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    SNL in the Media

    My favorite part is I like the implication that that is even remotely impressive in 2019.
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    Good Girls

    Woo hoo! Yes! Bye bitch! I too figured they were heading in the direction of Mary Pat killing him (by accident or on purpose) but I hope this show doesn't try to pretend she's even with the girls now. If she'd called the police the second she hit him they might be able to wave it away as an accident. But once she chopped him up, put him in her freezer, and called the girls first, it was over. The girls created this mess, for sure, but Mary Pat ingratiated herself into it, and even if they were planning to kill Boomer, how things went down was on her. (I did feel sympathy for her for the rape, though, and I thought Allison Tollman acted out the scene with the little boy really well.) I too laughed at the reactions of the girls as they slowly realized what had happened. Them each leaning forward individually was great stuff. Becoming an accessory to murder after the fact is for sure a felony.
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    What Are We Currently Reading?

    Just finished: An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. I found the story engaging for the most part and thought it had some very interesting twists and turns--nothing earth-shatteringly shocking but enough to keep me surprised. I could have done without the Noah subplot. I get that Next up: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks.
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    Good Girls

    That part confused me...I thought she beat up the stop sign that was at another point of the intersection and that was the one she was fixing. Was the stop sign something from last season? Where did it go, does anybody know?
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    They never said her name on the show, and the relationship has been relatively lowkey compared to his time with Ariana--no constant social media posts (I think Pete's deleted his and I haven't seen him anywhere on Kate's), no matching tattoos, no getting engaged like two weeks after they started dating, etc. There were a few articles here and there about them sucking face in public but they're not fueling it (a good idea, given his history) so it's kinda stayed on the backburner. I am curious if this is something Pete wants to talk about on the show or if he's being coerced into it. As a counter example, nobody ever brings up Colin and Scarlett Johansson and she's actually been on since they started dating.
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    Good Girls

    Hah, Perd Hapley from Parks and Rec was one of the employees at Dean's dealership. Yah, it's time for Boomer/Leslie/whatever we're calling him to capital g capital o GO. I think the actor is only credited as a guest star, not a series regular, so it feels like it should be any episode now, but I'd like that thread tied up sooner rather than later. My prediction: he will get hit and killed by a car that runs the missing stop sign, either in a total accident or in something set up by the girls. This is a trope I only see on TV and it drives me nuts. Not only do I not know a single person in real life who wouldn't use the peephole if somebody knocked at their door when they weren't expecting anybody (and sometimes even when they were!), but I also don't know anybody that just drops by unannounced anymore. I think it was a thing in my nana's day; she'd have me on inservice days from school and take me "visiting" which literally was just going to her different friends'/family members' houses to see them, and if they weren't home just moving along to the next one. But people Annie and Greg's age would call/text first.
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    S44.E15: Idris Elba / Khalid

    I guess Momo is a real thing? I don't really ever venture to that corner of the interwebz. How, in that entire Impossible Hulk sketch, did they not have Cecily demand at least once to speak to the manager? Michael literally said out loud "That was funny" after not one but two WU jokes. Don't do that. I didn't think we needed the return of Baskin Johns...and I especially didn't think we needed it as an excuse for SNL to help Gwyneth Paltrow with Goop's evergreen PR nightmares. Yes, let's keep making Pete's ever-confounding love life a part of his persona on the show. Cuz that worked out so well the last time. (On a more personal/shallow note, Kate Beckinsale can do better, age gap or no.) The soccer sketch was probably my favorite of the night and only one I really enjoyed start to finish. Mostly because I'm a sucker for British people saying "innit." I knew it was gonna be a rough letdown after a Mulaney episode, but yikes. Cautiously optimistic for Sandra Oh but skeptical the show will do right by her. I think that's her real knee brace--she's talked about having trouble with her knee and I've seen her wear it in pics before. It was a good detail for the sketch but I also wonder if with all the physicality she felt she needed it. Say hi to your mother for me.
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    Russian Doll

    I can't believe I missed that the video game developers, guys doing whippets at the deli, and ambulance workers were all the same dudes. That is a great easter egg.
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    What Are We Currently Reading?

    In ninth grade we had to read Great Expectations and my teacher had us spend four months on it. Four months. The school year is only nine a half! By contrast, my friend had a different teacher that year and eventually they got to the point where she was literally printing out the Great Expectations SparkNotes chapters for every student and telling them to just read that instead. I'm reading this now too (42% through according to my Kindle) and enjoying it. It's managed to constantly subvert my expectations/predictions just enough at every turn to keep me interested.
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    What Are We Currently Reading?

    I remember enjoying it exactly because it seemed amazingly progressive not just for the time it was written in, but for the fact that a man from that time wrote it. But mileages vary, etc. I haven't read it since before #MeToo...I'll have to remember to grab my copy next time I go home and see how it holds up. Hated it. Didn't get a chance to see the movie when it was in theaters, but from the trailers it looked like they'd significantly improved on the book's weaknesses, so I'm still interested.
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    Good Girls

    He wants them to kill Leslie, not the fed.
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    S44.E14: John Mulaney / Thomas Rhett

    That's interesting, cuz it always felt to me that they have a country artist on every other week. But I guess as somebody who generally doesn't like country (Thomas Rhett was ok--I liked the tune of both songs but the lyrics slipped too often into the old standbys of partying/girls/etc. for my taste.) I'm sure they would have included it if there was time, but they were severely behind schedule this episode. That is a good one! Remember when a Jared Fogle mention was innocuous? It's been said before, but it's amazing what Bill was/is able to do with the gameshow host archetype. I would love somebody to write a black comedy movie about the heyday of gameshows for him to star in--think a bizarro Quiz Show.
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    What Are We Currently Reading?

    In my senior year high school English class, our final project was to pick a book from the Norton Critical Editions collection and write an essay on it (Norton Critical Editions are classic works of literature that also include a bunch of secondary sources at the back that give the works context and help with analysis). One girl in my class picked Moby Dick. When I was talking with my teacher about my paper, we got into a conversation about what other students were reading, and she mentioned the girl reading Moby Dick. My teacher's exact words: "I tried to get her to pick something else. She says she's enjoying it, but nobody enjoys Moby Dick." Even the English teachers are out here telling us to not bother with that one! (Most kids picked A Clockwork Orange. I picked Tess of the d'Urbervilles and it remains a favorite to this day.)
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    Friends

    My friend and I were talking about this the other day, and I think almost every main cast member had something where if things had gone a different way, they wouldn't be on Friends. If I'm remembering correctly, Jen was signed to another pilot when she auditioned for Friends and they had first option on her--meaning that if the pilot got picked up, she would have been contractually obligated to stay with that show and couldn't have done Friends. LeBlanc had done another pilot that would have been slated for fall '94, though whether or not it would have gotten picked up, we'll never know, as it also starred OJ Simpson and was therefore scrapped when he got a lil busy that summer. Lisa was in final callbacks for Roz on Frasier, and then there's the weirdness of Jen and Courteney actually originally auditioning for the roles that went to the other one. Friends is one of those things that benefitted from the exact right people being available at the exact right time. Obviously it's hard to say if it would been successful with other actors, but I'm glad it worked out the way it did. I'm sure there were people who turned down roles and kicked themselves for a little bit though. Just like there was a different woman in the Spice Girls who was replaced by Emma Bunton (Baby) when she wasn't demonstrating the same level of dedication as the other four (wouldn't put the group first/quit her job/go on the dole like the rest of them). She was a talking head for a minute in a Spice Girls documentary and she seemed...mildly salty.
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    Good Girls

    I found the bit when Beth and Annie realized they'd be destroying rape kits to be very powerful. I think this show does well with the moments when the three leads are forced to consider how far down they've spiraled. I also find the conflict between Ruby/Stan re: her involvement and possibility of turning the other two in for a deal to be very compelling. You can see where they're both coming from and they are in an impossible situation. At the end of the day, I can't blame people for the extreme lengths they'd go to to save a terminally-ill kid. I just have other things I'd rather be mad about. They made a big point of that stop sign being missing--was that something from last season? Either way I assume it'll come back Chekhov's Gun style eventually. It kinda makes me nervous that one of the kids is gonna get hit by a car. Hey, Beth? I know you don't like Dean right now and don't even really feel that bad you got him shot (don't blame you, honestly!) but maybe be a bit more delicate with how you talk about it to your children. Having a parent be shot can be traumatizing and she was talking to them like he'd simply fallen down and scraped his knee. Also don't tell your kids people get shot all the time! I assume that was just Agent Turner's nameless boyfriend/SO--if it was Rio they would have given him a closeup. I think they were just establishing that Agent Turner is gay...or reestablishing? I feel like there might have been a moment last year when Beth tried to charm him and he let her know it wasn't gonna work, or maybe I hallucinated that. I should have binged S1 again before watching the new eps.
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