Reblogging for the commentary, which I agree with.
Look at Maura in the second panel, sayiing, “I watched that show once.” She can barely breathe for the magnitude of all that’s wrong.
Imagine for a moment if Pike had made a comment comparing Maura to Snooki. Can you? Try. It’s hard, in part because Maura’s response would probably be so insignificant that you’d barely notice it. Pike referencing Snooki wouldn’t hurt or upset Maura at all. It’s a laughable comparison, like his criticisms of Maura’s autopsy work. It wouldn’t hurt Maura the way Jane’s comment clearly hurt her.
Maura usually has so much to say, but in this case she’s at a loss where to start. She starts, as Googlemouth (Fudgeclusters) points out, with the little thing, the stupid thing, such as how she knows who Snooki is. In better times, I could see Jane having teased Maura about watching the show or her reasons for watching the show.
When things are fine, no big deal. Maura sighs, perhaps smiles at Jane’s antics, and lets it pass. Now, though, it comes up again and feels like part and parcel of the questioning of her judgement and reasons for doing things. Part, in other words of much deeper issues between them.
This is one of the more intimate scenes we’ve seen with the two of them.
(And I should add Bitter Suite to my rewatch list; it’s been a while since I saw it.)
I know the Rizzles community will stone me for this, but I actually liked this fight. This fight is real. The bigger the actual, underlying issue of any relationship confrontation, the stupider the fights have to be. It’s just necessary. You can’t handle the big, huge issue all at once, so you have to break it down into the smallest pieces until it’s reached a size you can handle.
Over time (minutes, hours, years) you’ll work your way up to the big issue, but you really need to warm up to the point that the truths will just come pouring out of your mouths, because you’ll finally have beaten your internal censor.
Look at them. They are about five minutes away from Gabrielle suddenly wailing out all her pain at once at Xena (Bitter Suite musical episode) with, “I HURT INSIDE!” If not interrupted, this could have been the knock-down, drag-out fight that finally got them to break open those festering emotional wounds, and let them ooze and bleed until they were clean.