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Question: At the beginning of the movie at the Circle K, how could the future versions of Bill and Ted know Rufus' name when Rufus never introduced himself to the present Bill and Ted?

Answer: Because future Bill and Ted said Rufus' name, so present Bill and Ted learned it. It is circular though since they knew because they knew it.

jimba

The Peanut Reaction - S1-E16

Question: Why did Althea refuse to believe Leonard when he said that Howard was having an allergic reaction only believing it when she saw it for herself?

Answer: Because prior to this, Howard was exhibiting no symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, and she was tired of them wasting her time. However, unbeknownst to her, Howard had in fact taken a bite of a peanut bar (having only faked doing so before, to distract Leonard), so when she sees his genuine reaction, she believes it.

Question: Why doesn't King Candy just not have the race? He doesn't want Vanillope to race/win, so just cancel the race. Problem solved.

Answer: The film implies many times that video game characters have a strong desire to fill out their designed roles, sometimes at their own expense. Ralph constantly has to fight the urge to wreck things, Felix has a strong desire to fix things, Calhoun is obsessed with stopping the Cy-bugs, and the racers in Sugar Rush live to race. Vanellope not being allowed to race causes her a great deal of depression and self doubt. Turbo himself was so obsessed with racing that he couldn't cope with the idea of competing racing games and began to invade them when his game was unplugged. In short, King Candy holds the race because he and the Sugar Rush characters need to race.

BaconIsMyBFF

Je Souhaite - S7-E21

Question: When Mulder is writing down his last wish after using the first two, what was he writing and why did he stop?

Answer: He was intending to once again wish for world peace. This time he is writing down his wish in a specific and deliberate manner in order to avoid any technicalities, loopholes or misinterpretations the genie might cause, since his first attempt at wishing for world peace resulted in her removing everyone else besides Mulder from the face of the Earth. He stops because Scully convinces him that world peace is something that should be attained through effort and not magic, so he instead uses his final wish to set the genie free.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: With all the cars Jason Bourne crashed in and kept going, why haven't the airbags gone off?

Answer: This would have been an artistic choice by the filmmakers. Having airbags continually going off each time would have slowed the scene's action and pacing, lessening its dramatic impact. It's not realistic, but it's a movie, and it comes down to what makes for a more exciting story.

raywest Premium member

Question: Why would an escape pod have a self destruct?

quinnnmallory

Answer: In addition to the other answer, which I agree with, someone might also be escaping while carrying some type of vital information for which they are willing to sacrifice themselves to prevent an enemy from obtaining it.

raywest Premium member

Answer: Been a while since I've seen this movie but to answer your question...an escape pod would have a self destruct to allow the person inside to end things if all hope is lost. For example if you have no food or water and are just flying through space with no rescue in site. You may just want to end it instead of suffer.

oldbaldyone

Question: WALL-E was apparently designed to be highly durable to the point of being able to withstand being struck by lightning twice. So how was AUTO able to incapacitate him with a mere stun gun?

quinnnmallory

Answer: The "mere" stun gun seems to have been designed to incapacitate robots (such as the "problem" robots freed by Wall-E earlier), and also lasts considerably longer than a flash of lightning...AUTO shocks Wall-E for several seconds. Besides that, the lightning scene is played for laughs, while the other is dramatic, so some suspension of disbelief is at play.

Show generally

Question: In quite a few episodes of Emergency there is a character that the doctors and other nurses call Nurse Carol. She is the older nurse with dark hair. I would say she is on at least a fourth of all episodes in all seasons yet I can not see this actress getting credited or listed as uncredited anywhere. I wonder if she was an actual nurse. Does any one know who she was. Yes there also were a couple of other actresses who played a nurse named Carol on one or two episodes and they are listed in the episode guides. She also is the patient with her arm in the cast talking to Dr. Morton in the episode 6:18 Firehouse Quintet.

Answer: On IMDB, actress Anne Schedeen is listed as playing Nurse Carol on six episodes from 1974-76.

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Question: How does all that dirt or whatever it is get on Hermione's pink hoodie?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: From all the activity she was doing, such as being flung around by the Whomping Willow, crawling through the tunnel, being in the Shrieking Shack, running away from Lupin (when he's in his werewolf form) and so on.

raywest Premium member

But where was it first seen?

It doesn't really need to be seen for it to happen. If it was gained from being hit over by the willow then they're not going to show a close up of the dirt transferring on to her clothes.

Ssiscool Premium member

It's first really noticeable when they're inside the Shrieking Shack. Before then it was too dark to be seen.

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Question: Whilst I appreciate the comedic value of Jeff Goldblum, why has Dr Ian Malcolm been invited to the island? How is his academic knowledge of chaos theory relevant to deciding whether a theme park is safe?

Answer: Malcolm was there to calculate the probability of what and how the theme park could go wrong. The park's financial backers are aware the dinosaurs pose an extreme danger to visitors that could result in massive lawsuits. They want to know every conceivable scenario of what could go wrong. It's the old adage of, 'If something can go wrong, it will go wrong.'.

raywest Premium member

Answer: According to the wiki, he is brought along by the lawyer Donald Gennero because he is a parent of several children and thus be able to notice any shortcomings regarding safety to children.

lionhead

Answer: From google: Ian Malcolm was invited to the park by Donald Gennaro as an insurance consultant as Donald apparently felt that Ian, as a fiduciary, would be able to notice any dangerous shortcomings the park had.

Ssiscool Premium member

Question: Why does Alan Grant struggle with his seatbelt in the helicopter ride to Isla Nublar? It looks like a fairly standard airline seatbelt to me.

Answer: Alan is not a modern man. Being a paleontologist, he mostly relates to the past and shuns modern technology, as evidenced by his resistance to using the ground-penetrating radar to find buried fossils. He is uncomfortable and out-of-place in today's world and has difficulty using things as simple as a seatbelt.

raywest Premium member

Answer: This is a foreshadowing of the events to come. He has 2 female parts of the belt. He then over comes this problem by simply tying the two bits together in the same way all the dinosaurs on Isla Nubar are female to stop them breeding and over running the island. However, they over come this as shown when Dr. Grant finds the eggs after spending the night in the tree.

Ssiscool Premium member

Show generally

Question: Why is it they never use the words "Heaven" and "Hell"?

Rob245

Answer: While the show does explore life after death, the show creators intentionally avoided using many religious terms and beliefs, such as heaven, hell, or God. While one could draw parallels of the Good Place and the Bad Place to heaven and hell, in the show that's not what they're meant to be.

Bishop73

Thank you. It just means, to me, they're atheists.

Rob245

Not sure you can infer them being atheists just because they do not use the terms "heaven" and "hell." Those are mostly traditional Christian concepts. Many religions have different beliefs of what the afterlife is.

raywest Premium member

Question: After Spider-Man stops the train from falling off the tracks, how exactly did those two kids find his mask and bring it back to him on the train?

Answer: When he pulled his mask off it was caught in the wind and pulled into the train car.

Jason Hoffman

Question: Why was there such a long delay between this film and the 4th?

Answer: Originally Toy Story 3 was the final film. In 2010, filmmaker Lee Unkrich said that Pixar was not planning another Toy Story film after Toy Story 3, "It was really important to me with this film that we not just create another sequel, that it not just be another appendage coming off the other two... there may be opportunities for Woody and Buzz in the future, but we don't have any plans for anything right now.

Ssiscool Premium member

Question: For any military pilots out there: Is it even realistic that Maverick's accident would've been investigated, concluded, and Mav would have been cleared and put back to flight status within the time-frame of the TOPGUN class? Wikipedia says TOPGUN in the 80's was only 5 weeks and today it's 9 weeks. I don't remember how far along they were when Mav and Goose crashed but I'm guessing 1/2 way through at most, so that gives 2-3 weeks to investigate and clear Maverick.

Question: In the beginning, the journalist says "this is the first Starship Enterprise in thirty years without James T. Kirk in command." According to canon, the Enterprise-A was decommissioned in 2293, the same year the B was launched. Was she referring to Kirk's retirement in 2263?

Movie Nut

Answer: She was saying that Kirk had been captain of the Enterprise for around 30 years, so the reference to "the Enterprise without James T. Kirk in command" was referring to Christopher Pike's tenure as captain until 2265 (a bit less than 30 years but she was rounding up).

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Question: The camp guy implied that they have to call authorities. Why is this necessary if Dennis isn't a member of the camp?

Answer: It does not matter that Dennis was not a member of the camp. Dracula dropped a child (Dennis) from a tower, just like in real life, that would be seen as completely inappropriate and unacceptable.

Rassdyt

Question: What about those kids he had, what happened to them?

Answer: Nothing, they're from an alternate reality, Jim Belushi was shown a possible future if he had hit that home run. A different life, job, wife and kids.

Question: Why didn't Robbie just tell Julia that Glen was cheating on her?

Answer: He didn't feel that it was his place to interfere in their relationship. Especially as he had feelings for Julia himself and didn't want to make it look like he was sabotaging their relationship for his own benefit.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: When Hunt dies why is it like they don't care? Or act as if it didn't happen.

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