PITCH: ‘Alfonso Guzman-Chavez’ RECAP

I have to admit, ever since Friday Night Lights went off the air I’ve been waiting for the next best thing. Mixing drama and sports can be a perfect combination for prime time success, but it has to be done right, and FOX’s PITCH is doing everything right, right now.

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We’re talking about episode five, which is the dreaded ‘trade deadline’ episode, I mean for the audience it made great TV, and as a viewer you feel the anxiety of checking your phone constantly to stay on top of all the trade rumours. I did appreciate how right from the start, the show explains that Lawson (MPG) and Ginny won’t get traded, Lawson is an MVP A-list player, and Ginny is obviously the first female pro baseball player, so they’re basically safe for the deadline. Blip on the other hand, isn’t. And I know there really isn’t anyone else Ginny is close to on the team, but it seems like they keep using Blip as hostage to force the high stakes, and I don’t know how I feel about this. Like it’s getting a little old and we’re only on episode five.

Trade deadline:

Is one of, if not the most intense time in professional sports, both for managers and players. Oscar, played by Mark Consuelos is the Padres’ GM absolutely kills it in this episode. Up until now he hasn’t really been a threat to our favourite characters, and he’s the GM he really should be. But in this episode, and after some pressure from Kevin Connolly’s character, he turns up and has to somehow get rid of a $2million salary cut, somehow, someway, Mark Consuelos can do this. Okay let’s go, the ticker is now ticking! In the Padres deliberation room, they’ve laid out a list of all the players they currently have, and then a list of potential players they want. So visually, we can see what’s going on, who’s being traded, cool, this is all easy to understand. But just when things start to get a little confusing and a little to number-y, Ginny calls Eliot who gives her a ‘basically if Alfonso Guzman-Chavez gets traded, Blip might get traded to’ and so now that’s the only name you need to remember. Cool, thanks, this is super easy. Back at the clubhouse, everyone is still on their phones, some old man on the team gets traded multiple times over the course of the episode, nobody really cares.

More Ginny Flashbacks:

We learn about Ginny and why she hates the trade deadline more than anyone else! Back in the minors, or whatever the league is called when you’re still in high school, Ginny makes a friend with a lanky kid on the baseball team. They bond over In Living Color and the common ideology of never dating one of your teammates.  Cute.  Somehow this flashback relates to the present, Ginny doesn’t want Blip to get traded, but Ginny needs to calm down. Blip’s got a wife and two kids who are just as worried, she needs to check herself. But Blip gets to her first, when he barks back at Ginny for asking too many questions, and then wine night is ruined with Blip’s wifey telling Ginny she should leave. At the end of the episode we find out that her friend’s father was the drunk driver who killed Ginny’s father, which is so heartbreaking, but I don’t get how all of that relates to the trade deadline. Him leaving the baseball team had nothing to do with being traded. He was moving because his dad went to jail and he had nowhere else to live. So I was just like, what? Sure, I’ll take it.

Trade Deadline:

Back to the intensity that is the countdown ticker and Mark Consuelos. Well first, it’s Ginny because she whines about Blip leaving to Amelia, and then Amelia gets all Beyonce on her and tells her she needs to stand up for what’s right, and tell Mark Consuelos that she wants Blip to stay, or else she’ll walk away from the team!! Gasp. So that’s exactly what Ginny does, except she’s not Beyonce, and Mark Consuelos is suffering from a bad tooth ache, a weird Kevin Connolly, the trade deadline ticker, and a $2million salary cut, so you can imagine how furious he gets when a rookie player walks into his office demanding him to keep Blip on the team. He basically says, and this is so amazing because this is what I think of baseball, Oscar (Mark Consuelos) says something like, we pay players to essentially play a kid’s game, and we pay millions of dollars to have them go wherever we want them to go. And it was like ‘woah, Ginny just got shot down, hard’ and on top of that, now Blip is in Oscars’ trade sights. In the end, Oscar manages to come in under budget, the deadline is now closed, Blip and Ginny hug it out, the old man who got traded at the front of the episode is now back in the locker room, but Tommy who has a son and a wife, got traded. If you want us to care about a character don’t introduce us to his family 7 minutes before trading him to another team. Meh.

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The Love Triangle:

I don’t really know if this is a love triangle, I don’t really know how I feel about this. I do know that Amelia (Ali Larter) and Mark Lawson (MPG) are a hot couple. Like they’re hot together, and it’s super-hot that Lawson buys Amelia a mouth guard so she can sleep over at his house. But what isn’t hot is Amelia when Lawson calls her a groupie, and then spends the rest of the episode making it up to her. The writing between these two is amazing, it’s sexy and entertaining without being Fitz and Olivia cheesy, and I love this. Anyways, at the end of the episode Amelia pulls Ginny to the side and is basically like, ‘me and Lawson are seeing each other, didn’t want you to find out from anyone else’ and Ginny gives the ‘I’m a cool girl, so do your thang’ response, but when she turns around you see this look of like ‘wtf’ from Ginny, and then she totally ignores Lawson’s call, so wtf, is this a love triangle or what??

What are your thoughts guys? How’s the season going so far? This has to be my number one favourite pick of the season. For a show that could’ve easily done everything wrong, they are doing everything right. Let’s hope it stays that way.

PITCH: ‘The Interim’ Recap

I just finished watching the second episode of FOX’s new baseball drama, Pitch, and I have to say, I’m really loving it. If you don’t already know, the story is about Ginny Baker the first woman to ever make it into professional baseball. When I first heard about the Pilot, there was no way I thought this show would be as good as it is, like that premise already sounds so cheesy. But really people, so far they’ve been doing everything right and here’s why.

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Kylie Bunbury aka Ginny Baker

I think for any new show, you need that one face, that one actor that’s going to make it all click and really convince the audience this is a real thing. For newcomer Kylie Bunbury she plays the role of Ginny perfectly. I don’t know how or where they found this girl, but she is truly perfect in this role. In the second episode, “The Interim”, we see Ginny come out of her shell a little more, with having to stand up for her coach (who made some sexist comment a few years back) and she really has to fight for her spot in the guy’s locker room. Obviously, she’s not there yet, she has to change behind a curtain at away games, but the show brings up the theme of men and women living equally without it sounding too feminist-y. It could’ve been easy for the writers to take the show in that direction, but they constantly keep Ginny and the rest of her crew in the middle area that introduces different themes.

The Media

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They play a huge role in Pitch, if I’m not mistaken some of the segments they show on the TV are actual hosts from sports programs, and they’ve used the reporters in the show to cover Ginny and the Padre’s story. If you’re at all interested in the sports world, it really throws you into the chaos that is the media and how much power they have over the coaching staff, and the players. Also, we learn that Mike Lawson played by Mark Paul Gosselaar was previously married to one of the sports reporters, and he basically tells her he’s about to retire so he’s down to make it work, but she’s all like ‘no I got engaged so I’m over you’

The Team and The Baseball Wife

So one of the things that I’m loving with this show is how you think something’s going one way, but then the writers take you in a completely different direction, and that’s really exciting. So much of TV now is predictable (Scandal, Pretty Little Liars) it’s nice to be thrown a curve ball and have us on our toes. The first character that threw me off was Evelyn Sanders who is Blip Sanders’ wife. I just thought she’d be some next baseball wife, but they’re already shaping her character to be this really funny, supportive and loving wife. I’m sure some drama is going to happen later in the season with Ginny, but she’s cool and they could’ve used the archetype for her role but they didn’t.

The entire team is mixed with different opinions, most of the guys are against Ginny, but it seemed like by the end of the second episode, the team was coming together and enjoyed dancing with G-baby (Hardball reference). It’s not going to be a one episode thing, where magically all the guys are cool with her being on the team, but it’ll be exciting to see how each player connects and embraces her. Or maybe they don’t, at least she’s got MPG and his beard on her side.

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Part of Ginny’s team is her agent/PR person, Amelia, played by Ali Larter. She kills it, she’s like the Ari Gold of Pitch, and in the second episode we see a little more about her past and how she got around to signing Ginny. There was a second where I questioned Amelia, and how much time she spends on Ginny, because she’s always around. Like, doesn’t she have other clients? and then we find out the truth at the end of the episode. We see Amelia’s flashback and know that she needed Ginny just as much as Ginny needed Amelia. Just when you think Amelia is about to come clean and open up to Ginny, she gives her the excuse that ‘she needed her’ and that’s the end of that, for now.

Most jaw dropping moment!

It doesn’t even involve Ginny, but it happens at the end of episode two when MPG’s character walks out of the hotel club and spots Amelia at the bar. Literally, nothing is said, he gives her this sexy look and walks over to her, sits down, she closes her MacBook, and they just look at each other, and it cuts to black. It was such a sexy scene and there was literally no sex involved. Jaw dropped and now I’m excited for episode three.