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  1. Yes, that was my understanding. Ben Whishaw's character is ethnically Irish, and was sent to live with the Jews. Then his Irish relatives took him back, and convinced him to kill the Jewish boy who had been traded for him. Now he's with the Italian mob, and presumably they call him "Rabbi" because he spent some time living with Jews.
  2. Doesn't Caitlin just have the one brother? Danny, the obnoxious loudmouth, who apparently is interested in Islam? I really, really can't buy Caitlin as someone who just had her first period. The actress is clearly older than the character. And isn't Danny supposed to be even younger than her? She called him "baby brother." It's completely implausible that he's younger than 14.
  3. I think there's a big difference between acknowledging that people on the spectrum (especially those with ADHD) have difficulty with making the right call in social situations, and asserting that they're incapable of considering other people's feelings. Probably the most harmful stereotype out there about people on the spectrum is that they don't have empathy. And I was responding to a comment that people like Olivia "can't" think about other peoples' needs.
  4. And couldn't she move in with Bonnie, at least temporarily, because Adam is at work all the time and Bonnie feels alone? The writers are going to do whatever they think will be funniest. And if they want Bonnie living with one of the other women, they'll come up with an explanation for doing it.
  5. There's a lot of humor to be wrung out of mismatched people sharing a space. That's why Christy and Bonnie continued sharing a bed for no reason, and it's why Tammy kept living with Marjorie even though her business was thriving. So even though Bonnie doesn't need a roommate, it wouldn't surprise me too much if she gets one.
  6. The makeup and costumes definitely aged the girls somewhat. But I also think that people just age slower than they did a few generations ago. I'm not sure why exactly, but I have some theories. Smoking is a lot less common nowadays, and smoking can age you terribly. There's a lot more emphasis on moisturizing than there used to be, and skin care products have improved. More people understand that tanning is unhealthy, and are more likely to use sunscreen. People who grew up in, say, the World War II era didn't feel the same obligation to look "sexy" after having children, the way we do now, and so they didn't put as much effort into trying to look young. People are less likely to have jobs involving grueling outdoor work. Anyway, I thought the Zoom Where It Happens performance was pretty entertaining - particularly the "black version" of the theme song. It also made me appreciate Estelle Getty more. Alfre Woodard is one of our finest living actresses, and she was certainly convincing as a cranky old woman - but she wasn't able to insert nearly as much warmth or nuance into Sophia's lines as Estelle did.
  7. Bonnie and Christy's living situation never made much sense (why were they sharing a bed for so long, again?). I could easily see them having Tammy move back in with Bonnie because she realizes Bonnie needs her. There's no way I can imagine Jill moving in with them. I suspect we'll see more of her, but I'm not sure she'd make a good Christy replacement. I like her, but her Marie Antoinette act would be hard to take in huge doses.
  8. I'm reading this! I just finished the series now. Brendan didn't strike me as being on the spectrum in any way. He was oblivious to social etiquette, but I think that was just because he was so cocky that he didn't believe that social rules apply to him. I have to say, one thing that irritated me throughout the season was that the actor who played Brandon looked way too old to be 18. I know TV is filled with 20-somethings (and even 30-somethings) playing teenagers, but this seemed like a really egregious example. Couldn't they have at least covered up his receding hairline?
  9. They gave us far more of Tammy than Christy last season, so Tammy moving back in with Bonnie seems like the most likely possibility. They might make Tammy more Christy-ish, to give us something approximating the back-and-forth we saw between Bonnie and Christy in the past.
  10. Christy finished her second year of law school at the end of the last season. I'm not sure if she's going full-time or part-time, but either way she wouldn't have graduated yet.
  11. That's been the case for a few years, though, hasn't it? (At least, in terms of what the audience sees.) I have a feeling that Tammy is going to move in with Bonnie now. They were basically co-leads last season, so I don't think that much will even change. My biggest question is whether they'll say that Christy transferred law schools, or that she ran off with that woman. I wouldn't be surprised if Anna Faris has a secret reason for dropping out - like concerns about coronavirus, or a new project that hasn't been announced yet.
  12. I watched this show occasionally when it was first on - I was a kid at the time, and a lot of the jokes went over my head. Now I'm watching the whole series in order. I appreciate it a lot more than I did the first time around. I'm especially impressed by how well the Corky character was handled, both re: the writing and Faith Ford's acting. Corky could have very, very easily been soooooooo annoying. But IMO she wasn't. I'm also noticing that most of the time, Murphy behaved like a psychopath. A very charming, funny psychopath, to be sure. But with occasional exceptions, she was remarkably self-centered and devoid of empathy, lied constantly, and threw others under the bus without a second thought. Once Avery was born, they showed that she was very focused on doing right by her child. But in the early seasons, it was very rare for her to think about anyone else's needs at all. Nowadays, there are a ton of sitcoms centered around characters who are morally awful. But in the eighties, when the show started, it was really, really daring to make the main character so cold - particularly a female main character. I give a lot of credit to the makers of the show for their nerve, and I give Candice Bergen a lot of credit for managing to make Murphy likeable.
  13. Having watched the show, I really can't understand why Adele called it "wholesome."
  14. Mister Terrific as a Top 25 episode?!?! Are they out of their minds? They seem really taken with super-serious "issue" episodes. And clip shows, oddly enough! A Little Romance (with Dr. Jonathan Newman), Isn't It Romantic? (with Jean the lesbian), Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas (with the Men of Blanche's Boudoir calendar), and The Artist (with Lazlo the sculptor) all belong here, IMO.
  15. I've watched the vast majority of the episodes, but there are some I just can't bring myself to watch. Judging from the plot descriptions, there are a few episodes that contain sitcom tropes that I absolutely hate - like "Mary gets someone fired and feels bad for them, so she gets them a job at her office" and "Mary dates a guy whose kid is a total brat." Having watched most of the episodes, I think the show's characters are straight-up iconic, with the exceptions of Murray and Phyllis. Murray is just boring as sin. Episodes about him were filler. His main purpose was to deliver "zingers," but I hated most of his zingers. He even managed to suck the humor out of Sue Ann! The only times I didn't enjoy her were the formulaic "Murray makes a slut joke then Sue Ann makes a bald joke" exchanges between the two. With Phyllis, I think the writers were very inconsistent. Sometimes her phoniness and pushiness were presented as being kind of adorable, and other times she was just a vile human being. (Like when she harassed Mary and Bess about that stupid essay, or when Mary and Rhoda figured out that she and Lars secretly managed the building without doing any work). I've never seen her spinoff, but I hope they made the character tolerable - which she often wasn't on MTM I have mixed feelings about Ted. He certainly gave us a lot of funny moments, and Ted Knight was great at playing him. But I think we saw way, way too much of him. There were too many Ted episodes. I'm sure he was an easy character to write for, because his personality was so over-the-top, and he had so many ridiculous characteristics to draw humor from. But seeing so much of him made him really, really hard to take. I will say, though, that I appreciated the episodes that gave him some depth (like when he was dejected about his sperm count, and when he resisted the urge to cheat on Georgette).
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