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  1. If the story Meemaw told about the birth is true, doesn't that mean that Sheldon is the older twin? Meemaw said his birth was fine while Missy's wasn't. If he wasn't born before Missy's complications, then both twins' births would have been considered complicated. I don't think we've ever heard which is the older before.
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    I've seen pictures of the Loch Ness monster that had more detail. Despite being advertised as "people of interest", they don't look that interesting. I suspect that they are just people spotted on cameras out for a walk and the officials are hoping they noticed something that could help in the investigation. There does not to be anything in those frames that look suspicious. These real-life security cameras are never as good as the ones on TV. I remember an episode of CSI where they were able to enhance a security camera picture until they got an image of the murderer off of his reflection in the victim's eye.
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    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    I think this is the order of the events (told over many episodes): 1. Jack's Squad is attacked while Squirrel and Moose (?) were playing football. Squirrel is killed, Moose becomes bitter. Robinson loses his foot 2. Jack's Squad is assigned to the fishing village so that they can recover with less risky duty. 3. Jack realizes that he is close to the larger base where Nicky is assigned. He wants a day off, but the unit is not very disciplined so his CO says that it isn't likely. He bribes the unit (with beer) to make sure the place is ship-shape for his CO's visit so that he can get the day off. He uses his day off to hitch a ride on a helicopter to the larger base. 4. Jack tries to convince NIcky's CO to let him have command of his brother to straighten him out. The CO thinks that is unlikely and the army doesn't work that way. He tells him to get back to his base without hitching a ride on a helicopter. Jack pays a guy to take him most of the way on the motorcycle. Just as he gets back to base, the CO arrives with Nicky on a helicopter. He gives Jack two weeks. 5. Jack tries to detox Nicky by removing the drugs. Nicky clearly needs some serious counselling to deal with his underlying issues. Jack gives him a few Jack Lectures instead. It does not work. NIcky finds the backpack full of drugs just lying unprotected in the middle of the camp and he's back on the drugs. 6. Jack is on the "phone" to the CO. The two weeks are up and he wants more time. After a debate, he gets 48 hours. 7. During that 48 hours, Nicky wakes up from being passed out on drugs and decides to take a kid blast fishing. Apparently, nobody was watching Nicky or the explosives. Nobody bothers to investigate until the second explosion. 8. Nicky is taken away by a helicopter in a catatonic state. Moose (or one of the other platoon guys) assures Jack that the shrinks will fix him.
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    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    Jack's squad was assigned the village duty to allow them to recover after the football incident. The big guy who was throwing the football was the one who was reacting negatively to the villagers (when the little boy that died tried to give Jack a fish, he angrily threw it away). It does sound quite evocative. Perhaps it is a reference to Jack marrying a singer (song bird)? It makes me think of the song "Blackbird" and maybe that was the writer's intent? ("Take these broken wings and learn to fly, All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise").
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    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    I don't know if soldiers did that during the Vietnam war, but fishing with explosives is definitely something that is done. Usually, they use dynamite or home-made explosive. It's extremely dangerous and does a lot of damage to fish habitats, especially coral reefs. It also results in a lot of dead sea animals. Here is a little National Geographic video on the damage that it causes. Blast fishing is something they are also trying to stop in Vietnam and elsewhere.
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    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    I'm leaning to Nicky's side on these two points. Jack's plan to enlist to be near Nicky was not a well-thought out plan. There was very little guarantee that Jack would get anywhere near NIcky, have any ability to help Nicky or that he would even arrive in country before NIcky's situation changed. It was a crazy Hail Mary of a plan and that it even kind of worked is by extreme luck and not design. Jack should have tried to help from stateside (still a long shot, but probably much greater chance). Nicky was crushed knowing this his brother (whose health was judged too fragile for war) had joined up and risked his life and his sanity to join Nicky in a horrible situation. That did not make Nicky feel better. It made him feel worse. What is the first thing he says to his long-lost brother? "If you die out here, that's not on me." He says that because he instantly feels at fault. Then, Jack decides to have him assigned to a situation that is arguably much worse for some do-it-yourself rehab. You can't rehab somebody who doesn't want rehab. You can't rehab somebody by just taking their drugs away and not dealing with the underlying reasons they started doing drugs. You probably shouldn't try rehabbing somebody by taking them back to exactly the situation where they started doing drugs in the first place ("You went off the rails when you were embedded in a village living amongst the villagers who betrayed your mentor/CO and turned him into hamburger? Let's take you to a situation where you will be embedded in a village living amongst villagers who just might do the same thing to your brother/CO!"). And it is pretty tough to rehab somebody in two weeks. Let's compare the two week rehab program Jack designed for Nicky to the one that Kevin got. It's not difficult to figure out why one appears to be a pretty good success and the other was abject failure. Jack has been criticized for doing grand gestures in the past, but these were the grandest and craziest so far. Their chance at success was so minimal, that he actually deserved a wake up call. I commend Jack for trying to help his brother, but not all plans deserve praise. Some deserve criticism. Taking a suicidal, unstable junky from the relatively safe confines of an official military base which had built-in safe-guards for access to drugs and munitions to put that junky in an environment that worsened his PTSD, exposed children/civilians to his erratic behavior, allowed access to drugs kept in a backpack and where he could get easily obtain a box of grenades could also be seen as irresponsible. Jack was determined to fix things and he ignored the warnings of his brother, his brother's CO, the other soldiers and common sense itself. I love Jack as a character. I'm not blaming him for the child's death. But I'm not going to congratulate him or praise him for his patently stupid "I'm going to war to fix my brother" plan which only made things worse. Jack's fundamental flaw is that he thinks he has to be the one to fix everything. It's what got him killed saving a dog and a bunch of mementos - nobody thought that was a good trade.
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    S03.E11: Songbird Road, Part One

    It was just over two weeks that Nicky and Jack were re-united in Vietnam. At the end of "Sometimes", the CO tells Jack he has two weeks to fix his brother. At the start of the "Beginning is the End is the Beginning", Jack is on the radio with his CO admitting that it has been two weeks, but he begs for a few extra days. He later tells Nicky that they have just 48 hours more together. By the end of the episode, the boat explosion has occurred. Jack attempted to get an addict to quit doing drugs by depriving him of drugs and giving him the odd pep talk or light lecture. By the time Jack finds Nicky, Nicky is already badly psychological damaged by the war and self-medicating with drugs. There was little chance that Jack was going to be successful with his village rehab program. Two weeks is not nearly enough. The addict is the one who needs to decide he wants to quit. And Nicky clearly needed some serious counselling. The other guys in the squad try to get Jack to see that - to see how badly damaged his brother really was. I agree that a lot of Jack's rejection of Nicky comes from a place of self-blame. He was meant to fix Nicky, but by dragging him to the village, he inadvertently destroyed Nicky. And a child died. The death isn't Jack's fault, but he likes to take the world's troubles on his shoulders. He needs to fix everything and if they don't stay fixed, he blames himself. He ran into a burning house to save a dog and some knickknacks that how much he has to fix things. Jack doesn't like to dwell on his own feelings - he just sublimates them. He tells Kevin to do the same thing. He never unpacks is issues and deals with them. He thinks he can cure his alcoholism with a few punches to a punching bag. Ignore your problems. Just keep swimming. Hakuna Matata. Nicky has spent the last 50 years barely existing. He needed something to shake up his life. It almost caused him to commit suicide, but it may also help him to start living again. When Jack gave Kevin his "special necklace" after Kevin was injured, I thought it was a great gesture. When I found out the necklace was a gift for saving a little boy's foot, I still thought Jack meant well by giving Kevin the necklace (another boy he's saving? a taiisman to do the right thing and protect others?). Now I find out that the necklace Jack always wore was a reminder of the boy who Jack saved and who is brother caused to be killed and then Jack cut his brother out of his life and Jack kind of blames himself for the whole thing. And this is all fresh in his memory because he hands it over right after visiting the War Memorial and Randall asked about finding Nicky's name on the wall. I'm now a little perplexed as to what Jack meant by giving that necklace to Kevin. "Son, I'm sorry your in major pain and your dream of becoming a football player is crushed and you'll never go to college. Here, take my don't-become-a-drug-addict-and-espically-don't-kill-a-kid necklace"? (maybe it actually works - it is when he has lost the necklace that Kevin drives drunk with Tess in the car).
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    S03.E10 The Last Seven Weeks

    I liked that Kevin didn't try to trade on his acting fame (either trying to reference his days on the sitcom or as the guy in the new Ron Howard film). He tried to wheedle into next of kin-ness referring to something that had nothing to do with him. When that didn't work and Zoe offered his congressman (she's a successful documentary filmmaker - why wouldn't she know a few people?) he was happy to adopt her plan. Jack was a man who gave up going for his dream so that he could support his family. Randall is a man who thinks his family should support his every dream.
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    S03.E10 The Last Seven Weeks

    While applauding Gabe for being immune to the speachifying, I'd also like to applaud the pie lady. She wouldn't even let the speech start. "Nope". "Sorry". "Next in line." She didn't even point out that she sold the last blueberry pie to the man sitting just there so that he wouldn't get hassled either. I cannot believe that Randall didn't even offer to pay for the pie. I guess he's just so used to everybody around him sublimating themselves for him, he doesn't even notice anymore. I presume the preacher bought that pie for a reason. I think it would have been good for Randall to lose. He needs to take time to examine what he really wants out of life and to support Beth (not accuse Beth of jealousy - sigh!). It was interesting that he was interested in a Political Science degree while doing the college tours, but he obviously went on to study something else (something that had more promise of making money to help support his family?). I'm a little surprised at the desire for PoliSci which seems to dwell in the "shades-of-grey" territory. Where he ended up studying math/big data seems like a better fit. I too weary of politics and would rather my fictional entertainment had stayed away from it.
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    S10.E12: Blasts from the Past

    The tall tale just kept getting more and more ridiculous. Here is her uncle's watch that stopped a bullet fired by a very drunk and very jealous Florence Nightingale. And that's what finally made Jay suspicious. 50 years later, Gloria's uncle would teach Friday Kahlo how to tango.
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    As Joey explained to Chandler, "The rule is when two actors are actually doing it off-stage all the sexual tension between them is gone. Okay? So as long as it’s hot onstage you got nothing to worry about. It’s when the heat goes away, that’s when you’re in trouble." He offers as evidence that he never has chemistry with any of the actresses he is in a play with. Of course, he later claims that is just a theory and some theories don't pan out (like "The lone gunman. Communism. Geometry."). I think sometimes when you are in a relationship with somebody, you don't want to expose too much of your relationship, so you end up holding back more. It's harder to act because it is too close to the truth. A truth you want to protect.
  12. I'm reminded of the "Cool Girl" monologue from "Gone Girl". The movie that Farrelly cast Cameron in was "There is Something About Mary" which was at the start of her career. It came out back in 1998 (that 1998 article is probably from the press run for that movie). Cameron had a choice...strangle her career in its infancy by telling Farrelly what a gross loser he is with his stupid joke or be the Cool Girl and laugh it off. I'm not going to judge her. It would be almost another 20 years before #meToo, so she put up with what she had to put up with.
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    S10.E11: A Moving Day

    I think they missed a golden opportunity by having Pam move into the apartment upstairs. If somebody is living there for free, why not Haley and Dylan? That would mix up the families and give Haley a chance to grow up. Living in her parent's house with Clarie hovering over her shoulder sadly means she will remain dependent on Claire who will not be able to avoid making it clear that she thinks herself the better mother (of course she would be initially - she's raised three kids). Haley needs to be able to be out of the house to really come into her own as a mother. This show is to afraid to let the kids grow up. They writers seem as afraid to fail as Haley. Take a leap and mix it up. And why does Mitch turn stupid when he is being manipulated by Cam? Cam seriously has a photo album of all the times he helped Mitch's family? That's next level. When Cam was going on about the photo of himself taking Gloria to the airport and having no pictures of Mitch helping his family, Mitch should have told him to put a picture of Cal in there. Didn't Pam live for free for months in their apartment already? Didn't Mitch raise Cal from infancy to whatever age he is now? Cam and Pam are so manipulative it makes me wonder about the rest of his family. No wonder Mitch hates visiting.
  14. All I could think of during that discussion was Steve lives on the beach in Hawaii. He grew up in that house on the beach in Hawaii. Of course he's seen better sunsets. Did they not like Cole? They kept sending him outside to get shot. "I'm surprised that they haven't attacked yet. Cole, why don't you go out in the yard and set up some bombs we should have set up before the time we thought they would attack." "They should be here any minute. Cole, go outside and sit behind the burnt out truck so they can shoot you from multiple directions." Usually Steve can hit anyone anywhere, but he had trouble getting those guys trying to hit Cole. Just sayin' I wonder if Steve's attacker used the self-checkout at the pharmacy to try to avoid drawing attention to himself? A guy comes up to your till with a ripped shirt, blood everywhere and barely able to stand. "Did you find everything you were looking for today, sir? Have a nice day."
  15. McGarret added one to his body count. He killed the guy that had killed the "superhero" - the one Eddie found. Steve then complained that he was their one lead.
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