Friday, January 23, 2004

Tru Calling - Reunion 

I think I identified too much with this episode. First the foam, then the bully story. But I'm getting ahead of myself...

Davis asks Tru about foam on a drowning victim, to which she looks puzzled, and he then clarifies that drowning victims often have what's known as "foam cone." She then immediately responds, "You mean when the body goes into rapid shock, and responds with the formation of mucus around the throat and windpipe?" This from a woman who three seconds earlier appeared to have no idea what he was talking about. Maybe his use of the phrase "foam cone" triggered some memory of her having learned this in one of her premed classes, but I would have found it a tad more believable if she hadn't been so precise with it. Something along the lines of, "Oh, that's right. Doesn't that have something to do with rapid shock and mucus formation?"

I've discovered another situation which can cause foam cone. It can be an unfortunate side effect of tv viewing when the show you're watching goes through multiple freezes and blackouts followed by minutes of the local affiliate logo emblazoned on the screen. Is this what the Spirit rover has been going through? For once I was grateful for the mid-episode recap - at least I was able to see a tiny piece of what I missed while the technical difficulties were being handled. To top it off, after having at least 4 of these incidents over the course of the show, it happened again at the end and entirely blocked the last five minutes, from when Tru was starting her Reunion Queen speech.

I think it was a conspiracy by the network to get me to like the show. From what I was able to see, it seemed reasonably well-done tonight (above foam cone dialogue notwithstanding). Tru's speech was probably another of these over the top, saccharine, give peace a chance, we should all love each other now because who knows what tomorrow might bring types of closing speeches I've come to dread. Since I couldn't actually see it, I'm going to imagine it as a well-written, amazingly-delivered, heart-warming and thought-provoking wrap up of the evening's events. I'm also imagining that I'm better off not knowing what became of the showdown between Harrison and his former bully.

At my 10 year high school reunion, I got it into my head that I was finally going to speak my mind to the guy who bullied me for four years. Yes, I was a target in high school. Sure, being a geek is cool now (what? be quiet!), but not so much in 1982 at the age of 17. Anyway, I go to the reunion, full of confidence, out and proud, wearing a way cool outfit (plus I've grown a couple of inches), and I spot him. Bad news for my big plan - he seems like a really nice guy now. Turns out he was battling with internalized homophobia back then, and apparently acting overly macho in an attempt to hide his own gayness (sounds like Larry on Buffy, only this guy didn't get eaten by a giant snake at graduation), but by the 10th reunion he was out and (I know this sounds like a stereotype, but here it is) a successful hair stylist. Does anyone know if Harrison's bully had a similar story?

So glad to hear (albeit briefly) that Meredith's doing fine and will be out of rehab in a few weeks. I guess they have really good quickie miracle-working rehabs in whatever city this show inhabits.

I have to go find a detailed episode guide now.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 5:19 PM