Question: Dude! That "slut in uniform" crack (Ask Ausiello 6/1) was just plain rude — even by your standards. You have just demeaned over a half million women serving this great country. More to the point, you angered one million-plus brothers in uniform. Low blow. — Bill Purcell

Ausiello: Hmmm... My brother David is a lieutenant in the Navy and he laughed. (Of course, he's also a fan of Still Standing, so his bar is set pretty low.) In any event, in no way was my comment meant to be derogatory against women or female military officers, Bill. I'm sorry if it came across that way. I was responding, in a tongue-in-cheek way, to the tendency of TV producers to use sexuality as a default to make female characters interesting — in this case, Sasha Alexander's successor on NCIS. Now, in closing, I'd just like to say: "Go Navy! Beat Army!" (That's for you, Dave.)