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Abby Meta - part 8. Episode 2.2



Series 2, episode 2

Abby and Connor are in a DVD rental shop, and bickering over what to watch this week. It seems as though it’s a regular thing, and they take turns to choose, giving the first indications in series 2 of their domestic arrangements. Abby eventually decides that she can’t decide, and leaves it to Connor, with the instruction, “No horror, no action and definitely no sci-fi.” Whether she has any faith in him to actually follow those instructions is unclear.

Connor brings Caroline home for the first time, and as they arrive, Abby has a lizard sitting on her shoulder, and is feeding Rex. Abby’s immediate reaction to Caroline seems to be mostly surprise, but she does initially make an effort to smile and be nice, despite Caroline exclaiming, “What is that thing?” when she sees Rex. Abby also gives Connor a faintly approving look when he says that Rex is really cool. Although when Rex tries to bite Caroline, Abby does shrug and comment, “I suppose he’s just doing what his instinct dictates.” A slightly veiled insult if ever there was one.

Caroline, not unreasonably, asks if Abby and Connor are a couple, and Abby’s response is immediate. “No. God no. As if.” As we saw with Stephen in 1.4, she is extremely quick to put people right if they assume that she and Connor are anything other than friends.

As soon as she gets Connor alone, she immediately asks, “Who is she?” Again, a not unreasonable question. Abby doesn’t even attempt to hide her amusement at Connor’s assertion that some women find him attractive, but she does sort of agree when Connor asks her not to ‘muck it up’ for him. Abby seems both amused and relieved when they get the calls about a new anomaly, presumably because it means they don’t have to deal with the potential awkwardness of the three of them watching a film together.

This entire exchange is a new Abby that we didn’t really see in series 1. She comes across as catty, and almost territorial, both in response to a stranger in her flat, and a stranger showing an interest in Connor. At the same time, though, she continues to insist that she has no romantic interest in Connor herself. And thus begins several years’ worth of mixed signals.

Later, at the ARC, Abby is the one who suggests a garden centre when they need something to clear the fog, and Connor immediately catches onto what she means, even though neither of them actually say the words ‘leaf blowers’. It’s another nice touch to show how well they know each other now.

In the corridor when Connor sees ‘the cleaner’, now dressed as a soldier, Abby seems to dismiss his claims, although she does admit she wasn’t really looking and didn’t see the man. She does point out, why would one of Lester’s soldiers disguise himself as a cleaner, which is not an unreasonable question, although the way she says it seems more designed to get Connor to shut up about it and get a move on, rather than indicating she is giving the matter any real thought.

Connor and Abby turn up with the leaf blowers, and are the ones using them as the team head upstairs to rescue the trapped people. When Connor gets half swallowed by the giant worm, Abby stands back and lets Cutter deal with it (since he has a sword, and Abby is armed only with a leaf blower), but as soon as Cutter is out of the way she checks that Connor is okay. She doesn’t get too close, though, and seems a little disgusted by the fact that Connor is now covered in worm goo. We can only assume it smells really bad!

Cutter, Abby and Connor discuss how to clear the fog. Abby doesn’t contribute much to the conversation, but when she does speak, she gets straight to the problem and asks the relevant questions to deal with it, unlike Connor who rambles and makes sarcastic comments.

As they are heading up the stairs, Connor comments he’s going to have to start going to gym, and Abby looks amused, possibly because she is in better physical shape than he is, or possibly just at the thought of Connor in a gym. Connor continues to witter about having washed Caroline’s number off his hand, and Abby seems to be mostly amused and gently mocking, but she is also making appropriately sympathetic noises towards him.

Abby and Connor end up crawling through the ventilation shafts to get to the server room, and Abby yet again proves that she is the practical one of the pair by successfully reading the schematic map where Connor failed. Abby is also the one who drops down into the server room and kicks and punches one of the giant worms until it stops moving. After the blip of the previous episode, Abby is now shown to be the more action-oriented of the two, something which continues in 2.3.

Throughout this episode, Connor and Abby are completely at ease with each other, gently teasing and bantering the whole time. Their relationship may only be platonic at this point, but they obviously have an extremely close friendship. The same is largely true for most of series 2, particularly the first half. It is also interesting to note that in series 2 Connor seems to have stopped being so blatant about his romantic interest in Abby as he was in series 1. This could be a feature of the alternate timeline, but this may also partly explain why they appear so comfortable together now that Abby isn’t constantly fending him off.

Back home, Abby and Connor have a nice little bonding moment with the ‘high five to us’ conversation and a cup of tea. Of course, Caroline then reappears, and the smile immediately drops from Abby’s face, and she looks irritated as Caroline barges into the flat without waiting for an invite. Abby looks on, with an amused raised-eyebrow expression while Connor babbles his way through asking Caroline out for a drink, but as soon as they have gone, she becomes pensive. I don’t honestly think that she is jealous as such at this point. More that she and Connor have got into a routine together, and Abby isn’t happy at having that routine disturbed, especially when the disturbance is not on her terms.


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freddiejoey From: freddiejoey Date: April 26th, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like Abby and Connor's gradually developing bond.


"More that she and Connor have got into a routine together, and Abby isn’t happy at having that routine disturbed, especially when the disturbance is not on her terms. " - exactly right I think.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
They seem to have a much closer friendship in series 2 than they did in series 1, which is great until it all gets shook up mid way through S2 by Caroline, and Connor's declaration of love.

I have a suspicion that Abby may be a tiny bit of a control freak in some ways, and that she has got so used to Connor following her around and doing what she tells him, she's thrown a bit by him going off with someone else.
fredbassett From: fredbassett Date: April 26th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Abby's reactions to Caroline definitely seems territorial, and her rapid denial of anything between then is overly quick. She does come out with a lot of put downs for him, while seemingly resenting anyone else getting close to him.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
She's definitely still very quick to deny there is anything between them, but her reactions to Caroline are seemingly at odds with this. Especially considering the scene in ep 1.6 when she was giving Connor advice on how to talk to women, but then when he really does start talking to another woman, Abby doesn't look overly thrilled.
telperion_15 From: telperion_15 Date: April 26th, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose, if one were feeling charitable, one could attribute at least part of Abby's reaction to Caroline the first time they meet to the fact that Connor has brought a stranger into the place where they are keeping Rex, who, even to a layman (as demonstrated by Caroline) is obviously very rare and unusual, even if they don't realise he's actually an extinct prehistoric creature - not exactly advisable. But as I say, if one were feeling charitable... *g*

And I just realised that I don't really buy Abby's suggestion on movie at the DVD shop (The Holiday, I think it was?). She doesn't seem like the kind of person to be into romantic comedies like that - although I'm not sure what she would be into, since she's discounted action, horror and sci-fi!

I love the whole 'high five to us' conversation though! :D
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmmm, yes, it wasn't eactly subtle. But then, it would be strange if they never invited anyone round to their flat simply because of Rex. Connor was probably relying on Caroline not knowing Rex was special (or possibly he just wasn't actually thinking about Rex at all, which is more likely!).

You have a good point, I have no idea what kind of films Abby would like. I suppose there's no reason why she *shouldn't* like romantic comedy type films - just because she's a tomboy, she can still like that sort of thing! Or maybe she was deliberately going for something she knew Connor wouldn't like in revenge for some of his choices that he has inflicted on her! :-)
dreamer_98 From: dreamer_98 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Connor and Abby's interactions in this episode are interesting. Like you mentioned, Connor doesn't show as much overt romantic interest in her, which may help strengthen their friendship but at the same time, Abby could be... not jealous, but maybe disappointed that he's turning his attentions elsewhere.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was quite difficult to work out exactly what Abby was feeling about the whole thing, to be honest. It really doesn't seem to be jealousy at this point, but she's obviously unsettled by the situation. Perhaps she is just not used to Connor having friends or interests outside of the two of them and the ARC team.
knitekat From: knitekat Date: April 26th, 2012 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice look at the episode. Abby is sending mixed signals here - declaring she's not with Connor and then getting territorial - but then, Rex doesn't like Caroline.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
The fact that Rex doesn't like Caroline may have a lot to do with it, lol!

It's no wonder Connor gets confused, though. In ep 1.6 Abby was encouraging him to talk to (other) women, and now when he does just that, she starts acting weird on him.
clea2011 From: clea2011 Date: April 26th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rex is an excellent judge of character! *g* I wonder as well if part of the catty side we see is because Connor is a 'safe' flatmate up until this point - ie he doesn't bring girls back to the flat and Abby probably assumes he's unlikely to. One of the problems of a lodger is that they do that, which isn't great when it's your home. Fine if you like the partner, but pretty miserable if you don't.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 26th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I do think there is some degree of Abby being territorial about not liking strangers in her home. We'll see in ep 2.4 how much of a fuss she makes about Caroline always being round at *her* flat, so apart from simply the fact that she doesn't like Caroline, there may also be some degree of control issues going on as well.
kristen_mara From: kristen_mara Date: April 26th, 2012 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Aha, the introduction of Caroline! I could never work the whole Abby/Connor relationship out, so kudos to you for going into the maze *G*


deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could never work the whole Abby/Connor relationship out, so kudos to you for going into the maze *G*

*whimpers quietly* I'm nearly at the end of series 3 now, and it's all got horribly, horribly confused and complicated with the Abby/Connor relationship!!! Help! :-)

judithjohn From: judithjohn Date: April 27th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic meta!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks, glad you liked it.
flaccidduck From: flaccidduck Date: April 27th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice one!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks.
natchris From: natchris Date: April 27th, 2012 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)
"Abby and Connor end up crawling through the ventilation shafts to get to the server room, and Abby yet again proves that she is the practical one of the pair by successfully reading the schematic map where Connor failed. Abby is also the one who drops down into the server room and kicks and punches one of the giant worms until it stops moving. After the blip of the previous episode, Abby is now shown to be the more action-oriented of the two, something which continues in 2.3"

I love how Abby's action-girl persona comes more to the fore.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's great that throughout series 2 and beyond, Abby is generally shown to be the more action and combat capable one of the two, and a lovely reversal of what you'd normally expect from such a pairing.
joshinator From: joshinator Date: April 27th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC) (Link)
"Abby doesn’t contribute much to the conversation, but when she does speak, she gets straight to the problem and asks the relevant questions to deal with it, unlike Connor who rambles and makes sarcastic comments."

That's our Abby!
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee, yep. I've definitely noticed she has a tendency to get straight to the main problem and look for a practical solution, rather than faffing around discussing things, as Connor and Cutter do quite a lot of the time.
nietie From: nietie Date: April 27th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved the scene where Abby comes up with the idea of the garden center. It shows she's not only feisty, but also intelligent.

deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, Abby is definitely smart, and is very good at applying that intelligence and knowledge to come up with practical solutions.
lsellersfic From: lsellersfic Date: April 28th, 2012 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a while since I've seen S2. It would be really interesting to rewatch with an eye on what is happening with Connor and Abby. I can certainly imagine her initial reaction to Caroline could just be unhappiness that she's suddenly going to have this stranger unannounced in her flat and her evening, though I'm sure cast and writers were intending it to be read as jealousy.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 28th, 2012 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's probably fairly obvious that I've always watched it developing from Connor's point of view, and from there it's all too easy to say, 'Oh, Abby blows hot and cold and gives mixed signals and gets jealous when Caroline appears'. But now that I'm trying to understand it from Abby's pov, it's obviously a lot more complicated than that.

I don't think it is jealously, certainly not in the sense that Abby wants Connor and so doesn't want Caroline to have him. It's quite likely that she simply resents Caroline for disrupting their comfortable, settled arrangement. But yes, the writers almost certainly *wanted* peope to see it as jealousy.
celeste9 From: celeste9 Date: April 29th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Connor/Abby is so confusing! Especially when Caroline is involved. You should get a lot of credit for trying to sort it out! Personally I love all the friendship scenes between them and I can take or leave the romance. They're sweet but there's just so much back and forth and mixed signals that it was all a bit much for me.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: April 29th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Connor/Abby is so confusing!

Tell me about it! It gets even worse in series 3!

I have to admit. much as I was cheering for them to get together from about series 2 onwards, I do love their friendship and banter, they're so sweet and funny together.
talliw From: talliw Date: April 30th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Abby all jealously because Caroline. I didn't care much for this plot though.
deinonychus_1 From: deinonychus_1 Date: May 1st, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Caroline plot was annoying at the time, but with hindsight, it was at least a lot better than the series 3 plot with Jack, or the series 5 plot with April! At this point in their relationship, it's believable that Caroline could come between them.
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