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Lurky McLurkerson

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  1. I am very late to the party and just finished the book (and anxiously awaiting the second from the library hold queue), but I completely agree with this. Show Beck is too nice and lacked the flaws of the one in the book, and one of the things I thought was most effective about the book was that Joe's homicidal tendencies came not only from trying to remove obstacles to his being with the object of his obsession but also following their inevitable fall from the pedestal he put them on. I felt the inserted Paco sidestory was unnecessarily shoehorned in when it felt like they were already rush
  2. If all you got from law school (in the US) is a B.A., you should sue for your tuition money back. US law schools should confer a juris doctor (JD) and should only be a 3-year program unless you're doing part-time or a joint masters/JD program. Law school is also waaaaaaayyyyyy more expensive than undergrad.
  3. It's been a while since I've seen Huell, but I don't recall him being a man of many words. (Kuby did most of the talking for him on BB.) I actually though having the two of them lift their masks at the end was contrived.
  4. This is actually exactly what I was thinking about last night - I think that Kim has just outgrown Jimmy in the same way you can outgrow your high school friends when you grow apart and have nothing in common other than reliving the "good old days". And Kim and Jimmy's good old days stunts could irreparably harm her future. As someone who did some fairly stupid things in my youth, I get how Jimmy would have appealed to Kim's wilder side at one time and she's reaching a point where her affection for him is at odds with her pragmatism about what she wants out of life. Mesa Verde should
  5. And are there any consequences for Hoefler? I mean, that's attempted murder, and she said it to a full prayer circle - surely someone notified the administration of her confession, right??!?
  6. Sweet Jesus, yes! When I'd rather have Angie back than you, that's a sad commentary, Madison. (I sort of liked Leanne a little, particularly after her backstory episode.) I think she's one of the most cartoonish, useless characters that they've ever introduced on the show, and that "Boston" "accent" was inexcusable. If the actress can't do it, either get one who can or go with something else. Her backstory was not interesting or enlightening, and I'm not sure what the takeaway was supposed to be - that some people are just assholes from the get-go?
  7. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Elisabeth Moss's recurring role on The West Wing, where she played the president's youngest daughter. Honestly, I'm not much of a Moss fan - I have loved the characters that she's played in TWW, Mad Men, and Handmaid's Tale, but I always feel like the material makes her shine instead of the other way around. Samira Wiley, on the other hand, I could watch all day. Ann Dowd, too, though most of my exposure to her is from her parade of L&O guest appearances.
  8. HHM would not have to turn off their lights, cell phones, etc. to accommodate Chuck's disability in the office. The ADA only requires reasonable accommodation that allows the employee to do their job. A business, particularly a law firm, can't function with the lights out and no one carrying their mobile communication devices. Even in the age of BCS, the vast majority of legal research had moved to online rather than books, so computers are a must for research and writing. Given how many of the mission-critical functions of the firm conflict directly with the accommodations Chuck would nee
  9. My working conspiracy theory is that, if Chuck was tied to the chair, it's a final attempt to sabotage Jimmy -- who would want to harm Chuck but his ne'er-do-well little brother with a prior plea for an assault against him? And the fire would leave only bits of the rope so it wouldn't be obviously it was self-tied. (Complete speculation, and I'm not even sure that I think he was tied to the chair, but I think Chuck's deteriorate to the point of martyring himself to take Jimmy down.)
  10. With regard to A, I'm willing to concede that selfless wasn't the best choice of words, but it's the classic King Solomon situation, right? Chuck willing to divide up the baby, ultimately killing it, and Howard dipping into his own pockets to buy Chuck out -- because Chuck refused to do the right thing and retire rather than force skyrocketing malpractice premiums onto the firm and waste an FTE on a babysitter for him. He DID encourage Chuck to retire, and he kept paying him while he was out, holed up in his home under a space blanket, he coordinated delivery of groceries and supplies when C
  11. I may have cheered out loud when Howard handled Chuck and his ceremonial send-off. Who would have though Howard was the selfless one of that pair? Chuck seems to think that everyone owed him some sort of debt - Jimmy for bailing him out so many times, Howard for the rainmaking Chuck did to build HHM - but those debts are eventually paid and Chuck had no markers to cash in any more, only his own selfish interests. Good for Howard for ousting him before he could metaphorically burn the firm down. As I watched and then read through the comments here, I'm kind of wondering if there is a pa
  12. I'd never thought about that parallel, but this is a great observation. Vince Gilligan said about Walt that he was turning Mr. Chips into Scarface, and I have always felt like it was more of a revelation than a transformation. Scarface was there all along with a mask of powerlessness over him. Jimmy is basically Saul with a very thin veneer of trying to do the right thing, and less for himself but to make Chuck and Kim happy. I think the role of the women in their lives is interesting, too. Skylar was pilloried for being an overbearing shrew, but I don't get the sense that Kim is seen in
  13. I guess my position is that it's not that Jimmy doesn't have the talent to be a good lawyer, it's that he doesn't have the moral fiber to resist the thrill of Slippin' Jimmy to become a good lawyer. He learns just enough to work some law into his con. I think Chuck's reason for submarining Jimmy is his own selfish insecurity rather than concern for his malpractice premiums, but even Kim, who sees Jimmy's potential and loves him, is wary of what a liability Jimmy is and knows better than to get into business with him. I guess if you want to argue that con artistry matters more than ethics fo
  14. I actually work in legal, and I'd say the going standard for measuring lawyers is education, prestige, and money. In lawyer-land, no one's looking at Chuck and Jimmy on their faces and picking Jimmy out as the winner. Jimmy is an excellent con man, but he's not a great lawyer. He's drawn to seek thrill, and it's why he couldn't sustain at Davis & Main and why he can't keep himself in the box. He connects with old people, but we saw him fail to connect with juries as a public defender, and he's certainly shown himself tone deaf in traditional business-client situations. Before implodin
  15. Actually, I think this continues to illustrate the long-running theme that is fueling Chuck's rage against Jimmy. Jimmy's NOT Chuck's equal or better at law... yet people continue to side with/like Jimmy better than Chuck. Chuck sees himself as smarter, more morally upright, more cultured, and overall just a BETTER person than Jimmy, yet Jimmy keeps, in Chuck's eyes, "winning". People like Jimmy. People forgive Jimmy for nearly anything. People want to help Jimmy succeed, despite all his flaws and questionable character. And Chuck intercedes in these to keep Jimmy from "getting away with
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