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  1. The parental controls are for the cable box, not the TV. So George could have still watched the TV the way he always had before -- using the existing antenna, not the box. But I'm pretty sure that parental controls were not available on set-top cable boxes during the time period the show is set, even though the producers did a good job of making them look "old school."
  2. rasalas

    S17.E04: Survive in Style

    Two things I learned in this episode: 1) If a judge likes an ethnic design, it's cultural inspiration. If she doesn't, it's cultural appropriation. 2) The theme doesn't matter, because almost everyone ignores it.
  3. rasalas


    No, you aren't. It was cute at first, but then it got way out of hand. The kids shouldn't have been there for the whole presentation to begin with.
  4. rasalas

    Buddy vs. Duff

    Sorry, but this show felt completely contrived. It was especially convenient for Buddy to stalk off angrily and then argue with the executive producer so that he'd be perfectly framed in the background as Sherry and the host so bravely tried to save face. Oh, please. If this isn't a scripted reality show, I don't know what is. Any takers on whether they end up in a tie after 12 rounds of competition?
  5. rasalas

    Winner Cake All

    This show is just a hot mess. I love the concept -- kind of a mix between British Bake Off (with all of the lingering exterior shots of the tent) and the old Challenge show -- but the bakers simply don't have the resources and time to do their work. And the initial noncake challenge to create a "cake topper" just rings false. Each week's "winner" is basically the team that was the least worst.
  6. rasalas

    S16.E09: Music City USA

    Eddie's was the lamest: My wife and I like Cake. They have a love song. I made a dish she likes.
  7. rasalas

    S16.E06: Roaring Munchies

    Half of the dishes made weren't canapes. Not following the theme happens way too much on this show.
  8. rasalas

    S37.E13: Finale

    The flash of realization on her face when she realized that she wasn't going to win as Jeff read the final votes was priceless.
  9. rasalas

    S37:E12 Are You Feeling Lucky?

    Each contestant does not get a camera crew. There would be crew people in every shot if so. There are several crews, and they follow whatever activity seems relevant for coverage, which led to my original post. This comment from a camera operator in a Reddit forum supports this:
  10. rasalas

    S37:E12 Are You Feeling Lucky?

    Davie is playing a great game, but I'm always skeptical when players figure things like that out -- mostly because there's a layer to playing Survivor that many viewers don't seem to consider: Davie: "I think Nick might be up to something!" Reality: "There was a lot of camera activity around Nick!" Random Survivor: "I think he's gone down the beach to look for an idol!" Reality: "A camera operator just suddenly followed him down the beach!" Random Survivor: "I found an idol!" Reality: "I looked where the camera operator was pointing!" There are a limited number of cameras and producers for daily activity around the island. Surely, they influence the scope of the game?
  11. rasalas

    S09.E08: Danish Week

    Which made it even weirder when Paul chided Manon for using Danish butter, instead of "French" butter, in her Danishes. Wait until Extra Slice, when they surely must have some fun with Manon saying, "I'm so hot" and "I'm so sticky." :-D
  12. rasalas

    S15.E09: Meet the Top Ten

    While watching Evan and Chelsea in the tap routine, it looked to me that she was getting worse as it went along, that she started to bail on many of the tap steps. She was shown doing steps in rehearsal (or trying to) that she did not do at the same points in the live performance. If she had previously performed those moves in rehearsals and dress rehearsals -- moves that were already simplified -- that would explain better why the judges were so critical of her.
  13. rasalas

    S06.E01: Just a Beaver Hero

    I believe they implied that if their relationship did not survive the race, their planned wedding would just be an awkward party. :-D
  14. rasalas

    S16.E02: Auditions

    Some of those home visits are done after they've already seen the judges and made it to Hollywood.
  15. rasalas

    S09.E20: Episode 20 / S09.E21: Episode 21

    "Sap beverages: Naturally flavored and fortified -- fresh from the forest." There is the one-line differentiation that the Sharks so desperately wanted but the makers seemed unable to provide.