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  1. IF the Melendez thing was somehow related to #MeToo, here's what we've all learned: Don't deal with the issue. Don't report it. Don't sort out alternatives. No . . . what you should do is hope that one of the principals gets unexpectedly sick and dies -- really fast. Seriously??? Of course, they had two surgeons romantically involved with Melendez doing his surgery. Really? That creates its own ethical issues. Did the lady in the water Shaun live or die? I FF'ed because the story was so lame. You can see that two days later, I barely care. Just want to tidy up the loose end. Essentially, I hoped Leah had died when that thing fell on her and was crushed to see her not only alive but uninjured. I knew then she and Shaun were going to be back together and hated the thought of having to endure that story line. I knew that the guy with the legs trapped was going to die and just wished they'd get on with it and kill him off. I didn't care if lady trapped with Shaun died b/c she was merely a plot device. I kind of hoped the lady who owned the brewery would die just so that the plot ended because it was going nowhere (and it was forgotten in Part 2). I hoped the surgeon who'd had the hand surgery would never operate again so we wouldn't have to endure that plot any longer. Mostly, I just wanted the miserable episode to end, which I helped along with my FFing. It's a shame b/c, until this 2-parter, I thought the writing was generally strong and the acting more than decent. It's as if the writers didn't know where to go next so (as I once heard a TV writer describe it), they threw a bomb in the middle of the room. Unfortunately, the collateral damage may be the viewers/fans of the series.
  2. Until now, I thought the most poorly written and acted medical show on TV was Chicago Med. This ep of TGD changed my view. it was unwatchable. I literally fast forwarded through it. Every single cliche in the book. I totally called the patient with the crushed legs saying he murdered his mom only to find out it wasn’t really murder and then having the doctor play the missing relative. Never seen that one before. And the only place in the entire city that seems to have any issues is the brewery And doctors have nothing better to do than sit with dying patients for hours on end. It’s like a 1970s bad made-for-TV movie. I kind of hoped all of the characters would die just to end the misery of the episode. The only one I rather wanted to live died. Had we skipped this finale, I would have continued to watch. Not now. Can’t take more of this garbage.
  3. Whatever happened to Natalie’s son? And she NEVER seems to reminisce, reflect on or think about her dead husband. I don’t want to suggest she should obsess, but a random thought now and again would be normal. Oh, never mind.
  4. Count me as one who found the whole thing somewhat uncomfortable. It reminded me of the "Moonie" mass weddings of decades ago. To be clear, I have no problem if the couples wanted to do it and managed to get a free dress and trip to NY and whatever out of it. I just didn't enjoy it. Here's what I didn't like . . . Having to select a dress in a few hours. Maybe it's b/c I spent a lot of time selecting mine (oh so long ago), but it all seemed rushed. The mass hair and makeup event. Brides know that it pays to do a preview of your hair and makeup with stylist who'll do it on your wedding day. There just wasn't time. I did think most of the brides looked okay but that whole part seemed awkward. Lack of family involvement. Yeah, the families held up signs, etc. but, for me, the best part of a wedding is having your relatives and close friends participate -- not just observe like gawkers and holding signs as if they were at a ballgame. The "reception." I kind of skimmed through it, but couldn't they have had real food? And, while it's a personal opinion, I thought the cake was ugly. Again, YMMV. The whole thing seemed rather creepy. I hope most of the couples could afford to have a "real" wedding where they wanted and the way they wanted it with their friends and relatives. With a free dress. Assuming that's the case, I can erase the mass wedding as a bad memory.
  5. With the NY bride, I wondered if they allowed her to go over-budget (whatever that may be) or select a dress that wasn't originally in the queue. If memory serves, her dress was over $5,000 and the other dresses (based on designers) seemed to be significantly less ($2500-3500). Also, it was on a mannequin and the others have all come from some room. I just got the sense that, since Kleinfeld is in NY, they wanted the NY bride to be extra special and thus offered her something the other brides hadn't seen. Interesting that no two brides could have the same dress. Personally, I don't think it would be a big deal as long as 10 weren't wearing the same thing. That means they had quite a pool from which to choose, since there are 52 brides and presumably some of the available dresses weren't chosen. As for the bride with the alterations . . . I thought Kleinfeld was trying to make the point to brides in general that your memory of your dress may well change in many months it may take for the dress to arrive. That, plus different lighting, etc. can make you think the dress isn't yours. But we didn't need that entire segment to do it. Alternatively, it was yet another opportunity to present a bride that folks remember (if not fondly). Controversy is better than boredom to producers.
  6. IMO, brides are entitled to their personal religious and social views, even if you don't agree with them. The bride this week wasn't espousing any views on the program -- what she believes (or doesn't believe) is her business. I thought bringing the kids was something like a Brady Bunch gimmick. Though I wasn't a fan, in the end, the kids were well-behaved and actually more likeable than most of the entourages on this show. Whatever the reasons the family had for doing the show were off-screen, so I wasn't bothered. The UK version is much more "normal." Small groups, modestly-priced dresses, minimal drama. However, as I said above, I don't think that would sell as a TV show on its own week-to-week. Thus, on the Kleinfeld version, we get the (mostly) outlandish brides, most of whom have something about them that the producers think we'll find interesting -- not necessarily likeable, but interesting. That's reality TV.
  7. I love dogs like children. However, I've never worried about the flavor of their food -- more the quality. Moreover, all wet food and most dry food comes in different flavors (chicken, lamb, beef, etc.). Then there are treats of all types in all flavors. Cute concept but for a problem that doesn't exist. I think the producers put on the last vendor for the shock value alone. The presenters really annoyed me and I'm not sure why.
  8. I wasn't a huge fan of the dresses Gok chose/made this week. That said, there is something refreshing/calming about the UK version. It shows that there are gorgeous dresses at every price range and for every body type. Gok seems genuinely interested in finding beautiful dresses for brides, regardless of their size or price point. Must admit that I sometimes think Randy & Co. are either making it up or phoning it in. Realize I could be entirely wrong about that, but it's the sense I get -- if you aren't famous or don't want to spend $$$ or don't have a sob-story, you're no one. Also, there seems to be a lot less drama in the UK version (in a good way). Smaller entourages. No one brings placards with numbers or tries to draw attention to themselves. I don't think the show could stand on it's own (w/o the Kleinfeld version as a lead-in), but I find it refreshing -- and definitely more interesting than the Canadian version.
  9. IMHO, the concept of a mass wedding is . . . weird. It reminds me of the "Moonie" weddings of years ago. Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but for me a wedding ceremony is a time to celebrate a union with (what you hope will be) your partner for life. The reception is to celebrate that event with your family and friends -- not 50 other brides and their friends and relatives plus a bunch of hangers-on. I can't help but think it's a way for brides who don't have a lot of money to get the show to pay for much of their wedding. Perhaps a fair trade, but I've attended wonderful weddings (not just dresses) done for less than $2000 -- and the marriages are going strong decades later. Think that's how I'd do it, but that's just me.
  10. One thing I do like about the British version is that it reminds women that you don't have to spend $5,000+ on a dress to look beautiful. Most of the brides are in the US $1500 - 2500 range. Do Gok and Co. react in horror? No. They're happy to work with the bride to find her a beautiful dress that she loves. The fact is there are gorgeous dresses at every price point and brides who decide not to bankrupt their marriage for sake of a dress are probably making a good decision. That should be celebrated and the British show does that. I'm fine with folks who have plenty of money and want to spend it on a dress, but the US show shouldn't denigrate those who don't. I'll never forget the US version when a year or so ago, a bride said $2000 was her max. Randy (away from the bride, thankfully) essentially said he had no idea how he'd find her a decent dress if that's all she had to spend. It was very disparaging. I understand that Kleinfeld caters to the higher end of the price point spectrum and brides with low budgets need to consider whether that's the best store for them. But that doesn't mean that you can't find a great dress -- just maybe not at Kleinfeld. Finally, this is a TV show. It wouldn't be hard for the US producers to vet brides to ensure they are in the general ballpark in terms of price point so they aren't embarrassed.
  11. I’m also liking the UK version. It’s nice to see beautiful gowns at a reasonable price point. As well as sales people who don’t roll their eyes when the budget isn’t 10k. And no Pnina. Perfect. finally, neither the UK brides nor the sales people seem impressed with themselves because they’re on TV. No entourages. No weird signs. No crazy drama. At least thus far.
  12. I've decided the writers are not only incompetent but complete idiots. There is NO way that a hospital would let someone remove life support from a patient whose identity had not been confirmed. Has anyone heard of blood tests (to start) or DNA testing? I mean seriously. Also, there was no evidence that "Abrams" was brain dead. They said his brain was fine, just that he would be a quadriplegic. Thus, he would have at some point awakened and had full cognitive function -- and be able to make his own decisions. I think the hospital would have required the wife wait until this played out. No way would they make a decision that quickly essentially to kill someone who would be mentally fine and might want to continue life . . . and it may be very frightening to some people that a hospital would/could allow this to happen. Not to mention that airlines keep very good track of people who board a flight. I suppose you could give your boarding pass to someone without going to the gate agent but I've never seen anyone do that. It would be moronic because, when you try to get a seat on another flight, the airline has you on a flight that's already taken off/landed. I imagine they'd be calling security in a HURRY to sort that one out. Finally, airlines check and double check before they release the list of passengers just so crap like this doesn't happen. I didn't for a minute believe that patient was Abrams. Not for one minute. I just waited for him to show up. The actor actually looked embarrassed to be in this episode and I was embarrassed watching him. The other dumb plot was the mixup at the IVF place. I've never done IVF but I would imagine that these things are VERY tightly controlled -- at least at legit places. This was like a bad comedy: wrong mother, wrong father, wrong mother and father. You know that if this sort of thing happened in real life, it would be all over the news. It just doesn't happen and, again, could frighten people unnecessarily. This show is a joke. And not a good one.
  13. I thought Barbara was self-justifying after the young woman stood up for herself. IOW, Barbar thought she'd collapse and then could say, "I told you so." Instead, she spun it into, "I made her better." Right. The "Shark scam" thing at the end was weird. I understand that, from a legal perspective, advertising that the product was on ST when it was not could constitute false advertising. However, it's not really a "scam" in that ST doesn't vet the products they air nor do the sharks or the producers stand behind/vouch for the products just b/c they were on the show. The fact someone is falsely claiming they were on ST might make you question their ethics, but doesn't necessarily mean the product itself is bad or a "scam." And anyone who thinks a product is somehow superior solely because it aired on ST is probably too dumb to understand the "warning" anyway.
  14. Can't decide if it's the editing or the products selected to be shown, but I increasingly find myself totally uninterested in anything on the show. If this is "the best," I hate to see the stuff that doesn't make it to TV. The baby prison seemed awfully complicated -- I defer to others on whether it will work or is even needed. Clothing (other than socks) rarely gets a deal. ZUUM screams product liability issues, something the Sharks typically shy away from. I wish the window screen guy had spent (been given) more time explaining why his product was so superior. We've had the same window screens for 20 years and they seem . . . fine. In any event, changing them out is not a pressing issue in my life and I needed more understanding of why it should be.
  15. The acting on this show reminds me of a high school play. No, wait, I've seen better acting in high school. Natalie standing there wringing her hands, saying "I've been unfair to Will." Seriously?!?!? Maybe it's the writing. Who stands around in a public setting saying out loud, "I've been unfair" to someone? You might think it, but you don't say those words. It's just weird. A TV producer once said that TV is about suspension of reality. You know there are actors on a soundstage but the show is so compelling that your mind willfully ignores that fact. When I watch this show, I'm painfully aware that these are (terrible) actors saying (moronic) lines written by (awful) writers. It ruins any enjoyment I might have because I'm thinking about the bad acting/writing vs. being immersed in what's happening. I figured the measles guy would recover since they probably weren't going to kill off two people at the same time (CeCe and him). As an aside, the neuro doctor character reminds me Spock on Star Trek (hear me out). He starts out almost as an automaton (no emotion or personality) and slowly is becoming more "human." Thankfully, this actor can carry it off. BTW, if you like him, he plays a small role in the new Midway movie. I was also happy to see the return of Dr. Latham. He and neuro guy are the only ones I can stand -- and the only ones who can act even with the terrible scripts they're given.
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