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Season 1 generally

Question: In the first episode Barney and Andy are cousins. Later they are friends. Are they no longer cousins? Season 2 "The Clubmen" Andy references Barney as his friend.

Answer: The first episode was the pilot and like all first episodes, it was something to show the network executives. Once it was picked up they fine tuned the show and the characters.

Question: Did one of the church ladies in the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" scene, poop herself? The one with the floral shorts. Watch at the end when she is walking out of the church. (00:25:15)

Answer: No she did not poop herself as the mark is on the outside of her shorts and nowhere else. However I can't explain the mark.

Ssiscool Premium member

Show generally

Question: I get why counselor Troi would wear what may be considered civilian outfit or non-standard uniform, but why does she never wear her rank insignia for the first 5 or 6 seasons? In s5e5, "Disaster", it's revealed she has the rank of Lieutenant Commander and is in charge as the highest ranking officer on the bridge after the accident. Did I miss something, or was this just something the writers decided to add late into the series? In previous episodes, I never got the impression she was a bridge officer, or even had any Starfleet training, only on the bridge on the behest of Picard who wanted an Empath to help when encountering someone, or something, new. I never saw her take command in any situation (for example, Data whose rank was also Lieutenant Commander, was often seen taking command of the bridge for night duty or other reasons). Was there any previous episodes that mention her rank or training or shows her insignia, etc?

Bishop73

Answer: Troi always carried the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and does wear her rank insignia in the 1st episode of the series, "Encounter at Farpoint" while wearing the "skirt" uniform. She never takes command prior to the episode "Disaster" because at that point, she had not yet taken the Bridge Officer's Test. She passes this test in the Season 7 episode "Thine Own Self", at which point she becomes a line officer and is assigned bridge command during her duty shifts (though we never actually see this).

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Can a person really get drunk on cough medicine?

Rob245

Answer: Yes, though that was more common in the past. Several brands contain alcohol, though they're obviously not intended as a beverage. In the book 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, ' there's a scene where the inmates get drunk on a jug of industrial cough medicine.

Brian Katcher

Show generally

Question: Is the music at the end of each episode a cover of something? It sounds really familiar and I can't put my finger on it.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: How did Miranda Priestly have the authority to assign any person to work with James Holt? Is she also managing the new James Holt company?

Osama Haider

Answer: Miranda didn't assign anyone to work with Holt. She used her considerable power and leverage to essentially blackmail Irv Ravitz, who had planned to replace Miranda with Jacqueline Follet. When Miranda found out what Irv was intending to do, she showed him the list of all the designers, photographers, writers, etc. who had promised they would follow her should she ever leave Runway for another magazine. It would have been a huge blow to Runway if Miranda took those people with her. To compensate Follet, Miranda used her influence to get Jacqueline the position with James Holt's new company that was supposed to go to Nigel, though it's not explained exactly how she did that.

raywest Premium member

Question: How did Jason Bourne get his amnesia?

Answer: Bourne was supposed to assassinate a man aboard a yacht. Because the man was with his family, Bourne found he was unable to carry out his mission. An unknown shooter then shot him twice in the back, causing him to fall into the sea. The trauma triggered amnesia to where he completely lost his identity. As part of Bourne's CIA assassination training, he had been tortured and undergone extreme mental conditioning to breakdown and remake his personality. This may have had been why his dissociative amnesia was so extreme and long-term.

raywest Premium member

Question: Why is the pile of you know what called Movie 43? Some kind of in joke?

Rob245

Answer: There have been several conflicting reasons given as to why this movie is called "Movie 43." Some people claim it's a reference to "rule 43 of the internet." (Although there are also several different conflicting versions of the 43rd rule of the internet, so this explanation is pretty shaky.) Some claim it's an inside joke between the main producer and his kids about a fictional "banned film" they heard about called "Movie 43" that didn't really exist. And some people claim it's just a random title they attached to the film with no actual meaning.

TedStixon

Question: In one of the earlier lightsaber fights, I am sure that I saw either Chewy or some other wookie type creature crossing the set in the background. No one else with me saw it, but I am sure that I did...anyone else?

Answer: Which lightsaber fight? Can you please be more specific?

Answer: I saw that also. It looked more like someone that was caught on camera trying to stay low and get off the set.

Question: Why would they tape a match between Mimi and Jean Kirkland in a studio instead of selling tickets and making money off it?

Rob245

Question: Are Matt Damon and Ben Affleck geniuses, or did they have to do extensive research for the movie?

MikeH

Answer: If by your question you are referring to all the complicated math formulas in the film, if Affleck and Damon themselves aren't well-versed in that area, then they would have hired an advisor for the film.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: I'm a huge Spider Man fan, but I've never understood Venom's weaknesses. Why would he be affected by sonics and fire?

Rob245

Answer: It's from the comics and much like Superman's weakness to kyptonite, it was just written that way. Venom is part of a species of extraterrestrial symbiotes that were forged in the head of a dead Celestial (which would later be known as "Knowhere") by an evil deity known as Knull. One of the unintentional effects of the forging in the head is weakness to sound and fire.

Bishop73

Question: Given how Ann is, why would she let the symbiote briefly bond with her unless it told her about Eddie?

Rob245

Answer: Ann let Venom briefly inhabit her because it was quite obvious to him that she still had feelings for Eddie. This is most noticeable when Ann takes Eddie to the hospital and Eddie apologizes to Ann for making her lose her job.

Question: Jen was impaled which means she should have a front wound and a back wound. Where is her back wound? (01:07:08)

Question: Did Stone have a motive for all that she did or was she nuts and doing it all for fun?

Rob245

Answer: She is portrayed as a psychopath with an uncontrollable urge to kill.

raywest Premium member

Question: The T birds were talking about "jugs and nets" what are they referring to?

Answer: The line is, "Nobody's jugs are bigger than Annette's." He is referring to actress Annette Funicello, one of the original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeers during the 1950s. She was known for her voluptuous figure.

raywest Premium member

Question: How does Rey get Luke's original (Anakin's) lightsaber? Twice, no less. The first time when Maz Kanada says "a story for another time", a time which never came, apparently. Then it's destroyed in TLJ in the fight with Kylo Ren, then she gets it back again...somehow, in this movie.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Answer: In TLJ you see her pick up both halves. It was then repaired between movies, with the prop showing modifications where it was fixed.

Chosen answer: According to StarWars.com: Rey took the broken pieces with her to Crait. The lightsaber's shattered pieces reunited themselves as she continued down the Jedi path.

raywest Premium member

If you look closely, the lightsaber has been repaired after being broken in Last Jedi. There is a new middle piece joining the two broken pieces together.

BaconIsMyBFF

At the end of "The Last Jedi", when the remaining Resistance fighters leave Crait, there is a close-up of Rey's hands holding the broken pieces of the saber, meaning that she took them with her.

Question: In the hospital wing there is an object under Ron's bed but when Harry and Hermione go back in time it is gone. What is it?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Ron's shoes that were taken off him when he was put into the bed. That's why they disappear when Harry and Hermione go back in time. If you play it in slowmo, you can see it when they disappear.

lionhead

Why were they taken off him? Pomfrey could still fix his leg if they were on.

Probably because it's simply more comfortable. Odds are good he would be spending the night in the hospital wing, so he wouldn't wear them to sleep.

LorgSkyegon

Question: In the automated car garage, why did Hendricks jump to his death holding the briefcase rather than just dropping it down?

Answer: Knowing he was trapped, he may not have wanted to be taken alive, preferring death over capture.

raywest Premium member

Question: If Harry's relatives hate him, then why are they against him going to Hogwarts to study magic? Why wouldn't they be excited to be rid of him most of the time?

Rob245

Answer: Because they know of his wizard heritage and they hate it. They think he and his parents were freaks.

lionhead

Good answer, but I'd add they also knew it was something Harry would very much want, and they would always deny him simply to be as mean-spirited as possible.

raywest Premium member

Not to mention one of Vernon and Petunia's overriding motivations is to appear normal to their neighbors, and the more magic Harry knows, the less likely they are to achieve that. It could presumably also be dangerous for them, as future books/movies confirm.

1. They were constantly being barraged with letters from Hogwarts in an increasingly disruptive manner. Eventually, this would be noticed as something weird by their neighbors, which is something they REALLY don't want: anyone to know about Petunia's magical relations. 2. They were flat out threatened by Hagrid and terrified on both him and Dumbledore Better to let him go there then have to spend their entire lives on the run without it even working.

LorgSkyegon

They were against it long before the barrage of letters or Hagrid showing up. They knew about the school, Petunia's sister went there and she told Vernon. They don't want to seem weird to the neighbors in general, they aren't afraid people around them will think they have a wizard in their family because nobody believes in wizards.

lionhead

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