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Question: When Elliot grabs Gertie's doll and tosses it to Mike, he says, "Do it, Mike. We have to." What does Mike start doing with the doll that brings Gertie to tears?

Answer: It sounds like they're fake-threatening to damage the doll, like pulling its head off, or something to that effect. Naturally, Gertie would be upset.

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Question: When Dorothy picked an apple off a tree, she was reproved by the tree himself. And the Scarecrow says, "It's just that she doesn't like little green worms." What does he mean by that?

Bunch Son

Chosen answer: He's insulting the tree by saying its apples are infested with worms.

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: He's tricking the tree by insulting it so that it will become angry and retaliate by throwing the apples at them, which it does, and Dorothy can then eat them, which was the intent all along.

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The One Where The Stripper Cries - S10-E11

Question: Is that Pyramid game show that Joey went on real, or just made up for the show?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Not only is it a real game show, Danny Osmond was the host of the show at the time. And that was the real actor Leslie Charleson from "General Hospital."

Bishop73

Answer: A very simple google search reveals it is real. Here is the wiki page https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyramid_(game_show).

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Question: Why don't we ever see Maryann, the girl from the pilot, in other episodes?

Answer: It's typical for TV shows to undergo changes and be retooled after the initial pilot episode. Some characters are deleted while others are added, depending on how producers evaluate what does and doesn't work, how test audiences react, how well the actors work with one another, cast salaries, and so on. The Marianne character was probably dropped for one of those reasons and the Dylan character was added later.

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Question: I recently saw this film at a local cinema and I noticed that there was a scene missing from when I first saw this film as a kid. In the aforementioned scene, Dallas is on the main computer (Mother) trying to get information about how to destroy the Alien. The computer just keeps responding with "Can not compute." He finally asks "What are my chances" and still gets the same response. I was wondering if anyone remembered this scene and knows why its been removed?

Gavin Jackson

Answer: If I'm not mistaken, the scene you're talking about (where Dallas consults Mother before going into the vent) was removed from the Director's Cut version of the film (which did get its own theatrical release in 2003). Perhaps that's the version they showed. I couldn't find the scene in its entirety, but is this what you're referring to? https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OaoQES6C9ok.

Bishop73

Yes that was the scene. It was longer of course.

Gavin Jackson

Question: Why did king Triton have to destroy all of Ariel's stuff? That only makes it worse.

Answer: Because he was angry. People sometimes overreact when they're angry.

Jason Hoffman

Question: When the Marines first enter the hive and encounter the cocooned colonist, at what point would she have been trapped there before the chestburster emerged?

Darth Crucible

Answer: As seen in the first Alien movie, once infected, the gestation period seems to be a matter of a few days. However, considering that Newt appeared to have been alone for a period of time, the colonists may have been cocooned for a longer period before the alien queen "impregnated" them.

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Question: Is it possible to see Hermione when they are all sleeping in the great hall?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Unlikely she would be seen. The boys would be separated from the girls. I watched the YouTube clip, and there didn't appear to be any girls sleeping in the Great Hall, at least not in that section of it.

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I will add that in the books, its stated that "the three of them" grabbed a sleeping bag and moved to a corner. So while we may not see her in the movie, in the books she was present with Ron and Harry.

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Question: Why exactly was Dick Dastardly so anxious to capture Yankee Doodle Pigeon?

Rob Halliday

Answer: During the First World War, pigeons were used to carry messages across the battle lines. Yankee Doodle is carrying some sort of American orders or intelligence.

Brian Katcher

Question: After seeing Mr Weasley and Cedric shake hands, why did Ginny and Hermione smile at each other?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: They probably think Cedric is cute and look at each other to see if the other one thinks the same.

lionhead

Both definitely think Cedric is cute and are acknowledging that to one another, possibly hoping he will be interested in return.

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Question: Maybe I'm missing something, but if Ripley had been in hypersleep for 57 years, how could she have had a dream about speaking to Burke before waking up and actually meeting him?

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: While the opening scene does show her in hypersleep, the moment we she her wake up (after the alien starts up push in her belly) is NOT her waking up from hypersleep, it's just her waking up from another bad dream. At that point she's been in the hospital for some time and already met Burke, but she's having nightmares. Presumably, this particular dream is of her remembering her first moments waking from hypersleep and then turning into a nightmare scene.

Bishop73

Question: The girl that plays Caroline - was that a wig she wore?

Answer: Yes. It's a wig. Haviland Morris is a redhead.

Ray

Ok thank you.

Question: Why does Eli run into the house and look out of the window where the old lady and man are just before the fight with Carnegie and his men? Surely if he was blind he would not look out of the window, he would at least put his ear to it.

Answer: Because he isn't blind. He was blind but his sight was returned so that he could complete his task. He doesn't become blind again until the end of the film, as shown by his eyes going gray.

Jason Hoffman

Question: If Rorschach's considered nuts then why kill him? Why kill the Comedian? Why wasn't he heavily guarded in prison once caught? Why not arrest Veidt?

Rob245

Answer: The Comedian discovered what Veidt was planning to do, so Veidt killed him to silence him. Rorschach isn't causing problems for the prison once he's in there. Every violent thing he does is in self-defense. There's no reason for him to be heavily guarded. He's killed because they can't risk anyone exposing what Veidt did and ruining the world peace that was achieved. Veidt is not arrested for the same reason.

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Question: How did both Akeem and Semmi get a job at McDowell's without Akeem's parents noticing? Also, wouldn't Mr. McDowell have noticed in doing Akeem's pre-employment background checks who Akeem really was vs finding out when the parents arrived? (00:44:08 - 01:29:34)

jm1138

Answer: How would Akeem's parents know what they were up to? They think he's taking an American vacation, and in the pre social media days, it was hard to keep track of people. As for McDowell, what sort of background check did you expect him to do on a fast food employee in the 80s? McDowell seems like a guy who would cut corners anyway.

Brian Katcher

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Question: How old does a person have to be to be a Pokémon trainer?

Answer: Most people start their journey at 10 years of age. However the age is 11 in the Alola region.

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I believe if we were to be more realistic, 10 would be the age a person could start learning how to use Pokemon, and could be allowed to battle within a controlled environment. But would have to be at least 18 to be allowed to battle outside of a controlled environment.

The reason I believe what the comment is saying is because if my local professor just "hey, here you go, here's your charmander, you can start your journey now" at the age of 10, I can guarantee that I would have accidentally burned down somebody's house.

Question: Was Niko Zoe's long lost father who wasn't actually dead?

Answer: No. Zoé's father was murdered by Victor. Nico was just a thief who was there to help her.

Bishop73

Question: Spoiler alert: this question gives away much of the first "Psycho" movie. In the original Alfred Hitchcock "Psycho" we witness Norman Bates murdering Janet Leigh/Marion Crane and Martin Balsam/Milton Arbogast, and very narrowly missing killing Vera Miles/Lila Crane. At the end of the movie we discover that Norman Bates had murdered his mother and her lover ten years previously. We are also told that he had killed two female guests at Bates Motel. Norman Bates is therefore guilty of six murders and one attempted murder. In Psycho II we find out that, after his crimes were discovered, Norman Bates was placed in a secure psychiatric institution for the criminally insane. This does seem plausible. But with such a criminal record, would he ever be released from incarceration?

Rob Halliday

Answer: Norman was found "not guilty" by reason of insanity. Therefore, once he is deemed to be no longer a danger to himself, or to others, and is released from the mental institution, there is no crime he can be sent to jail for (i.e. he has no criminal record for the murders). I haven't done enough research to tell you if a serial killer in recent times has ever been found not guilty by reason of insanity and subsequently been released, but there are numerous accounts of people being released from mental institutions after committing murder that are then considered free.

Bishop73

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Question: Why did Charmander stop obeying Ash after he evolved into Charmeleon?

Answer: When Pokemon evolve sometimes their personality changes. If a pokemon's will is strong enough they can keep their original personality but in most cases some traits of the personality become stronger, like stubbornness. I think the joke is that he has a short fuse, since he has a burning tail.

lionhead

Or it could be that Charmeleon's skill level exceeded that of Ash and thus did not respect him.

Question: When Katniss goes in for her individual assessment, Peeta is exiting the room after finishing his and he seems to be in a daze while walking out, almost seemingly pretending not to acknowledge Katniss walking in. Was that intentional as to not give any hints to Katniss about what he did (painting Rue) too early or to not raise any kind of suspicion to Plutarch et al watching?

Answer: There's no definitive answer to this. It appears that Peta is non-verbally signaling to Katniss that there is something ahead she might react to rather than pretending not to acknowledge her. There is no reason why he would not acknowledge her or be concerned about raising anyone's suspicions. He and Katniss are supposed to be engaged, so it would be expected that they would have this type of connection and communication.

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