“I know you don’t like to celebrate, but happy birthday”

Episode Title: The Cure
Original Air Date: October 21, 2008
Episode Number: 1×06

Episode Description

The team investigates a woman that re-appears after weeks of being missing with a rare disease. She also inexplicably causes pain and death to the people she meets. During the investigation, dangerous level of radiation are detected. Walter obsesses about cotton candy; Peter strikes a deal with Nina Sharp; and a truth about Olivia is discovered.

My Review

This was essentially an Olivia episode which gave us a little bit more of her background and her childhood. She definitely was my favorite character in this episode because I thought she was badass and didn’t back down when Broyles told her off for going after such a big name.

Her speech to Broyles had me cheering: “I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. And putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I’ll get straight to the point. I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It helps me to get into the headspace of our victims, see what they’ve seen. Even if I don’t want to. Even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, sorry. You can fire me. But I hope you don’t.” FUCK. YEAH. The only quibble that I have about this speech is the apology in the end. If this speech was made by a male character, that “sorry” would not have been included as part of the speech.

I was so impressed by Olivia’s dogged determination to find Claire that she was even willing to barge into the wake that was held for the other woman who died just so she can find a clue that might connect the two women and her instinct was right and the gamble paid off. And of course, her impersonating a drug rep just so she could have a conversation with Esterbrook and gauge for herself what kind of a man he is, also paid off in a huge way. It’s unfortunate that Broyles gave her a verbal slapping by telling her not to ruffle any political feathers. As much as it hurt Olivia not to do anything, she had her hands tied so Peter helped out by going to Nina for the information that they need. Great teamwork all around with Walter coming up with the cure.

That scene of Walter over the dead woman’s body’s missing head was gnarly as hell. I keep telling myself that I should never watch this show while I’m eating, but I was hungry so as I was in the middle of enjoying my dinner, we got to the scene where the woman’s head exploded in the diner and the blood splattered all over the glass door. Very nice, lol.

Olivia telling Peter her childhood background about shooting her stepfather and not having the will to finish him off was shocking and heartbreaking. Remember in a previous episode when Peter asked Olivia how she got into law enforcement and Olivia said she knew this is what she wanted to do ever since she was nine? I do believe this is the moment where Olivia knew for sure she wouldn’t do anything else but be on the side of the law to protect the helpless and put the bad guys away. It’s too bad that she can’t do anything with her stepfather now and that he’ll continue to just psychologically torture her by sending her a card every year during her birthday.

The last Peter and Olivia scene was very shippery. I have never been a huge Peter/Olivia fan and, in fact, I bristled against the two of them ever getting together, but I don’t know what’s happening now. I’ve been quite charmed by their scenes and definitely felt the chemistry between them. For a second there I thought Olivia would lean in and kiss Peter, hahahaha.

Other random thoughts:

– Peter telling Walter: “The red toothbrush is mine.” I see what you did there, show.

– This was the first episode where Walter calls Astrid alternate names and we get “Asterisk.” Hee.

– I loved the scene where Olivia revealed who she really was to Esterbrook. “Identity theft is a crime, Amanda.”
“So is kidnapping and murder. And it’s Agent Dunham.” The way Olivia said “And it’s Agent Dunham” and the stern face she made was just so good like she doesn’t want to accept any bullshit coming out from Esterbrook’s mouth.

– “I know you don’t like to celebrate, but happy birthday.” Olivia is me. I don’t like to celebrate my birthday either, but it’s not because of some tragic backstory. I just don’t see what the fuss is all about.

– Walter saying that Mr. Papaya “is the friendliest of fruits” was very cute.

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