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betha

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  1. I was just reading that Reese Witherspoon and Joshua Jackson would take the teen actors out for dinner to bond as a family and tell them what it was like to be a teenager in the 90s 🥰. And tell them about filming Cruel Intentions. it all seems so natural to me to see their teen 90s lives but must be so strange for kids today watching to see all these teens without smartphones. I loved hearing the AIM sounds. for anachronisms in 1.8- Mirabelle’s room. That large soft cutesy stuffed unicorn? No. Not only was that not around in the 90s, you could really only find it in the past couple of years. In 1997- I think pillow creatures were in. Flat pillow stuffed animals with head and feet.
  2. Nooobody said “our computer lab is great, we’ve got dial-up!” in the 90s. Phone-line based internet service wasn’t called “dial-up” until there was something better to compare it to.
  3. To be fair, her brother is a movie star.
  4. Because of the doctor’s daughter, Madison opened her mind to giving Kevin a chance. That was it and I think it was enough. It is similar to when they showed the story of the older couple who ended up giving Jack and Rebecca the crock pot. Sometimes people influence our lives in ways we won’t know and don’t understand.
  5. He was Bad Janet! It’s a pretty normal human emotion.
  6. Right! How hard would this have been? They already had the perfect set-up, because he was working at a whole other hospital! They could have brought the rest of the characters back, left Alex at Pac North, and have Jo reference him every once in a while, while they limp along their last season or two. Jo and Alex already got their happy ending and had all the relationship drama. She has plenty of work-related storylines. There was no need to make her single again and ruin Alex’s character. I guess they thought that a Jo/Linc storyline was worth trashing Alex. I could see finding out he has kids with Izzy be the thing that pulled him away from Jo. But the Alex he has come to be never would have left without saying a word to her. I suppose I am happy he is happy. The kids were cute. But it was so pat and unearned. Ugh. Even the letters didn’t sound like things he would say. Just felt like horrible fan fiction.
  7. I’m really gonna miss Sol and Robert’s house! It’s like the best character on the show. I’m so in love with it. I liked this season better than last- more laugh-out-loud moments. But some of the storylines and plot points really fizzled. Like, what happened to their old business? Bud’s finding his cousin- is that plot ending now that he isn’t a kidney donor? What was the point of it? And yes- is Mallory planning to move four kids to San Francisco? also, is that the end for both of Frankie’s boyfriends? I thought we would revisit and get at least one of them back by the end of the season.
  8. Loved this episode- the confessions through the back of the chair were the best. But I have two sticking points. 1)I am totally on Bud’s side. If this woman broke his heart, both his mom and his brother should have deferred to him before spending any time with her. Some people may be fine with it 18 years later. Some would not. I would never be ok with a serious ex who broke my heart dating my sister, and I am married with kids. That is a really unfair position to put Bud in, and a small sacrifice for family members to make. 2) The prostrate cancer storyline is not only ridiculous in the world of the show, but potentially bad for public health. They are making it seem like Sol is making the brave decision to have surgery, but from what his doctor said about it being slow-growing (and in most real-life cases in someone his age) surgery is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Instead of educating the public about prostate cancer, the show is promoting fear and unnecessary intervention.
  9. Oh, I think the opposite. I think that her memories of Jack are going to get stronger and that this may even be the show’s way of showing us Old Jack. Or, younger Jack interacting with Older Rebecca. She will be spending time in her memories with Jack, and Miguel will be heartbroken.
  10. And don’t forget- both parents! Despite that, um, overkill, I really liked this show! I don’t ever watch hallmark and I’m unfamiliar with the books. And I never saw hart of Dixie. So where this show brought me back to was Everwood. Did anyone else here watch that utterly charming show, also about a health provider who moves to a small quirky mountain town after tragic family events, and must deal with hostility from the existing established doctor? After a few episodes though, that comparison wore off a little as I realized this was going to explore some darker/more adult themes. I think the main characters are all terrific and watchable actors with real chemistry. I have to say the greatest surprise was that I didn’t expect to be educated about the whole issue of illegal marijuana camps in national parks. I’ve been doing a deep dive into this and learning about all of the difficulties with the patchwork law enforcement ability and the very real environmental concerns. Kudos to the show for teaching about a compelling issue. Though I am not looking forward to next seasons unavoidable storylines with that crowd and the worst character, Brady. I hope they are kept to a minimum. I also hoped we would have resolved paige’s storyline a little more before the break. It seemed incomprehensible And out of character that preacher wouldn’t have immediately called Paige or gone over to her as soon as that guy suddenly left the bar. The least compelling actress for me was Joey- I did care for the sister relationship but just didn’t quite buy her in the part. all in all, very enjoyable binge while I have been in bed with flu. I am recommending to my mom, who also loved Everwood.
  11. Here’s an example below about mice inheriting a distaste for a certain smell for those who are interested. Regarding the Holocaust generational trauma study, I wouldn’t say that it was “debunked”- the author of the opinion piece posted above was just pointing out weaknesses like small sample size and saying that study was overinterpreted - not saying the research was somehow fraudulent. The field is clearly still in beginning stages. But, it’s not pseudoscience. Also including a more recent BBC article that gives some broader context. https://news.emory.edu/stories/2013/12/smell_epigenetics_ressler/campus.html https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20190326-what-is-epigenetics to bring it back to the show, I think it is reasonable to have a character studying this; however, the idea that you could see these types of effects in one family is a stretch; I would agree it is much more likely joanie’s issues were related to direct trauma rather than inherited trauma.
  12. neither of these things are fringe. I have friends who are neuroscientists and study epigenetics and inherited trauma. It is fascinating! agree that Cole would never have trash-talked Allison to Joanie. Totally unbelievable that he wouldn’t have told her all the time how much her mother loved her. I also thought it was ridiculous that Noah wouldn’t have seen or heard about Joanie in the past 30 years. Also agree it was very odd Noah bought the Lobster Roll. Helen would never have agreed to that so it must have been after she died? Plot contrivance so that things could go full circle. All that said, this episode was beautifully acted; I thought the reunion of Helen and Noah for no good reason but because life is short and they loved each other to be touching and somewhat believable, and I loved the ending with the kids forgiving Noah and eating cake outside the hotel room. I also appreciated the touches of comedy in the finale; Helen’s mom being around to bug her for her entire life was a great touch.
  13. Agree about Koracick being flattened out as a character. It’s like they turned Greg Germann into his previous Ally McBeal character and forgot that Koracick had a soul. You’re left to wonder what Teddy ever saw in him, when I thought they were the superior couple. i also thought the person falling from the sky was treated rather strangely. Did they die? Who were they? There were jokes about human ice cubes falling, the title “it’s raining men,” - I’m assuming this person died and that they were a real person, and it seemed to me a rather flippant way to treat it.
  14. I’m not sure that it was. She asked, and I think he just agreed so that she would go along with remaining in charge.
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