This is one of my favorite early Dasey moments because there’s no excuse for it. He just slings an arm around her and pulls her close and she just lets him and if anything looks kind of pleased at the contact and there’s absolutely no reason given for any of it.
I also love it because I’ve always seen it as kind of a preview of how protective he is of her later on. Casey is clearly really stressed and it seems like he’s following the impulse to comfort her without really realizing he’s doing it.
And then Vicki the Casey Clone walks through the door and Derek calls her a babe and ends up making out with her because why not, at this point?
And later, it turns out Cousin Vicki has a thing for zeroing in on guys Casey likes. But I’m sure that’s unrelated to anything that happens in this episode.
Because I’ve fallen into a Life with Derek spiral and it seems a few other people have too, so here a few fics I’ve loved over the years.
One Shots: A Study In Desire Someone should really look into naming a pathological condition after her. Ain’t No Thing This is just two people who occasionally have sex like two consenting adults. It isn’t a habit. It isn’t a thing. Attack of the Body Snatchers In which Derek does the unthinkable and stops trying to win Casey over with fourth grade tactics. Casey is understandably calling for a restraining order. Back to the Border Casey makes the Dean’s list. Derek takes up smoking. Endless Rain Into a Paper Cup Peanut butter and love, sort of. Everybody Wants to Rule the World He was a boy. She was a girl. Could he have made it any more obvious? Family Dynamics It’s funny, how family can manage to be both suffocation and salvation at the same time. Ground Rules Derek and Casey, and the rules they inevitably end up breaking. How to Play Charades The thing to know about him is; he’s always been clueless. Like that movie Casey likes so much. The one in which those step-siblings get together. And it’s not as if he’s ever wondered whether that was supposed to imply something. Miscommunication In which Derek and Casey get their lines crossed, a pointless scavenger hunt is assigned, and a local Wal-Mart gets an unexpected slumber party. Move In Circles Around You Disasters are kind of their specialty. One Revolution Around the Sun It’s not about Max, or flipping your hair, or short skirts. It’s about why you keep going back when you know you can do better. Emily decides to fix her best friend because no one else can. Road to Nowhere Five fantasies Derek has definitely, positively, absolutely never had. So Tell Me When You’re Gonna Let Me In In which real, grown-up life is uh, actually not all that fun, sometimes. The Starting Line “Why do you care?” He does. N’t. Doesn’t. Wait, what was the question again? Sunlight Through the Broken Glass Heartbreak, fixations, pretenses. They’re sort of a cliche. Except not. That Girl, She’s Like a Sunburn She’s dumping him. She’s dumping him and, really he didn’t imagine it going down this way. He thought he’d be the one ending it, and she’d start throwing things and he’d be like, whew, glad that’s over, but it’s not like that. At all. Then You Come Crashing In It ends like these things always do: with that one guy who’s in love with this other girl and first hearing about it from Edwin of all people. The Weight of Water Because sometimes, it’s that easy. Writing Love Casey has carved out a life for herself as a writer for an NBC hit series. But, when a familiar face is brought in as a consultant, Casey’s past and present collide.
Multichapters: Bus Rides It all started on a bus. Candle He doesn’t like the word forever, but that’s it, that’s how long he wants to spend with her. Sounds of Silence It’s only when she’s left his room, and he’s lying awake, aching for something he can’t explain, that it occurs to him. She hadn’t said his name. Step By Step A series of events with a few bumps on the way which will eventually lead up to something huge. Unhappily Ever After “Are you recycling insults for me?” she asked, insulted beyond measure.
do you ever just get reALLY MAD THAT THE ONE SHIP THAT YOU HAVE SHIPPED FOREVER IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE IT WAS ON A KIDS SHOW THAT ENDED FIVE YEARS AGO AND TECHNICALLY THEY WERE STEP-SIBLINGS AND YOU RESORT TO RE-READING FANFICTION BECAUSE THERE IS HARDLY ANY NEW FICS ANYMORE AND YOU JUST-