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Thank you for the catch on the NSA thing. The review's now been updated. What Abby did I thought seems semi-believable - I mean she made sure the computer was isolated from the network. That's systems 101 stuff. I really struggled with the mutant virus getting away via electrical cords though. Anything's possible, I guess but that one really stretched my ability to suppress disbelief.

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I agree with NOLA and would love to read your reasoning. A followup question: did you see the NCIS episode when they introduced these characters? I did, and thought it was very well done, particularly in comparison to this episode, which was a bit too sleepy for my taste.

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Yeah I wondered about the Ari thing too. It seems obvious Sergei is looking for revenge but....."why now" is a good question.

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Things look pretty bleak, don't they? Ray is a smart man - I don't get why he had to keep attacking his father after police warned him (and after which, especially, he looked like he was backing down). Why would he put himself in that situation? I always thought of him as a more cold and calculating guy - especially when you consider the lengths to which he went in hiring Sully to kills his dad. That scene just doesn't make sense. Why is he adamant about allowing Kate to burn him? She even came to him, and he blew the opportunity to sweet talk her into relenting on her pursuit (although - here maybe he was being intelligent, knowing that she has to "do her job", whatever the consequences). And we haven't forgotten about Cookie either. How does this all play out for him? He's waiting on Ray to bring him the tape ( why do they keep calling it a "tape", when it's nothing like that? It's a recording - but in everyday use, people everywhere keep calling it "tape" and "taping"). What's Cookie's first move? My guess is that he'll pay a visit to Abby, looking for Ray. Abby will misinterpret this, and she'll shoot and kill him. That puts her in jail - because she won't be able to claim self-defense. And that's when she blows the whistle on Ray for keeping the murders a secret. Hey, a girl's gotta eat, right? Got to keep hearth and home together too, if only for the sake of the kids at least. She'll roll over Ray like a steam engine. Man, the next episode can get down so many different roads.

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Ashley's gorgeous, but she's a ticking timebomb. I think Ray maybe knows this - which forms part of his attraction to her. Abby is a bit the same - entirely unpredictable.

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I agree with the other comments, Carissa. This is a great review. I started the season late, just tuning in about four episodes ago. After watching that one episode, I went back and binge-watched it from the beginning. No regrets so far. You wondered about what would attract Detective Jim to Abby. Although she doesn't do a damned thing for me, I can see how such a mercurial and highly sexual woman would ensnare a lesser man (and yeah, right now that's what Jim looks like). She's unpredictable - even when she appears to be on the verge of a smile, you just don't know if she'll be happy or raging angry - the mark of an excellent actor. Maybe she challenges him. I don't know. When he first showed up on the scene, I got the sense maybe he was being a great detective, and purposefully befriending her in order to take Ray down. Now it looks like he's just a chump. But maybe not - the writers can still have a twist in mind for him. The more I think about it, the more I can't see him murdering anyone just for her sake. He might still be the snake in the grass I'd sort of hoped he would be. I'm really mystified about what looks like an attraction of sorts from Ray to a guy who should be his nemesis: Steve Knight. The man is not Ray's friend. I keep expecting Ray to get fed up with him and either beat him to within an inch of his life or worse. Yet, he has a strange fascination to him. It's disturbing and curious. I wonder if Steve's charisma somehow reminds Ray of his abusive priest?

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Did you notice - Bryan Cranston could talk as long as he wanted, and no one was going to "piano" him off of the stage. Everyone else couldn't come close to his time without the music starting to play. I thought that was correct, by the way. Totally right: Cranston deserved as much time as he wanted. The Robin Williams tribute blew me away.

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Hence my use of the word "pseudo". Andy and Holly hated the idea of them getting together for just that reason.

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I hated the finale. Hated it. I expected Bon Temps to have a major disaster or something, not this whimpy kind of daytime soap opera stuff that was served up. Bill dies - we knew that going into the episode. Sookie has some pangs of existential angst, cue tears. There's a wedding (and oh, by the way, we have an unfinished storyline with Andy and Holly's kids, Adilyn and Wade, who were both sitting together at the table, two peas in an pod. Guess we're going to let this pseudo incest thing continue then?) Flash forward a few years and there's Eric doing his smarmy salesman bit for New Blood. It was all just so bland and tiresome. I think this episode encapsulated the whole reason the show had jumped the shark. It didn't have to though - there was a lot of potential for much much more. Maybe that was the point - now they can go ahead and make a movie franchise out of the deal. It's the only thing that makes sense with that ending.

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This should be interesting! Can't wait to see how it all rolls out with her.

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