I kind of wanted Cas to snap at dean saying “you wanna talk about cosmic consequences?? How about: the DARKNESS. And the fact that YOU KILLED DEATH, DEAN, I don’t think you get to say anything about what I did.”
Abby Wambach heads straight for the end of the counter and takes everyone else’s coffees for herself. When the baristas reprimand her for it, she demands to speak to the manager and complains that her drink isn’t as good as it used to be. The manager apologizes and assures her that the next drink she gets will be better, but she decides to quit drinking Starbucks instead. The entire store throws a huge celebration in her honor. She still freely offers her opinion about how Starbucks used to be.
“Can I get you a drink, ma'am?” “What’s that?” “That is a spinach and celery smoothie. Would you like one?” “No.” “Good choice.”
BrainDead 1.05: Son You Need To Talk To Your Boss About Your Job Description (Seriously, why’s a Chief-of-Staff serving drinks at a government re-opening party that isn’t even hosted by his boss, other than to relive Aaron Tveit’s underaged bartending days?)
Remember that scene at the end of 3.06 where we get a close-up shot of Ben’s face, who’s watching the Washingtons dancing with Peggy and Arnold, with that ominous score in the background, and it looked like he was beginning to realize that something was amiss with Arnold?
Yeah, that scene?
Pointless. Completely and utterly useless.
Because Ben doesn’t realize anything. We end the episode thinking “oooooh shiiiit, Tallboy’s onto Arnold!”, but in the very next episode it’s like it never happened, because it’s never brought up again! Ben never goes “hmmm, I noticed something odd about Arnold and his fiancee. I can’t really put my finger on it yet, but something wasn’t quite right”. No! Instead he spends the entire episode man-paining over his one night stand (who was disgustingly badly handled. RIP Sarah Livingston, you deserved so, so much better).
My point is, TURN, you had this wonderful opportunity to create some drama within Ben’s character by having Ben trying to figure out what exactly was wrong with the Arnolds, his conflicting emotions over being suspicious of a man that he admired but being unable to shake off the feeling that something wasn’t right, and, idk, his hesitance in running his suspicions past Washington, who, in his mind, probably wouldn’t believe him. Instead you fridged his supposed love interest in a shockingly awful and clumsy scene which did nothing for neither the plot nor any of the characters, for the sole purpose of having Ben man-paining over her dead body, because as we all know, angst = character growth.
Honestly, I think that that sums up Ben’s character throughout the entirety of S3: lots of wonderful potential utterly squandered by forced angsty hetero bullshit under the mistaken belief that would equal character development.
..the idea was that we would unfold a woman to an audience that saw her in one way. And we do make all kinds of judgments about people. We make pre-judgments and we see them in one capacity, and we think we know them. So this has been a kind of unfolding of a woman.
Mary McDonnell, on Sharon’s Raydor’s character transition from The Closer to Major Crimes (x)