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  1. AmyBre

    The Romanoffs

    I think her husband knew but didn't care. He seemed happy and settled into his upper middle class life and didn't need any disruptions. I liked the dialogue at the cafeteria inside Bergdorf Goodman where a simple burger costs $23 and a coffee 12 bucks. A friend explained that the pricing is done to keep the riff raff out. If you can pay that much for those staples, then you are one of us and get membership.
  2. AmyBre

    The Romanoffs

    So far, I absolutely love episode 1, 2, 4 and 5. Masterfully put together, just as Mad Men was, kudos to Mr. Weiner. Every episode plays like a movie and has enough effort and money put into it and that it feels like one. Look at the wardrobe, the house on episode 5 was to die for. Someone else commented on the music, both classical and popular. Casting for all characters on the 1st episode was perfect, as was that amazing apartment. I have been in apartments like that in New York and Paris and they are even more splendid in person. The aunt played the arrogant, self centered older lady to a T. Reminded me of my grandmother and her stories of old money when she was little, and her dignity and pose, despite being broke for most of her adult life. I looked up the actress and saw that she's been around for a while. The actress who played Hajar was beautiful without the scarf. Best line from the episode "even hypochondriacs get sick". I also felt that the 3rd episode was a waste of talent. The whole dream within a dream thing lost me. I think he slept with Hajar because he felt attracted to her because she was a truly interesting person. When Hajar and her mother come back with the news of the pregnancy, he's actually relieved that he doesn't have to deal with his high maintenance girlfriend. Girlfriend was nice looking but who needs all that drama. True, the racism was repulsive but it's meant as a backdrop for the aunt softening up later and for opening up to Hajar and eventually feeling such a connection to her that she bequeaths her most precious possession to her.
  3. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    I'm very impressed by the range of age, education, income levels and ethnic groups on this forum. I guess it's true that in the end, in our most private moments, we are all the same and for the most part want the same things. As messed up and clueless as most of the participants of this show may be, I always find something to reflect on, for myself or someone close to me. Other shows deal with interpersonal relationships, but none have the pressure cooker 90 day threshold thing. None have the legal and money related issues. Notice how there's no discussion of real issues between the couples. On some of the issues, I might be slightly smarter only because I have made the same mistake before. Marriage and having children are seen by many as the ultimate commitment and to watch people take the plunge "just like that". Jesus please, take the wheel!!! What makes 90 day so addictive? Why do smart people with their stuff together keep coming back to it? I thought it was entertainment but entertainment can never hold your attention for so long. Thoughts?
  4. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    Average salary for a Software engineer in Las Vegas, NV is $76,263.00. Colt lives with his mother (pays little or no rent). Drives a shit car fully paid for and worth $800. Dresses straight out of Goodwill. All in all a very frugal life, admirable but I have to wonder, where is Colt's money? Larissa may have smelled that money and figured that out and decided to take an exploratory vacation for 89 days to see if she can find it. Source: https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Software_Engineer/Salary/20db5d08/Las-Vegas-NV
  5. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    This made me laugh because I often think of how low can men go. Copied from Google Images (not mine)
  6. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    About Colt and Larissa, I have a couple of friends who live in Las Vegas and absolutely despise the strip and all that neon and the tourists. Same for New York and Times Square. My friends in Vegas visit restaurants NOT on the strip and avoid that area as much as possible, unless they have to go to one of the hotels for work. By the way, Vegas is one of the best cities for immigrants and for young people starting out. Lots of jobs at all levels. Larissa should be able to find employment at one of the hotels once she's legal to work. But something tells me that TLC is going to arrange a modeling photoshoot for her. I bet $50 that before episode 4 there will be talk of modeling or a photo shoot for either Larissa or Fernanda, neither of which can pass for real models but who cares if the viewers can see some skin and get their hopes up. I could see them handing out samples of products at the mall or working the makeup counter, but not actually professional modeling. By the way Paola, dancing in reggaeton videos does not a model make. This reminds me of Leida being a beauty queen. Certain countries have a culture of etiquette and modeling academies for young girls. Many of these for-profit companies organize pageants competing with similarly fake "academies". These were very famous in the 90s and early 2000s until many were legally shut down. It is possible that Leida attended and participated in one of these pageants. I went to college with a girl who went through this and after being out of that world for many years and at 20 years of age, she still talked about having been the winner of a pageant when she was little. The very funny movie "Little Miss Sunshine" is built around a child pageant as well. All very interesting and sad and pathetic.
  7. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    It reminds you of previous participants because it's the same formula and TLC has a name for each of these characters. The characters are the same, the only thing that changes is the persons starring in those roles for the season, i.e., the cast. The forgotten/neglected woman (Darcey, Danielle, Nicole, etc) The manchild/momma's boy. The dark skin hustler (Jamaican dude, Nigerian Prince) The almost good looking guy (Jesse, Jonathan, Azan). etc. The clueless divorced older dude with a very young and almost pretty young lady.......TLC brings back the same characters because they work, they draw attention and they sell commercials. This program is a gold mine and I'd bet my first born that it's making TLC and Sharp Entertainment lots of money. Exactly. I can imagine Leida and her sister looking at the skyline of Manhattan as they were driving to Pennsylvania, with watery eyes.....
  8. AmyBre

    S06.E02: Young and Restless

    The production company could be the ones driving the couples to use AirBNB. Mr. AmyBre manages rental properties in a large Metropolitan city and always gets approached by film companies. The process to obtain insurance for vacation rental is quick and easy and releases the filming crew from liability, should anything break. It also allows filming without disrupting the private space of the persons. Example, perhaps Kalani lives in a studio apartment -- remember Chantel and Luis -- and doesn't want her private space made public. I could see a privacy concern as well. What I couldn't understand is why didn't Eric and Leida have TLC/Sharp pay for a hotel or an AirBnB in New York City. Why put them through such a long flight and then 3 hours of driving? Why did Eric drive all those hours into NYC? If Leida is such as cosmopolitan woman of the world, why didn't she ask to be housed in New York?
  9. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    This is a "closer to the truth" physical comparison to Moana. But as we know, it's all in the eye of the beholder.
  10. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    Would this show have lasted for so long or have had as many spinoffs if people follow your extremely intelligent advice? It can't all be ill-advised internet hookups! ? This show only exists as long as the participants are not serious people. This show is fueled by immaturity, by sex-starved geeks in search of subsidized adventures and attention, of overlooked women (Nicole, Danielle, Darcy), older decrepit men with little or nothing going for themselves and their women who know full well that these men are not long term but barely a vessel to bring them out of poverty into the land of gold-paved streets. This show mocks poverty and hunger. It highlights the importance of education and how many are lacking and barely making a living in their poor countries. I almost want to tell my daughters to study hard and behave themselves or they'll end up at "90 Day Fiance". I don't do that but it crosses my mind. A couple of seasons ago there were "Matt and Alla". Alla seemed educated and a woman of principles. Matt seemed upper middle class and slightly intelligent. If you recall, aside from dumb comments from Matt's friend, there was little drama to their case. These cases are exceptions and, as someone else pointed out to me, not raunchy, not saucy and just normal people who no one will take time out of their Sunday night to see. The majority of the participants are train wrecks, not only in the pseudo relationships they put themselves in, but also in their day-to-day lives. TLC and Sharp Entertainment know that and are fully aware that those are the ones who create drama worthy of dissecting on forums like this. In the past, they included at least one couple that we rooted for. But lately, they've made it 100% circus. Let the court record reflect that that says a lot about us, the viewers and the contributors to this forum. My name is Amy and I'm an alcoholic.
  11. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    Jay is a clown. First, at 20 years old, he's probably been around the block a few times, but not enough to really know what a real woman wants. He's been with a few teenagers and perhaps a 20-something or two, but by the mere number of years, I doubt he has had time to truly learn about a deep intimate relationship. Note to all the Jays out there: the physical portion, though extremely important and nice to have, is only part of the equation, certainly NOT the whole thing. Second, a real man doesn't go around telling his private business and sexcapades. That is so off-putting and so high school, his grandkids are going to be ashamed of seeing those clips on YouTube. Jay is such an innocent dumb kid that he truly thinks that bedding multiple women is a sign of prowess and success.
  12. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    By the way, some people in this forum can really write and should look for career in creative. I won't mention names because I'll leave someone out but some of these posts are impressive and worthy of being on a magazine, a good magazine. I send you all a hug.
  13. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    That's offensive to Tracee Ellis Ross.
  14. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    I know models, real models (former Barbizon, Ford, etc). Believe me, Paola ain't no model. Anfisa much less. There's an exercise and a nutrition regime that I didn't see in either of these young ladies. For any profession, if you don't cover the basics of your profession, you are not going to make it. I had a friend in High School and I vividly remember when he told us in 9th grade that he had seen an accident and had ran to help the lady and her bleeding wound. I remember this kid explaining this as if was ready to walk into an operating room. He had that selfless desire to help others and repair the world (Tikkum Olam). Today he is a very good doctor. The people that I see succeeding in their professional lives have had that from very early age, those instincts. Paola and Anfisa didn't have that, much less exuded the confidence that real models do.
  15. AmyBre

    S06.E01: The Clock Is Tickin'

    Birdee, TLC spends a lot of times picking from the bottom of the barrel. People with issues, clingy people (Darcy, Nicole), crazy people (Paul). People with no prospects and no lives. Dumb men who go on a vacation/sex tourism and then come back so lovestruck that they fly back and propose, something that takes them years to do with women in their US cities. Larissa will soon run into money issues with Colt when she realizes that NOT all white men in America are loaded with money and disposable incomes. I assure you, this is the mentality of most foreign women looking for fat cats, perpetuated by instagram and Facebook feeds. A girl like Larissa, like Paola, has needs to go to beauty parlor, to get her nails done on a regular weekly or bi-weekly basis. But she hasn't talked about getting a job or covering her own expenses or contributing to the household expenses. These are things a real mature couple discusses before taking such a huge step. Colt cannot afford that sugar daddy lifestyle. They are not having a frank/adult conversation about money and priorities, and that will soon explode into an argument.
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