Hurray! After all my whining in my previous review, here comes a Carter-centric storyline! There was a lot going on in this episode. In what we are led to believe is a typical day for Carter, she faces an abusive husband, a murder case, an aging mafia boss, and an assassination attempt. All this and she still has time to have breakfast with her son. Twice.
Unlike last week’s installment, this episode did manage to surprise me. I was sure that the flashback (set in the Middle East, in 2004) would center around Reese, not Carter. I was really surprised to see she had a kid. I also didn’t see BC the informant being the (attempted) killer. I thought for sure he would be murdered while working for her and then she would be all guilt-ridden.
Finally, I was surprised that the person she lost seems to be a man. The guy whose picture Finch found in Carter’s car appeared to be a cop. My current theory is that he was killed on September 11, which inspired Carter to enlist. I was sure from where they seemed to be going with the Kovach plot that it would be a sister who was killed by an abusive husband.
I really enjoyed the flashback in this episode. While others have merely added layers to the show’s central mysteries (What is Reese’s past? How did the Machine come to be?), this one explained something. By showing Carter’s dealings with Yusuf, the possible al Qaeda delivery man who, naturally, speaks perfect English, the writers establish Carter as the consummate good guy. In a world made up of gray areas, she alone represents something pure. Carter always does the right thing. Always. She is a paragon, a touchstone of morality, which nicely counters the relative morality views of the rest of the characters.
Furthermore, her actions in the past firmly connect her with Reese. Everything she does and says with Yusuf, I can totally see Reese doing. Perhaps not when he was at war, but certainly now. She rattles off details of his personal life in an almost Machine-inspired way, and manages to assure Yusuf that she does care about him and his family. She is genuinely broken up when she finds out he has been killed.
Fusco, on the other hand, just doesn’t seem to get it. He kept asking Reese why he cared so much about Carter. While Fusco would obviously care if she died, he really doesn’t understand why Reese would. This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of Reese’s character. Fusco really should know better. He himself has tried to kill Reese (twice, at last count), yet Reese consistently helps him out.
We continue to set up the Elias storyline, which I’m pretty sure is leading up to a season finale showdown. Carter paid a visit to Moretti, Elias’s father. Moretti mentions that Elias took a shot at Carter, even though she didn’t tell him that. She didn’t call him on it. Important in future? Another case of sloppy writing? Time will tell...
Bits and Pieces:
The title of the episode ("Get Carter") is apparently a reference to a Michael Caine movie from the seventies. Anyone seen it?
Why do families on TV always have time for leisurely breakfasts before school?
Was it just me, or did Jim Caviezel look particularly sexy in this episode? It might have been the leather jacket. Or the motorcycle.
Carter got a first name! It’s Joss. Reference to Mr. Whedon? Probably not, but I’m going to pretend it is, because it makes me happy.
They really had fun with Taraji P. Henson’s height in this episode, constantly making her adversaries considerably taller than her (Alvarez, Kovach, Monica, Mei Li). I think they must have done this intentionally, because she’s only 5’ 4”, about average height. And taller than me.
“You got a first name?”
“You come after me and I will exercise my Second Amendment rights. And I promise you, I got a pretty big gun.”
“Man as angry and bitter as you are? I got a feeling it ain’t that big, Eddie.”
“There’s more cameras than this?”
“Yeah. Mayor wants one on every corner.”
“Wow, no wonder I feel like I’m always being watched.”
There’s also a camera on your desk, Fusco. Remember?
“This guy wearing a suit?”
“No. Motorcycle jacket. Why?”
“Maybe it’s in the cleaners.”
“You can’t just play God. You don’t get to decide who lives and who dies.”
Two and a half out of four Mexican sodas.