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  1. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    This is another glaring error in continuity. We KNOW that a disgruntled Aunt escaped to Canada in S1 and exposed a lot of dirt on Gilead, which was a pretty huge PR disaster for them and we saw Fred working hard to mitigate it. Also, the Mexican ambassador's assistant knew who June's husband was, which must mean there is some kind of register of handmaids (and their current postings!) and their real names and biographies, if they were able to make a connection between "Offred" and Luke Bankole. Sure, gaining information from/about Gilead in real time must be challenging. A black hole no one knows anything about? Complete BS.
  2. Joana

    S03.E06: Household

    So did I. I kept waiting and waiting and bloody waiting for something, anything to happen that would move the story forward, no matter how illogical and implausible it might be, because, God knows all logic and reason have left this show long ago. So, when the episode ended with the EXACT SAME SHOT as the previous week, I actually gasped "Well, screw this" out loud, with only my cat as a witness. There was so much nonsense in this episode that I don't even know where to begin and you guys have pretty much covered it all. Aunt Lydia would have probably beaten a handmaid to death had she not been physically stopped mere two episodes ago and now she's all horrified by the treatment of the handmaids? GTFO. When she first inspected that handmaid with her mouth sewn shut I thought she'd be like "Hey, why didn't I ever think of this!" That would have been more in character. At least Chris Meloni still looks good, so that's something. And yeah, he was definitely hitting on Fred pretty hard and not at all subtly. And for a moment there I even thought his wife had hots for Serena. Maybe in the end they all get executed for gender betrayal. I don't really care anymore. I'm convinced that Nick as the Big Bad Meanie is a huge red herring, but his entire story makes so little sense now that I really can't bring myself to care about it. That Canada would even entertain bringing a child back to the hellhole they've already taken near millions of refugees from is pure madness. Please let it stop. And is it just me or Gilead's religious symbolism is now absolutely nothing like what we were shown in S1?
  3. Joana

    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    I don't have a problem with Serena deciding to stay in Gilead. She knows what the perception of her in Canada is and that she's universally despised. And realistically, her life would be in danger. There must be lots of people in Canada who've lost their loved ones that would LOVE to lay hands on her and let her taste her own medicine. She'd have to change her identity and spend the rest of her life hiding. That wouldn't be much of a life, really. And also, while she may hate the hell Gilead has become, she also hates the Western-style liberal democracy, which is why she helped overthrow it in the first place. I don't think she regrets her role in removing the previous government - rather that the new government isn't more to her liking. However, what does annoy me is that her storyline has become so incredibly static. It's the same over and over again. She loathes the world she helped to create and she's obsessed with having a child, which was established in S1 already. And that's it. We really need something to move her story forward. Let's see her actively try to change something in her life. Or have her commit suicide if she's no longer able to cope. Or if they don't want to have her die but aren't willing to let her actually do anything, just write her out, FFS. This has become so boring.
  4. Joana

    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    I also found that scene realistic because I actually fully expect them to be able to get info on the refugees, through their spies or some shady deal with the Canadian government, or a combination of the two. What I don't think is realistic is that they wouldn't have their own people in Canada monitoring Luke from the moment the word got out that Emily had taken off with the baby, as it was a very logical assumption that she'd eventually hand the baby over to him. That they had to rely on a lucky break with the occurrence of a random video of a man (who they were able to identify immediately, so there you go!) holding a baby is simply laughable. As AnwersWanted pointed out, it's nothing but a plot contrivance. And it's also a part of a bigger problem with the show never being quite sure what Gilead's relationship with the modern technologies is. So they use the Internet, drones and... facial recognition software (?), but not tracking devices. Mkay. Of course, if they used those, June wouldn't have been able to escape 30 times by now.
  5. Joana

    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    Also, I call BS on Gilead not being able to locate the baby without that extremely convenient TV footage. So they apparently have no problem getting full access to Holly's full medical information and Luke's employment history and even church records, but they wouldn't be able to figure out in advance that the baby would very likely end up with him and monitor him? Suuuuure.
  6. Joana

    S03 E05: Unknown Caller

    So this was version 1732 of "Serena almost has a change of heart and does the right thing, but in the end she doesn't. Maybe next time!" SMH. If they really want to put her in an redemption arc of whatever sort, they really need to get on with it now. Actually, not now, more like 5 episodes ago. That she was willing to give up the baby she obsessed over so much so she could have a normal life should have been a major breakthrough for her and they should have taken it from there, but now she's completely reverted to her old ways. And June is also responsible for that for indulging her in her delusions about motherhood. "Only a mother could do what you did blah blah blah". Gurl, please. For once, Luke was the MVP of the episode. He had a lot happen to him and managed to take it fairly well (and in a realistic way) without completely falling apart. It didn't bother me that he let Serena hold the baby. I didn't take it as a sign of any sympathy for her, more like a response to her not so thinly veiled threat - she made it clear that she still has power over June and it was reasonable not to agitate her any further. It's also great to see that he and Moira have such a strong bond now and I'd love to see more of them together. I laughed when Aunt Lydia told June that "there would be consequences". When are there ever consequences for anyone on this show. Literally every single major character should have been dead by now, from June to Emily to Janine to Nick to the Waterfords, and hell, even Aunt Lydia herself. If she was so fortunate to miraculously survive being stabbed, savagely beaten and kicked down the stairs, she should have been stripped of her duties and sent to the colonies for doing a piss-poor job with her handmaids, with all the shenanigans they've pulled.
  7. Joana

    S03.E04: God Bless the Child

    I totally agree. Or rather, I don't think it implicates her any more than she's already implicated because no one can be that dumb to seriously believe that her baby just happened to be randomly kidnapped by her former shopping partner without her having any knowledge of it, especially with her history of trying to escape 58 times already. So, if TPTB already let it slide because June is the protagonist of the show and we can't have her hanging on the wall just yet in order to save Fred's face, I don't see how her admitting that she knows Luke (which again is an easily verifiable fact) would additionally incriminate her. If anything, lying about it would probably get her into more trouble and I'm glad that for once she did a sensible thing. And speaking about it, I thought the TV footage of Luke and the baby was entirely unnecessary, unless they want the viewers to hate Luke more than they already do (although, I must say I'm honestly baffled as to why a simple act of taking a baby to a protest can inspire so much vitriolic hatred?). I'm assuming Gilead has its spies in Canada who can easily track Luke down and it would make perfect sense to keep an eye on him and see if June's baby eventually shows up there.
  8. Joana

    S03.E03: Useful

    I'm extremely confused by the scenes with Serena's mother. They didn't seem to be set in Gilead at all. First off, how is she able to have her own property? Isn't that against the laws now? She doesn't dress like the other women. She hosts events where men and women mix freely. Also, has Jesus Christ ever been referenced to in any of the other Gilead-style prayers before? It was all so very strange. Maybe it could have worked as some kind of a flashback to Serena's youth, which would help to explain how she became the person she is. As a part of the present-day storyline, it felt really out of place.
  9. Joana

    Grey's Anatomy Cast & Crew in Other Roles

    One of the most heartbreaking scenes for me in the history of TV, starring our very own Owen! I kinda forgot how handsome he was back then. And come to think of it, his character on Rome was a lot like Owen Hunt, only with incomparably better writing.
  10. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    Ah, but see, this is true romance! According to Grey's Anatomy, of course. And we thought Minnick was bad.
  11. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    That's too harsh. If he and Teddy were still together (and for all he knew, they were), it would absolutely be his business to be there. He and Teddy didn't just have a fling, they'd been together for months and he was there for her for whatever she needed every step of the way. I mean, he was putting together a crib for her baby, FFS. Of course, one could argue he was overly invested in the relationship/his role in raising the baby, and it's perfectly valid, but if Teddy at point had felt that was being too intrusive, she should have spoken up and told him so, instead of letting him think everything was alright.
  12. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    I agree and that's why I really don't blame Amelia for not saying anything to him. She obviously can't break up with him for Teddy (over the phone, no less) and OTOH having him come to the hospital all excited about the childbirth only to witness Teddy's and Owen's newfound love would be cruel. And ultimately, it was up to Teddy. She had enough presence of mind to realize that Tom was waiting for her at home, so she should have been the one to inform him of what was going on.
  13. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    Also, did the show forget that Andrew and Carina are siblings? Was she even aware that her brother was in jail? It's nice that someone acted like a professional for a change and didn't let their personal issues get in the way of their work, but at least I expected a throwaway line like "Great, it all went well, your baby is fine, now I have to see what mess my idiot brother has got himself into". And if the show absolutely has to have a DeLuca on it, I'd gladly take Carina at this point. I seriously can't imagine how they're going to come up with two more seasons of this. Realistically, they only had enough material for like 7-8 episodes in this season.
  14. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    I don't think she was being serious. The way I saw it, she realized how upset Teddy was and wanted to placate her, but couldn't bring herself to outright lie about not feeling anything for Owen, so she decided to be humorous about it and came up with that speech about being in love with everyone in sight. I do wonder if her reference to being attracted to a woman has any further significance. If they wanted to go there, they missed a great opportunity - one word: Arizona.
  15. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    I really think both were in the wrong there. Maggie was possibly more insensitive with her privilege speech, but Jackson wasn't entirely blameless either. I loathe camping, so I can totally relate to Maggie there, but when you agree to something, the least you can do is make an effort. And she didn't, and instead she chose to whine and complain from the get go, so he was perfectly right to be upset about her behaviour. However, he lost me when he started insisting that she should learn how to love camping just because he does. I mean, some people just don't like certain things and it has absolutely nothing to do with some lifelong trauma or stunted development or whatever. It just is what it is. Not being fond of camping is just as legitimate as being enthusiastic about it. But the bottom line is: if a relationship can disintegrate over a camping trip, it really wasn't much of a relationship to begin with. So again, why did we have to waste an entire season on it?
  16. Joana

    S15.E25: Jump into the Fog

    OMG, so I was right last week after all! Meredit did get fired and arrested. But the show doesn't end! Shocking twist! What happens next???! Maybe I'd be excited and all anxious to find out if I was 13. I loved how confident Richard was that Catherine wouldn't let him get fired. And then she did. Hah! He's going to be sooooooo butthurt about it and I'm loving it. The whole storyline is beyond idiotic. Like, does anyone seriously believe all three of them are going to be fired for more than 5 minutes. I was about to stop watching after they got rid of Arizona last year, but then they brought Teddy back in and I've always loved her, so I decided to stay. And then OF COURSE they turn her into a total selfish asshole. She actually let Koracick go home and make a crib for her baby while she was off to proclaim her love to another man?! Why, so she could have someone to return to if what she truly wanted didn't work out? That's not just cold, that's vile. That's seriously one of the worst things a Grey's character has ever done. Kim Raver deserved better writing. Owen always being in love with Teddy is the mother of all retcons. And LOL, so his relationship/marriage with Cristina was also a form of self-sabotage? Way to crap on your history, show. The look on Amelia's face after her conversation with Link? Nope, she's still not over Owen. But, to paraphrase Tyra: we're all rooting for you, girl! You'll get there! I was sure Jo will be magically cured after the golden blood donor's speech and was ready to roll my eyes at it, but then they did a full 180 and have her admitted to psych ward? That does seem like overkill. But whatever, I'm done caring about that storyline. It's awesome how we wasted a whole season on Jaggie and in the end it turns out they don't actually even like each other that much. Maybe Jackson really will be eaten by a bear. Remember Callie/Penny and Arizona/Minnick? Those relationships were FIREWORKS compared to Contacts/HAOG. Yikes. Their scenes are literally painful to watch. And HAOG is a horrifyingly bad actor. When they hired him, they did realize he'd have to keep his shirt on most of the time, didn't they?!
  17. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    Also, Meredith's reaction. You'd think she'd be beyond livid to find out DeLuca had used her daughter's documents to commit the fraud; instead she took his side and was pleading with him not turn himself in. There's no way Catherine would have missed that.
  18. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    That was Owen's original plan, but the woman was too scared that something could go wrong and she'd start bleeding and he wouldn't be able to stop it, so she refused to give blood unless she was in a hospital.
  19. Joana

    Spoilers and Spoiler Speculation: Benchmarking

    Storywise these promotions don't really matter, as all those people were treated like regulars anyway. In fact, I was convinced that (the actor playing) Link was a regular. Now what I'm curious about is whether it means those actors are getting a pay rise, and if so, will someone be let go in order to even it out. And I don't think they've been setting up anyone's departure, except maybe DeLuca's. A lot of people seem to be convinced that Owen and Teddy are leaving, but I just don't see it. At this point it's hard to imagine that the show's Owsession will ever end, but realistically, I don't know how their exit would be explained. "Let's move to Germany (where neither of us have jobs currently!) and take our two very small children with us"? That's even dumber than Callie's move to New York, which was at least set up months in advance. I feel like Jesse Williams has been phoning it in a lot lately and I don't think his absence would be noticed that much, but I can't imagine how/why he'd leave either. Unless he dies in some tragic accident (saving Maggie's life!!!) next week, but I really don't believe it will happen.
  20. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    If it was just a case of "the heart wants what it wants", I'd be more than fine with it. She just doesn't love Koracick enough, which sucks for him, but that's life. And anyway, my unpopular opinion is that he only comes across so good because everyone around him sucks beyond comprehension at this point. My problem is that she loves Owen and supposedly always has. And that's ridiculous. Like I said in a previous post, if they had ever had an actually meaningful relationship and a real foundation to build something new upon, then yeah, go for it. But they never had anything close to it. The show has beaten us over the head again and again with how not only was she never the first option for him - she was never an option to begin with. And really, their imaginary love story should have been over 10 years ago when they BOTH chose different people (remember, Teddy really loved Henry!) and moved on with their lives, so why we're going back to it and have it dragged out over the entire season really is beyond me.
  21. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    I was actually trying to remember who said the other night, so well done! *applauding* Totally agree about the way Amelia talks too. I've come to like her a lot recently, but damn, when she gets into a long-winded speech and starts emphasizing random words/syllables in her cutesy manner, I just want to slap her. It makes my ears bleed.
  22. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    I agree, except I don't think he was doing it to protect the integrity of the patient. To me it looked like he was still pouting because he was proven wrong and the man did need a scan and it wasn't just an ortho problem. And being an asshole in general, because apparently that's how he is. I don't know where they're going with his storyline, but I sincerely hope it ends with him leaving next week. Re: Teddy and Owen: I could get it if they actually ever had a relationship. Some relationships are toxic and the people involved are clearly not right for each other, but they still can't let it go. It's very unfortunate, but those things happen. BUT, Owen and Teddy only had sex once and the rest of their history consists of her pining for him and him choosing other women over her time and again. Not to mention there were patches where they didn't even see each other for years, so for Teddy to proclaim that Owen is the only man who ever made her feel excited or whatever is SERIOUSLY screwed up and I'm not sure the writers understand (or care) just how pathetic they're making her seem.
  23. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    I was cheering SO hard for this to happen and I really, really believed it would, despite all odds and evidence to the contrary, even after witnessing Teddy swooning over Owen's Heroic Efforts (because, really, it makes absolute sense to send the most incompetent intern and a trauma surgeon to deal with a severely agoraphopic person, instead of, you know, a psychiatrist), but noooooooo. I just can't see how it can go from Teddy saying she loves Owen to Amelia's face and Amelia being fine with it, to Owen and Amelia ending up together. Nope. This is the outcome I've dreaded all season and it's finally here. And Teddy, gurl, I love you, but if you insist on ruining your life, hey, who am I to stop you. So Jo opens up to Saint Meredith of Selflessness because of course she does and yawnzzz. They should have done this like 5 episodes ago and spared us all that nonsense BS. I could have lived without revisionist history (Jo saved Alex!!!) and making Jo's mother look like a bad person, though. Maybe Jackson and Maggie will be eaten by a bear. I wouldn't mind it. So, DeLuca has now proven his unconditional love for Meredith, his legal issues will be magically settled next week, she'll tell him she loves him too and they'll live happily ever after. Man, I'm so glad this season is ending and I cannot believe I actually watched all of it.
  24. Joana

    S15.E24: Drawn to the Blood

    Next episode: Meredith fesses up and gets arrested and fired. The show ends. I cheer. LOL, no, that's not gonna happen. But it should.
  25. Joana

    S15.E23: What I Did for Love

    Yeah. He could have simply said that the guy collapsed while he was buying flowers. There was absolutely no need to mention the name of the person he was buying flowers for. That was so immature. But then again, so is Contacts. I think the lucky lady winning the Owen's Love Lottery is Teddy, mostly because he interacted with Amelia a lot more in this episode and that is probably a red herring. OTOH, he did say that he "doesn't feel guilty" about wanting her, which may point towards Amelia as I think he feels entitled to Teddy and wouldn't feel any guilt about it whatsoever. But hey, maybe he wants BOTH of them. It wouldn't be out of character, actually. Maggie and Jackson are just background noise at this point. Are we supposed to be invested in their relationship? Because the show has certainly never given us any reason to.
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