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  1. We have come a long way in two generations. A big city newspaper once ran a feature story on the plight of LGBT high school students that included many interviews with both out and closeted teens. In response, the Vice Principal of their school held a press conference the next day where she "assured" everyone that there were no gay students in her school, despite the actual student testimonies, which must have been devastating to those students. I'm glad this episode had a happy ending, but there is still a ways to go with many pockets of bullying and ignorance. God bless teens like the football player's teammates for calling him out on his faux sniping at Oliver while at the same time giving him the reassurance to come out.
  2. Poor Luke. From always getting his head stuck in the railing when he was nine to taking a header tonight, that stair case is out to get him (and everyone else). And being ignored while he obviously has a concussion. "Someone could get hurt!" "I'm getting sleepy...."
  3. Oliver gets detention just for giving the principal a hard time? He never said he was gay, just didn't deny it. It was good that the gay football player's buddies straightened him out over the way he pretended to treat Oliver, but probably not realistic. He's a social star -- the peer nfluence usually goes in the opposite direction. Katy can do the right thing. Who knew? And AnnaKat is growng up. Taylor, too, in baby steps.
  4. Bobbin


    Besides pointing to and calling out the suspect's name from across the street to give him a running start, the other trope in crime shows is that only the show's principals can be called to the scene, any time of the day and no matter how far away they are. At least CSI once or twice acknowledged that LVPD did have a day shift.
  5. As I see it, Sheldon is spoiled, and respected, because he is incredibly gifted. That may be the whole story. But is he also on the autism spectrum? The flaw in that theory is that while he thoughtlessly uses both family and friends, he also is depressed at the thought of being friendless and alone. Love 'em or hate 'em, the more I learn about these characters, the better I understand them. Just like real people.
  6. In fairness, Sheldon deserves more than a footnote. Authors of treatises do give special thanks in the preface to those who contributed in some substantial way. And Sheldon did more than make one suggestion. Dr. Sturgis may have spent years working on his paper, but he wound up re-writing the whole thing after talking with Sheldon. An accusation of plagerism could doom Dr. Sturgis's career, but it wouldn't hurt it to give Sheldon more than a footnote nod. Of course, that would never satisfy Sheldon's demand for equal billing. So in the end, Sheldon deserved what he got: nothing.
  7. I imagine that at that time, maybe few rural towns in Texas had any girl sports. Or soccer teams. A ten year old with an uncompromsing ego. Yikes. So Sheldon got the brains and twin Missy got all the compassion, while Georgie got street smarts. And a heart. Maŕy and George deserve a trophy.
  8. Every episode brings me more respect for everyone in the Cooper family. And the cast. And the writers. Bravo. ETA: There was also irony in that Cal Tech cafeteria lunch room scene that didn't dawn on me at first. Before we saw where they were standing, Sheldon was imagining all of the deeply profound discussions that must take place there! Comparing superheroes, analyzing romantic failures, and endless trivia? The best of times just the same.
  9. Good for Mary not fudging on the facts of Georgie's life. Well played. In just a few minutes she helped Georgie mature by a couple of years. I shed a pre-nostalgic tear or few at the cafeteria reveal, almost as many as when Sheldon was crying at the thought of being alone and friendless for the rest of his life, and then we got a glimpse of each of his future friends, a taste of all that lies ahead. Very well done.
  10. Bobbin


    Thanks. Missed that. My hearing is bad and it's getting harder to read the CC. That changes everything -- never mind! (R.I.P., Emily Litella aka Gilda Radner).
  11. More than his resemblance to their father at that age, I thought the brother and sister shared a close resemblance, more than I've seen in some actual siblings. Good casting.
  12. Bobbin


    Maybe. But that would have been a black eye for the FBI (and compounded the police department's guilt in writing him off). The always get their man, remember. The kidnapping father may not be a gazillionaire, but he's no panhandler. That safe room is bigger than my house. The perfunctory, "There's the suspect! Everyone stare and point, shout his name and start running at him!" And agents can magically locate and get to anyone anywhere in the city in minutes. I don't understand why the woman didn't lead with the fact that she gave the girl bus fare and knew where she was heading instead of having to have it dragged out of her. Or why the father didn't explain his newly-found daughter's story to the police when he reported her missing. Although, I believe that all through the episode he knew, but was in denial, that she had run away. All in all, an entertaining, thought-provoking episode.
  13. The synopsis missing from the top of this thread: a family trip to Paris proves traumatic for Jay, Phil and Cam. So Claire has always had a type, hopelessly romantic magicians. The maitre d', too, I wonder.
  14. Bobbin


    I found that barking annoying, too, until I realized that Jubal isn't just giving orders to his team, he's telling the viewers what's going on. How many times have you seen a spouse or parent of the victim demanding to know, "Why aren't you out DOING something?!" How else would you know what they're doing just seeing them at their desks? Now you know.
  15. Bobbin


    My favorite crime show tropes. Calling out the suspect's name from far enough away to give him a running start. And this exchange: "Do we have any leads on his whereabouts?" "Well, I called every hotel, motel, inn and B&B in the tri-state area and every bar, restaurant and convenience store in New York City." "Any luck?" "Yes, he's in a bar on 49th Street." The unasked question: "Why didn't you lead with that??" Gotta love it.
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