Ep: 1×06 “Do No Harm”
Reviewed by: PuddingLoversAnon
Ship rating: 8/10
This episode Lightman and Foster work together trying to determine what happened to missing 11-year-old Samantha Burch. Lightman wastes no time in accusing her parents of murdering her to determine their reactions. Once Lightman has reached the conclusion that they’re innocent he tells them that he can help.
Once they’ve left Cal sends the reporters to the wrong place so that the family can have some privacy. I loved this, I thought it was really thoughtful of him.
Samantha is eventually found when a registered paedophile nurse working at a free clinic tells them she’ll be outside the clinic. Unfortunately when she’s found she claims to be a completely different person.
I have to give a special mention to this scene. Kelli Williams made me cry here. Amazing writing and acting.
Gillian Foster: You reach out to her and then she rejects you. And you can’t help but recoil.
Mrs. Birch: You don’t know what it’s like. You’re not a mother.
Gillian Foster: No, but I was. My husband and I adopted a baby girl last year. We brought her home from Delaware and we bathed her and rocked her to sleep and built her a nursery. In Delaware, the birth mother has 60 days to change her mind. We made it to day 57. You know, I didn’t get to keep my baby, but yours is right there. You know, you need to talk to her.
Mrs. Birch: What was your daughter’s name?
Gillian Foster: Sophie.
Samantha’s mother gets through to her and she tells her it was her psychiatrist that had kidnapped her. I was all set to absolutely hate her until we find out that her plan wasn’t exactly evil. We find out that she has lost a daughter and is trying to substitute Samantha for the girl she lost.
Cal asks Gillian if she wants him to do this alone. He’s looking after her. :)
Cal Lightman: You going to be okay?
Gillian Foster: (unconvincingly) Sure.
Cal Lightman: No, ’cause I can do this one on my own.
Gillian Foster: No, not a chance. Look, I know what you’re thinking and it’s not going to be a problem. I’m fine.
We find that Gillian isn’t happy with the way her marriage is and that Cal knows it.
Cal Lightman: You know, you were very good back there with Mrs. Birch. Very nurturing. Maybe you should get a puppy! I could talk to Obama’s people.
Gillian Foster: Alec has allergies.
Cal Lightman: Poodles! No fur. They have hair.
Gillian Foster: That’s not what it’s about.
I can’t even begin to describe this incredible scene. Look and read.
Gillian Foster: Hey. I just needed a minute before I went home.
Cal Lightman: Sure.
Gillian Foster: Sophie’s 13 months. You know, she’s probably walking now.
Cal Lightman: Yeah, Emily started around that age, I think.
Gillian Foster: She’s probably changing so fast. Every now and then, I’ll see a little girl on the street and I, uh, I think it’s her. And I have to fight so hard not to run up and hug some stranger’s little girl. (she’s crying) I’m sorry.
Cal Lightman: Don’t be.
Gillian Foster: It’s just, uh, Alec doesn’t want to talk about it. He says he can’t, you know. So, we don’t. (she sighs) I’m okay. (she wipes away tears) You can go.
Cal Lightman: No, I’m all right.
(Cal puts his arm on her back to comfort her.)
Also, tissue anyone?