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Must be a Monday

April 6th, 2009 (10:08 am)

Things that make your brain go "WahtGahAwooga" and skip a gear:

1) Hearing James Marsters (Spike) speaking in his natural accent.
2) Wonder Woman Golden Age crack
3) Catching Jamie Bamber (Apollo) using his natural British accent on Law & Order UK.
4) That there is a Law & Order UK in the first place.
5) Americans driving on the parkway and parking on the driveway.

And for a grand finale to confuse you all, there's this old classic puzzle I first saw when I was but a nipper:

3 men go into a motel. The desk clerk said the room was $30, so each man paid $10 and went to the room. A while later, the desk clerk realized the room was only $25, so he sent the bellboy to the 3 guys' room with $5. On the way, the bellboy couldn't figure out how to split $5 evenly between 3 men, so he gave each man $1 and kept the other $2 for himself.

This meant that the 3 men each paid $9 for the room, which is a total of $27. Add to that the $2 the bellboy kept and the total is $29. Where is the other dollar?


And no, it's not taxes.

Comments

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)

You don't add the $2 the bellboy kept, you take it away to get down to $25.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
Sinfest - Percy Noogie

I am disappointed. I expected a good slash joke from you at the very least...

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)

Sorry, Ducks. Not meant to be. I think last week's Supernatural and SNL's skit about Fast & Furious leeched the slash right out of me.

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
Oz expressions

I came this close (*makes squeezing motion between thumb and forefinger*) to sticking your name in the question right after the three men book a hotel room together bit.

This close.

And you're not turning into a het shipper on us, are you?

Posted by: Tara (elementalv)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 11:26 am (UTC)

God, I hope not.

It's more a case of seeing slash go mainstream that's frying my brain.

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 11:25 am (UTC)

I love L&O UK, watched every episode. :D

Posted by: Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)

I just have trouble taking it seriously what with a cast containing Martha, Apollo and Bradley bloody Walsh.

Posted by: Sharlene (mynuet)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)

What's wrong with Bradley Walsh? Never heard of him before.

Posted by: kitty_poker1 (kitty_poker1)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)

This is some sort of solipsism. Fractions! Fractions?

I'd love L&O:UK except I'm a fanatical viewer of the original and there hasn't been an original plot yet. I know within 5 mins how it's going to come out.

Posted by: ponderoid (ponderoid)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)

I've watched nearly all of them too, but I don't think I'll have that problem. There're too many freakin' episodes to remember all the plotlines. I have a good memory for faces, so I usually remember right away whether I've seen a given episode, but I usually space on how exactly it resolved until sometime around when the lawyers take over. With new actors in the roles, I'm probably going to just enjoy the entire plot from start to finish all over again. :)

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Posted by: kitty_poker1 (kitty_poker1)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 09:03 am (UTC)

So far, I've remembered every plotline but, to be honest, it hasn't stopped me watching because there's interest in seeing how they're handled differently in accordance with the difference in the justice systems. Another aspect is that I adored Jerry Orbach but, actually, Bradley isn't a bad substitute. And there's always good reason to watch Jamie...in anything! *g*

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)

Thanks to binaries newsgroups, I'm now caught up on L&O|UK through the latest, episode 1x07.

About half of them, I recognized the plot from L&O:Classic right away during the teaser. A couple more I twigged to having seen it before when the actual perps showed up. They seem to have cherry-picked the more memorable episodes to crib their plotlines from, and a reading of the wikipedia article confirms that.

One thing I'm missing from this new version is the amount of pre-trial maneuvering; the attempts outside the courtroom to force the accused to plead guilty. That element is present now and then, but doesn't seem to take up as much screen time as the original. It's possible that the original episodes they've crib from so far were also lacking that element; I'd have to go netflix the DVDs to confirm that, though.

I've enjoyed all of them pretty much so far, with the exception of the latest episode, "Alesha". It might be due to how they picked a very memorable episode. It took me only 5 seconds into the teaser to recognize which episode it was, and how they'd swapped the roles around so that the asst. prosecutor was the victim rather than the police's regular shrink.

I thought this choice to swap the roles around weakened the episode considerably. Alesha should have known ahead of time her actions were damaging the case; something Dr. Olivet could be excused for. I sort of understand why they chose to use Alesha; the original series had a well-established recurring character to use in that role, while it's still too early in L&O|UK's run to know the equivalent character as well. They should have waited the second series or later so as to have a well-known non-lawyer, non-police character before cribbing this one.

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Posted by: kitty_poker1 (kitty_poker1)
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)

The Wiki entry was interesting for the info, which I didn't know, that Chris Chibnall had to use tweaked plots and scripts of Classic episodes for contractual reasons. Understandable, as it's a hugely popular global brand so why mess with success?

Also interesting was that Dick Wolf was disappointed by what he perceived as a short season, whereas here 13 eps is quite long. Six or eight eps is more common, and I suspect the actors prefer it because they can spend much of the year doing other things - movies, other TV, stage work - without requiring a break (i.e. a hiatus).

I agree with every word you say about 'Alesha'. Hubby and I kept looking at one another and saying, "entrapment; she refused the presence of the nurse; a videotape can be doctored!" And, daftest thing of all, she didn't mention to James that she knew one of the previous victims and had another agenda so he was ambushed. Hmm, not so different from Jack McCoy in that respect... Olivet could be excused for naivety in legal aspects.

As a lifelong addict of US crime drama, and knowing nothing about the Brit legal system, the lack of subpoenas (warrants) makes me itchy. LOL!

Btw, do you understand all the dialogue of the coppers/perps? An American friend posted that, although she spends a LOT of time here, sometimes she struggles.

Posted by: Brendan (brendanm720)
Posted at: April 6th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Law and Order - The Goddamned Batman

1) Hearing James Marsters (Spike) speaking in his natural accent.

Yeah, that is a little disconcerting, isn't it.

2) Wonder Woman Golden Age crack

Ah yes... Golden Age Crack, complete with snarky commentary... (and a side-order of discussion crack below it)

3) Catching Jamie Bamber (Apollo) using his natural British accent on Law & Order UK.

I saw him on one of the pre-season BSG specials a while back, and he was speaking in his natural British accent then. Also a bit disconcerting that first time.

Of course, he was monologing about the word "Bugger" at the time, which may have made it a little bit less jarring...

4) That there is a Law & Order UK in the first place.

Right there with you. Though, I suppose that you're due... we've been snaking TV shows from you for ages.

5) Americans driving on the parkway and parking on the driveway.

Aside from you lot claiming to drive on the "correct" side of the road (as opposed to the right side of the road), I don't recall any other wildly different automotive practices on the other side of the pond...


As for the Case of the Missing Dollar...

Last I checked, 25 into 3 was 8 1/3.

That means that each man paid $8.33 (except for one guy who got stiffed and paid $8.34) for the room, not $9.

So:

8.33 - Man 1 Adjusted Room Rate
8.33 - Man 2 Adjusted Room Rate
8.34 - Man 3 Adjusted Room Rate
1.00 - Man 1 Net Refund
1.00 - Man 2 Net Refund
1.00 - Man 3 Net Refund
2.00 - Bellboy Tip
--------------------------------
30.00 - Total

What missing dollar?

:-D

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: April 8th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
avatar pic

I love the LJ avatar icon/pic you attached to your post. Please, please tell me that's based on some kind of L&O:Gotham fic somewhere I could read? :)

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Posted by: Lea (lea_hazel)
Posted at: April 7th, 2009 05:55 am (UTC)

If The Wire, the most realistic TV show ever produced, taught me nothing, it at least taught me that a third of the population of the US is secretly British.

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