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Everybody Hates the Babysitter - S1-E7

Question: How did the restaurant robber claim to have grown up with Rochelle when she is a SC native? Did the guy move up as well? They stated that the family moved up from SC in the first episode.

Answer: The robber must have grown up with Rochelle in SC and moved up to NY at some point as well. NY is home to many southern natives.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Why does this version of Pennywise look so scary as opposed to Tim Curry's version? Tim's version looks harmless enough that children would definitely go up to him but Bill's version would certainly have scared a child even today.

Answer: It's a matter of artistic choice to create a different look and mood from its predecessor. The filmmakers of the new movie made Pennywise more overtly malevolent, whereas the Tim Curry version portrayed the character as benevolent looking to hide an evil interior, and be able to more easily gain children's trust..

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Answer: Artistic choice, and (directly or indirectly) being more faithful to the original novel. Pennywise's appearance in this film is almost an exact replica of the book's descriptions, with a 19th century style added to it, and some minor changes.

Question: What symptoms would Victor experience whilst being tied to his bed?

EK8829

Answer: Symptoms from being tied to a bed for a year are most notably bedsores (decubitus) and muscle athropy. As a result someone's body will become weaker and less resistant to infection.

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Question: Did John Doe torture Victor, or did he just leave him tied to his bed?

EK8829

Answer: Judging by what we see on screen, Doe did not torture Victor, apart from cutting off his hand. It's torture enough to spend an entire year by yourself in an empty apartment, without any stimulation whatsoever, unable to move, and at the mercy of a religious lunatic.

Question: Even though Harry didn't put his name in the Goblet of Fire, why did all the students (especially Ron) think he did? Did any of them see him do it?

Answer: People thought Harry put his name in the Goblet for more attention and fame, and thought he already had enough. Ron was grumpier at Harry because, according to Hermione in the books, he was jealous of Harry's fame.

Question: I am looking for other fictional book series similar to Left Behind with The Rapture, rise of the Antichrist, tribulation, etc. Anybody have any recommendations?

lartaker1975

Question: When Eric Stoltz was in this film, did he dye his hair black? It looks black in behind the scenes footage.

EK8829

Chosen answer: No, Eric Stoltz's hair was about the same color (dark reddish-auburn) as that of Michael J. Fox, who replaced Stoltz. Director Robert Zemeckis had a very specific look in mind for lead character Marty McFly, so both Eric Stoltz and Michael J. Fox were costumed and made-up almost identically. Some of the available outtake footage of Stoltz has been copied several times and is not the best footage, so the brightness and contrast are a bit off, making his hair (and other elements in those scenes) appear very, very dark. But, if you look at Michael J. Fox in some of those same scenes, his hair appears quite dark, also.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Is it true that missing footage from the movie has been found?

Chosen answer: Yes, director George Romero announced in 2015 that he had rediscovered some 16mm working footage that never made it into the movie, including a full 9-minute sequence (a jump-cut of the basement scene) featuring the largest zombie attack in the film. Although Romero died earlier this year, film legend Martin Scorsese was said to be overseeing the film's restoration including the found footage. Http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3366197/george-a-romero-finds-9-minutes-of-lost-night-of-the-living-dead-footage/.

Charles Austin Miller

Question: Why did Ray blindfold his daughter?

Chosen answer: Ray's little daughter, Rachel, was prone to panic attacks in tense situations (depicted a couple of times early in the movie). When Ray and Rachel are hiding out in the basement with the neurotic Harlan Ogilvy, Ray realises that Harlan is completely losing his mind, and Ray knows the only way to save himself and Rachel is to kill Harlan. Ray even says to Harlan, "You KNOW what I have to do." Ray then goes to Rachel, blindfolds her, tells her to cover her ears and sing a lullaby. This was to prevent Rachel from seeing or hearing the violence that followed (which would surely send her into a panic attack, giving away their location to the aliens outside).

Charles Austin Miller

Question: How does Chucky tranfer his soul into another doll?

Answer: Chucky states that he found a new voodoo spell in the film that allows him to control multiple hosts at once. It's almost like a copy/paste of his spirit. Andy still has the original Chucky, whereas the rest are duplicates.

Chosen answer: Originally, the serial killer Charles Lee Ray used a voodoo spell to transfer his soul into a "Good Guy" doll in a toy shop, thereby becoming "Chucky" the homicidal doll. Later he acquired a voodoo spell that allowed Chucky to transfer souls multiple times (of course, his ultimate goal has always been to transfer his soul back into a living human body).

Charles Austin Miller

Show generally

Question: Why does Hank call Pat "mother"?

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Answer: It's something which some more formal / conservative couples do, possibly just as a byproduct of having kids and using a consistent reference.

Question: If the crocs in this movie are saltwater crocodiles, why is the lady sipping then filling her canteen with saltwater? Later when swimming with Dundee in freshwater, no crocs.

Chosen answer: Saltwater crocodiles ("Salties") are equally at home in fresh or salt water. Sue was filling her canteen from the water in a billabong, a freshwater lake.

Question: How did the other members of "project mayhem" distinguish Tyler Durden from the "normal" protagonist? Because they were stopping him from sneaking around on those files about the credit card buildings on the wall (that means they could somehow tell it wasn't Tyler), but the bartender couldn't and asked if it was a test... Was is just the way he presented himself (confident, superior) or did he also told them (when he was Tyler) to be aware of him changing his character from time to time?

Chosen answer: Tyler apparently warned members of Project Mayhem that he would change his demeanor/opinions/decisions in order to test their loyalty (Tyler did this to cover the fact that Jack had a deeply-psychotic split personality). So, when Project Mayhem members noticed him behaving oddly (as Jack), they immediately assumed that Tyler was testing them, and they would refuse to obey Jack.

Question: Why did Sloth chew off his tongue?

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Chosen answer: He was starving and insane, and it was something he could eat.

My Favorite Orkan - S5-E22

Question: When this episode first came out, I vaguely remember a scene in the beginning where Ralph runs into Arnold's and yells to the people inside something like, "There's a flying saucer outside!" and no one believes the normal-joking Ralph. Then Richie comes in behind him and yells the same thing, and then the people all scream and flee in a panic, believing Richie. In all years of syndication/reruns, I have not seen this part at all, but remember this part as a kid when this episode was brand new. Did such a part ever exist? (Near the end of the episode, Howard mentions the flying saucer people thought they saw was a weather balloon so I'm figuring so).

Chosen answer: When it was originally broadcast there was a different ending. A new ending was added when the show was rerun to set up the Mork and Mindy series.

Question: At the beginning, Robert Angier (the Great Danton) travels to Colorado Springs to see Nikola Tesla. When Angier meets Tesla's assistant, Alley, it's obvious that his arrival was not expected. Angier then explains that Tesla had built a machine for Angier's colleague (and Angier wants to purchase the same or similar machine). However, when Alfred Borden gave Angier the "Tesla" clue, it was a complete ruse to waste Angier's time and money and throw him far off the much simpler secret of The Transported Man trick. Tesla had never built such a machine for Borden and had never attempted to build a teleportation device before. So, why did Tesla just agree to build the mysterious machine without questioning Angier's "colleague" remark? Was Tesla colluding with Alfred Borden? And why?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: Tesla was not colluding with anyone...he built Borden a simple machine that created lightning effects. So Borden thinks Tesla is just a red herring, and he has no idea Tesla can actually build a teleportation device. Tesla, however, takes on the challenge, and ends up inventing the cloning machine. He doesn't think anything of the remark about Borden because he did, in fact, build a machine for him...just not the one Angier is thinking of.

Question: Why did they change Shell cottage belonging to Bill and Fleur after they were married as it was in the book to saying in the movie that it belongs to the order? I know that they change certain things in the movies but doesn't it seem a bit pointless to change just a little thing like that?

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Answer: Bill Weasley never said Shell Cottage was owned by the Order. He tells Luna Lovegood that Shell Cottage belonged to his aunt but that the Order now uses it as a safe house.

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Question: What happened to Curtis, Burton Mercer (Jake's correctional officer)? After Jake and Elwood have escaped from the concert and after Burton Mercer and the two other officers smash into a truck, we don't see them again for the rest of the film.

Chosen answer: The truck they landed in was going the other way maybe for hours. By the time they get out and get back the brothers have already been arrested. We don't really need to know what happened to them.

Question: Why would Grevious choose to face Obi-Wan alone? He could have a one-shot chance to defeat Obi-Wan completely with his droid army.

Chosen answer: Grievous collects the lightsabers of Jedi he has killed as trophies, so as a warrior he believes there is considerable prestige to be had by defeating them in single combat (particularly one of Kenobi's ability) rather than relying on his droids to do it.

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Question: Why is Sir Ector so mean to Arthur? Why does he hate him?

Chosen answer: Part of it is the cliche of the abusive or angry step-parent or adoptive patent. Although this is something that does occur, Sir Ector just thought more highly of his own son and would rather see his son become king. He probably regrets having to take care of him, but felt obligated as a knight of Uther Pendragon. In addition, he's more of a brute and fighter and doesn't like learning (or magic). So when Arthur displays an aptitude towards learning over fighting, Ector has less in common with the boy and treats him as a servant.

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