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  1. All Episodes Talk: Clothing Optional

    I don't know if it's because I've become so used to presumed producer interference on reality shows (including this one -- "oh, look, I killed an animal for dinner at the perfect time!") that it clouds my expectations, but I was really surprised by how close the sharks got to them and how much interaction with the sharks happened. I wish we'd have seen a bit more of the island they were on, though, because I kept wondering if there weren't plants/fruit trees they could eat from (or at least why they didn't try to kill birds or other small animals). Overall, it was much more entertaining than I expected, mostly because of getting to see the close-up goings on with the different sharks they encountered.
  2. S03.E05: Pies

    Exactly. It made me inordinately mad for some reason -- I think because Paul is always such a stickler about contestants using a name/label for something that's not quite what they actually make; he dings them for that on the regular (his on-going yapping about how "American pies" are hideous probably didn't improve my mindset in that regard either, lol). That was not a "Key lime" pie since it wasn't made with Key limes, which are very different than regular limes (in fact, I wondered if Key limes would even be readily available there when it was first mentioned). Seemed more like a lime meringue pie to me. *grumbles*
  3. Given that his hair was even worse (hard to believe it's possible, but, sadly, tis true) on The Blacklist a few months back, I'm gonna say no. *sigh* I bemoaned on Facebook then how sad I was that all the hot dudes of my youth are now playing old, creepy dudes, lol. It's okay, Julian, we'll always have A Room With A View. Not only seeing Clyde, but having actual dialogue and story-points surrounding him made up for it, though.
  4. S05.E02: Cartouche

    I remember it, too! I thought I was the one who was going a little loopy when I read all the comments thinking it was cut, lol.
  5. S19.E02: Jackie R. 2018.06.12

    After so many seasons of heroin/opioid addictions, it was a little odd to see a straight-up alcoholic. I was glad she made it to her son's graduation and that she seemed to keep it together there (in public) for the most part -- she has no idea what a good friend she had to put up with everything to make that happen.
  6. S19.E02: Jackie R. 2018.06.12

    On the surface, Jackie had it all: a large tight knit family, a devoted husband, two beautiful sons, and a nursing career. But unbeknownst to anyone, Jackie found herself stuck in a loveless marriage. For 15 years she put on the happy face, but gradually began to drink and before she knew it, she was a full-blown alcoholic guzzling up to a gallon of wine a day. In 2015, her marriage dissolved, and after three wrecked cars and a DUI, she lost her RN license. Her bottom should have been a near fatal OD in Feb. 2017, but Jackie continues to drink, and her family and sons are helpless to save her.
  7. S19.E01: Sam & Brad K. 2018.06.05

    Agreed -- especially when they said he had violated rules or some such and had to leave early. I was also particularly glad that he managed to show up for his sister during her cancer treatment, given the state he was in; it seemed to mean a lot to her that he made the effort.
  8. Sam and Brad’s families have known each other since Sam and Brad were kids. Brad’s sister was Sam’s best friend growing up, and Brad’s father coached Sam’s softball team. Although Sam and Brad always had a crush on each other, it wasn’t until they were adults that they finally connected. But when Brad introduced Sam to heroin and the two quickly got married, their drug-fueled codependency became the basis of their relationship. Sam lost custody of her son from a previous relationship and her career as a dental assistant, and recently contracted Hepatitis C. Brad has had multiple overdoses, lost his career, and his daughter from an earlier marriage. Their families are desperate for Sam and Brad to get clean, but are unable to work together as a united front, leaving Brad and Sam to continue on a downward spiral. Now they fear that rock bottom will mean both of their deaths.
  9. S05.E22: Sutton Ross (No. 17)

    Man, being in a coma does wonders for everyone's hair on this show. First Lizzie, now Samar. The proposal acceptance was predictable, but her flowing locks distracted me -- if that was the intent, well done, show.
  10. S03.E24: A Devil of My Word

    Well, at least Maze and Dr. Linda had a really lovely final scene. I'll take it.
  11. Fresh Ink: Blindspot in the Media

    Huh ... not sure if I'm surprised or not, lol. Renewed for Season 4.
  12. While I do think at least some of the "reality" of many British shows has to do with hair, clothes (wardrobe), and teeth being more like "normal" people in work-a-day settings of all kinds, I agree with you on appearance, broadly. I don't spend as much time in LA these days as I used to (one of my good friends is an actress), but one of the things I'm always startled by is how teeny-tiny actresses are in real life. I mean, women we perceive as "normal-sized" on TV are usually a size 2 (or 4 at most), and those called "plus-sized" are maybe a size 10. People who meet my friend in real life are usually shocked that she's so skinny. I'm sure much of that is the same across the pond, but I do think there's an acceptable level of "pretty" and "young" enforced here, even for roles where it might not be so in the real world (oh, the endless debates at TWoP in the Castle forums about them making Stana Katic grow her hair out into a long, glamorous mane that she rarely pulled back while deftly solving crimes in designer clothes and high heels, post-season 1). The age thing may be even more pronounced, though, and, in particular, the notion of Judith Light playing Mitch Peleggi's mom on the Dallas reboot was ridiculous -- but sadly, all too normal on US TV. I appreciate the fact that most folks on British TV shows look like people I encounter in everyday life; it makes things feel more authentic to me in some ways (not that I don't appreciate plenty of US shows anyway).
  13. S01.E03: In a Lonely Place

    Per the captions, they're actually speaking a variety of languages (I'm unclear on how everyone seems to understand/speak all these languages, but anyhoo...) -- so, the captions are twice as useful here since they not only help with the mumbles, but also translate the dialogue. It'll say something like "[In Russian] blahblahEnglishtranslation. [In English] blahblahregularcaptions."
  14. Season 1 Discussion

    Just said this exact thing to a friend ... I'm definitely getting that vibe here.
  15. S20.E03: The Heroin Triangle: Chapter 3

    Agreed -- I was really intrigued by the premise, but it's missed the mark on that, I think. I did like the cop who took the gal to detox instead of jail -- given how surprised he was the next day that she was actually waiting for him to get the ride to rehab, I'd like to hear more from him about what's happening in the city and how they've shifted their response of the past year or so.