"George," said Fred, "I think we’ve outgrown a full-time education."
"Yeah, I’ve been feeling that way myself," said George lightly.
"Time to test our talents in the real world, d’you reckon?" asked Fred.
"Definitely," said George.
Oh this is one of the scenes that sold me on them falling in love slowly. Before I realized the show didn’t intend to go “there”.
It’s in the intimacy of the conversation. The poignancy of the memory and then Maura’s body language at the end.
This is the Jane I think about when I write Daylight.
#this is all nice and everything#but i am kinda tired of jane saving maura ALL THE TIME#i would like to see it the other way around!#i mean maura is not helpless and in need of jane 24/7#that’s what i mean#rant is over#thanks for tuning in!!!!
But Maura does save Jane. All the time. Just in other ways. She’s there for the aftermath, cause yes Maura lacks the training, strength or instincts to react in stressful situation, but she cares. She cares for Jane, and she makes sure Jane takes care of her self. She holds her when she cries, helps with her nightmares, and it’s there to talk or not talk about it (whatever subject that might be). She’s Jane’s go-to person, she keeps Jane sane. And that’s all the saving Jane needs.
In S1, yes. In the pilot, Jane showed up at Maura’s house when everyone else was smothering her. In 1x03 Maura came over in her pajamas to investigate a weird dream. In 1x08 she keeps a gun on the door while Jane sleeps, to fend off an attacker. In 1x10 Maura saved Frankie’s life. In 2x01, she comforted Jane after the car bomb and kept tabs on her recovery pain. In S2 she took in Jane’s mother.
Since then, Maura’s role as Jane’s caretaker has been minimized. Instead of any sort of action in the final scene of 2x10, Maura is paralyzed by a taser. Even in the aftermath, all she does is give Jane a great birthday present. In 2x12 when Tommy is a suspect, an excuse is made (by the writers) to keep Maura from telling Jane about it (watch it—that whole mini-plot is unnecessary). In 2x13, several of Jane’s high school classmates are killed. I think maybe Maura touches Jane’s arm in sympathy?
S3 and S4 get worse, when Maura ‘comforts’ Jane about Casey by ‘doing something crazy’ and saying, “Shut the front door.” Or drinking a beer after Jane is kidnapped. When the memory of Hoyt pops up again in S4, Jane does go to Maura’s house after a nightmare, but it’s morning and all that happens is a conversation about PTSD that goes nowhere.
I can see how Maura gets annoyed with the constant need to clean up the emotional mess that Casey leaves behind, especially after he shows up recovered in S4. My gripe is with the writing, that there are opportunities for Maura to be the strong one, and the writers almost completely ignore those opportunities. They aren’t showing Maura’s value and strength beyond her googlebrain.
And what makes this even worse is that the kind of “saving” that Jane does is usually from immediate physical danger. Maura’s personal life has been in constant upheaval ever since finding Hope and Cailin, yet Jane has only been emotionally supportive in the most minimal way. Now, I love protective Jane as much as anyone, but I’d also appreciate a friendship that felt more equal and supportive outside of big events where Jane is the hero. This probably goes back to the larger problem of Jane and the Rizzolis increasingly taking center stage on the show, while Maura’s been marginalized, but I can only hope that S5 brings a return to the earlier dynamic where both women were strong, capable, and unquestionably there for each other.
IF YOU WANNA BE MY LOVER
YOU GOTTA tell me really explicitly because I can’t tell when people are actually flirting with me
S04E13 - Doccubus
My irritation spoke for me, “You don’t care about anything aside from your silly policies and procedures. You proved that to me day after day, in the way you push me around at the hospital. I want nothing from you, that’s why I am confused as to why you are in my house and here telling me that you care about me. Am I in the way of your next promotion?” I stared hard at her, “what is it really Lauren?” I had failed in keeping my temper at bay; it was rolling freely with my words.
"You really want to know? Lt.?" she stared hard back, my rank falling out of her mouth with pure venom, "I am here because I am done running from the feelings you bring up in me, I can’t stand you but I cannot stand to be away from you.”
War Between Two Doctors is an all time fav of mine so here’s a little gift for the amazing Sydney563. Hope you like it, Syd! :)
If you guys haven’t read it yet, here’s the link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9713748/1/War-between-two-doctors