January 7th, 2011

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AWZ Thursday

Isabelle angst, during which she drove everyone away from her hospital room.  She looked into the reflective tray again and saw gaping bloody facial wounds.  Something only somewhat reflective would show less of the damage and not more.  It's kind of like the Venus and Cupid, otherwise known as the Rokeby Venus, in which the mirror that Cupid is holding at that angle wouldn't really show Venus' face.  Nevertheless, it's one of my favorite paintings.  This plot is very far from my favorite.

There was a bit of Ben and Katja running into each other and staring at each other stuff, with Ben asking Katja why the hell she'd gone to see Isabelle.  "I wanted to apologize," Katja said.  Whatever.  So over this.

Max had angst, too, about Rafael's affair with Simone.  He tried to talk to Simone, but she told him she was an adult, and could make her own decisions.  Rafael is still plotting.  I think he's trying to destroy everything Max loves.  Well, if I'm understanding right, he spent fifteen years in prison for Max.  I guess he was resentful after all.

There were scenes with more sparkle.  Last episode, Richard had been interrogating Axel by feeding his tie into the shredder.  It was kind of like one of those James Bond books or movies where the torture device gets closer and closer, only funnier.  When Richard had gotten the information that Axel had faked Jenny's death certificate and so on by paying off the Russian authorities, he left Axel with his tie in the shredder.  Axel tried to reach a pair of scissors and failed.

Constanze came in in the morning, and saw Axel asleep with his head on the shredder, his tie still in there.  First she took a cell phone picture, then she woke Axel and asked if he was okay.  Axel indignantly replied in the negative, and tried to tell Constanze to cut him loose.  She pushed the reverse button on the shredder, and his shredded tie came out of the shredder, freeing him.  Constanze told Axel that it would be just between them.

Florian and Franziska were making out at the Wild-Ozturk flat.  Frank was nervous that Flo was trying to get under her blouse, and said that they had to get to practice, that she didn't want to make Ingo angry.  Florian said that Roman was substitute trainer.  Frank said that she didn't want to cause trouble with him.

Franziska asked Florian how many girls he'd slept with.  Florian tried to evade the question.  I think he said more than three, then said seven.  (lol)  He asked Frank in return.  Frank said she'd been with five guys.

Next we saw of Frank, she was on the rowing machine of angst, wearing a top that had a skull-and-crossbones over her bosom.  Roman came in, recognized the angst, and put his foot over the belt, stopping the machine.  "Come, sit, talk, tell me what's wrong," he said.  "I've got five minutes for you."

Frank came over to sit with Roman on the bench.  "It's about sex," she said.  I think he said he had more than five minutes, or that that talk would take more than five minutes.  She confessed that she and Florian had talked about their sexual experience, and that she'd lied.

Roman told her it was okay(?) or didn't matter(?) if she was a virgin (Jungfrau).  She told him not to say it so loud.  "Florian loves you," he said.  "It doesn't matter how many partners either of you have had."  Something like that.  I'm pretty sure he was skeptical about Florian having been with seven girls.

Meanwhile, back at the flat, Florian said to Deniz, "You don't have to get a stupid grin like that."

"Sorry," Deniz said.  "I thought you had a real problem."  Florian snarled.  "Okay, sex is a real problem," Deniz conceded.

Florian hemmed and hawed a bit, then admitted to having sex with only one girl.  Actually it was only halfway(?) or half of a sex act.  He or she or they were drunk, and the girl's father came home.  Deniz tried to suppress his grin.  "Oh, go ahead and laugh!" Flo said.  Deniz cracked up.

The scene cut to Roman laughing when Franziska admitted she'd lied, then giving her good advice.  I'm finding it ironic that Roman and Deniz are both giving relationship advice, considering.  However, at least they have something of a clue, and Roman is doing well in calming Franziska and sharing his wisdom.  He told Frank to tell Florian the truth.

Next we saw of the Wilds and Frank, Roman was coaching the hockey game.  I'd had no idea before he started filling in as a substitute trainer that he knew anything about hockey, but he was shouting out instructions.  Frank got a goal, and Andy said it was beginner's luck.  Frank said that Flo was the beginner, and Flo freaked out and called Frank a whore.  Roman skated up to Florian and ordered him to apologize to Frank.  Flo shook his head and started to skate off.  I have a feeling that Roman isn't going to let it go.  He can probably skate faster than Florian, too, so Flo won't lose him that way.

So the best was the Wilds, Frank, and Deniz, as Roman and Deniz added bright sparkle to their scenes.

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AWZ Friday

More Rafael plotting, and setting Simone against Max.  She wasn't too happy with him anyway, since she found out he forged the letter.  Rafael and Axel are apparently now allied.  Max is doing his best to make up with Simone.  At the end of the show, both Rafael and Max, in separate locations, took out pistols and practiced posing dramatically with them.

The Marian and the whore plot is a hot mess.  Marian shoved all of his bills into a shoebox right before Deniz came into the bar with an adding machine, to help Marian get his bills straightened out.  I think Deniz said it had to do with the internship?  Perhaps he was doing it on top of his internship.  I think Marian got a restraining order keeping him away from Jessica, so for a while he hid behind a tree, then came up and talked to her.  She'd gotten some sort of blackmail note, and thought it was from him.

Marian wrote her a letter, which he gave to Ben to give Jessica.  She called the police to tell them her stalker was still hanging around.  A hospital worker offered to wait with Jessica until the police came.  He turned out to be the one who wanted to be her "private patient," and attacked her.  Marian pulled him off Jessica, just as the police came up and collared him.

The Florian and Frank plot made me furious.  Flo and Frank talked some in the hall, then Flo yelled "Scheisse!" so loudly that all of the hockey players with their ears to the other side of the locker room door drew back in pain.  When they got to their respective homes, Franziska and Florian had a rebellious music montage in which they pretended to be together, then opened their eyes and realized they were alone.  Later, Florian was on the rowing machine of angst when Franziska came in the room, and said that a girl sleeping with five guys was "krass," but it didn't make her a whore.  She told him that she hadn't been with any guys.  Florian asked why she hadn't told him.  She left.

First of all, where was Roman in all this?  Except for a picture of him out in the hall near the locker rooms, he was nowhere to be seen.  I expected him to give Florian a good telling-off.  Secondly, why would Frank need to explain herself?  Florian owes her an apology, no matter how many guys she'd been with.

The treatment of women and the attitudes towards them from the writers is dreadful.  If I thought they were going to make a point in order for it to be an educational experience for the men, it would be one thing.  The lesson they seem to be going for is that the double standard rules, and the women better bend over backwards for crude and chauvinistic jerks, even if they're feisty and empowered otherwise.  The women are second-class citizens, and the viewer is supposed to go along with it.  There's no way I could take it uncritically, and no reason I should.

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Friday real life

Things were relatively quiet.  I'm still very tired.  Mom had doctor's appointments, then came home for a minute and picked me up.  We went to a local independent bookstore, where she was picking up books for work and for the church library.  I didn't end up getting any books, though I looked at the gardening books.  I got a couple of 40% off Godiva holiday chocolates.  I'll go back there to gardening books another time when I have more money, and perhaps when I've cleared out more space on my bookshelves.

I finished up one editing job, but still have a big one to work on.  I'm going to try to get that done this weekend.