Precisely. Marie, I'm virtually kissing you right now.(ryan, marie and I are both female, if that were unclear).Now, on to substantive posts...
PS it cut his bill of 6750 off the total bill; I was left with 4K which the hospital forgave (I was technically unemployed b/c I was moving out for a long distance relationship and would interview when I got there) and the only bill that was left was the damn anesthesiologist and it took me 5 years to pay her off!
Thought I should lend some clarification re: Arizona's money situation. She touched on it but if you're not in or around the medical community it won't resonate. I'm not a Doctor (but I watch them on TV? :) I had family in medicine plus have been reading about it a fair amount and was a beneficiary of Arizona's type of charity from a surgeon once). When you get a hospital bill, there is a bill for doctor services, anesthesia, medicine, nurses, etc. The only time in my life I didn't have insurance, I had to have emergency surgery in TX while moving from NY to CA. I wasn't going to have it b/c I didn't have surgery and couldn't afford it. The surgeon told me "you will die within 48 hours if you do not have this surgery. I won't charge for my services, it will cut the bill a lot, and the hospital can help you with the rest. We have to go. NOW." Arizona mentioned something similar. Almost all of her procedures now are experimental/new - awesome for innovation, but means insurance won't pay for most. Means she is not billing her time for it (not sure if it's a salary + billable hours thing - I think so in her role). So she gets her salary for running her department, but it's kind of like a base salary in sales. Good but not much without commission. Her "commission" is billable surgeries. So, she said she waives a lot of them. That would add up. Then factor in student loan expense. There are no grants (typically) for med school, and you got a bargain for under 100K. Most newish doctors I know spend well over 1K/month (usually 2-5) on their student loans. That eats up cash fast. So, if she has rent in a higher area, has lost the benefit of joint income with Callie and has presumably half the expenses of their child, and is only living mostly off of her "base salary", it could be tight. Is she poor? no, of course not. But her working cash flow could very well be low. I get why they did it, but it's such a "not a 5 second explanation" thing that they REALLY should have done something different. And also: all of the above is probably crap b/c she got a settlement from the plain... but un-crapped because she used it to buy the hospital. Short answer: I don't know! lol
Only thing I can think of is that a lot of the focus is on the first 24 hours, but I agree, the romantic part which had not happened yet confused me for the flash-forward/preview. Perhaps they connect after the academy? I think I saw a very nice pool - perhaps it's at her home or a nice hotel somewhere?
I loved how unpredictable everything (mostly?) was. I definitely didn't see the identical twins coming, I noticed her erratic behavior but that stunned me; then, looking in retrospect, it makes sense. I suspect that Shelby Wyatt might be one of the baddies. Maybe she's a "truther" and blames the government for her parents' death? 9/11 is such a sensitive topic that people probably won't push past the initial level of the story. I didn't appreciate it until read here, but it really was impressive how they could introduce such a wide cast and have them all be interesting and "invest-in-able". Definitely want to see the next one!
Graham Rogers - each episode will have a flashback. Probably many of them to that first day so even though he's not an agent now, he will likely play prominently in most episodes. We see at some point that he has an intimate moment w/the one from GA so he's going to be around for a while.
I literally shuddered and felt ill when I realized what he planned to do to her. It was one of the most horrific non-rape rape scenes I've ever seen. Seeing "traumatized Dutch" gives a lot more depth to the character (I don't think anyone, no matter how strong, can walk away from that even remotely unscathed). I actually really like Dutch and Fet, so I hope to see this solidify them as a couple. I'd normally be complaining a little about the guy saving the damsel in distress, but this really didn't play out that way at all. 2 guys and a girl saved a girl who had managed to somehow make good progress on her own. I really thought they would off her for shock value, but actually enjoyed how it played out. Sometimes just believing a character could actually bite it is just as good as killing them for shock. A question I have - trying to not be spoilery so I'll be vague:Someone (Henry I think?) had posted about how Dutch is not in the book, and wondering if they were planning on reserving a very specific/horrific scene for her that belonged to someone else in the book. The person mentioned the character, and I want to say Kelly?Was that this scene? Who was it in the book (now that it has passed it's not a spoiler)? It's an interesting departure and makes me wonder how the other character's trajectory could be so different.
Dutch really grew on me too. I loved seeing her so vulnerable after. I always kind of liked her and ship Dutch and Fet pretty hard, so that seemed really important. Would Nicki face certain death to save her? I think we already know the answer to that. My only nitpick on the review is:"Was Dutch was about to run into Fet, Eph and Nora? Psych! Our heroes were in a different stairwell altogether." They were in the same stairwell - inches from each other, in fact - but it was bricked off (remember when Fet was describing how that whole area was once sealed off, that was the sealant, the bricks at the ~10th? floor). Good catch re German too. I did like when they did that. The whole Eichorst storyline was awesome. Shows how some people really are the fence. You bully some and they grow into compassionate people. You bully others and they turn into BIGGER bullies. A bit bored with the book aspect myself, but can also appreciate delaying gratification in some ways.
I read the books and was THRILLED by this. Yes, it differs greatly from the books, but it answers the one huge burning question at the end of them re if someone is still alive, because one cannot participate in future activities if dead. They'd already spoiled the Night's King last season, and warned us they would pass the books. There are some storylines that will be weird without elements of the book, but Martin steered where this all went. It's congruent with where the books are headed, according to him. I think San's right re the mind warfare. Cool stuff :) And I think they would melt in the water or have issues. Not sure if it's just the salt, or any water (because it liquid form it's warmer than snow/ice) because of the temperature. Remember, they can't descent on Westeros until it's in a state of winter. When Jon's sword killed the white walker, I thought he was the prophecy/resurrection! Melisandre thinks it's Stannis, and I think she realizes this next ep it's not (it previewed a look of "uh oh"). We'll see! Very excited.
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