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Question: When Merlin stepped on the land mine, why didn't he just wait there until Eggsy and Harry completed the mission? Surely he could have just stood there, then later on they could have called in bomb experts or use Statesman resources to get him off that thing? Eggsy and Harry could have easily taken out those 5 guards.

Answer: At the time, these people only had a really short time to save the world. Merlin thought that, with the landmine, he could sacrifice himself along with many guards to save the world.

Question: Why do authorities think Vidrine was not the true villain on deep water horizon? He is the one who brushed off safety concerns, and ordered a second negative pressure test. And according to the investigators, an employee who perished in the disaster was responsible for the bladder effect hypothesis not Vidrine. Even if it was true, how would it make him the villain? They are treating who the true villain was like it has to do with who was responsible for the bladder effect hypothesis, and not for brushing off safety concerns, and ordering the second pressure test. Plus it could still have been Vidrine's fault, given that also say the cause of the explosion was years of small mistakes, those mistakes could have been Vidrine's mistakes along with his decision to order a second pressure test instead asking the employees what they wanted to do, Especially since they knew the rig, and he didn't.

Answer: Films often take some artistic licensing in portraying the characters and they may have been some misunderstanding in whom the film was trying to say was at fault. In real life, Transocean and BP were charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and other crimes. In agreeing to plead guilty, Transocean Deepwater admitted members of its crew on board Deepwater Horizon, acting at the direction of BP's well-site leaders, were negligent in failing to fully investigate that the Macondo well was secure and that oil and gas were not flowing into the well. BP admitted the two highest ranked well-site leaders were negligent. Those two well-site leaders were Robert Kaluza (portrayed in the film by Brad Leland) and Donald Vidrine. Kaluza and Vidrine observed clear indication that the well was not secure and oil and gas were flowing into the well and did not take the obvious and appropriate steps to prevent the blowout. Both Kaluza and Vidrine were charged with 11 counts of manslaughter and prosecutors said they botched the pressure test that would have warned the crews to stop. When Vidrine agreed to plead guilty to pollution charges and testify against Kaluza, prosecutors dropped his manslaughter charges. Kaluza went to jury trial (although was found not guilty.) It seems likely too many factors played a role in leading up to the blowout that was a result of BP trying to save money and time over safety concerns and more than 2 supervisors were ultimately responsible.

Bishop73

Baby Fever - S3-E7

Question: What is the song played during Donna's pole dance. Is there somewhere we can download it?

Answer: It's just incidental music written for the show and wouldn't be available to download as a song.

Bishop73

The Placeholder - S11-E5

Question: Frasier lets his neighbor's cat stay with him. But in the episode "It's Hard to Say Goodbye if You Won't Leave", he was allergic to cats and could not be near Kate's cat.

Answer: Over multiple seasons, a long-running show's details can often change or are inadvertently forgotten, creating plot holes. This would be such an example.

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Question: When Dom finds Vince with the chip, the conversation concludes with Vince basically saying how all of them have been negatively affected by everything that has happened and he sarcastically asks Dom where Letty is. How would he have found out about Letty if he was on the run since the events of the first film? Earlier in the film he tells Brian and Mia about his misfortunes and how he ended up in Rio.

Answer: Word of Letty's supposed death could have gotten to Vince a number of ways. Most likely when Dom or Mia initially contacted him to ask for help they mentioned that Letty had died. Letty was one of Vince's best friends, her death would have been one of the first things mentioned to him.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: In the crash scene, shouldn't all the people on the plane, including the pilots, have seriously injured if not dead?

Answer: It is possible for a plane to crash in such way that the pilot and passengers can survive unharmed. There are documented cases of survivors walking away from a crash. It just depends on the pilots skills, how the plane lands, and what type of ground the plane hits. The desert sand would cushion the impact somewhat.

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Answer: "The Flight of the Phoenix" (both the original film and the remake) is a fictional tale about a group of men beating odds that are overwhelmingly against them. Just the fact that they survived the desert crash is incredible enough, and that is what sets the tone for a whole series of death-defying events thereafter. It's sensational movie-making, stacking one death-defying event atop another; after all, there would be little reason to watch an adventure film in which everyone dies in the first 15 minutes. There are, of course, real-life incidents that are equally sensational: the crash landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in 2009, for example. All 155 passengers and the crew of Flight 1549 incredibly survived, against all odds (as depicted in the 2016 film "Sully").

Charles Austin Miller

Question: When the dog is drugged and almost dies, why does Patrick ask for a bunt cake? And why a bunt cake specifically? Do bunt cakes have anything to do with overdosing?

Answer: He's trying to distract Magda from coming out of the kitchen and seeing her dog is comatose, so he asks for something else so she'll stay in the kitchen and try to find something similar.

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Chick Cancer - S5-E7

Question: In this episode where Peter starts shooting the movie he says: Okay, now give him some peanut butter so we can make it look like he's talkin'. How is peanut butter going to help?

HEK_98

Answer: Because the peanut butter would get stuck to the roof of his mouth. Then as he's trying to lick the peanut butter off, he'd be constantly opening and closing his mouth.

Bishop73

Answer: There's an old show called Mr Ed about a talking horse. They used peanut butter in the horse's mouth.

Answer: If you've ever seen a dog eat peanut butter, you'd see how it looks like they are talking since it's so sticky.

Cheyenne Williams

Question: How come the terrorists' knives were not noticed? Airports have metal detectors designed to detect knives.

Answer: At the time of the 9/11 incident, certain type utility or pocket knives like the ones the terrorists brought on board were not illegal. Airport screeners had more leeway then about what type of knives, tools, or other gadgets they allowed passengers to carry on board. Since then, the restrictions are far more stringent.

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Question: Who was supplying the Hutu army?

Answer: French.

Question: Why did Katniss strike the force field?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: In the book, Haymitch told Katniss how he used the arena's force field to electrocute and kill his opponent. He was at the arena's edge when the other tribute threw a weapon at him. As it hit the force field, Haymitch ducked, avoiding the weapon. The electrical power bounced back, striking and killing his opponent, making Haymitch the victor. In the movie, Peeta was injured when he struck the force field. Katniss knew that shooting the arrow with a wire attached to the electrical tree into the dome would significantly damage it.

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Question: Exactly how is Peeta pretending that he and Katniss are having a baby supposed to get them to cancel the games?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Peeta knows that he and Katniss are Capitol favorites and that their fans have been enthralled by their (fake) romance. By announcing their bogus elopement and a faux pregnancy, he is attempting to win over peoples' sympathy in hope they will demand that the games be halted in order to protect the "unborn child." People generally have more empathy when infants and small children are involved, though his attempt was unsuccessful.

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Question: During Katniss' individual assessment, was Peeta the one who painted that picture of Rue? I read that it was but that doesn't explain why Katniss got angry when Plutarch tells her she has 10 minutes to present her chosen skills. Or why she made that dummy about Seneca Crane?

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: It was done by Peeta, who was artistically inclined. Peeta knew it that seeing it would have an emotional effect on Katniss, making angry over Rue's death, thus helping her not to be intimidated by the Capitol judges. It was also Peeta's defiant act against the Capitol's cruelty in taking innocent lives. Katniss made the dummy of Seneca Crane as her own defiant statement. Seneca, by stopping Katniss and Peeta from eating the poisoned berries and declaring them both victors in the previous games, saved their lives, but he was later executed for circumventing Snow's orders. Katniss is acknowledging that Seneca saved her and Peeta, losing his life in the process.

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Krusty Towers/Mrs. Puff, You're Fired - S4-E9

Question: Could what happened to the Krusty Towers at the end happen to a hotel/apartment in real life?

Question: Why is the character Melissa (Busy Phillips) not in either scene when everyone else is on the ferry? She is with them in the cars but not on the ferry.

Bango Was His Name, Oh! - S4-E29

Question: The scene where Brian was paying the bills then Brian says: It's at this, uh...It's at this girl's house. What does he mean by that?

HEK_98

Answer: He was saying he's paying the cable bill but Stewie said Peter pays the cable bill. Brian's reply is that the cable he's paying for is for a girl. It seems he's kind of embarrassed to say it and so it seems the bills he's paying aren't his but a girl he's dating (although somewhat implied that she's using him).

Bishop73

Into Harmony's Way - S12-E7

Question: Am I missing a joke here? At Mort's pharmacy, Peter says that he has $30,000 in credit card debt. And "five years salary, tax-free" would not put a dent in his problem. How is this possible? He is often the main or only income-earner in the household. I would expect just one year of his salary to be about $30,000, if not more.

Answer: The $30k was part of the song they were singing and Peter may have picked a number based on syllables to fit, not his actual debt. His actual debt maybe much higher as indicated by 5-years not putting a dent in it.

Bishop73

Question: How did the police locate Victor's apartment?

EK8829

Answer: It's no mystery...it's standard police procedure, and every step is shown in the film. Victor is known to the authorities as a drug dealer, and they match his fingerprints to those found at a murder scene. So they look up his address in their system, and go there.

The Gang: Part 1 - S2-E9

Question: According to the credits, the smallest of the three Satan Knights that come over to get JJ is nicknamed "Sweet Pea." However this name is never mentioned by anyone in this episode. The other two are mentioned (Mad Dog and Neck Bone). Why would the credits use a name not used?

The Gang: Part 1 - S2-E9

Question: Neck Bone and Sweet Pea are referred to by Florida as their real names, Tyrone and Sylvester. Do we know which name goes to which guy? (I've always wondered this).

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