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Life: Badge Bunny



I liked this one!  It was even funnier than usual, and I always love Charlie with women.  Plus, Jennifer-free! 

 

Charlie imagines his own wake.  “Pretty girls in black dresses, weeping quietly in small groups.  Or by themselves.”  Reese:  “Let me know when you touch down.”

 

Ok, I’m really not into gun porn.  An actor handling a gun isn’t inherently interesting to me like it is to some people.  So I don’t think it’s about the gun.  But this week I’m about the moves.  Did you see Charlie take Sean’s gun, pop out the clip, check the chamber and tuck it in the back of his pants?  (Me and the pants, we are buddies now.)  Anyway, it was nice.  I might have rewound that part.

 

I really liked Diane flirting with Charlie.  “Detective, if I had met you back then, I would have wanted you to go to take me to the gun range.”  Charlie: “It would have been my pleasure.”  We aren’t talking about actually going to the gun range, are we?

 

This is another area of complimentarity (is that a word?) between Reese and Charlie.  When a suspect tries to work her, Reese shuts it down or overpowers him with her own agenda.  When a suspect tries to work Charlie, he goes with it.  He smiles and walks right through the door.  Did you ever notice that?  What I get from that is that he figures he can get more information by following them wherever they want to go with him.  He’s not afraid of getting played; he’s in control.  It’s a really nice part of his character.

 

Actually, the scene with the three badge bunnies is a great example of this.  He invites them to his house, there’s all the kissing.  Which…my favorite part was the third woman (who…Bobby’s sister, I guess.  Ew.) because when it’s her turn, I love the way she touches his shoulder and he just leans back.  Very compliant.  J  “You’re a good cop.”  Heh.  That was cute.

 

My point, right.  He does learn that they know, or they think they know, a lot about cops and how to tell when one is up to something.  And then, bonus naked swimming.  Or almost, anyway.

 

Charlie:  “Ted, I’ve made a decision.”

Ted:  “What’s that, Charlie?”

Charlie:  “I’m going swimming.”

Ted:  “No man would hold that against you.” 

 

Ha.  Oh, but before I go on…Rachel’s note:  “Spending the night at Aunt Jennifer’s”  Sorry, whaaat?  She’s Rachel’s Aunt Jennifer now?  I’m getting whiplash from the Rachel storyline.

 

The next line in my notes is a giant “NO!!!”  I think you know what that’s about.  From now on, I’m just closing my eyes and letting it wash over me.  It’s a zen thing. 

 

I loved the fig speech!  “Most people think it was an apple.  It wasn’t.”  The way  he delivers that line is a great example of what I love about this performance.

 

But my VERY favorite scene was Crews and Reese in the bar, addressing Alex (?).

 

Reese whispers to Charlie.  Reese pours sugar on the table.

Charlie:  “My partner has a superpower.  Wanna know what it is?”

Alex:  “Does she fly?”

Charlie:  “No, tragically, not anymore.”

Reese:  “But you’re getting warm.”

 

That’s the zone I like them in.  That totally in sync partner groove they get into when they just play off each other so perfectly.  Because you know she just whispered, “He’s using” or something, and they were suddenly working as one.  I just love that.

 

The standoff was nice, though a little overly dramatic.  But that light on Charlie’s face was pretty.  And he was awesome, of course.

What do you think they're doing with Ted and Olivia?  It was cute how she filled his classroom.



I just love this show. 

Comments

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aunt_deen
Nov. 20th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
Gunporn. There is no bad.

Except in real life.

I really liked the sugar pouring thing, too. Although when she blew it away I was wondering why it was powdered. All the better for making pretty white clouds when blown toward the camera I guess.

Don't you remember when Rachel was still semi-catatonic, that Jennifer tried to get through to her (while simultaneously reaching for Charlie's hand) by reminding her that Rachel used to call her Aunt Jennifer.

When a suspect tries to work her, Reese shuts it down or overpowers him with her own agenda. When a suspect tries to work Charlie, he goes with it. He smiles and walks right through the door.

Absolutely. Like last week when they separated to ask questions, Reese efficiently canvassed her section of the mall. Charlie shopped. But while he shopped, he found out that what's-her-name and what's-his-name were like together together when they shopped for lingerie.

I'm right with you in the 'no.' But one thing I must mention. The goggles Dani wore are the same shape as the sunglasses Charlie bought to compliment the shape of her face. I like to think that she took a look in the mirror, recognized that these glasses were perfect on her, and then went and bought herself a pair of safety goggles in the same shape.

I like Olivia a lot. I really do. But I am calling tease on her. She flirts with Ted, she knows he's fallen for her, and she shows up to his job, bats her eyes, fills his classroom by telling people things that make him sound uber-manly or uber- um, manly, and she's insisting that he attend her wedding? WHY would you want a guy who's in love with you to be at your wedding? (Other than the groom, of course.) It seems an exercise in cruelty.

But hey, I'm guessing we get to meet Charlie's father, soon. That should be good.

Edited at 2008-11-20 10:11 am (UTC)
jennlavigne
Nov. 21st, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
"Although when she blew it away I was wondering why it was powdered. All the better for making pretty white clouds when blown toward the camera I guess."

I thought they were confirming Reese's suspicion and showing it was blow instead of sugar.

I'm not sure what to do with Olivia. Christina Hendricks can't possibly be doing two shows at once (could she?) so it makes sense that she would be leaving Life soon (or Mad Men). I gat the feeling she likes Ted back and this could turn into something.
marymary
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
Hey, jenn! Yeah, I thought about that too. But Reese is usually not so comfy around drugs...did you watch last season? I still don't know what to make of that. Because you're right, it wasn't granulated sugar...

CH might be able to do two shows. Mad Men aired earlier in the year, so maybe the schedules worked out. And she's not in Life that much...she probably only does a day on Life per episode.

Yeah, she definitely likes Ted. I wish she'd be kind enough to leave him alone. :-(
gatsbyfan
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Although when she blew it away I was wondering why it was powdered. All the better for making pretty white clouds when blown toward the camera I guess.
I liked the sugar thing too. Very nice visual of her blowing it away.

I really like their chemistry together.

I liked the scene at the house where Crews questions whether Tidwell & Reece came together and then catches that she doesn't have her gun and they make the switch. The looks on the faces was priceless.

I like Olivia but I don't like what she is doing to Ted. It's just mean.

But hey, I'm guessing we get to meet Charlie's father, soon. That should be good.
I'm wondering who they are going to get to play him. That will be interesting.

more later.
kaprin02
Nov. 20th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Just a quick little reaction. I agree with most of what's been said so far, except the Reese/Tidwell thing. I didn't used to like it at all, and I'm still not sure I like it, but I'm starting to *get* it. Reese and Tidwell are so alike in so many ways. Yes, he's an ass, but she can be too. They seem to have that inexplicable attraction to one another. And although I don't like the "dating your co-worker/boss" thing, I get it. Have you ever felt that draw towards someone you "couldn't" have? I think there's a lot more to Tidwell than we've seen so far. And that Reese will be the one to show us the "real" Tidwell. So I'm ok with the Reese/Tidwell thing, at least for now.
marymary
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Don't you remember when Rachel was still semi-catatonic, that Jennifer tried to get through to her (while simultaneously reaching for Charlie's hand) by reminding her that Rachel used to call her Aunt Jennifer.

Well, I do now! This is why I need you guys! Without plot support, my recap thoughts are just bright splotchy character shapes, floating in space, unsupported.

Charlie shopped. But while he shopped, he found out that what's-her-name and what's-his-name were like together together when they shopped for lingerie.

Yes. Charlie finds the flow, goes with it, and gets lots of info on the way. (In a mall, the flow would be selling and buying.) Reese splashes a straight line in the direction of what she wants. ("Hi. I'm a cop. No, I don't want to buy anything; have you seen this man?")

I even think back to the pilot, where they were getting nothing from that kid (who was played so magnificently, do you remember him?) about his friend's murder. Charlie cocks his head, reads him, and falls in step. He makes him laugh and that shakes everything loose. Now Charlie and the kid are in sync, and the kid starts talking.

gatz and aunt_deen, I agree with you on Olivia. I have been in relationships like that. She doesn't return nine calls. Fine. Just let it die! Why show up and do something so thoughtful? Unless she wants it both ways, which is exactly it, I fear. She wants what she can get from Ted, cause it makes her feel good. But, by the way, she's still getting married. She doesn't feel like she's using Ted, but she is.

kaprin, it's a testament to Sarah Shahi and Donal Logue that I can even open my mind a crack to this relatsionship. I do get what you're saying and I do think you're right that we'll see more endearing qualities from Tidwell as he gets more involved with Reese. I agree with misreall that if you're going to hook Reese up with someone, you go against the type of guy she picks up in bars. So that element is right. And I don't think either of them is an ass; I like them both. Just (still and forever) not together. :-)

Though the scene where Charlie notices the switched guns was cute, I was slightly disappointed. I thought the point of the other (2 weeks ago) scene where he noticed the tension between them was that Charlie is picking up their UST. So I thought he had that down, and had decided to just watch and keep quiet. Calling them on the ride and the gun thing was, instead, him fishing for information and trying to figure it out. Which I thought he already had. So, ok, but I liked it better the way it was in my head. :-)

I need a full-body icon of Charlie. In the pants.
marymary
Nov. 21st, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
I had to run this over here, because of my recent obsession with pants and their lack of...structure.

From a couple weeks ago, one of the articles on Life's back-nine pickup.

http://www.thrfeed.com/2008/11/nbc-orders-full.html

An excerpt:
... then NBC swapped "Life" with the underperforming "Lipstick Jungle" and now the quirky crime series is the tentpole 9 p.m. drama in a new Wednesday crime block.

*g*

*runs away*
edgeriffic
Nov. 21st, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Tentpole. Hee.
marymary
Nov. 22nd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I didn't have to explain what I was laughing at.

(I love your icon of DL in a tux. Yum.)
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