Monday, September 3, 2012

Live-Blogging 'The L.A. Complex's' "Stay"...



- I'm going to blame the lack of sleep for making Beth (Dayle McLeod) and her friends as dumb as they seem right now. Even if you thought it was a good idea, you can't really report a missing persons this early in. Sad as it sounds, even if he is a kid.

- So, I know it's cheating but I already know this girl is supposed to be Connor's sister, and I can only hope she begins to feel some remorse or at least mixed feelings for having to spy on her brother for nefarious purposes. Then again, I'm twisted and jaded enough to assume she's a con artist. The question of the hour is: is she the baby we saw his mother leave with in that old flashback last season? Or does her weird religion just want to sponge his wealth and vulnerability, Scientology style?

- Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) is so the kid who walked in on his parents. Only this kid isn't scarred by it; he's actually proud he "got them back together."

- Kal (Andra Fuller) got sloppy by crashing on some dude's couch, but I'm kind of happy about it anyway because it means a nice morning moment for me! I want to see these two work out; I would like to see Kal have some happiness for a change. Once he starts to be happy with himself, he'll be able to be more open.

- I am cringing at the thought of Nick (Joe Dinicol) back on the stand-up stage already. I am also cringing at him trying to mine stories from strangers-- especially little old ladies who have had completely different experiences from him.

- It's nice to see Abby's (Cassie Steele) terrible agent out of the office for a change. And his whole demeanor (except for the too tan) so reminds me of this guy I know from a previous CW show. It's eerie and distracting and a damn good thing this guy is barely in the show or it would be severely personally distracting.

- This reality show is not only shining a light on terrible reality shows but also the pull of this town on the medical profession. The smartest thing Raquel (Jewel Staite) has ever said-- and I love her, so I think most of what she says is genius-- is that the kid should still be in the hospital. Releasing him back to the care of reality show producers is probably the second worst place they could send him (the first being a tie between a crack den and his own, empty apartment). The fact that she mustered up real sadness and remorse showed great growth for her, even if Ricky (Aaron Abrams) is too stuck-in-his-own-shit to see it, but I worry that now that he's so alert to her puppet master nature, he won't allow her to continue to spin the story. Because something tells me the story she could choose to spin now is just how manipulative the production is.

- Oh, I take it back. Abby's agent-- shirtless-- is now going to severely distract me.

- Gray (Steve Byers) is the Canadian Chris Klein. There, I said it.

- Oh crap, there's Nick's new material. I wonder if he'll be able to see the humor in it well enough to put it in his quick turn around set...I also half-wonder if Sabrina (Georgina Reilly) put this woman up to hitting on him just to get material for her own set. I put nothing past that girl!

- I have to agree with Beth that going back to the first spot they stopped at is stupid-- but only because Simon (Michael Levinson) wants to find their dad, not the "good times" in Los Angeles. She should be checking bus stops and Metro stations and whatever L.A.'s version of Grand Central is (Union Station? I've lived here ten years, and I would be more lost than Simon on public transpo).

- You're out, Connor. If Jennifer (Krista Allen) gets back with her old guy, you'll be tossed on the street. Do you seriously not see how you screwed yourself? You are not these people's son. And clearly they don't want to be your friend. It hurts, buddy, right? But it can't possibly hurt more than when your real mother abandoned you, and I'm glad you found the words to express it, but I'm also glad they found the ability to soften the blow for you. The last thing I want is for you to end up in rehab alongside Raquel. You and Zack are so aligned in what happened to you in your past, and look where he ended up.

- On a side note, though, I know Jennifer isn't the central focus in this story, but I kind of wish she was at least an even player. I find the psychology behind willingly perpetuating a lie-- any lie, really-- for the public fascinating. And here is a woman so clearly at the top of a professional game (at least at one important point) so willing to kow tow to what others want for her. I can't believe she was able to deliver the line "my publicist held a focus group" without rolling her eyes. But the fact that she could screams so much about her character and how damaged she, too, is. Taking Eric back and thinking things really will be rosy this time may really only be a tiny fraction of that puzzle.

- If Kal is so internationally known, how is he able to go out to breakfast with this guy-- or even alone-- without people at least side-eying him, shocked to see the infamous King of Kali sitting in their own coffee shop?

- Slow your roll, lawyer man. You don't have a right to know what happened with Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson). You're a one-night stand right now. Let Kal decide if he wants to let you in, get to know you more; stop being such a bulldozer. It might work with homophobic judges or whatever you were yelling about on the phone that sounded like posturing to make yourself sound better to the superstar, but it won't work here.

- WHAT IS HAPPENING? Connor is not packing up for college, and in no way do I think Jennifer, as much as she may mean well, means it when she tells him to call. Everyone in Hollywood says stuff like that or "We'll do drinks" or whatever, but those things never come to fruition. Although, the look on her face when Connor found his big boy balls and ratted Eric out about the vase was pretty priceless. So was Connor's growth in that moment.

- Leviathan shout-out! Hell, yes, Martin Gero!

- I'm going to have to assume Gray is rich and just being an extra for kicks and to kill time. His preppy look is only half my reasoning there.

- I'm pretty sure Infinite Jest (Stephan James) just peed a little when he said he wasn't afraid of Kal. And this storyline with Infinite caring too much that Kal doesn't rap about things that reflect his own life is kind of that exaggeration of a little kid learning his hero just doesn't match up. He may be right, but he's whiny. And this is a rapper's dilemma we have heard for decades, with Ice Cube and Eminem and Jay-Z, to say the least.

- I'm not entirely clear why Nick is taking these weird jobs just for "experience" for his comedy. He needs to go out and live his own life, not dabble in other people's. All he will be doing is making fun of these other people, judging them from his not-quite ivory stage. That's not funny; it's sad. There's a thin line between writers observing others and stealing, and Nick has already crossed that line once, even if unintentionally.

- Aw, Raquel, you are a nice person! And you are maternal! So, of course, in my mind that makes you perfect for Connor. I get it, you had to drift apart and go your separate ways for a bit, have your own individual life experiences and pitfalls (Nick should be taking notes), so that when you find your way back to each other you will finally be ready and on the same page. And maybe each a little less wrapped up in your own heads. I know this is a salacious drama, but I have to root for at least one happy, fairytale ending, and I choose for it to be yours.

- Yup, Gray must be rich. And show-offy. I don't like it. I also don't like that this time Abby stole Nick's idea about the cheap food tour of L.A. The one good idea he had!

- Okay, now I'm going to have to Google weird cleaning fetishes to see where the writers came up with this crazy guy Nick is "working" for.

- Did Connor's sister (guest star Tori Anderson) get her own room at The Lux already? Because I'd have to wonder why she'd choose to hang by that pool otherwise. It's not the nicest in the city, and she's so shiny and new, she must be sticking out.

- Maybe this is projection, but I really feel like Zack choosing to stay means he doesn't want to get better. He knows this place is toxic; he has to. I just refuse to believe people can lie to themselves that much. Others, sure. They can think they're pulling the wool over everyone else's eyes, but deep down, they have to be unable to fool themselves. But I'm so proud of Raquel for standing up and walking out and for the first real time taking charge of her life. Season one's attempt to get that movie made pales in comparison.

- Although...speaking of that movie, I can't believe it's actually going forward with Ellen Page because those guys have all the time in the world to hang by the pool and help out Beth. I wouldn't be surprised if Raquel ends up back on that project in a week or two...

- I literally just yelled "Fix him!" at my TV when Raquel saw Connor's text message. Cutting to Kal showing up at this lawyer's house (what is this guy's character name?) fit, too. Though it is weird that now this guy wants to get a drink first. He wanted to know everything about Kal just hours earlier.

- Simon, once again the smartest character on this show. I love you, little dude.

- I would also kind of love it if Connor pseudo-adopted him and took both him and his sister under his wing. It isn't healthy to wallow in your past, but to make every next person like you a little better off by doing for them what you wish someone would have done for you. In a way, it's truly The New Normal right here: a group of misfits taking care of each other in the only way they know how and becoming an extended, if a bit weird, surrogate family in the process.

- Well, Nick didn't make me laugh, but he made me smile with that set. Especially the weird little face he made at the end. He's kind of adorable.

- I worry about Abby. The last guy she got involved with who seemed too good to be true...was. And I really don't buy that this guy is just a wealthy military man. 

- Um...is it me or does Jarod Joseph look like a younger Obama? I lurve it. I also lurve everything you're saying to Kal right now. He may not be ready to hear it (which saddens me, especially selfishly because it means we probably won't be seeing you much more), let alone talk to you the way you want him to, but he needed to hear it. 

- Simon really should say he's sorry to these guys.

- Even if Beth's dad is serious about finally getting set up, so is she. As annoying as I find her lately, I want to see her stick it out in L.A., to give her brother a better life. I don't want her to go running home to a guy who has no track record, let alone stability.

- Leave it to Raquel to get out of fake rehab and want a drink!

- A good old-fashioned pizza party is the most wholesome this place may ever be. And I love it more than anything this show has ever done. A moment like this is the kind of cherry I'd want to see a show like this end on, but I can't tell you how happy I am that this is not the end!

- Between tonight's major exits and new potential long-term entrances, is it me or does it feel like people are coming and going too quickly these days!? We barely get to know someone, and then they're gone. But in my head I'm writing their extended stories anyway.


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