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Life: Initiative 38

Things I never thought I'd hear Charlie Crews say:

1.  "I need a bigger gun."

But first...ok, this is NOT HAPPENING.  Damn you promo monkeys for daring to suggest that next week is the last Life ever.  I spit in your general direction. 




Wow, that’s a huge HITG.  Kevin Kilner, if you must know, playing Howard Amis.  He was just on Dollhouse the other day, too. 


Even though no one in their right mind sets their sprinkler system to start in broad daylight, I liked the shot where the sprinklers go off as Howard is told that his wife is dead.  Very symbolic and nice, visually.


Redhead alert!  The actress playing Ella.  Maybe they’ll cancel Life because they’ve run out of redheads who live in L.A.  There can’t be that many; they probably die off pretty quickly of the skin cancer. 


“Use everything.  Leave nothing.” So that’s going to be our theme this week, I guess.


Three of my favorite scenes are back to back to back.


Ella:  “I told Lisa I could make you mayor in three weeks.”

….and Seever locks him out of the car!

Charlie gets in:  “What?”

Seever:  “Nothing.”

Charlie:  “Because she said I could be mayor?”

Seever:  “No. The door was just locked.”

Charlie:  “You…you are such a sore loser!”

Seever:  “No I’m not!”

Charlie:  “Oh yeah, you are.  On the rare occasion you do lose.”

Seever:  “To be clear?  I’m not sore loser.  And she said she could make you mayor, not make you a good mayor.”

Charlie:  “Elder brothers?”

Seever:  “Four of them.  It shows?”

Charlie: “A little bit. Hey, would you vote for me?”

Seever:  “No, I would not vote for you.”

Charlie:  “I said I’d vote for you!”


Though I’ve never known an American who says “elder” instead of “older” (set me straight if I’m wrong, flist) I love that scene.  Charlie, in a very affectionate way, is loving having found the chink in her armor. Hee.


Tidwell:  “Somethin’ different about you.”

Seever:  “No.  I’m exactly the same.”

Tidwell: “There’s something.”

Charlie:  “She’s not smiling.”

Seever:  “I’m smiling.  I am smiling.”

Charlie: “Because I could be mayor.”

Tidwell:  “You’re gonna be mayor?”

Charlie:  “No. But I could be.  In three weeks!”


Charlie always gathers tidbits from the subjects they interview --- their quirks and skills --- and he finds them sorta delightful.. 


At P&K:

Charlie:  “Bobby? Who are they?”

Bobby:  “They work here.”

Charlie: “And they’re all carrying?”

Seever:  “Within the confines of this building, they’re well within their rights.”

Charlie:  “Lawyer and a cop.”

Bobby:  “That all?”

Charlie:  “Olympics.  Just the relay.”


Ha. I’m really enjoying how much fun Charlie is having with Seever.  Observing her, poking fun at her, talking about her.


After the bomb scare, I like how Howard is acting a bit stunned, but looks at Seever and says, “Too bad nobody got a picture of you saving me.  You could make a whole career out of a picture like that.”  That’s a nice character bit.  As a political king-maker, that’s where his mind goes.  He noted, before, that she said she might want to be mayor, and he didn’t forget, and when this craziness happened, he puts the two together and he has to put that out there.  Whether he’s distraught or, as it turns out, putting up a smokescreen to cover a murder, his essential thing comes through.


Tidwell:  “Looks like Seever took almost getting blown up personally.”

Charlie:  “Looks like Seever did.”

She’s got a whole war room! And a team!  I love it.

Tidwell:  “Nothing personal?  I’d vote for her.”

Charlie:  “Nothing personal, so would I.”


Hey, she’s wearing a vest!  Over the tank top.  Under the jacket.  Above the jeans.  But still, progress!


Charlie visits Ella in her office.  There’s a look that Charlie gives.  A look that I’ve seen before, that I really like. Charlie gives that look to Ella, just before he says, “Who is the little one, Ella?”  If you rewatch, you’ll see what I mean.


Also?  In the forest?  Pants. 


I love the scene at the FBI. 

Charlie:  “What are you?  The Badass Agent That Doesn’t Talk?”

Badass Agent:  “No.”

Charlie: “No because you said something?”

Badass Agent:  “Yes.”


Didn’t miss ya.

Tidwell trashes her desk.

Badass Agent pulls a gun on Charlie.

Charlie pulls his gun on Badass Agent. 

Oh how I love Charlie’s gun face. This is a good one.

Suit:  “Boys.  Just because you have guns, doesn’t mean you have to show them."

Ok.  You’re a bitch, but that’s a good line.


AMANDA!  So glad she's back this week. 


Ok, why is Charlie staring at that huge photo in the waiting room at P&K?  I mean, besides the obvious. Is it just that it's a woman in a bikini holding a gun?  Because this is Charlie, and that doesn’t seem enough to drive him to distraction like that.  Is it supposed to mean something?  Or is it just to set up Seever’s comment and then to let the show off the hook?


Seever:  “There is going to be sexual tension.  Between us. Between all male/female partners.  It’s in the documentation.  In the manual. It suggests fantasy.  As a way of dealing with it.”


Charlie is distracted by the giant bikini gunman and doesn’t hear any of it


Now, any construct that brings even the mention of sexual tension together with some version of Damian Lewis is ok with me.  However:

1)      I sorta buy that Seever would say something like that, but not in that setting, and not in response to nothing at all.  She would say it after some awkward moment, like (as a matter of fact) when they were on the floor back in the coroner’s office last week.  To fill the silence after she had suddenly and unexpectedly felt attracted to Charlie.  She’s sort of a blurter, so if she’s feeling it, it fits.  But sitting in a waiting room, on their way to interview a subject?  No, it felt wrong.

2)      The manual suggests fantasy?  Wow, that is one stupid manual.  Fantasy does not circumvent sexual tension and make it go away.  Kids, I cannot emphasize this enough.  Maybe the manual should suggest poor hygiene or offensive jokes.  Either of those might work.


I loved the scene between Ted and Amanda.  I really like the way Amanda speaks.  Her particular accent; the way she clips her words.

Amanda:  “She’s in Italy, Mr. Early.”

Ted: “Who?”

Amanda:  “You know whom.  Olivia.”

Ted:  “Alone?
Amanda:  “Mmm.  Alone.  She called you twice; hung up both times.”

Ted:  “How do you know this?”

Amanda:  “I know everything.”
Ted:  “What’s that like?”

Amanda:  “Almost always disappointing.  …..There!”  She finds Dani’s cell phone signal.   And she offers Ted a gun.  Hee.


Adam Arkin’s timing and inflection on “What’s that like?” are SO perfect.  I love that guy.


(It also reminds me of a line from Broadcast News, but then what doesn’t.)


Department of Nitpicks and Quibbles:  I don’t think they have enough evidence to take Howard into custody.  Ella hasn’t even given them a statement to his guilt yet…  And didn’t he destroy the guns?  (I say it’s a nitpick because I couldn’t really care less about the case of the week.  They’re buckets of fun, I just don’t care about the legal/procedural realism.)


Charlie is looking at Dani’s gun and cell phone. “Roman.” 

IT IS SO ON!!!  For one episode. *shakes fist at NBC and at Jay Leno for good measure*


And, though I put this scene, from the promo, in last week’s recap, I have to repeat it here, cause it’s such a perfect last scene.


Ted: “Charlie, what are you thinking?”

Charlie:  “I’m thinking about what I want and what I need.”

Ted:  “What do you want?”

Charlie:  “I want a peaceful soul.”

Ted: “And what do you need?”

Charlie: “I need a bigger gun.”




*runs to piggy bank to see if she has enough to pay for another season of Life*


ETA: spoilery promo pics from next week’s finale and Life makes the list of shows TWoP wants to save. Check out the comments below the list – lots of Life love.


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Apr. 4th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)

I was flailing on twitter with Om the other day about this. I just... TED. NOT ROMAN. AMANDA.

And they be stealing our Dani!

Edited at 2009-04-04 12:57 pm (UTC)
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)

I so want to see a slo-mo rockstar walk toward the camera. Charlie, Ted, Amanda, Bobby and Tidwell. :-D


Hee. Yes. The reason I'm self-appointed head of the Sisterhood is because my ginormous HD TV does amazing things for the pants. It's the Pants Channel every Wednesday in my living room.

oh, sorry to confuse you. It's me --- I had to switch accounts because my Canadian icons live here.
Apr. 4th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite half way through S2, so I confess I skimmed through a lot of this - but is it certain there won't be a third season?

I'm tempted to ask, "where's Dani?" but I guess I'll find that out for myself soon enough.
Apr. 4th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
No, it's not certain, but all the entertainment journalists are reporting a slim chance of renewal. I think we won't know for sure until the up-fronts in May. (?) There's still some hope. And if it's not renewed, I think Life would be perfect for the USA network, which is NBC's younger sibling.
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
That's actually a great thought. It is sort of a more elegant version of the quirky character + sensible character + crime formula that makes up pretty much all of their programming.

Except the magnificent Burn Notice which is sensible character + violent, witty friends + shallow, idiot-filled city - any apparent law inforcement = great wardrobe.

Apr. 5th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
That is the best description of Burn Notice I've ever seen.

Now I really want to watch Burn Notice.

Wouldn't Michael and Charlie love each other?
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
They would. So would Tidwell and Sam, and I think Fiona and Dani would like each other, once they got over that who has the bigger dick thing.
Apr. 5th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Damn it!

I just ... I am all verklempt.

That was an awesome episode. I want to shoot the NotRoman guy. And if this show doesn't get renewed I will be inconsolable.

Damn it.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
NotRoman was so hideous and infuriating. The fact that Roman wasn't there and then the crazy laugh.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:47 am (UTC)
I never thought a gun and a phone could affect me so but I did and it was just... I was flailing at the gun and the expression on Charlie's face, studying it! And just... gah!

Is it wrong I kinda ship Ted and Amanda? I love them together without masks. I mean former king of the world and current queen of her world? I kinda feel like they're going to be a mix of snarky, hot and vulnerable (Ted's side).

As for the sexual tension comment... I felt that came out of the left field. I didn't even see Seever crushing on Charlie although, I do see her going 'DAMN, he's hot' once and a while then letting go because what woman, wouldn't? But I don't see the crushing or the sexual tension.

I mean, besides the obvious. Is it just that it's a woman in a bikini holding a gun?

I really do think Charlie wasn't seeing the woman in a bikini. I think at that moment he wasn't 'there' for all intents and purposes. I think his mind's bouncing off from Dani missing to the case, to Dani missing again and bouncing back to the case.

But oh noes! Roman has Dani! This is so bad, he's always been so fascinated with her! This is going to screw her up so bad!
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I never thought a gun and a phone could affect me so

I know! It was so sad and tragic looking. I don't know whether they looked worse out in the desert or on Charlie's granite countertops. The thought of Dani without her gun and phone is incredibly sad.

Is it wrong I kinda ship Ted and Amanda?

Ha. No! They're a really great pair, especially since he's onto her. He's no longer the puppy dog and she's no longer pretending to be girlish. Just the way she says, "Mr. Early" is fantastic.

I really do think Charlie wasn't seeing the woman in a bikini. I think at that moment he wasn't 'there' for all intents and purposes. I think his mind's bouncing off from Dani missing to the case, to Dani missing again and bouncing back to the case.

Yeah, you're probably right. That actually does make sense to me, that he wasn't even seeing the picture; his mind was somewhere else. Thanks!

But oh noes! Roman has Dani! This is so bad, he's always been so fascinated with her!

I know --- I keep flashing back to when he tormented her about her drug problem until there were tears in her eyes. And Charlie was so mad. I love Charlie vs. Roman, but I want Dani to get a piece of him too.
Apr. 6th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
No! They're a really great pair, especially since he's onto her. He's no longer the puppy dog and she's no longer pretending to be girlish. Just the way she says, "Mr. Early" is fantastic.

And I like that Ted and Amanda are kind of equal y'know? I mean, I like Olivia but I like the chemistry between Amanda and Ted more. There's some fight there, y'know?

I keep flashing back to when he tormented her about her drug problem until there were tears in her eyes. And Charlie was so mad

To date Roman remains the only criminal to really get to Dani and he KNOWS an awful lot about her and I'm sure he's gonna do a lot of headgames and *flaaaail* I sure hope Dani gets to clock him with a big bottle of something too. I mean, I know Charlie would get to kick Roman's ass but I'd also like it if Dani would too.
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:45 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait to see Roman again. How I have been missing him.

Please let there be a scene of a Friend of Charlie (FoC) visiting him in jail.

I liked sleek, cool Amanda. I love slightly crazy, gun-toting Amanda. And Seever has completely grown on me.
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I know! I love Roman vs. Charlie so, so much. I'm going to link you guys to some screencaps from next week, in case you want. Hang on...
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
And as I said last week (and was completely IGNORED):

"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."
Apr. 5th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
And as I said last week (and was completely IGNORED)

I do and do and do for you kids, and this is the thanks I get. /letterman

*g* Sorry, dear, I absolutely loved your comment about the guest stars, I guess no response came to mind. Except to say I hope you're right!!
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
There is no teasing some people.....
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
There is teasing me! I felt teased! *g*
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:04 pm (UTC)
OH, and don't we have about 2/3 of the cast of Deadwood to get through? I think there have been only five of them so far.

Plus Molly Parker? Deadwood AND a (sometimes) redhead. Have they considered that? HAVE THEY?
Apr. 5th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
Clearly they are not thinking of the children!

(Actually, Molly Parker would work really well on Life. She has that combination of coolness, and yet slightly otherworldly, that a lot of the characters have. She could be a sort of sheCharlie).
Apr. 5th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Trackers: I added two links to the entry.

The link to the promo pics for next week is courtesy of symm76 in pers_pineapple. They are fairly spoilery, but nothing we aren't already guessing about.

The TWoP thing is funny. The list is like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, HUH?" A great list, until it's really not. The vast majority of comments are in favor of either Chuck or Life or both.
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