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Question: Why did it take so long for Prince Charming to get to the tower Fiona was locked in?

Answer: Because before the fiery dragon was guarding it and Prince Charming is a showman. He pretends to be an ideal knight and shining armor when in actuality he never had the stomach to really face the dragon and risk bursting into flames. Or worse, burning his hair off.

Question: Why would they need to authenticate the Mona Lisa painting at the beginning? Wouldn't a replica yield the same punishment for whomever is in possession of it?


Answer: They need to know they got the real one because that is the one that is so revered and protected. Not a replica.


Answer: I'm not sure who "they" refers to, so I'm giving a general answer. They need to ascertain the monetary value of the painting in order to know how to proceed. Obviously, an authentic painting (perhaps worth millions of dollars) has a much greater value (selling price) than a fake painting (which could be produced at a small fraction of the cost plus would not hold the same cultural or historical significance). The "punishment" (sentence) that could be imposed may vary with jurisdiction, type of sentencing system, monetary value, and the offender's prior criminal record (if any). Although it may be possible somewhere for the replica to carry the same punishment that is attached to the authentic painting, the extreme difference in value between the two paintings is likely to separate them into different classifications or grades of the offense (felony/misdemeanor or grand/ petit larceny). In general, the grand theft of an authentic painting worth millions carries a heavier sentence.


The plot of this film is that all emotions have been outlawed, as are anything that can stir up emotions (art, literature, music, etc.) Anyone that violates this law is put to death. So someone that has a replica of the Mona Lisa would be executed just the same as someone that has the real thing. Monetary value doesn't factor into the equation, because the police force in the film incinerates all contraband.


Thanks for explaining why my general answer does not apply and is thereby "dead wrong." I know I saw "Equilibrium" but I didn't remember anything about it; it obviously didn't have a lasting impression on me. I should have at least looked it up before giving a general answer. Now I am wondering what the specific answer is... Good question.


Answer: The breathing apparatus (similar to a respirator) built into Vader's suit was shorted out by an errant bolt of Force lightning when Vader picked up Emperor Palpatine and threw him down the shaft; watch closely during this scene and you'll see electricity arcing on Vader's torso. Removing Vader's mask had no effect since he was already dying; when Vader asked Luke to help remove the mask, Luke said, "But you'll die." to which Vader replied, "Nothing can stop that now." Vader simply wanted to look upon Luke with his own eyes rather than through the mask for once.


While Vader is dying Luke said that he won't leave him he's got to save him. Vader said "you already have Luke". What did Vader mean by that?

By rising up against Palpatine and saving Luke's life, Vader finally broke free from the dark side of the Force; though it cost him his life, Vader meant that Luke had ultimately helped him find redemption.


Answer: Vader's entire suit is a life support system. As he was pretty much invincible for most of his appearances he has never been in danger. The Emperor is the first person on screen to actually damage the life support system itself, so Vader is dying as soon as he is zapped. Luke tells him he will die if the helmet is removed, but Vader says he is already dead, as we can see his cranial injuries and pale skin, plus he cannot even move his arms and legs which are cybernetic. He's pretty much a goner.

Answer: During the duel, the injuries Vader sustained from Palpatine's electrical bolts as he was being thrown into the shaft were a factor. Once Luke removed Vader's helmet as he requested, it sealed his fate as he could not survive without the life support system built into his damaged suit that kept him breathing and his body functioning.


Question: Mona enters the house of her son in order to leave a welcome note for her son's housesitter, who is supposed to arrive there the next day. She brings with her the keys to the house in order to leave them for the housesitter. To her surprise, she runs into "the housesitter," who is in fact Dana Carvey, but she thinks it is the housesitter. Carvey had broken into the house the day before. Why doesn't Mona ask Carvey how he got into the house, seeing as she is giving him the housekeys now?


Question: It is not clear, nor inferred who leaked the location of the witness for the hit. Could it have been Chalmers? Chalmers could have run his prints, and belatedly realised he was duped by the witness posing as a real mob insider.

Answer: Most likely Ross, he told the hitmen where to go. Once the decoy was killed everyone, the mob and the police would believe he was dead. He was safe to leave the country.

Answer: As Renick returns to the waiting taxi at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, a footman incorrectly identifies Renick as Ross and immediately phones in the sighting as well as the taxi's company and number to his Organization contact. Renick stops the cab near a phone booth to call Chalmers who presumably identifies the hotel that is Renick's destination. Since Renick is working for Ross, it's likely Renick then calls Ross to tell Ross where he's to be kept. Early the next morning Renick releases the safety chain on his hotel room door because he is expecting Ross, using Chalmers' name at the desk, to arrive and facilitate Renick's escape from protective custody - - not realizing Ross has given the hotel's name to the hitmen Ross has paid to kill Renick in an attempt to convince the world Ross is dead.

Answer: Because she is a scientist with some OCD personality traits. She sees everything black and white. Same as Sheldon.


Question: Near the beginning, when Alfred sees Bruce is not in bed, he goes to the Wayne Enterprises private property. There a weirdly shaped metal structure that looks like it's tilting over and what looks like a dilapidated building in the middle tilted to the side. What is the structure supposed to be?


Answer: It looks like a large panel on the side of the huge crane. I think it has openings for access to the crane machinery or something like that. Maybe a crane operator could describe it better but that's what it looks like to me.

Question: When Teabing's plane arrives in London, Robert and Sophie have exited the plane. When the police check the plane it is empty - what happened to Silas who was on the plane with them?

Answer: Teabing's butler Remy Jean, frees him, claiming to the mysterious "Teacher."

Question: When training Bruce, why did Ducard say that the deaths of Bruce's parents was actually Thomas' fault? If anyone's to blame it was Joe Chill.

Answer: First, he follows it up by saying it's because Bruce's father failed to act against Joe (to try to stop him), implying that his father was weak and a coward. But overall Ducard's stance was crime cannot be tolerated. "Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society's understanding." The League had tried to destroy Gotham before with economics, but men like Thomas Wayne tried to help the poor and he was killed by the same people he tried to help. In Ducard's mind, had Thomas Wayne not tried to help the poor and criminals, he wouldn't have been shot.


Answer: He was trying to get Bruce angry, so he can learn to control it and use it whilst fighting.


Question: In the final fight scene, why were the Avengers trying to get the gauntlet to the van? What were they planning to do with it?

Answer: The van had a quantum tunnel which they could use to get the gauntlet away from Thanos forever. It was a last ditch effort to prevent Thanos from obtaining it.


Question: How did David mutate his dogs with gamma radiation? Did he inject them with it or add it to their food?

Answer: Either way, but most likely injections.

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Question: Mr. Sullivan senior, a billionaire, gives his daughter keys to a safe deposit box but tells her not to go to it herself. She approaches Ray, and he tells her whoever opens it will trigger a call to the FBI. Mr. Sullivan needs to pay the mayor $9 million for some hospital deal. What I don't understand is why a billionaire would risk exposing his secrets all for a measly $9 million? He's giving his psychotic son a $1.2 million per year stipend till death, so he's not broke.

Question: Did Sgt. Pilot Andy loot the mantle clock he can be seen carrying when he is returning from helping to rescue bomb victims, to the refuge shelter?

Question: I know both twins are played by Lindsay Lohan, but is it just me or does Hallie have thicker hair than Annie?

Answer: Not thicker, just styled differently. One twin is more tomboyish with less concern about hair, fashion, makeup etc. The other twin has been raised to be more refined and fashionable, with her hair moussed, styled, and blown dry, making it fluffier, not thicker.


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Question: How can Dale be so oblivious to the fact that Joseph isn't his biological son or that Nancy cheated on him with John Redcorn considering in one episode Dale actually caught them both in bed together.

Answer: In addition to Brian Katcher's response: it's supposed to be a joke that Dale is always suspicious about conspiracy theories, mysteries, etc, but he is "clueless" about his own wife having an affair. Of course, as Brian wrote, many fans think that Dale is pretending to be clueless because he doesn't want Nancy to leave him.

Answer: That's the shtick. Everyone in town knows that Dale's wife is seeing John behind his back and that Joseph is obviously really John's son, but Dale is completely oblivious (he's not that smart of a man). In one episode, Dale even says he's not homophobic because 'John Redcorn is gay, and he's one of my closest friends.' Of course there is a fan theory that Dale is completely aware of what's going on but chooses to ignore it out of fear of his marriage ending.

Brian Katcher

Also, if Dale *does* know about the affair, what choice does he have anyway? Explain to everyone he meets that Nancy is his wife, and Joseph is her son from her boyfriend? If he wants to stay with Nancy, then raising Joseph as his own child is slightly less awkward. Especially while Joseph is younger. I know of one man who did this. It was obvious that his wife had an affair, and "his" younger daughter had been fathered by someone of a different race. An "elephant in the room" situation.

Question: Eli locks Solara in the spring after he dupes her to go back in to find his glasses. How does she escape?

Answer: She could have picked the lock. It was an old door, she could have used one of her weapons to open it. Plus, there was most likely a second hidden emergency escape hatch.

It was a known location by a few for obtaining water so eventually someone was bound to come by and open the door.

Question: If Ron didn't like the robes he was given for the Christmas ball ,why did he not himself or find a teacher that could use a magical spell to make them look more up to date?


Answer: In the book, Ron did use a spell to alter the robe's look somewhat by removing the lace, but magic could only do so much to change the appearance. A teacher might have been able to do more, but it is unlikely they would replace what a parent had selected for their child without permission, no matter how hideous or ridiculous it looked.


Question: Do Django and his wife finally get free, or they have to hide from other bounty hunters?

Answer: Since the film ends with their riding off together after blowing up Candieland, any answer would be speculation. Obviously, it's meant to be a happy ending, our conquering hero triumphantly riding from the scene of his victory over Candie and all his racist minions. Realistically speaking, of course, there would obviously be a huge price on Django's head after the carnage at Candieland, and they are fugitive Black people in the pre-Civil War Deep South; every single bounty hunter and law enforcement officer, not to mention just everyday racist yokels who hear about a giant payday, would be looking for them. In the real world, they would likely be apprehended within days, if not hours. So, maybe it's best not to think too much about what happens next.

Answer: Then again, Django is one of those larger than life Hollywood heroes, and before telephones, he'd have a great head start. Who's to say he and his wife didn't vanish in the wilderness and started over somewhere after the Civil War?

Brian Katcher

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Question: Why did they let Benson adopt? Given she's single and has a dangerous job wouldn't this be carefully scrutinized? After all, she could end up dead, thus the boy goes back into the system.


Answer: As this particular adoption case the judge presiding over it personally knew Olivia; that can make all the difference in the process as most adoptions are presided by judges who do not know the person and are going solely off how they look on paper as to whether or not it can be approved. This was likely the case of when Olivia mentioned she had previously been turned down for adoption. With Noah not being a healthy infant, the judge would not want to be too picky with who can adopt him as unhealthy infants have a high risk of never being adopted. With the judge personally knowing Olivia, that would help seal her confidence that even in the event of Olivia's death Olivia would have already made sure it would be pre-arranged for Noah to be cared for rather than put back in the system.

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Question: Doesn't Earl have to pay state tax or whatever on his lottery winnings, and thus would be down to only 88 grand or so?


Answer: He would definitely have to pay a Federal income tax, but state tax laws vary. My own state does not have an income tax, and instead collects revenue through sales taxes.


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