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  1. Blakeston

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    It's been a long time since I took family law, but Mary Louise is a grandparent with no current custody rights. In order to get custody from Celeste - who's Josh and Max's only living parent/guardian - wouldn't she have to prove abuse and/or neglect?
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    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    Re: Celeste, her sex life, and her children, I think there are a few possibilities: Possibility #1 - Things happened exactly the way that Mary Louise's lawyer suggested. Celeste had an overnight sex guest when the boys were around, and one of the boys came into the bedroom and saw the guy, and tried to wake her up and couldn't, and later he told Mary Louise about it. (If this was the case, Celeste would think that the kids never knew about the guy until she went to court.) Possibility #2 - Celeste had an overnight sex guest when the boys were around, and the boys never knew, and Mary Louise only knows about it because of her private investigator, but Mary Louise wants the judge to think that one of the boys witnessed it. In this case, it would be hard for Celeste to say it never happened, because she couldn't know for sure whether one of the boys had walked in. Possibility #3 - Celeste has never had an overnight sex guest when the boys were around, but Mary Louise nonetheless decided to hurl that accusation at Celeste via the attorney, in the hopes that it would stick. One would expect Celeste to deny it, though - but her Ambien use might have left her confused, wondering if maybe she had an overnight sex guest when the boys were around and she just forgot about it. We know Celeste had the bartender over when the boys were spending the night at Mary Louise's, but we don't know for sure whether there were any others.
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    Big Little Lies in the Media

    I have to wonder how many episodes were given to critics in advance. I seem to recall hearing that the reviews that went into this season's Rotten Tomatoes score and its Metacritic score were based only on the first four episodes.
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    Guest Stars: The Famous and...Less Famous

    The actor who played Coco has died, under some very strange circumstances. https://extratv.com/2019/07/14/report-golden-girls-seinfeld-actor-charles-levins-body-found/ Authorities have located human remains in the search for missing actor Charles Levin, 70, best-remembered for his roles on "The Golden Girls" and "Seinfeld." Oregon Live reports that crews began searching for Levin this weekend after he was reported missing in Grants Pass, Oregon, Monday by his son. Levin's distinctive orange car was found Saturday on a "almost impassable" road after authorities used GPS data from Levin's phone. Inside the 2012 Fiat was the body of his pug, Boo Boo Bear. A search of the area for several hours turned up human remains that are believed to be Levin's. No positive identification or cause of death have yet been confirmed, but the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said in a statement, "Based on the circumstances, there is a high probability that the remains are those of Charles Levin." Levin is a familiar face more than a familiar name on TV and in movies, including playing the groundbreaking role of a sympathetic gay hustler on six episodes of "Hill Street Blues" (1982-1986), the love interest of "dingy chick" Vera (Beth Howland) on "Alice" (1983-1985), gay housekeeper Coco on the pilot for "The Golden Girls" (1985), and a hysterically nervous mohel on the "Seinfeld" episode "The Bris" (1993). Levin made many other appearances on episodic TV. Levin appeared in the films "Annie Hall" (1977), "Manhattan" (1979), "The Seduction of Joe Tynan" (1979), "Honeysuckle Rose" (1980), and "The Golden Child" (1986), among others, making his final film appearance in 1998.
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    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    If the man's seven-year-old children walked in on him post-coitus with a half-naked stranger, then I could easily see it being brought up in a real-life custody hearing. Same goes for an incident in which one of his seven-year-olds walked in on him asleep in bed with a stranger in their home. I don't think a man would be subjected to interrogation about every woman he slept with following his wife's death (including encounters outside the home), like what happened here. But in real life? I don't believe for a second that would happen to a woman in these circumstances either. An empathetic judge like that one would have handed ML's lawyer his head on a platter. I don't expect a campy show like this to be perfectly realistic, but this was just silly.
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    S02.E04: Never Knew Love Like This Before

    Pray Tell was nice to Candy once - when she won that curvy body category after getting the black market silicon injections. His feedback to her was quite positive. That said, I thought a lot of his comments the rest of the time were over-the-top nasty. Participating in the trade category was just buffoonish, sure - but when she participated in the body categories, there was no need to be so vicious about her figure not being good enough. Based on their confrontation in this episode, it appears the writers wanted us to think he was crossing the line repeatedly.
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    S02.E04: Never Knew Love Like This Before

    This subject matter is about as intense as it gets for me, but I don't think they pulled it off as well as they could have. For one thing, throughout the series Candy and especially Lulu just seemed to serve whatever role was convenient for the writers. (Are they friends to Blanca and Elektra, or are they hellbent on humiliating and antagonizing them? And do they even like each other?) It's a little weird to see a deep analysis of their friendship, when we saw so little of their friendship when Candy was actually alive. I'm not sure it was a great idea to do two Very Special Episodes about death in a row, either. And I didn't think the scene with Candy's parents was earned. Awww, how sweet, they're being given validation for the love they gave their daughter! Even though they only decided to come to her funeral at the last minute, and her mother calls makes a big point of referring to her as "he." On the plus side, good for the writers for finally acknowledging that those trophies would have to cost a ton of money!
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    But if that's her goal, why would she make Celeste an offer that would end the need for anyone to testify?
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    There's only one scenario I could find remotely plausible in which Corey is aiding the police - if he's a civilian who was facing charges of his own, and the detective said, "Hey, you work at the aquarium? If you get me some information pertaining to Jane Chapman's involvement in that murder, I'll go easy on you." And then he came up with a plan on his own. If he was actually a cop, and someone assigned him to romance a rape victim and befriend her son, just based on one detective's hunch that someone might have shoved a wife batterer, it would be an absolute PR disaster for the police department once word got out what they'd done.
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    Mary Louise isn't making sense to me as a character. She seems like a tool the writers are using to aggravate the other characters as much as possible, and raise the tension in a soapy way - as opposed to an actual human being. They've made it seem like she's doing anything she can to get control and information. But then why would she blatantly antagonize Renata? If she was looking for control, she would have played nice with her, tried to get some info out of her, and used Renata's influence to her advantage. Or is she just furious about Perry, and hellbent on punishing the women who she thinks murdered him? If that's the case, then why would she offer to withdraw her guardianship bid in exchange for weekend custody - thereby losing her shot at a perjury trap?
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    All Episodes Talk: Picture It. PTV. Today.

    She didn't know. I'm just saying that there would be no reason for Mario to get deported based on his essay, unless the essay actually said something like, "I can still remember the day my uncle snuck me into this country in the back of a van." And if it said that, then Dorothy should have figured out his status, and realized that she should keep the essay to herself.
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    All Episodes Talk: Picture It. PTV. Today.

    Mario's family being deported based on his essay is something that doesn't really make any sense - unless he actually wrote about his family entering the country using, shall we say, unconventional methods. And if that was in his essay, then Dorothy was a moron for wanting to publish it.
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    S02.E03: Butterfly/Cocoon

    The most widely accepted term nowadays is "trans," which is short for "transgender," which refers to someone who doesn't identify as the gender they were assigned at birth. The term "transsexual" is fairly outdated, and is nowadays considered offensive by many (but not all) trans people. Back when it was in common usage, it was sometimes used to refer to a transgender person who'd had some sort of surgery to transition. But other times it was used the same way people use "transgender" nowadays. (For example, Angel refers to herself as "transsexual," but we have no reason to think she's had any kind of surgery to transition.)
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    S02.E04: She Knows

    Madeline is a total firecracker, and when she believes someone is in the wrong, she goes after them like a rabid dog. I think she'd gladly slam the door in Mary Louise's face, social niceties be damned. The only way I could see her inviting Mary Louise in is if ML's grandkids were watching. She wouldn't want to have to explain to them she turned their grandma away. But IIRC, the kids were in the other room. Re: the Ambien - I think the idea is that Celeste invited the bartender home, and had sex with him, and then took Ambien when she couldn't sleep (and then when she woke up, she was in such a daze that she forgot about the bartender). I could see someone finding it especially difficult to fall asleep when they have a stranger in their bed. Of course, I could also see Mary Louise paying the bartender to roofie her.
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    S02.E03: Butterfly/Cocoon

    Angel appears to be based on Venus Xtravaganza, from the documentary Paris is Burning. She was a very pretty trans prostitute, who gave almost word-for-word the same speech about wanting a man to take care of her that Angel gave in the pilot. Midway through filming Paris is Burning, she was strangled to death by one of her clients.
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