I am! I'm picking it up this season. It's so fun, so I'm looking forward to it. The reviews will definitely be different than last year. :-)
Haha. I feel as though I have a responsibility to my gender to see things with female colored glasses. It's hard being the only gal that I know of playing the game! Nothing more and nothing personal. Promise!
Shooting himself wasn't what I meant to say. Lol. I just read that and was like, huh? I meant hiring someone to shoot him or something like that. Anyone to intervene that would take the punch out of his own actions. Telling Grace isn't lying, so I don't think that's off limits.
While I would argue that Grace was seeking something more internal than sexual gratification, in your scenario it doesn't matter. You claim that cheating is the ultimate betrayal. Why someone does it is moot. To do it is the infraction. They have both done it now. Grace (as far as we know) with one individual. Neil with more. Neither is above reproach if betrayal is the ultimate point.
We're apparently gotten our wires crossed here, because in your original comment I thought you were trying to say that since it premiered right after Supernatural, there's no reason for it to have been cancelled. It was the subject matter that threw people because we were in the middle of devastating cleanup after Hurricane Katrina. It turned people off of what was clearly a good series so they didn't tune in. The series begins with a terrible hurricane and then deals with the aftermath, all of which coincided with the alien invasion. I'm not sure how you can separate the two. Read the wiki information for more details about how promotion for the show was overshadowed by Hurricane Katrina. I wrote that it was about a hurricane in conjunction with why it was cancelled. Since I already made it clear in the slide it was about aliens, I didn't think I needed to mention that part again. Again, if we got our wires crossed in the discussion, I apologize. I'm a bit passionate about the cancellation of this particular series. I loved it. :-)
"The first occurs when Neil enters Simon's apartment when he is on a "run". As Neil scans the rooms, the writers indicate visually what occurred in each setting." Nope... that was Neil imagining what happened. The writers aren't giving us anything that they don't see themselves. That was Neil's imagination at work, not what actually occurred. Day dreams are not real scenes. Are you going to tell me that every daydream you have occurred exactly as it did in real life? I won't believe you. Your basis for calling Grace crude is also iffy. Just because her style is different doesn't mean she's any less than Neil, just different. Grace got into a bar fight and Neil got into a fight with Simon. When was she kissed inappropriately in public when she should have been repulsed? Shouldn't Neil have been embarrassed to be an escort when he met a man he worked with while out with Adriana? What's so great about being sophisticated, anyway? It can also mean stuffy and unemotional.
I'm not sure there is any evidence to support that theory. What romance have we actually seen between her and Simon? What did she do that lead you to believe she forgave him for not telling her about Neil? Simon is an uneducated child-man. He's been going about finding love in all the wrong ways, but he at least seems to understand that now. Adriana? I'm still not sure what her deal is, but we'll learn more when we meet her husband. I think everything she is is a result of many layers of deception, most especially deceiving herself into thinking she's doing things she loves.
While Neil may know Grace more than she knows him, you cannot place blame for his actions on her. He has to own those just as Grace has to own her decision to turn away from Ray rather than plead her case about feeling unloved and unappreciated. In real life we would have expected Neil to go directly to her and freak the hell out. To tell this story, he had to do something different, but that doesn't mean Grace is at fault for his decision to test the waters as an escort. He could have confronted Grace and asked her WHY just like she could have asked him.
A note: "Screw you" was Grace's anger at Neil about what he knew as well as what she did. He kept saying she could tell him anything but if that was the case, then why didn't he confront her when he learned what she was doing? "You can say anything to me" when he can't say it himself doesn't speak well for either of them, does it?
One thing I think about Simon is that he wants to win Grace honestly. He wouldn't want to come up with a cunning plan of shooting himself, etc., because then he'd be doing what Neil has been -- lying to achieve something else with her. I have no idea what his call was, but I'm betting it will be far less sinister than it seems.
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