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You forgot cold-blooded murderer. But, that's understandable since it was in the first episode.

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This family sure hosts a lot of parties. They just had the IPO Investor one last week. And, now, the "White Party?" What the heck is that? At first, I thought it might be an engagement party for Anika. Then, when I saw the trombones, I thought "New Orleans" & that it might be connected to Fat Tuesday. I give up. On DALLAS, they had the annual Oilman's Ball every year. EMPIRE is having a party every week! "You're so beautiful......" (Can't get that song out of my head!"

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I want ABC to give each series 13 episodes & split the season between them in the same time slot. It's nice seeing how SHIELD's past informs its future, and we get a lot more of that from both tv series than the Avengers movies.

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Also enjoyed the finale of AC & hope it returns. FYI, the Black Widow program where Dottie was trained produces fighters of extraordinary skill & resilience by scientific enhancement. It isn't mentioned in the movies yet. But, the reason Bucky didn't die in WWII after his fall from the train tracks was that Hydra has "ways" of extending someone's life. Dottie probably benefits from both training & scientific enhancement. That's why she can survive a fall that would kill a normal person, & go up and down staircases like a spider. Don't be mad at Agent Thompson. He isn't a jerk. He took credit because that is what is expected in those times. That look he gave Sousa & Peggy wasn't arrogance. It said, "I'll be the figurehead. You guys are more than capable of investigating while I put up with this political crap." Really, he did them a favor by letting them operate in the future under the radar while he takes the heat. Peggy, and the viewers, know that deep down Thompson still feels like a fraud being called a hero. If he had tried to include Sousa, a disabled man, & especially Peggy, a British woman, in sharing credit for saving NYC, chances are Thompson would have lost the confidence of the public. Think of the times. It would have been seen as unpatriotic to have anyone other than an American leading a mission against a Russian terrorist. I mean, we still don't know if Peggy is an American citizen. As for Howard Stark, he has a long time to sow his oats before he meets Tony's mom and they have a son. Tony isn't born until the mid-60's. I guess Howard was a late-in-life dad. That would be a nice thing to introduce, should AC return in season 2 - possibilities for Tony's future mother. Given that Howard can't remember any woman's name, she's going to have to be pretty special.

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It's was obvious from the dialogue that Porthos' father was the Musketeer, Belgarde, the former friend of Treville & De Foix, who ordered them to abandon his son. Why he did that is the mystery. Belgarde may have another family.

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I enjoyed this episode. But, I'm surprised by how little happened this season & how everyone is almost in the same place they were at the beginning of it. The Bates' are still dealing with the fallout of Mr. Green's death - which I hate. Give them a break already! Mary, Isobel & Tom are still single & in Ripon. Daisy's vocabulary has improved. The only things that changed were that a painting was sold, Rose got married, & Edith's child was brought home in secret. It feels like we're treading water until another major historic upheaval occurs - the Great Depression. Maybe I'm a sourpuss. But, I don't want Isobel or Violet to find late-in-life romance if it means one of them will move away & won't have scenes together. Also, I'm not impressed with Prince Kuragin as a potential companion for the Dowager Countess. He's poor, homeless, & has no marketable skills to support himself with. That isn't romance I smell coming from him; it's desperation. And, who knows what happened to his wife? He could have murdered her in the rush to escape the revolution for all we know. Violet needs to keep him in the past, where he belongs.

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No. Isis was in the house when the series began 5 years ago, and the Titanic had just sunk. See the opening credits of her tail wagging? But, 12 years have passed at Downton Abbey, and the dog should realistically by ending its life now. If anything might be going on behind-the-scenes, it's that the dog might be getting older, and they wanted to acknowledge her as part of the cast by saying goodbye onscreen instead of doing another time jump & mentioning her death in passing. I think it's sweet the way they did it. BTW, you know that her name is a reference to the real owner of DA during the Edwardian era, & his role in the discovery of King Tut's tomb, right?

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The Librarians: Renewed for Season 2!

Wonderful! Our family really likes this show.

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They haven't been going year-by-year. We're watching the 5th season of DA & 12 years have actually passed since the first episode. Theoretically, they could jump ahead again & age the kids accordingly. But, that would also mean the Dowager Countess & Isobel might not exist that far into the future, which would be met with a HUGE protest.

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Oh, please. Mary is not a "bully." She's confident, abrupt, opinionated, no-nonsense & likes her
privileges. She also doesn't suffer fools. Basically, Mary is a young
Violet if you hadn't noticed. Mary doesn't have to be a bully to get her way because Edith folds like a napkin when her big sister enters a room before Mary even takes two steps. That's not Mary's fault. It's Edith's for not growing a backbone, and comparing everything in her life to what it has compared to Mary, or what it lacks compared to Mary. Even her latest quandry over how to raise Marigold had the requisite "I can't put up with how Mary may treat me" moment. Geez, you have a daughter now. Grow up! Quit the "Poor Me" pity party and own what you've done. That's what Sybil did and Mary respected her for it. Sybil never blamed others for her choices, or tried to pass the buck, which is what Edith does time and again. I know people who make snarky remarks like Mary (and Violet), and there are 3 choices one has in dealing with them...1) shake it off, 2) get a sense of humor (which Edith clearly doesn't have), or 3) learn to play verbal volleyball with them (as Isobel or Rosamund do).