life ended up divorcing.  Their bond seems to have remained even after their divorce, though.  I remember seeing footage of Desi, much older, singing the theme song on some late night talk show.  I’ve searched for the video repeatedly and can’t find it, but I’m pretty sure this is the audio.

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One reason I enjoy baseball is I’ve long harbored this belief/wish/hope that it would be the first major sport to integrate women into the game.  It’s finally happened, a little bit.  Pitch, the new drama that debuted last week, is about the first woman to play in the major leagues and was made in cooperation with Major League Baseball.  It’s fictional, but I’ll take what I can get. Read more