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Life 1x02 "Tear Asunder", Official Re-watch & Discussion Post

It's Wednesday, boys and girls! Time to roll out the peaches, pears and horned melons - let's re-watch this thing!



Title:: 1x02 Tear Asunder

Writer: Rand Ravich
Director: Daniel Sackheim

Main Cast: Damian Lewis (Charlie Crews), Sarah Shahi (Dani Reese), Adam Arkin (Ted Earley), Robin Weigert (Lt. Karen Davis), Brooke Langton (Constance Griffiths), Brent Sexton (Bobby Stark)

Guest Stars: Shawn Reaves (Eddie), Christina Hendricks (Olivia), Jennifer Siebel (Jennifer Conover), Ed Ackerman (Mason), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Stephanie), Natalie Dreyfuss (Tiffany Sloan), Leena Huff (Tina), Sonia Rockwell (Gina), Caroline Macey (Molly), Liz Montgomery (Elena Silvers), Max Greenfield (Bradley), Meredith Salenger (Leslie Stark), Roger Aaron Brown (Det. Carl Ames), Ryan Locke (Jake Silvers)

Synopsis:
A young bride is found murdered on the day after her wedding, bringing Charlie and Dani into a scene filled with swapping partners, good times and a creepy lawyer with a love of cut and paste. But it's when he attempts to regain his past life - through revisiting crime scenes and a friendly barbeque - that Charlie finds himself at a loss. Meanwhile, Ted meets a redhead named Olivia and Dani asks a married man to buy her a drink.


Notable Moments:

  • We meet another of Charlie's angels - a young, hip bike rider who remarks, "why don't you have any furniture?"


  • Upon discovering the groom, Jake Silvers, covered in blood, Charlie gets himself into a scuffle with the now-supect husband - and ends up in the pool, natch. Reese uses what she has at hand to break it up - a 900000 volt stun baton that leaves Charlie deeply unsatisfied with what he considers his near-death experience. Dani, however, is strangely happy.


  • When Tiffy collapses after looking Charlie's shoulder at the dead bride, and when the groom requests Anna take his last name, we see the quiet compassion and champion of the downtrodden that we soon begin to recognise as one of Charlie's main qualities.


  • Ted versus the insurance company - and having a bit of a sing to pass the afternoons.


  • We get to witness Dani's first pissed-off-with-Charlie mood after he turns the case on it's head in Davis' office, complete with no talking, slamming of files and a wonderful scene in an elevator - with an old lady eavesdropping, of course. (Spot the old lady again asking whodunnit towards the end!)


  • After the drunk groomsmen tell Dani she's hot, Charlie has a nice couple of seconds staring at her - and totally sees her as "hot" for the first time. One for the shippers, no?


  • Dani's clash of worlds - talking to Lt on the phone about Charlie, lying about being back on the wagon, then leading herself into a bar. It's here we get to see the underbelly of Dani Reese - and it's freakin' interesting and ominous, not to mention gorgeously unbuttoned and hair-down-ed.


  • Pretending to a Mr. Bourke, Charlie goes back to the house where the Seybolts where killed. Upon discovering evidence about Rachel, he's confronted by the new owner; but she's sympathetic to Charlie and what's he's been through, bringing up again how Charlie is so instantly recognisable in the street. See: Gina and Tina later.


  • Blenders and weddings and fathers = chatty Charlie and confused Dani.


  • Creepy, creepy lawyer dude and his Anna porn, not to mention the hooker he paid to dress up as the bride. Um.


  • Tina and Gina!


  • The tension in the BBQ scene - from Leslie's reaction to the ominous reveal of Bobby keeping Charlie's service weapon and badge. The whole scene is setting Bobby up to be The Bad Guy - but why why why why?


  • Charlie laying out the photos from the wedding to see what's missing, showing his lack of concern for those around him in the squad room and then pwnz them all by getting results.


  • Bradley really regretted Charlie getting to three.


  • The episode ends with Charlie at the shooting range, his iPod teaching him the zen practices of vengeance. "Revenge is a poison meant for others, that we end up swallowing ourselves. Vengeance is a dark light that blinds all who seek it. The untroubled soul knows there is no justice in revenge. The untroubled soul knows that to seek vengeance, is to seek destruction."


Quotes!
(With thanks to the gang at TV.com - please add to these as you see fit!)

Crews: It's all here. Except for what's not here.
Reese: What does that mean? (to the room at large) Does anybody know what that means?

Mason: (In reference to Detective Reese) You're pretty.
Bradley: Shut up Mason! She's a cop!
Mason: A pretty, pretty cop.

Reese: I need to know if this is gonna be a thing with you.
Crews: Which 'this' is that?
Reese: This thing with Jake Silvers. Are you gonna go see falsely accused people everywhere?
Crews: You think that's not a good instinct for a cop to have?
Reese: I just need to know if it's going to be a thing with you.
Crews: Shouldn't 'innocent until proven guilty' be a thing with all of us?

Crews: It was a near-death experience.
Reese: And it not being a full-death experience should make you happy.

Reese: Why, exactly, can't you talk like a normal person?
Crews: When, exactly, was the last time you actually met a normal person?

Crews: (to Reese) But you were a little girl once.
Reese: There's no proof of that.


Things We Learned

  • Ted drives Charlie to the bus after the Great Tractor Smoosh (1x01, "Merit Badge")


  • Dani didn't dream of a big wedding as a little girl and there's no evidence she was ever young (okay?!)


  • She is also quite obviously lying to Lt. Davis about her drinking and time in the program


  • Tom Seybolt was skimming money from the bar he shared with Charlie - which was Det. Ames' resoning for Charlie killing Tom


  • Rachel Seybolt referred to Crews as "Uncle Charlie" and was nine years old at the the time of the murders, making her 21 now


  • There was no forced entry to the Seybolt place, thus making the case that the killer was someone they knew


  • Ames' run-through of the crime scene to the doco makers: husband was found in the lounge, throat slit; wife was killed on the stairs as she was going to protect the son; the son was killed in his room; Rachel - well, she wasn't there. Her bed was unmade, thus meaning she was not at a sleepover as Ames claimed, but hiding from the killer


  • Charlie's father is marrying a rather comely redhead named Olivia - who makes quite an impression on Ted ("You don't seem grumpy.")


  • Bobby's wife's name is Leslie


  • Ames had/has a drinking problem


  • Connie took Charlie's case after he'd been in jail for eight years


  • When Charlie went to jail, Bobby was labeled as dirty and as a result had no one ride with him for four years. His wife is a little pissed at this.



Wall of Conspiracy

  • Ames' photo has "Lead Detective" underneath, and Charlie adds next to it "Removed Rachel from report"


  • Everything we learnt about the case is above. Not much is seen of the wall, but it's first time he's written on it.



Fresh Fruit:

  • Horn Melon, also know as a jelly melon, a kiwano, African horned cucumber. It's an ornamental fruit, but you can eat it if you want. Dani just wants to kill Crews, although after a very obvious inner battle, she ends up asking him about this lovely and strange fruit.


  • Lobby apple, from a big bowl down at the front desk of the hotel.



Music from the Episode

  • Shivaree, "John, 2/14", when they find the groom and tousle into the pool.


  • Mainline, "Black Honey (Who Made Who Remix)", playing when Dani goes to her "meeting".


  • The Old Nationals, "Little Miss Saturday Night", when Charlie and Leslie are talking at the BBQ.


  • Mogwai, "Hunted By A Freak", plays twice - when Charlie adds to his wall and the closing scenes in the shooting range.



Questions for Discussion

Judging from the scene at Bobby's house, where the tension is thick and foreshadowing - why do you think they were setting Bobby up as The Bad Guy? Is it the classic MacGuffin Technique, or does it just smack of the writers not having a clue?

How do you think the BBQ scene worked to show how unwelcome and uncomfortable Charlie is now in "regular society"? Was it heightened by Leslie's blatant disregard of what he's been through, or validated?

What impressions did you get from Dani's chatting up of the married man in the bar? Did it serve to give her character more ground, or just paint her with a tar brush?

Do you think the show, here in it's second episode, has found it's groove yet? Are the characters more rounded, or are they still growing?

Why do you think Olivia was introduced - and seemingly as a love interest for Ted - if, as we see later, she serves no real purpose? What are your impressions of her and Charlie's as-yet-unseen father, and Charlie's relationship with him?



Remember: participation is the key here, folks - dive in with your comments, thoughts, additions to the episode guide, and most of all, have fun!
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