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Life: Hit Me Baby


Great episode!

But I still didn't get the answer I wanted.

Where the hell are all the baby pigeons?  I really want to know now!

Anyway, I really liked this one.  I thought it had a great balance between good conspiracy stuff  (Amanda, the FBI polygraph), really sweet moments (Charlie and Bobby, Reese and the carrot cake memory), good POTW stuff (whoa, the killer spitting poison into Bobby’s throat?) and hotness (Cooking with Charlie!).

 

One thing, in particular, that I noticed this week.  There’s this thing that good shows do well, and I’m tempted to make up a name for it, if there isn’t one already.  It’s a sequence of beats that’s fun for the viewer.  They show you something, you figure something out, the character figures it out.  It’s that “one step ahead” moment.  They did that really well a couple times in this episode. 

 

Every show or movie built around a mystery or a case has the opportunity to do this.  Some don’t.  In many cases, we are shocked or surprised in tandem with the character.  That can be good too -- more of a whack in the face.  But the other thing – the one step ahead moment – is more elegant and more fun.  You have no idea what I’m talking about do you?

 

The FBI interviewer is administering a polygraph to Reese.

Interviewer:  “Your partner was in prison.  Has he talked to you about that time?”

Reese:  “Yes.”

Interviewer:  “What did he say?”

Reese smiles slightly:  “He said he knew a transvestite named Angel who made a great carrot cake.”

Aww!  But…wait, isn’t she only supposed to give yes or no answers during a polygraph…?

Interviewer:  “Do you know who Mickey Rayborn is?”

D’oh!

Reese:  “What kind of security clearance is this?”

 

Another example is near the end of the episode.  Bobby’s staking out Hot!Not!Chef and talking on the phone to Charlie.

Charlie:  ‘Hey Bobby?  Wait for me to get there?”

Hey Charlie?  I’ve seen TV  before.  Also, Noooooooooo!!!

Bobby goes into the house, despite Charlie’s request and my yelling at the TV.  Bobby realizes that Hot!Not!Chef is not a chef.

 

Other things:

 

1)      Check out Dani’s hair!  I really love it.  And check out the baby.  Wow.

 

2)      Charlie:  “You get ripped off, you bring a gun.  Or a pipe.  Yeah, a pipe…good.  Then you can feel it when the bone breaks. …..Too much information?”

 

3)      “I guess the 13th hour’s free.  Like doughnuts.”

 

4)      Charlie trying to “be there” for Tidwell! “You can always talk to me.”  Priceless. 

 

5)      Aw, Charlie and Bobby!  How I loved the scene in the car.  Bobby admits: “I prayed for you and me to be in the car again.”  *sprinkles hearts all over them*

 

6)      I also SO LOVED Charlie helping Ted with his detective work.  “Bobby.  Do you have a question you’d like to ask Ms. Brill?”

 

7)      Redheads on parade again.

 

8)      TED HELPS WITH THE SOLVING OF CRIMES!  First of all, I love that Charlie finally calls Ted to find out what derivatives are.  And that Charlie rolls his eyes when Ted says they’re hard to understand.  And then Ted explains, and Charlie doesn’t understand.  I love that they let Ted be smart this week!  He was a very successful exec; he should be smart.  And then he gives Charlie the key to the whole thing, explaining that anyone specializing in derivatives isn’t making much money now.

 

9)      I am generally very pro-Amanda.  Her willful disregard of smoking statutes endears her to me immensely.  I really like that they’re making this a running joke with her.  And, though I find her wardrobe, like, Alias-level silly, I also kinda dig it. (Though her bangs are horribly bad and doing her no favors.)  So, “Yay, Amanda’s back!”  But I can’t decide how I feel about yet another vampy woman leading Ted about by the nose.  I mean, it’s a consistent character thing, so good.  But we can see it coming a mile away, so meh.  Whatever, HE LET HER INTO CHARLIE’S HOUSE!  And not only that, he let her wander upstairs alone!  Haven’t we gotten super-duper good at protecting the conspiracy closet?  Like when the cops came and Ted was all ninja-closet-dismantler?  But anyway, good for him for finally figuring out that Amanda’s up to something.

 

10)  Charlie and June!  Sorry, Deepa.  I kind of like “June”…it’s sweet.  I want her to be a regular, I’m serious. 

 

11)  Charlie:  “You ever meet the perfect girl?  Bobby and Tidwell nod.  “When you were sober?”  Bobby and Tidwell shake their heads. Ha.

 

12)  The cooking scene.  Damn, that was nice. *fans self* I might have to watch that again.  Even better than pants.

 

13)  It’s Ed! Or Larry.  Of Ed and Larry!  (Ed’s really making the rounds lately…)

 

14)  The whole episode was a really great Bobby episode.  Starting with the adorableness in the car, continuing with Bobby learning to be a detective, and ending with Bobby fighting for his life because he tried to prevent a contract killer from committing suicide.  Oh, Bobby. L  And I liked the direction and editing at the end of that – Charlie calling 911, talking to Bobby, grave face, a shot of the killer driving away, back to Charlie, staying by Bobby’s side. Yes.

 

15)  Diet Coke also helps with the solving of crimes.

 

16)  Reese is on the phone to Charlie. She knows he’s staring at something. She knows he’s smelling fruit!  I just love them. J

 

17)  And how about the gun porn at the end!  It’s not really my thing, but it’s growing on me.  “He was the competition.” 

Ok, done. What did you guys think?



Comments

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aunt_deen
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I really liked this one.

Bobby was very sweet, how excited he was to be "in the car" with Charlie again. Loved his expression when he found out Charlie had requested him.

Not sure why he couldn't spit out that pill at the end. Or stick his fingers down his throat or something.

Charlie and Tidwell were sort of hilarious, although I was getting a weird vibe from Tidwell. He seems sort of grim about the whole thing with the FBI. He suggested that she do it, gave plausible reasons why it's a good idea, but his manner just seems a bit off. As if he's putting something in motion that will break them up. Maybe I'm imagining it.

And June! I loved June. "Are you talking to me with your hands free?" So no more June. Too bad.

I agree about Amanda. The conspiracy closet is always locked, but I suppose I can believe she knows how to pick a lock. But poor Ted, getting bamboozled again. He totally knew it, too.

The chopping scene was uber-hot.

And I wonder if they're going to have regular phone conversations with Reese throughout her absence. If they have the scripts ready to go she could have just taken a few days before she left to film them all. That would be cool.
marymary
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
He seems sort of grim about the whole thing with the FBI. He suggested that she do it, gave plausible reasons why it's a good idea, but his manner just seems a bit off.

You know, I agree with you. I didn't make note of it at the time, but I think you're right.

As if he's putting something in motion that will break them up.

Maybe. I just don't get the feeling that Tidwell has a problem with Charlie or Charlie and Reese. Plus, if anything, Charlie's been very supportive of them! He doesn't out them, he tells them he knows, but he's ok with it. The compliments of the suit and such, and this week offering to "fill in" for Reese. I would think Tidwell would consider Charlie the best-case scenario of his subordinate and girlfriend's partner.

But I agree with you on the general feeling from that scene. Hmm....now we know that there's something fishy about this appointment. FBI Lady is asking inappropriate questions, so maybe she's part of the whole Roman/FBI/Conspiracy thing. Maybe someone leaned on Tidwell to force him to encourage Dani to take the position? Maybe Tidwell knows it's about Charlie and he's not telling her, so that's why he's uncomfortable. Or maybe he doesn't know what's behind it, he just knows he smells a rat.

And I wonder if they're going to have regular phone conversations with Reese throughout her absence. If they have the scripts ready to go she could have just taken a few days before she left to film them all. That would be cool.

What I recall is that she's not going to be totally gone, just couldn't shoot 12-hour days anymore. So, yeah, probably phone calls and also scenes like the one we saw this week; a view of her world each episode.

Speaking of which, WHY DOES MY TIVO SEE NO NEW EPISODES OF LIFE???

Edited at 2009-02-26 06:52 pm (UTC)
aunt_deen
Feb. 26th, 2009 11:57 pm (UTC)
I just don't get the feeling that Tidwell has a problem with Charlie or Charlie and Reese.

Oh, I don't either. Tidwell's weirdness was all Tidwell, I thought. Charlie misses her, he knows Tidwell misses her, and is all about finding someone to talk to. Even if it's someone on a tech-support hotline who hypothetically works in India.

FBI Lady is asking inappropriate questions, so maybe she's part of the whole Roman/FBI/Conspiracy thing. Maybe someone leaned on Tidwell to force him to encourage Dani to take the position? Maybe Tidwell knows it's about Charlie and he's not telling her, so that's why he's uncomfortable. Or maybe he doesn't know what's behind it, he just knows he smells a rat.

If Tidwell thought any harm to Dani or her career would come from this FBI thing, I can't see anyone possibly leaning on him hard enough to make him do it. I can maybe see if he knows it's about Charlie, but the last one is most likely.

WHY DOES MY TIVO SEE NO NEW EPISODES OF LIFE???

At least that means I can watch Lost on my actual TV next week. It was quite annoying watching it on the computer.

aunt_deen
Feb. 28th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Didn't anyone else watch this episode?
marymary
Feb. 28th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
*sigh* I don't know. This happens sometimes. The usual suspects are misreall, misterreal, gatsbyfan, edgerrific, and occasionally tuesday_suit and ok_with_that. Possibly jennlavigne.

misreall will show up. Otherwise, my money's on gatz. She's a stand-up gal.
edgeriffic
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Didn't anyone else watch this episode?

I did! I did! And I loved it.

But the other thing – the one step ahead moment – is more elegant and more fun.

This is very cool-- I love how you notice and analyze things, Mary/ I nod my head---yes, she's so right --I say, about things that I noticed without articulating in my brain let alone in speech or writing. You articulate it so well.

Bobby goes into the house, despite Charlie’s request and my yelling at the TV.

Hee. He ignored me too.

I also SO LOVED Charlie helping Ted with his detective work. “Bobby. Do you have a question you’d like to ask Ms. Brill?”

Yes! And then, the way he encourages him to ask a better question when the first one is so lame.

ninja-closet-dismantler

BWAH!


Not sure why he couldn't spit out that pill at the end. Or stick his fingers down his throat or something.


Good question. I think he must have swallowed it right away, and right away the muscle paralysis started in. It looked like it could have shot straight to the back of his throat in which case the gag reflex could have popped it right down instead of up (you know how that can happen sometimes?) Also, how many times do you think they had to shoot that to get it just right? Kinda gross once, let alone multiple times.

marymary
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Yay, edgy's here! You are very sweet to me! *hug*

Hee. He ignored me too.

I'm guessing he ignored thousands of people across the country that night. *g*

Yes! And then, the way he encourages him to ask a better question when the first one is so lame.

Yeah, you make a really good point. It was funny enough, and sweet enough, that he even encouraged Bobby to ask a question at all. But then he showed that he was sincere! He gently pushed back on the first question and asked him to try again. The second one was better. Loved it.

Hey look, I misspelled your username in that comment above. But it coded ok...does that mean there's someone named edgerrific? I think it does. 8-o
quaggy_mire
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
Liveblogging! I'll come back and read everyone's comments afterwards.

I like the bit about Bobby sitting at Dani's desk and never meeting the perfect girl while sober.

Love the "Fallen Women" reference. I love how naturally Dani says it. Like she is totally used to Charlie's craziness by now.

Oh, Bobby, Bobby. Didn't Charlie tell you not to go in alone? *sigh* How come if Charlie or Dani pulled something like that, it would seem reasonable, but because Bobby is doing it, it's totally stupid?

And it's totally adorable how Dani knows over the phone that Charlie is staring at something and pulling out a piece of fruit. Even separated they are so cute together!

It's a shame that June/Deepa is only a woman in tech support in Indian and therefore will never be on the show again. She's pretty awesome and the whole talking to tech support thing was very cool.
marymary
Mar. 28th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're here in Season 2!!!

Yeah, I liked all the parts you did. Especially when she knew that he was staring at something, etc. That was great. :-)

On Deepa, yeah I think everyone loved her. It would be so much fun if she came back for an episode. If he actually had no one to talk to again, for some reason, and he tracked her down and called.

Oh, Bobby, Bobby. Didn't Charlie tell you not to go in alone? *sigh* How come if Charlie or Dani pulled something like that, it would seem reasonable, but because Bobby is doing it, it's totally stupid?

Yeah, I see what you're saying; I hadn't thought about it that way! You could look at it as Bobby makign a big mistake, especially because we've established that he needs coaching as a detective.

My reaction was more that the show was setting Bobby up to get hurt, not so much that he was being stupid. Like, when one character says "wait for me" and the other doesn't wait, something bad will happen. In real life, probably nothing bad would happen. So I was like, "Bobby, you're on TV! Don't go in there!"

I think my other reaction was that Bobby's so sweet, so maybe I feel like he's more vulnerable than Charlie or Reese. So I don't think I felt like he was stupid, but I did feel more scared for him than I would have for either of the other two, if that makes sense.

Edited at 2009-03-28 08:21 pm (UTC)
quaggy_mire
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
It would be so much fun if she came back for an episode. If he actually had no one to talk to again, for some reason, and he tracked her down and called.

I was actually thinking that she could somehow have immigrated to the States and cross paths with Charlie that way. And yes, I do realize I'm planning for multiple future seasons for that to happen. I'm nothing if not an optimist! :-P
quaggy_mire
Mar. 26th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Where the hell are all the baby pigeons? I really want to know now!

I actually know the answer to that! I read an article once about baby pigeons. A New Yorker was excited to realize that there was a pigeon nest underneath his window. No his name wasn't Bert. It turns out that pigeons don't stay little for very long and even young pigeons look full grown pretty quickly. (They're just a little smaller.)

That said... Scout once brought a dead baby pigeon home with her, but we won't get into that. :-P
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