Episode 148 - THE LILA CONRAD STORY

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Re: Episode 148 - THE LILA CONRAD STORY

Post by Sierras » Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:59 pm

I just finished watching this episode. It has some nice Joe and Adam moments in it. I like seeing those. Yes, the judge's wife was a sweetheart. I'm glad Lila finally decided for herself that she needed to go to Virginia City to get justice. It's a good episode.

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Re: Episode 148 - THE LILA CONRAD STORY

Post by PlatoofthePonderosa » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:16 am

I do love all the little brotherly moments in this. The main plot makes me uncomfortable; the judge hiding his lust under the guise of moral fervor is disgusting. Sarah is rather naively adoring of her husband, but she has a beautiful soul and really loves him for what noble qualities he has. She wants to see him become a better man through learning and admitting his weakness, not reject him for it. I think that proves her the "better man," so to speak.

The plot reminds me of the opera "Thais." In that story, a very harsh, self-righteous monk sets out to condemn a harlot in hopes of saving her soul. By the end of the story, she has turned her heart humbly to God and he has abandoned his faith, consumed with desire for her. Very similar to the judge and Lila.
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Post by Gillie » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:14 pm

This is not one of my favorite eps, tho' I do like the Adam/Joe moments. The judge was a real jerk, and just his character alone was enough to make me not really want this ep more than once.
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Re: Episode 148 - THE LILA CONRAD STORY

Post by dougsgirl » Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:23 pm

His wife was more than understanding too. Don't know if I would be.

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Post by Sierras » Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:08 pm

His wife was definitely a sweetheart.
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Post by daisy60 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:35 am

I agree. The Judge was not a nice man but his wife was a sweetie. I do love the Adam/Joe moments. :grin

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Re: Episode 148 - THE LILA CONRAD STORY

Post by Adamant » Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:39 pm

I don't particularly care for this episode but it incorporates one of the basic Freudian concepts -- reaction formation. Since the judge likes loose women, something he won't even acknowledge to himself, he attempts to absolve his lust and "save" the bargirl. That plot point has been used in literature many, many times. The biggest problem I have with the judge's wife taking him back is that the man is essentially the same -- he likes bargirls, loose women (and I assume the sex that he hopes would go with it) and that aspect of his psychological make-up won't change - he still likes that type of woman. But, I suppose, if his wife is willing to cater to his basic desires and needs, their marriage could be saved. Not a pleasant thought. :puke
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