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  1. Stinger97

    S11.E03: Diva Worship

    Team IBBN did an amazing job and I was pretty impressed with Nina's ability to keep the show moving. I also really enjoyed Vanjie's performance, although it's starting to become a little one note for me. Gimme some more range, Vanjie! I was surprised that Honey went home as early as the third episode, but can't say I was super disappointed.
  2. As a native Long Islander and someone that has driven to the Hamptons several times in his life, some of Ramona's statements are misleading. While I understand that the road is referred to as "Montauk Highway," it's a 2-lane road traveling east/west. Eastern Long Island (from the Hamptons to Montauk) is a popular summertime destination for sure, so you're absolutely right that there's heavy traffic from Memorial Day through Labor Day (with spurts on the weekends following Tumble Weed Tuesday). It's definitely not "jam packed" by any stretch of the imagination in winter, however. It also doesn't smell (at least not any more than any other 2-lane road smells). And although I've never been inside the house itself (as I said in my previous post, I'm decidedly middle class and would likely be escorted away from the property for simply looking at it too hard), I imagine that it's well insulated to account for its proximity to the road and the sound that the traffic generates during particularly busy times of the year. tl;dr It's really not a "bad location" by any stretch of the imagination unless you're Ramona and need to look down your nose at someone else as wealthy or (probably in this case) wealthier than you.
  3. Did anyone catch Barbara saying something about having power of attorney during Lu's manic episode? I'd be interested to know when Lu signed that document, as well as over what exactly Barbara had power to make decisions. If it was prior to Lu's break from reality (which I assume it was), that'd mean that Lu knew she was headed in a bad direction and couldn't be trusted to make rational decisions. Also, can we talk about how ridiculous rich people's problems are? One thing I have to say about growing up decidedly middle class, I've never encountered a situation in which the solution to the problem was to sue my own mother. Of course, I can't even imagine stepping foot on the lawn of Bethenny's rental property let alone inheriting a beautiful home like Lu's in Sag Harbor, so what do I know? I mean, that's fair, but I have to admit that Tyler Perry would not be the first person I'd think of regarding deep and meaningful quotes. That's not to discount the hardships he's endured, obviously, but I would likely guffaw if someone I'm in an argument with started dropping Tyler Perry quotes.
  4. Stinger97

    S07.E14: Tom vs. Tom

    Jax's refusal to make a mojito reminded me of a time that my boyfriend and I ended up in a small diner on the side of the road in Virginia. The place was obviously a little worn down, but the locals seemed to like it and we were starving. We looked at the menu for a bit and the waitress came over to take our order. My boyfriend went first and asked for a hamburger and a chocolate milkshake. The waitress looked him dead in the eye and said, "Honey, I don't have the patience to make you a milkshake right now. How about a soda?" My boyfriend and I are very accommodating people (see: doormats) so he just ordered the soda, but we still talk about the audacity of that waitress to this day. Jax, apparently, has some big balls as well. Especially to make that comment knowing full well that he's being recorded by a television crew. I know LVP tolerates a lot of things from this group of 30-year old children, but refusing to make someone a drink because you don't feel like muddling the ingredients? That's beyond the pale.
  5. Stinger97

    S11.E02: Good God Girl, Get Out

     I was honestly more impressed by the Black Panther ladies. None of them screwed up as badly as "upulence!" or Kahana flailing around. And Vanjie's gravelly voice is amusing coming from a drag queen, but I didn't think her performance made much sense for the character. So, I think we kind of agree. My criteria in determining whether a team was successful in an acting challenge is, basically, if it made me laugh (whether for the right or wrong reasons). Obviously, Ru and her panel are using a different criteria to assess a team's success. A great example of that would be S6's acting challenge, Drag Race Me to Hell. There, Team Milk was objectively better than Team Adore. That said, I don't remember much from Team Milk's reel while my boyfriend and I *still* reference lines and moments from Team Adore's. Particularly Gia Gunn's stilted recitation of "Gag me with a Delorean!" line, Adore's wig slipping (several times) as she was electrocuted, and the 10 second silence/close up on Vivacious as she visibly struggled to remember her "Your mother scrubs docks in Hell!" line. To be fair, I think a lot of the hilarity came from the editors and the way they cut the available footage together for the final reel, but still. It was memorable! Long story short, I agree that the Black Panther ladies were objectively better at delivering their lines and selling their specific story. However, I thought the Get Out parody was funnier (albeit for all the wrong reasons). And in the grand scheme of things, I don't watch RPDR because I want to see seasoned actors honing their craft. I'm strictly here for the messiness and fun.
  6. Stinger97

    S11.E02: Good God Girl, Get Out

    Vanjie channeling Cookie Monster during the skit was everything. I was cackling on my couch the entire time. Similarly, Mercedes’ inability to pronounce “opulence” was also cracking my shit up. The Black Panther girls couldn’t hold a candle to the Get Out ladies. Silky didn’t bug as much this episode as she did during the premiere, but I wonder if that was more the editing and less her actually being less insufferable. I wasn’t sure about Yvie’s runway look at the outset, but I came to really like it. She basically married the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion into one look. She’s slowly becoming my one to watch. I also really adored the chemistry she had with Scarlet during the maxi challenge.
  7. Stinger97

    S07.E13: Reptilian Brain

    I'm no fan of Katie's, to be sure, but she was absolutely right to complain about James' comments regarding her weight/appearance. James has been given chance after chance by Lisa, Tom, Lala, Raquel, etc. and, each time, he's proven himself to be an even bigger asshole than previously believed. In the real world, James' ass would have been out on the street and his boss wouldn't have thought about it twice. My boyfriend and I are very much pro-Ariana. She's intelligent, fairly well-spoken and seemingly more self-aware than a majority of the rest of the cast. I love that she's not interested in having children and is confident enough to voice that. I also love that she appears to love Sandoval but that her entire being doesn't revolve around him. Is Scheana still even on this show? She showed up to Kristen's "relationship workshop" but was barely seen.
  8. Stinger97

    Season 20: Live Feed Discussion

    And that one that was used was going to be used no matter what due to the rules. And then it failed anyway. Is this a new record for BB? I can't recall that last time this many "twists" flopped in a single season.
  9. Stinger97

    Season 20: Live Feed Discussion

    Does Tyler have a final 2 with literally every HG? I have to imagine that that's going to come out sooner than later, especially once L6 start targeting one another. As for Brett flipping on L6 and going with JC, Haleigh and the returnee, I suspect that he realizes that JC will drop that like a hot potato the second a member of L6 wins HOH. That said, I'd love to see Brett become a roadblock for the rest of L6 because the slow and tedious trek to Final 3 for Angela, KC and Tyler is going to be miserable to watch. (As an aside, I was going to say that Brett probably trusts JC as far as he can throw him, but that phrase doesn't exactly work with JC since I'm sure most of the HGs could chuck him pretty damn far.)
  10. Stinger97

    The Hills

    Unsurprising that LC and Kristin are out, though I wish LC would stop acting as though she's above it all. And is it really going to feel like The Hills without either of them? I, too, am surprised that Whitney has agreed to return. She posted on her Instagram something like, "hopefully they let me out of the fashion closet this time!" While she was never my favorite cast member, I do appreciate that she's able to maintain a sense of humor about everything. Color me perplexed that Frankie Delgado was invited back. Who's next? Audrina's coworker and sometimes confidant from the record label? An extra from the Les Deux days? Enzo?!
  11. Stinger97

    Season 20: Live Feed Discussion

    If Les Moonves turned out to be the leak, that would legitimately be the most shocking twist that this show has ever been associated with in its 20 seasons.
  12. I was surprised to hear that Scottie was hoping for Sam to get herself nominated as a result of suggesting Haleigh go up as the replacement nominee. Surprised because that had initially been my thought process... that Fessy would be incredulous that she'd suggest he put up "his girl" and target Sam as a result. But then immediately following that conversation with Sam about the (very ill-advised) plan, Scottie went to Fessy and made the same suggestion regarding Haleigh as the re-nom, painting a larger target on his back. Confusing. Count me in with the camp that's unimpressed with our Battle Back options. The only person I wouldn't hate to see return is Scottie. That's not to say that I would be overjoyed with that outcome either. We have Kaitlyn and her inability to complete a 5-piece puzzle to thank for this. Namaste.
  13. Stinger97

    Season 20: Live Feed Discussion

    Y'know, your post *just* made me realize that this is probably the first eviction in which Fessy and Haleigh know who is going home.
  14. Stinger97

    S20.E25: Power of Veto #8

    Quick question (without going *too* far off topic), but what does "recruiting" entail? Is it simply DM'ing the person on Instagram and encouraging them to apply? Or is it something like a Golden Ticket to the BB house? Because for years I thought that it was the latter... that they found all these hot models that had never heard of the show and basically casted them in a very streamlined audition process ("you're pretty, you're relatively sane... move on in!"). But then I started a business Instagram related to baking and was DM'd on Instagram by a reality show casting company looking to cast for a Food Network reality show. The casting company basically said, "We like what you've done on your Instagram and think you could be good for this show. Here's how you can apply!" I'd believe that that's how Sam was "recruited," which seems less egregious than what I used to think was considered "recruiting."
  15. Stinger97

    S20.E25: Power of Veto #8

    There's something super charming about how Sam thinks this game works. She was so earnest with Fessy about putting Haleigh up, and I know in her heart of hearts she thought she was doing a bang up job of convincing him. Charming and bizarre. Mostly bizarre, though. I didn't think the zings were particularly hurtful. I assume that production is very familiar with each HG and knows which of their quirks are fair game and which might be legitimate triggers. I also imagine that production understands that certain HGs can take a joke (Brett) and some HGs cannot (Sam) and so tailors the zings accordingly. For example, I don't think that a HG that exhibits legitimate body image issues would have a weight-related zing aimed at them. At least I'd hope not.