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  1. My read was that it might also be the only way he can conceive of having a family. He certainly couldn't be married to a man. Not sure about adoption for gay men/couples in the 80's. I don't know if it was just the one time (that's a wild amount of prize money) but yeah, Cherry did say something in the drag ball episode about feeling free of her gambling debt. This season has been weird about introducing heavy topics like Cherry's gambling addiction and Tamme's substance abuse to deal with her pain and then dropping them super easily. I kept expecting his screenplay to come back but it seems he's recognized that hers is better and is fully putting his aside. Maybe he should stop trying to do autobiographical material. First Mothers and Lovers, now Paterfamilias. I feel like in the context of this show we as the audience were supposed to understand that it was all or nothing. To Ruth, she saw the directing she was doing on the TV show as just for fun or to step in and keep this show going where she gets to act in some way. But she's no longer as desperate. She doesn't want to just kind of act as Zoya. She wants to be recognized as an actress. And here is Debbie framing it as an off ramp where Ruth will never again go in for an audition and maybe this time be chosen (insert reference to La La Land here). In the context of this show, Debbie is asking her to give up on that dream. I will note that even if you're doing Chekhov or All About Eve or whatever, being a stage actress means doing the same thing night after night, hopefully for months, possibly for a year or more. I'm not confident that Ruth wouldn't get bored of that the way she got bored of doing Glow. Basically, I feel like we've gotten away from season 1 Ruth who just wanted to act. I think she wants different things now even if she fully hasn't admitted it to herself. Validation, stardom, I don't know. But she's not the same as in season 1.
  2. This is a weird problem to suddenly introduce with Tex. Slightly patronizing? Sure. But he also has a fair point. If she's concerned he's underbidding then she probably won't like the ruthless way he sometimes does business. See: Pretty Woman's explanation of corporate takeovers to sell companies for parts. LOVED Geena Davis' poinsettia sequin top. So pretty. It seems a little neat but whatever. Sure, Debbie has an amazing head for business and will extract Bash from all his Vegas commitments. Yay, Keith is back! I don't know if they're great candidates for adoption but whatever. I can excuse it since it's a good compromise. Cherry was worried about working and her body. And she had complicated feelings after the miscarriage. It seems like they both want a family though. (I swear to God, GLOW, if you introduce that Cherry doesn't like children and break them up again, I will riot.) It's easy to be mad at Bash for pulling his money from Rhapsody but the show was already losing money. There wasn't audience interest. Getting an angel investor to keep a dying show afloat isn't something you're entitled to. As much as I'm not invested in Ruth and Sam is how much I'm invested in Justine and Sam. When this show is over, I'm going to miss Melrose's outfits. Debbie looked great at the end of the episode. Very Murphy Brown. I'm sure there will be discord in this "Eden" but I'm excited for this plan for season 4. Unless the real actors got other jobs, Ruth and Carmen will be back.
  3. I'm coming at it from a slightly different angle. They're both wrong. She's wrong for thinking she was going to get the part and wrapping that up in her feelings for Sam and for thinking that just because she got lost in the desert and then saw a psychic that her life is going to be turning around. Yes, he did the right thing by telling her she wouldn't get the part before going back to his place. But he did the wrong thing by making her drive out there to audition when he should have known she was wrong for the part. Even if he had blinders, Justine basically told him as much. And it was a little weird for him to ask her out for drinks. Right after the audition, Ruth could read into that. And Ruth is allowed to be upset. He kept trying to get her to still come over. Maybe she's in love with him. Maybe she isn't. But he just gave her some devastating news. She probably doesn't want to come over and have sex anymore. That doesn't make her a bad person. That doesn't invalidate whatever feelings for him she might have. But it's an obvious mood killer and Sam was wrong to try and coerce her into it and get frustrated when she wasn't going for it. Basically what @Danny Franks said. These are two troubled people who are mismatched and I have no idea why I'm supposed to be rooting for them.
  4. I still don't get the point of Bobby. He's not a good impressionist. I don't know why he's a character on this show. I don't know that he really helped Sheila. They should have put more of that onscreen if it was significant. I guess he's there for Bash. I don't know. Are they doing Sam and Ruth or not? I don't want it but I also don't need to be jerked around like this. Do it or don't. They could be spending time on other characters. Tex is surprisingly unproblematic so far. Again, Sheila is fine. But not some kind of acting genius. WHOA. I figured something would go wrong with Rhonda's plan but I was not expecting that. I was surprised there was no resistance from Bash or Melrose's guy. Like, there was no bluster or pretense. Sometimes this show moves so slowly and sometimes it escalates super quickly. I naturally thought Bobby would be the closing act. I wasn't expecting Geena Davis at all. Was she wearing a chest plate? It was distracting that her face, arms, torso, and legs were four different colors.
  5. I just finished Fosse/Verdon before starting this show. Justine said the movie is based on her life but then she pivoted to talking about the AV Club. I hope Ruth just plays a teacher or something and not a version of herself who is in a relationship with the movie version of Sam like Ann Reinking in All That Jazz.
  6. I didn't love the beginning. It feels like the kind of thing someone thinks is artistic but just gets tedious very quickly because it's not communicating information well. Melrose is still seeing the prostitute!?! And paying him??? I really wanted to see Carmen's date. Cherry's in for $5000? How much does she make in the show? I don't like Shepard anyway but is it just me or was that scene from True West not impressive? I don't think Sheila is a great actress. Maybe we were supposed to see that but from my perspective, it just seems like Ruth was looking for a reason to be discouraged immediately, not like Sheila is some savant. Rich rancher's wife Debbie is mildly interesting. Not sure the point of the mud wrestling but at least we got some wrestling again. So Bash hasn't had sex with Rhonda for 2 months. I guess he thought he'd act the part and then drop it once she felt comfortable. But Rhonda is proving to be more clever than he gave her credit for. She hasn't been distracted by the money and the things. Everything seems to be leading Ruth to Sam. Still find it boring.
  7. Watching Rhonda/Birdie and Randy running away from Debbie, it was suddenly like I was watching 80's movie plots. Birdie isn't so bad. I'm not sure how to take Sam withdrawing from Justine when he was having a heart attack. Debbie's plot continues to be the least interesting but I'm curious about how JJ/Tex might play a role in the future.
  8. Debbie made some fair counterarguments when she was discussing the situation. Vegas is not really the right place to raise a baby. Debbie would have to live her life a lot differently. Even if she curtailed her sex life it's still a casino with smokers and loud noises. How would she arrange a babysitter for Randy? How much time would she be away from him? I don't think splitting Randy's time would work well. You don't really want to put a baby on a plane all the time. If Randy does stay with her I think it would be Mark flying back and forth until Debbie moved back to LA. From a 2019 perspective, Arthie sounded like she was describing pansexuality or any kind of sexual identity when you're attracted to specific people and not necessarily just men or just women or any other particular grouping. But there's bi erasure even in the gay community so I get how in the 80's, Yolanda would have been upset at Arthie rejecting labels. I think it was also a general sense of things. Like, how long it took before Arthie was comfortable with Yolanda going down on her and the way she couldn't even say the word "gay." She said, I'm not sure if I'm "that word." I'm hazy but I feel like she had one of the characters that was basically assigned by Sam and Bash. And as we saw with Arthie, yeah, they do get forced to play their stereotypes, especially the racial stereotypes. Whereas Melrose can be a party girl and Rhonda can be Britannica.
  9. I thought they'd decided to say fuck Bash and drive back to LA. Why are they going camping? I'm glad Jenny finally got a story besides making out with that other camera guy. Is this the first time we've seen Yolanda without makeup? I appreciate the women having a more serious talk around the fire but I'm not sure that truly resolved the issues from the past episode. Frankly, I'm not sure why they would have Melrose play Fortune Cookie anyway. And Jenny will probably continue to play Fortune Cookie, won't she? It's sweet that Carmen and Rhonda got to reconnect. We didn't see their friendship before but I appreciate Carmen being more than just everyone's trainer. I feel like the Sheila thing has been a joke that we're supposed to take seriously for some reason even though it's a bit offensive to people who genuinely have identities that may not match their physical appearance. Like Bash's sexuality, I feel like this is a storyline that could have been handled better. Up until now it's something we've only gotten fragments of. Is this supposed to be a coping mechanism from trauma? Mental illness? A genuine identity? I feel like it can't be that last one because Sheila is capable of joking about it and taking it off and has acknowledged that she is a human woman early on in the show. When Ruth was holding Sheila by the fire I was like, let them be a couple. It makes more sense than Ruth and Sam.
  10. I'm a Broadway person so I didn't have a problem with Bash extending the show necessarily (though it was a jerk move to override the other producers and not even discuss it with the cast). Shows want to run as long as possible. Performers get replaced. The problem is that with this particular show, the women have put so much work into their characters. And my guess is that if anyone gets replaced, the characters would stay the same. It's like if when The Rock decided to quit wrestling, they just got another guy to play the same character because they had to do a stage show.
  11. Oh, no. I really didn't want to see Tamme deal with substance abuse problems. Loved Geena Davis' gorgeously tacky funeral outfit. Alison Brie went full Judy Garland as Dorothy for her Liberty Belle. It was one of the few switches that almost worked. "Fuck. I feel like I'm on acid." XD Sheila's Liza wasn't great but it was better than Bobby's. Bash was a real jerk but I'm weirdly glad he wasn't more of a jerk? He didn't invoke anything in their contracts to force them to keep working. But he owns GLOW so he can keep the show running if he wants.
  12. To me, Bobby was making a light joke about Bash and Rhonda's marriage. And he backtracked when he realized the producer he was pitching his show to wasn't out of the closet. It was crazy to me that Bobby would do that. There was no sign that Bash was out or had some sort of arrangement with Rhonda. You should step more carefully in social interactions before you know what's going on. I didn't really feel bad for Bobby when Bash rejected his act because of that. And also because all his impressions were bad. Oh, that IS an interesting take. I was wondering how to interpret all the flipping but I just put it up to TV nonsense. Agreed. There's way too much confusion here and there shouldn't be. It's fine if most people don't know what's going on with Bash or if he's not 100% clear on his sexual identity but as the audience, these things shouldn't be in question. Another problem is that this story has been parceled out in such a way that we've had to piece it together and try and make sense of it. Meanwhile, we've gotten way too many scenes of Debbie post-marriage implosion and that story is pretty straightforward and easy to follow. I liked Russell at first. I don't think they have sizzling chemistry but he's very sweet. I think the problem is that the show floated Russell as a love interest and then took a hard turn into pitching Sam. Which only serves to make Russell feel temporary. I don't know that they have nothing in common as much as I know Russell makes the effort to find out what Ruth is interested in. He clearly has a life outside of her but we don't know about it and they didn't care to tell us about their phone conversations. I'm not super Team Russell but I really don't want to see Ruth and Sam get together.
  13. That was a fine drag queen but a bad Carol Channing. And the only Barbra I got was the wig and the outfit. The Liza didn't sound right either. So Russell is still in the picture. Is Chet supposed to be a character I care about? The way he worked his hips, I don't think he's straight. But that might be the actor and not the character. Whoa. Those earrings on Rhonda were crazy. To be fair, that was good close up sleight of hand magic. But also, Bash's outsized child-like reaction was so him. What is this? Bash wearing a fitted suit? I'm glad Kurt showed up. Carmen shouldn't have to rely on the rest of the cast to have a scene. I love Sheila but I'm still not sure how to feel about the wolf thing.
  14. Ah! Faith from UnREAL. I didn't love the dance class + tennis. I'm kind of starting to feel like I'm watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Also, is it me or were the dancers a little too thin and muscular for the 80's? I enjoyed Tamme and Sheila in acting class. LOL, he thought Melrose was a callgirl. Well, that's what you get for flirting like that. Who else responds "what do you want it to be?" when asked their name? Oh my God, HE was the prostitute? Amazing. No! How dare you, GLOW? Do not ruin Keith and Cherry! When they cut to Debbie in her hotel room I was so worried she was going to purge what she just ate with Ruth. Sometimes I don't know how dark this show is going to get. And then she watched the video. And THEN she did it. God damn it, GLOW. Do they have new writers? This episode was the worst.
  15. Loved how Debbie checked out the wings and was like... why are you giving my 10 month old baby a sharp, pointy object? I was expecting Bash and Rhonda's marriage to be rather chaste, at least initially. I appreciate that there was some equal opportunity nudity given all the unnecessary female nudity in seasons 1 and 2. I also appreciated how it was a way to check in on Keith/Cherry and Arthie/Yolanda as well. How many bustiers does Melrose own? That Bashful vanity license plate. XD Love that they decided to pair Yolanda and Arthie up. This makes their characters way more interesting. It was nice that Sam made Ruth have some fun... without either of them falling into a gambling addiction. But I'm still not interested in seeing them date.
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