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Milton Bobbit (No. 135) 

Now aware that Tom is not whom he pretends to be, Liz uses a case to distract the team as she investigates her husband's true intentions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Keen
Harold Cooper
Aram Mojtabai
Wahid's Wife
Mitchell Travers


Now aware that Tom is not whom he pretends to be, Liz uses a case to distract the team as she investigates her husband's true intentions.

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The cab is shown crashing into an unloaded flatbed truck and instantly exploding into a fireball. While the crash would have been severe, since the truck was unloaded and the cab's gas tank is in the rear, the explosion would not have happened, nor would the fireball. This is a common special effect used for dramatic purposes. See more »


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Dembe: This paint. What color is it?
Elizabeth Keen: It's called Chicago Skyline.
Dembe: [scoffs] Nice.
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the long arc and the short arc... a clinic
2 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Let's cut to the chase.

TV drama is about entertainment and entertainment is about connection, the ability to temporarily move the viewer to another plane of experience and generate endorphins.

The tools available to the production team are known -- actors, a story, and sometimes special effects. A little music maybe.

The story element is especially interesting. Generally this breaks down into the long act and the short arc. Take for example THE FUGITIVE, one of the standards. The long arc was simple. He was innocent. The short arc was the entanglements he got into week after week.

That was pretty much the template until the 1990s when, it is generally thought, a then-obscure writer named Joss Whedon changed the nature of TV drama by doing things with the long arc no one had ever thought possible.

In the view of this writer, it took over a decade for Whedon's vision of what TV "should be" to migrate to the mainstream. Now all shows have complexity in both the long and short arcs. That's a GOOD thing.

Which means the challenge for the writers, what makes each episode special, is the ability to keep interest in both sides of the story cooking at full boil for the entire length of the episode...? It is difficult to dance with two partners at the same time. But that is still the goal of a series's writing team. Every episode of every show.

I did the long intro above because this single episode, moreso than others, is one of the most exquisite examples of running both arcs at the same time -- we have a wonderfully creative bad guy, almost magnetic, and we have Lizzie in turnabout on her not-so-perfect husband.

And both stories are mesmerizing.


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