[S1E12] Later !FULL!
A month later, on August 22, a radio news broadcast announces that Secretariat was found guilty of cheating and betting on his own races. The broadcaster ironically mentioning it was one problem Secretariat cannot run away from. Secretariat is shown committing suicide by jumping off a bridge.
* Re-watching this knowing that the scenes with Isabella were all hallucinations, including the one where Carmela catches him staring out the window at this woman, I couldn't help noticing Carmela was wearing a sharp, almost Melfi-esque blue pantsuit, and wondered if this was part of Tony's fantasy. But she has the same outfit on later when she brings the kids to the hospital, so it's what she was actually wearing that day.
And now we come to the spoiler section, where I talk about how events in this episode will have ramifications later in the season or series. If you're new to the show and watching one week at a time, you can safely stop reading now.
It is likely that Andor episode 12 sees the resolution of this. Whether Mon Mothma decides to go through with it and betroth her daughter to Davo's son remains to be seen. That being said, given how nothing is known of Mon Mothma's family life outside of Andor, especially in her later years as the Rebellion leader, it could be possible that Mon goes through with it, causing her family to abandon her and explaining their absence later in the Star Wars timeline. Not only would this draw Mon closer to the morally-gray area of the Rebellion story that Andor thrives in, but it would make her character much more compelling and ultimately tragic due to her hesitancy to marry off her daughter.
In 2013, the game The Last of Us was released to universal critical acclaim, ushering in a wave of new video games with immersive, movie-like storylines. Now, almost 10 years later, The Last of Us is back,...
Taking place during a flashback, Takagi is seen introducing herself to the class before taking her seat. She quickly notices that her special handkerchief is missing, before the door to the classroom opens, catching the entires classroom's attention. In walks Nishikata, recently transferred from a distant school. The teacher, Tanabe-sensei, scolds Nishikata for being late to class and for missing introductions and demands Nishikata sit down. Shortly after, Tanabe assigns seats to the class, placing Nishikata in the back corner. Nishikata is upset with this, as he already ruined his first impression and would now have trouble making friends due to his seat being all the way in the back. Sat next to him, Takagi asks if he had slept in, causing him to be late. Lost in thought and unable to give an answer, Nishikata simply grumbles that "it's all that Takagi person's fault". Takagi is surprised by this but is unable to speak as Tanabe-sensei orders the class to head to the auditorium. The students leave the class for a long speech by the school's principal, before returning sometime later. Nishikata quickly makes several new friends, as many of the boys in the classroom thought he was cool for being late on the first day. Taking his seat, Nishikata notices Takagi wasn't in the room. Soon after, she enters the room and apologizes for being late. Sitting down next to Nishikata, she calls out to him and challenges him to a game. She proposes that if she can guess why he was late, she wins, which Nishikata accepts. Holding up her handkerchief, Takagi correctly guesses that Nishikata was late because he was turning in a lost item. Nishikata, shocked by the news, has a small meltdown as Takagi laughs. Thanking him, Takagi formally introduces herself to Nishikata.
Nishikata plans to return Takagi's handkerchief that he borrowed during school summer vacation. When he arrives in the classroom, Takagi reveals to him that there will be a new seating arrangement. Both Nishikata and Takagi seems upset with the news, though Nishikata tries to play it off. Takagi reveals that she wanted to continue sitting next to him, earning a shocked expression from Nishikata. Nishikata again contemplates returning her handkerchief, but can't muster up the courage. After receiving their new seats, they somberly move away from each other. With Takagi now sat at the front of the room and Nishikata still in the back, the distance between them seems like miles. Depressed, Nishikata lowers his head onto his desk and shuts his eyes. Awaking several minutes later, Nishikata finds Takagi sitting next to him, revealing that she had managed to trade seats with several students in order to sit next to Nishikata. Finally, Nishikata pulls out Takagi's handkerchief and holds it out to her, thanking her for letting him borrow it. Pleasantly surprised, Takagi also thanks Nishikata for remembering to return it to her. Bashfully, Nishikata tells her that he is happy they are next to each other again, with Takagi saying she looks forward to it. Later that night, Takagi is in her room fondly looking at her handkerchief when a small note suddenly falls out. Opening it, she finds a hand-written "Thank you" from Nishikata. Blushing, Takagi buries her face in her pillows and excitedly rolls around her bed, holding the note close.
Harry breaks into the school bathroom with a plan to kidnap Sahar and use her as bait to lure in the newborn. The two ultimately agree to work together and head out in search of their quarry, stopping for some much-needed pizza on the way. The timing of their departure couldn't be worse as the child shows up at the school moments later, looking for Sahar. Logan sees the boy on his surveillance camera and works out that he must be the alien since his appearance is that of a boy that went missing (Bobby Smallwood) decades prior. Max brings the baby home, but it escapes and heads for the RV, where the General's operatives lie in wait. Harry and Sahar show up too late as the vehicle is airlifted away with the child inside. Harry comforts a distraught Sahar, once again proving that his feelings toward humanity have begun to soften.
Pedott, a peddler, has the curious ability to give people exactly what they need before they need it. He enters a bar, where he first gives a woman a vial of cleaning fluid. Then he gives a down-on-his-luck ex-baseball player a bus ticket to Scranton, Pennsylvania. Moments later, via the establishment's pay phone, the ball player receives a job offer in Scranton. He is to meet the General Manager of a team he has been hired to coach and wishes the spot he notices on his jacket could be cleaned away, so he could look his best. The woman approaches and offers to use her cleaning fluid to remove it. The two are clearly drawn to each other.
Fred Renard, a frustrated, arrogant loser-type, asks Pedott to give him what he needs, and the peddler gives him a pair of scissors, which save Renard's life when his scarf later gets caught in an elevator's doors. Renard shows up at Pedott's apartment, asking for another thing he "needs", and the peddler produces a leaky fountain pen which predicts a winning racehorse when a drop of its ink lands on a newspaper racing column.
At the festival, Najimi decides to use shady tactics in order to attract more customers. However, they are caught and forced to provide refunds. Komi, Tadano, and Najimi later visit a haunted house, and the school's public declarations before Najimi is dragged away by the meditation club. Komi and Tadano then hang out with Onemine and Otori.
Based on a short story by Joe Lansdale (of The Dump infamy), it revolves around two nameless salesmen, one an old veteran of the pavement and the other a young and optimistic go-getter. The story starts when their car breaks down in the middle of the desert due to a broken radiator. There are some heated words about whose fault it was that the radiator broke down. After a bit, they decide arguing is pointless and make plans to walk to the nearest rest station during the cool desert dawn later.
As I said earlier when I first watched this episode it quickly became a favorite. The animation, provided by Platige Image Studio, was easily the most beautiful animation I had seen by that point. I know I keep saying that, but this one is definitely at the top, if not the top 3 for pure animation. The present-day elements of the episode are rotoscoped, reminiscent of the rotoscoped movies like Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly (both by Richard Linklater). This to me, both tied us to reality while hinting at the dream-like events that happen later, kinda like in Waking Life.
Sjoerd: [00:03:13] So Lenny mentions a couple of things in here. First of all is, how can you constrain your marketplace? There are basically two axis along which you can constrain your marketplace. Number one, geographical location. So this can be town, city state, country even, but also neighborhood. And then number two, by category. So that is either a product or service. This kind of depends on your marketplace. And I think it's important to understand that you probably can not make this small enough, like, later in the talk Lenny mentions a very cool metaphor that he's learned from Sarah Tavel, who is a partner at Benchmark, a venture capital firm. Lenny: [00:03:47] And then three is something that, uh, that I think about as Sarah Tavel, who is also a partner at Benchmark, has this metaphor of trying to build a white hot center in your marketplace, which is essentially, it just like something that's working really well, even has a tiny, tiny scale and only once you feel like you've got that working, does that make sense to expand and start growing.
Sjoerd: [00:27:37] An additional point here to make is that from the marketplace that we interviewed, there's been a difference in the timing of the tools. So, some of them like Freightos for example, they build the tools first and then added the network or marketplace on top. This can of course be a great way to get supply on board early and it's sometimes referred to the single player mode. I think also Lenny described this in the first episode. Another way is to start with the network and then build the tools later, like with what GreenPal did for example. So both come for the network, stay for the tool and come for the tools, stay for the network seem to be viable approaches, hopefully this point is clear by now, but I hadn't realized before how important this component could be. Now, another way to get people to stick to your platform is to build community. This is easier said than done, and of course, likely this will mostly apply to marketplace where there is a consumer or component or at least one side of the marketplace are individual, single professional freelancers for example. And not surprisingly, this community component is used for Communo, which is a marketplace for creative freelancers. In episode eight, Ryan Gill, the founder and CEO told us... 041b061a72