There is so much. It doesn’t look like it here, but imagine all of those in multiples of about 5 or so. It fills up a small plastic storage box.
I’m going to try and list everything there is.
1. Harry Potter potion bottles: Floo Powder (it glows in the dark!), Felix Felicis, Gillyweed, Pumpkin Juice, Wolfsbane Potion, Skele-Gro, Baneberry Potion. Aaaand I just realized I forgot the Butterbeer charm. D:
2. A pile of Oreo cookies.
3. Rings: Chocolates, pancakes, waffles, crepe, ice cream scoops, rainbow cake on a plate, whipped cream dollops in strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, hot chocolate, candy cane cookies, a chocolate dipped cookie, chocolate chip cookie, flowers, and s'mores.
4. An assortment of pies.
5. Cookies and ice cream scoops.
6. Cupcakes and bacon slice charms.
7. Gummy bear charms, peanut butter and jelly earrings, burger charm, hot dog charm, pizza slices (pepperoni and cheese), s'mores, chocolate chip cookie, corn dog, ice cream cone earrings (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, chocolate mint chip), bacon strip earrings, cookie post earrings, hot dog earrings, cheeseburger earrings, peach earrings, potato chip earrings, cute fortune cookie earrings, ice cream scoop post earrings (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla), rainbow cake post earrings, and s'mores post earrings.
8. Cookies and milk best friend necklace, taco platter necklace, salad necklace, cookie pendants, banana charm, ice cream cone charms (vanilla, chocolate mint chip, strawberry, cotton candy, and one with a scoop of each flavor), banana earrings, taco earrings, pumpkin pie earrings, bottle of bacon, bottle of bananas, Brownie Brittle earrings, pancake charm, pancake post earrings, waffle charm, potato chip charm, and rainbow cake on a plate charm.
9. Misc. Cute food charms I posted before: cupcakes, rainbow cake, bubble tea, s'mores, roll cakes (vanilla and chocolate) rice ball, cheeseburger, sesame seed ball, donuts, pancake, cookie, peas in a pod, macarons, pizza, crepe, fortune cookie, and chocolate chip cookie.
Plus there are mystery bags available for $5 each!
Animate! Miami starts tomorrow and I will be at Booth # 931.
Angst over affection. Fighting over fluff. Secrets and
strain over silliness. It’s been a helluva season 2. We should all get Xanax
and a bottle of wine as a “Congratulations. You made it to the end” parting
gift because Lord knows we could use it to unwind from months of craziness,
stress and worry. It’s like we’ve all been twisted into an emotional pretzel.
Barbara plays dirty… and I love her for it.
For much of the season, I felt like I was watching Season 1,
but with a different pair of glasses on, lenses that completely flipped
realities between our two favorite fake people. The same professional struggles and personal
strife that Elizabeth endured last year manifested in Henry this season: seeds
of doubt, feelings of helplessness, alienation and overwhelming guilt that he or she should’ve done more. Henry was Elizabeth’s rock after Iran, standing beside her
when she lashed out, begging her to open up. This season, they did a complete
180-degree turn, Elizabeth taking the lead, lending unwavering support as Henry
stumbled through two different jobs, lost his father and, oh yeah, had
radiation poisoning. “I’d quit this job in a heartbeat if it threatened what we
have” were the words Elizabeth emotionally uttered right after starting her
job. It’s ironic that Henry’s position was the thing that ended up threatening
them the most.
I tend to view Season 2 as two distinct parts: Part 1 – Russia, Sterling, Elizabeth/Henry can’t talk about
work. Part 2 – Hizb al-Shahid, Murphy Station, Elizabeth/Henry
working alongside one another. The overlapping storyline throughout the entire season:
ain’t no one happy.
“If I had to choose between betraying my friend or my
country, I hope I would have the courage to betray my country.” That was one of
the first quotes Henry directed to his class at the National War College back in
2.01. Foreshadowing, much? He also lead a discussion with his students about
“the greater good.” If only we knew then what we know now, I probably would’ve
thrown something at the TV. It just goes to show that the writers had a clear
and definitive path laid out, and followed it throughout the season. We may not
understand week-to-week where the storyline is going, but they do. It’s
slightly reassuring as a viewer. In Barbara, We Trust. That said, “the greater
good” is one phrase I hope to leave behind in Season 2.
Like DJ Khaled, President Obama and the Yankees for much of
the last decade, Elizabeth had a lot of wins during Season 1. Those were the
days. Season 2 started with a win, but Secretary McCord wasn’t even allowed to
enjoy a full episode of success before Craig Sterling slithered into the White
House. Talk about a cancerous dude. Conrad hired
Sterling without even consulting Elizabeth, a move that set the tone for their entire
working relationship. From the start, Sterling couldn’t be bothered to even
listen to Elizabeth’s perspective or suggestions, often simply waving her off
like she was trying to sell him a set of knives. I’m still in awe that she
never punched him. Lord knows I wanted to for both of us. Of course she managed
to sever her tongue by biting it week after week, slam after slam, knowing she
couldn’t stoop to his level, instead using wit and knowledge to outsmart him. Reason #456 why Elizabeth is a better person than
I am. Elizabeth was quickly boxed out of the inner circle, an outsider to the
Good Old Boys Club. I swear they had a secret handshake… which probably
involved a middle finger and some bro back slaps. If there was one good thing
that came out of Sterling breathing, it’s that he challenged Elizabeth, pushing
her to look at alternate views she maybe wouldn’t have, forcing her to dig deep
into her morals. Did she need it because work was getting stale? Not really,
but I appreciate the opposition he brought, which allowed her to shine. There.
I said something nice about Sterling.
As much as Elizabeth wasn’t influenced by Sterling, Conrad
was. I swear someone could’ve asked Conrad if he liked chocolate cake and he
would’ve looked to Sterling for the answer. It was rough to watch him defer
major foreign policy decisions to a guy he just met over someone he’s known for
years and personally pleaded with to take the position. I often just wanted to hug
Elizabeth… and thump Conrad’s and Sterling’s heads together. Somewhere halfway through Sterling’s tenure, Conrad found
his sesame seed-sized balls and started making his own decisions. Of course
they were decisions Elizabeth didn’t necessarily agree with, but at least he
was finally starting to act Presidential. Or “Presidential.” As the season
moved along, Conrad even stood alongside Elizabeth, figuratively and literally,
as she faced foreign leaders, showing his support. The drastic change between
keeping her in the dark about Sterling in 2.01 and asking her to be his running
mate in 2.23 gives me whiplash. I’m still not a card-carrying member of the
Conrad Fan Club, and I think he has miles to go before I’d consider him to be a
successful leader, but he’s made baby steps. It’s also ironic that we
started 2.01 with Vice President Delgado’s health (puking on a golf course) and
ended with his health (the reason Elizabeth may assume that position).
“I find the whole ‘not getting personally invested thing’
challenging.” No kidding, Henry. And that sentence right there sums up Henry
McCord’s time as a DIA handler. Clearly Henry didn’t read the full job description
because the realization that he was tapped to be a handler didn’t set well with
the ethics professor. Once he was on board (as on board as one can be while
being dragged into it), it was Henry who brought Dmitri in as his asset. Jane and the
rest of the DIA wanted Ivan (RIP, Ivan), but Henry pushed for Dmitri, citing
various reasons. It’s no wonder he took the boy’s fate so personally. In his
mind (and, kind of, in reality), he was responsible for whatever happened to
Dmitri because he hand-picked the kid. Proving that he’s a better professor and
father than handler, Henry had an issue lying and was often more worried about
Dmitri’s safety and state of mind than what Dmitri could offer. This didn’t
stop him, though, from strong-arming Dmitri, using his sister as leverage. It
was an ironic move for an ethics professor, and quite the opposite of Season 1
when Elizabeth wondered if her position was making her morally compromised.
It was Henry’s jobs (and his reactions to his jobs) that
took the real toll on Team McCord. The first half of the season, Dr. and Mrs.
McCord were doing a weird little dance. Unlike during Season 1 when
Elizabeth couldn’t talk to Henry, Season 2 saw both of them having to hold
their tongues, something that put a significant strain on their marriage. Duty
over family. The McCords can’t pull that off very successfully over long
periods of time. Even though their work overlapped, and in the interest of
world peace they probably SHOULD have been able to swap information, they
couldn’t. Not even some light spy pillowtalk. This lead to serious frustrations
for both of them. Elizabeth wanted Henry to open up about his feelings, but
he’d simply shut down and change the subject. Henry wanted to divulge to
Elizabeth the information he knew regarding Russia, but she’d shut him down
with concerns about prison and protocol. Those same deep-rooted communication problems
persisted, even with Henry in his new Murphy Station position. Both Elizabeth
and Henry were working out of the White House for the same goal, able to
discuss every aspect of their jobs, but the fracture was already in place. Henry
couldn’t get past the Dmitri situation and was taking it out on Elizabeth, even
though he tried his best not to show his demons. There was a silver lining to
Henry’s new position, however. It provided a few sweet moments in the middle of
their days when Elizabeth and Henry could connect as best they could as a couple amid the chaos, discussing things like broken washing machines. Heaven forbid they actually
talk about something important like feelings, I know, but at least they were talking.
The emotional rift between Elizabeth and Henry lead to a
physical one, as well. Gone were the days of familiar kisses, long hugs and
light-hearted moments that made us first fall in love with the McCords. Season
2 was a dry as the desert, with fluff scenes as difficult to find as winning
Powerball tickets. It makes sense. I get why the writers did it. I don’t have
to like it, though. Before Elizabeth left for Iran, we saw the
tongue-in-cheek-but-set-in-reality discussion about Henry remarrying if
Elizabeth wouldn’t return, followed by computer passwords kisses. Before Henry
left for Pakistan… nothing. No happy reunions this season. Few fun, breezy connections.
Hell, much of their “alone time” was spent dealing with something work or dark emotions related. Even when they had a late-night moment, sharing a puzzle,
they were talking about Stevie and her screw-up du jour. Season 2 was very PG…
hardly ever PG-13. Here’s to Season 3 making up for this.
The scorecard for Henry’s troubles during Season 2 is quite
rough: not being able to stop Ivan’s suicide and then finding his body, losing
his father, having his sister blame him for his father’s death, getting
radiation poisoning, the Dmitri mess, losing Mimi and nearly dying in Pakistan.
Can someone put this family in a bubble, please? I’ve gone into detail at
length about why I think his questionable and, at times, asshole-ish actions
were expected. I don’t justify them, but I understand them. There were also a
few nods to Elizabeth’s continuing battle with PTSD this season, which I
appreciated. The woman watched her husband wither away emotionally in front of
her, listened to him scream at her that he sees his failures when he looks at her, worried about her standing as Secretary of State for at least half of the season and moved
mountains to avoid World War III a good 3 times. Man, Season 2 was rough.
Despite all they’ve been through, the McCords are still
“relationship goals.” Lesser couples would have checked out much earlier, but
Elizabeth and Henry are “all in.” Their empire of two may be a bit fractured,
but the foundation is strong. They may have had some below-the-belt fights, but
they also knew when to stop. Henry, still pissed at Elizabeth about
trading Dmitri, hugged her when she returned from Switzerland, yet walked away
because he didn’t want to say anything hurtful. Even though Elizabeth needed
Henry the most when she was losing Buttercup, she told him to leave because she
knew he needed distance from her more. And what did Henry do? Put his feelings
aside and returned to help her grieve. Elizabeth could have walked away more
times than I can count, but she chose to stay with Henry, much like Henry did
when Elizabeth lashed out post-Iran. It goes back to what Barbara, Lori, Téa and Tim have all said about the couple being
committed to each other in good times and in bad. I don’t want their troubles
to magically disappear over hiatus. The writers spent an entire season
fracturing the couple, so I feel more than AN episode or A trip to Dr. Sherman
is needed to rebuild their trust. However, I’m ready for more team moments of
Elizabeth and Henry slaying dragons TOGETHER. Bring on the Merry McCords.
Each of the McCord kids had their own mini freak-out/scandal
this season: Stevie, Alison, Stevie, Jason, Stevie, Stevie. Season 1 Stephanie
McCord was alive and well into Season 2. Stevie started this season in a hotel
room with Harrison and his magical heroin coat, and quickly moved on to being
drug tested by her parents. “How many dumb moves are we gonna give her,”
Elizabeth pondered, as if speaking for much of the fandom. Fast-forward 22
episodes and Stephanie McCord is working to be a lawyer, taking on the role of
mini Elizabeth at home with her siblings and is engaged to a yet-still-seemingly-too-perfect,
Jareth. Alison had her own teenager-y angst this season: a bout with mean girls
bullying, crashing a car and not telling her parents, lashing out at Elizabeth
for not giving her attention and basically having a case of Middle Child
Syndrome. The Girls McCord had a few moments of bonding, though. Their college
tour escapades will go down as some of my favorite scenes from Season 2. Then
there’s Jason. The poor kid is fumbling through life… pun intended for the
football player. He wanted friends and made friends, but then hated himself for
not sticking up to his friends. Jason’s anger has steadily grown throughout
Season 2. Early episodes show him jovial and joking. Halfway through, however,
that shifted. He rarely smiles. He screams at anything. He’s filled with anger.
He clearly has serious issues with his father’s job, making negative references
to it so often. I’m not sure if Elizabeth and Henry are so wrapped up in their
work, each other and Stevie that they’re tossing this aside as typical teenager
behavior, but I feel like he’s the next McCord to blow.
Speaking of “blow,” I’m going to say it: enough bombs. I’m
tired of bombs, threats of bombs, actual bombs. This season alone we’ve had the
bombing in Switzerland, the dirty bomb at the conference, the bomb that killed
Mimi. Am I missing any? Enough. Bombs. If there’s one plot point I feel jumps the shark, it’s
this. Don’t get me wrong. Bombings, bomb threats and nuclear issues are a
massive part of everyday foreign policy. I’m just tired of seeing a McCord in
the middle of ground zero. Our running total for that thus series far –
Elizabeth: 2, Henry: 1.. or more if you include Pakistan. Let’s keep the bombs
away from the McCords next season, please.
This season, we delved deeper into just who Elizabeth’s
State Department staff is as people, not just job titles. We heard their backstories
and saw them outside the State Department walls. Nadine has a son, was a dancer
and went to law school. I feel like I learned the most about her as a person,
not just as Elizabeth’s Chief of Staff. She took a more active role in her fellow
employees this season, mentoring them and offering advice, both personally and
professionally. Matt was also revealed to us a little more, as were Daisy’s
hopes and fears. Jay continued on his journey as Elizabeth’s policy advisor, a
position he holds successfully. Those two are able to connect on levels outside
of simply boss and employee. They’re able to let their professional guard down at times, talking like fellow parents and friends. Then
there’s Blake. He remains as unflappable as his starched suit. Maybe we’ll
learn more about him in Season 3. I can picture him as a toddler with a pocket
Will Adams can come back to visit anytime, as far as I’m
concerned. His single episode allowed us an inside look at Elizabeth’s family,
something I’ve been desperately hoping for. Their relationship is quintessential
sibling: love you to death, but I also know just which buttons to push to piss
Evita. She lived. She died. No one needs to tell her story.
Téa appeared much
more comfortable in the role of Elizabeth McCord this season. The tone in which
she said certain lines and the way she often interjected subtle mannerisms made
me think, “That’s totally a Téa move.” The
woman is excelling in this dramatic role, but she’s also bringing a sense of
comedy that was much needed during this dark season. I’d often find myself
smiling or laughing at how she chose to perform a line or play a moment. The
physical comedy of Elizabeth avoiding the Oval Office chair, the way she’d
struggle to take off her coat during a stressful scene or her facial
expressions when she was wronged, right or confused were glorious. These moments
showed that Elizabeth is human with feelings, not a robot. She also uses dry
humor and sarcasm as a coping mechanism. Oh, honey. Don’t we all. (Or maybe
it’s just me?) Of course Henry and Tim are just as adept at the comedy, both
physical and literal. Let’s not forget the epic ad lib when Russell called,
“Oh, it’s your boyfriend.”
“She tried her best, but people still got hurt.” How fitting
is that quote to wrap up the entire season?
My favorite Season 2 quote, however, comes from Madeleine Albright: “There’s plenty of room in the world for mediocre men. There is
no room for mediocre women.” Preach, woman. Preach.
–This season brought about the “How long have they been
married” debate: 23 or 25 years. Can we get another (and better) anniversary
celebration to nail this down?
–The writers eerily “predicted” the death of Jihadi John,
down to the details. Creepy.
–There were a lot of bathroom scenes this year, more so
than bedroom scenes. Bedroom = good. Bathroom = angst. More bedroom scenes in
Season 3, please.
–The running jokes about Elizabeth vs. the Quakers will
never grow old. I never want Alison to graduate because I need scenes like this
every few months.
–In 2.02, Elizabeth told Henry they needed to plan a
vacation without the kids, cell service, internet or people.. except for a masseuse and a chef. Still waiting for that. You think
I’ve forgotten about those possible scenes?? Falls Lake. Make it happen.
Perhaps for the anniversary trip.
–I’ll never hear Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” again
without thinking about Madam Secretary and seeing Patina, Bebe and Erich
bopping along. I’m perfectly fine with this.
–Tie blouses, tie blouses, tie blouses. My very
unscientific research indicates Elizabeth wore nearly a dozen different tie
blouses or blouses with a black tie throughout Season 2. She even has the same
tie blouse in several different colors and patterns, and may have two different
white versions: one with a big tie that hangs like her light blue and red ones; one with a smaller tie. At this point, I feel like the wardrobe department is
It’s difficult to adequately wrap up 23, hour-long episodes without missing some critical moments and insight. Feel free to shout out your
Season 2 has been one hell of a carnival ride. I’ve wanted
to puke. I’ve cried. I’ve raged. It’s made me dizzy multiple times.
However, I’m sad to jump off for a few months.