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  1. The most interesting thing about the Elizabeth Montgomery episode, for me, was learning that she used to hang out with Bette Davis's daughter. When Dr. Hunter was talking about her love of spicy food, I thought he was going to say that it somehow caused her cancer, so I was relieved when they didn't go there.
  2. Yeah, I don't see Lulu as having the attention span for a 9-5 job in accounting. I get that they don't want to reinforce the idea that trans women only belong in fields like fashion and sex work, but I think they successfully averted that with Blanca's nursing career.
  3. I've seen people call themselves "non-binary lesbians," and they were promptly criticized for it. IMO, it really doesn't make much sense to call yourself gay or lesbian if you don't identify as male or female. Being non-binary and queer makes sense to me, though, because queer is an umbrella term for LGBT. And in some cases it means non-binary and pansexual.
  4. IIRC, the only paying job we ever saw or heard about was spraying cologne at a department store. It would have been so easy for them to say that he worked in the fashion industry, and it actually would have been believable. (A lot more believable than Elektra being the queen of webcams in 1998, or even Lulu being an up-and-coming accountant.)
  5. I know, right? Why couldn't they have styled her similarly for her wedding! I was a little taken aback when Elektra ordered hard liquor for everyone at the table. We've heard so much about how hard Angel and Lulu have struggled to maintain their sobriety, but I guess that's not a thing anymore. Maybe Angel was right about how she couldn't stay sober while raising a kid! This was another thing that bugged. We clearly weren't meant to think this through. Funny how Pray was talking about survivor's guilt earlier in the episode. He sacrificed his life so that Ricky could get jus
  6. I was underwhelmed by this. There was certainly some emotion in seeing Pray die, and seeing (presumably) the last of these characters, and it was nice to see Blanca become part of the trial and remain healthy. But when you take things too far into wish-fulfillment land, it feels more like the writers are jerking us off than anything else. One thing that really bothered me was the idea that Pray, on his death bed, would be allowed into the trial - and upon being given the pills would rise up and suddenly start feeling like a twenty-something again. Either those pills were magic, or the pla
  7. I really have to think that the writers have done a disservice to queer people with the depiction of Tess this season. There are probably lots of viewers who don't know much about things like nonbinary identities, who are now nervous about the prospect of having a queer person in their families, because they think they'll be demonized if they occasionally get someone's pronouns wrong.
  8. I would be irritated with Martin if I were Sandy, because Martin was so adamant that nothing in his life would change if they got the money.
  9. I don't in any way fault her for wanting more than a commitment ceremony. No one should have to settle for one, and certainly not because of the sex listed on their birth certificate. The issue is with her saying that it's "fine for the homos" but not for her or Angel. Yeah, the writers have gone all out showing us that Papi is the greatest guy in the world, but there really aren't many positive things to say about Angel aside from her looks. Just another way that this show seems obsessed with the physical beauty of trans women. Anyway, as great a guy as Papi is, I thought he was
  10. Maybe I'm made of stone, but this episode didn't do much for me emotionally. I need something to be grounded in reality to have an emotional response to it, and this just wasn't. I would have been much more moved by Angel and Papi having a small civil union ceremony that cost very little money, but was made magical by the characters' using their ball skills to throw together something spectacular. A few notes: - Not only was Angel's makeup at the wedding awful, but when she and Papi went to get the license, she looked more masculine than she's ever looked on the show (flashbacks
  11. Elektra is as smart as the writers need her to be at any particular moment. She was an idiot about Christopher Meloni's character - he told her that he'd end their arrangement if she had genital surgery, then she was completely shocked that he ended their arrangement after she had genital surgery. And as great a TV moment as it was, it was an unbelievably reckless move to steal the costumes from that museum in the pilot. The characters should thank their lucky stars that no charges were pressed, because they could have done a lot of time for it. (And going to a men's prison would hav
  12. I'm totally in agreement about not buying the mobsters being so kind to her. Apparently all a transwoman needs to do is get another transwoman to introduce her to the mafia, and then she's in good with them. Also, they keep emphasizing that Elektra doesn't need a man, and refuses to rely on a man ever again. And now she's put herself in a situation where she's beholden to men for money, her freedom, and her life itself. Are we not supposed to notice that? I'm wondering if her storyline will end with her in jail, maintaining that she has no regrets because for a brief time, she got to
  13. Is it possible that someone in Malik's situation could get into Harvard and Penn? Sure. Is it possible that someone in Deja's situation could be a spectacular student once she got into a stable home? Sure. Is it possible that Alex could be valedictorian? Sure. But all of them being such great students is overkill. It would be much more interesting to see a student who's trying really hard, but can't manage to be a perfect student on top of dealing with everything else in their life.
  14. Don't you understand? Simply having proximity to the magic that is Randall "Rising Star" Pearson makes every child an academic genius, no matter how difficult it might seem in their circumstances. Malik is one of the best students in the country, despite raising a baby, and working at a garage, and cutting school to be with his girlfriend, and being so bad at multi-tasking that he didn't even notice that he was broadcasting Randall stripping down and dancing to all the world. Deja had a horrific childhood where she scraped by to survive, but once she gets adopted by Randall she's a s
  15. It's really amazing to me how little insight the show has given us into Tess. There haven't been a lot of queer Black teenage girls on television, let alone queer Black teenage girls in interracial relationships with non-binary people. There's so much potential material there - like for example, does Tess still identify as a lesbian, even though she's dating someone who isn't female? But instead it looks like the only thought the writers put into it was, "Let's make her a spoiled brat to create some tension with Beth.
  16. That's not what happened on One Day at a Time. I'm trying not to give too much away, but on that show the event was all about the girl in question (not a wedding), and she didn't request a replacement - it was done as a surprise for her. I'll give the makeup people on This is Us a lot of credit for how Kevin looked in the flash-forward. When I watched the opening, I thought, "What did Justin Hartley do to his eyes?" They made him look like someone who'd had excessive plastic surgery - and Kevin is looks-obsessed enough to go there, particularly as he's reaching his mid-40s.
  17. The "queer teen gets a last-minute replacement for a formal outfit, and it reflects who she really is" plotline was done a million times better on the Netflix remake of One Day at a Time. It wouldn't surprise me if the This is Us writers were trying to recreate the magic of it. It was a million times better because the outfit was truly changed in a way that reflected the girl's personality (and it looked amazing), and it was an event that was about her, and it didn't happen because she decided at last minute that she wanted it changed. If you haven't watched One Day at a Time, I high
  18. I wish that after Rebecca's big apology speech, Randall had said, "Well, it turns out Laurel was a deadbeat mom who never bothered to even let me or William know she was alive."
  19. Angel and Papi were planning a quickie city hall wedding, so they must be planning to legally get married. It makes zero sense - the characters are acknowledging that getting legally married has never been an option for trans women before, so why are they assuming that Angel will be the first? Clearly the writers want us to get our hopes up for the most perfect wedding ever, only to feel crestfallen at the thought that the system would be cruel enough to deny it to them. Do they think we're so dumb that we wouldn't anticipate this? Agreed, it's just a terrible situation. The
  20. This series has really driven home the message that trans women deserve representation, but only if they're feminine-looking enough to pass for cisgender. You'd think that with all of these "the girls get clocked" plotlines, they'd throw in one woman who might actually have been clocked during that time period. But apparently putting a trans woman with a masculine jaw on TV is just a bridge too far. I was really hoping that there might be some women in that huge bridal shower scene who couldn't easy pass in real life - but if there were, I didn't see them.
  21. Agreed. I don't think the writers wanted the audience to put much thought into this, and they figured we'd just squeal at the sight of the characters trying on all those dresses. But honestly, I kept thinking, "Man oh man, are these characters stupid!" First there's Elektra. In the first episode, the police warned her that Giuliani was after the mafia and the sex industry, and threatened to search her home and her books. (Which is why she had to get rid of the suitcase.) So now she's living life in open, outrageous extravagance, and meeting with the mafiosos in her home, and arr
  22. Anya Taylor-Joy was a delight, but I'll admit that I was distracted by how very, very thin she is. I'm sad to know that there are people who vilified the pride sketch for having a "negative" depiction of queer people. If someone thinks that all depictions of queer people have to be upstanding, then they probably should avoid all of Bowen Yang's sketches for the rest of his time on the show. It makes me even sadder to know that fathers holding guns on their daughters with their boyfriends is a common thing. If someone thinks that's "funny," that tells me everything I need to know abou
  23. I was a kid at the time, but I remember everyone around me (young and old) assuming that he had very little time left.
  24. I don't think he had much room to argue, under the circumstances. A bad review from a customer could cost him his job. Re: Jerry Maguire - I've always hated the "you complete me" line. There are far too many people looking for a significant other who will somehow complete them, which is not a healthy mindset to have.
  25. The writers were really quite tone-deaf with the nude model situation. They clearly meant it as a "you go girl!" situation, but...no. Can you even imagine how it would have come across if a woman had to stand there naked while some guy she dated crowed about getting his revenge on her, because she didn't return his texts? But I guess it's okay if a man is the one in that situation? Gross. Plus, considering how needy and off-balance Madison was early in the series, it wouldn't surprise me if there was good reason for him to cut off contact. Madison's dialogue with Kevin about how
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