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  1. ShadowFacts

    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I'm happy it's animatronic, and that people don't exploit their babies for a network drama, but in reality cameras are allowed into ICUs and ORs, etc. and people do let their children be filmed in all sorts of medical/surgical procedures. Documentaries, TLC, those sorts of shows. Different purposes than network primetime maybe, but the same nuts and bolts are involved. We've seen it before and that's how we're able to notice how realistic the plastic preemie looked.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    My take on Miguel is that he has tolerated disrespect in part because he too has fallen under the "spell" of the greatness of Jack. He has taken part in the mythologizing. It's pretty unhealthy when I think about it. Been going on for decades now, Rebecca does little or nothing to change it and his attempts to stand up for himself need to be backed up by her but aren't.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    Yeah, ballsy, and I am reminded that back in the first season, Randall was pissy that they hadn't called first before dropping by on their way to see Hamilton. I remember a whole discussion in the forum about how people should always call first, etc., but my how the tables have turned, eh Randall? She may also be in a similar position to the Pearsons, maybe she came a fairly long way and was going to stay awhile to see her daughter and grandson again before heading out.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I don't think intelligence has much to do with it. Call it a gut feeling. I was one of those who had it narrowed down to two, and upon looking down at their angelic (non-Churchillian) faces, one seemed more fitting than the other. I don't think he was trying to be mean, I think he was trying to be funny as he is wont to do, and it bombed.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I think the Pearsons could learn a lot from both Miguel and Madison. About kindness. Madison was there for Kate, and when that couldn't happen, she was out in the middle of the night getting donuts. Miguel was trying to lighten the mood and help the time pass with a game. For their efforts they get no respect, let alone thanks. It wasn't just Kevin in his alcohol withdrawal meltdown, the whole family sat there when he dissed her. Toby, no matter the exhaustion, reverts to trying out stand-up comedy bits instead of just thanking everyone for spending hours there in support of him and Kate. Really graceless. The Golden Rule is not that hard to remember. Forgiveness is grand but just be kind in the first place. I sound schoolmarm-ish, but these people grate. And I have been in many critical care waiting rooms, many times, and never witnessed anything remotely like this. I think most people instinctively know that acting out personal psychodramas in a place/time like that, only makes difficult things worse.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I don't know why the Pearsons thought they could engage in loud verbal fights in a hospital in the middle of the night. That, and messing with the hospital's flatscreen TV, should have earned them a little conference with someone from Security who would drop some science on them about proper behavior in that setting. No excuses about being under stress. Rules don't just apply to people when they're at their best.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I think there have been a few ambiguous hints before, but this was the strongest one yet. I get the impression that she was doing more than just ruminating about comparing and contrasting waiting rooms to handle her stress. I would have thought she might be more focused on her own labor and delivery experience, as someone has mentioned. She acted too loopy. She seemed not to hear, or was zoned out. Is that a foreshadowing of a cognitive problem, mini strokes, or any other neurological problem? It seems like it to me, and maybe what they have planned for the next seasons. A chance for the three egocentric ones to help their mother, and maybe appreciate Miguel's caregiving.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    I don't hate Rebecca, but I do have a major problem with how she lets her children's disrespect for Miguel slide. She shows more allegiance to the memory of her dead husband than to her current one, who is really pretty much of a gem. She needed to shut that down a long time ago, and I don't think Miguel "standing" will have any effect at all until she is the one who takes a stand. I'm totally with JudyObscure and her hopes for Miguel, he deserves better.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    It was a cheap shot, and an example of the writers being too cool for their own good. A minute ago he was understandably looking shell-shocked and couldn't even explain what had happened, then he comes up with a zinger against one of the more sympathetic characters. Now if it had been unleashed on Randall or Kevin. . . I am truly sick of the two of them and their never-ending sibling rivalry. They bring out the worst in each other, and increasingly, I dislike their characters. They sprinkle in the occasional supportive gesture but it never takes and there is now tedious repetition of their unresolved issues. This episode just highlighted the worst features of the show -- the self-absorbed natures of most of them, and how Jack's death looms over everything, including a newborn and the ongoing disrespect of Miguel. I am happy at least there were no flashbacks, probably the only thing that would have made the episode worse, as someone mentioned.
  10. ShadowFacts

    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    Thanks, I thought I missed something. Kind of worth at least a mention, a throwaway line, especially since we never see any friends and Beth's mother is in D.C.
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    S03.E15: The Waiting Room

    The RBG doll was a high point. Almost all of the rest of it, watching them all be annoying, snark at and attack each other, was pretty painful to sit through for me. I thought it was lame that when Kevin was an ass to Madison, no one chimed in at all. Crappy of them, under stress or not. And did I miss who's minding Deja, Tess and Annie?
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    S03.E14: The Graduates

    Yes, I think I said something similar a ways back, that she is a better partner to him than he is to her. The problem is not only unfairness/imbalance, it's that Randall is impulsive, just like Jack was. The same could be said of Kate and Kevin, and their impulsivity has ripple effects on people around them. They would all be hard to be around in real life.
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    S03.E14: The Graduates

    You said it better than I could have. Beth has done a lot of adjusting on account of him, really stepping up to help with William and forging a relationship with him, same with Deja, and even coming around to his campaign after he had refused to stop as he had said he would. She has been a better partner to him than he has to her, in my view, and inequity like that over the years can wear down even their bond.
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    S03.E14: The Graduates

    Thanks for the lowdown. Facts are good. It underscores for me that Kate shouldn't have been flying back and forth and roadtripping for the uncle hunt. She could have encountered problems mid-trip that would have taken hours to get to a hospital. Unnecessary risk in my book.
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    S03.E14: The Graduates

    This began with an interview with Chrissy Metz, and they are all prone to hyperbole/puffery in those things. She could have meant she never saw it before, etc. Surprise twins seems like something they would like to pull off. Maybe something about Kate's anatomy hiding one baby, they aren't too concerned with absolute credibility (many examples). Though my nephews were surprise twins in 1990, in the ultrasound era, so I could buy it.
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