It's been shown in several occasions that the way Danny deals with hurt is pushing people away and sets up situations so he forces others to push him away. He pushed Flack away in 1x21 On the Job, he forces Mac to confront him in 1x19 Crime and Misdemeanor and now he pushes Lindsay away.
We could have a key in this episode as to why Danny and Lindsay's relationship is not going that well: the two of them have serious issues when it comes to opening up to each other. She kept him off her Montana trial and he is keeping her off his grieving Ruben.
If, according to Rikki, Danny was a stranger and just the guy she smiled at in the mail boxes, why would she let him take Ruben?
Adam makes a surprise face when Stella mentions shooting her boyfriend. He doesn't seem to know that.
Stella sees her home destroyed for the second time.
When Stella is walking home, she passes along the crime scene of the initial death. Those are the same window and tvs that announce Bailey O'Dell being missing.
We have visual confirmation that Danny does not have a Tanglewood tattoo.
The paintings in the episode are done by artist Clemente Bornacelli. The red painting is called Acrobat's tongue. The collection of paintings is called The Acrobats.
According to Stella, she only lived in her apartment for two years. This implies she moved around the time of 2x21 All Access when she had to kill Frankie. Because of her choice of privacy and self protection, Stella doesn't know any of her neighbours well enough to put their actions into question and to be aware of what goes on right next door.
Goof: Mac states that fire would have travelled down the vent down to the vacant apartment. However, the air duct looks shiny and new looking when it should have been black out of the effect of the fire.
Goof: Sid tells Hawkes that Marla had hairline fractures in both her thumbs due to a car-accident. Hawkes then alludes that those fractures are common with the release of an airbag. The problem is that broken thumbs aren't that common. Often, the hands will release on reflex when the airbag is released or the airbag will push the hands away without causing any damage to any of the digits.
This holds true if the driver is using the correct 10 and 2 position. But a lot of drivers occasionally move their hands around the wheel, and even place their palms and thumbs over the center of the wheel where the airbag is. In such a case, the person would not have enough time to react before their thumbs are broken.
Apparently Stella snores. When Mac invites her to stay with him, she states that she'd be better off at a hotel because she snores. It is also a really nice call back to 2x21 All Access.
When Mac and Stella bring the children out of the empty building, in the background you can see the wall of posters from season 2 episode 14 Stuck on You.
Hawkes: (About Mac) My man's getting sneaky.
Stella: (About Bailey O'Dell) She was within my reach, Mac, right there.
Mac: (To Stella) For the last two days, I've been trying to figure out how to gingerly tell you to sit this one out, go deal with the loss of your home, take care of yourself. But I realize now what a total waste of my breath it would've been.
Mac: (about the perp) It's always the greed that gets them.
Hawkes: (to Danny) It's murder, it doesn't have to make sense.
(After Stella leaves)
Danny: (Looks at Lindsay) Lindsay. (Pauses and Lindsay looks at him) I'm sorry. We should... we should talk.
(After Mac tells Lindsay to update Danny on the case)
Lindsay: (Stares at him for a minute angry) Why don't you catch up by reading this. (Hands him the files, and leaves.)
Flack: (talking about the victim) Her cell's been ringing non-stop.
Mac: She's all dressed up. Someone is calling wondering where she is.
Flack: I dont have the heart to answer it and tell whoever it is the bad news that she's not gonna make it.
Adam: Oh and Stella, I'm, uh, I'm glad you're okay.
Stella: Thanks Adam.
Adam: (talking about the papers found in Stella's apartment) And you don't recognize the writing?
Adam : Maybe it's from a friend...
Stella: Oh and this friend wrote me a note that says "help me" ?
Adam: (slightly laughing) Maybe you're a bad cook... I'm just sayin'.
Stella: Uh, actually, Adam, since I shot my boyfriend two years ago, I don't exactly have people over.
Mac: I have an extra room.
Stella: I think I'm better off staying at a hotel... I snore.
Rikki: Last night was just sex. Before my son died, you were just a guy that I smiled at in the hallway and joked with at the mailboxes. What are we doing?
Danny: (cupping her face in his hands) Making each other feel better because Ruben's gone. There's nothing wrong with that. (kisses Rikki).
Rikki: Danny... one day you're gonna wake up and realize that Ruben's death wasn't your fault. Yes, he was with you when he was shot but it was an accident. And me, can't you see, I'm just taking advantage of the guilt you feel so that I don't have to be alone.
Danny: I don't care. I don't care cause I just want this hurt to go away. Don't you?
(Rikki nods her head, Danny kisses her again)
Rikki: I really should go!
Danny: Ok, but this is my shirt and I'm gonna need my shirt back, okay. Before you go...
(Danny starts to unbutton the shirt and kisses her again, Rikki gives in)
Danny: I'm gonna get some coffee, you want some coffee?
Lindsay: No thanks...
Danny: How long are you gonna stay mad at me Lindsay?
Lindsay: Oh, is that what this is? Me mad at you?
Danny: Is it still about missing your birthday? (pause) Look, I didn't want to go to lunch yesterday. Why go you gotta make a big deal out of it?
Lindsay: Do me a favor Danny, don't reduce me to some shallow clingy girlfriend that's starting to suffocate you, ok! That's not what this is about! Ever since Ruben Sandoval died, I feel like I've lost my best friend. And don't mistake this for jealousy ok, I know what it's like to lose someone you care about, to see them one day and not see them the next and to know you'll never see them again. I would never expect you not to grieve but clearly you've just decided to do it all on your own. (pause) Ok, I get it (standing up to leave), my mistake for thinking that you might need somebody to lean on. And you know, for the record, I'm not mad at you, I'm mad at myself because I've fallen in love with you and I have to figure out how to let that go. (Lindsay leaves the room)
Spanish episode title En el piso de al lado, meaning In the Apartment Next Door.
Original International Air dates:
UK: April 26, 2008 on Ch5.
Denmark: May 19, 2008 on Kanal 5.
Turkey: June 16, 2008 on CNBC-e.
Spain: June 17, 2008 on AXN.
Sweden: August 4, 2008 on Kanal 5.
New Zealand: August 5, 2008 on TV3.
Czech Republic: September 23, 2008 on AXN.
Norway: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 on TVNorge.
Finland: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 on MTV3.
Just a Song About Ping Pong by Operator Please.
Black Circle by T minus 50.
A.J. Buckley is credited as a Special Guest Star for this episode.
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