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Empire Preview: Who are the Major Players?

LOVE me some Taraji Henson, but I've seen Howard in other TV shows and he's a giant Christmas ham. Even in the photo above, he's overacting!!!!! Then there's the gay son which is gonna lead to stereotyping and homophobia....no thanks.

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Hon, go sell "crazy" someplace else. We don't keep that in inventory.

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I have the exact same theory about the daughter being the mastermind--Sasha is her name. With her siblings and cousins either dead or in jail, any profits from restarting the family business are hers and hers alone. Consider: 1. She WAS going to give Frank money, a passport and transport out of the country so we were led to believe she had the means to help. Now, she may not have had the means, but she still helped put him away. 2. She came to Pride and told him about her conversation with Baitfish--SHE'S the one who prompted Pride to drive to see him so SHE could have planted the bomb at Baitfish's house with the intent of killing Pride AND Baitfish (who was a "loose end"). However, as the reviewer says, Baitfish got a payday even though Pride wasn't killed--why would Sasha do that...unless MAYBE she was working with somebody...like the Steven Weber character who may have just wanted to SCARE Pride a bit and needed to keep his hands clean for political reasons? I dunno...seems like a stretch, but it seems like anything is possible in NCIS land.

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I suppose someone could find the photo under the pillow in the course of cleaning up the room after the fire, BUT......Thomas ("Barrow") would have no cause to be in a lady's bedroom for that purpose. Therefore, if anyone accidentally finds out, it would be one of the maids or Mrs. Hughes, or in a stretch, perhaps Lady Cora should she come looking for Lady Edith and perhaps find a corner of the photo peeking out from under the pillow (like I said...it's a stretch). I hardly think any of the female servants would share that info with Thomas and Lady Cora would certainly be discrete in discussing it with Lady Edith.

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In principle I agree. You'd think that given Thomas' history, Carson would be scrutinizing his every move and/or that Cora would want to be kept informed, as Lady of the house, of any circumstances regarding the servants. I watch a lot of period drama involving master and servant, and this kinda stuff would NEVER be tolerated. Instead, Carson's more preoccupied with soothing Robert's ego over that statue and Cora just smiles indulgently and bats her eyelashes.

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True...but the book could have simply landed on the floor AWAY from the fire, thus preserving Edith's story without turning Thomas into some twisted hero. Then again, if it weren't for the fire, Robert wouldn't have caught Lady Anstruther in bed with the footman; the fire could have been a plot device for that, which also would have made Thomas' presence in the gallery unnecessary.

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I didn't like Miss Bunting either...which is why they'll probably keep her around for a while as a foil for the rest of the family. :-) In the past, it was Tom who held up the working class mirror to the aristocratic Crawley clan, but now that he's married in, he can't do much of that anymore so enter a new character. Also, just to avoid confusion, the character of "Thomas" is Thomas Barrow (aka Barrow, the ridiculously villainous under-butler). "Tom" is Tom Branson, the late Lady Sybil's widower.

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"It felt like a plot device that Thomas ended up in the right place at the right time to save Edith from the fire, " Good on Baxter, but that was the Great Wall of plot devices--visible from space. Now Thomas is back in Cora's good graces, which means he'll be back to his usual pot-stirring bullshit and Cora won'the notice or care. Cora REALLY needs to stop batting her eyelashes and keep her eyes open to what her servants are doing, and if she is being kept in the dark, that's Carson's fault. Carson, bless him, still hasn't had that pole removed from his arse. Meanwhile, bye-bye James--buggering your former mistress in your present master's house? tsk tsk tsk...... What's your damage, Mary? MARRY HIM.....or send him ovuh here if you don't want him!!!!!!

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Procedurals often do write eps based on timely topics--the first to do that were the shows in the Law and Order franchise. BTW, didn't mean to hijack the discussion with an incident seen on NCIS. I won't say any more about it.

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"...hey, it's Christmas. I'm as much a sucker for Christmas cheer as the next person." Me too. I was glad this ep had a happy ending considering that the NCIS lead-in's ending was a total holiday buzzkill of the greatest magnitude and highest order.