This episode Mark went out with Agnes on a date but didn't give her his hose so she went home. If you haven't caught the show yet and need another reason to, Ava and C.I. praised it in "TV: Parody and a dash of pastiche."
It's a web series and it's the best web series I've seen so far. In fact, the only thing that I really liked -- didn't love, but liked -- web series wise before was when the Democratic Party in 2004 had a spoof of "Survivor" with people like Ann Coulter and you got to vote them off the island. I think that was a new episode each week. I just remember being excited each week and ready to vote.
But this show is just funny. Flat out funny. Laugh out loud funny.
CBS should have scrapped their Big Brother and other junk and put "Burning Love" on instead.
Since I'm talking funny shows, Latrice e-mailed to ask what I thought of Ava and C.I.'s article this past Sunday, "TV: When sitcoms preach, public affairs go funny"? I loved it.
I know she means this section:
Hot in Cleveland is the TV Land success that starts its fourth season this fall. The sitcom stars Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and Betty White and has produced many hilarious episodes. However, this season also offered "Storage Wars" which is the worst episode of the series.
Were their no laughs at all in the episode? Actually, there were some laughs in the episode. But everything was ruined by the decision to give a message. The message really wasn't something the characters would have gone along with. And that's before you even consider how offensive the message was.
Through a series of sitcoms antics, Victoria (Malick) discovers a letter from Abraham Lincoln and, in the letter, he writes of an affair with an intern. Melanie (Bertinelli) goes all Linus and starts saying people need heroes and blah, blah, blah. If the show had been true to the characters, Melanie wouldn't have persuaded Victoria. Instead, Joy (Leeves) and Elka (White) would have explained to Melanie that history is about facts and you let the chips fall where they may. Would Melanie wants to lie about her divorce? Would she want Joy to pretend she hadn't given a child up for adoption?
But instead we got the nonsense of Melanie persuading Joy to bury history.
No show starring women should ever push covering up the truth to avoid embarrassing a man. To avoid 'embarrassing a man,' rape has been covered up, incest has been covered up, child molestation has been covered up, spousal abuse and child abuse have been covered up.
So shame on Hot In Cleveland for that b.s. If Lincoln had an affair and someone found a letter where he confesses that, the correct thing to do is to make it public. If you start covering up one truth, where do you stop? And that's something Sean Hayes -- one of the producers -- should certainly realize. By attempting to 'moralize,' the show embarrassed itself.
I love "Hot In Cleveland" but I hated that episode. It was the worst episode of the show ever.
It was perfectly in keeping for Melanie to want to shield. That's her character. But the others should have stepped up and said, "No. This is part of our history. People continue to study Lincoln. You can't hide history or disguise it."
What was really offensive about it was that Lincoln's been dead for about 150 years and yet here was a TV show preaching that you had to ignore the truth to protect the image.
That sort of crap is offensive.
Tell people the truth. You are not better than them, you are not able to decide what they should know. You put the information out there and they make up their own minds.
I really hated that episode which is too bad because Elka had a really nice moment in it with Joy -- she was actually nice to Joy. That's not me complaining and saying, "I want them buddy-buddy!" That's me saying it was a rare moment where she was nice and actually praised Joy's looks. And there was a look between them right after that said more than the dialogue, a recognition of we-don't-hate-each-other-really.
But all of that was destroyed when that stupid plot ended up burying the truth about Lincoln.
For the record, the four women are great friends and they've got much to say on that (the characters) but I don't need them giving me 'life-lessons.' I'm a grown adult, thank you very much.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"