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  1. Season 2 Discussion

    Agree. He is like an even less-charming version of Billy from Melrose Place.
  2. Wow, the Megan Mullally episode was odd. I can't believe they spent so much time on a guy that wasn't even a blood relative. I mean, going to DC for the Civil War archive of her STEP-great-great-grandfather was a waste of time. Also it seemed like the episode had to hide a lot of key info from Megan in order to make the contrived story unfold for her in a roundabout way. They could have easily found that 1900 census record at the beginning, not sure why they had to present that at the end. Also, what was with all the drama of "Do they move back to Macon?" I mean, she already knew the son, her great grandfather, had moved from Macon to begin with when he was a man, so it was already obvious the family was already living there. If this was the most interesting branch on the family tree, the rest of it must have been downright snoozeworthy.
  3. S01.E10: Aftermath

    I was backlogged (waterlogged? ha ha) with the last 3 episodes on my DVR and I finally watched them all last night. I kind of felt like altogether they could have been combined into like one much better finale. Lots of filler and it seems like the season stretched out longer than it should have. I really enjoyed the show earlier in the season but it definitely lost steam by the end.
  4. Season Four Discussion

    Something that bugs me is when they find the long lost parent they usually don't give us much of any information on what their life is like now. Like what they ended up doing for a living, did they get married, how many other kids do they have. They only seem to mention it if they never were able to have kids or something.
  5. Season 2 Discussion

    Every time I watch this show I just get so distracted by Paige's fake eyelashes and excessive makeup. She is a very young woman, why do they need to make her look like she is 40 or something? Could they give her a natural face at least in scenes where she is not working or just rolled out of bed?
  6. That is still a direct ancestor though. It is several more generations back, but your ancestors are your ancestors and BOTH their parents no matter what their gender. There is no jumping, it just goes back another generation and the number of grandparents double with every generation. Now if it was his mother's father's mother's mother's father's mother's father's BROTHER, then it would not be a direct ancestor. I think with Cryer, they went farther back because he indicated he knew all of his great grandparents (and his mother seemed to know her great grandparents too) so they seemed to already have a much better awareness of their recent family history than most people do. When I did my mom's side of the family tree she was shocked to discover that we were English. Yet her own father actually lived with his English immigrant grandfather as a child and he never told her. It's crazy how recent history can be so easily lost in families.
  7. I loved how earnest and interested both Cryer and Cox were on their episodes. I enjoyed seeing their reactions to the information they discovered. However, I found myself getting a little bored in both episodes. I wished that they also looked at an additional ancestor or line. Especially in Cox's episode - it seemed they mainly focused on that ancestor because he owned land which was unusual but they never were able to definitively answer how he happened to become a landowner. I started to become exhausted during the last genealogist segment who kept repeating "Oh I have one more document to show you" but only raised more questions. I found myself wanting to hear another ancestor's story rather than just the one person.
  8. S02.E09: The General / S02.E10: Chinatown

    I finally watched the finale and I may have been multi-tasking and missed something, but I thought the Lifeboat only held 4 people. So why did they go to rescue Jiya with 4 people? I guess it worked out that Rufus died so they had a place for her.
  9. Season Four Discussion

    I thought that was odd too. I mean why would her adoptive mother make up such a hurtful thing if it wasn't true? It seemed like it would have been much easier to tell the daughter her birth mother was too poor to take care of her. I also wondered why Chris so quickly latched on to the birth mom's story as the absolute truth since he only heard one side of the story. When the birth mom absolutely broke down during the letter reading, the suddenness of her emotion made me think she was perhaps overcome by guilt. So I think maybe she wasn't telling the entire truth. They did not say, but was Joshua adopted by a white family or an African-American family? I assume given the era perhaps it was an AA family but I thought we have seen other stories where the mixed race adoptee was raised by a white family. I know they said she was with the dad off and on for 20 years, but was he still alive? They never said.
  10. Season Four Discussion

    I was actually thinking as I watched it that the law enforcement guy acted like he wanted to back out and not meet his mom after he learned about the true circumstances. I can only imagine the emotions he must have been going through but he did a complete 180 from how excited and determined he was to find his mom at the beginning to suddenly acting like he wished he had left it alone. I think he felt worried that it would bring his mom more pain rather than healing. I have to admit I was a little nervous when they said he looked like their dad, what if she noticed he looked like her rapist? Usually when they reunite they are all crying and saying I love you, so it was actually refreshing when the guy said it was kind of awkward since it is also meeting a stranger even though it is your mom. I wonder if he expected to have more of an emotional bond and maybe he didn't think he would feel awkward? I noticed they kept saying how she had a rough life but never went into detail. I assumed drugs but I wonder if she had problems with the law too.
  11. I thought it was funny when Paige was trying to demonstrated how they could just easily open and close the doors on that unit and then she struggled to move them to the side. That is exactly why I would hate having a behemoth piece of furniture like that - I know I would just open them up and leave them that way because it would be too much of a pain to open and close them all the time.
  12. Season Four Discussion

    I actually liked how they mixed it up a little last night by showing the guy (who was always in genealogy) they had found this mom by presenting him with a family tree. That was pretty great. I felt bad for him being worried about how to come out to his newly found birth mom, but I kind of wondered what was the expected reaction to him telling her he was gay. I was glad that she was able to tell him he has a gay uncle because I can't really think of a reaction that would sound accepting without sounding weirdly patronizing - Like "Oh you're gay! That's great!" When she was describing how she she knew her brother was gay, I think she stopped herself from saying something offensive.
  13. Season Four Discussion

    So tonight's episode... I thought the woman looking for her bio dad seemed to have way too many expectations that finding her dad was going to fix everything about her life and mend her unhappy childhood. It seemed like she still needed to work through the issues she had with her mom to heal that pain. But her dad seemed nice. I was pretty shocked that he had already changed his retirement plans before he even met her. Did he ever have other children? They did not say.
  14. Season Four Discussion

    So, was I the only one that suspected that Monique/Nicole was not the daughter of Matthew, Sr.? I initially thought she was African-American and she did seem much darker-skinned than her mother and her brother. Plus they said that Matthew, Sr. never "claimed" her as his own, made me wonder that she possibly had another father. Interesting that they didn't seem to do a DNA test on her. The other story was weird. What was the purpose of that scene with Chris and the guy going through microfilms at a library? Have they ever done that on this show before? It seemed like it was just filler, especially since they didn't find anything. They also never explained who the close male DNA match was they found - one of her grandkids? And if his wife was helping him look before why hadn't he ever done a DNA test before the show? Did anyone else think it was sort of shitty of that aunt to tell him he was adopted? I mean, yeah, he probably had the right to know but it did really shake his world. And the fact that his parents never told him, it seemed like the aunt was just waiting for the parents to die so she could spill the beans. Bio mom was very strange and reserved when she was found. She warmed up more during the reunion but I thought it was odd how she said she didn't remember if she ever held her son? Also, she said the bio dad was married with kids but then she happened to have a high school yearbook with his picture? That made no sense. Was he a classmate or some older married guy? Or did she just happen to find an old yearbook with him?
  15. Season Four Discussion

    My impression was that there was probably a grain of truth to the story but that Carol's mother had been paranoid or insecure as an adopted mother - that maybe a woman did come to the door and show an unusual interest in Carol. But Carol's mom probably just got scared that maybe it was Carol's real mom and she told this story to Carol over the years and Carol probably exaggerated in her head that the woman had called her Jody. The reunion with Robyn was so awkward. I kind of wondered why she agreed to the show. Her body language was so uncomfortable and made that scene hard to watch. It's ironic because I have always heard about people who have always wanted to find their biological father and be accepted by him and she was just the total opposite.