For starters, I liked how much this episode utilized everyone in the series. Also, there was alot of Jack to make up for last week. As the story progressed, it revealed how difficult it is for the police and the courts to actually convict potential terrorists, and how even the most well meaning sting operations can go awry.
Touching watching VanBuren receiving chemo, sitting next to that brave, bald little girl - not to mention Anita's son being there. Didn't know she had one. For a moment I was afraid that he was her new lover. So glad he wasn't - Anita isn't a cougar. Also, nice scene of McCoy asking her if she's OK. I hope they continue to stay with one, maybe two scenes per episode of Anita's cancer story.
I loved the hokey ending, with the witness putting his love for America, his chosen country, before his freedom, even his life. I hope Cutter can stop his deportation.
Last Edit: Oct 10, 2009 14:54:03 GMT -5 by DonnaJo
Post by NikkiGreen on Oct 10, 2009 15:46:37 GMT -5
I got home late, so I missed the first part. However, what I saw I liked.
Donnajo, Anita has two sons and we met them back in the fifth season, in the fabulous episode "Competence" where two boys try and hold her up at an ATM and an unarmed mentally challenged boy is killed.
"Let me not grope in vain in the dark but keep my mind still in the faith that the day will break and truth will appear in its simplicity." ~~~R. Tagore, Whisperings~~~
Post by dragonsback on Oct 10, 2009 18:29:01 GMT -5
DJ, you would find "Competence" much to your liking, I think. For me,it is one of those unforgettable episodes, the great ones where all one needs is a two-line synopsis to trigger instant recall Hope that at some point you happen to be sitting in front of the teev when the vintage Waterston-mothership is on (esp 1994-2001), and you hit upon one of the blue-chip eps.
Sorta fun fact-ette: "Competence" was written by our very own Michael Chernuchin and Mark B Perry. God knows how much of each writer went into the final teleplay, but it's a great pedigree, in any case. Perry is now co-producer and writer on The Ghost Whisperer, which according to the overnights (and thank you for those encouraging numbers) edged out L&O for the number 1 spot. Small world on the small screen, eh?