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  1. Agreed with most that it was clever and well-done, and just the right show to do this kind of an episode if anyone was going to. Yeah, I was wondering both of those things. Wouldn't it be possible for the defendant and his attorney to have a private line of communication (separate devices where they could exchange texts or just talk when they're both muted on the group chat)? And I haven't been using any of the various software in real life, but I'm surprised there's not a feature to appoint a moderator (Lola in this case, of course) who can designate one person to talk at a time, with the lawyers perhaps having a pre-arranged hand-signal for when they want to object. Defendants and witnesses piping up mid-arguments wouldn't have been put up with during a live trial, presumably, the judge would be yelling at counsel to muzzle them. Honestly, I wouldn't mind seeing this plotline extend for a few episodes into the next season, just to explore the logistics and ramifications of it all. Obviously we all hope that restrictions can be safely lifted someday soon, but there were very fair points made here about perfect being the enemy of good, and in a hypothetical situation where in-person trials can't be resumed in a timespan where it would be remotely ethical to the people involved to continue delaying them, some alternative would need to be found. It would be much more interesting to watch that scenario play out here than in our world with real lives at stake.
  2. Regarding the Parcheesi question, you can actually move 4 pawns from a single roll if you get the doubles bonus. Yes, I'd be interested in having the rest re-run as well. Why not?
  3. Huh, I don't know why I was thinking that this was the final season. Guess because so many other CBS shows ended this year. Slightly less irked about the lack of Ducky, that not being the case, although it was still the kind of episode he should have been all over.
  4. Okay, thank you! I thought I remembered him getting the same drug the real man had had the first time around.
  5. Also, did the faked identity actually cause an incident that wouldn't otherwise have happened? Unless the patient actually had had an allergic reaction to it before, it sounded like the medication was one they'd reasonably try due to his symptoms, and how would he know to tell them not to? Presumably these types of reactions have to be discovered for the first time somehow. The Crockett thing was...odd, particularly since we only got Natalie's perspective. Unless there was very coincidental overlap between him and the marrow recipient, this was probably the murder of someone he'd never met in a place he'd never been, which would certainly be a confusing accusation to hear. I assumed that the twist would be his DNA being 'found at the scene' for any number of other reasons, or that someone was going to take issue with the exclusionary samples being submitted to a larger network instead of being destroyed after use. Which probably indicates I've watched more cop shows than medical shows in my time.
  6. Came here just for that one. The mother boggling like this is some kind of arcane wizardry...gahhhh.
  7. This is the first new role I've seen Rachel Miner in since her MS diagnosis was announced. Really glad that she's still keeping her hand in. Unpopular opinion: Herrmann was my favorite since the early days, and it's hard to let go of that no matter how much of an idiot the writing turns him into anymore.
  8. Thank you! Everything looked bizarre to me, but I thought I was imagining things.
  9. An hour later now than it used to be, thanks daylight savings! The entire thing still boggles me. What's the point in trick or treating while it's light out? (Don't get me started on trunk or treating.)
  10. Whether you saw Carly's actions as fair and believed that her reasons for rejecting Shaun were sound, or found her a flaky tease, whether she's better off without Shaun or he's better off without her, the outcome should be the same in both cases: his romantic pursuit ends. Exactly. And before this episode, I would have said that Shaun did too. Hence my unhappiness with the writing. Shaun's behavior is not a problem because he's autistic; it's a problem because it's illegal and immoral. So was the patient's girlfriend's, and I wish that character had faced consequences as well, but Shaun shouldn't have needed to watch her led off in handcuffs to grasp that he shouldn't follow her example.
  11. This forum makes it so much harder than necessary to format posts. That's pretty much my point with the "no means no" thing. If someone gives him a 'genuine' no and he forges on regardless, obviously that leads to the other party feeling pressured or worse; if someone tells him no but really means they want him to chase them harder...that person would probably be a bad partner for anyone, let alone Shaun. So accepting rejection at face value can only help him in the long run, but I doubt he'll be told that by his colleagues-as-therapists instead of stereotypical TV 'fight for love!' advice.
  12. At least to me, it didn't read like an impulsive emotional action. He had to get the bat from somewhere (or choose to hang on to the one the patient's girlfriend was using, I don't recall if it was the same one), transit to Lea's car, then wait until she was watching so he could start brandishing it. It's good for Shaun to learn about nonverbal communication and hints. However, it also seems like a good idea for someone to give him an additional, perfectly black-and-white rule to live by: "No is a complete sentence." If someone says no but you think they feel differently...or says no but you think it's an illogical decision...or says yes but then later says no...err on the side of caution and back off. If they're going to keep exploring romances for him, that point needs to be made.
  13. I feel like it's doing a disservice to the level of function he's supposed to have if basic ideas about right and wrong (destruction of property or threat of same) are beyond his grasp. Most of his difficulties early on were about grasping subtle nuances and empathy - for instance, while we as viewers can speculate that Lea might be scared of having the bat turned on her, I can buy that Shaun wouldn't necessarily see it from that perspective. But the notion that he thought it would be okay to emulate Carrie Underwood in the first place just because he saw somebody else do it first feels less reasonable. And if he really is that suggestible, that's pretty dangerous for him too, considering how many patients he'll end up treating who've injured themselves with crazy stunts and whatnot, and just underlines that he needs help with social coping mechanisms.
  14. I thought it before when the two of them were discussing getting a dog: the show would certainly benefit from a team pet, but Frank and Henry are the much more logical owners. Big house, kids always in and out, one of them retired and frequently implied to feel at loose ends with too much time on his hands and the other working fairly predictable hours - much better situation than two young cops who grab overtime every chance they get. Even as things shook out, we spend more screentime there than at Jamie's precinct, which would mean more opportunities to gawk at that gorgeous pup.
  15. How lucky that the liver patient and her friend found a random woman to con who just happened to be a compatible match. But yeah, Ethan and April continuing to browbeat her after she said she was at peace with what happened was ridiculous. My understanding (admittedly mainly from medical shows) is that methadone or whatnot is used temporarily during rehab, then the patient is weaned off of it under supervision. I'm not sure why that would be verboten for medical professionals if she had completed her course of it by the time she returned to practicing. That said, Halstead trying to smuggle the drugs to her anyway was incredibly stupid. Regardless of whether taking it would have disqualified her from being a doctor in the future, the psych patient was right there in the episode as a handy reminder of how dangerous it can be if someone's taking medication that's not on their chart. I have zero faith that Natalie will suddenly become a watchable character when they hook her up with Marcel. Not looking forward to that relationship.
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