Million Dollar Listing L.A.
Episode 8 – All Aboard
Madison Hildebrand meets for a second time with Michael, a client whose home known as Eagle Pass he was unable to sell but was able to lease. The lease agreement is due to expire and Madison would love a second chance to try to sell this beautiful home, which now is complete with custom wood decks and ocean views. The two men try to figure out what went wrong the first time and what Madison could do to improve his odds of finding a buyer. The original selling price last year was $3 million; today the more realistic price is set at just under $2.8 million with a three-month time frame. Michael does not want to have any open houses, whcih could present a challenge. Madison gets to work.
Josh Altman has a new listisng on Mulholland Drive, home of Jack Nicholson, among others. This home will be listed for $6.749 million and has been featured in movies, videos, and even housed the American Idol contestants.
Josh Flagg and his rookie assistant Matthew set up a meeting for a client who has a small condo she would like to list. It is not a higher end property, so Josh feels Matthew could handle this listing ultimately by himself.
Josh A. has a family dinner and is joined by Heather, his brother, and his parents. After teasing the entire table, the brothers reveal that they will be going into business together. Josh’s mother is quite disappointed that the big news wasn’t going to be an engagement announcement.
Madison looks at the long list of those clients who had viewed Eagle Pass when it had been listed previously. He gets some nibbles as he makes his calls.
Josh F. and his assistant Matthew head to their listing meeting. It is a 2,000 sq. ft. condo with 3 bedrooms and 3 baths. A rooftop lounge with firepit is a key selling point. Josh leads the meeting and hopes his assistant will pick up his skills, but Matthew is a bit hesitant and has even forgotton the comps in the car! Oops. The sellers are hoping Josh will be able to give some of his time to this sale. Josh assures them he will available. All agree on a selling price of $838,000.00.
The Mulholland Drive house is unique: it is shaped like a ship, has four levels, covers 11,000 sq. ft, has 5 bedrooms and 5 baths, and will be priced at $6,749,000.00. Josh knows this house will require at least $1 million in updates. The current owner does quite well in renting the home out to television shows and for private parties, but is ready to finally sell. It will most likely appeal to an entertainer or athlete, Josh reasons. Many brokers come through the doors that day, to Josh’s pleasure.
Josh F. and Matthew are waiting at the townhouse for their first broker’s open house. Only one potential buyer trickles in. Josh gives Matthew tips and advice and tries to let him do the grunt work.
The Altman brothers are hard at work at Josh’s home. Heather is also present and working on her own projects fielding calls. When Mauricio Umansky calls in to Heather, Matt expresses concern that there could be proprietary information that Heather could overhear. This could present a problem, Josh realizes.
A first offer of $2.4 million for Eagle Pass comes in to Madison. He dutifully informs Michael, who is quite disappointed and does not want to even counter this lowball offer. Madison is put on notice by Michael that he must work hard on this listing or else Michael will go elsewhere.
Back at the Altman house, Heather wants to know why the brothers can no longer talk business with her. Josh is realizing this situation is a powder keg if they cannot all come to a better understanding of how this new partnership is going to affect Josh and Heather’s personal relationship.
Madison sits down to dinner with Marcos, his hot yoga instructor boyfriend. He is pleasantly surprised when Marcos invites him to Mexico to see his hometown and meet some of his friends, which could lead to some business contacts.
Josh F. and Matthew have an office meeting with the potential buyer of the townhouse. Their all-cash offer will be $828,000.00, and the buyer would like a two-week escrow, which will be almost impossible. Josh advises a counter offer of $835,000.00 and a 30-day escrow. The buyer, who although is ready to move in immediately, counters back with $833,000.00 and will wait 30 days. Josh barely hesitates and agrees to the deal. The buyer is ecstatic.
Josh and Matt A. are hugely disappointed when they find out the Mulholland house is now going to be rented for four months for a movie shoot. This negates their listing contract for the time being. Josh is frustrated at the wasted time and effort but now must move on.
Madison heads to Eagle Pass to talk to Michael and present him with good news: the latest offer will be $2.6 million. A second offer has also come in at $2.615 million. Madison advises a counter offer to both parties of $2,694,000.00. Michael agrees and Madison begins to make his first call.
Josh F. heads to his own personal project, the home he and his boyfriend Colton have purchased and are hoping to flip for a huge profit. They paid $2.3 million for the 3,700 square foot house; Josh would like to sell it when finished for up to $10 million! There have been some delays in getting proper permits, but things are moving along. Colton teases that this house could be perfect for the two of them. Josh has no plans to do so as he loves his high rise apartment and is only building this house as an investment.
Madison gets bad news from his first buyer: a no-go for the counter offer of $2.694 million. Madson phones the second broker with the same counter and receives their authorized best and final offer of $2,635,000.00. Madison thinks this is a must-take offer, but doesn’t want to jeopardize losing any future offers if they accept this one. Michael surprises Madison by smiling and agreeing to the sale!
Next’s week’s preview teases a possible co-listing with Heather and Josh FLAGG! Yikes, Mr. Altman will be none too happy about that!
Big Bang Theory
Synopsis by Stars99
Hey – It’s Anything Can Happen Thursday… aka Big Bang Theory day! Woo hoooOOOO!! The Big Bang Theory (BBT) is just way too funny for words and starts its’ 7th season tonight with 2 back-to-back episodes. NMD has graciously allowed me the opportunity to blog this show this season… SooOOoo…. If you’ve never seen it, I’ve tried to paint a very general picture of the series to catch you up. If you’ve never watched the show, give it a couple of tries and see what you think. It may take a while to get to know the characters… but it will be worth it… Trust me!
The show primarily focuses on the lives and love lives of four nerdy, brilliant guys and their pretty next door neighbor. Their adorable social awkwardness fuels their inability to functionally relate to others and to the world as the rest of us know it. Instead, they’ve created sort of a geeky protective bubble around themselves wherein; 1) They eat food from predefined restaurants on specific nights of the week; 2) For recreation, they are gamers who often play Halo, World of Warcraft, and every other fantasy or sci-fi based video game known to mankind. They also compete or play as a team in paintball, Dungeons and Dragons, a weird trading card game called “Mystic Warlords of Ka’a,” Klingon Boggle, 3-D Chess and various other games; and, 3) Every Wednesday they take a weekly excursion to a neighborhood Comic Book Store. They all take great pride in their extensive knowledge and equally expansive comic book, action hero, and costume collections.
The four guys (3 of whom are Ph.Ds. and the other is a mere engineer and is teased mercilessly about being degree challenged) all work at a Caltech-like University primarily conducting research in their various fields of scientific expertise. Most of the scenes occur at Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment (Yes, the characters were named after Sheldon Leonard, famous producer/director of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, etc. because the BBT writers were fans of his work). As the show progresses, the characters have tested the waters outside of their comfort zone and some have even been able to forge successful long-term relationships with the opposite sex. Let’s meet the main characters:
Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D., Sc.D. OMG – Is a theoretical physicist researching quantum mechanics and string theory and is probably the geekiest narcissist in all the land. He does not have any type of filter when talking with others and is mostly unable to detect sarcasm and nuance outside of his black and white world. He is a consummate control-freak and drives everyone around him crazy because he requires them all to play by his rules. Sheldon is convinced that his superior intellect dictates that he knows better than anyone else how to best do things. Raj and Howard provided Sheldon’s personal information to a computer dating site and as a result, he was matched up with Amy Farrah-Fowler. Amy’s mannerisms so perfectly mirror Sheldon’s that it’s positively scary. While she is a Ph.D., a geek in every sense of the word, and loves a sparkly tiara – she and her raging hormones keep running up against Sheldon’s complete indifference towards anything of a sexual nature. Sheldon created and strictly enforces a formal “Roommate Agreement” with Leonard and a “Relationship Agreement” with Amy and actually required their signatures. And whatever you do, don’t sit on Sheldon’s “Spot” on the couch… and under NO circumstance can you touch his food.
Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D. – Is an experimental physicist and is a nerdy, lovable, nice guy who just wants everyone to like him. He has also been secretly in love with Penny (across the hall) ever since day 1 and they’ve actually dated on and off. He has to deal with Sheldon more than anyone else since he actually lives with him. He even drives Sheldon back and forth from work and everywhere he wants to go (Sheldon doesn’t drive.) and is required to live up to all the stipulations in his “Roommate Agreement.” Throughout the show, he has dated various women, some successfully, others not so much.
Howard Joel Wolowitz, M.Eng. – He works as an aerospace engineer and is a momma’s boy. He recently married sweet but feisty Bernadette (who is a Ph.D.) and is getting used to married life without his mom so enmeshed in his life. In earlier seasons, he lived with his mother whose voice we hear bellowing to him from off-screen – though we’ve never actually seen her onscreen. Before getting married, he considered himself as a ladies’ man and was a kind of a pervert of sorts. He used woefully excruciatingly inappropriate pick-up lines on every woman he met. In fact, he almost screwed up his relationship with Bernadette because his video game characters made out with vixen “Glenda the Troll” in a video game. He has actually travelled into outer space which was a huge accomplishment. However, he also designed a mal-functioning space toilet that was used on the Space Station.
Rajesh Ramayan “Raj” Koothrappali, Ph.D. – Is a particle astrophysicist who is deeply romantic at heart. He loves to watch romantic comedies partly because he’s been so unsuccessful in having relationships with women because of his extreme shyness. In fact, for the first 6 seasons of the show, he was unable to hold a conversation with a woman (except his mom and his sister) unless he drank alcohol of some sort. His parents live in India and want him to marry a nice woman from their culture. They’ve gone so far as to try to arrange a marriage for him. He often “Skypes” with them and they always seem to disapprove of how he’s living his life for some reason. He secretly liked Howard’s then girlfriend, Bernadette, for a while because she was nice to him and thought he was adorable. It was probably one of the first times a woman had ever paid him a compliment. Last season, he dated an equally geeky girl named “Lucy.” Her saving grace is that she is just as socially awkward as he is, if not more so. They broke up, but rumor has it that she’s coming back this season.
Penny (We don’t know her last name) – She moved to L.A. from Nebraska to pursue her acting career. She currently works at the Cheesecake Factory and is Leonard’s on again/off again love interest. She has taken some classes at a community college but is obviously less degreed than the guys and feels inferior to them in the intelligence department. However, she is very street smart and savvy in relating to the rest of the world and uses her looks to her advantage. She knows pop culture and is continually surprised at how completely lacking these highly intellectual guys can be when they try to relate to the world around them. However, her character sees through the geeky exterior of the guys into their hearts and she has somehow learned how to relate to each one in a unique way. Her relationship with Leonard has ruined her for having relationships with cute but dumb guys. She has learned that she had better know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.
Our whole universe was in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait…
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with the big bang!
Quotable Quotes: (There are really way too many quotable quotes for words.. . The following is just a very few that continue to make me laugh…)
(They added “Lizard” and “Spock” to the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game…. Sheldon: “Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”
Sheldon: “Why are you crying?”
Penny: “Because I’m stupid!”
Sheldon: “That’s no reason to cry. One cries because one is sad. For example, I cry because others are stupid, and that makes me sad.”
Sheldon: “I’m not crazy; my mother had me tested!”
Raj: “I don’t like bugs, okay? They freak me out.”
Sheldon: “Interesting. You’re afraid of insects and women. Ladybugs must render you catatonic.”
Sheldon: “Leonard, you may be right. It appears that Penny secretly wants you in her life in a very intimate and carnal fashion.”
Leonard: “You really think so?”
Sheldon: “Of course not. Even in my sleep-deprived state, I’ve managed to pull off another one of my classic pranks. BAZINGA!”
Sheldon: “Ah, gravity – thou art a heartless bitch.”
Sheldon: “Howard, you know me to be a very smart man. Don’t you think that if I were wrong, I’d know it?”
Sheldon: “I have informed you thusly.”
Sheldon: “What fresh hell is this?”
Sheldon: “Yes well I am polymerized tree sap and you are an inorganic adhesive… So whatever verbal projectile you launch in my direction is reflected off me, returns to its original trajectory and adheres to you.”
Sheldon: “If “ifs” and “buts” were candy and nuts then we’d all have a Merry Christmas.”
Penny: “I give up. He’s impossible!”
Sheldon: “I can’t be impossible; I exist! I think what you meant to say is, ‘I give up; he’s improbable.’”
Sheldon: “Here’s an interesting fact about alcohol: Man is not the only species that ferments fruit in order to become intoxicated. Can you guess what the other is? Hint: sometimes they pack the alcohol in their trunks.”
Sheldon: “When does a monkey have a trunk?”
Penny: “When a suitcase just won’t do.”
Leonard: “What would you be if you were attached to another object by an inclined plane, wrapped helically around an axis?”
Leonard: “There you go.”
Sheldon: “I am a man of science… Not someone’s snuggle bunny.”
Leonard: “Penny, you don’t want to get into it with Sheldon. The guy’s one lab accident away from being a super villain.”
Leonard: “That’s right! Cuz that’s how we roll in the Shire!”
Penny: “Another night? I guess you could try… but deep inside your heart you’ll know that laundry night is always Saturdaynight.”
Sheldon: “Woman, you’re playing with forces beyond your ken.”
Penny: “Yeah, well your Ken can kiss my Barbie.”
Amy: “Did you know that the iconic Valentine’s heart shape is not actually based on the shape of a human heart, but rather on the shape of the buttocks of a female bending over.”
Penny: “Oh, so I spent 7th grade dotting my I’s with asses? Cool.”
Penny: “No Shirt, No Shoes, No Sheldon.”
Penny: “So that means, you’re a doctor, you’re a doctor, you’re a doctor, you’re a doctor and … Howard you know a lot of doctors.”
Penny: “Holy crap on a cracker!”
Penny: “Oh you’re going to jibber jabber about jibber jabber!”
Penny: “Apparently, the one fella tried to adjust the thermostat, then the other fella went bat-crap crazy.”
Bernadette: “Boy, I don’t know if I could be friends with Howie if we broke up.”
Howard: “Why not?”
Bernadette: “I’m a very vengeful person.”
Bernadette: “With access to weaponized smallpox.”
Bernadette: “Sheldon doesn’t know when he’s being mean because the part of his brain that should know is getting a wedgie from the rest of his brain.”
Sheldon: (Sings) “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur. Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.”
Bernadette: “Who’s Siri? Is he dating someone new?”
Howard: “Yes, his phone.”
Bernadette: “Is that cute? Or creepy?”
Amy: “Sheldon, is it possible that your foul mood — or, to use the clinical term, bitchiness — is because your mother isn’t making you a priority?”
Sheldon: “No. Or, to use the clinical term: ‘nuh-uh.’”
Amy: “You can’t blame yourself. When your pre-frontal cortex fails to make you happy, promiscuity rewards you with the needed flood of Dopamine. We neurobiologists refer to it as the Skank reflex!”
Amy: (Reading Sheldon’s relationship agreement) “Section 5, Hand Holding: Hand holding is only allowed under the following circumstances: A) Either party is in danger of falling of a cliff, precipice or ledge; B) Either party is deserving of a hearty hand shake after winning a noble prize; or, C) Moral support during flu shots.”
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