Monday, February 28, 2011

From LA Examiner: 'Mad Love' Is Truly 'HIMYM' 2.0; 'Castle' Plays With Fire...And Ice; 'The Event' Returns...

"Mad Love shares pretty specific story points with How I Met Your Mother"

We really like Mad Love. We really like the whole cast, and we really like the fact that it looks at two very different kinds of relationships when both are still so obviously meant to be. We’ve been rooting for it long before it premiered, seeing ourselves in some of the quirks and characters. We even like the similarities to its Monday-night lead-in How I Met Your Mother, but we have to admit that those similarities keep increasing as the episodes go on, and it’s getting a little crowded in here... [MORE]

"Will Beckett and Castle’s true feelings heat up a really icy situation?"

Even if you haven’t seen CTV’s promos for tonight’s Castle-- and if you're in Los Angeles, you probably haven't had a chance to-- you’re not really freaked out that Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are in danger of freezing to death like the guy they found at the end of “Set Up” (Part 1), right? After all, you’re all savvy television viewers, and you know the series is coming back next year, so they can’t kill off their leads! But what you probably are (and most likely should be) worried about is a reprisal in “Countdown” (Part 2) of what happened the first time around, when they were held in the radiation quarantine together but unfortunately interrupted before they could reveal their true feelings post-kiss... [MORE]

"The Event: Should we have been preparing all this time for its winter arrival?"

NBC is doing something very smart in their marketing of the two-hour winter premiere return for The Event: they are treating it like a second season premiere, as if to say that old grievances should be left at the door because this is a whole new show. But in actuality it really is just a return: there was not time between the filming of the first half and second half to really retool the show, nor did the writers and producers feel that was entirely necessary. Instead, after delivering much needed answers about what Sophia (Laura Innes)’s people are and what they are planning in the part one finale, they are prepared to deliver on the action and suspense of taking the story to the next level. The question now is, though, is it too late? Is it too late for the American people when Sophia’s people descend, as after all the greatest strength is in numbers, and is it too late for our own American people to care? ... [MORE]

My Five Cents: 'Shameless' and Stages of Grieving...

I didn't expect to love Shameless as much as I do. When I first watched the pilot, I was pretty appalled. I probably shouldn't have been, given the title, but really, how often do shows live up to their titles these days? Perfect Couples? Hardly! How I Met Your Mother? Um, we're more than one hundred episodes in and not really any closer, nor does the focus seem to still be there. Mr. Sunshine? Well, that one's supposed to be ironic so it's just hard to base expectations off two or three words... But the point is, the first episode kind of slapped me in the face with the shock of how these kids were living, as well as just how well-adjusted they seemed to be.

Kids will be kids, I guess. They don't realize something is wrong-- something is different-- until someone points it out to them. They just know what they see and experience, and when these particular Gallagher kids look around, they don't really have any examples of a traditional, nuclear family. So there's doesn't seem so weird. Or so bad, really.

As the first season has gone on, though, and we've gotten a closer look at each individual kid, their triumphs and their shortcomings alike, it has become apparent that individually they are all stuck in various stages of the "grief" one might have when they lose stability, security, or unconditional love-- even if they never really knew it was missing in the first place. Their father may not be dead in any traditional sense of the word, but he is most certainly absentee at best, a gaping hole that comes back once in awhile just to take some more from them, stir up some (stressful) sh*t, and leave a mess they end up cleaning in his wake. Frank Gallagher doesn't seem to notice, let alone care, how his behavior affects his kids on the psychological level, but each and every single one of them is affected in ways they can't even quite fathom. And since they're all at various stages based on their ages and therefore amount of exposure and experience in dealing with such hardships, they can't even quite lean on each other for full support. But they are doing the best they can.

Carl (Ethan Cutkosky) seems to be stuck in the earliest stage: Shock and Denial. It makes sense, really, with the exception of little baby Liam who isn't biologically connected to Frank anyway, he is the youngest of the brood, and as odd as it sounds to say this considering he runs around torturing animals and takes bats to people's kneecaps, is the most innocent. In the simplest of terms, he has had the fewest years on this Earth, let alone in this family, to understand the ways of the world and why his world is so different. He doesn't believe anything is weird or wrong about his father flitting in and out of his life just as easily as he flits in and out of his house.

Little Debbie (Emma Kenney), although she hides it well at times, represents the Pain and Guilt phase. We have seen her inability to cope with (albeit a lesser) loss by stealing a child; we have seen the look on her face when Frank showed up at school for Sheila's daughter's parent-teacher conference and encountered his actual kids in the hall; and now we saw how she soaked up any and all time she could with him, in a subconscious way of showing her father how awesome she is and making him think twice about abandoning her (or the rest of the family) again.

But she had her first breakthrough when she saw the very real damage Frank was doing, not only to the psyches of his household, but to the actual structure of the building itself, and it was in her actions in helping her older brother and sister get "the old Frank" back that she started to turn into Reconstruction and Working Through. It's a hard pill to swallow: that maybe they're all better off with this man a distant presence in their lives-- but coming to terms with that unsettling fact is all a part of these kids' growth, development, and maturation.

Fiona (Emmy Rossum) perfectly embodies Depression, Reflection & Loneliness. Physically, she gives off the energy of someone who has been beaten down by life, is overly stressed and tasked with responsibilities she never asked for, let alone deserved, and is just plain tired. She has moments where she stumbles under the weight of it all: she has to not only provide for these kids while still pretty much a kid herself but she also has to effectively "raise" them, too. Sure she has neighbors to lean on for a casserole or a load of laundry, but they have their own lives, and that's barely scratching the surface of the kind of help she needs. It's enough to send any person into a tailspin, and the one moment she tries to better herself by taking computer classes, she realizes just how far behind she actually is and gives up without even trying. She is lost within her own despair and can barely snap out of it for a night of distraction at a nice hotel with her boyfriend, let alone have the ability to pick herself up by the proverbial bootstraps and truly take charge of the situation. She is going through the motions for everyone else; she sees no saving grace for herself.

Early on I felt like Ian (Cameron Monaghan) was the most well-adjusted and had the greatest chance of not only surviving but thriving in life. He is the Acceptance and Hope in the clan. He knows who he is; he is comfortable in his own skin; but he knows enough to protect his secrets, too. He hones skills; he is a hard-worker; he has a goal. I may not like the message being sent that the only "out" he sees is through the ROTC but for many kids in his position, that is realistic, and so I put aside my own bias to be able to say "good for him", too.

But lately Lip (Jeremy Allen White), too, is proving to have the most innate potential. He started out as Anger, without the Bargaining portion, chasing his so-called father down to taunt him on his bike; refusing to take part in any so-called parlor games during the brief instance Frank is making an effort; acting out in his own ways by damning the man and not taking any authority figure too seriously because he figures they'll all just leave eventually. But slowly, surely, he is coming around. His eyes were opened to the fact that not all dads are drunks early on, but it is just now, as he prepares to enter adulthood, that he sees an actual alternative. He never knew he was smart before. Sure, he knew he could finish a test fast or write papers from a variety of voices, but no one ever pointed out to him that not everyone could do that, even if they wanted to. He never had someone believe in him or tell him he was special. He never had someone offer him a shot at a better life. Now someone has-- or at least offered him some advice on how not to screw things up worse for himself-- he's beginning to think twice about the ways he wastes his gifts.

And isn't that the true embodiment of Acceptance and Hope? You can finally fully recognize your situation, gravity, crappity, and all, but you don't just lay down and let it steamroll you. You find a way to rise up, to believe, to move on. I admit I have gotten overly invested in these kids, in part because I see little bits and pieces of myself in each one (like Carl, I have deep-seated anger issues; like Debbie, I often just want to live in the moment and have fun while it lasts; like Fiona, I have felt the burden of responsibility at a time I thought someone else should still be taking care of me; like Lip, I have definitely spent a good deal of time wasting my potential), so by the end of Shameless, it is my sincere wish that each one of the Gallagher kids can find a way to move on from their current stage, pass through the rest with flying colors, and come out the other end not only hopeful about their own futures and family but as symbols of hope for the rest of us. Statistics say that can't happen: they can't all be successful. But this is television, where a little bit of disbelief has to be suspended each time you flip it on, so even if they can't yet see it, I can hold onto enough hope for all of them!

Words of Wisdom From Bethenny Frankel Are Universal, Timeless, and Of Course, Inspirational...

This is a reposting of my original I Am That Girl profile on author, chef, reality star (and now wife and mother), Bethenny Frankel. The interview was conducted in Los Angeles in March of 2009 to promote her then new-book "Naturally Thin." Well, the book has since become a best-seller; Frankel is now known as Bethenny Hoppy to her friends; and she has left the Real Housewives franchise for her own spin-off. In honor of Bethenny Ever After premiering tonight, I am offering this interview again because though the situation surrounding our brief sit-down was very specific, her words of wisdom were timeless!


“You make a plan and God laughs,” Bethenny Frankel starts as I grab a few minutes with her at her Santa Monica book signing for “Naturally Thin.” “It doesn’t matter what your plan is as long as you’re going forward. My dreams are bigger than I could ever imagine, but they’re coming true now.”

As a little girl, Frankel probably never dreamed of being a best-selling author, a national spokesperson, or on a hit reality television show. She admits that none of this was ever something she could have imagined, but she rolled with everything, and it has taken her to great heights. “You don’t have to know what you want for the big picture but know what you want for that moment,” Frankel advises. “I’m thirty-eight years old and I’m…still figuring it out.”

As a single woman and entrepreneur, Frankel seems to be the opposite of what a show with the word “housewife” in the title would want. In fact, everyone from her publicist to her friends told her not to go on such a show, but it had the Bravo name behind it, and she knew she wanted to build a brand, so Frankel went for it anyway. “I know myself and how bad could it be if you’re honest?” She explains her reasoning. “You don’t see anything on Housewives-- or any other reality show-- that isn’t true. They can’t put it together if it didn’t happen!”

Frankel is wickedly smart and fiercely independent, embodying the fearless “go-getter” attitude that is necessary to succeed in business, let alone the entertainment business. She has never relied on her name or any man to pave (or pay) her way, though. “I was engaged three times, and they were rich, and they were gorgeous, and they lived for me. My friends were telling me ‘what the hell is wrong with you; you broke up with them?’…[but] I would not sell out. You can’t do anything that isn’t going to make you happy.”

Frankel credits a strong work ethic, but it is also her ability to “think outside the box” and always put herself first that has made her a success. “Check yourself before you wreck yourself,” Frankel smiles when discussing the message she hopes young women take away from her book. “You can have fried chicken; you can have a margarita; you can have something when you’re PMSing. Just do not say ‘today I was bad and tomorrow I’ll be good’ because there is no bad and there is no good. Food is not your best friend or your enemy; it is just food. Be able to walk away from it.”

Frankel is strong and self-sufficient in many ways, but her greatest is in knowing that throughout everything, you have to “figure out what you want and be true to it. The only thing that’s ever done me any good is my gut instinct.”

Sunday, February 27, 2011

From LA Examiner: 'Shameless' Chooses NOT To Sober Up; There Is Nothing Bad About 'Breakout Kings'...

"Showtime gets even more Shameless this week with child-brides, sobriety & secrets"

We honestly don’t know how the writers and producers of Shameless do it but week after week they take controversial, could-be-off-putting character quirks and turn them into exactly what charms the audience... [MORE]

"Breakout Kings: We dare you not to root for A&E’s newest underdog con-drama"

What is most interesting about A&E’s new crime drama, Breakout Kings, is not the premise of former criminals helping a U.S. Marshal to bring in new fugitives. It is not even the Ocean’s Eleven style of snazzy individuals and their sharp tongues. Honestly, it’s not even methods this unorthodox team will use to bring in the bad guys because just like every other procedural, this one has to cut some corners for time and story’s sake. No, what is most interesting to LA TV Insider Examiner about Breakout Kings is the fact that the inherent goal for everyone on this “task force” team is simply hoping for a second chance-- a chance that they are not willing to extend to those they hunt down to return to jail. They are not your typical underdogs but they just may be the truest ones in the sense of the term... [MORE]

Saturday, February 26, 2011

'Supernatural' Saturdays: "The French Mistake" Tweetathon Round-Up...

- Here we go, you guys: #TheFrenchMistake "live" on the west coast. My 3rd viewing; my first time Tweeting. #META

- Seeing Meg (the ORIGINAL Meg) just made my heart soar a little. I love her. I wish she could come back. #META

- It's raining hard here in LA tonight, too. I would love to hunker down somewhere with Dean... #META

- Does Sebastian Roche remind anyone else of Gordon Ramsay? #META

- "Deep, deep underground" sounds like hell. But there's no way Cas is in hell so... #META

- Ass slap, way to go random crew man. You and I think a lot alike! #META

- Yes, Sam, you should be killing this guy who's about to suggest cutting a very important scene... #META

- Freeze-frames, along with star wipes, are NEVER okay. #META

- This fake reporter reminds me of an actual reporter I trained in college. I don't like either one of them; too tabloid! #META

- How did Dean just walk by Crafty without picking something up? This really is a bizarro-land! #META

- Dean and Sam know people want to read books about their lives; why are they so surprised by a TV show? #META

- Dean Winchester makes praying look good. #META

- This is "Misha" running lines, right? I love that he fully commits and does the voice. #META

- So, wait, in bizarro-land, the script has the real info? Is Chuck a writer here? I would have loved to see @RobBenedict return! #META

- Fake Jensen and I think so alike. I love those aquariums! It's like art...that is alive. #META

- Jensen does a better Blue Steel. Too bad he's too busy making fun of it to bust one out. #META

- Vintage #DOOL clip. THAT's the Jensen I fell in love with! #META

- By the way, for those wondering, that woman in the scene with Jensen as Eric Brady on #DOOL is @Ari_Zucker. And she's still on the show!

- Seriously, Dean and Sam have been on a film set before. They KNOW everything is fake. What gives? #META

- I wonder if @bodyguard4jandj gave this guy "playing him" tonight any pointers... #META

- The maple leaf coming over the car window was brilliant. #META

- No, Sam, you are still Sasquatch, remember? #META

- I love how neither Dean nor Sam noticed the giant colored artwork of Sam and Ruby's faces on the wall. #META

- JENSEN'S FACE!!! Yikers! My fave thing ever! #META

- Awww I love that they used a real wedding photo. Nice touch. #META

- Better touch? Jensen's delivery on "You married Fake Ruby?" #META

- International Otter Adoption. Wow, they're really making fun of a good thing Jared does helping animals. #META

- Dean, Jensen, whoever: you don't need any beauty rest!! You put us all to shame. #META

- Sam, who cares if she remembers? She's not real! What are you getting at here?!? #META

- Funny, there was a time when I think Jared thought he had been Sam Winchester way too long too. But then he lost his soul & renewed interest

- Poor Robert Singer. They made him a Dean Cain fan :( #META

- I think this scene in which Jared is Sam trying to act like Jared trying to act is some of the best work he's ever done. #META

- Oh Dean, you overestimated your brother. He really can't look "anywhere" but the camera... #META

- I didn't know Jensen's voice had that much room for extra gravel in it! HOT! #META

- Well, if Dean and Sam WERE on drugs, they'd be closer to acting like most people in Hollywood these days... #META

- I really love the idea that in this world, there are no supernatural beings. Dean & Sam need to be creative & challenge themselves! #META

- ...but if that were true, they wouldn't be able to find a way out & let's face it, they need to go home. Because there is no Bobby here :(

- Dean Winchester makes being called a dick look (and sound) good. #META

- I have to respect Sera for not Hitchock-ing herself into the episode. #META

- Can we get a campaign going for @mishacollins to Tweet @MrMadisonC and call him "little fella"????

- "You pay these two jokers as much as it is." I bet they hope no one at the network is listening right now! #META

- Haha I wish someone had explained on-screen that it was art dept who put Bobby's full name on a prop and then it just stuck. For continuity.

- I wouldn't call it nonsense, either, Dean! #META

- "Jensen" and "Jared" having a psychotic break, so to speak, is NOTHING compared to what real Hollywood went through this week! #timing

- Aww @mishacollins is a bit of a weenie. #META

- I hope that was an attempt to spoof horror films because no, Gen, just no. #META

- When I hear "Raphael" I immediately think of Ninja Turtles, too. TV was my Bible as a kid. And now. #META

- I don't know, bizarro-world isn't so bad, Dean. You have money; you have a good job; you may have a girl-- you should prob look into that!

- Not biological brothers, maybe, Sam, but that's not all that matters! You could become brothers if you just keep talking! #META

- Damn, this is cold. When "Hell Hazers 2" had people die on set, they shut production down. "Supernatural" is just going to keep going??

- I get the metaphor in this "shoot up the set" scene, just makes me want to get violent. It's lazy. #META

- And if there is no magic in bizarro-land, how is that symbol working?? And why is it only working at certain times?? Who controls it!?

- During #HollywoodBabylon, SPN gave us a fake trailer for #HellHazers2. I wish they had done that here, for a fake version of #Supernatural.

- I think like a storyteller. Those are the details that could make or break believability.

- I like this new Raphael. There are not nearly enough strong women on #Supernatural! #META

- Really? I thought that key looked like a locker key from the get-go. Nothing very ancient or important about it... #META

- Why is all the cool, mythology-forwarding stuff happening off camera? Cas has the weapons, but we didn't get to see him get them back so

- (cont) can we even really believe he has them? I hate exposition, AND I'm wary of it. #META

- It seems like Cas has the more interesting story arc. I would love to see an episode focused on him, kind of like Weekend at Bobby's. #META

- Wow, Sam, that was more Frankenstein's monster than Sasquatch... #META

- Dean was so gung-ho about getting home, getting home, getting home. Now he's home, and he's not happy about it? Um, consistency please.

- Bottom line: #TheFrenchMistake should've been a double-episode. A bunch of fun but the important mythos stuff felt "tacked on" at 11th hour.

- But in other news, that was the fastest hour of #Supernatural all season. And that's from someone who has seen it 3 times. I wanna go again!

Closing Remarks: I have a tendency to get really sucked into shows where actors get to make fun of themselves and their crafts...or pretend to be really bad at what they do. Case in point: my probably inappropriate belly laughter every time I see the scene in Surviving Christmas where Ben Affleck has the family read a scene around the dinner table, and Catherine O'Hara ends up reading the stage directions like dialogue. What can I say? Sucker. And "The French Mistake" has that in spades. But still I was really skeptical about this episode. So many in the media were so giddy over the cheeky photos and the self-reflexive clips, but I didn't want to get blinded by the hype. And the thing is, you can easily lose yourself in the fun and games of the episode, but at the end of it all, you may be (or at least I still was) left with something missing. For all the fun they were having, the pacing still felt off; it still lacked that certain something that previous fun and games episodes like "Changing Channels" delivered-- and still punched us in our guts with the overall show mythology. But let's face it, "The French Mistake" was written by Ben Edlund, who really can do no wrong in my book, and this episode was a lot closer to what I've always loved about the show than other recent ones.

What was really interesting to me was that even in the alternate universe here, it was still mostly all about Sam (
Jared Padalecki). We see his house, his wife, his home life. Sure, we see Dean (Jensen Ackles)'s trailer and a clip of his previous work-- a real clip from his time on Days of our Lives that literally made me squeal so loud I awoke my very sleepy puppy, who was not nearly as amused-- but he's so focused on just getting out of this life that he doesn't even think to explore what his alt-life looks like. For Sam, the world is better: he has a stable job, good money, and a beautiful, loving wife. All of the things he was going to school for, even if the packaging is a little different. For Dean, the world is just weird, different, and "not him."

Dean was a fish out of water here, and he spent the majority of the episode looking like he wanted to rip someone's head off or kick some demon ass, but he had to restrain himself because there were no actual demons around. His exasperation with the fake show world is what I might imagine an actual actor's exasperation to be when they're working on a show they don't like, and it worked on a whole other level. So in that respect, Dean did fit right into this alternate universe. He just didn't want to stop and think about it too hard or he may have found himself realizing it might have been better if they stayed, just like how he wanted to stay in "What Is And What Should Never Be."

But what I loved even more about the episode was that for once both of the boys took the journey to the other side, so to speak, together. In previous scenarios like that in "What Is And What Should Never Be"-- or "Mystery Spot" or even "Dark Side of the Moon"-- they were separated in those alt-worlds. If I remember correctly, it really wasn't until "Changing Channels" that they got to experience the weird at the same time, bouncing responses and ideas on how to get back off each other. And let's face it, there is nothing better than the brothers working together toward a common goal, especially if that goal includes some ass-kicking!

I love the brothers together, but I love their supporting men, too. As much as I think the show missed an opportunity by leaving Jim Beaver out (because how awesome would it have been to see him hounded by fangirls on the set??), I'm glad they finally got to show off
Misha Collins, who may be kept around in the cast but has thus far been severely underused this season. And Cas never gets to show any range; he is stoic; he is strong; he is something of the silent type, or at least a man of few words. But here Collins himself got to show off his range and be funny in a whole new way. I expect quite a few GIFs of the "attractive, crying man" moment popping up in the next few days!

"The French Mistake" was definitely very funny. And in some ways, it was even very unique and clever, especially with the degree to which it attacked the fourth wall. However, I would be remiss if I ignored the fact that all of the funny managed to bury a lot of the actual story, and there were moments that I really enjoyed while watching that I found myself thinking about afterward and realized they didn't really serve a purpose other than being tongue-in-cheek or proving they have a good sense of humor about themselves. Not everything
has to push the plot along all the time, of course, but the ratio here felt greatly unbalanced, a common theme this season, that resulted in a scramble to actually get the boys home, so certain things came "too easy." I guess it was just lucky that "Jensen" and "Jared" were rich enough to be able to overnight bones and blood to Vancouver, and I admit the jab at "Jensen"/Dean's credit card being maxed was cute considering Dean is always broke and committing credit card fraud. But if in this alt-world, there is nothing really supernatural, then explain how the angel hitman still managed to bust through? They set up such a great idea of being trapped because none of their old tricks would work...but then, literally the next second, they said "Nah, never mind" because there was no other way to get them out. Because in the real world of Supernatural, demons and monsters and angels always exist. It's a pretty strong statement to make.

It was a whole bunch of fun and games, but that fun and those games took up so much screen-time, that a lot of the story and mythology felt "tacked on" at the end, in the eleventh hour, rushed. I was really bummed that apparently Castiel got all of his weapons back-- off-screen. I'm hoping he was just lying to Raphael, but then again, wouldn't Raphael know better? It appears they're just using a lot of exposition rather than using Collins on-screen, and that's a bummer. He has a really interesting story arc this season, and I hope we get to see more of it as the season comes to a close. Hell, make it a sequel to "Weekend at Bobby's" and let Ackles direct again!

Lately I've been coming out of
Supernatural episodes re-energized but when I come down from that initial high of having the boys back on my TV screen, I realize that nothing much has actually happened. Sure, in this case, there was an advancement with the weapons of heaven, which could (and should and hopefully will) push forward the overall arc, but we didn't get to see any of that. Instead they spent the bulk of the episode repeating themselves with jokes (much as I've repeated myself in criticism all these weeks)-- I mean, really, how many times do we need to hear that "at least Dean and Sam are talking now"? Even if it was funny, considering in real life most of the rumors are that they're secretly a couple. And in season six-- especially in season six: really? I joked that it might have been the producers offering a number of drinking game options for viewers, but really, "Bob Singer's" constant brush-off of similar criticisms of the show within the show kind of felt like a slap in the face, considering many of the criticisms are warranted. Such as the following, which are my own personal current grievances: What's going on with purgatory? Why is the war in heaven the catalyst for these events and yet constantly being left off-screen as mere mentions that don't showcase the full gravity of the situation? Why is the majority of the mythos being told through exposition? Where is Mother of All now that she has risen and why aren't the boys still worried about finding out as much as they can about her? Why is the show stalling when a season seven isn't even guaranteed?

This is one of those episodes that is more than worth a second screening, regardless, though-- not only to see if you missed a reference the first time around but also to give yourself a chance to focus on the story points. I have a feeling it will be on repeat for many all week along. And I don't see anything wrong with that!

Friday, February 25, 2011

'Supernatural' Drinking Game: "The French Mistake" Edition...

I don't drink. But that doesn't mean I think you can't. Admittedly there are a lot of screeners I am sent that I actively acknowledge would probably be a lot more fun or interesting if I was as incoherent as those who made the program appeared. Supernatural is not one such example; I enjoy that show readily every week; I willingly stay home on Friday nights to watch it live and show my support, even though it's futile because I don't have a Nielsen box; I marathon old seasons and episodes just as willingly and often. And yet even I can't ignore the seemingly perfect set up in this week's episode, "The French Mistake", for a variety of drinking games-- or for the really high tolerance-- some combination of them.

You can read my preview of "The French Mistake" here.

Do a shot every time....

  • Dean makes fun of one of the actors' names.
  • "Misha" Tweets.
  • "Bob Singer" says "Season six".
  • There is a reference to the fandom (just trust me-- this one alone will get you hammered).
  • Dean and/or Sam seems baffled by, or seems to forget that, everything is fake on a film set.
  • Someone assumes "Jared" and "Jensen" are equally drunk (or on drugs).
  • Someone is just happy the guys are talking to each other.
  • Dean looks like he wants to rip someone's head off...but can't because they're all just real, regular people.

Or, if you don't drink either, your shots can easily be ones of ice cream or bites of cupcakes or whatever floats your boat. By the end of the episode you will still sure to feel inebriated, too-- from your sugar high!