Mon., May 7, 2001 – In the Surveillance Van: Harley and Gus are in the van but no one is talking inside the Bauer house. Harley gets off the phone and tells him that they got the court order to examine Carmen’s ashes. Gus tells another cop to go to the mortuary and get the ashes then call Danny and tells him that they got the ashes with a court order to be examined. Harley tells Gus he is working all the angles. He tells her that he wants to catch Danny’s reaction when they tell him they have the ashes. Harley tells him that is entrapment but Gus tells her he will do what he has to do to put the bad guys in jail. Gus tells her that he is sure a crime has been committed and he is just waiting to know what it was. He is going to wait and let Danny lead him to the answer. Harley doesn’t like it. Gus wonders what is wrong with Harley and asks about her hormones. Harley doesn’t like all the sneaky parts of his job. Gus hears Michelle and tells Harley to be quiet. They listen as Danny and Michelle rehash the argument they had the day before. Danny asks Michelle what will happen when everything she told Rick and Meta gets out. Michelle says she can trust her family and nothing will come out. Danny says she made them accessories after the fact. That is why he grew up with a code of silence. Gus is going out of his mind wanting to know what Rick and Meta are accessories to. Danny tells Michelle that he thought he heard the baby and she sees the baby monitor isn’t on. She goes over the table and turns it on and Gus and Harley get loud screeching feedback in their headphones. While they are trying to fix it so they can hear, but they can’t while Danny and Michelle continue their conversation. Danny tells Michelle that he killed his mother and no one can find out that she didn’t really die nine months ago. Michelle goes to get the phone and can’t hear on it. Danny says that Meta is in with the baby and he turns off the monitor. Now Gus and Harley can hear again. Danny answers the phone and learns the feds have Carmen’s ashes. Danny tells Michelle they are in serious trouble. Danny wonders why the feds wanted them if they didn’t know something. He tells her they were only talking about this last night and he had swept the house so there shouldn’t be any bugs. Michelle tells Danny not to worry. Danny says if the feds test the ashes they will be in trouble. She calls Ross and tells Danny they have to go over there. Gus and Harley say if they are leaving, so will they. Gus and Harley leave the van.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1SDsHh8uCs (I think slightly better quality and additional scenes)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgqZN8z6pF0 (a few longer scene clips)
Tues., May 8, 2001 – At the Police Department: Ross strides in with Michelle and Danny waving his court order. Ross tells Gus that his court order is to stop them from examining Carmen’s ashes. Gus tells him that he is too late. The test has been run (boy, that was a rush) of the ashes and they aren’t those of Carmen Santos, but that of a large dog named “Wolf with an e” because he found a dog collar and tag in the ashes. Gus tells Danny that he should be happy this means his mom could be alive but he wonders if Danny already knew that. Gus tells Ross that they also had a court order and that is how they took possession of the ashes. He goes on to tell Ross, Danny and Michelle that he believes Carmen faked her own death, with the help from Danny and Michelle, to avoid federal prosecution. Michelle tells him that if Carmen is still alive why isn’t Gus out looking for her some place else? Gus tells her that he realizes it would take the heat off her and her husband if he would up and leave town to look for Carmen but it isn’t happening. Harley asks them if they want to say anything but Ross steps in and says he will talk to his clients before they say anything to the police. Everyone leaves them to talk. Ross: “A dog?” Danny: “I didn’t know it was a dog. And we didn’t know they weren’t Carmen’s at first.” They definitely weren’t in on Carmen faking her death. Ross tells them that they could possibly be accessories to a crime after the fact and he needs to know everything. Danny wants to talk things over with Michelle first. Ross tells them to do that but when they call him, they need to be ready to tell him the entire truth. He walks out. Michelle starts asking Danny how the feds found out, but he thinks they need to wait and talk at home. At the Bauer House: Gus and Harley make it back in the van and Gus goes over his notes, telling Harley that they know Claire knows something and they will talk to her first. Michelle and Danny get home and Gus and Harley start listening again. Michelle asks why Gus thought to have Carmen’s ashes tested. Danny questions who the feds could even question that knew anything. She tells him that the only one with any real knowledge is Claire and she is in San Cristobel for Edmund’s coronation. Danny thinks they should tell her to stay out of the country for as long as she can. Meta comes in the room and tells them about her day with the baby and goes on to tell them that she is fixing duck in the microwave for dinner. She goes into the kitchen and turns on the microwave, which gives Gus and Harley another shrill feedback so they are unable to hear the conversation. Harley (explaining the feedback): “I think that sounds like a microwave. You know that Meta she swore she’d never used that thing and now she uses it for everything. She put a duck in there…it’s actually a pretty good recipe she puts it in for 10 minutes…” Gus grumpily interrupts. Michelle calls Claire and tells her the situation. She tells Claire to stay out of the country until she calls her back. Claire tells her she will be in touch. Danny asks Michelle who else would know what is going on. Michelle says Rick and Meta only know what she told them, which is all hearsay. Gus and Harley get the signal back and listen as Michelle and Danny talk. Michelle is wondering why Gus is investigating the ashes all of a sudden. They were just talking about Carmen after they hadn’t mentioned her in months. Danny gets an understanding look on his face and starts moving around and looking in flowers and under the coffee table. Michelle asks him what he is doing and he holds his finger in front of his mouth to quiet her and tells her that he is just walking around because his back is hurting. He opens the door and tells her that he needs some fresh air. Michelle follows him. In the van, Harley and Gus are discusses Claire and what she may know. Harley tells Gus that she hasn’t heard Michelle and Danny talk in a while; they must have left the house. Gus is arguing with Harley about what they are doing. Harley: “I take exception to harassing senior citizens, especially when that senior citizen is a pillar of the community.” Danny: “Surprise!” Danny opens the van door and jerks Gus out, throwing him up against the side of the van. He curses Gus for bugging their home. Danny: “Can you hear me now?…Can you hear me now, Gus?.. They’ve been bugging us.” Michelle: “Is Frank involved in this too?” Danny: “Or is there only one traitor in the family these days?…Where’s the bug? Is it in the living room? I’ll tear the whole house apart. I’ll find it.” Gus tells him he will put two in for every one Danny finds. He tells Danny and Michelle that he has the law on his side, they can ask Harley. Harley tells them it was all legal. Michelle asks Harley if Frank betrayed them as well. Gus tells Danny they know his mother didn’t die when everyone thought she did and he will find out what really happened. Michelle and Danny leaves. Harley feels terrible, she tells Gus not to ever question her commitment to her job.
Elsewhere in Springfield….or out of it: Edmund and Beth prepare for his coronation ceremony. Many Springfielders are on hand, to support, or to try and stop it. Cassie and Richard are ready to run out of San Cristobel to live to fight another day. Cassie’s foot is hurt. Reva (in a gorgeous outfit) is blind, but managing to get around better. Susan gives Edmund a coronation present of a dragon necklace because he slays dragons. Edmund’s full name is used as part of the ceremony – Edmund Sebastian Winslow. Edmund is presented with a large display Bible, chalice, a sword, and a cape. The palace is under heavy guard during the ceremony (including some location shots from somewhere). Edmund grabbed the crown and crowned himself. (That is a very big deal and is a rejection that no one in either the church or the government has a right to crown him, he crowned himself. It’s not something done lightly and was most famously done by Napoleon and you know how that turned out.) Edmund’s first act is to propose to Beth. It’s a nice moment.
The episode ends with an Edmund focused “Guiding Light is everything” commercial focused on this storyline. The end logo of the famous CBS eye has been modified to make the outer ring gold and the inner circle a diamond to make it look like an engagement ring. During its original promotion one couple on each CBS soap was supposed to be engaged during the advertising campaign. Everyone hoped it would be their favorite unmarried couple.
Full episode (much clearer recording):
So where has the urn with Carmen’s ashes been all this time? From a later quote he left them at the mortuary. So were they just hanging out in the sample room all this time? I love the baby monitor interference. I can’t believe Claire would be stupid enough to leave the collar in the urn. Claire was many things, but never sloppy. Again, they should have brought up past story. It was really strange that Carmen was cremated in the first place (it had been banned to Catholics until just before she died) and Danny had strongly gone after her killer. Harley and Frank should both be able to testify to that. Boy, Gus totally thinks “Wolf with an e” is hysterical. Danny truly wasn’t involved with Carmen’s ashes substitute and far from helping her escape, he was the main witness against her. Has anybody read the case file, or remembered the previous year? Was the police station the best place to have this conversation? I really love that Danny sweeps for bugs regularly and this search for a bug scene reminds me of a similar great one on Hogan’s Heroes. It also gives us some interesting unusual angles on the living room set. It’s reasonable that Danny’s back would hurt, it wasn’t that long ago that Claire had to stitch him up.
Again, when Danny pulled Gus out of the van, it’s another missed opportunity for Danny to ask Harley something like, “Harley, you remember how I begged you people to find who killed my mother. I begged you to follow every angle. I was relentless. You REALLY think I’d have done that if I was guilty? Michelle miscarried over the stress from thinking it would drag me back into the business which it ultimately did, would I have let that happen if I KNEW my mother wasn’t dead?” All of which Harley could verify from her own knowledge.
Reva is wearing a simply gorgeous outfit and once again Reva is selling the situation with her eyes. Susan/Daisy and Edmund did have a great relationship. I’m sorry they didn’t maintain that, even if he went all evil on everyone else. I think Edmund truly cared for Susan. It looks like a necklace, but of a white horse? A dragon? A loving cup? Ahhhh. There it is. It’s a dragon. Beth is totally fooling herself if she thinks Phillip is resigned. Phillip doesn’t do resigned.
I totally missed them rolling the urn out on the cart before, that’s hilarious. Harley, while you’re betraying your friends lying to them, might NOT be the best time to hate on Claire. As I mentioned in Attack on the Bauer House, I really liked Claire and Alan as a couple, much more than him and Olivia. I’m sorry they broke them up. You heard the microwave timer go off when it was done. They did a nice job tying the two stories today together through Claire.
I’m not really sure what religion this coronation ceremony is based on. I don’t know the ceremonies well enough to say, but this is either Catholic or Anglican (aka Church of England). The incense, the kneeler, the hat all could be used for either. I enjoyed Phillip’s suppressed laugh over Holly’s remark. Edmund does look great in his prince clothes. Boy, Beth looks smug and those altar boys look bored to death. It sounds like ceremony over a radio, it’s a nice touch. I think many Americans still had a vague memory of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, either from the time or old clips. I think this is reflecting this. Are those people outside the gates or in jail. They don’t look happy, but it was there stupid insistence on not wanting a democracy that brought this about.
I’m sure they didn’t mean this, but the crown is clearly too big for Edmund and rides too low on his head. It gives the impression of Prince John in the Disney cartoon Robin Hood. I’m glad Harley addressed why Gus didn’t arrest Danny for assaulting an officer.