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  1. S01.E01: Pilot

    This was better than I expected (my expectations weren't sky high but still), but count me in the category that doesn't want to tune in to watch the glorification of bullying every week. Not given what's going on in the real world. So I hope the hazing stuff tapers off.
  2. S10 E01

    A lot of kids (or, well, let's be honest, their parents) use Lego for school projects, so I think people would definitely buy the glue for that kind of thing. But watching that dad mouth along to not just his son's pitch but also when he answered questions was... off putting.
  3. The Block 2018

    What is with all these teeny tiny bedrooms and ridiculously large living spaces?
  4. The Block 2018

    Even when the time works out, the contestants who come in expecting "high-quality craftsmanship" to put them ahead generally fail because the judges care way more about styling. This, again, would be clear to anyone who's watched previous seasons. And the case in point was on this very episode: Ronnie and Georgia, who regularly scored top marks because of nice furnishings despite really shoddy work. Meanwhile, what was up with Ronnie's mid-life crisis beard?
  5. Solid season finale, but jeez that fired guard was a deep cut. I had to Google who she was. Also, I'm pretty sure that's not how undercover police operations work.
  6. The Block 2018

    Also, was it just me, or were all the bedrooms almost exactly the same except for decor? I mean I know most buyers would be very happy with a nice bed facing a nice view and a walk-in wardrobe, but I recall the masters in previous seasons were usually very different and a chance to do some interesting things. Now they're all a bed in front of a partial wall that's masking the robe, and a single piece of art. I liked Bianca and Carla's the best, regardless. Why does Shayna always insist that women won't buy things unless they're draped in pink and flowers? Two women designed it, Shayna!
  7. S05.E12: Lizability

    Perhaps the dumbest thing is that once Liza's age was out in the open, I hardly think the relationship between her and Charles would've been Page Six-worthy material. It would've been (rightfully) weird in the office and made for some industry gossip, but not some huge scandal. Actually, the dumbest thing was Charles talking about wanting to hold Liza's hand in the office. No, dude, that would be weird under all circumstances. I work with married couples and no one is holding hands at work.
  8. S05.E12: Lizability

    Yeah I'm disappointed Liza didn't take the new job. It would have led to more interesting storylines -- and more Martha Plimpton!
  9. The Block 2018

    Didn't disappoint. But I smell a redemption arc.
  10. The Block 2018

    Cannot. Wait. for the judges to hate on that bath. They're already this season's "the judges don't know what they're talking about and are so unfair" couple, but this will be next level.
  11. Boomer's outburst in the cafeteria was pure gold. Suck it! Suck it! Suck it!
  12. S05.E11: Fraudlein

    Liza accepting the job without negotiating salary or even finding out what the job is was pretty dumb. Probably want to sort all of that out and actually have paperwork in hand before jumping back into bed with Charles.
  13. S05.E11: Fraudlein

    Josh, a 20-something tattoo artist from Williamsburg who plays the washboard in a folk band, is gonna gripe about Brooklyn hipsters?
  14. The Block 2018

    Well it's not as if this show has been lacking in deco in recent seasons, anyway. Up there with "Scandi" as the most overused style. This season it all seems to be vague mid-century modern paired with shitty art. Kinda makes me miss Sticks and Wombat's wacky bushman aesthetic from last year -- at least it was original!
  15. The Block 2018

    Yeah, their explanation was that they wanted to do something more in line with the period of the building and thought the modern parts of the penthouse would clash too much -- but then the judges shat all over the period stuff. While I think they were dumb to turn down the penthouse, I actually don't really understand the judges' position on this. Sure, buyers will expect mod cons, but design wise, many people buying into this specific buildings probably surely would appreciate some era-appropriate character?