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  1. Chicken Wing

    S15.E19: Silent All These Years

    Nice memory! Nothing is completely implausible but this is still pretty damn close. A gazillion parents would have adopted her as a baby with the heart murmur -- both in spite of it and because of it -- and even if they wouldn't, the idea that 3 is too old to be adoptable? Again, pretty white girl.
  2. Chicken Wing

    S15.E19: Silent All These Years

    That episode was ... intense. A little too much? Like, dial it down a bit and stop bludgeoning me with that hammer a little bit? That said, despite the insanely overwrought melodrama of it all, I thought it was good. It was neat learning Jo's origin. I'm indifferent toward Jo in general -- don't love her, don't hate her -- so I wasn't particularly invested, but it was neat to get a full (and overly tragic) backstory. And also, can the show dial it down with Jo's life sucking? It seems that not only has Grey's dethroned ER as the longest-running medical drama, but they also have Jo now dethrone Abby Lockhart as the most aggressively crapped-on character ever. Not ONLY did she have to change her identity to escape an abusive husband, not ONLY did she have to scrape by living in her car, not ONLY did she grow up bouncing around horrible foster homes, not ONLY was she abandoned at a fire station as a five-day-old baby ... but she was conceived through rape! Good Lord, man. And I agree with others who call bullshit on the notion that a newborn white baby girl wouldn't have been snapped up instantly by prospective adoptive parents. Same thing I used to say about Emma from "Once Upon a Time." I don't know what to make of Jo's attitude toward Vicki once they sat down to talk. She was scared and nervous and hopeful at Vicki's doorstep but very hostile when they were talking for real. Clearly the discovery that her mother wasn't some down-on-her-luck townie just getting by in life did not sit well with her, particularly after having hours to stew on it while she waited at the diner. But I'm not sure what she expected to find or what kind of reaction she thought she'd get. It wasn't really fair to dump her horrible, horrible life (horrible!) on Vicki because it wasn't her fault and obviously not what she intended or predicted, but I get why she had to let it out and Vicki was sitting right in front of her to take it. I thought it was very powerful when Vicki revealed that she hoped that the maternal instinct thing was real and would kick in when she had the baby, that despite how it happened she would be filled with love for her child ... and that she actually did, she loved Jo after all ... but she couldn't bear to keep her, this reminder of the trauma she went through and was still suffering from. And she didn't have a logical, good excuse or explanation why, if she loved her baby but knew she couldn't keep her, she didn't arrange to place her with an adoption agency -- because Jo could understand this reality of being a 19-year-old girl who just can't possibly keep the child that was conceived through an attack, but why leave her at a fire station instead of making sure she had a home? And Vicki makes no excuses for the fact that there was no real excuse for not doing that. She just wasn't in her right mind when it happened. Her rape destroyed her, and she was still broken then and continues to be a little today. Yes, that was a bad move, but she just wasn't capable of making right decisions. And it is what it is.
  3. Chicken Wing

    S15.E09: Shelter From the Storm

    That's because Ellen Pompeo was born in 1969. She's gonna be 50 this year, y'all!
  4. Chicken Wing

    S10.E05: Grace's Secret

    Keeping in mind that this Harry plot twist was almost definitely not in mind when the writers wrote the last nine seasons of Grace's life story, I still don't see why this revelation can't parse with the character we've known. You are correct, sexual confidence is not mutually exclusive with being a survivor. And that actually is exactly my point. I don't see why the eleventh-hour twist about Grace's youth is an incongruous retcon to what we already knew about her. She can have been sexually assaulted by her father's creepy buddy at 15 and be interested in having sex with her closeted boyfriend a few short years later. And we did see over the years that, despite Grace and Bobbi's bickering, she loved her mother very much and it's not a stretch at all to imagine that they kept the Harry incident a secret between themselves all these years and still bickered like the wacky personalities they are besides. I don't see why these things can't be all true. Again, it's obvious this storyline was made up and thrown in to be a heavyhanded tie-in to the real-life movement, but that doesn't mean it can't still fit.
  5. Chicken Wing

    S10.E05: Grace's Secret

    How exactly does someone who was sexually assaulted as a teen act? Why would this not fit with what we already knew about Grace? What should we have been hinted about? This is exactly the point, it happens to a lot of people and you would never ever ever have any idea. Obviously this plot twist was meant to call attention to the #MeToo movement, but that doesn't mean it's contrived or unrealistic to the character. It's not like Grace ever specifically said that she had not ever been sexually assaulted. I will agree though that this storyline right after the college letter one last week is a lot of heavy material back to back.
  6. Chicken Wing

    The Conners

    I'm cautiously interested in checking out the reboot spinoff whatever the hell you call it now. I mean, I'll at least check out the premiere. Can the show, the story, survive without the character of Roseanne Conner? That's a tough one. For me, personally, I was always more interested in the reboot to explore the now-grown kids' lives anyway, and they started to touch on some interesting potential toward the latter part of the 1st/10th season between Becky tentatively making strides to move forward in her life to Darlene grudgingly realizing that she can't hold out for an "I'm too good for all that other stuff" job when she has two kids counting on her to provide for them to D.J. trying to adjust to life after the army. So the material is there. We'll see.
  7. Chicken Wing

    S02.E02: Two Girls Kissing

    Am I the only one who, when we saw Meredith Monroe as Alex's mom, immediately Googled her age? And went, "Goddammit, she's 48?!!" And then felt about a million years old to realize that one of the teen characters from Dawson's Creek (who admittedly never looked like a real teenager) is now pushing 50 and playing the mother of a teen?
  8. Chicken Wing

    S10.E09: Knee Deep

    I've always kind of side-eyed Darlene with the decision to move back home with her kids. I get it, she lost her job, she was at the end of her resources and maybe had nowhere else to go, but she does realize that her parents are barely getting by taking care of themselves, right? They can't afford the extra food and utility expense for three additional people all over again.
  9. Chicken Wing

    S10.E09: Knee Deep

    I don't think Ann Marie worked at Wellman's. I think the first time we see her is in the episode where Becky flips the bird in her class photo, which I think was in the third season. Then she and Chuck come over for the Mother's Day barbecue later in the season, and Chuck becomes a regular poker table fixture after that. I think Dan and Roseanne knew and/or were friends with Chuck and Ann Marie in high school, but I don't think they'd seen each other again until this point. Roseanne didn't recognize Ann Marie at first in the principal's office and didn't know she'd married Chuck.
  10. Chicken Wing

    S10.E09: Knee Deep

    Homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood.
  11. Chicken Wing

    S14.E24: All of Me

    But still. Unless that blanket managed to cover the whole floor, the walls and every object in there (including Elden the Skeleton), odds are you would get a little something on you -- especially when the room is nearly pitch black and you can't even see what you're touching or brushing up against. I actually cringed watching her scampering through the wooded area in that dress.
  12. Chicken Wing

    S14.E24: All of Me

    As we have learned from Derek's car accident scene, April's kitchen cesarean section and now this, ambulances don't operate on a "life or death" urgency in Seattle.
  13. Chicken Wing

    S14.E24: All of Me

    I think all of the characters exist in their own timelines at this point. Ha! I didn't even get that! I was thinking about being careful to keep her dress from touching any dirt. Now I see we meant the other thing. And by the way, HOW did she manage to not get any dirt on her white dress after rutting in an abandoned shed in the dark?
  14. Chicken Wing

    S14.E24: All of Me

    What I hate about April and Arizona's endings is that neither of them, particularly April's, was organic. Neither character was a personal favorite or anything, but I honestly feel cheated as a viewer to know, to see, that their characters' resolutions were what they were for no reason other than the fact that the showrunners decided at the last minute to write the characters out of the show. Arizona's exit story actually had a little bit of buildup, with Sofia having come back months ago and the last several episodes of her being increasingly unhappy and wanting to go back to New York, but you can't help but feel that if Arizona hadn't been written out of the show that her character's journey would have taken a different turn that leaving Seattle to move her daughter back to New York. But at least it made sense for her character to do that, and it wasn't literally out of nowhere. April, on the other hand, got shafted. There's just no other way to describe how I feel about it. There was really no lead up to her deciding to quit her job at Grey Sloan, and her out-of-nowhere reunion with Matthew? What the eff? I honestly feel like the writers didn't even start her exit path until last week's episode, when they decided to give her a showcase episode -- and how much of a showcase is it when she was unconscious the whole time? And now, in this episode, which picks up several weeks later at least, we learn that several weeks earlier she quit her job to do whatever she said, needy communities or whatever, and now, her out-of-nowhere too-soon-after-his-widowhood romance with Matthew culminates in an out-of-nowhere marriage. And the thing is, neither of those things -- getting another job, getting married -- actually involves her leaving Seattle, so technically she doesn't even have to leave the story, so ... her ending doesn't even make sense as a necessary exit from the show, because she's not even going anywhere. It's just really lazy and too obviously predicated on the Powers That Be wanting to get rid of the character and making the decision at the last minute.
  15. Chicken Wing

    S14.E24: All of Me

    This is true. No, April and Matthew obviously didn't have a marriage license so they are not legally married by Washington state law, but that's not the point and I'm sure they're aware of that. What matters is that a minister blessed their union and married them under her vested power and in the sight of God, and that's what counts in their hearts. Later they'll go fill out the paperwork for their union to be recognized by the IRS. :)
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