Wonderful! Our family really likes this show.
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.
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).
I like how CASTLE and BONES have kept their respective series fresh after the lead characters became romantically involved, *and* married. I think it's a testament to the writers and supporting cast that there are other characters who hold the audience's interest that make both series about a community of people instead of just a duo. I also watch THE MENTALIST. While Simon Baker's portrayal will always be fascinating to watch, it's clear that Patrick Jane's journey was not mapped out past catching Red John. In some ways, it does feel real that the character is at a crossroads, not sure what the future holds. But, it also feels sad that Jane might just fade out of sight & say goodbye to just...do nothing. He deserves an upbeat ending with a little more promise & flourish after all he's gone thru; a complete 180 from where he started the series.
Good episode, even with some obvious plot holes. First, Dr. Nieman was never going to operate on *herself.* Come on! Even the best surgeon can't do precision work if her head is under local anesthesia. No, she was probably taking measurements so the work could be done by another doctor in a different country. Kate was just going to be killed to cause Castle to suffer. Second, I hope they got the girl out of the trunk & charged her. Third, I want to know what Castle promised the guy in prison. Did he actually promise to kill Jerry? Maybe it's just me. But, something felt like it wasn't finished yet. All those clippings about Castle's disappearance in the house made it feel like 3XK might have been behind it.
Just wanted to point out that Cora & Edith's plan will never work. If Master George grows up alongside little Marigold, thinking she's adopted, & ends up getting a crush on her, that would be a disaster. They're first cousins and need to know it!
Evil? Hardly. Rewatch Season 1. Who leaked to the PRESS that Mary entertained a male suitor who died in the act? Edith wasn't even thinking that Mary could end up being questioned by police. She was just spiteful that Mary was the "popular" one; like a more self-pitying Jan Brady with a poison pen. I like Mary. She does her thing & isn't overly concerned with others opinions. The moment when Mary realized Edith would be pleased to see harm befall her, to see her ruined in public, was when she went from tolerating her to actively disliking her. They've never come back from that. And, IIRC, Mary has never done anything to Edith that is as remotely as bad as what Edith did. She has never tried to ruin Edith's reputation, or done anything to see the family be immersed in scandal because of what Edith did. Edith had zero qualms about putting the family in a scandal just because of her own jealousy. I do feel bad for Edith sometimes. But, mainly because she's such a self-pitying, overly sensitive mess. She's such a pushover in a family of strong personalities.
Do what you want. But, you are comparing apples to oranges. Network television is fundamentally different than public tv or cable tv (BBC channel). The creators of TGW have NO control over when this show is aired. They don't control it's time slot, or even if it will return next year. All they do is structure & write one season's worth of good episodes, and hope the network will schedule them to air at optimal times. The network - CBS - signs commitments to air other programming (sports, special events, etc.) a year in advance. Sometimes 2 years. Since those events usually get higher ratings than regular programming, nothing will change. Viewers want to see the special events And, your criticism about actors staying with a British series for the duration is patently untrue. DOWNTON ABBEY (not a BBC series BTW) lost Dan Stevens & Jessica Findlay-Brown in the same situation that saw Josh Charles leave TGW. All of them chose not to renew their contracts. DR. WHO, probably the most popular BBC series currently airing in the U.S., is now on its 12th Doctor, and rotates its cast members every 3-4 years.
Another good episode! Cookie needs to talk to Jamal about keeping secrets. They were all set to announce he was gay 2 episodes ago, and now he's doing a 180 & trying to mislead people about his relationship status. Not cool; especially when music insiders already know he's gay. The baby thing w/"Olivia" was hilarious. It threw me when I saw Raven Symone's face & imagined, for a moment, that Cliff & Claire Huxtable would be sharing Thanksgiving dinner w/Lucious & Cookie Lyon. I think Cookie & Claire would have a great time together! No, Vernon is not Andre's father. Cookie has zero chemistry w/Vernon; and it's pretty clear that she & Lucious loved each other a lot. I am getting a vibe though that Vernon will do an end-run around Andre & try to get the company for himself. Vernon literally knows where all of Lucious bodies are buried, and he knows how to make things go away (and reveal themselves). That cold look he gave Lucious when he asked something like, "Are we all good?" meant he finally understood that Lucious could kill him, too, and has no loyalty to anyone.
I've been wondering what the heck Rhonda does. Does she work for Empire Enterprises' Publicity Dept, or for a fashion magazine?
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