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S02.E07: Denver 2017.03.02

Oh, what a show! Christine's reactions throughout the episode just touched my heart. And Chip trying to be responsible. I am constantly in awe of the quality of storytelling and acting in this little gem. 

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Their world is so small.  Getting excited about actually having a Denver omelet in Denver, LOL.

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I loved this episode probably best of all. After the ep where Chip and Dale were fighting and tearing up her house (I ffed through most of that one) they almost lost me. I was happy Christine was happy here, even if it was brief. I wish Denver was closer so we could have more of their romance. Well, maybe long-distance will work out for them. To be honest, I really only watch for Louie as Christine. I totally believe his character and forget she's Louie Anderson. He deserved every bit of that Emmy! I actually wish the show was Mrs. Baskets.

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I forget totally that Christine is not actually a person - Christine Baskets.  I want to be her friend.

Poor Meemaw - but she went out singing, dancing and whooping it up - so kudos to her!

Although I don't think will bode well for Chip... one more strike against him.  I'd love to see him and Martha get married now.

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What an awesome episode...  I was so happy they let Christine have a happy moment.  I was so happy MeMaw went out on her own terms.  I was so happy they let Chip allow her to go out dancing in a Casino with her friends in a Ferris Buehlerian day.  I was so happy it was Christine Baskets day at the hotel and even happier she didn't let those turd hotel workers piss on her parade.  "Well then thank the computer".

This is the best show on television.

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It was a lovely ep, that's for sure. I was so worried that she'd get embarrassed for some reason when she met up with Ken, that there would be a big misunderstanding. So when he kissed her, I was probably happier than Christine. And then sex! You see, people of different political persuasions CAN get along!

I love how friendly Christine is, telling complete strangers to have a nice day, making nice small talk with waitresses and hotel workers. I'm in love with her.

I hope she doesn't feel guilty going out of town for herself when she was supposed to take her mother to the doctor. 

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All four of her kids are such disasters!!!  She's tries to be such a good mom - to both sets of twins (I can't remember the names of the black twins).  Chip tries I guess, so I should cut him some slack.  But that Dale!!!  

Martha is absolutely hilarious!  I'd never seen her before Baskets, but somebody said she's a comedian.  She is too funny!  When she tried to give Chip the high five and he said, "What's that?"  And she said, "A high five."  And he said, "Oh, okay."  And she said, "It's too late now."  I laughed so hard I almost got choked.  It's one of those shows that you have to see to appreciate.  I already found out that trying to describe the show and share it with a co-worker only resulted in a blank stare - like "Say what?  I don't get it."

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Is it just me, or does Ken seem a little too good to be true for a show this bleak?

A sweet, dapper widower with a successful business and a lovely family, who's willing to look past their political differences? If I were a woman who looked like Louie Anderson in a wig, I'd lock that shit down, immediately. (And I say that as someone who absolutely adores Christine.)

I'd be perfectly fine with relocating. And I sure as hell wouldn't mind leaving behind my awful sons.

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5 minutes ago, Blakeston said:

If I were a woman who looked like Louie Anderson in a wig, I'd lock that shit down, immediately.

I'm at work.  I cannot be laughing out loud spontaneously while sitting at my desk please. LOL

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4 hours ago, peeayebee said:

'm in love with her.

I am, too.  It may sound silly, but she makes me want to be a better, friendlier person.  I want people to think of me the way that all of us think of Christine.

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13 hours ago, Ms Lark said:

I actually wish the show was Mrs. Baskets

Me, too.

9 hours ago, MV713 said:

I forget totally that Christine is not actually a person - Christine Baskets.  I want to be her friend.

"Fresh Air" re-aired an interview with Louie Anderson today, where he talks about playing Christine. He says he wanted to have the opportunity to play a character who seems real. He seemed unsure if that would make sense to anyone, but it made sense to Terry Gross (the interviewer, for anyone not familiar with Fresh Air) and it makes sense to me, too. I say they 100% nailed it.

The audio of the interview is here: http://www.npr.org/2017/03/03/518173341/comic-louie-anderson-modeled-his-baskets-role-after-his-own-mom

I do wonder why all her kids are so horrible.

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I posted in the Media thread that he was going to be on Fresh Air today, but I didn't know it was a repeat.

I meant to note earlier a couple of lines from Christine that made me giggle. The first was when she came out of the Denver airport -- "TAXI! Taxi person!" The second was when she was talking to one of her adopted twins - "I hear balloons."

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The "I hear balloons" was so funny & reminded me of my own mom. 

I hope Louie Anderson gets heaps of awards for his portrayal of Christine this season. 

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I was sad when the waitress had to go and tell Christine the Denver Omelet was invented in New York. 

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19 hours ago, possibilities said:

Fresh Air" re-aired an interview with Louie Anderson today, where he talks about playing Christine. He says he wanted to have the opportunity to play a character who seems real. He seemed unsure if that would make sense to anyone, but it made sense to Terry Gross (the interviewer, for anyone not familiar with Fresh Air) and it makes sense to me, too. I say they 100% nailed it.

I told my mom the same thing after I just watched the episode. Louie Anderson plays her as so very real, human and vulnerable, and it's not pratfalls and slapstick, which I can't stand.

The only other TV character that has been as true to life for me is probably Dan Conner on Roseanne. John Goodman played his role in a not overly slapsticky manner. He played off of the main, boisterous character that was Roseanne Barr, just as Louie plays off Zach Galifianakis.

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Louie Anderson is stealing the show and big props to ZG for letting him. It seems like the show has been written more around the Christina Baskets character this season, which is obviously the best avenue for it to go. Every episode I laugh and tear up. Even watching her order room service (soda water with lemon) was so sweet, charming and funny. I was rooting for her so hard this episode and so fearful that this show was going to crush her (and us!).

RIP Meemaw

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On 3/3/2017 at 7:52 PM, possibilities said:

I do wonder why all her kids are so horrible.

They went through a lot of trauma with their father's suicide - even though the twins couldn't have been all that old when it happened. And Christine didn't help with her state of complete denial ("Your father slipped and fell while admiring the view of the river!")

Christine has come a long way since we first met her, particularly with how she's taking care of herself instead of eating her feelings. I don't get the impression she was necessarily the greatest mother in the past. In particular, she showed blatant favoritism toward the younger twins. And in season one, she seemed a lot less supportive of Chip.

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21 hours ago, peeayebee said:

I posted in the Media thread that he was going to be on Fresh Air today,

I saw that after I posted my review here. I really like Fresh Air and often listen to it. She gets really interesting guest and asks people interesting questions that push them outside the usual sound bytes.

Great observations, Blakeston. Thanks.

I guess Christine's mom was also decent in some ways (I loved how supportive she was of Christine dating) but also messed up in a lot of ways that probably contributed to the general chaos of the family. These things do ripple through a lineage. It's nice seeing Christine get healthier and Chip also start to wake up and make more effort to not be self-destructive and awful to others full time.

Edited by possibilities. Reason: fix spelling
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I'm so worried  something  will go wrong with the Ken situation.

I could happily  watch an entire series of Christine and Ken shopping together etc.

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I loved Ken's daughters. Wonderful, funny and accepting. You just don't see that on tv. Christine continues to completely draw me into this show. I hurt when she hurts and I thrill to her successes. Anderson is a revelation. 

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It's strange that we would be so entertained by seeing a simple woman shopping and interacting at Costco -- or settling into her hotel room and casing it out, not sure what to do with herself now that she has arrived and left Ken a voice message.

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The scene in the elevator when Christine got Ken's call absolutely gutted me in a good way. It really brought back a lot of old memories of how happy I was, when, as a girl, that "certain" boy called me on the phone to ask me out. That is some master-level acting on Louie Anderson's part. This whole episode was absolute brilliance and one that I hope they submit for Emmy consideration which leads to another win for Louie. 

I really hope at some point they give a minor win to Martha who always seems to draw the short straw. I felt so bad for her having to pick up the luggage at the end. 

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2 hours ago, SWLinPHX said:

It's strange that we would be so entertained by seeing a simple woman shopping and interacting at Costco -- or settling into her hotel room and casing it out, not sure what to do with herself now that she has arrived and left Ken a voice message.

Louie has made Christine Baskets compelling tv to watch. Charisma? Magnetism? Or just an incredibly, decent, sweet person for whom we want the best? 

I just love her so much. 

I thought the scene at the end where the luggage was left was hilarious, cuz we expected Chip to take it.  

Martha is too good.  

Martha and Christine are gold.

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On 3/3/2017 at 0:47 PM, Blakeston said:

Is it just me, or does Ken seem a little too good to be true for a show this bleak?

A sweet, dapper widower with a successful business and a lovely family, who's willing to look past their political differences? If I were a woman who looked like Louie Anderson in a wig, I'd lock that shit down, immediately. (And I say that as someone who absolutely adores Christine.)

I'd be perfectly fine with relocating. And I sure as hell wouldn't mind leaving behind my awful sons.

I'd love her to be together with Ken too. But those awful kids would probably follow her out to Denver and wreck things for them. I hope they can sneak away together occasionally. 

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I do not have a Costco membership.  However, after our monthly breakfast out Saturday, my friend needed go to to Costco to pick up some stuff and asked if I wanted to tag along.

It's the first time I'd been there.  I couldn't help but think of Christine Baskets the whole time as we walked the isles while my friend did her shopping.  I was just blown away by the sheer volume of the packaging you had to purchase.  My friend, who does not watch Baskets or know anything about it, said "They have great samples in the food section, want to walk through?"  I burst out laughing and she thought I was nuts!

I wonder if they film the Costco scenes in a real Costco?

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I'm pretty sure it's a real Costco, Mr CP and I tried to figure out which one, since it appears they film near where we live.

And if you haven't used Costco as a free lunch spot then you haven't lived!

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We get out pizza from there every other Sunday for our card games. It's cheap, huge, and tasty.

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I was so happy that Christine and Ken were able to spend some time together! I want those two to be happy together (although I agree that if they had an official relationship, her four kids would find a way to ruin it).

As sad as it was for Christine's mother to die, I love that she went out singing and dancing in a casino. Chip doesn't often feel guilty for things that he should actually feel sorry for (like being mean to Martha), so it was nice to see that he was obviously worried that Christine would be upset and that he felt bad that this happened while he was supposed to be taking care of his grandmother.

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