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Question: Since Helen is one of the 4 adult Buckman children, and had been previously married to Julie and Garry's dad, why is Julie's last name also Buckman? I could see Helen going back to her maiden name, that's not uncommon but it would be unusual to have a teenager (in the late 80's) who had her mother's name rather than her father's. Or was this a plot hole that was created so that they could create the conflict of the photographs scene?

Answer: If a child becomes estranged from their father after their parents have divorced, it's not all that uncommon for the child to take their mother's maiden surname instead of their father's.

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Mr. Monk and the Garbage Strike - S5-E2

Question: Why would it have been political suicide if it was discovered that Mayor Nicholson was secretly meeting with Cusack to end the garbage strike? If anything, if the people found out that they were meeting to find a way to end the garbage strike, wouldn't that have made everybody happy considering how much garbage was piling up all over the city?

Answer: The two men are trying to work out a secret deal between them without involving the union, which defeats the whole purpose of a union. The mayor would lose labor's support and Cusack union troubles would just be starting.

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Question: Why weren't they given a new whitelighter after Leo became mortal? When he became an elder they got Chris and when the elders suspected Leo of killing Zola they were given a new whitelighter (albeit not for long). Was this just a mistake or was there actually a reason?

Answer: Given how against getting a new whitelighter they were, it is supposed to be that the elders basically gave up trying to give them new ones.

Question: This might possibly a mistake. When the thief was chased by the police, they were right behind him. He entered a building and suddenly they weren't anymore. Only several minutes later they appeared. So my question is. What happened here?

Answer: The police were likely setting up a perimeter and waiting for backup before sending officers in to make sure he didn't escape. Hence, later you see police boats and whatnot.

Answer: Sticky Rice (the thief) lost the pursuing officers when he ran into the warehouse and hid there; he was subsequently tracked down by Spider-Man who captured him for the police.

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Question: When the Enterprise recovers Chekov and Captain Terrell, they just accept Chekov's and Terrell's false explanation, even though McCoy is standing right there with a medical tricorder. Why didn't McCoy's medical tricorder pick up the Ceti eels lodged in the brains of Chekov and Captain Terrell?

Charles Austin Miller

Answer: It's unknown. The tricorder may not have been programmed at the moment to detect any parasites.

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Answer: The eels bond with the host brain and are virtually undetectable until the host dies or they are found for some reason.

Question: How come in Twilight James' venom makes Bella scream and writhe in pain but in the last films she doesn't react to Edwards venom at all. I know they said in Breaking Dawn Part 2 it was because she has the shield ability, but wouldn't is also work the same with James' bite in the first film?

Shayleighxo

Answer: This is better explained in the books. Unlike the rest of the Cullens, Bella's transformation was planned in advance, so she was expecting the pain. When James bit her, she had no idea that the venom would burn like it did and that was her natural reaction. Also in the books, the morphine that Carlisle gave Bella during the transformation more or less made her unable to scream or even move. As the morphine wore off, she knew she would be able to move, but managed to stay completely still even though she was in intense pain. The reason she managed not to make a sound was out of love for Edward, because she was worried her screams would torment him and make him regret ever changing her.

Answer: A couple of reasons. When Edward first started biting Bella to inject his venom, she was all but clinically dead. Later, while she's transforming into a vampire, Carlisle tells Edward that she's not in any pain because he is treating her with morphine.

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Question: How does Harry grab/or manipulate anything when using the invisibility cloak in the presence of people without exposing himself from behind the cloak? It's only so big but you never see anything.

Answer: Harry can cast spells with the tip of the wand protruding through the cape's opening. There is also one shot in "Deathly Hallows" where he can be seen casting a spell by slipping his hand out from under the cape.

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Answer: He can use his wand from behind the cloak.

lionhead

Question: At the start of the movie when the lawyer goes to the amber mine in Dominican Republic the guy says something in Spanish when the lawyer is arriving on the boat. What does he say? In English.

Answer: "I bet a thousand pesos he falls in."

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Friender Bender - S4-E4

Question: Carrie tells Doug that she was "pretty wrong" about whether they could make a case of "chain of causation" against Deacon. Can someone explain why they are not able to make the case?

Question: If Neville knew that the Dark-seekers couldn't get through UV light, how come he didn't rig his home up with UV lights in case of an emergency, or his car for that matter?

Answer: It's likely a question of availability. We see he did in fact rig lights to use as a last resort. We also see that he spends most of his time searching for supplies in the city, so he was likely using whatever he had available.

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Question: What does Jane Powell say when they arrive at the barn raising after she hugs the girls, she brought what?

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Question: Why is Ursula in this show portrayed differently to how Phoebe's twin is on Friends? They're meant to be the same character.

Dan23

Answer: Just think about your own life, I am sure you do not act the same with your siblings or close friends as you do with a stranger (because that is what the Buchmans essentially are to Ursula). In Mad About You, she is an extremely bad waitress and in Friends she is a jerk - those are not mutually exclusive character traits. This can also be seen in the Friends episode when Jamie and Fran are in Central Perk and run into Phoebe who answers their questions in an aloof manner and they assume it's Ursula. Is Phoebe always aloof? No. But she was to strangers asking her weird questions. Also, Ursula has been aloof with Phoebe as well (like in the one where they all turn 30 or the one where the grandmother passes away, etc).

Answer: The writers have the freedom develop the character to suit the different shows' plots. They wanted to create a certain dynamic between Phoebe and Ursula that was rather contentious and strained because it made for more tension and conflict and showcased the differences that kept the sisters estranged.

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Question: If the elders could heal, why didn't they ever come and heal the witches or Leo (and Paige) when they were shot by dark lighters?

Answer: Elders rarely came to earth as they didn't want to leave were they were protected (danger for 1 endangers them all) and once shot a White-lighter couldn't orb well enough to make it up to them Gideon was at magic School which witches could get to and at the time it was protected and besides not all elders had the ability to heal some had the ability of foresight.

Answer: The elders had limited powers. The first time a dark-lighters shown in season one "Love Hurts." It's says that the arrows are tipped with poison meant to kill white-lighters. If the elders could just heal the white-lighters there would be no real point to the dark-lighters.

But when Leo was an elder he healed everyone and white lighters could heal other white lights who were shot by dark lighters. In season 4 Paige healed Leo (with his help). In season 5 Leo healed Sam and then Sam healed Paige and Leo. In season 6 Gideon (who was an elder) healed Leo.

Question: Whose picture did Dodge salute in his cabin when he said "live to fight another day"?

New this month Answer: Dodge says "We live to fight another day, Captain." suggesting that the photo is of the previous captain of the Stingray.

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Question: Why was Magic School never brought up before season 6? Did the writers just not come up with the idea until then? The amount of times they used it for refuge you'd think Leo would have mentioned it earlier.

Answer: There are several reasons. One, Magic School was a new concept, that only been active for a few years. Two, like any private school, it accepts only the truly gifted ones. Those who will become real fighters in the battle between good and evil. Third, Leo had to prove he and Piper are truly good parents in raising Wyatt. The future king of the magical realm and not hide every time trouble occurs. Fourth, once Wyatt was drawn to magic school, they knew it was his destiny to be there.

Question: Miss Trunchbull is not married, hence Miss. Miss Honey's father is Magnus, Miss Trunchbull's brother, so would he not be Magnus Trunchbull, and Miss Honey also be named Miss Trunchbull?

Answer: No Miss Trunchbull was her mother's stepsister - Miss Honey says this in her story.

Question: How long was it from when Christian and Satine first met to when she finally dies at the end? In other words, how long was their whole love affair ordeal going on/how long did they know each other?

Answer: Approximately one year lapses from the time Christian arrives in Paris to when Satine dies. An additional year has passed after her death to when Christian is writing his memoir.

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Question: When Christine rips off the Phantom's mask in "The Point of No Return" why does his hair become blonde? It was still black when she took his mask off the first time.

Answer: He wears a black wig along with his mask, to cover the missing hair on the side of his head. The first time she only removed the mask, while in the performance she removed both.

Seasickness: Kill or Cure - S3-E24

Question: It has already been proven that if you put your finger in a shotgun barrel you will lose your hand. Would you also lose your hand if you put your finger in a pistol barrel?

Answer: The barrel can get hot if it is fired quickly. Revolvers allow hot gasses to escape from the front of the cylinder so you should keep your hand way from the gap. But if the barrel is not too hot and you keep your hand away from anything it should not be near, just touching the barrel will not hurt your hand.

I meant would a blast from a pistol firing blow off your hand as a blast from a shotgun firing?

Question: How come Scott didn't fly out of the sled like toy Santa did when the sleigh hit the stairs? Toy Santa probably weighs more than Scott.

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