By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal®
Here are some of my favorite familiar faces and quotes from the week in TV.
Where Have I Seen Them Before?
Zoe Jarman is the office assistant Betsy on The Mindy Project. She was the camp counselor Poppy on Huge. I bring this up because Huge was an amazing show and I can’t believe it was cancelled after one season. I blame myself for not being around to promote it more. (When I interviewed Claire Danes about Homeland last year, she told me she was a huge fan of Huge too. She’s still friends with Winnie Holzman, the woman behind My So-Called Life and Huge. This made me very happy.)
Bailey Buntain, Ginny on Bunheads, was the freshman Sue was assigned to help on The Middle.
Adina Porter was the neurosurgeon who consulted with Derek on Grey’s Anatomy. We just saw her as Kendra on The Newsroom and she’s Lettie Mae Thornton on True Blood. She was also Juliet’s principal on Ringer, a show I already confessed that I couldn’t stop watching.
Jane Carr was the nanny Mrs. Buckminster on How I Met Your Mother. I remember her as Louise on Dear John. She also played Nora, a member of the DAR who was frenemies with Emily Gilmore on Gilmore Girls (which probably means she should be showing up on Bunheads sometime soon).
There were a slew of familiar faces on Scandal. Elise Neal was the woman who had a 15 year affair with the deceased Reverend. She was Yvonne on The Hughleys and Tia on All of Us. Leslie Grossman was back as the coroner on Scandal. She was Mary Cherry on Popular (a show you need to watch if you’ve never seen it. It was from Ryan Murphy before he was Ryan Murphy). We also just saw Grossman in the pilot of The New Normal as the potential surrogate who threatened to drink and eat sushi if she didn’t get what she wanted. Debra Mooney was the Supreme Court Justice who is somehow tied to Quinn/Lindsay’s (Quinsay?) situation. Mooney was, of course, Edna on my beloved Everwood.
Diane recognized Caroline Lagerfelt as Anjelica Henley, the wealthy woman who set up her own home burglary on Castle. She plays CeCe Rhodes on Gossip Girl and Diane remembers her as Spike’s mom on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Angella recognized Amanda Schull as the girlfriend of the blackjack dealer who was murdered on Vegas. Schull was Meredith on Pretty Little Liars, Katie on One Tree Hill and Angella remembered her as Jody in the movie Center Stage.
Quotes of the Week
“I’m not playing this game – Thunderdome.” Alicia to Clark, the firm’s court appointed trustee on The Good Wife.
“We are just two people who want to be friends but are sometimes attracted to each other.” Nick to Jess on The New Girl. I really like the way this relationship is playing out.
“You are my first love and I want more than anything for you to be my last but I can’t do this anymore. At least not now. We’re done.” Rachel to Finn on Glee. This is totally unrelated to this heartbreaking quote, but is anyone else bothered by Rachel’s hair extensions and eye make-up this season? I know that she’s in the Big Apple but I refuse to believe that this is how Rachel would look now. I don’t care if she had a makeover.
“It wasn’t nothing. You’re funny. You’re pretty. You’re nice. I like talking to you.” Hank to Sarah after he kissed her on Parenthood. If I weren’t so worried about Kristina, this definitely would be the story line stressing me out the most. True story – I’m eating my way through a bag of potato chips just writing about this. (40% reduced fat barbeque potato chips but stress eating none the less).
“She wants her something borrowed to be Jessica Biel’s youth.” Liz about Jenna on 30 Rock. Oh how I’ve missed this show!
Best Exchange of the Week
“All I keep thinking is we’re going to crash on some tropical island and get attacked by a polar bear.” Bailey to Webber on Grey’s Anatomy.
“I don’t know what you mean.” Webber to Bailey.
“You should watch more TV.” Bailey’s response. This may be the best advice Bailey has ever given.
That’s a wrap up of some of the week’s best familiar faces and quotes. I’m still catching up from visiting my parents in the House That Technology Forgot (no cable, no DVR, no Internet. It’s like living on Little House on the Prairie) so I’ll probably have more of this week’s quotes and familiar faces in next week’s edition. And please email me your favorite quotes and familiar faces through my contact form.
Leslie Grossman was also Lauren on “What I Like About You.”
I may not have much company on this (certainly none in my own home), but I stopped caring about, or being entertained by, any characters on 30 Rock except Jack and Liz. And any scene with Jenna means it’s time to get up and get a snack.