Who Is Selene, Why Was She Involved With a Gunrunner, and Will Gus Get Married Before the Baby Comes?: Psych 3, This is Gus (2021)

When Psych 3 came out my friend and I were super excited! As it had become our tradition to watch together we loaded up on the treats and set out to view it.

I can’t wait.

We start off with Carlton (yay Timothy Omundson is back!) cyrano de Bergerac-ing the solving of his case with Gus and Shawn. It seems that even though he’s back to work he’s very insecure in his abilities.

It’s so cute seeing them all be buds together, although Carlton would rather not be so emotional. It’s a great throwback to the show.

Along with callbacks to the TV show

They drop Carlton off at home and we see his adorable daughter, so cute! Shawn goes to visit his dad who has a great new big house (remember Carlton bought the previous one). They start talking and Henry reveals that Carlton has plateaued in his recovery and may not get better. Shawn also wants his father’s advice as he and Gus have been drifting apart. Shawn doesn’t like this and wants them to be same level of besties as before.

Gus is going overboard in planning his wedding and baby’s birth. The reason Gus is going so crazy is that Selene is still married and has refused to have Gus help her find her husband so they can get the papers signed. Gus is tweaking out as the clock is ticking and he doesn’t want his his baby born out of wedlock.

Shawn is getting suspicious about Selene and starts planning something! I’m on Shawn’s side as this is extremely suspicious. Why wouldn’t she want to divorce her husband? I mean in CA it’s really easy, she doesn’t need her husband to sign papers, if she has no clue where to find him she just has to post a notice in the paper of where she thinks he could be, and that’s it. Even if he didn’t want to her to divorce him he can’t stop it, and if she worried for her safety her fiancé and his partner work with the police, and her two best friends (Juliet and Chief Vick) are cops. The only conclusions I can draw is she does not want to be divorced, she committed some crime that she does not want her real identity revealed, or her husband has nothing to do with it she just doesn’t want her real identity to be discovered. In all those scenarios it’s Selene that is the issue.

Hmm…

Meanwhile Juliet is having second thoughts about no kids. Hmm…maybe film 4 will have baby Starfish Spencer?

Chief Vick is hoping to take her first vacation in years, but I don’t think that will happen. Chief Vick also wants fo help find Selene’s husband and leaves her office unattended with Shawn so she could go ahead and run the background check. Shawn looks up Selene and finds nothing.

But in the first film she have Gus a resume and references. Hmm…

Hmm…

Shawn knows something is up and that does not surprise me at all as I already thought she was off and after all, almost all the women Gus has either dated, been involved with, tried to date, or were into him; have also been crazy. Let’s run through the list. There was:

  1. The woman who looking for her “dead husband” but turned out to be a master thief who’s husband faked his death to get away from her. She tried to kill Gus and Shawn.
  2. Robert had dissociative identity disorder and one of his identities, Regina, had the hots for Gus.
  3. The girl from the planetarium who was a suspect in murder
  4. Mira who was A Lot.
  5. The model who couldn’t spell her own name and was a suspect for murder.
  6. The girl who murdered the member of his a cappella group.
  7. Willow who is a Wiccan and her brother thought he was a werewolf.
  8. Ruby who was is into extreme and intense things, of which one best friend is a embezzler and the other a murderer.
  9. The older woman who was murdering her best friend’s lovers
  10. Maudette the pedophile librarian
  11. The girl who’s father was on the fugitive list and tried to get with Gus to steal his phone and so they could murder him.
  12. The woman who has dissociative identity disorder, one of the identities being a plumber named Frank.
  13. The girl in a cult.
  14. Rachael who was a murder suspect and also left him for her ex-husband when she told him not to worry about him.
  15. Miranda the radio owner who was a murder suspect and trying to seduce Gus knowing he had a girlfriend
  16. Emmanuelle the private detective, something was off about her.
  17. Selene who acts crazy
  18. The nurse with a blackmail ring.

Did I miss any?

Shawn acts a little weird at dinner as he is trying to get info out of Selene, deciding to steal her purse and discovers her wallet has an imprint from a previous ID.

Gus find him and they have an all out brawl. At first this surprised me, but the amount of stress that Gus is under, it makes sense and it also reminds me when they fought while Uncle Burton was in town. they eventually hug it out and decide to go speak to Selene’s sister to try and get more info on Selene and prove that Selene is real.

While they make those plans, Gus tries to get Kurt Smith to play his wedding. It is funny how much these two adore him, and how he has become a part. From Psy Vs Psy to 100 Clues to now Psych 3.

They go to Whitney‘s house, Selene’s sister, but she takes off when they try to question her. You’ve guessed it, she is not really Selene’s sister. Selene lied and paid her to pretend to be related to her.

Whitney is an actress and has done this many times before. She warns them that Selene told her that if anyone found out about their arrangement it would be very bad. They are able to get the skinny on where the two women met, Santa Monica, and set off.

Gus and Shawn head to Selene’s old apartment and question the general manager who remembers them and is not happy about Selene and her husband taking off in the middle of the night. That’s all she says and Shawn gets an idea of pretending to be prospective tenants, not the first time they have done so. They split up and head off to Spirit and Halloween City.

Let’s put on a disguise!

The two show up and all I can think of is the episode when they went undercover in 70s threads. Gus dresses up as a ventriloquist Willy Tyler, while Shawn looks like Rob Zombie. It’s hilarious because he totally does. If they ever wanted to make a movie about Zombie, they have the perfect actor. Shawn uses the apartment managers assistant’s mistake of thinking him Rob Zombie to mess up the apartment ceiling and get a box left by the former couple, hoping it’s Selenes.

Bryn actually remembers the couple and says they were very cute and very attractive. Gus tries to open up the locked box and Bryn tells them that the last night they were there they got into a fight and were never seen again. Gus gets the case open and they find a ton of fake IDs and a gun with filed off serial numbers.

That’s not good.

Henry looks at the IDs and tells them they are really good ones. Whoever is involved in this is in it deep…he then realizes that it is Selene.

Henry tells them that one of the IDs is not a fake. They follow the address on the real ID and end up in an abandoned town in the middle of nowhere. They get into the house and are looking through it when they run into Selene’s husband. They see his “murder wall” and that he has been stalking Ronald “the Bull” Cole who is a an arms dealer.

Selene is upset that Gus missed a wedding appointment and has also discovered that someone (suspecting Gus and Shawn) went through her purse. She recruits Juliet and Chief Vick to help her.

Selene’s husband Alan Decker was an investigator at a security firm and Selene was an insurance investigator. They met when they were on a case and fell for each other, marrying when Decker’s cousin came to town. They witnessed a gun fight and tried to tell the police but they weren’t interested as the person who committed the crime, Roger “the bull” Cole. They kept running but his goons were always after them. Decker tells the guys he left to save her, but Selene tells the women that Alan dumped her on a post card and she never saw him again. Since then Decker has been staying in the abandoned town to “try and finish the job” while Selene gave up and created a new life.

I also wonder did they even file the wedding certificate? If they were always secret and on the run it sounds like they didn’t and if they didn’t then they aren’t legally married.

Hmmm…

Decker makes Gus and Shawn a deal, they help him out and then he will divorce her. Decker has a plan, but Shawna be Gus have a “better” one that sounds like an amalgamation of some of their favorite films, but turns out to be the Take On Me music video. Remember when they sang that song to Tim Curry? Decker’s plan is for the guys to trip the power and Decker to go for the safe room.

Carlton is at home chilling when Henry comes back over to hang out and help Carlton out. He brings him the gun with the files off serial numbers to look over. The two have a sweet heart to heart and I hope that means Omundson will be in the next film as they supposedly have two more planned.

The girls are on the case and they head to the apartments to try and track the boys. When they get a call from Henry they are back on track and know exactly where to find them.

Time to get on the case!

Meanwhile Shawn and Gus have infiltrated the microbrewery/gunrunner faciltiy. Things start off well but then when they cut all the power and the security cameras stop. This causes the team to go out searching the facility.

Not long after they hear gunshots and Gus suggests their superhero personas from a few seasons back. The two find a dead body, a random dude who turns out to be “The Bull”. Gee I wonder who killed them? Who do you think? It’s Decker!!! Decker did it! Who else would have killed him?

Decker did make it to the safe room and got his “stuff”, “information”, “proof”? I was never quite sure what he was after. Decker admits he did kill the Bull and that he was never married to Selene but lied to keep her with him. Decker plan to cover up the murder by killing the guys and making it look like the Bull killed one of them, and that the other killed the Bull. Yeah that’s not going to work these guys are involved with the SFPD and the SBPD there are going to be a lot more questions and a big investigation. Decker is insane.

Selene finds out that Decker killed the Bull and it doesn’t even phase her, as he “was a monster”. Like she’s not concerned at all that Decker murdered a man and was planning on murdering two more.

Yeah Selene is weird. I don’t think Gus should marry her.

To save them, Gus throws his gender reveal box at Decker, and they end up knocking him out. Turns out they are having a boy! And of course because this is a movie Selene’s water breaks.

They try to find a way out and end up lost and stop in the safe room, but unfortunately the door shuts and they are locked in. They want to make sure they are married before the baby is born and video call Father Wesley to ordinate the ceremony while Curt Smith plays.

Only in a TV show episode would the baby come so soon and of course Shawn delivers it.

Shawn asks if they have Decker in custody but they don’t, they only found the dead body of “the Bull”. This was kind of a weird ending; we had no interaction with the “villain” (I’m still counting Selene as one), we have no real closure with Decker as why he decided to murder the Bull, what else was he lying about, etc. And Decker is just gone in the wind? I’m not happy! There better be a Psych 4!

We then see Curt Smith in the new “Wom” [Wham] band (something briefly mentioned earlier) and they make a music video with everyone that is basically a ripoff of Last Christmas, or as much as they can do and not get sued for copyright infringement. It’s hilarious but that’s it that’s the end? What about Decker?

After the credits we get another end scene and it’s Decker printing film photos of Gus, Selene, and their baby. Creepy! This better mean there is a Psych 4 being planned! Come on peacock, Steve Franks, and James Roday Rodriguez.

For more Psych, go to Is Lassiter Crazy or Has He Discovered a Criminal Case in a Recovery Hospital?: Psych 2, Lassie Come Home (2020)

For more detectives, go to He Comes Here to New York and, Bing, There’s a Murder. He Goes Back to the West Coast…Bing, There’s Another Murder. He Comes Back Here, Meets This Lois MacFay and…Bing – Bing – Bing! There’s Another Murder: Another Thin Man (1939)

For more mysteries, go to Pick Us Up Another Thin Man, Will Ya Nick?: After the Thin Man (1936)

Is Lassiter Crazy or Has He Discovered a Criminal Case in a Recovery Hospital?: Psych 2, Lassie Come Home (2020)

When my friend and I saw the commercials for Psych 2 we were super excited as they were not only going back to Santa Barbara, but Timothy Omondson was well enough to be in it! We had to wait a while until we were both free; but when we were finally able to get together we we got our Quatro Quesos Dos Fritos and we were ready to watch!

This is going to get good…

We start off with a flashback of Carlton and his dad (Joel McHale). When watching the show, Carlton doesn’t talk about his dad to much just the one scene in This Episode Sucks when he is drunk and heartbroken over Marlowe being the blood bank thief.

We then are back in the present, as Chief Lassiter has been shot, by who we don’t know and Carlton can’t remember who, why, or what lead him to the factory in the first place.

From The Twilight Zone

Carlton is currently recuperating in a hospital when he is visited by Shane and Gus bringing him Morrisey the dog (the one they found in the abandoned asylum in Psych the Movie)

One of the things I loved about this show was how Carlton, Shawn, and Gus went from acquaintances, to colleagues, to friends. I was so happy to hear that Timothy Omundson was well enough to be in this as coming back from a stroke is extremely difficult and a Carlton was always my favorite character.

Their reunion is interrupted by Carlton’s nurse who is played by the same actress who was Stella in How I Met Your Mother and the crazy girl in that Lifetime sorority film with Mark-Paul Goessler…what was it? Hmm…I know, Dying to Belong

She’s totally bad, I have said it before and will say it again, you never trust the doctors/nurses they are always bad in horror/mystery films. (Unless they are Michael Rennie)

I don’t trust her.

They reveal that Carlton called them saying he has seen and heard weird things at the recovery hospital, but the nurse told them that Carlton was not only shot, injured, and suffered from a massive stroke, but he is also on several medications. They start thinking it is most likely all in his head, but all I can think is nope, this is Carlton. Remember the last time you thought it was just in his head and it turned out a nurse was drugging him? Hmm, hmm!!!

From The Great Gatsby

Shawn and Gus try to decline the case as no body no crime (throwback to Murder?…Anyone?…Anyone?…Bueller?), when the dog returns from running in the woods and has a severed hand. Now that we have a dead body part, we have a crime.

Shawn and Gus send the bone to Woody in San Francisco and make a big deal about shipping it, but they did that several times in Bones so I’m not sure why Gus is freaking out.

They head back to their office and I’m like Yes, we are finally home! This is what the fans want!!

Although now their office is being rented by a pop up cat restaurant. I would I love to go to something like that, but the FDA doesn’t allow it in that fashion. They are looking for some items they hid there and when they go to the landlord it turns out to be Shawn’s dad?! When Shawn left Henry ended up having to take over the rental payments and has been subletting it. Oh Henry!

Back at the hospital Juliet goes to see Carlton and thinks they have picked up the guy who shot him but Carlton is unsure. He doesn’t remember anything that happened other than a figure. Juliet wants to help but Carlton warns her to not lose her job over it. Oh Carlton!

If she didn’t stop investigating when they thought you murdered that gang member, she’s not going to stop now when someone almost killed you.

Shawn and Gusbhave have gone back to the hospital with Morrissey to look for the rest of the body. Morrissey takes off and the two try to follow him. Woody calls the boys back and lets them know that they were able to get a print off the finger and discovered it was an up and coming tech CEO who committed suicide last week off a bridge; the body was never found. Yep it’s looking like he faked his death or someone did…just like Paula.

Juliet had left the hospital and goes to the crime scene to like around and see if there is anything that they missed originally. While scouting around, she finds a homeless girl who has the missing bullet they have been looking for in her leg. She takes her down to the hospital in order to get it, and help her.

That night Carlton is having a bit of an existential crisis when he spots a wounded person going from the woods into the stables. He also a sees his dad and we are uncertain whether it is real or not. Again I bring up the fact that the same thing happened in Here’s Lassie? And it turned out that the nurse was drugging him. Hmm, hmm.!!

Figure it out boys!

Back in San Francisco, Selene is freaking out that she hasn’t seen Gus in forever. Selene is completely in the right as Gus is really being a terrible boyfriend. You think after how long he tried to find a girl he would try harder to keep her.

Back at the clinic the duo is investigating and find flavored ice chips in a freezer in the stables; along with medical equipment. That seems super sus. Why would they store all that in the stables?

They get caught by the doctor, and end up revealing a lot of information, hmm could it be that they were drugged by ice chips?

Back in the bay, Chief Vick discovers Juliet has been investigating Carlton’s case. Vick warns her not to lie and to use her own time. Juliet heads back to Santa Barbara and is joined by Selene, although she doesn’t really want to bring her along.

The boys are investigating the tech CEO and aren’t sure why be would commit suicide as his life seems great: he has money, power, is the boss. Shawn looks through all the bank statements and finds something a little odd, a Viking ice bar off his usual tread. Hmmm.

Shawn and Gus head to the ice bar but surprisingly he doesn’t pretend to be Swedish like he has before. They speak to the bartender/owner and discover that the CEO had a lot of debts and was acting crazy saying “his secrets would be out soon”. Hmm…

Shawn then notices a “bearded Daryl Hannah” who turns out to be the owner’s son and also has a knife. Gus hits the bathroom before they leave and then his virus ridden phone causes him to accidentally take a pic of “Daryl Hannah’s” junk and post it. Understandably, he’s furious and follows Gus intent on doing him harm. Gus and Shawn steal a motorcycle and crash through a barn, discovering their “dead” CEO missing an arm isn’t dead. discover Kyle who isn’t dead but hiding out. But before we could get any real info from him, he’s shot and dead.

The police come and the two give Buzz the skinny hoping to leave before Juliet and Selene see them (and through all the lies they told.) As Gus and Shawn try to leave they accidentally knock over their ladies’ bags and find a pregnancy test. Oh no, baby Starfish Spencer will cease being a fun undercover job to reality.

Selene steals Juliet’s car and Juliet takes Buzz’s.

The guys head back to the hospital and Carlton shares some things he has seen, one of which is that he sees a mental patient who supposedly has no feeling in his legs running around at night. They try to patient to admit that it’s fake, but nothing they do works. This whole scene makes me think of the episode when they are trying to prove the guy is not insane, and an evil nurse is one of the players involved. (I’m sensing a theme here!)

However, they are caught by the doctor and banned from facility (just like security tried to do in The Old and the Restless. They decide to send their own person in undercover, Woody.

That’s not good. Woody always messes things up.

Meanwhile Chief Vick is at an interview and gets some interesting evidence back from the lab and ditches the whole thing as she needs to solve the case and help Carlton.

Back in Santa Barbara, the guys sneak onto the hospital grounds and hang out in the stables. Woody meets them and shares his intel (which isn’t much). He drops a pill and when Shawn goes under the cabinet to look for it, he finds a bundle of bloody clothes and realizes that someone patched someone up. Maybe criminals as those are the ones who would go to a secret doctor.

They think Dr. Herschel may be the one behind it all and bring in Nurse Delores (Stella from How I Met Your Mother) to help them. Shawn is freaking out about the possibility of being a dad and tries to question Carlton. His dad shows up as he knows something is up with Shawn and gets the deets from Gus. After finding out about baby Starfish he leaves Gus to sneaking around the hospital while Henry gives Shawn a pep talk. Shawn tells his dad he’s nothing like him, and Henry says that he agrees and thinks Shawn will be a better father.

Shawn looks at Carlton’s list and sees the previous indention from an earlier note. The boys stay while Henry goes to investigate about the “silent partner” Carlton wrote about.

Everyone falls asleep and Shawn wakes up to see another Mary vision, this time Mary is a baby. These visions/dream are really weird and I’m not sure why they keep adding them in. I like Mary and appreciate them bringing him back, but it’s weird that he comes in this ways. Shawn sings Baby Mary to sleep and Gus wakes up and sees it too and realize both have been drugged but with what? (Ice Chips!)

Gus and Shawn then see Wilkerson running around and they chase after him. Carton was right, he was faking! Willkerson was involved with the dead tech CEO Devin, (he was the silent partner), and they were cooking the books. He had a stroke and ended up in the care facility. He spilled everything to the doctor and then someone tried to blackmail Devin. Devin reached out to Carlton and Carlton was shot. They need to figure out who the outside person is.

Hmmm…

Herschel is gone but Woody has discovered new evidence, clothes form the Ice Bar. They head to the Ice Bar and find Juliet and Chief Vick waiting for them. The ladies had discovered the gun is traced to the bar owner, Over, who used to own a major crime syndicate and is starting a second life at the the bar.

They figure out that he was a stroke victim and was at the Herschel house. They think he is the killer but when they find his dead body in the freezer, they know it has to be someone else. But, who?

As they skulk around they find Over’s son, his son who was furious that his father gave up the family business and that Herschel tried to blackmail them. The son actually joined in on the schemes and when Carton got too close and they took him out. When he survived they put him in the Herschel house to find out what he knew.

Then Selene comes into the room.

She should not have done that.

Over’s son is going to shoot Jules but Shawn freaks out and steps in the line of fire and so does Gus to protect baby Starfish. But it turns out Selene is the pregnant one. Gus faints, Selene uses her pregnancy test to shove it into the killer’s eye, and they arrest him.

Back at the house it turns out the nurse is the one behind it all. Told you, I knew it! She drugs Carlton but he has a vision of his father who encourages him to keep going.

Carlton ends up stopping the nurse by using one of his three hidden guns, using it to shoot his IV and stopping the poison and arresting the nurse. I love that line about the one of three guns, such a great callback to one of the best episodes.

Selene and Gus get engaged and all are happy and cheering. They head back to Herschel House and spring Woody from his undercover work. Carlton is finally able to go home and is reunited with Marlowe. He shares he barred her from the recovery place as he didn’t want to be seen that way. I’m glad they added that in, as for two who were such in love it was odd not seeing her earlier. Carlton walks to her and they do their romantic hand touch they used to do from back when she was in prison and all us fans cheered to see that Timothy Omundosn was walking on his own. So romantic and happy!

Such a great ending. I enjoyed this one much more than the first one.

For more Psych, go to The Crimes of Juliet O’Hara and a Blast from the Past: Psych the Movie (2017)

For more Joel McHale, go to Holy Crap, Leonard’s a Zombie: Epidemiology, Community (2010)

Back to the Fandoms

So yes, I’m back. I had to take a break for my Easter posts, but I’m back with my fandom posts!

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The Baby-Sitters Club

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If you were a preteen in the ’90s, chances are you were a fan of these books, TV show, or film. I was a huge fan of all three, even reading the spinoff series about Kristy’s stepsister, Karen. In these books they made middle school and baby-sitting sound so cool and fun. Reality check, it wasn’t as cool or as lucrative; but still I loved these books. I read them so much that these characters became my own friends in a way.

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The only thing I really didn’t like was the scenes of California. Clearly Ms. Ann M. Martin had never been to California, as she always wrote it in this stereotypical way. And to be honest it wasn’t just her. Every writer in the ’80s-’90s wrote about California as this sea of blonde, buff, or lean vegetarians. EXCUSE ME? Where are the Latinos, Asians, Pacific Islanders, East Indians, African-Americans, etc? ALWAYS MISSING! And seriously? We are not vegetarians and do not always eat some of the weird things that they say we do. Plus in the book where they win the lottery and all go to California; they have money to go from Anaheim all over Los Angelas, but can’t spare a few hours to go to the San Diego Zoo as it is “too far”. Excuse me? San Diego is not that far for girls visiting from the East Coast and may never go to California again? I could see them freaking out if they wanted to go to San Francisco, Napa, Tahoe or Sacramento as that could be like half a day’s drive, but really? San Diego is “too far” as California is a “big state”.

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The other thing that bothered me was the lack of diversity. I know it’s Conneticut and they don’t have the same influx, but still. They act like Jessie is the first black girl to walk the face of the planet at times. Same for Claudia as first Asian.

The other issue I have with The Baby-Sitters Club (BSC) as an adult, those issues of before were all from when I was a kid, is how they never, ever, go to an adult about the problems they have. For instance the grief Claudia faces over the death of her grandmother, when Kristy and Claudia are being harassed by phone calls, when Jessi suspects her friend of an eating disorder (eventually she talks to someone), when homes are being burglarized, deciding to try and catch counterfeiters, etc. I just think, geez that is horrible example to set for children.

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But even with their faults, I loved this series. I used to read a book a day and owned almost the whole series. I had a hard time with the books after Dawn leaves the BSC for good, as I felt it just lost it. I didn’t care for Abby coming on to the series as I hated her character. I also disliked the Claudia left behind in seventh grade storyline, the breakup between Claudia and Stacey over a boy, Mary-Anne and Logan’s complete breakup, the fire that destroys Mary-Anne and Dawn’s house, etc.

So now to the characters:

Kristy Thomas is the creator of the club, deciding to invite her best friend Mary-Anne, along with old friend Claudia, and new girl Stacey. She is bossy, opinionated, a know-it-all, show-off, sports nut; but good friend. Her parents are divorcred, as her father left at a really young age. She has a 17-year old brother, Charlie, who’s only role in the series is as a driver; 15-year old brother Sam, prankster and Stacey’s boyfriend for a bit; and a 8-year old brother, David Michael. Her mom dates a gazilionaire, Watson Brewer, and they whole crew move into his mansion. She then gets a stepsister, Karen, who is the star of the spinoff series, and a younger brother Andrew. Her parents end up adopting an orphaned Chinese girl, Emily Michelle. Now a lot of people speculate about Kristy’s uninterst in boys as being secretly gay; but I never saw it that way. As all the girls dated and had these huge crushes, I liked how Kristy just wasn’t really interested in anyone, and when she does find a guy, who ends up moving too fast for her, she breaks it off. I liked this thread as it showed we all mature at different rates, and just because all your friends have a boyfriend, doesn’t mean you need one too.

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Next we have Claudia Kishi. She is Japanese and not very good in school, a fact that sucks as she has a genius sister. Claudia is an amazing artist and fashionable, not always wearing actual everyday wear, but rockin’ her looks.

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She is best friends with Stacey who is also very interested in fashion. Claudia, Mary Ann, and Kristy grew up across the street from each other and became good friends. Claudia matured before them, and stopped hanging out as much, but when Kristy proposed her idea, she jumped in and brought along Stacey. Claudia had a few interesting storylines. One of the ones I enjoyed a lot was when she began working with Emily Michelle, who was having issues with learning her colors, shapes, etc. Claudia feels stupid a lot of the time as she constantly compares herself to her sister, but I liked that thread as she realizes there are different types of intelligences as she may not be good with one thing, but can do well with another.

Stacey McGill was originally from New York. She was diagnosed with diabetes, which was viewed the same as the plague, causing her and her family to move to Conneticut when a job opened up. I never understood the reason why diabetes was viewed as so appalling, but I liked how they dealt with it in the series. Stacey was constantly having to take care of her diabetes and deal with the temptations and fact that she couldn’t always have exactly what she wants. She was a fashionista and quickly bonded with Claudia. In book 13, she moves back to New York; but luckily by book 26, she was brought back. She was always dating boys, having multiple boyfriends and sometimes having problems arise with them. The storyline I thought was interesting was when she starts dating Robert, star basketball player. Here she has a conflict of issues as she finds out that it is not always easy to juggle boyfriend, friends, and other commitments. Along with the fact that people don’t always meld together as well as you hope. She ends up leaving the club for her new friends, and has to come to terms that these aren’t the same people she hung out with before, and won’t view things the same way. It had a sort of PSA announcement, how the group gets in trouble and she learns that they aren’t as true, BUT, instead of having her old group take her back, she has to slowly regain their trust, making it very real.

Mary-Ann Spier was quiet, mousy, didn’t like confrontation, sweet, and a crier. She lost her mom at a young age and was raised by her father for most of her life. She is best friends with Kristy, but when the crew break up over a disagreement, she meets Dawn and becomes her best friend as well. They find out that their parents used to date and bring Mary-Ann’s dad with Dawn’s mom; ending up stepsisters. Mary-Ann is the first of the group to have a serious boyfriend, Logan Bruno. Now a lot of people hated their relationship, but I liked Logan, until the end when the writers changed him completely. He was kind, caring, and I liked the two of them together. They did have the stupidest fights though. Mary-Ann freaking out over a surprise party, fighting over a way to study, her not wanting to go out but stay home and read, etc. Now the storyline I liked the most was the one where Mary-Ann gets a new look. What’s stupid is that everyone is upset she didn’t consult them, or whatever; but I liked how the meek little Mary-Ann took such a big risk showing that people can change.

Dawn Schafer grew up in Anaheim, CA; the home of Disneyland. She has a younger brother, Jeff, and all seemed well until she was twelve and her parents divorced. They moved all the way to Conneticut, where her mom was originally from. The family are all blonde, vegetarians, and don’t eat processed food or sugar; trying to say that is how all Californians are (wrong! Ghirardelli Square anyone? Or the Jelly Belly Factory?) Anyway, as mentioned above, her mom and Mary-Ann’s father get together, moving into their house and making the two friends stepsisters. Dawn is also eco-friendly and very opionated and sure of herself. Because of her always spouting I am rock solid in my beliefs, I liked the Dawn and the Older Boy and Dawn’s Big Date. In the first book she meets an older guy who turns her into his project, trying to meld her into what he thinks is better. Dawn, having a big crush on him, starts changing her ways. She does the same thing in Dawn’s Big Date, when Logan’s cousin and Dawn’s pen pal, Lewis, is coming to visit. She feels unglamorous and starts decking out in Hot Topic-like fashion. I liked these two stories as I thought they aptly showed how you can think you know yourself and that you are unchangeable, but in reality can still be susceptible to insecurities. After leaving in Conneticut for a while, she misses California too much and spends half her time in CT with the other half in CA. After a little of this, she moves home to CA for good. I missed her from the series, as after that shift it was never the same again. She received her own spinoff series, The California Diaries, which was supposed to be gritty but was often very soap opera-y.

Mallory Pike is brought in when Stacey leaves. She is the eldest of 8 kids, and unlike the other members, eleven years old. What she lacks in years, she makes up in experience. She was a pretty boring character as her only traits was that she liked reading and wanted to be a writer, and hated having such a large family. The storyline I liked with her was the one when she baby-sits the Arnold twins, making a ton of money for a mall trip. I liked this story because it gave her depth (for once) and also the shopping trip at the mall made her seem as one of the group instead of a young hanger-on.

Jessi Ramsey was brought on with Mallory. In book 14, when Mallory is being tested, she meets and befriends Jessi. I liked Jessi more than Mallory as she had a bit more depth. The only thing I didn’t like was the way everyone acted about her being black. They made it seem like she was the only black person in the area, like they had never seen one before. Now I can buy they are a mostly white population at that school, but don’t they watch TV? Movies? It felt like the “Dual Spires” Psych episode.

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She was a ballet dancer, and unlike Mallory actually had words of wisdom instead of complaining. My favorite storyline of hers was when she was chosen to be Sleeping Beauty in Sleeping Beauty ballet. That was a good mystery and brought us into the Black Swan (less dark though) underside of ballet.

Besides these books I watched the show, of course.

And I loved the people chosen for the characters. I thought they were perfect and way better than the movie.

I also read The California Diaries which were supposed to be more adult and have an edge. These were okay, although there were some things I really didn’t like. First, Dawn becomes a major tool and no longer someone you want in the series. I did like the Sunny parts, her mom gets diagnosed with Cancer and how she acts when dealing with all the changes was extremely realistic. I loved the Maggie storylines, as she battles insecurities, anorexia, cutting, etc. It was a little strange how she went from the before free spirit, rebel to the type-A perfectionist, though. They add in Ducky, who I could never figure out if he was gay or just metro. The big thing that bothered me was that these 13-year olds were all dating high schoolers. Didn’t their parents think that was a bad idea? I mean why would a 16-18 year old want to date a 13 year old unless they only wanted one thing? Come on girls, stop being stupid. On a whole it wasn’t bad, often their drive to “make it real” just made these depressing situations.

So The Baby-Sitters Club wasn’t perfect, but when I was a kid it was the thing I wanted to read all the time.

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The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales

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I am a huge fan of fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm.

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The amazing stories in this are just so much fun and full of adventure.

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I used to read this all the time to escape life and live within these incredible tales.
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I bought the complete set one year and read the tales over and over again.

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There are so many amazing tales, that asking me to pick my favorite would be impossible. I have written on them in the past, and there  will be plenty more to come.

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For more on The Brothers Grimm, go to If the Shoe Fits: Why Cinderella is Actually Awesome

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Captain Planet

I loved this show so much as a kid. Captain Planet was awesome, with his team of teenagers. For those of you who weren’t watching TV in the ’90s, this show was about Gaia, “Mother Earth”, choosing five teenagers from all over the world to help fight pollution. There was Kwame from Africa with the power of Earth, Gi from Asia with the power of water, Linka from Russia with the power of Wind, Wheeler from New York with the power or fire, and Ma-Ti from South America with the power of Heart. When all combined their powers they brought forth Captain Planet.

My favorite character was Wheeler as I loved his red hair and fiery attitude.

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I also liked that he didn’t always agree with everything they were spouting. Like when they said you should only have one kid, he said I don’t think there is anything wrong with having big families. Besides that he was such a fun character as he was always out of the box and doing the unexpected.

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The Nanny

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Ah, The Nanny. This was a hilarious show that I loved to watch as much as I could. It was actually based a lot on Fran Drescher’s life. Fran Fine is a Jewish girl from Queens, NY. She works in a bridal shop, until her fiancé dumps her for some bimbo and kicks her out of the job. She becomes an Avon Lady, and accidentally applies for the job as nanny for widower, millionaire, British, broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield. He has three children: Maggie, who is the eldest and completely insecure; Brighton, a prankster who hates all nannys; and Grace, neurotic and precocious. She is hired and finds herself the spice this family needs.

Yep, her unconventional ways, awesome clothing, big hair, and Yiddish are hilarious, endearing, and all around fun. Plus she has the best logic for getting around diets.

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Also in the home is the British, sarcastic, bulter (sorry Fresh Prince of Bel Air, they had him first). He and Fran become best buddies, and he is an all-time favorite character of mine as he has the best one liners.

There is also Ms. C.C. Babcock that has a HUGE crush on Maxwell, even before he was a widower.

And of course Fran’s mother,

I love this show. Why did it have to end?

For more on The Nanny, go to Pizza Power

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NCIS

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My friend Diana from high school loved this show. She was always going on about it and telling me how awesome it is. After being pushed by her constantly, I decided to give it a look and of course fell in love with it.

The show is similar to the other crime shows that I am a fan of, but this time it covers the military. When crimes occur involving any branch of the military they call in their police force, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The team is lead by Leroy Jethro “Gibbs” Gibbs, (Mark Harmon). The rest of his team is the funny, alternative, unique, and awesome Abby Scuito the forensic specialist and Timothy McGee is the tech wizard. They had Caitlin Todd, an awesome character, but she was killed and they then brought in Israeli Masaidd agent, Ziva David that I absolutely hated.

But my all time favorite character was Anthony Dinozzo. The Italian, handsome, funny, and sarcastic agent.

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The main reason I loved him was he was a huge movie buff that was always quoting things, just like me. And no one ever knows what he’s talking about, just like me.

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For the previous post, go to I’m So FANcy!

Stay tuned for part 12

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For more Back to the Future, go to Where Were Going, We Don’t Need Roads

For more quotes, go to Let It Go