gmathis said

"Tea" V and other movie references

Thinking that collectively, it is possible to create an entire media anthology with tea references. For instance, in “House M.D.” the team room has a shelf with various teas. I have recognized boxes from Stash and Bigelow on said shelf, and now make it a point to pause DVD to analyze its contents. Can’t tell which of the characters is the tea drinker, however. Hugh Laurie always has coffee.

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khsheehan said

That’s somewhat scary and somewhat awesome that you picked up on that. Haha, I’ll keep an eye out next time I watch.

gmathis said

It varies with episode and season.

MKstuder said

On George Lopez, there are always teapots in the kitchen, sometimes as many as three, but they make a pot of tea from one teabag. Go figure that one.

MKstuder said

Tea is big in Science Fiction. We all know about Captain Picard and his Earl Grey, but do you know about Inara, the companion in Firefly, who performs the companion welcoming ceremony with a Chinese tea set? There is of course the Hitchhiker’s Guide with the almost exactly not quite like a nice hot cup of tea. The same author wrote The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul.
On Castle recently some police officers were served tea by a little old lady they came to investigate. That’s not science fiction, but is stars Nathan Fillion from Firefly.
I would love to write for tv. I would have a show where the kind of tea the characters drank indicated aspects of their characters. I’d call it The Tea Time Murders and the detective would be a woman who ran a tea shop and read tea leaves. She would know when someone was going to die, but not when or where.

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takgoti said

HAH! That’s fantastic! Can’t say I ever noticed that. Now I’m not going to be able to pay attention to anything else during those diagnostic whiteboard scenes.

Two of my favorite shows, Firefly and Avatar: the Last Airbender [both finished], reference tea. In both instances they use loose leaf and are independent of brand.

No other ones come to mind. A lot of shows seem to use coffee more than tea, though now that tea is becoming more “hip,” perhaps we’ll begin to see it surface more in popular media. Which is a neat thought.

gmathis said

My son and I used to watch Avatar for mom-and-kid bonding time. LOVED the uncle!

takgoti said

YES! Uncle Iroh! HEART.

gmathis said

Did you cry during the episode where Iroh goes on a picnic and sings a lullabye to his son who had been killed years before? (These days, all you have to do is look at me sideways and I tear up…) If I can sneak my son’s Firefly set out of his room, I’ll have to re-watch.

takgoti said

I’m to the point where all I need to do is think about that bit and I tear up. I think they won an award for that episode, or at least got nominated, and rightly so.

The first time I saw it I was a hot mess. Did the ugly cry and everything.

gmathis said

I’ve got Firefly reruns on right now … watching carefully!

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teafiend said

I was watching one of the NCIS shows the other day and a crazy little old lady was preaching about loose leaf. The best was that by the end of the episode the main character had made the switch not only from coffee but to loose leaf.
That, and Star Trek.

denisend said

Nah, I thought he was drinking tea, but it was from a bag. She asked him “can’t you taste the paper?” and at the end he admitted that he had started tasting the paper.

teafiend said

OH! yeah! I wasn’t really watching it to intently. My B. That makes it even better

That was NCIS: LA – a very funny sequence. Hettie is very energetically trying to convert Sam to tea drinking, but he doesn’t like it because it tasted moldy. Then later she has a cup herself, and discovers that … it’s moldy!

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Jack admin said

Did anyone catch the premiere of ‘V’? In one scene, a couple of the characters were at a cafe and I couldn’t stop staring at the giant red tea tins. Here’s a still:

http://img.skitch.com/20091121-rceud61d8m3qyfdmiik1h2ydf.png

In the show they’re supposed to be in New York, but that doesn’t look like anything I know from New York, so I’m thinking it’s wherever they filmed it. Look familiar to anyone?

Angrboda said

IMDB says it’s filmed in Vancouver.

Jason admin said

Haha. When I saw this topic come up I knew you were going to mention this, Jack.

takgoti said

Hah! I noticed that too, though for some reason I thought they were coffee canisters. Whatever they were, the building was gorgeous.

The pilot was absolutely crazy-go-nuts. I feel like they’re pushing the season along a little fast as opposed to letting things simmer a bit, but I’ve got faith in a lot of the actors on the series so I’ll likely continue watching it. Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk FTW.

takgoti said
Jack admin said

You guys rock. Adding it to my (just started 10 seconds ago) Vancouver to-do list.

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I have a Radio Example…
Right now Scrubbing Bubbles Radio Spots mention “Oolong Tea”…lol…

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takgoti said

I’m playing the second installment of the Professor Layton games for the DS right now and there’s a whole little side quest section on tea. They keep talking about how great tea is and you get things to blend your own tea with. It’s pretty fantastic. Every time it comes up in the game I think about Steepster. Then I inevitably log into Steepster. It’s a vicious little sequence, really.

gmathis said

Hmm…will have to consult with my in-house teen and see if he’s played/encountered this.

Angrboda said

Argh why did you go and post this? Now you made me go and look it up and spend far too many tries on a demo puzzle about which way the images on a cube should go and it was ruddy hard! O.o

denisend said

Oh, yeah, I forgot about this one!

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LENA said

Both the books and the TV series “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” include drinking “bush tea” quite often. They are, of course, referring to Rooibos tea. Several of the books in the series comment on the preparation and comfort that the tea brings. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a series aired on HBO…about to start its second season. I highly recommend the books and the TV series.

gmathis said

Usually I cringe at the made-for-TV versions, but I wondered about this one since I’m a huge Precious Ramotswe fan. (Love the title of #8: “Tea Time for the Traditionally Built.”) We don’t HBO at our house … are they out on DVD, by any chance?

LENA said

Yes, the 1st season is out on DVD. Amazon.com is selling it new for $37.99. Jill Scott plays a fantastic Precious Ramotswe.

The second season should be airing on HBO pretty soon. Can’t wait!

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Cofftea said

I’m watching Hitch before bed drinking a matcha lemon-limeade and Hitch picks breakfast up for his girlfriend and said "I don’t know what you drink so I got a “decaf latte, an Earl Grey Tea, and something with chai in the title”.

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Caitlin said

The main character of the show The Mentalist is obsessed with tea! He probably drinks a cup every episode!

I love The Mentalist. And it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the fact that Simon Baker has a smile that makes me go weak at the knees. Err… Um… Scratch that last. Because that’s not why I love the show. Has nothing to do with it… completely unrelated.

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Spot52 select said

One silly example, Star Trek the Next Generation, Picard drinks Earl Grey Hot. It can be purchased at Think Geek http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/additional/carousel/d31d_timmys_tea_sampler_detail.jpg
And Avatar the Last Air Bender, at least the cartoon, there are many references to tea. They drink a lot of it, at least the Uncle.

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