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  1. S12.E05: The Planetarium Collision

    Well, *I* enjoyed seeing Bob Newhart again.
  2. S11.E04: Three Shirts to the Wind

    Pause to admire David Costabile, who is an amazing character actor in everything I've seen him in.
  3. S11.E01: Fake News

    blossomculp: So much depends on the luck you've had with health. Bergen apparently had a stroke while she was working on BOSTON LEGAL and successfully kept it a secret for quite some time, but I would imagine it's part of why she is physically slower and speaks slower. The range of my friends in their 70s includes some who are *incredibly* active - play tennis, go pole-walking, work full-time - and one whose health problems have left her reliant on a mobility scooter to get around.
  4. S11.E03: Hashtag Murphy Too

    At the time when Murphy would have been in college, a big reason you'd have turned the other cheek is that you were by and large focused on proving you should be taken seriously in whatever profession you were entering. Part of that was also strenuously avoiding suggestions that you "slept your way to the top". #murphytoo didn't feel right to me either. The episode did make me wonder, though, if Murphy was telling the story of something that actually happened to Diane English.
  5. It's part of how some women tell themselves it can't happen to *them*.
  6. I found Kavanaugh fascinating as an example of the way someone with extreme privilege (and I went to a prrep school and then Cornell myself) deludes themselves into thinking everything they've done is solely through merit and their own hard work. I got the sene that what we saw doesn't seem like lying to him because these are stories he's told himself for many years, and they have become an indelible part of his self-image - which is then why he wa so angry and petulant to have it threatened.
  7. S01.E02: Margaret Turns 65

    ...including Vicki Lawrence, who is herself 69, and indeed the entire *rest of the cast*.
  8. S04.E09: Wiedersehen

    There was a long discussion of who Gene should fear in the topic for the season 4 premiere. Law enforcement for sure - they could probably go after him for racketeering, money laundering, and conspiracy to commit murder. (They might not be able to make all those charges stuck, but he'd be in jail while they investigated.) Walt may or may not be dead yet - and Gene may not know yet if he is. Skyler we know (and Gene can surmise) is giving all the evidence she can, and she certainly knows enough to implicate him. Francesca knows a *lot*, but we presume he is paying her for her silence. Neither Gene nor anyone else knows what has become of Jesse or what his state of mind is. And Gene doesn't know what's become of Todd, the Vamonos Pest guys, Todd's ultra-creepy family, or which pieces of the cartel may have survived to want him (either to kill or to hire as their lawyer). Also, I think it's just obvious that having chosen to Disappear, you *would* be constantly frightened of being identified as yourself instead of your new identity. Gene is very much on his own - which he's never been good at - without any of his usual protective coloring. As for Werner and his wife: why are we assuming that Werner and his wife made no plans to protect him? Why shouldn't they have a thought-out advance plan that is invoked simply by the use of a few common words - say, "book club" - in a particular way? Why wouldn't Werner, knowing the circumstances were dangerous, have left emergency instructions and a "go bag" including the basic documents he would need and some cash? We know nothing about his wife. I'm not suggesting this is the case, but imagine he were married to Lydia. You don't think they'd have a plan?
  9. S01.E02: Margaret Turns 65

    65? Are they kidding me? What 65yo without a significant disability lives in a home? I thought at first maybe it was a marker, like Jack Benny never aging past 39. But no. THIS IS RIDICULOUS. All around me are 60-somethings who are working full-time, living alone or with their families, traveling, playing sports, volunteering, running things. 65 is the new 40. I love Vicki Lawrence, but I think I'm out.
  10. I can see I'm a party of one here, but I liked Anu. She's direct, confident, and understands what she wants. I didn't see her as a bully at all (which I suppose may say something about me).
  11. Quite. I felt very differently about hearing that Tony Randall, aged 75, had married a 25yo when I learned that he had always wanted children but he and his wife had been unable to have them, and that they'd stayed married for *more than 50 years*, apparently happily, until she died. Randall and his second wife had a couple of children before he died.
  12. S05.E24: Brett Kavanaugh

    I still don't think Oliver came up with an answer to the real question: why *this* abortion-opposing, conservative justice? And the only answer I've been able to come up with revolves around the Clinton-Starr and Nixon-pardon axis. Also, I didn't believe the Federalist guy who said he didn't care which nominee. While all are I'm sure acceptable to him, he *has* to have had his preferences...but didn't want to share them, understandably.
  13. S05.E18: Intervention

    Well, why not make the Key a more powerful god than Glory, while they were at it?
  14. S11.E01: Fake News

    A useful comparison here is Roger Ebert. Ebert was all over online stuff very early on - he had a forum section "Ask Roger Ebert" in the movies forum on CompuServe when that system was big in the early 1990s, and had approached them about making the database of his reviews available there (which they did). When the web came along, he moved it there; when he lost the ability to speak he created a blog, which he wrote in nearly every day, sometimes at considerable length. I know for a fact that he readily exchanged email with thousands of fans, and he personally moderated the millions of comments his blog received. With all that, he was insistent for several years that he was not interested in Twitter. Eventually, various people convinced him that his ability to write - and to write concisely with meaning in every word - would make Twitter a natural home for him, and he joined and immediately became a frequent poster of well-crafted Tweets. Murphy Brown is as experienced a journalist (although she did not work in print), and if there's one thing you learn in that profession it's how to write short. Even if she hasn't *written* tweets before, she's read plenty of them in newspapers, etc. I wasn't bothered by her jumping in and being competent at writing tweets...while making the obvious mistake of not realizing how visible she was going to be. (And I've been on Twitter since 2008...and am 64.)
  15. S06.E01: Pre-Washed Lettuce and a Mime

    eel2178: That doesn't particularly worry me because there are things you can do with a law degree to help people even if you can't act as their lawyer personally. You can teach, you can advise, you can work for non-profits on policy and improving legislation.