Friday, July 30, 2010

Goren & Eames and Elevators

So what is it about these two and elevators? They seem to have some of their most interestingly intense and emotional interactions near elevators.

In early years, an elevator provided us with a light quirky Goren moment in Great Barrier. Whoa! He almost touches her. What’s with *that*? He shows a little attack of claustrophobia - as if he doesn’t travel up and down the elevator at 1PP many times a day….

Much later in Season 6, the elevator becomes a place where Goren and Eames actually interact with one another on an emotional level, first in The War at Home. It’s hard to forget the stress of the situation immediately after Goren’s famous frustrated desk-sweep. Eames has finally lost patience with him. She’s been trying express her concern and awareness that he is torn between duty to his mother and duty to his job. After he tells her to “back off” he actually guiltily lifts his eyes enough to see her reaction.

Initially, I thought she looked really pissed at him, but I think it’s not anger she’s showing.

At the end of Season 6 in Endgame, we have another tense elevator scene. Goren is off to see serial killer Mark Ford Brady. And he’s not taking Eames. Here too, she knows he is stressed and follows him to the elevator to confront him. He doesn’t want her there and leaves an uncharacteristically visibly-emotional Eames outside the elevator once again. Love the little look he gives her just as he enters the elevator. There are not very many scenes over the eight years (plus 2 episodes) where these two interact at this level. But again, here they are outside the elevator.

At the end of Season 7 in Frame, we have a simply wonderful scene inside the elevator. The tiny Eames and the big slumping bear of a Goren; what a brilliant picture. A picture that paints a million words. Her concern, his grief. It’s all there and they really don’t have to say a word.

So I wonder what transpired in their very last elevator ride together as Major Case partners?

That made me remember that my friend havers wrote a very sweet 100 word Drabble which takes place just after the screen fades to black in the very last scene in Loyalty. It’s called Together and beautifully features THE ELEVATOR. You can read it here!

And in case you'd like to see a synopsis of these scenes in video format...


  1. I was so excited about that blog good, but I really missed them and want to see more and new elevator scenes.

  2. It was a cute short fic havers :)

    The elevator scene in "Great Barrier" always makes me chuckle... The elevators at 1PP are bigger though maybe that's why he doesn't show discomfort with those ones (lol)
    "The War at Home" & "Endgame"-- love the symbolism: the elevator doors closing on her = Bobby shutting her out :( And me too, I always thought Alex was pissed in "The War at Home" one. But now that you've stilled it, she looks shocked and hurt. I loved it that she showed Bobby her discontentment afterwards...
    As for "Frame", yes that pic there is pretty loaded B) And we see them inside the closed elevator doors. This time, Bobby doesn't shut her out; she's locked in with him :)


  3. Beautiful analogy of the elevator doors Marie!! I'm not sure what Eames expected of him when she got mad. I guess not the "back off". Whatever she expected, she didn't get and gave him the cold shoulder for the rest of the episode. And then *he* looked confused that she was treating him that way. OMG! We should just lock them in an elevator for a week to work it out!

  4. OMG - that shot of them in the elevator in Frame. You're right...brilliant picture.

    This big, strong fragile man...juxtaposed with the tiny frame of his strong,steady partner. It draws a bold outline of their relationship and exposes them once again in their reversed roles.

  5. Ah yes, many of the "ups and downs" of their relationship are shown via elevator scenes. And these scenes are always so intimate. I like that!Leave it to you, Quietfire, to bring these scenes to our attention. You have such a good "eye" for interesting aspects.

    I loved the Drabble! That Havers is good! Hope everyone checks it out!

  6. (Response to Quitefire) Thank you :D

    "OMG! We should just lock them in an elevator for a week to work it out!"--LOL, I know right? *shakes head*
    "The War at Home" always makes me want to both smack and hug Bobby... He was being rude to Alex. It hurt her. Those were one of the times he needed her the most and all he could do was push her away (bad Bobby, bad). And like another fan pointed out: "she needed to be needed" *sigh*
    I guess she expected him to at least listen to her through not cut her with a rude "back off" (*ouch*)

  7. That is an excellent way to put it: She needed to be needed. She tried over and over to be an ear/shoulder and he kept brushing her off. Maybe she stayed "backed off" for a long time after that, but she always stuck with him. Too good to let go. What a complicated relationship acted beautifully. They make you want to fix things for them! Yup, it's a week in the elevator for them....

  8. "but she always stuck with him. Too good to let go."-- *nods in agreement* Like I always like to say: if I were Eames I'd quit on him a LONG time ago but then again I don't have those "strong personal feelings" for him ;)

  9. I always thought she was hurt in TWAH. She tried to help over and over and over... and he tells her to back off.


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