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  1. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    While Judy seems friendly and outgoing and is probably the type who could make friends easily, she was in an emotionally abusive relationship and Steve likely kept her isolated and dependent on him so she’d be easier to control. Steve seemed to reel Judy back in whenever he felt she was branching out a bit too much for his liking. Like when Steve finds out that Judy is living with Jen he initially appears thrown by the news. He then files the restraining order, likely trying to sabotage Judy’s friendship with Jen by making Judy seem dangerous and unstable. When that doesn’t work he revokes the order and goes back to playing nice and then onto convincing Judy to move back in with him. Jen, on the other hand, just doesn’t seem like a people person. She's friends with Christopher but they work together. She didn't seem to have the patience for that poor neighbor lady who made her the Mexican lasagna.
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    Dead To Me

    I don't think there was anything suspicious about Abe's death. I think Abe served as a sort of family figure for Judy and someone who eventually did know her deepest secret but didn't think less of her for it. I think Abe's death was more about getting Judy to her lowest point. She loses not only Jen and the boys once the truth unravels, but then finds out she's lost Abe as well and as we see becomes truly despondent and ready to end her life.
  3. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    Me too. I figured it’d be a lock for renewal considering how much attention it received but you never really know how well it did because Netflix doesn’t release numbers. I’m happy though, I’ve been hungry for season 2 since the credits rolled on the season 1 finale.
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    Dead To Me

    Netflix's Dead to Me renewed for season 2 with Linda Cardellini, Christina Applegate returning
  5. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    I mean that’s just my best guess because the show doesn’t actually explain it, but Steve trying to cover his ass seems likely. He could have also been afraid of what Judy might reveal about him if she were to be questioned by the cops. Or it could simply be another thing for him to lord over Judy’s head and use to control her. Whatever the reason, it seems Steve’s intent was entirely self-serving and not actually about protecting Judy.
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    Dead To Me

    My assumption is because the car Judy was driving was registered to Steve's shell company and he didn't want the authorities poking around in his business for fear they might uncover his financial crimes.
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    Dead To Me

    There was a brief flashback to Judy lurking in the background at Ted's funeral in episode 3, so it seems likely that Judy was keeping tabs on Jen after the accident and followed her to the grief group meeting. I think she even tells Steve in that same episode that she purposely befriended Jen in hopes of helping her.
  8. SadieT

    The Perfectionists

    What are the odds this charming small town Ava’s parents are hiding out in is Rosewood?
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    The Perfectionists

    Both of those pronunciations sounded off to me.
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    The Perfectionists

    So no announcement from Freeform following today's upfronts. Is that good or bad in terms of renewal chances? Would they bother having the cast at upfronts if they weren't planning on bringing the show back? Janel's tweet gave me pause, seems like she's not thrilled... either with waiting for with the verdict if she knows it.
  11. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    I read or watched an interview with creator/showrunner Liz Feldman and where she said that the ending wasn’t actually her idea but was brought to her by another writer on the series. I would link to it but I read a lot of interviews about the show and can’t recall which this particular point was mentioned in. So it sounds like her original concept was maybe a little more grounded and more about Jen and Judy’s relationship. I think a lot of shows, especially series made for streaming platforms, go the twisty-turning route because it draws people in and gets them talking. The more people talking about that crazy thing that happened in episode so and so on social media, the more attention the series gets. I don’t think two solid performances about grief is enough of a draw anymore, sadly. That said I do think the writing and the acting balanced out some of the more outlandish twists, with lesser talents things could have easily veered off into the ridiculous, and while the ending is a little far fetched, the emotions and pathos still feel very real. ETA: Found the article if anyone's interested: https://ew.com/tv/2019/05/09/dead-to-me-creator-burning-questions/?fbclid=IwAR0Ie_Mcd5TBBeWwPLDCGeRH6MfE3aWOyTB9hgQw5rkrrKnQ11QfeVgCbQs
  12. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    Maybe to make him look less guilty and so not to tie all his money up in business accounts? I doubt that was all his money, he was going to spend 8 million or whatever on the houses Jen showed him. Criminals can’t exactly put all their ill-gotten money into the bank in their own name so “hiding” it in various accounts and shell companies becomes necessary. But when the cops or whoever started looking into him for money laundering they likely froze his business accounts and seized whatever else they could get their hands on, but might have overlooked, or not been able to touch, the account he shared with Judy so he was probably looking to empty it out and flee the country. I also think the reason why he forced Judy to leave the scene of the accident (aside from being a controlling manipulative douchebag) was because the car was registered to his shell company and he didn’t want anyone looking too hard at his finances.
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    Dead To Me

    I don't know how similar these are to Dead to Me, but I also loved Big Little Lies and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and would recommend them to anyone who hasn't already seen them.
  14. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    Steve’s rage with Jen wasn’t the first we’ve seen it. He got pretty angry with Judy during one of their talks in the assisted living facility and we saw him seething in the bank and melting down in his car when his financial scheme started to unravel. He was also pretty ragey when he was screaming at Judy to drive in the flashbacks of the accident. Also I think Judy is more impulsive than predatory. For example in the grief retreat episode, when Jen returns to the room the following morning and starts crying about Ted, Judy tries to comfort her and says she wishes she could make Jen not feel so badly (or something to that affect) and then very impulsively (and foolishly) blurts out that Nick is a cop. She saw Jen was upset and did the first thing that popped in her head that she thought would help Jen feel better, which was pointing Jen to a detective who could potentially help her find out who hit her husband. Obviously connecting Jen to Nick wasn’t in Judy’s best interest but she almost couldn’t help herself and actually seemed happy to be doing it in the moment because it gave Jen some hope. I think she was doing something similar with Bambi by pretending to be Ted’s wife. Jen was upset and stormed out so Judy took it upon herself to gather the information Jen was originally out to get. I don’t think Judy is doing things to deliberately hurt anyone but she doesn’t seem to think things through and in her quest to make sure everyone’s okay she often ends up making things worse.
  15. SadieT

    Dead To Me

    I love this show. Watched it in two nights. It was such an easy watch and Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini are amazing throughout. They deserve every bit of praise they’re getting for their performances. Like a lot of people, I saw the first reveal at the end of the pilot coming but I think a part of me was hoping it would later be unrevealed. Considering how manipulative Steve is and how vulnerable Judy can be I was thinking perhaps he was gaslighting her the whole time and that we would come to find out that Steve was actually driving the car but somehow convinced Judy she was. I didn’t want this terrible secret tearing Jen and Judy’s friendship apart because it seems like such an impossible thing to overcome, but I think the show did a good job of setting the friendship to potentially get back on track in the last minutes of the finale with Jen coming to the realization that she knows who Judy truly is as a person and the Judy she knows and loves would have stopped. If there’s a season 2 (there better be) I’m assuming we’ll find out more about just how awful Steve was but there were definitely clues to how manipulative and borderline abusive he could be throughout the series. Pushing Judy away and then pulling her back in at will, trying to convince Judy that she needed him to take care of her, him constantly crossing the line and immediately apologizing with Judy instantly forgiving him only for him to repeat the exact same behavior seconds later… it was all there. I also thought it was interesting that Jen instantly pegs Steve for who he is—an asshole—and doesn’t fall for any of his games, whereas Judy, who is more soft-hearted, was more susceptible to his charm and manipulation. It shows how different Jen and Judy are as people.
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