Kel appears and points at the pictures: a child, then the TARDIS and the Doctor. They are moving. The Doctor on the page is pointing toward the Olympic Torch. "She didn't draw that," Rose realizes. I hate this episode so much. "He did. But it needs more than heat, Doctor!" She shouts down at the picture of the Doctor, and then turns to the screen, where the commentator is saying the following bullshit: "It's much more than a torch now, it's a beacon. It's a beacon of hope and fortitude and courage. And it's a beacon of love." A huge stupid lightbulb goes off over Rose's head and she goes, "Love!" Rose rushes out as the news tells us, of course, that the fuckin' Torch is just now coming through Chloe's neighborhood, Dame Kelly Holmes Close. Rose jogs down and a policeman stops her (again, just like in "Idiot's Lantern," which is looking better all the time) and whatever, she's like, "I can do this!" And I appreciate the nods to Rose's awesomeness, because she is awesome, but you wouldn't have to be this ridiculous about it if every other scriptwriter didn't forget that she existed altogether. It's not an "arc" if it stops and starts and overcompensates.
Chloe's dad and Trish call to her, separately and with different messages. That should make her feel way less alone. Trish starts screaming at the closet, freaking out and grabbing her head: "My baby! You're not going to hurt her again!" Chloe's dad totally disagrees.
As the wildly gay torch bearer passes by, the pod begins to chirp. Rose talks to it and then brings it to her mouth, whispering: "Feel the love." Seriously, that's what she says. Speaking of wildly gay. She tosses it into the air, and it's drawn to the Torch. When it enters the flame, the runner staggers but ignores it. Rose jumps up and down and yells, "Yes!" This is the most godawful episode of the whole show. Look, the three-hour "sensual massage" complete with happy ending that I give this show every week, that's one thing, but you have to say when it doesn't work, and this doesn't work on like a violent level. Even though you get nasty little emails about how "sorry it didn't measure up to your pretentious level this week" and whatever, which isn't about the recap so much as the recap seeming to be calling them stupid. Which it really isn't, in my feeling, because the assumption, again, is that you are capable of using Google. I don't care about affecting what you think about the episode, but there's no way for me to recap your experience of the episode, just mine. Which is what I'm doing. And my experience is that this is profoundly retarded. Because it really, truly, painfully is. And I get that we only pull out the "it's for kids" excuse when it's this dumb, but like: this is insulting to kids, if that's the case. Be nicer to your kids, or they will fuck you up.