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After writing the other day that Ilsa had searched for Chance for 6 months, I started thinking.
Ilsa sought out Chance to free her from the same people who had killed her husband. Once that was initially accomplished, she couldn’t let go. Really, what was she thinking? It seems that partnering with these men gave her a complete break from her previous life which had been ruined by the death of her husband and the subsequent threats. Now that she was free, what next? What’s even more interesting was that the team agreed to partner with her.
I love that she was so astute about Chance right off the bat in Ilsa Pucci, Season 2 Episode 1.
It didn’t take much for Ilsa to put together that Chance had an enormous conscience. She already knew he had recreated himself – that he was a former assassin turned bodyguard. She found him in an ashram, a spiritual hermitage, a place located far from human habitation designed for meditation and making penance in order to find solace and tranquility. This is clearly a man trying to change his life again.
However, it didn’t take much persuasion for Chance to take her on as a client. Maybe he applauded her persistence. Maybe he sensed her frustration or that indeed, she was not like his other clients. Maybe he was tired of ashram life. Maybe he thought he’d done enough penance. Or maybe it was the “braver” stab.
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Ilsa probes even deeper when being brave comes up again later in the episode.
And then there is this wonderful interaction between Chance and Ilsa after the bullets have stopped flying. She once again assesses him perfectly and he is willing to answer her honestly and not blow her off with a flippant remark. Beautifully written and acted.
Ilsa is a smart woman. She knows what to say although I don't think she was being calculating or manipulative at all in this scene.
In the end, Ilsa gets what she wants - at least in this episode - and I'm pretty sure it has to do with winning his heart by calling him brave.