Thank heavens for TV Fanatic! I wouldn't know half of what is going on in this show if it weren't for reading the review. A few observations of my own. I was glad to see Trask go, but we all know that in this show, death is never the final answer. The Initiative will have other ways to screw with our team. Also, do not, I repeat, do not trust Ashley. She is just as likely to capitalize on her new-found knowledge by making a better arrangement with the Graysons.
I'm glad Ivy is finally rewarded by getting the role she was meant to play. Karin's character is so bland that despite her lovely voice she has never had the power to move me. I wonder if this switching of roles was intended from the beginning or a new wrinkle to try to build interest this season when numbers are way down.
Do you ever wonder if the machine operates beyond the boundaries of NYC (and that includes Atlantic City) or does the known world end at the edges of Manhattan?
You are right on target about Phil and Luke. I really enjoy the interactions they have, with total commitment on the part of both. No subterfuge or condescension from either. The other story lines were original enough to keep my interest through each scene. What a great troupe of actors!
Some great dialog in this episode. I always love to watch for Cho's response. His deadpan is priceless. I was actually glad to take a break from Red John so Jane could employ his crime solving skills without the usual angst. I didn't notice that all of Rigsby's date looked like Grace so thanks for pointing that out. The one jarring note was finally seeing Elise. She was much younger and not as querulous as I expected, but I guess that was part of the trickery of this episode.
I don't over-think this show. I just enjoy the legal machinations, and this episode had them in spades. Watching Elsbeth is a pleasure. She is a savant when it comes to using the law. Her social skills are on a par with Rainman so it was great fun to watch the follow up on her refusal to dine with Josh: "May I ask why?" "No." End of discussion.
Matt is a good guy but Nicco is definitely more interesting. The idea of Dani choosing Matt and having babies is lame. I hope she finally figures out what she needs and realizes Nicco understands her better.
Very disappointed that we only got a hint of the main characters. I understand the purpose of this episode was to fill in some blanks but ultimately the character of Sam was one dimensional and not that interesting. I think the ratio could have been adjusted to have more John and Finch and less Sam.
The show has gotten so formulaic I actually was glad to get away from the Bones ("I am the smartest person in the world.") vs. Booth ("Oh yeah?") minuet. The story was OK and I liked the secondary story about honesty in dating.
Loved the fast one Eli pulled with the help of his crack (or cracked) lawyer. Like you, at first I was disappointed that he would betray Peter's team but when he outsmarted the devious Josh, I practically cheered.
I was sad that Alicia took the partnership but I realize this isn't middle school where friendship loyalty comes first so this was more realistic. Carey time after time gets the short end of the stick and always responds honorably. He's my hero.
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