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Criminal Minds Review: The Liar Abides

While I am pleased that Reid's mother is supposed to be getting mentally more healthy, I was sad not to get to see Jane Lynch play her again. I enjoy her appearances, whether brief or intense. She does her very well, and it sheds a great deal of light on Spencer's character.

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I get happy when one of them uses the word "Always". I don't read spoilers, so I was surprised when Vulcan Simmons turned around -- but I remembered him right away. I think now, as I thought the first time he appeared, that his excellence at portraying an evil person must be why he was removed as the boss on Bones after the first season. He does nasty very well. I have never seen him do nice. The water torture reminded me of Ryan. These torturerers seem to have been more efficient at it than the ones who tortured Ryan. I recall he was a smart-mouth right up until the shooting started. Beckett seemed nearly unconscious. I imagine that is painful to film. Impressive to say that they moved all of that money in that short of a time .... I am very tired of this story line, though.

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Back when I was in my middle twenties, I had two roommates in a smallish apartment. One of them went nuts, moved in her sister, and both their boy friends, and I had to move into the dining room. Our other roommate and I put up with this for some months, and then we bit the bullet and kicked all of them out. She took money from her boy friend/fiance to pay her increased share of the rent, and I started working a third job to come up with the money for mine. And the four we kicked out were combined, nowhere as nasty as Sheldon. The character they have been writing for him lately is so over-the-top that even a reasonable and submissive guy like Leonard should not be putting up with him. They go too far.

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Great idea! The use of Mrs. Cooper is akin to a nuclear weapon ... Sheldon has no defense. She should also be used sparingly, no matter how much we love her (and I certainly do!) But this would have been a good time. This episode he was over the top nasty and manipulative and arrogant and downright ugly. There was nothing cute or redeeming about what he did. They write these episodes a little too often, where Sheldon is the kind of person no sane person would tolerate.

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I thought Sheldon's self satisfaction when he said that sometimes the baby wins was actually quite repellent. The word which immediately came to mind was not printable on this page. Sometimes he really is quite a nasty piece of work. I suppose that these characters are well-written, because I don't like some aspects of every single one of them. They are layered. But this episode struck me as less funny, and more nasty.

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Criminal Minds Review: Killing Cousin

That is kind of a slanted poll. There is no possible choice to indicate that it was believable. I worked in various aspects of the child welfare system, off and on, in two states, from 1976--2009. There is absolutely nothing that is beyond the bounds of what persons will do to a child. Giving them away -- oh, yes. That is mild, compared to the possibilities. And the realities. I lived in Washington State between 1979 and 1985. The details now escape me, but I believe that it was the Spokane library system which instituted a new method of checking out books, so that the past user history of any book was impossible to retrieve. This was in the changeover period from sign-out cards to bar codes and computer systems, and it was a reaction against religious fanatics who wanted to publicly excoriate readers of sexually-explicit books. Anyway, that was when I read the Spokane paper, and that was where I read about it. So yes, public librarians take an intense interest in the welfare of their patrons. In Boise, a decade or so ago, there was a huge foofahrah between religious fanatics and library boards, about banning books. The local cities got involved.

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Castle Review: At a Loss

I'm sorry to see Alexis back. The writers plumb wore that character out, for me. I, too, envisioned hypnosis as the method used to convert the innocent confessors. I'm glad that they found another method of doing that. Now I am going to have to go back and re-watch the season 2 DVD to see the episodes you mention. Really nice catch, there!

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NCIS Review: Third Eye Dead

@ croaker, I hold no brief for Bishop. If she worked for me, I would have fired her. And I have fired people, and yes, I have supervised folks off and on for fifty years. I would NEVER tolerate that continued behavior. However, your last comment, about who would marry someone like her, is not reasonable. There is absolutely no accounting for tastes, and nearly everyone can find SOMEONE to marry them. That actress (despite the blonde hair and black eyebrows, very off-putting to me) is beautiful. There are any number of men who would marry Bishop, and never pay any attention to her behavior. Really, as all the show has let out about her husband is his name, there is no point yet to speculation about her marriage. Her lack of political savvy re: her boss and appropriate work behavior, however, is fair game.

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I don't recognize this young man, but I am a big fan of the other three actors. This is starting to sound VERY interesting ...

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Jay Leno Says Goodbye

I watched Jack Paar do this show sometimes. I watched Johnny Carson do this show a LOT. I have watched Leno some, although I would have watched more if his network had a stronger broadcast signal in my town. I never saw the Conan O'Brien incarnation as host of the Tonight Show; I regard him as a nasty piece of work, like the pre-heart-attack Letterman was. Jimmy Fallon is a sweet and funny guy, and I will watch him as the host. Giving them the hours of my life is the highest praise I can give these men ... I think that Fallon will do well. He has a generous spirit, and wants his guests to do well. That was said to be one of the secrets to the brilliance of Johnny Carson. I wish Jay Leno well in his retirement.