Aeryn enters Chezlien with some large wrapped parcels. D'Argo: "I see we've been shopping again." She asks if Crichton isn't around, and thanks "Chi" for helping her with the gifts. Outside, a security guard stands in the doorway with more. D'Argo, Rygel and Noranti are watching TV, D'Argo's having a snack. D'Argo tells her John's gone, but Bobby's outside, "interviewing Caroline Wallace." Aeryn goes still and acts like nothing's wrong -- four years in and D'Argo's still the Weeble in their love affair! I love it! But not as much as how Chiana always tries to put John in a reciprocal position with her and D'Argo, and he never bites. Chiana asks for help with her packages; Rygel groans and D'Argo asks if she's gone ahead and bought the whole planet. "It's not mine. It's from Aeryn. I don't know what it is, but...I know it's for Crichton." She piles her packages on top of the stack in a guard's arms. D'Argo: "Won't get him back. He hasn't forgiven her." She picks up another large box and heads out of the room -- "Oh, he will, sooner or later. Some males can actually forgive" -- knocking D'Argo in the shoulder. "Oh, sorry." Advantage Nebari!
D'Argo watches her carry the box out of the room, and it's so wonderful, the look on his face: a mixture of irritation, love and a hell of a lot of affection. This makes me happy on several levels: One, because credit where it's due, that was awesome and cute. Two, because Chiana and D'Argo deserve each other, and I mean that in a good way. Also because I'd rather fuck Jothee than my own angst any day, which means Chiana is cooler than John and Aeryn put together. And three, because if Chiana and D'Argo are this obviously getting back to center, John and Aeryn can't help but follow, and I know that because I've seen this show before, and that is how the quadrille is danced. But okay and here's four: I don't think of "Unrealized Realities" as part of the triptych (I think of it as a prelude to "Constellation Of Doubt"/"Prayer"), because I love Chiana. I think the trilogy really runs from "Kansas" to "Twice Shy," because there's an undercurrent of the denied, secret healing that runs through them. And this is the first step: a declaration of terms. She's met D'Argo's mistrust and resentment (like Aeryn) with a push back, because of things she can't talk about (like John). And this scene is Karen Shaw's impudent retraction: she's willing to meet D'Argo halfway.