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  1. Yes, he did do that, but I don't blame him. Logan wasn't a relationship guy. He had never been in one, nor apparently was he aware of the unwritten rules. His and Rory's fight was pretty ugly. He was an ass that night and she looked pretty disgusted with him. When he requested to take her home, she refused and let him just walk away. She didn't say, "I don't want to be around you tonight, let's talk about this when our heads are cooler." Considering the way he acted, and they way she responded, I have no problem believing Logan thought their relationship was over.
  2. And Mark, as an officer of the court, got lucky that his dad didn't file a police report after Mark decided to physically assault him in public. And Lopez has gotten lucky with the million and one mulligans Judge Carmichael has given her over these past four episodes. Without any of those I don't see how Lopez could have won any of her cases. Also, Mark got lucky when his whole Jedi mind trick thing worked on that defendant from an episode or two back. A defendant that smart, with a whole case locked up the way he had it, would not have fallen for that trick.
  3. I don't see Carmichael as a lousy judge. An unconventional judge? Yes. A realistic judge? No. But it seems to me her end goal is ensuring that justice is served, which so far she has managed to do in every case that has appeared in her court.
  4. The inaccuracies don't bother me on the this show anymore than they do on every other show that I watch. It's pretty par for course for legal dramas, cop shows, and medical dramas to have a lot of procedural inaccuracies. I'm willing to roll with it in exchange for good character development, feel good endings, and a timely message on our justice system. IMO, Lopez would not be better as a judge. Although, she's gotten better, she was pretty much a mess as a public defender in the first episode. She needs to walk first, then she can learn how to run. ETA: I like Judge Carmichael's comments to the bailiff about becoming a prosecutor instead of a defense attorney. She had a great point. I also like how both Mark and Judge Carmichael's bosses aren't blocking their attempts pursue justice. They push back when necessary, and give tough criticism, but they appear to be equally interested in seeing justice done, even if they know it makes their job 10x harder. It's nice for all of the main characters to be good guys.
  5. Gilmore Girls also had an instance of the first trope you mentioned. There's an episode where Zack sees Lane talking to a Korean boy during some town festival. He gets all pissy and rants about how she's moved on. I can't remember if Lane and Zack had previously been dating or what. Anyway, Lane has to eventually clarify to Zach that the boy was her cousin and not a potential love interest.
  6. Yes, this has happened to me as well. I can't figure out the rhyme or reason behind which episodes they choose though. I was recently watching the first episode of the latest season of The Good Place and they didn't run any commercials. The same has happened on random episodes of classic TV series from the 90s I noticed. It's always a nice surprise when it happens.
  7. You know what's interesting about Shonda Rhimes, her show is one of the only two shows I remember being thankful for the second I saw a black woman's hair. When I saw Dr. Miranda Bailey's hair in the first episode of the first season of Grey's Anatomy it was like a breath of fresh air. It's not even natural and yet I was SO fricking excited because it looked like real permed hair. I'll try to explain what I mean better. Usually black women on TV who have their hair permed either have tracks put in to bump it up, or wear their in a super sleek super pixie style (a la Halle Berry). Chandra Wilson's hair in the first season of Grey's Anatomy was neither of those. It looked the way I saw real Black women wear their hair every day. I didn't grow up knowing a lot of people who could flawlessly put in hundreds of dollars of tracks, and most girls I knew didn't have a pixie style, so when they permed their hair it was often worn in a short to mid length bob and it was thin with a dull sheen. When I visited Grey's Anatomy a few years later it looked like they modified Chandra Wilson's hair by giving her tracks, which disappointed me. The only other character I noticed whose hair looked realistically permed to me was Danesha Turrell on Thea, played by Brandy Norwood pre-braids. I mean, that's how desperate I was to see black women with real hair on TV, I got excited at just seeing realistic perms. All of this is not to say that the hair types of someone like Audra McDonald, Renee Goldsberry, or Meghan Markle are fake. They appear to naturally have thick, long, and healthy hair that take well to heat; it's just that I wish we saw more black women whose hair didn't have to look that in order to be considered pretty or eligible for ingenue rolls. I'm not even going to mention how television treats the Halle Berry, Tatyana Ali, Christina Milian's of the world. I totally agree with S. Epatha Merkerson on her choice to wear her hair the way she did for Van Buren. It showed a lot of awareness about her character and the climate of law enforcement agencies.
  8. Whoo lord, I felt like I was in the middle of a P-rade for part of this episode. Also, Jason is ridiculously pretty. I feel so ashamed every time I look at him. I can't have a crush on someone so dumb. I'm going to need Manny Jacinto to call me. Although I know Eleanor only told Chidi he was Simone's soulmate to get him interested in helping Simone to take the Good Place seriously, I do like the idea of Chidi and Simone together. I actually preferred their coupling in Australia to his coupling with Eleanor in the Bad Place and the pseudo-Good Place.
  9. That is if you think there is something wrong with being black. Inclusive communities don't look at the alien DNA contributor first but the contributor that makes you part of their group. Thus Black Americans tend to count those with any known black heritage as fully black as the newest African immigrant from a nation with zero colonization. Other groups like Filipinos are the same, a metizo is as fully Pinoy as a Filipino from an isolated province with no Spanish, American or Japanese fathers in their history. I agree with you Raja. Some of us already had this conversation on the To All the Boys I've Loved Before board in the Movies forum. To quote In2You: (Emphasis mine) I would just love to know how all of this would work on TV. Should TV execs only cast someone who looks like Jordan Peele as the son of a mixed race family because he is? What about an actress who looks like Lena Horne? She's the exact same color as Jordan Peele, but identified as black and I believe had two black parents. According to you that would be impossible because as a black woman she could only have 10% European ancestry (from rape, no less.) Along those lines we also have Sinbad (two black parents) and Lenny Kravitz (one black, and one white parent), but Sinbad is much lighter skinned than Kravitz, and has the same texture hair. Sometimes there is, sometimes there's not. I could go on with more examples. Malcolm Gladwell and Sinbad, Colin Powell vs. Keegan-Michael Key, Ava Duvernay and Melissa Harris-Perry, Yara Shahidi and Essence Atkins. The issue when we're addressing colorism, or featurism really should be the features, not the supposed ad-mixtures of the actors because as many mixed-race kids will tell you they don't all come out looking the same. I have many mixed friends who talk about how strangers will identify their siblings and theirselves as difference races based on one coming out a little lighter or with kinkier hair or with a narrower nose or whatever. FWIW, prior to this last decade I have felt that American media has had a way bigger issue featuring black women with nappy hair than featuring darker skinned black women. I mean, look at those old episodes of Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Hillary had very kinky hair, but I would not call it nappy. Also, none of the women Will dated had nappy hair, even though some, such as Naomi Campbell, were darker to dark-skinned. Also Will's other female cousin, Ashley, would have been considered medium-dark where I'm from, but that hair was definitely not nappy. This goes for a lot of black actresses in television. Camille Winbush, Maia Campbell, Gabrielle Union, Rozand "Chilli" Thomas, Ananda Lewis, etc. I would say only in the past ten years have black women really been allowed to have nappy hair and still get cast as the ingenue, and even then it's still rare. Really, Hollywood's having a 3b-4a moment right now: Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Michelle Hurd. I definitely wouldn't mind seeing more 4b/4c, especially on darker skinned actresses. It seems like if you have one, they won't let you have the other.
  10. I get that he was a Hungarian citizen, but was he not also an American citizen or legal resident? How did he get onto the payroll of his jobs before hand if he didn't have a social security number or green card? I guess, I'm just confused as to how he didn't know his US residency status until the age of 50. Sorry if this is too personal, I'm just curious. RE the show: I think my favorite lines came from the rich Asian dude. "Oh my god, do you think that's a lot of money?" I just loved his incidental rudeness.
  11. I really like all of the relationships on this show so far. Judge Carmichael seems to be into her husband and he's quite the cutie; Mark Callan's girlfriend is pretty cool and not unnecessarily jealous of her boyfriend's relationship with the judge; the PD and bailiff have a whole young love thing going on; and really, everyone seems to like each other and get along. The only one missing a partner is the court reporter and I hope she ends up finding someone soon. It looks like she has a unrequited crush on Mark, but I hope that changes and she is able to find someone else. I didn't mind the speech. I thought he made good points. What I didn't understand is how no one noticed the driver was stopped before he started accelerating to hit the woman in the first place. Wasn't that obvious? I mean the car jerks forward. That's not the way a car already in motion moves forward. Maybe I missed something. You're right that it didn't seem realistic that a judge would push for a witness to testify as her avatar. It only served to weaken the prosecution's case, whereas the judge kept suggesting that it would strengthen it. I did love that girl's acting though. It was so weird, and yet absorbing. I totally believed her as someone whose avatar was as real if not more real to her than her flesh and blood life. I originally wrote Wade Kinsella like three times in my first paragraph. I'm terrible with character names. It usually takes two or three years of me watching a show before I can remember the names.
  12. Prince was a JW convert. Also, as others have mentioned the Williams sisters are JW. According to Nicki Swift, other practicing JWs are a couple of the Wayans brothers, and Coco Rocha.
  13. Just in case you didn't know, the character of Meg was played by Nicole Byer. She's basically like that character in real life, or at least the comedy she does based on her real life. I liked the other couple's kids. Their son was SOOO cute. That face was everything. I thought that including them in this episode helped to flesh out how involved Wade and his friends are in each others' lives. They're more like extended family to each other since it appears they have dinners together on top of carpooling and having their kids play soccer together.
  14. Nurse Dennis? I thought Dr. Jacobs was the one to point this out to Carol.
  15. Great comments from everyone. All I wanted to say was that I didn't get Lopez's choice to wear death heels during her more difficult cases. Wouldn't it make more sense to wear practical shoes during those days so you could focus all of your energy and attention on the case at hand and not be distracted by your tortured feet? She should save the cute stilettos for days when her case load isn't so heavy or mentally taxing.
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