I know more than one comment has hit on "dumb Penny," but I don't think they played that up like they have. It actually seemed rather familiar to me the scene of visiting a friend at their work and distracting them and they screw up and don't wait on you like a customer but take you for granted -- I mean it didn't seem dumb or anything to me (and funny when they were so hungry because they didn't get their orders or say a word to her about it)!
I thought it was a fine episode. I enjoyed it. It was light. I don't know anything about Argentina, but it was all played for humor (no, not minimizing what must have been truly horrific factual errors about South America to be so upsetting - just saying it was a TV show, with characters I like, and the hour was filled up with entertainment for me, so it's a fine episode).
I agree with you, but if you don't watch football you might not know that this was a different football weekend for CBS than normal in that it was a double header and the start times for the later game were moved from 4 PM EST to 4:35 PM EST. That pushed the scheduled start of The Mentalist to 10:30 PM; but, the games ALWAYS take longer than 3 hours, which everyone, including CBS knows, so that meant everything got pushed back another half hour. 60 Minutes didn't begin until 8 PM EST. Since the ratings end at 11 PM, a new episode of The Mentalist that began at 11 PM, wouldn't have counted in the ratings (but if it started at 10:30 PM, it would). They screwed us -- but they had their reasons ...
I sure wish they'd resolve this and then see what the show does. Last season to me was the worst ... and this one is Red John every week. I've temporarily stopped watching until this is resolved (but come here to TV Fanatic to see what's going on toward resolution) -- and just watch the early seasons which are so much fun, even watching them again. I know I'm in the minority, but to me, Red John the super villain who rules the world and every single person except for :isbon's team works for him, is just too much. What a great show this has been ... and I just wonder if it could be again if they end the Red John storyline (of course, many have suspected that the show will end with that episode -- and hope they're wrong). And now people are commenting that Red John isn't even going to be among his suspects???
It seems to me that it is more than the right to choose as one wishes (which is why I think it comes down to Hollywood insiders, read as secluded and protected with no real world experience). By what you are saying, and I can see it, Alexis doesn't just want the right to choose as has her father, but she wants her father, especially, to accept, maybe even celebrate, her choices. Castle did not bring in private police to drag her away or break Pi's legs or something over-the-top, he essentially rolled his eyes at her choice (and offered them a couch, thus accepting her right to make a choice and her choice, without celebrating it). But, I do think (and I personally recognize it from how extreme political discussion has become in America) that Alexis is annoying because she seems to want her father's surrender of his mind -- therefore, I don't think what's happening with Alexis is a character issue, but a viewpoint issue of the writers.
I think that her even bringing up that it would save him money on the dorm implies he's paying for her schooling -- but I don't think that whether or not Castle is paying for anything should make any difference to the minimum amount of respect that the overwhelming majority of kids would show either of their parents. I really suspect this is all just the Hollywood in crowd being clueless.
The only thing I see in Tom's favor (of not being a criminal/bad guy/spy) is a guess I'm drawing from all of Le Carre's work -- that being it would be unnecessarily risky for Tom's "mission" to attach himself to Liz (to where he would never have allowed himself to even get to know her). I'm thinking of how mild George Smiley had "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" killed to maintain a mole's cover. Wouldn't Tom or one above him so eliminate Liz?
I think your speculation ties things together -- by which I mean that it might be right. The hangup I have figuring things out is that I cannot imagine Red is such an evil character that we viewers will hate him in the end, that anti-heroes are common enough, but that they are always finally likable rogues (as far as the audience is concerned). So, since I can't think that Red is the bad guy (in any storyline or the overall series), it leads me to distrusting Tom as just too snarky goody-two-shoes.
When I post now, with the changes, there is an "edit" button to click on. I think that change is wonderful -- but, sure, because I make typos and sometimes say the wrong character's name, and I do it too often. I am so happy for that! But, my first post had to be "approved" after I contacted the webmaster and I am still antsy about whether or not anything I post will appear at all. I comment on the "edit" because I don't know if un-signed-in users, as you until/if they ever fix your problems see the "edit."
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