It’s almost shocking how much of the dialogue in “TOW The Jellyfish” has become iconic. When season four opens, the gang are still out in Montauk, having had quite the eventful weekend on the beach. Now we get the fallout from the finale’s cliffhangers. Ross and Rachel are back on, if you pay no attention to the bald girl down the hall. Phoebe knows that her birth mother didn’t kill herself. She lives at the beach and – thanks to a genius bit of guest casting – is Teri Garr. The Phoebe of the ’80s, if you will. And for platonic-types, Chandler and Monica are spending an awful lot of time talking about what it’d be like if they were boyfriend/girlfriend. Looking back on it now, could they be more obvious?
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Clearly The Doctor’s identity crisis is going to be a running theme for this series, as it has been addressed in every episode so far. While I think it is good that the Doctor is questioning himself (the best heroes should always check themselves) I also don’t want him to lose sight of the fact that despite the horrible things he has done, he IS a hero to Clara and to so many others. How do I know this? Because at the end of this episode, not only does he save the Earth, he reunites Robin with his lost love, Maid Marian. It’s not just the big victories that make a person a hero…it’s the small gestures. Anyone can save the world, a true hero focuses on the details as well. It’s reuniting lost lovers. It’s promising to do something amazing. It’s fulfilling your companion’s ultimate wish by taking her to see Robin Hood.
You’re a hero, Doctor. Deal with it.
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Miranda Hobbes, who once brought pastel condoms as a shower gift, would be the first of the girls to pop one out – and in her own signature, down-to-business manner. (“Don’t let anyone get all cheerleader-y on me.”) She’s absolutely in love with her wee ginger babe too. However, her greatest fear as a mother – aside from accidental murder (“Look, we’re both afraid we’re going to kill the baby. That’s a given.”) – is being one of those moms. The ones who stuff down any remaining hints of their own personalities and live only for their children. She needn’t have worried.
Let’s put it in 2014 terms. There would be no monthly Brady photoshoots on Facebook. Miranda wouldn’t dare mommy-jack a status. In fact, she has a bit of an inner crisis when she accidentally drifts off while Carrie talks to her – Miranda has no interest in ranking the important people in her life, Brady included. Anyway, instead of overloading her Facebook friends with baby news, 2014 Miranda would leave them wondering if Brady were even still around. Being a mom is a fabulous thing, but Miranda knows that it shouldn’t become the only thing. She wants to integrate her family into her life – not let her motherhood eclipse everything else that makes her unique. (via In Appreciation of Miranda Hobbes)
1: Fed all of her friends almost every day for ten years without complaining.
2: Excelled in a traditionally masculine career, (yes, cookery as a profession is generally male-dominated) and in traditionally masculine hobbies (football), without compromising her…
Objectively we can watch the show and say that Miranda is Carrie’s BEST best friend. But if you were to walk up to Carrie Bradshaw on the street and as her who her best friend was, she would say “Miranda Hobbes, Samantha Jones, and Charlotte York-Goldenblatt.” She wouldn’t even bat an eyelash. She would never think to rank them. All three of them are her best friend for different reasons. Charlotte is her best friend who she goes to when she wants to be excessively girly and gush about boys and love. Samantha is the best friend she goes to so she can confess her sins in a judgement free zone (it’s no coincidence that Sam is the first one Carrie tells the affair about and Sam’s reaction is something Sage will get to when she writes her In Appreciation of Samantha Jones post). Miranda is the best friend that she goes to for honesty, tough love, and cupcakes.
What’s so amazing about this group of friends is that you never feel any sense of competition between them for the title of “Best Friend”. It can be an easy trap that groups of women can fall into and you never see that in these friendships. Carrie, the lynchpin, never ranks one more important than the other. Their love is unconditional through marriages, affairs, infertility, cancer, and funky spunk. Soul mates. We should all be so lucky.
(via In Appreciation of Carrie Bradshaw)
Once Clara has rebooted all of Rusty’s memories, the Doctor goes straight to the center of the Dalek, armed with his greatest weapon: his speeches. “I saved your life, Rusty. Now I’m going to do you one better. I’m going to save your soul.” So, to review: the afterlife isn’t a viable concept in Doctor Who, but the soul still is. The Doctor doesn’t want us to be good and brave and open-minded in a bid to get some kind of reward. He wants us to do it because it’s the right thing to do. And if you need the promise of glory and praise for standing up for the people around you, you’re pretty damn weak. And in this moment, the Doctor believes that even a Dalek can access a part of himself that’s kind. (I should also point out here that Aristotle – the philosopher, not the command ship – believed that a body without a soul wasn’t possible. And that all souls, no matter the body, are created equal. *pushes nerd glasses back up nose*) The spirituality of this universe is immediate. Depending on their choices, anyone can become a god or an angel or a giant or a monster in an instant. So the Doctor opens his own mind to Rusty. Which…well…backfires.
(via "Is that what we really learned today?" - Doctor Who Recap)