Your All In One Game of Thrones Mad Men Open Thread

Game of Thrones myself, but, whatever.

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  1. 1
    efgoldman says:

    Two threads in a row about TV shows I don’t watch. Short night.

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    lamh35 says:

    @efgoldman: you and be both. never saw and ep and don’t really have a glaring need to ever watch one.

    But people do seem to love both

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    efgoldman says:

    @lamh35: My daughter and SIL, and most of their friends, certainly do. But i won’t pay the xtra for HBO (and the episodes of GOT I saw during a free preview weekend confused the shit out of me.)
    And Dr. Who was even cheesier than original Star Trek; i couldn’t follow it or take it seriously.

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    DarkSyde says:

    Vikings, much better imo.

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    Johnny Coelacanth says:

    Just started watching the first season of Mad Men, so I’m catching up on Netflix before I watch the current season. GoT, on the other hand, I’ll be streaming as soon as I get home.

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    JPL says:

    PBS Masterpiece has Mr. Selfridge also.

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    burnspbesq says:

    I’m waiting to seen Glen and Sally sneak off to Woodstock together, after which we learn that the whole seven seasons of Mad Men was a bad acid flashback.

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    JPL says:

    @Johnny Coelacanth: IMO.. the fifth season sucked…

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    Real progressives are watching Mad Men. You suck, Cole. Delete my userID

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    JPL says:

    @burnspbesq: IMO.. Glen becomes a mass murderer

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    HinTN says:

    Ha bucking fumbug – have to pull for ND fer Chrissakes to knock UConn out. meh

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    burnspbesq says:


    Or an investment banker, He does have that look about him, doesn’t he?

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    efgoldman says:


    Glen becomes a mass murderer

    And then he kills JR.

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    burnspbesq says:


    I’m rooting for a meteor strike in that game. Go Bears!

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    SFAW says:


    And then he kills JR.

    And then wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette, who’s holding a Norman Lloyd-autographed Sno-Globe, which has a sled named “Rosebud” inside it.

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    JPL says:

    @SFAW: Glen’s not that complicated.

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    efgoldman says:


    And then wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette, who’s holding a Norman Lloyd-autographed Sno-Globe, which has a sled named “Rosebud” inside it.

    Yes, exactly. But Mrs. Huffnagel really was crushed as the hospital bed folded on her – best episode of the series.

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    raven says:

    Call the Midwife was very good.

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    I am happy with a Dr. Who discussion, as for MM or GOT meh.

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    efgoldman says:


    Mrs. Huffnagel really was crushed as the hospital bed folded on her – best episode of the series.

    Best way EVAH to write out a character when the actress got a new job (replacement for the ailing, soon to be dead Selma Diamond on Night Court.)

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @JPL: Haha, I was sure Glen was Megan’s heavy breather last season, until it turned out to be some other sexual deviant.

    Glenn is going to become a less charismatic or successful Larry Flynt.

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    SFAW says:


    But Mrs. Huffnagel really was crushed as the hospital bed folded on her – best episode of the series.

    I don’t remember her being in Newhart. And why would there be a hospital bed in that show?

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    Comrade Mary says:

    @efgoldman: I didn’t watch Doctor Who in the 70s because of the cheese factor, and even some of the reboot episodes from this century are a big heap of aged fromage. (I caught The Runaway Bride recently: I liked Donna well enough, but holy shit, that villain was straight out of a mid-twentieth century B movie.)

    I got hooked with the launch of the Eleventh Doctor, though. You might take a look at season 5 to get a feel for it. Effects are much, much better, there’s lots of fast talking and some genuine wit, and some decent acting.

    Mind you, not every episode is a gem, and you have to accept some wibbly-wobbly timey wimey shit, but overall, I’ve liked this run.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    Top trending on Opinion, Christians, here’s why we’re losing our religion:

    You see, religion alone can only take a person so far. Religion can make us nice, but only Christ can make us new. Religion focuses on outward behavior. Relationship is an inward transformation. Religion focuses on what I do, while relationship centers on what Jesus did. Religion is about me. Relationship is about Jesus.

    In order to become a new person, we need Christ. Only through an active ongoing relationship with Jesus can we become transformed and overcome the labels that bind us.

    On a completely unrelated note from why more and more people are reluctant to self-identify as Christian, the author is identified as “the pastor of the nation’s second largest church,“.

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    SFAW says:


    (replacement for the ailing, soon to be dead Selma Diamond on Night Court.)

    There’s a “Dead End, Kids” sick joke to be made, somewhere in there.

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    HinTN says:

    @burnspbesq: Too bad for that. The Cards are on a roll. Beat my Lady Vols like a drum.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    (When anyone says that they do not have a religion, but a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ, I usually check to make sure they haven’t lifted my wallet)

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    different-church-lady says:

    Cole: I wish to praise you for the little community you’ve created here. Because I am about to do something I never thought I’d be doing — I’m going to use an open thread to ask for tech advice due to a family thing. (Yikes…) And I find it quite amazing that I now trust you all so much that BJ is the most logical place to start.

    Short story: estranged family is no longer estranged, due to my father’s recent bout with pneumonia. He’s recovering nicely, but it means I’m going to be making regular visits to the house for the first time in years. My brother, who lives with him, is the paranoid sort, and they have no internet. And I have no smartphone, which will put me out of touch for most of some days. And that could be the difference between getting a few days of freelance work or missing it.

    So, what I’m wondering is: does anyone do semi-affordable wireless hotspot plans that aren’t linked to phones? Because I absolutely cannot afford a smartphone plan right now.

    And if any of you offer me the endless amounts of ordinary, natural, human sympathy that are understandably proffered whenever family illness comes up, I will reach through this screen and dope slap you…

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    SFAW says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Relationship is about Jesus.

    Jesus? I knew the suckah. I told him, “Don’t you go fucking with no money lenders.”

    [Yeah, OK, it’s not an exact quote. Sue me.]

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    AA+ Bonds says:


    It’s a weird little byline on that story because you’d think that the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion would have NewEvangelicalAppDownloads.Com beat but I guess “church” means “Web site” nowadays?

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    I still can’t get over all the solemn Beltway stories in 2012 about how religious South Carolina is because of the large number of people who said they go to religious services “once a month” on that Pew survey; if I had gone to Mass “once a month” as a kid I would have been grounded 365 days a year…

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    lamh35 says:

    @Comrade Mary: I am too young to have watched the original Doctor Who. I didn’t really watch the new re-launch either, but somehow I got caught up during the David Tennant years (mainly the Martha Jones and lil bit of the Catherine Tate companion years). After Tennant, I just haven’t really been able to get behind the new series, plus I got so much more TV on my plate anyway

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    Boudica says:

    Does Bobby ever get any older on Mad Men? Shouldn’t he be about 12 now? He looks 7.

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    Raenelle says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Hard-core commies for GOT.

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    Dan says:

    Best Buy has a beautiful smartphone on sale this week for $64. The lg optimus lyric. This phone does everything a 700 dollar phone can do. And through net 10, I only pay $50 a month.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Beer for Game of Thrones; Martini for Mad Men.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Well, I’m starting with Mad Men, then moving on to Game of Thrones. I’m eating green chile/cheese tamales and drinking wine to boot.

    @different-church-lady: I’m afraid of getting dope-slapped, so…, I do not know the answer to your question.

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    Redshirt says:

    I’m in a new Nielsen demographic: The “No TV” demo.

    Describing those of you who live on the Internet and watch your tv/movies that way.

    Except I have no TV at all, unlike you fancy Internet people with your Netflix and Roku and such.

    I’m entertained instead by puppet shows and jug bands. I’m part of the “jug band” demo.

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    lamh35 says:

    60 minutes had a segment on the Newtown families tonight.

    60 Minutes – Newtown (Part I)

    60 Minutes – Newtown (Part II)

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    mai naem says:

    @Dan: I’m assuming that since you have net10 it’s a cdma phone. Why don’t they ever have decent GSM smartphones on sale?

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    HinTN says:

    @different-church-lady: You have to go to Starbucks, or some such. Unless there’s a neighbor foolish enough to have unsecured WiFi you can ride.

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    different-church-lady says:

    @HinTN: More details: the point is that I’m in the house watching my father so my brother can leave the house for a break. It’s like I’m taking a day-long shift.

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    👽 Martin says:


    I’m part of the “jug band” demo.

    You mean like hillbillies and strumming washboards, or girl bands with big tits? Or both? Actually, both could be pretty entertaining, yeah.

    But I don’t watch any of the shows that get commented on here either.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Screw both. I decided to watch Apocalypse Now.

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    HinTN says:

    Can@different-church-lady: Way outta my league here but maybe you can buy a refurbished low end phone and get a paygo plan for data. Install FoxFi (free) on the phone to create a hotspot. OTOH, some cities have WiFi…

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Whistler’s Jug Band – Foldin’ Bed

    Ya just put yer lips together and blow – into a big jug

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Check out the director’s cut.

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    👽 Martin says:

    Oh, and since I brought up jugs. In local news, Jenna Jameson was arrested for battery.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Mike in NC: Is that the “Redux”? I have both, but want to do the old-timey first.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @different-church-lady: Virgin Mobile appears to offer a no-contract mobile hotspot that offers a fair amount of data for $35/month.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @👽 Martin: There’s a joke in there, I know it…

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    the Conster says:

    Peggy’s Kick Ass, and who is that handsome guy in the nice suit and what has he done with Don Draper?

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    Redshift says:

    @different-church-lady: My wife has had a pay-as-you-go Virgin Mobile MiFi for two or three years now, and we generally like it a lot. That exact device doesn’t seem to exist any more (not surprising), but there are some current equivalents. They have a coverage map that you’d definitely want to check if you’re going to be outside of metro areas and interstates, though.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Gin & Tonic: You’ve seen Heart of Darkness – the documentary? Unbelievable the film ever got completed.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: this is the hotspot I was looking at.

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    Chris says:

    @AA+ Bonds:

    Ah, yes. I’ve heard that conceit before. Some true believers disdain the term “religion,” which they reserve for all these other, shallow, pitiable superstitions and falsehoods. The Truth(TM) is far beyond that.

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    GregB says:

    @👽 Martin:

    Booking photo or it didn’t happen.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I have just watched the 2012 version of Total Recall, anybody who says that this is a better version than the Schwartzenegger version (and Ronny Cox as Cohagen) needs an ass kicking, I need to get my ass kicked for renting this.

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    Chris says:


    Ditto. Never watched either show. Also never watched Downton Abbey. And in the previous decade, I never could get into either Lost or Alias.

    It’s gonna be interesting if I ever have kids and they turn out to enjoy old TV shows as much as I do. “But DAD! This is from YOUR TIME! This DEFINED your generation! You REALLY never…” “Nope.”

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    different-church-lady says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: DING DING DING DING… I think that’s kinda what I’m after.

    Gotta be a catch, right?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @AA+ Bonds: Perhaps Christians can save their church if they applied a little more of Matthew 25:40 into their lives and less an adjunct for the Republican Party.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    Watching 60 Minutes right now; the first segment, with an interview with some of the Newtown relatives, is simultaneously very sad and enraging.

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    Comrade Jake says:

    The Exorcist is also on.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @AA+ Bonds: evangelical Protestant believes that all of our problems would be solved if everyone became an evangelical Protestant. Next up, Catholic bishop finds that restoring the authority of the Church is critical if society isn’t to fall apart.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Yeah, branding themselves as the Jesus wing of the GOP isn’t helping.

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    Mike in NC says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: Terrible movie. Even worse than Arnie’s turd.

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    Redshirt says:

    “The Exorcist” morality question: If your daughter is spewing green vomit, crawling on the ceiling, and twisting her head in 360 degrees, would you stay in the house or move out?

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Redshirt: Personally, I decided to stay, figuring she’d grow out of it. Still waiting.

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    Heliopause says:

    How come there aren’t any open threads for the stuff on the four big broadcast networks? What is it with you liberal elites?

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    kindness says:

    GoT was good. I’m glad they followed the other Stark kids around. No dragons though….I like those.

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    MazeDancer says:


    T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile both have pretty cheap mobile hotspot and pre-pay plans. If you’re just checking emails every hour, that might work. TMobile has a refub one that’s 52 bucks.

    You’ll have to check if either of those carriers cover your area. And I have no personal experience with either carrier’s mobile hotspot devices to be able to say if they work at all.

    Though I did buy a $120 T-Mobile Samsung Smart Phone. It has WiFi. And if I bought a prepay data plan it could surf the web. It works fine in big cities. Not where I live in the country though, which is why I prepay because I rarely use the phone.

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    Boudica says:

    @Heliopause: Nobody’s talking about Mad Men or GOT anyway. Have at it….

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    Sayne says:

    Star Trek Deep Space 9 on Netflix for me. Reliving my childhood.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    Neither for me, thanks. I remain blissfully unaware of them, and also Downton Abbey and Walking Dead. I finally saw Breaking Bad, which was good.

    I mostly ignore these threads.

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    mouse tolliver says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: They need to save the “everybody sing” resolution for the Christmas specials. Hated this last episode. But the premiere was a good start. The spoon heads were cool.

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    Redshift says:

    @The prophet Nostradumbass: Yep, that’s the current equivalent of what we have. When we need it, be buy the $35 plan that gets you 2GB and one month. Even when I was using it to connect to the office with my laptop, we rarely used more than a fraction of it. (As long as you avoid streaming video and such, of course.)

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    Steeplejack says:


    Bring this up with Jeffreyw the next time he’s around. He has a little hot-spot gizmo that he uses and is apparently very happy with. I’m blanking on the name. He would know prices, etc.

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    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    now you make me want to rent it just for the car-accident factor.

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    YellowJournalism says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: I wasted valuable time on that movie when the kids were gone last summer. It’s not the money it cost to go that pisses me off, it’s the fact that Hubby and I don’t get to go that often without the boys. I forgot most of the movie before we even left the theatre.

    Mad Men was great tonight. Slow to start and a little confusing regarding the date and some new people, but it was all worth it for the funeral scene and another wonderful gut-punch ending.

    Betty is still boring. I don’t care what color her hair is.

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    Hill Dweller says:


    Mad Men was great tonight. Slow to start and a little confusing regarding the date and some new people, but it was all worth it for the funeral scene and another wonderful gut-punch ending.

    That ending came out of nowhere. I was anticipating a completely different angle.

    Rogers Sterling’s therapy sessions, especially the last one, were also great.

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    lojasmo says:

    Too many assholes IRL to get started on Mad Men. Looking forward to GoT when it shows up on Netfux. (got rid of cable a while ago)

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