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Question: Is the lawyer who brought the will to the apartment in the beginning the same guy who died in the cube when they were capturing the 12th spirit?

Answer: No. The lawyer was played by actor JR Bourne. The victim in the box was played by actor Charles Andre.


There is confusion about this movie, made in 1960, and the later 2001 version, "Thirteen Ghosts." In the 1960 version, Martin Milner played Benjamin Rush, the lawyer who was killed by the bed. JR Bourne was in the 2001 film. He played lawyer Ben Moss, who was killed by the sliding glass panels. Charles Andrew played a team member who was also killed.


Answer: It was a bribe for a city councilman.

Show generally

Question: How does the city of Townsville get put back together each time after it gets destroyed? Does it magically repair itself?

Answer: This show is a highly stylized satire of superhero tales, and as such there is never an explanation how Townsville is repaired after all the destruction. There is similarly never any real explanation how Metropolis is put back together after Superman fights a bad guy. Powerpuff Girls takes this concept to the extreme to point out the absurdity of mainstream superhero stories.


Question: At the end of the movie why does Charlie go to live with the older couple on the farm?

Answer: Charlie had nowhere else to go and trusted no-one. The Manders had previously taken in Charlie and her father, were kind, and, knowing the truth, did not exploit them and tried to protect them. Charlie needs a home and knows they will care for her.


Question: Dr Grant makes an SOS call to Ellie via the Sat phone. I think I have the sequence correct: There was such a delay in her getting to the phone that they got disconnected. She then dials 3 digits on the phone and then hears Dr Grants cryptic cry for help. She calls him back. Did she dial *69 to reconnect with him, which I don't think you can do with a Sat phone, or dial a code that immediately connected them? Anybody know about Sat phones or have any clues or answers to this scene?

Answer: I think you are right that *69 does not work on a SAT phone, but I can't offer anything else. You may have pointed out a plot hole.


We see Ellie immediately start dialling numbers. We don't know she stopped at 3, but she was likely calling her husband or whatever connections she had in order to send the military after the group. Calling him back would've been a waste of time.

Answer: I don't think it's meant to be anything. To start with, the keypad is 4x4, so too big to be a 0-9 keypad and not big enough for all the English letters. Plus, some of the buttons look like they have letters, some look like shapes, and some are blank.


Question: Why did Koba pat Ash on the back before killing him by throwing him off a high balcony?

Answer: It was a ruse. He wanted to fool him into thinking that he doesn't mind Ash defying his order, as well as to calm him down, so he could violently grab him without any trouble.

Tomorrow is Yesterday - S1-E20

Question: When Christopher is beamed back into his fighter jet, he doesn't see the Enterprise in the sky any more. The slingshot effect returned him to the instant before first viewing the Enterprise. He may not have any physical evidence to report now, but he would still have his "memory" of all the events that happened after he was first beamed aboard. If that's the case, he would now have to remain utterly silent about his adventures so as not to risk any change to the future birth of his son. Right?

Answer: He beamed back into himself, He jumped into a point in time before he was on the Enterprise. So When he didn't see the starship he had no memory because he never left.

Question: How come when Joaquin wore the Medal of Everlasting Life, making him invulnerable and immortal, he still ages through his training?

Answer: The medal doesn't affect his age, it makes it so that he lives for a really long time and doesn't die.

Question: Spock stops a volcano from erupting by detonating a cold fusion device that causes ice to form over the volcano. I have problem with that because where would all the pressure inside the volcano go? All that pressure would have gone somewhere.

Answer: Unless the cold fusion went directly into the volcano, all the way to the source of the pressure.

Question: Something I've always been confused about is the layout of Zavits' apartment. When his neighbor knocks on his door asking if she can use his phone, Zavits goes to answer it, but the door he opens is looking down from above at his own front door where he also notices Reynolds' men waiting in the stairwell below. Does he live in a duplex unit or something like that?

Answer: The men are downstairs, his neighbor is on the same floor at the 2nd entrance to the unit. Many apartments / condos have 2 entrances to meet code.

Question: At the end of the movie, the villain says that a carjacking will take place that night of a young couple who went the wrong way. Is he implying that he in fact had Ritter's carjacking staged so that he would join the Colony?


Question: Cyrus wanted Arthur to take the leap and become the thirteenth ghost. But, wouldn't that short-circuit the system, negating everything the Cyrus was trying to do in the first place? It's like he decided to go through all that trouble just to have his device shut down as soon as it was activated.

Answer: It would not short-circuit the system because Arthur's sacrifice would have completed the ritual, therefore giving Cyrus the power he desired. Unbeknownst to Arthur, Kalina was working with Cyrus when she lied to him about there being a fail-safe that would turn off the machine. She hoped it would convince him to sacrifice himself to prevent hell on Earth from becoming a reality. Cyrus did not believe it was enough and placed Arthur's kids in the center to ensure he would be willing to make the jump. However, Cyrus did not plan on Maggie being there to tinker with the controls of the machine. It was her actions that overloaded the machine, which allowed the ghosts to go free, and cause it to have a catastrophic meltdown as she pushed it beyond its limitations. It can be safe to assume if Maggie was not there, the machine would have never broken down.


Answer: Kalina had lied to Arthur about the thirteenth ghost being the failsafe that would shut down the machine. In actuality, if he had sacrificed himself and died, he would have completed the ritual and activate the device.

Question: Why did Roald Dahl hate this movie?

Answer: He hated it for a variety of reasons: the plot changes, what he considered to be sappy songs, and an over-emphasis on the Willy Wonka character rather than Charlie. He also disliked Gene Wilder being cast as Wonka and had wanted British actor/comedian Spike Milligan.


Je Souhaite - S7-E21

Question: The genie complains about people being selfish and shallow, but what about Leslie wishing to have his brother back? Why was she displeased with that wish?

Answer: It was because of the brothers' attitudes. If the genie had brought Anson completely back to life, the brothers would have continued being lazy, inconsiderate, obnoxious people. They were not learning anything from the opportunity to have wishes granted. The genie tried to hint at them using a wish to heal Leslie's legs, and neither brother could imagine using a wish for that.

Answer: Because he wasn't specific about his wish. He came back as a living corpse, not healthy and alive before his accident.

The point of Leslie's wish was to be with his brother. The genie complained about so many people making shallow and materialistic wishes, such as money, impressive bodies, etc. Therefore, it's strange that she would be displeased with Leslie for trying to reunite with a family member. Why "punish" him by bringing the living corpse version of Anson?

Jenn wasn't punishing Leslie. Leslie wished for his brother to live so she made it happen. As Jenn explained to Leslie, when someone makes a wish, they need to be very specific in their wishes. If Leslie gave more specifics i.e, the damage done to Anson's body removed, his vital organs functionally properly, to have his senses restored, Jenn would do it but, as Leslie only wished to have Anson live again and with no other details, Jenn could only reanimate Anson's corpse.

Question: Why did Inspector Fix take sides with Fogg at the end of the film?

Answer: He felt foolish for accusing Fogg and hounding him across the world, the least he could do is help him win the wager.

Not only that but, like Lord Kelvin's other associates, Inspector Fix was berated constantly by Lord Kelvin and was even thrown out of a window. Inspector Fix had got tired of Lord Kelvin's bullying and decided to tell the truth in front of everybody.

Question: Why does Ronit put on a Sheitel before discussing her late father's house with her uncle? She's not married, so despite not practising the faith anyway, I'm not sure how doing so would appease him.


Answer: The polygraph machine only works on those with a perceptible change in body physiology while they lie. It really only measures what we consider nervous reactions associated with lying. Psychopaths and sociopaths such as Tooms are extremely difficult to measure with this machine since they do not feel remorse for their actions, and as such typically do not get nervous when lying.


Question: When she calls for her dad, and he comes to the door he has issues opening it. Is it me or are the handles on the wrong side of the door? The switch to the deadbolt is on the outside of the house. And if the locks are on the outside, why are they like that, and why does the dad not notice this to get himself in easier? (01:24:00)

Answer: Earlier in the movie Nancy's mother barricades the house to keep Nancy in. I believe the extra lock on the outside was part of her trying to barricade her daughter in.


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