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I actually thought this was a great episode. I expected the store owner but not the cop - well, thought of it but dismissed it. I thought this was an incredible character episode, and yes, even liked Hanson.

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I had the exact same thought. It was almost insulting to think she couldn't process that information without his help. She's normally 3 steps in front of everyone! Remember dear reviewer that she doesn't want to format friendships out of fear for them ending up DEAD. Not just bc of secrets.

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Didn't he actually look kind of hot in a sylvester kind of way when he yelled "I can't hold this thing up much longer!" as he was holding up the world? lol

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But Walter had already bonded with him (and Toby would have to tell me the term, but I suspect some transference of his affection for Ralph went to Owen) and Cabe hadn't at all - which is why he was being more practical. LEO can't blindly rush into (what seemed to be) certain death at every turn. To me it did make sense. Walter has a "trigger" for children around that age in need, he himself having been one, so it makes a lot of sense for me.

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I'm confused.
Were we watching the same episode??
How on earth did you guys give this only a 3.6? This was by far my favorite episode of the entire series, and certainly the most pulse-pounding for me. The emotional growth of all of these characters was on a great trajectory, and the pairings were kind of necessary and true to their characters. They'll gravitate towards one, maybe two characters at a time, they're all introverts. I liked seeing Paige be a little wrong about how to deal with Walter. The female cop (yay for former True Blood people on CBS shows!) had it right - and I loved seeing the sparks fly with them. The case with the child was so suspenseful, my husband and I were holding our breath almost the entire time. I definitely cried with it too. Yes, I was touched at the ending with Happy and glad that they left enough time to delve into that AND a holiday dinner. This was just SO. GOOD. You didn't even mention really anything about the case - why? Also - my husband had a great idea and does not have a 197 IQ (only JUST shy of course, lol). Why didn't anyone propose a snorkel while they work on it? A garden hose sent down would do the trick in a pinch!

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I actually thought it bothered Jeff a lot to have to do it - he seemed to be softening a LOT for her. I think he was a dick because anything less would not have been believable and Layla would have latched onto that.

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I don't know why, but this episode just seemed to fall really flat to me. Like, kill a bunch of people to create some value... but we don't have to tie them together. Who did I miss btw - the review says 4.5
Mrs Mott
Ethel
Ma Petite
tar & feather dad (assuming he's the .5?)
who am I missing

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Or more specifically, I think staying with Will is the least painful thing for her. It's the show and career that are so painful. Her broken romantic heart inspired music and she had a new appreciation for that.

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Right now, in a strange way, they need each other. They've developed a friendship as they have gone through things together. She definitely did not choose to be portrayed a la Jessica Simpson by the reality people. Not much she can do to change that.
Will obviously cares about her as a friend. I think they will take care of each other. At least hope so.

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Yes but she also knows she'd decimate Will if she left him now just from speculation alone, and she could have outed him but didn't.
I used to hate her as a character but I have a lot of empathy for her now. I like their new, mutually-supportive relationship.