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Hard News: The Munter and the Munted

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  • Sacha,

    I like to give sufficient clues every so often so that if I ever got caught snorting something off a hooker, people would say "well, didn't you ever read his blog?"

    Of course it would help if the references weren't so well disguised as tropical fish..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19707 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Sound tracks...

    Using the L.E.D.s was a show of very good taste indeed.

    and that good taste has spread to Go Girls as well... I wish someone would commission the L.E.D.s to do more music for TV and film.
    though Outrageous Fortune has done Kiwi music in general proud! – thank you.

    Wardrobe dept...

    Straightjacket Fits

    that sounds like a Mod band, with straight trousers too, I think you mean the snug fitting canvas and leather strap ensemble known as Straitjacket Fits...

    oh alright, I'm taking off my pendant and belt and heading for the padded cells... :- )

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Yikes. What did they do with that blow-up doll? Put it back in props?

    Van seems to have taken an extra dose of stupidity pills over the summer break, whilst Munter has become a wise young mentor.

    Cheryl pleading guilty? How will they tie her into the storylines now? Maybe she can develop a nice line in orange boiler-suit accessories!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    Enjoyed it, welcome back Wests.

    Good lines, good laughs. But yeah, Cheryl in orange boiler-suit - how will the storyline pan out?

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 659 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Cheryl pleading guilty? How will they tie her into the storylines now?

    Quite easily, I imagine. Who wants to bet that everyone is going to try -- and fail -- to understand why the hell Cheryl did it, and they're not going to cope as only the West can, now that Mum's not around to more or less hold things together.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Also Craig, your intuition of Loretta as new matriarch looks set to come true sooner than anyone thought.

    I predict she will take charge of the family and things will go horribly wrong.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I predict she will take charge of the family and things will go horribly wrong.

    Cynic.

    Wrong enough for Cheryl to renege on the guilty plea, be released on the grounds of a PPD/PTSD combo (she has every right to be), and normal transmission will resume?

    Pure speculation of course, and I'll eat my octopus if it comes true.

    Straitjacket

    In fits and starts
    for broken hearts
    out West is always best

    In the absence of light
    the darkest of knights
    will ride the mighty van

    A matriarch beckons
    'they're my babies' she reckons
    Beware the Van with a plan

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Also Craig, your intuition of Loretta as new matriarch looks set to come true sooner than anyone thought.

    I predict she will take charge of the family and things will go horribly wrong.

    Indeed. At the risk of being an utter pseud, Loretta's tragic flaw is that she has all Cheryl's attitude (and then some) but none of her mother's flinty heart. She is up against a crisis she can't snarl and snark her way out of.

    And can I get some love for Robyn Malcolm? It was sad, and more than a little scary, to just see something die in her eyes. In her own fucked up way, Cheryl West is the moral heart of OF. All she wanted was a fresh start -- something clean and good to call her own for once in her life. And it's all gone, and she can't fight any more.

    Wrong enough for Cheryl to renege on the guilty plea, be released on the grounds of a PPD/PTSD combo (she has every right to be), and normal transmission will resume?

    Oh God, I hope not -- you don't put a character through losing a child and killing a man, then hit the reset button. Cheryl deserves better (or worse, I guess) -- if she turns out to be the kind of cold bitch who can just shrug off being responsible for a man's death (even a douchebag like Gerrard), then she's not the woman I've become a devoted hag-fag to.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh God, I hope not -- you don't put a character through losing a child and killing a man, then hit the reset button. Cheryl deserves better (or worse, I guess).

    We haven't had an objective shot of the assault on Gerard yet -- only snatches identified as memories by that freaky colour grading. Could be there's more to see there.

    Buy you'd also expect PTSD and Gerard's weird and unethical conduct to become an issue. I'm going with: Cheryl realises she has to save her family, changes plea, gets out, kicks butt.

    Not trusting that lawyer though.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    I'm starting to favour Prison Break meets Little Miss Sunshine.

    Road trip. Excellent!

    But yeah, selective, conflicted memories around what really happened seem to be integral to the plot. Anyway, we will just have to wait and see.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Road trip. Excellent!

    In a Mini.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    We haven't had an objective shot of the assault on Gerard yet -- only snatches identified as memories by that freaky colour grading. Could be there's more to see there.

    Sick fuck faking his own death, you mean? Or that Gerrard said or did something that would give Cheryl a defence, if she wasn't on some demented protective matriarch/self-destruction trip? I like the way you're bent, Mr. Brown.

    BTW, from the sublime to the (hopefully) ridiculous, DS Gerrard may be dead but Charles Mesure is set to pop up on V (Two, 8.30 tonight) as an ex-SAS man who is nothing like Willie Apiata.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Or a mini-van?

    Always blow on the pork pie.

    PS That goes straight to the Pool Room, or is that Twitter these days? ;-)

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    PS That goes straight to the Pool Room, or is that Twitter these days? ;-)

    Already.

    First response suggests that Tim Shadbolt pops up to welcome them to Invercargill.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Or that Gerrard said or did something that would give Cheryl a defence, if she wasn't on some demented protective matriarch/self-destruction trip? I like the way you're bent, Mr. Brown.

    It just strikes me that the fact they're showing it to us in such a piecemeal way suggests that there's more yet to see.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Well it's possible that the order in which she remembers things is wrong, and Gerard pulled his gun before she bashed and stabbed him. Then the stabbing could easily be seen as self-defense. Or at least it's possible things could be argued that way by a good lawyer.

    But I think more likely is that Craig's intuition is on the right track, that Cheryl will go down, and the family will step up/down according to their natures. Who will the family rally on?

    I think I do get the pony for the rudest sex pick. Surely cunnilingus trumps phone sex, straight missionary, and blow-up doll. Location wrong, and the anger hadn't built up yet, but some points for getting the right people.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It just strikes me that the fact they're showing it to us in such a piecemeal way suggests that there's more yet to see.

    Perhaps he pulled the gun before she bashed/stabbed him. Then self-defense?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I think I do get the pony for the rudest sex pick. Surely cunnilingus trumps phone sex, straight missionary, and blow-up doll.

    You're saying that cunnilingus is kinkier than humping an inflatable doll?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22830 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    Keep the discussion going! I've never seen an episode, but it looks like I can get a good summary from here.

    Stockholm • Since Jul 2009 • 802 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It's only my opinion. I tend to give extra points for the other human being - being kinky with oneself maxes out at 50% kinky.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    Already.

    First response suggests that Tim Shadbolt pops up to welcome them to Invercargill.

    Um, yes, my point was that where you go, I follow, so to speak.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    You're saying that cunnilingus is kinkier than humping an inflatable doll?

    Can I just interject that this vanilla fairy would say that's a pretty fine distinction? (Not that there's anything wrong with going down on a Spray 'N' Wipe Sally if that's your bliss,) :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    Our 15 year old boy loves the show and we've sat through the last few seasons of OF bonking together but my partner found Pascal's rubbing one out last night the most embarrassing scene to sit through together.

    Me, I was more disturbed that he had no issues with the blow up doll scene...

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 949 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    First response suggests that Tim Shadbolt pops up to welcome them to Invercargill.

    At which point I will stop watching--unless they push him off a cliff or run him over, of course!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2557 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Cheryl in orange boiler-suit - how will the storyline pan out??

    Orange Roughie Justice?
    Shitty Life!
    Chains, Chains, Chains, Ship of Fools...
    whatever turns it takes, I'm sure it will be an extraordinary rendition...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7943 posts Report Reply

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