11.11.2012

Black Girls' Night Out: Carter & Pope

So on the last post, Cinnamon commented that she didn't like Carter being Reese and Finch's phone support.  That's all fans had to look forward to this past episode.

In terms of Carter, this episode was particularly disappointing because even though she's second-billed and this is technically her show, she was pushed aside so that recurring character Zoe could dominate the episode.

In the story, Reese has to pretend to be a married man living in the burbs with his wife.  Finch gets the house, the identity, even the wardrobe, but he doesn't think to set up Carter as Reese's wife.  He tells Reese that's one accessory he's going to have to get on his own.

So naturally, Reese asks Zoe to be his pretend wife and offers her a fat rock.

Why wasn't Carter put into this role?  I know that Sterling K. Brown is intended to join the cast soon as her love interest, but for the sake of character and plot development, imagine what the writers could've accomplished had they simply written Carter as Reese's faux wife.  Think of all the interesting dialogue those two would've shared.

Thank God for the return of Scandal.

Now, the episode before this one ended with a cliffhanger which took two weeks to resolve, courtesy of a music award show.  Fans watched as Hollis the CEO of Doyle Energy, a Supreme Court Judge, Cyrus, Mellie the Prez's wife, and Olivia got into a room to talk about their David Rosen problem.  The District Attorney was getting too close in his investigation.

As the episode unfolds in a mesmerizing, jaw-dropping, and hilarious way, we find out that Olivia was definitely part of a conspiracy make sure the Prez became the Prez. Through the digging of Abby the Red (who's still screwing the DA), we learn that the company which Quinn was accused of bombing did some work for Hollis.

They wrote software which could impact voting machines.

Now, am I disgusted Olivia would be a part of something like this?  Yes.  Disappointed?  Sure.  Surprised?  Not in the least.  She strikes me as exactly the sort of person who would help pull this off.

However, that precious tidbit is just a footnote to this monster of an episode.  In this episode, we finally meet the Democratic Governor the Prez "defeated".  We learn he's broken man in a broken marriage.  He learns his wife is having an affair but when he comes home and finds them screwing on the kitchen floor, she panics and cries rape.  He then shoots the "rapist" and watches a brand new stage of his career unfold

If you watch the episode, you'll see why he says "rape" is such a "gorgeous word."  It's positively chilling.

Then there's Cyrus and James having marital issues.  I'm glad the gay couple is coming back into focus on the show; there's so much to explore here.  James has resumed his work as a journalist at the White House.  Cyrus starts to cave about having a baby so he can remain the sole breadwinner, but James doesn't want to be "barefoot and pregnant."  It's...quite interesting.

The show is entitled "All Roads Lead to Fitz", which is important because the Prez doesn't actually appear in this episode.  Everything is about him, who's had to give him up, who's commit felonies to assure his career, and so on and so forth.  It's the best episode of the entire show.

By the way...Huck goes on a date with a fellow recovering "addict" and ohhhhhhhh it is totally...Huck.

Peep:


31 comments:

  1. "Why wasn't Carter put into this role?"

    Ah, you clearly wanted the POI fandom to have a meltdown. Clearly.

    Some viewers still blame Carter for Reese being shot by the CIA and won't let it go. Also, they are annoyed that Reese likes her more than he does Fucso and values her contribution. I remember some annoyed posts that Reese took Carter with him to Texas instead of Fusco.

    Others would not have bought Reese & Carter playing house because they only have a "brother / sister" vibe. *shrugs*

    Re: SCANDAL

    I loved the end scene of Huck and his date. They are so creepy, but that was cute. During Season 1, I thought that the show was going to pair him and Quinn.

    Harrison continues to be underused. Why does he not have a storyline?

    I am very surprised that Olivia and Cyrus have been able to repair their relationship after how he treated her in Season 1. Their scene at her apartment was sweet. When will it be revealed that he ordered Amanda Tanner's murder?

    Do you think Olivia is going to fire Abby?

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    1. Others would not have bought Reese & Carter playing house because they only have a "brother / sister" vibe. *shrugs*

      Brothers and sisters don't flirt shamelessly the way these two do (or used to anyway). *smh* Fangirls...I tell you.

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  2. I've long stopped trying guess what happens next on Scandal. Shonda Rhimes is waaaaaaaaay ahead of me, I just sit back now, comforted by the knowledge that she won't disappoint.

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  3. *is waiting for PoI to get canceled or shoved into a dead-in ratings slot* This show sounds about as interesting as wet toilet paper.

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    1. Right now, Person of Interest is one of the Top 10 most-watched scripted shows on TV in the USA.

      Ratings drop, though, so it may be cancelled in another year or two.

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    2. At one point I got somewhat interested in it,but as time pass by ,it has become more dull,frustrating and gives obvious messages behind the show. My interest in POI has waned.

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    3. When Carter isn't prominent in an episode, it reverts to being a formulaic procedural. *yawn*

      If they keep treating her like this and it gets canceled, I won't miss it one bit.

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  4. Once in a while, I look at POI and from the episodes that I did watch,Carter seemed distant.I knew that it wasn't just me that noticed that. Seems as if the producers of that show are listening to their racist fans for them to slowly call for Carter's demise.Though I dont watch a lot of Scandal,I support this show and Shonda.Great job and hopefully,this show will last..

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    1. The two shows represent an excellent contrast of what happens to characters of color when POC vs non-POC are running the show.

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    2. @Ankh

      This, this, a thousand times this! Between Scandal and POI alone, there's a huge difference. There's a way to give everyone decent storylines and screentime without sacrificing the leads screentime and storylines. Scandal does that very well (with the exception of Harrison and they need to fix that stat). And since Taraji is second-billed, there really is no excuse for the way they've been treating her. Putting a recurring character into a role that she as a regular, lead character should've filled is unacceptable. I'ma need them to fix that sooner rather than later.

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  5. Why wasn't Carter put into this role? I know that Sterling K. Brown is intended to join the cast soon as her love interest, but for the sake of character and plot development, imagine what the writers could've accomplished had they simply written Carter as Reese's faux wife. Think of all the interesting dialogue those two would've shared.

    That's the exact same thing I wondered. If this were any other show, the female lead would've been the one to fill this role. She should've been the first person that both Reese and Finch thought of. If Zoe ended up doing it, it should've been because Carter turned it down, not because they never asked her in the first place. So that naturally makes me wonder what's up.

    There are a couple of things the writers might be doing. In the ep before this one, Carter looked a bit irritated (as Ankh stated) about the date thing and in this ep, she had a WTF look on her face when Zoe introduced herself as Reese's wife. The fact that Zoe did that when she didn't even need to by that point, esp having just met Carter, makes me think that she was warning Carter off. Which means that she sees her as a threat. Pair these multiple Zoe appearances all of a sudden with the fact that Carter is about to get a new love interest, and things might be about to get interesting. It depends on how Reese reacts to the news that she's dating the new dude (I personally like that she's getting a love interest).

    The writers could also be trying to temper the rampant shipping that's going on in the fandom. I read somewhere that one of the most frequently asked questions Taraji gets re the show is if her and Reese are ever going to hook up. From what I've seen, they're a pretty popular pairing (made all the more evident by the hate Carter seems to get or the Zoe is better-suited to Reese arguments). And for the show to only be a season and a half old, there's a lot of fanfic out there for them.

    And one other thing. I don't dislike Zoe, but is it just me, or is the show trying really, really hard to make her look...younger than she obviously really is? The short tight dresses, the super high fuck-me pumps, the too-long hair for a woman of her mature age, the copious amounts of make-up. Don't get me wrong, she doesn't look bad for her age (I think the actress is 47 in real life), but it's like they're trying to bring her down to Carter's level age-wise (sorry...its not working). Am I alone here?

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    1. Good points. It's true that on other shows the lead / only main female character would be the one chosen to go undercover. It's probably a case of the writers trying to show that Reese & Carter have a purely platonic working relationship.

      I think that Paige Turco (Zoe)is beautiful, but the producers clearly think Zoe = sexy and Carter = plain, so they exaggerate the sex appeal of one, and downplay the sex appeal of the other.

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    2. It's probably a case of the writers trying to show that Reese & Carter have a purely platonic working relationship.

      That's a good point too, but if that's the case, it's a cop out and lazy writing, IMO. If that's what they're trying to do, I think there are ways to achieve it without robbing the show's female lead of screen time. Have them go undercover and play it completely straight. But Ankh was 100% right...by not having Carter be the one to go undercover with Reese, they missed out on some high drama and choice dialogue.

      I think that Paige Turco (Zoe)is beautiful, but the producers clearly think Zoe = sexy and Carter = plain, so they exaggerate the sex appeal of one, and downplay the sex appeal of the other.

      To the utter unfairness of them both if you ask me. I'm always wary of that ploy and if that's what they're playing at, I've gotta give the showrunners a big side-eye. Not cool.

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    3. Once again, you state great points, cinnamon.

      The writers could have increased Carter's screentime in the last episode and by having her go undercover and playing the scenes straight. I guess that they really just wanted to push the John Reese and Zoe Morgan sexual tension.

      Definitely not cool. I hope that Carter's new love interest and dates allow her to show her more sensual and casual sides instead of just detective-type clothing.

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  6. Re Scandal:

    Oh, that was such a good episode. I sincerely hope that Olivia was just fixing the problem for the conspirators and not part of throwing the election. I'm not holding my breath, but I always think of Oliva as the good guy. The person who doesn't always do the right things, but does the wrong thing for the right reasons. Knowing Shonda Rhimes though, I'm sure there's more to this whole thing than meets the eye.

    I had a feeling early on in the ep that the Gov's wife was really having an affair and called rape to cover it up. I was thrown though when the Gov actually knew about it and the killing was premeditated. And it was chilling how he was so giddy to have gotten one over on the great Olivia Pope. He still blames her for losing the election, and that number they kept throwing out there (four-thousand whatever it was), makes me wonder if he has an inkling what really happened. Olivia is so awesome, I sometimes forget that a woman in her position probably has a lot of enemies. A lot. I'm sure we'll meet a lot more as the series goes on.

    I think something is up with that woman that Huck went out on a date with. She wasn't freaked out by that whole spy on the family and know everything about their life bit. That would've put off any other normal woman, but she didn't seem fazed by it at all. Maybe she was hired by someone to keep an eye on Olivia by way of Huck. Intriquing.

    And oh yeah, I read on EW (I think) that Scandal has rec'd a full season order. There were only supposed to be 13 eps so far, but the studio has ordered 9 more for a full 22 ep order. Yay!!!

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    1. I knew from the beginning that the Governor's wife was having an affair with the contractor. It was rather obvious. However, I believed that the Governor did not know. It should how corrupt he was to formulate such a plan. His wife ended up going to jail, her lover was killed, and he is now a sympathetic political figure.

      The lady may just be a creeper like Huck.

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  7. I absolutely love Scandal, and not just because one of us has the lead role. The show is just brilliantly written, and is a breath of fresh air among all of the soapy shows that are on the air. This show has an actual plot, with intrigue and twists that actually surprise the audience. It's hard to find that nowadays.

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  8. Excuse me. I have a question. I noticed on the Narrative and here the use of the word ship or shipping. Cinnamon used it above "rampant shipping". In what context is it meant? I'm not into the kpop world so is it part of that? Just curious.

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    1. Lor,

      Shipping is a terminology coined by THE X-FILES online fandom during the early 1990s. It is derived from the word 'relationship.'

      Ship = potential couple that some members of fandom want to start a romantic / sexual relationship

      Shippers = fans of the (potential) couple

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    2. Okay now I get it. Thanks for the lesson!

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  9. Ank,

    This week's episode of PERSON OF INTEREST will feature Sharon Leal ("Why Did I Get Married?", "BOSTON PUBLIC", "This Christmas", Dreamgirls") as the Person of Interest.

    It appears that she is playing a brilliant heart surgeon who is a lesbian - at least that is what I gathered from the extended preview released online today.

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    1. That ep might actually be worth watching.

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    2. Sharon Leal is gorgeous. She is so underrated. I mainly watched HELLCATS (2010 - 2011) on The CW because she was one of the main supporting stars. Of course, the show was cancelled after one season. Her storyline was the most interesting one, though.

      I am looking forward to watching her on this week's episode of POI. Here is the episode's preview: http://youtu.be/dA0_adehgP0

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  10. The problem with Paige Turco is that this is not her show. She's a recurring guest star who's starting to recur too much. Regardless of her age and beauty, the problem with Turco is that she hasn't been relevant since the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, POI is some how integral to aid her flagging career.

    I'll be real - I don't care about Zoe. I don't care about Turco. She's not why I tuned into the show and I'm hoping that by season 3 (if there is one), her little plotline will be resolved and done with.

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    1. Girl yes, no one cares about Zoe. but Zoe is the stand in for every white lady that wants a pice of JC. Personally I think Carter should hit it and quit it, just to make folks angry. But that's just me, I'm callous that way.

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    2. Ain't seen hide or hair of you for many a moon and all of a sudden you come out swinging with this????

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    3. @Ankh

      I wouldn't surprise me if she became a regular one of these seasons. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.

      @Pepp

      You're probably right about the stand-in thing, but unless I'm missing something, Reese mostly seems indifferent to Zoe's very obvious interest. But hey...I could be wrong. *shrugs* I guess it doesn't matter as long as fantasies are being fulfilled.

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    4. What Pepp said, x10. Carter should hit it and quit it, rather than stay and play, and have him come after her like a lovesick fool. I'd watch the show if that happened.

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    5. Agreed with all of the remarks. Though I gripe about Carter's character being detached from the show,the little bit that I seen is suggestive of it happening. A part of me cannot see this not taking place.Im hoping that it will happen.

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    6. I don't know, M. I'm not saying that it won't happen one day way down the road, but the writers have gone out of their way to emotionally separate them this season. The two of them had a very deep connection last season, but we haven't really seen hide nor hair of it this season (at least so far).

      Their witty, flirtatious banter is all but gone, Zoe has come out of the woodwork and couldn't be more obvious about her interest in Reese, the almost crazed protectiveness that he had toward Carter last season has been MIA so far and IMHO, they're still doing everything in their power to play down TPH's looks. I can understand the need to slow things down once they hit season two, but doing it with no explanation is jarring and makes fans cranky (at least from what I've been reading).

      I'm glad that Carter getting a life outside of work/Reese/the numbers cases with this new love interest (found out his name is Det. Beecher), but I have a feeling he'll be either a) put out there for her to have to make a choice between a normal life and wanting to know more about Reese's past (ie Stanton, the machine, etc), b) a foil for Reese, c) he's corrupt and is using her to get info/keep tabs on her and Carter is going to end up getting hurt or d) she's going to have to choose between him and Reese because he's going to start to get too close to the boys and their operation. I still enjoy the show, but the writers haven't given me many reasons not to give them the side-eye this season (esp after this ep).

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  11. After re-watching the ep, and seeing how absolutely white-washed their version of suburbia was, I'm fully convinced that they didn't want to have to deal with an IR couple in that storyline. It was easier with Zoe as Carter would have stood out like a sore thumb at that BBQ (that's the first thing that came to my mind).

    Along with wanting to establish/build-up whatever they want to happen between Zoe and Reese, I think they just didn't have the balls to go there.

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