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Profit, Episode 7: Security

I can’t summarize the way I did last time.  Episode 7 has dozens of scenes, just like Episode 6, so I will just give the basics.  The episode revolves around Carol McKenna, a feisty and crafty internet reporter (an underground sort of thing at the time involving e-mail groups) with an alias and a globe-hopping dangerous history, who tries to undermine Gracen & Gracen with her findings.  Charles receives word of a reporter in their midst and asks our villain protagonist to get them out.  She fails, but only after Profit enacts lots of well-planned manipulation and takes on dangerous tasks.  Jim’s toughest opponent yet is not what I expected- she is not run by vengeance, is not a genius, and not afraid, even after knowing exactly what the fiends at G&G are capable of.   In fact, their first encounter results in elevator sex.  The raunchiest episode so far, these two have relations a couple more times throughout the episode, presented through much body-kissing foreplay and afterplay.  They are seducing each other, and know that the other one knows, but Jim has the better plan and wins.

Similar scenes happen with Charles and Bobbi, who have gone even further.  She is seducing a husband and wife at the same time (context now gives us confirmation that Bobbi and Constance have kissed and then some despite it not appearing on-screen.)  Gail Koner, with increase competence but still afraid of being caught, assumes the disguise of an IRS agent.  Under Profit’s order, she makes a deal involving debt which gains the favor of Carol’s boss, Simon.  Thus, after a contrived evacuation of G&G, when Carol sneaks in to steal critical information, it turns out that Jim both rigged extra cameras to make it look like a robbery, and paid off her boss, who understands the ploy, to fire her, and himself resign, rather than defend her innocence.  The newspaper says nothing but good things about the dysfunctional and dishonest Gracen & Gracen.  Pete has been away, but returns to Nora and they seem to get physically intimate again.  Though Nora still looks uncomfortable, perhaps because she suspects his takeover plan, or aybe she loves someone else, or simply dislikes his personality after her affair with Profit many episodes ago.

By the end of the episode, the plan involving Constance is revealed and achieved.  Bobbi got Constance to write romantic poetry in her diary.  Profit seizes this covertly, and plants it so Chaz can find it, so he can use this to exact the winning end of the prenuptial agreement.  Bobbi breaks up with Constance in a pretty merciful way involving contrived confessions and made-up responsibilities.  Even though Constance submitted in the divorce because of her newfound love- one who leaves her right after- she still seems to have a new outlook on life, and will to live on without the financial support of the Gracens.  Finally, a female voice and avatar keeps communicating with Joanne, telling her to beware of Sykes, who keeps asking her out to dinner.

Security is yet another fantastic episode.  I’ll tell you some good moments.

1.  Profit gives a mini-speech about the illusion of absolute security not existing in nature, only in humans.  This makes everyone more vulnerable, even this man who understands the phenomenon.

2.  In the beginning, Joanne gives advice to Carol to watch out for Profit.  She pretends to accept, fooling me.  Carol knows more about Profit than anyone so far.

3. Chaz’s just-smug-enough gripes about the dangers of what an exposé would do to him- from lawsuits and debt, to serving french fries wearing a hairnet, to cannibals and prison.

4. Softcore sexual activity and voice-over at the same time make for some great analysis of intimacy, as does the closing speech:

5. “A soul mate.  A shadow self with whom we can merge seamlessly. But in that coming together, we risk losing ourselves.  Everything becomes a blur, and we grow afraid.  Unsure.  Even distrustful.  The danger, though, is that we never know who that other really is.  What they want.  Or the lengths they’ll go through to get it.  In the end, it’s probably best to go your own way.  Even though there will be times you long for something else.”

6. Bobbi feigning modesty and telling Chaz “there’s just something about you…you make me feel like such a slut.”  Chaz laughs, but is ignorant, so we the audience grin harder than he laughs.

7. Constance telling Bobbi that she can “see people for who they really are.”  The irony is that she sees such things far better than the wife can imagine.

8. Chaz’s victorious fist-pumping and quiet yelling of “yes” at the incriminating evidence.

9. The evacuation sequence is like a thriller movie, but without the shaky camera and the mumbling, jargon-ridden dialogue.

10. Jim has his first explained-how-I-defeated-you speech- to Constance.  This is something that appears a lot in manga-based anime.  I like how he only explains himself when the person needs to know- for both their sakes.  He is just subtly taunting and demeaning- much better than ranting about the weakness of an opponent.

There are relationships and pieces of plot not yet resolved.  I like how I am eager to watch the next episode, but not because of some annoying cliffhanger.  The is enough resolution on Constance’s story to satisfy my need for a conclusion of some sort.  If the sexual tension was good in the last episode, the overt sexuality is even better.  When people are releasing themselves like that, and are not tense, there is still animosity, awkwardness, and deception not seen in the clean scenes.

I disliked Jim again for a while, because Carol was strong-willed, clever, straightforward,  and eccentric in a girly way.  But she got less than she asked for.  Getting only fired was rather merciful.  Though that was probably just his best choice.  I kind of subconsciously predicted her exposé would fail.  That would bring the show deep into the subject of television media stories and widely famous political figures, before even resolving the private matters of this upcoming attempt at a takeover.

The bitter and dark humor is better than ever, as is the natural but meaningful dialogue.  The plot is still kind of dense, but that makes it so I can’t predict how who is going to defeat whom.  I am worried for Gail, who seems too comfortable with Profit’s aid.

The next episode will probably be the most exciting yet.  There will be some big reveals in the story, someone will probably die (because Profit hasn’t committed murder since episode 1), another will go insane, another will lose his job.  I think Jim will probably become Chief Executive if not CEO.  He needs to go up the power ladder some more.  Pete seems like he is doing exactly what Profit wants him to do.  Both brothers seem like they will be overthrown by Profit.  Next up is the series finale: Forgiveness.

Watched: April 1, 2010, in my room  (the family keeps using the livingroom TV)

Overall rating: 5/5

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