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  1. https://gfycat.com/wavypeskygraywolf
  2. Our long national nightmare began with Cats. An international nightmare might have started with bats. And now, rats.
  3. I thought the 3rd episode was kind of irritating. I thought every celebrity was playing to the camera too much; every laugh was just a bit too loud, every pun or joke just that bit labored. And while Tan acknowledged that it was an incredible "privilege" for his greatest fear to be "aging" and "wrinkles," it was still the case that his greatest fear was...aging and wrinkles. On a programme about people getting cancer. I know 😭 The fact that she was just slightly off-camera, but we could hear her full-on heave-crying was just devastating.
  4. Down a rabbit hole I go! The P&G cleaner was introduced in 1933. According to the OED, the expression "spick and span" dates to 1665, with Samuel Pepys' diary containing the sentence: "My Lady Batten walking through the dirty lane with new spick-and-span white shoes." The OED does suggest that, occasionally, the phrase is written as "spic and span": for example, in 1793, in one of William Cowper's letters. This is probably because the Old English and Old French forms of the adjective "spick" does not have the "k." The etymology of the word "spic" is more contentious, but it's generally considered to be a different word than the "spick" in "spick and span." The first OED-documented use of the term (i.e., as a racial epithet), in 1913, makes clear that it's meant as a shortened form of "spigot" or "spigotty" (aka a Spanish speaker): "It was my first entrance into the land of the panameños, technically known on the Zone as 'Spigots,' and familiarly, with a tinge of despite, as 'Spigs.'" But of course, when words get shortened, they get shortened in various ways; plus, "spic" and "spick" are so close that they are often conflated. The OED says that "spick," "spig," and "spik" have all been used as variants of "spic"; Tender is the Night has a character call another a "spic." However, in the expression "spick and span," the original spelling (insofar as that is a thing) does appear to be "spick."
  5. Even better, the episode set up these characters as tropes -- and then blew up our expectations. The seemingly down-on-his-luck father turns out to be a creepy pedophile kidnapper! The nice old lady giving the little girl a coin got that coin from the wishes of sick children!! The lady with the pram, whose "baby" might get endangered during the shootout, turns out to be part of the hit squad!! The guy in the disguise, who seemed like he would be carrying on a simultaneous bank robbery, turned out to be proposing to the bank teller!!! They were, however, all running with the night. And it's actually "spick" when it's "spick and span."
  6. Now that we've established (?) what fruit or vegetable Brita's costume is, here's a follow-up question: what the fuck does a pineapple have to with balls? Let's at least commemorate Nicky Doll's spectacular eyeroll:
  7. Shall we watch video of Sebastian's show? Let's!
  8. That Sergio spent all season positioning himself as the "eco political" designer, only to have Nancy swoop in in the last few weeks to snatch the "Wokest Designer" title from him, is probably the one good, hilarious thing about the finale.
  9. I feel like we saw more customers in the restaurant -- customers who aren't Teddy and Mort, that is -- in this episode than we ever have. It was very disorienting!
  10. The credits suggest that it was Mayhem Miller and Sonique, respectively.
  11. I thought "Cycles," um, zoomed its way to near the top of any list of the show's best episodes (or at least of the show's best-written episodes). When it started I thought it would just focus on various cyclists (the Guy, the singing telegram man), but lots of other metaphors came in (pop songs being repurposed or recycled; people pooping, and the episode starting with composting and the guy's ashes being part of that compost 😂; etc.). I didn't like "Trick" as much, but it was still very good. And it reminded me of how far (good) TV has come. The latter half of the episode did lean on an old trope, the "ironic profession": here's a physician...who can't cure him- or herself! Here's a detective...who has no clue about his or her own life and relationships! Here, we got a intimacy coordinator, who ultimately herself crossed an intimacy line. But the show did it so believably and gently. Even 5-6 years ago, a TV show would have developed that storyline super heavy-handedly. Law and Order: SUV no doubt would have had an intimacy coordinator turn out to be a rapist, or something. (Actually, SUV probably would still do such a clunky storyline, god help us all.)
  12. Huh. It's interesting that the synopsis specifies that Ai is a "Singaporean mother." This is one of the episodes not based on a story published in Epic, and it looks like the family of writer/director, Tze Chun, is "from Hong Kong/China/Singapore/Malaysia." But there was absolutely nothing in the ep -- not Ai's accent, not the circumstances of her last -- that was coded as Singaporean. Heh. I imagine he taught some Soulstice classes on board the ship.
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