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  1. tominboston

    S06.E03: The Tattler

    I knew that Chelsea/Gina was leaving the show and I wondered how they would send her off. Last night's plot worked for me because it showed Jake being so supportive of her ambitions. I know that a lot of folks found the Gina character grating, but as one who has spent a fair amount of time in New York City over the years I think she represented a certain sort of pushy, wiseass native New Yorker that I suspect would be found in any precinct house in the city. All of the other B99 characters are so conscientious about their jobs (well, OK, there's Hitchcock and Scully...) that Gina's general smugness and indifference was a nice comic balance. The show will do fine without her, but I'm not celebrating her departure.
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    S03.E10: Janet(s)

    Absolutely. She was amazing and then some. Kudos to the show's computer team as well for all the digital manipulation, which was pretty neat. So assuming that someone is in charge of the (real) Good Place, did he/she/it not notice that humans had stopped showing up there in recent centuries? And is the Judge in on the Bad Place scam too?
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    S03.E09: Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By

    No. Right? I don't remember seeing any. So could the Puking Moose actually have been some sort of constructed supernatural space, rather than a real bar that the gang happened to wander into while waiting for Michael and Janet to finish their visit with Doug Forcett? How else would the demonic hit squad have known where they were?
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    S04.E06: Maternity Leave

    I see several negative comments about Eden Sher as Penny/Sue Heck II, but I found the character reasonably amusing. The whole Cloud 9 crew is made up of oddballs, and adding a fast-talking hyperactive as another recurring character is fine with me. No, I wouldn't want a whole episode of her, but a scene now and then could be fun. The otherwise sane-seeming guy relieving himself in the middle of the store was a perfect ending. As for the postpartum plot, it had its funny moments -- the pumping/praying bit especially -- but more importantly I appreciate the point America Ferrera was trying to make about the difficulties faced by working mothers without maternity leave and/or decent health insurance. I love the show as a sitcom but it's fine with me if it occasionally makes a serious point.
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    S02.E02: Asking for a Friend

    I really want to like this show and loved the characters last season, but I too think it's starting to drift without focus. Last night's episode just felt off somehow, although I did like the way Martin made an effort to see Lena's side of things when he took on the real estate agent. C'mon writers, you can do better
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    S03.E04: The Snowplow

    I loved the football references this week -- Jason discovered fellow Jaguars fans in Sydney and Tahani dated Tom Brady! But as usual I have to watch the episode again over the weekend. The dialogue on this show often moves so fast that I think I miss some of the extremely clever references that the writers throw in. I do like the concept someone mentioned above that Simone could be an agent of the Good Place. Anything seems to be plausible in this show, and it makes sense that whoever runs the Good Place might want to help save these flawed but basically decent humans from eternal damnation.
  7. tominboston

    The Neighborhood

    I figured that any show with Cedric The Entertainer and Max Greenfield would have to be good, but the premier disappointed me. Cedric was pretty funny as the grumpy black guy, but Max/Dave is just SO nice and earnest and perpetually cheerful that he was unsettling. I'll give the show a couple weeks to find its footing and maybe get a little more subtle with the writing for the white characters, but I don't think it's off to a great start.
  8. tominboston

    S11.E01: Fake News

    I was a fan of the original show and I'm very happy to have it back with the same cast, even if the beating of the orange-haired dead horse did seem a little forced at times. I expect that now that the basic premise has been established, future episodes will be a little smoother.
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    S07.E07: The Curse of the Pirate Bride / S07.E08: Engram Pattersky

    That was a nice sendoff, with an appropriately chaotic Nick/Jess wedding. I could have done without Russell, but otherwise it was fun, including Stoned Jess's plastic eyeball over her eye patch. And the flash forward to everyone living happily ever after with a big herd of kids was sweet. New Girl's best seasons were the early ones, but I always enjoyed looking in on these crazy folks and I'll miss them. Thanks to all involved with the show for a lot of smiles.
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    S03.E21: Aftermath

    I assume that the writers have a plan that leads to a reasonably happy ending for this mess next season -- after all, the show is a comedy -- but at the moment I'm wondering where the hell they're going with this. I know that America is pregnant in real life, but I don't see any warm fuzzies coming in where the show is taking Amy, and they could easily have continued with the Amy/Jonah/Kelly/Amy's delivery guy boyfriend whose name I don't remember thing without a pregnancy complication. I feel really sorry for Kelly, who's a sweet person who is getting shafted, and even for Jonah, who as he said towards the end of last night's episode, waited two years for Amy before moving on and then she makes a move. The season finale episode should be interesting. C'mon, writers, I like these characters and I don't want to see simmering anger carry over. Thankfully, the show remains a must-see for me... I love all of the other characters and the quick sight gags and the generally surreal goofiness of Cloud 9. And I can deal with the product placements if, as someone wrote above, they helps keep the show on the air.
  11. tominboston

    S03.E20: Gender Reveal

    Wow. I know that America is pregnant IRL, but I wish they hadn't decided to incorporate it into the show... to me it just messes things up with respect to Amy/Jonah and Amy's life in general, a dynamic that I though the show was developing nicely. Now it gets dark. But I suspect that America wants to make the point that unplanned pregnancies can be a life-altering experience for low-paid retail workers. Having said that, I'll add myself to the folks who are complementing Lauren Ash on a great writing job. I noticed that there was something a little different in the general tone this episode, pregnancy reveal aside. The various mothers describing the pregnancy experience and Dina's reaction were especially funny, plus the quick sight gag of guys signing up on the "sex w/Amy" whiteboard. I hope they let Lauren write some more next season.
  12. tominboston

    S03.E19: Lottery

    Aww, poor Kelly. The Amy/Jonah scene at the end was sweet and they're obviously meant for each other, but Jonah was a total jerk for blowing off the special date he had arranged with Kelly without even calling her. She really needs to ditch him. Nice to see Myrtle again, cheerful as always. I love her and I was afraid that the character had been written out of the show.
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    S01.E01: Pilot

    I liked the pilot and I'll watch at least the next couple episodes to see where it goes. The concept of a divorced couple who don't absolutely hate each other is pleasantly unusual for a sitcom, and I've been a big Jenna Fisher fan since The Office... when she does that sad/lonely look I want to reach into the TV and hug her. Yes, there were a couple rough edges in the pilot, but most shows seems to take a few episodes to hit their stride. And there were centipedes!!!
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    S03.E16: Target

    I don't think there's any danger of Cheyenne being written out of the show. I think that bit just made the point that many retail workers have to hold multiple jobs to make enough money to get by on minimum or near-minimum wage. Am I the only one who feels a little sorry for Kelly? She seems really sweet, if socially awkward, and Jonah seems to be with her just because she's pretty and available and he's afraid to commit to Amy. But the furniture scene was pretty funny.
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    S03.E15: Amnesty

    I agree that Sandra is an absolute delight. This show has done as good a job as anyone since The Office with casting and writing characters for a workplace comedy. And speaking of "secondary" characters, I finally got around to looking up Linda Porter, who plays Myrtle, who always makes me smile (especially since she sometimes reminds me of my very elderly mother!). She's 85 in real life!!! Wow, good for her.
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