Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy "Bobby" Thanksgiving 2009!

Just a little something to help celebrate the day the "best" way I know how...with Bobby. And for those of you who do not observe the holiday, please have a wonderful day and enjoy the card. It may take a few seconds to load, but I hope you find it is worth the short wait.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Season 4 Is On Its Way

I just received an email from that most wonderful of Internet shopping me to the fact that Season 4 is on its way. I suppose I should be more specific and state Season 4 of Law & Order Criminal Intent, but I "assume" the majority of you will intuitively know that of which I speak without needing that particular detail.

Needless to say, I'm a very happy girl.

I don't even care that the photo on the cover is from an earlier season...I'm just so damn happy the folks at Universal "finally" got off their collective butts and released it. It should be here by Thanksgiving, so I know what I'll be doing Thanksgiving day while the turkey is roasting, the pies are baking and the sauces are simmering. Finally, a decent source from which to screen cap all those great episodes like "Semi-Detached," "Want," "Silver Lining," and "Collective" -- to name a few. I repeat...I'm a very happy girl.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bobby's Boxers On eBay

Well, technically, they are purportedly from the wardrobe of one Vincent D'Onofrio, but he wore them as Bobby. Actually, quite a few items of VDO apparel have been showing up on eBay recently. Guess that's what happens when they write you out of a show, huh? There are a couple of shirts, including one blue one, a couple of silk ties, and a pair of...wait for it..."boxers."

I swear I just heard the collective "thud" of VDO Vixens fainting all around the world. Here is the link for the boxers. I have purchased a couple of VDO shirts from this seller, including a coveted BTSOH. He/she used to post a photo of the item up for auction, but I haven't noticed that lately. Hopefully, the winner will post a photo for the rest of us to drool over.

Let the bids begin!

Bobby's Boxers Update. As Eliza pointed out in her comment, there was indeed a photo of Mr. D'Onofrio's undergarment after all. I would like to say that I was so flummoxed by the mere notion of someone offering for sale such a "personal" item of apparel that I momentarily went blind at the mere thought of owning something that had so intimately caressed Bobby's...ahem..."man parts." The sad truth is, I'm just old and am not as sharp as I once was. It's hell...this getting old thing and it certainly is not for the faint of heart.

Thank you for the heads-up, Eliza. The bidding is up to $50. It will be interesting to see just how much someone is willing to pay for a pair of VDO's underpants. Interesting indeed.

"Bright Boy" Quotes

I have been looking forward to getting to this episode to quote and screen cap for quite some time now; especially since it is one that I particularly liked. In fact, it probably makes my Top 10 list of LOCI favorite episodes.

I don’t usually cap and quote the opening set-up scenes, but after watching this episode for at least the hundredth time, I just have to comment on the smarmy Deputy Mayor. Specifically, after Kim gets out of the car to “fetch” his paper, his wife calls and he says he is just getting out of the restaurant and saying good-bye to some colleague of the masculine persuasion. Do all men lie that effortlessly to their wives? Guess it's a good thing I never married.

On to the story. This episode contains one of my "all time" favorite Goren/Eames exchanges, and it happens very early on in the episode. Goren is examining the dead Deputy Mayor and plucks a microscopic fiber from the man’s coat. He ponders his discovery for a second and says, “Looks like Webster had a passenger, sat close to him, wore a purple cashmere sweater.” To which Eames replies, “Tight-fitting, size two, with a plunging neckline.” And, without missing a deadpan beat, Bobby says, “Hmm. That I can’t tell from this.” Good stuff.

Who says LOCI can’t have some “light” moments? USA morons.

It is always interesting to watch Goren and Eames piece together the crime puzzles tossed their way. They start out thinking the Deputy Mayor was the target, but as they wend their way through the maze of clues, they ultimately learn that the social worker was the intended target all along…just so the perp can get his “Bright Boy” into some fancy-schmancy elite school.

You know, had I lived anywhere near New York City, I would have volunteered (begged, pleaded) to be the murder victim every week just so Bobby could “check” me out for clues. Ah, to be checked out by Detective Robert Goren…I need a moment.

“I only eat candy,” says the initial smarmy suspect…Adolph. I know that line is just “begging” for a comment, but nothing comes to mind at the moment. As for his statement when he says, “I got this condition. Oily ears. It’s like I got “bugs” in there,” well…all I have to say is, “EWWW!” Actually, Eames’ expression sums up my feelings quite nicely.

"Bright Boy" Slideshow - Part I

I do love this man...Bobby. I am referring to the scene when they go to the school to question the head mistress – or whatever they call her – about the enrollment procedures. When Goren sees the mathematical problem on the board, he becomes naturally curious. The schoolmarm tells him he is going to disturb the children, but does that dissuade our Bobby? It does not. He wants to know if “these little kids are going to solve that?" Dr. Leonard follows with, “These are very gifted children.” To which, Eames replies with one of the best lines of the episode; i.e., “You’ll have to forgive my partner. He’s feeling very humble right now.”

When Goren and Eames go to talk with one of the kids who was on the "bubble," it is evident that he's really "into" music, and he makes a comment that "hot babes" go for musicians. I’ve got news for the kid, Charlie. Hot babes – and I believe that my “hot flashes” qualify me as a “hot” babe – don't only "go" for musicians. This one goes for tall, dark, handsome, crusading detectives.

It’s interesting to watch Goren and Eames work together, how they have each other’s backs and anticipate each other’s moves. Like when Goren asks Robbie if he wants to show him his room, Eames is on her feet in a second to finagle a way to keep the dad occupied, so Bobby can have a few minutes alone to question Robbie without his dad around. While I appreciate that because it’s…well…Bobby, if I were a parent who had been thus bamboozled, I’d most likely pitch a fit.

I’m thinking the writers for the this time anyway...must have been Derek Jeter fans. Remember the foot rub Eames wanted from him? And now the kid has a Derek Jeter rookie card…signed, no less. Jeter’s okay…it’s that damn Yankee uniform he wears that’s the rub.

I feel so sorry for this little boy. A "classic" example of a parent who could not cut the mustard in his own life, aspiring to live vicariously through his kid’s achievements. Only problem with that…the kid doesn’t get to be a kid.

Another reason I enjoyed this episode was all the “baseball talk.” I love baseball…it’s in my blood, but I bleed "Cincinnati Red," not Yankee pinstripe blue. So, for the record, the glove Bobby pulled from beneath Robbie’s bed was not a catcher’s mitt, so he did not “deduce” that was the position Robbie played by the style of glove the kid owned. But Bobby was most definitely right in his declaration that “catcher” is the thinking man’s position on a baseball team. I’ve got a “thing” for catchers. It started with Johnny Bench back in 1969 and has been going strong ever since.

And that brings us to one of the things that I love to watch Bobby do…study the situation…ponder the possibilities…contemplate the clues…deliberate the – I just like to “watch” him, okay? And, in case you're wondering, I'm talking about the scene when he is studying the white board in the interview room.

And now for one of the silliest lines I “evah” heard from Eames directed to Bobby, “You really need a million bucks that bad?” Hello?! Like…yeah. Doesn't everyone?

Did anybody else find it incredibly sad that a ten year old child could feel so completely lost and alone that he had thoughts of suicide? Of course, will all the atrocities one sees in the news these days, I suppose it may not be all that rare?

"Bright Boy" Slideshow - Part II

I’m with Carver on being incredulous over the concept that a man would kill two people just to get his kid into an educational program. But, then I remember that the world is, you know, “insane” and I understand how it could happen.

After Carver works his magic and finagles a search warrant for Goren & Eames to execute at Robbie’s house, I love the scathing look Eames gives the dad when he says his son would tell him if he was unhappy. Can you spell clueless? It just dawned on me that this egomaniac father demonstrates all the disparaging traits of a “stage mom.”

And the jerk has the “nerve” to call Bobby a know-it-all. Yeah, yeah…I know, I call him that, too. But I say it with “love.” Bobby, bless his heart, just smiles at Bishop and asks him if he’s dyslexic. Which leads to a question? If Robbie's dad was dyslexic, how could he develop and implement a curriculum designed to teach a genius? How could he prep this kid for his SATs and all those other tests they talk about in this episode? Just wonderin'.

Okay, I don’t know about you, but I’m an adult, and can’t say that I could remember what happened to me “last Wednesday” without giving it some serious thought. So, when Eames asks Robbie if his dad read to him last Wednesday, and he answers...without missing a beat...well, I find that…not very believable. Even for a genius; maybe even especially for a genius.

I felt so sorry for Robbie. He just wanted to have fun and be a kid. Why is it that so many parents muck-up their kid’s life before they even get a chance to live it? Poor Robbie, all he wanted to do was play baseball. How was this child supposed to know that his crazy dad would kill someone over his little “white” lie?

I loved the scene when Goren and Eames are going over Robbie’s file and Bobby asks for the MMPI test results, and they find out they both had to take the same test their senior year in high school. Bobby had to go see the school shrink and Alex gets elected prom queen, or so she says. It was cute…the witty banter. USA Network should take a look back at some early episodes and learn a thing or two...or three. And I don’t know about you, but my high school barely had a couple of guidance…and I use the term loosely…"counselors," let alone a school “shrink.”

"Bright Boy" Slideshow - Part III

As much as I love the scene when Bobby talks to Robbie at his “school,” I have a lot of problems as to how they “orchestrated” this meeting. First, I would “think” that they would still need the father’s permission to talk with the minor child at the school, but then what do I know?

“I imagine I could persuade her,” says Carver in regard to getting Dr. Leonard’s permission to speak to Robbie at the University. Yeah, right. “Threaten” is a more appropriate term as to what took place. I have to say I agree with Dr. Leonard on this one. Oh, and – like I have to tell you this – watch Bobby in the background as the exchange between Carver and Leonard progresses. He is beside himself, waiting for the opportunity to get his “two cents” in…which he eventually does, of course.

I love the little maneuver/toss he does with the baseball to entice Robbie into conversation. And for the record, I – for one – would LOVE to play a game of “catch” with Bobby. I also love watching the nervous “leg bounce” when Bobby sits beside Robbie at the desk. Hmm? Wonder if I could come up with a way to harness all that nervous “energy?”

Poor little guy. As much as I wanted the dad caught for what he did, I hated that his kid had to “rat” him out. And talk about a parent putting undue pressure on a child…Robbie was in way over his head. It was nice to see Bobby try to comfort Robbie when he broke down in tears.

While, in my humble and completely “unbiased” opinion, no one has any better facial expressions that the redoubtable Detective Goren, Eames can sometimes give him a run for his money. Case in point, when David answers the door to find Bobby, Eames, and a couple of other detectives in the hallway, the “smile” with which Eames greets him is…priceless. Speaking of expressions, Bobby doesn’t look too pleased when David informs him he doesn’t have to answer his question about going to Colorado.

"Bright Boy" Slideshow - Part IV

Which leads us, as it invariably does, to the “gotcha” scene at the precinct. Although, they don’t question Bishop in the interrogation room, but the interview room. And, as I’ve said on numerous occasions, Bobby’s ability to lie “convincingly” and “effortlessly” at the drop of a hat is both amazing and a I mean, I know it’s an effective police investigative tool, but I cannot help but wonder if Detective Goren can differentiate between lying at work and lying off duty.

How easily David believed Bobby when he told him that Robbie had solved the Riemann Hypothesis. This poor sap looked so happy… elated…thinking his son had solved this impossible math problem and then, “Bing! Reality!” From the heights of unbridled ecstasy to the depths of unbearable misery in the blink of an eye. That’s what our Bobby can do to a person. Although it did serve the purpose of convincing the dad to confess to avoid a trial, so Robbie need not know that his lie is what led his dad to murder the social worker.

"Bright Boy" Slideshow - Part V

So, that brings long, long the end of another episode and a most excellent episode it was. Up next is "Anti-Thesis," and -- yes -- I should warn you now, there will be"sightings" of that most despicable of all creatures...Elizabeth Hitchens/Nicole Wallace. I almost used the term "nemesis" when describing her, until I was reminded that Nemesis was a Greek goddess unsuccessfully pursued by Zeus, and I almost wretched all over my laptop. Can't have that now, can we?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just Bobby In "Bright Boy"

I just got off the phone after a nice, long chat with my friend, Linda. She said there was an article in "TV Guide" this week in which USA states -- and I'm paraphrasing here -- that, basically, people don't want to go to bed "depressed," so that is why they offer shows like "Burn Notice," "Royal Pains," "In Plain Sight," and "White Collar." There was no mention whatsoever of "Law & Order CI."

Idiots. I mean, do you find anything...anything at all...remotely "depressing" about the gorgeous man in the following slideshow? I didn't think so. I rest my case. Welcome to USA...the clueless network.

Just Bobby Slideshow - "Bright Boy" - Season 2

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Bright Boy" Extras

I took a break from capturing the dialogue quotes from "Anti-Thesis" to try and finish the "Extras" slideshow for "Bright Boy." Turns out, I can't "force" amusing quips from my tired old brain today, so I'll just go with what I've got. Also turns out, I don't have much to say today by way of a lead-in, so let's just get on with the slideshow, shall we? Hope it makes you smile...if only a little.

Extras Slideshow - "Bright Boy" - Season 2

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Bright Boy" Partners

So, I'm watching "Frame" on Bravo (yes, I know it is a relative of the evil NBC/USA conglomerate, but I cannot help myself where Bobby is concerned) Sunday night when suddenly a singularly appalling thought occurred to me.

To explain, Bobby had just come into Rodger's morgue to learn how his brother had died. So, there is Frank, laid out on that stone cold slab, when it "hits" a ton of bricks. In the Season 9 opener, when either Eames, or Ross, or -- God forbid -- Bobby gets murdered, we're going to be privy to that scene. That god-awful, gut wrenching, completely unimaginable scene when the two left standing meet with Rodgers...with the autopsied corpse center ascertain the details of their colleague's gruesome demise.

If it's Ross, I'll be sad. If it's Eames, I'll be distraught. If it's my Bobby, I'll be completely and utterly inconsolable and be tempted to throw myself in front of a bus. You know, I used to look forward to the season premiere of Law & Order CI with almost "giddy" anticipation. This season...not so much.

Here's a look back at our dynamic crime solving duo when there was considerably less "angst" surrounding their personal lives.

Partners Slideshow - "Bright Boy" - Season 2

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Eames In "Bright Boy"

I've been working on the set of posts for "Bright Boy" for quite a while now. What can I say...I'm slow. The delay can be attributed to two things. Partly because when one's head feels like it is going to explode at any moment, staring at a computer screen loses its appeal. But "mostly" my overall feeling of malaise can be attributed to all the recent events and announcements surrounding the pending "demise" of my favorite television character of all time...Detective Robert Goren.

I don't mean demise in the ultimate sense of the word, but any way you look at it, (for me, at any rate) once Bobby departs at the beginning of Season do I.

And now we are being told that "someone" is going to die. I'm not overly concerned that it is going to be Bobby because Vincent D'Onofrio has stated in the press that Goren will continue to "pop up" now and again...whatever the hell that means. Of course, things have a way of changing in TV land, don't they, so who knows?

I have a sneaking suspicion it is going to be Eames, and that is all it is...a feeling. I don't know anybody who knows anybody who knows anybody in the "business" to give me the straight-up facts, so I'm just going with my gut here. All I know for certain is, it sure is hard to watch the old episodes now without thinking about what is "looming" ahead in the future for one of the "linchpins" of my favorite cop show.

Oh, well...enough of that. Here is a slideshow of Eames from "Bright Boy," which has to be one of my all time favorite Law & Order CI episodes.

Eames Slideshow - "Bright Boy" - Season 2

I may be out of line for saying this, but don't you just "hate" it when people leave comments on blogs "claiming" to know who the "victim" is because they "allegedly" witnessed the filming of the funeral scene, and then don't have the common decency to put us -- those of us who wish to know -- out of our misery? I hate this, "I know something you don't know" puerile attitude. ME already.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Another VDO Film Listed on IMDB

I had not checked out the Vincent D'Onofrio imdb page for a while, so I did this morning and found a movie listed for 2009 with which I was unfamiliar..."The New Tenants." I have not seen this mentioned on any of the VDO blogs I frequent and have been told that imdb is not always an accurate source of information, so do with it what you will. I've "Googled" and "Binged" and haven't been able to find anything else. He has "top billing," so that is promising.

Alas, there are no pictures to go with it, so this will be one of my shortest posts on record. I've been battling a sinus infection/ headache for almost a week, so haven't felt much like "computing." When not at work, I can be found in bed with a hot water pack on my face. In fact, I'm headed back to bed as soon as I publish this post. Happy Sunday everyone!