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Question: When Merlin stepped on the land mine, why didn't he just wait there until Eggsy and Harry completed the mission? Surely he could have just stood there, then later on they could have called in bomb experts or use Statesman resources to get him off that thing? Eggsy and Harry could have easily taken out those 5 guards.

Answer: At the time, these people only had a really short time to save the world. Merlin thought that, with the landmine, he could sacrifice himself along with many guards to save the world.

Question: How come the terrorists' knives were not noticed? Airports have metal detectors designed to detect knives.

Answer: At the time of the 9/11 incident, certain type utility or pocket knives like the ones the terrorists brought on board were not illegal. Airport screeners had more leeway then about what type of knives, tools, or other gadgets they allowed passengers to carry on board. Since then, the restrictions are far more stringent.

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Question: How come Hermione and Harry are confused when Dumbledore lies about not knowing they were rescuing Sirius? Hermione at least should know.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: I don't recall either Harry or Hermione acting confused and Dumbledore never lied to them about knowing they rescued Sirius. He would never directly acknowledge it to them, however, because he could more truthfully tell investigators that he knew nothing about Sirius' escape. It's called "plausible deniability." The less detail he knows about how they accomplished their goal, the less he can be questioned about it.

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The Placeholder - S11-E5

Question: Frasier lets his neighbor's cat stay with him. But in the episode "It's Hard to Say Goodbye if You Won't Leave", he was allergic to cats and could not be near Kate's cat.

Answer: Over multiple seasons, a long-running show's details can often change or are inadvertently forgotten, creating plot holes. This would be such an example.

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Chick Cancer - S5-E7

Question: In this episode where Peter starts shooting the movie he says: Okay, now give him some peanut butter so we can make it look like he's talkin'. How is peanut butter going to help?

HEK_98

Answer: Because the peanut butter would get stuck to the roof of his mouth. Then as he's trying to lick the peanut butter off, he'd be constantly opening and closing his mouth.

Bishop73

Answer: There's an old show called Mr Ed about a talking horse. They used peanut butter in the horse's mouth.

Answer: If you've ever seen a dog eat peanut butter, you'd see how it looks like they are talking since it's so sticky.

Cheyenne Williams

Question: Why do authorities think Vidrine was not the true villain on deep water horizon? He is the one who brushed off safety concerns, and ordered a second negative pressure test. And according to the investigators, an employee who perished in the disaster was responsible for the bladder effect hypothesis not Vidrine. Even if it was true, how would it make him the villain? They are treating who the true villain was like it has to do with who was responsible for the bladder effect hypothesis, and not for brushing off safety concerns, and ordering the second pressure test. Plus it could still have been Vidrine's fault, given that also say the cause of the explosion was years of small mistakes, those mistakes could have been Vidrine's mistakes along with his decision to order a second pressure test instead asking the employees what they wanted to do, Especially since they knew the rig, and he didn't.

Answer: Films often take some artistic licensing in portraying the characters and they may have been some misunderstanding in whom the film was trying to say was at fault. In real life, Transocean and BP were charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and other crimes. In agreeing to plead guilty, Transocean Deepwater admitted members of its crew on board Deepwater Horizon, acting at the direction of BP's well-site leaders, were negligent in failing to fully investigate that the Macondo well was secure and that oil and gas were not flowing into the well. BP admitted the two highest ranked well-site leaders were negligent. Those two well-site leaders were Robert Kaluza (portrayed in the film by Brad Leland) and Donald Vidrine. Kaluza and Vidrine observed clear indication that the well was not secure and oil and gas were flowing into the well and did not take the obvious and appropriate steps to prevent the blowout. Both Kaluza and Vidrine were charged with 11 counts of manslaughter and prosecutors said they botched the pressure test that would have warned the crews to stop. When Vidrine agreed to plead guilty to pollution charges and testify against Kaluza, prosecutors dropped his manslaughter charges. Kaluza went to jury trial (although was found not guilty.) It seems likely too many factors played a role in leading up to the blowout that was a result of BP trying to save money and time over safety concerns and more than 2 supervisors were ultimately responsible.

Bishop73

Question: This has bothered me since the first time I saw Love Never Dies. The dates for Christine's death don't line up, so I'm hoping for some insight as to why. On Christine's grave stone in Phantom, the dates 1854-1917 are given. Making her about 63 when she dies. However, if it's 1880 at the time she sings "think of me" that makes her 16... and then in Love Never Dies, her and Eric are saying how it's been "10 long years." Making her 26. But then she's shot and presumably dies, in 1890 rather than 27 years later in 1917. Even if there's a couple years in between the ending of this movie and the point that Christine last sees the phantom, that is a lot of time to fill up! So... am I missing something? Or is this a big plot hole?

Answer: The movie was produced in (2004) six years before the debut of Love Never Dies. I suggest watching the stage production as that better matches up with the sequel (but still has plot holes). The movie, however, added a few bits, not in the stage production which I presume Webber based Love Never Dies off. However, in my opinion, Webber just lost all common sense in the making of Love Never Dies so it is easier to think of it as it's own entity rather than a sequel to Phantom.

I found this site after recently seeing Love Never Dies, and searching for answers on the plot of that musical. I guess I'm just gonna go with your statement "Webber just lost all common sense in the making of Love Never Dies." The music was great, the sets were classic Lloyd Webber spectacle...but the plot just made no damn sense.

I agree with your question and came across this site to find an answer to this question. I'm confused as well. But it makes sense that Webber forgot the details of Phantom of the Opera and the grave stone. Also, maybe because Love Never Dies is more so an alternate ending for Phantom and Christine versus the accuracy.

Question: What is the song that Violet is always listening to on her Walkman? (We hear the beat 3 or 4 times throughout the movie).

Orlando Rocha

Answer: This is taken from IMDb: His Eyes by Pseudo Echo.

Alan Keddie

Question: How exactly did Jason kill Andy? In other words, how did Andy end up the way he did?

Answer: Jason chops Andy in half with his trusty machete (his trademark weapon of choice). However from the way the kill was shot it looks as though Jason whacks Andy in the crotch from above (as Andy was walking on his hands at the time of his murder) so how he ended up in half at the waist is anyone's guess.

Alan Keddie

Question: What did Mr. Burgundy's license plate say?

Answer: I think you are referring to Mr.Montgomery his license plate says ALI BUY on it.

Question: Why does this version of Pennywise look so scary as opposed to Tim Curry's version? Tim's version looks harmless enough that children would definitely go up to him but Bill's version would certainly have scared a child even today.

Answer: It's a matter of artistic choice to create a different look and mood from its predecessor. The filmmakers of the new movie made Pennywise more overtly malevolent, whereas the Tim Curry version portrayed the character as benevolent looking to hide an evil interior, and be able to more easily gain children's trust..

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Answer: Artistic choice, and (directly or indirectly) being more faithful to the original novel. Pennywise's appearance in this film is almost an exact replica of the book's descriptions, with a 19th century style added to it, and some minor changes.

Question: Why did Frodo decide to go to Mordor alone with Sam, and not bring the others with him?

Answer: Frodo did not want any more of the Fellowship to risk their lives on his behalf. He felt the ring quest was his burden alone. There was no way Sam was going to be left behind, so Frodo gave in and let him go along.

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Question: When several soldiers surrender, why was the first one shot? I'm not referring to the end, I'm referring to the opening battle, when several surrendered, and only the first was shot.

raph

Answer: In the D-Day scene at the beginning of the battle, when the Germans surrender after a brief Trench Battle, one gets shot. I think this is because one soldier was still very tense and shot the German because he didn't see his hands up in the fight or flight response he was having.

Chosen answer: If you're referring to the very end of the film when the Germans surrendered, the guy shot was the same guy they had found earlier at the machine gun nest when their medic was killed. They had let that guy go. Then it turned out he was the one that shot and killed Tom Hanks, so he was killed because of this.

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Question: How did the police locate Victor's apartment?

EK8829

Answer: It's no mystery...it's standard police procedure, and every step is shown in the film. Victor is known to the authorities as a drug dealer, and they match his fingerprints to those found at a murder scene. So they look up his address in their system, and go there.

Bango Was His Name, Oh! - S4-E29

Question: The scene where Brian was paying the bills then Brian says: It's at this, uh...It's at this girl's house. What does he mean by that?

HEK_98

Answer: He was saying he's paying the cable bill but Stewie said Peter pays the cable bill. Brian's reply is that the cable he's paying for is for a girl. It seems he's kind of embarrassed to say it and so it seems the bills he's paying aren't his but a girl he's dating (although somewhat implied that she's using him).

Bishop73

Into Harmony's Way - S12-E7

Question: Am I missing a joke here? At Mort's pharmacy, Peter says that he has $30,000 in credit card debt. And "five years salary, tax-free" would not put a dent in his problem. How is this possible? He is often the main or only income-earner in the household. I would expect just one year of his salary to be about $30,000, if not more.

Answer: The $30k was part of the song they were singing and Peter may have picked a number based on syllables to fit, not his actual debt. His actual debt maybe much higher as indicated by 5-years not putting a dent in it.

Bishop73

Question: At the end of the movie, Martin stabs Tavington in the stomach, and then in the throat. How does he know Tavington is really dead this time? Earlier in the film, Tavington pretended to be dead twice after Martin's sons shot him.

Answer: Guns were less powerful during Revolutionary times and the wounds were more survivable. Deep and ripping knife stabs to areas like the abdomen and the neck area are more likely to be fatal. Tavington may not die instantly, but he would probably bleed out and/or bleed internally fairly quickly.

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Question: What did Katniss' mum do to make Katniss hate her?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: If you're talking about in the beginning and the relationship they had, when Katniss' father died (her mom's husband), her mom became severely depressed and shut down. 11 year old Katniss had to take it upon herself to basically raise her sister and herself at a time she really needed a mother, especially emotionally. Before she goes to the Hunger Games she tells her mother she has to be there for Prim.

Bishop73

No Mas - S3-E1

Question: What is with the crawling along the ground towards the shrine?

The_Iceman

Chosen answer: It is part of the ritual for la Santa Muerte. It is a sign of humility and sacrifice.

djm

Question: Could someone please explain to me what I consider two of the biggest plot holes in this film. Firstly, how was Snake going to get his glider back in the air? If it had jets or thrusters on it, that would make sense, but when it first took off, it was being towed by a plane which means it is just a standard glider (Plissken does admit to Hauk that it will be an issue, but that explains little). Also given that it is a one-seat glider, how was he going to bring back the president on it? In fact, how were Brain, Maggie and the President (in their attempted double-cross) all going to squeeze onboard?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: You are correct in citing these problems as plot holes. Writer-director John Carpenter is notorious for glaring plot holes in his films over the decades, inasmuch as Carpenter crafts his films for shock effect, rather than continuity. Other examples of Carpenter's plot holes can be found in the original "Halloween" (for instance, how did the killer Michael Myers, who had been confined in a mental institution since he was a child, learn to drive an automobile like a stunt driver his first time behind the wheel?), and in "The Thing" (why is the Thing discovered frozen in ice only about 4 feet below the modern surface while its spaceship is buried ten yards deep in 100,000-year-old ice?), as well as in "Prince of Darkness," "Vampires" and other Carpenter films. One explanation is that Carpenter tends to edit-out slower, extraneous scenes that more fully explain the plot, in order to maintain a fast-paced storyline.

Charles Austin Miller

I would assume he would push free fall and build up enough speed to fly, and then pull up, the WTC was the largest building in NY at the time anyway.

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