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Admin: The episode opens with Nick Thorne having bad dreams about Jenny who then morphs entering Magnus’ car. She morphs into Fay. Could this be symbolic of Nick wondering who he can trust?
RF: Nick flashes back to Jenny’s kidnapping, then imagines her getting into Magnus’ car quite willingly while Magnus courteously holds the door for her. As you say, it does seem to suggest he has trust issues, perhaps thinking Jenny is in cahoots with Magnus, or suspecting she doesn’t dislike Magnus as much as Nick thinks she should. However, dream Magnus looks quite amused and pleased with himself as he drives off, doing some hard-earned gloating.
Admin: Meanwhile Jenny is quite comfy in a large four poster bed in Magnus’ mansion. Magnus, who is a shockingly gallant kidnapper, brings her breakfast up on a silver (you know it is, silver marks and all) tray. Jenny tells him to “give it to the bloody dogs.” He has no reaction and just casually whistles to them. The dogs leap on the bed (Jenny doesn’t like that) and wolf it all down. “Whatever you say,” says Magnus drolly.
RF: I like the way Magnus takes Jenny’s words at face value. 😀 I bet she wasn’t really expecting him to feed her breakfast to the dogs. And while he’s prepared to keep her in relatively comfortable surroundings, he’s not going to be overly patient about dealing with her. They do definitely have a prior relationship, though.
Admin: Magnus never misses an opportunity to show that he is in charge, it seems.
Admin: Thorne is watching the video Magnus sent again. “It is the same no matter how many times you watch it,” points out Fay over her toast. Oh, I don’t know. I find there is always something new to be seen when watching a Malahide performance multiple times, so I don’t see why Nick should feel any different.
RF: And in contrast to Magnus’ neat-as-a-pin appearance, Nick has just about the worst case of bed head ever. 😀 In another nice bit of foreshadowing, Fay asks Nick how Magnus could’ve possibly gotten into his office. “Same way he got past those code barriers on the computer,” answers Nick. “Magic.” (Note: Nick has a lot of misplaced confidence in his ability to generate effective passwords.) “He’s gone to a hell of a lot of trouble, hasn’t he?” notes Fay. “Mm hmm. Always did,” replies Nick. Oh Nick, you have no idea.
RF: It’s also worth noting that Fay has some archery equipment – not on display, but used-looking – leaning up against the wall in her flat. It could mean nothing, but… given the other medieval imagery at work, I think it’s a giant hint that Fay is not as she seems.
Admin: Yep. And we know who else seems to like medieval things. 😉
Admin: Anyway, we get to see a bit more than last time since Magnus gets out of the chair and takes a little stroll around Nick’s office. “Remember the reality game theory, Nicholas: Anything can happen; anyone can play. No object except to continue being a player. The ultimate game, and it’s here, in practice, not theory. I wondered how to entice you, and then I remembered that what you hate most of all is the feeling that deep down, you’re just a helpless little boy. Coming out to play, Nicholas?” He says that last bit mockingly.
RF: And what better way to make Nick feel helpless than to strut around his office, sit in his chair, touch all his stuff, and kidnap his ex-wife in front of his very eyes?
Admin: Magnus can be pretty cutting when he wants to be. He is certainly poking Nick where it hurts most and appears to be taking great delight in doing so. And I have to say that Magnus is peddling his reality game theory rather nicely. Maybe he makes a pretty good Steve Jobs, afterall. 😉
RF: By now, we’re all thinking that whatever Nick did to Magnus, it had to have been something really juicy and/or bad to provoke this sort of retaliation. Or… Magnus is a bit mad and overdoes all of his reactions, no matter what the slight. We’ll have to see which it is. Continue reading