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26 June 2006 @ 12:00 am
'Indiscretions'  
Welcome to the eighteenth installment of Methos Episode Discussion. You can find the last one, for Archangel here. All prior episode discussion links can be found over on the sidebar.

Indiscretions, Air Date: May 1998

Methos and Joe Dawson join forces when past indiscretions threaten their lives-- and loved ones-- in the present. Morgan Walker has been nursing a grudge against Methos for two hundred years, and now he may finally get the chance to take his revenge... by kidnapping Joe's daughter. ~ recap and quotes via tv.com


Quotes below the curtain





Walker: I've waited almost two hundred years for this.
Methos: Do the words 'obsessive-compulsive' mean anything to you?
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Joe: You have to turn the car around.
Methos: Why?
Joe: You're going the wrong way!
Methos: I beg to disagree, the bullets are back that way!
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Methos: Just because I don't like to fight doesn't mean I can't.
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Methos: Joe, we actually make a really good team. We could be like Scully and Mulder.
Joe: Yeah, right.
Methos: Sipowitz and Simone.
Joe: Whatever.
Methos: Caligula and Incutatis. No, maybe not Incutatis, cause he was a horse...
Joe: Will you shut up!
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Joe: Just cause you couldn't keep it in your pants two hundred years ago, you expect me to turn over the Chronicles.
Methos: That was the basic idea, yes.
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amonitrate: pragmatistsamonitrate on June 26th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
well, I'm awake, and not going to work right away (there seems to be no phones or internet there, and lots of water everywhere) so hey, here I am!

I love this episode. I think it has some flaws, mostly in the camera work (weird places where it was like they didn't cover both actors during the scene the way they normally do). BUt the Methos and Joe interaction more than makes up for it.

Favorite moments: Snarky!Methos (nearly the whole ep). Wistful!Joe. THe scene where Methos cooly takes out the two thugs with trickery.

Then there's the ever popular question of just where Methos went when he was "there, mostly."
Ekaterinn: methos (by kathyh)ekaterinn on June 26th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
Then there's the ever popular question of just where Methos went when he was "there, mostly."

Oh, yes, THAT question! *looks inquiringly at Methos, who shrugs*
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Ekaterinn: you're joking right? (by beeej)ekaterinn on June 26th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)
I too love that Methos and Joe interactions. I also like the way Methos can be really hardcore when he wants to be - when he decides he has to get to Walker and take him down, he does so, very quickyl and efficently. As I told lemurgrrrl, I was unhappy about the curious eliding of Charlotte and her fate in the episode, but overall it's one of my favourites.
eveningblue: Methoseveningblue on June 26th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm still annoyed by that, but I realize that one of the great things about Methos as a character is that he is flawed. He is not entirely likable. That's a risky thing to make a popular tv character, but they've done it with him.

The fact that he leaves Charlotte there when he *knows* Walker must have sensed Immortal presence, because he sensed Walker's, bothers me. But it is very much in character, and totally makes sense.
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First Scene with Joe and Methos - robi_travels on June 28th, 2006 10:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: First Scene with Joe and Methos - mackiedockie on June 29th, 2006 04:22 am (UTC) (Expand)
eveningblue: Methoseveningblue on June 26th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Walker: I've waited almost two hundred years for this.
Methos: Do the words 'obsessive-compulsive' mean anything to you?


There are so many great lines in this ep--I think that's what I like most about it. Lots of funny.

Also, the flashback. We get so few of Methos's memories in the series, it's a real treat when we get one.

Oh, you know that bit about how he wishes he were at 35,000 feet, waiting for the flight attendant to come plump his pillow? I like to imagine he'd be going to London. :-)
pat: methos?pat_t on June 26th, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! Indiscretions. Whose?

First - on that first quote - What Methos actually says is " Do the words compulsive - obssessive" mean anything to you? He says it backwards. Which always tickles me. I don't know what order they shot those scenes in, but in that first scene when he sees Walker, Methos eyes are all puffy and basically he looks like shit. Peter has said that he went out drinking that night and got about 30 minutes sleep. And admits that he was looking rather the worse for wear. So I wonder if that scene where he says the quote backwards was done the same day.

Secondly, we have talked about the Charlotte scene before and someone brought up the excellent point that the reason Methos didn't stay to fight Walker is because there was nothing he could do to save Charlotte. It was a mute point and Methos wasn't in the habit of sticking his neck out for lost causes. He's a pragmatist.

Further - I tend to look on the scene a bit more objectively. Charlotte knew Morgan Walker. She knew his temper and she knew where she stood with him. *She's* the one that came on to Bejamin. He was taking her word that Walker wouldn't be back. If anything Benjamin was the one given the wrong information and put at unnecessary risk. He was only going by her word. And she was very smooth. I don't think this was the first man she had seduced into Walker's bed while he was away. Not that I'm saying she deserved to be beaten or killed by any means. But she knew what kind of man he was and she went into the situation with full knowledge and with her eyes wide open. Why should Benjamin risk his life at that point? She belonged to Walker and during that time - he did not have the law on his side to intervene. Not to mention the Immortal factor.

Next - I love the scene in the warehouse. I love the interaction between Joe and Methos. I love the fact that the second Methos knows that Amy means something to Joe and why - it's a whole different situation. His demeaner instantly changes and he's no longer the sarcastic side-kick. He's instantly a predator and he's doing everything in his power to take care of those he loves. In this case Joe.

Which also goes back to Charlotte. He obviously thinks she's sexy and willingly used what she just as willingly offered (and remember - she got *his* body and loving out of the deal so it wasn't one-sided). But he didn't love her. He wasn't emotionally attached to her. Methos takes care of himself and those he loves. Period.

I also like the way that Methos sets Joe up - knowing full well that Joe is leading him into a trap. And he understands and doesn't hold it against him. I love the fact that Methos cares. And that he did take care of Walker so easily.
enchantersnightenchantersnight on June 26th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
I agree with all Pat said
I agree with all of your post Pat! especially

(and remember - she got *his* body and loving out of the deal so it wasn't one-sided)

oh yes I could cope with that! (maybe not the dying afterward but heh)

I loved this episode so much I can not find enough words, so many things wonderful in it (The Methos and Joe Show totally should have been picked up by a TV station!)

Joe: You have to turn the car around.
Methos: Why?
Joe: You're going the wrong way!
Methos: I beg to disagree, the bullets are back that way!

Joe: You know, the Chronicles are not your personal Rolodex. You find another way to hunt him.

Methos: Hunt?! I don't want to hunt him!

and the hitch-hiking?
Joe: Let me try
Methos: [steps aside] Yeah, sure. They won't stop for me but they'll stop for you. Of course, they will.
Joe: [grins and licks thumb] Observe and record.
[Joe sticks his thumb out. A van immediately slows and stops. Joe laughs.]
These guys should get to do more comedy
OK so the drivers were all blind? come on who would not want to stop for these two guys!

Hmm reading quotes on methos.org think I will go dream a while :)


Re: I agree with all Pat said - robi_travels on June 27th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: I agree with all Pat said - ars_longa on June 29th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Ith: Afternoon Delightithildyn on June 26th, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
I just love this episode. When I ask the question, "Want to watch Highlander ep?" Nin always says, "Yes! The Methos and Joe show!". It gets watched a lot in our home.

Methos taking out the bad guys, especially the 'you're out of bullets' guy. The look in his eyes. Then him drawing Joe in, knowing that Joe's lying, till Joe finally confesses. And the whole lead up to that about what a great team they make. And one of my all time fave Methos lines : I'm easily amused. [g] That weird thing you do with your face... Hah!
Laurie odell: beige methoscyberducks on June 27th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
This is the HL epi I watch the most often too - Methos is just so Methosian in it - you gotta love a guy who wins against the baddies by being tricksy. This tricksyness is most likely a major reason that Methos has survived for so long. And all his interactions with Joe are perfect - Peter and Jim just have "it". This epi also always makes me wistful because I so wanted the Methos and Joe spin-off - and instead we got The Raven, which was just not a good show.
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Ith: Afternoon Delightithildyn on June 27th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
I wish I'd posted this yesterday when people were still here commenting, but what the heck :)

Something that had occurred to me, and then been forgotten, and now remembered again. Methos knew Morgan was an Immortal, and since he was a practicing doctor and around and about town, I'm assuming he and Morgan had at least run into each other from time to time. So did they have a 'live and let live' sort of arrangement? Was Walker an Immortal not much interested in playing 'the Game', and just wanted to live his life, such as it was, in peace? I can't see Methos hanging his hat in a town with a challange happy immie in residence.
Ars Longaars_longa on June 28th, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
The callenge happy Immie was mostly at sea. I don't think Methos had to work too hard to avoid him.
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multimedeamultimedea on June 29th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Ah, "The Methos and Joe Show". That's all that needs to be said. That's how sweet it is.

I'd love to see someone write a fic with them doing their Bing & Bob thing, say Road to Babylonia, with Mac taking on the Dorothy Lamour role (in a sarong, of course.) veg

Only two more eps to go. (sob) Could we count the iFilm broadcast The Methos Chronicles and his DVD readings of Alexis' Postcards as Methos eps, too?
Ith: Last Beerithildyn on June 29th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Only two more eps to go. (sob) Could we count the iFilm broadcast The Methos Chronicles and his DVD readings of Alexis' Postcards as Methos eps, too?

If you like :) I'm easy (but never cheap). I only made it through two of the iFilm things, but I do recall the reading at some con or the other. Didn't know there was a DVD of it.

So sure, I'm game. Can you give me a quick little summary of the iFilm thing? I don't recall enough about it for a post that would be much more than ' iFilm broadcast of The Methos Chronicles discuss'. [g]
keerawakeerawa on June 29th, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
I remember a few months ago, some LJ person discussed this episode with me. We talked about the scene where Joe finally breaks down and confesses that he's leading Methos into a trap. She believed that, had Joe NOT admitted it at that point, Methos would have slid him from the "beloved friend" into the "unfortunate enemy" column. With the same results as it did with Silas.

And while that wasn't my take on the scene ... it's certainly possible, isn't it?
Ith: Last Beerithildyn on June 29th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Now there's a thought. If Joe hadn't confessed, I don't think Methos would have killed him, but he may have very well have driven off and left Joe there by himself and that would have been the last he ever saw of Methos.
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