Let's start off with a metaphorical window cleaning, followed by an equally metaphorical branch falling off a tree, shall we?
The window cleaning that of course made us think of that tiny rectangle that was Daniel's only window to the world while he was on death row. Loved the panes/pains thing, and the fact that so many scenes were framed by that big broken branch. Of course, Daniel himself is that broken branch, detached from his family, difficult to deal with, and yet right in the middle of everything.
For me, this episode seemed to focus on the similarities and differences of three prisoners: Daniel, Hollis, and Bobby Dean. And of course, I'm starting with Daniel. I thought it was smart of Daniel not to identify Bobby Dean. What would it get him? An even more riled up populace, a lot of negative publicity? But I think Daniel was so angry about the beating on top of his imprisonment that he had to get away, to "borrow" his mother's car and just drive to let it out. He certainly has reason to be angry.
Sometimes I think Amantha's function in this series is to express the anger that Daniel cannot. Daniel doesn't want Amantha to be angry for him, and Janet thinks Amantha should take her anger and go back to Atlanta. For Daniel, expressing anger in prison resulted in hurting himself. In being completely strapped down in order to get medical treatment for his injuries. In maybe getting pain pills, if the person who treated him cared enough to "run it up the flag pole" (I hate that expression). When Daniel couldn't lift that tree branch, his neighbor said that sometimes we confuse being better with being well. Daniel is far from well, both physically and mentally, but he's desperate to move on. He doesn't want to dwell on the beating. He wants to do something positive to make things right, like redoing his mother's kitchen.
As hard as things are for Daniel, he is still free now and can eat what he wants and do what he pleases. I liked the deliberate contrast between Daniel appreciating the donuts and Jon bringing Hollis hash browns for his final meal. (How weird is it to have to order a last meal? And how unfair that it was cold food from a nearby diner?) Hollis didn't understand why Jon would be kind to him. Hollis is "wired differently" and said it was fun to pretend to be normal, another explanation for why he allowed Jon's organization to spend so much money on him.
Sheriff Carl was understandably pissed that he went to all the trouble to investigate Daniel's beating and arrest Bobby Dean, angering everyone in the process, only to have Daniel refuse to identify him. In a deliberate echo of the Jon/Hollis scene, Carl asked Bobby Dean outright if he was worth saving. Is Bobby Dean worth saving? Will he see his release as the huge gift from Daniel that it was? Or will he try to hurt Daniel again?
Meanwhile at the tire store, I'm trying so hard to not hate Teddy, but it's hard to do when Teddy is still pushing Tawney away while simultaneously trying to manipulate her. I'll give him a little credit because he was prepared for that bank interview, but putting up their house for collateral was such a bad mistake, and so not fair to Tawney. She hesitated to sign her own house away the minute he asked and he was immediately nasty about it, mansplaining that she would never understand all of the issues because she didn't have his years of experience in retail. I knew she'd reconsider and let him do it, probably because she's just not emotionally invested in their marriage no matter how much she tries, but I didn't think it would be so soon.
|The actors did such a great job of expressing how uncomfortable this was, for both of them.|
So then, Teddy tried to manipulate Janet to co-sign for his wheel rim rental scheme. And then Ted Senior told Janet they couldn't afford for her to redo her kitchen. But it's Janet who owns the tire store that supports them all. And she can't have a cheap kitchen remodel? That really pissed me off.
-- That song "Charlie Darwin" was gorgeous and bleak, plus there was that water imagery again. "Oh my god, the waters cold and shapeless. Oh my god, it's all around. Oh my god, life is cold and formless. Oh my god, it's all around."
-- Nice touch, that man-out-of-time thing where Daniel observed that car controls look different than they did twenty years ago. Apparently, everything's rounder.
-- The woman in the donut shop was a town ally, glad that they'd arrested Bobby Dean for beating Daniel. It's interesting how the townspeople are portrayed as either allies or enemies and you can never tell which they'll be.
-- Amantha was reading The Black Swan, which I'd never heard of. It's not about psychotic ballerinas. It's a book about outliers, rare events with extreme impact, and how people react to them. No, not applicable at all.
Amantha: "You do windows now?"
Daniel: "Side effect of the coma."
Amantha: "The doctor didn't mention that as a possibility."
Daniel: "It's rare."
Daniel: "No crying, sister."
Daniel: "Emotion is for losers."
Daniel: "Something sweet in the morning."
Janet: "It's everything."
Daniel: "It's something."
Amantha: "Don't expect me to thank you for doing your job."
Sheriff Carl: "I won't."
Jon: "Sorry everything's cold. It takes a while to get it through all of the protocol."
Hollis: "Strip searched my hash browns, huh? Buncha animals."
Good episode. Not great, though. Funny how the excellence of Rectify has spoiled me,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.