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Ahead of their impending move to India, Devi faces her first-ever love triangle, while Nalini tries to sell her patient roster to a flashy competitor.

 

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Oh Devi, this is not going to go well. I have missed this show.

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Welcome Back Devi, Eleanor, Fab, and other Sherman Oakers. Wish more of my friends watched so I'd have others to discuss this with. Loved S1! Go Devi.

Can't read any more comments. Am saving NHIE until the dog days of August. Have fun everybody!

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Her and Ben make more sense together, so of course this show will likely go the route of Paxton. 
Now I can’t unsee Paxton looking a lot older than Devi. 
I am also enjoying Common’s character.

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24 minutes ago, peachmangosteen said:

Paxton looks borderline old enough to be Davi’s dad. It’s really squicking me out lol.

I’m terrible at ages… I had to look his up. He’s 30 to her 19. 😳

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 @paulvdb, thank you soooo much for creating individual episode threads 🙏🏻🙇🏻‍♀️😘
I have only watch this one of season 2 so far.

 

44 minutes ago, DanaMB said:

I’m terrible at ages… I had to look his up. He’s 30 to her 19. 😳

Oy. I wish I hadn't read that. 

Oh well, moving on to the fictional, age-appropriate character discussion...

I usually hate triangles, but this one is realistic and age-appropriate. It reminds me of when I was not much older than Devi and, while back the Stoners Age, nobody went steady or on actual dates, I did have times when more than one guy expressed an interest and I felt I need to pick one. 
In the end I've spent most of my life uncoupled. I would like to see Devi eventually realizing she doesn't need to be half of a couple.

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Devi dating both isn't going to end well, but I can't blame her, believing she'll be moving to India in a month (I'm assuming the move won't happen). 

I like Devi with both guys though now knowing the Paxton actor's real age it does squick me out. 

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I actually think it makes more sense for kids that age to date around a bit before settling into a couple. But it won't end well because that doesn't seem to be socially accepted anymore. 

 

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Nice to have this show back again, with Devi and her friends, family, potential boyfriends, and of course, our narrator John. 

Devi trying to date both boys is going to end badly, but I can see why Devi sees it as being a good idea considering she thinks she's moving to India in a month. I don't think the move will actually end up happening, but Devi certainly does. It might actually have been easier if Devi had just told guy guys she wanted to date casually and see both of them, the sitcom style juggling two dates is what is going to cause all of the trouble. 

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19 hours ago, possibilities said:

I actually think it makes more sense for kids that age to date around a bit before settling into a couple. But it won't end well because that doesn't seem to be socially accepted anymore. 

Yes, even 10 years ago when my youngest was in college and not ready to get married, she would tell me how guilty she felt for dating 2 guys. I could not convince her it was appropriate. 

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Ah I missed this crazy show. And it was back in fine form. I died at Devi's mom saying to Ben, "it's always the short ones" and asking Devi if she was going to have sex on her grave. I wonder if they're going to go for the cliché and go there with Devi's mom and Common's character. 

I guess I have the unpopular opinion of not seeing this big glaring age difference with Devi and Paxton. Yes, I know the actor's real life age and for sure, Hollywood needs to stop hiring adults to play teenagers. But I've never thought it was glaringly obvious onscreen. 

Honestly, the actor who plays Ben is only a year older than Maitreyi in real life and in some close ups and scenes he looks much older. He's short but he actually has something of an adult face. I've thought Fabiola at times has a more mature look to her and the actress is only 21 in real life. 

Point being that in typical Hollywood fashion, the teenagers rarely ever look like actual teenagers. Which I guess may be what makes the Paxton thing glaring for some because Maitreyi is one of the few actors playing a high school kid who looks like one. But yeah Paxton and Devi scenes don't bother me at all. 

Paxton and Ben are both fine and I loved Devi's Pros and Cons list. I especially liked that she didn't ignore Ben's being a massive dick to her for years and Paxton's essentially not being on her intellectual level. But yeah I'm basically Team No One for this triangle and I'm just waiting for when it inevitably and hilariously blows up in Devi's face. 

I'm just not buying the chemistry between Devi and Ben and her and Paxton are cringe because he's well, just not very bright. I just don't buy either one is really right for her, But as others said, dumb as the plan may be, I can understand her thought process when she was operating under the belief she'd be moving halfway across the world in a month anyway.

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Don't cast a 19 year if you're gonna cast a 30 year old as her love interest lol. I don't mind 20 somethings playing teens (30 somethings is pushing it though imo) but when there are some actual teens in there too, it's always very obvious to me and usually pretty squicky.

But also for me, the actor playing Paxton looks every bit of those 30 years. 

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Maybe it's because I'm older than dirt, but everyone looks early 20s to me and I'm used to seeing that age playing teenagers. I said it last season that Devi is the only one who looks like an actual teen. 

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On 7/15/2021 at 6:37 PM, possibilities said:

I actually think it makes more sense for kids that age to date around a bit before settling into a couple. But it won't end well because that doesn't seem to be socially accepted anymore. 

As teenagers? In the same school?  I think dating around in college is okay but dating people in the same high school seems like it's a recipe for disaster. Too many hormones.  Too many emotions.  It's the place where people get go try out their first relationships,  get their first heartbreak and that makes them realize it doesn't need to be so serious just in time for college.

But also, if you're going to do that....

On 7/16/2021 at 4:23 PM, peachmangosteen said:

I think it's fine but you should probably be letting them know about each other lol. 

Yep.  This is the ethical approach.   Or at least be clear that the plan is to date other people.

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On 7/17/2021 at 1:01 AM, truthaboutluv said:

Ah I missed this crazy show. And it was back in fine form. I died at Devi's mom saying to Ben, "it's always the short ones" and asking Devi if she was going to have sex on her grave. I wonder if they're going to go for the cliché and go there with Devi's mom and Common's character. 

I guess I have the unpopular opinion of not seeing this big glaring age difference with Devi and Paxton. Yes, I know the actor's real life age and for sure, Hollywood needs to stop hiring adults to play teenagers. But I've never thought it was glaringly obvious onscreen. 

Honestly, the actor who plays Ben is only a year older than Maitreyi in real life and in some close ups and scenes he looks much older. He's short but he actually has something of an adult face. I've thought Fabiola at times has a more mature look to her and the actress is only 21 in real life. 

Point being that in typical Hollywood fashion, the teenagers rarely ever look like actual teenagers. Which I guess may be what makes the Paxton thing glaring for some because Maitreyi is one of the few actors playing a high school kid who looks like one. But yeah Paxton and Devi scenes don't bother me at all. 

Paxton and Ben are both fine and I loved Devi's Pros and Cons list. I especially liked that she didn't ignore Ben's being a massive dick to her for years and Paxton's essentially not being on her intellectual level. But yeah I'm basically Team No One for this triangle and I'm just waiting for when it inevitably and hilariously blows up in Devi's face. 

I'm just not buying the chemistry between Devi and Ben and her and Paxton are cringe because he's well, just not very bright. I just don't buy either one is really right for her, But as others said, dumb as the plan may be, I can understand her thought process when she was operating under the belief she'd be moving halfway across the world in a month anyway.

I think it's more problematic here because Paxton looks soooooo much older than Devi. 

On 7/17/2021 at 6:59 PM, Irlandesa said:

As teenagers? In the same school?  I think dating around in college is okay but dating people in the same high school seems like it's a recipe for disaster. Too many hormones.  Too many emotions.  It's the place where people get go try out their first relationships,  get their first heartbreak and that makes them realize it doesn't need to be so serious just in time for college.

But also, if you're going to do that....

Yep.  This is the ethical approach.   Or at least be clear that the plan is to date other people.

They're literally sitting on either side of Devi in class. It's not cool IMO lol. 

On 7/17/2021 at 1:15 PM, festivus said:

Maybe it's because I'm older than dirt, but everyone looks early 20s to me and I'm used to seeing that age playing teenagers. I said it last season that Devi is the only one who looks like an actual teen. 

I think Devi may be the only one who's an actual teen in real life. Her friends look much older and so does Ben. I think it's Paxton's wrinkles that feel uncomfortable when he's dating/kissing teenage Devi.

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8 minutes ago, love2lovebadtv said:

I think Devi may be the only one who's an actual teen in real life. Her friends look much older and so does Ben. I think it's Paxton's wrinkles that feel uncomfortable when he's dating/kissing teenage Devi.

The actress who plays Devi is currently 19.  She was 18 when the show started.  The Ben actor is only a year older so he was a teen when the show started but he's 20 now.  Eleanor is 23.  I can't find the age of the actress who plays Fabiola.

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I stick with my opinion that it's fine for teens to date more than one person and NOT be a couple. But I agree that the key is to be open and clear about what your intentions are. I may not be as much of a romantic as most people, but I don't see anything wrong with going out with someone, enjoying each other, but not being exclusive. If everyone is on the same page, there's no reason for melodrama. Not everyone is pretend marrying the first person they kiss. 

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Wasn't there a throwaway line in one of the early episodes about all the "teens" in Riverdale actually being actors in their 30s?  I spent the first season wondering if that was some sort of meta line explaining why the actor cast as Paxton is obviously not in his teens anymore.  He's a handsome man, but he doesn't look like a teenager.  

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7 hours ago, Phebemarie said:

Wasn't there a throwaway line in one of the early episodes about all the "teens" in Riverdale actually being actors in their 30s?  I spent the first season wondering if that was some sort of meta line explaining why the actor cast as Paxton is obviously not in his teens anymore.  He's a handsome man, but he doesn't look like a teenager.  

Yea, and I too took it as a self jab at them casting a 30 year old to play Paxton.

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7 hours ago, Phebemarie said:

Wasn't there a throwaway line in one of the early episodes about all the "teens" in Riverdale actually being actors in their 30s?  I spent the first season wondering if that was some sort of meta line explaining why the actor cast as Paxton is obviously not in his teens anymore.  He's a handsome man, but he doesn't look like a teenager.  

Which is untrue since the cast are all in their 20’s, some early 20’s when the show started. I don’t think the Paxton actor looks 30 but he does look significantly older than Devi, but that’s not the reason I don’t prefer her with him.

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