Eli Stone: Praying for Time
(S01E08) Man, Eli got whupped this week! I'm not talking about a physical beating here...I mean something worse. On this week's episode of Eli Stone our main character got emotionally and metaphysically beat up. And, the wounds that those beatings created take a lot longer to heal than physical injuries. Hence, the reason why Eli had a bit of a meltdown this time around.
It was probably bound to happen sooner or later, for Eli is a man with much on his shoulders. First, he has that whole "prophet" thing going on. Then, he has this supposedly inoperable brain aneurysm that has refocused all of his daily activities. Finally, to top it off, he has not one, not two, but three women in his life that are causing him nothing but grief. Gosh, Eli has been pretty strong to get through all of that. But, he couldn't remain stoic for long. So, tonight he threw up his hands and gave up.
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Really, it was probably the first time in this series' short history that we've really seen Eli angry. Oh, he's been loud with some people, and somewhat snippy with others, but never chair-slamming, pencil breaking angry. Heck, he was even screaming angry with Dr. Chen, which hasn't happened too much. Of course, Chen instigated that by saying to Eli 'I know how you feel'. No, I don't think Chen really knows how he feels. I don't even know how Eli feels!
The only person who knows how Eli feels is probably the man upstairs, who seems to be giving Eli these visions and causing problems between him and those he likes and loves. If it is a higher power that's controlling his visions and not the aneurysm, the question is why it's doing this to Eli? A test of his faith, perhaps? Or, maybe it's to see how much Eli will sacrifice to do the right thing. If that's the case, then by setting up an "agreement" between the judge and the developer he was defending. Eli may have passed.
Which I guess is good news, but really isn't for Eli. For, in the process of securing the "agreement" with the judge in order to kick the residents out of their building, Eli got some of his favorite people angry. Taylor and Patti are two of them. Taylor was angry because her former fiancee set up a shady deal so his client would get off scot-free without informing her. Patti was upset because, not only was Eli defending this apparent shyster, but he wanted the residents of her old apartment complex to get out for fear of being crushed in an earthquake. Then again, maybe it wasn't anger. Maybe it was pity. From what Patti said in the church -- the same church Eli saw collapse during one of his visions -- she was praying for him because he was sick and needed to get better.
The third woman of Eli's life, Maggie, wasn't angry, per se. She was more confused, if anything. Here Eli was setting up boundaries after she kissed him last week, and then he's kissing her after a moment between them. How could she not understand what's going on. You know, I don't want to say this, but Maggie is growing on me to the point I'm beginning to feel bad for the way Eli is treating her. I'm actually starting to root for them to get together. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
On the earthquake...on one hand I wanted there to be a quake so Eli would be vindicated. However, that would have probably been bad television because it was too predictable. Plus, by not having the quake happen, it left doubt in the viewer as to whether Eli is really seeing visions or not. I hope that it's revisited sometime towards the end of the series though, just so we can get some type of finality should the show be renewed (and, I'm starting to feel that it should be given another season).
To the Jayson Turk trial. Come on! You could see that it was all a setup as soon as Mrs. Turk got on the stand. That little glance between Jayson and his wife after a mistrial just confirmed it. I didn't feel bad for the prosecutor, who was really out for Jayson's head. I did feel bad for Matt Dowd, who really supported Jayson's innocence. Dowd really showed a ton of growth by going to Jordan and expressing his interest to drop Jayson from the law firm. He impressed Jordan as well. So much so that Matt may become the Jordan's heir apparent now that Eli has dropped in status.
Next week -- Eli meets George Michael. No, for real.
|Hell to the no!||34 (10.6%)|
|No, he should try to go back to Taylor||48 (15.0%)|
|I'd say give it a shot to see what happens||108 (33.8%)|
|Yes. They would be a cute couple||130 (40.6%)|