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  1. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I don't think it's unrealistic that Rachel got her act together. Many teens from broken homes and blended families often act out and that combined with adolescence usually makes for a hot mess. Also not unrealistic that after Mark's death she'd want to honor her father. I mean this scene always makes me cry: Along with this final scene of the new "Dr. Greene" running into the ER:
  2. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I agree it was realistic. I always thought that they married because it was "the thing to do" -- Mark was that type of guy who took sex and relationships really seriously so he thought the next step after going steady was getting married. I didn't sense that this was a really loving marriage even way back when. Just a comfortable marriage, if that makes sense. When both of them got out of their comfort zone (Jen had a career, new friends, etc) the marriage fell apart. Also we always model our parents unconsciously. The Mark/Jen marriage was very much like Marks' parents' marriage -- comfortable but not that passionate. When Mark's mom passed away and Mark's dad came out of his shell you saw that David Greene could be quite the ladykiller. I think that this isn't really Christine Harnos' fault but she has a face and voice that don't read very well onscreen. So Jen's expressions and inflection always seemed bitchy even when the character was written with more nuance. One thing about Eriq La Salle was that Benton could be very cold and arrogant, but La Salle always had big expressive eyes that made you "see" Peter's soul even if he was being an ass (which he often was).
  3. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    The writing for that was poor because they made this two hour commute seem so insurmountable and the reason they grew apart. I know plenty of couples who have to do the two hour commute every day (both couples) and they have kids involved. So they added to the two hour commute issue by having Jen cheat on Mark. I do think the way Jen let Mark know their marriage was over was awful. She gets into a car accident and all she asks about is her bf? And that Greg guy hanging around and not even letting Mark face the end of his marriage without any intrusion? I don't forgive Jen for that. One interesting bit: originally Julianna Marguiles read for Jen's part, but they ultimately decided to have her be Carol, who was going to die in the pilot.
  4. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    John Truman Carter III in his first season was a third year medical student from an ultra-rich family who only associated with really WASP-ish types. It's likely that Carter had never even met a transgender woman in his life. And this was 1994. Still so much fear/ignorance back then. So while his lack of empathy was depressing it was realistic. So was Doug not being entirely comfortable with the gay teen, and Mark having some very backwards views on Jeannie working in a hospital.
  5. S44.E04: Jonah Hill / Maggie Rogers

    the off-broadway sketch I thought was really funny. I loved the pull quotes and opening night audience reactions, as well as the references to Hamilton and Wicked. The Fox News cold opening isn't even an exaggeration of Laura Inghram and that;s scary.
  6. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I agree with this but I've also heard Maria Bello talk about her ER experience and she talked about it in the most dismissive way, and acted like she was so embarrassed to be on the show. It really turned me off to her. She said she didn't want to be "some doctor on TV." I was really surprised. It's not as if she hasn't done a lot of TV since, and her movie career has been okayish but she isn't an A list movie star by any means.
  7. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I really hated how they brought Jing-Mei/Deb back and then barely used her. They did similar to Susan. And actually, I also wonder why they never tried Jing-Mei/Carter. I always could see Carter with someone like Jing-Mei, whereas i never bought Carter and Abby at all.
  8. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    I want to be disgusted by Raven but I just feel sad for her. After watching her all summer it was clear Mama Walton had some serious Munchausen-by-proxy issues and Raven was taught that her only worth in life was how many medical procedures she racked up. Her three months in the BB house might have been the happiest of her life as she was allowed to be who she was: a hearty young woman with a healthy sex drive.
  9. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    There was definitely a video (maybe an IG story?) where she opened up gifts from fans. I remember quite a few were "Tangela" artwork including a dream board. Here's one link I found on twitter:
  10. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Not sure what exact gifts they got but Angela did an Instagram Live where she unboxed a bunch of presents from fans. Many seemed like housewarming gifts for Tyler who was moving in. I found that weird. I mean she has a place already that's furnished. And the gifts seemed more appropriate as a wedding registry than a gift for two people who met on a reality tv show.
  11. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Anyone find it weird when random people give BB house guests gifts? I know there are BB fanatics but the stuff Tyler and Angela have gotten seems ... expensive. Like people really spent money on them.
  12. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    You know thinking of Sawyer and Juliet (as well as Jack and Kate and other LOST couplings) I think the reason ER never had much romantic success was they tended to pair like with like. The only time they didn't was when they paired playboy Doug with hopeless romantic Carol and voila! That was the only couple that really stuck. A few examples: Benton/Cleo: two sober, serious, not-very-warm people of course will have a sober, serious, not-very-exciting romance. Benton's romance with Corday worked precisely because it did have an opposites attract feel. Abby/Luka: two extremely damaged, unhappy people are of course going to have a miserable romance. I was miserable just watching them constantly be miserable together. Mark/Elizabeth: on paper this looked good. Mark was the kind and empathetic one, Elizabeth feistier and sharper. But then the writers decided to make Elizabeth a female Mark, and all went to shit. LOST initially made the mistake of pairing like with like when they paired Jack with Juliet (two unhappy, damaged doctors) and Kate and Sawyer (two con-artists). However they switched plans and realized that the opposites attract formula makes for much better tv. A great example is this scene. Juliet is a serious, miserable OB-GYN doctor. She spends three years on the island being serious and miserable, whether she;'s with the Oceania group or with Ben's group. Her trademark look is a deep frown or a cold stare. This scene works because she sits down with Sawyer for a chat and the first half of the scene she is the Juliet we know: serious and sober. However within seconds she's giggling. And Sawyer puts the moves on her, and her face mirrors his: it has the same crooked smirk and shifty eyes. Dr. Burke is no longer Dr. Miserable. You can tell that she's thinking the two weeks will be a whole lot of screwing around with her new hot "friend." This took LOST two minutes to accomplish. I wonder why the ER writers didn't ever figure this out in 15 seasons.
  13. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I think it was the 10:00 slot, which meant it was "mature" but I'm not sure how much the ratings were. I think that had more to do with the mature content than anything. as for the lack of really great sexual chemistry, yeah, that was a puzzlement too. Except for Doug and Carol. But I think Clooney just had chemistry with anyone on the show. He had amazing chemistry with Anthony Edwards but not in a romantic way. Julianna Marguiles didn't even have chemistry with her real-life bf at the time (Ron Eldard). It was weird to see Elizabeth Mitchell play Kerry's gf in a not-very-passionate-or-exciting-affair but a few laters on LOST as Juliet Burke (another doctor!) she had great chemistry with Sawyer (Josh Holloway).
  14. BB in the Media: Outside the Fishbowl

    Heh I got Rockstar.
  15. All Episodes Talk: What's Up Doc?

    I think that was a lot of BTS stuff. Apparently Stringfield wanted to be written out of the series ASAP. She never really specified why she was so eager to leave (especially as she later came back for a longer, rather blah stint) so Chloe getting the baby back and Susan leaving to be with little Susie was the plot device used to write her out. I agree though, no way Chloe cleans up her act so quickly. I think where the show jumped the shark on Susan is during her second stint when she has a drunken Vegas marriage to Chuck. Again, extremely out of character. We saw how Susan v. 1.0 because of her dysfunctional family is also essentially sober, serious and responsible person. But she gets drunk, marries this guy, and what's more, even procreates with him? No, just no. I always wished Susan and Carter would have gotten together. It would have spared us the endless Carter/Abby/Luka drama.