I too was worried about Mike. On the other hand it was a relief to realize he wasn't Roderick - as I had suspected he was. That whole scene with Charlie and Joe was fascinating: at first, when he learned that Joe was "disappointed" with him, I thought he was offering his life to him as penance. Clearly, he wasn't. He offered himself as a "gift", knowing full-well (presumably) that Joe obviously gets off on killing people. Weird weird weird. Great writing though.
I enjoyed Faith's "truth" to Hank, and agree that it was right on. "Anyone can be a cynic" is hands-down one of the best observations, just generally, about anything. Her read of Hank, as wanting to prove himself to be above the crowd was achingly true as well - I'm hopeful he'll come up with a better, truer script that has heart (as she would put it).
Runkle and Stu showed themselves to be caricature producer and agent - as they laughed in true fawning sycophant fashion when Atticus made a lame joke. If I were Hank, I'd be calling BS too.
It was a great episode, and advanced the story along beautifully. My hope now is that Snow won't spend the next bunch of episodes dealing with guilt. That would be boring.
So cool to see Cora's and Rumple's back story too.
The review captured the dichotomy so well: the viewer can't help feeling sympathetic to both sides.
I held my breath when Henry was holding that beer bottle and we got to see that the creep also had a knife. You sort of knew he was going to brain the guy but what we didn't know was how successful he would be. Takes a lot to actually knock someone out or make them helpless - and he was just a little kid.
I wonder too about the Soviet repercussions of Elizabeth putting a beating on Claudia. What a great show!
@MCAL: I'm pretty jazzed that the viewership is so high for this show. The entire ensemble - actors, writers, directors, etc. - certainly are showing their worth aren't they? People don't tune into something they dislike. Not usually anyway. The storylines this season have been superb.
@Jennifer: I noticed Ziva's reaction to Tony any time he referenced other women. I didn't say anything in the review about it, out of respect for those among us who gag at the thought of "Tiva". :) I will say though that this behaviour from her, along with her ganging up with him on Dorneget, looks *really interesting*.
I agree: the idea of anyone being trustworthy seems more like a distant fantasy with the show. Don't know about everyone else but I'm second-guessing every single "good guy" in the series - including Harding's sympathetic partner Mike Weston, who I now suspect was set up to be Joe's intimate eyes and ears. I was pretty sure the pretty blonde cop was a Follower right from the get-go. There seems to be a pattern to the Followers (usually): young and fresh-faced.
@Michael: what do you mean? Do you mean he would have found another means to kill himself or....?
@Michael: if you mean the woman in this episode, she was caught at the end, when she used the key in a gym locker, only to discover it was Palmer's locker.
Or as so many espionage novels would put it: a double-tap to the torso and one to the head should do it.
@MCAL: thanks for the heads up. Fixed, now.
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