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Winter, Is that really true about Lucille Ball and Bob Hope? Not to be too freaky but one of Ball's children owns a home a thousand yards from here. I thought Hope and his wife Dolores were married forever,
This is a big day in our household. I get to take my second beautiful clone to purchase her first car. Just me and her, and she doesn't know it yet. In a few hours they will return from the beauty shop orgy (my 3 clones and the egg provider), and I will make an excuse that I need her help to buy something. The dealer is waiting and she only has to pick out the color. Obviously the boss knows about it and approved the venture, but it is very special for me. I get to witness the look in her face, when she realizes what is up. That is a memory which will live forever. My eldest daughter wanted my wife's car, and that is what she received 2 years ago. I wasn't privy to that conversation, so my wife gave me this present. It is strange, but as I get older and hopefully, wiser, my best presents are actually not the ones I receive but the ones I can give. Today in this special case, I get both.

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@ golfingdocp

golfingdocp: It was a MOVIE, "The Facts of Life", not real life.

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@ Winter

Winter
OK. I am just dense. Too much eggnog.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.
I'm hoping that everyone got their Christmas wish. On the dark side, I just read a news piece on the internet where a woman, is pending trial for allegedly shooting her husband in the head with an antique derringer. She was supposedly carrying on an affair for several years and her lover had been pushing her to leave her husband. The theory behind the shooting is that she wanted to avoid a messy divorce and having her infidelity come out in public. Wouldn't that put a twist into Satisfaction if that were to become an issue. Oh, I guess that's what is happening in the Affair. I couldn't watch after the first couple of episodes. BTW. I been wondering about the scene when Grace rode her bike over to Simon's apartment the first time. I have been wondering if the fact that the writers on Satisfaction used a bicycle as the mode of transportation to have any significance? Also have you ever noticed the music playing in the background? It's the Lumineers "Hey Ho" and the lyrics are: (Ho!)
(Hey!)
(Ho!)
(Hey!) (Ho!) I've been trying to do it right
(Hey!) I've been living a lonely life
(Ho!) I've been sleeping here instead
(Hey!) I've been sleeping in my bed,
(Ho!) Sleeping in my bed
(Hey!) (Ho!) (Ho!) So show me family
(Hey!) All the blood that I would bleed
(Ho!) I don't know where I belong
(Hey!) I don't know where I went wrong
(Ho!) But I can write a song
(Hey!) 1, 2, 3
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet (Ho!)
(Hey!)
(Ho!)
(Hey!) (Ho!) I don't think you're right for him.
(Hey!) Look at what it might have been if you
(Ho!) took a bus to China Town.
(Hey!) I'd be standing on Canal
(Ho!) and Bowery.
(Hey!)
(Ho!) And she'd be standing next to me.
(Hey!) 1, 2, 3
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart Love – we need it now
Let's hope for some
So, we're bleeding out I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart
I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweet (Ho!)
(Hey!)
(Ho!)
(The last one)
(Hey!)
I'm always looking at movies and trying to see if there is significance in the choice of music and other subtle things. The choice of music for this scene is interesting because I'm not quite sure if it portends the start up of the relationship between Grace and Simon and the eventual nature of the relationship (sweethearts). Yuck! If Grace ends up with Simon for too long of a time in season 2, I may stop watching. The more that I think about it, I can't stand his character and I can't understand what women would see in him beyond his sexuality and his physique. IMO, there's no personality or soul beyond the exterior. So much for my Christmas spirit. Ho, Ho, Ho.

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@ Bushi101

Golfingdocp, I agree that the bicycle ride gave Grace the time to justify what she planned to do when she got to the apartment. As mentioned in a recent post, women, before they begin their affair, take longer to mentally justify things in their head. Grace needed a little more time than a quick car drive to get her self ready to do what she planned to do. But I also got a sense that she chose to ride the bike because it represented a more free adventurous step that she was taking. This is a song that hit a chord with a lot of people and they have different opinions about it. Some people think it's about unrequited love, or a person stepping back from an affair. One article writer thought it was about soul mates who end up apart. Although the song is played while Grace riding over to Simon's apartment, I thought it reflected Neil's feelings (in the future). Here's Neil trying to do things right but he has been living a lonely life and sleeping in his bed alone. Neil doesn't know where he belongs and how things went wrong. Furthermore, he tells Grace that he belongs to her and she belongs to him and that she's his sweetheart. Christmas time and the holidays are really a time to reflect on our lives as we get ready to enter a new year. After months of discussing all of these issues dealing with infidelity, marriage, and the search for meaning in our lives, I'm coming to the sad conclusion that we live in a troubled time. I can't for the life of me understand how so many people can choose to engage in an extra marital affair. I think in season 2, we'll see the extent of the emotional damage that Grace and Neil's affairs will have on each other. While Neil has been keeping a stiff upper lip and trying to be positive and move forward in trying to salvage his marriage, you have to know that he must be deeply crying inside at the betrayal and loss of trust. When Neil was crying at the meeting and describing his first meeting with Grace (to his boss and the potential buyers of the app), you have to suspect that part of him is crying because of all the angst that he has been recently suffering. When he tells Grace in the restroom scene that no one, except him, is supposed to see her naked, you get the sense that he's right on the edge of losing his control over his emotions. But it isn't a scene where you get a sense that he's holding in his temper. Instead, I felt that he was holding his pain in about Grace's infidelity. While I remain supportive of Grace, you really have to feel for Neil. He's been trying to do good for his family, and this is what he got. Merry Christmas, Ho, Ho, Ho.

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@ Bushi101

GolfiIngdocp, this is one of the issues that I have a question about the storyline. Did Grace and Neil marry 20 years ago or 18 years ago. In the pilot opening monologue, Neil mentions indirectly that Grace and he have been together for 18 years. Grace tells the job interviewer that she has been married for 18 years. Neil tells Mateo's parents that they are coming up on 20 years of marriage. Is there a mistake in the writing or does Neil allude to 20 years of marriage intentionally to hide some issue about when Grace and Neil actually got married. I can't believe the writers are so clumsy about the dates so I have to wonder if they are alluding to an issue that will come out later. You are correct that Grace decided not to take the Fulbright scholarship but she told the
job interviewer in the first episode, that she turned down the Fulbright
scholarship to study in Florence when she learned that she was
pregnant. I previously wrote in a post that made me wonder why Neil said in the season finale that he wanted to go
to Italy 20 years ago. I still do not have an explanation for the different time periods.

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@ Bushi101

Bushi101
Merry day after. I remember the song, but I thought it was just my imagination that there might be a significance. In fact, all the songs in the series have importance. The bike ride is very significant. It really shows intent. If you drive a car there the trip is quick and you can't build up the same degree of apprehension. This is significant for Grace, because she is dreaming of taking maybe the biggest step for the next part of her life. She needs time to fully generate and absorb the "butterflies" that her decision has started to produce. This is truly the thrill of the hunt. The bike ride also means they live relatively close, and that may be convenient. Grace was under no illusion when she biked over there. She knew what Simon wanted, not the financial arrangement, but the sexual connection. Grace and Simon had immediate physical attraction for each other. That is why Grace tried to defuse it immediately with the "I am married" statement. Simon smartly kept the contact going by placing his number in her phone (she doesn't password protect?). Grace biked over to see where he lived, whether she was going to leave a note or knock on the apartment door we will never know. Simon showed up and the rest is history. Would Grace have slept with Simon if it were not financially linked? To that question, I would answer a resounding Yes. Grace was attracted to Simon and she was lonely for passion and sexual release. He was handsome and exuded the type of virility she found irresistible. The event was going to be consummated quickly. Simon knew that the moment he saw her at his apartment. I am sure, the financial aspects were not negotiated until she was fully under his spell. I can see Grace telling Simon after sex that the event was a mistake because she really loves her husband. Simon could then use his well rehearsed lines about making the arrangement financial because it would keep the relationship at a level she could control. Simon knows how to close the deal and Grace would have been very easy pickings.

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@ golfingdocp

Bushi101
Don't get soft on us. Of the two main characters in the series, Neil is clearly the one who will bear the greatest damage. Neil was traumatized when he discovered his wife's adultery, he will be further injured when the extent of her affair becomes known to him. Grace will become livid beyond words when she learns of his adultery and escorting. Grace will not react with the compassion that Neil showed, nor will she burden herself with some responsibility for Neil's actions. Grace probably isn't wired that way at this time. The Grace of season 1, was totally introspective and self-absorbed. She at episode 10, still held Neil as a person who would do nothing to harm the marriage. She had not contemplated the damage that could result from her betrayal. Neil's feelings and psyche were never in Grace's thoughts. The fear of discovery was not about what would happen to Neil, but rather what would happen to Grace's mannered life.
I understand that you have a soft spot for Grace. Heck, we all do. But Grace has been calculating and efficient in the conduct of her affair. For six months, she has been dragging, in absentia, Neil through the mud. Her conversion to seeing a therapist and later a marriage counselor is a result of Neil's actions, not a change in Grace. Grace recognized that her husband had changed as a result of his discovery of her treachery.
One more note. In episode 10, in the counselors waiting room, Neil tells Grace that he wanted to go with her to Italy 20 years before. I believe that it was Grace who made the decision not to pursue her career. It was not that Neil pressed her to quit, but that she chose to make her responsibility solely as a homemaker. Anika was not born until several years after their marriage, so motherhood was not the issue that curtailed her career. Grace may have been solely responsible for the choice of not taking the scholarship. To be really fair, in no episode has Neil ever said a derogatory word about his wife's career or work efforts. In fact, all of his statements have been supportive.

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The Best of 2014: Worst New Show

David Tennant was brilliant in both versions Sorry NO maybe he was great in Broadchurch (I did not see it) but in Gracepoint he SUCKED!!!!! that's why everyone turned it off so quick... bad ACTING, poor writing, horrible executon overall

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Top 10 Shows to Stream This Holiday Season

The Wire (HD version now on HBO/Go) and The Americans are on my agenda (granted I've seen both but I need to record grades for them)

Joyeful

There should really be an award for "most improved show". I can't believe the Agents of SHIELD we started with is the same show. I almost gave up on it!! I binged the whole half-season a couple days ago. It's fantastic. Also - my line of work involves assessing language difficulties (aphasia) caused by brain injury or neurodegeneration. Iain De Caestecker nails this so hard it's unbelievable - I've never seen a portrayal on screen that accurate. I wanna give the guy a hug so badly!

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I would've included these mid-season finales: Arrow
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The Best of 2014: Best New Show

Chicago PD is one of the most crappy shows I have ever seen. A complete idiot of a captain that thinks violence is the only way to uphold the law. That makes him just as bad as the criminals. Played by an actor that really isn't any good. For me True Detective was the best show of 2014. But Stalker was the nice surprise. Slammed by critics but actually was quite good.

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The Best of 2014: 20 New Shows That Totally Nailed It

The Librarians is the best new show! There's something for everyone, and the writing is intelligent. Exciting myths and legends abound and keep you nailed to the screen. There should be more of this entertainment on TV. Thank you Dean Devlin, Noah Wyle, rebecca. Romijn, Christian Kane, John Kim, Lindy Booth, Jane Curtin, Bob Newhart, John Laroquette!

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Who had the best romance of 2014?
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The Best of 2014: Worst New Show

I enjoy Gotham and The Mysteries of Laura.