You're right on when you say that Stan has cracked. He just doesn't know it yet. For a while now he's been flirting with the American way of life, and loving it, as we saw with the new car episode. Up until now, killing others for the sake of the cause hasn't been that big of an issue, but suddenly it's becoming a really big deal for him. The more deaths occur because of him, the more despairing he seems to get. And now he's angry and dangerous and perhaps a little out of control. What agent in their right mind would risk exposing himself as he did when he visited the pastor? As soon as he stepped into the man's office, his facade was down, and the pastor could easily see he is a dangerous man. I loved this episode, as dark as it was, and can't wait to see what happens next.
Great episode! And yes, I'm certain Mycroft has everything to do with Joan's kidnapping. Another point: Holmes said he was "without peer" - he also said that being in such a state threatens his sobriety. Notice how he kept the heroin organization's phone number and hid it away in a book? I think that's the key point - we are witnessing the seeds of Holmes' downfall, or potential downfall. He might not have a peer but he holds onto Joan like a lifeline, because she's the closest he has to a peer. Take her away, and all bets are off. Could that be what Mycroft is after? Is that what he wants for his brother? And who is his mysterious partner - would Moriarty be so cruel?
Thanks for a very well considered comment. In fact, I could envision a D.A. looking at #2 and putting himself in the a defines attorney's shoes. In fact, the bartender did what many bartenders do, so it was a common practice, where the incidence of death is so rare as to be almost non-existent. Further, he was trying to help the guy by ensuring they both went opposite directions from each other. His intent was not to injure but actually to prevent injury. No jury in the world would convict him. A competent D.A. would consider the case not winnable and probably would as a result likely decline to prosecute.
Jean, I don't think the "seek professional help" comment was directed at you.
Oleg is a bit of a daredevil. You can see the seeds of his downfall almost immediately. He took Nina out for a night on the town, despite her protests that it's too risky. I envision a scene coming up where Stan spots them together. That's when the tables will turn.
Even though I read the books (a long time ago), Joffrey's death came as a shock. My money's on Oberyn, who has sworn revenge. The thing is: the agent of poison might not have been the wine, but the pie or whatever it is he was munching on. Did you notice that right after Joffrey cleaved the dessert with his sword, the camera swung back to the food, only for a moment? This show is not known for making mistakes or having continuity or edit problems. Each act is deliberate and has meaning.
I don't understand your anger. Criminal Minds has always featured a back story on one or more of their characters, littered through through the series every season. Nothing's changed, and it hasn't become a soap opera. As for JJ having authority on matters of the heart - she is first and foremost Morgan's friend. Friends have the authority to speak on what they know to their friends, even if it might not be initially accepted. I think their inter-reaction here was as real as it gets. JJ's not advising "a man" as you put it - she's talking with Morgan, her friend. Fair weather friends might not tell you the truth, but real friends will. I get the sense you just don't like JJ, period.
Is it me or are the writers failing to bring a decent end to the latest episodes of BBT? The last episode ended with Sheldon unable to decide between getting the XBoxOne or the PS4. This one ended with a question mark too. No matter how great the episode might be, you have to end on a strong note.
@MrWriteSF: the story narrative doesn't say for sure, but I suspect Delilah's boss was not one of the decision makers in this. I get the sense she was likely following orders. But if you're right and she was fully complicit, absolutely she should go. However, none of that mitigates the fact that Delilah herself didn't behave as she should have, and work within the system. The thing that bugs me more than anything else: I *like* Delilah, and hate what the writers did with her here. She's not a rogue and shouldn't have been written as such in this episode.
As a supervisor, I would be the first to agree with you that supervisors are not always right. (I'd hate to work for one who suggested otherwise). However, the omnipotence, or rather, the competence of her supervisor is not the issue here. As I said in the review, this is not the average workplace. This is an intelligence facility, where adherence to the chain of command is crucial, and primary to the success of operations. If I were her boss, I'd have no choice but to get her out and away from my team, whether by firing her, or (more likely) by having her transferred. There would be zero tolerance for what she did.
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