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Question: Is it ever explained why Robbins has a limp and uses a cane of some sort?

Answer: The answer is the actor who plays him, Robert Hall, is a double amputee therefore he needs his crutch to get around in everyday life not just on the TV show. See this CNN page for more details: http://edition.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/TV/11/13/apontv.hall.ap/. I'm sure in one episode he mentions something about his legs and hints at it being a Vietnam injury.

Question: I can not figure out how in the world agent Starling makes the connection about where Buffalo Bill lives. I don't understand the connection she makes at the house where she finds the pictures and says "you covet what you see" It has driven me crazy for years and I need help. How does she figure it all out?

Answer: In Frederika's bedroom Clarice sees the dress being made and recognises that the pieces of material are the same shape as the pieces of skin missing from the victims' bodies. In the bank, where Clarice meets Frederika's friend, Stacy tells her the address of 'Mrs Lippman' whom Frederika used to work with. Presumably Buffalo Bill is related to, or is, Mrs. Lippman since that is where Clarice finds him.

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He's not Mrs Lippman. He did, however, kill her. As Clarice chases him through the cellar, the woman's decomposing body is in a tub.

Answer: "You covet what you see": Agent Starling looks out the window of the girl's house to see who the neighbors are, who may have been watching the girl.

Question: When Donnie is talking to his teacher, he says that he can't continue the conversation because he could lose his job. Why? Does this have anything significant to do with the plot?

Answer: Donnie is attending a private religious school (thus the uniforms and the fact that a former teacher, Ms. Sparrow, was a nun) and if his science teacher continued his explanation he would be teaching against the conservative religious curriculum.

Question: Is the footage of the Bird of Prey exploding the same exact footage of the Bird of Prey exploding from Star Trek VI?

Answer: Yes, it is.

Question: How does he fold the Monet in half to fit into the briefcase? Originally I thought he'd separated it from the wooden frame (ie. just a canvas), but when he takes it out back at his house he holds it up, and the wooden frame's still in one piece. Also, surely folding it in half would crack the paint, but despite the painting being twice the width of the briefcase (it fits snugly when the case is open), he then shuts the case down to a "normal" size. Any ideas?

Answer: I believe that the Monet that Crown hides in his study is not the one that was stolen, it is a copy that he already had prepared. He can enjoy the copy knowing that the original (with the broken spreader bars) is also in his possession. The stolen original then goes to the forger who repairs the broken spreader bars, and then paints another painting (using water soluble paint) over the Monet, so he can "return" it to the museum 3 days later. It gets more complicated when he discovers that Russo is on to him so he has a second forgery made (even the edges forged to match) over the top of "Dogs Playing Poker." He doesn't know if it will be necessary, but given his research into his new adversary, he concocts this contingency. It is likely that he has many contingencies in place, but the "Monet with a ghost underneath" is the only one we get to see. Of course for my theory to hold water, there must be (or have been) that earlier forgery - unless it has been destroyed.

Answer: The only explanation I can come up with is that the inner part of the frame is precut. With the frame cut that way it would allow the picture to fold, but when unfolded it would be fairly rigid with the exception of bending it forward at that point. When he pulls the painting out, it still holds the square shape of the frame. Best I can come up with.

Answer: He doesn't fold it. The frame is solid. It's just movie editing to make the viewer think he put it in her briefcase. You can't fold a Monet.

He absolutely folds it. We see him put it in the case and him then shut the case, folding it in half.

Jon Sandys Premium member

Question: I know this is all part of the mystery, but how the hell does he steal the second painting? Everything else he's planned you can see the logic behind, how it worked, etc., but there's no possible way he could have got to the second picture - all the gates were shut and locked, the metal fireguards were in place...any ideas? If anyone involved in the making/writing of it is reading this, can they please get in touch with me?

Answer: On the commentary track for the DVD the director states that he has no idea how Thomas Crown stole the final painting.

Answer: The soft piano music at the start of the film is by Bill Conti, who is the soundtrack composer. I believe the piece is called Glider as it is used later in the film during the Glider flying scene.

Question: I'm sure I'm missing something, but the ending didn't quite gel with me. I didn't get the significance of George Parker becoming Bill Johnson off-screen. Was it that given the fictional nature of the world/show, they were both different sides of the same person, or what? (01:51:45)

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: I agree. I think there are a couple ways you could interpret this, but I took it to mean that Bill Johnson essentially became the new man in Betty Parker's life and that the show would continue reflecting this change.

Lynette Carrington

Question: At the end of the second film, Felicity went to the future with Austin. When this film starts she's nowhere in site for the whole movie. What ever happened to her?

Answer: An original cut featured the opening scene with Heather Graham in it (I'm not sure what happens) - I'm assuming they dropped that idea when they could get hold of all the cameo stars. Hopefully it'll surface on the DVD.

Death Has a Shadow - S1-E1

Question: In the courtroom, after everyone goes "Oh no.", what looks like a teapot bursts through the wall going "Oh yeah.". I'm assuming it's a US advert, but I've got no idea for what - can someone let me know?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: It's the Kool Aid mascot (Kool Aid being a fruit flavoured powdered drink mix - FILLED with sugar). It has been bursting walls (while screaming "Oh, yeah!") for years, bringing what's needed to quench children's thirst.

Sereenie

The One With The Secret Closet - S8-E14

Question: When the closet is finally opened, revealing how messy it is inside, Chandler says to Monica "I married Fred Sanford". Who?

Jon Sandys Premium member

Chosen answer: Fred Sanford was one of two main characters of "Sanford & Son", a TV show from back in the 70s. He was a junk dealer. Those who are British might be interested to know that it was the American version of 'Steptoe and Son'.

Sereenie

Question: When Neo meets the Oracle in her kitchen he asks why she didn't tell him what was going on before. She tells him he knows and points to a sign above the beaded door. Is this a latin phrase? What does it mean?

Answer: In the first film she points this same sign out to Neo and explains that it means "Know Thyself"

Question: What's the English translation of what the French guy says (in French) after commenting that French is a great language to swear in?

Answer: The French phrase is [edited due to not being 100% sure what to star out] Roughly, with some liberties to prepositions and word order: Name o' God, bastards f**ked your mother up the a** in some sh*tty whorehouse.

Question: Towards the end of the movie when Gunny Highway's men first learn that he is a Medal of Honor recipient they are all suitably impressed. Yet when he first reports to take over the platoon he is wearing parade uniform with all of his medal ribbons displayed. The very first ribbon looks like the one appropriate for a MoH - surely the young marines should have been able to recognise it? Is the MoH insignia able to be noticed on his uniform?

david barlow

Chosen answer: I can personally attest, when you see someone in dress uniform, the first thing you look at is their rank. No one really pays much attention to the ribbons, and not many people know what more than a handful of them mean. When you add the fact that Highway put the fear of Gunny into them at the first meeting and that none of them are all that bright, it could easily be overlooked. One thing that is wrong, is as an MOH recipient, Gunny Highway is entitled to a salute from anyone short of the President. Granted he is not the type to point out his awards either.

Grumpy Scot

Question: At the start of the film Drew (disguised as an African Prince) drags a guy with a bomb strapped to his chest from an aircraft. What was the bomber hoping to achieve? If he was going to destroy the aircraft - why was he interested in diamonds if he was about to die? If he was selling the device to the African - why was it ticking? If he was negotiating to be paid to not destroy the aircraft - what was his plan for escaping after he deactivated the device?

david barlow

Chosen answer: I suspect that like much in this movie, it was merely conceived to be an 'exciting' opening for the movie and logic played little part in its inclusion.

Question: Can someone please explain to me how Randolph and Mortimer get screwed at the end? I'm not good with the stock market...

Ral0618

Chosen answer: Mortimer and Randolph pay Beeks to bring to them the crop report (oranges) before it goes public. Akroyd, Murphy, Curtis and the butler scheme to get the crop report, before the brothers see it. Now that the 3 partners have the true results of the upcoming crops, before it becomes public, they buy as many shares as they can, which starts to create a frenzy, only to start selling off all their shares at a market high price. Mortimer and Randolph tell their 'floor guy' to "buy, buy, buy", (remember they have a fake crop report). Once the brothers buy many shares at the high price, assuming that they're cornering the market, an announcement is made public on the news about the real crop results for the coming harvest, then they realize too late, that their shares are quickly dropping in price and they yell for their 'floor guy' to "sell, sell, sell". By that time already the bell rings and the machines are turned off, and the brothers start yelling, "Turn those machines back on...." Just to add slightly, the fake crop report that the Dukes have suggest that the orange crop will be poor. That means that the contracts that their floor guy is buying will only go higher once that bad report comes out. However, when the report indicates that the orange crop will be plentiful, the demand for FCOJ futures decreases, causing the price the drop. So the Dukes 'bought high' and 'sold low', which is the absolutely worst thing you can do. Akroyd/Murphy/Curtis 'sold high' and then 'bought low', which netted them a significant profit on the transaction.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: While Mike, Sully, and Boo are riding the doors, Mike says something that sounds to me like "Great plan, get it saved." What is he actually saying?

Answer: According to the subtitles on my DVD, Mike says "What a plan - simple, yet insane."

Kathy Tjarks

The Accused Is Entitled - S3-E2

Question: How did the movie star's blood on the sheet prove that he was the murderer? Maybe his scab just got knocked off. Hardly damning evidence by itself. Anyone explain?

Answer: The blood made a specific imprint of a scar on his knee which CSI matched to his knee and the trailer step he fell on.

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Question: I'd like to know who 'Underdog' and 'Curious George' are. They both pop up around series one (The One where Underdog Gets Away) and Curious George is also referred to by Rachel and Joey in the finale of Season 9.

Answer: "Here he comes to save the day...Underdog..." and "There's no need to fear Underdog is here", are two of the famous sayings that I remember. It was a cartoon that ran in the 60's and 70's. He was modeled after Superman. He was the alter ego of the shoeshine boy/dog. He had a girlfriend/dog named Sweet Polly. Curious George is a monkey that lives with the 'man in the yellow hat' and is a character in children's story books.

Super Grover Premium member

Question: Every ship in the fleet has got an EMP, why didn't they build one at the platform?

Answer: They never wanted to have the possibility of it getting set off accidentally, as it would render the entire dock area (and possible more) inert instantly. In fact, they probably weren't terribly prepared for the Sentinels ever to find/reach their location. In 100 years, they hadn't yet.

Rooster of Doom

When You Wish Upon a Weinstein - S3-E22

Question: Cartoon network said in a commercial that they had to change one word in Peter's song in this episode ("I need a Jew tonight") so they could air it. They also say that the DVD really says the word they couldn't air. My question is, what did Peter really say in the song and what else was changed to make this episode airworthy?

Answer: The original line was "Even though they killed our Lord". This was changed to "I don't think they killed our Lord".

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