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Satisfaction Review: A Crack in the Foundation

I too, have been reading along for a while. I find many of your thoughts about Neil and Graces's physical and emotional entanglements interesting. I can understand Grace's desire to find herself but why did it have to have to start with a sexual liaison with a paid escort? There is an underlying theme in this series that the need for sexual satisfaction is the basis for the escort business. In spite of Neil's workaholic life and Grace's realization that she never fulfilled her dreams, Grace's need to feel sexually attractive seems to form the basis for Grace to have the affair with Simon and encourage Dylan's attention. This was why Mallory paid for Neil's services. These women (including Grace) claimed they still loved their husbands!? I do believe that sex and love are two different things. One night stands don't usually lead to extended affairs either for a man or a woman. Unfortunately, over time, Grace has fallen in love with Simon. I may return to this issue of being in love with two men at the same time, but I'd like you guys to consider the subplot of love vs sex. I was surprised there was so little discussion about the wife of the paralyzed man willing to pay Neil for sex. Was she justified? Can her ploy of telling her husband that she turned down the paid escort keep her marriage alive? Does she really love her husband? I do hope their is a second season for Satisfaction.

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

Don't be hatin' but I really don't like this show. The creatures make me want to gag. The way they move, the way they feed, the horror they inflict on their families, the gross sounds they make as they creak and move and breathe. Yuck yuck yuck. I can't call them vampires, but they're definitely bloodsuckers. Gross, disgusting wastes of flesh. The big dude with the overly died hair (the only name I can seem to remember is Eph) I really adore. Loved him since that hockey movie with Russell Crowe. But, I don't think he'll keep me around. HAHA - Hank, you are gonna tear me a new butt. If you know something that would make me stay, share it with me offline dude!

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

this was a good ep and if people havent watched it yet .they should really do this show as a marathon watch 3 eps . its one of the shows where u will like it more if u watch it in bulk

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Ray Donovan Season 2 Episode 10 Review: "Volcheck"

Great and intelligent review! Very well written and with spot on analysis!

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The Strain Review: Kelly's Flashbacks

Agree 100% about The Master and less is more. Last week he was looking a little goofy, but confronting Kelly he was back to his usual horrifying self. I haven't read the books so I'm desperate to find out what his plan is there. I'm assuming it's bad news for Eph though.

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@ Adam Bellotto

Hey Adam, thanks so much for commenting here! Yeah fans were outraged and some threatened to drop the show after The Master's reveal. This is one of those stories where it's always bad news for the heroes. Looking forward to checkin' out your recap in the morning. Thanks again.

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Satisfaction Review: A Crack in the Foundation

I've been reading along for a while and finally decided to comment. I think a lot of people enjoy the show because we can relate to what is going on in the lives of Neil and Grace although most of us cannot relate to the more colorful aspects of their lives. I, like Neil, worked too hard at my job in order to provide for my family (and isn't that what many men have been taught from day 1 that working hard to provide for your family is your duty) and in doing so lost touch with my family. My wife, like Grace, gave up her dreams in order to support me and lost herself in the process. As a result, I feel a great deal of sympathy for both Neil and Grace. They were living the American dream, as viewed by those around them, but suffering quietly in pain, and trying to keep things going. The sad thing about all of the characters is that they're all selfish in varying degrees. Grace is selfish because she's willing to risk her family in order to try to find herself. Neil is selfish too because his conduct also places his family unity at risk. But underneath it all, they're both trying to make sense of their lives by asking the question, what do you do if you have "everything" but still feel empty inside. I dislike Simon and Adrianna's characters because although they're also looking for something to fill the hole in their souls, they are willing to dileberately destroy a family in order to get what they what. That's the worst degree of selfishness. Neither one of them is concerned that their actions are directly designed to destroy a family and hurt those who are the survivors, such as Anika. Although Grace and Neil are selfish, they do not want to destroy their family (they would not want to hurt each other and their daughter deliberately) although their actions create the risk that it will cause that very thing. I hope that the writers wrote the season finale such that there is hope that Neil and Grace will eventually find their way back to each other and will be able to support each other, their daughter, and their dreams. If they write a cliff hanger which suggests no hope for the two of them, I think a lot of people will lose interest in the show. In the long run, I think people want them to succeed. No one wants to see them fail. As a last note, I disagree with the posts that are very negative of Grace. I think the way that the story is written is designed to allow us to empathize with Neil more (since we can see his thought process) but we're left in the dark about Grace. BTW, I think she's incredibly sexy.

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@ Bushi101

I basically agree with all you wrote. I think without the possibility of Neil and Grace getting together there is no show, I can see a trial separation, if there is such a thing. I can see a show where parents divorce and go their own ways in search of satisfaction/happiness and interact because of joint custody, but I don't think it is this one.

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@ Bushi101

Welcome to the madness. :-) I think you know that I feel generally about the series as you do. I also think Grace is incredibly attractive. I would give absolutely anything to have her hair. I'm glad that your personal experiences have allowed you to see both sides of the story so openly. I don't think we will fully understand Grace for some time, and I also wonder if some of our perceptions of Neil might be colored because we witness more of his actions and thoughts. And I don't mean that in a good way, but in a way that he may be masking things we don't see. Did anyone here read "Gone Girl"? It's about a marriage, the style of writing is truly unique and it's premiering in movie form next month. I gobbled it up in two days.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Carissa you found a kindred spirit. I just put the young ones to bed, so I have a couple of moments to reflect. Grace fell in love with the Neil of twenty years ago. He probably is not the same person today. Grace probably has changed the least and therein lies part of the problem. She has openly talked about her lack of personal and professional fulfillment. Her daughter knows it and so does Neil today. Grace needs to grow to survive, and she will do what it takes to have that occur. Milan and the opportunities that will come from that will provide the pathway for her professional accomplishment. Her personal happiness unfortunately is somewhat dependent upon her professional growth. There is nothing that Neil can do but let her go for the time being. If she hooks up with Simon, so be it. Simon will not grow with Grace, in fact he will become more like Neil.
Grace will work hard in Milan, there will be some time for romance and fun but most of the time will be devoted to study and work. This may create some tension with Simon, because what will he be doing while Grace is studying and working. Their time together back home was always intense because they only had to focus on one thing. Personal satisfaction and gratification. Real life is more, and that may ultimately affect that relationship.
Back home, Neil will reconnect with Adriana, but not in a committed physical relationship. Adriana will force him to. Adriana likes Neil, and I predict will eventually change him back to the Neil of his youth. The happy one, Grace fell in love with. In Graces daydream (episode 9), when Neil comes over to pick up Anika, he is the Neil of her youth. Happy and vibrant. This is the Neil that Adriana actually sees, and she will bring him to the surface. This is the Neil that Grace will come back to, and this is the Neil that Simon will have to compete with. It was Simon who told Neil not to worry about a couple of orgasms, and he will take this to heart. Simon has Grace's body at the moment, but eventually Neil will reclaim that and her full commitment. The path, as the Zen Master probably told him, is through personal and psychological growth. Become a happy soul and you will attract happy souls.
Just one more aside. When Grace brings Simon back and the introduction to Anika occurs, Anika will immediately know that Grace had an affair behind her fathers' back. This will be the beginning of the end of the Grace - Simon bond.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Gone Girl, great book narrated from both sides. Met the lead actor at a dinner party, he was really excited about the movie. Love, the lead actress. Fell in love with her in the movie "Barney's Version". That was a terrific movie. I wonder if the wife would give me a "hall pass" for her.

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@ golfingdocp

SCANDALOUS!! No hall passes for you! Think about Gone Girl and how long it took us to truly understand both parties in the marriage. I loved that they held back truths from us, even, because they were afraid what we might think if we knew the truth. Essentially, even our truths are sanitized to a great extent. Interesting premise, right?

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Reckless Review: One Heck of a Wild Ride

Did anyone else think that Roy's co-counsel from the trial was the one who shot Dec? The camera shot of her standing there crying, the gun at her feet...I was thinking maybe Dec made a pass at her and she shot him in self-defense... If there's a season 2, I bet Jamie would be her lawyer..

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@ Rexay

I guess it was Lee Ann, who shot Dec. They had a deal, Lee Ann got the money and Dec is not needed any more. That's my theory.

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Reckless Review: One Heck of a Wild Ride

I'm not sure she was actively seeing Preston, she had kind of put him off at that last meeting where he dropped by with donuts. It didn't seem like they'd seen each other much to this point since then, he didn't know what she'd told the jury or the questions they'd been asked and it was 6-7 days out. It could have just been that date she owed him and she knew she was going to have the talk with him. But can't argue with accepting a date from Roy after his declaration the night before and him just saying he's going to whisk you away to Paris. ;)

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But, if there isn't a monster, then WHAT WAS UNDER THE BLANKET ON RUPERT'S BED?! It kept me up thinking about this. Was it just some kid who was really good at keeping quiet and being creepy? Was it something more, perhaps tied into Paradise? WHAT?!

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@ Allison Nichols

I thought it was a monster. When the blanket came off its head it looked all deformed. Maybe it's just me. LOL

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Criminal Minds Season 10 Premiere: Welcome, Kate Callahan!

save some money, u don't need another character, ruin the show why don't u, this is gonna be worse than Elizabeth Shue being cast on CSI! JLH cannot act!

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