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What Am I Supposed To Do With My Children During the Lost Finale?

SQUIRREL BABY!  And I totally mean that as a completely serious question.





Look, Lost is many, many things. We could call it sci-fi, fantasy, revolutionary, overrated, needlessly complicated, endlessly compelling, guaranteed to be mind-blowing/unsatisfying and probably quite a few other adjectives, depending on how obsessed or sick of it you are. But the one thing I think we can all agree on is that it's NOT A FAMILY SHOW. Way too violent to even have on in the background if the kiddies are awake and around. Not to mention that it requires a fair amount of concentration to follow along during a regular episode, so I'd really like to watch the finale without non-stop chatter from my preschooler. 

Look Mommy look Mommy look Mommy hey Mommy hey Mommy I'm thirsty I'm bored why can't we watch Wonder Pets Mommy

Usually Lost comes on after bedtime. Add in the 15 minutes I generally wait to get behind the commercials on my TiVo, and I generally never have a problem watching the show in peace. 

This Sunday, though. The finale "event" starts at 7 pm. Granted, that's a clip show and all, but at this point I feel like I could really actually USE some Cliff Notes going in. (Unlike, say, the half a dozen clip shows and reruns they scattered throughout Season One and Two for the sake of new viewers, while thoroughly pissing off those of us who had been watching since the pilot.) (And oh my goodness, how totally fucking straightforward and simple do those first seasons feel NOW?) 

The actual (TWO AND A HALF HOUR) finale episode starts at 9, so that's all good. But still. Does everyone else just plan to skip the clip show? Put the kids somewhere else with a DVD while you overdose in one last long bloated evening of Lost? Super early bedtimes? Start watching everything after they go to bed, meaning you'll finish up sometime around...God, 2 in the morning? Get a babysitter while you attend a finale viewing party with fellow fanatics? 

I know. I'm overthinking this. I am perhaps not coping with the end of Lost in a reasonable, grown-up manner. But still. Won't somebody please think of the children? Specifically, my children and how I can keep them out of my hair this Sunday night? 







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Comments

rkmama

Benadryl.

Kidding!

Sort of.

We do early bedtime anyway- somewhere around 7:15, but we're in central time so the action starts at 6pm which is WAY to early for bed. I'm thinking of shoving both kids in my son's crib and putting a ball and some snacks in there to entertain them. Maybe I'll throw the dog in, too- she'll keep them in line, right?

Jen O.

The kids are going to bed early. In fact, I'm planning my entire weekend around it. I'm taking them to a cottage on Saturday and forcefeeding them nature and fresh air and not going to allow for naps. Then we're going to stay up late and roast weenies and sing Kumbaya until a neighbour throws a grizzly bear our way to shut us up. Then we're going to wake up SUPER early to go fishin', 'cause that's when the fish bite. EARLY. Then we're going to drive home and go to a SUPER FUN PARTY. I'll hop them up on icing and soda and pretend that naps don't happen on weekends. But the time 6:30 rolls around on Sunday, they should be ready to pass out. And then yay! LOMGST!


*exactly half of this scenerio is a joke.

Kelly

No real suggestions, as I don't have kids, but Good Luck! I would lean toward the super early bed times, and dvr everything anyway, just because you know you are going to want to watch it again. I, of the no children, plan to make sure all my household chores are done early so there is nothing I have to focus on on Sunday night except LOST. I will give the dog a chew bone to last her all night. I will order pizza, and I will have a variety of good bottle-swirley wine of evil hanging around. I am not going to get on the computer, not even if there is any live-blogging going on. I plan to shut off the ringer on the phone, and let everyone know that if they call me on Sunday night, I will probably kill them on Monday. Here is wishing a wonderful last Lost for everyone!

Too Embarassed to Display

I spend too much time on the internet.

While reading the sentence where you capitalized for emphasis, I was trying to figure out which verb phrase U.S.E. was an acronym for.

Suzy Q

Yep, "Escape from Storch Manor" (now a Lifetime Movie Event) seems the best bet. Go watch it with a friend and some wine.

Oh! And, don't forget: Jimmy Kimmel is having the cast on afterwards for a reunion of sorts. Should be fun.

Suzy Q

Yep, "Escape from Storch Manor" (now a Lifetime Movie Event) seems the best bet. Go watch it with a friend and some wine.

Oh! And, don't forget: Jimmy Kimmel is having the cast on afterwards for a reunion of sorts. Should be fun.

heidi

My kids are older and theoretically I should not have to worry but I AM. The 9 y/o never ever ever shuts up. The 11 y/o will talk just to upset me and the older two (13 & 15) will never go to bed because they know if I really want to watch it I won't take the time to force them to go to bed. Maybe I'll go to my mom's and watch it.

cindy w

I have a 3 year-old. She'll be skipping her nap on Sunday, which (if history proves correct) means that she *should* be sacked out for the night before 7 p.m. Fingers crossed!

Jocelyn

Duct. Tape.

bd

I was thinking the same thing. My 3 and 4 year old are spawn, I mean night owls, and won't sleep until 9pm or later. I think I will have to clear the DVR to make sure there is enough room for the entire festivities and then watch it Monday if I can wait. Or at like 2am like I normally do.

MichelleH

I am having the same problem. My brother and I are throwing a finale party at his house and he was absolutely convinced it was airing earlier. So, now I need to find some amiable grandparent to come to my house and hang out with my 20 month old for 6 HOURS! This person will likely have to go to work the next day (not me! I'm on vacation). But there's no getting around it. Who will do Lost Trivia if I'm not there?!?! Think of the trivia!!!! And I've already vetoed the possibility of bringing him because..NO. For all the reasons you said.

What time do your kids go to bed Maybe you can find a way to run them ragged during the day so they will pass out early? I know this is easier said than done...Hope it works out!

shannon r

My hubby has already been notified that he is on kid-duty Sunday night beginning at 6:59 SHARP. I am NOT TO BE DISTURBED UPON PENALTY OF DEATH. Unless someone is bleeding uncontrollably or there's a fire. And even then, it's iffy...

Julie

Thankfully, my husband is still mired in Season 3 or something. He is on kid duty Sunday night.

Ashlie- Mommycosm

Planning to let the kids ride their bikes and run outside for HOURS during daylight tomorrow. Putting them to bed early. No ifs ands or butts. If that doesn't work, I'll bribe them with Shrek. Not above bribery in extreme cases like this.

Good luck!

Amanda

my children run the living room TV, and thankfully they only get to watch it after dinner. SO While LOST is playing in MY room, they will be in the living room. At 7:00 they have to start brushing teeth, and we put them in bed between 7:30 & 8...during a commercial break lol. (my kids are 6mo. 5, and 7)




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