this is one of my favourite gags

I wanted to make it clear that she would stand up for herself and she would give it back to him and they really are in a relationship where the two kind of spar and fight and also kid and express some tenderness for each other. I didn’t want her to be just what she appears to be from Batman’s perspective which is the henchman saying ‘Yes Mr J’ and following along blindly as part of the gag. It makes them seem as if they’re in a bit more of a real relationship. One of my favourite things we came up with is when they’re just settling down for the night and Joker just says whats in his heart to Harley and actually expresses emotion towards her. But at the same time he’s talking about how he feels and about his perceptions, not really talking about what she wants. And he looks over and shes fast asleep. Shes always wanted to hear him stay stuff like that. But what does he do? He just tucks her into bed. And if anything he just goes ‘Well I was going to tell her some important things but she fell asleep… So the jokes on me’
—  Paul Dini 
17.04.13 PON! ARASHI Week 4 - ARASHI [English highlight]

Question: Which member has the softest / most flexible physicality?

Jun answered Nino
Leader, Nino, Sho answered Masaki
Masaki answered Jun

M: Nino’s hand is very soft.
S: Puni-puni.
M: The touch of his hand is soft. Like hamburg steak.
S: Let’s do it? [Take away Nino’s boards]
N: (Shout) Hamburg! (And showed his hands)
A: Would’ve been great to have that (that instrument for the gag).
N: Everyone in ARASHI laughs with this.
S: Our favourite gag. Though in fact I was bit worried about the atmosphere of the studio. (giggle)
N: Sorry (giggle).
A: MatsuJun, I have image that he has been flexible in physicality all along.
M: My bending forward is flexible. (Bended forward flexibly)
A: Right. So I chose MatsuJun.

S: Though I also thought it was MatsuJun, recently when I saw Aiba Masaki…
N: (Point to Aoki) You haven’t studied.
S: (Point to Aoki) You information is outdated.
O: I saw him today in green room. He was doing stretching exercise.
N: He did stretching, muscle training, and push-up.
S: In the past one or two years, for concert performance, his solo performance, he had been doing stretching during that time. When I was aware, he became very flexible.
A: I thought if I worked on the training I’d become flexible.
Aoki: Little and often fills the purse.
A: Right.
S: Are you flexible on bending forward too?
A: I’m. (Bended forward flexibly)
S: You couldn’t do that before, right?
A: Not before [I did training].
M: (To Aoki) Please update your information.
Aoki: Sorry I didn’t study enough, I learned today. (giggle)
ARASHI: (Laugh)

* Just highlight, not verbatim.

The Foxhole Court, Chapter 12 – Road Trip To Embarrass… Who Again?

In which the squad goes to a talk show, wake-up calls go wrong, Neil goes live on national television, shipping goes well, and I go nuts, just a little bit.

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Asperger's with no diagnosis: some life help suggestions

If you don’t think you can get a diagnosis, and if no one is willing to consider, I have some advice from a 20 year old who knows the ropes on many Asperger’s problems. (I have ASD and have been diagnosed since 6).

Firstly, if you’re considering autism is likely because you feel you don’t fit in, seek out some professional advice online and talk about what makes you feel that way. Many conditions present with similar symptoms and it’s best to be pretty sure before you start treating a paper cut with stitches.

On to the good stuff:

A lot of autistic behaviours and traits are normal behaviours or traits but out of proportion. Therefore, most of them can be made to sound like ‘normal people problems’ which might help you deal with them.

Some suggestions of what to tell people:

Touch aversion: tags and certain fabrics (or whatever irritates you) cause you to get itchy. Describe it as a physical reaction, such as saying you have sensitive skin.

Sensory overload: loud rooms give you headaches. Headaches make things sound louder which make for worse headaches. (Bright lights are a culprit to making this worse that took me years to notice. Beware fluorescent lights.) Ask to listen to quiet music, or be excused regularly, to cut down on the amount of noise you have to hear.

Food issues: XYZ foods make you feel ill. (This is true in part.) Avoiding onions/cabbage/vinegar is a matter of avoiding stomach ache. I would suggest just outright saying that you don’t like some foods and won’t eat them, if you think the people who you eat with will respect that. After all, better to honestly say ‘onion makes me want to puke’ then to pretend you love something someone has prepared for you, which you hate. If you want to eat those foods (onion is one of my favourite meal additions but I physically gag if I chew a half cooked piece) explore new ways of eating it. Make it a minimal part of a meal, like grinding it to oblivion if texture is the issue or using a barely present amount if flavour, and just keep eating it that way, progressively exposing yourself to more as you get used to it. I promise you it’s worth it. (Mind you, I never bothered with cabbage, celery or soft cooked vegetables, I really just don’t like them or care for them.) 

Eye contact: look between their eyes, at the bridge of their nose, or look at their glasses. You can’t really tell. If you’re talking about something, say, at school, write things as you explain it, so that you have a reason to not make eye contact so much, and so they won’t be looking at you as much.

Social skills: recite a new person’s name over and over in your head, while taking mental notes about them. Their car, the shape of their ears, the sound of their voice. You don’t need to memorise those details but it’s one of the best ways to memorise new people if you struggle with that (as a social butterfly I still struggle with new names. I’ll forget unless I think about it again a few times within the next day or so). Also be upfront about being bad with names, and ask if you don’t remember, because asking twice in a row is way less embarrassing then trying to catch their name two months later. Trust me. Also, being upfront but considerate is something most of my autistic friends are liked for.

Lastly, find stims that are soothing but also don’t attract much attention. Leg bouncing is one that many people do, but is sometimes pointed out (by rude people, or if it’s noisy). I play with the tip of my tongue against my teeth often. Fidget rings are good too, or any textured ring that can be rotated around your finger without much resistance. If you notice a new stim which might have consequences, like chewing on your cheeks (causes callouses), try to replace it with a safe one quickly, because bad habits die hard, especially stims. Small, cool objects, like a pebble, or jewellery, or a usb, can be soothing to rotate in your fingers, and is not seen as unusual most of the time.

Hope that helps!  Edit as you see fit.

-anonemie

This seems helpful, thanks for submitting !!

- Solar

As You’re Told

Relationships: Castiel x Reader
Rating: Smut
Warnings: Dom/sub, bdsm

~2600 words

Summary: You start dating Castiel, a famous physicist, when you get hired at the same university as him. A few months into the relationship, you explore dom/sub dynamics within your sex lives.

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Chapter ONE

You’ve been reading the same three lines for at least three minutes when your phone chimes. You read the short paragraph one more time, hoping the words will magically hold meaning, then give in and reach for your phone.

Come over

You sigh. If only.

Can’t. Still got a stack of papers to grade.

That’s what tomorrow’s for.

You’re a bad influence

You’re a bad habit

And then, before you get a chance to reply: Come over. I wanna sex you up. Also, I made cannoli.

You sigh again, switching between glaring at the pile of assignments in front of you and looking wistfully at your phone. You keep it up long enough that the screen darkens. When it lights up again it’s to reveal a picture of Castiel and the words Prof. Novak (Black Hole Thermodynamics). You roll your eyes at the ringtone that accompanies it. Don’t Stand So Close To Me by The Police.

Cas thought he was funny when he replaced the default tune on your third date. That was months ago and you still threaten to change it back but never do. You should also probably change his name in your phone to something a little more familiar, too. You aren’t likely to forget which class he teaches anymore anyway.

“Hey,” You say.

“Hey. How long ‘til you get here?” You hear a smacking sound and you know he’s licking his fingers clean, probably of powdered sugar.

You grunt. You want to lick his fingers clean of, possibly, powdered sugar. “You make a compelling pitch. You sure your true calling isn’t sales?”

He laughs at that. He always laughs at your dumb jokes. “It’s just because I know my target clientele.”

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great but easy-to-miss detail from today’s episode of TAZ: when Taako turns into Dupree he has an intelligence of 2. which is the canonical intelligence for Tyrannosauruses in D&D. however. polymorph/wildshape does not affect the caster’s intelligence. and maybe it’s a mistake but Justin does say “Taako drops the spell because he’s not a monster, just a wizard pretending to be a dinosaur” which leads to the conclusion that Taako is literally just roleplaying as a T-Rex.

honestly his ridiculous personas for each spell (Garyl, Tough Greg) are one of my favourite running gags in the show. what a nerd. what a gay icon.

Supernatural season 10 gag reel highlights

Hello again! It’s time to take a look at what the gag reel for season 10 has in store for those of us with shiny hats. Without further ado, let’s get on it.

Ten seasons and the boys are still a pair of adorable dorks. Never change. <3

It’s fun to tease a guest star who accidentally drooled a little earlier. They must be a blast to work with, seeing as how nobody ever says a bad word about them!

Jensen messes up a line and we’re awarded with two smiles that rival the sun. Please, keep messing up and showing us the resulting footage!

Hooo… An “I love you” appears. I live for this. They keep saying it at conventions, but it never gets boring.

Here’s an eternal favourite. Jensen has the heart-eyes thing going on while Jared just dives in to peel off that tape with his mouth. Yes, mouth. Think about that for a while, will you.

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Oh boy. Just.. oh boy. I like the way you think, Jensen! I bet you nailed him good once you got home.

Watch the entire gag reel here! I hope you enjoyed this series. I still have one more left in store, so check back tomorrow if you’re interested.

All Stars Two - An Evaluation of the Queens Before the Final

Now we’re approaching the end of Drag Race All Stars Two, with a lot of opinions flying around about Queens, I thought I’d give my opinion for whatever it’s worth about every Queen this season, their conduct and how my opinions have changed since their seasons.

Adore: Thankful there’s someone before Alaska alphabetically so I don’t launch straight into the negativity. Adore was judged too harshly for her personal aesthetic in episode one and I thought it was a shame she had to quit, but I completely understand why she went. When you’ve worked to be comfortable about yourself, it sucks to continue to be picked at. I wanted to see more, but I’m glad I saw her perfect lipstick for one episode at least. 

Alaska: I’m one of maybe 3 fans who didn’t like Alaska after watching season 5. I couldn’t bring myself to like her seriously affected personality and she was a departure from the humour I had come to like in Drag Queens. Despite being even more affected than she was before, Alaska started growing on me a little at the beginning of this season. I still didn’t like her, but she was slightly funnier, I got her appeal a little more. However, recent events have solidified my initial opinion of her and the reservations I had about the season. Let’s put an elimination that was complete bullshit aside, that Lil’ Poundcake inspired temper tantrum was so off-putting. The twenty fans she has left can write it off as passion all they want, that was some pathetic, childish nonsense and an unacceptable way to act when you deserve to be in the bottom, especially when you compare it to the composure of queens who have actually been eliminated like Tatianna in the last episode, you know, ones who didn’t deserve to go home who wanted it just as much. I know it’s pretty 50/50 as to whether her or Katya wins. I just hope she doesn’t.

Alyssa Edwards: A truly lovely fifth runner up who, perhaps, in a season devoid of bullshit cliques, could have won. She’d certainly have the fan support. I was so ambivilant about Alyssa in season 5 and now in All Stars I was gagging over everything she did. Special mention to her playing Annie Oakley in Herstory of the World, could there have been a more perfect part for her? She was really excellent, she didn’t deserve to go either of the times she was eliminated, and I come away from watching this with Alyssa as one of my favourite Queens of all time.

Coco Montrese: What little I saw of Coco, I liked. I felt like she grew a sense of humour since season 5, coming in with her Dorito fantasy, joking with Alyssa about their rivalry in days past. They probably could have picked a more interesting queen for the season but hey, at least she didn’t eliminate anyone we loved.

Detox: Deep sigh. Detox was doing a good job of growing on me after having spent most of season 5 irritating me. Her runways have undoubtedly slayed all season, but seriously? If your friend has been in the bottom 5 times, the kind thing to do is cut the life support off. Surely they must have know people wouldn’t think it was cute they were saving friends, especially when they get rid of one of the most popular queens ever? In the ever relevant words of Lashawn Beyond ‘This is not Rupaul’s Best Friend Race’. The queens should have stuck to the elimination rules they made up in week one or just said ‘oaky, eliminate whoever you want’. Side note: wtf was with them giving Alyssa shit for breaking the rules in a minor way and then being completely hypocritical and breaking the rules two weeks in a row in a major way?? Also I wanted to say this in Alaska but it was too long - what the fuck is with the physical intimidation in lipsyncs this season? It’s so uncomfortable to watch! Drag is not a contact sport!

Ginger Minj: Why do so few people like Ginger? I love my glamour toad! Having said that., she was pretty out of her league in this group of girls… But, there’s no way she should have gone when she did. She shouldn’t have even been in the bottom that week. Based on performance, it should have been Roxxxy or Detox (how Detox ended up in the top on that challenge I don’t even know I was so confused I really thought she was one of the least funny?). It’s a shame she didn’t get the chance to earn herself more fans because she’s a really good Queen imo and she deserves more recognition. So she’s bitchy, so are most of them, and she’s funny!

Katya: I’ve been #TeamKatya since this began. I welcome all you jumping on board from team you-know-who but let it be known, I’ve been here longer. She actually flew under my radar for a lot of season 7 until close to when she went home - I still think it’s a travesty she left for the Hello Kitty challenge after she created the best mascot… Sorry, still salty. A lot of people talk about Alaska getting the winner edit this season but has anyone else kind of picked up on Katya getting almost the opposite treatment? They gave her the shittest Herstory part, she was in the bottom the week after despite not deserving to be there at all… I don’t know, seems like they were trying to get the audience to think she was doing badly so they could justify an Alaska win more. Am I reading into it too much? One last time for good measure: #TeamKatya.

Phi Phi O’Hara: You can’t blame editing for all your mistakes. If words came out of your mouth while you know there is a camera, the only person you have to blame is yourself. I was rooting for a comeback. I was glad to see her go.

Roxxxy Andrews: I had Roxxxy pegged as a filler from the second the cast was announced, I just didn’t think she’d be a filler who made it to the final four. “If there’s a week you feel I was like booger, send me home” said Roxxxy in week one. Apparently no-one was paying attention. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s not her fault she’s still there, she’s probably as embarrassed about it as the viewers are annoyed. My final word on the matter is that they probably should have realised having three close friends in the competition was not going to be good watching. All it’s done is unite the majority of the audience against them which is a shame for Roxxxy because she’s essentially not done anything wrong.

Tatianna: Okay but I have one question here: how did she knows ‘choices’ was going to be a thing and how gagged everyone was going to be by it? Also let’s just remember she was the one who said ‘I think later on people will choose friendships’. This hoe is psychic. Also just a moment of recognition that this bitch performed a fucking spoken word in episode one and we all loved it. No-one else could have done that. Sorry, just love Tati. Would have killed for her to be in the final three. I hope she does really well now she’s been introduced to the new Drag Race audience, she deserves it.

Ghost!Calum

Words: 6K

Warning: smut

Summary: Y/N and her mum move into a new home, which Y/N is dreading. Whilst painting her room she meet’s Calum who died a year ago and is obviously a ghost. You help him reconnect with his old best friends in which he thanks you in the best way a ghost could.

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Your mum drove up the long stony pathway, hearing the rocks crackle beneath the tyres. I let out another exaggerated sigh, looking dramatically out the window as a sad song played through my headphones. Me and my mum were once again moving away from our problems. In the past five year’s we’ve moved at least 12 times, from small flats to large houses. It all started when my dad cheated on my mum, I was only 10 and didn’t understand why we were moving from our happy family home to a cramped apartment that was the size of a shoe box. Now at the age of 19 I had gotten used to moving around and not unpacking my things. I had never had a stable job or education either, I tried but it was so hard moving around the place. 

“Cheer up Y/N” Mum said in her silky voice. I rolled my eye’s and focused on the tree leaves, the different colours of orange. I loved autumn it’s always been my favourite as it’s not to hot but it’s not to cold. It’s just right. We had been travelling through this forest for a couple of minutes. Up the long drive, it had gotten a lot darker and the colours of the leaves were a dark brown. I looked in front and there stood a large black castle/house. I furrowed my eye brows as my mum got out the car with her clanging key’s. There was a large gate with a chain holding it together, my mum placed the key in the lock and the chains fell from the gate. She pushed them back and placed a stop underneath them. The house itself was massive, probably bigger then anything we’ve ever had. It was dark and gloomy and could do with a paint job, or some colour. My mum came back into the car and put the key’s down into the cup holder. 

“So what do you think?” she said excitedly. 

“I like it, how long this time? A week? A month? or will we be moving tomorrow?” I mumbled sarcastically. 

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[This fic was requested by @justcausewereoutlaws a little while ago. Enjoy!]

 
There is something about ice cream that just makes everything better. [Insert preferred ice cream flavor here] was my favourite, I always made sure to have some in the flat and when we didn’t have any I got Frosty to grab some. However there was that one time when Puddin’ brought me back a tub after evading The Bat, it was completely melted by the time he gave it to me but it’s the thought that counts. 
  The man tied to the chair screamed around his gag but I was so into my cone that I was barely paying attention. Puddin’ was doing a mighty fine number on him but I was in my own little world even though I just love watchin’ Mister J play with his toys.
  “Can you stop that,” I heard him growl, but I ignored it thinking he was talking to the big stupid in the chair.

***Mister J’s P.O.V***

  Y/N didn’t even acknowledge me which was equal parts annoying and arousing. Her eyes were almost always on me, she almost always obeyed me, but she wasn’t tonight. She sat on the edge of the island with her leg extended and her gold pump resting on the back of my old pal’s chair. She was sitting there all oblivious like the brat didn’t know what she was doing. She was leaning back with the straps of her dress hanging off both of her shoulders while that sinful tongue of hers swirled around her ice cream.
  “Oh look, this is all wrong,” I groaned.
  She remained completely oblivious and I kept getting distracted by that pretty little mouth of hers. I wanted to take her over my knee for ruining the moment, John and I were building a relationship here, torturer to the tortured. Does she realise how much progress she has ruined? We’ll have to start completely from the top. Fuck it.

***Y/N’s P.O.V***

  I jumped, narrowly saving my cone and I watched, unable to help the giggle that escaped me when Mister J cut the ropes and the mans body hit the floor with a thud.
  “Look what you did,” he growled.
  I looked up at Mister J innocently, “What do you mean? I wasn’t doing anything!”
  He glared at the ice cream in my hand and a light bulb went off in my head. There was a body in our flat and if I wasn’t careful there would be two, but it was too tempting to pass up. Ever so slowly I trailed my tongue across the icy goodness, never taking my eyes off of him for a second.
  His eyes narrowed, a sound building in his chest as he moved toward me. With a squeal I tried to scramble away but he grabbed my leg and yanked me back across the island to him. He gripped my hair, and I gasped as he pulled my face to his. 
  “This little mouth of yours is gonna’ get you hurt,” he growled, his tongue grazing the corner of my mouth where some ice cream had been and I squirmed. 
  “Not my favourite flavor,” 
  I began to unbutton his shirt, “No? What’s your favourite flavor Mister J?” I whispered.
  His fingers dug into my thighs as he slowly spread my legs. 
  “You’re not mad about him?” I let out a shaky breath.
  “I didn’t say that, Y/N,”
  In an instant he had me bent over the island with one hand around my throat while the other tore my undies. 
  He purred, his hand coming down hard on my rear, “I scream,”
  Another smack, “You scream,”
  I felt him ready himself at my entrance, another smack, “We all scream for-”
  “Ice cream,” I moaned.

BNHA week day 3: Team

Team: Todoroki Shouto, Iida Tenya & Midoriya Izuku

I could have picked a more serious panel or something for this team but someone has to appreciate the ‘hand-crusher curse’.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

hoppspindel  asked:

Hello there! So I saw that you wrote that s11 is almost as good as s8 when it comes to destiel. I haven't watched the show since early s9, but now I'm getting my hopes up again. What has happened with destiel that makes you say that? I don't mind spoilers :p I know bits and pieces from seeing gifs, but like.. Should I start watching again?

Hi! Ah see this is where I worry about my destiel positivity because I don’t really want to encourage people to get their hopes up if it doesn’t end up amounting to anything! I like to say that I am cautiously optimistic but I have to keep reminding myself that realistically I have to look at this as objectively as possible because even when it seems like it’s going the way we want, it could all still fall flat and leave us disappointed.

I answered another ask about my thoughts on destiel recently here  which I think covers where I stand on this. As for whether you should start watching the show again, I think that depends on why you quit it? Were you part of the mass exodus after 9x03? If the non con in that episode put you off I would be wary in early season 11 due to the whole Dean x Amara deal (which is really fucking creepy and unnecessary and they shouldn’t have gone there – heads up for the sexualisation of an underage girl who tries to seduce Dean *gags*) But it does seem that in later season 11 they are making it very clear that there is no ‘romance’ between Dean and Amara and that this is something that Dean finds extremely wrong and uncomfortable.

My adoration for the season all comes from the Casifer storyline. Which I think is the best storyline they have had since season 8 and the trials which I loved (the season 8 finale ‘sacrifice’ is one of my all-time favourite episodes) My main reason for this is that I am a Cas girl at heart and also a huge destiel fan and they have basically slapped a tiara on Cas’ head, locked him in a tower and given Dean a white horse to ride to his rescue. We haven’t had a Cas focussed main storyline since season 8. He has always been given these side stories like ‘dean and sam are doing this…. Meanwhile cas…’ and that always annoyed me because I want Castiel to be right there by the Winchesters sides fighting the same battles like in season 5. Putting him in a side story makes people lose interest in him and gives the Cas haters more ammunition.

Right now however, he is front and central to this story. The icing on the cake here is that this story also demands an emotional payoff. It demands a scene where Dean has to convince Cas that he is worthy, that he is worth saving, that he is needed, and most of all, that he is loved. This is me looking at the story from an objective viewpoint here. I have worked very hard to shove all my fangirl feelings for destiel to the side in order to consider this current season arc from a scriptwriters point of view. I have asked myself “Where is this story headed? Logically?” You wanna know the logical answer? Cas must be made aware that he has something to fight for. The way they have framed the story and especially after 11x18 it is extremely clear that Dean is the only person who can prove this to Cas. This screams destiel at me even if they keep it in the subtext.

On top of all this, we have a potential return of Chuck/ God and thanks to some excellent symbolism and subtext in the show, there is some excellent speculation going around about Castiel’s true importance being revealed finally (things that meta writers on tumblr have been speculating since season 5). If this doesn’t happen, we still have the potential for a God/ Lucifer showdown followed by a God/ Amara showdown and this would be the most interesting storyline that supernatural has given us since the first apocalypse in season 5. It just all feels like it is building up to something spectacular. I can’t help but get a buzz out of that. I still think that the season finale is going to emotionally cripple us all over the summer hiatus but I also think that it will be worth it.

Ultimately if you start watching again, do so cautiously, be prepared for a load of Cas feels (our poor angel suffers a great deal of hurt in this season) and don’t expect miracles. We tend to look back on season 8 with rose coloured glasses because compared to seasons 9 and 10 it was a much lighter season. Season 11 is still extremely dark (mind the pun) but it also feels like we have passed the ‘decay’ stage in Carver’s overall thematic of ‘growth/decay/transformation’ (Perhaps Carver is a Breaking Bad fan?) Where season 8 was the season of growth, and season 9 and 10 were the decay. The transformation stage is seemingly turning out to be a much more enlightened path for the characters than the decay they have been suffering for the past two seasons. Unfortunately right now Cas in particular is still stuck in ‘decay’. He is at his very lowest and it is difficult watching. However Dean seems to be accepting his transformation nicely. It was @elizabethrobertajones who outlined how Destiel has been portrayed from varying character POVs since it started and whenever the POV is with Dean, it appears to be at its strongest in the show. As of 11x18, that POV is back with Dean and I think that it will continue to be with Dean for the rest of the season. Whether it remains in the subtext is a guessing game I suppose and again I am stressing cautious optimism here because we can never know the true intent of the show creators until the final end of the series.

I am feeling pretty damn positive right now, but this show has built us up and burned us down before. I don’t want anyone to get hurt by believing something wonderful is going to happen only for them to royally let us down. There are still 5 episodes to go until the season end. We don’t know what is going to happen but I think at the very least we will be getting some real emotional pay off regarding Dean and Cas. Even if it remains in subtext I can’t wait to see that when it airs.

I hope this now very long answer has given you a bit more information on the situation as it currently stands. It is ultimately completely up to you whether you want to start watching again. I want to say give it a chance because I have been enjoying it (and Misha’s performance as Lucifer is just brilliant) and I think a lot of other bloggers would agree with me. If you do watch, maybe let me know what you think and if you agree with my rather hopeful outlook for destiel? 

anonymous asked:

Hello Rosie! You seem to be quite the M*A*S*H connoisseur, so I was hoping you (and maybe a couple others) could compile a list of the best/most iconic M*A*S*H episodes. I'd like to get around to at least some of them before they take them all off Netflix. There's one in particular I haven't reached yet but I've heard it talked about, where BJ tries to live up to Trapper's pranking skills?

Oh wow, that’s quite a challenge! I don’t consider myself quite qualified to write a ‘definitive’ guide (although the very idea of a definitive guide is somewhat complex, as everybody is going to have their own preference, and episode rating is a largely subjective exercise) but I’ll do what I can and would gratefully appreciate anybody else adding their thoughts and comments.

This is a very tricky post, especially for a show such as ‘MASH’ which blends comedy and drama so effectively. The only way I have found to approach this is to think of one episode per season which stands out for comedic value and one for emotional impact. So here we go…

I’ll start with the funnies…

1.) Dear Dad, Again…

For the ‘naked Hawkeye in the mess tent’ scene. Nuff said.

2.) Five O’Clock Charlie

What isn’t to love about Five O’Clock Charlie? Except, perhaps, his astigmatism if you happen to be either his eye doctor or his superior officers in the North Korean Air Force. This episode has mindless destruction, silly costumes, and Frank gets to fire a big gun.

3.) Adam’s Ribs

One of the tried-and-tested formula of ‘the boys go above and beyond the call of insanity to get hold of a Thing’ but I think possibly the best executed and with one of the best moments (Hawkeye kicking off in the mess tent).

4.) Hawkeye

Alan Alda monologues for a little under half an hour while a confused Korean family offer feedback and wonder what on earth the weird American is talking about.

5.) Hawkeye, Get Your Gun

I don’t particular remember what this was about – I just remember this:

6.) The Smell of Music.

It’s ridiculous, it’s outrageous, and Charles has a big horn. LOL!

7.) An Eye For a Tooth

A prank-themed episode based on a real life prank pulled by David Ogden-Stiers on fellow cast mates, and Gary Burghoff’s revenge.

8.) The Yalu Brick Road

Cute little episode featuring my favourite recurring Korean guest star, Soon-Tek Oh, as ‘Ralph’. He appears in ‘The Bus’ playing a similar character, and I can only assume that ‘Ralph’ is a very reluctant draftee who seems to have hit on a foolproof plan to get out of the war, only is misfortunate enough to keep getting freed during prisoner exchanges. I think there’s room for a spin-off here…

9.) Bottoms Up

Another prank-themed episode revolving around bare bottoms.

10.) Communication Breakdown

There’s a book/newspaper shortage in camp. More pranks and nudity ensue. I’m sensing a theme here.

11.) The Joker Is Wild

Not one of my personal favourites, and an episode that divides the fandom (at least a couple of my fellow bloggers dislike this episode) but as you mentioned it – and it’s the only comedy episode that stands out in season 11 – I thought it should fit here. It’s a prank episode, but has something of a darker edge, and the tone of comedy can feel quite jarring at this end of the run. It ascribes to ‘sitcom’ rules, and as such exercises some quite destructive, violent gags and plays hyperbolic peril/fear for comedic effect under the assumption that the viewer will suspend their sympathetic streak for half an hour. Not all viewers are able to. As such, it remains quite a controversial episode and not one that everybody likes, but it’s interesting to view from a perspective of realising how much the show has changed so that something like this has the capacity to feel a little… well, off.

And now, onto the serious ones….

1.) Sometimes You Hear the Bullet

There can’t really be any doubt here, can there? I mentioned in my episode reviews that I was surprised that they started with the feels so early on, but this, like a handful of others, is probably one of the episodes that blends the comedy with the drama almost perfectly.

2.) George

In which a 1970s show handles LGBT issues more sensitively and effectively than some shows arguably do today. Again, I talk about this in depth in more than one of my reviews/meta readings.

3.) Check-Up/Abyssinia Henry

Two episodes with similar themes which manage to be completely different. What flavour would you like your angst in? Trapper or Henry? I couldn’t pick just one.

4.) The Late Captain Pierce

Iconic for Alan Alda’s performance and the scene at the end, but I particularly love the way it escalates from standard ‘army makes a boo-boo’ fodder into something really quite exceptionally emotive.

5.) Dear Sigmund

I love Sidney. I love psychology. I love psychology themed episodes even though they don’t always get it right. I particularly love this for that one particular speech. You’ll know the one I mean.

6.) Fallen Idol

Another room-splitter (mostly in terms of emotional reacting rather than rating), but I personally love the emotion of this, and the fact that it’s not necessarily over heavy issues like war or death, but over two friends having a bust up.

7.) Preventative Medicine

This was a tricky one – there are a lot of heavy-ish episodes in season seven, and it was hard to pick just one. I lingered on ‘BJ Papa-san’ for a while for its tragically affectionate portrayal of the relationships between Korean nationals and US visitors during the war, and on ‘Inga’ for Alan Alda’s Emmy-winning feminism. In the end, ‘Preventative Medicine’ is my chosen episode, despite sometimes being regarded as a significantly heavier rehashing of an earlier storyline (Hawkeye plays the same trick on Col. Flagg in an early season and doesn’t bat an eyelid, but now an unnecessary appendectomy is cause for some serious soul searching and guilt). But somehow, despite the recycling and the inconsistency, I just like it.

Incidentally, viewers may also find a similar issue if they compare ‘Officer of the Day’ with ‘Guerilla My Dreams’ but with over 250 episodes over 11 seasons, it was bound to happen occasionally.

8.) Period of Adjustment

Another one that focuses on the personal and the interpersonal rather than the big issues of war. Also, I think, the one that does the best justice to BJ’s struggle with his separation from his wife and child.

9.) Bless You, Hawkeye

Another psychology-heavy episode, this time focusing on Hawkeye’s childhood.

10.) Sons and Bowlers

Beautiful for its depiction of the blossoming friendship between Hawkeye and Charles, and their family backgrounds, particularly their relationships with their fathers. Any fanfiction involving Daniel Pierce is almost certainly written with this episode in mind.

11.) Hey, Look Me Over

It would be lazy to put the finale in here, as surely this goes without saying, and Kellye’s shining moment of glory deserves a mention. Here, Nurse Kellye gets to step out of the background and into the limelight.

And here’s a few extras, mostly for standing out in terms of style, or just being plain unusual…

O.R. (S3)

An episode set entirely in the O.R., written partially in response to the studio’s insistence that the producers include a laugh track, because it wouldn’t work without. The compromise was that the laugh track be included, but not in the O.R. scenes. As such, this episode features no laugh track.

THE INTERVIEW (S4)

Shot entirely in black and white, this episode is a compilation of partially unscripted ‘interviews’ with the characters, conducted by veteran War reporter, Clete Roberts.

POINT OF VIEW (S7)

An episode shot entirely from the perspective of a patient at the unit.

LIFE TIME (S8)

An episode shot in ‘real time’ revolving around an artery transplant.

DREAMS (S8)

Ever wanted to look into the inner minds of all your favourite characters? Well, now you can. Possibly the weirdest of the bunch.

FOLLIES OF THE LIVING, CONCERNS OF THE DEAD (S10)

An episode concerning the wandering spirit of a dead soldier whose body is brought to the unit.

And of course…..

GOODBYE, FAREWELL, AND AMEN

The MASH season finale was THE MOST WATCHED television broadcast for many, many years, succeeded only by the Superbowl in 2010. Even if you only watch it once, go watch it.

SimonSaySnow

for @fangirling-the-doctor-and-merlin

I could hear Baz in the next room, talking loudly. I could clearly tell, even through a plaster and wood wall, that he was gesticulating wilder than a snake in its death throes. Some people may be concerned to hear their flatmate ranting about the necessary evils of Christmas shopping seemingly to himself, in an empty space, but that was because not all roommates were SimonSaysSnow, who also knew the trials of making YouTube videos. I’d have to know what I was doing. Either that, or two million people just wandered onto a channel and subscribed for shits.

Baz liked to tell me that was the case. I liked to tell him exactly where he can shove that opinion. Then he’d remind me that he still had twenty thousand subscribers more than me, and I’d either video-bomb his next upload or mess with the editing. Everything escalated from there, but everyone who watched PitchfortheFlames got a laugh out of it.

I headed into the kitchen, intending to grab a cup of tea and then returning to my room to plan my next video. I hadn’t uploaded for two weeks, and it was getting desperate. I’d had a topic, just lacked the sufficient energy. I was beginning to hate Christmas shopping as much as Baz, as that was practically all we’d been doing all week.

I was on my way back to my room when I caught some of Baz’s monologue.

“-and Snow goes into the shop, fully intending to buy this hideous plushie for Bunce. Honestly, I think my intelligence dropped the minute we started spending time together, because I was too late to stop him going inside.” Cue a dramatic groan. “And he bought it. He – fucking – bought it. If I wake up on Boxing Day to find a decapitated Snow on his bed, I will be disappointed in Bunce if she doesn’t leave the bloody thing on his chest.”

“Shut up, Baz!” I yelled as I passed his door. “You’re just jealous you won’t be getting a Pillow Pet for Christmas!”

“Snow.” Baz turned to look at me, his eyebrows lifted. “That thing is a monstrosity.” He made a face. “And what’s stopping you buying me one, too? I think you would, just to spite me.”

“That’s tacky,” I argued, leaning on his doorframe.

“You’re not above tacky,” Baz retorted. It was my turn to raise my eyebrows, but I added a wicked grin.

“True,” I said airily, “but I am usually above you, if you catch my drift.”

Baz’s mouth dropped, his cheeks going a delightful shade of pink. I snorted loudly. He was so easy to tease. I might not be the most intellectual person, or the most eloquent, and dating someone who was both those things made me an easy target for Baz’s sharp tongue. So I was delighted to find that he was in fact the biggest romantic to ever romantic, and embarrassingly susceptible to innuendos.

There was silent spluttering for a solid six seconds before Baz scowled, his expression turning to what was clearly intended to be deadly, coming out more flustered. Since Baz sat on the end of his bed to film, the door was only just in the shot, and I could see myself sniggering in the video, just in the corner.

“I- Snow!”

I ducked as he threw the stuffed bat I’d gotten him for Halloween at me, laughing. My ducking turned into a roll, which carried me across the floor to the foot of his bed. Baz glanced down, glare still set in place but being tempted by a smile.

“Get out,” he said. “I’m filming.”

“Aware,” I replied. “Don’t care.”

“I will return your Christmas present, so help me,” he threatened.

“Baaaaaz,” I whined, “don’t be nasty.”

“Whenever you’re concerned, Snow, nastiness is a natural reflex of mine.”

“Oh, yeah? Well-”

“Please, stop there. Retain some dignity, for my sake. This is my channel in jeopardy here.”

“Drama queen,” I muttered, still refusing to move. Baz was looking down at me, and since I technically wasn’t in the shot anymore, to the camera it seemed he was glaring at the floor like it had personally wronged him.

Turning back to the tripod stand, Baz sighed. “Well,” he said, “it seems he isn’t going to leave me alone. May your Christmas’s be grand and free of Simon Snow, because mine will be neither and I’d hate that to be anyone else’s fate.”

“Hey!”

Baz reached over to stop the recording, the tiny smile on his face frozen on the screen as the video saved. I watched, pouting, as he shut it off and packed up the tripod, putting the camera on his bed for later after removing the SD card and heading for his laptop.

“I’m going to edit,” he said. “You’re going to get one of your ridiculous Christmas jumpers, some hot chocolate and a blanket, and meet me back here in ten minutes.”

“Why should I?” I shot back, contradictorily getting to my feet. Baz’s nose did the scrunchy thing it does when his smile gets stupid and affectionate. He planted a small kiss on the tip of my nose and then sat back on his bed, that like that was reason enough.

It was. I left, making two cups of hot chocolate before putting them in the microwave and then hunting for a sweater. To my surprise, I found a clean one. The thick wool created a landscape covered in snow, small children skating on frozen ponds in gloves and scarfs, snowmen dotting the banks. Patterned snowflakes scattered the collar. Penny had given it to me as a gag gift three years ago, deciding that it was a pun and telling me as much. Baz had admitted one time, under heavy influence of alcohol, that it was his favourite. I wore it all the time after that.

Fluffy blue blanket draped over my shoulders, I retrieved the hot chocolate and arrived back in Baz’s room to find him in track pants and a singlet under his duvet, laptop on his legs. I was still wearing my jeans, so I gave Baz his mug, put mine down on the bedside table, and shimmied out of them to show off my Christmas themed boxers. Baz raised an eyebrow.

“Told you,” he said. “Not above tacky.”

I climbed in, shifting so the blanket hung off both our shoulders.

“You love me,” I said.

“Tragically.”

I ignored him, picking up my hot chocolate before snuggling into his arm and watching his laptop screen. What I saw was definitely not editing.

“What,” I began, “are you doing in the Snowbaz Tumblr tag?”

“Appreciating the festive fanart,” Baz replied, tilting the computer to I could see better. There was a drawing of him and I caught under mistletoe, quickly followed by something slightly less innocent, in which there was a pair of reindeer antlers on my head, to keep with the Christmas spirit. Baz smirked as he scrolled down.

“Your ass is all over the internet,” he told me.

“It’s not really my ass,” I said. He shrugged.

“Close enough.”

“Is this what we’re going to do?” I asked. “Stoke our egos by checking out our ship tag?”

“Yes.”

Snowbaz had become a thing the moment Baz and I did a collaborative video. Baz and I had become roommates not long afterwards. If you were to watch that video now and check out the comments, you’d find a lot of people talking about the ‘romantic tension’ very clearly between us. Of course, all YouTubers have that one other YouTuber they’re periodically paired with, but Snowbaz took the cake because it was the first queer ship to become what everyone referred to as ‘canon’. The first real couple to out themselves on the internet, their fame growing every day.

And the piles of fanart and fanfictions too. That grew with almost supernatural speed.

“That one’s cute,” I said, pointing to a picture of a grumpy Baz with a big red Rudolph nose on.

“Fuck off, Snow.”

I snuggled closer, kissing the corner of his mouth.

“I changed my mind.” Baz put down his empty hot chocolate cup – when had he finished that? – and shut his laptop. “We’re going to cuddle now.”

“M’fine with that,” I said, ditching my own mug and burying myself in the covers and my grouchy boyfriend.

~-~-~

A new video from PitchfortheFlames: Christmas Presents – And Then Snow.

When I checked my dash the next morning, I saw it was filled for miles of a gif from Baz’s latest upload.

I watched over and over again, smile growing wider and wider, as Baz’s face slackened and flushed, words appearing on the bottom of the film clip: True, but I am usually above you, if you catch my drift.

“Snow!”

Baz’s furious yell had me discarding my laptop faster than a hot scone and leaping off my bed, running for the door. The threat of, “They won’t find your body, Simon Snow!” followed me out the door as I made my escape.

SimonSaysSnow has posted a picture: You’re all invited to my funeral. Merry Christmas everyone. I’ll be dead by morning.

Tortoise Wins by a Hare

This is one of my all-time favourite Looney Tunes shorts. The short has top-notch direction, animation, timing & gags there’s so much to decipher through. It has received criticism from Chuck Jones-loyalists who say it’s uncharacteristic for Bugs Bunny not to be winning. For me the opposite is true, I think this short shows some of the best understanding of Bugs Bunny’s character. BECAUSE Bugs Bunny is often a winner, if he were to lose, he’d a really sore loser. He’s so used to winning, he becomes really perplexed & furious when someone actually does outsmart him.

Even though SPOILERS! Bugs does lose in the end, I’d say this is still a very fun, happy short. I can’t say the same for some Chuck Jones shorts, even when Bugs wins. I think this is because in Tortoise Wins by a Hare, Bugs isn’t ALWAYS the loser, he leads for most of the race, he has control in the outcome. In a Jones short, if a character is going to lose, the gags are set up so that they’ll always be the butt of the joke (think Wile E. Coyote, 1950′s Daffy, One Froggy Evening etc.). In Clampett shorts, the characters decide where the plot will go. 

TWBAH is actually a sequel of Tex Avery’s short Tortoise beats Hare and the short starts off with a racing announcer commenting on the race from Tortoise beats Hare. Anytime you see used footage from an older short it’s a relief for the animators, because you don’t have to draw any animation. It’s a handy technique, especially when you have a number of other shorts to work on and have deadlines to meet. Sometimes cartoon studios make whole shorts out of used footage but in TWBAH the used footage is relevant in telling the story. 

Then it changes to newer animation done by the Clampett unit and a cool editing transition to Bugs watching the film. Note how it pans out with a silhouette of Bugs and the film projector. The transition is effortless and very readable.

Now we get into a wonderfully animated scene by Rod Scribner of Bugs bewildered why he didn’t beat the tortoise.

This short is a great example of utilising different animators strengths and deliberately being off-model to your advantage so your characters can express themselves better. In TWBAH there are two contrasts in Bugs Bunny’s personality. One where he’s calm and in control (usually animated by Robert McKimson), 

and one is where he’s furious and not in control (usually animated by Rod Scribner).

to be continued…