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Question: How long was Kat in juvenile hall for, or was she in and out of juvie for different crimes, other than pushing the bully down the stairs?

Cody Fairless-Lee

Question: When the movie shows the two at the pool jumping in, from where do they jump off? I didn't see any diving board at the pool.

Answer: It was a simple jump into the pool, it was filmed to make more elaborate.

Question: If these were the best of the best, going on a mission crucial to world peace, why were they in aircraft that were outdated and outgunned? It mentioned several times they would never stand a chance against the dreaded "5th generation" enemy fighters. Why not use the F-35?

Answer: The real-world answer is that F-35s only come in single-seat configuration, so there was no way to put the actors in one seat for filming while pilots flew the plane. It would also make for less of an "underdog" feel of going up against overwhelming odds. The in-universe answer is that F-18s are better suited for the kind of mission it is.

Answer: Just my observation, but I got the sense that the F-35 was too fast to make the adjustment to do the steep climb out, and as much as the plane needed to be fast, but it was more important it be capable to throttle lower enough to maneuver through the course, and make the climb...and that the F-35 could do one or the other...just my guess, but that's how I understood it from Maverick's initial analysis, from when he was called in to "Teach".

Question: What is the joke about girls from Pasadena? (00:32:50)

Question: Did Astrid and Ray really have sex?

Question: Why did Michael take his mask off and show the picture of them, not wanting to hurt her? Can someone explain?

Answer: Michael is trying to show Laurie that they are siblings and that he (presumably) means her no harm. Since Laurie was a baby, she didn't mistreat him like everyone else does, so she seems to be the only person he is not driven to kill. (Similar to his mother, who treated him well.) However, Laurie doesn't understand and tries to kill him, causing him to then interpret her as an enemy.


Question: Why does Amy whack herself in the face with a hammer? Her plan is working at this point. She's achieved anonymity and escaped her life. What possible good could cover from hitting herself in the face with a hammer? (01:13:04)


Answer: To my knowledge, the purpose of hitting herself was two-fold. First of all, a facial injury would support the idea that she was abused or in some sort of bad situation. And secondly, to help mildly alter her appearance, so she could blend in more. (Especially considering people were looking for her).


Question: How come the horse didn't get struck by the laser along with the armored knight by the Sphinx?


Answer: It most likely was aimed to hit only human intruders, not animals.

Question: Why can't Mr and Mrs Parker go next door to the Bumpus and tell them to control their dogs, so they won't bother them?


Answer: Who's to say they didn't? Ralphie describes the Bumpuses as 'hillbillies' so they might not care too much about controlling their animals or what they neighbors thought, and apparently the old man was the only one the dogs ever bothered so it would be hard to prove they were a general nuisance. Of course, the turkey incident might have tipped the scales.

Brian Katcher

Question: Why can't Glenn understand anything Cole signs, leaving Iris to translate? Glenn knows and uses sign language when talking to Cole so it seems strange that he doesn't know anything that Cole tells him when Cole uses sign language.

Answer: Iris knows and understands sign language much better than her husband. Glen can communicate on a basic level, but when Cole is ready to tell off his father, he wants to make sure Glen understands exactly what he's saying. Remember how Glen didn't know the sign for 'a***hole'.

Brian Katcher

Answer: Glenn was passionate about music and wanted to be a great composer, something relatively few people are able to attain. At least initially, taking a part-time music teacher position was not what he wanted to do or be - but it provided the resources to support himself/his family while giving him enough time to pursue his dream (music composition/opus). Glenn had an on-again/off-again (mostly "off") relationship with his son Cole, perhaps sometimes due to his lack of commitment, time constraints, frustration, sense of failure, and emotional pain over his belief that he could not successfully nurture the love of music in his near-deaf son. (Glenn was aware of the difficulties Beethoven had.) In some ways, Glenn (selfishly) was saying, "I don't have time for this" (communicating in sign language or providing the fatherly devotion and sacrifice necessary to understand and develop a good rapport with his "special needs" son).


Question: Why did Mary's parents have an arranged marriage? If her father is around the same age as the actor who plays him, then he was born in the 1930s. Probably got married in the '50s. Were arranged marriages still common in Italian families?

Answer: In the early-to-mid-20th century, arranged marriages were not uncommon in immigrant families. Ethnic groups tended to prefer matrimony within their own culture to preserve religious beliefs, old traditions, and way of life, especially as immigrants became increasingly dispersed and the American population grew more blended through inter-marriages. While a family could not legally force their children to marry, they could exert tremendous pressure to do so. Also, people did not always wed for love but for more practical reasons and relied on families to help arrange a suitable match. For women, it was often about finding a good provider, raise a family, and having a certain social status. Men preferred an attractive woman from a suitable family, who would be a good homemaker, provide children, and support them in their careers.


Question: After the assassination of Shaw and his mother, they show a group of people in a room, A man is crying on the couch, and a bunch of people are standing around comforting each other in a high-rise building. One man is the senator's driver who Shaw drowned. Are all of these just regular people who work with the politicians or people who work for Manchurian Global? Because when the guy standing next to the window who looks angry turns off the television, it has a Manchurian Global logo.

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Question: Was there an episode in which Jerry dated a very beautiful woman, and the subject/issue was that people would do anything for her? She could get almost anything she asked for, wherever she went? I think she had blonde hair. I might be confusing this with another series.

Answer: It's S7 "The Calzone" and the woman's name is Nicki in the episode.

Super Grover

Question: When Alex met the Uber Morlock in his sanctuary and saw the time machine running... why was it running? Did Uber use it to go back or forth in time... if so... why and what were its effects? Alex went forward after the fight with Uber and saw the devastation that Uber had warned him about if he were not present to stop the Morlocks by controlling their urges. Then, Alex went back in time, save the girl... then used the machine as a time-bomb and destroyed the Morlocks thereby changing the future.

Answer: The Uber Morlock told Alex to use his machine and go back to where he came from. The morlocks were rulers of the world, they felt Alex was a nuisance. A man who doesn't belong is upsetting the status quo.

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Question: In the episodes where Hogan or the others tell Schultz what they're planning, why doesn't Schultz report to Klink immediately and tell him? Why claim he sees nothing, hears nothing or knows nothing?

Answer: Essentially, because if Schultz reported what he saw, it would mean admitting that Hogan and his men's very elaborate schemes were happening on his watch, which would get him into very serious trouble. His greatest fear is being sent to the Russian Front, and he's in far too deep with Hogan (e.g, accepting bribes of food) to escape punishment if it all came to light. What may have started as small acts of "looking the other way" (Schultz is a generally friendly person, who may have let things slide a bit early on) has become self-preservation. For their part, Hogan et al. try to avoid getting Schultz into trouble, because if a stricter guard were to replace him, they'd come under much greater scrutiny, which they want to avoid.

Answer: But if Schultz told Klink what Hogan was planning, wouldn't that help Klink catch Hogan in the act?

Question: Bitsey Bloom and Zach Stemmons are sharing a motel room together. There are two separate beds in that room so why is Zach sleeping on the floor? (01:35:13 - 01:35:40)


Answer: Perhaps to give her more space and privacy. Bitsey would be less visible to him from the floor.


Answer: Cooper's role was a cameo. And often, when well-known or well-respected actors appear in surprise cameo roles like this, they go uncredited. Usually to either try to maintain the element of surprise, or try not to overshadow the rest of the cast.


Question: Why did the inside of his cabin look like a tornado hit it, was the maid at the beginning just another one of his hallucinations?

Answer: More than half of the movie was through Mort's perspective so to him it wasn't that dirty and I think the maid was real but mabey hadn' t been there for a while then you can see the house through Amy's perspective, near the end of the movie.

Answer: Towards the end, the townspeople had shunned Mort and refused to provide him with any services, believing he killed Amy and the others. The maid was real and probably quit for the same reason and likely feared working for a suspected murderer. Mort, dysfunctional and sinking eve further into madness, was unconcerned about keeping a tidy house.


The townspeople didn't shun him until Amy, Ray and Ken disappeared. His slow descent into madness preceded that. I think she was a figment of his imagination as he slowly goes mad. Or, he fired her because he didn't want anyone bothering him.


Answer: Since Amy was the one to walk in on the mess, that couldn't have been why the housekeeper wouldn't come back. I think she was just in his imagination.

Question: I recently bought the Scream Factory Blu-ray. During the opening with the old man telling the kids the spooky story, there's a moment where it cuts from a wideshot to a closeup, and it looks like there's a weird, random zooming effect added that's only about five frames between the wide and closeup shots (between the lines "drew towards land" and "Suddenly, out of the night"). Is that part of the original movie, or is that just some sort-of defect on the disc? It just looks out of place.


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