I’ll start commenting on the McDanno and Team scenes, even fewer than I thought, sadly.
The phone-call between Danny and Catherine… we see him quite relaxed, it makes sense, because it’s still an official mission, but he’s also worried for Steve, because he knows what he’s going through… so he’s planning how to comfort him when he will be back home, he calls him “my boy”… it’s really sweet, heartwarming… this scene made me happy.
Then there is the scene when Steve tells the team something didn’t go well, so they have to stay there some more… well, that seemed kind of bland to me, if we think of what happened in 2x10.. would have loved more intensity in this scene.
And then the ending scene… they are there for him… like a family… they just look at each other, but man, that was intense and moving.
Intense and moving… like the whole funeral scene, the scene when Steve finds Freddie’s dead body and looks at him crying, the last scene with Steve and Freddie together, the fact that we realize Steve lost his friend and his father one after another… my poor baby… Alex pulled it off amazingly… he’s such a great actor!
I loved all his interactions with Freddie… too bad they used one of their scenes to try to push again the Steve/Catherine pairing on us. I will forgive ( ;) )Freddie because unfortunately he didn’t have a chance to see Steve and Danny together, otherwise he would have realized they are the real deal, but… Why try to sell on those terms the Steve/Catherine relationship? Sometimes it seems like they barely know each other, they barely were in each other’s lives in the first two seasons… And - just my opinion - their lack of chemistry – as I said once – is larger than the Grand Canyon: even in their supposed bonding scenes (there are a couple of them in this episode) they seem light-years distant to me…
What there is between two characters/people shows up by the way they look at each other, they talk to each other, by the things they do for each other… there is no need to “subtitle” that… and – again, just my opinion – what I see between Steve and Catherine is just a friendship and one they need to work on, actually, because it has serious flaws.
Before watching this episode I wondered why – if it wasn’t an official mission, like the promo made us think – Steve didn’t go with the team. Then we knew it was actually an official mission, so okay, he couldn’t go with them, and I’m ignorant about military rules, honestly, so I don’t know if there was or wasn’t a reason for Catherine to be there… but the scene where she told Steve she’s as qualified as he his… well I couldn’t help thinking she’s rrrrreally full of herself.
I loved the Steve parts, I loved knowing more about him, I loved Alex, Steve is my favorite character, if I have to choose, but what I love the most is to see him interacting with Danny, of course, and with the team. The team is the main character of this show. I will never get tired to repeat it: McDanno and Team are what make this show magic, unique… I hope the writers will always remember this.