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    Kids Baking Championship

    In the Fourth household, we were all expecting Davis to win, of course, but about halfway through, I said, "You know, Paige is getting the winner's edit." I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but they say if you watch enough reality shows/competitions, you can tell what's going to happen based on the editing. It still could have gone either way by the end (I was pretty sure Meadow wasn't going to win), but I wasn't surprised that Paige won. Based on all the challenges this season, I wouldn't necessarily say she's always been a better baker than Davis, but he wasn't flawless tonight, so I'm not disappointed in the result.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Over here in the Fourth household, we were dying of laughter at the bumper falling off with the license plate attached and the girl fleeing the scene anyway. Most victims scramble to get a glimpse of a license plate and jot it down quickly, but this guy had the actual, physical plate. Plus a piece of the car. Fantastic!
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    Kids Baking Championship

    I agree that it's Davis's to lose at this point. (Honestly, it's been that way all season.) I thought Jaxon might be a dark horse and could swoop in at the end, especially after Madison left, but he really whiffed this week. Generally, I think Jaxon has great baking skills, but sometimes lacks in creativity, whereas Meadow has had great ideas, but sometimes just doesn't have what it takes for the execution. I don't dislike Paige, but I think she's gotten lucky a number of times - the weeks where she really didn't do well, she benefited from someone else doing noticeably worse.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    I didn't hate the defendant in the $4000 vacation case, though I didn't really love him either, and I think JJ was a little tough on him. I HATE doing estate cases at work, and most of the lawyers I've worked with will say that as soon as someone dies, be prepared for everyone to show up out of nowhere and claim they're owed something. I can't really blame the defendant for wanting more documentation, especially if he's responsible as the executor of the estate. The figure of $1200 was thrown around somewhere in text messages, and then someone mentioned $3900, and then there was that "vacation, etc." in the memo of the $4K check. I won't argue that he might have been partially motivated by greed to get out of paying the woman back, but I agree with him that the amount of the debt wasn't as clear-cut as JJ thought, and who knows who else he's dealing with in regard to his mother's estate.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    I maybe -- maybe -- would have believed that she wasn't living there if it weren't for the fact that she just so happened to be around (with her dog, according to the defendant?) at the exact time code enforcement swung by. Her story about the neighbor behind the building or whatever sounded made up. And, of course, once you lie about one thing, it's hard to believe anything else, though I do agree that people move around a lot and where they're currently residing doesn't necessarily match their driver's license, and so on. I believe it was briefly mentioned that part of her lawsuit was expenses she incurred to get her stuff out of the condemned building and maybe a new rental fee. Which, even if she had been truthful the entire time: NOPE. No one ever gets moving expenses from JJ. Because they ate the steak and/or if you don't like it, ah-MOVE!
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    My favorite part of the dog case was how the whole first half was about how much time the plaintiff let elapse between giving the dog to the defendant and trying to get it back, and JJ based everything on her giving the dog to him in August of 2017. As she said, that would be bad enough, to show up in early 2019 to get the dog back. But then the defendants, who were well-behaved and didn't call out the entire time, mentioned something about having the dog in January of 2017 (and had vet bills to back them up), making JJ put on the brakes for a second. When she questioned them about the August/January discrepancy, the way the brother defendant simply said, "She lied" made me laugh. And based on the plaintiff's performance, I don't think a single person in that room doubted him. That's how you do it, folks - if you know you're in the right, just keep your mouth shut and it'll work out.
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    SNL Cast Discussion

    Whenever someone mentions Donald Trump, Jr. AND I'M ERIC, my mind automatically goes to their SNL portrayals. In fact, I'm not even 100% positive I could pick the real Eric Trump out of a lineup.
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    S20.E15: Brothel

    When Fin was apologizing and they were talking about what happened between them 20 years ago, I was all "20 years ago, you were a reporter who was flirting with Munch before you were murdered!" Ah, those were the good ol' days. Actually, though, I thought this episode was pretty good. I kind of figured the judge was involved, but I admit I was going back and forth on Jennifer Esposito's character. The police actually did police work, Olivia wasn't in every single scene, and we got some good Fin snark and interaction. Probably the best of the season so far!
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    Yeah, we got the same wonkiness in the NYC/tri-state area. My first episode started with the legal fees for the teenager, then the contractor case started, but when it came back from commercial, it was the end of the pepper spray case, followed by the car vandalism. Then in the next half hour, it was the legal fees and the contractor AGAIN, but then the contractor case was completed. It sounds like the pepper spray case was more interesting than the legal fees case, but oh well.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    That video might have been one of the most disturbing things to ever air on this show. My mother was over at my house while it was on, and while she's no great lover of dogs, she had to hide her eyes for the second showing. The neighbor who broke it up is lucky he didn't suffer any injuries. All the litigants in the second episode seemed to be competing for the title of craziest hair, with the possible exception of the last defendant. Lastly: SHATavia. That's all I could see. Unfortunate.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    I assumed just about all the talking heads were at least partially scripted. I mean, we all know by now that "reality" TV, well, isn't. I don't believe for a second that Karthik and Meadow made the "mansplaining" comments all on their own, and likewise, I don't believe that Nyah and Paige said the same thing at the same time perfectly in one take. But meh, that's how we get our entertaining TV. So yeah, while Jaxson didn't come off particularly well this episode, I'm not sure how much was really his actual personality and how much was encouraged from the sidelines for maximum drama/conflict.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    100% agree on the brainless description, but I'll openly admit I was envious of her lipstick. I am also pale and I'm forever in search of the perfect red (and have yet to find it!). I wasn't following closely enough to know everything that went on in the horse blog case (except that yeah, it's pretty likely the defendant was the author of the posts), but I always enjoy when someone gets the full $5K, especially in the more unique cases that just aren't about unpaid rent and veterinary bills.
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    S20.E14: Part 33

    I get what they were going for, but yeah, this episode wasn't the greatest. Maybe even the worst of the season so far. I watched this one with my mother, and partway through, she said something like, "Why is Rollins defending the husband/so against the wife?" And all I could say was, "Because someone had to in order for there to be conflict." I almost feel like they flipped a coin between Rollins and Carisi to determine who would take which side. Since we all know where Olivia would be, and Fin just chills.
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    All Episodes Talk: All Rise

    I need more expensive hat cases in my TV-viewing life. Such a good grandson. :D For the dog case, the previews made it seem like the dog sitter did just keep the dog for no reason whatsoever. It didn't take long at all for me to switch sides and root for her because the plaintiff was definitely sleazy and trying to sneak a dog into an apartment where it didn't belong.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    Finally, Jenna is gone. She's not a bad kid, but was definitely way behind the others in terms of skill. I still think she should have been the one to go home last week. With her gone, I don't see a really clear choice as to who's going to be next to be eliminated. Nyah or Karthik, maybe. (Again, great kids, but they've had some little missteps before.) In the end, I think it's going to come down to Davis and Madison. My prediction is one of the following scenarios happens - 1) Madison doesn't do anything "wrong", but she doesn't take big enough risks, and that's what loses the championship for her, or 2) high-strung Davis finally explodes and screws up massively near the end of the competition. I loved the look of the fire and ice cake, but I was seriously questioning the combination of mint and lemon. I guess it does work!
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