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  1. S05.E04: It's Her Kid

    It's still far enough from the midseason finale for this to be the obvious answer, but right now I'm going with Nate as the person Bonnie killed out in the snow. She has his phone, and he's somebody I could easily buy Annalise being that upset over losing. My questions are more about: what circumstances led to Bonnie being okay to calmly kill Nate (or put him out of his misery?), was Nate trying to take Christopher and why, and why is Michaela looking for him. Tegan is precious. Protect her at all costs. Meanwhile, Michaela's obsession with regaining Tegan's approval has gone from pathetic to creepy, honestly. If we didn't know Michaela so well, I'd warn Tegan to watch her back, this girl's got a few screws coming loose. I don't know why she can't just get over it and move on. She's the one that torpedoed the relationship. I still can't tell if they're committing to Gabriel being Bonnie's son or not. It seems like making it so obvious that he is is supposed to be a red herring, but I don't know. Maybe I'm reading into it wrong. Maybe it's less about him definitely being her son and more about wondering why he's here and what he exactly he wants. Revenge? A relationship? Answers? You know, I was going to ask here what Annalise's reason for picking Michaela was, so thanks for this answer. The assumption I was going with was that she admired Michaela for pulling herself out of her circumstances and becoming so successful, but that's far too sentimental and doesn't jibe with her MO for picking the other students (excluding Wes, who as you pointed out she picked out of guilt). The Aiden thing makes much more sense. It's ironic how all the reasons that Annalise had for picking the K5 are now moot. Wes is dead, Asher's father disowned him then committed suicide, Laurel's father is in prison, and Michaela broke up with Aiden. And now she's just stuck with these kids who keep leaving dead bodies on her doorstep. But her reasons for picking Wes were not just because of his troubled background. She felt responsible for what happened to his mom, and her brain fused him together with the baby she lost when she was out in Ohio. Annalise's reasons for choosing Wes were deeply personal and tied to unshakeable guilt and responsibility for what his life became when his mom killed herself.
  2. S44.E03: Seth Meyers / Paul Simon

    They got a pilot deal at Comedy Central.
  3. S05.E03: The Baby Was Never Dead

    Don't want to speak for everybody else, but my mind jumped to Bonnie being a twin based on how the episode was edited. When Annalise was telling Nate that the woman in the picture was Bonnie's sister, the visual was Bonnie drinking at the wedding and looking sus. Now, up to this point we have been led to believe that Bonnie suffocated (perhaps as a mercy kill) a person out in the snow, so looking shifty makes sense. But Annalise saying "that's her sister" juxtaposed with Bonnie looking shady, that's what made my mind jump to "Oh, that's not Bonnie, that's her sister." It was involuntary and happened without much thought. At this point, hard to know if that was intentional on the part of the show, or nobody in the editing room thought much of it.
  4. S44.E03: Seth Meyers / Paul Simon

    I find it odd that they promoted Colin back to head writer when his previous tenure as head writer was largely considered terrible. I think his lack of ability in that area is even more pronounced now, since it's coming after the head writing tenure of Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, who gave us one of the best seasons in years (season 42). Both of Colin's stints as head writer have had the same problems: sketches that go on for too long, rely on one joke, and don't have an ending; not using hosts to their strengths; and just a general air of laziness. This is not a job he is good at and I wish Lorne would stop giving it to him. The dreadful and bafflingly recurring "I'M SIX" sketch haunts my nightmares, so big ups to you for blocking that out.
  5. S44.E03: Seth Meyers / Paul Simon

    The cold open was one of their weaker "let's just repeat real things that happened this week instead of coming up with jokes" types, but I just have to say I have absolutely said "That's Wonder Woman!" in the exact same tone of voice Chris/Kanye did in this sketch. I remember that "Kanye interrupting people" sketch, and that it had aired two years before the Taylor Swift incident. At the time the sketch aired I was only familiar with Kanye's music, not his public persona, so I just kinda chuckled along and assumed he'd done something like that before. So when he actually did interrupt Taylor Swift, I was surprised at how surprised everybody was. Like, yeah, isn't this a thing he does? They parodied it on SNL two years ago. What place does a sketch like Thirsty Cops have in a post-#MeToo world? All it did was make me miss Dyke & Fats. The reveal that Kenan was Cosby in the jail sketch reminded me of the OJ reveal in the sketch he did with Gal Gadot last season. Per Chris Redd's Instagram this morning, looks like Trees got mostly cut off for everybody. They put the full version on the YouTube channel: Yeah, a surprisingly underwhelming episode. I thought Seth did fine--as others have said, sketch work is not his strong suit, but I thought he shined in the moments when he was in his comfort zone (monologue and Really?!). I thought there would be more of a tribute to Paul given his history with the show and his official retirement from performing. The goodnights got cut off because they were over on time, but it was his birthday and they brought out a cake for him. So next episode Jonah Hill gets inducted into the Five Timers Club. He might be the most underwhelming entry ever, at least for me. He's not a particularly strong or memorable host--I actually usually find him quite annoying on this show. But whatever, I guess. And I have no idea who Maggie Rogers is.
  6. S05.E03: The Baby Was Never Dead

    The Caplan & Gold daycare. I think here detente with Tegan implied that she could leave Christopher in the daycare whenever she wanted, even if she wasn't actually doing work at C&G at the time.
  7. What Are We Currently Reading?

    Just finished: A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell. I...have thoughts. As just a general criticism, the style the book is told in is not my cup of tea. There aren't so much individual scenes as montages of events told through stream-of-consciousness first-person narration. This narration is very much nonlinear, which isn't a dealbreaker for me, but I never felt like I could settle into the story. All the jumping around to different moments in the characters' lives made it hard to connect to the plot or care about what was happening. It read more like a 300-page outline than an actual book. I can't comment any further without major spoilers so... Despite having a predominantly negative reaction (I don't think there was really one thing I liked about it--a couple lines here and there made me laugh but that's about it), I think I will still try to see the movie before it leaves theaters. The trailer I saw in no way resembles the book I just read, except for some basic plot points. After finishing the book, I wondered for a second why it was even optioned for a movie, but I think because it is so bare bones it probably gave Paul Feig and whoever adapted the screenplay a lot of room to play around and punch it up. Also, because I had seen the trailer before reading the book, I pictured Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in their respective roles, and I have to assume a lot of their characterization was changed as well. Stephanie (Anna Kendrick) especially is such a clueless drip, and it's hard to imagine someone as quick-witted as Kendrick playing somebody so stupid. I'm actually looking forward to seeing how the movie improved upon its source material, as most of the reviews I've read have been positive and said the movie is a lot of fun. Next up: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith, the fourth in the Cormoran Strike series--the PI books JK Rowling writes under a(nother) pseudonym. I got the hard copy and this thing is long, quite possibly longer than Order of the Phoenix. And I have the reading speed of your average eight-year-old so...see y'all back here in five months.
  8. S05.E03: The Baby Was Never Dead

    First of all, I'm glad I wasn't the only one whose mind jumped to "It's a twin, Bonnie has a twin ohhhhhh shiiiiiittttt!" If this is the case it would be the most truly delightfully cheesy thing this show has ever done. I should hate it but I don't. This is the kind of bonkers nonsense I need in my popcorn tv right now. Because then that opens up a whole Pandora's Box of wtf. Is the Bonnie we've grown to know and love and hate really Bonnie, or has it been her sister this whole time? Have they been switching out since the show began? Will I have to go back and watch all previous seasons to guess when it's Bonnie and when it's her sister? What level of commitment do I have to make to this show to parse this twin theory? I will say, though, if she is a twin, I totally trust Liza Weil to find a way to pull it off. Michaela's desperation for Tegan to like her again is really pathetic. You nearly ruined her life, she's allowed to hate you! I think the more satisfying conclusion to that subplot would not be Tegan forgiving Michaela, but for Michaela to make peace with the fact that she's never going to get Tegan's forgiveness and learn to hold her head up high for the rest of her time at C&G. Connor's beat-up face at the wedding does not look new. You could see a butterfly bandage on one of the cuts, there didn't seem to be any fresh blood, and nobody looked surprised. I think he got banged up much earlier, maybe even days or a week before. But then the question would be why he didn't try to use cover-up so at least he wouldn't have those bruises in the pictures.
  9. S44.E02: Awkwafina / Travis Scott

    Agreed. Elementary shoots in NYC so she's local at the moment, and even her not being local wouldn't be an excuse since they flew Matt out from LA the day of the show. Also, she's from Queens just like Awkwafina. It would have been really cool to have her. I can't imagine her saying no if she'd been asked, which gives me the feeling they didn't ask at all.
  10. S44.E03: Seth Meyers / Paul Simon

    Three songs and a montage of all his other SNL moments, for sure. This is definitely the coda to his goodbye tour. It chokes me up to even think it, but this might be his last time on this show, ever. I was talking with a friend about it and remembered that Seth's first episode was the post-9/11 one where Simon played "The Boxer." I think tonight is going to be very emotional.
  11. SNL in the Media

    I think for comedy, SNL is still considered one of the best places to get your big break. Not only does it put you on a national platform but it connects you to so many other people in that part of the industry, that even if you don't make a big splash on camera you might get a second chance somewhere else (think Julia Louis-Dreyfuss; her time on the show wasn't much to write home about, but it connected her with Larry David which helped her get Seinfeld). If you're a writer, it's a great place to hone your skillset before you pitch a pilot or a film. I feel like the current cast do more outside projects than previous casts have. Don't have a metric to measure this but it felt like in the past you buckled down and did your seven years (maybe performing at UCB or doing stand up on your weeks off and over the summer), but I feel like it's more common now for the cast to do movies and tv guest spots than it used to be. I mean it was only ten-ish years ago that Bill Hader was telling Michaela Watkins she should thank Lorne for letting her do a movie over the summer. You know, when the show is on hiatus and she doesn't have to be there. Maybe Lorne's loosened up on that?
  12. What Are We Currently Reading?

    I'm curious to know what evidence Mr. Gladwell has to back this up. Late July birthday here in a school district where the cut-off was the end of September. My mom thought I was ready for kindergarten at five and I think she was right. I was a good student all the way through high school and college (graduated cum laude) and any academic problems I had were a result of my severe anxiety, which I probably would have had to deal with even if she'd kept me back for one more year. I never felt that being one of the youngest in my class was ever a disadvantage. Meanwhile, I knew plenty of kids who started senior year of high school already 18 who were dumber than a box of hair. I feel a counter-argument could be made that kids who are held back a year could potentially suffer as they miss learning certain information before crucial developmental milestones pass. For example, it's best to start teaching kids to read and write as early as possible so that by the time their brain has developed enough to actually understand it, it can become second nature. The later a kid learns to read and write, the harder it is for them to master it. You can poke plenty of holes in my argument as well, because we all develop at different paces. You know your daughter better than anybody and if you thought she was ready to start kindergarten at five, you were probably right. I'm curious what about the rest of this book makes it something that would be taught in a language arts class, and I'm nervous about some of this guy's other claims that could give perfectly competent kids an unnecessary complex.
  13. SNL in the Media

    This is what I could find: https://www.quora.com/How-much-are-actors-on-Saturday-Night-Live-paid-per-episode Per Jay Mohr's biography, he was paid $5,500 per episode plus an additional $1,500 for a writing credit his first season, $6,500 plus the writing credit for his second season, and that people who had been there five seasons were paid $12,500 an episode. As of 2001, Will Ferrell was the highest paid cast member in the show's history, pulling in $17,500 per episode. Even adjusting for inflation, this is peanuts compared to their peers. I work in the industry, primarily with child actors, and they make about $30,000 an episode for a series regular role on a network show in the first season, signing a seven-season contract with their salary steadily increasing each year. I imagine adults and name actors make a lot more, and then of course as you mentioned there are your Big Bang and Friends people who take home a million dollars a week. It's especially glaring because even though SNL actors only work on the show 20 - 22 weeks out of the year, those weeks are grueling: no sleep, constant last-minute changes (you can work tirelessly on a sketch all week only for it to be cut after dress), and yes, they have to do it live! Compare that to a three-cam sitcom where you go in on Monday for the table read, Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday are rehearsals, and you tape on Friday. It's the closest you can get to a 9 to 5 job as an actor and actors on these shows are some of the highest paid in television history. I've never been able to figure out if SAG-AFTRA rules apply to how SNL pays their actors. I remember listening to an interview with Tina Fey years ago where she did a cameo in a movie as a favor to a friend (only the second film she'd ever been in, after Mean Girls) and got an angry call from her agent that she now had to join SAG because she'd been in two SAG projects (you become a must-join after two). This was before the SAG-AFTRA merger, so I don't know what rules apply now. All/most of the current cast must be SAG since they've done other TV and movies, but their salaries seem incredibly under-scale. Unless there's a different scale for sketch shows, even if they're on a network and 90 minutes long? That's part of the reason I'm surprised Kenan's stuck around so long, he could make a lot more money literally anywhere else.
  14. SNL Season 44: Speculation and More!

    I do find it a little funny that none of us predicted any of the first three hosts. It's nice to be surprised, I guess, but maybe I have to reevaluate my system. I am really hoping that because they didn't show up for one of the first three episodes, we will see Bradley/Gaga in the Oscar campaign season. I don't know what Bradley's schedule looks like but Gaga will be starting her Vegas residency in late December. She's playing pretty regularly through January and then has a huge break between February 3 and May 30 where the rumor is she will be putting the final touches on/releasing her new album, hoping to use the A Star is Born Oscar buzz as a train she can hitch her publicity caboose to. There are plenty of episodes for them to show up between those dates so I really hope they do.
  15. S44.E02: Awkwafina / Travis Scott

    Taking this answer to the media thread so as not to go too off-topic. Something I find interesting about Kate is that her natural speaking voice is very strange (Melissa has this problem too) so it seems like when she's not attempting an accurate impression, her choices for voices become limited. My thought would be if you can do a bunch of different voices for real people, you should be able to come up with some variety for your original characters, but maybe at a certain point you just run out of ideas.