I think the last episode was stronger all around than this weeks. Still, the chracter moments and insights, for me, made up for a lack of interest in the main story. The latter I blame on choosing to deal with a very topical and important issue and failing to fully explain why Mike was doing what he was doing. Why did *he* turn into a killer out of all that were in his unit?
What I did enjoy was a further exploration of the family dynamic. Originally I thought it was Holly that instigated the divorce. Now, I'm not so sure. She seems to want him there at, as Creegan refers to it, "home". Sure, I know much of it is for the children, but it seems like there is more to it than that. Creegan has a lot of fears as to what his profession and the consequences of his injury may do to his children. I think the opening scene was an indication of that. He didn't consider his daughter would immitate him and then was confronted with the worst case scenerio of that.
The Jack-in-the-box scene was heartbreaking for me. My take was that it shows he's lost touch with his children. The last time they were really a family the kids would have been a baby and toddler. They would have enjoyed a toy like that. He's blinded to the fact they've grown up (this could also be tied into his talk with Branca about not being able to see everything - having a wall up between his past life and current life).
Did anyone else have an X-Files moment during the scene in the car and specifically Creegan's line "You see, partner. I need you"? It reminded me of the scene between Mulder and Scully in 'Tooms' (one of the early bonding moments imo). I'll never forget their interaction...Mulder: "If there is an ice tea in that bag, it could be love." Scully: "It must be fate Mulder, root beer." Sigh.
My other favorite moment - Creegan to Rivers: "You're right. It's Stupid." :) (And note to Bradley Cooper - burn those hideous sunglasses.)
I'm sure I have more to say, but I've already spent two hours reading and replying to LJ. I need a break from this computer moniter. Plus, how much do I want to start analyzing yet another show?
Geez. I'm watching 'Teacher's Pet' right now. David was really thin back then. I think that's about all I have to say about that ep. :p