|Clinton "Urkel" Jones gets his geek on.|
Are we at the mid-season hiatus ALREADY!? But I just got used to the boys coming to my house every Tuesday! Grumble, grumble.
Well, I suppose I’ve got one last Squee in me despite sinking into the DEPTHS of DESPAIR (channeling Anne Shirley there for ya.)
On to the Squee!
Man let’s hope that’s not permafrost. Matt Bomer is adept at delivering a quality snit, but I must say the pettiness in the opening scenes was kind of beneath both him and Neal. Do I think Neal would frost Peter out? Undoubtedly. But an internationally renowned conman and forger would be a lot more calculating about it, that’s all I’m saying.
|Come on, Neal, he BROUGHT YOU COFFEE!|
Which leads me to my next point, and it’s been a theme in the Squee for weeks now – the behavior of the characters has been inconsistent on this score. Of course I realize this is the bat that Jeff Eastin and team have been beating us over the head with (Neal and Peter have to TRUST EACH OTHER), but I have to believe there are more effective ways to do it that keep the characters true to themselves. It distresses me that JE was the writer of this ep, because I can no longer give this sloppiness a pass. I had thought, “Oh, he’s all busy with writing and producing Graceland, maybe he’s a bit distracted.” But no. Not really.
But I really did like the episode, even if it wasn’t the best of the season. BECAUSE:
They’re Taking the “B” out of “Bromance.” Ah, such a gift JE has given us slashers with the last two episodes, eh? The way Peter begins to bring Neal around – “I liked you.” It’s like he’s wooing him back. That little scene where Peter reveals to Neal why he took his deal goes to the heart of the series – no matter what they go through, no matter what happens, they fundamentally love each other. If that’s not a marriage made in heaven (despite the lack of actual romantic or physical involvement), I don’t know what is.
|The homoerotic subtext is officially text.|
Have we learned and grown? I hope so. The conversation between Neal and Peter about Sam being dead, with Peter gently breaking the news to Neal (and not keeping it to himself until something tragic happens), and Neal not “do(ing) what I normally do,” (and potentially compromising Peter’s standing at the FBI) was, I hope, a milestone. We already know these guys trust each other with their lives. How about they start to trust each other with their hearts and minds? Looks like they finally caught up with the rest of us.
|“As long as Peter has faith in me, I’ll have faith in him.”|
Let’s give it up for Mr. Tim DeKay. I’ve always admired his subtlety and the choices he makes when he plays Peter. Where other actors would be overbearing and one-note, he’s given Peter such emotional nuance and depth of character – I just have to suspect that the character is something like 90% Tim and 10% acting. His simmering concern for Neal and quiet delight when it seems they’ve mended fences were both well-played and effective. And the emotion he had in his voice when he’s breaking the news to Neal about Sam’s identity just about took my breath away. Stupid Emmy Awards need to RECOGNIZE!
|Best. Damn. Actor. On television.|
Sam is Neal's father. Such a shock, oh, it’s shaken me to my very core. Please note the sarcastic tone. HOWEVER, I have come to squee about Caesar, not bury him.
I celebrate the fact they’ve gotten the reveal that Sam is James out of the way sooner than later. I was convinced they’d drag this out at least to the end of the Season if not right on into Season 5. I really liked the interplay between Neal and Sam/James in that little scene right after Neal and Moz rescue him. “I didn’t want you getting hurt if things went bad,” he said and it is obvious that Sam/James cares for his son, and perhaps the real reason he was being so sketchy was to keep Neal safe?
|"Why didn't you tell me?"|
I will also give this to the Bennett Boys: They have stunning blue eyes and terrific hair in common.
Non-Squee of the Week
I shouldn't be one to look a gift hurt/comfort scene in the mouth, but when exactly did Neal have time to put that vest on and get all put-together again?
Quotes of the week:
Moz: “I brought a corkscrew to a gun fight!”
Ah, Moz, yes you did. But I have no doubt you KNOW HOW TO USE IT!
Peter: “Diana doesn’t like bulges.”
A-HA-HA-HA-HA-HA-HAAAAAA!!! Seriously, I’ve got tears in my eyes.
FBI Guy Whose Name I Can’t Be Fussed to Go Back and Learn: “I assume there’s an immense trust between the two of you?”
Peter: “Usually. But even when there isn’t trust, there’s always faith.”
Peter: “That whatever the other’s doing, it’s for a good reason.”
Neal: “As long as Peter has faith in me, I’ll have faith in him.”
Awww. Is it dusty in here?
So, what were you squeeing about with this ep, Collars? And how will you spend the long, long hiatus? I know I'll probably be writing about 157 episode tags to this one!