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Blogging From The Beacon.

Thoughts on the week of July 20-24.

Cyrus returned to jail this week. The Feds caught him for selling the stolen diamonds. He was using the money to make the Cooper family's dreams come true. Yes, it's another redemption story, which seemed to be what a lot of the week's stories were about. As the series enters its final days, the entire 'parables reinvented for the modern age' aspect seems to be taking over even more than usual.

The Spaulding camping trip continued early in the week. After being abandoned in the woods without a car by James, Alan and Phillip were forced to sit around and talk to each other. Alan's gruff exterior quickly softened and he opened up to his son, telling him all about feelings of guilt he's been carrying with him for decades. As they returned to town, Alan acted as though it had never happened and Phillip decided to dig into his father's past some more. As much as I enjoy watching the pair of them interact, I can't help but feel that this is a bit too tidy. Hopefully that will change. I know that they're running out of time to tie things up, I just hope they don't force it.

Olivia has become more desperate than we've ever seen her. She's totally coming apart at the seams, getting drunk and leaving Emma with people she barely knows or manically attempting to drive across country in search of Nat. She even went to Chicago and got herself arrested when she handcuffed herself to the old bar where Natalia used to work. Actually, come to think of it, we have seen her this desperate before - when she was going after Gus and emotionally torturing Nat. That may be why Rafe made so many snide remarks about her being desperate to be loved and willing to use people. Of course, with Nat, things are different, although maybe not as different as some of us want to believe. Even if watching Olivia like this is depressing, it was still nice to watch her interact with Josh and sit on her bathroom floor eating chips with Blake. The week was also about the supposed death of her former rapist and onetime pity husband, Jeffrey, which should serve as a reminder of how emotionally complicated Olivia really is. Things are never clear cut for her, not by a long shot, but the full complexity of that relationship long ago vanished, or perhaps it lingered in other ways. That largely depends on how generous you want to be with interpreting where her character has been taken.

Jeffrey's memorial coincided with Shayne proposing to Dinah. She said no. We learned that this is because she is actually the person who killed Edmund's doppelganger. (I really need an explanation for all these doppelgangers. Do they breed them for the royal family in San Cristobal or something?) Dinah made her confession to Henry and Matt overheard, but he told her to forget about it and marry Shayne anyway. She doesn't think Shayne would want a murderer, which is a little odd considering she is already a murderer, kidnapper, thief, arsonist and also tried to kill his aunt numerous times. Since she is also nearly old enough to be his mother, maybe he doesn't remember her doing any of that.

The memorial itself was nicely controlled and displayed a good range. Remy and Ava had some difficult exchanges. Everyone talked about Jeffrey and dropped a memento is a box. Reva freaked out and ran away. Strangely enough, once more, I found Mallet and Marina more interesting this week than either of them have been in years. He continued accusing her of murder. She continued being defensive and cold. Their little confrontations added a nice nuance to the proceedings. Of course, one could object that the funeral was another instance of making the town's more flawed characters into a kind of saint. Jeffrey had a pretty dark, and often rather nasty, life over the years and taking Reva as his savior is pretty hard to swallow, but maybe I'm just being cynical.

Anyway, those were my thoughts about last week. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below and remember that this is all in fun.

- Matt Purvis