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Project Still Life Recap - "Caught" blurb

Yes, my blurbs seem to have grown into full-grown recaps. Each scene gets at least a sentence. I warned you, didn't I?

We've got lots of ground to cover with this last installment, so grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, sit down, and hold on.

First, the previouslies. I'm not linking back to any previous recaps because these previouslies are all over the place. They include pretty much everything except the Max/Maggie/Whit triangle. We get a recap of Jake's murder, Darien's (and yes, that's the name I heard) arrest, Mom's campaign, Em telling Stack they should keep things simple, etc.

VOJ tells us that now that he's armchair quarterbacking life, he sees how people get stuck. They just don't move on.

Max walks past the windows of Maggie's gallery on his way to work. He sees her inside, takes out his camera, and takes her picture. She sees him, smiles, and lets him into the gallery to chat. She offers him a tour of the new art show, but he declines. She assures him that Whit isn't there, if that's the problem. No, that's not it. Maggie says Whit thought he offended Max before he left. "No, we're fine," Max says. He has to get to work, he's shooting the city council meeting. Maggie teases that Max's boss has him on the sexy stuff.
"City zoning--it rocks," says Max with a smile and two thumbs up. Before he leaves, Maggie tells him, "Don't be a stranger."
"I couldn't if I tried," says Max.

Em and Stack are in their catering kitchen. Stack is on hold, trying to make hotel reservations for his dad. Em is delighted and wants to meet Stack's dad. Not a good idea, says Stack. Why not? He'd be proud of his son! In an alternate universe, maybe, says Stack. Maybe this will be different, says Em. "Dude! Lay off the happy juice!" says Stack as his call is taken off hold and he starts in with the reservations.

Max enters a convenience store and asks for a pack of batteries. VOJ tells us that in a town as small as Sullivan it should come as no surprise that Max finds himself--

Another customer comes up to the counter and stands a few feet away from Max. Max recognizes him.

--in a store standing next to the prime suspect in Jake's murder. Yep, it's Eddie Marble. VOJ says he hopes Max doesn't do anything stupid.

Max follows Eddie out of the store (ignoring the clerk with the batteries), follows him down the street, follows him to a metal works factory/warehouse/workshop. Max takes pictures of Eddie and the exterior of the building. Eddie goes inside and clocks in. Max follows.

A woman, the secretary, asks with a frown if she can help Max. Max sees the "Help Wanted" sign in the window and asks, "Are you hiring?"

Morning in the Morgan kitchen. Family banter all around as Em tells Mom, Dad, and Daisy about Stack's dad coming to visit. He lives in Boston but is originally from Columbia. Max sidles up beside Em and swipes her toast.

"Hey!" Em scolds Max as he takes a huge bite.
Max "mmmm"s first in a good way, then he makes a horrible face and his "mmmm" becomes one of distinct displeasure. He spits the toast out in the sink. "What is that?" he asks with disgust.
"Salted yeast bread," says Em with a smile.
"You pay money for that?" Max gulps down some orange juice. "You've got to talk to me about these things. Seriously, Em. You worry me."

Max is off to work early, says he wants to impress the boss by getting there before he gets up. Daisy says that's so unlike Max. Dad asks about the new job. Max is very neutral in his response, saying it's okay.

Jonathan arrives in the kitchen with a "Did you miss me?" Max ignores him on the way out.
"Terribly," answers Ben.

Charlotte says she was worried he wouldn't come back, what with all the press and drama and misinterpreted comments and Em's story and firing Politico Granddad.

Of course he's back. Jonathan has even brought a gift for Charlotte, which Daisy whispers to Dad is proof that Jon is in love with Mom. Charlotte opens the box and pulls out a muzzle, to wear whenever Jonathan is not around.

"Nothing to worry about Sug," says Dad to Daisy. "He'll be pulling her pigtails next."

VOJ tells us Max has been told before to stay away from the case. Not just because he could get hurt; VOJ is worried Max is close to finding out something that could hurt Jake.

The managaer/foreman shows Max how to use what I guess is a drill press, drilling holes in pieces of metal. Max says he used such machinery in his last job, but it worked differently. Foreman gives him a quota of 60/hour, but don't work too fast or you'll get a hole in the head. A couple of guys--Eddie and someone else--are eyeing Max like they might make trouble.

Maggie runs into Max's boss at a coffee stand. Boss asks if Max is feeling better, says Max called in with stomach flu. Maggie is confused; when she saw Max on Monday, he was fine. Boss says that better not be the case; Max blew off the city council meeting. Maggie covers, saying these things come on suddenly. She's now suspicious. Boss also says that when she sees Max, could she tell him that Boss needs his telephoto lens back. He loaned it to Max, and has been leaving messages for him, but can't get a hold of him.

In the catering kitchen, Stack is avoiding his dad's phone calls. Stack has borrowed money for business from his dad in the past and has always lost it. This time, he told his dad the money was for an engagement ring for a non-existent fiancée. Stack asks Em if she'll help. Em says sure, it will be fun. Great! Stack wants her to cater the engagement party. Won't that look strange? Having the fiancée cater the party? What? No. Misty from Milo's is going to be the fake fiancée.


Max is on his way out the door when Maggie stops by. Is she here to do something with Daisy? No, she's there to check on Max. He should have told her he was sick, she would have made soup. It has healing powers. "People get better so they don't have to drink it anymore," says Max. "You said you love my soup," says Maggie. "Of course I did," says Max.

Max needs to get going, and Maggie asks for a ride. Max says he's not going to work, he's going to the doctor. Maggie is skeptical. "You look fine," she says. "Do you want a note from my mom?" Max asks. Maggie says, "It would be very 'Max' for you to take off right now. Hitchhike to Portland or something." What's that supposed to mean? "You have a habit of blowing good things when they come to you." She's not talking about "them." Max tells her not to worry about him.

At the factory, Max sneaks video of Eddie and the other guy with a little digital recorder. The guys are in the break area of the warehouse, by the fridge. Eddie leaves the scene and Max grabs a soda from the fridge. The other guy is looking at tattoos in a catalogue. Max introduces himself to the other guy, Lucas. Max introduces himself as Hunt. "Hunter's my middle name," he says. Lucas offers condolences. At Max's perplexed look, Lucas clarifies, "On the job." But it pays, right, says Max. Max says Eddie looks familiar and kind of presses. Lucas shifts in his chair, says Eddie's quiet, but if you ever need someone to cover your shift for you, Eddie's your guy.

Charlotte and Jonathan argue about how Charlotte is now running her campaign. She tells Jon to cancel an appearance; she's going to stay home and help Daisy with college applications. For Charlotte, family comes first.

At the factory, Max sneaks into the manager's office and pulls Lucas's file. He got Eddie the job and he's an ex-con. Max is writing something on his hand, copying it from the file, when the secretary walks in on him.

Max tells the secretary he's correcting something in his file. (Max is quite the smooth talker, thinks quick on his feet.) He didn't want Mr. Miller calling the wrong number for his references and getting a disconnected number. Secretary says that he'd get in more trouble if he caught Max in his office, and Max could have just told her and she'd change his file, she wouldn't mind. Max says he's seen how the guys make excuses to talk to her and he didn't want to seem like that kind of jerk. Not in his first week, anyway. He asks her if she's going to say anything. She points out that he'd get fired if she did. He gives her that charming smile and says he owes her one. A beer, at least, she says. Done.

In the campaign kitchen, Jon and Charlotte are making competing phone calls, both talking over each other on their own phones, and you get the impression they're working at odds with each other. Jon has canceled an appearance at a middle school that Charlotte insists on making. Jon argues that it would be a waste of time, as junior high students can't vote. But their parents can, says Charlotte, and she insists it a legitimate whistle stop appearance. Charlotte tells him to un-cancel the appearance, and this is how it's going to be. She's in charge.

In the catering kitchen (not to be confused with the campaign kitchen), Stack and Misty are rehearsing their story. Em knows Stack's background and story better than Misty ever could, and Em is good-naturedly frustrated with the whole thing. You can tell she's disappointed not to be playing the role of fiancée.

In the factory break area, Max introduces himself to Eddie. Rosa eyes Max on her way to the fridge. Lucas comments on the eye contact and Max agrees that she's a nice girl. Better than the rest of the scenery in the shop, cracks Lucas. Unless you're into sweaty guys in goggles, says Max. That would be Kevin, says Lucas. Has he offered Max a foot massage yet? Max and Lucas have a laugh, then Lucas suggests stepping out for a smoke, he just got some new stuff. Max declines. Can't smoke and handle heavy machinery. Your loss, is Lucas's attitude. Eddie and Lucas agree to meet up after work. For beer, Max asks. He could go for that. Eddie and Lucas are reluctant to include Max, but they tell him to meet them outside after work. Max knocks over Eddie's pack on the way back to his work station. A classifieds page with lots of red circles falls out. Max takes a gander at it, then stuffs it back in the bag and tosses the bag to Eddie, tells him to keep his crap out of the isles.

Stack's engagement party is at the Morgans'. Stack introduces his father, last name Ramirez, which surprises Emily. Not Stackhouse? "Timothy uses his mother's maiden name," Sr. Ramirez says. "Since college," Stack adds. Ben is on his way out the door. Stack introduces the fathers briefly. "This is Detective Morgan. He's letting us use his house for the party." Misty comes out and meets Sr. Ramirez. She uses de nada instead of gracias when Sr. Ramirez gives her a gift. Em is not impressed.

At the factory, Max is working at the drill press, and he's got a bucket of rejected pieces that he's screwed up. Rosa calls him on his lack of machinery experience. It's okay, he'll get the hang of it. He's nicer than the other jerks that work there. She wants to go out for those beers tonight, but Max says he's going out with Lucas and Eddie. Rosa warns him to watch himself. Lucas has gotten in some trouble--broke a guy's jaw--and Eddie is weird. They agree to going out for beer tomorrow night.

At Charlotte's junior high government club appearance, only two students show.

Maggie stops by the Morgan house (via the kitchen door so as not to disturb the party) and asks Daisy if Max is there. Max is at work, Daisy says. Maggie asks for Daisy's help.

Max, Lucas, and Eddie on their way to the bar. Max is in the back seat, Lucas is driving, Eddie is riding shotgun. Max starts asking questions, about all the cars he saw circled in the classifieds ads. Is Eddie car shopping? Nah. 'Cause if he is, Max knows a guy who's got a truck to sell. It's not great, but it would get you around the city. Wouldn't trust it farther than that, though. Eddie says he needs something more reliable. You goin' somewhere? No answer. How long have Lucas and Eddie known each other? Lucas got Eddie his job, didn't he? Lucas never told Max that. Lucas and Eddie are getting suspicious. No, Rosa told Max that. So?

Lucas pulls over. Why so many questions? Max asks too many questions. Why is he giving Eddie the 3rd degree?

Max says he knows he asks a lot of questions. Says he's reading a book, "How to Win Friends and Influence People." It's one of the techniques in the book. It really works, especially with women. Lucas laughs. "Like you need that book," he tells Max. Anyway, stop grilling Eddie.

At the engagement party, Em doesn't like how dismissive Sr. Ramirez is of Stack's talents. Sr. Ramirez says his son is just a cook, and how can he keep a beautiful wife like Misty happy if he's not making money? Em points out that he's not a cook, he's an artist, and as she's getting wound up, Stack pulls her aside, calms her down.

Jon and Charlotte are having take-out deli sandwiches in the car. They laugh about the disaster that the government club meeting was. Charlotte has never had anyone ask her what her opinion of The Matrix is. She agrees that she needs to let Jon do his job. He admires her for standing up to her father and taking over her own campaign.

Maggie and Daisy are in Max's dark room. (Note: no pictures being developed, so room--and scene--is fully lit.) Daisy feels creepy, like its an invasion of privacy. Maggie is looking through Max's strips of negatives and his recently developed photos. Maggie suspects that Max, having borrowed the telephoto lens, is up to snooping again. She finds pics of Eddie at the factory and pics of a bar.

At the bar in the pics . . . VOJ says he was worried about what Max would discover. Now he's just worried about Max. Lucas and Eddie are eyeing a couple girls at the bar. Max tells them to go for it. Eddie is really shy. Lucas says as quiet as he is now, he won't even talk to women. He won't even look at Rosa at work. If anyone needs that book that Max is reading on influencing people, it's Eddie, Lucas says. Maybe Eddie should have Kevin show him how to give a foot massage. When was the last time Lucas saw Eddie with a girl? Junior high? They're laughing and joking--Eddie is laughing--and Max is thinking about Jake being dead, killed by the guy sitting right across from Max.

Max goes to the bathroom, and he looks ill. He punches a stall door over and over until his knuckles bleed. He's angry and hurt and the guy who killed his brother is out there laughing and having a good time.

Charlotte and Jonathan arrive back at the house. Enter through the mud room. Must be quiet because of the party. Jonathan leans in and kisses Charlotte. Not a shy kiss, but a serious, "I mean business" kiss. Daisy enters the kitchen from the opposite side and sees them silhouetted against the light. Misty walks in and sees it, too. Thinks it's sweet.

At the bar, Lucas asks Max if he's gonna make it with Rosa. Max says nah, work things can get messy. Eddie voices agreement, and Lucas ribs him for suddenly knowing all about women. Eddie might as well move in with Darien; she's the only girl who will have him. "Or maybe not, not after you . . ." Eddie frowns and shakes his head, and Lucas shuts up. What, Max asks. Nothing. "You were gonna say something," Max says to Lucas. "No, I wasn't. Don't worry about it."

In walks Maggie. Eddie recognizes her, looks at Max, puts the pieces together. "You're Max."

Eddie makes a break for it, but Max doesn't let him get away. Grabs him, shoves him against the wall, has his arm against Eddie's throat. "What happened? Why'd you kill my brother?!?" Lucas smashes a bottle over Max's head, and during their fight, Lucas pulls a knife. Lucas is on top of Max, and Max is trying to hold the knife back, dodging Lucas's stabs. The bartender (or bouncer) pulls Lucas off Max.

After the fight, Maggie is sitting at a table with Max. Eddie knows me, and not from the newspapers, Maggie says. She can't explain it, but the way he looked at her . . .
Max has got to stop this. He's going to get himself killed. Maybe that's the point, she says. Max gingerly probes at the back of his head where the bottle made contact. "Are you okay?" Maggie asks. "No," Max replies.

Dad arrives on the scene. Another detective fills Ben in. Max has been on the job with Eddie. Yeah, so Ben heard. Maggie came looking for Max, suspected something was up. Max said Eddie and Lucas have known each other since junior high at least. Lucas was getting ready to talk about Darien when Maggie walked in. Max thinks Lucas knows what happened. "Can we hold him?" Ben asks. Other detective says yes, they have him on assault with a deadly weapon. Max thinks Eddie is planning on skipping town. Ben wants to keep him for questioning, but the other detective says they can't hold him for long. The bartender isn't pressing charges against any of them, including Max. Ben can't deal with that right now and asks the other detective to take Max home.

In the Morgan kitchen, Em is in a bad mood. She tells Stack that she thought she would be the fake fiancée. Stack explains that his dad would believe Misty, that he'd believe Stack could get a girl like her. He'd never believe that Stack could get a girl like Em. "You're . . . perfect." Em and Stack kiss passionately. Misty and Stack's dad walk in on them. Misty is all gooey. "Aw. Everybody's hooking up tonight." Then she remembers her role. "I mean, get your hands off my fiance," she says, very unconvincingly. Mr. Ramirez walks away.

Ben watches his boss questioning Lucas. Lucas has 2 felony drug charges and 1 assault charge. That's three strikes. Could put him away for a long time. If he tells them about Eddie, they could maybe make a deal, shave some time off his sentence for sure.

Eddie said it was an accident. "He didn't mean to kill that cop." There was a fight, and the gun went off. But Eddie pulled the trigger, the detective asks. Yes. He didn't mean to.

Daisy confronts Jonathan. "You do anything to hurt this family, I'll make you wish you'd never met me." Jon tells her that's what Charlotte said. He picks up a box of stuff and leaves.

In the holding cell, Eddie is officially arrested. Ben watches as Eddie has his Miranda rights read to him.

Ben comes home. The family plus Maggie meet him in the front hall. (Max is wearing a long sleeved light blue--almost a heather, but a little brighter--shirt that looks really good on him.) Ben focuses his attention on Max. Max breaks, his face crumbling in grief as he walks into his father's arms and clings to him while he cries. This is not Dean's single tear crying. This is a soft, weeping, cleansing cry into his father's shoulder. Ben hugs Max tightly.

"You did good, son," Ben says. "I'm never letting you out of my sight again, but you did good."

The ladies step forward around the men, keeping enough distance not to intrude. The final shot is beautiful, a soft-focus pull-out on the family, the ladies in their varying colors, father and son embracing.

VOJ tells us that in trying to keep his secret, in trying to keep his family the same, he was the one who was stuck. The living are more important than memories, and his family is strong. Whatever happens, let it come.

And that, my friends, is the last of Still Life. I'm going to take a breather for a few days and attend to some pressing RL things. Then I'll get back to it and fill out some of the stuff (mostly the Jensen stuff) I missed the first time around.


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Aug. 1st, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
After seeing Jensen's not-pretty breakdown in Dark Angel, Dean's single tear seems too pretty - not that real.

I said it before, you've done a great job with this and I deeply appreciate it.
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
I think it's just different, because everyone is different. Dean's more controlled, always believed he had to be the strong older brother so he'd be more reluctant and his tears would be much harder to come by.

felicia, I can't believe it's over. How I wish we could have seen this(and how fortunate we are that you could so you could describe it to us:). Oh some of those scenes sound like Jensen GOLD. :)
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
I tend to agree that the single tear is more in keeping with Dean's character (see my response above). And I'm always so impressed with Jensen that he can cry a single tear at just the right moment.

I, too, wish these could be seen. Many of Jensen's scenes are absolute gold. And I still find it odd that FOX would have had them make seven eps of a show they never picked up. Someone somewhere must have believed in the project at some point.

Thank you so much for reading along, and for letting me know you're reading. I do appreciate it, and I'm glad my descriptions seem to be coming across.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
I think with Dean's single tear, it speaks more to the character--and Teh Pretty . . . the cinematography, the art of the show. (Of course, I'm also convinced that there's been a long, on-going affair between Jensen and the camera, because the camera freakin' loves him, ya know?) I'm also always impressed with the control of the actor to be able to allow a single tear to fall at just the right moment. Jensen is quite amazing.

It's not often Dean allows himself to break, and it's when no one else is around to see it--at his father's grave in WIaWSNB, and by Jared's deathbed in AHBL2.

It also crossed my mind that perhaps this is the first time Max has allowed himself to cry for his brother's death.

Thank you so much for letting me know you're enjoying these. It is a lot of work--though fun, too--and I do wish that you all could see what I'm seeing. I'm glad the descriptions work for everyone.

Edited at 2008-08-01 11:37 am (UTC)
Aug. 1st, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
Ben focuses his attention on Max. Max breaks, his face crumbling in grief as he walks into his father's arms and clings to him while he cries. This is not Dean's single tear crying. This is a weeping, cleansing cry into his father's shoulder. Ben hugs Max tightly.

"You did good, son," Ben says. "I'm never letting you out of my sight again, but you did good."

nuts, I would love to see this scene! Stupid FOX!

Thanks for all the recaps, it is very much appreciated.

Aug. 1st, 2008 02:19 am (UTC)
Second that!
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Indeed. It was heartwarming.
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Truly, it was a beautiful scene. I felt the tears pricking behind my eyes, and had I not had my attention split between the show and thinking "I have *got* to get this stuff down! It's great!" I might have shed a tear or two.

I'm glad you're enjoying these. I'm delighted that you're following along. I just wish I could do more.
Aug. 1st, 2008 03:12 am (UTC)
NO!!!!! THey can't leave me like that! Shoot! We get a crying max being hugged by Ben. I have to see it! You don't know how green with envy I am that you've seen these. I need detailed instructions on how to view these tapes....PLEASE!
Aug. 1st, 2008 11:59 am (UTC)

Well, the first step would probably be contacting the reference librarian of the Moving Image division of the Library and asking them how you go about doing it. The Library of Congress website has a page on "Ask a Librarian" that can then walk you through the guidelines and how to contact the Library to arrange research time.

An experienced technician will set things up for you and be running the equipment. They'll run the tape(s) once for your viewing.
Aug. 1st, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
OOPS left this comment in the wrong place ;-)

I just realized there's a flaw in Eddie not recognizing Max. In the pilot Max is standing outside Eddie's apartment. Eddie looks out the window and sees him. THen calls the cops on Max. So why didn't he recohnize him at the job, HHMMM
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
My guess? Distance and rain. Could be he just saw a shadowy someone watching his apartment without distinguishing the person's features. Eddie was on the second floor, Max was across the street. It was night, it was raining, and there were the weird shadows that street lights cast.

Just a thought.

Also, there's no indication that Eddie knew who Max was in the first ep. It's not until now that he puts 2 and 2 together and realizes that Max is . . . Max, Jake's brother. What I'd like to know is how he knows who Max is and who Maggie is.
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:05 am (UTC)
Thats true it was raining.

I have a feeling Jake, Maggie and Eddie went to school together. that's how they all know each other. Or maybe Eddie knew Maggie and was maybe blackmailing her about something. Jake got in the middle....I guess we'll never know....DRAT!
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Hm . . . but Maggie didn't say she knew Eddie (though obviously she knew who he was. She'd been collecting news clippings of the case). She said that he knew her, and she couldn't explain it other than the way he was looking at her.

If Maggie and Jake were school mates, that makes Maggie older than Max. Remember, Maggie was Max's girlfriend first. Not saying it's impossible. Just saying that I think Maggie met Jake via Max.

I'm thinking Eddie and Jake had something more personal going on, either Eddie was an informant, or someone Jake was trying to flip, or maybe even that Jake was not on the up-and-up. Somehow, I think Eddie knew about the Max/Maggie/Jake triangle . . . or he at least knew that Max was Jake's bro and Maggie was Jake's girl.

It's all speculation, because as you say, we'll never know . . .
Aug. 1st, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! I really appreciate the time you spent doing this.
Aug. 1st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
And thank you for reading along! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
Thanks for doing this, it's really interesting, and obviously many more people read these sort of posts than comment on them. I have read all of them, but have only commented this time, because I have nothing really interesting to add - just thanks.
Aug. 2nd, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading along, and for letting me know you're reading. I know there are more people reading these than are commenting, but it's nice, after spending several hours of a day doing these, to know that these posts aren't just floating out there in cyberspace, "falling on deaf ears," so to speak.

I completely understand about reading and lurking--I do that a lot myself. But I do appreciate knowing that you're out there. Thank you. I'm glad you're enjoying them. :-)
Nov. 9th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Back after a few months at least and have just played catch-up with these wonderful synopses you've given us. Saying thank-you seems wholly inadequate but "Thank-you!" *g*

I'm glad this last ep provided a little bit of closure and the scene you describe where Max breaks and goes to his dad? Daaayum, knowing how well Jensen would sell that... well, your description had me welling up in tears (LOL).

Thank-you for letting us watch this show through your eyes. Your efforts are very much appreciated!

Oh, and I saw in some comments the discussion about TIH and your desire to see it. Have you been able to now? I've watched it a couple of times and adore Jensen's portrayal of Priestly. If you haven't seen it yet, I'm sure you'll be pleased by it too.

Thanks so very much again!
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
Oh, you're very welcome. I've enjoyed doing it. I've got one more ep to transcribe, and then the project will be complete.

Unfortunately I've not yet gotten to see TIH yet. I've heard that it will be available in the US "soon," so I'm hoping I'll be able to see it "soon."
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
I do hope it becomes available soon. I'd hoped to see it on the big screen again but, at this point, I'd gladly accept straight-to-DVD.

Thanks again for your efforts!
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