Morning TV & Mr. Zero

I’m having a little problem with re-entry into the real world after my week in Spain.

Where is room service to clean up this mess?

Where is my wine with lunch?

And, for the love of all that is holy, where are the churros con chocolate for breakfast?

{On a related note, does anyone have a tarp or a drop cloth I can wear for the next few weeks?  Preferably something lightweight.  Just until I shed the 671 vacation pounds and am able to resume life with buttons at the waistline.}

But I’m not ready to post much more about my trip yet.  Because that would mean it happened in the past and it’s over.  And that can’t be.  So please indulge my denial for a day or two.

Let’s instead talk about current events.  Two in particular.  Don’t worry, I’m not going to raise a health care debate.

1)  Ann Curry: Don’t Let The Door Hit You in the Ass on the Way Out

I mean, who says Christmas only comes once a year?  Finally, I can resume watching my morning show of choice after a year-long, self-imposed exile.  I returned from vacation to find out that, at long last, the NBC News execs had come to their senses and dropped Ann.

It was like getting a pet unicorn.  Wrapped in a rainbow.

OK, now go ahead and be mad at me.  I know, I know.  Poor Ann.  

Here’s the thing: I’m not saying she’s not nice.  I bet she’s lovely to have dinner with.  And I do love her hair.  Yes, I feel sorry for her — it has to be brutally embarrassing to lose your job this way.  Except for that, um, $10 million parachute.  That might cushion the blow, if it were me.  I’m shallow like that.


I’m sorry, she was a terrible fit for the job.  I actually felt physically uncomfortable watching her.  I suspect that, over time, her bosses also felt the same way.  But instead of enduring the publicity associated with firing her, I’m somewhat convinced that they have discreetly been trying to kill her off for the past few years instead.

  • We need someone to scale an actively erupting volcano and report from its mouth:  Let’s send Ann.
  • That incoming tsunami needs someone on low-lying ground to see the impact:  Get Ann a small dinghy to report from.
  • Angelina Jolie wants to convince America she has a soul:  Ann will go visit the belly of the beast.  Or its exposed leg.

But Nine Lives Curry just kept on bouncing back and showing up for work.  And screwing up every other word on the news.  So the messy public firing eventually happened.

That’s just one theory, of course.  Call me prone to exaggeration.

And fear not, Ann Curry fans.  She will still be all over NBC.  But I can safely digest my morning coffee again, which is nice.


2)  Nora Ephron:  Say It Isn’t So

Far more sad is the news that Nora Ephron passed away.  What an amazing writer.  Silkwood.  Heartburn.  Sleepless in Seattle.

And of course, When Harry Met Sally.  It was the first movie I ever went to see more than once in the theater (four times, to be precise).  Maybe because it borrows heavily from my very favorite movie, Annie Hall.  Or maybe just because it’s so smart and continues to be one of the key romantic comedies that set the standard.

When I went to grad school for screenwriting (see: “How to set money on fire”), I tried so hard to write a decent romantic comedy.  And it’s incredibly difficult to do.  I suppose that’s why I’m sitting on my couch typing about basement renovations and pre-school.

Anyway, Nora Ephron did it exquisitely well.  And since I never miss an opportunity to swap movie quotes with other willing participants, can we just talk about When Harry Met Sally for a minute?  Here are some of my favorite lines from this movie.

  • “How long do you like to be held after sex? All night, right? See, that’s your problem. Somewhere between 30 seconds and all night is your problem.”
  • “Mr. Zero knew you were getting a divorce before you did?”
  • “Sheldon can do your income taxes, if you need a root canal, Sheldon’s your man… but humpin’ and pumpin’ is not Sheldon’s strong suit. It’s the name. ‘Do it to me Sheldon, you’re an animal Sheldon, ride me big Shel-don.’ Doesn’t work.”
  • “Eventually things move on and you don’t take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me, ‘How come you never take me to the airport anymore?'”
  • “Someday, believe it or not, you’ll go 15 rounds over who’s gonna get this coffee table. This stupid, wagon wheel, Roy Rogers, garage sale COFFEE TABLE.”
  • “Six years later, you find yourself singing ‘Surrey With a Fringe on Top’ in front of Ira!”
  • “Oh but ‘Baby Fish Mouth’ is sweeping the nation.”

And, let’s not forget…

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OK, so maybe that’s not a quote as much as the entire end of the film.  But still.  It never gets old.  {Plus, I got married in the building where they shot that scene, so I have a real weakness for it.}

So thanks, Nora Ephron, for doing what most of us could never do.


And can we all pretend that I’m still on vacation?  Thanks.


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  1. Kelly Lane says:

    I love that all of the quotes you listed are Bill Crystal’s lines! Also, don’t you think it is a shame that Ann Curry’s firing is getting more media attention than Nora Ephron’s passing???

    • fordeville says:

      You’re right — they are all Billy Crystal lines! I hadn’t realized that. He was pure comedic gold in that movie.

      And yes, the mourning ratio leaning in the Ann Curry direction is beyond shameful.

  2. Christie says:

    Awesome post…and served with the perfect amount of snark (and I mean that as a major compliment).

    I could spend hours/days/years/lifetimes swapping quotes from “When Harry Met Sally.” How about the message he leaves Sally on her machine? “The fact that you’re not answering leads me to believe you’re either (a) not at home, (b) home but don’t want to talk to me, or (c) home, desperately want to talk to me, but trapped under something heavy. If it’s either (a) or (c), please call me back…”

    Sadly, within 24 hours, Nora stopped trending on Twitter, but I bet for weeks we’ll be hearing about Katie & Tom’s divorce, poor, poor Suri, and more from the Dept. of Stuff I Couldn’t Give a Crap About (unless you’re into that, in which case I apologize for my own runaway snark there…oops).

    Again, great blog. Always thrilled to come across someone who knows both how to quote a movie and which movies are worthy of quoting.

    • fordeville says:

      Thanks Christie — how nice! And you included your own favorite quote to boot. You are now Commenter of the Week. Because I love some movie quote swapping, and anyone who can tolerate it.

      As for Katie & Tom’s divorce… Well, I don’t care per se, but I am holding out hope that Katie spills the beans on some juicy tidbits that could possibly fall in the grey area of whatever gag order she must obey. (Plus it would be great blog fodder…)

  3. Ok we may be destined to be best friends. Hate Ann Curry. Love Nora Ephron.

    The thing I don’t understand about the Ann thing is that they knew she didn’t have the charisma for the job before they gave it to her. So why did they give it to her? I wish I could get fired for 10 million dollars.

    • fordeville says:

      I have the same question. Maybe she had a fabulous piece of blackmail leverage over someone at NBC? Or, more realistically, maybe the news execs assumed we’d all be distracted by her shiny hair and not notice what a bad fit she was.

  4. Meredith says:

    Considering the current events of this week, yes, let’s all go back a week and pretend you are still in Spain–just safer that way, despite the bonus of the ix-naying of Ann…

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