Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: 9-1-1 1x06 "Heartbreaker"

This week's episode of 9-1-1 unexpectedly had a bit of disability representation! 

Alice Kina Diehl can be seen as EMD Stephanie Gaskins, whom 911 dispatcher Abby Clark requests specifically when her date, firefighter Buck  Buckley chokes at dinner and needs someone to talk her through an emergency tracheotomy.

It was very cool (as always) to see someone in a chair on a show we watch.  Even cooler?  Tara and I could tell immediately she has CP like us!  I loved seeing that Stephanie has a set of skills particular enough that a fellow dispatcher requested her specifically.

Unfortunately, I can't find the scene she's in but if you have OnDemand, it might be worth checking out this episode for a rare moment of positive disability representation.

Review: Law and Order SVU 19x13 'The Undiscovered Country"

"A man shouldn't do what he can, he should do what he must, without regard for consequence or repercussion.  That's what makes us moral."

This week's episode was one of the most awful things I have ever seen, and that's saying a lot.  (Especially as a longtime fan of SVU and of Rafael Barba, who has gone from my favorite character to the one I most despise.)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Video: Nike Flyease shoe review

As there is no Fosters review this week, I thought I'd share this video review of Nike's Flyease shoes, which I've been a fan of since I first tried them last summer.  We took this video just before Halloween, hence the pumpkin decorations.  (You can find a transcript in the video description on YouTube.)

Find Nike Flyease HERE

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Review: The Fosters 5x13: Line In The Sand

This week was generally on the lighter side.  Tara and I will focus on Jesus but give overviews on Grace and Stef (otherwise we'd risk recapping the entire episode, and we just do not have the stamina for that LOL.)

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: The Fosters 5x12: #IWasMadeInAmerica

This week's Fosters had more unexpectedly positive moments.  Tara and I are looking forward to digging into the disability representation in this one...

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Review: The Fosters 5x11 "Invisible"

This episode definitely turned out to be pivotal for Jesus, in particular. We are still in a bit of (good) shock about where it ended up. Come with us as we break down this episode. It might be a bit on the longer side (longer than usual) but there is a lot to unpack. Fortunately, we're up to the task.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Transcript - Support Group / Jesus and Moms - Fosters

TBI Survivor [off screen]:, blow-up with a friend over, like, nothing.  We were playing a board game and I totally lost it.  

Jesus: [to Lena]  This is pointless.  Can we get out of here?

Lena:  Please, just give it a chance.

Survivor:  I tried to explain that it wasn't me.  That I sometimes literally can't control my emotions.  But people - and even my own family, who spent all those days in the hospital with me - they still don't get it.  

Jesus: [Sits back.  What she's saying is hitting him.]

Survivor:  Because I look fine, they think I should be like I used to be.  They don't understand... 

Jesus: [Looks at Lena; hurt]

Survivor: ...because the disability you have is invisible.  

Stef: [Listens.  Takes this in.]

Survivor:  So, they think you're either being defiant, or not trying, or faking it to get off easy.

Jesus: [Listening, getting emotional]

Survivor: They end up talking about you behind your back.  Not sharing stuff with you 'cause they think that you can't handle it.  

Jesus: [listening, but it's getting harder for him]

Survivor:  ...makes you feel even more alone and isolated.

Jesus: [swallows, tries to keep it together]

Survivor:  But I don't want to tell anyone when I don't understand things.  Or when I forget where I parked my car.  Which happens a lot.

Other Survivors: [laugh gently]

Survivor:  Sometimes I just wish I could fade away because it's easier to be alone than to constantly be misunderstood....

Jesus: [close up on Jesus, struggling to keep composure]

Survivor: people I love the most.

Lena: [sees Jesus upset] Honey...

Jesus: [bolts from the chair]


Lena:  That's what we're doing to you, isn't it?

Jesus: [nods, forces a smile through tears]  I know you guys don't mean to but...

Stef:  Love, you don't have to say that, okay?  We've been, uh...

Lena: We've been doing this wrong.  And I'm so sorry.  We really thought that we were just helping you.

Jesus:  I know it's just...every time you guys try to help me it makes me feel like I--I CAN'T do it.  Or like I'm bad.  Or broken, or something.

Lena: [tearfully] Honey, you're not broken.  You're not.  And I promise you that we're gonna stop  making you feel that way.  

Jesus: [exhales, relieved]

Stef and Lena: [hug him]