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    Stephanie Watches The Crazy Ones: 1×15 “Dead and Improved”

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    In this episode, Simon was asked to write a eulogy for a jingle writer, who was not very well liked by…well, anyone, except maybe his daughter Melora (played by Missi Pyle, who I will forever love due to Josie & the Pussycats). He’s not too sure how to go about it because he likes being true to himself, not wanting to make anything up about the man. But after trying to refuse several times, which only made Melora cry, he realizes he has no choice.

    He tries to write up fake things about the man to “sell” him to the crowd better. He even convinces the voiceover guy from a few episodes ago to come in and read the eulogy to make it that much more emotional.

    Throughout the episode, Simon has a bit of a mental dilemma as he starts to imagine his own funeral and what kind of legacy he will leave behind. Sydney convinces him that he doesn’t have anything to worry about because he’s “awesome.”

    At the funeral itself, voiceover guy only introduces Simon, so Simon still has to give the eulogy. And with a focus on both Melora and Sydney, he says:

    “No one really knew Conrad except his daughter. That’s his legacy. To be loved by the one person who knew you best. Wow. That’s as good as it gets.”

    The rest of the episode is very teary and emotional. That’s one of the great things about this show…and other shows that can pull this off. Finding the right comedy/drama balance. It can be a little cheesy, but sometimes having the emotional pull in between all the jokes can make it that much more meaningful. And I really like that all the emotional stuff has been about the father/daughter relationship.

    (Except Sydney saying goodbye to the cat last week before officially adopting it…but I am special like that.)

    The Crazy Ones will be back next Thursday, February 27, but at a new time! 9:30PM Eastern; 8:30PM Central. Make note, but I’m sure those of you with DVRs won’t have to worry!

     

    Stephanie Watches The Crazy Ones: 1×14 “Simon Roberts Was Here”

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    As I am biased towards cats, I really enjoyed this episode. Yes, we all claim that we are dog people, but when we find an awesome cat who “gets” us, it can develop into a very special relationship. And yeah, I’m drifting into crazy cat lady mindset there. But my cat is awesome…and actually a lot like a dog, so there’s that.

    Sydney is clearly feeling a little lost, not having had a date in a while, convinced she will die alone. And then she ends up bonding with Mr. Princess, the cat meant to inspire their latest ad campaign for cat food. She starts talking to him like a human, eating Chinese food with him–basically having a crazy cat lady date with him. It was adorable and silly.

    Also, for those of you who are fans of The Guild, you may have recognized a familiar face: Zaboo!

    He was trying to prove to Simon throughout the episode that computers and math and science could predict the buying tendencies of people and produce a better ad than humans. He, of course, failed. But Simon and co. used the basis of his idea to sell Mr. Princess’s cat food.

    Sydney ended up getting really attached to Mr. Princess during their few days together. And even though Zaboo’s configurations predicted that she would end up a lonely cat lady, she decided to keep the kitty. When she brought him home to her apartment, she ran into her (VERY attractive) neighbor, who just so happened to be a veterinarian. Get him, girl!

    (Also, where has this hot dude been since this episode!? I hope he comes back!)

    Stephanie Cosplays Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

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    Daenerys Targaryen – Game of Thrones

    Cons: C2E2 2012, Wizard World Chicago 2012, ACEN 2013

    When Game of Thrones came out way back in 2011, the cosplay possibilities seemed endless…and also very complicated. But the obvious choice for me at the time was Daenerys Targaryen. (I have since decided that Cersei is my main go-to GoT cosplay gal, but I still love Dany’s costumes.) I had long, platinum blond hair and have a similar face shape to her. I was going through this thing where I didn’t want to wear a wig for a while, so I was cosplaying all blond ladies.

    I chose to put together Dany’s Dothraki traveling clothes, which she wears for much of season 1. And this costume came together with the help of my roommate at the time, Missy!

    Top: Missy shaped the twisty bust part of the top and helped me shape it in general on me. (Without a dress form, it’s very helpful to have another person pin junk on you, as I’m sure you fellow cosplayers know.) I braided the halter and attached everything. Then we ripped up the front to give it a nice destroyed look. And the fabric did a lot of that on its own.

    Pants: I thrifted some grey leggings.

    Waist Cape: (I don’t know how else to describe this..) I bought dark grey suede, fitted it around myself so it attaches in the front with a snap. Then I cut and ripped up the bottom for the destroyed look.

    Waist Piece: Just some cream colored cotton that I ripped up and destroyed. It frayed really nicely. It snaps in the back.

    Apron: I used the same material and pieced a few squares together to give it the frayed/destroyed look.

    Shoes: I bought some slouchy grey boots from DSW. The Chicago weather gave them a destroyed look just fine.

    Hair: I used my hair the first few times I wore this. But the constant dyeing was really destroying my ends. Soooo, I abandoned my Targaryen allegiance and switched to Lannister for a more golden blonde. I ended up getting a lacefront wig from Arda Wigs in silver. I chose silver instead of blonde since that’s how her hair is described in the book.

    On top of the costume, my crafty friend Josh made me a Drogon to go with my costume.

    Photos by: Ali and Brandon