I’ve often complained that seasons of Real Housewives have felt interminable in the past, but season seven of Real Housewives of Orange County might be the first run of the show that’s actually interminable. Last night’s episode was number 18, and it looks as thought we have at least a two-part season finale (and then a reunion, which will surely be at least two parts) before we can stick a fork in this one.
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I did myself a MAJOR disservice by watching the season finale of Mad Men BEFORE I settled in for a new episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” Sunday night. Really, it was like watching the Cirque du Soleil open for a juggling monkey. Or seeing The Beatles open for Hall & Oates. (if you’re quietly thinking that you’d rather see Hall & Oates, then get out of here, HIPSTERS!) If only I had watched the Kardashians first, I could’ve been so much more satisfied with what was (comparatively) a much meatier episode than usual.
First, I will say this: When the warning about brief nudity showed up at the beginning of last night’s season finale of Mad Men, Roger Sterling’s bare ass was the last thing I expected to see in an episode chock full of things that I mostly expected to see. The surprises that we did get were surprising in a very different way than the things that happened over the last few weeks, though.
Like last week, this week’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County wasn’t QUITE what I wanted it to be. I’m not sure if that’s a failure of my expectations or of Bravo’s execution, or if maybe the fireworks on past Real Housewives vacations have us all spoiled for any future trips, but I was left wanting. We saw most of the dinner-table fireworks on last week’s episode, and an hour of Alexis feeling sorry for herself isn’t really what I tune in to watch
There were some funny moments, though, plus Vicki’s weird, possibly substance-assisted meltdown at the end of the episode.
Instead of “Commissions and Fees,” last night’s episode of Mad Men really could have been called “Chekhov’s Gun.” The chosen title works quite well on several levels, just like everything else in Mad Men, but what we got last night was the proverbial shotgun blast that we had all been simultaneously anticipating and dreading.
Beyond that particular event, which I won’t spoil before the jump, the entire episode was about the prices we pay for things, both literal and figurative, anticipated and unanticipated.
First, a confession: I got distracted by the ABC special about the Queen of England’s Diamond Jubilee last night and forgot that Real Housewives of Orange County came on at nine, so we’re going to have a bullet-pointed recap today, similar to what I sometimes do for Housewives reunions. I’m on vacation this week, gimme a break!
Still, last night’s episode wasn’t heavy on plot, so I think you’ll find that doing it this way almost as satisfying.
Ah, the Kardashians. Week after week, they remind me how wonderful, awful, and insufferably inane family can be – all within the course of an hour. This week, Kim K and the Baby Jenners are having some serious bonding time – applying fake eyelashes, jumping on beds, jogging, tackling assignments for Seventeen magazine together, voguing while wearing fake handlebar mustaches – premium sisterly fun!
Mad Men does a lot of things well, but one of the show’s greatest skills that’s rarely ever mentioned is its ability and willingness to make its audience genuinely uncomfortable. My personality tends to run a bit too analytical to be emotionally affected by most of the TV shows that I watch, but last night, Mad Men made me feel feelings.
Last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Orange County was a bit of a snooze, but the pre-trip episodes almost always are. Letting out any of the really good drama before everyone decamps to a second location would lessen the impact of the fancy vacations episodes, and I’d imagine that if Bravo deigns to foot the bill for something like a trip to Costa Rica, they intend to milk it for every last drop of drama it’s worth.
The Kardashians are BACK! Are you amped?! Were you even aware? Well you should be, because the “This season on ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’…” teaser promises Kanye West-canoodling, Kim wearing crazy wigs, tropical vacays, Botox injections gone bad, flour bomb family drama, and a possible Kris Jenner affair! Maybe you have a slightly pervy interest in one of those things; I’m mostly in it for the wigs.