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Dead Man’s Chest, S2E3 Recap - Set 1

Miss Fisher’s in Queenscliff, folks. Grab your bathers and let’s hit the beach!

Lovely framing in this episode - lots of unique shots. The cap of the four ladies in the car really says all you need to know about each of them.
They’ve journeyed to Queenscliff for holiday and are staying with Aunt. P’s friend, Hilly McNaster and her son, the adventurer, Gerald McNaster. Of course, there’s a been a robbery, a murder and two missing persons.
We learn Jack collects [collected?] coins and he says something I found very interesting, “But if I’d collected a genuine Spanish doubloon, I wouldn’t be sitting behind this desk.” Can’t help but wonder what he would be doing.
Gerald McNaster struck me as a complete buffoon. I expect that was the intention - a guy who achieved incredible things but, is now washed up - and knows it. His attempted pick up lines to Phryne were laughable, “Do you like rocks?” I swear, I heard it in Forrest Gump’s voice and cringed.

Jane is coming into her womanhood in this episode - no longer a child, we learn that she is about to be sent abroad as a “rite of passage.” Her crush on the young domestic, Kip is suitably sweet. Mr. Butler is such a mensch, giving Kip his old uniform. I need a Mr. Butler in my life - we all do. Someone remind me why we don’t use parasols anymore? Aunt Prudence’s distaste runs the gambit:  when Hilly asks her to come to a Temperence Union meeting, she pulls a face and says, “…Even I have my limits when it comes to the tambourine.” LOL.

Aunt Prudence wants Phryne to use her “Inspector friend” to help Gerald secure his lost coins, telling her, “He’s supposed to be a servant of the people, especially the right people.” Phryne defends him and informs Aunt P. that he’s actually, “a servant of the law.” But, she can’t resist.

Phryne’s voice while Jack pops the champagne cork is EVERYTHING: Shot outside of the McNaster’s house, all we hear is her heavy breathing and, “Jack! Shhh, Jack!” It sounds completely sexual and has absolutely nothing to do with sex except it does. (The writers are just toying with us at this point.) By the smile on his face, DI Jack is obviously delighted by the response. Sparks fly as Phryne and Jack share a drink, her knee and evidence on the chaise in her private room:
Jack, this is a temperance household. The sound of a popping cork could lead to my eviction.
More so than entertaining a man in your private parlour?
A man? I thought you were a police officer. I’ll try my best to be less entertaining.
But, is Phryne’s “A man?” a fair question? I would have said NO WAY a few weeks ago but now, after seeing more of Season 2, I’m not so sure. Even after all we’ve seen between them, perhaps Phryne believes he is simply doing his duty or the honorable thing by standing by her. She told him he had a heart as deep as the Pacific Ocean and he only told her he wanted another drink. Gah!! You two are killing me.*
Anyway, she flirts with him and he takes it on the cheek as usual, pulling faces and acting scandalized while secretly loving it.
Phryne: Luckily, I salvaged the treasure. I saved it for you.
So much subtext in that line - I can’t even.
Jack questions McNaster and it’s clear that he admires the man for his accomplishments - which is an interesting side of Jack to see. The Inspector and Miss Fisher revisit the pier and I’m in parasol heaven again as Phryne demonstrates her keen crime scene abilities that put a CSI unit to shame as she smells the blood and determines how long it’s been there.
One of my favorite scenes in the series so far is next and it doesn’t even concern Jack and Phryne - how can that be??!!?  The pairing of frustrated Cec and a drunk Bert with an irritated Collins is MAGIC.
Bert: While the boss is away, the workers play? Not you, eh? Not you, Collins. Our Dottie wouldn’t put up with that.
Collins: I should lock him up for drunk and disorderly. [Bert passes out]
Cec: Could ya? Just for a bit?
Later, Collins adorably trusts Cec as he nonchalantly tosses the keys to the lock up and allows him to go down to the cells unescorted to retrieve a sobered up Bert - then gives Bert hell about the booze.

Phryne learns that Aunt P.’s friend is out of money and has been trading her possessions for groceries and we get to see both of them be empathetic. When Hilly McNaster joins them in the parlour, she asks of Phryne:
Hilly: Has your handsome friend managed to retrieve my son’s coin?
Phryne: My? Oh, the Inspector. Ah, I’m not sure, Mrs McNaster.

LOVE.THIS. Thank you, old friend of Aunt P. for sticking this little tidbit squarely in Phryne’s face where it cannot be ignored.

* More on my take of the Police Officer / Man thing here, if interested or haven’t read it: http://jeneenp.tumblr.com/post/92830647847/soldier-vs-man-jacks-antony-issues

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phryneandjack:

I’m dying here. DYING.

Here it comes, the year of ANGST!

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Chapters 7 and 8 are now posted for those interested.

Things start to get a little smutty - but, like, classy smutty. Fair warning.

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izzyandlouie:

jeneenp:

Jack Polite Smirk (JPS)
like a gps, it tells you where to go

Except the first one that’s a genuine smile;  the third one is “I know what I’d like to do to you (Lin Chung)”

Lin Chung is 100% why I don’t want to read the books!! 

Actually, the first one is his response to Phryne’s asking if he has kids. Jack responds, “No, we were never blessed,” and offers up the polite, uncomfortable smile I’ve come to love as JPS. :)

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Jack Polite Smirk (JPS)
like a gps, it tells you where to go

Jack Polite Smirk (JPS)
like a gps, it tells you where to go

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Perhaps people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe…   The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass… 

  -Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Perhaps people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe… The others have a certain stickiness, they stick to the mass…

-Lady Chatterley’s Lover

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Two Detectives Talk on the Telephone

Two Detectives Talk on the Telephone

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Some Jack love from Dead Man’s Chest

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izzyandlouie:

TEMPER ! TEMPER !

Considering the circumstances they’re under, it shouldn’t be that hot. But, it’s so freaking hot!

(via leptonsandbosons)

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izzyandlouie:

phryneandjack:

izzyandlouie:

phryneandjack:

jeneenp:

I saw this episode for the first time last night and will do a full set once I’m caught up with the others. But, I need to talk about this for a minute.

The last time we saw Jack, he was so forlorn. I realized that some time must have passed and you can’t stay in that state forever but, still… I…

I think that they have reached a fragile truce but are still very cautious of each other by the end scene, each wanting to renew their friendship/relationship/partnership/whatever-the-hell-they-have-going-on but moving verrrrrry carefully nonetheless. 

Yes, they’re both pretty bad at communicating, and I think they both need to change. Or evolve. I’m not suggesting it’s a case of one of them being at fault. 

Yes I think you’re right.  Jack would have thought long and hard about walking away and could have made his mind up as early as the whiskey scene - a time to think. I think he was actually shocked by the force of his own feelings when he thought it was Phryne in the car and didn’t know how to react.  Perhaps he wanted a reaction from Phryne to him telling her he thought she’d died. 

 Jack is in love with Phryne as she is, and truth be told, so are we.  Just a little give and take on both sides. Roll on S3.

Totally agree that both parties are to blame. 

The scene in Blood at the Wheel where Jack says he’ll see himself out is the one where I think he makes up his mind to walk away. Phryne is asking him about interviewing Pepper and he said he intends to and he’ll see himself out. But, he doesn’t leave right away. He watches her from the hall. She is totally absorbed in the case, thumbing through the album. Not even a glance up at him. Granted, he was kind of acting like an ass and she has her friend’s murder to solve.

One other thing in BatW I noticed is that whenever Ailsa describes Gerty, she could just as easily been talking about Phryne: “She never let anyone tie her down.”    ”Gerty always did exactly what she wanted and to hell with everyone else.”  I really hope Phryne lets that sink in.

Thanks to everyone for all of your amazing food for thought!