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Question: Is it ever stated (in-universe or otherwise) if Natalie has a second job, or how she can afford everything, including all her new cars (I've seen her in at least 5 new cars, including an Audi)? She's always complaining she's broke, even after it's revealed she's a Davenport. But she also claims she doesn't take money from them. Plus, she's always trying to get Monk to pay her and/or pay her the full amount she's owed.

Bishop73

Answer: Through the entire show, I don't recall her ever mentioning another job. The two explanations I had for being able to afford those cars, was there might have been a life insurance policy after her husbands death (or Mitch left her quite a bit after he died). The other may have been she had accepted some money from her family willingly or unwillingly asked for it. But in truth, I would imagine it was for product placement in the show. Most shows like Monk tend to keep the characters moderately wealthy or financially healthy, so they can insert products or items for the characters to use. Phones, food items, cars etc.

Lummie Premium member

Answer: In one of the episodes it shows her going back home and that she came from money. Her parents are wealthy. Maybe that is the answer.

But in the show after it's revealed she comes from money, she states she doesn't take money from her parents, despite still visiting them.

Bishop73

Question: The timeline in the past is 4 days 7 hours (something like that) and only 1 version of themselves can exist at any time. So if Doug (present) went back and died in the explosion, Doug from the past came to meet Claire. Happy ending, right? So does this mean that due to Doug (present) ceasing to exist, Doug from the past has only 4 days 7 hours to live? I mean, this sacrifice of himself for saving 500+ people doesn't look bad.

Answer: There's nothing that says only one version of a person can exist in a given timeline. Both versions of Doug coexist when he travels back 4 days, up until his sacrifice. They just never cross paths.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Is Toulour the guy on the motorcycle next to Detective Lahiri's car when she is trying to get her boss to sign the 1077, when she realises that Ryan and the crew are going to try to steal the egg, or is it just some random guy on a motorcycle? He seems awfully interested in her car. (01:03:46 - 01:04:16)

Answer: We see his face as he pulls up to her car; it's Toulour.

Question: Why were only three predators sent to deal with all the aliens?

Answer: As the film explains, it's part of a "rite of passage" ritual where a small group of chosen predators are sent to hunt xenomorphs to prove themselves worthy. The xenomorphs are the "ultimate prey" for them to hunt. There's only three because that creates more of a challenge for them to overcome. If there were more predators, it wouldn't be as much of a challenge, and thus it wouldn't really prove them to be "worthy."

TedStixon

Answer: The Aliens are trophies for the Predators, not some ancient mortal enemy. The 3 Predators are a literal hunting party sent for sport. This is why Danny Glover is not killed at the end of Predator 2 as he had managed to hunt and kill a Predator to its death.

Question: How is it that Carlson can know that Miles hid the diamond in the police station, but not know what Miles looks like?

Phaneron Premium member

Answer: He most likely noticed a lot of weird stuff and started piecing it together. Like Miles having an obsession with the ventilation system, Tulley shouting Miles over and over again down the alley and again when he says Logan owes him $50,000. He'd be able to access police records and see that Miles Logan was arrested inside that very building whilst it was still under construction but the diamond wasn't on him... At this point, it wouldn't take much to figure out what was happening and who he was.

But if there are records of Miles' arrest that he can access, shouldn't there be an accompanying mugshot?

Phaneron Premium member

Question: Why do characters in this movie have such a strange names, like Azrael, Brodski, Kinsa, Stoney, Gecko and others?

Answer: It's set nearly 500 years in the future. Naming conventions change.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Actually internet names of friends of Todd Farmers.

Question: When Indy's father is shown in flashbacks at the beginning of the film, why is his face never shown?

Answer: Most likely because they wanted his voice but not a different actor. So he is supposed to look younger and back in those days making an actor look younger was harder, cruder and more expensive.

lionhead

Answer: He's either saying people from New Jersey are good at revenge or just tough and awesome.

LorgSkyegon

Question: Why was Ankylosaurus depicted as an omnivore in this movie? In real life it was a herbivore.

Answer: 1. We don't know it was trying to eat the group. It may have just been trying to scare them away from its territory. 2. This isn't a true ankylosaur. It's something with 65 million additional years of evolution. There is no reason for it to be exactly the same as the Cretacean version.

LorgSkyegon

Question: Why do the Roman soldiers in this film seem to rescue the Innocents from Herod's men?

Question: Why did they keep showing his weapon at the end, was someone else in the bathroom?

Answer: One of the major themes of the film is Bullitt's attachment to his job, to the point where he has become cold and cynical, which has brought his personal relationship with Cathy (whom we see in his bed moments before) to the brink of collapse. Earlier, he and Cathy had a fight in which it is made clear that she won't wait forever for him to open himself to their relationship, and now he's just come off a very trying, not to say traumatic, assignment. So, at the end, he's staring at himself in the mirror (as one does in films), with two paths: one waits in his bed, and the other is his soul-eroding job, represented by his departmentally-issued sidearm resting outside. It is not clear which he will choose. That's why the gun is the last shot of the film; there's nothing to suggest there's anyone else in the bathroom with him.

Question: Did this movie have any negative impact on director Joseph Sargent's life or career?

Answer: Not really, he went on to direct many films and TV shows/miniseries, earning some Primetime Emmys and Director's Guild Awards in the process.

Question: Why does Jim's ID bracelet open the first door of the bridge? (00:09:00 - 00:11:00)

Answer: It's unknown, but some type of animal-based glue (from mammal hooves, rabbit skin, etc.) that was used at that time could keep it attached to his face.

raywest Premium member

Question: What would have happened to Segen at the end?

Answer: It seems like a good lawyer could tear that to shreds. "When I said I'd never seen her before, I meant up close, in the same room. Look, a teenager had just falsely accused me of rape, you can't blame me for panicking a little bit."

Brian Katcher

Answer: Entrapment in and of itself is not legal. Entrapment entails the police (or agents of the police/government) forcing or tricking an otherwise law-abiding citizen into committing a crime; the person would lack the necessary intent to be convicted. However, merely providing (an already willing) person with the opportunity to commit a crime is not entrapment. Without knowing the specifics of the case you are referring to, it is impossible to know if there was entrapment. At the same time, the police know what does and does not constitute true "entrapment", so are not likely to try entrapping anyone - they would lose the case, defeating their efforts.

KeyZOid

Question: Don't you have to have a license to be a stockbroker? And how did Billy Ray get a name tag made already with "Val" on it - wouldn't he had to submit or show his license to get said tag?

ckbyers

Answer: The Duke brothers would have arranged all that as part of their "experiment." Since they had no idea of the plan to con them, Billy Ray's credentials would still be valid.

Question: In the deleted scenes, who was the woman cast at the gun counter?

Question: Is this film the first of its kind? By which I mean a live-action comedy that operates on cartoon "logic", where anything can happen as long as it's (in theory, anyway) funny?

Answer: Plenty of comedies before Blazing Saddles utilised elements of what you're talking about, particularly breaking the fourth wall (i.e, characters addressing the audience directly, or acknowledging that they're characters in a film) and random, surrealist/absurdist moments (cf. "Road to Utopia" (1945), which features two scenes in which animals behave and even speak like humans). In 1966, Woody Allen used similar "anything goes" logic in creating "What's Up, Tiger Lily?", and continued to use "cartoonish" antics in his subsequent late '60s/early '70s comedies. Certainly, though, Blazing Saddles brought it to a new level, and may be the first film in which the entire plot literally becomes a film-within-a-film, for instance (though "Monty Python and The Holy Grail", in production around the same time, used the same device).

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