Thursday, October 29, 2009

Where in the World is the Cast of Ed?: Volume II

Aside from the little time-sensitive blurbs I wrote about Mike Starr and Tom Cavanagh, we last caught up with the lives of Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen, and Justin Long.

Let's take a look at some of the other cast members' whereabouts.

Just the Facts: Episode 1x05: "Better Days"

In this episode, Carol is still wallowing after her breakup with Nick. Ed debates how to make his move and ask her out again, and eventually decides to hire a skywriter.

When Carol freaks out, thinking Ed is going to ask her out when she needs him as a friend, Ed cancels the skywriter and gets in a fight with Carol about his intentions with her. In the end, the two of them determine that they are "not ready for each other," and truly begin to be friends.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Where in the World is the Cast of Ed?: Another Mini-Update


(Image via Clique Clack)

Okay, so I don't know exactly where Tom Cavanagh is at the moment (Canada, maybe?), but wherever he is, he's now 41 years old. If the Smiling Goat was real, his celebratory Labatt Blue would be on me.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

5 Down, 17 to Go: Comments on My Quarter-Journey

As of last night, I have watched and written about five episodes of Ed;(expect an uncharacteristically brief recap of Episode 1x05, "Better Days," soon). By my calculations, that's approximately a quarter of the season, and what better time is there to step back and look at what's happened so far?

The major occurrence in the journey was obviously the unveiling of the blog and the first couple posts. Since then, I've been asked many times why I chose this particular show for my blog.

It's been assumed, I think, that I'm a major Ed nerd -- but honestly, I haven't really seen the show since it went off the air. In the interest of full disclosure, if you want to know what I'm truly a nerd about, it's the following things: the Muppets, Gilmore Girls, Friends, Star Wars (there are fangirls, too!), and word games/puzzles.

I chose Ed from a list of shows I compiled when I decided I wanted to do a television blog. Most of the other shows were ones I've heard a lot about, but never seen: The West Wing, My So-Called Life, et cetera. But as soon as I thought of Ed, I knew it was the show I really wanted to write about.

So again, you might ask, "Why Ed?"

Video Roundup: Things I Learned from Episode 1x05: "Better Days"


(Image via Stuckeyville.com)

1. In school, teachers only call on you if you don't have your hand up.
2. There is not actually a Club 109 for people who know the whole periodic table of elements.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In the Year 2000...


(Image via Zero Zeros)

...we all breathed a sigh of relief on January 1 when Y2K did not bring the end of the world.
...we lost Obi-Wan Kenobi, Charles M. Schulz, the dad from Mary Poppins, and Ernest/Slinky Dog.
...the NFL draft included some promising young men named Tom Brady and Plaxico Burress.
...Tiger Woods was still insanely good at golf.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dramedy Deathmatch: Ed vs. Gilmore Girls





I mentioned in my inaugural post that one of the television shows of which I have seen every episode is the dearly departed Gilmore Girls. I consider myself a Fan of the show. (The capital letter denotes the seriousness of my devotion.)

I'm slowly working my way back to being a Fan of Ed as well, and the more I watch, the more I notice similarities between the shows.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Where in the World is the Cast of Ed?: Mini-Update



Yours truly spotted Mike Starr (Kenny Sandusky) as insurance man/potential mob boss Mr. Grotti on Thursday's episode of The Office. It was good to see him back on television.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Recap Roundup - Episode 1x04

Other reviews:

Joel Zand at FindLaw.com
Television Without Pity
Pop Matters

Fun fact:

The metal shop teacher, Bill Woslouis, is played by the aforementioned Kenny Sheehan of The Late Show with David Letterman.

We Now Return to Episode 1x04

Ed drives the sportscar back to Stuckeyville Motors. Dick Knight has Ed's car in the shop for undercoating, which Ed will not pay for. He asks Dick if he's suing Sela or not, and finally just says he'll see Dick in court, even after Dick tries to claim he'll drop the suit again.

Monday, October 12, 2009

"Someone's suing you for being too damn beautiful": Episode 1x04 - Pretty Girls and Waffles



The beginning of perhaps the most times you've heard the word "waffle" in one hour. I love the girl talk between Nancy, Molly, and Carol, and I like how Nick's line, "Why do 17-year-olds have epiphanies three times a week?", sets up Carol's own sudden epiphany about her relationship with Nick.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Where Have All the 'Shippers Gone?

Today, I intended to find a fan video for Ed and either praise it or mock it in this post. You know what I mean by "fan video": when someone takes clips from a television show or movie and plays a somehow lyrically appropriate song over them. They're all over the place on YouTube, for the most unusual things in the entertainment world.

But there are none for Ed and Carol.

I know people out there are fans of this pairing. Maybe Ed fans are just so classy that they don't try to improve upon the show.

Or, you know, I'm the only person who notices such things when it comes to a show that's been off the air for five years.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Insert "Worldwide Pants" Joke Here

Late Show host David Letterman owns a production company called Worldwide Pants, which produced Ed throughout its run. This blog is about Ed. Therefore, this blog is also somewhat about David Letterman. And David Letterman is in a wee bit o' trouble at the moment.


(Image via NY Daily News)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Recap Roundup - Episode 1x03

Other reviews:


Fun fact:

The name of Ed's former law firm, Farmer and Sheehan, comes from producer David Letterman's longtime stagehands on the Late Show, Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan.

We Now Return to Episode 1x03

Molly helps Ed out in an unusual fashion:


"Why don't sharks eat lawyers?": Episode 1x03 - Just Friends



(I have to point out that although this scene is great, it contains a goof: Jack Barry, who Carol claims came for Career Day a few years prior, actually died in 1984. Even if he came the year he died, that would be 16 years before the episode occurs, and Ed and Carol would have still been in high school.)

I cannot overstate how awesome this episode was. It was so difficult trying to narrow down what to write and which clips to use, because I loved almost every one of the 43 minutes in "Just Friends."