WOW! That was an excellent episode! We finally saw what happened with the SEAL team back in Pakistan. Clearly peace between Pakistan & India is not wanted by the administration. But, why? Wouldn't it be good for everyone to have peace in that region, and for the administration to take credit for part of it? 4 episodes left? NO! Sam's Angels need to be reunited back in D.C. Grace needs to clear her name w/Marcus (and get James back in bed one more time). Looks like the Chinese will have a turn at the int'l standoff next week. This show could have been one of the most diverse, complex, layered ones on tv if ABC had allowed it to continue. Bringing in world issues might be too scary for a traditional network. Be brave, ABC! You're doing reimagined fairy tales. Why not be more patient & try a different time slot?
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and learning more about Finn's character. That said, I think Finn is completely unprofessional. Sara has also had her moments where she was frustrated with a suspect. But, to actually confront that person in their hotel room ALONE, taunt them - can she spell MISTRIAL? A new recruit would know how damaging to their case such actions would be. Having an experienced CSI do that was just plain STUPID. Also agree with Missa about Elisabeth Shue's acting. It's hard to reconcile that she was nominated for an Academy Award for LEAVING LAS VEGAS, and held her own with Nicholas Cage.
@William - I'm pretty sure all the acting scenes were shot in mountain areas right outside of L.A. I visit the Seattle area every year. The terrain & local vegetation is very different. In the scene where Finn & her ex drive up to look at the housing development, the winding road is definitely southern California with that dry desert brush in the background. The marina scenes could have been done in northern California, Lake Arrowhead or Mammoth Lake where pine trees are plentiful.
@Nikki - Thank you! So, Emma still has the compass while Cora & Hook have used up everything they needed to find Storybrooke. Got it. Still wondering where the heck they got that pirate ship though...
LOVED this episode. I think Cam & Arastoo make one HOT couple, and I doubled over laughing when Hodgins' gasp upon discovering the attraction mirrored what the audience was probably thinking. I don't think Arastoo is as young as the other interns. IIRC he was depicted as getting a late start in medicine, having spent time in the Middle East as a translator prior to starting medical school. In this episode, we also learn he is a political exile dating back to the 90's, when he was a college student. So, he's probably in his 30's. Fine with me. Cam needs some romantic action in her life. Can't all be blood & guts week in and week out. BTW, someone asked where Finn is, or Wendell. Just saw the actor who plays Finn on THE GOOD WIFE. The actor who plays Wendell just appeared on GRIMM.
Excellent episode! But, people, help me out here. I'm losing track of what happened to the magical elements. 1) Compass - Snow & Emma used it to get back to Storybrooke. Its purpose has been fulfilled.2) Magic Bean from the Giant - Cora & Hook used it to find Storybrooke. Alas, this implies that Hook killed the Giant since it was hanging around his neck, right? 3) Enchanted Tree Dust - Still in Cora's possession & never used because they had the bean instead, correct? BTW, did anyone believe Hook when he told Emma he wouldn't have left her behind like she did him? He would have slit Belle's throat in a second for no good reason if Regina hadn't stepped in. Then, he turns around & catches Aurora's heart & tries to act heroic. No, he doesn't have a heart of gold. He has a black heart & a survivor's instinct.
CONTINUED...3) Kylie, Christine, Grace & the Admiral - I like the whole Charlie's Angels vibe going down in D.C. But, what is the purpose of Christine going on that ship? I don't get it. How can she possible help her husband out in Micronesia? They were getting so much more information from Paul by listening to his conversations with the Sec of Defense. They could have continued to tape them. Why no scenes of Kylie trying to find out what the hell happened to her Admiral ally? She can't always be at Christine's house. There have to be other angles she's working, or people she's trying to fool. Finally, why no mention of GRACE dealing with her dad vanishing for one second? Too many plot holes, and not enough time to deal with them.
There were a couple of weaknesses that I thought could have been written better: 1) LR isn't a procedural. But, the first rule of defending your client is to try and get evidence in your favor. Why didn't Grace even ask for the clothing the woman wore on the night she was raped? If events happened as she claimed, her clothes would have been torn. Sloppy. I know the plot turns on having the islanders riot over the not guilty verdict. But, please, your audience isn't stupid. Which brings up... 2) Islanders rioting. Um...why write these poor folks as being stupid? Because that's what their actions are. They aren't wrecking anything that the sub crew values. They are trashing their own village, including the victim's workplace. So, nice support you're showing her, people. *sigh* ...CONTINUED ABOVE
I have to believe that the timing of this episode may be concurrent, if slightly before, the COB being kidnapped. Once Chaplin finds out what happened to him, I seriously doubt ANY of the Colorado crew would stand at a table in a sham court situation with Serrat under any circumstances. Also, the islanders would lose any credibility with the crew if they continued to allow Serrat to go unpunished for such a heinous act. Another good episode. I'm so sad we're not going to see a second season. Why can't DirecTV pick this up like they did DAMAGES? It doesn't have to run for 22 episodes to be effective. Don't most of the cable series run 12-15 episodes a season?
To clear up the eye color issue once and for all, eye color (like hair color) is one of the few human traits that can be inherited by degrees. In fact, eye color has so many subtle colors involved that it's rare for a child to be an exact match when one's parents have two completely different eye colors. I am Asian with dark brown eyes. My husband is Caucasian with very light blue eyes. Our children have eye color that ranges from medium brown to hazel. They have even changed color as they've aged. So, in ELEMENTARY's case this week, it wouldn't be possible to inherit dad's baby blues unless mom also had a blue-eyed recessive gene somewhere in her DNA. Hispanics can also be blond & blue-eyed BTW. It isn't that rare.
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