Episode 2.03, Life Born of Fire. This ep is so awesome, one post alone simply cannot contain it! I fear it may take three posts - maybe even four. Somehow, I know you'll manage ;)
Here's the first post! Brace yourself, Hathaway fans. We're going in!
Someone's dead! Quelle surprise! They committed suicide, but called the police first to report a murder (i.e., their suicide). When Lewis arrives, Hobson proves straight away that she doesn't miss a thing.
H: "Where's your better half?" (SQUEE)
L: "If by that you mean Sergeant Hathaway..."
H: "I was going to say your Mini-Me, but I didn't think you'd get the pop-culture reference." (LAURA <3)
L: "Don't be daft, woman. Even I've seen The Italian Job." (he is totally messing with her)
When Hathaway arrives, he immediately recognises the victim! OH NOES! He gives the victim's name and then literally runs out of the church. Hathaway D:
Lewis is concerned. This is his concerned face. You'll see it a lot.
Hathaway exhibits man pain! Fandom is all a-glee! Hurt/comfort fics are magically springing into existence even as we speak!
See! There it is again.
Incidentally, a character in this ep has the BEST NAME EVER - Feardorcha Phelan. It may even beat Benedict Cumberbatch. But can anything really beat Benedict Cumberbatch? It's so much fun to say...
Man Pain v2.0, with bonus hiding in the
Lewis is all, bb, were you close? Will there be a conflict of interest?
Hathaway insists they 'were' close, but it was years ago. They went to school together, hung out a few times when he was in the seminary, but that was it. He's FINE. NO, REALLY. NO PROBLEM AT ALL.
They inform Will's father, who is sad but it's very obvious he didn't approve of Will's 'lifestyle' and they weren't close at all anymore :( When he says that his son 'made certain life choices' he didn't agree with...
...Hathaway visibly flinches :(
Mid-sentence, Will's dad realises he knows Hathaway from somewhere. Hathaway is all, oh, shit! But, you know. Silently :D He explains that he was a friend of Will's.
Will's dad remembers that Hathaway stayed with them, one summer (nudge nudge, wink wink). Needless to say, Lewis is surprised that Hathaway failed to mention this before.
Dad: "He thought the world of you. So why wasn't he happy? What was wrong with him?"
Hathaway: "I don't know - I hadn't seen him for a while." *guilt*
Dad: "But you live in Oxford, right?"
Hathaway: "Yeah." *more guilt*
The question is left unspoken: so why didn't you see him anymore?
Lewis is all, you couldn't have mentioned the fact that you stayed with them?? Hathaway is all, it was summer. We were 14. We barely got to first base. Please don't hate me? (okay, so he says he should've told him and apologises).
He finally says outright that he thinks Will was gay. Lewis surmises that Feardorcha, who no one's seen for three years, might have been his boyfriend due to a picture they found.
Lewis just doesn't understand how a father couldn't support his gay son.
L: "What a shame. If my boy was...it just wouldn't matter."
ALSO: TELLING LOOK IS TELLING.
Man Pain v3.0! Remembering what a lovely woman Will's mom was and not wanting her to go through this.
HAND ON THE SMALL OF THE BACK! HAND ON THE SMALL OF THE BACK! That's a reassurring, you can do this, bb.
Once she recognises James, Will's mom is happy to see him and comments on how big he's gotten (ahem). She remembers that summmer when he came to stay quite fondly. Hathaway just looks uncomfortable.
Mom: "I think you were the politest boy I ever met."
Hathaway: *bashful smile* "Thank you."
Suz: *flail* HE IS SO CUTE!!!!
When she remarks that it was such a shame that he and Will fell out, Lewis is v intrigued! Hathaway says it wasn't really a falling out.
Main Pain v3.1 - watching the lovely woman cry.
Then she remarks that Will had a girlfriend. Hathaway is all OMGWTFBBQ????
Outisde, Hathaway is now adamant that Will was gay and that it doesn't make any sense.
He tells Lewis that they didn't fall out, just that they took different classes in highschool. When he saw him again when he was training at the seminary, Will was 'still such a sweet guy'.
H: "I was training to be a priest. It closes your life down a bit. Then I was training to be a police officer."
L: "Closes your life down even more."
H: "Thank heavens we found each other, sir."
L: *smiles as phone rings*
Lewis reveals he has a new hobby - but when Hathaway asks what it is, he won't say.
L: "Never you mind, sergeant. We all have to have our little secrets." *significant look*
BURN! Hathaway is hiding something from Lewis, and LEWIS SO KNOWS IT. \o/
I got told.
Hathaway's place! Chessboard! Books! Guitar! \o/ \o/ \o/ But he looks so lost :( :( :(
He's going through his phone and...he has Feardorcha's number! The missing boyfriend that no one's seen for three years and no one knows how to contact! He has his number and HASN'T TOLD LEWIS. OMG HATHAWAY. WHAT ARE YOU DOING??? (also, who are these people?? I am v intrigued!).
He calls the number and leaves a message on the voicemail.
Man Pain v4.0 - stress-related eye-rubbing!
Somebody spent the night on the sofa. In their own place! (who's that picture of in the background???)
A lot of wine was drunk last night, methinks.
And the funky camera work begins, AKA, THIS MOMENT IS CREEPY BECAUSE THE CAMERA IS AT AN ANGLE. OKAY, GUYS? IT CAN'T BE CREEPY JUST ON ITS OWN MERITS! Anyway, there's no talking and lots of heavy breathing, and not in the fun way.
Being watched through the window!
Drinking wine in the morning. Start as we mean to go on :D
It turns out that Lewis' new hobby is...an allotment. It's a very British thing where you rent a small section of land to grow things in. He explains that he wants something to do that 'isn't work'. The guy in charge talks him out of growing just about anything, until they settle on carrots ;)
Clearly feeling a little worse for wear, Hathaway is drinking Red Bull. Anyway, in plotty stuff, people have started dying in fire-related ways. One has a red hot poker shoved through their eye, boiling the brain (eww), one is injected with a chemical that makes it feel like he's on fire inside, etc etc. And they all have this at the scene of the crime:
L: "Apparently, we're using too many paperclips. I've just been reprimanded by stores!"
H: "I'll take that very seriously, sir. From now on, I'm a staples man."
Just before they walk into Will's apartment, Hathaway lets out an anxious breath, as if preparing himself.
SIGNIFICANT SCENE ALERT!
L: "Just for the record, sergeant, is there anything I ought to know about you and Will McEwan?" (come on, you can tell me)
H: "Like what, sir?" (lalalalalalala)
L: "Anything relevant to the case?" (no, really. YOU CAN TELL ME)
L: "I bet that means something in Latin."
H: "What makes you say that?"
L: "This is Oxford. Everything always means something in Latin."
At the pub, Hathaway tells Lewis that he found out Will and Feardorcha broke up three years ago. When Lewis mentions trying to get in contact with Feardorcha, Hathaway awkwardly says he'll ask Will's friends if anyone has his number. YOU LYING LIAR, JAMES HATHAWAY!!!
As they talk, Lewis can't help but silently notice that Hathaway's drinking scotch. It's never scotch. Whenever they go to the pub, it's always beer or orange juice (I really like this nice little moment. Nothing is said and if you're not paying attention you'll miss it. It's another sign for Lewis that There's Something Wrong With Hathaway).
Concerned Face, TM
At the church, Hathaway is paying respect to Will. Also, angsting some more.
And finally meets Will's 'girlfriend', Zoe Kenneth. They vaguely recognise each other and realise they drink in the same pub. She blatantly says that Will was gay and that though she loved him, it never worked between them romantically.
Hathaway sees another old friend - Jonjo (srsly, the names in this ep).
He promptly gets his ass handed to him.
J: "So Will's dead, then."
H: "I'm sorry."
J: "Yeah, I'd imagine you must feel pretty guilty about that."
H: "I had no idea Will was suicidal."
J: "How could you possibly know, James? You had to be around to see it."
H: "We hadn't seen each other in a while."
J: "I know. It's complicated." *sarcasm*
Man Pain v5.0 - guilt.
He gets another call from Feardorcha. More heavy breathing, then the sound of an ice cream van through the phone...and seconds later, he hears the ice cream van personally as it drives by the church. IT'S CREEPY CAMERA TIME AGAIN! Feardorcha's right there, watching him! And this time, he knows it!!!!!!
DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUUUUUH!
Continued in part two. When I get the time :D