Jane Curtain had just the right light touch in a business party scene early on and that scene quickly spun into something else. It was amazing how quickly the tone shifted.
Do you remember "Fred"? That's the guy who was playing games with the cops in a two-parter awhile back. And they thought they caught him at the end of the first parter only to have him on the phone with Carrie at the end of it?
Well she goes from Jane's light hearted mood to immediately meeting a judge, and she's really pushed with him by a stranger whose phrases and voice sounds a lot like Fred.
Three times he says exactly what Fred said.
Carrie wonders if she's remembering correctly.
Mid-episode there's a nice scene with Jane and Poppy Montgomery about how it must be hard having all those things in your head (remember, Carrie forgets nothing).
The case they're working on seems unrelated. A tennis player has been killed leaving the gym. And that was a great story all by itself, especially when one guy went after Carrie, trying to launch investigations on him and she ended up barging into his office and informing him he'd made an enemy. Then she connected him to a murder. And, at the end, she realizes the politician's wife (who killed the tennis player) was manipulated by Fred.
To make sure the man is Fred, Carrie manages to 'bump into' him at the zoo. And that only confirms to her that he's Fred.
She tells Al who is upset that she's been talking to him. They go to what I think was the subway at Grand Central Station. She meets Fred there and confronts him.
Yes, it's Fred. She tells him she doesn't want his 'help' and that she'll bring him down. He tells her she should check out an exhibit (I think the penguin exhibit) at the zoo and begins walking off. She flashes on it in her head and is zooming around using her memory when she realizes there's something written on the building the snow cone seller's in and it says that he (Fred) can help her find her sister's killer.
In an instant, she's looking for Fred but he's already disappeared in the subway station.
(If you watch the show, that's the end of my commentary because you get how important that is. If you don't watch the show, when Carrie and her sister were kids, her sister was murdered. She saw the murderer. But can't remember all of it. After the murder, her mother cleaned out all of Carrie's sister's things. That's when Carrie began remembering everything, for fear that she would forget someone otherwise. Finding her sister's killer is like Fox Mulder on X-Files finding his sister.)
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
John Rowan: The other issue and the problem is that this is spread across the different states and they all have different laws and applications. But it would be interesting I think if the DoD people looked at training manuals and things to see that often times they're just missing a little something extra that would give them the certification they need for that particular job. It's not really analogous but I was a linguist in the military and when I went back to college they gave me some credit for my college but told me I didn't take any reading courses so I couldn't get credit for the whole language. I mean, it was just something as simple as that. Now that's a bizarre thing but I'm sure that in some of the medics and things, there's probably just something not quite right that would equate to the equivalent of an education in the private sector and they need to figure that out and add it in.
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MEREDITH GRIFFITHS: This is despite the fact for the past couple of days intensive searches at checkpoints have ground Baghdad to a halt. Security had been ramped up in preparation for a meeting of the Arab world's top leaders. It's the first time the Arab League have met in Baghdad in 20 years, and the government considers it the most important diplomatic event yet for post-Saddam Iraq. Officials had been hoping to use the summit to showcase the country's improved security since the sectarian fighting a few years ago that almost pulled the country into civil war.
Trend News Agency notes, "Holding the next summit of the League of Arab States in Iraq demonstrates the restoration of stability and resumption of its role in the Arab and regional areas, Iraqi ambassador to Kazakhstan, Sabir Abbud Al-Musaui told Trend today." It does no such thing. The Arab League Summit is two days. Al Rafidayn reports that the capital will be closed down for seven days. When you have to shut down the capital for seven days to hold a two day event, that's not a sign of success.
Sahar Issa (McClatchy Newspaers) reports, "Only Monday, Iraqi authorities began practicing security procedures for the summit, flooding existing checkpoints with large numbers of special forces troops and setting up new checkpoints, where they searched cars with dogs, looking for explosives." Al Mada notes that, this morning, it might take as much as three hours for someone living in Baghdad to get to their job in Baghdad and that might require them leaving their car at some point and continuing on foot. Does Nouri al-Maliki really think that if these measures are successful it says anything about Baghdad other than that they can put the city on crackdown for seven days? Does this enstill trust in foreign investors?
As for the summit, Middle East North Africa Financial Network doesn't expect much from the summit:
One thing is certain and that is that the Baghdad summit will be anything but remarkable. Egypt will be busy preparing for its presidential election, the first since the toppling of Hosni Mubarak, Libya, Tunis and Yemen have enough domestic problems of their own. The Gulf countries will find it difficult to demonize Iran when the host has special relations with Tehran, while attempts to discuss the uprising in Bahrain will be foiled by the GCC group.
Meanwhile Al Rafidayn reports Nouri has called for all Iraqis to unite. Spreading love apparently means then launching into an attack on Ayad Allawi who, apparently, isn't included included in the call for uniting. Al Mada reports Nouri has declared Allawi is bad for the government of Iraq. Nouri's upset because Allawi's announced if the top four demands for the national conference aren't implemented in 72 hours Iraqiya will consider walking out. This would be highly embarrassing to Nouri with the Arab leaders visiting. Especially since most of the Arab leaders can't stand Nouri. (As most Iraqi press has noted, Saudi Arabia is only participating because the US has badgered and cajoled them non-stop.)
The reason is simple: although all of Maliki's rivals are "in one box" with Erbil as one Iraqiya MP said, they are only in that box until the moment comes that Maliki is removed and everyone backs off for a different reason.
For Maliki, although the conflict between the political groups is reaching a critical point again, just like all the previous times, nothing will happen. Meetings will take place, each bloc cuts a different deal with him and he will continue to stay.
He will get a period of calm and then a new crisis starts.
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