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Rage on the Radio

In the segment, Rage on the Radio, from Bill Moyers Journal, we see just how influential “shock jocks” are to society. Moyers quotes Oliver Holmes who stated that “Language is sacred, and that it’s abuse should be criminal.” This is “verbicide” or use of words in a violent matter is something many would agree with as wrong, well everyone except for the “shock jocks” we hear so much about. Moyers leads into this idea as he recaps the events at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee where a 58 year old unemployed truck driver opened fire against innocent church goers. One person was left dead, one was mortally wounded and six were left injured. As the reverend, Chris Buice states, “This man was armed with not only weapons but with hate.” The next day, in a police statement, it was revealed that the shoot was frustrated over not being able to obtain a job as well as his hatred of the liberal movement, which was supported in this church. The killer stated that “all liberals should be killed because they were ruining this country.” Additionally, several books by right wing radio talk show hosts were found in his home. This might come as a shock to average people but for conservatives, maybe not. This type of language is heard all over by radical right wing talk radio hosts who take advantage of every form of media out there to deliver their hateful and quite frankly disgusting thoughts.  By this I mean the ideas expressed by shock jocks such as Michael Savage who claims “liberalism is like the HIV virus”, “gays are pigs”, as well as attacking kids with autism by saying “they are brats who haven’t been told to cut the act.” Among these hateful people is Glenn Beck who fantasizes about killing liberal filmmaker Michael Moore. It’s one thing to keep these things to yourself, but to go out and say them on the radio?! Really?! These people are the reason so much violence and hate exists. These people scapegoat liberals, minorities, you name them, and they blame them. They blame liberals for the violence and wrongs in the country when in reality, it is these right wing talk show hosts that are spreading negativity. Someone in the interview pointed out that you never see Liberals using extreme hateful language against Conservatives but you see this type of talk all the time among right wingers. I honestly do not understand why no action is taken against these people. Sure, they have freedom of speech but when this speech encourages hate and killing then shouldn’t this be an indicator of perhaps too much free speech. I’ll tell you the reason, money. These shock jocks have millions upon millions of listeners each week and are bestselling authors. Therefore, they clearly make a lot of money, money which can be used to support right wing candidates and officials which is why nothing is done to stop all the hate being harnessed by these people. It’s going to take a tragedy for the government to realize that maybe something should be done.

 

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 13-Beef Consomme

Rating 4.5/5

                Finally! The moment I had been waiting for has finally arrived! Michael and Marta finally tell each other how they feel. However, like always, their high family values prevent them from showing each other how they really feel. They realize that in order to go forward with this relationship, they must first tell Gob what has been going on.

                While these two people are falling in love, Tobias and Lindsay are falling out of love. They continue arguing and masking their feelings in front of Maeby even though it is pretty obvious that their relationship is going nowhere. Meanwhile, George Michael continues to getting to the bottom of whether or not Maeby is related to him. However, Tobias is distracted by the fact that his new gig calls for a shower seen which of course, is a big problem for a never nude.

                Buster asks Gob straight up if he’s done with Marta so that he can pursue a relationship with her. This is pretty hilarious as all three Bluth brothers are after the same woman which leads me to believe, that this will not work out for any of them.  While talking to Gob, Buster tells him that hermano means brother which have got Gob’s gears turning. He rushes to the soap opera set to confront Marta about her relationship with hermano. Michael finds out about this and races over to stop him while Buster gets ready for the family courthouse appearance the next day.

                Meanwhile George Michael goes to Lucille so that he can tell her how Maeby got to existing. Lucille reveals that she was “made in a cup, like soup, a $130,000 cup of soup.” She also says that Maeby spent her inheritance on getting here so she shouldn’t look forward to that. George Michael is thrilled about this new information.  While confronting “hermano”, Gob gets beat up by the guy he believes is sleeping with Marta and ends up in 2/3 of a hospital room (the set that is used for hospital scenes.) It is here that Michael reveals that the hermano Marta likes has been him all along. Gob states that he would not have minded this as he is an amazing guy and suggests that he “goes for it.”

                Michael arrives at Marta’s house and proceed to kiss while Buster looks on, heartbroken, in the background. Just as they’re about to do it, Michael receives a call from Lucille. Everyone had forgotten about George’s hearing leaving Lucille alone with Gob at the courthouse. Meanwhile Lindsay and Tobias help each other in getting past Tobias issue of not being able to nude.

                While at the hearing, Buster tells Gob that he saw Michael and Marta kissing. Gob did not believe that he would really go ahead with this relationship. Michael shows up late to the hearing and Gob confronts him. However, since this show is filmed like a documentary/reality show, the camera is not allowed inside the courtroom which defeats the purpose as they already had a scene inside the courtroom. Their fight took them all the way outside the court and Buster joined in just so he could fulfill his dream of being punched in the face. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Tobias were still undressing as a way to help him overcome his fear of nudity and for the first time in several years, had sex.

                Back at the park where the fight was still going on, Marta arrived only to break off all ties with the Bluth’s after seeing they clearly did not care about family. They both realize this is not the way brothers should act and decide to stop fighting.  Buster however, is still unhappy about not being punched in the face and when Michael almost does, he quickly crawls up into a ball.

                Even though I was thrilled that Michael and Marta were finally together, my dreams were crushed due to Michael and Gob’s immaturity. However, I am glad that Tobias got over being a never nude and based on the previous, he is now liberated and comfortable being nude all the time even in front of the family.  I am also confused over the episode name as usually they tie into the episode but a title like “Beef Consomme” doesn’t make sense since consumme is like a broth soup thing unless it is referring to the soup analogy.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 12-Marta Complex

Rating: 4/5

                This episode begins with an anniversary party for Lindsay and Tobias which was thrown by Lucille after being tricked by Michael. Marta shows up at this party with Gob and asks Michael if he’s seeing anyone because she feels he should have someone special in his life. Lindsay sees them talking and later asks if he’s fine with Gob and Marta still being together. Michael claims that he is over her and should move on. Meanwhile, Tobias continues to hang around with deadbeat actor Carl Weathers still believing he has a shot at acting. Tobias realizes this and thinks it’s time to get his money back.

                Lucille uses Carl to separate Lucille 2 and Buster by making them go one a dinner date on the night Buster has classes. Bust is obviously upset by this. Later on in the evening, the family gathers around to watch a tape George sent to Lindsay and Tobias from prison. The family believed this was a legit anniversary toast but it was actually an infomercial advertising George’s course of Judaism for only $49.99. While Michael gives a toast, Marta realizes that he is actually the one she’s been looking for.

                The day after the speech, Lindsay informs Michael that he inspired her to get the guts to file for divorce. He suggests that they separate for a while which means Lindsay and Maeby sharing a room and George Michael sharing a room with Tobias. George Michael is upset by this as he thinks this means that they found out that he likes Maeby.  Gob then tells him that after the speech he realized that Marta has been cheating on him and they decide to follow her and find out who she’s been cheating with.

                Marta and Buster arrive at the model home which is where Buster realizes that she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Marta however, is there to talk to Michael and ask him out to dinner where she will most likely reveal that she is in love with him. While unpacking, Tobias reveals to George Michael that he and Lindsay had problems conceiving but is interrupted by a phone call therefore leaving George Michael with the thought that Maeby may actually be adopted.

                On the night of the dinner, Michael tells Marta to just go ahead and admit what is going on. She is confused as she doesn’t know that Michael believes she is seeing someone else. Michael asks her son to show her who “Hermano” is which is actually the Spanish word for brother. Michael ruins the whole surprise and leads Marta to believe their relationship can never work. It is then that he discovers that gift he saw her buying was actually for him, a tux which he had said he does not have. Michael realizes his mistake and of course feels like an idiot.

                I was upset over this episode as I had been waiting forever for Marta to realize that she belonged with Michael. I seriously hope that they end up together. Also, I’m upset that Lindsay would even consider leaving Tobias as he is pretty much my favorite character in this series. Overall, this episode left me feeling pessimistic about what will happen next.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 11-Public Relations

Rating 3/5      

          We begin with Michael taking George Michael on an interview for the Milford School, a very prestigious school. However, they are turned down as the head of the school states that he wishes to distance themselves away from the Bluth name after an article was post in the paper over trouble Lucille had at a restaurant. The problem was that Lucille and Lindsay caused a scene after getting drunk at a Klimpy’s Diner and breaking plates. They were both upset that they had been reduced to poverty after being turned away from an upscale restaurant. Obviously upset that their family’s reputation can hurt George Michael’s chances of success, he decides to hire a publicist whom he had been flirting with at the gym.

                The publicist, Jessie, suggests that everyone get a job which of course is considered preposterous by the family. She suggests they play up George’s devotion to Judaism and make Michael the new face of the family as he is smart, straight and attractive and the only likeable one in the family. Jessie suggests that Gob do charity magic shows, that Lindsay get a job advertising vodka, and that Tobias get over his acting phase and get back his medical license. Lucille is told that she is cold and no one likes her and that Buster should stay out of the spotlight as he is odd. He states that he shall be neither seen nor heard just as he was taught at Milford.

                On his way to the airport to get back his medical license, Tobias runs into Carl Weathers who agrees to teach him acting for $1100. Meanwhile, Michael and Jessie go on a date in order to be seen all over town. When he tells George Michael that Jessie is brilliant as she is making the family seem functional which increases his chances to get into Milford, George Michael is saddened by this. Not because of his father’s hinting at a relationship with Jessie but at the possibility that he will not be going to school with Maeby. Michael takes this seriously and feels guilty for liking Jessie. When he tells Jessie that they should keep their relationship professional, Jessie is upset as she was wasting her time and quits.

                Gob however, asks Michael to do whatever to get her back after he loses Earl Milford (the founder of the Milford School) in the Aztec tomb which of course is bad publicity and lowers George Michael’s chance of getting into Milford. The press gets a hold of the story and claims he killed Earl Milford. He later finds Milford inside his prop trunk as he hid in order to escape the retirement home. Milford begs him not to take him back and to help everyone else get out of the place where they are abused. Pleased with the thought of being a hero, Gob agrees to help.

                Meanwhile Jessie visits George Michael to make him feel guilty of not letting his father be happy. She decides to run a trashing piece on the Bluth’s which causes Lucille to interfere. After admitting that she told George Michael to step out of the way, Jessie gets into a fight with Lindsay and Lucille. The press has a field day on this melee and names them the family everyone loves to hate.

                George Michael informs Michael that he has no problem with him seeing other women as he finds it sad that he’s only been with four women his whole life. I’m glad this worked out as I’m pretty sure George Michael is not one to say that he disapproves of what his father does. Honestly, I could have done without this episode as an attempt to fix their image ended up hurting the Bluth family. Also, Jessie looked like a mean person to start with so thank goodness Lindsay beat her up.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep.10-Pier Pressure

Rating: 5/5

         We once again begin with Michael Bluth, this time at home, just chilling. George Michael tells him that he got an A- on his test which only deserves to be hung on the bar while Maeby gets a C- leaving Lindsay thrilled and posts it on the refrigerator. Michael suggests that she discipline Maebe and not reward her for minimal effort in hopes that she doesn’t get into trouble. Lindsay of course if upset and claims that she is now like George who would teach the Bluth children a lesson through basically making them believe something terrible, such as an accident, happened because they did not do something right.

 However, Michael claims that these scare tactics worked as to this day, the Bluth’s use a note system to inform everyone when something runs out.  Gob, as always, barges into the house asking Michael for money after HotCops, a stripping agency he used to work for, asks him to return money after not performing a gig (because he was almost shot at.)

Of course, Michael agrees but only if he’ll do him a favor in the future.

                Michael arrives at Lucille’s house and is welcomed by the phrase, “I need a favor.” The favor is for Michael to help her edit receipts to say that she has not bought anything with company money after the SEC investigates her belongings. She changes her mind and asks Lindsay instead. When she arrives at the model home, she is surprised to find that Lindsay refuses to help. Meanwhile, Maeby arrives with a D- on her test which is when Lindsay realizes she must be disciplined but does not follow through with this as she cannot think of a punishment. However, she brilliantly suggests that as punishment, Maeby must spend the day helping Lucille. Michael later sees George Michael insulting himself after he cannot solve a math problem which shows him that perhaps he is pushing his son a bit too far.

                Meanwhile, Buster is still comforting Lucille 2 who’s vertigo has been taking a toll on her as she has stopped taking her medication. Buster then remembers a study he was involved in which researched the effects of medical marijuana on nausea.

Therefore, he visits the “toughest street wise kid he knew” which was George Michael in hopes of getting some weed for Lucille 2. George Michael of course, has no idea where to find marijuana even though Buster remembered that the banana stand was pot central in the 70’s and even inspired a song called “Big Yellow Joint.” George Michael suggests that he ask Gob but is terrified of him after his constant being bullied by him. Michael arrives at the banana stand as sees that George Michael is working and orders him to close the shop and take the day off and go crazy. Both Michael and Buster give him money to “buy stuff you don’t need.”

                Maeby and Lucille work on hiding her collection of jewelry (gathered from gifts George had given her after every time her cheated) and decide that spending time together is no form of punishment. Lucille then remembers that she has a brooch Lindsay had desperately wanted and decides to give the brooch to Maeby in order to spite Lindsay. Meanwhile, George Michael arrives on the Bluth yacht where Gob had been staying and after not finding him, leaves a note asking to get him some pot.

Gob immediately shows Michael the note stating that it is his and saying that he left him $200 then $100 as he already spent $100. Gob tries to give him the weed and claims that this counts as the favor he had promised earlier. Michael cannot believe this and refuses to take the weed. However, he decides that perhaps it is true that George Michael has been smoking weed as his eyes have been red and his grades are dropping (talking about the A-.) After asking George Michael he did with the money, Michael realizes that he’s been lying. When Michael returns to tell Gob this, he finds Gob already smoking that weed.

Michael asks if he should yell at him but Gob informs him that George taught them not to yell (through one of his classic parenting methods aka scaring them.)

                Michael decides to get help from George and asks to borrow Jay aka the guy with the one arm who was always teaching lessons through scaring them. George says that he died after Michael left the air conditioning on with the door open (which is just another lesson.) George refuses to help as he is now a holy man. Meanwhile, Lindsay arrives to pick up Maeby and finds that they are actually having fun. She decides to leave Maeby and after she suggests that they go get ice cream, Lucille calls Maeby fat which obviously shows her how mean Lucille really is.

Maeby then leaves Lucille’s house which doesn’t bother her.

                Since George won’t help Michael, Michael asks Gob to gather his HotCop friends so that they can stage a fake drug bust and scare George Michael straight. Buster gets impatient waiting for the weed and decides to go with George Michael to pick up the weed from Gob not knowing what was in store for them. George Michael and Buster arrive only to be “busted” by flamboyant dancers dressed as cops.

Buster admits the pot was for Lucille 2 and drives George Michael home. However, their little stunt attracts real drug dealers who deliver their stuff after seeing the signal. Michael explains there has been a misunderstanding. Real policemen show up and start firing at the dealers while Michael and Gob hide. A real arm is blown off therefore, scarring Michael even more.

 Michael realizes that the arm was Jay’s arm and that George had set this whole thing up. Jay explains that this is why you don’t teach your son a lesson.  George explains that George Michael is a good kid and did not need to be taught a lesson and that this was his final lesson.

                Meanwhile, Maeby arrives home and gives the brooch to Lindsay after feeling sorry that she had to put up with Lucille her whole life. Upstairs, Michael asks if George Michael knew about this whole thing and says yes as one of the Hot Cops was his choir teacher. Michael lets George Michael know that he can tell him anything which then causes George Michael to reveal that he has a crush on Maeby but, Michael thinks that he is kidding and teaching him a lesson.

                This episode was literally the best of the season (so far.) I absolutely love flashback moments and was thrilled to see so many in this episode. I loved George’s way of teaching lessons because I can’t comprehend how the Bluth’s hadn’t realized that a man can only lose his arm so many times. Also, I’m glad to see that Maeby realized that Lucille was a bitch because I already did not like Maeby and would have disliked her even more if she hung around Lucille.

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep. 9-Storming the Castle

Rating:4/5

I am particularly satisfied with this episode as we FINALLY saw that Michael has a bad side to him. After several episodes of feeling sorry for him after he is taken advantage of by his family, it is refreshing to see that he too is fed up with being a pushover and never getting to do anything for himself. This is especially true in his love life as we all know that Gob is pretty much a bum and that he definitely does not deserve a woman like Marta.

                This whole ordeal begins with Marta rushing to the Bluth model home in search of Gob. She wants to apologize for criticizing his magic even though Gob showed poor judgment in performing an intense “illusion” for Marta’s children.

Michael of course is simply awestruck by her and is ultimately saddened by her decision to always stick by Gob. Lindsay suggests that he steal her from Gob but then takes this back as he can’t even get himself to “borrow” a leather reclining seat from the office.

                Meanwhile, Maeby continues her attempts at rebellion by taking George Michael with her to buy a leather outfit after hearing her mother’s disapproval of leather. Tobias sees this as an opportunity to bond with his daughter and after selling his wedding ring, buys himself a leather outfit to match with his daughter. George Michael is also sucked into this leather scheme as he buys himself a leather jacket in order to impress Maeby which I really wish he would stop doing.

                After Gob reveals that he has been cheating on Marta with the woman providing the legs in his magic act, Michael decides that it is time to buckle down and teach him a lesson. In order to convince himself that he can do bad, Michael steals the office chair he had been saying he’d steal.

Lindsay helps him cook up a plan to expose Gob to Marta. The plan consists of Michael getting Gob a gig with the Alliance of Magicians and convincing him that if he performs well, he’ll be allowed back into the alliance. Then, Michael will convince Marta to volunteer as the top half of Gob’s sawing someone in half trick so that the legs half (aka Gob’s other lady friend) will tell her what’s been going down.

                The night of the show both Tobias and the legs fail to show up as Tobias, dressed in his leather outfit, showed up at the Gothic A**hole not the Gothic Castle while the legs just did not come through. Michael, with some help from George Michael, realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he cannot change his kind nature. Therefore, he asks George Michael to fill in as the legs as, just as Maeby had stated, has the legs of a woman. However, Michael’s attempt at changing himself did not completely go to waste as he decided to steal a TV from the office but unlike the chair, did not make it through being dragged by a bicycle.         

                I just realized I neglected to mention George’s newfound belief of Judaism. After being put in solitary confinement after trying to run away during the pageant, George is going crazy but is calmed down when he looks up and sees the Star of David shining on the cell wall. He then fastens a yarmulke out of the tip of his shoe, which although funny,  leads me believe that he is not taking his devotion to Judaism so seriously.

 Just for that one image, I would rate this episode as a 4 (only because I don’t care much for Gob and this episode was pretty much all about him and Michael.)

Arrested Development: Season 1, Ep.8-My Mother, the car

 Rating:4/5              

         We begin this episode with Michael visiting Lucille not for fun but to once again remind her to put a stop to her extravagant spending after finding out that she has recently hired a crew for the Bluth yacht Michael is trying to sell. However, she states that this is absolutely necessary as she need to throw the most amazing party the community has ever seen and most importantly top Lucille Ostero’s consistently fabulous parties for herself. Buster hears this and tells Lucille that he cannot attend her party as he is trying to avoid Lucille Ostero.

                Michael returns home only to find Gob complaining about his selling of the yacht as he lives there. Michael suggests that he break up with Marta so that he can make a move on her as he has been obsessing over her and stalking her but this has been increasingly difficult as the Bluth stair car is pretty obvious. Lindsay walks in suggesting that the family throw Lucille a surprise party. She tells Michael that she will visit George in jail if he agrees to drive Lucille to the restaurant where the party is to be thrown as she is the world’s worst driver. This is revealed by the narrator as not being an exaggeration as she was recently featured of Fox’s show, World’s Worst Drivers.

                The night of the party finally arrived and both Lucille and Michael were shocked to find that no one showed up to the party. Devastated, Lucille admitted to Michael that she was a horrible mother which sparked pity in him. Therefore, Michael decided to throw Lucille another party, one which she had no idea about. Buster finally decides that it is time to end his relationship with Lucille 2 only to realize that he truly does care about her.

 The night of the new party arrived and once again, no one showed up. In order to make it up to her, Michael decides to let Lucille drive. While driving, they see an “idiot on a scooter at night” and believe that he is Gob which causes Lucille to give him a scare aka hit him with the car. However, Michael realizes that it is not Gob and takes the wheel and leaves them in an accident. After seeing him take this risk, Lucille is filled with a newfound caring emotion and babies Michael who now suffers from short term memory loss. Michael attempts to recall what exactly happened that night only to be tricked by Lucille into thinking that he was the one who wanted to scare Gob in order to get to Marta.

                Meanwhile, Lindsay has been visiting George in revealing outfits in order to be harassed by the inmates. George begs her to stop visiting as he paid them to not scream obscenities at her in gold coins Lucille had snuck in. This satisfies Lindsay as she believed that she had lost her sex appeal.

                Gob, on his way to South America, realizes that Michael has been set up by Lucille and rushes to the condo to tell him this. Michael does not believe that he was not trying to hurt Gob but realizes that he and Gob kind of like each other and that he was not driving which meant that Lucille deliberately dragged him to the driver’s seat in order to look guilty.  Lindsay also arrives at the condo to reveal that Lucille has hidden the gold coins inside the energy bar wrappers which is why her grocery bags were so heavy. When they confront Lucille about what she had done she explains that this was her one chance to have Michael on her side and get at least one of her children to like her. Lucille once again admits that she has been a horrible mother causing a feeling of pity among Lindsay, Gob and Michael.

                I am once again saddened by the absence of Tobias in this episode but it’s okay, I’ll get over it. I feel like this whole episode was like one of those cheesy mystery shows like murder mystery parties as the background music sure made it feel like this. I love the fact that a scene was written in involving George Michael and Maeby being caught at an r-rated movie and asking Gob to make fake IDs for them. The funny thing is that these IDs are for them to get into a French movie called “The Dangerous Cousins” which is about a forbidden love between two cousins. I also found it hilarious that both times, no one attended Lucille’s party as this was what she honestly deserved. Also, Lindsay wearing a shirt that said SLUT across the chest area was a funny attempt at gaining the interest of the jail people.

                The whole time that George was in jail, it seemed that he was getting along well with his fellow inmates but Lucille sneaking him gold coins revealed otherwise which I felt was interesting. George said that he would pay off his inmates so that they don’t beat him up, stab him, or worse which is obviously referring to being raped in prison which is pretty sad.