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  1. zobot81

    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    With you 100%. I just hate those terrible computer animations. They trigger me for some reason. https://j.gifs.com/vZ4MEA.gif
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    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    Fair enough (and I do love a good 48 hours reference)! The problem for me is that the prosecution presented a simulation in which Perry literally fell further down the stairs, just because he was pushed. They didn't show him clearing the flight of stairs and launching to his death from a forceful push. And at the very least, I do not understand how the blessed hell they can distinguish between a fall or a push based on a difference of landing twelve inches up or down the stairs. It took a giant suspension of disbelief for me to go along with that piece of evidence. I'd also like to add that, being a true crime insane person, prosecutions seem to always struggle to convict the "pushed from a high place" murder case. There's so much room for doubt without any witnesses.
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    S02.E06: The Bad Mother

    I want to know who's calculating fall physics for the prosecution -- because a 1 foot difference in distance doesn't seem calculable.
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I'd really really like some insight as to wtf is going on between Ed and Mr. and Mrs. Director. No matter which way I slice it, that scene does not make sense to me. Wouldn't Ed get up and walk away, once he sees the object of his wife's infidelity sitting across the bar from him, apparently observing him openly engage in heavy flirtation with his own wife? Is this leading up to a weird three-way situation? Is Ed exacting some kind of "taste of your own medicine" revenge on Madeline? I just do not understand where this is going at all, or how it informs Ed's relationship with Madeline, especially if Ed is complicit in the plan. And was that dude creepily shaking his head in disapproval at him as the scene faded to black??? I mean, what is happening??
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I actually had some lingering doubts about it, even after the closing scene (and even though it went against my own theory about him being a cop).
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    S02.E05: Kill Me

    I win!!!
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    S02.E04: She Knows

    You're basically recapping a conversation I had with my husband this morning. Full transparency, my husband looks like an even more Sicilian-American Adam Scott, which makes me extremely biased towards him and every character he plays. The fact that Ed's personality is frighteningly close to my own husband's (IRL...but less smug) -- and I'm no Madelyn, but I am a lot more like her the any of the other Monterey 5 -- means that their fictional marriage problems are causing me a lot of real-world distress. To be clear, there has never been a single incident of infidelity in our fifteen years together, and yet the show makes me wonder...what if there was? How would we behave? It turns out, not very differently from those two. While I do not forgive Madelyn for betraying my husb - (oops!) Ed, I also do not approve of his behavior in the aftermath of finding out. I asked my actual husband this morning, "So, what's your take on how Ed's been treating Madelyn? Do you think he is trying to torment her?" He replied, "Yes. He's definitely punishing her. Absolutely. The part that I think sucks the most, though, is that he doesn't seem to know what to do next. He should just leave -- it's not fair to her, and I don't think staying in the house is helping him figure out whether or not he wants to end the marriage. Trouble is, he's been so consumed by his adulation of her, he really can't make himself let go. I guess it's what you call a dilemma." (I'm paraphrasing, but that was the gist). To further the gist, my husband said he would probably stick around to make me feel like shit, but not for long. He seems to recognize that it's not doing Ed any good to be there. Madelyn's relentless attempts to normalize the conflict by aggressively addressing the elephant in the room -- that's me. I can see myself making similar overtures, were I in her position (let's get away together, more therapy, do you hate me, don't be mean to me, can't we deal with this and move on....you get the picture...). She's betrayed her husband in a way that she can't fix. But what she hasn't done yet -- and what I think Ed is waiting around to hear -- is why she cheated on him. Like really. Why? Well, here's the real issue: Maddie's answer to that question sucks so much that I'm not sure she can say it without losing him forever. She did it because she thought she could get away with it. She took her marriage for granted -- her husband's adulation rubbing the wrong way against her, "I'm not good enough; I'm a failure; I don't deserve to be cherished" self-narrative -- that her behavior looks a lot more like self-sabotage, than a plain reading suggests. Madelyn is right, the problem is with her. But I don't know if she realizes the extent of how her low self-esteem played a part in her betrayal. And for what it's worth, I do think that's what the therapist was getting at in their singular session -- just not very effectively. The main difference between Madelyn and I is that I've been to therapy, to a decidedly more effective end. But I get it. It's hard to accept love when you feel unlovable. And sometimes protecting that flawed sense of self makes a person do terrible, hurtful, stupid-ass things.
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    S02.E04: She Knows

    The show is stressing me out so much that I simply would not watch if I found it both incredibly upsetting AND incredible (beyond belief). My advice is genuine - stop watching if you think it's silly or ridiculous. Why would you stick with it, if you are not also entertained? I mean, right?? I realized last night that about 50% of the time I spend watching a S2 episode, it's with my jaw wide open. Like, holy crap...whoa...no....wtfffuuu-....o.....my...........gawwwd!! When Celeste slapped Marie Louise I almost fell off the couch. When Marie Louise came back with, "What do we call that? Foreplay?" my eyes nearly jumped out of their sockets and ran away screaming. She's too much. ML is toooooo much for me.
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    S02.E04: She Knows

    Boy, do I love a good Rectify crossover! Pickle makes a mean, mean trustee. Otherwise, this show is just extremely entertaining. My advice to people who are no longer enjoying it: stop watching. Because it's not worth the stress. Renata's chain link black cord sweater wins for freshest threads of the week. Looovvve.
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    S02.E03: The End of the World

    But what is the rule if a therapist strongly suspects that one client/spouse is physically abusing the other one, and/or believes that the potential victim's life is in danger? (Edit: I see that you addressed this previously).
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    S02.E03: The End of the World

    I think he's a cop. That's my pet theory, anyway. Please give a round of applause to Ziggy, who seems to actually understand Charlotte's intentions: Grown-ups lie sometimes to protect the ones they love. That kid gets it. Madeline, maybe, not so much.
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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    (Despite the follow-up comment about hair lol) I would like to second the motion that, to a troubling extent, conversations about how these actresses look is starting to outweigh more substantive dialogue about performances and story -- which I do not care for.
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    S02.E02: Tell Tale Hearts

    I had to get up and leave the room a couple of times during this episode. I really felt my own emotions getting gnarled up in these characters' fictional lives -- which I suppose is the whole point of drama. But not to the extent that I'm muttering hot fury at Maryl Streep under my breath, as if Mary Louise is a real person who I genuinely loathe, for God's sake. Christ that woman is complicated and hateful. The technique Celeste's therapist uses to illicit self-compassion -- or at least the possibility of self-compassion, whether fully felt or not in that moment -- is expertly applied. It's often difficult for people who suffer from chronic low-self-worth and esteem to see themselves as deserving of love. Certainly, people who are in abusive relationships have a bleak self-image. So asking Celeste to do something as simple as to replace herself with a loved-one in the memory of an assault was shrewd and I think quite powerful to watch.
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    The Leftovers

    My husband and I are currently re-watching The Leftovers series, especially because of my utter dismissal of the first season. I have no great explanation for why I rejected the show at that time -- but I do remember being extremely frustrated by the nihilist cult and even more annoyed with the Holy Wayne sub-plot (I simply could not be bothered by emerging religions). Oh, I also did not care for the initial opening sequence. Something about it turned me waaaay off, I dunno why... So, during most of the first season episodes I wandered around our apartment and did various chores, while my (then) boyfriend was rapt with must-see, appointment television -- occasionally, he would beseech me to give The Leftovers another chance. I think the episode that reveals how Laurie used to be Patti's therapist finally got me to sit down on the couch. We haven't reached that episode upon re-watch, yet. I'm looking forward to the whole thing. On a side note, I marvel at the shows that we were watching concurrently, between 2013 - 2015. Rectify, The Comeback (s.2), Parks and Rec, The Leftovers, Mad Men, (great) Game of Thrones, Hannibal (for God's sake!), TWD (the Terminus years) -- I mean, how is it possible? *Sigh* I can't wait for the new season of the Terror to premier. I'm afraid I'm breaking the re-watch seal on several shows that I intended to save for much later, in an effort to stay sane.
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    Chernobyl

    Whatever your smart-device, you can search for it in the podcasts app. Chernobyl HBO.
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