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    The Practice

    I have been rewatching this on Amazon, and I remember now that I got to the point that I couldn't stand Lindsay, because she was so sanctimonious, self-righteous, and smug. And somehow her clients were ALWAYS innocent. I'm into S6. It's still good, but the quality of the show went down after Season 5.
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    S05.E12: Lizability

    I just finished binge-watching this. This is a really fun show, but I think next season should be the last one. The story has run its course. I want Liza to end up with Charles, because I think it's more realistic, and I think they're far more compatible than she and Josh are. I think they have really good chemistry, but based on many of the comments here I may be in the minority on that. I wasn't sure what to make of that last scene with them. I suppose there has to be some conflict in S6, but now that all the obstacles have been removed for them it will be hard for the writers to not make it seem contrived. I am fine with Claire being in S6, as long as we don't have to see Pauline. I think Jennifer Westfeldt is a terrible actress and every time she shows up I'm distracted by how bad she is. She seems to act with her voice and nothing else. I also think it was asinine to name Kelsey as the publisher. She's got good instincts, but she's way too immature. She is a party girl who sleeps with all of her male authors. It was a pattern established in S1 with the Swedish guy, although she did demonstrate a little maturity and awareness with the douchey speechwriter guy in recognizing it. It would have made much more sense to give that job to Diana. And speaking of Diana, I loved the corny rom-com moment with her and Enzo. I think he's really good for her. Some people have compared them to Miranda and Steve on SatC, but the remind me more of Charlotte and Harry, who were my favorite couple.
  3. I laughed the hardest at Jackie bringing Russian dressing for the salad. Heh heh. I liked it so much more than I thought I would. Lecy was pretty stilted except for her interactions with Sara. It seems like those two clicked right back into their original chemistry.
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    S02.E14: Keep Your Friends Close

    I have liked this show more this season because it seems like they're at least trying to be more realistic -- like in the season premiere when Marissa was trying to get Bull to be more aware of expenses, and telling him how expensive his company is to operate. I think she also said something about how they'd blown through a $250K retainer from a client or something. Similarly, early in the episode where Cable told Bull her former roommate had reached out to her, I liked that they didn't go with the standard trope of Cable not coming clean and trying to prove the guy's innocence on her own. Then came that stupid flash drive twist. I also agree that there's no way that would have happened, that there wouldn't have been security alerts going off all over the place, and that there wouldn't have been backups available to restore the server. I did some contract work once years ago at a DoD facility in Alabama. I was not able to access their network with my own laptop, but I could plug in and get to get to my work emails and a few other basic things. One day I connected a network cable to my laptop, turned it on, and Yahoo Messenger fired up (this was a REALLY long time ago) and was running in the background -- I wasn't even using it. Their network detected an unauthorized application, and in about 5 minutes there was a swarm of security people at my desk, asking me what I was doing. And then they stood there and watched me uninstall Yahoo Messenger. That was in 2002 or 2003. So the idea that a virus on a thumb drive could completely wipe a server without anyone realizing what was going on is completely ridiculous.
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    Snark Talk: Home, Home on the (De) Ranged

    My oldest daughter, bless her sweet little heart, got me one of Ree's cookbooks for Christmas. She doesn't know that I only watch her show to see what sort of new atrocities she's going to commit against food. I will read through it though, and see if there's anything worth trying. I will hand it to Ree -- I made her Cloverleaf Rolls for Thanksgiving, and they turned out very well. And the recipe on her blog had truly idiot proof instructions when it came to working with yeast, how long to let the dough rise, and so on. It was much appreciated as it was the first time I'd ever made bread. It was one of her old recipes though, before she started dumbing down for the masses on FN.
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    All Episodes Talk

    My husband's absolute favorite thing is a meatloaf I make with ground beef, ground buffalo, and ground pork. It also uses oatmeal rather than bread crumbs, although I've never chopped it up in the food processor first. It really soaks up the juices, and by the time it's fully cooked, it's pretty well incorporated. I also give it some zing with some hot sauce (I know, very Ree-like behavior). I got the recipe out of a cookbook put together by the food columnist for a now-defunct paper here, who did a feature called "Recipe Please" where people would ask for recipes from restaurants around town, and she would publish them. The first time I made that meatloaf, my husband told me it was better than his mom's. I've modified it a little bit (mostly by adding the hot sauce) because he really likes spicy food (as do I).
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    Test Kitchen

    Well, I have to hand it to Ree. I made her Cloverleaf Rolls for Thanksgiving, and they were really, really good. I'd never made any kind of bread before, and I'd always wanted to give it a try, but my husband is diabetic, so we are a low carb house. I saw her make those on a Thanksgiving clip show, and I found the recipe on her blog from about 10 years ago. It looked simple enough for a beginner. The recipe came together just as expected, and made exactly 36 rolls. It's a no-knead recipe, which was nice. and my daughter helped me roll the dough into balls, which she thought was fun.
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    S02.E11: The Gift

    My husband grows watermelons in our garden, and we're in Colorado. Last year the were OK, but this year they were pretty tiny and sad.
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    S04.E04: Chapter Sixty-Eight

    Is Mateo supposed to be a spoiled, undisciplined brat, or do the writers of this show not have kids and think that's how all children his age behave?
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    Chit-Chat

    Oh, I agree. It's certainly not worth getting into any kind of confrontation over. I also had another thought this morning while driving to work. It's possible Randy didn't say anything about being a coach in that league, or offer my daughter a spot on his team, because he didn't want us to feel obligated to sign her up anywhere one way or another. Our daughter and their son have played football together for a couple years, and although we don't get together with their family outside of the sports stuff, we've do have a pretty friendly relationship. Maybe he was trying to stay neutral so we could consider all the options without feeling beholden to anyone. If he was trying to outright exclude her, he probably wouldn't have mentioned the league that he coaches in. Who knows? Like I said though, all these dynamics with parents and kids' sports are really interesting to observe.
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    Chit-Chat

    All these dynamics of kids' sports are really interesting. I'd heard about them, but until I had a kid of my own I didn't really get it. It's all worked out for the best. The coach we ended up with is a really nice guy, and the girls all played a great game. I wouldn't want her on a team with a coach who didn't want her there. I never thought I'd be a sports mom, but it's what my daughter loves, and it beats princesses any day of the week.
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    Chit-Chat

    My daughter is a super sporty girl. She is the only girl on her flag football team (and also the QB), she does tae kwon do, plays softball, and tried rugby over the summer. Enough people who don’t share DNA with her have said various versions of, “Holy cow! Look at that arm/swing/throw/shot!” to know that it’s not just me being a proud mom when I say that she’s a very talented and gifted athlete. Last fall, one of the flag football dads (let’s call him Terry) sent around an email to see if there was any interest in forming a basketball team. My daughter wanted to play, so we signed her up. The coaches were Terry and another dad (let’s call him Randy) who was also a flag football coach. The season went well, and my daughter had a good time and held her own with the boys. It did seem like Randy (the FF coach) didn’t play her as much as he did his son, but I dismissed it because as a parent it’s hard to know if you’re being objective about that kind of thing or not. When flag football started up again this fall, I asked Terry if they were going to do basketball again, and he said he and Randy were still working out the details. A few days later, my husband and I got an email from Randy saying that some other boys had expressed interest in playing, our daughter would have to transition to a girls team eventually, and he and Terry wanted to form a team that could keep playing together for the next few years. He gave us a couple suggestions for girls’ teams. I took it to mean that he was saying that since our daughter would have to start playing on girls teams sometime in the next year or 2, now seemed like a good time to make the transition. I sent a reply thanking Randy and Terry for having her on the team last year, and said that my daughter had expressed interest in playing on a girls’ team anyway (which she had), so the timing was probably good all the way around. My husband, on the other hand, took it to mean that Randy just didn’t want her on the team. He’s very cynical, and I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt, so our differing viewpoints were not surprising. We signed her up for a girls’ basketball team. When we got the roster and schedules, we noticed that there was a team being coached by Randy. He has an uncommon last name, so it was pretty obvious. Randy has twins (boy and girl) and their son was on the flag football team for a couple seasons. And even though it sounds like bragging, my daughter truly is a much stronger athlete than his son. Sure enough, the first basketball game was yesterday, and Randy showed up to coach his team in the game after ours. He walked right up to my husband, asked him how he was doing, and made pleasant chit-chat. So now I think my husband was right. I have to wonder why Randy didn’t offer to let my daughter join the girls’ team he coaches, or at least say that he’s a coach in that league, but their roster was full so he didn’t have a space for her. Does he maybe have issues with my daughter being a stronger player than his son, or didn’t want her to outshine his daughter? I really don’t want to think that people are so shitty, especially when there are kids involved, but I’m having trouble coming up with any other explanation. Is Randy a douche, or just completely oblivious?
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    S01.E21: Money Crop

    For some reason, the description of Pa as a "prairie detective" made me laugh and laugh.
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    Flip Or Flop Atlanta

    Spoilers mean not discussing episode content before the episode airs, but I don't think we need that here. Go ahead and discuss the episodes, and I'll try and figure out how to get rid of the no spoiler tag. It may mean closing this thread down and opening a new one, but one way or another I'll get it fixed.
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    All Episodes Talk

    I will admit to being a bit Ree-like in this regard. My husband grows peppers in the garden every year, and every year it's a pepper avalanche. I'm still working my way through a huge Ziploc bag in the freezer of the jalapenos from last summer, and over the weekend, he brought in the first 2 Santa Fe peppers from what he planted this year. Argh! I also have a huge bag of Tobasco peppers that I've been working on for awhile too -- those get used up more slowly because they're pretty potent. At least peppers freeze well.
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