from The Return of Baptiste, S2 E4
Marie mentioned the look on Ilsa’s face when Ilsa first sees Maria – and I hadn’t noticed (great catch Marie!), but oh, she has quite the expression. For a change she doesn’t have Chance all to herself. Maybe she was expecting a 60 year old bald woman... I think Ilsa is later mad at him because he continually backs Maria over and over even when Maria is so blatantly using him. Is Ilsa jealous? or pragmatic?
Of course the complication with Ilsa is her lasting loyalty to Marshall. If they come back for another season, watch to see if her wedding rings come off. They need to. When she said goodbye to Winston and Ames at the end of Marshall Pucci, she seemed like a woman with a great weight lifted off her shoulders.
As for Chance, he is immediately intrigued by Ilsa – but maybe that has more to do with 6 months on an ashram without women. The fact that he accepted her as a partner proves he is interested in more than a one episode stand. All through Season 1 he seemed to be looking for a connection, for a soulmate. He is our lonely hero. Yet he has such a fight-or-flight response that it’s a miracle he doesn’t run away from Ilsa in the first episode of Season 2.
from The Trouble With Harry, S2 E12
Of course Winston and Guerrero have figured out there is something going on during Communication Breakdown… Ames doesn’t get it till we see her sweet look of surprise and approval just before Chance climbs the outside of the building to go after Ilsa in Marshall Pucci.
Chance and Ilsa seem to sort out a lot in Communication Breakdown. Ilsa knows Chance pretty well by the time they start fighting, so she knows exactly which buttons to push, but Chance learns a huge amount about Ilsa in this episode. Not that he doesn’t do his own button pushing… He learns that she’ll tramp through the jungle in bare feet, that she won’t accept help if she’s mad, that she’s not afraid of spiders, that she knows what it’s like to be shot, that she’s not a trophy wife and that she is perfectly capable of saving him if necessary. She does not curl into a ball and need to be saved, even at the end of Communication Breakdown when she shoots Hector Lopez in self-defense.
I haven’t quite figured out why his anger at Ilsa over the Maria thing evaporated. Ilsa was trying to control him – or rather she was trying to control the situation after he had failed. But maybe she earned his respect (yet again) while they were out in the jungle. She seems to have to do that every few episodes – but that thought, too, is for another time.
So, I really don’t have an answer to Who First? Chance is too enigmatic to pin down. I may have missed something and will continue to watch for clues.
And none of this is addressing whether each of them realizes the other cares. Of course Chance had an unfair advantage thanks to this exchange with Winston and Guerrero.
from Communication Breakdown, S2 E8
In general, the writing for these two was really good. There wasn't a lot of on again/off again stuff the really annoys me in other shows. So once again, thumbs up to Matt Miller for monitoring this so carefully.
So, what do you think?