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  1. I pretty much agree with all of what you've said, but I am still enjoying this season (minus last week's episode) and I think it's because despite the aforementioned issues, the writers are still really good and write some literally LOL lines. Still, I am very glad that the experiment is over and we're likely to not spend much time with Simone, Brent, and John henceforth. Ha! That's hilarious. Thanks for the enlightenment there because it makes it even more funny than I already found it!
  2. Is that maternity? The way the skirt is sewn makes it look like it's supposed to be worn over a baby bump. Or it's just crooked....
  3. I said in my post at the top here that Brent looked like he was showing remorse but now I'm thinking that might be a misdirect, that we're supposed to think that but it'll go a different direction. I'd like for them to show that he was capable of some self-awareness, but this is the show that hates him so, who knows.
  4. Eleanor and Michael evil laugh was the best moment of this entire show quite possibly since Michael's back in season one. I actually laughed at a Brent line! I never liked Simone much but I really don't like her now. John's lines to her by the sinkhole were all mine. But then, they had John go with Simone, interested to see how that'll turn out. I think that since Brent clearly felt remorse before the clock ran out, that shows he can improve. Tahani wondering if Jason was a demon in a Jason suit was actually exactly what I was wondering. And all her stuff about black tie style is everything I love about Tahani Is it next week yet??
  5. I heard condescending bench from Brent and I have to say, that is one other line that I laughed at because as much as Brent is awful, I personally find Simone a little one-note also, just not that level of irritating. I don't think I'd have gone as far as bench in my analysis of how she was acting, but condescending isn't unfair IMO. I find Simone to be a shade of Mary Sue - as much as Brent is being written as nothing more than a caricature of white male privilege and this is clearly written to be a bad thing (not that his behavior isn't bad, just that the show isn't trying to spin it otherwise), I feel like Simone tends to be written as, always the one in the right and thus the show wants us to find her to be superior, with not much more dimension than that. It's just not as forceful or irritating as Brent. Really though, the fact that we're still even having all this conversation about Brent, John, and Simone is indication that the show needs to move us along. We're all still here primarily because of the original 4, Michael and Janet, and I don't want any more episodes where most of it is evaluating Brent's merits or lack thereof. I did kind of feel this way last year with the stuff in Australia, although I hate the writer's hand of Brent more, and I liked the Australia stuff more on a full season 3 re-watch so maybe (PLEASE) with the context of the rest of the season it'll work.
  6. This was the absolute peak of that episode BY FAR.
  7. That was excruciating, which is a word I never thought I'd use to describe this show. I did laugh more than necessary at the b-b-bad to the bone lines. But it went downhill after that. I don't get where they're going with Brent. Everyone else has redeeming qualities that make them sympathetic but Brent is just every negative stereotype of older white man that the writers can possibly think of with no nuance. I find it so lame that the show that made me root for Eleanor despite her being an absolutely horrible person, is writing a character so one-dimensional. I will continue to hold onto hope that they're going somewhere with it. At least last week's was really good.
  8. Forgot to mention Marisa and Chunk. Marisa: What the fork was the point of even having her GET married when she's just going to get divorced a season later for the dumbest reason ever. Just have them all have off-screen relationships, occasionally mentioned in the office, and that can be enough. Chunk: If we're going to do this plotline, can we just do it and have it be over instead of having 30 seconds of screen time from each episode interrupt the case, to give us the next paragraph in the book? I only slightly care to start out with and getting it an excruciating inch at a time, is not working. That said, I did appreciate that they had Chunk hold onto his convictions, that he would continue to say that it's wrong, but still support his daughter.
  9. I'd bet the farm that while the True Believers don't use condoms or the pill, many, MANY of them are familiar with basic biology and make sure their fellowship avoids certain days of the month.
  10. I can only conclude that the relationship must look different on the inside than what we get an outside view of. Any spouse later than about Whitney or Chad has NO excuse to not know what marriage to a Bates kid will look like. It's not like the Duggars and Bateses haven't been on TV espousing their lifestyle for, oh, the last FIFTEEN years. I can give the early ones a pass because the families themselves didn't spend as much time "in" the world, but the later editions, they have full access to the interwebs and cannot possibly not know. I also personally suspect that as the kids age through their 20s and into their 30s, the baby trains may slow down. "Conservative" circles are more likely to spend the 20s bearing children, but slow down and/or stop once in the 30s. Who knows, maybe they'll all continue annual pregnancies well into their 30s (my uterus is hurting just thinking about it), but just based on how much more tired I was with my 4th pregnancy at age 30, than my first at age 24, I can see at least a few of them having 5-6 kids by age 32 or so, and then deciding that some judicious use of NFP is in order. Maybe I'm just projecting myself here... but the annual pregnancies doesn't super surprise me now, and I do think we'll see some slowing, especially as the families approach the 5-6 kids. I think you've really got to love kids (or have mental issues, like Michelle), to intentionally continue to have babies past 5-6 into the mid-late 30s.
  11. Oh good, another case that should have been wrapped up by the local PD in 12 seconds if they had done any ACTUAL investigating. Thank goodness we have the legal team of Dr. Jason Bull, who does the investigating on their behalf once the case has gone to trial without any actual investigating. This show continues to make me very, very afraid for the people of America (or NYC and surrounding) that get inaccurately charged with anything, unless they can afford the Bull Team of Actually Competent Investigators. Anyway, the lady at the end saying "I can't wait to get home and tell (husband's name)", actually made me sadder than I expected. Aging sucks, even when it's just an actress portraying the aging of a fictional character.
  12. I thought they were intending to communicate that the demons thought it was all the entertainment for Demon Con. I felt like this season started slowly also but I laughed out loud several times last night, with a good amount of anticipation. Shaun commenting on Jason's cheekbones, definitely. Totes thought that Eleanor and Tahani were going to lay one on each other at the end, the way they were looking at each other in the last scene with that scenic background behind them. Also missed that Chidi and Simone are together in this season? Impressive growth in Tahani and Jason. This being the last season makes me sad.
  13. Writer's room, about 11 PM. Much alcohol consumed. Writer #1: I've GOT it! We'll have Chunk go to a church and ask to talk to someone and the guy there will give him the sage advice we have written out and Chunk will say "Thank you, pastor" and leave and THEN .... we'll reveal that it's really the janitor giving him advice! Writer #2: YES! This is literally the most brilliant scene ever written, never done before approximately 12304987234 times! Writer #3: (holds up beer for a toast) We really are blazing new trails, settling new territory, writing unprecedented TV. --- Otherwise, I thought this episode was generally forgettable and full of the traditional plotholes we've come to know and love. The whole first scene was weird, with not-Cable (I still can't remember her name but it took me the entire first season to remember Cable, so I've still got time) being all emotional and Bull being all I don't care. I don't understand why pastry shop lady's testimony would mean squat as far as asshole mogul being tried for THIS incident.
  14. Maybe Chunk's daughter's kid is the one with Bull's kid at the end of the first episode of this season?
  15. Marisa- WTF? Chunk- LOL COTW- OK, so I'm not by any means an expert on mental health, guardianship, legality, etc, and all my knowledge really is based on the two different families I know who have walked this with their now-adult children who recently turned 18. So if I'm wrong, politely correct me. But as far as I've been able to tell with them, the point of legal guardianship is NOT to micro-manage your adult children's decisions, up to an approved lunch with a friend. The point of legal guardianship is so that you, the parent, can advocate on your adult child's behalf and actually be considered in the legal determinations, so that the parent can legally step in if the adult child has medical needs and is unable to handle them (which HIPPA would block otherwise), that sort of thing. The fact that the dad wanted to be guardian so he could sell her company against her wishes, had her practically under lock and key, used money from her company to pay off that guy without her knowledge (I'm not saying doing that was the wrong call, but without her knowledge??) - suggested that there's something unhealthy going on with his desired level of control. Not that he just wanted to keep guardianship in case her mental health suffered and then he could step in without having to deal with twelve miles of red tape. I did appreciate that it wasn't super black and white (despite my above complaints).
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