11.16.2012

Black Girls' Night Out: Carter & Pope

Oh, yeah...she's got fans.
I'm on the fence about this last episode.

Yes, Carter's presence was minimal, but there was gunfire, clandestine meetings with a federal agent, and allusions to conspiracy.  Judging by the ending conversation between her and Reese, it's about to get real.

Aside for the lack of Carter, this episode was good for various reasons.  For one, the opening was hilarious.  Reese reaches an address he was sent to courtesy of the Machine.  Apparently, it spit a repeat number, prompting Reese to ask, "Who would be dumb enough to get into a life-threatening situation again?"

Right on cue - and I already knew who it would be - Leon Tao (Ken Leung) comes flying through a nearby window.  He appears throughout the episode, sort of like a Finch 2.0.  I hope to see him in many more eps.

Sharon Leal also appears in her much anticipated role as the state's top surgeon and a happily married lesbian.  Her appearance tapped into my inner screen capper.





Her plotline is great; it's not original, but forgivable.  And Leal does an excellent job; it's hard to believe she's the same actress from those Tyler Perry movies.

Oh...oh my God...O-M-friggin'-G.

Unlike Person of Interest, I'm not on the fence about Scandal's last episode.

Once again, the Prez doesn't appear and this isn't an Olivia-centric episode, though we do see her tremble and shed tears like no tomorrow over the person this episode is really about: Huck.

Huck's (not his real name, of course) black ops history comes back to haunt him, bringing him face to face with former associates of his (apparently they used to call him "Spin").  Here the audience is granted a taste of very dark hilarity.

Before we move onto the episode itself (it has to be seen, not read about...there are simply no words for this one), we see how far Olivia's willing to go to end the relationship between Abby the Red and David Rosen.  *shakes head*  Straight up brutal, y'all.


19 comments:

  1. How does Huck keep getting better? I love him even more and I need to know how he and Liv got so ride or die for each other. Theirs is my favorite relationship on the show. And I am very attracted to Guillermo Diaz. This show does so many things right. I love how the spies all looked like normal people, not sleek Bond types.

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    1. How does Huck keep getting better?

      $64,000 question, sweetheart.

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I really hope we see these spies again at some point, and I don't mean Charlie. I'm sick of Charlie; he's not that interesting and his story's kinda done.

      The ladies, however....

      The grandma one was my favorite; when she started talking about her arthritis I was done. And when the housewife capped the traitor and said, "It was a nice speech, Spin", my jaw was on the floor.

      This show...*shakes head*...this show.

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  2. That Carter artwork is friggin' awesome.

    *wishes she could draw*

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    1. I was shocked when the background came out transparent here. It's simply perfection.

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  3. I loved the latest episode of Person of Interest because it returned to the gritty and dark atmosphere of season 1. The person of interest this week was a very good character because she truly was a good person and wonderful surgeon. The audience could identify with her and felt the tension of her making the life-changing decision; at the end, she made the right decision. Sharon Leal did a very good job portraying the surgeon, and the tension in the scenes was high.

    Carter's screen time was limited in episode 7, BUT it was awesome that Carter is getting deeper and deeper involved in the government conspiracy. How great was the scene between her and John Reese in the last scene? It was INTENSE, and Taraji P. Henson and Jim Caviezel did an amazing job of conveying the tension. Truth is that Carter will continue to investigate the conspiracy, and she probably will be seriously injured or ruined. Her son, her career, and her overall life are on the line. Carter has the most to lose, and I think she will lose something or someone close to her. Intense.

    Re: Scandal

    I loved the scene between Harrison and Olivia. Columbus Short is such a good actor, and he should be utilized more. I say that every week because it's true. He is so dedicated to Olivia.

    Was Olivia horrible for using Abby's domestic abuse issue to ruin Abby and David's relationship? Yes, she was, but it was smart. At the end of the day, Olivia is a gladiator, and she will go for the jugular in order to accomplish her goal.

    The next SCANDAL episode looks like it will be juicy!

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    1. I loved the scene between Harrison and Olivia. Columbus Short is such a good actor, and he should be utilized more.

      Yeah...we need more Harrison. When he says to her, "I'm your gladiator" in that gritty, raspy voice of his, it just...does things to me.

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  4. POI:

    The funny thing is, as much as I loved Sharon Leal in his ep, I was much more hooked on Carter's abbreviated storyline. I was hooked from the moment Fusco found Carter's card in that dead guy's pocket. I knew something was obviously up, but my jaw hit the floor when Snow appeared. (He's looking rather rough these days, isn't he? Nothing says humble like a bomb strapped to your chest against your will.)

    Next to the scene when Carter comes face to face with Snow for the first time, my favorite scene was the very last one between her and Reese. It was very intense and highly intriguing. Carter has a decision to make. Tamp down her natural inclination to get to the bottom of a mystery or protect her loved ones and her life as she knows it. I have a feeling that she may decide to drop it, but given that Stanton now knows about her, she'll get pulled into it whether she wants to be or not. And I have no doubt that Stanton will use her to get to Reese if she has to. I can't wait for this all to play out. Should make for really great TV. And hopefully, TPH will finally start getting her due.

    Scandal:

    I loved this look into Huck's former life and the current life that he wants to lead. I also loved the glance into his relationship with Olivia. One day, I hope they finally clue us into why the two of them are so close. The fact that Olivia didn't let Huck do a background check on the chick he's seeing might come back to bite them all in the butt one day. I still don't fully trust her for some reason.

    Also, it was nice to see Harrison shine in this ep, but I still need to know more about him. I hope this is the start of him being singled out a bit more for some action.

    And I'm torn about what Olivia did to Abby. Yes, Abby was wrong too, but there had to have been another way to break her and David up. Now Harrison has to live with his part in the whole sordid situation. All this back-stabbing and infighting will start to take it's toll on the office sooner or later. Something's got to give.

    And I never thought I'd ever hear myself say this, but I've actually missed Fitz. He's grown on me.

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    1. Nothing says humble like a bomb strapped to your chest against your will

      How does he shower?

      I have a feeling that she may decide to drop it, but given that Stanton now knows about her, she'll get pulled into it whether she wants to be or not

      I always felt she'd get pulled in one way or another anyhow simply because she's involved. I didn't think it was great writing for Reese to ask her if she really "wants to know" because duh, she's already a part of his operation and is already at risk.

      The fact that Olivia didn't let Huck do a background check on the chick he's seeing might come back to bite them all in the butt one day. I still don't fully trust her for some reason.

      Nor do I. She was waaaaaay too calm about Huck's creepy little hobby (by the way, Guillermo Diaz needs to win awards for this role. He plays it much too well).

      And I'm torn about what Olivia did to Abby. Yes, Abby was wrong too, but there had to have been another way to break her and David up.

      Oh, yeah. That was an all-new low.

      And I never thought I'd ever hear myself say this, but I've actually missed Fitz. He's grown on me.

      I think they're trying to fully temper the David Rosen Problem before Prez gets back. They always want to give Olivia new time with her beau (I think).

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    2. How does he shower?

      LOL! Stanton has snow on a very short leash. Seeing as how he's the one that had something to do with trying to get her and John to off each other, he's lucky she didn't kill his ass. I wonder what she's up to though. I assume she wants revenge on the govt/country for betraying her. I can't imagine that she's after Reese in particular, because he was betrayed too. Can't wait to see that confrontation.

      I always felt she'd get pulled in one way or another anyhow simply because she's involved.

      Agreed. Her natural curiousity coupled with her very proxmity to Reese and Finch has her right in the crosshairs of anything that goes down. And I have a feeling that Finch may be more wrapped up in that side of Reese's life than even Reese knows about.

      I didn't think it was great writing for Reese to ask her if she really "wants to know" because duh, she's already a part of his operation and is already at risk.

      Some of that may have been rhetorical on his part, because he knows damn well that she wants to know. She can't help herself. On the other hand, I think that because he doesn't want anything to happen to her (and the fact that she does have a real life), he's been protective on that front. If there's more he's not telling her, it must be explosive. Or am I wrong, and it's what we, the audience, already knows from season one?

      I think they're trying to fully temper the David Rosen Problem before Prez gets back. They always want to give Olivia new time with her beau (I think).

      I think you're right on point here. They needed to take care of the David issue, and since the David issue has to do with the Big Conspiracy (voting machines), Fitz needed to be gone for a couple of eps. Plus, they needed to firmly let re-establish Ellison(?) and Olivia's relationship first. Should make things really interesting next week. Can't wait.

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    3. I think that Reese's question to Carter was poignant. Carter knows a little bit about about what is happening but not really. The government conspirators, Stanton and Root would torture and kill Carter and her loved ones if they find out that she knows about the conspiracy surrounding the machine.

      Reese was warning Carter that she is safer knowing very little than learning more. If she sticks to just helping him with researching regular crimes, then she should be relatively safe.

      But the government conspiracy? He can't really protect her if she continues going down that road.

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    4. @Lori

      Knowing Stanton, I can't imagine that she's going to let Carter skip off into the sunset now that she knows about her and her connection to Reese. Reese has to know that to, so him giving her a choice of whether she wants to be more deeply involved may be moot.

      Out of everyone besides Finch, Carter knows the most about Reese (service record, Jessica, saw him at his absolute worst when he was homeless) so it would probably be a natural progression for her to know everything. At least about John. Finch is a whole other discussion.

      And he doesn't look too upset with the idea of her knowing the entire truth about him, so maybe deep down, although he wants to protect her, he really does want her to know. Having to hide your true self from everyone all the time must be exhausting. And lonely.

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    5. Good points...I don't think Reese cares that much about her knowing about his past and his issues, but he's worried that knowing and getting deeper in the conspiracy will lead to more pain for her and her family.

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  5. And oh yeah...more Leon Tao please. He was hilarous and is quickly becoming one of my favorite recurring characters.

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    1. This is the perfect role for Ken Leung. You gotta admit it takes some seriously huge balls for him to keep stealing from mobs.

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    2. Hell, if they can keep shoving Zoe out there, they can do the same for Leon.

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    3. Heheheheheheheheh....true, true.

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    4. You know...it just stuck me that the network execs might have something to do with the increased Zoe appearances (I mean really...in "Bury the Lede", she was shoehorned in that ep so hard in the restaurant scene, it was almost comical. I remember shaking my head at how blatant and borderline ridiculous it was). Yeah...if the network had a hand in it, it wouldn't surprise me one little bit.

      But, then again, CBS is the one that asked the showrunners to make TPH more integral to the show last season way before the writers had planned on it (which wasn't going to be until much later in the season), so maybe I'm being unfair. But something has to explain the change in the dynamics of the relationships on the show. I guess as a writer, I can think of several good reasons, but those reasons have to be explained to an audience, not just shoved out there in a vacuum.

      There've been complaints about it, so I hope with this last ep things are going to be brought back into focus. We'll see.

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    5. I think that the executive producers and head writer stated that they liked working with Paige Turco in her first episode, so they ask her to guest star when they can use the Zoe character.

      One of the main things that I still side eye is why the producers make so much of an effort to de-glamorize Detective Carter. Yes, she should be dressed like a cop, and she is styled better during Season 2 than she was since the very early episodes of Season 1, BUT still...

      Why the drastic change in makeup, clothing, and hairstyles since the first three episodes of the series?

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    6. Why the drastic change in makeup, clothing, and hairstyles since the first three episodes of the series?

      Yeah, and we all know when that de-glamorizing started. Coincidence?

      Now that I think about it, Ziva is presented this same way on NCIS. She's a fairly attractive woman, but she almost always has her hair pulled back in a ponytail, her make-up is kept minimal, and she's definitely no fashion plate (at least up until the point where I stopped watching). I suspect that they did that to make her as different from Kate as possible and to also highlight that she isn't the type that Tony normally goes for (since the UST is strong with those two). *rolls eyes*

      They seem to play down the looks on the female lead on The Mentalist too. Which makes me wonder...what's up with that? A female cop must be plain to the point of nearly being homely, but of course, the male lead looks like he could be on the cover of GQ at any given moment.

      Carter's does seem a bit...extra though, doesn't it?

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