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Life: Black Friday


I have a lot to say about this episode, but first I have to get something out of the way.

The slacks, the pants, the wearing of the pants.  In my notes, at the top, is a big word:  PANTS.  Am I crazy, or was his wardrobe doing him ALL kinds of favors this week? 

 

Rewatch.  I’m telling you.

 

I thought I was just all floaty on hormones from this week’s Band of Brothers, but I checked myself, I covered one eye, then the other, I tried different aspect ratios and I’m saying there are ways to wear pants and he has found my favorite of them.  Do I need to explain the particular pants geography that I’m talking about?  Or can I get an Amen?

 

*shakes it off*

 

Ok, cuteness.  Charlie:  “Are we going to exchange gifts?”  Reese doesn’t speak.  “I’ll check back with you closer to the big day.”  Hee.

 

Tidwell is funny, explaining about how he lost his girlfriend in a mall.  She ran off with a guy.  “But it was that guy who could stand motionless for hours.  So they had that in common.”  Ha! 

 

Damn, it’s Jennifer.  Damn, he’s so pretty.  I like how her very lame question leads him to a sorta zen answer.  “I want to be back there.”  “Back where?”  Looks at young kids in love.  “There.”  “But we’re here.”  “Right.  We’re here.  So we can’t be there.”

 

Walking across the lawn.  Pants again. 

 

That boy who played Zach is very good. 

 

I liked Charlie’s shopping spree.  I like the way he eats papaya off a stick.  Charlie holds up a foreign language DVD course.  “In four days, I could learn to speak Dutch.”  Ha!  Bizarre Band of Brothers/Life convergence that is happening for only a few of us in the whole world.   The optical person told him these glasses would look good with the shape of her face.  Reese:  “How does she know the shape of my face?”  Charlie:  “I described you.  By Tuesday, I could describe you in Dutch!”  I’m having much more fun with this than it deserves. J

 

I still hate Jennifer.  She’s a bad actress.  The Jennifer that’s the actress.  The Jennifer that’s Charlie’s ex-wife was a tease and now she’s a big cheater.  Not that I wouldn’t have done exactly the same thing, I just would have broken up with my husband first.

 

Ok, in bed.  THAT IS A GOOD SCENE!  Good kiss, and then…realism!  Sex scenes on TV are almost never realistic.  I mean, I get that it’s hard.  You have two actors who can feel like they’re in love for a minute without actually being in love.  But if he touches her whatever, he’s actually touching it.  So how do you have sex without having sex?  Usually, badly.  There are boundaries, and they aren’t the boundaries of the characters, they’re the boundaries of the actors.

 

So this is quite awesome because, though they have the TV Sex Sheets pulled up over important parts, when they decide to get into it again, they actually look like they mean business.  Did you see that?  She reaches down, then he reaches down, and around and…it’s just as if they’ve been having sex for awhile and they can touch each other anywhere they want.  Nice job.  Applause from me.

 

I really loved that Charlie told the kid to lie.  Both because he knows it was not any kind of malice or violence, but defense, and because (I’m inferring) as an ex-con, he knows that that kid should not go to any kind of jail.

 

What is Reese doing?  Really, somebody explain to me how Tidwell is SO charming and compelling that Reese would date him at all, much less when he’s her boss.  I’m so far out in the weeds on this relationship.

 

This FBI vs. the truth subplot is not very interesting, but I don’t care.  I like the show quite enough just for Charlie and Reese and the case of the week.

Comments

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kaprin02
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm all caught up. :) Anyway, there are a number of things on which I have to agree with you:

The slacks, the pants, the wearing of the pants.
YES. I especially like it when they put Charlie in jeans. But he has definitely figured out how to wear the pants. Any pants.

I still hate Jennifer.
I do too. Not that I hate Jennifer and Charlie together, but like you said....break up with your husband first!

they actually look like they mean business.
I agree with you on this too. I was actually almost shocked by it. Because we *never* see sex like that on regular tv (and rarely elsewhere either). My first thought after that scene was "Wow, his hands looked like they *actually* went *there*"

I agree on the Reese/Tidwell thing and the FBI/truth thing, but I don't really have anything else to add....:)
marymary
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hey, kappy. Yay for getting caught up!

Yes, I love him in jeans too. Jeans fit closer to the body, which is nice. But slacks have one thing going for them, which is that they are thinner. Jeans are stiff and containing. Your body vs. the jeans: the jeans win (which is why women love to wear jeans). Your body vs. slacks, the body wins. His body definitely wins this one. *swoons a little just thinkin about it again*

And while I'm splishing in the shallow end, I don't think it can be said enough that DL is really well built, like, all over.

We agree that Jennifer needs to break up with her husband, but I actually do hate them together. I just don't think she's worthy of him. I think Jennifer's mostly just pretty. Not smart or interesting or sympathetic enough. I don't want Charlie and Reese together (well, not for long) but she's the kind of character I'd prefer him with. She's got something goin on.
misreall
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Zach is Kyle Gallner, who was Beaver Casablancas on Veronica Mars, so of course he was excellent.

I minded Charlie and Jennifer togther less than I thought I would (although the thought of them getting back togther makes me throw up in my bathroom a little) because it was very real, and because they both said 'i loved you.' I am praying this gets filed away under busisness finished. And that we didn't get forshadowing that Jennifer's husband, who up until this point has been a mensch about this nonsense, is somehow involved in badness because they were at the professor from Real Genius's shindig. Really, really hate Jennifer. Yup.

Ok, as the conductor, engineer and lone rider of the Reese/Tidwell Special all I can say is that I think for her all of that stuff is what she likes about him. He is the ultimate un-LA guy. He never plays it cool, he is always talking, and he is genuinely into her and makes no bones about it. Which also makes him the opposite of her father in every way. Hell, I could imagine Tidwell asking Crews to pick him up a copy of "Farsi for Dummies" just to make her happy and so he could speak to her mom.

marymary
Nov. 18th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
...and because they both said 'i loved you.' I am praying this gets filed away under busisness finished.

Yes. I completely agree that them sleeping together is a good development *consults Laws of TV* because now they have no future.

Wait, are you saying her husband is involved in something bad, or he isn't?

Heh, Real Genius. I know!

Ok, as the conductor, engineer and lone rider of the Reese/Tidwell Special all I can say is that I think for her all of that stuff is what she likes about him. He is the ultimate un-LA guy. He never plays it cool, he is always talking, and he is genuinely into her and makes no bones about it. Which also makes him the opposite of her father in every way. Hell, I could imagine Tidwell asking Crews to pick him up a copy of "Farsi for Dummies" just to make her happy and so he could speak to her mom.

1. You are funny.
2. I see that you are right. I mean, that is what they are trying to do. It makes no sense for her to fall for some gorgeous, sexy guy --- too much like all her hookups, and we need to move Dani away from meaningless sex.
3. He IS that guy that you describe. And I like him for all those reasons.
4. My issue is the way they're doing it, as much as the pairing. I would rather see her working with him, day after day, and feeling attracted but baffled by it and trying to fight it. He calls her on it, she denies it, but she knows he's right. She talks to herself a little in the women's room, saying that it is just NOT POSSIBLE that she is falling for THAT guy, who is her BOSS. Lots of resistance, a little unwarranted snapping at him and irritability, ending in some ill-considered and abrupt makeout session. Now he knows he's got her and she's even more freaked, but he makes her laugh and she actually starts to consider it. She can't sleep. She can't work. Finally she shows up and surprises HIM with something "real" like dinner or a drink or something. That would be cute.

But that takes time and I guess we don't want to spend the time. I just think Reese getting over the boss thing is way too easy. Combined with (IMO) his below-average looks...I'm just not buying it.

And where is Charlie in this! What happened to that? I loved that moment where he saw the tension between them. I want more of that!

The most awesome would be if Charlie would call her on it and be a little too invested, and it would force him to realize that he might be a little attracted to her himself. Yeah, I guess I do like Charlie and Reese together. Could one of them just have a dream about it or something? When is Jennifer scheduled to die anyway? /wishful thinking
aunt_deen
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for Cassidy Casablancas. His work on Veronica Mars was heartbreaking and chilling and shocking and just every kind of awesome possible.

His scene with Charlie was so great. He confessed to causing the scumbag's death and you could see in his face that just-a-kid expression that wants to make a clean breast of it to a responsible adult and just have the responsibility of it taken away. And Charlie is just very calm and very firm with him and god the relief is just profound.

Re: Reese/Tidwell: Still. Not. Buying. It.

I completely agree that she would fall for the un-obvious guy. I can see that in the past couple of weeks he has displayed a number of un-obnoxious, even admirable qualities. But that was post-kiss. Pre-kiss? No fucking WAY! He's unattractive, he's boorish, he's considerably older than she is, and he's her BOSS. No. Not buying it.

And please don't misunderstand me here. I have come to like Tidwell. I thought his scene at the dinner table was rather sweet. (How did he know about the fish? Was he there when she was looking in the petshop window?) I even see faint glimmers of attractiveness here and there. But I just cannot for a second buy this relationship the way they've presented it.

Although I completely agree that he'd pick up Farsi for Dummies and it would be very sweet.

Now Charlie and Jennifer? I buy it. I hate it, but I buy it. I can see a very young Charlie falling for her, vapid as she is. And I get that there's some unresolved feeling there and that he probably wants a piece of his pre-prison life back. I thought the bedroom scene was very well done and I'm hugely relieved that the love was expressed by both in the past tense. But she's awful and a tease and a cheater and all kinds of things I don't like. Please let this be the end of it.

But I know it isn't.

Must go home now and rewatch for the pants.


marymary
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I can see a very young Charlie falling for her, vapid as she is.

Totally. And "vapid" is exactly the word I've been looking for all season. Well done.

And I get that there's some unresolved feeling there and that he probably wants a piece of his pre-prison life back.

Yeah, I can see that. I liked her line, "Who did this to us?" Because that's actually a very good point. They were happy. The framing took Charlie's life for 12 (?) years and it also took their marriage. I can see him wanting to get that back, if only because he thought he'd never have the chance again.

BUT, I liked his resolution, at that speech thing, that they can't go back because they're "here" now. It was so zen!Charlie, that I was hoping that was the end of it. But then there he is, in bed with her. A little backtracking... I feel like the show doesn't know what to do with Jennifer anymore. (I have some suggestions.)

Please let this be the end of it. But I know it isn't.

See, I think it might be. As misreall has helped me see, they've said "I love(d) you" and they've had sex. They will not be allowed to be happy together, going forward. Them's the rules.

Plus, why would you waste a lovely hunk of leading man like Charlie on some stale thing like his old marriage to Jennifer? He needs a new love interest, or at least some UST. Which means she needs to be gotten rid of.

misreall
Nov. 19th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
Ok, I made some brilliant points here just as lj moved house, and here is the only one I can remember, about the goldfish. I am guessing that Tidwell asked Charlie what to get Reese and he told him about the goldfish. And I take this to mean one of two things-

1. Charlie is in favor of Tidwell/Reese, for whatever brain fractured by prison zen reason he might have. Or-
2. Being Charlie it would not occur to him why Tidwell was asking and he said the first thing that came into his mind. He may have been thinking why fruitcake isn't good and how that is possible.

Oh, and I mentioned the pants. The pants are very good.
edgeriffic
Nov. 19th, 2008 04:47 am (UTC)
“In four days, I could learn to speak Dutch.” Ha! Bizarre Band of Brothers/Life convergence that is happening for only a few of us in the whole world.

Hee. I thought the same thing.
aunt_deen
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
And one more thing. Charlie apparently described Dani perfectly to the sunglasses salesperson. Because those glasses kicked ass on her.
misreall
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
He must have gone in and said, "She looks just like a really tough cop. Only very hot."
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