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By Beauregard Houston-Montgomery
Wednesday, 4/13/2005 12:00 AM
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April 13, 2005

The passing of Prince Rainier (and the Pope) seemed but a build-up for what the Daily Show, whose spin I'm always in, called the "Bride of Chuckie" spectacle. This long dreaded culmination of the very Grimmest fairy tale, wherein the Prince, having disposed of the dazzling Princess, marries the Queen of the Trolls, came off like a Robert Altman directed episode of AbFab, with the principals dressed in a 1980's Dynasty-style tribute to Sir Cecil Beaton. Those huge hats, pragmatically covering all those dour, bitter, intoxicated faces, turned a fetid lot into Sid and Marty Kroft's "Lidsville". Throw in delightfully off-the-wall guests like Joanna Lumley (looking just like Patsy Stone) and Joan Rivers (looking just like Madame the Puppet), not to mention one fashionable young royal who sported a version of Camilla's feather headpiece on her bum, and you have a hit (in the face ... Read More


A WEEKLY "O.C." UPDATE

By Alexis Page
Tuesday, 4/12/2005 12:00 AM
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"Risky Business"

This week's OC episode was so terribly boring for the first 45 minutes that I thought about giving up on the whole damn thing. Lately, each week's story seems to move at the speed of grass growth, and frankly, I've got things to do. At any rate...

SCENE 1:  RYAN FESSES UP

Ryan finally made a formal sort of admittance to the fact that he had rekindled his love affair with Marissa. Only at the coaxing of a room full of testosterone (Seth, Sandy and Trey the brother) can this kid say that he and Marissa are back to liking each other. Then, because Kiki is rarely coherent enough to see what's right in front of her face, she invites Marissa to stay at the Cohen house while Julie Cooper is out of town. Everyone finds this shocking coincidence ironic/hilarious.

SCENE 2:  MARISSA'S RENT SCHEME  

Since ... Read More


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