Title: Powerless: 1x06
Writer: Marjorie David
Director: John Dahl
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: Jeffrey Pierce (Rick Larson), Deborah Anne Woll (Nancy), Ben Benitez (Tito Juarez), Dale Dickey (The Stickler), Doug McKeon (Lou), Kent Faulcon, Rob Brownstein (Winston)
While at an AA meeting Reese thinks she overheard someone admit to a rape. She finds herself in danger because she won't back down and keeps on investigating. Crews goes on a stakeout with Lt. Davis and learns some surprising information about his former partner Bobby Stark.
- Rick: you are one creepy sonofabitch using your "I hurt women" testimony in AA as a come-on.
- Dani's face when Charlie shows up at the AA meeting: priceless. "Why don't we all go out for blended coffee drinks?"
- Charlie wants to help so much, but he backs off when Dani asks him to. The partnership is there and solid.
- Charlie's connection to the rape victim is interesting when she's in her mother's house; fascinating when she gets to the precinct. "Did you ever think you could live through such a thing?" And then... "Prison doesn't know how strong he made you." Ouch.
- Ted facing his former partner for writing the book felt like a slightly forced subplot, though learning that Winston was just as dirty as Ted was interesting.
- The overall look of this episode is darker and... tighter, somehow. More interiors, less of the bright wide vistas. Even the scene where Nancy goes to shoot Rick is shot with relatively close shots, rather than wide-angle shots. It suits the theme and feel of the episode.
- The entire scene in Dani's apartment is terrifying, and absolutely ties me into knots. Shahi is magnificent. Even while I want to cover my eyes, flinching as Rick makes Dani drink, it's fascinating to watch the balance of power shift back to Dani when she tells him (and, via phone, Charlie) her story.
Bobby and Charlie coming in is necessary, of course, but she's already won.
- Oh, KEVLAR.
- "Just make sure I don't fall." The moment that launched a thousand obsessions. Or maybe just nudged them out into the light.
- The episode ends with Dani sharing at a meeting; closure, of a sort. And she's far from healed-- but she's still standing.
Charlie: Every moment you spend wishing you were someplace else is a moment you can't get back.
Dani: What about every moment I spend wishing you were someplace else?
Charlie: It would hurt my feelings if I thought you meant it.
Dani: You think you hit bottom, Rick? You have no idea how far down this goes, do you. You think you're bad? You think you've got a demon inside of you? You don't even know what that means.
Dani: All I needed was a moment. That's Zen, isn't that, Crews?
Charlie: Hate is a prison. But you know what, Rick? Prison is a prison too.
Things We Learned
- Bobby has told Juarez the same Bank of LA story he told Charlie. However, per Lt. Davis, if Bobby was in uniform, he was "working the barricades four blocks out." There were no uniforms in front of the bank; the SWAT team responded first as they were nearby on a training exercise. Bobby confirms this at the end.
- More specifics on Dani's recovery-- some of which we knew, but not all (I think). She did coke, was a social drinker, and lost her job after her boyfriend dumped her.
Wall of Conspiracy
We see Charlie looking at the wall, but not making any changes.
Plum (I think?) at his desk.
Music from the Episode
"Buena" by Morphine
"Going, Going, Gone" by Stars, featuring Emily Haines
"Get Lucky" by New Young Pony Club
"Go" by Sparklehorse, featuring the Flaming Lips
Questions for Discussion
This section feels almost entirely useless, given the wealth of material in this episode. I'll keep it simple.
- This episode was full of subtle moments. Which ones really stood out for you?
- Favorite partnership moment of the episode? Other than "Just make sure I don't fall." :)
- This episode handles some difficult, dark themes. How effective was it? Anything you'd have added, or done differently?
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