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  1. S04.E11: If Not For Hope

    John Bell (Young Ian) was in the second two Hobbit movies, but he didn't play a Hobbit. Wonder if he ever had a scene with his "Uncle Dougal." :-)
  2. S04.E11: If Not For Hope

    It's worse in the book!
  3. S04.E11: If Not For Hope

    She said that Bree confided in Frank more often. Frank was around more when Bree was younger, but Claire was still around. I was a Stay at Home Mom when my kids were little, so I was with them for more hours each day than my husband. But that didn't mean my husband wasn't around. He was still a huge part of their lives. It's not just that, though. It's also the way a parent worries about a child. Are they doing well in school, are the making friends, what to do when we know they are hurting and we can't stop that from happening. Jamie loves all of his kids, but he was never the one who had to worry about them. Someone else always did that. He didn't think lying to Ian and Jenny about Young Ian being with him was a big deal, but Claire was horrified that he would lie to Ian and allow him and Jenny to not know where their son was. Jamie honestly didn't get what he was doing to Young Ian's parents by not telling the that their son was safe.
  4. S04.E11: If Not For Hope

    Exactly. They were both being standoffish. They both played a part in the great misunderstanding. I get why everyone (the characters) is upset, but when the dust settles, it's important to remember that everyone was really trying to protect Bree. I was impressed with how well Claire explained her emotions to Jamie. Sometimes he honestly does not realize what it is like to be a parent. Yes, he loves all his kids (including Fergus and Marsalie), but he's never been a parent in the same way Claire and Jenny and Ian have. And he doesn't quite get it.
  5. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    Our 8th Grade literature teacher and I volunteer together at our church. I was telling her a funny story from an episode, so she decided to start reading the books! When she told me, I thought, "Oh no! But I didn't warn you!" She said, "Thank you so much! I love them, and I'm half way through the second book." Big sigh of relief! It can be a bit nerve racking to recommend these books, because you just don't know what people are ok with reading.
  6. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    Yes and no. He was definitely more extreme with what he said earlier in the episode when he was trying to show her that there was nothing she could have done. But when she confronted him in the house, he said, "You bedded him from lust?" and "And to think, I was defending your honor. And now I come to find you claim yourself violated upon finding yourself with child!" Ouch! Once he finally realizes that she was handfasted with Roger and later raped, he apologized, and she called him a savage. That's when it finally comes to light that her rapist was Bonnet. I'm no fan of this series of unfortunate events or what happens to Roger, but I actually love the way the show handled it. Even though each of the characters withed information at some point or made an assumption based on limited knowledge, I can't really say that any of them behaved irresponsibly. If you look at each character's point of view, individually and without any other knowledge, I don't think you can honestly say any of them should have done something different. In the book, I thought it was very easy find fault with Jamie and Ian.
  7. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    I think she was mad about both, but I definitely agree with you that she was furious with him for what he said.
  8. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    Actually, both Jamie and Jaime are more commonly male names. They are both female names, but much more commonly used for men.
  9. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    Same. I do not appreciate some of the violence in the book or on the show. I love the story, so I accept it, but I would love the story so much more without it.
  10. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    That (the stones) was in the book??? Ok, I totally missed that (I've only read the book once). I just remember him running from the Mohawks but really just running around in circles unable to escape. Once this season is over, I will definitely be rereading Drums.
  11. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    Yes to so many things you said. And the slapping bothered me, as well! Reading the books, I also thought sometimes that Claire viewed Brianna more as hers than as Jamie's. I suppose that's true to an extent, as Claire was actually a part of Brianna's life and Jamie is new. Claire and Bree will always have that bond, and Jamie and Bree have to figure out their relationship. Still, it does sometimes seem like she feels she has a "right" to more of Bree than Jamie. I suspect Claire just didn't know what to do or how to help. None of them do, really. Everything is just so messed up. I would say comedy of errors, but there's nothing funny going on right now.
  12. S04.E10: The Deep Heart's Core

    What the heck was that ending?!? Well, they are still planning on more time with the Mohawks, right? I mean, Ian's story line is important. Also, Ian already alluded to it.
  13. S04.E09: The Birds & The Bees

    When did they get the "Big House?" Was it at the end of Drums? I realize we may never actually get the Big House, but I was thinking they wouldn't have been living there at this point, anyway. Is that correct?
  14. S04.E09: The Birds & The Bees

    Maybe innocent wasn't the right word, but I wasn't referring to his sexual innocence. I just meant that he's a very different person now than the person he will become, and I think the way he dresses and looks right now helps convey that idea. I understand some people wanting a bit more eye candy, but I think that right now we (the audience) are meant to think that "Young Ian" is too young to "know" these things and that we should be mourning his lost innocence rather than drooling and thinking of him as another hottie. I think we are meant to notice the drastic change in him when he returns to the Ridge.
  15. S04.E09: The Birds & The Bees

    I think Ian is fine for the moment. He's supposed to be very young and innocent. I'm curious to see what happens between now and the end of Season 5, assuming the follow The Fiery Cross and just stick to that for Season 5. He's going to have to look very different.