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  1. Headline of an article in the Austin American Statesman seems to suggest that Gabe admitted to harassment (reducing hours of employee he had affair with), but you need a subscription to read the article, and I don’t have one.
  2. Thanks for keeping me unspoiled! Now that it’s available, I’ll let myself talk about it. The second confession—to Carmichael—seemed more like a challenge to her than a confession. I’m not sure what I think about that.
  3. I’ve been thinking about this, too, since I don’t think of linen as a melting fabric. I think he’s using “linen” not to refer to the specific fabric but to the word as it means household cloth goods (as in linen closet, a space in which not everything is made of linen). A napkin with polyester in it might melt. (Okay. I thought about this way too hard.)
  4. I think I’m the side of your “unless.” I think it is a series about corruptibility. Hastings is corrupted by guilt and sympathy, and that’s probably better than being corrupted by a desire for money, say, but he’s still been a little bit corrupted. (But we can still pretend it never happened! 😉)
  5. I think that’s likely. But she did get him two inches further in that last session than he had been in the session before. Maybe that’s enough? I laughed a bit at that last minute, when we expected her to dismiss him for good, and in stead she said ‘see you next week.’ Maybe the laugh is the point for the show, but I kept wondering what my laughter was supposed to tell me about therapy. Not sure I know yet!
  6. I thought about this, too. And I think there’s something in her way of conducting therapy that involves meeting people where they are, tailoring things for them. And I think she’s decided that this is how he works, that cataclysms are what it takes for him to make progress, so she’ll go with that, since she really does see him making little bits of progress.
  7. That’s the combo that taught me to like fish when I was a child.
  8. Great post! I think they all have been bent, even when I find them sympathetic. The power of the series for me (in addition to the fun of it) is in confronting the way corruption corrupts—that good people follow their interests into doing horrible things to benefit or to protect themselves or even other people. I don’t want to say it or even think it, but Hastings is corrupted by his taking the money for (I forget her name) cop widow. I haven’t seen the last episode yet, and I’m wondering how they’ll deal with that.
  9. In my head I’ve been celebrating all day that I live in driving distance of two out of three finalists and their food. Not exactly around the corner in either case, but I can’t wait for Dawn’s planned Houston restaurant to open.
  10. All that food looked so beautiful! And I can’t help also loving the library steps in Alice Waters’s house. I was experiencing a lot of aesthetic pleasure in this episode. And I wanted to be out on the beach in the rain, too.
  11. Haven’t seen Code 404 but I’ll keep it in mind. AMM is always so good—great in Bleak House, in The Bletchley Circle, in Death Comes to Pemberley. Just seeing she’s in something makes me think it will be good because there’s been thoughtful casting. In LOD, she says the meanest, most dismissive “thank you” I can imagine.
  12. I’ve been having a mixed response to Kwame this season, too, and remember really liking him in his first season. Remember his crush on Padma and his fantasy of wooing her by buying her a dog? Charming. He’s not funny the way he was sometimes then, and I miss that. But I read him as having a full of himself moment because of his successes—respected restaurant, good and well-regarded book, film adaptation, being played by Lakeith Stanfield. It can be hard to figure out for a while how to handle success. For me, it’s forgivable. YMMV. But I predict he’ll figure it out.
  13. There's a really nice piece--appreciative of all that's special about this season--in the LA Times: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2021-06-24/how-top-chef-turned-the-limitations-of-covid-19-into-a-reality-tv-classic Nicely written, too.
  14. I'm curious about what people are thinking about the interrogation scene (episode 6, I think)--always such a big part of Line of Duty. The slightly passive persona Jo Davidson adopts--her attempt to maintain that she's good and not a "bent copper"--makes it a little less flashy than some of those scenes, but there's a lot of subtlety in her acting. And Carmichael is, of course, a scary icicle. I watched a clip of Anna Maxwell Martin on a talk show, somewhere on YouTube, and she was giggly in a way that was startling, given how she is as Carmichael. I also liked a lot that Ryan Pilkingt
  15. ‘I didn’t mean to kill them, just to scare them’ is a tv cliche by now and never entirely believable to me. If you’re taking a gun, killing is a thing that might happen. That’s why it’s not smart to take a gun. And Ryan’s rage was evident and powerful, even if he’s also a sometimes sweet kid. I hope he’s got a good therapist in that facility.
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