Just Bananas About: Week of 9/19/16

The Emmy Awards were this weekend.  But more on that later.  It was also Chuseok last week, which is known as Korean Thanksgiving.  And that meant a lot of Chuseok related programming which includes shows that you could watch with your families.  Superman Returns released an X-Files edition which typically includes never-before-seen footage with your favorite kids.

The special episode starts off with holiday greetings from the families.  Some of the kids are clearly too young to understand the tradition of bowing and other kids can’t resist being the mischievous pranksters that they are.  I like how each family brought their own personalities to the mix.

I think what I love about the show in general is watching the dad being attentive to their kids and discovering new things about them.  Whether it’s picnicking with them or camping out with them, the time that these dads spend with their kids is priceless.

Always the jokester, Lee Hwi Jae loves to tease his kids and when Seo Jun sleeps in, it doesn’t stop him from waking him up with funny faces and loud music.

However, Seo Jun is not one to stay quiet himself.  One day, he decides to take a carton of eggs off the kitchen counter and his dad knows that nothing good can come from this situation.  Surely, Seo Jun’s curiosity leads him to smash the egg on the floor and taste the raw egg.  I’m thinking he wasn’t prepared for the taste.

However, it’s not all fun and games as the twins household as Lee Hwi Jae tries to test his kids on their knowledge of fire safety.  As kids often seek out hiding places when they sense danger, he wanted to know how their kids would react when they saw smoke.  They had learned what to do in their preschool but since kids forget, the parents have to take it upon themselves to repeat these lessons at home.

At the 5 sibling household, leave it to Lee Dong Kook to keep his kids in tiptop shape, challenging them to various activities to improve their strength.

However, I was most amused during the scene in which the family members received a gift which included clothes for all of the kids.  As the last child, Daebak typically needs to wait for his turn.  He’s not happy about it and cleans up the mess and pops some bubble wrap in order to pass the time but he still remains patient.

Just as he thinks he’s about to get some attention, his eldest sisters come home and receive their new dresses.  And then finally, Lee Dong Kook pulls out a hat meant for Daebak.  Daebak’s face lights up until Seol Ah swoops in and tries on the hat.  Daebak has had enough and throws a tantrum.  He’s on the floor crying and it’s not until Lee Dong Kook takes his son in his arms and puts the hat on him that Daebak is immediately happy again.  Ha.

At the baby care group, the dads, Yang Dong Geun, Oh Ji Ho and In Gyo Jin, discover new baby products through a gift that’s been given to them.  All of the babies receive new pacifiers with funny lips on them.  And they also get an electronic device which is meant to detect the differences between the various crying sounds that babies make.

Finally, there’s the Song triplets.  I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw them again.  What I loved about watching them is how Song Il Kook plays with them, such as re-enacting the story of The Three Little Pigs.  There’s nothing like bringing that story to life when the Big Bad Wolf (aka their dad) is after you.

However, let’s not forget that he has his hands full with the three boys as well.  I had to admit that I felt bad but had to laugh as I saw Song Il Kook trying to talk to his wife on the phone when the boys spent a night at a military base.  Manse mistakes the phone booth for a bathroom and it immediately brings panic mode as he has to get off the phone so he could rush Manse to the bathroom.  Lol.

Kids are unpredictable but they’re precious and even though some of the kids have left the show, I’m constantly amazed when I see how much they’ve grown through new pictures their parents put up online.  The heartwarming and fun nature of the show is why I keep tuning in week after week.


So the Emmy’s were on last night.  I didn’t sit through the whole thing but rather skimmed through some of the awards.  Jimmy Kimmel hosted and I have to admit that I thought his entrance and opening monologue was funny.

Veep was the big winner in the comedy category while Game of Thrones took the top award in the drama category.

I was incredibly happy to see Kate McKinnon win the Supporting Actress in a Comedy Category for SNL.

One of the most hilarious moments of the night had to be Matt Damon teasing Host Jimmy Kimmel after he loses to John Oliver in the Variety Talk Series category.  It was priceless moment.

Despite Jimmy Kimmel’s warning in the opening monologue that you had to be present in order to win the award and pointing out that Dame Maggie Smith had won a number of times but has never showed up at the ceremony, she still won the award for Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the final season of Downton Abbey.

I don’t think it was much of a surprise to see the four top winners in the acting category from Tatiana Maslany, Rami Malek, Jeffrey Tambor and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  However, I know that my friends are saying, ‘Finally, Tatiana Maslany wins an Emmy.’  After all, she doesn’t play a bajillion characters on Orphan Black.

However, the night really went to The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.  Courtney B. Vance, Sarah Paulson and Sterling K. Brown all won for their respective roles in the limited series.  Courtney B. Vance enthusiastically thanked his wife, Angela Bassett, while Sarah Paulson brought the real-life Marcia Clark as her date.  The series overall won for their category as well.



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