I kinda agree about Vivian. Vivian is an interesting woman because she was the first one who embraced their new relationship with all that she had. She's had no reservations, she even encourages Karen and Alec to bond more in her own way. She's often the glue that keeps them as a trio together. Plus she picked up early on that Karen was attracted to her husband and her response was that she found it attractive. She also knows about Karens past as a mistress and her feelings about and her insecurity that that's all she was meant to be. I think her problem wouldn't be that Alex and Karen hooked up. Her problem will be that her husband who never lies to her has lied to her. She sometimes strikes me as that woman who knows she's dying so her last mission is to set up her husband with the perfect woman she approves of. Shes very intuitive. She picks up on both of their reservations about the whole thing and both of their attractions towards the other. She seems to genuinely enjoy sharing her husband, not just sexually but emotionally because its like she knows alec enjoys having a professional colleague that also reminds him to not be so serious, and she knows that Karen genuinely needs to know that someone cares and can be tender. There's almost this maternal vibe that she has with the way that she genuinely wants them both to be happy and it makes her happy. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Karen has always been such a frustrating character for me because for her to be a shrink she's an honest to God hot mess 99% of the time. Sometimes it's just ridiculous how many awful decisions she makes for herself and sometimes others. All that aside, I almost hate how fascinating I find her latest screw up. I mean polyamorous relationships? Of course Karen, why am I surprised. It was clear from early on that rules needed to be established and every time the trio had scenes together I wondered why they hadn't gotten around to some ground rules. I find it odd because Karen and Alec have great chemistry. I only find him likeable when Karen is able to get him to loosen up. I don't see the chemistry with Vivian for either character. Alec does a great job selling his love and devotion to his wife when she isn't in front of him and j hate that. Vivian seems great and in a way more invested in their arrangement then the other two, she jumped in feet first no reservations. I knew Karen and Alex would end up hooking up without her. Their attraction was building from very early on. I think even Vivian knows that. I feel like Karen is attracted and has feelings for Alec and vivían is just along for the ride. She likes her as a friend, sort of, but they haven't given the two of them nearly enough time alone to establish their own relationship. I think Vivian being in with the relationship makes Karen feel better, absolved her of her past mistakes and sins. And Alec is an interesting character study on his own. I look forward to seeing what happens with them. I loved harry early alone and started losing respect for him later on. But harry is still harry. I think it's fine that his plot doesn't dovetail into any of the girls plots, but something I even found annoying before is they've eluded too and told us about how close he is with the girls. He was the only guy in their circle of mostly single females so he was their go to guy for anything they needed. I remember April calling him when she was afraid someone was in her house for example. And the talk they had in the moment suggested that they were in fact friends Savi aside. It's suggested that he did sort of have his own friendship with at least some of the girls outside of Savi and it seems like a missed opportunity that they still haven't explored that yet. But they've also retconned Harry a great deal since the beginning as well so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I knew the second I saw April's mother was played by Lynn Whitfield that there would be drama. Love that woman. Their dynamic was interesting to watch. I have really come to enjoy the whole April and Marc relationship. It's developed quite nicely and I find their scenes a nice reprieve from the other stuff going on. Oh joss. Joss and Karen always rotate with who is going to be the most problematic and make the worst decisions. I knew this entire thing would be trouble and boy is it. I like Calista but joss became attached to her too hard and too fast and that may not be mutual because Calista will undoubtedly look out for Calista.
I like the idea of them delving deeper into Harvey's Mommy Issues so to speak. It's been clear from season one that his past, upbringing, and family life really shapes him as a person now, his moral code the way he treats the people he cares about, everything about harvey is shaped by his still mostly mysterious past. It is part of what makes him such an interesting character. So I knew that the return of Tanner meant some of this would come up again and boy did it. I loved that aspect of it. I enjoyed his scenes with his psychiatrist. Feeds into my inner psych nerd and Harvey is quite the case study. I'm not a fan of Darvey as anything other than a platonic friendship so every time they elude to let alone focus so much on that part of their relationship as one of the few non Darvey fans I cringe. Which has made a great deal of this season rough to get through, especially since I'm not remotely interested in mike and rachel as a couple either. But credit where it's due, they've done well. I still don't like tanner. Mike being self righteous worked in his favor this week unlike last week where he was wrong. Sackhoff has been quite the interesting adversary and Louis is nothing if not frustratingly consistent. I feel like I really need more for Jessica. Season 5 now and she's still the woman who has to referee the kids and clean up their messes and put up with her authority being disregarded or undermined and it's redundant and frustrating. I do love that they have given her a nice bond slowly developing with rachel and this week she had a scene with Donna those two don't share scenes together nearly enough. Up until them though the only person who seemed to genuinely be close to her was harvey and sometimes even then it was like an afterthought. I miss their friendship/partnership being explored more too. Their relationship is one of my favorites. Especially in juxtaposition to harvey and mikes mentor/mentee bond. I freaking love Gretchen! I hope she never leaves. I love her working with harvey.now more than ever he needs someone in his corner, no strings attached. Plus, for a guy like harvey with the mommy issues that he has, I love the idea of Gretchen bring a maternal figure for him in her own way.
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