Yeah, I had to wonder about that too. In fact, I had to go look up her name to make sure I spelt it correctly. Ah well - the sacrifices you often have to make to ensure an episode flows, I suppose. Like having every single French person speaking English right off the bat. ("Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain")
Thanks for your note, BLG. Glad you're enjoying these discussions. And yes, I can't get over how great those photographs were.
While I agree with you about the need for more socialization on the plight of vets, in fact some TV shows have done an admiral job of it. In particular, Joe Mantegna has convinced the writers of Criminal Minds to tackle it more than once.
Thanks, Rich. I wrote "emphatic" and meant what I wrote: I was thinking about the various people helping each other, but especially Abby who emphatically meant to help the homeless girl, regardless of whether she wanted help or not. She helped her emphatically, forcefully, with full intent.
Yes, the clinic director seemed so obvious, right from the get-go. Mild-mannered, busy, and the focus was completely on him for the whole scene. It's almost formulaic lately: the camera gives us a hard focus on a character that seems inconsequential. And there's your suspect. I agree with you about the opportunity for a PSA.
You're right on when you say that Stan has cracked. He just doesn't know it yet. For a while now he's been flirting with the American way of life, and loving it, as we saw with the new car episode. Up until now, killing others for the sake of the cause hasn't been that big of an issue, but suddenly it's becoming a really big deal for him. The more deaths occur because of him, the more despairing he seems to get. And now he's angry and dangerous and perhaps a little out of control. What agent in their right mind would risk exposing himself as he did when he visited the pastor? As soon as he stepped into the man's office, his facade was down, and the pastor could easily see he is a dangerous man. I loved this episode, as dark as it was, and can't wait to see what happens next.
Great episode! And yes, I'm certain Mycroft has everything to do with Joan's kidnapping. Another point: Holmes said he was "without peer" - he also said that being in such a state threatens his sobriety. Notice how he kept the heroin organization's phone number and hid it away in a book? I think that's the key point - we are witnessing the seeds of Holmes' downfall, or potential downfall. He might not have a peer but he holds onto Joan like a lifeline, because she's the closest he has to a peer. Take her away, and all bets are off. Could that be what Mycroft is after? Is that what he wants for his brother? And who is his mysterious partner - would Moriarty be so cruel?
Thanks for a very well considered comment. In fact, I could envision a D.A. looking at #2 and putting himself in the a defines attorney's shoes. In fact, the bartender did what many bartenders do, so it was a common practice, where the incidence of death is so rare as to be almost non-existent. Further, he was trying to help the guy by ensuring they both went opposite directions from each other. His intent was not to injure but actually to prevent injury. No jury in the world would convict him. A competent D.A. would consider the case not winnable and probably would as a result likely decline to prosecute.
Jean, I don't think the "seek professional help" comment was directed at you.
Oleg is a bit of a daredevil. You can see the seeds of his downfall almost immediately. He took Nina out for a night on the town, despite her protests that it's too risky. I envision a scene coming up where Stan spots them together. That's when the tables will turn.
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