[S1E5] Sort Of A Party
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When Alan arrived at the party, they discussed what they thought was happening to them. Nadia believed the bathroom door was a black hole. Alan believed it was a purgatorial punishment for being a bad person. Nadia rejected this notion and challenged everyone at the party to tell her if they thought she was a bad person as a birthday gift.
Nick: So, the reviews for the game, when they started pouring in after the game came out, they said it was just littered with all sorts of bugs, from game stopping ones to just some entertaining ones, and we won't go through all of them here but there are a lot of funny videos online that catalog these bugs. It's pretty entertaining.
Jack: I remember being very upset that I couldn't get the credit, the credits. I achieved credits, but couldn't deposit them in some sort of account that I really needed. So, if there are any fans of space opera point-and-click adventures out there, maybe they know the frustration. I did eventually get it to work, but I had to uninstall it, reinstall it, put it on a few different machines.
Jack: And that really looks like a breach of contract claim. Then, you hear about products liability lawsuits, again that you've bought something to do a particular purpose and it doesn't accomplish that purpose, sort of similar.
Now, at the other end, we're not talking about contract lawsuits, or sort of implied warranty lawsuits, we have this sort of scarier end of it, which is accusations that the publisher or the retailer, whoever selling this good, is really lying. And that's often called a deceptive trade practices.
Jack: That's exactly right, because to try to get your $70 back, it doesn't make sense for you to pay a lawyer $50,000 to go do that. But if a bunch of people all get together, it's suddenly the economics changes. Now the theory again, in this sort of discussion around, the Fallout game.
Jack: I think it's going to be really regulatory action. We talked about that a moment ago, regulators like the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC, and state regulators, particularly in California where a lot of these software development companies reside or the publishers reside, are going to be at the forefront of this and they're not looking for the buggy game, they're looking for the buggy game plus some evidence that the publishers knew about it. Right? Because it's that lie that really turns and makes things scary. That's on one end, right, that's sort of the publisher's potential responsibility looking at sort of, are they, you know, if I'm selling a, you know, a food product that I know is tainted. Right, obviously in that case it's, the consequences are illness and death and a little more qualifiable.
Jack: And there was a lot of coverage at the time sort of in the press about one tournament that was ruined by a particular glitch that was used by one. The rules weren't clear at the outset of the tournament.
Jack: The thing about sports-based games, right, like what EA does every year to put out a brand new FIFA game, I mean, it's clearly, it's far and away the number one soccer, football, whatever we want to call, for our U.K. listeners. You have, you've got glitches, alleged glitches in the game is what is keeping it from becoming the sort of esports juggernaut that it probably should be.
Let's not forget the resident bad boy Max (Thomas Doherty), who is blindsided by his affection for his teacher Rafa (Jason Gotay), who may be more conniving than his colleagues - Kate [Tavi Gevinson], Jordan [Adam Chanler-Berat] and Wendy [Megan Ferguson] - who are the masterminds behind Gossip Girl 2.0 while Aki (Evan Mock) tries to intervene before things get messy beyond belief for his friend. As for our favourite meddlers, Monet (Savannah Lee Smith) and Luna (Zión Moreno), the former has the last laugh, of sorts, at Julien and Zoya's expense before the sibling duo somehow make it work.
Special Mention: While Kate wrestles with the idea of why she restarted Gossip Girl and further questions its existence after a student carries a gun to his school (not Constance Billard), she also finds herself spending more time with Nick (Jonathan Fernandez). Jordan and Wendy are Team GG and after posting on Instagram (about Zoya and Simon mingling at a party with a hilarious meme-worthy lonely boy snap of Obie watching on) even after Kate stated they should go on a break, the latter disables the account with students trying to decode the reason behind the impulsive decision by GG. After Jordan lets his feelings for Kate be known, she casually turns him down but is also inspired by him to get GG's IG account up and running. It's also important to note that The Paris Review rejected her story. But at least Nick was a fan! It will be interesting to see how Kate gets more intimate details for GG as Nick's potential love interest and Zoya's new tutor, on Nick's request.
Audrey's family life gets central focus this time around as her mother Kiki forces her to move out of New York due to her fashion line going bankrupt. On Zoya's advice, Audrey throws a tea party for Kiki and her estranged friends which only aggravates the latter because her failures in her personal and professional life become gossip fodder for her supposed friends. An explosive argument breaks out between the mother-daughter as Audrey wishes she could stay alone instead of with Kiki, even bringing up her dad into the fight which is a sore spot for Kiki, given his extramarital affair and all. We come to know just how messed up Audrey's family really is!
At the Halloween party, since everyone is consumed with their own problems, especially her boyfriend Aki, who seems more worried about Max than he is his own girlfriend while her best friend Julien is all tangled up in endorsing how she and Zoya are 'sister goals', Audrey realises how she's exactly like her mother. In return, Audrey gets drunk at the bash, similar to her mom in Gossip Girl Ep 3 (which Aki is quick to remind his GF!), and confides in Aki how just like her mom, she too is making a scene because she craves undivided attention from her loved ones which she's absolutely deprived of due to their errant ignorance. When she receives a call from her mom, Audrey tries to apologise, only to find out that Kiki is in the hospital. At the hospital, Audrey realises she's not alone as her best friends rush by her side, even the lone Wolfe himself, Max. In the process, the ending sequence is nothing short of squad goals as we're gifted a touching group hug and a closing shot of Audrey being backed up from both sides figuratively and literally by her friend. Speaking of Max...
In the house, Mordecai and Rigby wonder how they will involve Skips. Rigby suggests that they should 'kidnap' Skips, but that doesn't work out. Finally, Mordecai gets the idea of throwing a surprise party. When they ask Skips to spend time with them that night, he refuses. Rigby and Mordecai decide to lie to Benson. Mordecai and Rigby tell Benson that Skips wants a surprise party at 8:00 at his house (as well as a chocolate cake). Benson gives them the key to the snack bar and tells them that he will punish them with a month's worth of dish duties if he finds out that they aren't telling the truth. After getting the cake, the sneaky bunch walk into the woods in search of Skips. Mordecai says not to touch the cake, but Rigby remains as eager as ever to have a bite. Meanwhile, back at Skips' house, Benson says to turn off the light because it is almost time for the party to begin. In the darkness, Muscle Man eagerly undresses himself, but Benson reminds him that it is "not that kind of party".
To business. The king proposes that Rhaenyra wed Ser Laenor, and tells them that their firstborn, whether male or female(!), will inherit the Iron Throne. Progressive of him, sort of. I mean, it's a self-serving brand of progressivism, which should technically cancel it out, but whatever.
In the Driftmark dunes, Laenor and his horseplay pal Ser Joffrey demonstrate how Joffrey got the nickname "Knight of Kisses." Joffrey, a real, goblet-half-full kind of guy, is eager for Laenor to be king-consort, so Joffrey can ride on his ... shoulders. He resolves to find out if Rhaenyra has someone on the side as well.
The next day, Pinkie Pie arrives wearing an arrow head band, a pair of glasses with a red clown nose, a droopy mustache, and a party kazoo near Rainbow Dash's cloud-house in the sky, where she meets Gilda, Dash's old griffon friend from Junior Speedster Flight Camp. Pinkie Pie has prepared another series of pranks for her and Dash to pull. Gilda reminds Dash about a promised flying session, and Dash excuses herself, promising to hang out with Pinkie Pie later. Pinkie accepts this, but as she tries to catch up to the two in the clouds later, Gilda intercepts her and tells her to buzz off now that she is around to keep Dash company.
Rainbow Dash and Gilda show up in town and, not noticing Pinkie Pie, part ways briefly so Rainbow Dash can attend to some weather jobs. When Pinkie observes Gilda scaring Granny Smith and stealing an apple from a produce stand, she tries her best to justify the situation. The last straw falls when the griffon roars at and drives to tears a well-meaning Fluttershy, who was guiding a family of ducks. Fluttershy flies away and passes two ponies on the way making strange faces, which an animator on the show described as a "derpy-sorta look". Tired of the bird-lion's mean streak, Pinkie Pie vows to fix the problem "Pinkie Pie-style."
This entails throwing a welcoming party at Sugarcube Corner in Gilda's honor. At the party, the griffon is greeted by Pinkie's joy buzzer handshake. Gilda warns Pinkie that she knows what the pony is up to, but the latter simply brushes it aside and officially starts the party by having everyone in the party welcome Gilda. After the party starts, Gilda falls for most of the pranks set up for the party, to which she hides her growing irritation from the other ponies, including Dash. 781b155fdc