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Question - I'm not sure if I saw it here in the reviews (I assume), but where did it first come out that someone would die this season? Cuz we're running out of episodes and that would be a sh**ty way to end the season! We need to see Braverman healing time! I recall us having a "death watch" each of the first 3 or 4 episodes but no longer. I'm nervous!!!

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Divorces take a year usually or more. Joel was living in his own place, and they were legally separated.
FWIW, I met my husband (of 7 years now, and we have a 5 YO son) 9 years ago while he was separated. He'd had his own apartment for 9 months and they were in divorce proceedings. Much like Joel and Julia (except that they were well-past salvage by that point and did not have children like Joel and Julia).
Despite that, I still hope they work on it.
"I'm not slut shaming, but..." well - isnt' it kind of that?
Not to pick - I really don't mean to - but it really came across that way. YES, I think it was a girl! Interesting.

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I took it the same way you did. As in, he's trying to stay the night and she kicks him out.
The elevator scene was heartbreaking.
I am SO angry at Joel. But I still want them together. The comment in the review about "over a year of darkness" - if you ask anyone who has been married 10, 25, 50 years, I am pretty sure they would say they had more than a year of "darkness".
If they commit to each other then they will be stronger for it in the end, somehow.

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I agree with you on this. I actually said "wow, the FBI is looking just flat-out stupid. When did this become The Following??"

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Didn't get it because the explanation was flimsy, or didn't catch the explanation?

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This episode gave me full-out warm fuzzies! LOVED Mordrake as a way to do character backgrounds. Did you guys catch in the previews that Del is probably gay (or bi)? OR mostly gay but pretending to be bi (and that's why he can't get it up for his wife)? My husband was like "duh, remember she has a penis too" and I felt pretty silly :) I can see how, in this time period, that would make for internal demons! I knew Dora would be killed the next time he saw her - she's basically been daring him to. I am SO impressed with the actor for Dandy. I used to watch the soap opera All My Children (don't judge!) and he was on there. He's demonstrating some amazing acting chops here, and I hope he gets his pick of roles after this. I disagree that twisty got medical attention. What on earth makes you think that, just because there was a bandage? Pretty sure if he'd gotten medical attention it wouldn't have been rotted and mangled that bad. They would have cleaned it up more. He likely did his own gauze. His story also showed me why he killed the owner of the toy store a few episodes ago. His thinking was twisted (ha!) but consistent. In his simple logic, he WAS taking care of and loving children. His only calling was to make them happy - so chores definitely goes against that. Maybe the mom was mean to the kid too or something, I don't recall. But his story definitely made (I think) all of his actions make sense to me. They don't make sense if applied with how I would think about things, but based on how they've pretty clearly set up how HE thinks, they're consistent. I also suspect no one knew he was there in the woods and that's why they didn't come looking for him. I think he looked dirty but unless you're looking for blood, not the obvious thought. But yes, a bit scary to be hanging out by the line! And they should have acknowledged that Jimmy Darling has seen him before. I hadn't thought about how with Dandy continuing to kill they might blame the crew, but they do know there was a second person. Even though maybe they're setting that up as a way to screw them since no one saw his face - but the captives DID see there was another person so there is that. And they're townies so they must be "legit".

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I think this is the best answer yet.
It happened off-camera so we can be surprised by it, but Coulson does NOT really make mistakes. He makes intentional surprises lol.
I knew Grant would escape somehow when he said to Skye that every word or promise (whatever it was) meaning he was going to take her to his dad.
His redemption will be hard, if non-existent, but I do believe that he's not loyal to Hydra, he was only loyal to the guy who became a father figure to him, and even then that started to go away too. I think he genuinely loves Skye - even enough to respect that she'll never love him back again but still do only what's good for her. I always found him wooden as a SHIELD agent (which was obviously the point!) but find him fascinating as the double (or triple) agent.

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I am almost positive Callie even said that - we tried it before, isn't necessary - something to that effect when she was fighting the idea of the separation.

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I had forgotten about that. I still can't help but feel like Takeda is involved somehow though. But, if he was just willingly hiding (Takeda or no), that would explain his wooden-seeming reactions to all things related to Fauxmanda - e.g. her death, etc. He would already know she was dead.

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Here's a theory for you:
Takeda imprisoned him. Once Aiden killed Takeda, it eventually fell apart (no orders from above, no paycheck), so David was able to escape. I agree with what someone wrote previously that I don't see keeping David alive for torture being Conrad's style.
We know that Takeda's own agenda was wonky and don't really know what it was all about, and it was strange that David was associated with him in the first place - remember he is the one who set Amanda off to meet him.
It's not initiative-convoluted, but Takeda's storyline never really did come to light. That's the only "dropped thread" I can see making sense.