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...