Quick Hits: February 17

  • On this day in 1967, The Beatles released “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”. Both singles would eventually appear on the soundtrack to Magical Mystery Tour. The album is an embarrassment of riches, including those first two singles, “I Am the Walrus”, “All You Need Is Love” and “Hello, Goodbye”. It was reviewed unfavorably compared to their previous album, Sgt Pepper‘s, but it’s an album that I love.
  • Happy Birthday, Jerry O’Connell! You’ll always be Vern to me!
Stand By Me
  • My husband and I are watching season 2 of Fargo, and I’ve been listening to the original Broadway cast recording of Once, and I am just falling (slowly) in love with Cristin Milioti all over again. If you only know her as “The Mother” from How I Met Your Mother, do yourself a favor and check out some of her other work. She’s phenomenally talented and funny; also, how many people can pull off this haircut?
Fargo
  • Wishing a happy birthday as well to the incomparable Christina Pickles! Perhaps best known as Judy Geller, Monica and Ross’s hypercritical mother on Friends, Pickles was also featured on one of my favorite 80s television dramas, St. Elsewhere. This scene from the season 6 episode of Friends, “The One Where Ross Got High”, shows Pickles at her peak comedic powers.

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