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  1. S05E02: The Chaos Game

    To be fair, he did teach military ethics. But like I said, that's theory. Life is different and he's welcome to point out the ethical dilemmas but the final decision should always rest with Bess and POTUS (if it's a decision they are both involved in) and it should be made looking at what's best for the country. I think that politics is always about saving ten strangers and not the one family member. It may not always be the most ethical thing to do but Bess and POTUS are public servants. And as long as they do what's best for the country, they shouldn't need some ethics Professor to tell them what they should do. (Like Bess said in S2, giving up Dmitri was the necessary wrong. Was it ethical? Probably not. But it was necessary.)
  2. S05E02: The Chaos Game

    And something that I find completely ridiculous. As I said in another thread, what does Conrad need that for this late in his Presidency and wasn't Bess Conrad's "ethical advisor" up until now? She was always the one who pushed him to do the right thing. He lost his primary because she appealed to his conscience and he chose truth over politics. It doesn't get more ethical than that. Henry is not needed. Also, it will put him at odds with Bess, and, as I said in the previous episode thread, the campaign ads for her opponent will write themselves. Also, if Henry takes the position, does that then mean that Conrad will take Henry's advice over Bess' every now and then? His secretary of state? (And the only woman in the trio?) I can't imagine that would be very popular... I know that I would probably have a hard time finding it credible. They have done a very good job of establishing that it's never black and white but that a lot of the decisions that they make are grey and have to be grey. Henry's ethics are commendable but they are also idealistic and often not applicable in the real world. The world doesn't work in theory. He should stick to teaching the theory and be Bess' ethical advisor. I'm hoping, I'm getting upset over nothing but with the way things have gone on the show, I'm not so sure :-( ETA: I'm having Craig Sterling flashbacks, only with Henry being at the opposite end and us not being allowed to see him as the enemy.
  3. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    Bush and Carter were one-term Presidents, so, I don't think it would be unreasonable to assume that a fictional President lost re-election :-)
  4. S06.E03: Bad Boys

    I never understood it to have been tossed out but that Lindsay and Jay were an exception to the rule because Voight realized how important a stable relationship was for Lindsay at the time. (Which it was)
  5. S06.E03: Bad Boys

    So, I guess, the question is: will they or will they not remember that Voight has a rule against dating? (And Burgess possible jealousy is probably one reason why).
  6. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    Yes, they have. They said it in an interview. If I remember correctly, it just happened at the beginning and then they decided to roll with it. It's probably one reason why Conrad ran as an Independent. Otherwise, they probably would not have been able to get away with not giving him a party. No, they haven't. I don't think they ever mentioned anything either. I'm sure they have something in mind but I also think that who was President before is up to us (whether we want to believe it's Obama or a fictional President). They do seem to continue to follow our timeline though.
  7. Chicago PD in the Media

    Yup. My thoughts exactly whenever I read a showrunner say that they're going to do something just because they want to even though they know it's unpopular. Makes them sound like a petulant child. And while they might be in charge, it's the viewers who determine whether they stay in charge. Although, to be fair, I'm reading your quote as if Eid was considerate of the fans and the writers were dismissive.
  8. Chicago PD in the Media

    Rick Eid is now also co-showrunner of FBI. https://tvline.com/2018/10/10/fbi-showrunner-change-cbs-rick-eid-derek-haas/ I'm trying to make up my mind if that's a good thing or a bad thing. He already doesn't have any idea about the characters, so now he has even less time. On the other hand, that may mean that he will delegate.
  9. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    Don't worry. She wasn't in every episode last season either and as I mentioned in a previous post, Jay wasn't a regular until S2. Kat, as policy advisor, probably was around somewhere, but, I guess, they simply didn't need to show us her interaction with Bess to advance the story :-)
  10. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    Russell gave her an intern position because she saved his life. He said as much, that he doesn't normally hire interns but she saved his life and all. And he also didn't seem to know what to do with her when she first started out. I think her first task was programming his fitness thing. Of course, one could argue that Stevie saved Russell's life because she was there to get the recommendation for Harvard which she wouldn't have been able to ask Russell for if Bess weren't secretary of state. But considering Russell and how they have established his character, I really think that he gave her the internship because he felt he owed her.
  11. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    I guess Powell knows that Hillary Clinton is not Bill Clinton. ;-) I would also imagine that Clinton consulted Powell during her tenure since that is apparently nothing out of the ordinary.
  12. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    He probably wasn't available for filming. I seem to remember something about the kids attending school still and the show working around their schedules. While they filmed in summer, he might have been otherwise engaged regardless. I really hope they go there. I don't think that Stevie can come out of this unscathed and it would be the perfect opportunity for some awesome Bess and Stevie scenes! I really hope they don't go there ;-) I think it's already iffy with Stevie working in the WH and for the Chief-of-Staff at that. So, Bess is a big no-go for me. And it's even more of a no-go if Bess really wants to run. I don't think she is inconsequential. She just isn't needed in every episode. When the show started, Sebastian Arcelus - as Bess' policy advisor, Kat's job - wasn't a series regular. I didn't mind that they made him one but not every story needs a policy advisor.
  13. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    But they were also playing themselves, so I think it's fair to assume that the administrations they served in existed in this universe as well.
  14. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    The show started in 2014 and Conrad was re-elected in 2016. That's why I always assumed that if Obama existed in this universe (and since Clinton does, I'm assuming he does, too), Conrad would have won in 2012 instead of Obama and Bess' predecessor Marsh became Sec of State instead of John Kerry. That would not change Clinton's tenure as Sec of State. How are they going to let Bess run for President if he doesn't? There is no way that I believe that she could win if he doesn't. The campaign ads underminding her judgement and calling her decisions into question write themselves: Even her husband disagrees with her. If her husband doesn't trust that she makes the right decisions, how can the nation trust her to?
  15. S05.E01: E Pluribus Unum

    Judging from the short interviews that were floating around, I would say they had some input.