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    Best Baker In America

    If Jason just eliminated his over-the-top "That makes me as happy as an armadillo on the side of the road in a puddle!" comments, I could deal with him a LOT more. It was interesting seeing the two judges disagree, but I was disappointed the guest judge didn't step in with her thoughts about flavor when they did disagree. If one judge says "Too much saffron" and another says it was fine...what did the third judge think?
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    If you're on Twitter, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been watching and tweeting with various friends throughout the series. His guest for the finale will be...Nicole Fosse. Should be interesting!
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    S04.E21: Sandra's Fight/S04.E22: Employee Appreciation Day

    The best part of Kelly distracting that ICE agent was that at the beginning, he was clearly still on the job--his eyes were scanning around, trying to find Mateo. But by the end, he was just staring at her with dead eyes. It worked perfectly for her!
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    Best Baker In America

    This is why having Jason as a judge just bums me out. His mannerisms annoy me, and I don't think he has the background to judge these bakers.
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    Best Baker In America

    I love the skill level of the competitors, but Jason...I just can't with him. He seems to get more over-the-top every time he pops up on something.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    In one little speech, the worker at the cafe showed more charisma than Enjolras. It's such a disappointment. I do like the focus Grantaire is getting; I've always had a soft spot for him. The treatment of Javert is horrific. Javert would never, ever be like, "Whatever!" about the student uprising because of Valjean. He cares about the rule of law--THAT is his focus. Valjean is an insult to him because of that, but a bunch of people rising up in the streets is ALSO a threat to that.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    He had saved a ton of money from his time as factory owner--we saw him dig some of it up. Presumably after he had the cash in hand, he rented the house. He probably continued to go outside the convent during his years working there--or, at least, got a newspaper or however people rented/found lodgings back then. I've read the book, but it's been many, many years. Can someone remind me whether Javert remained THIS focused on Valjean throughout those years? My impression of him was more that Valjean haunted him, but not to the point that he was constantly brooding in his office and telling his subordinates that he WILL get that man! More like, he focused on progressing through his career, but kept an ear to the ground about Valjean. Just in case.
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    I loved this episode. The whole Pippin finale sequence was just amazing.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    I hadn't really minded the characterization of Javert before this, but he really started to bother me this episode. He's so shouty. I just can't imagine Javert yelling that much at a woman's deathbed.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    I think someone else has recommended it in this thread, but if you're interested in Les Mis and early 19th century France, I highly highly recommend The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables. It provides a lot of information about Hugo life in that period.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    I'm really curious about where the future episode breaks will be. I'm enjoying this a lot; very, very well done.
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    Les Misérables (2018)

    I appreciate it showing the story chronologically; it's a different way to think about the characters. That said, I'm not sure about some of the direction (the montage, the shots of trees, etc.). It seems a bit slow, but I'm intrigued enough to see how it plays out.
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    Spring Baking Championship

    The guy who went home has been in the bottom two every week, I think. It was probably a culmination of everything elimination.
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    S04.E16: I Have a Date Tonight

    I'm just hoping that the finale addresses Rebecca's life outside her love life. So she picks Josh or Nathaniel or Greg...or no one even. But then she still needs to figure out what she wants. Musical theater wasn't the answer she thought it was. Does she decide to throw herself into Rebetzel's? Working with the women in jail? Something else? At this point, that's what I want to know, much more than what guy she picks.
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    S04.E15: I Need to Find My Frenemy

    Hell yeah. Nerdy Nathaniel is super hot.
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    The Other Two

    Plus, by them calling it out by name, you also got Molly Shannon saying she hadn't seen it, with the addition that Cary sat watching the mom and Brooke watch it.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    I had written Paige off as having too much frosting, but when you looked at the slice from the side, there was very very little frosting on top, which offset that center section having a lot of frosting. But I agree. I wasn't wowed by any of the finale cakes.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    Agree with both of these points. I don't know if it was the edit or what, but Davis just never seemed genuine. It seemed that he was always aware of how he looked, and it was a bit off-putting. (I wonder if that may be because of his age--13 is a rough age.) He definitely has his basic baking skills down--he consistently got things baked faster than everyone else--but I don't know that he always had the baking touch (I feel like Meadow may have had more consistent bakes in terms of flavor and actual bake, but I'd have to rewatch). His decorating skills are obviously far and away ahead of everyone else, but I like that the best tasting cake won. Except that this is the format of TONS of competitions--not just Food Network competitions, but Great British Baking Show, but sports. You win to get to the finale. And then hope that you have a good day.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    Paige reminds me the travel host, Samantha Brown. Davis definitely deserves to win, though I won't be happy about it. He just grates on me. I'm annoyed Meadow didn't win this past week, as she had a better bake and didn't put something unappealing on the plate. Davis would've won points with me if he had realized his ice cream wasn't working.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    I liked Madison and was sad to see her go, though it was certainly a bad week for her. She managed to do chocolate and peanut butter OK a few weeks ago, even though that isn't what she wanted. It didn't seem like she was trying this week. Davis's monkey looked really good on the table when he made it, but standing up, it looked...not great. I think part of it is that proportionally (compared to the "volcano") it was huge. And the head looked weird. He's the one to beat, even if he's my least favorite.
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    S03.E06: A Coburg Quartet

    Leopold clearly knows what's up with Feo; hopefully next episode, he'll confront Albert about what an idiot he's being. And ugh, I couldn't care less about the duchess and Joseph. It'd be nice if they gave a reason for us to like Joseph, other than him frustrating Penge, who is also annoying. But as is, Joseph is an idiot and deserves what's coming to him. I do feel bad for the duchess, though.
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    Kids Baking Championship

    I need this in gif form. Agreed. Davis is very talented, but he also really lucked out getting goat cheese; that was probably the easiest of the ingredients. He also just annoys me, even though I know he's quite good. Maybe if he stopped with the over-the-top surprise whenever he's complimented.
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    Say Yes To The Dress

    I think the problem with the "Northern Edition" for me is that I feel like that's just what normal bridal dress shopping would be. (Also, the store seems REALLY odd--almost like a pop up. It just feels temporary.) It's almost like watching brides trying on dresses at David's Bridal. The dresses are fine, but it's just not as interesting to see someone trying on more "normal" dresses.
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    S03.E01: Uneasy Lies The Head That Wears The Crown

    I got the feeling it was changing careers--they'd run a shop (?) together. Or something. She'd still be working. But yeah, it'd be quite a change from dressing the Queen.
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    S11.E07: Kerblam!

    Yeah, I had that issue, too--I got the feeling that getting a Kerblam package was something special, but that means that it can't really also be as ubiquitous as Amazon deliveries. I didn't think this episode was particularly hard on Amazon; it was a knock on automation, but it could've come down a LOT harder on the many problems that Amazon has that have nothing to do with automation. As far as the blood pressure meds, I assumed that was because at that moment, it was an emergency, so the Doctor's heart rates were up.