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Plum goes through withdrawal as she works on her new writing assignment; Jennifer rampages, leaving the country a fearful, bloody mess.

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While this episode will not air until June 11, 2018, it will be available on the AMC app for the week prior. Entering the topic will spoil you for the episode. You have been warned! ;)

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My thoughts so far. I'll definitely keep watching but there's a few things that are already kind of off for me.

First of all my consistent reaction to the way Plum is treated is all over the place. I think I'd really find it more believable that total strangers go out of their way to be so over the top shitty to her because of her size if she were way larger and not so well groomed and dressed. While I appreciate the things she has to say about how painful it can be to be heavy it's just weird to watch a show where this stuff is cartoon level hostile while the rest can be realistic.

I buy it more when she's being insulted in her work place for example.

The tiger scene really bothered me. I guess the bestiality vibes were too much for me if the show is trying to humanize a fat woman.

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On 6/5/2018 at 4:22 PM, DiabLOL said:

First of all my consistent reaction to the way Plum is treated is all over the place. I think I'd really find it more believable that total strangers go out of their way to be so over the top shitty to her because of her size if she were way larger and not so well groomed and dressed. While I appreciate the things she has to say about how painful it can be to be heavy it's just weird to watch a show where this stuff is cartoon level hostile while the rest can be realistic.

I saw this very differently. I am fat just slightly over the obese line and I am freaking shocked on a daily basis at how horrible people are to me (or to other larger people I know).  I love that this show (or the book) doesn't shy away from that.  I think every large woman knows it is downright vicious.  It is absolutely the last socially acceptable prejudice / no hate.  

On 6/5/2018 at 4:22 PM, DiabLOL said:

guess the bestiality vibes were too much for me if the show is trying to humanize a fat woman.

I didn't see any bestiality vibes. It was more like Tony the tiger -- she even made a cereal joke. That was the cartoon area of this episode.  I didn't like it only because it was boring. I find "hallucination" episodes to be filler to slow the plot down and have things happen but not happen.

 

I also enjoyed that 

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the detective guy is married and just cozying up for the investigation

Love that the fat woman's instinct was validated here. 

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The second episode was just sitting there on my on demand, and boy is this show crazy! I love love love it.  I'm three hours in and I generally know whether I am going to stick with a show after three hours.  If any of you guys or gals have comcast on demand, check out the extra episode, I am not counting the two hour pilot. Yeah Julianna really looks scary skinny, I hope that is just for this part, cause that girl is gonna die of starvation.  This is a hell of a cast! Especially whoever is playing Tiger Man. (or was that actor the cop in her dream?) ?

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Ugh.  

If I'd known about ep 3 before ep 1, I think I wouldn't have bothered to watch.  Despite my Adam Rothenberg jones.

Still divided on watching this all the way through.

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Trust me, the third episode is magic....really sick, I loved it, especially Tony the Tiger. WOW. Shame that she wasted all that food though.  You'll see. 

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On 6/6/2018 at 3:49 PM, BooBear said:

I didn't see any bestiality vibes. It was more like Tony the tiger -- she even made a cereal joke. That was the cartoon area of this episode.   

Hm.  Agree to disagree.

The show hasn't shied away from incorporating animation with rl.  The Tiger wasn't a cartoon.  It *could have been*, and that would've distanced us from what was going on.  

But it was Dominic dressed as a Furry.  I liked the dialogue but didn't care for the set-up.  

It seems to me that, just like UnReal and Girlfriend's Guide..., Marti can't commit to a theme.  So her heroines are strong and funny, and whiny put-upon victims.  Yeesh.  Pick a lane.

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Even when the show goes veering off in a crazy direction like Plum's Tony the Tiger hallucination (which I was fine with because as weird as it was, we already knew that one of the possible side effects of going off Y was hallucinations), we still get nuggets of realistic truth like Kitty, a powerful woman, saying that men would rather destroy the world than let women rule it. The jerk in the convenience store was so typical too. First he aggressively hits on a woman and when she doesn't instantly swoon, he starts attacking her and slut shaming her and then finishes up by insulting a fat woman.

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I just watched all 3 episodes and I don't think there's enough here for me to continue watching. I love the lead actress, her friend at the bakery and her mom but I don't care about the other plots or characters.  I also can't quite get a handle on the tone of the show. I'd actually prefer it to be more serious and less cartoon-y.  Maybe its because the show is on AMC I expected something different. I wonder if this was shopped to Lifetime or Bravo or even E!? Though I admit if the show was on any of those channels I never would've given it a second thought since I don't like any of their programming.

Maybe I'll do a late summer binge and FF to the Plum parts. I've never heard of Joy Nash but I'll definitely watch her in whatever she does next.

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Plum's hallucination of Dominic as the tiger was hilarious. Of course, he turns out to be an ass.

Steven is such a good friend. I love him and Plum's mother. I like Ben. He is sweet. He definitely likes Plum. 

I rather destroy the world than let Kitty rule it so there.

Joy Nash rules! What a talent

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The show started out promising but is losing my interest. The tiger stuff was uninteresting and went on forever. I much prefer the glimpses at how fat women are treated and what that causes, and the exploration of perspectives like the big woman last episode who was big and fabulous. 

Also, I have to put in the point that fat men face issues as well. It may not involve models and being skinny, which is insidious I agree. But there are desirable male body types as well and if you don’t look like them, you can ha r similar problems. So these issues shouldn’t be laid st the feet of men only. It’s societal.

Jennifer is too much, too soon. 

And who takes that long to read their email after a hallucination? That is the first place I would go after sobering up. That and social media. 

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I'm loving this show and thoroughly enjoying it even if I don't quite get metaphor/hallucinations etc. very well.  

I love both themes; fat and......IDK I hate to use "man hating"  because it makes it sound like being angry about how women are treated by men is wrong.  And I'm just so sick of it.  A small town local I played with when young and knew my whole life just had her daughter shot down in the driveway by her boyfriend.  I worked most of my life in a very male dominated arena (military).  Bleh. 

So the Jennifer thing has me filled with glee and I refuse to feel guilty about it.  

I belong to a fb group called Flying Fat and the stories on there....her comment about flying really hit home.  

Not sure about the hacking thing....where is that going?  I guess that's related to Jennifer?  

 

It seemed like she was caving to the idea of the detective liking her, hope she sticks with her gut.  Although as a plot device that probably won't work as well as starting to think he might actually be interested.  

 

Is Y supposed to represent anti depressants in general?  Diet drugs?  I'm not sure why this is such a thing and referred to as if everyone knows about it, like it is THE drug out there. 

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I read the book a few years ago and, based on that, expected to love this, but I'm finding it disjointed and tedious. I think it must be that the directors are spending much more time on things like the tiger hallucination than it would have taken to read. 

I very much enjoy the story  of a big woman learning to live  her authentic  life while dealing with a world full of beauty judges and weight loss scams.

  I don't enjoy the Jennifer bits at all.  I've always hated vigilante justice, even when the perpetrator deserves it, because of what it turns us into. I believe even rapists should go through the due process of the law.  Plus, I'm anti-death penalty, much less death with terror.

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On 6/6/2018 at 6:49 PM, BooBear said:

I saw this very differently. I am fat just slightly over the obese line and I am freaking shocked on a daily basis at how horrible people are to me (or to other larger people I know).  I love that this show (or the book) doesn't shy away from that.  I think every large woman knows it is downright vicious.  It is absolutely the last socially acceptable prejudice / no hate.  

And it will always  be "acceptable" until hollywood and the tabloids get their shit together and stop judging people on appearance.   Hollywood and the tabloids could take the lead if they really wanted to.   Unfortunately we live in a time where people don't have to have talent as long as they have the "looks".   Sad but true.

Social media is another place where calling someone fat is considered an insult.  Even the concept of "fat shaming" is a joke.  There is no such thing as "fat shaming", because it gives the abusive asshole an out for being what they are, abusive assholes.  Some are using  "fat shaming" as an excuse to humiliate someone in an effort to get that person to lose weight.    In most cases that isn't the reason behind it.    Most act that way in an effort to be cruel and degrade a fellow human being.  They got off on it, and don't have the sack to own it.  Why I don't know.

"Fat shaming" isn't anything knew.  It has been going on for at least fifty years if not longer.

I will get off my soapbox, now.

The best part of this episode was the last scene where Plum really opened up about her life experiences after trying to come off of the anti-depressants.

I really didn't need to see Plum diddling herself.

Of course the deceptive detective is married. 

ETA:   I do like Plum's mom and Plum's friend Steven.  They are trying to be supportive of Plum, but are going about it in the wrong way.  

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4 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

I do like Plum's mom and Plum's friend Steven.  They are trying to be supportive of Plum, but are going about it in the wrong way.  

 

I agree with everything you say, Icemiser, but I can't put my finger on what Plum's mom is doing wrong, although I agree that it's not working. She says what I would probably say if Plum was my daughter.  I just feel for Ma Kettle because I know she's afraid Plum will hurt herself with surgery or drugs or some other drastic weight loss scheme.  That said, I think Plum's mother is the only person with any right to talk to Plum about her issues.

One of my pet peeves about this subject is people giving unasked for weight loss advice on the pretext of concern for another's health.  These same people are seldom seen lecturing others about their alcohol consumption or texting and driving, it's just the health risks of someone else's  obesity they all seem to lose sleep over.  As Lindy West famously responds to those people, "I don't owe you health."

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On 6/5/2018 at 4:22 PM, DiabLOL said:

My thoughts so far. I'll definitely keep watching but there's a few things that are already kind of off for me.

First of all my consistent reaction to the way Plum is treated is all over the place. I think I'd really find it more believable that total strangers go out of their way to be so over the top shitty to her because of her size if she were way larger and not so well groomed and dressed. While I appreciate the things she has to say about how painful it can be to be heavy it's just weird to watch a show where this stuff is cartoon level hostile while the rest can be realistic.

I buy it more when she's being insulted in her work place for example.

The tiger scene really bothered me. I guess the bestiality vibes were too much for me if the show is trying to humanize a fat woman.

I agree about having trouble believing that she is that attacked due to her size.  Maybe, it's not common in NYC, but, in NC, a lot of people, including women are her size.  She doesn't appear that different from the average person on the street, even in our capital city.  So, I have to just imagine that she's being treated that way. And don't you have to be at least 100 pounds overweight in order to qualify for bariatric surgery? 

It's a little out there for me, but, I am kind of enjoying it.  I think I'll see it through.  

I thought the tiger bit was funny.  I tried to ignore that there are people who are totally into that furry love thing though.  It's called Furry fetish.  I guess that's not what they were going for, were they?

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2 hours ago, JudyObscure said:

I agree with everything you say, Icemiser, but I can't put my finger on what Plum's mom is doing wrong, although I agree that it's not working. She says what I would probably say if Plum was my daughter.  I just feel for Ma Kettle because I know she's afraid Plum will hurt herself with surgery or drugs or some other drastic weight loss scheme.  That said, I think Plum's mother is the only person with any right to talk to Plum about her issues.

It seems like Plum is on anti-depressants in order to cope with her inability to handle how much crap she has to put up with from others.  I don't blame her for that.  No one should have to put up with that.  Her mother is correct that there is nothing wrong with Plum, but Plum has to be happy with who she is as a person and not a number on a scale.  There is little doubt that if she were to have the weight loss surgery and excess skin removal surgery, that she would gain the weight back.  She seems to care far too much about what others think of her, even strangers.  She stresses out over it.  There is no doubt she is an emotional and stress eater.  That's what triggers her.  She needs to develop friendships with as many people as she can who are going through the same thing she is going through.  If she wants to lose weight, she is going to have to find another way to deal with stress and emotional pain other than food.  Hopefully using meditation and exercise, and not alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes.  That is a life long change, not something she can drop or she will gain the weight right back.

I am afraid that she will eventually get sucked into joining Jennifer.  Whatever Jennifer is trying to do they are going about it the wrong way.  Violence isn't the answer.

When she finds out that the deceptive detective is married, there is little doubt that she will try to get rid of the emotional pain and stress by eating.

Most people who crap over someone about their weight aren't doing it to motivate that person to lose weight.  They do it to make that person feel unloved and unworthy of respect, friendless even.  It gets worse when there is a gang, psychologically tormenting the person about their weight.  That is why it is so important for Plum to gain an inner circle of friends, so she doesn't feel alone.

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This show is super out there, and its still confusing, but I still enjoy it a lot. The main actress is so great, I really feel her pain, while also liking her as a person. The tiger bit went on a little long, but I was just sitting back and watching the crazy start. I dont think there was a bestiality thing going on, or even a furry thing. It was just a weird hallucination, going a long with the surreal parts of the show. 

Not sure about the Jennifer stuff, or where it fits into the story. I feel like its attached to Baptist Weight Loss people or whatever its called, or the ladies who work in the beauty closet, but I really have no clue. Will Plum find out who is really running the show? I can kind of be interested in a revenge fantasy of people kidnapping and killing rapists, but them dumping them out of planes seems counterproductive if their actually trying to do something good. That could easily hurt or kill someone just walking by on the street, not even getting into the morality of vigilante justice. 

I like Plums mom and her friend a lot. They really seem to mean well, even if they dont know what Plum is really going through. Also, am I crazy, or is Plum not that overweight? She is certainly a larger woman, but I wouldn't look at her on the street and be shocked at how such a huge person could even exist. I’m not an expert or anything, even close, but is that even the kind of weight level that tends to need surgery? I really have no clue, or maybe I just think she looks nice. She is in fashion though, and even a "average" sized person would probably feel like a land whale in that environment. 

Not surprising that the cop is married, but I am a little surprised that his wife knows that he flirts with women to get information, and seems to be cool with it, more or less. 

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21 minutes ago, SunnyBeBe said:

I agree about having trouble believing that she is that attacked due to her size.  Maybe, it's not common in NYC, but, in NC, a lot of people, including women are her size.  She doesn't appear that different from the average person on the street, even in our capital city.  So, I have to just imagine that she's being treated that way. And don't you have to be at least 100 pounds overweight in order to qualify for bariatric surgery? 

I would imagine that Plum has been dealing with her weight issues since she was a little kid.  She is intelligent, but comes off as a bit immature.  She clearly doesn't have many friends as an adult, and probably didn't have many as a child.  I suspect that she has been treated horribly by others since she was a kid. 

I don't know why in the world she would think it would be wise to trash her meds without getting advice from a professional.  It seems like a reckless act.  I am not happy with the way that this episode dealt with it.  They seemed to have dealt with it as if going off meds the way she did wasn't a big deal.  She could have had suicidal thoughts, instead of being intimately involved with a "tiger".

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Tennisgurl, that's a good point about Jennifer.  They are supposed to be taking drastic action for revenge and theoretically to protect future victims, but, then they throw those men out of a plane, which could kill an innocent person on the street, even a child walking along or a baby in a stroller. It's ridiculous.  I hope things like that don't continue.  I like smarter writing than that. 

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I am a fat woman and I've lived in NYC for a significant amount of time. I have been all over the map weight wise. I've seen it all heard it all at ANY size. Unwelcome, rude abusive comments. Absolutely it's still the last group people feel ok saying outrageously horrible things to and about. 

The scenes that really bothered me were the one where she walked down the street and a group of young men bothered to follow her to bug her also the scene where again a group of young men were following her in their car just to insult her about her size. She is an exceptionally well groomed woman. She carries herself with dignity as far as I've noticed. She walks with purpose. She's well dressed. I didn't find it believable that these men would take the time and energy to go that far. Maybe yell a fat comment or say it too loudly as she walked by? Sure. The guy in the bodega? SURE of course he'd say something like that. Of course the women she works with offend and humiliate without even really giving a damn. Unhelpful family and friends? Yep. Let's unpack it all. THOSE are the things I want the show to explore. How does it all affect her life both romantic and professional? 

I feel that fat women have enough trouble being taken seriously so I had high hopes for this show. While I'm at it the cheesy animation needs to go.

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28 minutes ago, tennisgurl said:

Also, am I crazy, or is Plum not that overweight? She is certainly a larger woman, but I wouldn't look at her on the street and be shocked at how such a huge person could even exist. I’m not an expert or anything, even close, but is that even the kind of weight level that tends to need surgery? I really have no clue, or maybe I just think she looks nice. She is in fashion though, and even a "average" sized person would probably feel like a land whale in that environment. 

I know. Me too. I really expected someone way larger to be cast but this is Hollywood's version of monstrously fat the same way that a cardigan and glasses will render Megan Fox "plain". Plum seems perfectly healthy and mobile. She wears cosmetics, combs her expensive looking haircut daily etc. And there's plenty of women her size in NYC and bigger and I've never even heard of a car of young men slowing down on a Manhattan street to note this. Working in fashion though? That all rang very true. Keep her invisible but use her brain with minimal concern for tact.

 

She really is an emotional eater. Instead of surgery why hasn't she tried something like CBT or the other things recommended upthread? Instead she ditches her meds. Very dangerous and she should know better (also, the elaborate hallucinations were ridiculous). 

 

28 minutes ago, tennisgurl said:

Not surprising that the cop is married, but I am a little surprised that his wife knows that he flirts with women to get information, and seems to be cool with it, more or less. 

I'm sure he told his wife that Plum is huge so she's not worried. 

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Help, I'm confused about Dominic the cop.  Is he still on the police force, or he is he a PI  of sorts,  or is he working for Kitty on the side. Sorry we got distracted here and could not follow closely. Appreciate any light that could be shed.

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Yeah, I am surprised that the detective's wife knows what he is up to, but maybe that story will play out. I tell you what, I would not want my hubby flirting with his targets. Anyway, I love Plum, she's kinda stupid about her meds, but hey we all can be. I am totally enjoying this show. Everyone on the planet knows that you have to take your dose down slowly when you get off that kind of medication. Damn! That part did not ring true to me. Oh, and who charges 147.00 worth of food and doesn't eat it? Not this lady! Oink! ?

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16 hours ago, Ottis said:

Also, I have to put in the point that fat men face issues as well. It may not involve models and being skinny, which is insidious I agree. But there are desirable male body types as well and if you don’t look like them, you can ha r similar problems. So these issues shouldn’t be laid st the feet of men only. It’s societal.

True, but I can't imagine there being a sympathetic tv series about overweight men, they would be labeled as wimps or worse.  I doubt many men would watch it.

 

On 6/6/2018 at 6:49 PM, BooBear said:

I didn't see any bestiality vibes. It was more like Tony the tiger -- she even made a cereal joke. That was the cartoon area of this episode.  I didn't like it only because it was boring. I find "hallucination" episodes to be filler to slow the plot down and have things happen but not happen.

I didn't like it because going off meds like that can be extremely dangerous.  Instead, it was treated as if it were pure comedy.  I am surprised Plum didn't hack up a fur ball.

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I'm only a little shy of Plum's size and have never experienced street harassment about my weight, even living in NYC. I'm not even particularly well put together. Don't get me wrong - plenty of places are nightmares when you're overweight, from airplanes to doctors' offices. I wouldn't consider working for the fashion industry in a million years. But the world doesn't go out of its way to make me feel bad.

For those saying fat is the last socially acceptable prejudice, talk to a trans person or two.

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58 minutes ago, Poohbear617 said:

Help, I'm confused about Dominic the cop.  Is he still on the police force, or he is he a PI  of sorts,  or is he working for Kitty on the side. Sorry we got distracted here and could not follow closely. Appreciate any light that could be shed.

I wondered the same thing.  I thought that when he met Plum in the lobby, he said he was a detective, like Police detective. But, later, he seems to be working like a private investigator.  If he's an actual law enforcement officer, he'd need search warrants to download things off her computer, if it's to be admissible as evidence. 

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3 hours ago, DiabLOL said:

I'm sure he told his wife that Plum is huge so she's not worried. 

Yeah, what man could ever--EVER be interested in a "huge" woman?

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2 hours ago, icemiser69 said:

True, but I can't imagine there being a sympathetic tv series about overweight men, they would be labeled as wimps or worse.  I doubt many men would watch it.

 

I didn't like it because going off meds like that can be extremely dangerous.  Instead, it was treated as if it were pure comedy.  I am surprised Plum didn't hack up a fur ball.

Exactly, on the men issue. I just wanted to add that because the show is walking a fine line between exploring an issue and blaming men for it. 

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On 6/5/2018 at 1:22 PM, DiabLOL said:

I guess the bestiality vibes were too much for me if the show is trying to humanize a fat woman.

I think it would need to feature an actual tiger to come close to a bestiality vibe--not a guy in a great costume.  For me this was a hallucination about something Plum relates to sex: male, powerful, flirtateous, demanding, food.  I also expected this to be discussed on Unapologetic.  I watched it until the last couple of minutes: nuthin'.   Did you see anything?

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I read the book awhile ago and remember liking Plum and hating the Jennifers. Much of the book was surreal so I expect the same of the show. Adore Joy Nash, she is a beautiful woman. I was actually scared to come on this thread because so many threads on this forum are filled with calling fat women “baby beluga”, insisting that no man could love a fat woman and posting offensive memes comparing women to animals.

I am enjoying the show and feel good that a fat woman is not treated as a piece of garbage for once.

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8 hours ago, JudyObscure said:

 I can't put my finger on what Plum's mom is doing wrong

Platitudes. Repeatedly telling somebody they're 'beautiful just as they are ' when the whole rest of the universe is telling them they're 'wrong ' just feels stupid and insulting. Mom means well and she loves Plum, but she's trying to help from the wrong direction, minimizing Plum's pain. Vorena's approach, where she acknowledges  what Plum is actually going through, is more resonant. Plum feels seen by Vorena, invisible to her mom 

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I'm sure he told his wife that Plum is huge so she's not worried. 

Unless her husband has a history of cheating or has otherwise proven himself untrustworthy, I'm sure she understands the various things a cop does to gain the trust of a witness or target and doesn't really spend her time worrying about other women. 

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Platitudes. Repeatedly telling somebody they're 'beautiful just as they are ' when the whole rest of the universe is telling them they're 'wrong ' just feels stupid and insulting. Mom means well and she loves Plum, but she's trying to help from the wrong direction, minimizing Plum's pain.

 

I think it's much simpler.  Plum's mom isn't listening to Plum, and doesn't really understand the issues that Plum is concerned about. 

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9 hours ago, attica said:

Platitudes. Repeatedly telling somebody they're 'beautiful just as they are ' when the whole rest of the universe is telling them they're 'wrong ' just feels stupid and insulting. Mom means well and she loves Plum, but she's trying to help from the wrong direction, minimizing Plum's pain. Vorena's approach, where she acknowledges  what Plum is actually going through, is more resonant. Plum feels seen by Vorena, invisible to her mom 

 

9 hours ago, txhorns79 said:

 

I think it's much simpler.  Plum's mom isn't listening to Plum, and doesn't really understand the issues that Plum is concerned about. 

Thanks you two, I'm starting to get it.

Those of us who also watch, "This is Us," saw a hint of this between Kate and her mother when they went together to discuss surgery for Kate. 

I do wish the actress playing Plum was closer to Kate's (Chrissy Metz) size, it would make Plum more like the book's 300 lb character and some of her struggles more believable.

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Aside from the gruesome, murderous Jennifer stuff, I like this show.  I haven't read the book - didn't know there was a book when I started watching - so I don't have a sense for where all this is going.  I hope they don't end up glorifying murder and vigilante "justice."  If Plum gets sucked into killing people, no, just no.

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On 6/5/2018 at 4:22 PM, DiabLOL said:

My thoughts so far. I'll definitely keep watching but there's a few things that are already kind of off for me.

First of all my consistent reaction to the way Plum is treated is all over the place. 

Joy Nash is Plum's size (obviously) and she's been active for years in movements talking about how she gets mistreated as a fat person. So I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt on this one. 

On 6/12/2018 at 7:18 AM, marys1000 said:

Is Y supposed to represent anti depressants in general?  Diet drugs?  I'm not sure why this is such a thing and referred to as if everyone knows about it, like it is THE drug out there. 

It's supposed to be an anti-depressant. Like Prozac or Zoloft, the kind where you just need the brand name. 

On 6/12/2018 at 7:32 AM, JudyObscure said:

  I don't enjoy the Jennifer bits at all.  I've always hated vigilante justice, even when the perpetrator deserves it, because of what it turns us into. I believe even rapists should go through the due process of the law.  Plus, I'm anti-death penalty, much less death with terror.

Marti Noxon said she saw it as a female version of Fight Club, an idea I find FASCINATING. The original Fight Club is kind of stupid, with well-off men having an identity crisis over the fact that marge corporations make them buy things and they have to work at a comfortable, easy job to make money. But the same concept against misogyny, against rapists? That sounds way more interesting. 

I'm curious to see how Jennifer ties in with Calliope house, because they seem completely different, a vigilante justice movement and a nice, body positivity therapist. Focusing on rapists vs fat shaming? I'm curious where that goes. 

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22 hours ago, Former Nun said:

I think it would need to feature an actual tiger to come close to a bestiality vibe--not a guy in a great costume.  For me this was a hallucination about something Plum relates to sex: male, powerful, flirtateous, demanding, food.  I also expected this to be discussed on Unapologetic.  I watched it until the last couple of minutes: nuthin'.   Did you see anything?

I interpreted Plum's hallucination the same as you did. It wasn't discussed on Unapologetic which is too bad because I thought it was interesting. Turns out that Unapologetic isn't an aftershow that focuses on talking about the show, but rather it discusses only bits of the show through the lenses of women's wider social issues.

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12 hours ago, JudyObscure said:

I do wish the actress playing Plum was closer to Kate's (Chrissy Metz) size, it would make Plum more like the book's 300 lb character and some of her struggles more believable.

Actually, Chrissy Metz clearly weighed much more at the start of This Is Us.

Check out A Fat Rant to see a much younger and lighter Joy Nash at 224.

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8 hours ago, SimoneS said:

Turns out that Unapologetic isn't an aftershow that focuses on talking about the show, but rather it discusses only bits of the show through the lenses of women's wider social issues.

That's good...and bad.  Good because I watch too many things already, so I can skip this.   Bad because some of us on this forum (and others) might have enjoyed it.

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I'm curious to see how Jennifer ties in with Calliope house, because they seem completely different, a vigilante justice movement and a nice, body positivity therapist. Focusing on rapists vs fat shaming? I'm curious where that goes. 

I was thinking the "nice body positivity" therapy is just the cover they use to screen participants.  (And no, I have not read the book and have not read spoilers, so I have no idea if I am right or wrong on this.)  A woman who they don't think will be open to the more radical aspect of things will be screened out and referred elsewhere, while a woman who they think is open will gradually be introduced to the more radical philosophy.  

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On 6/12/2018 at 2:45 PM, SunnyBeBe said:

Tennisgurl, that's a good point about Jennifer.  They are supposed to be taking drastic action for revenge and theoretically to protect future victims, but, then they throw those men out of a plane, which could kill an innocent person on the street, even a child walking along or a baby in a stroller. It's ridiculous.  I hope things like that don't continue.  I like smarter writing than that. 

This is the thing that bothers me the most about the show. Dropping bodies from a plane onto a populated area is too ridiculous. A few inches difference and multiple people on the ground could be killed.    

On 6/12/2018 at 7:59 PM, Madding crowd said:

Adore Joy Nash, she is a beautiful woman.

Absolutely!

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On ‎06‎/‎12‎/‎2018 at 5:38 PM, huahaha said:

I'm only a little shy of Plum's size and have never experienced street harassment about my weight, even living in NYC. I'm not even particularly well put together. Don't get me wrong - plenty of places are nightmares when you're overweight, from airplanes to doctors' offices. I wouldn't consider working for the fashion industry in a million years. But the world doesn't go out of its way to make me feel bad.

For those saying fat is the last socially acceptable prejudice, talk to a trans person or two.

yeah...I wasn't always a big girl, but I am now, and I have never had anyone harass me or insult me, let alone multiple people in a day. I can't even imagine this happening, tho I won't doubt anyone who says it's happened to them. I'm just saying I've never experienced it, or actually ever witnessed it either. Of course...I live in Kentucky. We're just fatter here than NYC. I don't think Plum seems all that huge, either. Her arms and legs are still relatively toned and proportional, and as noted, while she almost perpetually wears a 'hurt me' look on her face, she's still clearly well maintained and attractive. I kind of hate the whole notion that she's a virgin who's never had a love interest, too. Plenty of big chicks have plenty of sex and relationships and confidence. I loved the girl in the pilot episode who noped right on out of the weight watchers meeting. But..this is Plum's story, not hers.

I also think Joy Nash's inherent sassiness comes thru a little too much for the mopey Plum...she appears to know how to flirt, tho it seems as if Plum would not.

I know it's just as bad to skinny-shame as fat-shame (tho very few people really think it's a shame to be thin) but I literally did gasp when I saw Julianna Marguiles in her workout clothes.

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5 hours ago, Accidental Martyr said:

This is the thing that bothers me the most about the show. Dropping bodies from a plane onto a populated area is too ridiculous. A few inches difference and multiple people on the ground could be killed.    

(1)  It's fiction, so miracles in timing and engineering are available.    (2)  It's quirky.   (3)  I've seen worse.   (4) The best is yet to come? 

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For those saying fat is the last socially acceptable prejudice, talk to a trans person or two.

I'd just say it isn't a competition.  People are terrible to each other for all sorts of reasons.  I don't view the harassment Plum gets just walking down the street to be all that realistic, but I understand that the show operates in its own very heightened reality.

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On 6/15/2018 at 9:41 AM, Accidental Martyr said:

This is the thing that bothers me the most about the show. Dropping bodies from a plane onto a populated area is too ridiculous. A few inches difference and multiple people on the ground could be killed.    

Dropping bodies from planes is probably the most idiotic part of the series.    Planes can be easily tracked.  Planes have to land somewhere.   Jennifer should have been caught by now.

I am surprised that Plum doesn't move away and try to find a place/job where she can be happy.    She shouldn't have to do that, but it is pretty clear that she can't change the world, and she isn't happy with the way things are. 

I have never known a person that was happy that they were being treated like crap.  Of course any person who is treated like garbage is going feel horrible about it.   I think to some degree everyone has to develop a thick skin.  That they have to be able to shrug things off, and realize that some people live to be assholes and treat others like shit.  That said, I think most people have a breaking point.

On 6/12/2018 at 6:48 PM, Ottis said:

Exactly, on the men issue. I just wanted to add that because the show is walking a fine line between exploring an issue and blaming men for it. 

Some of the women on this show are pretty horrible, it isn't just men. And Plum's friend Steven seems like a really nice guy.  So, I don't think it is completely man bashing.

I am not sure that Jennifer is just killing men.  The woman that was supposedly fired, I tend to wonder if Jennifer "terminated" her.

I just hope Unapologetic isn't headed down the man bashing path.  If you go to the AMC website, there is  picture with Aisha Tyler with her hand on the side of her face with her middle finger extended.  I find that totally unnecessary.  I haven't seen the show, but that image alone makes me wonder if that show is more about "drama" than thoughtful discussion. 

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13 hours ago, txhorns79 said:

I don't view the harassment Plum gets just walking down the street to be all that realistic,

I didn't either, but I have a friend (my age: 78) who has been "a fat girl" all her life.  She couldn't even finish watching the first show because it made her so unhappy.

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On 6/17/2018 at 1:07 AM, Former Nun said:

I didn't either, but I have a friend (my age: 78) who has been "a fat girl" all her life.  She couldn't even finish watching the first show because it made her so unhappy.

I totally get it. 

In the past on some media type show they had a beautiful thin woman dress up as an overweight individual, and needless to say, she wasn't treated all that well as an overweight individual.  Totally different than how she normally was treated.

I was talking to a friend about  her high school reunion and she couldn't understand why everyone that was able to attend didn't attend.  Everyone was always nice to her in high school.  She thought that her graduating class was totally awesome.   What she didn't understand is that some of those same people that were so nice to her, treated a couple of her other classmates horribly.  Most people don't want to revisit their horrible past.  They want to get as far away from it as possible.

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