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Question: Why did Billy and Stu kill Sidney's mother, then wait almost one year to proceed with more killings?

Answer: One killing after another is too suspicious and would focus on those closest to her and would put authorities on guard, in case they believe the entire family was a target. Which it was, by waiting for the excitement to die down, it would give everyone a false sense of security.

Answer: I agree with the other response, and I want to add that Billy and Stu are trying to make their own "movie." In a lot of movies, the current events are connected to an incident that happened one year ago or longer.

Question: At the end of the film, Nate connects the Christmas lights and the house lights up. Why does this make the homing beacon turn green?

Question: Why did the bad guys go to 'Plan B' about 15 seconds after arming Matt's computer? He could've been sitting on the toilet for all they knew, so why such a short amount of time?

Answer: I'd say this is a matter of movie plotting and a "suspension of disbelief." Time and events often need to be compressed to move the story along, even if it's not entirely logical or realistic.


Answer: I don't think she's supposed to be anyone in particular. Just a person in town who has likely encountered Aladdin before and finds him attractive.


Question: At school, Starla makes fun of a supposedly lesbian girl by asking if the girl's perfume is "C.K. Spam." What does that mean?

Answer: CK, which stands for Calvin Klein, is a brand of perfume. Spam is the cheap ham meat in a can. So she's indicating she smells like the meat or could be a subtle way of calling her a pig.


Question: During the yacht rescue, Superman is stepping on the door and getting a grip to fly. How is he flying/lifting if he has technically landed?

Answer: Superman doesn't fly through blasters on his feet. He simply levitates. In this instance, however, he also happens to be holding onto the object that he has his feet on (the boat), which means that as he moves up, the boat he has his feet on is moving up at the same rate.


Question: It's never explained how Harry Powell gets that Model-T into the middle of the lake. Any possible answers?

Question: What kind of hairstyle is Fatso wearing when he pretends to be Amelia?


Answer: The style looks similar to an updo with the Rockabilly Curl or Victory Roll at the top.

Super Grover

Answer: It looks like a mid-20th century (1940s era), female-style pompadour.


It doesn't look like any pompadour I've seen.


Female-style pompadours from around the 1940s included styles with a curl or roll on top.


Question: When Daniel is on the phone with the alarm company, what causes the connection to go static for a moment? Could it be that the aliens were eavesdropping on their conversation?

Question: When Sammy is in the park, what causes him to start screaming in that prolonged scream?

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Question: There's a quote from Richard Fish I've never been able to find exactly online, but I'm sure I'm remembering the gist, I think talking to someone about getting divorced or cheated on: "10 years from now, are you still going to be as mad as you are now? Of course not. So jump to that point, now, and you're over it. Fishism." Can anyone identify the episode/quote?

Jon Sandys

Question: When Bella discovers Edward has snuck into her room and reveals he's been watching her, Bella has no pants on - just a shirt and underwear. Wouldn't Bella be upset about being seen in her underwear? She doesn't try to cover herself.

Answer: Apparently she wasn't bothered by it. One thing I find so amusing about our culture: If a woman is wearing a bikini at the beach, no-one thinks anything of it. But a bit of underwear showing raises eyebrows.


As a woman, one slight difference is that I would intend for people to see me in a bikini. Underwear can be more "ugly." I wouldn't want most people to see me in an old bra with polka-dot panties that don't match. But I understand your point - it's still sort of funny.

Question: In this version, when Ariel becomes human, she loses her bra. What happened to it? Did it just come off?

Answer: Her long hair covered her up.

There are a couple of shots after her transformation where you can tell she's no longer wearing her bra. However, I rewatched her transformation scene, and her bra is never seen coming off. It's just gone.

Answer: It wasn't explained, so any answer is just a guess.


Question: When Ariel rescues Eric from drowning, he still has boots on, but when she brings him to shore, he is barefoot. What happened to his boots? They couldn't have slipped off, as they appear tight on his feet, and Ariel couldn't have removed them and kept Eric above water at the same time. Later during the climax, Eric spends a good amount of time in the ocean with boots on, but after he defeats Ursula, he's barefoot again. Why and how do his boots keep coming off?

Answer: Co-director John Musker was asked this on Facebook. He said that they had Eric wash up barefoot because they thought he looked more like he'd "been through Hell", and didn't really think about how or why his boots came off.

Answer: This appears to be a continuity mistake and not anything that happened in the film.


La Biblioteca Es Libros? - S2-E19

Question: Who is in the footage at the end of the episode? It shows Adam's real Spanish class, but there are two boys who both look like the real Adam when he was younger in his class. One sat down answering, and one stood up asking Spanish questions. It threw me off as now I'm unsure which is Adam and who the other boy is.

Question: Did Lana actually like Joel or not? She said that the night on the train was not simply a diversion while Guido and Vicki raided his house. However, she was still involved with them, after claiming that she was done working for Guido. She and Vicki "quit" when he first appeared at Joel's house.

Answer: Lana liked him, but was not in love with him. The whole Guido house raid was his way of getting what's owed to him, when Joel stole all his business. At the end of the movie, Lana and Joel walked and talked about him going away to college, with no expectations about one another continuing their relationship.

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Question: Why does River walk around barefoot so much? There are even a couple times, such as in the episode "Bushwacked", where she goes off the ship barefoot.

Answer: Story-wise, I believe it's sort of a tactile thing for her. She has a very childlike mind and is often seen wandering around touching and examining things. Being barefoot would be an addition to that, as she could be feeling the ground beneath her constantly. Behind-the-scenes wise, the actress apparently just prefers being barefoot, so she had no problems doing this. (Also, and this is more rumor than anything, but a lot of people believe series creator Joss Whedon has a foot fetish and often finds ways to have cast members be barefoot, similar to Quentin Tarantino. And this doesn't seem surprising since in only 14 episodes, "Firefly" has a LOT of scenes displaying barefoot women.)


Question: What was the reason why that one soldier's wife made a tape of her cheating on him with someone else and sending it to him? Did she suspect him of cheating on her, so she wanted to get revenge?

Answer: Nope. Some people are just evil like that. Most of the time, the service member marries young; immaturity on the part of the spouse, coupled with the resentment of the deployed person being away and "not taking care of their needs," results in the Jody scenario. Funny thing is, this is so common. Everybody in the military has heard of or knows someone this has happened to, almost exactly like the movie.


That makes sense. Another question was, do we ever learn of what happened? Did he divorce her upon returning back to the States after she left him for her neighbor?

Question: Janis says, "Of course, all the Plastics are in the same gym class." All of them are in junior year (correct me if I'm wrong), so is there some reason why they shouldn't be the same class?

Answer: There's a difference between class and grade level. Typically in high school, a gym class (i.e. P.E.) is offered almost every class period for each P.E. teacher. Say a school has 4 P.E. teachers and there are 6 class periods in a day, that's probably about 14-16 classes for the students in the school to be a part of. So for all the "plastics" to be in the same class means they would have had to plan it that way.


Another possibility, along with Bishop73's answer: At my high school, we were supposed to take one gym/P.E. class before graduating. If this school is the same way, then the Plastics might have purposely taken their gym class in the same year. Another sign of how "exclusive" their trio is, and how much Gretchen and Karen follow Regina's lead.

Question: Why would Einhorn kill Roger after finding out that Einhorn used to be a man? Roger didn't know that Einhorn used to be Ray Finkle, only that, as Ace put it, Roger found Captain Winky.

Answer: We don't know that's all Roger discovered, and even so, that could have been the start of Roger figuring out the truth. Einhorn didn't want to take the chance.

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