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11 March 2009 @ 10:07 pm
The One Where I Attempt to Speak Coherently  
OMG, well I have been waiting for it for how long now and tonight was the night.  I could barely make it through the day but I did and I saw it and its over now and I will attempt to be as articulate as I can be about what I just experienced.

--I could tell from the beginning that John Cooley was someone Emily hoped she would never see again.  Well if a hope is a dream and a dream is a dollar, she would be broke.  Her emotional distance with him was beautiful and the silent way she broke down upon learning of an old friend's death was abolsutely stunning.

--Poor Garcia, being her sweet quirky self but Emily was just too far gone.  The moment with Hotch, the sympathy in his eyes and his immediate question of whether she needed their help or not.  He is just that kind of guy.....how can you not love him.  Though for real Ed, a hug would have killed you.  Even an awkward hug......hell actually, I think an awkward hug would have been more to my liking than an established "we touch all the time" hug.  I still love you boy, but damn.

--Holy hell......these families are just like *shrug, they are in a better place* and how weird was it to see Thomas Gibson and Roxanne Hart on the same show again.  He has aged well, she hasnt really, and they were so doing it on Chicago Hope.  And the disdain in her face and voice when Emily was brought up.  Hotch and JJ are all like "damn, she is kicking us out.  What did Prentiss do?"  I loved JJ's face when Emily said they thought she was a bad influence on their son.  

BRUCE DAVISON!!!!!!!!!!!!  With long hair.  OMG, blessing Dave as he walked out.  Calling him Davey.  Just being sweet, knowledgable and as adorable as he always is.  I noticed he never wore a clerical collar in any  of his scenes but it mattered little.  I was happy for the little bit of time we got to see him.

--Morgan's skepticism.  I was with him on a lot of his points and he did have Prentiss' back totally, he always does, even if she was in too deep to know it.  I loved how he told her she just dodged a bullet........Hotch totally could've handed her her ass but we will get to that later.

ROSSI!!!!!!!!!!!   I can hardly find the words to express how much I loved him in this episode.  His passion, his fear, his knowledge, his understanding, his shoulder to cry on.....is there nothing this man cannot do.  And going to Hotch and saying "damn the man, damn it all, these killings have to stop."  He doesnt play politics either and has a clear sense of what is right and what is wrong, the rest be damned.

--Major Garcia cleavage.....just thought I would point that out.  I'm sure no one missed it.

--Supervisory Special Agent Aaron Hotchner.  Giving Prentiss leeway, and then snatching back the leash when she had gone too far.  Whoever he was talking to at the State Department was fucking him hard with no vaseline and his discomfort showed.  I loved it, we dont usually see him that way.  And I know he hated it and for a moment he was resigned to it but Dave brought him back.  Sometimes you take big risks to get it done.  Hotch knows that, he just needed a reminder, and tis is why Strauss thinks he will never rise above Unit Chief.......he does not tow the line.  And he is there for his team, he is a good leader, a good friend, and a good man.  And holy moly is he a McHottie.  "I dont want to see you here for the next few days"......yeah, fangirl squee.  The way they looked at each other, Emily looked angry enough to haul off and the energy leapt off the screen and into me.

--Carmen Argenziano (is that spelled right?) as the rogue but not so rogue priest.  I loved his calm demeanor, the way he read Emily, speaking to her in Italian, knowing she lost her faith a long time ago.  He acted as if he had all the time in the world, calming answering questions and having no doubt or worry about whether or not he was doing the right thing.

--Aha, Prentiss' big secret.  It was a bit cliche but as Murry said, how much can happen to someone as a teen on a TV show and not fall into some kind of cliche.  I was surprised but figured out before it was "revealed" that John was the babydaddy and left Matthew there to be a real friend to her in her hour of need.  So he got the ass but Matthew got the tough job.  She blamed herself for what he had become but I wonder if a part of her blames John too, I think she should.  Anything to be accepted, how tough that must have been.  her pain at the memories seeped out of her pores and I found myself getting choked up on more than one occasion over the course of the episode.  She was just beautiful, I cant think of any other word for it.....I cannot believe I have written this many words already.

--All in all, an amazing episode.  Worth waiting every second for.  Some shippers will be happy, some shippers wont.  I loved the moments with Rossi and Prentiss, loved the moments with Hotch and Prentiss and loved the moments with Morgan and Prentiss.  But this was Emily's moment to shine and she did, like the brightest star in the sky.  Paget showed a range that we rarely get to see from her and due to the fact that we still dont have DVR, I popped a cassette into my old ass VCR so I can watch this again at least one or five times before those DVDs eventually come out.  I wonder if the actions of this case will come back to bite them........it will be interesting to see.  One thing though, would this not have been the perfect episode for a reappearance of Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss.  And Emily still never made mention of a father in her life.  I am so perplexed by that.  Ed, baby love, gimme something.  And boo for no scenes with Paget and Bruce but surely I will get over it.  Everything else, the constant rain, which I loved, the snow at the end, the nose bleed, the James Joyce quote.......all of it......every second, every scene.  Beautiful. 

See, I forgot to add something....I wanted more about Spain, the conspiracy and why the victims did what they did.  Were they questioners of faith, murderers, or did the man really die without foul play.  Not enough reason why things that were happening were happening but I was so ensorcelled by everything else, you see I had to add this afterwards.  Still, a little more would have been nice.                                                                                        
I'm In....: the lair
I Feel....: pleasedpleased
I Hear....: Silence. I needed it to write this all down
Anneklok: [prentiss] ill bust a capsecondheartbeat on March 12th, 2009 02:52 am (UTC)
It was so truly epic. I had actually forgotten that they never tied up the plot points about Spain until I read it here from you. I cannot believe all that just happened in one episode. I wonder if it will make mention in other episodes the way Reid's issues come up as a recurring theme as well as Morgan's. I hope so. I want to know more about the past of Emily -- not that I am a glutton for more sordid details or anything, but some more info making her more human would be good.

I agree Ed should have included the awkward hug. But that would just be too much for us all I bet.

When Garcia said "I'm pretty sure he lives here" ... I lol'd pretty good.

And good god, the look on his face when John Coolley was in the bullpen talking to Em. HOLY SHIT! DID YOU CATCH THE GLARE OF KILL RAYS COMING FROM HIS EYES?!?!
SSA McGeek: Hotch.....never surrendermcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC)
He totally wanted to be able to read lips when he saw them talking and he was mesmerized at the window and then when he sat at his desk glanced back a couple of times. He was feeling the "eww, I dont like this guy, why is he near Emily?" vibes something fierce.

I wanted a hug for all the people who loathe our ship. I wanted it more to piss them off than for my benefit. I get my subtext, I am a happy girl.

Yeah, the stuff in Spain was an afterthought for me as well but I remembered to add it at the lsat minute....OK, at the first edit : D
Anneklok: [hotch] BITCH PLZ!secondheartbeat on March 12th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Soooo I guess when John said "I am stronger than you" in crazy latin or whatever he was meaning it like BITCH I DID TIME IN ROME! BRING IT! and not in a "I'm the devil and here to do the devil's work" kind of way. :( I'm so ditzy I swear. I have watched those damn Winchester brothers for so long that I was like OH NOEZ he's really possessed. Then I was hella confused as to why his eyes didn't go black or flicker or something after he got untied. I was like Y U CRYIN DEMUN? Gah!

People loathe our ship? Wtf? Really? ARE THEY MAD! I seriously had no idea that people existed who think its wack. Well, I'll be ...

I think Hotch should have shot John just incase he was a demon. Just sayin... you know, can't be too careful.
SSA McGeek: Hotch.....never surrendermcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
Sweetie, you have got to stop mixing fandoms....it's a bit dangerous : D

Yes, people loathe our ship with the ray of a thousand suns and they are just haters because the chemistry is real. I dont usually give them the time of day but I am just imagining he haterade they will give this episode.
Memitfordgal on March 12th, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
"ensorcelled" - man, haven't heard/seen that word in a while...

This is the very first episode where I liked Rossi - now, don't get me wrong, I **LOVED** him here but I've never even liked him before so I was a bit overwhelmed by it. I've been rewriting episodes in my head and substituting Gideon for Rossi for two years but now I love Rossi and I want to write lots and lots of fic about Rossi being a big brother to everyone. I honestly can't see him *with* anyone (yet?) but the big brother role was awesome and I can't see Gideon being that sweet. Gideon was awesome but sometimes "out of it" as well a lot of the time.

What was up with Morgan and the clothes though? It felt wrong. It felt like it wasn't Morgan at all. Weird.

And thanks for the other encouragement. I'll see how brave I feel tomorrow...
SSA McGeek: iRossimcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
It was a fantastic episode and Rossi was great in it. You're right about Gideon, he was a bit too detached to play the big brother role. I have loved him from the beginning and love him even more this season.

Maybe it was laundry day at Morgan's house.
Spencer Vaughn: Reid [Thinking]pina_spence on March 12th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
I have nothing productive to add other then Rossi is officially on my favorites list. Reid, Emily, Rossi.

Oh and that Reid was pretty in this episode.

Edited at 2009-03-12 03:41 am (UTC)
SSA McGeek: Hotch and Prentiss.....on dutymcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
He was already on my favorites list. It's hard to put anyone in order except I love Hotch and Prentiss the most....equally. His name only comes before hers because of an incessant need to alphabetize everything.
Spencer Vaughn: AHHHH Weenie Elliotpina_spence on March 12th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Mine are sorta in that order because of... well, Reid is first because I don't think I need to tell you how I feel about Reid... but Emily and Rossi are in that order because that's the order they came to the show.
SSA McGeek: Criminal Mindsmcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Well Reid is my least favorite character on the show which I dont saw a lot because I cannot duck very well and dont like being pelted with things. To be sure, I do not dislike him, he just doesnt do very much for me character-wise. I identify with some aspects of him, especially how he grew up but I figure he'll be OK, the fandom loves him.....he doesnt need me so much.

Hotch and Prentiss always first. Rossi, Morgan, and Garcia equally and then JJ and Reid.
Your Staryourstar202 on March 12th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I must admit, you sway me a bit, my friend. ^_^ Your review made me feel better about the episode. Maybe I was so down on it because my sisters (whom I was watching it with: one likes Em but is not a fangirl, the other: does not ship Em/Hotch) and they were both really down on the episode. They hated it. Thank you for cheering me up! *hug*

BRUCE DAVISON!!!!!!!!!!!! With long hair.

All I could think when I saw him was "Steig's the big one!" LOL.
SSA McGeek: Emily Prentissmcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Then my job is totally done : ) Satisfied shippers/fans make me a happy girl. I always watch the show with my mom, who doesnt ship anyone but is a big Prentiss fan.

When I first saw Bruce all I could think about was the scene in Longtime Companion when they told the story of him trying on his sister's wedding dress.
Your Staryourstar202 on March 12th, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Then my job is totally done : ) Satisfied shippers/fans make me a happy girl. I always watch the show with my mom, who doesnt ship anyone but is a big Prentiss fan.

*Breathes in relief* I send you cookies and many thanks. I was so angry with it for the longest time (two hours, LOL).

My sisters and I are usually on the same page for shipping in most shows. We only disagree on some. But for CM we all ship: Morgan/Garcia, JJ/Reid (I think. I still sorta ship them, anyway, LOL)

When I first saw Bruce all I could think about was the scene in Longtime Companion when they told the story of him trying on his sister's wedding dress

I haven't seen that movie but now I'm picturing him in a wedding dress... XD

SSA McGeek: Em and Hotchmcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
Cookies? Oh thank you : )

I actually love watching it with my mom, she allows me to get my squee on but I dont have to worry about her hating something because she isnt at all into shippers or fandoms, she just enjoys the show.
Your Staryourstar202 on March 12th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome! ^_^ Cookies make everything better! ^_^

I think I'll just ignore them next time. I can't stop watching the show with them because, it's been one of "our shows". Well, technically, I will in a couple of months after I move out after I get married...I'll just have to call them after every episode...*Gets all misty-eyed and whimsical*

Sorry about that, it's late and I'm a little...out of it...LOL
spence_reidspence_reid on March 12th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
SSA McGeek: Criminal Mindsmcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC)
We need to invent a word even better than amazing.....that's how good she was. Favorite episode of the season so far, followed closely by 52 Pickup and Pleasure is my Business. But it all might be knocked on its head next week. Hotch at the center again. Now we need another Morgan ep to even things out a bit. Even Rossi already got one this season. I guess you can say Morgan got eh cop killer ep but it wasnt one of my faves.
spence_reid: hotch cookiesspence_reid on March 12th, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Zingful? Amazilicious? lol, I don't know, but whatever it is, she was it. I never realized just how superb an actress she was.
je suis marxiste, tendance Groucho: cm helicopter prentissshinealightonme on March 12th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
You know, I'd kind of forgotten about the Spain thing. I think that probably, the guys really were involved somehow, because why else would Matthew have been so afraid when the first guy died, and known that someone was going to come after them? Since the Spain trip seems to be the only real connection between the victims, it has to be the reason that they died. At the very least, Carmen Argenziano's character had a reason to think that they were involved, so they must have done something suspicious...

I think it almost works that they didn't wrap it up - FBI has no jurisdiction in Spain. It's kind of, well, not nice, exactly, but interesting - when we get to see that the BAU doesn't solve EVERYTHING.

But I might not be thinking clearly on account of how madly in love I am with Emily and Paget at the moment. GOD she was so amazing in this episode.
SSA McGeek: Emily Prentiss....heromcgarrygirl78 on March 12th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
In the end I guess what happened in Spain doesnt really mattered, it was all about the priest's belief of what happened. That's what the entire episode was about, for me anyway, beliefs.

Paget/Emily was fantastic. I'm still lacking words.