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  1. With the walls closing in, John discovers which family and allies will stand with him and fight.
  2. S04.E09 Episode 9

    The almost faceless, black-hooded figure who comes calling for Alison in the dark of night, then takes her limp body in his arms and carries her away from life, is Death. When she is ready, she answers his knock and invites him in.
  3. S04.E09 Episode 9

    That's my theory. I think we may come in on "Part 1: Alison" after Ben has already come by, said his piece, and been turned away. Once he's gone, and as Alison cleans house for Joanie, she imagines two different scenarios. When she's done cleaning the house so that Jefferies finds it immaculate, with her keys, phone and wallet laid out, she heads for the jetty.
  4. S01.E09: Assassins

    I sense there's a type of British writer who's fairly certain that he'd be a better husband or son to the Queen than is Philip or Charles. (Far better, without strain. Not that he'd want the job, of course: he has his own destiny to trace across the stars.) And another type of Penny Junor British writer who nurses the knowledge that she might better have served the realm as, by now, its longest-serving Princess of Wales.
  5. S04.E09 Episode 9

    Yes. And on third thought, I believe that each version is a fantasy. Together, the two stories and multiple Alisons are a Rorschach test that Alison leaves behind. Which story feels more real? Which story aligns with the ones we tell ourselves, about real people and events? And it's not always true. A Rorschach test for the audience.
  6. S04.E09 Episode 9

    Ben said he was still drinking then; he's been sober for less than a year.
  7. S04.E09 Episode 9

    Watching again, I think Alison did commit suicide. The first perspective isn't what I thought -- a fantasy before Ben arrives -- since in it, he tells the story of the kid with no grenade on his RPG: a story it seems she doesn't know until she hears it from Ben that night. Or both versions of that night may be her fantasies: she could have given Ben the backstory of the husband who assaulted her at work, as heard from the man's wife. For now, I think Alison told Ben to leave, and he did. Or, the first rendition was close to the truth. In either case she began to clean up, cut herself on the faucet -- not fixed with just a touch -- and from there she spiraled down. As she told Ben in the first rendition, she can't do this again. Whether Ben would go on to leave his wife or lie to his wife, Alison believes that in this lifetime she will always be in pain, never can be happy, and doesn't deserve to be loved. I think she was already gone when Ben woke up on her deck, or even by the time he arrived at her house. We will learn more from the post mortem results.
  8. S04.E09 Episode 9

    The first perspective, I believe, was in Alison's mind as she prepared for Ben to come over. In it he immediately confesses that he's married and tells Alison that he's left his wife for her: the same story he'll soon tell Cole and Noah. (Ben also brings her grocery-store flowers very much like those that Cole bought her on the road to the conference.) Alison firmly though kindly tells him she wishes that they'd had a chance together, and that he should leave. Ben very easily outflanks this, though, first by offering to fix the faucet, then by fixing her supper as she watches. In Alison's imagination, he is most seductive in the role of a thoughtful, remorseful, smitten dad. He may as well have then let her watch him shave. With this open, young-father Ben, Alison can at last confess how she was the one whose conscious, reckless decision -- motivated by fear and spite -- doomed Gabriel. (Alison will never be convinced otherwise.) She also confesses that she may never recover, and that she may be done. This confession of hers elicits Ben's own, which may have been her most earnest desire with Cole. It allows her to embrace both their confessions. She has this Ben, her Ben, her mate, ask her what she wants. Stand up to her fears, ask her what she wants, and tell her that he wants to live. She chooses. The choice is hers, and the choice is good. It's not Ben, in her reverie. It's the father and the husband that she didn't have. Alison still dreams of being saved from herself, and she'll let anyone take a shot. It's heartbreaking and true.
  9. S04.E09 Episode 9

    Alison was more at peace in crucial moments of each rendering than we've ever seen her. In the first, when she recalled aloud what Athena had said about new lives, and stated -- simply, eloquently and with no self-pity -- that she might have gone as far as she could in this one. And in the second, in the monologue. When her spirit had already left what was left of her body, and because it was "still so young," began to search for "a new life, a different story," as it ascended above the water, tasting the air, into the night.
  10. S01.E07: A Monster Is Among Us

    Yes: Rip hazed the grizzly; the hazed grizzly then charged the next humans (s)he encountered; the charged humans went off the cliff; the grizzly charged Rip. Hazing the grizzly led indirectly to three deaths.
  11. All Episodes Talk: What Happened Happened

    Yes: I loved John's genuine compassion and affection -- his maturity; his serenity, really -- with Jack and with Ben in the Sideways world. He wasn't thwarted anymore, already. He had made his peace, with himself and with his place in the world.
  12. Spoilers and Spoiler Discussion

    Please let them be a couple, passionate and devoted. Madame Foucault and Fourrurechat.
  13. Yup! Here in the EVERYTHING ELSE TV forum.
  14. A plan is set in motion designed to squeeze John Dutton and threaten his sovereignty.
  15. No. And let's move on.