But let’s review the facts, shall we?
First, you tell Peyton that you’re in love with her, leaving her confused and
speechless, and then you take home your old boss for a drunken hate-bonk. And when Peyton shows up to say that
she’s ready to take a chance on Pavi or Rayton or whatever it is that you two
would call yourselves, you kiss her, while your latest conquest is in the next
room. Not good. I know.
25 Reasons I loved today’s episode, because y’all sound unhappy af
1. Domestic Robron: having brekkie together, Robert feeding his man, toast and tea.
2. Robert and Aaron’s critical music banter. I bet Robert secretly loves Little Mix too.
3. Rob’s open admiration for the way Aaron treats his sister “She’s gonna love you.”
4. Robert teasing Liv with breakfast because she’s hammered with a cute ooooooh and waving it in her face. Such big brother behaviour.
5. Robert chastising Liv for not appreciating Aaron’s present, such a Dad.
6. Robert is so impressed with Aaron for spending so much effort to get Liv a present, and wants everybody else to appreciate Aaron as much as he does.
7. Aaron looking up at his fiance in admiration for appreciating the effort he went to. And a look of chastisement because he wants Rob to be a little more sensitive with Liv, like he is with Aaron. I just like the way he has to bend his neck to look so far up though, HEIGHT DIFFERENCE alert.
8. Aaron and Liv’s private conversation. Liv actually thanking Aaron for once. Aaron reassuring Liv, and being a right softie. Emmerdale not erasing the past and realizing how her father’s suicide might have effected Liv. Aaron clearly including Robert and trusting him to look after Liv.
9. Chas losing her wits and breaking down a bit at work. We’ve all been there, especially over our son Aaron.
10. Robert being so excitable about the Mill being ready and so hopeful about Aaron getting out quickly. cutie, he launched into that pub to talk to Aaron.
11. Chas leaving Aaron to work it out himself for once.
12. Faith not making a big deal out of Aaron’s panic attack, and actually making him giggle.
13. Aaron trying to keep it together for everyone. Just like Robert, Our boys are Knights!
14. Robert completely worried about Aaron picking up on him shaking instantly. Looking at Chas for help desperately. Bless him
15. Robert acknowledging openly that he considers them a little family. “ours”, aww our boy he thinks of Liv as their daughter, their responsibility.
16. Chas and Robert collectively saying “we” about each other! and sharing looks the whole episode.
17. Deathrow Ploughmans. Prison jokes. Wow.
18. Robert initiating a private chat with Liv to protect their shared love Aaron Dingle. Robert being so certain that he would never send Liv back to her Mum’s, like he never even entertained the possibility. STEP-DAD
19. Chas reassuring Robert that she knows Aaron is scared of losing Rob and that’s why he’s acting up.
20. Robert’s life is going to be on hold just like his, because Robert can’t see a life without Aaron!! Prison is keeping Robert out as much as its keeping Aaron in.
21. ROBERT SUGDEN, THE GREAT PHILANDERER-he might be a womanizer but he certainly keeps to one man. no one else comes close.
22. Robert asking Chas for advice and her admitting she doesn’t know as well as Robert.
23. Robert wants to make Aaron feel secure. And Liv.
24. Robert staring back at his family in open admiration, love how looking at them gives him the inspiration to get hitched.
25. “What if I make us a proper family”, he wants to put a ring on it. “I’ve never been more serious in my life!” Robert Sugden is the softest best fiance ever. Aaron and Liv are his entire world, and he is so serious about a lifetime commitment with them, he’s so sure. I adore this man.
Yet another solid episode! This season is going to be a winner. Also, THE BARISI CORNER IS OFFICIALLY BACK :D
OK, this wasn’t much to write home about, but it was more than serviceable. All three actresses were very good so they
kept me engaged, the case was pleasantly twisty but not convoluted, Sonny had
significant input as a lawyer (and I loved how Liv was all “we’ll follow Carisi’s
suggestion!”) and Barba delivered a heated and eloquent closing argument. I
sharing of personal information! I swear, Sonny and Fin have talked to each other
more in these last two episodes than they did in the previous 3 2 seasons! And they
didn’t need some random case-related segue, either. This week, they were just driving
to a crime scene, and they were shooting the breeze on the way there. You know,
like normal colleagues do. Like real people do. Not cardboard cutouts. Something
small like that, something as silly as stealing candy as a little boy, it can breathe
life into a scene which would otherwise be mundane.
is, even when an episode is not as exciting, it’s still worth watching just to
see our characters interacting and being friends. That’s what SVU seemed to
have forgotten, and it’s also the key to making a watchable procedural. Let’s
face it, all the cases have been done before (often by SVU itself, because it’s
been on for a hundred years), but the team interactions can )and should) be enough to maintain
the viewers’ interest. This season, it’s clear the team dynamics are being
cultivated, instead of being ignored, and that makes me happy.
The Barisi Corner
Just like I hoped, it’s like S18 never happened. We’re back to the S17 Barisi
dynamic of friendly teasing and inside jokes. In the deleted scene from the
premiere, we got the classic “booyah, Fordham law” type of
interaction, except in its advanced S17 form. Where in S16 Barba would be
biting with his remarks, in S17 and in the 19x01 deleted scene he was just
making a joke for the sake of a joke, because that’s what they do. Sonny tries
to impress Barba, Barba is totally impressed, and then he makes a joke to
pretend he’s not actually appreciative of Sonny’s input.
episode, we got an even more advanced interaction. We got Sonny making a smart
legal observation not just to impress Barba, but because he wanted to contribute
to the case. And, just like in S17, Barba was impressed, and then he used a
joke not to diss Sonny, but to praise him.
are two kinds of humorous Barisi interactions.
“Sassy Sonny Tries to Impress Barba” which comes complete with
Sonny’s dimples, and Sonny’s smirks, and Sonny’s cocky remarks like, “Oh,
Rafael, are you mad you didn’t think about it first?” This type of Barisi interaction
always ends with a Barba side-eye and a snarky comeback. When Barba knows that
Sonny is flaunting, he’s always quick to shut it down. That’s the joke. Sonny
starts blathering on about a hypothetical argument, just to show off his legal
skillz, and Barba is amused, but he also acknowledges the alterior motive, i.e.
Sonny’s desire to get Barba’s approval.
there’s “Dedicated Sonny Tries to Crack the Case” which comes with
Sonny’s frown and Sonny’s desire to get justice, and Sonny’s casual use of legal terminology like “obfuscated.” This type of Barisi interaction always
ends with Barba subtly praising Sonny, using a joke to cover up a genuine
compliment. When Barba knows that Sonny is trying to be helpful, he’s always
quick to encourage it. That’s Barba’s favorite thing. Seeing Sonny creatively
solving a legal problem with no ulterior motive. Sure, their games are fun, and
they’ve been fun for 3 2
seasons now, but at the end of the day they’re both trying to get justice, and
Barba loves it when Sonny focuses on their work.
thing. Both Sonny and Barba have evolved. Sonny used to thirst for Barba’s
approval, early on, in S16, but soon after that he found his confidence, and
his footing, and his place on the team. He still tries to show off for Barba, because
it’s fun, but that’s no longer his main motivator when he speaks legalese.
Sonny isn’t a law student looking to get that A, he’s a lawyer looking to get that D. And his actions and words have come
to reflect that. Now he doesn’t just state the obvious as Barba jokes
“save it for night school.” Now, Sonny has original ideas which can
actually help SVU.
who treated Sonny so condescendingly at first, Barba has come to see the change
in Sonny as well. The humorous element of their interactions persists, because
Barba is a snarky bastard, but now those same interactions are loaded with
respect. With friendship. With
flirtation. Barba is no longer dismissive of Sonny, and hasn’t been for
a long while. Barba sees Sonny as a useful presence in the squad, with legal knowledge
the other cops don’t possess, and it’s clear he welcomes Sonny’s observations. It’s right there in his smile smirk. Barba is willing to listen, and he’s even willing
to entertain the notion that Sonny just might think of something he didn’t, which is beautiful to see :’)
Now all I
want is that other type of S17 interaction, the quiet support. Sonny always
supported Barba in tougher moments, like the death threats (what death threats lol?), or a trial gone
wrong, but Barba also supported Sonny, especially during that Catholic Church
case, as we all remember. I’m loving the new showrunner’s tendency to use humor to display the
bonds between our characters, it’s just the perfect thing to balance out the
grim nature of the cases, but I’d love to see some more muted, more emotional
moments between them (between all of them, but Barba/Carisi especially, lol).
We have an entire season ahead, so there’s still plenty of time. I’ll be
I’m just happy the classic Barisi dynamic is back.
it time and time again, and I don’t even mean romantically (that’s what fic is
for). Those two characters, Barba and Carisi, they have a dynamic that’s gold.
Clashing personalities (Sonny is dorkier, Barba is more sarcastic), contrasting
temperaments (Sonny is sunnier, Barba is a little more bitter), common
interests (the law), a reluctant mentor-mentee relationship (which has evolved
now that the student is no longer a student, though he’s far from being a
master), a constant willingness to joke back-and-forth (which keeps building up
their relationship and strengthens their bond), fundamental differences which breed
a potential for unexpectedly emotional moments (“I admire your…”,
because Sonny is an openly affectionate person, and Barba and his wide eyes
tend to shy away from affection), it’s all there.
writing, plus a willingness to explore that bond, plus the natural ease Peter
and Raul have with each other as actors, plus Sonny’s sweetness and Barba’s
sass = television gold. And Barisi gold :’)
Barba was flirting. End of story. Textbook “there is no heterosexual explanation for this.” And I’m grateful.
said it, I prefer seeing “shrewd legal mind” Barba instead of “slave to his
emotions” Barba, but the latter sure is fun to watch. That closing was intense,
and you could see that Raul really dug his teeth into those lines. I mean, damn. It’s not every week that he gets
to really show off, with more than an eyebrow raise or a smirk, but when he
does, wow. I was just thinking, they rarely let Raul have a legitimate monologue, even though he’s a
lawyer and theoretically we could be watching his opening and/or closing
arguments every week. This episode tells me that the writers might be saving
those moments, and using them sparingly, so they’ll have more of an impact. And
I think they’re right.
That said, I
wonder if we’ll be seeing a focus on Barba’s more emotional side, to better juxtapose
him to the upcoming ADA, who’ll be more black-and-white and (I’m assuming) less
emotional. If so, this was a smart way to start doing that. In this episode, we
still saw how smart Barba was, but we also saw a passion we don’t often see from
him. I’m assuming Barba and Peter Stone will clash on more than their
positions, they’ll clash on philosophy, as well, and I hope this was an example
of that. We have to see the “new” (but old) Barba, he has to be established
first, under the new showrunner’s reign, and then we can be introduced to
Stone, and see what they have in common and what they’ll never agree on.
Just like I
thought, last week’s dramatic ending (and Sonny’s potential subsequent trauma)
was not directly referenced. It may come up again in the future, but again, as I
said in last week’s post, this is classic Original L&O stuff, a
self-contained dramatic episode which ends and is never mentioned again.
L&O in its earlier seasons was much less serialized, and I think the new
showrunner is bringing that back. I don’t mind it.
thing I didn’t mind? Flirty Sonny using his masculine wiles to cozy up to that
witness and get her to help. Now that’s how you use your assets :D
I love Fin.
That old high school pic? I love that NBC employs people who have a passion for graphic
background on Sonny’s family! The show remembers he has a niece! His mom used
to cover for him for childhood shenanigans! He went to confession for stealing
candy! Classic Carisi material. And continuity galore. This is the Sonny we
know and love.
dismissively saying “pills, booze” to judge a woman who was on prescribed anxiety meds and
enjoyed, like, a beer? Never change, Amanda. actually, please change (that said, yay for continuity!)
waste of Annabeth Gish.
Shields is the grandma? Wasn’t that what everyone guessed? I was trying to come
up with other guesses because I actually believed them when they said “no one
has guessed who she’ll play”. Oh well. That said, she looked amazing, and I’ve always liked her. It’ll be nice to have someone with a (seemingly) kinder demeanor fighting against Liv. Not a criminal or a lawyer, you know? We haven’t seen that before.
Liv’s jackets keep slaying my existence every week.
WEE SONNY’S REACTION TO “YUMMY”???? HUH???? WHERE IS THAT CLOSE-UP OF HIS SMIRKY DIMPLY LIL’ FACE???
Did I write more than 900 words of this post about a 5-second Barisi interaction? HELL YEAH I
everyone in this fandom is so nice, and supportive, and inspiring, and sweet, and loving, and KIND and i feel so lucky to be friends with some of you guys because you’re all angels and i love you all so much
a house made of this (vic, liv, aaron/robert) outsider pov, grief, mentions of someone dying offscreen.
soft fic for @escapingreality51 because she needs some love today. i know you wanted soft fic, and i hope there’s that in here, but i also hope this is what you wanted to read. i love you, my darling, and i’m here if you need me <3
The Mill feels lived in.
Vic loves the house, the driveway always impeccable (Robert’s no-nonsense approach with the landscaper), and usually one or both cars parked haphazardly in the driveway whenever she pops round. The gravel crunches underfoot as she shifts the box under her arm to reach up and ring the bell.
The stained glass door shimmers with a shadow, someone coming down the hall to meet her, and she grins when Aaron tugs open the door.
“Alright?” Stepping aside to let her in, Aaron frowns at the box. “What’s that for, then?”
“For Robert,” Vic says, hefting it back to her front. “It’s the last box from my place. I was doing up the attic and I thought he’d want it back.”
“Having a clear out, eh?” Aaron asks, waving her in.
Vic appreciates that he doesn’t try and take the box from her, and steps into the living room. The stupid vespa chair is still propped up against the wall, and there’s a pile of bags in the doorway. “Liv’s home then?”
“Yep,” Aaron grins, gesturing at the floor next to them. “Drop it there, Robert’ll take it up later. A brew?”
Vic nods, drops the box carefully down next to Liv’s bags. “Where is he?”
“Walking the dogs,” Aaron says, snorting.
Robert will tell everyone in earshot how much he hates the dogs, “they get hair everywhere,” mixed with, “Laika peed in my shoes,” and “the cats would never.” That doesn’t fool anyone that knows him, or who spends more than five minutes in the Mill.
It looks lived in; Vic moves the remote and Aaron’s phone onto the coffee table. It’s piled high with magazines (from Auto Trader to Sci-Fi Now), coasters, and a pencil case that’s half open, spilling it’s contents onto the glass.
Sometimes Vic feels the press of pride in her chest when she thinks about Robert being this happy, light in his eyes and the warmth in his voice whenever he talks about home.
Warnings: language, ANGST, talk of little child running away
A/N: Finally here it is!!! *evil laugh* Feedback is greatly appreciated!!! I hope you all enjoy this!! It has more Jared/Gen/Olivia/Jensen in this one more than it does the reader. Sorry! Just the way it played out! ;)
Happy Birthday to my favorite human being, the Dark Sweet Lady, Olivia Arias Harrison. She is truly a special, beautiful woman. Hope your coming year kicks ass Liv!
“Olivia Harrison is a fucking cool chick!” - Stella McCartney
“I’ve only seen Olivia once since her husband passed away, but through
all the pain I saw a strength and a courage which was inspirational.” - Anoushka Shankar
“I told Olivia, ‘Oh, God, girl, you’ve meant so much to his life, you’ve
just totaled him out, and it’s just wonderful.’ They’re beautiful
people.” - Carl Perkins
“I remember hearing ‘Do You Want To Know A Secret,’ hearing that accent,
thinking, ‘Wow, that’s interesting.’ He had such a heavy accent at that
time. I loved George’s music before we met, he was always a favorite of
mine. I think he really had something to say and even to this day when I
listen to ‘Be Here Now’ or ‘Run of the Mill,’ they always reset my
radar. I always say ‘Run of the Mill’ is my favorite song. George liked
that song, too. He used to ask, ‘Which song should I play?’ and I’d say,
‘Oh, play that one.’ And he would. He always appreciated when somebody
liked a song.”
- Filter (2011)
Before Robert fully comes awake, thoughts of geez, you’re old bounce around his skull, and he groans, burying his face back in the pillow.
There’s a soft chuckle to his left, and a hand slides into his hair, massaging his scalp gently. He can’t stop the smile from curving his lips, or his head from pushing up against talented fingers.
“Don’t want to turn forty, huh?” A soft kiss is pressed to his temple in apology for the amused tone.
Robert grunts, fingers sliding out from under the duvet to find Aaron’s chest. “S’not my birthday.”
“Sorry,” Aaron tells him, nose brushing against Robert’s hairline. “Kinda is.”
Shuffling until he can press his face into Aaron’s neck, he lets out a huff and a whine. He knows he’s being immature and childish, but forty is a big number and he absolutely does not want to think about it.
Aaron laughs, Robert can feel the rumble underneath his cheek, and wraps an arm around Robert’s shoulders as he presses a kiss to his head. “Don’t be so dramatic.”
“You won’t be saying that when you turn forty,” Robert points out, turning to kiss Aaron’s jaw. “I’ll have to make sure you don’t freak out.”
The words settle about them like a promise, and Robert can’t believe how far they’ve come, how comfortable he is to think about Aaron being in his life forever.
“Come on,” Aaron says, brushing a hand through Robert’s hair. “Let’s get up and get you out of the house before Liv wakes up.”
Robert forgot she was even home; she’s been interning at a studio in Leeds while she studies for her Masters in Architecture. She shines every time she shows him her drawings, and he knows enough to be impressed, though it’s mostly just pride whenever he talks about her. She popped down for a couple of days for his birthday. “She’ll be too hungover to make comments.”