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Life: 5 Quarts


aw…yay!...wait…..what, what, what?????


What the hell just happened?  Vans are bad, right?  I consulted my TV-to- Reality dictionary and Windowless Van = Death.  Or something very bad.  So, Show, you’re trying to TRICK us into thinking something bad is going to happen to Dani, right?  RIGHT?


Holy cow, does anyone have theories?


Ha.  Look at that; it’s finally happened.  I’m calling her Dani.  That took a long time, actually.


Ok, more worried flailing later.


Bodner:  “So we’re done shooting each other?”

Charlie:  “Yeah, I think so.”


Good.  We already knew that, but good.  I think Bodner is my second-favorite rehabilitated enemy, after Rayborn (unless Amanda comes back, then she is). 


Hey look, there’s Seever in a lycra-blend tank, tight jeans, stiletto-heeled boots and a neutral jacket. Huh.  By the end of this episode, I count SIX outfits of this exact description, since the start of last episode.  Dani had a sort of uniform too, but not like this!  I would so love the show to get this, and give us a shot of her closet, with the tanks of many colors and the jackets all hanging in a row. J


Charlie to Seever:  “You’re very certain, aren’t you?”  He pokes at her a few times in this ep, including the face he makes whenever she speed-reads.  I’m not getting that he doesn’t like her, just that the combination of oddness and Not-Reeseness is making him uncharacteristically judgy.


The thing about Tidwell and the smells was funny, but too forced.  Why would he say, “How exactly does the nose smell things anyway?”  What are they, doctors?  He just said it to set up the line from Kwo, outside.  “That’s just the particles in your nose.”  And then she says she’s not allowed to eat in the lab…except she implied that they have cake there, and later she does eat in the lab.  I’m confused.


Actually, that part was pretty funny.  She’s got some kind of wrap-type sandwich in her left hand, eating, and a corpse’s hand in her right hand, getting his finger prints.  When they tell her they need her to go get something, she’s exasperated and drops both things at once.  That was a nice bit by the actress playing Kwo.


This was interesting. Charlie tells Sierra that everyone has a “scene.”

Sierra:  “Yeah?  What’s yours?”

Charlie:  “It’s complicated.  It’s like a puzzle. With a missing piece, you know?”
Sierra:  “No, I don’t.”

Charlie:  “It’s dark.  Right?  Goth?  It’s dark….”


Oh, I loved Crews and Reese on the phone again!

Charlie:  “When are you coming back?”

Dani:  “In a few days…Is there still room for me in the car?”

Charlie:  “Right behind the wheel.”  He smiles. *loves them*


Crews and Seever coming out of the LA County Coroner’s building:  PANTS.  Wow, that was a nice Pants. Watch that back, you’ll see.


Questioning the chef.

Seever:  “Actually, 97% of all cops never use their gun except at the range.”

Jimmy:  “You talk like a lawyer.”

Charlie:  “You’ll have to cut that out if you want to be mayor.”

Jimmy:  “She wants to be mayor?”

Charlie:  “Fifteen-year plan!”

Seever:  “You’ll just be going up for parole.”


Hey, that was almost Crews and Reese-like!  (Don’t throw things…I want her back just as much as you do.)


Charlie:  “What’s with the meat, Jimmy?  Sitting back here, getting drunk, cutting all this meat.”

Seever:  “Errol died back here, right?”

Charlie:  “What’s with all this meat, Jimmy?”


This is a great example of the “style” thing I was talking about last week.  They say everybody’s name a lot.  They have different characters say the exact same lines as each other.  They do this a lot, which is to begin and end a section of dialogue with the same words.  Charlie does it mostly, I think.  Here’s another example:


Tidwell: “He was cutting meat?”
Seever:  “And crying.”

Tidwell:  “Ellison gets that bullet back, he’s gonna get rid of it, but why take the coroner’s blood?”

Seever:  “He was cutting meat and crying.”


Kathy White.  I loved the part where Charlie’s looking at her photos on the computer, and leans in really close.  The actress playing Kathy does a great job with the subtle attraction.  The sideways glance, then she turns toward him, very close to his face and looks right at him.  That was a littlebit hot.


I also loved this.

Charlie:  “Am I gonna die?  I mean, soon?”

Kathy:  “You really want to know?”

Charlie, smiling:  “Yeah. Yeah, I really wanna know!”


That’s a great example of his thing, where he goes where the other person takes him.  She says she sees dead people; Seever’s all rolling her eyes and moving on in the conversation, but Charlie stops and wants to see what she says.  And he’s not spooked by whatever answer he might get. 


Then it’s kinda sweet, later, when he thinks maybe Seever is spooked by the fact that Kathy said someone “close to him” would die soon. 

Charlie:  “It didn’t have to be you.  There are a lot of people close to me….  (thinky face) Actually, there aren’t a lot of people close to me.  I guess there should be more.  I’ve been away.”


And again: 


Charlie:  “Just out of curiosity, what would I be worth dead?”

Kathy:  “Six figures.”

Charlie (happy):  “Six figures!  But not anytime soon.”


The part with Seever and Crews on the floor of the coroner’s lab was cute too.


I haven’t yet mentioned:  I love the snarky coroner.  He’s one of my favorite things this episode. They’re interrogating him about the murder weapon.

Charlie:  “And Grant’s skin and blood?”
Santos:  “Which I forgot to wash off.  I assure you that if I killed him, I woulda made time.  I’m very good at prioritizing.”


Ted!!! OMG, I loved Ted so much this week.

Ted:  “So he left you.  For a dog-walker.  Ann, what is a dog-walker?”

Ann:  “She walks dogs.”

Ted:  “She walks dogs.  For a living.  And he doesn’t help with the baby?”

Ann:  “He doesn’t’ want to see the baby.”

Ted:  “He doesn’t want to see the baby.”

Ann:  “He doesn’t want to see me.”

Ted:  “He doesn’t want to see you? Ann, what’s the baby’s name?”

Ann:  “Ted.”

They both start sobbing.


You guys, BABY TED!!!!  I can’t tell you how much I love that.  It’s a baby, named after Ted!  AND, it’s a BABY named TED! 


Ok, I just have one question, though.  Didn’t Ann say something about her husband’s ethnic background, when she first appeared a couple episodes ago?  I have this weird memory that she said he was…middle-eastern?  Mongolian?  I can go back and watch, but does anyone remember?


Ok, I can’t tell you how much I loved the end, right up until I really DIDN’T.  Charlie’s looking at the conspiracy wall and at the photo of Reese with Rayborn.  Dani’s looking at the photo of Charlie, and we hear the Zen tape voiceover, but I didn’t get right away that Dani is listening to it! 


“Objects are not deceiving, they are deception.  What we see, what we have, all that our senses present to us is a fiction.  No more real than a dream.  We can only know what we believe.  That which we believe – that is all we have.”


Ok, 1) Dani is listening to Zen!  <3  2) We’re meant to understand that they’re both deciding not to trust the “fact” in their hands, but to trust what they believe.  And each believes that the other is innocent and trustworthy. 


So Dani turns down Suit Lady’s offer to spy on Charlie.  I would wag my finger at her for even considering spying on him, but I’m too happy.  And Suit seems happy!  That was sorta cute, how she seemed happy and almost proud of Dani for refusing to spy on her partner.


So then…I was mildly confused that Dani took the San Diego offer, when she had seemed pretty happy to get back on the job with Charlie, but whatever.  Maybe she wants to salvage the career boost that was promised her at the outset of this fiasco.


But then, seriously, you guys! WHAT IS GOING ON?  Black van, agents who won’t talk to her, Dani’s nervous.  They’re messing with us, right?   I know she’s not going to die, but what do you think this is?  Is this just phase two of the FBI’s plan to crack her and get Charlie for Rayborn’s murder?   Is Roman behind the whole thing, and now she’s going to visit His Whiteness for some more intense questioning and coercion?   I tip my hat to you, Show, because now I can’t wait for next week. 


Speaking of which, the promo for next week.  I counted at least one new redhead.  And this:

Ted:  “What do you want?”

Charlie:  “I want a peaceful soul.”

Ted:  “What do you need?”

Charlie:  “I need a bigger gun.”


Honey, I really don’t think you do. J

Ok, before I go, I just read that somebody's making a Steve McQueen biopic (possibly two!)  I mentioned this to someone last night, and got blankness...So I was thinking, is it just me? Am I the only one who thinks they look alike? 

Apparently not. :-)  I went searching for images of Steve McQueen and got this:

a bit of wishful thinking by the apparently very delightful



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Mar. 29th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
I have to admit, I wasn't expecting them to go all "Scully" on us, though I suppose I should have, since Sarah Shahi is becoming very pregnant.

I am surprised that Dani would be so willing to take any offer given right after she had turned down a request to be a mole. I mean, red flags were going off for me all over the place before we even saw the van! But maybe you're right and we're only supposed to think that she's been kidnapped.

And then she says she’s not allowed to eat in the lab…except she implied that they have cake there, and later she does eat in the lab. I’m confused.

I think that bit was to imply that there are rules, but they only follow them when its convenient. She was behind so she just ate when she was working and screw the rules. And I'm betting the wax was from the Goth party's candles.

I'm fine with Seever, but I'm hoping she won't last past Sarah's maternity leave. The characters... odd. I think I'm sort with Charlie. It's not that I dislike her... it's just that she sticks out. And I'm wondering why she asked about Dani & Tidwell's relationship. But maybe I'm just being overly suspicious of the replacement.

I have to say my favorite scenes are still the ones with Dani and Charlie. I love that she was listening to a Zen lecture... like she need that connection to Charlie.

I've got my fingers and toes crossed that Charlie and Dani will be reunited by the season (and please God, not series) finale.
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
And I'm wondering why she asked about Dani & Tidwell's relationship.

Speaking of rules, I figured that's why Seever asked. She's intrigued that they're breaking the rules --- in the context of getting the lay of the land. As ambitious as she is, moving through various careers and levels, she must be sort of a student of everything. So she learned that the rumors were true, and that Charlie is loyal to his partner and his CO.

Now, if you're saying that she might have an ulterior purpose, I would be against that. I think we have enough people involved in the conspiracy and investigating it --- I hope they just let Seever be Seever.

I'm fine with Seever, but I'm hoping she won't last past Sarah's maternity leave.

I absolutely love your optimism! Go you! SS hasn't even had the baby yet, so after her leave will be the elusive Season 3.

I've got my fingers and toes crossed that Charlie and Dani will be reunited by the season (and please God, not series) finale.

I think they will! The spoilers we got about her pregnancy said that Reese's absence would create some mistrust between them, but then the producer (?) said that after that they hoped to bring Crews and Reese back together and "stronger than ever." I think it's on one of my Life threads...I'll go check.
Apr. 5th, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
I absolutely love your optimism! Go you! SS hasn't even had the baby yet, so after her leave will be the elusive Season 3.

I know. That's my point. Got to stay positive or I'll be too depressed otherwise.
Mar. 29th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
I'm getting really excited about what's going to happen in the next two episodes (is that all we've got left??? - no, no, no). If they truly don't know whether they're getting a third season, i'm willing to bet that there'll be a huge cliffhanger which will leave Charlie & Dani not reunited (unreunited??). That's not what i WANT to happen so i hope you're right & i'm not - I want them to be reunited in the very best shippy way but i don't think they will!!! Bringing them back stronger than ever may well be their plan for S3, post baby.

Luved your recap above - picked out all the very best bits of this ep & i agree with all your comments. Thought the whole life/death interplay was well done & all the coroners made me laugh, especially the wrap in one hand & dead person in the other!!! Pants have to get a special mention of course - i especially enjoyed them on the phone to Dani in the stairwell (just a single shot but very worthwhile!!) & the scene you mentioned coming out of the Coroners building. They were of course the grey pants, which are the standout star of all the pants!!! I think they're the costume designer's favourites (god luv her!!).

Overall, Damian was hot, hot, hot. How are we going to cope when it ends?

& yes, yes, yes - he is SO Steve McQueen.
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
Thank you, dear!

I think we have four eps left! I should check imdb -- they have placeholders for episodes up through #22, I think.

Yeah, I seriously am trying not to think about Life going away. I love this show so much.
Mar. 31st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I hope you're right & we have 4 more eps left (tho i though "One" was the finale). If so they'll have more time to come to the resolution that we all want. Was worried that if "One" was the season final that the name itself was ominous - that Charlie would be left as "one".

Still have the feeling that if they wrap it up too nicely it would be giving NBC an easy excuse to not renew.

Have decided to go zen and send out positive thoughts to the Universe. If we believe that Life will be renewed then it will. That's my story and i'm sticking to it.
Mar. 31st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ok, normally, as you know, I am the kiss of death tv wise, but Life survived past my normal "Six episodes and you are dead," karma (ha!) so I am calling it that we are going to be good for at least one more season.

If nothing else Julianne Moore, Eric Stoltz and Gillian Anderson have not shown up in guest spots yet, not to mention Seth Green and Allison Hannigan.
Mar. 29th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
He's Mongolian
Anne Early's husband is Mongolian; it stuck out to me because of how unusual it is. That scene was too damn cute.
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: He's Mongolian
Thank you!

The reason I asked is that the kid that Ted accosted in the car didn't seem to be anything other than a run-of-the-mill white guy. A Mongolian guy would look some version of Asian, right? Or is he supposed to be a Russian from Mongolia?
Mar. 30th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
I knew that Ted's daughter wasn't awful! Vindication.

I really kind of like Seever. Not in a 'replacing Reese' sort of way. She is the most normal person they have had as a regular on the show, which means every one else thinks she is weird, which I find charming. Plus, I think she was asking about Reese and Tidwell in a gossipy sort of way. If it were you wouldn't you want to know if that juicy rumour were true?

How about this, they make Bobby a detective and make her his partner? I think that could be hilarious.
Apr. 2nd, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Zen Lecture Question
Does anyone know if the zen lectures they are listening to are actual lectures or are just something put together for the show? I have looked everywhere for the answer. I know in the final episode there was something by Alan Watts but other than I have found nothing.

Apr. 2nd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Zen Lecture Question
I don't know! Good question.

Have you tried asking over in pers_pineapple? You'll reach more Life fans there, I think. If I find the answer, I'll reply again...
Apr. 2nd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Zen Lecture Question
I haven't asked for two reasons. I am not a livejournal member and I did not know about its existence until you informed me. Please post if you find out though :)

Apr. 4th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
Okay, FINALLY got here.

And oh holy CRAP.

I actually wasn't wild about the ep as a whole, but as usual for the meh ones, it still had good stuff in it, pretty much all of which were mentioned in the recap.

I do think this was the first time I noticed the Pants on my first viewing. My, my.

And anyone notice who directed this episode? Paul McCrane. Who is mostly bald, but the little hair he has left ....

Yep. Red.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Paul McCrane directed? That is so cool! Yeah, baldness cannot hide his red-headedness.
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