It is also pretty beautiful, this part. They're like a cute little family, like the Moomins or the Berenstain Bears, except they smell awful and they have truly terrible personalities.
Gus & Ace: "Well, let's discuss our minimal involvement in this episode while bedding down and dozing together."
To review, Claire has done a good job with the budgets, and Nathan Israel gets on their nerves enough that they don't care if Dumbledore cuts him into chunks and feeds them to animals. I am sure that this foundation will blow up in her face -- and clearly Nathan Israel is not long for this world -- because Ace is a toxic person who brings everybody into his black hole orbit from what I can tell, but on the other hand we are halfway through this entire season and zero things have actually happened, so maybe she's safe. Maybe they all are. Maybe the point of these little end-cap discussions is to let us know that we can be comfortable never expecting shit to happen on this show. Or understanding the majority of their conversations, vide:
Ace: "Sexual attraction and so forth, that ship sailed some time ago and left port. If I can help the woman, that's what I want to do."
Gus: "I am already asleep. But yeah, she seems like a very nice woman."
Ace, verbatim: "I've been confused about my behavior for some time now, I'll tell you that."
I mean, you'd think that after JFC, which I really liked, but you would think after that flaming disaster that show was that they would have been a little nervous over at HBO, like they would have at one point sat down and said, "David, we stand behind you 100%, but tell us the truth. Can you seriously promise that this is going to be an actual TV show?" And he was like "Yeah, totally!" And they were like, "Okay, we trust you!"
Everybody acts in an unseemly, yet inscrutable fashion. Bets are placed. Horses run in a circle. Old men nap together. Self-destruction is the order of the day.
JACOB CLIFTON is a freelance writer and critic based in Austin, Texas. He currently recaps Gossip Girl, The Good Wife, Pretty Little Liars and True Blood for TWoP. Jacob can be found online at jacobclifton.com, on Twitter, and on Facebook. IRL work appears in BenBella's SmartPop series of anthologies, most recently A Friday Night Lights Companion and Fringe Science.