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  1. dogdays2

    S04.E17: The Space Between Us

    Speaking parts cost money. And having a discussion with relatives takes time away from the oh-so-meaningful stares and words of April and Choi and Frick and Frack . . . Not to mention that the lungs not working for him and working for her plot was telegraphed almost from moment one. I find it hard to tell whether the writing is terrible (and bad writing makes even good actors look bad) or whether the acting is so bad that it can't overcome a decent (if not great) script. Or maybe it's all bad.
  2. dogdays2


    Not to hijack this thread, but can't let the above statement pass without comment. Consider the "accomplishments" represented by the following ribbons/medals worn by the military: The "accomplishment" of being seriously injured, such as losing your limbs, your eyesight and/or having severe brain trauma -- Purple Heart The "accomplishment" of being a prisoner of war, held in captivity for months or even years, and tortured most of that time -- Prisoner of War medal The "accomplishment" of risking -- and most often losing -- your life to save the lives of your fellow service members -- Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star Comparing those stupid bracelets for 3-yr-olds to awards earned by our military members is an insult to all who served. You may not like the military, but don't insult them.
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    There was a point with the kid where it went from being kind of cute to being downright embarrassing. And that point came pretty early on. And that's on the parents. 11-yr-olds don't have the maturity or life experience to handle the ST. Heck, many adults are challenged. It puts the sharks at a disadvantage b/c you really don't want to be rude to a kid. But you also want the parents to face reality. My personal view is that kids under the age of 16 can be there for the presentation but need to exit stage right during the business/negotiation portion. Kids can't own the company and can't actually make decisions -- contracts entered into by those under age 18 aren't legally binding. Their parents have to sign. So there's no reason for the kids to be there or pretend to make the decisions.
  4. dogdays2

    S04.E16: Old Flames, New Sparks

    I would be surprised if, in real life, these folks would be allowed to work together, especially when there is a junior/senior relationship such as attending/resident or MD/nurse. Mixing personal and professional relationships creates all sorts of issues which is why most workplaces don't allow it. It is one thing to work in the same hospital (allowed) but not in the same dept. But this is TV land where reality is left at the door. Speaking of which . . . Is there ANYONE on this show who has a normal marital relationship? Husband/wife (or same sex couple) who are happily married maybe with a kid or two? ANYONE???? I understand the need for drama, but there can be lots of drama with a working couple trying to juggle a couple of kids . . . It would certainly be a nice break from what we have here where NO ONE has a steady, loving relationship. It might also provide a nice juxtaposition. Of course, this show isn't alone in that dept. I don't watch a lot of TV dramas but in every one I can think of (again, I watch very few), all of the main characters are single. If they were married at the outset, they either split/divorce or the spouse eventually dies/is killed. It's really sad. LOL at this! Literally.
  5. dogdays2

    Say Yes To The Dress

    I wanted to hate the blond with the huge entourage and ring to match . . . but didn't. Agree that she seemed mature and happy. Didn't like any of the dresses she tried on, but it's her dress and if she's happy . . . I do wonder if the consultants are given additional financial incentives to get brides to choose a designer whose dresses can only be purchased at Kleinfeld (e.g., Randy, Pnina). Alternatively, do they pull more of those dresses to show brides and/or do they select brides for the show who have self-identified themselves as wanting one of those designers or the types of dresses they make (based on pre-interviews, budgets, etc.)? We see SO MUCH of Pnina and now Randy that it's not coincidence. And I assume Kleinfeld makes more money on their "own" designers than on others.
  6. dogdays2

    S10.E12: Episode 12

    I have small dogs. It is absolutely true that leaving them unrestrained in the car is incredibly dangerous. They are projectiles. There are car seat belts (I have them) that hook into the human seat belt. The problem is that they, too, are clunky to use and the straps are so big (even in the XS size) that they overwhelm the dog. Also, small dogs can't see out the windows when sitting in the seat, which they actually like to do. And I have to hook and unhook the doggie belts every time I have human passengers. So I don't use the seatbelts and feel guilty about it every time. I was laughing hysterically during the presentation. But there are some problems with their contraption. First, it does seem even more complex than the current seatbelts. Trying to hold your dog in that position while hooking all that stuff? Dog will be squirming and you're trying to hold and buckle . . . Second, I can't believe my dogs would be comfortable in that position for any length of time. It's just not natural for them. Third, don't see this working with larger dogs (even something like a beagle). What is needed is a doggie seatbelt that is easy to use (easy to place on the dog and in the car) and, even better, can actually stay in place when not being used. Finally, I don't think that you actually need numbers of dead dogs to sell the product. Most people who own small dogs love their dogs and also know the dangers if they are in a crash and their dog is unrestrained. (Ditto for large dog owners and they too should be restrained). Whether 1 or 1 million dogs are killed in car crashes each year, the only accident that counts is the one YOU might have. That is where the marketing needs to be -- do you want YOUR dog to die just because you have a fender bender? YOU are wearing a seatbelt. Your CHILD is wearing a seatbelt. Why isn't your dog?
  7. dogdays2

    S02.E12: Aftermath

    You're not the only one. Why can't there be ONE -- just ONE -- stable family relationship with parents, kids, etc. That presents its own drama and is more representative of real life hospitals. Yeah, this is TV fiction, but some sense of reality would be nice. It seems that on every medical show (at least the ones I watch), the doctors and nurses are all single and most of them are looking to hop into bed with a colleague. Again -- some of that is fine but there are only so many stories and, after a while, they all seem to blend together. The whole state investigation thing seemed rushed. This is TV land, but it would have been more realistic to have it play out over two episodes -- they all come back from their outings to find they were under investigation. No way would an investigator leap to conclusions without at least talking to the participants. And, as someone above said, if there was a potential criminal issue, the individuals involved would have to be given the opportunity to consult with an attorney before making any statements. Sean's GF annoys me -- and I'm not sure why. Glassman actually annoys me this season. I kind of understand why the writers went with the cancer storyline, but it isn't entirely working for me. Liked him better last year, though maybe that's the idea.
  8. dogdays2

    S04.E03: Heavy Is The Head

    I was confused as to who was making decisions for the boy. It should be the parent with custody, which was obviously the mother. Who wasn't there. Absent that, I believe they need to get a court order. It seemed like the hospital was making decisions for a minor child and that seems incorrect. The actress playing Ava talks like she has marbles in her mouth. I have no issue with her accent but I can't understand her diction. I can't BEGIN to imagine the (figurative) mess that would have hit the hospital after the suicide of the dad. Issues with the policeman allowing someone to get his gun. The impact on the other ED patients, who would sue saying they were traumatized (even if they hadn't actually seen it). The press coverage -- can you even imagine in this day and age of social media!!! The responsibility of hospital personnel. The impact on the kid. And yet, after we see someone cleaning up the (literal) mess and Choi's long face, that's the end of it. Finally, I am sick and tired of this show treating people with religious beliefs as some kind of nuts who always seem to do stupid things in the name of religion. Most religions include a few people go to an extreme -- in various ways. That doesn't mean the average religious person with deep-seated and deeply felt beliefs is a wacko. It would be nice to see a more thoughtful treatment of religion and its interplay with medicine. Then again, this is Hollywood. :(
  9. dogdays2

    S03.E09. Only Human 2018.06.20.

    100% agree on this. NO WAY would a colonel (or any member of the military) show up in uniform unshaven at a military funeral , no matter how sad or depressed he is. Proper wearing of the uniform, including personal grooming, is drummed into you from Day 1. Not shaving (absent a medical reason) is disrespectful to the uniform, to your fellow members of the military, and to the dead person you're supposedly honoring. If you're so broken up that you can't shave, wear civilian clothes or stay home. Also, the "intelligence was bad and we accidentally bombed/shot/blew up a bunch of kids" is SO overdone in Hollywood. Yes, those things occasionally happen (despite diligent efforts to avoid them). But it seems to happen in Hollywood every time there is a military story. I wish they could have come up with something more unusual . . . but this show never seems to shy away from taking the easy way out. The cancer kid story was predictable. Showing the lungs being transplanted (into the woman, we presume) was so lame. I did feel bad for the dad and actually sympathized a bit with his melodrama from last week. As an aside, what is it with the ONLY people in the area who need a transplant who are a perfect match are always at this hospital and always able to see each other?? (Or was that Chicago Med that had that story line as well? Can't imagine it happening in real life).
  10. dogdays2

    S03.E06 Hell's Heart 2018.05.30

    I also worked as a candystriper. We delivered food and flowers. We replenished icewater and changed TV channels. We got extra blankets. We were not allowed anywhere near the ER. And we wore blue stripes, not pink. This was in the 1970s; I'd like to think things have progressed a bit since then in terms of apparel. It was drummed into us that we were not permitted to do ANYTHING of a medical nature. If we saw a patient in distress, we would call for the nearest medical professional. But we were actual candystripers, not actors.
  11. dogdays2

    S03.E06 Hell's Heart 2018.05.30

    It's really a shame. IMHO, the cast of Code Black is quite strong. But they're given nothing to work with. The plots are either recycled, contrived, or simply idiotic. The kid in the plane (from the prior ep) is straight out of the 1970s show Emergency! (with a little help from the movie Apollo 13). In the Emergency! ep, we actually got to see the kid (who had to fly the plane under direction) so we were actually invested in the characters. Here, I didn't care whether mom or daughter crashed or landed, lived or died. Not to mention that you don't just "wake up" from a makeshift defibrillator and immediately start flying a plane. The fire plot is straight out of the recent movie about the AZ hotshots -- except they all died. Anyone who has read about fire shelters knows they are intended for one person and firefighters are trained to do everything possible to avoid needing to use one. Also, experiencing a fire from one is a horrific experience. Here's how it is described: "The experience of waiting out the fire in a shelter is harrowing. Some veterans have compared it to living through a nuclear blast. A typical entrapment last from 15 to 90 minutes and the urge to flee can be overwhelming. But that's where the training comes in . . . being inside the shelter is quite difficult for firefighters -- days and weeks and months following the incident." Here, two people with no training jump into the same shelter and emerge ready to go on with their lives. Not to mention that trained firefighters just abandoned a doctor and EMT in the middle of a raging fire. Seriously? I get that they're trying to ship Willis/the EMT and make them look like superheros, but this is getting ridiculous. Do the writers even do basic research? Or simply ignore what they learn? Not that any of the other plots were better. Even strong acting can't save this mess. And it makes me sad b/c this could be a great show.
  12. dogdays2

    S03.E04: The Same As Air

    He's 54. Would that all men his age would look so good! Must agree that he shines in his role on CB. Despite it's faults, which are many, he is probably the one reason I keep watching.
  13. dogdays2

    S03.E20: The Tipping Point

    What the ??? was that (episode)? End-of-season cliffhangers work when there is only one and it either is the end of a long-build up or plausibly comes out of nowhere. You either have to care or have to be shocked. Think "Who shot JR" from Dallas several decades ago. Here, it's as if every story/character had to have some cliffhanger and the writers did whatever it took, even if it was out-of-character, out of nowhere or made no sense. In the out-of-character world, I give you the Dr. Charles fiasco. As far as we know, he is a rational, trained professional psychiatrist who has seen his share of psychopaths, personality disorders, etc. Yet Reese's father has him all bollixed up. And, when he suspects this guy could be a murderer, instead of going to the police (who investigate crimes) so they can take them to the attorneys (who prosecute crimes -- Law and Order, does this sound familiar?) so that the guy could be brought to justice, he decides to conduct a one-man investigation and leap to conclusions instead of turning over the evidence he was sent to the police, who actually do this for a living. For example, how does anyone know that the dead student didn't give the monkey to Reese's dad? How do we know it's the exact same one? This is why there are trained investigators. And, then, Dr. Charles -- who has always put his patients first no matter how nutty they are -- decides (we are led to believe) to allow Reese's father to die b/c he (Charles) has decided the guy is guilty. In the out of nowhere world, I give you the Goodwin's ex-husband story. Obviously they had to have not one, but two cliffhangers for her. So her ex is brought in after attempting suicide though we've had no indication that he has any mental health issues. Yeah, his GF/wife died, but they hadn't known each other for long. It's not unheard of for a surviving spouse to contemplate suicide after losing a spouse of many years. This relationship was closer to many weeks. In the makes no sense world, I give you the proposal. Halstead is proposing to Manning based on what (other than writer delusion)? When last we saw him, he was in a bar looking for love. How does he know Manning is ready for marriage -- have he ever discussed the concept with her? What about her kid? When last we saw them together (other than the brief car scene after the shooting), her kid was lashing out at him. Has he tried to get to know the kid? In real life, most rational adults actually have conversations about the future before one person proposes. As an aside, I did not care one whit whether the conjoined twins lived or died (and the dolls they used looks so fake, it was almost laughable). Anyone who has read anything about separating conjoined twins knows that often one is missing leg or an arm and they have huge scars, etc. It's a very traumatic procedure -- I would have expected some support for the parents from friends, family, social workers (but I guess on TV you have to pay more actors and that ain't happening with the size of this cast). I pretty much FF'ed through the entire plot line. It was all one convoluted mess and causes me to question whether I actually want to watch again in the fall.
  14. dogdays2

    S03.E01: Third Year

    After waiting all year for this show to start, I must say I was disappointed in the ep. It was difficult to hear some of the dialogue and, while chaos is what Code Black means, there was so much chaos that it was hard to keep track of the storyline. So, in addition to having almost the same Fentanyl plot line as this week's Chicago Med (which is excusable, but odd), let's see what crazy things happened this week. First, there's a (I think) resident who spends the entire ep shooting a movie with old style video equipment There are so many things wrong with this, it's hard to know where to start. I can only believe that his video is going to be important going forward b/c the whole idea of it is so incredibly ludicrous . . . Second, a doctor slugs a patient's relative and nothing happens. Just an apology and everyone is good. Seriously? No WAY would he be allowed in the same room as the guy he slugged -- the hospital's lawyers would be all over that on. Third, the patient who is allergic to Toradol has no wristband or other indication of allergy readily visible. I had a relative with a med allergy who visited the ER and the allergy notification was plastered everywhere in big red letters -- wristband, front of chart, etc. Not to mention, the patient was asked about allergies before every single med. Not to mention that the filmmaker (er, resident) was not being supervised and should know he's not allowed to give meds w/o consulting his more senior resident Fourth, patient possessions are always placed carefully in plastic bags, not just dumped someplace where they can cause trouble Not blaming Pepper, but the system that doesn't first protect its own staff. Fifth, Willis uses a rescue squad as an armed car, totally destroying it. No one even seems to notice that this very expensive vehicle is now toast. Even if what he did was perfectly justifiable, the paperwork would keep him busy for weeks. Sixth, the patient who refused to get a head CT . . . you can't force patients to do things they don't want to do, unless you declare them incompetent. The mistake was not in failing to force him to get the CT but in not getting him to sign that he was refusing it against medical advice. I'll stop here. I like the acting of Lowe and Harden. And I like getting out of the ER for a change, even if the plot was somewhat contrived. AND, I recognize that all medical shows take liberties for the sake of telling compelling stories. But this one had me shaking my head and hoping they turn this ship around or it's going to be a summer w/o CB.
  15. dogdays2

    Say Yes To The Dress

    I may be in the minority, but I don't like the fact that this season has turned into an informercial for RF. I like his gowns and his prices and, were I a bride today, I would probably be very interested. But the show is supposed to be about brides choosing their gowns. This season (and especially this ep) has been turned into the Randy Fenoli Project Runway show. I could care less whether his models have too much or too little lip gloss! Or whether the hemline of a gown is too short (wear lower heels!). Seriously. Please let this be over. The NJ bride -- who was paying for her dress? I don't think the show made this clear. If it was the bride, then she has every right to pick whatever she wants, though her mother's comments re a modest dress for a church wedding made sense to me. If mom was paying, then mom should get a strong vote. She shouldn't force her daughter into a dress she hates, but the daughter should try to compromise. I watched this thanking God that my parents and I were totally on the same page WRT my dress, esp since they were paying. Like others, I was prepared to hate the Gold Diggers (or whatever) bride and entourage but ended up liking them. It was nice to see a full-figured bride and the challenges folks like her face in bridal salons. Given that the average woman is a size 12-14, it would be nice if salons carried more dresses to fit them. I remember trying on dresses as a true size 8 and having many of them be too small! That's crazy. And I actually like the Pnina dress she chose.