but only very obliquely


The she who is a brilliant producer is of course Bel who is in this instance –  and not for the only time – also unknowingly standing-in in a very very oblique way for the missing Sophia while Randall and Lix dance around talking openly about their daughter with each other. 

(Not that I really need to specify the each other since they NEVER talk about her to anyone else they work with.)

I do think it is interesting how the show establishes Randall and Lix’s long history.  Even though they have four scenes together in 201 where they are in the same place at the same time, it’s only in the dust in the lens scene and this one where there’s any indication that they even know each other.

In this opening episode, just about as much of their history is established by what isn’t said. Whether it’s Lix telling Bel she’s not going to talk about how she knows Randall or one of my favorite things, Lix’s completely silent physical reaction to just seeing three rows of neatly ordered thumbtacks on the noticeboard.

But what do you know about me, given that I believe in secrecy, that is, in the power of falsity, rather than in representing things in a way that manifests a lamentable faith in accuracy and truth? If I stick where I am, if I don’t travel around, like anyone else I make my inner journeys that I can only measure by my emotions, and express very obliquely and circuitously in what I write.
—  Gilles Deleuze, from Letter to a Harsh Critic