I honestly think I can take him more than I can the woman who was the mother on Malcolm in the Middle. She plays the role the exact same as she did on Malcolm. Peter is trying and has a goofy voice that was far less annoying this go round. I don't think I can take both of Whitney's parents at the same time. Of the two, I find Peter more convincing as a parent and he actually does have a nice little father-daughter chemistry with Whitney.
My favorite moment of the show was at the start when Whitney and Alex were joking back and forth. Alex wants marriage (and kids). Whitney never wants to be married. Her parents were a nightmare and she has all these scars as a result. Marriage scares her, commitment scares her. So when Alex proposed last week, her saying okay was a huge deal.
Whitney: I can't tell if you're hugging me or trying to keep me from running?
Alex: Awwww. Both.
That was funny.
And I was so filled with relief that they didn't make Whitney sappy.
I wanted her to be happy about her wedding but I didn't want her to turn into a Stepford Wife. Or worse. Charlotte on Sex in the City.
Whitney Cummings is my pick for Best Actress at the Emmys this year. I doubt she'll get it because this is her first TV season and she's better known as a stand up, but I think she's earned it.
And I have to share another funny line. She and Alex are talking about what kind of wedding to have. Whitney reassures him, "As long as you're there, I'm there. I may not be sober, but I'm there."
(So that you know, although they planned to get married this episode, everything that could go wrong did and they didn't get married.)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Ayad Alawi's Iraqiya bloc threatened to walk out of parliament in opposition to PM Maliki's dominance. But Sultan believes these threats only prove the Iraqiya bloc's failure in its politics.
"I think that Iraqiya bloc lacks unity in the political discourse in dealing with crisis," he said. "It withdrew its ministers from the government after the issue of al-Hashimi, and later sent them back. Now it wants to withdraw them again. What will they get from all this?"
This is not the first time the Iraqi Communist Party has been targeted by the U.S.-backed government that replaced the old dictatorship. In 2007, Najim Abed Jassem, the party workers' trade union leader and member of the executive committee of the Mechanics Union, was abducted and tortured by militias in Baghdad, and subsequently murdered.
Nouri's heavy-handed and rules through fear. He thought he could apply the same scare tactics in dealing with foreign ministers of other countries -- none of those present face the level of violence Iraq does. So not only was the topic a 'downer' but they really didn't see the need to be lectured to on the topic of violence from the person over the most violent country in the region. Nouri's so out of touch that he honestly believes other leaders in the region would be impressed with him. His calling for cooperation on positive projects and issues would have surprised them and would have impressed them. Instead, he's the crazy troll under the bridge and he's got no one to blame but himself (and his advisors who thought his speech would go over well).