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  1. starri

    Connor Walsh: Resident Bad Boy

    My heart just kind of broke a little tonight.
  2. I really should be in bed, but I couldn't go to sleep not knowing. While the COTW was mostly a waste of time, I still have to give Laura Innes' direction props. She always knows how to get the most out of actors, and that was the moment where Michaela suddenly became amazing, and that carried over into the last episode. I would have cheered her scene with Aidan's mother if it wouldn't have woken my husband. The montage at the end where we cut back between the present day where we watch our characters lives fall apart more and the flashback to Lila's death was amazing. The music was part of it, but they ratcheted up the tension in such a way that until I let my breath out when we finally saw Frank's face (partially because I was expecting it to be Bonnie), I didn't realize I had been holding it. I think Conor and Oliver's horrible news has made me verklempt, and the only male/male relationship that I thought would ever hit me that hard was my own. I think Conor loves him enough that he's still going to want to be with him, as much as Oliver would push him away. There are things they can do to be safe. I need one relationship on this show to work out. ETA: Bonnie killed Rebecca.
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    S02.E01: Recovery

    While the last thing I expect from this show is solid reasoning, assuming they put any thought into this and he has the type of tumor I think he did based on what they told us (a meningioma, which is usually benign), he probably could have gotten surgery within the time frame (I think it was about six weeks later). Depending on where the tumor was, they might not even have had to open his skull, although I think he had a small scar at his temple that was, I guess, supposed to indicate that he'd had surgery. And with that, I probably put more thought into this than anyone associated with the show did.
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    S08.E07: Queen Bees

    I don't think she specifically said that the male model should be the wings, she only suggested that since neither Darla nor Stephanie had much experience with bodypainting that going with their original concept, with the male as camouflage wasn't the way they should go. And given that being part of the reason that Ben and Kelly ended up on the bottom, she probably had the right idea.
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    S08.E07: Queen Bees

    I think Emily is my favorite of the current crop, but I'm cynical enough to think that they don't want to have women win back-to-back, especially younger women without any real makeup experience. I would definitely have given her the Spotlight win, and it was frankly absurd that they even bothered with pretending Rob's makeup was anywhere near her's in the Foundation challenge. I'm not in a loved it or hated it category here. I loved the idea of the challenge (and both of the Top Looks) but the "I Don't Do Robots" attitude of most of the contestants (looking at you, Darla) really brought it down, for an average of "meh." I understand that most of them don't have a lot of experience/enthusiasm for this type of challenge, but for anyone who's ever watched this show, they have to know that judges can always tell when someone doesn't give a crap because it comes across in the work. Conversely, someone out of his/her element who just dives into usually has the effort pay off. It really bothered me. I don't have a problem with Rob getting the boot, but I'd probably have given it to Ben because of his terrible attitude. I know the judges don't see that, but I also think it was reflected in his work.
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    S06.E20: Episode 20

    I got an update from Taaluma. The response to their appearance was so overwhelming, they had to hire 15 new employees to keep up with the demand. I guess they don't keep much inventory, because it sounds like they're made-to-order. I don't have any urgent need for the thing, and maybe I just missed it on their website, but it would have been nice to know that beforehand. I don't regret my purchase, but they've said it could take up to 14 weeks to fill the order, and if I'm on the tail end of that, I'm going to be at a different address by then. Oh well.
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    S05.E14: Foot Loose

    Next thing you know, goddamn Tommy will be back, and Maura will get even more marginalized.
  8. starri

    S05.E14: Foot Loose

    Wow, Korsak hired Angela to work at the Dirty Robber? That is the biggest surprise in the history of surprises. Look, I want to watch a show called Rizzoli and Isles not Rizzoli and Isles and Angela.
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    S06.E20: Episode 20

    Wow, he sounds incredibly Canadian there.
  10. starri

    S02.E01: Recovery

    I'm sorry if it came like I was making that comment toward you. It was more a comment at the show, which looked to me like it was denigrating the entire profession. PA's have to practice under the supervision of a physician, but they can do pretty much anything a primary care doctor can do, aside from a few limitations on the types of prescriptions they're able to write. Topher presented it as being "mostly scut work." "Scut work" is doctorspeak for menial labor type things--tracking down lab reports and x-rays, fetching supplies, running simple tests; "Scut" is an acronym for "some common unfinished tasks," and the people within a hospital who do it are usually called "medical students." This show is what it is, and as annoying as I find some of the rather loose depictions of medical science, I understand that some of that is for dramatic reasons. Putting down an entire profession, whose practitioners spend almost as much time in school as full-on physicians (3 years versus 4), as glorified gophers bothered me. It's a hard job to get into, and in a lot of cases it's full of people who work just as hard as doctors for less money and respect. And no, I'm not a PA. When I decided to go back to school in my early 30s, I thought very seriously about it, but ultimately decided I'd be willing to put myself through an extra year of school. So I'm going to be one of those old residents that Topher was talking about. I'm sorry for the rant. This (the show, not your comment) touched a nerve in a way that actually bothered me a lot. When they goof with the medicine (or put their stethoscopes in their ears backward, which drives me nuts), I roll my eyes and annoy my husband by pointing it out. But something like this, you know, maybe talk to someone who's been inside a hospital. And don't even get me started on the magically portable ECMO.
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    S02.E01: Recovery

    Actually, that pissed me off. Being a physician assistant isn't something you can just do. There's a pretty rigorous three-year training that goes along with being a PA, and admission to a program is just as, if not more, selective as medical school. And I couldn't figure out what they were saying about Ragosa taking his boards to get his MD. You don't have to take your boards to be awarded an MD, you need to take them in order to practice. "Mostly scut work" my ass, Topher. Eion Macken's accent was slipping out all over the place. I liked that they managed to stage what's-her-face's cancer without doing a biopsy. Also, Pancoast tumors cause pain in the arm and shoulder, not the neck. Other than that, let's see, anvil about Drew and Rick, anvil about Kenny and Krista and the badly-in-need-of-a-haircut Adam Rodriguez, and a breakroom to replace the rooftop party and the food truck. So, just about an average episode.
  12. starri

    Favorite Closer Moments

    You know, as much as I eventually to like--okay, tolerate--Taylor, and their frenemies working relationship, that is just the most golden thing ever.
  13. starri

    S28.E19: Fall from Grace

    It's made a little clearer in the RS article, but she was apparently convinced that she was going to be the instrument through which God delivered Tyler from his homosexuality. And that's really the pity of the whole situation; from the way she'd described, she seems like someone I would have liked. It's very hard for me to be objective about the whole story, being the gay, atheist product of two mainline Protestant ministers. I don't have any use for religion of any stripe, but I understand how it gives people meaning and purpose, and if that helps them get through the day, great. But I also really have to give the side-eye to more extreme Pentecostal/charismatic movements like the International House of Prayer. It's not just the speaking-in-tongues, laying-on-of-hands exorcism stuff that I have a problem with, it's the premillennial "warrior" mindset that making them prepare for the Tribulation (which is really only from the book of Revelation, and which most people who accept the Higher Criticism take as a metaphor) as though it's about to occur three minutes from now. It just doesn't sound healthy for anyone concerned, not even Tyler.
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    S28.E19: Fall from Grace

    They did, actually, but settled out of court.
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    S28.E19: Fall from Grace

    The only thing that it said about the note was that people didn't think it sounded like her. I'm inclined to think suicide as well, although Micah's story was just so bizarre (even if contradicted by the physical evidence) that it's hard for me to discount it entirely. But I also am willing to think that whether or not Tyler put that bag around her head, he did create the situation where she felt she had to. So is the International House of Prayer.
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    S06.E19: Episode 19

    Now that I'm thinking about it, it reminds me a lot of John Oliver's rant about the extremely fuzzy math Miss America uses to declare themselves the largest provider of scholarships for women.
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    S28.E19: Fall from Grace

    I think I'd read that Rolling Stone article before, but I didn't make the connect to the episode simply because they didn't mention the Harry Potter stuff, nor some of the more...ahem...extreme beliefs of the International House of Prayer. It really makes the episode even less substantial than I already thought it was. It's the line about how the unnamed friend just wondered why Tyler couldn't just be gay, and find a guy, and be happy," that jogged my memory. The worst part of the whole thing is that if it wasn't for Bethenny's death, Tyler is the one I'd feel sorry for.
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    S28.E19: Fall from Grace

    The tortuous language both the cops and the husband used to avoid saying that he was having sex with the other male members of the cult was Clinton-level. Inasmuch as I suspect foul play on the part of the husband and his flock, I will say that the church was a big proponent of the Ugandan "Kill the Gays" law, so I think there was probably zero chance of that story having a happy ending for anyone. Just so we're clear, I'm not blaming the church for the woman's death. I'm just saying there probably couldn't be a less-healthy place to be conflicted about your orientation besides maybe the Westboro Baptist Church.
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    S28.E18: Dangerous Games

    So, we get "Twenty Hues of Charcoal" in an episode whose timing is I'm sure completely random. CBS News would like to remind you that anyone into anything slightly kinky should be ashamed of him/herself and not be allowed to be around normal people. Am I the only one who thinks Troy Roberts is a bit dim?
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    S06.E20: Episode 20

    It may be because they have trouble getting enough fabric. Their website mentions that if you like a particular design (especially if it's marked as a limited edition) to jump on it, because they will most likely not be able to get that exact fabric again. They do offer wristbands as well and anyone who purchases a backpack this weekend and then either tweets about it or shares it on Facebook gets three free. I declined, as I'm long in the tooth for that.
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    S06.E20: Episode 20

    Yes. If Google doesn't buy it and pair it with Nest once they actually have sales, I'm going to be very, very surprised. According to the Taalum website, you can get a 17" laptop in it. And a tablet would take up less space and would also serve as a storage device for textbooks.
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    S06.E08: A Wedding

    This.
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    S06.E08: A Wedding

    I haven't watched this show in a long, long time, and I don't understand why Ryan Murphy is so convinced that the person you're with in high school is supposed to be your soulmate, and I also totally didn't cry when Santana and Abuela reconciled, and anyone who tells you I did is lying.
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    S06.E20: Episode 20

    Come on, Maureen McDonnell got sentenced yesterday. That's the biggest news out of Richmond since her husband received his sentence. I could see it being a trendy thing for a while and them getting away with those kind of prices, but I think the $72 with shipping I paid is pretty reasonable. Unfortunately, it's a bit small for my current needs, but those should be reduced shortly.
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