Episode 8: Great Expectations
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"Great Expectations" is the eighth episode of the ABC sitcom Modern Family. It premiered in the United States on November 18, 2009. The episode was written by Joe Lawson and directed by Jason Winer.
In the episode, Claire wants to make a special gift to Phil for their anniversary since she always picks the worst presents for him, while he chooses some amazing ones. All the kids are gathered at Jay's house for a sleepover, in a night that Jay calls "Jay's night". Haley does not want to be there and wants to go to a party with Dylan, but Dylan ends up being part of the sleepover with all of them. Mitch and Cameron go out to meet their party friend, Sal, so they can have fun for the first time in a long time only to realize that Sal is jealous of Lily.
Claire (Julie Bowen) has a history of giving bad gifts while Phil (Ty Burrell) has a history of giving her great gifts she really appreciates. So, in an attempt to make up for it, she decides to give Phil a surprising anniversary present, which is a private performance by Izzy LaFontaine (Edward Norton), the fictional bass player of Spandau Ballet. However, this unexpected gift turns out to be a mistake, as Phil was neither a fan of Spandau Ballet (or, as Izzy referred to the fans, "Fandaus") nor their song "True", which Claire believed to be Claire & Phil's special song since it was playing when they first kissed. According to Phil, the couple's "song" was "If You Leave" by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Phil ends up appreciating the gesture, and agrees that "True" will be their new song.
The episode was written by Joe Lawson and directed by Jason Winer, his seventh time that season. The episode was dedicated to David Lloyd, father of co-creator Christopher Lloyd who died 8 days before the airdate. At the end it featured an "In Memory" screen dedicating the episode to David's life and quoting the famous line from "Chuckles Bites the Dust", which David wrote: "A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants."
Donna Bowman of The A.V. Club gave a B grade to the episode. "There's one thing that "Great Expectations" gets exactly right. Anniversary presents given by spouses to each other suffer from an inevitable asymmetry."
The TV Chick wrote that they liked the episode. "I like that this episode, while full of extremely funny moments, also gets to the heart of things. The show is a comedy, but at the core, it is about a family (as crazy, dysfunctional and atypical as it may be)."
Eric Hochberger of TV Fanatic found the episode mediocre and said: "We've said it before, but a mediocre episode of Modern Family was still easily better than any other comedy being offered, so we'll take it."
Great Expectations is the 88th episode of the series and the 8th episode of the fourth and final season. It aired on Teletoon in Canada on November 19, 2009, and on Cartoon Network in the United States on May 24, 2010.
For their date, Wyatt takes Jonesy's advice and gets dolled up with a suit and tie, hair gel, and cologne. Unfortunately, he messes up from the start by using too much cologne, and compounds his error by taking Caitlin to Cafe Coeur Brisé. After they finish an awkward dinner, they head over to the golf course and get partway through a round of golf before deciding to kiss. This kiss doesn't bring any sparks, though, and a second attempt yields no better results. Caitlin and Wyatt try to figure out what's different, and they realize that their kiss only seemed great because they thought they were kissing somebody else. Instead of being disappointed, though, both are relieved by this realization, as it means that they don't have to go on another horrible date with each other and can go back to just being friends.
The six-episode series stars Fionn Whitehead as Pip and Olivia Colman as Miss Havisham. The cast also includes Shalom Brune-Franklin, Ashley Thomas, Johnny Harris, Hayley Squires, Owen McDonnell, Trystan Gravelle, Laurie Ogden, Rudi Dharmalingam, Tom Sweet, Chloe Lea, and Matt Berry. Tom Hardy, Ridley Scott, Dean Baker, David W. Zucker, and Kate Crowe serve as producers, and Brady Hood and Samira Radsi direct.
Great Expectations is the coming-of-age story of Pip, an orphan who yearns for a greater lot in life until a twist of fate and the evil machinations of the mysterious and eccentric Miss Havisham shows him a dark world of possibilities. Under the great expectations placed upon him, Pip will have to work out the true cost of this new world and whether it will truly make him the man he wishes to be.
I'm of two minds when it comes to last night's episode of Vikings. In spite of its excellent battle scene and epic proportions, I feel that it remains part of a troubling trend in the back half of the third season.
Season 3 started off strong. We've had some terrific moments so far this season, from Siggy's death to the madness of Kwenthrith---she peed on Ragnar for goodness sakes!---to the glorious moments between Ragnar and Ecbert, and finally Ecbert's betrayal of his viking allies. The entire season has been pretty gripping---even worryingly so, since starting off so strong can mean either a show has to keep upping the ante or suffer from the comedown of high expectations.
Before we come to all of that, I do need to mention that this was a very, very thrilling episode with the biggest, most drawn-out battle we've seen so far. The storming of Paris was epic in all the best ways, and even more so in that the vikings were rebuffed, handily defeated, their corpses piled beneath the city's walls.
What really bothered me about the episode is what seems to be the slow torture and ruination of a once-great character. Why Vikings has decided to make Floki a villain at this point is beyond me. His religious fanaticism seems very historically out of place. The Norse pagans, like so many other pagan cultures, were rarely so concerned with the religions of other cultures. Whereas Christianity and Islam are concerned with pagans and converting unbelievers, the old Norse religions had very different views on such things. Ragnar strikes me as a far better example of what a religious viking was like than Floki.
Sara closes the windows on their home to start episode 2 of Great Expectations, as Joe gets to work on his project. Thereafter, we find Miss Havisham forcing Pip and Estella to participate in a game in which he must locate Estella whilst wearing a blindfold; if he succeeds, he owns her completely. However, as he moves around, she places obstructions in his path, making the game harder.
" You need to understand where you're spending your time," Chanie says. "And then you can hit your goals."She talks about making sure you're setting appropriate expectations for your staff while maintaining high standards and staying true to your values.Chanie also describes how to connect with your teachers, which is so vital as early childhood education leaders struggle to find and retain staff, as well as the importance of taking care of yourself.Her goals are:
Yeah . So you gotta kind of clear your throat when you're about to say my name. So I always , uh , tell people that that's kind of the way to do it. So it's ha um, it's actually , uh , H is actually the nickname of my original , like the, the origin of my name is actually HANA . Um , and I was named after. Um, great, great, great, great grandma. Um, I come from a very long lineage of Hasidic rabbis and leaders, and so it's actually the first one in my family to graduate , um, from college first one to start a business. Um, so this is just a very kind of new trajectory in my family. Um, faith and family are my top values. And so , um, even though I'm kind of like on a little bit of a different course , um, my faith in my family still are very much anchored in every decision that I make, both in the business per personally, professionally. Um , faith is a company value. We make sure to honor any person's faith. We have a huge collective group of people and clients that we work with from all different faith, all different backgrounds , um, every race it's just, it's been a wild ride to be able to serve such a diverse , uh , group of leaders who are really binded together by their pursuit of excellence, more than anything else.
Yeah, that's amazing. So when you, when you were growing up then just, I , you obviously wanna spend most of our time talking about the work that you're doing now, but growing up when you're saying first one from your family to graduate from college and to maybe take a , a non-traditional route, like what, like, as an expectation growing up in it with faith being such a big part of your upbringing and your family, like what would generally be the expectations for a female growing up in your home to continue in , in the , um, yeah, maybe that's just a , a question. Like what would , when growing up, what was the expectation of what your adult life would look like?
So I think a lot of the expectation was around , um, the, I guess, stereotypical mom role where she's home she's with the family. Maybe she has a part-time gig as a teacher , um, you know, community service work working alongside the rabbi in the community , um, which is so beautiful. Like I'm so grateful for all the people that do this important work , um, of service, of taking care of their community, of their tribe. Um, and so I , I've done so many different episodes on so many different podcasts where people have interviewed , um , me on just what role reversal looks like. Um, when you're looking at a traditional, you know, faith-based family where there's role reversal, right on the breadwinner in the family, and just how, how just all the dynamics are associated with that. So if you're interested in that side of my story, there's a lot of different episodes that I've done. Um , and other people shows, and maybe I should do one on my show , um, on just on everything that comes along with that, because it's, it's , it's a big part of my story. 781b155fdc