hmmkay i need someone to explain the movie catch-22 to me because it made absolutely 0 sense to me like it actually made -5 sense to me. there was a deficit of sense-making for me concerning this film.
Many, many thanks to @justkillingtimewhileiwait for all of her help, listening to me bounce ideas off her, ramble on about what I wanted to write and mostly, the beta-ing. You are awesome! :)
This is the last chapter, folks. Thank you to everyone who has read, commented, liked, and reblogged this fic. It was so much fun to write! And, once again, I need to thank @justkillingtimewhileiwait for her motivation and support whilst writing this (and my fics to come!).
It only occurred to him once he was fully recovered and back to work from the shooting that Erin hadn’t disputed his want to spend the rest of their lives together. Even if he had been joking about annoying her for the most of it.
It hadn’t come up again, but in true Erin fashion, Jay wasn’t sure if that was because she had brushed it off or was refusing to deal with it. He had experienced the same kind of doubts when he had asked her to move in with him a year earlier, where she hadn’t directly addressed that step in their relationship until he had pressed her. And when he had, he had been pleasantly surprised to find that she was at the same place as he had been.
But this? This was something he definitely wanted. And unless he was actually asking her the question, it wasn’t something he could ask her about. So instead he had dropped a couple of hints to try to gauge her reaction to a bigger commitment and a future together, mentioning retiring in Wisconsin again and investing in a new car because, let’s face it, both of theirs had seen much better days.
Erin had smiled at the idea of Wisconsin, jibing carelessly about needing to sort out the creaking panels on the stairs, however, if she was going to stay there for more than a week. But it was her reply to the car which had given him the reassurance he had needed.
“Okay, but babe, you do realise we still have like 4 years left on paying off this place right? Unless something spectacular happens to them, why don’t we just put it on the back burner until we’re official homeowners?” she reasoned as they sat lazily on the couch in front of the TV, relaxing after a finishing up a tough case that had last for the better part of the past week.
Jay smiled to himself at her reply, glad she was unable to see from her position sprawled across his chest. “Yeah, I guess so. We do use the GMC more often than not these days, anyways.”
“Exactly. And who knows what else might happen in the next 4 years. If there’s one thing my sabbatical taught me, it was that saving up for rainy days isn’t the worst idea,” Erin added. The subject of her relapse over two years earlier was barely ever addressed, but when it was, Jay had found that she had made her peace with it. It had been a terrible time in her life, but pretending it hadn’t happened would only mean she hadn’t dealt with it.
Pressing his lips to the top of her head, he muttered into her hair, “I really hope your sabbatical taught you more than that, otherwise we’re gonna need to have a talk.” He tightened the arm around her waist to show he was just joking, laughing when she slapped him on the abdomen with a dramatically outraged gasp.
“You’re lucky you’re cute, you know that? ‘Cause your sense of humour is nonexistent, and that’s just sadly unattractive,” she told him with a huff, tilting her head up to glare at him though the smile she couldn’t keep back ruined the effect completely.
Jay leaned down to kiss her chastely. “Yeah, well, the joke’s on you because you’re the one who’s stuck with me.” Erin hummed noncommittally at that and he took it as a win.
Which was how he had found himself texting his boss the next free Saturday they had, asking if he could pop over for a quick visit. He had done it without thinking, knowing any second guessing would give him cold feet, or worse, doubts.
Voight had replied not 10 minutes later, telling him he had some time that morning if he made it quick. So with an excuse of seeing Will and making sure he was alright after his break up with Nina, Jay had kissed Erin goodbye and headed straight out.
Okay so first, I really enjoyed 3x12 “Looking Out for Stateville”. It wasn’t a shipper episode but it was a team episode and I loved it.
You had the guys bonding at the beginning, Erin being disapproving over their questioning of Voight. Antonio pushing his concern about Eddie was important to me; I like Voight but I don’t want his team to follow him blindly. And Antonio was right–Eddie was going to cut and run with the money.
Also, I never knew that Antonio was the one to arrest Voight for corruption? It was nice to see that addressed but no loss of respect between the two of them. Especially at the end there with the handshake. An understanding, an acknowledgement of trust.
The action was, for lack of a better word, thrilling. That first bust made my heart pound trying to follow our team as they covered each other’s backs. The molotov cocktail, Jay’s foot shot, and then I believe Alvin took the other fella out at the knee? It was awesome. It’s been a while since the last major shoot out and the team performed incredibly together. (And, of course, Jay’s smart remark about Adam passing his drug test during that following bust. A+ for team bonding.)
Their final takedown, too, was another testament to teamwork and fluidity. Eddie did the exchange and then came the take take take. Ruzek and Atwater got one of the minions while Alvin tracked Jensen. I spent that portion of the scene going where the heck are jay and erin only for Jensen to get to the bottom of the stairs as Jay busted open the door toting the shotgun. “They’ll be cleaning you off the wall for a week” sort of made my day.
Additionally, I liked how Eddie stabbed us in the back and Voight didn’t seem to know it was coming–not to the degree that it did, anyways. Jensen planted the inkling in Voight and nailed it for the rest of us. Eddie’s been playing Voight since the beginning, has had his big picture planned for the longest time. And I enjoyed it! It shows us that Voight isn’t actually all-knowing like it feels half the time. He can still be taken by surprise, undercut by those he wants to believe in.
And there were Erin/Jay moments, despite the focus on the team and Voight’s debt to Eddie, ones that I very much enjoyed. First, back to front, wrist pressed into her shoulder, taking the hallway into the warehouse together, indicating Jay having hung back after getting up from the tunnel to wait for his partner. Covering each other seamlessly during the following firefight.
The second bust as the team stormed the drug packaging room and Erin saw the one guy rabbit. She didn’t just charge after him and expect someone to follow. She shouted for Jay and waited until he was right behind her to move.
The confrontation with Eddie. He’s feeling cornered and traps Erin with warnings about staying away from his family. You can tell he would’ve said more, uttered a threat, but Jay steps in without a word of warning. He physically places himself between Eddie and Erin, defusing the situation by reminding Eddie of the task at hand but his body language is nothing but protective. Eddie backs off of his partner or Jay switches gears to offense. Eddie relents and Jay herds him away from Erin by invading his space, forcing Eddie back.
Their conversation over the table at the racetrack emphasized on the depth of their partnership. Jay tests the waters with a quip, watching her reaction and when it comes up short, asks what’s wrong. You can tell Erin’s been stewing over this, what she’ll tell him, because she takes in that quick breath and then looks back at Jay before sharing what’s weighing on her mind.
Yeah, it’s a short moment but it’s telling.
Erin shares what’s bothering her and Jay respects her feelings but puts the facts before her as well. Then she murmurs that her mom’s got blinders on and it clicks with Jay. This is about protecting another girl from a mom who’ll blindly drag her daughter down with her.
(It’s not a shipper episode I say as I make over half the post about my ship.)
Long, long story short, wow. I know the general reception was pretty negative but I loved this episode without even touching on the adorable partner moments between Burgess and Roman, and my admiration for Burgess for her strength to break not just Adam’s heart, but her own, by putting the ring in his hand and walking away.