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  1. Bastet

    S10.E02: Fit for a Queen

    I've always liked Frank as a person, but not at all as a designer, so I was curious to see how his style had changed over the years. That big painting was awful, but I didn't see it in the finished room. And no stenciling! It was much better than his old work. Are they supposed to toss those petals or whatever on the bed each day after they make it? I love that he stayed late to help with homework, probably so the pregnant woman could sleep. And he was hilarious worrying that the pillows would look like a pile of dead Ice Capades skaters. I can't with the "man tools" thing from the woman on Doug's team, and her husband needs to know that something from Overstock.com is, by definition, not unique. But they were funny and good sports. I didn't love the way the room came together, though - for all the talk about diva and opulence, I found it kind of boring.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    From the moment this story broke, I figured Loughlin and Giannulli would take more heat than Huffman and Macy for two reasons (well, three if you count the fact Macy isn't even charged, but I still generally hear them talked about together): One, the whole "fake athletics" scam - complete with staged/altered photographs - has a "Seriously?!" factor above and beyond the SAT/ACT cheating scandal (and involves more money being spent). Two, the calls and emails quoted in the affidavit reveal Huffman doing a bad thing, but don't really give a glimpse into her overall personality. Those of Loughlin and Giannulli, though, paint a picture of a rich celebrity couple so stereotypical it's a cartoon. Huffman and Macy will send a check. Loughlin and Giannulli will instruct their business manager to do so, just as soon as they get home from their vacation in the Bahamas. There's just an overall vibe with those two that came through as beyond even the rampant, clueless entitlement of the other defendants. The courtroom sketch artist's article about the difference between Huffman's demeanor and Loughlin's wasn't long after that. And then, hoo boy, once I saw some clips of Olivia's YouTube posts, I knew the negative attention on the Loughlin/Giannulli family would be relentless. That girl is very much a product of her environment, chip off the old blocks, whatever you want to call it. It's a BAD look that she put out there for the world to see, and as people continue to dig up old posts, her comments continue to pop up in the news. So, yeah, she's a big part of why there's more attention on them. I thought he either never enrolled (per Olivia) or did and dropped out (per The Hollywood Reporter), but continued to take the money from his parents that was supposed to be for tuition and instead used it to launch the beginnings of his design business.
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    The Conners Alphabet Game

    F is for the scented fuzzy dice the Conners got Jackie when she got her commercial driver license to drive the big rigs
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    I'm pretty sure even Roseanne Barr has that grasp on reality. Jerusalem is where she was as the article opened -- the reporter was covering her stay there, the "do you want to apologize for your racist tweet?" question was raised by another reporter there, and the WaPo reporter's detailed investigation into the background commenced. The story is told from the time of that Jerusalem visit in January - during which Roseanne, among many other things, meets with her lawyers - and also weaves back and forth between what was learned about what came before and what people said upon being interviewed after. Roseanne may have flown her usual lawyers over, video-conferenced with them, talked with associated lawyers admitted in both jurisdictions, whatever. Even Roseanne wouldn't ask Jerusalem lawyers about CA law (and they should have the same ethical obligation, if she did, to say they couldn't advise on law they don't know).
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    As I understand it, in the event of a tie for second place at the end of the game, the contestant who was leading at the end of DJ is awarded that second-place slot. If, in a case like this, the two were also tied at the after DJ/heading into FJ point, second place is awarded to the one leading as of the end of the first round. Going back to that point in the game, Jonathan was ahead by $200, so I think that's it.
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    Steel Magnolias (1989)

    Before this movie had its own thread, I complained about that very thing in one of the miscellaneous movie threads. Because I love the film for its relationships among the women, but - even though she's based on a real person whose family doesn't feel this way about her, so why should I - I kind of hate Shelby. She was nice, sure, but she was, as I always say, a selfish twit! She knew, via more than one doctor, that her body could likely not withstand pregnancy and it should thus be avoided - as it may very well kill her - but she goes ahead and purposely gets knocked up, out of some "I want a baby of my own" bullshit AND in an attempt to save her marriage to a total ass. And, gee, who saw this coming, but it nearly kills her, and her mom has to donate a kidney to try and save her, but she dies anyway. After spending so much time in hospital her son barely knows her, so not only does the rest of her family lose her, the kid gets to not only grow up without her, but with the inevitable guilt of his existence having set her death in motion. She really didn't even get to actually be a mom, even for a short time. It was all a known risk and thus a completely avoidable waste of life, devastating not just to her but to those left behind. While I love the film as a whole, I want to throttle Shelby during the scene where she reveals she's pregnant - I love M'Lynn's reaction, but, holy hell, she should never have been put in that place to begin with -and also yell at the screen when Ouiser is the only other one of the group who grasps reality. The rest react to the pregnancy news - knowing the doctors said Shelby shouldn't, not that she couldn't - with some ridiculous notion that because Shelby is such a sweet soul, reality will just take a backseat and everything will work out fine. Her "I'd rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special" line is horrifyingly sad to me - which was not the intent - that she thought a life filled with loving family, supportive friends, and a job she loved was "nothing special" if it didn't also include a baby.
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    Jazz and the Jennings Family in the Media

    I'm glad Pomona is someplace she's long had an eye on; I think it would be a great fit for her. (I have no affiliation with it, for the record.) I think Jeannette would have a hard time with any of her kids going to college in CA instead of FL, but especially for Jazz to move across the country? She might implode. But it would be good for her, too.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    Now that's a necessity Candy should have sprung for. (And probably would have. Tori has her issues, and Candy initially caused some of them, but that guy is a controlling creep at best, so I have to believe Candy would love to perform that procedure herself in a dark alley with a dull knife, never mind pay for him to see a urologist.)
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    Steel Magnolias (1989)

    She's highly quotable! Just alter some specifics if need be, and have at it in your own life. "You are too twisted for color TV." "You are a pig from hell." "He is a boil on the butt of humanity." "The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God." "I'm not as sweet as I used to be." "You are evil, and you must be destroyed." "I'm not crazy, M'Lynn, I've just been in a very bad mood for 40 years." "Don't try to get on my good side, Truvy, I no longer have one." "I am pleasant, dammit! I saw Drum Eatenton this morning at the Piggly Wiggly and I smiled at the son of a bitch before I could help myself." (The way she says "smiled" makes it art.) "Yeah, well, the older you get, the uglier you get." "Get your roots done." "I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don't see movies 'cause they're trash, and they've got nothing but naked people in them. And I don't read books, 'cause if they're any good they're gonna make them into a miniseries." (I don't even agree with this one, but I love it.) "What a gentleman - I bet he takes the dishes out of the sink before he pees in it." And, even though I do not have a southern accent, I am prone to saying an exact imitation of "I'm intrigued" when someone says something odd. I was also giddy to once deal with a cranky guest at a Christmas party by asking, "Do you have a reindeer up your butt?"
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    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    That was me being nice because the poor guy died. That's as good as it's going to get.
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    The Conners Alphabet Game

    C is for child-throwing, the Olympic event in which Dan and Roseanne were going to compete
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    Jeopardy! Season 35 (2018-2019)

    It's a good thing I don't have any windows open, or my neighbors would be wondering why I was yelling, "the liver!" I also scoffed aloud, "The Tennessee Valley Authority?" when the contestant answered TVA instead of WPA in the DD, so I'm apparently extra cranky this evening. But I can't believe that with two wrong answers, liver still wound up being a TS. I only saw the DJ round and FJ, but from that it was a good game, even though it ended with a TS.
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    Party of One: Unpopular TV Opinions

    Yes, Serena Benson is long dead, and Olivia's biological father (who is also dead) was eventually identified. It turned out he was a serial rapist. So I don't think any offensive "I lied and called a one-night stand rape" twist will be forthcoming. (Serena's death came while I was watching, but the paternity revelation after I had quit, so I looked up the details to confirm my hazy recollections of TWoP discussion. I also vaguely recall that perhaps Olivia went through a phase - or maybe just an ugly moment in the midst of one of her "my mom was a drunk asshole" rants - of suspecting her mother of lying, but I didn't dig far enough into the SVU Wiki to see if that happened.)
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    In Memoriam: Celebrity Deaths

    According to some articles, the police report lists the location of the incident as his apartment. It's not clear to me if he was filming a video at the time, like his mom said, because there was also a comment from his management team that the gun was going to be used in an "upcoming" music video. If he was filming in his apartment, add that to the fact he had only recently been signed by a management company and had not been signed by a record label, it would seem to be a very low-budget thing, and those on "set" would be his friends, not anyone whose job it was to know props and procedures. (Now, how a group of functioning adults, whatever their profession, can think it's hunky dory to have a loaded gun around, I don't know, but this did happen in Texas, so ...) Or he may have been puttering around his apartment with a loaded gun in his pants as a part of his daily life. Again, Texas. Either way, it's an accident that never should have happened, and it's sad for a young life to end in such a senseless way.
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    Miscellaneous Celebrity News

    They also were almost-certainly coached on what to say in the event of any questions, because - all that follows is per the FBI agent's affidavit - Olivia's high school guidance counselor asked her, basically, "What is this about your sister being recruited by USC's crew team; neither of you do crew." The counselor was concerned their applications may contain misleading information. Once Olivia had her provisional acceptance as a recruited athlete, she had to fill out the formal application, and Loughlin emailed Singer - copying Olivia and Giannulli - to say Olivia is confused about how to fill it out, and Loughlin wants to make sure she gets it in on time so as not to call any attention to Olivia with the counselor. (Singer responded by instructing an employee to fill it out for Olivia.) Shortly after Olivia got her formal acceptance letter, the counselor emailed Giannulli memorializing a conversation they'd (the counselor and Giannulli) had that morning, in which Giannulli relayed concerns that USC maybe was going to rescind her admission because there's some confusion over whether she actually does crew and assured him Olivia is indeed a coxswain. The counselor relayed that information to USC's admissions department, and everything is fine, there's no talk of her admission being rescinded. That same day, the crooked employee of USC's athletic department left Singer a voicemail, saying she doesn't want whatever is going on between the parents and the counselor to become an issue - that'll "shut everything down." She tells Singer the students should, if questioned at school, say they're walk-on recruits for their sport, looking forward to trying out for the team. Later came the recorded call, when Singer - acting for the authorities - said he was being audited and went over with Giannulli and Loughlin what to say about the "charitable donation" (the conversation also included him recapping the fake crew stuff). So there was so much conversation between the parents - who were concerned the counselor was causing problems and that USC would get twitchy in response, and who then were told the IRS was looking into things (Loughlin was happy it was the IRS, not USC) - and Singer about what to say in the event of questioning, it's unlikely they did not turn around and indeed tell the daughters, "If someone asks you about crew, here's what you say."
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