Barisi-centric thoughts on Ep 19x04
(namely, the 19x04 deleted scene which was just released)
(and can be found here)
(yes, I know it was 40 seconds long)
(no, I don’t care)
The Barisi Corner
The rapist’s mother approached Barba outside the courtroom, which is highly inappropriate, as evidenced by the matching expressions of discomfort on both Sonny and Barba’s faces, right before they turned around to look at her. Sonny could have chosen to leave, or to simply stand aside, to give Barba some space, if only out of discretion. Clearly the woman was about to give Barba a dressing down, and perhaps Sonny would want to spare him the indignity of having a colleague witness that.
chose to stand by Barba. Literally. He stood by Barba’s side, ready to listen to
whatever that woman had to say. Ready to provide support. Sonny didn’t want Barba
to have to face her alone.
Barisi and Continuity
wanna be a lawyer?”
That’s their thing. A direct callback to the Season 17 finale. Barba always asks that, and it’s almost like’s trying to dissuade Sonny from actually putting that law license to use. Barba knows the truth, Barba knows that Sonny might think being a lawyer is better, or at least easier on the conscience, compared to being a cop, but Barba has been doing it for a long time, and he knows it can be a lot harder. Being a prosecutor comes with a greater degree of responsibility, and on the bad days, it’s like Barba is trying to shield Sonny from that.
Also, putting my shipper goggles aside, this could also be seen as a platonic Barisi inside joke. A grim but honest joke, and a show of friendship. Every time something shitty happens to Barba, every time somebody threatens his life, every time a mother approaches him to scold him for doing the right thing, his first reaction is to say, “Still wanna be a lawyer, Carisi? Look how fun it is! You should totally do it!” (which is code for “I am in constant pain, please don’t do this to yourself”)
And Sonny, he always responds with, “Nah, not right now” to show solidarity. To show he understands how hard this must be on Barba. Sonny is effectively saying “On days like this, I’m glad I don’t have to do your job.” It’s a friendly acknowledgment, and it’s genuine, and it means the world to Barba. Giddy “court was awesome!” Carisi can sometimes get on Barba’s nerves, because it’s easy to be excited over a case when you don’t have to carry the burden of taking it to the finish line, but jaded, “Man, being a prosecutor sucks” Carisi soothes Barba, because it shows him it’s okay to be disillusioned.
I don’t know why NBC keeps deleting
Barisi’s love Barba’s anguish. I
loved his answer, that it does not feel good at all to have this sort of impact
on people’s lives. I always love to see Barba having more emotional reactions
to the cases, or expressing his own feelings about his life and his job. I thought it was
telling how Barba wouldn’t look the mother in the eye, at first, and in the
end he didn’t look at Sonny in the eye, either. He’s burdened. ok but
they better not be setting up barba’s retirement or something Ahem. Seriously though, I’m
sticking to my theory that Barba is getting a little softer, because they want
to create a contrast between him and Stone, who will be more matter-of-fact (and
who, I assume, might have politely told that mother to get lost). I think that’ll
be the source of that personality clash, and I’m interested in seeing it.
Sonny and Continuity
If we think
back to “That’s why the world hates lawyers” from the first Barisi Deleted
(NBC y’all should be ashamed of yourselves btw!), we can draw the
conclusion that Sonny has finally realized that the reality of being a lawyer
is significantly less fun than the idea he had built in his head as a younger,
less experienced cop (before he even started working Special Victims, back when
he decided to attend law school).
Still, Sonny goes out of his way to research their cases, looking up and quoting jurisprudence, and he also chimes in with his own ideas, whenever he and Barba are in the same room. Because, to Sonny, the law is fun.
Unlike the previous seasons, in which Sonny’s choices were less… let’s say defined, or substantiated, I think in Season 19 we’re successfully seeing the distinction between Sonny Carisi, Legal Scholar, and Sonny Carisi, Police Detective. One’s all fun and games, but only in Sonny’s mind, and the other is real.
And we’re also seeing that Sonny’s interactions with Barba keep changing his perspective. Barba is a role model for Sonny. Literally. The prosecutor with whom Sonny interacts most often. Again, in the S17 finale, we saw Sonny realizing that being an ADA can come with built-in death threats. Back then, Barba asked him the same question. “Still wanna be an ADA?” and Sonny gave the same answer; “Not now”. It’s sort of fascinating how Sonny’s initial and total excitement about the law has been replaced with this slightly more jaded attitude, which mostly stems from Sonny witnessing Barba’s actual life. We’re not just seeing Barba’s continuing disenchantment, we’re seeing how that affects Sonny, too, and I love that.
Stray Barisi Thoughts
Barba was totally walking faster, at the end of that scene, because he was
trying to catch up to Sonny
’s long legs. Because they weren’t just
leaving the courtroom together, they were also going somewhere together. Most
likely to get lunch (as all the comments and tags are saying, because
clearly us Barisi shippers share a brain, and also because we haVE EYES AND
THAT REALLY HAPPENED). So, yep, Barisi having lunch together is deleted
Oh and height difference! Seriously, even seeing them standing next to each other adds years to my life :’)
post is just over 1000 words long. I scare myself sometimes.)