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    Reese Witherspoon is deserving of some love for the episode alone, and Julianna Margulies is on fine form.

    Bradley’s scene with her brother was really excellent.

    I’ve realised my major problem with the season by watching this episode, which is I find their desire to include various themes really admirable but when they’re thrown in to an episode as a grab bag of six or seven minute vignettes I find them a bit cloying and borderline box ticking.

    Removing a  couple of threads here for an episode helped a lot and gave storylines weight. The context of Bradley’s relationship with Laura, for instance (in particular the weight of insecurity and internalised homophobia), hasn’t seem fleshed out prior to this episode and really benefitted from some extra time. There are certain things you just can’t do in a scene or two an episode and need time spent.

    Heavily stacked casts are difficult – I suspect there’s an impulse to want to use everyone every episode or their are contractual requirements to do so – but sometimes it feels really forced. Love Aniston but this episode was better without the juggle.

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    No Carell in this week’s episode!

    Seems like next one’s going to be the Aniston/Carell show and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I hope we’re not limited to Italy only. Mitch’s storyline is easily the weakest point in an already unfocused season.

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    “A Private Person”: This was the first episode of the season that truly felt like it was on last season’s level. It helps a lot that it was very reminiscent of “That Woman”, which was arguably the second best episode of the debut year. Witherspoon and Marguiles were fantastic. In general, I think this instalment flourished because it was far more focused on one thing and delivering that well. Next week looks very Alex centric so hopefully we can expect the same lack of distraction there.

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    Witherspoon and Marguiles were fantastic. In general, I think this instalment flourished because it was far more focused on one thing and delivering that well. Next week looks very Alex centric so hopefully we can expect the same lack of distraction there.

    Yeah, I’m hoping the rest of the season narrows the focus.

    Re guest eligibility here, alas I think an awful lot of people are going to hit the over the “less than half” level here.

    Kathy Najimy is confirmed (though hasn’t yet appeared) and I suspect Kaling won’t reach the episode count, but I think the most realistic other contender is Marcia Gay Harden who has only been in a single episode – it seems realistic she might be in more but not all.

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    I think the most realistic other contender is Marcia Gay Harden who has only been in a single episode

    She’s actually already been in two but I agree I’m hoping she isn’t in lots more so that she can make eligibility

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    Kathy Najimy is confirmed (though hasn’t yet appeared)

    Kathy Najimy is in episode one.

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    Kathy Najimy is in episode one.

    Well then I’m not predicting her because she didn’t make enough of an impression on me lol.

    Ah yes you’re right Harden has been in two.

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    After how she got in for doing nothing in Hollywood I am not going to underestimate Holland Taylor although she’ll be guest ineligible if she turns up once more this season lol.

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    After how she got in for doing nothing in Hollywood I am not going to underestimate Holland Taylor although she’ll be guest ineligible if she turns up once more this season lol.

    Which I think is pretty likely, but I agree. Particularly with The Chair which might not be strong enough for her to coattail.

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    Good episode! With episode 5 and now this the show is back in form.
    This was probably Witherspoon best performance on the show..good for her.
    Crudup, Margulies and Pittman all shined.
    Mixed feelings about next week: too much Mitch might disappoint but I hope Aniston delivers.

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    This was good. I myself was outed (though not to the whole world, lol) so I felt this episode. Witherspoon was great. Margulies and Crudup continue to be fantastic, and both Greta Lee and especially Karen Pittman are ridiculously underrated. Give them more to do!!

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    “A Private Person”: This was the first episode of the season that truly felt like it was on last season’s level.

    I was interested to see that this episode was directed by Rachel Morrison, who was the cinematographer for Mudbound and Black Panther, among other movies.  If what she really wants to do is direct, more power to her, but I think that she’s such an amazing DoP that I hate not having the chance to see whatever she would have worked on in the future as a cinematographer.  (Just checked her IMDb page and I see that she also directed the 9th episode of this season’s American Crime Story series entitled “Impeachment,” which will air on November 2nd.)

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    and especially Karen Pittman are ridiculously underrated. Give them more to do!!

    I think of the less high profile members of the cast this season, Pittman is the one I have the most fondness for. I wish the storyline she has with Desean Terry was weighted more towards her because she has far more gravitas and a general sense of weariness.

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    This was good. I myself was outed (though not on national TV, lol) so I felt this episode. Witherspoon was great

    Luca, I’ve not been outed so I can’t speak to that, specifically, but I thought she really captured the overwhelm and mixed feelings of how hard I think that situation would be in real-time.

     

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    After how she got in for doing nothing in Hollywood I am not going to underestimate Holland Taylor although she’ll be guest ineligible if she turns up once more this season lol.

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