Question: This is, oh, the fourth episode Mac's been in. How the hell does he already know Fuller has a son?
Doug: "Captain, I'm going to need the interrogation room this weekend to interrogate a suspect."
Fuller: "It's yours." Leaves.
Judy: "...I already cancelled my weekend plans."
Mac: "I never had any."
Doug sends Judy and Mac "next door" to get Joey a cheeseburger. Um. I'm confused. There is a burger joint right next to the interrogation room?
It's good to see that Doug still has the same old anger problems, and that again - he takes it out on the poor inanimate objects. Wait, wait, it appears he's moved on to animate objects. Arguable, since Joey is imitating a vegetable quite decently. But it's okay, because Mac stopped Doug, and is now all close to him and holding onto his arm and is all "You want me to stay?" because Mac/Doug is the best ship.
...I just realized that I very well may like Mac/Doug because Mac has less baggage than Hansen or Booker - and he got shot (on purpose) three times by fellow (although dirty) cops. Well, I mean, Booker didn't exactly have a lot - or, um, any that I can remember - of baggage, but he acted like he did, y'know? Mac is younger and, initial behavior notwithstanding, more trusting than the others. He geniunely seems to like other people, and doesn't mind schlepping. Contrast with Hansen's initial uppity behavior and "Gasp! You mean in order to fit in with teenagers I have to pretend to be one?" attitude.
I sort of want to write a fic between "Brothers" and "Number One With a Bullet" where, for whatever reason, a case requires Hansen and Booker to come back in a consulting position. And have the story from Mac's POV. Because I am dying to know what Mac would think of Booker and Hansen (and which of them, after everything they've been through, he'd get along with best).
I love that Mac's the lying leader - as soon as Fuller breaks the news about the APB, Mac's all "I ain't done seen no Joey in near on a week!" and Judy and Fuller are all "...yeah, me neither." Um. Note: not actual transcript, but Mac's 'aw, shucks' attitude makes up for it. I also love that Mac can, it appears, sleep with his head propped up on his hand. Aaand Joey follows the proud Penhallian tradition of falling for doomed women. Ah, Penhalls.
"They call me Brick. 'Nam. Rangers. '73."
"Joliet. B&E. '84."
More continuity, besides the wonder of the name 'McQuaid': Doug likes things that are bad for him. At least he's not addicted to gambling this time. And I like that his brother's all "Whatever, dude", since we already know that Fuller and Judy don't get through to him very well, and Mac seems like he'd be an enabler.
"Give me fifty."
"I didn't bring any money."
"Not money, push-ups!"
"What? No, you're crazy."
"Quick, they're looking!"
"This is nuts."
Commercial break!: "It's not a school for psychos, it's a school for the pathologically high-spirited. Now pack up your books and your muzzle and get on your way."
And we're back. Mac and Judy are interviewing Dead Boy's parents, and Mac was totally sipping at his tea.
Mac: "So why don't we just go home and watch it on the tube?"
Judy: "Because, McCann, interviews get edited."
Mac: "I knew that."
OMG. That might as well have been a Hansen-Doug exchange, right there.
This Diane chickadee looks a lot like JaNene from Humanex (and boy, 'JaNene from Humanex' just looks really effing weird as a phrase).
Joey: "Does that look right to you?"
Doug: "How do I know, what am I, a rope expert?"
Hey, Doug, I wouldn't be so against nightmares as warnings of mental breakdown if I were you. Remember the last time you became Doug McQuaid? Remember the freaking-out-in-prison thing? Remember? Hey, there's another idea, have some sort of case involving juvenille detention center/prison, and Doug all "Uh, no. Thanks, but no." and have Mac and Joey all "Why not?" and stuff. Since the other three involved in the Last McQuaid Outing are all no longer with the department and all - and did Iokage ever know about Doug's freakout? I know Hansen did, obviously, and so did Booker with his pill-offering, but Iokage is a blank to me.
Oh. God. Doug called back to the station, under pretense of calling a sweetheart. He's all, "Hey, honey," and MAC on the other end is all "Ooh, Douggie, you're turning me on, baby." I mean, dude. COME ON. I love this show.
"I think he likes me." OH, GOD, MAC. You are making my poor little shipper heart beat all too hard.
Mac, to Judy, about Doug and Joey: "Mother, look, there's our boys now! So Wally, Theodore, you boys learn any new outdoors skills?"
New episode! Mac. As biology tutor. Named Tim. Um, what?
Mac always gets the best come-ons. My favorite, though, is forever and always gonna have to be "The girls at your old school must be really depressed."
Aaaand I will end there, even though I'm barely into "The Girl Next Door" (ooh, that sounded dirty), because I need some sleep. Ciao!