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  1. I picture Hector's sons sitting around that awesome pool, drinking extremely expensive booze, laughing at dirty jokes, too stupid to actually have much responsibility in the business. Men like Hector build big businesses, make a ton of money, then marry showgirls or models and wonder why their sons are so dumb. I liked him, too. He seemed surprised that Saul had such a pretty, classy wife and even a little envious when he figured out she was taking the risk because she loved him.
  2. It just dawned on me what "I'm alone in here" means. In ordinary times her mother and best friends would be with her. How terrible this is in every way. My son had a scull fracture when he was four, nowhere as severe as this, but it has still affected his entire life. It too was "an accident" but I'll feel guilty forever because of it and replay all the things I would have done differently if I had a do over. There's just no escaping that for parents. My heart is breaking for Michelle right now.
  3. It seemed odd to me at first, too. A friend of mine had a baby while unmarried in 1968 and it was taken for granted by everyone that the best thing for the baby was to give it up for adoption, so Sister Julienne's determination to have this poor girl retain custody of her children seemed sort of anti-adoption to me. I guess it was explained by Sister Julienne saying that no matter how bad the mother, children always wanted to stay with her. I remembered how she disagreed with Trixie over the birth control clinic last season and thought that was well played. I'm glad she's starting to see there's a good place for the pill in women's lives.
  4. Yes, that's what I would have expected from one of our midwife/nuns, they're usually putting the welfare of mother and child ahead of they're own feelings. Maybe it's because I was raised Presbyterian and not Catholic but I never expect priests (or ministers) to be perfect or above the rest of us, they are all just men to me. Sure they are supposed to set a good example, but if they don't, we Presbyterians just fire them, we don't go into shock over it. In fact our most recent one in this town turned out to be an out of control alcoholic and after several DUI's he had to be let go, hopefully to a good rehab center. The Catholic priesthood, with all due respect to the many wonderful dedicated men in that church, does tend to attract more than it's share of bad ones probably because a "vow of celibacy" is a good way to explain why they aren't dating or marrying. I watched this again and the priest in this episode, while clearly in the wrong, didn't seem worthy of quite so much hatred from Mother Mildred. He's not responsible for all the sins of all the priests in 2000 years of church history and to me there's a whole world of difference between a pedophile and sex between two consenting adults.
  5. Oh yes, I didn't mean to imply otherwise. when I called it a little slip that's all I thought it was and no parent gets by without a few little slips, probably every day. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's nothing or not to tell your kids to wear a helmet, because they might rebel and take it off when they're out of sight. Not providing them with one and not telling them to wear it guarantees they wont be protected.
  6. Oh so sad. I found that after my son's father and I got divorced with joint custody, that I became overly lenient, too. You want your precious time together to be all sunshine and part of you wants to let the other parent be the heavy. Poor Michelle what an awful price she's having to pay for a very human slip.
  7. Yes it was predictable but I watched the whole Road Trip. Imagine having a wife who looks good, earns big money while you stay home and make messes, and even allows you to have sex with other women, but that's not enough for some reason. You have to have her brutally murdered by a psycho with a hammer. It's too bad they all three couldn't have got life in prison without parole.
  8. Me too! I loved what we saw of his house and I imagined there was a wife to go with the kids. I want to see her! I want a tour of an exquisitely tidy and tasteful house with a woman to match!
  9. I give her the benefit of the doubt, too. Her backstory explained a lot of her behavior. I just give the benefit of the doubt to him, too, we don't know his backstory, his loneliness or possible bad experiences that led him to join the priesthood. I would think that nuns would be trying to give the benefit of the doubt to everyone and in the early episodes, ones that were based on true stories, they were. Forgiveness is a very basic Christian principle and it should apply to both genders. Yes, many men have done bad things to women, priests have done terrible things, women have deceived men, and nuns have been famously cruel to children, but judging people based on what others of their group have done is prejudice. Maybe if Mother Mildred hadn't been so quick to pick sides and pass judgment she might have been able to break down his defenses and come to an agreement where he could have been more of a help to his child.
  10. And she was clearly fearing scandal more than she cared about her child. She herself could have tried to organize a job where she could keep her child or she could have asked for help. She could have kept her child -- accepting raised eyebrows and whispers as the price. I'm not trying to defend the priest's actions, he was wrong. I'm saying I think the show is written with a double standard that overlooks and forgives the mistakes and failings of women, while demonizing the men for theirs. This is Heidi Thomas's style and it reflects contemporary attitudes, but I don't think it reflects the 1960's attitudes very well.
  11. The teacher could have been said to "hold herself out as living an upstanding life," yet they understood that people can slip below their own standards. The woman in this case, left a baby to die in the cold. She too committed her sin in secret while presenting herself publicly as a moral housekeeper. The priest wasn't responsible for what other priests have done and it's not as though he was a pedophile. I'm not sure he was "preying on" this woman or emotionally abusive to her. He said he had truly loved her and she might have actually healed a little from the husband who beat her if the priest had been gentle with her. I think it's a double standard in the show, with the women being given forgiveness and the benefit of the doubt regarding future behavior, while the men are held accountable for the relationship as though they were the only one with any agency. I understand that as her employer and as a man in a position of authority he is more to blame than the woman, but I still think he is a human, subject to temptation and worthy of forgiveness if he falls.
  12. Yes, it reminded me of another unwed story they had where a teacher is pregnant by a married man and Sister Julienne comes down really hard on the red-headed nun (sorry, can't remember her name) just for being a bit disappointed in a fellow teacher. I can only handle their anachronistic attitude toward unwed mothers by telling myself these nuns are totally non judgmental toward everyone -- that's why Mother Mildred went a step too far for me. Kind and forgiving to the woman, but extremely harsh and unforgiving to the man. Plus, I don't find angry and hateful a good look for a nun. Sister Julienne would have had a little sympathy for a lonely man falling in love with a woman he saw everyday. I wish we had more of Sister Julienne, she's my favorite by far.
  13. I hesitate to call people judgemental for rolling their eyes over a thing on reality TV.
  14. I've never believed the game was rigged. Game shows have rules they have to obey and that's why all the challenges are decided and set before the season begins. However. They know from the beginning who their stars are and they want to keep them in the game as long as possible for ratings. So I can imagine a conversation in production saying, "We had better be sure to have Edge of Extinction again in case Rob or Sandra or Parvati gets voted out, that we we can continue to give them lots of face time there. Plus, we had better make the "re-entering the game" challenge the kind of thing Rob is good at. Plus we should make all those people jury members. Plus lets do a new thing called "tokens" where advantages are given to the more well liked people!" Everyone at the meeting: "Brilliant." Yes, and Rob has actually choked up several times while talking about how hard it is for him to know that Amber was probably voted out because of him. It's kind of endearing, but it also makes me roll my eyes a little because no one is being deployed to Iraq or donating a kidney here. I want to remind them they're playing a game they chose to play. It's particularly hard to sympathize with the Survivor's hardships, right now, when so many people are risking their lives and losing their jobs for others.
  15. I hate the tokens. They're just another way to make this season into a popularity contest. At the end, I'm expecting everyone to give their remaining tokens to Parvati so she can be in the finals and then the jury can give her the win. I noticed that everyone watching the EoE challenge was rooting for her. My heart sank when I heard the people on the EoE were going to get a third chance. With the exception of Natalie's vote all the TCs have gone the way I wanted them to, but there's no real satisfaction in voting someone out when you know they aren't really out. It's more like, "The tribe has suggested." I've watched every episode of Survivor and I prefer the old school game, but I don't want any of the old-schoolers to win because I'm just plain tired of them and their overblown star status. I'm glad we're getting down to the ones I'm rooting for, Sara or Sophie, maybe Nick. I really enjoy Adam's haywire, hilarious game and the way he shares every frantic thought with us.
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