I Got Off The Plane


Wow… 10 Years since THAT Day… The Finale of arguably the greatest show on Television – FRIENDS!

It’s not even surprising when we watch the whole series over and over and laugh each and every time just as hard as we did the first time.

It was a perfect episode wasn’t it? Capturing most of the highlights of the series, showcasing the peculiarities of each character and tying up the loose ends with a perfect blend of emotions that left the everyone laughing and sobbing like children at the end.

  • Phoebe
    Marries Mike and presumably lives a wonderful life ahead, being the eccentric, blonde, happy-go-lucky character she is.
  • Monica
    Showcases her OCD a bit, breaks down the Foosball table.
  • Chandler and Joey
    Have a rare moment of emotion between them. A Goodbye that officially made ‘Bromance’ cool before the word even existed.
  • Ross and Rachel
    Finally made it. 🙂FRIENDS -- NBC Series -- Pictured: 'Friends' finale key art -- NBC Photo

The last line from Chandler was the epitome of his character. Making everyone laugh when they least expect it. An emotional Rachel suggests getting coffee one for last time, and he replies “Where?” Apart from that, we saw Gunther’s confession of his feelings for Rachel, the return of Phoebe’s cab, The Philangy, The Duck and Goose and one last sweeping shot of the house.

Yes, I just watched the episode again… and choked up a bit in the end.

This post is just a small Thank You to the whole cast and  crew of FRIENDS. David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courtney Cox and Matthew Perry. Not to forget the creators David Crane and Marta Kauffman and the rest of the team.

For the emotional roller-coasters, incessant laughter, beautifully paced subplots, nothing overdone… In short – the best Television Series anyone of any age could wish for and relate to for 10 glorious seasons.


Of Kingslayers and War Songs – The Purple Wedding


Yes now the rains weep o’er his hall,

And not a soul to hear…

… well… except his mother, Cersei, who eventually had Tyrion arrested in a fit of rage.

If there’s one thing we’ve learnt from the last 2 Wedding episodes, it’s that if you hear The Rains of Castamere playing at a wedding, shit is going down! Big time! In the latest episode of the greatest show on TV, we saw King Joffrey poisoned to death by an unknown assassin.

Personally, it was a bigger shock to me than the Red Wedding. Like everyone else, it was a happy shock and not a horrific depressing experience like the beheading of Ned Stark or the dramatic demise of Rob and Catelyn. But, it must be pointed out such was the quality of direction of that scene that for the majority of the Game of Thrones watchers who do not read the books, it took a while for the shock to sink in before the celebrations began.

So now, I just want to record my list of suspects and discuss why or why not they may be the culprits… This is more for my reference coz we don’t know when we’ll get the real answer, but I hope it makes a good read nonetheless. Here it is:

Who? Why? Why Not?
Olenna Tyrell Olenna is one of the smartest women on the stage now (excluding Cersei, of-course). She knows from Sansa how horrible Joffrey is, and let’s face it, they’re among the richest Houses in the realm who paid half of the wedding expenses. She was also sitting within reach of the last cup from which Joffrey drank. Piece of cake (pie, rather :P). No clear motive. Her daughter and House would rule the realm with the marriage of Margaery and Joffrey. She could play a big role in calling the shots of ruling the land with Joffrey eager to impress Margaery. Doesn’t make sense for her to have done it.
Sansa Obvious Reasons. He’s tormented her since they were engaged to be married back in Season 1. Killing Ned Stark, the Red Wedding, ordering to serve up Rob’s head to dinner, the list is endless. I don’t think she has the mettle for it. Although extreme circumstances make people do crazy things, I doubt if she can do it. But it wouldn’t surprise me if it was her.
Oberyn Martell Its pretty clear that he’s come to King’s Landing for Revenge, and it looks like he means business. He’s known to be ruthless and sly, and he certainly did enjoy seeing Joffrey fall to his knees and succumb to a painful death. Even though he comes from money, he didn’t have too much control over the wedding to have bribed anyone to poison the cake or the wine. Then again, this is Westeros. Who knows?
Tyrion Lannister The obvious suspect, who gave Joffrey the cup of wine that killed him; He’s been constantly insulted by Joffrey for being an imp, with no support or acknowledgement from his father for saving the Battle of the Blackwater; And also, to avenge his wife. He’s a sensible character. He won’t poison the king himself and stand there watching. I included him here only coz he was caught and taken away. I’d be really surprised if it turns out to be him.

There is also the question of what actually killed him… The pie or the wine? Although, we see him choking on the wine, he’s the only person to have eaten the pie. And if it was the pie, then the Tyrells definitely had something to do with it. And then there’s the theory of the blue necklace Sansa got from Ser Dontos and how one of the seven diamonds went missing when Olenna spoke to Sansa at the wedding.

As logically thought out as this analysis is, one can never really predict what George R. R. Martin has concocted for this subplot. So, even if I do get one of my guesses right, it’ll be more out of luck than actual logic. Readers of the books tell me that it’s still not clear who did it. So, it’s a long way to go before we get the right answer. Can’t wait for the next episode!!!

Comments and Suggestions are Welcome. Spoilers are not! 😉

The Good, The Bad and The Mosby – #HIMYMFinale


Last Forever: The ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Finale.

5 minutes in… hi-5. Wedding. Eh. Cool… Ted almost about to meet the mother. Then begins something that I can only describe as the end of a flashback which has a nested flashback of the rest of the flashback that makes you wish that you got the last 45 minutes of your life back, and stopped watching the series at the end of the previous episode.

They tried to replicate whatHIMYM FRIENDS did. And failed. Miserably.

Barney and Robin get hitched. Ted finally meets the mother, and they all live happily ever after. You’d think that right?? Wrong!

Barney and Robin get divorced. Robin becomes a successful news anchor. Barney becomes Barney again. Ted is happily married. Robin can’t take it and detaches herself from the group. She travels around the world as a successful news reporter. Barney gets a girl knocked up and says the same cheesy worldly lines to his new-born daughter that he used to pick up chicks. Why didn’t they just play play ‘Everything I Do’ by Bryan Adams as the background score?

Ted and the mother (Tracy McConnell!! Seriously??? That takes her cool quotient down to negative!!! I shall always refer to her as ‘the mother’ as a saving grace) get married after 7 years and hey! Guess who turned up at the bar for it?? Yep! Robin… and said the same ‘being there for the big moments’ line that Lily said earlier in that 45 minute hell ride. You’d think it’s a happy enough ending to settle for. But NO! The mother dies… And at long last, Ted finished telling the story to his kids (who finally get some airtime, BTW) and the actual twist comes now.

The mother died 6 years before he started telling them this story and he’s still in love with Robin, so he goes and asks her out below the same apartment she she lived in 16 years ago, with (yes, you guessed it) the Blue French horn.

Don’t kill yourself yet.

In the middle of all this, we see the Halloween party and Ted’s ballot costume, Barney saying ‘legen – wait for it – dary’ one last time, Robots vs. Wrestlers, Ted’s GNB tower on top of the Arcadian (duh), Marshall becoming a judge, emotional Lily, The Playbook part II, the story of the yellow Umbrella… And yes! How Ted finally met the mother under the yellow umbrella at the Farhampton railway platform. Followed by a string of cheesy, NOT funny, expansions of T.M. that were inscribed on the umbrella. They might as well have killed off the Pineapple story while they were at it!

No, this rant is because I’m sad to see HIMYM end. I was prepared for that. What I wasn’t prepared for was this. A failed attempt at doing something that FRIENDS did so well. It’s not because we’re seeing the end of a 9 season emotional roller-coaster, because FRIENDS tried to do the same thing at the end of 10 seasons and aced it. Everyone loved the way FRIENDS ended. This episode was pathetic. They killed the entire story-line in the last 5 minutes. Ruined every good memory I have of the show. Made it cheesy, stupid, cocky and tried so hard to do something completely unnecessary.

Sad that it’s over. But extremely let down that it ended this way.