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This Week in Obtrusive Product Placements

Product placements: They're the worst! And yet we're all resigned to it, because don't be so naive, it's everywhere, what are you some kind of hippie, etc. A conspicuously sipped soda, an ostentatiously slammed-shut laptop — fine. A 50-second soliloquy about a Subway sandwich? For shame, Hawaii Five-O:


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But at least that was just an aside. Last night's episode of The Middle — actually a good show! — revolved around all the marvelous and enviable features of a Passat. It'll fill you with confidence, empower your teenage daughter, and allow your husband to take naps.


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Groan.