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  1. Calamity Jane

    Pit Bulls And Parolees

    I had a feeling poor Humperdinck wouldn't live long after his arrival, partly because of the way he plopped down on the grass in a new place instead of exploring a little. That read as extreme exhaustion to me, not sadness at all. I hope he got royally spoiled while he was there. Heartbreaker, and as usual upsetting for my cats when I cry out loud.
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    S07.E05: Holly's Story

    I was sure from the first few minutes that this woman needed psychotherapy more than anything else. The doctor thinks it's useless before surgery, which I wonder about, but this woman was screaming "help me!" from jump. A neurological or pituitary or other issue seemed likely as well, but her emotional problems were so abundantly evident right at the outset that counseling seemed necessary NOW.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    So, when I was teaching middle school, a colleague taught me a response to students who want to shock by calling you a f****** bitch, or something similar: "You say that like you think it's a BAD thing." Stops them cold. Oprah's horrible-sounding pizza with 1/3 of the crust made of cauliflower: my first thought was, "You say that like you think it's a GOOD thing." Ohhh, I don't think that's good.
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    S07.E05: On the Prowl

    Re: Anthony Ryan running to Michelle with what the others were saying about her having "copied" Dmitry's look - when my middle schoolers pulled that kind of s***, I called it the "Let's you and him fight" ploy. It causes the majority of conflict with that age group. Same with Irina stirring the pot in the first place. And then Michelle compounded it with her passive-aggressive "Do you have something to say to me?" All of you, if you're upset, say so. If it isn't your business, zip your lip. The whole thing gave me unpleasant flashbacks to endless spats I had to mediate. At least those were kids, not grown professionals. I did like Michelle's dress, except for a little too much glimpse of the model's butt. I didn't think Dmitry's belonged in the top three, to be honest. Juli's was the worst, but I'm sorry to see her go because she just brightened things up in the workroom.
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    S07.E03: Buckle Up!

    Thank you! I knew it reminded me of something but couldn't come up with it. That's it, exactly!
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    S07.E01 Octavia's Story

    Several people in my family have had weight loss surgery, and the therapy/counseling/evaluation was of the most perfunctory sort. I don't think there's any doubt more would be better, though.
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    S07:E02 Brianne's Story

    Possible too that her mom is like me - I will do almost anything not to cry in front of other people, and she was definitely getting to that point. Probably it would have been a better decision not to drive away, but I completely understand the compulsion to get away from the cameras. I heard what she was saying as meaning that she was afraid of the dad, still not a good enough excuse for his OR her behavior, but a reason nonetheless. I do think keeping distance is the best plan. The relationship she has with her step-daughter gives me the best hope that her future is positive. That delighted "Mom!!!!!!" when she surprised them in Oregon was just the sweetest thing ever.
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    S07:E02 Brianne's Story

    I'm only partway through, but I heard the entire first hour as a lengthy litany of victimhood, some of it truly horrific, and was predicting she would never make the needed changes. It's awesome to read here that she did turn things around, highly surprising, really. I'm always struck by how much the personality of these folks resembles that of hoarders, in that they present a pretty affable face at the outset, but it turns out that the people around them live in fear of their anger if they are pushed at all to change. All of these folks need therapy, and lots of it, and I'm glad that Dr. Now is including that more now. Brianne is young enough to have a quicker recovery than most people on this show. She has a supportive family at home, and distance from family of origin will probably be a big plus. I like the success stories!!
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    Say What?: Commercials That Made Us Scratch Our Heads

    HVR sounds like an STD to me.
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    S03.E00: Comfort And Joy

    There were wood beams in the ceiling, so I'm assuming somehow they rigged something up anchoring the tree to that. It's been a long, long time (1968), so my recollection is minimal. It was impressive, though.
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    S16.E05: Restaurant Wars Part 2

    Yes, Bravo.com, and then the usual is that it wants my provider and a password, and then, boom, I'm good to go. This week, for some reason, I just get an endless loop of log in, pick service provider, back to log in page, pick service provider, back to log in page, and on and on and on. After ten tries, I decided to give up and wait until I get home. Arrrghhh.
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    Commercials That Annoy, Irritate or Outright Enrage

    Ahhh, January, when the kill-me-right-now perfume and car commercials, which lately start well before Halloween, have faded from my TV screen, to be supplanted by diet plans and tax services ads. April 15 seems like a long, long time from now.
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    S16.E05: Restaurant Wars Part 2

    I am unable to watch it on my computer through my service provider, either, which is my usual means when away from home. I wonder what's up with that? Can't wait to get home tonight so I can watch!!
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    S05. E11. Family Separation pt. 2

    At this point, that is why I love it.
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    S16.E04: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars

    Explains the double elimination, too. I wish they'd just done the 2-hour episode.