S2x03: A Many Splendored Thing
There is a sliver of stutter cut action, but so far nothing approximating the kind of dizzying camera work H:LOTS is notorious for. Still, this is one of those episodes that probably didn’t do much for me initially, but has become more interesting to me each time I view it. It has lots of perfect little moments, which are easy to miss when you’re sitting down to watch an episode and without a clear expectation of where it’s going. The acting, writing and direction – James McNaughton’s first time at the helm of H:LOTS – are wonderfully understated. This is not one of those BIG moment episodes and the cases are resolved rather uneventfully. Sometimes it happens that way. Sometimes it’s about reflecting the realities of police work and finding the magic and intrigue elsewhere.
BAYLISS and PEMBLETON
The dream team catches a case with a very considerate victim – one who leaves a note saying, “Ed did it.” While convenient, Bayliss and Pembleton still resort to old fashion police work figuring if the vic was so smart, she would not have ended up dead. This is the first in many of Bayliss’s attempts to explore his sexuality. Not with the victim, of course, but on his own. Once they put the case down, Bayliss gets his “Toot toot hey beep beep” on.
MUNCH and BOLANDER
Look, Gee doesn’t care if it’s in rhyming couplets, but he wants Munch to make with the paperwork on the double suicide. Instead Munch tattles on Big Man for being – happy – demanding that Gee make him unhappy so Munch can have his old Bolander back. Meanwhile, Bolander and Howard have a THREE’S COMPANY moment involving a three way and caviar, which resolves itself when Bolander clarifies that he only wants Howard – who is dating Danvers – to join him on a double date.
LEWIS and CROSETTI
Crosetti and Lewis investigate a crime that hits too close to old Snarky – murder over a PEN. Yes. apparently there are folks more pen obsessed than me. Someone got blasted for what looked to be a cheap Bic Stix pen. So disappointing. I will not spoiled the jaw dropping oh snap moment, which more visual than plot revealing. Suffice to say, given what you about me and pens, you’ll know it when you see it.
Gee is tasked with making Bolander unhappy, but in turn ends up reflecting on his own failure to move beyond his wife’s death (which occurs prior H:LOTS) and get out of his dinner on Friday, drive to the Eastern Shore on Sunday routine, which apparently he’s perfected after having practiced it for five years. Them’s some pretty desperate women. Not because Gee isn’t attractive, but because he doesn’t seem especially creative in the area of date ideas.