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  1. I think they also need to consider the 4 gymnast rule and how they score. And somebody please correct me if I'm wrong in my understanding of either: I've long said that the scoring is messed up - somebody as good as Simone can basically fall and still win gold because the degree of difficulty is so high. And as good as somebody like Simone may be, I've never agreed with that because it just seemed odd. If I fall in competition, how am I on top of the medal podium next to somebody who is flawless, but had one less half twist or whatever? But there's another side to that. If people are
  2. AA selection is only based on performance in the qualifying round. I remember this being a big point of discussion when Aly beat Jordan, everybody kept hammering home that unless Aly or Gabby dropped out or were pulled for "injury", there was no way to get Jordan in there even though she placed easily in the top 8 because of the 2 gymnast rule. The team final doesn't impact who goes to AA at all.
  3. My least favorite is the weird side ariel with bent legs on the beam (I don't know the official name). We hear all about clean lines, straight legs, pointed toes, yet somehow we have this clunky thing that looks like a mistake. Speaking of the beam, the Russian who fell, her mount and leap series was beautiful.
  4. I have never understood wolf turns. Are the arms supposed to do something specific? I feel like everybody waves their arms around differently.
  5. But that's not what they did, at least not IMO. The switch is really clear - they lead up to her vault, without real explanation but instead false "prediction," then switch back to the original commentary where you can tell that they are somewhat stunned and confused by what was going on. Yes, they can draw on past examples of the mental game and pressure gone wrong in the olympic games and draw conclusions about what happened, but they were quite finite in their mental game analysis, the "lost in the air" statements, the Simone blooper reel, the warmup predictions, etc. Then they switch to
  6. Will we see anybody other than the Americans and ROC? I don't get how NBC is so short sighted when planning their coverage. And they wonder why viewership is down. This is the Olympics. Every 4 years, the greatest athletes in the world. Let us see them. It is part of the fun and the culture and purpose of the games. I love gymnastics. I will cheer on team USA every day. And I want to see other countries. I assume I am not alone in that.
  7. They re-recorded. I'm convinced. And they switched to their original commentary just a minute ago where they are expressing confusion over rules, will she stay on the floor, etc.
  8. Wtf NBC? Did they go back and re-record the commentary? That montage of her recent slips, Tim and his "lost in tbe air" comment. It is like in their effort to "explain," they are rooting for her to fail. She looks devastated.
  9. This show lacks everything that the OG had. The original show, especially season 1, was bright. It had energy, fun, frivolity and dare I say it, charm. This is just drab, unlikeable, and lacks any spirit whatsoever. In other words, they are trying WAY too hard to be...well, I don't actually know what they are trying to be.
  10. "You will miss her" - is she leaving the show? Teresa would never tolerate sexual harassment in the workpalce but she tolerated Joe Giudice calling her a c*nt on national television, telling her he never wanted to marry her and got rid of her on national television, telling her to shut up more times than I can count. But nobody would dare to harrass her because she wouldn't tolerate it. Oooookkkaaayyy. Luis is skeevy and slimy looking. That said, so is Tre a lot of the time. So they do match in that regard. Tre said on the reunion that he had watched every episode. Of course he k
  11. I'd like to know how they found a wall in the woods on such short notice.
  12. Once again, somebody gave the writers room a copy of Daughter's of Eve. I think they had a similar revenge scene in the woods, although not ending in death because it was a tween/teen novel afterall. I get why the went the route they did in terms of the revenge killing of Fred, but I kind of rolled my eyes a bit. I actually thought, when June and Fred were having a drink, that she was going to slip him some of the poison that she used earlier in the season - dump it into the whole bottle to kill him the next time he goes to have a drink. I was ridiculously tense during that scene. I
  13. I'm not sure Nick necessarily wants to defect. As others have said, he's essentially a war criminal. However, pre-Gilead Nick was "a loser." Couldn't keep a job, wasn't respected, short tempered, a nobody. Gilead Nick IS somebody. He is respected, trusted, and whether it is warranted or not, he has power -- even if he doesn't agree with certain aspects of Gilead (and people can justify a lot in their minds when they need to), I'm not convinced he thinks going back to "freedom" is better. I had forgotten all about that. The show writers probably did as well. But this is an
  14. I think it is entirely possible that Nick was able to step "away" for a bit. He is essentially a high ranking general and also an eye - an intelligence officer. He knows how to work those situations without raising suspicion and the people around him probably don't bat an eye. He could have told his superiors that he was meeting an informant whose identity was known by very few, maybe just 1 other, or perhaps a new informant who had just made contact recently. He could have told his subordinates he was going somewhere else. People like Nick are trained to be able to do this kind of thing.
  15. I've gotten the impression that it was more loosely arranged. That the families have a hand in it however if they don't actually get along, they don't have to get married.
  16. They were updated? Fascinating! I will have to check them out again. My favorite two were Down a Dark Hall and Stranger With My Face. I don't think I fully understood Daughters of Eve as a teen, it can be hard to grasp the concept of a group mob/cultish mentality for violence and harm when you are 15 years old. I brought up the question of June's return to Canada lacking poignancy, and somebody pointed out her stepping onto Canadian soil, and other scenes. It is interesting, I didn't find myself moved in that same way. June is out for blood - justifiably so - and so as these moments
  17. Was anybody a Lois Duncan fan growing up and if so did you get Daughters Of Eve vibes to the nth degree in those therapy sessions? Speaking of therapy, what is this group stuff? Every single one of these ladies should be inextensive private counseling, group led by a trained psychologist and some likely on a prescribed anti-depressant and/or anti-anxiety. And as for June, I know why the show is going in this direction but honestly the show is so dark, I was hoping for some moments of light and love for June. Remember the beautiful reunion of Moira and Luke, that he had listed her a
  18. We actually have no idea if Luke was objecting or not. She stopped him from saying what he would have said. She covered his mouth, held his hand down. If a woman is sleeping, and man starts to move on to her and then starts to have sex with her, and she says "wait wait," and that man covers her mouth with his hand and disregards that statement and keeps going, that is not clear consent. Furthermore, the man would know exactly what he was doing. He was having sex with that sleeping woman and still going - despite clear signs and words that were indicating a wish to stop, or at the v
  19. Interesting debate on rape or not. Food for thought - exact same circumstances, except reverse the roles. If it had been Luke in the June role, June in the Luke role. Rape or not?
  20. There is an article out in People right now where Teresa talks about always being under attack and this time she showed her true self and did what she had to do and is proud of it. "I did what I had to do" - referring to the reunion Does this that all this time we've been seeing a "restrained" Teresa? Sweet jesus. I guess we will see tonight. But I have no interest in seeing Teresa the bully on steroids. I mean, she's bad enough as is and it reaches a point where it's not entertainment anymore.
  21. That's because they were playing closer to the book then - you were forbidden from talking about the past, it didn't exist. And you had no idea who would report you if you did, everybody could be a spy. So it wasn't mentioned. That is why Emily talking about the former ice cream shop in her early scenes with June was so jarring and shocking. Can I ask a question? Why do people like the Bradley Whitford character? I can't stand him. Even his alleged remorse seems doused in greed and selfishness.
  22. This season was so unmemorable. And it isn't like there wasn't drama. There was plenty. But it was unmemorable. I guess Jackie doesn't have tobworry about Evan's reputation, it was the most dramatic storyline of the season and completely unmemorable. Jennifer was fantastic this season. Tre has to go, at this point she is nothing but nothing but a bully with the maturity of an 11 year old, Dolores is boring, Melissa is boring, Jackie is way too private and not nearly as exciting as she seems to think she is, and Margaret is well into bully territory as well. They are lacking the fun
  23. I came out of this episode torn on how I felt about where June started the episode and where she ended. On the one hand, I thought June was getting a little too "big for her britches" - to quote my mother - and positively hateful in some of her interactions with others. However I absolutely HATE that they used rape and oral sex as the mechanism to bring on that self-reflection - it was completely unnecessary and the end result could have been achieved in so many other ways. I really liked Janine pointing out that she might not have made the same choices as June. Okay, yes, we all know she w
  24. So with that statement and the 3 "contractors" on the show the most is it fair to say that they need the income more than Evan or Tony the Turk? Just an observation that aligns with my theory that Melissa, Dolores and Margaret are living in a house of cards. Every time I watch this show and see something that makes me mildly sick to my stomach, I get all pissed off that Andy Cohen is basically profiting off of the worst of women. But then again, I keep watching, so I suppose I'm part of the problem.
  25. To be fair though, Dolores is the cast member of the show, not Frank. We see Dolores' life, and Frank through that lens, not Frank's life. It is entirely possible that other women have been around - we just don't see or hear about them because they don't fit the narrative. Maybe. Other than knowing that Frank had a girlfriend her first season, and then they broke up which prompted him to move in with her in her second season, that's all we really know about Frank and his personal time. I think we are overthinking it. I think Dolores gets what she needs from David on a physical l
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