Ep: 3×02 The Royal We
Reviewed by: useyourwords, csiAngel & 3rdRocker
Ship rating: 6/10 (because they work together; Cal checks Gillian out and there is football in Foster’s office tiems!)
So, I’m sure a great many Cal/Gillian shippers were somewhat frightened going into this episode after the appauling way that Cal treated Gillian last episode! But, I’ll be completely honest, I’m quite enjoying the tension.
Anyhoo, Cal still hasn’t written his book and is bored of trying. When he sees Gillian with a new client, he tries to get in on the act but she won’t have it. She’s civil, but you can tell that she is still seething over the way he is treating her lately.
Cal forces Anna to hack into Gillian’s CALendar for him (Trivia: Jenn Marsala revealed on Twitter that this is the password she typed: ThisJobIsTotallyAwesomeEvenMoreAwesomeThanCheesyTaterTotsWhichAreAlsoAwesome) and discovers that she is working at the Miss Teen Magazine beauty pageant. So, off he goes.
Gillian is not impressed to find him there, especially when he starts to call the whole thing a ‘freak show’ in front of their client, and involves potentially crooked cop Wallowski (remember her?).
Despite the tension though it is good to see Cal and Gillian working together and, professionally, they’re still a close team – and it is useful for them to be able to call on Wallowski rather than having to involve the real police until they can get to the truth of what is going on.
One of the key figures in the case is a sixteen year old girl who has serious issues regarding her mother and everything she feels she has been forced to go through on the pageant scene. When this girl threatens to kill herself and Cal talks her down, this obviously brings up Cal’s own mother and he says some things he’s not proud of. Gillian – being the absolutely gorgeous-in-body-and-mind person that she is and therefore won’t let his treatment of her stop her from caring – offers Cal an ear if he wants to talk about his mum. Cal – being, well, Cal – gets out of it, but I think it’s clear that he did appreciate it.
It does seem like he’s still being an ass to Gillian, but there are little glimpses of old Cal. I’m willing to put my faith in Dan Sackheim and Tim Roth who’ve both said that we shouldn’t worry!
Gillian with Candice in the hallway when Cal approaches.
I guess it’s kind of shippy of Cal to have Anna hack into Gillian’s computer to access her CALendar.
Cal: Oi!! Come in here, make yourself useful.
Anna: With your book?
Cal: What book? I need to see Foster’s calendar.
Anna: You mean hack into her computer.
Cal: Your words, not mine.
Anna: Dr. Lightman, I can’t just hack into—
Cal: Or you’re fired.
Anna: Watch my fingers.
Cal: Wasn’t that hard, was it? On your way then.
Cal & Gillian at the pageant rehearsal.
Occam’s razor (Gillian finishes Cal’s sentence. Aw!)
Cal & Gillian leaving the pageant building.
Cal & Gillian in hallway with the pageant girl and her mom.
Cal & Gillian backstage at the pageant results.
Cal & Gillian in Gillian’s office, Cal kicking the soccer ball around.
Final scene where Cal’s at his kitchen table, starting the first chapter of his book, and he types: “Let me be clear. I understand very little, least of all the people close to me.”
And ain’t that the truth lately!!