November 5th, 2010

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AWZ Thursday

Apparently the swing dancing was an incentive for Annette and Ingo to have sex multiple times.  The show gets pretty raunchy with the straight couples, too.  I started wondering if I just wasn't that into watching het anymore, then decided I just wasn't that into watching Ingo.  (Edited to add: Ingo started to tell Lena about it, and she put her hands over her ears and started saying, "La, la, la."  I guess some things are universal.)  Richard and Claudia's one-star video just made me want brain bleach.

I've been wanting to note that the Bergmann flat has a hockey calendar with Florian as Mr. October -- and now apparently Mr. November as well -- displayed on the wall.

Roman is finally involved in hearing about Isabelle's stupid doping scheme, though none of the other characters know it was Isabelle yet.  Ben asked her if she was doping, and she went into a nasty snit at him.  Ben told Roman that one of the skaters was doing steroids, and Roman asked Katja if it was her.  Katja indignantly denied it.  Isabelle went to Axel, and now they're doing tests on the skaters.  Isabelle got a big grin on her face, although at least she had her back to Claudia when she had that evil and triumphant smile.

I'm sure either Roman or Claudia or both will figure out that Isabelle was behind it all.  On the one hand, Roman is involved in plot.  On the other hand, it's stupid Isabelle, Ben and Katja plot.

I'm trying to remember if Florian and Frank were around.  They're in tomorrow's episode for sure.

Max brought Simone home.  Richard gave a great cry of grief (covered over by a song) and collapsed when he saw that Simone was holding an urn of ashes.

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VL Thursday

It turns out Christian had a lot of fear about going up in the hot air balloon.  He said to Olli that Gregor had been in two helicopter crashes.  It was a rare instance of a character on the show remembering what had happened before.  Olli was alone and swamped at No Limits, until Lydia came in, and started to waitress.  That left Olli free to go on the balloon ride.

In a more typical instance of a character completely forgetting the past, Olli said to Lydia that before Christian, he'd never imagined being married to a man.  Olli had clearly forgotten all about the few weeks that he and Tom were engaged.  Yes, it was ten years ago, but you'd think a character would remember something like that.  You'd think the writers would watch old VL episodes.  After all, they'd have access to good-quality videos of those episodes and they're able to understand German. 

Back to present-day fictional Dusseldorf, Ansgar came in as Olli was leaving.  I think Lydia said somewhere along the line that Ansgar was on his fifth cup of coffee, so he'd been there for a while while Lydia was waitressing.

Tristan gave Andi his phone back.  Tristan realized from listening to the conversation that Andi hadn't told Helena that he was paralyzed.  Of course, as soon as Tristan got back to the castle, he called Helena and told her that.  Helena called Olli to see if it was true.  Even in their own plot, they had moments of advancing other plots.

The Brandner family were celebrating in Schneider's.  Lydia, freed from No Limits when Miriam came in, told them that she had her own boyfriend.  When Ansgar came in, she went and draped herself over him.  Apparently Lydia wants to give Arno another heart attack.  Way to ruin the family celebration of Matthias and Nathalie's engagement.

Christian eventually overcame his fear enough to not want Olli to take the balloon ride alone.  He wasn't a happy camper, but seemed to take some comfort from holding onto Olli as well as one of the support posts for the basket.  Olli seemed quite fearless, and put his hand over Christian's forearm, and said reassuring things.  It's funny what each one is afraid of, and what each has no fear of at all.  Olli has a strong sense of adventure.  Christian is generally quite brave, with the odd exception of balloon flights.  He's not afraid to face anyone down to protect Olli or friends or family.  Except for his pretty much overcome fear of horses, Olli doesn't seem to be afraid of much.  They're back to working together to solve issues, as it should be.  Christian and Olli complement each other so well.