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Why I’m Rooting for Sam and Rebecca on ‘Ted Lasso’

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Ted Lasso Season 2 Episode 8 “Man City” was one of the most emotional episodes in the show’s entire run. Ted (Jason Sudeikis) finally managed to be vulnerable with Dr. Sharon (Sarah Niles), Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) shockingly came to Jamie Tartt’s (Phil Dunster) rescue with a well-timed hug, and Sam (Toheeb Jimoh) and Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) finally hooked up. While all of those events were major for the characters of Ted Lasso, that last development might have some fans scratching their heads. Sam Obisanya, the sweet, young, up-and-coming forward and…AFC Richmond’s owner Rebecca Welton?!?

Whether it’s my diehard Lasso fan friend clinging to a Ted/Rebecca endgame or writers in my Twitter feed fretting about Sam’s age, this new Ted Lasso romance might not be sitting right with everyone. And I get it! You can totally say it’s doomed because Rebecca is the “boss” and Sam is only 21 years old. But that reduces what the Ted Lasso team has built into a sad cliche. Between the couple’s blind slow-burn flirtation and Sam’s dominant role so far, this doesn’t feel like an abuse of power to me. (At least not yet!) However the thing that’s really sold me on Sam and Rebecca? The red hot sizzling chemistry between Toheeb Jimoh and Hannah Waddingham.

Ted Lasso has never shied away from giving its audiences romance. This is the show that features a whole tribute to rom-coms and a speech where its title character says he believes in “Rom-Communism.” Ted Lasso Season 1 gave us the slow-burn romance of rage-monster Roy Kent and underestimated WAG Keeley (Juno Temple), so the pressure was on to give fans an equally compelling love story. Instead of playing into expectations — pairing Ted off with fellow lead Rebecca — the show used the conceit of a new blind dating app to link two seemingly unlikely lovebirds. By chatting on Bantr over the course of many episodes, Sam and Rebecca were able to build a rapport on how their personalities clicked. The question that dogged both of them in the weeks leading up to their fated meeting? Could they be as attracted to the other person’s appearance as they were to their personality?

Sam Obisanya (Toheeb Jimoh) and Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) realizing they're on a date in Ted Lasso
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The moment Sam and Rebecca finally realize they’ve been crushing on each other could induce squirms or squees. For my part, I keep going back to the moment in Ted Lasso Season 1 Episode 6 when Sam and Rebecca first chat. Rebecca is so charmed by the younger man, she assumes he’s trying to ask her out. He isn’t embarrassed by the presumption because, as he says, she’s “lovely.” So we know Sam thinks Rebecca is hot. The person who needs to be convinced that this paring is even a possibility? Rebecca, who automatically frets she’s “grooming” the younger man.

Here’s the thing I keep coming back to: Sam is the instigator in each and every one of these scenes. He’s the one working to convince Rebecca to stay and have dinner. He’s the one who wants to try to make their sparks fan into a fire. He’s the one who cheekily waits outside Rebecca’s door with the certainty that she will, in fact, reach out to him. Sam is 21 years old. That is young. However it also means he is a consenting adult. And Ted Lasso has made it clear that he’s not being manipulated by Rebecca in this burgeoning romance. If anything, he’s the one person in Ted Lasso who has a track record of getting Rebecca to do what he wants her to do. (Right down to convincing her in Season 1 to actually attend the team’s late night curse-reversal ceremony.)

But the reason why I think I’m sold on Sam and Rebecca has nothing to do with rational arguments and everything to do with that ineffable quality known as chemistry. Sam and Rebecca have it. Or rather, actors Toheeb Jimoh and Hannah Waddingham have it. Jimoh’s smile has never been so rakishly sly nor Waddingham’s eyes more glittering than in the scenes they share together. The two make each other look hotter. So much so that I am dying to see more of their connection.

That all being said, Ted Lasso is a carefully constructed show. There’s no way the show would introduce a show with such a delicately set up romance if the writers weren’t aware of the potential blowback, among fans and within the world of Ted Lasso. Rebecca has already made a huge professional stand for Sam, sticking up for him when he brought down Dubai Air. If anything spells doom for this romance, I don’t think it’s the age difference between the characters, but outside forces hankering for revenge…

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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