The way they handled Leonard and Penny was far more realistic than what I was expecting….and therefore believable. I truly expected them to split up, and then later on come together again in a big elaborate wedding episode. So glad I was wrong on that. I'm also glad Amy hasn't caved yet. That too would be unrealistic. And although Sheldon is as annoying as ever - I don't think he's wrong about Amy's abiding interest in him. The fact that she stood outside the door to listen is, as he surmised, proof of her investment.
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I had to do some digging on this one. Palmer is not identified as a medical doctor (Ducky keeps calling him MISTER Palmer), yet at the end of Season 9 when Ducky was down for the count, he was made Acting Chief Examiner. The suggestion is that he has completed his medical degree and is fully qualified. Plot hole perhaps? And why after 7 years on the show is he not a full MD? I've got questions, man.
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That's a great review - which is what I always tend to say when the person writing it agrees with my POV. : ) Seriously though: having watched the original film more times than I can count, I had high hopes for this series. So far, it's not letting me down. I had to wonder at Eddie's contention that Finch could take as many NZT pills as he needed to and would never suffer ill effects (because of the booster shot), and more specifically, that Eddie did this all the time. In the film, I believe he told Carl Van Loon (Robert DeNiro's character) that he no longer took NZT at all. So either they've changed the narrative or Eddie's lying. The latter sort of makes sense, since Senator Morra would want to keep such a thing secret perhaps. Not sure I can get used to Jennifer Carpenter not dropping the F-bomb all over the place. She's not Debra in this series however and it *is* network TV so I guess we'll have to make our peace with that.
The only good part of that scene was Penny's facial reaction, which was perfect.
Didn't Leonard kiss that other girl while still in a relationship with Penny? I thought that was why she was freaking out. Penny never did that to him, so there's no hypocrisy here. On the other hand - I did really hate this episode. The writing sucked so badly.
I don't think so. Ray loves his brothers fiercely, and he isn't stupid. Terry has been on the receiving end of some bad stuff for far too long - you could see the wheels turning in Ray's head as he watched them on the dance floor. I can't see anything particularly bad coming out of that. It's not like Ray would be surprised if Terry found himself falling for Abby. I feel certain Teresa's going to make an exit from life - and soon. The only remaining question I have is: what exactly will happen to Mickey? And will Ray do anything to help him?
When an intense series like this lightens up and makes you fall in love with one of the side characters like Teresa, it makes me worried about the future. With the obvious love for her that shines in Bunchy's eyes, and most especially with Ray's hard won support for her (finally!), I worry that someone's going to kill her off. That would unite the Donovan gang like nothing else. Also worried now for Terry and Abby. Terry seems to be taking more than just a shine to Abby - I mean, have you ever seen him outright smile like that before? I haven't. I don't think Ray has either, given his studious observing of them on the dance floor. A great episode but one filled with foreboding.
I'll be really surprised (and relieved) if JD gets to live. Mostly surprised though. Unless the writers do one of those stupid twists where Molly does indeed shoot him but he manages to pull through because….whatever. A magic cure shows up at the last minute or it gets revealed that he's not human after all and he lays down on the ground, sheds his skin and then pops up as if nothing happened. Like Molly. You're right about the dialogue being patronizing. Someone once said that you can never go wrong by assuming a high amount of intelligence on the part of the viewer. (Might have been me.) Whoever said it was correct. In fact, that's how the series started out - with a bunch of seemingly disconnected scenes and incidents that you just knew somehow all made sense. It kept us coming back so that we could get fed a few more pieces of the puzzle. It made it interesting. It's still fairly interesting and they've managed to keep us invested in the show. And despite it all, we just can't accurately predict how it's going to end. But yeah, I surely wish they'd just stop that clarification stuff. It's deadly and a tad insulting.
I didn't trust Romero from the start to the end. I doubt very highly that his focus was on getting anyone (much less Ray) to repent. Remember how he tried to get the information about the priest's death from Ezra as he lay dying? That was hardly about anyone's repentance - it was about justice. Watching Ray follow Romero along, even as far as he did, was sickening. I was sure he was going to confess in that confession booth - and then discover it was wired and that Romero wasn't a priest at all but an undercover agent. I mean the "priest" is sort of good at playing undercover right? He took off his priest's garb when he attended the SNAP sessions and didn't let on to Bunchy at all that he was a priest. Plus that part at the end, where he supposedly excommunicates Ray and then follows that up with "repent!" Come on - once you're excommunicated that's it. There is no repentance after that, as far as I know. I think he wanted Ray to say the words. Did anyone else wonder if perhaps Mr. Donnellen had murdered his wife, and that maybe he's a closet psycho? I sure did. Bridget may experience more than a broken heart over this guy. I don't like that he agreed to get together with her for a coffee the next day - that's stepping over the student-teacher line. Of course if he's a psycho then that line means nothing to him.
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