He cheerilywelcomes Mickey -- calling him "Rickey," of course -- and Mickey responds abruptly, of course, and Rose chills him out and welcomes him. I can't tell you how happy I am to see Mickey again. So pleasant. Mickey and Rose embrace. "You look fantastic," Mickey says to Rose, and Jack pronounces them "sweet." "How come I never get any of that?" asks Jack, and the Doctor says that he'll have to buy him a drink first. Jack says that the Doctor's such hard work, and the Doctor grins hugely: "But worth it!" And then: do they make out? They do not. Somehow I blame Mickey. Somewhere in the last few weeks this has become the Doctor's story in toto: I can't remember the last time Rose did anything interesting besides looking adorable. At least having her around cuts down on that futile HoYay going on all the time. Mickey produces Rose's passport, which she waves at the Doctor: "I can go anywhere now!" The Doctor, perhaps inevitably, sees this as an attack on his abilities to be unencumbered and free and fun and the best boyfriend ever, but Rose clarifies: "It's all very well going to Platform One and Justicia and the Glass Pyramid of San Kloon, but what if we end up in Brazil? I might need it. See? I'm prepared for anything!" (Justicia brief: this is the first time a tie-in novel -- this called The Monsters Inside by Stephen Cole -- has been referenced in the show itself; the story involved Rose and the Doctor, on their first adventure away from Earth, encountering the Slitheen and another Raxacoricofallapatorian family, the Blathreen, on a system of prison planets.) Mickey takes this long-term planning as yet another in a desperately long list of clues that Rose is not giving up a-TARDISing any time soon, and things get awkward. The Doctor stares, but it's Mickey who snaps them out of it: "So, what're you doing in Cardiff? And who the hell's Jumping Jack Flash? I mean, I don't mind you hanging out with big-ears up there..." The Doctor gives a big strong "Oi!" to this, but Mickey tells him to look in the mirror. Mickey tries to find words to describe Jack, and Jack tries to help him out: "Handsome?" Mickey thinks that Jack's closer to "cheesy," which leads to embarrassing old-gaffer RTD riffery about whether "cheesy" is bad or good, in twenty-first century slang -- and if it's bad, then is that "bad" as in "bad," or "bad" as in "good," et cetera. The Doctor comes galumphing down the ladder demanding to be told that he's handsome, but is ignored, which is cute.
Episode Report CardJacob Clifton: B | 1448 USERS: B-
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