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Old 12-01-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Suburgatory "Friendship Fish" 11/28/12

I've all but given up on this show, but watched this episode. I could have sworn Jeremy Sisto said "Oh, *****" in one scene. I watched it 3 times, and it still sounded like it.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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Sorry, it was the S word. Shiite.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:32 PM   #3
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This episode pretty much sucked, while the episode before (with Tessa's mom) was possibly the best episode of the series. That's the kind of show it is, up and down. I wish they could figure it out.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:33 AM   #4
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I've all but given up on this show, but watched this episode. I could have sworn Jeremy Sisto said "Oh, *****" in one scene. I watched it 3 times, and it still sounded like it.
I thought so too.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:38 AM   #5
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Too much time spent on the Microsoft Surface product placement.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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Too much time spent on the Microsoft Surface product placement.
That was the most shameless over-the-top product placement I have ever seen on TV.

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Old 12-03-2012, 03:32 PM   #7
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That was the most shamless over-the-top product placement I have ever seen on TV.
Agreed. With a Surface commercial first right into every break!

Need more Ana Gasteyer and Chris Parnell.

Too much Dallas this year and not enough Dhalia.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:42 PM   #8
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I still like the show, but I had a feeling it wouldn't be as good once Dallas and George hooked up. Really, I don't see them together at all, but I knew they were going to go there.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:55 PM   #9
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That was the most shameless over-the-top product placement I have ever seen on TV.
I'd say maybe tied.. There was an entire series over the summer that was basically for some SUV.

Even though it is the type of placement that *doesn't* bug me, Survivor's "you get a reward of Dominos pizza along with Pepsi and Doritos" (I think at least 2 out of 3 of those really have shown up on Survivor) is *as over the top*… though the placement on Suburgatory bugged me a bit.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:50 AM   #10
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I think it bugs me less in reality-type shows. It's reality - people use real products. To see real products pushed in a different type of show breaks the 4th wall for me, I guess.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:12 AM   #11
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That was the most shameless over-the-top product placement I have ever seen on TV.
I thought she was using an ipad up until the very end when she said something that made me realize it wasn't.
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I thought she was using an ipad up until the very end when she said something that made me realize it wasn't.
Yeah, if the point was to make me want a Surface, they did a very poor job of it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #13
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Maybe you're subconsciously conditioned that every computer on TV is an Apple product - because, really they are 99% of the time.

I recognized the Surface immediately. Hard not to, considering how often that freaking commercial is on.
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:37 AM   #14
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I thought she was using an ipad up until the very end when she said something that made me realize it wasn't.
For me too. Except I thought it was a generic commentary on people getting disconnected to the real world and didn't see it as selling a product at all.

Poorest product placement ever.
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Maybe you're subconsciously conditioned that every computer on TV is an Apple product - because, really they are 99% of the time.

I recognized the Surface immediately. Hard not to, considering how often that freaking commercial is on.
Yes, I did just assume it was an Apple product, and you are right it was probably because most computer products on TV (except TBBT) are Apple. That, and the size of it made me think it was an Ipad and not some other tablet. I don't have any idea what a Surface is because I never see commercials.
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I actually studied it in a close up wondering which tablet it was and had no clue.
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... because I never see commercials.
I am often too lazy to reach for the remote.
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I actually studied it in a close up wondering which tablet it was and had no clue.
The one thing that surprised me with this product placement....they didn't focus on the Windows logo once. Usually the Apple logo is prominent on most Apple product placement. If they had focused on the Windows logo at least once, then we all would have know who made the tablet. So yea, while I knew it was a Surface, I wonder if people put two and two together and realized the tablet in the show was the same one that was advertised during the commercial break.

As for shameless product placement, I remember an episode of Modern Family where (I think it was Phil) wanted an iPad for his birthday or Christmas and they built a whole episode around it. Burn Notice constantly hawks the Hyundai that Fiona drives, complete with closeups, and early on dialogue about the cool features. This is just the way it's gonna be in the era of DVRs. If we don't watch commercials, then they have to advertise to us somehow. It really has stopped being annoying to me anymore, and we kind of have fun with picking out shameless plugs during our shows.
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I recognized the Surface immediately. Hard not to, considering how often that freaking commercial is on.
I had no idea what it was (never watch commercials either) but my wife (who's an Apple fan) told me; she knew it wasn't an Apple product.

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"Reach for"? For me the saying about "cold dead fingers" comes to mind
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As for shameless product placement, I remember an episode of Modern Family where (I think it was Phil) wanted an iPad for his birthday or Christmas and they built a whole episode around it. Burn Notice constantly hawks the Hyundai that Fiona drives, complete with closeups, and early on dialogue about the cool features. This is just the way it's gonna be in the era of DVRs. If we don't watch commercials, then they have to advertise to us somehow. It really has stopped being annoying to me anymore, and we kind of have fun with picking out shameless plugs during our shows.
Also, "Modern Family" and the Toyota Sienna, "Hawaii 5-0" with Chevrolet and Microsoft, and "White Collar" with the Ford Taurus. All terribly annoying.
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I don't mind most product placement. The only one that I ever felt was completely ridiculous was Microsoft Bing -- "I'm not sure what that is... let's Bing it!" WTF?!?!
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"Reach for"? For me the saying about "cold dead fingers" comes to mind
Hah - if I had that mindset, I wouldn't likely ever watch shows like this one in the first place.
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Also, "Modern Family" and the Toyota Sienna, "Hawaii 5-0" with Chevrolet and Microsoft, and "White Collar" with the Ford Taurus. All terribly annoying.
There's some car on Bones, too.

They must not do a very good job since I can't remember which one.
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Hah - if I had that mindset, I wouldn't likely ever watch shows like this one in the first place.
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As for shameless product placement, I remember an episode of Modern Family where (I think it was Phil) wanted an iPad for his birthday or Christmas and they built a whole episode around it.
The difference with the Modern Family episode was that Apple didn't pay for the product placement, it was all the producers' idea.


In the case Suburgatory and Hawaii 5-0, it's obvious paid for product placement by Microsoft.
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The difference with the Modern Family episode was that Apple didn't pay for the product placement, it was all the producers' idea.

In the case Suburgatory and Hawaii 5-0, it's obvious paid for product placement by Microsoft.
Really? With the message that friends come before tablets?
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The one thing that surprised me with this product placement....they didn't focus on the Windows logo once.
The thing has a big Windows logo on the back of it, IIRC. I noticed right away it was a Surface thing.. plus the weird cover/keyboard thing.
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Really? With the message that friends come before tablets?

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Also, "Modern Family" and the Toyota Sienna, "Hawaii 5-0" with Chevrolet and Microsoft, and "White Collar" with the Ford Taurus. All terribly annoying.
On the latest episode of H50, McGarrett and another character were in a Ford and my wife said "What are they doing in a Ford? I thought they only use Chevys." I told her it was the bad guy's car and the message was that "Driving Fords could get you killed"!
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On the latest episode of H50, McGarrett and another character were in a Ford and my wife said "What are they doing in a Ford? I thought they only use Chevys." I told her it was the bad guy's car and the message was that "Driving Fords could get you killed"!


THAT was freakin' funny.

And as a side note, have we noticed how far afield this thread has gone from Suburgatory discussion?

I think Tessa and Ryan could make a cute couple. Ryan may be a bit of a ditz, be he is portrayed as a genuinely nice guy. And honorable.
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