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  1. Here's the sad part: ALL of these "cable TV shout shows" are focusing on the latest shiny object. They are ignoring the REAL issues: 1) Cabinet corruption and their profligate spending; 2) Regulatory rollbacks that damage our air, water, and safety, but benefit corporations. 3) Tax policies that benefit the uber-rich while driving our national debt beyond the stratosphere. Sadly, the cable shows are just chasing the latest outrage in an effort to get more eyeballs on their shows.
  2. S04.E09 Episode 9

    OK fans...I have been able to procure the double-secret sequence of upcoming events. Shhhh...don't tell anyone, but here it is: 1) Anticipate Alison flashbacks that provide context to the remaining actors. It is revealed that Alison never really had kids and was not married to Cole. It was all a dream (just like that full year of the 1978 to 1991 TV show "Dallas"). 2) Louisa (Cole's current wife), is now Joanie's primary caregiver, thus can qualify for the Green Card. She will do that, but, recognizing Cole's pining for Alison, will take Joanie and relocate to Miami to run one of the hotels down there. 3) Cole, having sold rights to the Lobster Roll, realizes that the buyers are crooks...and that he is now financially bankrupt. He digs up the buried illegal drugs (from the first season when the Lockharts paid the bills as drug dealers), sells them, makes enough to continue to live in that cool waterfront house. 4) Whitney comes back (yay Whitney!) and now, despising ALL men (because of the misogynistic Furkat and the family-crushing Noah), comes out as a binary and writes an autobiography in which she reveals that Helen drove the car that killed Scotty Lockhart, AND Alison was the one who pushed him into the oncoming car. The book is turned into a movie. Whitney makes millions. Marries the President's son, and lives in a Tower in NYC. 5) Vic stumbles on a cure for his cancer, disowns his parents, and shuns Helen when he finds out about her relations with her next door neighbor. But Vic careens off that back deck and dies while celebrating his liberation. 6) Helen is distraught and, having been accused of vehicular homicide in Whitney's tell-all book, shunned by Vic, and turned away by Noah... dies in a fiery crash while driving that Porsche. 7) Noah, with both Helen and Vic gone, now takes custody of his 4 kids. But, Whitney is legally emancipated; the older son leaves military school and joins the Marines; the second son, Trevor, also joins the marines by lying about his age and shunning his proclivities, and deploys to Iraq where he brings peace to the Middle East; and the youngest daughter (Stacey) writes a children's book wherein she blatantly copies Whitney's story about Helen and Alison. Lawsuits ensue. Stacey wins. Stacey goes on to star in several sitcoms. 8) Noah...having lost all 4 kids, his original wife, Helen, and his Affair wife, Alison...decides to marry Janelle (the charter school principal). Noah's original book is finally turned into a movie. Noah's fat head is fueled by Hollywood glamour. Based on Whitney's book, he sues Helen's estate (from her family and from Vic), and sues Alison's estate (from the Lobster Roll money), sues the NY State prison system for abuse...wins millions. 9) Anton...ah yes, Anton. Anton leaves Princeton because it is too hoity-toity, but, really enjoying living in New Jersey, enrolls in Rutgers. Graduates with a degree in literature. Writes several follow-on novels to Noah's book. Turned into a TV series with a cool French name, "L'Affaire." Reaps millions. Gives them all to Rutgers. Buys a home in Seaside Park. Gets washed away in a hurricane. The End!
  3. S04.E08: Episode 08

    Wow. 1) Kudos to the writers. They sure did make us sit up straight and gasp. 2) This is annoying. First, Homeland kills off Quinn, the best character on TV. Then The Affair makes the lead character "sink back into the ocean". 3) What next? Kill off Ray Donovan? Let the Yankees go on a streak and knock off the coolest team in baseball, the Red Sox? Aggh!
  4. S04.E05 Episode 5 2018.07.15

    Ok...my 2 cents: 1) Cole drives across the continent, over 3,000 miles, stays about 2 days, then starts back another 3,000 miles to Montauk. Eh? Are you kidding? And his jeep looks pristine? On what planet? 2) Noah, once again, demonstrates that he, too, has that certain something that makes the opposite sex just want to jump his bones (Helen, Allison, the Jersey college French professor, now the charter school principal, etc). 3) Vik...ah Vik...having a tough time with demanding parents? Oh for pete's sake...grow a pair and move on! But the Porsche is a great move. Next time, get the Ferrari! And make it red. 4) And Alison? Ah yes. Some on this board appear to be mystified by Alison's sex appeal. Two things to remember: (1) the writers have decided to make her irresistible, so we have to deal with that. (2) Alison IS irresistible. Don't ask me why...she just is. So there. 5) And most important...where is Whitney? I need my whiny, self-entitled, twenty-something, complaining, annoying young person.
  5. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    Hmmm...what power? Oh boy oh boy oh boy...what power!? Ummm...let's see (wait, my wife is nearby). Ok...coast is clear. Alison is just, well, sort of, uhhh... Aw...darn! My internet married-man-protection software is triggering all sorts of alerts. It is good software...prevents me from writing things that will DEFINITELY get me into trouble with the Missus. What's that? Yes, Dear...I will take out the garbage this minute. Yes, Dear.
  6. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    Good point. Two things: 1) I defer to parents: do young children go through hair color changes as they grow older? 2) I'm guessing that the writers tossed this hair color change into the story line to keep us guessing.
  7. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    I believe this is the first mention of the EMDR conference. I am assuming this "EMDR" refers to the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy. I do not recall Alison going through this particular therapy, but it would certainly apply to her situation. Last season (#3) after going through therapy herself, Alison mentioned that she had been offered a job at the center. Of course, given the practice of presenting scenes from two different viewpoints, the job offer was greeted by general doubt. I am not clear as to how long she has been in training because there seems to have been a time jump between seasons #3 and #4.
  8. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    That is truly one doozy of a house. Much larger than what we saw starting last season. And on the water. The real estate site Zillow says there is a 3BR/3Ba 2,000 sqft house on water for $2.2M. It looks about half of the Cole house. Also, recall that they sold the Cole/Alison house & land, with beach fronting property in a previous season (although the house burned down). Beachfront out there is worth millions. A question would be whether they are still in the, ummm..."alternative pharmaceuticals" business. And the taxi business may have been sold off, or just dropped. Yes, they plunked down money on the Lobster Roll, but that seems to be making money. A question would be whether Alison got anything from Noah as part of the divorce. So, Cole/Alison/Luisa should be financially rolling in the cash.
  9. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    Let's see: I think Alison phoned Cole from her condo up in Montauk. She had her kid and needed to get her to school, also in Montauk. Also, yes, her trainee job is several hours away from Montauk. And everyone is right: this is a ridiculous distance to travel for any job. An actual filming location might help, but is irrelevant unless the story line references the travel time somehow. And BTW: the California scenes are reported to be in the Morro Bay area, California. This is south of Monterey, north of LA. Reports say that this show, and a few others, relocated to California to take advantage of production tax credits.
  10. S04.E02 Episode 2 2018.06.24

    Let's consider this: the writers have made Alison the target of every man's desires from the first episodes. They position her as young, healthy, attractive...just recall that first meeting in the Lobster Pot: long legs, lean...oh yes, very attractive. And then she saves the kid from choking. And then she is presented as suffering from the tragedy of her child dying. So attractive, so vulnerable, so in need of someone to rescue her. Noah was only the first. If this continues on for another 10 years, there will be another 10 characters who deem her needing rescuing. As for Cole, and Vic, and every other male, and female, in this show: they all make decisions that support the premise that you reap the benefits of your decisions, good and bad. We, of course, as loyal viewers, shout at the TV saying "don't be such a dink!" Ah, but this is TV, not reality. Besides, some of us find Alison really, really attractive. Or, perhaps, it is reality. And, like those who stop to look at a car crash, we just revel in watching the characters spiral down to their demise. Except for Whitney...Whitney triumphs no matter what. As the kids say these days, You go girl!
  11. S04.E01: Episode 1 2018.06.17

    I seem to recall that Helen paid the legal fees. Hey...I was actually paying attention!
  12. S04.E01: Episode 1 2018.06.17

    Noah has no money? How about money from his best-selling novel?
  13. S04.E01: Episode 1 2018.06.17

    Ok... 1) WHERE is Whitney? I NEED my whiny, self-entitled, annoying late-teen. Geez...I need my Whitney! 2) And I miss Furkat...greatest name in all of TV. 2) That school really had to be struggling to find teachers if they hired a man who was jailed for 3 years for unintentional vehicular manslaughter (a felony). 3) Dr. Vic has to be making a jillion in his new job to afford that gorgeous house overlooking Santa Monica. 4) Assuming I have my geography correct, Helen is correct to fear that the house may end up on the PAC101 after an earthquake 5) Remember, they caught the notorious gangster, Whitey Bulger, in Santa Monica. 6) And here's a little bit of extreme potential trivia: Last season, Noah was hospitalized after that knife incident. Treated by an unseen Dr. Quittner. Hmmm...This whole fictional exercise was supposed to be set in New Jersey, specifically in the Florham Park, Livingston area. Investigated by the Livingston police. The town next to Livingston is...West Orange. AND, ready for it, back in the day, there were twins, the Quittners. Good athletes. Now, doesn't that just make your toes tingle.
  14. "The Americans" Part 2

    OK...my 2 cents: Paige was easily influenced by anyone with passion, conviction, and vision: Pastor Tim and her Mom. Now she is totally toast: no money, no American ID, (Canadian passport), no job, no college scholarship, no car...just a bottle of vodka. Hiding out in someone else's house. No Russian contacts to save her. The FBI will nab her, after she wipes out several would be attackers. She will eventually talk. Henry will learn of his parent's duplicity, will hate them, will be a confused/angry/lost soul. Smart, but lost. What could be worse than finding out your parents are criminals...no, spies/murderers for the Evil Empire. No jail time, but no private school either. No college. A life of drugs and crime appears on his horizon. Both Philip and Elizabeth lost their children. Devastating. Also, Elizabeth will be filled with despair realizing that everything she worked so hard for is falling apart. Philip is a bit more adaptable...this glasnost thing is not so bad in his book. But, both of them are double targets: by the coup folks for being spies associated with the old failed regime (ouch), and by the anti-coup folks for just about the same reason. Lots of alcoholic sorrow for both. And Stan...good old Stan...he let THREE Russian spies live across from him and then failed to stop them in the garage (Paige will testify to this). Stan goes to Leavenworth for 20 years. Oleg...your friendly neighborhood Russian spy...he will be traded for an American caught up in spying in Russia. Maybe Carrie from Homeland, eh? Igor Oleg's father...more toast. High-level railroad official, but associated with the old regime. Loses no matter who takes over, unless he can escape to some other country. Claudia (the last spy runner): looks like she scooted out, but did she make it back to Russia? To what? Does she have a place in the new regime? If not, she will probably just find a way to survive, because she has terrific skills and hanging in. Martha...geez. They will leave her alone, maybe. Stuck in Russia, making the most of her time as a language teacher. Will the newer regime keep her on the payroll? Wandering the mostly empty shelves of the grocery store. Gorbachev...wow, what a player in history. Moves his country starkly away from its history, sidelines most of the Politburo. Oops....bad move! Loses his job. But survives.
  15. "The Americans" Part 2

    Oh man...Kikaha...you have really nailed it. Looks like a great "pitch" to producers. Perhaps Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys could be enticed to be the show's producers. Yes, this might be adolescent, but, we are talking about Hollywood, where no one grows old and they all have ocean-front houses in San Diego.