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  1. The show has always had trouble with timing and I've never understood why they couldn't figure out that all the drawn out B.S. in the front of the show was robbing time at end of the show. So why not keep it all even as far as time throughout the show and if there ends up being a lot extra time at the end, there's always the option to let the eliminated folks talk and do a last dance? But the moment that stood out in this episode was when AJ was speaking to Tyra and was clearly done talking and Tyra was all "don't you have anything more to say????" AJ seemed startled and scrambled for something else to add to what he'd already said and it just seemed like an awkward moment. I assumed they must have been running way ahead on time, but no, the end was as frantic as ever. I remember that I loathed Alan until they did the DWTS Juniors show and he worked so well with the children. And unfortunately, I get the same vibe in his partnership with Skai. She just looks and acts SO young, it makes it hard to watch with the judging and potential elimination. The Jrs show was incredibly gentle with critique in a way the adult show isn't necessarily set up to be and it feels uncomfortable to have someone so young-seeming be a part of it.
  2. There was a reboot of this show? When and where did that air? I can never find this streaming anywhere, I'm so interested to rewatch this as an adult. This was on when I was around middle school age, so it wasn't terribly relatable (but I still liked it). I suspect that I'd relate to it much more now that I'm older than they were supposed to be on the show.
  3. Yes, Cindy was such a poor imitation of Chrissy and the actress was terribly wooden. Suzanne Somers toed the line of dumb blonde with hints that she wasn't as dumb as people thought she was and she was genuinely likable. Cindy was a one-note caricature (incidentally, I saw that actress on an episode of Murder She Wrote and she was playing the same one-note character there and doing just as bad a job. That was poor casting. Terri bugged me for the same reason Janet did, the bug-eyed, shouty, overacting reactions. You could watch this show with the sound off and still know exactly when one of them overheard something "shocking" that they've misconstrued and are off to the races jumping to conclusions. It's acting, not mime class, ladies. Take it down a notch... And in fairness, maybe the overacting bugs me more through the lens of modern times. So when Janet or Terri is SHOCKED to find out that Jack has say, slept with a woman (or they think he has, based on some misunderstanding), it's kind of eye-rolly already, but especially so with the huge, outsized reaction.
  4. Antenna TV plays this a couple times a day. I don't know what it is, but I get vaguely depressed watching this show. Is it the ugly decor or the often hammy acting? John Ritter was genuinely good, as was Suzanne Somers, Norman Fell, Don Knotts, but Joyce deWitt often seemed to be projecting to the back row and the less said about Priscilla Barnes and the actress who played Cindy, the better.
  5. No, she turned him down because he was taking a residency in Texas and she wasn't ready to leave NY behind, give up school, and get married at 21. That was the episode where she dreams about the girls and Mrs G reuniting in the crazy, space age future world of the year 2000, lol. Blair realized that if she got married at that moment, she would never have experiences of her own, she'd just be Mrs. Cliff. Ironically, Lisa Whelchel herself pretty much married her Cliff IRL and then 25 years later, she's getting a divorce, and going on Survivor doing all these reflective talking heads about finally getting to do something just for herself. Made me chuckle that she didn't learn the same lesson that Blair did at the time. The Alice in Wonderland one was definitely odder than odd. The weirdness of the party followed by the random old lady living with them...strange. Was she supposed to be a test stand-in for Mrs G, since Charlotte Rae wanted out? And yeah, somewhere around the time she went back to school, the character's general sense seemed to go out the window. I wasn't too bothered by the Cliff/Jo thing because it seemed entirely platonic. Blair already had a date to the dance and Jo agreed to go with Cliff so he'd have a reason to be there, I guess, since he wasn't a student anymore. Was he back for good or just visiting? I remember the one where he goes on a date with an actress who's going to school there, but I can't remember if that's before or after he moved away.
  6. Thank for that, I had to rewind 3 times to laugh at that hair grab. Hilarious. Good for him for not even flinching, I think I would've thrown someone to the floor if they pulled my hair that way! I'm still adjusting to the Covid version of DWTS, it's a little depressing. I find little ways to amuse myself, like watching the judges catch themselves using a descriptor that doesn't fit anymore, like "you really had the crowd...um, I mean us, going" Seems like a lot of people, but I guess this is the usual amount for the beginning of the show? Lots of dead wood to cut, but I hope it comes down to Nev (surprising to me that he's so good) and Johnny and Jordana (is that her name?) and maybe Kaitlyn? I felt terrible for the NBA player, why do they continue to cast men that are so tall that they can't properly connect to a partner (hard to connect to someone when you're staring at their belly button)? and the height just makes the dancing itself awkward. He seemed like he really wanted to do well, but the deck was stacked against him.
  7. I don't intentionally watch this show, but I watch a lot of Antenna TV, so I sometimes stumble across it. Today's episode was super weird, Elizabeth Montgomery was playing dual roles and Serena was trying to get a singing group to play at some benefit of hers and at one point, picked up an electric guitar and sang and danced awkwardly for a few minutes. The whole thing had that odd, backdoor pilot feel to it OR like someone was trying to make this male group happen or give Elizabeth Montgomery a hit song or something.
  8. Blair's made some allusions to a variety of step-parents over the years, it's definitely possible that there are step-siblings out there as well. Season 7 (and parts of the end of Season 6) had some seriously strange episodes, I'd love to know the background on the writing of some of these episodes. The other day, they showed the one where the reporter comes back to Eastland and they all reminisce. In any other show (the Golden Girls and Family Ties spring to mind), that would be a clip show, the character would reference the event and then they'd show a a minute or so from that episode. But not here, they were each just standing under a tree talking to an unseen interviewer. I guess there were some insights in their words, but it's always struck me as really odd the way it was structured. But Jazzbeau, 2 guys from Wisconsin, the episode above with Blair in an /elevator for a whole episode, Jo taking ballroom dancing lessons, Mrs. Garrett's friend accusing her of adultery, etc., it was a long streak of really odd episodes. Not my favorite era of the show.
  9. LOL, Mallory in the books* wasn't TOO bad, but any onscreen portrayal of Mallory has always been atrocious. I kinda liked her as the oldest Pike, but she wasn't all that interesting on her own. *Bearing in mind that I didn't read that far into the series, I think I aged out around the 40-book mark, not sure what Mallory developed into later on. I always knew I was a MaryAnne, but for some reason, didn't really aspire to be a Stacey. I guess it felt like too much of a leap. Honestly, I think I found Kristy a bit more aspirational for her assertiveness and lack of shyness. Ha, it sure did. But I think that's what turned me off about the character a bit, even as a kid, I felt like I recognized the signs of a little kid playing at being mature. Boy Crazy Stacey is my hands down favorite of the books and I feel like that showed up Stacey's shortcomings. Back to the show, I was another accidental 1-day binger. I honestly didn't expect to like it, despite the great reviews, because I know a lot of people have fondness for the movie, but I couldn't get through that thing. I loved Kristy right off the bat, the actress nailed the attitude. And watching the first episode, I'd forgotten that the inspiration for the club was Kristy's mom. How in the world I could EVER have forgotten that, I don't even know, since they rehashed it in every single book. Claudia was great too, the actress has the understated cool girl thing down. Stacey was a bit shaky for me, the actress was a bit dorkier than my vision of Stacey. And Mary Anne is always tough for me because the character isn't my favorite (despite being the one I relate to) so any portrayal isn't going to make me happy. She got better as the series went on though. Dawn was just okay for me. I loved that they used actual plots from the books, I wondered how they could do Phantom Phone Caller in the age of caller ID, but they handled it well. I was a little disappointed in Boy Crazy Stacey, mainly because it's my favorite (due mostly to the depiction of 1980s Jersey shore, which was where I spent my summers too). So the generic house, generic beach, generic boardwalk was a big downgrade from the books. Also didn't understand why MA's guy was rewritten as gay (and the actor was annoying), the point of that storyline in the book was that shy MA could snag a guy over time while Stacey was throwing herself at the lifeguard all week. Changing that detail took away from the storyline for me. I was really hoping (but not expecting, cause I'm sure the scenery would be too hard to construct) to see Dawn's haunted house episode. Credit to Ann M Martin's writing that I can clearly envision the house and the passageway in my mind (same with the beach house, Burger Garden, etc in B-CS). They handled the Karen character really well, that was a character with huge potential for precocious annoying-ness, but they pulled it off. Watson threw me for a loop. For whatever reason, "Watson Brewer" conjured up images of Ben Franklin for me and as a kid, I probably didn't think about Kristy's mom's age and how it was probably late 30s/early 40s at most, so I just imagined that she'd married an old man. So this new young version of Watson was VERY jarring. MA's dad was pretty perfect, I know the actor as the uptight husband of Captain Holt on Brooklyn 99, so this similarly uptight character felt normal. I liked the little moments among the adults that showed that they were a small community who likely knew each other from school functions/their kids being friends, etc. I can't remember much about how the parents were supposed to have related to each other in the books (beyond Mr Spier and Dawn's mom, obviously), but the acknowledgement that Kristy's mom and MA's dad would have known each other well but not necessarily liked each other was a realistic addition.
  10. I don't think killing her would have been necessary in 1980 to keep her quiet. Hell, I don't think in 2020 that rapists necessarily have to work that hard to discredit victims, but in 1980, there would have been very little she could have done to convince a small town that it's Golden Boy Hero raped her. The episode itself showed that pretty plainly. I can't remember the ending though, besides Katie/Sam knocking him out, was he ever properly punished for the second attempted rape?
  11. That was just hilarious. I watched this season all in one shot on dvd years after the fact and I remember actually putting episode 1 back on just to confirm that Ian did NOT have a thick NY accent at the start. And he might have been one of the most genuinely good people the show has ever cast, he truly seems like the nicest guy. Regarding Tom, I can see both sides of him. He's that guy who's great if you're in his circle and not so much if you're not. He's handsome and charismatic and clearly used to being in the in-crowd and in control, which is probably why Coby wouldn't be inclined to like him, given his own life experiences with bullies/dropping out of school because of them. So I liked him on my tv screen, but I'm not sure I would have liked him as much had I been out there with them. But again, from a distant vantage point, I really liked the relationships that Koror had and their episode commentary on the DVDs is among my all-time favorites of any season. They are all funny (including Katie, who is DEFINITELY on my list of people I can only enjoy from a distance, she had a sharp wit) except for Caryn and their tolerance of her presence is amusing.
  12. I have another Marquesas-related project for Dalton Ross should quarantine boredom persist, a collage of all the times Kathy had a completely disproportionate response to something. at 0:18 in the clip of Jeff calling the wrong team the winners, Kathy loses her mind hilariously. Also, this one at around 0:27 where Paschal and Neleh are waiting to greet her and she tears up onto the beach like a bat out of hell, screeching that they only have 5 minutes to gather their stuff. I mean, I've been known to get a bit intense in game situations, even just in board games, but she takes it to a nuclear level.
  13. Very old post, but I've been catching up on this show on SyFy and I had the same reaction to the episode, Jimmy, where Sam leaps into a mentally challenged man who is being cared for by his brother (who is married with kids). For the entire episode, his sister-in-law is a resentful bitch toward him and is pressuring her husband to send his brother to an institution. Sam gets blamed for a big accident (that he didn't cause) at the job he works with his brother, they both get fired and the brother is about to send him away. Sam makes a last-ditch effort to get their jobs back, his brother's kid follows him and falls into a lake or something at the job site. Sam's "Swiss cheese" memory in the body of a mentally challenged person somehow remembers how to do CPR and and saves the kid, making the sister-in-law fall all over herself thanking him. Aside from the usual plot hole of how he remembers details like CPR but not his own life details half the time, no one makes any mention of the fact that the kid following Sam to the job site makes it kinda Sam's fault that he got hurt in the first place, AND I just couldn't buy that this woman who was so resentful of having her BIL in her life would suddenly have a complete change of heart. It was just too pat and cheesy. I find myself rewatching the same episodes over and over and never watching some others. I realize I can never find out if I like some of the others if I never watch them, but I tend to just keep gravitating to the same ones. Some of the episodes have some truly dark themes in them, like season 2's Another Mother where a kid gets humiliated at school, runs away and gets kidnapped and presumably raped and murdered in some pedophile's van. Obviously, the show ends with Sam rescuing the kid, but it's pretty horrifying to consider the original sequence of events. I'm also noticing the different variations of the opening credits and I'm astounded again at just how long they were. I mean, I get that the show has a complicated premise and they were apparently trying to tell the full story to new viewers every single week, but there had to be a more concise way to do it. They had a cold open-esque explanation, followed by the longest set of episode clips in history, and then yet another explanation. How did they have any time left over for the show plus commercials with that opening? As far as whether it holds up, it's certainly dated in a million ways, but that's part of the charm for me. Just like I originally liked it for the period piece feel of the different eras he goes back to, the show itself is a time capsule of the late 80s-early 90s. And the "technology" is hilarious, like Al's remote control/information center that looks to be the same translucent, neon colored pocket calculator we all had in the 7th grade.
  14. AntennaTV is still running this, so I'm going to post on top of myself to the 3 people who might open this topic. 🙂 My DVR caught "Murphy's Pony" the other day and the ending of this one is so ludicrous (though the premise is too). Basically, a poor single mom feels she can't care for her kids and leaves them at the FYI office with a note for Murphy to take them. Through typical sitcom shenanigans, Social Services can't get them til Monday or whatever, so she ends up with them for the weekend and ends up not giving them back to the Social Services lady when she comes for them. Then the mom shows up to collect them (where her "I can't care for them" philosophy went, who knows?) and Murphy offers her some money, which she tries to turn down under the guise of "Oh, I couldn't possibly and as long as we're together, we'll be okay." Um...you LEFT YOUR 3 KIDS WITH THIS STRANGER FOR FOREVER at the beginning of the episode, but taking some money from the very same person is suddenly just too much for your personal pride?? It's such cheap, stupid writing that I felt the need to say so 30 years after the fact. 😛
  15. It's a shame they had so many technical difficulties, it made it less fun than it should have been, but still worth a watch for a scene of DHP doing a bit on Suddenly Susan in the early 90s as an accountant who wants to be on Broadway (around the 16 minute mark, if you want to see it). A perfect encapsulation of DHP's talents. DHP seems like such a lovely man. I sometimes wonder how things were behind the scenes given that Kelsey Grammar has had known substance abuse issues and his crazy personal life (4 or more wives, I think). I feel like some of that had to have bled into the working environment, but none of them have ever really alluded to it, as far as I know. Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin both look incredible, I just looked it up and they're both 59 but they look far younger. That is one of my all-time favorites. It's amazing from start to finish. "what was the purpose of your visit to Canada?" Niles: "[long pause]...fun" with the grumpiest expression of all time. Hilarious.
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