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I woke up today with an urge to draw this old swirlix gijinka I did in 2015
Times sure pass by, Lix was in an journey with a carbink friend back in the days, but that’s in the past. He worked hard and he fullfilled his childhood’s dream and now he just opened his own bakery!
He surely gained some pounds in these years, but that will not stop him from coming back to fight if needed! 

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From formal, polite, slightly artificial small-talk about the expected delights of the office Christmas party to one of their shared mysterious looks in about three seconds flat.

Oh, yes, you know it has to be Randall and Lix still dancing around the conversation they’ve both really needed to have since Randall all of a sudden showed up as the new Head of News – but at least they are finally (finally!) about to do something about it.

For indeed it is while Freddie and Bel and Hector et al are at the mince pies and jollity affair advancing the main plot about corruption and vice and so on that Lix decides to come into Randall’s office to “return a book” and we finally (finally!) find out about their long-lost daughter.

(And I can’t help but notice that while Lix keeps saying she doesn’t want to talk about it, she does decide the best time to “return a book” is when everyone but Randall is at the party and there is no danger of them being overheard or interrupted.)

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The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced  Randall + origami swan + strangly tangential ethnographic anecdote + random quotation from Sophocles is actually more unsettling than most told-on-purpose ghost stories. 

But you know you’ve become completely used to him when you stop thinking what is he talking about???? and start thinking, why yes, this is a totally normal normal office conversation.

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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.