My dearly missus is a beautiful person both image and spirit. Good Christian woman basically put in this earth to pray for the deeds her husband pulls. One of the things we both enjoy is watching TV/Movies: sometimes we pause, talk and discuss the show, sometimes we just watch and enjoy.
Obviously we have common shows and themes we like and others we don’t. She is very forgiving about some of the liberties TV people take and can stand a show even when they are past due, ie: I stopped watching Criminal Minds 3 years ago and she is all sad this year is its last.
And then comes 9-1-1: Lone Star. I recorded the first three episodes for her to watch even though I had made my points about what I did not like the series. I sat with her through episode one and then came episode 2 and the Instant Mercury Poisoning case. The scene where TG Hound discovers there is something wrong with the Focaccia sandwiches, opens one and there to see is about half a cup of liquid mercury and my wife just lost it.
Mercury is heavy, very heavy. Our generation was not as protected and we got to play with when we should not, so we know. My wife, my cute petite wife let loose a rant of very Rated-G imprecations and questioned the sanity of the writers. That much mercury would have added about a pound to the sandwich and then comes the little detail that the liquid would spill by the normal manipulation of the meal. And of course, whatever mercury remained in the sandwich, you would actually feel it in your mouth.
Dearly Beloved demanded that I stopped the show, delete all that was recorded and removed it from the DVR schedule. I said nothing but complied. When even my wife, one who goes to extremes to suspend disbelief so she can watch TV shows (and the Hallmark Channel Christmas movies) loses her mind, you have fucked up as a TV writer.
And just to give you a bigger clue how bad it is, in this house we religiously watch Below Deck.
PS: I watch it too, but I do it because I am trying to figure who would be the crew member that I would toss overboard while holding a battery around their necks.