Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cable Dramas, One Episode In

Can you name the cable drama below just based on the plot summaries of the second episode.  I've also changed the names of the characters to just their initials to make things a little trickier.  The original quiz was just the descriptions of the pilot episodes for the same dramas.  

1- The witness who testified against D is killed, and the B organization is suspected; a detail is formed to investigate their drug dealing activity in the low rises. The detail's Lieutenant, Da , is concerned with the quality of his team, while Detective M is concerned with the department's plan for the investigation. Das' protégé K uses B as a confidential informant to identify members of the B organization. However, Das' suspicions about his other detectives prove correct when a late night foray into the West side projects by H, C and P goes awry.

2.  An undercover agent with connections to a Saudi prince who may be funding terrorist activities provides C with a revealing bit of electronic evidence. Meanwhile, C studies surveillance footage of life in B's home, where he appears troubled by traumatic memories and resists Pentagon and media pressure to be hyped as an American war hero.

3. A serial murderer dubbed The Ice Truck Killer leaves clues for D---in D's house; the unit investigates the death of an undercover cop; De's excellent police work gets her a transfer to homicide; D sets his sights on avenging the hit-and-run death of a teen whose killer walked.

4. N is evasive when V questions him about a recent crime spree, but makes sure to cover his tracks with all the relevant parties. Meanwhile, a high-profile murder in Chicago draws different reactions from A R and A C; the Commodore gives N his opinion on women's suffrage; and J scrambles to repay an important debt. 

5. After the accident in the desert, W and J need to dispose of the unfortunate mess in their rolling lab of an RV, and S begins to suspect that W and J are involved in some mysterious goings-on.

6. C and B hijack a truck owned by a company Uncle J is paid to protect; L nearly loses her home to fire, but still refuses to move into a retirement facility; T's pals search for a car once owned by T Jr.'s teacher.

7.  After B helps S out of her dangerous run-in with the Rattrays, she invites him to her grandmother's house to meet the family, but J is unnerved when they leave together for a nighttime stroll, which ends at the Compton's antebellum mansion.

8. R receives some surprise help escaping from a tank surrounded by walkers, and hooks up with a resourceful survivor who leads him to other humans holed up in a downtown department store. The group is none-too-pleased with R, whose gunshots have attracted a rapacious rabble of zombies, and he is forced to come up with a gutsy plan to get them out of the city.

9. Enslaved S is entered into a gladiator school. While there, he makes an enemy of the powerful and ruthless C and gets whipped into fighting shape by the whip-wielding taskmaster D. And S's' new owner, the crafty B, makes him an offer he finds difficult to refuse.

10.  Accompanied by his daughters, N rides south to take his place in King R's court, but C remains at W, praying that B will recover. Meanwhile, T tags along when J S leaves for the N's W with his uncle; and D gets advice on how to please her husband.


1- The Wire
2- Homeland
3- Dexter
4- Boardwalk Empire
5- Breaking Bad
6- The Sopranos
7- True Blood
8- The Walking Dead
9- Spartacus: Blood and Sand
10- Game of Thrones 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Other Guys

10 questions about the men who quested for the highest office and lost.  Strangely, each and every one would have destroyed America if elected, so next time someone tells you America is terrible at picking presidents, just remind them of that.  The answers are all names of the President who won the election.

1-  Even though he later won an election for president, John Adams also lost twice to the same man, though he did manage to place second in electoral voting both times, beating out such luminaries as John Jay, Robert H Harrison, John Rutledge, and George Clinton.  Who beat the esteemed Mr Adams twice?

2- Going into the election, George B McClellan seemed like he had a good shot at unseating the incumbent.  The country had been at war for roughly 3 years, and most people were tired of the war that looked like it may never end.  Sadly for McClellan, the war started to accelerate towards its conclusion in the latter stages of the election year with total victory looking more and more certain.  Soldiers in the army overwhelmingly voted for the incumbent, and McClellan faded into history as a mediocre general and failed presidential candidate.  Who did he lose the election to?

3- Benjamin Harrison has the unique honor of being the only person to unseat an incumbent president and then lose the next election to the same man.  It probably didn't help his case that his opponent shared his last name with a city that would later host an NFL franchise.  It is well known that, unless you are a concussion, you do not go up against the NFL and win.  Who did Harrison lose to?

4- Despite having a glorious moustache, Alton B Parker couldn’t compete with the man who later won the  presidential election.    Imagine if Alton had won?  We’d have Alty Bears and the faces on Mount Rushmore would have at least one different face gazing out on America.  Who beat Alton B Parker?

5- Most men who run for president only leave one or two broken and dispirited men cast out in the trash can of history.  This man is the only one to beat opponents in four separate elections.   Of the four, Herbert Hoover at least got to be president for four years before losing, and Thomas Dewey got a more famous headline later.  Wendell Willkie and Alf Landon?  Assigned to the losers with odd sounding names.  Who beat all four of these men?

6- Speaking of Thomas E Dewey, he was the last presidential candidate to have facial hair (in this case, a very smart looking moustache.)  He also was the Dewey of the famous Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper headline that declared him the winner of the election.  Who, contrary to the Chicago paper headline, was not defeated by Dewey?

7- The 1972 election was the last time a third party candidate received a vote in the Electoral College.   John Hospers won one as the first candidate of the Libertarian Party, and George McGovern won seventeen as the candidate of the Democratic Party.  Which later despised President won by a landslide with 520 EC votes?

8-Former vice president Walter Mondale lost in the biggest Electoral College landslide in US history, winning only his home state of Minnesota and the District of Columbia .  Which incumbent president won 49 states, and a record 525 votes in the Electoral College?

9- According to the internet which he invented, Al Gore ‘lost’ the 2000 election in the Electoral College, even though he won a majority of the popular vote.  The main villain in this piece is, of course, Ralph Nader, who guaranteed that no progressive will vote anything but Democratic for the foreseeable future.  Who ‘won’ the 2000 election by virtue of a Supreme Court Decision (and a majority in the Electoral College)?

10- 1-      Arizona Senator John McCain lost the 2008 election by a comfortable margin to the current president.  According to Nate Silver’s 538 blog, the winner of the 2008 election has, as of Monday night, a 91% chance of getting reelected.  Who is this current president?  (Please, for the love of God do not get this wrong.)


1- George Washington
2- Abraham Lincoln
3- Grover Cleveland
4- Teddy Roosevelt
5- Franklin D Roosevelt
6- Harry S Truman
7- Richard Nixon
8- Ronald Reagan
9- George W Bush
10- Barack Obama