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Posted: 20 January 2021 - 01:23 AM                                    
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5-06 Quarantine + N95 + Landline + Telescope + Social Distance

Airdate: Jan. 22 2021
Written by: Stephanie Hicks and Andrew Karlsruher
Directed by: Andrew Ahn

Guest Cast:
Dan Lauria (Lenny)
Marie Thomas (Mallory Krengel)
Camilla Arfwedson (Sofia Walker)
Benjamin Keepers (Shane Steckler)
Victor Turner (James Krengel)
Nadia Lorencz (Robber/Cleaner #6)
Sam Hargrave (Tall Robber/Cleaner #12)


During COVID-19’s first stay-at-home order, as Mac, Bozer and Riley quarantine together, they try to stop a crime in progress at their neighbor’s house. Also, Russ’ romantic fling takes on a longer and more complicated turn when they quarantine together.








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Posted: 20 January 2021 - 04:04 AM                                    
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No Desi in that quarantine?



 
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Posted: 23 January 2021 - 04:23 AM                                    
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I liked that episode more than I thought I would. The storyline would have worked even if they didn't add the opening gambit and the the location change to the mall.

One thing that bothers me, though... I think it's okay to give each other some leeway when everybody's stressed out in these pandemic times. But Mac just lost his dad (and his aunt) less than a year ago. I'm not sure why both Bozer and Desi are descending on Mac and accusing him of not being a good (boy-)friend. Yes, he probably wasn't, but it's understandable.


Also, I think they should have waited with Riley moving out. Her taking over Jack's apartement. But that doesn't work with the timeline now. Even without adding this episode in, Riley moved out already. She talks about the new place in 5x01.

Missed opportunity, though I'm sure they'll re-purpose the same set anyway tongue.gif



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Intended to get to this earlier, but it'll be a late-night re-viewing again of this "kinda" bottle episode.

-Man, Mac sure has climbed out of one vehicle and jumped onto another on the freeway an awful lot in this series.

-Oh Mac. No. In fact, you're not gonna believe what it has in store for all of us.

-Haha! The insanity of wiping down and sterilizing packages received. I remember those days...not fondly.

-Heck, Mac, why not just use an owl?

-Was really hoping Bozer was gonna pull a Belushi on Mac's ukelele.

-Taylor certainly lucked out here with this situation, didn't he?

-Big Brother Matty doesn't spring for that extra bandwidth. That said, given the nature of their work, it's not very security-conscious to hop on the neighbor's Wi-Fi.

-Peep Show Bozer.

-Russ was having a lot of fun in quarantine. Note: Keep in mind what Sofia was talking about in her Zoom presentation.

-Forks do work fine for scrambling eggs, though even I've graduated to whisk ownership. C'mon, Taylor!

-"You haven't acted like my friend in a very long time." Sorry, he was just, uh, out saving the world.

-Having a moment...and Mac elects to go on a late-night jog. doh.gif

-Of course this jog leads to MacGyver getting himself into a predicament! Love that.

-Bought a whisk. Smart man.

-Russ would have a secret room.

-The Krengel's knew Mac's grandparents. Probably why the grumpy old guy always grills Mac when he sees him. Just checking up on him. *points to head* Interesting to know Mac's grandparents lived in the same neighborhood he currently lives in...

-Anyone who can put up with you for 28 days is a saint...know that feeling... wink.gif

-I love the fact that they adhere to the distancing protocols and that it was conveniently written into the script that the bad guys they'd have to take down would be in full-on body suits. laugh.gif

-As mentioned before, Sofia was lecturing on archaeology. I can't help but notice the parallels to Indiana Jones...although is she more Belloq/Elsa? It sounds like we will see more of her down the line. Also, how does Russ's "secret room" have such easy access?

-I need to start tracking this trope: What impossible task can Riley do in 10 keystrokes or less? This episode...starting a car.

-Big Brother Matty on wheels and her "you're under arrest" may be the cheesiest thing in this series yet.

-Good things are worth waiting for. True, Mac, true. But perhaps not in the way you're thinking.

-Riley is a little too eager to use that toilet paper.

-Deny all you want, Mac. Bozer's eyeroll speaks for a lot of people.

-Back 'round the fire pit. Feels right.

I have to admit, I was kind of dreading this episode. TV's kinda the last place I wanna deal with themes of current reality, you know? This though was actually a lot of fun. A decent amount of character development, and an adventure borne out of happenstance, not a Phoenix mission.

That said, even positing this as a flashback episode, the timeline for this season is an absolute mess. w00t.gif



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Bozer is really clairvoyant this season. He seems to know every MacRiley thought they have before they have it.


Speaking of Macriley, I notice a shift outside the show. Tristin went from mildly indifferent about the storyline to liking and reposting the shippers posts. Anything to drum up interest in the show, because lets face it, a next season is not promised yet.



 
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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 23 January 2021 - 04:23 AM)
I liked that episode more than I thought I would. The storyline would have worked even if they didn't add the opening gambit and the the location change to the mall.

One thing that bothers me, though... I think it's okay to give each other some leeway when everybody's stressed out in these pandemic times. But Mac just lost his dad (and his aunt) less than a year ago. I'm not sure why both Bozer and Desi are descending on Mac and accusing him of not being a good (boy-)friend. Yes, he probably wasn't, but it's understandable.


Also, I think they should have waited with Riley moving out. Her taking over Jack's apartement. But that doesn't work with the timeline now. Even without adding this episode in, Riley moved out already. She talks about the new place in 5x01.

Missed opportunity, though I'm sure they'll re-purpose the same set anyway tongue.gif

I'm just waiting for him to snap and go "I'm not this superman you all seem to think I am!"

And yeah, in retrospect, they should have gone that route with Riley and Jack's apartment. I am curious though...who got the Telly Savalas poster in his will? tongue.gif



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Posted: 24 January 2021 - 02:31 AM                                    
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That said, even positing this as a flashback episode, the timeline for this season is an absolute mess.  w00t.gif


I completely lost track of what's happening when and were this season. One reason why I haven't started on updating the character bio pages for S5 events or creating new bio pages for characters introduced in S5 tongue.gif


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-Oh Mac. No. In fact, you're not gonna believe what it has in store for all of us.

He didn't just jinx 2020 but also in 5x03, he said life is great with the pandemic being over and no more Codex... only to have Russ being kidnapped on orders of Leland.


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-Big Brother Matty doesn't spring for that extra bandwidth. That said, given the nature of their work, it's not very security-conscious to hop on the neighbor's Wi-Fi.

Yeah, even though Phoenix isn't a government agency anymore, this seems very unlikely. You'd think she still has a secure channel in her house anyway.


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-The Krengel's knew Mac's grandparents. Probably why the grumpy old guy always grills Mac when he sees him. Just checking up on him. *points to head* Interesting to know Mac's grandparents lived in the same neighborhood he currently lives in...

Mac lives in grandpa Harry's house, so wouldn't he have met the Krengels before? hmm.bmp



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QUOTE (Krug @ 24 January 2021 - 08:29 AM)
And yeah, in retrospect, they should have gone that route with Riley and Jack's apartment. I am curious though... who got the Telly Savalas poster in his will? tongue.gif

I think the painting has been gone since Dawn robbed Jack's place for a second time. At least it wasn't on the wall anymore when we saw his apartment in S3... so either Dawn has it, or Jack took it down.

I really wonder who's idea it was anyway. Wouldn't he have a picture of Bruce Willis up instead? tongue.gif



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QUOTE (DashboardOnFire @ 24 January 2021 - 02:31 AM)
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That said, even positing this as a flashback episode, the timeline for this season is an absolute mess.  w00t.gif


I completely lost track of what's happening when and were this season. One reason why I haven't started on updating the character bio pages for S5 events or creating new bio pages for characters introduced in S5 tongue.gif


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-Oh Mac. No. In fact, you're not gonna believe what it has in store for all of us.

He didn't just jinx 2020 but also in 5x03, he said life is great with the pandemic being over and no more Codex... only to have Russ being kidnapped on orders of Leland.


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-Big Brother Matty doesn't spring for that extra bandwidth. That said, given the nature of their work, it's not very security-conscious to hop on the neighbor's Wi-Fi.

Yeah, even though Phoenix isn't a government agency anymore, this seems very unlikely. You'd think she still has a secure channel in her house anyway.


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-The Krengel's knew Mac's grandparents. Probably why the grumpy old guy always grills Mac when he sees him. Just checking up on him. *points to head* Interesting to know Mac's grandparents lived in the same neighborhood he currently lives in...

Mac lives in grandpa Harry's house, so wouldn't he have met the Krengels before? hmm.bmp

-Mac should probably just temper these proclamations he has for the time being. Although at least they get to live in a post-pandemic world...so they got that going for them.

-I guess I must've missed that or just flat-out not realized it. Yeah, though, you'd think he'd know of that connection some way, somehow after all these years.



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