Primetime Update

Week of April 23, 2004

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Friends

Last time, Chandler and Monica bought a house and Rachel was fired from her job and offered a new one, in Paris.

This week, Ross hesitantly says yes to Rachel, but Joey refuses to even consider the idea. When Rachel leaves, Ross expresses his true feelings, and his plan to get Rachel’s old job back. When he goes to Ralph Lauren, he ends up bribing Rachel’s former employer with a trip for the man’s son to the Museum of Natural History after hours with all kinds of special privileges. They offer Rachel her job back, but Rachel intends to still go to Paris. Ross returns to Ralph Lauren with a Pterodactyl egg replica, and gets the guy to offer Rachel a raise. Rachel accepts the offer, however expresses her desire to move up in the world, rather than staying where she’s been for the last few years. In the end, Ross tells Rachel to go.

Monica and Chandler consider purchasing a different home, right next door to the one they’ve already decided on. While they’re viewing the “new home” they run into another woman who made an offer: Chandler’s ex girlfriend, Janice. In an attempt to scare her away, Chandler tells her that he still has feelings for her and that he’s happy they’ll get the chance to “spend more time together.” In a classic act of backfire, Janice kisses Chandler.

The group finds out that Joey’s agent, Estelle, has passed away. In an attempt to save Joey’s feelings and over-stressed little brain, they decide to keep the information from him. Phoebe even goes so far as to call Joey’s cell phone and pretend to be Estelle. Joey gets mad that the dead woman hasn’t secured him an audition for a new TV movie, and he fires her. Later, Joey receives a call from another one of Estelle’s clients letting him know when the memorial ceremony will be held, and then he receives another call from Phoebe, who he thinks is Estelle calling from beyond the grave.

Friends airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary)

The next episode of Friends airs on Thursday, April 29nd at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary). Remember, only two episodes left. The last episode of Friends, ever, will air on May 6th.

Survivor – ALL STARS

Last week, Kathy finally kissed my ass goodbye, and Boston Rob showed his more sympathetic side after he won the immunity/reward challenge, when he offered to forego seeing a video from his brother so that ALL the castaways could receive their letters from home.

This week, Shii Ann gets emotional that her one true friend is gone from the island. She is sickened by the actions of the power players. At the reward challenge, the tribemates fill out a questionnaire, which will reveal their real feelings about each other. After the results are tallied, the castaways are again asked the same questions with to goal of selecting the tribe’s overall answer. For each question they answer correct they get to take a swing at a rope that represents another player in the game. The ropes are attached to a large ceramic mask, crafted to resemble each respective castaway. When three ropes are cut, a log swings down and smashes the mask. When the mask is smashed, the tribe member is out of the competition.

Tom is the first gone, then Jenna, Shii Ann, Alicia, Rob, and Amber. Rupert does not receive a single hit. Afterwards, the whole tribe will goes to a restaurant, and Rupert selects which items from the menu each tribe member will eat. Of the seven choices, Rupert must assign one tribe member to each selection. Rob gets a burger and fries, Jenna a hot dog, Amber a ham sandwich, Alicia a salad, Tom a bowl of potatoes, and Shii Ann gets a bowl of cold rice and a glass of water from the tribe’s camp. Rupert reserves the steak and open bar for himself. The whole time, Shii Ann talks about how good the rice is, and how much she wants a piece of Rupert’s steak. But they’re not allowed to share. As a result of his open bar, Rupert drinks enough for all of them, and ends up completely plastered. The rest of the team is completely happy to sit at the beautiful table, use the clean napkins as pillows, and watch Rupert drink.

When the team returns to the camp, Alicia mopes about the horrible things her tribe feels towards her, as revealed in the challenge. Rob tells the camera that if she doesn’t like what they say, she needs to re-evaluate who she is. Alicia refuses to be consoled.

At the immunity challenge, everyone must stand on a platform underneath a miniature water tower with his or her wrist in a cuff. The cuff is attached to the bucket of water. Competitors must hold one arm above their head — lowering their arms even two inches will dump the water on them. It comes down to Boston Rob, Rupert, and Shii Ann. Boston Rob leans forward to itch his other arm, and the bucket dumps all over him. Rupert and Shii Ann go for over two hours, but Rupert starts to get uneasy, and his bucket, too, soaks him with water. Shii Ann immediately celebrates her victory, way too much, and creates some animosity with her tribemates. Alicia reminds her that she still has to live with them.

Much to our surprise, cute little Amber tells Shii Ann that Rob would trust her even if she were lying. So how will the vote go? At tribal council Rupert speaks out about the target that is now on his back as a result of Shii Ann’s immunity. In the end, the big-mouthed black chick lost sight of her real position in the game, and we say “see ya later,” to Alicia.

Next week: Jenna and Shii Ann get cutthroat, and Rupert too, regrets being part of an alliance, but will Rob and Amber still run the show?

Statistics:

WHO’S LEFT
Rob Mariano – 28 years old, 10th place in Marquesas (Boston Rob)
Tom Buchanan – 48 years old, 4th place in Africa (Pig farmer)
Rupert Boneham – 40 years old, 8th place in Pearl Islands (2nd Juror)
Jenna Lewis – 26 years old, 8th place in Pulau Tiga (2nd Juror)
Shii Ann Huang – 30 years old, 10th place in Thailand
Amber Brkich – 25 years old, 6th place in Australian Outback (4th Juror)

CASTAWAYS GONE
3RD JUROR – Alicia Calaway – 35, 9th place Australian Outback – GONE 12TH
2ND JUROR – Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien – 50, 3rd place in Marquesas – GONE 11TH
1ST JUROR – Lex VanDenBerghe – 40, 3rd place, Africa – GONE 10TH
Chapera – Jerri Manthey – 33, 8th place, Australian Outback (2nd Juror) – GONE 9TH
Mogo-Mogo – Ethan Zohn – 30, SOLE SURVIVOR Africa (soccer player) – GONE 8TH
Mogo-Mogo – Colby Donaldson – 29, 2nd place, Australian Outback – GONE 7TH
Chapera Susan Hawk – 42, 4th place, Pulau Tiga (Big Mouth) – GONE 6TH, (took herself out)
Mogo-Mogo Richard Hatch – 42, SOLE SURVIVOR, Pulau Tiga (big naked gay guy) – GONE 5TH
Chapera Rob Cesternino – 25, 3rd place, Amazon – GONE 4TH
Mogo-Mogo Jenna Morasca – 22, SOLE SURVIVOR, Amazon – GONE 3RD (took herself out)
Saboga Rudy Boesch – 76, 3rd place, Pulau Tiga (retired navy man) – GONE 2ND
Saboga Tina Wesson – 42, SOLE SURVIVOR, Australian Outback – GONE 1ST

The Bachelor

This week the dates are decided by personality tests. We start off with an individual date (Susie) where they go for dinner and a movie. The couple is alone in the theatre, and Jesse gets to see some photos of Susie’s childhood. Later, they share some kisses.

Back at the ladies place, they play the “I never” game. It’s a drinking game. Each girl says something they’ve never done, such as “I never had sex in college.” Anyone who can’t agree with the statement, drinks. The girls find out some “interesting” tings about Trish. For example, she’s slept with over 30 guys, including a married man, and more than one guy in one day. When Trish leaves the house, the girls vent about their true feelings towards her.

The second date, (Trish and Mandy) takes us to an Irish Pub, where the girls compete for Jesse at the pool table. Despite the spy’s advice that Trish isn’t the greatest person, Jesse continues to be smitten with her. After the pub, the trio heads to a salon/spa for a massage, where Jesse and Mandy discuss charities, and then head to the sauna, alone, to continue their discussion. Trish seems to be insulted that Jesse isn’t totally smitten by her alone.

For the third date (Tara), Jesse arrives in an old fashioned Rolls Royce and takes his girl to a grand ballroom, where she gets to pick out her own dress. They share dinner on the dance floor, and despite Tara’s request for him not to, Jesse kisses her. Then the dance floor is put to its traditional use, a slow dance.

The conversation back at the girls’ place goes a little further, and we find out that not only has Trish slept with married men, but married women too. Women with children.

The last date box comes in the form of a toolbox. The participants, Jesse, Jenny (the spy), Julie, Katie, Jessica H, and Jessica B, go to a habitat for Humanity site, and help build a home for an under-privileged family. Jenny steals Jesse away from the rest of the girls, and explains her feelings about Trish. Instead of trusting the only real friend he has in this situation, Jesse decides merely to confront Trish about the situation.

After they’re finished working on the house, Jesse loads the girls into his bus and takes them back to his bachelor pad for a barbeque and some hot tub time. Jesse spends some alone time with Jessica B, and the two share some smooches. The other girls express their insecurities to the camera, and Jessica H tries to hard get “close” to Jesse. Jesse tells the camera that Jessica H “creeps him out.”

At the rose ceremony, Jesse pulls Jenny aside again, and they share conversation about the different girls. She expresses that he should follow his heart, not her own. In the end, Jesse offers roses to Mandy, Susie, Tara, Jessica B, Karen, and Trish. As Jenny says goodbye to all the girls, she expresses her concern about his choice to keep Trish around. The other rejected girls spill some tears and talk about heartbreak. The same sappy music plays and we say buh bye to a few overly insecure women.

The closing clip reveals to us that Bill, the winner of Trump’s show “The Apprentice,” likes sexy women; the hotter the better. In an obviously edited comedic comment we find out that he needs someone who’s versatile, sexy, elegant, and dirty. Funny guys, really funny.

Next week, Jenny comes back to reveal her true identity to the rest of the girls and we watch as the bachelor falls in love. Will Trish finally disappear from the face of reality TV?

The Apprentice

NEXT SEASON on The Apprentice: 16 new candidates, tougher tasks, tighter deadlines, world-renowned companies, and a few familiar faces. The new season of the Apprentice will begin in the fall.

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