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  1. It wouldn't surprise me if Lil' Sebastian ended up in the Bad Place. That miniature horse had bad morals and was a little bit full of himself, diploma from Notre Dame and all.
  2. S03.E07: A Fractured Inheritance

    "Tahani? You're a cocktail waitress now? I think that's a good step for you."
  3. S03.E07: A Fractured Inheritance

    Before I forget, this was my favorite moment of the show. When Tahani hugs Kamila, Kamila acts just like a little girl. Voice and mannerisms and everything. It was perfect. That actress was on he podcast, and she didn't mention it as being played that way. But if you rewatch, watch that moment -- it's like they are both little kids again. Very neat and absolutely just right for that moment of reconnection. As for the overarching points, there's something else going on. I kind of get the feeling they still might be in the Bad Place, and this is an even more elaborate torture to show them that nothing really matters. The only reason I doubt that is because it's harsher than Shurr usually wants to go. But as I'm watching, I'm sort of thinking about a Woody Allen movie where a writer converses with his characters (Deconstructing Harry maybe?) or the end of Big Fish. I think all of this stuff we're seeing is too simplistic, and unless the writers have gotten very lazy, it doesn't fit with the complex narrative they've had. Like I said, i don't know what it is. But I'm pretty sure it's something.
  4. S03.E07: A Fractured Inheritance

    I don't think Monica was ever shown to be anything other than crazy and destructive. it could have been the Ian plot where they found out Frank wasn't Ian's dad, or that there was a normal Gallagher family out there, but I don't think it was Monica. Or if it was, it certainly didn't last.
  5. S09.E07: Down Like the Titanic

    I hope this means the end of real estate. Because they really, really screwed it up. 1) It actually takes a long time to default on a loan. Especially a business one. Fiona had plenty of time to try to bring her mortgage into compliance, and to be honest, I'm not sure why that was a concern, even if she defaulted on the investment money. She couldn't have gotten the loan without showing the cash flow to justify it; it would suck to lose 100K (more on that coming up) but it should have had no impact whatsoever on her ability to pay her mortgages. If she's got 282 on a 10-year note at a crazy rate of 10 percent, her monthly nut is about 3700. She's got at least six units at at least $800 though I think she said she was asking 13). Even paying power she should be swimming. 2) If Max was working as her broker, he had a fiduciary duty not to work against her interests. He became her broker the moment he said he's waive his fees. He didn't say he couldn't advise her, he said he'd waive his fees. He also said he had clients who would be looking for that kind of investment. YOU CAN'T DO WHAT HE ENDED UP DOING, which is use information given to you in a client/broker relationship to gain an advantage over a client. He had a legal responsibility to tell her to get other advice. That kind of thing sends one to jail, not just losing your license. 3) No partnership agreement ever written gives the general partner the chance to demand immediate payment from an investor or face default, especially one where they are talking about a long process like rezoning. As a GP, you are ALWAYS trying to get your investors to pay, and it takes a long time, not just a coffee shop conversation. There has to be a vote; Max can't just say he wants 25K and he wants it now. And even if we forget that, there's no way Fiona just loses her investment -- her partnership interest may have been devalued, but you can't just go to your partners and demand more money or we'll just take what you've already put in (trust me, my life would have been a lot easier if you could). And if Max was anything less than forthcoming about the prospects of rezoning and about the possibility -- and expectations -- of additional expense, she'd have an easy case of fraud against him. She'd have a case of fraud even if he did disclose -- enough of one where he'd just give her money back rather than face the legal consequences. This goes back to one of the real problems I end up having with the show -- they take situations beyond reality in order to continually screw the Gallaghers. There are plenty of others, but here's three off the top of my head: A) LIp's college would have bent over backwards to keep him from filing a lawsuit over the Helene situation. There is NO circumstance where they would have thrown him out of school or taken away his RA job because he had an affair with a professor. Their exposure would have been huge, and they'd know it. B) Liam would have NEVER been thrown out of the private school, especially because the parents didn't like the fact that Frank slept with many of them while they were all sleeping with each other. The PR risk to the school would be far too great. C) if Ian was off his meds and that was considered by the court to be a legal justification for what he did, he'd be in a psychiatric hospital. If the court didn't see it that way, then there's no justification offering him the plea bargain he took. If the court considered him mentally ill and that illness was the reason for his criminal act, they don't send you to prison. That's a violation of cruel and unusual punishment. I like the show a lot -- and I'll stick with it -- but I liked it better when the circumstances were both more extreme and more realistic, when it was enough to show a dysfunctional family surviving in tough situations without artificial ones thrown at them. The things that have conspired against Fiona the least two weeks are both unrealistic, and her spiral didn't really fit either. Fiona's been through a lot -- it seems very unrealistic she would have been this distraught over the little setback she had. That's why as much as I enjoy the show, I wish they'd have just ended it two years ago with everyone on an uptick. To keep the angst going they have to start treat artificially creating issues that just wouldn't really exist.
  6. S03.E05: Jeremy Bearimy

    After watching this show for 30+ episodes, do you really think that's what it's going to be? Seriously, what would make anyone think next iteration will be any more straightforward than the last ones? If you're being snarky, I can see it. Not sure the show deserves it, but I can see it. But if you've really think that's what lies ahead, I think you're going to be surprised.
  7. S03.E05: Jeremy Bearimy

    I like that, too, but according to the podcast, the girl came downstairs and she was about 16. That's where the line came from -- I think it's funny they kept it in even after deleting the scene.
  8. It's only good for the next 27 hours or so, but AV Club has a snippet of the fist few minutes of this week's show. FBI agents Rick Justice and Frenchy Fuqua are on the case! Maybe Bart Macklin will show up next. https://news.avclub.com/michael-cant-explain-whats-going-on-in-this-exclusive-t-1829803248
  9. That would make sense, but MS has unequivocally said they are on Earth. But ... I'm wondering whether Simone is actually Gen. She's got a thing for Chidi, it's a much more interesting name, and sh'e bored all the time so she might be tempted to intervene. There's got to be something more to the character, so maybe it's that.
  10. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    But none of the things you've talked about in your last two paragraphs have actually happened, have they? We haven't seen Eleanor act that way, or Tahani or Chidi or Jason. None of the things you're talking about as regressive have actually happened for more than a moment or two. None of the characters exhibit their old traits, and I'd argue that none of them have at all this season. The montage we saw last week was them doing all that learning, which may be redundant to us as viewers, but in the narrative of the story it needed to have happened. But it took two minutes of screen time. I don't think that's too much.
  11. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    He was probably joking. But I don' think he's near done with the story yet is all I meant.
  12. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    You raise interesting points, but I don't know that helping other people is the only definition of good. If you do subscribe to that belief, then your arguments hold. But if you don't -- and given all the things that can raise points we've seen -- then I don't know that the things you talk about in your criticisms fit in the world of the show. You're equating self-sacrifice with earning TGP, but we've been told that those who did a lot for the world aren't there. I think the definitions on this show are much wider than the moralistic ones you'd see portrayed other places, and that's the angle they're headed to. As I said before, I think they took a big risk when they went to Earth, because a lot of the background stuff we've gotten used to wouldn't apply anymore, and gimmicks that gave it its shimmer would be gone, too. But I think that has only elevated what we're seeing, even if it's different. You say we've seen all this before, and I think just the opposite -- we're seeing results, not the process. Eleanor didn't hesitate for a moment when she was confronted by Simone, even after she'd been goaded by Michael. Why would -- or should -- Chidi, who did not invite Eleanor there, feel a responsibility toward her income? In the past, he would have spent hours stressed and stomach-achey about what his responsibilities are. Here he just figured she's a grown up. Which she is. As fo Tahani, she's done plenty to help others already -- if that was the definition of Good, then why is she even here? I think the overall meaning of the show -- and I don't think they are NEARLY there yet because MS has talked about an 11 year run -- is that what gets you into the TGP is a willingness to be be your best self. Not what you do for others, but the person you are to you. But I also think there are lots and lots of coils to unspool in this, and that's what makes it fascinating to watch. Because it's nothing like a mediocre sitcom at all, unless you stop at the sight gags. or if you're expecting or demanding a straight-forward narrative. I don't think Shur has any desire to tell that kind of story here -- he's done it on P&R and continues to do it on B99. On this one, NBC said do whatever you want to tell the story you want to tell, and I think he's doing that, even if some chapters aren't always as fun as others. On the bright side, though, it looks like we get metaphysical hijinks next week. So maybe then it will get back to being the show so many expect it to be.
  13. Methinks Matt Wiener may have been involved in those releases. But even if that's not the case and the synopsi are accurate, it means there's been a major shift, and I trust these guys with their major shifts.
  14. You're the Worst in the media

    Saw the first teaser for it during "Sunny." Wedding dress and tuxedo pants passed out under a table. In other words, confidence for the next season is high.
  15. S03.E04: The Snowplow

    Taking the deep dive off this, because even though we've had limited exposure to them this season, I think they all have shown real growth: In order to say that, though, we have to look at what got these people to the bad place. The only thing we have to go off is Gen's test, so I'm going to assume what she said was canon. According to Gen's test, Tahani's flaw was that she cared to much about the reactions of others, and she made all her decisions on that fact. She's now is engaged to the unfamous -- the Hems-worthless -- brother. That shows growth Jason was impulse control. He's been studying philosophy for a year -- wasn't there even a scene of him reading on his own? Chidi was inability to make a decision. Not only has he made a decision about Simone, he's made a decision about his thesis, and he's willing to decide to take a break from this study. Old Chidi would have been moribund as soon as Eleanor expressed wanting to stay with the project. Eleanor is trickier, because we never heard Gen say what her test was. She has self-assigned it selfishness, but I don't think that's what it is. I think it's her unwillingness to connect with others. And she's clearly gotten past that, at least in this group. So you could say Michael's experiment has worked, and with no prodding beyond the original getting them all together. I think Gen will be in a philosophical tough place next week. First, because now they know about the afterlife, and second, because they passed her test. That should be interesting to watch. It also sets up the question as to what the best outcome for everyone is. Do we want them togo back to Earth and live a better version of their lives? Or be dead and get to the Good Place. That's the question this year has risen for me -- what do I really want for these characters? And I still don't know.