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    S01.E04: Big Expectations

    I've never had the bread stick to the pan. It toasts and browns just fine. I have not had a grilled cheese sandwich in quite a while. What I typically do now is slice a jumbo English Muffin, put it in the toaster oven until toasted, put a slice of cheese on top of each until it's melted and eat it open faced. I remember going to a diner once years ago and they had open face English muffin with cheese on the menu. So I ordered it and they put butter on the muffin after toasting it and then the cheese. I had to send it back. I thought it was awful. And I like butter!
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    Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole

    This show feels like it’s 3 hours long. This week, we have Otis. At 16, who received three life sentences for breaking into a woman’s house and shooting both her and her daughter. The daughter was shot in the face and her teeth were all over the floor and the lower half of her face was just gone. Unable to speak, she was able to write a note saying that a black male had entered the house and demanded money. When the mother refused, he shot them. The following day, Otis’s name came up as a possible suspect when a witness came forward to tell cops that Otis told her that he broke into the home and shot the residents. Police in the area were very familiar with Otis and his criminal record and picked him up. Under questioning, he admitted to the shooting and showed no remorse. The detective said he almost sounded proud of it. He called the victims “bitches” in his statement and was more upset that he was caught than about what he did. The mother died, the daughter survived, and since the incident has had 32 reconstructive surgeries on her face. Otis took a plea and received three life sentences. His lawyer says that Otis did indeed commit those crimes and it is not an issue of guilt or innocence. He claims that Otis is a human being with potential and a different person than the one who committed these crimes. I would like to take a moment to point out here that the young woman who has had 32 facial surgeries to try to fix her exploded face and has to take over a dozen medications daily and is afraid to leave the house is not the same person she was back then either. Neither is her mother. The daughter is interviewed and is very obviously a changed person. She looks absolutely AMAZING for a person who had the bottom of her face shot off. She does not like to go out in public and needs medication in order to be around people. She said that any time she goes somewhere, people ask her, “What happened?” I raised en eyebrow at that comment because I must say that I don’t notice anything that would make me wonder about that if I saw her in public and I cannot imagine people asking a person with a deformity, “Hey, what happened?” I get where she is coming from though because she sees and feels abnormal now due to all the reconstruction but still, that remark seemed off to me. She is clearly heavily affected by the trauma she experienced and-- meds or not-- will never be the same. She does not feel safe anywhere anymore. Otis’s mother insists that he was just a child and would never do anything like that again. Otis is 36 now and interviewed via a camera pointing at a pay telephone in the prison. He says it was dangerous and he fought and argued with people when he first got to prison but over his 20 years so far, he has tried to grow from it and stop the negative behavior. Otis insists that we just don’t know the whole story. His “whole story” is that he was a child and didn’t go in there to shoot anyone. My take on the “whole story” is that he had a gun and a mask, he wanted money, he saw two young women home alone and decided to rob them and when they resisted he “shot the bitches.” His new attorney makes a disingenuous statement when he says it’s wrong to keep someone locked up who committed a crime while they were in the 8th grade. When I was 16, I was a junior in high school. In court, he plans to tell the judge how much he’s grown. Hopefully, the victim’s sister and the daughter who survived will appear to point out that their mother, shot dead at 34 by this guy, has not grown since this happened. We are taken through Otis’s childhood pictures and mom tells us that he’s always been a good kid. He came from a two parent family in which mom and dad worked opposite shifts so someone was always home. But then dad started “running around” and they got divorced. Mom says that’s when all the trouble started. He blamed mom for the divorce, he started hanging in the streets, getting into trouble. At 12, he became part of a gang and so begins committing crimes. Otis insists though that it was not his parents’ divorce that led him to the gang life, he just always wanted to hang out with older people and was attracted to that life because it was fun and cool. Note the word “wanted” in that sentence. Well, he got what he wanted: the excitement and fun of committing crimes. And now he gets to pay for that. The psychologist says living in an environment in which there is a lot of crime can lure kids to do stupid things that can escalate to criminal behavior. I tend to tune out this portion of the program because I think the comments these professionals make are heavily dependent on which side is paying for the commentary. At 12, Otis was arrested for an armed robbery and when Mom asked the judge to send him to a boys’ home the judge said no because Otis had a home and parents. The judge gave him 20 years probation and everyone -- including the victims' family-- seems to agree that had they put Otis in prison at that time, this crime would not have occurred. That may be true but that argument rings hollow to me. No one knows what sentence he would have gotten or how things would have been different. Mom believes that the system failed her. Otis’s original attorney takes us on a tour of the old neighborhood and insists that Otis never had a chance in that kind of environment. His drug addiction was because someone else gave it to him and he became hooked. The attorney says that in Otis’s drug addled state of mind, he felt he needed to protect himself from the two women so he shot them. First Otis tells us he doesn’t remember anything. I wonder if he remembers telling the police— at the time— exactly what he did, how and when he did it, and pointed out that he “shot the bitches.” Then he tells us that he knocked on the door and they opened it and let him in. He says at one point he freaked out and when he did, one of the women tried to grab the gun and it was an accident that they were shot. Mom says he didn’t mean to shoot anyone. Otis says he regrets it. Says he's changed. He’s been sober for 20 years and never had any disciplinary write ups in prison. His original attorney calls him a model inmate. That is great, but does not erase the crime that was committed and being good should not be reason to let a murderer go free. The daughter doesn’t want him out and is terrified of making a statement at the hearing but she and her husband say that she "has to." We’re told that the hearing was delayed and a new date was not set yet. Mom’s frustrated because she wants him out and waiting is difficult. The reason for the delay is because his attorney has been working on a deal with the DA behind the scenes. Otis got three life without parole sentences on these charges and his attorneys are trying to get that changed to life with parole. This would mean that he could be eligible for parole after serving 30 years. Since he has served about 20 now, in 10 years he’d be eligible for a parole hearing and may or may not get out at that time. They eventually make an agreement and 36 year old Otis will become eligible for parole at age 46. The daughter is terrified that if he’s ever released, he will come looking for her. Otis believes that of course he should be given a chance. He claims that he regrets what he did every day. The daughter was given an opportunity to attend the hearing during which a judge will decide whether or not to make the agreement official. She declined. I found that strange because she and her husband both said that she “had to” attend the re-sentencing hearing to show why he should not be let out, but now she is not going to the hearing to plead with the judge to say no because she lives in fear of her life. She is very upset at this deal, and I don’t quite understand why she won’t attend the hearing. She shows us about a dozen bottles of medications that she has to take every day: anti-anxiety, depression, pain meds and a whole slew of antibiotics. Her sister is planning to speak at the hearing on behalf of the family “in two weeks.” We are then given a “To be continued,” tag at the end of the program. I found that to be VERY strange as the hearing will either be yay or nay and I don’t see material worth another hour (this hour already felt like three) so maybe there is some sort of major twist coming? Why didn’t they just hold the show in the can until the hearings were all over and close it up with this one program? I guess we’ll see. I didn’t buy Otis’s sincerity. I appreciate that he’s sober and doesn’t get in trouble in prison but to give gold stars for doing what you are supposed to do don’t fly with in any aspect of life. I don’t see anything praiseworthy about him behaving and it does not seem as though he was a proactive inmate that took advantage of education programs or vocational training. He seems to have just kind of hung out for the past 20 years. I just can't agree with letting this guy out. All of his good behavior doesn’t bring back that young mother and it does not take away the desperate pain, both emotional and physical, that the daughter has to live with on a daily basis.
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    S01.E04: Big Expectations

    That's been pointed out a few times. I never had it like that. Just cheese and bread on a hot pan or in a panini press. Maybe I'll try it with butter sometime.
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    S01.E04: Big Expectations

    Interesting. Never had that. It's just cheese on bread closed in a panini type machine. Doesn't the butter make it taste all greasy?
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    S01.E04: Big Expectations

    Butter on grilled cheese sounds gross to me. 🙂 Never heard of that. I'm joining the "More Ludwig" train though.
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    S01.E04: Big Expectations

    Overall a pretty boring episode. Felt like 90% of it was filler conversation. The overweight blonde lady with the abs guy is the Danielle of this season, however, I think Danielle had mental defects and this lady is going in with eyes wide open. Another complete fool. Paul and Karine are gross, dirty looking people. That's all I got on them. Jenny comes across as entirely too desperate and Sumit is going to tire of that. So he's terrified of his family seeing him with Jenny so his answer to that is to lie and move two hours away to a "business hub" in which many of his family members live and work? Okay. He comes across as very sincere renting a nice place and buying all that stuff. What the heck is the catch here? The lady going to South Africa: her son saying that he's going to hug the guy so much and wants him to be his dad was so sad. She's obviously been telling her son that this is his new dad. Awful. Way to go dragging your son into this kind of mess, mom. And just when something worthwhile is about to happen, the show ends.... As an aside: I realize that it is probably manufactured drama for the show but the whole "where are they?" scenes at the airports drives me crazy. Someone is relocating or visiting you and you're an hour or more late to meet them so they get to sit there worrying and waiting?
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    As I remember it, she was posting on SM that she was in danger so he deactivated her phone.
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    I laughed so hard at this that I had to go back and watch and I did not see Winter punch Pedro or put him in a headlock. I saw her with her hands on this shoulders trying to pull him away.
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    I think I remember when this happened. When Larissa locked herself in the bathroom, she went on social media telling people that she was locked in the bathroom and in danger so people watching/reading that began placing calls to the police. Seems Coltie wanted to prevent her from telling people what was going on there. Not a fan of Larissa but I got a scary vibe. I mean, she could have left the house or just locked herself in and refused to come out until Colt calmed down or shut his trap or whatever, but it's taking a pretty big step to go on social media and tell the world that you are, at that moment, in danger.
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    Couldn't agree more. I don't get why because Andrei worked two jobs in Ireland that that is somehow proof that he is a hard worker. He worked those jobs because he had no one to pay his way. Now we have Libby's pushover dad, who whines a good game but at the end of the day will pay for anything for Libby. Andrei knows this very well. His expressions of disgust with regard to relying on dad may be designed to make us think he's not happy with it but on the inside he's gleeful that he can sleep until noon, hang at the gym and live the leisure life. If he was that enraged and wanted nothing from Libby's father, he would take a trucking job, work at Target, collect cans, do WHATEVER it took to not have to accept anything from the father. But he doesn't. He continues to take and then whines about having to take.
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    MAFS Social Media, Spoilers & Speculation

    I didn't get that vibe at all either. He came across to me as resigned to the fact that they were not compatible and halfheartedly went along until it was over. He made little to no effort with Jasmine because he wasn't interested in her because there was zero compatibility there. Not sure where the idea that Jasmine was criticized because she is a black woman came from. I certainly never saw any evidence of that here or on any sites discussing the show. She was criticized because she came across, to me, as being inflexible and demanded the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" treatment. Will obviously had zero interest in that. Good for him.
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    I thought the same thing but thought it was probably the lighting. Wow. I will have to rewatch because I don't remember him saying that and I'd be shocked if one sister told him straight up that she would not invite the other sister. They haven't held back when it comes to Andrei so I'd be shocked if she did that. I agree with you. This was a far cry from couples who plan separate vacations (as I have in the past with zero concerns). He left in anger with a one way ticket. I think Chantel was stupid to go there because there was no way it was going to make things better but I also think Pedro didn't leave her much choice. Had he been a grown up (and I like Pedro and hate Chantel) and said he needed time alone at home to sort things out, it would have been better than telling his wife he bought a one way ticket and had no idea if or when he was coming back. That's a far cry from a marriage in which the couple travels separately for leisure or whatever. The way he said "Take a seat" to her was a command as if he was in charge. I cheered when she she went right back at him. As much as I cannot stand this guy and think he's a complete loser, I totally disagree with Libby telling him to shut up in front of her sister.
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    S04.E08: Nowhere to Run

    I look so forward to posting here every week and then going back and reading what others have said about this trainwreck. Is there some online version of this show available between episodes or something? I don’t understand. Every week I watch the episode and then the next week comes and they say, “Previously, on 90 Day….” and proceed to show scenes that I did not see the prior week. So weird. Colt and Larissa keep bringing the crazy even though this is so four months ago. Colt is just such a gross looking schlub. WTF kind of way is that to count out money? Chantel says she came to the DR “to help YOU” to Pedro. I so wish he’d cut her loose. He will be in misery forever if he stays with her. It truly shocks me that anyone can find Chantel’s ass attractive. It looks deformed to me. FF past Russ and Pao. Not interested. Ashley and Jay are nothing more than a broken record week after week. Jay’s sister wonders why after only 3 days he did whatever. How about because he’s a 20 year old player. Maybe it’s a cultural thing but I would not be comfortable with having my spouse’s sister engaging with me in a group confrontation about his infidelity. Jay is full of shit with his, ‘You’ll never understand because you’re not an immigrant.” Give me a break. You’re 20 and love playing the field. So you chase women. It’s just that simple. Libby sisters throwing her a shower, and then they leave early because Andrei is upset? Unbelievable. She’s a fool and an look forward to a lifetime of this. I’m just not seeing any appeal whatsoever in Andrei. It’s clear that he expects to be catered to at home, make the rules, and get to sit around until a job that he wants and likes comes along. Then when he gets tired of that, he’ll walk away and put it on Libby to deal with. Libby has no one to blame but herself. Andrei came into this thinking once they married, she would cut off her entire family. When she was going on about Andrei being head of the house ::gag:: he thought she'd do whatever he wanted. Thank GOD her sisters have a backbone and are telling Andrei essentially to fuck off.
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    MAFS Social Media, Spoilers & Speculation

    I thought Jasmine had a customized version of "traditional roles." Her attitude was not an "I believe I should stay home and I see the man as the head of the house who will pay for everything while I tend to the home and raise children." She was more of a "Why should I spend my money when I can spend your money?" type of person. She threw out the traditional nonsense to try to cover for her selfishness which to me did not work. I knew all there was to know about her when she threw the no 50/50 eye roll at him and her attitude was further cemented when she was being all superior and putting down his desire to coach and give back to the community because it didn't bring in money.
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    S.09 E.01: Nice To Marry You

    I found Iris to be very irritating. I got a bit of a high strung vibe and I don’t deal well with that. I LOVE her mom though. I though they were going to pair Iris with Greg which I thought would be a better pairing. I don't have all the names down yet but I'm not feeling this pairing at all. Elizabeth is going to drive me insane this season. I can’t stand her already and her proclamations that she’s hilarious and wonderful and blah blah. Her father is weird, she works for him so there’s no breakaway from the family. There doesn’t seem to be any boundaries there which means that she will share all of her business with the family. If she was not on the show though, there would be no crazy and it would be boring. I am not a fan of Jamie at all. He comes across as a total stick in the mud, stuffed shirt, boring guy with no sense of humor and his list of expectations made me laugh and ask, “And just what do you bring to the table here?” He seems to be very well off so at least he’ll be able to keep Elizabeth in the lifestyle to which she has become accustomed but I think her personality will drive him crazy. Since I can’t stand his type, I look forward to seeing that. I don’t think his parents will be overly thrilled with her either. I think Greg is unattractive and get a kind of demanding vibe from the gal that has not dated in 10 years. Her lack of dating experience coupled with her still holding tight to a grudge on a high school boyfriend who probably cheated on her does not paint her as a very mature person. It’s like her emotional growth got stunted 10 years ago. I was so happy that they chose Matt and Amber over Raven and Matlin. Raven’s voice was so grating. It certainly looks like these two have the chemistry going on but part of me thinks that both of them are so incredibly desperate for a spouse that they would have been all over anyone put in front of them. Matt’s broken relationship with his parents over their divorce is a bit odd. I wonder how much info about that we’ll get. They need to stop with all the long drawn out conversations and preparations in the first episode and just get the damn weddings done. Next week we have to sit through more waste filler prep and two more weddings when we could be moving along if all the marriages were done.
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