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  1. She knew how to act, just not well: that's what she was doing. Showing her dramatic range.
  2. While looking for an answer to that question, I found this 1984 article from the Times, about a comedian who continued to play the Borscht Belt as it faded away. In the mid-80's, the average stay had dropped from two weeks to three days, and Grossinger's -- which by then boasted more tennis courts than Wimbledon -- was trying out a marketing campaign for "High-Tech Rec." The article also notes that in the summer of 1959, the new theater at The Concord had just opened; it seated 3,000. Three thousand seats. That's more than twice the capacity of the Broadway house for Hamilton.
  3. S03.E10 The Last Seven Weeks

    Randall's the devoted son of an alcoholic: a man he saw drive drunk at least once and perhaps more, in retrospect. There are lots of weird reverberations going on in this story of Randall's adopting William's stomping grounds, moving in on the neighborhood and people cared for, over decades, by another man. For William's son to bring down this man, in his own home, on an issue around alcohol, may somehow feel unseemly to Jack's son.
  4. S01.E09: Rage Against the Machine

    Please keep episode threads clear of posts that don't refer to the episode or to topics it raises directly. I moved a bunch of posts about the Conners past and present into The Conners Past and Present.
  5. The Conners Past and Present

    The security of the mid-century American working class -- in which Dan and the Harris sisters grew up and started out -- was based on labor conditions that vanished under their feet, as they reached middle age. They each fought back by trying to start a business based on what they knew. But the bike shop and the Lunch Box folded, taking the Conners' savings plus whatever they had borrowed, leaving them with new debts, a house worth very little (for the next decade or more), and no place back into the vanishing middle class. Somehow they kept the house, even after the recession. (Bev again, along with physical labor that took out Roseanne's knee and Dan's back?) And by then, most new jobs in Lanford were probably in patient care, especially, hands-on tending of the elderly: realistically, Jackie would more likely have been working at the facility that expelled her mother. Roseanne would not have been hired and Dan would not have applied. Right when their own bodies finally demanded maintenance long deferred, and they needed to learn how to care for them. The twenty years between Roseanne and The Conners were, for the Conners, much harder than the twenty-five years before.
  6. The Conners: Speculation and Spoilers

    So that Emilio can participate? Or the viewers, before the series concludes its run or its season? For a birth in the last episode, juxtaposed with the death announced in the first?
  7. S01.E09: Rage Against the Machine

    If Dan is now on Social Security, but under 66, he can earn up to $1,420/month in addition to his benefits, without penalty. Earnings over that amount reduce his benefit by $1 for every $2 in excess. This holds true only until he turns 66: full retirement age. After that, he can earn any amount without diminishing his Social Security benefit. But that benefit will probably be between $1,500/$1,750 a month: it's not going to pay all his bills.
  8. S01.E09: Rage Against the Machine

    It's an intriguing idea. We know that this was the episode ordered last and late. And I can certainly imagine Roseanne Conner's sitting next to Dan in the vending exec's office and retorting, "So wait: so, you're saying that if-only Dan had been trained, the laws of gravity wouldn't've applied?!?" Also, delivering the parting shot about the stupid plastic cheese spread spoon. But according to most sources, the episode was written by Jana Hunter and Mitch Hunter: co-executive producers of The Conners, writers of episode 3, and no part of last year's revival. At the same time, imdb lists the episode as co-developed by Helford, Kaplan and Rasmussen: all writer/producers from both last season's show, and The Conners. Cheese for thought.
  9. Yes: his mother's. As is her smile -- the expression more than her features.
  10. S02.E10: All Alone

    She never gave that boyfriend a thought. He never entered her mind. That's what pulled her up short when her father mentioned him. That's when she learned what she needed to know: when it comes to her career, nothing else matters. Everyone else is an instrument, or an encumbrance.
  11. Angel

    The forum for Angel has been vaulted; a topic for the show will, soon, be created in the "Other A Shows" forum.
  12. S03.E17: Enemies

    Replying in Angel (character) topic here.
  13. Angel

    This topic replaces the old Angel forum which has been vaulted at the location below: http://forums.previously.tv/forum/296-angel-v/
  14. I think it's more that the writers want us to remember that Midge forgets that she has kids. Or rather, that Midge make no pretense that her children are essential to her identity and inner life, when they are not. What is essential to her, she hides. Or hid.
  15. Kennedy regained national attention at the 1956 Democratic convention in Chicago -- only the second to be televised -- and never lost it again. Nominee Adlai Stevenson allowed the delegates to choose his running mate, and JFK had his name put forward. The balloting lasted three rounds before he was defeated by Estes Kefauver. This bid by the 39-year-old freshman senator had been intended only as advance work for the 1960 election, when President Eisenhower would no longer be the opposing candidate. But it succeeded beyond expectations; it elevated Kennedy back into popular notice, and into party-wide consideration.