I enjoyed the episode and seeing Beth's growth, especially with creepy Officer Gorman in Dawn's office. I did find myself confused about why Gorman would not want Dawn in charge when she generally allowed him to do what he wanted to. I was waiting for Beth to say she could help with the medical side of things because her father was a vet and/or to tell Joan (?) that her father had lived when his limb was amputated. So are they just looking for help to run their hospital? Beth was kidnapped by them, so was she really saved by them (she may have escaped the car). I'd like to know what that was about, but I'm not we'll learn that. I didn't think about Carol faking injury/unconsciousness until I read it here, and I think that's an excellent supposition and totally a Carol-Daryl type of plan.
I agree that it's a shame when shows don't address the loss of a major character. I think they spent more time on Jackie Vance! In this case, I suspect that when (and probably how) the actress left influenced the avoidance of it. And *finally* it is addressed with Tony. (Actually, when Abby and McGee told Bishop it was complicated, my mind went automatically to the Frog's daughter, whose name I can't remember.) I'm surprised, though, that Gibbs didn't address it with Tony sooner; Gibbs could tell when Tony was going through a "dry spell" several years ago and told him so. Even if Gibbs still misses Ziva and/or is angry with her, his character would have been able to address it. According to Gibbs' rules, Tony and Ziva would never have been able to get together; one of them would have had to leave the team—and that would never happen unless someone was leaving the show. (BTW, Gibbs' trip to the "What if" world had Kate and Tony together.) I'm glad Bishop's married (and can't wait to see Jamie Bamber as her husband!).
Annalise seems like a very private person; the CEO from last week's episode even said that Annalise knows all about her but she knows nothing about Annalise. So why would Annalise choose to have her office in her home? It doesn't fit with the character; it's simply to allow information to be passed along and people to overhear, etc. Hell, the bathroom is on the second floor near Annalise and Sam's bedroom?!
To Bonnie's defense, Annalise told Bonnie to "be creative" to get the confession tape; she did do that!
I haven't watched NCIS from the beginning (though have seen most or all of the episodes on USA), but I wonder if viewers had a problem with Ziva "replacing" Kate. Anyone want to share? Also, WHAT was #6?!
During at least one episode when he was in charge, he channeled Gibbs, too: bringing Abby Caf-Pow, calling her Abbs, and various other things. (I think he settled down when he was in charge after Gibbs quit.)
Hadn't Callie and Arizona already had a separation? Arizona was staying in a hotel (and sleeping with Leah. In fact, it was when Callie's father came to visit (during her malpractice trial) and they discussed it when Arizona came to pick up Sofia. The therapist-directed separation was very strange. Very hard to share a house and parental responsibilities and be exposed to each other's girl relationships (Keppner for Arizona and Mere for Callie, though not at home). Despite both being *home* for Sofia, this must have been very confusing to her.
I agree with you about Maggie's treatment of Richard. Perhaps it is meant to show her youth, though she rarely acts immature elsewhere. Can she not conceive that it would take him some time to process this news? And it's also possible that telling her he was her father the moment he realized it may have been too much for Maggie. In addition, taking a (albeit good) job across the country because you want to meet your half-sister who didn't know you existed is not a bright idea. At least Meredith knew that Lexie and her sister existed (I assume, seeing as Thatcher remarried), but one out of the blue is unlikely to be met with open arms. And if it is, the arms may get a little heavy. Put this into a situation of a birth mother (and/or father) being phoned by the infant she gave away at birth—not easy to manage, even if 1) you know it was a possibility and 2) you'd given consent for the info to be given to the child. (I know people who have experienced this.)
I don't know how much Mer would have noticed at age 5—or remembered all these years later. What stuck were the traumas of Ellis being in the hospital and losing her doll when they left suddenly for Boston.
This is the 3rd time Mer has been introduced to a new half-sibling (though this one was a surprise—and whatever happened to the first one, Lexie's sister?). Perhaps some of her annoyance is that Ellis was a terrible mother and she later had Alzheimer's and Mer had to deal with these alone. (Granted, Lexie and her sister wouldn't have been involved since they are on Mer's father's side.)
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