Mike’s Call-outs and Backstories in the Worst Intervention EverTM
I enjoyed the Worst Intervention EverTM - I liked the glimpse into the vaults of caution and resentment civilised Mike gathers, assesses, and locks away that junkie-comedown-Mike is all too willing to toss out of the pram. His “you don’t get to talk to me” at Paige, especially after the incredulous-eyebrows at “and that we love you,” was a particularly satisfying testament to what Aaron said about Mike “putting aside some of the things he may actually feel about it” in early episodes in order to halt her self-destruction. I also liked the revelation of his darker feelings about Briggs, both the cover-ups and the saviour complex, especially in the light of how he does still seek his approval and feel guilt over his role in the FBI’s discovery of these secrets. His pause at the warning look Charlie gives him during the murder-rant, before the unusual invocation of the baby, could suggest that his original impulse was to bring up Juan Badillo. I like that while, presumably checked by Charlie, he doesn’t go there, he does skate on the cusp of exposing Paige’s betrayal - and it’s Briggs, who’d once intended to do that, who stops him. Well, he did promise.
But the outburst that really intrigued me was his seemingly left-field call-out of Jake’s
previous alcoholism and family problems. Right before this episode, I’d actually been writing a bit of meta on how I wish Graceland would draw on their presumably-canonical
(details have generally corroborated so far, hence)
backstories to lend a subtle context to the characters’ sometimes baffling inclinations, and 3.07 delivers both directly with Charlie’s anecdote, and a frustratingly tantalising ‘could it be - please be’ with Mike’s attack on Jakes.
Discussion of Mike’s DJ call-out, his bond with Charlie, and his saviour complex complex
vis-à-vis Briggs and Paige in view of his backstory under the cut:
Cas is dragged to a club by his partying brother, and he expects to just stay long enough to grab a drink and drive a very drunk Gabriel home later. He doesn’t expect to get pulled in by the epic beats that are being played, or the green-eyed, leather clad DJ who is spinning them.
Cas loathes clubbing. The DJs always plays the music too loud and someone is always itching to grind up a little too close for his comfort. The lights strain his eyes and he always ends up dragging a very drunk Gabriel home in his car, usually stopping at least once for his brother to puke into the bushes on the side of the road. The last time he was at Club Nox, he vowed to never go again when Gabriel pushed him up to the stage for an impromptu karaoke session.
And yet here Cas sits at the club, watching, no, glaring at any person who passes by. Gabriel is already long gone, talking up a woman in the corner who is beautiful enough to be a goddess, and Cas is alone at the bar as he nurses his beer and tries to forget where he is. The lights are too bright again and three guys have already come up to him, trying their best to charm him out of his seat on onto the dance floor. It only was when he kindly told them to ‘get the hell out’ that they backed off and started spreading word to watch out for the ‘bitter, blue eyed guy at the bar.’ He just ignores the chatter around him. They can think what they want; it isn’t like he’s planning on going home with anyone tonight anyway.
As a distraction from the annoyed suitors around him, Cas looks over to check in on Gabriel but he immediately turns away. His brother has got his tongue shoved down the woman’s throat and his hands are in places that are inches away from being indecent. With a sigh, Cas considers just paying the tab and heading home for the night; Gabe is clearly not going to be joining him anytime soon after all, and he’s got three episodes of ‘The Daily Show’ queued up on his DVR. Not exactly an exciting evening, but it would be better than sitting around here.
“Okay, compadres. My time is up here at the DJ booth so I’m going to turn it over to my friend, DJ Impala!”
Cas glances up as roars ring out from the crowd, and he almost drops his beer when he takes in the new DJ. The previous one was a young guy with an atrocious mullet, but this guy? He’s beautiful. Even from down below, Cas can tell that he’s got impossibly green irises. They stand out against the tanned skin and the light crinkles around his eyes, and they go well with the smattering of freckles on his nose and cheekbones. His hair looks like he just rolled out of bed, but the almost sinfully tight leather jacket suggests that it was perfectly planned out. It’s distracting at best and outright lustful at worst, and Cas motions to the bartender to slide over another beer.
1. Intro – DJ Premier – Deep Concentration
2. Jeru The Damaja – Come Clean
3. Gangstarr – Above the Clouds
4. Jeru The Damaja – Ain’t the Devil Happy
5. Jay Z – D’Evils
6. Gangstarr – JFK to LAX
7. Group Home – Suspended in Time
8. Group Home – Supa Star
9. Biggie - Unbelievable
10. Biggie – Kick in the Door
11. Jeru The Damaja – Da Bitches
12. Gangstarr – ½ & ½
13. Rakim – New York
14. Jay Z – A Million
15. Gangstarr – The Question Remainz
16. Group Home – Livin Proof
17. Jay Z – Friend or For 98’
18. Gangstarr – Here Today and Gone Tomorrow
19. Gangstarr – Mass Appeal
20. Gangstarr – Code of the Streets
21. Gangstarr - DWYCK
22. Gangstarr – Just to Get a Rep
23. Gangstarr – Who’s Gonna Take the Weight
24. Biggie – 10 Crack Commandments
25. Nas – N.Y. State of Mind
26. M.O.P - Brownsville
27. Paula Perry – Extra, Extra Beat
28. KRS-ONE – KRS-ONE Attacks
29. O.C – War Games Beat
30. D’Angelo – Devil’s Pie
31. Royce Da 5’9 – Gorilla Pimp
32. Bahamadia – 3 the Hard Way
33. Royce Da 5’9 – Boom
34. Gangstarr – Ownerz
35. J- Live – Best Part
36. Jeru The Damaja – Jungle Music
37. Gangstarr – Words I Manifest (Remix)