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Question: Why did Bellatrix Lestrange kill the elf?


Answer: Several reasons. Dobby was once owned by the Malfoy family until Harry freed him, which Bellatrix would consider a betrayal. She knows Harry is close to Dobby and killing Dobby will hurt Harry. Dobby, as an elf, is magically powerful and is a strong ally to Harry's cause. Having once been owned by the Malfoy family, Dobby has much inner knowledge about them and Voldemort. She was also making one last strike before Harry and the others escaped.

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Question: Is there any particular reason the TV and radio stations on this show begin with a W, when they would geographically begin with a K? The creators of this show are from Colorado, so it seems unlikely that they wouldn't know that W-prefixes are for stations east of the Mississippi River.

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Question: Is it just me or does Poe seem a bit more strict and tense in this movie? I understand it was a war but I just wanted to check?


Answer: He seems a little more tense than the last two movies, but I think it's in keeping with the story. A lot was happening - Palpatine was back, there was an invasion in the planning, etc. It'd make sense for him to be tenser than usual.


Question: Is it just me or did he fire 8 times with a gun that only holds 5 rounds at a time? I am referring to the subway scene where Joker got his first kills of course.


Answer: I counted 4 shots on the train and 3 shots on the platform. Someone submitted a mistake about this, then someone corrected it saying he could have reloaded, then someone commented it's unlikely. I find it unlikely that he reloaded when on the train because on the platform he shoots 3 times and then dry fires 2 more times because he's out of rounds but doesn't seem to realise. So you'd have to say he had the wherewithal to reload a gun that's not empty, or only had 4 rounds in it for some reason, but reloaded it with only 2 or 3 more rounds, and then forgot how many rounds he just reloaded it with.


He has time to reload so it's plausible, that's all it takes really. Arthur is out of his mind at that moment, having just been beaten up again and working purely on adrenaline and blind rage. I doubt he is counting his shots. Does fit him though that when he saw the 3rd guy run he wanted to kill him too but wasn't sure if his gun was empty so he loaded 2 more bullets before he exited the train.


Question: How could the Allegiant General know for sure that General Hux was the spy? Was there something that revealed Hux?


Answer: He saw through the trick that Hux was pulling, being shot in a non-vital spot. He probably did not know 'for sure' but it's a scene that has the purpose to depict him as astute and ruthless. Let's say chances were very high that Hux was the spy (high ranking, with a disdain for the Supreme Leader, and now he conveniently lets the prisoner escape) and he had such disregard for human life that he had no second thoughts about a slim chance of murdering an innocent - and in best case scenario, incompetent - officer.

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Question: Whenever a character enters or calls City Wok, Tuong Lu Kim says "Can I take order, pree?" I get the show is playing with the stereotype of Asians mixing up their L's with R's, but why does he say "pree" instead of "prease?"

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Chosen answer: City Wok is a real-world Chinese restaurant that happens to be a favorite of series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone; Mr. Kim's speech peculiarities are taken from his real-life counterpart, which is also why he says "Sh*tty Wok' rather than "City Wok" when he answers the phone.


Question: What exactly is wrong with cameras? It's a public area. They have no privacy either way.


Answer: It is debatable if there is anything wrong with using cameras, but I can think of some possible answers to "what exactly is wrong with using cameras" at a school yard. Cameras symbolize authority over and oppression of students by the principal (and other authority figures). Cameras are indicative of a lack of trust of ALL students, but usually there is only a small percentage of trouble-makers. The use of cameras unjustly undermines the maturity of most students and makes the students resent the school authority figures. Cameras make the assumption that all the students are engaging (or might engage) in unacceptable behavior, which is offensive to the majority of students who follow the rules. Cameras are contrary to our value of "freedom" and that Uncle Sam does not have a right to constantly monitor citizens. People should not be videotaped in a free society if they have done nothing wrong. Many people simply do not like being videotaped. Cameras can record embarrassing acts.

Answer: Perhaps because many public cameras are recording peoples' actions.

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That doesn't answer the question.

Brian Katcher

Meaning the recorded camera footage can act as a permanent film record of peoples' actions that can't be disputed easily.

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Question: Did the guy in the car crash die? It looked like he did, but why wasn't it mentioned again?


Question: What does Joe say when he goes to have sexual relations with the battered wife?

Answer: Quite a lot, but the line just before is: "You... are a goddess, Patricia. You wind me up inside. But you deserve much better in your life. You deserve... me."

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Question: How accurately does the show depict the way crime scene investigators do their job?

Answer: The show is very unrealistic. For starters, the primary function of a crime scene investigator is to collect and analyze physical evidence. The show consistently shows crime scene investigators engaging in detective work to help solve their cases. This does not happen in real life. A crime scene investigator's job is not to "solve" a case, they are simply meant to examine evidence. Also, the crime scene investigators on the show routinely question suspects along with the detectives, which is absurd. The actual methods of collection of evidence and equipment used on the show is however, fairly realistic; although this show and many others exaggerate the importance of leaving a crime scene undisturbed.


Question: Why did Lotso take over Sunnyside Daycare and turn it into a prison for the toys?


Answer: He was so angry at his owner for replacing him that he chose to take his rage out on other toys.

Max Thompson

Question: Did the language get easier as the film went on, or did I just get used to it?


Answer: Getting used to it is certainly a factor, but it also helps that Kubrick cut down on the Nadsat considerably when adapting the novel. What he does leave in is usually easy to understand from context (e.g, "trying to make up our rassoodocks" or "viddy well"). The Nadsat in Alex's narration in the novel is much denser and sometimes not so easy to interpret at first glance, to the point where early American editions had a glossary in the back.

Two Dead Men - S1-E2

Question: How does The Punisher manage to give Micro a cell phone with which to call him?

The One With the List - S2-E8

Question: What does it mean when Joey says "Hey, Julie, I didn't know you wore lenses"?

Answer: Earlier Ross was telling the gang Julie left her saline solution on his nightstand. Saline solution is what's used to clean contact lenses. Now Joey knows Julie wears contact lenses. (Ross then shushes Joey because he doesn't want Julie to know he told his friends about her leaving the saline solution on the nightstand or anything else about their relationship).


Question: When they say Susan B Anthony, what are they referring to?

Answer: There are two theories as to what this means (a lot of the heist terminology used in the trilogy was invented by the screenwriters). First, it could be a reference to the 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, which were so similar in size and weight to quarters that a lot of people lost them in vending machines, etc.; thus, the set-up in the film involves people putting coins in the slot machine, ignorant of their true value (until the machine pays out, of course). The second explanation comes from the fact that the ruse pays off for a different person after someone else does all the work setting it up...similar to the life of Susan B. Anthony, who worked tirelessly for nationwide women's suffrage in the US but died long before it became a reality.

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Question: What brand of cigar does Frank smoke? They look like Fuente.

Pilot - S1-E1

Question: What was used to break the car window in the first episode?


Answer: This hardly seem to be an automatic center punch. Standard tool for technical rescue from car accidents.

Question: Why was Preston a private and not an officer like the rest?

Brian Katcher

Answer: Preston was loosely based on the real-life Lincoln Kirstein. Prior to WWII, he was a noted writer and an influential person in the cultural arts in America. When the war broke out, he enlisted in the army with the rank of private. He eventually joined the Army's Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit, later known as the Monuments Men. He was selected for his abilities, regardless of his military rank. The movie reflected that.

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Question: Was there really a house near Auschwitz?


Answer: Yes. The Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp site was a huge area consisting of 3 separate camps, of which Camp II (Birkenau) was the biggest and had the commandant office and SS housing right next to it. The camp commander lived either close to camp II in the small town of Brzezinka or camp I, called the main camp. There were several houses and farms around the area and the town of Oswiecim in between all three camps. There were also several dozen subcamps.


Question: Did Batman mean to kill The Penguin?


Answer: Not intentionally, the rockets were aimed at the abandoned arctic zoo structure, not at the Penguin himself. He was caught in the crossfire.

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