I had to post a blog about this episode. I can honestly say it’s in my top 10 favorite episodes now. I’m sure all of you have seen this episode many times, but last night was my first. *blushes*
I’ll admit this entire weekend was just one big, giant Criminal Intent marathon for me. I don’t watch episodes when they air on TV, but I have them in my NetFlix instant queue and, well, I went hog-wild. For some reason I don’t watch Criminal Intent too much. I have all the seasons currently out, and I still haven’t even cracked season 4 open yet. Watching them makes me…agitated…anxious in a way I cannot explain nor will I try to. But this weekend I went at it and plunged head first into this Criminal Intent madness. I watched more episodes that I can actually list, but the last one I watched - at 5:30 in the morning mind you before I shut my Xbox off - was the one that had the most profound impact on me. It’s the one I will remember for a very long time.
Episode: Semi-Detached (Season 4, Episode 1):
Wow. I read about this episode where Eames is apparently jealous of a nurse. I’ve also seen screen caps of this episode before, but never actually watched it – until now. I seriously watched this episode for hours. I kept re-watching the good parts and pausing in the parts that literally had my jaw on the floor. I even had to pause in certain places to allow myself time to process what the hell had just happened. Am I the only one that thought this episode was amazing?
So, this entire episode was filled with many amazing scenes, but I’ll control myself and just point out a few…
The screen cap above is when Bobby willingly tells Nelda Carlson (played by actress Francie Swift) about his schizophrenic mother. They discuss medicine and then she starts to talk about his partner…
Nelda: “You don’t feel you carry more than your fair share of the work?”
Bobby: “No. We have…complimentary skills.”
And then, as I’m sure you remember, Bobby leaves the room when Alex comes back. Nelda speaks to Alex about Bobby:
Nelda: “He should be careful. And so should you. He told me about his mother. When there’s a predisposition to schizophrenia, it can manifest itself under stress. You should watch him.”
And, of course, Bobby and Alex’s conversation after Nelda leaves the room:
Eames: “I’m supposed to keep an eye on you.”
Bobby: “And I’m supposed to think you’re not carrying your weight.
Eames: (exasperated) “Ah.”
Bobby: Splitting. It’s how she forms alliances. It’s, um, splitting people against each other.”
Wow. I loved how Bobby described their partnership as complimentary. It was the perfect word. There’s something about this scene that, well, I had to watch it 100 times over. It was brilliant for so many reasons. What do you think? Am I just off my rocker here?
And then, oh yes, the souvenir badge Bobby gets for Nelda…and it has his badge number on it! I almost fell off my bed! Here’s the scene I’m talking about:
Holy hell. He almost looked...uncomfortable when she helped him – like no one else had tried to help him before and he didn't know how to handle it. Amazing stuff – it really made me think about his sad life.
She helps him with his jacket. I almost fainted right there. I was almost jealous because, as you know, I think he belongs to Eames and vise versa! Yes, that’s the shipper in me talking.
But then after she leaves, ah, he pulls out a picture of his academy photo that she slipped in to his breast pocket.
And back and 1PP, you could tell Eames wasn’t too pleased. Eames even made the comment, “This woman’s got it bad for you.” I couldn't help but think: Was she referring to herself, too?
So when he goes over to warn Nelda that they’re coming with a search warrant, part of that scene still has me wondering. Nelda walks over to the door because Eames is on the other side of it saying: “This is the police. We have a warrant to search the premises.” Nelda opens the door and Alex says a few words and then…
Eames: “This is a copy of a warrant for…” And her voice halts because she finds Bobby leaning up against the wall.
Bobby: “Yeah, I explained to her what it…why you’re here.”
Eames: “Good. Then later you can explain to me why you’re here.”
So, what do you think? I know they come up with these deceitful plans all the time…but my gut tells me that Alex truly didn’t know Bobby would be there. So I believe her words are true, and not just to put on a good show to get a confession. The way she looked at him just adds to my belief.
And then this scene. Like my friend said, I too thought he was pretty damn close to her (and I’m not just talking about proximity). It looked like he was about to kiss her… Even more so, it almost looked like he wanted to. And then a line I will never forget:
Nelda: “Don’t you care about me at all? I know you do, I saw it.”
Bobby: “I didn’t mean for you to see it.”
Wow, such a strong, powerful ending. I could go on and decipher what Bobby’s last line meant, but I won’t here. I’m sure you guys did a good enough job of that. =) But I have to say, I wonder what Eames was thinking. Was she wondering the same as I was? Why did he show her that he cares, but never me? And by me, you know I am referring to Alex. Hmm. Just a thought that keeps multiplying itself...