The next morning, Cordy walks into the office to find Marcel asleep at the desk, with files and papers spread out on every available surface. She wakes Marcel, who calls her "doll" and explains that he must have fallen asleep while working on the case. Cordy asks whether he was too tired to go up to his room, and he blurts, "My room? Which I have upstairs! Yeah, I was just givin' a hundred percent, like I always do. What'd I do with that darn case file?" Cordy holds up the case file and explains that he gave it to her. Marcel says he must be getting old, and reaches out for it, but Cordy snatches it away and says, "Not until you have that talk with Fred." And that's, naturally, when Wesley strolls in, enthusing about the superior merits of brewed tea to the bagged variety. Kelly -- who, I'll repeat, has never seen the show before -- can already tell where this scene is going. Wesley sees the messy office and asks what happened, and Marcel says he was just looking for something. Cordy reminds Marcel again about "the talk," and exits. Marcel tries to clean up the mess he made and tries to trade pleasantries with Wesley. He gives up almost immediately, sits down, and declares, "So, we gotta talk. Thing is, I got nothing against you personally, it's just --" He squirms about in his chair and admits that this is harder than he thought it would be. Wesley, concerned, says, "Whatever it is, you know I'm here for you," and puts a comforting hand on Marcel's knee. Which doesn't make much sense, but it is kind of entertaining to watch Marcel react by scooting the chair back. Not to mention the way he blurts, "Yeah, well, that may be the problem." Marcel crosses his legs in the accepted "manly" style and babbles, "Whatever we had, whatever we...did...I just think we should keep that behind us. Start from scratch. Two men working side by side but, you know, none of that funny stuff." Wesley sits back and looks a bit irritated, frankly. Marcel sticks his hand out and asks, "Shake on that?" Wesley gives up trying to make sense of the situation and simply says, "I guess." They shake. And then I give up trying to make sense of the situation, since after the handshake, Marcel stands and declares, "Hey, you're all right! Give me a hug!" and pulls Wesley into a big hug. Marcel is giving such mixed signals.
Episode Report CardStrega: C | 737 USERS: C+
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