Counterpart: Act Like You've Been Here Before
February 25, 2018 6:44 PM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

Aldrich questions a not-too-recent death in the office; and Emily, Howard and Shaw follow a lead.
posted by oh yeah! (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Prince lives! Maybe the other side isn't so bad?

Too bad they can't work out some sort of gone-too-soon musician-exchange program between the worlds. I guess that little tidbit seems to confirm that the Prime universe is meant to be indistinguishable from our own, doesn't it? Which I suppose is the simplest option, but maybe the slightly less interesting one.

This show is really good and much better than it really needs to be to keep me watching, so I'm impressed.
posted by BungaDunga at 7:16 PM on February 25, 2018


Is it just me or is Simmons' portrayal of the two Howards converging as their personalities are affected by being their other?
I found it more difficult to tell them apart this episode.
posted by fullerine at 7:11 AM on February 26, 2018


While I love the idea of Prince still alive in PrimeEarth, the smuggling scheme is confusing on reflection. Who is the buyer? Some Prime exile really desperate for the latest Prince album? Someone high up enough in the agency on OriginalHoward’s world to know that PrimePrince didn’t die, who hopes to somehow make money off the recording by pretending to have unearthed an unreleased OriginalPrince album, without getting caught up in endless legal wrangling over the album’s authenticity and battling with the estate?

So, Quayle wins ‘worst husband of the year’ award - too busy screwing around in hotels to notice that his wife was replaced by her counterpart? And I guess Diplomacy Director Richard Schiff wins for worst Dad for not noticing either.

The Den of Geek recap said that Lotte Verbeek’s character, Ringleader, ‘dispatches for his indiscretion’ the sleeper agent who ventured down to the street in the opener. Did I miss a scene, or are they mistaken?
posted by oh yeah! at 10:31 AM on February 26, 2018


Yeah, I don't recall that she killed him. She just gives him A Look.

So, is the coffee stain meant to indicate that Quayle's wife -- Baldwin's handler -- was enjoying a cup of coffee while she was reading purloined documents from his safe? That seems very careless of her. And why wouldn't he think that he'd been drinking coffee when he first brought the documents home? Or do I misunderstand that scene?

Regardless, I love this show. It's my favorite show right now; I eagerly watch each episode as soon as I can.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:06 PM on February 26, 2018


So, is the coffee stain meant to indicate that Quayle's wife -- Baldwin's handler -- was enjoying a cup of coffee while she was reading purloined documents from his safe? That seems very careless of her. And why wouldn't he think that he'd been drinking coffee when he first brought the documents home? Or do I misunderstand that scene?

No, it was his coffee stain on the original document in the safe - recognizing the pattern on the photocopy he was given by PrimeHoward made him realize that the leaked document wasn't just from his department but from his own personal files, and since he knows he's not the mole he realized it was someone with access to his safe, i.e., his wife.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:32 PM on February 26, 2018 [6 favorites]


When they first showed the original coffee stain my thought was that it was Quayle's Other, coming through and faking his way into their home.
posted by tracicle at 2:05 AM on February 27, 2018 [2 favorites]


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