Day Break: What If He Lets Her Go?
This show hinges on the details-- and boy, do they get that right. Hopper is talking to his partner, Andrea, and she says, "How do you know I won't just take this into them?" (The Internal Affairs people who have offered her a deal if she brings in Hopper-- this being the hourglass that was in the package). The scene briefly shifts to her taking a bullet in a previous incarnation of the day in which she took a bullet for him so he could get away.
Brilliant-- we now know that one of the things Hopper learns during these days is whom to trust. He shrugs and just says, "Just a hunch," but we know immediately in a very visceral way that his hunch is accurate.
We have learned lots of little things in this episode: He now has the identity of the woman who keeps getting hit by the bus, so now all he has to do is call her cell phone to keep her from harm's way, which was a hilarious little detail. But she works for a judge-- don't tell me that won't become somehow important at some point. I love also how the writer and director showed how Hopper remembered her cell phone number-- he took out his little notepad and touched his finger to the page. He could see his notes in his memory, and recalled the number to call her. These are the kinds of details I am talking about.
Another little, but important, detail is that Hopper realizes his cell phone battery is dying, so the next day, he changes the battery first thing in the morning. Hopper shows these little details by hesitating ever so slightly, which jars our memory to his cell phone dying while he checks his phone messages.
He has a new person to save now-- the woman from Garza's office, who gets shot by Damien's people at Baxter's house. I am still trying to figure out the whole Damien thing. Here is what I have-- please chime in if you got something different: Damien is a Latino underlord with whom Hopper is working for information. He and Baxter, a lawyer, put Damien in a safehouse. Baxter betrays Damien to someone, and Damien is pissed. The someone that Baxter betrayed him to is the Garza Goons. So, there is clearly a connection now between the investigation Damien was conducting behind Andrea's back and Garza's murder, which Hopper is being framed for.
I still can't figure out Chad Shelton. He was on the phone with the Garza Goons at the end of last week-- who are these guys? But he keeps Rita safe two days in a row. That counts for something, right? He is obviously no friend of Hopper, but tonight, he didn't seem to be such a cut-and-dry criminal. Oh, don't get me wrong. I don't trust the guy. But I just thought his behavior was interesting. Obviously, he has an agenda, but maybe the reason Hopper told Rita to talk to Chad if he called is that even Hopper has figured out that he and Chad have at least one thing in common: Keeping Rita safe.
Did anybody get a better look at the body of the guy Andrea called Hopper about than I did? I am excited about this show, especially because there are so many things in play. We could make a drinking game out of all of the details Hopper has to keep straight every day: Antiseptic? Check. Hide the bloody rags? Check. Cell phone battery? Check. Save the woman from the bus? Yeah. Does he still need to get the package now that we know what it is? Another detail. Save the woman at Baxter's house? Check. Call Damien? Check.
It's off to a great start so far, eh?