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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?


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).

Question: What species are the water creatures that Manny fights against at the end of the movie?

Answer: Cretaceous, the purplish creature, is an Ichthyosaur. Maelstrom, the greenish creature, is a Pliosaur.


4th Grade - S4-E11

Question: Cartman hears that their new teacher is from Denver, and he says "We'll be able to walk all over her." Why does he think she'll be a pushover just because she's from Denver? I have never been to Colorado, so I might be missing a local joke.

Answer: Denver is the biggest city in Colorado, and South Park is a small town with farms. Small town characters are often portrayed as thinking that "city people" are weak - pampered by having more luxuries and comforts. Cartman thinks they can intimidate someone who is not used to their small town.

Question: Are Violet and Mike stuck as being blue and stretched out permanently?


Answer: It's left vague in the film, but in the book, it's made clear that yes, they are stuck that way.

Answer: In the original movie with Gene Wilder, Wonka assures Charlie that "they will be returned to their nasty selves." In this version they are stuck like that forever as a lesson to other children.

Answer: It's unknown if they'll stay that way for the rest of their lives or if they'll eventually return to normal.

Answer: Martian Manhunter is played by Harry Lennix, who also plays General Swanwick, a character who appears in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman (and we can see he transforms back into Swanwick he leaves), revealing that Swanwick was Martian Manhunter the whole time, so the indication is he got to Earth before Man of Steel. He assumed Martha's identity to speak with Lois, specifically to have a heart to heart with her as she is depressed due to Clark's death. Martha is present every other time we see her, when she leaves the Kent home at the beginning and when she reunites with Clark later on. This scene was the only time Martian Manhunter used her identity.

Casual Person

Question: While Lloyd is talking to Mary Swanson in the limo, a white car can be seen in the back window. There are of course two lanes on each side of the road. The person in the car appears to be very angry and is tailgating the limo. That unknown person could have just changed lanes. When the limo goes through a red light, is it quite possible that the tailgater got hit and blown up by a semi truck that's coming from a different direction?

Answer: Having just watched the scene, I can't see any reason to think the driver of the white car is angry or tailgating the limo; they're just driving behind it. Also, we see the white car through the rear window AFTER the explosion, so it wasn't involved in that.

Question: What was the point of having Steve take over the other man's body instead of just returning from the dead in his own body? Unless I'm forgetting something, the ramifications and ethics of him taking over his body are never explored in the film, so it has no effect on the plot, and Diana renouncing her wish would not play out any differently, because Steve goes away either way.

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Answer: There's no definitive answer (and hopefully others will weigh in here with opinions). Diana had wistfully wished that Steve was still alive without ever knowing or intending it would happen, nor did she have control over the form it took. By happenstance, another man's body was possessed. The movie's timeframe is too short to know what ethical decisions would eventually have been made over Steve's soul inhabiting another body, though he does mention the moral dilemma it poses. After a reasonable amount of time, they would have to decide if Steve should continue in a co-opted body. Character-wise, it shows Diana's anguish over losing Steve yet again in order to defeat Cheetah. Steve's soul being brought back may foreshadow his resurrection in another way in the next film. Chris Pine (Steve) is reportedly returning for Wonder Woman 3.

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Answer: I don't think writer Patti Jenkins is familiar with the Wonder Woman comics in so much detail that she was actually trying to pay homage to previous Steve Trevor story lines or hint at what's truly happening, but maybe. Steve Trevor has died and come back to life before in the comics. He's never possessed the body of another person, but once a brainwashed Eros possessed his body and once when Trevor came back to life, he dyed his hair black and went as Steve Howard. It does seem like Jenkins left things vague to bring up later, like with Cheetah.


Alive Day - S6-E6

Question: Considering Zachariah cut the boards in order to set a trap for Boyd, why does he then rescue him? Would have been easy enough to let him go and make out like he just couldn't haul him out of the hole.

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Whistle Past the Graveyard - S5-E8

Question: Boyd and crew nearly ruin their relationship with Yoon by killing the Memphis crew in Mexico, as they were warned not to kill anyone south of the border. They redeem themselves by saying they'll take care of the bodies themselves and get them into the US. All well and good until the Mexico police stop them, and the crew let them take the truck with the bodies, congratulating themselves on the deception...but how does that solve anything? Corrupt or not, the cops now have the bodies, in Mexico.

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Question: When Smeagol first sees the ring, its power drives him insane almost instantly, leading him to kill his own friend and not feel any guilt afterwards. Later it changes him physically as well, turning him into the shrivelled up creature Gollum. When Bilbo Baggins however acquires the ring it doesn't cause him to go insane or commit murder, even after he's had it for some 60 years. Frodo Baggins also holds onto the ring for a good amount of time without ever losing his mind to it. Why the difference?

Answer: The Ring's power affects everyone, but not the same way or at the same pace. We really don't know much about Smeagol or what he was like before he found the Ring, so his personality/character may have been more immediately susceptible to its influence. We do know Bilbo and Frodo are, in general, kindhearted and innocent, so they "hold out" longer before succumbing to the Ring...they both DO lose their minds to it at certain points, albeit briefly (Bilbo transforms into a monster in front of Frodo, and Frodo, spoiler alert, later claims the Ring as his own in Mt. Doom).

Answer: Smeagol was greedy for the fish that Daegol his cousin caught which had the ring in its belly. The Ring influenced him to kill Daegol and run from his home into the caves. He was the guardian of the ring for almost 600 years, so he is quite crazy when Bilbo meets him, with even the Ring warning Gollum not to touch it. Bilbo on the other hand was wholly ignorant of the Ring's influence and kept it in his pocket and only using it to hide from his relatives. Bilbo, being a bit wealthy and a Hobbit didn't have greed in him so the Ring had very little to work with. Frodo, being raised by Bilbo was the same, being more interested in smoking, food and other Hobbit activities. He was chosen by Elrond to bear the ring because it had no real effect on him or his people, given their innocence and lack of desire for power. The Ring kept Bilbo alive for over 130 years with no issues. Frodo is only overcome at the forge in Mt Doom, as Sauron's power is literally everywhere in that place.

Most of this is completely made up.


The One With The Ride-Along - S5-E20

Question: What is the joke supposed to be when Ross says "Want me to grab the berry for you?" to Gary in the car, and he says that it's called the cherry, and Ross goes, "Chandler!". I never understood that joke, can someone please explain?

Answer: Chandler deliberately told Ross the wrong name for the red light, knowing that Ross would try and look "cool" to Gary by using the correct slang, but instead end up making himself look stupid.

Show generally

Question: Looking for the episode where Johnny Fever says he thinks God hates mobile homes because "tornadoes always attack them first - they get very mobile."

Question: Is Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa the guy posing during the opening credits? It seems a little bit too muscular to be him, despite the matching tattoos.

Question: Why was Vlad's title only Prince? Since he ruled Transylvania, his dad dead as he's never seen, shouldn't Vlad have been called a King instead?

Answer: The way things worked back then a ruler of a principality would normally be subject to a larger empire, like the Holy Roman Empire or the Ottoman Empire. Wallachia in its time was allied under both. Hence, he is a prince in the court of the Holy Roman, Russian or Ottoman Empire depending on what time period but never a king. Prussia and Bohemia did similar things, having their own kings but subject to the Holy Roman Emperor, being forced to call themselves "the King IN Prussia" rather than the king OF Prussia.

Answer: Vlad was Prince of Wallachia and Transylvania. The simple answer is Wallachia was a Principality, not a Kingdom. Principalities are ruled by Princes whereas Kingdoms are ruled by Kings (or Queens). Transylvania would have been a Voivodeship at the time, but Vlad ruled both.


Question: Why is Fritz the hunchback so openly hostile to the Monster?

Answer: He is an abuser because death and living has no significance to him.

Answer: Likely many reasons. It's a monster that is terrifying and dangerous. Bringing a stitched-together dead body brought back to life is probably an abomination to him, and he loathes and fears it.

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Answer: A nod to the original show.

Question: Why does the narrator have to move to new hiding places?

Answer: In the first hideout, neighbors discovered Szpilman, forcing him to flee. His next hiding place was damaged in a bombing. He then moved from location to location finding shelter and scavenging food wherever he could until the sympathetic German officer hid him in the attic.

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Answer: Because the gang did not expect Anthony to hang himself. They told him that he couldn't move from where they left him. I presume that the drunken/drugged up gang will have been laughing and telling everyone what they had just done to Anthony. Then later they would hear the tragic turn of events and try to keep it quiet. But it would be too late then and people would talk about their involvement.

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