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  1. S02.E07: Resting Witch Face

    Yeah. The lipstick was a dead giveaway. I'm not sure I understand the timeline. Kai talked as though Fiji had been helping them for weeks but Fiji just turned evil yesterday. And this episode picked up right where the last one left off. Also, the whole thing with Joe and Walker took place at breakneck speed. None of this story felt earned because Chuy was never more than a blip on the radar. Even Joe is one of the more poorly defined characters. Manfred, Olivia, Lem and Fiji have been the most prominent characters as well as Creek in the first season. Joe and Chuy were always sort of supporting players without much development. I just never felt that invested.
  2. All Episodes Talk: Crime And Punishment

    I swear these two-hour episodes are just 10 extra minutes of show and 50 extra minutes of commercials. There didn't appear to be any real mystery to Chris Smith's death, there seemed to be only one viable suspect from the start, so I thought this could easily have been one hour. A lot of time spent on the family telling us how much Chris enjoyed this or that.
  3. S11.E12: AWOL

    Yes but that means the impact of this story will be utterly lost on a generation that has no idea who Walter Cronkite was. Or for that matter, what the Vietnam war was all about. The show is constantly preaching to the choir in an overly obvious, teacher-like manner. The characters are just spitting out things the viewer has already said or thought of themselves, because let's face it, if your politics lean to the right you probably aren't watching this show.
  4. These Best Buy commercials creep me right the eff out. Why is everything in black and white except for the salesman's shirt? It's like it takes place in some weird "Black Mirror" universe.
  5. S06.E11: Foot Powder and Five Feet of Vodka

    I wondered that too so I assume that he's always sleeping over at Bonnie and Christie's, which is why they didn't know he'd rented out his apartment. I was a little put off that Christie just barged into his apartment without knocking. I know she didn't know he'd sublet it to someone else, and that he was supposed to be at work, but still. It's not her apartment and there's a chance he may have been there for some reason. I half expected her to find him at home in bed with another woman. Also, I hate to be that nit-picky but is there an drive thru in the world where you don't order through a speaker? Because I've never seen one.
  6. S11.E12: AWOL

    I thought this episode perfectly encapsulated what's wrong with the show. The dialogue was so clunky and so contrived I cringed. That entire scene with Murphy, Frank and Corky sitting around at Phil's reminiscing about the good old days of journalism was like something you'd see in a sixth-grade play, where the characters each stand up and explain the meaning of Thanksgiving to the audience. The story about LBJ saying if he lost Walter Cronkite he lost the country is something I've heard a dozen times in my life. To work that into the dialogue as though it were news to anyone felt so didactic and condescending. I mean, everyone at that table knows that story like the back of their hand . . . why would anyone recite it as though nobody had ever heard it? Too much of what the characters are saying sounds deliberately instructive, it's like they are directly channeling liberal commentary that's so stale and obvious it feels totally unnecessary. I don't need this show to teach me a lesson in civics or state the bleeding obvious about the current administration. I enjoyed the bits with the dog and that's about it - when the script veers off its moralizing agenda it feels more like it used to back in the day. But most of the time, it's objective is about as subtle as a ton of bricks to the head.
  7. Oh, yeah - trust me. It's still gospel for right-wing radio fans. My father believes everything Bill O'Reilly says 100%. And here's what's so striking about Lahren, Coulter and their ilk: they brazenly insult liberals as dumb and crazy, right out loud. If you watch any other news channel you don't find pundits saying conservatives are dumb or crazy or are out to destroy the country. I don't know how you get away with going on TV and saying half the country is crazy and/or stupid. You'd think that would disqualify you from being an on-air personality but apparently not on Fox News.
  8. I'm seeing commercials for something called the Huggle. It's like a full body version of the Snuggie, for those of you who remember those. I could sort of see the attraction with the Snuggie, since it was something you basically slipped into but this Huggle thing is something you have to pull over your head like a full body poncho. Why not just wear a bathrobe?
  9. I don't know that they show had to bring Greg back regardless of whether or not Santino Fontana was available. I think the fact that Greg and Rebecca didn't work out and he left town was enough closure for that character. It seems to me more like there was some sort of stubborn plan in place to revisit this no matter what and, for me anyway, it just didn't work. It lacked the emotion they were going for if not the humor because it's a completely different person and it's only been 2 years.
  10. It happened on Nurse Jackie too!
  11. S10.E08: Anchor Away

    That's counter-intuitive to prevailing sentiment but I definitely think Eric McCormack looks better with those glasses than without.
  12. S7: E9 - Always a Catch

    It's very frustrating all around, because clearly part of the problem is that Kelly is still upset and feeling guilty about his father's death. So while it's not too surprising, it's still frustrating that he has handled this situation so badly. And it's frustrating that Stella is so oblivious. This Tyler guy might as well be wearing a sandwich sign that says "I'm after Stella" and she's all "Hmm, I don't see it." Isn't she supposed to have known this guy for years? And in all that time she never picked up the signal? The whole thing is dumb, all the way around. Is that Casey's apartment or Naomi's? Because if it's Casey's, there's really no excuse for having no smoke detectors. For the record, it does not look like the same apartment/loft he shared with Dawson, unless he's moved. Hee. Subtlety is not this show's strength, that's for sure.
  13. S03.E10 Saving Christmas

    I just realized Pierce looks like a young David Schwimmer.
  14. Yeah . . . I don't want to harp on this too much because I really like Leah, but in this episode there was a clip of her from 2011 talking about her new project, and that was only 7 years ago. She looked SO different. I think she's using a lot of "fillers" because in the 2011 clip her eyes had a somewhat sunken look to them. I never watched King of Queens so I'm not overly familiar with her earlier work, but I get the impression the fillers are even affecting the way she talks because her mouth doesn't move normally anymore.
  15. S01.E08: O Sister, Where Art Thou?

    I've commented on this before, but I always thought Lecy Goranson's Becky and Sarah Chalke's Becky were like two completely different characters. The former was an ambitious straight-A student, the latter was kind of a dim bulb. To me, it feels like they are still writing Becky as though it's the Sarah Chalke version rather than the original Lecy Goranson version. And there's probably something to that because they're also writing Jackie the same way she was written in the later seasons of Roseanne - sort of cartoonish. I think the writers simply identify these two characters with how they were portrayed at the end of Roseanne's original run and disregard the more nuanced way they started out. It's easier to write broad than nuanced. Or maybe they just think the characters were funnier in their later incarnations. Given how young Dan was when he married Roseanne it wouldn't be out of character if he remarried quickly. My friend's mother died after their parents had been married 50+ years and her father was remarried within the year. After his second wife died he remarried again within a year. Some men simply cannot function without a woman taking care of them in one way or another.