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  1. ljenkins782

    S10.E18: Stand By Your Man

    Sitcom kids never age at the same rate as actual years. "Baby" Joe became a 4 year old kid in the same amount of time that some of the Dunphy kids aged 1 year.
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    S10.E18: Stand By Your Man

    Is she that young? I haven't kept up on her age. I still find it a little awkward that they had one grown adult (who she's apparently not close with) come over to sit with her. If they'd sent her to a friend's for a sleepover or she went over to her cousins' house to hang, or Claire took her out to a restaurant or something, it would have seemed less awkward. I don't know, I'm one of 4 kids so I don't have the only child experience, maybe that's normal.
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    S10.E18: Stand By Your Man

    Back when she was a baby or a small child, yes. But she seems a little old now to need Claire to come over and sit with her.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    Huh, I also thought I heard O'Rourke and was thinking "didn't we just have an O'Rourke?" (we didn't, it was just Rourke, I think). I literally had no idea there was an Aurora. Nor do I know who ANY of the people in the top quote are, save Gavin who I only noticed this very episode because he appears to have low-key Challenge Beast potential with his performance at one of the rewards. Not a good sign this far into the season. LOL, and true. I'm reminded of the days of the "Beauty" tribe back in Aubry's first season who skated through the first several weeks on challenge wins, so we saw little of them. The eventual winner came from that tribe and her win over Aubry became quite the contentious topic, mainly because the story felt half-told. We'd had weeks and weeks of Aubry TV only to have what seemed like a minor character win in the end. Hopefully that isn't the path we're heading down this time. But if it is, let me get my chance to seem like Nostradamus... Aurora for the win! 😉 ETA: This brings up a question I had during the episode. Why on earth did they feel the need to even tell Wendy? Redhead and her two male cohorts are 3, Wendy and Aubry are 2. There was no way to safely split votes to avoid an idol bounce, so the 3 of their votes were enough to sink Aubry as long as she didn't play an idol. Why bring in an unreliable player whose sole purpose seemed to be sowing chaos and who is also bad at lying? And even if Wendy got upset at being left out of the loop, who cares? She's one person, they're a 3-person alliance.
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    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    No, I think they said that if you would get this upset about someone asking for a charger, then perhaps you shouldn't host people. Calling to let the hostess know would have allowed the entire dinner to proceed as planned, thus avoiding the idea that Beth would have caused her hostess "so much trouble" by the time she committed the ultimate sin of asking for a charger. Right, it's abundantly clear that you don't have much use for phones. But other people do. Most other people do. And this storyline involved her being stuck in traffic for hours with no way to let anyone know. So on her drive home to her 3 children, who were presumably with a babysitter who had an expectation of when the parents would be home, it would be useful to have a working cell phone in case she got stuck again. To me, it's not the suddenness of the interest, it's the fact that it doesn't seem to be the time to follow it. How much money could a part-time dance teacher make? They have that big house and 3 kids, it's not cheap. FWIW, I feel the same about Randall continuing down this path of a job that doesn't fit into their lives in any way. Too far away, too time-consuming, and probably also doesn't pay all that well. Most of us have "dreams" that we'd love to chase, but doing so wouldn't allow us to support ourselves, so we do our jobs and find joy elsewhere. It's hard to root for them to drop it all to pursue their passions when they have so many responsibilities to consider.
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    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    This was a dinner, after the meal is when the guests get up and leave. Asking for a charger at that point would have meant about 5 minutes of charge time before getting back into her car and driving the 2 hours home again with a dead phone. Based on this post, I'm not sure anything Beth could have done would have satisfied you as a hostess. She was late due to circumstances outside of her control and if even a heads up to the hostess that she would be late wouldn't be good enough for you, what would have been? (In my opinion, if she'd been able to alert the hostess, they would have served dinner without her thus avoiding the dry pork chops, but with the dead phone, she couldn't.) I don't see the point of straw man arguments like this, even in jest. Not one person even implied that the hostess was obligated to give her a charger. Had she asked and the hostess said no, that would have been the end of it. Yes, they should bring their own chargers. And they should charge their phones before leaving home. And their husbands should probably not ask them to schlep 2 hours out of their way in an already busy life just because he didn't think he could get through a dinner on his own. Sometimes shit happens. People forget stuff and then they have to ask someone else to help them out with some extremely minor detail like a phone charger. Surely Miss Manners does not advise ruining a dinner party by throwing a world class hissy fit over a simple request.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    Sonja was an older lady on the first season, possibly the very first boot. “Souna” is kind a fascinating misspelling, those aren’t the letters I’d expect one to reach for when trying to spell it phonetically.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    You must not have heard Wardog proclaim that they needed to save their energy for challenges. You know, those challenges that they never win anyway, so obviously it's a grand idea to also deprive yourself of the chance to eat some food in the interest of saving up energy for your next bout of ineptitude. Seriously, why do they keep listening to this idiot? As for misspelled names, I think my award goes to Amazon Heidi for her "Gene" vote when voting out Jeanne. I could understand "Jean" as it's more common than "Jeanne" but is at least a woman's name.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    It is a little weird given that rice is supposed to be one of the foods that you eat when your stomach is upset (the "R" in the BRAT diet), but everyone's system is different. If she's not eating rice and they never win rewards, I'm not sure how long she can possibly last out there. That wouldn't surprise me at all. Wendy was also weirdly non-committal when approached about the women's alliance, which would have lifted her head off the chopping block. Even though there was an alternate plan to oust Aubry, she didn't know about it, so she should have expected to be the boot and that plan should have been a welcome option. Her priority seemed to be to come across weird and quirky, she appeared to revel in the idea that no one understood her style of play. Which, of course they wouldn't, it didn't make sense and wasn't smart, but that seemed to be her main focus.
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    S03.E16: Don't Take My Sunshine Away

    I don't think asking for a phone charger so your phone can charge a bit before your lengthy drive home is an enormous inconvenience. Now, if the host didn't have one and Beth asked her to go out and buy one, sure, that would be inconvenient and rude. But it was a small, simple request that I don't think most people would bat an eye at. What's really going to hurt those kids is the tension in the house. The atmosphere of their house has changed enormously due to all of the changes and that's going to add unconscious stress. It's hard to decide who I blame more, I do think Randall's choice to run for an office for which he's unprepared, in a district far from his home, and which must pay far less than whatever he was making before was a bit shortsighted and selfish. But at the time, Beth was still employed at a good job, right? So they maybe had a bit of wiggle room. But when Beth made this hard turn into a low-paying, follow your dreams job, she already knew what Randall would be doing. So as much as she does have a right to follow her own dreams, there are seasons in life, especially when you have children and maybe this wasn't quite the season for this move. The thing about Randall's VM that bothered me is that she's making a very long drive in traffic and not answering her phone, it's not out of the realm of the possibility that she'd been in an accident. I guess she'd mentioned the drinks thing earlier, but still, if I know someone is driving far and I can't reach them, my mind goes right to the worst possible scenario and I can't bring myself to be angry at them until I know they're safe. (I blame this on an episode of Gem I watched as a kid, Jerica yelled at her mom for not letting her go on a plane with her, the plane crashed and thus, her last memory of her mom was a fight. It had a profound effect on young me, lol.) If you'd told me a few seasons ago that at this point, Kate and Toby would be the most likable characters in an episode, I'd have thought you were crazy, but here we are. Kevin is quickly becoming my least favorite and I'm not even 100% sure why. His "charming" routine has just gotten annoying and I disagreed with Zoe that the therapist was charmed by him, she seemed as annoyed as I was. I'm just not sure what Zoe sees in him. She's gorgeous and has her own kind of lifestyle, I'm not seeing she's doing with an aimless, unemployed (albeit rich) addict who's working through some kind of complicated past family issues. I guess part of it is that the actors don't have a whole lot of onscreen chemistry IMO, so I just don't see what she gets out of the relationship.
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    S10.E18: Stand By Your Man

    This entire episode was a mass of scenarios that would be plausible on another show, but were completely false to the characters we've known. Jay's got 40 years of being a leader of a company and has never been shown to falter in presentation skills or self confidence, but here he's a tongue-tied idiot on camera. Phil has wired his entire house to his iPad and always buys complicated electronics that only he can work, but he can't order from pay-per-view. Cam is always begging for grand displays of affection from Mitch and dressing up in ridiculous costumes, but he's embarrassed by Mitch's outfit and his effort. Okay, then. If it were at least funny, I guess I could overlook the fact that none of it makes any sense, but it's not even that. At least we were spared one week of Fat Haley jokes and various baby-related hijinks, so there's that. And not to harp on it, but Gloria's fake voice continues to bug me. The voice that she was putting on to pretend to be a caller on TV was barely different from the fake voice that she's been using all the time these days. Just let the accent fade as it naturally would for someone who's been in the country for what, 20 to 30 years now and who now spends all of her time around people with American accents.
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    S38.E05: It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever

    My affection for Aubry has waned with each returning season, but I did like that acknowledgement of how big a mistake she made. She didn't get a terribly positive edit, they showed her whole tribe kind of seeing through her "let's bond" routine, I guess setting us up for this spectacular misread of her position in the tribe. As for Joe, yes, they would be fools to get rid of him now. They could all stand back and do nothing in challenges or at camp and still be okay. That being said, why are they so abjectly terrified of him post-merge? He's played twice before and twice, he was handily dealt with once he lost immunity. Joey Amazing or not, he can't win them all. Not every single challenge is going to favor his strengths and no one in the history of the game has ever won every single individual immunity. And if he did, would "won every challenge" necessarily equal a win in the final vote? I can see a jury saying "hey, you're physically gifted by nature, but what about your social/strategic game"? Because in his two previous seasons, did he ever have a really solid strategy or alliance? He was part of groups, but he never had a way to overcome the target on his back. I thought she was fairly upfront about wanting to be on Joe's tribe. She didn't exactly call it unfair, she just said she'd love to be in the position that Kama is in. But she does bear some responsibility for the shitty position they're in, they voted out a strong member for no real reason and they continue to let Wardog run the show even though he's proven to be a bust both physically and strategically. More importantly, why did the rest of the tribe stand back and LET him? Lauren didn't do great, but at least she hit the target once or twice. It sounded like Kelley was volunteering to go in when Wardog jumped back in and she just stood back and let him. I can understand why David wasn't leaping up to try, he wasn't likely to get anywhere, but Kelley had a shot. This season hasn't been great for me so far. I'm halfheartedly rooting for David because I still like him, but I'm not that invested. I guess I'm curious how the EOE twist is going to factor in, but overall, it's a bit lackluster.
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    S10.E14

    I just looked it up, this quote stood out: LOL, definitely does not sound like a happy ending. It just seems like too much of a novelty. I could see someone doing it once or twice (like for a birthday party), but it doesn't seem like the sort of thing that would be a routine and thus a recurring purchase.
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    S10.E09: Episode 9

    They sold their company outright, didn't they? Is this now a Shark's problem or did the deal fall through, I wonder.
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    S10.E16

    I can't remember, he might have been online only. If so, then I change my prediction to a bunch of dusty bags sitting in warehouses somewhere. Good question about the preservatives, based on his pitch, I'd assume he wouldn't use many. There's just something fishy about the whole thing, the Sharks always rip people to shreds when they come in with an enormous valuation and then reveal that they haven't actually sold anything yet. And Mark is one of the last I'd ever expect to take a flier on a risky deal like that, he typically seems like one of the most conservative of the bunch.
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