(Part 2) Whoa. Got cut off there. Ben's involvement with the murder is just as we saw it: he found out the story about the accidental murder, and wanted a place to put the body. He told Mike about it, who in turn said "I'll take care of it". And he did - the next scene was Mike dumping the body at the building site.
I think Gabby nailed it when she said that both she and Carlos were both sharks - that it's in their nature, and you can't change that no matter how much you want to. She's right - and how he has something to think about. Like, maybe he's not cut out to do charity work. The scene with the guys and MJ was touching. Nice to see Susan exercising her instincts on that one. MJ needs a father, and since he can't have one - he can have the next best thing. Bree's lawyer isn't interested in her. I think we know that from the get-go. It's almost formulaic. She struggles with the beginnings of an infatuation which he won't return. Tragedy 101. Linette and Tom - yeah, they'll be back together. Count on it. It's not in her nature to totally sabotage Tom, no matter how angry or hurt she might be. His boss offering to put a spike in their relationship by sending him away is the straw on the camel's back. Predictable. I think Ben's involvement with the murder is just as we saw it: he found out about it, and talked to Mike about what to do with the body, and Mike said "I'll take care of it". The next scene was Mike dropping the body into the building site.
It must have been difficult for the writers: they had to advance the Howard and Bernadette story, which meant having to leave some other interesting things on the back burner. For example: there was SO much potential around Sheldon getting drunk: I really wish they had played more with that. (Remember the episode where he accidentally drank some of Leonard's water and went to get some tequila to kill the germs and accidentally swallowed some? He sat back down and looked at Leonard and said, matter-of-factly "I love you". Or it might have been "I really love you". - can't recall).
Disagree with the reviewer's notes about the pissing match between the two fathers. For one reason only: it's real. In the real world, there are still older generational guys who, while they may have grudgingly accept the idea of gays, haven't been able to figure out how it all works. I can totally see arguments like this occurring in real life. If anything, the writers of the show toned it down less than what would have happened in the real world. At the end of the day, we're still left with the underlying, quiet (almost silent) ever-present theme of affection. It's the link that holds them all together, despite their differences. And it's the one factor that keeps me watching this show. I LOVED the interaction between Alex and Phil - and the fact that Alex saw what he was trying to do, and why.
Some comments and a few questions: 1) the series is amazing and compelling. Its writing and direction is what keeps drawing me back.2) Nick has been described as human. I don't think he is. I think his natural appearance is human - but his status as a Grimm makes him more than "just a human". Which leads us to: 3) There are some questions that need to be overtly asked. By anyone, but probably it should come from Nick: what exactly is a Grimm? Why are they so afraid of him? What are his powers? What does "Grimm" represent to them? We already know his blood has special properties but....what else? The questions don't need to be answered right away but they do need to be asked. Don't they? The viewer is asking them - let's have the writers at least acknowledge these holes in the narrative.
Loved this episode! I always do, so that's no surprise. The spirit of the show's family dynamic is always there, running in the background, often as a counterpoint to the squabbles and arguments each of the participants go through. Where else do you get a celebration for being on a school wait-list? Great stuff. I'm so happy to hear its been renewed as well!
What makes the series thread with the President so fascinating involves something I've been reading here and there over the past few months: findings that indicate that many great leaders and captains of industry are actually psychopaths. People who are able to manipulate others by becoming whatever and whoever they need to be, in order to entice them. People with a true lack of conscience. That pretty much sums up this President. He told Olivia that he loved her - but you know damned well he doesn't. He was saying and doing whatever he needed to do to get her on his side. Amazing.
I agree with your review, right down the line, C. The icing on the cake: Danny making plans to take the kid to a baseball game. Such a great show.
Good catch by your wife, J! I sincerely hope she's right in her comment that " she thought Jane was smiling because he saw that this was probably not Rigsby's child. " Frankly, I was pretty sure the Rigsby-Sarah thing was going to end, and was sure that she would pass away during childbirth or something. I'm glad they didn't go there, but....let's face it: Rigsby only seems to marginally care for Sarah, and still holds a fairly strong crush for Grace. And vice versa. So, having Rigsby not being the father could do it. Really liked Jane's observation about the dynamics around the teacher and student relationship, and how he applied to it to his and Lisbon's relationship. Interesting times ahead!
I like this show a lot. It's got a great concept, excellent writing, and some truly gifted actors making us forget that it's a show at all. That said - I'm struggling to figure out how they would make this work on a long term basis for more than one season. The moment he's cured, the premise is moot and "Awake"'s title no longer makes sense. So..does that mean they'll drag this on and on? Will we ever get to know who the conspirators are, and what they want? Or will the term "Awake" take on a different meaning? Whatever the case - it's compelling enough to continue watching....
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