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  1. On 9/13/2019 at 11:04 AM, BitterApple said:

    Lauren is determined to be a martyr in all areas of her life.

    Oh Yes - I am not so breathlessly anticipating her very special episode where she breathlessly and oh so seriously describes in whispers, pauses and a pathos of self-suffering her every negative labor moment from the first wince and twinge through cramps, contractions and active labor.   I expect she's spending her downtime actively studying a thesaurus to find all the sympathy evoking language she can to describe what will amount a normal labor and delivery before the post-birth interviews.  

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  2. 19 hours ago, libgirl2 said:

    I am so tired of the bump cradling. We get it, you're pregnant! 

    The headline even said Lauren "Cradles" her baby bump....I wonder if People even realizes the joke there, that's ALL we've seen her do.  Either she thinks that's the pose she has to make for every picture, she doesn't let go of the bump even when the camera isn't on her or (and this is my pick) she thinks she needs to hold and accentuate it to draw as much attention as she can to it and make sure all around her know "I'm Pregnant, Me, Me, Me".

    I think it's interesting too that they cover the miscarriage at the end of the story and show the picture with the baby #2 sign. but the opening sentences call her "First time Mom to be".  I'm sure someone at People made the call to write it that way and I bet it upset Josiah and totally pissed off Lauren that they didn't go all the way and acknowledge both her as a second time Mom to be and that they named the baby Asa.  

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  3. I don't think Jinger's hair is looking healthy in recent pictures, maybe it's coming off the dye job or maybe the dye job dried out her hair but I think it just looked much better in a healthy, thick, bouncy sort of way before and now it looks flatter and tired.

    Does anyone know if Jeremy's school has special a dress code?  I notice in some of the class pictures that were posted the instructor had on a suit and from the backs and sides of the nearby students they looked like they had suit jackets on too.  Far cry from the khaki's and flip-flops and your basic university - Was wondering if it was just a specific class or maybe they had a church activity that day or could it be expected that the students wear suits at all times?
    I think Jeremy expects to graduate and use his past and current media exposure as well as the charisma, charm and smarts that he (vainly) thinks he posseses to get hired at a mega church as their golden boy and leverage that into some Billy Graham sort of empire.  I just don't seem him being satisfied with being the pastor of a basic rural or suburban church, one neighborhood, one flock, basic career - I think he wants the whole pie.

    18 hours ago, Lunera said:


    Is this a thing? I've never prepped fruit or veggies until I was ready to eat them. 

    I didn't used to until I found tricks like; I love those mini cucumbers they sell 5-6 to a pack but the went bad quickly until I figured out they lasted a week or more if I just wrapped a paper towel section around each then put them in a baggie (as long as they're not stored touching each other).  I think this is one of those ever present questions like toilet seat up or down, shower at night or morning, is a hot dog a sandwich....there'll always be people who say of course I do and people who say who does that. 

    On 8/5/2019 at 3:39 AM, Jeeves said:

    They lived in Laredo, not El Paso. Laredo is 600 miles from El Paso (yes, Texas is big).

    Big!  A little off topic but I drove from Colorado Springs to Shamrock, TX (about 100 miles east of Amarillo) once.  Nearly two days and about 450 miles.  Between New Mexico and Texas panhandle I sometimes thought it would never end.  Don't get me wrong the country is beautiful but it doesn't change much and there are long, long (long) stretches with a lot of brown land, very little grass and no cities, towns, villages of any kind.  But it gave new meaning to the phrase "I can see for miles and miles"!

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  4. I was going to say that Abbie could have been surprised to be pregnant because Celiac can mess with your cycles.  But then I remembered; Abbie isn't Celiac is she? I imagine being a nurse she would have looked into an official diagnosis if she thought she had a problem but isn't Lauren the "official" celiac sufferer and Abbie is gluten free because she just felt better when she eliminated it?   If so I guess that theory is out, not that Abbie couldn't be irregular for many other reasons; it's not an uncommon problem.

    I love that Instgram photo though - it is a totally normal everyday photo of a woman wearing a normal summer outfit.  In Duggar land those shoulders and that neckline are defrauding and JB would drop in a faint if he saw any of his unmarried girls and even a few of the married (ie the ones he still controls) in that outfit.  That JD doesn't seem to care and that Abbie is comfortable wearing it says a lot and is great progress.

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  5. On 8/2/2019 at 1:33 PM, Churchhoney said:

    If you have as many kids as Jill and David, and you teach them all to live by grifting -- and you're part of a community where there are a whole lot of huge families also being taught to live on grifting -- at some point there will just not be enough suckers to provide all the grifted gains. 

    But of course, J and D don't care any more than JB and M do about what happens to their kids after they themselves bump off. So I suppose you couldn't make this argument stick with them....😒 

    I read Lot's of Kids and Live by Grifting and I suddenly thought...........Can you imagine if they introduced the Duggars to the Alaskan Bush People?  Like some sort of crazy "survival" cross over?  Ben gets bush somersault and tree climbing lessons from Bear while Jessa and Joy hang out picking berries and soup weeds with Bird and Rain.    Part 1 on Discovery followed by Part 2 on TLC where they bring the family back to the Duggar compound and try to put prairie dresses on Bird while Noah invents a new watering system for Jana's garden made from JB approved buy used and save the difference radiator hoses and pvc pipe that Matt shipped in from his local dump.  I would actually pay to see this!

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  6. Still interesting week after week - I think Danny is right about the brotherhood being behind the taking of Anthony & Cleopatra, to me the biggest clue is that Lexi, Danny & Shaw were left alive on that island.  That would be a rookie move from Farouk's team, there's no way they wouldn't have known Danny & his team were still on the island and no way they wouldn't have at least checked the cave to see if Shaw's buddy had left them alive or not.  That makes the Brotherhood being the culprits more likely.   Also hoping Larroquette is a red herring since the show has already been renewed.........I'd prefer he not be the big bad because I'd like to see him again next season.

    Also boys and girls what did we learn from the clues found in tonight's episode?  Buttons for the men!  No pretentious cuff links on your everyday suit shirts.  Save those for the tuxedo's....... buttons were invented for a reason

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  7. Well at least I get to take back any negative thoughts I had before the show aired when I knew Gwen was going to arrest Father Chuck.  Very glad it didn't go the route I thought it would with Gwen being all hardass and threatening or using Chuck as a bargain tool with Danny.  I laughed out loud at how fast Chuck flipped the script on Gwen and she let him, when she not only sat down but let him stand up and start walking around .. suddenly he was questioning her.  

    Can't believe they killed Fabi in one episode and Farouk the very next.  I know we're supposed to be rooting for the good guys to win but for Fabi I feel like they could have done more with him and for Farouk I feel like it's a waste of Oded's talent when he wasn't in a couple episodes and they ditch him with three episodes left (or maybe I'm shallow and just like seeing both of them on my screen).

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  8. Very disappointed Fabi died, I think there was more they could have done with that character even if his cover was blown.  Too bad they didn't have him wounded and have the Brotherhood swoop in and take him away to heal, I really would have liked seeing him on the show longer.

    Edited to add:  The show got a mention on TV Line's Q&A of the week asking if we were distracted by the amount of bugs crawling on Fabi during his death scene.  I never noticed, I was too busy being pissed they were killing him in the first place!  


    To me (and maybe I sometimes don't pay attention like I should) the store is a little more convoluted than it needs to be especially for a summer show.  Just my opinion of course but I think they could do the same plot, same story with much less complication - not everything they encounter has to have a twist and ten different connections to all the characters.  Doesn't mean I'm not still enjoying it though - I definitely am enjoying it

    Biggest complaint where I really do wish they'd pull back is Gwen.  I don't really go for that sort of character whether played by a male or female on any show.  When they're written as unyielding, unlistening, too by the book and no out of the box thinking they start to move away from being a foil and just become tedious and annoying.  She seems very myopic at times; I'd love to see the writers pull back on Gwen a bit and let her use her brains to see the big picture.  Somewhere way back on here I said how the characters in this could be matched with Leverage characters - Gwen is Sterling but even Sterling knew when to stand back sometimes and let the team have a run at a con because their goals were the same and they'd get the job done. 

    Example of Gwen being too strict and a general PITA (upcoming) 


    Next episode she arrests Father Chuck for aiding Danny & Lexi.   I won't project how it plays out, maybe she gets some info out of him and let's him go with no harm no foul but I doubt it based on how she's acted so far.  It seems like an example of her being written as far to strict and rules oriented and I'm questioning why she feels the need to do this in the first place.

  9. 15 hours ago, BetyBee said:

    I agree that Jill and Derdick seem resentful of Izzy, but they seem warmer towards Sam.  I have no idea why that would be.  Izzy seems to have become quite needy and that can be annoying, but he seems kindly disposed towards Sam and other children.  I wish they could nurture his good qualities and then maybe the neediness would go away.  He seems like a bright, little boy.  Whenever I watch a Dullard video, I feel sad for him.  😢  I do think Cathy genuinely cares for him and I hope he feels the unconditional love from her.  Even if she is nutty!  

    I'm starting to go far, far down the psychoanalyzing rabbit hole but even though I agree with everyone that Izzy is getting the short end of the stick I'm amazed it's not Sam at least as far as Jill is concerned.  The consensus seems to be that Jill isn't having more kids because she can't and that something went very wrong with Sam's birth, I wouldn't have been surprised at all if that made Jill resentful towards Sam as the one that (in her mind) "ruined" her future baby making chances.  If she was treating him badly or even just ignoring him more that would make sense.  Of course she could be swinging the other way - being overly clinging and loving toward Sam because she thinks after the birth trouble he's a miracle baby and possibly (probably) her last.  Plus with Izzy growing up, getting out of that "cute" stage and being  or trying to be more active, curious, independent  (all the normal things that the Duggars blanket train and shame out of their kids) she may resent having to curb what we see as normal childhood but she sees as constant willfulness.  It'll be very interesting to see if there continue to be a disparity in how the two are treated or if Sam is no longer the golden child when he hits the 4-5 year old mark.

    1 hour ago, Jynnan tonnix said:

    I'm trying to think back to when my boys got their own rooms. They are 5 1/2 years apart, with a sister in between, but as I recall we got bunkbeds for them once the younger one graduated to a real bed when he was probably about two and a half. We would have been living in Guam then, and I'm pretty sure he slept in the playpen for some period of time until then. Were toddler beds even a thing 30-ish years ago? I think they all went more or less from cribs to beds.

    I don't know when they became popular but I have to admit I think toddler beds are a scam the stores cooked up to get parents to spend more money.  We used to just use a regular bed when they out grew the crib, push it against the wall to block one side then buy a guard to put on a the other side.  Some friends and family even skipped the guard and put a couple chairs along the bed.  Worked fine for all of us and the kids could still get out by crawling to the end of the bed, it was just to make sure they didn't roll over and fall out until they got used to the "big kid" bed.  I never saw the need for toddler beds although we did have to leave the guard on longer for one child, I swear that kid was such a violent sleeper he was in his teens and still flailing around in his sleep until he flew off the bed.  OTOH I was in my 20's and still sleep walking so I may have passed on some bad sleeping traits!

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  10. 12 minutes ago, terrymct said:

    Oh, the poor Hansens.  They've had a really rough stretch the last few years.  You KNEW Sig would make the right decision and stay close to port where he could get back and support his wife.   Now he has to walk up to the bridge and tell Mandy.  

    The swinging pot on the Cornelia Marie was nightmarish, especially those two guys up on the walkway trying to get control of it.  The kid who got hit in the head, Tyler?, for heaven's sake he's probably got a concussion.  Is someone going to notice next episode that he has a blown pupil?   Casey could/should have evaluated that kid a bit better, but overall he showed AGAIN that he's the captain of that boat and the lump sitting in the other seat with the facial topiary is relief captain at best.

    Can you clarify - is this something we could see during the episode or is this something you suspect based on the injury and how he was acting?  I couldn't see well so if the pupil was shown I missed it.  Curious though if you did see it and it was easy for the viewers to see how could Casey standing right there not notice!  They (all the Captains) have always engaged in at sea first aid but some are better at it than others, I think a few of them or their deck hands even have basic first aid or EMT qualifications which certainly helps.  I'd agree though that Casey might be at the low end of those skills and "the lump" pretty much stood in the background for the whole thing.  Funny how when it hits the fan he often disappears, like with the crane issue on the previous episode he left the bridge instead of supporting Casey or actually going out to help the crew.

    Poor Sig, and, of course, the whole family... the hits just keep on coming lately.  Hoping there's a light on that horizon, he's a tough guy but he's not a bad guy and I wouldn't wish the stress of blow after blow on anyone.  One or two emergencies and family issues is enough, one after, another after another with no break must be so stressful for everyone especially when you want to be with them but still have to find a way to fish and meet your quota.

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  11. On 7/7/2019 at 6:51 PM, PradaKitty said:

    Derrick, how does one DO college? I WENT to college. I GRADUATED from college. I also went to and graduated from law school. I never DID college or law school. You’re going to need to work on your delivery for moot court, pal. 

    I completely agree with you but I also have no doubt that Derrick will never, ever see the inside of a court room unless he's testifying for something.  There is no way in hell (sorry fundies, I meant heckness) he's going to do anything that would even remotely be near a trial lawyer path.  My money is on him becoming an Accounting Lawyer and trying to work for a large or mega church doing their taxes, audits, tracking tithe's maybe even some investing.  Second career guess is he goes on the other side and does the same work but for clients in a firm or organization (a christian one of course).  It plays into his past training and the limited work he did for Walmart; except that you have to be a CPA to go the accountant lawyer route and I'm pretty sure Derrick never took the exam or more likely tried and failed.  He still has the JD schooling to get through, then the Bar exam hurdle so the CPA exam might be far, far on the horizon if that is the career path he's going for.  And, of course, there's the widely held belief that he did actually fail the CPA exam before, possibly more than once which makes us wonder if things have changed or if the Bar exam is going to be his downfall too.

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  12. 1 hour ago, ginger90 said:


    So he does the bare minimum of "loving" stuff then?  Next thing we'll have a photo of a single daisy with a caption  "Wonderful hubby brought me AN Flower".  Followed by a cupcake picture labeled "He can't cook but he brought me THE Desserts"  (perhaps she'll add "Neither can I" after can't cook or spell it Deserts).

    It's a nice gesture but is coffee in bed really IG worthy as part of her influencer status?  She's trying to make money off of these isn't she?  Surprised she didn't at least mentioned the brand and say  "He brought me Mococoa drink; all natural cocoa beans from the upper slopes of Mount Nicaragua. No artificial sweeteners."   (quote used because I sometimes think Jill and Meryl have the same frantically psychotic smile)

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  13. 9 hours ago, truebluesmoky said:

    In addition to Lauren’s insensitive babbling, if the family has known for a week, I can’t help but be irritated by Jinger and Jeremy’s self absorbed posts during that time. It’s one thing for Jessa to still post a photo of her newborn, but Jinger and Jeremy have constantly posted glamorous, gratuitous “L.A. lifestyle” photos, as well as 1847373 random pictures of Felicity. It seems insensitive during their sister’s extremely tragic and painful loss. This is the type of loss I would expect Jinger to even fly back for, but at the very least, she could take a hiatus from hat pictures.

    I feel like this is rock/hard place territory for them.  Or, for us heathens, damned if you do/damned if you don't.   Jinger and the rest of the family probably knew within a day of Joy and Austin getting the news.  But it didn't break for us for a week.  They must have been told to keep it quiet until J&A were ready.  So what can she do?  If she or the family goes radio silent they know we'll jump on it and suspect something's up.  But if she, and they, post like nothing is out of the ordinary they get push back for being insensitive.  I hate to defend them too often but sometimes I see it differently and I wonder if this was a case where she wasn't being tone deaf but trying to help..........Maybe Jinger was over compensating trying to make things look normal and not spill the secret by excess posting; like when something bad happens and you have that one relative running around re-filling everyone's coffee with a pasted on fake smile who can't stop chirping "everything is OK" as though saying it enough will make it so.

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  14. 7 hours ago, nightmeri said:

    It is truly sad and I am hoping against hope that Lauren holds her tongue and doesn’t say something about “the cousins” being together in heaven. She needs to step back and be quiet 


    She didn't step back or keep quiet, I don't think she knows how.  Good thing you didn't put money on it that's a bet you were sure to lose.  There's likely to be some talking head next season with her where she'll mention her current pregnancy, then in a breathy overly dramatic voice mention Asa at least five times, throw in a comment about how he and Annabell are playing together in heaven then bring it back to Asa while dabbing moisture from one eye.

    Sorry but that's the only thing I can snark on since I recently re-watched those episodes and even though I don't doubt she had sadness over the loss seeing it now she looks even more like she's putting on the act she thinks production wants, trying to say all the "right" things in the most dramatic camera ready way possible.

    I can't and wouldn't want to make any snarky comments on Joy and Austin's loss, to get nearly halfway through, have the bump, be ready to hear the heartbeat and get the gender then be told there's no sign of life, that must be just terrible.  Is this just how it goes or are we starting to see a pattern from the over-fertile Michelle to her daughters.  Jessa is doing OK but two hospital worthy hemorrhages out of three pregnancy's may be a hint about what #4 could be like if they go for it, Jill had the mystery complications with Sam's birth and no pregnancy since, Jinger is apparently into family planning so we can't know what multiple births might have in store for her and now Joy loses her second baby.  Out of the four married daughters (not counting DIL's) that's a 75% problem rate, possible genetic reasons or just coincidence and that's how some pregnancy's go?

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  15. If that's the end it was a pretty good end.  Not enough loose ends tied for me but that's not the show's fault (I want to know what happens to Isaac, does Anna go to jail, does Tina get a happy life in the community, I just want to know).  Still the final was good and definitely multiple twists I didn't see coming.  And damn Anna is cold, calculating and quick right to the end, turning that drug money back on Justina and her husband and even coming off an arrest she can still play the innocent in front of everyone.

  16. Interesting - Jason announced back in April that he along with Steve & Tango would have a new show on Travel Channel called Ghost Nation.  Now A&E has announced that at the end of August Ghost Hunters will return with Grant Wilson and his "handpicked team".  As far as I can find though neither of them has mentioned the other one or the other show.

    I might give both shows a chance just to see what's new, what's different...



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  17. I've been a week behind on this show, last night I watched the 6/18 episode "Proposal" and I have to say it's getting better and better as it goes on.  Definitely holding my interest far more than the first two episodes when I had doubts it could deliver a story at all.  @Chaos Theory is sooo right, "Well isn't this awkward" would have been a perfect episode title:   Noah and Anna in the garage, Issac and Noah in the alley, Noah walking around the corner just as Augustus gets down on one knee, even that ladies comment to Justina about Johan marrying a Funk  (trigger Justinas spidey sense that her suspicion that Anna isn't on the up and up is right after all).

    The only one who has a chance to escape from this and live a normal Mennonite life is Tina and I'm rooting for her.  And maybe Abel, other than showing up when Noah meets with Valerie neither the police or the cartel have anything on him.  And damn but Anna is smart and quick and ruthless, buying her old farm, conspiring with Johan's father to give it to the kids, knowing when to lie and when to keep quiet, knowing when to threaten and not shying away from it and coming up with ideas on the fly like the drug smuggling in the tires and the story spin when Augustus caught her sleeping.  Noah stumbled his way through being a double agent but if Anna really wanted  she could be the cartel and run the whole show.  Not saying she likes it, she still shows that vulnerable horror in her face when she's alone but she sure does do a good job at it.

    I'm really looking forward to the last few episodes, can Tina both stay in the dark and marry Johan committing fully to the Mennonite life and giving up her art besides?  Who lives and dies?  If the cartel is taken down does Noah, Anna, Isaac or Abel go down with them and does that mean jail or death for any of them?  Best case scenario is Anna takes more money from Estrada, he's killed by the police and she along with Noah and Isaac borrow Johan's plan and use that money to slip off to Paraguay to hide and farm in peace.  I didn't throw Augustus into that happy little ending because I have a strong feeling (no spoilers just a feeling) that he's going to be a casualty at some point, either killed accidentally or as a "warning" to Anna or considering how ruthless Anna can be she frames him for some or all of what she's been doing.     Of course the whole scenario of the family getting away would mean that Noah and Anna could reconcile, that Isaac could give forget what Estrada made him do and that all three could pretend none of it happened so super, super long shot.  Honestly though - can't wait to see how this all plays out.

  18. IDK, the reports say Paige has paid over $400 in court fees "so far".  She may have been ordered to take an awareness course or do some community service.  I think that's fair and it's right to have the charge removed - yes she was underage but a college freshman spreading her wings and making choices good and bad; fairly normal IMHO.  As long as she's made aware that random underage drinking is not allowed (at home maybe but that's it), public drunkenness is a definite No No and educated on the statistics on college, binge drinking and the harm it can do I think that's enough punishment.  And, of course, as long as those consequences are pretty standard for the area where she was arrested, she should get no more or less than anyone else in her situation.

    Ree on the other hand continues to underwhelm with her recipes - I used to find some I wanted to try with some modifications (cutting down on the fat and sugar mostly) but lately it's been watching out of habit and because my elderly Mother likes to see the scenery, there hasn't been a recipe I've been even slightly tempted to try in a long time now.

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  19. 8 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

    I'm guessing the Roadblock was edited out. Also, the U-Turn goes back to being stationed after the Detour task. Once again, I feel that it should be executed by a team AFTER they complete both tasks, but it's better than having a team learn they'd have to do both. Also, it's slightly more evil. "Damn, that was a brutal task! Let's see what we have to do nex-  . .. FUCK, we gotta do the other thing. Motherfucker!!!"

    Yeah I'm not the only one.  I was coming here to say the same thing;  race wise I can't figure out if it would be an advantage, disadvantage or neutral to the team u-turned and to the teams behind them.  But I think wherever the u-turn sign is placed (and they could also consider placing it in random spots too) the rule should be that a team has to be eligible to actually PASS that spot before they can use the u-turn

    7 hours ago, North of Eden said:

    Bless that denizen of the canals who called Team Camera Mug out for being idiots. I LOVED seeing Tyler's deflated look when he realized not everything thinks he is so charming. Also, Nicole had a reason not to peddle, but there were numerous shots of him just resting his feet while his partner did all the work. Not cool.

    Closing by saying the townsfolk/tourists at the canal maze simply made this episode with their reactions to the Racers creating mayhem. Especially the two blond ladies in the boat that looked pissed and the boat shuttle driver saying he couldn't move. That whole sequence felt like something out of TAR's spiritual ancestors IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD.

    I loved the idiots remark.  But I strongly suspect based on the chaos that all the racers caused, blocking long lines of boats, going in the wrong direction and running into people and their boats that if the residents of that canal city have any say TAR will NOT be invited back for filming anytime soon.

    I also loved Leo and Jamal's brief argument when they found the first boat; one said "Do we attach it to the back or the front?"  and the other snapped back something along the lines of how would they tow it if it's in front.  It continues to amaze me how they're still in the race, as a whole they are not that good, they miss obvious clues and keep making the same mistakes over and over (like in the VR and poem tasks), they regularly get lost and stumble along yet somehow they manage to not screw up just enough to keep them out of last place.  If they win it'll be like the Beekman boys, not the best racers, they mess up or lag behind multiple times but pull out one good performance on the final task that throws them to the front of the pack at the last minute.

    5 hours ago, Quilt Fairy said:

    The editing had me really confused.  It looked like they were on 3 different flights to Amsterdam, yet they all arrived at the tandem bikes at the same time.  Later, Colin and Christie and Tyler and Corey arrive at the U-turn board at the same time - just those 2 teams - and yet in the next scene the Afghanimals were there with them at the cars.  The editing used to be so good on this show. *sigh*

    Not sure how the Afghanimals caught up so quickly unless it was luck but the tandem bike arrival was explained; they all left Croatia at night and it was stated in the clue that the bike rental didn't open until 9am so they all knew their flights would arrive before that and it would be a bunching start to the leg.

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  20. 1 hour ago, Jeeves said:

    I'm sure Jessa HATED that the whole world knew that her first delivery wasn't 100% Perfect. I'd bet the rent that she was over the moon that Henry's birth was all handled at home. If they had to call paramedics for or after Ivy Spice's delivery, that would take her down a peg.

    It's an interesting conundrum (if any Duggar is watching this board; I know you don't recognize big words like this but it's safe to look it up it's not a bad word)....anyway for Jessa who seems high on the craving media attention scale she has to be 50/50 on it - part of her wants to show off the perfect I can give birth at home, it's all: I am doing what women are designed to do, all that hospital and doctor fuss is for people who don't trust god to see them thru.  Then there's the other part:  I am worthy of being on TV, I bring in the ratings, people can't wait to see what I'm up to and wow, look, a dramatic emergency during birth that you can advertise and replay and cut to commercial at a cliffhanger moment won't that have people watching in droves this show just can't do without me.

    Her need to prove her birth plans are the only right way must smack right against her need to be seen.  I bet she did hate the problems in Spurgies delivery but I'd be just as willing to bet she saw ALL of the monetary potential in that dramatic little story.  And honestly I don't think it matters either way - if she went to the hospital with Ivy, if she was told she's at a bleeding risk and she gets pregnant again down the line she'll go for that home birth yet again no matter what.  I think that's the only thing that makes Jill different and with her we'll never really, really know but I have no doubt something big happened with Sam, something completely out of their control and they were told no more if you want the Mother to live (now whether that means they use a rhythm and cycle method, actual BC, Derrick got snipped or, worst case scenario the complications meant a hysterectomy for Jill...that we'll definitely never know).   We seem to believe Jill can't have more kids, Jessa can but she will insist to the ends of the earth on doing it her way on her terms and physician advice be damned.

    As for Ben and his schooling - I remember an episode when Jinger & Jer were moving into the apartment and Jessa and Ben came to help them.  Ben actually brought books with him and at one point was standing in the corner studying while the others were decorating.  There was more than one moment where he was caught with a look of annoyance on his face as though he really did want to concentrate on learning and the show, the decorating and the trip itself were in the way.  He seemed so committed then I had high hopes for what that would mean in the future but it all seems to have fallen apart or at least they're not talking about it anymore.  Either he washed out or he changed to a "secular" study and they don't want to admit he might end up with a normal everyday non-godly blue collar job in the end.

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  21. On 5/18/2019 at 10:04 PM, cherrypj said:

    Who's in, and who's not?

    Pearl Islands & HvV, Sandra Diaz-Twine

    China, Todd Herzog (In rehab.)

     I loved your list I just pared it down for space purposes to say - Sandra, please no not Sandra she's a multiple chances player and I can't stand her.  It's bad enough she's back as a mentor in S39, the idea of having her on the show again as an actual player...just, no , please.

    Todd on the other hand, I've always had a bit of a soft spot for him mostly because I was rooting for him to get better and get his life straightened out.  I can't find any recent info or stories on-line to say how he's doing, if he's sober, how long it's been.  So I'm on the fence on that, I like the guy and if he is truly, truly better and has been for a period of time (years not months) I'd love to see him try.  But if there's any doubt at all on his side or the show's I'd rather he stay away or the keep him away then see him do something that might harm him more.

    I'll throw Richard Hatch under the bus too, he can stay away.  Although with his legal troubles and his time on All Stars maybe the show won't want him and with his all around arrogant, sour, nasty attitude I imagine he'd have a huge first vote target on his back.

    As for an "all winners" season; it's an interesting idea, but honestly what I've always wanted them to do was an "almost winners" season, all the people who came in second either by final tribal when they only had two left to vote for or by votes in final tribal when they went to a three finalist format.  They could throw in a few third place people if they had to pad the cast but I think they could get enough participants and I think it would have been more interesting with a group of people who bond over the experience of "almost made it".

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  22. I thought Anna was a bit more bad ass this episode, she's no criminal genius but she doesn't shy away from getting tough either, the whole "break his neck" thing with "how many  minutes" was good.  She might be hitting a good combination of tough when she has to be but doesn't mean she has to enjoy it so you see the vulnerable moments and hesitations along with the orders to harm.

    Justine Epp is totally playing Tina.  I think Tina sees it now or is at least suspicious because it seems like Justina overplayed her hand a bit with the questions this week.  I'm looking forward to how this plays out especially a moment that was in the previews for the season; hasn't aired yet so I'll spoiler tag it but ....


     Anna and Justina are in what looks like a barn and, not going to do the whole quote but Anna seriously threatens Justine with bodily harm and/or death.

    Is it wrong that despite her mistakes and the fact that, as @Dowel Jones said Anna is no Corleone and, most important, technically she's a criminal and the "bad guy" I'm somehow rooting for Anna even more than I'm rooting for Noah and Able to take the cartel down?  

    I'd say it's getting more interesting than what I thought when watching the first two episodes but I still can't help but feel like this is a rehash of S1 with different cop characters instead of a totally new story.  Right down to the "there must be a mole in the PD" hints.  I think if it were a longer season I'd be more tempted to bail but with 3 episodes to go I do want to see how it plays out.  

    Also am I missing Alyson Hannigan or are the credits off because she's listed for every single episode and I would swear she hasn't been in one yet?

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