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  1. S05.E03: Week 2, Night 2

    She spit out caviar on her 1:1 date on Ben's season. I'm Russian and I take caviar - and good table manners - very seriously. She does seem like a genuine person though, and if she and John really hit it off, then good for them. Caroline was a bit of a needy shit-stirrer on Arie's TWTA, so I don't think she and John are a good match. But I'm glad that John is finally getting the appreciation he deserves. Krystal is really playing the field, isn't she? Made out with three guys in three episodes, with minimal drama. That's what Paradise should be about. I also love that Kenny, while disappointed at first, shrugged it off and moved on. Tia, take note! Not saying that John isn't a catch, but I don't think that him having worked at Venmo necessarily means that he's rich: - Venmo was founded in 2009, and John said he joined after college. He's 28 now, so assuming he graduated six or seven ears ago, he wasn't an early-stage employee - those are the ones who get significant equity stakes. - He said he worked on the mobile app for Venmo, which is just a front-end, not the business logic, ie. not the innovative part. I'm sure he's a competent software developer, but he's not a genius who invented the concept. - He said he left Venmo. Most equity deals vest over three or four years with a one year cliff, so if he was there for less than four years, he didn't get all of his shares/options, and if he was there less than a year, he didn't get any. - Venmo was acquired in 2012 for $26M. That's a very small amount for a tech acquisition. The majority of that money went to the investors and cofounders. In the best case scenario, the employee pool was around 15-20% of the total shares, and that was divvied up among all of the vested employees. John probably made a low six-figure sum, at most. That's barely enough for a down payment on a small condo in SF.
  2. S15.E10: Top Ten Perform

    I thought the Bollywood costumes were a nod to Holi, the Indian festival of colors. I'm not saying it was well-executed though. There was a very labored lift in the African jazz, plus botched lifts in both this week's contemporary and last week's samba, and yet Jensen and JayJay never got called out for those. That's too much derivative choreography in one episode. I'd love to see some new choreographers to bring in some fresh material.
  3. S05.E02: Week 2, Night 1

    That was actually a skort-romper. You could see that it was shorts from the back. It would have been really difficult to sit down in a dress that length. :)
  4. S05.E02: Week 2, Night 1

    So are TPTB gambling that he'll be the first Bachelor to lose his virginity in the FS? Is that what they think we want to see? This is making me sick to my stomach (TM Tia). Love it! Something to laugh about after an utterly humorless episode.
  5. S05.E02: Week 2, Night 1

    I hate how transparently scripted this show has become. It was so refreshing in the early seasons when the only manipulation was pretending people were having conversations with wildlife. Colton and Tia suck all the fun and energy out of the show. Why are TPTB so in love with the idea of Colton as the Bachelor? He had a short and unremarkable football career, and other than Tia, no other Bachelor Nation women seem to be interested in him. I wish I could share your optimism. Sean Lowe, while technically not a virgin, declared himself "born again" and made it very clear he wasn't going to have sex again until he's married. TPTB made him Bachelor anyway.
  6. S04.E09 Episode 9

    She told Noah in S1, but back then she said that Gabriel seemed fine and gave her a hug, so she let him go to sleep instead of taking him to the hospital, even though, as a nurse, she should have known better. But now she told Ben that Gabriel was vomiting and had diarrhea, and it seems implausible to me that she didn't take him to the ER just because she was mad at Cole. I'm neither a parent nor a healthcare professional, but even I know that vomiting and diarrhea can be really dangerous for a child, and you don't risk a child's life for a petty fight. This episode didn't work for me. Seeing as both versions can't be true, I feel none the wiser about what happened to Alison. If the second version is true, it feels very predictable and trite. And the first version didn't work for me either, how easily Alison forgave Ben, despite so many warning signs. If a man told me he once tied his wife to a bed face down so he wouldn't have to look at her face, I'd try to get away from him immediately. The first version was just more of same old pushover Alison, not turning over a new leaf at all.
  7. S02.E08: The Good Twin 2018.06.29

    I *loved* this episode! The Don't Kidnap song was everything, such a perfect parody of the cheesy charity songs that were all the rage at the time, like We Are The World and Do They Know It's Christmas. And Ruth's increasingly outlandish Russian stereotypes were hilarious as well. I loved that the episode was straight-up fun and we got a break from the dramatic arcs - except for the very end, I guess.
  8. The Bachelorette in the Media

    Nobody is guaranteed anything. Des and Chris didn't get a televised wedding, and Rachel and Bryan aren't entitled to one either.
  9. The Bachelorette in the Media

    Does Rachel think that publicly complaining about the way the show treated her is going to get her the televised wedding she wants? *facepalm*
  10. S05.E01: Week 1: Season Premiere

    Oh, I didn't realize that was him. I thought Jordan and Annaliese were a thing.
  11. S05.E01: Week 1: Season Premiere

    That was Bibiana. And she kept referencing her reproductive organs throughout the episode. And the last scene was about her picking boogers. That woman needs a filter. I can't believe Venmo John hasn't gotten any action yet, he seems like one of the best guys there. Wills is still very low-key, and it didn't look like he hit it off with any of the women there. I want to like Kenny, but he's *still* talking too much about his daughter, and the girl seems to be a teenager by now. The doting dad act is ridiculous at this point. Jordan's commentary is hilarious, I want him to stay for the entire season just for that. All the other guys, meh. Neither Tia nor Colton are fun to watch, and the combination of the two is like multiplying two very small numbers - you get an even smaller number.
  12. S14.E11: The Three-Hour Live Finale

    That's because the ring Garrett picked was butt-ugly and Becca visibly recoiled when she saw it.
  13. S04.E08: Episode 08

    Luisa seemed to be under the impression that if she can prove that her deportation would create a hardship for Joanie, she would be able to stay. She told Cole that she wanted him to corroborate that she is the only sane and stable mother figure Joanie has ever had. I agree with you though, given the current political climate, I doubt that it would work out that way. To me it looked like Luisa was desperately grasping at straws and not necessarily in touch with reality.
  14. S04.E08: Episode 08

    I've always thought the opening song was about Alison, and, unlike some commenters here, I never believed that there would be a "happy ending" with the original couples getting back together. Still, I was absolutely shocked that Alison died now, with another season left to go - well done, show, for not being predictable! I also don't find it hard to believe that Alison killed herself. Having children unfortunately doesn't stop a troubled person from killing themselves. There have been several recent high-profile cases of parents of young children committing suicide, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain being the most prominent. What the detective said about Alison made a lot of sense. Very often professionals who don't have an emotional attachment to someone can assess that person's state of mind much better than a loved one. The show will try to misdirect and pretend that Alison was murdered, but I believe we'll eventually find out it was suicide after all.
  15. S08.E12: Sleepwalking

    This show has made some outrageously untrue claims about Russia/ns before (such as Svetlana saying that kids in Russia don't get vaccinated), but the story that Frelania's mother "survived Stalingrad" is absurd. The Battle of Stalingrad took place during WWII, 75 years ago. The timeline would work if it was Frelania's grandmother or great-grandmother, but certainly not her mother.