Trish isn't the only one working late. Beck is sitting at his desk when Heather steals into his doorway. Beck glances up, notes who it is, knows why she's there, and looks down again. Okay, the chemistry between them is sort of insane. Heather walks all the way into the office and just stands in front of Beck, not saying anything. He finally looks up questioningly. Heather says that she got a call from the chick in Fall River, MO. An army Humvee arrived in their town with vaccines and a medical officer to help administer the medicine. Beck continues to put on a questioning face: "That's good news." Heather gently teases him: "Uh, you went outside your chain of command." Beck looks at her again. "You put yourself at risk to help those people," Heather says seriously. "Why?" "Are you...upset that they received inoculation?" Beck asks, fiddling with his pen. Heather's simply trying to understand Beck: "You're a military man. Military men follow orders." "They also have families," says Beck, toying with a bare ring finger. Heather's face freezes slightly as she looks at Beck's finger. She either feels bad that she didn't realize he had a family, or she's disappointed that he's not single. Or both. "Um, where?" Heather asks. Beck says that his wife was in Santa Fe when the attacks happened. "After that, uh...." Beck trails off, shaking his head. Heather apologizes. Beck looks down briefly before adding, "So, I have to hope that she's okay. Until then, I do my job. And I trust that, wherever she is, some army major is looking after her the way I try to look after the people under my charge." Hey! That's the second Gone With The Wind reference! At least, movie-wise. There's a scene where Melanie simps to Scarlett that she's taking care of dirty Union soldiers because she hopes that some Northern woman is doing the same for Ashley and sending him home to her. If Stanley could get J&R to trace Mimi's family out east, couldn't Beck trace his? Beck looks down again. "Thank you," Heather says softly. Not looking up, Beck sort of nods his head in acceptance of her gratitude. He can't look her in the eye. Heather leaves. Beck sits at his desk with his folded hands pressed against his mouth. Beck is the new Mayor Dad, and since he's a major, you know what that means, right? He's actually the new -- say it with me -- Major Dad! Full circle, my friends.
Episode Report CardKeckler: A | 743 USERS: B-
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