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Abby Meta - part 10. Episode 2.4 - athene
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Abby Meta - part 10. Episode 2.4

Firstly, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has been following and commenting so far.

Secondly, I've been posting pretty frequently for the last couple of weeks in an attempt to get as much posted during the April team fest as possible. Now, however, I'm intending to slow the pace down a little, probably no more than two or three posts a week, mostly to avoid spamming people, but also to allow me time to catch up with actually writing the rest of it, as I've still got all of series four and five to do at the moment.

In other news, the total word count has now hit 38,000, and at the current average word count per episode, I'm beginning to suspect it may end up somewhere in the region of 50 - 60,000 by the time it's finished. *flails*


Series 2, episode 4

Abby is working out, punching a punch bag in the middle of the flat. She becomes aware of Caroline watching her, and there follows an exchange where Caroline criticises Abby’s technique, pushes her out of the way, and demonstrates a more effective type of kick. Abby is, unsurprisingly, extremely irritated, and is clearly unhappy with Caroline’s presence in the flat, let alone her presuming to give Abby advice on one of the things that she has always prided herself on – her ability to take care of herself. However, she forces a smile.

Then they get an anomaly call, and Abby grabs her things and calls Connor to follow her, almost in the way she would call a dog to heel. She can’t get out of the flat fast enough, but she has no intention of letting Connor have a moment with Caroline either.

Abby’s bad mood is fairly understandable – she is having to put up with someone she doesn’t like constantly in her flat, and now having the woman criticising her directly, and apparently showing herself as being better. Abby is both territorial and proud, so she must hate this situation with a passion. Nevertheless, the fact that she holds back and doesn’t tell Caroline to get lost does show that she is honouring her promise to Connor that she won’t ‘muck it up’ for him with Caroline.

She won’t say anything to Caroline herself – yet – but that doesn’t stop her taking it out on Connor, as we see in the next scene on the dock. Here’s the entire conversation, because there’s a lot going on:

Connor: I’m going to have to say something to Caroline, you know. It’s weird us rushing off together all the time.
Abby: Here’s what you can say: Stop coming over to my flat every five minutes.
Connor: Our flat. (Abby gives him a look). All right, your flat.
Abby: Why is she at mine so much anyway?
Connor: Don’t be naive Abby, you’re looking at the reason aren’t you (meaning himself).
Abby: (Abby gives a derisive laugh) Not much going on there though, is there?
Connor: (Defensive) We’re taking it slow.
Abby: Yeah. She is.
Connor: (Beginning to raise his voice in anger) Do you know what? You don’t know what you’re talking about, why don’t you just stay out of it.
Abby: (Surprised by his sudden change of tone) Connor.
Connor: No. I don’t care what you think, all right.

Abby’s expression by the end of this conversation is a combination of shocked and confused. From the first half of the conversation it is clear that she is used to being the dominant one in their relationship, she is used to leading and Connor following. She isn’t used to Connor having other friends, or more specifically, bringing other friends round to ‘her’ flat, a fact that she feels the need to remind him of here. Why does she make the point about it being her flat? As a less than subtle hint that he should go round to Caroline’s rather than her coming to him? Or is it more a way of slapping Connor back down and reminding him of his place? I suspect a little bit of both.

When she finally pushes too far and Connor turns and pushes back, it is clear that Abby has no idea how to react. If she isn’t used to Connor having other friends, she is even less used to him arguing back, and disagreeing with her over something that matters (DVD choices aren’t all that important in the grand scheme of things). Given that Connor is normally the type to want to please everyone and avoid confrontation, the fact that she has pushed his buttons so hard that he snapped back at her shows just how unusual this situation is for both of them.

They continue bickering over trivial things while in the boat, to the point that Jenny loses patience with both of them. Then Jenny falls overboard, and Connor, Abby and the driver of the boat seem to temporarily forget that the boat can actually move, because instead of going to pick her up, they just sit there yelling at Jenny to swim, even when she is being chased by a shark. Perhaps the motor cut out on them?

As they all arrive back on the dock, Abby is examining the mammal skin that Cutter found with a slightly disgusted expression, and Connor is hovering at her shoulder, also looking at it. It’s not clear whether they are talking to each other or not at this point.

Abby is present at the dissection of the shark, along with Cutter and Stephen. This is consistent with what we saw in episode 1.4 with the dodo autopsies. Abby shows regret for the way Lucien (presumably) died, but appears interested and intrigued when Cutter announces it must be the future evolution of the shark. Whatever it did, it is still a fascinating animal to her. They empty it’s stomach, and find no human remains, and Abby is the one who confirms the shark can’t have eaten Lucien – sharks take days to digest their prey, but the boy went missing only hours ago.

Despite her contributions to the discussion, however, Abby is not included in the report to Lester. Again, still consistent with series 1, where Cutter, and often Stephen dealt with Lester, while Connor and Abby barely interacted with him. Even with Abby’s apparent higher standing within the team now, she is still not on the same level as Cutter and Stephen.

Connor and Abby arrive home late at night, and Abby is incensed to discover Caroline has stayed at the flat apparently all day, waiting for Connor to come home. It’s a perfectly understandable reaction - the woman has had free rein of the flat and all their personal possessions while they weren’t there, and considering she already doesn’t like or trust Caroline, Abby has every right to be pissed off.

Things get even worse when Abby discovers Rex in the fridge, shivering and frosty. Abby cries out in fear and anger, and demands to know how this happened. Connor tries to help, and at first she tells him to get tin foil. Caroline suggests calling a vet, and both Abby and Connor shout, “No!” Abby essentially tells Caroline to get lost, and Connor protests a little, but not very much, and not enough to stop Caroline going. Again he tries to help, and Abby turns on him, and tells him angrily that he doesn’t know what he’s doing, and to keep his girlfriend away from Rex in future.

As in episode 1.5, when Rex is threatened Abby overreacts, and lashes out at Connor. On this occasion he may not have put Rex in danger himself, but in Abby’s mind he is guilty by association. Connor doesn’t argue this time, and simply backs off with his kicked puppy expression.

The next day, when Cutter, Connor and Abby discuss the ‘cleaner’, Abby says they should get Stephen, but is ‘shushed’ by Cutter. Whatever she feels about Stephen personally, she apparently still believes that he should be included in discussions that affect the team and the job.

She and Connor continue to bicker, and when Abby brings up the subject of Caroline, Connor attempts to defend Caroline, insisting it was an accident. Like Jenny the day before, Cutter loses patience and tells them both to shut up. Interestingly, the situation now is no longer paralleling episode 1.5. Abby is still holding a grudge about what happened to Rex, presumably because the underlying problem – Caroline – is still there, and Connor is still disagreeing with her, whereas on the previous occasion Connor acquiesced to Abby’s demands.

Abby sees one of the mer creatures in the water, but then doubts herself and says it was nothing. This is unlike Abby – she has a great deal of confidence in herself, and wouldn’t normally doubt herself, no matter how weird the situation. Perhaps the issues with Connor have thrown her more than she is willing to admit.

And then she is taken by the creature.

When we next see Abby, she is underwater, and comes up for air in what appear to be a large, underground tank of water. Lucien is also there, and Abby screams for help, and tries to force the grating off to escape, encouraging Lucien to help. When that fails, Abby reassures Lucien that her friends will be looking for her, and that they will be rescued.

Cutter calls Connor while Abby is missing, presumed dead, and in the course of the conversation he describes Abby as, “A very brave, very beautiful girl”.

We see Abby and Lucien again, still trapped, still screaming for help. Abby comes to the conclusion that if the creatures wanted them dead they would have killed them already, so they are being kept alive for a reason. It’s decent logic, and a good way of reassuring Lucien (as long as they don’t speculate too hard about what the reason might be!). She even jokes, “Who’s afraid of an overgrown tadpole?” She is being calming and reassuring, just as she would be with a frightened animal, and trying to keep a sense of humour for Lucien’s benefit.

Abby and Lucien continue to scream for help, but Abby is dragged down and away by something. When she resurfaces, along with a mer creature, Abby gets to her feet and launches an impressive flying kick at it, knocking it back into the water. Connor arrives, but Abby still looks tense, watching the water intently. Possibly she could see something moving, because a moment later the massive mer queen emerges from the water to threaten Abby. Connor runs towards them, and Abby yells at him, “Connor, no!” She screams when it appears Connor has been knocked into the water, possibly killed. When the mer makes a final grab for Abby, she doesn’t even appear to attempt to escape or fight back.

Why doesn’t she keep fighting? It’s tempting to say that she is no longer capable of fighting back. Abby has been trapped in the water for perhaps hours at this point. She’s exhausted, freezing cold, at the end of her strength reserves, both physically and mentally, and she has just seen Connor apparently killed trying to rescue her. Plus, this mer is huge, and a kick is unlikely to put it down in the same way it did the previous one. Still, even given all that, it seems unlike Abby not to put up any more resistance.

It is worth noting, though, that Abby does still have enough sense and bravery to warn Connor to stay back. She doesn’t want him to be endangered as well, no matter what happens to her.

We next see Abby on the other side of the anomaly in the future. She has managed to escape from the mer queen, and is trying to get away from another mer. Exhaustion seems to have got the better of her, because Abby seems to be incapable of fighting now, she is just trying to escape. She does make a good attempt to climb up the cliff with Connor’s help, but again, exhaustion takes its toll, and she can’t hang on. While Connor keeps insisting she can do it, Abby begs him to let go – she can see Connor is slipping as well, and again she doesn’t want Connor to die pointlessly along with her. Connor’s declaration of love is enough to make her want to hang on, but of course the laws of dramatic licence dictate they need to get rescued at the last possible second by Cutter.

I know a lot of people are unhappy with this scene because Abby appears to be the ‘damsel in distress’ in order to give Connor his heroic moment, but, as I’ve emphasised, she is completely mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted by this point. She fought for as long as she could, but by the time she gets dragged through the anomaly she has no more reserves to call on. And even then, in what appears to be a hopeless situation, she has enough presence of mind to try to stop Connor from dying needlessly – in effect, she is willing to sacrifice herself to save him. If that isn’t heroic, I’m not sure what is!

It’s a sign of how tired and shaken she is that Abby lets Connor put his arms round her and support her as they make their way back from the anomaly. It’s also consistent with scenes in 1.3, 1.4 and 1.6, when she turned to either Connor or Stephen for comfort in the immediate aftermath of dangerous and highly charged situations. The vast majority of the time, Abby seems keen to project the image that she doesn’t need to rely on men, that she can look after herself just fine. It’s only when she’s had a near death experience that she momentarily allows that to drop, and seeks (or allows herself to accept) comfort from anyone.

What must be a short while later, she has a cheerful smile for Lucien when they meet again, but is quick to point out (still smiling) that Connor isn’t her boyfriend. There is no malice or derision in the statement (as there has been on previous occasions when she has been quick to deny anything between her and Connor), she is simply stating facts – he isn’t her boyfriend.

A few minutes later she has perked up enough to have a joke with Cutter about whether the mers are the future evolution of humanity, and Cutter puts an arm around her shoulders as they leave together. Cutter isn’t normally that touchy-feely with Abby, but apparently nearly dying warrants special consideration.

Then we get the conversation between Abby and Connor when they get home. They are both looking bruised, battered and exhausted as they come up the stairs, and Abby hangs back while Connor wanders off ahead to stand on the slightly raised floor of the living room. Abby is watching him carefully.

Connor: (With a tired smile) Maybe you should go have a lie down, eh?
Abby: Yeah. Connor? (Pause) Back there on the other side of the anomaly, you said something.
Connor: (There’s a second of ‘rabbit in headlights’ expression, before he give a very nervous laugh) Yeah. Said a lot of things, didn’t I? Mainly, “Aaaargh!”
Abby: Maybe I didn’t hear you right. I thought you said something about how you felt about me.
Connor: (Now he looks completely serious, and closes his eyes for a moment - in resignation?) Did I? (He shakes his head, as if he doesn’t know, or can’t remember. Abby continues to watch him intently. They look at each other for a several seconds, and you can almost see Connor’s mind working, trying to decide whether to take the plunge or not.) Abby, I...

And then Caroline arrives and interrupts them.

This isn’t the time or place to try to make sense of Connor’s actions, although you can almost understand why he might be reluctant to open his heart again after all the times in the past when Abby has rejected him, and made it clear she isn’t interested. Abby clearly knows she’s on tricky ground with him, because when he initially tries to avoid answering, Abby continues to push surprisingly gently, and seems prepared to wait for him to get there in his own time. This is entirely at odds with her usual straight-to-the-point way of dealing with Connor when he is dithering.

Just as it appears he might be about to repeat it, Caroline arrives again and the moment is gone. Abby can’t even bring herself to look at Connor or Caroline at first, and seems to be trying to maintain a tight control over her expression. When she does manage to dredge up a half-hearted smile, Caroline gets a dig in about her appearance. As soon as they have gone, Abby stands in the middle of the flat looking like she is about to cry. As usual, she’s hiding her real emotions until no one can see her.

It’s another interesting scene for their relationship. Abby knows what he said, but wants to hear him say it in a situation that isn’t a life or death panic. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to her before now that his feelings are so deep, despite being aware of his crush on her for some time. It is impossible to say how Abby might have responded if Caroline hadn’t interrupted when she did. Nevertheless, you have to assume that if she was intending to outright reject him again, then she wouldn’t have brought the subject up at all, and they could have both pretended to just forget about it. Despite their arguments, she isn’t callous enough to want to hurt Connor like that. It is possible that she may have been intending to let him down gently, but again, why force him to say the words again if she was intending to do that?

What is also interesting is that prior to this moment, Abby has never really shown any romantic or sexual interest in Connor at all. Bearing in mind that her previous romantic interest was Stephen – a strong, confident, independent, decision-making action-man – it may not be coincidence that she starts to notice Connor as more than just a friend only after he has finally stood up to her and proven that he is not just a puppy who will obediently follow her anywhere.

Whatever her feelings towards him, their relationship has altered, and the almost sibling-like friendship they enjoyed in the first half of series 2 has just become a lot more complicated.


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telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: April 29th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that you're defending Abby against the whole damsel in distress accusations in this. While weak women characters who always have to be rescused by men are annoying, I do tend to get equally annoyed about the fact that apparently being a 'strong woman' means you never have to get rescued (by anyone!) - how is that any more realistic? Abby does her fair share of the rescuing - it stands to reason that occasionally she's going to need to be rescued in turn, especially given what they all deal with every day.

When she resurfaces, along with a mer creature, Abby gets to her feet and launches an impressive flying kick at it, knocking it back into the water.

And thereby proves that her way of kicking is just as good as Caroline's, which I've always loved as a nice little reference :)

(Also, I have to say that I've always thought it was a mer king rather than queen, but that's just me...)



Edited at 2012-04-29 04:46 pm (UTC)
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, thanks. I know, I'm always irritated by the 'damsel in distres' thing when it comes to this episode. Especially considering that in the previous episode, Abby had single-handedly saved Cutter's life (possibly twice).

I remember back when Cordy posted her Stephen meta on this episode there was a long and protracted debate about it there. I ended up making a list of all the times that each character had to be rescued, and who did the rescuing, and it turned out to be a surprisingly even spread of rescued/rescuing for all of the core team.

I've gone with 'mer queen' because that's what it says on the primeval soundtrack!
reggietate From: reggietate Date: April 29th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is a really good episode for Abby in a lot of ways, I think, despite all the supposed 'damsel in distress' stuff. And yes, you can say it's sexist to have the female being the one being rescued, but at the same time, can you imagine Abby being able to hold Connor with one hand over a cliff? Abby, though she's strong and can fight, is still the smallest of the team. She's a capable fighter, but there's only so much she can do as small, lightweight female.

My biggest objection to the cliff scene is that she's not show reaching up much with her free hand. I think if I was in danger like that I'd grab on to anything. But you could argue that as you've said, she was pretty much at the end of her resources after hours held in the tank.

I wonder if it was part of Caroline's brief to get between Abby and Connor, or if she just played that by ear. She certainly makes no attempt to befriend Abby.

And I must admit it didn't dawn on me till after I had watched the ep that the boat could have moved to Jenny! Really, if they wanted to play it that way, they could have chucked in a line or two about the engine stalling or something, especially as it makes the soldier in the boat look a right twonk for not doing anything.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good point about Abby not being physically strong enough to hang onto Connor if their positions were reversed. As I mentioned to T_15, only the episode before Abby had saved Cutter's life, so it's not as if it's Abby in danger *every week* and it never happens to anyone else!

I can see what you mean about her not making more of an effort to help herself in the cliff scene, though, and the only explanation I can come up with is that she's just too exhasuted by that point, and adrenaline will only get you so far.

She certainly makes no attempt to befriend Abby.

I'd say Caroline actually goes out of her way to antagonise Abby! Leek only told her to get close to Connor and find out what he knew, but it actualy makes far more sense for her to be trying to drive a wedge between them, so that the team remain split and not talking to eah other, because that means they won't put their heads to gether and work out what Leek is up to.

Honestly, I despair of that scene with Jenny in the water!

Edited at 2012-04-29 05:17 pm (UTC)
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: April 29th, 2012 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
As you say, there's a lot going on in this episode.

You're certainly right that Abby would be at the end of her tether after that time in the water.

I have an inate dislike of any clifftop rescue like that - dramatic licence aside - because Connor is as unlikely to have been able to rescue her in that position as she would be able to with him, especially not with a hand round her wrist like that. There's only one way you'd have a hope of hauling someone in that position and it ain't like that!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lol, yes. That rescue does require a great deal of dramatic licence, especially considering that the way Abby was slipping out of his grasp, how exactly was Cutter grabbing Connor's other hand actually going to help!?

freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: April 29th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm so enjoying your Abby analysis. Reminds me why Abby/Connor kept me watching when I first did a Primeval marathon like a mad woman.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, great to hear you're enjoying it. I do love Connor/Abby, but there were times when I just wanted to smack their heads together and yell at them to just get together already!

And trying to make sense of Abby's thoughts and motivations about her relationships has been... interesting! :-)
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: April 29th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"the total word count has now hit 38,000, and at the current average word count per episode, I'm beginning to suspect it may end up somewhere in the region of 50 - 60,000 by the time it's finished. *flails*"
OMG it's a Meta Big Bang! Goodness that's an amazing amount of work.
It's all interesting stuff. You keep picking out little details from the eps that I'd either never noticed, or forgotten.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep feeling slightly guilty about the word count, because really a lot of it is just summarising the scenes, which can hardly be described as original creative writing. But as much as possible I try to tease out some analysis, or draw conclusions about what that scene says about Abby, rather than just describing what happens.

I genuinely had no idea it was going to be this long when I started it, though (probably a good thing, otherwise I might never have started it at all!).

flaccidduck From: flaccidduck Date: April 29th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think that you've done a fabulous job with your Abby meta.

It helps explain to me why Abby's character carries you such an intriguing ride throughout the series.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. I've been enjoying it far more than I expected to, it's interesting trying to interpret Abby's reactions.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: April 29th, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great meta. It is a good episode with lots going on. The Jenny in the water bit is stupid, every time I watch the episode I wonder if they've forgotten they're in a boat ;)

*nods* Abby's not a damsel in distress, she does her fair share of rescuing (keeping Lucien going) and, as you say, she's exhausted in the end and does tell Connor to leave her.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
The bit with Jenny is just silly, and how did she end up so far away from the boat anyway? She fell overboard while the boat was stationary, so it's not like it was moving and left her behind, and yet suddenly she's this huge distance from them!

I think damsel in distress is the *last* thing you can accuse Abby of being!
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: April 30th, 2012 12:09 am (UTC) (Link)

I haven't watched the Season 2 eps for ages - I must check this one at some point. I thought that when Abby did the big kick to the mer creature that she was using the kick that Caroline had showed her, thereby giving the irony of Caroline actually having helped save her life.

Ah yes, the boat scenes. I remember yelling MOVE THE BOAT!!

There was a lot going on in that ep - thanks for presenting it in a straightforward, thoughtful way *G*.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. This is probably one of my most re-watched episodes, for obvious reasons (soaking wet Connor!!!), but it definitely interesting watching it from Abby's pov rather than Connor's.

I'm not sure. I think the kick she used on the mer was different to either the one she had been doing earlier, and the one Caroline did, so I'm not sure where that whole thing was going, other than to show Caroline pissing Abby off.
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: April 30th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, there's a lot going on in this episode! I'd completely forgotten about the part in the beginning with Caroline trying to correct Abby. I'm also giggling at the boat part! Oops.

The sap in me loves that scene with Connor and Abby on the cliff. I really like how you argued against the 'damsel in distress' aspect of it- I've never viewed it that way but I don't think I could have put it so aptly! I also really like how you tried to interpret Abby's actions at the end of the ep, it does seem to make little sense for Abby to try to make Connor admit to what he said if all she wanted to do was tell him he has no chance, especially as Abby's not the sort of person to initiate a discussion of feelings when she doesn't have to.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
especially as Abby's not the sort of person to initiate a discussion of feelings when she doesn't have to.

Precisely! We've seen in the past Abby avoids awkward conversations about relationships wherever possible, so if she wasn't interested in him at all, it would make far more sense for her to simply pretend she didn't remember, and let Connor do the same.

The sap in me loves that scene with Connor and Abby on the cliff.

Me too. And even now, I sometimes shout at the screen during the conversation at the end when Connor dithers and Caroline interupts them!
dreamer_98 From: dreamer_98 Date: April 30th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
If I were Abby, I would've slapped Caroline, even before the Rex incident. I don't blame her for being annoyed at someone in her space and criticizing her looks and actions.

I never thought of Abby as the damsel-in-distress in this episode, because like you mentioned, she fought the creature before. Like others have said, she can still be a strong character and still have to be rescued sometimes.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a wonder Abby held her temper as long as she did. Maybe she really was trying to be friendly (or at least, not openly hostile) for Connor's sake.
natchris From: natchris Date: April 30th, 2012 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Love your meta. It's full of terrific insights
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you're enjoying it.
judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: April 30th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
How do we love Abby?

Let us count the ways.....

Brilliant meta!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
hee, thanks.
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: April 30th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
This episode certainly gives plenty of context for Abby's dislike of Caroline. Caroline is straight-up rude to her on at least two occasions and if that has been going on for a while then her behaviour towards Caroline is understandable - jealousy aside.

I think Connor's declaration of love has to be the first time Abby realises he's actually serious, it makes a lot more sense that way. Despite acting as the comedy fall guy a lot, Connor nevertheless does give the impression of being more grown up this series.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Caroline is definitely being rude to Abby, and seems to be deliberately going ut of her way to wind Abby up as much as possible.It's not surprising that Abby makes the point to Connor about Caroline spending so much time round at their flat.

I agree - I genuinely don't think she knew how much Connor loved her until that point, and I don't think Abby herself had any real romantic feelings towards him until that moment, either.
nietie From: nietie Date: April 30th, 2012 08:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I think this was a very important episode for Abby. Despite being the damsel in distress she also shows she doesn't give up hope, stays strong and pugnacious.

The plot needed Caroline to be in the flat, snooping around, but Abby easily could have said to Connor: "My flat, my rules, Caroline can't be in the flat when we're not there." Especially when you realise they have rather secretive jobs.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suspect in this instance, because Abby had left first she hadn't actually realised that Caroline had remained in the flat. She probably assumed that Caroline would have left when Connor did (which would be a perfectly reasonable assumption, to be honest).

But yes, despite her needing to be rescued, this episode does show a lot of Abby's strengths as well.
talliw From: talliw Date: April 30th, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have done a great, thoroughly analysis of the episode. Keep up the great work.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks. Glad you like it.
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