Oh hi Max! Max is being very patronising to Chin and Danny here. What is the point of this scene please? Oh, OK. It’s Chin’s dark shirt! It’s it black? I can’t tell in this light. Wow, he looks amazing though. Why do the men look so amazing in this ep while the women are wearing such fugly clothes? While Max is wittering on about tea plants, Chin is looking thoughtful and announces that he knows what’s going on. It’s moonshine! Yee-haw!
‘Run Through The Jungle’!! Awesome! Even though they’re driving through the jungle. But still.
Or is it purple? Chin’s shirt, I mean? Hey, George Takei! In a straw hat! Brewing moonshine! Chin’s shirt looks chocolate brown now. Is it MAGIC???? George Takei offers them some moonshine. Chin asks him if he knows the dead guy and he says not, but he knows where these amateur moonshiners hang out. And that’s it. If there were any Star Trek in-jokes in this scene, I missed them (but then I was always more of a Next Generation girl myself). Danny and Chin deduce that Bruce was selling moonshine out of his store, and a bunch of other stuff that I don’t pay attention to because this COTW is already more complicated than I can be bothered with right now, and then Chin says:
“It’s a good theory, now we’ve just got to prove it.”
Personally, I’d be finding out if it’s true first. Maybe that’s just me.
I’m going to go with aubergine. Aubergine is good (as opposed to aubergines, which are revolting except in the one way my local Thai place does them, which I have never successfully replicated. HAH!! I made a Star Trek joke! That’s better than you managed, Show).
Back at HQ, McG and Cath are having an INTENSE discussion about whether they should ask Ethan if he knows who the dead guy is, but this is completely overshadowed by the fact that Ethan is reading a comic book by – guess who? – PETER LENKOV! Seriously, Show? There’s product placement and then there’s just taking the piss. (Although, if I weren’t still cross about the VS episode I might find this funny in a cheeky way, but I AM still cross about the VS episode, so I don’t.)
At some point during his conversation about proper procedure with someone who is very lovely and very special to him, but in no way a law enforcement officer, McG says that lying to kids is bad. Yes. Are you listening, Doris? (You know, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if she WERE listening. I wouldn’t put it past her to have bugged his office.). Cath eventually agrees that they should ask him and says “you think breakfast in a car is romantic. Maybe I should handle this” but then, she wasn’t around last week. If she had been, she would know that where kids are concerned, McG has this sh/t DOWN.
Cath offers Ethan a drink, her treat (wow, push the boat out there, babe, you always make McG at least offer to buy you dinner) and he says that she doesn’t have to bribe him. Cath stores this revelation away for future use. Ethan manages to completely evade the question of whether he knows the guy or not by asking whether his dad killed him and then completely covering his face with his hair. Impressive. Cath is not so good at this detectiving lark, because not only does she fall for this completely, she then goes out to get him the drink when even *I* can tell he’s going to do a runner with cash from her purse the moment she leaves the room. Don’t give up your day job, love.
(As an aside: I love Cath as much as, if not more than, the next person, but – WHERE THE F/CK is Kono??)
(On a related note, there were seven separate close-ups of Atplenkov’s comic book during this scene, just in case you were wondering. I think it had more screen time than Kono did in the whole ep.)
Ethan’s taken a cab to the middle of nowhere, but forgot that the team can trace the phone McG gave him (much have you to learn, young Padawan). Ethan’s clinging onto the idea that his dad is a good man, and then McG says:
“It’s your dad that we’re talking about. I totally get that. But what we’re trying to do, we’re trying to get to the truth. I know it can be painful -”
We can’t actually see Cath, but given what she’s hiding from McG about his mother’s fondness for high-voltage interrogation techniques, I’m sure that this moment is not awkward for her AT ALL.
Ethan DOES know who the dead guy is, He’s a friend of a really bad guy. McG and Danny and some Kevlar and thigh holsters (askdjhakdjhsalakl) go to the really bad guy’s house and there’s ANOTHER guy there. Who is HE now? I have no idea who all these people are. Let’s instead talk about the moment McG nudges him in the back with his big gun. Oh wow, could that have come out any more wrong than it did? Oops.