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Becker: He Said, She Said (1999)
Actually pretty insightful and interesting
Considering that Becker is a comedy you are bound for the standard jokes about transgender people when they have a transgender character in an episode. The episode revolves about a friend, Nikki, from Becker's past whom he hasn't seen for twenty years tells him that she's coming to visit him. The thing is that she is a trans-woman and Becker doesn't know about this. To stay in stealth she tells him that she's a friend of his old friend and she's just in town for a while and wants to talk about Becker and his old friend(herself). Becker finds out that he enjoys spending time with her and that she is one of few who actually get along with him very well and he feels a slight attraction towards her. Meanwhile Nikki comes out to Linda, who promises to keep it a secret. The two then head away to attend a sporting event and return to Becker's apartment together that night. They both sit down on the sofa and Becker makes a move on Nikki, who decides it's time to tell Becker the truth. Becker's reaction is a typical "trans-panic" reaction without any violence, he just feels a bit surprised and grossed out having just realized that the woman he was attracted to was an old friend from his childhood. He throws her out of his apartment and Nikki appears to have been a bit hurt by Becker's reaction. The next day Linda comes to Becker and tells him what Nikki told her, to which he replies that he already knows. He expresses disgust for having been attracted to a "guy" and makes some ill-fit comments about her. Linda tells him that Nikki is accepting of who he is and asks why he can't be the same for Nikki. He agrees to go talk to her and keep calm. When he arrives at her hotel room he bursts into the room and angrily asks why she just couldn't settle with being gay. She tells him that it's not the same thing. He replies with asking her if she understands how confusing this situation is for him. Then Nikki drops the absolutely most insightful and relevant line possible: "Imagine what it was like for an eight-grader". Becker then realizes that she has always had these feelings and approaches her with acceptance. He asks her if he should feel weird with having been attracted to her and she says that it's not weird and that he can see it as having been attracted to an old friend. The two then embrace each other for a handshake but Nikki decides to hug him instead, which marks the end of the episode.
Despite the half-funny remarks about him dating "a dude" and the incorrect terms used by the cast concerning Nikki's transsexuality and SRS the episode is insightful and shows acceptance towards the transgender community. Both Linda and Becker shows acceptance and think she did the right thing since she is much happier as a woman than she could ever be as a man. And the actress playing Nikki does an outstanding job here. The bad part about this episode was the boring part with Regina and Margaret which was completely unnecessary and horribly acted.
A huge waste of potential
This movie started out in a great way, mysticism and tension were great in the beginning. Elsa is an interesting character with a certain aura and personality that actually made me believe that this movie was going to be one of the better animated movies ever. The whole build-up is interesting and the music is top notch. And just as you reach the climax everything just turns cliché. Hans, the prince that asked Anna to marry him 12 hours ago turns out to be evil and just said the things he did so he would get a shot at the throne. The whole curse that was put on Anna is just a bunch of Mumbo-Jumbo since one little hug, and a few tears, from Elsa just thaws her up again. And Kristoff that rold Anna that you can't just fall in love after a single day does just that and falls in love with Anna. The trolls could have been so much more important to the plot, but instead they just acted as some marriage-crazy singers. If the movie had continued what it started in the first 60 minutes I would have rated it at least 9. But since this was just a really crappy ending that was so standard for every Disney-movie, I just couldn't stand it. 6/10
Half-funny, but not great
Since this season hasn't lived up to any of our expectations yet, it's been very slow and sometimes plain boring. This episode is clearly not one of the better episodes of the series, but not the worst either. Some parts are actually touching, Barneys and Teds conversation about what you would do for your best friend is really good. But many things were boring. For example Darren takes way too much room in this episode and just becomes annoying as the episode progresses. Linus is as unfunny as usual, the whole discussion about who's rooting for who is silly. It was a bit sad that after 13 episodes we still hadn't seen more than about 10 minutes of the mother. But this episode at least gives us some of her, and a bit of information about her as a person. And the best part is that everybody has arrived to the hotel, including the mother. So I believe that we will see more of her in the following episodes. So while there are some laughs and touching moments in this episode, it won't be remembered by me as something renewing, but since it seems that we've hit a turning point now I can't dismiss it either. 6/10
Finally season 9 delivers!
The beginning of season nine hasn't, in my opinion, been very great. The story has been slow and the jokes haven't been that funny. But this episode is easily one of the ten best episodes of the entire series. The plot is great and the Indiana Jones-reference is spot on. The way Robin and Barney lie to the minister about how they met, using Marhalls and Lilys very romantic story, is just hilarious. Ted is as always insecure about how he should act and ends up making really bad decisions all night. But since this leads to him meeting the mother at Farhampton it is totally worth it. The only thing that wasn't funny was how the girl Ted ended up with in this episode faked her crying and wasn't convincing at all.
Also the wedding at Barney's scene was just awesome.