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Kitchen Confidential and Other stuff

Not that many of you will be interested in this, but I promised hockeyvaughnfan a recap of last night’s Kitchen Confidential AKA Cooper! Vartan! Together Again! TV Guide’s Watercooler section had a good recap that was very complimentary to both actors. I have a few additional thoughts about the pretty the show.

To begin with, I love watching a show and being able to tell that the actors are having a great time working together. There were at least two occasions when Michael Vartan looked like he was trying not to laugh during exchanges with Bradley Cooper. Luckily for him, he was off camera when Jack (Bradley) delivered the best line. Telling the restaurant owners daughter (sorry, I don’t know most of the character names) how alike he and Michele (Michael) are – "It’s like we worked together before or something." :)

That was followed up by Michele kissing Jack on the head. Scripted? Unscripted? Either way, very cute. And I can’t forget to mention how incredible Michael looked in the black suit coat and white shirt open at the collar accompanied by the stubble. ::drools::

It dawned on me that Michael had stated that during his time on ‘Alias’ he fought doing a French accent because it always sounds fake. I kind of have to agree. I think it’s in large part due to the fact we’ve heard it exaggerated so much by actors over the years. Oh, and jokes about the French surrendering during various wars? Apparently, those will never get old – at least for comedy writers. Yes, the war between Jack and Michele over a stolen recipe for lamb escalated to the Americans/British vs. the French.

There was an icon worthy moment when Jack and Michele face off in the alley behind the restaurant. It struck me as being very reminiscent to the final shot of Buffy and Spike in OMWF. Not that that’s a bad thing. ;)

Ultimately Michele is undone by Jack’s protégé who makes a call to INS. But what actually does him in is what seems to undo every other criminal in this country – the IRS. It seems that Michele had his VISA to work here, but didn’t bother to ever pay taxes. Oops.

Michael’s best lines/exchanges (in my humble opinion):

To Jack: "You’re cuisine is ca ca."

And when restaurant owner’s daughter whose putty in his hands (when she’s not on her back ;) states, "I have to take a stand" , Michele replies, "Standing is good. Come. I’ll take you against the door."

I also watched The Triangle last night. I have nothing in-depth to say about it, but I did enjoy it overall. The writing dialogue and plotting was good, the weird anomalies and time shifts had me thinking, and the characters were fairly well developed. If I had one criticism with Part 1 it is pacing. It seemed to drag a bit in areas. One of the culprits was a subplot of sorts involving Eric Stoltz’s character’s family situation. Though, maybe that all ends up tying into later events. I’ll definitely keep watching…and not just for the new BSG promo. ;-)

And this item is already making its way around LJ, but for those who haven’t seen it.....

NBC ITUNES IN: Following ABC's lead, NBC Universal is set to announce a deal with Apple that will make programs from NBC, USA Network, Sci Fi Channel and other outlets — perhaps including highlights from forthcoming coverage of the Winter Olympics — available for on-demand downloading from the iTunes service. According to the trades, ESPN may be the next network to hop on the iTunes bandwagon.

Yes, BSG eps are part of this deal and are available for download. However, it seems they are part of a "bundle" which I take to mean you can’t just pick up the ep you missed, but have to order the whole season. I still have dial up so I really don’t care either way. :p
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Shit. I missed it. I'll have to try to acquire it by other means. But thanks for the recap, at least. :)
Well, if you find an internet for dummies dowloadable version, I'm sure hockeyvaughnfan will appreciate it. Otherwise, I can send you a copy the old fashion way on tape.
That's a very sweet offer, but I'll either find it myself or go without. And I'll at least check the Safe House (and how long has it been since I visited that site?!) for clips. :) Thanks!
re: bsg
actually you can get one ep at a time, at least for s2--I just dl'd Resistance without a problem
Re: bsg
Good to know. Perhaps it's just Season 1 you have to buy the whole thing.

It will be interesting to see how this affects illegal downloads. I'd pay $2 if it meant getting a good copy the very next day.

Many thanks for the recap - it's much appreciated *big grin*

I'm going to go look at the clips at the Safe House too - it looks like it was really funny and that a good time was certainly had by Messrs Cooper and Vartan - bet the bloopers and outtakes for this ep are hilarious and a cast commentary on a future dvd release (should it ever happen) would be highly entertaining judging by their previous hilarity on Alias commentary's!

Thanks again for the recap Asta!
You're welcome!

It sure is different recapping a show which lacks angst. ;) I'm thinking this show will end up on DVD eventually and, if it's cheap enough, I might pick up a copy.

Did you hear JJ is tying to get *everyone* back for the 'Alias' finale? I forsee a lot of ass kissing in his future. :-)
Did you hear JJ is tying to get *everyone* back for the 'Alias' finale? I forsee a lot of ass kissing in his future. :-)

I certainly did hear and I have to admit that I'm torn. Part of me would like to see him back, but then I'd rather he had been in the entire season and a big part of me would be happy for Vartan to tell JJ & Co where to shove it (in English and French if he liked) after the way that they treated him, but I think Vartan is such a nice guy (and lets admit it, it's that which makes us love the guy) that he'll probably agree to go back, but I seriously do hope that he makes JJ & Co seriously beg and kiss ass and that he gets paid a HUGE amount for the trouble!!!
D'oh. I missed it too. But since I am not a big fan of the sitcom in general, I think I'll live.
uh... by any chance did you tape KC?? I missed it. ::sadface:: I have dial up and can't download it either but a copy or a loaner? would be swell??
E-mail me your address and I can send you a copy when I mail out Xmas packages.
Bwah! BC and MV were just so wonderful together, it was incredibly funny.

And i have to agree, more often than not, a French accent does sound fake, and I can't help but always think of Pepe Le Pew. The only time i've ever not cringed is when i hear Julie Delpy talk.

Even so, it fit quite nicely in that episode and you're very right in that they looked like they were having a good time together. I've not been a fan of Alias since season 1 really, and especially not of Vaughn's. And i'd forgotten that i really liked MV before Alias. It was good to see that again and I hope he escapes some of his romantic stigmas nad gets a good job.
MV seems to be getting offers for other work which makes me very happy. Whether or not you liked him on 'Alias', he didn't get treated very well by JJ and I have a suspicion a certain ex-girlfriend and her new hubby may have been involved. Not that I'm bitter! ;)