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Belonging

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Morality Bites
ve the influence to do that, and instead decides to punish her for the attempt, saying that what she's actually going to do is have Sierra imprinted and given to him -- permanently. I think Adelle might have been better advised to make her case to someone at Rossum, but her emotions in the matter have clearly taken over, which is nice to see, even though it means she's not that great at her job, not that this is the first evidence of that. Speaking of which, he adds that if she gets it done by the end of business that day, he'll see to it that she keeps her position, and then thanks her for the tea. Heh. Adelle watches him go and wonders how she cocked this one up so royally.

Echo walks through the atrium with that book in hand, and stops for a moment to purposefully pick a leaf off a large potted plant. From the stairs, Boyd observes this. I cannot imagine the number of paragraph breaks there would be in this recap if every scene were this short.

In her office, Adelle's eyes are bugging out in a very non-British way as Harding tries to spin the whole Nolan/Sierra thing as a positive, saying Priya will be placed in a lovely home with a man she adores, so why should they bother Rossum with the details? Adelle, unsurprisingly, does not see the situation that way, and asks, "If we do this, what does that make us?" Given what we've seen on the show so far, you might think that trying to introduce the concept of morality to a Rossum employee would be akin to teaching a pig to sing (won't work, will only anger the pig, etc.), and in this case you'd be absolutely right, as Harding points out that they're not so wonderfully moral as it is, bringing up Adelle's "Miss Lonelyhearts" escapades with Victor as a rather cutting example. Wounded, Adelle feebly starts to babble something in her defense, but Harding really couldn't care less, as he offers that everyone "likes to take something home from the office every once in a while." I'll trade her two bottles of correction fluid and a stapler for Victor any time. Harding, however, goes on that the dalliances with Victor were "the least of [her] indiscretions," and I'm not sure either that I know what he's talking about or that I want to know if I don't. As Adelle hangs her head, Harding adds that if the feeling that she's "decent and moral" helps her get through her day, fine by him, but not if it's going to interfere with the smooth running of the house, and if she won't do what they tell her, they'll find someone who will. "And I promise, you wouldn't like the early retirement plan." His even temperament and affable smile on that last line are far scarier than any anger-based approach could be, as demonstrated when Adelle swivels her head toward him in genuine fear. He drops the smile: "Imprint the girl. Send her to him. Close the account." Whatever she may say about her superiors, they can't be accused of being unclear in this particular circumstance.

Victor, still adorably carrying the paints in his shirt, brings them into the shower, in which he starts to dispose of the offending color by running it under the water. Sierra, however, sees him and follows him in to ask what he's doing. When he tells her that now she won't have to use that color anymore, she smiles and approaches him, sticking her finger in the paint and playfully smearing some of it on his face. Good thing he forgets things easily, or he might be a little more sensitive to someone marking up that pretty mug of his. They giggle as he returns the favor, but after a moment, a different face-related memory rears its ugly head, as Sierra's image gives way to a flashback of a guy in uniform with black camouflage marks on his face yelling something at Victor in the middle of some sort of deathly situation, clearly a flashback to the same or a similar incident we saw back in "Echoes." I hope that means an origins of Victor episode is coming up soon. Noting the change in Victor's demeanor, Sierra's smile fades, and then after another flashback to the guy yelling "WHAT DO WE DO?" Victor collapses, mumbling desperately about wanting to take charge. Ah, so Echo deliberately engineered this to get Victor to remember his past. I wonder how she got access to his original imprint in order to figure out how to trigger the memory, hmm? Anyway, Sierra holds Victor and tells him it's okay as the water washes somewhat baptismally around them.

Adelle, in between sticking her entire face into a fishbowl-sized glass of whatever brown distilled liquor she favors, has informed Topher of what he needs to do to Sierra. Given what we've learned about Topher's attachment to Sierra (which makes him picking her for his "birthday present" more poignant) it's no surprise that he argues the point, but when he opines that Claire never would have done this, that only prompts Adelle rather nastily to take out some of her frustrations on him by pointing out how much she hated him. Deflated, Topher sits down and asks how she can expect him to do this, and after a long pause, she says he has to. "The cold reality is that everyone here has been chosen because their morals have been compromised in some way. Everyone except you." She gets a small smile on her face as she approaches him and caresses his face: "You, Topher, were chosen because you have no morals. You have always thought of people as playthings. This is not a judgment; you always take very good care of your toys. But you're simply going to have to let this one go." When she said this, I thought Adelle knew exactly what she was doing, that she was surreptitiously spurring Topher to her desired end while, knowing that her actions and even words are probably being closely monitored at the moment, maintaining plausible deniability about whatever is to come. However, her later phone call to Boyd belies that idea, which I find a little disappointing. I guess she really does not want to find out about that retirement plan. Anyway, Topher looks at her like he's begging her to take it back or at least soften the assessment, but nothing further is forthcoming. Which: Ouch.

Sierra and Victor are sitting and holding hands in the atrium as Topher approaches, looking and sounding shattered, and tells her it's time for her treatment. She happily gets up, but when she asks Victor if he'd like to come with her and he readily accepts, Topher kiboshes the idea. Victor apologizes and says he'll wait for Sierra right there, which I'm sure is only going to further break whatever's recently formed of Topher's heart. Another great performance by Fran Kranz this episode, by the way.

Boyd finds the book in Echo's pod, with the leaf stuck in it as a bookmark, which is all he needs to be sure that she can remember stuff even after being wiped. And it's really all we need as well, so I could have done without him saying "So she can remember" to no one in particular.

Adelle calls Boyd and tells him Topher is having difficulty carrying out his orders, and she'd appreciate it if he'd make sure he obeys this one so she doesn't have to resort to "drastic measures." Distracted by the call, Boyd does not seem to see that when the ceiling of Echo's pod slides back into place, there are many notes carved into the bottom of the clear material. From underneath, we can read such ones as these: "The Attic is bad," "Mountains are safe," and "Shoulder to the wheel." There are many others that are more difficult for me to make out, although I definitely see mentions of Topher, Victor, Previous 1 2 3 4 5 6Next

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