August 16 11

When you see this picture of this man…

…is your immediate reaction:

a) It’s Matthew Abaddon!

b) It’s Cedric Daniels!

c) It’s Desmond Mobay!

d) WHO?*


e) Good lord, I watch a lot of TV. Also, I will be unsurprised if he shows up on Mad Men.


I am now balls deep into watching The Wire, meaning I am on episode 9 of the first season. After hearing for years that OMG ALI THE WIRE IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN YOU HAVE TO WATCH, I finally convinced my husband that it’s maybe/probably something he would like to watch (it doesn’t seem chock full of feelings) and we downloaded the entire series. I will fully admit to you right here and now, I wasn’t 100% sold while watching the first 4 episodes.

(But to be fair, the first few episodes of Community and Parks and Recreation didn’t have me sold either)

Perhaps it was the huge build-up from every single person I knew telling me that I would like The Wire more than I like my children. Perhaps it was that gigantenormous cast of characters and quick cuts to different scenes and well, let’s just say that I became that irritating lady in the movie theater who can’t stop with the “Oh my god, who is that? What’s happening? Why is he going in there? Wait…what’s that guy’s name again? Stink? What kind of name is *that*?” and in case you were wondering, I am not, in any way, shape or form, proud that I became THAT LADY, but it was a necessary evil to get to the point where

I cannot stop watching this show.

I guess I now know what I will be doing for the next 18 days.

*If your answer is D, I don’t know that we can be friends anymore. Unless you don’t have a television or live underground. Even then, it’s questionable. 

  1. My first reaction was “Broyles!” Then I was confused when I didn’t see “Agent Broyles” in the multiple choice quiz. IMBD to the rescue! Phew, it IS him. 🙂 I guess I’m just a Fringe nerd.
    I love him, and I must now watch The Wire. Thanks, Ali.

    Comment by Nenette on August 16, 2011
  2. I haven’t ever seen Fringe. Is it good?

    Comment by ali on August 16, 2011
  3. It’s awesome and totally messed up! I love it and highly recommend it. Watch it after you’re done with The Wire.

    Comment by Nenette on August 16, 2011
  4. I have to agree, my first thought was why isn’t “Agent Broyles” on that list? Fringe is my favorite show in years. No exaggeration. It is fantastic!

    Comment by Anya on August 16, 2011
  5. Cedric Daniels, FOR SURE!

    I’m so glad you’re loving it! It is SO GOOD!

    Also, Wikipedia will be your friend. I had to watch it with it open because there are so many people in that first season!

    Comment by Kristabella on August 16, 2011
  6. Okay. I don’t really feel badly, then, that I am sometimes confused.

    Comment by ali on August 16, 2011
  7. I have to say D. Technically though, I DO live underground, so can we still be friends?

    Comment by Jessica on August 16, 2011
  8. Hi,I’m getting forward to watch The Wire..

    Comment by hannamay on August 16, 2011
  9. The Wire is one of those shows that I’ve been meaning to sit down and watch. I just haven’t made the time yet.

    Comment by Avitable on August 16, 2011
  10. OK FINE. I’ll add it to my List o’ TV Shows I Need To Watch.

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on August 16, 2011
  11. You will not be sorry, Angie. It’s really good.

    Comment by ali on August 16, 2011
  12. My immediate thought was “the guy from Oz and The Wire” although I couldn’t remember his character’s names.

    I’m a good wife who watched those shows with my fanboy husband.

    Comment by Nanette on August 16, 2011
  13. WHAT? I like those shows MORE than my husband does. hee!

    Comment by ali on August 16, 2011
  14. Shit. My answer was TOTALLY D. I’m screwed.

    Comment by Jen on August 16, 2011
  15. LOST seasons 1 & 2 are on their way to you right now.

    Comment by alimartell on August 16, 2011
  16. I was all DUDE FROM FRINGE! Such a good (crazy, messed up, weird-ass) show.

    Comment by Wendy on August 16, 2011
  17. Well now I’m all afraid to answer. Okay fine. D!

    However my real first thought was: MAKE HIS FREAKY EYES STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT.

    Ahem. I may have issues.

    Comment by Issa on August 16, 2011
  18. I am a season and a half done from being finished watching The Wire, and I STILL don’t know who everyone is. I have to watch with IMDB up on my laptop, and even then, I’m still not 100%!

    Comment by fadkog on August 16, 2011
  19. To be fair, I don’t watch a lot of TV. I picked D, because I’m better at faces than names.

    But to be fair, my first thought was RAWR. Does that count?

    Comment by briya on August 17, 2011
  20. I watched the whole series over the course of 14d last summer while my wife and kids were at my inlaws’ cottage.

    (Also, you forgot Broyles.)

    Comment by SFD on August 17, 2011
  21. I TOTALLY said HEY! That’s Desmond!!!!
    LOVE me some Oz!!!!!!!

    Comment by Aurora on August 19, 2011

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