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Madam Secretary Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot

Yes, a powerful woman is seen as masculine and men always try to put her down by telling her to go back in the kitchen. Dont you remember when Gisele commented something about football and people were asking Tom to control his woman? This is so common.

Noisy-from-norway

As much as I love this show, I always hate prison arcs. I was actually dissapointed and enough with the firm-politics. That's getting old. For me it left me wondering if I'm gonna continue to watch the show.

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I love this series. Ray Donovan is the perfect fixer. He'll do anything and everything to protect his clients and his family. I was bothered by the video, because it looks like it only caught Bridget walking away. I hope that Cookie doesn't get it. Ray's son is either pathologically naïve, or stupid. Abby is just Abby. If there was a non-criminal way for her to die of acute lead poisoning it would be a welcome event. Ezra reminds me of the old men who used to live in my neighborhood in New York. They could quote ancient Jewish Law (?), to justify almost anything. Heck, Ezra even had Ray shake down, for the better good, the character played by Ann Margaret. Remember, Ezra's ex-mistress is now his spouse (?). I loved Cochran giving the office eulogy for his poor cuckold subordinate , while it his wife who is lamenting openly the death and not the poor guys widow. Avi will not hurt Kate, because he knows Ray cares about her. Cochran may have to do the deed himself, or he may hold Ray's (Terry) brother from the botched robbery as an inducement for Ray to silence her. Anything goes in this series. I love it.

Terrie

I cannot believe CBS preempted the season premiere for stupid football!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd thought this was going to turn out to be Cary only dreaming --- but I guess it isn't............

Terrie

Chris..........how could you leave out Narcisse and those guys talked to him came back and shot up his place????????????????

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I have four questions to ask all of you. Golfindocp and I answered the first one "What would you have done if you were Neil and walked in on Grace and Simon?" The second question is "Would you be able to forgive your spouse/partner if you learned they were having an affair, and if so, why would you forgive them. The third question is for the women "What would you do if you walked in on your spouse/partner having an affair?" In the next season, if there is one, how is Grace going to react when she learns about Neil's extra-curricular conduct?

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@ Bushi101

1. I would have been in shock. I would have walked out and given myself time to process what I had just seem.
2. I would forgive her but I wouldn't stay with her. I see no benefit in punishing her and forgiving her would be as much a benefit to me as it would be for her, maybe more. I wouldn't want to carry the pain and disappointment around and forgiving her would help let it go.
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4.If she thinks it is over, she will probably not confront him as he didn't confront her. It would drive her into Simon's arms.

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@ Bushi101

Nice summary, I wonder if Carissa wants to chime in on 2 and 3. I believe she indicated that she would have confronted the couple. Personally, Grace may take the knowledge that Neil escorted as occasion to validate or justify her affair. It may cause Grace to get closer to Simon because Neil, to a degree, did the same thing. However, Simon is not married so Grace may give him a pass. There is the trust issue, however. Simon did not disclose to Grace his knowledge of Neil's escorting. This is in a sense a lie by omission. Grace has submerged her feelings for Simon, they will rise to the surface again. The question is how will Grace react when they do? A second betrayal, even for someone so deeply in love as Neil, may be very hard to swallow. It may cause Neil to become the one who decides to give the relationship a respite or even call it quits. Grace and Simon may find it difficult to establish a secret relationship, there is always Adriana lurking in the shadows waiting for the opportunity to grab Neil. Adriana and her husband, may actually aid Simon in his pursuit of Grace. They will do it because of his familial connections, and for the possibility that they could derive some benefit from the arrangement. Adriana, of course, has a different reason to see the Grace - Neil marriage crumble. Adriana could aid in convincing Grace that the excitement and romance offered by a relationship with Simon are a once in a lifetime opportunity. After the relationship is consummated, she then exposes it to Neil, and derives her own benefits from the destroyed marriage. Devious, but possible. Adriana is devious enough to offer her own residence as a possible location for the secret trysts. That would be the perfect plan, having Simon and Grace erstwhile honeymooning in one part of her villa, while inviting Neil over for a lets be friends luncheon. Neil comes over, because he is basically a nice soul, who really does not want to hurt or offend Adriana. At some point during the casual lunch, the two love birds come out of the bedroom in intimate attire and enter the kitchen for refreshments. Game, set, match. Vivid imagination at work. That would be such a great scene, because it would expose the entire circle of relationships. This time Grace's adultery would be in public display. Even Grace might feel shame. Just a small addition, all the characters have good reason to go Adriana's home. Grace is decorating it (phase 2). Simon is selling the painting (and maybe doing something with Adriana's husband?). Neil coming over to make peace. It would not be far fetched for Adriana to convince Grace that having trysts at her villa would be safe from exposure. Simon does not know that Neil visits there frequently, for all he knows the Adriana - Neil business meetings occurred elsewhere. I cannot fathom the horror Neil would feel if he walked in on Grace and Simon again. Actually, Grace with her new design business gaining more exposure, might actually need to make some out of town trips for the acquisition of materials. What a perfect opportunity to have a visitation from Simon. Or if you have a devious imagination like myself, another opportunity for the gallant Neil wanting to surprise his spouse travels to surprise her at the hotel. He convinces the concierge to give him a key in order to surprise his wife with flowers and champagne. He then receives the ultimate surprise, again.

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@ golfingdocp

I hate to admit it but your analysis of the situation will likely be correct. Although, I think Sean Jablonski's intent in the long run will be to have Neil and Grace find each other and move forward with a stronger commitment to each other, the writers are going to send us down the path of betrayal and despair. The secrets will have to come out. Somehow Grace will have to end up,at least temporarily, in some type of relationship with Simon, that will tear Neil and Grace apart. If I hated Simon before for being the selfish amoral person he is, I hate him even more now that I know he's an amoral dilettante. But even if a second season puts me through the wringer, I'll have to watch. I'm a romantic at heart and I'll keep on hoping that Neil and Grace will realize that they love each other and will work it out. Their story hits too close to me and I'm pretty sure that the writers were hoping to get just such a visceral reaction from the public. I've acknowledged that Grace reminds me of my wife in that she put her life on hold to support me and our kids (minus the affairs) but I also have to admit that I'm like Neil (although not as successful). I have a good life, a great career, a great family, but like Neil, I've asked myself, Is there something more. I can relate to his reaction to his job. I've come to hate my career although it allows me to live a pretty good life. The question for me is what am I willing to risk while I search for the meaning of life. I'm not a big tv watcher but this show really got under my collar. It just makes me think too much. Here's my answer to question #2. I know that I would forgive my wife if she had an affair. I've pondered that question since I started watching the show. The reason I would forgive her is 1) like Neil, I haven't always been attentive and I'd accept some blame for the mess; and 2) more importantly, I love my wife so much that I couldn't imagine a future without her. People used to ask me what I wanted out of life when I was younger. I told them that the only thing I really wanted out of life was a wive that I love who loved me, and children. The decision to forgive and stay may make me look like a fool but I think I would have done what I needed to do to win back my wife (minus acting as an escort LOL). What would you do?

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@ Bushi101

Like Neil, I had a job I hated and a terrible boss.I stayed there for a year because of the money and then left. I am never doing that again. Life is too short to being doing something you don't love. Especially if you are working 60 hrs a week.

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@ Bushi101

I am pretty much in the same boat. If I found out my wife had an affair, I would pretty much join the living dead. I can't imagine existence without her. I have loved her for just over half my life. I would forgive her, but probably never fully recover from the hurt and humiliation. The interesting thing is, that I do not believe that there is anything in her power, which could fully repair our relationship. The marriage would go on but it never would be the same. Some level of distrust and pain would linger. I don't know if I would retaliate in some fashion. Having an affair as pay back doesn't sound appealing, and it's not fair to the other woman. I probably would just not be the same man anymore.

Joe-desiderio

Another good one from Chuck Hogan. I wish he wrote all the episodes. Having said that Eph is driving me crazy. I thought he turned a corner when he was trying to help Fet with the UV bomb but then he turned into an ass again down in the tunnels.
I won't talk about Gus because I know what's coming for him and I don't want to ruin it. I did like his use of the bat. I beer that's the first time somebody got killed by having their neck broken with a baseball bat that was shoved in their mouth. 😆
I can't believe there are only two more episodes left already. Season went by quick.
Good review Hank, you win the house cup!

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Cast Photos: Sexy Survivors

I love the Supernatural the best, walking dead, Vampire diaries, and Sleepy hollow, and white collar, Burn Notice, the Glades which the fools ended with no ending, the arrow is pretty good, the rest I will watch is there isn't anything else on. The 100 sucks, as do many of the new shows coming next season. But that is just my likes and dislikes.

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Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 5 Review: Time Heist

I really enjoyed this ep, because I felt the leads were finding a good rhythm and showing off some great comedic timing, as well ("Take off those heels!" etc). On that note, I agree that the Doctor seems to be trying (and often failing) to let go of romantic feelings for Clara, left over from his last incarnation. But I'm actually glad that they're showing this because I think it would have been inconsistent (and sloppy writing) to retcon the romantic relationship that had been subtly but steadily built up the entire last half of Season 7, and pretend it never happened. It feels more natural that the relationship would have to devolve in the same way that evolved, so that by the end, the romance may be over but the devotion is still there. Plus, watching the Doctor attempt to let go of his last incarnation's feelings for Clara brings a bit of pathos and humor to his story, I feel, and helps show that even though the Doctor doesn't need to BE a love interest, he struggles with his feelings just like anyone.

Heathr14

Great episode! I was freaking out the whole time the group was down in the tunnels. Felt terrible for Gus... Hopefully next episode he meets up with the others since he's kinda fighting blind! He almost got worms on him killing Crispin.... No idea how they are going to pull this off.... That was a whole lot of Strigoi at the end.... Hilarious Harry Potter references in your review @Hank! Can't wait for next week!

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@ Heather Otero

Right? I feel bad now complaining about the lack of strigoi during the eclipse Ha! Glad you liked the HP references sis ;)

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