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  1. Nah. It's a rather tired old put-down. Very insulting. I haven't heard it used in years, but you used to hear it a lot from people who looked down on California and Californians as "different" and "not like us." And California is the agricultural center of the nation, but that's not what this insult was inspired by. At first I thought it was an insult. Then I thought Kevin probably didn't mean it that way. Then I thought about Kevin's comments re: plantation cooking. If it were the "fruit and nuts" comment by itself I might give Kevin the benefit of the doubt, but in combination with the apparent lack of understanding of why "plantation cooking" might be unacceptable, I just have a gut feeling that he meant it as an insult.
  2. I appreciate this show's commitment to finding something to talk about that isn't the same thing that all the other late night shows have been talking about. It makes this show a must-watch for me. That said, I thought that the segment on Burr was actually missing some HUGE context. Unless I just blacked out during the piece, I don't think they mentioned Kelly Loeffler at all. And that's important because the absence of action against Loeffler sure makes the Burr warrant look like political targeting. I would normally expect LWT to be able to to discuss that nuance - that it's entirely probable that Burr did something illegal and corrupt but that the FBI/DOJ's involvement may not be clean either.
  3. All of Max's scenes are infuriating for me to watch, at this point. What I find most infuriating is that he is being an asshole, but the show seems to be implying that he's right. I just need someone, anyone (Mo, ideally) to point out that what he's doing is not ok. The "no one seems to care" bit and his side-eye at Zoey made me so angry for the same reasons you all have pointed out. And especially when you take it with the earlier scene where he and Zoey were saying goodbye and it seemed like they were on good-ish terms with each other. I almost screamed when Max said that he was tired of focusing on Zoey's happiness and wants to look out for himself. As if he hasn't been doing that all along. Everything is about his happiness. Zoey's father dying doesn't seem to be about Zoey losing her father for him. Instead it's about Max's relationship with Zoey. I hope Skylar Astin is a lovely person because this character he's playing is not. The Boy Is Mine number reminded me what a great song that is. REG was obviously killing it. What surprises me is that Lauren Graham has been on Broadway, so I don't get why she seems to be struggling. I agree with the poster above that said she seems stiff. Leif's character is so confusing. Like the rest of you, I don't buy that he's suddenly hopelessly in love with Joan. It feels like the writers were trying to avoid the obvious conclusion, so they put in a twist but they didn't plant anything to make it make sense. But here's a nice thing I can say: I really liked Here I Go Again. It's a catchy song and Skylar Astin and John Clarence Stewart are great singers.
  4. This is why I hate it when TV shows stunt-cast real-life significant others of cast members. The entertainment value of that casting usually presumes a certain amount of interest in the actor and the story doesn't work well unless that interest exists. It feels like the writers were substituting outside information for good writing.
  5. Yeah, I couldn't drum up a whole lot of sympathy for David. First of all, Zoey was in a pretty difficult situation. Her brother was expecting her to cover for him. The second he knew he was caught, not doing anything about it was a cowardly move. Second of all, the fact that he said Emily didn't want any kids and he had to talk her into it? Red flags all over the place. But even moving past that, he is not the one physically putting his body through Hell for this baby. His wife is. The absolute least he can do is talk to his wife about his issues with masculinity. Realistically that's the exact sort of thing he should talk to a mental health professional about, if he can afford it. I also have very little sympathy for Leif. The way Joan went about giving him that review was ethically messed up, but she also wasn't wrong. It seemed like Leif was moping about people not liking him exactly the way he is with no effort on his part. That's not realistic. Sometimes we have to hear things we don't want to. It's part of being a grown-up. The answer is not to mope around like a hurt puppy. The answer is to decide whether you can live with people thinking that about you or not. If you decide you can't, then you work to change. His whole attitude was infuriating but also very realistic. I was glad that Zoey called him out on that, but he was a child about the whole thing.
  6. BabyVegas


    After having watched him interact with women on camera, I'd be very willing to buy this. The kinds of things he thought it was ok to say on air...I'd be surprised if he didn't say much worse off camera. I wonder if MSNBC is trying to protect themselves from legal liability on something?
  7. BabyVegas


    Ask and ye shall receive. I am VERY curious what was said during that conversation. Saying it came "after a conversation" makes me think it was not Matthews' choice.
  8. The thing is - that little moment could have been great as a commentary on women being told that they're supposed to always want babies even when they actually look at their life and they don't really actually want a baby. I don't love the Christy-is-desperate running joke because it just seems like the show is saying "screw that career you're working so hard for, forget all the people you have in your life, you're nothing without a man!" This show has been so good about not just fully reveling in cliches, but that joke just falls straight into groan-worthy territory for me. As usual, I heart Jaime Pressly. She is a terrific comedic actress who can deliver a joke, but she's also really good at slowing down to hit more dramatic moments.
  9. I would love to see a challenge where the judges pick specific weaknesses or design crutches they see in each designer's work and then limit the designer based on that. For example, Victoria said she loves asymmetry and cutouts. I'd freaking love it if the judges told her "Ok design anything as long as it doesn't have any cutouts and the hem is an even length." I'd also love to see a historical challenge where each designer was given a super distinctive fashion shape from history (e.g. 18th century panniers or the Elizabethan neck ruffle) and then make it modern.
  10. My big problem with Brittany's gown was that the length was really weird. I fully acknowledge that this is a personal preference and not a universal rule, but I generally don't like ankle or tea length because I think it cuts most people off in an odd spot. Having a long gown that sits exactly evenly all the way around looks kind of weird. It pulls your eye downward a bit. Especially if the person wears a heel and the dress doesn't compensate for that. Watching the runway, I think that's exactly what happened in this case - the dress sits just a little bit lower in the front than the back and it contributes to that matronly shape. I really liked that Brittany gave that dress some sex appeal with the plunge-v neckline. I wish she'd either built in support or found a way to adapt the dress so it gave some support to the model's bust because I thought not doing so made the model look more compact rather than elongating her. I'm really glad he didn't get cut, but overall I did not think Marquis' look was very successful. I think his dress had a similar problem to Brittany's in that what made it look less sexy as the length. That ankle length is great for kids because they won't trip all over it. Combined with the model's petite height and straighter build, the whole thing didn't read as "sexy" so much as it read as "8th grade dance." Except for the slit, which I think kept the dress from going into full on junior territory. I thought his neckline made his model look lopsided because the straps weren't in the same place on her shoulder, but I liked what he was trying to do with having a more dramatic cut at the armhole. I think that was another good attempt at amping up the sexy factor. Even though I didn't like this dress, though, I'm still rooting for Marquis to somehow win it all. I think he seems like a lovely person, he clearly has a lot of talent, and could benefit so much from the CFDA mentorship. Sergio annoyed the Hell out of me, as per usual. His dress was fine. The color was a good choice. It was bold and stood out against all the red and black. I could live without his thoughts on...well...anything. Some women want skintight, some women want loose and flowy, some women want both. People are different and statements generalizing out to what "everyone" wants are almost never going to be correct. I like Geoffrey, but I find him so hit or miss. I find his aesthetic has a bad tendency to veer super hard into 80s territory if he's not careful. Something about the color, the fabric, and the pleating on his skirt read so bad-retro. And I didn't think his bodice was flattering because it had that inverted triangle shape that is more traditional to cutting for men. That would have been glorious. Or I would have even loved to see him take it in a more leather direction! I don't know if what got him was that he didn't lean into his aesthetic enough? I feel like his dress had good intentions but it wasn't right in any number of ways, even without the stain. Victoria. The less said about Victoria, the better. She made her model the usual Victoria Special and that Nina is apparently snowed by this nonsense is insane. Victoria said asymmetry is her thing. I'm kind of starting to wonder if her tailoring skills don't include getting an even hem.
  11. What in the Disney Channel Hell was that? This show somehow seems like something that could only be made in both 2020 and like, 1994. I can't decide if it's bad enough to enjoy purely for dunking on it reasons or if it's just regular bad.
  12. I don't think there's anything to understand, aside from Delvin being a petty jerk. It seemed like his big problem was that he believed Nancy messed up the buttonhole foot, which I doubt. I have a Brother sewing machine and it has a buttonhole attachment that is relatively idiot-proof. You pop the button you're using into the guide in the foot, snap the foot onto the machine, pick one of the gazillion types of buttonhole stitches, and floor the pedal. The machine stops when the buttonhole is completely sewn. You don't even have to change the threading, unless you need a different color or something. I re-watched the buttonhole drama piece and the buttonhole foot is the same as on my machine. So the way I read that was Delvin was in a snit with Nancy and was looking for anything, no matter how minor, to put her in what he thought was her place. It seemed like Christian wasn't having it and stepped in to let Delvin know that he saw right through that BS. I honestly don't know who's the instigator - Delvin, Brittany, or Victoria. It's entirely possible they all feed off of each other. Victoria can shut all the way up on Nancy repeating a pair of pants. She is the absolute queen of variations on a theme. Both Brittany and Delvin seem like mean girls who never mentally got past high school. They both strike me as insecure and needing to put someone else down to reassure themselves. Brittany specifically kept her voice low, like she didn't want people to hear her talking shit. And Delvin had no problem going in on Nancy when she wasn't in the room, but the second he had the opportunity to say it to her directly? He got quiet in a hurry. I'd bet he did the smirk as a way of saving face rather than looking cowardly. The judges seem super convinced of Victoria's ability to fit. I...don't know about that. I think she can fit a tall, thin, flat traditional sample size model. Which is about as easy as it gets, in terms of fitting. And it's possible that she's picked fabrics that have a bit of stretch or are very forgiving (specifically her blue dollar store David Bowie outfit). Her sheer fabric, which had no stretch looked like a hot mess and this satin dress was everything people hate about satin - it looked cheap, ill-fitting, and kind of tacky. On a positive note, Marquis' model was so freaking good. I felt bad for him that everyone was treating him like a barely-sentient piece of meat. It wouldn't be okay if they had done it to one of the female models and it wasn't any better just because the model was male. The model had crisp posture and was really selling the hell out of the regal vibes Marquis' garment was giving. I think Marquis' look deserved to win from a design perspective, but the model giving the right energy made it stand out that much more.
  13. Wandered across this series while Netflix-surfing. It wasn't bad! It hardcore reminded me of Hart of Dixie, though, down to having Tim Matheson play a grumpy doctor who clashes with the main character. I mean, I enjoyed Hart of Dixie, so this was totally watchable.
  14. Victoria really showed her immaturity in this episode. From losing her shit and essentially saying "I'll quit before I let them eliminate me" to giving Christian the cold shoulder because he dared call her out. She cannot go home soon enough. I'm so sad they eliminated Chelsey. I was rooting for her. She seemed to have a lot of good ideas and she always committed to the challenge. At this point I'm rooting for Marquis. I think he would probably benefit the most from the CFDA internship. He has a lot of talent but I think, because he's self-taught, he's missing some things that could take him to the next level.
  15. I think where Marquise really got caught is that trying to tailor for a person who is both busty and plus-size is difficult, if you don't know what you're doing. It's often not just a matter of adjusting tolerances on a standard pattern block, it can be a different pattern block entirely. I swear I heard Christian mention something about a princess seam, but it seems like Marquise didn't quite do a princess seam - there was a side bodice dart and a front bodice dart that created almost a princess seam. An actual princess seam would have been much more flattering on that model because it would have given the close fit without creating all that extra bunching and fabric right at the bust point. Another thing that was contributing to that bunching was that his front bodice darts were really long. For plus size/full bust people, you want those darts to stop farther away from the bust point than you would for a standard size or flatter-chested model. All that being said, Marquise pretty clearly has quite a lot of talent and passion for what he does and I really hope that he gets the kind of mentorship that would teach him what he doesn't know. Also, I think that's the big difference between Brandon encouraging Delvin to stay in his lane and calling Victoria out for being one-note is that making well tailored is a much broader lane. One can make a lot of different shapes that are well-tailored (i.e. flattering in proportion and shape). It seemed like Brandon's big problem with Victoria is that she only knows the one shape (tight, cutouts, hardware for accessories.)
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